2 March, 2024


Northern Sinhalisation: Government To Settle 500 Sinhala Families In Mannar Despite Muslim Anger

The Government is preparing to relocate 500 Sinhala families to Mannar as part of its agenda to change the ethnic demographic of the predominantly Tamil North, but has recently shelved the plan likely because it had angered the Muslims in the area, the Colombo Telegraph learns.

Agenda to change the ethnic demographic of the predominantly Tamil North | File Photo

Sinhalese families are being offered land and setting up money and even Government positions if they were willing to leave villages in the South to relocate in the Northern Province, it is reliably learnt.

On July 18, 2013 a meeting was held with the recently appointed Mannar Government Agent (District Secretary) M.Y.S. Deshapriya, a former military official after which a memorandum was issued to the Musalai Divisional Secretary providing instructions regarding the relocation of 500 “Sinhalese IDPs”. Deshapriya’s appointment was made on 12 July this year, soon after the former GA J.A.Sarath Raveendra was transferred, allegedly on the grounds that he refused to expedite the Sinhalese relocation. Land distribution is a subject directly under the District Secretary, making Deshapriya’s appointment noteworthy. Raveendra had refused to undertake Sinhala settlement before resettlement of Muslims was complete in keeping with LLRC recommendations, resulting in his transfer on 12 July. Starting the relocation process was the first of the tasks Deshapriya undertook upon his appointment, resulting in the memo to the Divisional Secretary of the area earmarked for the resettlement.

The Musali Divisional Secretary has also been given a warning for not expediting the relocation of the Sinhalese “IDPs”.

Musali is the only northern divisional secretariat that is predominantly Muslim.

Minister Rishard Bathurdeen and several other Muslim leaders have taken umbrage at the attempt to resettle Sinhalese in this area and have reportedly addressed the issue with senior members of the Rajapaksa ruling family. Bathurdeen and others are gravely disappointed about the fact that the Government is not prioritising the resettlement of Muslims to the area, after they were evicted from the region by the LTTE.

The military led administration in Mannar has accused the AGA of Musali for giving land to Muslims without settling the Sinhalese first. Previously a list of about 920 Sinhala names have been sent to the Musali DS but he and the GA refused to register them on the grounds that there was no evidence to prove that these were displaced families from Mannar.

With the leadership of the new GA with the military, The Environment Ministry and Forestry Department, the President has set up a committee to look into settling Sinhalese quickly.

AGA Musali has been vocal in articulating the need first to resettle the displaced Tamils and Muslims. He has also spoken against new settlement since it could jeopardize the initial efforts of bringing normalcy in the north among displaced communities and implementation of LLRC recommendation.

There has also been rapid colonization by the government in Vavuniya (Thalabosgama and Namalgama ) and in Mullaitheevu (Welioya). It is learnt that over 10,000 families have been settled in the last few months and there has been huge infrastructure development taking place in the new Sinhala settlements. The Government is now setting its targets on Mannar. According to reports, the military is bringing Sinhalese by the bus loads (with the help of the governor) and giving them land permits overnight without even informing administrative officials in the region.

However since the announcement of the Northern Provincial Council elections, the GA of Mannar has reportedly told colleagues that the resettlement plans had been postponed for the time being because Muslim votes are crucial for the Government to prevent a TNA landslide in the poll.

The Colombo Telegraph also learns of several moves to entice families in villages in the Hambantota District to move to Vavuniya. Sources on the ground in the District said that several people had been offered land and a Rs. 600,000 housing allowance if they moved to Vavuniya. The offer has come from such high places as UPFA Hambantota MP Namal Rajapaksa. However in order to avail themselves of the offer, the families would have to relinquish their residency status in Hambantota and take up permanent residency in Vavuniya. The villages had been told that a form was available at the Divisional Secretariat which needed to be completed. Once this documentation process was complete they could then travel to Vavuniya and hand the forms over to the military personnel there to be assigned their land. Four persons had already made the journey and it is learnt that at least one such Hambantota resident had been granted a prime piece of land with high quality timber on the property. Most villages in the District have been made aware of this option and that the necessary paperwork could be obtained from the Divisional Secretariats of their respective region.

SLT personnel have also indicated that staff from the institution, specifically those who reside in the deep south have been offered relocation options with housing, relocation allowance and government job opportunities in the north.

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    changing the ethnic demographic & endorsing a powerful fake religious draft to protect & provide freedom of a Pseudo version of the Noble Buddha’s Philosophy to spread hate,evil, murder,abduction, torture rape,arson, attack on minorities places of worship, halting the freedom of minorities to live anywhere or to do business will be also endorsed discreetly. .

