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North-East Proposals For Federalism Inflammatory

By Faizer Shaheid

Faizer Shaheid

Faizer Shaheid

In the most recent times we have witnessed hypocrisy at the hands of and a violation of the mandate and trust bestowed upon the Northern Provincial Council. We have also witnessed the epitome of freedom of expression where a resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council in direct conflict with the Constitution has been tolerated. A resolution which is directly and reprehensibly racist and schismatic and seriously jeopardizes the attempts at peace and reconciliation which is one of the successes of the present regime.

In this generally peaceful paradise isle, an element of intolerance had always been a spot of bother. It is almost culturally ingrained in the system. However, we are now in the 21st century, and the people of Sri Lanka have now realized the importance of electing visionary and policy oriented intellects to represent them. When the people elected to defeat the last regime on 08 January, they voted against the fascist politics at play, they voted against the ethnic discord prevailing in the country and they voted in favour of human rights. Today, the fact that they could openly make a proposal of this nature is exemplary of this freedom.

Although the Members of the Northern Provincial Council, just as any citizen of Sri Lanka, are free to express his or her opinion at any platform, I am a firm believer that the other citizens of this country also have the right to criticize the ideas proposed by the other. This is what the freedom of speech truly entails, and my intentions are to criticize the call for a separate state by the Northern Provincial Council.

I do understand that a Provincial Council has the right to pass a resolution asking for Parliament to make law. However, as according the Article 154G (4), the resolution has to be on a matter set out in the Provincial Council List in the Ninth Schedule. It had earlier passed a Resolution on 10th of February, 2015 recognizing genocide and now it has passed a resolution calling for a separate state. Neither of these two are within the purview of a Provincial Council.

Further to this, we have always lived in a country with recognized frontiers, and this is recognized in Article 2 of the Constitution which distinctly identifies Sri Lanka as a unitary state.

Therefore, I believe that it was a premeditated stand of a political party which has misused the mandate it has been given by the people by making a call for a separate state through the Northern Provincial Council.

Moreover, the interchangeable use of the terms ‘Tamil Nation’ and ‘North East State’ in the resolution make it slightly ambiguous as to the exact aspirations of the drafters of the proposals. This is despite the emergency powers being vested in the Governor in the event of secession by the Head of the State Government in their proposals. Further, as claimed in the resolution there have never been Sinhala and Tamil nations in the country, but rather kingdoms of different parts of the country.

In my opinion, there does not appear to be a case for a separate Government in view of the ethnic harmony prevailing in the country since Maithripala Sirisena took over as President of the country. On Independence Day, we even sang the National Anthem in Tamil to appreciate Tamil as an official language of the country. The Chief Justice of the country is K. Sripavan and he was appointed based on merit without any form of discrimination. Therefore, the partisan ideology need not exist anymore as we are very well capable of living within a united Sri Lanka.

The resolution also justifies the armed struggle where many were killed. I would like to remind them that war is never the solution to a problem. Further to that, just as much as Tamils had seen discriminations, the Buddhists, Christians and Muslims had all seen discrimination at the hands of the LTTE. There is no way that one can justify the eviction of the Muslim population in the North on 30 October, 1990. The use of child soldiers in war is also another violation of human rights by the LTTE. It is only fair that anybody justifying the armed struggle of the LTTE must also be answerable for all of the misdeeds of the LTTE.

There is also the notion submitted by the Northern Provincial Council that the root cause of the national problem lies in the fact that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist nation. This notion was possibly construed from Article 9 of the Constitution, which states that Buddhism shall be given the foremost place while ensuring that all religions shall be given their due rights. Although this may be held to be slightly contentious, Sri Lanka has traditionally been a secular nation where Buddhists have lived in harmony with Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

Moving on to the proposals, the Northern Provincial Council has proposed that the North and East be merged. Surely, being representatives of the Northern Province, the people may be ideally in favour of a separate state, but I ask them why they did not consult their brethren in the East? They should have consulted the people of the East and formed a consensus if they were in favour of a separate state. I am pretty certain that, had a referendum been conducted in the East, the verdict would have been unfavourable to those proposing for a separate state of the North and East.

What is most ludicrous is that the Northern Provincial Council has proposed not merely for federalism, but a type of federalism that leans more towards a confederate state. The system proposed by them seems to have been borrowed from different structures in various countries including the USA and UK among others. It makes demands for self-determination and separate borrowing powers for the state. However, what drew my attention most was the proposal submitted by the Northern Provincial Council that the North and East state may have more powers in a federalist structure while other states may have lesser powers.

Further to that, the Northern Provincial Council has made it blatantly clear that they had not consulted people of other communities. Especially the Muslim community who are considerably populated in the North and East. In the proposals, they have stated that they are willing to accommodate the proposals of the Muslim community as long as they vote in favour of a North and East merger. Neither have they consulted the Sinhalese or the Up-country Tamils.

Another proposal which is unbecoming of any group of intelligent people is the demand as stated in Proposal 17. The demand is for a Constitutional Court, which is a very good proposal. They have also stated that it should have the power of judicial review, which is also impressive. They ask that the Constitutional Court be constituted of a bench of 9 judges, which is also an acceptable proposal. Then they state that 3 of those judges should be nominated by the Chief Minister, which introduces an element of political bias. Then they propose that two of those three judges should concur with a judgement in a case that concerns the North and East state. While I am still a little doubtful as to what the demand actually translates as, it is slightly dubious that they may even hint at compelling the judges to be partial.

The proposals raise a number of questions, even if one were to agree to consider federalism to be an option. Sri Lanka is a small country, and the people ought to be united. The people ought to come out of the clutches of race, religion and caste and learn to live as human beings. This country, which was once the model nation for Singapore and Malaysia is now lingering at the bottom because of a three decade long war. We must be united in diversity, and we need to strive for the furtherance of human rights.

There are many more important things to fight for than debate on the need for a separate state. We ought to consider issues pertaining to climate change, cybercrimes and gender equality in high regard, rather than play petty politics to brainwash the masses. The division between the North and South is no more an issue pertaining to race, language or religion, but merely ego. Truly, we are a people with talent. If we choose to look beyond the lenses of race, caste, religion and political party, we can make giant strides as a united nation.

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    North-East Proposals For Federalism Inflammatory…
    Absolutly true, so this 3/4 can enjoy brilliant life in srilanka. Oh yes stupid sinhala modayas & foolish tamils fight each other so this brainy Muslim rabbit breeders become majority & enjoy their life….Great idea…

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      A foolish attempt by a Islamic Racist who does not seem to know about federalism or meaning of the word inflammatory. A recent news flash says that a group of Sinhala Buddhist extremists who had demonstrated outside the office of the leader of opposition in the parliamentary complex, have requested Mr. Sampanthan to explain to Sinhala people about federalism. Is this not a good sign of a fair settlement of the age long Tamil problem. When these people are prepared to consider federalism, I do not understand why lunatic fringe islamic racists like Izeth Hussain are slinging mud on the NPC proposals. As mentioned the Muslims in Srilanka do not want a settlement of the Sinhala-Tamil conflict in order for them to prosper setting both against each other.

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    Faizer Shaheid

    You and people like you with in the Tamil speaking Muslim community are the reason why LTTE was forced to relocate the Muslims from the war zone in the North to puttalam a Tamil province in the north west of Srilanka during the war years to avoid your lot spying for the enemies of the Tamil nation.

