Smashing The Tamil Homeland

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Sri Lanka: A Haunted Nation - The Social Underpinnings Of Communal ViolencePart 7

During the 6th Amendment debate in Par- liament on 4th August 1983, Lalith Athulathmudali told the House: “The time has come for the misguided youth in the North to lay down arms. We will not stop at enacting laws. We will use every weapon at our command to eradi- cate terrorism.”

Athulathmudali, an intelligent man, must have known that it was a most inappropriate message to the Tamils just after his Government had given them a good thrashing. Indeed, refugee youth from Colombo were just then, in Jaffna, joining the several militant groups. The rhetoric was part of Athulathmudali’s bid for power. By this time India had given notice of its interest in the problem and prevented the Gov- ernment from going much further then in marginalising the Tamils. India then sent its envoy G. Parthasarathy in a bid to hammer out a political solution. While talking to India which was mediating between the TULF and the Gov- ernment on the one hand, Jayewardene had also tied his hands with the extremism he had un- loosed in July. Jayewardene was in New Delhi that November for the Commonwealth leaders’ summit. Some TULF leaders went to him with the Annexure C proposals for a settlement worked out with Parthasarathy. Mr. R. Sampanthan recalls being surprised by Jayewardene’s attitude. He did not read it, but merely asked, “Where do I sign?” The impression given was that he was not serious.

There was a good deal of belligerence in the air. Lalith Athulathmudali was made in addi- tion Minister for National Security in March 1984. It was a high profile job and, in private, he was frank about his presidential ambitions. It was make or break for him and, for the estab- lishment as a whole, the lives of ordinary people that would be sacrificed were immaterial. Break- ing up any vestiges of a Tamil Homeland had become an obsession. Athulathmudali was widely quoted as wanting to deal with the Tamil problem by settling the likes of Sinhalese ex-convicts and fishermen in their midst, a move that was bound to place innocent civilians on both sides in great peril. This is where the Joint Ser- vices Special Operations and the Mahaveli Authority came into the picture. The JOSSOP’s areas of operation were precisely those districts with projects coming under the Mahaveli Plan and, on paper, meant to receive Mahaveli water after the construction of the NCP (North Central Province) canal. The latter had for all practical purposes been abandoned. Yet, the Mahaveli Authority was vested with the legal right to take over land in project areas which would never receive Mahaveli River water!

The settlements to be so established were of a military nature without economic value. The idea itself was reflected in the last speech Athulathmudali made in Parliament just before the July 1983 holocaust: “In those days it used to be said that there was a Tamil majority in the North. But now it is different. The time has come that the majority of Tamils live among the Sinhalese.”

Scholars and the Tamil Homeland 

W ith India pressing for greater autonomy for the two provinces (then Northern and Eastern) with a Tamil-speaking majority, those vested with the task of demoli- tion also found that a scholarly counterpart would come in useful. It is here that G.H. Peiris, professor of geography, and K.M. de Silva, professor of history, both of the University of Peradeniya and the ICES (International Centre for Ethnic Studies), Kandy, came in. The paper, ‘An Appraisal of the Concept of a Traditional Tamil Homeland in Sri Lanka’, was presented by Peiris at an ICES workshop in August 1985.

What G.H. Peiris did roughly was to plot on the map of the Eastern Province its villages, as given in the 1921 Census. These were given dif- ferent markings according to ethnicity. It was a time when the Sinhalese formed 5% of the popu- lation of the Eastern Province. He then says “…. In 1921, almost all Tamil settlements were confined to a coastal strip barely extending even 10 miles to the interior. The Sinhalese settlements on the other hand, though comparatively few in number, were scattered over extensive areas of the interior.” He then argued that this state of affairs was the cul- mination of a long drawn out historical process featuring “territorial advances of the Tamil population on the one hand and, on the other, retreat and recession of the Sinhalese population.” In conclusion, he says,”… the interior, at least, of the eastern parts of the island… remained throughout a traditional homeland of the Sinhalese peasantry.”

K.M. de Silva presented “The ‘Traditional Homelands’ of the Tamils of Sri Lanka: A Historical Appraisal” at an ICES co-sponsored workshop in July 1987. He concentrated on challenging the credibility of the Tamil Homeland claim – that the North-East had been a Tamil political entity since ancient times. This job of demolition is as easy as demolishing parallel myths among Sinhalese nationalists, which K.M. de Silva did not touch. He moreover, treated the Tamil myths in isolation from myths propagated as state ideol- ogy and the supervening questions of conflict, violence and the use of state power. This was questionable in a responsible academic histo- rian.

In conclusion, de Silva, commending G.H. Peiris and in complete agreement with him, elo- quently supports the policy of state-sponsored colonisation. He says, “Indeed, these [Sinhalese settlements in the interior of the Eastern Province] had survived several centuries of war and invasion, of pestilence and privation, and ravages of nature in the form of droughts, floods and cyclones, till they were … revitalised as peasant colonies.” (For a discussion of the papers and correspondence, see the Counterpoint November 1994 – June 1995.)

The conclusions of the scholars are based on reasoning that is elementarily flawed. Suppose a state of things (or place) A can be reached by process (or route) P, among many (more than one) processes (or routes), it is then wrong to infer that A implies P (or that a traveller arriv- ing at A had necessarily travelled by route P). Peiris’ reasoning paints a picture of Sinhalese who were from ancient times populous in the area retreating into the inhospitable western jungles in the face of a Tamil advance from the coast.

Against this most unlikely picture, history does not speak of such enmity and conspiracy. Those were times when people wore their lin- guistic and religious allegiances lightly and caste was rather the dividing line in South Asia as a whole. Indeed, the Tamils of the region owed allegiance to the King of Kandy with no hard feelings.

