18 September, 2021

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Sri Lanka & Tamil Nadu – A Study In Contrasts

By Karikalan S. Navaratnam –

Karikalan S. Navaratnam

Rajapaksa’s Deep State & Tamil Nadu State – Part  II 

Sri Lanka has a total area of 65,610 sq.km (25,330 sq. miles). Her population is 22 million (approx.). Tamil Nadu (excluding Tamil-speaking Union Territory, Puducherry) is in extent 130,058 sq.km (50,216 sq. miles) and has a population of 77 million (approx.). Sri Lanka is loaded with 28 Ministers (the President, the PM and Finance Minister Basil, included). In addition, there are 38 State Ministers. Conversely, the Council of Ministers in Tamil Nadu is made up of 34 members, in all. According to 2011 Census India, religion-wise Tamil Nadu population figures are: Hindus-87.6%, Christians – 6.12 %, Muslims – 5.86 %, Jains – 0.12%, Sikhs – 0.02 % and Buddhists – 0.02 %.

Minorities in TN State

DMK government has revived the Tamil Nadu Minorities Commission under the chairmanship of Peter Alphonse (Christian), a lawyer and Congress Party ex-M.P., Dr. Masthan (Muslim, Vice-Chairman) and seven other members comprising another Muslim member, Christians of different denominations (2), Jains (2), Sikh (1) and (1) Buddhist  monk. The Commission is a statutory body mandated to “safeguard the rights and interests of both religious and linguistic minorities. It visits various parts of the State to study the problems of minorities and recommends suitable remedial measures to the departments concerned.” Also, there are Muslims (currently, 2) and Christians holding ministerial positions in the TN government.

Secular credentials

India, though has a Hindu-majority population (80%), remains a secular State – it is constitutionally mandated. Thanks to the efforts of EVR Periyar (1879–1973), the patriarch of the Dravidian Movement, India’s secular credentials are more pronounced in Tamil Nadu. Unlike the majoritarian Sinhala-Buddhist leaders with primitive predatory passions targeting the ethno-religious minorities, TN ruling establishment has evinced courage and conviction in protecting the rights of the  minorities against iniquitous Hindutva claims. Also, unlike the SB zealots in Colombo newsrooms, mainstream media-persons in India have had the moral fibre to expose and condemn attacks on minority rights and promote liberalism and secularism. In a recent interview with the Times of India”, Chief Minister Stalin took a swipe at the ‘Hindutva’ chauvinists and asserted: “Communal forces will not get an inch in Tamil Nadu…” (Times of India, 14 Aug.2021). On this count, TN has had an exemplary track record.  For instance:

During Hindu Vinayagar Chaturthi ceremony in August/September, Ganesh idols (Gana Deivo) are offered special poojas. After 10 days festivities, the idols are taken inprocession from private homes, temples and other locations to the sea and immersed in water. Occasionally, mischievous Hindu fanatics used the occasion to provoke the Muslims, by installing the idols in Muslim neighbourhoods. (Vide – a report on an incident in 2015):

Though the Hindu outfits had obtained police permission for installing idols at 52 spots in Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai, their decision to install idols at 20 more places, including Muslim-dominant Pattapaththu near Tirunelveli Town, triggered tension. When Hindu Munnani cadres tried to take the idol installed in ……Pattapaththu on an unauthorised route last year, it led to a lathi charge. Hence, the officials denied permission for installing idols in the street this year. However, Hindu Munnani cadres installed an idol, which was confiscated by Tashildar…..and Assistant Commissioner of Police…..The police picked up 19 persons, who attempted to stop the officials from removing the idol….” (The Hindu, 18 Sept.2015 – “Idol installed sans permission at Pattapaththu seized”)

M. Karunanidhi ……took an active interest in (Muslim’s) welfare despite the fact that the Muslim vote can make no significant difference in electoral politics………As T. Nagar (, Chennai-17) grew slowly into a township, in 1970, behind the bus terminus….where Muslims had been promised land for their prayers, a Ganesha idol had emerged overnight. People called it a suyambu, meaning a self-manifested image. Immediately a group of people started claiming right over the land with ideas of constructing a temple there. As the situation threatened to spiral out of control, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi tactfully handled it by ensuring that the ‘thideer pillaiyar’ (instant Ganesha) was removed from the spot.” (Frontline, 31 Aug. 2018 –“ Karunanidhi’s Secularism ”).

