25 September, 2021

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Rajapaksa’s Deep State & Tamil Nadu State

By Karikalan S. Navaratnam

Karikalan S. Navaratnam

Gotabaya Rajapaksa‘s assumption of office as President almost coincided with the outbreak of coronavirus in Sri Lanka. Projecting a warrior image as the alter ego of Dutugemunu who defeated the Tamils and asserted Sinhala supremacy and exhibiting aggressive postures as a no-nonsense tough guy – an Adolf Hitler wannabe at that – from day one Gotabaya proceeded to mobilize his musclemen from the military to run his administration. He has since incrementally deployed the infantry, cavalry and artillery men to take charge of different state agencies in the public sector.

Rajapaksas cabal – An anachronism

When COVID-19 surfaced and the pandemic was poised to spread across the globe, the WHO and the nations around the world mobilized commando teams of medical specialists, healthcare professionals and researchers to deal with the emerging situation.

In Sri Lanka, ministers and monks bragged about Rajapaksas’ punching power and complacently contended that they would defeat the deadly coronavirus in the same way as they defeated the deadly LTTE ‘terrorists’. Naïve nationalists swallowed the grandiose claim hook, line, and sinker. Replicating  government leaders’ gullibility, sections of the innocent citizenry drank a ‘miracle’ COVID potion concocted by self-styled holy man who claimed to have received its recipe from Hindu goddess Kali.

Rajapaksas are an anachronism in the contemporary political realm. Gotabaya set up a military task force to deal with the pandemic and appointed Shavendra Silva, the Commander of the Army, at its helm. The military-led response to coronavirus has been an anomaly and a disaster. “When the enemy is a biological virus – which cannot be abducted, killed or tortured into silence and is entirely impervious to propaganda campaigns – the President is at a loss. Of course, this did not stop Gotabaya Rajapaksa from reverting to type, embracing militarisation and racism with equal vigour.” (Groundviews, 2 Feb.2021 -“The Defence Secretary and the President”)

Disgruntled Medical fraternity

Predictably, marginalization of healthcare professionals had caused much consternation among the medical fraternity:

The decision taken by the Government to allow the three armed Forces personnel to carry out the vaccination drive at their hospitals has created a lot of confusion, the Government Medical Officers Association claimed…..(T)he Epidemiology Unit handed over the vaccination programme to armed Forces personnel to be carried out at their hospitals without giving the critical responsibility to the Health Ministry hospital network. This has created great confusion,” he (Dr. Senal Fernando, GMOA Secretary) pointed out. “This is an emergency situation related to the Health sector and not a war with any terrorist organization,” he added  (Daily Mirror, 7 July 2021- “GMOA lambasts Govt.’s move to allow armed Forces to vaccinate people”). 

Media – muffled voices

Rajapaksa’ acolytes from the mainstream media may have opted to complain in muffled voices. The docile “Daily Mirror”, perhaps fearing reprisals, meekly mumbled editorially:

Perhaps it would be better if professionals are given a hand in seeking solutions to economic and medical problems” (Daily Mirror, 12 July 2021).

Noted columnist Ms. Kishali Pinto-Jayawardene has,  recently, in her weekly Column identified the foul-ups and fault-lines which have undermined COVID management in Sri Lanka: (Excerpts)

As much this millennium’s devastating global pandemic has brought deaths, destruction of livelihoods and mindless misery to millions across borders, there is a harsh mirror that it holds up to us. Political braggadocio and military might do not stop this virus; sensible public health leadership does. It is as simple as that…….Does it really need an Army Commander with his uniform emblazoned with medals to solemnly inform us that a country wide ( ‘purported’) ‘lockdown’ will continue for another week? ”(Sunday Times, 29 Aug. 2021 – “How Sri Lanka’s militarised covid policy led to a dreadful humpty-dumpty fall” )

Tamil Nadu (TN)

Now, let’s shift the focus to the Indian State of Tamil Nadu, the land of the “clowns” (Courtesy, Gotabaya Rajapaksa). While Gotabaya called the Tamil Nadu leaders clowns”, ex-Army Chief Sarath Fonseka had maligned them as “jokers”. It’s another matter altogether that Gotabaya had, in the days of yore, chosen to undergo part of his advanced defence studies/training at coveted academies in the land of the ‘clowns’ – at the University of Madras and at the Wellington Defence Staff College in Nilgiris, in Tamil Nadu (1981-83).

