7 December, 2021

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Tamils Gave Prabhakaran The Revolver To Kill Tamils

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The violence in Sri Lanka raged for 33 years, starting from the declaration of war on May 14, 1976 at Vadukoddai by the Tamil leadership and ending in Nandikadal on May 18, 2009 when Velupillai Prabhakaran’s body was found floating in the murky waters of the Lagoon. This war has been described in different ways, depending on the political orientation of the describer. It was, however, commonly described as an ethnic conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. But the unravelling events questioned this description.

The decision to go for a military solution, stated unequivocally in the Vadukoddai Resolution, was ratified by the Tamil leadership led by S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the man who claimed that his ambition was to be a father to the Tamils because he never had a father to look after him in Jaffna. His father left him in Tellipallai when he was only four and went back to Malaysia and never saw him again until he was dying. It was this Father (Thanthai Chelva) who led his children all the way to Nandikadal.

Led by Chelvanayakam, the Tamil leadership agreed at Vadukoddai that the military solution was better than the non-violent parliamentary process and decided to wage a war against the Sinhalese who were identified as the enemy of the Tamils.The distorted history, the generalised accusations and the main political thrust of the Vadukoddai Resolution were designed to demonise the Sinhala community and generate hate politics of the extreme kind against the Sinhalese. Accordingly, the hate politics inscribed in the Vadukoddai Resolution and picked up by Prabhakaran should have led Tamil violence to target only the Sinhala community as there was no other enemy identified in the Vadukoddai Resolution. But Velupillai Prabhakaran, the anointed proxy of the Vellahla leadership which urged the Tamil youth to take up arms, targeted the Muslims and the Tamils indiscriminately. Why? What had the Muslims done to the Tamils to massacre them? And, above all, what had the Tamils done to Prabhakaran for him to target the Tamils? Prabhakaran first turned his guns on the Tamils and killed more Tamils than all the others put together. No other leader had pursued hate politics to insatiable extremes as Prabhakaran. His hate politics that led to the killing of anyone whom he perceived to be his enemy was totally irrational and counter-productive.

death of Velupillai PrabhakaranIt was, above all, a deviation from the anti-Sinhala hate politics defined in the Vadukoddai Resolution. It gave the licence to kill only Sinhalese but not the Muslims and fellow-Tamils. If Tamil militancy was in the hands of a more rational leader the history of the Tamils – and that of the nation – would have taken a different path, possibly a path that could have saved lives and opened up space for peace and reconciliation much earlier than 2009. But the violent Tamil culture was neither tolerant nor broad enough to produce a more enlightened leader. The innate perversions and fury of Tamil culture had the potential to gestate only within a culture of violence and give birth to its one and only hero, Prabhakaran – a mass murderer compared, quite rightly, to Pol Pot by the New York Times. The Tamils had no way out from the tyrannical grip of the one-man regime as long as Prabhakaran was alive.

Ironically, the Tamil were eventually liberated from Tamil tyranny by the sacrifices of the Sinhala soldiers of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) who were labelled as the enemies of the Tamils. The Tamils walk the earth with dignity and self-respect today only because 27,000 Sinhala soldiers sacrificed their lives to get rid of their fascist tyrant who, among other evils, terrorised Tamil children by dragging them into a futile war. While the Tamils looked the other way, concocting excuses for this barbarity, it was the Sinhala soldiers who stepped in to save the Tamil children from the clutches of Prabhakaran, the Tamil Boko Haram.

Prabhakaran’s overall strategy was based on one delusional response to all challenges faced by him : kill his perceived enemies. It was a Pavlovian response that was self-destructive. Example : killing of Rajiv Gandhi. But he imagined that he was playing the role of the great fixer like his Hollywood idol, Clint Eastwood. Killing is the standard response of terrorist leaders. They hope to grab power by climbing over the dead bodies of their own people. Tragically, his stature grew in the eyes of the Tamils each time he piled one more corpse on the rising mounds of Tamil bodies rotting in his killing fields.

Besides, the Tamils who followed him encouraged him by celebrating each death he caused in the name of the Tamils. There was no Tamil courageous enough to stop his macabre madness. He knew no limits. If, for instance, A is declared the enemy by B why should B take a gun and go on the rampage killing everybody from A – Z? His mindless killings prompted Prof. James Jupp of Australian National University to label Prabhakaran as a “pathological killer”. Prabhakaran’s hate politics of killing anyone who crossed his path – from Rajiv Gandhi to pregnant Muslim women — borders on sadistic fascism. In the bloody sea of Vadukoddai violence he popped up as a maniacal wave, carrying with him the intense fury, of the intolerant, violent and arrogant Vellahla culture. Jaffna was never attuned to a democratic or tolerant culture. From the time of Sankilli it was rooted in Tamil fascist violence of various shades. The Tamil political class wear the democratic mask now, invoking human rights, essentially to hide the ruthless fascist face of Tamil violence that oppressed and persecuted their own people as a species of subhuman outcasts throughout their brief history. .

On the contrary, the target of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) was clear : the Tamil Tiger terrorists. Though there were excesses and also collateral damage in which non-combatant Tamil civilians were caught in the cross-fire, the GOSL forces did not target the Tamil civilians like the spiteful way the Tamil Tigers decimated the Tamils and the Muslims. Nor did GOSL persecute the Tamil dissidents who were openly in cahoots with the Tigers. While Prabhakaran went on the rampage massacring the Tamil leadership the GOSL gave refuge to those who survived his wrath with total freedom to oppose the state. The TNA MPs, for instance, who were the proxies for the Tigers, were not only given protection but given every opportunity to go along with LTTE politics. But the unfettered LTTErs, using all the space available in a democracy, fired on everything that was suspected of moving against Prabhakaran.

M.K. Sivajilingam, Northern Provincial Council member, TNA, formerly of TELO, sums up the brutal violence of the LTTE, in the following quote picked from Q & A session with Ceylon Today (26.6. 2016.) :

Sivajilingam : “Other than Kayts experience, there were two more incidents. Once the TNA parliamentary group led by R. Sambanthan went to Kandy to meet the Chief Prelates of Malwatta and Asgiriya. A group protested against us there. They attacked our vehicles with rocks. The driver drove the vehicle fast and stopped it before the house of the then Deputy Minister of Justice Shelton Ranaraja. He treated us very cordially. We left Kandy in the evening after the protest was over…..

Q: What is the other incident?

“A: One day in 1986, LTTE wanted to kill me in Velvetithurai. LTTE was killing TELO sympathisers. Five of the houses of my relatives were raided in the night in search of me. I was in Mannar and saved myself. When Prabhakaran was helpless, I helped him. TELO provided him with a revolver. It was handed to Prabhakaran through Ramanathanthurai and on that day, LTTE killed him too.

Q: Why did LTTE respond to people like you in that way?

A: That was LTTE’s nature. They killed so many people who helped them. I don’t approve of it.”

Sivajilingam also stated : “I have helped him (Prabhakaran) in many ways. If I did not help him he could have been killed.”

This excerpt illustrates the experience of the Tamils in two significant ways. First, when the Tamils were threatened by the Sinhala mobs it was the Sinhala elite (Shelton Ranaraja, Deputy Minister of Justice) that gave them protection. Second, when the Tamils were threatened by the Tamils they received no help from the Tamils. On the contrary, the Tamils used the revolvers given to them by the Tamils and pulled the trigger to eliminate them.

Sivajailingam was not alone in gifting revolvers to Prabhakaran. This episode confirms that the guns and ammunition that killed the Tamils were supplied to Prabhakaran by the Tamil leadership, both at home and abroad. The Tamil diaspora in particular financed the Vadukoddai War that killed more Tamils than members of the other communities. Sivajilingam’s confession amounts to an admission of guilt. As suppliers and financiers of the weapons of destruction to the LTTE, the Tamil leadership, both at home and abroad, were responsible for prolonging a futile war that killed more Tamils than either Sinhalese or Muslims. Having stoked the fires of devastating war as long as they could they are now shedding crocodile tears in the corridors of UNHRC accusing the GOSL of violating human rights. Their hypocrisy is as despicable as the brutal violence they perpetrated through their “Suriya Devan”.

Besides, when Sivajilingam said that killing of Tamils “was LTTE’s nature” he admitted, perhaps unwittingly, the incurable nature of the violence inherent in the Tamil culture – a culture that came down from Sankilli to Prabhakaran, the crowned heir to the brutal Tamil culture of Tamils killing Tamils. The elevation of a ruthless killer of Tamils to the highest iconic level in their history reflects the inbred culture of violence which has no qualms about hero-worshipping subhuman violence. The Sinhalese too produced his counterpart in the person of Rohana Wijeweera, another fascist killer. But the Sinhalese have reduced him to an obscure footnote in an aberrant history that is fading into oblivion. The Germans have buried Hitler’s memory with his ashes. Cambodians are sick to their back teeth with Pol Pot. The Tamils, on the contrary, light candles to Prabhakaran today in their living rooms as the revered hero of Tamil history. Tamils, obviously, have no one else to replace this inhuman killer. Arumuka Navalar and Sir. Ponnambalam Ramanathan are heroes to the reactionary Vellahlas, not to the oppressed Tamils. Jaffna, tragically, is a land without humane heroes. There was no space for a Gandhi or an Ambedkhar. They would have been a serious threat to the Vellahla establishment.

