18 November, 2018

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National Heroes Should Be Worthy Of Emulation

By Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

The purpose of having national heroes is to celebrate their lives and offer the younger generation models for them to emulate. I was therefore taken aback to read (Island, 1 March 2018) the suggestion by Hemantha Warnakulasuriya that the late Mr. Kandiah Neelakandan’s “Portrait must be unveiled in [a] special room called the hall of fame so that members will remember what a colossus he was.”

The national interest outweighs the need to be gentlemanly. Indeed, it demands ensuring that heroes are true exemplars for everyone.

Even before the report of the “UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka” reached us there was hysteria in Colombo, The BASL Executive Committee had a resolution by Jayantha Gunasekera, PC, dated 23 May 2011 condemning a report we had not seen. At the time, Gunasekera had argued (Sunday Observer, 24 April 2011) that he condemns Navaneetham Pillai on the grounds she is a Tamil who has to side with Tamils because “[a]fter all, blood is thicker than water.” Good sense prevailed and the resolution was defeated because nobody had seen the report. But after its release, the BASL dutifully condemned the report unanimously at meetings on 30 April and 7 May – by their own argument since blood is thicker than water, as Sinhalese they had to condemn the report.

But Tamils? At least three Tamils including, Kandiah Neelakandan voted Aye (S.R.H. Hoole, “Complaints against the Ban Ki Moon Panel, Daily Mirror, 4 June, 2011). As Tamils they surely knew the crimes of war.

However, to be “national” one needs to side with the Sinhalese even against Tamil interests. While denying the Mullivaikal killings, Neelakandan played to Tamil sentiments by oppressing religious minorities. He took the public position that the Vice Chancellor of Jaffna University must be a Hindu, stating so in many conversations and in a Virakesari interview. His willingness to serve the state also earned him a place as a Governor of Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Office of National Unity and Reconciliation. I have pointed out to Ms. Kumaratunga the inappropriateness of this appointment but it does not seem to matter to her. That poison Neelakandan sowed has now spread to senior positions to the ruin of Jaffna University where UGC Chairman Mohan de Silva, according to an affidavit by Carlo Fonseka, has justified the university’s right to recruit only Hindus and those who firmly subscribe to the iconic status of Arumuga Navalar – despite Section 30 of the Universities Act:

“[N]o test of religious belief or profession shall be adopted or imposed in order […] to hold any appointment therein or to graduate thereat or to hold, enjoy or exercise any advantage or privilege thereof.”

By pretending in formal affidavits that the UGC has no power to interdict unlawful actions by universities, the UGC Chairman has encouraged crookedness within the university – see article in The Island by Rajan Hoole on trees being sold The country is being looted at every level with total impunity.

Kandiah Neelakandan

The extent of religious discrimination in Jaffna is difficult to assess. At the recent local Government Elections, the ITAK candidate for Ward 4 of the Jaffna Municipal Council (Nallur) was the accomplished Christian woman Rahini Ramalingam. According to a complaint received by the Elections Commission, Douglas Devananda’s DD TV repeatedly aired a programme saying that Nallur is Rajathaani (the King’s Place) where it is inappropriate to elect a Christian. The Commission is investigating.

Happily, the hugely Hindu majority Ward voted Rahini in. It seems to me that upper class Hindus who compete with Christians are prepared to use religious discrimination to profit, whereas ordinary folk are more open and tolerant. This I believe is also the case with Sinhalese-Tamil relations.

That brings us to postage stamps issued to celebrate Navalar and Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan. According to The Morning Star (“The Absurdities of Caste,” 25 Nov, 1847) Navalar objected to the admission to the Wesleyan Mission School (now Jaffna Central College) of a Nalava-caste boy and walked off with half the school in protest. That almost ruined the school. Navalar berated the missionaries as Mlecchas (barbarians). Those who took refreshments at the mission Station were insulted in his book (The State of religion in Jaffna) as having drunk the Kusini Parayandai Kopi (Kitchen Paraya’s Coffee).

Navalar pushed for his protégé and Hindu leader Sir Pon. Ramanathan to be the nominated member of the Legislative Council. Ramanathan, like Navalar, did not want low-caste children educated and at best wanted them to sit on the floor outside the classroom, as detailed by Prof. K. Sivathamby. This Ramanathan connection gave Navalar an unquestioned status in the South. Pon. Ramanathan’s rival was his brother-in-law ATG Britto. Navalar went so far as to recommend Ramanathan dishonestly as “educated at Presidency College [Madra]”; whereas, according to his sympathetic biographer M. Vythilingam (The Life of Ponnambalam Ramanathan, 1971) Ramanathan had been dismissed from Presidency College and his name removed from the rolls there, adding that Ramanathan and his elder brother Coomaraswamy were sacked because of “youthful excesses” and spending time on body-building rather than studies.