TN Task Force on COVID Management

Presently, the DMK party with its  Chief Minister M.K. Stalin ( the late Mr. M. Karunanidhi’s son) is in power in TN – since early May, 2021. TN government has constituted a 14-member Task Force under a retired IAS (Indian Administrative  Service) officer……that will assist the expert committee headed by the Chief Minister for COVID-19 management activities. According to media reports:

The committee will have an advisory role and it will conduct meetings periodically and monitor the action taken on suggestions,…… Non-official members in the task force are Dr. P. Kuganantham (Public Health Consultant, Indian Public Health Forum, and ex-Director, Communicable Diseases Hospital, Chennai ; Dr. K. Kolandaswamy (Retired Director of Public Health Department, Tamil Nadu); Manoj Murhekar, Director of the National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, and Jayaprakash Muliyil, Epidemiologist at the Christian Medical College, Vellore.”

Health Secretary, Officer on Special Duty to the Health and Family Welfare Department, Director of Medical and Rural Health Services, Director of Medical Education, Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Mission Director of the National Health Mission, Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation Limited and Chairman of the Medical Services Recruitment Board will be the other members. Joint Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department will be the member-secretary of the panel. …….(T)he committee can co-opt additional members as per need.” (The Hindu, 5 June 2021 – “Task force set up to assist expert panel for COVID-19 management”).

Incentives to Medicos, etc.

Rajapaksas may be at their wit’s end wondering how the TN government could fight the pandemic without involving the brawny musclemen from the military! In the meantime, in appreciation of the extraordinary service rendered by medical professionals and healthcare workers during the second wave peak of the pandemic in April, May and June 2021, the TN government had offered cash incentives to them for three months. Also, Chief Minister Stalin has awarded a solatium payment to the families of doctors who have lost their lives while engaged in treating COVID-19 patients and related work. (New Indian Express, 12 May 2021- “TN CM announces Rs 25 lakh each as solatium to kin of 43 doctors……” )

BTW: Supreme Court of India in New Delhi, in an obiter dictum in the course of an Appeal hearing, has recently commended the Tamil Nadu health infrastructure system: “Tamil Nadu has one of the better health infrastructure in the country,” Justice D.Y. Chandrachud orally remarked at a virtual hearing and added “It was on show during second wave of COVID-19”( The Hindu, 8 July 2021 –“TN’s health infrastructure comes in for praise from SC” ).

Medicare at doorstep

Last week, TN government has launched an ambitious medicare scheme, ‘Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam’, (literally meaning, “Medicare in search of (sick) people”). Explaining the program, Chief Minister Stalin said the scheme was also part of the 7-point vision of his government that envisioned an “enhanced quality of life for all.” “Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam will ring in an era of healthcare delivery, where people need not come to the hospitals but have access to medicine and screening at their doorstep,” he said. The scheme was initially launched in seven districts, including Chennai. By end of the year, the government is hoping to extend the scheme to the entire state. (Hindu, 05 Aug. 2021 – “TN CM launches Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam scheme” ).

Gota’s ad hoc Task Forces

President Gotabaya proceeded to establish a dozen or so ad hoc Task Forces charged with different tasks.  On 2nd June 2020 he established a 13-member “Presidential Task Force to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society.” (“A loud-sounding nothing”! – per Austrian statesman Metternich, 1773-1859,  made in a different context). This Task Force, composed entirely of military, intelligence and police officials was to be  headed by Defence Secretary, Major General Kamal Gunaratne. Civil society activists had raised concern about its composition, while the  International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) had condemned it outright : “This Presidential Task Force constitutes another act of over-reach by a government ….” said Frederick Rawski, ICJ’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific. “Its mandate is overbroad, and it empowers its military and police membership – including alleged war criminals – at a time when strong, independent, civilian-led policy-making is what is needed.” (ICJ, 5 June 2020 – Sri Lanka: Newly constituted Presidential Task Force threatens rule of law ”)

