6 March, 2021

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Tamils’ Hopes Fading: Every Village Is Sinhalese? Rāghavan Sacked?

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

In 2015 nearly all Tamils had hoped for a new era.

The government co-sponsoring UNHRC Resolution 30/1 increased our hope that we Tamils would be included in Sri Lanka and that those who murdered us and raped our women (including our murdered  women) would be punished.

Soon however our hopes were dashed. “No foreign judges” we were told in reversal. We were reminded of the torture trial where the local judge gave a 7-year prison sentence and immediately suspended the sentence; and of the Supreme Court upon appeal by the Attorney General saying that such suspension in a part of judicial discretion. It all seemed a parody of justice.

After the myth about soldiers liberating us with the gun in one hand and the human rights charter in the other put out by then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, we are treated to some characteristically propagandist good news every time the UNHRC is to meet. This is such a time.

After foot dragging on the Truth Commission, there is some move towards establishing it. Or so they say! Chandrika Kumaratunaga on the eve of the current sessions of UNHRC openly admitted to war crimes by our troops. As we were lulled into the hope for justice, Rajapaksa as if to challenge Chandrika’s efforts at reconciliation, repeated that there were no war crimes by troops. As if in tandem, Champika Ranawaka introduced a cabinet paper offering amnesty to all who committed war crimes.

Why amnesty if no crime was committed? Welcome to Sri Lanka’s UNHRC season theatrics where all kinds of false promises of peace and justice are trotted out. The drama will soon subside once a reprieve for non-implementation of Resolution 30/1 is won again. We will then go back to doing nothing about the resolution and Tamil-bashing until the next UNHRC sessions.

For my part I no longer believe in any promise to us Tamils by the government – every law, every promise, is good but it all seems a farce in reality. Every promise to Tamils seems just one more lie to avoid action by world bodies on trials for murderers and rapists and our necrophilia-afflicted troops. 

In proof of the government’s forked tongue on reconciliation, I raise a particular racist  government circular. In that circular dated late February pictured here, the Ministry of Internal and Home Affairs (an important ministry) has an innocuous title about data gathering. Then it ominously asks its officials in the text of its body to report every village with even one Buddhist family or one Buddhist temple for the purpose of declaring it a Buddhist village. By this definition, every village in Sri Lanka is Buddhist.

Can any reconciliation come through a government that stoops so low? If the UNHRC thinks so, I must sadly conclude that it also is an organization focused on form rather than substance. It is time to take concrete action against a brazenly untruthful government that sponsors a resolution and now wants to withdraw from it. At stake are not only the twin goals of justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, but also the firm faith of people worldwide in the UNHRC as an organization that dispenses human rights.

As I write (Friday night) Jaffna is abuzz with the rumour that Northern Province Governor Suren Rāghavan has been recalled for discussions. He is travelling to Colombo. Many Tamils wondered skeptically upon receiving news of his appointment why the government was appointing a Tamil for the first time. It seemed so uncharacteristic. In the event Dr. Rāghavan proved himself at ease with the people. He launched into returning lands taken over by the army, helping University of Jaffna recover its academic standards and war widows put their lives back together, and tackling the massive problem of sexual harassment of schoolgirls and every blight that afflicts us. 

Recall that Dr. Devanesan Nesiah was put on the Disappearances Commission by Mahinda Rajapaksa, and when the mild-mannered Nesiah was seen to be taking his job seriously, his house in Colpetty was turned inside out fishing for anything incriminating, and finally even after finding nothing (naturally!), he was asked to quit. Did Dr. Raghavan also make the same mistake of taking his job very seriously, doing good things for the people rather than for the SLFP? Are Tamils welcome in the service of government only if they are willing to stooge? I hope the President will tread carefully with wisdom rather  than communal partisanship when Dr. Rāghavan reaches Colombo.

If Sri Lanka is to progress and her people are to have a future, Tamils must receive justice and fair play, and be welcome for who we are rather than only after we are forced to re-label ourselves and our villages as Sinhalese.

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    Dear Sir

    You are an alarmist. Please do not spread rumours and incite people, perhaps even to violence.

    Remember the boy who cried wolf one too many a time.

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      What he says is true. I was a medico-legal officer in war zone and a witness to crimes committed by security forces on non-combatant Tamils. Most of the atrocities were never brought to justice. In the few that were taken up, the cases were heard in Colombo where witnesses had to spend money for travel and accommodation, despite medical report stating point blank murder, Sinhala racist judges without batting an eye lid accept the distorted report by Police and discharge the perpetrators either as justifiable homicide or collateral damage. Remember the Mailentenne and Kumarapuram murder trials. No government controlled by Sinhalese will ever grant justice to Tamils. Perhaps the Tamil governor is standing in the way of Sinhala colonisation and planting of Buddha statues. What the writer is doing is called pre-emptive strike where you cite the probabilities to corner the perpetrators in order to prevent them committing the crime. With a hue and cry by Tamil people and international focus on Sinhala racism, they will not dare to sack the governor. But they can warn him, use military to harass him and send death threats to make him cow down so that he will get disgusted and leave the post. This is sadly true in case of Tamils who stand up against Sinhala racism being unleashed on Tamils.

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        What a load of lies. I am pretty sure you were holding an LTTE flag and demanding a halt to war in the streets of UK or Canada, let alone treating people running away from war zones.