The truth is quite something else. Folk tradition with available Dutch and British records of demographic changes (see Counterpoint above), point to the general movement of Kandyan Sinhalese into the East following the devastation resulting from the suppression of the Kandyan rebellion of 1818 by the British and their Kandyan allies. The true nature of the tragedy of the Kandyan Sinhalese victims is being shifted onto the Tamils by playing tricks with the 1921 Census. The interior of the Eastern Province, the jungles of Bintenne, was in earlier times (vide Robert Knox) regarded disease-prone and inhospitable, and mainly served exiles either on punishment or fleeing from civil unrest. The other inhabitants were the aboriginal Veddahs.

Contrary to K.M. de Silva’s claim that these Sinhalese villages (of exiles from the 1818 rebel- lion) were revitalised by colonisation projects, they were rather marginalised. They were swamped by recent state-aided colonisation and politicians take little notice of them since they have, by comparison, few votes to offer. It is the common plight of all earlier inhabitants irrespec- tive of ethnicity. The importance of these older Sinhalese villages arises only as figures on pa- per, which are useful in polemics. Occasionally one aspect of their tragedy gets publicity. This is when the LTTE attacks their isolated villages and massacres innocents. That too was partly the result of the thrust of military backed de- mographic transformation, in which politicians, administrators and scholars close to the ruling interests, all played a role.

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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    Some TULF leaders went to him with the Annexure C proposals for a settlement worked out with Parthasarathy. Mr. R. Sampanthan recalls being surprised by Jayewardene’s attitude. He did not read it, but merely asked, “Where do I sign?” The impression given was that he was not serious.
    TULF went to JRJ to get an endorsement of a “Tamil Homeland” ? On what basis? Only 47% from North and East voted for Tamil Eelam in 1977 isnt it really? In fact the east has never been fully part of this palava. Isn’t that the inconvenient truth one learns after Karuna broke away just before the final battle?

    Vibhushana
    November 9, 2013 at 4:47 am
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      One gets perplexed with these exercises. We’ve gone through these processes of who was where and when and how but neither side budges from their positions.obviously both can’t be right. both can’t be wrong. My take is that until extremists buddhist began making issues out of every damned thing in this country, the Sihalese were quite satisfied with having a slew of Tamil kings lording it over them in Kandy. Even their queens were from India.. and pretty fetching I presume.To me, all this talk abouta pure Sinhala race is just Balderdash. THEY’RE ALL INDIAN TAMIL TO THE CORE !mINISTER k.W.DEVANAYAGAM HAD SOME PRETTY INTERESTING GENEALOGIES ABOUT JEYAWADANAMS AND PANDARA NAYAGAMS. WE CAN GO BACK 50 CENTURIES. WHERE WAS THIS SINHALA RACE THEN ? EVOLVING OUT OF A MATING BETWEEN A LION AND A WOMAN? GOD ALONE KNOWS. IT WAS NOT VERY LONG AGO THAT THIS FANTASTIC TALE WAS REALLY TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS AND IMBUED IN LITTLE KIDS. HOOLE, AS USUAL, THOUGH I DON’T ALWAYS AGREE WITH HIS INNUENDOS AND AUTO-SUGGESTIONS IN PRESENTING TRUTH [ INTENTIONAL OR NOT IS ANOTHER MATTER,TAKES US BACK A-WAYS LEST WE TEND TO FORGET HISTORICAL FACTS WHICH ARE IN THE BACKS OF OUR MINDS. WE'VE READ ENDLESS TOMES ON WHO WAS WHERE FIRST ETC., THE MAJORITY DOES NOT [ AND WILL NEVER] GIVE A DAMN ABOUT REALITY THAT FLIES IN THE FACE OF THEIR CONTENTIONS WHICH ARE OFT BUTTRESSED WITH LESS THAN CONVINCING “FACTS” THESE CANARDS NED TO BE PUT TO REST ONCE AND FOR ALL BY A GLOBAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATION THAT HAS NO VESTED INTEREST IN IT, BY COLLATING AND PUBLISHING ALL AVAILABLE FACTS, PREFERABLY UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE UN, SO THAT THIS MOST TIRESOME TOPIC WILL BE PROVED WITH AUTHENTIC HISTORICAL AND OTHER RECORDS BY OBJECTIVE RESEARCHERS. THERE MUST NOT BE A SINGLE TAMIL OR SINHALESE IN THAT RESEARCH TEAM. IT’S ALL IN THE GENES AND SEEN IN THE DNA. SO WHERE DID THE SINHALESE COME FROM ? CAMBODIA ? OH NO. THEY ALL EVOLVED FROM THE JUNGLES OF MUTHURAJAWELA PERHAPS! WHAT A LOAD OF BULLDUST ! ALTHOUGH A RECAST AS IT WERE OF HOOLE’S BOOK TENDS TO ANNOY THOSE OF US WHO’VE BEEN WALKED THROUGH THE FACTS FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME OVER THE PAST FIFTY YEARS, I GUESS CT HAS A VALID REASON IN THAT THOSE OF THE EMERGING GENERATION GET AN OBJECTIVE PRESENTATION OF FACT. SOME HYENAS WILL SCREAM AT ME FOR THAT LAST STATEMENT. ONLY PROVES MY POINT THAT THESE SUPREMACISTS WILL NEVER ACCEPT FACT THAT CHALLENGES THEIR “FACTS” ONLY GOD KNOWS WHAT IS SUPREMACIST IN THEM ANYWAY. HOOLE COULD NOT HAVE HIT ON BETTER DEFINITIONS FOR THIS SO-CALLED SUPREMACY : Arrogance, Myth, Decadence and Murder.

      winston devalliere
      November 9, 2013 at 10:11 am
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        Hey there Winston, You raise some interesting points there. However, all I said was there is no mandate for the political stance popularly known as “Voddokodai resolution” . This makes everything that flowed from it ILLEGAL. Do you feel what I am trying to say here? Its that simple really. Hoole the fool on the other hand keeps spinning yarns on a daily basis trying to make things complicated than they need to be.

