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How Do You Expect Tamils To March Together With Other Communities?

By C.V. Wigneswaran

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran

Someone asked me: What prevents the People of North and East of Sri Lanka from marching together with the other communities when the Upcountry Tamils and the Muslims are able to do so?

This was my response: A good question. We must remember certain external characteristics of the various communities in Sri Lanka. The Muslims have no doubt been in this country for considerable number of centuries but they have integrated with the Sinhalese and Tamils within the Island. Some are Sinhala speaking Muslims and some are Tamil speaking Muslims. The Tamil speaking Muslims are mostly resident in the Eastern Province and in certain areas in the Northern Province. They speak Tamil and therefore form part of the North and East. Their future is intertwined with the Tamils of the Northern and Eastern provinces.

The Upcountry Tamils have come to Sri Lanka within the last 200 odd years and they occupy areas outside the North and East. They have had no compunction in learning Sinhala and integrating with the Sinhalese. So too the Colombo Tamils. 

But the Northern and Eastern Tamils are different. They have always occupied the area now roughly covered by the Northern and Eastern Provinces. There had been continuous occupation of the North and East throughout history by the Tamil speaking people. In fact their occupation extended up to Negombo in the Western Province and up to Kathirgamam in the South East. The Sinhalese have never occupied the North and East in large numbers except after 1833 when the country was bought under one administration by the British. It is true that there had been influx of Tamils during different eras first by the Pandians and there after the Cholas, Pallavas, Cheras and Nayaka Kings last. But that only meant they added to the number of indigenous Tamils of this Country. The Tamils were the original inhabitants of this Island. 

They could trace their ancestry to the inhabitants of the Continent of Lemuria which covered the greater part of the present Indian Ocean in times gone by. The Lemuria Continent which was gobbled up by the Indian Ocean extended from Western Australia to Eastern Africa joining up with the Indian subcontinent. Therefore the present Tamils of the North and East feel themselves to be the descendants of a long line of Tamil speaking people who have been occupying the Northern and Eastern regions continuously from pre Buddhistic times. Recently it has been accepted that Tamil is the oldest living language in the world.   

On the other hand Sinhalese came by their Sinhala language only in the 6th or 7th Century AD. That is 1300 or 1400 years ago only. There was no Sinhala Language before that time. Some historians have painted all ancient Buddhists as Sinhalese. That is because since there was Buddhism in Sri Lanka before the Sinhala language came into existence they have identified earlier era Buddhists as Sinhala Buddhists. Those who were Buddhists at that time were Tamils whom Professor Sunil Ariaratne calls as Demala Bauddayo. 

There are those who refer to Sinhala Prakrit as proof of the presence of the Sinhalese language from pre Buddhistic times. This is like saying my grandfather lived 100 years ago therefore I lived 100 years ago because I came from my grandfather! There was no Sinhala language until 1300 or 1400 years from now. So how could you refer to Sinhala Prakrit of a by- gone age 2000 years or more ago? The Sinhala language was not even contemplated at that time. The truth would be that those words of ancient times (Prakrit) may have been Pali or Tamil or other dialects in Sri Lanka which later came to make up the Sinhala Language. Sinhala is a conglomeration of languages.

At least 40% of the Sinhala words are Tamil. Its alphabet formation is similar to Tamil and South Indian Languages. To my knowledge lots of Hindi words were imported into Sinhala language as recent as in 1956-1965 when Professor Malalasekara was Ceylonese High Commissioner in India. He brought in lots of Hindi words into the Sinhala Language thus “Sinhalacising” the Hindi words. Lots of legal terms in Sinhala for example are derived from the Hindi words used in North Indian courts. We have a habit of taking over something today and trace its origin to sources centuries ago and saying that that something existed so many centuries ago. Lots of names of Tamil Villages in the North and East were found appropriate Sinhala names during the past 70 odd years and we have transported those Sinhala equivalents to centuries earlier to say those Sinhala villages existed at that time! Kandarodai for example was Kandarodai always at least for centuries. The Sinhala word for it Kadurugoda was coined very recently. Now it is said Kadurugoda was the original place name! Kandarodai Buddhist remains are Tamil Buddhist remains. There were no Sinhalese at that time contemplated even!

The Northern and Eastern Provinces have never been Sinhala. They were areas of residence of the Tamil speaking people. Tamils were Buddhists for quite some time until they reverted to their original religion Saivaism when the Bakthi cult in South India influenced them. The Nayanmars have sung hymns to the deities in Thirukoneswaram and Thiruketheswaram before the Sinhala language was born. Further our Tamil literature of 2000 years ago were Buddhistic or Jain religion oriented. There was no Sinhala language then. 

It is wrong to say Sri Lanka is a Buddhist Country. The Tamils who became Buddhist centuries ago jettisoned Buddhism and reverted to Saivaism Tamils at one time being Buddhist and that too long before the Sinhala Language was born, does not give the right to anyone to claim that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist Country. The North and East must be separated as being majority non – Buddhist.

The Sinhala people have been given a wrong understanding of history based on the fiction written in Pali by a Buddhist Priest in the 5th Century AD. The author says that at the end of every stanza he was writing the fiction for the glorification of Buddhism. If he was writing history he would not have said so!

Now let me answer your question. The North Eastern Tamil speaking people are conscious of their antiquity. They are conscious of the richness of their language. They have a highly emotional bond towards their traditional homelands. But they feel constrained that the majority Sinhalese are not allowing them to blossom out on their own in their region but want to control them. There are certain rights which the Tamils have. In terms of the International Covenants they have their common language, they have their religions – Islam, Christianity and Hinduism, they have their traditional homelands where their forefathers have lived continuously from pre Buddhistic times. They also have their separate culture and way of life all different from the Sinhalese though there are many commonalities between the two communities due to their common origin as per DNA tests concluded recently.  

They would therefore like to preserve their individuality. They are entitled to self determination in terms of International Law. Owing to the above said they abhor anyone trying to control them and dominate them on false premises. The Tamil speaking have always occupied the North and East and they still are the majority in the North and East.  

The Sinhalese historians and others, especially the Buddhist clergy, have set up lots of falsities as history.

They say this country is theirs. This is false. The original inhabitants of this country were Saivite Tamils.

They say all Tamils were immigrants into a predominantly Sinhala Country. This is also false. Though it is true there were several influxes of Tamils at various times in history the existence of the Tamils in the North and East of this Island continuously as the majority community until today cannot be disputed.  

They say the North and East were originally Sinhalese. This is also false. Simply because Buddhism existed in the North and East and there are Buddhist historical / archaeological remains in the North and East that does not prove the existence of the Sinhalese at some period in our past history. It only proves there were Tamil Buddhists – Demala Buddhayo!

They refer to Mahavamsa. Mahavansa is a fictional work written in Pali before the Sinhala language was born. It is not a historical document though its background particulars could help understand history. 

Therefore we Tamils of the North and East are conscious of our antiquity, our history, our rights to self determination and therefore until our intrinsic rights to the right of self determination is recognized and respected we would find it difficult to march together with the other communities, specially the Sinhalese who have usurped our history and antiquity and trying to falsify those fields of study. If the historical facts just mentioned by me here are not accepted by the Sinhalese intelligentsia they are free to set up a Committee of Sinhala, Tamil, Indian and other International Historians and Archaeologists to re-write our history truthfully and affirmatively. 

