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Loss Of The Tamil Homeland; Identifying Issues & Creating Strategies To Preserve Tamil Land

By R. Sampanthan

R. Sampanthan

I wish to thank Mr. Justice Wigneswaran and the other organizers of this event for giving me an opportunity to be able to say a few words on this occasion dealing with land grab in the North-Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka which perhaps have been the most controversial issue in the country since the country was given independence in 1948.

Actually about the time the country had been given independence and thereafter, successive governments of Sri Lanka had pursued a policy of colonizing the North East of Sri Lanka particularly Eastern Province by which I mean developing new irrigation schemes bringing under irrigation more land and settling on that land Sinhalese citizens from the other parts of the country so as to change the demographic composition of the Eastern Province in particular.

I might just mention some figures to demonstrate how significant the Island wide increase in the Sinhalese population is. From 1948 when the country gained independence till 1981 the last available census the increase was 238% or 2 and half times. In the same period, the Sinhalese population in the Eastern Province increased by 883% or 9 times over. 2 1/2 times in the whole country, 9 times in the Eastern Province. In the Trincomalee district, the Sinhalese population increased by 500% or 5 times over. In the Amparai district, the Sinhalese population increased by 1200%, 12 times over. This shows the extent to which colonization took place. Tamil political leadership took note of this situation and our leader the late Mr SJV Chelvanayakam conducted negotiations with SWRD Bandaranaike Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and there was the Bandaranaike – Chelvanayakam Pact in 1957. Under that pact, Regional Councils were to be created one for the Northern Province, two or more for the Eastern Province because there were three communities in the Eastern Province. These Regional Councils were given the power to amalgamate beyond provincial boundaries and they were given the power to select their own colonization schemes and select the persons who will work under those particular schemes. In other words, control of State land in terms of the arrangement was brought under the Regional Councils. Unfortunately, that pact was not implemented.

Subsequently, in 1965 there was the Dudley Senanayake – Chelvanayakam Pact in terms of which priorities were laid down for land alienation  in the  North Eastern Provinces. The first priority was landless persons in the constituency concerned, the second priority was landless Tamil speaking persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and the third priority was for the landless persons from the rest of the country, but priority to be given to Tamil citizens from the rest of the country. That pact was not implemented, and colonization went ahead.

Then there was the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement on 29th July 1987 signed between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and President JR Jayewardene in terms of which it was recognized and accepted that Sri Lanka was a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and  plural society comprising of Tamils, Sinhalese and  Muslims and that each one of these groups, each one of these ethnicities had a distinct identity which shall be preserved and nurtured and that the Northern and Eastern Provinces have been the areas of historical habitation of the Tamil speaking people and should therefore form one unit of devolution. This was the agreement that was arrived in 1987 under the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement.

So though the government continued with the program of colonization, settling in the North East particularly Eastern Province  Sinhala people brought in from elsewhere, yet the government was compelled to accept that the Tamil speaking people had a legitimate concern in the future of the North and the East and  they were territorially identified as Tamil linguistic territories. Apart from bringing Sinhalese people, they demarked new electorates, new government divisions and new logistical divisions. Amparai electorate came into being in 1960 March. That was the first time a Sinhalese Member of Parliament from Eastern Province came into Parliament. Thereafter we have now 3 to 4 Members of Parliament being elected from Amparai in the Eastern Province. Trincomalee electorate comprising of the Trincomalee district and Seruwila came into being for the first time in 1977. Fortunately, we were able to restrict membership to one person.

New administrative districts were created, new DS divisions were created, new Grama Sevaka divisions were created. After fulfilling the settlement of Sinhalese people in a large area, a new Division was carved out including that area with a lot of undeveloped, unoccupied land to enable the government to pursue the policy of Sinhalese settlements in the Eastern Province. It happened in the Amparai District in a big way, it happened in the Trincomalee District in a big way. So, the government had been working on the policy of settling Sinhalese people in new DS and GS Divisions in such a manner so as to increase the Sinhalese population, restrict the influence and power of the Tamil speaking people and enable the Sinhalese people to do whatever they wanted in Tamil speaking areas which were historically inhabited by the Tamil speaking people.

There has been a long-time demand for the amalgamation of the North and the East and the merger of the North and the East as one Province for the purpose of power-sharing and devolution. But efforts were made to bifurcate this linguistic continuity between the North and the East. People were settled in the border areas in a place called Manalaaru, which was thereafter called Weli Oya to enable the bifurcation- the division of linguistic continuity. Despite all these things happening over a long period of time, even today the majority of the people in every single District in the North and the East, in Jaffna, in Kilinochchi, in Mannar, in Vavuniya, in Mullaitivu, in Trincomalee, in Batticaloa and in  Amparai, – the majority of  people in the Districts are Tamil speaking.  People in the Northern Province and Eastern Province and in every District in the North and the East,  the majority are Tamil speaking.

