17 October, 2021

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How The Tamils Could Really Free Themselves

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure…” The Dhammapada

I’m not a Buddhist in terms of affiliation or adherence, but the Buddha is part of my makeup since, as one of humanity’s most evolved minds and greatest philosophers, he sure got a great many important things right. What I’ve quoted above is just one of them.

I also see lots of movies and have done so since I was a kid. My father had family passes to the box seats because he was a film reviewer. Last week I saw the most honest, courageous and important piece of art –and certainly movie– on Sri Lanka done by a Sri Lankan. Directed by Jude Ratnam, it is called “Demons in Paradise” and has already been screened at Cannes. It is about us, all of us.

“Demons in Paradise” is a road movie, but it is unlike most road movies. While it has many roads, it is also a “reverse road movie” if I may coin a phrase, in that it takes the road back to the 1980s. It is a road movie that leads not only to a truth or truths about others or ourselves as a collective, but about the director himself. It ventures into the consciousness of a young man in the Tamil diaspora and the processing of his experience of what and where he’s coming from. He is not the man he was when the movie, and the journey, end. He questions not only us but himself and does so transparently, sharing the answers –and the questions—with his audiences. 

At one level, this movie reports from the Conradian heart of darkness of Sri Lanka, evoking “the horror, the horror”, but when the film reaches the heart of darkness we see ourselves, our true selves, the truth of our times and situations—rather like the turn, the surprising inversion of the masterly closing sequence of Kubrick’s ‘2001’ or Tarkovsky’s ‘Solaris’, or at a much lesser level of artistic endeavor, of ‘The Omega Man’ ( “Soylent Green is people!”) and the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ (both with Charlton Heston).

This is cinema from the abyss and back. Ratnam looks into the abyss and more importantly, catches on camera, former participants looking into the abyss. Still more significant, he makes us look into the abyss within us, as individuals, as distinct collectives and as an island society, a country. It upends simplistic narratives which endow communities with a monopoly of virtue and/or victimhood. It burns a hole in zero-sum paradigms that block the truth coming through. This movie, especially if subtitled in Sinhala and Tamil, can be the beginnings of a collective catharsis and can draw us together, begin the healing.

This film takes the lid off fanaticism, violent fundamentalism; of political evil—of the evil that human beings do to each other, including to non-participating innocents, in the name of political, ethnic or ethno religious causes. At its core, the movie confronts the question of right and wrong; of good and bad. It therefore deals with a universal moral theme and has a truly universal significance. The Bible says “know ye the truth and the truth shall set ye free”. Jude Ratnam’s movie not just tells the truth about us, it enables us to see the truth about our communities, our times and ourselves. By searching for the truth, by bringing the truth to light and letting the world see, by telling the truth to the people, Jude Ratnam has become an exceptional man; probably the freest young man I know—a maker of a truly existentialist film. If this movie is seen and understood, then the whole Tamil community can begin to be free.

It is one of the most important movies I have seen and should be screened the world over, because the moral phenomenon it speaks to—the character of violent conflict and the indiscriminate use of that violence; the phenomenon of barbarism—is of truly global significance; a warning about moral boundaries valid anywhere people feel oppressed and fight for freedom. It reports from the Sri Lankan heart of darkness, which is also ‘the dark side of the Force’ of many but not all liberation struggles. If it is shown with suitable subtitling, say in Hebrew and Arabic, in Spanish and Tagalog, it can have a positive ripple effect in the collective consciousness of those societies.

Ratnam goes beyond and beneath the state, tracking the roots of evil even in the anti-state space, ultimately locating them in societies and individuals. It is not merely, or even primarily, the state that is held accountable. It is organized groups of humans and society itself. Ratnam does not ‘statize’ accountability; he socializes it. Accountability is no longer state-centric; it is ‘humano-centric’. Accountability and reconciliation are no longer top-down, formal, institutional and dis-organic; they are bottom-up, informal, social and organic processes. They are no longer unilaterally targeted, they are dialogic. They are no longer externalized (The Other and/or the State), they are internalized.  They are not a one-way street, but a two-way, or better still, a multilateral, roundtable conversation. They do not take the form of a Special Court but of a conversation around a campfire.

Based on my experience in Sri Lanka as an observer-participant of serial civil wars, and my experience in countries which have experienced civil wars, I have always felt that authentic accountability and reconciliation can come, not from Geneva resolutions or lacerating top-down, state-driven domestic processes, but through art. This movie proves it, because as we have known from the time of Aristotle’s writing, good dramatic art produces catharsis and catharsis comes only from good dramatic art.

The climactic scene of a conversation around a campfire can do more for accountability and reconciliation than a dozen co-sponsored resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council.