        Vibhushana
        November 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm
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          “Hoole the fool on the other hand keeps spinning yarns on a daily basis trying to make things complicated than they need to be.” You are wrong. Hoole is not spinning on a daily basis. CT is republishing for valid reasons.

          Anpu
          November 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm
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          “Vaddukoddai Resolution was adopted on 14th May 1976 in Pannakam near Vaddukoddai, Northern Province, Sri Lanka it called for the creation of an independent Tamil Eelam by the Tamil United Liberation Front under the leadership of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and it fought Sri Lankan parliamentary election, 1977 on its demand for Tamil Eelam and ****won an overwhelming mandate*** in the Tamil areas and become the main opposition party in Sri Lanka the only time a minority party has done so. It gave impetus to Tamil Nationalists who claimed it was an democratic endorsement in favour of a separate state[1][2][3][4][5]” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaddukoddai_Resolution What happened after independence in 1948: Ceylon was granted independence in 1948 under the Soulbury Constitution which conformed to the well established constitutional principles of separation of powers and rule of law. The inhabitants of the island through their representatives had agreed unanimously on this constitution for governing the island. This constitution made the island a unitary state and the minority communities agreed to this structure on account of Article 29 of the constitution which prohibited discrimination. However, the Sinhala majority soon began to pass discriminatory legislation such as the Official Languages Act. Matters came to a head in an unrelated case that arose in 1964 – the Bribery Commissioner v Ranasinghe which reached the Privy Council. Analysing the law making powers of Parliament as contained in Article 29 their Lordships of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council stated that “Article 29 represents the solemn balance of rights between the citizens of Ceylon, the fundamental conditions on which they accepted the constitution and these are unalterable under the constitution”. So Article 29 cannot be amended even with a two-third majority in the House of Representatives. Thus all discriminatory legislation including the Official Language Act were invalid. The only way open to the Sinhala majority to get rid of Article 29 was to get rid of the whole constitution using a two-third majority in the House of Representatives and then draw up a new constitution that allowed discrimination. All Sinhala political parties were united in this aim. The SLFP-LSSP-CP alliance led by Srimavo Bandaranaike campaigned for the 1970 general election asking the Singhalese people to give them this two-third majority needed to abolish the Soulbury constitution. The general election gave them a landslide victory and they secured the two-third majority. Srimavo then went about dismantling democracy in Ceylon. First the upper house (Senate) was abolished. then the right of appeal to the Privy Council was abolished. The government declared that all elected members of the House of Representatives were concurrently members of a parallel body called the “Constitutional Assembly” and went about drafting a new constitution. The Federal Party initially attended the Assembly but when their suggested amendments to protect the Tamils were rejected they walked out. So the constitutional procedure was a sham. The draft produced by the Sinhala MPs ignoring Tamil rights was not then put to a constitutional referendum which would have resulted in all he Tamils totally rejecting it. The draft was produced and approved by the Sinhala MPs in the House of Representatives which is nonsense. It is the people who are sovereign, not parliament which is only an elected body. So the draft has no legal status until it has been validated by the people in a constitutional referendum. It is not even an approved draft because the Tamils MPs did not approve it. In 1977 the UNP alliance won a two-third majority and similar constitutional nonsense was repeated by the newly elected Sinhala MPs producing a new draft. ……………

