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How Many Homelands Do The Jaffna Tamils Need?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Scholarly narratives tracing the brief history of the Tamils agree that the itinerant migrants from S. India turned into an organic and  distinct entity of their own in Sri Lanka only after they decided to be permanent  settlers in the northern region in the 13th and 14th centuries. “The establishment of an independent Tamil kingdom in Ceylon in the thirteenth century,” wrote historian S. Arasaratnam, “is a landmark in history of the Ceylon Tamils. No doubt it was helped by the weakness of Sinhalese political power…….What we can say with certainty is that by 1325 the Tamil kingdom had come onto the historical scene.” (p.103 – 104 – Ceylon, S. Arasaratnam, Prentice-Hall Inc., New Jersey, USA).

Prior to that the Tamil migrants drifted in and out of Sri Lanka as adventurers, traders, marauders, invaders, craftsmen, mercenaries, mostly for Sinhala kings, fishermen, explorers but never as permanent settlers with a commitment to make Sri Lanka their home. They always went back to their one and only homeland in S. India because they were instinctively drawn to  their roots. Even when they became  permanent settlers they were dependent primarily on the original S. Indian base that shaped their Tamil identity. The S. Indian umbilical cord was the sole source that sustained their spiritual, cultural and political needs. Their Freudian  urge to go into the womb in S. India was an innate part of their genetic makeup.

In short, when they left S. India they never abandoned their homeland. As legatees of the Dravidian cultural, spiritual and  historical heritage, which they carried religiously on their backs, they knew that they could never construct another homeland overseas to replace the original homeland they left behind. Any attempt to replicate the original homeland in foreign lands could only result in creating a “fake-land” and  not a genuine homeland. In any case, like all migrants the S. Indians who crossed the Palk Straits  regarded Jaffna only as a transit lounge until they could return to their roots in the S. Indian  homeland  sooner or later.

K. S. Sivakumaran, a Sri Lankan journalist, reflecting on his S. Indian roots, reveals his inner feelings when he said : “ Well, let me put it this way – as a Tamilian I felt proud to be in Tamilnadu. The Tamil consciousness reigns supreme there. Having lived in a cosmopolitan city like Colombo for over thirty years – most Sri Lankans are more westernized than most people in India – I’m used to the lack of an exclusively Tamil context. But in Tamilnadu – in Madras and other places – I could feel a cultural atmosphere springing from a Dravidian foundation…” (p.50 – Le Roy Robinson in Conversation with K.S. Sivakumaran on Aspects of Culture in Sri Lanka, Chamara Printers, Colombo 6, 1992). Mark you, he is writing this in 1992 and he is still yearning to go back to the “Dravidian foundation” even after living in cosmopolitan Colombo.

The cultural affinities that attaches him inseparably to his Dravidian homeland is the common experience of all Tamil migrants. The indelible feelings of Tamil exiled from S. India is expressed emphatically by Sivakumaran writing  in 1992. Undoubtedly, the gravitational pull of the Jaffnaites to Tamil Nadu is stronger than those who had migrated to distant parts of the globe. Their proximity to Tamil Nadu makes it their home away from home. Obviously, this means that though the Jaffna Tamils claim their migrant settlement in the North of Sri Lanka to be their homeland they know, in their heart of hearts, that their one and only homeland is in S. India, the birthplace of all Tamils who migrated to other lands. All other overseas settlements lack not only the genuine spirit of a homeland but also the substance of a history which can transform the alien geography into a homeland. In fact, in India there is a sacredness attached to the homeland. For instance, the Brahmins, who came from the  head  of Brahma, according to  classical Hindu caste system, were forbidden to cross the seas. Only the low-castes, like the Vellalas who belonged to the Sudra  caste that came from the feet of Brahma, ventured out. Those who crossed the seas lost their Brahmanical status and Gandhi, for instance, had to be re-baptised to be admitted into Indian society.

Naturally, all Tamils who  migrated from S. India had “the Dravidian foundation” tattooed in the back of their minds.It was permanently located in their memory as the dependable and homely “backyard” – the first and last resort from which they could derive strength in  times of need. It was,above all, a historical haven to lift them up from the cultural desert in Jaffna. This apart, the Jaffna Tamils would know that there is a hollowness and a contradiction in claiming Jaffna as their homeland while sitting next door to their one and only homeland in Tamil Nadu. Those who claim Jaffna as their homeland, in addition to that of Tamil Nadu, are confused, with one leg planted in both territories. As seen  in the case of Sivakumaran, they are confused in their divided minds, not knowing whether they belong to Tamil Nadu or Jaffna. Their heart strings pulling strongly in the direction of a Dravidian homeland make them feel that they belong to Tamil Nadu primarily because of the glories of its history. Jaffna has nothing to offer in comparison to the monumental achievements of their ancestors in Tamil Nadu.  In fact, in revealing his  heart, Sivakumaran makes it clear that he is just not speaking at the end of a sentimental journey into his past. No. He was affirming that he was back in his ancestral homeland – the place where the Tamils originated and later fanned out to occupy various  parts of foreign lands. Sivakumaran’s experiences in Tamil Nadu comes out as if he had regained his paradise after living in exile in Jaffna. It is a natural and genuine feeling which the migrant Tamils cannot escape.

Once they  go back to their roots in Tamil Nadu the old atavistic feelings, buried deep within, rise to  bond  with  their homeland – a feeling that is  not evoked in the minds of Tamils returning to their domiciled homes in alien lands abroad. So if their hearts and minds are in Tamil Nadu and only their body is in Jaffna where is their  homeland? What is more, when they stare across the Palk Straits doesn’t it make amockery of their claim to have two homelands, one sitting next to another on  the shores of the Indian Ocean? When the same people claim two homelands, one next another, won’t they be in two minds not knowing to which land they belong, particularly because all what they claim to be Tamil culture exist only in Tamil Nadu?

And this leads to a more serious question : If the autochthonous Tamils of Tamil Nadu have not being given a state of  their own to make it their homeland after reigning over great and independent kingdoms recorded in their glorious  history, on what basis can the migrant settlers in Jaffna, with a dubious and a Lilliputian history, claim to have a separate state of their own in Sri Lanka? This does not mean that the Tamils are incapable of creatively manufacturing history to claim a homeland wherever they are located, west, east, north or south. Not surprisingly, in 1983, the Tamils circulated a spurious claim in Australia saying that they were the first to greet Captain Cook, with thosai, vadai, poomalai and  nagasalam, when he first landed in Botany Bay in Sydney! Of course, no one  took it seriously, except some nutty Tamil fanatics. This claim was based on historian Manning  Clark’s theory  that the Veddahs of Sri Lanka were among the first wave of migrants to Australia. (p.1 Chapter 1, Short History of Australia, Manning Clark).

A critical look at the post-independent Sri Lanka will reveal that the mainstream political trajectory spiralled downward into violence, and finally to Nandikadal, because the Tamils, in their obsession with a history that exists only in their minds, refused to face the hard realities of their superficial past. Their sudden urge to establish a separate state forced them to create a history that warped the minds of the Tamils. The best they could produce as history was a hastily written political tract to boost the claims to a separate state in the Battekotte (Vadukoddai) Resolution. But a homeland needs a sacred and undisputed history. It can only come out of the hands of those who make history with their innate genius to transform a  land built in their own image. Their labour of love for the land leaves a proud legacy which their successors can call it their  own. For instance, the American created a unique culture which they could proudly claim to be their own. They surpassed the European culture from which they borrowed to make a new civilisation of their own. All civilisations are built on borrowings. The genius is in putting their indelible stamp of identity as they marched into history. So have the Tamils of Jaffna come anywhere near to a level which would qualify them to be that of innovative homemakers like those in Tamil Nadu or in Sri Lanka? Where is the genius in physically transporting  everything from S. India and transplanting them  in Jaffna? Besides, a homeland is made at home not overseas. Everything  in Jaffna was made across the Palk Straits. So where is their homeland?

Since the Tamils of Jaffna remained as mediocre copy cats, imitating the superior culture of Tamil Nadu, can they be considered to be innovative creators who laid the foundations for a homeland of  their own in Sri Lanka? Or should they be categorised as mere carters who transported readymade products from Tamil Nadu imagining that they were a part of their creative genius? Their best achievement was in transporting slaves from Malabar, or in denying the low-castes their basic rights even to walk in daylight. Under the fascist Vellala rulers Jaffna was turned into an abominable gulag divided into upper caste priviligentsia and the outcasts who were treated as sub-humans. Velupillai Prabhakaran who inherited this fascist Vellala culture took it to the extreme and eliminated all Tamils who refused to pay pooja to the “sole representative of the Tamils.” As usual, it is the Sinhala south that had to  move in and save the Tamils from their  barbaric oppressors.

