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Fallout From The Freshers Welcome Fiasco In Jaffna: Is Our University System Equal To The Challenge Of Sectarianism?

By N. Sivapalan, S. Selvarajan, Rajan Hoole and Prince Jeyaratnam* –

Fallout From The Freshers Welcome Fiasco In Jaffna: Is Our University System Equal To The Challenge Of Sectarianism?

The following record of the welcome event is compiled from the experiences of several members of the Science Faculty in Jaffna who were present. The event is a warning when taken alongside sectarian violence in other Lankan universities, recently in Sabaragamuva, Uva Wellassa and Eastern, where the response of the authorities has been constrained by factors, which include local prejudices and peer pressures, bias in the university security services and local readings of wishes of the authorities in Colombo. The change in attitude of the authorities after the regime change of 8th January 2015 is reflected in their wanting as far as possible for the problems to be tackled on local initiative. The universities should use this opportunity to address, in their locality, causes that threaten the integrity of university values and education. These causes, if left to follow their course, would make peaceful coexistence and pluralism even harder to achieve.

Last year and the year before, as part of the freshers welcome in Jaffna, the Dean and the academic staff of the Faculty were garlanded by students at the faculty entrance from the main road. They were then led by a troupe of traditional drums and musicians in festive procession to the top floor of the Mathematics Block where the welcome ceremony was held.  This time, for the welcome scheduled for Saturday 16th July 2016, the Sinhalese students put in a last minute request for Kandyan dancing, by students trained in it, to also be included in the procession. Kandyan dance has been performed as a stage event ever since Sinhalese students were admitted to the Faculty after the war ended. On Friday, the day before the incident, some science academic staff sensed that tension was brewing. Jaffna University Sinhala Society

The tension persisted despite the conviviality at the morning’s session of the welcome, where the second years welcomed the freshers. Some active members of the science staff saw a group of non-science students numbering twenty to thirty, loitering near the Faculty. A faculty member questioned one of them wearing a BBA T-shirt on the reason for his presence. He moved away without responding. Sensing something unpleasant in the offing, some faculty members approached a Marshal and requested that he disperse the loitering students. The Marshal told them a little later that the students’ intentions were academic and would soon go away.

Two student counsellors from the Science Faculty then went to the Administration to meet the Senior Student Counsellor and a Marshal and requested them separately to ensure that students or members of the University Students Union (USU) belonging to other faculties do not interfere with the science freshers’ welcome and the Faculty staff would ensure that there is no trouble.
While the staff and students were waiting for the ceremony, the Outgoing Dean who was at the Council Meeting received a call at about 12.30 PM. He excused himself and went to the Science Faculty, and seeing the crowd of non-science students near the Faculty, asked them to go elsewhere; they moved a short distance towards the Students’ Centre and waited near the Old Library entrance. He told the Sinhalese students who wanted Kandyan dancing in the procession that the programme as already fixed would proceed as in earlier years with local traditional fare, and requested that they perform their Kandyan dance in the hall. He then went back to the Council meeting. About 1.30 PM, the Outgoing Dean was again summoned; he returned and wanted the ceremony to begin. He saw a Sinhalese student with a drum and asked him to take it away. He obliged, but neither side seemed ready to listen. He and the Incoming Dean felt that something need be done quickly, and ordered that the welcome should proceed without any procession involving Kandyan dancing or local fanfare. They asked all the students to enter the Mathematics Block and climb to the hall on the top floor for the ceremony. Staff members present gave an assurance to allay the concern of some Sinhalese students that Tamil students would start their music and drums from the gate once they went up. Several of the Sinhalese went upstairs.

While students were scattered about the faculty premises, a group of science students advanced from the direction of the science gate towards the Mathematics Block to the sound of the musical troupe and drums. The Sinhalese students, in particular those in the parking space outside the Mathematics lobby, some dressed to perform the Kandyan dance, became restive. While the staff urged the Sinhalese students to go inside quickly, the Outgoing Dean rushed towards the advancing musical procession and shouted at them to stop. When they met, the students lifted him as they would an idol at a religious festival, immobilised and garlanded him – a garland, he said, he promptly removed. He then told a student he knew to remove the musical troupe and go away. They went.

At this point, when order might have prevailed, a party comprising some management and perhaps arts students (likely the group of twenty to thirty loiterers seen earlier), rushed from the East through the cycle park towards the exterior of the Mathematics lobby, wearing helmets with visors down, but not lethally armed. The Sinhalese students too armed themselves as best they could with branches etc. and a fight ensued.

One of the attackers found himself isolated among the Sinhalese students, who proceeded to beat him. A faculty member mentioned earlier, sprang into the fracas and rescued the trapped attacker, pulled him out and pushed him away to escape. This person, as identified by faculty officials, was the USU President, this year from the Management Faculty.

At this time clashes broke out between some Tamil and Sinhalese students scattered about the premises. The Police arrived around 2.00 PM and the University security informed the Outgoing Dean that they were at the gate, and he invited them in. Most Tamil students withdrew and the fighting stopped. The Outgoing Dean summoned the Vice Chancellor about 2.30 PM. She arrived shortly and discussed measures with the outgoing and incoming deans, two senior staff members and the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

The Outgoing Dean went to the Hospital with four injured Sinhalese students, three of whom needed stitches. H.A.T. Maduranga, who was struck on his forehead by apparently a stone, was warded in the ICU and transferred to Colombo for surgery.

The Incoming Dean went with the ASP to the student hostels where the Sinhalese students together with others boarded outside had gathered with several Tamil students; they expressed a wish to be sent home. The Police arranged the hire of buses and the students left in the night.

Other Universities and local factors

On 3rd August 2014, after hate posters appeared on the campus, Tamil student Sudarshan of Sabaragamuva University was found grievously attacked with cut wounds, and was taken to Balangoda Hospital. He testified to the Police that he had been attacked by members of a security firm affiliated to the Defence Ministry that had been forced on most universities. He was then transferred to Ratnapura Hospital, and the Vice Chancellor made the astonishing claim that the JMO there found the student’s wounds to have been self-inflicted, on the basis of which he had been detained by the Terrorist Investigation Division.

