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Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Clumsy Handling Of The Rights Of Minorities

By Ayathuray Rajasingam

Ayathuray Rajasingam

Ever since the passing of the 20th Amendment, the country had witnessed the deviation of democratic trends towards Military rule on the pretext of economic development. The ‘One Law, One Country’ slogan only saw that minorities had been suppressed from all quarters aided by some Buddhist monks especially on the pretext of colonization and excavation of Hindu holy sites by Archaeological Department. Independence of judiciary had become a question mark in democracy. Notorious persons convicted by Courts of Law were released and promoted by way appointing to higher posts also amounted to challenging of the Independent of Judiciary. Corruption superseded in the appointments to higher posts and criminals were promoted and were asked lead ‘One Law, One Country’ mission. It is a death bell to democracy.

Sri Lanka has a long history of persecuting the Tamils, especially after the Mullivaikkal incident living in the Vanni region. After the Mullivaikkal incident, the military as well as some suspected extremist Muslim politicians reacted to attacks on the helpless Tamils that many in the international community have described as ethnic cleansing. Over 140,000 Tamils are alleged to reported to be raped, and mass murder by military personnel and the eyes of some thousands of murdered Tamils are suspected to be sent abroad either as Gift or sale. Such similar incidents took place during R. Premadasa’s regime where suspected JVPers were murdered and there were reports that their eyes were sent to Japan.

It is after these horrific events voters elected a civilian leadership under Maithiripala Sirisena which did not last on account of the corruption and lack of unity with the Prime Minister that prevailed during Sirisena’s regime. Mention should be made that Maithripala Srisena had lack of knowledge in solving the ethnic issue. He was a snake under the grass in isolating Ranil Wickremesinghe in matters relating to good governance. He also favoured China to India. Such an atmosphere provided an opportunity to Gotabaya Rajapaksa to become leader of the country. However, with the passing of the 20th Amendment, the President became more powerful to the extent he was instrumental for the military to retain immense power and autonomy. It continues to use brutal tactics to fight multiple ethnic protests and its campaign is supported by radical Buddhist leaders who portrayed the Muslims and the Tamils as a menace to national unity and security when, in fact, they were agitating for their just rights.

Gotabaya has transformed his government into a military structure wherein the political power is vested in him and carried out by the armed forces. He assumed the role of the military with the power-holding that centralizes political and legal authority. This has squeezed the freedom opinion, thought, speech and embracing the faith of one’s choice.

The arrest of Indian fishermen and confiscating and putting up their trawlers on auction (which had taken place after the visit of Chinese officials in the Northern Province) are not healthy signs to maintain a good relationship with India at a time when Sri Lanka is in great difficulties and seeking assistance from India. There is mounting tension in India over these matters. The pressure by India to implement the 13th Amendment on Sri Lanka does not mean Sri Lanka should auction such Indian trawlers. Moreover, building of Viharas overnight at Hindu holy sites with the view to defeat the implementation of the 13th Amendment. It is submitted that the President who has the characteristic of a military dictatorship was instrumental for the military and the police to exert complete control over political authority, thus denying the civilian control of the military. This resulted in suppressing the fundamental rights of the Tamils.

The Constitution guarantees human rights, equality, human dignity, freedom of expression, religious freedom, safety of arrested persons, etc. But it is regretted that during the regime of Rajapaksas there was and still the disallowance of the freedom of thought and movement together with the religious freedom to which all Sri Lankans legally have a right. Gotabaya Rajapaksa utilized the so-called State machinery namely the Archaeological Department belittled the marginalized Hindu Tamils by way of excavating the Hindu holy sites. In fact, there were instances of destruction of Hindu temples in the Eastern Province.

Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar has emphasized that ensuring equality, justice, peace and dignity for the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka is in the best interest of Sri Lanka and the devolution of power is crucial.

The two sides also stressed the long-standing consensus that fishermen should handle the issue through a humanitarian approach and avoid the use of violence. They agreed that the two sides should meet in advance, starting with the Joint Working Group on Fisheries. This does not mean that China’s officials should visit the Northern coastal areas and provide facilities to those fishermen with evil motive.

