16 June, 2021

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Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry Accepts North Is ‘Oppressed’, The ‘Homeland’, LTTE A ‘Tamil Independence Movement’

By Daya Gamage

Daya Gamage

If one goes by the June 1 media release of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responding to the May 18 (2021) Resolution on Sri Lanka presented to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Relations Committee by a group of Congressmen of that Committee, the pro-LTTE professional operatives’ global endeavor has received the endorsement of Sri Lanka’s incumbent administration. It has also given the signal to the governing authorities of the United States to amend their approach to Sri Lanka’s national issues.

The Foreign Ministry in its response to the US Congressional Resolution does not challenge the latter’s declarations that “The U.S. Members of the House of Representatives still strongly believe that northeastern region is historically oppressed”; “the conflict that the Government of Sri Lanka had was against various armed Tamil independence organizations”; “Whereas the northeastern region of the country, the traditional Tamil homeland”.

At a Zoom Meeting in the evening of Thursday, June 3 organized by a group of Sri Lankan expatriates in California in the United States, to which Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage participated from Colombo at the direction of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had no explanation when the issue was raised as to why his Ministry media release never mentioned about those three vital declarations. He was mum to the raised query.

Neither the United States Department of State nor the foreign policy-formulating National Security Council (NSC) in the White House have not gone on record – under both Republican and Democratic administrations – accepting the North-East region of Sri Lanka a ‘Tamil Homeland’, the LTTE and other groups that were fighting the Government of Sri Lanka ‘Tamil independence organizations’ or ‘northern region is historically oppressed’.

The U.S. in 1997 under federal laws designated the LTTE a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organization’ (FTO) to which the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision confirmed. The LTTE and Turkey’s PKK jointly petitioned the Supreme Court for the recognition of their respective organizations, and requested the High Court to declare that the ‘assistance’ provided to these two separatist organizations – the petitioners described as liberation organizations – by those who are domiciled in the U.S. should not be considered a Federal crime for ‘providing material support to a terrorist organization’. The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed their law suit.

The U.S. officially had never declared that the northern Tamil people were ‘historically oppressed’ but reiterated the importance of restoring certain constitutional rights to the minority Tamil people. Washington throughout worked with Sri Lanka governments and in talks with separatist Tamil groups on the premise of protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of a ‘unitary state’. At a U.S. House of Representatives’ testimony on the Sri Lanka issue in 2007, House Foreign Affairs Committee member Brad Sherman – one of the co-sponsors of the May 18 Resolution – inquired from the State Department official whether the LTTE could be termed as a ‘liberation movement’ to which the official reiterated that it’s a terrorist organization which the State Department had rightfully designated an FTO.

In ignoring the language used by the Resolution which are very much based on the perennial ‘slogans’ and ‘policy planks’ of the LTTE as well as the professional operatives within the Tamil Diaspora, the Government of Sri Lanka seems to have given the signal to Washington establishments such as the State Department and the White House National Security Council to make changes of its approach to Sri Lanka’s national issues. 

When the issue was raised at the June 3 Zoom Meeting, Foreign Secretary Colombage never responded.

The burden of making the Lawmakers and policymakers in the United States knowledgeable has been initiated by Sri Lankan expatriates in Washington- Maryland division, the States of California and Nevada. The initiative taken by (retd) Colonel Lucky Rajasinghe of California, political activist-coordinator Sanje Sedera of Nevada and Social activist Angalica Silva of Maryland have gone to some extent of reaching policymakers and lawmakers in the U.S.  A group of professional Sri Lankan expatriates led by Dr. Neville Hewage in Canada has had many Zoom Meetings – in which one participant was Lord Naseby of the UK House of Lords – to strategize a message to their lawmakers and policymakers. These strenuous efforts were taken with no inputs from the Sri Lanka administration, but make the Sri Lankan expatriates’ endeavors difficult when infantile media releases are issued by its Foreign Ministry.

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are still to coordinate with expatriates – some of whom are experts on the workings of the American system – in the United States to strategically approach the lawmakers and policymakers, an undertaking the Government of Sri Lanka should have seriously taken.

Instead, in response to the May 18 House Foreign Affairs Committee Resolution, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a serious blunder in helping American governing authorities to amend their approach toward Sri Lanka’s national issues, obviously to the delight of the professional activists within the Tamil Diaspora who were once were counselors of the LTTE and its demised leader Prabhakaran.

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    The author Daya Gamage is overly taxing himself. He has a goal. What is it?
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    I come to think that his goal is an Agenda. His agenda is to see that Minority Tamils are kept as slaves of Majority Sinhalese.
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    If anyone could show me a different way to look at it, I’d appreciate. Thank you.

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      Mr.Gamage,
      “the conflict that the Government of Sri Lanka had was against various armed Tamil independence organizations”; “Whereas the northeastern region of the country, the traditional Tamil homeland”.
      From the colour of your beard, I assume you weren’t born yesterday.
      1.The GOSL itself conceded that there is a Tamil homeland. Read the 1987 Indo-SL Agreement.
      2. If there is no such homeland, why were Tamil refugees sent in ships to the NE by the government during various riots?
      The LTTE was a terrorist outfit, but that has nothing to do with the issue of whether or not the NE is a Tamil homeland.

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        Old Codger,
        Even before 1987, almost all the Sri Lankan leaders agreed for a federal solution for North-East.

