24 September, 2020

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President’s Diggers To Eastern Province

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Eastern Province (EP) is the rice basket of Sri Lanka. It is also a province in which all three communities, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, live quite peacefully with an understanding of each other’s cultural heritage and sensitivities. It is also a fact that since independence there had been a concerted attempt on the part of the majoritarian state to populate that province with more and more Sinhalese from the south in the name of economic development of the Dry Zone, but also as a bulwark against the rising tide of Tamil nationalism, which obviously based its strength on Tamil population density in Northern and Eastern provinces. More crucially, it was the revolt from the east that signalled the doom of Tamil separatism under LTTE. Thus, historically EP has played an important and constructive role in the political, economic and cultural development of Sri Lanka, and the province deserves more assistance and encouragement from the state to continue with its role. Instead, any attempt to disturb the communal harmony and inter-cultural understanding prevailing in that province will be a disaster to the development of the whole country.

In view of the delicate balance in the communal and cultural architecture of EP and its impact on the economy, the President’s appointment of a special Task Force in June this year, to undertake a comprehensive survey of archaeological sites in the Eastern Province, raises some serious concerns. Although on the face of it, it looks a necessary step in the right direction to preserve the historical and cultural legacy of this country, a closer look at the circumstances leading to the formation and composition of the TF would reveal that the real purpose appears to accomplish the aims of a different agenda. The very composition of the TF membership, with eleven members to start with, including two from Buddhist clergy, enlarged to fifteen recently with the addition of four more Buddhist prelates, and headed by an Army General (retired), all of whom from the Sinhalese community is a recipe for trouble. The situation is made worse because of the rudimentary expertise in archaeology among great majority of the TF members.

The ultra-nationalist political agenda behind this TF was brought to light already by Rajan Philips and Tisaranee Gunasekara in their separate contributions to this journal on 14 June 2020. Two days before them, Dr. Nirmala Chandrahasan in her article to the Island explained the delicate mix of Buddhist and Hindu heritage sites in that Province. There are also Islamic places of worship that are centuries old. Moreover, the Gazette notification, in justifying the reason for including more prelates to the TF, also admits that there are at least a few archaeological sites in EP which are not Buddhist. “Since many of the archaeological heritages in the Eastern province are based on the Buddhist religious background and associated with those places of worship, it has been recognised that the guidance and patronage of the venerable Maha Sangha is still needed in the identification and management of those heritages”, says the notification. Why then the President failed to appoint at least a couple of Tamil and Muslim archaeologists to the TF?    

In fact, it was not Sambanthan from TNA, but Douglas Devanada, a supporter of SLPP Government who asked for Tamils also to be included in that membership. According to one source, there are at least ten experts within the Tamil community who are archaeologists. By ignoring Devananda’s request, the President has made it clear to the minority community parliamentarians on government side that his way is the only way and that these MPs have to either put up or shut up. At one stage, it was reported in Ceylon Today on 3 July 2020 that the president was prepared to appoint Tamil and Muslim members to this TF. What happened to that willingness? The answer is obvious. Buddhist supremacists would not have a bar of it, because their agenda goes beyond excavating ancient ruins and to grabbing land for Sinhalese settlements.       

EP in 2012 census had a population mix of 40% Tamils, 37% Muslims and 23% Sinhalese, which make the two minority communities with 77%, the overwhelming majority. Within EP, it is in the Batticaloa District that Sinhalese are too weak in strength as shown below:  

Ampara:  Sinhalese 38.7%, Tamils 17.4% and Muslims 43.6%

Batticaloa: Sinhalese 1.2%, Tamils 72.8% and Muslims 25.5%

Trincomalee: Sinhalese 27%, Tamils 32.3% and Muslims 40.4%

Although the problematic TF started its work in Pottuvil in the Amapara District just before the election, and immediately ran into trouble with Muslims, its future activities will no doubt extend into the Batticaloa District, which had already witnessed in 2016 a ratbag of BBS monks and their supporters rampaging through Punanai and Pankudaveli areas ostensibly to erect Buddha statues.  Even more recently, it was reported that Tamil youth chased out some unruly bhikkus trying to erect a Buddhist temple in Vellaveli in Batticaloa District. These were of course illegal activities by recalcitrant Buddhist elements, but what were illegal for BBS and its monks could now become legal if the TF could unearth Buddhist ruins in various parts of EP districts.  

The main problem for the TF is to determine the spots for excavation and “identify the extent of land that should be allocated for such archaeological sites”. Larger the extent allocated more would be the potential for encroaching into private property. EP, as pointed out before, is the granary of the country and archaeological excavations would certainly affect paddy lands owned and occupied by Tamils and Muslims. Earlier, trouble with Muslims in Pottuvil started because the archaeologists encroached into privately owned paddy lands and residential properties.

P. K. Balachandran quotes Dr. Jagath Weerasinghe, a senior Professor of Archaeology at Kelaniya University, who said “archaeology is a cooperative venture with the local people. Their cooperation is necessary for a successful excavation and study to come to scientifically arrived conclusions” (Daily Express). Can the TF solicit the cooperation of Tamils and Muslims of the area? In support of the Professor’s contention, one should be reminded of an incident that took place more than thirty years ago when the late Professor Senake Bandaranaike, an eminent archaeologist, wanted to excavate Ibbankatuwa in Dambulla District. Sinhalese farmers threatened to kill anyone entering their lands in which the excavators were to start their digging. The farmers were won over eventually and it appears to have taken more than thirty years to complete the task. Such problems bound to recur in the East and more often, because according to one source, around 2,000 sites are said to have been earmarked for excavations. This may be an exaggeration. Yet, even one half of that that number portends trouble in EP. It may be in the expectation of such troubles that the President appointed a retired General as the chairman of his TF and has asked public officials to render all necessary assistance if required by the chairman.    