On 30th March 2016, student sources at Uva Wellassa University said, some second year Tamil students were beaten just outside the premises by Sinhalese fellow second years after a non-political argument in the canteen. The Vice Chancellor, they said, helped to ward the injured Tamil students in Badulla Hospital but declined to take further action. However, the Watchdog Collective, hosted by Groundviews, reported that the eight students in hospital were visited by the Superintendent of Police who promised them protection and Assistant Registrar Student Welfare, but the students were in fear of identifying their assailants. A day or two later some third years clashed with second years after an argument, where the assault on Tamil students was one of the issues. This time the Vice Chancellor ordered an inquiry.

Eastern University has seen a series of clashes between Tamil and Sinhalese students and student counsellors were paralysed. On 24th May 2016, Tamil student Sumeshkanth was attacked by Sinhalese students, who accused him of having posted pictures of the Mullivaikkal tragedy, a few days after its seventh anniversary, on face book. On this occasion there was considerable local pressure to act and the university security helped to identify several Sinhalese students involved. According to an official two were suspended temporarily. The official indicated that their intention was not so much to punish as to use experienced lecturers, particularly from the Open University, to put in place reconciliation measures.

In the Jaffna incident of 16th July 2016, a Tamil student named as an attacker by the hospitalised Sinhalese student was presented in court by university officials on 20th July. A leading lawyer and TNA MP pleaded that there was no supporting evidence for the accusation while the accused was himself a victim of assault. The accused was bailed out by the university officials.

The Ideological Fallout

The morning’s session of the welcome, involving first and second years, went off cordially with photographs, the singing of Sinhalese and Tamil songs, followed by lunch. What subsequently happened was totally out of character with the morning’s events.

The TNA Leader Mr. R. Sampanthan struck a conciliatory note in regretting the violence and appealing to create conditions for the Sinhalese students to return and live in amity. He avoided straying into identity politics that has been the bane of this country. But regrettably the incident has also become a tool in the battle for supremacy within the Tamil nationalist camp for the faction backed by the newspaper Valampuri, whose editor is a functionary of the Tamil People’s Council. Its editorial of 19th July declared:

“Jaffna University is situated on land that is the bequest of the great Hindu philanthropist Sir Pon Ramanathan. Moreover because the campus encloses the temple dedicated to Lord Parameswara, it is Tamil traditions and culture alone that must be observed there.” To avoid similar clashes in future, the editor urges the university authorities to institute a rigidly puritanical behavioural code in dress and manners to be strictly observed by everyone who functions in the University.

Shocking as this may seem for what is in name a secular university, steps the university authorities have been taking over many years point in the direction prescribed by the editorial. Pointing to Sinhalese students courting their girlfriends or enjoying light banter between the sexes as the bringers of immorality is wholly hypocritical. The Council has found it hard enough to deal with persistent complaints of sexual abuse against several staff members. In a recent case where the Council acted against an offender, a dean read out the letter of a legal expert from Colombo University trying unsuccessfully to intimidate the Council from acting. What was rather needed was to counsel the students through wider contact, lectures on general topics and debates, to develop their English, communicate with one another and learn respect for each other’s culture. That alone would lead to lifelong friendships across divides.

Much of the blame for failing to uphold secular traditions in our universities and high standards in appointments rests with the education authorities and the UGC that is responsible for oversight. Reports of abuses in appointments compiled by the Jaffna University Science Teaches’ Association were ignored all the way down the line. The Higher Education Ministry and the UGC must at least take responsibility for the top administrators they appoint or support and pamper uncritically. These appointments, once politicised, prolong their mischief for many years in the appointments of heads of departments and indirectly that of deans. The appointment of senior student counsellors to perform the behest of those in authority is a recipe for the politicisation of student elections. Student leaders coming by this route effectively become pawns. But the system not governed by ethics or rules is destined to collapse in a crisis.

The recent incident at the freshers welcome was not a major tragedy, but was certainly a dire warning. Going by experience under the previous regime, any agitation like the recent one would have seen mass arrests, mistreatment and indefinite detention of students. The relative freedom we now have should be used to cultivate openness and pluralism and show that the University could conduct its affairs in a civilised manner worthy of being called one. Instead, it seems to be succumbing to destructive political pressures, narrowness and sectarianism. Ironically, on 26th December 2014, during the last fortnight of the old regime, the University hosted the JUICE research conference. On this occasion science students performed a fusion of Kandyan, Bharatha, and Low Country dances. Our paradoxical behaviour raises many interesting questions about what we really want.

*N. Sivapalan (Department of Chemistry, Jaffna), S. Selvarajan (Mathematics and Statistics), Rajan Hoole (Science Faculty Board), Prince Jeyaratnam (Chemistry)

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    Many thanks for the objective and dispassionate report with vision and insight. Yes, I completely agree: “The recent incident at the freshers welcome was not a major tragedy, but was certainly a dire warning.”

    I hope the authorities would take into account your recommendations and suggestions and particularly the following, at least in hindsight, in all universities: “What was rather needed was to counsel the students through wider contact, lectures on general topics and debates, to develop their English, communicate with one another and learn respect for each other’s culture. That alone would lead to lifelong friendships across divides.”

    May I also suggest you to resurrect not only the UTHR (J) but also the UTHR (SL) to be constructive for the future and advance reconciliation and other values? Let me also suggest you to take some Sinhala and Muslim lecturers to the fold and issue (some) future statements jointly.

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      This clearly shows that Tamils will never get justice under Sinhala rule where there is institutional racism in judicial mechanism. As a medico-legal officer I realised it 30 years ago, when despite strong eveidence of first degree murder, culprits were alloed to go free. The recent judgement in Kumarapuram murder trial where army murderers have been exonerated proves it. This case was dragged on for more than 20 years, transferred from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura, heard under a Sinhala judge and Sinhala jury, where 16 witnesses testified after travelling a long distance spending time and money. Is this what the Sinhalese are saying that Tamils have equal rights. The previous one in Mylantenne murder case also ended similarly. How can Sinhalese say that they do not want international judges in war crimes inquiry other than to cover up the atrocities. Without international intervention Tamils will never get justice from any Sinhalese regime.

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        Cool story, bro :D

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          Sinhala supremacists must learn to live in Srilanka the way the Sinhala racists in UK are living, like dogs with tails tucked between their legs. Can a Sinhalese touch a Tamil in UK without ending up in prison, and that is the reason there is no coflict between Tamils and Sinhalese in UK. However there were instances when a Sinhalese was attacked by a Tamil nothing happened as the Sinhalese were afraid to complain. In contrast to this what is happening in Srilanka proves racial discrimination.

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            Gnana

            Think wisely.

            You cry about the army and lost lands. Situation is progressively moving for the better. Salutary gestures have been given.