This week, DMK government has adopted a resolution in the TN Assembly urging the Modi-government at the Centre to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act, (CAA) 2019 because certain provisions in the Act are discriminatory against the Muslims. (The Hindu, 08 Sept. 2021)

Civilized governance – a pipe dream

These scenarios, testifying to civilized governance, remain a pipe-dream in Sri Lanka. Day in and day out we have witnessed ‘instant’ Buddha statues being planted by the monks and the occupying armed forces in every nook and cranny of Tamil habitats. The modus operandi is that the illegal installation will gradually morph into a complex of Buddhist vihara with a colony of monks, their retinue and a contingent of army for their protection, followed by a pilgrims’ resort and the infrastructure. SB rulers, from Senanayakes to Rajapaksas, have never had the rectitude to resist/reject racism and adapt to civilized behaviour.

How does the judicial arm of the government respond to such acts of racist aggression? Magistrates in the Tamil locality normally order the removal of the illegally installed statue/structure and restore status quo ante. However, Courts of Appeal in Colombo have often acted artfully and made ‘interim’ Stay Orders staying the operation of the Magistrate’s  Order and thereupon the illegal structure becomes a permanent fixture!

Legitimizing an illegal act

Let’s read this BBC report on a Colombo – Court of Appeal decision:

“Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal has issued an injunction order preventing the removal of illegal religious constructions in Trincomalee.” The Court has reversed the decision by the Trincomalee magistrate after considering an appeal by AL Keerthi, Secretary of Trincomalee 3-wheel Taxi Drivers’ Association (TDA).The TDA argues that the magistrates ruling to remove all illegal religious structures was unconstitutional. According to Sri Lanka’s constitution, it is the government’s duty to protect and develop Buddhism in the country. (BBC News, 17 June 2005 – “ Court Order against removing statues.”)

Independent judiciary in TN

In India/Tamil Nadu, Judges of the Superior Courts have been fiercely independent and have acted as bulwarks defending civil / minority rights. It is not a captive judiciary amenable to the diktats of an overbearing executive. The pandemic has given a good excuse for Sri Lankan regime to arrest protestors to prevent escalating public protests. Reportedly, at Rajapaksa’s bidding, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has ‘instructed’ judges to rule in favour of police motions to prohibit public protests. There were reports of arrests and detention of protesting Teachers/Students Union activists. While civil liberties face menacing threats in Sri Lanka, Judges in India/TN have upheld the citizens’ right to protest for public grievances:

Observing that every citizen has a right to protest when their grievance is public in nature, the Madras high court has quashed the trial court proceedings against eight people who had staged a protest seeking to carry out repair works of a road in their village in Tuticorin.” (The Times of India, 9 July 2021 – “ People have right to protest for public grievances…..” ).

The Delhi High Court has articulated similar views on students’ right to protest: “A bench of justices….. held that the foundations of this nation stood on surer footing than those likely to be shaken by a protest, however vicious, organised by college students who operated from the confines of a university.” (Hindustan Times,16 June 2021-“Right to protest is not a terror act: Delhi High Court ”)

Social justice

TN judges have been proactive in identifying potential social problems and have suo motu proposed measures to advance social justice:

“The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to amend the conduct rules applicable to police personnel and provide for punishment to those who harass either the people belonging to…. LGBTQIA+ community or harass non-governmental organisations that support such community members.” (Hindu, 1 Sept. 2021 – “Amend rules to punish police personnel who harass LGBTQIA+ community…”)

For about five decades after independence in India, the Left parties of different shades, were a force to be reckoned with, inside and outside the Parliament. After the Left suffered loss of power in West Bengal in 2011, the Leftists  remain only as a shadow of their former self. In contrast, by courtesy of the erstwhile TN leaders and their ideological moorings – social justice and progressivism, of the five Communist Party M.Ps elected to Lok Sabha at the last Elections (Aug. 2019), four M.P.s (2 CPI and 2 CPM) are from TN and one from Kerala.

