19 March, 2019

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Political Solution An Organic Process

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

When will you ever, Peace, wild wooddove, shy wings shut,
Your round me roaming end, and under be my boughs? – Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins was of course speaking of an inner peace, since he like all great creative writers had the strange gift of tormenting himself, a gift that can also be seen as a “fertile lack of balance” in Roy Fuller’s phrase. But what he wrote was apposite to the kind of outward peace that we are looking for, struggling for, in Sri Lanka, an enduring peace that we hope will ensue from a definitive political solution of the ethnic problem. That peace is conventionally imaged as a vacuous creature with a twig in its mouth. It could be more appropriately imaged as the wild wooddove of Hopkins’ imagining. It is a wild creature that is not easily amenable to our wishes but one that we have to prove worthy of after a struggle.

The point I am getting at is that it would be mistaken to imagine that the political solution, reconciliation, and ethnic harmony that most Sri Lankans want can be secured just through Constitutional changes, legal enactments, and the setting up of certain institutions. All that provides only a framework for action, and what matters really is the action that follows: does it put into practice the Constitutional changes and the legal enactments, and does it conduce to reconciliation and ethnic harmony? If not, the framework would be pointless. But even if the action is of a positive order, it will take time before ethnic harmony is reached. It would be an organic process, something like the growth of a tree. The establishment of relations of trust and reciprocity that would signal a political solution on the ground cannot be accomplished overnight or in the short run. The reason is that that wild wooddove will not heed the diktats of the Constitution.

What we can do in the present phase is to make the right decisions, not the wrong ones that can lead to a compounding of the problem. I have argued in my last article and earlier ones that a very wide measure of devolution, going well beyond 13 A, can compound the problem and become a factor that countervails advance towards a definitive solution. I have drawn the conclusion therefore that the most effective factor in solving the problem would be a fully functioning democracy with adequate safeguards for the minorities as in the West. The Tamils seem to be allergic to this idea for the following reason. The kind of democracy that I am postulating could be a chimerical one in Sri Lanka. We may be able to achieve something like a fully functioning democracy – we are on the way it – but many Tamils would say that it is doubtful in the extreme that the Sinhalese would ever allow adequate safeguards for the minorities as in the West. Therefore the Tamils insist on as wide a measure of devolution as might be possible to secure their legitimate interests to the greatest extent that might be possible on their own without depending on the Sinhalese.

At this phase of my argument I will make an important point about democracy. It is that devolution can succeed only if there is a democratic culture, only if the majority is imbued with the democratic values that make it respect the rights of the minorities. So, a fully functioning democracy is a pre-requisite for successful devolution. I am not being fanciful here but severely pragmatic. We did have something close to a fully functioning democracy from `1948 to 1977, and we did have reasonably fair and equal treatment for the minorities from 1948 to 1956. There is no reason – given the fact that we have learnt some lessons from a quarter century of war – why we should not be able to improve on that earlier performance.

I argued in my last article that what we have on our hands is not a purely indigenous Tamil ethnic problem but an Indo-Tamil problem. India therefore has a moral responsibility to help sort out the problem, and also the ability to do so. It can persuade the Tamils that there is no reason why Sri Lanka should not match India’s performance in having something that can be fairly characterized as a fully functioning democracy and an acceptable degree of fair and equal treatment for the minorities. It can also persuade the Tamils that it is mistaken to make a shibboleth of devolution, insisting that a very wide measure of it is the essential pre-requisite for a political solution. The example of Belgium should show that devolution can aggravate the problem. India can also convince the Tamils that the international community does not accept the so-called right of self-determination. India won’t allow self-determination for Kashmir and it severely punished the Sikhs for striking out for Kalistan. Recently there was an article by the head of Sri Lanka’s Maoist Communist Party asserting categorically the right of self-determination. But China won’t allow self-determination for the Tibetans or its Muslim minority.

India can help, it has a moral obligation to help, and it could do so to a decisive extent. But that extent though decisive will be a limited one: not much more than persuading the Tamils to give up their intransigent positions. Thereafter it will be up to us to make the requisite Constitutional and other changes, and set up the appropriate institutions. But all that will amount only to the establishment of a framework for a solution, not the solution itself. For that we have to set in motion an organic process, comparable to the growth of a tree, which will lead to relations of trust and reciprocity. I believe that that will not be possible unless there are attitudinal changes among both the Sinhalese and the Tamils.

The question of making attitudinal changes is a huge and complex one which we have not even begun to address. Here I am doing no more than merely introducing the idea. Let me conclude by providing a few illustrations of what I have in mind. We can teach our children the history of Sri Lanka in a tendentious way that emphasizes the aspect of conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. Alternatively we can teach it in a way that gives equal emphasis, or even greater emphasis, to the positive interaction between the two groups, which in many ways was a symbiotic relationship. We can teach our children that Dutugemunu saved this island which belongs to the Sinhalese from Elara and the invading Tamils. Alternatively we can teach them that it is mistaken to think of that war purely in terms of a conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. We can omit or emphasize the facts that Dutugemunu designated Elara as the Just, and that generations of the Sinhalese people walked past Elara’s tomb – a practice that lasted until the ‘fifties of the last century. Obviously history can be taught in ways that could promote or hinder the organic process that could lead to relations of trust and reciprocity.

At the present juncture, when there seems to be a prospect of understanding between the Government and the TNA, it is important that both the Sinhalese and the Tamils give up their habit of demonizing the other side. The Tamils must give up their notion that there is such a thing as the Mahavamsa mindset which will forever prevent the Sinhalese giving fair and equal treatment to the minorities, and the Sinhalese must abandon the notion that the Tamils will never give up their dream of Eelam. Obviously there will be no advance towards an enduring solution if such mistaken and essentially racist beliefs persist. Changes in beliefs and attitudes, not just Constitutional and institutional changes, are required for the organic process to get going towards the relations of trust and reciprocity that will constitute a political solution on the ground. We have to struggle towards that consummation. Otherwise that wild wooddove, Peace, will never come to repose under our boughs.

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    “The point I am getting at is that it would be mistaken to imagine that the political solution, reconciliation, and ethnic harmony that most Sri Lankans want can be secured just through Constitutional changes, legal enactments, and the setting up of certain institutions”

    Izeth for once you are absolutely right. With racists like you, Mahindaplala, Roberts, sumangalam, sharma, etc etc….it is indeed an imagination.

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      He is mari_a_kadde porriki from the partition. do you know how many from the partition were allowed to loiter the streets of Lanka after Queen victoria took over.

      With Independance only a handful of this partition filth was allowed to settle down because Nehru, Jinnah, later Indra had their own plans. ladies man Dudley assisted pakistani unknowingly with citizenship from TRP.

      If your great great great grand parents were born at colombo you would know who is who even the new look sinhalaaya.

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      Mr Hussain,

      “Changes in beliefs and attitudes, not just Constitutional and institutional changes, are required for the organic process to get going towards the relations of trust and reciprocity that will constitute a political solution on the ground.”

      The Sinhalese Ultra-Nationalist Opposition against any solution to the minorities is always mobilized by some small Sinhala Racist political parties (who cannot get even 10% votes in the election) using Buddhist monks as well as ethno-religious symbols in their public campaigns to arouse the emotion of the Sinhala-Buddhist masses. They appeal to the deep-seated fears of the majority community about how its future is threatened by the minorities and political parties who seek minority votes to win elections.

