2 December, 2020

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Grievances, Please?

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), veteran politician R. Sampanthan, has stated that his reservations about joining the Parliamentary Select Committee stems from a long history of promises and assurances, made and given respectively, and consequently broken. In short, he doesn’t trust the Sri Lankan Government (just has he and other Tamil leaders have not trusted previous Governments).

Someone can easily say ‘you are one to talk!’ make a long list of actions and statements by Sampanthan, going back to at least 1977, and point out that the ‘untrustworthy’ cap fits him as well as it does anyone else’s head. That’s a game without a time frame, though.

At this point Sampanthan wants the Government to come up with its position. For his part, he has offered his position, ‘[we are] committed to finding “a reasonable, workable and durable solution within the framework of a united Sri Lanka’. That’s a position that is laughable for ‘unity’ is not something that can be constitutionally obtained. If he is using ‘united’ as a sweetener for those who are fixated with ‘unitary’ while thinking ‘federal’, then Sampanthan should realize that there such chicanery just doesn’t sell any more. And yet, Sampanthan has a point. Successive governments have skirted the issue, been careless in articulation solution-positions and worse, being consistently inconsistent!

The problem lies in the fact that all parties have started at the wrong point. They’ve all figured what their solution-preference is and are batting towards it. That’s a sure way of taking discussion to nowhere-land.

So we have people who are adamant about the 13th Amendment, those who want a ‘13 Plus’, those who want the 13th scrapped and so on. Nothing about the main unattended grievance of people who really want to put all this behind and move on: stating grievance!

Jehan Perera won’t enumerate ‘Tamil Grievances’, or cannot, and neither does or can Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu or any of the many NGO pundits who make ‘ethnic-talk’. Well known LTTE apologist and Tiger operative, Fr (sic) Emmanuel’s book ‘Agonies and aspirations of the Tamil struggle’ says nothing on the subject. Tamil politicians don’t talk grievance any more. No one bothers to factor in demography to ‘aspiration’. No one backs claim with fact. History is left out. As of now, no one has successfully linked territory-based proposal to territory-based ‘grievance’.

Those problems that are real are left out of the rhetoric and this too is unfortunate. They are left out because their resolution does not require devolution.

The ball is in the Government court. The Government can call Sampanthan’s bluff and say ‘enumerate your grievances and then we’ll see if their resolution requires a territory-based approach’. As of now, it is clear that Sampanthan and the TNA are playing on the bluff of the Government and the divergent views within it.

Logic and scientific method have been white-vanned for more than half a century. The people have had to pay a heavy price.

The beginning cannot be the 13th Amendment for many reasons: it was illegal, it was forced down the collective throat of Sri Lankans by a neighboring thug, did not take into account grievance, and sought to entrench randomly drawn lines as a basis for land theft by chauvinistic Tamil politicians.

Sampanthan can say ‘we’ve articulated grievances for decades’. That’s a lie, but he can be asked to treat the questioner as though he/she was a baby. He can surely lose nothing by enumerating! Many have asked this ‘baby-question’ for years and no one has had the intellect to respond. This is why Sampanthan and his ilk are treated with as suspicion as they have treated successive Governments.
The Government must ask. Sampanthan (or anyone else in the pro-devolution or more-than-the-13th camp) can respond.

We have to start with grievance. Period.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com .

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    Firstly remove the miitary government in the northeast,replace the military governer with a civilian,disarm all paramilitaries,conduct state business in english & tamil,allow tamils to manage their places of worship,private family functions,businesses,livelihoods,travel,
    children’s education etc. without army supervision/permission,allow all IDPs to return to their homes,order the army to vacate all homes,schools,lands used for farming & livestock,arrest all perpetraters of abductions,disappearances,assaults,killings,rape etc.,
    ensure free & fair elections,allow peaceful democratic protests meetings and gatherings.
    In short,allow them to lead their lives without let or hindrance as equal citizens in every sense of the word..
    This is what all NGOs,human rights activists want.It is strange that you cannot understand.Maybe you refuse to,or do not wish to understand.
    If ‘unity’ cannot be defined,the state should do so.
    If the 13th amendment is illegal,remove it with the 2/3 majority.
    If you do not know what they have articulted earlier,learn now – ask them and they will oblige.
    Once all this is done,there will be real peace and contentment.

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      Good idea, then Extremist Tamils can send money to convert the province the way they want. They can pay extra and buy all the lands Sinhalas and Muslims are living. Churches can expand and can be built over the foundations of Hindu kovils. All the buddhist temples can be uprooted even eliminating the foundation, so there won’t be any evidence to say that it existed, and can establish villages and every thing else.