Jaffna was a haven for the Vellala upper-caste but a suffocating hell-hole for the oppressed low-castes. Even the upper-caste had to either go to S. India or to the Sinhala south to get a breath of fresh air and breathe easily. With nothing much to claim as their own contribution to the Tamil culture they invariably had to fall back on the history and culture of Tamil Nadu. Before the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist vitriolic was injected into Jaffna politics by G. G. Ponnambalam, the Jaffna aristocracy headed by Arunachalam and Ramanathan brothers, were invariably singing  the  praises of the ancient Sinhala-Buddhist culture. Those who know their history are aware that the brief history in the miniscule geography of the north is not a patch on the magnificent achievements of Tamil Nadu, or the Sinhala south.

It is the overwhelming Tamil Nadu culture that reigns supreme in their minds, as stated by Sivakumaran. His spiritual / mental / cultural affinities with Tamil Nadu culture reveal the underlying factors that go to make a Tamil. The Tamilness that he felt in Tamil Nadu is a unique force that is confined exclusively to its historical borders. The “cultural atmosphere springing from a Dravidian foundation” could not be found in Jaffna. Sivakumaran’s confession makes  it clear that the pristine Tamilness that moved him in Tamil Nadu is missing in Jaffna. Though  he does not say it specifically, his statement acknowledges that his spiritual homeland is in Tamil Nadu.  Period. Jaffna, to all intents and purposes, is a mere arid geographical strip hanging like a tail from the main body of Tamil Nadu. It could not – and has not – produced the culture of Tamil Nadu which makes it the only homeland of the Tamils. Jaffna can be considered the first post of the Tamil migrants moving out to occupy foreign lands in the Tamil diaspora. Jaffna has been a homeland for the Tamil settlers only to establish a legal claim for a bit real estate from the Sinhalese.

Feeling the pervasive weight of Tamil cultural  heritage Sivakumaran asserted that he was proud to be a Tamilian in Tamil Nadu. That is natural and understandable. But  how many Tamil Naduans can look around Jaffna and feel proud of the Jaffna culture? What is there inspiring in the imitative and mediocre culture of Jaffna? In  contrast, take the case of an American who can justifiably take pride in the achievements of his/her homeland by putting the distinct stamp  of American identity on every inch of land and making it their own  from valley to mountain peak. Today the distinction between England and America is as wide as the Atlantic Ocean that keeps them  apart.  Winston Churchill who was sharp enough to notice the difference said that America and England are two countries divided by one language! Well, in comparison what is it  that the Jaffnaites have achieved on their own which the Tamil Naduans had not achieved? The Jaffnaites are still playing second fiddle to the Tamil Naduans and they feel that the Tamil Nadu Dravidians are still their superior masters. The Jaffnaites, however, take some  pride in preserving the purity of Tamil language. Apart from  this, both Tamil Naduans and Jaffnaites know that there can  only be one homeland and that is in Tamil Nadu and not in Jaffna. Tamils from Jaffna must be the only community in the world who claim to have two homelands in one ocean – one filled with the originals and the other filled with the flotsam and jetsam that went ashore as unintended consequences of accidental history.

The migrant Tamils who settled down overseas knew for certain that there could never be another homeland outside Tamil Nadu. As a result they were quite content, once they settled down in Sri Lanka, to be mere imitators basking  in the glory of the S. Indian culture. Surveying the past of the North, Arasaratnam wrote: “No original artistic tradition grew   in Tamil Ceylon. Culturally, the Tamils looked upon their arts as part of the Dravidian tradition of south India.” (p.115 – Ibid). There was nothing noteworthy in the Jaffna Tamil culture. This  could be one reason why the  great cultural  savant of South Asia, Dr. Ananda Coomarasawamy, wrote his classic monograph on Medieval Sinhala Art. If there were any outstanding cultural achievements worth protecting he couldn’t have missed it because he came from Jaffna.

(To be continued)

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    I told you after Izeth this clown will appear with his usual lies ,distortion of history and anti Tamil diatribe and he has appeared

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      RSS,

      MAHINDAPALA will even breath the last out, being harbourd even more hatreds towards minorities.
      This man is no means a model to represent us sinhalayas

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        Psychologists and therapists in the areas, over to you

        There are various kind of candidates that would do anything any everything painting but hatred, not even thinking twice the impact of it.
        But why not the moderates cant see it yet.
        DJ has all along adding his thoughts filled with all ultra racism related contents.
        HLD has never been different to DJ – this time thoug bit far from Castes but to hurt the feelings of the very same target communities – MAKE no sense actually.

        when would Mahinda Pala get it ?

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          [Edited out]

          Unfortunately,even after 30 long years of war, having seen all the brutalities, the nation felt, but few LIKE HLD and DJ to recite the song in favour of extremists, is so pathetic.
          Now both of these buggers are in their 70ties or 60ties.
          DJ has done nothing to the country since his 2009 fiasco according his self proclaimations brought much.
          DJ is being interviwed by Sirasa twice fortnightly or so. But not much has been added in terms of peace and harmony.
          I would rather focus on Colombo Uni Dons to do the job instead of asking to do these ultra rotten men being given chance to add their hatreds.

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          when would Mahinda Pala get it ?

          Mahinda pala or the like Ilk will never get it in this life.

          I wish I could see them breathing the last out… These the kind of men should have different genetics to any average minded.

          . their words would be CASTE, CREED, LAND, OUR COUNTRY, WE ARE SUCH A PROUD NATION bla bla…

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            Maralathoni, Mahinda Pala may never get it. But I got it. You are one of the ilk. You know which ilk don’t you? What is your real name? Maralathoniyandi? Sounds like Muniyandi. My childhood hero.

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        Need not hate anyone, but identify their real nature

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala –——————————————————————————

      RE: How Many Homelands Do The Jaffna Tamils Need?———————————–

      Thanks for the wrote up and interesting arguments. —————————————
      Actually the Questions to be asked are, why are ALL the Paras in the Land of native Veddah Aethho not getting back to their Homelands? ——————————————————-
      ——————————————————————————————————
      1. RE: How Many Homelands Do The Para-Indian-Jaffna Tamils Need? One, Tamil Nadu and South India, Bharat. Damba-Diva and NOT in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, illegally occupied by the Paras.————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

      2. RE: How Many Homelands Do The Para-Indian-Sinhala Need? One, Orissa, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and South India, Bharat. Damba-Diva and NOT in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, illegally occupied by the Paras.———————————————

      3. RE: How Many Homelands Do The Para-Indian-Muslims Need? One, West India, Orissa, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Yemen, Iraq, Persia, and South India, Bharat. Damba-Diva and NOT in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, illegally occupied by the Paras.—————————————————————————————————–

      4.RE: How Many Homelands Do The Para-Indian-Upcountry and Eastern Tamils Need? One, Tamil Nadu and South India, Bharat. Damba-Diva and NOT in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, illegally occupied by the Paras.——————————————————————————————————————————————-

      References: ————————————————————————————–
      1. Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people ——————————–
      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka. —————————————————————————-

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

      2. The Veddah Tribe ————————————————————————–
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

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      HLDM has laboured sufficiently here to warrant a hallowed place in the Sihala Urumuya or any one of those new Sinhala Buddhist fascistic outfits that have sprung up in recent times. I have always respect for HLDM’s style of writing and prose though not necessarily of some of the historical accuracy of his claims. Doubtless, like some others in these pages HLDM has a bone to pick with local Tamils.
      I am sure he knows this himself because he writes with the aim of satisfying Sinhala extremism – not to be faithful to historical facts.
      The many millennia existence of Tamils, their history, language and culture in North Ceylon/Sri Lanka is there for all to see – than Sir Paul Peiris and many other Sinhala scholars of repute. Tamils of Sri Lanka do not claim Tamilnadu as their homeland. Why should they? In a thousand years the Chinese in Taiwan and those in the Mainland may claim separate identities though springing from the same womb. This has happened to other English, German and French speaking peoples in different parts of the world.

      Some of HLDM’s facts are as faulty as his belief Mahathma Gandhi was a Brahmin. BTW, it was GBS who made the remark England and America are two countries divided by the same language – not
      Churchill.