      Neither the UNP, nor the SLFP, the two major political parties representing the Sinhalese, seem to have any capacity (a weak ruling class) to ignore, resist and combat the politics of ethno-paranoia of these small Sinhalese ultra-nationalist racist groups. They are Scared of being branded as traitors to the majority Sinhalese-Buddhist nation? They are scared of losing the next election?

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        “”Neither the UNP, nor the SLFP, the two major political parties representing the Sinhalese, seem to have any capacity (a weak ruling class) to ignore, resist and combat the politics of ethno-paranoia of these small Sinhalese ultra-nationalist racist groups. “”

        Its not true they relish it because it keeps their business alive and kicking.

        Why did Merkel accept the Muslims (over 1 million and increasing this summer to 1.5) and why does USA promote the Rohingyas as much as it created safe haven Pakistan west and east?

        Why did Churchill throw rubbish at Hitler and Japan?

        It takes 2 to tango and both crusaders come from the same stone in the middle east.Lankan Buddhist just copied it. Did not Dali Lama (a man who does not touch cash or offerings of gold) say that Lankan buddhism is not buddhism when buddhism attacked muslims.

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          Joy and Sorrow are inseparable.
          When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
          When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
          Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
          Kahlil Gibran

          Wisdom of the far east
          Only when you are `empty` are you at standstill and balanced.= Tao before Gibran

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      The Sinhalese are brainwashed right from birth with the Mahavamsa mind-set to believe the myth that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country and the non-Sinhala Buddhists (Tamils and others) are invaders and outsiders who do not belong to Sri Lanka.

      All the Sinhalese are suffering from the same symptom, a majority with a minority complex. The Mahavamsa has made them to believe that, even though they are the majority and therefore the sole owners of the island, they are trapped between the devil (80 million Tamils to the North) and the deep blue sea (to the South). This kind of fear Psychosis was instilled in the minds of the Sinhalese by none other than the Mahavamsa author when he wrote, Dutugemunu felt that he could not stretch himself because of Tamils to the north and the deep sea to the south. As long as they believe in this kind of myth that is not based on reality (delusions), especially unfounded fear or suspicion, the Tamils and others cannot expect anything from the Sinhalese. It is a kind of mental illness (Mahavamsa mindset) that many of them (Sinhalese) suffer irrespective of their status/background (both educated and uneducated).

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        celo
        Why are you writing all this?
        What do you want?
        Why do you say you deserve what you want?

        Stop talking history. That will not change a darn thing. Think of today and tomorrow. Talking about Sinhalese “Mahavamsa mind” “myth”, “minority Complex”, “psychosis”, “delusional” etc. are not going to help.
        Using these offensive words are not going to soften the minds of the Sinhalese. In fact they get more stubborn. Come up with real issues what bothers you. Explain what you have contributed to this country etc. that warrant what you want.

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          Ha, ha, ha…

          Truth hurts!!!

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    You are right on a few points if it works out like a tree from seedling to bearing fruit. Do you know what is happening now?. There was a seedling planted by the new regime accepted by UNHRC or the International community. This seedling is dried up from wanting water and nutrients from those who planted it. The present regime got a mandate to do the right. Are you aware? What is the reason for them not to do the right as undertaken by them. Are they not giving the world and those who brought them to power they cannot be trusted? What makes all those who come to power in Sri Lanka drive wedges between different communities? Why are you trying to teach those who are tormented and suppressed. They look very resilient and patient getting impatient with another pacifier! Do you think your pacifier is the answer?

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    13 A creates 9 crooks and nine sets of support staff, with the same powers as the one set of crooks who enjoy them at present,.to rip off the inhabitants.

    With Azaath ‘s fully functional democracy, they will do a fine job for sure,

    We have seen that even with one set of crooks for the last so many decades and years and the last 17 months in particular.where some crooks collect up to LKR 21 Million a month in rent.

    And other relatives of crooks earn up to 40 LKR a month running Airlines, and others providing Digital Phones to our inhabitants.

    We may even get more Airlines and more Digital phone suppliers with the 13 A .

    And more and more rich and powerful and the rest with more skin and bone.

    Will that lead to the organic growth of this Political Solution , Reconciliation and Ethnic Harmony which Mr Azzath is on about?.

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    The only SOLUTION needed by tamils is community wide mass scale PSYCHIATRIC treatment with extra dose to Tamil Vellala politicians

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      sachoooooooooooooooo the stupid II

      “The only SOLUTION needed by tamils is community wide mass scale PSYCHIATRIC treatment with extra dose to Tamil Vellala politicians”

      It’s a good idea.

      When are you starting yours?

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    After flattening the Tamils and their psyche to the core with series of targeted articles; after belittling them by labelling them as caste centric racists; after accusing them as anti-Muslim; after repeatedly stood on them and verulantly stamped on them repeatedly, this guy now is talking about democracy! Does he really understand the dynamics of the complexities pertaining to the Tamil question? Does he understand the nature of the ailment in the form the Sinhala Buddhist chronic insecurity that the Sinhala suffer from? How does he propose to alleviate the Sinhala from this chronic illness?

    The Tamil seek protection and security because of the Sinhala inability to respect democracy as a direct result of their innate insecurity. Does he face answers for this? The period between 1948 to 1955 had a semblance of peace while the undercurrent was taking shape! I do not think this guy knows what he is talking about other than coveting for some brownie points from the Sinhala!

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      Sinhalese respect democracy that is why we have changed governments and had elections from the day we gained independance. Sri Lanka is a success story of democracy especially facing numerous threats facing the Sri Lankan state.

      It was tamil politician , Ramanathan who went to London to request not to give universal sufrage to SLns and to legalise caste system in SL. Yet these fellows are shameless to question the sinhala peoples’ commitment to democracy.

      Sinhala people will have insecurities in the homeland as long as there are threats to their sinhala homeland. And we still see many

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        sa,

        Democracy is not just about changing governments! Both the mainstream parties, UNP and SLFP, became Sinhala Buddhist centric and not represented the Sri Lankan diversity and it is on record. The Tamils on several occasions demonstrated democratically their grievances and they were wilfully disregarded! Sri Lanka constructed two constitutions since 1948 and on both occasions the Tamil voices were eschewed with disdain!

        I can go on but hope you now get my drift… This is exactly what I meant by respecting democracy!

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          BI, changing governments and having elections is one of the pillars of a functioning democracy. A community who go after leaders who pleaded against having universal suffrage and went to London to legalize caste system have less rights to question others’ democracy.

          Sinhala governments have already answered the Tamil’s so called grievances more than enough. Just because you yearn for something even it is unreasonable it does not become a legitimate grievance. Then it is a problem of tamil ego and tamil racism..

          Dont ask for unreasonable things and cry discrimination. That is all.

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          Burning Issue

          sach ooooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II types:

          “Dont ask for unreasonable things and cry discrimination. That is all.”

          Note sachooooooooo has already decided to proscribe you from asking questions under her democracy.

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        sa,

        What is your vision of the Sri Lankan state? Why are you insecure? You have Sri Lanka as one country because of the Brits! What a gratitude you show for Ramanathan who went to London to negotiate the freedom of the incarcerated Sinhala leaders during the Sinhala and Muslim riots! The best thing for the Sinhala for them to come to terms with the reality that there were three nations in Sri Lanka and no one wants to harm the Sinhala. You need to accept the Tamil heritage and democratically empower them politically. This is not an undemocratic request!

