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February 4: Independence Day To The Sinhalese & A Black Day To The Tamils

By Rajaratnam Rukshan –

Rajaratnam Rukshan

The Postcolonial Sri Lanka has become worse than what it was during Colonial Period: The Sorrow History of How February 4th – the Day of Independence to the Sinhalese has Turned Out to be a Black Day to the Tamils

Sri Lanka has completed a postcolonial era of 70 years, after being freed from the fetters of the colonial rule and she is currently entering the 71st year. We Sri Lankans, who incessantly boast about Sri Lanka’s achievement of independence are not in the least interested to recall the history of the past 71 years, during which the foundation had been laid for the never-ending ethnic conflict. It is, in fact, very unfortunate to note that the same day, which is the day of independence to one particular ethic group has turned out to be a black day to another. Although the British colonial rule (1796 – 1948) had helped to strengthen the ethnic identity of the two main ethnic groups, the changes in the economic structure introduced by the British during this period had an impact on the ethnic relationships between the Tamils and the Sinhalese. This was the cause for affecting the postcolonial relationships between the two main ethnic groups that had been historically interacting socially, economically and politically well with each other. In spite of the fact that such a foundation for ethnic disharmony was laid during the British colonial period, no one would deny the truth that it was only during the postcolonial period, the ethnic conflict has escalated into frequent acts of violence. This article is attempting to analyse from the point of view of the Tamils, the basics that led to their desperate plight during this postcolonial period of 71 years. 

Is it Liberation or Political Independence? 

February 4th is nationally considered as the day Sri Lanka gained independence. From the point of view of colonialism, this could also be recognized the first day of the postcolonial era. When we review the past political history, the latter description seems more appropriate than the previous one. This is because independence differs from political liberation. As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, the country liberated itself from the British colonialism and thereafter entered into the postcolonial structure.    

The fact that a country liberates itself from colonial rule means that it has reached the important stage of autonomy. This is quite evident from the initiatives for development that are being under taken by those countries which achieved political independence. Generally speaking, this could be also inferred from the history of the Asian, African and Latin American countries which after their political liberation paved the way for their people to enjoy the fruits of independence. However, on the contrary, it is unfortunate to observe that ethnic conflicts have erupted in those countries recently liberated from colonialism. In these countries, the majority communities after gaining political authority have started discriminating against the ethnic minorities. Sri Lanka is no exception to such a behaviour. The history of the island’s ethnic conflict proves that such a situation has prevented its people from enjoying the fruits of independence or the self-governing structure. 

In fact, Sri Lanka has failed in transforming its liberation gained from colonialism in 1948, “independently” as its own independence. This is quite evident from the series of actions that India – our neighbouring country – had taken in developing itself. Within a short period of its liberation from colonialism, a part of India separated itself from the sub-continent and came to be known as Pakistan. As a follow up, the important task that India undertook was the establishment of a Constitutional Council, designing a suitable constitution and the declaration of India a Republic. The dawn of independence was spoilt by its inevitable partition that led to the formation of Pakistan. Remembering such an undesirable experience and having unshakable faith in the concept of unity “we Indians,” in 1956, the country establishes linguistic states i.e. states based on the language spoken by a group of its people, with the intention of avoiding further division of the country. The demand for separation lost its vigour ever since, and the concept of national integration has steadily gained ground. 

India’s struggle against colonialism differed from Sri Lanka’s approach, in the same way as that of the success of India’s postcolonial history in considering its independence as its treasured possession. Even though there existed difference of opinion among those freedom fighters of India, in respect of independent India all of them had a clear view. In other words, what they wanted was that by gaining political freedom India should be liberated from the experiences of its colonial history and postcolonial aspirations of India should be entirely free from their colonial characteristics. This was the reason why India declared itself a Republic soon after it was liberated from colonialism and started building up nationalism by establishing state based on respective languages, with the view to prevent separatism. 

Whereas in respect of Sri Lankan leaders – whether they are the leaders of the Sinhala majority community or the leaders of the minority Tamil community – they have failed in fulfilling this historical obligation. This historical failure commences from the struggle for Sri Lanka’s independence. Unlike Indian leaders, the Sri Lankan leaders led their movement with the objective of achieving self-government under the British imperialism. Their objective was to bring about changes in the functioning government as well as in the administration in a peaceful way and through Constitutional changes. Hence the Sri Lankan leaders did not adopt the strategy of the Indian leaders who opposed the British colonialists and strove to gain independence. They preferred to gain self-rule without antagonising the British colonial rulers. In other words, the Sri Lankan leaders did not even think of demanding the British to quit Sri Lanka. 

This is reflected in the close relationship Sri Lanka maintained with Britain during the postcolonial “honeymoon period” and in the type of foreign policy formulated by it. As an example for this, the Defence and the Foreign Affairs agreement entered into by Sri Lanka with the British government could be quoted. This Defence Agreement paved the way for Britain and Sri Lanka by (i) helping each other in those area of mutual interest; (ii) Sri Lankan government obtaining advice from Britain in those matters pertaining its security; (iii) Britain providing training and military aids to the Sri Lankan security forces; (iv) Sri Lankan government providing facilities and military bases to Britain. In fact, this agreement produced the right conditions for the British security forces to occupy the strategically important Katunayake Airport and the Trincomalee natural harbour. 

Similarly, in the External Affairs Agreement too, the two governments had reached an agreement on the following matters: (i) Observation of the principles and practices of the Commonwealth; (ii) Exchange of High Commissioners; (iii) In any foreign country where Sri Lanka had no diplomatic representation, the British government would, if so requested by the government of Sri Lanka, arrange for its representatives to act on behalf of Sri Lanka; (iv) The British government would lend its full support to any application by Sri Lanka for membership of the UN. The important aspect of the External Affairs Agreement was that opportunity was afforded to Sri Lanka to represent it in those countries where it had no diplomatic representatives. Such state of affairs illustrates the fact that even after Sri Lanka was supposed to have gained independence, the interference of Britain continued to persist. 

The direct influence of Britain continued to exist from the time Mr. SWRD Bandaranaike assumed power in 1956 till the British troops were asked to withdraw from the two military bases. At the same time, politically Sri Lanka carried out its governance in accordance with the Constitution drafted by Lord Soulbury of Britain. Till the government of the United Front under the leadership of SLFP (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) introduced and implemented the first Republican Constitution on the 22nd of May 1972, Sri Lanka adhered to the Constitution designed by Britain for almost 24 years during the postcolonial period. 

Truly speaking, all these political events pinpoint to us what Sri Lanka gained in 1948 was not independence in a very real sense, but liberation only. We are bound to arrive at this conclusion because Sri Lanka was under the influence of Britain for a reasonable period of time, even after the so-called independence of 1948, as indicated by the above quoted historical evidence. This indicates the lack of farsightedness among the Sri Lankan leaders. 

The National Problem 

Even though the divide and rule policy of the British colonialists was the cause for the state of conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils – the two major ethnic groups – the leaders of the Sinhala majority made use of this political divide for their benefit and began adopting anti-Tamil policies that would facilitate the building up of the Sinhala – Buddhist country. This had inevitably led to the situation in which the minorities of Sri Lanka had been forced to the state of second class citizens and thus the ethnic problem was created. Rather than saying that the problem appeared, the usage of the term “created” would be more appropriate. 

