17 January, 2018

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Opposition To Jaffna Funeral Shows Need To Promote Plural Ethos 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The recent divergence of opinion over the public funeral of a Buddhist monk who had been the chief incumbent of the Buddhist temple in Jaffna is an unfortunate example of the need for greater sensitivity, consultation and dialogue in situations of ethnic contestation. The Ven Meegahajandure Gnanaratana had been the chief incumbent of the Buddhist temple in Jaffna since 1991. He was also the chief monk for the Northern Province. The Naga Vihara temple in Jaffna is an important religious site. It is the first place of visit of Buddhist pilgrims from the south of the country who come to Jaffna on pilgrimage to other sites of historical antiquity, including the islet of Nainativu where the Nagadeepa temple is located which traditions states the Buddha himself visited.  The Naga Vihara temple is also the main Buddhist temple for military personnel stationed in Jaffna.

Accordingly when the venerable monk passed away it was deemed fitting that his funeral should take place in Jaffna and not in his hometown in the south of the country. Tradition dictated that his funeral would be a public one in a public place. In the Sinhalese Buddhist tradition, when an important monk passes away, it is common to have a public funeral in a public place to enable a maximum number of people to attend it. This confers merit on all concerned. Public places where these funerals take place include parks and school grounds depending on the availability of such places.  Independence Square in Colombo, which is near to sports grounds and shopping complexes, is one of the places where public funerals have taken place. But in Jaffna, in which there are hardly any Sinhalese civilians living as residents, this tradition became a matter of controversy and subject to much suspicion and speculation.

The venerable monk’s cremation in Jaffna was opposed for several reasons including being in a location adjacent to a memorial for Tamil victims of a 1974 assault by police and a Hindu temple. A group of 12 Jaffna based lawyers filed action in the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court to disallow the cremation of the monk in the location that had been selected. They claimed that cremating of bodies could be harmful to the environment, and that no permission had been obtained from the Jaffna Municipal Council. In addition, concern was expressed that holding the funeral in that location would be a pretext for building a monument in the monk’s name and furthering that attempt at domination. However, after inquiry the judge decided that the land was government land belonging to the Archaeology Department and that the funeral could take place.

Military Role

When there is ethnic contestation, different views may prevail as to the suitability of the funeral venue just as much as it would in the case of more directly political issues. In the Tamil tradition funerals of religious clergy usually take place at cemeteries rather than in public spaces. Therefore the public funeral of the venerable monk in a public space became seen by opinion formers in Jaffna as another effort at demonstrating Sinhalese domination over Jaffna. The funeral itself took place with high level participation of the military, including the army commander who had a long period of service in Jaffna in different capacities, including commander of all security forces. With the resident Sinhalese population in Jaffna being negligible most of those who attended the funeral were from the military.  This added to the northern perception that the funeral was meant to assert Sinhalese domination over Tamils and further inflamed their opposition to it. Usually it is the lay faithful of the temple together with the monks in the temple who make the arrangements for a funeral of a monk. But in this case in this was not possible.  Due to the war nearly all the Sinhalese who resided in Jaffna had left with hardly any returning. This prevented the normal course of making the funeral arrangements and this role was taken over by the military.

The military in the north seeks to win the hearts and minds of the people by engaging in social service and by undertaking development projects. This is strongly criticized by political activists from Tamil civil society and also by politicians as part of a government strategy to weaken Tamil nationalism. However, a few days before the controversy over the funeral arose, the army had organized a food festival in Jaffna. This was appreciated by the general population who got an opportunity to savour different types of food at reasonable prices. On the other hand, the continued presence of large numbers of military personnel in Jaffna and in the north is a source of much heartburn to the Tamil people who see them primarily as an alien force meant to subdue them and deny them their aspirations. The army was deployed as early as the 1960s to keep Tamil nationalism in check and prevent it from mobilizing in protest against Sinhalese dominated government rule.

This history of the usage of the military to resolve problems arising from ethnic politics has made it politically strategic to those who have political aspirations to demand the withdrawal of the military and to gain political support as a result. The funeral of the venerable monk provided such an opportunity to those who hold nationalist positions. Many of those who took up stances in opposition to the funeral of the monk were those who engage in the politics of confrontation with the government. One northern political leader said “On the one hand, they talk about reconciliation while on the other hand they proceed with creating divisions, which is not acceptable. Tamils have no qualms about the cremation of the deceased Buddhist monk taking place in their territory, but the venue for such cremation should have been carefully selected after the concerns of the people have been carefully weighed.”

