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Tamil Myths, NGO Theories & The Silence Of The Church Exposed By A Dutch Missionary

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The very first analyst to see through the veneer of Jaffna and get to the corrosive core of Jaffna politics was the Dutch Commander of Jaffna, Hendrick Zwaardecoon. (See Colombo Telegraph : “Moddely Tambi – the Father of Vellahlas”). His analysis of the peninsular social structure, dominated exclusively by the aggressive Vellahlas, gives a clear insight into the inner workings of politics in the formative stage of the Vellahlas rising in power and status. In 1706, on the advice of Zwaardecoon, the Dutch went as far as making the first study of the ossified caste structure that had an overwhelming impact on the politics of Jaffna and the nation as a whole.

From the Dutch period, Jaffna-centric casteism developed as an oppressive fascist political force internally, reducing its own people to slaves and outcasts. Later, in the 20th century, when the dominant Vellahlas were gingerly stepping out of their rigid casteist cage into a class they found it necessary to discard the out dated ruling ideology of narrow Vellahlaism and shift into a more broad-based mono-ethnic front with the sole aim of grabbing territory and power outside the borders of Jaffna. This leap from internal oppression to external aggression related to the political ambitions of the Vellahlas. When it directed it violence against the low-castes in Jaffna it was to maintain their internal supremacy. When it formed the mono-ethnic front and turned against the Sinhala-Buddhists it was to grab the Tesawalamai territory to retain their feudal and colonial power, privileges, position, properties, perks and inter-personal relations that defined their supremacy. It this eternal agenda that dominated the post-independent political agenda. Shades of it began in the time of Zwaardecoon in the form of the first revolt of the Vellahlas, led by Moddely Tambi, the Father of Vellahlaism. It foreshadowed the events that were to explode with greater fury in the 20th century. The Vellahla history which began as a 17th century comedy in the Dutch period – the revolt was over the issue of appointing a non-Vellahla to a government post – repeated itself as a cataclysmic tragedy in our time.

By an unexpected coincidence it is Ben Bavinck, a Dutch missionary-teacher who, in his revealing diaries, had continued the Zwaardecoon’s tradition of looking deeper into the hidden layers of Jaffna society. Bavinck, who lived and worked with the Tamil people in the North, off and on during 33-year-old Vadukoddai War (1976 – 2009), has produced a running commentary of the events driven by violence of both sides – the Security Forces and the LTTE. It is his sensitive and perceptive reactions to the unfolding events of the longest running war in Asia that makes his diary, Of Tamils and Tigers: a journey through Sri Lanka’s war years, an invaluable and revealing document. His diary confirms not just the evils of wars in general, but the evils of the particular Vadukoddai War prolonged wilfully and unnecessarily by Velupillai Prabhakaran, “the latest Pol Pot of Asia” (James Burns – The New York Times). The published excerpts from Volume 1 (Vol. II is yet to come) shines a penetrating light to reveal the failed past of national politics, particularly the fascist Tamil politics led by Velupillai Prabhakaran. Apart from documenting some of the crimes committed by both parties, Bavinck focuses on the immorality of the peddlers of morality whose calculated silence helped Prabhakaran to oppress, suppress and persecute his own Tamil people. The total surrender of Jaffna society to his Pol Potist will is the haunting thread that runs through his diary. Bavinck repeatedly mourns the immoral silence of those who knew better and refused to speak out in defence of the Tamils oppressed and persecuted by the Tamils.

Most of the details were known to those who were willing to see through the smokescreen thrown up by the pro-Tamil lobby. It was a powerful lobby whose tentacles ran into the core of NGOs, Churches, media, academia and a global network manipulated mainly by the Tamil diaspora. The main mission of this well-organised international network of anti-Government lobbyists was to (1) demonise the Sinhala-Buddhists and “the Sinhala governments”, as they called it and (2) divert attention away from the crimes committed by the quasi-state headed by Prabhakaran. It is the ceaseless manipulations of this lobby that sustained Prabhakaran for as long as he did. The initial gains of the Prabhakaran’s military forays can be attributed to a considerable extent to the international pressures (financial, political bases in Western electorates, penetration into key decision-making processes in the Western fronts, propaganda machinery, etc.,) generated by this lobby.

Their global lobbying, along with the massive propaganda campaigns, succeeded in forcing the Security Forces to wage a war with one hand tied behind their backs. The final defeat of the Prabhakaranist forces came only after the Sri Lankan forces dared to reject the imported recipes and interventions for peace and adopted home-made remedies to challenge Tamil Tigers. Until the Security Forces triumphed at Nandikadal this effective lobby succeeded in glorifying the Prabhakaranist regime as a “liberating force”. Perhaps, their greatest success was in silencing those who knew what was happening to the Tamil victims who were penned in by Tamil terror. Prabhakaran succeeded in justifying and prolonging the agony of the Tamil people because the Tamil intelligentsia, particularly those in the diaspora, conspired to cover-up the Prabhakaranist crimes committed in the name of protecting and serving the Tamil people.

The voice of Bavinck rings loud and clear against this high-pressure background designed to maintain a calculated silence. To begin with (and as stated by Bavinck) there was hardly anybody to oppose the principle that “Might is Right”. Bavinck’s diary entry of March 2, 1990 states : “I had another discussion with (K) Sritharan, (one of the few outspoken Tamil dissidents) who deplored the fact that the churches in Jaffna had spoken up so little in order to correct the militants. The Roman Catholic Church had several times addressed the government and its forces, but about the ‘boys’ they, like the Protestants, had been silent.” The deafening silence of the Churchmen, with international links, and that of the public intellectuals denied the Tamil people persecuted by their “liberator” the moral and political power needed to raise their voices or protect themselves from the fascist Tamil terror. The principle of R2P, invoked by Gareth Evans, ICES, and other NGOs, was to stop the Forces from advancing into the territory occupied by Prabhakaran. But there was no active principle invoked to protect the Tamils who were targeted from the time Prabhakaran started killing Tamil dissident in 1975. His first victim was Alfred Duraiyappah and he never stopped killing Tamils even when he was running away from the battle field. In his ruthless fashion, Prabhakaran shot the Tamils who formed his human shield when they were fleeing into the safety zones opened up by the Army. Prabhakaran wrote his own shameful history by being the one and only Tamil leader who killed more Tamils than all the others put together.

By 1990 it was clear that the plight of the Tamils caught in the crossfires was deteriorating by the day. Bavinck’s entry made on May 10, 1990 highlighted the tragedy facing the Tamil people. He wrote : “Frightening also is that the new Tigers recruits are all little boys of about 10-to-12 years-old. The Tigers cannot get the older school boys to join anywhere.” This war crime is condemned universally. But the Tamil Boko Haram got away with it because the human rights activists like “Paki” Saravanamuttu , (PS), diverted attention to the desertions in the Army. He was gloating over the news that Army deserters were weakening the fighting capacity of the Forces. The crime of forcibly recruiting Tamil children to fight in Prabhakaran’s futile war was brushed aside, or played down. Why did PS go down that misleading track? Why should a human right activist be overly concerned about the Army losing its cadres when he should be concerned more with the Tamil mothers fathers and mothers losing their children to Tamil Boko Harams? Even as a hired human rights activist what should have been his priority – the Tamil kids plucked from the breasts of their mothers or the desertions in the Sri Lankan Army? Obviously, winning the Vadukoddai War at any cost — even by throwing untrained kids into the battlefield — did not bother his foreign-funded conscience.

