14 April, 2021

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Keppetipola Disawe & Solution To The Ethnic Question

By C.V. Wigneswaran

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran

Someone asked me: “You have been reported in a Tamil paper as having said that what the Sri Lankan Tamils want is the right to govern themselves. What is your solution to the ethnic Question?”

My response was – I did say so. Let me start from pre-Independence days. The Sri Lankans consider Rajapakse Wickremasekera Mudianselage Bandaranaike Monarawila Keppetipola, widely known as Keppetipola Disawe as a National Hero. Indeed when Ceylon gained Independence from the British in 1948, Keppetipola was declared a National Hero because he had fought against foreign rule.

Do you know his story?

Keppetipola Disawe was one of the Sinhalese leaders who signed the Udarata Treaty at Kandy on 2nd March 1815 bringing the whole Island under the British Rule. He served under the British Rule as a Disawe in charge of Uva Province. By 1817 there were rebellions against British Rule especially in the Uva region. Governor Robert Brownrigg sent Keppetipola with 500 men to suppress the rebellion. But on meeting the rebels he was convinced of the correctness of their cause. So he joined them as their leader at their request. Keppetipola returned his arms and ammunition to the British Governor saying that he did not wish to destroy them with their own weapons. Keppetipola continued to lead the rebellion. Wilbawe who claimed to be the heir to the Kandy Throne was formally crowned. But under the new King, Keppetipola was appointed as the Maha Adikaram (Chief Minister) and the rebels were urged to free the country from British Rule.

On 1st January 1818 Governor Brownrigg declared Keppetipola and sixteen others as rebels, outlaws and enemies to the Crown and their lands and properties were confiscated. British brought reinforcements from India and Keppetipola found it difficult to continue since most of the cultivations and livestock in the areas where the rebellion took place had been destroyed by the British and the people had no supplies to exist. So Keppetipola disbanded his rebel group and fled to Nuwara Kalawiya in Anuradhapura.

On 28th October 1818 Keppetipola along with Pilimathalawe, another rebel leader, were captured by Captain O’Neil of the British Army with the assistance of Native Lieutenant Cader–Boyet of the Ceylon Rifle Regiment. The captives were tried for high Treason and sentenced to death. On 25th November 1818 Keppetipola and Madugalle, another rebel leader, were taken to the Temple of the Tooth to perform their religious rituals. They were beheaded at Bogambara.

Now why do I refer to Keppetipola Disawe?

He had everything under the British Rule – name, fame, authority, assets and what not? But still he felt his people had no freedom. He fought for freedom from the British for his people. He is now a National Hero.

The Tamils of North and East feel the same way that the Kandyan rebels and their Rebel Leader Keppetipola Disawe felt in 1818 after the 1815 Agreement was signed with the British, of which Keppetipola himself was a signatory.

The Tamils of North and East feel the yoke of Sinhala hegemony today. They feel that they have fallen from the frying pan to the fire – from British Imperialism to Sinhala  hegemonism!  The Question I answered to the Media in Tamil (I wish I had time to translate it to English and have it translated to Sinhala too) was centered around what the Honourable Prime Minister is credited to have said that Tamils must not isolate themselves by thought but go for quick  economic development and that Tamil Politicians do not reflect the aspirations of the Tamil people. Further he is credited to have said that it is not possible to merge North and East. The gist of my response was that the Tamil speaking people are the majority in the North and East. Yet they feel themselves discriminated and dominated by the Sinhalese who are a minority in the North and East. In fact before Independence  they were a miniscular minority. The Tamil speaking people need to be able to govern themselves without interference from the Sinhalese politicians who run the Centre. In every aspect of life the domination by the Sinhalese is visible.

Land 

Without giving a chance for the local Tamils to apply for land in their traditional homeland region, colonization by Sinhalese from the South goes on in the North and East. This changes the demography of the areas which hitherto have been speaking the Tamil language.

Arbitrarily the Mahaweli Authority maps out lands in the Mullaitivu District from Mullaitivu Town southwards upto Vavuniya and beyond as Mahaweli Lands and undertakes such colonization without recourse to  the Provincial Council nor Local Authorities. They are a law unto themselves. Lots of lands earlier occupied by Tamils who had to leave for India during the war have now been taken over by the Government and given to Sinhalese. Thus the Tamils are not consulted when their lands are alienated. After all the North and East are Tamil speaking areas from pre Buddhistic times. It appears that this is part of a conspiracy by the Centre to change the demography and get in more and more Sinhalese representatives into Local Authorities and the Provincial Council.  

Earlier almost all the Tamils in the Southern areas were driven away during inter alia 1958 and 1983 pogroms. Now they intend colonizing the North and East with Sinhalese. The latest ruse is the appointment of a Presidential Task Force for the preservation of Archaeological sites in Eastern Province consisting only of Buddhist Priests and Military representatives. If Archaeological sites are to be preserved the Task Force should consist of reputed and reliable Archaeologists and Historians from the Tamil community. There must be delegates who represent the people of the area who are Tamil speaking. At least well respected elders from the areas who know their environment and background to listen to the deliberations of such Task Force and help them when they go astray!  After all the historical sites in the East are mostly Tamil Hindu or Tamil Buddhistic remains. There cannot be any Sinhala Buddhist historical sites since the Sinhala language only came into being in the 6th or 7th Century AD. In any event what do Buddhist Priests know of our culture, history and language? After all it is the Buddhist Clergy which has propagated false history into the minds of our Sinhalese brethren and made them believe this is a Sinhala Buddhist country. It was they who got the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam Pact rescinded. Their antipathy towards the Tamils is very well known.

There is another 13 Member Presidential Task Force headed by the Defense Secretary for the protection of the country to build a secure and disciplined society consisting of Military and Police representatives. We could see the direction the country is taking towards a Sinhala Buddhist Military Dictatorship. My prayer is God save the Tamils!

Apart from these activities the Military is in possession of vast tracts of lands used and cultivated by them. There is also an area along A9 Road in Kilinochchi District where it is said that families of the members of the Military have been brought to live. Outsides are not allowed to enter this area situated somewhere around Murugandy Pillaiyar Temple.

Water

Many Military Camps are close to Tanks. Public are not allowed the free use of those Tanks. The villagers are made to be in obligation to the Military if they are to receive the favour of the use of their own local Tanks.

The idea behind bringing water from Mahaweli River to the North is a ruse to take over lands for cultivation along the area the water is earmarked to be brought  and  to colonize such areas  with Sinhalese brought from elsewhere. Up to date not a drop of the Mahaweli water has come to the Northern Province. And our experienced and learned experts say it would not come at all. Then why the Mahaweli  project? The Mahaweli Project is specially designed to bring in Sinhala colonists in to the Tamil speaking areas and decimate the Tamil population in the North and East.

Jobs, Trade etc.

Many Hotels in the East do not give jobs to locals. Sinhalese workers have been brought in from outside the Province. In the North recently despite the 15 TNA Representatives in Parliament, workers appointed such as Electricity Meter Readers have all been Sinhalese from outside the Province. If we were still in the Provincial Council we would have protested. But this was done after we relinquished office. May be Provincial Council Elections are being postponed with a purpose. I would not be surprised if the next Provincial Council has about 25% to 30% Sinhala representatives. Of course the  chances of the Provincial Councils’ Elections ever taking place is something to be considered. Hope India which brought in the Provincial Councils under the Thirteenth Amendment, however powerless the  institution may be today,  is aware of the situation here.

Shops of various kinds have been opened along A9 by Sinhalese most of them relatives of the Sinhala Military and Sinhala Police officers. This deprives locals from setting up commercial establishments in their own areas.

When Tourists go to see the coral reef areas in the sea off Mannar District they are taken there by the Navy on payment, which payment goes to the pockets of the Navy. This has deprived the locals of their income. 

Many Hotels are now coming up run by the Sinhalese in the North and East. The Tamils who had been residing in the rest of the Country in the South who had been conducting businesses there had been driven away earlier by riots and pogoms and now Sinhalisation of the North and East are taking place. Still some of our Tamils don’t realize what is taking place. They are unable to see the steady decimation of the Tamils from their traditional areas and Sinhalisation of the  North and East. The idea behind all this is to destroy the individuality of the Tamil areas and annex such traditional Tamil speaking areas to the Sinhala areas. This took place from Negombo up to Puttalam areas during the last century and most of those  traditionally Tamil speaking persons along those areas have now become Sinhalese. If the Title Deeds of a hundred years ago of those areas are examined, they would be found to be in Tamil. Still some very old men and women speak Tamil in their homes but the children and grand children Sinhalese. 

Government Service

Due to the paucity of Tamil speaking Nurses in the North instead of crash training Tamil speaking Nurses, Sinhala speaking Nurses have been brought in to the Hospitals in the North. Many Sinhala speaking Doctors have been posted to the North and East. One such Doctor in the Kilinochchi District sometime ago prescribed wrong medicines due to her inability to converse in Tamil and the patient’s inability to understand Sinhalese.

Continued presence of Military in the North and East

Military Camps are everywhere in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. So much so Mayor John Tory from Canada when he visited Mullaitivu asked why so many Army Camps are there in the North ten years after the War. These Camps are manned  by Sinhalese only. Their connection with the Villages close by go beyond their range of Duty. Many stories are brought to our Notice. Informing the Higher ups in the Military about them would find them only faulting our people never a member of the Military. Just like how war criminals now hold high positions in Government Echelons, those complained against in the North and East go on to become high officials in the Militaryor in State Service after retirement.

Fishing

There is one law for local Tamils and another for Sinhalese Fishermen coming from outside the North and East. The Sinhalese Fishermen are  allowed to indulge in illegal fishing activities and take their catch to the South. But the Tamil Fishermen are controlled by the Military. Their fishing activities are curtailed. 

Propagation of Buddhism

Buddhist places of worship are opened by Buddhist Priests with the help of the Military in areas where not a single Buddhist lives except for the members of the Military in camps. Often the areas to build such Buddhist places of worship are obtained by deceit or duress with the help of the armed forces.

Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention defines genocide as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or part a national, ethnical, racial or religious group as such- 

1. Killing members of the group.

2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.

3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or part.

4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.   

5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Article 3 defines crimes that can be punished under the Convention.  