        “A succinct and precise answer to that is provided by Dr. Rohan Edirisingha in his illuminating essay “Federalism: Myths and realities” in which he makes the following observation – “It is significant to note that long before Tamil political leaders advocated federalism, the young S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike in the mid-1920s and the Kandyan Sinhalese representatives before the Donoughmore Commission in the late-1920s were advocates of a federal Sri Lanka.The Kandyan Sinhalese proposed a federal Ceylon with three provinces including a province for the North-East.”
        The agreement signed by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and S.J.V. Chelvanayagam in 1957 was a significant event in the political history of post-independence Sri Lanka.
        Chandrika proposals for devolution of power
        The Oslo accord between Sri Lanka and LTTE agreeing for federal solution.

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          Ajith
          Let there be some honesty here.
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          The ACTC never accepted a federal solution during GGP’s time and Kumar Ponnambalam’s time.
          The Vaddukoddai Resolution is a clear call for secession, and its logic was that all proposals for devolution like federalism and district councils have failed.
          When the LTTE called the shots there wan no federal solution mentioned by anyone.
          It was tn the Norway round of Peace Talks that federalism was accepted by the LTTE spokesperson Balasingam. It is known that he was severely reprimanded for agreeing to it by the Tigers abroad. VP, the leader was rather silent.
          But things drifted towards war rapidly soon after.
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          Between 1974, when the FP (TUF by then) last mentioned federalism even casually and 2010 when it returned to it is quite along time in history.
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          It would be honest to admit that the FP ditched federalism some time after 1957 in favour of muted forms of devolution and picked it up rather late.
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          There was someone else who suggested far more meaningful form of federalism than SWRDB’s, who hardly receives a mention in Nationalist circles.

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            SJ,
            I don’t understand what you are trying to prove here?
            Are you trying to say that you agree with Daya Gamage on “North East is not Tamils Traditional home land?

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              I do not agree with DG, but disagree with your falsification of history that “… almost all the Sri Lankan leaders agreed for a federal solution for North-East.”
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              Cannot you understand that even the old generation Tamil leaders were not all for federalism, and that the LTTE was not.
              As for the Sinhalese, SWRDB said it at some stage in the State Council. That was the beginning and end of his federalism.
              *
              Are you trying to say that you agree with Daya Gamage on “North East is not Tamils Traditional home land?
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              Those are your words not mine.

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          Ajith ,

          “The Oslo accord between Sri Lanka and LTTE agreeing for federal solution”

          Only for the North and not EAST. you can search that video clip where Solheim mentions this fact

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            Keep om lying repeating your fairy tales. The North and East are the homeland of the Eelam Tamils and the LTTE from the beginning was always insistent on this and would have never agreed to the Federal solution just for the north only without the east. Sinhalese racists love to create fairy tales. Especially the recently Sinhalized South Indian immigrant variety. Ethnically cleansing thousands of Tamils and then settling thousands of out of area southern Sinhalese in large parts of the east, does not make the east Sinhalese or Muslim. Everything about the east is Tamil. Its history, rulers, place names ruins, culture etc. Go and look at all the place names of the east before 1948, every village, town, city, hill river is a Tamil name. Nothing Sinhalese. The vast majority of the Sinhalese in the east were settled in the late 1970s on by the Sinhalese state, using the power of the state and armed forces on ethnically cleansed and renamed Tamil lands. Now people who are still a minority in the east and only arrived here after 1948 most of them in the 1980s are now trying to claim the east is there and not the land of the Tamil speakers, who are the majority in every district in the east.

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              sorry not there but theirs

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                When the British demarcated the present Northern and Eastern provinces and declared these two provinces as the ancient historical homeland of the Eelam or indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils, it was declared on lands and areas that the Sinhalese had not even the remotest claim. Even the remotest and far fetched Sinhalese claim to lands, were looked upon favourably by the British and these lands were made part of the so called historical Sinhalese provinces. Hence the once Tamil North West Puttalam, Chilaw and Negombo areas that were part of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom, were given to the Sinhalese. Similarly large areas in the now so called Sinhalese North Central Province, that were even upto the 18th century Tamil were declared Sinhalese. Eg Pathavi Kulam/Mathavachchi area now renamed Padaviya and Medawachchiya. further towards Polonaruwa in the east ThambanKadavai was given to the Sinhalese and renamed as Tamankaduwa. Because of this the Tamils lost a lot of their ancient historical areas. What is the present north and east is the core Tamil area, where the Sinhalese had no claim whatsoever. Now after independence, thanks to the British, the Sinhalese have been using their majority, state power, the armed forces and police and fake concocted history to ethnically cleanse and claim even these ancient core Tamil lands, that they never had any claims whatsoever before 1948, as theirs.

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              Wether we lie or not, we control the country. It is you who have to get the international community on your side and get them to belive your history to win your homeland. The more you do not agree for a solution sans East , it is helping us. Thats all we need just to keep dragging on, so we can settle more and more sinhalese in the North. Tamil settlements in the east is restricted to about 10 miles from the loast (Except Batti-where Tamils and Muslims live together)
              During the reign of colonial powers you tamils came and settled along the coast in the east. Sparsely populated vast tracks of interior was always sinhala. The Tamil names you are talking about in the east are names put by you tamils during the reign of the colonial powers.
              Anyway you have your history and we have ours. It is upto you to convince and win. Start with the embassies in Colombo.
              You also use the word Tamil speakers when you want to become majority, but Muslims will always throw in their lot with us when it comes to a crunch man.
              USA might help you get the whole country to drive out the Chinese just like they did in Afganistan to get rid of Russians. There you go man a glimer of hope…

