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Jaundiced Jaffna Jingoism Ran All The Way To Nandikadal

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The flow of migrants to Sri Lanka never ceased throughout its history.  Each  migratory wave came with its own characteristics. Each found its own niche in the over-arching Sinhala-Buddhist society. Historical records do not indicate that the new migrants encountered any difficulties in settling down with the numerically preponderant Sinhala-Buddhists. Take the example  Robert Knox. He is noteworthy because he  has  left a record of his sojourn in the Kandyan  Kingdom. Though he was not a migrant (he was a prisoner of the Kandyan King) his narrative gives an intimate account of the easy-going, friendly, hospitable and accommodating nature of the Sinhalese. Whatever prejudices the Sinhalese may have against foreigners initially, they disappear once they get to know them. In time the migrants become a part of the mainstream. The Sinhalese also have a continuous history of assimilation which explains, to some  extent, why the Sinhalese population grew exponentially, leaving  the other communities behind.  Living with the “other” became a defining principle of the Sinhala-Buddhist culture. Multiculturalism and pluralism became a way of  life.  Peaceful co-existence has been the norm in the open Sinhala-Buddhist culture which provided ample space for diverse cultures.

In particular, the persecuted minorities who had nowhere to go invariably found refuge in the arms of the Sinhala-Buddhists.When the Catholics left behind by the Portuguese were persecuted by the Dutch they found refuge in the Sinhala-Buddhist  kingdom. Wahakotte, for  instance, remains as a Catholic island in a sea of Sinhala-Buddhists. When the Muslims were also persecuted by the Dutch they found security and prosperity among the Sinhala-Buddhists. And the Muslims who were driven out of Jaffna in feudal and modern times always found alternative shelter among  the Sinhala-Buddhists.When Velupillai Prabhakaran hunted Tamil intellectuals, Tamil  politicians etc., who were opposed to him, they found a safe haven in the Sinhala-Buddhist south.  Even when the lunatic fringe of the Sinhala-Buddhist society went on rampage against minorities it was the majority of the Sinhala-Buddhists that rushed to their rescue. The opportunities for the minorities to rise within the overall Sinhala-Buddhist framework is demonstrated in the demography of Colombo : the minorities have overtaken the capital. The Sinhalese have withdrawn into the interior. Well, a capital that is dominated by the minorities cannot be all that bad for the minorities despite their repeated cries of discrimination.

Here I refer to the mainstream flow of events.  I am not referring to aberrations which mar the image of all civilised societies. It is wrong to take the odd aberration and project it as a systemic failure of the whole. Any judgement should be proportionate to the whole because no society is absolutely pure. Walter Benjamin, who was a leading light of the Frankfurt School of Marxists,  in his “Theses   on the Philosophy of History” hit the nail on the head when he said that “there is no document of civilisation that  is not at the same  time a document  of barbarism.” It means that there is a dark side to all societies. Political idealism has been striving – in vain so far – to shepherd society into the sunny side of civilisation. So in this imperfect world only those who possess a higher proportion of goodness, tolerance, and  humaneness have a right to cast the first stone.

Judged on this scale, the Sinhala-Buddhists, who had lived in communal harmony with diverse communities, have been commended by leading scholars.The leading Tamil political scientist, Prof. A. J. Wilson, son-in-law of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the father of Tamil separatism, argued convincingly that one of the reasons for the success of the parliamentary democracy was the tolerant Buddhist culture. In his  essay on  The Future of Parliamentary Government he wrote : “ …the Sinhalese Buddhist ethos of tolerance does help to overcome in limited ways militancy and rigidity of Sinhalese language and Sinhalese Buddhist extremists. The tolerance helps produce an atmosphere for accommodating the demands of minority groups. In this way extreme elements on  both sides are inhibited from gaining the upper hand.” (p. 41, The Ceylon  Journal of Historical and Social Studies, Vol.IV, Nos. 1 and 2, Jan-December,1975).

Historian Dr. G. C. Mendis, too focused on this aspect of communal amity that was writ large in the pages of  pre-modern periods. He pointed out that there are no records of inter-ethnic tensions or violence under Portuguese and Dutch periods. North-South communal tensions exploded only in the thirties. It began with G. G. Ponnambalam, the rising star of Tamil communalism, provocatively vilifying the Sinhala-Buddhists. He demonised the Sinhala-Buddhists and ridiculed the Mahavamsa, claiming, in the same breath, that  it was the Tamils who made history in Ceylon, as it was known then. The Hindu Organ (June, 22, 1939) wrote in its editorial, THE WRITING  ON THE WALL  : “Ceylon today is seething with petty problems which  have been created by thoughtless gas-bags, and which threaten to poison the peaceful conditions in the country…..A verbal bombshell dropped unwittingly by a Tamil politician at Nawalapitiya appears to have set  the South  on fire……” In hindsight, this  editorial note stands out as a prophecy, as suggested in its title. The destructive fire ignited by Ponnambalam could  not be snuffed out until  it ran into the waters of Nandikadal.

