21 November, 2018

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Jaffna University Science Faculty Closed Following Ethnic Clash

A clash erupted at the University of Jaffna’s Science Faculty between a group of Tamil-Sinhalese students, with the university’s Vice Chancellor Professor Vasanthi Arasaratnam ordering the Sinhalese students to leave Vavuniya, after the Faculty was closed indefinitely. Four buses were brought in to transport the students back to their hometowns in the South.

After the war, several Sinhalese students have been admitted to the university, especially the Faculty of Science where they number about a half of the student population. “This has given students a multiethnic, cosmopolitan experience which is now threatened,” said a Senior Lecturer alluding in part to the more extensive use of the English language now.

The background to this skirmish is a freshers’ welcome at the Science Faculty today (16 July). The organizing student committee of the Science Students Union (SSU) had planned a march with traditional Tamil welcome drums and music, garlanding and escorting the Dean and Academic Staff from the Science Faculty gates for the event in the mathematics department hall.

JaffnaLast evening however, the Sinhalese students put in a request for Kandyan dancers too to join the procession. The committee-meeting considering the request went on for long, refusing to accept a suggestion at the last minute. The matter then was passed on to the University Students’ Union dominated by the arts/management students who insisted it should be only the Tamil welcome form.

Some senior science academics intervened and urged that the march from the gate be scrapped and that the music should be only inside the hall where both groups could offer their form of welcome at 1:00 p.m. when the staff would also be there.

Today, however, as the event began, musicians playing Tamil drums and music were seen at the gate. Seeing this, the Sinhalese students joined in with their Kandyan music escort. Primarily the arts/commerce students started pelting the Sinhalese students with stones. The Sinhalese students sheltered in the science building by the Physics Department signboard. The building had glass windows. As the panes broke and fell, some Sinhalese students sustained minor cuts, said a Senior Lecturer who was watching.

Matters got out of hand as the injured students posted close-ups of their cuts on their Face book pages. Worried parents urged their children to come home and called university authorities to check on their children’s safety.

The VC in a panic ordered the evacuation. At the time of writing, Saturday night, some senior staff are trying to stop the evacuation, saying “I fear a replay of 1977 when students exaggerated what happened to them and contributed to the events of that time. All our efforts at building up the university as a multiethnic community would be set back. The government and the VC should sort it out without effecting a virtual divorce between two university communities that have been good friends so far.”

Unfortunately, because the Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Union (JUSTA) has issued stringent strictures against the Vice Chancellor over what they see as her brazen violation of recruitment procedures, the senior staff who decided that it is important to do peace building after recalling the buses, are unable to communicate with the VC. “We do not even have her hand-phone number,” said a staff member during a weekend when they are seeing a change of science deans which adds to the problems.

In the meantime, JUSTA has issued the following statement on the matter: “Some unwanted incidents related to the freshers’ welcome party led to violent clashes among the Students today. Some students were injured and are being treated in the hospital. As a result, the Science Faculty is closed to the students and all the students are returning to their homes.

“We strongly condemn the violent actions of some of the students. We urge all citizens of this country to do all they could to defuse the situation and help all students to resume their studies in the University at the earliest.”Jaffna-Skirmish

 

 

 

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    It was not a clash but an attack on Sinhala students.

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      @Sach, you are a dumb f&*&*&g moron. When Tamil students went to U. of Peradeniya or U. of Morotuwa, did they go in there with Tamil drums? If not what special privilege do the Sinhala students have when they go to U. of Jaffna? Dumb fu&*$r always trying to turn everything into a Tamil Sinhala nonsense?

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        I graduated from University of Moratuwa. Yes, the tamil students, come with drums as they hold an annual tamil cultural event, with their dances, music and all that. Even in the Welcome event for freshmen, there are items to showcase the tamil culture. Go and have a look around the world than, insulting everyone with obscene language.

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          There has to consistency across Sri Lanka in relation to cultural dances. I didt go to Moratuwa but I heard Tamil dance were not allowed. May be I am wrong. Could you please post a link showing Tamil dance in moratuwa, it help everybody to understand the situation better.

          Thanks

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        Racism should be condoned wherever it happens.Both Sinhalese and Tamils have the right to display their culture at any part of the island.That is the co-existence I believe in.It seems like you want sinhala ethnic cleansing from Jaffan.What terrorists did 6 years ago.

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        Hello Tamil from North,

        Have you forgotten already that Sri Lanka is the country of Sinhala people. It is their birthright to live and study wherever they want. Sinhala people also as usual have offered you the Tamil Speaking people, the same privileges without any constraints. But the undisputed fact is; it is the country of Sinhala people. We do not need any special privileges, once again it is OUR BIRTHRIGHT. If you wish to do ONLY Tamil things in our national institutions paid by the national treasury, Answer is no. It is permitted only in TAMIL NADU. Not in the SINHALA LAND. Be it Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar or Batticaloa. Answer is same.

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          Hello Sinhala Banda

          Have you forgotten already that the North & East of Sri Lanka is the country of Tamil people? It is their birth right to live and study wherever they want in Tamil Eelam. Tamil people also as usual have offered you the Sinhala Speaking people, the same privileges in Tamil Eelam without any constraints. But the undisputed fact is; North & East is the country of Tamil people. You do not have any birth right in the Tamil North & East but we have given you some special privileges. If you wish to do Sinhala things in our Tamil institutions paid by the tax payers which includes the Tamils, Answer is no. It is permitted only in the Sinhala speaking part of Sri Lanka (minus the N & E or Tamil Eelam). Not in the TAMIL LAND. Be it Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar or Batticaloa. Answer is the same NO.

          Wherever the foolish Sinhalese go, there is always riot & mayhem…

          Why the F they want to ‘Performance’ the Kandyan dance when the University is NOT in Kandy? Dumb Sinhala Students are not only RACISTS but also STUPID in imposing their culture on local Tamil population..!

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            Dream on fellow, it is your only right. You are dreaming in the wrong place. But your dream will come true if you do that in Tamil Nadu, India. Not in Canada, Not in Australia not in Norway not in the UK. not in Sri Lanka.

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              Sinhala Banda

              SWRD Banda tried to implement your ‘Sinhala Only Sri Lanka’ dream and you know very well what happened to poor Sri Lanka after that. Did he succeed? NO! Finally, SWRD Banda was shot NOT by a Tamil but by a Sinhala-Buddhist monk. You fool is still dreaming of the same ‘Sinhala Only Sri Lanka’ that once caused misery and made Sri Lanka a begging pariah nation and a country that became the number one supplier of women slaves (house maids).

              The motherland of Tamils is Tamil Eelam (situated in the North & East of Sri Lanka) and not in India (Tamil Nadu). Tamil Nadu was created by the British in the 19th century whereas Tamil Eelam was created by Raja Raja Chola in the 10th century. If the World Tamils want a country, then the one and only one place in the world to create a Tamil country is in Tamil Eelam (N & E Sri Lanka) and not in Tamil Nadu, India, not in Canada, not in Australia, not in Norway, not in the UK but ONLY in Sri Lanka.