            The war was a nasty one and final end to the war was the nastiest. Leave that aside to discuss in another forum.

            Just pause and think for a moment. If the war had continued further since May 2009 till today.

            – Another 50,000 would have died?
            – Thousands maimed?
            – Thousands widowed?
            – Women being raped?
            – Many thousands of children kidnapped and forced to fight?
            – You would have been forced to contribute in thousands by the Tigers?
            – Check points all over?
            – etc. etc.

            These are just simple points.

            You failed to blame the government for:

            1.(Diaspora Tamils) Selling their lands back home and investing in Florida.
            2. Forcefully grabbing and selling the lands (illegally) in the north.
            3. Visiting the Kentucky fried chicken in Jaffna town to enjoy the western meal, thus earning hatred in Jaffna.
            4. How about the swimming in the Casurina beach wearing boxer shorts and swimming dress.
            5. Funding the unemployed kith and kin, thus creating the dependency culture.
            6 Then womanizing, alcoholism and use of drugs?
            7. etc. etc.

            By the way have you applied for your dual nationality to become a stakeholder in the fate of Tamils in Sri Lanka? If not, why?

            My apologies if I stirred you with these comments.

            I have traveled to Jaffna from Dankotuwa many times and I know the issues at my finger tip.Don’t show your finger up for this.

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            Gnana,

            “Sinhala supremacists must learn to live in Srilanka the way the Sinhala racists in UK are living, like dogs with tails tucked between their legs.”

            It is not the Sinhalese , it is you thalayas that screamed for help from the cops when the Sinhalese attacked you protesters in Cardiff a few years.

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        Dr. Gnana

        “As a medico-legal officer I realised it 30 years ago” – Thirty years ago it was overwhelming anti-Tamil dirty politics. Tamils have lost due to their own failures, leave aside Sinhala majoritarian pursuits.Your additional status of medico-legal put you in an awkward position to think wisely and legally on issues.

        What Tamils need is sharp thinking and not the olden days hate politics which you reflect. Your qualification and experience in medicine is preventing you to think wisely to objectively deal with the issues.

        Compared to the Mahinda regime the situation for the Tamils in Sri Lanka has improved considerably now. Not perfect of course. Work towards to strengthen this process, instead of just barking all the time.

        There are loads of issues and they cannot be solved overnight. Be positive in your thinking and like a due diligent doctor look at the causes for the particular decease to find cure cure without looking into the medical dictionary for all the deceases.

        Wrongs of Sinhalese are manifold. This does not give credence that Tamils are angels. The Tamils too blundered heavily. It is time to think wisely to build a new future for Sri Lanka.

        At my old age, I can only act wisely. I am sure you too will fast reach my old age to become more wiser.

        Do you know the meaning of ‘WISDOM’. This is what we all need.

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          I agree that there is some degree of improvement in freedom of expression and movement. But the racist actions are continuing. Tamils are prevented from settling back in their original places in some cases by security forces refusing to hand over and in others by appropriation of their lands by Sinhalese and Muslims.
          There is also ongoing new settlements of Sinhalese and Muslims from other provinces to distort the demographic pattern of both northern and eastern provinces. When these injustices are being perpetrated, you cannot expect Tamils to keep quiet.

          As a doctor I have identified that the cause of the problems in Srilanka is Sinhala racism and supremacism inculcated into their minds by Mahavamsa. Until and unless these are eradicated, the problems are bound to continue and Tamils will suffer. I agree that Tamils who supported Prabaharan blindly have committeed huge blunder. But now Tamils have extended their hand to settle the problems within a united Srilanka, and there is no reciprocal measures during the last one year by Sinhala leaders rather than rhetoric to placate Sinhala masses to annoy Tamils.

          I agree that we need wisdom, but that must be attained by all the stakeholders. Tamils have struggled for justice for the past 60 years and received only violence in return. If you think that anti-Tamil dirty politics was only in the past and not now, I am afraid that you need to go a long way to become wise. Please impress upon the Sinhalese to allow Tamils to live in dignity and safety in their lands of historic habitation, ruling themselves without Sinhala interference, within a united Srilanka. This will bring about peace and reconciliation among communities.

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            Gnana

            Think wisely.

            You cry about the army and lost lands. Situation is progressively moving for the better. Salutary gestures have been given.

            The war was a nasty one and final end to the war was the nastiest. Leave that aside to discuss in another forum.

            Just pause and think for a moment. If the war had continued further since May 2009 till today.

            – Another 50,000 would have died?
            – Thousands maimed?
            – Thousands widowed?
            – Women being raped?
            – Many thousands of children kidnapped and forced to fight?
            – You would have been forced to contribute in thousands by the Tigers?
            – Check points all over?
            – etc. etc.

            These are just simple points.

            You failed to blame the government for:

            1.(Diaspora Tamils) Selling their lands back home and investing in Florida.
            2. Forcefully grabbing and selling the lands (illegally) in the north.
            3. Visiting the Kentucky fried chicken in Jaffna town to enjoy the western meal, thus earning hatred in Jaffna.
            4. How about the swimming in the Casurina beach wearing boxer shorts and swimming dress.
            5. Funding the unemployed kith and kin, thus creating the dependency culture.
            6 Then womanizing, alcoholism and use of drugs?
            7. etc. etc.

            By the way have you applied for your dual nationality to become a stakeholder in the fate of Tamils in Sri Lanka? If not, why?

            My apologies if I stirred you with these comments.

            I have traveled to Jaffna from Dankotuwa many times and I know the issues at my finger tip.Don’t show your finger up for this.

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              It’s typical sinhala culture to do the nastiest and say forgive and forget. Why did you listen to the `senuva` of your former masters?

              You did not fight British for freedom but it fell on your lap since Britain was broke and blitzed in 1948.

              Too much blood has been spilt with divisively calculated methods that even foreigners who experienced it blame the sinhalese for the cause.
              Until you look inward and correct yourself keep baking those bricks.
              you never know when the sky will fall.

              We all have a middle finger because of folk like you.

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            Ganana,

            “There is also ongoing new settlements of Sinhalese and Muslims from other provinces to distort the demographic pattern of both northern and eastern provinces”

            Jaffna peninsular will be the only place that will not be touched.
            If you believe Vanni and East are part of your mythical homeland and we are grabbing your land, your only hope is the UN. Try and reverse if you can.