    Unlike your community ( ceylon moor as you would like to be identified not Tamil muslims or Tamil speaking muslims either these days)which never ruled this island in part or in full, The Tamils have ruled this island.Not only that they have a historical claim to the north east where they have traditionally lived from time immemorial. Tamils sacrificed over 250000 lives through out this 30 year conflict to achieve independence or a federal solution to their national question. This is precisely the reason the Only Tamil provincial council in Srilanka has proposed the merged North east as the only solution for the Tamil national question.

    If the sinhalese or Muslims believe that it is they who fought to eliminate the LTTE, therefore they have the right to foist anything down the Tamils throat would be acceptable to them is a fallacy emanating from the belief that the Winner has it all and the losers have to live at the mercy of the victors.

    Let me tell you and people like you that the LTTE was not defeated by sinhala/ muslim collation but by India, USA and many other countries and forces with their combined might using the Sinhalese only as foot soldiers.

    We Tamils believe the people who were instrumental in killing a large number of Tamils should and must bear the moral responsibility to resolve the Tamil national question equitably . WE therefore urge the USA and India to act as the guarantors to under write any solution to devolve power to the Tamil provinces.

    From your article in the CT it appears you Muslims seemed not to have totally given up your natural tendency to change the colour of your thoppies, ( turn coats).

    The Sinhalese and the Tamils and even the rest of the world know your muslim dirty politics which clearly has indoctrinated all the muslims in the world to believe the biggest myth which is the world is only for muslims.

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      tamil bandula

      “Let me tell you and people like you that the LTTE was not defeated by sinhala/ muslim collation but by India, USA and many other countries and forces with their combined might using the Sinhalese only as foot soldiers.”

      There is an element of truth in what you are typing. That is not the whole truth.

      Essentially LTTE was defeated by VP himself, a great achievement for the all knowing sun god who was a great friend of Sinhala/Buddhists and a close associate of RP and MR.

      The Sinhala/Buddhist should be grateful to VP for his contribution to democracy and bringing peace to this island in 2009 by committing Hara Hiri after a long war.

      If I were a Sinhala/Buddhist I would build a great stupa (monument) to remember VP.

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      /he Tamils have ruled this island.Not only that they have a historical claim to the north east where they have traditionally lived from time immemorial./

      Are you insane?
      From where did you find this cr@p? Please learn SL history

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        Sri Lankan Tamils are not just a minority, a minority with a territory or a territorial majority (a minority with a separate territory in which they are a majority). They had a clearly defined (Tamil speaking) territory, their historic habitat (formally Jaffna kingdom) in the North & East of Sri Lanka as their traditional homeland where they lived for several centuries as a separate nation with their own language, religion and culture until the British united the Tamil speaking North to the Sinhala speaking South in 1833 for their convenience in administration thereby reducing the Tamils to a minority and then left in 1948 without reverting back to the old federal setup.

        The ground reality as everybody can see is that the Sri Lankan Tamils are still having a clearly defined (Tamil speaking) territory, the Tamil speaking homeland (North & East of Sri Lanka) where they are living as a separate majority with a separate culture.

        In almost all countries in the world, a minority with a separate territory is granted a federal state.

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          The so called territory was made up by Dutch bringing labour from TN for tobbacco plantations. To this day tobacco growing is a big part in the lives of people in north.
          But is the sinhala people asking them to go back? No sinhala people just ask them not to falsify the history of the sinhala homeland for petty vellala politics

          Learn what is in history. I have talked about this many times. There has never been a tamil civilisation in SL. The Tamil kingdom started in 13 th century as a conquered part of Kalinga Magha ( non tamil) and then who became ruler of Jaffna kingdom? The Javaka ( Malay) Chandrabhanu and later his son. Only after that Pandya military leader arya chakravarthi killed Magha’s son with help from king of South. That is the history of Jaffna. It was kept by Pandyas to help their businesses. That is all it was, not a civilisation.

          That is why there is no product of civilisation in Jaffna, rather a copy cat of TN.

          Even the people in Jaffna were called Malabars and there are dutch archives that describe how they brought Malabars to grow Tobacco..

          Even Prabhakaran is from Kerala and not a tamil

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            Sach,

            “Dutch bringing labour from TN for tobbacco plantations.”

            What about cinnamon pealing, toddy taping
            http://transcurrents.com/tamiliana/archives/521
            29. Deva | February 4th, 2008 at 8:27 am

            HOW THE SINHALA POPULATION INCREASED?

            There is a false propaganda by the Sinhala chauvinists that the majority of the Jaffna Tamils are coolies brought in by the Dutch from Tamil Nadu for the Tobacco plantation in the 17th century AD.

            It is true that the Dutch brought slaves from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka during 17th century but what was settled in Jaffna in the Tobacco fields was a very small percentage when compared to those settled in the South from Colombo to Galle on the Southwest coast.

            According to the colonial writer Markus Vink, (http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/jwh/14.2/vink.html),

            the Dutch Indian Ocean slave trade was flourishing during 17th century.

            In 1694, the city of Colombo alone had a slave population of 1,761. See Knaap, ‘Europeans, Mestizos and Slaves,’ p. 88. In 1661, 10,000 slaves had been put to work by the company and by private individuals on the lands in southwestern Ceylon, including 2,000 company slaves.

            Ten thousand slaves from Coromandel Coast in South India were brought to the South of Ceylon (Colombo, Galle and the entire South West) by the Dutch.
            One of the main sources of income the Dutch had at that time was not Tobacco but Cinnamon.

            The South west Coast was where cinnamon grew to perfection during that period, and the Dutch were the monopoly in trading spices. Cinnamon was the staple export. It was ‘the Helen or bride of contest’ (as Baldaeus called it) for whose exclusive possession successive European invaders had in turn contended.

            In 1740, Governor Van Imhoff, by a system of forced labor/slaves, planted the waste land along the coast south of Colombo with the Cocoa palm, the result of which is seen in an almost unbroken grove of palms for 100 miles along the south west shore.

            In other words, the Sinhalese from the entire South west including Colombo and Galle are partly the decedents (5th generation) of those 10,000 slaves from the Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu. As per the article written by Markus Vink, these slaves were settled and used by our colonial masters for the cinnamon and cocoa palm plantation along the South west coast as well as for domestic and other purpose.

            During the Dutch period, those slaves would have been domestic laborers, grown cinnamon or planted coconut but today (Within the last 350 years) they have got naturalized with the Sinhalese and become a part of them, as Sinhala Buddhists and Sinhala Catholics. A large part of the present day Sinhalese (those 10,000 would have multiplied into lakhs), both Buddhists/Catholics in the South western coast from Colombo to Galle such as Fernando, De Silva, etc were originally coolies/slaves brought in by the Dutch from Tamil Nadu and today they are the people who are talking about those few coolies/slaves settled in Jaffna during the same period.

            The most hilarious part is, these are the people who pretend to be more Sinhala (Patriots) than the original Sinhalese (if there is any such thing today).

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              yes dutch brought people from SI for cinnamon peeling and settled in SL. And they get absorbed to the existing native people which is the correct way.

              In Jaffna the tobbaco growers were settled in mass numbers. Go and check Dutch Archives.

              Let me help you think.