It was in the year 1948 – the year of achievement of the so-called independence – the foundation was laid for the national problem that remains insolvable to date. In 1948, when Sri Lanka attempted to draw a definition to identify her own citizens, the upcountry Tamils of Indian origin were not considered as Sri Lankans. The government of Mr. DS Senanayake confirmed this by passing, in parliament, of the Citizenship Act of 1948 and Indian and Pakistani Residents (Citizenship) Act of 1949. This was identified well in time by many as a sign that forecasted the manner the Sri Lankan Tamils were going to be treated by the majority communities. On account of this, some members of the Tamil Congress who strongly condemned this sort of ethnic discrimination, formed the Federal Party under the leadership of Mr. SJV Chelvanayakam. Issues in respect of governance and Constitution that were raised by the Federal Party that was formed in 1949 still remain unsolved (failure on the part of the leaders of the Sinhala majority to approach the problems of the Tamils genuinely, lack of unity among Tamil leaders, inconsistencies in the policies of the Tamil political parties, the rousing of anti-communal feelings by the Sinhala Chauvinists are some of the reasons for such a situation. These factors have to be analysed comprehensively).   

Although there are multiple factors behind the protracted conflict in Sri Lanka, we can categorise the causes of the conflict into two major groups. They are: (1) the ethnic discrimination and (2) the fear of extinction. The ethnic discrimination and the fear of extinction are common in most of the social conflicts, especially the ones that are defined by ethnic factors. Firstly, both parties mutually accused each other. On the Tamil side, they made the allegation that Sinhala only cabinet of 1936, Citizenship Act of 1948 and 1949, ‘state sponsored colonization schemes’ which were initiated by the first Sri Lankan government under DS Senanayake’s premiership and  Sinhala Only Act of 1956 were the efforts for marginalizing the Tamils. On the other hand, the minority complex suffered by the Sinhala people, especially during the colonial era, is evident from the claim that they were discriminated by the British rulers with the able assistance of the Tamils, who, in the eyes of the Sinhalese, were collaborating with the colonial masters. The Tamils indeed enjoyed equal status with the Sinhalese and, to a certain extent, assumed the role of the dominant group during the colonial era. Another factor that contributed to this Sinhala perception of discrimination was what was called the unequal share the Tamils had enjoyed in public sector employment.

Secondly, in Sri Lanka not only the minority communities, but also the majority Sinhala people have the fear of extinction. The Sinhalese are considered generally as a majority with minority complex, as they comprehend their relations with the Tamil community in general and the conflict in particular through regional lenses. Relationship between the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where about sixty million Tamils share cultural, religious and linguistic commonalities with the Tamils in Sri Lanka, was strong enough to make the Sinhalese feel insecure. The Sinhalese were apprehensive that they could be reduced to an insignificant entity in view of the fact of the combined strength of these two Tamil groups. The Sinhalese are considered generally as a majority with minority complex, as they comprehend their relations with the Tamil community in general and the conflict in particular through regional lenses. For example, De Silva (1986) clearly points out: The conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils takes on an unusual complexity. It is much more than a conflict between a majority and minority or indeed a conflict between two minorities. The conflict is between a majority with a minority complex, and a minority with yearning for majority status, a minority with a majority complex (1986: 368). 

Therefore, the Citizenship Act of 1948 – 49 and the state sponsored settlements of Sinhala people in the areas where Tamils were dominant are applied together as tool of the “fear of extinction” by successive governments. The Tamils believed that the settlements were aimed at causing a demographic change and thus reducing the Tamil majority in the Northern and Eastern provinces that were considered as fundamental for their survival as an ethnic group.  

India tried hard to build up the one nation – namely India – after learning the lesson from the separation it experienced in the aftermath of its independence, whereas Sri Lanka failed to adopt the same practice. On the contrary, the government of Sri Lanka that declared a particular ethnic group as not its citizens in 1948, continued to create such a divide among the other communities of Sri Lanka too. As stated above, in 1956 India introduced the system of lingual states with the intention of saving the country from further division; but in the same year and from the time of formation of the government of the United People’s Front by Mr. SWRD Bandaranaike, the chauvinism of the ethnic majority community had become the basis of the nationalistic ideology. The passing of Sinhala Only Act that could lead to the division of the country and the creation of the feeling among the Tamils that Sri Lanka is not their native country constitute the foremost illustration of the chauvinism of the Sinhala majority. This could be regarded as a significant milestone in the national problem of Sri Lanka. The passing of the reasonable use of Tamil Act in the postcolonial parliament and the subsequent inability on the part of the government to execute this act was a more cruel action than that of Sinhala Only Act. These Acts constitute an important turning point in the history of Sri Lanka and its ethnic conflict. The government’s inability to find a clear and suitable solution to the national problem continues as a curse for ever. 

Thereafter, Mrs. Srimavo Bandaranaike, who came to power with the help of main leftist parties declared Sri Lanka a Republic in 1972 and through the development of the first Republican Constitution of Sri Lanka she created an impression that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala – Buddhist country. Subsequently, the United National Party that came to power exacerbated this conflict situation and converted into a civil war. After 1983, the UNP and the SLFP that came to power one after the other did the service of dragging on this national problem without arriving at a meaningful solution. 

The government of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa that was voted to power in 2005, fought the last stage of the war and ended it by killing Velupillai Prabaharan, the leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the 18th of May 2009. Although it was alleged that various forms of human rights violation had taken place in the conflict zone during the last stage of the war, no suitable solution for such violation or for the sensitive political issues has been found. Not even attempts are made to resolve them. From the beginning of the postcolonial period the political problems confronting the ethnic minorities, anti-minority policies adopted by various governments, the fact that the minorities have been treated as second class citizens, violation of human rights they experienced in the last stage of the war and the political issues faced by them in the aftermath of the war remain unsolved to date and as a result of which they are unable to enjoy their freedom in full.         

Necessity for a Change in the Way of Thinking 

The fundamental mistake in comprehending the independence of Sri Lanka and the manner in which the political leaders handled it has undermined the history of this country and transformed the history of independence into a history of sorrow and disappointment to its people. This is why the postcolonial history leads us to realise that the national problem is insolvable. Against this backdrop, the error committed in the assessment of the postcolonial thoughts becomes crystal clear.

The leaders of Sri Lanka, though freed from British colonialism, were not willing to free themselves from the British colonial thinking. They followed what was left behind by the British and functioned with the same colonial attitude even in the postcolonial period. This attitude still persists as the basis for the discriminating outlook as majority and minority. In the postcolonial era, our leader tried to adopt this ideology of colonialism as the national political principle. This attempt failed miserable and it is a pity that it has turned out to be the sorrowful history of independence Sri Lanka. 

As a result of this, the liberation from colonial rule has not paved the way for independence for all the communities and this fact has been proved by the history of the past 70 years. Although independence has been granted to countries such as Sri Lanka, India etc. by Britain, there is a difference in the way each gained its independence and their subsequent approach to independence. Although India gained independence during the same period as Sri Lanka, it has made a concerted effort to build up the nation by recruiting people from all its communities to the national troops, establishing lingual states, confirming multicultural representation in cultural activities and giving equal importance to the political parties in the periphery. On the contrary, Sri Lanka carried out its political activities, being influenced by the colonial concept of majority – minority and thus blackened the history of its independence. 