            Pls read the following about EASTERN PROVINCE

            Whilst it is acknowledged that Jaffna was, for about 300-400 years out of our history of 2500 years, a seat of political power ,it nature and question such as whether it was a “kingdom” or not and the extent of its power is still disputed among historians. However even those historians who support the view that the seat of power was, both a kingdom and Tamil Kingdom are at once in agreeing that it was a kingdom of fluctuating fortunes, the territory of which was largely confined to the Jaffna Peninsula and never extended to the Eastern Province.
            As Professor K M De Silva said
            A Tamil kingdom did exist from the the 13th century to the early part of the 17th , but except during a brief heyday of its power it seldom controlled anything more than the Jaffna Peninsula., and some adjacent regions on the coast and some parts of the interior.
            Set against a history of 2500 yrs the independent existent of this kingdom covered a very brief period, and even during this period its status and influence varied dramatically; at times a very powerful kingdom; at others a satellite of expanding Dravidians States across the Palk straight, and at times subjugated by the Kotte Kingdom, and generally acknowledging its suzerainty.
            There is little or no evidence to support the claim made in the TULF Vaddukodai resolution that there was either an unbroken national consciousness or a continuing tradition of independent statehood.

            Professor CR De Silva said ;
            A separate kingdom in Jaffna existed in Sri Lanka from about the 13th century to 1619. During Certain periods the kingdom was so powerful that for a brief period it captured power in the western seaboard almost up to the environs of Colombo.
            But for most parts of of the 400 yrs it was a rather week kingdom confined to the environs of the Jaffna Peninsula. It never wielded power in the present day Eastern Province.
            Nor was it always independent, for it often acknowledged the sovereignty of the dominant power in south India and was once overwhelmed by a Sinhala army from the south.
            But most significantly the Tamil kings of North did not think of them as separate rulers of Tamil Kingdom. They like all the other Sinhala kings aimed ultimately at being the Monarc of all Sri Lanka.

            The first ground on which a secessionist claims the Northern and Eastern provinces as being the traditional homeland is demonstrably false.
            The second and the only other ground on which this claim is made is that there is in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the boundaries of which were drawn by the British purely for their administrative purposes .
            There is clearly no justification for once racial group claiming proprietary , exclusive rights over the others within these two boundaries set artificially by the British merely because there are more members of that group over the others. If there is any validity in such contention it would follow with even greater force from the same principle, since there is and always has been within the natural borders of Sri Lanka, am overwhelming preponderance of Sinhalese, the entirety of Sri Lanka is the homeland of the Sinhalese.
            Whilst Tamils are an overwhelming majority in the North the same can not be said about the Eastern Province. Muslims and the Sinhalese together constitute about 64% of the eastern Province.
            Although the Sinhalese are about 25 % of Eastern Province, the Tamils and the Muslim settlements are largely confined to the coastal areas (Particulary in Ampara and Trincomalee) which are relatively thickly populated compared to the sparsely populated Sinhalese villages which are spread over a huge area.
            Thus of the 22 assistant government agents divisions in the Trinco and Ampara districts the Sinhalese constitute the overwhelming majority in in 10 namely, Padavi Siripura,Gomarankadawela,Kantalai, Moraweva and Seruvila in the Trincomalee district and wevgam pattu ,panama pattu and bintennepattu in Ampara district whilst the Tamils constitute majority only in Trincomalee town and Tirikkovil in Amara .
            Thus the Sinhalese constitute the overwhelming majority in about 60% of Trincomalee district and 78% of Ampara district.
            This spartial distribution of the population was not a recent phenomenon caused by so called colonisation but one existed long before any Sinhalese was settled in the North and the East with state assistance is borne out by the findings of Professor G H Peries professor of Geography at Peradeniya university in his paper entitled an appraisal of the concept of the traditional homeland in Sri Lanka.
            Following is part of what he had to say.
            “For the issues with which the present study is concerned, the feature of the crucial relevance borne out by our maps is that in the Eastern Province as a whole in 1921,all the Tamil settlements are confined to a coastal strip barely extending 10 miles from the coast o the interior. The Sinhala settlements on the other hand though comparatively few were scattered over extensive areas of the interior, covering the entirety of the admistrative divisions of Bintenna,Udapalatha,Yati palatha and meda plaltha of wewgam pattu and panama pattuin. In the northern part of the the batticalo and Trincomalee districs were mostly uninhabited /scattered Sinhala settlement.
            This must be taken in the context of the fact that the Sinhalese names of numerous abandoned village tanks marked in our source maps in the inhabited tracts bear testimony to earlier process of de population. Our maps show further that the only non Sinhalese population clusters that were located in 1921 even a few miles to the interior of the seaboard were those associated with the irrigation works restored in the preceding decades. We can also observe that the Tamil settlements nearest to the claimed southern boundary of Kumbukkan oya was a coastal town of mixed population about 35 miles north of that boundary”

            The pattern of settlement distribution assumes significance from several points of view. In the first place considered in the light of our earlier observations on the trends of demographic change in the Preceding centuries the pattern as it prevailed in 1921 represents what may be regarded as the culmination of a long drawn out historical process featured, on the one hand, by territorial advances of the Tamil population and on the other , retreat and recession of the Sinhalese population.
            This , in turn implies that the process of “Tamilization’ in the eastern lowlands of Sri lanka had not penetrated significantly into the interior even at its most extensive territorial spread.
            The second point of significance arise from the fact that, often the “Tamil Homeland” is being defined with reference to the modern administrative units. Given the spatial patterns of ethnicity borne out bu our maps the demand by one ethnic group for exclusive proprietary rights over Provinces and districts encompass extensive tracts of territory which it had never occupied (and much of it, in every sense is the homeland of the other ethnic groups) appears in its true light as one which lacks a rational basis.
            In a functional sense sparsely settled interior of the eastern lowlands of Sri lanka was not a hinterland of the settlement clusters of the littoral. Both the interior as well as the littoral were very largely rural.
            Hence, a core periphery concept is of no relevance to the issue. More specifically, there is no empirical basis for a theoretical assertion that because there was numerical preponderance of the Tamils in the coastal areas , hinterland, areas, regardless of the traditional rights of the other ethnic groups, should form a traditional hinterland of the Tamil areas.
            The fact that the eastern littoral itself is not ethnically homogeneous (Well known but purposely over looked) is also illustrated by our maps with a fair degree of superiority.
            The littoral is as much the traditional homeland of the Muslims as it is of the Tamils. And in many areas , the Muslims constitute the majority which has no common cause with the Tamils and in fact is bitterly opposed to the EAST being MERGED with the NORTH
            Unfortunately for the Tamil secessionists there is not only a Total absence of any shred of evidence any part of the East having being governed by a Tamil King, but does not even have a numerical preponderance which could provide them with the remotest justification that East is part of the Traditional Tamil Homeland.
            There is nothing these secessionist could do about the absence of a claim founded on history but to continue to LIE about it, there was nothing they could do about the absence of a numerical preponderance of Tamils in the east except to UNILATERLY DENY THE SEPERATE ETHNIC IDENTITY OF THE TAMIL SPEAKING MUSLIMS and equally UNILATERLAY ACQUIRE THEM AS PART OF THE FICTITIOUS TRADITIONAL TAMIL HOMELAND, just to give them the NUMERICAL SUPERIORITY; while at the same time alleging falsely that they had been made a minority in their homeland by the COLONISATION of the East with the Sinhalese state assistance

