20 November, 2019

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Tamil Leadership Re-Igniting Anti-Sinhala-Buddhist Racism For Political Gain

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Any lawyer who has made it to the peak of his profession carries with him the authoritative air of having achieved the highest intellectual capacity to build up a case on hard evidence and presenting it cogently, logically, rationally to persuade his audience, court, forum, etc., of the unshakeable truth on which the case is based. But there are, of course, exceptions to this rule. C. V. Wigneswaran,(CVW) former Supreme Court Judge and later Chief Minister of Jaffna, is one of them.

After he left the bench and joined the Northern political class obsessed with Tamil extremism allied to Prabhakaran he has played a mean and vicious role of denigrating the Sinhala-Buddhist at every turn. Like most other Tamil politicians he is playing the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist card to the hilt for survival in Jaffna which has consistently and unreservedly rejected pluralism, diversity, peaceful inter-ethnic coexistence with the Sinhala majority, or even the Muslim minority. They have never considered the construction of an enlightened path for reconciliation, overriding the narrow and partisan interpretations of history for separatism. They have never sat down and revisited the failure of their post-independent politics that led them all the way to Nandikadal. As seen in the 13-point demands put to the leading presidential candidates they are going back only to revive the policies that dragged their hapless people into death, destruction and despair.

The only ideology that was allowed to reign supreme in Jaffna by the Vellalar ruling class – they were in the majority– is anti-Sinhala-Buddhism. This ideology has come down from the early decades of the twentieth century. It was honed, weaponised and unleashed as a deadly force against the Sinhala-Buddhists by G. G. Ponnambalam in the 1930s. Ever since then demonising the Sinhala-Buddhist has been the primary platform that dominated Jaffna politics. No politician competing for electoral votes could survive without scapegoating the Sinhala-Buddhists. Following this line, CVW is now performing to beat his rivals in this game of demonising the Sinhala-Buddhists. After the defeat at Nandikadal CVW has stepped into the Northern political stage to revive and activate the failed bid by his predecessors to perpetuate the anti-nation building politics of the Jaffna political class.

The latest exhibition of this campaign surfaced in Colombo Telegraph of October 14, 2019. Consider, for instance, the following story taken out of a long list of complaints made against the Sinhala-Buddhist recently. ( See Colombo Telegraph, — 14/10/2019). In it CVW . spins his stories accusing the Sinhala-Buddhists and the state of victimising the Tamils and then says: . ”How far this is true I do not know. But we are told many families…….” have been victimised. (In the last phrase I am summarising his numerous charges).

Imagine him presenting this case to a judge in a court of law and then concluding by saying: ” How far this is true I do not know. But we are told many families … “etc., etc. Which judge is going to take him seriously? Will not his case be thrown out of court summarily without any further hearing? He goes to court without knowing whether there is any truth at all in his stories of Tamil claims of victimisation but he wants the whole world to believe that the victimisation of the Tamils is true.

If this is the best that a Tamil judge of the supreme court can produce how much truth can there be in most of the wild accusations made by the Tamils in other quarters? This penchant for repeating second and third hand stories has been one of the main reasons that had warped the public discourse on the ethnic issue. Had they checked their facts and stuck to the stark realities the ethnic issue would not have gone so far as Nandikadal. At the core of the ethnic issue is that deep craze to believe that the Tamils are the victims of the Sinhala-Buddhist state and any story is good enough to turbo -charge their imagined or rumoured stories of victimhood. For instance, in the dying days of the Vadukoddai War (aka Eelam war) a Tamil Christian priest in a church in Melbourne (where I live) was swearing that the Sinhala-Buddhist soldiers were throwing up Tamil babies up in the air and pinning them with bayonets as they come down!

Adding fuel to the fires of anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism has been the standard practice of the Tamil leadership. Just last month CVW led another anti-Sinhala-Buddhist rally in Jaffna, along with Suresh Premachandran and Jaffna University students and lecturers. The main objective of this Ezhuga Thamil rally was to turn back the Jaffna clock to the history concocted in the Batakotte (Tamilised as Vadukoddai) Resolution. That version of Tamil history ended in Nandikadal. Reports reveal that CVW’s Ezhuga Thamil rally was a flop. Considering all the failures of the Tamil leadership since independence the time has come for the Tamil people to seriously question the misleading and the disastrous role played on their behalf by the so-called brilliant Tamils. It is time for the Tamil people to rise up and ask CVW and his gang of University students and lecturers : Are you going to lead us down the path of Batakotte Resolution to Nandikadal again?

