24 October, 2017

H. L. Seneviratne Repeats Ponnambalam’s Apocalyptic Racism Blaming Bandaranaike

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Continued from last week….

Rising communal tensions and clashes in the thirties of the last century, shattering the pre-colonial and colonial communal harmony, debunk the myths of H. L. Seneviratne, (HLS), the one-eyed theoretician, blaming S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike for the worsening of inter-ethnic relations and everything else that happened since he became Prime Minister in 1956. The evidence printed in black and white in the newspapers of 1939 – a time when history was not politicised by Tamil Vellala supremacists – points the finger directly at G. G. Ponnambalam, the rising proponent of Tamil racism in the dying days of the British rule. Seeing the potential dangers of the emerging trends of racism – a new phenomenon in the political landscape — the Jaffna papers were quick to condemn the ominous voice of Ponnambalam, the new comer to Tamil politics who was going all out to cut a figure and rise above “the turbanned Tamil aristocracy”, (p. 327 — Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution, 1931 – 1947, Jane Russell, Tisara Prakashakayo). The Morning Star branded him as “a pygmy politician”. The Hindu Organ referred to him as a “gas-bag”.

Ponnambalam entered politics at a time when the towering figures Ponnambalam Ramanathans, Arunachalams and Coomaraswamys, the turbaned aristocracy, dominated peninsular politics. Compared to them Ponnambalam was indeed a “pygmy politician” who had no credible heritage, nor the aura of the traditional aristocracy to make an impression in the peninsular electorate in the thirties. Besides, the Ramanathans, Arunachalams and Coomaraswamys were hobnobbing with the British and the Sinhala elite, dominating the political stage of the day. Their prestige and integrity were unchallenged by any other Tamil rival. Boxed in by the overwhelming presence of the “turbaned aristocracy” it was virtually impossible for an unknown newcomer like Ponnambalam to breakthrough.

It was a time when the young returnees from English universities were coming home with their heads full of Western ideologies. The future trends of politics were foreshadowed by the ideologies and the activities of young returnees from the West. The two divergent paths that the Southern and the Northern returnees from the West would take in due course, as they stepped into mainstream politics, were signalled early by the different ideologies they brought home. These young ideologues were the promising stars of the politics to come.

The future Left-wing Sinhala leaders got off the ship bringing back their Marxist baggage. Dr. Colvin R. de Silva, a Trotskyite, visited Moscow and wrote an article criticising Stalinism. Since then the Daily News would invariably reproduce it at election time in the forties and fifties to expose the Left-wingers as dictatorial Stalinists who would tyrannise Ceylon, as it was known then. Dr. N. M. Perera wrote his second doctoral thesis on the Weimar Republic when he was under the influence of Left-wing giant of the time, Harold Laski, the great icon of the London School of Economics . Dr. Perera praised the Weimar Republic as the best constitution only to find it being overthrown by Hitler.

In 1939, Selina Perera, the wife of Dr. Perera, was the only known Sri Lankan to have gone as far the Mexican border to visit Trotsky who was living in Mexico as an exile, leading the Fourth International which was opposed to Stalin’s Moscow-centric Third International, owing allegiance to Stalin. She, however, could not meet Trotsky because the Mexican border authorities refused to let her in.(p.186 – Origins of Trotskyism in Ceylon, George Jan Lerski, Stanford University). In a letter she complained bitterly about it to James Cannon, the veteran American Trotskyite. In Left-wing folklore, Philip Gunawardena, the father of Marxism, is also reported to have visited Trotsky when he was a student at Wisconsin University, USA.

Dudley Senanayake who was at Cambridge came home as a liberal nationalist. He and J. R. Jayewardene, the young rebels in D. S. Senanayake’s camp, were more influenced by the Gandhi-Nehruvian nationalism, with Dudley swinging a bit more to the left than JR. Clearly, the first generation of Sinhala returnees from Western universities, like their counterparts in other parts of Afro-Asia, brought with them either radical left-wing ideologies or ideologies of democratic liberalism, all of which were overlaid with fervent doses of nationalism. Of these returnees only S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, the bright star from Oxford, had the foresight to sense the grassroot undercurrents struggling under imperialism to regain their lost place in history.

Ponnambalam was the odd man out. Ponnambalam’s preferred destination was Hitler’s racist Germany. After making a couple of visits to Hitler’s racist Germany when he was at Cambridge, he returned home imbued with the power of racism in politics. In Germany he witnessed the rise of Hitler on anti-Jewish racism. Though Ponnambalam was aware of the Left-wing Marxism, Right-wing liberalism and nationalism linked to the Gandhi-Nehruvian model, he deliberately eschewed all and opted for Hitler’s racism. To him racism was a short cut to power. In hindsight, it is clear, that he arrived at the right place, at the right time as the right man to fulfil his mission of playing the role of a pocket Hitler, fomenting racism, in Jaffna.