This absence of respectable heroes questions the imagined greatness of the Tamils who never tire of boasting about a glorious culture that cannot be found in history books even if you peruse it with a magnifying glass. In any case, what humane values can the Tamils claim to possess when they worship their most noted killer as their “Suriya Devan”? There is a touch of pathos when Sivajilingam says: ““I have helped him (Prabhakaran) in many ways. If I did not help him he could have been killed.”…….They (the Tamil Tigers) killed so many people who helped them. I don’t approve of it.“ But it was Sivajilingam who gave the revolver for the killings. Isn’t a bit too late for remorse now?

Predictably, Tamil violence ran berserk under Prabhakaran. He had the right killer instinct to be the explosive force of the dormant Tamil culture of violence. And when the Vadukoddai Resolution activated Tamil violence it exploded with uncontrollable fury. There was no one to guide the naive gun-toting youth drunk with the political power that was legitimised in the Vadukoddai Resolution. The Vellahla leadership which controlled peninsular politics from feudal times discovered, rather late in the day, that power had slipped out of their hands once they declared war in the Vadukoddai Resolution and urged the Tamil youth to take up arms. The seasoned, English-educated, Vellahla elite was replaced by a megalomaniac who never knew how to handle power. That was the biggest mistake made by the Vellahla elite. They replaced their traditional casteist fascism with Prabhakaran’s naked political fascism which, eventually, forced Sampanthan and Sumanthiram to go on their knees before him.

The Vellahlas financed and armed the Tamil youth hoping to ride on their backs into power. But the Tamil youth had ideas of their own. They took the money and the arms and fired on the Tamil leaders who piously legitimised their violence in the Vadukoddai Resolution.

As they say, you reap what you sow. Chelvanyakam, the Father of the Vadukoddai Resolution, escaped the bullet of his beloved “boys” only because he died of natural causes before his political progeny could get him. Sadly, it was his anointed successor, Appapillai Amirthalingam, who had to pay the price for his sins. He was shot at point blank range by the pistols donated by Chelvanayakam’s Vellahla followers.

Moral : Tamils should beware of gifting pistols to Tamils. History has proved that the bullets that come out of those barrels find their loving way unerringly to lodge only in Tamil hearts.

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  • 22
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    Sinhalese gave permission MR to abuse entire nation. That is why he and his et al looted the naton as nothing can help today.

    All the consequenses we face today..

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      Lol! What an easy way to cover up the incapability of a govt. Not only a govt, but its blind lickers too! Sam Fernando is a classic example for the decease, “political blindness”.

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        You the ilk would stay deaf and blind even if all the high charges are being made against former FIRST FAMILY….

        when CBG or others have been abused by your kind of MEDIA harrassement – they consider as valid, but when Mr Medamulana kith an kin are attacked… they consider as just wrongful unprovable allegations.
        All in all, you guys filled srilanka will sink if you guys would not see it right let alone today. Whatever good move being made by less corruptted leaders will not have chance so long the idiotic resistance will make every efforts to let them sweep the carpet. It has been a struggle even flotte of vehicles that have been abused by former HORAS et al… so no wonder we will take years to trace how Rajakashes looted the billions. But later is better than never. Now with new systems being introduced, even if the move is bakala gaha gaha.. it moves forward slowly being on standard tracks.
        You guys, that inherited FROG AND WELL theories will grasp is later. Then the it is gone.
        Thakkadiyas of all kind destroyed the nation – that era will have no chance to fool the nation in that manner again. Even if it is still being there. Best example is MEDIA men only dance to the tunes of Mahinda Buruwas who is the KING of all looters. He even criticised FORMER IGP s FAIR arrest. What would that victimized family feel.. what would that Thajuddeen s mother feel…

        Say – Yoshita or Namal babies would ahve faced it as Thajudeen, what would have the FORMER first lady-GOLD business woman felt by now ? Are they only human being to be above the prevailing laws ?
        Curse on you guys, you are a curse for even unborn to lanken soils.

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          Sam Fernando, take your i-pad and go to the wash room. Then stand in front the mirror their with or without dress. Read out your shit that has been written here. You will find, its a right match to you better than anyone else in this planet. Your kind of rascals are a curse to yahapalanaya. Mr. PM should beware from booruwas like you – who does not know 1 degree of balance criticizing but praise blindly – for everything.

          Sam, I seriously think you were an “sattambi raala” of a king in pre historic era. Guess you do know what ‘sattambi raala’s role was.

      • 11
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        Punnaku eating meeharakasa will only stay rotten even if they lovely ones would have been abducted and killed by former Presidents under ground networks. But there are still masses in this country that respect dignifed life.
        Like the case in Brexit issue in the UK,, there are still masses that would respect being partners to EU. Now the crisis is said to have started within that civilized country but uncivilivzed dominated…. MAXes dominated srilankens will take months to move inch towards the better systems. That is clear to everyone by now.

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          Ah?? Yet another ‘wathie’ has come to label me as of her wish. And, this ‘wathie’ – similar to ‘aseelavathie’ seems to be a believer of ‘everyone-who-thinks-different-to-me’ is a punishable act.

          According to this ‘wathie’ the UK is a ‘civilized’ country and SL is the opposite of that.

          Go through this small write up by none other than the famous Goolbai Gunesekara for more of the ‘civilization’ of its leader who is one of the god farthers of yahapalana farthers.

          By the way, Leelawathie, you have to make your comments about HLD’s opinion against Tamil racism which is THE PROBLEM to Sri Lanka since decades.

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            max moron

            “HLD’s opinion against Tamil racism which is THE PROBLEM to Sri Lanka since decades.”

            Once a moron always a moron, you don’t disappoint me.

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            [Edited out]

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              max moron

              “[Edited out]”

              Brilliant

              Thanks for keeping it brief.

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            Be Real Max.. may be there are tamil racists too.. be honest to you.. you guys that seek only the biggest portion are not racists ? Alone calling entire tamils as racists – is that okay ? Believe or not, I know myself having lived there until I finished the school – how SINHALAYAs according to you born to belong to the country – inlcuding my parents… they are racial from the begnign on.. they are racial not against tamil fellow citizens but also own folks that are in lower castes. See how Up country people treat their fellow men from the low country – what does GOVI BODU or the like mean ? They make labels from the beginnning on to put them on the altar and look down upon the others. I believe – they have that in their genes. I never want to disrespect human beings but all those radical thought bearers.
            Rajakahse telling something and doing totally different is the nature from the begnign on. Man is going to temples but with ulterior motives. Even reptiles are not that poisonous as Rajakashes. I heaard him yesterday uttering that former IGP s arrest is politically motivated ? can you imagine ? In the same tme bugger cant see it right that Thajudeens family is victimized for their rest of life. I know what it means to loose lovelyones.

            Please you guys need to smash Coconuts requesting Gods to allow you guys to have proper unbiased thinking. Budusanai Apita so long you guys are the majority of this country.

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              Seelawathie Jayasinghe

              “Please you guys need to smash Coconuts requesting Gods to allow you guys to have proper unbiased thinking.”

              Sorry, are you suggesting that max moron breaks 100 coconuts on his head everyday for the rest of his life?

              This is a cruel thought.

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            Yes, wathies seems to get it while you the ilk hang with eroded views.

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        Unfortuantley, we the srilankens majority make up of Maxes, Mahindaburupalas (rabble rousing King) AND the like than good guys. That is the reality of the day. SO, our moves to civlized nation can end up with dreams .. ..

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          Good guys = people think similar to my thinking. Bad guys – others. Aseelavathi, I think you are a twin sister of Leelawathe who’s taken the gun against me above for the simple fact. Think differently to her.

          //Our moves to civilized nation can end up with dreams…// From which end you want me to laugh at you for your stupid comment Aseelawathie?

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            max

            “I think you are a twin sister of Leelawathe who’s taken the gun against me above for the simple fact.”

            I am happy she is not schooooooo’s sister nor yours. We don’t need too many morons like you.

          • 0
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            They accuse me I am made of blue blood!
            Seelawathie and Leelawatie, civilised?

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            I dont mind you laughing from any of your ends – it is up to you to fall down pathologically. What many of the readers are becoming clear is you are an another to represent idiotic Rajakashe fraction.
            Absolutlely a curse to this country and nation.

    • 5
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      MR liberated the country from terrorism!
      Built roads and highways,
      Provided jobs,
      Cleaned up Colombo!
      Credir ratings best Sri Lanka had
      Economic reports from IMF best Sri Lanka had!

      The innocent mass was deceived of a gon palane,
      That is the the consequences you face today!

      Be prepared for capital gains tax!

      Handed over the country to a man, people rejceted by 29 times! How bankrupt are you?