        Special teams of Indian medics were brought to treat the people and take care of them during the final days of war. But not a single one of them have revealed such a thing. Many Tamils ( 300000) came out, not even them talk about such crimes committed. If there was massive crimes, I am pretty sure Indian medics would have known it and Zookas wont need to kill time looking for evidences to prove their allegations.

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        Who appointed Ragavan in that post? Wasnt it a Sinhala president?

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      sinhala bhuddhist

      I think Mr.Hoole is telling what has actually happened.For example the circular,what happened to nesiah, raghavan being called back etc.Nothing wrong with that.Can you say that these are not true?Only problem with hoole is he gets a bit carried away and after each incident gives his version of what could be.Now he should stop doing that and only give the facts and the readers have sufficient intelligence to make their own deductions.Unlike the wolf incident which you mention, where nothing real happens ,here something has really happened but hoole is trying to ram his conclusions of what the consequences could be down our throats.Journalism is to report what is true without being biased and let readers make their own conclusions.Hoole is not a journo and biased, hence the baggage,but it is true facts.

      PS.dear hoole,did you insure and burn down your Bamba house as i advised you to?Teach that hindu rascal a good lesson (that is if he escapes the fire).If you are relying on our courts,the verdict will come after you and your children are long gone.

    • 11
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      Alarmist? Like the people who cautioned the governments of the fifties until finally, the dark days in May 1958.

      What is alarming are the numbers of decent people who see same signs that led to the attrition of 30 years, looking the other way.

      Do we have no care for the next generation?

    • 6
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      Dear sinhalese buddhist,
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      As you know, I have immense respect for all that you say.
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      I also study carefully, all that Professor Jeevan Hoole says. Yes, he sometimes says things that are “a bit over the top”. However, I find him sincere and consistent.
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      You, “sinhalese buddhist”, are above all else a humanist who wishes everybody well. I also have given myself a handle that may sound racist. Neither of us is that, but we have our identities. I have just responded to a comment by “Champa” here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/
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      Since you have always shown a good deal of respect for me, I’m confident that you will navigate there and read it.
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      Prof. Hoole always speaks honestly, and asserts his identity as a Tamil. I think him always worth reading, but we’ve got to remember that we each have a right to our perspectives which may be different. There is indeed a possibility of his crying “Wolf” once too often.
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      I agree with you on this: whenever Prof. Hoole writes something, I’m a bit apprehensive. I wonder: “now has this man written something that is potentially controversial?”
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      When I see any contribution by you, including this one, I never have such fears.

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        Dear sinhalese buddhist,
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        The present article by Prof. Jeevan Hoole is one that is particularly well-focussed and substantiated. The placement of your comment and its brevity have unfortunately had unfortunate effects.
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        There are some commenters on our Sinhalese side who make particularly extreme responses which I would consider racist. I know you not to be one of them. I have found you to be a true Buddhist who has a desire to see peace and harmony throughout this land. I fear that seeing your brief response as the first to this article, has led later commenters, particularly Tamils to jump to the conclusion that you are one of the deniers any wrongs being committed by us, Sinhalese.
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        I was one among a group of about 35 retired Sinhalese school teachers who made three separate trips to various parts of the North during the past three years. Most of the others belonged to the category of those who would be classified as “non-English speakers”; there were just three exceptions; me and two others who were two others whose outlook was Marxist, and therefore strongly non-racist. The others were decent Sinhalese who were essentially for co-existence.
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        After each of those trips I made comments that reported what Professor Hoole is talking about here – organised colonisation aimed at changing the demography of the area. Most uncritically accepted all the myths that were told to us.
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        Let us hope that sanity will prevail. We can do but little to warn – but we really must do that bit.

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          sinhala_man

          “organised colonisation aimed at changing the demography of the area. “

          what is wrong in that?Tamils are living among the sinhalese.Why should sinhalese not live among the tamils?I understand it is colonisation and not private sales as what was done by the tamils who purchased the properties in sinhala areas.However regardless of how it is done the principle of sharing land is still valid.In the concept of one country anyone can live anywhere.

    • 10
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      When a house is on fire and the alarm is triggered, then your half-brain should tell you that a realist is different from the boy who cried wolf. Instead of challenging Dr. Hoole on the truth of his assertions, which will certainly be welcome, why behave like a retard. Was the circular itself a rumour? For a Minister to introduce a cabinet paper to offer amnesty to all who “committed war crimes”, the question by Dr. Hoole is why amnesty when there has been no admission of war crimes? Of course, educating a retard like you may be a mouthful but by the same token, do not jump like a fly in a frying pan if you don’t understand or can’t even comprehend what he is trying to explain. What credibility remains when a Govt co-sponsors a resolution but later a semi-lunatic president jumps like a torched person to withdraw that resolution with and for flimsy reasons?

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      See it for yourself by touring North and East. !!

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        including few kilometres out of min roads….

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      sinhalese buddhist

      “Remember the boy who cried wolf one too many a time.”

      Dr. Colvin R. de Silva cried wolf only once, “one language two nations and two languages one nation”. The aspiring fascists never listened to him and rest is pathetic history.

      Why do countries install early warning systems for tsunami alert?
      Why do meteorological departments throughout the entire world forecast weather?

      You should not be sitting on your bigoted brain forever.