Racism also came at the right time to replace feudal casteism which was losing its power as an over-determining political force in Jaffna in the 20th century. The low-castes were openly beginning to rebel against the Vellala regime, not as an organised force but sporadically whenever they were confronted with intolerable casteist injustices. Signs of Jaffna fragmenting on casteist lines were emerging. Jaffna was urgently in need of an ideology to replace out-dated casteism. Radical racism and Ponnambalam arrived in Jaffna at this critical time and the symbiotic relationship between the two, one reinforcing the other, turned the peninsula into a pool of ineradicable racism.

Besides, the climate was right for Ponnambalam to sow his seeds of racism. By the time he came on the political scene Jaffna Vellala leadership could no longer hold Jaffna together, under their Hindu casteist ideology. Equally significant is the fact that the turbaned Tamil aristocracy were either ageing or dying. The last of old guard, Sir. Ponnambalam Ramanathan, died in 1930. The gateway was open for Ponnambalam to fill the leadership gap. Influenced more by Nazi racism, Ponnambalam, filled the leadership and the ideological gaps with racism. Rabid racism, which morphs into fascism invariably, comes in handy when there is no other viable ideology, or leadership to give direction.

In any case, Jaffna soil was not fertile enough to germinate any radical ideologies. The “peninsularity of the mind”( p. 8 –Jane Russell ) was not open for new-fangled ideas to take root and blossom. Michael Banks in his study of Jaffna caste wrote : “Despite the high level of education and the fact that many thousands of Jaffna people have lived most of their adult lives abroad, when they return, they quickly fall back into the local social system for at the village level, the Jaffna social system has persisted for several centuries.” (p. 75 – Caste in Jaffna, Michael Banks.) Even Prof. C. Suntheralingam fell into this Banksian mould and became a caste fanatic, though when he returned from England he was with P. de S. Kularatne, a committed nationalist. Kularatne became the principal of Ananda College and Suntheralingam became the Vice-Principal. He even became a favoured Minister in the first independent Cabinet of D. S. Senanayake. But later he led the Vellala fight against the low-caste at the notorious caste battle fought at the gates of Maviddipuram Temple. He stood guard with his walking stick at the entrance and threatened any low-caste who dared to enter the Temple with a sound beating.

Though changes were creeping in slowly but surely, there was no room for any political leader to break away from casteism in the early decades of the last century. Any liberal or radical ideology would have had to first take on the entrenched and impenetrable Vellala casteist fortress. Conservative Jaffna was not ready for radicalism or liberalism. Furthermore, there wasn’t a ready made groundswell of resistance for him to mobilise a rebellious force to overthrow the Vellala overlords of Jaffna. Nor was Ponnambalam inclined to challenge Vellalaism. As highlighted by Jane Russell he was a dyed in the wool caste fanatic. His trusted junior in his chambers, Sunil Rodrigo, one time Chairman of Lake House, told me that Ponnambalam would not let a low-caste Tamil to ever cross the gate to his house in Colombo. He would redirect them back to his electoral office in Jaffna.

In short, Jaffna stood solidly and immovably on the concretised socio-political base of the Vellalaism, and Ponnambalam, knowing that he didn’t have the TNT to blast it, was ever willing to go along with the dominant mores, norms, laws and institutions of Vellalaism. No one leading the Vellala regime in Jaffna was daring enough to challenge the Vellala establishment. The ruling aristocracy of Jaffna too were die-hard Vellalas. Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan led a delegation to convince the British government in Colombo that the teacher trainees should not sit together at meal time. (p.133 — Jane Russell). Until the rise of Velupillai Prabhakaran the Tamil leadership had fought only for Vellalaism and nothing else. There were no leaders for Tamil nationalism either. It was never in the political vocabulary of the Tamils until S. J. V. Chelvanayakam brought it up. Even then it was disguised first as federalism in the forties. It was later that the Tamil Vellala leadership spoke of “Tamil nationalism”.

In this overwhelming climate of Vellalaism Ponnambalam could make a dramatic entry and cut an impressive figure only if he could come up with a new strategy that would make him stand out from the ruling casteist elite. So it is not surprising for the new kid in block to take up racism – the only political alternative to Marxism, democratic liberalism and even nationalism. As an ideology, racism grabbed the minds of the derelict Vellalas looking for an alternative to decadent and feeble casteism. The most significant political aspect is that Ponnambalam never raised the banner of “Tamil nationalism”. He argued for “fifty-fifty” which was rejected by the Soulbury Commissioners. Even Chelvanayakam broke away from Ponnambalam taking “50-50” to the next level of federalism and not nationalism. As I said earlier, it was never in the Tamil political vocabulary at the time. Ponnambalam’s main platform was anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism.

Casteism was for feudal times. It was also a divisive force that fragmented Jaffna society. Of course, in the dying days of casteism, racism was acceptable to the beleaguered Vellalas who were facing virtual extinction as a casteist force in the 20th century. More importantly, the universal franchise introduced by the Donoughmore Constitution forced he Vellalas to come down from their high casteist perch and solicit votes from the low-castes. Since casteism was fading, Ponnambalam stepped in to fill the gap with his cry of racism.

