2 October, 2020

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Indian Consul, India Day, Jaffna’s Culture: Random Thoughts 

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

India’s Jaffna Consul S. Balachandran

I have just attended a never-to-be-missed function of the Seventieth Anniversary of the Republic Day of India, hosted by the Jaffna Consulate for India at Tilco Hotel on 26 Jan. 2020. It was great!

What a Consul does is normally by the country which he represents as Consul. However, the programmes of the Consulate are proposed and driven by the Consul. On that caveat, I say that India’s Consul General, Shri S. Balachandran is owed a big thank you for bringing back haute culture to us in Jaffna.

Being well-read, he saw weaknesses in our language. So, Day in Republic Day became Thinam in Tamil. Likewise, Punn took the place of Iraaham (Raga), etc. The principle is that Sanskrit for Tamil is fine but only if there is no Tamil equivalent. Therefore, he advocates keeping January and not thai for the first month because the Tamil 1st of thai is not the First of January.

Balachandran, a rare man of books these days, is better read on our history than many university dons. He has been encouraging music and dance programmes from India. 

Colombo gives us a lot more, but Colombo officials’ aloof distance and denial of war crimes against Balachandran’s personal touch makes us prefer attending India Day to Independence Day where our government is yet to announce if the national anthem may be sung in Tamil. We all happily listened to the tune without words.

Banning Religion from Public Spaces

I once had a long discussion with Consul Blachandran that having programmes in Hindu temples and of religiously affiliated music is not being even handed especially when Buddhism is thrust down our throats. He explained his government’s policy of treating all religions equally – I reminded him of our government’s policy of multireligious ceremonies where a Buddhist monk gets pre-eminence with a seat on a chair with a white covering. He takes up most of the time with his sermons, while the Christian, Hindu and Muslim leaders are often unknown to people of their own religions and get barely a fraction of the time. As if to address this criticism, the 4 religious leaders were called together by the Consul to light the so-called traditional oil lamp at the same time, and that was all the time allotted to them. It was the closest to banning religion in public space.

Jaffna’s Deracination

The barbaric state of our culture is a fact that is difficult to accept in Jaffna. What passes for culture is watching Tamil movies and their songs from Tamil Nadu; as well as building temples (often encroaching on state land) and visiting temples in India. As the elite left Jaffna and haute culture like dance ceased to be cultivated, dancers were passed out by teachers with shorter training, and accordingly performances saw more the ability to make fixed difficult movements rather than artistically adapting movements to the music.  Music teachers even from the university are reluctant to perform despite being offered the opportunity, says an afficionado, spurning his lucrative offers several times. So we get Indian artistes.

Timeliness too was gone from Jaffna. How important one is, is measured by how a function will be held up till one arrives. So many as if deliberately arrive late. India has changed this. The function started at 10:00 am sharp.

Adding to our misery, in 2015 we had 148 toddy taverns in Jaffna but today only 122, as those trying to prove our haute culture protest the opening of new taverns. It seems really because of the kind of drinkers we seek. In 2015 we had 39 bars and 7 restaurants selling hard liquor. Today it is 48 bars and 28 restaurants, not counting liquor stores like at Food City. The Jaffna District Secretary estimates annual liquor sales in Jaffna to be Rs. 165,300,000.

Jaffna has 63 women using illicit liquor – horrible, but doing well compared to 12,313 men.

The Consul ensured that no liquor was served on the pretext of toasts. It was a day for teetotalers.

India Day 2020

So, the Consul arranged for three items that evening. The first was a veena recital by the Indian artiste Ms. Yoga Vandana Jammalamadaka and group. It was good said those better versed than I in music. 

However I was more interested in the two persons accompanying her, Mr. Prasad on the miruthangam, and Rajasekar who was making funny gestures and facies, keeping our attention.

The second was a Kathak performance by India’s Ms. Jayashree Acharya and company. Being Kathak, it was less Sankritised. I was excited by the lone male dancer who reminded me of Chandramuki’s lover in the Rajnikanth movie – betraying in a way the movie culture we thrive in. I do not think it was accidental that his dance partner resembled the beautifully plump Jothika.

On Blouses – Resuming Battle Stations

The dancers’ infectious happy faces kept me happy. The blouses in the armpit area of some dancers turned color as they sweated, showing they did not exploit the advances through sweat sticks. 