Currently, they are engaged in Forest Department actions, Wildlife Department actions and Archaeological Department actions. Archaeological departments are there to save ancient monuments. But we have a Special Task Force set up to preserve archaeological monuments under a pan Sinhala Task Force, comprising of Buddhist monks who are placed as heads to preserve archaeological monuments in the Eastern Province. Monuments which have been there from the time when the country had been given independence are now thought to be in need of preservation!

People are brought to be settled in those areas in such a way that the Sinhalese population are set to increase. The Forest Department is occupying land from which our people were evicted and they have ensured they would not return. The Forest Department should deal with Forests. But their Department acquires land from people who possess documents, permits to prove they have been in possession of all those lands and have cultivated and lived on those lands for generations.

Wildlife Department had been claiming large extent of lands. Wildlife sanctuaries had been enlarged with lands which were earlier occupied and cultivated by Tamil speaking people.

Archaeological Department instead of saving monuments they are taking over pasture lands from Tamil people in the North and the East and are preventing people from grazing their cattle in those pasture lands.

So all in all there has been a deliberate plan being pursued by the government  to take over land and convert the Eastern Province into a majority Sinhalese area. They have not yet been successful as our people have lived in these lands for a long, long time. They have deep-roots in these lands. They have possessed these lands for generations and centuries and every District in both North and the East, still continues to be a Tamil speaking majority District.

It is time that very firm action must be taken and that this matter be brought forward to the knowledge of everyone in this country. We are not against the Sinhalese People. We are not saying Sinhalese people should not receive land in the Eastern Province or the Northern Province but it must not be done in such a way as to deliberately convert those areas which have been traditionally and historically Tamil speaking areas into majority Sinhalese speaking areas. That is our position. So we urge everyone concerned with justice and equality and unity and well being and reconciliation amongst the different communities to join together to resist this programme.

Violence was unleashed against the Tamil people, people were killed, people were injured, people were chased away. 50% of the Tamil population in this country had to move overseas to live abroad. In that position, they’re trying to further weaken our position by sending Sinhalese into areas occupied by Tamils. In this instance, I would like to appeal to everyone to contribute their best efforts to the achievement of a very just cause. Thank you.

*2021 March 20th at 12.30 pm London Time; 6 pm Colombo Time and 8.30 am Toronto Time – Transcription of Speech by R. Sampanthan MP

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  • 9
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    Mr Sambandan, most of what you say is true.
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    The Sinhalese do have this haughty attitude. It is also true that the education given to all Sri Lankans is getting ever poorer, and I fear it’ll get worse. This excellent article has not received the attention that it should.

    .
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/covid-generation-education-a-blind-spot/
    .
    Please do all that you can to pass political leadership on to younger people. You are possibly the oldest person in our Parliament, but I consider you to be a man who can still think. Me? I, too, am an old man, maybe a little younger than you.
    .
    As for population growth, it is time for all human beings to control the number of children we produce. We humans are far from being God’s great gift to this universe. It is true that we have greater curiosity and ability to meddle than any monkey, but our judgement is not sound.

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      Sinhala_Man,
      The facts are true and cannot be challenged by any rational people because the population census can’t speak lie. Out of the nine provinces , only in the East & North Population distribution has changed drastically after the so called Sinhala rule in 1948. I also agree that Sampanthan and other aged politicians should now hand over the politics to capable younger generation and play an advisory role.

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      It is very strange that some people who still condemn the British for grabbing Sinhala land under the Waste Lands ordinance , see nothing wrong in similarly acquired state land in the East being given to Sinhala settlers.

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        old codger,
        Are you so dumb that you cannot figure out the difference between British who colonized Sinhale to exploit this country and Sinhalayo who are the native people in Sinhale.
        Sinhalayo who developed this country from scratch do not have to seek permission from the descendants of immigrants from Hindusthan to do what they want to do in their country. Every inch in Sinhale belong to Sinhalayo.

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          Well, the UNHRC resolution has been passed, with India abstaining, along with many Muslim countries. Will the Professor Grand Admiral resign even now?
          I am sure Nande Aiya will surface soon with dire threats against Ms. Bachelet

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            Eagle,
            In 1680, Anuradhapura was occupied by Tamils, according to Robert Knox. Go and read his book. Sinhalayo didn’t dare go there until the British sprayed DDT.