Another related issue is the fate of the acquired land if no ruins were found in it. There was one report which said that the chairman of the TF would prefer to leave those lands under the custody of the prelates. What for? Are they going to till that land themselves and make it agriculturally productive or ecome a new class of absentee landlords leasing it to Sinhalese tenants? If they are private lands they should revert back to their original owners.  

In summary, the TF is going to face opposition from both Tamils and Muslims, if they proceed with their task without consulting the locals. Already, Tamils in the North are boiling with anger in the face of land grab by security forces and intruders from outside, and let the government not repeat it in the East in the name of protecting Buddhist heritage.  

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    We do not know what to do to convince this dumbo that North East of the country is where Sinhala Buddhist civilization flourished. Sinhala Kingdoms Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa were in the North East of the country. Those Kingdoms were destroyed by ‘Para’ Dravida invaders.
    Demalu who now live in the North and East are the descendants of slaves brought from Hindusthan by Portuguese. Muslims in the East are the descendants of Muslim refugees from Hindusthan who were saved by Sinhala Buddhists when they faced persecution by Portuguese and settled in the East.
    These aliens were given citizenship in Sinhale by Sinhalayo. Sinhalayo as the Native people in this country have every right to do whatever they deemed necessary to protect their country and develop this country. Sinhalayo do not have to obtain permission or approval from ‘Para’ Demalu or ‘Para’ Muslims to do whatever they want to do in Sinhale.

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      Don’t worry at all. Gotabaya and 3 forces completely wipedout LTTE and LTTE leadership. Sinhalese Aryans country follow the USA how USA wipedout Red Indians and we also do the same way, no one can stop also, as per the CIA latest report said 74.9% Sinhalese Aryans, 11.2% Lanka Tamils, 4.2% Indian Tamils, 9.2% Moors and 0.5% others near future History will repeat in Sinhalese Aryans’ Country to bring Sinhalese Aryans Population to 85%.

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        N. Pererass

        “Gotabaya and 3 forces completely wipedout LTTE and LTTE leadership. “

        Is it so, it appears to me to be a news.
        Mahinta and Gota thanks Hindia for destroying LTTE. Both said without Hindia they would not have won the war. You better thank Hindia and VP for destroying LTTE.

        Well you could destroy anything however you could not wish away or destroy your embedded gene, which you share with South Indians. What are you going to do about it?

        Perhaps Channa Masala Jayasumana, Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa, Uthaya Ganapathipillai …. could advise you as to how best to get rid of South Indian Gene.

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          It is better to send these President’s diggers to southern province, to construct graves for Rajapakse family members and their catchers.

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          What is the use of South Indian Gene, 78 million Tamils in Tamil Nadu, don’t have a separate country. No motherland for them. Their nationality Indians. We have motherland called Sri Lanka (Heladiva) and we are Sri Lankans (Helayans) also

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      Mahindapala, according to archaeological evidence based on skeletal fragments and ancient artifacts, there were two ethnic groups that lived in the island in pre-historic times. Veddhas occupying east and south and Dravidians occupying north and west. There is no proof of an ethnic group called Sinhalese to have lived in those times. Sinhalese are in fact Tamils mixed with other Dravidians, Bengalis and Veddhas, which is shown in two genetic studies done by Sinhala scholars. Rightful owners of eastern province are the Tamilized descendants of Veddhas who are living along the coast from Mutur to Kumana, and not Sinhalese. Original civilization is lying buried along Aruvi Aru (Malwattu Oya) which runs from Anuradhapura to Mannar, with Mantai (Mahatota) a thriving port city, part of Chinese silk route. Sinhala racists do not want to unearth it, as it will blow off the Sinhala propaganda.What CVW said in parliament is exactly what I have been writing in these columns that Tamils together with Veddhas are the rightful owners of the island. Thus concept of Tamil homeland consisting of area occupied by Dravidians in north and west and area occupied by Tamilized Veddhas in the east, cannot be challenged.

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        Even most of the so called other Dravidians came from areas that although now are not Tamil but were Tamil at the time of their arrival. Kerala ( which until recently was Tamil) Southern Andhra, and Karnataka , which were all part of ancient Tamiliakam

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

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
        You who are a descendant of a Dravida slave think you know the pre-history of this country than renowned archeologists like P.E.P. Deraniyagala, S.U. Deraniyagala and Raj Somadeva to name a few. The research conducted by these archeologists have confirmed with scientific evidences that Sinhalayo evolved from Homo sapiens who lived in the Southern Coastal areas about 125,000 years ago. Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo are the indigenous people in this country. All the others are ‘Para’ aliens who were given citizenship by Registration by Sinhalayo. Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo are citizens of Sinhale ‘By Descent’. Check your birth certificate. You will find ‘Citizen by Registration’.
        All the claims made by Tamil Diaspora and Malabar Vellala Demalu on existence of Tamils in Sinhale are based on lies. Sinhalayo called Dravida invaders ‘Para’ Demalu. Colonial parasites who brought Dravida slaves called them ‘Malabars’. Tamils came into existence in Sinhale after 1911 when a guy named Ponnambalam Arunachalam involved in preparing the Census Report changed the term ‘Malabar’ to ‘Ceylon Tamils’. Because Malabar Vellalayo licked the sss of Bricks, they approved the change.