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              Are you the dream police ?

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          Sinhala Banda and Gamaya from the south, keep dreaming your Sinhala only land in your sleep. This land belongs to all who live there. You don’t like it, then you can pack your sarongs and Bata slippers and go to Orissa where you originally came from. All Sinhala, Tamil, Burgher and all other people who live there will be allowed to live in peace and harmony and equal. But if you want to dream your Sinhala only land, please go ahead. There is nothing wrong with dreaming. Good luck with your lovely dreams.

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          Sinhala Banda

          //”Have you forgotten already that Sri Lanka is the country of Sinhala people”//

          Have you forgotten that Lanka is the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils as well the other other Paras are Paras in this Land?

          The Paras are clashing on their Para-Cultures!

          Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

          Journal of Human Genetics (2014) 59, 28–36; doi:10.1038/jhg.2013.112; published online 7 November 2013

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

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

          The Vedda Tribe

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

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        it is new student welcome ceremony mind you. what is wrong with performing cultural rituals.

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        Same vision of BBS Gnanasara!

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        I studied in UOC (2003 PO) In every freshers welcomes, there are events for Tamil students.
        And in some years there are tamil cultural events and we as sinhala and muslim students go there and enjoy those.
        Same for Pirith ceremonies, Tamil students come and help us even setting up the Pirith Mandappa.
        Why not in Jafna. This is Sri Lanka and we all should live in this country.
        Doesnt matter its Colombo or Jafna or Matara; we all should live togther and we all should live in harmony.
        I wonder why stupid idiots of Jafna Uni (Im referring to both Tamil and Sinhala pupils) cannot get together and do an event with all cultural events.
        If someone acting against such ideas (regardless Tamil or Sinhala) and creating unnecessary issues, should be punished by the Uni authorities and if it goes beyond that, by Country’s legislation.

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        You just did Tamil from the North…Sinhala drums for Pera and Tamil drums for Jaffna…the segregation and intolerance…That’s what it is.

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          @Nuwan, you have missed my point. There should be absolutely no segregation between the majority and all minorities. Sinhalese should be able to play their cultural drums wherever they choose to do so, including Jaffna. The Tamils should also be able to exercise their rights wherever they choose to do so. It is a handful of dirty racist pigs, who ruin this country. I am only stating the fact, that the Tamils and other minorities were prevented prior to this new government taking over.

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      This is how the Tamils would have felt, when the Sinhalese in the South refused to accept their Culture!

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        you are nonsense bugger.. in south west Sinhalese Buddhist respect and practice tamil culturals values so much.. every Buddhist temple have a place for Hindu gods,,,, if you name them vishnu, murugan or katharagama, ganesh, ishwara or shiwa, patthini… kawadi is kind of cultural dance dirived from hindu culture… do we have prohibited hindu culture here in south and west? I am from Aluthgama we have hindu, christian and muslim communities in the area… once a year tamil minorities celebrate all hindu festivals here and has has any sinhalese attacked their festivals… learn the culture first, before comment..

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          i have also seen the ther going on galle road blocking all the traffic.

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        So this is returning fire is it?

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      RE: Jaffna University Science Faculty Closed Following Ethnic Clash

      A clash of the Para-Tamils and Para-Sinhala, with the Para-Tamils wanting to show off their Hegemony.

      Were all the Tamil Students Vellahalas imposing the Vellahala Values, just like they were imposing the Vellahala values of Castism and Racism on the non-Vellahala Tamils?

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      Well, it is obvious that this is a pre-meditated, intrusive act by one segment of the people. Sad that they are using young naive students to achieve their malicious goal. Efforts of reconciliation seems to be farce. Equality and sharing does not mean you impose, demand etc.

      Petty-minded people who use a dance as an excuse. The students involved from both factions should be expelled and requested to study overseas. So that they can see how different university life is out there.

      Sorry but the senior commentors on this thread, what are you trying to instill in the minds of the young. Frankly, your experiences are not relevant here.

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      I agree with you. Educated Tamil fools are misleading the Tamil students. They want to see riots, and they also want to destabilize Sri Lanka, because they believe the foreign power’s fancy promise, so called “Eelam.” Tamils have done it again. Tamil welcomed their students according to their culture first. What’s wrong Sinhalese have their welcome according to their culture after Tamils have welcomed their students?

      The Jaffna University is the darkest place in the North, especially the Arts faculty. No wonder why it is ranked 7225th in the world. Last August I had a meeting with the Dean of Arts faculty. He is extremely pro LTTE, he said that he is alive, because of the LTTE. He firmly believes that the LTTE members who have died is protecting him and Tamils in spirit. In fact, he feeds himself and his family through Sinhalese people’s tax, but he doesn’t say anything good about Sinhalese people. Tamil students get free education, but they don’t say anything good about Sinhalese either. How can younger generation learn to appreciate others when their faculty Dean and lecturers are crazy about the LTTE and have little or no respect for Sinhalese?

  • 21
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    The VC Jaffna University has handled the situation ineffectively. The VC should have insisted on inclusion of Kandyan Dance in the procession and if the organisers refused to corporate, cancelled the procession.

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      It would have been good if it was done but you cannot find fault with a denial of a last minute request.

      Just a question for knowledge purpose only, does the southern universities accommodate Tamil traditions in its ceremonies?

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        It seems that you have no experience at all in Southern Universities. I am a lectures at Sabaragamuwa University and have studied at Peradeniya Uni. What we always see in these two Universities is that Sinhalese students not only encourage Hindu Cultural events but also participate with them. You always see Sinhalese and Muslim students dancing and playing dramas with Tamil students together. This is a shame for an educated community to stay with a tribal mentality.

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        So Tamil students beat Sinhala students and police had to come and protect those sinhala students.

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        yes. Tamils can perform their rituals. sinhalese love see them.in katharama it is Tamil rituals is being performed not sinhalese rituals.

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      Undergrads fighting over a procession is a sad story, it’s silly.

      It shows in-maturity on both sides. We don’t expect it from students believed to be intelligent.

      Ego more than hatred seems to have played here.

      Organizing committee decision should have been respected.

      Request to have kandyan dancers is excessive and bit stupid.

      It’s the host who decides the way of welcoming.

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      It would have been better if a dance as seen as a dance not an ethnicity.

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    The beastly.!
    These are unwanted western gatherings unfit for local culture and must be scrapped with effect.
    the risk of backlash is obvious.
    stick to poya.
    you cant have iglesias you simply can’t have this violent tamasha.

    weerawansa, prabhakaran were both school drop outs like
    professors are opt outs of profession.

    you are there to study and get out cheerfully.
    be like the reputed rest of the world- Human dignity be civil.

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      the same thing happened when Sinhala buddhists were invaded by others.

      but, they talk about democracy and equality.