CVW’s swing to radical Tamilness is reflected, somewhat garishly, in his face which is plastered with Saivite strips of ritualistic ash in technicolour. These strips seem to be more symbolic of his anti-Sinhala-Buddhist hatred than any expression of his spiritual purity. What is objectionable is the aggressive political statement he makes through his face make-up. It is like the Sinhala-Buddhist politicians displaying their pirith noolas, sometimes thick as ropes strong enough to hang them up in the nearest tree. Which reminds me also of the cynic who told a Christian congregation that if Jesus was shot with a pistol then Christian devotees would be wearing canons round their necks now! Not surprisingly, kovils, churches, mosques and temples have become powerful centres of politics more than religion.

The political activity of CVW indicate that he is eager to ride on the back of Tamil youth into power like his predecessors in ITAK (example: S. J. V. Chelvanayakam) who urged the Tamil youth to take up arms against the nation. CVW has also jumped into the bandwagon of Tamil extremism with an eye to claim Tamil leadership in the North. Claiming to be “the sole representatives of the Tamils” is an obsession with Tamil politicians. He is hoping to cash in on the prestige of his judicial background (thanks to the Sinhala-Buddhist state which he condemns) to be the only Tamil worthy of being a respected and hero-worshipped leader, now that Prabhakaran is no longer with them. As the head of the newly established Tamil Makkal Kootani (Tamil Peoples’ Congress) he is making a desperate bid to revive and retain Tamil politics at the same uncompromising and intransigent level defined and pursued by his predecessors, starting from G. G. Ponnambalam in the 1930s’ to Velupillai Prabhakaran.

In one sense he is, like all other Tamil politicians, a prisoner of the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist ideology. Jaffna never had a history of embracing any other ideology. The political fathers of Jaffna and their followers were, from birth to death, bound by two main ideologies : 1. Saivite casteism as defined by the Vellalar guru, Arumuka Navalar and 2. anti-Sinhala-Buddhist politics which demonised the Sinhala-Buddhists in the dying days of the British raj as their main enemy. They never took to socialism, liberalism, pluralism, humanism or any other “ism” unlike the South which embraced all the ideologies that were sweeping the world, from Marxism, Maoism, Castroism to neo-liberalism.

However, for a brief period in the late twenties the Tamil youth embraced Gandhism and peaceful co-existence with the rest of the nation. But that was snuffed out swiftly by Ponnambalam’s anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism which became the ruling ideology that gripped the North. Ever since then Jaffna has been the permanent home of virulent Tamil racism, excluding all others as non-Tamil outsiders. Tamil ideologues tried to give it a shine by labelling Tamil racism as sub-nationalism, or Tamil nationalism. But historical events prove that it was a latter-day development that began with Ponnambalam raising Tamil racism in the thirties to protect and preserve the disproportionate Tamil power, privileges and perks in the British colonial regime. Tamil supremacist arrogance closed the minds of the Jaffnaites to any other alternative. Tamil casteist arrogance went as far as dismissing its own low-fcaste people as pariahs who should nt be allowed to walk in God-given sunlight. For instance, the Turumbas, the lowest of the low-castes, were allowed to walk only in the night to protect the purity of the eyes of the ruling Vellalars. In this tight environment, dominated by Tamil casteism/racism, there was no space for CVW, particularly as a new comer to the political arena, to compete with any other rival ideology that would tend to be conciliatory and moving towards peaceful co-existence with the other communities.

Today he is facing similar (not identical) forces that confronted the young G. G. Ponnambalam when he arrived from UK, qualified as a lawyer. To make his name he had to compete with the established and elderly aristocracy consisting of Ramanathans, Arunachalams and Mahavdevas. He had no constructive program to beat the “turbaned aristocrats” (Jane Russell) entrenched in the colonial system. The only card he could play to stand out from the pack was anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism. So to cut his teeth in politics and made a name for himself by rising as the leading pioneer of anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism in the colonial period.

This racist he unleashed in the 1930s remained as the permanent norm for peninsular politics. He defined the aggressive and the intransigent political culture of Jaffna that ran all the way to Nandikadal – and beyond to Wigneswaran. He ruptured the inter-ethnic relations that had lasted for centuries. The most marketable slogan for competing and winning votes in peninsular politics was based on bashing Sinhala-Buddhists. This Tamil tactic was not labelled as racism. It was labelled as minority rights. But when the Sinhala-Buddhist reacted to it and defended their right to preserve and maintain their historical legacies they were called racists.