These dancers had elegant blouses coming well below the waist. They bolstered my argument at home that the sari is a decent dress not requiring, as with the way my mother stitched her blouse and wore it on top of a petticoat, any exposure of the waistline. An aunt in London wore in place of her blouse a t-shirt. Culturally I sensed when I lived in the West that Europeans saw exposing the waistline as nudity while being comfortable with a low neckline. With 4 women at home, I had given up my female sartorial battles against low cut and short blouses. The dancers proved my point, being so elegant without being vulgar. Perhaps I should resume my domestic hostilities again.

Nontraditional but Authentic Jaffna

The third event was the grand finale. It was an utterly Jaffna thing. There is, unknown to most of us, a Paasaiyur St. Anthony’s Cultural Group. Among its repertoire is the Veerapaandiya Kattaipomman Koothu, meaning a street dance that usually does not have the orthodoxy of religion. It is no wonder that Koothus, usually performed in their own caste- or geographically- segregated fora by the performers, are buried in obscurity unless brought forth by outsiders – in this case by the Consul and in the case of another prominent Koothu, Ravanesan, by Prof. Maunaguru from the Eastern Province that does not count for anything in Jaffna. Ravanesan was brought out when Sinhalese got involved in helping Maunaguru stage it at the Lionel Wendt and then Rupavahini. Veerapaandiya Kattaipomman had to receive the Government’s Kalaabooshanam award for us (at least me) to hear about it. 

Kattaipomman (played by Jules Collins) was not particularly short (Kattai) but he looked much like Sivaji Ganeshan who portrayed Kattaipomman in the famous movie on which many of my vintage grew up. The clothes were well- and authentically tailored (although I would have preferred a “red coat” for the British). There were swords, epaulets and military medals for the British officials. 

The beautiful clothing design was by Mary Cecilia Collins who felt too shy to go up and receive her award for couture. She sent an elderly somebody of hers to receive the award. Later, with her permission, I took her photo for this article.

Mayor Emmanuel Arnold

The Koothu was particularly significant for its Karaiyoor Fisher Caste players. Equally significant was the ending theme song “Mariyaalukku Subamanagalam,” perhaps the first time to be so mainstreamed.

His Worship The Mayor of Jaffna, Emmanuel Arnold, from the same community, made a request to the Consul who encouraged the Koothu.

Ironically Mayor Arnold, when he came forward to contest for a seat in the Jaffna Municipality, was opposed by a high federal party official in the audience on grounds of religion and probably caste too. It is significant that those not at the pinnacle of caste support those at the pinnacle but keep down their competition despite being natural allies in their common struggle for equality.

When Arnold was proposed as Mayor, the objections became more strident, but his party to its credit made him Mayor despite the high level from which the objections came. Today it seems clear that come April and the parliamentary elections, Arnold will be a candidate for parliament, but not the one who objected.

Under an agreement within the TNA, the Federal Party gets only 7 of Jaffna’s 10 candidates. Four will go to the current MPs, the remaining 3 will presumably go to Arnold, a low caste person and a woman. Sumanthiran had proposed to Mavai Senathirajah that all those who would have served 2 terms, himself included, must make way for new faces. Leaked, this has created a serious spat with E. Saravanapavan who has finished many terms. The careful balancing may be upset.

Sour Faces

A group of rejected politicians were present. They have gone out of office, some being defeated at the polls, and all of them having their call to boycott the last presidential elections spurned by the people. They watched successful politicians like Arnold and Senathirajah being honored as protocol demanded, being seated with the Chief Guest Mrs. Charles and being asked to honor the artistes by inviting them to cover them with a gold shawl. In being asked to honour the artistes, they too were honored. 

Perhaps it was too much for the rejects and they went away early with dour faces without waiting for the grand meal that was already dished out in buffet trays. To me it was significant that one of the rejected burnt my effigy at the Jaffna University gates when I was successfully elected to the slate of 3 by the Council and then appointed VC as provided in law until this man moved students against me.  In 2004 he led students in stuffing ballot boxes, but the then Elections Department certified the result. In 2007 when I visited Berlin and stayed with my friend from school to university, Erlumalai Sivakumar, this man threatened Sivakumar for hosting “a traitor.” Those who knew Sivakumar would know that Sivakumar would not let such a threat pass without repercussions. 

What will happen this year with this ballot stuffer in Jaffna in the undemocratic company he keeps? If the matter repeats, I pray that the Election Commission will be braver than the Elections Department was.