Gota’s advisors & apparatchiks

President Gotabaya’s electoral pledge was to provide a “technocratic” “intellectualgovernance, in consonance with his ‘Viyathmaga’ vision. Who are the ‘scholars’, professionals’ and ‘academics’, Gotabaya has consulted on crucial issues – and have coopted to work with? :

“….Five months ago, President Rajapaksa decided to set up the Buddhist Advisory Council to seek the advice and views of Maha Sangha in the process of implementing policies of the Government.” (www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk›, 18 Sept.2020 – “Buddhist Advisory Council commends President ..”) Gotabaya has lately discussed the vital KDU, COVID-19 issues with the ‘erudite’ men from the clergy: (Daily Mirror, 17 July 2021). Also, in his pursuit “ to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society” Gotabaya has appointed men of high calibre and character to various leadership positions. For instance, “Gota’s “Viyath” Regime Appoints Killer Duminda Silva As Housing Authority Chairman” (Colombo Telegraph, 18 July 2021)

Stalin’s functionaries

Let’s take a look at the Economic Advisory Council the TN Chief Minister Stalin has assembled for the economic revival of the State. The council includes Nobel laureate Ms. Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, former Chief Economic Advisor to the Indian government, Aravind Subramanian, Development Economist Jean Dreze, and former Union Finance Secretary S. Narayan.’ (The Hindu, 21 June 2021 – “Nobel Laureate to join the Economic Advisory Council” )

“The five-member team was put together by (Tamil Nadu) Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, who was an investment banker in the US and Singapore before he entered politics. “The Chief Minister was keen that we must get the best minds in the world to help us. Our priority is that growth should be inclusive,” said Rajan.”(Hindustan Times, 22 June 2021). TN Finance Minister’s  profile is a far cry from the credentials of our Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa. Thiagarajan graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in India. He obtained a Master’s degree in Operations Research and a Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering / Engineering Psychology at the University at Buffalo. He then completed his MBA in Financial Management at MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts.

Meritocracy Vs. Ethnocracy

TN Chief Minister has appointed men/women of integrity with expertise and the gravitas to senior administrative positions. Academic qualifications may not be the quintessential element for enhancing efficiency. However, they ensure knowledge, analytical skill and in-depth understanding to acquit oneself well as an executive. TN government’s Principal Secretary, IAS Officer Mr.V. Irai Anbu has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, M.A. (English), M.A. (Labour Mgmt.), M.Sc (Psychology), MBA, Ph.D (Business Admin.) and Ph.D. (Comparative Literature). Likewise, State’s Police Chief C. Sylendra Babu, Director-General of Police (DGP) is an academically accomplished individual and sportsman. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology and had earlier obtained B.Sc, BGL and MA and MBA Degrees.

In the absence of an elected Council (due to postponed elections), Chennai City Corporation encompassing an area of 426 sq.km. with an estimated population of 11.2 million, is currently administered by an IAS officer, Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi, a Sikh gentleman (and not a Tamilian) handpicked by CM Stalin on merits. Women’s Empowerment is EVR Periyar’s dream. Senior female IAS officer Ms. Seethalakshmi has been promoted as the District Collector (similar to former GA in Sri Lanka) for Chennai district, which is the administrative/financial hub of Tamil Nadu.

Myopic minds

Tamil is the official language of Tamil Nadu. Any visitor to TN can notice name-boards of government offices/business houses appearing mostly in English and Tamil languages. And, in most cases the names in English are on the top, in larger characters and the Tamil names below in smaller letters. No one in TN ever raised any hue and cry about these trivialities.

In a bizarre scenario in Sri Lanka, Minister Wimal Weerawansa shouted blue murder and screamed, “Don’t think we, the Sinhalese, are fools”. “Weerawansa has forced a signboard in Mannar to be removed and changed to display the Sinhala description above the Tamil description. He was invited to inaugurate the Palm Development Board’s ‘Panandumbu Production Center’ located at Selvari village, Mannar.