Ever since Ponnambalam unleashed anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism as the norm for peninsular politics his successors never deviated from it. It was suicidal for any Tamil to champion any other brand of politics that moved towards reconciliation, or peaceful co-existence. Those deviating from this norm were condemned as “collaborationists” or traitors to the Tamils, as seen in the time that Prabhakaran ruled Jaffna. Tamil extremism blocked all attempts at nation-building. Even the best deals offered with international guarantees were rejected by the Tamil leadership. If the Jaffna electorate did not eliminate them with their votes then the guns of Tamils liquidated them. Examples: Lakshman Kadirgamar, Neelan Tiruchelvam, Appapillai Amirthalingam etc. Arrogant and relentless Tamil violence didn’t stop at that. Tamil violence went as far as assassinating Rajiv Gandhi who attempted to keep Sri Lanka united for his own self-interests, with powers devolved to the periphery to appease the Tamil separatists.

Clearly, there was no escape route for any new entrant to deviate from the entrenched political culture of Jaffna. In varying degrees of antagonism Tamil politicians had to conform to its anti-Sinhala-Buddhist ideology. The Jaffnaites were prisoners trapped tightly inside the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist straight jacket. They could move only within the perennial parameters drawn by the cadjan curtains of Saivite casteism which morphed into virulent anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism. Whether CVW likes it or not he had to fall in line with the racism initiated by Ponnambalam and finally consolidated by Prabhakaran. For him to survive in the competitive electoral politics of Jaffa CVW is compelled to dance to the beat of nagasalam choreographed by Ponnambalam and Prabhakaran.

His ambition now is to grab the leadership of the Tamils to be “the sole representative of the Tamils. To achieve this he has to kick out of his way the TNA ladder on which he climbed to seats of power in Jaffna. Having done that, he is now aiming to take over the Jaffna leadership by beating the TNA with his aggressive anti-Sinhala-Buddhist programmes, politics and pronouncements. As Chief Minister he did his damnedest to denigrate the Sinhala-Buddhists and paint them as the sworn enemies of the Tamils. He passed the notorious resolution in which he condemned all Sinhala leaders, from the time of independence, as killers of the Tamils. He was so obsessed with anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism that he could not provide even a toilet at the Jaffna bus stand. Like most of the Tamil leaders he was obsessed with anti-Sinhala-Buddhist politics and not with the well-being of the Tamil people.

His latest gimmickry is to take up the 13-point demands put up by the Tamil University students in the North and the East universities. As M. Sumanthiram states, there is nothing new in it. It is the same old, same old – all 13 demands pointing to separatism. Clearly, we are back to square one. We are back to the time when S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and his band of fake Gandhians were ganging up to the draw the belligerent Batakotte (Tamilised as Vadukoddai ) Resolution.

It was a time when the Tamil leadership had pushed Tamil extremism to the bitter end and had nowhere to go except to declare war on the rest of the nation. It was time when the Gandhian Chelvanayakam was delighted with the placing on his forehead a red pottu, consisting of blood drawn from the vein of a Tamil militant. It was a time when the ageing Vellalar Tamil leadership was ready to sit back in their arm chairs and sacrifice the low-caste Tamil youth, hoping that they would win Eelam for them to take over as their permanent lords and masters of the feudal days gone by. The educated Vellalars went overseas to enjoy the greener pastures, with two cars, one to take their children to universities and the other to take their wives shopping.

The sequence of events that happened tell the story of the utter failure of Tamil politics. The precise date was May 14, 1976. The place was Batakotte. The entire Tamil leadership collectively declared war on the rest of the nation and urged the Tamil youth to take up arms and never stop until they had achieved Eelam. They, of course, never expected to land in Nandikadal. That, in short, the failed history of Tamils.

The 13-point demands put up by the Northern and Eastern Universities seems to heading the way of the Batakotte Resolution. History seems to be getting ready to repeat itself, this time as a greater tragedy than before. The oldies are taking cover under the 13-points presented by the Tamil youth in the universities. The oldies are happy that the Tamil youth had taken up their demands, once again. The oldies, of course, have nothing to worry. If the worst comes to the worse, the Sampanthans, Sumanthirams, and the Wigneswarans would come rushing down to the South (which they hate) and take refuge with the Sinhala-Buddhist state providing police protection..The oldies expect the Tamil youth to fight for the tall tales told in Tamil fiction. In relating these tales they will demonise the Sinhala-Buddhists and never mention a word about the miserable failure of the Tamil leadership to serve or save the Tamil people whom they oppressed throughout their history.

The more I look into Tamil politics the more I am convinced of the value of the words of Prof. Kumar David which described the Tamil leadership as a bunch of “congenital idiots”.
More of Tamil politics in the next article.

