21 September, 2018

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Hue & Cry Over Federalism From Sinhalese Indefensible

By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

Federalism is not division nor disintegration but a device to distribute the powers to the regions, allowing the different ethnic groups the freedom to preserve their language, ethnic identity, culture and way of life, while preserving the essential unity of the country.

This, I have said in parliament several times but sadly it has fallen on deaf ears – There is no denying our Sinhala friends suffer from inborn prejudices and preconceived notions. To quote Prof. Dr. K M de Silva, a leading historian, “Singhalese though a majority suffer from a minority complex,” and that is evident in their behaviour towards the Tamil people.

Why all the hue and cry over Federalism I ask?

It’s time our Sinhala brethren not let history repeat itself. Missed opportunities will never come back. The Tamil politicians have come a full circle and like the Pandavas in the epic Mahabharatham, they have come down to the lowest common denominator that the Tamil speaking people can accept and have given a mandate for – surmised from the TNA manifesto – that which is a federal state under a united Sri Lanka..

On the contrary all the murmurs that come from the present regime of Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wikremesinghe do not point to anything other than a unitary state. This the Tamil people will never accept. I recall the profound words of the late Dr EMV Naganathan, the iron man of the ITAK who said:

The unitary constitution will result in the perpetual rule of the Sinhala majority and eventually in the liquidation of the Tamil minority.

What he said is echoing and re-echoing in my ears.

Buddhism is a noble philosophy that embraces all humanity. Jawaharlal Nehru the late Prime Minister of India aptly described Gowthama Buddha as the greatest rationalist that the world has produced. Unfortunately for us, our Sinhala friends think the Buddha was a Sinhalese and that he spoke the Sinhala language. The Sinhalese think they are the custodians of Buddhism and have been appointed to preserve the religion for all mankind. 
 
Dr. K M De Silva, himself admitted to the fact that the Sinhalese believed that Buddhism was integral to their culture and way of life. Buddhism and Sinhala were inseparable, so they think.

This is typical of the Mahavamsa mindset and the root cause of all the political ills facing the island. 
 
The failures of the “Pacts” between the Sinhalese and the Tamils, is a case in point, which I will proceed to elaborate below, to prove that the Tamils have come a full circle and are at a crossroads once again and if a meaningful and satisfactory end goal is not achieved, a parting of the ways is surely in the cards.

The late Tamil leader, Mr. SJV Chelvanayakam in his total sincerity and political vision stood for a Federal constitution. And quite rightly he felt deeply at that time it was indeed the panacea for the malady facing the country. Yet he was magnanimous enough to compromise the concept of federalism for regional autonomy and even went as far as accepting even regional councils and district councils. The BC pact entered into between Mr. Chelvanayakam and the late Mr. SWRD Bandaranaike, in 1957 was nullified even before the ink was dry. I worked with Chelvanayakam very closely, and I was witness to what followed after the abrogation of the pact.

The abrogation of the pact must have pricked the conscience of SWRD Bandaranaike; he wrote a letter to Chelvanayakam apologizing for his predicament of succumbing to the pressures brought on by the Buddhist clergy. His letter to Chelvanayakam was delivered by Stanley De Soyza, then Finance Minister in his cabinet. I stand as testimony to this historic incident.

Mr. Chelvanayakam in his inimitable style, smiling, told Stanley Soyza that he regretted the plight of Mr. Bandaranaike but warned that this abrogation may indeed still lead to a blood bath. And lo and behold, the 1958 blood bath – a pre-meditated pogrom against the Tamils, instigated by Buddhist priests, carried out by Sinhala hoodlums, erupted throughout the island.

Mr. Tarzie Vittachi, a senior editor in the Lake House actually wrote an interesting book titled: “Emergency 1958″, on the subject – that turned out to be an expose on the violence inflicted on Tamils at that time, that vividly describes the behaviour of the Sinhala hoodlums.

Again in 1965, Dudley Senanayake’s agreement with Chelvanayakam, based on District Councils too was nullified.  Mr. M Thiruchelvam, the Minister of Local Government was assigned by the Federal party to get the proposal implemented. Thiruchelvam miserably failed to get it done and in a belated manner resigned on the issue of the refusal to declare the Koneswaram Temple and its surroundings as a sacred area – although the reason for his resignation was not convincing. In fact Thiruchelvam and I participated in a huge protest meeting at the Trincomalee Esplanade on the Koneswaram Temple issue. The census figures I quoted to prove the demographical changes that were taking place by state sponsored Sinhala colonisation, dangerously diluting the Tamil population in Trincomalee, is part of history. I became the prophet of gloom but I stand vindicated.

Again, in 1972, Sirimavo Bandaranaike changed the Soulbury constitution, nullifying even the meagre safeguards granted for Tamils in section 29.

Senator Nadesan pleaded with Dr. Colvin R de Silva who was given the task of drafting the constitution, to retain at least section 29, an entrenched clause. But this same Colvin R de Silva, one time Marxist theoretician who once championed the cause of Tamils and was known for the maxim: two languages, one nation, one language, two nations” turned turtle and told the learned Senator that “politics is the art of the possible” and that he could not do anything to stop it. Let us not forget he was the architect of the new the 1972 Republican constitution that set the scene for more historic turn of events.

It is in this context that Chelvanayakam leader of the Federal Party (I.T.A.K) submitted a six point program to the illegally constituted assembly for consideration that was rejected in toto – that led to the Federal Party boycotting the same constitutional assembly proceedings and had no hand in the final vote. In other words the Tamils never accepted the 1972 constitution.

Left with no alternative, Chelvanayakam resigned his Kankesanthurai seat, and stood in a by-election that Sirimavo wilfully delayed, running on a manifesto that called for a separate Tamil Eelam which he won overwhelmingly in 1975.

This election, more so a referendum was followed by the Vaddukoddai Resolution that articulated the full aspirations of the Tamil people for the “Restoration and Reconstitution of a Sovereign Socialist State of Tamil Eelam.” In what was to be his last speech in parliament, Chelvanayakam on November 19th 1976, declared that, “the Tamil speaking people have abandoned the demand for a Federal constitution”:

“We started the federal movement at one time to obtain the lost rights of the Tamil speaking people and now we have found that through federalism we cannot achieve our objective. In view of this experience we have come to the conclusion that we must separate and if we do not do that, the Tamil speaking people will never be able to get back their lost rights.
Our ancient people were wise. They had their own kingdom. In the history of Ceylon we had a place. We are not asking for a division of the country by our movement, but we are only trying to regain what we lost.

Our party is today moving with the idea of establishing a separate state. It is not an easy matter to get a separate state. It is a difficult matter. We know that it is difficult. But either we get out of the power of the Sinhala masses or we perish. That is certain. Therefore we will try and get this separation. We have abandoned the demand for a federal constitution. Our movement will be all non-violent.”

It so happened, it was his last testimony, the one he gave to the Tamils before he passed away on April 26th 1977. The RT. Rev. D J Ambalavanar summed up the state of affairs after Chelvanayakam’s passing by saying, “he died like Moses himself, without reaching the Promised Land, but the vision he saw, he leaves behind as the heritage and challenge to his people…”

Mr. Veluppillai Pirabaharan who emerged as the leader of the LTTE – the sole representatives of the Tamils declared unequivocally again that Tamil Eelam is the only alternative for the Tamils. He was only echoing what Chelvanayakam said and what was enshrined in the Vaddukoddai Resolution. Although there was a time, with a genuine intention to move the peace process forward Pirabaharan was willing to suspend the demand for a separate state.

Much has happened since then. Much water has flown under bridges. The Tamils are recovering from a genocide committed against its people.

TNA are back to calling for a Federal system in its manifesto.

The Tamils have come a full circle it seems.

But until now the TNA hasn’t spelt out its demand more specifically – they are being beautifully vague. It seems however, Mr. R. Sampanthan the leader of the TNA, and Mr. M. Sumanthiran, the spokesman for the party are speaking with a bundle of contradictions and confusing the entire Tamil nation.

Mr. C V Wigneswaran, former Supreme Court judge and Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, has been more articulate – he has started to plead a type of arrangement for all the Sinhala provinces to be made into one state and the merged North and East in to another state with an autonomous region for the Muslims and one for the plantation workers.

However, unfortunately, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, with venom and vengeance have declared that they will not accept a Federal constitution that, according their flawed thinking would, “will lead to the division and disintegration of the country.” The Rajapaksa clan and the fanatical lot of Buddhist priests have said categorically that they would not agree to a federal constitution either. Ironically Maithri and Ranil are repeating like parrots that they believe in good governance and reconciliation, but sadly their declarations so far only seem to otherwise negate good governance and reconciliation.

 

My intention here is not to deal in detail what the federal constitution stands for. Switzerland is a classic example of what a federal constitution is. Canada is equally a classic example of a Confederation, preserving unity in diversity and not in dull monotonous uniformity that allows for a bilingual and multicultural system that works. Canada’s example is one that Sri Lanka should follow. I pleaded with the Canadian governments, former and the present, to advise the Sri Lankan government to adhere to a federal constitution to avert disharmony and bloodbath. I also pleaded with the Canadian government that if the Sri Lankan government is adamant not to yield but cling on to its Chauvinistic ways, the Canadian government must accept the self-determinations of the Tamil people in keeping with the 1948 UN Charter.

I pleaded with the American government in the mid 80’s that the American federal constitution is an ideal one. Though the American federal constitution is more for economic and geographical reasons but the residual powers vested with the states is a fine example of the federal constitution.

With all my love for Mother India, the Indian Federal structure is semi Federal or quasi Federal. With Article 356 hanging, the central government has the right to dissolve any state government if it so wishes. It is a dangerous concept that we the Tamils won’t fall prey to.