Modernity demanded a new and dynamic political alternative to casteism. The iconic model for him was Hitler. Nazi racist politics had a significant influence in Ceylon, as it was known then. Even the Catholic Guardian of Jaffna expressed admiration for Hitler. Ponnambalam too made a special trip to Germany in 1938. (Jane Russell — p.157). Considering his leanings towards Nazi Germany, his crude attack on Sinhala-Buddhists at Navalapitiya in June 1939 cannot be considered as an “ill-considered and thoughtless comment” made on the spur of the moment. It was a deliberate political ploy to replace the dying turbaned aristocracy and replace them as “the sole representative of the Tamils” – the ultimate goal in Tamil politics. It not only shocked the nation but also sparked the first Sinhala-Tamil riots, breaking the peace and harmony that existed in pre-colonial and colonial times. His provocative attack on the Mahavamsa and the history of the Sinhala Buddhists in Navalapitiya was condemned roundly by The Hindu Organ of June 22, 1939. (More of this later).

Ponnambalam’s racist attack was a decisive event which marked the beginning of a new era in North-South relations. The anti-Sinhala- Buddhist speech at Navalapitiya set the theme, the tone, and, more importantly, the future direction of Northern politics. Ponnambalam’s provocative speech, rousing racial emotions, laid the ideological foundations for Tamil politics. He was the first to define Vellala racism which became the most offensive and destructive force in the post-independent era. Ever since then the peninsular politics never went back to embrace any other ideology. The Tamil leadership stuck stubbornly to inflexible racism which evolved incrementally down the 20th century until it climaxed in the elusive dreams of Tamil Eelam which, eventually, sank in Nandikadal.

So why has HLS brushed aside the known history and perversely started his partisan narrative from 1956, the time when S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike came into power? Why did he skip the Ponnambalam phase in which racism was taken out of the peninsula and injected into mainstream politics? Why did this so-called social scientist fail to place the evolving events in their sequential, logical and proper perspective to draw clear and objective conclusions? Is it because the sacred facts would point the finger directly at Ponnambalam instead of Bandaranaike? It is obvious that when Ponnambalam was raving and ranting against the Sinhala-Buddhist in the thirties the Sinhala leadership led by Bandaranaike reacted with the launch of the Sinhala Maha Sabha (1936). The Tamils, mark you, had launched their Tamil Maha Jana Sabhai in 1922.

Those who follow historical facts as it evolved in the twenties and thirties will find that the turning point in the worsening of inter-ethnic relations began with Ponnambalam. It is the ethical and professional duty of HLS to follow the available facts and let those facts lead him to the inevitable conclusions. Instead he has followed Ponnambalam, like Sancho Panchez who followed his delusional master, Quixote, to tilt at Sinhala-Buddhist windmills. Obviously, HLS is writing to perpetuate and keep alive the racist political agenda that was initiated by Ponnambalam.

As I said in the previous article, in repeating Ponnambalam HLS is not saying anything new. Ponnambalam attacks Mahavamsa. HLS also attacks Mahavamsa. Ponnambalam rants against Sinhala-Buddhists. HLS also rants against the Sinhala-Buddhists of “1956” as the primary cause for everything that has gone wrong. Ponnambalam went for Bandaranaike. HLS also regurgitates almost the identical accusations against Bandaranaike. So is HLS following facts discovered by his objective research? Or is he following Ponnambalam? The only difference is that Ponnambalam launched his attack in the thirties of the last century. And HLS is repeating Ponnambalam almost a hundred years later word to word. This is not the work of kings of research. This is the work of stooges crawling for funding from cash-rich American foundations.

This simian behaviour of mimicking his political guru leads to serious questions : Is HLS an objective social scientist committed to the sanctity of facts ? Or is he a plain Ponnambalaya parroting his master’s voice? The original Ponnambalam sowed the seeds of racism in the 20th century? How much can HLS contribute to heal the wounds of racism by being a servile Ponnambalaya in the 21st century?
And knowing that it is the Ponnambalayas, up in the North and in the South, that prolonged the longest blood bath in Asia, with how many tons of soap does HLS hope to clean his bloody role of being an obscene Ponnambalaya?

To be continued

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    Just awful!…….How shamefully terrible was Ponnambalam…….what embarrassing history…….How innocent were the Sinhalese in comparison…..poor suffering Sinhalese…….. (wonder how Hitler took to dark-skinned Ponnambalam).

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      ramona therese Fernando

      Your ancestors, the Parangi Suddas (Portuguese) were much worse than Ponnambalam…….

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        Suresh: Of course! They were Portuguese, so they had reasons for being racist. Ponnambalam, as a Tamil on the other hand, had no reason to be racist.

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          Ha, ha, ha…

          Parangi OK but Tamil not OK…

          Parangi not racists but rapists…

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        Suresh,
        You got it wrong the name is all made up by setting fire to katcheries of colombo- (VOC Amsterdam) the DNA is: came by boat and received the Camesi to cover the bristols. south american are catholics so the begging bowl is hiding in those knickers at america. ct is for education of the unread who did not know mouthwash at first 4 years ago.(graduation before escaping)
        `bottom 1/2 burger` is more or less plausible. portuguese are the thorn of present day europe – economic collapse and refugee influx – Virgin Queen Elizabeth 1 knew it all and killed them at every opportunity including prince charming.