According to tradition in my family – as my ancestor and first graduate of Madras Rao Bahadur C.W. Thamotharampillai was the brothers’ guardian in Madras – they were sacked for cheating at exams. There are also questions over Ramanathan being seen travelling by berth, accompanied by his admiring devotee prior to his wife’s death by drowning in their well.

The worst indictment of Ramanathan is by Kumari Jayawardena (Nobodies to Somebodies: The Rise of the Colonial Bourgeoisie in Sri Lanka, 2002, p. 219). She writes that the governor favoured Ramanathan over Britto despite Britto’s great public support because the Ponnambalam family had bought its way into power by lending money to British Governors and Colonial Secretaries (for which they were sent back in punishment).

Britto was a Christian. Vythilingam lambastes Christians for going after privileges. He then forgets himself and reveals Ramanathan’s maternal grandmother’s father, Edirmannasinha Mudaliyar, held the office of Governor of the Vanni District under the Dutch. Vythilingam seemed not to be aware (William Howland, Historical Sketch of the Ceylon Mission, 1865, p. 7) that the Dutch made “assent to the Helvetic confession of faith necessary to the holding of any office of profit or trust under the government.” Edirmannasinha Mudaliyar was surely of the Dutch Reformed Church.

Ramanathan, a deft politician in his own right, further strengthened his hold by taking the side of the Sinhalese against the Muslims in the 1915 riots when there was little to say that one side was right or wrong. This resulted in a grand welcome by the Sinhalese on his return from London. He permanently introduced cleavage among the Tamil speaking peoples by differentiating against non-Hindus within our community and insulting Muslims as low-caste Tamils.

Besides the above referenced two stamps, we have a designated series of 48 Sri Lankan stamps celebrating National Heroes. Among these are six Tamils. One of them, GG Ponnambalam (another unrelated Ponnamblalm), probably does not deserve the honour – certainly not when acclaimed Tamil Leader SJV Chelvanayagam and assassinated Leader of the Opposition A. Amirthalingam have not been honored.

Ramanathan was happy to marry a Christian woman who converted to Hinduism. It was his second marriage. In contrast, GG Ponnambalam’s marriage to a Christian wife, Rose Clough, was her second marriage and his first. The Cloughs were a rich Caradive (Kaarai Theevu) family of the America-Ceylon Mission. They had acres of rubber estates in Malaya. GG Ponnambalam through marriage gained access to her fortune. In marrying her, he went against Hindu Law, yet he remained fastidious about caste observations.

As related by Seeniar Gunasingham, an accomplished oppressed-caste leader, it was the contention of Pon Kandiah (CP-Moscow MP in the 1956 parliament and yet another Ponnambalam) that the factories established by GG Ponnambalam had kept out the oppressed castes and opportunities ought to be given to them too. GG Ponnambalam replied that there was no need since the oppressed castes had the best jobs in Jaffna. An astounded SWRD Bandaranaike asked where these jobs were. Toddy-tapping, shot back GG Ponnambalam. Anyone seeing the conditions under which the Nalavas lived would know it was rubbing salt in their wounds

The Hansard (25.08.1948, cols 1969-70) gives the division at the second reading of the Citizenship Bill. Ponnambalam was negotiating for a ministerial position with DS Senanayake after agreeing with Thondaman to vote Nay. He ducked voting by dissembling a fit of coughing and abstained, while SJV Chelvanayagam and others, unaware of the betrayal, stuck to the bargain with Thondaman and voted Nay. Thereafter, as Minister, Ponnambalam sold out the Indian Tamils by voting for the Indian and Pakistani Residents Citizenship Bill (3/1949) which denied them their franchise. J.L. Fernando (Three Prime Ministers of Ceylon, 1963, p. 27) writes “The Damila [Ponnambalam] bowed low before the Sinhala Lion,” DS Senanayke, “and was made a Minister, thereby striking one million Central Tamils off the electoral registers.”

Indeed, GG Ponnambalam even stalled the idea of the Tamil University in Trinco that the ITAK was successfully pushing for with the government, by asking for a “Hindu” University instead. The government just gave up.