In other words, he was giving a nudge-and-a-wink for the Tiger Supremo to carry on the war whichever way he can, even by forcibly recruiting kids, if that is the only way Prabhakaran can stand up to the advancing Army. PS’s triumphalism was in celebrating the losses faced by the Army. The agony of the grief-stricken Tamil mothers was swiftly swept under a carpet of silence. His silence, compared to the ear-splitting decibel level raised to gloat over the losses to the Army, was obscene. When, as a Tamil, his own people were being oppressed and persecuted by a fellow-Tamil the moral choice before him was clear. But he dodged the issue by diverting attention to “the Sinhala governments”. The refusal to face the evil staring in his face makes him an intellectual pariah who should have been kicked out of human right circles with utter contempt.

But he was not alone in this. It was a malaise with the public intellectuals right across the board. The failure to name and shame the greatest evil facing the nation at the time condemns most of those intellectuals as lifting their skirts for a quick buck. This is just not a rhetorical statement. The money, the opportunities, perks, scholarships and the kudos were available only to those who toed the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist line. Those who argued for the counter-narrative were not even invited to the seminars run by the foreign-funded NGOs. A whole new intellectual industry mushroomed to manufacture conformity. And, in that propaganda battle, they were successful. The power of Bavinck is in challenging this conventional and mono-causal theory and presenting a counter-narrative.

It was, of course, fashionable to pin the primary responsibility of providing security to the elected state of the nation. But these intellectuals pretended that there was no commensurate responsibility for the unelected quasi-state of the North was to protect the people. The mercenary mission they engaged in was to manufacture excuses for the crimes committed by Prabhakaran. Tis was a bonanza for him to get away with war crimes and crimes against humanity. In fact, till the end Prabhakaran was dependent on foreign-funded agencies to put pressure on the Government to stop the war which would have benefited only his belligerence. With the moralists in NGOs, Churches and academia pointing the finger at the Government he had a field day. He had no qualms even in using the Tamil people as a human shield to protect himself. He read R2P to mean Responsibility to Protect Prabhakaran!

What kind of a hero was Prabhakaran when he had to depend on 10-12-year-old kids to protect him? Which leader who forcibly drags young kids to protect himself can be respected as a worthy leader? When a leader uses the people, including the aged, to protect himself instead of the leader protecting his people can he be considered as anything more than a self-serving coward? Doesn’t this confirm that the Tamils never had a leader who served their interests selflessly? The tragedy of Tamil history is that they never had a leader who acted in the interests of the oppressed Tamils. The Tamil leadership has a consistent record of treating the Tamil people with utter contempt. First, the Vellahla leadership treated the Tamils as slaves, or as outcasts unfit for their superior society. In 1844, when the British abolished slavery the first step they took was to abolish the right of he Vellahlas to kill their slaves. Second, Prabhakaran followed the Vellahla tradition and even went beyond the Vellahla slave-owners : he killed the Tamils – including the entire Tamil leadership – without any compunction.

Even the Tamil human right activists like Saravanamuttu were no better than silent slaves of Prabhakaran. PS did not go round the world mobilising international opinion against Prabhakaran’s barbarism though he spent millions to denigrate Sri Lanka in every available global fora. On the contrary, they retreated into an unholy silence which, in the eyes of Prabhakaran, justified his reign of terror. And the more the Tamils fell at this feet, worshipping him as their Suriya Devan, the more he felt justified in killing Tamils. He attained divine status by his power to kill. It was his unchallenged power to kill Tamils and non-Tamils that forced the Tamils to surrender to his will. Nothing pleased the Tamils more than his power to kill their opponents. Each time he killed the coffers in the Tamil diaspora overflowed with dollars. So Prabhakaran had no qualms about killing Tamils.. And the Tamil leadership, from Appapillai Amirthalingam to Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, the current leader of the Opposition, remained silent believing that the doctrine of necessity justified the killing of the Tamils who were an unnecessary obstruction to achieve Eelam.

The failure of the Tamil moral guardians to stand up for the rights of the little children is an unpardonable obscenity. Tamil culture reached it lowest depths when the Tamil Churchmen handed over the Tamil children kept in their care by the Tamil parents to the LTTE. The Tamil priests tipped off the LTTE at midnight. The children were picked up and taken away forcibly from the Church in the morning. If the Churchmen, kicking aside all moral barriers, supplied other people’s children left in their care to fill the depleted cadres of the LTTE what was there to prevent Prabhakaran from brain-washing those children to kill their fellow-Tamils – their own kith and kin ? Whose crime is greater? The Church offering Tamil children to Prabhakaran to turn them into killers? Or Prabhakaran giving the kids their last supper of cyanide pills and sending them off to kill dissident Tamils like Neelan Tiruchelvam?

Since Prabhakaran didn’t achieve any lasting victory for the Tamils isn’t his greatness only in turning kids into brutal killers? Isn’t his cult of Tamils killing Tamils the ultimate glory of the Tamil culture? Considering the history of this cult that began with Sankilli – the killer of 600 Catholics in Mannar in 1544 — is there any chance of the Tamils going beyond Prabhakaran to produce an enlightened and humane leader who would care and work selflessly for all the Tamils?

(To be continued)

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    Rajash

    Are you still there?

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      Greetings Native
      What happened to the British summer
      Where is the dashing Sri Lankan Cricket?
      “I am the Greatest” passed Away
      The next US President is going to be one of two geriatrics devils either Trump or Hilary
      What happened to the young Barrack Obama generation?
      Nigel Farage is hijacking the Tory party and the Labour Party

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        I forgot to add Andy Murray lost again.
        Thankfully he didn’t cry this time

        so there is lot to discuss

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        Rajash

        My friend the old codger has this to say on British weather:

        The nature has its function. Veddah boy, if there is no rain there would be no water in the tap. I can’t flush the toilet and wash my bum. Therefore learn to appreciate both good and bad weather in equal measure.

        My friend the old codger has this to say about cricket:

        Veddah boy, don’t these boys have nothing better to do other than 11 of them chasing one ball. If they desperately need ball’s I don’t mind buying them a few.

        My friend the old codger has this to say about the greatest:

        Veddah boy, you better start learning everything from him what a man has to learn and live by them. Principles, convictions, audacity, .. hard work, willing to suffer for principles, generosity, respect for humanity, ……………..

