18 January, 2019

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No Change In MR’s Position As Opposition Leader: Speaker Says Any Party That Cannot Accept Appointment Can Go To Courts

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has informed the party leaders today that there is no change in his decision to recognize Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Opposition Leader and Mahinda Amaraweera as the Chief Opposition Whip.

Karu Jayasuriya

The issue of Rajapaksa’s appointment as Opposition Leader ran high at the party leaders meeting convened by Jayasuriya earlier today with the Tamil National Alliance and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress again questioning Rajapaksa’s eligibility to continue as an MP.

The two parties argued that the Speaker should not recognize Rajapaksa as the Opposition Leader as the latter no longer represents the party for which he has been elected.

They reiterated that making a decision on Rajapaksa’s post as the Leader of the Opposition was well within the Speaker’s rights.

Responding to their demands, Jayasuriya stated that he would recognize Rajapaksa as the Leader of the Opposition. He announced the same decision in Parliament last month when Rajapaksa’s appointment was challenged by several political parties and senior Parliamentarians.

Jayasuriya also stated anyone who had an issue with Rajapaksa’s appointment as the Opposition Leader could take the matter to the judiciary. No party has officially announced thus far any decision to challenge Rajapaksa’s appointment in the courts.

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    It is expected in Srilanka, all higher posts should be held by one and only one race, i.e. sinhalese. So there is no point in any one grumbling about it. Accept it and try to live. You may go to courts but the result is all written down. There you are.

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      “It is expected in Srilanka, all higher posts should be held by one and only one race”

      Umberto you missed the point…

      it is expected in Sri Lanka that Mahinda Rajapakse should always hold one of the following Higher Post

      President of the Country …if not
      Prime Minister of the Country ..if not
      Leader of the Opposition

      no one can challenge this in courts or by democratic means

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        Mahinda and Sirisena should be in jail for the well-planned illegal Friday late-evening coup!

        Not the leader of the bloody opposition.

        Karu is another typical Lankan politician ……….. just another in the conga-line.

        So the Singhalese carry out a well-planned-for-months secretive putsch and wrecks the economy to the tune of billions ……….. and gets rewarded with a high position in parliament ………. and that Tamil lady Vijayakala speaks a few words about the true safety-situation of the Tamils during the time of the LTTE and gets charged with sedation! Tons of great patriots were coming out of the woodwork to berate her.

        If not for anything, all the coup-plotters should be in gaol for carrying out such a stupid ham-fisted coup; for the lack of intelligence and finesse!

        For the Sinhalese their stupidity gets rewarded …….. and for the Tamils their mere words gets punished.

        And the Tamils are equal-citizens, eh?

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          Well said Nimal Fernando.
          Facts are twisted by the Fake Patriots of the country. There is no emancipation for SL as long as these FAKE PATRIOTS are given prominence in the media.

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            Karu Jayasuriya is another Sinhala racist, who if not for the international focus, would have taken the side of Sirisena in the political coup. Now TNA must demand a vote in parliament to decide who of the two has the majority backing for the post of opposition leader. The precedence of appointing Anura B as opposition leader after 1983 riots should be followed in this case also.

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          But Nimal,

          why things seem to be not happening these two ballige puthas to be jailed yet ?.
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          Sirisena as the main person to have appointed MR in that manner, then again prorogation of parliament, parliamentary brawl, dissolution of parliament all consecutive actions costed state billions and tarnished the image of the lanken democracy as it cant be ironed out easily. Who would pay the losses of the conspiracy ? Key conspirators stand before the nation as if they did something good to the country – BUDDHIST cleargy behaves nodding their heads as if duo did a good thing ?
          All other non-buddhist religious leaders stay in their slumber mode.
          :
          Above all professionals just stay in their INDIFFERENCE mode as nothing wrong happened to the nation during that 52 day brutal coup.

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          PART ONE

          Dear nimal fernando (with simple letters):
          .
          You have said this:
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          For the Sinhalese their stupidity gets rewarded …….. and for the Tamils their mere words get punished.
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          I know that you are using a pseudonym, and are out of the country, but this is a truly courageous statement for you to make. I may have said similar things, and many Sinhalese then say that I’m a Tamil. They will say the same about you, “nimal”. However, I have been following your intelligent and honest comments for a long time, and so I know that you are a Sinhalese, living abroad, may be in England.
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          Never mind the language we speak, the fact is that we are human beings who are citizens of this island-country. From all that I have gathered, Vijayakala, is also a typical politician who has much to answer for in the “Vithya” murder case, where she helped the perpetrators flee; that was a serious matter, but what she had said, about the North having been a safer place under Prabhakaran is nothing but the truth. She may have been canvassing votes among her Northern supporters, but what of that? She has to be the voice of her District (no electorates now). What she said is no crime.
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          Few Sinhalese understand that. Some, not knowing my stance (since they hardly know me except as an obviously Sinhalese man who knows no Tamil, although fluent in English) have offered a Vijayakala-Gnanasara contrast as proof that the Sinhalese are powerless to jail an LTTE supporter, whereas Gnanasara is in jail for threatening Sandya Ekneligoda in a Court House. That Gnanasara has been accused of much more dangerous incitements, some of them resulting in deaths, is ignored.
          .

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            // North having been a safer place under Prabhakaran is nothing but the truth. //
            Oh come on, Sinhala Man! Forgotten the child soldiers? The cannon fodder? The murdered school principal? The murdered university lecturer? The murdered civil servants? The lamp post killing of those who held different views? The chasing away of the entire Muslim population? The murders of other rebel groups like TELO (some of whom were burnt alive)? Never, never again, say or think Prabhakaran was anything more than a fascist murderer. True, he was a creation of Sinhala chauvinism, and true, the agents of Sinhala chauvinism have done equally violently. But that should not be a reason to glorify Prabhakaran’s time in power over his people.

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              Dear Cash Point,
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              Why on earth have you responded to what I had written with this particular statement? Totally unjustified.
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              Rome fought two wars with Carthage, but didn’t go for genocide (this was about 2,200 years ago). There was a Roman senator, Cato the Elder, who used to end every speech of his by saying “Carthago delenda est”. Whatever the context, or the content of the speech.
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              Is it your contention that in hundred word comment that I make about the situation in the North, I must embed this thing about Prabhakaran’s use of child soldiers? And more? Perhaps that’s what you do with your children, who will, therefore, grow to be racists like you.
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              We are talking about the present, not the past. I don’t directly know the situation in the North. I have read about it. I have put in bold letters certain reservations about Vijayakala’s actions during the post-2015 period. I think that my comment is balanced, as is “nimal fernando’s”. Why do you pick on me instead of me? Many reasons that I can think of; will give them after you respond to this.
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              By the way, Cato’s tactic succeeded? Carthage was cruelly laid waste. Today, the city of Tunis stands where it stood.
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              Sorry. I have no desire to wipe out every Tamil from this land.

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                Am I mistaken, Sinhala_Man: were you saying “it is true it was safer under VP” or “it is true that she said it was safer under VP”? If it is the former, my outrage stands. If the latter, I sincerely apologise.