It’s most significant to quote SWRD Bandaranaike of what he said in Jaffna In 1926 in a meeting presided over by Isaac Thambiah, former judge:

“Ceylon is not a country but an Island consisting of conflicting nations. The Kandian Sinhalese, Low country Sinhalese and the Tamils had their own kingdoms preserving their language culture and way of life intact. It is only a rash man who will envisage the merger of these communities. These nations united opposed the British rule, but when the British were on the verge of leaving, each ethnic group is asserting its right. It is nothing but a natural human phenomena.”

This prophetic statement was pronounced by Bandaranaike immediately on his return from his Oxford University career. His political vision was clear but unfortunately for Tamils his political vision got coloured due to political reasons. The Tamils cannot be held responsible for his change of heart. We wish and pray that our Sinhala brethren should abide by Bandaranaike’s original stand and grant the Tamil people a meaningful federal structure to maintain equality, dignity and self determination, finally establishing amity and peace in the island.

Although I am from the TGTE, I am curious to see if my Sinhala friends would err like their predecessors and falter. or would they rather not make the fatal mistake and actually seriously look towards a Federal solution, in keeping with their objective of good governance and reconciliation. If not the island, I fear, would never recover.

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    I do not know who gives the titles to articles on CT. I would guess, it is the writers themselves.

    Irrespective of who worded the title of this article, the title lacks objectivity. So, is the article.

    Federalism has not been offered, as of yet, to anybody. As such, a ‘hue and cry ‘over’ Federalism’ doesn’t arise.

    There are Sinhalese who agree that Federalism is a political arrangement that would suit Sri Lanka and have said so in this forum. I would agree that they are an insignificant minority among the majority community. We need that minority, however insignificant they might be.

    I do not know from where the argument the ‘hue and cry of Sinhalese is indefensible’, is coming. ‘Indefensible’ is too harsh a word to justify. The Sinhalese too have their fears just as we have our own.

    We should try and win over more and more Sinhalese towards Federalism, and any language that appears to be insulting to them does not help our cause.

    Federalism is the most apt democratic solution to ‘our’ ills. There are many countries that practice different shades of Federalism. And, do so successfully and with benefit. If defined well, clearly enunciated and properly handled the chances of us arriving at a federal solution is not outside our scope.

    I urge that we stop falling prey to rhetoric and avoid injuring such an eventuality.

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      Nathan:

      You are either too naive or plain stupid. Federalism was indeed promised by SWRD and Dudley, only they broke their promises. Be as it may, where did Eelaventhan suggest that Federalism was offered in recent history. He merely opined that the mere mention of the word drive the Sinhalese nuts. And you talk about objectivity? Crazy.

      This “enunciated and properly handled” joke had already made the rounds many times over. The matter of the fact is they (Sinhalese) are simply too greedy. They want their pie and they want someone else’s pie too. So, the “good samaritan” you are, try convincing them to just hold on to their pie and not try to grab someone else’s pie but you have to be careful though. If you return empty-handed will be bad enough, you may return without your pants. too.

      If the Tamils continue to listen to donkeys like you, it will not be just “falling prey to rhetoric and avoid injuring such an eventuality” but just like it happened in the east, and particularly in Trincomalee, the whole of the North will suffer from the land grab that is happening there. The “insignificant” minority you seem to invest your hopes on have always been there, just that they have always been irrelevant too.

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        They want their pie and they want someone else’s pie too…

        Tamil nadu – your pie,
        sri lanka – some one else’s pie

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          sach:

          This is as much stupid as you can be. Tamilnadu is in India. You know the meaning of a different country. No wonder you donkeys still have a lot to grow up.

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            you know people who came from that different country and failed to develop anything here? well their pie is still in india or they can act as an average SLn of a minority group and live like anyother person.

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          sachooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

          “Tamil nadu – your pie, sri lanka – some one else’s pie”

          You don’t belong to both therefore, find your own pie in the sky or planet of stupids.

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            why get agitated..My language, culture and everything evolved in this soil..we are bound with the soil here

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              Ha, ha, ha…
              Sach is a real JOKER!

              You Sinhala race, your Buddhist religion, your Sinhala language (mixture of Sanskrit, Pali and Tamil), your Buddhist culture, your EVERYTHING came from India. Sinhala is lost in India (just like many others) but still exists in Sri Lanka.

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        Jansee, so did Chandrika and Ranil.That does not make them correct decisions.
        No one was able to keep their promises because they were wrong,Federalism will solve nothing in this country except perhaps add more like the Provincial councils.

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    Look Mr Elaventhan, how Sarath Fonseka’s rationality on ex president’s security replacement (which is not security withdrawal ) ended up in parliament. Look how some from the Maha Sangha are behaving in forcing the President / Govt to tore line with them on the issue of MR’s security.

    In Sri Lanka religion of the majority is politicised. Many Asian and International political researchers have gone record on the issue also what role religion played during the war.You can write anything but Sangha will prevail.
    You can beg the international community and the UN for political justice to the minorities but nothing will happen. Where as MR’s appeal to UN will carry more weight with the support of all the permanent members, India and Israel.
    That is the world today.So as SJVC said only God can safe the Tallis.

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    If Sri Lanka had a modernizing process (and modern state formation) without the colonial interference, the country could have probably evolved into a federal system naturally, given the previous divisions. But the colonial interventions for nearly five centuries culminating under the British in a unitary state eliminated this possibility however leaving some remnants and ideological mindset. This remaining mindset was quite strong among the Kandyan aristocracy, in the North and almost absent among the people in the South. When SWRD Bandaranaike came back from Oxford, schizophrenic between rationalism and nationalism, he did express this mindset of a Kandyan aristocrat championing federalism. This is my explanation about his statement that my friend Eelaventhan has quoted. But soon he realized the potential of broader Sinhala nationalism emerging in the country under lopsided capitalist development and as a shrewd or cunning politician dropped the idea of federalism. Sinhala Maha Sabha was his product. Not only he dropped the idea of federalism but he was a strong opponent of federalism because its advocates were now only the northern Tamils.

    What we may have to consider today is what kind of federalism suits the country? What is suitable for the poor and the broader masses? Federalism is not a ‘one size fits all.’

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      Dear Prof Laksiri,
      The answer to your question what kind of federalism suits the country, is very simple based on natural logic.

      “One that delivers justice to Tamil people to live a life of dignity and safety as first class citizens, in the lands of their historic habitation without any interference from the Sinhalese”

      Please go ahead and impress this upon your Sinhala cohorts, so that there will be peace and reconciliation.

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        Dr.Gnana Sanakaralingam,

        Regardless of what it is called, it should deliver good governance,freedom, democracy, safety, security , justice and progress to every citizen, every community, every class, every village and every town.

        It is beyond the Sinhala and Tamil equation.

        Some from Canada were accompanied by my wife visited Katatagama/ Kathirkamam recently. The backwardness and poverty theywitnessed in the Hambanthota and Tissamaharagama areas shocked them. This was despite the ten year rein of Mahinda Rajapakse and the money he spent/wasted in the area. Their cryptic comment was, ” Jaffna is far ahead, now”.

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          This rascal should realise THEIR OWN TIME ie in the Sixties,about their own propaganda for their so called FEDERALISM,and their actual activities towards COMMUNALISM.PARTICULARLY by their own members of the FEDERAL PARTY.
          Till this day the vercious speeches made by this same rascal,and most particularly by the once opposition leader,the other traitor Appapillai Amirthalingam’s wife the one who spread the WORST RACIAL HATRED AGAINST THE SINHALESE…..
          “we will make footwear by pealing the back skin of the Singhalese…..”
          “We will organise holy war against the Singhalese…
          “Gallows is our cotton mattress…

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          and apart from those racial hatreds speeches which in the later years invigorated some elements like V.P,T.S,etc,etc to take arm arms against the Singhalese.
          Also this scoundrel even now should recall his own activities..
          How he tried hard to seek azylum is Switzerland,his speeches maade in Switzerland,then his application for azylum in South Afrika and later in Canada.From where he is now boasting the new generation by telling all sorts of lies,distorting the history,and promoting their racial activities.
          Another very good example is about the then parlimentarian JAYANANTHAMOORTHY…you being a regular contributor to CT,need not be reminded about these.
          Better visit JAFFNA once now and witness the daily robberies,rapes and dagger attacksetc…..

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      Was SWRD a Kandyan aristocrat? As far as I know, the Bandaranaikes of Horagolla are considered Low Country Sinhalese – certainly in Kandyan eyes. Not so the Ratwattes. This adds to the Tamil argument for a federated State – the very idea coming from a leader of the Sinhalese, who turned out to be a historic figure later.

      Backlash

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    Federalism is not so Innocent if it is given to Jaffna Tamils, simple reason is Jaffna Tamils hate us ‘Sinhala people’. We are not welcome in Jaffna, people who visit Jaffna (even for two day visit) knows this. Jaffna tamils will use all trick in federal book to keep us away from north and east. Let’s face it, we are the majority of this country, in a democracy our wish will prevail.

    If the federalism is given and Jaffna tamils constrain us visiting and doing business and maintaining national security, than we will have another 1983. Look at what TNA is telling us now, too meany Sinhala people in Jaffna (only Sinhala Army is in Jaffna). Do our politicians ever say too meany Colombo, Kandy or Galle? TNA is the voice of Jaffna Tamils, and they hate us, full stop.

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      Parakrama,

      You are simply a ignorant fear-mongering busybody! Have you visited Jaffna?
      Show us examples of Tamils people projected unwelcome disposition towards the Sinhala.
      Show us examples of Sinhala are denied of business opportunities in the North.
      Show us examples of Tamils preventing the Sinhala from owning properties in the North.

      Your fear is baseless and it only goes to show your chronic insecurity. You are not alone in this, Dayan de Silva included a vast majority of the Sinhala suffer from this fear of being a minority in their own country. It is this fear that has caused havoc to the real minority communities. The Sinhala are not capable of practicing diversity on equal footing. This they have time and again showed with deeds! This is why the Tamils seek maximum security by asking for federal solution within a united SL. This is democratic and just!