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          Can you be specific about the evidence? Deraniyagalas’ especially.

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        GS
        “Mahindapala, according to archaeological evidence based on skeletal fragments and ancient artifacts, there were two ethnic groups that lived in the island in pre-historic times.”
        Give specific references. Earlier you made rather strange claims.
        *
        BTW, ethnicity is not the same as race, and no archaeological search can even hint at ethnicity, which is a rather recent concept in social sciences.

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      Eagle,
      Aren’t you wearing a Para Portuguese kalisama and kamisaya while typing this repetitive rubbish? Also please remember that your female ancestors were topless until they adopted the Para Portuguese hatte.

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        old codger,
        Are you wearing nothing while typing this same old joke?

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          Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

          “Are you wearing nothing while typing this same old joke?”

          Dumbass it was old codger’s considered opinion. Which part of it did you find humorous? Man you need to see a doctor.
          Even if he wore nothing when he wrote his comment, it was his freedom to hang, scratch and enjoy whatever he finds pleasurable.

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          Eagle,
          If you can go on about Para slaves, I can go on about your topless females.
          I think you ought to stick to the history of the country where you are a second class citizen instead of advising real Sri Lankans.

    • 9
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      I hate this ethnic confrontation. I believe there were Buddhist Sinhalese, Buddhist Tamils and Buddhist Muslims in the east long time ago. Live and let live.

  • 11
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    This puntak punaakku eating kallathoni of a war criminal 2 legged donkey with the help of the racist Buddha’s amude clad ganankarraya sadhus aided and abetted by the fellow murdering of the innocents military inefficient nincompoops by their wilful deliberate foolish antics will leave this already a beggar’s paradise in a colony with irreparable damage much wantonly done.
    ………..
    As the writer quite rightly states the EP is the rice bowl and by digging the arable fertile land for Lord Buddha’s ? they will ruin the landscape for the future generations.
    …………
    One query I like to ask from my fellow readers to this well-established forum, what has the kallathoni in his nearly one year squatting on the royal latrine has done?
    Apart from scratching his balls, he has done absolutely nothing except appointing his crooked machans to lucrative hora money-making operations.
    ……….
    By his behaving like a wicked man’s blood-drinking kattadiya who pays pooja to the sex-starved racist soiled amude clad so-called vagrant monks, he will willingly due to his incompetency cause many a rupture in the smooth running of the nation.?
    ………..
    The incompetent Yakko’s worship all the Hindu deities but in their greediness to collect the donation being offered at the temple have taken over the running of the said places of worship by appointing so-called kapuwa’s who are gladly collecting all the offerings.

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    Do not come up with this BS 2012 Census figures. Sinhale did not come into existence in 2012. If we had census figures for 3rd Century BC, North-East of the country was 100% Sinhala. Sinhalayo had to abandon North-East due to invasions of Dravida barbarians who massacred Sinhalayo and burned down their settlements.
    During the period Tamil terrorists terrorized North-East, Sinhalayo were chased away from that area. Just to give one example, before Tamil terrorism started businessmen in Eravur town were predominantly Sinhala. One of my relatives had a thriving business in Eravur town. Now it is 100% Muslim. In the East most of the land owned by Sinhalayo have been grabbed by Muslims. My relative had about 30 acres paddy land. He lost all that land to Muslims. All the deeds Muslims have are forged. The Government should check these deeds and punish lawyers who prepared forged deeds.
    The Government should settle landless Sinhalayo from South in North and East.

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      Wealth robbers of Sinhalese Aryans’ country, Muslims and Tamils. Are these Muslims and Tamils brought the money from the moon? The robbed Sinhalese lands, properties. Only the Indian Boras brought the money from India to Sri Lanka to start their business

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        N. Pererass

        “Wealth robbers of Sinhalese Aryans’ country, Muslims and Tamils. “

        True the wealth robbers are the south Indian gene sharing Rajapaksas, Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa, Udhaya Ganapathipilla, …..

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      Eager-less puntak –
      Like you Yakko’s send your women abroad to be ravished and rampaged upon by the monied bearded sultans, don’t you lazy nitwits have any shame in allowing your mother’s sisters daughters wives bodies to be exposed and taken advantage of.?
      #
      The fact remains is that if not for the business acumen of the Tamil’s and the Muslim’s the economy of the beggar’s colony would have been a bigger bastard Koys Uda case.
      #
      Instead of moaning, groaning and soiling your never seen a bar of soap amude all you incompetent impotent loser buggers s should worship the ground that we the ablest minorities walk on.
      #
      All your business folk can do is to obtain bank loans, be merry spend it on wine women/men/boys and song and then when you cannot repay the said loans cry foul that the para demala’s along with the thambiah’s have robbed our lands, monies and women..
      #
      Please work smartly to make this once upon a time 72 years ago rich pleaurable to abofr in island the mecca that it should be.
      Lets all join paws together and make this happen.

