23 October, 2017

Sinhalese Settlers: Heroes Or Victims?

By Rajan Hoole –

Rajan Hoole

Rajan Hoole

The Rise and Fall of the Tamil Militancy and the International Legal Implications of the Government’s Counter-Insurgency – Part 3

On to Weli Oya 

After this, the profile of the Mahaveli Authority was on the wane. In the East security worsened and in 1984 its work was slowed down by a delay in the Saudi government signing a loan agreement. Covert land settlement activity came under the JOSSOP. About June 1984 Arthur Herath, SP Vavuniya, chased away the Tamils from Kent and Dollar Farms. The first move towards demographic transformation of the Mullaitivu District, was made by turning the farms into an open prison camp. Several hundred prisoners were brought there. On 30th November 1984, the LTTE came into that area, and in their first massacre of civilians, killed about 62 persons including 3 prison guards. As to what the settlement was about, we will refer to our Bulletin No.4, Padaviya – Weli Oya: Bearing the Burden of Ideology of February 1995 and to Special Report No.5 From Manal Aru to Weli Oya… of September 1993. The quotations below are from Bulletin No. 4.

Once the prisoners had been brought to the area in late 1984, they were used to apply pressure on Tamils living in the surrounding area:

“An activist in a leftwing political group said that he with others from the group had gone to Kent and Dollar Farms just after the November 1984 massacre. The survivors had told them that the settlement of prisoners was being used to further harass Tamils into leaving the area. They were told that young Tamil women were abducted, brought there and gang-raped, first by the forces, next by prison gaurds and finally by prisoners.”

To this was added other forms of harassment such as theft of cattle. After some weeks the Army reined in the convicts, spoke to the neighbouring Tamil villagers pleasantly and inquired after their welfare. But an insidious message had been given. It was the same year that an Israeli Interests Section was opened in the US Embassy in Colombo and Israeli advisors started making their appearance.

Following the massacre of prisoners by the LTTE on 30.11.84, the Government removed the velvet glove and adopted an openly iron-fisted approach to the Tamil civilians in the area. About Christmas Eve 1984, the Army by loud speaker ordered several villages in the area to vacate. These included Kokkilai, Kokkuthoduvai, Karnaddu Kerni, Kayadikkulam and Koddai Kerni. Eventually a total of about 2,700 Tamil families in that area came to be displaced, including those from Thennamaravady, the northern-most village in the Trincomalee District. The latter stands empty now. Their former MP, Mr. R. Sampanthan reflected, ‘A beautiful village and such wonderful people’. All of them were rendered refugees.

Sinhalese Settlers: Heroes Or Victims?

The drive to bludgeon the Tamils into submission by settling the underclass among the Sinhalese in their midst, although practised subtly in the 1950s had become a vocal demand by the time of the July 1983 violence. It was voiced by Gamini Dissanayake’s protege Alle Gunewanse, in his crucial meeting with Jayewardene on 28th July 1983. Athulathmudali thought it was logical and reasonable. Dissanayake went to an excess in Maduru Oya and had to be stopped. It was then pursued more discreetly by the JOSSOP, which was founded in October 1983, for which a variety of talents had been brought together, including D.J. Bandaragoda of Trincomalee fame.

The first move was a discreet transfer of prisoners from Anuradhapura prison to Kent and Dollar farms, which had been cleared of Tamils. For the people who were being sent in as settlers, their private tragedies and deprivation were being exploited by the State, its ideological cohorts and sections of the Buddhist clergy, to ensnare them in to further tragedy. We give below the testimony of an orphan girl who first went to Padaviya when she was about ten years old. Instead of the promised pot of gold, their life came to be tied up in poverty, tragedy, warfare and violation of their private life and womanhood:

“Jessie Nona, an orphan from Veyangoda, came to Padaviya in 1957 with her brother who was given land. She later married and had children in Padaviya. In 1984, her brother’s son who was serving a term in Anuradhapura prison for an illicit liquor offence was brought to the newly opened Open Prison Camp at Kent and Dollar Farms in Weli Oya. Since Jessie Nona’s daughter had no land in Padaviya, the mother accompanied the daughter to start a shop in the Weli Oya settlement. She and her daughter survived the massacre of 30th November 1984 and fled back to Parakramapura in Padaviya. Her nephew had been killed in the massacre.