Constitutional articles 18 and 19 declare both Sinhala and Tamil as official and national languages. Article 22 says that public records in the country shall be in Sinhala except North & East where Tamil shall also be used.” (Tamil Guardian, 22 Jan.2020)

Wimal Weerawansa, the main person who speaks to instigate racism and religionism, had recently made statements that would provoke racism by pointing out that the name board of the Jaffna International Airport (JIA) was written in Tamil first, instead of in Sinhala.- Chameera Perera, Convener of the National People’s Council (Adaderana.lk, 21 Oct.2019 –Wimal and Gammanpila incite racism”)

Conclusion

Is everything hunky-dory about Tamil Nadu? The answer is an emphatic “No”. TN has a long way to go before creating an egalitarian society and achieving social justice. Crimes are rampant and there is high-level corruption across all segments of society. In the rural villages there are evil practices such as casteism. However, TN leaders remain seized of these issues and have exhibited political will to clamp down on evil / illegal enterprises. Upon assuming office, CM Stalin has promised to cleanse the Augean stables and has evidently started on a promising note. Critics must wait for a while before drawing a parallel between Stalin’s promise and Gotabaya’s 2019 pledge to create a “disciplined, virtuous and lawful Society”.

No poverty’ goal

NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India – Policy Commission) is a public policy think tank of the Indian government. NITI’s SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) India Index report has said that TN is at the top of the rung in achieving the ‘no poverty’ goal. The achievement is perceived by many as the state emerging out of poverty with the basic need of all its citizens being fulfilled – which is to eat three meals a day. (The Federal, 06 June 2021 – “How TN topped ‘no poverty’ SDG goal after a year’s lockdown?”)

TN – the positives

There are no state-sponsored ‘killer squads’ or ‘white van’ abductions in TN targeting journalists, dissidents or civil rights activists. There is a vibrant civil society with vigilant advocacy groups, activists and PILs (Public Interest Litigants) ready to pounce on errant officialdom. As such, rulers in TN do not politically embrace convicted criminals or reward them with positions of power. Judges of the Superior Courts of TN/India have convicted and jailed even powerful leaders like the mighty Indira Gandhi, Jayalalithaa, Lalu Prasad Yadav (ex-CM, Bihar). Criminals with blood on their hands may rule the roost in Sri Lanka, with total impunity. And, the law cannot touch them. The Judiciary, media and civil society in India would have raised their collective voice against sabotaging the judicial process and releasing the criminals involved in many emblematic cases (Lasantha, Thajudeen, Ekneligoda, Keith Noyahr, Navy-11, Trinco-5, French Charity ACF-17 etc.).

While monks in Sri Lanka run riot beyond the reach of the law and, at times, even thumb their nose at the judiciary, many Hindu Godmen and gurus in TN/India are either in jail or on the run. To my knowledge, in TN two powerful godmen are currently in hot water, accused of child-sexual abuse, Siva Sankar Baba is in jail while ‘Swami’ Nithiyananda is on the run. Many kids of tender age from poor Buddhist families in Sri Lanka have lost their pristine innocence and sweet childhood at the hands of priestly predators. It is blasphemy even to discuss about it. Wake up, Sri Lanka!

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    Karma and irony work in strange ways.
    This obsession to turn sri lanka into a sinhala supremacist state may result in it becoming a chinese state instead!

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    Mr. Navaratnam , thankyou for presenting real facts whereas many of our ignorant retards have no clue about the progress made in TN in past 2 decades including development, foreign investment and esse to fo business .Our failed Sir and SF are arrogant and stupid to call TN leaders as clowns and idiot. Currently almost one fourth of people living in Chennai are from outer states who are vital cog wheel in development. TN has a credible history where no outsiders are harassed even when state is in conflict for example Karnataka and Kerala in water sharing. Even Lankan cricketers were requested to avoid playing IPL because of security concerns and safety , not because of harassment.The fools who have no clue and parrot only the negativity should realize crime and corruption are right now a daily event in Lanka and you have minister Wimal who, s only achievement in his career will be changing name board. Then you have Rajapaksas who have looted much more compared to any known political leader in TN. Karuna and Jeya faced political and legal repercussions where as retards have elected amd send whole Rajapaksa family to occupy the house , ministry, treasury ,judiciary ___.

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      Here is something to compare. Today news says our state minister and a clown of Viyathgama, Lohan Ratwatte broke into Welikada prison with his drunken friends to visit prison and gallows. Looks like even prison is not spared by our drunken state minister. Prison officials said they were verbally abused ,state minister LR even carried a pistol and some of his friends were hardly could walk. Though prison officials confirmed incident, as usual our state minister of prison denied any such incident. Now officials will be transferred for doing their job. It is obvious this retard is the one should be inside and prisoners should be freed.