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      once again, RACISM AGENT WHO HAS GOT IT IN HIS BLOOD is back to his usual business.

      I am sinhalaya – and born buddhist, but I am so ashamed to see the kind of Sinhalayas are still roaming in the city, even after long long held brutal war -that took 30 years back our nation, harming not just lives, but almost everything.
      These men to stay on their established thoughts the way their parents and others have injected them seem to be no recover.

      Even in the last breath of this Mahindalapala, doctors would have tohear from him about his racists kind of feeling. DJ and this man should be the main course for the spread of hatreeds between folks in the island.

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        LOL so accusing SWRD and other Sinhala leaders is needed for reconciliation but pointing the search light at the tamils is racist? LOL

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      Do you use fair and lovely ? Your low caste Karaiyar/Mukkuva/Paravan ancestors from Tamil Nadu and then Tamil Kerala would have been as dark as Ponnamblam. Oh I forgot you are part Burgher, meaning they played hanky panky with the Portuguese Dutch and British soldiers and begot half caste creature like you with a warped brain. How innocent were the Sinhalese! They were so innocent that they made more than a million Indian origin estate Tamils, stateless and forcibly deported most of them to India, after living in the island for around 150 years and earning most of the foreign exchange The same people as your South Indian ancestors, only difference is they retained their Tamil identity, whereas yours became Sinhalese Karawa. Then they turned on the indigenous Tamils denied them everything jobs education language rights, then stole their land , chased over a 1.2 million out of the island and killed 300000 of them. Now they are attacking their former allies the Tamil Muslims and the Sinhalese Christians. Hitler would have been very proud of all this. Despite the dark skin and the fair and lovely cream

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        We talk about Hitler, but we now see, there are even worst men seems to have produced by Mother lanka.

        All along, back and forther a man to come with any kind of caste related none issues, he or she should have been sick with that right ? Psyco-socio analysts would share their part if anyone would discuss the issue openly. I thought, what matters should be the rights for all not being refrained it only to majority folks.
        If for example, migrated communities to Australia would have been treated the way lankens do so with the plantation tamils the colonial masters are reported to have brought from india, how would HLD Mahinda pala and other over 200 000 laken migrants living in AUS feel ?
        These men though bring their lenghy posts, but not to have realized it yet is my basic question.
        I simply dont want ot read anything coming from HLDM…. or DJ, but I am engaged twith my comments as usual.
        As a sinhalaya I believe this country is for all of us.
        We srilankens should have the same rights equally to all. BASTA:

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        Real Siva Sankaran Sharma : Not at all!……some of us get a bit of fairness from Portuguese, Dutch and British…….Proud of the S. Indian ancestors! High caste that got converted! (mostly high-castes got converted those day…..low-castes didn’t dare get converted….nowadays they do…….but if were low caste, love the idea of the S. Asian fullness…..evolved man lies in diverse genes). HA!……………Sinhalese Karawas (not me), have been on the island for 1,000’s of years – Sinhalese with a % or two more of Tamil.

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        LOL no end to spreading lies by this racist. The then government revoked the citizenship of the indians who had not lived more than 5 years in SL. Even today you have to live more than 10 years in certain countries to get citizenship. Until then they can be deported.

        Whenever the Sinhalese villagers in border villages were massacred by Prabhakaran the favorite excuse of the racist tamils were they were colonizations….so if Prabha can kill those sinhalese what the flying f you have to do with what Sinhalese did with colonizations amidst their own habitat?

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      hey ramona therese fernando, you are one hell of a nut. You are in the USA, go and see a shrink for your deep mental issues.

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        “you are one hell of a nut”

        According to RTF’s friends & relatives, she is a certified nut. No issues, we have to tolerate some nuts as well, after all its fun to have some nuts also.

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          Not at all!

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            ramona therese Fernando, ok you are not a nut but you are a ding bat.

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              Tamil from the north,

              Me?…..Never!

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                ramona therese fernando, ok then you are a real wing nut or a twat.

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          Dr Dolittle…..hahahahaha. Good one mate.

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          Dr Dolittle, your classification of the character is off the mark `reeker too fat` is like kim jung un- everything is attempted with Un (horns)
          Rodeo, rodeo! meeharak!

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      Australian Authorties OVER TO YOU:

      Please be informed, this particular WRITER s GENETICs WOULD BE very important in Archiology in the future. He is very unique to his style.
      So please make every arrangements to keep his reserves within ARCHIOLOGICAL DEPT of Australia.
      He is born srilanken, sinhala origin, as no other he has been enjoying being harboured with rasicsm and racists way.
      No matter anyone among the readership would not respect, he is in the view, he has to bring one behind other but on MINORITY folks and their caste based issues.
      Also, it is worth you authorities to see, the mental state of this person.
      He should be now inhis 70 or even older.