        This what my friend the old codger has to say about your EU referendum:

        Most of the relatively young British Tamils (BT), British Sinhalese (BS), and British Muslims (BM)are for Brexit. Don’t ask me why, I think either its their stupidity or may be they think they are too British to be part of Europe, fitting in with the Brexit crowd, …. They too see too many immigrants in the UK, ….

        My worry Veddah boy is that when I hit 80 there won’t be enough young people to look after me. There is going to be a shortage of labour, in care and old people home, hospitals, which is obviously being filled by East Europeans.

        Probably I will end up in the streets, perhaps sweeping the streets as supply of labour is going to end with Brexit.

        These bloody recent (BT, BS and BM) immigrants are going to throw us onto the streets, …………. and force us into cleaning the streets and man the hospitals, etc.

        Are for in or out?

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          Thanks for the pearls of wisdom
          Am I In or Out

          If I vote Out that would be an endorsement of Boris and Nigel If If I vote IN that would be an endorsement faceless Eurcrats

          so I am caught between the devil and the deep sea

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            Rajash

            The old codger says:

            EU had brought peace in Northern Ireland.

            EU is the only mechanism which prevents Scotland leaving the union.
            Collective action is the only possible way to stop environmental terrorism

            EU has brought almost all progressive directive to help the workers (Old Codger is very particular about it)

            Those who kick a big fuss about the issue of immigration he says without the immigrants, there won’t be any hospitals, old people homes, cleaners, ………….

            It had prevented tribal war in the European mainland.

            Travel has been made easy.

            Fishing regulations have revived fish stock in the North Sea.

            Negotiation to contain Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) going to be tough.

            Old codger has another 1001 reason for remaining in the EU. Sorry I can’t remember all of them.

            What have the EU bureaucrats do to you?

            Have you also jumped on the Brexit bandwagon?

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              I am inclining more towards Remain.
              Another 1001 reasons!
              Is one of them that EU can bring unity to Sri Lanka

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    HLD Mahindapala,

    Sinhalese Buddhists killing tamils from 1956 is not a myth.
    Tamil genocide is not a myth

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      Invading Tamils from South India massacred Sinhalese who lived in the North Central part of Sri Lanka, destroyed the civilization build on one of the most advanced irrigation systems in the world, burned down temples and valuable books. This is also not a myth. Historians have documented these events with evidences. Do not talk what happened after independence ignoring what happened before that for hundreds of years.

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        Satya

        Satyameva Jayate – Ultimately, truth shall be victorious (or Truth alone wins).

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        Fool Satya,

        Everything that you find in Sri Lanka is emanated from India including the irrigation system that you brag about! You need to come to the real world than constantly devouring the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinistic materials!

        The Sinhala language is a cacophony of several Indic languages including Tamil! The Buddhism spread from the South India! The food, cultures, architecture, farming techniques, and the ruling dynasty were all imported from India!

        Get real mister, there weren’t any ethnic based invasion in the history of Sri Lanka; all battles were about empire building and wealth creation. Both Sinhala and Tamil mercenaries fought on both sides. There is no evidence to support your claim that the invading forces killed the Sinhala! Grow up mister!

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          Burning Issue,

          It looks like the only history book you have read is “History of Sri Lanka’ by Velupillai Prabhakaran. I suggest that you read the following publications:

          1. History of Sri Lanka by K.M.de Silva, University of California Press, 1981. p.81

          2. The Collapse of the Rajarata Civilization in Ceylon and the Drift to the South-West: A Symposium by K. Indrapala, Ceylon Studies Seminar, University of Ceylon, 1971

          The are available in the internet.

          By the way the main diet of Sinhalese is rice and curry, not Those and Masala Wade. The curry preparation is different from Indian curries.

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            Sathya,

            Save your breath; selective reading is symptomatic of your ilk. First you need to learn as to when the term Sinhala came into being and how South India provided to ruling dynasty fot the island. Tamils in Sri Lanka have as much heritage as anyone. It is about time you come to terms with this fact.

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              Burning Issue

              Here is counter argument against the long established Chola Maha bashing, please refer to :

              The Jungle Tide: Collapse in Early Medieval Sri Lanka

              By Strickland

              pages 353 to 361

              http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/893/1/
              Strickland_Thesis_2011.pdf?DDD6+

              The author’s conclusion was based on Archaeology than Pali chronicle.

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              No sri lankan tamils do NOT have the same heritage. Just because it damages your ego we cant let go our right to our sinhala homeland.

              If you come with any historical claim come with a proper source. If going by your logic, every civilisation from japan to US is African

              Take a good book on history of SL and for fuk’s sake read…read more and more…and travel around the country.

              if you cant shut the fuk up

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                such,

                You have been told on several occasions about the make up of Sri Lanka. The Sinhala fabricated the history to claim the whole of Sri Lanka; this is the route cause of all the ills!

                Now show us as to where Samapura is found on the Dutch map of Ceylon that you claimed exist.

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                All ethnicities have clear origins and linear historical paths that they traversed to be known for what they are now. Take for example, the Tamils, they belong to the Dravidian origin of India. Their habituations have been clearly in the south of India. That is also one reason that countries that have been historically parts of South Indian Plate such as Maldives consist of Dravidians who now call themselves Maldivians who during the course of evolution have changed their religion and thus their names, but however agree and never forget that they belong to the Dravidian platelet. The same goes with Jaffna Tamils, who are almost 90% of Dravidian culture with the 20% evolution culture that has made them speak Tamil in their own different accent, manner and traits. Now take the Sinhalese, who believe they are Aryans (Persian & European platelet) however cannot logically state why their physical structure, color and resemblance is Dravidian. It is almost like a Chinese (mongloid) claiming he is of African (Negroid) origin. Then what the hell is the origin of the Sinhalese? Why haven’t the Sinhalese never ever wanted to trace their actual origins using international transparent archaeologists and historians to trace their actual origin? Is it because they are scared of the truth? The name bastard is used in many forms, very often to slander and hurt a person, but not for the purpose for what it actually means. However, if one was state that the Sinhalese race is ethnically a result of bastardisation, it is indeed a sad truth. How did a Sinhalese obtain names such as Wijeratne (Dravidian Wijeratnam), Mahindapala (Dravidian Mahindapalan), Weerasinghe (Weerasingham), Fernando (Portuguese), De Silva (Spain), Padmakumara (Dravidian Padmakumaran), Jayasundera (Dravidian Jayasunderam), Pattali (Dravidian Pattali), Gamanpilla (Dravidian Gammanpillayan)? Why the fuck do they celebrate a day called Sinhalese New Year which is historically the Hindu Dravidian New Year observed by Tamils? Why is the national dress of a Sinhalese woman the sari whose origin is Dravidian if they were so clever to device their own traditional costume? Isn’t that regalia worn by Sinhalese men for their weddings the dress worn by the last king Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe who is also a Dravidian? When they eat Rice & Curry, Kottu, String Hoppers, Pittu, Halape, Manioc boiled, Batala and what not, does it not convey to their stupid brains that all these are not Aryan food (bread, cheese, pizza, sausages, cream, poached eggs) and are pure Dravidian origin food? When they carry flowers and go to the temple to carry out a pooja, isn’t that a purely Dravidian ritual? Has one analyzed the words and letters in Sinhalese are a mix of Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and this Sinhalese language is a result of the bastardisation of these languages. Oh that historical reddai hettai claimed to be pure Sinhalese, where have we seen the origin of this before, Kerala? After all this, does one believe that Sinhalese had the ability to create historical water tanks and irrigation systems or was all these done by Dravidian and other mercenaries who traversed this land and screwed the local women to create bastards with their names with a N or M missing? What if Sangamitta Thera never arrived and bought the message of Lord Buddha? What would these bastards call as their religion? Surely Mahinda Rajapakse’s prick? Now take Mahindapalan, he has a name of Dravidian origin, face of a fucking Portuguese and writes like an arse hole and in all aspects is a product of the massive bastardisation that took place in this island. Thus the reason that Sinhalese are a majority (of bastards) with a minority complex (due to the inability to focally identify and trace their origins).

