22 July, 2017

Rethinking Needed

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel

Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel

Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel

Today the world, especially the western, is filled with fear of IS-attacks, and leaders are nervously conferring about further security measures and escalating all forms of attacks against those suspected of terror and suicide attacks. In Sri Lanka we have had our own history of state terrorism vs Tamil terrorism. At present while the Sinhalese are narrating their experience of terrorism, Tamils are remembering on the 27th.Nov. of each year, the victims of the war and honoring those who gave their lives in defense of the land and people.

Though with the proclaimed victory of the state forces against the LTTE, the war-memorials have been bulldozed and commemoration of the fallen have been prevented/discouraged, the memory of those who voluntarily gave their lives and of the victims cannot be erased from Tamil memory.

Merely condemning these acts of terrorism and suicide or looking at them merely from one side of the divide, will not help to find the root-causes of these symptoms and eradicate them. Only a sincere and honest search for truth and justice can help towards eradicating them.

In the present context of fear about IS attacks, terrorism, suicide attacks etc. both in and out of Sri Lanka, I like to share my reflections on what I wrote as an Asian theologian in 2003 at the invitation of a well-known theological magazine called Concilium. (It also appears as Ch.8 of my book Agonies and Aspirations of the Tamil Struggle, Pp62-69 of 2004)

RETHINKING SELF-IMMOLATION

(A Christian theological view of Martyrdom in an Asian struggle for Life and Dignity. This article first appeared in Concilium 3/2003 – an International Theological Quarterly)

1. Need to Revise the old concept of Martyrdom

Karl Rahner, on the eve of his death, rightly called for an enlargement of the concept of martyrdom in the context of active struggles for truth, justice and peace in the world. This call is increasingly justified in the context of the many struggles for life and dignity going on within the Asian continent. Though this continent of peoples is blessed with great religions and age old cultures and traditions, human life is still conditioned and threatened by many man-made practices of social injustices, oppressions and discriminations.

While the governing structures and the higher strata of society in these countries, enjoyed fellowship and recognition as enlightened democracies from their former colonial masters and present counterparts of the first world, much of the Asian population as such still faces many threats to life and its human dignity from these very so called democratic governments. Hence there are many struggles of people against their own governments for survival, human dignity and liberation.

As a result millions of Asians are victims of oppression. They die in their fight against evil; because they do not want to betray the good values of their ancestors, their forefathers and their religions; because they want to defend the God-given land and heritage inherited by them as a people; because they want to cherish the dignity and right conferred on them by God by reason of their likeness to God. Still these victims and defenders are killed as rebels and terrorists and thrown into the dustbin of history.

With Asian struggles becoming the matrix of a new victimhood and martyrdom, going beyond the “catholic concept” towards a wider concept that will recognize other forms of martyrdom will serve the growing need for religions to join hands in fighting common threats to life and dignity of human beings.

It is with this interest a case study could be made of the long Struggle that the Tamils are waging for life and dignity on the island of Sri Lanka. The so called ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, between the majority Sinhala people and the minority Tamil people degenerated into a 20 years long horrendous war between the Sinhala oppressive State and the Tamil militants who rebelled against it. Such a study can be a resourceful window to see some of the new images of victimhood and martyrdom emerging out of this struggle as well as identifying powers which can turn out to be demoniac forces under a cover of democracy.

2. The Tamil Struggle in Sri Lanka

History reveals that by successive migrations from the Indian sub-continent, beginning some 2000 years ago, the south and west of this island were inhabited by the Sinhala people who were Buddhists and the Northeast of the island by the Tamils who were Hindus. Islam, as the religion of the later migrant traders from India and Christianity as the religion of the 16th century Portuguese and other colonizers, also found a place in the religious niches of the island.

As a result of many south-Indian invasions and feudal wars among the Singhalese and Tamils, there emerged three kingdoms – two Singhalese kingdoms with their capital in Kotte and in Kandy and one Tamil kingdom with its capital in Jaffna. From the beginning of the 16th. Century the island came under three successive waves of colonialism – the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British – each ruling the island for about 150 years. The Portuguese, brought christianity with them and the Dutch after persecuting the Catholics introduced their Reformed Churches. The British, who took full control of the island and all three kingdoms, including the Kingdom of Kandy, introduced in 1833 one centralized administration of the whole island with Colombo as capital and English as the official language of the country. Under the British, except for the so called Indian Tamil tea-estate workers brought by the British for their tea plantations, others of different ethnicity and religions enjoyed equal rights and opportunities.

The island enjoyed the natural resources and the human potential to become a multi-ethnic and multi-religious island of unity in diversity, but chauvinistic politicians helped by extreme nationalists have ruined it.

When the three waves of colonialism( Portuguese, Dutch and British) came to an end, after almost 450 years, political power went into the hands of the Sinhala majority who overlooking the rights of the Tamils as genuine and equal citizens of the island converted the British centralized administration into a Sinhala Buddhist administration thus forcing the Tamils under a new form of inner colonialism. The last 50 years has witnessed Sinhala majority Government using a majoritarian-race-rule-democracy to pass laws and oppress an ethnic minority by depriving them of their rights, denying their identity and destroying their homeland.

3. Ethnic Discrimination, mob-violence and State-violence leads to counter-Tamil violence and War against the State

When three decades of non-violent and democratic attempts to win their basic human rights failed miserably, the Tamil people faced with further genocidal measures, resorted to a militant struggle against the oppressive forces of the State. State terrorism begot counter Tamil terrorism resulting finally in a war between the State and the LTTE which rebelled against the State in the name of the victims. The war weapons of the state involved not mere aerial bombing and artillery shelling but economic blockade, media blockade, rape of Tamil women, disappearances of Tamil youth and wanton destruction of the ecological resources of the Tamils. To these the Tamil response was guerrilla and suicide attacks on the enemy positions.

On the one hand, hundreds of soldiers from very poor Sinhala families, who only joined the Army to earn their bread, were getting killed leaving behind many widows and orphans. On the other hand, thousands of innocent civilian Tamils were victims of aerial bombing and artillery shelling of schools, churches and temples. 800,000 Tamils have fled the island for survival to other countries and an equal number are internally displaced refugees.

The human and material loss incurred by the 20 year old war and the bankruptcy of the government coffers from pursuing a war have finally forced both sides to a cease fire and begin direct talks towards a political resolution of the conflict.

4. Glorifying and Demonizing tendencies will not help

The martyrs and saints on one side of the conflict tend to be the enemies and demon-figures of the other. While the State-forces and their actions, are seen by many extremist Singhalese as justified actions of a democratic state to defend itself against separatism and terrorism of the Tamil rebels, the non-violent and democratic pleadings of the Tamils for almost 30 years are overlooked or even ridiculed. The actions and reactions last resorted to by the Tamil militant LTTE against State-Terrorism, are far too easily dismissed as extreme Tamil terrorism to justify indiscriminate killing of Tamils. A basic human principle of the victims right to self-defence is denied them.

Hence a dispassionate reading of the struggle, the struggling people and their aspirations, convictions, motivations and mindset of the people who are struggling as victims and as self-giving (that-kodai) martyrs has to be undertaken.

Many Tamil Christians forced to live as victims under aerial bombings, artillery shelling, economic blockades and horror rapes of women and murder of innocents were reading the Bible from the perspective of the oppressed. And this gave them strength to suffer and hope to walk along. When they cried out of their experiences for better understanding and justice they were labeled as rebels and supporters of terrorism!

5. The Religious view of Tamils about their Victims and Martyrs

All Tamils, be they Hindus or Christians tend to view their suffering very much in the same way because of their common worldview. This view is largely conditioned by Hindu-Saivism, the centuries old religion of the Tamils, which believes in a destiny decreed by the gods, (called thalai eluththu in Tamil) and interprets present suffering as caused by the past evil (Karma). A form of resignation based on the above belief plays a role in accepting and withstanding much suffering with patience and endurance. Although they suffered and continue to suffer many discriminations and humiliations, immense loss of life and property, yet they were and are resilient, cool and calm against the provocative and inhuman actions of the State. But such a view does not by itself give a direction or impetus to fight back for the alleviation of the suffering or the complete removal of suffering. Instead the Hindu belief in reincarnation of gods as super-human beings to fight against evil plays a role in enabling the people to recognize and accept leaders, who in the name of the suffering people and victims fight back the oppressor. They tend to attribute divinized titles to such successful leaders.

While we Christians believe that it is only by the removal of sin, the root cause of suffering, that we can overcome suffering, Christian leaders may not be doing enough to fight evil on behalf of the people. The Saivites believe in re-incarnation of the gods as super human beings in many ways to fight against evil. They live also in the hope that leaders will be born even with divine power to fight for them against the triumph of evil. It is on this view that the LTTE invites all Tamils to two focal commemorations -one on Victimhood and other on Martyrdom.

6. Victimhood and Martyrdom: Focal Commemorations of the Tamil Liberation Struggle

On the 23rd. of July 1983, thousands of innocent Tamils, were literally butchered to death all over the island. This holocaust is commemorated annually as Black July of victims. And the night of the 26th.- 27th. of Nov. is observed as the Heroes Night (Mahaveerar Thinam) , honoring thousands of heroic Tamil youth who gave their lives in fighting for the liberation of their people. These two events commemorating victimhood and martyrdom have fostered a powerful growth of Tamil nationalism and an increasing thirst for Tamil liberation.

Besides these there are also commemorations of those who fasted to death against the cruelties of the Indian Peace Keeping Forces. Two well-known cases are that of a mother Annai Poopathy in Batticaloa and LTTE-Political Leader Thileepan in Jaffna. Their annual commemorations are focal points of great awakening among Tamils. Both Hindus and Christians participate actively in these commemorations, honoring their dear ones as self-sacrificing heroes of Tamil liberation. Though the majority of Tamils are Hindus and it is customary in Hinduism to burn their dead, those who die in combat are given burials with due military honors in well-kept war cemeteries and their memory commemorated as martyrs for the cause of liberation of the Tamils.