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        They should not worry about religions. They should get on with sustainable development of the Northeast that can benefit them and inevitably the others outside the Northeast.

        It’s exactly because the successive governments don’t want the ‘others’ to prosper and have peace that they have been oppressing them. Get rid of that malice and we will all have prosperity and peace.

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    Sampanthan does not like PSC because PSC represents the objectives of many different political parties. That does not work for TNA. TNA wants to use tribalism and accuse Sinhalas for that and this and override the rights and needs of every one else and promote the Tamil tribalism. That is the reason why Tamils go behind International community and try to bully the Sri Lankan govt.

    On the other hand, Tamils live on Casteism. That is why Sampanthan is the TNA leader. They can not promote Casteism as a political issue. Therefore they promote “TAMIL” as the one and only political issue.

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      Please get out of the well and see the world how federalism has helped develop countries.
      It isn’t actually ignorance of the world that’s the problem but some strange innate hatred for the ‘other’ that is the problem with the successive governments, ie. the majority of the Sinhala masses.

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    If “extremist tamils” have so much money they can buy land in the south too.They need not go north.
    Imagination boggles at what else they will do.
    PSC, because it represents many different parties,will never reach concensus. We know what happened to the APRC – there was some agreement,but MR vetoed it totally.
    He will do the same if PSC by some accident, reaches consensus.
    Then the drama will start again.
    But is it too much to let tamils live like human beings rather than like terrified slaves?

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      [But is it too much to let tamils live like human beings rather than like terrified slaves? ]

      The best examples is how Tamils live in Tamilnadu and also else where in the world; for example, the west.

      Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha are filthy rich. TN – Tamils are living for the gunny of rice gifted by the politician; get self-immolated for the 200,000 Indian rupees donated by the govt., so his family can live a life even though he is dead.

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        You cannot see the gap between the rich and the poor in Sri Lanka??????

        Anyway Sri Lanka is the country with the highest gap in South Asia according to an ADB report a few yrs ago.

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          You cannot see the gap between the rich and the poor in Sri Lanka??????

          How come USA has such a wide gap between poor and the rich ?

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    We are not in tamilnadu. We are here. If a man with severe mental depression self immolates,all are not going to follow suit.There, dissent is allowed.No White Vans,assassination squads,disappearances – no politicos getting away with murder & rape of tourists.
    Filthy rich are found out and taxed – not like here.
    Karunanithi’s daughter was in jail,now out on bail,and case pending.
    Here,this will never happen – all fraudsters escape or are not charged.
    Here,a convicted fraudster is top public servant.
    Tamil migrants in west and elsewhere,like sinhala migrants who too went as ‘refugees’,work hard to exist.Nothig is free.

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    If Malinga S is trying his hand at humour, the title of this piece is somewhat warped. Calling a senior Parliamentarian, lawyer and political leader as Mr Sampanthan “liar” is a slur even his obvious patrons will find in poor taste. It escapes belief someone
    claiming to be a Senior Editor confesses ignorance of what the Lankan Tamil Nation has listed for decades as their minimum priorities – features which the Govt of India recently took up with President Rajapkse at the highest levels in Delhi; where Dr. GL Peiris discussed in earnest in London and Washington. These have been discussed in detail and GoSL advised, in the absence of them, to expedite “an early and just settlement” with the Tamils. If Malinda S, an ambitious and restless member of the extremist Sinhala supremacis cabal, is to be taken seriously in his new avatar as an Editor– even by those whose eyes he seems to covet by his brand of trash journalism – he has to be more truthful, less disingenuous and armed with a large dosage of sophistication – not sophistry .

    Senguttuvan

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    Malinda,

    The principal ‘Tamil Grievance’ now relates to the war-affected and their short, medium and long term needs. There is much needed to be done in this sphere.

    The issues of concern to the Tamils are:

    1. Non-repetition of safety and security threats to person and property- a law, order and justice issue.
    2. Enforcement of provisions with regard to the use of Tamil in official matters.
    3. Non-discrimination in the public sphere, in practice.
    4. Equal opportunities based on the principles of merit.
    (#s 3 and 4- concern the issue of unmitigated equal rights as citizens in practice)
    5. Constitutional arrangements to manage their community-related issues in areas where they predominate, without hindrance and in co-operation with the state.
    6. Constitutional arrangements to particpate effectively in governance at the centre.
    7. Unofficial ban on the singing of national anthem in Tamil. Tamils should be permitted to sing the officially approved Tamil version of the national anthem immediately.