Insufficient Consultation 

One key problem in Jaffna that led to the tension over the venerable monk’s funeral is that there was insufficient dialogue and consultation on both sides. On the side of the government there was the need to discuss the issue of the venue with the municipal authorities and the provincial council. They may have offered better options for the place where the funeral could have been held. The government could also have sought to discuss with the civil society. The verdict at recent elections has shown that the people of Jaffna have opted for cooperation with the government as their preferred way forward. The power of the government is a reality that people who live in all parts of the country realize, and accommodate themselves to. The politics of confrontation which reached their height under the LTTE led to much loss rather than to the anticipated victory and separation.

In Jaffna there are several inter-religious committees and groups. The deceased monk’s assistant monk the Ven Meegahajandure Sirivimala, from the same ancestral village as his mentor, has shown himself to be both liberal and conscious about the need to engage with those of other religions and has been an active member of inter-religious committees.  These inter religious committees could have been invited to take the lead in organizing the funeral ceremonies. If this had been done there would have been a section of civil society that could have advised the other section that the public funeral was part of Sinhalese Buddhist culture and not another crude attempt to dominate the north. In addition, the military role could have been subordinated to the civilian, as is necessary in a democracy.

Sri Lanka needs to aim to be a pluralist society, in which no one community can lay claim to territory as theirs, and the others are in second place. In this regard Colombo city has a positive practice of permitting religious processions that block traffic for hours to take place, which are open to all religions. This is the way it should be in all parts of the country, in recognition of its multi-religious, multi-ethnic and plural nature.

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    It is not a big issue .
    How many Tamils are cremated and burried in South?
    Today more Tamils live in South than in North?
    They will never go.back to North even if you ask them.?
    What a fuss about It?
    Please note Sri Lanka is a democratic country .
    Anyone could move anywhere in Sri Lanka.
    Problems with Tamils.is that they see humanity through cast system.
    That makes them to think differently.
    Cast system is evil system.
    It is devil system..
    It is not that burrial of the most venerable monk should be an issue..but Tamil.people mentality to divide humanity in this cast system.
    It is a form most cruel racism..
    It was done by some Brahmin to loot poor ..
    This should be banned by UN.
    Due it is related to some powerful Indian culture UN does not talk about it.
    Suppose it is here in Europe.
    What would be people reaction to this cast system.
    Many low cast Tamils are now married while Europeans…
    Many broahims eat meats in Europe

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      You should know that Tamils living in south do not bury or cremate their people at Gallface like public places, slso note that the people in Jaffna didn’t oppose to perform cremation in Jaffna, understand that the issue is the particular place choosen to perform cremation.

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        Ranjith

        To add to your important points, there are several cemeteries and crematoriums are available and open to all races.

        In addition there are Armed forces owned and operated mass graves available for burial.

        Was it a state funeral or private one. If state state funeral who authorised it? If private, why were the members of armed forces in official/ceremonial uniform and wearing regalia?

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          When you analyse the incident, it is obvious to an unbiased mind that this was a politicised funeral, in order to emphasise who call the shots. Buddhism is a religion of peace, but certainly this priest was not one who propagated this message. He was virtually the viceroy of Jaffna and Governors, Sinhala officials or Security force chiefs all did according to his agenda. This caused a sense of anger and hatred in the minds of Tamils, who objected to the priest being given a state funeral leave alone having the event in a place other than a cemetery. When government wants to do things they will find an excuse, and the reason given that the land in which cremation is going to take place is archaeological area is a lame excuse. Courts was arm twisted by the security forces with a threat that if the event was not allowed to take place in the esplanade there will be riots against Tamils. Is this the way to do things when government is saying that they are promoting reconciliation. The fact that vast majority of people who attended it are from security forces and police, demonstrates that it was not welcomed by public. The reason for choosing an archaeological area may be that in a couple of years time, Sinhala archaeologists may excavate the area and parade the bones of the priest as that of a Arya Sinhala human being who lived in the area several thousand years ago prior to Tamil immigration and therefore the entire Jaffna peninsula belong to Sinhalese.

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            You displayed an appallingly lack of logic here Sankara. You say that the priest’s funeral was a political funeral and therefore should not be allowed. Apart from the question as to who decides whether a funeral is political or not, is it not the right of anyone to have a funeral anywhere without being obstructed. What you are saying is ” we the Tamils decide who is given a public funeral in the North” Unfortunately for Sankara Tamils are not running the country yet, although Yahapalaya is bending over backwards to sell the rights of the Sinhalese for the votes of the North. The same principle should then apply to the whole country,the majority decides who can have a public funeral.
            Just imagine if the Tamils have a say in running the country,they will not only ban Sinhalese public funerals but will obstruct The holding of Sinhalese cultural events etc.The need of the hour is a strong Sinhalese leader who can stand up to the attempts to deny the rights of the Sinhala people in their own country.