“Jessie Nona’s eldest son had died of snake bite. Her younger son who joined the army had come home in December in 1994, upon hearing that his mother was very ill, after being bitten by a snake. At home, he heard of a tragedy involving his marital relationship. The heart broken soldier went away by himself in a state of insanity. The mother, who has his little son, has not heard of him since.”

It is just after the Kent and Dollar Farms massacre in December 1984 that Ravi Jayewardene enters Herman Gunaratne’s narrative. According to Gunaratne he “happened to be present” at the Security Council meeting where a report apparently on the security of settlements was discussed. The report had been prepared by the lawyer S.L. Gunasekera and Davinda Senanayake and submitted to Brigadier Dennis Hapugalle, Chief of Civil Defence. Gunaratne blames the authorities for settling Sinhalese there without weapons training which his group had planned to do at Maduru Oya. There was of course an Army presence.

He exonerates Ravi Jayewardene from blame for the fiasco at Kent and Dollar Farms by suggesting that he ‘happened to be present’. On the contrary, there is good reason to believe that he was regularly attending Security Council sessions as the President’s security advisor. He had already set up the Presidential Security Division (PSD) and the Special Task Force (STF) – the latter with the help of ex-British SAS mercenaries provided by the Channel Islands- based Keeny Meeny Services. The deployment of the STF commenced in late 1984. It was clear that President Jayewardene had given his son a big role in security matters.

Gunaratne mentions the presence of the Dimbulagala Priest in Padaviya in early January 1985 when he went there with Ravi Jayewardene. However, the familiarity evidenced in the manner in which Dimbulagala Thero conducted himself in the territory of Ven. Halmillewa Ratnasara suggests that he was already involved in settlement activity in the Mullaitivu area. What follows is a testimony from another settler in Weli Oya (the Sinhalese translation of the Tamil ‘Manal Aru’ (‘Sand River’) area which includes the Kent and Dollar Farms):

“H.A. Dhanapala (55), originally from Balapitiya, was married and settled in Ibbagamuwa near Kurunegala, where he worked as a road construction worker for 10 years. He became unemployed when the Road Development Authority was formed. He then used to go to the Polonnaruwa District as a seasonal labourer for paddy harvesting. There in 1984 he heard that Dimbulagala Thero, who had led the march to occupy Maduru Oya basin the previous year, was offering people land north of Padaviya. Dhanapala went to the Pimburattawa school, was selected by the Thero and taken to the new settlement at Sinhapura, Weli Oya.

“Life there was dangerous. Army positions were interspersed with civilian dwellings. Nights were interrupted by firing noises. As time went by many of his neighbours left, leaving their dwellings empty. Dhanapala’s only son is in the army. Of his three daughters one is in Weli Oya married to a soldier, one married in Parakramapura and the other has left the area.”

The story of Weli Oya is a wretched catalogue of cynical uses of impoverished Sinhalese peasantry as chattels, to prosecute an unconscionable state policy.

Gunaratne’s book itself gives evidence of the manner in which the Sinhalese settlers are used as human fodder for ideological military projects. After the massacre Gunaratne quotes the Padaviya monk Halmilleve Ratnasara as saying, “Sir, I am against giving food and clothes to refugees who are running in fear …we must discourage them from running.” Gunaratne says later, “We saw hundreds of people clutching little babies accompanied by their wives carrying meagre belongings, leaving their homes on the way to refugee camps.” Then Gunaratne quotes Major Bohran who was in charge of the camp at the Ma Oya (River) crossing into the Mullaitivu District, who told the party, “We have cut a road many miles into Mullaitivu; we must go on making settlements. They must stop distributing relief supplies at refugee camps and make aid available only at the settlements.” Poor Bohran did not understand the volatility of his masters. Five years later under President Premadasa, General Ranatunge who was then in charge of Operational HQ, through Army Commander General Wanasinghe, detailed Colonel Bohran to pass on government arms to the LTTE in the same area – arms that were later turned on them. If all this was in aid of protecting the Sinhalese nation, the authors of this settlement project did not regard the hapless civilians trapped in the Weli Oya area to be Sinhalese in the sense they ascribed to themselves.