          Anpu
          November 10, 2013 at 12:21 am
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          Vibu, i’m not trying to be contentious about anything, fact or not. Merely exercising my right to be heard when everyone else enjoys it to the hilt…and beyond, balls and all ! saying very much any inanity that comes to their minds. Have you analysed the pulp spewed out by mavericks in the government media[ I don't mean Lake House alone ! And I thought we had heard the last of DayanJ. The spirit lives on through other nincompoops. Heck, I moved pretty close to the major players at that time[ Viceroy Dickshit, JR, Premadaa, Lalith, Gamini etc. I was virtually on a daily dialogue with all of them at that time AS WELL AS MAKING SEVERAL TRIPS TO THE WAR ZONE AT GREAT RISK TO MY LIFE. Quoting you : "R. Sampanthan recalls being surprised by Jayewardene’s attitude. He did not read it, but merely asked, “Where do I sign?” The impression given was that he was not serious." JR had had prior briefings on what was agreed upon with Parathasarathy and Gamini had a copy of the draft. There was nothing else for him to do except ask "where do I sign". Sampanthan's surprise was that he did not know the extent to which Delhi had twisted JR's arm...a comparatively naive Sampanthan to the man we know today. For how long did JR read the fie print in the Indo-Lanka Accord and 13A before he signed them ? He had read each page in draft form well ahead of the signing. He could have as well asked Gandhi too " where do I sign" [ that man makes me puke, what a bloody political upstart !] All I will say at the moment is that a quiet man on the sidelines at that time, Mahinda Rajapaksa, saw the ignominies in which Sri Lanka was compelled to waLlow in at that time PURELY BECAUSE WE HAD NO POWER OF ANY SORT, AND WERE VIRTUALLY DRAGGED WITH NARY A KICK OR GRUNT, TO THE NEGOTIATIONS TABLES, SIGNING ANY AND EVRRYTHING PLACED ONA TABLE BEFORE OUR LEADERS. THEREIN LIES THE RATIONALE FOR MR’S FOREIGN POLICY OPTIONS AND THE DECISION TO BE cHINA’S RUNNING MATE IN REGIONAL POWER MANEUVRES AND MANIPULATIONS. AND NO ONE HAS ACTED AS TOUGH WITH COLOMBO BEYOND A DEGREE POST SINO-lANKA NEXUS.tHAT IS EXACTLY WHY WE SEE BIG C’WEALTH NAMES ATTENDING CHOGM TOO. THAT’S WHY SINGH WILL ALSO ATTEND !!!!!IT’S NOT ABOUT CHOGM BEING A STODGY ANACHRONISM OR A CLUB OF PETTY DICTATOR REGIME BACKERS.OH NO ! IT’S ALL ABOUT EVERYONE SHITTIGNJ IN THEIUR PANTS OVER THE SINO-LANKA PARTNERSHIP !THE RAMIFICATION ARE SO HUGE THAT I MAKE BOLD TO SAY THAT IN 25 YEARS IT WILL CHANGE, TOTALLY CHANGE, THE ENTIRE GEO-POLITICAL PERSONA OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC-INDIAN OCEAN REGION. RAJAPAKSA WOULD HAVE HELPED DRAG SRI LANKA INTO AN IRRETRIEVABLE GLOBAL CRISIS BEFORE HE REALISES, TOO LATE, WHAT A DAMNED DOLT HE HAS BEEN. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THE COMMON JOKE BANDIED ABOUT IN RELATION TO SINO-LANKA TIES WENT LIKE THIS I WHICH THE LEADERS OF THE TWO NATIONS SUPPOSEDLY SAID THIS, INFERRING OF COURSE THAT THOSE ‘RELATIONS’ WERE TORRI EVEN THEN:SAID ONE LEADER IN SIHALA ” mULU LANKAWA MAGEY ATHEY” TO WHICH THE LANKAN LEADER’S RAUCOUS REJOINDER WAS ” MULU CHEENAVA MAGEY PUKEY”. UNFORTUNATELY, THE ROLES ARE NOT REVERSED TODAY AND THE STUPID MR HAS NOT THE FOGGIEST IDEA OF WHAT’S UP HIS ARSE ! THAT’S WHY WORLD LEADERS ARE CAREFUL ABOUT HOW THEY HANDLE THIS PEERLESS POLITICAL CLOWN WHO HAS ALL BUT MADE sRI lANKA AND THE INDIAN OCEAN AN EXTENION OF THE SOUTH CHINA TERRITORY. GET IT ? tHAT’S WHY OBAMA, MANMOHAN, CAMERON AND OTHERS HAVE TO TREAT THIS JACKASS WITH KID GLOVES…THEY SEE HIS ‘INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS” AS TROJAN HORSE FROM WHICH CHINESE MIGS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER/SUBS CAN EMERGE AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE. WHAT WE SEE EMERGING HERE IS A NEW POLITICAL SCIENCE BORN OF THE SUPER-CRAFTY MIND OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA AND THE POMPOUSLY IDIOTIC GLP. GOD HELP THEM WHEN THE DUMB-ASS VOTERS REALIZE HOW HE’S TAKEN THEM FOR A RIDE. I’M NOT SAYING YOU’RE NAIVE.FAR FROM IT. JUST THAT THERE MUCH, MUCH MORE TO ALL OF THIS THAN MEETS THE EYE. PATRICK MENDIS IN THE STATES AND VERNON MENDIS[ THE LATE] SAW THIS COMING A LONG TIME AGO.

          winston devalliere
          November 10, 2013 at 4:13 am
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            winston devalliere Are you a self hating Sinhala/Buddhists? “WHO HAS ALL BUT MADE sRI lANKA AND THE INDIAN OCEAN AN EXTENION OF THE SOUTH CHINA TERRITORY. GET IT ?” It is India’s problem and not yours. Sri Lanka is not India hence let India do the worrying.

            Native Vedda
            November 11, 2013 at 5:28 am
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      I praise JR for what he did in Jaffna library and July 1983. Just imagine it had not happened? Then Tamils would have taken control of SL. Sometimes you have to do a few bad things to achieve a lot of good. JR for his meritorious acts lived a long life and died peacefully. May the greatest SL leader rest in peace. May SL have more leaders more frequently like Hon JR.

      Fathima Fukushima
      November 10, 2013 at 3:36 am
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        aNURA, AT LEAST SOMEONE’S TALKING SENSE AND BEING OBJECTIVE. FULLY AGREE WITH YOU. I BELIEVE THAT QUANTUM PHYSICS ALSO HAS IT THAT THERE IS NO UNIVERSE WITHOUT ‘MIND’, A COURSE OF THOUGHT, ENTERING INTO IT. AND UNFORTTUNATELY WHAT ENERS MOST MINDS IN THIS LAND EMANATES FROM THE EMOTIONS. HENCE THIS STRANGE DICHOTOMY. WHEN PURE MIND DOMINATES EMOTION AND ERRANT CONDITIONING, THAT’S WHEN WRONGS CAN BE PUT RIGHT. I’M NOT BETTING THIS WILL BE THE CASE IN SRI LANKA. GUESS THE ANSWER IS IN DIANETICS AFTER ALL ?

