19 October, 2021

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Indian Consulate General Buys Into Jaffna University’s Communalism

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Today, 15 August, 2018, is India’s day of Independence. The Consulate General in Jaffna organized a function at India House. The programme was simple and elegant. The Indian flag was raised promptly at 9:00 am – something that we in Jaffna can learn from. A speech by the President read out by the Consul General S. Balachandran, followed by the latter’s own separate speech. Then a dance-drama by Jaffna University’s Ramanathan College, and the vote of thanks. All this was culminated by a scrumptious brunch of thosai, ittaly, masala thosai, kesari and coffee/tea. Catering was by Jaffna’s famous and elegant Green Grass Hotel.

 Many of us look to India for leadership in advancing a secular, caring polity. President Shri Ram Nath Kovind’s speech did not disappoint us. Even more exciting was Mr Balachandran’s vision for the North. Correspondence may be in Tamil he said. International flights from Palaly with India’s help are in the offing. Equipment for Jaffna University’s engineering faculty has been provided, etc. 

Culturally too Jaffna folk look to India for many things – medical treatment, universities, musical and cinematic entertainment, and temples and even churches like Annai Velankanni and “the seven and a half churches” built by St. Thomas for pilgrimage. 

Perhaps most importantly and very current is what Mr. Balachandran mentioned about the help to fisherfolk in the Mullaitivu area – boats, fishing nets etc. One hundred and fifty fishing boats are already being built. Although he did not mentions these, refugee housing, railway tracks, etc. have already been gifted. His speech was met with a lot of applause in gratitude.

Nayaaru

Help to fishermen is a lively and current topic. The disturbed milieu among Mullaitivu fishermen flows from the relevant central government ministry giving fishing licences to fishermen from the Negombo area to fish in Mullaitivu while the resident fishermen had been displaced by the war. Now they are back. There is a lot of tension. Few Lankans are aware of the fishing rights problems in Mullaitivu.

What makes the Indian offer of boats and equipment timely and relevant is that on Monday evening there was a dispute in the Nayaaru area. The Fisheries Minister had prohibited fishing using lights because of the depletion of ocean life. However, when about 50 Sinhalese fishing boats set out with generators and lights, Tamil fishermen had stopped them. That night, Tamil fishermen had their homes set ablaze at a loss estimated at Rs. 50 lakhs by their unions (and 35 lakhs by the Disaster Management folk who used current  second hand value rather than replacement value). Nine houses and fishing equipment of the residents had been destroyed. In fear, about 50 fishermen have ceased work. The fishermen live in fear. MP Charles Nirmalanathan who drove all the way across from Mannar has stated that only 2 policemen had been provided as guards when he got there at 5:45 am on Tuesday although many more had been present earlier. No report had been recorded by the police at that time. 

Only Mr. Mano Ganeshan and MP Charles Nirmalanathan have shown interest so far. The police are hiding behind “fears of stoking communal fires,” whereas when victims are Sinhalese the police act with full force, complains a TNA representative.

We need more generous help from India since our government seems not interested. 

The Author seated with Consul Balachandran and the Consul’s wife and daughter

The Consulate General’s Carte Blanche

Mr. Balachandran  arrived recently and cannot be up to speed on everything, However, he is learning quickly the situation in the North because the Tamil newspapers generally keep us well informed on that score. However, where we are all kept in the dark is the anti-Christian communalism and peninsular nationalism that have been unleashed since the end of the war. I have written widely on the former, especially at Jaffna University, and need not repeat myself here. As for the latter, suffice it to say that even the Hon. R. Sampanthan from the East, is fearful of exercising his leadership saying “I have left Jaffna matters to my Jaffna MPs.” The peninsula is a dangerous place to navigate for those who do not know us.

The Consulate gave Jaffna University a carte blanche over the dance drama, without knowing what the university is.

The Communalist Dance Drama

I do not blame the Consul but his senior officers should know full well the anti-Christian propaganda carried out in Jaffna recently about not voting for Christians, the fall-out from Indian entertainer Solomon Paapaiah being brought by the consulate for a secular event but was hosted at the Keerimalai Temple, that other religionists would not have been comfortable attending, etc. Yet, for the one entertainment item today, Jaffna university was given carte blanche. 

Here is how the university’s sung-play went that lasted about an hour. People are suffering under White rulers assisted by a Tamil-Hindu Kangaani. They are beaten as they work. Then two priests, each in a Catholic/Anglican  priest’s garb (black suit and dog collar), come with Bibles and tell the people as they happily worship in a Hindu temple, “Give up your culture. Throw it away … It is wise to obey the Europeans and take on their culture.” As a result some convert to Christianity and begin to dance the western ballroom dance. The girls are in knee-length frocks, conveying a deracinated image. The common people watch with worried faces. This is like in a Tamil movie I have seen – but I expect more from the Indian Foreign Service than from “Kollywood”.

Thereafter, Gandhi comes along and does a sit-down protest. As the protestors get walloped by Europeans and their agents, Gandhi runs away without receiving even a single shot. Then the Tamil poet Bharathiyaar comes along and sings his nationalist songs. The converts and the two priests revert to Hinduism. Barathiyaar’s effectiveness juxtaposed by Gandhi’ running away, seems one more element of peninsular nationalism. The Chief Secretary of the Northern Provincial Council, seated on my right and a Christian, it seemed to me, was squirming in his seat. Hindu friends behind me gave me embarrassed smiles knowing what I would say.

Much of the imagery in the dance-drama is historically questionable, and is at least exaggerated if not untrue. Whether true or not, however, there is no need to insult Christians and our priests and faith. Are cultural sensitivity and accurate history being imparted at University of Jaffna? 

Recently there was controversy when Kampan Kalaham Jeyaraj, a man of solid reputation on matters of Tamil culture, in a newspaper interview stated that Jaffna University’s fine arts people have retarded Tamil fine arts. Although the music and rhythms were far improved over things I have seen as a boy, I now understand what he meant. The University of Jaffna has failed as a multicultural, modern institution open to and catering to all communities, and has demonstrated that through this musical extravaganza.

Duty of the Indian Foreign Service 

I do not blame Mr. Balachandran in any way for this fiasco. I believe he understands exactly what I am saying. For, this June, when the Election Commission had a parade carrying the Nandhi flag at the Jaffna Kachheri, he was shocked. He remarked to me, “What is this? It looks like a Hindu procession!”  Obviously, he did not get the support he needed from his staff. At the time when he made this remark, I was so elated think what a different country ours would be if every SLAS officer could think like him..

Does the Indian consulate and the Indian Foreign Service in general  have any business undermining India’s secular ethos? They should have at least previewed the play. If they did and still passed it, they would deserve a bigger indictment.

As I said, India has much to offer us. Their legacy is huge. They have friends and admirers here, both Tamil and Sinhalese. That legacy has to be safeguarded and not frittered away by giving carte blanche to communal elements, licensing them to speak unfettered for India, spreading their venomous message in the name of India

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    What an insult to our giant good neihbhour. Consul General S. Balachandran, should never invite Mr Hoole again.

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      Prof. Hoole’s anguish about the absense or lack of secular multiculturalism in an higher educational institution like the Jaffna University is certainly true and valid.
      I suppose those in the said university who were involved in the planning and organising stages of the 71st Indian independence anniversary event would do well to heed the view expressed by Kamban Kalaham Jeyaraj when it comes to getting involved in such events as this in future.