Archeology in EP – Evil designs

Presidential Task Force for Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province ’established by Gotabaya on 2nd June 2020 was intended for an egregious purpose, motivated by downright evil designs. Eastern Province (EP) has been a Tamil-speaking territory traditionally inhabited by Tamil and Muslim people. Despite successive state-sponsored ‘colonization’ schemes (read ‘Sinhalization’, commencing with Gal Oya Project in 1948) EP still remains a predominantly Tamil-speaking area. The Task Force comprising 11 members, including two chauvinistic Buddhist monks, Defence Secretary, Senior DIG (WP), ‘Derana’ Media chief Dilith Jayaweera and 6 other officials of Sinhala-Buddhist mould, is exclusively a Sinhala Buddhist team sans any Tamil or Muslim member.

Entreaties by Tamil leaders to include qualified Tamil/Muslim professional(s) on the team were of no avail. Gotabaya’s macabre message is that the Tamils/Muslims have no stakes or share in the heritage to be discovered and dug out in the EP.Task Force member Ellawala Medhananda Thero had already, years ago, aggressively asserted Sinhala-Buddhist claims over the Tamil habitats (Vide-Thero’s  book on “Sinhala-Buddhist Heritage in Northern and Eastern Provinces-2003).Thus, the Task Force is in effect mandated to accelerate the process of Sinhala-Buddhistization of EP.

Aggression in the North

The North is not immune from the iniquitous excavation missions led by rabid Buddhist monks, backed by the military/police personnel, rummaging for relics of Sinhala-Buddhist heritage. Vanni region bear the brunt of extensive land-grab and spurious heritage claims. Recently, a new Buddha statue was installed and foundation was laid for a Buddhist temple at Athi Aiyanar Hindu temple site at Kurunthurmalai on a hilltop in Kumulamunai area, Mullaitivu, with the participation of Sri Lanka’s state minister for ‘national heritage’, monks, army men,police personnel and archaeology department officers – everything done in defiance of an earlier Court Order against disturbing the status quo. Resistance from the local Tamil residents was crushed by jackboot tactics. Often, original Hindu idols found on such sites are destroyed or vandalized.

Land-grab aggression

Oddly enough, ‘The Island’ newspaper, the mouthpiece of the SB ultra-nationalist camp has, perhaps during a lucid interval of neurological normality, published a matter-of-fact article by an anonymous writer (claiming to be ‘a Free-thinking Sinhala Buddhist’) which captures glimpses of the land-grab aggression in the North-East:

The role of the Army along with the Buddhist priests in establishing new places of worship or reviving temples that have remained dormant for many decades in areas with hardly any Buddhist residents is being treated with suspicion. Buddhist monks from elsewhere are being “planted” in these temples. As there are hardly any Buddhists in the vicinity, they are being serviced and provided with security by the Army. It appears that the local non-Buddhist population is coerced by the forces into participating in various religious functions. These activities may give the impression that there could be a sinister long-term plan to colonise the area with Sinhala Buddhists.”……“(T)he fact that Tamil Hindus were the vast majority in the North for hundreds of years should be accepted and respected. Any seemingly state-sponsored attempts to upset that demography will undoubtedly arouse much hostility. It is disappointing that the committee appointed recently to preserve the cultural heritage in the North and East has no representation of the minorities.” (The Island, 10 April 2021 – “Monumental blunders paralysing Sri Lanka”)

While Gotabaya has established a ‘Sinhala’ Task Force to bolster the archeological heritage claims of Sinhala-Buddhists and structurally destroy or dispute/deny the claims of Tamil/Muslim inhabitants of the NE region, let’s see later, how the Tamil Nadu government has chosen to address the issues/concerns of the religious and linguistic minorities in the State. 