Ponnambalam’s religious jingoism continues. In 2011, I arrived late from Jaffna at a party in Colombo hosted by Dr. Vasanthy Devarajan. Carlo Fonseka, chatting to Dr. Yogalakshmi Ponnambalam, beckoned me and said, “You know Mrs. Kumar Ponnambalam, don’t you. She says the Ramanathan Trust has a clause that no Christian can be VC/Jaffna. Is that so?” She was aghast. Her claim being contrary to Article 30 of the Universities Act, I said it is untrue. She slunk away and left the party telling our hostess that she would never have come if she had known I would be there. She had no objections to the Clough wealth.

How are these our heroes? Give our future generations real heroes they can model their lives on.

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    Dr. Hoole,

    Let us assume all of what you are saying is factual. It shows many people who call themselves Hindus have been hypocritical. I had no regard to Kandiah Neelkandan and others who mixed business and profit with politics, and had no principled positions.

    But what about the Anglican Church?
    In our schools in Jaffna, our Anglophile principals would hold forth ecstatically on Winston Churchill’s oratory. And given the fact Churchill is celebrated by the Queen of England, who is the head of the Anglican Church, is the Church willing to confront the fact that Churchill was a war criminal and white supremacist who was the cause of the Bengal famine in India and genocides and other atrocities in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya and Greece.

    Sashi Tharoor’s commentary on Churchill’s atrocities was published prominently in The Washington Post yesterday. In the context of India emerging as a major economic power, Indians are increasingly assertive in questioning the Western narrative.

    And when compared against the grave crimes by the Anglican Church, the faults among Sri Lankan Hindus you bring up look like mere pecadillos. The way forward is to recognize that religions have no basis in truth, and have always been used as a cover for immorality and hypocrisy by their adherents.

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    The greatest Ceylonese Tamil is Ananda Kentish Coomaraswarmy. The Poet, Mystic, and Writer. When the road named after him in Colombo 7 was changed, it was a Buddhist MP ; who reinstated his name.

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    In general,Tamils think that all Sinhalese are racists; But that is not so.
    Tamil Christians think that all Tamil Hindus are Religious bigots; But that is not so.
    Individuals, whether Sinhalese,Tamil, Christian or Hindu do have prejudices.
    From this essay, I SEE THAT THE AUTHOR HAS A GRIEVANCE, but lets hope it is not a general prejudice!

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      Pygmalion

      Forget racism among Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and others for a moment. All these descendants of Kallathonies are simply stupid.

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      Pygmalion,

      I do not believe that all Sinhala are racist but they are certainly chronically insecure. This is why Buddhism is enshrined in the constitution! It is this insecurity that makes them turn a blind eye to everything that have happened to the minorities.

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      Pygmalion,

      You are absolutely right! Jeevan’s typical habit of whining, solely motivated by personal grievances is UNMISTAKABLE!!

      Jeevan is quick to try to beat the drums on issues of personal selfish interest, however frivolous they may be, but grossly negligent or unmotivated otherwise – grossly unbecoming of one wanting to be recognized, if not decorated, as an intellect and a community champion.

      One small example — he was quick to want to ride a high-wave, penning a whole long article on his great victory in defeating a $10 traffic ticket – making a mountain of a molehill, a perceived misdeed of a Singhala common ralahami looking for a bribe as Jeevan claimed. The judge dismissed the case, not based on Jeevan’s skills, either academically or as a (pretend) attorney, or because he was convinced of teh bribery claim – but only because the cop was unable to prove any official speed record. And, obviously to get the nagging Jeevan off his back.

      Yet Jeevan had the compulsive need to chest thump via a whole article about that “victory” – a victory of a double doctorate over a cop with possibly no more that 10 years of formal education, and on an issue about which no one cares a rats ass.

      But when there is some material, substantial issue of concern for his country or community, where his involvement could carry some weight, he stays mum so as not to antagonize his “bosses” and because there is no direct personal gain for him.

      For instance, was there even a peep from Jeevan about the act of the high-ranking officer, a member of the regime accused of massive human-rights violations against his own community. Was that of any interest to this wanna-be community champion?!

      Pathetic use of academic skills and recognition!

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        Kumar R would be more credible if he hated Prof. Hoole less.

        As I remember the article was not written by Prof. Hoole as Kumar R says.

        The incident also came as a news item in Uthayan without naming Prof. as the driver. Many here in Sri Lanka were very glad that he stood up to the police.

        I think Kumar R also would have clapped if he had not known who the driver was.