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    HLD Mihindapalan,
    I know what you wanted from the racist propaganda is to bring back the murderers, corruptors, bribers to govern this nation. Not all the Sinhalese fools to believe your propaganda which is the propaganda that lead to 1958, 1962, 1977 and 1983 violence against Tamils and the recent violent against Muslims along with violence against Sinhalese in 1979 and 1989 by the racist Fundamentalist movement of Buddhist Sinhala. The result is continuous bloodbath in the soil, poverty among Sinhala masses and destruction of the civilisation of Sinhala people.

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      Do you actually believe the bilge you write? It’s like a nonsensical, third rate version of Goebbels.

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        Nonsensical is part of his articles. We are well aware of that right. We the commenters get hurt by Mahindapala AKA Egale Eye almost every day. I sometimes question myself, how can a man in 80ties could have that much hatreds against minority sirlankens. I am born sinhalaya, and born buddhist as many in SL, but i would never allow BPs of Mahindapala become a great voice within our circles.
        Like we saw a poisonous reptile entering our backyards, we should destroy these men at their buds. We did not do it with BBS and now the consequences we face today.
        We should bring laws against public racists, as is the case in Germany and Italy.
        Then we can keep them shut so that dignified people can continue and expect the better society.
        If Mahindapala would shed his last breath tomorrow, even then, his last breath would be against SRILANKEN tamils and SRILANKEN muslims. I have no doubt, these men or the like men were brought up in environments where racism was on the top of their agendas.
        Ridiculous truth is the kind of men have found their heavens in Down under where multi nationatlities live in peace together, but harbour their previous hatreds further. What can all these hatreds bring to Mahindapala or his circles ? other than the hatreds ? Hatreds cant guide us to anywhere, calling buddhists by them selves, also wearing PIRITH noole around their penises, what lanken buddhist at large have been doing nothing to promote true teachings of buddha but SINHALA racism AGAINS their own citizens (minority citizens).

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          Desperate

          Is it so difficult to digest the truth?

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        I was referring to Ajith, not HLD Mahindapala.

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          Dear friend Bawa,
          I thought you are a true Buddhist? Can you tell me what Buddhism teaches to human beings that are followed by both Mahinda?

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      Muck-in-the-parlour do you sincerely believe that the demand put by Tamil parties are their own thinking. How did these Tamils who were remaining meekly over the last ten years suddenly become brave. Do you not think there is some power behind it. Go through them carefully and you will find that though it is rejected by Sinhala racists, any independent international observer will find it absolutely fair. Do you not see a similarity between now and pre-1987 days. Ask your fellow travelers to get ready for fireworks. Tamils are in this sorry state due to arrogance intransigence, selfishness and foolishness of Prabaharan. India is in this sorry state due to its foreign policy based on anti-Tamil racism in order to please Sinhalese. Now India has realized the ingratitude of Sinhalese for helping to defeat LTTE. There will be no Prabaharan to spoil their party this time.

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      If u want to live as one nation in one country ask your peoples to accept lo live as SRILANKAN. Whole Srilanka is the place for everybody living in Srilanka. Nobody can’t label east or north as their birth Place ( Nija Bhoomi)

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      Mahindapala: The Mahawanse Idiot

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        Mahindapala Do you know that so called Vihara Maha Devis was a hot number, available at the drop of a robe

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala,,

      RE: Tamil Leadership Re-Igniting Anti-Sinhala-Buddhist Racism For Political Gain

      Sinhala Buddhist Racism was always there, because Sinhala Buddhism is NOT Buddhism and is a distortion of Buddhism and is an insult to the Buddha.

      What is the cause of Para- Sinhala-Buddhist Racism?

      Para-Tamils?

      Para-Hindus?

      Para-Muslims,

      Para-Christians,

      Para-Agnostics.,

      Para- Atheists?

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        This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

        For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

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          H. L. D. CONFUSED Mahindapala,

          “The only ideology that was allowed to reign supreme in Jaffna by the Vellalar ruling class – they were in the majority– is anti-Sinhala-Buddhism. This ideology has come down from the early decades of the twentieth century. It was honed, weaponised and unleashed as a deadly force against the Sinhala-Buddhists by G. G. Ponnambalam in the 1930s. Ever since then demonising the Sinhala-Buddhist has been the primary platform that dominated Jaffna politics. No politician competing for electoral votes could survive without scapegoating the Sinhala-Buddhists.”

          EDITED FOR COMPREHENSION:

          The only ideology that was allowed to reign supreme in THE LAND OF NATIVE VEDDAH AETHHO, by the PARA-SINHALA PARA “BUDDHIST” GOVIGAMA ruling class – they were in the majority– is anti-non-Sinhala-Buddhism. This ideology has come down from the early decades of the twentieth century. It was honed, weaponised and unleashed as a deadly force against the NON-Sinhala-Buddhists by PARA-ANAGARIKA DHARMAPALA AND OTHERS. Ever since then demonising the NON- Sinhala, has been the primary platform that dominated BY THE PARA-SINHALA PARA”BUDDHIST” politics. No politician competing for electoral votes could survive without SURRENDERING TO the Sinhala-Buddhists.