Political leaders influenced by such a thinking compensated their inferiority complex by propagating ill-feeling among Sri Lanka’s different ethnic communities. The past history of this island has successfully propagated mutual antagonism between the two ethnic groups and as a result of this, they have started to consider each other as enemies. Naturally this has escalated the feeling of suspicion between the two communities. This feeling of suspicion has to be eradicated and a new spirit of reconciliation has to be brought about between them. This is an urgent need of the hour. In order to get rid of this feeling of suspicion and bring about long-lasting peace and reconciliation between the two ethnic communities, a change in the way of thinking is indispensable. Otherwise, solving the national problem would be a daydream.

Unlike the political trend that started questioning the status of the language and finally created the unfortunate situation of demanding separation, a united Sri Lanka has to be built up in future, where the two communities could be able to live peacefully and amicably. Tolerance and mutual understanding have to be promoted between the two communities and to achieve this, there should be a frank discussion of the problems faced by them without any hidden agenda or prejudice. The media should help to carry out this historical obligation and avoid creating suspicions between communities through their task of reporting. Such a change in thinking should take place among the people as well as the political leaders. Only then a long-lasting reconciliation and a forum for the resolution of the national problem could be achieved. Otherwise the tendency to view the day of independence as a black day is going to last forever. 

Conclusion 

Sri Lanka has failed to transform its liberation from colonialism into people’s independence. Those governments which ruled this country one after another in the postcolonial era have failed to drive into the minds of the people, the concept of considering Sri Lanka as their own country. As long as our rulers are unable to get rid of the political concepts inherited from the British colonialism, the long-lasting national problem is not going to be solved, even though the war has ended. Our Tamil and Sinhala leaders have utilised the communalism that originated from the British colonialism to take this country to the brink of disaster. The postcolonial history should be always a history of liberation from the ideology of colonialism. Otherwise it would not be possible to resolve the national problem or to cherish the liberation from the British colonialism as true independence by the entire population of Sri Lanka. All of us shall determine the historical obligation of re-writing the history of Sri Lankan independence as a history of contentment and happiness.   

*Rajaratnam Rukshan – Visiting Lecturer, Dept. of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Colombo

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    All must enjoy it. .

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      Thanks Mr. Rajaratnam: Sri Lanka is being re-colonised today – this time by Trumpland in its Cold War with China. USA is setting up military bases, a.k.a. “Logistics Hubs” in Trincomalee and BIA at this time with help for its puppet Bondscam Ranil Wickramasinghe.
      Bond Ranil and his butterfly mafia have renamed Independence day National Day! Why, so that we forget about colonialism and indulge in nationalism? JVP was right to say that: Sinhala and Tamil nationalism are mirror images and the ‘beggars wounds” that were created by local and external networks and parties to Divide, Rule and Loot Lanka.
      Likewise, Marx was right on. ‘Religion is the Opiate of the masses’, so too is nationalism Bondscam Ranil has renamed independence day “national day”! Religion can be used to Divide, Rule and Loot and colonize the world now that colonialism is officially over. Fake news about religious conflict can be quickly weaponised via social media and Facebook too to de-stabilize countries..
      We live in an age when religions are being weaponized. USA first weaponized Islam and Buddhism against Communism in the Middle east, Central and South East Asia during the Cold War with Russia/USSR. Also got is proxy Saudi Arabia to promote Wahabism in all of Asia to distract and divide Asia so that Euro-American corporations could divide and loot the Islamic world and loot their oil, while talking up Iran as a global security threat when in fact Israel was the bleeding sore in the middle east.
      Check out https://newrepublic.com/article/147623/saffron-curtain-buddhism-weaponized-cold-war
      Today with the US-China Cold War heating up in Indian Ocean region, India which is sometimes US’ partner against China, India is using Hinduism as ‘soft power’ in Sri Lanka and weaponizing Hinduism via the Ravana and Hanuman syndrome in Lanka.

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      Even after 71 years of independence from the white man, every Sri Lankan (both educated and not so educated irrespective of race/religion) are dreaming of migrating and becoming a citizen of a white man’s country. If Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or any other white man’s country allow Sri Lankans to settle there, there will be only animals left in Sri Lanka. Every mother’s son and daughter of Lanka will run without turning back. So, what is there to celebrate?

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        90% of those who comment here (both educated and not so educated irrespective of race/religion) are living in white man’s land. They talk big about Sri Lanka and its history pretending to be nationalist and patriotic but the moment the white man give them a chance to live in his land (citizenship) all these fellows will run to the white man without turning back. To hell with independence.

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          Deva , tell me why +50 Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) who presently live in Sinhala majority areas are not moving into NE. Sinhalese are like the white man?

          Soma

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            Soma,
            This is because over 75% of the Sinhalese army are still in the NE.

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          Deva,
          You are right. We have very good examples. Gotapaya & Basil still talk patriotism but they are not prepared to give up US citizenship. They only be here if they get power to control others and get financial benefit. There are lots in USA, UK and Australia, not in China or Russia.

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        Deva;
        Sri Lankans are not running away from the Country!
        They are running away from the Situation, that Politicians have Created!
        Sack the Politicians, and let Genuine, Educated Professionals run the Country!

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          Rationalist

          Of course they were, they are, and they will be running away from the Country. It is happening not today or yesterday due to the ‘situation’, it is happening for many decades.

          Right from 1948, Sri Lanka was going on the reverse gear, sinking into untold misery, innocently immersed in perverted and foolish beliefs and actions, unable to think and analyze our past effectively in order to build a brighter future.

          When the white man gave the country back to us 71 years ago, Sri Lanka was one of the best economy in Asia, today we are one of the worst. Sri Lankans are not capable of running a country, they are only good at living under the white man and that is why they keep migrating to the white man’s countries. Give any Sri Lankan a chance to migrate and he/she will leave Sri Lanka and run to Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or any other white man’s country without looking back.

          BTW, where can you find such ‘Genuine, Educated Professionals to run the Country’??? May be from the white man’s country???

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            Sri Lanka was one of the best economy in Asia when the British gave the country to us in 1948, today Sri Lanka is one of the worst or rather a 3rd world poor (begging) countries in the world. Within the last 71 years the Sri Lankans have brought down Sri Lanka to the state of a begging nation but still they are proudly celebrating the so called ‘Independence’. The only natural resource available in the country today is women slaves. Sri Lanka has become the number one supplier of women slaves to the mid-east, the best foreign exchange earner.

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        If Sri Lanka did not have Tamil nationalists I don’t think we would need to migrate

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          Sachoooo

          “If Sri Lanka did not have Tamil nationalists I don’t think we would need to migrate”

          True.
          If people didn’t convert themselves and become Sinhala/Buddhist fascists (under Pancha Maha Balavegaya mass conversion ceremonies held throughout the island between 5 and 10 April 1956) the Tamils and Sinhalese would not have had the reason to leave in en masse.

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            Just because you wanted to say something don’t write some words here and there. It’s a waste of space. People don’t read what you write just like they miss crow sh1t when walking in the streets

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              Sachooooooooooo

              “People don’t read what you write just like they miss crow sh1t when walking in the streets”

              Yet you still do not remember to shut your mouth in time.