Muslims and Upcountry Tamils have no such common historical background to stand on. They have not lost anything as we are losing our lands, our language (still the Central Government often sends letters in Sinhala only to the North and East), our religions, our culture and our identity. Until they are restored to the Northern and Eastern Tamils how do you expect us to march together with others?

First recognise our individuality and our history. Then we will march hand in hand. When I was young prior to Independence we Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers, Muslims, Malays and even Chinese were able to look upon this Country as our own. When the Sinhalese claimed this Country as Sinhala Buddhist only, our individuality collapsed, and we have been made fourth class citizens! The Muslims and the Upcountry Tamils enjoy a freedom which the Northern and Eastern Tamils do not enjoy today.

*Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Former Chief Minister, Northern Province and Secretary General Tamizh Makkal Kootanii

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    I think India should set a precedent and grant Tamil Nadu autonomy along the lines of a Tamil homeland concept which the author attempts to establish and normalise in the contemporary discourse with regard to Sri Lanka. Once that is established properly, Hindi and Marathi and Gujarati and Bengali and Urdu etc having materialised later, the administration in SL must consider the setting up of an appropriate Tamil Eelam along the lines envisaged by the author. The Sinhala people would then be able to eat humble pie and hold on to whatever is left of Buddhist practice in this tiny speck in the Lemurian Ocean. White Australians will also now cede control of most of Australia to the Aborigines who have been living there for yonks before European settlement..er..and the USA, Canada, NZ and so on..

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      What bigots and racist , even so called educated ones thing is irrelevant. India does not have to do anything as people in Tamil Nadu and other non Hindi speaking states have their language culture and land preserved , sue to linguistic states and no Hindi speaking person come here and start to marginalise them nor the Indian government will be able to settle Hindi speakers in these states to deliberately change the demography. This is what the Sri Lankan government and the Sinhalese people have done since independence. Therefore do not post garbage and mischievously twist facts. the position and status of Tamils is far different from the Aborigines. The Tamil people have a very well developed culture ancient history and a very rich language, which is the oldest living classical language. The Sinhalese language is nothing compared to Tamil., Everything about the Sinhalese including 40% of their vocabulary is borrowed from the Tamils. This includes their kings, aristocracy, most of their upper and service castes. Do create mischief

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      Dear Lasantha, linguistic states were created from British presidencies and princely states on the homeland concept. None of the ethnic groups opposed it, meaning that it was correct decision. All states enjoy wide scale autonomy with their own legislature, executive and law enforcement authority. There is no attempt by the state to change the demographic pattern of an existing state. Problem in eastern states of India is due to large scale illicit immigration and refugees from Bangladesh which has altered the demographic pattern of those thinly populated areas making the indigenous people lose the character of their land. This is the reason that people in Assam and Tripura are protesting about granting citizenship to those political and economic immigrants. One of the problem in Sri Lanka is, the attempt by Sinhalese since independence to make eastern province and major parts of northern province as Sinhala majority areas. If you go through the census figures of these areas since independence, this cultural genocide will be evident. Dragging of Australia, Canada , USA, NZ etc into this, cannot negate the demand of Tamils for their land.

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      Mr Pethiyagoda , there we go again. What has India or the Tamils of Tamil Nadu or the Australian Aborigines got to the just rights of the indigenous Eelam Tamils from NE Sri Lanka. I never knew that the rights of the Sri Lankan Tamils depended on what India does to the Indian Tamils or Australia does to its Aborigines. Why is Sri Lanka part of India or Australia. How come the Sinhalese rights are not dependent on India or Australia, only Tamil rights. Why does Australia and India legislate in the Sri Lankan Parliament and decide what happens here , especially to the Tamils ( strangely not for the Sinhalese ). Do not deliberately try to muddy the waters with these stupid arguments and make a fool of yourself and display your racism to everyone. The Eelam Tamils live in Sri Lanka not in India or in Australia and belong to the island , just like the Sinhalese. Understood.

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    Good history lesson.
    Tamils are divided. That is why they did not vote Sivajilingam. Instead, they voted a Southern Sinhala person. It is not fair to separate only Tamil speaking muslims and group Tamil speaking Hindus and Christians together. We invite all those Tamil speaking people to learn Sinhala and Assimilate with Sinhala people and reach prosperity. If not they can marry Sinhala people.

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      Mr.Vig, You have not mentioned that the History book was rewritten during the 1956 govt, pressed on by Konnara Mudiyanselage P Rajartana,W.Dahanayake,Philiph Gunawardenaand MSThemis voted to do it.In that excercise the names of kings were changed to Sinhala.

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    True.

    Let’s divide the island. All Tamils can live in the north and east. Sinhalese in other areas. Muslims can live anywhere as they are not party to this division.

    Excellent solution. No more war. No more victimization. No more extortion. No more political solutions. A Sinhala only country and a Tamil only country in one island.

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      Thinker,

      Then what if that Tamils demand the whole island to be theirs? Wiggy says here that Tamils were the original inhabitants of this island. How can you be sure that Tamils would satisfied with only North and East?

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        Wiggie says “They would therefore like to preserve their individuality. They are entitled to self determination in terms of International Law. Owing to the above said they abhor anyone trying to control them and dominate them on false premises. The Tamil speaking have always occupied the North and East and they still are the majority in the North and East. ” He has a point/
        There was a Tamil state before colonialists came to Ceylon.

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        Shenal,
        ” Then what if that Tamils demand the whole island to be theirs “ What do you think while you claim for the whole country, the Tamils are going to do. You cannot do what Tamils can do?

        ” How can you be sure that Tamils would satisfied with only North and East? “
        Just like now Tamils are asking for them the land they are living, you too ask for the land you are living. You couldn’t guess that? I never thought you are such an imbecile! Pawum!

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        Tamils have never demanded the whole island as theirs , it is only the Sinhalese who are demanding the whole island as theirs and are trying to deny the Tamils their lands and rights. You are very good example of this. What is the Tamils demand my mother’s wedding Saree? What if the milk curdles ? What if ? What if ?Stupid arguments to justify racism and structural genocide.

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      Thinker,
      Sorry mate. We can afford to give only 20% of land in the North for the 20% Demala speaking people on the condition that all Demala speaking people who live in other parts of Sinhale relocate to Eelam.

      Aren’t these ‘Para’ descendants of slaves have no shame to demand one third of the country for Demalu who are scattered in five pockets in Sinhale.

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      Thinker,
      Then, if this imaginary division were to happen, find out the answers to the following:
      When would we start the border war? Tamilnadu will definitely support to expand the North until the South disappears from the map of Sri Lanka.
      Then there will be a water war on Mahaweli river that has already been diverted to the North and East?
      What will happen to the Buddhist archaeological sites strewn all over the North and East?
      What will happen to the Tamil pilgrims who want to go on a pilgrimage to Sri Pada? They will need a passport to cross the border.
      It is easy divide and rule for outsiders; but insiders will suffer like in hell!
      Even francophone Quebecois who boo the Queen do not plan divide Canada!
      Wiggie’s article is full of lies and concocted beliefs that were indoctrinated to the Tamil mind during the LTTE menace. He needs to be rehabilitated!

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      Thinker:-
      Do you really think that the Tamils living in Colombo will happily go to the North and East of Sri Lanka?

