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Ostracising The Sri Lankan Police: Redeeming Sinhalese Culture From Its Brute Savagery

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole

This article began as a comment on the call by Ms. Yasmin Sooka the executive directress of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) and others to cancel training programs to Sri Lankan police. More broadly Ms. Sooka stated: “We urge the UK Government to cancel the programme until Sri Lanka takes serious action to hold alleged perpetrators to account.” I endorse that call but there is a lot more to my comment that will not fit the Colombo Telegraph 200-word limit on comments. So this long piece.

First, the call to exclude those policemen accused of atrocities is very much in line with what Saliya Pieris’ Office of Missing Persons (OMP) recommended to the government in its first Interim Report –  that it  suspend state officials, police officers, and members of the armed forces who have been named as suspects or have been accused in criminal actions relating to abductions and enforced disappearances, pending the final determination of such cases. By that recommendation we must find some lawful means to suspend even President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

We sometimes oversimplify problems to make them tractable. If we follow the call to boycott our police to its logical conclusion, we need to ostracise the entire Sri Lankan government. The fact is that all relations with the Sri Lankan government need to be cutoff because the government is one of the most savage governments on earth. Surely every Sinhalese knows of what they did in 2009. Those who deny it are party to the savagery of genocide. In the 1980s the military engaged in large-scale killings in the East with Keenie Meenie Mercenaries, killing, looting, and raping girls and cutting off their breasts and genitals, all under British Government funding. Between the two partners, Sri Lanka and Britain, Britain has mended its ways and now calls for the prosecution for war crimes. Keenie-Meenie Associates is already under investigation by the Metropolitan Police in London for engaging in War Crimes in Sri Lanka. Their innovativeness is best known for removing the clip of a grenade without letting it go, putting it in a wine glass with the glass still keeping the clip down and then dropping it on Tamils – the glass breaks, the clip is released and the grenade explodes.

British mercenaries in Sri Lanka

Following the call to boycott the Sri Lankan police to its natural corollary of boycotting the Sri Lankan government in its entirety is not going to happen. Partly it will be costly for business, especially as the vacuum created will be taken up by China. Also partly, it will hurt the common people badly if essential imports like fuel, food and medicine are affected by a trade-boycott of Sri Lanka. So, it is not going to happen except if the world agrees to do so as a Security Council resolution. But then China will not let that happen, what with its baggage in Tibet and its own Muslims, especially the Uyghurs. It has therefore to be approached through the UNHRC  with no veto-wielding China. I hope and pray something more will be done at the end of next month at the UNHRC. Evil must be confronted head-on.

The entire Sri Lankan government was complicit in the mass murder of Tamils. The Sinhalese people too are complicit in overwhelmingly voting in as President a man widely and credibly accused of war crimes. To date we have had no inquiry into the numerous riots. We know exactly who organized the 1983 riots. We have it on record in the form of a Daily Telegraph interview that our President J.R. Jayawardene did not care for Tamil lives. The Jaffna Public Library was burnt. We know exactly by whom but no inquiry. Impunity! These our savage leaders are feted to this day as great men with even postage stamps for them. Why focus on the police then?

Former Minister Champika Ranawaka in a press statement following the provincial council election victory of the Tamil National Alliance on 23 September 2013 threatened the Tamil people for voting for the TNA. His threat was to visit Nandikadal on us again:

After defeating terrorism, no country in the world had provided space to the political front of terrorism. They have taken legal and political actions to defeat such political fronts. But the Sri Lankan state did not take any such action against the Tamil National Alliance. The consequences of it are now reflected through the results of the Northern Provincial Council election. If the Tamil National Alliance is preparing to challenge the Sri Lankan state, people and its sovereignty nationally and internationally using the political victory achieved in Northern Province, the Tamil society and their future generation will have to revisit Nandikadal lagoon. (citing UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic, American University Washington College of Law, Sept. 2014).

It was a tacit admission of the genocide that took place in the lagoon as buttressed by many sources. It is fair to say with so many killers involved that every Sinhalese knows what his or her government does to Tamils. It is deeply embedded in Sinhalese Buddhist culture to treat Tamils like dirt. When King Duttagemunu was sad over killing so many Tamils in battle, the Arahants advised the King not to be despondent  since those Tamils he killed were not only barbarians and heretics, but their deaths were like that of cattle, dogs and mice (Citing Gananath Obeyesekere who quotes the Sinhala Saddharmalamkara, The Works of the Culture, Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanlysis and Anthropology, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London: Chapter 2, Symbolic Parricide: The Conscience of Duttagamini Abhaya, pages 168, 170). The Mahavamsa has an equally hate-filled quote from the Sangha on Tamils not to be more esteemed than beasts (Mahavamsa, Chapter. 25: 98, 103, 107-112).

LTTE Leader

These attitudes from monks who claim to preach love are why, I submit, the Sinhalese conscience is so thick-skinned and nonchalant about the murders of Tamils in the numerous riots including of 1983, Mullivaikal, the Trinco 11, the children killed and skinned in Mirusuvil by the pardoned  Staff Sergeant R M Sunil Rathnayake, etc.. That is why the President so easily pardons the most brutal killers, and the Sinhalese people voted for him so overwhelmingly. No wonder our government praises the murderers of Tamils as heroes. President Gotabaya Rajapakse even promised Sri Lanka will not tolerate the targeting of war heroes (as reported in the Hindu, 19 May 2020):

“If any international body or organisation continuously target our country and our war heroes, using baseless allegations, I will also not hesitate to withdraw Sri Lanka from such bodies or organisations,” he said, speaking at the 11th anniversary of the end of the civil war, marked as “Ranaviru [War Heroes] Day”

This of course is for the gullible-minded Sinhalese who will swallow anything from their leaders. The UNHRC will meet next month. Let us see the President withdraw in braggadocio. Our delegation is smore likely to plead for mercy. In this particular case, this vain bravado is necessarily a policy borne of the instinct for self-preservation because the President himself is accused of War Crimes.

There is a long history to every level of the Sri Lankan government conspiring to put down Tamils, and gullible Sinhalese lapping it all up. On 5 Jan 1985 when the army killed The Rev. Fr. Mary Bastian and the (predominantly Sinhalese majority) Catholic Bishops’ Conference testified to there being many eyewitnesses to the event, Oxford educated Athulathmudali of haute Sinhalese couture denied it and said Rev. Bastian had run off to India. The army then planted some female paraphernalia in the vicarage to suggest Fr. Bastian lived with a woman, even as Amnesty International said there was no evidence that Fr. Bastian was in India.

After the Thambiluvil Massacre when Citizens’ Committee Chairman Paul Nallanayagam reported the massacre to the police, he was arrested and charged, and of course the court of those times discharged him, but only after he had been in jail for three and half months. This is why we do not report crimes by the armed forces. In all that the government did to Mr. Nallanayagam, can anyone say that the Attorney General and the government were not conspiring in their dirty tricks? We see the same as many cases against supporters of the Rajapaksas are dismissed even after charges were filed by the Attorney General’s and the detectives punished through charges from the same Attorney General’s Department. I see no credibility in the Attorney General’s Department.

The whole Sinhalese establishment is virulently corrupt and communalist. The massacres were on such a large scale, surely soldiers reported it to their families. All Sinhalese know what goes on. In Sri Lanka there are few secrets.

Putting it all on the police now is for Sinhalese in general to escape culpability. If the Sinhalese people wish to redeem their reputation and take their place in the civilized world, they need to own up. Till then the entire SL government needs to be treated like brutal savages and ostracised.

Self-respecting Sinhalese, like those liberal-minded Sinhalese who condemn human rights violations from wherever they come, had better do something to redeem their terribly sullied reputation. Till then Sri Lankan rulers would be best described in the words of Zephania the son of Cushi, great-great grandson of King Hezekiah, in describing the rulers of Judah in Zephania 3: 3:

Her officials within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning. Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men; her priests profane what is holy; they do violence to the law.

Does that not fit well our rulers and many of our Buddhist Monks? Good Sinhalese: do something please!

Postscript: Three Strands of Thought

I am presently editing a book on Sri Lankan army atrocities: Noble David and Puspatharan Puthirasigamani, 204 Stages of Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka, London, in press. Expected Before the UNHRC sessions. As I read of what the Sinhalese soldiers did, my immediate question is “Are they human?” And my immediate reaction is, “How can we live with the Sinhalese?” The scale of their murder and mayhem is so huge and the complicity of the top military brass and government is so clear that one cannot allow the Sinhalese as a community to escape responsibility. It is a book that every Sri Lankan, everyone who loves humanity, should read.

Three strands of thought emerge in my head. I have lived a life advancing peace (with occasional failures) and, God willing, I will continue to do so based on my faith. The thought that nags me is that when we talk peace, the people who faced these atrocities will be very angry. To ask them to live peaceably with the Sinhalese is truly an absurd proposition if you have lost your entire family to rape and murder by the Sinhalese and the miscreants – killers really – go scot-free and are called Heroes by our President. What peace with such savages! The Sinhalese will never agree to outright severance. We do not have the strength to go to war, however just. That is clear from our experience when we ourselves strayed from the straight and narrow path necessary to be adhered to in a Just War as defined by Saints Augustine and Aquinas. Realistically we need to find a way to live separately through a devolved system of government where we control our own lives and have a say in our own affairs, without treading on each other’s toes. The world has to intervene for that, perhaps through UNHRC.

The second strand of thought was evoked by my friend Shreen Saroor of Mannar who slogs tirelessly for peace. She was elated by the fact that a pauper Christian’s body was carried by a Muslim as a third corpse in a hearse meant for one. She saw it as a silver lining in the otherwise dark clouds, heralding peace in her mind. To have a breakthrough in achieving devolved government, it is important to have a true and noble consensus between Tamils and Muslims. For without that, federalism is not feasible with so many mixed population areas. Indeed when M.A. Sumanthiran rightly apologized for the bad things we Tamils did to Muslims, the angry reaction from persons like K. Sivajilingam was “Are you ignoring the several atrocities by Muslims against us? Has any Muslim apologized to us?” I am sure Shreen Saroor will on behalf of Muslims if she already has not. Indeed, she already has in the ways she works so closely with Tamils, empowering many Tamil women.  It is sad that only the less powerful segments of Tamils and Muslims, namely Christians and Women respectively, are more amenable to making overtures to the other side.

The third stream of thought comes from T. Jeyabalan of Thesam Publications who declined to publish the David-Puthirasigamani book. His criticism was that the book does not mention all the vicious things done by the LTTE. In my preface when I briefly mentioned negative things about the LTTE, some rich London doctors funding the book wanted those parts removed and, when I stood my ground, they effectively withdrew funding for the book. The book does not dwell on LTTE atrocities because the LTTE killers are dead and gone. There is no one to prosecute, thanks to our government’s extra-judicial killings. It remains only to punish the LTTE killers’ killers in the Sri Lankan government and military.

I hold no torch for the Tamils who hold up murder and mayhem. Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran praised V. Prabhakaran. He has some support for that, showing that we Tamils too have the likes of the Sinhalese who voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It is good to recall that Prabhakaran for a small bribe allowed Mahinda Rajapaksa to win the 2005 election by preventing Tamils from voting. And then Prabhakaran made his Nov. 2005 Maaveerar Day Speech, within 10 days after he had installed Mahinda Rajapaksa in power by not letting Tamil people in the North vote. In that speech we hear Prabhakaran praising Mahinda Rajapaksa as “a realist committed to pragmatic politics.” Prabhakaran was neither a realist nor a pragmatist! For that reason, he is dead. Unfortunately, we who live, both Sinhalese and Tamil, are reaping what he and the Rajapaksas sowed together as partners.

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    Dear Readers,
    The term ‘genocide’ is elaborated upon in the article below.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-11108059
    I urge readers to go through the article and form their own opinion if there was genocide in Sri Lanka.

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        ——————-
        we must find some lawful means to suspend even President Gotabaya….
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        In your dreams
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        We will elect him for the second term with more votes than before.
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        And…
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        We will kick your separatist asses again if necessary like 2009.
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        And
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        We will police north and east as we like forever.
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        And…
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        We will keep our military in north and east forever…
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        Do what you can. No one cares.

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            Mr. eLM (eternal Loose Motion),
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            Please try again

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      Dear Dr Hoole,
      Thank you for this.