    These are the core issues that need to addressed immediately.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Malinga,

      A united Sri Lanka can be a united, irrespective of whether it is unitary, federal or any other. We can debate the form of governance, but the concept of unity and being united are beyond debate.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    The principal ‘Tamil Grievance’ now relates to the war-affected and their short, medium and long term needs.

    – You may have seen that extremist Tamils living overseas write here that they won’t support their counter parts in Sri Lanka until they get their way. So, it is what some of you Tamils want

    1. Non-repetition of safety and security threats to person and property- a law, order and justice issue.

    Why a peaceful Tamil scared about security threats. By the way, IT is Tamils who robbed banks as a habit, blew up as suicide bombers, blew up road side bombs

    2. Enforcement of provisions with regard to the use of Tamil in official matters.

    How about the economic costs. Why, the Europe is going back to Non-multiculturalism ?

    3. Non-discrimination in the public sphere, in practice.

    IT is you Tamils who are against Sinhala people working in the So called Tamil areas. IT is you people who refuse to learn Sinhala. Even the Tamils who moved to Norway after 1983, speak Norwegian language. Sri Lankan Tamils refuse to learn Sinhala.

    Universities in the South had unequal proportions of Tamils in major faculties. Yet, Tamils did not allow Sinhala students in the JAffna university.

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      Hi softy,

      The war-affected need to be helped regardless of what some sections of the Tamil Diaspora advocate. This is the best approach to national reconciliation.

      1. Security fears relate to ant-Tamil riots and violence.
      2. Sri Lanka is not a new country that has embraced migration and multi-culturism. It has been multi-ethnic/community, multi-cultural and multi-religious for thousands of years. We have to find unity in our diversity.
      The economic cost will be much less than what the violence and war have cost us.
      3. The Sinhala people also should not be descrimated anywhere in Sri Lanka.

      The Tamil students gained admission on merit. They achieved the merit through dedicated hardwork and single minded pursuit of objectives. The answer should have to have a system of provincial and national universities. The provincial universities should have given priority to the best students from within a province, The national universities should have been for the best among the best island-wide. Discriminating against measurable ability was a crime.

      Objections to Sinhala students being admitted to Jaffna University was stupid and was act of utter meanness on the part of the Tamils. The TULF in fact objected to a university being opened in Jaffna. This was the extent of their stupidity.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Indian Congress Party MP Natchiappan convened an all Sri Lankan Tamil political parties conference in New Delhi to get the Sri Lankan Tamil parties agree on the framework of a political solution to the Tamil problem. It was attended by all the major Sri Lankan Tamil political party leaders except Sampanthan. However, Sampanthan’s Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (Federal Party) was represented by its Secretary General Mavai Senathirajah MP and Sumanthiran MP. TULF’s Ananadasangari, EPRLF’s Suresh Premachandran, TELO’s Selvam Adaikalanathan, ENDLF’s Rajan,Tamil Congress leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Pathmanaba EPRLF’s Sugu attended this New Delhi conference. When the issue was put forward to the delegates, Senathirajah and Sumanthiran did not want a solution discussed but instead asked for a decision on basic principles that should govern any solution. The conference could not agree even on a set of principles for the solution of the Sri Lankan Tamil problem because the Tamil Congress leader wanted self-determination to be the basis of any solution. This was opposed by Anandasangaree, Rajan, Segu and by the PLOTE representatives. Senathirajah, Sumanthiran, Suresh and Selvam too did not want any reference to self determination. As no consensus could be reached the New Delhi conference ended abruptly without even a joint communique.

    The reality is that TNA has not engaged in any serious efforts to formulate a set of proposals on their own for the solution of the Tamil problem. Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are only saying that there are the recommendations of Mangala Moonesinghe PSC proposals, previous Sri Lankan Governments proposal for constitutional reforms 1995, 1997 and August 2000, APRC Committee of Experts recommendations etc which could form the basis of any negotiations. TNA is only pointing out the past failures on the part of the various governments and the present government as reasons for not participating in the Parliamentary Select Committee.

    Sumanthiran in a statement on behalf of TNA has said that government should meaningfully define and state the Government’s response to three issues:1. The structure of governance, 2. The division of subjects and functions between the centre and the devolved units and 3. Fiscal and financial powers, within a period of two weeks, to carry forward any future dialogue. He is also saying that the Government is engaged in a deceitful exercise.

    In simple terms TNA wants the government to put forward a solution. If the government defines the three issues that TNA wants to be defined in advance, there is no need for a Parliamentary Select Committee. The problem in Sri Lankan politics as could be seen from the past history is that whenever the ruling party put forward a solution to the Tamil problem the opposition parties derailed them. I believe that is why the present government wants to convene a Parliamentry Select Committee consisting of all Sri Lankan political parties represented in Parliament to discuss all the issues and arrive at a consensus on a political package.