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    A very ugly incident. I hope it is brought under immediate control.

    Please keep bloody MR and his so called JO out of this as they will enjoy capitalizing on this. I ask the authorities to keep a close watch on MR and his clan as he is waiting for an opportunity like this.

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    How about Kovils in Southern universities were removed as a result of this ?

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      were you trained this way or were you born stupid? What has “Kovils” got to do with this? Do you know the difference between a place of worship, prayers, traditions and welcome ceremonies?

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    That student who talked about rights, he should have been taught the reality.

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    This news is embarrassing to hear. Even the performance of one form of music and dance couldn’t be tolerated by some group of university students. Wake up boys.

    Reconciliation should start from accepting cultures of all student communities. I would criticize Science faculty administrators/VC for not strictly implementing rules and regulations. They should have allowed both groups to preform outside or banned both music groups.

    After all welcome party is all about having fun with music and dance before some students to get drunk.

    Now the outcome of that party is turned out as some students are packing and going to home? Give us a break. You guys are not ready to have fun.

    We should also understand current batch of Tamil students from North were war time babies. It seems some of the Tamil students thought they have the home field advantage. And Sinhalese students didn’t accept it. Administrators should be very careful to stick with rules when they try to integrate student groups from different cultures.

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    This ugly incident wouldn’t have happened ,If Vellala Wigneswaran , the CM was in total control with Police Powers and Land Rights in his Federal State of Eelaam.

    Because there wouldn’t have been Sinhala Students, let alone the ones who do Kandyan Dancing …

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    We should applaud the Jaffna University for trying to integrate communities but having only one community represented at any occasion is not a good idea. I fear there are practically no Tamil students in the universities outside Jaffna and in the South. There are also no minority ethnic personnel in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Police, which has to change. We should accept we are a multi ethnic society and our forces representing the community at large.

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      sylvia Haik – obviously u have not gone to a local university – except for mono ethnic north all other universities have a significant amount of tamil students my faculty had 33% of tamil students

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      There are Tamil students in all universities.

      Dr.RN

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    The Tamil dance in Peredeniya was immaculate when I studied there. Oops sorry, there was no Tamil dance during my progression

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      Tamil dance or Indian dance called Bharatha natyam ?

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        what is Bharatanatyam?

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        Baratha Natyam for its beauty and grace has more or less become India’s national dance but its origins are from the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu that started around 3000 years ago. So it is basically a dance of the Tamils and Eelam Tamils have every right to call it their own too. However it is very cosmopolitan as many of the music and songs that Baratha Natyam is now danced to is not only in Tamil but also in Sanskrit Telugu and Kannada. Get your fact correct.
        Tamils are indigenous to Both South India and North East Sri Lanka. The language culture etc spans both these regions and not just indigenous to India. Do not try to misinterpret and twist history.
        For your information most of the Sinhalese culture music dance forms dress and food habits are from what is modern day Kerala and southern Tamil Nadu. The Bera is the Tamil Parai or Para Melam. The Udaki is the Tamil Udukai. So is Sinhalese culture also Tamil and from South India.

        If Sinhalese want to dance Kandyan in the north and east then Tamil dances music and culture should also be given prominence in all southern universities. Period. They cannot demand everything in the Tamil areas Eg special Sinhalese only AGA divisions where everything is done in Sinhalese for them and also electorates within 30 years of their arrival in the north and east and nothing given to the large Tamil speaking population down south, who make up around 50% in the greater Colombo area the Central province etc. They also need special Tamil AGA division conduction business only in Tamil and special electorates for them. Unlike the Sinhalese who arrived in the north and east only very recently, due to illegal state sponsored colonisation schemes in the north and east on the ethnically cleansed Tamil lands. The Tamil speakers have lived in the South for centuries and had arrived there legally and purchased their lands homes business etc. Unlike the illegal Sinhalese settlers, they do not attempt to change the original Sinhalese character of these lands.
        Lastly If there was enough Tamil personnel and police in the armed forces and police, these Sinhalese hooligans/students would not have been so brave and arrogant to demand Sinhalese dances and music in a 100% Tamil area, These very same racists would have discriminated the Tamils down south and not allowed anything. They are becoming more and more arrogant and creating trouble in the Jaffna and Trincomalee/Batticaloa campus just because there is a 100% racist occupying Sinhalese armed force and police that comes and encourages them to do so.
        This racist occupying Sinhalese armed forces and police and all other extremist Sinhalese Buddhist elements should be kicked out. Otherwise they will be no peace for the Tamils in the north and east. Their aim is to Sinhalise the north and east and this ungrateful Sirisena government that came to power on the back of the Tamil speaking minorities promising all sorts things, is now dancing to the racist Sinhalese Buddhist majority and renegading on what they promised.

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          Padmini Dahanayake- the niece of a former PM, W.Dahanayake- was the first Sinhala female to graduate from Kalakshetra in Madras, in the 1950’s. She danced to Tamil classical ( Carnatic) songs and accompanying instruments, and had her own dancing school. Many Sinhala girls learn Bharathanatyam now and the ‘ nattuwangam’ (songs) are in Sinhala, but set to Carnatic ragas and talas.

          Dr.RN

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          Thanks for explaining this in detail, Paul. I knew what was Bharatanatyam but wanted Jim Softy’s convoluted perspective first.

          Well done Paul

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            Thanks. I am a Jaffna Brahmin and my actual name is Siva Sankaran Sarma or Sharma but now forced to use this as two clowns have stolen my identity and posting under my name not only in this forum but in many other forums too

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              Did you learn Bharata Natyam? All my sisters did it for their O’L

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      when were you there. I was there 79 to 82. All the ceremonies we organized consist of sinhalese as well as Tamil dancing. we all together performed kavadi dancing. This is ruins of home land idealism of vadduk kudai deceleration. nothing else..

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        Ranjaith

        I was there in 1995 to 1996. In 1996, my friends and I took a trip to Dalada Maligawa. We were speaking in Tamil and the police came and asked us: Themila? we said yes and they arrested us and put us in jail. After tow days, our parents got involved and released us. Few months later I fled Sri Lanka.

        Now I often visit Sri Lanka to provide seminars for special needs schools in Kandy and Colombo

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    Bigotry has been entrenched in young minds by the old engaging in cheap, vicious, duplicious and inhuman politics for decades. We have not learned the lessons from the last war and the cascade of events that preceded it for decades.

    Whoever is to be blamed or the purveyors of this shameful episode were, we as Sri Lankans-Tamils and Sinhalese, have to shed tears of blood in shame with bowed heads. If an institution of higher education is home to bigots, the bigoted children of bogots or the tools of bigots, it is a blot on this nation, Jaffna and ultimately the Tamils.

    Bigotry in any form, is alien to the concept of university education, the ultimate objective of which is to open young minds to the universe, its complexity, diversity and beauty. It is a shame we have lost sight of this fundamental. the motions of educating, while confined within the boundaries of bigotry, that leads to intolerance, is a grand lie.