      Kettikaran

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      “”How Many Homelands Do The Jaffna Tamils Need?””———————————-
      H. L. D. Mahindapala, your vifeee has two already so no wonder you are hen-packed.

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      The truth is hard to swallow for We Thamizh :D

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    This guy is trying to draw a parallel between the Tamils of Tamil Nadu and the Tamils of SL by comparing the achievements America and the UK on the basis of the commonality of the English language.
    There is a Tamil proverb describing such an absurdity “moddai thailaikum mudichu podukira mathiry.” Translated it means a man like the author engaged in a futile pursuit by trying to join his bald head to his knee with a piece of rope.No wonder his big hero is Churchill the Blighty who is supposed to have exclaimed on hearing about the famine that followed the partition of Bengal when India country was a British colony “Why didn’t Gandhi die!
    The author seems not to know that America is a country that was discovered by the Spanish and later gradually became peopled by different ethnic groups from Europe before people in a mass from the UK surged across the Atlantic in great numbers due to religious persecution and the potato famine in Ireland. That was how the English language and culture gained predominance in that country..
    Due to constraints of time it is not possible to elaborate an explain many points to debunk the hollowness of his arid argument that the Lankan Tamils when it comes to their culture and traditions only play second fiddle to their cousins the South Indian Tamils.

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      There is no use in blabbering meaningless sentences. Just answer the points he raises. Isnt it true? Dont you treat TN as your real homeland? Why live a life of a lie ?

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      Uthungan ————Please refer to ————————Tamils have valid claim for homeland by Prof. Pathmanathan, dailymirror.lk, 2017-03-29
      ——————————————————————Emeritus Professor of History S. Pathmanathan, in an interview with Dailymirror, discusses the origins of settlements in Sri Lanka and argues for the Tamil Homeland concept from a historian’s point of view. Prof. Pathmanathan, who is also the Chancellor of Jaffna University, said both the Sinhalese and the Tamils have a common identity. – See more at: (http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Tamils-have-valid-claim-for-homeland-Prof-Pathmanathan-126359.html#sthash.0Yiy48Fv.dpuf) —————————————————-
      ——–I wonder what was your compulsion to respond to this public racist when there are hundreds of archaeologist and historians have systematically been recording the inclusive history of this island. This public racist is an insult to the entire people of this island. ——-
      Here is more archaeological evidence on the history of North: ————Kaddukkarai Archaeological Studies Which Have Ventured Into A New Path Towards Misted Ancient-History of Northern Sri lanka—-
      http://tamildiplomat.com/kaddukkarai-archaeological-studies-which-have-ventured-into-a-new-path-towards-misted-ancient-history-of-northern-sri-lanka/ —————————-

      “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

      ― Mark Twain

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        Thanks native very interesting article. This means Sinhalese are predominantly of Yakka descent whilst the Sri Lankan Tamils are of predominant Naga descent , with Naga and Yakka admixture amongst both. No wonder the Sinhalese behave like Yakkas

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          Real Siva Sankaran Sharma-RSS – Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh——————————- You will find Yakka in Indian myths as well. If you go by genetic studies there isn’t much difference between Tamils and Sinhalese, for example both are stupid and have had stupid leaders, self destructive, penchant for violence, both rage 24/7/52, cannot see beyond their nose, greedy, unable to adapt and change, ………………… driven by paranoia, anti south Indians, racists, both has the the tendency to “Cutting off the nose to spite the face”, …………… Both people don’t deserve a country, nation nor a village.

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            I was only being sarcastic from what the author was stating. Lol despite being Brahmin, I do not like the RSS. It is largely patronised and supported largely by the Greek looking Saraswat Brahmins or Konakanashtra Brahmins for Maharashtra and Goa and other Brahmins and upper castes from north India. Many Tamil Brahmins like Subramania Swamy are also its supporters. To the RSS it is only the north Indian or Brahminical form of Vaishnavite Hinduism that is actual Hinduism and not the far older Saivite Hinduism of the Tamils. This is why they never cared for what is happening in Sri Lanka.
            I am not an Iyer or an Iyengar but a Kurrukal or Gurrukal sect of the Tamil Brahmins. Also called Tamil Kurrukal. We are ardent Saivites and adhere to the philosophy of Saiva Siddantha. Very few of us will support the RSS philosophy. Iyers are Samartha Brahmins and Iyengars . Iyengars are Vaishnavites and you may find RSS supporters amongst them. We rarely marry into the other sects of Brahmins , because of this cultural differences and many of the Iyers and Iyengars consider us as lowly and poor temple priests. Most Jaffna Brahmins belong to this sect ,as the Cholas were ardent Saivites and so are the Eelam Tamils and they also follow the Saiva Siddantha philosophy

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            True genetically the Naga and the Yakka may have been the same people speaking the same language . Dravidian. The Naga were the elite and the simple Yakka the masses. This is why even now in Sinhalese someone simple with poor understanding is derogatively called a “Yakko” . No one derogatively calls anyone a Naga.
            The author also stated in places where the Yakka predominated the Tamil language was not retained and the population replaced it with the Prakrit tongue with the arrival of Buddhism. This is the reason you find a strong Dravidian substratum to the Sinhalese language ,as language replacement took place. The people were simple and they took up the language of the then elite . He also states, the Tamil language was retained in places where the Naga predominated and language replacement did not take place in these regions. The reason most of these people were already educated sophisticated and were the elite and had no reason or were not compelled to change their language , even they converted to Buddhism.
            What Siva stated is correct and what you state is also correct. Genetically the Yakka and the Naga were the same most probably this was a tribal classification. The Naga were generally the educated ruling elite and the Yakka were the simple rural poor. Both people are a mixture of Naga and Yakka. However the Sinhalese tend to have more of the Yakka element and the Sri Lankan Tamils Naga.

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        Read Pathmanadan’s book as well. Unlike other Tamil bogus historians he has accepted the Sinhala monarchy that existed in the country since 2-3 BC. About homeland concept, we cant expect him to say otherwise which i am sure even he cannot back up.

        What are the civilisational products of any tamil civilisation ? LOL only cheap mediocre copy cats of South India

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    Well said well done Mr. Mahindapala

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      ranjith (sprrw) scatter brain sorcerer—————–“Well said well done Mr. Mahindapala” ————Bull s**t scatter brain historian. This old windbag has gone ga ga. Find him a padikkam (spitoon) where he can vomit conveniently rather than dumbing them here. Make sure you clean it on a regular basis.

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    Tamils in the Sinhale – North seem to be clowns. They are complaing for everything. It looks that is their culture. See, how shameless they are to hire women for contract crying. They live lives of lies. It is highly oppressed bu tribalist customs. See how their politicians – wigneswaran, Anadan Sangaree – come and try to exploit Tamils by showing thier faces look like coming from a funeral house. the funniest thing happened recently is when MY3 visited there he asked from people why all these problems (summarized everything he said) only for people from the north. Why Tamils living in other areas are not complaining like this eventhough people all over the island have the same kind of problems. One major resaon, Sri lankan govt,, in order to satisfy the Indian Central govt, are giving attention to these cry babies who are looking for attention and playing the eternal victim game.

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      Sinhale! it is the Pali corruption of one of the ancient Tamil words for the island. Chinkalam meaning the land of red or copper. Chikkapu/Chem means red in Tamil Cheppu means copper. Alam means a sliver of land, just like in Puttalam( Puthu Alam new sliver of land) Cheralam or now Keralam( the land of the Cheras) or one of the places where the killings took place in the Vanni. Puthumathalam. Chepu/Cheppu+Alam= Chinkalam.
      The ancient semi Tamil speaking population ( Elu) where either called Eelavar/Eezhavar or Chinkallavar in the case of a male it was Chinkalavan ( from Alavan) the female Chinkalathi( Alathi) . Even now the Eelam Tamils are the only people who still use these ancient terms to describe a male or female Sinhalese. Chinkallavan or Chinkallathi.
      With the arrival of Buddhism and mass conversion in the southern parts of the island a new identity and language was forming in the south and this new identity and language took the ancient Tamil word and Chingkalam became Sinhala/Sinhale and Elu/Eelam became Hela( Elu+ Prakrit) . All Prakritised forms of the ancient Tamil names and nothing to with a lion. In the Tamil areas they started to call their land Tamil Eelam and themselves Eelathu Thamilar

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        One should always congratulate Tamils on their imaginative skills. Look at how the Tamils reconstruct the Sinhala history without any basis. This is like some that Tamil politician who said Kassapa was a Tamil and his real name is Kasi Appan..LOL

