21 November, 2018

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R. Sampanthan And The Sinhala Black-Whites

By C. Wijeyawickrema –

A parliament full of idiots

“…Two of the tallest leaders, Mr. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Mr. Dudley Senanayake     who served this country, signed these Pacts (7/26/1957, 3/24/1965) and along with the undisputed leader of the Tamil people, the late Mr. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, in their capacity as Prime Ministers of this country. Their idea was that the territorial identity of minority peoples, who preponderantly occupied the Northern and Eastern Provinces, must    be preserved…” Parliamentary speech by TNA Leader, R.  Sampanthan on December 14, 2013).

Sampanthan, leader of the political proxy of the Tamil Tigers, the Tamil National Alliance, addresses reporters during a media conference  in Colombo           After talking about the infamous B-C & D-C pacts and on the Mrs. Chandrika drama of Neelan-GL package deals, TNA leader Mr. Sampanthan thanked the members of parliament for not interrupting him during his speech which is a good sign of learning self-discipline by a pack of rowdy MPs. But was there a single Sinhala MP who could reply to Sampanthan with facts & figures (plus history) so that the Hansard has the whole story recorded? This is pathetic and I am glad that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has finally realized the urgent need to consider sending BBS MPs to the parliament, learning from the mistakes made by the JHU. This Sampanthan speech and others by Sumanthiran and Co. will be used as evidence at UN-HR forums to trap MahindaR on his own words and to transform him from a Sinhala Vessantara to a failed Siri Sangabo.

There was a time in Sri Lanka that people like Gamini Irriyagolla, W.S. Karunaratne and K.N. Jayatileka who told the world (embassies in Colombo) the other side of Chelvanayagam’s bogus story now repeated by the Sampanthan crowd. Fortunately, on the false story that land colonization was a project against the Tamils, the geography professor G. H. Peiris has gifted us with well-researched wealth of data and documentary evidence that so far no Tamil separatist academic was able to dispute or dare to touch. If one wants to think of an episode that was a very pro-Sinhala settlement scheme (Sinhalization?) it was the dedicated service rendered by the late R. G. Senanayake, son of F. R. Senanayake, in getting Sinhala people to settle down in the Trinco area. This was a private effort and not a government project linked with the Monsoon season-based migratory work habit of Sinhala fishermen in the South.

Humiliated black-whites

Why the likes of Sampanthans can talk this way forgetting history and distorting facts was due to the mental weakness and ignorance of the black-white PMs and Presidents Sri Lanka has had. Grew up under the humiliation paradigm (yes, white masters came to civilize us, the natives) before and after 1948, these people did not know island’s history or geography and believed in European superiority. The older and new generations can still remember what JRJ, R. Premadas and Mrs. Chandrika did but what SWRD and Dudley did could still be in memory of people over 65 years of age. Therefore, I wish to record the other side of the story that Sampanthan did not want to reveal to the international HR lobby. Readers will see that my approach is non-traditional and certainly not politically correct. I want to call a spade a spade and sugar-coated biographies should be discarded, if Sinhala Buddhists and poor Christians in Sri Lanka to escape from Tamil separatists’ and Sinhala politicians’ cheating game. When it comes to the Tamil separatists issue both SWRD and Dudely were not “tall trees” as Sampanthan thinks but two Sinhala black-white opportunists.

Post of king of the world

I can remember one UNP election poster in the 1960s with Dudley’s picture on it which said in bold big letters, “[I] will not betray the country even if [I was] offered the post of world kingship-Sakvithi Rajakama.” But, only after reading an interview given recently by S.L. Gunasekera that I came to know Dudley did exactly that (betrayed the country), if the country Dudley referred to was the country that has a Sinhala Buddhist heritage of 2500 years. Dudley’s mother was from a Christian family and Dudley became second PM of Ceylon via a conspiracy. The conspiracy was to use Sir John as a lap dog by Dudley’s father to get rid of SWRD from UNP. The second conspiracy was by Esmond Wickremasinghe and Sir Oliver to deny PM post to Sir John when DSS died suddenly by an accident. It was a continuation of such “king-making” coups that the British and black-whites jointly did in chasing out Anagarika Dharmapala and Sir D. B. Jayatileke to India. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand that Dudley could betray the country to stay in power. Felix Dias and UNP were separately bargaining with FP to form a government, and Dudley won the game after agreeing to an anti-national bad deal. What Sampanthan is talking about, the Dudley-Chelva Pact was the result of it. So Dudley may be a tall leader for Sampmanthan, as a mile post in his separatist drive, but no Sinhala Buddhist will consider him tall at all if they know the whole story. Whenever, he becomes the PM, his brother Robert comes through the back door and runs the show. When JRJ proposed a national government with Mrs. B, Dudley opposed it.  Both Dudley and JRJ were behind the 1962 Coup supporting Oliver G.

SWRD was not as bad as Dudley considering his situation as the last descendant son of generations of dedicated British agents. Half way into their role, it was not clear whether actually the British governor controlled them or they controlled the governor. Their family circles were on the top of lots of other competing agents from the non-Govigama castes. With all the privileges he had within the inner white colonial circle, SWRD was least affected by the humiliation complex and thus from the process of becoming a black-white. A simple example was his decision to wear a national dress and give a speech that impressed even the Royal representative on the day of Feb 4, 1948, while DSS, the jungle john, was sweating under his three-piece suit and the top hat in hot damp weather in Colombo that day (Sir Muttu Coomarswamy’s European dress dazzled even Queen Victoria, but it was in London’s cold weather). SWRD had no shame in supporting native things such as the Ayurvedic medicine. The Five Great Forces was a native thing that he embraced. His weakness was, he came to a point of accepting anything which would help him to become the PM. Thus he wanted to act as a reasonable person, but did some unreasonable things. SWRD not appointing CC Dissanayaka as IGP because the latter was not a Buddhist ended up as the 1962 coup led by CCD and a group of Christians.