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        Let me explain you man the realities as they realy are…

        Not MR but the collectivness succeeded the civil war held in the country…
        But MR et al painted the picutre with his media men – even today doing the same on continous mode with the same goons – fooling you guys easily….

        Very same Mr MAGIC having failed to do the least towards reconciliation but having feted his andkith andkin pockets from the tax payers funds – being isolated to corners… today.. prove the nature it really is.

        You guys should raise question not once thousand times, why MR failed…

        Why over 40% of the nation hated him.. removed him … within shorter period of time… were they liars.. or idiots ?

        Why those ANTI to Rajakashe idiots feel that the country was looted ?

        You guys being cornered to Getto style lives in the UK – seem to know nothing… but to add you two cts worth is similar to thoughts added on CB issue on lanken tabloids

        So long idiots of SRINATHs MAXI MORONS are majority – nothign will change tangibly in my home country. That is evident to me while continung my life in Germany.

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          Seelawathie,

          Pleae dont play your violin to the deaf.. They would not never change their nature.

          MAXes, Srinaths are the Majority in that island.

          So devious politicians like Rajaakshe will do anything and everything with them. So please take care of you. Your energies could better use for your sake that can help you further. Have a nice weekend – From Frankfurt Germany.

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        Let me correct you here, he liberated not lanka from LTTERS but Hambantota from rest of the country.

        MR even liberated more for the family s sake.

        Jayawewa… You will get to hear the facts inthe days weeks, months year to come.

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        Cleaned up colombo – that is why the people lost their everythign lately.

        What do you know about srilanka.. nothing man..

        Just read a lot about the moutains of money grabs the Rajakashe have done all along. ..
        That created all the problems of the day.

        Deyyoooooooooosakki but you guys would not see it right even decades would have passed by.
        Taxes are not somethign wrong.

        In Germany you pay over 50% taxes . depending on your job…

        In Switzerland they do the same but taxes are not that high.

        Your host country Uk does the same..

        Just becaues taxes are being introduced by brain men, you dont need to fall to that level ..

  • 21
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    Modaya Pala,

    Why do you start in 1976?

    At independence, Britain enacted a constitution which provided minimal safeguards to the minority ethnic and religious groups. This constitution was in a sense the basis for a solemn compact between the various groups in Sri Lanka’s plural polity. But within years after independence, the structure began to be systematically dismantled in the following ways :

    1. 1948 – A Citizenship Act was enacted which in effect converted the resident Tamils of Indian origin into stateless minority. These Tamils of Indian origin, prior to independence, enjoyed similar rights as other Ceylonese.

    2. 1949 – The Indian and Pakistani Residents (Citizenship ) Act enacted for the purpose of registering resident Tamils of Indian origin and Pakistanis as citizens. The administration of the act deprived over 95% of the Tamils of Indian origin their citizenship rights.

    3. 1949 – The Ceylon (Parliamentary) Election Amendment Act deprived resident Tamils of Indian origin, who had hitherto enjoyed voting rights and had returned 8 members to Parliament and influenced the decision in some 20 other electorates, of the right to vote.

    4. 1956 – Official Language Act to make the Sinhala language the only official language throughout the entire island caused severe hardship to several hundreds of Tamil public servants resulting in premature retirement and migration to foreign lands; the act further effectively excluded Tamils otherwise qualified from entering the public services.

    5. 1957 – A pact concluded between the Prime minister, Solomon Bandaranayake and the leading Tamil political organization, the Federal party, to settle grievances of the Tamil minority; the pact was unilaterally abrogated by the Prime Minister the following year.

    6. 1958 – The Tamil Language (Special Provisions) Act providing for the reasonable use of the Tamil Language for prescribed official purposes enacted ; it remained a dead letter and was not implemented due to anticipated opposition from Sinhala pressure groups.

    7. 1960 – Language of the Courts Act making Sinhala the only language of all the courts throughout the island enacted.

    8. 1961 – Implementation of Sinhala as the only official language with all its rigors; this caused grave hardships to the Tamil public who began receiving all government notifications, correspondence, etc. in only the official language.

    9. 1962 – A Tamil public servant, C. Kodeeswaran sued the government Agent, Kegalle on the ground that the latter in terms of Treasury Circular No. 560 had denied him his annual increment as he had failed to obtain proficiency in the official language. Kodeeswaran argued that besides the denial being a violation of a contract between him and the state, a contract which at the time it was entered into provided that he should work in the English language, it was also a violation of section 29 of the 1948 constitution in that the Official Language Act of 1956 discriminated against members of the Tamil -speaking minority. The district judge of Colombo entered judgment in Kodeeswaran’s favor on all the issues. The Crown thereupon appealed and had the judgment reversed, the appeal judges holding that a public servant had no right to sue the crown. Kodeeswaran thereupon appealed to the Privy Council which entered judgment in his favor specifically on the right of a public servant to sue the state for denial of increments. Their lordships did not comment on the constitutionality or otherwise of the Official Language Act.

    10. 1964 – The pact concluded between the Ceylonese and Indian prime ministers under which arrangements were agreed on for the repatriation of a majority of the Indian Tamil population to the South Indian mainland. The element of compulsory repatriation was one of the ways envisaged for the repatriation of Indian Tamils. The rigors of the pact were modified during 1965-70 bur re-introduced during 1970-1977.

    11. 1965 – Pact between the Prime Minister, Dudley Senanayake and the Tamil Federal Party on the lines of the pact of 1957 concluded; abandoned in 1968 due to opposition from Sinhala pressure groups. A bill had already been drawn up after negotiations between leaders of the governing United National Party and the principal party of the Ceylon Tamils, the Federal Party to decentralize the administration at the district level, but this was also dropped due to the activities of Sinhala extremists.

    12. 1966 – Regulations for the use of the Tamil language enacted under the Tamil Language (Special Provisions) Act of 1958 adopted by Parliament but remained a dead letter due to lack of co-operation from Sinhala public servants and governmental indifference.

    13. 1960- 1961 – The nationalization of schools. The majority of these were owned by the Roman Catholic Church and by missions of various Protestant denominations. The measure was directed against the Tamils as well. Many of the tamil medium classes in the Christian schools in Sinhalese majority districts were closed by the orders issued by the state’s ministry of education. At the same time schools in the tamil areas began to be deprived of the necessary finances for their maintenance and development.

    14. 1971 – Introduction of a system of standardization of marks to provide for preferential treatment to Sinhala students and to keep out Tamil medium students otherwise qualified; the sum result was a progressive decline in the admission of tamil medium students; the scheme of standardization was an act deliberately designed to exclude merit as the criterion for university admissions.

    15. – – Unilateral adoption of a new republican constitution without any cooperation or consultation with the majority of Tamil representatives in Parliament. The following were noteworthy features in that constitution:

    (i) Section 6 – under which “the Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the state to protect and foster Buddhism” etc. etc.

    (ii) Section 7 – under which “the Official Language of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala” etc. etc.; provision was made for the use of the Tamil language in certain spheres of public activity but this remained a dead letter in some spheres and in others was not implemented to the satisfaction of the Tamil minority.

    16. 1974 – The ministry of education supplemented the standardization system with district quotas for admissions to the university. A Ceylonese (Sinhalese) scholar observing the effects of this policy noted that “ethnically there is little doubt that the major blow fell on the Ceylon Tamils. The Tamils’ share of engineering admissions for instance fell from 24.4 % in 1973 (standardization only) to 16.3 % in 1974…. The parallel figures for medicine would be 36.9% in 1973, 25.9% in 1974 and 20% (estimated) in 1975. The percentage losses in dental surgery and agriculture are even greater.” (C. R. de Silva, “Weighing in University Admissions,” Ceylon Studies Seminar, Series No. 2).

    17. 1974 – The Jaffna Campus of the University was opened in the north of Ceylon but under questionable circumstances. The primary school for secondary education in north Ceylon, Jaffna College, one of the very best in the island, which was run by an American mission was taken over for the purpose, much to the detriment of the educational interests of the people of the area. Nor was the campus provided with the suitable requisites for decent university instruction. It was more a caricature of a seat of learning. A Ceylon Tamil educationist observed:

    “As an answer to our fifty year old demand for our own University this new campus is in effect a fraud. It was supposed to be a science faculty but in effect provides only pure and applied mathematics and statistics. There are 135 students now and later there will be 400. Only one-fifth are Tamils. No new building was provided and the new faculty was housed at Jaffna College, the long-established center of Tamil education….. (The Tamils of Sri Lanka, Minority Rights Group, Report No. 25.)

    18. 1975 – The nationalization of foreign-owned plantations was utilized to inflict hardships on the Indian Tamil workers in the plantations. Scores of these workers were evicted while others “are to be seen begging in the streets of Kandy.” A Sinhalese Doctor (Dr. B. Seneviratne, The Health of Plantation workers, Bulletin No. 4, Kandy, 1975) stated that half of all patients admitted from the estates had “severe protein malnutrition” and he added “several patients admitted to my ward were in advanced stages of starvation.” The government further closed estate schools or began on a policy of converting Tamil-medium schools in the estate areas into Sinhala-medium ones.