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                  Dear Cash Point,
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                  Lots of people are saying lots of unacceptable things, but nobody bothers to collate them unless it is politic to point out their irresponsibility. What I said was in the spirit of Voltaire:
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                  “I disagree with what you said, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”?
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                  So long as they only say those things, and (given our context) start preparing to move on to committing acts of violence, I think that these are topics which are up for discussion. I certainly do not think that steps should be taken to throw Vijayakala out of Parliament for saying what she did.
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                  I don’t personally have knowledge of what happens in the North of Sri Lanka. However, I’m not going to sit on the fence where this is concerned: this is what I believe to be true:
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                  The LTTE were a ruthless lot who did all those things that you detailed in your comment of the 5th. However, there weren’t the same outrages of criminal activity (rapes, robberies etc) that seem now to be prevalent in the North. There were so many female suicide bombers because the LTTE succeeded in convincing them that women’s dignity, qua women was respected. Wasn’t it the same under the JVP from 1988 to 1990? I was out of the country for most of the period from 1987 to 2004, needing to earn some money.
                  .
                  It may seem to you that I’m dodging responsibility for comments made by me on anything done by the LTTE or the JVP. Sorry about that.
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                  More has to be said, but I can’t at this point work it all out. I don’t think that War can provide lasting solutions.

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                    Oh, no!
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                    I quote the sentence from the third paragraph above.
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                    “So long as they only say those things, and (given our context) start preparing to move on to committing acts of violence, I think that these are topics which are up for discussion.”
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                    That sentence should have had the word “not” in it. So, please read it as:
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                    “So long as they only say those things, and don’t (given our context) start preparing to move on to committing acts of violence, I think that these are topics which are up for discussion.”

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            SM,

            Mine –> words gets punished.

            Yours –> words get punished.

            You corrected the grammar! ………. Reminds me of the time my parents used to correct the letters I wrote them and sent back to me! :))

            charged with sedation! –> charged with secession! :))

            sedation is what now Ranil has gone back into.

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              Dear nimal fernando,
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              Yes, I consciously corrected the grammar there, but I wasn’t really trying to teach you. I know your English to be good enough for that to have been just a “typo” (a word more or less synonymous with “mistake”). If the user is unaware that a wrong form is being used, it is an error. I’m horrified at some of my mistakes; there may be some that I don’t spot myself.
              .
              Yes, I, too had more than one teacher who merely underlined, and left it to me to work out the mistake. Very effective when the learner is conscientious. Not many are. As for “sedation”, given the context, I possibly read it as “sedition”. Unless one is looking for mistakes, one reads fast, taking in huge chunks of meaning without analysing. I looked more carefully at the sentence I was going to quote.
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              I’m sure that your parents meant a lot to you; mentioning me in the same breath as them has made my day! My father died when I was only 14; by then he wasn’t teaching me, since the school that he was working in had classes only up to Grade Five. I’m amazed at how many remember him with affection. My mother survived him for 44 years: I was able to appreciate her as an adult.
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              With regard to correcting English, I wish people were more tactful, and less bumptious about their accomplishments. The insults pierce deep, in the case of English in Sri Lanka.
              .
              Some other comments that I must reply are pretty incisive – e.g. that by Cash Point. Glad to note many people are sharp, and thinking. I’ve got a long bus journey tomorrow. So it may take time.

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          PART TWO
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          However, a word of caution to any Tamil adamant that Sampanthan should continue to lead the opposition in parliament. Sampanthan, himself, would realise the complexity. Even if the results of the August 2015 elections are considered, the fact is that Rajapaksa supporters probably got many more votes than the Tamil National Alliance; legalities ought not to decide who leads the Opposition in Parliament. Another conundrum: many Tamils who fled the country after 1983 would love to return if they could have again the country as it existed until JRJ and Cyril Mathew got going about 1980. Their voices are heard through the TNA, illegitimately, many would say; but is it really unfair? This is confusing, isn’t it? Most of those who support Rajapaksa support him because he has tricked them in to supporting communal politics. To swindle them of a sufficient voice (even if that voice is abhorrently racist) may not be sensible.
          .
          Yes, what a mess we are in! We opposed My3’s putsch, and Ranil W. imagines that we are enthusiastic supporters of him personally. He looks like seeking election as President, attempting to blackmail minority voters fearful of the return of somebody more racist than himself. He wants us also to think that “our enemy’s enemy, is our friend”. The truth is that Ranil has no friends, unless they be Royalists. Also, clear-nearsightedly supporting him, would be some of the other 100 M.P.s who support him for the sake of life-long pensions, and various perks. True, that Ranil was cheated of Presidential victory in 2005, because MaRa bribed Prabhakaran in to preventing the North from voting; it may also be true that only Rajapaksa could have provided political leadership ruthless enough to destroy the LTTE. But aren’t these our servants?

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            Hey Sinhala-man your opinions are yours so don’t include “many Sinhalese” in that. We are talking here of common sense and justice. Yes I truly believe the 1983 pogrom was despicable and I and many of my Sinhala friends ran around like mad dogs trying to save out Tamil friends, some are still extremely grateful others are not so. That is fine. But when you say diaspora Tamils would come back if the conditions were similar to what was before 1983, that is a blatant lie. The ones who want to visit have bought apartments and they are building houses in Jaffna (I go there regularly), they will visit, they won’t come back just as the 99% of the Sinhalese who will not come back once they have settled in a western country.

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              @wannihami, finally you have written something sensible……………….phew!!!

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              Yes, wannihami,
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              I think you’ve got a point there. Tamils (later and less dramatically, Sinhalese) left the country because thing were bad. Once settled comfortably in a Western Country (more accurately, one dominated by culture which of Anglo-Saxon origin) they don’t want to return permanently. What do you see as the solution?
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              I agree that during the 1983 crisis, many of us did what we could, while many others were burning and looting. But have we consistently tried to settle the political problems? I haven’t got with me anything like a solution, but I will not oppose efforts by others – unless, of course, their intentions appear to be evil.
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              Well, if your observation is correct, that the diaspora are actually investing in this country, then that is better than indifference.

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                Sinhala_Man

                I do meet many second third generation young people born to (Tamil and Sinhala parents) , energetic, enthusiastic, human rights loving, some Vegans (for ethical reasons), who have been rising up in their career learning and excelling in modern science, engineering, medicine, technology, …………… love to visit regularly for holidays, family get togethers, ……. weddings, funerals, …etc. They love every seconds they stay in this country.

                However they will never chose to settle here not because of their comfortable lifestyle but because of Rulers and functionaries, their tendency to disregard rule of law, and their god given rights to culture impunity, unaccountability, nepotism, corruption, repeated occurrences of riots, ……… absence of vision, smooth running of state and state machinery, transition of power, ………… the embedded genetic defects of people’s and their elected leaders’ inability to see beyond their nose, have a decent wide ranging discussion on subjects ranging from A to Z, including history, politics, constitution making, nation building, how to navigate through difficult times, religion, language issues, ………… most of all how to avoid man made unnecessary problems before solving the previous one, …..

                wannihami pretends he is a nice man who had saved Tamils when they were in desperate life or death situation. If you followed his typing in this forum you will see he is/was part of the reason as to why riots occurs regularly in this island. There is this entrenched idea of majoritarian, chosen people, Sinhala?Buddhist (a new political identity forged and forced on unsuspecting people) … and “Others”. He has to find out why riots occur, and what can be done to stop it, …………. Its no good helping the people during the riots. He should realise he also contributes to the circumstances that lead to a full blown out riot.
                Until his thoughts, words and actions are directed towards humanity and compassion, he is going to help the “Others” so often.