This group of protagonists including Ravi Jayewardene, Gunaratne, S.L. Gunasekera and Senanayake, all of them from leading schools in Colombo, was imbued with a high sense of mission to protect a sovereign nation from the ‘invader’. Their solution was Sinhalese

ettlement in the North-East. Yet, a good part of Gunaratne’s book, with its secret conferences among the great and the good of Colombo high society and adventurous expeditions by helicopter, reads like a schoolboy escapade of the kind popularised in English schoolboy adventure stories of the 1950s and 1960s. While on the one hand contributing to a process which through massacres of Tamil civilians and aggressive and irresponsible posturing on land matters, was legitimising attacks on Sinhalese civilians; they were on the other arming and training Sinhalese in border villages. Most of these were very old villages whose inhabitants had no quarrel with the Tamils, unlike those planted in Weli Oya.

Had a political settlement been sought, any tension would have simply vanished. But by arming Sinhalese villagers in border areas, a situation was being created where they were bound to get sucked into the conflict. There had been isolated killings of hapless Sinhalese traders and civilians in the North by Tamil militants on the lookout for ‘CIA’ and ‘CID’ agents. But there had not been a single massacre of Sinhalese villagers until 30th November 1984, which was in Weli Oya. For several of these young men from high Colombo society it was usually a matter of day trips by helicopter into an army camp in a border area, dropping off weapons and trainers to train villagers and getting back to Colombo to a good dinner and adulation. What sacrifice they made seldom exceeded tolerating a scrappy lunch, but for the villagers themselves there was no escape from the consequences that flowed from the lethal gift. Life for those in Weli Oya is described in the extract below, also from Bulletin No.4 of the UTHR(J):

“Their life is completely militarised. An old man put it, “even to piss, we have to get permission from the Army.” Children who go to school, it is said, do not look at the black board, but look at the jungle for signs of danger – as children in Jaffna used to look at the sky for bombers. This much is just the surface.

“There are many deeper complaints. The army positions are among the civilians. Several of the men said, “We do not know if the army is protecting us or we are protecting the army.” In the nights, they said, the men among the civilians are sent into bunkers with shotguns, while in their home the women are abused by soldiers. We also reliably learnt that the women are sometimes forced to pose for pornographic pictures, which are marketed within the army by enterprising soldiers. Under such a regime discipline plummets and the army itself tends to disintegrate. An ironical remark is not infrequently heard: “For what these fellows do to us, only the Tigers can teach them a lesson.” Through their sons, relatives or neighbours, most of these people have close connections within the Army. Yet, like with many rural Tamils whose sons are in the LTTE and other groups, their feelings are mixed with deep reservations.

“The people are keenly aware that Tamils had lived there before them, who were then driven away. They also feel that LTTE recruits who are in the area are from among the Tamils who were driven away: “They know the foot paths better than us or the Army.” In justification of the settlement exercise, the people had been told that the leasing out of large tracts of crown land in the area by mostly absentee Tamils (in the 1960s) marked a sinister development. The people were however aware that the Tamil families driven out by the security forces are poor farmers.”

To be continued..

*From Rajan Hoole‘s “Sri Lanka: Arrogance of Power  – Myth, Decadence and Murder”. Thanks to Rajan for giving us permission to republish. To read earlier parts click here

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    Sinhalas in order to be settlers, there should be another land from which they came to settle.

    where is that land ?

    Sinhala is not an established language in Hindia.

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      Sinhala is an Indo-Aryan dialect so it is relayed to other North Indian langauges.

      ” Sinhalese language, also spelled Singhalese or Cingalese, also called Sinhala, Indo-Aryan language, one of the two official languages of Sri Lanka. It was taken there by colonists from northern India about the 5th century bc. “

      http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/546076/Sinhalese-language

      No matter how much you keep repeating the lie that Sinhalese are son of the soil, it doesn’t make it true .