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          Tell me how can I acknowledge a non existent Tamil heritage?
          My vision for Sri Lanka is protecting Sinhala homeland and that is it.

          No one wants to harm sinhala? how about robbing sinhala peoples’ homeland? How about even failing to acknowledge that this is Sinhala people’s homeland? You people cant even acknowledge sinhala are a separate community, you want us to be tamil let alone acknowledge our homeland.

          I dont care about others I just care about Sinhala homeland that is it. After the few years that I spent in CT I have realised, we will never have reconciliation with Tamils, and believe me I dont want it either.

          I just want to make Sinhalese stronger so that they can defend their homeland from tribal tamils. And want to make other sinhalese make this realisation.

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            such,

            “Tell me how can I acknowledge a non existent Tamil heritage?”

            It is because you are a downright racist! It is simple that you do not acknowledge the Tamil heritage; it is because you want to obscure the Tamil contributions in order to project Sinhala supremacy. It is purely and simply predicated on the Sinhala chronic insecurity. You have been told repeatedly about historical facts but you come again and again repeating the same old nonsense!

            Now show us where exactly in the Dutch map you see Samapura mentioned, which you claimed to know to be. a fact. Come on show us exactly where?

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              Bi
              Don’t dwell on history. That is not a valid reason for self rule. You need to show what you have done for this country. Say what contributions did the tamils did for SL other than conducting a 30 year terror war against our citizens?

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                How long has the country been going around with a beggar’s bowl supplying sex slaves under your ethnicity??

                Do the free monty!!

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        sa ooooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

        “Sinhalese respect democracy that is why we have changed governments and had elections from the day we gained independance.”

        Is that why Sinhalese took up arms twice to change a democracy into a dictatorship of the proletariat?

        “It was tamil politician , Ramanathan who went to London to request not to give universal sufrage to SLns and to legalise caste system in SL.”

        Is that why Sinhalese pulled him in a chariot on his return from London?

        What is democracy?

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          Vedda
          What a stupid post. Democracy does not mean that every citizen’s Way of thinking and actions are taken into consideration! Find out whose ideas, thinkings and actions are respected in a democracy. Stop writing nonsense because separatist tamils give you thumbs up!

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            Euse,

            You are playing ignorant to suit your narrow views. Go and read as to what NM Perara said about democracy during the debate of the language bill back in 1955. You will learn a thing or two and then again you careless as you are blatantly a chauvinist!

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              Burning Issue

              “You will learn a thing or two and then again you careless as you are blatantly a chauvinist!”

              You are expecting too much hard work from sachooo the stupid II, Nuisance the stupid I, Jimmy the dimwit, CountryFarce, …………… and the like-minded bigots.

              Just forget it.

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                vedda
                Why are you scared to answer my post? You are intellectually empty. Only word you know to write is stupid.

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                  Nuisance

                  ” You are intellectually empty.”

                  In fact, I am bit thick and never ever claimed to be an Intellectual nor am I educated in the Sri Lankan sense.

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              Bi
              Another separatist nonsense. Who cares what NM Perera or anybody else said. Go check the meaning of democracy.

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                Euse,

                “Who cares what NM Perera or anybody else said. Go check the meaning of democracy.”

                It is indeed futile to expect you will accept the evolving nature of the concept of Democracy. Even as far back as in 1955, Dr NM said the below during the debate of the Language Act:

                “….If democracy is to be treated as an arithmetical concept
                that whatever the majority decides must be accepted that if
                the majority decides that the majority religion must prevail
                it must be accepted merely because they have got
                superiority in members, that is not democracy. Where you
                have different religions, the sovereignty of the majority is
                automatically checked by those inalienable rights that the
                minorities have which cannot be overridden by the mere
                whim and fancy of a majority. The test of a democratic
                decision is the morality of the law. It is not merely a
                counting of heads but whether in point of fact the minorities
                are given full consideration of their points of view.

                Democracy means an adjustment of different points of
                view, it means giving full weight to the rights of minority
                communities. That is what democracy means, it is not
                merely a counting of heads”

                Today, the concept of Democracy has evolved to represent the right to Self-Determination. I do not think that you will accept anything that is fair and just. You want to perpetuate the majority hegemony come what may. Such an attitude is doomed fail. I quoted NM for the benefit of the other readers!

                “Another separatist nonsense”

                I do feel sorry for you however! You are sick and confused to convolute and conflate the terms separation and devolution!

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                  Bi
                  Why don’t you seek your Elam in a communist country? There you and NM Perera will fit well! Sorry, my bad, there are no communist countries remaining. North Korea is the last country that may entertain NM’s and your way of thinking!

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                    euse,

                    How pathetic! Who has spoken about Eelam? It is you who talks about it and not me! You wanted me to read about democracy and I have given you something to chew with; it does not suit your agenda!

                    I quoted NM because he explained the meaning democracy in simple layman’s language; you cannot stomach that can you? I do feel sorry for you; I bet you have hard time sleeping at nights with such a chauvinistic mindset!

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                      bi
                      You very well know NM is a communists. So now you are idealizing a communist and bring communism to Sri Lanka?? Aren’t all this you are talking about is to have your own Elam? If not what do you want?

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                      Euse,

                      Please grow up! NM was a leader of a leftist party and regardless of one’s political affiliation, one needs to look at what he said about democracy. This is the objective way! What exactly do you disagree with what NM said? Please outline and if you can critique him on point of principle. Go on I am waiting…

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                    Nuisance the stupid I

                    “North Korea is the last country that may entertain NM’s and your way of thinking!”

                    North Korea is the natural habitat of Dayan, MR, you sach the stupid II, jim donkey, …………………

                    The country is known for competitive grieving, similar to the ones who grieved for MR’s loss of presidential elections in this island in January 2015.

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                      vedda,
                      Another stupid, irrelevant, nonsensical and childish post!
                      Grow up!

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          Ask the fellows who picked a gun to change the governments. The point is we have prevailed in spite of these armed insurgencies.

          And ask the sinhala leaders then why they put him in a chariot. Sinhala leaders are idiots then and now

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        I cannot be the only one to disagree with Sa who claims “Sinhalese respect democracy that is why we have changed governments and had elections from the day we gained independence…” You were going the Cambodian Pol Pot way during 1988/89 after an earlier failed attempt in 1971. India saved you on both dangers acting on the desperate pleas of the ruling Sinhala Buddhist regimes here. Many readers are not aware of this.

        Let’s not compare Ramanathan’s politics of that imperial time to today’s Sri Lanka. SWRD, who asked for Federalism in the 1930s changed his stance in 1956 and transmogrified into a racial bigot. did’nt he?

        “Sri Lanka is a success story of democracy”???? Are you ashamed to admit what the Rajapakse Brothers did to intimidate the Attorney General and the Army only about an year ago – after they were beaten in a General Election. Are you ignorant of what they did to the Election Commissioner in the previous General Election (which many believe Ranil/UNP won) An year ago ww were a Police State. We escaped by an hair’s breadth, friend from a Rajapakse Coup.

        If there are “threats to the Sinhala homeland” they come from scheming Sinhalese themselves – the politicised Buddhist priests, some sections of the politicised army top and rogues who go as Nationalist-Patriotic Sinhala political leaders. Attitudes such as yours destroys the fabric of unity and reconciliation in this country that some decent leaders, including Buddhist priests, are attempting to stitch together. Such irresponsible acts also remove hopes for the two major communities coming together.