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        rj1952,
        At least our women folk work hard and earn foreign exchange to the country. What your women folks do. Sit at home and breed like rab bits. ‘Para’ Demala and ‘Para’ Muslim businessmen use foreign exchange earned by Sinhala women and import all kinds of rubbish and get rich.
        ===
        “don’t you lazy nitwits have any shame in allowing your mother’s sisters daughters wives bodies to be exposed and taken advantage of.?”

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          ““don’t you lazy nitwits have any shame in allowing your mother’s sisters daughters wives bodies to be exposed and taken advantage of.?””
          EE,
          Whom are you addressing this comment?
          *
          I do not approve of the comment of rj****
          Your style of response places you on par with him/her. Do you want it?

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            Sj.
            His reactions are not acceptable. We proved it many a times. His should be genetically modified. Longer he lives in down under the worst it ll be for fauna and flora in that part of the world. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😉😉😉😉😉

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      Eagle,
      “One of my relatives had a thriving business in Eravur town. Now it is 100% Muslim.”
      Why blame the Muslims for your relative’s incompetence? If he was anything like you, he would have been typing rubbish at home while his shop went to the dogs.

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        old codger,
        It is not the incompetence of my relative. He had to abandon everything and run for his life because Tamil terrorist Bee Peas wanted to kill him. After Sinhalayo were chased away by Tamil terrorist Bee Peas, Muslim Bee Peas grabbed business premises and paddy lands.

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      Modaya Eagle

      There was no Sinhala( jungle) language EVEN IN THE 10 TH CENTURY CE,How could then be Sinhalese speakers in the North east in 3rd century BC ? stop talking through your anus.

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      Our mission and vision settle as much as Sinhalese Aryans from South in North and East.Rajapaksa Dynasty will do that slowly. Rajapaksa Dynasty will rule the Sinhalese Aryans country another 150 years, this is sure. The only country completely wiped out LTTE and LTTE leadership and one and only country who wiped out Terrorism in this world

  • 9
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    During the last Rajapakse government, an attempt was made to bring in a “Sacred Lands Act” which, if passed in parliament would have enabled the state to acquire any land that contained anything of “sacred” value (implied “Buddhist”) regardless of the legal owners’ entitlement under Sri Lankan law. While there should not be any attempt to retain the ethnic composition of the eastern province (the western province, Colombo district has become majority Muslim (and Tamil) – although not so historically – task forces with ulterior or sinister motives will bring chaos and instability, much like when Junius Jayawardene treated with contempt, the aspirations of the northern Tamil people.

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      Lasantha, if Sinhalese have the right to do excavations to unearth Buddhist sites, then Tamils should have the same right to unearth Hindu sites. Those who shout about same laws to everyone appear to be blind to this. Willful distortion of ethnic balance by ethnic cleansing and/or planned settlement is not permitted in modern times. This is why ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas and settlement of Jews in Palestinian lands have been condemned. Sinhalese are guilty of distorting ethnic balance in east and border areas of north. If law is equal, Tamils should have the right to bring back the ethnic balance, the same way Sinhalese brought back the ethnic balance in Upcountry by deporting Indian Tamils who were settled there by British. Change of ethnic balance in Colombo was brought about due to economic reason of job opportunities and not by design for political reasons to deny Tamils their homeland. In cities like London, Kuala Lumpur, Bombay and New York, it is the minorities who are in the majority. Colombo is not an exception and is under Sinhala rule, though demography has changed. This plan to Sinhalise entire island is there since independence.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
        Why bother to excavate. All Hindu sites in the North are on top of Sinhala Buddhist heritage sites.
        Sinhalayo who are the Native people in Sinhale can excavate any place in their country but Demalu who are aliens cannot do that. However, Sinhalayo are willing to allow Demalu to excavate because we know for sure that they can not find anything except perhaps few pieces brought from Hindusthan and buried in Yapanaya.
        —-
        “if Sinhalese have the right to do excavations to unearth Buddhist sites, then Tamils should have the same right to unearth Hindu sites.”
        ===
        Do ‘Para’ Demalu (Ceylon Tamils after 1911) who chased away all Sinhalayo and Muslims from Yapanaya that tantamount to ethnic cleansing live in primitive times?

        “Willful distortion of ethnic balance by ethnic cleansing and/or planned settlement is not permitted in modern times.”

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          Mahindapala, can you please list the Hindu temples that are on top of Sinhalese Buddhist heritage sites. In contrast there are several Buddhist temples that had been constructed on Hindu temples. Isurumuniya, Dondra Vihare, Gadaladeniya, Embekke, Nalanda gedige, Lankatilleke etc were all Hindu temples. One of the five pre-Buddhist Siva temple, Thondeeswaram in Dondra, was discovered by chance in 1998, when digging the land of Dondra Vihare to put up a building. Dondra is derived from the word Thondu where the Siva temple was built. Unfortunately majority of Sinhala archaeologists are intellectually dishonest due their racist mind set, and are hiding the truth. Can you explain why Veddhas worship Murugan the God only worshiped by Tamils and not Buddha.

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            Dr GS,
            .
            Ultra Racist Eagle Evil is now getting ready to return to srilnaka and do all the laundary work for Madamulana Rascals. Even if the bugger is an octagenarian, he would never see it right…. I am not against octagenarians, but I question myself, what have these men done in their life all along their 8 decades.

            These men are not real sinhaalya, but the men that do the TOILET work for high criminals such as Rajakshes. My elders made me very clear, BELIATTA rascals are born to destrony SLFP and the country as well. That they have already proved … even if stupid people were not given the chance to see it right.