Without attempting to explain away, justify or encourage violence in any form, one can easily understand how a struggling people and their leaders, are forced by the oppressor to react to state injustice and state terrorism through suicide bombings even overlooking collateral damage to innocent lives. Repeated Tamil pleas not to air-drop bombs on civilian populations under the pretext of targeting terrorists went unheeded for years. Air attacks were carried out even on refugee camps, churches, temples, schools and hospitals. What reaction could be expected on behalf of these victims? Not having any plane or a bomb to retaliate in a similar manner (as in the case of war between two full-fledged states), some suicide cadres of the LTTE secretly penetrated the military base situated next to the civil Airport in Colombo, made themselves into human-bombs and exploded the very Kifir jet planes which bombed their brethren for days and nights for years. This was done without killing a single civilian.

7. An Overview

Struggles bring out the best in human beings. In the case of the Tamil Struggle one good thing is that it had motivated Tamil Christians to forge a better inter-religious solidarity in suffering along with the Hindus, to greater awareness of injustices inflicted on the Tamils as well as to recognize values such as self-sacrifice, heroism and patriotism beyond the narrow boundaries of their churches and temples.

The phenomena of victimhood and martyrdom unfolding within the liberation struggle of Tamils, though condemned by the opponents, ridiculed by the media and abhorred by modern society as mere terrorism, they still raise disturbing but valid questions to our present day establishments – be it the so called „democratic State“, be it the neutral NGOs or the Church within such a State.

The struggles of people for truth, justice and freedom, have more and more focused the attention of the world on new culprits of oppression and oppressive structures near and far. But unfortunately the major powers of the world tend to strengthen a coalition of oppressors who impose, even with military force, their own values of self-security, order and justice as the one absolute order of the world. The western world proclaiming its „new world-order“ and wielding its political and financial power tends to make absolute its own interests, its form of democracy, human rights and international laws; easily foists on struggling people its own definitions of terrorism; seeks to justify its hidden power-seeking acts of war and horror and bulldozes over the genuine aspirations of people dying for their convictions.

People in struggle, believing in the righteousness of the international community appeal to their highest authorities, for example – to the UN and its Structures. But to their disappointment they find that even these are subject to manipulations by the super powers!

Unfortunately the church founded by Jesus Christ the Prophet, to stand in his name and question the partiality of the rich and the powerful, has succumbed to some of the world views of major powers. It has taken over uncritically the vocabulary and judgments of the oppressor, and has gradually weakened and silenced itself to be part of the establishment. But the majority of humanity, suffering and struggling is relying more and more on the cries of their innocent victims and on the heroic martyrdom of their rebels, who have given up their own lives so that others may have a just and free life.

Unless religious institutions like the church stand out, at least now, in the name of God as advocates of these struggles and cry halt to oppressions, injustices and mass killings, they loose the right of blanket-condemning all acts against state-terror as terrorism and suicide. A rethinking of the concepts of “terrorism” and “suicide” as defined by the traditional super powers and the churches is called for.

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    Terrorism in any form by any one or any group or any state is not acceptable. There is no difference between terror of one from other. The terror of burning a library is not different from the terror of bombing of a temple. We should ask the question whether the burning of Jaffna library in 1981 was treated on the same way as we treated the attack on Dalada Maligawa in 1998. Did the criminals had the same justice in the same country? In the name of God, in the name of Justice, in the name of humanity, are we honest about terrorism?
    Can Sri Lanka and its rulers move away from Terrorism?
    Can they punish those who burnt Jaffna library as they did to those who bombed Dalada Maligawa?
    Rethinking need realisation of truth!

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      Ajith

      I am sorry to say there are two thumbs down for your comment. You have not said anything unacceptable and you merely said terrorism by any side is not acceptable whether it is terrorism by the some group or individual or by the Government and you gave an example such as burning of the Jaffna library.

      So I understand by these two readers giving thumbs down indicate their own kinked mind and they are supporters of terrorism of some side either the terrorism by groups such as ISIS or LTTE or the terrorism by the state. So we do have antisocial elements among us.

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        “So I understand by these two readers giving thumbs down indicate their own kinked mind and they are supporters of terrorism of some side either the terrorism by groups such as ISIS or LTTE or the terrorism by the state. So we do have antisocial elements among us.”

        Since you have mentioned ISIS, I would like to modify your statement as:

        “So I understand by these two readers giving thumbs down indicate their own kinked mind and they are supporters of terrorism of some side either the terrorism by groups such as ISIS or LTTE or the terrorism by the Srilankan state or Syrian state. So we do have antisocial elements among us.”

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        Shrik,
        dont get upset about people giving thumbs down. These are nothing to write about because there are other people who are willing to blow them up to kill innocent civilians.

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      Jaffna Library was deliberately targeted and burnt to destroy the ancient ola leaves that were kept there, which gave the ancient history of Jaffna much different from that was being propagated by Sinhala racists. One Tamil doctor who is an old Royalist told me recently that he was working in Jaffna at that time and was a witness to the incident. He complained to the police but was in vain, as the police refused to action to stop it or at least put off the fire.

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        Written by those Eastern Province ” Tamilised Veddahs “.?

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        More than 90’000 rare and unique ola/palmaryh leaves manuscripts related to History, Science, Poems and lyrics, Novels, Theology and Astrology were kept preserved in the Jaffna Library? Some of them that were translated by Arumuga Navalar, Thamotharam Pillai and Saminathaiyar were also waiting for a comprehensive translation.

        All gone in smoke, completely destroyed by our great genocidal Sinhala Nation who are still trying to deliberately and systematically erase all the evidences of the past Tamil presence in the island.

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    Ajith
    As far as Tamils are concerned it is self defence, They defended for 30 yrs and partially succeeded. It is the lies from sri Lanka Gov. It is Sri Lanka and international media depicted Tamils as terrorists for their benefit. They demonised Tamils in deed and words. After sept 11 they took the advantage to deceive the world which was on an anxiety state. Now you are seeing the real terrorist in other parts of the world. When you see the real terrorism you ll be shocked and despaired. It is very very difficult to overcome them and the amount of money spent will deprive food and medicine for some people. Just you shout terrorist you will be rewarded that has been the case as Tamils are concerned.The truth will prevail Tamils will reclaim their dignity.

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      Cool story, bro :D

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      To Pacs:
      You say – “it is self defence, They defended for 30 yrs and partially succeeded. It is the lies from sri Lanka Gov. It is Sri Lanka and international media depicted Tamils as terrorists for their benefit. They demonised Tamils in deed and words.”

      Was the LTTE acting in “DEFENSE” when they
      1) slammed a lorry loaded with explosives into the Central Bank killing hundreds of innocent employees and other people?;
      2) placed roadside bombs along main roads in Colombo killing innocent people on the way to work so they never knew whether they would return home when they left for work each day?;
      3) killed innocent students at the Fort & people at other Railway stations;
      4) killed innocent pregnant women and babies by hacking, slashing and murdering them at night in their village huts?;
      5)killed innocent shoppers at a department store in Nugegoda? etc. etc.
      to name just a few, OR
      Were these acts NOT acts of TERRORISM by LTTE Tamils as you state?
      —————-
      Let us not proceed down this route that Dr. Emmanuel propounds here of attempting to justify the LTTE’s heinous acts as Christ’s teachings.

      Also, he should know better that ‘Understanding and Reconciliation’ is a TWO-WAY Process.

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        CountryFirst,
        I agree with Pacs,
        The Burning of Jaffna library was happened in 1981. At that time there was no war. Jaffna library was nothing to do with the killing of three policeman guarding the meeting. Do you have any answer to justify the burning of 97000 books? Don’t you think that this crime needs an investigation and those who responsible should be hanged? Former Presidents Rajapakse and Premadasa publicly said this was done by so and so. Still there was no justice done. The attack on Dalada maligawa and attack on the Central Bank are consequences of burning of Jaffna library, genocide of Tamils in 1983, Bombing of civilians at Navali church and so on. Of course they are acts of terrorism. SRILANKA TERRORISM preceeded JVP TERRORISM and LTTE TERRORISM and SRILANKA STATE TERRORISM Continues even after LTTE and JVP.

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          Ajith:
          I agree that the burning of the Jaffna Library is absolutely unacceptable and the event should be fully re-investigated, as it is a scar on our national psyche.
          That said, as far as I know the history of Tamil aspirations for independence from the Sinhala South goes way back to the early 1930s. The steady growth and fostering of their sense that the Sinhala mejority was not ‘FIT’ to govern the Northern Tamils led to the ethnic political divisions, which fanned a resort to minor violence at first, but of course got more and more inflamed with time.
          By the time the Library was attacked, the LTTE was a declared insurrectionist group and there were regular confrontations between them and the law-enforcement. In fact, I remember reading that the LTTE carried out the attack as it was meant to provoke hate and gather the support of ALL Tamils.
          Such things do happen, like even the attack on Pearl Harbour, the 9/11 attack on the World Trade center in NYC, and now even the Paris terror attacks being politically motivated to provoke more support for war, rather than LESS WAR.
          If the SL Govt. authorities were behind the Jaffna Library fire, would they not have known that it would only PROVOKE MORE REBELLION rather than QUELL it? Every incident before this particular event had led to more rebels joining the LTTE.
          —————-
          P.S. The same cannot be said for 1983 event which was more spontaneous after the LTTE killing of 13 soldiers, and the funerals being held in C’bo instead of their villages. because of a lack of sufficient security forces to handle the dispersed villages, rather than at the single Colombo location.
          The rest is HISTORY.

          Of course HIND SIGHT IS 20:20 as the old adage goes….

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    Well, truth is an ingredient most welcome. I think Catholics like to think of think of themselves as goats. A goat shepherded by the Holy Father.

    Although allow me take the goat on a journey myself since the Holy Father has been somewhat untidy of recent shepherding his heard.