        winston devalliere
        November 10, 2013 at 4:52 am
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        FATHIMA, I WAS THE LAST JOURNO TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH JRJ BEFORE HE DIED, MOST OF WHAT HE SAID TO ME WAS OFF THE RECORD AND I HAVE TO HONOUR THAT AGREEMENT.ONE THING HE SAID HAS EVER SINCE FEATURED MANY TIMES IN MY MEMORY RECALLS :I HAD ASKED HIM WHETHER HE FELT HE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL AS A POLITICAL LEADER OF WHOM MUCH WAS EXPECTED. AFTER A LONG PAUSE HE SAID “MANY PEOPLE WILL HAVE MANY OPINIONS ON THAT.” REMEMBER HIS FAMOUS “MEA CULPA”.JR THE POLITICIAN WAS DIFFERENT FROM JR THE MAN. HE WAS HONOURABLE BUT WOULD BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT THAT THERE WERE BLEMISHES. HECK, EVEN GOD HAS BLEMISHES. LOOK AT MAHINA, GL, MERVYN, DUMINDA, RANIL, WIMAL… LOOK AT YOU BABE ! HE CREATED ALL OF YOU, RIGHT.AT LEAT HE TELLS US IN THE BIBKE NOT TO KICK AGAINST THE PRICKS [ SEE ACTS 9:5 -6} I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS REFERRING TO PRICKS SUCH AS THOSE NAMED]

        winston devalliere
        November 10, 2013 at 5:34 am
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          “AFTER A LONG PAUSE HE SAID “MANY PEOPLE WILL HAVE MANY OPINIONS ON THAT.” - Never spend your money before you have earned it. No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it. Thomas Jefferson

          Javi
          November 11, 2013 at 6:59 am
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            BTW - Dicky Bird was haunted by a parrot! Opportunity makes a thief No? 0:3

            Javi
            November 11, 2013 at 7:01 am
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    Rajan Hoole, Todays Eastern province was part of the Kandyan Kingdom when the British arrived and prior to that it was part of the Ruhunu rata when Sri lanka had three kingdoms, Ruhunu, Maya and Pihiti. It would be highly appreciative if you can write an article giving historical details to prove Eastern province is the Tamil homeland and needs merging with the north permanently. Though you have briefly challenged KM De Silva and GH Peries your arguments lack details and is not at all challenging the arguments put forward by GH Peries and KM De Silva. Look forward to a detailed analysis from you

    Ravi Perera
    November 9, 2013 at 5:51 am
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      Well said, Kandy kingdom fought against Portugese to protect Trinco (and did succeed as well) but when British left Tamil leaders wanted Trinco as part of their Tamil homeland. Very arrogant and unreasonable if you ask me.

      Liberal One
      November 9, 2013 at 10:54 am
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        Liberal One My people fought the last war against the white man in 1815. We were betrayed by the Sinhala/Buddhist treacherous aristocracy.

        Native Vedda
        November 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm
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      Ravi, You are giving some information as facts from History… That is the History you know or read and understood, this could be could be very different to mine and also could be quite different to other tribes in SL. If you have extended family at home, check with them what happened yesterday. If you can analyse what you hear properly, you will realized that what happened yesterday was not the quite same for all adults at your house… If you extend that analogy, what is THE history we know about 500 or 100 years back… In Quantum physics, multiple history is a proven theory. In non-matter mind, there are millions of possible histories… So when you talk about history, bear these facts in your mind…

      Anura
      November 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm
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        aNURA, AT LEAST SOMEONE’S TALKING SENSE AND BEING OBJECTIVE. FULLY AGREE WITH YOU. I BELIEVE THAT QUANTUM PHYSICS ALSO HAS IT THAT THERE IS NO UNIVERSE WITHOUT ‘MIND’, A COURSE OF THOUGHT, ENTERING INTO IT. AND UNFORTTUNATELY WHAT ENERS MOST MINDS IN THIS LAND EMANATES FROM THE EMOTIONS. HENCE THIS STRANGE DICHOTOMY. WHEN PURE MIND DOMINATES EMOTION AND ERRANT CONDITIONING, THAT’S WHEN WRONGS CAN BE PUT RIGHT. I’M NOT BETTING THIS WILL BE THE CASE IN SRI LANKA. GUESS THE ANSWER IS IN DIANETICS AFTER ALL ?

        winston devalliere
        November 10, 2013 at 4:27 am
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      Ravi Perera, “Todays Eastern province was part of the Kandyan Kingdom”. What about before the Kandyan Kingdom period?

      Anpu
      November 9, 2013 at 10:13 pm
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      Ravi Perera “Todays Eastern province was part of the Kandyan Kingdom when the British arrived and prior to that it was part of the Ruhunu rata when Sri lanka had three kingdoms, Ruhunu, Maya and Pihiti.” The entire island was part of our ancestral land before the arrival of Kallthoni thugs from North and South India. What do you have to say about that?

      Native Vedda
      November 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm
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      Ravi Perera, I will put out of your misery and tell you why we Tamils have a Stronger claim to the Eastern Province. Ancient period[edit] Evidence of a settlement of people with burial practices similar to that found in the Tamil Nadu region in India and further North was excavated at megalithic burial sites at Pomparippu in the western coast and in Kathiraveli in the eastern coast. These are dated between 2nd century BC and 2nd century AD.[6] Although it is not known when ethnic Tamils first settled in Sri Lanka. Tamil royal dynasties in this period are known to have patronized Tamil Saivite culture in the east that paralleled the growth of the community in the area, and by the 6th century, a special coastal route by boat was functioning to the Koneswaram temple of Trincomalee and Thirukkovil temple of Batticaloa. It wasn’t until the 13th century that there was firm evidence of the rise of a significant Tamil Hindu social formation in the Jaffna Peninsula, complete with a Hindu king and a palace, in the aftermath of the collapse of the classical Sinhala Dry Zone civilisations.[7] By the 11th and 12th centuries AD the upper half of the eastern province had a large Tamil community.[8] Eastern Tamils had feudal organizations that centered around Ur Podiyar[9] at a village level and the Kudi system that controlled social interactions. They also were organized politically as Vannimai chiefs[10] who came nominally under the Kandyan kingdom. The most important social group were the Mukkuvar who had originated from South India and had repeatedly invaded Sri Lanka as evidenced by Sinhalese literature of that period called Kokila Sandeśa as the Mukkara Hatana. One of the local traditions that records the landing and settling of eastern Sri Lanka is called Mattakallappu Manmiam (Tamil:மட்டக்களப்பு மான்மியம்).[11] Among the medieval Vanni cheftaincies, those of Panankamam, Melpattu, Mulliyavalai, Karunavalpattu, Karrikattumulai an Tennamaravadi in the north of the island were incorporated into the Jaffna Kingdom. The chieftaincy in Trincomalee was at times incorporated into the northern Kingdom. Hence Vannimai’s just south of the Jaffna peninsula and in the eastern Trincomalee district usually paid an annual tribute to the Jaffna Kingdom instead of taxes. The tribute was in cash, grains, honey, elephants, and ivory. The annual tribute system was enforced due to the greater distance from Jaffna.[12] We are determined to Unite East and the Northern Province when we have a change at the top in India. For your Information the Control Under Kandyan Kingdom was Nominal meaning for a very short and limited period. Sorry to disappoint you mate there you are. It was like the “wiki leaks hoax”