Victims of history (and geography)

Both SWRD and Dudley studied, if at all, the history of England and the geography of Europe (history is nothing but past geography). Dayan Jayatileka and others say that SWRD was a supporter of a federal system in Ceylon. When SWRD came back after his education in England, the division and rivalry between low country and Kandyan Sinhala black-whites was so acute, and SWRD thought a federal system will make both groups happy. But long before he married a Kandyan Buddhist woman (DSS also married a Kandyan-Christian woman) SWRD gave up his federal idea as he became more knowledgeable of the population geography of his native country. But both SWRD and Dudley did not show signs of knowing the settlement geography of the island. The northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka were replete with archaeological ruins proving that these were Sinhala areas, before the Colonial rulers created Northern and Eastern Provinces, and before SJVChelvanayagam created an idea called a traditional Tamil Homeland. SJVC’s son-in-law, A.J Wilson wrote that SJVC created this myth so that a viable political unit can be created combining NP and EP.  One can understand SWRD’s and Dudley’s ignorance of geography, when even Jehan Perera was not aware of the historical fact that Trinco area was under the Sinhla kings during the Dutch period!

Malaria mosquito and Tamil Buddhists

It was the Malaria mosquito that sabotaged a future Tamil homeland in the East or in the Wanni. Tamil and Muslim settlements were limited to the littoral areas of the east and Colonial attempts to create Tamil settlements in the Wanni. But as the white field administrative officers reported then, the Sinhala settlements known as the “Purana Gam” were there continuously in the interior of the dry zone of Ceylon, ever since the collapse of the Raja Rata irrigation system. Tamils’ preference to avoid the dry zone with all its problems became very clear when the Puttalam cement factory was built (1969-70). It was expected that Tamil workers would move from KKS cement factory to Puttalam with promotions and new employment. But it did not happen as expected and those who came grudgingly made weekend trips to their wives the first bus they could take on Friday evening. There was even a joke that they run home because their silos (cement is stored in round silos) were full by the weekend!  With this shortage of manpower the factory manager had to get down people from his home town area, Kegalle and Kandy.

The new theory by some separatist-oriented academics that the ancient Buddhist cave inscriptions have some examples of Tamil cave donors and therefore, there were lot of Tamil Buddhists even before the arrival of the Arhat Maninda in the island cannot be used as a justification for a Tamil homeland. If so, why Tamil terrorists destroyed archeological sites of those ancient Buddhists Tamils, need a good explanation. The Tamil Buddhist Association in Jaffna now is rejecting separatism and questioning why Buddhist monks go to Europe and America, instead of visiting Jaffna to help Jaffna Tamils. Buddhist monks were never in the habit of exploiting social injustice as a conversion gold mine and thus avoided meeting the low caste Tamils discriminated against by the high caste Tamils, whether Hindu or Christian. Sinhala Biddhists were never in an expanding mode (Lebensraum) was clearly evident from this reluctance to fish in this troubled Harijan caste water. Even after passing a law to prevent caste discrimination (Prevention of social disabilities act of 1957), monks did not target Jaffna low castes for conversion. Even in India when Dalith leader Ambedkar embraced Buddhism with millions of followers, there was no involvement at all by Sri Lankan Buddhist monks. Ambedkar said that he selected Buddhism for the reason, among other things, that it is in harmony with Hinduism and will not harm Hinduism unlike Christianity or Islam.

Sinhalaization and Tamil traitors

The funny thing about the Sinhalization complaint by the separatist Tamils stationed or domiciled in Colombo is that it was anchored on the colonial policy of divide and rule. First is the artificial division of the island in to nine provinces with an NP and an EP.  Next is the use of EP as part of a Tamil homeland by SJVChelvanayagam. Third is the desperate search for evidence to argue that there was a Tamil kingdom as old as or even older than the Sinhala kingdom. Even the Muslim Congress and the new Ulama groups now make such homeland claims. With the grant of universal franchise in 1931, for which both the Tamil and Sinhala black-white raised objection (the only politician who supported it was the labor leader A. E. Gunasinghe), Colombo Tamil leaders realized that they could no longer be the controllers of political power in Ceylon like the way they had numerical power over government jobs and other professions learned via English.

Thus began an era of labeling anything and everything done by the Colombo government as an attempt of Sinhalization and discrimination against Tamils. G.G. Ponnambalam complained to the Soulbury Commission that allocation of money for the preservation of Anuradhapura ruins was an example of such discrimination! Nationalization of private bus companies, removal of the power of English language as a colonial subjugation and humiliation weapon, citizenship laws, removal of British control of Trinco naval base and Katunayake air force base, nationalization of schools, land reform law, nationalization of tea estates, all such actions came to be identified as acts of Sinhalaization. If, any Tamil decided to cooperate with the Colombo government he was branded as a Tamil traitor by Tamil separatists. GG Ponnambalam as the minister of industries got a cement, a paper and a chemical factory for Tamil areas and yet he was also branded as a Tamil traitor during that phase of his life. Jaffna Mayor Duraiyappa, Postal Minister C. Kumarasuriyar, Col. Karuna and the latest the cricket baller Muralitharan (according to the Chavakachcheri p.S) were Tamil traitors. Somebody like Colombo-living Mano Ganeshan is yet to call Arun Tambimuttu a traitor for opposing Tamil separatism.