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    “My father had family passes to the box seats because he was a film reviewer.”

    Now I feel sorry for Dr. D.J. : the complete blame should not go to him as he was born into the art of free loading. :(

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      What ? This alone proves you know absolutely NOTHING. Like it is the reality with MR, yours too have been made by lanken MEDIA MAFIA… meaning there do exist media mafia in the country today – they just let Rajaakshes and spinn docs such as DJ to be part of lanken NEWS. These media prostitutes, are products of pvt media today, Namely, Sirasa and other two – Hiru and Dherana. Sirasa is still better than other two, however, Sirasa s gammada was no seen in the high days of ATHIGARRU.
      Quote
      “Based on my experience in Sri Lanka as an observer-participant of serial civil wars, and my experience in countries which have experienced civil wars, I have always felt that authentic accountability and reconciliation can come, not from Geneva resolutions or lacerating top-down, state-driven domestic processes, but through art.” Unquote

      ————-
      Who do you think you are DJ ? Who you have been fooling ? Let historians or any good professors that have studied about ground realiteis in post war scenarios in Germany to respond it – dont mislead. Your thoughts are restrict to your own frog-in-well mentality.

      Germans have achieved their reconciliation by imposing law and order after their war as no others in the world. Not many films but media played a greater role in that country in terms of making aware of its people. Where they must not talk about – are still refrain from the public discussions. These are the dead.. and money.. and world as a whole. These have been more or less social taboos even today.

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      ———————the Buddha is part of my makeup since, as one of humanity’s most evolved minds and greatest philosophers, he sure got a great many important things right. What I’ve quoted above is just one of them—————————–

      I dont think that you have learnt anything from Buddhism, but so called sinhala buddhism which has been abused today as a human shield the abusive men in politics to consolidate their powers.

      Assuming your makeup may have been influenced real buddhism

      1) As one in his early 60 ties should be able to see it right today. But from what you utter by your kind of articles, only hatreds and devious agendas against anyone who would make every effort to improve the path towards peace and reconciliation being jeopardised.

      2) Just share us please what you have exposed in terms of high crimes deliberately made by your god father- Mahinda Rajaakshe sofar. Even 10 year olds would see it right, that the brutal past few years under Rajapakahes had been inhuman, but you have been making and taking any risks to bring them back. How can you connect that with your learnt buddhism ?.

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      I feel sorry for Lord Buddha. Finally, he has come to a stage that he can now use Lord Buddha’s teachings to justify his bloodthirsty mentality in association with King Mahinda & his Family (Gota & BBS ganarasa).

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    “My father had family passes to the box seats because he was a film reviewer.”

    Now I feel sorry for Dr. D.J. : the complete blame should not go to him as he was born into the art of free loading. :(

    He was a reviewer so Dr.D.J had no option than doing one better going into diplomatic service.

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      His father as attitudes and his are sky-earth different from each other.

      Had his father been alive today, he would have to go through all the gastric problems, not being able to see how his own blood reacts, how his offspring has been brought up… what went with him over the decades… why DJ is formed to be no different to rascal thought promotors such as Wimal Buruwanse.

      And the educated folks would happily share it with his father than with the son, produed by him.
      DJ, … unfortunatley, truth is bitter. but you seem to have nothing inherited from your father great journalist, who never sat with dogs knowing the tick problem beforehand.
      But you not just continue sitting,even you spice their extrements to this date. That is what we are so fed up of your theories. Nor would anyone with the same mind set ever be able to contribute to reconciliation in this country.

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    “How The Tamils Could Really Free Themselves”

    Don’t forget, you gave your best shot to liberate the Tamils with Annamalai Perumal. Now, now, don’t be so bashful to take credit. You’re never a shrinking violet when it comes to self-promotion; why overlook your good deed?

    “I saw the most honest, courageous and important piece of art”

    Soooooo ……. you know what honesty means!

    Geneva, Paris …… so near and yet so far! ………….. 2020 here we come. ………. Or is it 2019?

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    The country of the Veddas and Sinhala people were invaded by Tamils from Hindusthan, Portuguese, Dutch and British bas****s. Tamils from Hindusthan invaded this country at least 17 times during the last 2000 years. The most recent invasion to capture land was led by Prabhakaran. Now using the Provincial Councils imposed by Rajiv Gandhi, Vignaswaran is asking land rights to the NPC. He has no right to ask Land Rights because he is a descendant of:

    1. Tamil invader from South India who could not be chased away due to arrival of Portuguese; or
    2. Tamil slave brought to Sri Lanka from India by Portuguese, Dutch and British bastards; or
    3. Kallathoni who entered illegally when there were no immigration control.