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                Sachi boy, Sinhala homeland? hahahahahaha……………….hahahahahaha……………very funny. Keep dreaming………………hahahahahaha.

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              Satya

              “History of Sri Lanka by K.M.de Silva, University of California Press, 1981. p.81”

              Professor K.M. de Silva in his book `A History of Sri Lanka`, refers to the migration of the Karawe, Salagama, and Durawe castes from Southern India to Sri Lanka between the 14th and 17th centuries AD.

              It is well known that the descendants of these Dalit South Indian Tamils from down South Sri Lanka (low country Sinhalese) like the Karawe, Salagama, and Durawe are the most anti-Tamil racists. Today their descendants are not only claiming the ancient Sri Lankan civilization as their own ‘Sinhala’ heritage but have also become the patriots and champions of Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism. They have become distinct, ‘North Indian Sinhabahu’s Lion-blooded Sinhala Aryans’, the Nationalist Patriots and guardians of the country (Sri Lanka) and its Religion (Buddhism) and call themselves the blood relatives of Dutugemunu. Professor K.M. de Silva very clearly says they are all South Indians who got converted to Buddhism and became Sinhalese.

              “A Symposium by K. Indrapala, Ceylon Studies Seminar, University of Ceylon, 1971”

              Have you read the book that Prof. K Indrapala wrote in 2005? He totally rejected (in his book) what he wrote in the late sixties.

              40 years after his early writings, Prof. Karthigesu Indrapala as a senior Archeologist/Historian says what he published in the late sixties (with very limited material) is completely out of date (obsolete) that even he does not have a copy of his writings what he wrote 40 years ago as a PhD student.

              “By the way the main diet of Sinhalese is rice and curry, not Those and Masala Wade. The curry preparation is different from Indian curries.”

              By the way the main diet of Tamils is also rice and curry. Those and Masala Wade were introduced to Tamils only a few centuries ago by others. The original Tamil food (other than rice and curry) is Appam, Iddiappam, and Puttu. The Sinhalese have copied them and they call it Appa, Iddiappa and Pittu.

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                Ceeloo

                If so, they must be thanked, do you want them to become Tamil…..!!!, Tamils will no longer be a minority

                And you wan’t to spread division among the Sinhalese, like abusing other rice-boards like the Bathgams, ancient Devas….

                ‘Dung-Brain’ slinging-mud culture = county’s ruin / curse

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            Sathiya,

            ” By the way the main diet of Sinhalese is rice and curry, not Those and Masala Wade. The curry preparation is different from Indian curries.”

            How old are you? I do really feel sorry for you!

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            Satyameva Jayate

            “2. The Collapse of the Rajarata Civilization in Ceylon and the Drift to the South-West: A Symposium by K. Indrapala, Ceylon Studies Seminar, University of Ceylon, 1971”

            Have you actually read the above paper? If you have please let me have a scanned copy through CT editor or the link.

            1. History of Sri Lanka by K.M.de Silva, University of California Press, 1981. p.81

            When did the people of this island start calling their habitats as Sinhalese kingdom? Could you find out from K.M.de Silva or any other historians?

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              Usually it is the outsiders who give the people a name. Netherland was given thatname by people living outside Holland. The North Indians called those who lived south of the Vindya mountains “Dravida”, meaning “southeners”,
              theddchina”. The Sangam (Chankam) literature referred to the nation island as “Cinkalam”, தமிழகம் the land of the Sinhalese.

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                Chaminda

                “The Sangam (Chankam) literature referred to the nation island as “Cinkalam”, தமிழகம் the land of the Sinhalese. “

                Tamilaham is a recent concoction, earlier the kingdoms were known as Pandy Nadu, Chola Nadu, Chera Nadu, ……………. Again the borders changed constantly with new wars, and respective kings’ ego.

                This island was also known as Eelam from time immemorial.

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                Sinhala. It is derived from one of the ancient Tamil word for the island. Chingkalam are word that is still used by the Eelam Tamils. Meaning the land of red or land of copper in Tamil. In ancient times people inhabiting these lands were called Chingkalavar or Chingkallar.

                Chingka’lar: People of Chingka’lam in Tamil, Kalingkaththup-para’ni, 12th century CE); Salike: (Ptolemy, Greek, 2nd century CE, comes as a place name probably meaning ‘the island of Salai); Sele, Siele: Sele-diba and Siele-diba come as variants of place name for the island (Greek, Cosmas Indicopleustes, 6th Century CE); Seren-dib: Arab version of Sele-diba (L / R interchange, 8th century CE); Seilan: Italian traveller Marcopolo’s reference to the island (1292 CE); Seyllao, Ceilao, Ceylao: Portuguese versions of the name for the island (16th century CE); Ceilon, Ceylon: Name of the island in Dutch, the latter was continued by the British; Si / Chi, Che, Chea, Chey, Cheyya: Adjective forms and root word, meaning red, red-coloured etc. In (Tamil and Dravidian languages.

                A’lam: (noun, A’la adjective) Tract of land, coastal land (Tamil, other Dravidian languages, Dravidian Etymological Dictionary 299); A’lakkar: Coastal tract of land (A’la+ekkar; A’la: coastal; Ekkar: dunes; Tamil, Dravidian languages.

                A’lavan, A’laththi: Masculine and feminine terms for a person hailing from A’lam (maritime tract)Eg: Chingkalavan ( a male from the land of Chingkalam) Chingkalathi ( a female from the land of Chingkalam)

                Kera’la: Adjective of Keara’lam, found in Asoka’s inscription dated to 3rd century BCE, for the Cheara country or today’s Keara’laa. Cheara /Chaaral+a’lam, meaning ‘the hilly tract’, synonym of Malai-a’lam > Malayaa’lam. Or in Sri Lanka Puttalam meaning in Tamil new tract of land . Puthu +Alanm = Puttalam or Puthumathalam where all the killings took place in 2009. Meaning new bit or large tract. Puthu(new)+Ma(big)+Alam(tract)= Puthumathalam.