    19. 1978 – A new constitution based on the presidential system of government was enacted, again without the cooperation of the overwhelming majority of the Ceylon Tamils. The new constitution made a number of concessions to the language demands of the Ceylon Tamils. These have yet to be implemented and have indeed come 20 years too late. But as against the concessions there are provisions in the constitution which militate against the interests of the Tamils, in particular the following :-

    (a) Section 9 states : “The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly shall be the duty of the state to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana.” etc. etc. As a first step towards the implementation of this provision, the national flag of Sri Lanka which was a flag agreed upon by a select committee of Parliament in 1948 comprising representatives of all groups in the island’s plural society was unilaterally changed to provide for the inclusion of 4 bo-leaves *(leaves from a tree under Buddha gained enlightenment) in the four corners contained in that section of the national flag which has the lion depicted on it.

    (b) Section 12(2) contains a provision imposing a burden on members of the Tamil minority, requiring them to obtain proficiency in the Sinhala language. There is no provision requiring members of the Sinhala-speaking majority to qualify in the Tamil language.

    (c) Section 21(1) entitles a person to be educated through the medium of either of the national languages of Sri Lanka. In practice this provision works against the interest of Tamil-speakers in Sinhala majority districts. The state has by administrative orders closed Tamil streams in a number of schools in the Sinhala areas, compelling Tamil Parents to have their children educated in the Sinhala language. Earlier, government policy was to compel the education of children in the appropriate mother tongue.

    Section 22(1) states that “the official language (Sinhala) shall be the language of administration throughout Sri Lanka.” There is provision for Tamil to be a language of administration in the predominantly Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces. However no meaningful action has been taken so far to implement this provision. In fact the reverse seems to be official state policy. Sinhala-speaking public servants, and the police and military personnel continue to be the dominant element in the administration of the Tamil-speaking areas.

    (e) The constitution confers on Sinhala the status of a superior language of judicial administration throughout Sri Lanka whilst permitting the use of the tamil language for purposes of jurisdiction in only the original courts of the Northern and Eastern provinces (Section 24). Under the constitution, a Tamil speaking person in Colombo the city in Sri Lanka which has the largest concentration of Tamils, does not enjoy the same rights as a Sinhala-speaking person. On the other hand the constitution empowered the Minister of Justice to direct courts in the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces to maintain their records and conduct their proceedings in the Sinhala (official) language as well.

    The above record of government acts does not exhaust the catalogue of discriminatory measures adopted blatantly against the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka. It might be noted that hardly a year has passed since independence when the Tamil community has not been subjected to some kind of hardship. But to compound matters, the state has used its administrative apparatus to accomplish objectives which it would otherwise have found difficult to achieve. We list below some of the more obvious sectors in which state action has been directed against the Tamil minority:-

    1. Employment in Sri Lanka especially since 1956 has tended to become the growing monopoly of the state; since 1956, the omnibus services, the ports, the schools, the food trade, the more important Banks, land. and the plantation industry, among others, have been nationalized. There has been virtually open discrimination in favor of Sinhala-speaking persons in public employment. Foreign aid to government corporations results in more and more Sinhala persons being provided employment while the tamils are ignored or at best given token positions.

    2. The state-aided colonization of areas, recognized by two Prime Ministers as additional Tamil territory, with Sinhala persons has been going on apace since independence. The Tamils live in highly densely populated areas and are in need of living space but are not given proper consideration in the allocation of lands by the state. The recent deadlock between the J. R. Jayewardene government and the Tamil United Liberation Front centers on the focal question of state-aided colonization of the traditional Tamil homelands. The state utilizes the aid provided foreign states to deprive the Tamil-speaking people of their legitimate due. What is worse, the colonization of traditional Tamil territories has resulted in the Tamils losing some of their representation in Parliament. The new Sinhala settlers have either been able to secure traditional Tamil seats, or to influence the result in what were mainly Tamil constituencies.

    3. Since 1956, and more so with increasing severity since 1970, the state has unleashed an army of occupation in the Tamil areas of the north and the east. The civil population has been harassed. Many innocent persons have been detained, tortured and deprived of their personal belongings by police and military personnel who pay no heed to the elementary principles of civilized conduct or the rule of law. Even Tamil members of Parliament are victims of police and military action. The atrocities perpetrated against the civil population have not in any way been the subject of investigation by state authorities.

    These policies have produced an economic depression in the Tamil community while the Sinhalese majority has experienced an economic upliftment. A Malaysian economist, E. L. H. Lee in his chapter “Rural Poverty in Sri Lanka, 1963-1973” (in International Labor Office, Poverty and Landlessness in Rural Asia : A WEP Study, Geneva 1977) in comparing the changes in income during the years in question observed that “the mean income of the Sinhalese, the majority of the population increased significantly, while those of other racial groups, with the minor exception of the Malays, either stagnated or declined” and he concluded that “the per capita income of Kandyan and low country Sinhalese increased by 24 and 18% respectively while that of Ceylon Tamils and Indian Tamils fell by 28 and 1 % respectively.”

    Acts of Violence

    A leading and respected Ceylonese (Sinhalese) marxist (Edmund Samarakkody) in an article in the Workers Vanguard (7Th October 1977) entitled, “Behind the Anti-Tamil Terror : The National Question in Sri Lanka” observed;

    “The outbreak in mid-August (1977) of the anti-Tamil pogrom (the third such outbreak in two decades) has brought out the reality that the Tamil minority problem in Sri Lanka has remained unresolved now for nearly half a century leading to the emergence of a separatist movement amongst the Tamils.”

    There have in fact been more than the three major outbreaks referred to by the Marxist leader. For convenience we list these below :-

    1. The 1956 – Anti-Tamil riots erupted prior to and after the passing of the Official Language Act in June 1956 causing several deaths and loss of property to hundreds of Tamil Residents in Sinhalese areas. The Sinhalese dominated police force stood by as silent onlookers.

    2. 1958 – Anti Tamil riots broke out in May-June 1958 resulting in several deaths by mutilation, burning and rapes as well as in loss to property by plunder and looting. The government of S. W. R. D. Bandaranayake delayed declaring a state of emergency which could very well have stemmed the tide of violence and saved losses to human life and property. The reputed Ceylonese (Sinhalese) journalist, Tarzi Vittachi has in his book Emergency ‘58 (London, Andre Deutsch, 1958) severely censured the Bandaranayake government for its callous indifference in delaying the promulgation of a state of emergency.

    3. 1961 – Police and military personnel unleashed violence on peaceful Satyagrahis (civil disobedience campaigners) who were protesting the imposition of the official language in the Tamil-speaking areas. Several brutalities and grievous injuries were perpetrated against the innocent Tamil civilian population. The Tamil-speaking areas were placed under military occupation for several months thereafter and a policy of permanent harassment of the civil population was consistently maintained without any relaxation. Several hundreds of persons were placed under preventive detention without charges being brought against them. The International Commission of Jurists published a statement on the position of the Tamil minority as a result of these developments.

    4. 1966 – Anti Tamil violence was stirred and organized by the opposition parties led by Mrs. Srima Bandaranayake against the Tamil Regulations adopted by the Dudley Senanayake government in January 1966. The situation was brought under control only after the declaration of a state of emergency.

    5. 1972-77 – This was part of the period covered by the rule of Mrs. Bandaranayake’s government when the entire Tamil-speaking areas of the north and the east were placed under military rule. This was accompanied by arbitrary arrests, meaningless detentions without trial for indefinite lengths of time of innocent persons, harassment and robbery of the civilian population by the military and the police. A peak in the abuse of power was reached when on 10th January 1974 during the 4th International Conference of Tamil Research held in Jaffna, the northern capital city of the Ceylon Tamils, the police launched ” a violent and quite an unnecessary attack on unarmed citizens.” An unofficial commission of inquiry headed by a non-Tamil retired Judge of the Supreme Court of Ceylon (O. L. de Kretser) commented on the “tragic loss of lives, and the physical injuries and indignities to which men and women had been subject to on this night of terror” as a result of police action.

    6. 1976 – Police firing of Tamil-speaking Muslims in a mosque in Puttalam resulted in a number of deaths. Further incidents were reported against Muslims in other parts of the country. The government declined to hold an inquiry.

    7. August 1977 – The worst and severest anti-Tamil looting, plunder, rape, arson, and murders since the western occupation of the island in 1505 took place under the very eyes and with the active participation of the island’s police and military services. The government of J. R. Jayewardene desisted from declaring a state of emergency on the ground that this would be contrary to democratic principles. The same government claimed that it was powerless to direct the armed services to restore order as these had been infiltrated by the political appointees of the previous government. The government appointed a commission of inquiry headed by a retired Chief Justice. The evidence led before this commission is a revelation of the extent of anti-Tamil hatred among members of the Sinhalese majority group.