                Therefore I do not have trust in people who claim to be “do gooders”.

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                  Hi Native V,
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                  I agree with you more even if the responses were not to my posts.
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                  So think I – whenever i go back home and spend not longer than 10 or 14 days at maximum. I feel very uncomfortable to see trivial things remain unchanged for decades in my home country. I get mad each time I am compelled to see them.
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                  Whereever whatever I see cause me allergies since my thinking is totally different to that of typical lankens who only lived in the country. And I know having lived in Europe for such a long time, I am changed a lot in my person – but thanks towards the positive way of people. I always get angry if people would not be punctual. Or just ignore not even leaving excuses. Or forgetting to thank or even mention. I love if the law and order would be set as is the case in Germany and Switzerland Or at least in UK.
                  .
                  I think we the human beings become adapted and addicted to life styles at least ot some extents, but I wonder why general perception of the average would not tend to be changed in our home country.
                  .
                  You can talk to a cross section of people down there (while living in Europe), but regardless of the education level, most of them argue differently. Like for example, I knew that October End-MS-MR coup would not allow them to grab the power the way they mastered it. But so called seniors lawyers, I happened to watch on TV screen (most of these lawyers are graduated from lanken law college, with exception of academic achievements of CLOWN prof Glp) that all was correct and in accordance with the paragrahs in amended Constitution. I had thousands of questions as to why people, just because they belong to a party, made every effort to stand against FACTs ?

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              wannihami

              “they won’t come back just as the 99% of the Sinhalese who will not come back once they have settled in a western country.”

              Why?

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      Umberto,
      Either you do not know because you are too young or you have conveniently forgotten that there was a time all the top Administrative positions were held by Wellala Demalu when British colonial barbarians ruled this country. Sinhala entrepreneurs were denied bank loans by Demala boss in BOC. Demalu joined the British army and massacred Sinhalayo who rose against British rule. How Sinhalayo were discriminated by Demala bureaucrats in recruiting for Government jobs even after the country gained independence. Although political power came to Sinhalayo, the Government Administration was in the hands of Demalu who favored Demalu.

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        Eagle Beagle
        You mean all the top posts should be given to all the Punnak eating Uneducated ,
        Lowly Educated Modayas.??
        They are unable to negotiate business deals with foreign companies as serious negotiators , let alone in a foreign language which is alien to most of the Punnak eating Political leaders.
        They are the people destroying the country. The resent day leaders.
        For example most of the Medamulana gangs are barred from the western world, Two of them are allowed to get medicals or for interrogations by the USA.
        What a pity!
        The Crooks in the Parliament , well done EAGLE PUNNAK EATER!!
        They scream in utter filth in top of their voices , otherwise they’re good for nothing.
        These morons motives we all know what??
        Eagle Beagle moron don’t you??

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          Analyst,
          If Demala people were that smart, how come British colonial parasites manage to take millions as slaves to their colonies all over the world? They went willingly because the life was so bad in their homeland.

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            Ekel Lie, similarly now millions of Sinhalese have been taken as saves willingly to middle east and far east because the life was so bad in their homeland.

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          Analyst, if the Tamils were that smart why are doing menial jobs in the countries they have settled in the west.

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            wannihami
            Not only Tamils ,even the Sinhala are doing menial jobs in foreign lands. All are the victims of narrow minded greedy Politicians , the war and the Sinhala Hegemony.
            Those who are left behind to Scream in filth too are the victims of 70 years
            Of Sinhala Hegemony.
            Sinhala village men and women too are the victims.
            No winners there only the cut throat Sinhala politics of greed will destroy the nation of yours and mine.
            There seem to be no immediate solution but total Self destruction in years to come.

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            wannihami, Tamils hold very respectable positions, also. You have to be specific, – what jobs do you consider are menial. Nowadays, doctors wipe your bottom, after examination. Are they doing menial jobs?

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            wannihami

            Do you think tens of thousands (almost one million) Singala women working in the Arab countries are Rocket Scientists?

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        Racist low life P-ari-h , who the hell are you to keep on insulting us in this forum as Demalu bloody third rate. You 90% of you Sinhalese are descended from Tamil and that too not from native Tamils but largely immigrant low cast Indian Tamils . If we are Demalu so are you Sinhalese , everything about you low lives is Demalu. Constantly lying and posting hate propaganda from Sinhalese web sites. The British did not favour anyone if they favoured anyone, it was the Sinhalese , that is why they joined the Tamil lands to the north and east that were separate until 1830 with the Sinhalese lands to the south and made the Tamils who were a 100 %^ majority nation , in their own lands a minority and developed the Sinhalese areas only. Then gave the entire island to the racist Sinhalese on a platter with no minority rights or protection . They had no right to have done this without asking the Tamil people , not some quislings. Even the Christian schools opened in the north an east were largely by the Americans and not the British. They only opened schools in the south . The British only used the Tamils and their recruitment was by merit and Tamils qualified and won these positions through their hardwork and merit. Tamils were still winning higher education places and jobs through merit even long after the British left, until the Sinhalese racists enacted standardisation, Sinhalese only and recruitment to government and other jobs only restricted to Sinhalese . Stop lying.

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma,
          “Racist low life P-ari-h , who the hell are you to keep on insulting us in this forum as Demalu bloody third rate.”
          ‘Demala’ is the term coined by Sinhalayo to refer to Dravidians who invaded Sinhale. Demalu is the plural of Demala. There are no Tamils in Sri Lanka. Tamils live in Tamil Nadu. The term Demala refers to a mixed bag of Dravidians. Until a Demala person who worked in Census Department during British rule introduced the term ‘Sri Lankan Tamils’, British called them Malabaris.
          Sinhalayo have a unique language that has nothing to do with Tamil language, traditions and culture of their own whereas Demala people possess what was brought to this country from Hindusthan by Dravidian invaders and slaves brought by colonial parasites.

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma,
          “Tamils were still winning higher education places and jobs through merit even long after the British left, until the Sinhalese racists enacted standardisation,”
          Standardization badly affected the Wellala people in the North and Sinhalayo in Colombo, Kandy, Galle but was beneficial to Demala people in the Eastern Province and Central Part of the country. Wellala Demala people did not like Demala people from other places getting the opportunity to enter the university.
          I know a solid case where a Wellala Head of a Department in a University rejected the application from a Demala person from Madakalapuwa with a First Class and gave the position to a Wellala Demala person with an Upper Second. Demalu discriminating against Demalu is a serious issue in Sri Lanka.

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        Potta Eagle,

        The Jaffna Demalu not only dominated the Ceylonese bureaucracy, they dominated the bureaucracy even in the then Malaya and Singapore. The British preferred employing the Jaffna Demalu as bureaucrats in many of their Asian colonies. Apart from their intelligence, command of the English language and capacity for hard work, the Jaffna Demalu also had a good reputation for their integrity and honesty.

        On the other hand, the Singalaya was very foolish (Modaya), lazy, violent, racist, hateful, jealous and mean spirited. This is the reason why, when it came to white collar jobs in the Ceylon Civil Service the British gave preference to Jaffna Demalu. The Jaffna Demalu were holding top positions in the government service whereas the Singalayas were working as peons and drivers.

        The Colonial rulers immediately identified the Singalayas as foolish and lazy people. The Portuguese said, ‘Sinhalaya Modaya kavum kanna yodaya’ meaning the Singala fools are only good for eating kavum and what the British said about the lion flag, ‘Modayage ratae murugayage kodiya’ meaning a beast flag in the country of fools.