The Thirteenth Amendment

Though India helped us with the 13th Amendment the rights of the Provincial Council as envisaged by India during the 1987 Indo–Sri Lankan Accord have been highly curtailed. The Tamils lack authority to look after themselves under the 13th Amendment. Even with regard to items where the Provincial Council has power in terms of the Schedule to the 13th Amendment, control by the Centre or the Governor who is the President’s nominee,  are the order of the day.

Just as Keppetipola felt that his people lacked freedom under the British, our people under the present dispensation feel they are constrained, controlled and dominated by the South not allowing them the  freedom they are entitled to under the Law both local and International.

Education

Children are taught false and one sided history. The long and continued history of the Tamils from pre Buddhistic times are simply ignored and the fictional stories of the Pali Mahawamsa are taught. We lack the freedom to decide what is best for our children.

There are many matters that could be enumerated to show how the Tamils are being discriminated and dominated by the Sinhalese. 

We therefore need our freedom within the same country. How long are the Sinhalese going to dictate terms to us? May be until full-fledged genocide takes place and it would be too late for the Tamils to do anything about it.

So let me answer your final question. We would like to have a full fledged federal constitution  for the  merged  North and East which will ensure the integrity of the Island but give the Tamils and Muslims the elbow space to look after their affairs themselves un-interfered by the South. The Muslims will have their area demarcated within the merged North and East and they would be entitled to self government in their areas. 

This is what most of the Tamil political parties have been repeatedly urging upon. However, our successive governments have time and time again failed to take account of our demand for a federal solution and all our hopes have now faded. The loss of trust in the successive governments has created a situation for our people to call upon the international community to conduct an internationally monitored referendum to determine the solution to the ethnic Question. We would be urging the International powers – that – be to consider our request favourably as otherwise there is every possibility of a full- fledged genocide taking place here.

The Government and the Sinhalese politicians must shed the false notion that this Country belongs to the Sinhala Buddhists. If majority in numbers is what is relevant the Tamil speaking are the majority in the North and East. The North and East have always been determinably different until the British brought about administrative unity in 1833. So my solution is self government for the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in their areas where they are in majority. Thank you. 

*Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Ex Chief Minister, Northern Province

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    Justice CV.Wigneswaran says,”My prayer is God save the Tamils!”

    By this statement, Justice C.V.Wigneswaran admits his impotents and that he will not be able to save Tamils?.

    He party also will not be able to save Tamils?

    Then why he and his political party is contesting the next General election?

    Why you blame TNA for not saving the Tamils?

    Does CVW have any strategy to save the tamils if he and his party is elected to Parliament?

    On the other hand, he seems to believe that only TNA or God could save the Tamils?
    Instead of contesting elections why not, continue to pray

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      C.V. Wigneswaran

      “My prayer is God save the Tamils!”

      Please pray to God
      “Please save the Tamils from themselves, they can take care of their enemies”.

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        Native Vedda: “….God save Tamils”. Is it “The God” or “Several Gods”, because Tamils were praying “Several Gods” for the last few generations.

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      Sri
      He has link to gods through god-men who perform miracles to amuse him.
      One of them is supposed to have saved the earth from the comet Hale-Bopp which got threateningly close to this planet (a mere 197 million km). How he did it is interesting. I will narrate it another time.
      *
      SJVC said in desperation “Only god can save the Tamils now”. CVW is doing something that SJVC forgot to do. He prays to God.
      God hears better when one speaks from the parliament. There is some kind out of space Internet there.

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      Srikrish,
      .
      Not only tamils but there are whole lot of rural srilankens that live under poverty line.

      RAJAPAKSHE WONDER WORLD SRILANKA – BUT THE NUMBERS OF DESTITUTE ARE OVER 40% of 22-million population. So called colombo people celebrate THEIR b day s wasting millions while the poor of th epoor let fall even deeper.
      :
      This corona crisis made them naked today. Rajaakshes have doctored the documents for some reasons to tellt he world that we are a midincome earning nation but we are far behind Ethiopia today.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL9752FJUMg

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL9752FJUMg

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY5whr6hI6c


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQWt-9DnoyM

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nku-T_VdEoA

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        Leelagemallai,

        Empathy is the word!

        Until and unless Sinhalese empathize with Tamils and Tamils empathize with Sinhalese this merry-go-round will go on!
        Sri

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          Srikrish,
          i agree with you, but they are not only sinhalaya but also tamils and others too.
          Just imagine, how Muslim leaders back lick today just focusing on their selfish gains – bitch s son Ali sabry is one of the most known example
          .
          I dont know to pick any tamil examples, but I did not agree with Wanigeshwarna… and the manner he reacted within his tenure. There are young tamil leaders, that reveal today, that TAMIL representatives dont do much to their own folks and the upliftment of their life. And the man who died a week ago, did he did that good work wihtin his life time to the PLANTATION tamils ? Never… bp lived up on the perks… this is dangerous than EBOLA VIRUS… believe or not that is the saddest reality.

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          “Rajapakse Wickremasekera Mudianselage Bandaranaike Monarawila Keppetipola,”
          Whatever one might think about Wiggy’s politics, this guy does his homework.

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            OC
            True here.
            But not always his history homework though.

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      [Edited out] the comment language is English – CT

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    What Justice C.V.Wigneswaran said was absolutely correct. It is sad that educated people who are allowed to rule this country did not know the difference between Federalism and Separation. They are just blindly following a stupid statement of Srimavo Bandaranayake that Federalism means Separation, when some learned Sinhalese politicians like N.M.Perera said Federalism is ideal for Sri Lanka. Is she an authority on Federalism and recognized at international level? Even when the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was signed, it was an indication that Federalism was ideal. Mahinda Rajapakse was able to divide the North-East Province, but was unable to abrogate the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord which sends the message Mahinda was cheating the public. The unity of Sri Lanka could have been strengthened had high-Line Canal System been introduced which regulated the supply of water without any waste. One cannot say there is insufficient water. Their evil motive was to suppress the Tamils and not to allow the unity between the Sinhalese and the Tamils because the Sinhalese politicians feared losing commissions. Instead they created different laws for the Tamils and different for the Sinhalese for their personal gains. The country is in great debt when Buddhist Viharas are built in non-Buddhist areas and maintained at peoples’ tax monies.

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      Mr AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM
      Honestly I am at a loss to understand how Tamils ( all Tamil speaking people scattered across the country irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) living in Sinhala majority Federal units are going to benefited in terms of their political aspirations. They certainly will be at the receiving end of local nincompoops and thugs with land and police powers. Rights of minorities within a given geographical area are better protected under a central authority.
      Prabakaran wanted to implement Vadukkodai Resolution or a federal structure?

      Soma

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        Soma,
        Prabaharan has nothing to do with Federalism. Switzerland is also the size of Sri Lanka but with more different language speaking people than Sri Lanka. The rights of minorities are well protected in Switzerland than Sri Lanka. The Swiss politicians never speak like Rajapaksas or Buddhist monks that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country. They also never attack an opposition leader’s house if the a minority becomes an opposition leader. They never continue to hold on to be a President or Prime Minister like in Sri Lanka i.e. family bandyism is never encouraged by politicians. They give opportunities to minorities also to rule. This is why Switzerland is considered to be the best country in the world to live in the world and also has become one of the richest countries in the world. Will this ever happen in Sri Lanka? The problem is rulers in Sri Lanka do not know the difference between Federalism and Separation.

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          Mr A.R.
          You have totally sidestepped my comment.
          Subject was Federalism vis a vis the Vadukkdai resolution and Prabakaran’s modus operandi to implement it.
          And how Tamils ( all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival) inside Sinhala majority Federal units are going to be benefited.

          Soma

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            Soma,
            Leave along the Vaddukoddai Resolution. When the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was signed together with the enactment of 13th Amendment, Prabaharan’s mode of operation for a separate State had become a nullity. He was only threatening the TULF MPs and other government servants, but the Tamils including the TULF MPs were hoping for Federalism. The assassination of the TULF MPs demonstrate the inability of Prabaharan as well as his short-sightedness. Federalism would have benefited not only the Tamils, but also the Sinhalese to a great extent, other than the politicians who rely on commissions. Once the Sinhalese have a taste of economic development under Federalism, they will never listen to the Sinhalese politicians and all your suspicions will be cleared.

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              So you mean the whole terrorist war of 30+ years launched by Prabakaran was a hallucination? You talk as if you represent all Tamils, while you in this post itself have admitted that Prabhakaran wanted a separate state, and we all know that he had wide support among Tamils. Anyways as long as a single Sinhalese is alive, Tamils will never get a federal state here. Tamils do not have the legal, moral or ethical right to a separate state in this island. Tamils are a relatively recent diaspora of Tamilnadu. Tamilnadu is where your business of separate state aspirations must be realized. This island has no natural barriers to facilitate or host Tamil aspirations of self governance of any form. Please bear in mind that Tamils do not qualify for self-determination under International law mainly because Tamils are not a sufficiently differentiated nation from Tamils in Tamilnadu and also the condition of geographical separateness cannot be achieved in this island, as it simply does not have any natural barriers other than the ocean surrounding it. The area you claim as Tamil homeland, namely the northern and eastern provinces are just artificial boundaries drawn by the British.

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                Punchi Point,
                The terrorist war may have taken 30 years or more in some countries. But Prabaharan failed to command the respect of more than 60% of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, i.e. the Tamils from the Hill country and the Western Province. Just because I have admitted that Prabaharan wanted a separate State does not in any way mean, I have supported separation. It was Prabaharan’s choice. The Tamils generally supported Federalism and nothing more. I think you have not understood the difference between Federalism and Separation and you are just following Srimavo’s slogan. Moreover, your argument holds no ground when your rulers are unable to abrogate the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord and repeal the 13th Amendment both of which points to Federalism. Talk something with sense i.e. about strengthening of the unity of Sri Lanka through projects relating to economic development and not about suppression of ethnic communities which Lord Buddha was against.

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                Hello, Punchi My Friend,
                Go back to school and get your facts right. Study the history and put up a factual argument or join the saffron cloaked morons who want to perpetuate the superficial differences between the Tamils and The Sinhalese. I can cut you to ribbons with racial epithets, I shall from doing so because I do not want to high light your confident ignorance.

                Do you honestly think Prabakaran and other Tamil fighting units of the time grew out of thin air? He was a product of the system that prevailed in our country since independence. I shall be posting a comment at the end and read it and post a comment if you have the intellectual capacity.