    What has transpired at the Jaffna University is an exposure of a grand lie!

    The tone of the many comments above, demonstrate the depths to which we have descended as a people.

    When and how will we climb out of this hell-hole of bigotry we are trapped in?

    The raging fires that this incident could spark in a country that is in the throes of an unprincipled and no bars, political struggle, has escaped the minds of those behind what transpired at the University of Jaffna. This is what bigotry does. Hate blinds the intellect and makes us rabid.

    What was wrong with having Kandyan dancing on the occasion? It is an art that has much skill and beauty. It is an art I volunteered to learn while in the sixth grade at school. When I asked my father, whether I can go for the classes, he encouraged me to do so. I salute my late father, for his very spontaneous response.

    The experiment at bringing the different communities together to interact, tolerate, live and learn together, and develop life long friendships should continue. This should be so in all other universities too.

    I do not think the Vice Chancellor was right in shipping out the Sinhala students to the South. She should have cracked down on the violence and taken measures to protect the Sinhala students-our welcome guests. The miscreants, whether Tamil or Sinhalese should have been identified and expelled. They do not deserve to be university students.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Nothing wrong as long as the Tamil language music dance forms are given equal importance in the southern universities. If they are not then the universities in the north and east have every right to refuse to have Sinhalese dance forms in their universities.
      What is good for the Sinhalese is good for the Tamils too. The Sinhalese want everything in the north and east as soon as they arrive. Special Sinhalese only AGA divisions carved out but are not willing to do the same to the Tamil speakers down south who in larger numbers and have lived there legally for centuries.
      All this arrogance by the Sinhalese is due to the fact that a racist Sinhalese government encourages this and there is a racist 100% Sinhalese occupying armed forces and police that is actively engaged in creating all this problems and encouraging all sorts of extremist Sinhalese Buddhist elements to enter the north and east to steal and claim more Tamil land.
      If this racist Sinhalese occupying armed forces and Police are kicked out and local Tamil policemen and armed forces personnel are recruited most of this problems will be stopped.

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        You stupid, dumb, racist, idiot… come to the Southern universities and see how all cultures flourish and share in each others diversity. Stop citing state mechanics to chastise this bigoted actions performed inside a sacred educational institution. These are the people enlightened and blessed by educational prowess. They should be able to transcend beyond petty cultural boundaries and racist agendas. Stop inciting violence and condoning separatism. True, acceptance will come one fine day, but be tolerant ! there are Sinhala people fighting a losing battle trying to talk on behalf of our true Tamil brothers in the North. Focus on them for a bit and try to see the big picture without looking at the stupid “Singhala Only” Ag divisions.

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      Well said. I am sad to see the amount of dislikes given for this very beautiful comment. It shows the mentality of rasists who put dislikes to any body who wants peace harmony and cutural integration in the north. In the south there is no issue about kandyan , tamil dancers. The sinhala students perform tamil dances and that is encouraged even in schools where there are no tamol students so that when they finally meet their tamil friends in university they will aknowledge their culture. As Dr Rajasingham says the university administration should take the blame. They are bound to protect the Sinhala students and to make sure no ethnic issues break up bonds. They should implement rules now on the inclusion of cultural events by all ethnicities in a legal form so that such incidents will not happen in the future. Wont this incident scare the sinhalese of a federal solution ? It will be like India and Pakistan inside the small island of Sri Lanka. We dont need that , ever !!!

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    Folks ! lets wait for an independent report, from the University board. VC should have acted intelligently by cancelling the event sensing trouble when a last minute request was made by the Sinhala students to have the Kandyan dancers to join the procession w/o prior
    planning. The Jaffna University board should have made it a rule that other than religious events, both Sinhala & Tamil students should
    participate together, with prior arrangement and a permanent committee should be formed by Sinhala/Tamil students to look into organising events. This is the way to build reconciliation and the President &
    PM cannot do it alone A question may arise whether the Tamil students,
    if any, in Peradeniya Uni.,& Ruhuna Uni.,are allowed to have their events, conducted peacefully.
    The universities, specially in our country are trouble some places
    and the Uni.boards should act wisely,when dealing with adult students and act in advance to prevent any incidents happening, which always ends up in violence . As a punishment, the students involved should be asked to pay for the damages caused to the Uni. class rooms.

    Now lets wait for the Jnt. opposition chorus !

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    There are attempts to discredit Tamil culture by agents of—-. Investigate thoroughly about the stoning. who is behind the scene of this incident. A spark for another riots.. It is not bad to include another culture and get to know about it. But also try to understand the feelings of a victimised nation in the North SL.

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    It seems that only Sinhalese must have unity, the Tamils can have their own way. What if the Tamil students here in Colombo were assaulted like this. Then it would be an ethnic issue?

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    It seems that VC is an incompetent individual. Students are students, most of them are driven by emotions at this stage. However VC is supposed to be an matured adult. Her capacity to understand a volatile situation like this is ZERO. The person must resign and go home, without leaving the room for political interpretations. There many other capable Sri Lankans to assume the position.

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    It seems that only Sinhalese must have unity, the Tamils can have their own way. What if the Tamil students here in Colombo were assaulted like this. Then it would be an ethnic issue?

    The last problem in 83 started also by a Sinhalese student beaten with bicycle chains in Jaffna. This is exACTLY HOW THE PROVOCATION WAS STARTED LAST TIME. We should move the Tamil students out of universities in other areas back to Jaffna as well.

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      That is exactly what the Tamil eelamists and their paid Sinhala collaborators want.

      No, Sinhala students in north should be protected but Tamil students in south should be even more protected.

      Remember, what is important is to put a full-stop to the racist Tamil self governance demand that will lead to a Palestine-Israel type bloodshed.

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    Just to chip in The fault is with the VC not able to operate under Stress.As the saying goes When in Rome do as the Romans Do.

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    This is most, most, most unfortunate.

    I know that the vice-chancellor would have had nothing to do with this. But that is the position of the utmost importance. Why was this woman I loved being in this position for so long? I don’t know which section of the government was for keeping her. So many warnings were voiced by people who ought to have known.

    The intelligence collection by the government has been very poor. Remove this woman immediately.

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      The typo referred to below is hilarious, really (please check the times at which all THREE comments have been posted).

      I said, “Why was this woman ALLOWED to be in this position for so long?” The tablet suggests that I was her lover. Heaven forbid!

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    I just dictated the earlier comment, and this too, into a tablet.

    I noticed at least one typo as I submitted. Sorry.