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          NNaren,

          Not a hatred of Jeevan – just anger over narcism that prompts this relentless pursuit of self-focus — “I am the best, my religion is the best, my gender is the best, my DsC is the best… on and on”.

          Just for reference, here is the Mayo clinic’s definition: “Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”

          It is an unfortunate mind set, but when advanced to hoodwink the larger community so as to achieve extremely selfish objectives with faked rationale, particularly hiding behind higher-education titles, concerns me and angers me.

          That is true not just of Jeevan, but of DJ(who claimed zero-civilian casualty to please the boss towards an ambassadorship), Rajiva, Peries, Jayadevan Rajasingham (who pleaded for CT-readership support faking community considerations, hiding the underlying motive of self-preservation.)

          It may be very kind of you to have concerns about my credibility – but please feel free to divest yourself of such responsibility. My concern is more in keeping snake-oil salesmen at bay from the community and the country, as much as I possibly could.

          (More to follow…)

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            Cont…

            Naren,

            Incidentally, did you or Jeevan “clap” when the protesters at the UK foreign office got the “Ranking military officer” out of the country? Was there even a peep from either of you?!

            Do you truly believe that the write up in CT on the traffic ticket was not a Jeevan-initiative? Poor you!!

            Also, tell me, aside from Jeevan saving himself a princely $10 traffic ticket, what other community benefit resulted from Jeevan’s community action that you guys were so busy “clapping” about?

            Aside from keeping the $10 safely in his wallet, did Jeevan pursue any action what so ever to resolve any of the three issues of common community interest that came up in that incidence: the issue of Sinhala-only police in Tamil area, the issue of bribery by traffic and other cops, not just in the North, but elsewhere as well, and the issue of improper use or malfunctioning equipment that would be unfair for the helpless motorists (those who don’t publish books on electronics)!

            The proof of the pudding is never by a declaration of the cook!

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          Naren,

          Not a hatred of Jeevan – just anger over narcism that prompts this relentless pursuit of self-focus — “I am the best, my religion is the best, my gender is the best, my DsC is the best… on and on”.

          Just for reference, here is the Mayo clinic’s definition: “Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”

          It is an unfortunate mind set, but when advanced to hoodwink the larger community so as to achieve extremely selfish objectives with faked rationale, particularly hiding behind higher-education titles, concerns me and angers me.

          That is true not just of Jeevan, but of DJ(who claimed zero-civilian casualty to please the boss towards an ambassadorship), Rajiva, Peries, Jayadevan Rajasingham (who pleaded for CT-readership support faking community considerations, hiding the underlying motive of self-preservation.)

          It may be very kind of you to have concerns about my credibility – but please feel free to divest yourself of such responsibility. My concern is more in keeping snake-oil salesmen at bay from the community and the country, as much as I possibly could.

          Incidentally, did you or Jeevan “clap” when the protesters at the UK foreign office got the “Ranking military officer” out of the country? Was there even a peep from either of you?!

          Do you truly believe that the write up in CT on the traffic ticket was not a Jeevan-initiative? Poor you!!

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        Dear Kumar R,

        While it may be true that Prof. Jeevan Hoole veers off the point at certain times, he at least takes responsibility for what he writes. You don’t. We don’t even know who you are, although you promised here to clearly identify yourself, it I demanded it:

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ten-tamil-diaspora-organizations-want-uk-to-shoot-down-maithripala-sirisenas-decision-not-to-recall-brigadier-fernando/

        That “victory” of Jeevan’s over the traffic cop made A Sinhalese like me very happy. Much more significant is the exemplary manner in which he and two others conducted the Local Government Elections – steering us towards a result which none of us were happy about.

        Both the Hoole Brothers (different as they are from each other), have one thing which you don’t have: INTEGRITY.

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          INTEGRITY?
          It may need a fresh definition in this context.

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          Pannini,

          If you don’t understand, appreciate or have any such issue as to why CT (in fact all reputed journalistic institutions) allows for anonymity, please ask CT to explain these basics to you.

          You “demanded it” – really?! Are you truly that imbecilic?

          If that is in any way a measure of integrity, why exactly do you flip-flop between Pannini and Sinhala_Man?

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            Dear Kumar R,

            There: you know my name, but let me tell you how I spell it: Panini

            I believe my teacher-father named me after this man who lived in India in days of yore:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%81%E1%B9%87ini

            Never mind that. You ask a valid question: Why do I flip flop between that and Sinhala_Man?