    There is a tiny island orbiting the Jaffna peninsula presently known as “Katchatheevu”. This has become a flash point in recent times.

    The Tamil Nadu govt trying to take over the area citing Traditional Tamil Fishing grounds. The island was also claimed by Tamils within the island as Traditional Tamil homeland. The “Traditional” emerge from the following claim.

    two Singhalese kingdoms with their capital in Kotte and in Kandy and one Tamil kingdom with its capital in Jaffna. From the beginning of the 16th. Century the island came under three successive waves of colonialism

    This is the 17th CE picture of “Katchatheevu”. This picture was commissioned by the Dutch govt who made Jaffna their capital during this period.

    http://tinyurl.com/Katchatheevu

    The island is not called Katchatheevu. Its known as “Cara Diva”. Furthermore, it has 3 settlements Tangoda, Walandala and Kalla bhoomi.

    So it would seem the Island was Tamilised after 18th century. In fact the entire peninsula has been Tamilised after the 18th century.

    The exact year after which the Tamils flooded the North East can also be corroborated by documents at British national archives in Kew. The British conduct their first ever census in 1833.

    The LTTE leader is from a Tamil caste known as “Pallavar”. The other Tamil casts are the Koviyars and the Chandars. A snapshot of the Pallavar caste slave register in Jaffna is attached here. (Observe the title)

    http://tinyurl.com/pallavar

    The census contain a total of 15,200 “slaves” of Koviyars, Chandars and Pallas.

    The story of “Jaffna Tamil” is explained in great detail here. It only uses colonial records.

    http://tinyurl.com/jaffna-tamil

    If there was a Tamil Kingdom in the 16th century the 17th century picture of Jaffna could not have been as its seen here.

    So now the goat has been taken in around the reality of Jaffna I hope it reflects on his conduct over the past 60 years.

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      Vibushana,

      All the 3 links that you have provided here are from a FAKE website created by some Sinhalese to fool their own (Sinhalese) people. All the information including the maps shown in it are fake. None of them are authentic. Today, people can create websites in any language, insert spurious information and then say these are facts. You can fool a few Sinhalese with this but NEVER a Tamil.

      To know our colonial history, you should read books written by expert scholars/trained historians of Sri Lanka who have done research on colonial history. For example, late Prof. T. B. H. (Tikiri) Abeyasinghe, Senior Professor of Modern History at the University of Colombo was one of the very few who has done extensive research on Portuguese history in Sri Lanka by studying Portuguese archives and Goa archives by living in those countries.

      He has published several books on the Portuguese rule in Sri Lanka. You should at least read one of his books “Jaffna under the Portuguese”, by Prof Tikiri Abeyasinghe, published in 1986 to get some basic idea about Jaffna during the Portuguese period. You will come to know the existence of the Jaffna Tamil Kingdom and the Tamils in Jaffna, how in the period 1624-1626, the Franciscans (Portuguese ) alone converted 52,000 Jaffna Tamil Hindus into Catholics.

      Vibushana, why don’t you show us some authentic website (articles) written by well-known trained historians instead of coming up with some rubbish website created by some Sinhalese racists to hoodwink their own Sinhalese people?

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        Too bad for We Thamizh those maps are taken straight from the Dutch archives :D
        http://www.gahetna.nl/en/collectie/afbeeldingen/kaartencollectie/zoeken/weergave/detail/tstart/0/q/zoekterm/Kaart%20van%20Jaffanapatnam/start/2

        Ayayyoo andawane muruga! What are these Dutch doing mispronouncing totally We Thamizh names like “Caradive”, “Mandadive”, “Tanedive”, “Weligama” etc etc :D

        Poor, delusional Suresh still babbling on about the Nationaal Archief being a plot by the Sinhalam :D

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          Siva Sankaran Sarma is the funniest CLOWN on CT. Every forum used to have a jester and here on CT we have a Sinhalaya with a funny Tamil name, Siva Sankaran the son of Sarma.

          Another funny part is, this Poor, delusional Clown who was babbling about the Dutch Nationaal Archief having Jaffna maps with Sinhala names is caught with his pants or rather his Amude down below the knees.

          Can anybody click on the link that he has provided and see where you find Sinhala names on the Jaffna map? Even though all those Tamil names are mispronounced by the Europeans, still they do not look like Sinhala names. They are the same Tamil names that we use even today. For example, Kamam is pronounced as Gamo, the Sinhalaya is trying to take advantage of the mispronunciation by twisting and turning Gamo into Gama where as it is originally Kamam. It is the same with all other names. Ask a Tamil etymologist and he/she will give you the exact meaning of all those names.

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            Poor guy is squirming and screeching in agony and jumping to yet another branch now as the maps shown in the Sinhalam sites have been proven to be genuine :D ROFL :D

            The thing is unlike We Thamizh, Europeans generally do not have issues with their k’s, g’s, p’s, v’s etc :D So it’s a wonder that they managed to mispronounce all these We Thamizh place names and turn them into distinctly Sinhalam sounding ones :D The best I’ve seen so far is the one about ‘kamam’ being mispronounced as ‘gamo’, ROFL :D Kadavule! We Thamizh tried to cover up all these names by claiming the maps were fake , the archives were a Sinhalam creation etc but now we’re running out of branches to jump to :D

            Thalwana-Sinhala
            Poonala-Sinhala
            Mooly-Sinhala
            BataKotte-Sinhala
            Aanaly-Sinhala
            Kangana-Sinhala
            Panditayaru-Sinhala
            Ellewela-Sinhala
            Alaweta-Sinhala
            Kisivalana-Sinhala
            Kotiwatta-Sinhala
            Chunagaon
            Watana-Sinhala
            Wimangama-Sinhala
            Malagama-Sinhala
            Poonala-Sinhala
            Thollipola-Sinhala
            Mahamulana-Sinhala
            Oyavila-Sinhala
            Nalloer/Manipay
            Oeaumpiray
            Javapattuna/Jaffanapatnam(Mixed populations, of Sinhala, Muslim & Indians(Vaduka & Malabar)).
            Polyipe-Sinhala
            Paddewayeal-Sinhala
            Kangavely-Sinhala
            Malwatta-Sinhala
            Palla-Sinhala
            Waulewa-Sinhala
            Siyanewatte-Sinhala
            Chieiwjagatty
            Pixaitajitty
            Maylotty
            Watolawalana-Sinhala
            Molengapp
            Cattivan
            Wachale-Sinhala
            Goiralana-Sinhala
            Eiale
            Wadakaporawana-Sinhala
            Theerakaporawana-Sinhala
            Kopaya-Sinhala
            Niexvety
            Kolambagama-Sinhala
            Thambala-Sinhala
            Walaly-Sinhala
            Caddexipay??
            Pattevany
            Moeleviny
            Palaya-Sinhala
            Maxate??
            Avissenagala-Sinhala
            Poetoer
            Chessipitiya-Sinhala
            Medagala-Sinhala
            Keeramalaya-Sinhala
            Kangeetota-Sinhala
            Unvila-Sinhala
            Thodamalaya-Sinhala
            Anakotte-Sinhala
            Kakuvila-Sinhala
            Kondavila-Sinhala
            Tavedy
            Wanarapona-Sinhala
            Tinenilvely
            Aliwela-Sinhala
            Anungay-Sinhala
            Axiale

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              Ha, ha, ha LOL!

              Calm down Siva the CT Clown :D

              No need to get all fumed up again and again and continue with your proverbial verbiage of useless arguments…blabbering, hallucinating and talking gibberish. :D

              Poor fellow,take a Chill pill…! Laugh and learn to let live..! LOL!

              Siva you obviously don’t have an iota of knowledge about place names…LOL!

              What you have listed here as the so called ‘Sinhala’ names are the same mythical concoction that was described by Gamvasiya in his website? His fabricated claims that you have simply copied and pasted here.

              If you carefully look at the map that you have posted, you will not find any such ‘Sinhala’ names…LOL!

              If you are ”itching” for a verbal duel I for one am more than eager to oblige… but you continue to make us laugh with your endless jokes that no one on CT can compete with…LOL!

              Go on, continue to entertain us with your endless comedy…give us more… LOL!

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                Poor Suresh is howling in desperation as all of his hilarious theories get torched ROFL :D
                Oh those maps don’t exist! Oh those maps are fake! Oh the Nationaal Archief is a Sinhalam plot! Oh those maps don’t exist on the Nationaal Archief! Oh those maps contain We Thamizh names! Oh, I guess the Nationaal Archief is an actual thing and it does contain real maps with Sinhalam place names..but but but, those are just We Thamizh names which conveniently turned into Sinhalam because the Europeans mispronounced them! Er guys, is anyone buying any of this? Guys? Guys??

                LOL. Thanks for the COMEDY FUN :D Unfortunately for the latest theory by our resident Thamizhnet historian/comic anyone can load up the map and see all those names are taken directly from there :D

                Oh, and “proverbial verbiage of useless arguments”? LMAO! I don’t think those words mean what you think they mean :D Please just stick to copying and pasting other people’s posts :D Cry baby cry :D

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                  Ha, ha, ha LOL!

                  Holding so much of pain up your a.s comical Siva???

                  The above is the best example of a dirty black kettle calling a clean kettle black. :D

                  ROFLMAO!

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                    Sorry for the typo…:D

                    The above is the best example of a dirty black Pot calling a clean kettle black. LOL!

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                      Suresh,

                      Please have some mercy on our poor Dawood Blocker aka Siva Sankaran. You have touched one of his raw nerves, the reaction in the form of verbal diarrhea says it all. The entire CT is stinking. Stop haunting the Poor thing, otherwise he may end up in mental asylum.