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        More to compare . Mr. Spare wheel Ketagoda who made way for Basil to become Finance Minister is now back replacing Cabraaaal , who in turn resigned to become CB governor. Yet another Viyathmaga clown Jegathkumara Sumitharrachi says people should sacrifice one meal (instead of three times have two ) to help Lanka recover. Why don’t he trying telling this to Rajapaksas.

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        Hi Chiv,
        What else would you expect when 6.9 Million voters who gained 2500 years of wisdom, elect bunch of 225 Idiots. What else to say but “Yes to All FOUR LEGGED grass eating Politicos so elected – may be due to divine intervention or Karma!”

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    “To my knowledge, in TN two powerful godmen are currently in hot water, accused of child-sexual abuse, Siva Sankar Baba is in jail while ‘Swami’ Nithiyananda is on the run.”
    Meanwhile, in our thrice-blessed paradise, a predator who preyed on young girls in the London Buddhist Vihara is lionised by the Prime Minister himself.

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    Karikalan S. Navaratnam
    “Day in and day out we have witnessed ‘instant’ Buddha statues being planted by the monks and the occupying armed forces in every nook and cranny of Tamil habitats…)

    What you called ‘Tamil habitats’ were once upon a time ‘Sinhala habitats’. Those Sinhala habitats in NE were destroyed by Dravida invaders. Before Europeans colonized Sinhale only a small number of Dravidians lived in this country. Dravida population increased dramatically after colonial rulers brought millions of them from Hindustan to Yapanaya and Central highlands to work in their plantations, to build roads and railways. During British rule, they settled Dravidians from Yapanaya in the coastal areas in the East and brought large numbers to Colombo to help them to operate the Government machinery. Dravidians who settled down in Sinhale built ‘Kovils’ all over the Sinhala Buddhists country without any hindrance. In the North, Tamils have demolished ancient Buddhist temples and built ‘Kovils’ on top of them.
    —-
    Europeans who colonized Sinhale brought Christianity and forced that religion on Sinhala Buddhists and built Churches all over the Sinhala Buddhist country. Europeans also demolished Buddhist temples and built Churches on top of them.
    —-
    Muslims who settled down in Sinhale after they were saved by Sinhala Buddhists when they faced persecution by Portuguese built Mosques all over the Sinhala Buddhist country.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      Now you seem to rant about Tamils, their origin, their history, their language, their religion, Tamil Nadu Toilet problem, ……….. did you hear Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin has announced that Indian History writing should start from South India, which has used Tamili to communicate even 2800 years ago.

      Now he wants to expand archaeological excavation in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Kerala, Andhra, ….. Pakistan, South East Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, ….. China, ….. Egypt, … as part of research into Thamil History.

      What do you have to say to that.
      Please consult Raj Somadeva before you start typing.

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    Karikalan S. Navaratnam
    There is one common thing to both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka; the way Tamils treat their own people who belong to low castes.

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    Karikalan S. Navaratnam
    “SB rulers, from Senanayakes to Rajapaksas, have never had the rectitude to resist/reject racism and adapt to civilized behaviour.”

    I couldn’t agree with you more.
    If SB rulers, except Mahinda Rajapaksa, had the rectitude to resist/reject racism of Tamil politicians, native Sinhalayo would not have had to go through the hell they went through for three decades under Tamil terrorism. Except Mahinda Rajapakshe, all the other rulers mollycoddled racist Tamil politicians and turned this country to a pool of blood.

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    Karikalan S. Navaratnam
    “Many kids of tender age from poor Buddhist families in Sri Lanka have lost their pristine innocence and sweet childhood at the hands of priestly predators.”
    —-
    Where were you when LTTE Tamil terrorists grabbed children, even seven years old from their parents by force and recruited as child soldiers? Reports say LTTE recruited about 3000 children as child soldiers. Some of them were used to make suicide jackets and bombs.

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      Eagle Thaatha stop shyting here and posting the same rubbish and lies, again and again. Give us a break. Please take your tablets and go to sleep.

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      EE,

      Even if that is true, the LTTE made those (supposed) children steel that Sori Sinhala Army could not stand against fighting those supposed children.