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        Last week a bus carrying Sinhala tourists were attacked in Jaffna and ofcourse it was not reported in CT

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          such,

          Even you cannot stoop to this low-level of lying! Show us exactly where it is reported? How did you come to know about this?

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            [Edited out]

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              sachooooooooooooo the stupid II

              “[Edited out]”

              Thanks for keeping it brief.

              Can you keep it briefer?

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                CT doesnt publish links from other sites…just google sinhala tourists attacked in Jaffna in google

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                  sachooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

                  “CT doesnt publish links from other sites…just google sinhala tourists attacked in Jaffna in google”

                  I googled:

                  “sinhala tourists attacked in Jaffna”

                  Look what I found:

                  Sri Lanka’s historic Jaffna library ‘vandalised’
                  By Charles Haviland
                  BBC News, Colombo
                  1 November 201

                  The historic Jaffna public library in Sri Lanka has been closed to tourists a week after a large group of visitors vandalised it, say reports.
                  The library has emotional significance for the island’s Tamil minority as it serves the city usually regarded as their cultural capital.
                  The burning of the library by mobs 30 years ago helped trigger the Tamil Tiger insurgency.
                  It was reportedly vandalised by a large group of Sinhalese visitors.
                  Reports from Jaffna say the public library has been closed to foreign and Sri Lankan tourists since Saturday, after an ethnic Tamil government minister from the city apologised for acts of vandalism by tourists a week earlier.
                  Information does not flow freely from northern Sri Lanka, but sources in Jaffna say a large group of tourists from the ethnic majority Sinhalese community arrived in buses from the south and asked permission to enter the facility on 23 October.

                  Guards tried to turn them away as the library was hosting a medical seminar.

                  The tourists reacted by running amok, breaking some of the shelves and throwing books on the ground.

                  There were also reports that they vandalised plants by a statue of a prominent Tamil politician.

                  Reports said the security forces had difficulty calming the situation.
                  Local resentment

                  The Sri Lankan president’s office said there was no “attack” on the library but did not deny reports of an “altercation” there.
                  The Jaffna public library has emotional significance for the Tamils of northern Sri Lanka. Organised Sinhalese mobs attacked and burnt it over two days in mid-1981, reportedly with the connivance of the security forces.

                  Recent governments have sponsored its careful restoration.
                  Senior members of the current government have denounced what happened and also apologised, although they have also said the then governing party – now the main opposition party – was to blame.

                  Very large numbers of Sinhalese tourists now visit Jaffna, which was once the headquarters of the Tamil Tigers.

                  Some local Tamils resent the overcrowding and what they see as a triumphalist attitude in some of the visitors. But Sinhalese people say they need not apologise for visiting all parts of the reunified island.
                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11668352

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          Sinhala tourists ? Man where do you find them ?

          Sacho is born idiot not knowing the bits properly but doing his work for them from that day on.

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        Burning,
        Yes, I have visited Jaffna to start a business and had all kind of negative reactions. Just yesterday there was news about Sinhala fisherman being stop in Kilaly lagoon by TNA goons. You must be living in Canada, asking me to show examples.

        I do not have any insecurity, I am part of the majority of this country and you are not. You are correct, vast majority “Sinhala people’ think like me.

        Pl also comment on TNA view of Sinhala people visiting and doing business in north and east.

        Pl don’t use pseudo names to hide your ethnicity and look like a moderate. There are no moderates in this debate both Sinhala and Tamils are extremists.

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          Parakrama,

          If you seriously wish to commence a legitimate business in Jaffna do seek the support of the multiple Chambers of Commerce there.
          I believe the Yalpaanam CoC is one of the leading. Chambers are keen to foster communal amity via commerce. Besides, it is an offence if your efforts are sabotaged, as you complain.

          Backlash

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          [Just yesterday there was news about Sinhala fisherman being stop in Kilaly lagoon by TNA goons.]

          Will hybrid Sinhala buddhist goons allow Tamil fishermen in Hambantota/Colombo etc?

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            I know this is a bit strange for you guys in TN, specially coming from a down trodden telegu community in TN.

            In Hambanthota the fishermen are not sinhala but muslim, tamils will be allowed to fish anywhere and live anywhere in Sinhala lanka

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          Parakrama,

          There is a valid reason as to why I use a pseudonym! I recognise that the present regime has improved openness and tolerate dissent. However, I am not yet ready to huse my real credentials on public forums yet.

          You say you went to Jaffna to start a business and who gave the negative reactions? You need to be responsible as you write such things on public forum for the consumption of many people. What exactly made you feel unwelcome? Was it the language? Was it the admin? Was it issues with renting?

          You say that TNA’s view on Sinhala people visiting and doing business in north and east! What is their view? Can you elobrate? If you say that any TNA politician objected to the Sinhala on their own accord visiting and doing business within north and east, I think it is a serious issue. I need to know who exactly expressed such sentiments. As far as I know they object to the government sponsored Sinhala only colonisations. I also know that the Tamils would welcome anyone by their free will come to north and east for living and working. If you sight even one authentic example to counter my argument, I will join with you to fight the injustice.

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          Parakrama,

          further to me earlier comment; I am a Tamil and I never hid this from anyone!

          “I do not have any insecurity, I am part of the majority of this country and you are not. You are correct, vast majority “Sinhala people’ think like me. “

          I know you belong to the majority community and this does not mean that you are immune to the feeling of insecurity! It is a well debated topic that the Sinhala community in Sri Lanka possess a minority complex mindset as a result of fear of being sucked in by India. You fear that the 60 million Tamils in the Southern India. In reality there is no basis for this imaginary fear but unfortunately the Sinhala public is programmed to fear for political expediency. It was started by the Anagariga Dharmapala and conveniently exploited by the politicians at the expense of the minorities within the united Sri Lanka.

          Parakrama is a pseudonym too!

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      Parakrama:

      So, you are going to tell Ranil and Maithiri not to go to Jaffna to fish for votes anymore. Surely you don’t need the Tamils t slash each others throats among the Sinhalese. The Parliament became a wrestling ground and did you see how they behaved like mad dogs? If you sit down in a corner and give up your monkey ways, you will be able to see that the Sinhalese create enemies among themselves and different Sinhalese factions use the Tamil issue to ride to the top, thanks to donkeys like you.

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      Parakrama does not have to worry about his “genuine fears” Tamils in the North do not “hate” Sinhalese from the South. They certainly are welcome – even to stay and do business. But if the intention is to colonise and render Tamils to majority status – as happened in the Eastern Province, then this is a different matter. This business of “the will of the majority will prevail” is a complex one and will be resisted if it is used to treat Tamils as 2nd class citizens, as we now see. The problem is some of the Sinhalese who visited from the South in large numbers immediately after May 2009 were behaving as if they were in a conquered territory among subject people. This, naturally, is uncouth and will not be acceptable. The TNA, speaking for Tamils, has even gone to the extent of stating they have no objection to the presence of the army in reasonable numbers.

      Again, my friend, please be assured Tamils do not hate the Sinhalese – then or now. Let us learn to live peacefully respecting each other – at least now and in the future.

      Kettikaran

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        tamils hate sinhalese

        Tamils know their homeland is tamil nadu..but tamils deliberately misinterpret the sinhalese history, sinhalese right to homeland.

        No need to look further look at NV’s comment, there is nothing called sinhala civilisation..how else can anyone hate sinhalese other than this?

        This is fascism..tamil fascist ultra racists

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      Totally agree. The whole ethnic problem is to keep the vast land mass of the north for the Tamils and deny any benefit to Sinhalese as at present.
      This is while they enjoy everything in the rest of the country.
      If federalism is granted will they recall all the Tamils to the north and leave the rest of the country to Sinhalese

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        “If federalism is granted will they recall all the Tamils to the north and leave the rest of the country to Sinhalese”

        Jaya,
        You clearly dont understand the concept of Fedetalism.. just like the Singhalese leaders/people.

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    Hello there,

    I am going to give you a layered response. It will begin with mundane issues and go higher addressing it at a more fundamental level.

    Firstly, when you merge the 90% Tamil majority in the north and the 25% Tamil minority in the East the Tamils still remain a near numerical minority. So with just half of the representation NE will not function as a Tamil federated state.

    The only time Tamils will get a clear majority is when there is no merger and that is in the north only. North by itself is too small to be federal.

    Tamils live in Singapore amidst a 75% Chinese majority. Its a unitary state and Tamil language is recognised. Tamils have no concerns of “liquidation” there. Sri Lanka is identical therefore similar concerns should not be made here if its not made in Singapore.

    There are many minorities living amongst majorities in the world. Tamils are such a minority. Tamils are a minority given there is no territorial affinity to Tamils in Ceylon covering the entire North and the East.

    If the claim is not economic then Tamils must show continuous presence in the North East over a millenia to claim “nationhood”. That standard cannot be met by Tamils. The Tamils do not meet that benchmark given the whole area had been predominantly Sinhala until very recently.

    The Tamil civilisation is in the “Tamil Sangams” and the “Tamil Kural” etc that exists in mainland. Every facet of Tamil civilisation begins in the mainland. It begins there and spreads to the island.

    Similarly, every facet of Sinhala civilisation i.e.the Mahavamsa, Deepavamsa, Chulavamsa developed in the island and for the island.

    That is why Ceylon or Sinhale is the home of the Sinhala civilisation. Its not the home of Sinhala and Tamil civilisations.

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      The Tamils and Sinhalese have a very different language, religion, culture, food and traditional areas.. The Tamils are the majority in the northeast and the Sinhalese are the majority in the south.. One majority cannot rule another majority.. Can India rule Pakistan, or can Serbia rule Croatia which has the same language?