        Kettikaran

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        Oh Sach the fool,

        “It was tamil politician , Ramanathan who went to London to request not to give universal sufrage to SLns and to legalise caste system in SL.”

        Ha, ha, ha…LOL!

        I have seen many Sinhala Modayas but sach seem to be the top one. When people are ignorant and illiterate/uneducated, at least Wikipedia is available to find things.

        So that is why on his return from London, some of the top families of Sinhalese aristocracy had no qualms about drawing his carriage through the streets of Colombo virtually carrying him on their backs and the Sinhala leaders took turns to pull his carriage.

        Anagarika Dharmapala called Ramanathan a ‘Hero’, D S Senanayake called him ‘the greatest Ceylonese of all times’, Sir Baron Jayatilaka referred to him as ‘the greatest man Ceylon has produced during the past 50 years’.

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    ” We can teach our children that Dutugemunu saved this island which belongs to the Sinhalese from Elara and the invading Tamils. Alternatively we can teach them that it is mistaken to think of that war purely in terms of a conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. We can omit or emphasize the facts that Dutugemunu designated Elara as the Just,”
    Correct. The insecurity that the Sinhalese feel comes from being brainwashed from birth. There is only so much that the govenment can do. Who will stop the monks spreading poison from their temples? It probably can be done if a particular educational policy is unchanged for a generation or two, but of course that won’t happen.

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      There were no Sinhalese or a Sinhalese language around 2300 years ago. A people called Sinhalese and the Sinhalese language only came into existence from around 9AD. So how can Dutugemunu be Sinhalese? His father’s name was Kakkai Vanna Theesan and it is a pure Tamil name. So a Tamil father has a Sinhalese son speaking a then non existing Sinhalese language?
      The Dutugemunu was a Naga and the Nagas were a Dravidian people who spoke Tamil. All the ancient Naga inscriptions in the island Buddhist or Hindu were all in Tamil and not in a non existing Sinhalese or other languages.
      The Sinhalese evolved from the Indigenous Tamils(Naga) and other tribes and other immigrants from India largely Tamil again from ancient to recent times who converted to Buddhism and gradually corrupted their Tamil dialect with the Sanskrit and Pali of Buddhism. This gradually evolved to Sinhalese by the 9Th century AD,
      This was between the Tamils(Naga) who converted to Buddhism( Largely in the southern parts of the island ) and the Tamils (Naga) who remained Hindu(Saivite) and predominated in the north, north central and eastern parts of the island and were the ruling establishment.
      The Mahvamsa was a highly biased racist Buddhist epic concentrating only on the Buddhist south trying to portray the Buddhist coverts now speaking this newly forming dialect that was a mixture of the indigenous Tamil, Sanskrit and Pali as truly indigenous but the ones who remained Hindu or reconverted back to their ancient Hindu faith and still retaining the original Tamil language as outsiders/invaders and not belonging to the land.
      This demonization of people belonging to the original faith and not converting to the new order and faith/ language was not only common in the island but in many part of the world. In Christian Europe many people who practised the ancient pre Christian faiths or the wrong form of Christianity were demonized called Witches and Wizards heretics and burned on the stake or drowned. Even the Jews were demonised for centuries leading to the holocaust. This same thing is happening with the ISIS in modern Middle East. Anyone not following the strict Wahhabi/Salafist form of Sunni Islam is a heretic and persecuted.
      This is what the Mahavamsa was doing to island’s indigenous Hindu Tamils as they did not convert to the newly forming Sinhalese Buddhist identity like their brothers and sisters down south. Matters were latter complicated with the Tamil invasions from South India. The Indigenous Tamils were conveniently lumped with these South Indian Tamil invaders with whom they shared a common language and religion.
      Ironically many of the descendants of these South Indian invaders and immigrants got assimilated as Sinhalese and not as Tamils.
      This anti Tamil author whose Dravidian Tamil Muslim ancestors migrated from South India a few centuries ago knows this but is mischievously trying to propagate this Mahavamsa myth that the island’s Tamils are not indigenous but invaders and do not deserve any rights or self rule, as this serves his backstabbing selfish Muslim interests. He has constantly been a rabid anti Tamil and will never change. He is now coming from another angle, as his openly anti Tamil articles were condemned.

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        So Burning Issue, you asked my what our problem is!

        This is our problem the Tamils who suffer from inferiority complex rob sinhalese from their homeland and try to falsify this country’s history for their political agendas.

        How many Tamils ever wondered where Kakkai Vanna Theesan ever mentioned? And ask for a source when eelamists propagate false history? No right!

        This is our problem.

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          sachooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the very
          stupid II

          This is the Sinhala homeland. Tamils came only as invaders in 10 AD and established a kingdom in 13 AD but as a satellite to SI.

          Clive the Welsh Nabob knows all this the best.

          yours is a pedigree of piracy when British rule commenced.

          Pol Kuddu silva from UK is the new Judge like Barroso
          of Portugal was appointed by Pirate USA to be Prs EU.
          Portugal could never dream of achieving it before though
          they tried and were killed by the christian dutch.

          But you are the new Breed Mercenary like SA Apartheid.

          We don’t have much heart for the North or tomorrow you
          would be done thy kingdom come;)))

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        This is the Sinhala homeland. Tamils came only as invaders in 10 AD and established a kingdom in 13 AD but as a satellite to SI. Even at that time majority of the people in Jaffna were Sinhalese. It was ruled by a Malaysian then and Sankili accepted the King of Kotte and King of Kandy as the de jur ruler of the country.

        Tamils did not HAVE any civilisation here.

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          sachooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the very stupid II

          “This is the Sinhala homeland.”

          Since when?

          How did this island become a Sinhala homeland?
          Before that whose homeland was it?

          “Tamils came only as invaders in 10 AD and established a kingdom in 13 AD”

          When did the Sinhala invaders come to this island?

          Who was the first king of this so called Sinhala homeland?

          When was this land rebranded as Sinhala homeland and under whose authority?

          Could we see the Sri Lankan Magna Carta?

          ” Even at that time majority of the people in Jaffna were Sinhalese.”

          Did they do a head count then?
          What was the Sinhala population then?
          Why are you being so stupid?
          What was the name of the peninsula before being named Jaffna?
          Who was the king at the time?

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          such,

          I cannot emphasise enough that I feel extremely sorry for you! You poor thing; Chandra Dharmawardena is your godfather and corrupted you left, right, and centre. You are now totally consumed by the falsehood your godfather concocted!

          Here is something for you to chew that the Tamil language and cultures have been interwoven into the Sinhala lock, stock and barrel. Our heritage did not just evolve the Tamil language and culture in Sri Lanka but also considerably enriched the Sinhala. Many Sinhala scholars acknowledged this very fact. The problem is that you are a racist and your bigotry disposition cannot come to terms with the facts. I can only feel sorry for you and hope you will grow out of your chronic insecure mindset! Good luck.

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    Tamils want/need only justice and equality in every sense.
    This is the essence of democracy – never mind the ‘socialist’ and ‘republican’ aspects.
    If these are allowed/enforced, there will be no ethnic problem.
    We will be one big happy family.
    Some countries have achieved this.

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      Yes, it has to be done, it can be done. The day “political solution” is taken off their agenda millions of Sinhalese will fight with them for their equality.