    It was Sinhalese who fought against the invaders and shed blood to protect this country. The land of the country belong to all the people. There is no way land should be carved out to certain ethnic groups. The notion that North-Eastern part of the country is the traditional homeland of Tamils is sheer BS. In Jaffna peninsula there are hundreds of archeological sites to prove that Sinhala Buddhists lived there for thousands of years. Tamils got a foothold in Jaffna peninsula due to arrival of Portuguese. Even at that point Sinhala soldiers sent by King Senerath fought against Portuguese, not Tamils. If King Senerath did not send a Sinhalese army under the command of Mudaliar Atapattu to Jaffna, probably Portuguese would have wiped out Tamils in Jaffna. It is a pity that King Senerath did not allow that to happen. This is the first blunder he did. The second is allowing Muslims to settle down in interior parts of the country when Portuguese wanted to wipe them out. Now Sinhalese are paying a huge price for those blunders.

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      Tamils from Hindusthan invaded this country at least 17 times during the last 2000 years. The most recent invasion to capture land was led by Prabhakaran. “

      He is dead and still Fuc king you. Isn’t he? Now the Sinhala Buddhist I hear are looking for a Sinhala LTTE and Prabakaran. LOL

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      DNA analysis has proved it is not the Indigenous Tamils but the Sinhalese both low and high born who are descended from Tamil invaders and immigrants from Hindustan. Sinhalese DNA is 70% Indian Tamil Indigenous Tamil only 17% . You can your fairy tales from Lankaweb but DNA does not lie. The present day Sinhalese population doubled, when the Portuguese and Dutch imported thousands of Tamil low castes from Hindustan to work as menials along the western and southern littorals. They all have now become ardent Sinhalese Buddhist/Catholic Aryans and are now baying for Tamil blood, This includes you too. Isn’t partn lion Vijaya and his 500 Rowdy friends from La la land in Bengal and their 500 Pandian Tamil wives , who founded the Sinhalese race also from Hindustan?

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        Real Siva Sankaran Sharma

        “Sinhalese DNA is 70% Indian Tamil Indigenous Tamil only 17% .” I have not found this kind of figures in any place I checked. Different researchers give different figures. Results depend on the sample. Give me your source. Dr. Subramanium Swami citing a Cambridge University finding says all the Indians have same DNA.

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          “Give me your source”

          oh don’t take it so seriously.We who know history researcher RSSS are aware that after a bottle of scotch his figures become a bit awry.shame you wasted 48 minutes trying to check his figures.

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            another Sinhalese extremist posting under a Tamil name. Why don’t these people have any courage to post their anti Tamil garbage under Sinhalese names? They want fool everyone that lots of Tamils are also favour their extremist Sinhalese view.

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              rohan,why don’t you tell your friend RSSS to give the source that eagle eye asks for instead of calling such a request anti tamil garbage.The difference between tamils like you and me is just this,if a tamil farts i will say it smells bad whreas if a tamil farts you will say it smells good. If thalaivar farts you would have called it smelling like perfume.So therefore i become a sinhala extremist for telling the truth and you are of course a pure tamils who have led the tamils to suffering.

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        LOL and the percentage of genes shared between Sinhalese and Tamils in north? why dont u tell that?

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        .And on top of that when our Southern dalits ask their Notheren and Easter brothers living among them to move over to their new home—
        Soma

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        Blacker, can you please add some links as supportive the contents.

        THanks.

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        “They all have now become ardent Sinhalese Buddhist/Catholic Aryans and are now baying for Tamil blood” – Had they been Tamils, you would have continued to call them “low caste laborer” or untouchables, Wise decision.

        While it is only 8 percent of those self-claiming “high-caste” ancestry and rest of them mere pretenders from other castes originated from South India, LTTE tried to weaken the caste system and empower low caste, since its leader, Pirabakaran was from a lower caste of Karaiyar. However, funny enough, anyone who belonged to lower caste to LTTE leader were treated poorly by the same LTTE leadership that once wanted to empower the low caste, including some reports saying LTTE hanged those lower castes with various pretexts :-)

        One of the reasons Karuna Amman’s break away from LTTE is also due to caste issues, since his ancestral roots were in Batticaloa, and Eastern LTTE fighters were given step-motherly treatment.