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      Stupid Tamil writers’ LTTE white wash & anti-sinhala arrogance make all sinhala people support MR govt.

      Keep on writing & make sinhala blood boil & make MR govt. rein in for another 30 years, even if they are corrupt.

      Well done Diaspora terrorists, you dig your own grave.

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        John

        Are you threatning us Tamils in the diaspora? What Hoole has written here is the absolute truth there is no white or black washing of any kind. You must understand that when Hoole who is an anti- LTTE Tamil wrote against them you shameless d Sinhalese used his writing for your anti- LTTE and anti Tamil propaganda work. Now what Hoole has been writing is not to your Sinhala racists liking so you are trying to denigrate him ,but it is not going to work. The international community know for a fact that Hoole is an unbiased person when it comes to Srilankan history and politics.

        Just a word of caution to an ignoramus Sinhala fool like : we Tamils number almost 100 million in the world and you little Sinhala fools are only about 14 million people in the world. Even out of that the karawa, salangama, durawa, Themala kattara etc are all People of Tamil origin. If you take low country Sinhalese out you mongrels your Sinhala population will only be about 6 million. Now think who should fear whom . Tell me who is going to dig whose grave soon?

        If the Sinhala settlers don’t leave our homeland we will use the lsolution of one settler one bullet. Keep what is yours to yourself and leave what is others’ to others . What I mean by that is you keep your land and leave our land to us without encroaching.

        If your Sinhala blood is still boiling make sure you cool down by jumping in to a well . It is your progative what you do with yourself but that doesn’t mean any thing to us . Take my warning seriously.

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          It is a shame that you [Edited out] being 100million still for more than 2500years could not conquer 6million Sinhala land. This simple fact speaks a lot. We keep on waiting to see your heroics, but yet getting disappointed for all these millennia. You [Edited out] still have no land, yet couple of million Sinhalese have a land.. disappointing.. eh?? Without licking asses of your western masters, you [Edited out] is unable to do anything. Keep on dreaming loosers till you get the sainthood in mythical Tamil Ealam with your Sun God. Sorry guys, I had to use the language this looser understands!

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    Who knows? Ask Vijaya!

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    Tamils in Colombo are the same!

    If Sinhalese cannot live in the north Tamils cannot live in Colombo.

    It is as simple as that.

    It is better for modaya Tamils to remember 1958, 1977 and 1983 before it is too late.

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      Fukushima,(nuclear waste)

      I never see a person like you, you don’t even know what you are talking abouy yes Tamils living colombo in rent or purchased properties but you want to the government to chase Tamils and give the land to free.
      you might not know who became rich during the war sinhalese because they sold thire land to Tamils to top price and moved to South

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      Fart ima fuckshima
      You are a clot on humanity. Is your father a mogrel dog ? Or was your mother a bitch on perpetual heat to give birth to such a mogrel off spring. Do us a favour just leave this forum which is meant for civilised human beings. By no stretch of imagination you are one of them.

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      Tamils in Colombo bought the land with their own money; they didn’t get land just given to them for free by the Government. The Sinhalese being settled in the North and East are all part of the government’s plan to colonise the areas.

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      Remember the world was blind to 1958, 1977 and 1983. 2009 saw the world pay attention and issue notice in 2013. See if can find a suitable place to hide soon.

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      Fat “Mama” Fuk U Shima,

      You idiot I have told you many times get it into your thick head for the last time.
      Tamils shold be chasedc out of the South and they have to return Home to the North and East. Eelam is in the making and after March 2014 we will be making arrangements tp receive them and we are expecting new arrivals from our seocnd home and they can come using any mode of transport including KHALLA THONI.

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    Govt. should release Sinhala and Muslim prisoners who are sentenced for long prison terms if they are willing to settle in the north.

    This way we can destroy Tamil myths. Let them do whatever to reclaim SL from Tamils.

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    Forget the past, it’s just an idea that comes to our head, the present doesn’t even exist if you think about it, as that is the past.