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      Sinhalease Buddhist
      “Remember the boy who cried wolf one too many a time.” Are you saying that we Tamils are crying wolf for the last 70 odd years??????
      58, …, 83,… 2009,.. 2019

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      alarmist? PLEASE disprove any bit of what is said here

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      When the Governor is surrounded by inefficient and politically appointed corrupt staff what can he do except for promising wonders without action.

      What administrative and corporate management skills does he have to manage the challenging situation prevailing. He is a trainee recruit and has to learn serious administrative skills.

      He will strengthen his reputation only if he negotiates high calibre civil servants to work with him.

  • 7
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    Rathanjeevan, Sinhala Buddhists are busy now trying to prove that Buddha was born in Sri Lanka and correct the history of India as well ! That is the burning problem in Sri Lanka.
    Jacko

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    India will never let you get it. That is true. I spoke to a high ranking Indian military official who was in Jaffna in 1989. he said to me India will never support any separate groups that put the integrity of India in danger. If Tamils get so called EELAM, that could spread into South India . Moreover, there many groups in India who want to have separate country so, India will never support so called Tamil home land. Now, you make peace with Sri Lanka and negotiate with them. Sinhalese people are not so bad as you think? after all you have killed 25.000 Sinhalese forces and many thousands of Sinhalese and Muslim people too in your 30 years war, You must realise this too.

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      Foolish thinker. We do not care as to what you think or this so called high ranking Indian military officer thought in 1989. Most probably this officer is a figment of your own imagination to justify your extremist views. or some anti Tamil Indian office who is either a North Indian , Malayali or a Brahmin who thinks he is some sort of Aryan (sic) and the largely Dravidian Tamils must be kept in their places. I am a Brahmin my self and challenge all these so called Aryan Brahmins to take a DNA test. They will be surprised to find out how much of Dravidian genes they have. It is Sinhalese extremists and anti Tamil Indians who go around spreading these lies that the formation of tiny Eelam and the existence of a Tamil Identity is a threat to mighty India , therefore the suppression of the Eelam Tamils and the war crimes and ethnic cleansing committed on them is justified in the name of India’s so called Indian security and in the name of their fellow Aryan Sinhalese Buddhist security. What load of bullshit. There was no India or Ceylon until the British created these nations in the 1800s. However Tamil Eelam had existed for centuries and its existence never threatened anyone. Tiny Tamil Eelam and the 3.5 million Eelam Tamils threaten India’s security but not China , Pakistan or Bangladesh with it huge population explosion. Whom are you trying to fool? If the people of South India want to separate they will irrespective of the existence of Tamil Eelam. However they do not want to nor the Indian Tamils, they are proud to be part of India. Whereas Eelam Tamils were never Indian. The Indian Airforce Pilot who was captured and released from Pakistan is from Tamil Nadu and the whole of India , celebrated his release.

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        S.S.S
        So long as +50% of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island) live (and prefer to live) outside NE the concept of Ealam remains ILLOGICAL and SELF CONTRADICTORY. Main stumbling block on the path to Ealam is not India or Tamilnadu but this +50%.
        My attempt is to encourage those Tamils in Sinhala majority provinces to give up their differences in religion, caste or the date of arrival and physically relocate themselves into NE so that a logically consistent basis is established. It is the main duty of the Tamil political class too. They have to choose between the Homeland OR the right to live anywhere, definitely not both as far as Sinhalese are concerned.

        Soma

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      I am tired of Sinhalese and Muslims in Sri Lanka constantly lying that India supports the LTTE. India only briefly supported the LTTE as revenge for Sri Lanka interfering in the bangladesh war in 1971. But India later gave Sri lanka all the assistance to prevent LTTE from achieving their aim. Its a very simple matter for India to walk in and separate Eelam if they wanted to.
      Either way India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc have all played a role in the oppression of tamils and all of them will pay for it. Karma will manifest in various ways like natural disasters, world war 3, economic collapse etc
      See how Sinhalese right now are losing their land and sovereignity to the Chinese, while they refuse to give even an inch to Tamils. Thats karma at work

  • 6
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    SB:
    Crying Wolf?

    How could you even utter something as such? You were seen as a fair minded person: what changed?

    “Mar 1 (CT) Tamil Mothers of the Disappeared in Kilinochchi have appealed to the UN High-Commissioner for Human Rights ahead of the review on Sri Lanka that they had personally and voluntarily handed-over many of their family members, including babies and children, to the SL Security Forces at the end of the war in May 2019 in reliance on assurances that they would be safe. “

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      Burt

      “How could you even utter something as such? “

      Because he is an aspiring Sinhala/Buddhist fascist like others, such as the mutant Retarded, Champa, Eagle Blind Eye, ………………….. somass, Hela, Lal Loo, sach, HLD M, …. Wimal Sangilige, ……

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    “For my part I no longer believe in any promise to us Tamils by the government – every law, every promise”.
    So, do you believe in the promises made by Tamil politicians? You have had Wigneswaran as the Chief Minister of NCP.
    Do you believe in the promises you have made?
    Have you ever raised your voice for the Muslims who were ethnically cleansed from Jaffna by the “Tamil” administration? The Muslims were the majority people in Ceylon when it became a crown colany. They are the rightful bhoomi-putra of Jaffna.