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    Well said thank . Now await the abuse from Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists , especially the ones living the good life in the west, like Eagle Blind, Lester Goebbels, and the rest of the gang. Sadly this is the vast majority of the Sinhalese . This is why they voted for Gotler

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    Whichever way this guy tries to twist the history, the predominant culture of SL is Sinhala Buddhist. That has been well established through empirical evidence and studies (including by respected Tamil scholars) which are numerous and need not to repeat. There is no issue of Northern Tamils standing still (that is their prerogative) while the rest of the countrymen (& women) including from North and East march forward together……….as long as Northern Tamils don’t try to sabotage it. If they do, we kindly request them not to complain of the consequences.

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      What I heard, LTTE tried, recently, to raise from the dead. But, once they were caught, they have divulged every thing. So what next ?

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      My friend don’t live in a cocoon; every days news articles or comment made by Tamil prepared by their Western supporters or Jewish groups. Jews keep on threatening Sri lanka if the are not recognised to destroy Sinhalese or the Sinhalese identity. Where do you live. Do you in Sri lanka or Antarctica? in the last 40 years, British and Jews created thousands of scandals. Most of them belong to British and some of them belong to or done by Jews or many scandals carried out by both. It is all depends on if they are working for common interest or not. And if the Israelis interest is served, they don’t give dam about British. that is how thing work. Remember Jews have the best brain in the world and they don’t have negative qualities the Sinhalese have. Sinhalese are lazy, jealousy and traitorous based on caste, politic, region and religion. And they are poor, have no penny in the hand to buy a bus ticket. On other hand, Jews are together, intelligent, hard-working and richest in the world.
      They owned trillions of trillion dollars and control financial/stock market of US, Canada, Europe, Russia, South America. Australia. Middle East and Asia. They even Control Chinese.

      Finally, I don’t know if I am chatting with one of those spies. Are of you one of those local spies or you actually don’t know?

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    CVW

    “How Do You Expect Tamils To March Together With Other Communities?”

    Forward march, left right, left right, left right….., Idhiri gamana vama dhakkuna,
    Idam valam, ….

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      “What prevents the people of the north and east of Srilanka to march together……………………”

      It is Sinhala only and Buddhism being given the foremost place. Subsequently, National Anthem to be sung only in Sinhala and many more. useless repeating, .Before the Sinhala Only was introduced, schools in Jaffna Taught Sinhala but gave up when it was forced.
      In one way Sinhalese are lucky that Tamils did not study Sinhala at schools. If they did so they would have out beaten Sinhalese in their own game. Nevertheless, they will be considered ‘Themilos’ and restricted from government jobs.
      My question is why should the Sinhala families move out of their parental homes, instead of expanding their homes and live together?

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      what are the pure words for vama dhakkuna, (which are corrupted Sanskrit words) like idam, valam in Tamil.

      is it possible to coin pure Sinhala words in Sinhala langauge?

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      What are the pure words for vama dhakkuna, (which are corrupted Sanskrit words).

      Is it possible to coin pure Sinhala words in Sinhala langauge?

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    One Country Two Nations solution is the best way to go.
    Tamils and Sinhalese can then work hard to make SL progress.
    Racism on both sides need to be banned.
    Judiciary,Defence forces, journalists should be functioning without Political interference.
    We need to have basic requirements for people who wants to contest Parliamentary Elections.
    No pending Criminal cases; Educated; Had earned their money legitimately; Declare their own and kith and kins assets

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      Naman,

      What if the contestant was maliciously accused before he begins his campaign? How can we vet that?

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        Shenal,
        What is the “M” standing for? Is that a new thing?

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          It should be “W” for Waduge (descendant of vadugar caste from Tamil Nadu). “M” is written as inverted “W”. This is because her brain has descended to the rectum.

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            Waduge means that the person belongs to a family where carpentry is the hereditary profession. Wadu- meaning carpentery. Many of the Sinhalese family names are based on the profession of the family. Examples:
            Vedage – doctor, Veda meaning doctor
            Liyanage – scribe or an accountant, Liyana meaning to write
             
            -ge is a suffix attached many Sinhalese surnames, it simply means “belonging to” or “of the house of”. This is a very ancient practice, and can be found in many of the Sigiri graffiti starting from the 7-8th century. Out of the 360 writers who had signed their poems, 25 had -ge names.
             
            Tamil Vadugar would be borrowed into Sinhala as Vadugara or Vaduga. Quite possible that there are/were Sinhalese with that name too. However Waduge means a carpenter family.
            https://roar.media/english/life/culture-identities/ten-interesting-facts-about-sri-lankan-names/

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    hello Wiggie…. march in step.
    Wiggie under a bi-polar spell

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    What is total Tamil population in Sri Lanka?

    Soma

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      somass the lazy bum.

      “What is total Tamil population in Sri Lanka?”

      Check this 2011 Census:
      Population Tables: Census of Population and Housing of Sri Lanka, 2012
      Page 4
      http://www.statistics.gov.lk/PopHouSat/CPH2011/index.php?fileName=FinalPopulation&gp=Activities&tpl=3

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        NV
        Sorry, I mean the total for whom Wingeswaran is asking a political solution for.
        By the way the Caliphate will be accommodated within or alongside the Ealam?
        Is he speaking on behalf of Wahabi brothers too? If so has he got the clearance from them?

        Soma

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          Soma, 300,000 people in Bouganville island have voted for independence. Sidmas who constitute 4% of Ethiopia have voted for greater autonomy. Why not for Tamils. Did you see the speech by Boris Johnson after his victory, where he says that in Sri Lanka there should be accountability for the crimes committed on Tamils, there should be reconciliation with Tamils to allow them to live in peace. This throws egg on the face of Sri Lanka High Commissioner who jumped up to protest against Tory manifesto.

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            Because Tamils are a relatively recent diaspora of Tamilnadu and that is where you must get your rights in. Not here. This island simply does not have the space for another Tamil state, nor does this island have the topography and landscape to separate and contain two states, as there are no natural barriers that can serve as borders. The area Tamils demand is 40% of the island, it has over 400 km border with the rest of the island, which will ultimately lead to border disputes and full scale war. The world doesn’t need another Palestine. Moreover the Tamils in Srilanka are not sufficiently differentiated from Tamils in Nadu to be granted statehood here. This is what the international law will tell you too. What needs to be done is to relocate the Tamils who want to live under Tamil rule back to Tamilnadu and let the other Tamils live peacefully with the Sinhalese.

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          soman

          “By the way the Caliphate will be accommodated within or alongside the Ealam?”

          Are you asking me a question or are you typing a statement?

          “Is he speaking on behalf of Wahabi brothers too? If so has he got the clearance from them?”

          If you have a problem with your Wahabi brothers stop worrying. Its Hindia’s problem and let them do the worrying.

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    Not going to comment on the ethnic issue that this article is about, but the writer’s opinions on Sinhala language and it’s evolution sound dubious.
    Do any linguists or historians agree with these claims?

    As far as technical jargon being borrowed from Hindi (rather Sanskrit), that’s a different matter altogether isnt it?

    If the writer’s opinions on these secondary matters are flawed, his main argument is impacted. That won’t help his cause.

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    So, this so called “Demala Bhauddayo” was writing in Proto-Sinhalese language instead of Tamil. What a peculiar coincident.

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      Cinnamon Peeler Chingalam sounds like she is still speaking Tamil. So she could not identify the phrase in Sinhala. “Demala Bhauddayo” is Chingalam. Whether Chingalam is Aandupashawa or not, it is loan borrowing language, just like our Aanduwa. That is why CV has said the Aandupashawe did not had legal technical terms and a Sinhala Gentleman copied them all from Hindi. So in net, Aandupashawe is Tamil 40%, Pali 30%Sanskrit 20% Hindi and European Languages 10%.