              1. who started Jaffna kingdom? A non Tamil
              2. When did Jaffna kingdom start? In 13th century
              3. Who were Aryachakravarthis? South indian
              4. Is tobbaco growing a major thing in North now? Yes
              5. Did Dutch brought Keralites for work in plantations? Yes, there are records in Dutch archives
              6. How long did Jaffna kingdom exist ? 200 years
              7. Did British got Jaffna kingdom from Tamils and did Tamils fight for it? No, Jaffna kingdom ceased to exist after Portugese killed Sankili
              8. Where are the origins of so called Vellala caste? In Kerala, TN.So it is there Vellala as a community was formed
              9.What are the historical works of Jaffna? very few the oldest being Yalpana Vaipawa Malai written with the backing of Dutch.
              10. what are the historical monuments in NE? Buddhist temples mainly and Hindu temples built by Cholas
              11. What is the main kovil of Tamils in North? nallur
              12. Who built Nallur? Sapumal , adopted son of Kotte king
              13. Were tamils aliens in SL? No, tamils lived in SL, there was a tamil presence but they never treated SL as their homeland, it was simply where they made money and not a tamil civilisation..
              14. Any source that mentions any tamil kingdom in SL prior to Jaffna in SL? no SLn source
              15. Any source that mentions any tamil kingdom in SL prior to Jaffna in foreign sources? none, not even Chola
              16. Why did Chola mention the Sinhalas in SL and not Tamil kingdom? Was that invisible to Cholas?

              And get a history book and read SL history. This is Sinhala people’s homeland, this is where our language developed, our people built a civilisation. Every historical monument in the country is a proof to Sinhala civilisation. Even the chola inscriptions in Welgam wehera in Trinco call the temple as welgam wehera.

              I am not writing this to hurt your Tamil egos, I am asking you to be reasonable. Learn SL’s history and be humble to accept that this is Sinhala homeland and what SL is to them is unparallel to what SL or part of it is to Tamils.

              Be honest be a gentleman or a decent lady and with fairness question yourself whether you are doing the right thing.

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                Neither the Sinhalese nor the Tamils are indigenous people of the island. According to history they all came from India. Sri Lanka has failed in all counts of creating a secular multi-ethnic society that all communities can call it HOME. All Races should be treated equal and fair. You cannot have Buddhism & Sinhala as national religion and language and expect other races to accept it. A few quisling might do so and you may implement such draconian measures using the power of ethnic composition and numeric advantage in parliament. This is the reason for 30 years long war and destruction of the country and people.

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                “Did British got Jaffna kingdom from Tamils and did Tamils fight for it? No, Jaffna kingdom ceased to exist after Portugese killed Sankili”

                When the Portuguese took the Tamil throne of the Jaffna kingdom, the last king of Jaffna Cankli Kumaran fought decisively with the Portuguese forces (he was not interested in any convention or an agreement with them). Unfortunately, Cankli Kumaran’s forces were defeated and the Tamil kingdom came under Portuguese domination. Defeating/killing the king (including his forces) and finishing the kingdom does not mean killing all the people. A genocide never ever took place after the fall of the Jaffna kingdom to the Portuguese. The entire Tamil population remained in fallen Jaffna kingdom.

                When the British took over, the only kingdom that was left in Sri Lanka was the Sinhala kingdom of Kandy (ruled by a South Indian from Madurai) which did not represent the whole country. Even during the British rule, the Tamil chief of Vanni, Pandara Vanniyan (Kulasegaram Vairamuthu Pandaravanniyan) who was known as one of the last native Tamil chieftains, challenged the British rule (he was not interested in any convention or an agreement with them).

                Right from after the fall of Jaffna Kingdom in 1624 to the Portuguese, and then to the Dutch, and the British, the Tamil speaking territory remained as a federal state up to 1833. After the fall of Kandy kingdom to the British, Only after 1833, the British integrated all the federal states and made them into one unitary state.

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            sach

            “The so called territory was made up by Dutch bringing labour from TN for tobacco plantations.”

            Learn some basic history first before talking about history in a public forum. Have you at least read your own Mahavamsa?

            Dutugemunu felt that he could not stretch himself because of Tamils to the north and the deep sea to the south. Dutugemunu’s father King Kavantissa the king of Rohana (Kingdom in Southern Sri Lanka) tells Dutugemunu not to invade (Northern territory) the land of the Tamils. He says, Rohana the region on this side of the river (Southern territory) has enough land.

            During the war, Dutugemunu had to conquer not just one Tamil king (Elara) but 32 Tamil Chieftains around the Northern Kingdom. Mahavamsa also says, around sixty thousand Tamils died in the war. How can there be so many Tamil Chieftains and Tamil people if there were no Tamil settlements?

            King Dutugemunu’s military defeat of the Northern Kingdom of Anuradapura lasted only a few years until the Tamil kings Pulahatha and others took over.

            Only a buffoon like sach will say Dutch came with Tamils during Dutugemunu’s period to grow tobacco for his father Kavantissa.

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              who were those tamils? Werent they invaders from India ? wasnt Elara an invader….according to your logic SL can be British homeland as well.

              Answer these qns

              14. Any source that mentions any tamil kingdom in SL prior to Jaffna in SL? no SLn source 15. Any source that mentions any tamil kingdom in SL prior to Jaffna in foreign sources? none, not even Chola 16. Why did Chola mention the Sinhalas in SL and not Tamil kingdom? Was that invisible to Cholas?

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                Sach,

                “Who were those tamils? Werent they invaders from India? Wasnt Elara an invader….”

                If Tamils like Elara are called invaders, then the Sinhalas like Vijay and his 700 men were also invaders. Whether you call them invaders or invitees or whatever, Sinhala came from India and Buddhism also came from India. Both Tamil and Sinhala kings ruled the Island alternatively right from the beginning of history and the civilization was created by both. It is not mentioned anywhere that the Sri Lankan civilization is a Sinhala civilization or Tamil civilization. They both contributed, even the Mahavamsa accepts it. Just because the Sinhala Buddhists are more in number/majority (the story of how they became a majority is not a secret, majority of the Sinhala DNA/genetic marker shows South Indian) that does not mean that the whole country is exclusively for Sinhalese. A part of the country belonged to the Tamils before the British united the Tamil North (formerly Jaffna Kingdom) and the Sinhala South (formally Kotte & Kandy kingdoms) into one unitary state and gave it to the Sinhalese (only) in 1948. Unfortunately, due to foolishness, the Sinhalese is the ONLY race in this entire world that believes that the majority race in a country is the sole owner of that country and all others (minorities) are aliens.

                “Any source that mentions any Tamil kingdom in SL prior to Jaffna in SL?”

                Answer this: Any source that mentions any Sinhala kingdom in SL prior to Kandy/Kotte in SL?

                NONE!

                “Any source that mentions any Tamil kingdom in SL prior to Jaffna in foreign sources?”

                Answer this: Any source that mentions any Sinhala kingdom in SL prior to Kandy/Kotte in foreign sources?

                NONE!

                “Why did Chola mention the Sinhalas in SL and not Tamil kingdom? Was that invisible to Cholas?”

                Chola Mandalam established in SL in the 12th century by Raja Raja and Rajendra itself was a Tamil kingdom. It was only during the 12th century it is mentioned that the Cholas fought the Sinhalas.

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                Sach,

                “Any source that mentions any tamil kingdom in SL prior to Jaffna in SL?”

                Kandy kingdom – Was it a Sinhalese Kingdom?

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              The Tamils and Sinhalese have a very different language, religion, culture, food and traditional areas.. The Tamils are the majority in the northeast and the Sinhalese are the majority in the south.. One majority cannot rule another majority.. Can India rule Pakistan, or can Serbia rule Croatia which has the same language?