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      Jeyaluxmi Muthy

      Sinhalese and Tamils should get used to the idea of living under Hindian rule. As far as the Hindians are concerned Sri Lanka is the Sinhala state of Hindia.

      The Consul General S. Balachandran has assured the Tamils that his office will communicate in Tamil with them, what a reassuring gesture.

      The next step would be for Hindians to slowly start administering police and land power. This is Hindian’s Salami Tactics (slice by slice).

      Another interesting development. Chinamen are digging for Chinese antiques in the North, Allaipitty. Soon China will have no qualm claiming its historical right to own Jaffna Peninsula, another salami tactics perhaps.

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        Native Veddah ~ “….Soon China will have no qualm claiming its historical right to own Jaffna Peninsula, ……”.

        Yeah yeah. As long as they conclude, “No evidence of Tamils”.

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          K.Pillai

          If the Chinese could help Gota erase all the evidences of victims including their skeletons in Vanni region why not erasing all ancient and medieval archaeological find.

          You might read Chinese archaeologists discovering terracotta army of emperor Qin Shi Huang along Jaffna – Kankesanturai road, Jaffna – Manipay – Karainagar road, ………………………….
          SJ will be happy to be part of the team China.

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      “Consul General S. Balachandran”

      Consul General S. Balachandran is better than that.

      He is an educated person who moves in the world.

  • 14
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    Nice to know that relations with India are actually good. It is also heartening to hear that Indian help has been tangible.
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    As for Hindu-Christian relations, I think that I must give it a wide berth.
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    Anti-colonial sentiments are understandably common to all parts of Sri Lanka. I think of colonialism as a necessary phase in the evolution of human society worldwide. To me it now seems that the next phase is going to be poisoning the environment to such an extent that Darwinian Evolution will have to start up again. It may not be from the amoeba this time, though. Cockroaches may survive, if so evolution of intelligent beings may take off from there.
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    Not a very pleasant thought, but for now, let us humans speaking whatever language unite as Sri Lankans. It’s good to find India ready to help.

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      You are showing you racist stupidity as usual

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        Dave

        Who is?

    • 0
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      Sinhala_Man ,

      High-level races DEVOLVED after colonization! Time to get back our ancient Hela spirit.

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        Dear RTF,
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        Get any spirit back yourself. I’d appreciate being allowed to be myself.
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        I think that it would also be good if Prof. Jeevan Hoole stopped all references to caste, religion and gender issues. They must all be studied, but by experts in those fields.
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        Prof. Hoole is a great and good man, but he must narrow his focus.

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          Sinhala_Man

          S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole is another typical Saiva Vellala Tamil who as tradition demands opens up fronts in every directions at every opportunity and earns enemies of all sorts that one cannot afford.
          So do the Sinhala/Buddhist Govi.

          Please observe both.

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          S_M,

          “Good if Prof. Jeevan Hoole stopped all references to caste, religion and gender issues. They must all be studied, but by experts in those fields.” – it is a shame the extreme intellect needed to be taught the common sense wisdom about ballage wade and the buruwage wada!
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          The sweeping “Great and good man” characterization is empty rhetoric, and it is not the issue discussed, proved or disproved here. 30% of US thinks Trump is a “great and good man”. Glad to note you avoided praising Jeevan’s “hard work at the Elections Commission” this time.
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          Are you surprised that while Jeevan would rush to rightly condemn any seeming Hindutva initiatives, he would refuse to condemn the seemingly extreme counter initiatives such as “Christin institutes it must be,” or worse, he himself would promote the concept of safeguarding “Christian majoritarian advantage in Jaffna”?!

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          Sinhala_Man,

          Then you must go to India and be with the Indians. The ancient Hela race must be uplifted and consolidated. I say so with much spirit although I unfortunately don’t reside in the Motherland.

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            Grandma RTF,
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            By now you should know that few are hostile towards you. but none of us takes you really seriously.
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            The problem is that you are in America and imagine that you can tell us about things Sri Lankan. However, you are very much better than the Jim Softie fellow, who is no suspected of posting as JD.
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            Also, some of your comments make sense – but not on ethnicity or anything connected with it.
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            Also, dear Kumar R, let me affirm that I feel that Jeevan Hoole is working hard and well at his Election work. And he’s done us a lot of good – even if the election results are not to our liking. And his work there is honest. He just cannot dissemble. He hates Douglas Devananda and shows it – yes “acknowledges” it! However, I’m sure that he will not cheat when he has to count Devananda’s votes.
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            Sartre: “Hell is other people”. Too bad the world cannot be full of our clones.

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              Sinhala_Man,

              You must be taking me very seriously indeed to use the moniker on me. But I will write and continue to write to uphold the Motherland. On ethnicity, I do not degrade anyone ethnically ; I will continue to uphold the rights of the race of the Hela people. Even from America, that natural patriotism comes forth. You on the other hand are derogatory towards Buddhism and are a betrayer towards the Sinhala masses. If you feel hurt by the Sinhala-Buddhists towards you, go live in India and see how they will treat you.

  • 6
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    Amusing the revivalist was Bharathiyaar and not Prabhakaran! Anyway, not to worry, it must have been a boring performance because the envoy seems asleep.

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      It cannot be the boring performance. Quite a few are awake.

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        SJ: I think only the man in the necktie in the second row is concentrating on the play. The envoy is clearly asleep. The others are conscious of being photographed and do not appear to be absorbed in the play.
        Pinch me. Do I recognise the chap concentrating on the play? If I am right about who he is and he is indeed concentrating, then, you know what, the author’s claims in this piece might even be true!! (Fun you seek, fun you get.)

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          TT
          You almost persuaded me, but there is one little hitch.
          The man with the necktie in the second row seems to be frowning.

  • 8
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    I think that someone is running dry on conspiracy theories.
    May I suggest that the Hindutva Modi regime had a hand in this drama business.
    One may also theorize that the Shivasena of Maravanpulavu S has penetrated the UoJ.
    *
    Compliments are paid to K- K- Jeyaraj as “a man of solid reputation on matters of Tamil culture”. Does the writer know about this person’s views on matters of Tamil culture?
    What perhaps matters today is that he fell out with CV Wig- some years ago. Both were arch Hindu conservative buddies before that, and there was no serious K- K- event without CV Wig- lighting the traditional oil lamp.
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    A stupid play is a stupid play.
    It is best ignored like stupid utterances on these pages, however vile they may be.
    If it seems a serious matter it is be best taken up with the host whose family seems quite close to the writer.

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      SJ: “It is best ignored like stupid utterances on these pages,” If these are best ignored, why do you find it so difficult to ignore them?

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        TT
        I am not always at my best, and I need some fun.

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    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      Jamis Muthu Banda
      the Tamil Speaking Sinhalam

      Brilliant
      Where you’ve been?

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    These so called Sinhalese fishermen from Negombo a generation ago were speaking Tamil and identifying themselves as Tamils , many of them only took on a Sinhalese identity during the early 1960s . Now engaging in anti Tamil activities , however get onto boats and claim asylum in places like Australia and New Zealand , claiming that they are Tamils fleeing Sinhalese persecution. How ironic.

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    Thanks for Ratnajeevan H. Hoole to bring Nayaru incidents to CT. Further, coming to know that India is aware of the incident, it gives little bit more relief. Extra Ordinary Tamil Hindu Culturalists less care on that. Though they pretend to be Satchithanantham is untouchable for them, these fishermen are no different for them either.