      “””I hold no torch for the Tamils who hold up murder and mayhem. Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran praised V. Prabhakaran. He has some support for that, showing that we Tamils too have the likes of the Sinhalese who voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It is good to recall that Prabhakaran for a small bribe allowed Mahinda Rajapaksa to win the 2005 election by preventing Tamils from voting. And then Prabhakaran made his Nov. 2005 Maaveerar Day Speech, within 10 days after he had installed Mahinda Rajapaksa in power by not letting Tamil people in the North vote. In that speech we hear Prabhakaran praising Mahinda Rajapaksa as “a realist committed to pragmatic politics.” Prabhakaran was neither a realist nor a pragmatist! For that reason, he is dead. Unfortunately, we who live, both Sinhalese and Tamil, are reaping what he and the Rajapaksas sowed together as partners.””””


      You are articulating it as no others that we who live both sinhala and tamil are reaping what P and Rajakshes sowed together as ziamesian twins.

      Not just war related damages, but Rajapkshes caused to make SRILANKENs life long debtors to the chinese.
      :
      Some feel, that Rajaakshes did lot more harm to this nation than P did during the brutal 30 years.

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        Prabhapakse perhaps, Jekyll and Hyde.

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      Thanks Sunil Gunaratne for the reference to the definition of Genocide
      Killing members of the group
      Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
      Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
      Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
      Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group

      I think by this definition, Genocide started in 1956 by us the Sinhaleese when the Government did not do anything but gave all teh support to thugs in 1956,1958,1977, and 1983, from 1983-2009 in which Government directly perpetuated it, worst under Defense Secretary Nandasena
      Under para 2 in 1982 Our Government Minsters burnt the Library
      Under para 2 our Army is holding on to Agricultural land of the Tamils and forcibly taking over while they are displaced and are destitute.
      As the author says we Sinhalese have to take the blame for what our Governments did starting from 1956

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        Further proof of genocide Thamizh population in the island reduced from around 26% to 16% within 70 years. 30% of Thamizh homeland stolen by Chingkallams and Thullukans through state aided colonization and ethnic cleansing activities, especially in the Thamizh east, to deliberately reduce the Thamizh into a voiceless minority in their own lands. Ancient Hindu temples in the north and east being deliberately destroyed with the help of the Sri Lankan state, armed forces , police , Archeological Department that concocts fake history and Islamic fake Arab Taliban South Indian origin Thullkans and being converted to Buddhist places of worship, mosques, beef stalls and shopping centers. In the Amparai district many Thamizh Hindu villagers being threatened by Islamic extremists and businessmen and employers to convert to Islam or leave or loose their employment. Many incidents have been reported. Thamizh language only official and in par with Chingkallam on paper but never implemented. Try to conduct business in Thamizh in a government department, police station or with the armed forces even in Thamizh speaking areas.

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          Pandi Kutti,
          “…state aided colonization”
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          It seems your English teacher has not taught the meaning of the word ‘colonization’. Before you use the word ‘colonization’ again please check the meaning of that word in Cambridge English Dictionary.

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            Eagle Kiladu, I know the meaning of colonization. You are just becoming senile.
            Many renowned Sinhalese and Tamil Historians, Archaeologists, Geologists, Epigraphists, Genealogists, Anthropologists, etymologists and Linguistic Scholars as well as Indian, American and British Scholars have engaged in research, on the ancient history of Sri Lanka for more than 30 years, conducting Archaeological excavations. The latest Archeological and Genealogical discoveries in Sri Lanka using modern technology show that not only the Flora and Fauna but the people of South India and Sri Lanka are of the same stock.

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            Eagle ‘dumb twat’ Eye, maybe Pandi Kutti did not learn one word, but it appears you have no education at all. All what you write here is all filled with lies and distortion of the truth. Someone should catch your village ass and beat your stinking a** to a pulp. Racist piece of sh&t.

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        Congratulations Dilshan on your transformation from a Muslim into a Sinhalese. Will you become a Tamil too when the need arises?

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          If you can transform yourself to Viking, solely on the basis of being a plaything to an actual Viking . So can he. What is in a name

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            Pundi Katti,

            Have you read books about Malabar slaves? Please read.

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              Yes I did they are the your ancestors the Thullukans.

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            PK so you have transformed yourself into a pig? A vast improvement.

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              Yes much better than a Viking plaything.

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      Sunil,
      “The scale of their murder and mayhem is so huge and the complicity of the top military brass and government is so clear that one cannot allow the Sinhalese as a community to escape responsibility.”
      It may not have been genocide, but it cannot be denied that the largely Sinhala armed forces are quite capable of mass murder , and that includes murdering Sinhalese too, as in 1971 and 1989. So, it wasn’t only Tamils who were affected. Sadly, most people consider it a necessary evil. Brutish indiscipline lies just below all those glamorous uniforms.

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        OC,
        The 1971 uprising was put down with Mrs. B’s ‘take no prisoners’ policy.
        From what I heard (I was not in Sri Lanka) 1989 was different where R Premadasa led an elimination strategy. Apparently, special units were created to identify and destroy anybody associated with the JVP. It was a brutal suppression where the number of dead is estimated to be over 70,000.
        For these reasons, I am unable to counter your assertion that ‘Brutish indiscipline lies just below all those glamorous uniforms’ although security forces would always assert that ‘they merely carried out orders’.
        While I do not like to speculate, this article appears to target Western audiences. Views of Sri Lankans are immaterial apart from generating comments from agitated individuals, which merely reflects the sensitive nature of the subject. As such, it is reasonable for a seasoned observer to conclude that this exercise is another element in a well-orchestrated campaign to promote the narrative that ‘Sinhalese savages have been and are engaged in genocide to eliminate Tamils’.

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          OC,
          I have inadvertently omitted a critical point.
          Wars are ugly and casualties are inevitable.
          From what I read, all governments attempted reach out but LTTE remained intransigent.
          After defeating the LTTE, the security forces will always be seen as heroes because of the sacrifices they made to maintain the integrity of Sri Lanka.
          This is something many readers refuse to acknowledge.

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            Sunil,
            “After defeating the LTTE, the security forces will always be seen as heroes because of the sacrifices they made to maintain the integrity of Sri Lanka.”
            Yes, but one never knows when this type of hero will turn on the hero- worshippers

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              Sunil,
              “From what I read, all governments attempted reach out but LTTE remained intransigent.”
              Chandrika’s “Package” might have succeeded if it wasn’t scuttled by the UNP. Same old story. One side proposes and the other disposes. We are cursed.

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                OC
                What was rotten was that while Ravi K was romping across the house like a mischievous kid, RanilW sat back smiling all the time.
                Chandrika had her revenge a few years later.
                These are people whom many here uphold as defenders of democracy.

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          SA
          “The 1971 uprising was put down with Mrs. B’s ‘take no prisoners’ policy.”
          Are you sure of this? Can you name a reliable source?
          *
          It is common knowledge that she was not keen on punishing detained JVP cadres and started rehabilitation programmes.
          Wijeweera got himself arrested in advance. But other leaders were arrested, tried and sentenced.
          There were killings in armed clashes for their short duration.
          In other cases the army played havoc in places. Again cruelty varied with location.

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            SJ
            I am sorry I can’t add to it.
            I agree with you that after the initial stages ‘she was not keen on punishing detained JVP cadres and started rehabilitation programmes’.
            I was an undergraduate in 1971 and what I said is based on what I learnt a lot later.
            I should not say something for which I am unable to freely provide supporting evidence.
            My apologies for that.

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            S.J,
            Weren’t the insurgents mostly from a particular caste? It was quite easy to go into their villages and round up young men. I saw it myself.

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              OC
              Not entirely.
              There was some degree of K dominance in the leadership.
              But there are no K away from the coastal areas.
              A lot of historically depressed communities were attracted in the Central highlands.
              They had a following among poor peasants, quite a few initially hijacked from Shan’s mass organization (led by Ariyawansa Gunasekera). Even the former President I think was a JVP suspect (or member?) who ditched Shan.

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                SJ
                Not the K caste.. It was mostly the D’s.

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                  OC
                  I doubt.
                  In 1971 and even after it was K dominance that was talked about. In the B community in Kegalle District it had a good following.
                  In Matara perhaps, but Matara is D country. Traders from Matara dominate certain urban centres inland.

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              old codger

              I too have information directly from those who were arrested and taken to a lonely place to shot by the police. Its so happened that a Tamil man interfered and got more than 150 innocent people released in Sabaragamuwa Province.

              As far as I understand SJ’s purpose in life is to defend/praise Siri Mao and Mao. He thinks he is a special all knowing (Omniscience) god Siva.
              Is he turning into a Demela Nalin de Silva?

              Take care.

              Like Pavithra SJ too believes it is China which helped us saving from Covid 19 pandemic. In 10 years time he will maintain it was China which saved Sri Lanka.

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        Dear oc,
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        Your comments are amazingly deep and consistent. Too many others say things now, and have forgotten what they said within an hour. Today, I’ve spent many hours monitoring the tragedy of Afghanistan, listening to the President who has fled.
        .
        Ghani’s so amazingly more enlightened than our monster, Gota.
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        President Ashraf Ghani’s speech to the 72nd UN General Assembly September 2017 16 minutes
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inh5S-Cckqc
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        A less formal setting here:
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        NATO Engages: A Conversation with Ashraf Ghani, President, Afghanistan July 2018 40 minutes
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QW_ZO06WhI
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        Exclusive Interview With President Ashraf Ghani | TOLOnews August 2019; 78 minutes. Don’t listen – it’s all in the Pashto language!
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov-FIiDh7w0

        .
        The most recent of these: July 2020 A vision for the future of Afghanistan | Ashraf Ghani A TED talk
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRXJtWAhFTI
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        This last youtube also deals with the problems created by CORONA.
        .
        To me it seems very relevant to contrast Asraf Ghani’s flight with all the criticism that we direct at Velupillai Prabhakaran for using “innocent civilians” as human shields and will direct at Gota.
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        Statement after fleeing. 16 August 2021
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quLP7QEF-T8

        .
        Panini Edirisinhe
        of Bandarawela

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          S.M,
          Don’t you think Afghanistan was such a waste of lives and money? I expect a lot of hypocritical hand-wringing soon on the plight of women, etc.

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            OC
            Your words seem prophetic.

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              OC
              I will add that all those voices we will hear in support of Afghan females will hardly be a murmur when it comes to Saudi Arabia.

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      Sunil Abeyratne,

      Whether it was genocide or not is only an academic exercise and is irrelevant.
      But, nobody could deny mass killings, torture, rape, plunder and forced displacement instigated by the government sponsored security forces and also by civilians..

      All these come under international human rights violations.
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      Then there is command responsibility that goes to the top.

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      SA
      I agree with your concern.
      Genocide is a provocatively emotive term.
      Sumanthiran once corrected CVW when he used it, arguing that he cannot prove genocide based on what he had to offer.
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      There were unlawful killings and they need to be investigated.
      But we need some sanity before we get there.
      *
      Even the wording of latter part of the title
      “Redeeming Sinhalese Culture From Its Brute Savagery”
      is insulting a people.
      I wonder if it was an editorial cock-up.

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        SJ
        Thanks!

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          Sunil,
          I have used the word genocide myself, more in reaction to what I saw happening rather than by following any legal definition. In 1958, althogh Bandaranaike was to some extent responsible for encouraging his supporters to commit violence against Tamils, with encouragement from ideologues like Mettananda, there was no genocide because of Oliver Goonetilleke’s deployment of reserves.

          In 1977 the violence was initiated by police officers handpicked by Jayewardene, but he did not go beyond what he could sell to the world as a Sinhalese reaction. In 1983, the violence was initiated from within the cabinet. The policy was to kill enough Tamils to frighten the community, but Jayewardene probably lost control of the numbers. You might call it genocide on a limited scale. The subsequent war was fought with little regard for Tamil lives. Tamil militant groups became active in the mid-1980s. Once the LTTE placed the struggle in a weak position by eliminating other groups, it adopted a deliberate policy of provoking reprisals against Tamil civilians in order to secure propaganda advantage. It is for this reason that it deliberately provoked wars in 1987, 1990, 1995 and 2006. These were not wars sought by the Indian or Sri Lankan governments.
          That makes it difficult to pass overall judgment on these wars. Although civilians suffered immensely, it was significantly reduced by international pressure. The principal responsibility must be carried by those who started a war, which must be a major crime. By giving propaganda support to the LTTE, the TNA and several other Tamil groups added to the suffering of their fellows. That does not exonerate the Government from credibly investigating and punishing those in official positions responsible for torture and loss of life.