      Soma

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        somaaasss

        “millions of Sinhalese will fight with them for their equality”

        Of course, they will, however, the noisy minorities (Sinhala/Buddhists) will fight against the Sinhalese. That had been the history and it will remain as such in the long term.

        What is your hidden agenda?

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    Whatever Tamils want should be earned by them not handed over for nothing. They have to show what they have so far contributed for the enhancement of Sri Lanka. Tamils so far has done nothing to improve the lives of fellow Tamils. Even money allocated to the chief minister of northern PC has not been used for the welfare of northerners. These politicians’ only goal is to brainwash tamils so that they can grab power.

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      Eusense,
      You say: ” They have to show what they have so far contributed for the enhancement of Sri Lanka.” This is the same old argument used by white settlers in South Africa, Australia, and other places. Nobody in those places asked for “enhancement”.
      The reality is that what finally happens in SL is decided in New Delhi. If Sri Lankans do not come up with a solution to India’s liking, we will have it forced down our throats. India wants a stable Tamilnadu, period. Perhaps the arrival in 2 days of two relief ships and an aircraft which could carry a good part of our air force in its belly is a message?

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        oc
        Wishful thinking! Keep dreaming.
        Yes, Indians will come. At the moment they are busy building latrines for their billion people.

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          Eusense, You cannot deny that there ARE 150,000 Sri Lankans in TN, many of whom don’t want to come back. Sri Lankans (including you and not only Tamils) go to Europe for economic reasons. Certainly Europe is a better prospect than TN. That does not mean that TN is a worse place to be than SL. For your information, this is what you can do on a salary of 30,000 rupees in India: 1. Buy an used car (15,000) 2.Or lease a new one ( 5000 per month on a small Hyundai @ 2.75 lakhs) 3.OR buy a scooter ( 20,000) 4. Rice starts from 20 Rs/kg 5. Ration rice from 3 Rs./kg 6. Vegetables, onions, etc from 10 Rs./kg 7. Cheap flour, sugar, dhal,etc 8. Chicken @ 100 Rs./kg 9. Cup of tea with real milk @ 7 Rs
          Milk, cheese,butter, apples, grapes, oranges have NEVER been luxury items in India
          Austrian Happy Cow cheese is cheaper in Chennai than in Colombo. But then Indian Amul cheese is even cheaper. If you have not been to India recently, please do check it out.Ignore the beggars, but observe how India progresses without fuss and without loans. Let the scales fall from your eyes! You will see how we are getting ripped off here. Oh ,BTW, the real reason that Indians want to work here is not that they are starving,but that they can go back and buy TWO scooters ( or build 2 latrines according to you)instead of one.

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    This time around Mr Izeth Hussain has argued corectly.

    Soma

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      somaasss

      “This time around Mr Izeth Hussain has argued corectly.”

      So he finally agreed with your hidden agenda.

      All in all both of you are agreeing with each others hidden agenda.

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    If having more powers, or self determination is the solution, Tamilnadu should be a heaven. I don’t think any SL Tamil want to live in TN. The living standards of Tamils in SL are far better than Tamils in TN. Everyone knows how corrupt Jayalalitha is. But, she is still having a good life. You can understand the mindset of Tamils there. They are just slaves for the rich and powerful.

    SL is a mixed socialist and democratic country. Nothing wrong with the system and the whole world accept it. The provisions are there top safeguard everyone. Only thing the country needs is an ideological revolution to abide by values, rules and regulations. Not pieces of cake for different nationalities. Tamils need to stop being racial oriented. Being racist will just call for more issues. Just look how their NP chief minister’s family lives in full harmony with Sinhalese. His son is married to a Sinhala woman and do they complain about it? But, when it comes to politics, neither he doesn’t want to live in harmony nor other fellow Tamil citizens. How stupid.

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      Were you born yesterday?

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      Unity

      “If having more powers, or self determination is the solution, Tamilnadu should be a heaven.”

      Tamil Nadu is part of Republic of India (இந்தியக் குடியரசு – Inthiyak kudiyarasu) or Bharat, not a province of this island. The people who were born, bred and have the right to live here in this island need to remain here if they so desired.

      On the other hand, those people who share South Indian gene should demand their right to resettle in South India and make every effort to go back.

      There is a substantial number of people of this island people (nearly 21 million) should fight for their rights.

      Well, find out from your grandmother where exactly did her ancestors come from? It is not that difficult to relocate you and your family back to your homeland by Kallathonies.

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      Unity,
      You write: ” I don’t think any SL Tamil want to live in TN. The living standards of Tamils in SL are far better than Tamils in TN.”
      Why don’t you ask one of the 150,000 refugees in TN, one of whom recently committed suicide after returning to the miracle of Asia?
      Please read and understand something about the TN economy before you pontificate in public.

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        OC
        Why do you think SL Tamils seek asylum in the west rather than Tamil Nadu?

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          Eusense,
          You cannot deny that there ARE 150,000 Sri Lankans in TN, many of whom don’t want to come back. Sri Lankans (not only Tamils) go to Europe for economic reasons. Certainly Europe is a better prospect than TN. That does not mean that TN is a worse place to be than SL.
          For your information, this is what you can do on a salary of 30,000 rupees in India:
          1. Buy an used car (15,000)
          2. Lease a new one ( 5000 per month on a small Hyundai @ 2.75 lakhs)
          3. Buy a scooter ( 20,000)
          4. Rice starts from 20 Rs/kg
          5. Ration rice from 3 Rs./kg
          6. Vegetables, onions, etc from 10 Rs./kg
          7. Cheap flour, sugar, dhal,etc
          8. Chicken @ 100 Rs./kg
          9. Cup of tea with real milk @ 7 Rs
          Austrian Happy Cow cheese is cheaper in Chennai than in Colombo.
          But then Indian Amul cheese is even cheaper.
          If you have never been to India recently, please do check it out.Ignore the beggars, but observe how India progresses without fuss and without loans. Let the scales fall from your eyes! You will see how we are getting ripped off here.
          Oh ,BTW, the real reason that Indians want to work here is not that they are starving,but that they can go back and buy TWO scooters instead of one.

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          Nuisance the stupid I

          “Why do you think SL Tamils seek asylum in the west rather than Tamil Nadu?”

          It is simply because they believe in “Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir” (To us all towns are one, all men our kin), a far-fetched idea for stupids like you.

          Here is the rest of the poetry:

          To us all towns are one, all men our kin,
          Life’s good comes not from others’ gifts, nor ill,
          Man’s pains and pain’s relief are from within,
          Death’s no new thing, nor do our bosoms thrill
          When joyous life seems like a luscious draught.
          When grieved, we patient suffer; for, we deem
          This much-praised life of ours a fragile raft
          Borne down the waters of some mountain stream
          That o’er huge boulders roaring seeks the plain
          Tho’ storms with lightning’s flash from darkened skies.
          Descend, the raft goes on as fates ordain.
          Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !
          We marvel not at the greatness of the great;
          Still less despise we men of low estate.