        Your inborn Casteism seems to lead your direction

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          Lankaweb web racist Sinhalese clown with a fake Muslim name, please post under your correct Sinhalese name and then I will take you seriously and answer. You can take an horse to the water but cannot force it to drink. It is the same story with racists like you. Even if the truth glares at you and it is very obvious to everyone that the Sinhalese are largely of Tamil origin, racist extremist like you will keep on denying this and abusing anyone stating the truth, thinking that they will give up and you can live in your lie and fantasy. 98% of the island’s population are descended from South Indian people overwhelmingly from what is modern Tamil Nadu and then Kerala( however when they migrated Kerala was Tamil Cheralam) a few from what is now Southern Andhra and Karnataka. If you cannot face the truth go and take a hike. Everything about Sri Lankan culture reflects India’s two southern states. Kerala and Tamil Nadu

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            You get to take some anger management steps

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        What DNA analysis?
        Cite your evidence.
        Recent DNA studies on Aryan arrival in India have produces contradictory results.
        Let us be sure of sources and their reliability.
        A Tamil equivalent of the Mahavansa (produced by the likes of RSS) can be even more absurd in content.

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          SJ,
          Here are two studies, but they are mutually contradictory. Whom to believe?
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_studies_on_Sri_Lankan_Tamils

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_studies_on_Sinhalese
          I suppose the DNA make-up of people could vary depending on which part of the country the “Sinhala” or “Tamil” samples came from.

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            Whom to believe?””
            The statistical average of all the frogs is not equivalent to each and every frog.
            Lankans have a penchant for gunnies book of records.
            Here is how you do it and it does not cost much to the nation. everyone who
            calls himself a citizen to be checked for DNA.
            Will you be the first or SJ the malabari commie to opt out is the question.
            Rather than Canadian embassy presenting belching farting cows let them present the OTTAWA product and carry out the testing rather than locals who would tweek it like burning Katcheries at colombo and cochin then changing names of families etc etc.(VOC Amsterdam)
            Spartan Cube
            The power of DNA testing in the palm of your hand.
            https://www.spartanbio.com/

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            OC
            Thanks.
            I referred to extensive sample studies about DNA on the origin of Indians.
            One was based predominantly on female DNA and led to the conclusion that there was no major Aryan migration. the other redid the study using male DNA data and came to the opposite view.
            The matter is under discussion currently I think.
            As for what you say, I agree entirely. This is a country of settlers of whom a sizable number arrived in the colonial era.

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            All the Wiki references are old, the latest being in 2009. Thats ancient in DNA studies, where costs of doing whole genome testing if now quite affordable.

            >>>>>
            >>>>>

            There is a concept of Ancestral North Indian (ANI) and Ancestral South Indian (ANI) and generally the ASI increases South and East.

            ASI and ANI is based on the complete genome (genotyped at 543,980 SNPs), not just mtDNA. David Reich and Metspalu have been the proponents of this concept.
            https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3769933/
            http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002929711004885

            And the link below has a breakdown of ANI (Baloch) of different populations of India (no Sinhalese).
            Bengalis are 50% ASI. About the same as SL Tamil (50-60%).
            (Sinhalese are about 55% from later data.)

            http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2013/08/what-the-harappa-ancestry-project-has-resolved/

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          “”A Tamil equivalent of the Mahavansa (produced by the likes of RSS) can be even more absurd in content.””
          SJ murukku!
          Malabares don’t run the south block new delhi any more.
          Sashi Throor in his dhoti was kicked out of Gymkhana Club Chennai along with the dhoti clad invitee Judge- laws have to be respected but not the katcheri burning cochin waffel waffel burp.
          There are greater men and writers in that country (especially vidarbha region than you like to hear of and they respect the engineering feats of the tamil brahmins) who can cause a upset in the world – the modi donald hug!
          Enter a malabari restaurant in the west is like entering a moroccan restaurant- you never get what you are shown.

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      Eagle Blind ——Don’t push your luck too far and your imagination too long. There were no Sinhalese until the kallathonies from South India and started converting to cinghalese a newly invented imagined race.

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        Native , there is a simple test to check whether a rock is imagined or real. Take your shoe off and give a hard kick. Like your sole rep did.—–
        Soma

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      Eagle Eye

      Lanka was the country of the Veddas (Yakka) and the Tamils (Naga). It was invaded by Kallathoni Vijay and his men who came in a boat from Hindusthan (note that Kallathoni is a Tamil word for illegal immigrants). Today, the Hindusthan invader kallathoni Vijay’s descendants are calling themselves Sinhalese. Vijay’s people (Sinhalese) came from Hindusthan and Buddhism also came from Hindusthan.

      In Jaffna peninsula there are hundreds of archaeological sites to prove that Tamil Buddhists lived there in the past. Sinhalese became a majority in Sri Lanka due to arrival of Portuguese and the Dutch.