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                  Soma,
                  Why don’t you think positively? Consider this scenario:
                  1 Federalism granted
                  2 The N&E allowed
                  to directly solicit
                  foreign investment.
                  3 Economic boom in
                  N&E. Due to this,
                  Tamils start
                  returning to N&E.
                  When GDP of N&E equals that of Australia, all the Tamils would have moved, fulfilling your often-repeated dream.
                  Small problem though. Any Sinhalese with brains would have moved too. You would feel pretty lonely.

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                If we have to remove every Sinhalese we will remove them in total if that is what is required to safe guard our( Tamils in Eelam ) birth rights by securing either separation or federalism. We as a separate ethnic community does not require the acceptance from another community as to how to live our lives. Sinhalese are deluding themselves by thinking that it is because they were able to hoodwink the world once by saying that they were fighting a war against terrorism they could continue to cheat the world in to making them believe that they were paragons of virtue. poor bastards the world is waking up to reality slowly but surely. With the new wind of change in the air with the Black lives matter movement taking the globe by storm , it is a game changer for the Tamils. Like the 9/11 which was a game changer which helped the Sinhala racists to hide their true identity under the cloak of fighting terrorism, the time has come for the Tamils( blacks/ dark ) to expose the Sinhala Nazis to the rest of the world. The Sinhala racist mask is beginning to slip away. The Sinhala tyranny is finally going to face the day of reckoning.

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              Mr A.R.
              You keep on repeating ” federalism is beneficial”.
              My request was to explain us HOW the Tamils in Sinhala majority federal units are going to be benefited. Please keep in mind that they are +50% of total Tamils ( all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival).

              Soma

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                soma,
                Federalism means binding together. So think about what will bind together. For instance water is essential for economic development to improve the agriculture and if High-Line Canal System with modern technology is implemented, you will personally see how the Sinhalese and the Tamils integrate. Read the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord carefully and you realize that it can be achieved through Federalism. Just forget about the illusion that Federalism is separation which is absolutely baseless and without any foundation. Those were politicians gimmicks for their personal gains and not for the benefit of the public. You are only thinking of the percentage of Tamils & Sinhalese. Do the Swiss people think in such a way. They like to call themselves as SWISS and not as FRENCH, ITALIAN, ENGLISH, etc.

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                  Mr.A.R
                  A country presently in a unitary structure based on representatives appointed from GEOGRAPHICAL units is to be devided into Federal units based on ETHNICITY and RELIGION.
                  Is that binding together? Why not each federal unit into sub, federal units?
                  Dear A.R., at your leisure, not as a response this comment, can you compile a list of benefits of federalism and demonstrate how at least 90% of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) are benefited.


                  Soma

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                    Soma,
                    Why don’t you think positively? Consider this scenario:
                    1 Federalism granted
                    2 The N&E allowed
                    to directly solicit
                    foreign investment.
                    3 Economic boom in
                    N&E. Due to this,
                    Tamils start
                    returning to N&E.
                    When GDP of N&E eventually equals that of Australia, all the Tamils would have moved, fulfilling your often-repeated dream.
                    Small problem though. Any Sinhalese with brains would have moved too. You would feel pretty lonely.

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    This guy has dementia. Colonize? Sinhalese going to the north is colonizing. but Tamils living all over are protected.

    I suggest you are the colonizers if any , go back to T nadu

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      a14455

      “Sinhalese going to the north is colonizing. “

      Do you think so?

      “I suggest you are the colonizers if any , go back to T nadu”

      Its not fair.
      When you go home take them with you.

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        First colonizers are bunch of Kallathoni criminals from Bengal who landed 2500 years ago, killed a chieftain who allowed them in and usurped their land. Before that there was peace with Dravidians in north and north-west and Veddhas in east and south-east. Tamils living in south and Sinhalese living in north are different. Tamils are living in south under Sinhala rule with Sinhala police controlling them with no power to change Sinhala names of places to Tamil, build Hindu temples everywhere or to kill Sinhalese and destroy their properties.. In contrast, Sinhalese settling in Tamil areas live under Sinhala rule with Sinhala GA, Policemen and officers, change Tamil place names to Sinhala, want shops built and given to them, build Buddhist temples everywhere, place Buddha statues at every nook and corner, and run riot time and again to kill Tamils, destroy their properties, drive them away and usurp their lands. All those Sinhalese who deny Dravidian ancestry must be deported to Myanmar and settled in Rakhine state lands vacated by Rohingyas.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

          Why Demalu like to maintain the distinction:
          Sri Lankan Tamils and Indian Tamils?
          Do ‘Indian Tamils’ still holding Indian citizenship and live in Sri lanka?
          After all Demala (Tamils) people whether invaders or brought as slaves are originally from Hindusthan/India.

          Is this the result of ‘Hypocrisy of Vella Ala Demalu’ who scream to the International Community ‘Racist Sinhala Buddhist Discrimination against Tamils’ but want to maintain discrimination within Demala community?

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          Gnana Donkey, Even though your name is Gnana you behave like a fool. All the people who live in Sri Lanka live under the same rule. even in Jaffna. Unlike you who lives under Borises rule

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            Sinhala racist coward, frightened to get hammering from Tamils, donkeys like you will be put in the proper place very soon. Ask your Sinhala racist friends in UK, how they hide under the bed, by mere rumours that LTTE fellows are around.

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            Are we having a braying contest here?
            I wish that CT spares us of such acrimony.

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            a14455@
            .
            pLEASE name of the homo sapiens, try to learn the basics of the respect and dignity.
            :
            CT is not a platform Rajakshe backlickers to abuse their wording.
            :
            If your parents did not give it you, at least SELF education could pave the way so that we will get rid of you the kind of Bps out of our sights.

            Only way out would be IMPROVEMENT of the awarness. you yakkas.

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          Dr. G. S.
          “Tamils are living in south under Sinhala rule with Sinhala police controlling them with no power to change Sinhala names of places to Tamil, build Hindu temples everywhere or to kill Sinhalese and destroy their properties”

          Now can you explain how a federal structure going to change
          this under local nincompoops and thugs enjoying police and land powers unless we relocate them to Tamil majority areas?

          Soma

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      Is your handle your prison number? 14455?

      You have not taken a material fact into account in your argument.

      Tamils bring value anywhere they move to: on the other hand the Sinhalese that move that side of A’Pura erode value.

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        Burt,
        .
        it should be his LOCK up room number of MEDAMULANA slavery.
        :
        These bitch s sons are a pain to this country. They are not real srilankens. Nor are they really sinhalese.
        :
        The kind of men cough for money should be burnt down to the manner dead bodies are cremated going by quarantine guidelines.

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      If CV has Dementia, you seem not to have any neurons at all! The increase in Tamils living outside North East shot up during the period of war as evidenced by the population census! This exodus seeking some protection from the fighting was not with the aid of the Sri Lankan government for it to be termed ‘State aided colonisation’. On the contrary 90% of Sinhalese living in the NE today were colonised by the state following independence with the aim of changing the demographic profile of NE along ethnic lines. So, before you utter nonsense, I suggest you update yourself with some facts.

      As regards, your point of Tamils going back to Tamil Nadu, that will not be an issue, for this island was always occupied by people, including the Veddhas or in ‘Aathi Vaasees’ from the Southern tip of India from time immemorial including king Ravanan who was from Southern Indian Saivaite tradition and this was thousands of years before the rogue undesirable prince Vijaya and his catamaram men landed from Kalinga here. So, whom do you think should leave this island first, going by your own ‘tales’ of Mahavansa you so venerate!

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        So if it is no issue why not go to the land where the population poops on the rd instead of talking bull crap?

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          Go to Wanathamulla to find that population there, do the same. Way the country is becoming bankrupt, soon you will have no option than to eat it.

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      We will go back to Tamil Nadu if you go back to Bihar.

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      You, Sir, are an utter and absolute Moron.

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      Spineless a 14455

      Homeland of the Tamils include territories south of the Vindyas in India including Eelam ( the island of Serendib). Ask any geologist he/ she will tell you that not so long ago ( approximately 5000 years ago) Srilanka was connected to Tamilnadu by land. The original inhabitants of Srilanka are not Sinhala migrants from orissa but indigenous people who were the fore bears of the Tamils( Dravidian or austroloids).

      You sinhalayas must go back to orissa or Bangal.

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    during the pre-independence era, the ruling British and other colonial masters found that the members of the Tamil community were more studious, willing to be educated were diligent in performing the given tasks and were hard workers.
    =
    therefore they set up missionary schools in the north, the east and most of the government sector jobs along with the private sector were manned by the minority Tamil’s.
    =
    come 1956 the racist Klu Klux copying SLFP led by the Oscar Wilde following SWRD. Banda strode into power on the Sinhala only ticket due to his being overlooked as the next in line to the leadership of the UNP.
    =
    ever since that time the once always in the black nation has been going down the pallan in reverse mode by the totally inept incompetent Sinhala racist imbeciles.
    Sinhala a lingo spoken only in this sad sorry now made the shittiest country in the world has been given prominence and has been the main reason as to the downward trek of the once-rich country.
    now this beleaguered isle has the pride of place as one of the world’s best Lord Buddha’s begging bowl carrying beggar nations in the globe.

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      Even Eagerless ?, a petty hypocritical racist who pollutes this intelligent forum in his late 90’s thanks to the care and love bestowed on him all 24 hours of the day by a Tamil lady meenachi who’s fit enough to be his great-granddaughter age-wise.
      =
      this is why we the Tamils hold the keys to the vehicle that can magically resurrect the plenty of ailments that are plaguing this till 1956 successful a pleasure to abode in the blissful country maliciously and cluelessly ruined by most of the stupid Yakko’s.

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    Mr.Wigneswaran failed as Chief Minister of Northern Province, simply because he did not do what little he could have done. He has been merely a judge not leader not a manager.. He could have done a lot to the Tamils.rather mere rhetoric
    But his case for self determination is without blemish.
    I think it is for Sinhala intellectuals to lead without being parochial and racists not to recognize the need to give self governance to the Tamils in the North East.
    I saw in the Website of Avanka Lanka Foundation statement from his founder Lasantha “until such time people in th south fight for the rights and privileges of their brethren in the Norh Sri Lanka can not progress”.
    We need to follow people like.him rather than the war criminals

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      Dilshan

      “Mr.Wigneswaran failed as Chief Minister of Northern Province, simply because he did not do what little he could have done. “

      So did many leaders, since 1948.