    Tamil Nadu Media is complaining that Kerala Ganja is brought to Jaffna and transshipped to Tamil Nadu. A minister is saying Aava Kuzhu is a harmless organization. Why is he saying that? Did he filed cases against Aava Kuzhu so far? A Jaffna MP said these leaders in having three extravagant birthday parties in an year for him. (They are basically marketing convention for their products). About a month ago he partied in one Northern Island with 2000 guests. No arrest is being made

    But interestingly every TN fishermen, when they slip a feet into Lankan waters, with crocodile tears break the Northern shores with Tsunami for the Tamils’ fishes are being stolen, they all are arrested immediately and put in Jaffna Prisons. Beyond that they are even forced to witness that they were kidnapped by LTTE. Now a man connected to Yahapalanaya is using 50 boats to fish in Northern waters. He and Yahapalanaya police and army burned Tamil fishermen properties. This took place after the minister went there. Now the New King wants to go and force the Tamil Fishermen to take the Army and the police orders on the fishing.

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      Dear Mallaiyuran,
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      You have thanked Prof. Hoole for making us aware of the “Nayaru incidents”. Yes, real peace hasn’t come to us yet. Let us do what we can to ensure it.
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      I was always sad that we had to have a war to quell Prabhakaran; on occasion fellow-Sinhalese fault me for not having been supportive enough of the war effort. An hour ago, I came across this remarkable piece of writing, and I was wondering how to bring it to the notice of Tamil readers:
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      http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Celebrated-war-hero-now-sells-fish-154053.html
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      The piece should set you thinking – right down to the comment on it in Sinhalese. The commenter there contrasts the life lived by the ex-soldier with the politicians. You will all see the figure 645,000. That’s what some Western Provincial Councillors wanted spent on each imported chair in their Assembly.
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      The article raises many issues like demobbing. What is remarkable is that unlike the writer (note that this is a translation from Sinhala, though), the soldier isn’t feeling sorry for himself. Sagara seems to be happy doing necessary work (the vegetarian Hooles may not agree) cleaning and cutting fish. Yes, Sagara must be considered a hero – unlike Yoshitha Rajapaksa (or was it Rohitha?), who went off to Dartmouth after being “gifted” to the Nation.
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      May we never see war again on this island!

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    S.R.H. Hoole,

    Absolutely!
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    All religious zealotry, chauvinism, bigotry, and intolerance should be shunned unconditionally. Intellects should join hands to find ways to challenge such initiatives and nip them in the bud.
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    Suggesting or promoting religious differences would only aggravate the situation, not help it. Banda initiated the Sinhala chauvinism, and VP countered with his own version of Tamil chauvinism. We are all aware what that tit-for-tit produced – MISERY!. We should, instead, strive for sensible elimination of chauvinism.
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    In that regards, two specific issues that have come up recently.
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    First, while you correctly condemned Hindus voting on a religious basis as dangerous Hindutva extremism and congratulated Hindus for unbiasedly voting Christian to public office recently, you surprisingly corrupted your own logic by suggesting a “Christian majoritarian advantage in Jaffna” that needed to be protected from being reversed. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/in-jaffna-where-the-gods-are-deaf/comment-page-1/#comments.
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    Second, the fiasco with allegations of financial misappropriations, mismanagement, corruption and bribery to Indian church using Tsunami funds, and the consequent discussions raises serious concerns. They must indeed be thoroughly investigated. Even more bothersome is the discussions that followed unravelling initiatives in progress towards establishing the next generation of educational institute to be strictly Christian oriented (“Christian institute it must be” — see Lone_Wolf’s recent comment and the discussions that followed in the article “Return Of Exiles: To The President & Prime Minister, Cleaning Up Is Not Quarrelsomeness”, dated August 10th (link: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/return-of-exiles-to-the-president-prime-minister-cleaning-up-is-not-quarrelsomeness/).
    .
    Given your intellect and established reputation, along with your long involvement in public affairs, and as you so rightly champion the need to rid the education system in the North of the Hindutva fanaticism, would you also publicly condemn the grossly counterproductive, if not dangerous initiatives towards a Christian or any other religion-focused propositions in reforming Northern education? Nip it in the bud!

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    Praise the Lord!

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    When the missionaries arrived, the Africans had the land and the missionaries had the Bible. They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible. – Jomo Kenyatta

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      Maybe, they object to having the eyes open all the time..

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      … we also have modern universities, schools, parks, educated mothers and sisters, monigamy and no God’s raping and seducing women any more.

      PS: For those who do not know, Pattikaadu means rustic

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    In how many Languages the Indian National Anthem Sung ???
    In a dozen languages?????????

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      Thondamany

      “In how many Languages the Indian National Anthem Sung ???
      In a dozen languages?????????”

      It is being sung in Bengali language and not in Hindi the supposed Official language of the Country.

      Now that you have learned Indian national anthem is not in Hindi, why don’t you advise the public racist Rear admiral to accept Tamil version of the national anthem being the official one.

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      Not certainly in the official language or the link language.
      Why should we imitate anyone?
      Let us practice what was agreed upon.

  • 10
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    Jeyaluxmi Muthy has a point. Dr S Balachandran invited Hoole and gave him a front row seat along with his family. See how Hoole reacts. He is ungrateful for the invitiation. He even criticises the food that was served! Mr Hoole should never be invited again.

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      Dear Joy Malcolm,
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      Does this sound like “criticism” of the food?
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      “All this was culminated by a scrumptious brunch of thosai, ittaly, masala thosai, kesari and coffee/tea. Catering was by Jaffna’s famous and elegant Green Grass Hotel.” I’m at a loss. Is it that you’ve never encountered the word, “scrumptious”. That’s O.K. There’s always a first time for everything.
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      As for taste of food, I guess I’d like the menu for one “exotic” meal only (not as staple), but it sounds as though you are determined to insult the typical Jaffna diet. Perhaps we should all stay away from criticising things cultural; I’m sure that your insult was unwitting.
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      Personally, I wish Prof. Hoole would keep away from these religio-cultural thing in his writing, but then I know very little of Jaffna society.
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      Storm in a coffee/tea cup?

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      They should serve better food.

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        SJ, Your comment betrays your level of sophistication!

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          Tapps
          It was because that I feared that several here cannot handle any higher.
          (Seriously it was a response to Joy Malcolm’s comment on ingratitude.)
          *
          I am beginning to feel that Prof. Niranjan should urgently offer a crash course on developing a sense of humor.
          In some cases an implant may be necessary. Reputed surgeon Prof Barr Kum could have helped in these matters. But after he move to Melbourne he is not allowed to touch any sharp tool.

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            Oh no, a crash course from that fellow in the pub? He might charge tuition by the piLa!

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      I agree

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        Ravi Subramaniam

        “I agree”

        You agree with what?

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        RS
        It is a rong statement.
        The rite one is “Amen”

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    The ‘sung-play’ by the university students as described, appears to portray the reality of what the Christian missionaries did in Jaffna in the past.
    Their only job was conversion – to plant the church among ‘heathens’ – and they did it unobtrusively by establishing schools & churches.
    Most jobs went to converts.

    Hoole is worried about the reality of the past being bared – not only in Jaffna.

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    Mr.Hoole,

    “However, where we are all kept in the dark is the anti-Christian communalism and peninsular nationalism that have been unleashed since the end of the war. I have written widely on the former, especially at Jaffna University, and need not repeat myself here. As for the latter, suffice it to say that even the Hon. R. Sampanthan from the East, is fearful of exercising his leadership saying “I have left Jaffna matters to my Jaffna MPs.” The peninsula is a dangerous place to navigate for those who do not know us.”