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            old codger

            “Well, the UNHRC resolution has been passed, with India abstaining,”

            Not true, according to G L Pieris School Of Counting
            No vote 11 + Abstention 14 = 25 votes in favour of Sri Lanka
            In favour of all those who opposed to Sri Lanka 22 votes
            25>22
            Therefore UNHRC voted in favour of Sri Lanka

            You are getting old.
            You don’t want to see Sri Lanka winning.
            Perhaps we should call it G L Pieris School Of Creative Counting Method.
            Take care.

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              Native,
              If GLP’s logic was applied by the Elections commission, Nandasena would have lost, and we wouldn’t be in this position.

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              What a bunch of jokers: “UNHRC vote still positive for SL: FM”

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          Don’t worry nothing will come out of this resolution.
          As long as Hindians believe this island is the Sinhala state of Hindia no harm will come to you. If you try to pawn this island to China, America, Pakistan, Israel, Cuba, Russia, ………………………… or any of the other 193 countries, then you will be in trouble.

          Therefore if you want to avoid another 30 years of war and bleeding, Gota/Mahinda/Namal …. should be prepared to say ” aye aye, sir ” every time they receive an order from Hindians.

    • 10
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      Sinhala_Man: You say: ” The Sinhalese do have a “HAUGHTY” (emphasis by me) attitude”. I agree, but why you categorize “Sinhalese” only? Aren’t the others (Tamil, Muslims) “HAUGHTY” meaning disdainfully proud; arrogant. In my opinion, ALL who identify and categorize by “Ethnicity”, “Caste”, “Creed”, “Religion” etc. are “Haughty”. This “HAUGHTINESS” will persist and “Used” and “Abused” by the “Corrupt” “Vultures” to grab “POWER” to be in command of the affairs of the people. When will the “PEOPLE” start change to consider as “HUMANS” and manage our affairs amicably recognizing and respecting each other’s values and contribute “COLLECTIVELY” towards a valued life on this Planet?

      • 3
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        Dear Simon, what you say is true if someone does draw feelings of superiority and the disdain for any competing identities from their own ethnicity, caste, creed, religion, etc.

        In much of the world, most (if not all) children are born into established identities; however, not everyone hangs their hats on their imparted identities but all of us are forced to carry some or all of these identities in so many aspects.

        With respect to our dear S_M’s comment, I think it needs to be digested within the context of this article. In this country, whose haughty attitude stemming from their ethnicity has resulted in the inequitable treatment of other ethnicities?

        This haughty attitude under discussion reminds me of the complacency that the Germanic people showed during the period of Nazi Germany.

        I recognize that your thoughts emanate from a spiritualist pov which I appreciate. I am completely with you on shedding these identities wherever possible and recognizing those un-sheddable identities as merely superficial, earthly labels that should have no bearing on how we treat each other.

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          S
Have you not read arrogant utterances by Tamils claiming to be scholars and community leaders which belittle the Sinhalese, their language and culture.
CVW is notorious. But there are others who are worse.
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This mentality derives from the imagined glory of Tamils in South India and questionable claims about the age and purity of Tamil, which in its own right is a very elegant language with a very scientific grammatical structure, much tidier than any European language.
Claims of its being the source language for Kannada have drawn the just wrath of the Kannadigas. It is mostly ignored by Telugu speakers, whose language shows much Northern influence. Malayalis who early last century celebrated Tamil as ‘mother’ language and Malayalam as ‘daughter’ are now resentful of Tamil attitudes.
The Sinhalese even in early 20th Century spoke proudly about of Tamil influence on Sinhala.
There is something seriously wrong in the way Tamil nationalism presents itself to its neighbours. Tamil nationalists want to be seen as the ‘greatest’ and at the same time complain about their state of oppression.
They effortlessly antagonised the Tamil speaking Muslims of N&E bu their arrogant attitude.
*
I do not want to name names. You have read comments calling Sinhalese and Muslims as low caste Tamil converts.


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        Singhalese are not “Haughty” but out and out stupid, dumb and selfish.

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          h
          Are not all all of us a little stupid to have allowed ourselves to have come to this state of affairs?
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          Too many Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims trade uncouth insults. Notorious are the few who have left our shores and imagine that they are paragons of wisdom. They constantly pontificate on our affairs, punctuating the sermons with curse and insult.
          *
          Cannot we search for answers through civilized dialogue?

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      Sinhala_Man,
      “The Sinhalese do have this haughty attitude.”