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          Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

          “Sinhalayo who are the Native people in Sinhale can excavate any place in their country but Demalu who are aliens cannot do that.”

          What exactly is the Sinhale.
          Keep digging you will find more human skeletons buried in the last 50 years than any Archeological finds.

          You may have to bring your mate Somadeva to date these skeletons back to Portuguese Era.

          Saffron clad crooks were found dealing in rare old ola manuscripts and had been arrested for illegally digging at archaeological sites.

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          Eagle Taaththaa( தாத்தா meaning grand sire or grand father in Thamizh ) please read this . Hope they have let you out of your room at the Age care center and your Meenachchi is allowed to come and wave outside to you.

          Please read this and then start dancing to this song
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG6f5dKzVxA
          You can get everyone in the Aged care home to dance , whilst Meenachchi and her friends wave at you from the outside

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        You are mixing things up Gnana.

        Shiva shrines are/were not exclusive property of Hindus. Certainly not Tamils!

        Sinhalese also venerate Shiva (God Ishwara) well respected and considered the obedient servant of Buddha rushing to his service at all times and performs daily worship of the Enlightened One.

        According to Sasa Jataka, Buddha was born a rabbit (funny but that is the story)! Once the rabbit met a hungry man and very much wanted to give him food. But he would not eat rabbit food. The rabbit could not find anything the man would eat. So finally he decided to sacrifice himself so the man could eat rabbit meat and survive. Seeing this Shiva rushed to this master’s rescue and rescued the master right on time and helped the man get out of the jungle.

        I propose all Shiva shrines in SL are managed by Buddhists as a matter of respect to Shiva who saved the Bodhisatva many times. If not for Shiva’s interventions, Siddhartha would not have accumulated enough merit to become a Buddha in 570BC.

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          “Sinhalese also venerate Shiva (God Ishwara) well respected and considered the obedient servant of Buddha…”
          Being “considered the obedient servant of Buddha” is not much of veneration I would think.
          *
          Siva’s images are conspicuously absent in any Buddhist household, and in the array of images that we see on buses.
          *
          The reason could be that the Buddhists drew more on the Vaishnavaite tradition for some reason. (BTW, Shiva and Vishnu did not get along too well. Vishnu was fond of his little nephew but not the brother-in-law.)\*
          The Shiva temples were planted by Saivaite rulers, perhaps of descendants of Cholas. Mosty of those temples are not in use.

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    This is not about the 2012 census. This is about history. All historical sites must be protected. All historical sites in the East are Buddhist and Hindu. That is a fact. It is no reason for Muslims to feel bad.

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      GATAM,
      The only Hindu historical sites in the East are few Kovils built by ‘Para’ Demala invaders. All the others are Sinhala Buddhist heritage sites.
      North and East was where Sinhalayo had their Kingdoms Anuradhapura (377 BC – 1017AD) and Polonnaruwa (1056 AD – 1310 AD) existed. These Sinhala Kingdoms were destroyed by ‘Para’ Demala invaders.

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        Mahindapala, the oldest place of worship in eastern province is Koneswaram in Trincomalee which is one of the five pre-Buddhist Siva temples in the Island. Praise of shrines at Koneswaram, Ketheeswaram and Kathirgamam have been sung by Hindu saints of Tamil Nadu in 7AD. To be praised in 7AD, they must be much older. Temple at Koneswaram was first demolished by Mahasena who built Buddhist Gokana Vihara, which was rebuilt by Cholas when they captured the country. It was again demolished by Portuguese, and rebuilt during British rule. In the 60s diver Mike Wilson brought out several statues dumped to the sea by Portuguese which are now back in the temple. Mike Wilson produced the Sinhala film Getawarayo and later embraced Hinduism and became Swami Sivakalki. Once again there is attempt by Sinhala racists to destroy Koneswaram temple and build Buddhist vihare. BJP correctly says that Sri Lanka is Hindu country with Buddhist majority.

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          There is no evidence to say they are old. Only Tamils believe it. The wrong belief was created by Sir Paul Edward Pieris Deraniyagala Samarasinha Sriwardhana. He was no archeologist and he gave no evidence.

          There is evidence Buddhism was in SL in 560 BC. That is 567 years before that Tamil Nadu song you mentioned. The song does not prove anything. How many songs are there about angels? They don’t exist in real life!

          Trincomalee was ancient SL’s beef exporting port. Still it has the largest number of abattoirs in the country.

          Mahasena did not demolish any Hindu thing. There was nothing to demolish. He demolished Theravada Buddhist places in favour of Mahayana Buddhism.

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        EE,

        Nonsense as usual! Why this confrontation?

        How come boat people from Gujarat/Bengal are not “para” Sinhala and only boat people from south India are “para” Demala? If Tamils are “para” Sinhalese are “para” too. Everyone outside Africa are “para”.

        These shrines were built by Buddhists. There were Buddhist Sinhalese, Buddhist Tamils and Buddhist Muslims in the east. Shiva is venerated by Buddhists because Shiva is considered Buddha’s obedient servant coming to the master’s rescue many a time. Read your scriptures and Jataka stories EE without talking nonsense.

        If not for Shiva’s interventions, Siddhartha would not have accumulated enough merits to attain Buddhahood in 570BC. He may be still toiling to get them. Shiva is respected in SL by Buddhists for this reason. The same reason Buddhists worship the Bodhi tree.