          Kaniyan Poongundran, Purananuru – 192
          (Translated by G.U.Pope, 1906)

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        Hi OC,

        Over 50 lakh houses in TN do not have toilets. I don’t think any Tamil house in SL fall in to this category.
        http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Over-50-Lakh-Houses-in-Tamil-Nadu-Short-of-Toilet-Facilities/2014/11/19/article2530817.ece

        Check Human Development Index of countries. SL is at 73rd and India at 130th. Don’t tell me that TN is better than the overall Indian index.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Human_Development_Index

        I agree with eusense. Why Tamils in SL go to western countries if their bellowed TAMIL nadu is a heaven for them. They even willing to die to go to countries like Aus by boats while TN is at arms length and accessible. There are refugees in TN from SL, because they couldn’t live in SL due to LTTE in LTTE controlled areas.Did anyone in other areas have any issue. Not a single slap to a Tamil person from a Sinhala person while LTTE showing barbarism. Yes, now some refugees don’t like to come back since they are settled there and Northern Province minister not doing anything for them other than spreading racism. Listen to what the current Tamil resettlement minster told. He said NP is not only not doing anything, but even not letting others to do anything. Because, they are afraid they would lose innocent tamil peoples’ votes to other parties other than TNA if they get benefits from them. I worked in the north and east and this was exactly what I saw. All the money comes from development projects go to corrupt tamil politicians’ and officers’ pockets. Innocent tamil people do not get anything. Corrupt politicians can cheat them when they are kept poor.

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          Dear Unity,
          You say:”
          Over 50 lakh houses in TN do not have toilets. I don’t think any Tamil house in SL fall in to this category. “
          Did you not watch the recent”Gammedda” series on Sirasa? You would have seen plenty of such houses. Why do you think 40% of households in SL are on Samurdhi? At least the Indians are open about the problem. Our press covers it up and people like you swallow the story of our superiority.
          Human development indexes mean very little. Neither does our $4000 GDP mean anything in terms of livability. You have not contradicted any of the facts I have stated. If one can live better in Tamilnadu on a lesser income than in SL, what’s there to argue about??
          “Check Human Development Index of countries. SL is at 73rd and India at 130th. Don’t tell me that TN is better than the overall Indian index.”
          TN indeed is better than the overall, as is Kerala and some other states. Why do you think Chennai is known as the Detroit of India?
          Don’t depend on wikipedia. Go to India and live there for a few months at least.
          When anybody manages to land in the West, they are immediately taken care of, given money and/or food and good housing FREE. That doesn’t happen in India, where refugees spend some time in jail first.
          That’s why refugees prefer Europe.

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            Old codger,
            I don’t want to put facts here like you are going to publish in a journal. That’s why I depend on wiki like sources. They just highlight the common reality and if you don’t want to accept, that’s fine.
            You say “Go to India and live there for a few months at least”. I have not lived in India for months, but have lived more than 20 days in places like Madya Pradesh, Chennai, Ahmadabad, Bangalore. I saw the plight of people since I got the opportunity to move with ordinary people since I was on a mission. May be the cost of living is less in TN. But, that doesn’t mean that the life is better. In that case, TN should be better than all developed countries since cost of living is less. Imagine there was no terrorism in SL last 30 years and how would be Tamils’ (also all Sri Lankans) living standards in SL? Terrorism took most of things from their lives. Reason? Idiotic ideology of Tamils asking for a separate country rather than trying to develop everyone’s lives as a whole.
            You say “When anybody manages to land in the West, they are immediately taken care of, given money and/or food and good housing FREE”. That’s true. But, Tamils who moved to other provinces where Sinhalese are majority are having better lives than who are in North and East. So, first, ask them to move in to those provinces before jumping in to a boat to go to Australia living their and lived ones lives in danger.

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      Unity,

      You wrote “The living standards of Tamils in SL are far better than Tamils in TN…”While this was true from the 1950s to about 2 decades ago, presently
      TN is far ahead industrially, agriculturally, in terms of education, health and other services. Together with Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and the New Delhi area Tamilnadu is now a fastly developing State – with low unemployment. The Power and Water situation is yet to improve but I believe these are receiving priority attention.

      Many SL Tamils now living as refugees (arguably, about 100,000) very much wish to become citizens of TN but the authorities there discourage this – understandably so. I know of several Sinhala students who studied in Universities in TN, Keral, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka who will be happy with Indian citizenship more due to the continuing disturbed conditions in SL. But this does not find favour with the Central Govt in Delhi.

      Kettikaran

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    Mr Hussain,

    “We can teach our children that Dutugemunu saved this island which belongs to the Sinhalese from Elara and the invading Tamils.”

    How much history do you know?

    THERE WERE NO SINHALESE BEFORE THE 13TH CENTURY AD.

    According to the Mahavamsa, Vijay the son of Sinha Bahu (Sinha Bahu’s father was a Sinha/lion) from the Lala country where he established a kingdom and founded a city named Sinhapura is believed to be the forefather of the Sinhalese.

    It is said in MAHAVAMSA CHAPTER VII – THE CONSECRATING OF VIJAYA,
    But the king Sihabahu, since he had slain the lion (was called) Sihala and, by reason of the ties between him and them, all those (followers of VIJAYA) were also (called) Sihala.

    The term Sinhala/Sihala is mentioned in the Mahavamsa only twice in the beginning chapters as shown above. After that, the term Sinhala is only found in the Chulavamsa written after the 13th Century AD.

    None of the ancient historical Objects/Monuments/Buildings which were in existence or found in the archaeological surveys in Sri Lanka before the 13th Century AD says anything about a Sinhala race or a Sinhala Kingdom or a Sinhala Country or a Sinhala civilization, or a Sinhala culture, and none of the Written History, Rock Carvings, stone inscriptions, etc, says anything about a Sinhala race or a Sinhala Kingdom or a Sinhala Country before 13th Century AD.

    There never existed a race/ethnic group/nation called Sinhala in Sri Lanka before the 13th century AD, there never existed a kingdom called Sinhala in Sri Lanka before the 13th century AD and Sri Lanka was never known as a Sinhala country throughout history.

    The archeologist/historian Prof. S. Paranavitana was a biased researcher who did all his research with a preconceived Sinhala-Buddhist mindset. His findings and assumptions magically supported all the myths found in the Mahavamsa.

    Prof. K. Indrapala in his book (pg.19) says,
    the assumption forming the basis of Prof. Paranavitana?s statement is that the people of the kingdom ruled by the Anuradapura kings and the inhabitants of Rohana and other southern chiefdoms were all Sinhalese and that any ruler other than a Sinhalese in control of Anuradapura or other chiefdoms was a foreigner. As will be seen later in this book, such an assumption is not supported by archeological or epigraphical evidence. In the centuries before the Common Era, there were many ethnic groups in the island and one of them was the group known as the Damedas in inscriptions and Damilas in the Pali chronicles, identified without any controversy as the Tamils. Sena and Guttaka, the first Tamils mentioned in the Pali chronicles as having gained power at Anuradapura were from a merchant family and are not even described as invaders.

    According to Prof. R. A. L. H. (Leslie) Gunawardana, a historian/archeologist at the Peradeniya University, there NEVER was a Sinhala race/ethnic group or a Sinhala Kingdom before the 13th CAD. What existed was ONLY a Sinhala dynasty, a ruling linage group. There is NO evidence whatsoever to prove that an ethnic group/race or a kingdom by the name Sinhala existed in Sri Lanka before the 13th CAD. The concept that the Sinhalas were indigenous people or the first to arrive in the island originated only during the colonial and post-colonial period.