      If Sinhalayo had a haughty attitude they would not have given asylum to Dravidians who were abandoned by colonial rulers in their country and to Muslims who faced persecution by Portuguese.

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        Dear Eagle Eye,
        No one will disagree that Sinhala_Man is not one of those haughty Sinhala people!

        On the other hand, you consistently, persistently, and vehemently express haughty attitude that is drawn from your Sinhala ethnicity. You embody that haughty segment!

        This is not to say haughty segments don’t exist within other ethnic groups. However, what is undeniable is that it’s the Sinhala Buddhist haughty policies and programs of this country that have been self destructive and gotten us where we are today.

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        Eagle ‘dumb ass’ Eye, colonial rulers? stupid ass the Tamils have been in this country for thousands of years. Where were the colonial rulers at that time. What an idiot!

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      Sinhala_Man

      “Mr Sambandan, most of what you say is true.”

      I beg to differ.
      Lets wait until SJ pronounced his revisionist view of Sam’s article.

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      Sinhala_Man,
      Is it Sinhalayo or Malabar Vellala Demalu that look down upon low caste Tamils (Dalit) in Yapanaya and Tamils in tea plantations branded as ‘Indian Tamils’ who have the haughty attitude?
      Sinhalayo gave equal rights to all the Tamils who came from Hindusthan to Sinhale when they gave citizenship irrespective of their caste, when they arrived, who brought them to Sinhale and where they live in this country.
      —–
      “The Sinhalese do have this haughty attitude.”

      • 9
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        Eagle,
        “Sinhalayo gave equal rights to all the Tamils who came from Hindusthan to Sinhale when they gave citizenship irrespective of their caste, when they arrived, “
        Really? Who were those half a million people who were sent back in 1974?
        By the way, why is it that even your relatives are not allowed in the Asgiriya temple ? Are you black?

  • 2
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    The only solution is to split the island equitably into 3 mono-ethnic nations of Sinhala Only Elam, Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam and relocate people.

    Until that is done, the miseries since 1948, riots, wars, discrimination, etc. will continue.

    Greed breeds misery.

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      And 50% of tamil nadu should also be given as an exclusive land to the Sinhalese, don’t you agree?

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        Why not 100% to the Sinhalese. after all most of the present day Sinhalese are descended from immigrants from the ancient Tamil country in South India. This includes you. Jayasuriya or Jayasurooriar , Still quite a common name even now in Kerala. You should go and visit and stake your land and also meet your close relatives

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          Rohan25
          .
          You are a good man.
          You want to convey the message that we are all one DNA.
          You don’t seem to contribute to this ‘self rule’ shit.

          Soma

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        Jayasuriya

        “And 50% of tamil nadu should also be given as an exclusive land to the Sinhalese, don’t you agree?”

        You may be right.
        You should stake your claim right away and I will be right behind you.

        As far as Hindians are concerned Sri Lanka is the Sinhala state of Hindia.
        According to the eminent Indian Historian R. Champakalakshmi, there had been a number of medieval Sinhala settlements in Thamil Nadu.
        Please refer to her book titled
        Trade, Ideology and Urbanization: South India, 300 BC to AD 1300

    • 9
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      As usual this fake Arab low caste South Indian convert immigrant Pathima is trying to cash in and claim Islamic homelands for her fake Arab Thamizh Dravidian immigrant community from South India , that only arrived in the island a few centuries ago. Listen Arab worshipping Thamizh hating Pathima , being a Muslim is a religious identity and not an ethnic origin. You Thhullkans are basically low caste Indian Thamizh who converted to Islam most probably for a bag of rice. Now claiming to be Arab again for Camel meat and for some petro dollars. You are immigrants and have no history of having Islamic or fake Arab homelands in the island. If you wish to claim for Islamic homelands , please take yourself your Burka, Abhaya, Nikkab and Hijab and what ever other baggage and move to Porukistan or to the Arabian Gulf and see if they welcome you low caste Thamizh Dravidian converts into their bosom in the name of Islam.

    • 1
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      GATAM,
      Tell your boss that the project to balkanize Sinhale/Sri Lanka will not work as long as Buddhist monks are there because they have played a leading role to keep Sinhale as a ‘Unitary State’. If Demalu and Muslims do not want to live in a ‘Unitary State’ ruled by Sinhalayo they are free to return to their ancestral homeland across Palk Strait. Sinhalayo did not invite Demalu or Muslims to their country.