          REF: BUDDHISM BETRAYED BY DR. STANLEY THAMBIAH, CHICAGO UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1980, WITH A FORWARD BY LAL JAYAWARDANE

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      CT,

      why you allow Mahindapala who is a public racist to publish his idiosyncratic racial feelings becoming a discussion round across the nation.
      I think we have enough comments by Eagle Eye (Aka Mahindapala) to see what he has been doing. Even if he would be in his early 80 ties today, his thoughts and minds not have died down, shows well how racial he has been against the minority srilankens.
      And the fact is his rantings are not represented by many in today’s generation.
      So, we should NOT allow these thoughts and minds be rooted this nation.
      Enough is enough.
      It is more or less like Germany’s NPD (former HITLER supporting parties) to support by MEDIA institutions to promote their thoughts and minds. Fortunately germans are well vigilent on this.. but srilankens, do the other way around. Be them SIVURU wearing pseudo buddhist monks or others among social circles easily get caught by racials politicians and media owners. I have got enough examples to prove, that Dilip jAYWEERA has been doing a job promoting racism among the island nation:

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        Babala thappu

        “Why you allow Mahindapala ………..”

        Do you want only Tamil racist to dominate here?

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          latha

          “Do you want only Tamil racist to dominate here?”

          Why not, when Sinhala speaking Sinhala/Buddhist Kallathonie Tamil converts from South India are allowed to dominate the entire state structure and enjoy absolute power it won’t make much difference in the destruction of this island by allowing a few Kallathonie Tamils to dominate.

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    Racist Mahindapala , Shut the F- – K up, and read today.s CVW. article. It is people like you who created LTTE, JVP and recent Muslim extremism. State Terrorism and Sinhala Buddhist terrorism are for real. So you trying to whip up hatred and violence during election time is expected. After causing immense damage to Lanka, you a parasite took off to foreign land, getting dole, living in comfort and still continuing with your bull shit.

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    It is very easy when there are people like you. Putting your face of a poster is like screaming racist from a rooftop.

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    The title should be “Mahindapala re-igniting Anti-Tamil racism for Racist Sinhala Buddhist readership.” Mahindapala and his fans never get tired of playing the victim.

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      Mahinda pala!
      You are another “Mahinda” alright. Your statement in para two that”They have never considered the construction of an enlightened path of reconciliation…………..” is baffling. I was under the impression that at least a ‘good’ Buddist like you will follow the path of Buddha’s enlightened teachings and act accordingly by treating all citizens alike. Unfortunately, the Hamudurus who would have reached partial ‘enlightenment’ conducted themselves in a manner unbecoming of Lord Buddha’s Teachings of enlightenment, especially at Mullaitheevu and Kinnya. There are more examples of Hamudurus who have “lightened” themselves in various ways, too numerous to mention.

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    Is there one Sinhala-Buddhist in the whole Island who has the honesty and moral courage to explain in detail what happened to the LTTE fighters who surrendered to the Army and were loaded into SLTB buses and taken away to some unknown destination? What was the fate of these people?

    Can you name ONE SINHALA BUDDHIST who is prepared to answer this question!
    If you are such a know-it-all will you answer this question?

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      Who told you that LTTE fighters surrendered.? Didn’t you know that they all had cyanide Kuppi to suck, and that they don’t surrender?

      What happened to the 700 policement who surrendered to Prabhakaran?

      Tamil propagandists and Wigneswaran claim that 40,000 tamils were killed at the end of the war? So where are the graves? The only mass grave they found was from the 15t century where Cankili had killed Tamil converts to Catholicism.

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      They were shot, like all good terrorists should be.

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      More than 13000 were rehabilitated and released. Some were given jobs, child soldiers were sent back to school.
      Now which army which gov has given such treatment to their enemy?

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    The guy must be so dumb not to know it was Sinhala racism that brought us all to this juncture! He surely must be living in a another planet. Wisdom, they say comes with age, but it must have missed HLD by a wide margin!!

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      Hear hear! Most of these guys think that Tamils and Muslims “athal ekata” started Tigers and Jihadist groups because Sinhala mobs burning shops and houses is spreading “metta”

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      Vithura ( it should be Vidura)

      It was not Sinhala racism but Tamil separatism that brought you there.