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          Jaffna Demalaa,
          ‘Sinhalaya Modaya kavum kanna yodaya’
          After 2009, this was changed to:
          ‘Sinhalaya Sooraya Dema**nge Maraya’

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            Eagle evil,

            Please dont give a chance to racism.
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            Our ballige putha Rajakashe may feel well when you guys continue it, but think twice.
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            I think we should all stand against extremists and racists.
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            That you guys will sense LET alone tomrrow.
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            The name of NON-violence promoting buddhism ( I mean not BUDDHAGAMA being practised by Rajapakshes) try to see it right for the sake of all srilankens.

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            Potta Eagle,

            How can the Singala Modayass ever become Surayas? I saw how the Singala Modayass were running helter-skelter in 1983 when someone said Kotiya came to the south.

            Btw, even after the British left, most of the Doctors, Postmasters, Railway Station Masters, Police OICs, PWD overseers, Colombo School Head Masters, University Professors, and most of the Executive Officers in the Ceylon public/civil service in the whole country were Jaffna Demalu, even in remote Singala village government dispensaries, the Doctors were Jaffna Demalu whereas the laborers, attendants, peons, and drivers were the Singalayas.

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              Jaffna Demalaa,
              British colonial barbarians followed their infamous ‘Divide and Rule’ policy. Demala people took advantage of that and blocked Sinhala people getting jobs even if they were qualified. After the country got Independence, Government had to take measures to change the situation created by Brits. Due to free education, establishment of Central Schools and standardization Sinhalayo gave a tough competition to Demala people which was blown out of proportion as ‘DISCRIMINATION’.

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        Eagle eye, please do not spread false information to create ethnic conflict. Here are the truthful information from world bank documents.

        “By independence, Tamils accounted for over 30% of government services admissions, a share larger than their proportion in the general population—i.e., Sri Lankan and Indian Tamils have never totaled more than 25%. By 1956, it is estimated that Tamils constituted 50% of the clerical personnel of the railway, postal and customs services, 60% of all doctors, engineers and lawyers, and 40% of other labor forces.”.

        Remember according to these facts, 70% of Government jobs were held by non Tamils. Also it will help you to recognise these appointments were made by the independent Public service commission, based entirely on merit, and not by politicians to their henchmen as it happens today!

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        Eagle Eye, the evil eye,

        You should better go to an anatomist and have checked if your WALIGAYA is in making or not. I have never heard of you the kind of ULTRA idiots to be honest. Your comments contain nothing valuable but hatreds on minority folks. How come ?
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        Please let alone today – try to learn to RESPECT our minority folks. Demallu, THambio are the highly discriminating words. I have never heard my parents using these words. I am lucky not to have hatred parents of your nature.
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        Btw, from what your CESSPIT utters on and on, you cant be under 70 yrs. That means you should have much exp in the life than many of us on this platform.
        As I know it from my elders, some learn it later than the others.
        Yours is one another example of that nature.
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        Try to focus on the PERSON of SINHALA-MAN nature (he is also in your age group or little bit younger) – his comments are so valuble and well set on today’s crisis. I love his comments. So do many here.
        You – evil eye can surely learn lot more from SINHALA MAN or the like SENIOR personalities. here you should not be ashamed, but for the sake of lanken people, try to do it.

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        In Japan, Universities report to have increasing number of SENIOR students. Most of them are housewives of 70- to 90 yrs of age group. Their reasoning is they had no time to go for studying subjects of their choice in their younger days.
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        My recommendation to you EVIL eye, you guys too should go to LANKEN UNIs or Libraries in order to learn LET alone to differentiate RIGHTS and WRONGs.
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        Please try to see it BEFORE you leave the world soon. Spread hatreds the way you and the elderly constantly do, should be STOPPED once for all.
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          Thanks, Simon De Silva,
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          Almost all commenters here are capable of avoiding Sinhala words when writing English. You gain no respect by speaking insultingly.
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          “Demala”; depends on the Sinhala pronunciation. A bit difficult to show it here using only the 26 letter alphabet. The International Phonetic Alphabet cannot be generated here. Not many know it. It will soon be obsolete since YouTube gives you the audio clip.
          .
          Very decent “Sinhala-teacher-types” (I classified My3 as such, until he went mad in October 2018) used to refer very respectfully to “Dravida Miniha”; I never do, since it is inaccurate. I use “Demala” – neutral vowel at the end (could be written as “Demale” as well, in English). I use that when speaking Sinhala; never the long open vowel at the end – “Demalar” – if you see what I mean. “Demalu” to me always sounds insulting. I know shorter is better – but I’d say “Demale minissu” (we’re constantly unfair by females – but I really think that doesn’t hurt.). Our intention becomes all important. “Demali” will be insulting, as will “Demaliyan”.
          .
          Yes, I, too appeal to people like “Eagle Eye” to avoid those forms. What do you get by hurting people who merely speak a different language.
          .
          Other issues are real: “State sponsored demographic changes”; Caste (present among the Sinhalese, but definitely much worse among Tamils); fertility rates (I’ve consistently advocated 18 as marriage age for all citizens – the Muslims today have no lower limit – but the doing of the D.S. Senanayake government.) But when discussing these we’ve got to be careful with the language we employ.

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            My dear SINHALA MAN,
            .
            What I meant is nothing else but good for all of us.If our people would call us SRILANKENS, so, we also should practise it. If not today when ?.
            .
            But to my surprise, no matter they may be in your age (septagenarians), they just enjoy calling minorities ” demalaa ” and ” thambiyaa” as if we the sinhalese would have been born to any other human species ? or we the sinhalayas woudl have been owning other human genetics ?
            .
            If a guy in younger age to behave so, would still be acceptable, but I cant tolerate ones that have already gone thorugh their lives – decades and wait another less number of decades to go with them on this planet, but to feel the way EAGLE or any one of the nature is beyond my bearing.
            .
            The message of the natue of Evil Eagle would spread only hatreds, putting them above altar. ha ha ?
            Not having learnt to see our own mistakes – let alone after a 30-year old BRUTAL WAR ?.
            .
            To me right these days, our sinhala people are the ones that would land on the top of the list, if one would be ready to insult their minorities or even less priviledged own community people. Not even Germans WOULD treat their minorities the way lanken SINHALAYA treat them even today.
            .
            They themselves attacked groups within sinhala community which I consider is even worst than anything else. See, how they treat less previledged people in the country.
            :
            I cant tolerate ANY conspicuous behaviours of Rajapakshes at all.I QUETION myself why them to be held above the law. Alone Namal Baby’s indifferent behaviour few weeks ago in courts were not at all acceptable. They are made to feel that they are above anyone else. All others should kneel down to them.

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      Umberto

      In india a all national can be in all Higher post

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      The speaker seems losing his marbles.
      I thought with his sincerity and integrity. he’s the right man in the Parliament to see to the unruly pack. Now he’s wavering and giving into threats and may be even bribed with looted gold and funds.
      Wonder of Asia , wonder of Aapeh men.
      Only in Srilanka an unelected opposition takes the opposition post meaning this so called OL ( opp leader) was given the position by force due to fear. Hah

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    2 time President who disgraced the Presidency and shamelessly entered the Parliament as a back bench MP and then as a shameless Joker back door Premier and after got kicked out now begging for back door Leader of the Opposition. If he gets kicked out from the Parliament please appoint him as a Gramasevaka.