    *** What are you talking about. There is no communalism in Jaffna between Hindus and Christians which is a figment of your imagination except the one perpetrated by the Sinkalams from the South by denying the promised Federalism . This is where we need the BIG BROTHERS help and Mr.Balachandran can bring this about quickly.

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    S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole does bring out the angst of N&E but he cannot resist the “Hoolean-fat lady song”.
    He concludes (Hoolean Algebraically) ~ “Indian Consulate General Buys Into Jaffna University’s Communalism”.
    Carte blanche too!
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    SRH H found the contents of the dance-drama by Jaffna University’s Ramanathan College unacceptable. Does he dispute that ‘job prospects’ was the carrot to lure people into converting to Christianity. To conclude that because the Consulate General did not censor this in the entertainment is way out of rationality. Evidently Gandhi escaping getting shot is Hoole-noteworthy. Bharathiar is a Hoolean-cheap ‘nationalist’. Does Mrs Hoole ever sing Bharathy songs?
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    To cut a long story short.
    Is SRH H trying to make out that N&E is a cauldron of religious acrimony which pales when compared to the religious bigotry elsewhere? If so, is it only the Hoolean sect?
    By the way SRH H in first para says ~”Catering was by Jaffna’s famous and elegant Green Grass Hotel.” Will you look at the religious persuasions of the cooks?
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    PS: SRH H: On the whole your work is very much appreciated but please do not bugger it.

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    It is Mahinda Rajapakse who allowed Indian consul in Jaffna. Now we can see through people like Balachandrana how they try to eleminate Sinhala entirely from northern province

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      Mrs Udubaddewa

      “Now we can see through people like Balachandrana how they try to eleminate Sinhala entirely from northern province”

      I don’t know why they want to eliminate Sinhala entirely from northern province.
      In fact Hindians continue to preserve Sinhalese across every part of the island as far as they are concerned Sri Lanka is the Sinhala state of Hindia.

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      Mrs. UDDU ,

      For your information MR didnt allow willingly. My friend he was to forced just like JR was forced to invite the Indian Army. India for your information has total control over every part of Sinhala Lanka whether you like it or not. Just look what happened to Colombo Port where China invested Billions. It is dead in its tracks for ever. WAKE UP

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        Ha kali.youhave come back after along time.What happened to your goddess jayalalitha who you said will save the srilankan tamils.She coudn’t save herself even from her ‘friends’.How was she going to save us.Any other saviour now?modi?

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    Our Chief Minister Vigneswaran can help create a secular image to Jaffna. Wearing yellow robes with Hindu religious symbols such as holy ash (Vibhooti) and Sandhana Pottu definitely gives him a holy look in the eyes of Hindus. However, it is not secular and culture sensitive in a multi cultural society he represents. He is the CM of all the people, not only the majority Hindus..

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      Naga Ramalingam

      If that is the case Sambandan should stop wearing Ariya Sinhala Suit which symbolizes the Sinhala/Buddhist Anagarika heritage, Ranil, MR, Sirisena ………….. stop going to see Mahasangha and do pooja at Hindu temples and refuse to accept silky and glittering ponnadai (shawl).

      It is not about the symbols that one wears its about how one behaves generally and how one treats fellow human beings. One should not object to Buddhist monks wearing saffron garbs in public but we have every right to object to saffron clad thugs.

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      NR
      If the man believes in his version of Hinduism, so be it.
      Appearances can be deceptive. Faith in a religion does not mean that one cannot be secular in social outlook.
      In fairness to him, despite various unscientific utterances on matters of history, religion, language etc. he is not one who spits venom at people of other faiths or refuses to serve them.
      *
      Have you heard of Swami Agnivesh in India. That saffron clad sadhu expresses highly secular political views.

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        Exactly, Swami Agnivesh although he wears saintly ochre robes, is a secularist. It is for that reason why he was assaulted, kicked and manhandled by Modi’s gang of Hindutwa goons.
        The said incident was recently telecast, in India. But he preferred to not charges against the Hindutwa goons of PM Modi and his crooked henchmen Rajasthan Singh and Amit Shah.
        As poet Bharathy said, ”needthalum maliththatum venda namakku ulagam palithathai virtu viddin”, which means one needs to not tonsure his hair or grow it to extra lengths to proclaim a false holiness that the world knows is utterly fake. A red dot on the forehead and along white beard is same.

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          Uthungan

          You are going ga ga.
          My Elders once explained the idea behind this Couplet which I still remember because its about hypocrisy.

          “As poet Bharathy said, ”needthalum maliththatum venda namakku ulagam palithathai virtu viddin”

          This has nothing to do with Bharathy, this is part of Kural or Thirukkural composed by Valluvar or Thiruvalluvar.

          குறள் 280:
          மழித்தலும் நீட்டலும் வேண்டா உலகம்
          பழித்த தொழித்து விடின்

          விளக்கம் 1:
          உலகம் பழிக்கும் தீயொழுக்கத்தை விட்டு விட்டால் மொட்டை அடித்தலும் சடை வளர்த்தலுமாகிய புறக்கோலங்கள் வேண்டா.

          விளக்கம் 2:
          உயர்ந்தோர் வெறுத்தவற்றை மனத்தால் ஒதுக்கிவிட்ட பின் தலைமுடியைச் சிரைத்தல், நீள வளர்த்தல் என்பன பற்றி எண்ண வேண்டா.

          Transliteration(Tamil to English):
          mazhiththalum neettalum vaeNdaa ulagam
          pazhiththadhu ozhiththu vitin

          English Couplet 280:
          What’s the worth of shaven head or tresses long,
          If you shun what all the world condemns as wrong?.

          Couplet Explanation:
          There is no need of a shaven crown, nor of tangled hair, if a man abstain from those deeds which the wise have condemned.

          http://www.ytamizh.com/thirukural/kural-280/

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            Native Vedda
            Thank you. I stand corrected.

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          Uthungan,

          Valvular is not saying Needal or Maliththal is fake following. It appears you feel so. First thing, at average man it has one meaning, simplicity of the life, staying out of pretentious life. (A pretentious life is not always a tricky or nasty life). The secound level is only for monks level. That is the main meaning. This is a Kural, we average, need not to practice other than understand it. He specifically talking about sages and monks and priest, only. One need to look at the “Chapter” he wrote this one in to understand it. He did not say a man in the wedding party should go simple or nude as dressing has no meaning. A king not dressed up has no authority with him to go around from him. A monk, priest or sage dresses in a way to stress his piousness. This becomes an authority like king’s dress. At the starting level, monks needs that to isolate their life from other people. Once they have realized their inner mind, they have to ignore the outside world. Focusing in that become disturbance. Valvular is not warning an average layman to be alert of a person who have balded or grown their hair. If you check the Chapter of this Kural you will know the correct meaning. Generally this is cited out of context by misunderstanding.

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    I agree. I do not see there are issues in that play.

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      RS
      You may be in good company.
      The Consul General too would not have seen any, as he was fast asleep.
      *
      The big issue about the play seems that the narrative sounds absolutely daft.

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    If Dr. Hoole is genuinely interested in promoting secularism, will he have the same intelectual and objective position to report on how Muslims are marginalized in Jaffna both by the Hindus and Christians and how anti-Hinduism is promoted in Mannar, etc.?
    Or is he trying to revive the colonial -Christian era? That’s ok, because that is his religious rights, but he should not use the mask named secularism.