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              Percy the dated and pathetic..

              Would you s**t on the kitchen table, eat from used toilet, …..? if you do, then there is no problem whether you cremate or bury wherever you want to. However there are designated places for certain private activities.

              I am not sure whether you heard or understood the words, cemeteries, crematorium,

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                  Percy dated pathetic

                  Thanks for keeping it brief.
                  Brilliant.

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              ‘………………..is it not the right of anyone to have a funeral any where without being obstructed’ a good question. This would mean that there is no necessity for cemeteries. You could burn and bury any where you like. I have seen burials and cremations taking place in the Rubber estates, Tea Estates and home gardens in the good old days in the villages. Even memorials being built. Accordingly all the parliamentarians should be buried/cremated in the parliament grounds so that they will be happy/comfortable ever after. The places where they loved ,lived and were bribed. Homage should be made every day before the commencement of each sittings by singing hymns. President, Prime Minister and the Speaker should be given special places inside the parliament building itself. Appropriate write ups should be made in their memorials. This procedure would mean they will never leave the Parliament once elected. Amen!

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              Well said Percy

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              Percy: How come South Indians recently moved to Sri lanka know the sinhala buddhist customs or the system.

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            So many many ass-umptions!
            Wonder where you get your facts from? Ex. You claim that the army arm twisted the judiciary? Do you possess evidence to that effect? If you do show it or shut up! It’s complete bullshit. The judiciary is not some toy to be arm twisted under veiled threats!!

            Stop spreading your vile hatred. The priest was one that lived in that area for many many years as a protector of Buddhism and withstood the murderous LTTE and defended the temple against those murderers which people like you would have gladly been cheering on.

            This land belongs to no one even thought the Tamils make such a brooha about it, with claims to historical sites and territories all the while living luxuriously in different parts of the county amongst other nationalities. What makes them think that the country owes them a separate part of its land? Are they special in any manner? Or exceptional??

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              L de silva

              Great typing.
              Any chance you belong to Mervyn De Silva family?

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        No one cremated anybody on the Galle Face a Green. Some notables and not too notables are cremated in Independance Square whether deservedly or not. Tamils are cremated on open grounds everywhere.The better brand of Hindus are cremated on the banks of the Ganges.They will not allow that privilege to Tamils however.

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          Percy the dated, pathetic perverted logician

          “Tamils are cremated on open grounds everywhere.”

          True, during successive riots, wars and peace time.
          Also true hundreds of thousands of innocent Sinhalese and Buddhists were burnt on tyre-pyre along roadsides.
          It is one great achievement of the Sinhala/Buddhist civilisation of which no one should be allowed to forget.

          “The better brand of Hindus are cremated on the banks of the Ganges.They will not allow that privilege to Tamils however.”

          However the bodies of innocent Sinhalese or/and Buddhists had better treatment when their corpse were thrown into Kalyani (Kelani) River. It was a privilege and honour the Sri Lankan state reserved for its selected citizens.

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      Jehan. the Buddhist flag flies at Independence Square.
      Why are there NO Chirstmas Trees and Carols at Independence Square? only on the side at the Arcade Shopping center?! Why is there no Ramazan celebration or Hindu Divali celebration at Independence Sq in Colombo EVER?!

      Because Independence square belongs Exclusively to the Buddhists and so too does Lanka. This is the racist tacit code that governs pluralism in the South. which is more in need of Multicultural education and diversity programs than the North.!
      Open your eyes dude and see how RACIST the Colombo and the South is.

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        Dude,have you not heard of Arjuna the man who wanted to have the tallest Christmas tree in the world at Galle Face.?
        What brains? No wonder the country is going down the tube fast.

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          Percy dated and pathetic

          “What brains? No wonder the country is going down the tube fast.”

          Great observation. A minor correction the country has been going down the drain from 1948. The reason is you continue to s**t on the dining table and eat from toilet.

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        dude: Beczause Cathlics and Christiands are just 7% and Buddhists are over 70% including Tamil buddhists.

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          Jim softy

          “dude: Beczause Cathlics and Christiands are just 7% and Buddhists are over 70% including Tamil buddhists.”

          Several months ago in response to one of your typing/ranting I mentioned there Tamil Buddhists had been living in this island. You foolishly repudiated me. Is there a delay action switch fitted into your empty head?

          Why don’t you open your head to outside suggestions, information, new ideas, lateral thinking, logic, rationalism, truth, ……………………….?

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      Singhalese pundit

      “How many Tamils are cremated and burried in South?”