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    Govt or the Sinhala people can not move within Sri Lanka.

    I tis Regional majorities and world majorities have more right sin Sri Lanka than the world’s minority Sinhala people.

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    Oh no ,no you & your verbal diarrhea-
    Jim-soty-Aka Leela-aka lester, aka I dun know how many,,,,,
    you & your Ignoratio elenchi gibberish ..


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    But all what is mentioned below as true quotes of the Biddah ,conflicts 100% with the buddhism practiced & the Violence spearheaded by the very monks & keepers of The Nobble Buddha ..
    So what will the Sri Lanka Buddhist extremist state sponsored terrorist government enshrine in its new religious draft? & why the buddhist draft to be approved first & consider the other faiths drafts later? will it be left with only the buddhist draft???—

    Sri Lanka the extremist government with its ruthless terrorists clad in saffron robes to hide thier real identity @ the cost of a Noble being, is now on a deadly highway to join in a unholy religious matrimony with its most beloved counter part Wirathu The buddhist terrorist monk with a face of a puff as the whole world know him as today after the Times Publication…..


    Real Buddha Quotes;

    By Bodhipaksa/

    My name is Bodhipaksa, and I’ve been a Buddhist since 1982 and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1993. I run a site called Wildmind, which teaches meditation. I’m an author.


    “All conditioned things are impermanent” — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.
    “Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts”
    “Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth”
    “Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.”
    “People with opinions just go around bothering each other.”
    “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
    “We will develop love, we will practice it, we will make it both a way and a basis…”
    ‘As I am, so are these. As are these, so am I.’ Drawing the parallel to yourself, neither kill nor get others to kill.
    A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated — this is the greatest blessing.
    All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.
    As a water bead on a lotus leaf, as water on a red lily, does not adhere, so the sage does not adhere to the seen, the heard, or the sensed.
    As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so shall I endure abuse.
    Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.
    Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.
    Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.
    He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
    I will not look at another’s bowl intent on finding fault: a training to be observed.
    If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.
    If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.
    Irrigators channel waters; fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters bend wood; the wise master themselves.
    Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.
    Let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours.
    Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one’s own acts, done and undone.
    Resolutely train yourself to attain peace
    Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.
    Some do not understand that we must die, But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.
    The root of suffering is attachment
    To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.
    Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win.
    You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.

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    This is History repeating itself again- the entire 30 year war was a result of the then UNP government of JR confiscating the Tamils farms and lands , which led to the bloodshed ,it will happen again,I feel sri Lanka is meant to
    be stained in blood forever..

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    The Neo Theravada Buddhism of Burma & Sri Lanka – seen as The dangerous Terrorists where men & women prepared with continuous brain washing in the temples , with total fabrication,for a new new crime against humanity –
    The Modern day “Jewish” style Holocaust,but the victims this time are Muslims and the geographical location is not the west but Asia, will it ultimately lead to the much feared Third World war & will it begin in Asia?
    Burmese monk ‘face of Buddhist terror’
    By Fiona MacGregor-www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid
    Radical Buddhist nationalism is sweeping Burma, and at the forefront of the movement is a group more commonly associated with peace and tolerance: monks.

    The most prominent among them is the controversial cleric U Wirathu, who gives passionate sermons from his Mandalay base calling on Buddhists to stand up against the “Muslim threat”.

    “I believe Islam is a threat not just to Buddhism, but to the [Burmese] people and the country,” says the monk, whose boyish(Puff) face and toothy grin belie the name his critics have given him: “the Buddhist (Unlike the rouged manly face of bib Laded) bin Laden”

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    while Muslims will bring four legal wives ,willing to shoulder the responsibilities to up keep them & thier children,you will be having countless concubines and neglecting them or selling them as sex workers a known fact..