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      And will you give us a report of Hindus being marginalised in their own ancient lands in Amparai and Trincomalee by Chingkallams and Muslims both Johnny- come- lately to the ancient Tamil east. These recently turned Chingkallams from Negombo behaved themselves , in the 70s 80s and 90s , if they ever migrated to the north for fishing. They respected the local Tamil population and fishermen and were frightened to do anything to displease them. Now due to the large scale presence of an occupying Sinhalese army and police , who are their patrons , they have become very emboldened and think they are the cock of walk and the local Tamil population their slaves. How things have changed. Tamils from the north and east considered these Paravan Tamil fishermen from Negombo , now calling themselves Sinhalese , very low down the pecking order and these fishermen , also knew this and behaved accordingly.

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        Yeah Padi Kutti. There are still a bunch of Tamil fishermen on the coast of Negombo. Sinhala fishermen overseed them and managed the profits.

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          The entire Karawa caste are descended from immigrant Indian Tamil fisher castes. Karaiyar , Paravar, Thimilar, Mukuvar. There is no such thing called a Sinhalese fishermen. These so called Sinhalese fishermen and many other service castes, all have recent immigrant Indian Tamil ancestry. This is a well documented fact and history. You coming and howling around here , trying your best to distort history , is not going to change this fact. The so called Sinhalese Karawa south of Colombo took on a Sinhalese identity far earlier , from the ones north of Colombo due to their isolation . The once from Negombo to Puttalam only took on a Sinhalese identity very recently from early 1900s , most of them in the mid 1900s. As all these areas were once part of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom. Therefore the Tamil influence lingered far longer. Even many areas in the Puttalam region were called Demala Hatpattu during the Kandyan era. Even now when you go these areas , you immediately get a feeling that these areas were Tamil until recently. The place names, the people , many of whom are still very familiar with Tamil, despite calling themselves Sinhalese. I have come across many so called Negombo /Chilaw/Puttalam Sinhalese who admit to the fact that their grand parents only spoke Tamil. In places like Udappu where these people did not convert but remained Hindu , they still maintain their ancient Tamil identity , whilst their kin who converted to Buddhism or Catholicism now call themselves Sinhalese. There are still may Catholic villages in
          Puttalam that are still stubbornly clinging on to their Tamil identity, despite immense pressure to Sinhalise. It is because of this reason that the Dravidian Tamil Muslims from South India , settled along this Chilaw, Puttalam area and are still found here in large numbers, as these areas until the turn of last century were largely considered Tamil and was part the Tamil Jaffna kingdom.

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            Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it all before. Go read the history away for the Tamil Net about the Karawas and others……try also the ancient historical document, the Mahavamsa!

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            Real!
            “The entire Karawa caste are descended from immigrant Indian Tamil fisher castes.”
            Why should it be only IT folk?
            *
            Entire castes of Tamilnadu came from Andhra in the past few centuries.
            Think about it, without racist hangover if you can.

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              ” Entire castes of Tamilnadu came from Andhra in the past few centuries.
              Think about it, without racist hangover if you can. “

              You always quip something out of context that never fit into current discussion. They two are debating if the Chilow – Puttlam area people general Sinhalese or General Tamils, but speaking Sinhala. We have seen it is difficult defining one race as Sinhalese, historically. But they both are, it seems, contended that on the same take the Sinhala language speakers as Sinhalese. You just getting into that and saying Caste came to TN from Andhra. Then, is that your contention because Tamil Nadu castes came from Andhra and Chilao – Puttlam Tamils came from Tamil Nadu so because originally they came from Andhra they Sinhalese, not TN Tamil converted to Sinhalese? Or is that your silly mentality to getting to the subjects you have no understanding and show you have PhD in all-inclusive subject. .

              First thing, read something and learn something. Write Tamil Nadu properly. It is not Tamilnadu. Can you link here one essay saying that all castes of TN came from Andhra? Would do me favor; could you extend your research a little further and find out from where all the castes to Andhra came from? Then I can ask you my next question.
              As a Tamil, know one more step. Caste is an English word and that is not available in Tamil Society. Ppractical reality is Varna and Jathi. There are lot of evidence in your wring of “Andhra castes came to TN” indicates that you lack that knowledge. Labor division (jathi) came from Indus Valley Civilization and Varna came in after Aryan invasion to India.

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                Don’t worry this person has his own private agenda only known to him. Notice all his comments, despite being a Tamil, he will constantly and always side with any anti Tamil, Muslim or Sinhalese who attacks Tamils . Like you stated he will either openly attack the person who defends the Tamils or deliberately come up with something out of context to the current discussion. What has the Telugu origin of around 10% current Tamil Nadu’s population, has got to do with the recent Tamil origin of the so called Negombo , Chilaw Puttalam Sinhalese when even many of them admit to this truth. Anyway most Telugus and Tamils are Dravidians and very closely related people, speaking similar Dravidian languages. Along the border areas at one time the identity was very fluid, depending on who ruled. Telugu originated from old Tamil or Proto Dravidian thousands of years ago. This man states I am a racist for stating the obvious truth but says nothing to this anti Tamil racist Grandma who is posting her Hela fairy tales. He subtly taking her side but his snide comments , that he thinks he thinks is witty.

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              SJ stating the obvious truth is not racism, however denying this,claiming another ancestry , then posting derogatory statements about your own actual ancestors is racism and very abhorrent and this is what this person and many others here try to do. Pointing this out is not arrogance , it is they and you who are. Yes around 10% of the present day population of Tamil Nadu have a Telugu origin. Mainly the Naicker/Nayagam/Kappu caste , a few Brahmin sects and the scavenger Sakkilli caste. The Naickers and these Brahmins arrived during the Telugu Naicker rule and soon took on a Tamil identity. The scavenger Sakkilis were imported into the Tamil country by the British , to clean night soil and sweep the roads. However unlike the these recently Sinhalised South Indian Tamils like the Karawa, Salagama, Durawa, these people despite being now ardently Tamil , still openly admit to their Telugu ancestry, by stating they are Tamils who have a Telugu origin. The ardently nationalistic Tamil politician Vaiko in a Naicker, so were former Tamil actors Pakiaraj. Vijyakanth. The famous Tamil actor Gemini Ganeshan belonged to the Mulakanadu Brahmin sect , these people are traditionally Telugu Brahmins and they spread to other states , during the Vijayanagar rule , just like many Tamil Iyer and Iyengar Brahmins moved to other states and gradually changed their language to Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam, these peoples language changed from Telugu to Tamil, just like the Naickers of Tamil Nadu. This is common in India. Large parts of what is now southern Karnataka and Andhra was once Tamil . The native population of Bangalore were a Tamil caste called the Thilllagaru or something similar, these boorish Tamil peasants held huge tracts of lands around Bangalore and Telugu real estate barons craftily got them sell their lands for a pittance.