      kali
      November 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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      The last king of kandy was a tamil. The Kandyan Convention was signed in Tamil by a majority of those who did.

      justice
      November 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm
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    The ambitious and anti-Tamil Lalith Athulathmudali went out to widen the gulf between the two communities in his quest to succeed JRJ, in which he found a competitor in Gamini D. The latter enjoyed the support of India. It was Lalith A who was largely responsible for wrecking the Indo-Lanka Accord on the issue of the mass suicide of Pulendran and friends (1987) While JRJ denied he gave the orders, it later transpired it was Lalith A who gave the surreptitious orders to arrest them and bring them to Colombo. Dixit repeatedly pointed out the action goes against the spirit of the agreement between the 3 sides then. But Lalith helped by extremists in the army went ahead. This was one of those incidents where the army exceeded the powers of the civilian authority. Varathan

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    November 9, 2013 at 6:57 am
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      JimSofty
      November 9, 2013 at 7:31 am
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      Hoole Where were you when blood sucking LTTE ran a muck in this country? Hiding behind your pombules’ Sarees with a wet pants? Now all of a sudden became a subject expert on SL issue. We have seen enough pooles like you for last five years. Do not waste your time trying to convince with your garbage.

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      November 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm
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        Hoole, Now no point in dreaming anymore.Your homeland concept was well and truly buried at Nandikadal.Of course you can encourage others,but it will be a more lethal response.Why don’t you stick to your Tamil Nadu homeland and save a lot of grief!

        Max Silva
        November 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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          Max you Animal, By your own admission you have confiremd the following. 1) You belong to the Animal Kingdom ( History has taught us this ) 2) You have sex with your willing partner and then kill her. Both the above admissions are on record. I have already asked you the following questions and told you that before you answer them you are not fit to post any Comments. 1) When did you last have sex 2) Was that with a willing partner ( or may be an Animal). 3) Have you killed her or have you passed on to another Animal ANSWER IT MAN

          kali
          November 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm
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        hadagamba “Where were you when blood sucking LTTE ran a muck in this country?” He was hiding from LTTE’s hit squad. Unlike you he not only documented all LTTE atrocities but published them since 1988. He did all these while living in this island. The publications are available on http://www.uthr.org/ You are not only an illiberal but a very stupid one at that. LTTE killing Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, a founder member didn’t stop others campaigning for human rights. Rajan Hoole is one of them.

        Native Vedda
        November 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm
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    Sri Lanka were haunted by the Church, LTTE & the Norwegians. What Lalith widened, Ranil attempted to deliver ???? Where was Ranil.W the person who with Bondevik the former Norwegian Prime Minister who cooked the Norway plot with the LTTE in an attempt to deliever the Eelam through that ex-gun runner turned Ambassador Westborg come in all these narrations. Where is your King of Jaffna Arne Fjotoft…Left wing leader of Norway? I suspect that Solheim’s greatest fear was that if Pabhakaran was netted by the Lankan Forces he would spill the beans as to how terrorism was financed by the Norwegians? Hoole U phool this is where all went wrong. Sri Lanka had the greatest escape. RW war a traitor in disguise.

    Thondamanaru
    November 9, 2013 at 8:46 am
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    Real homeland for Tamils are Talmilnadu. if they want to live in homeland they are welcome to go back there. Sri Lanka is country belongs to sri lankans and not to Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims. Part of the problem lies with Tamil scholars who even though educated try to brain wash poor people in Jaffna and divide them on ethnic grounds. As long as they keep this kind of view I am sure Sinhalese will vote for people like Mahinda Rajapakse.

    silva
    November 9, 2013 at 11:27 am
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      Silva, your homeland is Bangladesh and Portugal why don’t you bugger off there. Eelam is intrinsically linked to Thamilagam historically, geologically, genetically and culturally. There were Dravidians living there long before the Arrival of Vijaya. It is a myth , a lie and a canard perpetuated by the Sinhala racists and terrorists that Tamilnadu is the homeland of the Eelam Tamils. By this logic Sinhalayas’s homeland is Bangaladesh and not Srilanka. TamilElavar have a better right of claim to our national heritage that is Tamil Eelam than you Sinhalese later arrivals from Bangaladesh.

      Piraña
      November 10, 2013 at 5:39 am
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    Another attempt at advancing Tamil spremacism and justification of LTTE massacres of innocent Sinhala villagers. He discusses Indian involvement with no mention of training & arming Tamil terrorists by India.

    Hela
    November 9, 2013 at 11:33 am
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      Your answer equality or justice means massacre of Tamils by Sinhalese! Great Buddhist (Sinhala only) philosophy.