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        Tamils were made a majority by kalinga maga and pandya invasions and subsequent colonizing by dutch .

        There is no civilisational product in so called north..

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          Sach

          “Tamils were made a majority by kalinga maga and pandya invasions and subsequent colonizing by dutch”.

          Learn some basic history first before talking about history in a public forum. Have you at least read your own Mahavamsa?

          Dutugemunu felt that he could not stretch himself because of Tamils to the north and the deep sea to the south. Dutugemunu’s father King Kavantissa the king of Rohana (Kingdom in Southern Sri Lanka) tells Dutugemunu not to invade (Northern territory) the land of the Tamils. He says, Rohana the region on this side of the river (Southern territory) has enough land. During the war, Dutugemunu had to conquer not just one Tamil king (Elara) but 32 Tamil Chieftains around the Northern Kingdom. Mahavamsa also says, around sixty thousand Tamils died in the war. How can there be so many Tamil Chieftains and Tamil people if there were no Tamil settlements?

          If Tamils like Elara are called invaders, then what about the Sinhalas like Vijay and his 700 men? They were also invaders.

          It is actually the Sinhalese who became a majority after the colonials arrived. The Portuguese and the Dutch colonized hundreds of thousands of South Indian Dalit in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka as menial labourers/coolies for growing/peeling cinnamon, coconut planting/plucking and toddy tapping. These South Indian Dalit converted to Buddhism and eventually got naturalized as Sinhalese. Otherwise, today either the Tamils or the Veddas would have been the majority in Sri Lanka.

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            I told you once idiot, that was an invader…called Elara who came from SI and was killed..

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              Ha, ha, ha…

              Then who are the Sinhalese???

              Read your history book you fool, it says Sinhabahu’s grandson Vijay and 700 thugs came in a dingy boat from Sinhapura in India and landed or rather invaded other people’s island.

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              Sach

              You do not seem to know even the basics of Sri Lankan history and merely repeating some concocted garbage like a mantram. Even if you stand on your head and dish out cock and bull crap, by trying to distort the established history with silly arguments, there are no takers. I advise you to get your head examined, because you seem to live in a mythical dreamland with your pseudo-history.

              Can you prove that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Country and there were a group of people/ethnic group/race/nation known as Sinhalese in Sri Lanka before the 13th Century AD? Remember, the ancient Sri Lankan Buddhist civilization was neither known as Sinhala civilization nor known as Tamil civilization. It was only after the 13th Century AD, the people identified themselves as Sinhalese and Tamils and got separated into two different territories with two different languages, religions, cultures, and kingdoms.

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          You misunderstand the poet Mahanama who was chased out of Tamilnadu during the religious riots there. He wanted to show his bitterness to his deport-ers and wrote the Mahawansa. In many places he had left holes that show flaws in the story.

          Man, please listen to this carefully; these are very important ones to understand and elvaluate the Mahawamsa:
          Many Tamils have abandoned Ceylon and went to Western democracies seeking refuge. But still their parents and sibling are the major suppliers of their marriage partners, Not Cuba or Formosa or Greenland. From there they send Jaffa curry powder to Pulukodiyal that remind their days of they were together. This is the story of the family relationship. But the parents of children who were chased out of home may not do like this. For example Mahanama was never able to draw any support from his land Tamilnadu where he lived.

          The Land Vijeya arrived -Manthai- was accidental, and not a one purposefully migrated. After Vijeya humiliated and chased Kuveni and her(and his) children to jungle, he asked Pandiya king to supply marriage partners for him and his clan. If Vijeya did not have had any connection with Tamils, it would never-ever have happened. Only Buddha was enlightened, not Vijeya so as to send a team to fetch princess and girls for marriage from Pandy Nadu. Apparently either Kuveni was a Tamil queens or if she was Yaka Princess as Mahanama describing (it is very unrealistic as there was never any non-human, but large human like species’ remains were found in Lankawe, other than some bones of Narasimhas (half lion- half man), even they too were ordinary Tamils only had Vaishnava names) then in Vijeya royal court there were Tamils whom he was able to consult for suitable partners for marriage. The arrived Princess and girls were not deported by parents, but sent out for marriage by their parents, a case much better than the Tamil refuges, who migrated Western Countries. Here, then we do not have to have four-five threads of debate to have how Vijaya and his clan lost their influences on the generation followed and how the Pandiya influences covered that new society.

          Vijeya hated his own race and abandoned them by requesting Tamils partners from Tamil land for marriage instead of his own race’s partners from his mother land. He was happy to live with Tamils more than his own race. They deported him. But Vijeya appears to be not a racist. Here we do not see any evidence that Vijeya attempted to revenge the motherland. He was just angry. You cannot live a married life person with whom you are angry. That is why he preferred Tamil Girls and completely abandoned his race. I am sure the Tamil girls’ parent visited them many times at their new country to their children. Some of the girls might have picked their husbands and children and would have resettled in Pandiya land again.

          Further, but very serious, misunderstanding of the Mahanama(irrelevance of his fib story) is the SinhaLE theory. That is the most foul-some misunderstanding and confusion in the human history. I am not talking about the science, DNA, complex theories of gene transferring or anything else. In these modern days, other than from the brainwashed children from SingaLE land, even the nursery kids understand how the life is created on earth. So I do not have to pretend like a greater Biologist than the rest. But I want to talk the simple thing Mahanama had told in the Mahavamsa. According to him, the time he lived, the Sinhala Population existed was created from the descendants of Vijeya and friends. But the SinhaLE theory is now expanding this Narashima Specie assumption to the Negombo Tamils too. The problem there is he had traced Vijeya as the only decedent of the Lion or the child of King Sinhabahu. So he should have understood only Vijeya had the lion blood and all other 700 rowdies were ordinary human children. Vijeya did not possess all the 700 Tamils girls came from Tamilnadu. They lived a free and normal life with their husbands, or the 700 rowdy men. The irony is before Mahanama was chased to Ceylon, Vijaya’s generation was wiped out and only the 700 rowdies’ generation was living. Where did Mahanama see the Lion blood at his time? From where is the modern SinaLE theory is coming from? If Mahanama’s Vijaya story can hold, not even the Kandyan Sinhala Intellectuals have lion blood unless Vijeya raped all of his friends’ wives. Certainly that is not told by Mahanama anywhere in the Mahawamsa. Another case could be the grandmothers of the 700 rowdies might have been raped by the lion, which had have already the taste of a human being, wandering all over the village or the country. But as Mahanama wanted to create a unique race, as per the explanation given somewhere else in CT, he had limited the lion-Human story to only one woman. He had ended it by killing the lion once it had given birth to boy and girl, quite enough to create a unique race. So please read again and understand the Mahavamsa properly then start to believe what would have been the truth.
          There is no Sinhala race. Tamils were living in Ceylon, the Eelam. The langue itself evolved into another language. This is quite normal. Malayalam just evolved from Tamil only 800 years ago. Sinhala started to take it shape by the Telegu and many other different language priests chased of Tamil Nadu in 6th century.

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        Celeo,

        I recommend Unity in Diversity to my Sinhala brethren

        Backlash

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      [Tamils live in Singapore amidst a 75% Chinese majority. Its a unitary state and Tamil language is recognised. Tamils have no concerns of “liquidation” there. Sri Lanka is identical therefore similar concerns should not be made here if its not made in Singapore.]

      Vibheeshana bae, you should not compare Sri Lanka with Singapore and Sinhalese with Chinese.

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        very correct, Sri Lanka should be compared with the chinese in china rather than the immigrant city state Singapore’s chinese

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      The Tamils in India and Sri Lanka are different from the Tamils in other parts of the world. The Tamils are a minority in India but a majority in the Tamil speaking Territory of India. Similarly, Tamils are a minority in Sri Lanka but a majority in the Tamil speaking Territory of Sri Lanka. In Singapore, Malaysia, and other countries the Tamils neither had a kingdom nor have a separate Tamil speaking territory.

      Sri Lankan Tamils are not just a minority but a minority with a separate territory or a territorial majority (a minority having a separate territory in which they are a majority). They had a clearly defined (Tamil speaking) territory, their historic habitat (formally Jaffna kingdom) in the North & East of Sri Lanka as their traditional homeland where they lived for several centuries as a separate nation with their own language, religion and culture until the British united the Tamil speaking North to the Sinhala speaking South in 1833 for their convenience in administration thereby reducing the Tamils to a minority and then left in 1948 without reverting back to the old federal setup that was existing.

      Right from after the fall of Jaffna Kingdom in 1624 to the Portuguese, and then to the Dutch, and the British, the Tamil speaking territory remained as a federal state up to 1833. Only after the fall of Kandyan kingdom to the British, they integrated all the federal states (10 1833) and made them into one unitary state.

      The ground reality as everybody can see is that the Sri Lankan Tamils are still having a clearly defined (Tamil speaking) territory, the Tamil speaking homeland (North & East of Sri Lanka) where they are living as a separate majority with a separate culture. Whatever said, nobody can change the demography of North & East of Sri Lanka (Tamil homeland). At the same time, the Tamils have no intention what so ever (they never had) to take the Sinhala-Buddhist part of Sri Lanka. A self-confident Tamil nation will have no need to conquer and rule the Sinhala people.

      In almost all countries in the world, a minority with a separate territory is granted a federal state. Only in a federal state a minority but a territorial majority can work cohesively with others. One of the tragedies of Sri Lanka is that the Sinhalese have never understood the meaning of federalism. Federalism is not separation and it is the rights of North & East Tamils. Only its denial will force the Tamils to seek separation. The Tamils cannot continue within a unitary state anymore. Tamils may have lost the war but they have not lost their rights to federalism.