                      Can’t you see him crying in pain…as if something is penetrating inch by inch…? Have some mercy on our poor David Blocker…

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                      LOL, poor Suresh got spanked so hard that his alter ego “Kumar” has popped up to talk to himself and tell himself that everything’s gonna be OK :D More signs of desperation :D How embarrassing – first getting his We Thamizh homeland theories blown out of the water and now getting caught without his amudey using multiple identities and performing a soliloquy :D Carry on :D

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                      Ha, ha, ha…LOL!

                      Who the hell is this Darwood Blocker???

                      That means this guy is already being named as a Clown in CT much earlier???

                      ROFLMAO…!

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                      Poor thing still squirming and screeching in pain :D I can only imagine how embarrassing it must be for creatures like Suresh :D The initial pounding must have hurt pretty bad for him to feel the need to come back with a new name and console himself – but then to get busted for that too :D At least “Paul” who’s been caught doing the same thing now has some company :D

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                    Don’t cry Suresh, did you seriously think howling and hollering and copying and pasting other We Thamizhs’ posts could trump actual evidence? ROFL!

                    Poor thing got absolutely demolished :D But please do tell us more about how that map is “from a FAKE website created by some Sinhalese to fool their own” :D

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                      Ha, ha, ha LOL!

                      Dawood Blocker (wonder what it means?) LOL!

                      Still Crying!! :D

                      LMAO…!

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                      Oh the poor thing, patting himself on the back and carrying on a conversation with his alter ego after getting owned :D I guess being humiliated on CT is more devastating than I imagined, LOL. What a performance, Oscar worthy definitely :D But it looks like he slipped up while switching between the fake emails, Gravatar is a bitch :D

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                      “Poor thing got absolutely demolished.”

                      “I guess being humiliated on CT is more devastating than I imagined”

                      My Foot!! ROFLMAO…!!

                      “But please do tell us more about how that map is “from a FAKE website created by some Sinhalese to fool their own”

                      I have said everything that I have to say, just go back and refer to my responses. :D

                      BTW, glad to know that you are already being identified as a CLOWN on CT even earlier, LOL!

                      Dawood Blocker… LMAO!

                      Keep crying Blocker, keep crying…:D

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                      Poor Suresh, he tried his best until he ran out of other people’s posts to copy and paste. Realising even fellow We Thamizh were staying well clear of where his train wreck was heading, he then tried a new song and dance coming back as “Gumar” to rub his own back :D But again failed spectacularly by getting busted straight away, and then in a panic mixed up his fake emails too while juggling between them :D ROFL what COMEDY FUN. Cry baby cry :D

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                      Oh dear

                      Dawood Blocker still crying eh…LOL!

                      Cry Blocker cry, do not stop crying…LMAO!

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                      Still screeching and howling in agony after a series of non stop buggerings I see :D I hear We Thamizh usually prepare using gingelly oil but it’s a bit late for the resident schizo Suresh/Gumar – if only he’d called up his alter ego to rub in a few bottles a couple of days ago :D Andawane Muruga! :D

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                    Kumar

                    “Please have some mercy on our poor Dawood Blocker aka Siva Sankaran.”

                    Aren’t you bit confused?

                    Dawood Blocker is completely a different person who has a great sense of humour unlike the few who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome – constipation.

                    Please don’t insult Dawood.

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                      Native Vedda

                      Siva Sankaran Sarma is none other than David Blocker the Army deserter who later became a fulltime dobhi of the SL govt. under MR.

                      You are right, Dawood Blocker is completely a different person who has a great sense of humour, but he came with this name (as an imposter) and with a funny profile pic (look alike) especially to ridicule David Blocker. Siva Sankaran Sarma aka David Blocker is portrayed as a Clown on CT with the name Dawood Blocker.

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                      Poor “Suresh”, still invoking his “Gumar” act to help locate his lost his amude after the public pantsing only to end up buggering himself more and more :D The butthurt is strong with this one :D

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                      Poor Blocker the Army deserter still crying in pain, looks like someone has buggered him left, right and centre. :D

                      Cry Blocker cry!

                      SL Govt. Dobhi???

                      Cry Blocker cry!

                      LMAO!

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                  You are not the real Siva Sankaran Sarma. I know who he is. You are just a Sinhalese racist clown posting your anti Tamil venom under his name at various forums in order to discredit the actual Siva Sankaran

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                    Cool story, bro :D

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      Vibushana,

      “The census contain a total of 15,200 “slaves” of Koviyars, Chandars and Pallas.”

      The Vellala land owners were dominating the entire Jaffna peninsula. With the help of the Portuguese/Dutch the Vellala chiefs imported South Indian workers from the Pallar caste who were held as Slaves. However, the Vellala may have held the Koviyars and the Chandars also as slaves but they were not imported from India because you do not find these castes in India.

      The Koviyars (also lower in caste) as a caste group existed only in Jaffna, and an explanation is that they are descended from the Sinhalese Govigamas. Koviyar a corruption of the Sinhalese word ‘ Goviya’ and that their original status was equal to that of the Vellalas can be inferred from customs which are still in vogue in Jaffna. The fate that be-fell Sinhala ‘Govi-kula’ people living in the North, when they were submerged, and ‘absorbed’ into the Tamil ‘stream’, they were reduced to become ‘low-caste’ koviyars, only fit to serve the ‘high-caste’ Vellala Tamils of the North.

      The ‘Nalavas (or Nalluwars)’ and the ‘Tanakaras’ of Jaffna are also considered Sinhalese remnants of the North. The Nalavas were perhaps originally the Sinhalese climbers and received the Tamil name on account of their peculiar way of climbing trees. They too became the slaves of the Tamil Vellalas. The Tanakaras were the ancient elephant keepers and those who supplied the necessary fodder to the stables of the king. (Sinhalese: Tana=grass). They became inseparably mixed with the Tamils among whom they had to remain. The fact that the Kovias, Tanakaras and Nalavas were originally Sinhalese can be seen from the peculiar dress of their women who wear the inner end of their cloth over the shoulders in a manner quite strange to the genuine Tamils. I have also heard that Chandars too are of Sinhala Origins.

      Mudliar Rasanayagam talks about all these in his book ‘ANCIENT JAFFNA’ where he says that some of the Tamils of Jaffna are descendants of Sinhalese.

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        I am sorry but how can that be?

        The entire Jaffna has Sinhala names.

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          Hi Vibushana

          The entire Sri Lanka have Tamil names.
          There is Tamil words in the English dictionary.
          There is Hindu Temples and Tamil words all over the world

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          Vibushana

          “I am sorry but how can that be? The entire Jaffna has Sinhala names.”

          That is exactly what Janaka is trying to say. You seem to be a bit slow in understanding.

          What Janaka is saying is, not only Koviyars and the Chandars of Jaffna but even Nalavas (or Nalluwars) and the Tanakaras of Jaffna are also originally Sinhalese of Jaffna who were submerged and absorbed into the Tamil stream and reduced to become ‘low-caste’.

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          Dear Vibhushana,

          In the same link that you have provided, go to its home page and scroll down up to the sub-heading:
          “ANCIENT JAFFNA, By Mudaliyar C Rasanayagam,First Edition 1926, Page 382”

          Please read this part and you will know how the Sinhala ‘Goviyas’ became the Vellala slaves ‘Koviyas’.

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        Janaka Fernando

        “Mudliar Rasanayagam talks about all these in his book ‘ANCIENT JAFFNA’ where he says that some of the Tamils of Jaffna are descendants of Sinhalese.”

        However, most of the Sinhalese of South are recent converts from South India and rest of them are descendants of early converts.

        The most vociferous and zealous Sinhala/Buddhists are the descendants of very very recent converts to Sinhala/Buddhism.

        If you are in doubt check your DNA.

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        Many Sinhalese extremists misquote what Mudaliar Rasanayagam stated 1) A caste called Koviar also existed in Tamil Nadu. The Koviar were originally temple workers. Kovil means temple and the people who worked there were called Koviar or Kovilar. The Portuguese and Dutch destroyed many Hindu temples and many of these Koviar/Kovilar temple workers were left destitute and became servants to the Vellalars. The census figures for 1881 lists a Koviar caste in the Madras Presidency in South India.
        Some historians such as Mudaliar Rasanayagam have speculated that Koviar are assimilated Sinhalese belonging to the Govigama caste with the ascendancy of the Jaffna kingdom. Mudaliar Rasanayagma made the speculation based on the fact that Koviar caste was not found in South India but the census figures for 1881 lists a Koviar caste in the Madras Presidency in South India.
        Similarly the Nalavar caste also exists in South India but they are called Nadars there. The Thanakarer are tobacco planters so cannot understand what is Sinhalese about them. These are all speculation made by Sinhalese extremists to justify their racist behaviour and their false claim to the ancient Tamil lands in the north and east.
        Sinhalese in Jaffna

        The controversial opinion about the presence of Sinhalese in ancient Jaffna appears in the last few pages of the book. In p.384, Rasanayagam mentions,

        “That Jaffna was occupied by the Sinhalese earlier than by the Tamils is seen not only in the place names of Jaffna but also in some of the habits and customs of the people. The system of branding cattle with the communal brand by which not only the caste but also the position and the family of the owner could be traced was peculiarly Sinhalese.”

        Before castigating Rasanayagam as an anti-Tamil (or pro-Sinhalese) historian, one should try to understand what he had meant by the use of the word ‘Sinhalese’. In pages prior to the chapter in which this controversial opinion appears, Rasanayagam defines the races of Sri Lanka and how they evolved. Many up-start historians and (intellectually challenged) politicians of Sri Lanka failed to read the entire work, before citing Rasanayagam.

        Between pages 176 and 180, the author analyses the evidences related to the earliest languages spoken by the people of Ceylon. Twelve excerpts are given below to show whom Rasanayagam considered as ‘Sinhalese.
        The name Lanka, applied to Ceylon, had not the remotest connection with its people or with the language spoken by them. The name Ilam which was also given to Ceylon, has some affinity with its earlier language Elu. The island must have been called Ilam because Elu was spoken there; or perhaps the language was called Elu because it was spoke in Ilam. The name Ilam was undoubtedly given to Ceylon by the Tamils, her neighbours.” [I presume he meant the South Indian Tamils.
        As Ceylon afterwards became famous for its gold and its toddy, the word ‘Ilam’ later became a Tamil word to designate gold or toddy metronymically.”