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    @patriot (or whatever you believe are)
    The lamp needs oil to light up, like wise The Majority should be willing to share whatever the percentage in action & not on a white paper which is then shelved & when a minority approaches the law which has a recruit of almost 90 % of the majority race ,all that will happen is to listen to the minority’s grievances with a deaf year & let the crime & discrimination continue- you must be thee most retarded idiot in this forum,
    trying to compare Sri Lankan Mindset with Singaporean -The very man who is the father of what Singapore is today has openly declared your leader as an extremist..(No hope ever for the minorities)

    You just do not have the heart to give just like your saying goes,,

    The Three Languages of Sri Lanka
    In English =it is give and Then take,

    In Tamil _It is Kudukal vangal(same as english)

    Only In Sinhala= it is Ganu ,denu

    (mens first take & then give, most of the time they only take ,never have the heart to give)

    No need to follow anyone,just change your mindset,understand that the reason you feel like a hero & able to oppress the minorities since Independence ,is only because ,you are in large (1) numbers,(2) you have a
    Government with politicians belonging to your majority race & same with the opposition parties, you have strong man military force ,including the police approx, 300,000.00 just above 1/2 a million almost all are Sinhalese majority, & then the entire saffron clad clergy supported by third grade murderers and criminals to attack all the minorities interests which includes ,places of worship & economy, they have full rights to fabricate any lie against a religious text to justify thier crimes on humanity, very soon they will have licence to kill minorities once the new draft is approved protecting thier form of Buddhism. once that is in place they will fabricate stories to justify thier attacks on minorities especially Muslims ,Muslims are going to be framed on a daily basis & thrown into prison with the new powerful draft once the parliament approves it.
    If Sri Lanka must become the pride of Asia – there is only type of constitution which not only bring an everlasting peace & a secure environment, it will also pave a path of freedom to practice once religion,once language, ones preference of dress code & dietary. which will also bring the people closer & easier to integrate , but as the system will be a strict people powered constitution no corrupt politician & thier henchman & rogue businessman involved in smuggling and raping the country’s wealth would agree,& of cause there will always remain in Sri Lanka those willing cows to be milked.

    The only hope is a confederation constitution , giving people more power & maintain a complete transparency-

    So let us live in hope in a land with no hope ,,no other choice.

    Head or tales Sri Lankan Minorities will always loose!

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    When the cry for a ‘Budhist Singhala Sri Lanka’ comes to a dead end PEACE will raise its head up and shine upon the people of Sri Lanka.
    Either we make our bed on the ‘budhist singhala country cry’ and lie on it with FEAR for the White.van etc or roll out of it and stay on the ground and let other Sri Lankans who want Peace work for it.
    Sorry for the guys who still harp on it saying the singhalese cannot buy land so why are the Tamils buying land in the south.
    As someone explained on this thread – Thesavallamai is simply a piece of land or home given as dowry when the daughter marries.She will dowry it to her daugher.A provision that parents to make sure their daughter has her own home to live for better or worse.This is called Cheethanam.Nothing to do with not to sell property to the singhalese.

    Todays theory is Land Grab in the north by the State.In short state sponsored colonisation of the north and east.The singhalese are waiting to get ‘free land’.!!Always how to get anything FREE is the motto.
    There are properties in the north and east going for sale.Go out pay the price and buy the property instead of crying about ‘Thesavalamai’.
    The Tamils paid the market price for properties in the south.Whether for buissness or for the then government servants to move from the north to the south.No Sri Lankan governement’gave free property to the Tamils to do buisness or work for the government’.
    From gaining independence to the begining of the war there was not one Singhalese who made a move to buy property in the south or East? None.
    As for Eric Rajapakse,and a couple of singhalese bakeries they stayed and did buisness for over 40 yrs.They never had the urge to buy any property nor move their families to the north.They are still there doing buisness.

    So give up this cry of ‘why can’t we live in the north and east’
    The sighalese families are waiting for free properties to drop into their laps and also to get help and a stipend for years.
    What is it? The expectaion that all singhala governments must take care of only the singhala budhists?It is happening now.
    Succesive governments go along pampering the singhalese so that they can gain their votes.
    Forget the selfish cry and you will bring Peace to the country,It is in your hands.If there is unrest you or your own government created it.Weliweriya and Grandpass an example in the south,by the government?.The singhalese will know best who created the situation.Do not blame the Tamils and Muslims for your predicament.

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    @ Hannah -what do you expect from most of the majorities (Not all of them but definitely most of them) anything even a headache they will happily take it as long as they do not have buy even a panadol, anything suma (Anything free)..

    They are the parasites of Silly Lanka , who wait for the slightest chance to attack the minorities ,to rob thier hard earned assets, that is all they are capable of & not forgetting ,blackmailing, steel & open other peoples confidential letters and rob the cheques or money orders,abduction ,etc ,running of brothels ,, they are champions of it, that is why that particular lot is full of joy waiting for the casinos ,(Don’t know how many foreigners will be murdered)

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    This is one single country , people in this country either Sinhala, tamil, muslim or buhger can live anywhere they want no one can stop

    in Colombo all parties live together , therefore there is no area in SL call tamil or muslim area

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