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      Shenali M

      By any chance you are familiar with “Demala Bauddhaya” by Professor Sunil Ariyaratna?

      If you are not, please read it and enlighten yourself. The book is out of stock and out of print.
      Are you looking for words, phrases, and sentences to insult CVW?

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      NO they were never writing in Proto Sinhalese but in Sanskrit , Pali Tamil and Prakrit. What is now being touted as Proto Sinhalese is not Sinhalese nor Proto Sinhalese but Prakrit. Got it Sinhalese only came into existence from around 7-9AD Got it. It is a mixture of three languages. Pali, Sanskrit and Tamil. Out these Tamil is the major contributor to the evolution of the Sinhalese language . Even now despite the deliberate Sanskritisation , 40% of modern Sinhalese vocabulary is derived from Tamil. Its grammar, syntax , lexicon and alphabet if purely derived from Tamil and not from Pali or Sanskrit. The vast majority of the present day so called Sinhalese and this definitely includes you. are descended from Tamils and not any other people . Everything about the Sinhalese people reflects the Tamils not Bengali or North India. It reflects the culture and people of modern day Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The ancient historical Tamil country in India. Do not try to twist his words and what he stated to suit your racist agenda.

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        Rohan,

        Still I have a valid point. Why the so called “Tamil Buddhists” wrote in Prakit when they had their own ancient “Tamil”? It doesn’t make any sense now does it? FYI the reason for Sinhalese vocab to contain many Tamil loan words is because after the 15th century Tamil had become the court language of the country. This is very similar to English having many French loan words. Finally, if the modern day Sinhalese have Tamil heritage; why does wiggy runs around like a headless chicken claiming Sinhalese came from North India and incidentally not a native race?

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          Older stone writing in Lankawe is only in Tamil Brahmi. I never heard there was some other format was used. This is a good chance for you to show there are some other letters. Bring anything from North in Sinhala somewhere near to Kantharodai Buddhist temple time (Please, nothing from Champika’s Florida Carbon dating Lab). That is around 2nd Century.

          There is a difference between Hinduism and Buddhism. In North, Sanskrit was used exclusively by Brahmins. So Buddhist writers preferred Pali and Prakits. But none of them anywhere near to Sanskrit. So, when they wanted to created authority to Buddhist scripts, in latter days, they used Sanskrit. Buddhist Monks even in South India used Pali and Prakrit to their writings. But Hindus used Tamil as late as Chola times (About a 1000 year ago). Then they o used Sanskrit for some writing. That is why Soundarya Lahari or Bhagavata Purana likes books, though from TN, but written in Sanskrit.

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            Mallaiyuran,

            I can give you inscriptions from the Eastern Province around Deegawapi which goes back to 2nd century BCE. It debunk your theories about Tamils being the original inhabitants of the island. Doesn’t it?

            South Indians were originally Buddhists and Jains. Hinduism only came to south around 700CE.

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              Shenal,
              Your argument is not about explaining what has been so far found. It is just saying if anything found anywhere, anytime period that is bound to debunk my theory that it was Tamil Buddhists living in Katharoodai Buddhist temple time, and Sinhala Language hadn’t come into use that time.

              What did you find? Where have you had it dated? How is a eastern discovery debunks Northern civilization? Is that you working on the assumption that North and East were one land all through the history? No, I don’t think even that is correct.

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              There have been older inscription in Tamil found at Mahiladitivu and Kathiraveli in Batticaloa district and Weber Stadium in Trincomalee district all by chance. If a comprehensive archaeological survey is done more evidence of presence of Tamils will come to light. Unfortunately Sinhala racist governments will never embark on it to expose the truth, which will rubbish Sinhala claims. Oldest inhabitants of eastern province are Veddhas, who have become Tamils.

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        Rohan aka Siva Sankaran Sarma, there is no language called Prakrit. Prakrit is a term used by ancient grammarians to denote Indo Aryan vernaculars. Modern linguists use the term slightly differently, namely to denote (middle+/-) Indo-Aryan languages prior to the stage of Aparabamsa. These stages and terms cannot be correctly applied to Sinhalese in the same time frame as north Indian languages, since Sinhalese developed independently from the north Indian languages. European scholars used the term Sinhalese Prakrit for Old Sinhalese. Whatever one chooses to call the language it is Sinhalese and all of the ancient inscriptions in Sri Lanka is exclusively in Sinhalese. There are only a couple of Pali inscriptions, much later than the oldest Sinhalese inscriptions and a few Sanskrit inscriptions. Sinhalese cannot have a Tamil base, since Sinhalese is much older than Tamil, contrary to what you believe and Sinhalese evolved from the indigenous languages of the island, and not from any Dravidian language at all. Sinhalese are not descendent from any Tamils or Dravidians or North Indians, but from the indigenous tribes of this island. Tamils trying to claim different ancestries for the Sinhalese and these Tamil made appalling race and linguistic theories for the Sinhalese is all because Tamils want to claim equal status for themselves as the Sinhalese, which they can never achieve here, since Tamils are just a recent diaspora of Tamilnadu while the Sinhalese are indigenous people of this island.

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    This man is such a fool, it is hard to imagine this man was a judge of the highest court of Sri Lanka.
    His racism is based on his ignorance, and greed for power.
    /
    His argument against the history of the Sinhala language going back to the Prakrti long before the full developed version came to use is the most absurd, stupid argument. Languages don’t develop overnight and they evolve over time. The fact is that Indian Tamils have not developed an independent new language, and only yhe Sinhalese have done. This alone (in adition to archeological evidence) that the island was a Sinhala country and the Tamil invaders came and were repelled from time to time, with the most desperate staying under king’s permission.
    /
    This man is a curse to the Tamil people because he is spreading these lies without even having a support base in the North.
    /
    He should get his facts from Vasudeva.

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      English evolved in England from ancient Celtic, Saxon, Dannish, Norman French, Latin , Greek and many other languages. Does this mean the Celtic Welsh and Scottish do not belong. Yes Sinhalese evolved in southern a parts of the island when many of the indigenous Tamil or semi Tamil speaking Naga and Yakka converted to Buddhism and then gradually corrupted their local Tamil dialect with the Pali and Sanskrit of Buddhism which evolved as Sinhalese in 7AD. Out of these three languages only Tamil belongs to the region , the other two the plains of North India. So how can you be Indigenous ? The vast majority of the present day Sinhalese are descended from Tamil immigrants from South India. Ancient to fairly recent. The population in the north and east did not convert to Buddhism or if they converted they reconverted back the Hinduism , there for their language did not change and close proximity to Tamil South India also had an influence in their language. There is far more archeological evidence of Tamils and Saivaism having a n older prehistoric existence in the island than Sinhalese and Buddhism. Sinhalese only came into existence with the arrival of Buddhism. Tamil has been in the island and is still in the island from prehistoric times to now and did not depend of any religion for its existence. Lastly many of the archeology now touted to the world as Sinhalese Buddhist. Eg. Polonarruwa is actually built by Tamils and Tamil Naga Hindus and Buddhists. There was no Sinhalese until 7AD but so called Sinhalese archeological wonders exist from ancient times. This is a wonder by it self . No Sinhalese people or language but Sinhalese archaeological wonders. Non of the ancient kings in the island ever called or identified themselves as Sinhalese or Aryan as they were not. There were Tamil Naga or South Indian origin Tamil Hindus or Buddhists.