        We should protect both Buddhist sacred shrines and Buddhist Shiva shrines. Not one at the expense of the other which is foolish and an insult to the servant of the Enlightened One.

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    What will happen if Christians dig in Saudi for old relics ? what will happen if Buddhist dig in Pakistan for signs of former Buddhist civilisation ?

    These people squeeze every benefit from other civilisation and then try to drag everybody to the dark world they inhabit

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      deepthi silva

      “These people squeeze every benefit from other civilisation and then try to drag everybody to the dark world they inhabit”

      Yet you shamelessly send your female folks to service the men and women in those medieval middle east kingdom.
      What a hypocrite you are and your fellow ……

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        ‘ Service the employer’ ? Your words point to the mindset, of low sexual suggestion. Due to poverty they go there and there is dignity of labour. But that does not mean we must ignore the intolerance and bigotry of your believes including mass killing by suicide bombers

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          deepthi silva

          “‘ Service the employer’ ? Your words point to the mindset, of low sexual suggestion. Due to poverty they go there and there is dignity of labour. But that does not mean we must ignore the intolerance and bigotry of your believes including mass killing by suicide bombers”

          Whom did you aim your above typing?

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      Yes all historical sites in the east are either Buddhist or Hindu but other than in the deep south, towards the Ruhuna the rest of ancient historical Buddhist sites in the North and east are Tamil Buddhist , many belonging to the Mahayana sect that the Sinhalese never were and the Hindu sites are all Tamil , belonging to an era long before the Sinhalese originated. All the ancient inscriptions found in the east are in Tamil Brahmi belonging to the Naga and the native people of the east are largely the Tamilised Saivite Vedda who start who still live there from the coast of Mutur to the deep south of the east. Sinhalese only in to the east after independence.
      Although Buddhism has become almost extinct from Tamil Nadu, it has contributed a great deal to the enrichment of Tamil culture and has exerted a significant influence, both directly and indirectly, on the Tamil religious and spiritual consciousness, present as well as past.
      According to Historians, Buddhism began to make an impact on Tamil Nadu only in the 3rd century AD. During the period from 3rd Century AD to 6th Century AD, Buddhism had spread widely in Tamil Nadu and won the patronage of the rulers.

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        The remains of a Buddhist monastery excavated at Kaveripattinum which could be assigned to the fourth century, are believed to be the earliest archaeological relics of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu. The major urban centers of Kanchi, Kaveripattinam, Uraiyur, and Madurai were not only centers of Buddhism, but these were also important centers of Pali learning.

        The remains of a Buddhist monastery excavated at Kaveripattinum which could be assigned to the fourth century, are believed to be the earliest archaeological relics of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu. The major urban centers of Kanchi, Kaveripattinam, Uraiyur, and Madurai were not only centers of Buddhism, but these were also important centers of Pali learning. The Tamil Buddhist monks of South India used Pali languages in preference to Tamil in their writings. This is because the Buddha spoke in Magadi Prakrit (Pali) which was considered to be the sacred language of the Buddhists.
        It was at this time that Tamil Nadu gave some of its greatest scholars (both Theravada and Mahayana) to the Buddhist world. Tamil Nadu boasted of outstanding Buddhist monks, who had made remarkable contributions to Buddhism thought and learning.

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          Three of the greatest Pali scholars of this period were Buddhaghosa, Buddhadatta, and Dhammapala and all three of them were associated with Buddhist establishments in the Tamil kingdoms.
          Buddhadatta or Thera Buddhaatta as he is called lived during the time of Accyutarikkanta, the Kalabra ruler of the Cola-Nadu. He was a senior contemporary of Buddhaghosa. He was born in the Cola kingdom and lived in the 5th Century AD. Under the patronage of this ruler, Buddhadatta wrote many books. Among his best known Pali writings are the VINAYA-VINICCHAYA, the UTTARA-VINICCHAYA and the JINALANKARA-KAVYA. Among the commentaries written by him are the MADHURATTHA-VILASINI and the ABHIDHAMMAVATARA. In the Abhidhammaratara he gives a glowing account at Kaveripattinum, Uragapuram, Bhutamangalam and Kanchipuram and the Mahavihara at Ceylon (Sri Lanka). While he was at Sri Lanka, he composed many Buddhist works such as Uttara-viniccaya Ruparupa Vibhaga Jinalankara etc. Buddhaghosha, contemporary of Buddhadatta also composed many Buddhist commentaries. Buddhaghosha is a Tamil monk, who made a remarkable contribution to Buddhism in Sri Lanka. He stayed and studied Buddhist precepts at Mahavihara in Anuradhapura. The Visuddhimagga was the first work of Buddhaghosha which was written while he was in Ceylon.

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        Siva Sankaran Sharma,
        It is a pity that Sinhalayo who gave citizenship to ‘Para’ Demala (Ceylon Tamils after 1911) people who are the descendants of Dravida slaves did not put down a condition that they should pass a test on History of Sinhale and possess ability to speak Sinhala. If Demalu learnt the true history of Sinhale, they will not be repeating the distorted history told by racist Chelvanayakam who was a Kthoni from Malaya and his team.

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          Eagle,
          “It is a pity that Sinhalayo who gave citizenship to ‘Para’ Demala (Ceylon Tamils after 1911) people”
          It is even more of a pity that the Para Brits taught English to your ignorant ancestors, so that you can write repetitive rubbish on CT.