        Elu was only a spoken dialect and had not reached a state of development sufficient to produce any literature in that language. Tamil was, therefore, the Court language. The poets, kings and pundits cultivated it for literary purposes. Tamil continued to be the Court language of Ceylon kings for several centuries. Even after the adoption of Sinhalese in Court, Tamil was not despised as Tamil poets and pundits often flocked to the court of a learned Sinhalese king.”
        Elu, in its imperfect state, could not stand the onslaught of Tamil, Pali and Sanskrit. The first of these languages was introduced into Ceylon at various times by invaders and immigrants from prehistoric times. The latter two came in through the introduction of Buddhism.”

        Vijaya and his followers could not have introduced into the island, a new language and imposed it upon the people. They and their descendants would have adopted the language previously spoken in the island.”

        There would have been an amalgamation of the original language with Tamil and the language of the few Kalinga immigrants who arrived in the island, by the time Buddhism was introduced.”

        Upon the introduction of copious Pali and Sanskrit works, a new language came into existence, with a ground work of Elu(which it self was semi Tamil) and Tamil and a superstructure of Pali and Sanskrit.
        While the process of forming the Sinhalese nation was going on by the continual mixture of the Yakkhas, Nagas, the Tamils and the Kalingas, the Sinhalese language too was growing and expanding.”

        (9) “The Sinhalese language, which was in an infantile stage in the 3rd Century BC, as will be seen from the undeveloped phraseology used in the cave inscriptions of that period, took about 1,500 years to reach that degree of development which is necessary for the composition of literary works in that language.”

        (10) “Thus it will be seen that the mixed population from Point Pedro to Dondra Head known by the name Sinhalam, with the exception of those living in maritime districts must have, during the early centuries of the Christian era, spoken one language.” [What Rasanayagam means by this sentence is that, 2000 years ago, the ‘mixed population’ would have spoken a language, predominantly based on Tamil. If someone interprets that language as Sinhalese, which would have been in its formative stages, read the next excerpt.]

        With the advent of Vannias who occupied the North Central region of the island in later centuries, ‘the people in the North became estranged from their brethren in the Centre, the South and progressed altogether on Tamil lines, whereas the Sinhalese grew into a new nation absorbing into themselves even the millions of pure Tamils who remained in Central and Southern Ceylon after the Chola power had declined – process which can be witnessed even today in the Western Coast.”
        The difference [between the Tamils and ‘Sinhalese’] must have become accentuated after the downfall of Buddhism in Southern India and after a large number of new Tamil colonists began to settle down in North Ceylon…”

        From this thesis of Rasanayagam, it is evident that the author’s definition of ‘Sinhalese’ is different from what the contemporary up-start historians and racist politicians believe in. According to Rasanayagam, (a) Sinhalese as a language is built upon the framework of Tamil language, (b) Sinhalese as an ethnic group, derive their origin from the admixture of the semi Tamil Elu-speaking natives (of the island), Tamils and the Kalinga immigrants.

        Kalingas, the mariners

        Who are the Kalingas? Rasanayagam states in p.50 of the book:
        Kalinga was one of the earliest kingdoms established in the Deccan by Dravidian tribes and long before the Aryan push… It is a fact well known to all students of the history of Ancient India that the Kalingas were a people who were almost the first among Indian races to cross the seas, not only for commercial enterprise but also for the sake of conquest and colonization. It was they who established the town of Singapura – now called Singapore – in the Straits Settlements, and Indians, from whatever country they may hail, are still known among the Malays as ‘Klings’, a corruption of the term ‘Kalingas’. (It should also be known that even in present Thailand, the tribes known as ‘Klings’ trace their origin to Kalingas of India, viz. Tamils.)

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          Paul

          So you are saying Koviya of Jaffna are also Tamil slaves brought from South India.

          I checked many places but could not find a caste in South India called Koviya or Koviya. Can you give us some evidence to prove your argument?

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            Nimal

            “So you are saying Koviya of Jaffna are also Tamil slaves brought from South India.”

            Most of them have now converted to Sinhala/Buddhism and are zealous in hiding their recent past.

            The day you accept your ancestry the day this island will become truly peaceful.

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            They were not imported from Tamil Nadu but were indigenous to the land , however like all main Tamil castes, were found both in South India and in the island. Their identity has now vanished in South India most probably got assimilated into another caste. Just like many castes in Jaffna got assimilated into the Vellalar caste. They were never slaves as per the Yalapana Vaipava Malai they were temple workers known as Kovilar and this got corrupted to Koviar. Kovil stands for a Hindu temple. They only became servants to the Vellalars as many of them became destitute when the Portuguese and Dutch destroyed almost every Hindu temple in the north and east and took over the temple lands. It was then most of them were sold as indentured labour to the Vellalars. Even then unlike the other indentured castes like the Nalavars( or Nadars as they are known in India) they were never considered as untouchables or unclean. How can they, as they were traditionally workers in the Hindu temples, before they became destitute due to the actions of the Portuguese/Dutch colonials. They could enter Vellalar homes and Hindu temples and ranked after them.

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          Paul

          Stop this copy and paste business, why not respond to the Sinhala place names in Jaffna. See the list above. All the nanes in Jaffna are Sinhala, why no comments?

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            Gotta love how We Thamizh tie ourselves into knots trying to keep the We Thamizh homeland fairy tales from disintegrating :D

            “But those Sinhalam although they were called Sinhalam weren’t actually Sinhalam, they were in fact Thamizh! So We Thamizh are actually those Sinhalam! These Sinhalam aren’t those Sinhalam but are actually Thamzih who turned into Sinhalam!”

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              Paul is a fool who knows only copy and paste.

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                Where did he copy from? Can you prove?

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                Solomon,

                I am not going to copy and paste. But I will give a link to “Names and Places and Geographical Objects in Ceylon derivable from Tamil Words “. Read it and digest it (in other words copy and paste to your brain) http://www.sangam.org/2011/08/Aryan_Theory.php?uid=4446 then let us know what you think

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                  LOL – so what these We Thamizh theories amount to is “well if we change this word completely, it kind of sounds a bit like this We Thamizh word! QED!” :D
                  Early Dutch records prove that even the so called We Thamizh homeland used to be almost exclusively Sinhalam not long ago. All the present corruptions come about from the immense trouble We Thamizh have with our g’s, k’s, b’s, p’s, v’s etc combined with a bit of trademark We Thamizh twisting, and these fictional, fanciful etymologies which don’t have a shred of real evidence backing them up are testament to that :D

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                  Copy and paste Paul aka Anpu,

                  Why not respond to Vibushana’s post with links showing Dutch maps of Jaffna with Sinhala names instead of copying and pasting a whole lot of rubbish?

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                  Anpu ignore him. There is no Sinhalese word for the island. They are either derived from Tamil or Austronesian. Ceylon is derived from the ancient Tamil word for the island Eelam or Eezham. Which means the land of toddy or gold in Tamil. Ancient Tamil word for sheet or leaf of metal is Iyam and even the Sinhalese use this. Hela is just a Pali version of this. Serendib is derived from another Tamil for the island Cheeranthiuvu( the island of the Cheras). Lanka is an ancient Austronesian word for the island. Even the word Sinhala is the Pali version of the other word for the island Chinkallam( Indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils still use this word and not Sinhala like others). Chinkalam means the land of the red/copper coloured soil. This is because the soil is red and in ancient times gold or copper was found here. Chikappu(red) 0r Chempu( copper) + Alam ( the sliver of land like Puttalam( the new sliver of land or Keralam) = Chingkalam.
                  The semi Tamil Elu speaking population in the island were called either Eelavar/Eezhvar or Chinkallavar. This later became Sinhala in Pali and Simhala in Sanskrit and denoted and describing the southern population of the island and their newly forming language. The population in the north and east started to be called the Eelam Tamils and their land Tamil Eelam/Eezham. Even now the indigenous or Eelam Tamils are the only people who still use this ancient Tamil word Chinkallam or Chinkallavar that was once used to describe the entire island and its people to describe their southern brethren. This is what Mudaliar Rasanayagam meant when he described the prehistoric ancient Sinhalese people of Jaffna. Not the modern day Sinhalese but the ancient semi Tamil/Tamil speaking Eelavar or Chingkalavar whose modern day descendants or the original Sinhalese( Not the modern day Sinhalese who are largely descended from recent Indian Tamil immigrants) and the Eelam Tamils. Now these modern day Sinhalese are twisting this and trying to state that ancient Jaffna was Sinhalese( as the word Chinkalam or Sinhala is now used to describe them)/ This is like the present day Slavic Macedonians trying to claim the ancient Hellenic Greek Macedonia their culture and king Alexander as theirs just because the ancient Greek name Macedonia is now used to describe their land and their Slavic Language. Or the present day Arabic speaking largely Muslim Egyptians claiming the ancient Egyptian culture and the Pyramids were built by the Arabs and Muslims. It may have been their ancestors but then they were definitely not Arabs or Muslims. Similarly the ancient Tamil place name Chingkalam or Eelam/Eezham ,to describe the island and it people then the semi Tamil/Tamil Elu speaning Chingkalavar or Eelavar/Eezhava is now being claimed by the present day Sinhalese racists as theirs as it is now used to describe their language. Now original Tamil word Chingkalam or its Pali/Sanskrit version Sinhala is now used to describe the southern Sinhalese people and the original Tamil word Eelam/Eezham is now more or less become the word to describe the northern and eastern indigenous Tamil people. However in ancient times both these words were used to describe the entire island’s population. Eezham or its Pali version Hela or Chingkalam or its Sanskrit/Pali version Sinhala. Now Sinhalese racists are trying to twist and turn and hijack all these ancient Tamil words to their Pali version and claim it solely as theirs.