A Female Tamil Governor

The Chief Guest was our new Governor Mrs. PSM Charles, our first woman and second Tamil. The previous, Dr. Suren Raghaven , a Tamil, left under a cloud after trying to make a person who had been suspended for fraud his Secretary despite the records and was exposed by reporter N. Lohathayalan. The new president’s office, just ready to reappoint Raghaven, called for the documents cited by Lohathayalan and decided not to take the risk. My experience is that government officials will ignore the worst corruption they know to exist so long as it is not in writing. 

A sign of the times is that Raghaven and the Police Chief, when summoned by the Human Rights Commission to answer my charge of violating my rights in forcibly ordering the removal of Afghan refugees from my home, simply did not turn up. It was contempt from those supposed to uphold the law.

Mrs. Charles has to be better. She came for the function with two of her daughters adding a nice touch to the evening. She is well-known for her bravery in resisting political orders to waive duty when she was customs chief, and being inflexible when the government in 2012 tried to alter Vavuniya’s demography. 

These are difficult times for Tamils. But the consular function eases our fears for the future.

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    Dear Prof. Hoole,
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    I make sporadic efforts to learn about your culture, but it is too difficult, and let me confess that I don’t particularly enjoy it. However, it means a great deal to you, so I respect your culture because I respect you. Your language is also impossible for me, and I think it is a similar void that you have with regard to my Sinhalese language. Let’s hope that the growing generation, both Sinhalese and Tamils manage to bridge this gap.
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    Let us, therefore, continue to interact in this alien language – English. Let us never forget that in so many other aspects, especially genetic and ethnic, you and us, Sinhalese are one people, we are one people, inhabiting one island. Of course, you share your language and culture with 60 million others in Tamil Nadu. This doesn’t trouble me, but we must never forget that this is a nightmare for certain the “Sinhalese”. Those people we could rather pity for a lack of sophistication.
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    All that is very difficult. Caste is another factor among both Sinhalese and Tamils. I think that you talk too openly about it. That is my view for all that it is worth.
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    As for Mayor Arnold, I must tell you, later, about how he can be selfish. This relates to what my ninety-year-old friend Richard Emanuel Jayarajah has told me about a house belonging to Mrs Jayarajah that was leased to Mr Arnold.
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      Sinhala Man

      Arnold was unknown to many before he became Mayor of Jaffna. He was neither active in local politics nor popular by involving in social activities before he acquired this post. He is indebted to Sumanthiran MP who used his position in the party and overruled other party members, to bring Arnold to this position.

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      sinhala_man

      “Of course, you share your language and culture with 60 million others in Tamil Nadu. “

      actually it is 72 million as per the 2011 census.60 million is what sinhalese were saying when i was a teenager and that they are worried that they are so nearby.What the stupids don’t understand is though culturally and linguistically sri lankan tamils are more or less same as the tamils of tamilnadu,genetically they are closer to the sinhalese,probably because this is an island and islands have their own distinct DNA characteristics as madagascar and the galapagos islands show even now with their own unique species.Blood is thicker than water they say and sinhalese and tamils are the closest relatives to each other dating back to their naga ancestors.

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        Shankar
        I am with you on the fact that when it comes to a push Tamils and Sinhalese will stand up together as one without any prompt.

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          Uthungan

          Yesterday saffroned Omalpe Sobhita organised a Hindu/Buddhist unity conference in Jaffna. It is interesting what he said just in front of Nallur temple. Please watch the link:
          https://www.tamilwin.com/community/01/237401?ref=home-feed

          The Tamil/Sinhala saffrons are bent on causing trouble, this time against Muslims and Christians whom this saffronistas believe are causing conflict by converting people, without naming them.

          This is another attempt to keep conflict going which benefits the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists and as usual the losers are the people.

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            Thanks for the pointer to this, NV. Subtext is clear: “Lets thrash the Muslims and Christians.”

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            NV
            I had seen the telecast of the event even before you sent the link.Thank you.
            I believe, the Hindu saffrons joined in the fun with Omalebe merely for the sake of influencing a result in the coming elections that may be of benefit to the Tamils. Who knows?
            After all Omalebe is also a Sobita isn’t he?