    Again this catalogue of disasters that have befallen the Tamil community in Sri Lanka indicates how difficult, if not impossible, it is for Tamils to pursue their occupations in a quiet and peaceful manner. They are a community under a permanent state of siege, always facing the possibility of destruction of their lives and property. Many Sinhalese leaders have boasted that the Tamils living in their midst in the Sinhala majority areas are hostages who will be dealt with summarily if the Tamils of the north and east dared to raise voices of protest.

    The foreign press has highlighted the dangers facing the island as a result of Sinhala-Tamil rioting and drawn attention to the sufferings of the Tamil community. The following titles are representative of foreign press reports on the question :-

    •The Guardian June 14, 1977 – “Sri Lanka Tamils under attack”
    •Newsweek August 8, 1977 – “Sri Lanka: Trouble in Tamil land.”
    •Daily Mail August 18, 1977 – “Race Riots flare across Sri Lanka”
    •Far Eastern Economic Review September 2, 1977 – “Baptism of Blood for Junius (Jayewardene)
    •The Economist September 3, 1977 – “Sri Lanka : Siren Voices”
    •Far Eastern Economic Review September 9, 1977 – “Tamils wait for peaceful Solution”
    •Economic and Political Weekly September 10, 1977 – “Sri Lanka : Communal Violence”
    •The Times September 20, 1977 – “Race conflict in Ceylon”
    •Financial Times May 31, 1978 -“The Tamil ‘Powder keg’”
    •Asian Survey May, 1978 – “Language and the Rise of Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka”(Robert Kearney)

    Incitements to Violence and Racial Hatred

    Statements have been made by responsible Sinhalese leaders, including prime ministers and future prime ministers directly or indirectly inciting Sinhalese mobs to acts of violence against members of the Tamil minority. The following is just a mere sample of the provocative language employed in the years since independence :-

    (i) “The fact that in the towns and villages, in business homes and boutiques most of the work is in the hands of the Tamil-speaking people will inevitably result in fear, and I do not think an unjustified fear, of the inexorable shrinking of the Sinhala language….” S. W. R. D. Bandaranayake (before he became Prime Minister in 1956) in the House of Representatives, October, 1955.

    (ii) “The time has come for the whole Sinhalese race which has existed for 2500 years jealously safeguarding their language and religion to fight without giving quarter to save their birthright…. I will lead the disobedience campaign” (against S. W. R. D. Bandaranayake’s settlement with the Ceylon Tamils in July 1957) – Junius Richard Jayewardene, in 1957, before he became Prime Minister and Executive President of the Republic, Tribune, 19th July, 1957.

    (iii) “If you want to fight, let there be a fight, if it is peace, let there be peace. That is what they will say. It is not what I am saying. The people of Sri Lanka say that…..” statement in the National State Assembly by the Prime Minister, Junius Richard Jayewardene as a warning to the Ceylon Tamil political leadership, on 18 August, 1977 – Tribune 27th August, 1977.

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      Thanks Anpu for a timely digression, that Mahindapala Fans need reminding
      and to CT too for permitting a lengthy but very relevant comment.

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      Anpu,

      During the period 1956 t0 2001, 115 massacres of batches of Tamil civilians were carried out by the armed forces and police.
      All are documented on the web by the North East Secretariat Of Human Rights – NESOHR.

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        justice
        Eye opening statistic???
        Were they killed just because they were Tamil? or for any other reason?
        How many Blacks do you think were killed by the white cops in the US from 1956 to 2001?

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          Nuisance the stupid I

          What is the difference between you and a knife?

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            stupid vedda (aka genocide survivor)
            Stop repeating your stupid knife story!
            Answer my questions.

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              Nuisance the stupid I

              “stupid vedda (aka genocide survivor) Stop repeating your stupid knife story! Answer my questions.”

              What is the difference between you and a knife?

              Why are you sitting on your brain?

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                stupid vedda (aka fake genocide survivor)
                Where are the answers to my questions?
                Who is sitting on the brain here?

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        justice,
        Links to NESOHR publications are available from this
        http://sangam.org/2010/02/Tamil_Massacres.php?uid=3824

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    [Edited out]

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    [Edited out]

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala

    RE:Tamils Gave Prabhakaran The Revolver To Kill Tamils

    “The violence in Sri Lanka raged for 33 years, starting from the declaration of war on May 14, 1976 at Vadukoddai by the Tamil leadership and ending in Nandikadal on May 18, 2009 when Velupillai Prabhakaran’s body was found floating in the murky waters of the Lagoon.”

    “The decision to go for a military solution, stated unequivocally in the Vadukoddai Resolution, was ratified by the Tamil leadership led by S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the man who claimed that his ambition was to be a father to the Tamils because he never had a father to look after him in Jaffna.”

    Well, it is rather unfortunate the Tamils had Leaders who were not pragmatic but very idiotic. Was it their Vellahalism and Castism that betrayed them?

    G. G. Ponnabalam did not want 60/40 offered by the Sinhala Leaders pre-independence. They wanted 50/50 by lumping the Estate Indian Tamils and Muslims together, as they spoke Tamil along with the non-Vellahala Tamils. However, they did vote to disenfranchise the Estate Tamils with the Sinhala Nationalist Parties. Only the Leftist parties opposed this.

    Then comes the Vaddukodi Resolution of May 14, 1976, and the low caste Tamils still could not take water from “Vellahala” wells and go to the Temple!

    Despite all this credit should be given to VP, a non-Vellahala, for trying his best to break the Valhalla Castism.

    Now getting a better understanding of the bimodal IQ distribution of the Tamils, as published in CT.

    The Story Of Two Graphs drawn by A Tamil Man: By Mahesan Niranjan Onion Prices and Tamil IQ Distributions.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/

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    At the foot step of Izeth Hussein’s recent article Mahinda is not going lie low.
    So eye catching heading but same old crap.

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      Rajash

      “So eye catching heading but same old crap.”

      Did you really read this one?

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        Native
        No I didn’t
        Perhaps I should have said …
        …expect the same old crap

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala types:

    “Tamils Gave Prabhakaran The Revolver To Kill Tamils”

    Instead, the stupid Tamils should have given HLD M a large clay pot full of Palmyra toddy and a straight razor (also known as cut-throat razors).

    Here is an example:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/
    news/world-news/drunk-
    monkey-brandishing-
    huge-knife-7392942

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    Mahindapala,

    Thanks for telling us the other side of the story. I am sure you will be attacked by the ‘[Edited out] ‘ but do not get discouraged. Keep on exposing the true nature of the so called ‘Liberators of Tamils’. The UNHRC is barking at the wrong tree. Instead of targeting the SL Army, they should have established a tribunal to try the LTTE leaders in the same way they did in Kampuchea trying the leaders of the Pol Pot regime for committing crimes against humanity. It may be a good idea to have international judges, if a court is established. But the Government should insist on appointing impartial judges without just accepting any cat or dog that will be nominated by those who have a vested interest who will give foregone verdicts. The Government should insist on hunting down the leaders of LTTE who are hiding in foreign countries and try them. Expose the role of foreign governments in supporting LTTE terrorists.

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      Sathya

      Please say hello to the habitual liar Ramuuuuuuuuuuuu, sachooooo the stupid II, Nuisance the stupid I, cassandra, double standards, sarojini, ……

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        I do not understand why so many do not like when I said we should have a court with foreign judges who are impartial and pay more attention to crimes committed by LTTE against Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese. Do they want to try only Sri Lankan Army and go LTTE free.

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          sathya
          Have any country allowed foreigners to be judges in their local courts? Do you think the US will allow foreign judges to preside on their courts? No country even allow a foreign lawyer to practice law in their country. So why do you think SL should allow foreign judges to preside in our courts? Because we are a poor third world country of morons like you?

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            Nuisance the stupid I

            “Have any country allowed foreigners to be judges in their local courts?”

            Some countries do have foreign judges sitting in Court of Final Appeal. Have a guess.

            Well there are 10 eminent judges from UK, Australia, and New Zealand currently serving the Hong Konk judiciary, and Fiji regularly imports judges on long term contract.

            Singapore has a special division which comprises foreign as well as domestic judges.

            Why do you sit on your brain?

            Please say hello to Sathya, sachoooo the stupid II, Ramuuuuuuuuuu, sarojini, cassandra, double standard, Irathinavalli, …..

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              Stupid vedda (aka fake genocide survivor)

              These commonwealth countries accept and allow lawyers to practice in each other’s country. It is similar to allowing doctors to practice medicine in each other’s country without passing the medical boards exam of each of these countries. This type of thing does not happen in the US. They require all professionals like lawyers, doctors, dentists, accountants etc to do respective qualifying exams. SL rightfully do the same. No one is allowed to practice law in form until they are recognized by the Bar.

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    Why does this man of letters – a former senior editor of respected
    English dailies – resort to lies and untruths in pursuit of his well established hate of Tamils when he states “The decision to go for a military solution, stated unequivocally in the Vadukoddai Resolution, was ratified by the Tamil leadership led by S. J. V. Chelvanayakam….
    Led by Chelvanayakam, the Tamil leadership agreed at Vadukoddai that the military solution was better than the non-violent parliamentary process and decided to wage a war against the Sinhalese who were identified as the enemy of the Tamils…..” HLDM takes the Sinhalese, Tamils and others as fools while the truth may well be the man has taken leave of his senses long ago when he became irrelevant in the Lankan academic scene. The Vaddukottai Resolution is there for all to see. What a diabolic liar this man is.