    Live in the moment knowing/calculating what will happen in the future. I can’t live this out, but I think it’s actually the truth..

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    The caption should read “Heroes or Villains?” on the basis of what happened to Tamils who have been living for several generations in these areas. These innocents were chased out by the army and new
    settlers – nothing but IRCs. They were forced out of their homes and properties by violence and thuggery. This is a continuum of what happened to Tamils in the Gal Oya and Inginiyagala areas in the mid 1950s. Some Muslims too met with the same fate.

    Varathan

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    Rajan Hoole is not Tamil by his action don’t fooled by him or his family always step on someone to move up they did blaming the LTTE now he only only way to vent out by writing stupid atricles

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      @Pasel you seem to be a blinded LTTE supporter just like Jim Softly and Fathima are Rajapaksa supporters!

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        Probono ( work for nothing)

        There is a difference. LTTE were freedom fighters. Rajapakes and STATE TERRORISTS.

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          Hik.. hik..

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      Tamils should never trust Hooles.They are ready to lick anybody’s boots for their own benefits.Hooles enjoyed all the benefits during Chandrika’s time including helicopter to move to Colombo.Ratna Jeevan Hoole begged even Douglas for the VC post in the pretext of “serving thye Tamils”.

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    Hoole,Reveal how Red-Bana, Norad and few other Scandinevian funded INGO’s settle tamil’s in Vavuniya and Mullathivu districts.

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    The Hooles who spent most of their life relentlessly contributed to bring down the Tamil liberation movements, have just woken up and now trying to tell the world how bad the Sri Lankan Sinhala racist leadership is..

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    Hoole’s ignoble attempt to present the East of Sri Lanka as part of his fantasy ‘Tamil Eelaam’ will NEVER cease. The Tamils who gravitated into the Eastern province ONLY some 250 years ago during the late Dutch and British periods never made up more than a third of the population there. The Muslims who had been settled by Senerath, the King in Kandy during the Portuguese period refused to be inveigled into this scheme of things and will be even more resistant now having seen the way “OUR BOYS” treated them, on advise from their elders. Today, Hoole is ONE of those elders still persisting in their endeavour to mislead the Tamil and Muslim youth instead of putting his energies to good use in bringing about amity and trust.
    The Mahaweli scheme was a huge project paid for by the government, and NO amount of false argument can be presented to justify the claim that it was for the SOLE benefit of any one group.

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    who ever the author may be facts must be accepted, or if disputed, argued with counter facts. having closely followed events in the era referred, I can say Dr. Rajan Hoole’s account is beyond reproach.

    The plantation Tamils who were settled in Mullaitivu and the larger Vanni, were those who were affected by the 1977 riots and the land reforms of the period preceding it. They were the hapless victims of the stupidity and brutality of that era.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    It is better to settle sinhalese in jaffna so that this constant complaint we hear that tamils are in colombo and sinhalese are not jaffna is no more valid.Wignesvaran should organise a settlement program in jaffna so that decent sinhalese can live there among the tamils.

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      It will serve the cause of frantically needed national re-conciliation
      if conditions are created for more Sinhala students, traders, teachers and others temporarily, for the beginning, settling in the North. A fresh start can be given by CM Vigneswaren’s administration to which, I have little doubt, the Rajapakse government will contribute to.
      It is crucial to remove this image – both in local and foreign eyes –
      Sinhalese and Tamils cannot coexist in Tamil majority areas. A start can be made to locate and resettle those bakers and other minor traders who were long time settlers in Jaffna before “the sad events”
      of the 1980s.

      I know the overseas community that consider themselves as Friends of Sri Lanka will come forth to assist in multiple ways.

      Senguttuvan

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        oh! no, no, that will send the demography in the north haywire.

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          NAK,the sinhalese did not mind when their demography went haywire with so many tamils settling amongst them.It shows that they are a warm and hospitable people though they could lose it when provoked.Why should only we get upset about the demography.Are you implying that tamils in jaffna are not warm and hospitable too?