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      Namal Perera

      You are mistaken.
      Dr Mahinda Rajapaksa is not begging for anything however he has been demanding his birthright to be the President, Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, Commander of Armed Forces, Minister of Finance, …………………………….. all at the same time.

      The only way this man could rest is when he is officially crowned as the Emperor of Kotte Durbar.

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      Namal Perera@
      .
      If lanken courts respect democracy- MR has no right to stay as a LAW MAKERs in the parliament, becasue he is no longer SLFP member.
      :
      This TRUTHFUL fact is not taken SERIOUSLY also by honorable Speaker Karu Jayasooriya consideirng UPFA notification.
      :
      According to lanken CONSTITUTION, once any elected MP (for a particular party) leaves the party for an another party – his or her MEMBERSHIP is no longer valid.
      Meaning, as we and the world became clear GREEDY Rajapakshe thought it was his turn to leave SLFP and left it two months ago, not just him only, but over 50 MR loyalists were lining up to take the membership.
      :
      Now they cant even talk about POHOTTUWA today – if they would talk ALL will be lost to Rajapakshe, actually that should be the case if INDEPENDENT courts would work in this country.
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      Rajakashe has no RIGHT to stay as Parliamentarian any more. Basta.

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    Why doesn’t the Speaker get the opinion of AG first before confirming MR as LoO as Sambanthan of TNA has not been removed from his post.
    We had teo PMs earlier and now teo two LoO!!!

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    Aney appe.. These guys still don’t settle in their benches and chairs before they can focus on their jobs…no man…

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      It is the continuation of the seventy-year old practice. Position is considered more important than the service expected.

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    Two two time President, Two time Prime Minister, now two time opposition leader. What a drastic drop in positions for a fake war hero, a fake human rights activist. In Srilankan history he is the first prime minister in office paid 500 million rupees wach for those crossed over. Mahinda Rajapakse is an accused over bribes (buying and selling) for a decade. This is the only country that accepts a person who is accused as murderer, corrupted, bribery, political coup to the post of presidency, prime minister and now opposition leaders. We call this country as a Buddhist Nation. Lord Buddha you tell us what did you bring when you landed in this land?

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      Ajith,
      “fake war hero,”
      What the fk? He is the only leader in the world who managed to wipe out one of the deadliest terrorists outfit LTTE. With all the might, USA, UK, France, Germany failed to do such a thing. That is why those guys got jealous and framed bogus ‘War Crime’ charges against him.

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        Ekel lie, MR did not wipe out LTTE all alone. He had the support of international community for that. India bombed and destroyed in mid sea all LTTE ships carrying arms and USA intercepted in the purchase of SAM missile by LTTE agent. If this did not happen, I do not know how long would MR have taken to destroy LTTE. Place facts correctly. After the fall of Kilinochchi and LTTE withdrew to Mullaitivu, India asked TNA to get Prabaharan, his eldest son and Pottu Amman handed over to them. If Prabaharan was really concerned about lives of Tamils, he should have surrendered. As he was fighting a selfish war for his personal glory, he did not. Had he surrendered, India would have asked Sri Lanka to stop the war, and whatever MR tried, he would not have been able to move one inch forward. India then ruled by Congress party wanted LTTE wiped out as a revenge for the murder of Rajiv Gandhi., and achieved it. It is the selfishness of Prabaharan that has placed Tamils in this plight, but remember this situation will not last long. When India thinks that enough is enough, they will move in and you could do nothing. India is waiting for an opportunity, and people like you are providing it.

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        You EAGLE should be blind and deaf right ?.
        .
        Do you still think that MAGICAL powers of ballige putha really made the wonder ?:
        :
        It was a war started not year 2005. Ballige putha had been in high position all along but no any kind of special services delivered until 2009. And all those really did something to move him forward were various forces built out of lanken society. Just listen to Dr Amila Thero to learn how and what kind of mentality ballige putha owned to that time in terms of ending the war ? As his predecessors did it, he also was to hold discussions with rebells. But not just one factor, but one behind the others, LTTE s strength was down – get your facts right, if late Mr Kadirgamar failed to get LTTE activities banned on rich soils, even thinking of defeating LTTErs as rebells would have been a dream.
        :
        However, SF led army did the great job, armies and other forces did it nobody else, Ballige puthat gave the leadership, that was nothign but he had to because all was ready him to go for it. ALLES ODER NICHT.. all or not… not that MAGICAL power of ballige putha allowed the wonder.. but family dynasty of the rascals were able to paint the picture in favour of them. So that you the GRASS EATERs would buy it easily.
        :
        Yet today, those MEDIA terror handlings are in the country, that is the reason RAJAPKASHES have beena able to RAPE your lovely ones on broad day light but to enjoy impunity. No media would come forward to stand against them.
        :
        Even if any other party JVP or UNP would stand out, by HEALTH or other areas, all those would not caputure -HEADLINE news on local media. The premediated plan is to DEFEAT UNP on the cost of NATION.

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    Speaker Kari Ksyasuriya,

    Now as the leader of the opposition, can he still not come to parliament as before? Does he have to work now, any work will be done the underlings.

    So, the Trinity of Jokers is now complete. The President, The Prime Ministet and the Leader of the Opposition. Will they collectively screw and rob the country again?

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      Dear Amarasiri,

      “The Trinity of Jokers”; now, that’s a convenient way of grouping them.
      .
      However, wouldn’t something like “the Trinity of Beelzebubs” be more appropriate?
      .
      The trouble is that nobody wants to fight back; they all want citizenship of some white country.
      .
      I have heard this “Sinhalese word: daisporawa”. If used in the proper Hebrew sense, “Diaspora” ought to include a large number of Sinhalese as well.

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        Very right Mr Sinhala man, whose comments make me often very thoughtful and meaningful as well.
        .
        To me and the world – Mahinda Rajapakshe is no longer a member of SLFP (the party of BANDARANAYAKAS) – all is proved that the vicious man left the party getting the membership of SLPP (pohottuwa). Meaning he should have LOST his law maker position in parliament. Very unfortunately, this country/people are misled by UNTRUTHs – as no law and order woudl be valid to MR et al. :
        .
        So SPEAKER position to MR is the biggerst joke. And very unfair too.
        .
        By the way, I also belong to sinhala Diaspora. But whenever we come with our thoughts and minds, we would be thrown to TAMIL diaspora. Always is the same. Narrowminded is governing in lanken media world which I think is the BIGGEST chanllenge to all in the country today. People (masses) seem to know nothing much about the facts of ongoing politics. As to why Sirisena behaves so?.
        .
        See today MR men reluctantly keep it away not ” calling their party as Pohottuwa” since MR (tasmanian devil)is no longer SLFP member today. How come press keep it under the carpet this way ? Why this doublestandardness of MEDIA to very same lanken folks ?
        :
        No press would MAKE headlines TODAY if MR is the leader of SLPP or not. That alone proves the world, what is REALLY
        :
        It is the nature of lanken average – mindset. They are made to believe EXCLUSIVELY what few MEDIA men make every efforts to maintain in the country. So long people are tied up and left to be their knots, vicious politicians can reap the harvest.
        :
        Just imagine – Mr Sinhala man, what became me clearer following that 52-day coup (itwas in fact,a coup, even if PRESS still shy to call the spade a spade).