      Ajith
      November 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm
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    The author is a fantasist with an undiminished yearning for the apartheid entity that such people ‘aspired’ to, on land for which they had NO right whatsoever. The canard of the ‘Tamil-speaking’ people is forwarded, when in fact 200000 Tamil-speaking Muslims were evicted from the Northern province by ‘Our Boys’ as the terrorists were known by them. The latter were found to be unsuitable to live amaong the Real Tamils in the apartheid entity. The free education that the author received, paid for by the Sri Lankan peasantry is misused to promote yet again the fissiparous forces within the land instead of promoting unity and harmony. Yet it is true to say that the rare ‘Estate Tamil’ student who arrived at Peradeniya University could not find any ‘kinfolk’ from Jaffna willing to share a room with him.

    ram
    November 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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    Professor, Here is what Professor Karthigesu Indrapala of Jaffna University had to say ” To sum of the evidence so far discussed, we have in the first place references in Pali chronicles to the presence of Tamil traders,invaders and mercenaries from about the second century B.C. There is no reliable evidence in the chronicles to say that there were Tamil settlements either in the pre christian period or the early centuries of the christian era. Om the contrary the general impression given by the chronicles is that the Tamils were foreign to Ceylon. Their usurpation’s and unpleasant intrusions are dealt with unfavourably. It is only the archaelogical evidence that points to the existence of a tamil settlement probably at Pomparippu and possibly at Katriveli, between about the second century B.C and the second century A.D After this there is a long gap till we reached the seventh century, we get some flimsy evidence that points to possible Tamil settlements in this century. It is only in the 10th century that we get definite in the Sinhalese and Tamil inscriptions, in the archeological sources and to a small extent in the Pali chronicles.That by the 10th century permanent Tamil settlments had begun in the Island is clearly borne out by these sources. Looking back at the whole body of evidence that is available to us, we have to conclude that there were no wide spread Tamil settlements in the island until the 10th century. The settlement of Pomparippu and Katriveli have to be regarded as isolated settlements.On the basis of the present evidence we could say that the Tamil settlements started only in the 10th century. These settlements were by no means extensive but their importance lies in the fact that they formed the nucleus of the later settlements that covered the greater part of the Northern Ceylon”

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    November 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm
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      Adoi modaya, North and east is tamil land. You modayas and tamils all come from india. Accept this damn bloody truth. You modayas settled in south and west( damn criminals expelled by indian kings). Tamils settled in north and east. Even bleeding kandyan kingdom ruled by brave tamil kings because you modayas don’t know how to rule a country. Whats happening in now proved you Sinhala modayas don’t know the fucking civilization…Still talking stone age history you fool. Look all the sensors 18 th century til today…

      J.Muthu
      November 9, 2013 at 7:07 pm
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        Another of the descendents of a peon brought in by the British to help run the Empire, to whom the word modaya comes easily and civility is alien. And to learn Sri Lankan history from such a person does not bear thinking.

        ram
        November 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm
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          Modayas is accepted to be a synonym of Sinhalayas all over the world now.

          Piraña
          November 10, 2013 at 5:42 am
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        J.Muthu “North and east is tamil land.” It is a news to me. “You modayas and tamils all come from india.” I hate to agree with you however the pertinent question is when are you going back to your mother land. Please don’t forget to take your Sinhala brethren with you. Make sure you put Ravi Perera, Ram, Jim, Ella Kola, K A Sumanasekera, Sarogini, Hela, …… in the first boat with you. “Even bleeding kandyan kingdom ruled by brave tamil kings because you modayas don’t know how to rule a country. ” Those brave kings ultimately surrendered to White man and were deported back to their mother country. In VP’s case he surrendered but later hacked to death.

        Native Vedda
        November 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm
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      “Here is what Professor Karthigesu Indrapala of Jaffna University had to say” Your mahawamse (500 years after death of gautama) is all bollocks- refer the greatest of all Gautama during his lifetime at Longman Grottoes Loyang China. The cause being of incest breeding of southern sinhala buddhist like the classic monkeys of south sri lanka only (refer Sir David Attenborough) Keep up your good work till India’s seepage Lanka gets annihilated for 1000 years courtesy Bhabha Atomic Station Tamil Nadu.

      Javi
      November 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm
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    Ado Booru ketha Muthu, “North and East Tamil land” In your dreams. Your land is Tamil Nadu. Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia are places you have migrated. Professor Karthigesu Indrapala (Whom I have quoted) of Jaffna University is one such immigrant Sri Lanka gave birth to the Sinhalese civilization. Tamil Nadu gave birth to ketha Muthus. ” Look all the sensors 18 th century til today” Sri Lankas history did not start in the 18th century. It goes way beyond the 18th century. “Even bleeding kandyan kingdom ruled by brave tamil kings because you modayas don’t know how to rule a country.” Kandyan kingdom was ruled by a few Telegu kings not Tamils. We all know how intelligently you harakas ruled North East recently. Your coward VP (Who infact surrendered to the military) showed what a capable leader he is by killing Rajive Gandhi. That was a great investment which had a fantastic payback. Accept man you have been defeated. Your numbers are fast dwindling. There are many Tamils (Who have lived in Sinhalese Areas for a long time) who are becoming Sinhalese by crossing over to the Sinhalese side. Mutthu are you a refugee too ??

    Ravi Perera
    November 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm
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      J.Muthu
      November 9, 2013 at 9:31 pm
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        J.Muthu A resounding rebuttal, keep commenting. You will get there one day, once you have exhausted raging. Thanks.

        Native Vedda
        November 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm
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          I will not going to give up, I am too busy in in my farm in vanni and jaffna, not like this modayas. This modayas never useful their own land. If they let us run whole of shit land we will make heaven on earth…Let them create their own history, Idiot Praba gave everything in platter. What they r doing now good for us. The whole world know their true face. Just wait and see….