                Origin of the word Sinhala has nothing to with a lion or the descendant of a lion. It is a fabrication an irrational mythology, when the original etymology was lost.

                Other than classical languages like Tamil most of the ethno national identities in South Asia have originated from geographical locations and identities. These identities stood for anyone inhabited these lands and the languages that eventually evolved in this land.

                Eg Paagnchaala /Panjab (land in between five rivers), Karu-naadu / Karnāṭakā / Kannada (country of black tract of land); Malayaa’lam / Malai-a’lam (hilly tract of land) etc. In the latter two at one time a form of Tamil was spoken originally. In Kerala it was just a few centuries ago. Even when the Portuguese arrived the language of Kerala was still a form of Tamil. Called Malayalama or Malabar Tamil. This is the reason the Portuguese mistook the Jaffna Tamils for Malabari, as in many aspects the native Sri Lankan Tamils were far more similar to the people of Kerala than to Tamil Nadu.

                The Present day highly Sanskritised Malayalam that was spoken only by the immigrant Nambhoodhiri Brahmins from the Tulu country and written in the current Tulu based script, was deliberately introduced by the British in the 1830s.

                They banned the native Malyalama or Malabar Tamil written in the Tamil script and introduced this Nambhoodhiri dialect written in the Tulu based script, then spoken only by around 2% of Kerala, as standard Malayalam as these Nambhoodhiri and their half caste bastard progeny like the Nairs, Menon, Nambiar Kurrup, Pannikar,Pillai, Thambi (Basically all sub clans of the Nair caste) were in cohorts with the British rulers.

                Even now it is the Malayalees from these communities that show antagonism towards the Tamils, as they with the help of the British destroyed the native Tamil language of Kerala a century or two ago. Just look at all the Malayalees who were and still are behind Rajapakse protecting him and helping to kill and ethnically cleanse Tamils in Eelam on a large scale. All mostly from this community. Narayan, Shiv Shankar Menon, Nambiar, Nirupama Rao( nee Menon).

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            Satyameva Jayate

            “By the way the main diet of Sinhalese is rice and curry, not Those and Masala Wade.”

            So the Tamils who had Dosa Vade and your people didn’t. What does it tell us about your idea of civilisation and culinary skills/culture? Are you saying that your people have been so primitive that they could not innovate, create, experiment … new varieties but stuck to basic bath and curry?

            Please stop insulting the Sinhalese with your stupid typing.

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          Satya

          “Invading Tamils from South India massacred Sinhalese who lived in the North Central part of Sri Lanka, destroyed the civilization”

          Invading Sinhabahu’s eldest son Vijaya (the father of the Sinhalese) and his 700 thugs from East India (Sinhapura) massacred the aboriginals who lived in Sri Lanka and destroyed their civilization, took their princess (Kuveni) and later abandoned her and his two children to marry a princess from the royal family of South India. It is said that in her dying moments, Kuveni cursed Vijaya and the entire Sinhala race stating that no ruler would ever be able to rule the island without bloodshed and strife.

          Of the 54 rulers recounted in the Mahavamsa, 22 were murdered by their successors; 11 were overthrown; 13 killed were killed in battle and 6 were assassinated. Every time when the Chola and Pandya invaded, there was enough bloodshed. The Sinhala race is a cursed race, if you are born a Sinhalese, then you are already a part of this curse and you have no choice but to suffer.

          “build on one of the most advanced irrigation systems in the world”

          All the ancient structures (including the advanced irrigation technology) is from South India (Tamil). The terms used in irrigation, together with their definitions, from the ‘Ancient Irrigation Works’, by R.L.Brohier reveals an important fact, they are Tamil derivatives and none of them are Indo-Aryan Prakrit.

          The tanks and fields, which were the main support of the kings, their armies and a large body of priests and monks, were damaged frequently either by wars between rival kings or through natural forces as well as sheer neglect. Repairs to these tanks and the maintenance of irrigation and cultivation could not be affected without the aid of specially trained men from the Tamil country. Sir James Emerson Tennent, Colonial Secretary to the British Government of Ceylon (1845-1850) tells us even during his time, the expertise/services from Tamil country had to be obtained for repairing tanks in the North Central Province.

          While the ancient rice irrigation technology in Tamil Nadu has metamorphosed, the small tank irrigation systems managed by village communities in Sri Lanka’s dry zone is the only ancient irrigation culture that continues to exist even today.

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            Bandaranayake and Jayawardenes are the biggest anti-Tamils who were Tamils
            Some are recent immigrants
            The Govi Dalit Shudras are also Dravidian bought as servants
            Now the Veddhas are extinct and they are slinging-mud at others.

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              CC

              “Now the Veddhas are extinct and they are slinging-mud at others.”

              I want more people to sling mud at the most bigoted stupid noisy minority. The door is open, please apply within.

              “The Govi Dalit Shudras are also Dravidian bought as servants”

              I assume you are an Aryan.

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                That is the attitude that exterminated the Veddhas, discriminated the minority Tamils and harassed Muslims and even Sinhala minorities.
                Do not misuse the term ‘Veddha’, copying other peoples ideas/pseudo-names.

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          BI,
          If everything is the same for Tamils and Sinhalese why fight each other?

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            Nuisance the stupid I

            “If everything is the same for Tamils and Sinhalese why fight each other?”

            Please ask the Sinhala/Buddhists and ask yourself why do the Sinhala/Buddhist make the stupid Sinhalese to fight not only other but also among themselves.

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              Low IQ vedda
              Try to open your stupid brain. Sinhalese are fighting the suicide murderer tamil terrorists only. None terrorists are all Sri Lankans.

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            Euse,

            Unfortunately, you need to be reminded umpteen times! The 1948 constitution was embraced by all Ceylonese on which all her subjects were on an equal footing. But the majority using the democracy as cover destroyed that platform to suit their own needs. This is why the country has been in conflict. At every juncture, the majority cared two hoots about the sentiments of the Tamils who tried to reason with them democratically. This is why we are in conflict.

            Please do not ask to itemise the issues because people are exhausted of repeating. You are a smug and a humbug for repeatedly playing ignorant of the issues that you subject the tamils with!

            Now, instead of annoying people on these forums, your time should be spent educating the Sinhala about egalitarianism, secularism and the basics of nation-building. The Sinhala need to respect that the Tamil speaking people love their language as much as the Sinhala loving their language. No one can force their language and religion onto others. Artificially changing the demography with insidious state-aided programmes are inimical to the ethnic harmony and the country as a whole. So there are so much for you to do than being here and driving people insane with your delinquent questions!