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      Yes low caste convert from South India , we know you love to tell Arabian nights fairy tales and lies. You low caste converts from South India only arrived in the island a few centuries ago , either as traders or as refugees fleeing persecution from your South Indian homeland. It was us the Eelam Tamils who took pity and gave you lying fake Arab converted South Indian low castes refuge. Especially in the east You hat flippers were chased out of the north due to your treacherous activities of spying for the Sinhalese Sri Lankan armed forces against the Tamils and storing arms provided by the Sinhalese Sri Lankan armed forces inside mosques., to start trouble . Who asked you converted low caste Indian hat flippers to do this. You hat flippers were also joining the Sinhalese to kill rape loot destroy Tamil people homes and properties in the south and in the east, Muslim home guards , armed to the tooth by the Sri Lankan armed forces were destroying Hindu temples and killing raping and ethically cleansing Hindu Tamil villages. I can give many examples of this. Kattankudi and the grand mosque there was the head quarters of this Islamic extremism then as now , where arms were stored and collected to destroy the surrounding Hindu Tamil villages. This is why the LTTE attacked the Mosque . The real truth is not told ,with the local and certain foreign powers hiding the truth. The LTTE did not want a repeat of what happened to the Tamils in the south and east to happen in the north at the hands of you low caste converted fake Arab immigrant South Indian Dravidian refugees, so kicked you out. This is the sad truth.

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    for Parliament dissolution you went to the Sri lankan Supreme courts and you trusted when your Fundamental rights violated. But, in order to prosecute Tamil Black tigers, homicide bombers, you do not trust Sri lankan supreme Courts. Raghavan is another CHEAP TRIBALIST,. and most Tamils show that they can not live in Srilanka unless they are stepped on. Wigneswaran and some other Tamils say, they were buddhists and hand over the Buddhist ruins in the North to Tamils. On the otherhand,[edited out]

  • 3
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    Facts have to be told. Thanks to the author of this article. Deceiving /hoodwinking the rest of the world by all the GoSL so far has been successful to the detriment to the SL Tamils. Time the UN sees it through

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    Jeevan,
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    Thank you for expressing your worries and having done it very fast.
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    “Then it ominously asks its officials in the text of its body to report every village with even one Buddhist family or one Buddhist temple for the purpose of declaring it a Buddhist village. By this definition, every village in Sri Lanka is Buddhist.”
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    The village where I live in Jaffna District has no Buddhists or Muslims or places of worship for them. I can not imagine other villages in Jaffna having Buddhist families nor temples except small temples in the bases of the security forces. Not all the villages have a base. If there are Buddhist families here they do not show up in statistics. Despite all the hype rural Jaffna is populated by Hindu and Christian Tamils.
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    “Are Tamils welcome in the service of government only if they are willing to stooge?”
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    The only way to please all the sides is to do nothing! This they have achieved.
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    “He launched into returning lands taken over by the army, helping University of Jaffna recover its academic standards and war widows put their lives back together, and tackling the massive problem of sexual harassment of schoolgirls and every blight that afflicts us.”
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    “Every blight?” I am not certain about what Dr Suren has had time to do but stating that he has been taking care of all the problems can not be true.

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    Professor Hoole

    I fervently hope that yours is not the only cautioning voice.

    The signs that you point to bring back memories of all the little gratuitous acts that finally led to the inevitable. 30 years of misery! Won’t we ever learn? The plain truth is that as long as Sri Lanka remains shackled to a Bauddha-Sinhala democracy, the minorities will remain marginalised, and the Tamils will continue to take the brunt of every political backlash. As over all these years, our Sinhalese politicians (mindful of the 74%) will refuse accede to anything that smacks of accommodating ALL Sri Lankans in the bigger picture. ANY government will posture to please the UN and the UNHCR – no government that draws its majority from the Bauddha-Sinhala majority will ever allow any foreign involvement in our business – except of course when it wants assistance to put down yet another inevitable movement of resistance.

    If Sri Lanka is to enjoy a peaceful and prosperous future, EVERY Sri Lankan must be treated fairly with respect and given to enjoy every common freedom. The government of the day, and all its agencies must ensure that status. Given the current calibre of Sinhalese politicians, that day is some way off.

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    The tone and the message in this news is loud and clear you are a Tamil Terrorist who thrive in deciving innocent Tamils who love coexistence with other races in this beautiful country.
    I think your title as professor must have been awarded by the LTTE university of Terror and personally headed to you by Piraharan himself, font forget the the fact that thousands and thousands of innocent Tamil civilians were killed and robbed oftheir children’s , money, property and even terrorizing their normal life for 30 years – no electricity, water, food and liberty and freedom of expression and nothing but dispair and missery rained down on those who opposed LTTE rule of your master and guru.Piraharan.
    Please talk some sense and help those who are trying to help the Tamil people a normal life with all the complexities involved in resolving the coplex issues the govt. Is trying to resolve. Certainley and sadly racists like yourself have not cotributed to heal the scars of 30 years of Tamil terrorists teachings and mind set of the people, give peace a chance.

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      Jaffna lover

      Your name sounds like a Casanova from Jaffna.
      However you also sound like a hater of Tamils.

      Please clarify.

  • 4
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    Hoole stoking up or reviving the communal fires. Just remain where you are and mind your business closer to your home.
    Let NP Governor Dr. Suren Ragahavan handle matters

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      thondamany

      “Hoole stoking up or reviving the communal fires.”