      If those monks or persons with similar tendencies if ever had tried to touch those LTTE trained, hard discipline instilled, supposed boys, those persons would have been left castrated to their rest of life to regret and introspect their actions.

      Where as these child monks themselves turn into sexual predators later in the life.

      That is the difference.

      Given the circumstances, LTTE’s approach has been fair and reasonable, if those were actually children.

      Almost all of them looked like children because of severe malnutrition and starvation imposed on them by Sori Sinhala State’s war strategy of starving target population by severe restriction of essential food and ban of essential items.

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    “Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal has issued an injunction order preventing the removal of illegal religious constructions in Trincomalee. The Court has reversed the decision by the Trincomalee magistrate after considering an appeal by ………………” (a 3-wheeler driver!)

    This is just the sort of thing that prompted Ranjan Ramanayake to criticize the judiciary. According to the unwritten law of this land, which the courts seem to follow, once someone puts up a Buddha statue somewhere, then no one can remove it, whether it has been done legally or illegally!

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      Captain Morgan,
      “According to the unwritten law of this land, which the courts seem to follow, once someone puts up a Buddha statue somewhere, then no one can remove it, whether it has been done legally or illegally!”
      —-
      Same thing has happened in situations where Tamils have built ‘Kovils’ demolishing Sinhala Buddhist heritage sites in the North and Muslims have built Mosques on top of Sinhala Buddhist heritage sites in the East.
      During ‘Yahapalana’ Government, several Mosques were built in Sinhala Buddhist areas in the South without obtaining approval. They are still there.

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    You can’t have a good relationship if one party is always going to feel existentially threatened by the other. It makes that party deluded in its thinking and become overly aggressive towards the other. The Sinhala-Buddhist nation needs good cognitive-behaviour therapy to overcome its PTSD rooted in the country’s traumatic past. It must learn to think straight before it is too late. I don’t want to make its paranoia worse, but India is watching and waiting. A course correction with regard to the Tamil question and with regard to relations with China is an urgent priority if a grave catastrophe is to be avoided. It would be a good first step to accept the prescription offered by Geneva as a treatment to deal with its PTSD.

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      Ajay Sundara Devan
      “The Sinhala-Buddhist nation needs good cognitive-behaviour therapy…”
      —-
      Sinhala Buddhists do not need cognitive-behaviour therapy. It is Tamils and Muslims who were accommodated by Sinhala Buddhists in their country that require therapy because they stabbed in the back of Sinhala Buddhists who helped them. Only people with some form of a mental disorder can do such things.

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      “India is watching and waiting”

      In the frustration as to why Sori Sinhala State could not finish genocide despite Hinida’s active assistance, or in the expectation of how soon the Sori Sinhala State can finish the genocide?

      Which one Hindia is watching and waiting for, perhaps both.

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    Unfair comparison. TN is mono-ethnic so no problems. SL is cursed with diversity so SL is bound to fail.

    Spell out one nation that developed while respecting diversity (other than Singapore which is a Chinese outpost)? None.

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      Jadam, it is not mono ethnic, there are large amounts of native Telugu and Kannada and Malayalam speakers . Now millions of North Indians, have migrated looking for work. You should know this as Sri Lankan Muslims originate from Tamil Nadu and migrated to the island a few centuries ago. This means you are also admitting to the fact that the Muslims in Sri Lanka are Tamils, as you have stated Tamil Nadu is mono ethnic and your ancestors, the Muslims of Tamil Nadu are Tamil.

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      GATAM,
      “SL is cursed with diversity so SL is bound to fail.”

      The fault is with Native Sinhalayo. They accommodated every Tom, Dick and Harry who wanted to settle down in their country.

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        EE, thank you for being candid.

        Yes, no doubt every Tom, Dick and Harry dipped their d…k into what is now called Sinhalese through out the history when passing around this Island or had stayed in transit.

        But then, you are happy and proud for and with a lion to have prodded you, so why complain about Human species?

        That culture is now continuing with Chinese.