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            Actually most of the so called Sinhalese names in the south are in reality Tamil and not the other way around. After all Tamil makes up around 40% of the present Sinhalese vocabulary and old Sinhalese was more or less derived from Elu which was semi Tamil and proper Tamil. Get your fact correct.

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              Cool story, bro :D

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      Vibhushana,

      “The LTTE leader is from a Tamil caste known as “Pallavar”.”

      The leader? You mean VP? Please don’t insult him and his relatives. They are definitely not Pallar. They are karaiar. They were never slaves. Go to VVT and make your claims there to see what happens.

      Father Emmanuel is also likely to be karaiar like most older Catholics.

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      Vibhushana and others,

      If we were to believe what you people (Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists) say, that there were no Tamils in the NE before the 12th CAD and there never existed a Jaffna Kingdom, but only Sinhalese were living there, it prompts me to ask a few questions,

      1. In the recorded history of Sri Lanka, where is it mentioned that there was a mass influx/settlement of Tamils from South India to the North of Sri Lanka during or after the 12th CAD? The Chola invaders only converted the Buddhists into Hindus but did not settle people in large numbers. It is true that the Dutch brought a few coolies from South India (Pallar caste) to help the Tamil Vellalar farmers in Jaffna to grow tobacco.

      The main reason for the Portuguese in the 16th century and later Dutch in the 18th century to occupy the island was Cinnamon, NOT Tobacco and cinnamon grew only in the South. You should also know that the same Dutch settled much more (tens of thousands) of the same coolies from South India in the Southern parts of Sri Lanka for cinnamon and other plantations. Today their decedents are Sinhala-Buddhists.
      If you read the book “The World’s Oldest Trade”: Dutch Slavery and Slave Trade in the Indian Ocean in the Seventeenth Century” you will see that the Dutch settled most of them in the South from Colombo to Galle.

      2. In the recorded history of Sri Lanka, where is it mentioned that there was a mass exodus of Sinhalese from the North to the South? Did all the Sinhalese simply pack their bags and go to the South leaving all their lands to the newly arrived Tamils without any protest? (Please do not come up with stupid answers like malaria). If not, then what happened to all the Sinhalese in the North, did they all commit suicide?

      3. Most of the Sinhalese have their ancestral native place name also as a part of their name, known as Vasagama. Is there any Sinhalese person from any part of Sri Lanka who can come out and say that his Vasagama is a name from any part of NorthEast?
      Even those Sinhalese who are living in the NorthEast today were colonized after 1948 by DS Senanayake, if you ask them each one of them will say that their grandfather or great grandfather is from the South.

      Please respond to the above questions if you have the evidence.

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        James,

        For the answer to your question 2, please refer to the comment made by Janaka Fernando. The Sinhalese of Jaffna neither packed their bags and go to the South nor did they commit suicide. They all got submerged and absorbed into the Tamil stream and were reduced to become low-caste Tamil slaves, only fit to serve the high-caste Vellala Tamils. I cannot imagine how HORIBBLE it is for Koviyas (Goviyas) of Sinhala origin (there is no equivalent in S.India) serving as slaves to Tamil Vellalars.

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          All this nonsense is only stated by Sinhalese racists like you, to lay their false claim to the Tamil lands in the north and east. No evidence, However there is enough and more solid evidence that the vast majority of the so called present day Sinhalese both low and high born, are purely descended from recent immigrant Tamils from India. Many imported as slave labour by the Portuguese and Dutch. Only very small fraction of this imported slave labour went to the Tamil areas. The vast majority of them went to so called Sinhalese south and are the ancestors of the Sinhalese Karawa, Salagama , Durawa Huni Hali Berewa Etc. Even the so called Sinhalese aristocray and upper GOvigamma are largely descended from South Indian immigrants. Now their descendant are the biggest anti Tamils. DNA analysis proves that the Sinhalese have more South Indian Tamil DNA than the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils from the north and east.

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          Nimal

          “They all got submerged and absorbed into the Tamil stream and were reduced to become low-caste Tamil slaves, only fit to serve the high-caste Vellala Tamils.”

          The descendants of Kllathonies from South India converted Sinhala/Buddhism under different castes and became subservient to the “upper caste” Radala and Govia.

          Rajakaria was one form of part time slavery practiced within Sinhala kingdoms in addition to numerous slaves held by the rich and the powerful. And Buddhists monasteries had no qualm owning slaves either.

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      The history is interesting though comments about the Christians are distasteful. The Dutch must be thanked for at least leaving a written history which our Northern brethren have been at pains to rewrite to pursuit of their ‘aspirations’.

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        Equality of opportunity is utopia.
        The English distrust of theories and slogans, the Englishman’s way of slowly bungling, if necessary, but in any case slowly finding his way, the Anglo Saxon’s love of individual liberty, self-respect, good sense and love of order, are things which are more powerful in shaping the course of events in England and America than all the logic.

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      Regular readers know that I have no truck with racists like Vibhushana and Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel. However, there are a few Anglican priests for whom I have some respect.

      Unfortunately, yesterday, after a lovely Easter Carol Service in the Church of the Ascension I had to tell the guy who organised it. Rev. Christopher Balraj, a thing or two. I had to call him a humbug, and many other things because of his disgusting conduct over this:

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/belief-in-the-worth-of-teachers-at-s-thomas-colleges/comment-page-1/#comment-1952784

      Of course, I waited until AFTER the service was over since so many had worked so hard at it. He wanted me to discuss it all some other time; I pointed out that after I got to Bandarawela on Tuesday, the 22nd, I offered to meet him. He had no answer to that; I felt sorry at how much I shouted at him, but then, he deserved it.

      Last night I had no response from one of the finest Old Boys whom we have. This morning, when I turned my mobile on, I found six missed calls from him early morning. I was rather surprised since I had been told by many that he had left the EXCO because of me. No, he said, he had done so owing to the other guy with my surname. By the way, this guy, who is an extremely loyal, and brilliant Thomian, happens to be a very devout Muslim. I mention that just to say that there is at least that one thing to be said for these schools.

      By today, it looks as though the rogues have precipitated a major crisis for the Thomian schools; well, they were warned repeatedly but imagined that casuistry was still possible. No, not today, is what the events of today seem to indicate.

      It looks as though the period between the Ides of March and the Feast of the Ascension is going to be one long nightmare for the Anglican Church. Let’s hope that things clear up by Whitsunday.

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    Just when We Thamizh thought the world had forgotten about the We Thamizh terrorists and their heroics, IS comes along and spoils the party :D Even Ms Power mentioned We Thamizh maaveerars in the same breath as the Islamic barbarians, what a shame for We Thamizh :D

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      David,

      Please see my comment below to the Reverend. What do you think?

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      The US is worried about a lack of progress on the part of the Sri Lankan government with regard to the implementation of Geneva UNHRC proposals for an investigation into war crimes allegations, say government sources. This is the real reason behind Samantha Power’s visit.

      Let them hunt for those Sinhala-Buddhist Barbarians, We Tamizhs have to Relax, sit back & have FUN. LOL!

      One does not understand why the Foreign Dignitaries make it a point to either visit Northern CM in Yaalpaanam after or before visiting Yahapalayans in Colombo but they don’t care a shit about other Sinhala provinces. LOL!

      The ‘Power’ of We Tamizhs. LOL!

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    Pacs:

    We all take comfort within the sheets of race or religion to justify many things but should not lose sight of the adage that ‘VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE”. Admittedly, the onslaught of a ruthless regime with a devastating streak leaving heaps of brutality and pain tempted the Tamils to stand up in what would have been recognised as self-defence. But does that include pitting innocent civilians as pawns?

    Gandhi had the backing of a majority race behind him in his journey against the British but Martin Luther King (MLK) had to contend with being in the minority race and face an openly hostile and ruthless white majority. Today the US defied all probabilities to elect a black as their President. To say that the path envisaged by MLK paved this “dream” is not an overstatement.

    A ruthless regime needed the slightest of the excuse and coined it as terrorism and we all know that it left the lives of Tamils in tatters. In short, killing innocent civilians has no justification whatsoever. Both the Sinhalese and the Tamils have paid the ultimate price – destruction of everything that humanity should have held in high regard. Today, neither the Sinhalese nor the Tamils can feel proud for the way that the country has been let down. Today the word “sovereignty” is meaningless to the Sinhalese despite their wild protestation and the Tamils are left with the burder of single women households in the thousands, to mention one.

    So, who actually won. The short and simple answer is “NEITHER”. Sanity was never in their books and everyone paid the price.

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    According to this separatist terrorist “monk” maintaining law and order and defeating one of the worlds most brutal terrorist organization by the gov. is “state terrorism”! This terrorist wants to honor those who gave their lives in defense of the land and people? Why does he want to do that on the 27th? Two questions; How did these terrorists defend land and people? By blowing up over 100,000 innocent Sri Lankans? That is a nice way to defend!
    This terrorist is trying to choose 27th because it is Parayabakaran’s birthday but not because of the people who died fighting for this coward.
    People like this terror supporter is the very reason I want the troops to be in the north. Until the demise of this kind of terrorists people of the north will have no future.

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    If anyone doubted that S. J Emmanuel is an apologist for Tamil Tiger terrorism and puts his allegiance to Tamil nationalism and racism well above his allegiance to the teachings of Jesus Christ, they only have to read this foolish, misguided article – assuming it really is by him.

    Emmanuel writes: “we Christians believe that it is only by the removal of sin, the root cause of suffering, that we can overcome suffering.” I suggest you start with yourself, you foolish man.

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      Candidly

      He used to be part of liberation theologians (south Americas).

      Don’t you think he is a born again Christian now?

      People make different choices at different stages of their life hence what is your problem with him?