Fake Buddhists

Any politician who claims that he is a Sinhala Buddhist and does unreasonable things, just to placate or fool the Sinhala Buddhists is not a Buddhist. Until 1956 Colombo government was like a Christian kingdom (like the Ranil Wickrmasinghe cabinet during 2001-04), and at least DSS had the courage to admit it when he said, “there is no Fourth Refuge in Buddhism called I take refuge in the government.” Despite the clear warnings given by both the Donoughmore and Soulbury Commissions, the black-white PMs and Presidents of Sri Lanka could not act reasonably as a good Buddhist would do and be fair to both the poor people in Sri Lanka, whether they were Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or Christian. These PMs and Presidents, each had Christian shadows in their kitchens or bed rooms and did not know the true meaning of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Noble Path. Because of this weakness and their propensity to cheat Buddhists to get elected, they never could act properly and eradicate the Tamil separatist cancer from Sri Lanka by taking the bull by the horns. They did not learn from the 1971 and 1988 insurrections in the south. These insurrections were partly a reaction to the Marxists blunders in Sri Lanka who had no Buddhist influence.

It is not clear if those who wanted to university status to Vidyalankara and Vidyodaya Pirivenas were genuine or not. What should have happened was not to copy the Peradeniya plan, but make room for monks to have their traditional education enhanced by the addition of foreign languages, more history, geography, more sociology and more political science and international relations. The environment that helps a monk to become a better monk with knowledge should have been the goal. Instead, what has happened was V and V became places where monks got the temptation to have girlfriends and most of them giving up robes. Actually it was better than bad behavior while remaining as a monk. But the end result was Buddhists lost two great institutions of monk education which produced great, fearless and disciplined monks who shaped the independence movement in Ceylon.

Think of Dudley making Sabath Day a working day and making pre-Poya-Poya weekend holidays. It was a disaster as the rest of the world was closed for business on Sunday. Unlike the V and V case this was a pure political gimmick to placate Buddhists. It is like a Buddhist president going to Rome to invite Pope to visit Sri Lanka. The Vatican considers it divine duty to somehow Christianize Asia. A Buddhist cannot therefore invite Pope to visit Sri Lanka. But a Buddhist president should not object if Pope himself decides to visit or the Arch Bishop in Colombo or poor Christians decide to invite him. His duty is to provide state security. Vatican has billions of dollars, but when a president invites him who will pay the bill? These have become silly matters. That was why Ranil W wanted to invite Portuguese PM to come to Sri Lanka to celebrate completing 500 years of Portuguese control. What Buddhist people can remember is how Buddhist temples were destroyed and their stones used to erect churches. But Ranil (ghost) writes (books on Buddhism and talks about Ajasat!

Greatest land robbery (1840-56)

If 2002 CFA was the world’s greatest giveaway of land, native people, especially people of the demolished Kandyan Kingdom, faced several land robberies by the colonial master after the 1832 division of the island into five provinces. They were: the Crown Land Ordinance (1840, 1851), Wasteland Ord. (1850), Temple and Devale Lands Registration Ord. (1856).  May be SWRD or Dudley, perhaps, did not know about these, even though their ancestors also heavily benefitted from them. Actually, if one looks at the 50 or so State Councilors elected in 1931 under the Donoughmore Constitution only a handful were not enriched from dirt cheap land (50 cents or 1.50 per acre)  that their parents or grandparents could buy via these ordinances and become walaw dwellers! Except for the new rich popped up after JRJ’s economic liberalization, war commission sharks and flukes like Sakvithi Ranasinghe, Sri Lankan economy is now under the  control of descendants of these1840s-1850s land robbers.

The result of this land robbery was not just white men came to begin coffee and tea plantations. Fortunately, Adams Peak was saved from denudation because of the Sri Pada, otherwise it was hell with land clearing and soil erosion and the Mahaveli River becoming brown from blue. There was a suggestion to bring Irish labor to work on the tea plantations, but the availability of much cheaper South Indian labor prevented it. The group suffered most from this stealing of land was the Kandyan peasants/villagers. They became the most neglected segment of the colonial land. They were squeezed into narrow valleys and other marginal lands not wanted by the planters. After independence a commission was appointed to look into their survival issues and nothing much had happened to elevate their poverty. One purpose of the land settlement schemes in the dry zone was to help relieve the pressure on this land-less villagers and empty land suitable for their resettlement as rice cultivators was available in the dry zone of which Eastern Province was one section. A new factor uncovering now is that 90% of the irrigation technical officers handing these settlers in the dry zone were Tamils. One can imagine the suffering and harassment helpless new settlers faced in the hands of these technicians on the field, especially when there was also a language barrier. One of the reasons for the not so successful results from these colonization schemes can be due to useless way these Tamil officers behaved, with top level of the irrigation department in Colombo was dominated by Tamils.