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    There is one thing that is very common in tamilnaadu.that is corruption and making money by political leaders.tamilnaadu was free of corruption up to LATE KAMARAJAR period.srilanaka was free of corruption up to DUDLEY SENNAYAKAS period.in tamilnaadu the corruption KING WAS KARUNANITI AND IT LATER FOLLOWED BY QUEEN JAYALALITHA. IN SRILANAKA CORRUPTION SLOWLY STARTED UNDER SRIMAVO BANDARNAYAKE AND FOLLOWED BY CORRUPTION KING MAHINDA LIKE SUNAMI AND NOTHING IS LEFT BEHIND FOR ANY FUTURE LEADER TO MAKE MONEY FOR ANOTHER 50 YEARS AT LEAST.

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      THey may have been corrupt, but despite being corrupt these Dravidian parties, developed Thamizh Nadu, to its current position and uplifted its masses. Especially many from the low and other downtrodden castes. This is why they are very popular. In Sri Lanka the Chingkalla Buddhist leaders were not only corrupt but racist and evil to the core. No wonder the country went down the hill. Further the Chingkallams and the Muslims have also been brainwashed with lies and racist myths, the former they are Aryans and the latter they are Arabsand are superior to the Dravidian Thamizh, when in reality the vast majority of both people are desceneded frolm largely low caste Indian Thamizh immigrants. These sort of lies and myths, believed by both people has created extremism and will never allow the country to develop.

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        Pandi Kutti,
        “In Sri Lanka the Chingkalla Buddhist leaders were not only corrupt but racist and evil to the core.”
        —-
        Wait a minute! Don’t you know that Sinhala Buddhists accommodated Tamils brought to their country by colonial rulers and abandoned in this country?
        If you have a problem in living with Native Sinhalayo best thing you can do is to pack your bag and return to your ancestral homeland allowing those who are willing to live peacefully with Native Sinhalayo to live in Sinhale.

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    How about a comparison between Tamil Nadu and Tamil Elam?

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    Sri Lanka & Tamil Nadu – A Study in Contrasts;

    Was it really contrasts?, I think of more commonalities than contrasts if only you replace Tamils in Sri Lanka with Brahmans in Tamil Nadu.

    You could observe parallels between the plights of Tamils in Sri Lanka with that of Brahmins in Tamil Nadu.

    In Sri Lanka the minority that dominated the majority was the Tamils who were supposed to be favored by the colonial powers and in South India, it was the 3%Brahmins who were favored.

    Whether true or not it was the perception, and on the first opportunity the majority took revenge mercilessly on the supposed privileged groups.

    And both justified their actions in the name of affirmative action and or social justice..
    it was Anakarika Dharmapala who led the Theravada Sinhala Buddhist revivalist movement whereas in Tamil Nadu it was the Dravidian movement led by Periyar E.V.K Ramasamy Naiyakar.

    Mr Navaratnam refers to the action of present DMK to revive the Tamil Nadu Minorities Commission -a statutory body mandated to “safeguard the rights and interests of both religious and linguistic minorities.

    However it is noteworthy to find not a single minority Brahmans as a member.

    It is a painful reality that minorities wherever they are, are at the mercy of majorities.

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      However, strangely many stalwarts of the Dravidian parties were Brahmins, including Jayalalitha and Brahmins in Thamizh Nadu are ethnically Thamizh . They were indeed having a stranglehold on Thamizh Nadu until the Dravidian parties came to power. Everything was in their hands and no non Brahmim Thamizh was allowed to come up and were treated very badly/ This sadly was the truth. It was the Dravidian parties, despite all the bribe taking and corruption, lifted up the Thamizh massed and made Thamizh Nadu into a industrialized prosperous state. Now there is hardly any anti Brahmin sentiment in Thamizh Nadu, as the masses have come up and do not care.

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        It was as only a Chingkalla perception and fairy tale that the colonial powers, meaning Britain, as the Portuguese and Dutch ruled the Eezham Thamizh territores as a separate colony, favoured the Thamizh. The British never favoured the Thamizh. They only used and recruited them due to their hardword and industriousness. The Chingkallams were quite lazy, will not work hard, hence the British had to import labour from Thamizh Nadu. Other than their upper classes and the Catholics/Protestant Chingkallams, they hardly took up to higher education. The Thamizh on the other hand took up to higher education. If the British had favoured the Thamizh, they will not be in this position. They first merged the Thamizh lands with the Chingkallams, hardly developed the Thamizh areas. It was the American missionaries and the Hindu institutions, who opened all these schools in the northand east The British largely opened schools only in the South. At the request of the Chingkallams large tracts of Thamizh lands were transferred to Chingkallams by the British. Pathavi Kulam( Padaviya) Thamban Kadavai( Thaman Kaduwa) and the Puttalam/Chilaw area. Resulting in the Thamizh living along the north west coast, forcibly converted to Chingkallams last century.

