20 January, 2021

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Response To Mahendran Thiruvarangan On The CM’s Chinthana

By Dayan Jayatilleka –  

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

If an ethnic group which accounts for 4% -10% of the populace is defined as a nation, just how small does an ethnic group have to be, to be recognised as a national minority or minority nationality? Are there no such entities as minorities, in the Chief Minister’s scheme of things?

The basic points I am making here do not change even if one were to prefer the higher figure of roughly 10% for the Sri Lankan Tamils which is found in certain source material. The UN Chairperson of the Working Group on Minorities, Prof Asbjorn Eide of Norway, clearly stated on a working visit to Sri Lanka during the CFA years, that going by international, and chiefly UN criteria, Sri Lankan Tamils are not a nation enjoying the right of self determination but a national minority deserving of equal rights and enjoying, arguably, the right to autonomy.

Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s “two nations” theory is the same concept that underlay the British-inspired partition of India and Pakistan.

It is not merely the Sinhalese who do not accept the Tamils of Sri Lanka as a nation without a state. No country does. Most importantly, the Two Nations thesis is rejected by India and goes against the most enlightened definition of Sri Lanka, namely that contained in the Preamble of the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord.

The dangerous upshot of the Two Nations theory that it lends credence to the cautioning of the defence hawks that there is a latent secessionism or a secessionist project by incrementalism, aimed at establishing a state for “a nation without a state”. Therefore, say the hawks, devolution should be denied or delayed.

Can any democratic political party in the island’s South, ranging from the UNP to the JVP, be convinced into recognizing the Sri Lankan Tamils of the North and East as a nation? If not, isn’t the Chief Minister’s very definition of the problem such that it precludes a solution? In the alternative, doesn’t the Chief Minister’s definition of the problem, which precludes domestic support from the South, leave an externally propelled partition as the only ‘solution’? Was that the problem from the very start?

Perhaps still more negative is the other consequence of Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s thesis. By classifying the Tamils of Sri Lanka as “a nation without a state” rather than a minority without autonomy or equal rights, he deflects the struggle for the achievable goals of minority rights and more equitable inter-ethnic relations, devolution of power and anti-discrimination, pre-empts a civil rights movement and locks the Sinhala and Tamil communities into the protracted zero-sum game of a struggle over nationhood — an eternal tribal conflict— on this small island.

Is there an alternative? Yes there is and is internationally recognised. Thus it is still more significant that Justice Wigneswaran chooses to ignore it. He deliberately sets up a model in which there are only two contending discourses and trajectories. His alternatives are the acceptance of a two nation theory or submission to Sinhala Buddhist domination and a variety of internal colonialism as it were.

The third discourse, which he conspicuously ignores, is the same one that all Sinhala chauvinists in and outside the Government and state also shun. In this regard, Chief Minister Wigneswaran and his southern opponents are at one. The absent discourse is that of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 and its definition of Sri Lanka, which was subscribed to and fought for, weapons in hand, by the most enlightened and modernist elements in Sri Lankan society and politics at the time, supported politically and strategically by the most advanced polity in the South Asian region. What does the Accord say?

“Acknowledging that Sri Lanka is a ‘multi-ethnic and a multi-lingual plural society” consisting, inter alia, of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims (Moors) and Burghers;

Recognising that each ethnic group has a distinct cultural and linguistic identity which has to be carefully nurtured;

Also recognising that the Northern and the Eastern Provinces have been areas of historical habitation of Sri Lankan Tamil speaking peoples, who have at all times hitherto lived together in this territory with other ethnic groups;

Conscious of the necessity of strengthening the forces contributing to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, and preserving its character as a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi- religious plural society , in which all citizens can live in equality, safety and harmony, and prosper and fulfil their aspirations…”

This is the truly pluralist vision of Sri Lanka; a vision of a multiethnic, multilingual, multi-religious society in which each ethnic group has a distinct identity. It is not a definition of a vision of ‘two nations’ or of the domination of one peoples over the other.

Related posts;

Brother Bernard And The National Question by C.V. Wigneswaran

Wigneswaran’s ‘Two Nations’ & The State’s Two Blunders by Dayan Jayatilleka

Reading Against The Grain: Notes On Wigneswaran’s Speech On The National Question by Mahendran Thiruvarangan

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    I am in office, don’t have the time to read the article but I am glad Mr.4% changed it to a range. :)

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      .
      Most popular beers have 4% alcohol content.

      :-)

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        DJ why don’t you focus on analyzing the Majority Sinhala UNBuddhist Nations’ rotten political culture and values, that has forced the minorities to either flee the DEBACLE of Asia, or ask for separate Territory? Don’t forget that the Muslim ‘nation’ wants an Eastern autonomous zone in Sri Lanka in Kalmunai-Samanthurai-Pottuvill for the Muslim “nation” which is growing and multiplying and under attack by Balu Sena.. Your numbers game is an exercises in Sinhala Nationalism and no one is fooled – except perhaps you!
        As a Sinhala nationalist you should write and publish in Sinhala and try to educate your Sinhala Moda brothers! But it is the rotten political culture of the Sinhalaya Modayas who are politically stupid and have been mislead by RACIST political leaders since independence to DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE the country that needs to be EXPOSED!
        IT is this trend and the CORRUPT and criminal Mahind Rajapaksa family MILITARY DICTATORSHIP with a DEEP STATE run by GOta the Goon, that has resulted in th great leader of Sinhala Modayas – Mahinda Jarapassa – being put on notice for WAR CRIMES and CRIMES against the PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA including those at Weliweriya?!

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      What is happening to Sinhalese elites when they are getting old? Now DJ is showing clear signs that he is becoming another GL…
      I guess there is no point of asking DJ about 3rd ~4th generation SL Tamils mainly live in Central province, in 1970s senses showed this group was 6% of the population! 3rd largest, even more than SL Moors.
      My daughter was not born in SL because her parent’s decision of living away from their birth place. Does my child has any doubt of her citizenzip or being integral part of the country she live now? With these DJ & GL type Sinhalese super elites, how does these 3~4 generation SL (Indian) Tamil children will feel about their homeland, the home country they belong too?
      Shame on you DJ!!!
      Anura

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        Here is my answer which demolishes the dishonest Dayan’s argument based on percentage of Tamils of Eelam:

        Population of Indonesia 2013 250 million,
        Population of East Timor 2013 1.2 million.