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      Amare, the problem lies with the safron toga wearing clan.There is a solution. France tried it out and came out very successfully. Follows it here.

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      Hybridized invaders from Bengal are talking about this

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    Mr. Wigneshwaran and other Tamil supremacists, What was not there until recent times is Tamil settlements outside of Tamilakam. So stop shouting nonsense and writing the most appalling race theories and insulting the Sinhalese and our language. Sinhalese is a very ancient language, it has features pre-dating even Sanskrit which has led some scholars to conclude that Sinhalese is not a daughter language of Sanskrit but a sister language. Sinhalese is the indigenous language of this island – it is the indigenous languages which evolved into Sinhalese, as the preservation of remnants of these languages even in present day Sinhalese amply proves. Contrary to what the Tamils want to believe, the Tamil language is not that old – Tamil differentiated from proto-south Dravidian starting from after the 5th century B.C and that process started in upper Tamilnadu, far away from the southern tip of India, while Sinhalese Brahmi inscriptions have been found in Anuradhapura already in the 6th century B.C. Whatever the age of the Tamil language is, it definitely did not evolve here, but in Tamilakam, some 50+ miles off the coast of this island, at the shortest distance. As linguistic research has shown languages do not cross water bodies easily, as water bodies, especially oceans serve as natural barriers. Any language which crosses a natural barrier will develop on its own lines. So, if you Tamils have been here from time immemorial, you most certainly would not be speaking the language of Tamilnadu.
     
    Tamils have a hard time convincing even themselves that there was a Tamil state here in ancient times, let alone Tamil Buddhists building viharas and dagabas here. A Tamil state outside of Tamilakam and vihara building Tamil Buddhists in this island, is as probable as Tamil speaking Lemurians.

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    A good education should have to be given to this idiot CV Wigg. He does not know the history of this country. In the 5th century Monk Buddhaghosa wrote Visugghimagga translating Sinhala language commentrial texts on Theravada teaching & practices into Pali language so that all Buddhist world can use them.
    Simhala is attested as a name of this island in the Bhagavath Purana written in 3100 BCE.
    Tamil language appear only since 3BCE.

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      latha from Lata land

      From your last typing on 6 December 2019:

      “We have very good literature works related to Buddhism.”

      Mostly in Pali, sanskrit, ….
      Are you familiar with Lokopakaraya, Lovada Sangarava, Sandesaya Poems, Mahapadaranga, Subhasitaya, Vetalankatava, ……

      Have you ever heard of Arittaki Vendu, …….

      Are you aware of the fact that the Pali Jatakatthakatha was translated to Sinhala by a Cholian Monk who was based in Vidagama, Kalutara in 14th Century?

      Try answer my observations.

      “In the 5th century Monk Buddhaghosa wrote Visugghimagga translating Sinhala language commentrial texts on Theravada teaching & practices into Pali language so that all Buddhist world can use them.”

      It appears Monk Buddhaghosa translated Sinhala language commentrial texts on Theravada teaching & practices into Pali language before Buddha was born?
      Fine.
      According to Achchige Patali Champika Ranawaka Sinhala is the second oldest language only after Hebrew and his Sinhala/Buddhist ancestors discovered ZERO.
      Fine.

      Let’s assume Sinhala is the oldest language, the first ape spoke Sinhala. Sinhala/Buddhists were the first Buddhist before Buddha was born.
      What are you trying to tell us?


      Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
      Buddha

      Munca pure munca pacchato
      majjhe munca bhavassa paragu
      sabbattha vimuttamanaso
      na punam jatijaram upehisi.
      Dhammapada verse 348

      Translation
      Let go of the past, let go of the future,
      let go of the present, and cross over to the farther shore of existence.
      With mind wholly liberated,
      you shall come no more to birth and death.


      God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
      Samuel Butler

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        latha from Lata land

        Don’t miss the following scientifically researched discovery

        Common ancestry of Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils – DNA proof
        “West Eurasian haplogroups among the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils and Vedda population groups with a longer history in the island suggest early migration of women carrying these haplogroups into the country. Our data led us to conclude that contemporary Sri Lankans share very close maternal ancestors and that ethnicity is created by linguistic, religious and cultural differences rather than by genetic differences.”

        – Prof. Kamani Thennakoon, University of Colombo.
        https://sldna.blogspot.com/2019/02/common-ancestry-of-sinhalese-and-sri.html?

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        Vedda

        We learnt Subhashithaya, Lowadasagarawa, Sandesha Poems, Ummagga jathakaya & so many other books in school days.

        Can’t you understand 5BC & 5AD

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          Vedda

          What about the idea that man & Chimpanzee share 96% of common Genes.

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            latha

            “What about the idea that man & Chimpanzee share 96% of common Genes.”

            True.
            Isn’t it why Sinhalese believe the first Ape spoke Sinhala and the Tamils on the other hand believe the First Ape spoke Tamil?

            The Sinhalese also believe Sinhala/Buddhism is much much older than Buddha’s teaching, Dhamma. Tamils believe each of them represent god (multiple Avatars). Soon you will see God Prabha guarding the Tamils and God Gota guarding the Sinhala/Buddhists.

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    Don’t tell me that Wiggy is doing the write-up for setting the stage for Boris Johnson & Co to do some “intervention” in Sri Lanka? Are you, Wiggy, therefore trying to create social tensions within Sri Lanka? I am informed that a considerable section of the Northern Province inhabitants, particularly the young are sick of the rhetoric sung by the types of Wiggy. Tell me Wiggy! Once Saymurthi Thondaman suggested to hand over the rule of the Northern Province for 10 years to Prabhakaran. Would you have liked that? The types of Wiggy were hiding at that time and a good many of today’s Politicians of the North were seeking protection of the Army whom they openly despise now. I am reliably informed that the day the Young of the North take over from the oldies then even the Colombo 7 house would not be safe for Wiggy.

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    Justice C.V.Wigneswaran has given a perfect account of Sri Lanka history. As regarding the continent of Lemuria, this was before 9,000 uears old. During that period there was a land mass between India and Sri Lanka and from the South-East Asia to Eastern Africa all of which are known as Kumarikandam also known as the lost continent of Lemuria. During that period the strait between Thalaimannar and Rameswaram was a land mass and now the depth of that strait is about 180 feet. Likewise the depth of Berring.Strait is also about 150 feet which is between Siberia and Alaska. The length pf these two straits are also about 20 miles. When the sea arose these two straits were submerged in sea and so some of the islands near South East Asia. During that period Hinduism was prevalent in Borneo, Malaysia, Indonesia, Java, Fiji, etc. The languages that was in existence in these regions was Tamil abd Sanskrit. Pali is an off shoot of Sanskrit. The founder of Buddhism was a Hindu prince. Lord Buddha was recognized by the Hindus as a great Master. Buddhism is indebted to Hinduism. Sri Lanka is encircled by five great Siva temples of which the fifth Siva temple was submerged in sea with the continent of Lemuria. This being the situation, it is totally unfair for Sinhala extremists to call Sri Lanka as a Buddhist country. Tamils are not against Buddhism. The present rulers and the military should realize this practice secularism like India. .

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      Ayathurei Rajasingham: Do you know, Since Lemuria times, how many times, Sinhala people chased out South Indians from their motherland. The last time, it happened in 2009, Nanthikadaal.