    Kettikaran

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    Velupillai Prabhakaranand and the Rajapaksa are guilty of war crimes. Rajapaksa made sure Prabhakaranand was killed so that his deals with him would be buried. Rajapaksa would rather have Prabhakaranand killed than have him held accountable for his war crimes and face trial.

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    I wonder why this mad man Mahinthapala migrated from Sinhala racist Lankaweb to Colombo Telegraph? Did they kick him out?

    Whatever it is he is a mad racist like ganansara, Anakarika, to name a few of them.

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      Thiru\
      CT is not different to Lankaweb

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    Moral: Colombo Telegraph readers should beware of gifting responses to trolls. History has proved that the verbal cholera and trash that come out due those responses and feedback find their loving way intentionally to hit the genuine discussion sites real hard.

    Dayan disappeared. Milinda slowed down and now seem to undergo some rehabilitation. Michael Roberts got the message. But, somehow, readers keep feeding this pseudo patriot, and he continues to trash the place.

    Nobody is demanding censorship. But, better let’s ignore. Can’t we?????

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      Yours is great. Thanks Rohan.
      Just thatthey want to divert the thoughts of people by introducing anything different to mislead the folks have been their tactics from the day one.

      Yes, when it comes from this writer, nothing can be no funny.
      He should see it right let alone today with few more years to go for him. Meaning he is no teenager, to behave this way, … rabbletroucing is in his genetics… Ausies should be ashmed to have allowed the men to continue their stagnated refuge status on that part of the world.

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        Rabble-roucers will have not chance if the regime will be firm with their agendas.
        But the issue CB – if they make the Governor responsible for the issue, – the times will reveal.

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      Dayan The Most abusive Rabble Rouser -the idiosyncratic to his agendas is dissppeared letting his grasseating supporters forget about danger of his involvement spreading lies but blatant lies in favour of Maharaja WITH Sajith Noow no more allow DJ to hope for the future. I now see SP has been moving on right tracks understnading that collectivity can succeeed.

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        [Edited out]

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    Tamils of ‘Indian’ origin?

    Soma

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      soma

      “Tamils of ‘Indian’ origin?”

      All Tamils are Paras, Paras of Indian Origin. So are their beliefs.

      All Sinhala are Paras, Paras of Indian Origin. So are their beliefs.

      Most Muslims are Paras, Paras of Indian Origin, or Paras from elsewhere.So are their beliefs.

      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

      Journal of Human Genetics (2014) 59, 28–36; doi:10.1038/jhg.2013.112; published online 7 November 2013

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

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    What Sri Lanka needs today is reconciliation between the Singhalese and Tamils.

    Singhalese racism is what gave birth to Prabhaharan and LTTE.

    When are you going to write an article on reconciliation?

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      It is the vellala politics that tried to hold on to vellala hegemony in NE that gave birth to Prabha and LTTE and not sinhalese

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        such,

        Did you repeat this fictitious statement to yourself a million times in order for it to come true in your head?

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          what is ficticious there?
          1. Vellalas were and are a powerful political elite in jaffna
          2. They wanted to hold on to their power.
          that is why they opposed universal suffrage. All fathers of LTTE movement, LTTE ideology were casteist vellalas.

          It was C Sundaralingam’s student who later tutored Prabhakaran and encouraged him to take Tamil nationalism. Tamil nationalism centred around the political objectives of Vellalas

          sad to hear the truth?

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            Did that [Edited out] prof. Chandra Dharmawadene tell you this?

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              It was mentioned in Prabhakaran’s biography written by Narayanswamy ..why do u hate chandre Dharmawardene?

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                sachoooooooooooo the stupid II

                “It was mentioned in Prabhakaran’s biography written by Narayanswamy “

                Could you give us his first name with his other initials.

                Raju Narayana Swamy

                Ramnath Narayanswamy

                Sivakumar Narayanswamy

                Subbu Narayanswamy

                Shruti Narayanswamy

                Anu Narayanswamy

                Do you recognise any of the above?

                “why do u hate chandre Dharmawardene?”

                chandre Dharmawardene, who?

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            sachoooooooooooooo the stupid II

            What is the difference between you and a knife?

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              dont litter the space

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        Sach,
        I beg to differ. if you don;t know the history do some research on the history on Tamil problem in the banana republic. probably you were not born then… or was still sucking thumb…or had buried your head in the sand… as many Sinhalese including the author. Read the other side of the ‘history’ in a nutshell commented here by Anbu. Not your coveted mahavamsa or the Mahinda Chinthanaya…

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          Shri

          “if you don;t know the history do some research on the history on Tamil problem in the banana republic.”

          It is not a Tamil problem but definitely a Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on rest of the people including Sinhalese and Buddhists by a noisy minority.

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          Actually I did a lot of research.

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            such,

            Through your research as you claimed before can you show as to where Samapura is found on the Dutch map?

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              ASk Dharmawardene . he is the one who wrote the letter…ask him..

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            sachooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

            “Actually I did a lot of research.”

            Did you?

            Research on what?

            If so have you completed your PhD like Dharshini Ratnavale?

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        sachooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

        Please say hello to Irathinavalli, Sathya, Nuisance the stupid I, habitual liar Ramuuuuuuuuuuu, sarojini, cassandra, double standards, …… and to you as well.

        What is the difference between you and a knife?

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          dont litter the space here

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            sachoooooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

            “dont litter the space here”

            Are you the legal custodian of this space? Do you thing this is a Sinhala/Buddhist space hence naturally belongs to you?

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              no actually it wastes the space when child scribbles things

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                sachooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

                “no actually it wastes the space when child scribbles thing”

                You mean Dharshini Ratnavale.

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        Dear sach !

        Your analysis is not scientific!

        Who created the Tigers?
        Tamil “Vellalahs? No Dear!!

        It was the Sinhala nation and its elected politicians, Religious leaders and the “intellectuals.”

        The LLRC appointed by Mahinda Rajapakse in its Report says (Para-8.150)

        “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.

        The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”

        The Para – 28 of the UN Expert Panel Report says:

        “After independence, political elites tended to prioritize short-term political gains, appealing to communal and ethnic sentiments, over long-term policies, which could have built an inclusive state that adequately represented the multicultural nature of the citizenry. Because of these dynamics and divisions, the formation of a unifying national identity has been greatly hampered. Meanwhile, SINHALA-BUDDHIST NATIONALISM GAINED TRACTION, ASSERTING A PRIVILEGED PLACE FOR THE SINHALESE AS THE PROTECTORS OF SRI LANKA, AS THE SACRED HOME OF BUDDHISM. THESE FACTORS RESULTED IN DEVASTATING AND ENDURING CONSEQUENCES FOR THE NATURE OF THE STATE, GOVERNANCE AND INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS IN SRI LANKA.”

        Dear!

        You are blaming the Tamil Vellalahs instead of blaming the Sinhala nation for all what the country has been facing!!

        Even now, unless the Sinhala nation rejects its false and imaginary Doctrine “Aryan” – Sinhala – Sinhalese – Theravada Buddhism – Lanka with one to one correspondence, reconciliation, peace, development and life without fear will not be possible in our island dear!!

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        Sach

        According to Tisarnee Gunasegara’s

        “The LTTE did not come into being or grow into a world-class terror outfit in a vacuum. Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn. Without the Black July, the Tiger may not have grown exponentially. If the B-C Pact and the D-C Pact did not miscarry (thanks to the midwifery of Sinhala extremism), the LTTE, even if it was born, would have remained a fringe group.”

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          anpu
          What do you think, the birth of LTTE Tigers was a good thing for the Tamil race?
          Did you support them then? Do you support them now?

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            Nuisance, you are a nutter. A chronic bugger with serious mental illness.

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            Nuisance stupid I

            Stupid is as stupid types.

            What is the difference between you and a knife?

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            Eusence,

            First tell me what do you think about what Tisaranee said.

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      This is true. There used to be an LTTE song thanking the Sinhalese for creating the conditions that would lead to Eelam and freedom.