K. Indrapala, the first  professor of history at the Jaffna University, too stated : “There have been political and social conflict among them (migrants) but the kind of ethnic consciousness and destructive prejudices that have surfaced in  the twentieth century and continue to plague the island were not a part of Sri Lanka’s pre-colonial history.” (ix , Evolution of an Ethnic Identity, The Tamils in Sri Lanka, C 300 B.C.to C 1200 C.E., The South Asian Studies Centre, 2005).

Prof Wilson’s explanation for the success of parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka was laid out in his book, The Nature of Politics in Sri Lanka (1974). It was a time when parliamentary democracy was hanging in  the balance. In 1970 the JVP held a gun to the parliamentary system. Tamil parties too rejected the parliamentary system arguing  that it did not  give them a fair share of  power. The Tamil leadership  began by demanding a 50% share of power for 12% of Jaffna Tamils which later turned into federalism and finally morphed into a separate state. The Marxists, on the other hand,  argued that the parliamentary democracy was only an instrument of the capitalist class to hoodwink the working class and perpetuate their exploitation and oppression. Besides, both groups who were in the  opposition argued that parliamentary democracy would  not  bring  solutions to their problems. Only the Sinhala-Buddhists stood steadfastly by the parliamentary system.

Commending Wilson’s book as “the finest work yet to appear on Ceylonese politics,”  Prof. Calvin A. Woodward, Associate Professor of New Brunswick University, wrote : “Certainly then. the key to the future lies in the understanding of the past. How and why, in other words, has the democratic experiment been able to work so well in Sri Lanka? The author (Wilson) investigates this and concludes that the political stability so far maintained in Sri Lanka is due mainly to two forces, one of the indigenous origin and the other result of Western implantation. Primary is the Buddhist ethos and the doctrine of tolerance. This, according to Wilson, has acted to dissuade the majority community from unduly imposing itself on the minorities and encouraged it to respect the fundamental rights and distinction of other in the plural society. Similar in effect to the Western notion of compromise, the doctrine of tolerance has facilitated compromise and provided essential underpinning in society to the parliamentary system.Of equal importance, according to the author, has been the superb leadership supplied by the Ceylonese political elite, a fact which has always highly impressed the knowledgeable foreign observer….  I think Wilson has revealed the essential character of the Ceylonese political culture. Its core is the “middle way”, a principle that owed origin both to the liberalism of the Westernized elite and to the idea of tolerance espoused by the Buddhist majority. (pp. 72-73, The Ceylon  Journal of Historical and Social Studies, Vol.  III, July-December 1973).

What should be noted is that Wilson wrote this book in 1974, long after the Sinhala Only Act of 1956. And also after the uprising of the JVP in April 1970. He does not blame S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike or the Sinhala-Buddhists as Tamil-haters or extremists. On  the  contrary, he argued that Buddhism was a restraining factor that lowered the temperature  of the extremists and led to the success of democracy. He goes even further, and in a footnote adds that “Buddhism among the Sinhalese has helped to mitigate the rigours of the caste system, which is otherwise similar to that of the Tamils.” (p.75 – S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and the Crisis of Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism, 1947 – 1977, A Political Biography, Lake House Bookshop, 1994). In other words, he admits, sotto voce, that the dehumanising Tamil caste system denied their own people the  basic human rights and dignity.

Wilson undoubtedly would have agreed with Calvin who wrote that he (Wilson) had “revealed the essential character of the Ceylonese political culture…the idea of tolerance espoused by the Buddhist majority.”  But shortly after that the Tamil political lobby launched a massive propaganda campaign to demonize the Sinhala Buddhists. Two years after Wilson had published his book, his father-in-law, S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the  father of Tamil separatism, was screaming for  the blood of the Sinhalese. By 1976 the Tamil leadership had pushed mono-ethnic politics of the peninsula to the extreme end. The Batakotte (Vadukoddai) Resolution had (1) declared war abandoning the non-violent parliamentary process and (2) urged the Tamil youth to “come forward to throw themselves fully into the sacred fight for freedom and to flinch not till the gaol of a sovereign state of Tamil Eelam is reached.” In other words, Chelvanayakam fathered the Batakotte (Vadukoddai) War. Was it necessary? What did the Tamils achieve  by going  to war?