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                Racist rantings from a Sinhalese racist of recent South Indian immigrant origin. Tamils history in the east is very ancient and the only people who arrived during the European colonial era from the then Tamil lands in South India are the ancestors of the so called Sinhalese Karawa, Salagama, Durwa and a few other Sinhalese communities now making up half, the present day so called Sinhalese population. Many with Portuguese names like Perera to hide their original lowly South Indian Tamil origin. Like SSS states, most of this anti Tamil rantings are from these recently Sinhalised South Indian immigrants be they be low or high born. Sinhalese were less than 4% in the eastern province at the time of independence , confined to a few remote border villages, where they arrived and settled during the Kandyan uprising. The rest are all recent state sponsored settlers , largely settled during the last 40 years on ethnically cleansed Tamil lands now claiming that the land belongs to them, as they think they can. You do admit the idea of all Sinhalese led governments is not to grant any just Tamil rights but pretend to and stall, until thousands of Sinhalese are settled in Tamil lands and the Tamils are no more a majority in their own lands. You are an out and out anti Tamil Sinhalese racist.

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                  The Muslims are ethnic Tamils from South India and only arrived in the NE a few centuries ago as refugees. If anything happens they will the side with the Tamils, especially the ones in the NE as they know , where there interests lie. They were the first to greet and welcome their fellow countrymen the Indian IPKF.
                  The Muslims are ethnic Tamils from South India and only arrived in the NE a few centuries ago as refugees. If anything happens they will the side with the Tamils, especially the ones in the NE as they know , where there interests lie. They were the first to greet and welcome their fellow countrymen the Indian IPKF. 72% Muslims living down south will be forced to side with Sinhalese racists like you, as they have no choice and will suffer immensely. What is happening to them at the hands of the Sinhalese racists in just a precursor, of their future when the Tamils are gone. Trying again to cunningly draw them into your racist fight against their fellow Tamils. They should have learnt their lesson by now.

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                Regarding East
                The Siva temple at Trincomalee known as Koneswaram is of considerable antiquity despite the efforts of Sinhalese nationalist historians to deny the Tamil Hindu character of the ancient port city. The earliest reference to a Hindu temple is in fact the Mahavamsa, where chapter 35, verses 40 to 41 indicate that in the 4th century CE King Mahasena destroyed three ‘Deva temples’ in Gokarna (Trincomalee), Erakavilla (Eravur) and in the village of the Brahmin Kalanda to atone for his defiance of orthodox Theravada Buddhism (Gokarna in Sanskrit translates as the “cow’s ear” and signifies a place of Saivite Hindu worship). He reportedly built Buddhist viharas in their place. Mahavamsa chapter 48, verses 20 to 30, refers to the ‘Siva temple on Trikuta hill on the Eastern coast of Lanka’. The evidence is clear that the ancient port city of Trincomalee (or Gokarna) was a Tamil Hindu place of worship since antiquity.
                The inscriptions dated to the kings Udaya III and Mahinda IV in the 10th century refer to Tamil lands (Demel gam bim) in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. Inscriptions dated to this period also refers to a Tamil village in Kantalai called Chatur Vedimangalam. This village, consecrated to the performance of Tamil Hindu religious rituals, had a local assembly that administered the community. (S. Gunasingham, Trincomalee Inscription Series, Peradeniya, 1974).
                Continued…

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                  Continuation from above…
                  A 12th century Tamil inscription from Kantalai refers to the Siva temple of Ten Kailasam. (Epigraphia Zeylanica). Another inscription from Palamottai from the Trincomalee district records a monetary endowment to a Hindu temple by a Tamil widow for the merit of her husband. This was administered by a member of the Tamil military caste – the Velaikkarar (Epigraphia Zeylanica, Volume 4, Number 20).
                  Chapter 83 of the Culavamsa refers to Magha’s garrisons in Kottiyaaram, Trincomalee, Kantalai, Kattukulam and Padavikulam. The temple of Tirukovil in the Amparai district was built by Magha (Ceylon Tamil Inscriptions, page 6). Archeological evidence indicates that the Siva temple in Kokkadicholai in the Batticaloa district dated to his time.
                  The Tamil lands of what is today Amparai and Batticaloa were traditionally divided into several principalities or ‘pattus’. These included Manmunai-pattu, Palukamam-pattu, Natukaatu, Eravur-pattu, Porativu-pattu and Koralaipattu. Pattu in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam denotes a territorial division consisting of several villages.
                  Medieval Tamil texts such as the Mattakalapu Manmiyam, the Konesar Kalvettu and the Dakshina Kailasa Puranam, not to mention the later Mattakalapu Purva Caritram, provide useful insights on the political conditions in what is today the Eastern Province in the 13 and 14th centuries.
                  The Tamils were a clear cut majority in the Eastern region until post-independent governments resettled Sinhalese in the region.

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                    Lanka Cuna,

                    You have given a history lesson. Thanks for this.

                    During different periods of our history we did come under South Indian domination This is no different to going under British rule. There were Tamils who settled down (Just like the Indian tamils in the Central Hills)
                    in the East during this time. But they have and still they do live as a minority.

                    You talk of Tamil inscriptions, in another 1000 yrs there would be similar inscriptions that will pop up in Nuwara Eliya. So the inscriptions you meantion are no different to that.

                    Anyway if you think you have a compelling case pls call for an international inquiry to investigate the validity of your homeland concept.

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                    “Tamil military caste – the Velaikkarar”
                    Was there such a caste?
                    The word refers to either reserve forces or mercenaries.