      Why single out former Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran who was only following his predecessors, Ponna, Chelva, Amir, Thonda, VP, Douglas, …. and his brethren DS Sena Nayaken, Banda Nayaken, Siri Mao, Dudley, JR, Premadasa, Wijetunge, Rohana, Somawansa, Chandrika, NM Perera, Peter, Hakeem, Rishad Bathiudeen, M. L. A. M. Hizbullah, Athuraliye Rathana , Rajapaksas, Malwathus, Asgirias, ………….Sajith Premadasa and Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala.

      The entire home grown leadership is a huge disaster.

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        Native (Fake) Vedda,
        Huge disaster is not the home grown leadership but leadership of ‘Para’ Demalu who fooled Demala community by promising a separate State called ‘Tamil Elam’ based on the bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’ for the descendants of slaves brought by colonial parasites to Yapanaya. As a consequence of this stupid decision, Demala community has got lost between Sri Lanka and Tamil Elam.

        “The entire home grown leadership is a huge disaster.”

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          Dear Eagle,
          “Demala (Tamil) minority issue was a creation of colonial parasites who imported millions of Dravida slaves”
          These same colonial parasites allowed your female ancestors to wear blouses. They allowed your people to do work in other trades. What’s more, they helped in the ordination of your Salagama and Karawe people as hamuduruwos. Otherwise you wouldn’t be talking about Sinhala Buddhism today. Give credit where it’s due.

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            Sinhala,Tamils and also the Muslims share 40 to 60 % of the south Asian ancestral DNA. South Indians, Sri Lankan Veddas and the Australian Aborigines share more DNA than current Sri Lankans.

            Sri Lanka was connected to South India, Madagascar and Western Australia 12,000 years ago.With the end of the ice age sea levels rose by more the 600 feet. 7000 years ago Sri Lanka got separated from the Indian sub continent completely.

            Even Prof.Raj Somadeva says of earlier civilization. But he dubiously avoids the south asian ancestry.

            There were 40,000 Tamil Buddhists in this country at one time. They have become Sinhalized with the Sinhala only. Same with the Tamil Catholics in the western Coastal belt.

            The Karawas (sea farers) Salagama (Cinnamon) and Durawas(Hakuru) migration took place from South India after the Portuguese took over the maritime provinces. They were christianized , took portugeses names but many became sinhala buddhist for survival.

            After Independence 1.5 ML Indian Tamils were repatriated back to India. Another 1.5ML Native Tamils went abroad after the Ethnic war.

            Sri Lanka is 75% Sinhala now from 60% in 1900. And now 70% is Sinhala Buddhist
            If one wants want to make SL a 100% Sinhala Buddhist Country he can be happy because you are in the correct path.

            Be Happy and try to survive in the 100% Sinhala Buddhist Country

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      D
      His plea is for federation.
      Is that the same as self determination?

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      Dilshan, you are saying exactly what I have said before. Wigneswaran failed for two reasons, one where he is responsible for one and not for the other. Firstly he failed because his leadership skills are deficient and he has no organisational skills at all. He showed leadership qualities as a prefect at Royal and as the last Tamil president of law students union. But he did not get the opportunity to demonstrate it after becoming a judge and gradually lost it. Since he had never been a head of government department, business organisation or social association, he could not develop organisational skill. Secondly knowing very well that government is sabotaging northern province by way of delaying allocating funds, he did not take measure to make use of what was there, while indulging in matters outside the purview of his office. Though he is a failure at provincial level, he will be a great asset in parliament for his forthright views.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

        If you care to review the last 72 years political history of this island the state and successive governments never genuinely relented to devolve/share which is hugely concentrated unaccountable power with regions/province and the people. Those who were elected to devolve meaningful power and share it with people in fact were happy to accumulate it concocting one reason or another.

        The Dump war criminals under the aegis of Saffron brigade have started giving themselves more powers than before undermining regionally elected representatives. The cumulative effect of all such clever dick maneuvering resulted in 25 years war, two uprising in the south, devastating the country, continues to elect corrupt representatives to elected bodies who in turn maneuvering themselves out of power and politics.

        The country’s final destination, a Theocracy run by Military Junta or a Military Junta run by a theocracy.

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          Dr. GS/NV,

          Leading a people or political party requires a completely different level of skill than being a prefect or leading a student union.

          It needs moral and intellectual clarity, a strategic mindset, a willingness to make a lot of sacrifices and work tirelessly toward a goal, etc.

          CVW’s failures include a failure to lead the Tamil people to form the right opinion on whether they should continue to seek a modus vivendi with the Sinhalese society even as the latter has unfortunately elected people with fascistic tendencies; should they continue to mistrust India given the atrocities committed by the IPKF and the perfidious complicity, or should they seek rapprochement with new Indian leadership?

          I think Sumanthiran would argue the former is the modus vivendi, but CVW would like the second option with Indian engagement. But while the former’s actions are consistent with his views, the latter hasn’t shown any clarity or provided any leadership on the option he prefers.

          [Continued…]

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            CVW mentioned to Modi that the latter should help the Tamils find a solution that came close to federalism. Was there any effective follow-up? Did CVW try to build new relationships with regional Indian leaders and leverage such relationships?

            Despite Amirthalingam’s many faults, he had many leadership qualities and made many sacrifices. After his death, no Tamil leader had the level of access to the Indian Govt that he had. That was due to many factors, including the presence of MGR, but Tamil leaders are not giving the people the right information to shape their opinion and make the right choice. Instead Tamil leadership seems adrift, without any clear strategic direction. Both Sampanthan and CVW are partly responsible for this sense of drift. Age could be a serious factor. Lack of strategic thinking could be another.

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            Agnos, leadership qualities develop from young days, and you cannot become a leader overnight. Basic principle of leadership remains the same and a clever person will adapt himself to the situation and become successful. Leader has to lead from the front and must have clear idea of what is to be done, and have the courage to execute correct policies despite opposition. In politics where there is animosity and intransigence by the rulers, leader has to make sacrifices, like Gandhi or Mandela. If one is not prepared for that, he should honourably quit, rather than hanging on and deceiving Tamils. GGP when cornered by DSS started to hoodwink Tamils. Amir when threatened by JR did the same. Even Prabaharan when he found that India may eliminate him stated to fight IPKF and not for the benefit of Tamils. Who knows whether Sumanthiran has been threatened by Gota for his talk of changing course and to begin to hoodwink Tamils. Sumanthiran is like Ranil W, both having no leadership qualities, playing double game thinking that others are fools. There is a possibility that Gota could attempt an Israeli or Russian type of assassinating Tamil leaders of diaspora, and that may be the reason for Surenthiran through fear doing a somersault.

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              Dr.GS,
              I don’t agree with the view that leadership skills develop from a very young age. Firstly, leadership is a very vague term. In the West, many stupid businessmen, including Trump, are called ‘leaders,’ even though the only thing they do is to lie and cheat to make money. In the corporate world, many managers are called ‘leaders.’
              My problem is that Tamil people can’t seem to make up their minds on whether they still want to reach an accommodation with the fascistic regimes in Colombo, or press external players hard on finding a workable solution. Even people like CVW who want India and the international community to help, often muddle their message: they are hoping against hope that the Sinhala polity will give them a solution even while condemning the same polity for its intransigence and denial of Tamil history in SL.
              With fascistic hardliners in power in Colombo, there is no use in repeating the demand for federalism as a mantra at this time. N-E Tamils could focus on mending their relationships with the up country Tamils , Muslims and non-racist Sinhalese in order to secure at least some safety in better numbers ( 35-40% vs just 10%), and better linguistic and religious rights.

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                Agnos,

                I agree with you.

                A leader will not work in a vacuum

                A leader should have a vision,, commitment and above all leadership skill.

                A leader must be able to lead his followers.

                A leader will have charisma

                A leader should be an able manager
                .
                A leader should be able to lead his followers towards the desired goal..

                Does any leader among Tamils have these characteristics?

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                  Srikrish,

                  If no fresh young person is willing to step up from within the country, some of the ones already there will become leaders by default. Maybe that is how Sumanthiran is taking a leading role within the TNA, as SJ recently said to me in another thread.

                  Some of the expatriates who have no objections from their families and can be articulate leaders, might want to go back and provide leadership, but it will take them a few years to settle down, connect with the people and gain name recognition after spending many years overseas.

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                  Please Name a Sinhalese first before you go to your question. Leaders who condone the burning of libraries, Rape, and murder. What are you on about? Glorifying them by naming Airports and cities after their shameful name. I’m of course referring to Bandaranayake International Airport and laughably “Sri Jayawardena Pura, the administrative capital of the land.

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        Siva Siva Sankra
        You really are a Fool. Stop making yourself an IDIOT. You are still at it and last time you offered your advise you got yourself into a Muddle.
        Let me try again
        1) Wigneswaran failed for two reasons, one where he is responsible for one and not for the other. Firstly he failed because his leadership skills are deficient and he has no organisational skills at all. He showed leadership qualities as a prefect at Royal and as the last Tamil president of law students union. But he did not get the opportunity to demonstrate it after becoming a judge and gradually lost it. You then said Gotha and MR had both but when I questioned you said you had called them both Criminals and Murders
        *** You really are DAFT. Northern Province had no Power. CM was operating in a vaccum. He became a CM only after India forced the elections to NP. Power was never devolved.
        2) Since he had never been a head of government department, business organisation or social association, he could not develop organisational skill.
        *** You are talking rubbish if you have no power nothing to exercise. You then compared CBK to Wiggy and said how she had developed Western Province.

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          3) Secondly knowing very well that government is sabotaging northern province by way of delaying allocating funds, he did not take measure to make use of what was there, while indulging in matters outside the purview of his office. Though he is a failure at provincial level, he will be a great asset in parliament for his forthright views.
          *** You really are a STUPID as none of the above makes any sense as you are struggling to connect.
          You are SENILE. Stop Politicking tat is not your Forte.

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          Not worth wasting my time with one who cannot understand English and has a low level of intelligence and an unbalanced mind.