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              “Did Dutch brought Keralites for work in plantations? Yes, there are records in Dutch archives”

              Please give us a link to those Dutch records/ archives (not a fake one that Vibushana shows) which says Dutch brought Keralites for work in Tobacco plantations. The Dutch writings by Markus Wink (see post by Anpu with link) very clearly says tens of thousands were settled in the South from Colombo to Galle for Cinnamon plantation. Cinnamon was their main export/income and Cinnamon did not grow in Jaffna.

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                sach ran away leaving his/her G-string. He/she can never stand and argue back. He/she comes like a lion and then runs away like a kitty.

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            Sad fact about you Sach is many Appe Andu Pundits have learned at least Mahavamsa. But you missed even that. The Holy poet, the great honorable Mahanama Thero have said The Sinhala Prince(There was no Sinhala Language at that time and Dutugemunu was not a Sinhalese either) Gemunu was not able to stretch his legs because Tamils were living in the North. Then he went to Tamil God Kathigama Kanthan ( in the entire world, Lord Kanthan being prayed by Tamils only) made vow, which according to confused buddhist monk Mahanama, who was chased out of Tamilnadu during the upheaval of religious riots, was fulfilled when he returned from war. When Gemunu was planning to go for war, father asked from him three promises. Gemunu refused the third one that is to stay out of fighting with Tamils. Before Ellarla was defeated by Gemunu, Tamil Nadu was brought under the control of Kalapirar. This had let the Old King without any tangible help. Before Gemunu reach Anuradhapura he had to subdue 32 Tamil Chieftains. The army needed to bing because it had to fight with a race, not with one king. This how the confused poet revealed himself that he was lying about the Tamils existence in Lankawe.

            “Having secured his pounu then planned his operations to regain the north, which included not only Rajarata but numerous smaller semi-independent polities. The king’s army consisted of ‘chariots, troops and beasts for riders’, soldiers and a number of war elephants, as well as a number of monks (to advise the King) and a relic placed in his spear for luck and blessings.[12] In addition he was accompanied by the famed Ten Giant Warriors who had been recruited from all over the island by his father Kavantissa – Nandhimitra, Suranimala, Mahasena, Theraputtabhya, Gothabhaya, Bharana, Vasabha, Khanjadeva, Velusamanna, and Phussadeva.

            The campaign saw Dutugemunu subduing a number of usurping Tamil rulers in the north (as many as 32, according to the Mahavamsa). Of particular interest is the four-month siege of Vijitanagara, where the defending Tamil troops are said to have used ‘red-hot iron and molten pitch'[13] to panic Dutugemunu’s elephants. During this time he also married Ran Etana, the daughter of a chieftain who continued to pay homage to Elara of Anuradhapura.[14] On at least two occasions victory is attributed to the king’s ‘cunning’ and the bravery of Kandhula. The campaign reached a climax at the eastern gate of Anuradhapura, where Dutugemunu, riding Kandhula, finally confronted the aged usurped king Elara, on his own elephant Mahäpabbata, and slew him with a dart; the encounter is one of the most famous in Sri Lankan history.” Elarla have had Tamil troops. That means that neighbourhood was Tamil. But Mahanama lied as Elarla as invaded King. (But you may remember Vikrama Rajasinhan lacked Tamil troops and had only Sinhala troops so easily lost to the British.) Prince Gemunu married to Tamil Chieftain’s Daughter.

            Not just read the Mavavamsa before you write again, But try to grab something out of it. Dont just be silly parrot to repeat the stanzas.

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        sachoooooooooooo the stupid II

        “Are you insane?”

        Aren’t you?

        “Please learn SL history”

        Have you?

        “From where did you find this cr@p?”

        Probably from inside your head.

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          I read history from reputed historians and not by bu++ hurt tamil vellalas

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            sachooooooooooooooo the stupid II

            “I read history from reputed historians and not by bu++ hurt tamil vellalas”

            Read history from Champika, Gammanpilla, Darshanie Ratnawalli, Kamalika Pieris, …………………

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        ya we read Lion human hybridization from the great chronicle history. LOL

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          Every origin stories on earth have unbelievable stories after all you guys worship a man elephant hybridization so it should hardly matter to you

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      See this article from an old DBSJeyaraj column article entitled
      “Prabhakaran has done to tamils what no Dutugemunu could do.
      http://federalidea.com/focus/archives/201

      The essence of it is:
      ///”The comments by various people show how foolishly we tamils continue to glorify violence, suicide and terror. We began all this in 1939 with G.G. Ponnambalam attacking the Sinhalese in a virulent speech in1939, resulting in the first Sinhala Tamil Riot, fully exploited politically by SWRDBanda and other Sinhala chauvinists.
      After the war SJV and others used every chance to gore the government instead of building bridges. They spurned the left leaders who stood for parity and preferred to hob-nob with their Col-7 capitalist leaders.

      Our Colombo-Tamil leaders arrogantly started the ball rolling, and even claimed that they are “ready for state terror”. The local militants realized that they were being bamboozled by the Colombo set, and they captured control, killed those leaders, our best men and women, and made cannon fodder out of our children.
      Look at this partial list:
      1. The JR government in 1977 granted ALL the demands on language etc., that the previous Tamil organizations had asked for. But we could not profit from it, because by then we were under the gun of Prabakaran.
      2. India came in and merged North and East, and provided an honourable framework. But we reengaged the whole thing and started another war. Prabakaran would have been annihilated by the IPKF if not for Premadasa.
      3.Further accommodation was possible under Premadasa. But we reengaged him and killed the 600 police who surrendered.
      4. Under Chandrika we had the far reaching constitutional proposals by Neelan Thiruchelvan, but we replied by assassinating him.
      5.Incredible concessions were made by the Ranil Wickremasinghe government with the Cease Fire agreement. But we used it to stock up arms, get ready for another war and made sure of such a war by preventing Ranil’s Victory.

      This list of 5 does not include the innumerable other chances that had been offered. Why would any
      politician think that a political solution is possible with VP?

      So, why are were talking of a political solution?

      LTTE has always worked for a military solution.
      …. It wants a military solution from the barrel of a gun. In the process it will destroy the Ceylon tamils by destroying the future generation. How many tamils are now left in the Vanni? What is the percentage of Tamils in Sri Lanka today? The CIA world fact book says that there is now only about 5% Tamils in SL!
      Instead of executing this attack on the Anuradhapura military camp, if Prabakaran had declared that HE IS FOR A FEDERAL SOLUTION and that HE WILL PEACEFULLY CONTEST ELECTIONS EVERYWHERE IN SRI LANKA, do you think ANY SINHALA POLITICIAN of any worth could OPPOSE IT? Even the most extreme “unitary man” would have to take up the historic chance.
      I lay the whole blame on Prabakaran.
      for destroying the Ceylon Tamils. He is the biggest friend of Sinhala Chauvinists. Prabakaran has done what no Dutugemunu could ever do – reduce the Tamil areas to a prison for the Tamils, reduce the reputation of Tamils all over the world, kill our next generation and convert the remainder into war-mongering youngsters unfit for civilian life. The adults have been reduced to displace persons.”///

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    Faizer Shaheid

    Metaphorically speaking ,you muslims like only to reap the harvest without doing any hard work like, ploughing , sowing, irrigating spraying chemicals etc to grow the crops properly. The Tamils fought a 30 year war and paid with their blood, sweat and tears and sacrificed 250000 young lives to achieve their freedom . it is a fact you muslims stabbed them on their back and worked with the enemies of the Tamils selfishly for your personal benefits during the war years. Now the war is over I felt that you all may have come to your senses,apparently not as your article suggests.