Sri Lanka is in a dire state that it would be facing immense hardships at Geneva. Since India has a strong voice, Sri Lanka has begged India not to go against it at the session. It appears that Dr. G.L.Peiris’s visit is aimed at showing India as its ally and making false promises to India to ensure that it does not interfere in the devolution of power to the Sri Lankan Tamil people. Moreover, the visit is also aimed at reassuring Sri Lanka not to be angered by Colombo’s resolutions promoting China’s will in Sri Lanka. During the meeting, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that “devolution of power” was an important aspect of the reconciliation process among Tamils. India continues to call on Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitments to safeguard the interests of the Tamil community, which seeks to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which provides for the devolution of power to Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, the inscription with the name of the university which was displayed in a triangular shape on the main part of the entrance to the university has been hastily removed from the main area, and the Sinhala language inscription has been displayed on the front when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to visit the Vavuniya University to inaugurate it. This is a recent case in point of the clumsy handling of the rights of the Tamils.

Mention should be made that India will not forget that Sri Lanka repatriated more than 640,000 hill country Tamils to Tamil Nadu and how Indra Gandhi gifted Kachchativu without the consent of the people of Tamil Nadu. St .Anthony’s Church in Kachchativu was built by an Indian Catholic of Ramnad Catholic Diocese, Seenikuppa Padaiyatchi, about 100 years ago. Moreover, the Ramakrishna Mission that was serving the pilgrims at Kataragama was demolished during Srimavo Bandaranaike’s period. Finally Dr. G.L.Peiris had used the mesmerizing words that India has been a great friend of Sri Lanka, but India had not forgot how Sri Lanka helped Pakistan to re-fuel at Katunayake during the Bangladesh’s Independence War. The attitude of Sri Lanka was always not in the interests of India.

After the enactment of the Third Constitution, it is 35 years since the passing of the 13th Amendment and still not implemented. But it took almost three years to draft the Indian Constitution holding eleven sessions over a 165-day period. The constitution was drafted by the Constituent Assembly, which was elected by elected members of the Provincial Assemblies. Today it is considered as a living document and satisfied the aspirations of all the communities in India. But in Sri Lanka, it is ridiculous that Dr. G.L.Peiris statement that the problems of the Tamils will taken into consideration in the Draft Constitution, probably to nullify the operation of the 13th Amendment. This is the ugly truth of settling the Tamils’ rights since 1956.

Moreover, it is astonishing that Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pardoned and released most wanted criminals who were convicted by the Courts, while helpless Tamils without any charges are still languishing in jail for more than Ten years had not been released. Even Rishad Bathiudeen whose links with Islamic terrorists were known, was released on bail and even permission was allowed to go abroad.

An Independent State of Tamil Eelam is suicidal for the Tamils and considered as a threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India. The only remedy for India is to extend its territory by way of annexation of the North-East Provinces and name it as EELAM PRADESH and declare it as an Independent Territory within the Union of India in accordance with Constitution of India. India’s Coast Guard will be on patrol in the gulf of Manner to promote mutual understanding between the fishermen of India and Northern Province. When annexing the North-East Provinces, it won’t be a surprise that a considerable number of Indians will accompany the Indian Forces to be colonized on the borders which can also be a checkmate to China’s infiltration in Sri Lanka. Some may raise the rights of Muslims, but Muslims are not a race. They are Tamil speaking people like the Christians. Such an Independent Territory like Pondicherry within the Union of India can assure the legitimate rights of the Tamils of the North-East Province.

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    Disgusting threats and attacks on the catholic church by leaders is a sign of insecurity and fear in the struggle for domination. Sad they are totally unaware of the reality of long term and generational consequences someday meeting creator.

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      Political Masturbation and medamulana animals:

      Not just his hand, but even if his PENIS would have been waved, people in this country would not -react. This is GOOD gold srilanka filled with human-animals.

      Btw, who financed the big rally ? My nephew questioned, why Rajapakshe-dogs, abuse the state funds, moreover why people stay as if they are blind and deaf ?

      Why cant accountants and the like professionals come forward and raise the question why the rulers to waste this much of statefunds for their popularity events ? Why do masses stay as if they are totally indifferent on these items ?

      There are growing speculations that attendees are well paid. Each oft hem should have been given 5000 K for taking part in the meeting.

      SLPP proved it again, that they are idiots, prostitutes and cheap men and women.