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    What a bunch of lies and distortion of history. Tamil racists are of the same caliber as Sinhalese one. The Modern State of Sri Lanka was created in 1948. All this history is irrelevant and Sri Lankans from any race have the right to lives anywhere in the country. There is no Tamil exclusive land here. People were given land in the North and east because those areas have had most of the empty land that needed to be developed. Sinhalese lost land due to plantations during the British era and they rightfully need land elsewhere. Moreover, the East was always under Sinhalese rule. Tamils don’t have any specific right to land in any part of the country.

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      “Sri Lankans from any race have the right to lives anywhere in the country.”

      With this type of impractical views, SL will have more damaging riots, wars, intolerance and discrimination. Finally R2P.

      How about Tamil colonization of Colombo, etc.? Can Sinhalese go to North? No. They can’t. So what is the solution?

      TNA leader is right. The problem is Sinhala people do not have leaders. Only fools.

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      Lip,
      “Sinhalese lost land due to plantations during the British era and they rightfully need land elsewhere”
      Exactly what some Jews said . ” The Nazis drove us out, so we need Arab land”.
      If there are no ethnic exclusive areas, why do you guys shout when a new mosque or church is planted in “Buddhist” areas?

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      lip wee wee

      “There is no Tamil exclusive land here.”

      True, neither a Sinhala/Buddhist land here.
      However, the Sinhala/Buddhist president, his entourage, his Sinhala/Buddhist supporters, Sinhala/Buddhist saffronistas, ….. all the crooks and war criminals think otherwise. Gota claimed this is Sinhala/Buddhist country.

      You are missing a point here, or purposely you don’t want to see that this island is being geared towards converting into Sinhala/Buddhist Ghetto.

      ” People were given land in the North and east because those areas have had most of the empty land that needed to be developed.”

      Please cite evidence.
      Most lands is held by Vihares as if Viharathipathies own it.

      “Sinhalese lost land due to plantations during the British era and they rightfully need land elsewhere. “

      Its not too late, nationalise plantations, redistribute all those unproductive land back to the descendants of rightful owners.

      How long do you intent to cheat yourself?

      “Moreover, the East was always under Sinhalese rule.”

      Please tell us the history of East with supporting evidence.
      Who control those vast areas of land in the East.

      Please ignore my comment if you haven’t got any idea. Its alright it happens if you don’t use your rational faculties instead rely on you patriotic emotions.

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    I hope this Conference will enlighten the international community over the demographic distribution of Tamils scattered across the island and how the separatists are trying to fool them.

    I also hope that the big guys are ready to answer the fundamental question who are Tamils?
    Are they ALL Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion or the date of arrival?
    ( Some Tamils are as ancient as the Sinhalese, some arrived during the Dutch, some arrived during the British, some practise Hinduism, some Christianity and others Islam)
    OR
    Only Hindu/ Christian Tamil language speakers in Jaffna ( EXCLUDING those in Colombo and upcountry and those who practise Islam scattered all over) ?

    Soma

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      Soma,

      So you cannot think! How about Tamil colonization of Colombo, etc.? Is that OK? No matter what you do, do not expect any reciprocation. TNA leader is right. The problem is you Sinhalese orphans do not have Sinhala leaders in SL. Look in Gujarat or Orissa you might find them. You only have SorryLankan leaders. They don’t care about you. Wait until the next riot, war, R2P.

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        Bigger factor is Tamils who practise Islam.
        Hindu/Christian Tamils don’t like them and that is a big headache to the Sinhalese.
        That is why I always encourage them to give up their differences and unite to demand a separate Homeland.

        Soma

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      Choma the Eezham Thamizh from the north and east have an older history in the island than the Chingkallams. Thamizh are those who speak Thamizh and are of Thamizh ethnicity, as many Thamizh in the island now speak Chingkallam and claim Chingkalla ethnicity. Thamizh can be Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Tree/Cat worshipper or Choma slapping. They are not confined to Jaffna, as you and the rest of the Chingkallams are cunningly trying to define, so that you can steal the rest of the North and East for Chingkallams but everywhere in the island.. The Thamizh who arrived during the Portuguese and Dutch period were all settled along the western and southern coastal areas and all converted to Chingkallams, many now have become Chingkalla Poutha Fascists like you , the rotten pear, Chenali, Komalika , Eagle Blind and Bad sense. Around half the present day Chingkallams are these Thamizh who arrived during the Portuguese and Dutch period and converted themselves to Chingkalla Potha or Catholic Fascists. Not taking into account other Thamizh who came to rule and have now converted themselves to Chingkalla Raddala , Panda/Pandarar and to all sorts of Koi or Koikammam. No wonder the Chingkalla DNA is 70% or more Thamizh. All these Thamizh migrating from India and transforming themselves to Chingkallams. Latest Kolumbu Chettiars, Parathavar and Neerkolombu/Chilaapam/Puttalam Chingkallams.