      In the 16th century, the Portuguese and in the 18th century, the Dutch who occupied the island brought in tens of thousands of low caste (Dalit) people from South India (mainly from Cochin/Kochi in the Malabar coast/presently Kerala and from Tutucorin/Thootukudy in the Coromandel Coast/presently Tamil Nadu) and settled them in the Southern parts of the island from Puttalama up to Matara as menial laborers (for growing/peeling cinnamon – today known as Salagama caste, for fishing/pearl diving – today known as Karawa caste, coconut planting/plucking and toddy tapping – today known as Durawa caste, and for many other jobs). Within a few centuries, the Sinhala population increased exponentially when these people assimilated with the local Sinhala population (Sinhalized) by adopting the Sinhala language/culture and the Buddhist/Christian religion and getting converted to Sinhala Buddhists and Sinhala Catholics.

      Professor K.M. de Silva in his book `A History of Sri Lanka`, refers to the migration of the Karawe, Salagama, and Durawe castes from Southern India to Sri Lanka between the 14th and 17th centuries AD.

      Professor of Anthropology Gananath Obeyesekere (in his book “Buddhism, Ethnicity, and Identity,”) states that “viewed in long term historical perspective Sinhalas have been for the most part South Indian migrants who have been sasanized (converted to Buddhism)”

      Finally, even the latest genetic studies (DNA tests) have proved it beyond any doubt that the Sinhalese are having 70% South Indian (Tamil & Malabar) genes.

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        Somapalam,

        “In Jaffna peninsula there are hundreds of archaeological sites to prove that Tamil Buddhists lived there in the past.”

        Any idea what happened to those Tamil Buddhists? The letters in rock inscriptions found in the northern part do not show any resemblance to Tamil. They are closer to Sinhalese. Dr. Muller who studied Rucaveli inscription says “Kucchuvelli, 22 miles north of Trincomalee on the sea side. This is a solitary rock close to the sea which bears a fragment of an inscription in the characters of the seventh century. The country is now inhabited almost exclusively by Tamils but at that time must have been Sinhalese as we can see not only from this inscription but also from the remains of a Buddhist temple found at Natrana Kovil about three miles west of Nilawelli (8 miles from Trincomalee) and close to the bund of the Periyanakulam Tank”

        “Finally, even the latest genetic studies (DNA tests) have proved it beyond any doubt that the Sinhalese are having 70% South Indian (Tamil & Malabar) genes.”

        Who conducted the latest DNA tests and what is the source? Dr. Subramanium Swami citing a Cambridge University study says all the Indians have same DNA. If that is correct, there is no such thing as South Indian (Tamil & Malabar) genes.

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          Eagle Eye

          If you know how to google, you will be able to know all about the Tamil Buddhists of the past. After the 10th century Chola rule, some of them who remained Buddhists converted into Sinhalese and settled in the south while others converted into Hindus and settled in the North.

          Please do not talk nonsense.
          The fragment of an inscription in the characters of the seventh century is not Sinhalese but Tamil Bhrami inscriptions.
          It is historical fact that the Buddhist shrines in Trincomalee, for example the Natanar Kovil known to the present day Tamils stands out as the well-known example of a `Tamil Vihare or Tamil Buddhist Palli`.

          If you need more evidence on this, please read the book `Glimpses of Ceylon`s Past` by Dr. Senerath Paranavithana (the famous SL archeologist). He says very clearly in his book that it is an `Ancient Buddhist shrine of the Tamil people`. Some of the Tamil inscriptions found at the site record donations to this shrine and are dated in the reigns of the Chola Kings, Rajaraja and Rajendradeva.

          There are many, Dr. Gautam Kshatriya’s research with the support of University of Texas, Houston was one of them. It says, “The Bengalis, the Tamils (Indian), and the Veddahs are considered parental populations for the Sinhalese. The Bengali contribution is 25.41%, the Tamil (Indian) contribution is 69.86%, and the Veddah contribution is only 4.73%. Thus the Sinhalese have a predominantly Tamil (Indian) contribution followed by the Bengalis and the Veddahs.”

          Neither Dr. Subramanium Swami nor the Cambridge University did any genetic study on the South Asian population.

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        They know the truth but these racist do not like any one stating this and will vindictively attack them, as the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan Muslims do not want to acknowledge their actual largely Tamil origin but want to pathetically cling to this fake Aryan and Arab origin. All this racism in this island based on these lies and myths. They have been brainwashed so much to believe in these myths, that they do not want to believe the obvious truth staring at them , when they look at themselves in the mirror. By acknowledging their Tamil origin they are acknowledging that they are not special and unique and have no special claim to the land and they do not want to do it. Any person can google and read the actual largely Tamil origin of the Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Muslims

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        “Finally, even the latest genetic studies (DNA tests) have proved it beyond any doubt that the Sinhalese are having 70% South Indian (Tamil & Malabar) genes.”