    In his publication ‘The People of the Lion: The Sinhala Identity and Ideology in History and Historiography’, Prof. Leslie Gunawardana says,
    Sinhala was a name adopted by a ruling linage group for whose origin the lion myth had been created. He says, contrary to popular belief, in ancient times the Sinhala identity was associated primarily with the dynasty which ruled Anuradapura. He goes even further by saying that, not only the Sinhala kingdom but also the Sinhala ethnic identity (race) in Sri Lanka emerged only after the 13th Century AD. Before that, there never was a Sinhala race or a Sinhala Kingdom, but only a Sinhala royal family (dynasty).

    NOW, WHO SAYS THAT THE SINHALESE HAVE A COUNTRY?

    Unfortunately, even the Sri Lankan constitution does not say that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Country.

    Bikku Mahinda and the missinory monks who introduced Buddhism and the Pali/Prakrit language to the Island called the language that existed when they arrived (before 3rd Century BC) as Dipa Basa and still no body knows what this dipa basa was, it can even be ancient Tamil.

    It was only some Europeans such as Wilhelm Geiger, who studied the language of the Island (after Buddhism was introduced) in depth and divided the newly developing language into many phases. Later, he came up with the following name labels.

    Prakrit-Sinhala (3rd Century BC – 4th Century AD), What he called as Prakrit-Sinhala is an ancient Prakrit spoken by many in South Asia in ancient times.

    Wilhelm Geiger also came up with terms such as Proto-Sinhala (4th Century AD – 8th Century AD) and proper Sinhala (after 8th Century AD) for the developing stages of the new language.

    The people in Sri Lanka who are known as Sinhalese today boast about a written Sinhala history that was neither written in Sinhala nor says anything about Sinhala, they boast about an ancient Sinhala history and civilization which is not mentioned anywhere in the ancient artifacts or publications or inscriptions as Sinhala, they boast about Sinhala Kingdoms which nobody, even Ven. Mahanama the author of Mahavamsa has never mentioned. They boast about a Sinhala Nation which never existed, they talk about a Sinhala race/ethnic group which came into existence ONLY after the 13th Century AD and they boast about a Sinhala country which neither existed then nor exist now. Just because a few Sinhalese like Senanayakes, Jayawardanes, Bandaranakakes, Wijayawardenas, Kothalawelas coloborated with the British they made them leaders and gave the whole of Sri Lanka including the Tamil homelands to the majority on a platter. Even then, the Sri Lankan constitution does not say it is a Sinhala country.

    Today, for anything and everything, the term Sinhala is attached, Sinhala-Buddhism, Sinhala-Medicine, Sinhala-Roofing tiles, Sinhala-Rice, Sinhala-that, Sinhala-this, etc but before the 13th Century AD, why the word Sinhala is not mentioned anywhere?

    Of course, many different races existed before the 13th Century AD, but a race known as Sinhala never existed.

    According to the genetic study conducted recently on the Sri Lankan population, the people who call themselves Sinhalese today are having 70% Indian Tamil genes and they still call themselves Aryans.

    It is absolutely hilarious to see a race which never existed before the 13th CAD claiming to be the natives and the sole owners of the Island Sri Lanka just because they speak a new language (borrowed from many others), they became a majority because most of the South Indians who arrived throughout history and those tens of thousands of Tamils the Dutch brought in from the Coromandel coast of South India and settled in the southwestern seaboard from Negombo to Galle mainly for growing cinnamon and fishing got naturalized with the Sinhalese and become a part of them as Sinhala Buddhists/Catholics increasing their population and since the British gave them the whole country on a platter.

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      Anpu,
      You have misunderstood Mr. Hussain. The full quote is:”We can teach our children that Dutugemunu saved this island which belongs to the Sinhalese from Elara and the invading Tamils. Alternatively we can teach them that it is mistaken to think of that war purely in terms of a conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils.”

      So he is partly in agreement with you.
      You may be right that there is no such thing as an ethic Sinhalese. But the language has been around for a long time. The Sigiriya graffiti are in recognizable Sinhala.

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        Old Codger

        Thank you. I am not a historian. But trying to learn from reliable sources. I forgot to add the links to my previous comment https://www.scribd.com/doc/213232687/R-a-L-H-Gunawardana-The-People-of-the-Lion-The-Sinhala-Identity-and-Ideology-in-History-and-Historiography

        25. Deva | February 4th, 2008 at 1:52 am http://transcurrents.com/tamiliana/archives/521

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          old codger ,

          “But the language has been around for a long time.”??
          “The Sigiriya graffiti are in recognizable Sinhala. “

          Sena dynasty, trimurti, ajanta,.Pallavaram..,,,,sigiriya??

          (the period of religious hypocrisy ..right across SE-SW ..bangala pala.)

          basic words? mesa, towella, almaria,camisa,sala (ve) Buru anda.

          Illiberal world and passion.

          Father of the nation: D.S.SENAnayaka– monkey with the hand grenade.

          presently at 20 million monkeys with grenades DNA bangla predominant.

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        ”We can teach our children that Dutugemunu saved this island which belongs to the Sinhalese from Elara and the invading Tamils. Alternatively we can teach them that it is mistaken to think of that war purely in terms of a conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils.”

        Izeth loves to double talk. If he had meant that the war was not between the Tamils and the non-existed Sinhalese at that time, he needs not to condition his sentence with “Purely”. In a cut and dried sense it was not a purely Sinhala – Tamil war. Even Mahanama did not intend to create it that way but he slipped into it. There was not anything is existing to trace Mahanama’s Sinha story in India. His quotation of that Sinhabahu was the first ID holder if Sinhala is a complete fib. Mahanama was thoroughly aware, when he was writing the Mahavamsa, as an Indian Bikku, who had traveled between few Indian states that there was no Sinhala Race existed in India and none of the books he read to achieve his Buddhist celibacy mentioned about too. If so it is extremely unlikely he failed to quote that evidence before he named the race on his own. He named Sinhala race only by birth properties of a prince, which is similar to the Hindu Varna system which in turn has no base. He did not bring the language into the Naming problem. He envisaged the Ceylon natives of his time was speaking a language that evolved from Tamil and still structurally well holding to the Tamil Grammar. That confusion arose only to Western researchists, who thought the Sinhala came from India but they failed to spot any area where a unique language, minimum a sister language of Sinhala still being spoken. Sinhala is showing all symstoms of Tamils Grammar based, Tamils words based, Tamil Brahmi based, but infused some Pail, Sanskrit, Portuguese and Dutch words infused a unique mixture of evolved in Ceylon. Mahamana did not use that imaginative language to write his tale either. He did not see Vijeya as a Buddhist too.