Unreasonable pacts

Thus Sampnathan’s long story needs to be considered in the light of all these interlinked factors. The complaint that colonization schemes were government projects aimed at Sinhalization cannot hold water when examined in detail. How can SWRD agree to give power over land to a group of Tamil separatists when their aim was to create a separate country joining with Tamil Nad?  Only in 1962, with nationalism cry during the Indo-China war that Nehru gained sufficient courage to ban Tamil separatism by a constitutional amendment. This means SWRD’s time was not separatism free period in Ceylon. Even though it was not as bad as what Dudley did, as Sambandan’s speech records—“ (F) It  was agreed that in the matter of colonisation schemes the powers of the Regional Councils shall include the power to select allottees to whom lands within their area of authority shall be alienated and also power to select personnel to be employed for work on such schemes—SWRD was willing to remove monitoring power of the central government.

But a real disaster came with Dudley. During his time the DMK proscribed in India was a severe problem in the Kandyan areas plus the Kallathoni illegal immigrants, yet Dudley agreed to a giveaway similar to what RanilW did in 2002. Thus, as Sampanthan reveals, “Mr. Senanayake further agreed that in the granting of land under colonization schemes the following priorities be observed in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

(a) Land in the Northern and Eastern Provinces should in the first instance be granted to landless persons in the district.

(b) Secondly, to Tamil-speaking persons resident in the northern and eastern provinces.

(c) Thirdly, to other citizens in Ceylon, preference being given to Tamil citizens resident in the rest of the Island.”

This order of priority means a landless Tamil in Dehiwala or Hambantota will get preference over a landless Sinhala in NP or EP! The Thesawalmei law blocks any outsiders buying most lands in NP. Thus Tamil separatists want all for them, and none for others.

This behavior of Dudley for the simple reason of keeping the PM job  for him was arbitrary and he had no power to decide a national matter like this without a people’s mandate in a clear statement in an election manifesto. Therefore, citing D-C pact as a historical incident in the march toward separatism has no moral or legal authority. The behavior of these politicians at least since 1948 only proves what the Anagarika Dharmapala said in the 1940s. He said that the white master will leave the island after creating a group of black-white group of about 20-30,000 people and that they will continue to do what the white master trained them to do.

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    What is the authors take on Shiranthi Rajapakse being a Christian and Gothabaya inviting the Pope to visit Sri Lanka?

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      What about “Percy” Mahendra Rajapakse?

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        @jansee
        Percy Mahendra RajaPassa is an uneducated village thug, a liar, a crook and a murderer.

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          Percy Jilmart:

          Educated won’t make good political leaders.

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        An excellent article, still I should add anti Sinhala traitors like CBK & Ranil are only passengers in the history of Lanka but likes of Mahinda, Gota would rein in for thousands of years yet to come.
        Idiots in Parliament is something we got to live with, as they only concentrate making money somehow , even selling motherland as the system of JRJ has it in preferential french type electoral system, a far cry from West ministers’ which should be brought back as first preference.

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          John the racialist punk writing his lines with another punk and shill Wijewickrama.Did this shill copy at the final examination and at the CAS examination or did he do ….. you know what with his backside?

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          Mahinda and Gota will be remembered in history as the murderers, rapists, abductors, and for their extra judicial killings!!

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      Is Mrs. Rajapakse a christian?
      Christians are commanded not to worship other gods or bow down before them.

      Exodus.20.3. “You will have no other gods but Me”.

      Christians are not called to be religious but love and obey God and His Word.

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        Exodus 20:2-6 “I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me, and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

        Shiranthi Rajapakse cannot be a Christian.

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        Exodus.20.3. “You will have no other gods but Me”.

        Dictatorship or Tyranny in christianity.

        So, Christianity is very much like Islamic Wahabism.

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    interesting article.. learnt a lot of lost history of our country.

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      This is nothing but a distorted opinion

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        Tasil:

        what you say is Garbage unless you prove it.

        As you haven’t proved it, you are talking gibberish.

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      How Can MP Mr Sambandan can claim that, there are only Tamil home lands in Eastern province.
      If some body visit to Eastern province Jungles, along the Mahaveli river both banks,and up to coast from Mulaitheu to Panama Paththu.
      Any body who goes along the road Kanthale to east , Seruvila Muthur road, will find few old Dagabos, still visible near the Mahweli river banks.
      Any body can see, there are lot of Buddhist temples and Dagaboas ruins with abandoned villages 4 to 5 kilometres apart in the Trincomalee, Mulaithivu, Baticoloa, Ampaara to Paanama, Pothuvil area.
      Most of them are Dynamited and looted by Muslim tobacco/ marijuana farmers and Terrorists to get all artefacts and the valuable jewelleries.
      That Job now taken By, present day VVIP Politicians, their children’s and some Security personals,
      The looting is going on around West of Maavill Aaru to Thamankaduva valley and Padaviya, Mullaithieu area by Politicians and their Hench men.
      As Mr C. Wijeyawickrema – Says
      “These PMs and Presidents, each had Christian shadows in their kitchens or bed rooms and did not know the true meaning of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Noble Path. Because of this weakness and their propensity to cheat Buddhists to get elected”.

      Now most of the Tamil Buddhists are converted to Christians and Islamists by the money from White Christian masters and Arab Mullahs.
      Further, the Poor Buddhist Tamils and Sinhalese have nowhere to get turn and get help,
      So they are seeking support from all Christian and Muslim missionaries who got Financed by their Churches and Mosques.

      At the Governance higher authority, Let them forget about the ethnicities,they should treat all as equal irrespective of the Politicos greed and likings, who are shouting to get votes of poors from all ethnics and races, cheating and lying to them But They are Bound to safe guard the Main religion of the Majority of sri lanka and treat other religion fairly.