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    Why not create a separate nation for Tamils in the north and east and relocate all Tamils there? Problem solved.

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      Literally what the war was fought over . . .

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      Good Thinking Thanthai Chelva;
      That might Hopefully, set a Good Example of Democracy, ‘For the People, By the People’ that the Current Politicians in the South of Sri Lanka could Follow!
      What are we Celebrating today, anyway?
      Is it The ‘Freedom’, for Politicians to Drain the Coffers of the Country to Feather their Own Nests?

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      Thanthai Chelva

      “Why not create a separate nation for Tamils in the north and east and relocate all Tamils there? Problem solved.”

      Good idea. Tried and failed.
      How about sending all those descendants of Kallathonies from South India back to their ancestral homelands, including the converts too who now call themselves the Sinhala/Buddhists?

      When are you catching your boat back to whence your ancestors came?

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      Thanthai Chelva,

      Isn’t it better that all the Tamils should move into their ancestral homeland in Tamilnadu?

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        When a looser in a war suggests the winner of the war what to do, that is one big arrogant looser. That’s what the Tamils are.

        Lost the war badly but comes here to dictate terms to us. I have only two words for these loosers. F U.

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      What is the total Tamil population in the country?

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        thondamany

        Why don’t you check the Department of Census and Statistics Sri Lanka website yourself for a change you born lazy silly boy?

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      Mr Thanthai Chelva.
      I have been voicing the same opinion on CT non-stop.
      To begin with Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) who presently live out side NE must be educated of the eventual possiblity of physical relocation into NE. TNA must take this initiative NOW. Politically concious Tamils must set an example by voluntarily moving NOW. The day I observe a tendency among the Tamils to leave Sinhala majority areas to live in Tamil majority areas is the day I feel ashamed as a Sinhalese. Until that day dawns I have no reason to change my opinion that talking about a ‘political solution’ is a waste of time and the Sinhalese must be determined to hold onto the status quo.

      Soma
      (Nothing terrifies a Tamil than the thought of living in a Tamil only enclave.)

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      Thathai Chelva
      Really?
      North and East for descendants of South Indian invaders and immigrants who were given lands belonging to the government to grow tobacco?
      If we were never under Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, there wouldn’t have been a single Vellalars in this country.
      All lands in the North and East were originally owned by Sinhalese.
      There had been Sinhalese villages everywhere in the North, that is why there are Buddhists Temples or Buddhist historic sites every quarter a kilometer.
      Sinhalese should be resettled in the North and East in accordance with the ethnic ratio in the country.
      According to 2012 statistics;
      there are 335,751 Tamils,
      450,505 Muslims and
      61,826 Indian Tamils living in the Western Province.
      Together 848,082!!!
      The same statistics say; there are only 32,331 Sinhalese in the Northern Province.
      That means we are short of 815,751 (848,082 – 32,331) Sinhalese in the North.
      If the number deducted by Sinhalese in the Eastern Province, which is 359,136, (as per 2012 statistics) we are short of 456,615 Sinhalese in the North and East together.
      The slave government should seriously consider in resettling 456,615 Sinhalese around Buddhist Temples in the North, and in the East, preferably in Batticaloa and Trincomalee, in order to balance the ethnic ratio in the Western Province and preserve equal rights of Sinhalese.

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    If the Tamils do not want to live peacefully might as well return to India. They should remember Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhalese people.

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      Namal Perera

      “If the Tamils do not want to live peacefully might as well return to India..”

      Good idea.
      How about sending all those descendants of Kallathonies from South India back to their ancestral homelands, including the converts too who now call themselves the Sinhala/Buddhists, wannabe fascists?

      When are you catching your boat back to whence your ancestors came?

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        Send Buddhism also back to India together with Vijaya’s decedents.

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        Native Vedda,

        Why should Sinhala Buddhist Kallathonis go back to India? Those are born and bred in Sri Lanka no? They are not asking for a separate land to be theirs only no.

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          Shenal

          “Why should Sinhala Buddhist Kallathonis go back to India? “

          If Illegal immigrants commit crimes their right to live in this island should be revoked and deported back to their country of origin.

          Go back to your ancestral homeland, we want get rid of criminals, war criminals, crooks, ……………….. cleanse this island.
          While you lot illegally living/occupying our land the native people of this island cannot live peacefully.
          Therefore please leave, when you go take your Tamil brethren with you.
          Go.

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      Country belongs to the Sinhalese ! A myth that started with the low caste South Indian origin gay homeless one , who born a Christian and converted Buddhism and started to preach the fake Sinhalese Aryan sons of the soil theory, when there is ample historical evidence that most the present day Sinhalese are descended largely from South Indian ( immigrants) half of them from low caste imports who arrived here as menial labour during the Dutch and Portuguese era. Your ancestor are one of them. It is these recently Sinhalised low caste Indian Tamil imports ( Kerala at this time was also Tamil and so were many parts of Southern Andhra ) who made the Sinhalese a huge majority in the island, Now they are the biggest anti Tamils. You are good example of this.. Tamils have been living in the island long before a people called Sinhalese evolved , the native language of the island was Elu , a simple semi Tamil Dravidian dialect. Old Sinhalese or Hela is Elu+ Prakrit and like Elu was very close to its Tamil mother. Even the word Sinhala , is a Prakrit/Pali corruption of one of the ancient Tamil word for the island. Chingkallam meaning the land of red of copper coloured and has nothing to do with lions or North India. This was a myth that was created by the authors of the Mahavamsa comic book. Even this comic admits to the fact , that the lands to the north and east of the island were Tamil lands. Only Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists do not want accept this, especially the recently converted South Indian variety like you. Just look at the modern day Sinhalese, everything about them reflects their Tamil ancestry and not any part of North India.

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        Siva Sankaran Sharma,
        On 30 January 2019 a book under the title ‘Uthuru Negenahira Sinhala Duka’ (Sufferings of Sinhalayo in North and East) written by Taranga Rathnaweera was launched. Addressing that function renowned archaeologist Ven Ellawala Medhananada said there are no archaeological evidences to support the ‘Traditional Homeland’ concept put forward by Demala people.
        Knowing that, racist Chelvanayakam who himself is a Kallathoni started a project to distort history of Sinhale to support the imaginary ‘Traditional Homeland’. It is clear that now you and Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam are trying hard to give oxygen to ‘Traditional Homeland’ concept to keep it alive probably with the blessings of ‘Koti Diaspora’.
        Sinhala Buddhist have a well documented history in Mahawansa, Chulawansa, Deepawansa and several other books. Demala people who are the descendants of slaves brought by colonial parasites do not have a deep rooted history in this country.

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          Is this the mad monk who is going around the north and east claiming and destroying ancient Hindu temples , withthe support of the armed forces and the archeological department,in the name of Sinhalese Buddhism? Suffering of the Sinhalese in the north and east ! I only see them suffering in the south and enjoying themselves at the expense of the local Tamils in the north and east. Especially the occupying armed forces. I think you and this mad Buddhist monk are suffering from a lot of delusions. Hallucinating

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          Blind eye still you believe that Mahavamsa written by mahanama long long after Buddhism camebto ceylon as a true history of Sinhala race? Come on man you are insulting yourself by this utterance. It is just a story telling made from word of mouth written in Pali ( an obsolete form of Sanskrit) like Mahabharata and Ramayana. They are part of ancient literary work and Mahavamsa by Buddhist clergy. Do you want to call yourself born out of bestialty, incest, Patricide, wanonness and betrayal? If so it is a tragic start for a race.