Tamil leadership  has a lot to  answer for misleading  their  people and dragging them to the extreme end of the racist spectrum. The Batakotte (Vadukoddai) War was an extreme act and, as proved by subsequent events, doomed to fail. Besides, the brutal violence unleashed by the Batakotte (Vadukoddai) Resolution, which  gave birth to its first-born son,Velupillai Prabhkaran, was inevitable considering that the Tamil political culture was entrenched in extremism. Internally it was entrenched in casteist extremism that oppressed its own people throughout its brief history, denying them the basic human  rights and dignity. Externally,the English-educated Vellala leadership took to extreme racism to survive in the competitive electoral politics of the peninsular. It was the mean by which they could divide and  perpetuate their feudal rule. In the absence of any progressive political ideology they stuck stubbornly to the tried and tested anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism, the winning card in peninsular politics.

The Vellalas, who reigned  in feudal and colonial times with an  iron fist, treating the Tamils discarded from  their “pure” high-caste society as despicable subhumans, find their political kinsmen in the Nazis of fascist Germany. In the mistaken belief of being superior to the “other”, the Germans persecuted the gypsies,the disabled and, of  course, the Jews. Unmistakably, the judgement of the British historian A. J. P. Taylor on German history applies to the vicious Vellalas who treated the “other” with absolute contempt. He wrote: “The history of the Germans is a history of extremes. It contains everything except moderation, and in the course of a thousand years the Germans have experienced everything except normality.” (The Course of German History – A. J. P. Taylor.)

There was nothing normal about Jaffna politics. The Vellala elite, who were  in the driving  seat of Jaffna politics, assumed that they had the divine right to enslave the low-caste “other”. They used the Hindu casteist ideology to justify, oppress and persecute their own people during feudal and colonial centuries. The Saivite-Vellala ideology inculcated into them an arrogance that turned them into fascist  oppressors. In the end, their sense of  superiority inflated their self-image into a destructive force. It infused into them a sense of superior exclusiveness that rejected any co-existence with the “other”. They acquired an unlimited capacity to imagine a greatness which they do not  possess. For instance, Radhika Coomaraswamy, former head of the foreign-funded NGO, the ICES, in a lecture on her knighted ancestor, Sir. Muttu Coomaraswamy, said that he posed as a prince of Jaffna in the St. James’ court in London!

It was partly this arrogance that misled them all the way to Nandikadal. At every stage they rejected opportunities that were offered to them for peaceful coexistence, even when the solutions for peace came with international guarantees. Taking up extreme positions, from “50 – 50” to federalism, and finally to separatism, they led the way to the ultimate extreme at Batakotte (Vadukoddai) where they declared war against the Sinhalese. Which, of  course, led to Nandikadal. At every critical stage the Jaffna Tamil leadership, labelled by Prof. Kumar David, as “congenital idiots”, pushed Jaffna, step by step, from one extreme into another. They began by demanding in the twenties one extra seat in the Sinhala Western province, in addition to the seats given to  them in the Tamil North. Then in the thirties G. G. Ponnambalam took Jaffna to the extreme of demanding “50 – 50” – i.e, 12% demanding 50% of power. In the forties, his successor and rival, S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, raised the stakes to federalism and finally to separate state. The political, ideological and tactical trajectory of the Jaffna leadership kept moving unrelentingly, like an arrow, from  one  extreme to another, until they had nowhere to go except to Batakotte (Vadukoddai) which took them straight to Nandikadal.

At the core of the North-South conflict was the extremism of the Tamil leadership which  poisoned inter-ethnic  relations. They never stopped demanding disproportionate claims that were bound  to blowback on them. They overestimated their  power and assumed that they could push the majority to surrender to their arrogant extremism. It only raised the hackles of the majority community who reacted defensively to preserve and protect national unity and territorial integrity. For instance, a minority of 12% demanding 50% share of power would be laughed out of court in any known democracy. When G. G. Ponnambalam, the father of “50-50”, argued for it with the British rulers of the time they dismissed it out  of  hand.

The aggressive arrogance of the Tamil leadership was self-destructive. When the Sinhala leadership offered 47%  Ponnambalam  pooh-poohed  it and rejected it. It was an  opportunity that the Tamils could not afford to miss. It was a blunder of Himalayan proportions. No sensible, rational political leader would fail to grab such a grand opportunity. Imagine 12% minority rejecting an  offer of 47%! It was the best deal ever that a minority could get from a majority of 75%.  But  “the congenital idiots” rejected it and blamed the Sinhalese for not cooperating or compromising. They consistently blamed the “Mahavamsa mentality”. Both Prof. Wilson, a political scientist, and Prof. S. Arasaratnam, historian, blamed Ponnambalam for missing the bus with  his arrogance. The backlash from  the Sinhala-Buddhist majority  was inevitable. They reacted with  their brand of nationalism to counter Tamil arrogance which has gone beyond the limits of reason, tolerance and endurance.

So who  is responsible for the exacerbation of inter-ethnic relations? Is it the “Mahavamsa mentality”, or the Jaffna jingoism that dragged the Tamils all the way to Nandikadal?