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    Tamils did not create or give permission to Pirapakaran or any one to kill any one Sinhalese Tamils or Muslims.
    Do not try to distort history and facts. Pirapakaran and the LTTE are responsible for around 5% the most of the violence and killings in the island and 99% of their victims were Sinhalese armed forces and thugs who were pretending to be civilians and the Muslims home guards in the east who were killing raping and ethnically cleansing Tamils.
    More than 99.9% of the 300000 Tamil civilian killed from the time of independence was at the hands of the racist Sinhalese establishment, armed forces/police and hooligans and none of them have been so far brought to justice.
    It was state sponsored Sinhalese racism supported by a largely racist Sinhalese population fed on a Mahavamsa fable and Indian opportunism that created the LTTE and Pirapakaran.
    To the hapless Tamil population caught between the devil and the deep sea,the LTTE and Pirapakarn was the better/safer choice. It was either the LTTE or a brutal racist Sinhalese armed forces that was killing raping looting and stealing their lands, with the support of a Sinhalese led government, just because they were Tamils.
    At least under the harsh LTTE rule 99.99% of them and their homes lands farms and territory were safe from the onslaught of a racist Genocidal Sinhalese government armed forces population and a backstabbing immigrant opportunistic Muslim population, that despite being ethnically Tamil. was conniving with the Sinhalese racists to destroy the Tamil language culture and the Hindu religion in the name of Islam and a fake Arab/Moorish origin.
    The LTTE, however harsh it rule was ,gave the Tamils some dignity. During their era, or the first time Sinhalese/ Muslim mobs hooligans and thugs that had been attacking Tamils at regular intervals with the blessing of various Sinhalese led governments became frightened to attack Tamils for fear of repercussions. Now it has started again.
    Pirapakaran and LTTE are now long dead and gone but still the killing raping large scale ethnic cleansing of Tamils, the destruction of Hindu temples in the north and east and the illegal settlement of Sinhalese and Muslims ,is going unabated under a racist occupying Sinhalese armed forces. Did the Tamils give permission to this too?
    Whom are trying to fool with this lies and distorted form of history. Another Mahawamsa fable. Go and post this nonsense in some Sinhalese extremist site like Lankaweb or somewhere, most probably you have already done this and you will get lots of applause from the descendants of the Sinhalised low caste Indian Tamil immigrants who largely patronise these sites.
    Tamils created and gave permission to an organisation and an individual to kill them on a large scale, as if it was not happening in the hands of all Sinhalese governments and armed forces from the time of independence till now. Therefore we needed a Tamil organisation to hurry this up. We are not masochists.

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    We Thamizh are screeching in agony again – the truth really does hurt :D

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      Comedian Sarma,

      Man you are an inimitable comedian :D of course it hurts laughing my head off at your comedy :D

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      You are not Thamizh but a Sinhalese Sudra, using my Tamil Brahmin name and identity to post your anti Tamil garbage at various forums

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        Cool story, bro :D

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          SSS why should you continue your hidden life, ifyou at all worked for lanken forces ? Still have no guts to face it ?

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      Senior Journalist Wee Thamizh Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

      Did you have a memorable ending to your self-actualisation after reading
      HLD M’s typing?

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    well said well done,all the ism spoiled the soup. Vallala cast-ism together with expansionism of catholic and Cristian churches in the guise of social welfare paved the way for terrorism.now that religion expansionism raising its ugly head there led by famous bishop of manner. in sinhalese society this religious expansionism was not possible due to resistance of so called yellow rob thugs as per some writers description here as such racism in form of discrimination revealed. Buddhists were deprived of educations and all that.in north and east sinhalese peasants were forced tamilised by those isms.Corrective measures after independence headed by sons of those isms forefathers.As such successful implementations not taken placed as leaders sympathies always with their class of people not with actually discriminated lot. As such terrible misunderstanding created between two communities. .

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    file:///C:/Users/dr.s/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/IE/NRHP1TP0/Lest_We_Forget.pdf

    Above is documentation of massacres of 115 batches of Tamils from 1956 to 2001.

    These too led to the rise of the LTTE under Prabakaran.

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      Tamils are saints. They never kill or killed.

      In the recent Tamil history which descend from South India, Tamils killed Tamils in the name of god, britrish Colonial master banned it and they killed about two million Tamils.

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    Only The Tamil imagination is the truth. IF the truth is written Tamils don’t like it.

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      The article is about the ugly truth. Unfortunately people like pretty dreams more than the ugly truth.

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    Modapala I know it is winter in Melbourne and at present very rainy cold and harsh.
    When the days are short,the nights very cold and long, you are seated by the fireside or next to your gas heater in some outer Melbourne suburb, contemplating and writing various fairy tales of the brave Aryan Sinhalese soldiers( From the photo above there is nothing Aryan about them, they all look like very low caste South Indians, who they really are)who overcame the nasty evil foreign Hindu Tamils and their evil hero Prabhakaran. Stories that will be added to the Mahavamsa fable to be avidly read and believed by future generations of gullible Sinhalese racists.
    How did these brave Sinhalese soldiers save these unfortunate Tamils from the evil death clutches of Prabhakaran whom they blindly believed as their saviour? By asking them to move to fake no fire zones, hospitals and and then deliberately using banned cluster and chemical bombs on them and killing them in their thousands 147000 according to one estimate and 70000 according the UN.? Or by herding the surviving 300000 population in Nazi concentration like camps where many of them were deliberately starved raped tortured and humiliated by these racist Sinhalese devils, whom you call saviours.
    Some of them may have been your Tamil wife’s relatives. I really do not know how that woman can stand married to such an evil racist like you, who hates her own people. God does move in a very mysterious way.
    If not for the Tamil diaspora the UN and western intervention the intention was to keep these Vanni Tamils permanently in these concentration camps and used as slave labour for the Sinhalese armed forces and the Sinhalese settlers who would have been brought in their hundreds of thousands and settled in the ethnically cleansed Tamil Vanni.
    You have the audacity call this rescue and their Sinhalese tormentors saviours. You even beat the Nazis when it comes to propaganda and lies.

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    Don Mahindapala

    ….Tamils Gave Prabhakaran The Revolver To Kill Tamils……..

    Take one step back; it was the disgraceful behaviour of the rabid elements of the Sinhalese and their devious political leaders of the 50’s and later, who gave our Tamil brethren not just the revolver but the ammunition as well following the way that they treated the Tamils (and other minorities) in their quest for ‘democratic’ power, ie the Bauddha-Sinhala vote’.

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    when Sivajilingam said that killing of Tamils “was LTTE’s nature” he admitted, perhaps unwittingly, the incurable nature of the violence inherent in the Tamil culture – a culture that came down from Sankilli to Prabhakaran, the crowned heir to the brutal Tamil culture of Tamils killing Tamils. The elevation of a ruthless killer of Tamils to the highest iconic level in their history reflects the inbred culture of violence which has no qualms about hero-worshipping subhuman violence.

    Tamil culture is violence.

    Every thing else is Indian culture. e.g. Seelapatikaram, Manimekali, Brhatahnatyam and casteism – one tribe discriminating the other.

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    Very disappointed with the Sri Lankan cricket team.
    Mahindapala have you got any suggestions

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      Rajesh
      SL cricket team performance in England is disappointing because their captain is a Tamil boy.

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      Rajesh
      The performance of the SL cricket team in England is disappointing because
      the captain is a Tamil boy says Mahindapala and his brother Izeth Hussein

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      Rajash

      “Mahindapala have you got any suggestions”

      There are plenty of evidence to suggest that there was a Vellala Caste conspiracy against the Sinhala/Buddhist team.

      Don’t forget the last tsunami that devastated this island was also part of Vellala caste conspiracy so was the last flood, so was the last drought, so was the global financial crisis of 2007–08, …… Indo Pakistan wars, Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, ……. famine Africa,

      If you are a Vellala you got lots of achievements to be proud of including the above.

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    HLDM;

    A great summary of what happened to Tamils since “Vadukoddai Resolution”. Thank you. What a colossal waste and destruction? We lost so many Sons and Daughters of Sri Lanka due to deceptive Sinhala and Tamil political leaders.

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    Modapala I thought you kicked the bucket sometime back. Oh boy you are still bloody loitering around? Are you living in some mental asylum?

    Anyway, I can only have pity on a nut job like you.

    Title: Tamils Gave Prabhakaran The Revolver To Kill Tamils?

    Are you kidding me bugger? The racist elements in the Buddhist Sinhala pariahs created this monster called the LTTE and unleashed it on the entire country. Buggers and your ilk sponsored terrorism through intimidation and racial attacks (1957/58/77/83) on the minorities to make them subservient to the majority. It only created absolute mayhem and these buggers gave the brave soldiers of SL a run for their buck for 30 years before India giving military advise and providing PR to the world, Chinese and Eastern European blocks selling their military hardware wiped out the LTTE. The brave soldiers of the GOSL beating the LTTE? Oh yeah, that is a great story to tell people. Disgusting bugger, go and screw yourself. We have a fairly decent fellow who is at the helm of the country as the President and we the entire world is watching you hoodlums 24/7. So try your racist garbage again and see what happens.

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    Dear H. L. D. Mahindapala!

    You always fail to analyze things scientifically!

    Who created the Tigers?

    It was the Sinhala nation and it’s elected politicians, Religious leaders and the “interlectuals.”

    The LLRC appointed by Mahinda Rajapakse in its Report says (Para-8.150)

    “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.