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      Shankar

      Eelam( jaffana) is a forigen land for Srilankans(Sinhalese) if you can justify settling them in Jaffna what about some other neighbours ie from India ( Tamilnadu) also can be settled in Large numbers in the north and east of the Island of Ceylon. Would you suggest that is also a good solution to make the Sinhalese to live among the Tamils . Same argument isn’t it. Sinhalese wanting to live among the Tamils in harmony?

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        “Shankar Eelam( jaffana) is a forigen land for Srilankans(Sinhalese)” pirana,why don’t you speak to the sinhalese and see whether they consider jaffna as a foreign land.If in your mind you think of jaffna as a foreign land vis a vis colombo,then what are the people of jaffna origin still living in colombo for?Don’t you think that they should pack their bags and come to your eelam?Since they are not doing that it seems they like the south better than the north.So,don’t you think the tamils in jaffna should also reciprocate by accepting sinhalese to live amongst them?People in tamilnadu have enough land to settle down in.In fact 3,300,000 sq.km of it while srilankans have only 65000 sq.km. A person in tamilnadu can just pack his bags and go and live in mumbai or delhi with nothing changed in his status as a citizen.can we do that?So charity begins at home and think of redistribution of our population equitable before talking about tamilnadu which has no problems about scarcity of land etc.

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          Shankar

          Thank you for your response. If the Sinhalese forces leave Jaffna and other parts of our homeland in the North and east then the Tamils living outside the homeland will retun to their homeland when the condition there becomes conducive for them to return. Further more since independence or even before that it is only in Colombo and areas around Colombo the economic development was carried out. Taking in to consideration that there was only one city in the country the colonial governments and the successive Sinhala govts had only Colombo centric development policies. This lead to a large scale Tamil and other community migration to Colombo because of the job opportunities.

          Sinhalese governments only developed the south primarily around Colombo ie free trade zones etc. This was a systematic govt policy to marginalise the Tamils and their economy. It was only when GG Ponnambalam snr was the industry minister of the country industrialisation of any kind was carried out in the north and east of Srilanka viz Kankesanthurai cement factory, Paranthan Chemical factory and Valaichenai paper factory all were built in the Tamil homeland during Ponnambalam’s time. When Cyril Mathew became the industry minister he revisersed all the benefits for these factories and made sure they became defunct. He also concentrated on building industries only in the South of the country and neglected the Tamilhomeland.
          Tamils would not have moved out side of their homeland in large numbers if they had economic opportunities with in their homeland . It is because of the systematic planning to develop only the Sinhalese areas the Tamils were lured out of their homeland.

          I do not oppose ordinary Sinhalese students and traders moving to the north or east of their own accord for trading purposes or education what I object to is the state aided state funded Sinhala colonisation of our homeland. I want the Geneva protocol 6 which deals with genocide and makes genocide a war crime also to include the forcible settlement of ones historic habitat by alien settlers for criminal activities also a war crime punishable under this Geneva protocol. I am a son of the soil from manual aru I have first hand experience in facing the Sinhala prisoner( criminal) settlements in Kent and Dollar farms and in other parts of manalaru such as Pattikudiyiruppu’, Unchalkaddy area.

          Ratnajeevan Hooles in his other lead article on Sinhala settlements in Manal aru in the CT has touched upon the human rights convention and forcible settlement of Sinhalese in the politically sensitive manual aru area of the Tamil homeland ( Eelam). If the Sinhala govt withdraws its armed forces from the Tamil homeland I can assure you the Tamils outside Eelam will return there. Not only the Tamils from the north and east living outside the homeland but also the hill country Tamils will move to the North and east as they did in the past particularly during the times of conflict with the Sinhala forces and the Sinhala thugs.

          Your people ( I believe you are a Sinhalese) the Sinhalese will have the whole of the up country and the South to live happily ever after.

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            Pirana,i hear what you say,but now that 700000 srilankan tamils out of 2.2 million are living outside the north and east we cannot just sort this problem out by just assuming that they all want to go and live in the north and east and then we will have a clean sheet on both sides of the fence sinhalese areas devoid of tamils and automatic eelam one day to to this redistribution.It is good on theory but not practicable because too large a component,one third in fact is now outside the northeast.We have to look at other solutions other than eelam which will be a win win solution to both the tamils and sinhalese and to the entire country.