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        Elam is very old Iranian region existed in south west Iran from where proto darvadian migrated to Godavary river basin around 7000 years ago. nothing to do with Names in Lanka. from Godavary. they spreads east south and west forming telugu, kannada and tamil. tamil + Sanskrit formed Malayalam. Early Damida or Tamils were traders here in Lanka. few Tamil words must have migrated to our proto sinhalese.like Portuguese, dutch and English words migrated to our sinhalese. that does not mean sinhalese is corrupt Tamil. as proto sinhalese elu is much older than Tamil, Telugu or Kannada

        mutta sivan still in pettha market as workers but we talking on king muta siva invincible man. tissa means younger brother. kavan tissa means younger brother of price called kavan. very strong iron like man. nothing to do with colors. as per royal traditions only the primary colors took as prince names. yellow is not a primary color.it is a mixer…

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          Elam is an ancient Iranian region and the ancient Dravidians are supposed to have migrated from this region to the Indus valley ,but has nothing to with the old Tamil word Eelam/Eezham for the island meaning the land of Metal or land of toddy. Even now in modern Jaffna Tamil Era means toddy and the Sinhalese word for toddy is Ra, where the E is dropped from Era. Iyam means in Tamil a sheaf of metal and in Sinhalese Ilama means a metal vein. Elu was the semi Tamil Dravidian dialect spoken in Eealam/Eezham. Old Sinhalese or Hela is a mixture of Elu+ Prakrit.
          Sinhalese are still named as Illaperuma from Tamil Eelaperumal. and never called Helaperuma. . Around 28% of the present day Kerala population belongs to a community or caste called the Eezhava . Will be more in reality as many Eezhava have now converted to Christianity and Islam . These people migrated to ancient Tamil Chera Nadu from the island of Eelam/Eezham that was also Tamil and are still strongly associated with toddy tapping.
          Kannada and Telugu also diverged from old Tamil but it was thousands of years ago. Malayalam only broke off from its Tamil mother a few centuries ago.

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            Ra derived from elu word called sura as tamil can not pronounce su they may call it Era which is alcohol. sura can be nectar of any flowering tree. but Ra is special. it can be converted to various usages. like vinegar, trical or pani, jaggery or hakuru like that as such su dropped and it has given special name RA. sura means any nectar of flower or fruits or gadagedi

            toddy tapping is old sastra. every villager was allowed to do that specially kithul tapping. never heard of elam Island but elam region in south west Iran. this Island never being called elam by anybody.

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            This Island known for gems and excess of paddy harvest.nothing to do with metal. it was well known for production of new varieties of paddy suitable for cultivating any environments. coconut cultivation was domestic plantation not big scale one. people got their oil requirements domestically or village together. vinegar trical and jaggery is same. as such commercial scale liquor production was not existed until european started. in kings era drinking sura was treated as offence. as such your description is a bullshit.buddhist country can not become known for alcohol in kings era.. .

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          contd
          In ancient times in the Dravidian South Indian region various dialects of Tamil was spoken. In the outer north western and eastern regions and along the western coast the dialect spoken was called Kodun Tamizh ( low or guttural Tamil like Elu in Sri Lanka) . It is in the region of what is present day Tamil Nadu proper of high Tamil or Chentamizh was used, as this inner region was protected from outside influence and invasions , therefore the spoken Tamil dialect remained pure. The first to fall to outside invasions and influences were the northern Kodun Tamozh regions, modern day Karnataka , Telengana and Andhra. Here due various invasions and influences the people adjusted and mixed their low Tamil dialects with the Prakrit of the invaders settlers and Kannada and Telugu formed. Old Kannada or Hale Kannada and old Telugu like old Sinhalese ( Hela) are very close to their Tamil mother.
          Along the western coast modern day Kerala or ancient Tamil Chera Nadu , despite the common population speaking low Tamil or Kodun Tamizh. The powerful Cheral rulers and elite used proper or Chen Tamizh ( high Tamil ) and this prevailed for centuries and Tamil still existed, until the fall of the Cheras and the arrival of the Nairs , Nambiars and the Namboothiri Brahmins . from Tulu Nadu just north of Kerala. They influenced the formation of Malayalam , however the language of the masses was still a form of Tamil called Malayalama written in Tamil until the British put a stop to it at the request of these ruling Namboothiris and Nairs who were their allies.

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            ANSWER to my saying elu is older than tamil. as tamil introduced to tamilnadu or south India by dravidians who came from iran elam region first to gadavary the spread out south east and west forming tamil telugu and kannada and various dialect among tribal communities in those regions. but elu was spoken by tribes lived here even before dravidians settled in godavary..if you say elu is dravidian dialect that means nobody lived here and south part of india until dravidian colonization finished. it it a bullshit.wherever people go communication is essential for every aspect of life. even breeding.as such do not talk bullshit first look at papua new guinia situation and comment on that. nine hundred twenty languages among small tribal population evolved. for communication for express of love, love making, inter breeding. communication essential. do not talk bullshit. yes you are tamil that does not mean whole region should be tamil speaking colonization. tamil is only a another language for others. for you it may be your life but others it is not so. even to andra and karnataka people tamil is bullshit. even tribes live in tamilnadu. they prefer english.
            for us sinhalese tamil is a sanniya. like small fox.you have to understand that RSS. your banumu kulaya is ahikutikaya. their mother tongue is sanskrit.

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              In languages listed as ancient, Tamil comes first and there is no mention of Elu. Elu is the original Dravidian dialect spoken from Mesopotamia in middle east through Elam in south Iran to Indus Valley & Srilanka. Elu is the mother of all Dravidian languages including Tamil. Ravana is called Eela Venthan (King of Eelam) because of the Elu nationhood. For you information I will give you the list of top 10 ancient languages in order from 01 to 10: Tamil, Sanskrit, Egyptian (Coptic), Greek, Chinese, Aramaic, Hebrew, Korean, Armenian and Latin. None of the other Dravidian languages found a place in top 10. Tamil community in Srilanka is a mixture of original natives, South Indians and Bengali/Kalinga people, as proved by recent genetic studies.

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                do not be idiot. evolution of languages has nothing to do with genes of human. yes linguist recognized few languages still used in their original form. tamil is the one of them. chinese greek latin hebrew, arabs comes under same category. that does not mean these languages were mothers of other languages evolved.

                this rating given as per ages of scriptures found. there were lots of spoken languages. some were converted to present day languages some dead. if ravana was the king of your eelam ramayanaya should mentioned it. but it says he was the king of lanka. nothing mentioned on dravidian existence at that time. do not lie man.even mahabharata does not talk anything on dravidians. no reason to hide those. yes proto dravidian was the language spoken by .people in eelam region of south west iran.

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        Cool story, bro :D

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    What an accurate assessment on this Tamil homeland (fake homeland) issue. Can a person have two biological mothers? Same way can one ethnicity with exact same culture, language and traditions have TWO homelands?

    While creating nonsense about non existing Tamil Homeland in Sri lanka, the tamils are preventing the Sinhalese from claiming right to the Sinhala homeland. That is why I say what we have is a struggle to safeguard and secure the Sinhala homeland

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      sach

      “Same way can one ethnicity with exact same culture, language and traditions have TWO homelands?”

      Look at the Arab world in the Middle-East and North Africa. Take for example, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and so on. They are one ethnicity (Arabs) with exact same culture, language, Religion, and traditions having several countries (homelands).

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        There are a lot of difference between their traditions. And it is because of islamic invasions. ex – egypt, the homeland of Coptic christians…but now arab speaking muslims…

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        Appuhamy Sachapala—————- you must be new to this forum. Welcome. Thanks for pointing out the stupidity of the most stupid in this forum however the same point you have raised above is not new, and I have made it many times in this forum earlier. Stupid is as stupid does therefore please ignore the stupid.

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    Dont worry about Tamil homeland. It seems like natural disasters and political corruption will destroy whatever is left of the ‘Sinhala homeland’

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      The only reason Sinhala homeland has to face problems is due to Tamil racism.
      1. The reason why corrupt Sinhala politicians could come top was Tamil racism. For example people like RW would have no political future if not for Tamils

      2. The reason West, IMF can call shots in SL are Tamil racism they know that and that is why they supported LTTE and tamil politics

      3. The Sinhalese are forced to ignore their history in school syllabuses to please tamil racists.

      4. And Sinhala people are forced into wet zone leaving the dry zone is due to tamil racism

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala –How Many Homelands Do The Jaffna Tamils Need?

    at one time the whole world was Tamil Homeland

    if you insist can we as follows please

    USA, UK, Australia, Canada, one in every mainland European country, one in every African country in the African continent; one in every Middle East Country, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Bangkok, Vietnam, China, not to miss out Sri Lanka

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    If King Gemunu is reborn in Sri Lanka, he will say:

    Uthurin P*ra Demalunya; Negenahira P*ra Thambinya; Colamba P*ra Demalu saha Para Thambinya; Udarata Wathu Demalunya; Dakune P*ra Cheennuya. Mama kese ath pa digaharimda!