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        Pundi kutti?
        .
        What you are saying is a political solution is sought for Hindu/Christian Tamils in Jaffna.
        Right?
        Now that leads to the question How many of them are there ?

        Soma

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    Sampanthan Seeya,
    Even at this last stage in your life you should learn the history of the country your elders sought asylum without bombarding blatant lies about colonization by Sinhalayo and changing demographic composition in North East.
    North East where now Demala Tamils occupy Sinhala land was the cradle of Sinhala Buddhist civilization. First Sinhala Kingdoms Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa were in the North East of the country. Dravidians who invaded Sinhale from 3rd Century BC for 52 times destroyed those Kingdoms burning down Sinhala settlements and massacring Sinhalayo. Dravida invader Prabhakaran also burnt down Sinhala settlements and massacred Sinhalayo in North East.
    Almost all place names in the North and East are Demalized Sinhala names. All archeological sites in North and East are Sinhala Buddhist heritage sites. It was Portuguese and Dutch who changed the demographic composition in the North by importing Dravida coolies from Hindusthan. British changed the demographic composition in the East by dragging Demalu from Yapanaya and settling them in the East.

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      EE,

      TNA leader is right. The problem is you people have NO leaders to talk about Tamil colonization of Colombo, etc. This is the game you are in but you FAIL to realize it. Sorry Lanka is living from riot to riot, war to war and R2P to R2P.

      History is contested. Don’t drag your version of history. What matters is the future. But I can see you all are bogged down in history you cannot move forward.

      Continue to live with your enemy EE and tell me your experience after R2P. China will not save you because China also want a piece of SL and happy to share other parts with India and Saudi.

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      Eagle Fool

      Kathirgamam, Thondeeswaram are all in the south where the Kallathoni bangali origin Sinhalayas live. Even in the GaLLE INSCRIPTION THERE IS ONLY TAMIL, PERSIAN AND Chinese are found what does that tell you fool. The entire Ceylon was a Tamil country before the Sinhala kallathonis arrived here. Get the hell out of our country to Bangaladesh where your relative beggars are, go and live and eat shit with them.

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    Land grab is related to Genocide. It can be stopped by only one way……… That is regaining the lost sovereignty, in 1619 to Portuguese. It doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be any protest against Land Grab. But important is making Geneva to move ahead with investigation. UNHRC needs ask the ICC president to select Lankawe case to investigate. India (Central at UNHRC meeting) said Lankawe sovereignty and Tamils’ equal status are two pillars. The inverse of that is if Tamils cannot have equal life with Sinhalese, Lankawe protecting its sovereignty would be mirage. This is TN election time. Now DMK Stalin is asking Central government to conduct a referendum through UNHRC, through UN, in North East, to find out what Tamils want. The story goes like this: A man bought few mangoes at a store. The cost was $10 and he gave $10 bill to seller. Seller returned back $5 saying “man keep this, you always come here”. The man gave back a $20 bill saying “Oh, now I find the $20 bill, earlier I was missing it that is why I short paid to you” If Stalin didn’t understand what India was saying in UNHRC, why didn’t he hire a speech writer to write the election platform speeches? What India said in UNHRC is many times higher than Stalin’s Referendum. He needs to push India honor its word in UNHRC, not referendum.

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      Mallaiyuran,
      “Land grab is related to Genocide.”

      Demalu from Hindusthan attempted to grab land in Sinhale from 3rd Century BC by committing genocide of Sinahalayo but they failed. The last attempt was made by Prabhakaran and that too failed with a humiliating defeat.

      The Government should acquire all the land grabbed by Demalu chasing away Sinhalayo from North East and start settlement schemes to settle landless Sinhalayo from South.
      Government should appoint a Committee to check all the land deeds in North and East to find out forged deeds to punish the culprits who prepared forged deeds.

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      ‘Land grab is related to Genocide.’
      .
      Brilliant, another new Tamil discovery. Wasn’t Sinhala Only genocide too? Have you informed the OED* people?
      .
      *Oxford English Dictionary

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        Brilliant, another new Tamil discovery. Defining Genocide is not OED’s job. Instead they have to take from UN, but not from Appe Aanduwa’s Rescue Mission Operation with Zero casualty, carrying UN charter in hand after deporting UN employees by refusing Visa renewal and carrying Chemical bombs in the other hand.