            BTW,i am not a sinhalese but a tamil who has gone through the same shit that my fellow tamils went through.Just like you know about manalaru because you are s son of the soil there,i know about the problems faced by tamils living outside the north and east because i was born and bred in colombo.My dads house where i was staying was burnt and looted in 83 and my dad beaten up.I was away at work at that time and coming back home i witnessed the carnage taking place and found my dad at a sinhalese neighbours house.My mum and two siblings went on a trip to kataragama and their bus was stopped and tamils were beaten up,but they must have thought that my mum was sinhalese and went passing her.The bus went on with all those tamils pulled out.

            Now that so many tamils have come to sinhalese areas we can’t assume like you do that the tide would turn and that they would all go back.We are messing up their lives unnecessarily.I believe when prabha was asked what will happen to the tamils outside the north and east due to his policies,he said he does care for them.That selfishness was shown again when he decided to use his own people in the vanni to protect himself by dragging them out of their houses and hiding amongst them in the final battle where he got his just desserts.So don’t believe in our tamils who have selfish motives and who don’t care for their fellow tamils.Think of objectives that are beneficial for all tamils leaving our customary selfishness aside.

            The best way to go about this is to put yourself in each others shoes,then we can understand the sinhalese point of view too.Sometimes when i do that people might think i’am a sinhalese when i say that they have a valid point that so many tamils are living in colombo but there are no sinhalese in jaffna.The sooner this imbalance is corrected the better it will be for the tamils.If the tamils do it through the chief minister then decent sinhalese can be brought in.If the government does it then they will send the dregs of their society whom they don’t want like the vijaya mob that got chased out and kuveni’s curse is still on this country.The choice is yours really which type you want because it will happen anyway.

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    I know a particular Sinhalese who has moved to Jaffna and is sending his children to a Tamil school. I also met a Sinhala family that lived in Jaffna throughout the turbulent years and continue to do so. With time many more will move in. There is also a demand for skilled manpower and many Sinhalese who have experienced Jaffna, like living among the Tamils.

    Dr.RN

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    Why speak of 1984? Who inhabited the Dollar and Kent Farm regions a decade or two prior to 1984? It was the Late Mr Lalith Arhlathmudali who discovered that the hitherto non-Tamil regions between Northern and Eastern Provinces were being illegally settled with Estate Tamils who were sent back to India under the Sirimao-Shastri pact, and thereby make the North and East a contiguous Tamil region to support the claims by separatists. Could the writer please explain these events prior to 1984?

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      Raja

      As I said I am a native of this region my grand parents are from Thiriyai in the east and manal aru in the north respectively. I therefore belong to the area now the Sinhala govt want to colonise to de link the North and East. Prior to 1984 from time immemorial indigenous Tamils from Vanni lived here making the north and east a contigous Tamil speaking territory. You talk about settling illegal Tamil immigrants I believe you are referring to the settlements of Tamils of Indian origin by Ghandiam following the 1981 anti- Tamil riots in the Hill country. Those Tamils who were displaced and became refugees were Registerd as Srilankan citizens by JR Jeyawardena and they were not meant To be repatriated to India.

      In any event defranchising the People Indian Tamilorigin is the heights form of racism and barbarity ever known in human history. Even enoch Powell has quote this act of un civilised behaviour by Sinhalese leaders in his book. The Sinhalese leaders put Idi Amin of Uganda to shame by expelling Tamils from Ceylon as Amin did with Ugandan Asians.

      I firmly belive the international community must insist on all the illegally expelled Tamils of Indian origin and their natural progeny must be allowed to return to Srilanka or Eelam as full fledged citizens. For your information the menace of Sinhala settlements started as soon as the country gained independence from Britain.

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    Shrimavo sastra pact and all the other pacts such as Indira- srimavo pact are illegal under the current Human rights laws. I can tell you that with some authority as I deal with laws on a regular basis where I live.

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