The answer is blowing  in the cold winds that sweep the murky waters of Nandikadal where the body of Velupillai Prabhakaran was found floating, ensuring, at last, that the Tamil children could  go to school without being abducted on the way.

The Tamil Boko Haram is dead. Long  live the Tamil children without fear of being dragged into another Nandikadal by another Tamil Boko Haram !

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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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      Rajash—————————————“THE POLITICS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS IN TIMES OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE JUNE 2017” by SHENALI DE SILVA available on -http://lawandsocietytrust.org/, a relevant and useful document, please read and share.

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        Native – thanks I have down loaded and will read at my own space.
        Will get back to you

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        Cyanotic Sinhala Sycophants will be running all the way to Koggala lagoon very soon.

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          Dr. Gnana, —– Koggala lagoon, Nandikadal lagoon, Jaffna, or where ever within Sri Lanka, native Ariya Sinhalese can run anywhere they please, because it’s their country.

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            Dear John, the recent DNA studies done on Sinhalese found that none of them had the typical Aryan gene putting to rest the false Sinhala claim. In fact in all of them the core genetic material was south Indian. Also regarding Bengali ancestry touted by some, the Bengali genetic component in Tamils was 29% compared to Sinhalese 26%. However Sinhalese had a higher Veddha genetic material 9% compared to Tamils. Also the genetic picture of Srilanka Tamils had a closer resemblance genetic picture of Sinhalese than Indian Tamils. So please dump your Aryan nonsense and accept reality. Even in the Muslims it was found that their core genetic material was south Indian with only a few having a meagre 6% west Asian genetic material. You cannot distort history as modern methods will disprove it. The original people of Srilanka are Veddhas and the first settlers belong to Dravidian ethnic group. As for running, I was a witness on the black Friday of July 1983, your Arya Sinhala weerayas (Runner – Singhes)were running as far as even 15 miles away at the mere mention of LTTE fighters have arrived in Colombo and are attacking

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              government servant son of government servant. It’s only a sample test of low class people willing to take a test. The statistical average of all the frogs is not equivalent to each and every frog. Those are the limits of YouGov too.

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              tell me what is wrong with john claim. lanka and whole india inhabited by early hominids out from africa as such present day inhabitant must be descendants of those stock. but in north part of india various invasions and migrations took place like aryans and dravidian migration or invasion. that is during or after bronze and iron ages. maximum time duration may be six thousand years BP. but bronze and iron ages evidences available in north part of india and lanka but not in south part of india as yet as such dravidians from godavary ca not be first inhabitant of lanka. south was mesolithic until arrival of dravidians as per archaeological findings.

              earliest human habitation found in Island pahiyangala is go back to more that thirty five thousand BP. human existence evidences go back to more than 125000 BP as per hiran daraniyagala research. as such north india and lanka might have had trading and cultural ties in early days. egypt pyramids 2000 BCE evidences on lanka cinnamon vouch for it. as such darvidian languages could not done any impact on our proto sinhalese language. that may be the reason why oxford linguist pandit like childer brand our elu proto sinhalese as early prakrit..as such our language comes under indo european family as such as a speaker of such language he can claim himself as aryan.

              genetic affinities you mentioned fair in my mind. as whole india inhabited by early hominids at first, genetic affinities with lankan with them i mean tribal adivasi gang can not be hidden. low affinity with vedda may be due to bottle neck effect due to great toba volcanic eruption in sumatra that prevent sun coming out in this region for six months as per scientific estimations. genetic mutations and after effect may be greater. as such we sinhalese are descendants of original inhabitant of hominids. not so called dravidians who migrated from south west iran region to godavary river basin for cultivation with iron or bronze tools.

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                You are still behind time due to your mind being clouded by racism. Recent oceanographic studies by Indian institute have revealed that Srilanka and India were contiguous as part of a landmass which had submerged under the sea in stages of rising sea level, ranging from 30 to 15 thousand years. They feel that a continent lies submerged and needs to be explored. It is stated in Tamil literature of the existence and later disappearance of Kumarikandam In future with more advanced technology truth will be brought to light. The fact that there seems to be a gap between very ancient artefacts in and near ancient artefacts in Srilanka corroborates with the theory that people who were cut off from the mainland had moved out of the island into south India and continued advancement of their civilisation. Therefore any presence of ancient civilisation in Srilanka is not a surprise. But unfortunately for people like you, it will be found to be exactly similar to that existed in South India.

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                  your tamil racist mind prevent you accepting true picture of ancient history of subcontinent. dravidians or aryans were not original inhabitant of indian subcontinent. that is the proven truth. it was inhabited by descendants of .early hominids. as such we sinhalese are not descendants of your iranian dravidians but descendants of early hominids. hominids migrated around one and half millions years ago. but dravidians migrated to godavary around six thousand years ago during early bronze or iron age.