    If TNA is sincerely interested in finding a solution to the Tamil problem they should agree to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee without giving all sorts of excuses. If President Rajapakse is deceitful he would be exposed.

    I personally feel that TNA would not like the Tamil probelm solved because if the Tamil problem is solved, TNA will have no reason for its existence. TNA is like the beggar who would not like his wounds healed.

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      Naga:

      “finding a solution to the Tamil problem”

      When did the “Sinhala/Buddhist problem” become a “Tamil problem”?

      Sorry I have missed the intervening periods. Where was I?

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      Naga

      “If TNA is sincerely interested in finding a solution to the Tamil problem they should agree to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee”

      The only hourable solution to Tamil problem and Sinhala/buddhist problem is for both people to vacate my ancestral land and go back to their mother country India.

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        Even the veddha’s are related to aboriginal groups in south india. In which case you will have to go back to india too.

        Secondly if your arguement is correct 92% of the population of india will ahve to vacate themselves to god knows where because only 8% of india are aboriginal

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          hema

          “Even the veddha’s are related to aboriginal groups in south india. In which case you will have to go back to india too.”

          We have a history of living in this ancestral island well over 30,000 years. You may not know that this island was separated from mainland India in about 7 to 8 thousand years ago which only shows the continuity of our existence in the undivided land.

          We never had these stupid Dravidian/Aryan identity to bicker about.

          My people should have the right to roam across the Palk strait without the stupid Indians and Sri Lankan forces targeting us. Sinhala stupid together with their Hindian counterparts now have all sorts of stupid immigration laws to prevent us from people to people access. Now we have to apply for passports then visa at the Hindian’s Viceroy’s office at Colombo to see my cousins on the other side of the sea.

          Now that you have reminded me I will ask my cousins across the sea to campaign against the Tamils who think that their ancestors were the Harappans. So the Tamils of Tamilnadu can go back to Pakistan.

          You say:

          “Secondly if your arguement is correct 92% of the population of india will ahve to vacate themselves to god knows where because only 8% of india are aboriginal”

          The 92% have no right to be there in the first place. There is always the sea they can turn to.

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          Hema, if you look back, folk lore reveals how people have walked from India to Sri Lanka and vice versa. Fortunately there were no Laws then to prohibit travel without visas and Boat people travelling from one Continent to another. Otherwise Christofer Columbus, Vas Coda Gama and crowd would have been jailed.

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    Malinga’s article does not in any way convey the idea that “tamil grievances” should not be addressed. In fact he insists that they should. What he says is that in going about this, “that all parties have started at the wrong point”. This point seems to be the 13th amendment.

    Related to the 13th amendment Malinga makes some crucial statements that I quote:
    1. “No one bothers to factor in demography to ‘aspiration’. No one backs claim with fact. History is left out. As of now, no one has successfully linked territory-based proposal to territory-based ‘grievance’”
    2. “…sought to entrench randomly drawn lines as a basis for land theft..”
    3. “Those problems that are real are left out of the rhetoric and this too is unfortunate. They are left out because their resolution does not require devolution”

    Therefore the stand that Malinga appears to take is,
    1. Devolution is not required to resolve the ‘grievances’ of the Tamils
    2. Even if devolution is agreed upon, the currently proposed unit of devolution i.e. the province as in the 13th amendment, cannot be scientifically / academically justified.

    A useful discussion can revolve around these issues. Mud slinging is futile.

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      Emsee

      “A useful discussion can revolve around these issues. Mud slinging is futile.”

      The discussion has gone on for too long (64 years) and achieved too little. In fact none. On the other hand Tamils and Sinhalese are proud of being self destructive stupid people. Their self destruction is the envy of the world.

      Since 1950s there have been numerous Talks, Agreements, PSE, alternative model constitutions, peaceful protests, war, talks, ………etc.

      All of the above should have educated any reasonable person and his/her leaders on problems and possible solutions. This is of course true of none Sri Lankies. However, Sri Lankies cannot see anything beyond their noses.

      Malinda is cannot be an exception.

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    Main grievance,Malinda,is that since independence their has been a systematic policy to discriminate and when the tamils protest clobber and kill them,the tamils require a permanent solution for their equal rights and security.Some tamils say the permanent solution is to breakaway like what singapore did when it broke away from the malays. Other tamils such as me for example say that such a drastic step is not necessary unless as a last resort if the sinhalese are really stubborn and refuse to give autonomy to the tamils to manage their own affairs.

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      shankar

      “the tamils require a permanent solution for their equal rights and security.”