      You mean in Independent square, Galle Face, Opposite the Parliament, Sugathadasa Stadium, your, …………………… ? Sorry I don’t have the count. Do you?

      “Today more Tamils live in South than in North?”

      Could we have the numbers. I am constantly reminded of my ancestral land belonging to all races.

      “They will never go.back to North even if you ask them.?”

      As Dr Gota (DSc) attempted deport most Tamils back to the North to the war zone where he could kill more innocent people, future Dr Gota (DSc) misadministration could deport all of them and bury them alive in Nandikadal.

      “What a fuss about It?”

      Well tell us what was the fuss about. What was the purpose of burning the dead body on a public place? There are several cemeteries available for cremation, burial, …..samathi, including Army camps.

      “Please note Sri Lanka is a democratic country.”

      It does not mean you s**t on the dinning table and eat from toilet.

      “Anyone could move anywhere in Sri Lanka.”
      _
      When are you moving out of my ancestral home?

      “Problems with Tamils.is that they see humanity through cast system.”

      That is their problem and not yours. However you see humanity through barrel of a gun, multi barrel, artillery, S loan pipe, barbed wire, b***s crushing, …………… ………………….

      “Cast system is evil system. It is devil system.”

      So that you seek out the matching devil from matrimonial columns of almost every news papers.

      “It is not that burrial of the most venerable monk should be an issue..but Tamil.people mentality to divide humanity in this cast system.”

      Did Tamil people know his caste?
      I suggest you spend a spell in the jungle monastery. You deserve a break and re-education.

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    Army got immeasurable strength power political backing and undisputed control over Tamils and their land. They could do whatever they want, select a place as they think and archaeology Dept gives full support to them. Why should military ask or consult local people who is expected to have undisputed allegiance and obedience to them. Who cares Municipal Council and Provincial Council, all are under the thumb of provincial Governor backed by military. Did you hear how Governor’s wife behaved at a Hindu temple in Koonitheevu near Champoor recently? Remember, so long as the superior dominant mentality of the rulers that include armed forces remain alive and kicking, nothing will be solved in this island.

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      ” Did you hear how Governor’s wife behaved at a Hindu temple in Koonitheevu near Champoor recently?”

      No, however I watched her abusing “uneducated, low class, unsophisticated, …. idol worshiping” plebs. Please click the link below:

      Meddling monks and an abusive governor’s wife – tensions in Trinco as temple restoration halted

      http://www.tamilguardian.com/content/
      meddling-monks-and-abusive-governors-
      wife-tensions-trinco-temple-restoration-halted

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        You cannot construct unauthorised constructions i statr land and bulldoze an archeological site overnight! It seams the bulldozer and lorry driver have orchestrated the whole process, what a shame!

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          Intellectual

          Thanks for your uninformed, jumping on the bandwagon, and unintelligent typing.

          First state the story and then type what you believe.

          In this land anything and everything becomes archaeological sites once it is claimed so by any Tom, Dick and Harry, and well by any saffron clad crooks supported by heavy arm tactics. It is a well tested instrument of land grabbing.

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        NAtive Vedda: check Tamilnet carefully. Yu understand that husbands were watching the incident. children and women were sitting there waiting for it. It looks Tamils on purpose set up the Governor’s wife and videod it. That was LTTE way to make videos to send UNHCR. Unfortunatly it blew up right away. I can understand why you are itching in this.

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          Jim softy the dimwit

          “It looks Tamils on purpose set up the Governor’s wife and videod it. “

          You are an extraordinary creature, perhaps belonging to the extinct Panthera leo sinhaleyus, or ‘Ceylon lion’ according to PEP Deraniyagala’s imagination.

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            NAtive Vedda: if you check the videos, you can not come another conclusion. Watch impartial and try to be unbiased and question what you see. Governor’s wife was set up to do that.

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        Thanks NV.
        I was going to point to this incident. You have done it better than me.

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      Army goes on rampage when they are set up by Yahapalanaya and Chitanta government. Two years ago (February 4th) China prevented Lankawe’s Sinha flag raised in Colombo Port.