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        JD Jim Softy

        “how many times, Sinhala people chased out South Indians from their motherland.,”

        How come you and other 21 Million stayed put?
        Why ancestors of 21 million didn’t go back?

        FYI

        Monday, February 18, 2019
        Common ancestry of Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils – DNA proof
        “West Eurasian haplogroups among the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils and Vedda population groups with a longer history in the island suggest early migration of women carrying these haplogroups into the country. Our data led us to conclude that contemporary Sri Lankans share very close maternal ancestors and that ethnicity is created by linguistic, religious and cultural differences rather than by genetic differences.”

        – Prof. Kamani Thennakoon, University of Colombo.
        https://sldna.blogspot.com/2019/02/common-ancestry-of-sinhalese-and-sri.html?

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      Not taking sides here, but really?! Fiji?!
      The opinions thrown about on these comments range from dubious to wild, like the article itself!

      The main point of the article is rooted in current reality, but these bizarre claims on historical happenings (which are not relevant anyway) are just making a mockery of the whole thing.

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    Soma,
    The total number of Tamils does not matter in a civilised DEMOCRATIC country where the majority treats their minorities with respectfully;as equal to themselves; tries to protect their culture/religion. The Tamils had been treated very badly over the last 70 odd years by the MAJORITY. This can be described as a self DESTRUCTION of the beautiful country that is waiting with a begging bowl and had to sell/lease part of their land to China. Had the Sinhalese been hard working, British Empire would not have brought the Indian Tamils to work in Tea estates. The Up country Tamils worked hard and brought in valuable foreign Exchange to SL. But they had been made to live in a miserable state. Time for everyone in SL to live in PEACEFULLY IN A LAW ABIDING COUNTRY.

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    BS! BS! BS!

    If the descendants of ‘Para’ Malabar Demalu who pretend as Tamils cannot march with other communities they have two choices:
    1. Can get lost to the place across the Palk Strait from where their ancestors came.
    2. Request the Governments of Portugal, Netherlands and Britain to accept them as their citizens because it is they who brought the slaves and abandoned them in Sinhale.

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    Only 40% of the Tamils live in the so-called North and East Homeland. Just take the Counts from Postal Votes. Evan the most Tamils who have homes in that homeland work in the South. Dalit Tamils say no to Vellahla domination. If Mr. Wigneswaran wants to get into Southern politics the best way is to move away from the West living – LTTE Rump who fulfill western Interests and look for ways to exploit Tamils for more money.

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      Even as per your government statistics 51%of the island’s Tamils ( this includes indigenous and Indian origin) live in the north and east. 70% of the indigenous Tamils live in the north and east and 90%of the rest live in greater Colombo , where they had lived for generations. Please remember thousands of indigenous Tamils still live along the north west coast from Negombo , Chilaw to Puttalam , which were all part of the Tamil homeland until a century or two ago, until many of the Tamils living here converted to a Sinhalese identity in the 1800 to the 1950s. It does not matter whether 40% or 10% of the Tamils now live in the north and east( they do not) . This is their land and this stupid argument put up by the Sinhalese racists is irrelevant. Most of the Scots do not live in Scotland nor do most of Irish origin people live in Ireland. Does this mean Scotland is not the land of the Scottish or Ireland is Irish? Similarly the North and East is the land of the Eelam Tamils and does not matter , whether only 10% of them ,live 70% of them live there or 40% live there. Don’t be stupid and make a fool of yourself. Most of the Tamils living in the Sinhalese areas are the Indian origin estate Tamils and Tamil Muslims and not the indigenous Eelam Tamils. These Tamils and Tamil speakers have nothing to the with Eelam. They are immigrants from South India and their agenda is different from the indigenous Tamils .

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        All Tamils are Indian origin. Indigenous Tamils are found only in Tamilnadu.

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          What about Sinhalease origin? Salagama, Karavas, Duravas?
          SWRD, Jaywardena,….

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            What about them?

            Sinhalese nation was born here from indigenous tribes. Some Tamils migrate and assimilate with the Sinhalese, and all Sinhalese become south Indian? Is that it? Funny. LMAO

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    What a privilege to have a potted history lesson from the eminent Justice Wigneswaran. Like him, I too was an pre-independence baby, and I too marched with others of the different races that lived together on this then-blessed island. But that was a lifetime ago, and much has changed since then, some bad and some good. There is no doubt that we are now living in difficult times with still a lot of friction between the various communities. That is why we need many good honest leaders with integrity, from every community, to take us forward. With much respect to differing views, the North and East should not be taken as ‘exclusively’ Tamil and Muslim. I look forward to a day when Muslims and Tamils, Sinhalese, and all other minorities can live anywhere on this island they wish, without fear or hindrance. That will be the day when we will see that shimmering city on a hill, shining beacon for us all. Are we brave enough to seek it?

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      Spring Koha

      Why did S W R D Bandaranayake (Pandara Nayakam) let the mad dogs lose against the advice of a senior politician?

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        Native Vedda

        Solomon WEST RIDGEWAY Dias Pandara Nayakam returned from Oxford with a sense of entitlement. He wanted to get to the top of the UNP in hurry. In the end Dud, JayR and SirJoan stood in his way. So he had to form his own party and go for broke. He promised the earth. . . to the Sinhala people that was ‘Sinhala Only’. That was enough to get him into power. He let lose ‘ape aanduwa’ dogs and the country got rabies. It was downhill to the doghouse all the way after that.

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          Spring Koha

          Thanks
          Was it Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke who accused Solomon WEST RIDGEWAY Dias Pandara Nayakam letting lose the mad dogs? Was he the one who wanted to apply Tar on shaven heads?

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      My dream too, we probably belong to the same generation who lived in a haven of amity. A major offence was riding a bicycle without a polthel lamp at night. Police would hide and wait to nab errant teenagers. Remember Saragoiya and ralahamy modauna!
      Gota not being a seasoned oily politician could take us there or somewhere close!
      Geriatric Dreamer

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    This man should be sent to Angoda for psychiatric treatment.

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      Let the Tamil people do it at the next election! Since there is no Psychiatric hospital in the north, let them bring him to Angoda after the election. He can then continue his imaginary historical write-ups.
      People don’t expect this kind of nonsense from an ex-official of the judiciary.
      .

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        Raj

        “Since there is no Psychiatric hospital in the north, let them bring him to Angoda after the election. “

        Have you forgotten the day you escaped from Point Pedro Base Mental Hospital in Manthikai and then police found you and taken you to psychiatric unit of Tellipalai Base Hospital, …. ….. ?

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      Old King needed a stronger treatment and he went to Thailand. He recommended that to New King and he too went there. You missed that opportunity while you were in Malaysia. Would have been only a walking distance. But for what reason CV has to go to Angoda?

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    “The Tamils were the original inhabitants of this Island. “

    Utter rubbish. Where is the archaeological evidence to back up this claim? You have hundreds and hundreds of Buddhist monuments all over the North & East, including cave inscriptions by monks, yet virtually nothing written in Tamil. Does the author want to claim the Cholas were also Buddhist?

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      Neither is anything written in Sinhalese but lots of ancient .