*To be continued…

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    Our politicians are very good at comparing themselves favourably to Tamil Nadu.
    At the start of the epidemic, there was this drama staged about deploying the Navy to intercept people fleeing TN!
    Now, the same government is shamelessly offering free return tickets to Indian tourists.
    What next? Perhaps a loan from TN?

    https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/india/indian-travellers-to–sri-lanka-to-get–free-return-ticket.html

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      OC, don’t forget two shipment of tonnes of oxygen. Not just shameless but stupid/retard and arrogant which is a double whammy. Gotha called them “clowns” and SF called “jokers”. There is no worse clowns and jokers than these two gentlemen. Most TN leaders may be corrupt just as GR/SF, but none are criminals and murderers. SJ, repeats his myth about Karuna/Jeya making more than Rajapaksas . The fool dosen’t realize Karuna/Jeya are just single individual, where as Rajapaksas are a family of parasites. Karuna and Jeya are no more where as Rajapaksas are still actively swindling and have created a generation to continue for ever. Both Karuna and Jeya faced legal and electoral repercussions whereas our retards have elected the whole family to create own fiefdom.Last but not least if you go through stats development , foreign investments, employment during Jeya’s time are enviable and well appreciated by people of TN and even by her opponents (national political leaders). SJ, is typical Lankan who doesn’t know how much Rajapaksas made but somehow knows in detail about Karuna/Jeya.

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    Most Chingkallams hate Thamiizh Nadu, Thamizh people and the Thamizh language , due to the Eezham Thamizh and the Mahavamsam fairy tale told them to hat anything Thamizh. However, ironically, it is the vast majority of the present day Chingkallams and not the Eezham Thamizh. who are largely descended from immigrants from Thamizh Nadu, including many of the Chingkalla politicians and leaders, who fostered and fanned this anti Thamizh hatred. Like the Pandararnayakams, Wickremasinghams, Thamibi Mudaliar Jayawardene( a very common name is Kerala) Ravathai aka Ratwatta, AthulathMudaliar, to name a few. Half the present Chingkallams both low and high born are descended from recent low and high borm immigrants from Thamizh Nadu. Most were low caste untouchables, imported during the Portuguese and Durch era , to do menial service work or to work a indentured labour in the southern spice estates. Others largely from the upper castes and aritocracy as seen by their family names came to rule and after the British conquest conveniently changed their indentity from Thamizh to Chingkallam to protect their wealth and power.

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      The new language and identity that evolved in the south of the island after the arrival of Buddhism, took this ancient Thamizh name and identity for the island and its people and Prakritized it from Chingkallam to Sinhala and then created a lion king story, originating to justify this name and origin, deliberately distancing the Chingjallams from their Hindu Thamizh origin. Just like what the island’s Musims are doing now, creating a fake Arab origin and culture to deliberately distance themselves from their recent Thamizh South Indian immigrant origin, as they feel this is beneficial to them. All these South Indian Thamiz origin immigrants and invaders to the island from ancient to recent times have now transformed themselves to Thamizh hating Aryans and Arabs, once they converted to Buddhism and Islam respectively.

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        Funny even the word Sinhale or Sinhala is the Prakritized version of one of the ancient Thamizh words for the island and its people. Chingkallam for the island, meaning the land of red or copper coloured and Chingkallavar for its inhabitants, to original Dravidian Thamizh or semi Thamizh speaking Naga and Yakka. The new language and identity that evolved in the south of the island after the arrival of Buddhism, took this ancient Thamizh name and identity for the island and its people and Prakritized it from Chingkallam to Sinhala and then created a lion king story, originating to justify this name and origin, deliberately distancing the Chingjallams from their Hindu Thamizh origin. Just like what the island’s Musims are doing now, creating a fake Arab origin and culture to deliberately distance themselves from their recent Thamizh South Indian immigrant origin, as they feel this is beneficial to them. All these South Indian Thamiz origin immigrants and invaders to the island from ancient to recent times have now transformed themselves to Thamizh hating Aryans and Arabs, once they converted to Buddhism and Islam respectively.

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    Well, now we know who are the Clowns and Jokers!

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    Karikalan,

    You had compared Sri Lanka with Tamil Nadu and exposed Sri Lanka for perusing self-destructive polices. We could go further and examine the issues a little more.

    Tamil Nadu made a wise decision to be within the Indian Union and outsource defense to the whole and seize all the benefits of being part of a whole.