            “Sinhala_Man” because I try to speak as a “moderate” reaching out to Sri Lankans of other backgrounds, trying to tell them that I am one of many Sinhalese who are not consumed by hatred xenophobia. Also hoping that some Sinhalese who for various reasons do not want to speak out on those lines find me reflecting their attitudes. To what extent I have succeeded, is not for me to decide. Some have appreciated what I have said, others have not.

            Some Sinhalese have accused me of being a Tamil. As the debates continue, I begin to feel that these labels fit two languages; I think that in terms of DNA, we are nearly identical, although my layman’s view may be merely speculative. I do not know the Tamil language.

            It is only occasionally that I reveal/post as Panini Edirisinhe. I then do it because I feel that unless I give my identity, many would feel that I don’t want to accept responsibility for what I say. By now, most regular readers (or those of them who have cared to digest what I have written), know who writes as SM. There was no problem, your not knowing it (q.v. the link given above on the 12th). Actually it probably illustrates my point. When there are are so many shadowy pseudonyms, many feel that the comments carry little conviction.

            The problem with your anonymity is that so many of your comments are ad hominem. To me, Naren’s comment, above, appears to imply it.

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              Oh Sinhala Man,

              My comment in this blog was to concur with Pygmalion who pointed out that Jeevan’s personal prejudice taints his write-ups. If not, is it really the case that among those that Sri Lanka has celebrated as National heroes, the only ones Jeevan was able to discover to be unworthy of that recognition happened to be all Hindu-Tamils?!

              Pointing that Jeevan is thus prejudiced, as evidenced from not just this article, but in several ones before this, somehow qualifies as an ad hominem attack?

              On a lighter note, are you seriously suggesting that you flip flop only because you think the name Panini Edirisinhe may be mistaken for a non-Sinhalese? A Tamil? A Muslim? Hmm…

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                Dear Kumar R,

                Starting with the lighter note, may I point out that I hardly ever post as Panini Edirisinhe. I’m not sure why I almost always post as “Sinhala_Man”, but I think that it was because I wanted my comments to be generic, rather than get them identified as coming from a man with a funny name, spelt in a funny way.

                I flatter myself that I have done you, non-Sinhala-Buddhists, some good by making many of those comments. You will certainly find it difficult to find comments by me rousing hatred of any social group.

                I fear that we comment too much, and read too many comments! This is new in human history, this exchanging of views. On the other hand, we would do well to realise that only a handful of us, with time on our hands, perhaps, indulge in this sort of thing. I think that I remember my comments well, and will take responsibility for them, but I have only vague impressions of what others have said.

                I don’t have the time to indulge in the silly activity of analysing Jeevan’s comments; it may be you are right. However, I have the IMPRESSION that Rajan is more objective.

                I also have the impression that you are not generous in your evaluations.

                Enough! Please track down the last line of Jean-Paul Sartre’s short play “Huis Clos”.

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Exit

                I’d like to be more optimistic than that, but you have not helped me: I’m no closer to knowing you than when I began, whereas Wikipedia gives me certain objective facts about Jeevan Hoole.

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    What D.r Hoole says is a different story. Many Tamils when they came to Sri lanka changed their names and castes. Man who went to the Gon Kalapuwa it all.and were related.

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      Many changed their language but kept their caste.
      Cannot we give our racist nonsense a break before many more lives are destroyed?

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        SJ
        Your comment would have been better if you had added religion after caste.
        Subject to that the rest of what RH observed cannot be dismissed away casually.

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          Uthungan
          My comment is not about anyone, but was a response to Jim Softy.

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    does Rajan Hoole deserve a place in a hall of fame for Christian Tamils?

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    Hoole lives with incidents happened over 150 years ago. This has been repeated by him several times and it disgusts. Someone should bring him to 21st century.

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      Sadhu, Plse check.

      Neelakandan denied Mullaitivu massacker in 2011. Douglas Devananda Mayor Mrs. Patkunarajah asked on TV not to vote for Christians in Jan-Feb. 2018

      Do not ignore this danger. I think CM Wickneswaran also same type.He is a “Holy-Ash and Pottu” Fake Chaami. There is video of him and Mary by security guard given to governor. Palihakkara

      Hope Saadu is not one of these fakers.

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    Roles played by people have to be assessed in context.
    That is not to defend wrongs but to understand why they happened and avoid their recurrence.
    It will be worth putting ourselves through some self-examination before calling another a bigot or any such thing.