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            “Bandaranaike was to some extent responsible for encouraging his supporters to commit violence against Tamils”
            Did he?
            If SWRDB erred seriously it was by his reluctance to declare a state of emergency in time.

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              Aiyooooooooooooooooooooo SJ

              “Did he?
              If SWRDB erred seriously it was by his reluctance to declare a state of emergency in time.”

              Here we go again.

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            Rajan,
            Thanks for the response.
            Recent instances of genocide are described in the following link.
            https://genocideeducation.org/resources/modern-era-genocides/
            The Rwandan Genocide and The Cambodian Genocide are two examples listed. The Holocaust is a well-documented genocide where the perpetrators were prosecuted.
            When the 1958 and 1983 instances of violence against Tamils are characterised as ‘genocide’, the implication is that those are on the same scale as the Holocaust, Rawanda and Cambodian Killing fields. Such is certainly not the case. Tamils who were at the receiving end were traumatised and not classifying those instances of violence does not diminish the trauma.
            I respectfully disagree with the use of ‘genocide’ to characterise those instances of violence as genocide.
            With all due respect, the word ‘genocide’ has connotations of the Holocaust and hence Sinhalese are reasonable to entertain the thought that the purpose of such characterisation is to grossly exaggerate impact of instances of violence.
            JR has been perceived as a pro-Tamil leader

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              Rajan,
              I erroneously submitted my comments and hence the abrupt ending.
              JR has been perceived as a pro-Tamil leader by the Sinhalese.
              He stopped the implementation of the Sirima–Shastri Pact halfway through. His thinking was that UNP would benefit by the Plantation Tamil vote.
              I also heard (unable to provide evidence) that JR wanted soldiers to be less visible in the North.

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                “He stopped the implementation of the Sirima–Shastri Pact halfway through. His thinking was that UNP would benefit by the Plantation Tamil vote.”
                Not him, it was S Thondaman who got the votes at the time.
                T was with JRJ.
                But the Sinhalese forget his aborted march to Kandy in 1957 to tear up the B-C pact.
                No one has been as cynical as him. Remember his “If it is peace if it is peace. If it is war it is war” in parliament in 1977 when Amithalingam complained about anti-Tamil violence.

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                  SJ,
                  It is likely (just speculation) that T may have influenced JR to stop the implementation of the Sirima–Shastri Pact.
                  The perspective of the plantation Tamils is not visible.
                  Politicians are driven by short-term thinking and not morals!

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                    My comment concerned the ‘vote’ consideration.
                    I doubt if JR was counting on HCT votes very much.
                    Also sending more out means giving citizenship to more here.
                    It was Premadasa who took the plunge and made all remaining HCTs citizens.

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                It shows the extent to which the Sinhalese were isolated from reality by 1983. JR did nothing directly to stop the implementation of the Pact. The riots resulted in the stoppage of the Talaimannar Ferry. Persons with Indian passports issued to them were in a refugee camp in Colombo, unable to go. The Sun editorially screamed that India must take them’back’.

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                  Rajan,
                  Thanks for that.
                  Either the stoppage of the Talaimannar Ferry or Thondaman’s influence OR a combination of many unknown factors may have led JR to stop the Siri-Shahastri pact.
                  What I noted is from a senior civil servant who was instructed to stop the implementation of S-S pact -more from an administrative perspective than a political perspective.
                  The ultimate accountability rests with political masters.

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                    SA
                    The ultimate accountability rests with political masters. AND their masters, who we never see or hear.

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                      SJ
                      That is a very interesting – I did not think in these lines.

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                  Hoole
                  You are talking about JR and his hooligans or the Sinhalese culture?
                  Your priority must be redeeming the Tamil culture from the slavish mindset, inferiority complex and hypocrisy.
                  Look at yourself , happy to be treated as a low caste in your own community and happy to be coming down from a generation of shit bucket carriers.

                  Soma

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                    Hoole
                    Now I have no doubt you were among the top committee who decided to destroy the Dalalada tooth relic.

                    Soma

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                  Hoole
                  You are faking – true to Tamil nature .
                  You wanted a ’83. So you triggered the event by killing 11 soldiers.
                  You tried many other occations to rouse the Sinhalalese.
                  Sinhalalese should not be fooled by your fake anti LTTE stance. You were in the top decision making committee.
                  Explain to the readers how Tamils became uncompromising , ardent supporters of UNP from that day.

                  Soma

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        SJ
        “Redeeming Sinhalese Culture From Its Brute Savagery” is not easy. 2500 years of Buddhist preaching has not achieved that.
        That is why I always say TNA must carry out a concerted campaign to encourage Tamils to leave Sinhala majority areas for their own good.
        The day I see a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY moving out I will join with Hoole as a committed supporter.
        .
        “Redeeming Sinhalese Culture From Its Brute Savagery”
        is a landmark statement in Tamil Sinhala relations.
        (That is assuming Hoole is man of some stature in the Tamil political class)
        This statement must receive wide publicity among the Sinhalese.

        Soma

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          Soma
          It is wise not to assume anything in this business..

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          soman

          ““Redeeming Sinhalese Culture From Its Brute Savagery”
          is a landmark statement in Tamil Sinhala relations.”

          What is wrong with his statement.
          Whether Sinhala/Buddhists respect Tamil Sinhala relations or not they periodically unleash and seal their affection through their Brute Savagery. Why waste time?

          I have been expressing my desire to liberate Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhists and Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhism.

          I guarantee you and your fellow racist noisy minority will have you own ghetto somewhere in the south.

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            NV
            The priority for the Tamil political class must be redeeming the Tamil culture from the slavish mindset, inferiority complex and hypocrisy.
            1)
            Despite intense, unrelenting propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who lived among the Sinhalese in the South during or after the war has relocated the residence to Jaffna.
            2)
            During the period Prabakaran was ruling Jaffna the only desire of a Tamil mother was to send her children to South.
            3)
            Your politicos who promoted LTTE as the sole representative of Tamils carried out their political activities while living within the enemy.
            4)
            When arrangements were made for the estate Tamils to relocate themselves to India so that they can live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India.
            .
            These m***** f****** like Hoole have no shame.
            Let the b******* give up his government job before he talks like that. We gave him free education and the b***** is asking international community to starve our people.
            .
            YOU join with Hoole and convince a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who are living among the Sinhalese that Sinhalese are savages.

            Soma

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              NV
              Even during a pandemic the priority of f****** like Hoole is to keep the ethnic hatred alive. That is the TAMIL CULTURE you guys must seek ways to redeem your society. It is this culture that gave rise to all the conflicts.

              Soma

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                NV
                Tamils are shit bucket carrying barbarians.
                Boiling with hatred every moment, lowly b*******.
                Have no shame to be parasites on savages.

                Soma

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                  Soma.
                  That is an ugly comment.
                  Not even the most uncivilized offensive comment should persuade one to insult a people.
                  *
                  Gandhi carried shit buckets and all residents of his Ashram did.
                  What is the shame in it? Excrement comes out of all our bodies.
                  *
                  What is shameful is to steal another’s food.

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                    SJ,
                    How respectful to say Sinhalese are savages?

                    Soma

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                      Soma
                      One act of stupidity does not justify another.
                      Think of the outcome.
                      There are far too many flippant remarks here aimed to worsen relations between communities. (The CT happily ignores them.)
                      It is wise to maintain sanity amid screaming madness.
                      Laugh at things if you can, ignore if the ranting persists, and rebut anything with some serious content.
                      But, by descending to the level of those who know nothing but racial and personal abuse, you harm yourself.

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                soman

                “It is this culture that gave rise to all the conflicts.”

                Are you being serious?
                Everything must be fine with your biorhythm as you seems to be as normal as yourself.

                “f******”

                Please expand and explain.

                “That is the TAMIL CULTURE you guys must seek ways to redeem your society. “

                Why should I redeem your brethren’s society?
                What are the differences between your culture/society and your brethren’s culture/society? I see no difference among both people especially both are stupid.

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            He is another Tamil like you. Same lowly mentality.
            You know very well how savages look at Tamils.

            Soma

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              soman

              Please stop digging if you want to get out of the pit.
              Please check your reality.
              This is the good time to start a “mother of all riots”, so that 6.9 million disappointed voters could benefit from a good riot, then blame the victims.

              When you elect monkeys, donkeys, thieves and racist murderers and then hand over the entire country to them, what do you expect to happen?

              Go spend some quality time in one of those forest monasteries, and see if that work for you. Being an active racist you may suffer withdrawal symptoms, take a chance.

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      Concept of genocide has changed. Though it means eliminating the entire ethnic group, it was applied to killing of more than one million people of an ethnic group such as Armenians by Turks and Tutsis by Hutus. Now expulsion of 750,000 Rohingyas from Burma and killing of 30,000 Muslims by Serbs have been classified as genocide. Thus what happened to Tamils in Sri Lanka such as expulsion of 500,000 Indian Tamils by agreement and 300,000 of Ceylon Tamils by violence and killing of 150,000 Ceylon Tamils during the war constitutes genocide. In fact Sinhala rulers since independence had genocidal intent, where they wanted to drive Indian Tamils to India, Ceylon Tamils into Jaffna peninsula and colonize the rest to make a mono ethnic Sinhala Buddhist state. As for legal establishment in Sri Lanka, Police, Bar and the Bench are institutionally racist.

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        What a shame on your brothers 20km away.

        Soma

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        “Now expulsion of 750,000 Rohingyas from Burma and killing of 30,000 Muslims by Serbs have been classified as genocide”
        Brilliant, GS.
        *
        Will not the expulsion of Muslims from the North also be genocide?

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      Dear Dr Hoole,
      .
      People in this country seem to be interested in seeing as to why your were made silent at the time, Gota s nomination was in discourse.
      .
      Some even questioned why two of the EC stayed silent along with all the other nominees incl. Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara D.

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    Very good article. Thank you very much Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole. Now await the Sinhalese racists

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma
      Now Translate this into Tamil and distribute among the Tamils living in Sinhala majority provinces. If you could convince a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY to relocate themselves into Jaffna I will be the most committed supporter of your cause.
      Whichever way these Tiger propagandists try you cannot erase the Tamil subconscious belief that Sinhala Buddhist society is superior.
      .
      It would be interesting to see your comment on the following:
      Thiagarajah Venugopal 10dec20
      “Only country in the world a bunch of MP’s lived amongst their enemies, studied with their enemies, owned businesses amongst their enemies, ask living spaces for some other foreigners in even my lands, conducted war and killed their enemies whilst they lived amongst the enemies, went around the world and told pokies about their enemies (I’m agentry) to by western life style too, during the war lived amongst the enemies and after the war refused to go home too their territories, and some some retire and come to Tamil territories and talk through their back side whilst I am washing toilets somewhere else????”

      Soma

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        Choma you can racist Chingkallam. Why should Siva do it. Constantly coming here and pretending to be a fool and diabolically repeating your racist dribble .

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          Thiagarajah Venugopal 10dec20:
          “Only country in the world a bunch of MP’s lived amongst their enemies, studied with their enemies, owned businesses amongst their enemies, ask living spaces for some other foreigners in even my lands, conducted war and killed their enemies whilst they lived amongst the enemies, went around the world and told pokies about their enemies (I’m agentry) to by western life style too, during the war lived amongst the enemies and after the war refused to go home too their territories, and some some retire and come to Tamil territories and talk through their back side whilst I am washing toilets somewhere else????”

          Soma

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      SSS Is there such a thing as a Tamil racist or are they extinct?

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        Chingkallams like you are racist because they want to harm and destroy the Thamizh for no reason, other than than their blind belief in the Mahavama racist. To you any Thamizh stating the truth and wanting just Thamizh rights is a terrorist and racist, as you and most Chingkallams are one. Have you seen a single Thamizh here advocating the marginalization and discrimination of Chingkallams or Thullukans. However most Chingkallams and Thullkans do this and openly advocate the marginalization and discrimination of Thamizh , stealing their lands and rejoice and felicitate Thamizh killers who commit war crimes on them.

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        Svenson

        “SSS Is there such a thing as a Tamil racist or are they extinct?”

        For you this is free, arrogance emanating from caste superiority is unbelievably astounding among a section of Tamils, including Maoist, Marxists, Leninists, Stalinists, …………….. It is like the Govi’s fear of loosing its primacy.