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        Shankar,
        The truth is Dravidians from Pandya, Pallava, and Chola Empires in Hindusthan who repeatedly invaded Sinhale from 3rd century BC have been the main enemy of Native Sinhalayo. These ruthless Dravidian armies and mercenaries brutally wiped out entire Sinhala villages along their way to the Sinhala royal capitals Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. These well-established, highly prosperous capitals were ransacked and plundered by these invaders and the local Sinhala people were subject to severe atrocities. Extreme forms of violence characterized not only these Dravida invasions but also their subsequent occupation of our land for varying periods of time. In these invasions the Dravidians killed some of our Sinhala Kings or forced them to abandon their traditional kingdoms Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa and retreat to the south.

        During European occupation of Sinhale, Dravidians did not invade because they were scared of the GUN POWER of Europeans. But after British left descendants of Dravidian slaves brought to this country by colonial parasites launched a terrorist campaign against Sinhalayo and massacred ten and thousands of Sinhalayo.

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          eagle eye
          pandya’s have always been the allies of the sinhalese from the time of vijaya.In fact they saved the tooth relic by killing chandrabanu the java king who specifically invaded sri lanka to get at it.
          the main enemy of sinhalese have been sinhalese.Even the kotte kingdom was given on a platter by bhuvenekabahu to portuguese for protection from his brother mayadunne of the sitawaka kingdom.Many tamil commanders and mercenaries were brought down to fight for them by sinhalese kings who had wars against fellow sinhala brethren or siblings.Even now sinhales have to watch their backs all thetime,not against tamils ,to avoid a stab in the back.
          the mahawamsa only mentions that the cholas sacked anuradhapura and made pollonnnaruwa their capital.All the other mayhem mentioned by you is not mentioned in the mahawamsa.Maybe we have to redo it.You are a smellfungus.
          coming back to your favourite topic of tamil slaves being brought by colonials,i like to point out that slavery was abolished by the british in 1844.After that the slaves became absorbed to the urban underclass.
          during the dutch period in the 18th century half the population of colombo was slaves.The majority were privately owned by dutch and lankan individuals.They came from various parts of the indian ocean.Most wealthy families owned more than twenty slaves each.One of these slaves was your ancestor due to such interest shown by you towards slavery,with comment after comment on it.
          In jaffna,the landless people of pallar and nalavar caste were identified as chattel- slaves officials,but they were not imported slaves,but their landlessness forced them to work on lands without any wages ,but they got part of the produce.

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            cont

            In jaffna,the landless people of pallar and nalavar caste were identified as chattel- slaves officials,but they were not imported slaves,but their landlessness forced them to work on lands without any wages ,but they got part of the produce.

            during the famine in south india in 1660,thousands of slaves were shipped by the dutch to colombo.South india consists of tamils,malayalees,kannada,and telugus.So your mention of dravidians is a wide area and not just tamils only.

            as for your mention LTTE massacering tens of thousands of sinhalese,this is a clear exaggeration in numbers and also prabhaharan and his followers did not have slave ancestry and were mosly karayar who were mostly warriors and sailors and then became fishermen when colonialism took control.

            please don’t forget the atrocities in 58,77,81,83 when condemning the atrocities of the LTTE.Let us condemn all atrocities committed instead of making it race based.Everyone behaved like wild animals due to bad governance.The same people did not behave like that when the colonials governed us ,because their were strict rules in place and anybody breaking those rules had to pay a price.

            because your ancestor was a slave ,you are suffering from an inferiority complex.Take heart from the transformation of singapore after the british brought in the coolies whose descendents comprise now most of the singapore population.The hard work gene is very important to achieve first world status.

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              Shankar,
              “atrocities in 58,77,81,83”
              Sinhalayo had to react when ‘Para’ Demalu attacked Sinhalayo but casualties were peanuts compared to massacres carried out by Demala LTTE barbarians.

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                Eagle Eye BP Ultra racist,
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                Name of the god, please make efforts to see it right. Even if you would kick the bucket tomorrow, you need tohave grasphed it finally. We the sinhalaya have no right to be above the law. Just becasue us being the majority to condemn the minorities, should not be continued any more. Then only youth would learn it from us. We are all the same, be us divided by ethnicity and religion, if you can tolerate while living in down under, why not you guys finally see it for our mother land ?
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                How you may have treated your tamil wife is thinkable to us now. How your children would treat their own mother … etc.a kind of ballige putha talks about the high values of sinhalaya… is that really civilized ?