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    In Sri Lanka, there is one rule for a Singhala rebel who is honored as a National hero and another rule for Tamil rebel who fought for the rights of Tamisone of the original people of the island. SWRD Bandaranaike’s father helped the British to capture Kandyan king Wickramarajindke. He was honored with lands in Attnalagalle and given th title Sir. The treaty of the Bristish- Kandyan kingdom was signed by Adigars and some signed in Tamil. That document is available in Colombo Museum
    Now a Military group is established by Goatabaya who claims to be the incarnation of Dutugemuneu (a Tamil ) to destroy Tamil heritage site and distort history. Former CM of NPC is absolutely correct and exposing the Singhaa politicians at his old age., Wicky’s sons; FIL Nanayakkara ( Name itself is a Tamil Name means an honest man ) should get tuition from Wicky. Great service by Wicky. Majority of Sri Lankans do not know the heritage of the salad That is the root cause of the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka

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      Kuviyam,
      “…Tamis one of the original people of the island.”

      You must have studied history of Sinhale from ‘Demalawansam’ by Jelvanayakam which is the distorted version of ‘Mahawansa’ the Great Chronicle of Sinhalayo, . According to Mahawansa, Demalu are invaders from Dravida Nadu.

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        RUBBISH

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        Dumb Eagle, for their to have been Sinhalayo, when the hairy fairy tale Mahawansa was written, there ought to have been a language called Sinhala at the time, do not you have an enquiring mind? By the way, if Demalu are invaders what do we call the descendants of the vanquished from Kalinga?

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          Ari,
          .
          In his data base, where he has stored up information, does not seem to be filled with sufficent info.
          :
          We have been asking the bugger to refresh his knowledge, but never would it happen so long bp is rotten in RAJAKASHE toilett pits.
          .
          He or the like men would do servile role for Rajakashes no second to the toiletpapers.
          :;
          Why should people be fallen that low level is a beyond my understanding.

          BP Eagle was made very clear, he should behave civilized to allow comments on this page, but he would never… change… even his last breath would definitely be filled with loads of hatreds to Tamils and Muslims. Ironically bp is an another BORN buddagama adherent as no second to Rajakshe men that lick the bo tree stemps misleading the grass eaters on and on.

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      Mr K,
      .
      Beg to differ, because those sinhala leaders also do nothing to the poor within sinhala community… please check the following links

      Poverty levels are much more than what their statistics say.


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL9752FJUMg

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL9752FJUMg

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY5whr6hI6c


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQWt-9DnoyM

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nku-T_VdEoA

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    Wigneswaran has been very divisive individual and his contribution to politics is mainly communal. Just as much as Rajapkses are not good for Sinhalese , Wiggy is equally bad for Tamils. When TNA was trying to reach middle ground he jumped and took the side of racist element in Tamil people. When you are blinded by race you can’t perform your role as national politician. People like Laxman Kadiragarmar are good example for Tamil politicians to follow and contribute to public of Sri Lanka in total, not exclusively marginalizing one ethnic group.

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      Only Sinhalese racists will think that a traitor like Laxman Kathirkammar ( not Kadiragarmar idiotic person. DO not insult Lord Murugan) is good for the Tamils. One of the worst disasters for the Tamils. An ambitious selfish horrible man , who looked down on his own race and people and betrayed them and told all sorts of lies to the international world , for his own personal advancement and to what use? The very same people whom he was running behind killed him and then conveniently laid the blame on the LTTE. TNA has so far achieved nothing

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        Lord murugans lingam ?

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          What happened to Buddha’s lingam. His every other parts like teeth, hair and bones are preserved as relics in vihares and dagobas, but most important thing is missing.

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            The not very intelligent exchange above is like one between two drunken rowdies exchanging obscenities.
            *
            Now GS’s knowledge of biology begins to get shaky.
            (BTW “every other part” not parts.)
            Buddhist relics are parts of the body that would not degrade biochemically or degrade extremely slowly. Teeth and bones are calciferous and hair and nails, although proteinous, are composed of keratin which is strongly resistant to decomposition. All other tissues including the penis perish with time, unless mummified. (South Asians did not practice mummification on any significant scale.)
            *
            Bringing Murugan into the discussion was unnecessary, and the irreverent remark on Murugan is most uncivilized as is the response to it.

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              SJ

              The not very intelligent exchange above is like one between two drunken rowdies exchanging obscenities.

              Sadly you happen to be a Pig in the middle.

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                You are the pig who brings in Lord Shiva’s name and misuse the Lord’s name to make a point. You do it often enough and one day he will strike you down. Stop the disgusting swearing and name calling, and say what you want to say with decency and intelligence. That is if you have got any of it.

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            Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
            “What happened to Buddha’s lingam.”

            Hindus stole it and worship because they like that part.

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              Eagle,
              :
              To the very same manner You stole the lingam of Rajakapskhe right ? I simply dont like you guys make jokes with buddha, but you have started it.
              .
              That is the reason why you guys as servile sodomites keep on helping them further or not ?
              .
              There is a saying in vernacular, kata boru kiwwath dhiwa boru kiyanne naehae kiyala.. even if your cesspit would lie, the tongue would not..

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            foolish dick ? wth man fools who worship a lingam , what a joke . did you was it with milk ?

            Did you find all those lingams all over jaffna ? stupid clown .

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      Kadirmagamar (a great politician) failed to win any votes. He was appointed from the national list by Chandrika. Would not have won the election. CVW’s position is very popular among Tamils as Rajapaksas are popular among Sinhalese. Voters decide, not you or me. It is called democracy. If voters want a multi ethnic one nation, they would not vote for these people. Clearly voters want something else. Give them what they want.

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        G
        Did K contest an election to fail to get the votes?
        K proved highly capable and was more competent than his Sri Lankan contemporaries in international relations.
        His value depends on which side of the divide one stands.

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      Can you name a Sinhala politician who has not been a very divisive individual and his contribution is not mainly communal. Exceptions like Wickremabahu Karunaratne have no following among Sinhalese and are labeled as traitors by Sinhala racists. The days when leftists stood for equality and justice were gone, the day they dumped their principles and joined Sinhala racists purely for power hungriness. National politics involves rights of Tamils to live in dignity, safety and equality. Espousing those causes is neither divisive nor communal. When Sinhalese are flatly denying that Tamils have no special problems to Sinhalese and continuing their discrimination practices in law and deed, how do you expect a self respecting Tamil to endorse Sinhala politics. If you analyse what Kadirgamar did, it was only for self promotion to be darling of Sinhalese. What do you say of a person who despite his education at Trinity and Oxford, told lies in international forums to cover up crimes committed by security forces like Navaly Church bombing, Chemmani mass graves and Bindunuwewa massacre. Is this not exclusively marginalizing Tamils. Despite all what he did, he was gunned down by Sinhalese contract killers arranged by a Sinhalese.

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        Sadly, your exceptional Wickremabahu Karunaratne has ended in the lap of the UNP (rather RW).

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    That leaves only one solution – Tamil only Elam and Sinhala only Elam.

    Does CVW agree to it? No Sinhalese in the north and the east and no Tamil in other parts of the island. Colombo will be Sinhala only and Jaffna will be Tamil only. Like the Pakistan-Bangladesh division.

    Sinhala Elam will not do another India because they don’t have a Gandhi anyway and only have many versions of Nathuram Godse. Many more Nathurams will creep from woodwork at the division. Tamil Elam will not do another India because they don’t have a Gandhi anyway and only have many versions of Nathuram Godse. Many more Nathurams will creep from woodwork at the division.

    Is this the solution CVW wants?

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      G
      I remember that the Tamils had an ‘Eezhaththu Gandhi’ sometime ago and were struggling for federalism and even Eelam by Gandhian methods.

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      We do not need to necessarily be divided along racial lines, if this mindset of hatred that Eagle and the others of his kind have towards Tamils can be shed and treat each person and persons as having equality of rights in all spheres, including the governance of the country, and respect each other for what they are! If we are to move forward as a united country, we should together join hands in shaping the nation in good faith with no hidden agenda, looking forward without suspicion or subjugation of one another, but with a vision for the greater good of all who call this island their home! No majority, no minority mindset, only equality both inspirit and in the written text of the constitution of the country! Even if Tamil politicians are prepared to go down this path, sadly the Sinhalese politicians and the Buddhists monks will oppose it, tooth and nail!

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    Wigneswaran is not a honest person. He is a Traitor as he wants a separate state for Jaffna Tamils. If he wants equal rights, yes we all agree, every Sri Lankan should have equal rights, but not separate states. If Wigna’s argument is carried forward, then we have to give separate state to Indian Origin Tamils as they do not want to do anything with the Jaffna Tamils, then come the Muslims – another separate state, then come the Catholics – another separate state, then come Boras – another separate state.. how many separate states, where will this end? When Indians origin Tamils and even Batti Tamils in Sri Lanka, who are citizens of Sri Lanka, are not included as a part of the Tamil community by the Jaffna Tamils why should any one allow Jaffna Tamils to have a separate state. We are all Sri Lankans – one state Sri Lanka.

    The reason why Wigna is now talking about a separate state is because he is not truly interested in a separate state for Jaffna Tamils but he is playing the game for the benefit of Mahinda Rajapakse and his “sagala” Vasudeva Nanayakkara. By asking for a separate state, in effect, Wigna is stirring up the Sinhala majority so that they all vote for Rajapakse. This is the truth. Let the traitor live in a hole in Jaffna.

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      Buddhist1,
      I won’t be surprised if Vigneshwaran ask for a Federal Unit to Wellawatta, Dehiwala and Galkissa area so that Demalu can manage their own affairs because these Malabar Vella-Ala elite politicians are not going to leave Colombo and go to their Federal Unit in the North.

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      Buddhist 01.
      .
      I agree with you more.
      :
      Earlier I thought Wiggie would do lot more to his community. But as our men from Southern, he did the same. He is so provocative. What is wrong with all these men ? May be they have to change their food..

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        Firstly, you are wrong to draw comparisons of CV to Southern politicians for he has never been accused of any corruption or for operating on the wrong side of the law, of which most of the Southern politicians, if not all, are past masters. Secondly, only those who cannot challenge him on his statements of facts or counter it with objective evidence, do use the word provocative, as it is a lazy response. We should be intellectually mature enough to examine, research and validate all claims and counter claims dispassionately on their merits, rather than suppressing the debate because one does not like the message.