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              Contd: Telugus. especially from the Andhra/Rayaseelama region and Tamils are basically the same people and when they move from one region to another their language changes but everything else remain the same, as the culture is the same. When Telugus/Kannada move to the Tamil country and remain there for centuries they become Tamils and when Tamils move into these lands they become Telugus and Kannadigas. The father of the Dravidian movement Periyar, was a Kannada Naicker. His actual name was Ramaswamy Naicker. In fact many Telugus regard the Telugu speaking population from Southern Andhra as not true Telugus but Tamils who now speak Telugu, just like the so called Sinhalese Karawa, Salagama Durawa, and others . Largely regarded by the Govigamma , who themselves have lots of Tamil blood , as not true Sinhalese but Tamils now speaking Sinhalese. This is why they were not allowed into their Buddhist temples at one time and still certain Buddhist sects still refuse to ordain them and they were forced to open their own temples and create their own Buddhist sect. This is why Mahanayakes did not want a low country coastal Sinhalese Catholic Karawa to be the governor of Kandyan Sinhalese heartland the Central province and the government meekly complied with this unreasonable demand. The largely Vellalar Northern province Tamils never objected to a Karawa governor or to Karaiyar Prapakaran. Proving who is racist and caste conscious. Telugu and Kannada branched off from old Tamil or Proto Dravidian thousands of years ago. In fact pure Kannada or Hale Kannada and un Sanskritised old Telugu is almost or very similar to Tamil. What is now passing off as Telugu and Kannada and even Malayalam are very highly Sanskritised versions, having more Sanskrit words in their original forms than its daughter languages like Hindi, Bangla or Punjabi , deliberately done , starting from a century or two ago , to hide the true Dravidian/Tamil origin of these languages.

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                RSS
                Firstly, what is stated should be “obvious truth”. Secondly whatever is stated can be half truth, which is worse than ‘zero truth’.
                *
                The Tamils are a thoroughly mixed race, thanks to living in a coastal terrain. They have had trade and other exchanges with people stretching across Greece and Rome to Southeast and East Asia.
                What were exchanged were not merely goods. much genetic material has crossed the waters. It is not a bad thing. Tamil civilization gained from these and other exchanges that happened overland.
                *
                There is no pure race except perhaps in some yet undiscovered territory.
                I have heard enough lies here about DNA data.
                The points I raised were simple and thus answering them is that much hard for some.
                *
                My being a Tamil (or for that matter anything else) should not stop me from saying what I think is right.

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                  The Tamil language and culture displays the most purest form of Dravidian , compared to other so called Dravidian groups. 85% of Proto Dravidian vocabulary or even more is retained only in Tamil and not in the other Dravidian languages. This is why old Tamil and Proto Dravidian is regarded as one and the same language. However the Tamil despite being largely Dravidian by race are a racially mixed people. My own Brahmin ancestors originated from Indo Aryan north or north west India. The Upper castes are largely of Indo Aryan or Indo Aryan/Dravidian or Dravidians. The middles castes largely Dravidians. and the lower castes are Dravidian/Australoid or Australoid. Into this like you stated that is a mixture of ancient Greek, Roman, Arab, Persian . SE Asian , later Portuguese, Dutch and even British blood. Like you stated around 10% of the so called Tamil population in Tamil Nadu have a Telugu ancestry , however Telugu or Tamil are basically the same people, so it really does not matter, as Telugu branched off from old Tamil and many of so called Telugus from southern Andhra and Kannadigas from south Karnataka , were Tamils until the medieval period . Even the so called Malayalam spoken by more than 80% of the population in Kerala called Malayalama or Malayala Tamil , was regarded as a form of Tamil and it was written in the Tamil script and was even used by the powerful Syrian Christian Church of Kerala, until the British at the insistence of their Namboothiri and Nair allies banned this language in 1830s and destroyed all evidence and trace of this language and made the highly Sanskritised dialect of the Namboodhiris , that was only confined to them and some of the Nairs , written in the Tilagai script as the official language of Kerala and as a sop they threw a lot of words from the local Tamil Malyalama dialect and called this Malayalam.

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              Sound reasoning, SJ.

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    Hindoos are centuries behind modern times with their caste ridden faith. Those who were successful during Colonial times were people like the Hooles who converted and other smart highly evolved Tamil Christians who were at ease in the corridors of power too. Add to that the English speaking Hindus who dropped the Verti for Trousers even if they remained nominally Hindoo. They are successful. But India is not secular by much. Modi and his Hinduvta people are repressing Muslims. You should talk about that to Balachandran. Soon India will invade again. Evolved Tamils are Christians because they have the intellectual ability to realize the bogus nature of Caste that stifles evolution. Accept Christ and you will progress beyond being a racist communal Peninsula which is hostile to Singalams, Muslims and even your own Christian brethren. Backward place refusing to integrate while insisting on living in Colombo as well as Jaffna but refusing to allow Muslims and Singalams to live in Jaffna. They want to have the cake and eat it too. Bravo Professor Hoole. Be careful of Tiger Terrorist lump.

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    Modi is Hindu. Yapanaya Tamils can get Modi’s help and eradicate Liberal Tamils from the North in order to protect the ‘Tamil culture. Ask them to be HIndus force them to relocate.

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    Nallur: Place of martyrdom of all christian converts by 1560. King Changiliyan killed all the Christians in Jaffna 1560- caned and starved to death or killed otherwise . This included a son of his/his brother, five devout Franciscan Priests sent by Saint Francis Xaviour from Tamil Nadu to nurture the new Christians who had come over to the Saint seeking baptism. Jesuits were active in education and social upliftment while Changili was a cruel king in Jaffna. Changili killed more Christians in Jaffna including the holy priests the Revs. Belchoir and Yaoa near his old palce in Kopay where a shrine/Church St. Mary of Guaalupe was built. These were before the mannar martyrs. Yet despite popular slander that Christians converted for money and jobs, many more converted, and finally Chankiliyan himself died a Christian.

    Where martyrs’ blood was shed in Nallur a shrine church was erected by Changili’s queen after she converted to Catholicism, which still stands there. It was behind her bathing pond.

    I can identify with the Professor’s frustrations. Our own relation was persuaded by Nallur people not to sell his house near the temple to us though he very much wanted to. Even my grandfather’s property sold in the sixties and was a seminary which was for sale by a hindu lady who had bought it, was refused to us. Just as in the South Tamils feel communalism so do the Christians in Jaffna, from fellow Tamils.

    To so callously show that Christian priests just renounce Christ for a song as shown in the play to much applause, clearly shows the mind-set of the University folks!

    It is important for all the Universities here to hire enlightened people who can sensitize the academics and students of the communalism within and its unacceptability in an educated society of scholars and students.

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    ALERT! ALERT! WARNING! BEWARE!

    The current Tamil Divide & Conquer Policy aims to put schisms between the Sinhalese on the island !

    They are convincing the inland Sinhalese that the coastal Sinhalese are not of Sinhalese blood; that they are Tamils masquerading as Sinhalese; that British killed off all the coastal Sinhalese and replaced them with “low-caste” Tamil workers. Why then, aren’t the upcountry Tamils becoming Sinhalese? “Low-caste” Tamils tend to remain as “low-caste” Tamils – they find it abhorrent to change their caste and race.

    Coastal Sinhalese were also traditional fishermen, toddy tappers, cinnamon peelers. When British brought in “low-caste” (Tamil terminology) Tamil workers, these people did the lowliest of work – the traditional Sinhalese became the overseers and entrepreneurs as they knew the system. The Sinhala costals became very rich indeed and invested in other enterprises. After independence, the Sinhalese chased the unemployed Tamil workers away to the North (except for the tea pluckers). Many were repatriated to India.

    These Tamils aim to set up the inland Sinhalese as “high-caste” (based on Indian Aryan concepts), and join hands with their 9% Vellalars to rule Sri Lanka. They aim to kill the entrepreneurial capitalistic spirit of the coast and blend us in with the Tamil Nadu Socialist state. Buddhism will soon become a mere sect of the Hindu and caste-based religion. Such is Yahapalanaya’s plan. At the helm is Dayan Jayatilleka.

    ps. Nothing wrong with Socialism, but it has to be a Lankan Socialism and not linked in any way with Tamil Nadu. Let’s do it with the Indo-Chinese countries.