        Then why were the LTTE fighting their people with 70% common genes? Doesn’t make sense does it? Is your argument that the “Sinhalese” should not fight the “Tamils” but this also applies the other way around: the “Tamils” should not have fought the “Sinhalese”

        A cunning argument, but it fails.

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          The people of Malabar identified themselves as Tamils and spoke Tamil, when the ancestors of the Sinhalese migrated from there. The Tamils are not fighting the Sinhalese but for their rights, vast difference. It is the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan Muslims another people largely descended from Indian Tamils who area trying destroy the island’s Tamils believing fake Aryan and Arab origin myths.

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      NO.
      The country of the Veddas was invaded by Indian sub-continental settlers at different times.
      The Veddas paid a heavy price and remain to be compensated.

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        Cow slaughtering malabari `Smelly Jailitis` professor even Singapore Nair’s ashes won’t come to his home. No, no no!! you are no commie at mind but a swindler they say.

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    Good review for the movie, which undoubtedly we must all watch (Our CT pundits here).

    Curious title, though. Maybe we need another article on how?

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    I am no movie buff… But I saw something really interesting in DBS Jeyraj’s Web Rag……. Which sort of explains the new sides of Jaffana………………. Kamalanth is a second upper Business graduate, who works in his Dad.s shop earning LKR 200 a day…. He has sat for BOC Management Trainee Admission Test, with another 1000 Tamil grads………., But there are only 12 places…….., obviously for Tamil speaking areas……….But Kamalanath is willing to do any job anywhere, if it is in line with his Education ……….That is a very positive attitude from this Lad………….Jaffna has 55 percent unemployment…. There are over 3500 Uni grads ….. . according to DBS……..When Vellala Wigneswaran and Annanthi get the Federal Eelaam , ( although it is not called as such) , can these 3500 Grads get jobs there?……….And some of the rest of that 55 Percent as well.?…………Wouldn’t they have a better chance of getting a job elsewhere, in the Island as Kamalnath is hoping?……If Vellala Bosses who live and have lived all their lives in Colombo run the Eelaam………… And keep out the Sinhalese, can Sampathar expect the Sinhala dominated areas to absorb his elaam Tamils and give them jobs?……….Isn t that the dark side?…..In addition , can sampathar and his apprentice Abraham, force Dr Ranil to pass that Bill to try the Srilanka Soldiers for crimes against LTTE ……. And expect the Sinhala Businesses to give Sampathar’s Tamils jobs in the South?………..

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      Sumanasekera,

      You are right. Tamils want best of both worlds. Tamil area controlled by Wellala Tamils and at the same time 50% of the Tamils live outside and working in Sinhala areas. Tamil speaking people including Muslims account for about 20% of the total population. Give them 20% of the land in the north and say you can have your Eelam but all the Tamil speaking people have to leave the Sinhala areas and see what the response is like.

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    DJ,

    How do you reconcile this piece of writing with your recent endeavour to whip up the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism in the hope of dethroning the current government? How can one take you for serious? You do not know what you want let alone knowing as to what is good for the country!

    I suggest that you use this film to exercise introspection; take a break from uttering on these forums and come back with clear outlook to the country. Please refrain from wanting to score cheap points at the expense of others. Stop exercising narcissism like a demented fool and think about others instead.

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      Burning Issue —- the war longer public racist takes 64 positions all at the same time. Hence no need for reconciliation nor any logic.

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    “How The Tamils Could Really Free Themselves”

    Simple. Swim across the Palk Straight to the other side. Kallathoni reverse flow.

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      Kumari

      When you swim across the Palk Straight to the other side taking the same route that your Sinhalese forefather Kallathoni Vijay took to come here (reverse flow), please take the Tamils with you and drop them on your way.

      By the way, check your DNA/genes, you also may be one of them from the TN tribal area from where your Dalit ancestors were brought to the South of SL as coolie slaves to grow cinnamon who later got converted to Sinhala-Buddhist?

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      The irony of using a Tamil word originating from Tamils to insult Tamils is completing lost on you isn’t it?? The level of intellectual deficiency in those who bash Tamils is not surprising.

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    Dayan,

    Can you please tell the country how to get rid of the garbage piling up in streets of the capitaal Colombo before giving lofty ideas to Tamils.

    Poor people in Colombo are surcumbing to dengu in the hundreds, news reports say.

    Enough of high flown stuff, come down to earth and get the most urgent matters solved.