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      King Gemunu was not a Sinhalese 2300 years ago there was no Sinhalese language or people. Buddhism had just arrived in the island. He may have been a Buddhist but definitely not Sinhalese . He was a Naga and Dravidian Naga at that time spoke Tamil as their mother tongue. His father had a Tamil name Kakkai Vanna Theesan meaning the great man or king the colour of the crow in Tamil. He was also called in Tamil Kaavan Thessan which was later corrupted to Kavan Tissa in Pali. Kaavan means the one who protects from the Tamil word Kaaval. Got it. The war was not ethnic , as there were no Sinhalese at that time but a tussle for power between the newly converted Buddhist Naga elite who also spoke Tamil and the established Tamil Saivite Hindu establishment that was ruling the Capital Anuradhapura and all the surrounding area.
      The father of the king who converted to Buddhism was King Mutta Sivan or Mootha Sivan meaning the great of venerated Siva . Proving prior to the arrival of Buddhism the island its people were Saivite and Tamil speaking Naga or Yakka. Even now the Sinhalese use this Tamil term for the venerated person as title of honour. Mudiyansalage derived from the Tamil word Mutha/ Muthiyan /Mootha meaning the older or venerated person. Muthiyavar

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        Ramayanaya does not speak on Darvadian civilization in south part of India. it does not speak on even Naga soldiers but speak on Yakka soldier who fought against Rama on behalf of Ravana. As such yakkas should be communicating with each other it can not be Tamil. Tamil evolved after Dravidian arrival via Godavary river basin. As such Elu is older than Tamil , Telugu and kannada. that was proto sinhalese.

        If gaminu was a Tamil he should not have uttered that saying as a child ” From north Para demalu” meaning from north Tamil invaders. A Tamil can not speak on Tamil that way

        Even in Mahabaratha that narrated in third uga does not speak on Dravidian civilization in south part of India but speak savages like tribal people in Lanka. All indicated that Tamil language is much younger than Elu that was spoken by early Lanken. As such gemunu can not be a Tamil or Naga. He must be local yakka tribe man speaking proto sinhalese Elu. Linguist Gilder confirmed in his research paper Elu is 6th century BCE Prakrit.

        Before Buddhism lankans were animist worshiping dead. full moon day reserved for that purpose pulutu puja. or Baked flesh offering. when arahath mahinda come king was hunting for pulutu puja on full moon day. but after Buddhism it become full moon poyaday with invoking merits on dead

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          No he was Chinese happy? Who sated he said ” Para Demalu” the Mahvamsa myth written by biased Buddhist monks. Were you there? Ramayana is a myth and many think it is based on events that happened in some part of Central India. Telugu and Kannda were proto Sinhalese and Tamil evolved later don’t make me laugh. If they were proto Sinhalese you mean to tell me Proto Sinhalese is Dravidian and was a semi Tamil language . Meaning Elu. Did the egg come from the chicken or the chicken from the egg? Take all the Sanskrit derived words from Telugu and Kannda and what is left is Tamil. Do you know anything about Kannda or Telugu. Most common Tamil words in Kannada are replaced by the letter P or B. Pal milk in Tamil is Halu in Kannada
          In Grammar -Tamil and Kannada are similar (Old Telugu is similar to Tamil and Kannada, but new Telugu is not).
          Tamil (3 gender)

          Naan Varuven (I will come)

          Avan varuvan (He will come)

          Aval Varuval (She will come)

          Adhu varum (it will come)

          Kannada (3 gender)

          naanu barthini ( I will come)

          avanu barthane (He will come)

          avalU bartaaLe (She will come)

          idu barathe (it will come

          Ten – Hattu -Pathu

          Female- Hennu-Pennu

          Cow-Hasu-Pasu

          Protest-Horatta-Porattam

          Tiger -Huli -Puli

          Name-Hesuru-Peru or peyar

          Milk – Hallu -Paallu

          Talk -Helu -Pesu

          also If you take “Ba” from Kannada replace it with “Va” it will become tamil

          leave-Beedu-Vedu –
          Life-Baluke-Valkai
          Come-Baa-Vaa
          Another- Bere-Vere
          Path -Byane-Valee

          Fall– Bilu-Vilu
          Word-Barthe-Varthe
          Kannada was the fist major Dravidian language to break of from old Tamil

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            i said tamil, Kannada and Telugu is Darvidians languages but elu is older than all 3 languages. read my comment first. Elu evolved independently but Tamil Telugu and Kannada is derivatives of proto darvadians.

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              The only language closest to Proto Dravidian is Tamil. Even now modern Tamil vocuabulary is 80% Proto Dravidian. Or 80% of prot Dravidian words are preserved only in modern Tamil and not in any other Dravidian language.
              There are linguists who also argue that Proto Dravidian is nothing but Tamil as the very word ‘Dravidian’ originated from Tamilan. The absence of a name for Proto Dravidian clearly indicates that it could be Tamil itself. There is no possibility that such a great language like Proto Dravidian can be without a name.

              Proto-Dravidian could be undoubtedly Tamil. If all the Indo-Aryan originating from Sanskrit for the reason that they have common words or words derived the sanskrit root, then why the scholars are not accepting that all the Dravidian languages except Tamil originationg from Tamil itself? They have common words, and root words from Tamil. It is obvious that pro sanskrit scholars forecast Sanskrit ahead of Tamil, and the still existence of it worries them. It was proved by thousands of scholars that if all loan words from Tamil were removed it can survive whereas other “Dravidian” languages cannot
              Elu is a semi Tamil Dravidian language with a very simple grammar. Elu the Vedda language and old Sinhalese ( Hela) are all very close to Tamil in pronounciation

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                yes tamil is proto darvadian. no doubt about it. until it spread to tamilnadu human lived here waited to speak. is that what you trying to say. but in papua new guinea nine hundred twenty languages evolved among small population of tribes. that means wherever people live languages are evolved. they do not wait other languages comes to their mouths. do not crack jokes man. elu is much older than your language tamil. humans lived here before your dravidian settled down in godavary. local population did not have to wait till your people made tamil language to extract something from it to speak. that is not the human behavier. they developed language called elu. it was independently developed language. as such elu is the most oldest language spoken by helayans nothing to do with tamil or any other language. it latter called helu. then people who spoken helu called helayans. four different types of helayans lived here. yakka, raksha and deva. latter addition were migrated descendants of vijaya and clan. then it become sive helaya and sinhala. nothing to do with lions. tamils or damila or damida were traders who came here looking for trading opportunities. tamil treated locals communities lived there in tamilnadu as dalites.as such some dalites might have migrated here to avoid discrimination of hindu tamils. it is reflected in our thovil dance dahs ata pali. tamil treated as sunni or very grave sickness. damila sanniya. incurable sickness. nagas denoted as slaves .naga tribes lived south coast expelled or banished as untouchables by darvadian migrants. they came here worked as slaves. latter integrated to sinhala society.

                do not say fairy tale. prove elu is a semi tamil language. you can challenge guilder and earn oxford honorary doctorate. guilder was honored by oxford for his discovery of elu language as parkrite not as tamil dialect.challenge his honorary doctorate and become professor in linguistic section of oxford university. Mr. RSS and Mr. Kalawedda.

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              ranjith (sprrw) scatter brain Linguist ———————— “elu is older than all 3 languages.”————————- Therefore the first ape spoke Singh – elu in Sinh-apura, in present day Bangladesh, which formed the basis for all Indo Aryan languages. And Singhpura first developed the genetically modified hybrid people the Sinha Le, a unique rare breed of X (whatever it is) and simultaneously discovered Zero. …………..