        Note, SJ supports positions of Radala and Govi in the hierarchy.

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      I wish to join SSS in thanking Professor JH for highlighting the harm done to Tamil people. Tamils currently live in fear. Hope this article will bring that into focus.
      The strange thing about international law is that Sinhalese are able to argue that killing 150 thousand unarmed Tamils is not genocide.
      We must thank Most Reverend Rayapu Joseph for collecting the evidence which the international community is unable to ignore.
      The sad truth is that until the last Tamil is exterminated, the fervour to harm the Tamils will not go away from the minds of SB.

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      We should also thank the owners editor and moderator of Colombo Telegraph, all just and good Sinhalese who have allowed this article, which I doubt will not have been allowed to be printed in any other southern Newspaper. We should also remember the fact that there are millions of just and non racist Sinhalese like the owner of this newspaper and we should endeavour to reach out to them. They also now like the Tamil have been forced to remain mute and watch this racist horror unfold.

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      Siva Sankaran Sharma
      Tamils are shit bucket carrying barbarians

      Soma

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        Choma now you are showing your true racist genocidal colours. All this time was pretending to be an idiot and trying to show fake concern for Thamizh by constantly repeating anti Thamizh misinformation and lies. that never folled anyone. If Thamizh are shit bucket carrying babarians , Chingkallam are the shit. . This is why you constantly post shit

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        S
        Not again.

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        soman

        “Tamils are shit bucket carrying barbarians”

        I thought they are worse than that because they share and carry South Indian Gene along with their Sinhala brethren.

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    What a wonderful article. So accurate and well written about the plight of the island’s Tamils. Professor Ratanajeevan Hoole you have done a great job. I salute you. So brave writing all this living in Jaffna too under a racist Sinhalese army occupation.

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    Thank you, Prof. Hoole, for a hard hitting, well written article. Yes, the Sinhalese have become a brutal race, hiding behind Buddhism and the so called 2500 year “civilization”. Tough sanctions should be imposed. China will support SL, but, if India stands tough, that support can be diluted.

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      SarathP,
      Who are the brutal race; those who accommodated the foreigners who came to their country or those who stabbed in the back of those people who were kind enough to accommodate the foreigners?
      —-
      “Yes, the Sinhalese have become a brutal race, hiding behind Buddhism and the so called 2500 year “civilization”. “

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        Eagle,
        “Yes, the Sinhalese have become a brutal race, hiding behind Buddhism and the so called 2500 year “civilization”
        How come we don’t know the name of that monk and the Navy Ranaviruwa who raped a 15 year old girl? Is it because they were Muslims?

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          OC,
          This is not because of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism or Christianity
          I am made to understand that they do not publish the names of those villains because, they have made and operated the websites, advertised, promoted and invited offers and participation to this activity with the consent/approval of the SL Telecom! The Minister in charge is also culpable of this horrifying act.
          May be due to a new religion being inculcated to the people by those in Power

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      All is not what it seems with the LTTE.
      I strongly suspect they were a freemasonic infiltrator group that was setup to allow the indian and sri lankan governments to play the role of victims and justify genocide of tamils in the NE of the island.
      For one thing you cannot get weapons and training from foreign powers unless you are a masonic group.
      Rajapaksas agreement with the LTTE probably involved VP and his top masonic officers quietly slipping out of the country and letting the lower ranked cadres and tamil civilians face the music.
      Keep in mind that men like devananda, karuna, pillayan, KP etc are all good buddies of the SL government today. This is only because they are freemasons.

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        H
        I did not realise that freemasons were so smart.
        Are the RAW and CIA under its control.
        Perhaps the KGB was.

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          Humble,
          I hear VP is not dead, but managed to escape in his submarine to his secret base in South America. That’s why Ms Bachelet is hounding us.

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      Prof Ratnejeevan Hoole

      Thanks for an informative excellent article, that deserves to be published in a book form with necessary additions with factual details.

      However, I have some reservation about some observations in the article.

      Prof Hoole seems to blame the entire Sinhala Buddhist community for the acts of commissions and omissions of the governments and security forces.

      Secondly hearsay should not be taken as gospel truths.

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    because the government is one of the most savage governments on earth
    ————
    Yes and the ruling sinhalese families are not even real humans but what the bible calls
    ‘tares’. Some also refer to them as ‘serpent seeded’ people.
    With some of them like nandasena and cabraal you can even see that reptilian look in
    their eyes.

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      Humble
      Relax.
      Thiagarajah Venugopal 10dec20
      “Only country in the world a bunch of MP’s lived amongst their enemies, studied with their enemies, owned businesses amongst their enemies, ask living spaces for some other foreigners in even my lands, conducted war and killed their enemies whilst they lived amongst the enemies, went around the world and told pokies about their enemies (I’m agentry) to by western life style too, during the war lived amongst the enemies and after the war refused to go home too their territories, and some some retire and come to Tamil territories and talk through their back side whilst I am washing toilets somewhere else????”

      Soma

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    RH,
    Of course every Sinhala person knows what the Government did in 2009 although you pretend that you do not know.
    What the Government did was eliminating Tamil terrorists promoted by separatist Tamil politicians after passing Vaddukkodei Resolution to create a separate State for Dravidians who came to Yapanaya to work for colonial rulers grabbing a part of their country using a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’.
    Go in front of the mirror and ask ‘Who are the savages?’; those who massacred Sinhalayo for three decades to grab their land in NE or those who got rid of them and brought peace to all communities in this country.
    —-
    “The fact is that all relations with the Sri Lankan government need to be cutoff because the government is one of the most savage governments on earth. Surely every Sinhalese knows of what they did in 2009.”

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      Eagle Eye,
      First of all, humanity did not originate in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the forefather/ancestor of every citizen of Sri Lanka irrespective of the ethnicity, religion or language/culture is an immigrant (from outside). Since Sinhala as an ethnicity is found only in Sri Lanka, it is believed that Sinhala was created in Sri Lanka by the immigrants from the sub-continent. On the other hand, Tamil found in both South India and North & East Sri Lanka (SISL region), is believed to be from the sub-continent.
      A homeland (also called fatherland/motherland) is a state, region or territory that is closely identified with a particular ethnic group that had lived there from ancient times. In simple terms, it is the land of birth that a group of people love to the degree that they call it home.
      The ground reality as everybody had seen and still seeing is that the Sri Lankan Tamils have a very clearly defined Tamil speaking territory (just like the Indian Tamils have Tamil Nadu), their historic habitat (formally Jaffna kingdom) in the North & East of Sri Lanka where they lived for several centuries as a separate nation with their own language, religion and culture. The 13th century Sinhala Nampota recognizes it as Demala-Pattanama and Demala-Gam-bim.
      Continued…

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        The Sri Lankan Tamils are not just a minority, they are a minority with a separate territory in which they are a majority and they call this separate territory their traditional homeland. The North & East of Sri Lanka has nothing what so ever to do with Sinhala where as it has everything to do with Tamil from the time of human settlement. The ancient Buddhist remains in the North and East of Sri Lanka are the remnants left by the Tamil Buddhists and not anybody else. Only in 1833, the British united the Tamil North to the Sinhala South as a unitery state making Tamils a minority.
        During Dutugemunu’s period, his father King Kavantissa warns Dutugemunu not to invade Rajarata (Northern territory), the land of the Damilas, stating that ‘the land on this side of the river (Southern territory) is enough’ (Refer Mahavamsa Chapter XXIV).
        When Chempaha Perumal aka Sapumal Kumaraya (Bhuvanekabahu VI) was ruling the Jaffna Kingdom (very much before the Portuguese arrived), he built the premier shrine of Tamil worship – the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil of Lord Murukan in the heart of the Jaffna kingdom (he did not build any Buddhist temple).
        Even Dr. Colvin R de Silva in 1956 recognized the two nations in the country (Sinhalese & Tamils) when he said, “one language two nations, two languages one nation”.

        Continued…

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          The Arabs who speak the Arabic language have occupied several countries in the Mid-East region but they all call themselves Arabs. Similarly, the Tamils have occupied and live in both South India and North & East Sri Lanka (South Asian region) from ancient period just like the Arabs.
          With the above facts, it is very foolish to argue that, just because the Sinhalese are unique to Sri Lanka and or just because they are the majority in the country, the entire Sri Lanka belongs only to the Sinhalese (Sinhala country), whereas just because Tamils are found in more than one country and or just because they are less in number (minority), they cannot claim ownership.
          Let us all live happily in a united (not unitary) Sri Lanka.

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            L.C,
            Don’t you find it odd that even fake patriots like Eagle run away to Canada?

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              OC
              Exactly! LOL! These are nothing but pseudo-patriots. EE repeats the same old jokes like a parrot, “the country of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo”, LOL!
              As per the Mahavamsa, throughout the entire history, right from the beginning, Sri Lanka had always been multi-ethnic. Sinhala was created by the immigrants (men) from the Vanga Kingdom of Bengal with women from the Tamil Pandyan Kingdom along with (or without) the already occupied multi-ethnic tribes in the island. Sinhala may be unique to Sri Lanka but Sri Lanka is not unique to Sinhala. It was and will always be a plural society where the Buddhist Sinhalese are the majority.

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                According to the anthropological and archaeological evidence, Sri Lankan Tamils have a very long history in Sri Lanka and have lived on the island since at least around the 2nd century BCE. The Sri Lankan Tamils are mostly Hindus with a significant Christian population.

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                  The Sri Lankan Tamils are mostly Hindus with a significant Christian population.
                  *
                  Thanks for not including the Muslims who are more in number than Christians (even counting the Sinhalese).

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                    Muslims are Tamils but they are not ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils. The are Sri Lankan Tamil Muslims now calling themselves as Sri Lankan Moors, whose origin is from South India. Hardly any native Tamil converted to Islam. The Sri Lankan or Eelam Tamils are the native indigenous Tamils who originate from the north and east of the island. From the former Tamil kingdome of Jaffna and the easter Tamil Vannimai chiefdoms.

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                      Stop wiggling.
                      If you talk of immigrants most of the people here are Indian immigrants.
                      You sought to impose a Tamil identity on Muslims, which the now fully reject. My comment concerned that.

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                  Siva Sankaran Sharma,
                  “According to the anthropological and archaeological evidence, Sri Lankan Tamils have a very long history in Sri Lanka and have lived on the island since at least around the 2nd century BCE.”
                  That’s a very interesting point. I was looking for this evidence for quite some time but in vain. When I read the book written by Dr. K. Indrapalan, he says,
                  “If we look at the Brahmi stone inscriptions for the names of the Tamil Kings of Anuradhapura such as Sena, Kuttika, Elara, Pulahatha, Bahiya, Panayamara, Parinda, Dathiya and so on, nobody would have identified them as Tamils. If not for the Mahavamsa, we will never know that they were Tamil Kings. This is the reason why, the pali chronicle Mahavamsa should be appreciated.”
                  Even after the Mahavamsa very clearly says they were Tamils, the Archaeology Prof. Paranavithana was trying to prove that Sena, Kuttika, and Elara came from some other part of India (not Tamil).
                  Appreciate if you could provide a link to the anthropological and archaeological evidence where Tamil is mentioned.

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                    You are correct, these names are Prakrit/Pali names given the these Tamil kings. Their original Tamil names would have been different. Eg the Tamil title or name of the Saivite Tamil Naga king who converted to Buddhism ” Thevanai Nampiya Theesan” got Prakritsed to” Devanampiyatissa” . Both more or less have the same meaning, A person who had great faith in god in Tamil and in the Prakrit version the a person who loved the name of god. The Mahavamsa whilst trying its best to state that the island’s Saivite Hindu Tamils were outsiders and did not belong did the opposite by confirming their ancient presence in the island, It also was constantly stating the presence of Tamil kings and chiefs and Tamil kingdoms and chiedoms in the north and east of the island. It even gives away the fact that the so called Sinhalese hero Dutugemunu’s father was a Tamil Naga. As his nane was Kaavan Theesan or Kaakai Vanna Theesan. A Tamil father cannot have a Sinhalese son and 2300 years ago, there were no such people called the Sinhalese or a Sinhalese people. Buddhism had just arrived and the Sinhalese identity and language would not have even started to evolve, from the native Dravidian tribes and other Indian immigrants who converted to Buddhism.