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                      “The Tamils were a clear cut majority in the Eastern region until post-independent governments resettled Sinhalese in the region.”
                      Does this mean that there were Sinhalese there earlier who were resettled?

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      The guy used to write for Asian Tribune, and once that site became inactive, has gravitated to CT for attention, in the process exaggerating whatever little influence the Tamils may have in the U.S.

      Other conflicts like Syria, Libya, ISIS, Hamas/Israel, etc., have come and gone, and Covid deaths in America have surpassed the loss of American lives during the world wars. The SL conflict is largely a forgotten one in the U.S. The world, including the U.S., didn’t go to the aid of the victims when it really mattered in 2009, despite current noises being made via UNHRC.

      But some people need to stay in the limelight and publish even if it means making a mountain out of a molehill.

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      Nathan, Daya Gamage is always deceptively creative in his writings towards his goal which is essentially what you have stated.

      He’s waging a war of Sinhala diaspora against the Tamil diaspora. He has stereotyped one group as terrorists and the other as the voice of truth and fairness on SriLanka. High criminals Gotabaya and Basil were part of that Sinhala diaspora; their supporters continue on the propaganda work.

      Obviously the fellow is frustrated that the US, UK, EU and UNHRC have not bought into their propaganda efforts.

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      /* If anyone could show me a different way to look at it, I’d appreciate. Thank you.*/ Read this summary -> https://qr.ae/TUtFWm

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        Jambu,
        Presenting carefully selected “facts” again, are you?
        Would you care to explain:
        1 . Why Robert Knox in 1680 or so describes the residents of Anuradhapura as Tamil speakers?
        2. Why did two Sinhala chieftains sign the Kandyan Convention in Tamil?
        Yes, yes, I know that the Anuradhapura Knox was talking about was in Tamil Nadu. Of course the British Museum has hidden this from everyone except you.

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          If Anuradhapura was made up of Tamils then the name of the town itself would have been Tamil isn’t it? The language of Kandian court was Waduga (Telugu). That was perhaps why some decided to sign using Telugu at the time. Nevertheless, during Sir John Kothalawala’s tenure Sri Lankan archeologists begin excavating Rajagala, Ampara. They find rock inscriptions with the names of Gothama Buddha, chief disciples, and front line members of the Sanga. It’s still there, although corrupt politicians, monks and archeologists are suppressing the history. Had this history revealed at the time, things wouldn’t have turned this bad for Tamils!. This is the biggest scandal the world has ever known. There is even a court case proceeding against UK Govt -> https://youtu.be/SAfXpPImDhY

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            The court languages of the Kandyan kingdom was Thamizh and Chingkallam ., Never Telugu. Vadugu is another Thamizh word for Telugu. Meaning the language from the north. Telugu was never used in the so called Thamizh /Chingkalla kingdom of Kandy that was ruled by kings of Pandian Thamizh lineage. Originally when the Pandian kingdom thrived, the king has to take only a Pandian Thamizh princess as not only his queen but even his second and third wife, had to be a Pandian Thamizh princess . When the Pandian Thamizh kingdom fell and the Naicker took over their lands. It had to be a Naicker princess or aristocrat, again not only as the queen but even the other wives. The king can have a liaison with a female from a Kandyan aristocratic family, but she is only considered a concubine and their children not legitimate and can never be kings. The male offspring from these liaisons, were given the title Pandaran meaning Prince in Thamizh . This later became Bandara.

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              These Naickers from Madurai and Thanjavur may have had a distant Telugu origin, and may have spoken some form of pidgin Telugu but they considered themselves Thamizh and spoke proper Thamizh and only promoted the Thamizh language and never Telugu. Half the so called Chingkalla chieftains signed the Kandyan convention in Thamizh , this includes the ancestors of many so called anti Thamizh Chingkalla leaders, as this so called Chingkalla chieftains were really Thamizh. It is because of all these South Indian connections and marriages, it was common knowledge that the higher you go in Kandyan society the more Thamizh you are in heritage. When ever a Thamizh princess from South India arrives to marry the king of Kandy. She does not come by herself but brings a whole entourage. These people were also settled and given lands and titles and became part of the Kandyan court and aristocracy. Stop lying.

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                Anuradha Puram in Thamizh or Anuradha Pura in Chingkallm, meaning the city of Anuradha, is an ancient city that had existed from prehistoric times, long before a people called Chingkallams came into existence around the 7TH century AD. The ancient kings who ruled the island from the time of Thamizh Naga King Mootha Sivan( the great Siva in pure Thamizh) , his Thamizh Naga son, who converted to Buddhism Thevanai Nambiya Theesan, Sena,Guttka and Ellalan, and even DuttaKayavan son of Thamizh Naga Kakkai Vanna Theesan were all Thamizh. Non of these ancient kings ever identified themselves as Aryan or Chingkallams as they were neither. They were indigenous Thamizh Naga or of South Indian Thamizh origin. Even your Mahavamsa fairy tale admits to the fact, that Dutta Kayavan had to fight with 43 Thamizh chieftains and travel through many Thamizh villages and towns that surrounder Anuradhapuram. The British traveler Robert Knox in 1680 describes the Anuradhapura area as full of Thamizh speakers. This is evidenced by many place names in the district now Chingkalized. Eg Vilankulam to Bulankulame now changed to Mahadivuweva, Pathavi Kulam to Padaviya. The word Puram for city or place is also widely used in South India and what makes you think it is Chingka;llam Eg., Villupuram close to Triuchchi Mamalapuram or Mahbalipuram and many other places.