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          The British favorued the Chingkallams, wrongly thinking they were the native brown Aryans, just below them in the racial pecking order, like the North Indians and the Dravidian Thamizh were outsiders. The was colonial White racism. Lastly when independence came in 1948, the British handed over power only to the Chingkallams, with hardly any safe guards to the island’s Thamizh. They had no right to have done it. Did not ask the Thamizh whata they really wanted. Not asking a few corrupt Colombo Thamizh, who were more Chingkallam than Thamizh. They should have either divided the country just like the way they found it or created a federal form of government before they left. They did neither nor did not care, as long as Trincomallee and the tea estates belonged to them. The Chingkallams as usual promised all this will with the British and then natioanlized them and the British were chased out of Trincomallee. The Chingkallams are very good at making false promises, that they never intend to keep. Just like the way they are now takking India, the west and the UN for a ride with Human rights and reconciliation.

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            Pandi Kutti,
            “Lastly when independence came in 1948, the British handed over power only to the Chingkallams,…”
            —-
            What else you expect British to do?
            In 1815, Native Sinhalayo signed the Kandyan Convention with British and handed over Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo to British. Dravidians who lived in Sinhale as remnants of invaders and Dravidians brought to Sinhale by colonial rulers had no involvement in signing the Kandyan Convention. After 1815, whole of Sinhale from Point Pedro to Dondra Head came under British rule. After British realized keeping Sinhale as one of their colonies is not a profitable venture, they returned the country they took from Native Sinhalayo back to Native Sinhalayo and left.

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              Eagle,
              “What else you expect British to do?”
              If they handed it to the Tamils, maybe we wouldn’t have toilets today, as you are so fond of saying, BUT:
              The CEO’S of several big US corporations would be Sri Lankans
              We would have 3 Volkswagen factories, apart from hundreds of others.
              We would have enough food to export.
              The Dollar would be 75/=
              People wouldn’t have to go overseas for surgeries.
              We would have a metro at least in Colombo.
              Finally, people like you could find work in the CMC instead of Canada.

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                old codger

                “Finally, people like you could find work in the CMC instead of Canada.”

                You are being extraordinarily optimistic.
                Do you really think people like Eagle Blind Eye are able or willing to work?
                I am not that confident about Eagle Blind Eye .

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      Sri Krish the Brahmins from Tamil Nadu are Hindu belonging to the majority religion. Tamil by ethnicity, this means they again belong to the majority indigenous ethno linguistic group of the state. So where is the minority? Yes Brahmins are 3% of Tamil Nadu’s population, so are all castes, even the powerful Vellalars in Tamil Nadu are below 20% and are further divided, into various subcastes that hardly into marry into each other. EG. Mudaliyar, Pillai, Saiva Pillai, Gounder, Kongu Vellalar, North Indian origin Gangai Vellalar and just ordinary Vellalar, meaning no caste or community amongst the Tamils are in a majority. not just the Tamil Brahmins. Tamil Brahmins had a stranglehold on the politics, economy and white collar jobs in the state, especially in the field of law and accounting and other Tamils hardly had a look into or say, until the Dravidian parties broke this stranglehold and allowed other Tamils also to advance. However, the crude and cruel methods they used to do this, should be condemned, especially falesely stating Tamil Brahmins are not Tamils but Norht Indians.

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    I agree!
    Majority and minority are defined in different ways. In Sri Lanka it is racial and religious. In India it is religious. Hindus are the majority- The Tamils, the Telugus, the Kanadians, the Malayalees, the Hindi speaking people and Bengalese are all belong to the majority while Muslims, Christians and dalits are minorities. In the west, it is the white and black divide.
    You could crudely say that the majorities are the oppressors and the minorities are the oppressed.
    I always stand with the oppressed

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