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        “did not know the true meaning of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Noble Path. Because of this weakness and their propensity to cheat Buddhists to get elected”.

        what is the use of memorising the four noble truths and eight noble paths and going on a killing spree and killing innocent people and robbing the country of all wealth(in fact depriving the citizens?
        This is what the present day leaders and their advisers like GL Peiris is doing!!!

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      If this article is distorted, you should challenged the untruth and write the truth.

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        I am no muslim

        “you should challenged the untruth and write the truth.”

        Which of the two version would you subscribe to, the Sinhala/Buddhist version or the Tamil version?

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      Dawn Dale, Do not believe anything merely because it is stated in writing. Do your own research. Wijewickrema is a biased writer, and a well known racist.

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        Sometimes it GOOD to be biased !
        Sometimes it is IMPORTANT to be racist !

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    How dare idiot Sammanthan can talk about the Mrs. Chandrika Neelan-GL package?Did Sammanthan support Chandrika’s package?Chandrika’s package was thosand times better than the 13th amendment.Didnt he enjoy the bullet proof car offered by Chandrika?Did Sammanthan support Indo-SL accord?The answer is no.North and east became one unit following the I-SL accord.Sammanthans said that “I-SL accord was a skeleton,it is a dead body,we wont even touch it”.Now after more than two decades,thousands of innocent civilians lost their lives,Sammanthan has accepted the accord.

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    ok so has anyone come up with anything that works better than what the “white master taught us to do”????? Perhaps you like the white vans better you idiot!!!

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    .
    This author started his article saying he is going write spade as spade, and very next paragraph start talking about conspiracy theories.
    >
    :-)

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    I don’t see any history in this article. Sampanthan is a brave man gave the facts. Sinhalese think they can cheat and continue with the genocidal program in this island. They should remember they are now isolated in the world as criminals and continued criminal mentality will take them out of the world.

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    Perhaps this will lay to rest some of the extreme views in this article…https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

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    Rubbish history, twisted and turned for the benefit of Sinhala Buddhist thugs

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    Chan Wije is very correct to accuse all our Sinhala MP’s are very incapable in answering TNA Leader Samapathan, as they have very or no knowledge about the Sri Lankan History. (Thanks to JRJs policieas)SJV Chelvanayakam the undisputed Tamil leader who advocated that Tamils should stop learning Sinhla as soo as the Sinhala was made the Official Language of Sri lanka in 1958. But he arranged his son and daughter to learn Sinhala as he thought it was necessary for them to learn the Sinhala Langugage.At the time he was preaching Tamils not to learn Sinhala, his son was boarded at 185, Armour Street and two of my frined going to the University was also at the same place. I usuaually visit my friend on Sundaya and met this Sinhala teacher who was coming to give Sinhala tution to young Chelvanayakam.
    Sri Lankan Black and White leader were advised by Tamil Offiers and they misconstruted the Sri Lankan History, and still our Sinhala leader beleive the same misconstruded history of Sri lanka. A very good example is that they got a relation of Banadaranayake family to write Banadaranayake’s are Tamils as their great granduncle of the family was a NILA PERUMAL aka Kalukapuge Mohitti Appuhamy. Nila Perumal is not a Tamil Name but a Kasthriya name and Tamils wanted the Sinhalaese to beleive that it was a Tamil name, like the TOMBBU Marakkakala name . Thombbu Marakkala is the name give to the record keeper of the Sri lankans Kings Treasury, and Tamils try to change it to Thambi Marakkakala and the name is a Muslim name.
    Tamils never rule the Jaffna according to Sri lankan History, but as our historians are not willing to argue this due to cast differences and allow the Tamils to make it the truth.
    I agree that the present day Tamils some are converted sinhalese only by name or by language as they used to live in the North, should be able to live in peace and harmoney in the North and any changes to the Administion by the prersent administration is a good sign to strat a good discussion. As Sinhalese used to live in the North and East for over 2000 years there is no need for Sampathan or any one to argue about Silanaisation of the North.

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      “SJV Chelvanayakam the undisputed Tamil leader who advocated that Tamils should stop learning Sinhla as soo as the Sinhala was made the Official Language of Sri lanka in 1958.”

      Can you prove this claim of yours?

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        Yes, because he was the idiot who advocated two countries, for Tamil [Edited out]

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          John

          “Yes, because he was the idiot who advocated two countries, for Tamil”

          He might have been an idiot however did he really advocate two countries for Tamil?

          Could you name both and their boundaries.

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        Burning_Issue

        “Can you prove this claim of yours?”

        When did Tamils or Sinhalese support their claims with evidence?

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    What a pile of garbage! This is one of the longest collections of lies and distortions in the history of Colombo Telegraph which should be prosecuted for internet pollution for publishing it!!
    This Wijeyawickreme is either a lunatic or an idiot. Or BOTH.

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    This writer is creating facts to make his arguments. For example, he writes “A.J Wilson wrote that SJVC created this myth so that a viable political unit can be created combining NP and EP.” I would like to see a reference on Wilson attributing myth creation to his father-in-law.

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    There should be the right people and at the right place. The tamil leaders are on Geneva to push for war crimes. What are our gonn yodays doing about it? Over and above all, the sinhalese people should take over the govt. either by election or revolution, and repatriate back the tamils to india. There was never a tamil kingdom in this country. And tamil history is only secondary to the sinhalese civilization.