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                  What makes you think that these so called Buddhist rock inscriptions found in some remote area of the deep south of eastern province around 2000 years old is Chingkallam ? A people called Chingkallam did not exist around 2000 years ago but a 2000 years old rock inscription in the Tamil east belongs to the Sinhalese, when they never existed at that time. Lots of Thamizh were Buddhist around that time and all these ancient Hindu and Buddhist ruins in the north and east of the island belonged to the Thamizh and now the Chingkallams are falesely claiming it as their using fake concocted history and power of the government, as an excuse to Chingkalize these ancient Thamizh lands. When did Lord Buddha and all his original disciples become Chingkallams? If their names are carved in a rock inscription 2000 years ago in Prakrit how does it prove that this was done by Chingkallams , who were not in existence at this time? Please use commonsense and brains

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                    Pandi,

                    “What makes you think that these so called Buddhist rock inscriptions found in some remote area of the deep south of eastern province around 2000 years old is Chingkallam ?”

                    They were not sinhala, may have been spanish after all. Oh sorry would have been Tamil. After all Princess Diana was also Tamil. It is obvious when you see her.

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                      Please also google and read the article in Sri Lanka Guardian about Tamil Buddhism in ancient South India and Sri Lanka by J.L Devananda not a Thamizh but a Chingkallam. Of course you know all this but an out and out card carrying Chingkalla Poutha Fascist. Hail Gothic

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                      RAVI PERERA
                      The Sinhala Speaking Demela

                      “After all Princess Diana was also Tamil. It is obvious when you see her.”

                      Are you planning to take Pandi along with you to see Princess Diana?

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            Jambu,
            So you’ve even taken to fabricating TV channels too?
            https://youtu.be/SAfXpPImDhY
            What is this channel with no logo, and why does it devote 10 minutes to just one (fake) item?
            If you have to lie to prove your nutty theories, at least do it convincingly.
            Oh, by the way, Jambu dear, are you aware of that nutty professor from Canada , who while being quite sane while talking about Chemistry, is inclined to nutty nationalism, like you? Do you live near him?. I believe his FB handle is “Place names”. Take care.

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              Jambu,
              Why don’t you go look at the colonial-era concrete signboard at “Medawachchiya” railway station, which clearly says “Medawachchi”. When did this change, and who changed it?

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              Well, I am not sure about the logo of the TV channel. Although I can assure you the court case is real. So the substance of the news presented there is quite valid.

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                Jambu,
                The court case is a Joke!
                It will get dismissed sooner or later under the lunacy law. The court will rule the petitioner to receive institutionalized mental treatment on urgent basis.

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                Jambu,
                The next time you fabricate stuff like maps and TV channels, get a Tamil to do it.

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            Anurada Pura is not a Sinhala name.
            ‘Pura’ or ‘Puram’ means City. If you travel around India you can see many names ending with ‘Pura’ or ‘Puram’ referring to a town or city. A few examples:
            Kanakpura (in Bangalore), Mahalingapura, Vijayapura, Surapura, Sakaleshapura (in Karnataka), Madhepura (in Bihar), Malpura, Shahpura (in Rajasthan), Rajpura (in Punjab) and many more.
            Amalapuram, Narasapuram, Parvathipuram, Peddapuram, Pithapuram, Ramachandrapuram (in Andhara Pradesh), Thiruvananthapuram (in Kerala), Vikramasingapuram, Viluppuram, maamalapuram, Kanchipuram, Padmanabhapuram, Ramanathapuram (in Tamil Nadu) and so on.
            The language of Kandyan court was Tamil (NOT Telugu). Nayakar (or Vaduga) dynasty (originally from Telugu) was ruling Tamil Nadu with Madurai as the capital from 1529 until 1736. A Vaduga from the Nayakar dynasty was imported from Madurai, Tamil Nadu to sit on the Kandyan throne. The last four Vaduga kings of the Kandyan Kingdom were Tamil speaking brought to Sri Lanka from Madurai (Tamil Nadu). There were 12 signatories to the Kandyan Convention signed in the following languages: Four signed only in Tamil, three signed in Tamil and Sinhalese and four signed only in Sinhalese.

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              Lanka Canuck

              “Anurada Pura is not a Sinhala name.”

              Is it Tamil Name?

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                Lanka Canuck

                “Anurada Pura is not a Sinhala name.”

                Is it Tamil Name?
                So Hastinapur must be part of Tamil Nadu then?

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                  Vedda Pur in Indo Aryan languages and Puram is Dravidian languages means in ancient times high settlement, dwelling town , city or even capital city. With high story building like Gopuram ( the temple tower). In Tamil Nadu Eg Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Ramanathapuram, Mamalapuram. This Tamil word was borrowed to other languages as Pur, Pura and Puri .
                  The root word is Par/Paran/Param the greatest of all or pertaining to higher characteristics
                  Paran- The greatest of all god or Melanavan
                  Param- The great Lord Siva
                  Paramparai(Paran+Parai) – The greatest of all ancestors
                  Paran- The loft of the house
                  Parunthu- A hawk which flies to a very great hight
                  Parisu- Gift
                  Puravi- A horse which can jump to a high wall
                  Puricai- a high surrounding wall , fortification.
                  Puraiyerram- suffocation in the wind pipe , the root work for Sinhalese Porakanna
                  Puram from Tamil was taken in to Greek as Puramis from which Pyramid was derived.