        Therefore East Timor population is less than 0.5 percent of Indonesian population: With such a small percentage East Timor got its independence in the recent past!

        Now let’s ask this idiot, if Tamils of Eelam are not eligible for even be classified as a nation in Sri Lanka and claim its legitimate rights within Sri Lanka, let alone an independent state.

        Dayan, don’t try to fool people with your PhD and the experience with ridiculous arguments: Your dishonesty or lack of world knowledge shows through like the proverbial emperor’s nakedness!

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      Dayan Jayatilleke manipulates data. The Sri Lankan Tamils according to the 2012 census, a Government of Sri Lanka exercise no less, are 11.2% of the population, not 4% to 10%. Add to that the Indian Tamils who are another 4.2% of the Sri Lankan census. This totals 15.4% I do not count Sri Lankan Tamils living overseas.

      Dayan is marginal and peripheral to the Sinhalese Buddhist worldview. He is a Roman Catholic Sinhalese of a minority caste background who regurgitates a hackneyed and outdated Marxist rhetoric to cover his own irrelevance. He is probably not even permitted to participate in the Holy Eucharist in church.

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    “If an ethnic group which accounts for 4% -10% of the populace is defined as a nation,”””

    There is a margin of 6% between 4 and 10%. The census says 12% which is a count of every individual. This doctorate don’t trust census of his Government because he knows that it is manipulated by his boss Gota.

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      Sorry can’t do any more, only 10 fingers, no!

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      Dayan’s Sinhala NATIONALISM cannot tolerate even a TINY Tamil nation or ISLAMIC NATION in Lanka – never a mind a large MINORITY NATION!
      But, Nations and Nationalism is a WORD GAME or language game – as Ludwig Wittgenstein put it!
      What’s in a nation – Sinhala or Tamil or Muslim? EMPTY RHETORIC! (“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – GET IT?!)
      The invention of the modern nation state with Majorities and Minorities is very recent and BLOODY process – only morons believe in nations qua nations, and most enlightened thinkers and post-modernists are also post-nationalists…
      Please read Ben Anderson’s book IMAGINED COMMUNITIES – DJ! WIgneshwaran is only making a claim to parity of treatment by talking about a Tamil Nation – but DJ takes him literally and has launched a diatribe here!
      Above all DJ, please stop attacking representatives of MINORITY NATIONS (VANNIATTOO, TAMILS, MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS, BURGHERS, CHETTIES etc, in Lanka), and start focusing in the ROT within the majority Sinhala UN-BUDDHIST nation” in the DEBACLE OF ASIA! Turn A little more self-reflexivity please – your are an insult to academics!

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      Ajith,

      Every thing happened after Gon Haraka came to power by Bribing Terrorist Velupillai Prabakaran.

      Gona paid 180 million rupees to Terror VP to win 2005 elections. Here’s proof…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfZGihrFETg
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DnyMAvNr6A
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSZO8OZb9us

      How come the crook who bribed VP in 2005 to win election, now ban 16 Tamil organizations and 425 Tamils. MR is the biggest criminal.

      It is time International court investigate this Alibaba crook and bring criminal charges for Bribing a terrorist and for money laundring.

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      Ajith,

      Every thing happened after Gon Haraka came to power by Bribing Terrorist Velupillai Prabakaran.

      Gona paid 180 million rupees to Terror VP to win 2005 elections. Here’s proof…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfZGihrFETg
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DnyMAvNr6A
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSZO8OZb9us

      How come the crook who bribed LTTE VP in 2005 to win election, now ban 16 Tamil organizations and 425 Tamils. MR is the biggest criminal.

      It is time International court investigate this Alibaba crook and bring criminal charges for Bribing a terrorist and for money laundring.

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        You may not aware real fact who bribed who.They are still together benefiting the tax payers money. In my opinion the bribe was given to KP who assured to give all details of LTTE arm supply similar to Karuna supplying details of LTTE secrets.

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          Ajith,

          I cannot agree with you on this. It is a known fact that MR knew that he is going to loose 2005 Presidential election, and most of the North/ East tamil voters were UNPers.

          Therefore the only alternative he found was to bribe VP to stop people from voting. Also VP did not trust Ranil giving any assurance for a seperate state.

          VP is a good war strategist, but a bad Politician.
          He did not listen to any educated advisers such as Anton Balasingham.

          Also Pres. Rajapakse did not have any plan or strategy to carry on with the war.

          Mavil Aaru was forced upon our soldiers to fight VP for water. This was the debacle of VP. It was never in MR’s card game, until VP made a blunder.

          MR won the Physical LTTE war Battle, but utterly failed the Tamil Political battle.

          Karuna crossing sides was a brain child of Ranil and not Rajapakses. But MR sheltering KP and Daya Master is a mystery.

          Any captured or surrendering Tiger crosses sides when captured. No difference here. Even VP could have done that unless he was killed.

          But the biggest Blunder MR did was when he negleted implementing LLRC. We would have not needed to face all these trouble had MR implemented LLRC then.

          He let the bird fly after a 30 year hard effor by all to capture it.

          This will go down in Sri Lanka’s history as Sri Lanka’s biggest blunder.

          What VP did to LTTE, MR is doing to all of us Sri Lankans today.

          It’s time to save our country from dumb asses, both who govern it and other brainless donkeys who suppot them.

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            It is up to you to agree or not. There was a close relationship between Rajapakse regime (particularly Gota) and KP for a long time.

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      Ajith no point all that argument. Dr. Dayan should first tell everybody what he talk with President Rajapakse before UNHR resolution. He went with Dr. Kumar and former minister Bogollagama. Dr. Kumar privately told some friends Dr. Dayan was eyeing New York post.
      So what all these talking by him?
      Amarnath

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    “Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s “two nations” theory is the same concept that underlay the British-inspired partition of India and Pakistan.”

    What did we have in Indian subcontinent before the arrival of Europeans?

    What did we have in Sri lanka before their arrival?