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    Home / News / WPC rejects Wigneswaran’s federal proposal

    WPC rejects Wigneswaran’s federal proposal

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    By Chamodi Gunawardana

    All political parties under the Western Provincial Council have collectively refused the federal proposal of Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran by passing another opposing proposal, said Western Province Chief Minister Isuru Devapriya yesterday.

    Speaking at a media briefing, Devapriya said their proposal has been already handed over to the President and the Prime Minister as well as the Northern Province Governor. “Any political party of the Western Province or the Government couldn’t admit Wigneswaran’s proposal for a federal solution. We never let the country, which has survived thanks to thousands of Army personnel’s priceless sacrifices, split into pieces,” he noted.

    Devapriya claimed the Joint Opposition was trying to spread propaganda alleging the Government’s intention was to support terrorists to rebuild by separating the Northern Province from the land.

    “President Maithripala Sirisena came to power with the aim of safeguarding the country. Therefore we strongly deny those allegations,” he stated.

    Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Hewaheta Organiser and Minister S.B. Dissanayake said the party had hosted a historical event on May Day in Galle by gathering the largest crowd of SLFPers in one place.

    “I was one of the main organisers of the rally and I turned back approximately 400 buses due to lack of space at the Samanala Ground. The crowd indicated how much people trust President Sirisena,” he said.

    Commenting on the tense situation which occurred in Parliament on Tuesday, Dissanayake claimed the Joint Opposition had shown its regret over its failure to gather more people at its Kirulapone May Day rally. “They made an unnecessary clash inside the House by hitting a MP to release their stress of a failed May Day event. They should not repeat such behaviour in Parliament,” he charged.
    – See more at: http://www.ft.lk/article/539994/WPC-rejects-Wigneswaran-s-federal-proposal#sthash.M1HED7JX.dpuf

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      Dayan:

      The word called “maturity” seems to be eluding you or may be it is the other way round. Your copy and paste trick does not tell a story any different from what the Sinhalese thugs have been doing all along. The whole world knows the simile for Sri Lanka. Real waste.

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      Dear Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke,

      Recent news flash says that the group Sinhala Buddhist extremists who demonstrated outside the office of the leader of opposition have made a request to Mr. Sampanthan to explain about federalism to Sinhalese.

      Is this not a wonderful start for settlement of ethnic problem. When these people want to consider federalism, racists like you and other Sinhala polititions keep on rejecting. Please hang your head in shame.

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    South reacts to Northern resolution

    By Arthur Wamanan and Ruwan Laknath Jayakody –

    Apr 30, 2016

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    The recently passed resolution by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) headed by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has evoked mixed to negative responses from the South.
    While some state that the resolution contains nothing new from their earlier demands, many have raised concerns that it would pave the way back to separatism.

    Nation spoke to several politicians representing various political parties and communities on their suggestions to a durable solution to the long-standing ethnic question which continues to plague this country.

    Resolution is in violation of the Constitution – Amunugama
    Minister of Special Assignment, Dr. SarathAmunugama said the solution for the country should be found through the existing Constitution.

    Speaking to Nation on the resolution by the NPC, Amunugama pointed out that the resolution was a move made beyond the Constitution and therefore was a violation of the law.

    “The Constitution clearly states that Sri Lanka is a unitary State. It does not state that Sri Lanka is a federal country. People should understand that. Therefore, we should stick to what the Constitution of the country states,” he said.

    13+ is the solution- Mano Ganesan
    Minister of National Co-Existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, Mano Ganesan insisted that the solution to the ethnic question was in the improvement of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

    “The solution should be reached through 13+, as promised by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon,” he said.

    Speaking to Nation, Ganesan said the new Constitution should focus on a meaningful power sharing modality but said should refrain from using terminologies such as ‘federalism,’ and ‘unitary’.

    “The concept of power sharing is not only for the North and East. It should be applicable for the whole country,” he added.

    When asked whether the North and East should be given special provisions, as demanded by the TNA and the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), Ganesan said there was no harm in doing so. “In India, Kashmir has some special provisions. Likewise, in Sri Lanka, the Northern and Eastern Provinces have made certain demands. Therefore, there is no harm in granting certain provisions or privileges to both provinces,” he added.

    SLFP-UNP should come to a consensus – DEW
    Former Minister and Leader of the Communist Party DEW Gunasekera stated that both constituent parties of the Government should come to a consensus on the possible solution before talking to Tamil and Muslim parties.

    Speaking to Nation, Gunasekera said the solution to the ethnic question could only be reached by improving or upgrading the 13th Amendment.

    “As far as the land powers are concerned, the Government could come up with a clear policy on to whom should the State land be given. Then, as far as the Police powers go, they could start with the traffic police,” he said.

    “However, I believe certain key powers of the police should be with the Central Government,” he added.

    When asked on the resolution of the NPC, Gunasekera said both the TNA and the NPC had jumped the gun by coming up with its resolution. “The demands are not something new. But I think the TNA jumped the gun at this juncture by coming up with such demands,” Gunasekera opined.

    TNA should build confidence in the South – Tissa Vitharana
    Leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and a former minister, Prof. TissaVitharana said the TNA should focus on building the confidence of the people in the South if it were to be successful in campaigning for its demands.

    Vitharana told Nation that its demands and proposals mentioned in the recently passed resolution at the NPC was unlikely to get the support of the South at this particular juncture. “There is a fear among the people in the South of linering separatist ideas. Therefore, even the extent of devolution within a unitary state is viewed with suspicion,” he said.

    “What needs to happen is that everyone must sit together and come to a consensus. The TNA should start understanding the reality, build the confidence of the South and then try to increase the scope of its demands,” he added.

    We are not for division – TNA
    Chairman, NPC, C.V.K. Sivagnanam said they never demanded a separate State and added that the TNA was for a meaningful power sharing.

    “What we have suggested is for two states, similar to what we had long time ago such as ‘Up Country’ and ‘Low Country’. We are not for separation,” he told Nation.

    When asked whether the NPC demanded special provisions for the North and East, Sivagnanam said that that the resolution never demanded special powers for the North and East. “We have not demanded special powers. What we have said is that the North and East be re-merged and considered as one linguistic region,” he said.“We have said that the people should decide on what they want. No separate state. We are for power sharing under one country.”

    When asked on the negative responses for the resolution from the South, Sivagnanam pointed out that the NPC proposals too were on the same lines as the resolution adding that there was no need for the rest of the country to feel that the TNA was trying to divide the country. “We have stated our proposals for the constitutional reforms. It does in no way call for a division of the country,” he added.

    It’s like asking for Eelam – SLMC
    The Tamil National Alliance are making a call for a Tamil State through federalism, it would take them back to square one, which would be asking for Eelam, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) observed.

    President of the SLMC, Shafeeq Rajabdeen said that just because the North had passed the resolution cum bill did not mean that the East had accepted the same.

    The Party leadership is scheduled to meet during the first week of May to discuss the proposal cum resolution passed by the NPC seeking to establish the merger, amalgamation and unification of the Northern and Eastern Provinces into one federal system of governance and rule.

    “The merger and demerger is a matter in the hands of the people living together in those areas. If the Provinces become one District, Muslims will become a minority and not the majority,” he said.

    He also mentioned that there were no representatives of the SLMC in the NPC. “There are however shortcomings. In the North and the East, Tamil is the mother tongue while Sinhala is an alien language. They have not been taught to read and write in Sinhala. Every Sri Lankan should know both the languages and the link language, English, The solution must be acceptable to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans and must not be unconstitutional,” he remarked.

    Resolution has no validity – Dinesh
    Referring to the resolution approved in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), Leader of the Joint Opposition, MP Dinesh Gunawardena remarked that they did not welcome the move, adding that neither the resolution nor the move to bring one had any validity.
    “The Executive President possesses powers in terms of acting on national security and this situation now is tantamount to a moment of urgency and if he does not act in this regard and exercise the power afforded to and vested in him, it would constitute a lapse on his part,” Gunawardena noted, adding that in the past former President Ranasinghe Premadasa had dissolved the NPC.

    He also said that if the TNA has both the strength and the political need to push their propaganda, they should have placed such before the Government, instead of precipitating a constitutional crisis by moving the resolution in a Provincial Council.
    “The UNP Government headed by the Prime Minister, of which certain Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs are Ministers, will not do anything regarding this resolution because the Government is a party to this type of political game,” he mentioned.

    “By bringing such a resolution, the Chief Minister of the Northern Province has violated the powers entrusted to the Provincial Council. No such subjects have been devolved to the Provincial Council in order for such a resolution to be brought,” Gunawardena added.
    He alleged that the Chief Minister had moved a resolution where the Provincial Council has no power. According to Gunawardena, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution allocates certain subjects to the Provincial Councils and only on those subjects can resolutions be brought and passed.

    Merger not a solution -JVP
    The JanathaVimukthiPeramuna (JVP) has ruled out the possibilities of finding a solution to the ethnic question through merging the North and East.

    Commenting on the recent resolution passed in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), Propaganda Secretary of the JVP, MP Vijitha Herath said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was presently inciting racism in order to achieve their narrow political ends.
    What this will result in is that simultaneously one will see racism being incited by the Sinhalese too, he noted, adding that such a situation would then favour the TNA, which had failed to achieve anything through the Provincial Council they controlled.
    “This move by the NPC and the TNA represents a threat to national harmony,” he observed.

    He pointed out that the Provincial Councils system had failed to provide a solution to the national problem in Sri Lanka adding that it had in fact become a burden to the country.
    “We as a Party helped separate the North and the East as two separate Provinces. Forming one federal State amalgamating the Northern and Eastern Provinces can never be done,” he said.

    He also mentioned that the proposal to merge the two provinces would not be accepted by the Eastern Province. “We are a small country in which the Tamils, the Muslims and the Sinhalese and all others live together,” he opined

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      Had anyone other than DJ had compiled these opinions I am fairly sure that it would have been thumbs up all the way.
      So much for literacy.