      The country does not need anyone new in the scene to stoke up and revive communal fires when we have you, Wimal, somass, Dayan, Mahindawamsa, Mahawamsa, Mahasangha, Udhaya, Dinesh, sach, Gnanasara, Sirisena, Sarath Fonseka, Sarath Weerasekara, Champika, Ambitiya Sumanaratna, ……………………….. Rajeewa, HLD M, Channa Masala Jayasumana, …………….. Shavendra Silva, …. Malinda, ….

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    Hoole and all the losers,
    if you don’t get it even after 70 years of deceptions, you will never get it. Your friend Sumanthiran had already declared in Parliament that he, on behalf of the Tamil people, accepted the foremost place to Buddhism and said he had no problem giving foremost place to Buddhism. Then why are you complaining about declaring the villages as Buddhist Villages? Don’t you need to give some respect to your democratically elected leaders?

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      Well said! Suren Raghavan, as the governor, is the agent of the state and he cannot act independently. This is the simple truth. The problems faced by Tamils will continue as long as the Sri Lankan state remains unitary. TNA, whose interests lie in safeguarding the Colombo establishment, has simply agreed and co-opted Tamils to support unitary structure and the foremost place given to Buddhism. Why are these poodles crying foul now while all along they were part and parcel of this deception?

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      Wizaran
      “Your friend Sumanthiran had already declared in Parliament that he on behalf of the Tamil people had no problem giving the foremost place to Buddhism.”
      It is a reality that Buddhism is the religion of the Sinhalese majority in the island.
      But if their leaders are cussed enough to insist in having it emblazoned in the country’s constitution in capital letters, then what is the alternative you would suggest if you were in Sumanthiran’s shoes especially if you had a responsibility for the welfare of the Tamil community that had bestowed it’s confidence in you to act in it’s interests?

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    Dear prof. Hoole, I am a Sinhalese (I think simply because of the culture in which I was brought up) and in general I agree with what you say. Not only Tamils but majority of Sinhalese with common sense have lost their trust in present government and all most all our political leaders. I believe same is true about Tamil political leaders. All Sri Lankan political leaders are crooks whether they are Tamils or Sinhalese. So rather than looking up to them, as people and individuals we should continue to make efforts to build relationships among two communities.

    thanks for exposing that repulsive circular. I can’t understand how an educated government official could sign such a document.

    I need a clarification. It seems the context of your article suggests that ” the massive problem of sexual harassment of schoolgirls” is caused by Sinhalese/and/ or army? Could you please clarify ?

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      Dear Kumara,
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      “I need a clarification. It seems the context of your article suggests that ” the massive problem of sexual harassment of schoolgirls” is caused by Sinhalese/and/ or army? Could you please clarify ?”
      &
      I have nothing against Dr Suren or Dr Jeevan but like you I would like to know what is behind the claim that Dr Suren has taken action against many things during his short time as Governor. My earlier comment regarding this is above and received no reply so far from Dr Jeevan. Action should be taken and if Dr Suren has taken action I wish to thank him.
      &
      I know of two recent cases of sexual abuse of school girls in Jaffna. One of these schools is private.The alleged culprits in both cases were 40+ teachers of Math. Both accused are Tamils and were remanded for a long time. There is possibly a third case in a leading National School for girls and rumors of a fourth case where boys have been sexually abused in a private school.

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      It is their Tamil males who are harassing their girls, that is why he was vague on that. There are similar circulars where Tamil and Muslim electoral divisions were created in the south to allow communal representation. Learn about these things.

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    Sinhalese Buddhist!
    Hoole cannot be cool when the Government wants to fool the Tamils at all times.

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    Guys like Hoole are the biggest obstacle to develop friendship between Sinhalayo and Demala people so that they can live in this country peacefully. Please get lost leaving ordinary Demala and Sinhala people to live in harmony.
    Americans got fed up with the UNHRC ‘cesspool’ and left but some British politicians like the ‘cesspool’. These are guys who lick the a&s of Demalu in UK to get their votes.

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      Eeekel Guy, Tamils want to develop friendship with decent fair minded Sinhalese and not with racist like you. Unfortunately that number among Sinhalese is handful. Please remember peace can only be achieved with justice and equality. When every Sri Lanka government for the sake of Sinhala votes are espousing racism, how can you achieve unity with self respect.

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      I dont think so. I am sinhalaya, and I feel they are real good tamils that would never want to beat around the bush.
      But you guys being in your 80ties, seem to have done nothing but rabbleroused all along. Just look back and write your next Aritcle Mahinda Pala the number racists that have produced more articles pro-racism in the country. I have no dobut, you guys your grabs will be puinshed by all divine forces.

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    CT: Can please translate the circular photo?

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      with the modern technology anybody can adjust these documents as they wish. who believe these racist animals. after 30 years they still try to get what they want, please live in harmony with the rest of the people before you lose all your lands which will be acquired by the nations who shed crocodile tears hearing your grievances. Finally, some people have put up their military facilities on your land and trying to guard the coast from Trinco to Colombo. you still haven’t realised the reality. you will never until you and all the racist and foolish politicians and people who try to divide and rule one bit of land before they die and reach the peaceful HELL under the command of the demons.

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    Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole,
    Tell us “What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?’.
    I put this question to you on an earlier occasion but did not get a response from you. If you cannot give an answer to this question, I suggest you keep your blo&dy mouth shut.