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    In my opinion, TNA should not go to the courts or even to Parliament. They have lost their battle for equal rights for Tamil speaking people. Parliamentary democracy is only for Sinhalese. You cannot get what you want from this Sinhala only Parliament. This is a Buddhist Sinhala only Nation.

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      Ajith is correct. Other believers and immigrents have usuerped Sinhala Rights and privilages.

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      Ajith,
      Nearly 90% of the Demala people in this country are the descendants of slaves brought from Hindusthan by Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial parasites to work in their plantations. It is neither your fault nor the fault of Sinhalayo that you are here. These colonial parasites violated the human rights by forcefully displacing Demala people from their homeland, taking them to a foreign country, dumping there and leaving. If you guys feel uncomfortable in living in this country, you should demand Governments in Portugal, Holland and UK to take you to their countries and settle there. They should not be allowed to wash their hands off for the crime they committed.

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        Eagle Eye,
        You are so innocent and ignorant. Have you got the census statistics with you? Can you tell me who are those 10% Demala people in this country?. I can gurantee that 100% of Buddhism and Buddhist Sinhala came from Hindusthan.

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          70% of Chingkallam descended from largely Indian Thamizh low caste/ untouchables like Pallan , Paraiyan , Nadar,Nalavan, Mukkuvan, Thimilan etc, 25% from North Indian criminals and Thamizh invaders and immigrants from South India. Now all claiming to be truly indigenous. Chingkallam language is a mixture of the native Thamizh and Pali of Buddhism. Only the Thamizh element is indigenous the rest from North India. Now they are deliberately introducing a lots of Sanskrit words into the language to prove it is Indo Aryan but everything about Chingkallam , its grammar, alphabet, sentence structure or syntax and lexicon is Thamizh. They dress like Thamizh, eat Thamizh food, worship Thamizh gods, celebrate the Thamizh new year, dancing and traditional music is from South India. They even stole the ancient Thamizh name for the island Chingkallam , meaning the land of red or copper coloured and the Thamizh people from the island were called Chingkallavar or Eezhavar , from a another ancient Thamizh name Eezham and gave it a Pali twist and called it Sinhala . The native Thamizh dialect Ely to Hela. To justify this name the racist Buddhist monks created a myth, that the name originated, as the Chingkallams are all the progeny of a lion and a woman who was raped by this lion in some jungle in NE India , Even their lion flag is the flag/symbol of the Tamil speaking Naicker kings who originated from Madurai and Thamjavur in Tamil Nadu.

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          Ajith,
          “Can you tell me who are those 10% Demala people in this country?.”
          They are the people brought by invader King Elara and settled in the Northern part of the country. King Gamini Abhaya ended King Elara’s rule but honoring the request made by King Elara, allowed the people he settled in this country to stay.

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            Eagle the Blind,

            You are taking something you have no idea about it. Please, do these before you write your next comment!

            1). Study the written Tamil. (Classical form)
            2).Learn to speak Ceylon spoken Tamil.
            3). Learn to speak Up Country spoken Tamil. (Not the Colombo one)
            4). Learn to speak TN spoken Tamil. (There many different dialects in TN- select at least one of them other than Madras Tamil.)
            5). Learn to speak Malayalam.

            You will see many Tamil words lost use in TN are still in use in Ceylon Tamil; accidently some of these in Malayalam too. But no new Malayalam words are in Ceylon Tamil, for backward integration. Further if you compare the Ceylon Tamil with Classical type then it aligns much well to classical form than any other spoken form of Tamils. But Sangam’ s time grammar book recognize two forms of Tamils, Chentamil- written, Kodunamil- spoken. The in-between form of Ceylon Tamil, between the written and other spoken form of Tamils, is telling Ceylon Tamil separated it from motherland even before the grammar book clearly identified the twos, One written, one spoken. This is telling there is no language even India to match the antiquity of Ceylon Tamil, if it can be considered as another language. When the Ceylon Tamil started in Ceylon, the other races who would have lived in Ceylon wouldn’t know to hide their shame even with an Amude. Forget about talking Sinhala Buddhism that time. Whatever the name you can call Dutugamunu with is irrelevant because he never did know what Sinhala Buddhism is, because he is Tamil Muruga Pakhthan.
            This is the reason nobody can fix dates for Kathirkamam or Pancha Eswarmas, but all Viharas have a definite date. Interestingly, almost all of them are built by South Indian Buddhists.

            Do the entire five things I have listed above before you bring here the Bald Heads concocted mythology here from Jaffanahistory.com, please!

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              What’s ceylon Tamil? Does anything like that exist?

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                Sach,
                ” What’s ceylon Tamil? Does anything like that exist? “

                Anybody a descendant of those, who lived in the Island of Ceylon before the 6th Century CE. They all spoke Tamil only. The Sinhala Language was born after that. That includes a good number of contemporary Sinhalese too. Those Sinhalese started to speak the newly evolved language and became Sinhalese. But unfortunately, people like you, the Cinnamon peelers or in SWRD’s classification, the coastal Sinhalese are not in that. They are Indian Tamils or more precisely TN Tamils.

                Sorry man; but pray Lord Kathiragama Muruga like Gamunu did, do some good Karma, submerge in to Maanikka Kangai and take a new birth, so I can put you also as a descent of Ceylon Tamil. Don’t try too hard in this birth.

                Good Luck!

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            Eagle Eye,
            Can you tell us what % of Sinhale Buddha who were brought by invader King ? Vijaya and settled in the Southern part of the country? Why didn’t mention about population census statistics during European period? I understand there was a census in 1881 which give statistics of ethnic distribution,Can you find out and give it as it is published.?

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        Eagle,
        I dont defend anyone, but as far as my own info are concerned, only SINHALAYAS abused social laws in EUROPEAN countries. Those who tookrefuge in europe as nothern srilankens had their genuine reasons. But those among the SINHALAYA s who got refuge in the guise of lanken war are just economic asylum seekers. :Former are real political refugees. All these are facts, and no need any kind of further arguments.
        :
        This I myself came to know in Germany in early 90ties. We as Uni students had the chance to work as interpreters to some asylum cases that had then been filed against several sinhala speaking tamils, and sinhalese that sought refuge in Germany and Switzerland.
        .
        It is really unfair to treat them as different to us Eagle. You may be suffering from a serious mentally illness – as some of the commenters have already endorsed.
        :
        We cant achieved anything so long a significant portion of our people would bear your kind of racial thoughts further and further.
        :
        To me, for the first time, I go tot know tamil students at Pera. Then only I realized that we are all the same though some try to hang on the labels going by race, religion or other parameters.
        :
        You seem to be suffering form Xenophobia no doubt about that.. As if you (we) are better, you use your vocabbulary whatever being added by you. I think it is high time you to see it broadly. If not now when ?

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      So you’re saying TNA should be given opposition leadership even though it has 15 seats as opposed to SLFP which has 101 seats? What logic is that? No wonder you power greedy animals were massacred. You deserve every murder

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    What else to expect from this Partner in the Coup, which tried to throne Old as the PM.

    TNA will not go to court. The best person to go to court is the one who came 2nd in the August 2015 election in Kurunagala. Now the seat is for him. If SLFP not firing a person, who switched parties, it may not be a problem to SLFP, but the violation of Constitution is a problem for the country. If nobody coming forward to claim the seat from Old King by going to Court, Sivaji lingam should file the case on his own and go to parliament.