    South India is prospering .Of course there are frequent bickering among them like in any family but on the whole all are benefited.

    On the other hand, Sinhala Buddhists opted to go alone and being narrowly nationalistic antagonizing every others living with them, believing that their little island is the world.

    The time has come for them to learn lessons and consider those sharing the Island are natural allies and they are equal to them in every respect.

    Further they should realize that It is worthwhile to integrate economically with their immediate prospering neighbors in South India mainly to Tamils in Tamil Nadu to seize economy of scale before moving elsewhere to the outside world..

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      SK,
      “Further they should realize that It is worthwhile to integrate economically with their immediate prospering neighbors in South India mainly to Tamils in Tamil Nadu “
      Sweet dreams! If there is anything our people are good at, it is screwing themselves. On the other hand, maybe the people of TN are lucky not to have to collaborate with a set of jokers?

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    The economic advisory council (EAC) fo Tamil Nadu (Mahinda called it Toilet Nadu) consist of the following
    Nobel economist Esther Duflo, former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan and former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian. Other members include economist Jean Drèze

    Basil with 8 GCE O level is not even qualified to clean their bottom with toilet roll.

    Tamil Nadu attracts more foreign inward investment than rest of India put together.

    Cabraal and Basil wish they can go cap in hand to borrow money from TN

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      “Basil with 8 GCE O level”

      There is only confirmation for that Basil R some how progressed to and attended GCE O level.

      Nothing more.

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    So why don’t all of you Tamils go back to Tamilnadu – the state where a hundreds of thousands are either homeless or living in slums, where there are caste wars and people are massacred, Muslims and Hindus killing each other, Christians and Hindus are killing each other etc etc… how nice, and all that can be done all the while speaking Tamil to each other, which is an added benefit for you.
     
    In Chennai “A total of 29% of Chennai population resided in slums as of 2011…”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slums_in_Chennai
     
    The more destruction caused by the Tamils and Muslims to this island, the more the financial difficulties. Tamils have not contributed in any positive way to the economy of this country – only complaining and destroying. How many billions of dollars did the Tamil terrorists bomb and destroy? Now coming here to talk about Tamilnadu …. stupid people.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi

      “So why don’t all of you Tamils go back to Tamilnadu”

      When you go they will follow you.
      This is what I have been telling both the Sinhala Speaking Demalas an Tamil Speaking Demelas. When you go take your brethren with you.

      “Tamils have not contributed in any positive way to the economy of this country”

      Have you lot?
      Who are those workers who have been toiling in estates?
      Perhaps they must be Chinese.

      Punchi Point, …..

      Please have your reality checked

      By the way is HLD M sitting on your head?
      Or Kamala Gunaratne, ….. or Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa, or Dinesh, …. or Gota, or Namal Baby, ……. Champika, Wassala, or Jayasumana, or Elle, ….

      Punchi Brain………….

      Do you know the equivalent number of Slum Dwelling population of this island?

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        PP,
        Another statistic for your edification: “UN Habitat estimates the number of slum-dweller to be at 65,000. It is believed that half of Colombo’s residents dwell in illegal settlements or in houses designated as unsuitable for human dwelling.Apr 26, 2014”
        So, 50 % of Colombo residents live in slums, compared to 26% in Chennai.
        Please stop talking about things you know nothing about. At the very least, even slum dwellers in Chennai have enough rice, sugar, parippu, turmeric, milk, even in the midst of a pandemic. Don’t fabricate statistics, go there and see for yourself. You won’t come back.

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          PP,
          Why is the SL government so desperate that it is offering free tickets to these Chennai SL dwellers to come and spend their money here? Doesn’t that tell you something?

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            Sunil Perera has explained it as no others.
            .
            RIP to Sunil P

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      PP,
      Punchi Willie@
      .
      the same question should be raised regarding us the sinhalayas.
      :
      All is clear that we sinhalayas and tamils come from North and EAST regions of INDIA.
      .
      No arguments would be necessary because you guys would not care little about the facts.
      :
      Right at this moment, you the kind of KALAKANNIYAS to come with the kind of racial statements ? srilanken diaspora could help with the revitalization fo the economy which is now in devastating state.
      :
      However, you the kind of B***** puthas would never see it right for a better srilanken future for our youth.