      This year (2018) Sinha flag is lowered in Hangbangtota. Rear Admirable Ravindra Wijetunga personally went to Hangbangtota (2017) and squeezed the necks of reporters when Ranil wanted to have the site cleared for Red Army’s take over. Ranil have put up a special Navy Camp there to protect Chinese from being bothered & harassed by the Wildlife Society, SinhaLE. Unlike what happened to Tamils’ business in the South, no talk about the annual celebration of pogroms wherever Chinese start their business activities. No Hyena will be allowed to loot and eat from the Chinese properties.
      Next year there will be only Dragon Flag in Hangbangtota, no Sinha Flag. Don’t expect in January 2019 from Jehan PhD a heading “Opposition to Hangbangtota Sinha Flag raising Shows Need to Promote Plural Ethos “. . Neither Jehan PhD will advise Yahapalanaya to raise the Sinha flag quickly before the Presidential election of 2019 otherwise the Sinhala Mahajan may wipe out Yahapalanaya.
      There is a Tamil Cinema song Tamil goes like this “ The snake of the on shoulders of Mahadeva asked the eagle that was sitting on the head of Krishna ‘How you man? Are you ok?’ The eagle replied ‘if everybody is at their proper level things should be ok around here’”. Jehan wants to promote “Plural Ethos” only for Jaffna so the he can have the lands for the Rapist Army easily dislodged from residents without resistance. He does not either advice pogroms on Chinese properties either.

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      MR: don’t worry, Jehan Perera is here support you, According to him Tamils set up all the rules and say their way is democracy, what they want is reconciliation so, Majority have to accept what the Tamils say. but, Jehan does not say when did Yapanaya become part of Tamilnadu. Mr. Perera’s usual crap.

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    The art of pricking a needle into banana was demonstrated by Jehan PhD when the entire NGO representatives went against Brother Prince, who kept Nimalka out of Lankawe, Jehan PhD described Brother Prince as person endeavors for good relationship with the NGOs. His racism honors the war criminals to that extent.
    Jehan PhD’s techniques of mixing poison in the milk and feeding is working many thousand time powerful than when Thero De Silva spewing the poison straight into the face. Jehan PhD went UOJ to suppress when Tamil students insisted their cultural instrument Nathsuram played in their processions.
    Jehan would not go to write handing over Kathirkamam to Tamils to have the Puja conducted as per the Veda because it is a Sinhala Buddhist heritage for him. Nainativu is not Nagapooshani Amman area, but a hereditarily Sinhala Rapist army occupied land, as per his essay. The Dalada Maligawa is a Krishna Temple and its 10 day celebrations open with “Kanikaal Nadukai”. Jehan PhD doesn’t want to call it as Tamils heritage.
    Ultra-racist Jehan PhD last time wrote that the Yahapalanaya should let to go the Secret Solution because LG election was coming and Sinhalese will wipe out Yahapalanaya if they suspect it is about to give any minimal rights to Tamil.

    In the previous one, he attempted to push government to capture on Lord Nasby’s talk and defeat the UNHRC resolution.

    Jehan PhD is saying that the North East has been concurred by Sinhala government and the Tamil have submitted to mighty Sinhala government as subordinates. For grace the losers can be consulted but cannot be allowed anyway to implement anything. ” The power of the government is a reality that people who live in all parts of the country realize, and accommodate themselves to. The politics of confrontation which reached their height under the LTTE led to much loss rather than to the anticipated victory and separation.”

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    Even after extensive colonization in North with the help 150,000 rapist military, Tamils don’t vote for a party that failed to demand their rights in South. Never UNP or SLFP or EPDP parties sought a candidature in the North with peaceful means. The Sinhala government and the Rapist Army even printed a second “Udayan” newspaper to cheat Tamil voters. But here what the statistics Jehan PD read in the Army printed 2nd Udayan is saying : The verdict at recent elections has shown that the people of Jaffna have opted for cooperation with the government as their preferred way forward. Unfortunately I never had chance to read the news Jehan PhD has read.

    This is an essay Ultra Racist Jehan PhD has written to Sumanthiran and Sampanthar who are fooling the Tamils in the North East with the rotten Secret Solution. Jehan PhD has clearly stated the purpose of the Provincial Council is to make the two provinces the world’s largest Sinhala Rapists Army camp. He clearly says that there is a purpose in making Lankawe as a Buddhist Nation under the Secret Solution. The provincial council is not going to protect Tamils’ any right and as per Jehan PhD, as Monk has been appointed by Southern Sinhalese as the Chief Monk to rule the North. He further claims the Land is import part of the Sinhala heritage. So Tamils should not deprive Sinhalese from their heritage the North.
    Comedian Sumanthiran is fooling the Tamils in the North as he can solve everything with a Minister Post the same way Muslim ministers did for their community. But he never answered to these racists that Provincial Council TNA was asking is, for first and foremost, to protect the Tamils’ ancestral heritage and their religions.

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    Thank you Jehan. There is lot of food for thought here – unbiased thinking

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      The food for thought is only ‘good to eat’ but not to practice. When the army and the Sinhalese think they are conquers, no amount of good food will digest. instead it will only cause GAS-Tricks.