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      A very good comment. The simple reason is that the Establishments of the world do not want any change in the status quo. But, in spite of all that have emerged East Timor, Kosovo, South Sudan, Crimea and so on. That story is not going to end soon so long as the will to be free among emerging nations persists!

      Sengodan. M

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      I don’t know why this thing keeps going in circles!

      What did we have in Indian subcontinent before the arrival of Europeans?

      Its a good thing Europeans surveyed the world before the conquests. I guess the maps were key to capturing these areas.

      You will find Portugese, Dutch and British maps showing what the sub-contitenent looked like. I challenge you to find the word “Tamil” in any of those maps either in Sri Lanka or India.

      Does the non-existance Tamil identity in European voculabury mean it did not exisit? The culture did exist although it was a hotch potch mix involvoing present day Malayalee and Tamil etc known as Malabar.

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        Who said Tamils in India were not a nation before British annexed for administrative convenience?

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    AT last DJ has accepted that he is a liar as he now says minority count is between 4%-10%. 4% he mentions just to save face.

    Who is to define that Minority cannot demand a separate state? What about Crimea? What about the Natives in Canada? How can Sinhalese be a Nation. Waddas can be a Nation, Sinhalese is a blend of the Yakas, Nagas and the Indians who came with Vijaya. What is the difference between the Sinhalese and the Tamils? Numbers? Who recognized Crimea, isn’t Crimea in effect a Nation today?

    While DJ talks so much about every one else, he forgets to mention why we are in this situation. All these days he was writing about the resolution, now that the resolution has been passed, he is now attacking the Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran.

    Why doesn’t he first write about the illegal decisions that are being passed by the Judiciary under the Cheap Justice, this would be a better more relevant topic for DJ to write about, and leave the politicking to the President and CM as the President does not take any advice (as per DJ himself) from DJ.

    Or better challenge Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran for an open debate, that is if DJ has the guts to face the CM.

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      Park

      This man was a key minister in the EPRLF administered North East Provincial Council. He was happy to be part of EPRLF which advocated a separate state in the North East.

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        Sorry guys, this man was not only a minister under EPRLF, he has done everything in every govt.and movements to hold his fame and fortune.

        I remember one of his first interviews on BBC, a documentation about LTTE in north, comparing V.P with Michael Colione, the Godfather

        I heard his father was one of SL´s journalists, his son reached one of the top position using his opportunism, otherwise he is one of the journos enjoying privilledges like laptops and interest free credits for cars and singing in the choir today

        He has even participated in a bank robery for a “revolution” in SL

        Everyone who loved fame and fortune had their era, Nazis, Stalinists, Dictators etc.,and he will be not under the intellectuals or humanitarians after 10 years, there will be several lists and one will be the perpertrators

        The biggest disaster was he produced some political graduates and undergraduates and had a resposible position.

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      “Who recognized Crimea, isn’t Crimea in effect a Nation today?”

      Jemil troll needs to know that Crimea did not become a nation. They decided to “merge” with Russia.

      The hymie friends and relatives of Jemil do not like it because, it was contrary to the forcible “divisions” they carried out in Kosovo, East Timor, South Sudan and elsewhere.

      Jemil troll’s pathetic bile attacks are not successful whipping up dissent as he expects! Poor sod.

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    “”underlay the British-inspired partition of India and Pakistan.”|”

    Sorry American inspired partition to tame Russia. The Americans with Big and Small Boys won the war; whiskey whiskey 2

    The Brits in London and East India Company were blitzed; Colombo was bombed by the fascist Japanese with the assistance of Sinhala. Same as Thailand giving open access to genocide.

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    Gobi …this guy still alive and suffering from verbal diahorrea….

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    4-10%.
    When I accessed http://www.gov.lk, the GOSL Official portal on Sri Lankan facts on 02.08.2008 at 12.38 GMT,for the purpose of an article I was writing,
    the figures given were,

    Population of S.L. 19.5 Million
    Ethnic mix: Sinhalese- 74%
    Tamils – 18%
    Muslims – 07%
    Burghers(descendants of Dutch and Portugese Colonists)
    and others – 01%

    Surely when the learned(?) Professor gives some statistics he should be specific and quote the source.If I were his Lecturer/professor I would have drawn a line in red ink and written ‘source’ and put a Question mark (?)with the same pen as they normally do.He can’t be changing the figures as he likes.

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    I am getting bored reading Dayan Jayatilleka.A big yawn, he is!

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    I just don’t understand this [Edited out], keep talking rubbish.[Edited out]..

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    It is clear Dayan J is trying to catch the eye of his hoped-for employers now that Justice Wigneswaren has opened a can of worms – a complex subject the Brothers cannot handle with their established IQ. The discourse will grow nationally and gain global recognition and support with the passage of time. India-Pakistan is a bad analogy because Pakistan was carved out of the Indian sub-continent on lines of religion whereas in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab there lived a very large number of non-Muslims. In the North-East of the island of Ceylon/Sri Lanka/Eelam the people were overwhelmingly Tamil Hindu until the arrival of the Portugese (1505) It is to change that undeniable reality, from the time of DSS, the Sinhalese are trying to accomplish a forced-change of the demographic reality using State resources to a point today Tamils are almost a minority in the Batticoloa District. They are no longer the dominant community they were in the Trincomalee District until the 1970s. This is nothing but enforced unethical social engineering – which the world must condemn unequivocally.

    R. Varathan

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    DJ in his own skewed way has made a case that CVW is arguing that there are just two alternatives left for Tamils, namely,

    1) the acceptance of a two nation theory, or
    2) submission to Sinhala Buddhist internal colonialism.

    Recent history – spread over more than half-a-century – gives credence to the fact that Sinhala Buddhist internal colonialism is for real.

    This reality check was embedded in the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord.

    Rather than interpreting Indian intervention as an argument reinforcing the notion that NE territory is traditional homeland of Tamils, – as evident from the NE merger enunciated in the accord -, DJ twists the argument to make his case that the Two Nations thesis is rejected by India.

    India cannot endorse the Two Nations concept for its own internal political reasons. It is smart of DJ to exploit India’s political manoeuvres to make his acerbic arguments.