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      Why were the leaders of the Catholic church very quiet and supporting the same government that was persecuting Thamizh Catholics in the north and east? Only started to jump up and down when it started to happen in the Chingkalla South and Chingkalla Catholics started to get affected. Support evil and evil finally come to you too.

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    Unlike the decent Sinhalese masses who have lived among the non-majority communities, Rajapakses have never lived among the non-majority communities. They have lived in a village down south and have a primitive village mentality. Although they call themselves “Deshapremi-Sinhala-Buddhists” there is Muslim and Tamil blood in them. They run to Thirupathi to pray to a Hindu God as they believe in Hindu God more than they believe in Buddha (Buddha never claimed to be a God). They visit pansal and pretend they are praying, but in actual fact, they are doing it to cheat the Sinhala-Buddhist masses. When there is no honesty in them how can anyone expect them to respect the rights of non-majority when they do not even respect the Sinhala-Buddhists?

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      Buddhist1, Maras run to Tiru to talk to a god who may hear as the Buddha’s Nirvana is subject to nihilism. Tragedy he never talked to his wife’s god who will then ensure eternal life forever in the hereafter as well as now to live provided and protected, sans robbery and greed.

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      Buddhist 1: Your statement: “They have lived in a village down south and have primitive village mentality”. I disagree.

      I come from (born and bred) in such a village in down south. We had Tamil, Muslim, Malay, and Bugher, families. We studied in the same school as brothers and sisters. We attended festivals (religious and cultural) of all those communities. Do you mean to say that LifeStyle was of “Primitive Mentality”?

      I know you speak of “EXCEPTIONS” and those are the categories that have abrogated our village VALUES in preference to the acquisition of “Personal Glory” driven by “GREED” and “LUST”.

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    Why “EELAM PRADESH” like Andrapradesh or Arunachalpradesh? Why not Eelam Nadu or Eelampradesam ? Be a patriotic Tamil !

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      Proper Thamizh is neither but Eezha Nadu

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    “Sri Lanka has a long history of persecuting the Tamils,..”

    Sri Lanka does not have a long history of persecuting Tamils who came from Hindusthan and accommodated by indigenous Sinhalayo when they were abandoned by colonial rulers who brought them.
    During British rule V Tamils in Yapanaya became the most privileged community in Sinhale by scratching the back of British. By dominating the administration, Tamils oppressed and discriminated Sinhalayo and helped British to exploit the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.
    During British rule, V Tamil politicians in Yapanaya started the anti-Sinhala Buddhist campaign and separatism. GG Ponnambalam started the anti-Sinhala Buddhist campaign in 1939 by delivering a racially charged speech at Nawalapitiya ridiculing Mahawansha and denigrating the Sinhala-Buddhist culture, its history and the people. During the time British ruled the country, Tamils smuggled arms from India to fight against indigenous Sinhalayo.
    After Sinhalayo gained independence, Tamils in Yapanaya started separatist campaign claiming that NE of Sinhale is their ‘Traditional Homeland’ forgetting the fact that Tamils in Yapanaya are descendants of Malabar mercenaries who came after 13th Century and occupied Sinhala land and Dravida coolies brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese and Dutch to work in their tobacco plantations.
    Cont…

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    Cont…
    After independence, Tamils started anti-Sinhala campaign by attacking Sinhalayo in Yapanaya forcing Sinhalayo to leave Yapanaya. Now there are hardly any Sinhalayo in Yapanaya. Anti-Sinhala violence reached culmination after separatist Tamil politicians in Yapanaya passed Vaddukkodai Resolution to create a separate State for the Tamils in Yapanaya, declared war against the Government of Sri Lanka and Sinhala Nation and launched Tamil terrorist campaign targeting Sinhala Buddhists. Tamil terrorists massacred Sinhala Buddhists for three decades, chased Sinhalayo from NE and occupied Sinhala land and refuse to hand over those land to legal owners. Now they say ‘Sinhalayo are not welcome in the North’. That is the pathetic story of indigenous Sinhalayo in Sinhale.