          J.Muthu
          November 11, 2013 at 3:20 am
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      Ravi Perera “Sri Lankas history did not start in the 18th century. It goes way beyond the 18th century.” But does not go beyond 2500 years according to Mahanama’s creative writings. K Indrapala wrote his thesis 50 years ago. In his introduction he heavily qualified his research by indicating the limitations that confined him to limited number of sources. At the time of his research Archaeology in this island was in its infancy. DNA studies were new to the medical field, … Did it occur to you that discovery of new evidence changes the quality of conclusion. Remember when he wrote his thesis man hadn’t set foot on the moon. I am not sure if you have noticed the explosion of changes that have transformed the world in every aspect of life, knowledge, information,…and so on. Please go read and catch up with what you have missed in the past 50 years. I know you are a stupid Sinhala/Buddhist with a nano brain like your Tamil brethren J Muthu. You should not take the trouble to prove it to me again, and again, and again.

      Native Vedda
      November 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm
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        “But does not go beyond 2500 years according to Mahanama’s creative writings.” We have only got closer to proving that the Mahawamse is but poppycock. - Starting with the Northern Wei Dynasty in 493 AD The Longmen Grottoes Housing tens of thousands of statues of Gautama and his disciples, There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 1,400 caves, ranging from an 1 inch (25 mm) to 57 feet (17 m) in height. as well as over sixty Buddhist pagodas. Situated in a scenic natural environment, the caves were dug from a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) stretch of cliff running along both banks of the river. The Terracotta Army or the “Terracotta Warriors and Horses”, The figures, dating from around the late 3rd century BC. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. We have only got closer to proving that the Mahawamse is but poppycock.

        Javi
        November 11, 2013 at 5:08 am
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          We have only got closer to proving that the Mahawamse is but poppycock. - The Japanese are faking Mahawamse for the Hinayana Buddhist after its WW2 girly experience with Thailand and the dosh giving to darling Lanka.

          Javi
          November 11, 2013 at 5:14 am
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      (゜゜)~ North and East Tamil land” In your dreams. Your land is Tamil Nadu(゜゜)~ R.. Pera. S/C Everything belongs to us Baharath – You are kallathoni Mugabe loves you. According to the records of Queen Isabel of Spain shoe/cobbler Vas Goda Gama saw Torque Macaques incest Monkey living with brown trash…… they had no clothes and had scabies. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007c1rd …Social Climbers/saw Torque Macaques incest Monkey living with brown trash- Sir David Attenborough 1505 QED Brahma Ki Jai

      Javi
      November 10, 2013 at 4:00 am
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    ela kolla
    November 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm
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    Veddo, Don’t take offence aney. Lanka is Vedda country originally. I will vote for your vanniye atto if he contests for presidential elections. But you are a Tamil right not a vedda.kiyannako aney. Naughty Tamil vedda

    Ravi Perera
    November 10, 2013 at 1:54 am
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      (゜゜)~ Don’t take offence aney(゜゜)~ Baaaney, ne?? Rave the Amude pereeera, eek, eek? Phew! I can’t stand whining. - But your nose is touching the ceiling! - Try Maggot pie! Gota “Gooo”tha :) “Booo”ts ;) - She is not coming- When the Queen belches she issues a royal pardon! - See my nose it’s nice and cold!~゜k・_・k゜~ ~゜k・_・k゜~ ~゜k・_・k゜~  (o|o) (o|o) star ☆彡^5

      Javi
      November 11, 2013 at 4:52 am
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    Javi, I produced what Prof Indrapala’s said, purely because Hoole has quoted two Sinhalese academics. Mahavansa is no different to Bible, Qoran etc. “Keep up your good work till India’s seepage Lanka gets annihilated for 1000 years courtesy Bhabha Atomic Station Tamil Nadu.” You have tried to annihilate us for the past 2500 yrs. You guys by nature are trouble creators.We have survived and we will survive. Your numbers will keep dwindling in the island.

    Ravi Perera
    November 10, 2013 at 2:03 am
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      Everything belongs to us Baharath – You are kallathoni Mugabe loves you. 1505 QED Brahma Ki Jai

      Javi
      November 10, 2013 at 4:03 am
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    Fantastic! SMASH the damn Tamil homeland. It is a CURSE. Its destruction will bring peace and prosperity to all SLs.

    Fathima Fukushima
    November 10, 2013 at 3:21 am
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      1/4 brain it appears from your posts unlike in Mahavansa where a lion. Mated a woman and created Sinhalayas , in your case a dog must have mated a woman and created Fart-ima Fuckshima. You show your canine tendencies like cocking your leg up when you see a tree in this forum. Listen up you mongrel you are neither a Tamil nor a Sinhala to comment in this forum . You mogrel go back to your kennel before some one break your hind leg. What a pathetic creation of Allah . Allah the merciful in your case has not been merciful as he has forgotten to put a brain in your skull or perhaps he put a dog’s brain by mistake in to your head making you an unintelligent being coking legs all over the place like a true mongrel.

      Piraña
      November 10, 2013 at 5:53 am
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      Karunas Karume FooFoo Mossad is getting mewsical Hijab Baaaa?? Opportunity makes a thief like you two.

      Javi
      November 11, 2013 at 5:51 am
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    Fathima Fukushima you are great man. We should smash this so called mythical homeland. The Tamil leaders are trying their level best to bring the Muslims under the Tamil umbrella by playing the Tamil Speaking Card. Never give in brother never

    Ravi Perera
    November 10, 2013 at 11:22 am
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    No point talking about history now. What we can learn from history is that lack of emotional intelligence, commonsense, petty mindedness, pride, and inability to accept mistakes due to pride, Inability to self asses and correct ourselves , in ability to forgive,has lead to this problem. So are we going to wallow in the same muck? As intelligent people we must be able to look at a problem from the other persons point of view. And then find solutions by assessing the problem holistically. Mutual respect should be the platform where Sri Lanka should be built.

    Colombo Man
    November 12, 2013 at 7:48 am
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