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    Chelvanayakam on November 19th 1976, declared that, “the Tamil speaking people have abandoned the demand for a Federal constitution”
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    Mr. Veluppillai Pirabaharan who emerged as the leader of the LTTE – the sole representatives of the Tamils declared unequivocally again that Tamil Eelam is the only alternative for the Tamils. He was only echoing what Chelvanayakam said and what was enshrined in the Vaddukoddai Resolution.

    If Tamils have abandoned the federal demand, and lost out on their secessionist move, what do you think is that they have in mind?
    What Chelvanayakam failed to say was that the TULF had no plans whatsoever to achieve the goals of the Vaddukoddai Resolution.

    That it was meant to be a bogus election promise was well known. When youth representatives challenged the TULF leaders in Chennain in the 1980s, the leaders had no option but to accept the charge.
    It was unfortunate that the youth believed what the TULF said in 1976.
    The consequent tragedy was that they allowed themselves to be manipulated initially by India and later other foreign meddlers as well.

    I question the sincerity of the NPC in all its resolutions.
    A provincial council which does not do its duty by the public and takes no interest in maters that concern their well being, keeps passing resolution after resolution, mostly directed at the ‘International Community’.

    Having gone through a three decades long civil war and what they perceive as terrorism, there is need for the NPC, the TNA and other outfits to address the Sinhalese people. It may take time, but needs to be done.
    Deals through power brokers and secret pacts will only worsen the suspicion of the Sinhalese that there is a separatist agenda at work.

    Now that the TNA has finally accepted that Muslims are a “nation” (I think they meant nationality) too, should not the federal demand be reworked to accommodate that realty as well as the plight of the Hill Country Tamils (a nationality distinct from N&E Tamils).
    Should not thought be given to other ethnic minorities like Burghers, Malays, the Attho (Vedda) and othe smaller ethnic groups?

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    Eelaventhan,

    Federal, the word, was made ugly in this country by the Federal Party. Do not forget this. The Federal Party , was called Thamil Arasu Katchi( Tamil governace/ government/Kingdom party). God knows how it was translated in Sinhalese. It meant many things to many people. The war for an independent Eelam, seeded by the Vattukottai resolution, has poisoned it further and rendered it a stepping stone for an Independed Eelalm. Did not Eelam denote a Thamil Arasu?

    As said by Thirumoolar, the elephant made out of wood, is called an Elephant by most and the wood it is made of is not recognized. He describes this as an example of the Maya/Mayai.- illusion- that pervades our life. One is seen as another because of this Maya/Mayai. Thamil Arasu was the Maya/ Mayai/delusion, Tamil politicians created. It was a trick the Tamil lawyer-politicians invented to mean one thing to the Tamils and another to the Sinhalese.

    Tamil politics carried into LTTE modus operandi thrived on creating more illusions and deluding the Tamils to score points against the Sinhala political establishment. It is a boomerang that has returned to hurt us grievously.

    The word, Federal, however you or others like you may make it sound innocuous in terms of classical definitions, has come to mean something else to the Sinhala polity in Sri Lanka. It has come to represent many things to the many, thanks to the illusionary and deceptive politics practiced by the Federal Party and thereafter. Of course extreme Sinhala politics is founded on exploiting this Maya and it resonates with the people. This is barrier that even the most accomodative politics and politicians cannot breech. This is the reality that people like you and Tamil politicians must accept and deal with intelligently and wisely.

    Talk of effective governance, decentralization, dispersion of power and provincial/regional power sharing, which arevobjective, instead of clinging on to the much maligned word Federal. Talk of equal rights, equal security and equal opportunities. Talk of de-ethnicizing politics. Talk about cultural and religious rights. Talk about rights to preserve and foster community and societal rights. Find ways to achieve these – THE SUBSTANCE.

    Don’t continue to make the Tamils the victims of your never ending mischief.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Doc:

      “Talk of equal rights, equal security and equal opportunities. Talk of de-ethnicizing politics. Talk about cultural and religious rights. Talk about rights to preserve and foster community and societal rights.”

      Talk, talk and talk as if this had not been talked about since independence. Lop-sided constitutional amendments favouring the Sinhalese have already eroded the few safeguards and rights the Tamil had and amazingly here you go talk, talk, talk.

      This Maya or illusion is playing havoc with YOUR mind. The plain truth is unless these “noises” are made, it will prove disastrous for the Tamils. Thankfully, the future of Tamils and the NPC is not in the hands of humpty-dumpty like you.

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        Jansee,

        Tamil politicians and liberators have been the Humty Dumpty’s who sat on a great, but unreliable wall and had a precipitous fall. The Great Wall they built fell behind them,crushed them and the people nearby! This is the sad story of the Tamils. It is time for these Humpty Dumpty’s to stand on firm ground with strong legs.

        I do not know how old you are, but without hesitation I have to conclude that you have much to learn.

        Dr.RN

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          Doc:

          The sad story of Tamils have been documented and discussed in international forums. The unequivocal assertion has been how the Rajapakse regime murdered thousands of civilians in cold blood. The UN faulted itself for letting the Tamils down. At least the UN admitted as much in an honest attempt to pin down a murderous regime and here you are lecturing and blaming the Tamils.

          Yes, a precipitous fall, but this was not suicide but murder. How one can expect “intellects” like you to grasp the difference. The wall did not fall by itself. It was pushed down with the cynical intention to bury the Tamils.

          From the beginning, the Sinhalese did not allow the Tamils to live in peace. Even if you go around blaming Prabhakaran and the LTTE, that happened only after 1983. As if you have forgotten your pants, you know how the Sinhalese “buried” the Tamils through the 1972 constitution. How and what difference the LTTE could have made to change the attitude of the Sinhalese anyway? Lest you forget, Tamils were not the ones who began armed assault and lest you forget again the govts. of the day were “partners-in-crime” against the Tamils.

          Lucky that the NPC has people like Wiggie who dares to stand on his own legs rather than the ball-carriers like you. Yes, the Tamils paid a heavy price and that price should be meaningful to the future generations, not to drop your tail between the legs and waiting for crumbs.

          For those who talk as much as you do, this 13A was dancing to the tune of MR and how Prof Vitharana spent months and years to come out with a phony report. Is it that difficult to implement the 13A in full if you have the will to do it. Even the NPC election was a dily daly for a long time until India and the USA had to twist the arm of MR. You are quite aware that no country supports a separate Eelam and I believe the Sinhalese regime knows that a separate Eelam is not on the pipeline. So, you figure out why the delay. You are a naive fool and expect us to parrot you. What a dumb. Basil and his brothers promised the Indian govt that upon the defeat of the LTTE, they will go further than the 13A in offering Tamils to move on to state of normalcy. How MR/BS/GR kept on shifting the goal posts is public knowledge. In short, there never was and there never ever will be such a word as “honesty” and “goodwill” in any Sinhala regime’s dictionary. Period. Co-sponsoring a resolution and taking everyone for a ride has been an art perfected by Sinhalese regimes. If the Tamils had stopped making noise after the war, even the NPC may not have happened. If you want to be a dumb so be it, but don’t think of us as cats that have closed their eyes to what is actually happening around.

          It does show how shallow a person you can be. What has age got to do with what we are discussing? You do quote Hindu scriptures at times. Well the Tamils say Muruka even took Siva to task. Is it true?

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            Jansee,

            A selective, paranoid and myopic view of history , isolated from historical and political realities,and social compulsions! We often forget that in life regardless where we fit in the animal Kingdom, the strong dominate the weak in thr competition for space, food, mates and dominance. This phenomenon is more acute, though sophisticated but very brutal in the human. We find this phenomenon within even the Sinhala and Tamil communities, going onto this day. We have develop a political system that humanizes us and minimizes our primitive/primordial instincts. It can however be totally eliminated, as the wants of the modern man have increased by leaps and bounds and everyone of us is jostling for an advantage over the others.

            We were victims no doubt of the government’s and the Tamil militancy. However, we should transcend our victimhood to understand the reasons why we became victims. We can transcend our problems, only when we do so.

            Dr,Rajan Hoole , Sekera and many other commentators have provided insightful backgrounds to our history in the past 100 years. The story and thinking of the Jaffna a Youth League was far ahead of us and have to be taken into account while seeking solutions to our problems.

            I can assure you the international community or men like Wigneswaran will never find solutions to our problems. No one can, if we the people understand the issues involved better and identify solutions.

            Dr.RN

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              Doc:

              Isolated from historical and political realities. You are insane to tell the least. What an idiotic testament from a lunatic. Everything that happened to the Tamils, to you, is isolated – isolated from what? Why aren’t you telling the same thing to the Sinhalese that their paranoia, a majority with a minority syndrome. You won’t because you don’ have the balls to do it. So, even the resolution passed by the UNHRC is because of paranoia?

              We are not talking about taking up arms or advocating violence. Just simply state the obvious. Of course, we are not humans but part of the animal kingdom as you say. Tell that to the bhikkus, and please tell that MR/GR. They devastated the Tamils out of sheer animosity that they can’t see the Tamils looking after their own affairs. How else the animal in you can think?

              You are one hell of a contradictory joker – or a psychotic philosopher. How else can “we have develop a political system that humanizes us and minimizes our primitive/primordial instincts”? Really doc – how is it that not so many are inspired by your joke after a cursory look at the politics in SL.

              Well, we need not jostle for anything at all if the good philosopher says so – just jump into the sea around Jaffna as Sarath Fonseka once told the Tamils.

              The LTTE was not devoid of committing atrocities. Rajan Hoole has written great reports. The murder of Rajani, the Trinco 5, the ACF murders, etc. The sad thing is, to this day Dr Manoharan is still fighting to get justice for his son from a chronically racist regime – yes, a chronically racist regime. Do you honestly believe that Dr Manoharan will ever get justice from any Sinhala regime? Besides Rajan, various regimes have written umpteen reports of commissions but aren’t we fools to believe that any would see the daylight.