      If past 2500 years history is anything to go by, the Tamils chances of getting a permanent solution are slim to none.

      Sinhala/Buddhist will ensure a “Final Solution” to the “Tamil Problem” just as the Tamils and Sinhalese combined found a “final solution to Vedda problem”.

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        Vedda,you forget that tamils and sinhalese have lived peacefully for 2500 years,though the monarchs would have fought for power struggles from time to time.The people have not hated each other,like some people in other countries have.That is why i have some hope for the future.Even the sinhalese are a mixture of the tamils and over the centuries much ethnic admixture would have taken place.In fact it is the tamils who have become sinhalese who make the biggest noise about sinhala bhuddism while the original sinhalese take a more quiet pride in their ancestry.In fact vijaya and the 700 who came with him all took tamil brides and the nagas were coastal inhabitants in the north and east too and would have become assimilated as tamils. Both ethnic groups are the 2 branches of the same tree with one becoming hindus and the other bhuddhists.This was not a terra nullis country,but a well inhabited one when people came from india.Why do you think therevare only about 2500 of veddhas left.Did the balance dissapear into thin air?No,they got assimilated as tamils and sinhalese.Why do you think a common tamil name is nagaraja.Dutu himself was a naga.You veddhas are descendents of the nagas and yakshas and maintained their language and culture.The rest of the nagas and yakshas became tamils and sinhalese.It is silly to fight with your own cousins and closest relatives who lived in different parts of the country but were the same nagas and yakshas.So it is better to dump the politics aside and unite against the real traditional enemies,which are the foreigners who have always coveted our strategic location in the only shipping route of the indian ocean.You are indeed right when you say we are a stupid people,but you forget that you are also part of us,so you are the culprit to have passed on your stupidity onto us.

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          shankar

          Your comment is based on the Dipawamsa, Mahawamsa,.. essentially written for Sinhala Buddhist, by Sinhala Buddhist and most of the stories describing the founding myths don’t add up and not supported by physical evidence.

          So most of what you say don’t hold water.

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          Native veddha,there is scientific evidence too to prove this.The DNA analysis has proven that the closest relatives of the sinhalese are the tamils in srilanka.The sinhalese have DNA of 25% bengali and 65% of tamils of srilanka and 10% unknown.This is an average for the sinhalese mind you,in the low country it could be bengali 0% and 90% of same as tamils in srilanka. Also don’t forget that the first arya chakravarti of the Jaffna Kingdom was kalingha Magha,so tamils of jaffna would also have bengali roots,because his army from bengal,kerala,andra and tamilnadu also settled in Jaffna.In the north they use a lot of coconut like in kerala,whereas in tamilnadu they use very little.The sinhalese kings also brought in a lot of keralites to fight in their armies and they became sinhalese.That is why we have a lot of fighting cocks here,it is in the genes because many of them in both sides have come as soldiers.For these people a fight a day keeps the doctor away.

          This proves my point that over 2500 years in a small island much ethnic admixture would have taken place and we are all 2 branches of the same tree.No need of going into the mahawamsa etc,just use your commonsense and also top it up with the scientific analysis.

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          shankar

          If my memory serves me right Kalinga Maha didn’t rule Jaffna.

          Vellala saivaites and Govi Sinhala/Buddhist work very hard to preserve their genetic through their inhuman caste system could you tell me why shouldn’t the vedda’s preserve their genetics and their ancestral island.

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          Veddha,i’am surprised in the 21st century you are relying on your memory when there is wonderful tools like the internet.Now it is time for you to stop climbing trees to get at the honey and do some reading on the internet on the colourful history of srilanka which is continuing today in a action jackson,never a dull moment manner,which is the only country for example where a monarch kasyappa buried his own father alive.Here,to help you i give a article on Magha

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalinga_Magha

          As for your contention as to why the veddhas should not preserve their genetics and ancestral land,look at it this way to get rid of your bitterness

          1.Firstly regard everyone as human species first and foremost,instead of veddhas,tamils,sinhalese,muslims etc etc.I know you will say others are not thinking like that,so why should we.Don’t worry about others,only about keeping your own mind open and clean.Why should you worry about a neighbours house being dirty,you should only keep yours clean.

          2.Secondly regarding your ancestral land,did you create it to call it yours.The land is created by some unknown power that is greatly superior to humans,and as a result humans have never been able to create land.Just because that superior being put you first on that land called lankadipa does not mean that it is your land,because you did not create it in the first place.This superior being that created this planet decides to shuffle around the people like what happened when the white man went into the americas and australia,and presently we asians are also going into those countries.God as we refer to this superior being may be doing this probably due to the fact that he finds land not being developed and stagnant and since stagnancy is bankruptcy ultimately,god want progress and development on the land and when he sees that the present inhabitants are incapable of doing it he sends others into that land.So don’t be bitter about people from india coming and settling in ‘your’land because land is considered as ours due to deeds and borders of countries in the UN due to administrative purposes only to avoid chaos in society,but actually it belongs to the creator only.