    DJ deceptively circumvents our right and fight for autonomy, summoning the indirect defence, citing his hawks, ‘that there is a latent secessionism or a secessionist project by incrementalism’.

    It is positions such as these that push the likes of CVW – Tamil moderates – into extremism.

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    Another garbage from so called doctor. There is a huge difference between 4% and 10% (even the census say 12%). That is almost 1.2 million people (assuming total Lankan population is 21 million). Now this so called doctorate fool giving some stupid reasons to justify his false garbage in other means. LMAO.
    Actually comments from the readers are more detailed and well conceptualized than dayans garbage. Few days before this Dayan guy publicly commented about arresting and harassing activists who voice for oppressed people. I suggest him to stop writing and join with gota’s white van squad to assist them to silence those who voice against oppression. then we can call him white van dayan.. hikz..

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    The actual figures are doctored by the experts at the Dept of Census and Statistics. Simple to fix GDP, Demography etc. Last census no one came home.

    Convenient to keep the Tamils at 4%. Also exclude the Indian Tamils? Are they still Indian? We may be one nation but minorities are second class. Same train but some have all the luck.

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      Is that because some Tamils pretend to be Muslims. ?

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    It was more than 10%. A quarter were killed and half were chased out and debarred from returning (no dual citizenship).
    Dayan are you the same guy who once was an ideal leftist who supported the right of self determination? Sold your self respect heh! Shame on you.

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    DJ, you say: “By classifying the Tamils of Sri Lanka as “a nation without a state” rather than a minority without autonomy or equal rights,”

    why don’t claim the Tamils as slave under the majority Sinhalese Masters? Will that be more appropriate classification for you? Just wondering.

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    OK whatever it is 4% or 10% or 12% keep it as it suits. If the Nation or community deserves to be independent and lived under oppression for over 50 years, and it has the determination to be independent, then it is good for them to be independent. Look at Singapore, how big is it compared to Malaysia and how good it is compared to Sri Lanka? What is the problem behind Sri Lanka not giving them Independence?

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    A bad day at the office for the doctoring DJ. Somebody said he is on the verge of breakdown, but methinks the poor man is simply desperate for a break.

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    DJ made a blunder on 4% percents and walked out it. Now, to hide it he walking into Indo-Lanka accord. We can come back to that at the end of this comment.

    But, first, of cause Norway worked against LTTE. Norway pretended to be LTTE’s friend, went to their Arms bungers, watched how their submarine were working and then passed all the information to everybody. Worked with India’s congress to disturb the last minutes peace deals tried by Western countries. For to substantiate their ugly deeds, they come out with new theories. Now, Congress gone. Western countries, instead of using Norway, they are directly dealing with Sri Lanka. Britain has a new party. They accept Tamils are A Nation without State.

    India- Lanka Pact does recognize that Tamils homeland is North and south and it had merged them together, only because of that. This was not given to any other Provinces. This is only 13A. But Congress, BJP and DJ agreed that King too agreed that Tamils should be getting 13+. This is more than what DJ is trying to show out of as what India has recognized. (Under 13+ either Central or Uva has to attached with North and East. Other one, Southerners can have. But, which should be attached is should be the decision of the Tamils living in the both provinces. Then only justice will be served.)

    Tamil Lived in North and south. That is their historical land. Rajarata ruled by their kings. Only Sri Lanka multicultural country. That means when Tamil Eelam merged into Sri Lanka it has become multi cultural, multi ethnic country. Even after Tamil EElam have become now Multicultural land it does not affect it existance. Today all western countries are multicultural countries. It does not affect their Statehood. Further to that one should look at Quebec. Their’s claim is not minimised by England ruling them or now a substantial number of whites are living with in the French. Of Quebec has Tamils, Sinhalese, Eastern Europeans, Asians. Middle Eastern peoples. They are not not climbing Quebec as their’s But English peoples claim that they are part of the Canada is not recognized. Tamil Eelam can become Multi ethic it does not affect their claim for their land. So one has to understand that on the Indo – Lanka accord which part is valid and which lose validity. That is by historically living there North-East their homeLand. As, after Englished has merged with Lanka and now some other communities are also there, it does not lose the State claim. DS refused recognize the Tamils brought here by Britanians as Sri lankans. DS asked from got from England the ruling power of the Tamils land, which was attached with Sri lanka by England . How is this logic works?

    Defense does not like singing the National anthem in Tamil. Tamils can no longer wait to hear what the JVP or defence has to say on their life. It can not be decided by defence. It has to be decided by IC.

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    Lies, Damn Lies and statistics!- by Leonard H. Courtney/ Mark Twain/Benjamin Disraeli

    As usual you use statistics to bolster your weak argument

    4% of what? Why Sri Lanka?

    The population of China or India is more that 1 Billion. 4% of 1 Billion is 50 M.

    So even Sri Lanka with a population of 20M is not entitled for a separate state in the context of Chinese or Indian population figures.
    The best definition for self Determination is supposed to be that of Stalin. But even Stalin had not given any population figures for nationhood entitlement.

    Now to Dr Dayan

    What are your criteria to consider for a Nation State?

    What are the criteria you consider for a National Minority?

    British india like British Ceylon/Sri Lanka was a colonial creation.
    Like most countries in Africa, the colonial powers had created india and Sri Lanka. Why Burma, Nepal, Bhutan are separate countries.

    The British played the role of god, They had arbitrarily created countries.

    There existed at least two nations- Hindu and Muslim within India.

    The Indian leaders like Gandhi and Nehru never recognized this reality until it was too late.

    Had they realized the reality the partition could have been avoided because there were a number of options that could have satisfied Hindu and Muslim aspirations and avoided the human tragedy.

    In Sri Lanka also there existed at least two nations.

    If only the Sri Lankan leaders are magnanimous and far sighted a solution could be found within one country.

    Chief Minister Wicneswaran has not said anything new when he said there exist two nations and that Tamils of Sri Lanka are a nation without a state

    If this is the stand of TNA and Wicneswaran why squabble with it?

    Why should any democratic political party in the island’s South, ranging from the UNP to the JVP, be convinced into recognizing the Sri Lankan Tamils of the North and East as a nation.

    Why you find it difficult to accept this position?.