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      p*** chingala modaya dupatabip,what are you talking about. chingala modaya were elected by chingala modays and the same modayas are ruling the country. why do you want a revolution you dumbo when chingala modayas are ruling the country. you say you want to repatriate tamils to india. how are you going to do it. only people who have to be repatriated are the p*** chingala modayas who don’t knowwhether they are coming or going. unproductive [Edited out]

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      dupath api

      “and repatriate back the tamils to india.”

      You are 100% right.

      However I wish to repatriate both Tamils and Sinhalese to their ancestral homeland Tamilnadu, Tamilaham, or South India.

      When is it convenient for Sinhala/Buddhists to leave?

      ” And tamil history is only secondary to the sinhalese civilization.”

      What is the Tamil History?

      What is the Sinhalese civilisation?

      Could you give us the salient points on both.

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    Mr.Wijeyawickrema has a fertile imagination.Sometime ago he wrote a piece stating that the Ponnambalam family are living Christians.I am not quite sure whether his Magnum Opus should be shelved under Fiction or Humour.

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      J.Thavarajah

      “Mr.Wijeyawickrema has a fertile imagination”

      I am sorry he is stuck in his Mahawamsa mindset void of any imagination.

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        Tamils don’t have a MAHAVAMSA like thing.

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          JimSofty

          “Tamils don’t have a MAHAVAMSA like thing.”

          Even without a MAHAVAMSA like thing they remain equally stupid imagine what would be like if they did have one.

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    oi [Edited out] wijedeltwicjrewkmxzxas just shut your gob and get lost. go and tell these outdated old stories to old and thick chingala fools. don’t waste our valuable time here by talking a load of cobblers. who is the chingala ignorant idiot angeriska drwptklapwamle.why didn’t you ask the ignorant geezer to shou his smelly mouth after sucking dry fish. i am sur you too suck dry fish you chingala pariah. were you present at the meetings between ihe gutless prime ministers and ministers with uncle chelva. chingala cowards have no brain just dumbos. look at you you are the biggest dumbo of all time.[Edited out]

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      RAMA you FCUKing Tamil – terrorist. Why you did not like it ?

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        [Edited out] chingala modaya jim softy, has it taken this long for you to find out that i don’t like chingala tribe. now time for you to suck salt fish.

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    …..’my approach is non-traditional and certainly not politically correct.’…….ON THIS score the writer is correct. This certainly is a ‘non-traditional’ personal take on events with a large dose of conjecture and personal prejudice thrown in to spice up matters. Definitely not recommended reading for a young history student.

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    Through this unacceptably partial Essay tilting EP history towards the Sinhala side Mr. C. Wijewickrema removes even that little space he
    earlier left as a neutral commentator. The names he relies upon for his thesis – Gamini Irriyagolle, W.S. Karunaratne, GH Peiris, S.L. Gunasekera are all experts at producing “instant history” to the now
    growing claim Tamils have very little claim to the Eastern Province.
    But men like the respected Prof. Gananath Obeysekera have a different story to tell. Experts like Sudarshan Seneviratne and Shiran Deraniyagala have convinced scholarly Indian audiences personally of a continuous and ancient Tamil presence in the Eastern Province is based on firm historical, cultural and archeological foundations. Why the latter named two do not express their views openly here is perfectly understandable in the intimidating climate currently obtaining. They certainly will not forget what happened to the late Prof.
    Paranavithana once he disclosed his findings on sensitive issues. One can count on demagogues Ranawake and Company to erase all evidence and produce a theory against Tamil claims – something they have actively promoted in the Anuradhapura/Polonnaruwa Districts in the current but surreptitious State project of changing history in the North-East of the island.

    R. Varathan

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      Instead of bull$hitting, why don’t you write the your version of Truth ?

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    C Wijeyawickrema has relatively poor command of English. It is exactly this kind of poor communicators that are hurting Sri Lanka on the international stage. Even the way he addresses past leaders is in an extremely informal manner, as if they were his buddies. Shouldn’t Colombo Telegraph give precedence to more able writers of the calibre of perhaps Dayan Jayathilleke or Dr. Chris Nonis?

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      Sinhalaya the STUPID FELLOW:

      Can you speak Sinhala 100% right.

      ONE English MAN respected Sanskrit and not English saying that English was not a complete language. Why there are so many versions of English if it is perfect.

      The reason may the version of English that you speak and what Wijewicrama talk are two different version of what you call english.

      There are many versions of english but you would not understand a word.

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      sinhalaya, chris nonis probably had british education unlike wiryewousckeurnama. of course british education is miles better than chingala dumbo education.

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    Varthan,

    You mention the names of Gamini Irriyagolle, W.S. Karunaratne, GH Peiris, S.L. Gunasekera as being experts at “instant history” .
    You also seem to be talking glowingly about Prof. Gananath Obeysekera,
    Sudarshan Seneviratne,Shiran Deraniyagala. I think you should add Dr Brian Seneviratne to that list as well.

    So Varathan, you too like most Tamils believe that East has been traditionally Tamil.You guys are full of empty rhetoric. This has been one of the biggest reasons you guys could not justify your so called liberation struggle in the eyes of the international community. Do you not know that the present East was created by the British as part of the many administrative boundaries.
    Here is an answer I gave to one Kettikaran in a previous article. No body replied to me with fac6s and figures.Hope at least you will counter this with facts and figures.