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                    Others state this is a Sanskrit word derived from proto Indo European word Pele meaning a dwelling high ground shelter autonomous with cities. They state the Greek word Polis is also derived from Pele but this is wrong as the Poly or mean market and Polis is a market place and Metro Polis is huge marked place. Note another similar word for market place in old Tamil is Pallai or Palli . Eg Trichinapalli or Trichinapoly, Palli in Jaffna. Ancient Germanic or Indo European word for city like Burrugh Borough, Burgh eg are very similar sounding to Puram/Puri or Pur . The word commonly used in many Indian languages be it Indo European or Dravidian for a city. Eg Singhapur , Jayapur etc. Sanskrit and Tamil have been co existing with each other for thousands of years with a close symbiotic relationship and happily borrowing words from each other, that now people do not know which common word was originally derived from which language. The case for both languages is very strong in both instances. For Tamil the root word high is very strong . Paran/Puram and for Sanskrit the Pur. Borough, Burgh in many Indo Aryan languages.

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                      First city was Mantai with a thriving port. Civilization took place along Aruvi aru or Malwattu Oya. There was a hamlet Anuradha at the tail end of this tract. Bengali immigrants after over powering chieftains, set up there kingdom here and called it Anuradhapura. Recently two sites of Dravidian civilization was found along Aruvi Aru at Settikulam and around Giant’s tank. It is intellectual dishonesty of Sinhala archaeologists that has suppressed this glorious past.

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                      Anradha Puram or Anuradha Pura was never founded by the Sinhalese, who only came into definite existence around 7ad. The city had been in existence long before this and most probably even known by another name. It was ruled by ancient indigenous Tamil Naga Saivaite Eg Mootha Sivan or South Indian Tamil kings eg Ellalan and many others. Later by Tamil Naga kings who converted to Buddhism like the son of King Mootha Sivan .Thevanai Nambiya Theesan or Dutta Kaimunu son of Tamil Naga King Kakai Vanna Theesan or Kaavan Theesan. None of these ancient kings ever identified or called themselves as Sinhalese or Aryans as they were not, as they were either Hindu and later Buddhist Naga or South Indian origin kings. Similarly Polonaruwa was

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                      Similarly Polonnaruwa was never founded by the Sinhalese as they now falesely claim and hoodwink the world. It was founded by the Tamil Cholas and most of the heritage listed ancient buildings there, both Hindu and Buddhist was built by them. Typical South Indian architecture, just like in Angkor Wat or Borobudur. Please google and read. Nowadays people have a computer to research google and read and there is no excuse for all this lies and deliberate misinformation, that is creating all this racism

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                    “Puram from Tamil was taken in to Greek as Puramis from which Pyramid was derived.”
                    Greek pyramids I suppose!

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                  Native Vedda
                  “Is it Tamil Name?”
                  NOOOO!!! It is an Indian name.
                  Why talk about Hastinapur Only???
                  I have given some examples of PURA and PURAM in several parts of India (please read my comment above in full).
                  If you travel around India (from North to South and East to West), you can see many names ending with -pur, -puri, -pura, -puram, etc. It refers to a town or city in the Indian languages (both Indo-Aryan & Dravidian).
                  If you want examples of PUR, see below:
                  Kanpur, Laharpur, Phulpur, & Puranpur (in Uttar Pradesh), Jabalpur, Maharajpur, Pithampur, & Shajapur (in Madhya Pradesh), Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, & Sri Madhopur (in Rajasthan), Vijayapur & Srinivaspur (in Karnataka), Gangarampur (in Bengal), Markapur (in Andhara Pradesh), Rajagangapur (in Odisha), Manipur and so on.

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              Canuck,

              “Anradha Pura is not sinhala”. That too is Tamil isn’t it. City of London was also Tamil once upon a time.

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                Yes and you a rotten pear that originated from a South Indian Dalit tree. This of course if for sure. Have you ever visited your ancestral village and the fruit grove you originated from in Thamizh Nadu?

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                Ravi Perera, I would put Kalkandu to you mouth. How true you are! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCgaq9PhGuY

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                RAVI PERERA
                The Sinhala Speaking Demela

                ““Anradha Pura is not sinhala”. That too is Tamil isn’t it. City of London was also Tamil once upon a time.”

                Alok Sharma, Rishi Sunak, Priti Pate, and Suella Braverman are holding top jobs in London (UK) and there are quite a number of brown-walas in the parliament .

                I won’t be surprised if the capital is renamed as Londonpura.

                I suggest you help Gota to destroy this island sooner than expected.
                Hindians and Chinese will help you in this regard.
                Watch this clip:
                https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1450716901942770

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                Lets get this straight
                1 Tamils are the first civilization on the world
                2 Tamil is the first language even though it has lots of Sanskrit words in it
                3 Buddha was tamil
                4 Half the world is tamil
                5 Sri Lanka was all full of tamil Buddhists
                6 Not only was Anuradha Puram was tamil so was thutukudia
                7 hell and heaven is also run by tamils

                10 — but they don’t have a country of their own.

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                  You forgot one more.

                  The worlds most beautiful women are also Tamil. (Gandhi killer leads the list)

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                    Which Gandhi?

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                  A14455,
                  11. Bangladesh is the richest country in the world.

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                  a14455
                  BTW,
                  11 Are you OK?

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                  a14455 / J⁵une 8, 2021
                  Idiots of ur nature can only become easy laughter stock. Now with dome being misled abo the birth of Lord buddha, perhaps, tamils and Indians could be more Buddhist s than our sinhalaya racist, or not? 😎😎😎😎😎😎

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              LC
              When did the word pura(m) first occur in Tamil?

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            J
            Was the Telugu script used by any signatory to the Kandyan Convention?