    Why you want the Tamils to compromise before anything tangible if offered or even before any negotiation?

    Do you thing the Tamil leaders are intransigence?

    You read the preamble of the Bandaranaike Chelvanayagam Pact especially what Mr Bandaranaike said at the commencement of talks with FP leaders.

    It was an enlightened position when decent people negotiate!

    Well it was Bandaranaike , Dudley and Mahinda who went back on their words. Not the Tamil leaders.

    You can always negotiate with the democratically elected Tamil leaders. They will never go back on their word.

    They are the most reliable partners to negotiate with.When there is a simple option to negotiate in good faith!

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    Dayan, I am puzzled by your statement “It is not merely the Sinhalese who do not accept the Tamils of Sri Lanka as a nation without a state. No country does.”

    Did you not support that idea when your North-East government issued what amounted to UDI?

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    Varthan,

    “In the North-East of the island of Ceylon/Sri Lanka/Eelam the people were overwhelmingly Tamil Hindu until the arrival of the Portugese (1505) It is to change that undeniable reality, from the time of DSS, the Sinhalese are trying to accomplish a forced-change of the demographic reality using State resources to a point today Tamils are almost a minority in the Batticoloa District. “

    In many previous articles I have given facts and figures to dispute the above claim. You seem to be repeating the same thing over and over again.

    If you have a just claim for a homeland the world will recognize in due course. Tell me a single country that recognizances you guys as a separate nation in the Island.

    Keep trying do not give up

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      Ravi,
      It looks like you have missed this – East Sri Lanka, the Tamils and History August 5th, 2007 http://transcurrents.com/tamiliana/archives/344

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      http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2009/07/towards-peaceful-equitable-and.html
      “There is little evidence, the real history of Sri Lanka was anything like what is stated in Mahavamsa, a purano historical work which is the Bible of Sinhala chauvinism. Though this has been crowned the authentic chronicle, it is now accepted Mahavamsa is only tradition of writing history peculiar to the monks written with the motivation of advancing their interests, and it has been rewritten form time to time and every time it is rewritten it is changed to suit the times with scheming additions and subtractions from beginning to the end, and the last version was written in 18th century Kandy with substantial changes and additions.

      Up to the 14th century no language by the name Sinhala language existed in Sri Lanka and idea of Sinhala Nation could not have existed in Sri Lanka before this period. On the basis of this, it can be inferred, the so called 2500 year history of Sinhala race and Sinhala Buddhism is nothing but a myth cooked up in the minds of the Sinhalese and British historical prevaricators who lived in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Much of what has been twisted as history of the Sinhalese and achievement of civilisation is nothing else but the early history of the Tamils and others.

      The Roman historian Ptolemy, who lived in the 3rd century, calls the name of Anuradhapuram by its original Tamil name, Anoor (a village full of cows). The Chinese pilgrim who lived in Anuradhapuram in the 5th century, Fa Hsian, talks of the many nations that lived in Anuradhapuram and that the king was a Hindu. No mention of any Sinhala language or Sinhala race. Robert Knox who visited Anuradhapuram in the 18th century narrates that the Tamils were the rulers and inhabitants of Anuradhapuram.

      Tamil rule has prevailed in Anuradhapuram before and after the Chola rule of the 10th century. Only Tamil Buddhism has existed in Anuradhapuram as Sinhala language or Sinhala race did not exist in Anuradahpuram or Polanaru.( Can any Sinhalese scholar prove otherwise?). In those times, Tamil was written in the Vatteluthu from which the current Sinhalese script was derived. This script was brought from South India to write Tamil and other languages that existed in Anoor. The same script was used to write Pali, Sanskrit and Eelu. The Sinhala language has not come into existence at that time. The tradition of writing Tamil in Vatteluthu, which is now called Sinhalese script, was prevalent in Sri Lanka until the 19th century Kandyan period.

      The Tamil Buddhist literature which were in various Buddhist monasteries were written in the Vatteluthu were lost to the Tamils as latter day Tamil scholars failed to identify them as Tamil works. Similarly, the inscriptions written in Vatteluthu too were mistaken as Sinhalese and disregarded by Tamil scholars.

      Mahavamsa was first translated into Sinhalese only in the 20th century. This was originally written in Tamil language. There are correlations that it started as Vamsa history of the Pandya lineage that ruled over Anoor in the beginning. Many versions of Mahavamsa existed and one of them was translated into English in the 19th century. Mahavamsa was translated into English before it was translated into Sinhalese.

      English historians who wrote on Sri Lankan history are also responsible for the misrepresentation of Sri Lankan history as Sinhalese history. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the English historians rewrote the world history claiming that, it was barbarism that founded and established the world civilisations. This believe exists among barbaric races even today. The newly founded Sinhala race too was identified as a barbaric race or Aryan. Continuing what was written by the English, the Sinhalese historians twisted and misrepresented and misappropriated the civilisational achievements of the ancient Sri Lanka as the history of the newly conceived Aryan Sinhala race.

      The ancient history of Anuradhapuram as it is called in Tamil, was the history of the Pandyan dynasty. Latter in the10th century, it came under the rule of Cholas. From the 13th century till the 16th it was under the overloadship of Kingdom of Jaffna. Then it became part of Kandyan Kingdom as an independent principality peopled by Tamils.

      Parakrama Bahus were Tamils and continuation of the Pandyan Dynasty that ruled Sri Lanka. Till the end, up to the final surrender of the Kandyan kingdom in 1815, the sovereign right over all of Sri Lanka was held by the Tamils. The right of overloadship over all of Sri Lanka held by the Kingdom of Jaffna and the Kandyan Kingdom ruled by a Tamil dynasty, directly went into hands of Portuguese and British in the 17th and 19th centuries.

      The Mahavamsa that came to be rewritten in the 18th century Kandy succeeded in misrepresenting the Tamil foundations if Sri Lankan civilisation as Sinhalese. The start of the historical misrepresentation begins with the arrival Siamese Buddhist sects that were brought from Siam, present day Thailand, 250 years ago. The need to bring them from there arose, as Buddhism has died out in Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese were Hindus and Catholic converts during this period. According to a Sinhalese historian Kirtsiri Malalgoda only three people knew Pali, all of them layman.