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    This is nothing new, these Sinhalese students, with the support of the armed forces and police had been doing this in the Trincomalee and Batticaloa campus and have become the ruling cock of walk and are now attempting to do the same in Jaffna. They would not have dared to do this without the support of the armed forces and police that is 100% Sinhalese. They are trying to flex their muscles are trying to tell the Tamils in the north and east, even in your homeland we are the bosses and can do anything we want.
    We will deny your culture in our areas but will force you to give prominence to our culture in your areas, as we are the ruling race.
    Short and Sweet this all this is about. The difference between the northern and eastern Tamils is that the Northern Tamils do not take this lying down and will give a fight. The easterners take everything very passively, this is why they are on the verge of loosing their land to the Sinhalese settlers and the Muslims immigrants.

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      Rohan,

      “The difference between the northern and eastern Tamils is that the Northern Tamils do not take this lying down and will give a fight. “

      Yes, we also saw you buggers standing up and fighting in nanthikadal lagoon 7 years ago.

      “The easterners take everything very passively, this is why they are on the verge of loosing their land to the Sinhalese settlers and the Muslims immigrants.”

      Who the hell are you to call us settlers in our own country. This is like the whites in South Africa calling the blacks the settlers in their own country. As for the muslims being immigrants you thalayas are the same.

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        Your family name Perera itself gives away the recent largely low caste Indian Tamil origin, that half the present day Sinhalese population have.
        The north and east are not the lands of the Sinhalese. It is the land of the Tamils. This was recognised by the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonials and after independence by the Bandaraniacke/Chelvanayagam pact the Dudely Senanayake/Chelvanayagam pace and later by the international 1987 Indo/Ceylon agreement, signed by Rajiv Gandhi and J R Jayawardene.

        There is enough historical evidence to show that the north and east of the island ( Tamil Eelam) is the ancient land of the Tamils. Inhabited and ruled by the Tamils from time immemorial, until European colonisation. Even your racist anti Tamil Mahavamsa fairy tale that is a mixture of truth and myth states of ancient Tamil lands kings and chiefs in the island. By trying to discredit the Tamils they only proved the ancient presence of Tamils in the island.

        Just because the British amalgamated the Tamil lands with the Sinhalese lands in 1833 and made the Tamil nation that was a 100% majority in their own land a minority in the island and the Sinhalese who had no presence or influence in the north or east a majority in the whole island and changed the power equation in 1948 by handing the whole island to the Sinhalese on a platter, does not make the whole island yours or the Sinhalese indigenous to the land.
        The Sinhalese language and ethnicity may have been formed in the southern parts of the island but that does not make them the true indigenous population, as there was a far ancient Saivite Tamil or Semi Tamil Elu speaking Naga/Yakka ethnicity already existing in the island , that predated the so called Sinhalese ethnicity and language that really only came into existence around the 8 century AD.
        Modern day Sinhalese are descended from the indigenous semi Tamil Elu speaking and proper Tamil speaking population plus other immigrants from India from ancient to modern times largely from the Tamil country in South India and some from North East India.
        They corrupted their local Tamil/semi Tamil dialect with the Prakrit, Pali and Sanskrit, when there was a large scale conversion of the population down the south of the island to Buddhism. Other than Tamil non of the other languages that helped to form the Sinhalese language belong to the island or the region. Tamil and Pali or Sanskrit is the biggest contributor to the formation of Sinhalese. Take the Tamil/Semi Tamil Elu based words from modern Sinhalese, there will be no Sinhalese. The entire grammar lexicon and alphabet of the Sinhalese language is neither based on Pali or Sanskrit but on Tamil.
        The population in the north and east had always remained Tamil and never lost this ancient identity, despite many of them following Theravada and Mahayana form of Buddhism and giving equal importance to it and Saivaism until the invasion of the Cholas in the 10Century AD under Rajah Rajah Cholan, with this invasion Buddhism died in the North and East and the entire Tamil population returned to their ancient Hindu/Saivite fold, just like the rest of India. It was the Cholas who built Polonaruwa and all its splendid Hindu/Buddhist ruins. Not the Sinhalese. This legacy is a gift from the Tamil Chola.
        Trying to call the ancient Indigenous Eelam Tamils as outsiders and the modern day Sinhalese who descended and evolved from them and other Indian immigrants as true indigenous people is a big joke, especially from a Sinhalese whose slave/indentured labour Indian Tamils ancestors only arrived in the island during the Portuguese/Dutch colonial era.
        You and people like Ramona who the recently Sinhalised descendants of these Indian Tamil immigrants disgust me with your racist anti Tamil rants.
        The Sinhalese are settlers in the north and east of the island as this is Tamil land and they had no peep in this land until they were illegally settled there in the past 50-60 Years.
        These Sinhalese students instead of settling down and studying in Jaffna are listening to extremist Sinhalese Buddhist elements and are agitating to impose the Sinhalese culture forcible down the throats of the local Tamil population with the support of the racist occupying Sinhalese armed forces police and the establishment.
        They should learn to respect the Tamil language and culture and local Tamil speaking Hindu Muslim and Christian people of this region instead of agitating for Sinhalese dances music and culture to be given prominence , to show the local Tamil speakers who is the real master.
        They may have got away with that in the east but it boomeranged in the north

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          Gembo,

          “Your family name Perera itself gives away the recent largely low caste Indian Tamil origin, that half the present day Sinhalese population have. “

          Wether it is low caste or high caste thalaya is a thalaya. You are a para demala in true sense of the word.

          Good proportion of the present day sinhalese with protugees names trace their anscenstry to Kerala not to you para demalas.
          Most of the rabidly anti Tamil sinhalese are descendants of keralites.

          “The north and east are not the lands of the Sinhalese. It is the land of the Tamils. This was recognised by the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonials and after independence by the Bandaraniacke/Chelvanayagam pact the Dudely Senanayake/Chelvanayagam pace and later by the international 1987 Indo/Ceylon agreement, signed by Rajiv Gandhi and J R Jayawardene. “

          Handing over of the whole country by British to the sinhalese proves it. Rajive Gandhi temporarily merging (Not permanently) also proves it. Haha… What rubbish are you talking you paraya.

          If there is enough evidence take it up at an international forum and get Eelam. You do not have any eveidence excepting mentioning about the statistics of East in 1948. It is the British who created the provinces by annexing the relatively thickly populated coas of East with sparsely populated sinhala villages to create the illusion.

          You can write rubbish about your Tamil Nadu kallathoniyas, the fact is sinhalese are a unique race evolved in this country. Similarly your place is Tamil Nadu.Most races evolve over time except THALAYAS. Sinhalese are a race that evolved from the original hela tribes over time. The present form of sinhala probably came into existence around the 8th century AD. YOU BUGGERS ARE OUTSIDERS TO THE SINHALA LAND.