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              bi
              Whether YOU and I like it or not democracy works according to the desires of the majority. It is well seen in the US, UK and all other democracies. With a 20% Spanish speaking Latino population in the US, it had no special laws to accommodate them in it’s governance. However, Spanish speaking Latinos can run for office from any state/county/region of the US. This has been going on for a while. As you may know, now there are many Latinos involved in legislation (after learning English) including Ted Cruz and Rubio who even ran for the Presidential primary. My advice for the Tamils is to do the same. Disseminate to Sinhalese areas, do good deeds for the Sinhalese, win their hearts and get elected to the Parliament and legislate what you want. These take time, you need to be patient not resort to terrorism. Keep whining about the past as you do here is not going to help you either. Be smart, try something different to achieve your goals.
              The other alternative is to come back when the Tamil population is equal to the Sinhalese. Something might happen then.

              By the way I still haven’t got a list of itemized Tamil problems from any of you. Million times I have asked for it. I don’t need blanket statements like “the majority using the democracy as cover destroyed that platform to suit their own needs” what you have just made. What I want is a list of difficulties an ordinary Tamil in Sri Lanka has in their day to day life, compared to a Sinhalese.

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        Satya

        “destroyed the civilization build on one of the most advanced irrigation systems in the world,”

        Who says so?

        The beavers are the most advanced dam builders in the world. Watch this clip:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na2HYq11yuM

        Who did build the advanced irrigation systems on this island? Were there any Sinhala/Buddhist Beavers active on this island prior to the arrival of Kallthonies from North South India?

        By the way was it the centuries-old anger that made Dutta Gamini and his uniformed thugs burn down the Jaffna Library?

        Say hello to the liar Ramuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

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          Only the LTTE was going to gain by burning the Jaffna Libra ray. There has to be a motive for a crime. There is enough evidence to show that they did it.

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            Bodin,

            Have you ever heard of the maxim trying to bury a pumpkin in a plate of rice? This is what you try to do!

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              No, I am trying to get the pumpkin out of the plate of rice and show that the
              pumpkin is an LTTE bomb

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                Bodin

                “No, I am trying to get the pumpkin out of the plate of rice and show that the pumpkin is an LTTE bomb”

                Only a dumb will ever attempt to do what you assume you would do.

                The moment you see a bomb, immediately you evacuate the premises call the army disposal unit to deal with the bomb. They are trained to diffuse lethal explosives.

                You may be useless dumb, still your family needs you. Don’t be a smart ass patriot, leave that to Dyan.

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            Bodin

            “There has to be a motive for a crime.”

            Do you need a motive for wanton destruction? I don’t know why, I am reminded of 1956, 1958, 1960, 1977, 1981, 1983. ……2009.

            Even if there were motives the only people who were in the position to answer your very stupid typing are both dead and gone. If you insist you may have to speak to their ghosts. If and when you happen to meet ghosts of Dutta Gamini and Cyril Mathew please do ask them both may convince you.

            “There is enough evidence to show that they did it.”

            I love to see them.

            “Only the LTTE was going to gain by burning the Jaffna Libra ray.”

            How?

            And did it?

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              Genocide survivor Vedda,
              How on earth did you escape the 1956, 1958, 1960, 1977, 1981, 1983. ……2009 Tamil genocide?

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                Nuisance the stupid I

                “Genocide survivor Vedda, How on earth did you escape the 1956, 1958, 1960, 1977, 1981, 1983. ……2009 Tamil genocide?”

                sachooooooooo the stupid II asked the same question a few weeks ago and I did answer her.

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                  Low IQ vedda
                  Try to open your stupid brain. Sinhalese are fighting the suicide murderer tamil terrorists only. None terrorists are all Sri Lankans.

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                    Nuisance the stupid I

                    “Genocide survivor Vedda, How on earth did you escape the 1956, 1958, 1960, 1977, 1981, 1983. ……2009 Tamil genocide?”

                    sachooooooooo the stupid II asked the same question a few weeks ago and I did answer her.

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                      Genocide survivor vedda,
                      I am asking you. You need to answer me. Looks like all this genocide garbage is fake!

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                      Nuisance the stupid I

                      “I am asking you. You need to answer me. Looks like all this genocide garbage is fake!”

                      sachooooooooo the stupid II asked the same question a few weeks ago and I did answer her.

                      Didn’t sachooo the stupid II show it to you?

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            Bodin

            “Only the LTTE was going to gain by burning the Jaffna Libra ray. There has to be a motive for a crime. There is enough evidence to show that they did it.”

            Jaffna Library was burnt by the Sinhalese thugs (under the protection of Sinhala Armed forces) belonging to Minister Cyril Mathew. Some believe even Minister Gamini Disanayake was involved. The main motive for this crime was, they wanted to deliberately and systematically erase all the evidences of the past Tamil presence in the island.

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        Hi Satya,
        Can you give me the evidence documented by Historians for ‘massacred Sinhalese’ ‘burned down temples and valuable books’ please? I am just curious

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        Hey Satya, if Invading Tamils massacred Sinhalese in the NC part of SL, destroyed their civilisation, etc. etc. as you say, it must be the invading Tamils who are posing off as Sinhalese in the NC province now.

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      read your colonel Thamilini’s book…genocide, my a$$

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      Mr. Anpu
      Tell us how you escaped this killing tamils from 1956 and the Tamil Genocide.

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        Eusense,

        Welcome back.

        Have you read this link I have given earlier http://hrbrief.org/2015/01/the-legal-case-of-the-tamil-genocide/
        First read this then ask questions.

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          Anpu
          You did not get my question. I am asking how YOU escaped genocide.

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            Eusense,

            Have you heard of holocaust?
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust

            There are still Jews.

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              anpu,
              You still did not get my question!
              Let me try for the last time.
              I want to know how you escaped genocide. In other words, when the genocide team came to you, what actions of yours (running, hiding, pleading etc. etc.) helped so that you were not subjected to genocide?
              Have you heard stories of holocaust survivors? Have you seen the movie “Schindlers list”? I want to hear your story.
              Thanks in advance.

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    The British navy also abducted kids- ‘powder monkeies’
    William Wallace is also known to have killed Scots
    Sinhalese have killed more of their own and exterminated the Veddhas

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    “….The Preamble to the Rome Statute provides that one of the core goals of the Statute is to end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, which “must not go unpunished.”[92] The post-war situation in Sri Lanka cannot be called ‘post-conflict,’ as it reflects a deteriorating human rights situation with rampant government abuses. The very purpose of the Genocide Convention and later efforts after the Rwandan Genocide, are under threat so long as the international community fails to hold the perpetrators accountable for the bloody armed conflict in Sri Lanka. Impunity will inevitably breed further injustice, which has been demonstrated by recent assaults to the remaining Tamil population.

    Members of the international community have acknowledged that genocide took place in Sri Lanka and several have called for an independent investigation. Government officials from Australia,[93] Canada,[94] the United Kingdom,[95] and India,[96] as well as Tamil MPs in Sri Lanka[97] have requested an investigation into Sri Lanka’s genocide. International human rights advocates[98] and organizations[99] have similarly called for such an investigation.