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    This is the island of the Sinhalese, called Cinkalam in Tamil. There is no need to Sinhalize it. Whatever the Tamils and Muslims do and claim, this island will always be Sinhaladvipa, the island of the Sinhalese.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi

      “This is the island of the Sinhalese”

      You mean the Kallathonie converts from South India?
      Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
      This is the island of my ancestors.

      Please pull your head from wherever it is now and look around you will feel, hear, see, smell, think, ….. differently.

      Go back to your ancestor’s land in South India and claim all your rights, not here. When you go please take your Tamil speaking brethren with you.

      Please go.

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        Dear NV,

        I always attacked South Asian mentality whenever our mercy cows behaved racial.
        :
        Looking back, I must correct it, srilanken racism is unique to us.
        :
        Today is the day, Singer SUNIL PERERA left us…

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    Tamils are immigrants in this island. Stop trying to be smart here with your totally made up stories – Karikalan…. what a name, taken right from a Tamilnadu hero. If Tamilnadu is so much better than SL, all you Tamils and Muslims, whether you came to pluck tea or tobacco or do money lending, trading or robbery or whatever other nonsense stuff, pack your stuff and go back to Tamilnadu. We are sick and tired of you ungrateful Tamils and Muslims, complaining all the time and assaulting us, our island and our nation. You people simply do not belong in this island, that’s THE problem – we cannot change what thousands of years of evolution has produced to suit your needs. So please understand that that’s your problem, and your problem is unsolvable in this island, without bringing total destruction to this island and its unique culture and heritage and its economy and well-being of the island’s natural and indigenous population.

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    “Recently, a new Buddha statue was installed and foundation was laid for a Buddhist temple….”
    This is an allegation that is repeated over and over again, by the Tamil immigrants, now from the late 19th century claiming to be indigenous. Simply hilarious. It is documented that the Tamils invaded the Sinhalese island and massacred the Sinhalese and took the land, the Tamils now occupy. Jaffna, Vanni and the eastern province is full of Sinhalese archaeological remains, while there is nothing Tamil found from the pre-Chola occupation times. Tamils think they are the only Hindus here. But that is completely wrong – the first Hindus in this island were the Sinhalese – Sinhalese never abandoned Hinduism completely, even though they converted to Buddhism. Even the Tamil document Yaalpana Vaipava Malai says that Prince Vijaya built numerous temples for Lord Shiva. Whether Vijaya actually came here or built these Hindu temples is highly dubious, but the fact remains that the Tamils of the 18th century AD when the Yaalpana Vaipava Malai was written, believed that it is the Sinhalese who built these Hindu temples and not the Tamils, and also that the Tamils came much later.

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      Tamils protest and put a show of their shameless anti-Sinhalese demands every time something ancient Sinhalese is discovered in the north and east, quite will-fully forgetting that it is the Tamils who are immigrants and newcomers to the island. What is so wrong with restoration of an ancient Buddhist site, if the Tamils are not disturbed in their newly founded temples, the Sinhalese should be allowed to at least restore their ancient Buddhist sites. Tamils have destroyed these Sinhalese Buddhist sites and made them into Hindu sites some centuries back. It doesn’t matter now, although an apology would be much appreciated and help to patch the broken relationships. Instead Tamils try to even claim these Buddhist sites and are attacking the Sinhalese. Trying to prevent the Sinhalese restoring these sites is wicked and wrong. All over the world ancient sites are restored and appreciated. How many times have the Tamils invaded and destroyed this island and its Buddhist temples and sites? Our ancient city of Anuradhapura was destroyed by Tamils. Beheaded Buddha statues show what the Tamils did back then. Then Polonnaruwa too was destroyed. Why? Sinhalese never hurt anybody.