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            S.J,
            Et tu, SJ ?

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    Dr Ameer Ali,

    I think you better learn a lesson from Ali Sabri. Most Muslims live among the sinhalese, Most of the Muslim businesses are in Sinhala areas.(In spite of the BBS antics).

    The whole idea of the exercise is to acquire more lands for Sinhalese in Batticalo. It is more of a threat to Tamils than you Muslims. You state that after independence more and more sinhalese were settled in the east to alter the ethnic composition.
    It may be colonistion for you (mainly for the Tamils) but for us sinhalese we are settling our people in our own purana land which we lost to the suddas over a long period of time. In South Africa still the white occupy about 40% of the land though they are less than 10%. Now the blacks are moving into those areas with the support of the black government and the whites are making the same accusations Tamils
    and some Muslims (Like you) make.
    Ok Ameer, most muslims will not protest this move by the government but the Tamils are sure to. There are no special Tamil or Muslim homelands in Sinhale.
    Lets see the final result. We will get our lost land finally.

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      Perera

      “We will get our lost land finally.” where ? in Portugal or Bangladesh where your fore fathers came from. Sorry I forgot ,you are a karawa fisherman from Thoothukuddi ( (tuticorin ) in Tamil nadu , aren’t you ?

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    Interesting revelations among usual lies, hilf truths, misrepresentations and obfuscations.
    /
    An example is the opening statement that “Eastern Province… also a province in which all three communities, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, live quite peacefully with an understanding of each other’s cultural heritage and sensitivities.
    /
    Does this take into account that Kattankudi that has become a l’ittle Arab’ in our island is also the place where the Easter bomber terrorist animal Zaharan came from? Why lie like this?
    /
    Secondly, its revealed that the population mix in the East is 40% Tamils, 37% Muslims and 23% Sinhalese, boasting that the two minority communities account for 77%! I.m afraid, a census in major cities Colombo, Galle and Kandy will reveal similar figures, pointing to the displacement of the majority through surreptitious long term Planning.
    /
    The 2020 election result reflects a recognition of this dangerous distortion of the population of the island that was a Sinhala-Buddhist population, culture and civilisation until our kings accepted the parasitic groups from Arab countries in the 10th century,
    /
    Sinhala Buddhists demand redress of this robbery and corruption.

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      Pamankada Kochchiπyass

      “Sinhala Buddhists demand redress of this robbery and corruption.”

      Isn’t it why you have sent your women folks to the medieval middle east kingdoms to service their men and women? Any self respecting human being would think twice typing nonsense as you do.
      Who are these Sinhala/Buddhists of whom there have never been any record before the advent of the Public Racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala?

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    It will serve no purpose in including a’ Couple of Tamils’ in the ‘TASK FORCE” as they will be coerced into action according to the findings of the Majority. If at all, the Taskforce should consist of members, in accordance with the proportion of the population in the eastern province. The eastern province has been colonized heavily with the Sinhalese to change the composition. When we got the so-called freedom only 4% of the population was Sinhalese in the eastern province.

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      To be fair the task force should consist of four Sinhalese, four Tamils and two westerners of repute who cannot be coerced or bribed to favour Sinhala manipulations. With the current set up of pan Sinhala grave diggers or including few Tamils, the final result is a foregone conclusion. Any remaining Hindu evidence will either be covered up or even destroyed and false Buddhist claims will be made by planting Buddhist relics. There are over ten Hindu shrines which have been converted into Buddhist shrines and there are over hundred Hindu shrines lying buried all over the island. Presence of Buddhist shrines does not mean presence of Sinhalese as Tamil Buddhists existed in the island.

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      Kanapathy Varunan,
      I do not think you know the meaning of ‘COLONIZATION’. Sinhalayo who are the Native people in Sinhale do not have to colonize their own country. ‘Para’ Demalu from Hindusthan, ‘Para’ Portuguese, ‘Para’ Dutch and ‘Para’ British colonized Sinhale.
      ‘Para’ Demalu in the North who are the descendants of Dravida slaves brought from Hindusthan by Portuguese to work in tobacco plantations are occupying the land of Sinhalayo. After Dutch were kicked out by British, Malabar Vellala Demalu grabbed land belong to Sinhalayo and imposed Malabar customary law called ‘Thesawalamei’. It is the garb age brought by Portuguese and dumped in Yapanaya that changed the population composition.
      If you do not know the history of Sinhale, it is better to stay away without putting your nose into the affairs of Native Sinhalayo.
      ====
      “The eastern province has been colonized heavily with the Sinhalese to change the composition.”

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        Eagle,
        According to your Holy Book, the Sinhalayo are descended from a lion. Please do tell us how you hide your tail in your Para Portuguese kalisama……🤪🤪

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          old codger

          “According to your Holy Book, the Sinhalayo are descended from a lion. Please do tell us how you hide your tail in your Para Portuguese kalisama……”

          I am sorry to intervene.
          Sinhala/Buddhists lost two of their parts when hybridisation took place, namely their tail and their brain.