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      EE,
      “AFTER INDEPENDENCE, TAMILS STARTED ANTI-SINHALA CAMPAIGN BY ATTACKING SINHALAYO IN YAPANAYA forcing Sinhalayo to leave Yapanaya”
      What happened in 1956 and 1958, conveniently obliterated or is it Amnesia???
      Relevance, contiguity of facts and events are erased from the recounting, convoluted stories spun out, by the great intellect.
      Well to recommit/recall, One-time editor-in-chief of Ceylon Daily Noise (AKA LH gazette or CDN), claimed that ‘Richard De Soysa journalist dramatist and artist par excellence, death was not murder by ‘Boot Lickers’ Master, but Suicide, because he felt ashamed, on the insult cast on the Master by his Drama’!!
      Earns the title Sri Lanka Visharadha Spin Doctor!!!
      Spin is a “convoluted strings of events to cause distortion”!
      None other excels your esteemed self!!
      You are forgetting the changed AUDIENCE!!! If you have not, think of alternative strategies?
      The audience is very different from the one who worship the ’CDN’, of 6.9 million voters, who are in exasperation right now, wringing their hands and pulling their hair out!!!!
      The compliant, who are mostly until now, having 1 meal instead of 3 for the folly of voting!!!!
      Spins in this world is countless, but hard to make it stick on intelligent CT audience.

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    Ayathuray Rajasingam “Some may raise the rights of Muslims, but Muslims are not a race. They are Tamil speaking people like the Christians”

    Muslims may or may not be a race, but they are a distinct community.

    Why not allow the Muslims to decide for themselves whether they belong to Tamil speaking people or not? If Tamils do not want to be dumped along with the Sinhalese in a single country, why not allow the same freedom to Muslims to decide their fate for themselves on their own!

    Do Tamils want to be hegemonistic?

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      Muslims can decide where they belong. However, it cannot be based on lies such as they are descendants of Arabs.

      However, which larger group they belong to, it is Tamils by science. How Muslims are going to change this?

      Kakaiyil mulikinaalum Kaakam Karuputh thaan – the actual sense and feeling of it I cannot put it in English. Roughly, it means if crows took shower even in Ganges river, crows will be black and that cannot be changed.

      Just fibbing and exaggerating their Arab DNA percentage will actually create resentment with vengeance among Tamils & Sinhalese against Muslims.

      Muslims must maintain their outlook and characteristics of belonging to the Island and not rush to barbaric, medieval Saudi and impose cruel Wahhabism on themselves which led to their current adverse predicament.

      By saying the above, I hope I am not imposing anything on Muslims.

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      srikrish,
      “If Tamils do not want to be dumped along with the Sinhalese in a single country, why not allow the same freedom to Muslims to decide their fate for themselves on their own!”
      —-
      Both Tamils brought to Sinhale by colonial rulers as coolies and Muslims who came as refugees to escape from persecution by Hindus and faced persecution by Portuguese got themselves dumped along with indigenous Sinhalayo in Sinhale willingly because they had no other choice.
      Indigenous Sinhalayo did not invite them to their country. If the descendants are not happy with the decision taken by their ancestors to live with Sinhalayo in one country under majority rule, they are free to return to their ancestral homeland across Palk Strait without grumbling. It is only a short boat ride.

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        EE,
        “Live with Sinhalayo IN ONE COUNTRY UNDER MAJORITY RULE, they are free to return to their ancestral homeland”
        Very enlightening thought!
        In that case why not suggest to the Constitution making committee to change the name of the country to “(NON DEMOCRATIC) MAJORITY RULE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA”?
        Because it is not any more Democratic in any way, or form and meaningless!!
        Retarded thoughts indeed in this progressive world, or confusion being educated over capacity!!!
        No wonder Sri Lanka is laughing stock of the entire world and being accused of HR violations ad Nauseum, because of such bellicose utterings, unbecoming of intelligent esteemed professional!
        Whither Sri Lanka???

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      They have a right to decide if they want to be lumped with the rest of the Thamizh, however, that identity should be based on truth and their real origins and heritage, which is definitely or hardly Arab. Moor, or any other western Asian, north African, north Indian, or Afghan heritage. DNA has also proved that they are descended from Thamizh Dravidians and all genetic contributions from others are very minimal and confined to a few hundred families. Like someone stated, just the Slavic Muslims of Bosnia or the Druze Arabs can have a different identity based on their origin and call themselves Muslim Thamizh or Thamizh Muslim and the Hindu and Christian Thamizh Thamizh. As they are definitely not Arab or Moor. No amount of Arabizing themselves, following Arab forms of dress, names, now food and customs and deliberately discarding their nativeThamizh Islamic forms of dress EG Abaya instead of a saree, dress, food, heritage will not hide the truth of their real origin and who they actually are. By doing this they have alienated themselves from the island’s Chingkallams and Thamizh and created resentment and anger towards them.