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                    Again you are rushing in without thinking due to your bias. Tamils never claimed that they are descendants of Veddhas who are the original people of Srilanka, though there are several Tamilized descendants of Veddhas living in east coast extending from Mullaitivu through Mutur, Kathiraveli Kokkadichcholai to Kumana. Similarly it has been proved that Sinhalese are also immigrants though there are several Sinhalized descendants of Veddhas living in area extending from Polonnaruwa through Dambana, Mahiyangana, Bibile, Galoya, Moneragala to Kataragama. If you are a descendant of ancient people, you must prove it by taking a DNA test and publishing the result saying that your core genetic material is that of the Veddhas. If you fail to prove it, then you are only an impostor.

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                  Advncement of their civilisation——————- They don’t know about toilets yet. Some even do not use it instead, worship toilets. Thatis Indian Tamils. that is why those in Sri lanka wants a separate state here in Sinhale.

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              Dr Gnana…I remember … shout the word kotya >>>>the police and army run a mile

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              Considering the claim to be Doctor, the human aspect of healing the different communal differences are dug out by a bloodied knife & by vitriolic words. Whether it be Veddha, Indian, SriLankan or otherwise, they are all humans! What difference does it make speaking on genetics,? Is it going to change a human to another form? Or must we refer to Darvin & say our ancestors are the Apes, ( missing link?)but if they are I am sure they would have had better sense than some found in our society today!. I would strongly advocate neither to use the scalpel nor a poisonous tongue to rip out the life-giving arteries of a Nation but use the words of wisdom to heal the wounds and not to drown them in an ocean of ignorance! Life is short let our primogeniture live as one race and as one people! I belong to every race and every colour!Bury your bloodied scalpel and find solace in the teachings of love & peace. It is then and only then you can say you are a human like every other!

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                “”It is then and only then you can say you are a human like every other!” Oi patchwork sinhalaya, patchwork buddha, patchwork constitution, patchwork language, passe hitan patch!
                Even the westerner is against the policy of human rights because it permits piracy of the first degree.

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              “the recent DNA studies done on Sinhalese” ………………. To hell with all this DNA nonsense ………….. all that is old hat. ………………. Pure Lion blood runs in my veins ………. and what I believe, no science can disprove. ………. We are unique, different from all other humans. ……………. Only great modern intellects like Mr H. L. D. Mahindapala can comprehend that. …….. Respect H. L. D.

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                Only the low class in a predominantly arranged marriage society rejects scientific evidence. BBS is not ashamed because the pot of gold that awaits is great.

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      .For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/>>>>it seems CT adhere to editorial policy on reader comments only>>>

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        Rajash, proxy muslims are always like that they never come right.

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      Rajash——————Brilliant. Thanks. Are you sulking or giving cold shoulder to this good for nothing fellow? ————–Since you have made a few quids and your family is well off and well settled in the UK did you vote Tories (conservatives) in the last elections like your fellow South Asians ?

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        Native I have voted Conservatives until New Labour. However my constituency is a Tory strong hold. So I voted tactically to keep them out, the tory candidate held on to the seat with a hugely reduced majority.

        Disgusting speech by PM May on the door steps of Downing Street. She is not going to last long.

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          Rajash———- My friend the old codger is scathing. He says that the Asians who benefitted from Labour policies and EU are now dead against Labour and EU just because they have made a few quids. My friend said Tories lied through their teeth and Lankies bought them lock stock and barrel. Even a Sinhala descendant Jayawardana has been re-elected as a a Tory MP. Why do so many Lankies (both Sinhala/Tamil speaking) vote for right wing UK party? —————————————Well whats next? Can Jeremy hold his support base and improve on it before the next elections? Jeremy is the only honest politician in the UK.

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            I think May will be out soon who is going to replace her? mutton head Boris? spineless David Davies? another General election ? can Jeremy win? no chance!
            unless he bring the moderates !

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              rajash is as always a pessimist. John Major governed full term with just one DUP vote (the owner of then Mivan ship builders) Just yesterday, May showed her party members that she would be businesslike than a crusader. Jeremy the dictator has shed his feathers to include any rif-raf.

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            Native Vedda…..””Even a Sinhala descendant Jayawardana has been re-elected as a a Tory MP. “” The humbug bankster, joined the party and secure seat then married white and canvassed Brexit to get the whites out – DNA speaks so a UKIP’s threatened him.

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    Dear Goigama Walawe HLDM,

    I refer to your portion of the writing
    ” The Tamil leadership began by demanding a 50% share of power for 12% of Jaffna Tamils which later turned into federalism and finally morphed into a separate state. The Marxists, on the other hand, argued that the parliamentary democracy was only an instrument of the capitalist class to hoodwink the working class and perpetuate their exploitation and oppression. Besides, both groups who were in the opposition argued that parliamentary democracy would not bring solutions to their problems. Only the Sinhala-Buddhists stood steadfastly by the parliamentary system.”
    As a former Lake House journalist aren’t you ashamed of your creative writing above ?