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    The guy must be so dumb not to know it was Sinhala racism that brought us all to this juncture or that the author must be living in another planet! . Wisdom, they say comes with age, but it must have missed HLD by a wide margin!!

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    This nasty piece of arrogant, partisan and unpatriotic writing does nothing to bring about communal harmony and reconciliation. Refer to CVW’s article today. As he rightly pointed out, for one reason or the other, LTTE rises from their death bed at election time, clandestinely, and return to their graves after the election. As a matter of fact during the antics of October 2018, there was a report of 2 Policemen had been killed by LTTE in Baticaloa area. Astonishingly there was another report in news papers that some LTTE terrorist had been arrested in Malaysia. Like Baticaloa incidence, Malaysian arrest will also disappear in to oblivion after presidential election.

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    Dear Mahindapala,
    .
    Why did you go to Melbourne? Rather like Gota going to Las Vegas or some such place? If you guys go to such places leaving poor fellows like us in the lurch, why can’t you confine yourself to affairs there without stirring trouble here?
    .
    I wish that I had the same command of invective as “chiv” has, to shower curses upon this hypocrite who should be serving time in jail for all the wicked things that he’s said and done in his already nasty life.
    .
    We who have remained on this island in good times and in bad can manage without guidance from the likes of you.

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    “Even the best deals offered with international guarantees were rejected by the Tamil leadership.”

    Exactly. India was willing to create a quasi-federal state as per the Indo-Lankan Accord. Prabhakaran rejected the offer and took out Gandhi. CBK, who made similar overtures, lost an eye. Today there is no offer of devolution on the table, so Tamil politicians cry foul. The issue is not racism, but the inability of the Tamil leadership to negotiate. If you reject the best deal, expect the worst.

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      One Sinhalese extremist now living in Australia , thanks to his Tamil wife’s family posts garbage and lies and another Sinhalese bigot now living in London , supports him . Both have run away from the island and now living the good life in the west. Enjoying the equal opportunities that it offers to them and their families, however under guise of patriotism ,constantly coming here and promoting hate , racism , discrimination , in the name of Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism. When did Tamil VadduKottai become Sinhalese Batukotta? The word Kottai means fort and this is a pure Tamil word from which the Sinhalese word Kotte is derived. From the name there must have been a fortress during the Aryachakravti rule that the Portuguese like everything else had erased.

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        SSS, you must be referring to Brian Seneviratne.

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          Bawa,
          Brian Seneviratne spoke for the victims and against the aggressors- a true character of honorable men.
          EmAG

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      Prabakaran screwed up. He is no more. It’s left to the current Tamil leadership to solve what remains resolved.

      The owed rights of the Tamils in the North have not changed. They are still owed. They do not have an expiry date.

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    Lester

    “Exactly. India was willing to create a quasi-federal state as per the Indo-Lankan Accord. “

    Could you cite reference.
    In the meantime could you also define what you meant by quasi-federal state.
    We are not interested in your usual bull.

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    All brainless and inhumane who talk about any religion and race must be incarcerated for life.
    Then Sri lanka will be a better country.
    Whether they are Sinhalese Buddhists or otherwise must be incarcerated for life.
    It does not matter whoever speaks or talk about religion or race, they must be incarcerated in the prison for life.
    Religion and Race is completely a personal matter and it should be practiced and followed personally to gain inner happiness and peace nothing else.
    All idiots who talk about religion and race must be brought to prison without hearing .
    If this is executed, this country will be peaceful and prosperous.
    These people have ulterior motives and hidden agendas to come to power and always talk about these two topics to entertain foolish people to get votes to come to power.
    Wignaswaran daughters or son have got married with Sinhalese Buddhists.
    But this old man and racist man talk about these two.
    What a disgraceful manner…

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    Majority of Sinhalese of the same view point whether vellala tamils accept it or not. IF you not agree you will have to fight to get what you want. Sinhalese never allow your dreams to be eventuated.
    You tamils say Sinhalese racist bunch. Go to the mirror and have a good look at you yourselves.
    Already your population dwindled because of this crisis. Eventually your population will reduced to nothing.

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    HLD Maha Racist, where is your duplicate Muslim writer from matara? Why dont you write in his name this time? What a disgraceful human you are with totally warped mind and ideas. Whatever BS you write, you could see no one cares a damn for you. You are a person with no principle or dignity except a bum sucker racist.

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    Best solution is to accept to live as one nation in a undivided country. Whole Srilanka belongs to all peoples living in Sri Lanka.

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      Sarange Don Dharmasena

      “Best solution is to accept to live as one nation in a undivided country. “

      Good idea.
      How do we go about doing exactly that?