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    KAS

    Here is how this country generates revenue to survive-

    migrant labour remittance from the middle east-Muslim majority countries
    Tea exports to central asia and middle east, muslim majority countries ( expect russia)
    Apparel exports to US and Europe -christain majority countries
    India and Bangladesh bound Transhipment using the colombo harbour – Hindu and Muslim majority countries.
    and if we want loans at high interest rate, then there is China.

    recently the central bank governor made a statement that any impact on the qatari economy will have significant impact on the sri lankan economy, why is this?

    as you can see, sri lanaka is 99% dependent on these countries for their survival, if any them put the screws, we are f….d right royaly.

    this is the reason why we have to go with the begging bowls every three months to keep the show going.

    all these card-board warriors now living in the west shouting about the history and sinhala doesn’t know a jack about the current predicament of the country. we are as good as sold and there is nothing else to sell.

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    Perhaps it necessary for every Sinhala supremacist to see this film too and then they will be able to understand what their political forebears wrought and free themselves too– though reading DJ sanctimonious comments I don’t hold much hope.
    The brutality of the Tamil militants was the trueborn progeny of the Sinhala racists.

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    Hold it Dayan Jayatileke

    ‘How The Tamils Could Really Free Themselves’

    Did you not propose to get Eelam and you were a member of an Eelam party?

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    Tamils are not bad people. In fact having served in the North, I know this through experience.
    The only issue with them is that bloody Jaffna vellala attitude that deserves a smacking.

    Other than that, they are very generous and good hearted folks. Their women are good in bed, they make good food, men are good boozers and great singers after a round of toddy. What more can you expect from anyone.

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      Reginald, you ve been giving a hint that you had sex with them.

      So then, it is right UNO to accuse you guys to have abused Tamil women as former Army men right ?

      Now being in Canada, spouting as no other but you the [Edited out] have harm tamils folks by betraying us sinhaalya.
      This is why i believe, war crimes happened in that part of the island.
      And international court is a must to punish you guys.

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    Dr, Dayan Jeyatileke!

    Are you willing to lead the Tamils forming a new Tamil party? And will you change your course?

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    Demons in Paradise is an oxymoron. Demons are found in Hell!
    Dayan Jayatilaka as usual treads into what is to him unknown territory, inventing new words and quoting names of some films. For example ‘Planet of the Apes’ (both with Charlton Heston) – does DJ know that the late Charlton Heston was an extreme right winger?
    DJ opines: “This movie (Demons in Paradise), especially if subtitled in Sinhala and Tamil, can be the beginnings of a collective catharsis and can draw us together, begin the healing”.
    Dayan, do you still believe that Gota will lead us to Paradise?
    Dayan says: “If this movie is seen and understood, then the whole Tamil community can begin to be free”. My my my foot!
    PS: Keep off film reviewing Dayan
    Will someone enlighten us: Does “Demons of Paradise” stress that violence was one-sided till 1983, two-sided till 08 January 2015 and right now is one-sided against non-Sinhala Buddhists?

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    Dr.DJ,
    Have your wife or you read Purujoththaman Thangamayl’s master piece about “Demons in Paradise ” written in Tamil & translated to English in the CT ?

    Why either your wife or you didn’t counter his article or make any comments ?
    You shedding crocodile tears and telling the Tamils how they can free themselves and boasting about your make up ?
    Dr.DJ do you remember what
    Lord Buddha also said :
    1. Sathya usas Dharmaya
    2. Supriority & inferiority of a man is not by his birth but by his acts.

    All these while you claimed that you are a “smart patriot ” now playing a new song saying Buddhism is part of your make up.
    Even JVP leader Rohana Wijeyaweera said from the dock Justice will eventually triumph or some thing to that. .

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      In the said article you mentioned by Purujoththaman Thangamayl he says the following:

      “After the screening of the film was over, the Director was asked by a member of the audience whether he still agreed with his statement in the movie that the war should be ended even if people were killed, he had no hesitation in replying with an ‘Yes’.”

      This is a curious statement. It seems everyone wants a war to end. Is he saying that a continuous state of war is preferable?

      If anything it highlights the difference in thinking between Dayan and Purujoththaman Thangamayl.

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    dear dayan

    “It is organized groups of humans and society itself. Ratnam does not ‘statize’ accountability; he socializes it. Accountability is no longer state-centric; it is ‘humano-centric’. Accountability and reconciliation are no longer top-down, formal, institutional and dis-organic; they are bottom-up, informal, social and organic processes. They are no longer unilaterally targeted, they are dialogic. They are no longer externalized (The Other and/or the State), they are internalized. ”

    This movie is indeed awesome as you rightly pointed out.The manifestation of the existential paradigm is infinitesimally larger than the exponentially evolved humanistic peon,indeed this precept is fundamentally beyond the cognisance of any finite mind.
    The sophistication of this conglomeration is intricate and delicate, with its slender majesty penetrating the very fabric of our fragile society, in a way we could not have foreseen or conjured up in our imaginations.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka –”…. but the Buddha is part of my makeup since, ….”now he has elevated him to a God status

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    Dr, Dayan Jeyatileke! “If this movie is seen and understood, then the whole Tamil community can “begin” to be free.”

    and the Sinhala Community…..? they are already free.