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      Another fairy tale from a Negombo Karawa grandma. The Karawa, Salagma , Durawa , Hunu , Hali and many other castes who make up the vast majority of the so called coastal Sinhalese are indeed ,descended from , low caste Indian Tamil slave labour ,imported into the island during the Portuguese and Dutch era. The Sinhalese word Karawa it self is a corruption of the Tamil word Karaiyar. Just look at all these people’s ge names , it gives away their original Tamil origin. Now they are fast discarding these Tamil ge names.

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        Pandi Kutti,

        Yeah, yeah, we have heard it all before. Try reading the original and uncorrupted history- the Mahavamsa, and not the Tamil Net.

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          ramona scatter brain grandma therese fernando

          “Try reading the original and uncorrupted history- the Mahavamsa,”

          I am sorry the original one was written in Pali. Are you able to read, understand, Pali?
          Alright, what pages, chapters or paragraphs of Mahawamsa would like us to read and what are you trying to prove?

          If you read carefully Pandi Kutti is referring to the medieval period of this island and “original and uncorrupted history- the Mahavamsa” deals only up to A.D. 302.

          What is your problem?

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            Well Native V. …in the Mahavamsa, you will find that the Island was populated all along the coast with Hela fishermen and others. So gimme the chapters or paragraphs of Mahawamsa to disprove that!

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              Hela fishermen! ???. There is no such thing called Hela fishermen and others. Hela is the Prakrit/Pali/Sanskrit version of the ancient Tamil word and name for the island Eelam or Eezham. If there were Hela fishermen they were Dravidian Tamil or Semi Tamil Elu speaking fishermen understood granny. The descendants of the ancient Tamil population that migrated from the island to then Tamil Chera Nadu in South Indian are still called Eelavar or Eezhava. No one called them Helava as there is no such thing. They are around 28 % of the present day Malayalee population. These only include the ones who have remained Hindu and not the ones who converted to Christianity or Islam. Eelam or Ezham means the land of toddy or metal. in old Tamil . This is why the Tamil for toddy is Era and Sinhalese word is Ra, the E is silent. The Eezhavas or Thiyas of Kerala were closely associated with toddy tapping. The word Serendib is a corruption of the ancient Tamil word for the island Cheran Theevu , meaning the island of the Tamil Cheras. Cheran also meant Naga in old Tamil. Cheran Theevu meant the island of the Nagas and Chera Nadu meant the land of Naga Many people consider the Nairs of Kerala are the descendants of the Naga. This is why snake( cobra) worshipping is still very common amongst the Nair ( Naga) population of Kerala . in Jaffna ( as most Sri Lankan Tamils are largely descended from the native Naga) and parts of southern Tamil Nadu. Look at the ancient historically famous Naga Poosani Amman temple in Naina Theevu. It was a custom amongst Nair Tharavadams in Kerala to have a SarpaKavu ( home for the snake or cobra) at the bottom of their garden, where the Cobra lived and was worshiped.

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              RTF,
              .
              You’ve forgotten your medicines!

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                Sinhala-Man,

                Your not a nice person at all, are you.

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            She does not read anything but makes up her own history. Just like Modapala she should start posting her fiction on Lankaweb.

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              Pandi Kutti,

              Our coastline from North to South, East and West, was full of Helas (later known as Yakkas and Nagas), before some Aryans also came in. Later the soldier castes were also brought down from India- the Suriyas. There was always much interaction between the coastal inhabitants (especially the fisherman) and other even inland inhabitants between both countries throughout the millennia. Such is what is written in the Mahavamsa, and also said by the historian De Silva.
              *
              If your Tamil “low-castes” as you and your people place other human beings into, populated our coast during the time of the British, and then became Sinhalese, why then aren’t the Tamil tea-workers people also becoming Sinhalese. No, Indian Hindus will remain in their castes as there is no greater sin for them to change castes and race.

              Unfortunately you can’t think very rationally with your derogatory caste system, can you. We ask you to stop screaming racial epithets and throwing suicide bombs, and to be proud of your own Dravidian race.

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              Piglet,

              No we can’t afford to lose Grandma. She is Tamil Marumagal (daughter -in -law) . Her other name is Agatha Fernadopulle.

              Grandma,
              “Why then, aren’t the upcountry Tamils becoming Sinhalese? “
              That is also coming. Soon. Ranil has the Timetable. He is following Don Stephen’s path, he said. Now the Gazette is being filled up by New King. When he gets space he will have it printed. If you need it urgently just ask him.

              Thondaman name was printed in TN Newspaper after his visit there as Thondamanne. Reporters asked him if he had seen. He replied he didn’t. That could be one of rare occasion something came out of his mouth turned out to be true because even I didn’t see the piece. But he said Old King had told him if he wants Slap Party ticket, he has to change the name. His name all these time sounded like he is from Andaman-Nicobar, not Lankawe. That is why he tried a new name if that will attract some more votes. He had a Bottle labelled “Galoya” (Tamil “Kal-Oodai” English “Toddy River”) in his hand during the press meeting. For reporter’s question of what it was, replied “Up Country Iced tea”.(here we go again with Thondamanne). Somebody asked Sampanthar what happened to his hair. It seems he replied Ranil had told him to become monk, if has to get the Secret Solution. Now Sampanthar is a Part time evangelical Singer of “Putthan Karanam”.

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                Mallaiyuran,

                hmmm…….Agatha Fernadopulle….the name is familiar…..without the pulle part………not me, though. “Low-caste” (as in tamil terminology) would rather kill themselves than become Sinhalese……such is the power of the Hindu caste system. Best is, that they will become Buddhist (with Buddha as Hindu God), but never Sinhalese.

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            ramona scatter brain grandma therese fernando

            Have you actually read Mahawamsa?
            You need to read it before you open front in many directions.
            Go read come back and you should know Mahawamsa deal only up to 302 AD.

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              Native Vedda,

              After 302 AD, De Silva took over.

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      Dear Ramona Achchi,
      I hear some Burghers living in USA have now become high-caste Sinhalese. What next!

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        old coger,

        Really? Nooo, they shouldn’t have. I know a number of the mixed ones who declare they are up-county Sinhalese in Sri Lanka itself.

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    Re Ratnajeevan H. Hool – under his sarong one day I saw a tiger tail. Since then I have kept a distance from him.

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      Usha Candappa

      ” under his sarong one day I saw a tiger tail.”

      What were you looking under his sarong in the first place?

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      Yes we all know that the Colombo Chetties , whose ancestors migrated from Tamil Nadu during the medieval period and were speaking Tamil and classified as Tamils until 1983, are now, like other Tamil migrant communities from South India, badly wanting to become Sinhalese. Just like the Karwa, Durawa, Salagama and many others before them. Only the Indian origin estate Tamils have stubbornly resisted this Sinhalisation process and remained staunchly Tamil. Good on them. Generally all these Tamil immigrant communities from South India have became a bane to the indigenous Tamils from the north and east They become Sinhalese within a century or two and then want to destroy the ancient Tamil Saivite culture in the island in the name of Sinhala Buddhist Aryanism/Fascism . Another lot of Dravidian Tamils from South India, who converted to Islam and migrated to the island a few centuries ago , again want to destroy the island’s indigenous Tamils and their ancient Saivite culture in the name of Wahhabism/ Arabism and an imagined Arab/Moor origin that they hardly have. Now the once Tamil Colombo Chetties and Bharatha( Paravans) from Thootukudi have joined this bandwagon and the anti Tamil dance. A generation ago all rich Colombo Chetty families tried their best to marry their sons and daughters into upper caste Jaffna/Batticaloa Tamil Protestant Christian families. This is a fact.