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    A slap in the face.
    Will now TNA fully understand the actual meaning of what it was always being parroting: unitary, united, indivisible, majoritarian Sinhala Buddhist (chauvinist) Sri Lanka.
    Keep hoping that in the new constitution, there will be some provisions, with a Clause for the Role of the Tamils, to confirm how to upkeep a democratic Sinhala regime.
    Will we ever learn, at least based on the 70 year history, to think outside the box,

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      Manicka Vasagar, Has it ever occurred to you that you are being a pain in the arse all the time. What a miserable creature you are.

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        Thappu,
        Yes, it is painful to be expose of stupidity and ignorance. Don’t be ashamed but become honest to your conscience

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          Manicka Vasagar, Stop trying to hide behind a moral high ground. What do you know about being honest. You are exposing stupidity I agree, – that of yours. Ignorance is that what you display remote from the theatre of activity. Your comments add to the misery Tamils living in the country face. That you dare to speak of conscience is even laughable.

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            Thappu – False.

            Tamil problems belong to Tamils, and people like you.

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              Manicka Vasagar, Agreed. It belongs to Tamils, because we were unlucky to be born with people like you among us. Now, keep quiet, if you would allow us to find a way out.

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                You find a way, suicide?

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                  Manicka Vasagar, Let me remind you, how I started, – ‘Has it ever occurred to you that you are being a pain in the arse all the time’.

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    “The two parties argued that the Speaker should not recognize Rajapaksa as the Opposition Leader as the latter no longer represents the party for which he has been elected”
    Another case for the High Courts or in the alternative MR rejoin the SLFP.

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    President is a Cabinet Minster and the Opposition Leader is from his own party. Wonderful Democracy of Sri Lanka

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      What’s the problem with that? In 2002 when CBK was President her party was the opposition

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    26th conspiracy ghost reappears in another form.

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    Some ways out of the present quagmire?
    Why is no one considering depriving MR & MS of their civic rights as JR’s Govt had done for Sirima? Is there not a long list of crimes listed in some CT articles & comments perpetrated against the many people’s of SL by MR and now in cohort with MS who was chosen by CBK & Co to undo and reduce MR”s damages to the body politic of SL. Did not MR win the presidency through deceit & fraud by bribing the LTTE? Did not his family, clan and relatives handle about 60 to 70 % of the SL’s finances during his horrendous primarily self-serving reign and then claiming undue and fake credit for the defeat of the LTTE which was primarily enabled by the coalition of 20 to 30 countries?
    Won’t this help break up the unholy triangle of MR, MS, & RW and recreate three parallel paths? Until MR & MS too are eventually replaced by others akin to the days of Gamini Dis, Lalith Athu & Rane Preme? The political parties may be different but are not the crux of these problems similar to and with the gaudy triple egos ahead of the people’s interest? Is it not likely to metamorphose with the disadvantage of the unavailability of the LTTE to do the dirty work now in contrast to then?
    Why won’t “Friday Forum” and other intellectuals and many varied activists like Ariyaratne of the Deshodhya movements do something through the highest court in the land as was the case in relation to the “Land rights” of the aboriginal peoples of Australia when both of the two main parties failed them repeatedly for over two centuries? Should not the SC of SL rise to the challenge to recreate and invent more just and appropriate laws at this crucial juncture where the rule of law and democracy is at stake?

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    speaker is right.Sampanthan should piss off.He is ranil’s right hand,not opposition at all.

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      shankar

      “speaker is right.Sampanthan should piss off.”

      Of course he should.
      However please let us know which party does Dr Mahinda belong?

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        native

        couldn’t care which party he belongs to as long as he is in opposition.The worry is he could end up in government due to ranil and sira’s poor leadership.

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    Moral rectitude is alien to the entire Sinhala race and flippant Speaker is no exception.

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    I am confused!!. If MR is bigger the leader of the opposition who should it be. Please shun but say TNA, as that have declared their support fo UNP by Berlin f then do get 113.

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    Strictly, the issue is whether MR is a member of the UPFA.
    The SLFP needs to clarify to the UPFA on whether MR has left the Party.
    I think that the Speaker has jumped the gun, and finds it hard to retreat.
    As the Speaker cannot be persuaded, going to courts is the only option; and not a bad one.
    Even if the court ruling is that MR is eligible as he is still in the UPFA, that will raise fresh issues including contradictions within the UPFA and the SLFP.
    The Court also has to rule on the appointment of a LoO without removing the one holding the post.
    The implications will be significant for the conduct of parliamentary affairs.

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      SJ, court ruled correctly in the earlier instance because the conflict was between two Sinhalese. Now it is a conflict between a Tamil and a Sinhalese. Will the court rise to the occasion and deliver correct verdict, or fall by the way side like how Supreme court has behaved in previous occasions when the issues were related to Tamils. On what grounds did speaker make the new appointment, when he has no power to remove an incumbent leader of the opposition, who can only lose his position either resigning it or losing the support of majority of MPs. Another comedy of errors.

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        The Speaker has to play be the rules.
        He is in violation if MR is not a member of the UPFA.
        Who is to decide?
        I think that the Court is a good option.
        What do you suggest otherwise?
        I hope that you do not want the International Community to make a ruling.

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          Speaker has not played by the rules. There was an incumbent opposition leader and how can he appoint another when the post was not vacant. Speaker has power to appoint a person as opposition leader who commands a majority, but he has no power to remove an existing opposition leader. Post becomes vacant either the holder voluntarily gives it up or is defeated on a no confidence motion. When this has not occurred, speaker has taken a wrong decision and is throwing a challenge to those who are contesting it to go to courts. This smacks of dictatorial action. He is another mad man doing the same thing as other mad man called President.

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      SJ
      Let the UNP go to court,not the TNA.We tamils don’t want anything to do with the fights between sinhalese.No need of opposition leader posts.Tamils did not elect sampanthan for these posts,but to solve the longstanding grievances and aspirations of the tamil people.What happened to amirthalingam when he became athe opposition leader.he was made the scapegoat for everything and had to leave parliament.

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        If the TNA has an issue, the Courts are the only meaningful forum.
        It did go to Courts only a month ago and that was a good move.
        *
        The issues are too serious to take a parochial attitude, unless one’s twisted logic wants the illegal return of Rajapaksa.

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          SJ

          TNA has no issue.Only inexperienced sumanthiran seems to have an issue and his influence on the ageing sampanthan is bad for the tamils.Any fool can see the only fit person in the country to be the opposition leader is mahinda,not sampanthan.
          Courts are not a panacea for lack of common sense.You should not run to courts all the time just because you don’t have common sense to throw in the towel.

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            Whether the TNA has an issue is for the TNA to decide.
            *
            If it is time to throw in the towel, the Tamils should boycott all elections.
            Is it what you recommend?

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    Upfa leader sirisena is the defence, mahaweli and environmental minister and he is also the head of the cabinet. So how come a member of upfa becomes the opposition leader. If sirisena resigns from president post and ministry, then mahinda or any upfa member can be the opposition leader. Tna and slmc should go to courts. Also unp should go as well.