      Though, these Buddhist monks were brought to Kandy by the Tamil King Kithisri, they chose to conspire against the King of Kandy, with the intention of crowning a Thai prince who was brought to Sri Lanka dressed as a Buddhist monk. The conspiracy was uncovered and a number of the Buddhist monks were beheaded. Among those beheaded was the Buddhist monk who re-fabricated and re-wrote Mahavamsa. It is after this incident, the anti Tamil orientation and mission of these alien Buddhist sects begin. Even today many of these traitors are loyal to the King of Thailand and promote a yellow Buddhism which has no claim of continuity with earlier Buddhist traditions which were mainly Tamil Buddhist sects patronised by Tamil Kings.

      Subsequently, these heretical Buddhist sects joined hands with the British, betrayed the Kandyan sovereign and enslaved the Kandyan Kingdom and availed the concessions given by the British in return for their collaboration. With this, they succeed in selling to the British the fabricated Mahavamsa as the ancient chronicle of Sri Lanka, translated the Mahavamsa and turned it into the history of Sri Lanka. On that basis they created the illusion the whole of Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhala Buddhists and drove the Sinhalese into madness of today. This led to the current antagonism between the Tamil and Sinhalese communities. The entire body of claims of Sinhala chauvinism and the Sinhalese and their entire historical perception all their inflated claims are based on this cooked up and concocted historical work called Mahavamsa. “

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      Ravi Perera,

      Thank you. I have seen your interventions earlier but did not respond
      because of the old story “you can wake up the sleeping but cannot he who is awake but pretends to be sleeping” If you do not believe your own Sir Paul Peiris there are many other historians and archeologists, quoted in these very pages in recent times, who will make you wiser
      of a Tamil presence even before the arrival of Vijaya.

      S.Africa, Mauritius, South Sudan are countries that are ready to recognise the restoration of the Status Quo of a Tamil Nation – in addition to many influential sources in India. There will be dozens more, if it comes to that, in the future. But many Tamils, like me, do not want a total break because we believe there is still space for a coming together with better sense from the Sinhala side. I believe that is the belief of men like Justice Wigneswaren, Sampanthan and the
      popular TNA. From the Sinhala side Ven. Sobita Thero, the JVP and many more.

      R. Varathan

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        R. Varathan

        “you can wake up the sleeping but cannot he who is awake but pretends to be sleeping”

        Soryy to say

        that Ravi Sinhala speaking Demela Perera can’t sleep until he chases all your people out of this country. Frequently he complained that he was unable to stretch his legs as there was no room in this land due to ocean in the South and Demela’s in the North.

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    One thing that all these “PANDITHS” have done so far and tirelessly doing on a daily basis is to DISINTEGRATE the hole of the Sri Lankan Nation comprised of Sinhala, Tamil, Moor, Malay, Burghur, and other ethnic groups.

    Since the war on TERRORISM ended, all these so called “academics” and “unscrupulous” political leaders have done the dirtiest job of “disintegration” of the whole of the Sri Lankan Nation. Now this “DIVISIVE’ trend has been carried to such an extent, there has emerged a wide divide and a sense of mistrust among ethnic groups. This is very reflective in any election and only one needs to do to “win” is set fire to this “epiphenomenon”.

    The “DIASPORA” too have very successfully managed to win the support of the International Community too to do the job of “disintegration”, and of course, that while surreptitiously propagating “reconciliation”.

    What a mess these “Professionals” have created for us.

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    “Did you not support that idea when your North-East government issued what amounted to UDI”

    I was there when Varatha and his goons declared UDI at Trincomalee Town council grounds. This DJ was part of the goons travelled around Trincomalee in a brand new Nissan air-conditioned car. I would say only 4% of all Tamils supported Varatha and his goons of their antiques. Because they were thrives, murderers and corrupt bandits. Our great Doctor was part of that daylight robbers.

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    yes its multi-ethnic, thats why you Sinhalese dont want any investigation 150k unaccounted people?

    its multi-ethnic thats why Dayan dont want to pass powers to north and eastern province?

    its multi ethnic, thats why constitution promotes only Buddhism?

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    Presumably DJ then believes that the part in the constitution about Buddhism having foremost place can be repealed? It will be nice to see a multi ethnic / lingual / religious Sri Lanka in practice … Just seems there is no political will to implement such an idea. Shame.

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    Varthan,

    “I have seen your interventions earlier but did not respond because of the old story “you can wake up the sleeping but cannot he who is awake but pretends to be sleeping”

    I think that is a good statement for your self rather than me.

    If you really belive that East is part of historical traditional Tamil homeland you will get it in due course.
    There are people who genuinely belive that Parakramabahu and Dutugemenu were Tamils. I think your statement should be directed at them.

    Sad reality is that your homeland is Tamil Nadu man. You wll have a hard time in convincing the international community about your homeland in Sri Lanka.

    I have seen the so many Eelam supporters in order to talk about your homeland talking about sinhala colonisation. The same argument is being repeated inspite of the facts repeated counter argumnets with facts and figures.

    “If you do not believe your own Sir Paul Peiris there are many other historians and archeologists, quoted in these very pages in recent times, who will make you wiser of a Tamil presence even before the arrival of Vijaya.”

    There are many people who argue that Tamil presence inSri Lanka was after the 10th Century.Prof K M De Silva and C R De Silva etc.

    There will always be different opinions. So try and convince the international community. It is bound to fail man.

    “S.Africa, Mauritius, South Sudan are countries that are ready to recognise the restoration of the Status Quo of a Tamil Nation “

    I Doubt South Africa but Mauritius is possible for obvious reasons.

    Good Luck

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      Ravi Sinhala speaking Demela Perera

      “Sad reality is that your homeland is Tamil Nadu man.”

      Agreed good, it is also true your homeland is also in Tamilnadu.

      “You wll have a hard time in convincing the international community about your homeland in Sri Lanka.”

      Forget the International Community, both of you haven’t convinced my people as to why we should allow you to stay in this island forever.

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    Anpu,

    Thanks for the latest information. So not only North East Anuradhapura is also Tamil homeland.