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                      This was basically a religious war and not a racial and ethnic war is it is now incorrectly portrayed, as there was no Sinhalese language or a Sinhalese ethnicity at that time. It was a war between the Tamil Hindu establishment that ruled the North, East and the Anuradhapura, which were all then the centers of power and the newly converted Tamil Naga/Yakka and other Indian immigrant Buddhists from the outlaying areas and the deep south to oust the Hindu establishment and take power. That these newly converted Tamil Buddhists and other other Indian immigrants later evolved into the Sinhalese people, is another story but they were not Sinhalese them but still Tamils who had converted to Buddhism.
                      This was basically a religious war and not a racial and ethnic war is it is now incorrectly portrayed, as there was no Sinhalese language or a Sinhalese ethnicity at that time. It was a war between the Tamil Hindu establishment that ruled the North, East and the Anuradhapura, which were all then the centers of power and the newly converted Tamil Naga/Yakka and other Indian immigrant Buddhists from the outlaying areas and the deep south to oust the Hindu establishment and take power. That these newly converted Tamil Buddhists and other other Indian immigrants later evolved into the Sinhalese people, is another story but they were not Sinhalese them but still Tamils who had converted to Buddhism.

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                    You can google and read Murukan Worship in Sri Lanka New Archeological evidence by Pushparatnam,

                    Kaddukkarai Archaeological studies which have ventured into a new path towards Misted Ancient History of Northern Sri Lanka

                    You can google and read various theories

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                      However more than all these links and proof of archeology . Is the study of the DNA between the three so called major indigenous or ethnic groups that have an ancient history in the island, the Vedda, the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan Tamils. It proves the common ancestory of the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Sinhalese, especially the women ancestors of all three groups. The majority of Sinhalese and Tamil subgroups form close genetic proximities among themselves on both PC axes. Major exception to this clustering is found in SU-Thu. It was evident that Up-country or Kandyan Sinhalese are genetically closer to Sri Lankan Tamils. A study conducted on a Purana Sinhalese ( anceint or old Sinhalese population whose ancestors can be traced to the times of the Sinhalese kings 6AD) population living on the suburbs of Sigiriya . This study proved that this Purana ( ancient or old) Sinhalese population living around Sigiriya was genetically closer to the Sri Lankan Tamils, that to the Vedda or other modern Sri Lankans, even other Sinhalese. This is the greatest living proof of the antiquity of the indigenous Eelam or Sri Lankan Tamils from the north and east, that anything else. Eagle Blind and his ilk be damned.
                      https://sldna.blogspot.com/2019/02/common-ancestry-of-sinhalese-and-sri.html

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                ” Sinhala was created by the immigrants (men) from the Vanga Kingdom of Bengal “

                I guess you take this from Mahavamsam, I mean literally.

                However, how is it possible with the hindsight of scientific knowledge.

                Any living being that was conceived by a Lion’s sperm and human female egg (was given birth by the same human female) would be sterile.

                So, how come then there is generations of people from that living being could form in Vanga Kinddom, and let alone then were able to sail to the Island and land in some where in current Mannar locality (why Mannar, why not any other places)

                This is why, I believe, Dr. Janapriya had avoided this part of their (Sinhala) history in the letter to US congress.

                Fair enough, the Sinhalese in the eagerness of finding Mahavamsam might have over looked these basic contradictions.

                How come, then, the so called learned British could ignore this glaring contradictions, especially by the Royal Society, and allowed the Island history to be written as a carbon copy of Mahavasam?

                There is one more glaring contradiction in the learned British approach, in that the British did not bother about conducting through archaeological research in Mannar, and did every where else (including Kurunthoor).

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                  KA,
                  “How come, then, the so called learned British could ignore this glaring contradictions, especially by the Royal Society, and allowed the Island history to be written as a carbon copy of Mahavasam?”
                  The inner workings of DNA were discovered only in the middle of the 20th century. Until then, everyone, including the British, thought the lion story was possible. But some in SL still think it is possible.

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                    OC
                    The British were not that daft to believe the Lion tale.
                    They know what to say to please their subjects to plunder them in a state of ecstasy.

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                  KA
                  There is mythology about how Tamil was created. More than one version.
                  There is a lot of fabrication about the age and purity of language.
                  Do we bother to contest such nonsense?
                  Any lie that suits our pride and prejudice passes.
                  *
                  Is it not time that we stopped such petty quarrels and get on with making our languages more suitable for modern world.

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                    I am discussing the possibility of human formation and not language formation or its purity or antiquity.

                    Why are you deviating?

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                      KA
                      Irrational myth is irrational myth.
                      It is tragic when we live by myths.

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                I still do not understand how the human woman who mated and copulated with a Lion had ended up in one piece and gave birth to the ancestor of the person who gave birth to Sinhala ethnicity.
                The reason that I am struggling to grapple is that when a lion copulates with a lioness, at height of intense intimacy and orgasm, the lion almost mauls the female lion’s neck with canines and incisors. Yet, the female lions comes out of it alive in one piece because of the ‘wild’ neck it develops during its formation stage.
                Strong neck, leg, paws and entire body muscles develops in lions or any other big cats over the time during hunting when they pin other bigger animals to the ground by strong bite using canines and incisors as well as paws of front leg .
                In the height of intimacy and orgasm, the male lion does also stiffen the front leg paws and paws-in in the shoulder blade muscle gap of the lioness for keeping female lion under control.
                Yet, by the natural fitness of shoulder blade the lioness develops (when it spring on to the buffaloes or any other bigger animals by aiming its front legs and the way lions exercise legs when running during hunt) during its formation stage
and also by stiffening the shoulders the female lion comes out of copulation in one piece.

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                  KA
                  You know versions of the origin of Ganesha.
                  Will any Hindu challenge it?
                  Mythology is mythology and can get woven with history at times.
                  Enjoy it.
                  Sarachchandra created one of the best pieces of modern South Asian theatre based on that.
                  Learn to respect other people’s beliefs even if you reject every word of it.
                  *
                  Will you dare laugh at the Christian belief about origin of man?

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    RH,
    No one is forcing you to maintain relations with Government of Sri Lanka that you say ‘one of the most savage governments on earth’. You are free to cut of relations with this savage Government and return to your ancestral Homeland instead of grumbling.

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    Sunil A.,
    Tamils who know a little bit of law will not want to bring charges of genocide against the SL Government because it is very complicated and difficult to prove genocide. However, the Tamils are adamant that the government and its agents must be charged and punished for war crimes and other crimes against humanity, not amounting to genocide.

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      Captain Morgan,
      Tamils should be charged for treason for waging war against the Government of Sri Lanka to create a separate State within Sri Lanka.

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        Treason can be justified sometimes. Treason charges are typically levelled arbitrarily and unilaterally by imperialists and dictatorial governments against those who are wronged and oppressed. Very rarely are treason charges justifiable.

        According to the lessons of history, in internal conflicts the victors always charge the vanquished with treason!

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          CM
          I wish more people could look at issues pragmatically and fair mindedly.

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      CM
      That was exactly what Sumanthiran told CVW when he made a big ha ho about taking up the charge of genocide at international levels.
      *
      Should we not look for ways of bringing the people together?
      CT cannot.

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    If the Sinhalese people wish to redeem their reputation and take their place in the civilized world, they need to own up
    —————-
    How have they behaved since 2009 in the NE?
    ‘You shall know them by their fruits’

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    Zero Causality, Humanitarian War II of Rapist Army seems to be very successful. GMOA, one of the ardent supporter of the Racist Royals Aanduwa has declared that their murder number may soon match with the Mullivaikkal, 150,000.

    Ranil and Old King said that it was China Communist party which liberated Lankawe from its occupants. Hopefully China Communist party will help Aanduwa to finish this war too be successful, by depositing another $18B in their bank accounts. When their arrogance was too big to be contained with in their puny head, Modayas Ranil and Old King did not know what they were talking.

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    RH,
    Do you know why Dalit Tamils in Yapanaya told the Sub-Committee on Power Sharing of the Constitution Drafting Committee appointed during ‘Yahapalana’ Government not to give Land and Police powers to NPC?

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    Do Tamils still want to live under Sinhala rule? Shame!

    Only solution is to split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably and relocate people. Until then this will continue. It may be UK, South Africa, Israel, Pakistan, China, Ukraine, etc., etc. Don’t forget USA training SL Army and Australia currently training the SLN.

    The caravan pushes on with loud music.

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      Why don’t you ever suggest the Tamils in Sinhala majority provinces should start moving out now so that India and international community will take notice.

      Soma

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        LOL!

        It serves Indian interests very well and the interests of the international community too.

        In August 1983 Indian ships took all Tamils from Colombo to Jaffna. Remember?

        (India was never and never will be ruled by a TN PM.)

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          It was by ruled a Telugu PM for a full 5-year term.

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          That was to save innocent Tamils from Sinhala mob attacks (UNP thugs).
          We are talking about voluntary movement in order to fulfil their own desire of self rule.
          I am confident that talks of Sinhala savagery by Tiger propagandists like Hoole will not convince a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY to voluntarily move out of Sinhala areas.
          While Sinhalese should agree for a SEPARATE Homeland for all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island they should flatly refuse HOLIDAY RESORT MODEL OF TAMIL EALAM at all costs.

          Soma

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            Soma,
            You are an educated person; You are intelligent as well.
            With that in mind, I am unable to fathom how you get to be silly with your, never ending request for ‘voluntary movement in order to fulfil their own desire of self rule’.
            .
            The land of the Tamils to move into is ‘under’ your military. Can’t you see that?
            .
            If and when the military vacates, your expectation, and mine, would be fulfilled!
            .
            Until then, let us keep our fingers crossed!

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              Nathan
              What a joke.
              It your land is under military occupation move 20km UP rather than DOWN into the bosom of the enemy.

              Soma

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                Choma the racist, you will love that won’t you? This is what you and most (90%) Chingkallams what. Forcibly chased away around half a million estate Thamizh to India by making them stateless in the 1950s. Then chased another million indigenous Eezham Thamizh in the last thrity years to the west and now under racist Chingjalla military occupation, making like impossible for the remaining 2/3 Eezham Thamizh in the north and east, with the hope that they flee 20KM north into India and then not allow them to return, so that you can covert the entire island to a mono ethnic Chingkalla Buddhist Ghetto. You stated down into the boson of the enemy . This means you consider the Thamizh your enemy.

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                Hm. I take back my, ‘You are intelligent as well’, remark!

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                S
                This is not consistent with your persistent secessionist model.

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      You mean the three ancient indigenous ethnic groups in the island. Chingkallam , Eezham Thamizh and Veddah? Muslims or Thullukans are not an ethnic group nor even indigenous to the island. They are religious identity largely descended from low caste Indian Thamizh Hindus who converted to Islam. A few of them are partially descended from Arab traders or Afghan soldiers from the Delhi Sultanate or other North Indian or Iranians who had hanky panky with Thamizh harlots. They only arrived in the island a few centuries ago largely as refugees, most of them during the early British rule. Now claiming to purely descended from Arabs, to look good and hide their largely low caste Indian Thamizh converted Hindu origin and all that hanky panky that the some Thamizh harlots had with a few Arab traders. You cannot use Islam and a fake Arab origin to claim a different ethnicity from the Thamizh and try to steal their lands in the east, for an Islamic homeland that had never existed. 72% of the Thullkans live amongst the Chingkallams, claim your Islamic homeland there or return to the Arabian Gulf as you claim to be Arab. Arabs are alien to the island and we cannot give Arabs a homeland in Thamizh Eezham. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar or Yemen awaits you. Thaal Thaal , Thaal Hope you understand what it means in Arabic.

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    In my preface when I briefly mentioned negative things about the LTTE
    ———-
    Tamils more than anyone else on the island speak out against their own.
    DBS Jeyaraj is perhaps the shining example of it.
    On very rare instances some sinhalese like wickramabahu karunarathne
    will admit genocide against tamils is going on.
    With muslims its pretty much zilch! I am still waiting for a muslim
    version of DBS Jeyaraj to expose the full extent of their dirty deeds against
    tamils since 1948.
    I personally dont think it will happen.
    God is on the verge of delivering karma to this wicked island nation.
    He gave it a chance to redeem itself in 2009 and it has only done the opposite.

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      Humble,
      “Tamils more than anyone else on the island speak out against their own.”
      —-
      Not while Prabhakaran was alive.

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        Eagle Eye
        Not while Prabhakaran was alive
        ———-
        Actually they did and several of them paid with their lives for it

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      Do not dig too deep into “dirty deeds against tamils since 1948”
      You may discover dirtier deals by Tamil leaders against the Hill Country Tamils as well.