    Sinhala buddhist and the Tamil hindus know only too well that you muslims have become unduly entriched during the war years and seeking to continue to profit by attempting to drive a wedge between the two kindred communities the Hindus and the Buddhists.

    I urge our Buddihst Sinhala brothers to treat us Hindu Tamils equally in the spirit of fraternity and religious unity without falling for the weasel words of the ever masquerading opportunistic muslim fifth column.

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    Faizer Shaheid,

    My arguments below in no way endorses any proposal of anybody.

    What are the attempts at peace and reconciliation of the present regime, you are speaking about. Which are the successes of the current masters, you are gloating about.

    There is no denying that there is a welcome reprieve, in comparison to the harassment people encountered during the previous regime. But, it is not to the extent people were promised or were hoping for.

    The resolution you are mad at was a proposal towards promulgating a new constitution. By its very nature the proposal attempts to rectify the undemocratic features in the current constitution. How can you condemn such a proposal as something in conflict with the Constitution. Wouldn’t you expect that some steps recommended for the new constitution will be in conflict with the one we already have?

    You claim a right to repudiate the proposal submitted by TPC. Bring it out. I defend to the hilt your right to do so. But stop criticizing the proposals simply because they go against the vein of your agenda.

    Are you against a separate state for NE, or, a Federal state? Or, both. Make sure of what you are against. What have they proposed? Have they proposed a federal structure, or called for separation?

    Don’t muddle us up with your semantics.

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    Any silly ****** can propose anything. Who cares.

    Soma

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      somaassss

      “Any silly ****** can propose anything. Who cares.”

      Of course you are right.

      Look at the past proposals which were later implemented, Pancha Maha Balawegaya, Sinhala only language policy, Constitutions 1972 and 1978, electing weeping widow, thieves and public racists, ……… free rice from moon, ……

      I am not sure who (the silly *****) was responsible for initiating such brilliant ideas?

      Was it you?

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      From the day the Sri Lankan Tamils lost their rights to the Sinhalese (via British in 1948) they had been asking for a federal state (that existed until the British removed it in 1833) in a non-violent/peaceful manner for more than 30 years. The Sinhalese came up with several pacts and promises but finally gave nothing to the Tamils other than cheating them and unleashing violence on their non-violent/peaceful campaigns. This forced the Tamils to seek for separation to form a separate country for Tamils which ended up in a war 30 years war. See how much the country lost. At independence in 1948 Sri Lanka was the second best economy in Asia, today we are one of the worst. All because of the foolishness of the Sinhalese in not giving the Tamils their rights.

      The Tamils cannot continue within a unitary state anymore. They need to get back to their original federal state as it was before the British united it. The Tamils may have lost the war but they have not lost their rights to federalism or self-determination. Federalism is NOT separation and it is the rights of North & East Tamils who live as a majority in a separate Tamil speaking territory. The principle and fundamental right of self-determination is firmly established under international law and during the past several years, the Tamils’ right to self-determination has received recognition at sessions of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.

      Even after the war ended, the Sinhalese are not willing to give the Tamils their rights. The Sinhalese by doing so has totally lost the trust of the SL Tamils. The Tamils should NEVER negotiate for a federal style devolution with the Sinhalese anymore without involving a powerful country like US as the mediator.

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      hybrids will be disposed.

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    Shaheid,

    Some things you say are correct but some incorrect.

    There are many countries working very well within a federated system and keep their sovereignty and integrity as a single nation pretty well intact. Examples: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, The US, Venezuela and a host of others. In Federalism some of the central powers are ceded to regional governments. But some powers will stay with the central government including raising an army that will ensure the country remains one. Some taxes could be raised by the Federated State however the Central Government will raise most taxes and disburse same to the states.

    When looking at the real ground situation where bias, hatred, anger, suspicion and plain ignorance rules the mindset of both communities, endemic and non compromising, with horror after horror making regular visitations, a federated system of governance would perhaps be the saner option.

    I agree Shaheid, the Jaffna Tamils must not assume that the Eastern Tamils want to merge with the North. A referendum must decide that. A federal system can be designed to suit the Sri Lankan environment but cannot be based on exclusivity based on ethnicity. Any person within the country must be able to settle in any part and carry out any lawful business. There is no need for Muslims to harbour unneeded apprehensions.

    I do not see a demand for a Federal system of government as inflammatory, given our sordid and bloody history since independence. All proposals are open for negotiation. A lot of issues must be ironed out if such a system is to be adopted.

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      How can a referendum in the east decide this when they have killed and ethnically cleansed thousands of Tamils in the east, illegally settled around 250000 Sinhalese in the last 40 years to deliberately change the demography of the east, making the Tamils the real owners and the indigenous population of the east from a majority to a marginalised 40% minority, within a few decades from independence.
      If there is going to be a referendum, all these illegal Sinhalese settlers, who were settled on ethnically cleansed Tamil lands using brute government force, should not be allowed to vote on this referendum.
      People who arrived here illegally in the last four or five decades,using the might of the racist Sinhalese governments and armed forces, have no right to decide on the fate of the island’s indigenous Tamils and their lands. These Sinhalese settlers were brought in and settled deliberately to sabotage any hope of a future federal solution and self rule for the Eelam Tamil nation.
      Muslims have a right to vote in this referendum as they have lived here for a few centuries, however they have no right to tell the Eelam Tamils of the north and east what they should do and should not do. This is not their land but the land of the Eelam Tamil nation. They came here as refugees seeking asylum from Portuguese and Sinhalese persecution and were given refuge. Now are trying to take over the east with the help of these illegal Sinhalese settlers from the Tamils. This is the reason they do not want a merger as they want kick out or marginalise the Eastern Tamils and make the east some Salafist land to be a future thorn for the entire region.
      From ancient times there were only two nations in the island that had ruled the land had an ancient history in this land. The Sinhalese nation and the Eelam Tamil nation of the north east. All the others are communities that had later arrived and live amongst these tow ancient nations and their lands. The Indian origin Sri Lankan Tamil Muslims or Moors(sic) as they prefer to call them. The Indian origin Tamils, the Burghers, The Malays etc. Just like there is an ancient English, Scottish and Welsh nation in Britain and then other immigrant communities like the West Indians or Afro Caribbeann , the South Asian Indian/Pakistani and others residing amongst them and their lands. They have no right to dictate to the English Scottish or Welsh about self determination or their lands and similarly this crafty Muslim fellow and his ilk have no right to dictate to the Tamils about their lands. They don’t do that to the Sinhalese but only with the Tamils, thinking that they are weak and so they can dictate to them and steal their lands for their immigrant community from India. Arrive here as refuges fleeing persecution and them gradually breed like rats and take over the land from the person who gave you refuge. Just look at him does he look anything like an Arab or a Moor? Looks a typical South Indian, like 98% of the Sri Lankan Muslims.