    The obligation to prevent and punish genocide under the Genocide Convention is not a matter of political choice or calculation, but one of binding customary international law. The Office of the High Commission on Human Rights’ Investigation on Sri Lanka (OSIL) should investigate and report on the charge of genocide in its submission to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2015. The UN Security Council should refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court for prosecutions based on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Alternatively or concurrently, domestic courts in countries that may exercise universal jurisdiction over the alleged events and perpetrators, including but not limited to the United States, should prosecute these crimes. Top Sri Lankan officials, starting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, must be brought to justice. “

    http://hrbrief.org/2015/01/the-legal-case-of-the-tamil-genocide/

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    You Mahindapala, Dayan Jaytileke, Michael Roberts (His storian) and the rest like you lot claimed ZERO causality at the end of the war.

    Now the SL govt has accepted the CH4 videos are authentic.

    So Mahindapala it is time to stop twisting.

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      The Government, as well as those who claimed zero casualty in the war are all
      wrong. But so are the pro-LTTE people in this website who try to pain the
      murderous LTTE as liberators. They drove out Muslims from Jaffna, killed people praying in the Mosque at Kattankudy, killed more tamils than DuttuGamunu ever did (according to a Tamil writer called Sebastian Rasalingam), and also thousands of Sinhalese.

      By the way Rasalingam does not write anymore. Has the LTTE rump in Toronto “eliminated”
      him for telling the truth?

      Read Thamilini’s recently released autobiography, or the Marga Institute analysis on who killed whom, and how many were killed by whom.

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    “What kind of a hero was Prabhakaran when he had to depend on 10-12-year-old kids to protect him?”

    what kind of armed forces Sri Lanka had. The might of the armed forces Navy, RAF and Army for 30 years they were not able to penetrate through 10-12 years old kids.?

    this idiot is back again

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    Great write-up, Mahinda

    You should devote one full article for how all this propaganda fooled the West to gain illegal entry in millions.

    Soma

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      I know you want the Tamils to accept the Sinhala Buddhist hegemony by rebeling that created false propaganda to fool the west! There is no surprise in that you a deft chauvinist praising a dispicable racist!

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        Tamils have to accept that Sri Lanka is the sinhala homeland

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          sach

          “Tamils have to accept that Sri Lanka is the sinhala homeland”

          Good, so go back to Sinhapura, Venga Desa or south India and claim your Sinhala homeland from whoever is occupying it now. When you go take MR clan, IH, …… with you.

          Please don’t come back.

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          sach

          “Tamils have to accept that Sri Lanka is the sinhala homeland”

          The Tamils have no objection what so ever in accepting Sri Lanka (minus North & East) as the Sinhala homeland. The Tamil homeland (North & East of Sri Lanka) where only Tamil is spoken (Sinhala is NEVER heard) cannot be accepted as part of Sinhala homeland. Eighty million Tamils around the world believes that North & East of Sri Lanka is the Homeland (country) of the Eela Tamils. The Sinhalese have to accept that North & East of Sri Lanka is the Tamil homeland.

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      [You should devote one full article for how all this propaganda fooled the West to gain illegal entry in millions.]

      Tuan Myhindapala is trying to educate hybrid modayas.

      Get Yourself Another Fool

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    Thank you for the excellent article!

    Non-Tamil Malayalee-Prabhakaran’s first victim was Tamil Alfred Duraiyappah and his last victims were Tamils as well, he shot the Tamils IN THE BACK who formed his human shield when they were fleeing into the safety zones opened up by the Army.

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    Test for all of us. Can we all collectively ignore this guys provocation?

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    Maybe Prabhakaran made many mistakes, and took many wrong turnings, but he had the balls to stay with his people, till the end, and die facing his tormentors.

    HLD on the other hand ran away from his tormentors, tail between his legs, to an old colonial land, from where he torments us with half-baked horrible histories of long-ago times.

    Take your pick, folks.

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      Rubbish, Prabhakaran wanted to leave all his people and fly out from the air-strip he had built in Iranamadu, and he was negotiating with his western backers. Two ministers (one from UK, another from france) came to Colombo to negotiate the deal, and US was ready to airlift him, leaving all his followers in the soup.
      But Gothabaya did not budge, and got rid of the Tamil Pol pot, as al-ilâh (Asma al-Husna) Himself ordained.

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      ‘Maybe Prabhakaran made many mistakes, and took many wrong turnings, but he had the balls to stay with his people, till the end, and die facing his tormentors.’

      Really? I thought he was hiding behind Tamil women and children and shooting them in the back when they tried to escape to the Evil Sinhala Army.

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        Taraki

        ” I thought he was hiding behind Tamil women and children and shooting them in the back when they tried to escape to the Evil Sinhala Army.”

        Actually, VP the psychopath learned it from Gota the Psychopath, during the IPKF days when the Evil Sinhala/Buddhist army was hiding behind women folks and VP’s fat bum.

        Have you forgotten it that soon. I don’t blame you, may be your age is catching up with you.

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      spring Koha:

      Maybe Prabhakaran made many mistakes, and took many wrong turnings, but he had the balls to stay with his people, till the end, and die facing his tormentors.

      Every woman and man taken as civilian hostage had balls to stay with that ball-less Tamil killer. He was cheap and he was like a child who was hiding behind the mother in order to escape., cheaper than that.

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    senanayake and banadaranayake gave birth to LTTE.

    If they have implemented the pacts we would not have had LTTE

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      You mean you would have got your Ealam even before LTTE?

      Soma

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        soma,

        You really need to grow up for goodness sake! What do you gain out of subjugating the Tamils? What is wrong in empowering the tamils democratically? Why do you equate the autonomy with Eelam?

        First you go and sort out the pressing issues such as secularism, trilingualism, and discrimination. Not to mention the militarised North and East!

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          I want to empower everybody democratically irrespective of race, religion, caste, denomination , date of arrival or place of residence. I disagree with ethnic and religious enclaves which will only lead to further animosity, conflict and eventual bloodshed.

          Soma

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            somaaasss

            ” I disagree with ethnic and religious enclaves which will only lead to further animosity, conflict and eventual bloodshed.”

            I never thought I ever agree with you however this one of the rarest of rarest moment provided you agree to:

            Abolish

            all migration laws,
            all citizenship laws,
            all restriction on employment,
            all land laws,

            Chapter II Buddhism in the constitution

            scrap all history text books that glorify, bestiality, incestuous relation and parricide.

            elect a president from minority communities

            go on a sabbatical/self imposed exile for the next few years.

            treat your women folks well,

            ……………….. another 1001 reasonable requests.

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            soma,

            Just accept that the Sinhala Buddhists are incapable of treating all communities equally; this is a proven fact! The 1948 constitution was about egalitarianism and who bastardised it? The issue for the likes of you is that the Tamils are not falling in line!