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    Reverend,

    “History reveals that by successive migrations from the Indian sub-continent, beginning some 2000 years ago, the south and west of this island were inhabited by the Sinhala people who were Buddhists and the Northeast of the island by the Tamils who were Hindus.”

    It is more likely that the people of the north-east became Tamil because of trade contact. The people of the south-west became Sinhalese because of elite domination.

    You may want to refer to the book Peer Polity Interaction and Socio-political Change by Colin Renfrew and John F. Cherry.

    —————-

    “As a result of many south-Indian invasions and feudal wars among the Singhalese and Tamils, there emerged three kingdoms – two Singhalese kingdoms with their capital in Kotte and in Kandy and one Tamil kingdom with its capital in Jaffna.”

    This is questionable. Here’s a long reasoning.

    Among all ancient rice irrigation civilizations, the three most celebrated ones are the ones in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Tanjore in Tamil Nadu. Out of these, Sri Lanka’s ancient irrigation system is the only one that continues as of today. The dramatic constructions in Polonnaruwa, which have become a tourist attraction, are only the tip of an irrigation iceberg. Underneath the surface, there is an indigenous tradition that has contributed to social and political structures that makes up much of what we are today.

    Polonnaruwa came back to life since the 1850s when restoration of its ancient irrigation reservoirs awakened the country’s historical consciousness. The hydro-political dream-scheme that Parakramabahu the Great decreed in the 12th century to “let not even a small quantity of water that comes from the rain go to the sea without being made useful to man” has been picked up by water engineers all over the world in the last two centuries. This water vision even seems to have played a role in the decision to locate the headquarters of the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, whose entrance today is adorned with a prominent plaque that contains this prophetic thought.

    Although the crowning glory of Polonnaruwa is the Parakrama Samudraya, the Yoda Ela and the Biso Kotuwa sluice are also pivotal. With its astonishing gradient of just six inches over a stretch of 17 miles, the Yoda Ela testifies to the sophisticated surveying skills that existed in the 5th century to convey excess water from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura. Such precision still baffles the experts of today and may have even baffled Parakramabahu since his rule came about 700 years after the construction of Yoda Ela. Henry Parker, a British irrigation engineer in colonial Ceylon and an authority on Sri Lankan folklore, has argued that the invention of the Biso Kotuwa was leapfrog and that it played a seminal role in the furtherance of a hydraulic civilization. The Sri Lankan scientist Lareef Zubair has demonstrated that indigenous irrigation systems in Sri Lanka have many favourable attributes and that they offer a useful counterpoint to the shortcomings of modern irrigation.

    The demise of the hydraulic civilization in the 13th century and the shifting of the capital from Polonnaruwa to locations in the wet zone of the south west is attributed to foreign invasions in popular writing. However, there are competing explanations such as the loss of soil fertility, epidemics of malaria, the demise of the dry zone nobility who possessed irrigation expertise and abrupt climate change in the form of the Little Ice Age. Denis N. Fernando, a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, has provided the following explanation:

    “The fall of the ancient hydraulic civilisation of Sri Lanka in the 13th century was due to sudden Natural Cataclysmic change of the river course of the Mahaveli Ganga and was not due to foreign invasions as historians would want us to believe. The scientific evidence is clearly seen in the aerial photographs of the old course of the Mahaveli Ganga and its new river course. The ancient Mahaveli with its ancient chaityas which were beside the old river like a string of pearls now lay stranded beside it. While the present river flows elsewhere with no chaityas beside it which event took place in circa 1220 AD. This sudden geological cataclysm that changed the river course that sustained our ancient hydraulic civilization, led to disease and famine. This resulted in the major part of the population to abandon these areas and move to the Wet and Intermediate Zones where the king also established himself at Dambadeniya, Kurunegala, Gampola, Kotte and Kandy.”

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      Keynes!

      “It is more likely that the people of the north-east became Tamil because of trade contact.”

      Could you let me know the closest distances between this island and southern part of India in years 1000 AD, 1 BC, 500 BC, 1000 BC, 2000 BC, 3000 BC, 3500 BC, ………………. .

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        Native,

        1000 AD – 4 Yojanas
        1 BC – 4 Yojanas
        500 BC – 4 Yojanas
        1000 BC – 3 Yojanas
        2000 BC – 2 Yojanas
        3000 BC – 1 Yojana
        3500 BC – 0 Yojanas

        Your foint?

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      Ancient buildings ..dams ..statues in Sri Lanka were built by Greek architects and engineers when Greek power was at its peak……

      Every ancient Buddha statue has got greek style nose…why ? this question was raised by a Sinhala professor in his article in Airlanka Inflight Magazine once

      Sinhalese who couldn’t even performed their sub-cotracts properly during Kotmale and Mahawali projects exclusively built with foreign funds and technology and engineers in 20th century

      But in future Mahavamsa comedy book will say all these were done by Sinhalese expertise he he he ..

      Cheers

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        cholan

        “Every ancient Buddha statue has got greek style nose…why ?”

        Those were either brought to this land from Amaravati in the Krishna valley in the Andhra country or adapted Amaravathi form.

        “Andhra-Tamilnadu and Sri Lanka” Early Buddhist Sculptures of Sri Lanka – By Prof Osmund Bopearachchi in New Dimensions in Tamil Epigraphy – edited by Murugaiyan, Appasamy.

        Greek influence on Buddha statutes can be seen in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

        According to Prof R A L H Gunawardana irrigation engineering originally came from South India, improved and advance technics were then passed on to South North India from this island.

        Is it your personal ambition to hit the bottom before Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon, Soloman, Nuisance, reach there? Or do you want to stay there longer than any of your competitors.

        Endurance test for zero intelligence I suppose.

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    Rev, I think we should enlighten our folks that we are bunch of apes evolved in different culture and religions , and these religions are from man written out dated books what we thought that time it was a divine truth delivered by a long bearded man from sky but now the DNA and science have proved we are more closer than that so it’s time for us to think ahead instead of staying in the past.

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    Whatever definitions or explanations given by interested parties about terrorism or defending the war is over in Sri Lanka. There are many parties from both sides who have been hurt and suffer with the loss of kith & kin.

    It is now time for the government to intervene and solve many nagging issues, pay compensation or finance where necessary for people to get back to their normal life and discourage communal or racial politics from whatever quarters they come from.
    We as public have also to be magnanimous to forgive and forget whatever sufferings we had to face and bring unity amongst all communities as Sri Lankans.

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    Tiger Praba invented the Suicide Vest long before ISIS.

    Tiger Emma took our Holy Statute of Madhu to Prabakaran’s bunker for safe keeping.

    Praba presented the Suicide Vests to naive Tamil Girls and even pregnant women who “Volunteered” to wear them according to Tiger Emma.

    Wonder whether he blessed them too…

    Now he wants to commemorate Tiger Praba and his Volunteers.

    Now that Bodhi Sira has removed Emma from the Tiger Terrorists’ Hall of Fame.Batalanda should give him a Visa for him to attend the Commemorations and hoist the Tiger Flag with the new convert Vellala Wiggs.

    Emma even can hold a special Mass for Tiger Praba in Mannar with the Rt Reverend Bishop there..

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      KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

      “Tiger Praba invented the Suicide Vest long before ISIS.”

      Yet Premadasa rewarded him with arms, ammunitions, medicine, diplomatic passports, 5-star accommodation, cash, …………………

      Yet MR subcontracted VP for election strategies in 2005.

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    This piece is nothing but an attempt to deflect the attention Tamils are receiving at present in the West for their contribution to terrorism with suicide bombings, suicide jackets, other explosives that kill innocents. The holy priest never mention the ghastly acts such as slashing the stomachs of pregnant Sinhala women, bashing the heads of Sinhala infants byTamil Terrorists but the world knows all that too well. The version of history the priest presents is not shared by by historians of repute, international community and importantly the Sinhala community. At present the West is facing terrorism and rightly concerned for the safety of their citizens just as Sri Lankans were some years ago. Sri Lanka has on their own irradiated the terror presented by Tamils, and should assist other nations to wipe out terrorists. A good priest will pray for the victims of Tamil Terrorism on the 27 November, not celebrate a lost cause – the humiliating defeat handed by the legitimate sons of the motherland.

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      Even Ms Power who is no friend of Sri Lanka talked about how the Sri Lankan experience with (We Thamizh) terrorism gives the world hope about defeating (Islamic) terrorism today. What a shame for We Thamizh to be classed together with ISIS, Al Qaeda and the likes :D

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        Ha, ha, ha LOL!

        What is the real reason behind Samantha Power’s visit?

        The US is worried about a lack of progress on the part of the Sri Lankan government with regard to the implementation of Geneva UNHRC proposals for an investigation into war crimes allegations.
        They want to hunt all those Sinhala-Buddhist Barbarians who committed war crimes.

        We Tamizhs have to Relax, sit back & have FUN. LOL!

        Why do you think the Foreign Dignitaries make it a point to either visit Northern CM in Jaffna after or before visiting the Yahapalaya fellows in Colombo but they don’t care a shit about other Sinhala provinces? LOL!

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          Lol

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    Mr R Samoanthan MP says

    “People sacrificed lives in the freedom struggle should be respected.”
    It has been a freedom struggle not a terrorist struggle.
    There are lies over Lies. Truth will prevail,

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    I do not understand why this man Rev.Emmaneul who supported the LTTE once , now preaching Ceylon history. Is it because his name has been delisted from the banned terrorist group of diaspora and has been invited by the government to visit Ceylon. This shown how people could change overnight to suit themselves. Is he going to solve the Tamil problem?

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    DNA wise Singhalese are more pure Tamils than the Tamils of Northeast who are mixture of Kalinga, Java, Kannada, Anthira, Orisa. Kerala, Malays, Africa, morocco javana, Malabar, Portuguese, Dutch, british, RomeIrish, Scottish. French and heaps of europian and NZ Ausci.