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        How can settling 250000 in the east be illegal if settling half of tamil
        Populatiion in colombo and rest of WP is legal

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          There had always been an ancient presence of Tamils especially along the western and southern littorals from ancient times. Many place names including Colombo and its suburbs prove this. Most of the coastal Sinhalese have a fairly recent Tamil origin. The so called Sinhalese from Wattala to Puttalam along the western coasts were all Tamils a generation or two. Until very recently Puttalam was considered a Tamil district and still many parts of it are Tamil.
          Lastly unlike the illegal Sinhalese settlers in the east who were settled there on ethnically cleansed Tamil lands. The Tamils in Colombo and the West came here legally and purchased lands legally and setup businesses with their own funds and enterprise. No government helped them to do so on the contrary all Sri Lankan governments sent thugs to loot their homes shops and businesses. The Sinhalese sold their lands to these Tamil willingly. Tamils have come here and enriched the culture and economy down south. Look at the vast amounts of Tamil mercantile establishments and businesses that employ hundreds of thousands of Sinhalese. They do not make any attempt to change the history demography of the south, destroy Buddhist temples and change Sinhalese place names to Tamil.
          On the contrary this is what these illegal Sinhalese settlers in the north and east have none. With the government help, deliberately destroy anything Tamil or Hindu, change place names and try to create a false history for the region with the help of the Archaeological Department in Colombo. Everyone knows about them burying Buddha statues and other Buddhist artefacts and then pretend to find them and state these were all ancient Sinhalese lands. These illegal Sinhalese settlers have not contributed anything to the economy of the east other than to kill murder burn loot and ethnically cleanse more Tamils, so that more Sinhalese can be settled. In short mayhem and chaos.
          You know this but like most Sinhalese racists try to distort facts. Sinhalese coming and settling legally and purchasing lands legally are very welcome but we do not welcome Sinhalese thugs hooligans and trash deliberately and illegally settled on ethnically cleansed Tamil lands by using government force and Sinhalese military might, to deny the islands indigenous Tamils their just rights and their lands.
          On one side we have Sinhalese racist and on the side backstabbing Muslim opportunists

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    whats inflammatory about federalism,that this crafty bugger is talking about.

    When in 2015 general election the TNA made the same demands in their manifesto,it was not inflammatory,but now it is,according to this chap.

    The provincial council will have the same policies as the TNA.

    when in 1976 the vaddukodai resolution was made for seperation it was inflammatory.Now the tamils have gone down a peg or two and asking for less.

    i believe at the next general election the TNA will have to go down a further peg or two for example on the merger,when they put out their manifesto.As long as the last general election has got federalism and merger on their manifesto they can’t go back on it.However the sinhalese can just say you can ask brother,no problem,but you are not getting all what you ask.

    So it is a stalemate till the next general election as far as a political solution.In the meantime the TNA better clean up prabhaharans crap which he has put all over the place and start to resettle the people etc.

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    Although some of the criticism of the NPC resolution (e.g. not consulting the people of the Eastern province) is valid, the main thrust of the article is dishonest based on a false premise. The NPC resolution calls for a Federal solution not a separate state and this has been confirmed by many, including those who write on this subject in the CT.
    So, why the rant and attempts to appeal to people’s worst fears and prejudices? Why cannot the resolution be debated in a sound manner without attempts to revise history and paint a false rosy picture of the country?

    “This country, which was once the model nation for Singapore and Malaysia is now lingering at the bottom because of a three decade long war. “

    Yes, Sri Lanka is lingering at the bottom because of the underlying cause of the war, Sinhala majoritarianism and Sinhala hegemony. Is the author too young to know or conveniently ignoring the causes of the war?

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    Mr Shaheid, Thank you for this eminently sensible article. When Mr Wigneshwaran was elected to head the NPC, I was delighted, because I thought he, a former judge of the supreme court, would have broad, cosmopolitan ideas about how we could build a prosperous, happy and rational nation. Privately among friends, both Sinhala and Tamil, I even expressed the opinion that Mr Wigeswaran and his associates should form a national party that welcomed all Sri Lankans, and field candidates nationally, for all districts. But he has proved himself to be a great disappointment unfit hold public office, especially in a post war Sri Lanka where the people are tired of war and bloodshed, and want peace and a better life for themselves and their children. It is not news to anybody that we have many elected representatives, of all ethnicities, who are unfit to hold public office, but here I am only talking about the person most relevant to this conversation.

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      HL

      Et tu..?

      Or is someone else writing undr your good name.

      Calling a resolution for Federalism in the context of dicussions about a new constitution is neither inflammatory nor for separatism and that was the main thrust of the article- CV W’s attitudes were not. If we all expected too much from this novice entering politics we too were at fault. Have you read his recent interview in the Hindu? He raises matters which are neither foolish nor irrelevant.

      If the people in this country tend to get inflamed when someone mentions federalism, then it is the duty of sober right thinking persons to point out as persuasively the truth about that device to preserve national unity as Dicey famously said.

      Not to do that is to pander to majoritarian hatefulness and intolerance.

      If shouting genocide is inflammatory, have you ever considered what the minorities could feel like when the troops whose excesses and under whose heels they continue to be are repeatedly by rulers and all as heroes without exception? If we are in the business of not hurting feelings or inflaming easily flammable mobs, should we not be a little more sensitive? Or is it that the sensibilities of the minorities do not matter?

      This writer has not thought or learnt enough about the rights of people and it is a shame that you commend him if you are really the HL I know and respect.

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      I did not know that HL Senevirathne was this insane.

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    /Further, as claimed in the resolution there have never been Sinhala and Tamil nations in the country, but rather kingdoms of different parts of the country./

    Learn SL’s history

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      sachoooooooooooooo stupid II

      “Learn SL’s history”

      Have you?

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        yes i have idiot..what do u want to know?

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    sachoooooooooooooooo Stupid II

    “why what is wrong with mahavamsa? It is a history book”

    So you do not know what is wrong with Mahawamsa? Are you sure? Do you realise that with age your memory too fails you. Do you remember ever typing the following:

    There is no so called mahavamsa mindset of sinhala people. Sinhala people dont treat it as gospel truth for them it is just a history book with some truths in it. It has rather done disservice to Sinhala people by making them look like some north indian origin people. I have said mahavamsa’s first section is bogus and just a set of myths. It seems it is the tamils who depend on Mahavamsa more than sinhalese

    sach
    March 14, 2014 at 1:35
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/
    index.php/the-two-sri-lankas/

    sachoooooooooooooooo Stupid II

    Have you changed your mind since typing it only about 2 years ago?
    I an waiting for Nuisance the stupid I to come for your rescue. And she did come.

    What is the difference between you and a knife?
    Would you now change your mind once again? It is alright.

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      /There is no so called mahavamsa mindset of sinhala people. Sinhala people dont treat it as gospel truth for them it is just a history book with some truths in it.//

      where is the change idiot? Go to a kovil and do a pooja that u will get a brain next birth and go to a rail way track and sleep on it waiting for a train

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      /There is no so called mahavamsa mindset of sinhala people. Sinhala people dont treat it as gospel truth for them it is just a history book with some truths in it./

      read what you paste idiot

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    This Yahapalana Government in its current form has no other option other than give Federal to Sambandan or bust.

    Faiser Shaheid’s lot will not allow Vellala Sambandan to rule Batti and Trinco, despite the demands of his Vellala mate Wigneswaran.

    That means an automatic Muslim dominated Federal state in the East.

    That is better than the a full Vellala Thamil North East.

    At least the Sinhala inhabitants in the East can be comfortable and safe among the Eastern Muslims, than the 300,000 LTTE supporters and the LTTE cadres and the TNA militants who now control them.

    Batalanda Ranil’s secret MOU must have a clause agreeing to give Sambandan the Federal Eelaam.

    Otherwise how on earth the main ally of the UNP. the Vellala Tamil Party, the TNA promise the Tamils a Federal Homeland in its Election manifesto..

    Has Batalanda Ranil, who is the leader of the UNP uttered a single word against this commitment in TNA manifesto, then or even now.?.

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      Please let us hear you out laud and clear about the virtues and vices of having a federal system of governance in this island.

      You seem to be an expert on Economics, Anthropology, politics, ……. therefore I rely on your expertise.