    Another thing I am 100% sure is you are not a representaive of the majority of the responsible Sinhala Buddhists of Sri Lanka.

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      Non PhD——–H. L. D. Mahindapala types:————–“””K. Indrapala, the first professor of history at the Jaffna University, too stated : “There have been political and social conflict among them (migrants) but the kind of ethnic consciousness and destructive prejudices that have surfaced in the twentieth century and continue to plague the island were not a part of Sri Lanka’s pre-colonial history.”””” ———————————————————————————————————————————-Does HLD M mean there were no Sinhala/Buddhists in the entire island before the Portuguese invaded this island?

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      Non PhD, “As a former Lake House journalist aren’t you ashamed of your creative writing above ?” Why should Mahindapala be ashamed of his writing when he writes truth with facts compared to fake Tamil Historians who write all kinds of cooked up stories as History of Sri Lanka. For some, truth is a bitter pill to swallow!

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      Are you saying that GG Ponnambalam did not ask for a 50-50?

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    Now I know why the Sinhlese burnt-down the Jaffna Library – so that the records of the Tamils cannot be produce to refute monkeys like HLDP.

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      Jansee>>>>now they are burying modern Sinhala art/cultural effects in the NE , in the land occupied by the Sinhala army>>>>>then they ACCIDENTLY discover them to falsely claim Sinhala culture going back to pre dinosaur dates>>>>>

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        Rajash ————–Let them discover arteffect from throughout the island and claim the ancientness and Sinhala/Buddhist authenticity of such products. However a world renowned Sinhala archaeologist remarked confidentially to a student “If you dig wider you will get Sinhalese cultural product however if you dig deeper you will get Tamil cultural products.” ……………… You are unnecessarily worried too much and scared of this good for nothing fellow. ————————–My worry is that these Sinhala/Buddhists fascists are really destroying the credibility of heritage of this island. By the time Sinhalese realise how deep the destruction is it would be too late. to put it right.

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      jansee ————“”Now I know why the Sinhlese burnt-down the Jaffna Library – so that the records of the Tamils cannot be produce to refute monkeys like HLDP.”” ————— I am happy to note Tamils also share the same cultural trait. LTTE either burnt or looted hundreds of thousands of rare books from private collections. This is a fact you may have chosen not to know.

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    Mr Mahindapala Bikkuni,
    Don’t worry about Jaffna Tamils. Please go back to Indian jungles and search for your ancestors and you might find the truth about your Lion father. Nanthikadal is very small lake but Indian Ocean is very large to accomadate where you want take all Sinhalese.

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    To Everybody,

    My advice is to ignore articles by this writer in future. Control the urge to comment on them, as it probably gives him some sort of pleasure!! Deny him that…

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      He who does not read Mahindapalan, the Malay, denies himself the opportunity of what great humour a twisted mind can produce. Let us hope that he continues to live well, served Tamil food every day, and swivel in his own bile for a long time to come so that he may keep us entertained.

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    Here goes the Malay Tun giving loads of amusement again in an effort to rewrite history. He himself is the epitome of tolerance not wanting to call Vadukoddai by the name the people living there call it but giving it a Sinhalese name. The Sinhala Buddhist was never a tolerant person. His history is drenched in blood, usually of buggery and patricide. It was easy for him to transfer to being genocidal later, against the Tamil. Why does a tolerant people want to make their language the only official language or their religion ( of the Great Renouncer ) the state religion? The Mahavamsa Sinhalaya is a perversion of Buddhism. Mahindapalan , like Hitler trying to hide his Jewish descent, keeps trying hard to show that he is as Sinhalese as the rest. But, one look at the picture of the beady eyed Malay Tun shows otherwise. Go on and entertain us more. Your febrility will lead to a profusion of more selective quotes and great humour.

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    What a wastage of learning and sophisticated writing by a man clearly stung by a personal identity crisis. HLDM is believed to be neither Sinhalese nor Malay – the alleged origins of his parents. And he labours to be more Sinhala |Buddhist than the Sinhala Buddhists themselves. But this is nothing new. The Austrian Adolf Hitler tried to be more German than the Germans and led that great nation to disaster and disgrace. The Indian Keralite Mahattir Mohamed tried to overdo the Bhumiputra Malaysian Muslims themselves. In the Sri Lankan context, we had the half-Indian KMP Rajaratne of Uva who created such drama and mayhem during his time. And, of course, the distant Keralite dalit Cyril Mathew – the Hero of 7/83 who will be remembered in total revulsion.