      This I thought to inform you for the sake of HUMANITY.

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      Hey guys, I have a big …. the last word, this racial writer would drop, if he would die tomorrow

      will be.. vellala.. vellala… vellala… vellala.

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      The “12-percent”, historically known for turning down better offers to settle for none with inflated ego and overt racism continues to suffer from “majority complex”, never trying to realize 12 is too little – Thanks to Ponnambalam and British preferential treatment.

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    HLD: What I heard, the person you are talking is half Tamil, Because the mother is Tamil and is christian, born in Mutval area. So, they don’t like Sinhala buddhist culture. Check and see.

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    In September 1947, Tamil leader SJV Chelvanayakam told the State Council : “If Ceylon can secede from Great Britain, Tamil Nation too can secede from Ceylon.” This was 5 months before Ceylon got independence from Britain. What did this mean to those who say it was Bandaranaike’s Sinhala Only that gave birth to secessionist concept in Sri Lanka. I have devoted an entire chapter in my book Tamil Tigers’ Debt to America how secessionist concept started; how it was nurtured; how the American policy was responsible for the emergence of a conducive global atmosphere to make the operative-professional activists within the Tamil Diaspora – who were for decades giving material support to the LTTE/Prabhakaran – to be a political force to take Sri Lanka to Geneva, since the military defeat of the Tigers in May 2009. – DAYA GAMAGE

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      Daya Garage,

      In 1948, Sri Lanka obtained independence with all ethnic groups accepting the terms of reference to constitution. The ethnic concurrences included all Tamil leaders to build a prosperous nation. Do you accept this? Who then bastardised the constitution with hegemonic rule? If the Sinhala leaders had used a consultative approach to allocate greater share of the wealth to the majority, I am sure the minorities would have been supportive. What really happened was total disregard and reckless hubris that the Sinhala leaders espoused in jettisoning all Tamils proposals! Please get your facts right.

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        This has nothing to do with hegemonic attitude of sinhala leaders, this is a problem that has its roots in pre colonial times

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      Mr Gamage:
      SJVC may well have made the statement.However, any scholarly analysis of the period should consider that SJVC lost his seat in the next parliamentary elections to a candidate of the UNP — Natesapillai, son in law of Ramanathan and an Indian immigrant– and SJVC’s party was wiped out in the elections.GGP himself abandoned his communalist stances and joined the DSS’s cabinet.The Tamil people had in fact decisively rejected separatist politics
      .Even SWRD’s SLFP accepted the settled language policy of the time and many Tamils, in fact, joined the SLFP even electing a couple of them as vice-presidents.
      Then came the apocaplse spear headed by the yellow brigade as well others like FRJayasuria,Mettananda Rajaratne etal and SWRD was only too willing and crassly ambitious to let the moment to advavance Sinhala supremasist causes unused.
      It is imperative that scholars– as opposed to hysterical and demented journalists and commentaors — take not only all the relevant data into account but pay attention to the nuances and subtlties of historical contexts

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      all that is fine and from tip cut obama’s america you got what you wanted – the plague where business is from drugs, prostitution and casinos. your nation’s exports dropped by $10 billion last year and this year it many fall further.
      Indian ocean islands are hanuman land so kiss the monkey butt gass gembo!

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    ramona grandma therese fernando ——–You are back! You don’t have to be nice to this repugnant public racist as you might have known he is already married to a Tamil. ——-

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    ramona grandma therese fernando ——–You are back! By the way the other public racist Don David Hewavitharane (Anagarika Dharmapala the homeless one) was a big fan and admirer of the authentic aryan Adolf Hitler.

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      NV,

      Yes, AD too was bad. But his racism limited himself to North Indians. Ponnambalum went to Germany!

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      Any sources to back your claim? Or just invented a new one because of the mental tormentation after reading this? Remember how you invented Battaramoolai?

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    HLD Mahindapala, you are frozen in the past. You talk of racism but that was before the double helix. Social-anthropologists have established there is hardly any differences in the DNA of typical Lankans. I suppose you wish to call yourself Aryan and claim Hitler as your cousin! Of course you have all the Goebbels attributes physically and in your warped thoughts.
    Hope Prof HL Seneviratne does not waste his valuable time responding to your imbecilic apocalyptic theories.

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      So any talk that expose the racist politics prior to 56 is being frozen in the past? Tamils so called quest for TRUTH does not include looking into the deeds of the Tamil leaders?

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      K. Pillai: Same old crap. This same you people write in other times saying, Tamil DNA is this much in Sinhala people. Sinhala language is this much Tamil. So, that is how Tamils. They are trying to prove something but they don’t have evidence and they can not.

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    Dear HLDM, pls accept my salute. Your untiring effort to educate non-educates with regard to what had been taken place in nothern part of Sri Lanka in the history, should be applauded. Let eelam lobby and the NGO demons bark at you. But make sure, the cart moves ahead.

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      max salutes HLD M with “………….Your untiring effort to educate non-educates…………………………should be applauded………”.
      The “non-educates” are taught “non-history” through alt-history!