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    “Sri Lanka has a long history of persecuting the Tamils,..”

    In Sri Lanka, Tamils are not persecuted by majority Sinhalayo but Tamils are persecuted and oppressed by fellow Tamils in Yapanaya.

    In fact, the life of low caste Tamils (Panchamars) in Yapanaya became somewhat better after Sinhala Government passed the Social Disabilities Act in 1957 enabling low caste Tamils to enter schools for the first time despite objections from high caste Tamils in Yapanaya.

    Guys who talk about human rights violations in Sri Lanka turn a blind eye to human rights violations carried out by Tamils against their fellow Tamils.

    If Tamils are persecuted how the hell more and more Tamils from NE come to Colombo and Sinhala areas. Now More than 50% of Tamils live in Sinhala majority areas.

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      Eagle,
      “If Tamils are persecuted how the hell more and more Tamils from NE come to Colombo and Sinhala areas.”
      How the hell more and more Sinhalayo women want to go to evil Muslim Dubai?

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        old codger,
        “How the hell more and more Sinhalayo women want to go to evil Muslim Dubai?”

        Who said Muslims in Dubai are evil? They are much more civilized than evil Tamils who massacred Sinhala Buddhists who accommodated them in their country.

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        OC,
        Morning,
        EE may well have a valid point to make here.
        “Who said Muslims in Dubai are evil? They are much more civilized”
        Agree with that sentiment.
        In this regard, must say, Emirati’s value and enjoy good entertainment which they adequately compensate, compared to any other in this world.
        They stand out as best, undoubtedly and without an iota of doubt at all!
        Why do all these women seek employment in Middle East ‘petrodollar- countries including Dubai?
        The Dubai economy and citizens are able to sustain these ‘maids’ adequately compensated!!
        No proper employment for the spouse in Lanka and the family experiencing extreme poverty, unable to feed their family!!
        The principal reason is to enhance the betterment of the family and this generosity helps immensely.
        There is a litany of evidence to substantiate this claim.

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          Manila,
          Evil finds it convenient nowadays to be favourable to Muslims, unlike in the past. You know, there is a lot of begging going on. One mustn’t upset the donors, you see.

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    “Over 140,000 Tamils are alleged to reported to be raped, and mass murder by military personnel…”

    Could be by IPKF, not by Sri Lanka Armed Forces.
    Tamils are very good in fabricating stories as they have done in the Vaddukkodai Resolution.

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    If Vigneshwaran who does not own North of Sinhale/Sri Lanka can say ‘Sinhalayo are not welcome in the North’, indigenous Sinhalayo who evolved in this country and developed the country from scratch can say ‘Tamils (Demalu) who are of Indian origin are not welcome in their country.’

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      Lord Buddha is also of Indian Origin like the Sinhalese from India who Came here by Kallatthoni along with Vijaya with no language to call their own . Tamils occupied various countries like Vietnam Indonesia and Eelam.

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        KV
        Occupation and settling are vastly different. If one confuses them, one can claim that Tamils occupy, UK, France, Germany etc.
        Tamils did not occupy far away lands. They wanted monopoly over trade, which they achieved by control over strategic locations.
        Some did settle, but there was no occupation of territory except in the Indian sub-continent. but then Tamil territory too has changed hands.
        There were no immigration laws at the time and the term kallathoni does not apply.
        One can be more respectful towards other communities and faiths,.

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        Kanapathy Varunan,
        “…like the Sinhalese from India who Came here by Kallatthoni along with Vijaya…”

        Your knowledge about history of indigenous Sinhalayo in Sinhale is absolutely nil.
        Sinhalayo did not come to Sinhale as ‘Kallathonis’ like Dravidians from Hindusthan. Latest archeological research have confirmed with scientific evidences that Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo evolved in this island from Homo sapiens who lived about 125,000 years ago. Sinhalayo who spoke a unique language lived in this country at the time Vijaya came. According to Bengali history, Vijaya landed in an island called ‘Seehol Deep’.