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      Tamils more than anyone else on the island speak out against their own.
      I do not see any here.
      Most cannot stomach anti-LTTE comments.
      Any comment critical of the ills of the Tamil society meet with abuse.
      *
      If you look carefully you will find more Sinhalese commenting critically of Sinhala chauvinism here than Tamils of Tamil narrow nationalism.
      *
      With so much insult hurled at Muslims and even blatant defence of mass killings and ethnic cleansing from the North, it is rather cheeky to expect Muslims to apologise.

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    Who says all Tigers are dead and gone?

    Soma

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      I will say yes, for all intents and purposes.

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        SJ
        What I understand by that is their physical fighting capacity has been reduced to zero.
        I say TNA was the political wing of LTTE who promoted LTTE as the sole representatives of Tamils and the present article by Hoole is an example that anti Sinhala Tiger ideology is alive.

        Soma

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          Hoole as far as I know is not fond of the LTTE.
          *
          TNA was nothing like that.
          They had to (1) save their lives and (2) secure their parliamentary seats.
          The day LTTE fell, they declared independence.

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      soman

      “Who says all Tigers are dead and gone?”

      You are right VP, his family, top field commanders, …. and their family were massacred after surrendering to Gota’s goons. However so far there is no evidence to confirm the death of his Gestapo chief Pottu Amman, VP’s wife, daughter, …. People believe Pottu Amman became Gota’s room mate and shared his bed. Rest of Pottu Amman department has been working for Gota under his direct command. The Tamils and Sinhala armed forces are under surveillance thanks, Pottuamman Department.

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

    Tamils have come along way from their past status as rulers, and are now at the mercy of the Sri Lanka state.
    They hope to survive.

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      Thank you Professor Hoole, for an article revealing the troubled, hurting and painful hearts of many Sri Lankans. Although there is an implied and imposed guilt laid out by you on all Sinhalese who you think “know what goes on’ I beg to disagree with you. All the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka did not vote for the present government or for the President. You also say that in Sri Lanka “there are few secrets”. I disagree with this observation too as very often the majority of Sri Lankans do not know what is the truth. IF they knew, I wonder why a candidate who had so many murder and other cases against him was voted in as President. And why so many others who were known to have various legal cases against them were voted in as our representatives? We, as a nation need to examine ourselves and see why so many voted the way they did IF they knew for example, how and why so many Christians, Tamil and Sinhala, were murdered at worship on a day that was of the greatest spiritual significance to them?? Is this what we, as a nation, really wanted, knowingly?
      Seriously, we need to examine ourselves: have we got so used to living with murder, injustice, trampling and hoodwinking and riding hard on the lowly and the down trodden?

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      Survive under Sinhala rule in SL, Gujarati rule in India and Malay rule in Malaysia?

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          The Chola dynasty successfully invaded several areas in southeast Asia. Modern day Kampuchea, Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, Laos, including the powerful Srivijaya and the Malay city-state of Kedah. Just go and look at Angkor Wat or Borobudur, typical South Indian architecture. It was the Thamizh who spread, Indian culture and Hinduism and Buddhism to SE Asia and even to China. Medieval Thamizh guilds and trading organizations like the Ayyavole and Manigramam played an important role in Southeast Asian trading networks.[ Pallava traders and religious leaders travelled to Southeast Asia and played an important role in the cultural Indianisation of the region. Scripts brought by Thamizh traders to Southeast Asia, like the Grantha and Pallava scripts, induced the development of many Southeast Asian scripts such as Khmer, Javanese Kawi script, Baybayin and Thai. This is why most of these scripts are similar to Tamil Brahmi. Improve your knowledge Thullukan.

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            We how Thullukans survive. At least Thamizh do not survive by backstabbing and treachery. Thamizh are not native to Malaysia and the present day Thamizh in Malaysia only migrated there during the British colonial period. As far as I know, no Gujarathi is ruling Thamizh Nadu. There is a Gujarati Indian Prime minister and the Indian foreign minister and finance ministers are both Thamizh. No one is committing genocide and war crimes on Thamizh either in Malaysia or in India. Please stop posting racist rubbish

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            Cholas are one of the reasons tamils have suffered in modern times.
            Along with caste oppression.
            But god didnt give sinhalese and muslims license to wipe out tamils totally from SL which is what the leaders of both their communities are trying to do.
            They are now collecting bad karma themselves unless they repent and do a prompt u-turn.

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              I have often warned many tamilans not to complain of sinhala oppression and then speak proudly of cholas conquering others. It is hypocritical.

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                Bumble Mamma the Cholas did invade conquer and rule most of SE Asia at one time and imparted the Indian culture and the Hindu and Buddhist religions in these areas. However you will see none of these people or nations ever complain against the Chola rule, as it was benevolent and brought in a lot of advantages and civilization to the local popualtion and ultimately intermarried into the local aristocracy and became part and parced of those nations and people. Without them there will not be such world heritage marvels like the Angkor Wat or Borubooudur. It was the local population that built these, but the bulidings the architecture and the culture is all heavily influenced by the South Indian Thamizh Chola culture.

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                  It was these Thamizh Cholas and Pallavas who brought them writing, as their scripts or all derived from Thamizh Brami, Grantha and Pallava scripts. Hinduism and Buddhism and the rich Indian culture. Even now their culture and dances depict the Ramayana and Mahabaratha. Bali is still Hindu and even Islamic Malaysia and Indonesia are very Hindu in their culture. Thanks to these Thamizh Chola, Pallavas and even the Kalinga. The so called Sri Vijyan empire and the great Malay king Paramesvara the founder of the Malaaca and Singapore is of Indian Thamizh Chola origin. Even in Sri Lanka they created and founded Polonarruwa ( Original Thamizh name Pula Nari) the second ancient capital of the island. Many of its Hindu and Buddhist world heritage sites or buildings was built by them and not by the Chingkallams, as they falesly claim. You can see the architecture is again typically South Indian. The Cholas at one time had a vast empire covering most of SE Asia, Sri Lanka, large parts of South India but they were never cruel. Their rule was benevolent like King Ellalan and they gave a lot to the people they ruled.

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                    The Cholas only invaded and came into the island, largely because the Sinhalese were the allies of their arch enemy the Pandian Thamizh. Bascially the ancient Chingkalla royalty and aristocracy were part and parcel or a branch of the Pandian Thamizh royalty. All these so called Sinhalese kings whose names or title ended with Pandu ( Pandian) or Bahu were all of Pandian Thamizh origin. This is the reason the Cholas came into the island , as they wanted to keep Pandians in check and the so called Chingkalla royalty and kingdom were an extention of them. The Eezham Thamizh were the natural allies of the Cholas . The Eezham Thamzh are a mixture of the ancient Dravidian Naga and some Yakka who adopted Thamizh as their mother tongue, long before the Sinhalese arrived or evolved, the staunchly Saiva, Chola Thamizh settlers who arrived in the 10The century , largely Vellalars and Brahmins. Whom the Cholas settled in the northern and north easter regions as a bulwark against Pandian expansion and the so called original North Indian immigrants who did not convert to Buddhism, This North Indian DNA came into the Eezham Thamizh either directly or indirectly through Chingkallams who remained in the north being assimilated into the Thamizh identity.

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                      This is why Sri Lankan Thamizh Vellalar show a 30%R1 and R2 genetic markers , that is largely found amongst the North Indian upper castes but hardly displayed amongst the Vellalar in Thamizh Nadu. This genetic marker is from the plains of Eurasia. However most Chola invaders and Immigrants settled in the Chingkalla south and became Chingkallams. Funny how the Mahavamse calls one set of Thamizh the Chola and the native Eezham Thanizh as outsiders and invaders, who do not belong but another set of Thamizh the Pandians,as good and belonging to the island, as they were the allies of the Chingkallams, protecting them and the so called Chingkalla establishment and the royal family were a branch of the Pandians.

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                H
                I agree that pride about Cholas does not make good PR.
                But, in fairness the Cholas, at worst, waged war. (I doubt indulging in intrigue like the British.)
                State oppression of its subjects is something else.

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              Cholas are an excuse rather than reason

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      “their past status as rulers”
      How long past?
      Were they not at the mercy of colonial rulers for centuries?

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    Prof. Hoole,
    “And my immediate reaction is, “How can we live with the Sinhalese?”
    —-
    I would like to suggest that you pay a visit to meet Sampanthan uncle and ask how he live with Sinhalayo in a luxury house provided by Sinhalayo in Colombo 7. After all, he is a Tamil politician who took a leading role to pass Vaddukkodei Resolution to create a separate State for Tamils who came to Yapanaya to work for colonial rulers and declared war against Sinhalayo saying that Tamils cannot live with Sinhalayo.
    —-
    When you are in Colombo 7, you can meet several other Tamil politicians who say Sinhalayo committed genocide against Tamils but live with their families amongst Sinhalayo.
    —-
    If you want to see how ordinary Tamils live with Sinhalayo, pay a visit to Wellawatta, Dehiwala, Galkissa.
    When you are in Wellawatta walk in to a ‘Those Kade’ and see how Tamils and Sinhalayo enjoy ‘Those and Masala Wade’ under one roof.

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      Indeed, how many of us have Tamil AND Sinhala relatives in our families? Aren’t we working side by side in all sectors of our services, across the government and the private sectors? In service oriented charitable organizations don’t we work together and serve anyone in need of the particular service we provide? Do we go looking for and or isolating Sinhala Buddhists or only Tamils or Muslims when we offer our resources and services?
      We need as a country and as a citizenry to leave behind us, this divisive and at times, exclusive mentality and move forward in unity and forgiveness and good will.
      Let the politicians thrive on this divide and rule practice, which by the way, we, as usual palm on someone else, in this case the British. Let us, the common man and woman stand united in our diversity. Let’s appreciate the other, respect the differences and in fact enrich our selves with the wealth that each community contributes to the nation.
      Let’s recall and relive the unity of our forefathers who gained our independence; they were Muslim, Hindus, Christians and Buddhists united in one purpose.

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    I think Sumathiran said it best.

    He said it doesn’t matter what the Govt does we will get them for killing our boys during the war.

    I have absolutely no respect for these ex Engineering faculty staff like the holes and davids. No honesty No integrity. nothing.

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    Is this the ethos of our nation and communities? As the saying goes, “have we got the leaders we deserve…and want”?
    “If the Sinhalese people wish to redeem their reputation and take their place in the civilized world, they need to own up” – Yes. I too, think that if we sincerely desire and want to live in peace and harmony; united in our diversity and move forward with a cleansed spirit of love and acceptance to economic prosperity, we need to acknowledge the atrocities of the past by all parties, not just by one party. Till then, there will be various groups hurting and burning in pain of feeing disinherited and disrespected.
You rightly say, “It is sad that only the less powerful segments of Tamils and Muslims, namely Christians and Women respectively, are more amenable to making overtures to the other side.” These two categories of people let their hearts take the lead and are prone to move forward in love, compassion and forgiveness.
    Maybe a good starting point for reconciliation and also preparation for our future could be to empower the Rural Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala women both Buddhist and Christian with the truth, with hard facts rather than feed them with mythical falsities.

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    ‘Killing members of the group
    Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
    Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part’
    .
    Brilliant. Exactly what the Tamil funded LTTE did to the Sinhala people.

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      Svenson,

      The LTTE didn’t hold any power and was an underdog, at least until they sought to control parts of the North-East. Even then, they didn’t enjoy international legitimacy, while the Sinhalese-dominated governments were recognized by the UN and the international community as democratically elected, The government had to conform to international norms, but they didn’t.

      People can argue about whether something is in fact genocide. What is called genocide in the political sense is not necessarily one in the legal sense.

      But given the history of atrocities committed by the armed forces and Sinhalese mobs against Tamil civilians, the scale of death and destruction in 2009, and its scorched-earth nature, Tamil people are entitled to think of it as genocide at a political level.