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                  You may be right.
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                  Epidimeolgoical studies have proven that we the sinhala and tamils have migrated to SRILANKA long long ago, driving away the indegenous NATIVE veddas. We should protect the Vedda community today – they are the original people in this country.
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                  Besides, if DNA research revealed the truths, why you the kind of stupid men to continue with your myths is becoming a joke to the youth today. Just try to read the facts and clear your myths.
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                  It has been a greater mistake SIVURU wearing BPs to be kept above in the society, ,knowing and the truths abou tthe m today. They are just an another community that make every efforts to live up their fantasies being hidden behind SANGA constumes.
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                  I have read somewhere, over 60% of the monks in local temples are child molesters or rapists of various nature. They are too lazy to practise their propencities as Lay people that is why they remain as fake monks.
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                  Latter is clear to me and any one with sanity when looking closely at GHANASARA, Athana methana natana rathana, Fake Prof. Maedagoda Pissu cheerawardharaiya and several more that line up behind Rajaakshe kalliya today. They are made fools by Rajakashe propagandists, for the political survival of Rajaakshe crime chinthanaya.
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                  Today even if over 75 days are gone since SO CALLED; POLITICAL teenager Gotabaya is elected as the president to clean everything, but not A SINGLE THING has succeeded by him, but being caught by his brothers abusive politics, make every struggle to pass day by day.
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                  People of this country today, STAY nail biting not being able to MAKE out their eyes. They have been misled by Rajakashes and his abusive FAKE monks for a better rule, not even the 10% of 100-day program of Previous govt is achieved sofar…… the ship is sinking so as CORONA virus epidemy spreading globally today.

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            Mr Shankar, please just ignore”Egle Eye- aka HDLM Mahindapala”. This man should be a stinky by all means, since he obviously has nothing better to talk than disgrace for the minorities in our motherland. I have never seen the kind of people, nor have met the Germans (old germans) that may have the size of hatreds as this man. I am very ashamed to be a sinhalaya whenever I am compelled to answer to this bugger who is believed to be spending later day life, being an early octagenarian. Trust me, just ignore such people and better to comment on good thought bearers could help us all forward. Thank you Shankar.

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          Eagle blind Eye

          How many thousand innocent Tamils were killed by your cowardly Sinhala army in the last days of the civil war in may 2009. Can you answer this question before you talk of the atrocities committed by the South Indian invaders.

          The present day Tamils in Eelam are descendants of the south Indian invaders mixed with the indigenous people and lately with Sinhalese .

          you Sinhalese have over 80 % Tamil DNA and we indigenous Tamils have approximately 55% Sinhala DNA. only a moron can refer to the present day Eelam Tamils as invaders.

          Sinhalese were Kallathonis who came from Orissa and they don’t belong here in Eelam.

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    “…makes us prefer attending India Day to Independence Day where our government is yet to announce if the national anthem may be sung in Tamil.”

    Demalu who live in Sinhale are the descendants of Dravida slaves brought from Hindusthan (now India) by Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial parasites. So no wonder you guys prefer India Day to Independence Day. If asked to sing Indian National Anthem sung in Bengali, these BPs might do that happily but do not want to sing the National Anthem in Sinhala. These BPs have forgotten that it was Native Sinhalayo who accommodated Dravida slaves abandoned in Sinhale and gave them citizenship to live in this country. Ungrateful BPs.

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      The name of god ( to buddhists god is defined as nature), we the educated CT readers, would kindly ask you not to use abusive words to MINORITIES. Gone are the days, we the sinalaya modayas thought that we should keep above whatever being said and done.

      We fought an unncessary civil war paving way us to land behind Bangaladesh today.

      Our sinhala extremists, with Linmadimentality- should let alone today, see it right. Then only we can see better future at least for the future generations. You the kind of 80 year olds would not see it – but young generations should not follow you the kind of dimwits, struggling with your harboured hatreds towards the minorites. Not all tamils were LTTE supporters or any kind of terror supporters but over 50% of our sinhalayas are extremist supporters AND local police has NOT been able to control them since CRIMINAL Rajapakshes would not allow INDEPENDENT police to function in this country. All these you could get from your young circles if you would widen your eyes.

      Say, if you as a migrant to AUSTRALIA would face step-mother treatments from white ausies down there, what would you do ?I have no doubt, as is the case with Pakistani community in UK, you too are living in ghetto in Australia. I happened to notice this while touring across Australia in 2008.