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            do you force us to believe that there was a sea like red sea existed in central part of India at the time of walmiki lived. bullshit. tamil telugu and kannada evolved well after elu. sinhala not proto telugu or kannada. read my comment. I said sinhalese is elu . ramayanaya story may be a myth but it was written in first uga when people were very genuine and righteous. as such description given in places should be correct.time frame should be correct. description of civilizations mentioned should be correct. it is on the earth surface not in heaven like place. where was nagas who were suppose to spray venomous peums at enemies. when hanuman ransacked mihiravana place nobody was there in patale only newly born child ahi ravana fought against hanuman but nagas suppose to be in patale kingdom. all and all tamil telugu and kannada are derivatives of proto dravidians. elu was evolved independently. elu is much older than those three languages. elu is proto sinhalese. repeat again Elu is proto sinhalese. much older than three dravidian languages exist in south part of India. after perusal of ramayanaya mahabaratha and other puranas anybody can see it. as such tamil language has nothing to do with elu and sinhalese. damida traders might insert some tamil words into sinhalese.like portuguese dutch and english. that is same with tamil language as well. do not lie tamil and sinhala are two different ethnicities. early australoids primates were same. inhabited whole indian subcontinent. now it changed with arrival of aryans and dravidians. yakkas, rakshas, devas were inhabitant in this Island. nagas were there in danuskody area. worshipping serpents. but yakkas rakshs and devas worshipped dead relatives made various pujas. .. including pulutu puja in full moon day. after buddhism it changed to full moon poya day rituals invoke merits on dead relatives. hinduism has nothing to do with it..

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        Read K.Pathmanadan’s book. NV mentioned him here..

        You need a history lesson

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          sach

          I am a anthropologist. i can make history just looking at people’s behavior rituals and old books saying. that is what I am doing I do not want fairy tale..

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    Mahindapala

    Where did the Sinhalese come from?
    When Sri Lanka Goes down under the sea along with Australia what will happen to the Sinhalese.. Are you not aware of the signs now?

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      Sinhalese did not come from anywhere, Sinhala is a product of Sri Lanka just like Tamil is a product of TN

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        Please do not disprove your own history ‘Mahawamsa’. Go and read it well, it talks about a place called Sinhapura, a person called Sinhabahu, and an exiled Indian called Vijay, and some 700 Indian men who were called Sinhala. It was 2500 years ago in India. Now Sinhapura is no more.

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          Are you suffering from so called mahavamsa mentality?

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    In a newspaper that lacks cartoon, the beady-eyed Malay Tun supplies that deficiency with his timely pieces. It has already been pointed out that Tamils have one leg in India and another in Sri Lanka. With the propensity of a race that is born of the buggery of a lion, that is a dangerous position to be in.

    The Tamils are spread around the world. Thanks to the Sinhalas, we extend into many parts of the West in addition to Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Mauritius and Fiji. We are not an insular race, bounded by the narrow vision of the Mahindapalan.

    Most Tamils will be very happy to join up with India, the home to our religion and language and be another state of India, enjoying its freedoms and its new surge towards prosperity. In the meantime, let the Malay Tun enjoy his Tamil cooking and the Australian wine, spewing hatred and bile whenever he can so that we could have a hearty laugh at his inane prejudices, born from his own failure to know what his identity is.

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      So you agree with his point that so called eelam history is bogus

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    After reading the article by Dr Laksiri Fernando (CT 29 May) I wondered as to why the hate-heroin filled articles by the master history contortionist HLD Mahindapala has not come appeared for a while (like four weeks). To everyone’s disappointment here we are. The word “vellalah” appeared only couple of times. Of course there will be more in his “to be continued”. Disgusting man.

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    Any country is the homeland of those who are born as citizens of that country, till they apply and are accepted as a citizen of some other country. Each and everyone who lives in a country should act in such a way as to ensure the well-being of that country. Supposing we prove that race C are the foremost inhabitants of a country, will that be ground to evict race A &B from the said country? That is not going to happen, so I hope that for the good of this or any other country , everyone starts thinking as civilized people and explore the possibilities of developing where you live for the betterment of those living and yet to be born. Be aware that there are paid mercenaries of war-mongers doing things to create discord for their benefit. We as Sri lankans should be extremely vigilant as we just cannot afford another ethnic conflict with the present state of our economy.

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      Any country is the homeland of those who are born as citizens of that country, till they apply and are accepted as a citizen of some other country./// That is how we Sinhalese are trained to think..that is wrong.

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    The jaffna Tamils need only one homeland consisting of Northern and eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka..
    Mr.K.S.Sivakumaran is not a Jaffna Tamil,but a native of Trincomalee.

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      East was never a part of even the so called Jaffna kingdom. The reason there are Tamil speakers in East is due to Dutch and British made settlements out of South Indian Tamils.

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        Trincomallee was part of Jaffna kingdom the rest of the east was not . They were ruled by Tamil chiefs called Vannimannai . From time to time these eastern Tamil chiefdoms came under the loose control of the Tamil/Sinhalese kings of Kandy. This does not mean the east was Sinhalese it was Tamil. Just because the tamil Cholas ruled large parts of the island where the Sinhalese lived , does it mean the island is Tamil? Your argument is as stupid as that. Europeans ruled the island for centuries , therefore the island belongs to the Europeans.
        To the Tamils of the east the kings of Kandy who were of South Indian heritage were Tamil Hindus. He dealt with them in Tamil and patronised the Hindu religion in their lands. The court language of the Kandyan kingdom was Sinhalese and Tamil. There were many parts of the former Kandyan Kingdom proper that was Tamil( not the east) . They used to fly the tiger flag here.

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          sivasanka

          “Trincomallee was part of Jaffna kingdom the rest of the east was not “

          keep on distorting history so that sampu the eastern man can get his north east merger.He will die w/o seeing it happen just like prabhaharan died w/o eelam.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffna_kingdom#/media/File:Jaffna_Kingdom.svg

          if you are referring to the 1350 jaffna kingdom,it is not valid because the sinhalese shrunk it after the cholas lost their power to the pandyas.The sinhalese were the ally of the pandyas through marriage and the pandyas ruled the jaffna kingdom of 1619 w/o any conflict with the sinhalese.Can you see trinco in it?

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            shankar—————How do you define a nation, state, country, kingdom, empire, ——? If it is too much just ignore my queries.

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              Yes we have to change definitions to suit our political agendas ..right? :)

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        Please do not distort history. Trincomalee district north of Mahaveli river was under Jaffna Kingdom at the time of Portuguese conquest. That is the reason why Robert Knox safely landed in Trincomalee which was under Portuguese after the fall of Jaffna Kingdom. Only eastern province south of Mahaveli river was under Kandyan Kingdom. That is the reason why Robert Knox was arrested by Kandyan soldiers when he crossed Mahaveli river into Mutur without permission from the Kandyan king. Jaffna kingdom had also included coastal Puttalam district up to Deduru Oya, which was known to the Kandyans as Demala hatpattu. Please note that Tamilised descendants of Veddhas living in eastern province from Kathiraveli to Kumana are the rightful owners of eastern province. Recently a seat of power of the Veddhas was discovered by Archaeologists in Kathiraveli. Because part of east was under Kandyan Kingdom does not mean that it belongs to the Sinhalese. In which case Srilanka which was under British Empire should belong to them. First settlers in Srilanka are Dravidians and not Aryans, and Tamils as Dravidians are the rightful owners of Srilanka. Recent genetic studies have proved that core genetic material of Sinhalese is South Indian, with none displaying the typical Aryan gene. Also it found that genetic pattern of Srilankan Tamils resemble that of the Sinhalese than Indian Tamils. Sinhala racist propaganda of Aryan ancestry and Tamil migration being recent has been blown to pieces. Even the so called Bengali theory is put to rest as Tamils have a higher percentage of Bengali gene input (29%) to (26%) in Sinhalese.

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          There is no point debating with these idiots. These Sinhalese extremists and fake Arab Indian Tamil Dravidian Muslim backstabbing fanatics will keep on insisting black is white. Many parts of the Trincomalee district used come under the Jaffna Thesavalamai law , as this ancient historical Tamil district was part of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom. Even when these Muslims fled South India they first settled along the coastal Puttalam that was again part of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom and were given refuge there. However these ungrateful Muslims will never acknowledge this or the refuge given to them by the eastern Tamils much later when they had to flee Puttalam, during the Portuguese era. The Sinhalese refused to give them refuge and king Senarath of Kandy was forces to ask the Tamil chiefs in the east to give them refuge. The Kandyan kingdom was not a Sinhalese kingdom but a Tamil/Sinhalese kingdom and its official and court languages were Sinhalese and Tamil.

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    CT Editor – This article is about Sivakumaran, mentioned ten times . Is it possible to change the title?