      There is something called unity in diversity will you now consider this? Please consider it when you got time in your hand.

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    Vaddukottai is a pure Tamil name , European colonials unable to pronounce many of the island’s Sinhalese and Tamil names used to mispronounce these names . This happened not only in the north but even in the south. Kurunegala became Kurnigalle , Kandy , Batticaloa, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Galle are other examples of the original Sinhalese and Tamil names twisted and mispronounced by the European colonials. . Similarly Tamil Vaddukottai became Batukotta for the Dutch and later the British. Sinhalese racists are now deliberately using these mispronounced place names by the white colonials , as proof that these areas were Sinhalese. They do not realise that 40% of Sinhalee vocabulary is derived from Tamil. Of course due to this many place names will sound similar in both languages. The place names in the norht ,east ( other than the ones recently changed to Sinhalese) and the north west coast , are derived from pure Eelam Tamil vocabulary and not from any other language. You are an evil nasty man, deliberately creating trouble and posting lies. Worst is you have run away for the good life in the west and ironically married to a Tamil woman , and still posting anti Tamil poison .

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    Mahandapala writes with facts and historical references. The pro-LTTE goons who write comments can only hurl invective at him. Don’t be discouraged. Keep writing as there may be a rare few who might hear.

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      Yes, this will definitely be a “fact” for you because people like you believe that Vijaya who lived 1000 miles away in Orissa arrived here first before the Tamil were the immediate neighbors. Very logical isn’t it?

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    Excellent analysis ! No matter what Sinhalese and the southerners do to bring about communal harmony the Northern politicians. Will always try to involve younger generation to promote hate and unrest by misguiding them funded by LTTE coppers.As we are getting ready or the elections Diaspora is busy emptying their coppers to buy politicians in the countries they reside.
    Tamils all over the world are disappointed that they do not have a country call their home land. And Sri Lanka was an easy target.
    Hopefully following elections I hope they will sort out loophole that is in the current constitution to provide solid foundation for united undivided Sri Lanka with one law for all where all people have equal rights .

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    At the beginning I was happy to see a learned guy like CVW entering the Tamil political fray. I was expecting him to provide some sanity to Tamil politics especially after the horrors of separatist politics that led a 30 year devastating war where Tamils became the main victims. Alas it was not to be the case………….It appears Tamils will be doomed to re-live their past horrors in the not so distant future too.

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    The Tamil leadership has to stop trying to divide the country. It serves no one but arms dealers.

    The Sinhalese have every right to live and build temples in the North and East, and the same goes for the Muslims who have every right to live there too and build mosques. Jaffna is no longer the exclusive land of the Tamils, just as Colombo is no longer the exclusive land of the Sinhalese.

    I urge the Tamil youth in the North and East to reject the warmongering rhetoric of the Tamil leadership. They do not serve your interests. Vote for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the SLPP in the elections, join in the development of Sri Lanka as a unitary state including the North and the East, and embrace the Sinhalese as your Sri Lankan brothers and sisters and welcome them to the North and East as fellow Sri Lankans. This will provide you with jobs, food and water, an education and a future.

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      When mosques are allowed to be built next to dalada maligawa we will talk. Also just like Jaffna is exclusively for Tamil, Sri Lanka is not for Buddhists. And the special importance given to buddhism in the constitution should be amended to being the case for all four religions.

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      Inclusive nationalist ! your post sounds more and more like Chingkalla Poutha Fascist , who under the guise of land belongs to everyone wants to colonise the North and East with Chingkallams and Thullukans and destroy the ancient Saiva Hindu character of the Eezham Thamizh north east. You have already done that to large parts of the east and now want to destroy the north too

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      Inclusive (Racist Fascist) Nationalist

      “The Sinhalese have every right to live and build temples in the North and East, “

      No problem, you could build any number of Vihares wherever you want to, up the hill, down the sea, over your head, up above the sky, in at your back garden, inside your house, in your bedroom, …..

      Before that tell me why you aren’t interested in opening the recently shut down Vihares amounting to 130?

      Does the idea of building Vihares in the North East alone give you sadist pleasure of raping men or women?

      “Vote for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the SLPP in the elections,”

      On the other hand I urge you to teach your National Hangman Gota how to behave in a public place, he shouldn’t be joking (he thinks he was joking), laughing, braying, neighing, ….. when discussing serious matters such as forced disappearance, behaving like as though he is clever.

      You are free to support anyone whom you emotionally attached to or you deserve. Of course the next five years will be very expensive.

      ” This will provide you with jobs, food and water, an education and a future.”