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    MR.VICKNESWARN IS AT HIS BEST.HOW EVER ”EADU SURAIKAI KARIKU UTHAVATHU”

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    Vigneswaran, you are trying to appeal to Sinhala conscience with this comparison of the Tamils plight to that of the Sinhala kingdom under the British Jews?
    /
    You must be standing on your head and thinking and writing to come up with such weird theories.
    /
    Keppetipola and other Disaves, despite their belated rebellions against the British Jews, can never absolve themselves of the original sin they committed by meekily handing over the Kandy kingdom to the Jews, something they and their Portuguese and Dutch brethren couldn’t achieve through war for over 350 years.
    /
    The treachery of 1815 was based on the secret campaign against Buddhism of these Brahmin thieves, and their greed for power and privilege offered by the Jews. So their heroic status is qualified.
    /
    Tamils never have had such oppression to rebel against, yet they always served as collaborators to foreign invaders of this great land, taking their religions (including the Henry VIII non-religion known as the Church of England) and names, (Hoole!).
    /
    You may be a retired judge, but you are a Colombo Tamil who knows nothing about the so-called oppression of the poor Tamils in the North. For that reason, they don’t care about you and others like the constitutional ‘expert’ Sumanthiran.
    /
    Learn history at least from a fake Harvard or Cornell graduate, if you want traction!

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      Fake
      …rebellions against the British Jews?
      …handing over the Kandy kingdom to the Jews.
      …power and privilege offered by the Jews.
      *
      I wonder if the British monarchy is Jewish!

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        You ignorant ,
        Study Philip’s and charles’ noses before you ask questions again.
        /
        They don’t teach these things at Cornell (or Harvard).
        You wouldn’t have been helped anyway!

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          Cornelian aka a1445 aka Helios,
          So the asylum is running special history classes for you? How sweet aney !

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          Fake
          Where did you learn your noseology?
          By your logic (if there is any), is JR Jayawardene a Jew? Or Indira Gandhi?

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            Don’t know about that.
            But, judging by your Graetian awarded pictures, you resemble old Viji W. more than the alleged father, the ARTI monkey clerk.
            Not surprised knowing how Viji kept her in his room for long times!

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              I am burning with anxiety to know who is this Graetian award winner is?
              Is the answer going to be “Don’t know about that.”?

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                “I am burning with anxiety “

                That is not really very serious. It is not unknown. It is well known. Open the bottle and take your medicine.

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      So in your books, the Don Stephens, the Solomon Wests, the Dudleys, the Junius Richards, the Don Alwins and the Percys were not collaborators, for following the religion of the foreign invaders! Suggest you don’t ever drop the tag Fake, it suits you!

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    It is useless talking about our history without acknowledging that our history has been doctored. The Sinhalese have been read a fairy tale about their origins from a union of a lion with the human followed by the advent of a new race the Sinhalese which began with the arrival of Vijaya. This is a load of nonsense. But no one will confront this rubbish. To begin with this was not always an island. It was joined to the Indian mainland until the sea levels rose due to a global cataclysm some 10,000 year ago. There was a thriving human civilisation (Not demons and Ghosts) living on this island even before the cataclysm severed the land link. Ancient scrolls kept preserved talk of a lineage of Kings who ruled the people of this land long before Vijaya entered the scene. As in other parts of the world there is evidence of this long lost civilisaiion far older that the Anuradhapura era in places like Ritigala. So who are we and why do we think we are two different races when in actual fact we are the same artificially broken apart by conniving rulers of the past.

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      You are right. There were no monkeys of big size or Humans with tails lived in South India. Same way Yakas or Asuras, the oversized human like life, didn’t live in Ceylon or India. Mahanama is crazy poet from Andhra. He was fully versed in Hindu literature, like Illango, Vulvar, Thirunavukkarasar et al, who were masters in Buddhism and Jainism. They all three hated Jainism after learning it because it specialized in Human torturing methods that time. They introduced to TN the Kazhuvaeral murder punishment. Jains burned the teenage boy Gnanasampanthar in his wedding hall with bride and visitors. Intolerable by these atrocities Tamils wiped out Buddhism and Jainism from TN first and from India by all others. One time Point Petro MP Thurairatnam produced in Parliament which Buddhist countries doing what kind of crime to prove that current form Buddhism is only about crime.

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    Justice CVW says,

    “Almost all the Tamils in the Southern areas were driven away during inter alia 1958 and 1983 pogroms”
    Of course, Justice Wigneswaran and his families are exceptions.

    However, It is now claimed that more Northeast Tamils live in the south than in the Northeast.

    We must be careful with our facts

    Sri

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    Set my people free? From what? Reinforcing old divide and conquer schemes will not solve this problem. The Sinhalese language is a Sanskritized version of an ancient language once spoken thru out the island. Tamil was re-introduced by settlers in the northern parts of the island after Vijaya distroyed the peaceful life style of the inhabitants by raping the Kings daughter and running berserk. Buddhism already existed since we know from stone engravings that Lord Buddha visited and preached to the people of the island on multiple occasions long before Vijaya. The Hindu religion may have also existed dating back to antiquity. Correct the mistakes by first admitting that they were made. Learn to appreciate each others culture and language. Stop the madness of demanding freedom from ones own decendents.

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    In USA, to get citizenship two requirements among several others are:
    • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
    • Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
    Those who fulfil the requirements have to take the ‘OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED STATES.’

    In Sinhale, dumb Sinhala politicians gave ‘Wholesale’ citizenships to descendants of Dravida slaves brought by colonial parasites without laying down conditions.
    Dumbest out of these politicians is Thambi Muttu who gave citizenship to 75,000 who were to be repatriated in order to get their votes.
    May be these Dumbos assumed that the people who were granted citizenship will stay loyal to this country but behavior of this lot shows that they were wrong and our elders who said about ‘Unborn’ and ‘Dead’ were right.

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    Europeans colonized the country known as ‘Sinhale’ in which Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo were the Native people. There were few Muslims who were given refuge when they faced persecution by Portuguese and few Dravidians who were the remnants of invaders from Hindusthan but Sinhale was a Sinhala Buddhist country.
    Demala (Tamil) minority issue is a creation of colonial parasites who imported millions of Dravida slaves to work in their plantations. They did not belong to the country (Sinhale) Europeans colonized but aliens. In 1948, Sinhale of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo colonized by Portuguese, Dutch and British and oppressed got the freedom taken away from them by colonial rulers.
    Demala (Tamil) people who are the descendants of slaves brought by colonial parasites became an issue after Independence because British left these aliens in Sinhale making them Stateless and ran away giving a headache to Sinhalayo. Portuguese, Dutch and British should be held responsible for any problems Demalu (Tamils) face but not Sinhalayo. Sinhalayo did not invite them to Sinhale.

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      Dear Eagle,
      “Demala (Tamil) minority issue was a creation of colonial parasites who imported millions of Dravida slaves”
      These same colonial parasites allowed your female ancestors to wear blouses. They allowed your people to do work in other trades. What’s more, they helped in the ordination of your people as hamuduruwos. Otherwise you wouldn’t be talking about Sinhala Buddhi today. Give credit where it’s due.

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      ee
      “British left these aliens in Sinhale making them Stateless….”
      Was DS Senanayake a British agent of any kind?

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    This a tragedy unique to Srilanka. Both sections of politicians of the North and the South share an identical mental chemistry, which is how best to serve themselves.

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    Anyone interested in 13A must read study and internalize 13A along with similar provisions for devolution in other constitution including that of India.

    13 A talks about 9th schedule to the constitution.

    Accordingly there are three lists

    List 1 Provincial List
    List 2 Concurrent list
    List 3-Reserved List – Powers reserved to the Center.

    Provincial Councils could exercise powers in the list only if necessary statutes are passed in the Provincial Councils, otherwise it will remain with the center.

    Article 154 G of the 13A prescribe the modalities involved in preparation of statutes in respect of subjects in the Provincial and the concurrent lists.

    It is not realistic to expect the center to willingly grant any powers,

    Without coming out with wake excuses it is the bounden duty of the NPC to grasp the opportunity and come out with imaginative and innovative statutes.

    “The bad workman always blames his tools”!
    “Vallavanukku pullum oru aayudham”.
    Translation of this Tamil proverb-. To the brave even grass is a weapon
    Sri

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    This is timely and good article to translate and distribute among Sinhalese. This will guarantee 2/3 majority for GR and MR. Bring it on CVW and the crew. This is how failed politicians convert national problems as specific ethnic problems. Poor people of any ethnicity suffer. It is not a Tamil, Muslim or Sinhalese problem. Any rich person enjoys life irrespective of being Tamil, Sinhalese or Muslim. I wish you a peaceful retirement. I wish someone who has guts to make structural changes to the society to destroy all ethnic identities and encourage existence of Sri Lankan culture only. Inter-racial marriages, no specific areas as homelands for one ethnic groups, no history books as Sinhala, Tamil only, language study books of Sinhala, Tamil and English together etc. etc. Chop, mix and scramble to the extend no one could unwind it. This is my wish.

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      Well said, Atu

      Soma

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    Well said Vigneswaran

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      S.S.S.
      He doesn’t talk about relocation of all Tamils (all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) into his proposed Homeland.
      Now you can explain us how +51% Tamils who are living outside NE are going to be benefited.
      Also he doesn’t indicate how the Caliphate is going to be accommodated – alongside a smaller Ealam or inside a greater Ealam.

      Soma

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    In any country where there is an ethical problem, heritage is th first target by the government. The new politician is with a biased mind and never know bout the Heritage of the country. Politicians like Weerwansa and the group and Mahinda dynasty distort historical facts. Such singhala politicians have one objective deceive people wit false facts and garb power.

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      Kuviyam,
      What are the historical facts that Mahinda dynasty has distorted?

      “Mahinda dynasty distort historical facts.”

      It is racist K-thoni Jelvanayakam who started a project to distort historical facts on Sinhale and Sinhalayo.

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        you are an ignorant liar blind eye. Have you done you DNA?

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    If CV has Dementia, you seem not to have any neurons at all! The increase in Tamils living outside North East shot up during the period of war as evidenced by the population census! This exodus seeking some protection from the fighting was not with the aid of the Sri Lankan government for it to be termed ‘State aided colonisation’. On the contrary 90% of Sinhalese living in the NE today were colonised by the state following independence with the aim of changing the demographic profile of NE along ethnic lines. So, before you utter nonsense, I suggest you update yourself with some facts.

    As regards, your point of Tamils going back to Tamil Nadu, that will not be an issue, for this island was always occupied by people, including the Veddhas or in ‘Aathi Vaasees’ from the Southern tip of India from time immemorial including king Ravanan who was from Southern Indian Saivaite tradition and this was thousands of years before the rogue undesirable prince Vijaya and his catamaram men landed from Kalinga here. So, whom do you think should leave this island first, going by your own ‘tales’ of Mahavansa you so venerate!