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        Max is a person who would publicly go on eating the extrements of Rajapakshe Racists.
        So I really dont think he would backward to greet RACISTS of HLDM nature.
        That is what is happeneing here.

        MAXIMORON, we wish you to turn out to be wise in the future.

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          Going tback to my schooling, we saw stray dogs ate kakka in that way.

          I never knew human beings too do so… is this a truth ?

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        Is GG ponnambalam a mythical figure who did not exist? Was 50-50 a lie? Be more sensible

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      Maximoron,

      studying the past is advisable. But to the manner HLDM has been. ? What can bring him or you more you come witht he same racisst thoughts one behind the other ?
      We are in an era where each and everyone should rather take a break and march towards, RECONCILIATION right ? I know with you and HLDM and DJ or the like men, the journey would be not a cake walk, but we have no other option than give it a try.

      The educated would see it like that but YOU OR THE LIKE LOW LIVES would not even grasp it yet. We wish if we could easily get rid of you – but even the devil is much darker than I ever guessed at it before.
      From what I get to read here and other lanken forums, most stay still harboured to their thoughts.
      That is the reason why SOME DONs from COLOMBO and other universities ask, we just need to stay discussing this way, at least to achieve 1 inch move towards piece.
      Meaning another 2 or 3 or more decades would surely be necessary to wait if some changes towards peace can be achieved.

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        What is your brand of reconciliation Sam? To accept the bogus history that is spreading all over by Eelam loyalists? Mine is different. Read history as it is! And march forward as one nation, we all! What’s wrong with it? How come the ‘moron’ cap is fit to that stance? Is there a single inscription stone that supports the Tamil kingdom myth? If you go by only ‘waipavamalei’ and worship the crap there, your history know how will end up pathetically. In fact, your near there!

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      max moron, yeah dimwit from down south or wherever the hell he is living, is teaching nut jobs around the world about fictional history through his eternal stupidity, which was dreamt up through his wet dreams in his old age.

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        Tamil from the north,

        Should I waste my time to response to a “weruli” like you?

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          max moron, are you looking at yourself in the mirror?

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      Prof. HL Senevirathne should ignore this undesirable journalist HLDM and continue with his Scholarly work. Let the non-educates read HLDM while the educates read Prof. HL Senevirathne.

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    Mahipala’s writings are poisonous and ingrdients are only ‘Racism’. You would have been admired by Anangarika Darmapala if the father of racism in Sri Lanka was still alive but still there are lot more- Gota, Champika, Gammanpillai, Mahinda, DJ, Gananasara, Wimal and many, many more!

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    It is no wonder that the asias hitler was produced by Jaffna society, Prabhakaran.

    Ponnambalam’s request for 50-50 since 1930s is a racist minority rule over majority system. Remember many commentators here ( Real Siva Sankara) state Tamils (minority) used to rule Sinhalas ( majority)..That is what they are brainwashed into. These people cannot even grasp the basic idea of democracy.

    I think Sinhala people need to wake up and scream the injustice that happened to them without shying away from bullies like Tamils.

    It was this need to protect the minority rule over majority system, they went before Soulbery commission and requested for 50-50. And the Sinhala leaders had actually agreed to 60-40 which again was not enough for the Tamil politicians ( tamil racists) …

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      “These people cannot even grasp the basic idea of democracy.”

      This is the biggest joke of the day! such, please stay away from the areas you have no comprehension about!

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        It is better to point out if I have written any thing incorrect. Other wise you are just being paranoid. I guess 50% for a 25% and a 50% for a 75% is democracy for you.

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    At a time when this politically-centric generation searches for the culprits who ruptured the ethnic equilibrium of the nation, to place the blame entirely on GGP, however elegantly structured the alleged cause is, both unreasonable and unbecoming. I am no particular fan of GGP although Kumar was my close friend.
    GGP’s 50:50 has been grotesquely misrepresented – then and more now. The formula, with which I do not agree for I prefer something along the 60:40 equation. This was meant, I believe, was to stop the minorities being overwhelmed from an emerging Sinhala Buddhist avalanche. More importantly, GGP’s suggestion was in defence of Sinhala Christians as well. History proves GGP was right. Whether they agree with or not, currently Christians in the country – Protestant/Anglicans as well as Evangelical – have been attacked as a mater of course. There is nothing to guarantee the Catholics will not have the spectre visiting them.
    Equally undeniable is the fact today Christian communities in general feel as vulnerable as the Tamils and Muslims. I concede, however, the Government, as a whole, does not subscribe to the anti-Christian agenda as a matter of policy – although rogue elements within are suspected to do so.
    Kettikaran

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      LOL guarantee…..50-50 is minority rule over majority…The tamil politicians wanted to preserve the minority rule over majority status…and that is the same thing coming as federal.