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      Bloody eagle,

      “What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?’.

      It is ‘freedom’ that the sinhalese are enjoying you stupid. Even in their own lands, Tamils cannot live peacefully as they are harassed and raped by the worthless armed forces and the rest of the people suffer from their loss of lands, being grabbed by the greedy forces. Don’t you know this you bloody? First you shut up your mouth.

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        S L Kolla,
        If there is no freedom how the hell nearly 60% of Demalu live in the south with Sinhalayo. It is low caste Demala people in the North who do not have freedom to live like human beings because they are being oppressed by high caste (assumed) Wellala Demalu. That is why they migrate to South and live with Sinhalayo. After the war ended, the number of schools that admit only students from high caste have increased. Wellala Demalu use ‘Thesawalamei’, a customary law brought from Malabar to deprive low caste Demala people from access to land. About 80% of the land in Yapanaya is owned by absentee Wellala landlords. It is low caste Demala people who do not have freedom. It is high time that they rise against Wellala elites using non-violent or violent means. Sinhalayo will extend their full support for any such move because if Wellala crooks can be eliminated Demala and Sinhala people can live in harmony in this country.
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        Has this Hoole who is a poodle of TNA or the Christian Church or the NGO crooks who behave like champions of human rights spoke against oppression of low caste Demala people?
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        Demalu in the North, who think that they are Sri Lankan Tamils look down upon Demalu in Thirikunamale. Demalu in the North, and Demalu in Thirikunamale look down upon Demalu in Madakalapuwa. All these Demalu in North and East look down upon ‘Wathu Demalu’. When ‘Wathu Demalu’ demanded Rs.1000.00 as daily wage none of the Demalu from North and East spoke in support of that. That is Demala ‘EQUALITY’. Put your house in order without pointing finger at Sinhalayo.
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        Sinhalayo are not the enemy of ordinary Demala people; it is Wellala elites.

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      Eagle Eye
      You know that you know it. But you pretend not to know. I gave an answer to your question sometimes back. But you are not interested in knowing it.

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        K. Anaga, Eagle Eye is not looking for answers. He is trying tirelessly to paint a casteist picture to the Tamil struggle. It is true that Tamil society is casteist but little does he know that caste politics does not have much traction among Eelam Tamils, as it does in Tamil Nadu, partly because the oppressed castes in Eelam are a minority. It took the armed Tamil national liberation movement to break this hegemony.

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      Can the Tamils arrest Sinhalese who have committed crime on their people, keep them in prison controlled by them for 15 years without trial, abusing and torturing them while in prison, and once in a way conduct a fake trial by their judges in their courts and sentence them for life imprisonment to be served in prisons controlled by Tamils.
      Can the Tamils settle Tamils in large numbers to change the demographic pattern to make Sinhalese a minority not only in areas where they are a majority but also the entire country, by settling any Dravidian who wants to make Sri Lanka their homeland.
      Can Tamils plant Hindu statues or construct Hindu temples anywhere in the country without getting permission from Sinhalese. Can Tamils ban Sinhalese from worshiping in any of their temples. Can Tamils declare their ancient temples like Koneswaram as sacred cities, or resurrect Hindu temples over which Buddhist temples have been built.
      Can Tamils force Sinhalese to study Tamil and if Sinhalese fail to pass the exam, deny them their increments, promotions, scholarships and even dismiss them from service.
      There are several differences between what Sinhalese and Tamils enjoy, which can only be corrected if Tamils become first class citizens ruling their lands

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    Prof. Hoole,
    Thank you for sharing your concerns. Many of us are very apprehensive of the future of our people in this country. TNA leaders – a coterie of self-aggrandizing careerists, reprobates and some of them are crooks- have consciously failed us. I do not see any committed alternative leadership in the making either. Very sad situation.

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      Karikalan
      In my 70s, I am more than “apprehensive” of the lives, land/assets, political rights and physical safety of our people – the Tamil Nation. Sinhalese, with few exception,
      by nature are anti-Tamil. The present generation of young Sinhalese clearly the worst. Distortion of history, anti-Indianism and lack/search of identity, economic backwardness are some of the main reasons. The intention of DSS in the 1940s was not entirely anti-Tamil. He wanted Tamils to live peacefully and as equals in the country considering they will always be no more than a quarter of the population. He and his advisors were of the view Sinhala Ceylon (then) must make certain Tamils are kept at “manageable levels” Venomous men that followed – RG Senanayake, Kobbekaduwa (Mrs.B and brothers) NQ Dias
      in particular planned for an adversarial relationship with the Tamils (See Neville Jayaweera’s recent book) Post-Independent India, the DK movement and the climate thereto for a Separate Tamil State (in the late 1940s) resulted in the Sinhala extreme here – with the support of the Maha Sangha – taking a virulent anti-Tamil stand. This continues today. Sinhala leaders – from the time of Mrs B – tried to create a rift between Delhi/North Indian political leaders and Tamil South India. The false one-sided propaganda that there was a special bond between the Nehru-Bandaranaike family was a hoax. Remember India sent none of importance for the funerals of neither Mrs B or Anura. That was India’s calculated response to this falsehood.
      If at all Sri Lankan Tamils are to be saved and enjoy some form of rights it has to come from the UN and the international community. This is why the Sinhala government and politicians are hellbent in undermining both. On and off there will be a Sinhala leader or too who might wisely envision the future (e.g. the late Ven. Sobita Thera) but anti-Tamil Sinhala extremists in the lay and clerical side will sabotage all efforts at reconciliation.