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              Ravi Perera,

              Tamils were a well established race in ancient Ealam (whole of Sri Lanka) before the appearance of Sinhalese.

              What is this tell you?

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                In the category of archaeological data, we have the observations of Paul Pieris, the eminent Sinhalese civilian and historian, following his excavation of part of the site of Kantharodai, the earliest capital of the kings of Jaffna.2 “It will be seen that the village of Kantharodai has no reason to be ashamed of its contribution to our knowledge regarding the ancient history of our island. It stands to reason that a country which is only 80 miles from India and which would have been seen by Indian fishermen every morning as they sailed out to catch their fish, would have been occupied as soon as the continent was peopled by men who understood how to sail. I suggest that the North of Ceylon was a flourishing settlement before Vijaya was born. I consider it as proved that at any rate such was its condition before the commencement of the Christian Era.” Memories of the past flash across one’s mind, as I felt, when I first visited the site a few years ago.

                In a similar vein, are his remarks3 on the ancestral Hindu Temples of Ceylon

                “Long before the arrival of Vijaya, there were in Lanka five recognised isvarams of Siva which claimed and received adoration of all India. These were Tiruketeeswaram near Mahatittha ; Munneswaram dominating Salawatta and the Pearl fishery ; Tondeswaram near Mantota ; Tirukoneswaram near the great bay of Kottiyar and Nakuleswaram near Kankesanturai. Their situation close to these ports cannot be the result of accident or caprice and was probably determined by the concourse of a wealthy mercantile population whose religious wants called for attention.”

                The situation of these large and ancestral shrines in widely separated parts of Ceylon, is an obvious index to the range of distribution of the Tamils over Ceylon from very early ages, testifying to a strong Tamil population at the cardinal points and sea port towns of Ceylon. This would also indicate that the Tamils entered Ceylon at whatever port was most convenient of access, not necessarily from the major sea ports of the Jaffna. Peninsula.

                2 & 3 Pieris, Paul E.: Nagadipa and Buddhist Remains in Jaffna, J.R.A.S. (C.B.), Vol. XXVIII, No. 12, p. 68 and Vol. XXV, No. 70, pp. 17-18.

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                  Anpu,

                  You seem to have unearth some vital material through which you can convince the UN. Congratulations thanbi

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                    Hear, hear, according to pandit nehru the `dark skin creepy people` of south indian tamil nadu island next to andaman.
                    Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, had an even more incisive perspective: “by and large islanders and their country give me the creeps.”

                    The realistic surroundings after WW2.
                    like pondicherry, portuguese goa, sikkim and nagaland and now Bhutan assist the island go back to its mother mainland.
                    99 is maximum for survival of the debt ridden hell on earth emerging economy…..living on the imf stream while turning into bubble.

                    the island can only sink further into the abyss with the global economic meltdown and Trump writing off all small countries created by Harry Truman.

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                  You are wrong about Thodeeswaram.
                  The elusive 5th Siva temple was discovered by chance in 1998 in Dondra (now called Devinuwara) when they were digging to build an extension to the present Buddhist temple.
                  Dondra head was earlier known as Thondu Munai, and hence the temple in Thondu munai was called Thondeeswaram.
                  Dondra is an anglisised version of Thondu.
                  It is a million dollar question whether Thondeeswaram will ever be resurrected as a Budhdist temple has been erected on the site where it stood after demolishing it.

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                “Tamils were a well established race in ancient Ealam (whole of Sri Lanka) before the appearance of Sinhalese”

                In Tamil Nadu, not in Sri Lanka.

                If you think you were, then take it up at the UN, give evidence and get what you want.

                When you buggers belive King Dutugemunu was a Tamil, what carbage can not you think

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                  ravi perera the sinhalam speaking demala,

                  The treaty is at somerset house- the island of ceylon was ruled indeed from madras presidency british raj.
                  In 1947 churchill was instructed to unload the baggage of servitude workers in the island.
                  you are a protesting bangladeshi hora oru- DNA 505 kalu kolla kalla thoni?? Inform the UNHCR please.

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              Ravi Perera,
              Please come out of your racist mindset and face the truth.

              1. Eastern Province – The rightful owners of eastern province are the Tamilised descendants of Veddhas and not Sinhalese, Muslims or even other Tamils like Mukkuwas. Recently by chance a seat of ancient Veddha rule was discovered in Vaharai. Also 2000 year old Tamil inscriptions have been found by chance in Mahiladitivu and Kathiraveli in Baticaloa and Weber stadium in Trincomalee. In contrast no such ancient inscription in Sinhala has been found. This clearly shows that Tamils lived in the eastern province for over 2000 years. It is documented in history that Muslims fleeing persecution of Portuguese were settled in eastern province 500 years ago by King Senerath. It is also well known that 90% of Sinhalese had been settled in eastern province only during the last 80 years. There is demographic proof in census conducted since 1881. At the turn of the 20th century Sinhalese were only 2% in Trincomalee district and 5% in the entire eastern province. There is nothing in history that says Sinhalese were driven out from eastern province either by humans or by disease. This change in demography has occured by both planned settlement of Sinhalese and ethnic cleansing of Tamils since independance. Kantalai which was a Tamil majority town has been completely cleansed of Tamils since 1977. Ethnic cleansing of Tamils in eastern province began in 1956, when Tamil farmers who lived around Kondawatuvan tank were chased out and never allowed to return. Since 1985, Muslims have also committed ethnic cleansing of Tamils specially around Valaichchenai and Sammanthurai. Saivaism was the first religion in eastern province and not Buddhism. Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee is older than any of the Buddhist temples in eastern province. Also pressnce of Buddhist temples does not mean pressence of sinhalese, as at one time Tamils had been Buddhists. At the time of Portuguese conquest of Jaffna Kingdom, Trincomalee district north of Mahaveli river was under Jaffna Kingdom. That is why Robert Knox had no problem landing in Trincomalee, but was arrested by guards of Kandyan King when he crossed mahaveli river into Mutur. This is also why Portuguese destroyed Koneswaram temple which was under their rule. Just because eastern province was under the rule of Kandyan kingdom and prior to that under Anuradhapura kingdom does not mean that Sinhalese are the owners. Does it mean that since Srilanka was once under British kingdom, it could be claimed by British as their own. Moreover in 1956, Mahaoya and Padiyatalawa revenue districts were removed from UVA province and attached to eastern province and a Sinhala majority Ampara distict was created. Claiming lands by planned settlements like in Israel, or by ethnic cleansing like in Bosnia amounts to racism. The correct solution is to remove Amparai electorate and Lahugala AGA division from Amparai district and link them to UVA and remove Gomarankadawela AGA division from Trincomalee district and link it to Anuradhapura district and join the remaining Tamil majority areas of eastern province to Northern province.