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    Gatam
    Your assumption that Tamils have any freedom to make any decision is incorrect. All the instruments of power are in the hands of Sinhalese. As a result the situation of Tamils is not better than slaves. Tamils have a long history in Sri Lanka. They also had their own kingdom. But since independence they are on the path to extinction. As some one quite correctly suggested in these columns, Tamils are capable of self destructing. They only need some bones and a couple of rice bowls to do that. All our Sinhalese masters and some others have to do is to continue to give the bones and rice bowls and these Tamils will deliver the goods. It’s a pity.

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      ShanR,
      “Tamils have a long history in Sri Lanka.”

      Sure! As invaders who destroyed the cradle of Sinhala Buddhist civilization based on Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Kingdoms in Northen and Eastern part of the country that now ‘Para’ Demalu claim as their ‘Traditional Homeland’. They massacred Sinhalayo who are the Native people forcing them to retreat to safer areas. ‘Para’ Demalu invaded Sinhale 52 times starting from Third Century BC but they could not have a permanent foothold in this country.

      Demalu who now live in Sri Lanka are descendants of Dravida slaves brought by colonial parasites after 1505. Following the same path as their ancestors, these ‘New’ Demalu also slaughtered Sinhalayo for three decades to grab a piece from their country.

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        Dear Eagle,
        “Demala (Tamil) minority issue was a creation of colonial parasites who imported millions of Dravida slaves”
        These same colonial parasites allowed your female ancestors to wear blouses. They allowed your people to do work in trades other than hakuru making or drumming What’s more, they helped in the ordination of your people as hamuduruwos. Otherwise you wouldn’t be talking about Sinhala Buddhism today. Give credit where it’s due.

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    C.V. Wigneswaran –
    1) Someone asked me: “You have been reported in a Tamil paper as having said that what the Sri Lankan Tamils want is the right to govern themselves. What is your solution to the ethnic Question?”
    My response was – I did say so.
    *** I sav at least a Federal Structure similar to India where the CM can show ORGANISATIONAL & LEADERSHIP qualities contrary to what Grandad Sankra understands. Ms. Jeyalalitha showed her hands by taking Tamil Nadu to the 2nd highest GDP.

    2) Let me start from pre-Independence days.
    *** Let us go forward. Our salvation lies with India . India is the only power that can make things happen just like the NP elections. India an aspiring World power under Mr.Modi is proving very weak. Super Power status comes with responsibilities and you have to take the Mantle of policing the area for common good in trying to keep Gotha under control. I suggest you seek a meeting with Mr.Balachandran and ask him to get Modi to stop the rot before it is too late. I will send him an e mail.

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    What is amazing is that Sri Lankans are hurling insults at each other. What is required is a frank discussion of a very real issue and explore how we can overcome these problems. We are all Sri Lankans. We need to care for each other, disregarding ethnic, religious and other differences. We are on earth for a short stay: so to say. Why not make that stay pleasant for everybody? Note also that there is a big difference between how politicians think and behave and how ordinary people think and behave. Ordinary people have no time to hate other people.

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      Shakalaka baby (Muthalvan)

      What is amazing is that Sri Lankans are hurling insults at each other.

      It is much better than SLIT THROATING and a safer mode of communitaion ..

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      Yasalalaka,

      How do you start your talks normally, friend. With Pan leaves & areco nuts? Do you mix Tobacco leaves too. Tell me, where do you talk? under a Boo tree near dagoba? Or on the milestone on the junction? When do you talk? morning 6AM to night 9PM? How long you talk?
      ………………..
      Let me ask you a question; Haven’t you talked from 1948? Still you are not bored in the same talk?
      ……………
      It is not just the one gets the knocks, even the one knocks become dumb it the knocking goes for ever. It could be your fault or it could be Tamils fault; but after talking from 1948, if you are still calling for talks, it cannot one others than the Sinhala Buddhist Modayas like Old king.
      ……….
      You want taking again? Talking for ever?Cut it out this bloody cheating game man!

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    Mr.Wigneswaran
    Every charge against Gotha has now been dismissed as a set up case by the Sri Lankan Courts . People who were witnesses to his CRIMES have now come forward to say it was all a lie and Gotha is a fine and innocent man and a VICTIM of set up to hang on to their dear life and have flipped their hat to support him
    1) Iqbal Athas
    2) Former Prisons Chief pressured to incriminate Prez Gotabaya
    And thousands more.
    Since he came to power thousands have got away with murder such as his Cousin Weeratunga , Mirusuvil Killer and so on.
    But outside of Sri Lanka there are many organisations waiting to prosecute him such as
    UN
    Californian Court. ( It is strange BIA staff complaining about American Ambassador .claiming Diplomatic Privilege when Gotha is taking advantage from prosecution
    All the World Leaders have deserted him. Post COVID he is not going to survive economically despite all his Bravado.
    IMF wont give him any money and it is 3 months since he asked for $1.5 Billion.
    India wont allow him to borrow anymore to her detriment.
    Japan initially promised to help but has pulled out.
    India is the Key as Gotha has begged India for $1.1 Billion.

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      India wont allow him to borrow anymore from China to her detriment.
      Japan initially promised to help but has pulled out.
      India can lend it with stringent condition to implement 13th Amendment within a time frame. COVID has finally arrived to deliver. It is fight for Survival for Gotha and Sinkala Lanka.

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        “India wont allow him to borrow anymore from China to her detriment”

        Of course, Sri Lanka knows this. They will not do any thing to threaten India’s security.

        “India can lend it with stringent condition to implement 13th Amendment within a time frame.”

        Rajiv’s Ghost will ensure our safety. 13th amendment…… keep dreaming.

        “COVID has finally come to deliver”. Lets see man.
        Keep dreaming, smarting from defeat….

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    Nonsensical Tamil claims about the Sinhala language do not deserve to be given any notice at all, but for the fun of it, here is an ancient Sinhala Brahmi inscription on a gold plate from Vaelipura (now Tamilized into Vallipuram). This gold plate was issued in the reign of king Vasaba (67-111 A.D) and is known as king Vasaba’s gold plate:
     
    සිධ මහරජ වහයහ රජෙහි අමෙතෙ
    ඉසගිරියෙ නකදිව බුජමෙනි
    බඳකර අතනෙහි පියගුක තිස
    විහර කරිතෙ
     
    Transliteration:
    Sidha! Maharaja Vahayaha rajahi amete
    Isigiraye Nakadiva Bujameni
    Badakara atanehi Piyaguka Tisa
    Vihara karite
     
    Translation:
    Hail! In the reign of the great king Vaha and when the minister
    Isigiraya was governing Nagadipa
    Piyaguka Tsisa caused a vihara to be built at Badakaraatana
     
    Sinhala is a very ancient language. Its antiquity goes back thousands of years, which is proven by the presence of pre Old Indo-Aryan features and features found in Old Indo-Aryan attested only in Vedic Sanskrit and not present in any of the Indian vernaculars. Besides this, many Sinhalese words including verb roots are found only in Sinhala or shared only with the Vaedda language and not found in any other known languages. (Cont.›)

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      Tamils show how desperate they are when they claim that the Sinhalese language is a new language that suddenly appeared in the 6th century AD. The fact of the matter is that Sinhalese is attested in Sinhala Brahmi inscriptions on potsherds found at the citadel of Anuradhapura as early as 6th century B.C (Ref. Cunningham, Allchin 1996,1995 and Deraniyagala 1990), which incidentally are the oldest Brahmi inscriptions found in the world upto now, and a couple of thousand Sinhala Brahmi inscriptions on rocks, caves and stone found all over the island starting from 3rd century B.C. while there is not a single Tamil Brahmi inscription found on any permanent structues here. Even in Tamilnadu they have only about 65 rock/cave Brahmi inscriptions. The only Tamil Brahmi inscriptions found here are a couple of potsherds, probably left by traders. Besides the Sinhala Brahmi inscriptions, all of Buddhist commentaries known as Sihala-aththakatha and many other documents such as the vamsas were written in Sinhalese. The Sinhalese Daladavamsa written in 310 A.D was still extant in 1837 according to Prof. Oldenberg. Given these facts, its like Tamils are living in an alternative reality, when they claim such nonsense about the Sinhalese language.

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        You are quoting what was believed in those days. Now new technology has emerged, which will prove them wrong. Already genetic evidence have trashed Aryan ancestry of Sinhalese. Further geological evidence will surface about submerged Dravidian homeland encompassing present Sri Lanka. Tamils are challenging Sinhala claim and the rational thing to do, is to conduct an extensive archaeological survey of the country. Sinhala archaeology is superficial but Tamil archaeology is deeper, which could be excavated using modern equipment. Sinhala government does not want to allow Tamils to search for the truth because their lies will be exposed. This happened in India when government withdrew both funds and personnel conducting survey in Keeladi, but state government continued it using their funds and personnel and have unearthed several artifacts of pre-historic time. Recently formed pan Sinhala team of archaeology is to distort truth by destroying Tamil sites.

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        PP
        This thing about Tamil being the oldest language under the sun is an obsession with some.
        Neither the Greeks or Chinese make such claims. They accept that there has been a historical break between their ancient and modern languages, and get on with life.
        *
        Written Sinhala literature was post 5th Century. But the language of the people was there and evolved alongside the dominant languages of Pali and Sanskrit.
        Sanskrit had no written long text until around the first century AD.
        Sinhala evolved from a Prakrit- call it Elu or anything you like. But the people were using a living language.
        What matters is what they achieved with that language.
        I would say that Kumaratunga Munidasa contributed immensely to modernizing Sinhala. That was the way forward.
        Can we say that there is a matching Tamil modernizer? Arumuga Navalar did much but much needs to be done.
        One should ignore silly comments and get on with the task at hand.
        This oldest language obsession has hurt Tamils more than others. It has also hurt good relations with other communities.

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          “Neither the Greeks or Chinese make such claims. “ Because the Language they used gone out of use. Now they are using another Language and but still calling it Chinese or Greek. Italian and French can call them that they are speaking still classical Latin, but what is point of it? Tamil has two versions always, Chentamil and Kodum Tamil. So the confused Westerners hearing the Kodum Tamil and comparing it with Chentamil and saying Tamil is also changed. You didn’t study about in small classes, now googled it and becoming a new Badiuddin pundit.