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          Shankar, please provide me with the link where you said, there are already DNA analyses by which they have already found those relationships between Sinhalese and Tamils. I would like to check this for myself. I have not heard this before that DNA analyses are easily made between two caucasian groups.

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    Sampanthan and TNA are not keen on finding an internal solution to the Tamil problem. The mind-set of TNA was revealed in an interview given by Sampanthan to an India media shortly after TNA delegation’s visit to New Delhi. Sampanthan in that interview has expressed his belief that India will very soon take over the responsibility of finding a solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil problem. He was said that the TNA delegation’s latest visit was the most encouraging than the previous visits. Sampanthan and his TNA team visited New Delhi after being summoned by the Indian establishment and met the Indian Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, National Security Advisor and even the Indian Opposition Leader.

    TNA’s folly in calling for foreign intervention in the Sri Lankan Tamil problem has been very rightly criticised by China’s envoy to Sri Lanka. When a TNA delegation met the new Chinese Ambassador to SriLanka, the latter had told TNA leders the home truth that the Tamil problem cannot be solved through the intervention by any other country as the ethnic issue is an internal problem. He has advised them that the best solution could be evolved only by holding talks with the Sri Lankan government. That meeting between a TNA delegation and the Chinese Ambassador came shortly after TNA’s pilgrimage to New Delhi.

    No lessons have been learnt by the Tamils even after a bloody struggle that had reduced the Sri Lankan Tamils as the third minority group in Sri Lanka. The present TNA leadership will lead the Tamils into further oblivion. Tamils in the Eastern Province will suffer most by the confrontational policies of the present TNA leadership.

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    ,Malinda must be living in a vacuum. Did the Tamils struggle and shed their blood for nothing. They say there cannot be smoke without fire.What about the discrimination in education, in employment perpetuated by the successive governments.What about the Tamils being driven from their homes and the fertile farms? What about the white van abductions and the massacre of innocent civilians from 1958 till today. How many Tamils are in the Public service How come lands in the North are leased out only to Sinhalese in the name of development.Is this blatant discrimination.If you wife or sister is raped if your home and land is taken over by the army and if your brother or husband is abducted or killed for no reason at all do you want the Tamil people to keep quiet.

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    Does Malinda know how Federalism work and how many are there? Why try to be an expert when you don’t know the system. United country is achieveble under a federal system there is no question, only problem is the Sinhalese people, they are mislead by uneducated Sihala politicians and some journalists.

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      Merril:

      “Why try to be an expert when you don’t know the system.”

      What else do you expect from your fellow Sri Lankan?

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    malinda is an ignorant idiot.an idiot whoe doesn’t know what he is talking about. he can stick his crap story up his black a*s.

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      Hey Rama , so according to you a Harvard grad is an ignorant idiot ???

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        it doesn’t matter whether you are a harvard graduate or a graduate from a uni in timbaktu , if you write a load of bollocks you are an ignorant idiot. in my opinion malinda is an ignorant idiot and a nasty piece of work.

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          A [Edited out] Croydon [Edited out] like you is in no position to be calling anyone else ignorant. Now shut your a** hole and remind your pariah relatives they are to enter my house through the back door when they come to [Edited out].

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    Some readers frame their thoughts carefully calculating not to offend the regime. This collusionist attitude may find favour for them in the proposed talks the Presidnet says he plans to have with diaspora representatives but harms the future and good of the Tamil Nation that has been subject to much suffering so far. Their efforts to please the rulers is now all too well known, sources identified and rightly resisted.

    What is identified as Tamil “grievances” did not spring yesterday or suddenly as Malinga Seneviratne tries to make fun of it. Natchiappan’s Delhi efforts are, understandably, more to suit the Delhi agenda to continue to be the main foreign player in the Island. There is nothing objectionable here. The TNA did not consider Nachiappan a major player in Delhi.