          Please give up that and think more rationally. Someone quoted a priest rejecting the concept of Tamil homeland. The natives are nagas and yakshas and they were all Hindus when Buddhism swept through. Dutte gamunu himself was a Tamil speaking Buddhist and certainly he was not a racist as claimed by some misguided Sinhalese. Sinhala race evolved among nagas and yakshas and with Buddhism created a different late onset race. Sinhala is derived from Sanskrit, Pali and other impure forms of Sanskrit and later Dravidian language and then crept into the south with Buddhism. Why long after Buddha and long after mystical vijayan still Mahavamsa written in Pali and not in Sinhala? How did Thondeswaram at dondara existed prior to Buddha being one of five important Hindu temples? We have a complex history and it is nothing but crude racism and absolute modakama to say that Tamils brought by the British. You really insult yourself by your ignorance and racism. Buddha himself said go by truth and facts and not by hearsay.

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        Sinhalese are real owners of Lanka & south part of India. Who are so called old dravidians ?. are they descendants of Dravidians came to Godavary ? no they are not. They are the descendants of people lived there at the time of Dravidian invasion.Local so called jaffna tamils are descendants of dutch slaves brought here by dutch for tobacco cultivations. When the british came they cooperated with them as high class tamils posing as high south Indian cast called Vellalars. So called Brahmins are the ones who roam begging north part of India like Ahikuntikayas for Brahmin lady for marriage.Actually Jaffna Tamils are descendants of slave sakkiliyar brought here by dutch. Now so called tamil Diosopora making yet another conspiracy to take federal system as separatism failed. What they are trying to do is to convince sinhalese via fake genetic affinity tests to show south Indian Dravidians are genetically closer to sinhalese. A team did same kind of test in early 80s it shows genetically sinhalese are not closer to any race live in India except some Odia groups live in Orissa state. our team comprises Australian & japanese experts . Fortunately I had an opportunity to participate in that panel of experts team just after completion of my .degree. As such I must say all the genetic affinities test results presented by Tamils in anywhere in the world are fake & it comes with tamil diaspora’s dollars. I am telling for sure as I took part in Japanese experts test team as science graduate as an apprentice beginner.

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          Another stand up comedian?

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          Ranjith(SPRRW) sorcerer

          Why don’t you consider going back to your mother country south India. We have had enough of you and your fellow pain in the asses.

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              Ranjith(SPRRW) sorcerer

              Brilliant.

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        Siva Sankaran Sharma,

        Yes, if Mahavansa is a comic book then Vijaya’s story is a comic too? Don’t you agree?

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          Definitely you are comic and also tragic

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          What was that not subjected to any revisions over the centuries ?:
          :
          What archeology discovered since then can correct lot more if doctoral candidates would do their job well. I think even in SL, there are lot more candidates that have revealed lot more about buddhism, for some reasons, probably, the harm being made on them by So called, MAHANAYAKAs, refrain all these valuable info from the people.
          :
          This country, people are made obsequeous by traditional mechanisms. Really curseful.

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          Shenal

          “Yes, if Mahavansa is a comic book then Vijaya’s story is a comic too? Don’t you agree?”

          Not just Vijaya story, Mahawamsa, your leaders Mahindawamsa, your supposed heroes, war criminals, Band, VP, ………………………………….. too cartoon characters.

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        I am SINHALAYA; But I really hate the kind of people Eagle Eye belongs. Wait and see, these men would extinct in couple of years, then we the sinhalaya would respect all srilankens with the same degree.
        :
        This man Egale Evil being in his late 70ties, struggle wit his malices and viciousness not being able to get up from his bed today. T This man and their representatives are born racists and would never any good to this country or australia. Journalists should work on getting these kind of reptiles be kept away from the human association. Their words are against minoritarians in the country. I get on my nerves each time I read his posts. That is not my problem, but I feel, how hateful the people have turned out to be. Even in their later day life ?

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      which Sinhalese does Sri Lankan belong to?
      Dutch descendant Sinhalese – ?
      Portuguese descendant Sinhalese?
      South Indian descendant Sinhalese?

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        Rajash,
        “which Sinhalese does Sri Lankan belong to?”
        ———————-
        # Sinhalayo that evolved a unique language, unique culture, unique traditions.
        # Sinhalayo that built massive irrigation systems in Northern and Eastern part of the country and developed the economy (Para Dravidian barbarians destroyed this).
        # Sinhalayo who lived in the country that Demala historians called ‘Seehala Nadu’.

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          “Sinhalayo that evolved a unique language, unique culture, unique traditions.”

          So did many throughout the world, Esperanto 130 years old, Afrikaans 350 years old, Lingala, Gooniyandi, ……………… What is special about Sinhalayo evolving a language from Prakrit, Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil, Portuguese, Dutch, English, ………. Buddhism, culture, caste, language, …. cinema, music, … visual art including sculpture, ……….. As recently as 2016 ” The Compassionate Buddha of the Rock” 67-feet tall Samadhi Buddha Statue (Meditating) was sculpted by Sthapathi Muttiah of Tamil Nadu. Now it appears Sri Lanka brings in Tom Dick and Harry to build dams, roads, …………. ports, .. What’s your problem you stupid fascist asses?

          “Sinhalayo that built massive irrigation systems in Northern and Eastern part of the country”

          So did Mayan, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Chaco, Hohokam, Yemen, Harappa, ……….. The technology came from south India. So what’s your problem stupid man/woman/it?

          “Sinhalayo who lived in the country that Demala historians called ‘Seehala Nadu’”

          Please let us have evidence of people calling themselves Sinhalayo (whatever that maybe) in ancient times.

          You are living with borrowed pride. Go find something that you can proudly claim yours.

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        Rajash,

        Sinhalese is a Sinhalese irrespective of his or her origins. That is the fundamental difference between tribal minded Tamils and cosmopolitan Sinhalese.

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          Shenal “Sinhalese is a Sinhalese irrespective of his or her origins.”

          That is exactly my point….”The origins” of the Sinhala people

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            rajash

            Who cares about Sinhalese origins man? Some are from India. Some are from Western countries, Some are from Africa and some are born in the country. Learn from Sinhalese.

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              Learn from Sinhalese…..

              Learn what ?

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    Rajaratnam Rukshan,
    .
    “Within a short period of its liberation from colonialism, a part of India separated itself from the sub-continent and came to be known as Pakistan”
    .
    How can you praise India when you are hinting a venomous ideology founded in India was followed and is still being followed in SL (I am not talking about Buddhism).

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    Excellent critique. I agree with the presentation except the heading “February 4: Independence Day To The Sinhalese & A Black Day To The Tamils”. The well presented article has no link to the header and the critique is spoilt by alluding that life is bad only for Tamils. In terms of what has befallen Sri Lanka, one could argue that for many, there is cause for celebrations irrespective of whether one is a Sinhalese, Tamil or a Muslim. We have politicians who only look after themselves, are corrupt and have no real love for the country, we are debt dependent for our survival and we dance every year to the tune”Newa gilunath band tune”. We are more a land of Ostriches with heads in the sand, than responsible human beings

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    Tamils are all over the world. Why only Tamils migrated to Sinhale.