          “They should learn to respect the Tamil language and culture and local Tamil speaking Hindu Muslim and Christian people of this region instead of agitating for Sinhalese dances music and culture to be given prominence , to show the local Tamil speakers who is the real master.
          They may have got away with that in the east but it boomeranged in the north”

          We all saw what boomeranged on whom 7 yr ago. Big talk…

          More on the East and your false traditional homeland concept

          Whilst it is acknowledged that Jaffna was, for about 300-400 years out of our history of 2500 years, a seat of political power ,it nature and question such as whether it was a “kingdom” or not and the extent of its power is still disputed among historians. However even those historians who support the view that the seat of power was, both a kingdom and Tamil Kingdom are at once in agreeing that it was a kingdom of fluctuating fortunes, the territory of which was largely confined to the Jaffna Peninsula and never extended to the Eastern Province.
          As Professor K M De Silva said
          A Tamil kingdom did exist from the the 13th century to the early part of the 17th , but except during a brief heyday of its power it seldom controlled anything more than the Jaffna Peninsula., and some adjacent regions on the coast and some parts of the interior.
          Set against a history of 2500 yrs the independent existent of this kingdom covered a very brief period, and even during this period its status and influence varied dramatically; at times a very powerful kingdom; at others a satellite of expanding Dravidians States across the Palk straight, and at times subjugated by the Kotte Kingdom, and generally acknowledging its suzerainty.
          There is little or no evidence to support the claim made in the TULF Vaddukodai resolution that there was either an unbroken national consciousness or a continuing tradition of independent statehood.

          Professor CR De Silva said ;
          A separate kingdom in Jaffna existed in Sri Lanka from about the 13th century to 1619. During Certain periods the kingdom was so powerful that for a brief period it captured power in the western seaboard almost up to the environs of Colombo.
          But for most parts of of the 400 yrs it was a rather week kingdom confined to the environs of the Jaffna Peninsula. It never wielded power in the present day Eastern Province.
          Nor was it always independent, for it often acknowledged the sovereignty of the dominant power in south India and was once overwhelmed by a Sinhala army from the south.
          But most significantly the Tamil kings of North did not think of them as separate rulers of Tamil Kingdom. They like all the other Sinhala kings aimed ultimately at being the Monarc of all Sri Lanka.

          The first ground on which a secessionist claims the Northern and Eastern provinces as being the traditional homeland is demonstrably false.
          The second and the only other ground on which this claim is made is that there is in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the boundaries of which were drawn by the British purely for their administrative purposes .
          There is clearly no justification for once racial group claiming proprietary , exclusive rights over the others within these two boundaries set artificially by the British merely because there are more members of that group over the others. If there is any validity in such contention it would follow with even greater force from the same principle, since there is and always has been within the natural borders of Sri Lanka, am overwhelming preponderance of Sinhalese, the entirety of Sri Lanka is the homeland of the Sinhalese.
          Whilst Tamils are an overwhelming majority in the North the same can not be said about the Eastern Province. Muslims and the Sinhalese together constitute about 64% of the eastern Province.
          Although the Sinhalese are about 25 % of Eastern Province, the Tamils and the Muslim settlements are largely confined to the coastal areas (Particulary in Ampara and Trincomalee) which are relatively thickly populated compared to the sparsely populated Sinhalese villages which are spread over a huge area.
          Thus of the 22 assistant government agents divisions in the Trinco and Ampara districts the Sinhalese constitute the overwhelming majority in in 10 namely, Padavi Siripura,Gomarankadawela,Kantalai, Moraweva and Seruvila in the Trincomalee district and wevgam pattu ,panama pattu and bintennepattu in Ampara district whilst the Tamils constitute majority only in Trincomalee town and Tirikkovil in Amara .
          Thus the Sinhalese constitute the overwhelming majority in about 60% of Trincomalee district and 78% of Ampara district.
          This spartial distribution of the population was not a recent phenomenon caused by so called colonisation but one existed long before any Sinhalese was settled in the North and the East with state assistance is borne out by the findings of Professor G H Peries professor of Geography at Peradeniya university in his paper entitled an appraisal of the concept of the traditional homeland in Sri Lanka.
          Following is part of what he had to say.
          “For the issues with which the present study is concerned, the feature of the crucial relevance borne out by our maps is that in the Eastern Province as a whole in 1921,all the Tamil settlements are confined to a coastal strip barely extending 10 miles from the coast o the interior. The Sinhala settlements on the other hand though comparatively few were scattered over extensive areas of the interior, covering the entirety of the admistrative divisions of Bintenna,Udapalatha,Yati palatha and meda plaltha of wewgam pattu and panama pattuin. In the northern part of the the batticalo and Trincomalee districs were mostly uninhabited /scattered Sinhala settlement.
          This must be taken in the context of the fact that the Sinhalese names of numerous abandoned village tanks marked in our source maps in the inhabited tracts bear testimony to earlier process of de population. Our maps show further that the only non Sinhalese population clusters that were located in 1921 even a few miles to the interior of the seaboard were those associated with the irrigation works restored in the preceding decades. We can also observe that the Tamil settlements nearest to the claimed southern boundary of Kumbukkan oya was a coastal town of mixed population about 35 miles north of that boundary”

          The pattern of settlement distribution assumes significance from several points of view. In the first place considered in the light of our earlier observations on the trends of demographic change in the Preceding centuries the pattern as it prevailed in 1921 represents what may be regarded as the culmination of a long drawn out historical process featured, on the one hand, by territorial advances of the Tamil population and on the other , retreat and recession of the Sinhalese population.
          This , in turn implies that the process of “Tamilization’ in the eastern lowlands of Sri lanka had not penetrated significantly into the interior even at its most extensive territorial spread.
          The second point of significance arise from the fact that, often the “Tamil Homeland” is being defined with reference to the modern administrative units. Given the spatial patterns of ethnicity borne out bu our maps the demand by one ethnic group for exclusive proprietary rights over Provinces and districts encompass extensive tracts of territory which it had never occupied (and much of it, in every sense is the homeland of the other ethnic groups) appears in its true light as one which lacks a rational basis.
          In a functional sense sparsely settled interior of the eastern lowlands of Sri lanka was not a hinterland of the settlement clusters of the littoral. Both the interior as well as the littoral were very largely rural.
          Hence, a core periphery concept is of no relevance to the issue. More specifically, there is no empirical basis for a theoretical assertion that because there was numerical preponderance of the Tamils in the coastal areas , hinterland, areas, regardless of the traditional rights of the other ethnic groups, should form a traditional hinterland of the Tamil areas.
          The fact that the eastern littoral itself is not ethnically homogeneous (Well known but purposely over looked) is also illustrated by our maps with a fair degree of superiority.
          The littoral is as much the traditional homeland of the Muslims as it is of the Tamils. And in many areas , the Muslims constitute the majority which has no common cause with the Tamils and in fact is bitterly opposed to the EAST being MERGED with the NORTH
          Unfortunately for the Tamil secessionists there is not only a Total absence of any shred of evidence any part of the East having being governed by a Tamil King, but does not even have a numerical preponderance which could provide them with the remotest justification that East is part of the Traditional Tamil Homeland.
          There is nothing these secessionist could do about the absence of a claim founded on history but to continue to LIE about it, there was nothing they could do about the absence of a numerical preponderance of Tamils in the east except to UNILATERLY DENY THE SEPERATE ETHNIC IDENTITY OF THE TAMIL SPEAKING MUSLIMS and equally UNILATERLAY ACQUIRE THEM AS PART OF THE FICTITIOUS TRADITIONAL TAMIL HOMELAND, just to give them the NUMERICAL SUPERIORITY; while at the same time alleging falsely that they had been made a minority in their homeland by the COLONISATION of the East with the Sinhalese state assistance

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            Ravi
            Despite all differences in political and other views, I share your anger at this obsession of certain individuals with caste.
            It is sick and the sickness is much prevalent among members of the Tamil middle class who have nothing worthwhile in them to present so that they can only talk about their ‘cast’e.
            One wonders which so-called “low caste” blood runs in the veins of such bigots. They should read Daniel’s novels to awaken to the reality of their bogus caste identity.