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    Hear! Hear!

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      Plato

      Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole for president
      Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole for president
      Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole for president

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    Thank you Prof Hoole.
    You have described the situation very well. Please keep doing it. But sometimes you get into trouble by writing ….
    Thank you.

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    Thankssssssssss, Prof.

    Sorry, “pictured here” is not working

    Raghavan was chosen because he IS an ardent supporter of the govt in the first place.

    Tamils, send this to the UN at once: your country representative from the online list of UN Permanent Representatives

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    Mr Hoole,It is unfortunate that your articles are always very bias and one sided.You are out and out to punish Sri Lanka and her people after they suffered enough from ruthless terrorism.It is high time all Tamils realize that war was not against Tamil people but against terriorists who attacked all Sri Lankan’s.You have forgotten how they set bombs on innocent and helpless civilians massacred villages cut opened pregnant women and decaputated babies.That is genocide.
    It is high time you look into the real truth and get down and do something useful and meaningful for reconciliation of all Sri Lankan’s .Not just Northeners.If you look at cences even today majority of the Tamils live in the south peacefully .It is the Vellala Tamils who are practicing divisive politics and not treating their lower class Tamils Such in humane manner. It is high time you speak real truth be A Sri Lankan first and love the mother land that sustained you well!

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      Stop ranting and posting garbage/lies , racist woman to justify your state sponsored genocide against the island’s Tamils. Your surname gives proves that you are descended from one of these recently Sinhalised South Indian Tamil immigrants , now busy beating the anti Tamil drum.

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      Malanie perera

      “You are out and out to punish Sri Lanka and her people after they suffered enough from ruthless terrorism.”

      Did you mean JVP terrorism in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991?

      “It is high time all Tamils realize that war was not against Tamil people but against terriorists who attacked all Sri Lankan’s.”

      Is it so, how come hundreds of thousands of innocent people had been killed and many more injured, many missing?

      “You have forgotten how they set bombs on innocent and helpless civilians massacred villages cut opened pregnant women and decaputated babies.That is genocide.”

      You mean those innocent people who were mercilessly buthchered by security forces set off bombs on innocent and hapless civilians and killed them .
      As habitual moaning minies you have no consideration for innocent “OTHER” people and blame the victims.

      “Not just Northeners.If you look at cences even today majority of the Tamils live in the south peacefully “

      How long do you think they can live peacefully? Its high time you start another riots against Tamils and Muslims and blame it on the victims.

      “It is the Vellala Tamils who are practicing divisive politics and not treating their lower class Tamils Such in humane manner.”

      And I take it the Govia Sinhala/Buddhist really care about the entire country.
      It is said crocodiles do shed tears.

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      A large number of conscientious Sinhalese told Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission in 2010 that ethnic minorities have been politically and economically oppressed from the time of independence in 1948:
      a.Jayantha Dhanapala, former UN Under-Secretary-General, told Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), 25 August 2010: ”The lessons we have to learn go back to the past – certainly from the time that we had responsibility for our own governance on 4 February 1948. Each and every Government which held office from 1948 till the present bear culpability for the failure to achieve good governance, national unity and a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and other groups could live in security and equality. Our inability to manage our affairs has led to the taking of arms by a desperate group of our citizens. We need to rectify this bad governance and the first and foremost task before us is to undertake constitutional reform in order to ensure that we have adequate devolution of power. We need to have State reform; we need to have rule of law established; we need to ensure non discrimination amongst our citizens; we need to have devolution of power and a tolerance of dissent and a strengthening of democratic institutions.” b..Mangala Moonesinghe(barrister, diplomat and politician) to LLRC, 17 August 2010: ‘’So who started terrorism? It was we – and then the Tamil youth went into terrorism in the North. So terrorism did not come on its own. We created them, Sir, we created them.’’ (*barrister, diplomat and politician) c.Prof Priyan Dias to LLRC, 7 October 2010:”If we do not feel guilty about the Northern military uprising we cannot go anywhere as a country in the future”- http://www.scribd.com/doc/104705097/Conscientious-Sinhalese-Tell-LLRC

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      Malanie Perera

      I cannot pass by without commenting on what you have written.

      Re ..You are out and out to punish Sri Lanka and her people after they suffered enough from ruthless terrorism……

      .Before independence we all got together in our efforts to push the British out. The moment the Brits left, devious politicians with an eye on the Sinhala-Buddhist voter divided us with their spurious claims. Decent politicians tried their best – but it was evident that the nationalistic groups had the upper hand, and made the Tamil community the scapegoat. That is what led to the ugly pogroms I witnessed, in 1958 and 1983 (and on a smaller scale at other times). Where were you then Malanie? It took the Tamils many, many years before their young hotheads took matters into their own hands. The result was 30 years of misery – for ALL of us.

      Do you think we have learned our lesson? In recent years, and particularly since the ‘end’ of the ‘war’ we have witnessed a surge in nationalist anti-minority rhetoric and violence. Some senior politicians openly support these groups, particularly the obnoxious BBS led by the odious Gnanasara, garbed in a saffron robe. What chance do we have for reconciliation?

      The Tamils and Sinhalese have one thing in common: their love for caste. You really should know how important this is – it permeates each day of our lives.