        He wrote the story mainly based on hearsay legends. The legends usually die once an eminent writer consolidates them and write his own version. So the verifiability of the epic dies at that point too. There after people will read and write of the epic version and instead knowing the truth or the facts they start to illuminate as educated of the epic. At the end, these educated keep digging their magic hat, the unreliable epic, and bring everything they want out of it. This area is well described in Anna’s famous book, “Purana Mathankal” (Puranic Religions) The prurana matham educated-s interpret every word of the epic to match the time and era of the world they live, with complete disregards for the time of the original story. In Elarala time TN had started to receive the Northern religions. Until that Tamil Nadu had stayed with pure Indus Valley Hinduism, or the Saivism. Buddhism got introduced to main Island thorough Nagadipa, the current Nainativu. When Mahanama walked into Ceylon, even that appears to be through Nagadipa. So the chances appears to the Prince who came to Ceylon was not a Hindu prince (Elarla). If Dutugamunu wanted to fight with Hindus he could have fought with Kathirgama Kanthan, but asked for boons from Kanthan and pledged offering to Kanthan. It appears the Buddhism had not really spread out to south at that point. Further the first conversion, even in South India has not left any evidence of religious rights, but recovering from the oppression of the converted natives was the one generated religious riots. TN books simply reefer this period as dark period or Period of Chalukiar’s (A word sound similar to Shakier) The first conversion was peaceful and voluntary. It is unlikely that there was any religious riot going in Ceylon of second conversation’s nature, where in Tamil Nadu it was just the beginning of the first conversion. There is a very high possibility that Dutugamunu was a Hindu- Saivite- Indus Valley religion person. If there was chances of he had already dragged into Buddhism, it was only voluntary and he would not have had any grudges take oath to wipe out Hindus. Further, the in TN’ second conversion time, or the religious oppression time, it was Hindus who had taken arms against foreign religion structures, not the other way around as Mahanama has described(It is Buddhist lauch a fight on Tamils- it was rather un-characteristics for that time) . To tell that in one sentence, the foreign religions preached and converted and oppressed to ensure the subordinating and following of them and Hindus believed the words and walked into that and rebelled against to get out of that oppression. So here Mahanama was shaky and confused where to steer the holy Buddhist epic and how to twist it to convey his Buddhist message. So it is where he created a famous part that of Dutugemunu sleeping curled because Tamils were in the North. The fight he wanted to show the glorification of Buddhism have had now turned into a fight against Tamils. Interestingly, the 1st.. 2nd ADs, there are clear archaeological evidences, that the Tamils lived in North were Buddhists (or at least Majority were Buddhist) and have had rulers (at least Chieftains-if not full pledged kings) wealthy enough to build Buddhist temples of that time in North. This was not too hard for Mahanama like highly educated persons to see the conflict of his story. So he proposed Dutugemunu to launch a war towards North because Tamils were living there. If you look at Valmiki and Ilango, this is how they too have handled the justification of the war their heroes created too. Illago had said Pulikesi degraded Tamils women and Valmiki had brought Sita to lanka and hiding her there. The war took place in Ceylon was just a war between two neighboring Kingdoms. It was so brutal so the Legends stemmed from it had too many noses and eyes and mouths in it. Mahanama cropped them all and put the toes into the mouth and eyes on the feet, in his own version. So at the end of the story (war), Mahanama had made Dutugemunu to go to Kathirkama Kanthan and honor the pledges he offered. Anybody reading these somersaults will easily pick up why Mahanama was zigzagging like that. It is because Mahanama was chased from the South India by the religious rights. He was showing his hate against the Hinduism and Tamil which chased him from TN.

        Sadly Izeth does not have even Kindergarten level background to deal that war. He is fully aware of his weakness. So wants to stay out of the subject matter, but still wants to be the judge for the current quarrel. That is why his verdict sounds like the old teacher without teeth, who could not pronounce Pushpam, said “Malar endum sollalaam, Tambi Sonna maathirium sollalaam”(you can call it “malar” or you can say the way this little boy is saying). School is an area where the children learn to be precise, correct and professional. You don’t teach in any way that is convenient to the Politicians or poor diplomats. NPC’s CM, CV has asked to obtain the help of the UNESCO in this matter. But Izeth is suggesting a Koolukkum paadi, Kanjikkum paady solution. That kind of double acting is his nature.

        He is canvassing against the Saudi Wahhabism, but preaching his own “Izeth Wahhabism”. Without knowing the background of the caste system of Jaffa, he is preaching his own Wahhabism & writing his Mahavamsa against the Tamils partnering with his arch enemy Thero Mahindapala who has written his own Koran. These two idiots know nothing about the Hindus’ life but reading and teaching some lonely writes’ hate materials to Tamils only with hope damaging their opportunity to get a solution for their problem. They are such an ill-minded, low grade coolies.

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      Anpu

      Prof. R. A. L. H. Gunawardana was not an archeologist but a world renowned historian and a Pali scholar.

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        Thanks Native Vedda.
        I met Prof Gunawardana when he was warden of Marcus Fernando Hall and I know definitely he was history prof. Sorry I forgot to copy the links from where I copied the text( …. archeology…) and missed the ” ” . But in my second comment I have given the links.

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          Anpu

          Prof. R. A. L. H. Gunawardana wouldn’t like him to be known as what he was not.

          A great scholar.

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    His concept of peace is in pieces. Bensen

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    “We can teach our children that Dutugemunu saved this island which belongs to the Sinhalese from Elara and the invading Tamils” This comment of this controversial Writer is faulty and provocative on more counts than one.
    For starters, the island was unified by the British around the 18th century. It was never ruled by a single entity in its known history of about 2,000 years. Sinhalese ruled via Kings in Kotte, the Hill country and the Ruhuna.Tamils ruled in the current Tamil-majority NEP.

    Many in the readership provide evidence Parakramabahu and Dustagamini – both iconic leaders in the imagination of Sinhala speaking people of today, were both either Tamil or had very strong Sera/Chola/Pandiya blood in them.

    The emphasis “invading Tamils” from the anti-Tamil Hussain is to be expected. It is calculated to inflame today’s anti-minority demagogues of the BBS, Sihala Ravaya against Tamils – now a well known pet Hussain design to set the Sinhalese against the Tamils. The cantankerous Hussain will not change. Old habits do not die easily. But facts will stand the test of time.

    Backlash

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      Backlash – of course, as usual, you distort what I wrote,providing further evidence of your hysterical Islamophobic hatred and mad dog rage.
      I don’t wish to engage in any further controversy with you. I am here making a clarification, more for other readers than for you. I have engaged in controversy with Tamil Islamophobic racists mainly to elicit material to show that a segment of the Tamils – I believe a minority of them – have been almost bestialised by Islamophobic racist hatred. That material has already been elicited in ample measure.I won’t therefore waste any more of my time on you and the likes of you.
      Now explode, foam at the mouth.But I will continue to write, I will continue to be published, and I will continue to be read. Go away. – IH

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        Hussain,

        Please quote here what/where I have distorted. You write in your usual anger because I have proved your ill will. Your customary curses you once more display here are both cultural and to do with your disturbed personality. As usual, I ignore these with the contempt they deserve.

        Backlash

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          It is about a week since I challenged Izeth Hussain to prove his slanderous allegation against me. The man who springs with abuse and curses in minutes of seeing criticism about him displays nothing but roaring silence. To use polite language, he is, once more, caught in these pages economic with the truth.

          You, Sir, are not a man of Letters you unabashedly boast to be but a man of foul-smelling litter.

          Backlash

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        Izeth hussain

        Salaam, what is your take on recurring faith fatal?-
        satanic practices.

        FILE – Released late Wednesday, it said that during the May 20, 2016 attack, the mother of the Christian man, who had fled the village, was publicly stripped of her clothes by the mob to humiliate her. (AP Photo/Roger Anis, File)
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        CAIRO (AP) — An armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.

        According to the local Orthodox Coptic church and security officials, the assault in the Minya province village of Karma on Friday began after rumors spread that the elderly woman’s son had an affair with a Muslim woman — a taboo in conservative Egypt.

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      Paraktamabahu’s wife was SivakamasundarI! Atleast his children were half- Tamil!

      Dr.RN

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