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        Agnos
        I appreciate your point of view.
        However, when responsible people make statements, need they not be precise in their terminology.
        True, there were systematic, state sponsored attacks on Tamils and later Muslims.
        Still one cannot use any term thoughtlessly and then add qualifiers in defence.
        *
        Despite my criticism of the LTTE for its anti-democratic and cruel methods, I always conceded that most Tamil people trusted it as the only available alternative to an oppressive army.
        Post-war, whenever the government acts to hurt the people or systematically fails to do the right thing, there is nostalgia for the LTTE (not through objective analysis, but as expression of frustration). Vijayakala Maheswaran said it in carelessly chosen words, and paid with her political career. CVW was cautious.
        *
        Not only are we too used to reckless expressions (like ‘Sinhala imperialism’ at one time) we also accept and apply them literally.
        *
        Even in the case of the mass killings in Mullivaikkaal, was there not serious fault on the part of the LTTE who compelled civilians from Kilinochchi to march their impending slaughter?
        To say this is not to defend state brutality.
        There are times when we need to look at things with a sense of detachment.

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          SJ,

          I understand both sides of the argument. When Sumanthiran said he didn’t think legally it could be considered a genocide, there were many Tamil critics but I defended Sumanthiran. One could look at the # of deaths in the North-East as a percentage of the total Tamil population in SL, and still conclude that such large-scale death at the hands of a government is tantamount to genocide, despite the LTTE’s complicity in this.

          In a world that is distracted by several crises, Afghanistan, Haiti, Covid, etc., the attention of the international community on the Tamil issue is hard to sustain, so it is largely an emotional outlet for people, without any tangible steps toward justice.

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            Agnos
            My comments are not personal.
            I complain to you because you listen even when you disagree.
            *
            There was cruel conduct of war and killings in its course.
            That does not make it right. Killing of captives has happened.
            But genocide is premeditated and guided by a motive.
            Can we honestly claim that is what happened.
            *
            I think that US is the worst perpetrator of most genocide since WWII. We count on the US to bring to book local culprits.
            The US will not like to stretch a point for the Tamils for it knows the implications.
            *
            Why do even non-Arabs speak up for Palestinians but not Tamils? In fact several other nationalities draw broader world attention than Tamils?
            We have never spoken up for any oppressed people. If at all we sided with the oppressor.
            Tamils here are unhappy when global issues are commented on, unless it matches their parochial thinking.
            *
            There is something wrong with our world outlook that isolates us from potential allies while not winning the respect of those whom we seek to please.
            There is homework to do.

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      Svenson , the racist Chingkalla Aryan black Aryan. How is sugar daddy in Viking land? Hope you are looking after your daddy very well and giving daddy lots pleasure and fun, as Viking daddy raided the southern Sri Lanka beaches and specially imported you to his happy land just for this. Providing daddy all this fun and keeping him happy, had made you are bitter and twisted human. Now coming to the LTTE. They were no saints but even as per your government statistics the LTTE only killed around 3000 so called innocent Chingkallams and Muslim civilians. 90% of these so called innocent Chingkalla and Muslim civilians were not innocent but thugs, criminals and the so called Islamic home guards in the east who were all heavily armed by the Chingkalla state go kill, rape and ethnically cleanse the Thamizh. The LTTE attacked and killed them. Many Chingkalla civilians were deliberately killed by the Sri Lankan STF, especially around Kebithigollawa and then they tired to lay the blame on the LTTE. The LTTE is a guerilla force, that only came into being due to state sponsored Chingkalla oppression of the Thamizh. Especially after the July 1983 pogrom.

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        Where the so called Chingkalla president openly stated on TV, if I kill. oppress and starve the Thamiuzh, the Chingkallms will be happy and only apologized to the Chingkallms for the inconvenience caused to them by the killing raping of Thamizh and burning and looting of Thamizh homes and businesses , by Chingkalla and Muslim thugs.
        Like previously stated he LTTE is a guerilla force . however the Sri Lankan state and its armed forces and police have an obligation to treat all citizens equally and fairly. However, from the time of independence, which was meant for everyone not just for the Chingkallams only. The Sri Lankan state, its armed forces and police have been deliberately targeting the island’s Thamizh, solely with the intention of discriminating, marginalizing and committing structural genocide on them, so that ultimately their numbers will be vastly reduced by killings, forced assimilation, immigration and they cease to be a people or a nation with a land. They started this immediately after independence by making over a million Indian origin estate Thamizh stateless. People who had lived in the island for over a century and were then earning most of the foreign exchange. After this they stated on the indigenous Eezham Thamizh by denying them language, employment and higher education.

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      S
      You may be surprised to know that the LTTE was responsible fir the killing of more Tamil civilians than Sinhalese civilians

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        SJ
        Have you got any evidence? Can you give some numbers?
        Can you also give a number the Tamils and Sinhalese Civilians by Sinhala Military?

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          A
          You can check with UTHR reports.

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            SJ,

            If you can’t provide the evidence, it is better to say I don’t have.

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            Have you not heard of the UTHR(J) reports?
            Read the Broken Palmyrah?
            *
            Your shameless defence of the crimes of the LTTE seems to know no limits.

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              This may please you:
              “While the majority of civilian deaths were that of the Tamil minority, the war also took many Sinhalese and Muslim lives. The LTTE were estimated to be responsible for 3,700 to 4,100 civilian deaths in over 200 separate attacks.[18] However, this figure only accounts for those killed in open attacks. Various dissident sources allege that the number of Tamil dissenters and prisoners from rival armed groups clandestinely killed by the LTTE in detention or otherwise ranges from 8,000 – 20,000.[19]”
              (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Sri_Lankan_Civil_War)
              Reference [19] is:
              Hoole, Rajan (2001). “Tamils & The Political Culture Of Auto-Genocide –XII: A Monstrosity”. Sri Lanka: The arrogance of power : myths, decadence & murder. ISBN 978-9559447047.

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                “Various dissident sources allege that the number of Tamil dissenters and prisoners from rival armed groups clandestinely killed by the LTTE in detention or otherwise ranges from 8,000 – 20,000.[19]”

                This is actually very, very heavily exaggerated number.

                Most open attacks were at places, either by intention and / or by collateral killing, where there were concentration of people.

                If open attacks could only kill 3,700 to 4,100, how can clandestine killing resulted in the range of 8,000 – 20,000?

                Because only instance where Tigers could kill en masse an other group was in the massacre of TELO.

                The rival armed groups have various grudges, grievances and of course hatred against Tigers and their statements about Tiger killing of other groups are mostly for emotional appeal, and hence the exaggeration.

                Heavily significant number of killings within and among other groups were also scapegoated to Tigers.

                By the way, I am not supporting nor opposing Tiger in the killings because (like Sori Sinhala Lanka) Tigers never called any one to assemble in specific geographical location(s) with the intention to kill by heavy, medium or light weapons.

                Readers can come to their own conclusions.

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                  I have to say that most of Sori Sinhala thugs’ (so called forces) attacks were on heavy concentration or mass of people.

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                SJ,
                I am not going to defend LTTE for its crimes but you cannot defend the killing of innocent Tamils from 1958 until now by Sinhala military terrorists and other terrorists like PLOTE, TELO, EPRLF, Karuna and Pilliyan etc. LTTE lost its war and they were killed or murdered after arrest by Sinhala Military.
                I thought you are going come out with a statistical valid sophisticated figures. You came with an estimated figure and alleged figures.Still the estimated figure is under 4000. You may be right the number of civilians killed by LTTE is much less than your estimate. But overall civilians death by Sinhalese terrorists, military and paramilitaries are much higher and LTTE’s crimes are much lower than that figure which also proves LTTE did not attack Sinhalese civilians in their liberation struggle.
                You continue keep silence on number of Tamil civilians killed by Sinhala thugs and Sinhala military. What a shameless defence of the crimes of the Sinhala thugs and Sinhala military.
                The number of civilians including Tamils and Sinhalese deaths by Sinhalese thugs and Sinhalese military and Sinhalese Terrorists (JVP) was more than 200000.

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                  I comment as appropriate.
                  I cannot join the chorus of parochial comments, and owe no apology for it.
                  Now you change your tune to say “… which also proves LTTE did not attack Sinhalese civilians in their liberation struggle.”
                  They did, and the list is long and incidents too many.
                  But they killed more Tamils.
                  That was what I said and you objected to.
                  Prejudiced memory plays tricks.

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                A
                Any further question or smart comment?

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              SJ

              “Have you not heard of the UTHR(J) reports?
              Read the Broken Palmyrah?”

              Come on.
              Some of my Tamil acquaintance told me you once challenged authors of UTHR(J) to disclose details of themselves and their addresses.

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                Ask your aquaintances who re-translated a whole half of the book.

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    Dr. Hoole,

    I think it is counter-productive to make broad charges against the Sinhalese community as a whole. Just as many Tamils opposed to the LTTE couldn’t correct its course and stop its indiscriminate attacks against civilians of all communities, many Sinhalese would have privately disagreed with their politicians and government and still felt powerless to do anything to stop their atrocities against Tamils.

    By the way, Ranawaka’s speech should be in quotes.

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      Agnos

      “Just as many Tamils opposed to the LTTE couldn’t correct its course and stop its indiscriminate attacks against civilians of all communities, many Sinhalese would have privately disagreed with their politicians and government and still felt powerless to do anything to stop their atrocities against Tamils.”

      If it is the case why would the majority always give unconditional support to the unarmed Sinhala/Buddhist corrupt politicians?
      How do you propose to solve it?

      Generally both the Tamils and Sinhalese are stupid, greedy, racists, caste conscious, selfish, self-serving, dishonest, ……. good for nothing people …..
      Please don’t try to convince me otherwise.

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    What goes on in the unis is an indication.

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    The national question is so complex, no single version is going to be acceptable to everyone. Personal inclinations and desires are certain to creep in, in any narration. The description of Ratnajeevan Hoole is no exception. My thinking cannot be any different.
    .
    The perception of Jeevan Hoole reflects his frailties.
    .
    How Prabhakaran conducted his struggle for our liberation left much room to be desired. Today, on hindsight, they loom larger than they are.
    .
    I’d take the positives from both men.

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      “How Prabhakaran conducted his struggle for our liberation left much room to be desired.”
      It is an understatement to call this an understatement.

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      Nathan

      “I’d take the positives from both men.”

      Please explain to us as to what positives do you find from VP?

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    It is not fair to draw a parallel between Prabhakaran and Gotabaya  Rajapaksa. Prabhakaran was fighting a defensive war when non-violent means like staging Satyagraha failed. As told by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga Prabhakaran is a creation of Sinhala racism. Prabhakaran had said many times that he would not be carrying an AK-47 rifle on his shoulders if JR Jayewardene was a good Buddhist. It should be said Prabhakaran was not known or heard till the late seventies or early forties.
    The series of racial pogroms against the Tamil people commenced long before Prabhakaran was born. The pogroms of 1956, 1958, 1977, 1979 and 1983 were carried out by the majority of Sinhalese to destroy their livelihood, destroy their economy and launch state-aided Sinhala colonization to alter the demography of the eastern and northern provinces, notably the former.
    The state-sponsored Sinhala colonization since independence like Gal Oya, Allai -Kantalai, Morawewa, Manal Aru (Weli Oya) have changed the demography of the eastern province.
    The number of Sinhalese in the Eastern Province has increased from 8.40% in 1946 to 23.15% in 2012. During the same period, the Tamil population declined from 48.75% in 1946 to 39.79%. This is due to the planned Sinhala settlements mentioned above.
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      Thanga,
      Sinhalayo who accommodated Demala people brought to their country by colonial rulers and abandoned did not start pogroms against Demala people. All the clashes between Demalu and Sinhalayo were started by Demalu who were brainwashed by racist separatist Demala politicians. As I have pointed out several times in this forum, anti-Sinhala campaign and separatism started during British ruled Sinhale. You should feel ashamed to tell these lies to tarnish the image of Native Sinhalayo who helped Demala people.
      —–
      “The series of racial pogroms against the Tamil people commenced long before Prabhakaran was born.”

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        Thanga,
        History of Sinhale/Sri Lanka did not start in 1948. If you are a Sri Lankan I suggest you learn the history of this country and check the meaning of the word ‘Colonization’ before making these weird statements.
        Native Sinhalayo do not have to colonize their own country. Dravidians brought to Sinhale by Portuguese and Dutch as laborers colonized Sinhala land in NE and changed the demographic composition.

        “The state-sponsored Sinhala colonization since independence…”

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          History of Sri Lanka did not start 2500 years ago either. Archaeologically it has come to light that original people of Sri Lanka were Veddhas in east, central and south and Dravidians in rest of the land. It was called Ela Theevu (Land of Elu speaking people) which name was later Sanskritized to Hela Diva and was never called Sinhale. State sponsored Sinhala colonization started 2500 years ago when 500 criminals from Bengal forcibly took over the land.