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        Dear Native,

        You tell me how to annex Wellala gardens to the Federal North East State of Vellalala Eelaam.

        I didn’t want you to call me racist . That is why I call it Velllala Eelaam

        Although it will be totally controlled by the Illankai Thamil Arasa Kittu and Thamil National Alliance of vellalas.

        Why I say Vellalas because your idol vellala CM has told the Media that he has asked for a separate Federal State for the Indian Thamils in Udu Pussellawa, NuwaraEliya and Baddulla Bandarawela as well in his submission to the CC Boss Batalanda PM.

        Now that the Vellala has represented the Indian Thamils,without even asking, wonder whether your Nadu mates Seamen and the other LTTErs will be happy to call it just Federal State of Up Country Eelaam.

        Or will they go for something like Lankan Haryana to distinguish it from the Vellala Tamils, who never accepted them as equals.

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          KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

          Please let us hear you out loud and clear about the virtues and vices of having a federal system of governance in this island.

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    Faizer,

    Your community is the only one in the entire world try to influence every government with your stupid rhetoric. Don’t bring your stupid and idiotic argument here. You cant’t live anywhere be it Middle East,Israel, US, Russia or UK. Wherever you go you have a problem.
    Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
    Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
    Muslims living with Christians = Problem
    Muslims living with Jews = Problem
    Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
    Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
    Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
    Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
    MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = BIG PROBLEM

    Just think about it

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      If the Moors came from Mid-East or North Africa as they claim, from where did dark brown/light black Moors like Faizer Shaheid come from?
      South India???

      Anyways, this is just another hat flipping Soni who will flip the hat according to profit/benefits. He thinks, by being a bum sucking crony to the majority, they may change their minds towards Sonis. Never! They just hate them.

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    Think of it:

    Muslims in general

    They’re not happy in Gaza
    They’re not happy in Egypt
    They’re not happy in Libya
    They’re not happy in Morocco
    They’re not happy in Iran
    They’re not happy in Iraq
    They’re not happy in Yemen
    They’re not happy in Afghanistan
    They’re not happy in Pakistan
    They’re not happy in Syria
    They’re not happy in Lebanon
    They’re not happy in Nigeria
    They’re not happy in Kenya
    They’re not happy in Sudan

    Where are they happy

    They’re happy in Australia
    They’re happy in England
    They’re happy in Belgium
    They’re happy in France
    They’re happy in Italy
    They’re happy in Germany
    They’re happy in Sweden
    They’re happy in the USA & Canada
    They’re happy in Norway & India
    They’re happy in almost every country that is not Islamic! And who do they blame? Not Islam… Not their leadership… Not themselves, THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!!
    And they want to change the countries they’re happy in, to be like the countries they came from where they were unhappy and finally they will get hammered!

    Get your act right buddy

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      Bethel Christian

      Tamils and Sinhalese are not happy living in Sri Lanka.

      Where are they happy

      They’re happy in Australia
      They’re happy in England
      They’re happy in Belgium
      They’re happy in France
      They’re happy in Italy
      They’re happy in Germany
      They’re happy in Sweden
      They’re happy in the USA & Canada
      They’re happy in Norway & India

      They don’t mind living and earning pittance in medieval middle east kingdoms.

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    This CM mad.He does not know what theTamils of north wants. He must be arrested.

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      manu

      “This CM mad.He does not know what theTamils of north wants.”

      Actually, what do the Tamils of North want?

      Any idea?

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    Native Vedda,

    Don’t suck up to Muslims

    The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
    The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
    The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
    The underwear Bomber was a Muslim
    The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
    The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
    The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
    The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
    The Moscow Theater Attackers were Muslims
    The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
    The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
    The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
    The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims
    The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
    The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
    The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
    The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
    The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
    The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
    The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims
    The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
    The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
    The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims
    The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
    The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims

    Do you want to suck up more do it. Nobody said Tamils and Sinhalese are unhappy living in Sri Lanka. If you are not fortunate enough to live elsewhere it is your problem because you are an uncivilised brute.

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      Who caried out the atomic attacks on Japan and the 24/7 bombing of Vietnam? Were they Muslims too?

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      Bethel Christian

      “Don’t suck up to Muslims”

      It is your job and you are rest assured I have no intention of replacing you.

      Who killed Mohanadas Karamchar Gandhi and Rajive Ghandhi?

      Who killed Martin Luther King, ….

      Who fought in Europe and killed more than 30 Million people including 6 million Jews?

      Were the Crusaders Hindus?

      Who killed Jesus, Muslims?

      ……….

      ………

      If you hate Muslims that is your problem and not mine. This is another form of Muslim hating paranoia.

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    Sorry Tamil won’t change their caps to the wind direction ..like Muslims here….

    Liberation flame will always burn…

    Cheers

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      cholan

      “Sorry Tamil won’t change their caps to the wind direction “

      They do change.

      BTW where you been all these days. Did you go to Tamil Nadu to recruit some members for Amma’s Vellaikkara Padei?

      We didn’t miss you.

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        [BTW where you been all these days. Did you go to Tamil Nadu to recruit some members for Amma’s Vellaikkara Padei?]

        what about recruited islanders’ May day rally.

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    [The resolution also justifies the armed struggle where many were killed. I would like to remind them that war is never the solution to a problem. Further to that, just as much as Tamils had seen discriminations, the Buddhists, Christians and Muslims had all seen discrimination at the hands of the LTTE.]

    what about the other party in the crime?

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    [Further to that, the Northern Provincial Council has made it blatantly clear that they had not consulted people of other communities. Especially the Muslim community who are considerably populated in the North and East. In the proposals, they have stated that they are willing to accommodate the proposals of the Muslim community as long as they vote in favour of a North and East merger. Neither have they consulted the Sinhalese or the Up-country Tamils.]

    what are you talking?

    It is the proposal from the Northern province elected by their people. It need not consult other province people.

    It is a proposal and nothing else.

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    [We must be united in diversity, and we need to strive for the furtherance of human rights.]

    LOL at human rights.

    you people never for human rights.

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    Prince Zeid Al Hussein, the chief of UNHRC said last week that it is the politicians who hamper peace in countries.

    This is very true of Sinhala politicians in SL, when we look at the past 67 Years of politics.

    Though the issue of Federalism existed for long, the Sinhala politicians, religious leaders and the media, never educated the Sinhala masses on the aspect of Federalism.

    Shamefully, a recent statistical survey, by the Centre For Policy Alternatives (CPA; website http://www.cpalanka.org) found the following shocking findings;

    1. About 80.0% of Sinhalese do not know the meaning of Federalism

    2. About 54.9% does not know the meaning of devolution

    3. About 35.0% does not know the meaning of a Unitary state.

    Federalism is the devolution of authority and resposibilty to a group of people to enable them to protect their culture, language and traditional land. It protects the people from oppression by others, and preserves the people from injustice, murder and genocide.

    Surely, the past 67 years, prove that the Tamils of NE need a FEDERAL governance. Lack of Federalism was the cause of civil war. Unitary state promoted Sinhaqla oppression.

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    “We ought to consider issues pertaining to climate change, cybercrimes and gender equality in high regard, rather than play petty politics to brainwash the masses.”

    You are living in a parallel universe bro! Have you lived at least few years in North or East of SL to experience the subject matter of what you are trying to comment on?

    Can you live yourself for a month in North or East of SL without getting any financial help from your family or friends? Just take a field trip to Jaffna and spend some days to talk to local seniors before follow up on this topic again.