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          Eagle,
          “Sinhalayo who spoke a unique language lived in this country”
          How come the Portuguese understand this unique language?

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          WOW, EAGLE EYE,
          .
          Sinhalayo were that rich to have used their PVT jets to the manner Mahinda Rajapakshes are used to do it today ?
          .
          How long you the kind of BPs would sing the wrong song text self proclaiming SINHALA race while a mafia man of Mahinda Rajapkshes is doing the same to the very same punnakku eating dominated crowds ?
          .
          Why do you guys think that CT readership would get misled by your repeated posts ?
          .
          I am ashamed to be sinhalaya whenever I read the posts coming from you. You are truly an idiot who should be trained by a 10 year old about our history.
          :
          Get well soon !

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          Dear Eagle Eye,
          .
          I plead ignorance
          of what happened 125,000 years ago. I looked at this:
          .
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human
          .
          To properly understand that, a great deal of cross-referencing is called for. It’ll take a month of Sundays. The way that Gota is starving us, I doubt my living that long.
          .
          However, I know that guys like you are living in clover. Why not include all that you know about “Sinhalayo” in Wikipedia?

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    Dear AR
    Very factual account of events and historical summary.
    Where we go next is the question
    Sri-Lankan authorities have almost always played double game with India. This isn’t a new approach but latest attempt by GL and others show the desperation of Sri-Lankan
    politicians .
    The writers proposal of annexation of Norh and East by India is not only wise or prudent but fought with unimaginable logistic problems. The last thing India want is to be embroiled in SriLanka politics. It has its own problems.

    Coming back to duplicity , this would not work in the long term , the cat will be out sooner or later
    For the minorities especially the tamils time is running out . We have lost everything and the international communities are very silent.
    The majority sans the clergy must come to realise that without taking along the minorities the country has no chance for any progress and time is running out
    RN

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      RN
      Sentimental nonsense has done the Tamils a lot of harm since 1956.
      There is need for serious dialogue outside electoral politics. Some just do not want that to happen.

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      Ratnam Nadarajah,
      “The majority sans the clergy must come to realise that without taking along the minorities the country has no chance for any progress and time is running out”

      You think indigenous Sinhalayo who lived in Sinhale for thousands of years overcoming threats from Dravida invaders and European colonizers cannot survive without minorities who were accommodated by kindhearted Sinhalayo. Sinhalayo can survive without Ts and Ms but Ts and Ms cannot survive without Sinhalayo. They should realize this and learn to live with indigenous Sinhalayo accepting Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo is a Unitary State and it is a Buddhist country.

      It is minorities that ruined this country by resorting to terrorism.

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        Eagle Eye
        None are so blind as those who refuse to see. You are that BLIND EYE
        Why don’t you simply quit. You are not only supercilious but a dumb wit. Thankfully most Sinhalese I associate with are not like you, cheap and nasty type.
        Read your history man. . Is it a surprise to you that Vijaya came from India, that is if you are intelligent enough to understand

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      How correct.

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    Everything Gotabaya is clumsy in everything he touches.. and he thinks he can shout at a rent a crowd and the people will tremble

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    “When annexing the North-East Provinces, it won’t be a surprise that a considerable number of Indians will accompany the Indian Forces to be colonized on the borders which can also be a checkmate to China’s infiltration in Sri Lanka. Some may raise the rights of Muslims, but Muslims are not a race. They are Tamil speaking people like the Christians. Such an Independent Territory like Pondicherry within the Union of India can assure the legitimate rights of the Tamils of the North-East Province.”
    *
    Is this pipe dream that the long harangue is all about?

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    Such an Independent Territory like Pondicherry within the Union of India can assure the rights of Tamils of the North-East Province…………….says the essayist in absolute frustration ………….

    In such an eventuality it would not take too long for the Tamils to realise that they have fallen from the frying pan into the fire…………

    Surely, the Tamils have more things in common with the Sinhalese……………

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      Yes, Like to believe that thought!
      Hopefully that materialises!!

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    Eagle Eye
    None are so blind as those who refuse to see. You are that BLIND EYE
    Why don’t you simply quit. You are not only supercilious but a dumb wit. Thankfully most Sinhalese I associate with are not like you, cheap and nasty type.
    Read your history man. Is it a surprise to you that Vijaya came from India, that is if you are intelligent enough to understand?