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      ” I believe, was to stop the minorities being overwhelmed from an emerging Sinhala Buddhist avalanche”

      Out of 50 seats for the minorities, he wanted 25 seats for the Indian and Ceylon Tamils with the other 25 being divided between the Muslims, Burghers and Europeans. Muslims outright rejected the 50 – 50 demand of GGP. Likewise rejeted Chelvanayagam’s Federal demand, and recently LTTE demand, because Muslims have their own concerns and identity and assimilating Muslims into the wider Tamil community, arguing Muslims are Tamils for Tamil’s own political gains never worked or will not work in the future as well.

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    A message to Prof HL S through CT.
    Prof HL S, please do not respond to HLD M. He will take it as a compliment.

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    when will this guy HLD M stop writing the same old rubbish

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      You can wait until he dies in the near future.

      Even his ghosts will then take over the actions.

      Rajash, imagine, how would you EVER be abel to share the thoughts with SUCH racial guys ? Do you know his personal details ? Does he have a wife or a husband ? Does he have got own children ? How can the like creatures ever get on within family circles? HORRIBLE … not even the MAIN ACTOR in the film ” SILENT LAMB” behaved the with such hatreds about humanity but srilanken born HLDM does.. how come ?

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        Seelawathie Jayasinghe – why not as him the question.>>>HLD M>>>>Do you have a wife or a civil partner?>>>> do you have children?>>>>do you have grand children?>>>>>>> do you push racism down their throats?>>>>

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    Should we worry about what Banda or Ponna did so many decades ago or what the ruling elites are doing today? Mahindapala is cleverly trying to divert attention from HL Senevirathne’s articles,ie. Dominance of Sinhala Buddhism over philosophical Buddhism and ethics. Personal venom expressed by the writer about another writer to Colombo Telegraph is disgusting to say the least. This article should not have been published,period.

    The question about racism is not about who started it? The issue is who practices it today, in what firm and what can be done to prevent it.

    I agree. HL should not respond to this garbage.

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      Tharaka beautifully put. Thanks mate.

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      So when talking about Banda and 56 or any thing that is deemed as anti tamil is good …but when Sinhalese tell their story it is racist? What sort of bullshit reconciliation is that?

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      Perfect riposte to Mahinda-pala’s eruptions

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    sach, it is not that Sinhalese are telling their story. It is you telling a fictional story concocted in your wild ‘wet’ dreams. On the other hand, majority of the Sinhalese are normal people who are just like majority of the Tamils. They just want to be left alone and not live in the past which was manufactured. We have nut jobs like you in the north as well. Also I live with some of the greatest idiots amongst Tamils, who after sending their children to university, they sit at home and dream up this nonsense called Tamil Ealam. For me I don’t give a damn about TE, I just want peace in SL, so that decent people can lead a normal life.

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      Dengue and rubbish mountains are killing the people – the poor to begin with. Sri Lanka is breaking world records in both. Mega-Cabinets of over a hundred each and unable to tackle these two small issues speaks enough for the ability of our Super Ministers. Therefore, they take the path of least resistance –and, lo and behold! go to the defence of Gnassara. They know their numbers game. They know the Sinhala Buddhists are in the 70-75% and, therefore, it is safe to sing their tune. Not bad, eh!
      My friend, all of us dream for some years of peace and quiet – denied for over 70 years. The game to put it all on the Tamils – first the FP, then Separate State, to be followed by VP/LTTE have all lost their sting. Blame it all on the Indians (like the Bossonova) will not hold for too long because the undeniable fact is Sinhala and the Sinhalese have all have substantial Indian beginnings and content.
      The fun has just begun. The Yahapalana Circus will collapse soon and the Bond Scam will be a distant memory. Beijing and Delhi will carve out the country between themselves, for legitimate reasons of debt recovery. They will nominate surrogates to run the divided land for their due share of the booty. Both global powers will be careful not to go even into a limited war to recover their dues because Sri Lanka, at any rate, is small beer – even by regional standards. As the old Chinese saying goes “the coming times will be interesting” – Very interesting.

      Backlash

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        Malaysia can have poor indian tamils renting out the rich chinese space and letting the idle malays make the commissions and percentages and present an economically viable nation. Aren’t they walking that road? South Korea was junk like the north today it’s mom and pop country. in short your village ways of calling in a crusader from malaysia has taken its toll and is not the only way.

        “”Beijing and Delhi will carve out the country between themselves, for legitimate reasons of debt recovery.””

        Paris and Madrid took over classical language Basque land and the Basque people speak their language at home (only among themselves while you and the diaspora go after the plague that speaks your language because they too have 29% DNA like you) but the economy is great and unemployment is zero because they got their head over their shoulders and Julius Caesar respected them
        Who in this world respects the village tamils known for drug smuggling , arms and suicide bombs and turned their black stuff into white business ventures in the capitals of the west?? your money does not buy even a seat in a western parliament and the one had was divided. While look at the bangladeshis (you have 29% DNA) produce like rats and capture power in the west and they are the friends of the clinton family that transports the plague to asia.
        frontlash! 🤣 the busy are never wise and the wise are never busy.