      Ancient Tamil inscriptions in the island

      Tissamaharama Tamizh inscription refers to a fragment of black and red ware flat dish inscribed in Tamil in the Tamizh script excavated at the earliest layer in southern town of Tissamaharama in Sri Lanka. It is dated to 200 BCE
      Potsherds with Tamizh inscriptions found in Poonagari, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 2nd century BCE , Black and red ware potsherds in Uchchapani ,Katarodai Jaffna 3rd century BC. Pre second century BC Naga well and cobra stone constructed by Naga kings found at Neeramuga Pillayar temple at Vantharumoolai ,Batticaloa , eastern Sri Lanka. This was part of Tamil Naga kingdom in the area . The ancient ancestors of the Sri Lankan Tamils. You can clearly see the inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi, Mani Nagan and Vezh Naga. Metal castings s found in Batticaloa, eastern Sri Lanka. Two in Brass and one in Silver. You can clearly see the inscriptions written in Tamil Brahmi , of 1St- 2nd Century BC. Vezh Nagan Palli ( meaning the temple of Vezh Nagan) the second inscription in Tamil Brahmii is Vezh Nagan Mahan Kannan( meaning Kannan the son of Vezh Nagan in Tamil). This proves that the Naga were well advanced in Metal casting and production of Metal items over 2000 years ago. Originally Naga artifacts were found in stone but now Metal artifacts of the Naga are now surfacing . Proving production methods and casting that was prevalent in Madurai /Kanchi is now being used by the Tamil Naga of Eelam. So far nothing ancient in Sinhala. Only trying to claim ancient Prakrit inscriptions in the island as Sinhalese will not work. Good try Goebbels.

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        Siva Sankkaroya,

        You and Wignes should call for a global inquiry to find out the validity of Thala homeland in SL. (Same way you call for an inquiry on war crimes)This is the only way you can get your illusive homeland.

        Vedda, over to you for entertainment.

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          ravi perera
          The Sinhala speaking Demela

          “Same way you call for an inquiry on war crimes”

          Aung San Suu Kyi has the b***s to face off ICJ, do Mahinda, Gota, Kamal, Svendra ………….have theirs?

          Being their b***s carrier you should be able to let us know the truth.

          Otherwise how are you?
          BTW have you had time to meet the Hinidans to know about their intentions/ designs on Sri Lanka?

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        What a joke, show me a single cave inscription written in Tamil. All of them are written in Sinhala Prakrit, the forerunner to modern Sinhala. Sinhala evolved in 4 stages; the evolution is depicted in the hundreds of cave writings. There is no question about the source of these cave writings: Buddhist monks. The Theravada Buddhist heritage of Sri Lanka influenced not only Sri Lanka, but also Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, and Vietnam. Monks from these countries have been making visits to Sri Lanka for thousands of years. In their literature, there is no mention of a Tamil kingdom or even large Tamil presence in Sri Lanka. This proves that Sinhalese had the greater influence on the development of the island. Not only is this fact supported by the archaeological and literary evidence, but the linguistic connection between Vedda’s and Sinhala languages shows that Vedda’s were heavily influenced by Sinhala language. In the Vedda language, there are still words from 13th century Sinhala spoken; these words are now extinct from the modern-day Sinhala lexicon.

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      Lester

      “Where is the archaeological evidence to back up this claim?”

      Have you started looking for evidence.
      When did you actually start looking for evidence?
      Read Mahawamsa, Early settlements in Jaffna by Dr Ponnampalam Ragupathy, and Prof S Pathmanathan, Pomparippu, ……………….. ask your ancesters the Portuguese, and Dutch, ………………… interview Cyril Mathew, Dutta Gamani, ……………..

      The evidence is there all you have to do is move your filthy bum and mind and start looking for them.

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        Fake Veddah,

        Thanks for showing your true Eelamist colours. Why would a Veddah care about Ragupathy, Pathmanathan, or Pomparippu’s fake history… if you were a real Veddah, you would know that the Veddah language is much closer to Sinhala than Tamil.

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          Lester the jester

          “if you were a real Veddah, you would know that the Veddah language is much closer to Sinhala than Tamil.”

          Are you an expert on linguistics?
          If you are, could you let me know the similarities between Veddah language and Sinhala, taking into account Kumaratunga Munidasa attempt at Hela Havula movement.

          If you haven’t got an answer it doesn’t matter, you don’t need to respond.

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        Native Veddha,

        If Wiggy is right. Both Sinhalese and Tamils are from a single ethnic group. So what is the fuss Tamils are making now? They can simply assimilate and become Sinhalese. It’s not like that they have a very unique culture and civilization.

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          ShenalM

          Read Prof. Kamani Thennakoon, University of Colombo, link supplied above.

          “They can simply assimilate and become Sinhalese.”

          Why don’t you assimilate with Tamils and become Tamils, the region is over populated Tamils and it would be considered as going back to your original South Indian roots.

          “It’s not like that they have a very unique culture and civilization.”

          If you consider the Sinhalese have very unique culture and civilization from the Tamils, does it not mean Tamils too have their own very unique culture and civilization? Then why should they assimilate into Sinhalese?

          By the way could you explain to me what is unique about Sinhalese culture and civilization?

          The Sinhalese should consider assimilating themselves into South Indian society as there aren’t much differences between South Indians and Sinhalese and become a big unique people of South Asia.

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            NativeV,

            -Why don’t you assimilate with Tamils and become Tamils, the region is over populated Tamils and it would be considered as going back to your original South Indian roots.-

            That’s because I do not live among majority of Tamils. If I did I would have to assimilate. And for the region, it is located beyond the sea. There is no point in assimilating with a culture which is beyond the sea and have no connection to me what so ever.

            -If you consider the Sinhalese have very unique culture and civilization from the Tamils, does it not mean Tamils too have their own very unique culture and civilization? Then why should they assimilate into Sinhalese?-

            Because by assimilating they can benefit from being the majority. There will be no language issues and will be no reservation issues. The ethnic problem is solved. Cultures are dynamic entities. They change over time. It is time that Tamils realize this.

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      Listen, even the writing of 1st century, appeared in Dutugemunu’s Kathirkamam (Tissamaharama) is in Tamil.

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    Mr CV

    You are trying to rewrite the history of Srilanka by creating a false concept
    If not for racist politicians like you, Tamil people can live peacefully with majority Sinhalese peacefully without any hatred and communal violence
    Srilankan majority is Sinhala Buddhist and there is nothing wrong about saying Srilanka is a Buddhist country.
    Politicians like you are the ones who does not want all communities to live in SL peacefully. Your past history proves it

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      Sri Lanka was and is not an exclusive Sinhalese Buddhist country . It never was and never will be . Large parts of it from ancient times has been exclusively Tamil and Hindu. It is thanks to the British in 1833 , the Sinhalese who were confined to the southern parts of the island until then and had no peep in the Tamil lands to the north east became a majority in the entire island and the Tamils who were a 100% majority in their own lands became a minority. The Sinhalese until then , historically never had control of the Tamil lands to the north and east or even ruled them. So how can the island be called a historically Sinhalese Buddhist land. when 30% of the land was and still largely exclusively inhabited by Tamil speaker and was ruled and controlled by them? You Sinhalese only got power in 1948 , again thanks to the British who handed over the entire island to you aggressive racists on a platter , including the hapless Tamils , with no protection to the island’s Tamils . Sinhalese Buddhist land! This is like the English stating Britain is English land only and does not belong to the Scottish or Welsh.

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        “It is thanks to the British in 1833 , the Sinhalese who were confined to the southern parts of the island until then and had no peep in the Tamil lands to the north east became a majority in the entire island”

        Your homeland was smaller than the present day North for most parts. When the hell did you have control over east. Paraya.