    Pray! What is HLDM’s problem? This entire piece seethes with anti-Tamil prejudice – focused, as usual, on the Jaffna Tamils. Why does HLDM hide the fact GGP’s call for the debatable 50/50 also included the good of the Sinhala Christians, Muslims, Burghers and others. The Sinhala extreme always tries to portray GGP asked for 50/50 exclusively for the Tamils. GGP certainly did the Tamil Nation ill if he declined 47% of power-sharing at that time. But what we saw in the 1980s and the 1990s is not the Sinhala Buddhist tolerance HLDM harps on in his jaundiced comments.

    HLDM’s analysis once again lacks credibility and only goes to prove his anti-Jaffna, anti-Tamil bias. The entire paper is as false as his outrageous claim “SJVC was screaming for the blood of the Sinhalese” Fortunately, the mid-mannered and gentle Tamil leader is remembered in history much more kindly.

    There is sufficient learning and appreciation of history in this writer to supply sufficient material to provide solutions and the way forward for all Sri Lankans to move towards unity and reconciliation. This is what learned Sri Lankans from all communities should be doing at a delicate time such as this when the political landscape is hijacked by the types of Dogs of War like Gnassaro Thero – hiding or safely protected in hiding by powerful political leaders?

    Pandaranayagam

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      Pandaranayagam————–“””What a wastage of learning and sophisticated writing by a man clearly stung by a personal identity crisis. “””””””———————————————————————-Does HLD M suffer from p***s envy or from arrested development or gone ga ga? Tell him size does not matter. ———————There is a lot happening in Soft robotics. We should rather read up on nano technology and soft robotics than this good for nothing public racist who is still stuck in the 1920s, 50:50, ……………. etc. Do you think this public racist is aware of the fact that the first human Moon Landing took place in 1969?

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      HLDM’s claim that 50% of the seats were asked for a 12% tamil population is incorrect, however what GG asked for was 50% for a mere 25% of the minority population. In fact even asking for 50-50 for a 25-75 population was wrong as it tried to convert a majority into a minority and attempt minority rule over majority. The move was rightly rejected by the British men in the Soulbery commission calling it ridiculous.

      Other than that statement the gist of HLDM’s article is correct. Research into history proves it.

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    Arunachalam rejected and protested against universal suffrage…
    GG Ponna needed 50-50 (minority rule over majority)
    chelva raised it to federal state and then to separate state
    prabha killed people for that..

    guess where the current lot stand

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    [Edited out] Never ending obsession with Jaffna tamils! Like that other joker Izeth Hussain

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    HLD Mahindapala, do you know that right now Lanka is in a June 1983 atmosphere. You are fiddling while we are about to be set on fire. Are you reading Mahawamsa for the prediction that Vellalas dressed in saffron robes will cause this? It is debased moral bankruptcy to latch on to a Prof. Kumar David describing Tamil leadership as “congenital idiots” without mentioning the context. The motley crowd that find you refreshing is very small HLD M.

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    If Sinhala King Senerath who was the ruler of entire Sri Lanka did not send a Sinhalese army under the command of Mudaliar Atapattu in 1619 to Jaffna, probably Portuguese would have wiped out both Sinhalese and Tamils in Jaffna. If King Senerath did not provide shelter to the Muslims, Portuguese would have wiped out Muslims. I hope Chandrika who is trying to twist the history of Sri Lanka to please the minorities has not instructed the Education Ministry to delete these things from History books.

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      Eagle Eye —————————-Sri Lanka/Ceylon/Eelam history is too difficult/complicated for you therefore you better leave it to the professionals. What were the 3,000 Sinhalese mercenaries the Lascarians doing with Portuguese?—————————————————– If those mercenaries were not fighting the Jaffna kingdom were the Sinhalese cooking Cozido, Caldo Verde, Bacalhau Bras, ………etc for their masters or wiping Portuguese white bums? —- Your ancestors from Erivirattinam would have left some evidence.

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      ranjith(sprrw) the scatter brain ????????????

      Thanks.

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    Bata kotte mind set, county ownership mind set, Naga false mindset and casteism supremacy mindset may drag them to nandikadal again. any other solution is impossible. former supreme court judge handling of north PC clear indication. they need nothing but entire country to rule. just like muslims want entire world to become caliphate.

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala’s Jingoism is due to Jaundiced brain. It is called MJ Disease (akin to Mad Cow Disease) and affects people fed on Vellala Conspiracy. Prevalent among morally bankrupt journalists.