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    MR has got trapped here. As Leader of Opposition he has to listen a lot. MR is used to ‘us vs them’ game but ‘us vs us’ game is different. His attention span is very limited. He remote-controlled SriLankan Airlines. He has to work work work.
    .
    Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has a message to MS which is “If in doubt go to courts. Do not get mislead”.
    Karu did what he did to TNA to avoid violence – almost always directed against minorities.
    If Karu took the possibility of violence into account, he is the winner.
    .
    TNA proudly kept their civil conscience clear by upholding the spirit of democracy.

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    At least now can you agree that the speaker made correct decisions and abiding by constitution?

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    Why you people wasting time…. as our great politician cum sport-star Mr Muralitharan says…don’t waste your time…. just see whether next meal is ready…. Kothu or Pot Buriyani….. who cares let anyone to be president .. prime minister… opposition leader…

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    Mr Speaker,

    We will never forget your rowdy and partisan behaviour in the recent past and Sri Lankan masses will give you and your party a political lesson of life very soon.

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      Roudy and partisan behaviour of the SPEAKER ?
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      My gosh then how would you judge the behaviour of ballige putha Rajapakse who being seated ONLY commaded that brawl to continue further – if he was not the most abusive man in lanken politics, how dare him to enjoy the brawl in Parliament that way ? As many analysts believe, RAJAPAKSHE could easily stop the brawl on that day.
      .
      NTW, you the kind of men are the easy target in lanken populace. If anyone would send out an EASY VIDEO, you guys would easily be caught by that. That is the problem in lanken society today.
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      Your gulibility and vulnerability pave the way ROUDY Rajapakshe to rape you guys on broad day light.
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      So long BLACK media would not see behave right, Rajapakshe mantra would not be watered down.
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      This very same SITUATION was the case in Germany, in the days of HITLER. Gobbels theory spread all the LIKABILITies of Hitler politics. So is the case for Mahinda Jarapakshe in our mother lanka today. FOR SOME reasons, those MEDIA mudalalis would swallow tonnes of RAJAPAKSHE toiles on one go.

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        Chamila Dodankotuwa,
        This is not the first time brawls happened in the Parliament. You are picking up this incident to call Rajapakse ‘ballige putha’. To go down to that low level, probably a ‘para ballek’ would have done the job to your mother.

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          This is very typical to those who would nevertheless respect Rajapakshes – as Commenter Amarasiri repeated, masses in this country are like grass eaters. You prove you can be their lead.
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          Pleasse come with supportive links if you know any worst parliamentary clashes taking from the past….. there we are ready to compare the situaton
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          Not just your the kind of Ballige puthas, but even ones with EARNED PHDs are after Rajaakshe mantra. That we call the genetics of some idiots. That is written in their genanl codes, as nothing can help them.
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          To me, Rajapakshe deserves to be in a PRISON cell by today. Not just MR alone, but his entire family for all the high crimes being reported. We are not naive but they did it. Alone when thinking the murders of THADJUDEEN nature, how dare the bugger et al go for that brutal killings. Now you buggers woudl come with.. all these are just allegations. Grass eaters cant have healthy instincts. Latter is proved by specialists in the world.
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          He and his family should be jailed for numerous crimes they deliberately perpetrated. Not to tamils but to us SINHALAYAS and Muslims in post war periods.
          Here I dont need ot waste my valuble time with a man who would commend the buggers even if his lovely ones would have been raped in front of him. You guys are a simply a shame to our nation.
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          TO BE CTD

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      Nimal Tissass Wijethunga

      Please visit your local optician.

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        Whay is that? Does your mother work there?

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          Native,

          NTW would swollo the excreta of Mahinda Jarapakshe at one go.
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          So no point of taking serious if anything would come from these men.
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          I am ashamed to be SINHALAYA when I know these men are made by god to destroy this country.
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          NTW, please go to your psychiatrist and have checked your brain, if you have one.

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            Deserate Sinhalaya and Native/kala/angoda veddah can go together to consult a psychiatric to check the brain. Hoever, I understand that Kalaveddah is most of the time a resident patient at Angoda.

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    Since Mr Sumanthiran doesn’t want strangers in the Parliament when will the speaker take actions against the 4 TNA members who hold dual citizenship ? What he is waiting for ? There is a court ruling regarding this issue. Remove those 4 TNA members from the Parliament already.

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    My earlier post was auto corrected, hence this one. If one is saying it shouldn’t be MR, then who?. UPFA general secretary has already written to the speaker confirming that MR is a UPFA member. So the matter should be closed.

    Please don’t say TNA as they have already supported UNP to make 113. Therefore they cannot be the leader of the opposition.

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    Can a No Confidence Motion be brought against the Leader of Opposition? If yes, effectively he gets appointed by the ruling party??

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      JANAKA from Matara,
      So what’s your point. You want the ruling party to appoint the opposition leader of their liking. What sort of a democracy is tha?.

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    The Speaker has appointed MaRa as the Leader of the Opposition[LoO] ok fine.
    He must therefore remove Sampanthan as the LoO as the next logical step; Instead he is prompting that this could be canvassed in Court.Well, that means he has abdicated his functions as the Speaker.He wants the Courts to do the dirty work for him!
    First it was Sirisena who appointed a Prime Minister when there was already a Legal PM.
    Now the Speaker appoints a LoO WHEN THERE IS ANOTHER LoO.
    Srilanka is like the Merry-GO-Round in a Carnival that never stops!

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      Nothing wrong with appointing MR as as PM. No one went to court challenging that decision. President still got the power to remove PM even with 19 A. Ranil could’ve learned that from SC if he went there.

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    There are some myths and half-myths propagated by Sinhala chauvinists.

    (1) Tamils are invaders and are of recent arrivals.
    Mahavamsa mentions that to the north of Ganga (Mahaweli) are peopled by Tamils. Duttu Gemunu who is a Naga prince took 6 months to defeat Tamil chieftains ruling towns and cities from Mahiyankana to Anuradhapura.
    (2) The British favoured the Tamils in employment.
    The fact is Tamils took up to the study of English because of several colleges established in Jaffna by Christian missionaries.
    (3) The Tamils are a minority
    The fact of the matter is several thousands of Tamil people brought. into Ceylon during Dutch as cinnamon peelers later morphed into as Sinhalese, Example the Karavas, Salagama, Durawa and many other subcastes were Tamils. The Sinhalese Catholics of Negombo were Tamil parathavar brought from TN and settled down to secure the safety of Portuguese forces.
    (4) Prabhakaran is a fascist
    On the contrary, he is a patriot and freedom fighter, He, not Sinhalese army, who fought the IPKF. If he was, in fact, fascist Sinhalese zealots should explain why President Premadasa gave planeloads of weapons? Why Rajapaksa gave Rs.500 million to Prabhakaran in 2005 as a bribe to boycott the elections. Why appoint the Special LTTE commander in the east a State Minister and vice-President of SLFP. He is also accused of killing 500 million who surrendered to the LTTE.

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      Paul & Thanga

      Paul here comes your twin sister Thanga.
      Thanga says, “Prabhakaran is a fascist On the contrary, he is a patriot and freedom fighter, “

      “He, not Sinhalese army, who fought the IPKF.”

      Why?
      What did he get out of the war, perhaps sadistic pleasure from more blood letting?
      He was a stupid psychopath who needn’t have fought with Hindian IPKF. If clever the psychopath should have triggered a war between IPKF and Sinhala/Buddhists army. What did the people gain from IPKF/LTTE confrontation?
      The war doesn’t prove anything.
      It only confirmed VP’s stupidity.

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