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          ravi perera
          Sinhala speaking Demela

          What does paraya mean?
          Were you signing off as Paraya?

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        Siva,

        The land belongs to the Sinhalese because from the time unknown, every one speaks of about only one single distinct ethnicity in this island. That is only Sinhalese. Tamils came and settle the lands vacated by the Sinhalese after 13th century.

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          ShenalM

          “The land belongs to the Sinhalese because from the time unknown, every one speaks of about only one single distinct ethnicity in this island.”

          Could you list these “every one”.
          Could you also explain what you meant by “from the time unknown”.

          “Tamils came and settle the lands vacated by the Sinhalese after 13th century.”

          North Indians knew this land from thousands of miles however the stupid Tamils didn’t know it even though they lived only 20 miles away from this island.

          Why are you making yourself a fool?

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          Shenal showing her smartness! Shenal appears convulsing to send Royals to the UN Electric Musical Chair. Or is that a merry go round? Take a partnership with Rambo and Lemon Puff Weeraya.

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      channa, it was rewritten in 1956 by Konnara Mudiyanselage P Rajaratne

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      Channa

      “If not for racist politicians like you, Tamil people can live peacefully with majority Sinhalese peacefully without any hatred and communal violence”

      Of course you are right, as in 1883, 1915, 1958, 1961, 1971, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1987-1991, over 30 years, 2014, 2018, 2019,……………..

      “Srilankan majority is Sinhala Buddhist and there is nothing wrong about saying Srilanka is a Buddhist country.”

      Of course they are also stupid, why don’t you call Sri Lanka a land of the stupid. Since you seem to be part of them I love to call the country the land of Moron(s).

      “Politicians like you are the ones who does not want all communities to live in SL peacefully. “

      How about the morons who took total control of this island from 1956 onwards? Did they make every possible effort to make people live in harmony?

      Go look at your raging face in a mirror and reflect on what has been bothering you all your adult life.

      Why it is Buddhist Country, given that the last Buddhist was the Awakened one, the Buddha? What has Buddhism got to do with political perverts like you?

      Don’t bother typing if you can’t find answers.

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    The reality is neither Tamil nor Sinhalese is helpful to learn and prosper in this world. That requires fluency in English. Religion is even more useless than language. It is true that religion can offer comfort at times if you can wrap your mind into believing in a higher power but that’s all that it is. There is nothing holy in Sinhalese or Tamil culture. In this day and age a person should be guided by common sense and ethics. Not ancient scriptures, beliefs and practices. Who is going to live in traditional homelands when there are better opportunities elsewhere in the world? Life is too precious and too short to waste learning and defending ancient languages, religions, cultures and homelands.

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    Mr. ex-Justice Wiggie,
    Let me quote something interesting about diaspora Tamils cheated by the LTTE:
    “Thus, the period between March 2009 and May 2009 saw a very large sum of money being raised worldwide through bank loans in the form of special collections. As usual, Switzerland was once again at the forefront and topped the list in raising funds. One of the methods resorted to by Tiger supporters in Switzerland was adopting fraudulent means to procure bank loans. It was estimated that huge sums of money had been taken as bank loans after falsifying documents relating to salary details and by overvaluing the worth of assets owned. 182 bank loans amounting to some 15 million Swiss francs had been taken this way to fill Tiger coffers. ” (From an article written by DBSJ).
    Do you think such a great nation called Tamils would do this type of international robberies, money laundering, and drug & human trafficking! The current Swiss embassy fiasco is another episode of the same soap opera. If they get a country of their own what wouldn’t they do?

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      ‘Do you think such a great nation called Tamils would do this type of international robberies, money laundering, and drug & human trafficking!’

      Yes

      ‘If they get a country of their own what wouldn’t they do?’

      Divide it up on caste lines. Separate wells for drinking water, separate burial grounds for ‘low caste’ Tamil Christians as in Tamil Nadu. Separate states.

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        Kern

        “‘Do you think such a great nation called Tamils would do this type of international robberies, money laundering, and drug & human trafficking!’”

        The nation called Tamils will not be any different to the Sinhala/Buddhist nation that now exists in this island. I cannot predict who would control the Tamil Nation however I know who will own this island.

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    For a former judge of the Supreme Court, you are rather stupid, impractical and worst of all racist.

    Ethnicity – if defined by language – is a constantly changing concept. We are all one – our genes show that.

    No one ethnicity can claim the land. We ALL HAVE TO SHARE IT. That means we cannot prevent anyone from buying land and settling – with or without government help – any where on the island.
    I understand that the so-called “thesavalami” laws – as exclusively used by Jaffna Tamils prevents sale of land to those from different ethnicities (and castes). It seems custom-made to keep the lower-castes in permanent bondage in the North.

    Before you talk about inter-ethnic discrimination, why don’t you solve the intra-Tamil discrimination? Perhaps then, I will start to take you seriously.

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      sinhalese buddhist

      “I understand that the so-called “thesavalami” laws “

      Do you?
      Please explain to us how does it work?

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    What nonsence this idiot is talking. Sri lanka is a sinhala budhist country. This donkey should realize that first.

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      Udesh Paradesh

      “Sri lanka is a sinhala budhist country. “

      Is it?
      Since when?
      Why?
      Who said so?
      Sri Lanka is mostly populated by Stupid people.
      Why don’t you call it a land of the stupid?

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    What have Malabar Wellala elite politicians Vigneshwaran, Sambandan and Sumanthiram who are fighting with Native Sinhalayo on rights of the descendants of slaves brought from Malabar have done to eliminate caste-based discrimination and oppression in the North. Do they need Eelam, Federal solution or Devolution of power to do that?

    It is high time that Daliths identify their real enemy and start ‘Liberation of Daliths’ movement to fight against Wellala hegemony. Native Sinhalayo will extend their full support for that.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “What have Malabar Wellala elite politicians Vigneshwaran, Sambandan and Sumanthiram who are fighting with Native Sinhalayo …………………… “

      The are your long lost cousins, descendants of Kallathonie South Indians, why are you denying them the same rights as you are?

      Read:
      Common ancestry of Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils – DNA proof
      “West Eurasian haplogroups among the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils and Vedda population groups with a longer history in the island suggest early migration of women carrying these haplogroups into the country. Our data led us to conclude that contemporary Sri Lankans share very close maternal ancestors and that ethnicity is created by linguistic, religious and cultural differences rather than by genetic differences.”

      – Prof. Kamani Thennakoon, University of Colombo.
      https://sldna.blogspot.com/2019/02/common-ancestry-of-sinhalese-and-sri.html?

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    World’s worst country Lankawe is trying to put Siriyalatha in prison and planning to demand for prisoner exchange for Nishantha De Silva. He is a very useful candidate for Gota Chitanta Government. But the Swiss embassy employee is good for nothing for them. So Chitanta Government is planning to throw a pawn and catch a shark. Idea thamai!

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    “Where there is a Will there is a Way”…so goes the English saying. I remember reading in a South India Magazine as… the Teacher in a class tells a student that she will read a sentence in English only up to a point and that student should complete it, the student agrees, then the teacher says “”Where there is a Will…..immediately the student completes it by saying there is an அம்பு (meaning arrow) because Will in Tamil means Bow, so let’s have the WILL to do it…Obama said We Can Do and he did it, “NIKE says Just Do It”, if we all can do it, we would all be “Lovin It” like the McDonald’s Burger.

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