            I appeal to your good sense to avoid responding to such bigotry with harsh statements attacking Tamils or for that matter any community.
            Let not the bigotry of a few wreck the prospects for sensible dialogue.

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        North and East is Eelam Tamil land and does not belong to the Sinhalese. Sinhalese may be native to the south but not to the north and east. Only arrived there as illegal settlers in the past few decades. Deliberately settled there on stolen Tamil lands to change the demography by all Sri Lankan governments since independence.
        Sinhalese in the North and East are just like the Whites in South Africa. Came and stole land from the Tamils using all the resources and power of all Sinhalese governments, since independence.
        The only difference is the whites developed South Africa, whereas these illegal Sinhalese do not do anything but create chaos and pain and supported by all racist Sinhalese governments, as they want these low lives to keep the Tamils in check.
        Perera! How are all your relatives in southern Tamil Nadu?

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          Booruwo,

          “North and East is Eelam Tamil land and does not belong to the Sinhalese. Sinhalese may be native to the south but not to the north and east. Only arrived there as illegal settlers in the past few decades. Deliberately settled there on stolen Tamil lands to change the demography by all Sri Lankan governments since independence. “

          Tamil Land is in Tamil Nadu. You buggers are migrants. You stole our land with the help of Brits who carved out the present day East from the Kandyan Kingdom. So you sucked the Brit balls and you were rewarded with Sinhala lands. After independence when we tried going back to our lands it hurt you. Just like the whites in South Africa. Atlease in South Africa the whites developed the country , where as you thalas are parasites to this country.

          “Perera! How are all your relatives in southern Tamil Nadu? “

          Is it mine are yours. Hee hoo…,Athata gahala duwapang.

          We will push you buggers back to your relatives in Tamil Nadu in time. 1 million has already left,hopefully the other 1.5 million will also be chased away.

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            Oh you are racist and all your post and rantings are reeking with racism.

            Why so angry dear? Does the truth about name Perera and your recent low caste immigrant Indian Tamil origin set you on this rant?

            Don’t worry dear you not alone around 50-60% of the present day Sinhalese are in the same position as you.

            Most probably most of those Sinhalese students who wanted to dance the Kandyan or the extremist armed forces police and the Buddhist monks who are now running around installing Budda statues every where in the north and east. Aney Lord Budda was Hindu and will be crying at this.

            Just listen to aunty Wendy and take a chill pill and relax child, Otherwise you will get a heart attack

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              Wendy;

              You seem to be the real racist. When you don’t like to hear the truth, you have a habit of labeling the messenger a racist, fascist or BBS guy. It is not going to work at all.

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            Untouchable ravi Perera

            Can you please tell us from which Tamil Nadu tribal area (Dalit/untouchable) your ancestors came to SL and got converted into Sinhala-Buddhists?

            Tens of thousands of Dalits (untouchables) from South India were settled in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka for Cinnamon, Coconut and other plantations. They all got converted to Buddhists and Catholics to avoid the Hindu caste discrimination and eventually/finally became Sinhalese. Some of them adopted Portuguese surnames such as Fernando, Silva, Perera and so on to hide their original South Indian names while others made minor changes to their original names to make them sound Sinhala, example: Marappan became Marapana, Naanaya Kaaran became Nanayakara and so on. Professor K.M. de Silva very clearly says they are all South Indians who got converted to Buddhism and became Sinhalese.

            (Refer “History of Sri Lanka” by K.M.de Silva, University of California Press, 1981 page 81, it refers to the migration of the Karawe, Salagama, and Durawe castes from Southern India to Sri Lanka between the 14th and 17th centuries AD).

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      Rohan,

      You have failed to mention the large number of youth around the outskirts of Batticaloa , quite a number kidnapped, sacrificed their lives in the wars waged by the LTTE. According to Karuna, he fell out with VP on the issue of forcibly recruiting more young boys and youth to fight a war to capture Jaffna. VP had described Jaffna as a cash cow.

      Dr.RN

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    Good old days, we fixed this kind of a situation with game of cricket… It is not a good idea to polarise our young and both communities need to get together and become good citizens ….

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    Hence Sri lanka progressing ? hence Racial harmony ?

    Forget it , next election will be won by a bunch of ruthless racial politicians ,this incident is enough for the voters to decide on it.

    It will be followed by the next insurrection of Tigers .

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    Typical hypocrisy. An “ethnic clash” where only Sinhala students had to evacuated. Don’t expect anything better from these paid NGO activists, anti sinhala UNP/JVP zombies and Tamil homeland backers.

    Fact: Only Sinhala dominated areas allows multiculturalism. If a north-eastern self governance model is implemented expect it to become an ethnic ghetto and even threaten the multiculturalism been practiced in south.