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    The statue was taken from Manthai, Mannar to Jungle Madhu long time ago in similar circumstances. There is nothing wrong moving the statue to save from Sinhala , Buddhist army, and from people burning , bombing and rampaging churches.

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    Sinhala Buddhist Ayotullahs are involved in Anti Tamil riots since 1956….nothing wrong

    Buddhists Ayotullahs are making Anti Tamil speech daily …no problem

    But Rev.Father can’t talk about his own people …what a joke

    Sinhalese have missed many buses since 1948 ….no more bus will come again…

    The division of this cursed Sri Lanka is certain…

    Cheers

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      Hi Cholan…what you say is true about the Ayatollahs or Fundamentalist religious leaders of all colors and stripes…and it has been so throughout HISTORY.
      BUT…the Rev Emmanuel has been talking incessantly and loudly ONLY about what the Sinhala Buddhists inflicted on Tamils.
      THEN:
      Why do you find it wrong when the Sinhala people talk of what the misled Tamil Tigers inflicted on them?

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        CountryFirst

        “Why do you find it wrong when the Sinhala people talk of what the misled Tamil Tigers inflicted on them?”

        And as usual end up in chicken or the egg debate.

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          Native Veddha
          Not a debate….just a fair question if you read the stuff spouted by the good Reverend, should there not be this fair question in return? Basic injustice, otherwise!!

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        @Countryfirst

        LTTE never landed from sky in one day…

        You..your father…your grandfather..your great grand fathers have created them ..got it?

        Remember 1956.1958.1966,1977,1983 ????

        Cheers

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          Cholan,you digress…
          But let me say this to your questions, since you make it seem that this escalation was all due to the Sinhala majority GoSL.

          Would not a responsible government have to act when the Mayor of Jaffna is shot and killed?
          This week under the Yahapalana govt, a DIG and his son were sentenced to death for the killing of a young Muslim man.

          Mr. Duraiappah was the MAYOR OF JAFFNA and he was assassinated by Prabhakaran for trying to maintain law and order which was his responsibility, and yet you justify the LTTE act?

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    Fr Emmanuel,
    Thank you for expressing your thoughts. I hope all communities on Earth and the military, economic and the religious powers will will take note of your thoughts.

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    This man does not say a word about the struggles of Australian Aboriginal people, Canadian First Nations, Native Americans, Iraqis and Libyans. He supports the West. First we must understand the divide and rule strategy. The LTTE and the ISIS can’t become successful terror groups without the support of the Masters who divide and rule others. Developing countries’ leaders must educate themselves and their people.

    A school boy who killed himself by jumping into a moving train got more respect and publicity than people like us. He doesn’t even have an Advanced Level qualification. I have a business degree and have read hundred of books to understand world history, languages, religions, communism, human development including human rights and democracy, global economy and international politics. I have lived in four continents and traveled to more than 25 countries. But Tamils do not value or respect me, because they listen to their Western Masters. This shows about Tamils, they are the lowest in Asia. That is why they fought the longest and bloodiest civil war in Asia for nothing.

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    The title of Fr Emmanuel’s article was promising. But it t only flattered to deceive for I was soon to be disappointed to find that someone suggesting a re-thinking was only submitting for our consideration, something he wrote in 2003 – 12 years ago! That’s old hat. That hardly reflects any re-thinking on his part. If the good Father wants us to do some re-thinking, should he not first demonstrate a fresh approach on his part?

    What is clear is that he is not doing any such thing and that, in fact, he is still trapped in his thinking from more than a decade ago. Put simply, the man has not changed.

    Fr E and his ilk have never ceased to play the part of martyr, that of the aggrieved party grievously wronged by an oppressive Sinhala government. What they have not done is taken time to reflect also on the good things they have enjoyed. Christian priests, like Fr E, never tire of counselling their flock how they should always remember to count their blessings and give due thanks for them. That is good advice indeed. The pity is that it has been lost on Fr E and his lot.

    When the country regained independence in 1948 positions of power and influence held by members of several minority groups of Sri Lankans were disproportionate to their numbers in terms of the total population. These groups included the Tamils, the Burghers, the Eurasians and the Christians. There were also other groups who were so advantageously placed but are rarely mentioned in this regard. There were those from Colombo and the major towns, the rich, and the historically privileged. They also held positions disproportionate to their total numbers. What was the factor that gave them that advantage? It was not ethnicity or religion. It was the fact that they had better access to an ENGLISH EDUCATION, without which progress was not possible in colonial times. They were not to blame if they were so advantageously placed. But what they ought to recognise is that they were the beneficiaries of fortuitous circumstances. They also ought to be able to see that, correspondingly, there was also a vast majority of people who were not as well off as they themselves were, a group of people who were chronically disadvantaged during the long period of colonial rule. And if there was one single group that was clearly so affected it was without doubt the Sinhalese Buddhists. Were their grievances not worthy of consideration? Were they not entitled to some redress? Of course, they were.

    And it is similar circumstances that many countries have seen fit to enact ‘affirmative legislation’ – to give positive help to groups who had been previously disadvantaged, even if some of the measures adopted may seem to confer on those groups, benefits that may not extend to the rest of the community.

    We need to appreciate the Official Languages Act of 1956 in that light. The official language of the country until then was English. It was a language in which less than 10% of the population was literate (and the test for literacy in English for this purpose was only that you were able to sign your name in English!) By what stretch of the imagination could the perpetuation of that situation be justified? Where was the equity in ignoring the just rights of 90% of the population? Admittedly, the introduction of the new legislation could have been better handled. But no fair person can dispute the validity of the reasons behind.

    I think it will do well for Fr E and his people, instead of being perpetual whingers concentrating only on their selfish, parochial interests, to reflect also on the good fortune they have enjoyed and spare a thought for those who unlike them, had ‘missed out’ on a fair share of the good things.

    It is disappointing to find Fr E, a man of the cloth, and a priest of the Catholic Church seeking to justify the use of violence by the LTTE. In this context it is pertinent to point out to him what Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI stated during that celebrated speech he gave in Germany in 2006. One recalls that he reminded his audience, stating, without any equivocation, that “violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul”.

    There the popular theory that men resort to violence to have their grievances addressed only when peaceful methods which they have previously tried have failed. This theory is flawed, and the proposition that it applies in all conditions, is demonstrably untrue. If this theory is indeed true, we are to believe that before Prabhakaran embarked on his murderous crusade, he had sought redress for Tamil grievances through the democratic process and by peaceful means. He certainly did nothing of the sort. He was a violent man who knew only one way to settle anything – through violent means. It is little different from the position of a burglar; he is not breaking into your house because he had previously made every effort to make an honest living but failed. So, this business of violence being the last resort is something we need to view with common sense. Let’s not unthinkingly get sucked up with simplistic myths.

    I find it a bit rich of people like Fr E to talk of the discrimination against the Tamils by the Sinhalese whilst for generations the high caste Tamils have looked down on the lower castes and treated them with scarcely any justice, compassion or simple Christian charity. Even Christians who professed a faith that held that all men are created in the image and likeness of God saw little difficulty in treating the lower castes as if they were created from a different divine mould. Such hypocrisy! It is pertinent to note that it is the government of the much maligned SWRD Bandaranaike which brought in the Social Disabilities Act in the 50s to provide the lower castes some release from their social fetters.

    Yes, we need to rethink. Yes, we need to seek new paradigms. But that has to come from all parties. Unfortunately, the Gospel according to Fr Emmanuel does not provide the answer.

    It is not impertinent to suggest to Fr E that it is reasonable of us to expect from him something better from a Christian angle than he has hitherto demonstrated. And it will not go amiss if the good Father recalled the famous ‘Sermon on the Mount’ that the founder of his faith preached, and reflect on the message of peace contained in the Beatitudes, ‘Blessed are the peace makers’.

    Yes, the peace makers. I wonder if Fr E is on the same page.

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    “If someone talks like terrorist, acts likes a terrorist, walks like a terrorist he is indeed a terrorist”

    This [Edited out] writer who sponsored Tamil terrorism should be behind bars.

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    Lol

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    Only Tamil terrorist want rethink Tamil national question for partition of Island for Tamil Rough state back by US UK and Norway.

    Well, indeed that is Tamils want second partition of Indian by the stage of destabilized Indian Ocean Countries, as well as divided People of India.
    That is the Tamil rethink of Neo-colonial policies by Emmuanl Tamil Eealm.

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    I THINK THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD GO THROUGH THESE POSTS IN CT CAREFULLY TO SEE HOW HATRED IS BEEN SPREADING IN A COUNTRY WHICH HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM A BRUTAL TERRORIST CONFLICT….BY A MAN WHO HAVE BEEN WITH TERRORISM IN SRI LANKA APPEARING TO BE A ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST….
    THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ALSO SHOULD SCREEN THIS UNGRATEFUL SO CALLED …… EMMANUEL THE TERRORIST………TODAY BEEN A HOLY DAY FOR WE ROMAN CATHOLICS…IT IS DISGUSTING TO SEE WHAT HE IS POINTING OUT IN THIS POST……STILL HE IS USING REV BEFORE HIS NAME……IT IS NO SECRET TO ALL OF US WHO HE IS AND WHAT HIS MOTIVES ARE …………..
    BUT WE REQUEST FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO SCREEN HIS WORK CLOSELY THAT THEY WOULD SOON REALIZE THAT THIS MAN IS SPREADING L.T.T.E TERRORIST PROPAGANDA………BUT USING GODS’ NAME HE CANNOT PLAY THE FOOL…….HE WILL GET WHAT HE DESERVES ONE DAY ….AND THAT DAY IS NOT SO LONG …..MAY GOD SAVE INNOCENT LIVES OF HUMAN BEINGS FROM THESE TERRORIST OUTFITS

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    Author ‘Rev Fr’ Emmanuel – a well-known racist and opportunist has joined by fellow racist and time wasters displaying their sick bags in the name of ‘comments’!!!

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