              2. Northern province – After the veddhas the first migrants to Srilanka were Dravidians. Srilanka before 10,000 years was a continuous land mass with Tamil Nadu. When a civilisation had been flourishing on one side of the divide, it is hard to believe a similar civilisation did not exist on the other side. Recent discoveries also by chance of urn burial cites a hall mark of Dravidian civilisation and potteries similar to those found in Tamil Nadu goes to prove this. Though there were no established kingdoms in Srilanka before Anuradhapura, there were tribal heads in several areas especially in northwest, northeast and north. At the time of Portuguese conquest of Jaffna, the kingdom extended upto Deduruoya in Puttalam district. That is why Portuguese were able to destroy Munneswaram temple which was under their rule. Also parts of Puttalam district was known as Demala Hatpattu, and names of towns and villages in Puttalam district is in Tamil.

              It is unfortunate Sinhalese do not want to do extensive search of the truth about ancient settlements as it will blow to pieces the current entrenched propaganda of Sinhala ownership. It is said that Sinhala evidence is seen superficially while Tamil evidence is lying deep. Recent DNA studies has completely blown off the Aryan myth and has also put into question about Bengali ancestry as Bengali genetic material input in Tamils is greater (6%) than Sinhalese (4%). Similarly if scientific archeological studies are undertaken, all other racist myths will fall apart. Now there are instruments available which could detect ancient artefacts buried deep without digging, and advanced methods to excavate them. Will the Sinhala dominated government take up this challenge.

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          Tamils are extremely dishonest and extremely greedy.

          So, it is stupid to reason with them.

          Just indian behaviour.

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            /Tamils are extremely dishonest and extremely greedy. So, it is stupid to reason with them. Just indian behaviour/

            Sinhalese are from a guy who was born out of if incest, grandchild of a lion.

            Vijay came from India with 700 thugs and all of them got their wives from the the TAMIL Pandyan kingdom.

            JUST Indian behaviour? okay!

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        Dr Gnana,

        “This clearly shows that Tamils will never get justice under Sinhala rule where there is institutional racism in judicial mechanism.”

        Sorry but I fail to see why you take up the well known problems with our judicial mechanism here.

        In case you don’t know there is not much law and order and good governance for the Muslims, Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka. Don’t think that only Tamils have problems.

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          Lone Wolf

          Gnana is a very confused man. His blood is diluted with distanced Royal blood. It is the trans Colombo-KKS thinking that will go in the reversal of trans KkS – Colombo thinking at times.

          He must start his life from kindergarten from his Jaffna home village.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam;

        You are living evidence to prove that it is fruitless to help Tamils get educated.

        You are intelligent person. YOu are one who got through exams with the help of invigilators and those marked question papers.

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          why not you do the Pāda Yātrā,??? eh??

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    It should be incumbent on the UGC, as well as the local administrators, to make sure each and every university in the island is secular and pluralistic.

    The fact that the university is in Jaffna should not be used as a reason to bar cultural events identified as “sinhalese”.

    The real reason behind this posturing and confrontation among students (and supportive faculty) is the desire to show the other “who’s in charge” – an attempt to intimidate the minorities – be they sinhalese in Jaffna or Tamil in the southern universities. I suspect the ultra-nationalists from both sides must be instigating and perhaps even stage-managing these events.

    Given that possibility, the UGC should come up with a concrete plan to promote reconciliation and communication among the ethnicities at the universities across the island. Making all undergraduates take a mandatory course on inter-ethnic issues would be a good start. Conversation circles that discuss ethnic strife and language barriers can be very fruitful.

    Merit should determine who gets into the universities, not ethnicity. Attempts to justify racist quotas using “traditional” ownership of land should be resisted. That is what pushed us down the path to fratricide. We should not repeat that mistake.

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      On ther other hand, wants to establish Tamils only Hindus only university in Sri lanka. So, no one should hinder that.

      Even the authors who wrote this article are insincere. See how Tamils kill Tamils in Tamilnadu law college simply because of low caste. Web has the photos how Tamils are hammering a student with wooden poles, probably a girl fallen on the ground. That is how Tamils can not get along with other people including those of their own who seems to be different from them.

      There may be aggression among students, Yet, it is insincere to compare this to others unless you talk the background story of the every story. You don’t talk that, because Tamil tribalism comes forward.

      Anyway this story is specific, because Tamils wanted to have a Tamils only university in Sri lanka while they call it democracy when they ask equal participation or “merit basis” when they dominate other universities too.

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    Further to my previous post, I also wonder why our active academics in the South failed to intervene or at least draw lessons of the incidents at the universities of Sabaragamuva (August 2014), Uva Wellassa (March 2016) and Eastern (May 2016)?

    Even if the Sabaragamuva attack on a Tamil student dates back to Rajapaksa period, when intervention was difficult, the attacks at Uva and the Eastern have been after the regime change and only this year. If I am mistaken or unaware of any intervention, it is good someone pointing it out and make available the information for open discussion. All these are interconnected.

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      the root cause is the unwanted `western ragging` as if plundering our sovereignty. Westerners are nomads unlike lankans and do not need this tamasha. At the end of the year everyone knows each other then have a culture and music festival like in most non catholic/christian prestigious institutes worldwide.