              “I can assure you the international community or men like Wigneswaran will never find solutions to our problems. No one can, if we the people understand the issues involved better and identify solutions.”

              If you believe what you say, you had every opportunity when MR was ruling to do just that. Of course, whether you squeezed Mahinda’s balls or he squeezed yours is there for everyone to see. You were not only a dumb fool then but many believed you were collaborating with him to strip of even the scarce rights (if you can call that) the Tamils had. If not for the international pressure, Tamils may be still rotting in concentration camps.

              I am all ears if you can show one tangible thing that the Sinhala regime did wholeheartedly that benefited the Tamils? They need the Tamils only for one reason – for politicking their way to the top. The fight among themselves will continue this century and the next century, using the Tamils as the scapegoat. Prove me wrong doc. Anything short of a Canada-type federalism or even a separate Eelam will not stop this charade. You are inconsequential in their brand of politics just like your quote Mano Ganesan found out once from Ranil. Doc, you are literally and practically nothing in their scheme of politics except that you can “make hay while the sun shines” ending up with some comfort for yourself.

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                Jansee, You can write pages and pages that will change nothing because you are looking through a coloured glass and you see everything in that one colour.
                Remove your glasses and and then you’ll see better and clear!

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                  NAK:

                  No sane person with his faculties intact will expect that by writing and expressing our views will change everything or even anything at all. It is great that CT provides a space to express our views. So I will be naive to think that writing “pages and pages” will consume a regime that cares little or nothing for humanity. What more, “pages and pages” of LLRC and “pages and pages” of umpteen reports commissioned by the regime have proved to be phony. In the midst of that all, where do my “pages and pages” stand?

                  The Sinhala Only Act, the 1972 constitution, the burning of the Jaffna Library, the 1983 riots, all were the the consequences of the blurred vision of the Sinhalese. If you still have not understood how these events had impacted the history of SL since independence, then how are you going to talk with a straight-face or without a blurred vision?

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            Tamils asked for everything they got from the politics of GG Ponnambalam in 1930s …remember the first riot was in 1939 in navalapitiya

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              sach:

              Instead of talking of the GG Ponnambalam’s times, how of the promises they made have the Sinhalese hoodlums honoured? Lies and deceit have a become a way of life for the Sinhalese regime. With donkeys like you, the Tamils need not have to fight the Sinhalese to get Eelam.

              I have had always thought that Prabhakaran was not that smart after all. With the kind of turmoil and every Sinhala politician digging graves for others and for themselves, he should have applied Chanakya doctrine to pit the Sinhalese against the Sinhalese and let them kill themsleves. Sorry guys, after what happened last week in what should be a honourable house such as the Parliament house, one could not but think and believe that a bunch of monkeys can be enticed with bananas that they will have no honour in snatching for themselves. Many will term it a shame on what happened last week but it should not come as a surprise – they will kill each other to race to the top. Prahakaran had the means and the paths to create such a chaos but the stupid gentleman he was, he kept insisting that the Tamils should not interfere with the Sinhala politics and let them decide their fate. He only took on the south when the Tamils were attacked, murdered or raped. Finally, Basil and MR played him out.

              I can go on writing a lot sach and it will stink to hell but don’t wash your dirty linen without realising the obvious.

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      “Talk of de-ethnicizing politics. Talk about cultural and religious rights. Talk about rights to preserve and foster community and societal rights. Find ways to achieve these “

      This is the way forward, the ONLY way forward. How can I appreciate these words.

      If the word political could be taken off the agenda. I would be fighting alongside the poor innocent Tamil masses for all their issues of apolitical nature. They have suffered enough, it is time to recuperate. Time to join the mainstream. They are being led along the garden path again. Now this F word again and we are back to square A.

      Soma

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      The Federal Party , was called Thamil Arasu Katchi( Tamil governace/ government/Kingdom party)

      Many wrong ones have been tried but the direct Translation Arasu= State has not come forth. Thamil Arasu = Tamil State. Thamil Arsu Katchi = Tamil State Party. There is nowhere even something equal to Tamil Nadu is being used. But Tamil Nadu is perfectly ok in a quasi Federal Goverment, India. This kind of argument is not simply fussy, but powerful blockades for tamils freedom.

      “Federal, the word, was made ugly in this country by the Federal Party. Do not forget this. The Federal Party , was called Thamil Arasu Katchi”
      That is a perfect political reasoning why the Tamils should forgo a right(federal State under a federal constitution) they have. But unfortunately that reasoning, even the writer has explicitly described as for Sinhalese only because he is suggesting even God may not know how that has been translated in Sinhala language. So he is worried only about Sinhalese, who may be insulted Translating the Federal Party as Thamil Arasu Katchi in Tamil, irrelevant how is it translated in Sinhala or how many of them may understand the Tamil Translation and never mind how Tamils are suffering by losing their own Land. God knows how it was translated in Sinhalese. In total he has his own translation of Arasu, and he is not not sure how his translation is translated into Sinhala, so there is no alternative but Tamils have to give up their right and must settle for what the writer is suggesting.

      He is further going to the next step, that is the war was for separate country, because of it was the name that Federal Party was Translated as Thamil Arasu Katchi in Tamil, which rocketed the Goverment everything to the war with Tamils. It is really a very complex maneuvering the writer is making. The Maya is developing in this order:- Somebody wants a Federal Government structure, then they come with a “The federal Party” name in English, Then “Thamil Arasu Katchi” the Tamil Translation, the unknown name in Sinhala, then he is in a very fierce war with a racist government for separate state, then he is climbing on Thirumoolar’s Maya mountain, from there he is looking back, now he sees the reason for the Thirumoolar’s Maya mountain, that is somebody has asked for Federal State. That is why he is arguing Tamils should not ask for that. On his great journey to preach why the Federal Party name is material rather than Tamil due rights, he missed the Thirumoolar’s point that is “by calling a wood as an elephant does not make a wood an elephant. He went against the Thirumoolar’s example which he brought himself here and ended up calling a wood as an elephant. There is no provision to educate the misunderstanding Sinhalese; just because he has own way of translating “Arasu” in English, TNA have to accept that fault. He is not willing to educate the Sinhalese about the maya, But he is tying the Tamils into maya.

      That is really a powerful political argument for all those who fear for their newly acquired properties toy TNA getting land and police power.

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    Imagin yourself as Sinhalese and explain to convince them that federal form is the best way. could you ask all your friends also to do the same for better understanding and outcome. Why do you all leave that important step to Sinhalese leaders. Then you will see how much of damage and obstacles you are causing for your course. Explaining to Canadian and American governments can only create mistrust and misunderstanding. Put yourself in presidents place and talk to the nation. If not you are not understanding your responsibilities to melt the misconceptions.

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      Well said Sajith.

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    Singhalese Governments will never give us Federalism, But we can get more than Federalism if we dont use this word!

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    Dear Mr. Manickavasakar

    To qoute Chelvanayakam’s last speech in parliament, as you quoted, on November 19th 1976,

    “We know that it is difficult. But either we get out of the power of the Sinhala masses or we perish. That is certain. Therefore we will try and get this separation. We have abandoned the demand for a federal constitution. Our movement will be all non-violent.”

    Maybe the promise of non-violence, if kept, would have benefited us all? A non-violent Sri Lanka from 1976 to 2016 would have not only been a paradise but would have been much more accepting of Federalism or any other arrangement. We would have been a middle-high income country as well.

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    Dear Mr. Manickavasakar

    The dire predictions he made about ‘perishing’ have not come true despite all that has taken place.

    Have you read President Sirisena’s statement in parliament “”We need a Constitution that suits the needs of the 21st century and make sure that all communities live in harmony”?

    What will Federalism give you that you cannot get by being partners in an unified Sri Lanka? Apart from being able to wave your own flag and engage displaying ethno-nationalist pride, will it give you a greater or lesser share in the econonmic development of this country and goverment reforms?

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      New Vanguard,

      “What will Federalism give you that you cannot get by being partners in an unified Sri Lanka? Apart from being able to wave your own flag and engage displaying ethno-nationalist pride, will it give you a greater or lesser share in the econonmic development of this country and goverment reforms?”

      What will Federalism give you is a good question! It will give the Tamils a sense of minimum security and pride. The past Sinhala polity and masses demonstrated lock, stock and barrel that Sr Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country and the Tamils are guests and should know their place. This situation has not changed and different actors are at the helm projecting ostensible harmony! There are no guarantees that, with the Sinhala chronic insecurity embedded in the psyche of the Sinhala people, in terms how the future leaders will behave. We have examples of unscrupulous and myopic leaders squeeze out every measure of Sinhala nationalism to gain power at the expense of ethnic harmony. The Tamils cannot simply trust the words of people like you. My view is that the Sinhala cannot respect diversity on equal footing. The Sinhala insecurity has been institutionalised and saturated to the core. This is the reality and the Tamils must seek constitutional and irrevocable political solution in order to move forward. I do not care as to it will be a federal solution or otherwise, but there must be a solution.

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        where has sinhalese say that tamils are guests? (to be honest they are invaders, but we dont call them guests)..

        nomatter how much you detest that, SL is the sinhala homeland of Sinhala people in every way…what is TN to a tamil is what SL is to a Sinhala.

        There has never been a tamil civilisation in SL and why hell should we sinhalese federalize SL because Tamils have a very big ego?

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          Thanks for making my points much clearer!

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            You dont have any point at all. As I have stated the only issue here is tamils have a too big ego which they themselves cant handle. Some of the most racist buggers I ve ever seen.

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          sachoooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

          “There has never been a tamil civilisation in SL”

          True, it is Indian civilisation of South India.

          There has never been Sinhala Civilisation in this island.