    I am no member of any of the parties in the TNA but I do believe the TNA articulates well and adequately Tamil needs without playing into the hands of the ever-enticing regime looking for weaklings. The TNA has throughout kept the Sinhala people, the country and the world informed of what it stands for. There is Sumanthiran’s recent Press Communique – leaving little in doubt. The most urgent needs demanded aas far as I can see, are (1) the fate of the multiple-thousands of IDPs, on which the regime is playihg ducks and drakes. The world is unlikely to abdandon the search until the regime comes clean (2) no further delay in the NP PC elections (3) Reduction of the armed forces and removal of their temporary installations. Notably those in civilian residential and agricultural land, forthwith. The Tamil Nation has no objection to the Army and the forces presence to pre-war levels for the purposes of normal administration. Naturally, the present hyper activity in building Sinhala schools, homes, Buddhist temples (in many areas where are no Sinhala Buddhists) Briefly, all other sinister activity to gradually change the demographic pattern of the NEP must be halted (4) It is believed the reduction of the un-necessary presence of the armed forces – keeping in line with the ending of the War in 5/2009 – will contribute to the reduction of harassment, abductions, kidnappings, murder, rape of women, the youth and others generally apportioned to men in the Forces. This is an urgent demand of the Tamil people of the area. (5) It is nearly 4 years since the war ended whereas the assured bonanza of developmental and infra-structure investment is far too slow. While some road development and the provision of electricity is appreciated much more is due. The priority list here has been in the hands of the Govt – provided by the civil service, Church and political leaders long ago.

    To come to the misplaced conclusion the TNA is not interested in a solution is to expose lack of information of the Tamil struggle. Such an opinion fits in well with the lucrative agenda to continue with the refusal of grant rights to the Tamil Nation – which is, to a large extent, the cause of the many travails of this Failed Society. It also feeds into the appetite of Sinhala extremism. It is unfortunate there are some in the Tamil side able and willing to join this grouping. This desire will grow in the next few weeks with the President announcing his talks with the TNA and the diaspora, which many of us think, is a further trick on his part aimed at cushioning the upcoming UN scrutiny in Geneva this November.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan:

      “the fate of the multiple-thousands of IDPs, on which the regime is playihg ducks and drakes. The world is unlikely to abdandon the search until the regime comes clean”

      The war criminals did not count the IDPs in. Now they counted them out. I am not a mathematician nor a logician for me to form an opinion. However my instincts tell me something is wrong with Sri Lankan arithmetic.

      Is there a mathematical basis for my fear?

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    For your information, all Harvard grads are not smart, there are some bad ones.

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      Merril, you are absolutely right. The world’s problems are due to these educated fools holding Office. In Sinhalese it is said, ‘Pandithayata Ehdandey Yanda Baha’. This aptly describes the ills.

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    There are different types of Harvard programmes. Usually those chosen for the regular Programmes (3-4 years) are exceptionally bright.
    Then there are the 3-month, 6 month, 1-yr programmes aimed usually at
    Govt/Pvt sector officials in foreign lands to help them in their own expertise. This is more calculated to help these students to be familiar with the world’s leading academics in their own fields.

    There is the case of a local policeman who went there for 3 months and claims he is a Harvard Graduate. Funny thing is the man cannot even prononce the name. In his suspect English he says “Howard”

    Senguttuvan

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      in fact there is a uni called” howard” in us i think. i believe it’s the equivalent of harvard for african americans.

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      Of course you can study at Harvard for four years and still write idiotic Goebellsian propaganda!..

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    It is a disgrace to COlombo Telegraph to publish such idiotic articles. Resolve Tamil Greiveances does not require Devolution. First formmost Tamils wants is security for Police powers should be devolved to Tamils. When Amithalingam was Man handled by a IP in teh Northern Provicne during peaceful Protect March when he was the Oposition Leader, he was transferred with a promotion. Will this happen if the Police powers was devolved to the Provicnial Council. Will an IP ever think of doing this to the Sinhala MP. Start from the ‘Emergency ’58’. Find out how the Tamils were treated in Ampara by the colonised sinhala thigs supported by teh Police. If teh Land powers were the Provicnial counciol will this have happened. Burning Tamil people alive in the Sugar cane Plantations. There were no Government factories set up in North East except in 1956 by GG Ponampalam when he was the Minster of Industries. If development was the subject of Provincial Council, No Tamils will live in Wellawatte. First grievance is safety and we can have it in Merged northern eastern provicne with police powers. With development develoved, we will not come to any other part of Sri Lanka we will live happliy in North east. You will with begging bowls.
    This joker and Editor of Newspaper asking this rubbish question about the grievances of Tamils.
    These were the causes for emergence of LTTE and saviour of Tamils Pirapaharan.

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    dai bogus siva sankaran sarma , come out with your real name you [Edited out]. you are a coward you [Edited out].i will not even let you into my front garden you [Edited out]. ….