      I think we the sinhalaya shouuld look back, if we at all dream of a better future of our youth. The failure lies on us not on the minorities. Be it MADHUMADAWA arawinda, Wimal Buruwansa, Udaya Gonthadipila or Ultra Sinhala CRIMINAL Mahinda, they should all be able to look back and change their abusive nature for the good of SRILANKEN people. If not it is prime time, them to be caught by CORONA virus and leave us in PEACE for a better country.

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        I am BORN sinhalaya but after moving to Europe, ended up in Germany. I continued my University education in Germany and now stayed back in Europe for my job and live.
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        So, I am telling you guys, I have got on with Germans (who were once upon a time the real racists) for such a long time to make a valid statement about them today. Not many among them are nationalists or suffering from xenophobia. when compared the recent levels in our motherland. These levels I thought to compare with that of our sinhala of the day towards their own minorities (tamils and muslims)- also going by the recent election results….. most of them are more racists. No more further studies on this line would be necessary. I am ashamed to be sinhalaya, now i call myself – an international citizen.
        So long people would stay harboured to their myths, nothing will change in the lanken society for the betterment of a good nation. Reconciliation and peace can be a dream – that is miles away from those 50 lacks of voters – but miracles can happen – that i believe in.

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        Leelagemalli,
        “I think we the sinhalaya shouuld look back”
        Do not try to pretend as a Sinhala person. Sinhalayo are not ‘Modayas’ as you guys think. It is not Sinhalayo who should look back. It is ‘Para’ Demalu so that they understand who they are and why they are in the land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo. Descendants of Dravida slaves were misled by racist bigot Chelvanayagam and his clique.
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        “..would kindly ask you not to use abusive words to MINORITIES.”
        When ‘Para’ Demalu use abusive words to insult our leaders who saved this country from LTTE barbarians and Sinhalayo that is acceptable. I suggest you read your own comments.

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          “they are in the land of Sinhalayo and Vedda”
          thank you for including the veddha.quite generous of you.change the order.

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            shankar

            “thank you for including the veddha.quite generous of you.change the order.”

            Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye descendant of Kallathonie is hitching a ride to citizenship on my people’s back.

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    As far as I know the Arnolds are Manipay Vellala Protestants.

    eg Russel Arnold the cricketer
    https://ceylontamils.com/search/pedigree.php?individualID=5589

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    Ratnajeevan

    It was a moment to rejoice and celebrate because Jaffna is considered part of India, Gotha was isolated as even the CROOK Maithiri was invited to the ceremony last year but not Gotha. May be Gotha refused to attend in protest at India hosting the event without his permission and no alowing Sri Lankan Airlines to Land at Jaffna International Airport. .
    OR
    May be Gotha was not invited as a Precautionary Quarintine measure fearing he may have contracted the CORONA virus from the Chinese Foreign minister he was summoned to Colombo to be briefed.
    In anay case ISOLATION is ISOLATION and Sri Lanka is payng a HEAVY PRICE or sorry a TERRIBLE PRICE just in case Soma – ass reads this. As for Christine the Sinkala Machal Colonial Powers dont Celebrate Indepence Day by inviting SLAVES only EQUALS. “Ellam Inbamayam”

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    From her time in the Customs Mrs Charles is known to be a hardworking and upright person. A very good choice by Gota.

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    >
    > Jaffna has 63 women using illicit liquor – horrible,
    > but doing well compared to 12,313 men.
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    I wonder what these figures would have been like in the pre-war years of the sixties/ seventies?

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    As always, a delight to read a report from Prof. Hoole.

    For me, reading that ‘religious leaders’ were put in their place was particularly pleasing. As was the point about punctuality. (Has anybody ever had an appointment with the fragrant Chandrika?).

    Suffice to beg for more reports from North by the observant Professor.

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      By the way, Spring Koha, you are a man whom I respect greatly (knowing you only from your comments).
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      What is it that made you say something unkind about me here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/some-thomian-pharisees-are-adamant-on-the-need-to-cheat/

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      I really don’t think that I’m quite as nasty a person as you think me to be. As for you, apart from that comment which still torments me, you make the most wonderfully apposite comments.

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        Panini Edirisinhe

        I am sorry if I hurt your feelings, and of course I do not think you are a nasty person. I read your article twice, and the conclusion I came to was that this is a matter relating to the school alone which is to all intents and purposes a private school, and that no good is likely to result by the washing of dirty linen in public.