    The Sinhala community should first free them from the Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhism ….then and only then the whole country can begin to be free.

    you writing load of bullshit as usual

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    “”I also see lots of movies and have done so since I was a kid. My father had family passes to the box seats because he was a film reviewer.””
    no wonder you are the nattu pakkam porriki not the city slick!

    gullible one, Movies are doctored away from the truth to make them sell .
    no wonder you are Dr Pseudo Burn baby Burn!

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    This aerticle has failed it’s purpose. Probably this is an advertisement for the movie. but, because of the nature of the identity the writer holds among the readers all have written their eccentric and extremist views. Dayan Jayathilake had tried to be a make shift film critic and has boasted about himself and people, as ususl, targetted him.

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    Good ! Dr. Dayan,
    Anyhow your comments made me to view the movie of Jude Ratnum as soon as possible .

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    Dayan,

    Many Tamil intellectuals like Rajan Hoole, K. Sritharan, Ahilan Kadirgamar, Sumathy Sivamohan, the late Rajani Thiranagama, Sritharan Thirunavukarasu, Sirtralega Maunaguru, Sivasegaram, Rasanayagam (Tamil Times), Sivapalan (University of Jaffna), many other ex-militants including those who appear in Jude Ratnam’s films and those who are in Sri Lanka and outside and writers like Karunagaran, Yatharthan and Arun Ambalavanar have already written and spoken about what the Tamils should do to achieve reconciliation among themselves and with other communities.

    And then we have others who are not Tamils like M.A. Nuhman, Qadri Ismail, Arjuna Parakrama, Dayapala Thiranagama, Tisaranee Gunasekara and others have also written and spoken about the failures on the part of the Tamils.

    All these intellectuals and writers, Tamils and non-Tamils, took a critical look on Tamil nationalism and the LTTE while not mincing their words about Sinhala chauvinism and the violence it unleashed on Tamils and others.

    So, Dayan, you a stooge of Sinhala nationalism, an opportunist who supports racist leaders like Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a sell-out who stoops to any level to pick up the crumbs thrown at you by Sinhala chauvinists do not need to give any advice to Tamils. Keep writing the Sinhala racist stuff that you have been writing for the past many years on blogs and newspapers.

    Good bye.

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    “By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure…”
    *
    Dayan, I anxiously await action by you.

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    70% tamil vs 100% tamil? What a war. Who are the fools here?

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    Dayan, do you think anybody can do anything can be done in this country abused and misinformed country?

    The Buddhist Prelates speaking on political issues , and their claims based on historical priestly behaviour is absolutely wrong and misleads the citizens.

    Democracy came into existence to enable people to electtheir own “King” or President, instead of citizens being forced into the unilateral decision of any king about his successor.

    Our island Sri Lanka had kings till the island was captured and colonised. Kings made their own decisions and Implementedthem successfully

    Kings had advisors. Any king ONLY listened privately to the advisors, but the decision on any issue was SOLELY retained bythe king himself and not the advisors, even on religious matters.

    Historically, In SL,Kings asked prelates for their opinion ONLY, but still the Kings retained their final rule on Issues. The prelates werenever allowed to tell their opinion in public or agitate the citizens with their views.

    Erroneous claims and religious mis-leadings created; BBS in SL, ISIS from Islam, RSS from Hinduism in India andChristian Persecution in Pakistan and Indonesia.

    Obviously, Buddhist Prelates were not politicians and were never allowed to rule or dictate to any king how to rule. But the presentBuddhist prelates in SL violate the past practice and wrongly impress us that they mustdecide even on the political matter of the constitution of our country .

    In the practice of Democracy in SL, the substitute for the king is the President Maithripala Sirisena. He is elected by the people not by prelates. The president has his own and best advisors, who consider the entire citizens and good of the country The President, does not need the advice of Buddhist prelates who are not politicians.

    Undoubtedly, as during the times of Kings, the prelates should respect and honour the decisions of our President, without expressing their dissatisfaction in public and allowing to be abused by criminal politicians and the racist media, to publicise their wrong opinion.

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    Tell us, Dr. Jayatilleheke how the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims etc., in fact all the good people of Sri Lanka irrespective of their religion and ethnicity can free themselves of Buddhist Extremists? As a scholar, a Buddhist who is intimately engaged with the doctrine of Buddhism, you MUST have some knowledge of hos this problem can be solved. Seriously.

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