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        Tamils try to cover up for their historical crimes of genocide, ethnic cleansing of the Sinhalese and land-grab, by even attacking Buddhist monks and the President’s Task Force for Archaeological Heritage. The ethnic cleansing of the Sinhalese and the destruction of Buddhist sites by Tamils is attested even in the Yaalpana Vaipava Malai:

        “After the massacre of the Christians Sankili’s insane fury longed for more victims and he fell upon the Buddhists of Jaffna who were all Sinhalese. He expelled them beyond the limits of the country and destroyed their numerous places of worship. Most of them betook themselves to the Vannis and the Kandyan territories.”
         
        What were these numerous Buddhist places of worship the Tamils destroyed in 1544, when they ethnically cleansed the Sinhalese from Jaffna?
         
        Kadurugoda (Kantarrodai), Vælipura (Vallipuram), Nagadipa, Dambakola patuna and many more – today all Tamilized into unrecognizable Tamil names. In many of these places Sinhalese Buddhist temples have been destroyed and Tamil Hindu temples have been built.

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        PP,
        What is so great about your 2500 years of culture that you boast about? Even the Indians and Iranians used water power for industry. Your.ancestors never did. Even the word for cart is Portuguese. The foods that you claim to be indigenous were all brought here by foreigners. Even your religion is foreign. How the devil can you lay claim to the island when your own history book says you are of Bengali origin?
        You aren’t very good even at lying, are you?

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          OC
          I know waterwheels existed in Iran and India for lifting water.
          I am interested to know if they generated mechanical work?

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    “The fact that Tamil Hindus were the vast majority in the North for hundreds of years should be accepted and respected.”
     
    How Tamils, who are a recent diaspora of Tamilnadu became the vast majourity in the North is by invading the Sinhalese island, and massacring and ethnic cleansing the Sinhalese from the North. That’s THE fact that must be accepted. Although I do not see the point in going on and on about atrocities done by Tamils in this island, as no one living today is responsible for those old crimes, but present day Tamils trying to justify their totally unjust claims to large parts of the island and accusing the innocent Sinhalese people is what makes me bring up this issue. Until the late 19th century Tamils never claimed to be indigenous to this island, and was quite proud to be from Tamilnadu.
     
    Simon Casie Chitty (1807-1860), writes:
    “The Tamils, as is well known, are not indigenous to Ceylon but emigrated from the opposite coast at different periods.”
    – The castes, customs, manners and literature of the Tamils – Page 4.
    Compare this to what the Tamils are saying today !

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      Now these Tamil immigrants are rejecting their recent history of migration and are claiming to be indigenous. Its a joke. The comical situation is that Tamils think that Sinhalese should get Tamils’ permission to settle down in the North and East. The government’s efforts to re-cultivate the dry-zone and resettle Sinhalese in the north and east is said to be colonization and Tamils have even killed Sinhalese farmers. There are so many massacres of Sinhalese villages in the dry-zone by Tamils/LTTE. If the Galoya and other development projects were allowed to run as planned, today we will not be so poor. Poverty in the country creates new conflicts.
       
      To resolve the ethnic conflict, its high time to take all the unjust and destructive demands of the Tamils to the UN to be handled. Surely an immigrant community like the Tamils with their homeland on the opposite coast could be given the right to return to their homeland. Whether the Tamils return to Tamilnadu or not should be a matter of each Tamil’s choice, but they will have the freedom to make that choice, which will eliminate their demands here. Then Karikalan too can return home to Tamilnadu.

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        P.P,
        “Tamils with their homeland on the opposite coast could be given the right to return to their homeland.”
        Ah yes. What a brilliant idea. I suppose you yourself are willing to go work in a tea estate . Or grow onions in Jaffna? Even with a 2500 year old irrigation system, you guys can’t feed yourselves. You have to import food from Tamil Nadu!! Don’t you even know that the minorities contribute 75% of our export income? Being stupid is genetic, but being suicidal is not.

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    Have we got anyone who has surpassed Karunanidhi family’s theft of public money, or even Jayalalitha’s?
    We are getting there, but have some distance to go.

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      How far? Who are we?

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        A
        “How far? “
        Your guess is as good as mine.
        But you should know that Kalaignar is a very great achiever.
        *
        “Who are we?”
        I know who I am, but honestly I do not know who you are and am not interested to know ether.

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