    There is clearly no justification for once racial group claiming proprietary , exclusive rights over the others within boundaries set artificially by the British merely because there are more members of that group over the others. If there is any validity in such contention it would follow with even greater force from the same principle, since there is and always has been within the natural borders of Sri Lanka, am overwhelming preponderance of Sinhalese, the entirety of Sri Lanka is the homeland of the Sinhalese.
    Whilst Tamils are an overwhelming majority in the North the same can not be said about the Eastern Province. Muslims and the Sinhalese together constitute about 64% of the eastern Province.
    Although the Sinhalese are about 25 % of Eastern Province, the Tamils and the Muslim settlements are largely confined to the coastal areas (Particulary in Ampara and Trincomalee) which are relatively thickly populated compared to the sparsely populated Sinhalese villages which are spread over a huge area.
    Thus of the 22 assistant government agents divisions in the Trinco and Ampara districts the Sinhalese constitute the overwhelming majority in in 10 namely, Padavi Siripura,Gomarankadawela,Kantalai, Moraweva and Seruvila in the Trincomalee district and wevgam pattu ,panama pattu and bintennepattu in Ampara district whilst the Tamils constitute majority only in Trincomalee town and Tirikkovil in Amara .
    Thus the Sinhalese constitute the overwhelming majority in about 60% of Trincomalee district and 78% of Ampara district.

    Besides you Tamils use the term Tamil speaking to bring the Muslims under you in order to swell your numbers. Muslims have a clear seperate leadership. If and when they have to choose between the Sinhalese and the Tamils , they will clearly pick the Sinhalese.

    Your accusation of colonization is like the whites in south africa (who unjustly occupy 40% of South Africa) accusing the blacks of colonization if they try to move into the so called white areas.

    In Summary

    1) Tamil and muslim settlements are on a stretch of 10 miles from the sea in the east
    2) Sinhalese villages are spread over a far wider area and are 60% of Trinco and 78% of Ampara districts
    3) Muslims can not be brought under the Tamil speaking label to swell your Tamil numbers

    Historical facts nor shear numbers justify inclusion of Eastern Province as part of the traditional Tamil homeland

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    Ravi Perera is not the first one to lay the false and confused claims he makes here – particularly with regard to the demographic reality of the EP.

    – Do you not know that the present East was created by the British”
    Not just the EP but all 9 Provinces. Nothing sinister there.

    – “Muslims and the Sinhalese together constitute about 64% of the eastern Province” That is now. That is the bone of contention. Take the
    figures of the 1880s and you will find the Tamils were the largest
    single community until DDS came along with the Colonisation Schemes, since accelerated by successive Sinhala-lead Govt’s and now going at lightning speed under the Rajapakses. Look at the tragico-comedy of recent times when the Tamils were edged out of the leadership of the EP. Colonisation and an un-natural birth rate in recent times are the contributory factors.

    You harp on the untruth the Tamils were more in the coastal areas. How do you explain then how much of the paddy production came from them – later on to the shared by Muslims as wells who bought over Tamil land.
    Most of the paddy producing land were far away from the Coast.

    Language and culture go out far to determine land claims of disputed territories where plural societies lived for several centuries. On this alone Tamils have an undisputed advantage.

    Anyway, the nitty gritty cannot be discussed in these pages. It is the subject of experts and social scientists. This will be put to the test soon – as the time and opportunity are in the process of presenting themselves.

    R. Varathan

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    Varathan.
    Thanks.All nine Provinces were created by the British.The Portugese who came over here in 1505-Due to the vagaries of the wind according to Dr.Colvin.R. De.Silva and later the Dutch who gave us the Roman Dutch Law did not interfere with the Administrative setup,prior to their arrival.In fact,Hugh Cleghorn the First Colonial Secretary,to the British Governor in 1799 had this to say.
    Two different nations,from a very ancient period,had divided between them the possession of the Island.First the Sinhalese inhabiting the interior of the country,in its southern and western parts,from the river Wallowe to that of Chilaw.and secondly the Malabars-Tamils who posses the northern and Eastern disticts.These two nations differ entirely in their religions,language and manners…”

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      Thava,

      You mention Dr. Colvin R de S and here Ravi Perera is in debate with us. Colvin, the committed Leftist, prior to 1970, had this to say as his formulae to settle the land question. 1st to the people of the area. If there are no takers then to those in the District. And still if there are no takers to those from the rest of the island. This appears to be eminently fair. Naturally in the NEP the Tamils and to a lesser degree Muslims will get much of the available land. Even Sinhalese, if they have been in the area for long, will be entitled to the facility. In the Hambantota, Uva and other Districts in the South the Sinhalese will get most of the land. Where is the problem? The problem comes in when the army and State-influenced persons give to their kith and kin not only unused/available land but also developed land legally belonging to Tamils in the Tamil areas. Tamils have been denied justice even in the many instances where they have gone to Courts – even to the Supreme Court.

      R. Varathan

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    Varthan,

    “Ravi Perera is not the first one to lay the false and confused claims he makes here – particularly with regard to the demographic reality of the EP”

    It is not me who is making confused claims on the Eastern Province, It is you Tamils who make confused claims without being able to back your claims with facts and figures.

    “Take the figures of the 1880s and you will find the Tamils were the largest single community until DDS came along with the Colonisation Schemes, since accelerated by successive Sinhala-lead Govt’s and now going at lightning speed under the Rajapakses”

    Why talk about 1880, go a little further back before the provinces were created. Do you not know that the present East was created by the British as part of the many administrative boundaries. Relatively thickly populated Tamil speaking areas (Tamils +Muslims) were annexed with sparsely populated Sinhalese Purana villages and the Eastern province was created. If the British did not create the Eastern province would you give the current provincial boundaries as the basis for your mythical homeland.