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    Every ‘Great’ politicians and leaders have SKELETON in their cupboard. Invariably they are eclipsed by some of their good actions/deeds. You have to unlock the cupboard to bring it out after their death. Mind you! those who pull out may have more in their own Cupboards. But, Need to pull out may not arise as they may not be worthwhile.

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    Dear Prof. Hoole,

    Thanks for all your efforts to educate us on all the many types of people who inhabit the North of our island.

    I have said this before: it is for you, and not us from the South, to correct the bigots among you.

    When I complained that it is difficult for us to follow you when you talk of so many people, I remember that one Jaffna reader confirmed that reading about Jaffna is going to be more difficult than reading Tolstoy or Kafka to understand your society up there.

    But let me assure you that some of us at least are willing to labour to understand you strange guys.

    You are doing our country a lot of good by boldly exposing some of the faults in our society, although I fee that you should try to emulate your brother, Rajan, in doing it less controversial ways!

    But no doubt we have each to do it our won way.

    For the record, though, let me state that we in the South do realise that S.J.V. Chelvanayagam was a much better human being than the ultra-clever G.G. Ponnambalam.

    I’m just trying to educate myself on a part of Sri Lanka that I’d like to see as always part of our country. Thanks for all that you have done for us.

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      My dear Sinhala_Man, You would not have missed the fact that I desist from making any comment on subjects that I am not versed with. Here, I seek to guide you. Any final opinion formed thereupon will be entirely yours.
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      Jaffna is not any different from any other town in our country, – North or South. What is strange is how Ratnajeevan H. Hoole exploits this Forum. He appears to be a very spiteful individual, harping on topics that are irrelevant to our people or times.
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      The episodes that he puts to print make him an embarrassment.

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        Dear Unreal,

        Yes, I find you always wise, and whatever advice you have given me has always been sensible. Thanks.

        You are a “friend” to me, although I know you only by your pseudonym.

        I’m sure that Jeevan Hoole will see these comments. What he makes of them, we cannot determine. However, I’m sure that he’s an honest man; we all have flaws.

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    SRH H yet again goes for this Tamil-Hindu/Tamil-Christian divide.
    SRH H says that Kandiah Neelakandan was of opinion that the ‘VC of Jaffna University must be a Hindu’. SRH H will be satisfied if and only if someone says ‘The VC of JU must be SRH H’. Unfortunately only one person says so – SRH H himself!
    .
    Arumuga Navalar was a genius but bigoted.
    There are lots and lots of bigots who are nowhere a genius.

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      Arumuga Navalar was a Hindu revivalist bigot and the litigation he was involved with Ramalingam Vallarlar in who was not a Vedic Brahmin proves to that fact.
      Had Navalar he lived now, I have no doubt that he would have been an ardent supporter of the right wing BJP ideology that is now lording over in neighbouring India.
      Vallarlar was not narrow minded like him,he eschewed caste differences and sympathiesed with the poor and the under privileged. He was fully opposed to the corrupt tenets of Saivite Hinduism, the caste system which had taken a virulent at that phase of the 18th century in South India.
      In fact it was Ramalingar’s humanistic ideals, that had an influence on Poet Bharathi’s political views at a later period.

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    People say nice things about other people in various contexts.
    HW merely recorded his impressions in an appreciation. If there was any falsehood, that deserves correction. (Hemantha W is not a Vellala Hindu conservative I believe.)
    Not all the character certificates are meant to be taken literally, including compliments paid to people in return for favours received.
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    BTW, it will not do much good to one’s BP to get agitated about these things.

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    Jaffna Tamils are hilarious. The irony is that their children (Tamil) have to admire these sick guys through enforced learning. They have to venerate unworthy men so they could be just like these beggars.

    Tamil people in Sri Lanka have double standards. They teach their kids

    Gandhi is great- Ahimsa. Krishna is great Himsa. Asks Arjuna to kill even his own. Prabaharan is great- great with guns
    Rama had one wife (humbug 400 + 1wives) -Muruhan two, and Polyandri with Draupadi Ramanathan is a great Tamil. the one who kept a mistress, adultery.
    Auvayaar says caste is two- the righteous and unrighteous and Krishna gave 4 castes + asanga or outcastes below the thurumbas which include jain, muslim Christians.
    All religions are the same. Their stories still show how Siva, and Vishnu fought how another god oinched off one of Brahma’s heads.

    Tamil children memorise and parrot it all like idiots. Soon they will make the same decisions as their parents-self destructive.

    Timely piece Hoolar. Send it to Isurupaya. They can make Neelakandan one more great Tamil hero to emulate, in our textbooks.

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