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    “Tamil Ealam. For me I don’t give a damn about TE, I just want peace in SL, so that decent people can lead a normal life….” Tamil Eelam, as a separate State, is out. That is not only the view of Sinhalese and others but of most Tamils as well. This includes the TNA as well. The only exceptions are those who were in militant groups. But most of these are in the diaspora and well settled economically. The danger to the country is from the Sinhalese themselves. Politically activist Buddhist priests – uneducated and carrying venomous anti-racial prejudice claim they have a centrally-controlled “army” of 400,000 that is capable of overthrowing any government, including the backboneless Yahapalanaya Circus. The two main Mahanayakas have taken this seriously and are now defending rogue monks – one of whom a disgrace to the Sasana. The fattish thug in robes was caught by the Police drunk, driving a lorry. Astonishingly, he is now given rock-star status by the Sinhala buddhists. He loses no time to suggest the law does not apply to him. The judicial system, to him, is an ineffective joke. He goes into hiding and emerges as he likes. The Police are ordered not to touch him.
    The Mahanayakas suddenly woke up from their years-long stupor because the country has started to burn. Most decent people ask why the Mahanayakas who loftily claim they came out and saved the country for 2,500 years – yes! that magic but weary number we hear so often and so boringly. Does this period involve the 450-500 years the Parangis, Lansis and the Ingrisi suddhas were here? The Mahanayakas are playing it safe. They know the people expect them to do something when the land is put to the stake (Cont’d).

    Backlash

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      “But most of these are in the diaspora and well settled economically.”
      That is the open mouth introvert (in the european sense) wolf with the resources who still want nothing but militancy, violence and Eelam. Or else they would be caring for the 90k widows that they created.- they are the low caste fisherman who only smuggled and made it into white money in the west- they still scratch private parts in public.
      So Tamil Capital of Australia and UK bought the vote to the sheep in their grasp while Wiggie said think for yourself.- As in real politics the rich always win and break their promises to the poor fools who voted for them. enjoy the CBK viper ride- the viper has many heads and another is being launched. So the 3 Chapters are right in truth when they say there is no necessity for a new constitution. Its the plague of the middle one who speaks your language at home that is affecting the sinhalese and your community.
      Following the Political Correctness and Mahanayaka bashing does not let you think outside the box. they are not bad people if only you were one of those traditional colombo hindu tamils of class who deal with them .
      After war for peace and prosperity the need is for traditional scholars not `after standardisation evolved scholars who invariably are humbugs. You don’t have brahmin scholars but diaspora crusaders so the pendulum swings. Suma and Sampa are natu pakkam quacks- humbugs.

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    come back to sri lanka pala
    we need you to fight the Sinhala vellalas like the siam nikaya guys
    who like the gmoa have become sl’s new political parties

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala
    “”shattering the pre-colonial and colonial communal harmony, “”
    that is your myth fed by the patchwork english language that you hero worship. for your bread and butter. The marathas had to fight the muslims from the north and the english from the south.- both used the technique of the harem the same way portugese and spanish used against the moorish rulers for 800 years. So the english divided on religion and made a patchwork- now you have no tramcars or gas come to the kitchen.- burvas country. infected by the thopi peratu marakele plague.
    Today’s Indians are alive only because of Marathas. or else english imported marakele would be the rulers and multiply as rats do bringing in the plague.
    The very best fighters General Hastings (3rd war not to be mixed by governor) or English has ever come across.(english archives and Afghan archives)

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    The Mahanayakas encouraging a War on the NGO’s is utterly irresponsible. NGO’s are accepted all over the civilised world as a useful tool in democratic governance. It is only despots, fascistic rulers and military dictator types who are hell bent against them. Of course, there can be instances of a few bad eggs in the NGO world but that is more a rare exception than a rule. The UN recognises the role of NGO’s and encourages them. The recent Statement of the Prelates can incite violence against responsible NGO’s by marauding pseudo-patriot mobs – adding to the growing anarchy in the country.

    Frank . Stein

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      F. N. Stein- “”The Mahanayakas encouraging a War on the NGO’s is utterly irresponsible.”” The mahanayakas spoke the truth and nothing but the truth.-
      You ate the apple of NGO’s therefore you are shrouded in their hypocrisy.
      NOG’s learnt their trade from the church and became the second stage of crusade- When Cameron and Prince visited Lanka he said let me first speak to our NGO and get back- Holy moses!!
      In the west NGO’s hold the same power of the holy church by law and they run as private companies under the companies act. So taken to court they tell the judge ` father forgive us for we do not know what we do and they are released. Go check the Home Office site on Freedom of Information Act and the Tax Office of Her Majesty.
      So the older generation of Anglo Saxons says today `we are really fucked because the pews are now filled by blacks and they are in NGO’s as directors and want to make the same mistakes as the whites of before- we want the best for our family! Abbot is one such woman.

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    Dangerous that madapala is now writing again after being released from the mental asylum in Australia. Two nut jobs in DJ and HLDM teaming together should provide CT readers good stimulus to empty their bowels. pleas continue writing this crap as sales of Imodium and IBS products are starting to decline.

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