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          OC,
          As per the book written by Robert Knox who was a prisoner in Kandy, when he escaped from prison, he had to go through several places and when he came to Anuradapura, he says it was fully occupied by Malabars (Tamils) and NOT Sinhalese. This is what Robert Knox says, when he visited Anuradapura in 1679, (Refer Robert Knox in the Kandyan Kingdom, Ed. E.F.C.Ludowyk, p 50).
          “The people stood amazed as soon as they saw us, being originally Malabars, though subjects of Kandy. Nor could they understand the Sinhalese language in which we spake to them, and we stood looking one upon another until there came one that could speak the Sinhalese tongue who asked us, from whence we came? We told them from Kandy, but they believed us not, supposing that we came up from the Dutch from Mannar. So they brought us before their Governor. He not speaking Sinhalese spake to us by an interpreter.”
          The Sinhala Nampota dated in its present form to the 14th century AD suggests that the whole of the Jaffna Kingdom, including parts of the modern Trincomalee district, was recognized as a Tamil region by the name Demala-pattanama (Tamil city). In this work, a number of villages that are now situated in the Jaffna, Mullaitivu and Trincomalee districts are mentioned as places in Demala-pattanama.

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            L.C,
            Jambu and his ilk have given up on the previously sacrosanct Mahavamsa due to its incompatibility with modern science. So they are writing their own book.

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              OC,
              Jambu seems to be a member of the newly formed Cult that is concocting a new history for Sri Lanka. (They are not happy with the Mahavamsa due to the Indian connection). Jambu doesn’t even know that the term ‘Jambu’ is Malay/Indonesian and not Sri Lankan/Indian and Sri Lanka was NEVER known as Jambudipa. Jambu is either misguided or paid (Chinese money) to propagate the Myth as truth. How can an island (Lanka) that may have been a peninsular extension of the South Indian land mass (southern peninsula of India) around a few thousand years ago have a separate history without any Indian connection/influence?

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            In Knox’s time, the Anuradhapura civilization was dead, gone and neatly forgotten. The city was in ruins. (Even Polonnaruwa was in ruins for centuries by then.)
            Anuradhapura District was a scattering of villages. I doubt if Knox travelled across the district.
            Is there evidence of control of Trincomalee by the Jaffna Kingdom?
            Trincomalee was home to a Saivaite shrine, certainly before 7th Century.
            Was it not controlled by the Kandyan Kingdom even in Dutch times?

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      Nathan,
      I agree with you that Daya Gamage is another Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist wants to keep Tamils and Muslims as slaves or massacre them when they are hungry of human or thirsty of blood.

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      If the foreign ministry had accepted oppression of Tamils, Homeland for Tamils and that LTTE is an independence movement, then it is absolutely right. If the author through his skewed mind is unable to come to grips with the situation, then it is his problem.
      1 Oppression of Tamils – First act of government after independence was to disenfranchise Tamils of recent Indian origin. They were not only deprived of voting, but also kept out of education, health and housing facilities enjoyed by Sinhalese around them. They were unable to get birth certificates, identity cards and passports which prevented them from finding jobs or travelling abroad. In 1964 half of them were deported like commodities, which is a form of ethnic cleansing. It is only after their pathetic state was internationalized that in 1985, those who opted to remain were granted citizenship. (CONTD)

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        (CONTD) Oppression of indigenous Tamils started in 1956 when Sinhala was forced on them due to which they were denied state jobs, increments, promotions, scholarships etc and several of them were dismissed when they failed to get proficiency in specified time. Next oppressive act was in 1971 when Tamil students with higher marks were deprived of higher education in favour of Sinhala students with lower marks. Every democratic methods adopted by Tamils against these repressive measures were met with state sponsored violence which resulted in several Tamils losing their lives, properties and livelihood. Opression continued by unleashing state troops on Tamils and giving them impunity to kill Tamils by passage of legislation in 1982 to dispose of bodies of Tamils killed by armed forces without any judicial examination. Even after 12 years of ending of war, still Tamils are being kept under gun point by Sinhala security forces. (CONTD)

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          2. Tamil Homeland – Whether one likes it or not, Tamil claim to homeland can be proved by archaeological and genetic evidence. Several urn burial sites denoting presence of Dravidians and potsherds and artifacts similar to those found in Tamil Nadu demonstrate that the people who lived in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka are the same. Pre-historic civilization in Sri Lanka was along Mannar coast which spread to Jaffna, Trincomalee and Chilaw. Also Veddhas in east have become Tamils, who are the legitimate owners of eastern province. Recent discovery of caves in Kumana and Medagama which had inscriptions in Brahmi similar to that found in Tamil Nadu shows that Veddhas came under Tamil influence. Two genetic studies done by Sinhala scholars have found that both Sinhalese and Tamils have similar make up, which shows that Tamils are as indigenous as Sinhalese and have equal claim to the land.

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            3. LTTE as Tamil independence movement – LTTE was formed in 1979 to liberate Tamils from the clutches of racist terrorist Sinhala state, where they could live with dignity and safety. Therefore LTTE was an independence movement and still it is. LTTE was banned due to its acts of killing dissidents and non combatants and not for its goal of securing independence for Tamils. They had a sad ending because of their foolish and selfish program without listening to advice from Tamil civil society. For the past 12 years, they have not committed any crime and thus qualify for lifting of proscription. Now the tide is turning in favour of Tamils as Sinhalese are playing the game all wrong, and if Tamils play it properly, they will win. Similar to how a bull gets enraged on showing red cloth, Sinhala racists go bonkers when they see LTTE flag.