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      Non Sense many times Tamil students have been forced to evacuate and not even allowed to attend lectures. Just before the 83 riots this happened in Peradeniya and even many of the staff were involved in this.
      Jaffna is the capital of the Tamil heartland, and to reflect this they were welcoming the new students both Sinhalese and Tamil reflecting their own culture and land, that is Tamil and what is wrong with that? Why are these outside Sinhalese students aided and abetted by certain extremist elements in the Sinhalese establishment armed forces and police demanding Kandyan dancing that is completely alien to the region and not reflection the culture of the area to be given prominence?
      This smacks of racist superiority and the feeling that they can get away with this behaviour as they are backed by the armed forces/police and the ruling Sinhalese government. Do they have Bharathnatyam dancers Natheswaram music or Hindu priests chanting during any ceremonies down south? The answer is no. Despite a very high percentage of the population in certain parts of the south are Tamil speaking. Why only insist on all this in the north and east.
      Sinhaleee and Muslims have already marginalised the Tamil majority in the east and are gradually trying to do the same in the north. This is the beginning and if they are victorious will demand Kandyan dancers and magul bera and Buddhist priests chanting for any function and ceremony in the north. The Tamil culture language will be relegated to some corner in their own land. This has been our history and past experience by the Sinhalese establishment makes Tamils fearful of this.
      If this request had been done in a spirit of friendship and equality Tamils would have accepted this. However this demand was a last minute demand, where certain Sinhalese extremist elements, situated in the north, have used these Sinhalese students to agitate for this for their own extremist agenda of a future Sinhalese Buddhist north. This was not a request but a demand based on racial superiority., this is why despite the authorities not granting any permission they started to dance the Kandyan dance thinking it was their superior birth right to do this even in a historic ancient 100% Tamil Hindu area. They had no respect or feeling for the sentiments of the local Tamils.
      They thought they could get away with this and this would have opened a future Pandora’s Box. This is why the Tamils student reacted very badly, as they knew this was not a gesture of reconciliation and peace but a show of racial superiority in their own land. You and your authorities can do what they want but we do not care as we are above this with the Sinhalese armed forces government and police protecting us. Most people do not get this, as to why the reaction was so adverse.
      Even in India if a ceremony occurs in Tamil Nadu Tamil culture is reflected. If it is in Kerala it is Malayalam culture in Bengal it is Bengali. No one comes and demands North Indian culture Hindustani Music and Kathak dancers to perform in this ceremonies. If there is, is a request based on equality and diversity not a majoritarian demand based on racial superiority In Canada in the Quebec province all ceremonies reflect the local French culture. The English speakers do not demand for anything there. In Scotland all ceremonies reflect the Scottish culture. You do not see English people demanding Morris or any other traditional English dance to be performed in Scotland. This is what is called true reconciliation and peace. What the Sinhalese students were trying to was to show the Tamils who is the real boss and it backfired.

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        Cool story, bro :D

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        Gembo,

        “In Scotland all ceremonies reflect the Scottish culture. “

        Correct. Scotland is the country that gave birth to the scottish culture. Your equivalent is Tamil Nadu , not Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Fiji or Singapore.

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          Also Tamil Nadu and Kerala that was until recently gave birth to Sinhalese culture, cuisine, dance and Music. Even around 40% of the modern day Sinhalese vocabulary is of Tamil origin. Most of the present day Sinhalese are from Tamil Nadu and Kerala too. So is the Sinhalese equivalent Tamil Nadu too? Listen to aunty Wendy dear and take a chill pill and relax.
          Colombo Telegraph and its comments are not good for you and your health, as you the truth affects you . Go to some Sinhalese extremist site like Lankaweb and read the articles and comments there. You will be very happy there. Lots of the commentators and blogger are in that forum are also like you, descended from recently Sinhalised Indian Tamil slave labour.
          GO child be at peace, Karawa akki Shenali, eagerly awaits your contribution at that forum. May be you and she share some common ancestor from TamilNadu/Kerala.
          Look at all you relatives from Kerala
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUsrFGdh2HU
          See how Tamil Malayalam is

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      Now now be a little bit “modern”, “educated” and “revolutionary” by bashing Sinhalese racism, military intelligence or even Mahinda for this. How boring is calling spade a spade.

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    you are nonsense bugger.. in south west Sinhalese Buddhist respect and practice tamil culturals values so much.. every Buddhist temple have a place for Hindu gods,,,, if you name them vishnu, murugan or katharagama, ganesh, ishwara or shiwa, patthini… kawadi is kind of cultural dance dirived from hindu culture… do we have prohibited hindu culture here in south and west? I am from Aluthgama we have hindu, christian and muslim communities in the area… once a year tamil minorities celebrate all hindu festivals here and has has any sinhalese attacked their festivals… learn the culture first, before comment..

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    Are these type of erhnic assaults characteristics of a primitive divided tribal country? . What the Tamil students did was a just that a barbaric act. Lets hope Sinhalese students in rhe South do not confirm they are the same, by responding likewise! Shame that most comments on this article are on ethnic lines. We should be ashamed to still think like tribal primitive people. We should view this as one group of Sri Lankans attacking other Sri Lankans and condemn the barbaric behaviour and not try to find excuses or point fingers or ask for revenge. As long as we do not see ourselves as one people, as one nation, as one Sri Lankan in identity we will always remain divided. Time to end ethnic divides and ethnic politics? Time to establish a ONE Sri Lankan identity. What do you say?

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    Our idiotic university students, Sihala & Tamil, are not capable of just not capable of organizing any thing peacefully. So the best option is not to conduct any cultural programmes at all. Just do your studies and go back to where ever you came from.

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    What I would like to highlight is if Madamulana Maha Raja and the gang was in power this incident will be used as a stepping stone to initiate island wide hate crime and to attack minorities. All the balu sena would have cashed in from the occasion.

    This is the difference now and it is a significant difference.

    When you consider all the clashes which goes around in the universities in Sri Lanka this is negligible. All what our uni students do is clash/strike/take part in politics all but what they are suppose to do and finally after they graduate they continue the fight asking for JOBS.

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      Yeah yeah everything is alright as long as Muslims are safe right? You are a typical Muslim.

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    The communal violence can happen in any eastern or western country but it is not happening in western countries because of the god policing and good law. Many communal troubles in our country are initiated by the Singhalese governments supported by police and army and utilised by opportunist Singhalese and Muslim thugs. Few comments above looks like to windup game Singhalese and people like MR, JR to initiate communal trouble which will benefit them and push the country further into grave. We Asians never enjoy our life, we spend most of our life in fighting for petty things not even worth for a penny. If there is a dispute while driving or family trouble, one side have to go back, I think in this instance, Singhalese students could have tolerated bit more because the north youngsters already gone through hell during the long war and mentally affected and came to a state that they do not have more to loose. Some comments about “it is our country”, Singhalese country” is not at all intelligent comment. I know many Singhalese are good people but hot tempered but it is not the time to show the colours. When are we going to live our life and enjoy -after death in the grave, please think.

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    What ever the Tamils said above about the southern universities the ugly truth all the common events are had Sinhalese or Buddhist procession not Tamil culture. But as you said the Tamil culture and procession is practiced only in some separate Tamil or Hindu functions in other universities. So north and eastern universities has the right to follow and do the Tamil cultures and procession in their common functions. There was a incident in one of the southern university recently the Tamil students are badly beaten by lot of Sinhalese students but there are no army or police helped to Tamil students even they they are common to the country but if anything in northern or eastern the army and police are there to protect the Sinhalese students and spread rumors. More over the incident was strategically erased by threatening the affected minor Tamil students.Anyhow first the government should build the reconciliation before they allow the students to Universities like UOJ as they were polluted with racism by bad politicians and monks like Ganasara. This incidents tells that the young generation of Tamil are still having the pain of lost respect,relatives,freedom while Sinhalese community was practiced one nation one country that is Sinhalese Buddhist country.

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    Life long friendships between students of different ethnicity were made at the University in the old days.Unfortunately,the politics of the country has dashed all hopes on this front.Ethnic tensions are there; But it should be managed by the more mature academic community,before it spills over.

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