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    JEhan Perera. sinhala buddhists are discriminated and did you here how a bulldozer driver and the support flatten the ruins of the Samapura Vihara and when governor wife went to see it, Men were watching and their wives and children were heckling the governor’s wife. ManoGanashen the Tamil racist was criticizing the governor’s wife too. They have built a Kovil for a goddess on top of the bulldozes ruins of the buddhist temple. I heard that Bulldozer operator is in critical condition after an accident and also the supporter is in the hospital. I think, the Kallii goddess to whom they built the kovil in the wrong place, punished the operator ans helper.
    According to Jehan’s article, Yapanaya has become a part of Tamilnadu. Sinhla people can not use public ground the way they want. they have to get permission. 10% Tamils want to go over 75% buddhists. 7% christians want to go ahead of 69% buddhists. that is the democracy. I think the democracy is majority speaks first.

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      Soft Jimy, people of Sampur and Senayoor are Tamilized descendants of Veddhas and are the rightful owners of the land. There is no doubt Veddhas worshipped Murugan and not Buddha. If archaeological surveys are to be done, it should be comprehensive and not selective to unearth what is in keeping with Sinhala propaganda about the past history. A good example is the recent excavation at Settikulam carried out by a group of Buddhist monks of their archaeology school, where they set out to excavate ancient Buddhist temples in the area, but stumbled into a 10,000 year old civilisation probably Dravidian, which has blown to pieces Sinhala propaganda that there was no civilisation prior to their migration.

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        Sankaralingam. You yourself say probably Dravidian and you say they excating for ancient ruins which they found.

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    Thank you jeghan for your good article. But look what happened in trino. How the governor’s wife behaved with police protection.even they are artifacts , who gave the power to her to insult another community .the goverworked also been there.things like these happened in Kanniyai, KONESwARam also and later a pseudoctor history will be tailored without any evidence and propagandis the will start to work fullblown. What is the cultural protection we have in this country

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    Jehan,
    Reconciliation is a process that should involve people, civil societies, religious organisations not the military. Unfortunately you are trying to justify that the food festival organised by military as a good one. For Tamil people the military personal are occupiers (they unlawfully occupy their land, cultivate their land and market their products and the people don’t like these unlawful masters. As a Buddhist Monk he should have participated and contributed in the Tamil peoples well being helping them, solving their problems at least for the past 9 years and earned a large number of followers (not necessaraly converting the religion) around him. He should not be their to serve Sinhala military and Sinhala tourists only. Tamils are not against Buddhism or Buddhists. Wrong interpretation of reconciliation will do harm.

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    Ajith…” For Tamil people the military personel are occupiers”
    However… For the Tamil people the blood donated by Military personel is LIFE.

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      thondamannay

      “However… For the Tamil people the blood donated by Military personel is LIFE.”

      You have raised literally a fantastic point. I will appreciate if it is true. A military that constantly bombed and shelled hospitals, people, women, children and the old, cared for its victims. Excellent. You should thank Rear Admiral Dr Sarath Weerasekere for creating the story. By the way he is also a screen play writer and a director of movies.

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        Thondamannay,
        You should not confuse with humanity and military. Yes I appreciate anyone donate blood to anyone irrespective of race, color, religion etc. There are number of people donate blood all over this island. There is no difference between a military personal donating blood and a street sweeper giving a blood. Why do you have to empahasise only the military giving blood to Tamils? Is it because the military in Tamil areas are Sinhala only? It isn’t simply for propaganda? Why couldn’t the monks residing in Jaffna Vihare and other Sinhalese did not donate blood to Tamils? Reconciliation should come from them. not the military?

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    The ignorant and assumptive Jehan Perara claims that the “late monk was also the chief monk for the Northern Province” I am not sure who gave him that title is it Perara or his friends ? None of the elected body of the Northern Province gave him that title. They can dream from the South that they are the Chief monk for the Northern Province or for the whole England or whole North-America, then claim that he must be allowed cremation in the Hyde Park in London or the Central Park in New York. This kind of assumption and denying the people of the region their rights and saying in what they want is the oppression the Sinhalese want to impose on the Tamil people.

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    Jehan,

    When did it become acceptable for public grounds other than cemeteries to be used as cremation grounds? And why is there state patronage for the funeral of a monk ?

    SLA officers can participate in the funeral rites in their private capacity as Buddhists, and the concerned Vihara can find an appropriate cremation grounds in coordination with the government agent for the district, but the military officially should have no business with a monk’s funeral.

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      Jehan Perera has some peace credentials. But the truth is, he has to live amongst the majority Sinhalese in the South.

      Jehan errs when he claims there is such a thing as Chief Monk of the Northern Province. I believe there is none.