      These alone are not sufficient condition, there are other most important issues such as safety, security, dignity, privacy, freedom to live, travel, local people should be allowed manage their area where they live (habitat), bottom up development, not the A*******s telling the people what to do, including when to go to the toilet, how to make love to the partner, …………………..
      You may not know these important requirements if you don’t frequent this forum.
      Come, learn, think, open your eyes, …… and stop being an ignorant clever dick.

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    To negotiate with people of prejudiced mind and preconceived notion will not bring forth the desired results.
    What happened to the ISGA agreement?

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    A dinosaur like Mahindapala knows the history and the brutal legacy of bigoted Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalist agenda that has existed for over 70 years and the state sponsored terror inflicted on the Tamils.
    Yet he plays the fool. Why? Because it was evil like him that supported the brutal actions of the Singhalese-Buddhist nationalist agenda.

    He has defied logic and common sense in his accusations of Vigneswaran. Vigneswaran came into politics in his 70s, post-war, on the request and strong nudging by the TNA. Soon he realized the evils of politics and showed his disinterest in playing the game. He is not looking to have all power to himself. He is steadfast in his commitment to the rightful demands of the Tamils in the North.

    All power to him.

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    We have come a long way from Sinhala only of racist Bandaranayaka Tamil language special provisions District councils three languages to provincial councils.All this is progress achieved reluctantly but at what cost. If Buddhism is true Sinhala Buddhhists should vanish from earth as their ultimate goal is Nibbana. Whether we like it or not North and East is governed by the people living in those areas. I challenge Mahindhapala to contest a seat beyond Vauniya and win. The federal state is already there although its not recorded anywhere.

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    Mahindapala, take this article and shove it up your a**

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    I take it some people do not like facts and try to covert them. Anyone spot any truth in what HLDM says? Please post it here.

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      Vanguard

      When was HLDM interested in truth?
      Is he typing to impress his partner or his old flame?

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    Mahindapala:

    After he left the bench and joined the Northern political class obsessed with Tamil extremism allied to Prabhakaran he has played a mean and vicious role of denigrating the Sinhala-Buddhist at every turn. Like most other Tamil politicians he is playing the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist card to the hilt for survival in Jaffna which has consistently and unreservedly rejected pluralism, diversity, peaceful inter-ethnic coexistence with the Sinhala majority, or even the Muslim minority.

    *** What I like about “Wiggy” is his Pottu Vaitha Mugam” burning bright with intelectual fire and you cant stand the heat. Has it ever occured to you why the TNA and the othere Tamil parties are now Voviferous in their demand for Devolution and that is because Mr.Narendra Modi has promisedd to deliver it when Gotha is elected and Bhuddist Racism adds fuel to it. The Funeral Pyre is Sinhala Lanka has been burning for the last 71 years. and all Wiggy is trying to do is to Douse it with intelectual input.
    I know your wife is Tamil where is she on this. I cant wait for Pongalo Pongal for the Chenavei and BBS to arrive under the Patronage of Gotha the saviour. I heard MS refused serve Tea to the Indian Cabin Crew at Jaffna International Airport.. I wonder whether they will refuse to serve the Indian Troops also tea when they arrive with all guns blazing.

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    Vimala, you are right friend. Go after him, the HLD the historian parangiya. He will be your saviour provided he comes back to Shri lanka to serve the nathi bari janathawa!

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    First of all everyone must realize that this is a Sinhala Buddhist country. Tamils came as Slaves, Muslim came as traders, and some of all races were converted by force in the colonial era as Christians.

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    “If the worst comes to the worse, the Sampanthans, Sumanthirams, and the Wigneswarans would come rushing down to the South (which they hate) and take refuge with the Sinhala-Buddhist state providing police protection.”

    Just like the Tamil diaspora, who commemorate suicide bombers on Maveerar Naal with champagne and Tiger flags, while letting poor Tamils in Sri Lanka send their children to fight grown men. Then they pay people like Yasmin Sooka and Bruce Fein to conduct spurious “investigations” to tarnish the global reputation of GOSL. Unfortunately there are only limited mechanisms available to punish the Diaspora, who are accessories to mass murder and terrorism.

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    Does spewing anti-Tamil venom and hate produce any special “Vitamins” to this
    ageing HLDM/Eagle Eye to continue his mischief. He is far too old to be useful
    to Sinhala extremism in Sri Lanka. One wonders why this half Sinhalese-half Javanese spent-force journo – married to a decent Tamil to complete the achcharu –
    continue his anti-Demalu harangue?

    I have news for you decrepit pal. The Sinhalese and Tamils will soon work out a
    method to live together – separately by choice and in peace. Know something?
    Wiggy will pay a role in this process of reconciliation.

    Kettikaran

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