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    Native Vedda

    Better you learn your English language first. Truly you are a primitive Veddah otherwise you would have know n what I have written.

    Why are you bringing lone wolves into this equation? The killing perpetrated by the people you refer were individuals.

    Here the Spirit of Islam is roaming around the world. If you want to embrace them so be it.

    As for Jesus do you know the Bible if not shut up and read the following

    “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” -John 10:17-18

    Do you know Jesus came to the world to rescue the humanity including the stupid veddahs. He laid His life for the humanity and He gave His life on His own accord.

    Veddah if you want to know more read Gospel of John. Don’t try to tell the world that you know everything.

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    Mr.Faizer Shaheid,In a democracy, they are entitled to ask for the moon.Others have the right to refuse such requests.Everybody has the duty to discuss such requests, as you have done in this instance.

    Making the request is not inflammatory. It becomes inflammatory only when people who cannot keep a level head gets into the discussion.

    Being unable to keep a level head and to discuss a subject objectively was the cause of all the social uprisings that this country under went since 1971.It is also an indication of their lack of culture, education and unbringing.

    Let us hope that our children will enjoy the same peace that we enjoyed in our youth.

    This much I am sure, when the present generation -old people like me- pass away, and the old sacks who think in terms of caste, race and religion will also pass away- today’s youth who will take over the this country will not care two shit balls for language, race and caste.That will be ensured by the modern news media.

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    “Do you know Jesus came to the world to rescue the humanity including the stupid veddahs.”
    I really don’t know. I have heard people say, but I do not believe any man/woman’s word about God.
    If God was serious about rescuing stupid anybody, why did he not go where those stupid souls lived rather than get crucified in the wrong place?

    As for the list of non-Muslim killings, I have much much longer lists of US, British, French, Portuguese, Spanish and other killings. (They were organized mass murders.)

    The US post WW2 global bombing list (incomplete)
    Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War); Guatemala 1954; Indonesia 1958; Cuba 1959-1961; Guatemala 1960; Congo 1964; Laos 1964-73; Vietnam 1961-73; Cambodia 1969-70; Guatemala 1967-69; Grenada 1983; Lebanon 1983, 1984 (both Lebanese and Syrian targets); Libya 1986; El Salvador 1980s; Nicaragua 1980s; Iran 1987; Panama 1989; Iraq 1991 (Persian Gulf War); Kuwait 1991; Somalia 1993; Bosnia 1994, 1995; Sudan 1998; Afghanistan 1998; Yugoslavia 1999; Yemen 2002; Iraq 1991-2003 (US/UK on regular basis); Iraq 2003-2015; Afghanistan 2001-2015; Pakistan 2007-2015; Somalia 2007-8, 2011; Yemen 2009, 2011; Libya 2011, 2015; Syria 2014-2015….. (THE LIST IS INCOMPLETE AND GROWING).

    Besides, the USA is a land of severe mass kilings in peace time (see http://www.gannett-cdn.com/GDContent/mass-killings/index.html#relationships)

    I also have a long list of Christian fundamentalist mass killings.

    It was the US and its key ally in the Middle East that created the Islamic fundamentalist terrorists including Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, ISIS and the lot.

    “A terrorist is someone who has a bomb but doesn’t have an air force”– William Blum

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    SJ and Christian

    I don’t want to waste the space of this page trying to address your stupid idiotic assertions. Your so called Prophet killed thousand of people in his crusade to establish ISLAM which is based on violence and violence only. Daily killing in ME and other countries trying to impose their will is simply in front of our eyes. Take the Afghan, Pakistan and Syria. How many thousands were killed by the radical Islamists.

    There is no distinction between moderate Islam and fundamental Islam.

    Islam stands for violence against anyone who opposes it. Mohammed even spoke about it. Islam stands for domination of world by hook or crook through violence. It is crystal clear it is not rocket science to know about this. I will not contribute again which I consider is a waste of this esteem paper’s columns.

    I was curious to read the comments articles and your deliberate ignorance had led me to write.

    GOD BLESS

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      T
      I do not know how much wiser your assertions are than any other’s.
      There are two points that I wish to make.
      1. State terrorism has historically been more cruel than non-state terrorism.
      2. Islamic terrorism was a US-inspired idea with the connivance of Saudi Arabia, designed originally to undermine the USSR in Afghanistan and in Chechniya.
      Boko Haram, Al Nusra and ISIS are more recent projects.

      Things have gone horribly wrong for the US and its ally.

      I reserve comment on your pronouncements on Islam, because it will invariably lead to hurtful digression. So I stop with noting that there has been no home-grown Islamic terrorism in our part of the globe. What goes on in Pakistan is a spillover from the US-NATO mess up in Afghanistan.

      The wise and intelligent seldom comment on the intellect of others.

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      Truth,
      Was there Islamic terrorism before 1914? But there was plenty of Christian terrorism.
      Dig a bit deeper into history and check out when Palestinian terrorism started. It was when the Brits started planting their unwanted Jews in Arab Palestine.
      When the Brits (including Churchill)tried to invade Sudan, there was what you would call terrorism nowadays.
      The root of terrorism is the need to control the Middle East and its oil by the West. Leave the Muslims to their own devices and they will leave us in peace.Do not fall for white racist propaganda. Why do we still take the colonizers’ attitudes as correct?

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    What is most ludicrous is that the Northern Provincial Council has proposed not merely for federalism, but a type of federalism that leans more towards a confederate state. The system proposed by them seems to have been borrowed from different structures in various countries including the USA and UK among others. It makes demands for self-determination and separate borrowing powers for the state. However, what drew my attention most was the proposal submitted by the Northern Provincial Council that the North and East state may have more powers in a federalist structure while other states may have lesser powers.

    I feel the writer justifies why he believes that what the Northern Provincial Council is a separate state and not merely federalism. It is a very sensible article in my opinion.

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    You only need to read the comments to know that People are still racist in Sri Lanka. The World is becoming a global village, and here are people who simply shun the idea of living in peace. I don’t even see the sense in making disparaging remarks at the author of this remarkable writing when he proposes to look towards progression instead of playing the dirty game of politics. Yes, we need to look at cyber crimes, climate change and gender equality and these are the urgent needs of the people today.

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    Dear Faizer Shaheid,

    Federalism, Separate Nation, Tamil Nation, North-East merger etc all this has been forgotten by the so-called Tamil leaders. These are the slogans for them to secure seats in the parliament and enjoy perks. No Tamil politician (including Muslim and Sinhala politician) is genuine and honest to fight for the rights of the people they represent and fulfil their aspirations. Look at Sampanthan, what is role played by him as the Opposition Leader? It looks like there is no Opposition Leader in SL. They are too for the positions. You know how they fought for the positions in the Eastern Provincial Council a year ago.

    The fact is the Sinhalese are going to oppose any solutions for the Tamils and therefore, no solution will be reached to solve the issues of the Tamils. This is also because the Sinhala politicians will manipulate any attempt to solve the problem to their political advantage. The Tamil leaders know this very well. But they want shout the slogans to deceive the people and win their votes. The attempt to reform the constitution is just to deceive the people since there is another election coming soon.

    Therefore, the Tamil and Sinhala politicians know very well there will not be a solution for the problems of the Tamils but they can use the slogans to deceive the voters and win the elections.

    But the danger is that you, as a Muslim, are writing against the Federalism although your views do not represent the views of the Muslims. You know very well the so-called Tamil and Sinhala leaders have been using the Muslims as scapegoat in the past to avoid a reasonable solution to the problems of the Tamil people.

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