        Incidentally, I am not a Thomian, but whilst talking with several Thomian friends recently a very interesting statistic came out: in the last twenty years, more non-Anglican than Anglican children have been taught at St Thomas’ College. How times change!

        I wish you well in your endeavours.

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          Dear Spring Koha,
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          Many thanks for your response.

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          No, this is not at all a pleasant task that I have undertaken. Dear Koha, you’ve used the phrase, “the washing of dirty linen in public”. I’ve held back certain bits of information. Were those also given to you, you’d realise just how nauseating a task this is. I’m hoping that it won’t be necessary to reveal just how much the linen stinks.
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          The Sinhalese equivalent of it is, I guess, “looking up and spitting.” (Uda balagena kela gahanawa). As you know, on the ethnic issue, that is what the likes of “Eagle Eye” and “K.A Sumanasekera” often accuse us of.
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          “Desperate Sinhalaya”,
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          The Colombo Telegraph moderators have been very kind to me.
          Please look for the updates below this article:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/problem-solving-in-the-north-requires-more-attention/
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          I will start writing out today’s developments a little later today, “insha Alla!” A very useful Islamic phrase that is. If it doesn’t get done, for whatever reason, then we say “Al Hamdullah” – it was not God’s wish. A deep thought that. At one level, Islam seems to treat followers as though they were morons. In some other contexts, the meaning can be quite subtle.
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          I may try to explain myself later. The strains become greater when one has to copy the comment on to a Word Document to count the words. I’m not doing it with this comment.

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        Mr Panini Edirisinghe,
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        I was out of CT last few days due to my own lack of time reasons. Beg your pardon me being out of the topic being addressed on this forum- but thought of adding my comments to you this way.

        I always want you to take good care of you, knowing the risk before you. Barbarians have returned and people are made silent. Self set censorship is goverining today in the country, because BASIL Rajakshe handles lanken media men. No matter, the sky rocketed prices hikes of daily needs, compared to prior to last November. not a single word is heard about that…. totally ignoring the grievances of the poor of the poor (destitute).


        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttGbZ5znkYo

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4fJCCWiYvk

        My question – even if this much of poverty is the ground reality in the country, but POLITICIANS though doctored the statistical numbers but to have done nothing in recent times right ?

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          Thanks, Desperate Sinhalaya.
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          I’m tired,
          but I’m happy that whatever I set out to during the last month is turning out well. I can’t help but be somewhat self-centred! Almost everyone’s first concern is self.
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          Doing all that had left me little time to find out what events of greater importance is happening in the wider world. However that may be, I’m going to sleep early today – 10.00 pm – which may sound late to some people.
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          I’ll give you the details within the next couple of days.
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          For in-between news, I hope you’ve looked here:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/problem-solving-in-the-north-requires-more-attention/
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    Dr. Hoole,

    I understand nominations for elections include the caste factor, but you should stop referring to ‘low caste.’ You could say ‘depressed caste’ or ‘under privileged’ or something like that. Continuing references to ‘low’ in some ways perpetuates the caste system.

    A cultural revival in Jaffna is a good thing as long as the victims of the war, and the need to continue to seek justice for the dead and the missing, are not forgotten.

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      Agnos
      I would go a step further and use deprived or oppressed as adjective.

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        Surely, it is time to stop altogether the use of the terms ‘high’ and ‘low’ when referring to castes. Whether a caste is high or low is really a matter of opinion. But to speak of a high caste or a low caste is to imply that you believe that the former is superior to the latter, something that cannot be justified on any rational basis or objective test. We are in 2020, not 500 BC, and it is time our language also reflected the enlightened thinking of the contemporary world and not perpetuate the use of words that imply some human beings are inferior to others based on some artificial man made distinctions.

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    After reading this article three times I realized that without the support of a local Tamil I will not be able to understand most of it, even though its written in English.

    Anyway at a minimum its clear that a Tamil cultural event was held to coincide with the Indian National Day. Looks like representatives from all religions, Sinhalese Buddhist, Hindu (Dravidian version, not the North Indian version), Christian (not sure which denomination) were minimally involved. Since the writer is well exposed to the West, looks like his blended view of the cultures made for a nice critique.

    This is good. Lanka needs more events like this one. India under Modi is a powerhouse against barbaric Jihadi Moslem fanaticism. Lanka should align closely with India against the Moslem terror.

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    “they are in the land of Sinhalayo and Vedda”
    thank you for including the veddha.quite generous of you.change the order.

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