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        RSS
        The reason why people chose to drop Tamil identity is best searched for within the dominant Tamil groups.
        If the Sinhalese elite were more accommodating than their Tamil counterparts, why blame those who switched identity.
        *
        Many Batticaloa Tamils once again resent identification with the North, partly because of the attitude of the elite of Jaffna.
        *
        Ask yourself why some Dalits in the North converted to Buddhism in 1957. (If it is simply because they are low caste, then let the Vellalas and their bogus Bramhin associates keep the Tamil identiry pure and leave the others alone.)

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          Ah the apologist for the Sinhalese racism and Muslim opportunism has spoken again. The Sinhalese are more accommodative! Do not make me laugh. This is why the Mahanayakes did not want low caste Karawa descended from Immigrant South Indian Tamils to be the governor of Kandyan Central province, they demanded an upper caste Kandyan Buddhist or failing that an upper caste Kandyan Christian. Basically they demanded upper caste Kandyan Buddhist or Christian did not matter to them but definitely no low caste low country Karawa or even a low country Govigamma. The government meekly complied to this order. Look at the all the marriage columns , where Sinhalese parents demand partners for their offspring only from their caste or higher. If they state caste immaterial , you know there is something fishy within the family or the offspring. All Sinhalese leaders have to come from the upper Govigamma caste and also have to be Buddhist. If they are Christian they will have to convert, like Bandranaicke, Jayawardene and even Wickremesinghe , pretend to be Buddhist. Only aberration was low caste Premadasa and he was bumped off and the blame conveniently laid on the LTTE. Sinhalese are so accommodative that the Govigamma banned the Sinhalese Karawa and other castes from attending their Buddhist temples or even being ordained into their sects that these lower castes had to run away and build their own temples and form their own Buddhist sects to ordain Buddhist monks. The Govigamma used to call the Sinhalese Karawa, Salagamma , Durawa and others derogatively as ” Demala Jarawa ” meaning Tamil dirt of the dirt of the Tamils, referring to their recent lowly immigrant Indian Tamil origin . The funny part is most of the Govigamma are themselves are descended from the Demala but from the correct upper caste Demalu, so it did not matter.

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            The word Govi/Goviya meaning a farmer is derived from the word Goi. meaning to reap or pluck , which a farmer does after harvesting. This is derived from the ancient classical Tamil word Koi/Koiuthal or Koikka meaning to reap or pluck. This old Tamil word is now hardly used in current Tamil but still understood any Tamil, is still used in Malayalam, Kannada Telugu , Tulu and even in Maldivian for reaping and plucking the harvest by a farmer of farm workers.

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      Sad the Candappahs we knew were still Tamil speaking at home. and proud of their name though a Hindu name. A Mr. Candappah shot into the air to save Tamils being chased by a mob down Rudra Mawatha in 1958 and then Derrick aluvihare’a police arrived to save them.

      Did that Candappah too have a tiger tail?

      After 1983 Colombo chetties and burghers declared themselves Sinhalese?

      Being a Tamil hater will not change your Tamil nadu DNA.

      Prof. Hoole has every right to point out violations, it is his duty too.

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    Catholic church in Yapanaya had sexual molestation of youngsters and you know what of women. Those were neglected. Now HOOLEwants more to christianioty. there is an article that PENNSYLVANIA, USA wants to loosen the Sexual assult state – legislation beczause 300 Catholic priests have been accused/charged for sexual assults. So, liberliaze Yapanaya university hindu temples have more Ponnaiahs to dance in the temple. May be church choir group has more female – men.

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      Jimmy,
      “Catholic church in Yapanaya had sexual molestation of youngsters “
      So you studied in a Catholic school in Jaffna? That explains a lot. Thank you.

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    My dear Native Vedda

    It’s a sort of colloquilism

    any case I did not look specifically under his sarong; a tiger tail is long enough anyone to see

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      Usha Candappa ~ “It’s a sort of colloquialism”.
      Of the sort GR (before the war), “All Tamils are terrorists” or MR (after the war), “Lanka does not have minorities any more”?

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      Ms. Candappa,

      And your saree is much too transparent to conceal the lion hiding underneath it.

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    “The Fisheries Minister had prohibited fishing using lights because of the depletion of ocean life. However, when about 50 Sinhalese fishing boats set out with generators and lights, Tamil fishermen had stopped them.”

    tamil fisherman cannot become vigilante groups.They should have complained to the authorities that the laws are not being followed by sinhala fisherman and if they do not abide by the laws then they too will break the laws.using force always results in a reaction and now they say they are living in fear.

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      what are Chingkalam Fishermen doing in the north? Tamil fishermen are now allowed to fish in Sinhalese areas but Chingkallams are allowed to fish in Tamil areas. They are invited there by the racist Sinhalese occupying army and police to fish in the Tamil areas , whilst the native Tamil fishermen are banned from fishing. These Chingkallams , together with the army and police should get out.

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    Hoole MUST realise we Tamils must try to mend bridges with India and try to establish a good rapport with them. It is always educated Tamils like Hoole who cause the rift with India (his row with Balachandran here). The average Karupaih knows the trick not this Hoole

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    In Mulatiwu, Tamil mobs set fire to our huts and boats. I ask Vigneswaran, is this sanhindiyawa?

    This reminds me of Kokilai and Delft fisheries villages in ealry 80s

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      Mrs Udubaddewa

      “In Mulatiwu, Tamil mobs set fire to our huts and boats. I ask Vigneswaran, is this sanhindiyawa?”

      Is it true that the Tamil equivalent of Cyril Mathew Trinco Sambandan set fire to the first net, hut, and boat belonging to Tamil speaking fisher folks?

      Perhaps the Sinhala speaking fisher folks would have hired him to destroy everything belonging to them or the Tamil speaking fisher folks would have destroyed their own in order to discredit the police, STF, the government, the president, and the Sinhalese, ………………………..

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    the jaffna university play was in poor taste with christians being present.Jaffna people better realise that nearly a million of their compatriots are living cushy lives in western countries and when they got refugee status the christian countries did not look at whether they were hindus or not.There is no point in scratching around with the past.These people have become christians now and they should not be belittled,humiliated or discriminated against and their religious beliefs should be respected.

    As for ghandhi running away,these jaffna university people do not even respect the greatest independence fighter of all time.The vice chancellor of the university,whoever the fucker is should resign immediately.

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      Check if the VC Jaffna arranged for the play to be staged.
      Be serious.
      Are you suggesting that the VC or one of his administrators should censor every piece of text that is produced by UoJ students and teachers?
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      There is a case for complaint, but not as big as it is made out to be. The protest could have been made to the host to take the matter up with the party that obliged with the ‘play’.
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      Hoole’s narrative makes it look like a confused muddle that mixes up anti-colonialism with various issues.
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      This silly play would not have made a fraction of the impact than any sectarian whispering that goes on.

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        culture in an organisation permeates downwards from the top.Anyway the VC has to take the ultimate responsibility for these so called ‘silly’plays you refer to.It is not ‘silly’ to humiliate ghandhi or christians.Jaffna uni is responsible not the indian consulate.So you think that undergraduates are ‘silly’.How did they become undergraduates in the first place if they are ‘silly’.This is a devious play,not a ‘silly’one.
        Those responsible should be kicked out by the VC or the VC should resign.

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