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      Yes the demography in the east which had an outright Hindu Tamil majority , was deliberately changed after independence. Just look at the Trincomalee district , which had an outright Tamil Hindu majority and until the 1977 was sending two Tamil and one Tamil Muslim MP . now only sends one Tamil MP . The reasons are 1) Heavy colonization of outside Sinhalese, by all Sri Lankan Sinhalese led state, along the outlying and interior areas of the eastern province , then deliberately changing the ancient Tamil place names of these colonized areas to distort history , just like they are doing now. The most famous is Pattipalai Aru became Gal Oya and now Manal Aru has become Weli Oya. They also added a few neighboring Sinhalese areas to the east and took out some border Tamil areas and added them to North West province. This resulted in the percentage of Sinhalese increasing from a mere 4% in the east 23% . 2) Large scale ethnic cleansing of Tamils , especially in the last 30 years. Especially from the strategic Trincomalee and southern Amparai districts. Many of the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in South India are from the Vanni and these two districts , especially Trincomalee. This is why the Sinhalese do not want them to return and the TNA failed to do so under the last government.

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    Now that the elections are over for at least 4 years, can we all try to instil racial and religious HARMONY in our island in order to uplift our economy that has been battered from various fronts…. Civil war; Tsunami; plundering or robbing of Government wealth; Inappropriate projects & finally Covid19.
    Let’s win over the viruses of various kinds and get the country back to prosperity

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    The Sri Lankan government and these Sinhalese racists Buddhist fascists are now trying to steal the ancient history of the Eelam Tamils Saivite and Buddhist and claim it as theirs, to justify ethnic cleaning , further colonization of the Sinhalese in the east and make it a pure Sinhalese Buddhist area , chasing the native indigenous Eelam Tamils and Tamilised Hindu Vedda and the Muslim Tamils . They had cunningly used the Muslim Tamils as a tool to marginalize the indigenous Eelam Tamils and the Tamilized Veddah. and after defeating the LTTE which kept all these racist fascist forces in check , do not need the Muslims , so are showing their true racist Sinhalese fascist faces to the eastern Muslim Tamils. They are busy concocting history and all their national newspapers and editorials openly and shamelessly publish these racial concocted garbage , proving how racist the Sinhalese establishment is. One editorial states that the Sinhalese and Tamils in the island first spoke an indo Aryan Prakrit as their mother tongue and then Sinhalese and quotes some Sinhalese historian. What utter rubbish . Only some brainwashed idiot , will believe this nonsense. The Sinhalese language only originated around the 7thCentury and the Tamil people with a very rich ancient classical language , one of the world’s oldest language , were not speaking their own language and but some Indo Aryan Prakrit .

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    I hate this ethnic confrontation. I believe there were Buddhist Sinhalese, Buddhist Tamils and Buddhist Muslims in the east long time ago. Live and let live.

    If I were a Tamil and I believed there was historical Tamil presence in the eastern province, I would love Gotabaya’s initiative. The more they dig, the more proof they will find to establish Tamil Elam.

    But, but, but Tamils fear it. That means only one thing. Tamils know there was no historical Tamil presence in the eastern province. The more they dig, the more proof they will find to establish Buddhist claims to the east. May be there were Buddhist Sinhalese, Buddhist Tamils and Buddhist Muslims in the east long time ago.

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      What a stupid comment Buddhist Muslims. Shows what a racist idiot you really are. You can have English Buddhists , Tamil Buddhists , Sinhalese Buddhist but not a Buddhist Christian, Buddhist Hindu or Buddhist Muslim. Islam is a religion and being a Muslim is a religious identity and not an ethnic identity . Therefore you cannot be a Buddhist Muslim , understood. Only in Sri Lanka to deliberately divide and rule the Tamils , this plot to create an ethnicity out of a religious identity was first started by British but really went into fast gear after independence by the Sinhalese led Sri Lankan government and establishment , aided and abetted by the Muslim elite and politicians , who had their own selfish agenda of a power base , as a basis to create immense wealth for themselves. You can still see than in the recent utterances of the very South Indian looking Rishaad and a few other Muslim politicians. The Muslims is Sri Lanka are of Tamil Dravidian ethnicity and strictly speaking should be identified as Tamil Muslims . A little bit of Arab amongst a few hundred elite or rich trading families does not negate this fact. Lots of Tamils have Indo Aryan and other origins but they are still Tamils by ethnicity. The history of the east is Tamil and Hindu Buddhist or for that matter Christian or that Islamic the ancient history of the east is Tamil .Not Sinhalese or anything else.

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        Lots of Tamils have Indo Aryan and other origins but they are still Tamils by ethnicity. The history of the east is Tamil and Hindu Buddhist or for that matter Christian or that Islamic the ancient history of the east is Tamil .Not Sinhalese or anything else. Even the Veddah here are Tamilised and Hindu and not Sinhalized Buddhist. Tamil Buddhist existed and it is a historical fact and 90% of the ancient Buddhist ruins in the north and east are Tamil Buddhist ruins not Sinhalese and 100% of of the Hindu or Saivite ruins and ancient temples in the island are Tamil and have never been Sinhalese this is a fact. Your snide racist remarks as well as the stupid racist remarks of the other Sinhalese does not negate this historical fact. Understood

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    NV,

    The absence of Shiva from popular and commercial space in SL is due to the belief others are more generous with business success – Gana, Lakshmi, Sarasavi.

    There are many old Iswara praises in Sinhala that thank him for being the obedient servant of Buddha.

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    This is all about Digging,Digging and more Digging to establish Sinhala Buddhist credentials in that part of the country where the Sun rises.
    At the end of the day the racists in the Task Force will declare Q. E. D.

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