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    malinda, you must be really ignorant to say that tamil demands are unreasonable and unjustifiable. if your attitude is like that you have a problem , i mean a very serious problem. tamil people have been fighting for their political rights for the past 64 years and you say grievances and what grievances. i am astonished by your ignorant and idiotic comments especially when someone reminded me that you are a harvard graduate. i tell you , you are not a fit and proper person to receive a harvard degree. in fact you are not even good enough for a degree from howard uni. so in your opinion tamil people have been just shouting for the past 64 years without any genuine grievances.
    in my opinion the existence of people like you was the reason why prabhakaran thrived and flourished. i expect an apology from you for writing a load of cobblers.

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        bogus coward siva sankaran sarma, siva is an educated tamil professional. on the other hand you are an illiterate and ignorant plonker. i gave you a bloddy good hiding in topix remember.

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      Rama,
      Malinda is not ignorant – far from it.
      He is a Hatchet Man for the Rajapakse regime.
      His function to disrupt any constructive proposal from anyone towards peaceful reconciliation and social justice to everyone – not merely to the tamils,and keep the ‘pot’ of discontent,discrimination,punitive measures towards minorities & political opponents of the regime,and,ongoing human rights violations etc,
      boiling, so that his mentor MR will keep on “governing” the country which is now a militarised cum police state.
      There are others like him.

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    dai bogus siva sankaran sarma, ..

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    Hay Raja,

    Amithalingam was killed by sun goat’s tamil henchman. A sinhala police man shot the killer. If there was a Tamil police, sun goat’s tamil henchman would have escaped. Think wisely man

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    According to Sumanthiran TNA MP the government should define and state the Government’s response to three issues:1. The structure of governance, 2. The division of subjects and functions between the centre and the devolved units and 3. Fiscal and financial powers. If the Government which has a two thirds majority and the TNA predetermine these three issues there is no need to have a PSC. It must be noted that the structure of the government (Unitary State) which is the main issue cannot in terms of Section 83 of the Constitution be changed without a referendum. It is a national issue and not an issue which can be settled over a cup of tea between the government and the TNA.
    In view of the never ending demand for Eelam a recent blog has posed the following “cynical solution”. It cannot be completely ruled out that the majority community frustrated by the inequitable demand for Eelam may take this option seriously.

    A CYNICAL SOLUTION
    Eelam is a demand for a separate TERRITORY. The fair way to determine a territorial right is to base it on population. The population of Sri Lankan Tamils in the Northern Province according to 2011 enumeration is 934,392. This is less than 5 percent of the total population of Sri Lanka. Therefore the Eelam Tamils of the North should be on an equity basis entitled to not less than 5 percent of the 65,610 km2 of the country, which is not less than 3280 km2. Out of the 8,884 km2 of the Northern Province the Jaffna District consists of 1025 km2 and Mullaitivu of an area of 2617 Km2 which add up to a total of 3642km2, which is more than the entitlement of 3280 km2.The two Districts are adjacent and are homogeneous in the ethnic composition. The PARTITION is conditional on the Tamil population of the other Northern Districts of Vavunia, Kilinochchi and Mannar moving into the Eelam territory of Jaffna and Mullaitivu.
    If the total population of Sri Lankan Tamils which is 11.2 of the population opts to migrate to Eelam they would be entitled to 7348 km2 of the land area. In anticipation of some of the Tamil Diaspora returning to Eelam the territory can be expanded to cover the total area of the Northern Province i.e. 8884 km2.

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    Vichara – Your statistics seem to be for the NP only and does not say anything about the more complex Eastern Province, where Tamils lost
    territory and population since 1947 as a result of State-aided colonisatin – engineered both by UNP and SLFP lead Govts to a position today where they are fated to be the 3rd largest community there. In the Tamil perception this is unacceptable and unfair. At any rate, for the moment, I think we should keep the Separate State option for the very last to be considered only after we have exhausted all other options. I hope this does not come to that sad day.

    Senguttuvan

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    weerawansa who holds the world record on fasting that is 3 hours between breakfast and lunch is spearheading the campaign to do away with provincial councils and scrapping of 13 amendment. for this reason he has enlisted the support of world famous child molesters, who in turn have given their blessings. i just can’t understand why people shouldn’t have whatever powers they want under a democratic set up. if people want to have a say how to run their affairs , why should anyone stop it. what’s happening in sri lanka is really bizarre. some geezers are saying grievences , what grievences , others are saying to list them , some more are saying ghettos and slums. oh dear oh dear. it’s pathetic. then you have this lankaweb where most of the contributors are unemplyed vagabonds and great grand dads who have nothing better to do so they write a load of crap. then you have this ” nation” a toilet paper unlike andrex soft rolls.i have come to the conclusion that chingala society is a sick society and they need round the clock medication to have any hope of cure.

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