      By addressing the symptoms you are encouraging more of the unwanted politics at places of study by young ones.

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    /At this point, when order might have prevailed, a party comprising some management and perhaps arts students …. rushed from the East through the cycle park towards the exterior of the Mathematics lobby, wearing helmets with visors down, but not lethally armed. The Sinhalese students too armed themselves as best they could with branches etc. and a fight ensued.

    One of the attackers found himself isolated among the Sinhalese students, who proceeded to beat him. A faculty member mentioned earlier, sprang into the fracas and rescued the trapped attacker, pulled him out and pushed him away to escape. This person, as identified by faculty officials, was the USU President, this year from the Management Faculty./

    So, the writers, can you confirm that the USU President, who was assaulted by the Sinhala students was an ATTACKER?

    If YES, you have to provide your evidence to the Court and get deserving punishment to the idiot. If NO, you should openly apologise to the USU President and to the readers, and resign your positions at University as your positions will no longer tenable.

    Deal?

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      Funny deal, Rohan!

      What will you resign if the authors prove the USU President was an attacker, huh?

      We do not even know who you are. The authors of the article have clearly identified themselves.

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        /What will you resign if the authors prove the USU President was an attacker, huh? /

        I clearly said what my view is in my comment.

        If he was among the attackers, real evidences and witnesses should be presented to the court to convict the USU President.

        If he was not, what these guys said will be a lie, and THEY should be punished for misleading information and libel. Of course, their positions in the university will no longer tenable.

        Let’s say a girl was raped, and a school Principal (we know their name and his position etc.) says a particular young man walked into her room and did it. Now, as a well-wisher of the school, can’t I request the Principal to show his proof? I am sure anyone would agree that if the Principal had lied, he had to leave the school. All because I told him that he might have to resign if he made this up as he could no longer draw respect from the school community, could he (or his supporters) ask me to leave the town if he could prove the young man was guilty?

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    The uneasy co-existence between the Sinhalese and the Tamils will also be reflected in our Universities,particularly the newly established ones of the 70s,80s,and the 90s.
    The vice-versa will not be possible where the Universities lead the way for Sinhala-Tamil amity!

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      Plato:

      Only available option is get your relatives to where you live or ask them to go back to Tamilnad.

  • 9
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    To N. Sivapalan, S. Selvarajan, Rajan Hoole and Prince Jeyaratnam

    All good gentlemen.

    There have been steady accusations that some of the Jaffna University academics are sexual predators, who target not only female students, but also junior academics. Is this true? What actions have you taken to protect the potential young victims?

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      Sexual predators are everywhere. Religious institutions and Universities, especially those are old and traditional, are full of them. These are male dominant and of course majority victims are hence male. My point is these good gentlemen should be spared for not taking any action against that…

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    // In a recent case where the Council acted against an offender, a dean read out the letter of a legal expert from Colombo University trying unsuccessfully to intimidate the Council from acting.//

    Who could be this legal expert?

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    Jaffna University is situated on land that is the bequest of the great Hindu philanthropist Sir Pon Ramanathan. Moreover because the campus encloses the temple dedicated to Lord Parameswara, it is Tamil traditions and culture alone that must be observed there.”

    How fare it is Tamils Ask Tamils Only University in the North and Ask Democracy free access to other universities in the south. Everybody knows, if it is a HIndu University what they want is only the Hindus there and not the other Tamils.

    Why do they garland, Dean and faculty members like people. do they expect favourations for students from the faculty ?

    Article looks biased as, as it is a clear case of Tamil students attacking Sinhala students for including the Kandyan Dances, as well as why last minute inclusion from Sinhala students can not be accommodated when this University is in Sri lanka and not in Tamilnadu ?

    Now, Rajan Hoole looks like another Tribalist.

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    Anywhere in Sinhale, Tamils can participate in Kataragama Festival, can have their VALE cart ceremonies, build kovils as they wish.

    But, if Sinhala Students want to have Kandyan dances in the possession, they have to plan well in advance. Don’t you lecturers think that Science Faculty Student Union which organized this is very tribalist ? The way article is presented it looks you guys too are tribalist. You people have hidden the case as much as possible.

    Is this a university where intelligent people are trained or just low class “racists” are trained ?.

    Jaffna is very famous for invigilators supporting students to write question papers. Teacher garlanding looks like, for me, as asking favourations from the faculty members, in this case, Dean, and making the teachers obliged to some students as Tamils Students are dominating the student union.

    Why this should not be duplicated in other universities where Sinhala students are dominating ?

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      Thanks Mr Jim Softy for demonstrating that you have NO IDEA whatsoever how the universities operate.

      We have conducted farewell parties for academics, not only when they retire, but also when they go overseas on long-term assignments.

      It is all right to be a fool, but you don’t have to demonstrate that to everyone.

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        Rohan:

        After LTTE, Tamils created a Tamils only university. Now, they are upset they cannot keep it that way.

        Why do you go behind lecturers, faculty heads, deans and vice chancellros.

        Are you expecting favourations when you go to the exams ?

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          I know your capacity to comprehend is very limited.

          I went to Peradeniya, where Tamil students did exceptionally well, despite the fact that Tamil students had only English lectures, but Sinhala students were taught in Sinhala as well.

          Tamil students barely interact with the lecturers, mainly because of the lack of confidence and English proficiency. But, Sinhala students moved reasonably close with the lecturers.

          Well, those who went ti universities would know all these. We cannot expect this you, poor little chauvinist.

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    We need to recognise the symptoms. But we need to search genuinely and deeply for the cause. What the university gentlemen have suggested need to be implemented. But it is only a First aid or Band Aid solution until a solution to the identified root causes.

    A political solution is now a mirage. Justice to crimes during the last phase of the war and the immediate aftermath may never happen. We are in for a long period of strife between the Tamils and the Sinhalese as long as Sri Lanka remains a Unitary State and the ills that come with such a structure.

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    This is how Tamilnet reports the case.

    Rajan Hoole comes and talks another story.

    One of the Sinhala students, who has been admitted for ‘prolonged’ medical treatment in South following the recent violent clash between the Sinhala and Tamil students at the University of Jaffna, has reportedly named 4 Tamil students as the attackers and the SL police has been trying to get the SL Judiciary to issue arrest warrants against them, informed sources at the University of Jaffna told TamilNet on Tuesday.