      In the Hindu (Tamil) culture cremation grounds are kept far, far away from their Temples- that should be common knowledge to the army authorities. The army, and even perhaps the Governor, may have seen this as one more opportunity to show Tamils in the North they are a subject race and their rights are those only that the Sinhala Govt reluctantly gives them. If that is the case, the Tamil people have a democratic right to resist this mindset.

      At almost the same time, elsewhere at Koonitheevu in the Champoor area the wife of the EP Governor Bogollagama – a woman with a well known violent past – has angrily desecrated a Hindu place of worship in front of a large number of worshippers. What she tried to convey in asking the Tamils was ” don’t you know what we did to you (Tamil civilians) recently???

      I am afraid pleas from the more liberal in the Sinhala side the recent War was only between the LTTE and the armed forces is belied by this woman who screamed, more than once as reported, “thamuselata thava wedak dennang”

      Will the President rise up to the occasion to calm the feelings of the Tamil people? This can be done by getting Governor Bogollagama to publicly apologise to the people of Koonitheevu for this deliberate insult inflicted by his clearly insane wife. However, from what is known in Colombo circles based on past incidents Bogollagama is mortally afraid of his aggressive wife.

      R. Varathan

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        “However, from what is known in Colombo circles based on past incidents Bogollagama is mortally afraid of his aggressive wife.”

        When liberal Sinhalese claimed to have saved many Tamils from Sinhala/Buddhist thugs in the past I take it a pinch of salt. My question them is why couldn’t they stop minor incidents were being allowed to culminate into pogroms? The mainstream media is reluctant to report all such incidents in the south fearing they were being branded traitors.

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          Tamil vedda it is one thing to make reckless comments suggestive of trolling,and another to face the reality of the situation. Your comments about Bogollagamas wife are defamatory and should not be permitted by CT. You are talking about Liberal Sinhalese. Have you ever heard of a Liberal Tamil. He is yet to be born.

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            Percy dated and pathetic

            “Your comments about Bogollagamas wife are defamatory and should not be permitted by CT. “

            When did you get appointed as her paddikkama (spittoon) carrier?
            Congratulations.

            “Have you ever heard of a Liberal Tamil.”

            Haven’t you? So sad.
            Perhaps they are hiding from you, maybe they can’t stand your bad vibes. Probably they deserve peace hence they walk away from you. Its your fault.

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              You are oozing with belaboured tiresome wit you dumb wit, Tamil vedda.Come up with something with a tinge of humour at least, or is your breed too preoccupied with Sinhala bashing?

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            Percy,

            When Bogollogama was Foreign Minister the wife was involved in several incidents where her violent nature came to the fore. In one she continually threatened, and even used violence, against a young lady doctor and her male friend for some alleged involvement with Bogollagama. Then there was another incident where she is alleged to have either thrown or threatened to throw grenades on a neighbours’ house – over a minor dispute. These are incidents which the media widely at that time. These can hardly be considered defamatory. Take a look at the video in Sampoor where this woman is going berserk to the embarrassment of the Police in the scene.

            Don’t blame CT. It is one of the few spaces where views can be freely expressed – without fear or favour. Bogollogama, at any rate, is a failed politician hardly known for principals or consistency. He was rejected by the people of Colombo when he was a senior Minister. He is a poor choice as Governor/EP.

            ADJP

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        Varathan: If you people lived in Sri lanka, you should have understood the Sinhala -Buddhist culture. That is why many Tamils are questioning this way. You people are South Indians and You do not know sinhala buddhists customs. Now as part of reconciliation we are taking what we lost. That is all. It is the cheif Sanga nayakes who appoint the provincial chieg monks and not the govt. It is like POPE appointing the Yapanaya bishop and you Tamils keep your mouths shut.

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          Jim Softy

          What you call Sinhala-Buddhist culture flows from Tamil-Indian culture. Too bad you can’t deny Buddhism is from India. Until recently there were many rural Sinhalese who believed Buddha came from Kelaniya!!!! Your religion, language, culture, cuisine, farming practises and the lot came entirely from India. Today, your newborn – girls and boys – are given Indian first names. Take a look at the Cricket team.

          When the Colonisers came around the 15th Century there was a
          Tamil kingdom in the North, a Sinhala Kingdom in the South and later yet another in the Hills. Much of your Royalty prior to this time was either entirely or partially Tamil.

          In case you did not know, Christian religious heads in the Tamil NEP follow the ecclesiastical heirarchial system in Rome, England and South India. Nothing unusual there.