    “The Roman historian Ptolemy, who lived in the 3rd century, calls the name of Anuradhapuram by its original Tamil name, Anoor (a village full of cows). The Chinese pilgrim who lived in Anuradhapuram in the 5th century, Fa Hsian, talks of the many nations that lived in Anuradhapuram and that the king was a Hindu. No mention of any Sinhala language or Sinhala race. Robert Knox who visited Anuradhapuram in the 18th century narrates that the Tamils were the rulers and inhabitants of Anuradhapuram.’

    What a joke.If you walk around Anuradhapura you certainly will find the necessary evidence.

    I think you should give the above facts and figures to UN see what they will say.I have heard similar names for Matara as well. There are some people who argue that upto Madagaskar was part of Tamil homeland.

    You Tamils do not have a country of your own. This is the whole problem.

    Anyway lets talk about Traditional homeland concept. Here I am reproducing something which i have written a million times. It would be great if you can dispute the facts and figures here. This is the only way you can convince the international community rather than making wild statements

    Whilst it is acknowledged that Jaffna was, for about 300-400 years out of our history of 2500 years, a seat of political power ,it nature and question such as whether it was a “kingdom” or not and the extent of its power is still disputed among historians. However even those historians who support the view that the seat of power was, both a kingdom and Tamil Kingdom are at once in agreeing that it was a kingdom of fluctuating fortunes, the territory of which was largely confined to the Jaffna Peninsula and never extended to the Eastern Province.
    As Professor K M De Silva said
    A Tamil kingdom did exist from the the 13th century to the early part of the 17th , but except during a brief heyday of its power it seldom controlled anything more than the Jaffna Peninsula., and some adjacent regions on the coast and some parts of the interior.
    Set against a history of 2500 yrs the independent existent of this kingdom covered a very brief period, and even during this period its status and influence varied dramatically; at times a very powerful kingdom; at others a satellite of expanding Dravidians States across the Palk straight, and at times subjugated by the Kotte Kingdom, and generally acknowledging its suzerainty.
    There is little or no evidence to support the claim made in the TULF Vaddukodai resolution that there was either an unbroken national consciousness or a continuing tradition of independent statehood.

    Professor CR De Silva said ;
    A separate kingdom in Jaffna existed in Sri Lanka from about the 13th century to 1619. During Certain periods the kingdom was so powerful that for a brief period it captured power in the western seaboard almost up to the environs of Colombo.
    But for most parts of of the 400 yrs it was a rather week kingdom confined to the environs of the Jaffna Peninsula. It never wielded power in the present day Eastern Province.
    Nor was it always independent, for it often acknowledged the sovereignty of the dominant power in south India and was once overwhelmed by a Sinhala army from the south.
    But most significantly the Tamil kings of North did not think of them as separate rulers of Tamil Kingdom. They like all the other Sinhala kings aimed ultimately at being the Monarc of all Sri Lanka.

    The first ground on which a secessionist claims the Northern and Eastern provinces as being the traditional homeland is demonstrably false.
    The second and the only other ground on which this claim is made is that there is in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the boundaries of which were drawn by the British purely for their administrative purposes .
    There is clearly no justification for once racial group claiming proprietary , exclusive rights over the others within these two 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.
    This spartial distribution of the population was not a recent phenomenon caused by so called colonisation but one existed long before any Sinhalese was settled in the North and the East with state assistance is borne out by the findings of Professor G H Peries professor of Geography at Peradeniya university in his paper entitled an appraisal of the concept of the traditional homeland in Sri Lanka.
    Following is part of what he had to say.
    “For the issues with which the present study is concerned, the feature of the crucial relevance borne out by our maps is that in the Eastern Province as a whole in 1921,all the Tamil settlements are confined to a coastal strip barely extending 10 miles from the coast o the interior. The Sinhala settlements on the other hand though comparatively few were scattered over extensive areas of the interior, covering the entirety of the admistrative divisions of Bintenna,Udapalatha,Yati palatha and meda plaltha of wewgam pattu and panama pattuin. In the northern part of the the batticalo and Trincomalee districs were mostly uninhabited /scattered Sinhala settlement.
    This must be taken in the context of the fact that the Sinhalese names of numerous abandoned village tanks marked in our source maps in the inhabited tracts bear testimony to earlier process of de population. Our maps show further that the only non Sinhalese population clusters that were located in 1921 even a few miles to the interior of the seaboard were those associated with the irrigation works restored in the preceding decades. We can also observe that the Tamil settlements nearest to the claimed southern boundary of Kumbukkan oya was a coastal town of mixed population about 35 miles north of that boundary”

    The pattern of settlement distribution assumes significance from several points of view. In the first place considered in the light of our earlier observations on the trends of demographic change in the Preceding centuries the pattern as it prevailed in 1921 represents what may be regarded as the culmination of a long drawn out historical process featured, on the one hand, by territorial advances of the Tamil population and on the other , retreat and recession of the Sinhalese population.
    This , in turn implies that the process of “Tamilization’ in the eastern lowlands of Sri lanka had not penetrated significantly into the interior even at its most extensive territorial spread.
    The second point of significance arise from the fact that, often the “Tamil Homeland” is being defined with reference to the modern administrative units. Given the spatial patterns of ethnicity borne out bu our maps the demand by one ethnic group for exclusive proprietary rights over Provinces and districts encompass extensive tracts of territory which it had never occupied (and much of it, in every sense is the homeland of the other ethnic groups) appears in its true light as one which lacks a rational basis.
    In a functional sense sparsely settled interior of the eastern lowlands of Sri lanka was not a hinterland of the settlement clusters of the littoral. Both the interior as well as the littoral were very largely rural.
    Hence, a core periphery concept is of no relevance to the issue. More specifically, there is no empirical basis for a theoretical assertion that because there was numerical preponderance of the Tamils in the coastal areas , hinterland, areas, regardless of the traditional rights of the other ethnic groups, should form a traditional hinterland of the Tamil areas.
    The fact that the eastern littoral itself is not ethnically homogeneous (Well known but purposely over looked) is also illustrated by our maps with a fair degree of superiority.
    The littoral is as much the traditional homeland of the Muslims as it is of the Tamils. And in many areas , the Muslims constitute the majority which has no common cause with the Tamils and in fact is bitterly opposed to the EAST being MERGED with the NORTH
    Unfortunately for the Tamil secessionists there is not only a Total absence of any shred of evidence any part of the East having being governed by a Tamil King, but does not even have a numerical preponderance which could provide them with the remotest justification that East is part of the Traditional Tamil Homeland.
    There is nothing these secessionist could do about the absence of a claim founded on history but to continue to LIE about it, there was nothing they could do about the absence of a numerical preponderance of Tamils in the east except to UNILATERLY DENY THE SEPERATE ETHNIC IDENTITY OF THE TAMIL SPEAKING MUSLIMS and equally UNILATERLAY ACQUIRE THEM AS PART OF THE FICTITIOUS TRADITIONAL TAMIL HOMELAND, just to give them the NUMERICAL SUPERIORITY; while at the same time alleging falsely that they had been made a minority in their homeland by the COLONISATION of the East with the Sinhalese state assistance