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    I declare every village, down south , that has a single Hindu family failing that even having a single statue or a picture of a Hindu deity, even in a private home , leave alone the Buddhis Viharais that also have these Hindu god statues, as Thamizh Hindu villages and will send a circular to this effect. Every Buddhist Viharai or home in the so called recently established Chingkallam villages in the north and east that has a statue or picture of Lord Vishnu, Murugan, Pattini, or Ayyanar( Ayanayake) will also be declared as a pure Thamizh Hindu village, and these Boutha Viharais will be raised to the ground , as we have proof that these were all once ancient Thamizh Hindu villages and all these places of worship were once Saivam. , that have been recently converted to Chinkalla Poutha villages. If there is no Hindu god statue , I will get the archeological department to bury one and then pretend to discover this and then write a fairy tale about the ancient origin of this Saivite statue. I will also send a circular that every village in the east that has a mosque or has Thullukans , wearing caps , hijabs and burkhas be declared as centres of ISIS bases and be bombed. If Thamizh villages that have one Buddhist family or a little statue of Lord Buddha can be declared as Chingkala Poutha villages , then the same goes to Chingkalla villages that have one Hindu family and have Hindu god statues/pictures being declared as Thamizh Saiva villages. You can seen how absurd and pathetic and racist Chingkallama and they government. establishment, armed forces and police are becoming . It is absurd and laughable but you cannot laugh , as the situation has become really perilous, sad and ominous for the Thamizh in the island. Chingkalla racists in power and in the government are now trying to out do each other in their racism .

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      They do that. There is always cry here and there to create seperate electoral divisions as soon as there is a significant muslim or Tamil population. It seems Tamil nationalists get hurt the moment Sinhalese return it.

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    Truth is always difficult to absorb by Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism. Since the power handed over to British sponsored, British educated Sinhala Fundamentalists, they started to destroy this island into pieces day by day.
    In 1926 SWRD argued for that federalism is the only solution for the Srilankas political problem. In 1956 he signed a pact called Banda-Chelva pact which devolves power to North East Region.Similar agreement was signed by Dudley Senanayake in 1965.
    Communist party was always maintained the national problem can be solved by federalism. LSSP also had similar view and Colvin R De Silva said ” one language two nations or two language one nation”.
    Chandrika put forward a proposal for union of Federal government.
    Indo-Lanka accord is based on Federalism
    OSla accord in 2002 signed between Srilanka and LTTE agreed for Federalism based solution.
    We some time forget the ethnic riots sponsoredby Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalis in 1958, 192, 1977 and 1983.
    We forgot 1970 & 1989 JVP armed struggle and massacre of thousands of youths.
    Still this country wants to bloodbath and destruction based on fundamentalism, lies and power.

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    The wolf is amongst us, ripping up the nation at this very moment ..can’t you see? Oh, it’s invisible to some..

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    It is an oversimplification of the reality to suppose that the Sinhalese planted on lands stolen from Tamils are well off at the Tamils’ expense. James Manor wrote in the 1980s about the Land Development Ordinance’s “shrewd political calculation. It enabled the landowning elite to present themselves as progressives without giving up their property through land reform; ‘it was distributive rather than redistributive.’” Its main aim was to protect the feudal order in the South by moving populations into the Dry Zone.

    There is a strong case to say that the Sinhalese peasants transplanted and settled in the North Central Province and the North are among the worst victims of this country’s tragedy. According to literature in the public domain 15 to 25 percent of them suffer from the fatal Chronic Kidney Disease. In an election year the Government will and is making wild promises of more water that is not available.
    Tamils in the North are similarly being suckered by their own professionals with promises of water for Jaffna from Iranamadu, which will lead to reckless use rather than conservation of water, and will finally end up in the drying of wells and tears, besides famine in Killinochchi.

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      -Tamils will make North a Dessert. No forests, all the lands are Tamils’ ancestral lands.

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      Lands stolen from Tamils? I dont know about any Sinhalese settled in Tamil Nadu. Do you have? But there are archive reports of how Tamils and Moors were brought from South India and were settled by the Brits in Eastern province. The recent case is the Sinhala people losing their lands in the central hills to give away for the British labor force.

      Finally professor, learn to enjoy a satirical drama without seeing a Tamil genocide in everywhere.

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    Should the ‘sacking speculation’ regarding the Northern Province Governor, be left to journalists?

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    What does the outside world think of Sri Lanka specially its diplomats?
    We have had them been accused of fraud, money laundering, sexual abuse, war crimes etc. and now the lawyer paid by the state thinks fit to make a legal argument as shown below. LOL

    “Making slit-throat gestures at protesters was part of the job description for Sri Lanka’s military attache in London, Westminster Magistrates Court heard on Friday.”

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    Why did the United States withdraw the co-sponsorship (popularly known as Geneva Resolution) having severely and continuously criticized the work of UNHRC?
    Both Canada and UK have a sizable Tamil diaspora. Do these countries opportunistically act at this point to coax the Tamil voters?
    Even Prof. Hoole seemed to have written a kind of ‘lengthy note’ (not a scholarly article) to avoid being criticized for not having done anything at this ‘Geneva’ time?
    Shouldn’t the Sri Lankan Tamils look for optional/alternative methods (like upcountry Tamils and Colombo Tamils) to be included in stead of being excluded?

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