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      Thanga, great understanding. This is what we need to think pragmatically and see the positive side of things and as citizens work towards living united in the country. I recall my mother harbouring two Tamil families in our home, must have been in the 1958 pogrom; one in the shower room and the other in the store room; I remember, as a child, carrying food to them.
      I know of several similar incidents in the 1970s where Sinhala families took care of their Tamil friends and neighbours.
      So, it is very clear that there are many, many Sinhala citizens who value the lives of our Tamil brethren. We are all citizens of equal standing and we must be allowed and supported by political, social and civil societies and religious leaders to live our lives in respect, while respecting the other too.

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      East and Vanni were sparsely populated.
      What interest did the leaders of the Tamils show to move people out of an overcrowded peninsula to the East or Vanni until Mrs B banned import of onions and chillies in the early 1970s.
      How welcoming were Northern Tamils towards Hill Country Tamils? Even today important Tamil nationalist leaders in the Vanni show hostility towards them.
      *
      Now, when they move out of the Peninsula it is to the Sinhala heartland.
      Even after peace many educated Tamils seek to emigrate.
      There are too many who sit comfortably in their homes in their newly acquired countries and breathe fire when there is little else to do.

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    Ceylon would not have gained independence if not for the votes cast by Tamil legislators for the Independence Bill presented by DS Senanayake in 1946. Gullible Tamil legislators reposed trust in DS Senanayake not knowing his ulterior motive and subterfuges, His infamous pronouncement that no harm will befall the Tamils at the hands of the Sinhalese was a sugar-coated pill to entice the Tamils to vote for the bill.
    After duping the Tamils and taking them for a ride, he passed the Citizenship Act of 28 in 1948 which deprived 800,000 Hill Country Tamils. 
    Following year by a simple amendment to the Ceylon (Parliamentary Elections) Amendment Act no. 48 of 1949 he stripped Hill Country Tamils of their franchise as well. This is nothing but blatant Sinhala racism/genocide.
    Thus, the genocide against the Tamils continued before and after the end of the war. There were at least two glaring cases of genocide. At the dawn of May 18, Nadesan, Ramesh and Pulidevan of the LTTE peace Secretariat, their spouses, some LTTE cadres and civilians surrendered to the 57th Army Division commanded by Shavendra Silva carrying White Flags as advised by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and few others. There were even told to hold the White flags high for the soldiers to identify the surrenders. Alas, they were all gunned down by the brave Sinhalese army.
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      Thanga,
      “Ceylon would not have gained independence if not for the votes cast by Tamil legislators for the Independence Bill presented by DS Senanayake in 1946.”
      —-
      Wow! What a great contribution made by Demala people who did not sacrifice a single life to fight against British rulers to gain Independence to Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.
      British gave Independence to Sinhale because British Empire that became bankrupt after WWII could not maintain Sinhale/Ceylon as a loss making enterprise. Same with India. British asked DS Senanayake to pass the Independence Bill to ensure the interests of Demala people who helped them to exploit Sinhale.

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        Eagle Kiladu, it is not Sinhale but Chingkallam and the so called ancient Chingkallams were in fact Dravidian Thamizh or semit Thamizh speaking Naga and Yakka, who are the same as the Eezham Thamizh. I googled and read as per the latest scientific studies, the DNA of ancient Chingkallams from old/ancient Chingkalla villages, where the original Chingkallams live, with hardly any outside interaction. closely mathches the DNA of Eezham Thamizh from the North and East, compared to even other Chingkallams, who are a mixture of various Indian and other European and Western Asian immigrants, proving that the ancient Chingkallams are indeed Dravidian Thamizh Naga/Yakka. Hope you are satistied,

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      Sri Lanka would have been given independence anyway as the British empire was done. It was done by the Japanese and the stupid British realized they were overextended and were simply unable to hold on. It was not by the largesse of any Tamils who were nothing but slaves to the Empire.

      And stop calling this country Ceylon which was the colonial master’s name to keep you slaves minds occupied.

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        Whatever good steps being taken by the moderate sinhalaya, So long men like Rajapakshes are alive, slave mindeded fractions would not see it beyond.
        :
        Best example is being provided by you – even if you live Trump’s land, you behave no different to those MUTTI throwers and DHAMMIKA paniya followers.. or am I wrong here ?
        .
        Just to continue attacking minorities the manner you and the low lives have been upto should not be.. if we as a single nation to see it forward.
        [edited out]

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      Thanga

      “Ceylon would not have gained independence if not for the votes cast by Tamil legislators for the Independence Bill presented by DS Senanayake in 1946.”

      Just imagine what would have happened if the Tamil legislators voted Against the Independence Bill. The Independence may have been delayed by a few years but can you even dream of how it would have affected the Sinhala-Tamil Relationship?

      Well, you must concede that the Tamil legislators took the Correct decision in voting for the Independence Bill.

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      Do you really think that the British would not have transferred power to DSS?
      They knew well that with passage of time the ‘reds’ would have joined hands with the anti-British population and declare independence.
      *
      The Tamil leaders were not gullible. They knew well where exactly their class interests lay.

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    Only when neither side thinks ‘brute savagery’ is the exclusive preserve of the other while its own actions are always nothing but moral, can a solution to the conflict become possible.

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      ASD
      True.
      Let us list the people who use that phrase against other communities here.
      That will tell us something.

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    A hard hitting and no holds bared article by Prof: Ratnajeevan.
    But the line……………
    ……It is deeply embedded in Sinhalese Buddhist Culture to treat Tamils like dirt is rather too hard and as Agnos has pointed out in his comment above, it is counter-productive to make broad charges against the Sinhalese community as a whole.

    At the height of the 1983 pogrom against the Tamils, JRJ who presided over it , after the damage had been done, told a Foreign media house that it was the Crisis of [Sinhalese ] Civilization. But this crisis had assumed even higher proportions in the instances quoted by Prof: Ratnajeevan.

    The issue here is not definitions of Genocide. Crimes against Tamils have been committed by the Govt: and by its agents and they therefore need to be held accountable.
    MaRa claimed that he went to War with the LTTE holding the Book on Human Rights as his reference manual! In the process, a good many non-combatants too lost their lives.
    Definitions of Genocide is only an academic exercise. The fact remains that War-Crimes have been committed.

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    Colombo Telegraph
    .
    If you allowed an entire community to be disgraced as SAVAGES would you allow one single b******* to be called a m***** f***** with STARS REMOVED?

    Soma

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      soman

      You always claim to be cool as cucumber.
      What happened to you?
      Are you planning to launch your next long awaited final solution?

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        Native
        This article and the unanimous approval by all Tamils made me lose my cool, for the first time.
        I thought it is my moral duty to help prove Hoole f***** and other racist heyenas like you are right – WE ARE SAVAGES.
        You might be disconcerted to be proved wrong.
        Please help me to carry this message to Tamils who are planing to permanently settle down and raise their next generation in the South that Sinhalese are savages.
        I want to wring this message into their dumb heads:
        SINHALESE ARE SAVAGES AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
        .
        Tamil culture is evolved around two factors : Extreme caste system to the point of some carrying the excreta of others and the extreme jealosy and hatred towards those who have a country of their own.
        Deceit and creation of falsehood totally out of propotion to the factual situation is in their life blood. You can see that on their face. Look at Hoole f*****.
        .
        Thank you for enlightening me that political correctness is a weakness. When the other party says to your face that you all are savages you suddenly realise that you were on the wrong track.

        Soma

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          Native
          What piseed me off was not the insult.
          Kind of illogic vis a vis coexistence of peoples trapped in a small island.
          If 75% of the islanders are savages we have been wasting our time talking about peace and reconciliation.
          What political negotiations with savages.
          Now the Tamil political class is openly moving away from that narrative. Probably sensing that the virus will leave country irrecoverably weak.
          Let us wait and see.

          Soma

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            soman

            This is a good time for a riot.
            Don’t miss the opportunity.

            “What political negotiations with savages.”

            As descent human beings has the Sinhala/Buddhist leadership ever conducted negotiations in good faith?

            Forget negotiations, start a riot, or a mother of all wars, …. find final solutions for the Tamil problem, China could supply you good ovens, chemicals, or biological weapons, Corona Mark II …..

            Like the Afghani people you have been fighting for a long time, in your case it is the Demela, …. I mean you are fighting with yourself, …..

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          Soma,
          Am I surprised that you have lost your cool. No.
          .
          Read the comment from me, dated August 15, 2021, if you haven’t read it already.
          .
          If you find yourself ashamed of your own self, I understand!

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            Nathan
            A most decent comment.
            True, national question is complex , there can be many perspectives but one of them CANNOT be the premise that 75% are savages.
            May be to a third party, not to the savages themselves.

            Soma

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              soman

              Please keep up your rage, you need it to organise a good riot.
              Don’t cool down.
              If you did you are letting down your Sinhala/Buddhist 6.9 million brethren.

              Gota need some excuse to suspend the constitution.
              Help him.
              By helping him you will help the minority community.
              How would you like to divide the island?
              Three or four countries or merge with Thamilnadu.

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        Native,
        .
        Soman to be cool as cucumber ?

        These men are not different those villagers who dreamt that Rajapakshes would make big wonders.
        :
        As of today, not many among floating voters would talk any high tones about Medamulana b*******Puthas.

        Just listen to how idiotic President ‘s speech has been. He does not know how to get on with srilanken numbers. …. bugger may be thinking after achiving 100% vaccinations by mid of September, everything would be alright. Then europeans should long have been happier with their full-vaccinations sofar.
        :
        Gotabaya is appropriate not even to handle issure in a Bezirk. His ill-performance as a state leader is similar to that of a mad soldier took the loaded weapon.

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    I am amazed at the elation of the shit eating Tamil racists who are scourge of this country.
    Colombo Telegraph should not have carried this insulting article.
    I am circulating it among the friends as forwarning to the Sinhalese.

    Soma

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    Colombo Telegraph should apologise the Sinhala readership and withdraw this article from the archive.

    Soma

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      S
      I think that this is still a free country.
      Do not encourage censorship under any condition.

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        SJ
        Sakkili Hoole is paid by the public purse which is mostly contributed by savages.
        You still don’t seem to realise that to say Sinhala nation have been savages for 2500 years and the unamous approval by Tamils here is misusing the very freedom given by the savages.
        If 75% of the islanders are savages we have been wasting our time talking about peace and reconciliation, political solutions or what not.
        It is not the insult that upset me.
        Kind of illogic embedded in the message – you cannot negotiate anymore.
        Kind of new narative Tamils are presenting to keep the youth on both sides of the fence unsettled.
        SJ, you must understand one thing. Tamil Nadu may be 80 million , India may be a super power and diaspora are rich and inflential, all the same you guys are trapped in a small island. You can bludgen the savages physically , but you cannot negotiate with savages.
        What kind civilised exchange of ideas you are expecting between savages and shit bucket carrying sakkiliyas?

        Soma

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          SJ
          I suspect it is people like sakkili Hoole who were behind the decision to destroy Dalada tooth relic. His hatred is boundless. Few moons back he was suggesting to starve the people to punish Rajapaksas!

          Soma

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            soman

            “I suspect it is people like sakkili Hoole who were behind the decision to destroy Dalada tooth relic.”

            You are being kind to him.
            Dr Hoole is the one who recruited VP, trained him, helped him to buy arms, strategise the entire terror campaign, …. ….. before he asked VP to destroy the Jaffna Library, then instigated JVP to conduct terror war in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991, ……………

            You need a good riot.

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          soman

          “Sakkili Hoole is paid by the public purse which is mostly contributed by savages.”

          Keep up your rage, don’t cool down.
          The country needs you.
          Gota needs you.
          Assgiria needs you.
          6.9 million needs you.
          Tamils need you ( if you don’t rage and riot they will never get their separate state).
          Go on start the next riot.
          Shavendra and Kamala are your type of men(?).
          They will join you, help you.

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            Native
            What a relief to hear of your desire for a separate state. Haven’t I always been advocating a SEPARATE state so that sakkiliyas can keep away from savages.

            Soma

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              soman

              Day by day you are turning into a irreversible moron?
              Why?
              All what I am saying is you are trying your best to divide the island which I am trying to prevent.
              However I have always suspected you being a secret admirer of VP and closet separatist.

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    It’s an excellent article Mr. Prof!

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