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      Ravi Perera,

      With your own name borrowed from India and Portugal; language of which
      a third is Tamil and the rest Indian and a borrowed majority religion;
      dress, culinary habits all from the neighbouring land you can hardly lay claim to anything original. There used to be a French teacher of ours who use to tease us in a friendly way “the only thing original about you is pol samboley” Even that, I know is largely from Kerala.
      So let’s not argue who came when, where and how. Just remember one thing, if you happen to travel out, the SL PP is one which it is not a thing to be proud about – in most airports.

      KM de Silva, by the way, is one know for producing instant antiquity
      and has a reputation of being a partial historian.

      R. Varathan

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      Ravi Sinhala speaking Demela Perera

      “The first ground on which a secessionist claims the Northern and Eastern provinces as being the traditional homeland is demonstrably false.”.

      So is your claim to your 2,500 year antiquity.

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    R Varthan,

    Do not worry about my Borrowed name. Don’t worry about nothing of ours being original

    You argue for your homeland with facts and figures.

    “Just remember one thing, if you happen to travel out, the SL PP is one which it is not a thing to be proud about – in most airports.”

    It is mostly due to you Tamils that our name is tarnished. Refugees, drug smugglers etc.

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      Ravi Perera

      “It is mostly due to you Tamils that our name is tarnished. Refugees, drug smugglers etc.”

      Partly due to Sinhala/Buddhists.

      Even the Hindians don’t respect you since providing safe haven to Udugampola, Somawansa and thousands of other defeated JVP cadres.

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      Ravi Perera, Come on, Man. Wake up. From the PM downwards – and even upwards – they are all deep in the drug-traffic trade. The US State
      Dept maintains a list of Lankan top politicians who are in the “Red” List of Global drug smuggling. At least two of your Sinhala Ministers have their nicknames beginning with “kudu …” Say what?

      In the instances the LTTE was involved in drugs, they did it for money for the purchase of their arms in an unequal war when the State could officially import fighting hardware and they couldn’t. But let me add -personally I don’t entirely condone drugs – for whatever reason.

      More than once you have asked Tamils to go back to Tamilnadu in India. That’s the part of India most of you came from (vide Dr. Colvin R. de Silva) although a few of you came from Bengal, Orissa, Bihar and the UP at the start. As Pieter Keuneman said in Parliament in the 1950s, if enquiries into eligibility of the 1948 Citizenship laws were applied even Prime Minister DS Senanayake would have been a Kallathoni then; Bandaranaikes from the Neela Perumals and JRJ nothing short of a Muslim Tambi Mudalige. Even that Monk Mahanama, a Tamil Buddhist of the time, wrote the Mahawansa 500 years after events – that allowed him a lot of time and space for inventive history. As we see now, he did a fair job of distortion.

      Both Sinhalese and Tamils are original inhabitants or kallathonis here. It is the way you interpret that matters.

      R. Varathan

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      ravi
      “It is mostly due to you Tamils that our name is tarnished. Refugees, drug smugglers etc”
      lets face it whether it is sinhalese or tamils, we lack the moral values, integrity, or accountability.

      Sri Lankans are ashamed of a prof of law who tries to teach us errormatics. Children of politicians become drug peddlers,biggest counterfeit money makers, Then we have our unique cheap justice, pimp police, cruel serviceman, corrupted university dons, scandal hit financial institutions, biased media

      I am sorry to say we are probably one of the most disgraceful people in the world.
      Ken

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      Ravi Perera,

      You have a drug smuggler in the cabinet, rapists, murderers in the cabinet!!!

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    Veddo,

    [Edited out]

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      Ravi Sinhala speaking Demela Perera

      “Veddo, [Edited out]”

      Yes Native Vedda is here, listening to you.

      As I mentioned to Maveeran earlier, unlike Paranavitana I am not trained to read interlinear inscriptions.

      However I can guess what you want to know.

      I can assure you will have enough time to prepare for your departure. You don’t have to leave this island tomorrow, take your time. Make all necessary arrangements in Tamilnadu. Then go.

      We have been patient with you for the past 2,500, it does not matter another couple of years.

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    Aren’t we all wasting a lot of time talking and writing about the rotten old dead histories of people and nations without having any use ? This is madness; trumpeting or insulting each others’ race, religion and existence in this era of globalization. Look and learn from nations working hard, leaving all petty things away,respect each other and doing well for themselves and the country they live in. We the idiotic Lankans are the only people talking so much about unbelievable or believable history of the long past, fighting and screaming, wasting a whole lot of time, energy, killing each other…and what nonsense are all these ? Stop for a moment, look around, see as to how other people in most of the civilized nations are behaving, working together and living with prosperity and peace. India is a very good example. How many races are living together in reasonable harmony. A Tamil can buy land or house in Bombay or Delhi and live. Indians from all the different states can go live anywhere they want. No discrimination and they are all treated as INDIANS equally by the state.
    Why can’t we grow up and behave like ordinary citizen, without talking rubbish history and create unwanted disputes. This arguments of history will never end and this damn thing should be stooped if we have to live in peace and prosper. There is no other way. Look at Canada, Singapore, India and many other nations. Be ashamed of yourselves for wasting all your precious time on this useless arguments which will take you no where, but to a situation no one wants to go again !

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