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    To all commentators above. Ptove your credibility of your assertions on the barbaric nature of Buddhist Sinhalese by asking the Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) in the South to move out and settle down in the North. What you ungrateful b*******s should remember is that when your Sun God was ruling your newly formed, casteless, elgatarian Jaffna Kingdom the only ambition of a Tamil mother was to pawn her gold and send the chilren to Colombo.—–There is an inherent superiority in the Sinhala Buddhist society. That is why your brothers in the plantations prefer that pathetic lowly life among the Sinhales over moving to live within their own language, culture and religion in the great upcoming super power. Give me another reason to this strange phenomenon. —–Soma

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      somaass Ji ————–You and your fellow noisy Sinhala/Buddhists fascists better start packing your bags as you will be forced to relocate to relocate to your much cherished 10 square mile Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto. What rest of the people do or do not do is non of your bloody business. …..————————————–“There is an inherent superiority in the Sinhala Buddhist society.” ——————————-True, susceptible to violence and fascism, habitually falling for false promises, 8 measures of grain from moon, …………………….. ————————————————————————————————–Before you relocating to your Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto I suggest you spend some quality time in Buddhist Forest Monasteries and Meditation Centres. Or spend some time in one of the best brothels in this island. I suppose your Willi is frustrated.

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        Native, you and your elk often refer to “false promises”. Who gave you any promises? We didn’t. Keep us out of this back room horse deals between your elders and one of the two sides before elections.If you were deceived by those crooked b******s and it happened again and again and again it speaks volumes of your elders’ intelligence. The same b******s promised us rice from moon. What is the difference? Our crooks outwitted your crooks. Your elders have now resorted to getting foreign poweres to twist the arms of our crooks. Any “solution ” extracted against the wish of the majority is the beginning of the total disaster. You know how good our crooks are at disaster management. —-Soma

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    Rejection of 47% of Sri Lanka by 2% ( minority), is insane, that being so then the motivation to do so has to be the need to destabilise Sri Lanka long enough to achieve other goals. We need to find out who profited from our collective suffering. It is like the answer to, who is guilty the drug master mind, drug peddler or drug consumer. Has to be the mastermind.
    We identify our selves as Aryans because we do not want to be identified as Dravidians, given our collective experience has been that of suffering and destruction in the hands of the Dravidians. Off course following each cycle their is contemplation, discovery and creation.
    Buddhists are perfect at that, however its best if we learn the Buddhist Sutras and practice Buddhism in order to stop Calamities, Catastrophes and invasion from internally or externally. Corrupt leadership is a calamity, they are as destructive as terrorism.

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    Gnana Sankaralingam,
    Which DNA studies are you referring to? Could you please post the references.

    What is this “core genetic material” you are referring to? What is the “typical Aryan gene” you are talking about? PLEASE GIVE REFERENCES.

    Anyways, Sinhalese do not care about Aryans or Dravidians. The Aryan-Dravidian debate is not relevant to Sri Lanka at all. Sinhalese NEVER claimed they were Aryans. The British tried to propagate this theory here, but it was not well received by the Sinhalese, and 99.9% of the present day Sinhalese do not even know what Aryan actually means. “Aryan Sinhalese”, even then only meant and used in a cultural form, namely the Buddhist teachings are called the Aryan teaching, meaning noble teaching. Do not try to import your Tamil problem of Aryans and Dravidians to Sri Lanka. Settle it in Tamil Nadu.

    Moreover there is nothing called Dravidian either. That was a construction by the academics of the British colonial times. Prior to the 19th century the term Dravidian is not even found. Since you and others here use this term Dravidian alot here, can you tell me what this word is in Tamil. Please also give me one reference to Dravidians from Tamil literature, and I will take my words back. The word or the concept of Dravidians simply did not exist prior to the British colonial times. Today we get people claiming they have a Dravidian identity and some talk of Dravidian genes, Dravidian ethnic group and the Dravidian race etc. Nothing of this existed until recently. Whatever it is there is absolutely no Dravidian race. The only thing that Dravidian classification can be applied is the language family of some 25 closely related languages.

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      Punchi ( pea) Brain

      You are a fucking liar like all you Sinhalese fools Are you saying now that Sinhalese never claimed to be Aryans ? you useless liar.

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    The 50-50 of G. G. Ponnambalam reflects the problems the Tamils were causing already at that time, and the problems which were to follow. The cunning fool Ponnambalam tried to mislead the Soulbury Commission, with his 50-50 scheme where he claimed that 50% of electorates would be reserved for all minorities and the rest 50% for the Sinhalese. But in reality this was a scheme carefully drawn by Ponna, in which our island was divided in to 100 electorates, where 50% was reserved for all the minorities, which in reality was going to be controlled by the Tamils, since he had manipulated the boundaries of the electorates, and the other 50% was free for anybody to contest.

    So, the 50% which he claimed was for the Sinhalese, in reality could be contested by anybody, and at the rate of the Tamil migration to the southern areas including Colombo and the hill country at that time, meant that Tamils can get elected in the electorates Ponna had said were Sinhalese electorates. Also, he simply “forgot” to get the consent of the other minorities too. LOL. The nerve of this pathetic 10% Tamil Nadu minority, clearly shows from Ponna’s 50-50 scheme.

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