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    Not all news coming from Sri Lankan universities is about thugs claiming “my way of beating drums (dum, dum dum) is better sounding than the other fellows’ way of beating drums (dam, dam dam)”.
    Let’s congratulate the young chaps here:
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/113296/Moratuwa-Uni-team-wins-big-at-Microsoft-Imagine-Cup

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      Microsoft is holding this competition for over a decade at Sri Lanka.

      Both winners IIT for global citizenship and Romania for innovation have ventured into digital medicine – well they have great medical institutes to fall back.
      It’s the way to go with major operations being carried out remotely even at china.

      While SL guys have graduated from wesak thoran displays to digital signage.
      physical signage to digital signage which is very vast.
      After the gift SriJaya hospital it’s all rotten?

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    N. Sivapalan, S. Selvarajan, Rajan Hoole and Prince Jeyaratnam,

    Thank you!

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    Readers,

    “But regrettably the incident has also become a tool in the battle for supremacy within the Tamil nationalist camp for the faction backed by the newspaper Valampuri, whose editor is a functionary of the Tamil People’s Council. Its editorial of 19th July declared:

    “Jaffna University is situated on land that is the bequest of the great Hindu philanthropist Sir Pon Ramanathan. Moreover because the campus encloses the temple dedicated to Lord Parameswara, it is Tamil traditions and culture alone that must be observed there.” To avoid similar clashes in future, the editor urges the university authorities to institute a rigidly puritanical behavioural code in dress and manners to be strictly observed by everyone who functions in the University.

    Shocking as this may seem for what is in name a secular university, steps the university authorities have been taking over many years point in the direction prescribed by the editorial.”

    In the future maybe only properly dressed Hindus with nice behavior are welcome to study and lecture. Wonder how the people with ideas like the editor of Valampuri manage to complain about the discrimination they suffer from others? Slight contradiction?

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      hey left liberal you are taking divisiveness into your conceited logical rule.

      What is wrong in dress sense?? you are still ambude bound??

      The english admire the french dress sense but can afford to love their own and even food. Settlers what have you to lose??

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    Anyway, with respect to what we see in western universities, Jaffna university is very primitive. It is not a place for scholars, intellectuals etc., etc. If this happened in a rural area we can understand.

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    The injured students were rushed to the hospital. There were 10 injured Sinhala students. No Tamil Student seemed to have been seriously injured. Of the 10 injured students 4 had very very minor injuries.2 had minor injuries. 4 had major injuries of whom one was in a serious condition.

    Above is the story from a Tamil source.

    When these four did not write it here. They report completely a different thing.

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      The same source told everyone else how this whole incident was created by small clique of Sinhala students. You think everyone here is a fool? Don’t think that everyone is like you.

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      According to an academic at U of Jaffna, the police (Predominantly Sinhalese) did not bother taking the Tamil students to the hospital. On the other hand, Tamil students did not trust the police to go with them to the hospital.

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        According to News sources by reliable – Tamil news sites, there are NO Tamils injured.

        It is 10 sinhala students injured, One Students ahs long lasting injuries.

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    Jim.

    I need to condescend to respond to you.

    Your line…
    Why do they garland,Dean and Faculty members like people do they expect FAVOURATIONS[!] for students from the faculty?

    Jim,you have asked me to go to Tamil Nad eh?

    You fart!

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      Plato:

      You will be happy in your homeland.

      Why do you want to get killed by this bad, bad, and very bad Sinhala People ?

      Live a happy life among your family of Tamils.

      Only thing is you will be killed because you are a Dalit.

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    Universities should offer a compulsory course on personal development which enables students to transcend their racial, religious and other cultural differences and become broad-minded global citizen.

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    “The Council has found it hard enough to deal with persistent complaints of sexual abuse against several staff members. In a recent case where the Council acted against an offender, a dean read out the letter of a legal expert from Colombo University trying unsuccessfully to intimidate the Council from acting.”

    So the Council is not quite trying to protect those suspected of sexual misconduct as suggested by certain interested parties some time ago.

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    Dear Readers,

    “On Friday, the day before the incident, some science academic staff sensed that tension was brewing.”

    There had been tension during many weeks at student meetings and the academic staff of the Faculty of Science including the Dean (now former dean) must have been aware of it.

    Did the former Dean of Science do everything possible to avoid the clash before it was too late? He was in charge of the welcome events not the VC or anybody else.

    Is there any documentation like written complaints that the former Dean received regarding alleged harassment etc between different groups of students?

    Is the former Dean suitable to be considered for the post of the VC?

    Did not the radicals of both sides win? Lots of media attention and apparently the Sinhalese students have still not returned to Jaffna.

    “The Police arrived around 2.00 PM and the University security informed the Outgoing Dean that they were at the gate, and he invited them in.”

    Is it not the right and duty of the police to enter and stop potentially life threatening incidents even at Jaffna University?

    If the Kandyan dancers and drummers were outsiders how did they enter the campus and stay there? Was the university security asleep? Did not any of the staff identify them as unknown outsiders and ask them to leave? Were the outsiders allowed to dance last year?

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      It looks Tamil students treat faculty and academics with high regard so, in turn faculty, let the tamil students decide what they want to do. So, the Kandyan dancers, is not something just yesterday proposed and today started, it had been propsoed some days ago.

      So, Tamils got angry as they could not do what they wanted and as usual they injured one sinhala student who now have to undergo long term medical treatments.

      Tamil student union is very strict and they cannot accomdate sinhala students in majority sinhala sri lanka, even with few days notice. It is all tribalism and the faculty allowed tamils students to do what they want.

      Actually, that Dean should not be there.

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    Wigneswaran and NPC issued a statement. That statement is to protect the Tamil Tribalism. It is very clear.

    This article looks the same way. Some faculty members are trying to turn the attention some where and avoid the major issue which is Tamil tribalism, anti-sinhala attitude and desire to build Tamil homeland in Sinhale.

    The title selected and content of this article prove that these authors were trying to accuse the govt, were justifying what Tamil student union and the students did, and authors simply didnot have any sympathy over those students who were beaten and hospitalized.

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    It is increasingly becoming clear, with every passing decade and generation, the marriage is not going to last anymore. The disunited Sinhala side is hardening and is more suspicious. The fastly declining economy in the South makes matters worse. The pre-1505 reality appears to be the only way out. That it should be managed – with as less bloodshed and dislocation to the Tamil people as possible – will be the defining feature of the inevitable future. The final phase will not be immediate because the Sinhala side will fight among themselves as to under whose leadership the final split will materialise.

    Backlash

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