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    My Dear HLD Mahindapala,
    I am sure you are a great writer welcome to the whole new world. The whole world is aware of man’s proposals and the nature’s disposal for the last several centuries. Man’s proposals have led the modern world evolve scientific methods in finding the truth from falsifiers and violent conquerors. Where do you see violent oppressors keep on enjoying the benefit of enslaving a resilient, hardworking, coexisting, honest and self confident group of people. Why didn’t the British employ the Sinhalese in the plantation in Sri Lanka?. If the world is not sure of the history of Tamils and the History of Sri Lanka, your article is a sure blessing for those who are curios to do some research. Do you think the permanent Leaders of a Country loving their own Country give room for other Countries easy access to lands if they really are the owners? Where do you see anything like that happening? In India? In Tamil Nadu? Do you see Tamils in Tamils Nadu oppressing any other community to make themselves comfortable? Look across and learn man! Do you still feel oppressing a coexisting, honest and persevere ring community is the best for your enjoyment even after you drove them against the wall and forced them into violence against their aggressors. Good luck.

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      My Dear HLD Mahindapala>>>>>, I am sure you are a great writer>>>>>> Richard you are contradicting your self .

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      Do you see Tamils in Tamils Nadu oppressing any other community to make themselves comfortable? ///

      TN has not given Telegu language the same place as Tamil though 40% of TN’s population was Telegu in 1947.

      By different methods and lack of langauge rights Telegus had been absorbed into the Tamil ethnicity and now only 7% remain.

      In 2015, TN state government banned Telegu langauge medium schools saying they should adopt Tamil medium….

      Sri Lanka has not even done 1 of them

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        you are talking through your arse when you say “TN has not given Telegu language the same place as Tamil though 40% of TN’s population was Telegu in 1947.” Telugu was 40% of not Tamilnadu but Madras presidency which consisted of the present Tamil nadu, Andhra, Kerala and part of orissa. In the present Tamil nadu the Tamils make up 88.95 % and the Telugus make up only 5.65 % . Like most of the things you write on this forum they are all lies or half truths.

        once again you are talking through your rear end when you say” Sinhalese did not come from anywhere, Sinhala is a product of Sri Lanka just like Tamil is a product of TN”

        Sinhala is the product of many places Pali- India, Tamil- India Malayalam- India , Elu – Thamil Elam. you may and portugal , Holland and Britain to this list. Sinhalese are Kalathonees who came from Oriisa by boats. Read H. Parkers book on ancient Ceylon. You dim wit

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    Tamil have a Chair at Harvard University http://www.thamarai.com/lifestyle/culture/tamils-protective-language.

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      Rajash—————-“Tamil have a Chair at Harvard University”————— I have many chairs too…………….. Harvard is struggling to find the most suitable scholar/academic person decorate the chair. ————— I was told every Tamil man was a scholar.

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        Native :” I have many chairs too”>>>>>>are they mahogany dining chairs>>>>>you are showing o Native!

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    Talk about Tamil castes, Fake homeland, politcal – reconciliation aka Tamil grievances. Tamils simply go nuts.

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    It appears for this fool HLD Pala any thing has to be connected to three words 1) Nanthikkadal

    2) Vellala 3) Tamilnadu

    Racists Sinhalese seemed to have an anal fixation with these three words. Tamils have been living in Eela Mandalam for over 50000 years. TamilNadu has been populated by Proto- Dravidians for over 50,000 years. There was no smell of any Aryans in the Soub continent before 3500 years ago. Sinhalese who are Aryans couldn’t have been in this part of the world before the Tamil Dravidians.

    Mahindapala and other fools who write in this forum are deluded with their bogus theories i.e. all the Tamils who came from South India to Eelam went back before the 13th century ,and only in 13 th century they started to settle permanently etc. Let me ask these Sinhala fools a question what were the Tamils in Tamil nacu doing before 2500 years ago ,long before the fore bears of the so- called sinhala settlers arrived from Orissa or where ever they came from if indeed they came from out side South India ?

    To answer this question if you read Sir Paul E peris who wrote “It stands to reason that a country which is only 30 miles from India and which would have been seen by Indian fishermen every morning as they sailed out to catch their fish, would have been occupied as soon as the Continent was peopled by men who understood how to sail.”

    further more ” Kandarodai was the fist site the Archaeology Department excavated in the Jaffna peninsula. It was conducted in 1918 by a team headed by Sir Paul E. Pieris. They discovered punch-marked coins called puranas that was current in India during the 6th and 5th centuries BC . Sir Paul E. Pieris concluded from those discoveries that Kantarodai was a flourishing settlement even before the arrival of Vijaya.

    wake up you fool Mahindapala and learn basic history before you write at your old age.

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      Sinhala madayan——————————- ” Tamils have been living in Eela Mandalam for over 50000 years. ” —————————-Where did they come from 50000 years ago, Chandra/Sooria Mandalam? Please let me know when did the first Proto- Dravidians start communicating, wearing clothes, ……………………………………………………..? The first ape must have been a Proto- Dravidian ape.

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    Thank you very much for the great article.

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      Johnny Baby ————————“Thank you very much for the great article”—————————————–HLD M’s typing treated you as a complete idiot and you confirmed it. —–What a pitty.

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    Native chap

    yes, you are right ” Kal thonri man thontra kalathukku mun thoriya mootha kuddi Thamil kuddi”. I ascribe to the origins of Dravidians from Lemuria theory . The first ape or Pithecanthropus man was a Dravidoid.

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      Sinhala Madayan—————————-“The first ape or Pithecanthropus man was a Dravidoid.”———————-Is that why they are still under developed and refusing to develop? I can also see that in your DNA sharing Sinhalese brethren.

      The Tamils seem to pop up from various origin stories, Mediterranean, Sumerian. Harappan, Gondavana, Tamilnadan, …………………. Africanan, ……….. and confirm they suffer from a deep identity crisis out of their arrested development. So are their Sinhala brethren. ———————-They believe they are Aryan stock from Helsinky, Ranil believes they are from Mohandajaro, Singa-poreans, Sakyas the descendants of Sakya Muni, Hela province of Papua New Guinea, Champika believe the first ape spoke Sinhala and practiced Buddhism, DNA research shows they are mostly from South India, Historians believe they originated from Sinhapura in Lata land in Bengal, ………………. ————-Could Sinhalese and Tamils make up their mind regarding their origin myth given that I haven’t got enough time to update all your stupid claims.

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    To HLD Mahindapala, Izeth, Dayan, Malinda, et el>>>>>> :why do you think that so much anti Tamil venom is spewed here in CT by racist authors like you and racist comments spewed by the likes of sach, jim softy, Edwin etc etc .?>>>>>>>>>why don’t you guys write about the supremacy of Sinhala race praising the Sinhala race…. and attack the Tamils via that avenue? >>>>>>or is it a big effort may be lack of material? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>I ask you guys to research the wider world and you will find there millions of articles on the Tamil language, Tamil culture, Tamil civilisation going back to millions of years, by scholars from all over the world.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Sinhala racist think that by shouting in tandem the phrase>>>> “toilet nadu”>>> in CT is the only way they are promote Sinhala language and culture >>>>>>that descendant from Tamil.” >>>>They don’t realise that they are wasting there energy and effort. >>>>>>>>

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      very simple reason, we dont believe in any superiority of Sinhala langauge, it is simply our mother tongue the civilisational output of Sri Lanka.

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    It appears for this fool HLD Pala any thing has to be connected to three words 1) Nanthikkadal 2) Vellala 3) Tamilnadu while hallucinating.

    Some Racists Sinhalese seemed to have an anal fixation with these three words. Tamils have been living in Eela Mandalam for over 50000 years. TamilNadu has been populated by Proto- Dravidians for over 50,000 years. There was no smell of any Aryans in the Soub continent before 3500 years ago. Sinhalese who are Aryans couldn’t have been in this part of the world before the Tamil Dravidians. Mahindapala and other fools who write in this forum are deluded with their bogus theories i.e. all the Tamils who came from South India to Eelam went back before the 13th century ,and only in 13 th century they started to settle permanently etc.
    Let me ask these Sinhala fools a question what were the Tamils in Tamil nadu doing before 2500 years ago ,long before the fore bears of the so- called sinhala settlers arrived from Orissa or where ever they came from if indeed they came from out side South India ?