          True mostly it is Indian civilisation of South India and partly North East India.

          What is your problem?

          Sorry, we cannot help you with your missing brain. Probably a defect at your birth.

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            This is the tamil racist mind. They dont want to accept the simple FACT SL has been primarily a sinhala civilisation. This is the only reason this so called problem has started.

            NV , no matter how much you detest and too arrogant to accept SL is primarily a sinhala civilisation. I hope you write an article about how SL is not a Sinhala civilisation. I remember Ediriweerasingham lamenting here how Wiggie said there is no race called ‘Sinhala’. This is the same thing.

            Read a history book, if you fail to understand simple english get the support of a tutor.
            The reason these racist buggers say there has been no sinhala civilisation is because there is no Tamil civilisation in SL. Therefore these racists cannot stomach the existence of sinhala civilisation.

            NV the racist go by the logic , if we Tamils did not have anything others too should not have anything. Fuking bast@d

            Sinhala civilisation in SL can be seen all over the island and its living legacy is there in SL, the sinhala people.

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              “SL has been primarily a sinhala civilization”

              Ha, ha, ha…
              Sach is a real stupid JOKER!

              What is this sinhala civilization he is talking about?
              Nobody has ever heard of a Sinhala civilization anywhere is Sri Lanka, which history book talks of a sinhala civilization?

              Looks like sach is having a wet dream!

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              Ha, ha, ha

              Sach is simply displaying his ignorance here.

              The Myth of an ancient Sinhala Civilization – The building of a few tanks and canals to take water to the fields, and a few Dagabas does not make a civilization. These were BASIC ESSENTIALS of the economic & religious life of any settled community.

              The truth is that there is no aspect of Sinhalese Buddhist culture? Ethnicity, religion and practices, language and script, customs and traditions – ALL OF THEM ARE FOREIGN OR BORROWED FROM TAMILS.

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            If there is no Sinhala civilisation in SL, there is no english civilisation in England, no Tamil civilisation in TN, no Thai civilization in Thailand.

            You NV is also not a Jaffna tamil but a child of a tamil slave brought by the Brits to Kandy.

            We cant help you if you have nothing to show for in this island, but SL is Sinhala homeland which gave birth to sinhala civilisation

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              sach ran away leaving his/her G-string. He/she can never stand and argue back. He/she comes like a lion and then runs away like a kitten.

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          Late Prof. R. A. L. H. (Leslie) Gunawardana, a historian/archeologist at the Peradeniya University in his publication `The People of the Lion: The Sinhala Identity and Ideology in History and Historiography` says, “Sinhala was a name adopted by a ruling linage group for whose origin the lion myth had been created.”

          He further says, “contrary to popular belief, in ancient times the Sinhala identity was associated primarily with the dynasty which ruled Anuradapura. He goes even further by saying that, not only the Sinhala kingdom but also the Sinhala ethnic identity (race) in Sri Lanka emerged only after the 13th Century AD. Before that, there never was a Sinhala race or a Sinhala Kingdom, but only a Sinhala royal family (dynasty).”

          There were hardly any differences among the Sri Lankans before the 13th CAD. It was only after the 13th CAD, we have a clear difference as Sinhalese and Tamils. Until the fall of Polonnaruwa kingdom the people who lived in the island of Lanka could not be distinguished either as Sinhalese or Tamils. It was only after the 13th CAD, we have a clear difference as Sinhalese and Tamils. So before 13 CAD the terms ‘Sinhalese’ Or ‘Tamil’ had no meaning in the context what we refer them today.

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        Thanks “Burning Issue” for clarifying the situation.n brawling.

        “The past Sinhala polity and masses demonstrated lock, stock and barrel that Sr Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country and the Tamils are guests and should know their place. “

        I do not know how many Sinhalese feel this way. I think the former president said it best when he said “there are no minorities in my country”. The Sinhala word is taken to mean ‘minor races’ (sulu jatheen) rather than minority races, which is unfortunate.

        I for one, do not feel “Tamils are guests” . That is absurd. However, I can see that the majority feels that this is a country of Sinhala Buddhists. Well as long as this does not lead to violence, there are peaceful non-violent ways to change this perception, to some extent. It is a balance between allowing people to celebrate or even boast abut their religion and race and not let it be used to gain economic or political advantage.

        One aspect of the current thinking is also the suspicion that violent separatism will resurge, which is not really a ethnic issue but a security issue.

        The other minorities in Sri Lanka face also difficulties – the Burghers, the Muslims, and Christians. A minority Christian, for example, will see many things that he would want to change in society, and many good things as well. He will believe that we must be the change we wish to see and work towards a peaceful, gradual change. Separation is not an option. It is unneccessary.

        Much is to be said about the virtue of patience which all the religions preach. Patience to let development take place, then we can decide if we can, as richer and more stable , more civilized nation, we decide to federalize. I feel we will not, then, and if we do it won’t make much of a difference economically and justice – wise.

        Maybe Tamil politicians should press for ‘equal rights’ rather than separation.

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          New Vanguard,

          You appear sincere and honest and I do not doubt your good intentions. However the Tamil polity cannot formulate their policies and aspirations predicated on a handful of good Sinhala who have no control of what the unscrupulous politicians can do. The Tamils must work towards an irrevocable constitutional framework where any amendments must be contingent on the regional consensus.

          I do not know as to why educated and intelligent Sinhala people cannot understand the distenction between a separate state and a federal state. The Tamils talk about federal governance and the Sinhala hear it as separation; why? Ethically polarised country like Sri Lanka can benefit by embracing a federal system of governance. At the same time, the central inclusive policies with ensure economic closeness and harmony. To me, the language is the major sticking point; if this issue is removed by people becoming trilingual, coorporation and integration will be easier. The economy will drive the integration even further closer.

          The Tamils must not be left to the mercy of the Sinhala politicians; this is absolutely important. There must be a solution that the unscrupulous politicians cannot tamper with.

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    Racial exclusivity is what Tamil Tiger racists and LTTE rump want for a 12% minority to control 45% of the landmass and 60% of the coastline. Not gonna happen. Do away with Thevasalam laws and be honest about Malabars and Tamil colonization as well. As for differences, there are no phenotypical or genotypical differences between Tamils, Singala and Moore people. All dark skinned, S.Indian and mixed with Bengali mix. Short, dark people with Afro blood too. Mangala Samaraweera looks like African-Malayali mix; Ranil looks like fair skinned Malayali mix. CBK looks very much like thick lipped round nosed Tamil mix. JR looked muslim Jaa as we say or Malay. MR looks very Malay and so does GR and BR. Fonseka looks very Tamil.

    So that is not the point. POINT is there are now two distinct cultures and linguistic groups. Tamils want to carve out a separate nation exclusive only to them. Cannot happen. Giving more autonomy to make economic decisions, taxation decisions, development decisions, land decisions yes but there should be a National amendment to say no one tribe or ethno-linguistic group can demarcate land for one group or prevent another group of buying, investing in land etc in any part of the nation. Only Tamil racists want to have the cake and eat it too while most Tamils live in Singala eelam. Why this double standard?

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    It was in fact the Bishop of Kurunagela the late Rt. Rev. Laskshman Wickremasinghe, one the greatest intellectuals that Sri Lanka had ever produced who first said: “although the Sinhalese are a majority they suffer from a minority complex”. Incidentally, Father Lakshman was an uncle of Ranil Wickremasinghe. Bensen

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    The federal proposal is neither from Vicki nor TPF but from Soll Heem.

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      “The federal proposal is neither from Vicki nor TPF but from Soll Heem. “

      I did not know Solomon West Ridgeway Dias had another Christian name Solheim.

      Is that Ok if I write the ultra casteist Kandyan League and Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Solheim are the ones introduced Federal Idea to keep away the Tamil and the Low Country Sinhalese or the Negombo Tamils away from Colombo Goverment?

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    MKE,

    Fairly persuasive argument. But I have some trouble ceding my
    personal right to anyone/Party as “the sole representatives of the Tamils” This claim in itself is fascistic and has no place in democracy
    Yes! I agree – the LTTE was hardly democratic.

    Kettikaran

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    why can’t Tamil speaking people live in harmony with others? If Tamil speaking people have a separate state, what will happen to a Sinhala partner who marries a Tamil person and vise versa? what is the rationale behind “separate area for Tamil speaking people”? Muslims also speak Tamil language? How about a Tamil baby who speaks Sinhala from birth? How about other differences like religion? How about if people go about asking a separate land for Tamil Hindus? Separate land for Tamil Christians? People are diverse. There is no rationale trying to claim ownership based on differences?
    Also, what will happen Tamils or Sinhalese or whoever outside asks for separate lands in Europe or North America? They will beat them to death. My opinion is that, we all need to accept the reality. Having powers doesn’t make you better. If that so, Sinhala people in South should be well developed after having more Sinhala leaders. what I believe is that some Tamil politicians try to work on racism to cover up their inability to serve people. They just use racism for their survival and trying to put those innocent people again to trouble. I worked in North and east for a while after the LTTE ended and, those Tamil leaders (Not only politicians, but officials)were not doing to anything to innocent people. In my organization, the head was a Sinhalese and he had to kick out several Tamil officials since they were corrupted and not doing anything.
    If you are in UK, you respect the majority there and their culture, their language etc. More Tamil people are living outside North and East. I wonder why they are not complaining about living there. Why all these trouble just for Tamils in North and East only? In my whole life, I have never heard of any complain from Tamil friends living in South?
    what all Sri Lankans need to do is to get together and try to develop the society as a whole. To get rid of poverty, to establish good governance where everyone has equal rights from politics, or justice or wherever. Problems in SL is for everyone, not for just a group of people who talk in different language.

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    One of the best article I have come across CT.

    Why cant we just forgot about what old books said (probably written by privileged men.)

    Does it even matter who came to this island first?
    Come on this is 2016!

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