          What’s more – Tamils in the NEP will get their due rights, their precious land and ruling rights soon – peacefully; through the good offices of the international community that is convinced Sinhalese and Tamils cannot live together anymore. This can be either a totally separate entity or one in which two nations rule in one undivided land. It is up to the Buddhist priesthood and the armed forces. You know Parliament is helpless for some decades now.

          R. Varathan

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          Jim softy the dimwit

          What is Sinhala/Buddhist culture? Could you define and explain what it is in your own language.

          If you can’t please ignore my comment.

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    A dead person has no language religion caste creed or a political alliance the cause of all the problems on earth. Everything died with him. Let him be buried cremated thrown to the vultures any where on earth doesn’t matter. All partisan critics for and against on the subject should note that out of 7.2 billion people living on earth today 99.999% will die during the next hundred years including the children born today and their remains will be committed to the earth in whatever manner and form.

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    Jehan is trying to paint a rosy picture.
    “The military in the north seeks to win the hearts and minds of the people by engaging in social service and by undertaking development projects. “

    What is really going on? Read https://www.srilankacampaign.org/militarisation-sri-lankas-north-not-going-away/

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    The aim of the government is in the order of 1. integration 2. Acculturation 3. assimilation of Tamils in the country. Military is its tool.

    By interfering in the lifestyle and day to day social educational cultural & religious activities of local Tamil people military is trying hard to achieve its plan of integration at present. In a few years time this will be transformed into acculturation by military’s widespread insurmountable dominance in each and every field of Tamils. Monks and Sinhala Buddhist intelligentsia will play an active part of this dominance. Finally the ultimate assimilation will occur without a murmur from Tamils. There would not be any question of Right to self determination, land ownership, equal rights etc thereafter.

    Remember the words of IMRA Iriyagolla ” disunity would not arise because we Sinhalese want to absorb you Tamils into our community.” Another M.P , Sahara Palansuriya put it bluntly ” We want to absorb you. Why do you resent that? Because there are 40 million people speaking the Tamil language across the park strait, you people give up the Tamil language. And get absorbed, get assimilated”

    Govt is very clever in achieving its aim. Don’t underestimate TNA. They too are clever in clinging on to the govt for personal gains.

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    Jehan PhD’s job is whitewashing the Racist Sinhala Government Machinery. Earlier, a commentator named Thiru wrote, Jehan PhD’s looks tells how much honest he is. He never fails to grab every opportunity to turn against Tamils and never fails to save the Sinhalese Rapist Army when they humiliate Tamils. As he is unborn Brother-in-Law of Bologama he would not Title his essay as “Opposition by Governor Family to Koonithivu Temple renovation Shows Need to Promote Plural Ethos.” Tamils know the difference between black and white. They know who Austin is and who Rohitha is. New King purposefully swung his sword on Austin Fernando and appointed his handpicked Rohitha there when entire Tamil community demanded for a Tamil Governor who can be sensitive to Tamils’ issues, when New King removed Austin Fernando. They perfectly predicted how Rohitha is going to humiliate the Tamils there. If there was anything about CV, Jehan PhD would not mind to waste three Essays on three angles.

    A Chithambara Puram woman was attacked with axe by a drug dealer because she complained to Police about this drug dealer giving free samples to school kids. The entire village is complaining that as soon as they tell somethings to Police, it is giving the copy of the complaint to the dealer, who then attacking, killing threatening the villagers. This is not the only Tamil area police station doing this dirty game. As Jehan PhD’s job is whitewashing the Wholesale Drug Dealing Defense Department, he will not write about this notorious Sinhala Police stations and their destruction for peace and reconciliation. But the Chithambara Pura Tamils are exasperating that they don’t want the bogus reconciliation of Ranil and New King, but they want the police station go out of there.

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    Your Ancestry: Dear commentators, each one of you is taking a hard position in this forum assuming that you are either a Sinhalese or a Tamil. What if a Sinhalese suddenly finds out that he/she is actually born to Tamil parents and has been adopted by Sinhala parents or vice versa? If you think this very rare, just watch a dozen Hindi movies and you will find this story in half of them. If it happens in Hindi or Tamil movies it must be truly a common happening. If that gets you thinking, here is the antidote:

    National Geographic has a special offer out for US$ 100 in US and more outside US, that will give your (1) Regional Ancestry as far as 200,000 years back, (2) Deep Ancestry Report giving the anthropological story of your ancestors, where they lived and migrated, (3) Your hominin ancestry (4) Your genius matches (if any) up to 120,000 years ago, telling you of any ‘geniuses; you may be related to. I have ordered one kit. Will let you know what it says. Hopefully, this does not get as far as the original monkey I descended form.

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      Percy dated and pathetic

      Brilliant.
      Keep up your good work.

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