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        Svenson

        “Brilliant, another new Tamil discovery. Wasn’t Sinhala Only genocide too? Have you informed the OED* people?”

        I am sorry I cannot claim that I too am educated like you.
        However my Elders asked me to refer you to Particularly (a), (b) and (c)
        Destroying livelihoods on this scale could conform to the parts (a), (b), and (c) of the [UN Convention] definition of genocide.”:


        Excerpt from https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/genocide.shtml
        Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
        Article II

        In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

        a.Killing members of the group;
        b. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
        c. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
        d. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
        e. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group

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      Dear Mallaiyuran:

      Here’s the definition of Genocide from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum;
      https://www.ushmm.org/genocide-prevention/learn-about-genocide-and-other-mass-atrocities/what-is-genocide

      “Genocide is an internationally recognized crime where acts are committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. These acts fall into five categories:
      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 in part
      4) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
      5) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group

      Land grab fits in under #3.

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        Sugandh
        .
        In respect of a political solution Tamils have two options:
        .
        A SEPARATE Homeland for ALL Tamil speaking people scattered across the island
        ‘OR’
        the right to live anywhere.
        .
        IF I WERE A TAMIL I WOULD ASK MY PEOPLE TO CHOOSE THE LATTER OPTION.

        Soma

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    “People are brought to be settled in those areas in such a way that the Sinhalese population are set to increase.”

    You cannot expect 74.9% of the country (Sinhalese) to be a minority in 1/3rd of the country. What kind of logic is that? Tamils are a minority, except in Tamil Nadu, the real homeland.

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      74% OF the country have 66% of the most fertile part of the island and this rest was never your land until you racist were able to use your majority illegally from 1948 to steal these ancient Tamil lands. Sinhalese are minority in the region and should be content with what they have, instead of trying to steal other peoples land. Sinhalese land is only the southern western and central parts of the island. Never the north east or the north west coast. Just because the British merged the then separate Tamil lands in the north and east, where the Tamils were in a 100% majority, in 1833 to create a new colony called Ceylon . thereby making the Sinhalese who until then were confined to the southern 2/3 of the island a majority in the whole island and then gave the island to you conniving lying racists in 1948 does not mean the whole island is yours and you have right to steal other peoples homeland. Even your Mahavamsa fairy tale constantly refers to the lands in the north and east of the island as Tamil lands. Now you Mahavamsa worshipping liars are even trying to distort this .

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      When did you have the island written for you? Who did that for you? If you have did it for yourself, why don’t you write Sahara or Tundra for yourself and settle there, because no majority has settle there?

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      Lester,
      “You cannot expect 74.9% of the country (Sinhalese) to be a minority in 1/3rd of the country. What kind of logic is that?”
      Why are the English a minority in 1/3 of UK (Scotland). Why are Hindi speakers a minority in Tamil Nadu? Why are there no Hindi signboards in Kerala? Does the crap you write sound convincing even to yourself?

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      Lester Pakeya

      Do you want us to bring Tamils from other parts of the world and settle them all over Srilanka and make you Sinhala mongrels a minority on the Island.

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    Chelva-Banda pact was a stupid mistake and so was the Indo-Lanka Accord.
    /
    One Parippu drop; old man JRJ was shaken for his dear life, stopped the war against LTTE terrorist invaders who were about be defeated within couple of days in 1987 and moved the Sinhala war heroes to the south, gave Sri Lankan citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Tamils, signed the accord based on lies, entered the illegal 13th amendment into the constitution, and handed over the Sri Lanka’s sovereignty to India the bully.
    /
    Except in Jaffna, Tamils are living in the villages by the sea. Their livelihood has been fishing. Sinhala socialist politicians allowed Tamils to become land owners and farmers after the independence.
    /
    Eastern province Tamils belong to Mukkuwar caste of Malabar coast, and their law is Mukkuwa law.
    /
    Innocent Sinhalese and Vaddahs were forcibly Tamilised in Baticaloa and Ampara districts.
    /
    REMEMBER, Tamil demands are based on lies and myths. Only Tamil homeland on this planet is Tamil Nadu. Constant South Indian invasions and droughts forced Sinhalese to move south-west of the island. Now young Sinhalese are patriotic and want their island back in one piece.

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      Another lying Sinhalese racist s-it

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      Tony

      Do you want the young Sinhalese to perish in another war ? Eelam ( ceylon ) is A TAmil country . Sinhalese are illegal migrants from South and east India primarily.