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      RN
      Highlighting the fact that everybody , including monkeys came from India doesn’t help solve any problem. Everybody including monkeys know that. Also the fact that we all including monkeys share same gene doesn’t help either.
      Let’s start with Rajavarothiam Sampanthan’s statement:
      “Tamils in Sri Lanka should be recognised as a distinct enthnic entity”
      (His words, not mine)

      Soma

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        soman

        “Also the fact that we all including monkeys share same gene doesn’t help either.”

        Well if you check your facts, you’ll find that you are always wrong. Please read up on DNA. There is a sea of difference among Gorilla, Chimp, Bonobo, Neanderthal, Dinisovan, Human and Sinhala/Buddhists Anagarika’s Children.

        Grow up.

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      RN,
      “Read your history man. Is it a surprise to you that Vijaya came from India, that is if you are intelligent enough to understand?”
      Unfortunately, left behind the ‘History’ book at Lake House staff Library!

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    EE says that tamils came from Hindustan. Where did sinhalas come from mating a lion with a thug who was kicked out from india by his father the king. NO wonder these sinhalas descendet from a thug and his band of other thugs have thuggery in thier dna and then these sinhala beggars go to foreign countries and expect to be treated as equals. Foreing country majorities should Treat the sinhala beggars like the beggars they are if these sinhala beggars are not happy they should go back to their beggar land.

    In addition these beggar sinhalas who warped Buddhism into the sinhala thuggery Buddhism also came from Hindustan

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    EE says that North and East tamils came from Hindustan. Where did sinhalas come from mating a lion with a thug who was kicked out from india by his father the king. NO wonder these sinhalas descendet from a thug and his band of other thugs have thuggery in thier dna and then these sinhala beggars go to foreign countries and expect to be treated as equals. Foreing country majorities should Treat the sinhala beggars like the beggars they are if these sinhala beggars are not happy they should go back to their beggar land.

    In addition these beggar sinhalas who warped Buddhism into the sinhala thuggery Buddhism also came from Hindustan

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      Gus, you are speeding like a bus.

      Soma

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    Did any of you and I have the “Freedom” of “Choice” of being a “Sinhala”, “Tamil”, “Muslim”, “Malay”, “Burgher” etc. at the time of “CONCEPTION” in the womb of the mother?

    I only know that I was CONCEIVED in my mother’s womb as a “Human Being” because my mother and father were “Human Beings”. Other than that “DISTINCTION”, there is no other “Distinction” to me.

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      Simon
      Let’s start with Rajavarothiam Sampanthan’s statement:
      “Tamils in Sri Lanka should be recognised as a distinct enthnic entity”
      (His words, not mine)

      Soma

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    AR,

    Has anyone conducted any surveys within the SL Tamil community on the ground ( not among expatriates unless they are in the process of going back to SL) about this?

    In thinking out solutions to the Tamil plight in SL, it is fine to think about all potential solutions. But it has to be workable and must have the support of at least 66% of the Tamil population in SL.

    Have you thought out how the Sinhalese south will react to a new border?

    Or how becoming part of such a huge population in India will affect a small community’s uniqueness and sense of self?

    Or how whatever little SL has in terms of small businesses and industry will be dominated by large businesses like the Adani Group and Reliance Industries?

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    Same old story.

    Only solution is to divide the island into 3 mono ethnic independent nations and total repatriation of people into these based on ethnicity.

    Until then it will be the same story.

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    EE is a god sent to pro LLTE supporters like me. We need him to propagate his thinking and mentality among the Rajapakses and the sinhala armed forces and other anti tamil beggar sinhalas because the result of this thinking and mentality will be the destruction of sinhalas and the eventual take over by india as it does not want another South Tibet on its border, Not what the LTTE wanted but a just outcome for the treatment and genocide of the tamils by the beggar sinhalas and the beggar thugs buddhist monks

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      Gus
      Tamil Nadu must separate from India.