    There is clearly no justification for once racial group claiming proprietary , exclusive rights over the others within boundaries set artificially by the British merely because there are more members of that group over the others. If there is any validity in such contention it would follow with even greater force from the same principle, since there is and always has been within the natural borders of Sri Lanka, am overwhelming preponderance of Sinhalese, the entirety of Sri Lanka is the homeland of the Sinhalese.

    Rajapakses are more focused on the North of the country and this is where your colonization is happening at lightening speed.

    “Language and culture go out far to determine land claims of disputed territories where plural societies lived for several centuries. On this alone Tamils have an undisputed advantage”

    How do the Tamils have an undisputed advantage here. You seem very confused.Can you explain further.
    Muslims can not be brought under the Tamil speaking label to swell your Tamil numbers since the Muslims have a clear separate leadership

    “Anyway, the nitty gritty cannot be discussed in these pages. It is the subject of experts and social scientists. This will be put to the test soon – as the time and opportunity are in the process of presenting themselves. “

    Every one of you guys make a comment like the above and slip through without meeting the issue head on.

    Better to accept that your homeland is Tamil Nadu (Land that gave birth to the Tamil culture)and Sri Lanka is the place that gave birth to the Sinhalese culture

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      Ravi Perera

      “Better to accept that your homeland is Tamil Nadu (Land that gave birth to the Tamil culture)and Sri Lanka is the place that gave birth to the Sinhalese culture”

      I never understood this Tamil culture (whatever it is) nor Sinhala culture (whatever it is).

      Could you please let us have an introduction to both cultures including their definition, origin, attributes imagined or otherwise, limitations, ………… why it is so important to two stupid peoples?

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    When the Hon.DUDLEY Senanayake died in April1973,at a comparatively young age,his funeral was the largest ever attended event.Rich, Poor and people from all walks of life stood in a long queue to pay their respects.In April1973 he was not the PM and just 3 years after the defeat of his party AT THE General Election of 1970.That crowd at the funeral from all parts of the Island bears testimony to the calibre and Integrity of the Man.His bank account on his death was a princely amount of some 300 bucks.He drove his own car 1Sri1 Triumph Herald when out for Exercise.How could Mr.Wijeyewicrema call this Prince among men as a Sinhala Black-White opportunist?

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    Native Vedda,

    Nikkan Palayang yako yanne

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    J Varatharajah,

    “In fact,Hugh Cleghorn the First Colonial Secretary,to the British Governor in 1799 had this to say. Two different nations,from a very ancient period,had divided between them the possession of the Island.First the Sinhalese inhabiting the interior of the country,in its southern and western parts,from the river Wallowe to that of Chilaw.and secondly the Malabars-Tamils who posses the northern and Eastern disticts.These two nations differ entirely in their religions,language and manners…”

    I think you should give this part of the evidence along with that of Dr Brian Seneviratne’s statements to the UN and get your eelam recognised. If Cleghorn’s statement is correct king Dutugemunu is also a Tamil. Goodluck thanbi

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    Ravi Perera.
    I am not articulating that the North-East region be granted a separate state.Certainly not.I am only justifying the fact that the North-East region have been areas of historical habitation of the Srilankan Tamils.The B-C Pact and the Dudley-Chelva Pact were reasonable starters.After all they were Home-Grown proposals.Unfortunately,extreme elements within the Sinhala polity had those abrogated.Eventually this led to an armed revolt with so much bloodshed where the whole country suffered.

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    Thavarajah,

    “.I am only justifying the fact that the North-East region have been areas of historical habitation of the Srilankan Tamils”

    If you have read the reply I wrote to VARTHAN, you would not have mentioned about the Banda chelva and Dudly chelva pacts. Wether it is a seperate state or a federal state if land powers are given to a combined North East region, it will be unfair for the majority people (Sinhalese). As you would not disagree the current provincial boundaries have been drawn by the British for administrative purposes.
    Theway they created Eastern province has given rise to an illusion that East is the historical habiation of the Tamils. Tamil presence largely is resticted to a narrow strip of 10 miles especially Ampara and Trinco. These tamil areas had /have a Tamil population which is thickly populated compared to the sparsely populated purana sinhala villages. Numerical preponderance of Tamils in the East happened MAINLY due to the way the britsh created the EAST.It is the way EAST was created that has given rise to the ILLUSION that east is Tamil.

    There is clearly no justification for once racial group claiming proprietary , exclusive rights over the others within boundaries set artificially by the British merely because there are more members of that group over the others. If there is any validity in such contention it would follow with even greater force from the same principle, since there is and always has been within the natural borders of Sri Lanka, am overwhelming preponderance of Sinhalese, the entirety of Sri Lanka is the homeland of the Sinhalese.

    Due to the above reason alone the Banda Chelva Banda Dudly pacts were not acceptable to the sinhalese.

    If a home grown solution was to be hammer out with full land and police powers to a Tamil state with the support of sinhala people the following factors need to be taken into account.

    1) Provincial boundaries should be redrawn taking into account historical facts, the current population of each ethnic group.

    2) Muslims should be allowed to decided wether they want to be inclued in a Tamil state or be part of the sinhala territory

    If the above two are not met you certainly won’t have the support of the sinhala people. If you think the support of the sinhala people is not needed, then you could try another arm revolt or get it recognised by the internationl community. My personel view is that both are bound to fail

    good luck

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