            You praise the dispicable racist Mahidapala and have the audacity to talk about egalitarianism! Fighting for a suitable autonomy is a democratic right and any true egalitarian would respect that but not you because your innate fear of India! It is about time you be truthful to yourself and deal with your unsubstantiated innate fear.

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      So you think the Senanayake and Banda broke the pacts? Did you know that V. Navaratnam organized hartals in Jaffna against the BC fact, and Jaffna had come to a standstill, because SJV seemed to abandon the Arasu objective?
      Did you not know that SJV responded to V. Navaratnam saying that this is just the principle of “a bit now, some more later”, and this was not lost on the southern politicians who reacted sharply?
      Did you not know that the tamil version of the Maradana proclamation in 1949 already put forward the push for Arasu in the “Traditional homelands”, declaring that G. G. Ponnambalam was a traitor to the tamil cause because he rejected the “homelands concept” and stated that “the whole country is the homeland of the tamils?
      Why don’t the tamils who live in the south move to their so-called “homeland?
      Every Tamil who amounts to anything abandons the “homeland” and moves to the south (and then to Canada!)
      . What hypocrites!
      The so-called nNtive Vedda is supposed to live in Cinnamon gardens!

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        It is on record that both the Banda and Dudley pacts were abrogated not because of V Navaratnam but as a direct result of the objection of the Sinhala chauvinists. This fact has been accepted by the likes of Dayan J.

        The Tamils want autonomy and their aspiration is totally democratic and just. You better get used to the idea!

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        Edward

        “Why don’t the tamils who live in the south move to their so-called “homeland?”

        You are rest assured, when you decide to leave this island and go back to your ancestral mother land in South India we will make sure Tamils too joined you by the same kallathoni. .

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        Edward,

        ” V. Navaratnam organized hartals in Jaffna against the BC fact,”

        You liar.

        “Navaratnam, the driving force behind the B-C pact..” http://www.dailymirror.lk/108546/The-abortive-Banda-Chelva-pact-of-

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        Edward

        “Did you know that V. Navaratnam organized hartals in Jaffna against the BC Pact”

        What kind of pot are you smoking?

        Looks like you are confused between J.R. Jayawardena and V. Navaratnam. It was J.R. Jayawardena who marched along with Buddhist monks from Colombo to Kandy against the BC Pact.

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      anpu
      Who facilitated the LTTE’s death?

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    he is gradually fading out with less and less interest in his articles.

    His thompson twin izeth is still going strong especially after hijacking mahindapala’s casteism in addition to izeth’s own racism.

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    Hey myhindapala, what about Mahavasmsa myth.

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    [Edited out]

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    GENGIS KHAN exterminated the previous hierarchy and killed more Mongols than any other
    FRENCH REVOLUTION went a step further and celebrated it with the guillotine
    CHAIRMAN MAO killed millions and destroyed history with ‘Cultural Revolution’
    Previous Emperors, Stalin, US state, Anglo-Saxon-Norman states, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and others have done it, all races have done it apart for most indigenous people.

    It is low and vile to downgrade the Tamils further for some of their past whilst ignoring our own, especially at a time when they need help and have more important current issues.
    Without creating sins for yourself at this old-age to grapple with in your death-bed concentrate on current issues including our own community, can start with the indoctrination of Buddhism and its tarnished practice even among the clergy that is yet prevalent, that is if you have the GUTS.

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      It is low and vile to downgrade the Tamils further for some of their past whilst ignoring our own
      You mean, truth must not be told.
      You mean, we should not hold the inquiry into war crime, which will downgrade the tamils if it is properly carried out.
      You mean, Thamilin’s autobiography should not have been published, because it will downgrade the tamils.
      You mean, Ben Bevinck’s diaries should not have been published because it will downgrade the Tamils.

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    Mahindapala,

    Thank you for exposing the true colors of Wellala Tamils.

    According to the Report on Public Representation on Constitutional Reform marginalised caste associations and individuals, mainly in Jaffna opposed giving police powers (pp. 55-56) and land rights (p.60) to the high caste dominated Northern Provincial Council.

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      Please stop shedding crocodile tears!

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      Untouchable sudda

      “Reform marginalised caste associations and individuals, mainly in Jaffna opposed giving police powers (pp. 55-56) and land rights (p.60) to the high caste dominated Northern Provincial Council.”

      It must be a good news and a good day for democracy.

      People are beginning to assert themselves, a matter to be celebrated after 10 years of despotic rule.

      By the way have you read the rest of the comment on police powers? I will make your life easy by copy pasting the paragraphs you conveniently ignored:

      b) One of the other reasons for dissatisfaction with the current situation is that a substantial majority of the Police personnel in the provinces, in particular in the Northern and Eastern provinces, do not speak and function in the language of the majority of people living in those areas. As a result, the people feel that it is an unfriendly and insensitive Police Force which is administering law and order in their provinces. This has in practice resulted in many issues relating to the administration of justice – failure, delay, refusal, lack of awareness of concerns, breach of fundamental and language rights, etc. – with regard to a majority of people who live in those areas.

      c) There is also a claim that the Police Force in these two provinces does not represent the motto of ‘Police is your Friend’; nor is it considered to represent a ‘civil’ service to the people. It is the observation by some that it is an ‘Occupying Force’ in the provinces.

      d) It is also a concern of the people who wanted the Police powers to be exercised by the Provincial Council system that the Police Force is highly politicised by the Centre and the personnel of the Police act in a manner to carry out the whims and fancies of the people who rule at the Centre irrespective of the legality or constitutionality of those actions. The said officers can act with impunity if they happen to enjoy the support of the powers-that-be at the Centre. Even if this were not to be true, there is a perception of this because the Police Force in the Centre has not been functioning as an objective, independent and de-politicised force.

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    It is possible to predict what HLD Mahindapala will say in his articles without even reading it. He writes to create a feel-good to a gullible section of Lankans. To do this, he masquerades as a historian and creates fictitious episodes to support his Goebbelian tirades – repeat something a few times and it becomes the truth.

    HLD M punches the caste system among Tamils several centuries ago but not one word about the caste practice in the rest of Lanka. This is dishonest journalism but HLD M is not a journalist – he is a propagandist.

    By the way his article is to be continued. Can you guess its contents?

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    Hello Mahindapala
    Why don’t you write about the problem of buggering young monks by senior monks in buddhist temples.

    Search in site…
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    Buddhists! Wake Up To Protect Novice Monks!!
    June 11, 2016 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph,Opinion | Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH
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    By Tiran Kumara Bangagamaarachchi –

    Tiran Kumara
    Tiran Kumara
    It was heard last week that a novice monk had been sexually assaulted and admitted to the Matara general hospital. But the temple, the hospital, the police and all other responsible authorities took very good care to cover up the incident. Newspapers that usually sensationalize the incidents of sexual assaults on women and children were totally silent on this act of violence. Why?
    DO YOU condone such actions. This must be a very familiar situation for you.
    Wake up man and answer

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