      Soma

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        soma, now you want to interfere in the internal affairs of India!
        .
        Oh, I understand the context in which you say this: Gus has just forecast “the destruction of the sinhalas”, something which a person like me will never want.
        .
        However, if all that comes to pass, remember that it is the myopic vision of the likes of EE and you that brought it about.
        .
        It has become possible. Even guys like me (who thought that middle class guys of some “respectability” would be immune to hunting in dustbins for food – it’s now coming to that) are now wondering how to survive, quite apart from writing on the Internet.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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          Sinhala man
          I wish to see at least 90% of Dravidians free.
          I wish to see at least 90% of Tamils (Tamil speaking people) in Sri Lanka enjoy the fruits self determination or whatever the ‘solution’ Tamil political class proposes. So far no one has come up with a proposal that satisfies this 90% criterion.( Full 13A with land and police powers to Sinhala majority provinces where +50% of Tamil speaking people live is the worst!)
          If you look at it TNA represents only Hindu/Christian Tamil community in Jaffna.

          Soma

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        soman

        “Tamil Nadu must separate from India.”

        Why?
        As far as the Hindians are concerned Sri Lanka is the Sinhala state of Hindia. North East would be part of Tamil Nadu.

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          NV
          I don’t my my neighbour thinking that my house is his.
          And Tamils thinking this island is their master’s.
          Well Native, all in the mind.


          Soma

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        The biggest dreams of current times.
        Indians believe, Unity is Strength, not the converse as in some other countries

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    Eagle Eye must first cast out the beam on his own eye so that he can see clearly to remove the speck out of Wellala Demalu eye. This person suffers from Demalu phobia and is like a dog raising its leg irrespective of where the stone hit it. Caste is a curse and is found in India and Ceylon.

    Discrimination based on Varna (colour)  gave birth to multiple castes as mentioned in Rig Veda.  The system divides Hindus into rigid hierarchical groups based on their karma (work) and dharma (duty).

    The Brahmins are placed on top, followed by the Shatrias, the Vaisiyar and Sudras in that order. Today, one can change his/her job but not his caste that has since got entrenched. The caste system among the Buddhist Sinhalese is parallel to the caste system found among Hindu Tamils.

    Eagle Eye should know that the Siam Nikaya (Malwatte and Asgiriya) is based on caste. Non-govigama castes are not ordained into these Buddhist institutions.

    It denies membership to non-Govigama castes. This forced the Karava, the Salagama and Durava castes to seek ordination in Myanmar and set up the Amarapura Nikaya. The Amarapura Nikaya is subdivided into 21 sub-sects defined on caste lines.

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      Thanga,
      You would be complicating this Good Man’s life, who has been in good values and behaviour, and you seem to have a misconception about his knowledge and trying to disturb his thoughts!!
      He does not appear to be knowing much about Buddhism and it appears that he may not even be a Buddhist (May be wrong) because he seems to know more about, Hindu Vellala and the ‘Vaddukoddai’ (Batukotte) Resolution 1970’s era, than the Siam or Amarapura Nikaya.
      If he is inveigled, any further with those, he may wake up to the thought that General Ne Win of Burma (present day Myanmar) is planned and is making progress to “invade Sri Lanka” – because he may forget that the world has progressed from that moment of time and the General is no more amongst the living.
      Long past and forgotten things are still in certain people’s memory fresh as ever.
      Caste is not predominant in any part of the country as in the south – Matrimonial notices are anything to go by to assess!!
      Some have fixations, which unfortunately cannot be erased! Birth right, I believe!
      Nay a word as to hardships of poor as 1 instead of 3 meals

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    It is so sad to see a bunch of elderly people sit around and trade insults at each other sighting their casts and creeds.
    What is even more disgusting is to see most of them hanging on to their myopic opinions year after year without budging.
    No mature person will profile another person on the basis of ethnicity, it is the most childish concept one can think of.
    Let me ask you, idiots, this, do all Sinhalese behave the same? If they do, perhaps you are right and I am wrong. However, if you agree that we are a healthy and heterogeneous society, then we must accept that Tamils and Muslims are the same.
    When prosperous countries are looking past petty differences and are moving from strength to strength, we are here arguing endlessly who came first, and who did what…
    How shallow are we? We do not deserve anything good.
    One of the greatest advantages we have as humans is our ability to adapt, but I guess that quality is in short supply for Sri Lankans. We are stuck where we are for eternity.
    Until the likes of EE, Gatam, Soma, Champa, and all such blockheaded monsters are dead and buried, there is no hope for us.

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