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      JD – Tamils are all over the world.
      You admitted to something …..and I agree with you ….Tamil culture can be seen all over the world…going back to thousands of years.

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        Why then Tamil in Sinhale Need specific rights.

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      @JD is there anything you write with any type of coherence?

      Tamils are all over the world. Why only Tamils migrated to Sinhale? What the heck does this even mean? Is this English or you are writing a language which is unbeknownst to all?

      If you cannot write anything with coherence, just f’off!

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        FOR ALL THE TAMILS: TAMILS are all. over the world. YEt, Why only Tamils migrated to Sri lanka are unique and they have to be given specific rights. That was what I wanted to write and I made a mistake.

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          @JD bugger, you are mistake born of a mistake making mistakes all the time.

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          @JD bugger, how did your ancestors get to Lanka………………suddenly appeared in Lanka mysteriously?

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      JD you are a kalla thoni yourseslf

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    JD

    “Tamils are all over the world. Why only Tamils migrated to Sinhale.”

    Could you translate the above into English, Sinhala or Tamil.

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      Native don’t be too harsh on JD
      may be he is learning to use the QWERTY key board…and typing randomly

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        Rajash

        “may be he is learning to use the QWERTY key board…and typing randomly”

        Some people believe “a chimpanzee with a typewriter and an infinite amount of time will be able to produce the complete works of Shakespeare”

        Is that what JD (Jim Softy) trying to do here?

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      Exactly Rajash!
      When will Tamils Demand a Homeland in all those Countries including Singapore?

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        Hamlet, we Tamils do not have to claim any type of separation anywhere in the world if we are treated equally. I live in Canada and have been here for many decades. The only police interaction I have had ever in the past is for some traffic violations (speeding). I have never been stopped or arrested due to the colour of my skin or the ethnicity I belong to.

        Separation of Sri Lanka is wrong!! The country must remain unified but the minorities must be treated with respect and protected. This talk about we came first and they came second must be punished with serious jail time for disturbing the peace. It is disgusting to see a handful of rascals destroying this country.

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          Tamil from the north

          “The only police interaction I have had ever in the past is for some traffic violations (speeding).”

          Being a Tamil of Sri Lankan origin, have you ever attempted to bribe the Police? If you haven’t you are not a Tamil.

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            @NV, why are you talking like a racist and a fool? I thought you were a bit more intelligent than racist low life JD! Do you think all Tamils bribe and commit crimes? I grew up with money back in Jaffna and it really does not do a damn thing for you except you can buy a load of unnecessary things. I live quite comfortably in Canada and have never committed one criminal act. But I write here to shut racists on both sides. Also selfish Tamil rascals who live abroad who promote war and separation in Lanka, while their own families flourish in western countries. Lanka belongs to all who live there……………..end of story!

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    The divisive past is gone. We live precariously in the present. It is our duty to create a future for the present and coming generations – based on reason and social justice. Much harm was done to the Tamil Nation in the past seven decades – whether by omission or commission is questionable. The Sinhalese have fears too – whether real or imaginary is debatable. Both races -plus the other communities here – wish to live in peace and unity.
    The composite Lankan nation – Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher, Malay and others – is blessed with sufficient talent and human resources to produce sufficient social and economic wealth for all to live without conflict. It is up to the political, religious and civil leadership to create the conditions for our peaceful and harmonious future. The challenge is are they up to it to produce this?

    R. Varathan

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      R. Varathan

      Are you a dreamer?
      Please read this John Lennon song:

      Lyrics
      Imagine there’s no countries
      It isn’t hard to do
      Nothing to kill or die for
      And no religion, too
      Imagine all the people
      Living life in peace
      You, you may say I’m a dreamer
      But I’m not the only one
      I hope someday you will join us
      And the world will be as one
      Imagine no possessions
      I wonder if you can
      No need for greed or hunger
      A brotherhood of man
      Imagine all the people
      Sharing all the world
      You, you may say I’m a dreamer
      But I’m not the only one
      I hope someday you will join us
      And the world will live as one

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkgkThdzX-8
      Songwriters: John Lennon

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    yes indeed feb 4th is a black day for the tamils. sri lanka gained independence but tamil eelam is still under occupation.

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    What a bunch of amateurs? They still post that Ceylon belongs to Sinhalas. Oh deiyane why their stupidity, ignorance, modakama still not changed despite all the modern information technology available to improve their knowledge. This is what the so-called Independence that they got on a platter and followed by false history and blind preaching and political gundu never made them to learn or think on their own. Still believe in what Mahanama uttered and Vijayan kathawa and dutte Gamani kathawa? Dont you know that Dutte was a Naga Buddhist king whose parents were hindus? Dont you know Elara was a Tamil king? Dont you know that Dutte went to Katharagama and worshipped Lord Muruga before setting out to war with Elara? Dont you know when Vijayan arrived there was no Buddhism or anyone called Sinhalas? Why Mahavamsa written in pali depite being more than 500 years after Buddha? Why buddhist clergy still say prayers in Pali and not in Sinhala? Why Panchaisthalam predates Buddhism in ceylon? Why you guys call Buddha as an incarnation of Vishnu?

    Dont these people realise that despite the so-called independence from Suddhas still not understood their history except what some stupid racists utter to survive and out of uncertainty. Come on guys we as a nation lost every thing and at least now try to revive yourself from these ignorance and bias.

    So any fool who asks the tamils to go to India, really he is speaking out of stupidity or ignorance or carried away by the malicious lies spread even in sinhala text books. Wake up guys.

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      Nathan:-
      Can you show me any Other Country where the Sinhala ‘Modayas’ can call their Own?
      Tamils have TamilNadu as a Homeland, and they would be welcomed there!
      Where could the ‘Sinhala Modayas’ go, if TamilNadu decides to Drive them Out, when North Sri Lanka becomes another State of TamilNadu?
      They could join the Tamils in all Parts of the World, where Tamils use the ploy of false Refuge from ‘Sinhala Modayas’!

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      Nathan,

      1) There is no historical backing to say Dutu Gamunu was a exclusive “Tamil” king. If he was a Tamil then why should Tamils ask for a separate country in Sri Lanka?

      2) Elara could be a Tamil king.

      3) Dutu gamunu went to Kataragama but he might have worshiped the tree god there. Muruga worship was a later addition.

      4) No I don’t think Vijaya was a Sinhalese.

      5) It is the same reason why Catholism was preached and written in Latin

      6) – do-

      7) What is Panchaisthalam?

      8) No Buddhist claim Buddha to be a reincarnation of Vishnu. It is Hindu mythology.

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        Blind eye still you believe that Mahavamsa written by mahanama long long after Buddhism camebto ceylon as a true history of Sinhala race? Come on man you are insulting yourself by this utterance. It is just a story telling made from word of mouth written in Pali ( an obsolete form of Sanskrit) like Mahabharata and Ramayana. They are part of ancient literary work and Mahavamsa by Buddhist clergy. Do you want to call yourself born out of bestialty, incest, Patricide, wanonness and betrayal? If so it is a tragic start for a race.