    To answer this question if you read Sir Paul E peris who wrote “It stands to reason that a country which is only 30 miles from India and which would have been seen by Indian fishermen every morning as they sailed out to catch their fish, would have been occupied as soon as the Continent was peopled by men who understood how to sail.” further more ” Kandarodai was the fist site the Archaeology Department excavated in the Jaffna peninsula. It was conducted in 1918 by a team headed by Sir Paul E. Pieris. They discovered punch-marked coins called puranas that was current in India during the 6th and 5th centuries BC . Sir Paul E. Pieris concluded from those discoveries that Kantarodai was a flourishing settlement even before the arrival of Vijaya. wake up you fool Mahindapala and learn basic history before you write at your old age.

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    A Jaffna Kingdom existed long ago, ruled by the Aryacakravarthy Dynasty.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffna_kingdom
    It comprised the northernmost region of Sri Lanka, almost corresponding to the present Northern Province.
    But, as of now, Tamils wish to live as free citizens and as equals, and not under a military regime.
    HLDM, please allow.

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    Mahindapala 90% of the Tamils who migrated to the island from the then Tamil country in South India, Kerala Tamil nadu and parts of what is now southern Andhra and Karnataka , from ancient , medieval to modern times became Sinhalese . This is the reason the present day Sinhalese share a 70% DNA with Indian Tamils , the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils only 17% .
    The indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils have more Bengali DNA 28-30% compared to the Sinhalese who claim an exclusive Aryan north Indian origin 25%. Oh by the way the Bengali are not Aryan. They are basically Dravidian, Dravidian /Mongols or Australoid who speak and Indo Aryan language like most of North India. Even your so called mythical prince Vijaya fro the so called La La land and his mythical 500 companions took Pandian Tamil women as their wives and as per the Mahvamsa myth the original Sinhalese are their descendants.
    This means the Sinhalese were 50% Tamil from the very inception. If this myth is true. What about all the Semi Tamil Elu speaking Dravidian Naga and Yakka who existed in the island. The so called mythical Vijaya his 500 companions and their Pandian Tamil wives would not have made any dent or impact on the culture or DNA of the population. They would have just got assimilated by the Tamil Dravidians living in the island.. Just like the so called mythical Arab/Moors amongst the Sri Lankan Muslims. This is why the island remained Tamil and Saivite until Buddhism arrived and the kings had Tamil Saivite names.

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    Contd

    From the 12Th century onwards migration from South India to the Tamil parts of the island was reduced to a trickle , however it still continued unabated to the Sinhalese south and during the Portuguese and Dutch era became a huge sea, when started to import low caste tamil indentured labour /slaves from Tamil Nadu and Kerala and settled them along the western and southern littorals. Their Sinhalised descendants are the present day Sinhalese Karawa, Salagamma, Durawa, Hali , Hunu Etc. Now making up 50% of the present day Sinhalese. The so called Sinhalese aristocrats both Kandyan and low country and many of the Kandyan upper castes and low country Govigamma have an Indian Tamil and times Telugu origin. Whom are you trying to fool with your fake history?

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      When facts on history is given and tamil racists cannot stomach it, this is how they attempt to console themselves. By terming the Sinhala people as low caste Tamils from TN….:) who cares idiot

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    How many anti-Tamil articles like this does the world need??

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      Richard Kaz ———————“How many anti-Tamil articles like this does the world need??” ————-Until the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists understood that it was not HLD M who discovered Jaffna like Columbus discovering America as if America didn’t exist until he did so in 1492.

      Or until the Flat Earth Society (Sinhala/Buddhis Fascists) discovers the earth is spherical after all. Don’t worry too much about these weirdos whose sole purpose is to convert this secular state into Sinhala/Buddhist Fascist Ghetto.

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    We Thamizh are howling in pain because HLDM keeps inserting sticks of dynamite into the pile of ‘We Thamizh homeland’ horse manure :D

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      Siva Sankaran Sarma————————–If you are not careful enough HLD M will remove his Willi out your bum and insert it into your mouth only if it is stiff enough. Make him concentrate on his job.

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      You fake why don’t you use an original name instead you are trying to impersonate a decent person on this forum. Did your mother give birth to you by someone other than your father to steal other people’s identity. You dick head.

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        Poor We Thamizh modaya regurgitating his life story – nobody cares about your dubious family tree :D

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    Look here

    If you are talking about tamils going back to Tamilnadu so should most present day Sinhalese. About 2/3rds of present day Sinhalese originated from southern Indian Indian states such as Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh etc.. Only a minority of the Sinhalese originated from Bengal and Orissa. Also even if you were to say that the Sinhalese are mostly of Bengal/Orissa that still does not make you an Aryan because the vast majority of the Bengalis were categorised as Mongoloid Dravidians. So get over it most of the Sinhalese are Dravidians just like most Tamils are. Just because you speak an Indo-Aryan language it does not make you an Aryan. In the same way that mestizo Mexicans are not counted as Spanish despite the fact that they speak Spanish.

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      Who cares about Aryans? The discussion about Aryans and Dravidians are in India, leave the Sinhalese out of it. Sinhalese do not fit into any of those categories. Sinhalese are just Sinhalese, the people of the Sinhalese island. At best, the Sinhalese could be called Indo-Aryans, because the Sinhalese language is categorized as an Indo-Aryan language. The Sinhalese are furthest from the Vedic Aryans, and no Sinhalese ever claimed that they were Vedic Aryans. The Sinhalese are also not any kind of socalled Dravidians. The word Dravida, Demala, Damila all mean Tamil in particular, or any South Indian and more broadly Demala has been used to denote any foreigner. Also, Sinhalese didn’t come from anywhere, only the ancestors of Sinhalese came here and over the centuries gave rise to the Sinhalese people. Therefore you won’t find Sinhalese people anywhere else. The Sinhalese people are a product of this island. It is totally irrelevant how many south Indians or north Indians or for that matter Chinese or Africans, came to Sri Lanka and got assimilated with the Sinhalese. As for the Tamils, they are relatively recent migrants from Tamil Nadu. Pointless trying to deny that the Tamils occupying north and east of this island today, migrated from Tamil Nadu in recent times, it is very well documented in the Tamil document Yalpana Vaipava Malai and by the very language you speak, namely modern Tamil.

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        Punchi your brain also appears to be punchi i.e. young and under developed.Sinhalese are not Aryans full stop. If you don’t want to admit to being a Dravidian sub sect that is fine. what I can’t understand is you say “only the ancestors of Sinhalese came here and over the centuries gave rise to the Sinhalese people. Therefore you won’t find Sinhalese people anywhere else. The Sinhalese people are a product of this Island.” How can you be a Srilankan when your parents are not ?

        Tamils are not relatively recent migrants as they have always lived in this region ( South India & Ceylon)for over 50000 years.It is the Sinhalese who came from out side this region as Kallathnees.

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        Punchi your brain also appears to be punchi i.e. young and under developed.Sinhalese are not Aryans full stop. If you don’t want to admit to being a Dravidian sub sect that is fine. what I can’t understand is you say “only the ancestors of Sinhalese came here and over the centuries gave rise to the Sinhalese people. Therefore you won’t find Sinhalese people anywhere else. The Sinhalese people are a product of this Island.” How can you be a Srilankan when your parents are not ?

        Tamils are not relatively recent migrants as they have always lived in this region ( South India & Ceylon)for over 50000 years.It is the Sinhalese who came from out side this region as Kallathnees. You are well come to go back to Orissa any time. The fact that Sinhalese is not spoken anywhere else in the world doesn’t make it autochthonous to Srilanka. Your language is a hybrid language mixed with Pali, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Elu. They are all from various parts of the sub continent none of them are unique to this Island. Even elu is a pure Dravidian dialect closely related to pro to Dravidian.Even the native veddahs are Ausronesians who are closely related to the Dravidians.

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    I asked 2 of former Sri Lankans one Sinhalese and another Tamil. How many homelands you need machangs.
    They asked me machang do you know how many homelands Rajapaksa brothers GoRa & BaRa , HLDM, DJ have ? Further they asked me why both the Sinhalese Diaspora and Sinhalese Diaspora keep on swelling ?

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    Tamils, and muslims and christians hiding behind them are trying to over power Sinhala – people. Tamils always talk about their south indian culture – bharathanatyam, politicians and then how they are relatives are from Malaysia, singapore, Kerala, Trinidad, Caribbeans and who there grand father was in South India. then come try to say everybofy came from africa, India.

    but, no one says where in india Sinhala language is talked, what part of india has the sinhala buddhist civilization and why Tamils are behaving like those T,nadu – I mean casteism, tobacco farmers killing dalits, etc., etc.,

    Muslims have violence in writing in their holy books and they want to prosecute one courageous and brave buddhist monk for talking the truth.

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