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        Punchi,
        Tamil Brahmi letters are not just the one used to write Tamil. It is a form of writing used by almost all South Indian Languages & Sinhala. So there is no Sinhala Brahmi. Sinhala can use Tamil Brahmi or desist. So don’t confuse yourself. For Example you can eat American Miris or not. You cannot eat Sinhala Miris, because Miris is only American Miris. Having cleared that part, the classical Sanskrit is the language used in writing. There was no a spoken version. Again don’t confuse yourself as you are speaking Classical Sanskrit, which a form of Sanskrit. The reason its heavy grammar, not easy for laymen to construct sentence with that or understand the sentences constructed in that, unnecessary greetings-too much pretension to normal life, excessive adjective, unused vocabulary……… There is a perfect example in Tamil of using classical words and colloquial. One time a poor poet composed a song to about a king and he was so happy gave the poet whole elephant. The poor poet brought home and called wife to come out and see it. Then again he composed a song “Immpar Vaanellai”, in that he used 5 words to explain his wife the elephant. She didn’t get because all five had a different meaning in colloquial use. The classical Sanskrit words entered into Sinhala, only by teaching Buddhism between 1 century to 5 century by Manimekhala and her disciples. Not Sangamitta.

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        [Correction to my post above:
        It was not Oldenberg but George Turnour who mentions the Sinhalese Daladavamsa from 310 A.D being extant in his time. George Turnour died unexpectedly at the young age of 44 years. Many scholars think he took manuscripts he was working on with him to England, and this manuscript was one of them. Later many scholars have tried hard to find this manuscript of the Daladavamsa of which there is a Pali translation by Dammakiti from the 12th century. Maybe it will turn up in a library in England some day….

        – A little about the Daladavamsa (Bimala Churn Law)
        https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.279381/page/n243

        – “First written in Sinhalese in 310 AD and later translated into Magadha prakrit by Dammakitti in the 12th century.
        Turnour mentions that the Sinhalese work from 3rd century was still extant in his translation of Mahavamsa in 1837”.
        Ref: A Dictionary of Indian Literature: Beginnings – 1850, By Sujit Mukherjee page 87].

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          Utter rubbish posted by a well known Sinhalese racist. A language called Singhalese and a people called Singhalese only came into existence from around the 7-9 AD. They are largely descended from Tamil Dravidian tribes. Local and indigenous. Sinhalese DNA also proves this . North Indian ancestry is minor, just like the Arab ancestry amongst Sri Lankan Muslims. However both communities only highlight the minor component and completely ignore the major component. The native language Ely is a simple semi Tamil Dravidian language . Old Sinhalese Hela is the Prakritsed version of this language and modern Sinhalese evolved from this. Hela was close to its Tamil mother than modern Sinhalese is. The Sinhalese language is mixture of native Tamil , Pali and Sanskrit. The latter two arrived with Buddhism . It only fully evolved around 7-9 AD. Tamil is the biggest contributor to Sinhalese. Provided 35-40percent of it’s vocabulary. 100 percent of its grammar, alphabet, lexicon and syntax . Sinhalese had strong Dravidian/Tamil foundation on which an Indo Aryan super structure had been built.

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            Sorry not local and Indigenous , should read as South Indian and Indigenous.

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            Of the 35-40% that Tamil gave Sinhala, how much originated in Sanskrit and northern Prakrits?

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              Here comes the fake all knowing pathetic , apologist for Sinhalese racism and Islamic fanaticism , with his usual stupid comments. Nothing these words are pure Tamil . If they are derived from Sanskrit or Prakrit derived Tamil colloquial word , then it is not classified as Tamil derived , understood . Both Tamil and Sanskrit extensively borrowed words from each other. It was not a one way street like Aryan supremacists and White Racists in the early 1900s to 1960s wanted everyone to believe. However Tamil only borrowed words , which is a not a big deal, as all languages borrow, however not only Sanskrit but all Indo Aryan languages borrowed the Dravidian/Tamil grammar , lexicon and syntax. As stated a language borrowing words from another language is not a big deal, however a language borrowing the grammar , lexicon and syntax of another language, is some thing serious , this shows how much the original language had influenced the other. It was Tamil/Dravidian that influenced Sanskrit a lot and not the other way around. Even now you can take of all the 17% Sanskrit influenced words from colloquial Tamil and speak in pure or high Tamil and it will still be a very rich language. If you listen to old Tamil songs they were largely written in this high Tamil dialect and see how beautiful and poetic they are. 30% of Vedic or Classical Sanskrit vocabulary is derived from Dravidian and Munda words.

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                The two ancient and great classical languages of India. It is now that history is being distorted by extremists on both sides and was also by White colonial racists, who thought anything Aryan or white is more superior and everything else inferior, therefore if they found any word or anything common to Tamil/Dravidian and Sanskrit/Prakrit , they immediately stated Tamil /Dravidian borrowed this from the Aryan Sanskrit/Prakrit when in reality it was the other around most times. When the war like Aryan speakers arrived in the subcontinent , they did not have a written language and were quite savage nomads who never lived in villages. They learnt to write and other forms of civilization from the highly civilized Dravidians of Indus valley and other parts of north India, who lived in cities, town and settled villages. This is why I state the Sanskrit/Prakrit word for village Gam would have evolved from the Tamil word for village Kammam or Krammam and not the other way around.

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                Have you done a serious study of the word stock of Tamil in Sangam literature. Even there late Sangam works show penetration by Prakrit and Sanskrit owing to arrival of new faiths and new gods besides the five of the Tamil land.
                If Sinhala borrowed Tamil grammar then Tamil borrowed Sanskrit grammar (of Paanini).
                *
                Any linguist worth his salt will tell you that a text of ghrammar is a compilation of an existing grammar as well as definer of norms.
                No language functions without grammar. Even slang has grammar.
                The need for a work of grammar often arises at stages when the language confronts challenges in various forms.
                Sanskrit exchanged with every language in India, Prakrits mostly. Prakrits were Indo Aryan languages.
                Works on ethics and grammar proliferated in Tamil during the Kalabhra period (3rd and 6th Century CE). After which the Pallavas rose to prominence.
                I have read much of Sangam literature and the early part was as ‘akaval’ which had very simple rhythm. Venpaa came in a few centuries later, and is unique to Tamil. More complex rhythms came much later.
                As for language issues you are whistling in the dark I think– like in your notorious DNA claims of some years ago.

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                  Classical Sanskrit is a language born taking Tamil grammatical structure and words. When Aryan invaded North, they were mainly barbarians. They were hunting race. Possessed no agriculture know how. They were with very primitive language, civilization, culture, food da da da da da……..
                  For example, Pura is from Urr-Purr. European languages don’t have a clear Urr based word, though Persian languages using it. Sinhala Pura is Tamil Urr based Sanskrit. If a proper recalculation is made, then about 60% of the Sinhala words will be assigned to Tamil base 7 about 40% only to Pali and Sanskrit. That will be done one day, naturally by learned Sinhalese.

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                  Utter rubbish and outdated garbage and deliberate misinformation being posted by well known anti Tamil and a supporter of Sinhalese racism. Dravidian languages (not Tamil which limited its borrowing) show extensive vocabulary borrowing,but only a few traits of structural borrowing (either phonological or grammatical) from Indo Aryan languages. Whereas Indo Aryan more structural than lexical or vocabulary borrowing from Dravidian. Many of these features were already already present in the oldest known Indo Aryan language, which is the RigVeda. This also includes words borrowed from Dravidian. Indo Aryan including Vedic Sanskrit has the Dravidian retroflexes. This is the latest findings . Please stop posting outdated racist now disproven findings . Sinhalese racists do and you do to

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    Reading through the comments It is quite oblivious Mr. Vickneswaran has touched a very sensitive nerve. A healthy argument is always good to find a solution at best or to identify the points of concern to solve an already existing problem. Weeding through the arguments I’ve seen so far I fail to see any that is constructive.
    How many of these people who have posted comments have confidence in the current administration to solve the national problem since independence exacerbated by all the prime ministers and presidents who governed us?
    I for one have no confidence at all. Why? The President is an out and out Moron of Unstable psychological problem who did not believe in Sri Lanka because he emigrated to the United States of America to earn his fortune so much so his offsprings are still citizens of the USA laundering his ill-gotten fortune. The the sociopathic megalomaniac of a Prime Minister who hires intellectual mercenaries from Australia and other places to state his case because he is an imbecile.
    Among this crowd of morons, we have Mr. Vickneswaran an only educated individual talking sense, for the TNA has sold its soul when the assured the United Nations that Sri Lanka has jurisprudence to conduct a war-crime trial within its borders.

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      Can you show me any evidence that there was Sinhala language before the 7 th century ? Apart from the lexical borrowing from Pali an Indo European language what makes Sinhala an Indo-European language ?

      For your information Sinhala like Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam despite Sanskirit/Prakirit influence is a Dravidian language.

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    Population statistics of Eezham Thamizh

    Distribution of Sri Lankan Tamils in Sri Lanka (2012)[1]
    Province Sri Lankan
    Tamils %
    Province % Sri Lankan
    Tamils
    Central 128,263 5.0% 5.7%
    Eastern 609,584 39.3% 26.8%
    Northern 987,692 93.3% 43.5%
    North Central 12,421 1.0% 0.6%
    North Western 66,286 2.8% 2.9%
    Sabaragamuwa 74,908 3.9% 3.3%
    Southern 25,901 1.1% 1.1%
    Uva 30,118 2.4% 1.3%
    Western 335,751 5.8% 14.8%
    Total 2,270,924 11.2% 100.0%

    Stop lying Chingkalla racists most Eezham Thamizh live in their traditional homeland 70% . The rest largely in the western( Colombo) and central provinces (Kandy) 20% . Most of the Thamizh living in Chingkalla areas are Indian origin Thamizh. 51% of all Thamizh live in the north and east( This includes Eezham and India origin) Even of 90% of the Thamizh live in Chingkalla areas the North and East is their historical land and Thamizh and Thamizh speakers ( the so called Sri Lankan Moors are ethnic Thamizh Muslims and are called Moors in the island, the ones from the NE are 100% Thamizh Dravidian) are the vast majority in all 8 districts in the NE , despite state sponsored Chingkalla colonisation.

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