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          RAVI PERERA
          The Sinhala Speaking Demela

          Brilliant
          Thanks
          Keep up your good work

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        “In 1964 half of them were deported like commodities, which is a form of ethnic cleansing.”

        So how do you define Hindia’s role in this form ethnic cleansing?

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          Since independence, Sinhalese were trying to deport the entire lot, but failed because Nehru refused to accept them, saying that they were rightful citizens of Sri Lanka. Once Nehru died, they got round the racist Lal Bahadur Shastri who succeeded and signed the agreement to deport them. When Indra Gandhi succeeded Lal Bahadur Shastri, she put a stop to forced repatriation. So the fault is that of Shastri and his advisors.

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            Fact is we did manage to pack a good part of the Indian Tamils back to India with the help of Jaffna leadership. As a substitute for rest of the indian tamils we managed to send 800,000 so called Lankan Tamils out of the country.

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        Moderators obviously overworked. I only expressed fulsome support for the very first comment by Nathan.
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        the second comment observed how far down the list of comments my first comment had fallen.
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        I hope that this is comprehensible.
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        Moderators obviously overworked. I only expressed fulsome support for the very first comment by Nathan.
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        the second comment observed how far down the list of comments my first comment had fallen.
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        I hope that this is comprehensible.
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    I wonder if it is this guys company that was delaying the Centaral expressway project. pity this clown is not in jail . But then that is the law in SL

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    “Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry Accepts North Is ‘Oppressed’”

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    If they accepted that some people in the North are oppressed, then it makes sense.

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    It is unfortunate that Western countries live to learn and then learn to live. By the time they learn to live, irreparable damage is done. This is the situation of the Tamils in Srilanka too. If West had acted fast and supported the Tamils, instead of supporting the Srilankan Government, at least to get a Federal State, with similar powers, as in USA , lives of so many Srilankans both Tamils and Sinhalese could have been saved. To-day the west is shedding crocodile tears. These tears will never fill up the hollow gap between the Tamil and Sinhalese. It might only help the CHINESE to fill up the gap comfortably. Even the Crocodile tears would not have been shed if not for the Chinese intervention allover Srilanka. Crime against humanity whether in Iraqi or in Srilanka cannot be condoned but condemned.-

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      Kanapathy,
      When or if you have valid points, you have the legal right and ethical obligation to explain it to the public in free media. But, at the end, , if you have not presented your conclusion on the subject of what to do and where to start, to the masses, it is like you are taking them on your boat and leaving them alone in a ghost island in the midst of the ocean and you return home. Your concern about the International Community’s justice is about peeling the onion and asking, “where is this said Onion?”. To understand the nature of the problem, ask yourself the same question for the so-called 2,500-year-old Sinhala Buddhist Cultural country and its Justice System.

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        The conclusion is the west should pressurize Srilanka to solve the Tamil problem without any further delay By means of confederation or by means a Federal Constitution. It is useless talking over and over again that The Tamils are being deprived of their rights-land, Language, Religion etc. When the Palestinians fight for their rights, USA keep on supporting the Israelites and even find fault with Palestinians when they resist. The proof of the eating is in the pudding. It is customary for Tamils beat their drums when some individual from the west talk on behalf of the Tamils but nothing tangible comes out of it . Invariably it ends up like the Sound of Parai Melam at the funeral houses in Jaffna. Even that has died down now.

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      You accept that there is nothing as “justice” here & then you will get your own perception of overly blaming the, not even a century old, IC justice. What is left for you is, like many others, you just merge yourself into that, then accept your part of the blame for the things that are at the present dismal condition and then with broader understanding, make it move to the right direction. Our credit for us, the hypocrisy, is not going to help humanity to achieve freedom in their oppressed life. Ignorance and improvised life are the carrot and cane of fascist tyrants to tame the mass. Read the writing of UOJ Saddampy. Then you will have a thorough understanding of how to beat the Mathalam on both sides and keep it fit in your way. But taking the part of our blame will surely merge us with the mass’s suffering by tyrant’s oppressions. Then our feelings are no crocodile tears, as many are pointing out above

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        RAVI PERERA
        The Sinhala Speaking Demela

        Brilliant
        Thanks
        Keep up your good work

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    Does the author deny that the people in the Northern Province feel OPPRESSED by the government and its Security Forces that deprive them of so many basic rights and further, heap hardships on them? There is an easy way to find out though without arguing about it. Just conduct a survey among the population of that region and we can know for sure. The opinions of self-appointed experts are highly speculative and utterly worthless.

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    Diana, do not sweat. All three findings are absolutely true. It is not just the U.S congress but Canada and Europe too agree with the same. Whether LTTE is armed Tamil independence group or terrorist (as you think) or independence group which transformed into a militant group is for others to decide. You can fool Lankans all the time but not the whole world. What others consider are 1) There was no arms group before and yet Lankan governments were terrorizing Tamils 2)Since the end of war there has been no LTTE activity and yet government is terrorizing Tamils as well Muslims. 3) There is enough evidence to support Government sponsored terror activities 4) There are many LTTE members and others who are with government and some in parliament, appointed as ministers 5) there has been similar struggles elsewhere (northern Ireland, South Africa) where plenty experience and knowledge exist on such matters. Lanka is not the first case study 6) There is also plenty evidence out there where governments have terrorized their own people / minorities 7)The recent U.N resolutions show, many countries are now aware of our government duplicity.

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      RAVI PERERA
      The Sinhala Speaking Demela

      Brilliant
      Thanks
      Keep up your good work

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