        Please give up that and think more rationally. Someone quoted a priest rejecting the concept of Tamil homeland. The natives are nagas and yakshas and they were all Hindus when Buddhism swept through. Dutte gamunu himself was a Tamil speaking Buddhist and certainly he was not a racist as claimed by some misguided Sinhalese. Sinhala race evolved among nagas and yakshas and with Buddhism created a different late onset race. Sinhala is derived from Sanskrit, Pali and other impure forms of Sanskrit and later Dravidian language and then crept into the south with Buddhism. Why long after Buddha and long after mystical vijayan still Mahavamsa written in Pali and not in Sinhala? How did Thondeswaram at dondara existed prior to Buddha being one of five important Hindu temples? We have a complex history and it is nothing but crude racism and absolute modakama to say that Tamils brought by the British. You really insult yourself by your ignorance and racism. Buddha himself said go by truth and facts and not by hearsay.

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        Shenal

        ” Dutu gamunu went to Kataragama but he might have worshiped the tree god there. Muruga worship was a later addition.”

        Your wild guesses and fantasies do not make history lessons. You need hard evidence. Try harder you might find them under H L D M’s bum or perhaps Kamalika Pieris is sitting on it.

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          Native Vedda,

          You should understand that there is no hard evidence for Dutu Gamunu worshipping Muruga either. // What is the reason for Catholism adopting Latin as its main vernacular? To be cool and mysterious. What else? // Pancha Iswaran? What kind of nonsense is that? There is no hard evidence for that either. It is one of your wild theories.

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        Shenal

        ” Dutu gamunu went to Kataragama but he might have worshiped the tree god there. Muruga worship was a later addition.”

        Your wild guesses and fantasies do not make history lessons. You need hard evidence. Try harder you might find them under H L D M’s bum or perhaps Kamalika Pieris is sitting on it.

        ” It is the same reason why Catholism was preached and written in Latin”

        What could be the reason?

        Panchaisthalam – Pancha Ishwarams (five abodes of Shiva).
        You seem to be “well versed in the history of this island”, hence you should have known about these places.
        I am really disappointed.

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    Outsider – I agree wot you the Independence day Sr Lanka – is worse for the minorities and bad for the Sinhalese…..and only Good for the politicians…my question is when will Sri Lankans – take to the streets as in Venezuela or yellow vest French etc.
    In Venezuela the people threw their cash like confetti up in the air during the street protest….as their money is worthless….

    Sri Lankan rupee is heading that way…I read that the Government is borrowing another 1 billion dollars from China to build Colombo Kandy highway

    Sri Lanka cant service their current loans yet alone repay it ….

    Politicians of all colours swindled the state from 4th February 1948.
    But its the Rajapakse’s who introduce corruption to the scale of billion dollars..

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    Rajaratnam Rukshan “As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, the country liberated itself from the British colonialism…”

    wrong…. “Britain liberated Sri Lanka and gave independence to Sri Lanka on a plate …after soaking their hands with blood in Partitioning of India…

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    What this guy says is correct. On February 4th 1948, Sinhalayo got independence from ‘Para’ (foreign) British as well as from ‘Para’ (foreign) Vellar Demala elites. British Colonial rule that prevailed in Sinhale was a time that minority whites and Vellar elites ruled the majority Sinhalayo. Vellar Demalu were brought to Sinhale illegally as slaves by colonial parasites to work in plantations. They licked the a*s of white colonial parasites and got all kinds of privileges using the infamous ‘Divide and Rule’ policy of British. When Sinhalayo fought against the colonial rule, Demalu always took the side of British ‘Awajathakayo’. Elite Vellar Demalu were the ‘Enemy Within’.

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      Yes . Independence day should be a black day for Tamils as much as it is a black day for the British colonial enterprise

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    On February 4th 1948, Sinhalayo got independence from ‘Para’ (foreign) British as well as from ‘Para’ (foreign) Vellar Demala elites. British Colonial rule that prevailed in Sinhale was a time that minority whites and Vellar elites ruled the majority Sinhalayo. Vellar Demalu were brought to Sinhale illegally as slaves by colonial parasites to work in plantations. They licked the a*s of white colonial parasites and got all kinds of privileges using the infamous ‘Divide and Rule’ policy of British. When Sinhalayo fought against the colonial rule, Demalu always took the side of British ‘Awajathakayo’. Elite Vellar Demalu were the ‘Enemy Within’.

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    SriLanka is not a nation of Shinhalese people, the nation belongs to all SriLankans. And we are all humans. Unity among humans is what’s required in this world. Not political stupidity like what some of you are suggesting.

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      @Bandara, thank you and I fully support you on this.

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    Take to the streets folks to chase this government………….
    Promote Mrs. P.S.M.Charles for Presidency…………

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    Typical CT post! Hate spewing as usual.

    Independence belongs to all of us, if there are any Tamils who feel otherwise, please find an alternate country.. try Trump land maybe?

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    I do agree with the caption and not the content. Before 1948, the British ruled over the native Sinhalese robbing their lands and making them slaves in their own country. The damage British did far exceed that. Because British planted a cancer virus in the body of Lanka called Tamil nationalism that has taken lives of the natives and damaged their country.

    When exploiting the natives of this country the bossom pal of British were Tamils particularly the Vellalas. They were given disproportionate power in the administration. Tamil Vellalas who were mostly a low caste in India got to an unprecedented status in SL thanks to British. So in 1948 the native Sri Lankans got independence from both the British and their Tamil cohoots.

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      Sachoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the Kallathonie stupid

      Don’t be silly.
      Neither Sinhalese nor Tamils have the right to call themselves NATIVES.
      Descendants of Kallathonies have their homeland back in their ancestral country India.
      It’s time you stupid ungrateful people humbly acknowledged our hospitality.

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        Native Vedda:-
        From Where did your Ancestors, the Veddahs Come, to settle in Lanka?
        Did they come as Extra Terrestrials from Outer Space? Did they come in a Flying Saucer?
        In my understanding, all Humans or Homo Sapiens, Evolved in Africa and spread around our Earth! So Veddahs too would have come across from the landmass called India, now!

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          Rationalist

          The fact remain my ancestors walked all the way from wherever they last stopped, and did not travel by Kallathonies. India and Sri Lanka separated between 7000 – 12000 years ago.

          Chinese are unearthing evidence of origin of Human race in China, ….

          Please read:.
          http://www.newscientist.com
          FEATURE 4 July 2018

          Asia’s mysterious role in the early origins of humanity
          Bizarre fossils from China are revealing our species’ Asian origins and rewriting the story of human evolution

          Rewriting human evolution
          DAILY NEWS 14 November 2017
          Ancient skull from China may rewrite the origins of our species
          http://www.newscientist.com

          Rationalism cannot determine what is not known.

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    About indian nation. India was broken into several linguistic states by the British. So the British laid the ground work for existing linguistic states in India. While British damaged SriLanka by creating various polities that did not exist in Sri Lanka before 1815 British actually united India. If not for the British India would be in several states today.
    What many do not know is vicious Tamil nationalism is still causing problems in India. Telugus who lived in TN were subject to cultural genocide turning them into Tamils.