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    If we talk in terms of Homelands, Sampanthan Aiya, (Somebody had the occasion to change Aiya to Aiyo) what about the Homelands for the Muslims? Burghers? and even Local Aborigines (“Adivasi”)? Muslims have not forgotten how the LTTE ethnically cleansed Jaffna in chasing them away by the “Tigers”. So were the other communities in Jaffna. The very concept of Homelands is a sure prescription for ethnic division, cleansing and mayhem. Remember the partitioning of India and Pakistan resulting in massacre of population by the thousands? Incidentally, if we take the total Tamil population in Sri Lanka more than half of them today live outside the so-called Homeland and if we so recognize that concept surely people would want all those in Wellawatte etc. (and even Colombo 7 Wiggi) to immediately proceed to Jaffna. What about persons where one is from one community and the spouse a different one? Relocation of more than 50% of an existing population can have the same effect of the Indo-Pakistan partitioning and will Sampanthan Aiya then say Aiyo at the resulting carnage? It is time, like in Singapore, to think in terms of one country, one population recognizing meritocracy as a tool for unity.

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      Homeland for Muslims and Burgher . They can have your home mad racist man, coming up with stupid silly arguments. Muslims never had a homeland or an ancient history in the island but only arrived here a few centuries ago from South India. Muslim means a religion and not an ethnic. racial minority. Ethnically they are Indian Tamil Hindus , largely from the lower castes who converted to Islam , to escape the Hindu caste system. Some of them have some Arab or other Western Asian ancestry but still this does not make them Arabs/Moors or anything else, they are Tamils. If they want an Islamic homeland they can go to Pakistan , that was created for the South Asian Muslims from the Indian subcontinent in 1947. These people originate from there love Pakistan and can move there. Not steal lands from others, especially from the Tamils in the name of Islam and a fake Arab ancestry, that they hardly have. Burghers now will not be over 10000 and soon dying our and they can have homeland at Medamulla another recently arrived half caste community . Trying to compare these recently arrived people with the ancient Eelam Tamil nation. Why don’t the Sinhalese return to Tamil Nadu , Kerala, Odisha and Bengal their original homeland from where their ancestors arrived.

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        The worst of Sinhala Buddhist racism is more cultured than this bigotry.

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          SJ.

          “The worst of Sinhala Buddhist racism is more cultured than this bigotry.”

          Of course it is, if you consider physical violence, systematic discrimination, destruction of property, rape, land grab, looting, mass killing ……………………… are better than verbal abuse.

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          We all know that you wear blinkers and love Sinhalese racists and Islamic opportunists and will attack any Tamil who replies to their racist comments. Was not surprised at your comment. A self hating Tamil who constantly goes out to please the Sinhalese racists and other anti Tamils and gets a kick out of this

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    Super Gona Blind Eagle alias HLD,
    “North East where now Demala Tamils occupy Sinhala land was the cradle of Sinhala Buddhist civilization”.
    What the hell are you talking baang, what Sinhala buddhist civilization you are dreaming of. Moron, Lankan civilization is that of veddas and then Dravidian (Nagas and Yakkas) baang. Indian Hindu Buddha was born 500 BCE and buddhism came to SL in 200 BCE. Before that buddhism had already spread to Dravdia Desham in South India. Buddhism was handed over to Naga King Devanai Nambiya Theesan. Despite introduction of Buddhism yet there were no Sinhalayas even in your great, great, great father’s balls. Why did Mahanama wrote your Mahavamsa aka Mahavambu in Pali? Moda moron who is Vijeyan, from where did he come, when did he come and what was his religion, language? What did he do to Kuveni? Didnt this vagrant not go to Pandiya nadu to find wifes for him and his cronies? Aye baang, if there were Sinhala beauty queens awaiting for him to mount in Lanka? Comes fool. Read your fck history baang before opening your fould mouth. You and Raja gang can only fool sinhala modayas but not the enlightened Tamils who are here for at least 3000 years. Can you idiot get anywhere near their culture, traditions and enlightenment.

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    First the B-C pact of the 50s.
    Then the Dudley -Chelva pact of the mid 60s.
    Both were home spun solutions. But both were not given a chance.
    Then came an armed revolt where practically everyone, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim had to pay with their lives and property. The fact remains that it was the Tamils who faced the brunt of the war.
    Presently, it is the Indo-Lanka accord. Even this is being opposed by a sizable section of those in power.

    And, right now the resolution against Srilanka has been adopted in Geneva.

    Where do we go from here?
    The country could have given either Banda [SWRD ] OR Dudley, a true liberal, the chance to resolve our issues.
    The Buddhist clergy is dragging this country to a point of no return. They need to be check-mated NOW!

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