    The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”

    The Para – 28 of the UN Expert Panel Report says:

    “After independence, political elites tended to prioritize short-term political gains, appealing to communal and ethnic sentiments, over long-term policies, which could have built an inclusive state that adequately represented the multicultural nature of the citizenry. Because of these dynamics and divisions, the formation of a unifying national identity has been greatly hampered. Meanwhile, SINHALA-BUDDHIST NATIONALISM GAINED TRACTION, ASSERTING A PRIVILEGED PLACE FOR THE SINHALESE AS THE PROTECTORS OF SRI LANKA, AS THE SACRED HOME OF BUDDHISM. THESE FACTORS RESULTED IN DEVASTATING AND ENDURING CONSEQUENCES FOR THE NATURE OF THE STATE, GOVERNANCE AND INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS IN SRI LANKA.”

    Dear Mahindapala!

    You are blaming the Tamils instead of blaming the Sinhala nation for all what the country has been facing!!

    Even now, unless the Sinhala nation rejects its false and imaginary Doctrine “Aryan” – Sinhala – Sinhalese – Theravada Buddhism – Lanka with one to one correspondence. reconciliation. peace, development and life without fear will not be possible in our island dear!!

    How you could be described?

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    Dear H. L. D. Mahindapala!

    You always fail to analyze things scientifically!

    Who created the Tigers?

    It was the Sinhala nation and it’s elected politicians, Religious leaders and the “intellectuals.”

    The LLRC appointed by Mahinda Rajapakse in its Report says (Para-8.150)

    “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.

    The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”

    The Para – 28 of the UN Expert Panel Report says:

    “After independence, political elites tended to prioritize short-term political gains, appealing to communal and ethnic sentiments, over long-term policies, which could have built an inclusive state that adequately represented the multicultural nature of the citizenry. Because of these dynamics and divisions, the formation of a unifying national identity has been greatly hampered. Meanwhile, SINHALA-BUDDHIST NATIONALISM GAINED TRACTION, ASSERTING A PRIVILEGED PLACE FOR THE SINHALESE AS THE PROTECTORS OF SRI LANKA, AS THE SACRED HOME OF BUDDHISM. THESE FACTORS RESULTED IN DEVASTATING AND ENDURING CONSEQUENCES FOR THE NATURE OF THE STATE, GOVERNANCE AND INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS IN SRI LANKA.”

    Dear Mahindapala!

    You are blaming the Tamils instead of blaming the Sinhala nation for all what the country has been facing!!

    Even now, unless the Sinhala nation rejects its false and imaginary Doctrine “Aryan” – Sinhala – Sinhalese – Theravada Buddhism – Lanka with one to one correspondence. reconciliation. peace, development and life without fear will not be possible in our island dear!!

    How you could be described?

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      If Sinhala people created Pabakaran, it is the Sinhala leaders who are dumb to kill him. Should have left him for another few decades or so to get rid of all the Tamils from Sri lanka.

      That was the Mahinda Rajapakse’s stupidity.

      Now, he is accused of war crime of getting rid of LTTE.

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    HLD Mahindapala has honed his ability to sing the same lullaby and put a gullible section to sleep. The wording: “Arya-Sinhalese are an advanced society. Unlike the Dravidian Tamils they do not have a caste system. Aryans are clean, conscientious and follow the basic precepts preached by Buddha. The Dravidians are uncivilized and without any provocation will indulge in violence. The problems in Sri Lanka are entirely due to the actions of Tamils”. (The last sentence modified from the 1935 Goebells song “The problems of our Fatherland of super race are due to non-Aryans”)

    HLD M never fails to mention Vadduccottai resolution as the starting point. He ignores the fact this came about because from 1948 successive GoSL addressed the Tamil grievances through unadulterated pogroms. The July 1983 was most brutal. The HLD M ilk provided the knives, swords to the goons. The houses and businesses to be set on fire were marked. HLD M will say that it was the only civilized way to treat the Tamils.

    HLD M adopts a style to present his version just the way his gullible followers want to hear. For example he says that Dr James Jupp (Academic Visitor, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University) referred to Prabhakaran as a “pathological killer”. The title of James’ PhD (London 1974) thesis is “Some Aspects of Parliamentary Democracy in Ceylon”. (James was unaware that Ceylon was renamed Sri Lanka in 1972) In none of his publications does he refer to a “pathological killer”.

    Go on HLDM make a fool of yourself and write more and make your ilk feeling good

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    Dear Tamil Bretheren,

    Whatever said and done, pls understand that there is no federal or police powers or land powers to North or east of the country under any circumstances. Sri Lanka is the country of Sinhalese Buddhist and others can live peacefully and harmoniously as we lived centuries.

    There is no special problems for Tamils as it is only economic matters as same as all the masses in Sri Lanka whether Sinhalese, Tamils Muslims, Burghers or any other living in the country.

    No momeland or and special areas to any body in the country as it belongs to all sri lankas alike and they can live wherever they decide up on to live.

    No traditional areas to anybody. LTTE led tamil terrorism fought for 30 years and what happened is history. if you want another rebellion, you are welcome. but, pls remember the out come or the end result is as same as what happened to LTTE and Prabhakaran. All tamil political parties are racists and formed based on racism since 1933 when Tamil Arasu kATCHCHI was formed.

    Besides, history very clearly suggests that TAMILS CAME TO Sri Lanka during various invasions and as captured during those invasions, smugglers, plunderers, Kallathonies and British brought to work in Tea Estates as their slaves with worst living conditions.

    Therefore, I am categorical that it is waste of time for tamils talk about those unrealistic demands and rather better to come together as Sri Lankan masses to develop the country for economic gains where all the problems will be automatically solved.

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      Nimal Wijetunga!

      “All tamil political parties are racists and formed based on racism since 1933 when Tamil Arasu kATCHCHI was formed.”

      This shows that you do not know Lankan politics!!

      “Sri Lanka is the country of Sinhalese Buddhist ..”

      Its your imagination dear!!

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      Nimal Wijetunga

      Say hello to Ravi Perera and Irathinavalli.

      “Sri Lanka is the country of Sinhalese Buddhist and others can live peacefully and harmoniously as we lived centuries.”

      Why do you thing Sri Lanka is the country of Sinhalese Buddhist? Is there a special reason for that?

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      Dear Sinhala Brother Nimal Wijetunga,

      I wish to respond to you in like manner.

      Tamils and those who later became Sinhalese are both from the Indian
      Sub-Continent. Are you aware prior to about 9,000 years ago there was no division by sea of the North of Sri Lanka and the South of India.
      People then freely went about travelling and making home wherever they pleased in the area. The difference being, as that great Sinhala politician-Brilliant Lawyer-Historian Dr. Colvin R. de Silva was to conclude in his wisdom, “the difference is when and where (in India) did they come from” Colvin RdeS was accepting the fact all of us come from India. I know your likes do not like this bare truth.

      The conclusion of other Sinhala men of learning like Prof. Sudarshan Seneviratne, Shiran Deraniyagala et al finds convergence here.
      Of course, men like super historions Champika Ranawake, Gammanpila, Weerawansa, Podi Hamuduruwo of the Gangarama Temple (Colombo 2) Monk Elle Gunawansa deny this and twist history to their whims and fancies.

      As all the world acknowledges, Tamils have special problems. Are you not aware the homes, agricultural land, properties of multiple thousands of Tamils EVEN TODAY remain plundered and the people concerned are forced to live in the open. Do you think they like this?

      That all of the North and most of the now Eastern Province of the Island was inhabited almost entirely by Tamils and ruled by them till the 16th century cannot be denied. The now Tamil Nation is possessed with the inalienable right to live and govern these areas to their popular will. This can be denied to them only by armed power and greater numbers but not by justice or morality recognised by the world and international law.

      Your understanding of the history of this country, therefore, is twisted and false. It is as misconceived as your belief the FP/TULF was founded in 1933. Are you aware the Sinhalese became aware of the existence of the Tamil-written Mahawansa only during latter rule of the British here? The chandikama (thuggery) by which most Sinhalese live in the South cannot be enforced on the Tamils. Please remember the thuggery inflicted on the Tamil Nation in 1958, 1977, 1983, 2000s could not entirely finish the Lankan Tamils. There will be many more fearsome Prabakarans resisting this until Tamils are restored with their due justice, their lands, their dignity and self-respect.

      Fortunately of late, men like Ven. Sobita Thero (late) CBK, the JVP, Maitripala Sirisena, Ranil W and hundreds of Sinhala leaders accept the Tamil Question has been badly, unwisely and wrongly handled. They are looking for an escape route without losing face. It is the Mahanayakas who must change their jaundiced perception – based on majoritarianism.

      Whether Sri Lanka is to live in peace and reconciliation from now on moving towards economic prosperity for all or if the war-centred path of the last 3 decades is a decision the Sinhalese must make.

      Kettikaran

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    Tamils did not give a revolver to Prabaharan to do any killing. It was the behavior of the Sinhalese towards the Tamils, and invariably it is the Sinhalese who gave the revolver to Prabaharan to do the killing.

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      Typical feeling of an inferior – feeling Tamil.

      some Tamils want to be the eternal victims. Sinhala people are at fault for every thing happened to Tamils.

      Tamils kill Tamils because of Sinhala people.

      Are Tamils this dumb ?

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