    India managed to control separatist tendencies in Tamils by massaging ethnic ego of Tamils for example like declaring Tamil is a classical language though such a thing doesn’t exist in reality. India has allowed history revisionism among Tamils to go ahead with no challenge. So how did India manage to control Tamils? But massaging their ethnic ego. We Sinhalese in Sri Lanka are not capable of doing that. Sorry

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    ‘ O Brother man,fold to
    Thy heart that brother!
    Where pity dwells,the
    Peace of God is there;
    To worship rightly is to
    Love each other,
    Each smile a hymn,
    Each kindly deed a
    Prayer.’ (J.G.W.)

    My fervent prayer and
    Hope for ALL of us ..
    Is that
    ‘ All Be One’.
    The Lord bless you
    All,dear friends.

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    ‘ ‘ We have learned to fly the air like birds,and swim the sea like fish,but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.’
    (Rev. Martin Luther King).

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    My Friend

    You are wrong. It is the other way round. It is a BLACK day for the Majority. Sri Lanka is no longer SOVEREIGN. Mahintha has handed over the SOVEREIGNTY on a plate to INDIA as INDIA now owns large chunck of Sri Lanka taken over by force. If Mahintha is elected at the next election ( which is highly probable with a racist electorate) take over will be complete.
    Start preparing for the election to elect the Appeaser. It is COMPLY or DIE

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    The wonderful hydraulic civilization of Lanka under the aegis of Buddhism is the only reason the country has any recognition in the world. Sinhalese who built this great civilization should wake up and take notice of the enemies of their civilization, including temporarily defeated Tamil Tigers. The biggest threat it now from the ISIS Moslem fanatics who are destroying the historical artifacts and want to turn the country into a Islamic Republic. Lanka must elect a strong man such as Gota Rajapaksa as their President at the next election so that strong, unwavering, unceasing attacks are launched against the anti-national forces until every Moslem terrorist is annihilated. If they are allowed to form militant groups, as their fanatic fighters who are returning from training in countries such as Afghanistan and Arab countries are doing now, it will be too late. The time to act is now to preserve the Sinhalese Lankan civilization. That should be in the minds of all Lanka patriots.

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    1. Sri Lanka’s ethnic issue is NOT a post colonial issue but a pre-colonial issue. So ethnic conflict started as a result of alleged discrimination is not a valid point.
    2. Tamil nationalism which came from Tamil nadu, the epicentre of Tamil chauvinism influenced the Tamil politics of this country. It affected the whole political body as well. Without analysing how the Tamil chauvinism affected SL one cannot fully understand the conflict.
    3. History revisionism which drives Tamil nationalism is again one important factor that fuelled conflict. Unless focus is not given to these areas the issue will continue.

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    Prof you have captured all the main talking points of the Suthenthiran paper head lines since the formation of the FP thank you. To imply Sinhala leaders or the Sinhala people as your theme of analogy for all that was wrong in our Nation sorry to say does not fit into the Political Science nor in the Public Policy MAKING SCENARIO known to any professionals in a post colonial country….CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND RESOLUTION THEN AND NOW a NEVER EVOLVED TNA METHODOLOGY could be a better title for your article.[Edited out]

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    Sachoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the Kallathonie stupid

    Don’t be silly.
    Neither Sinhalese nor Tamils have the right to call themselves NATIVES.
    Descendants of Kallathonies have their homeland back in their ancestral country India.
    It’s time you stupid ungrateful people humbly acknowledged our hospitality.
    Go back to your ancestral Homeland which is situated in South India.
    When you go take your Tamil brethren with you.
    Goooooooooooooooooooooo

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      Thank you Native Aboriginie

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      So where should this Sinhala kallathoni go? Give me a single place in the world which has more Sinhala history than SL, where there is a Sinhala civilisation and Sinhala community. I am ready to go. I don’t like living with ultra Tamil racists. So tell me where is it?

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    Mr Thanthai Chelva.
    I have been voicing the same opinion on CT non-stop.
    To begin with Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) who presently live out side NE must be educated of the eventual possiblity of physical relocation into NE. TNA must take this initiative NOW. Politically concious Tamils must set an example by voluntarily moving NOW. The day I observe a tendency among the Tamils to leave Sinhala majority areas to live in Tamil majority areas is the day I feel ashamed as a Sinhalese. Until that day dawns I have no reason to change my opinion that talking about a ‘political solution’ is a waste of time and the Sinhalese must be determined to hold onto the status quo.

    Soma
    (Nothing terrifies a Tamil than the thought of living in a Tamil only enclave.)

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      somass

      “I have been voicing the same opinion on CT non-stop.”

      You have been pratting on for donkeys years, mostly bigotry, and you are confused bigotry with rhetoric.

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    Oh, thank you for finally accepting that Tamils are not a part of Sri Lanka!
    February 4th is a black day for Tamils because they know that their roots are not in Sri Lanka.
    I am not surprised of their mentality as they hate everything Sri Lankan.
    Having roots in South India, their grudge against the British granting even part independence to Sri Lanka on the 4th February 1948, is understandable.
    British took a unitary country from Sinhalese Buddhists on March 10, 1815 and as it required, they handed over the country back to Sinhalese Buddhists themselves, as it is, on February 4, 1948.
    South Indian immigrants and the descendants of invaders, who refused to learn Sinhala but embraced Christianity and the English Language to gain favourtism from the British, might have thought that the British would divide the unitary country in half and give one half to them.
    Well, that didn’t happen, so it is a black day for Tamils. No worries at all.

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      Nobody has been punished for the long list of anti tamil pogroms before the civil war.
      We saw anti muslim riots in Aluthgama in 2014. Nobody punished
      We saw anti muslim riots in Digana in 2018. Nobody punished.
      This is the real face of Sri Lanka.

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      Dear Champa

      I enjoy your writing and fact stating to make a case except when you equate Tamils to FP/TULF/TN?. You and Soma always let you fellow citizens down on this aspect…..feeding your Tamils as sacrificial lamp to win an argument with the National question lot?????

      As Tamils speaking people of our land we found our children being used by the above outfit to undermine democracy???????? since tamils were not willing to support them through staged speeches and Suthanthiran writings only???? we sold our children to misadventure by outsiders??????? just as what happened with the JVP too??

      It was the failure of the GOSL to deal with this matter on behalf of their citizens then????? what was done when the residents of Jaffna were killed by foreign trained ‘children’ nothing?????? what did the world do nothing??????what did the UN do nothing????? Now the TNA saved by the GOSL given equality/parity just we did with the JVP to be in the mainstream politics….what do they do? charge the armed forces for the pain the Tamils suffered during the war………..vote winners????? get it??????? such is life for us Bro. The Tamil Nadu ghetto politics at its best imported to SL at the expense of mother Lankan Children???????

      Remember what JRJ said during the 1977 riots that turned on innocent Tamils after finish with the SLFP supporters………….let ‘them’ feel the heat????

      Now we know why this misery was allowed to happen by the geo political masters????? we are still fighting when we should be uniting??????

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    Everyone in the then Ceylon, celebrated the independence on 04 February 1948, in spite of the cloud of language/religion-divide was visible.
    When successive GoSL turned a blind-eye to pogroms, 04 Februaries became blacker and blacker for Tamils.
    .
    The culture of corruption/nepotism/impunity has driven the once prosperous country to near Failed-State.
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    Now the 04 February is celebrated by elites and their sycophants, who take turns to govern.
    It is a black day for the non-elites.

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