9 December, 2021

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The Fundamental Reasons Behind The Jaffna University Brawl

By V. Kanthaiya

Note – I have a special message to those self-proclaimed guardians of justice and law, who call for an independent investigation of the Jaffna University brawl. Please lie down on your back. Make sure there is no wind. Spit on the air and experience the outcome. Think about the thousands of Tamil Civilians massacred in the War against Tamil Terrorism and remember, this country is not even ready to investigate those massacres.

Jaffna University Sinhala SocietyThis country has seen so much of violence. No need to tell you about the 1956, 1977, 1983 July and the subsequent massacres, both by the Tamil militants and by the democratically elected governments of Sri Lanka. The latest one to join this enormously long list of violence is the brawl in the Jaffna University on 16th July. The incident took much concern in the social media and other print and electronic media except those of the state. Since, the outline and the setting of the brawl has been extensively disclosed to the public, I believe it is a good time to initiate an open discussion about the causes of the brawl which is of ethno-religious nature and find solutions, to prevent the occurrence of such acts in the future.

Well, various political scientists and columnists would view this incident from their own perspective. For example, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka (Dr.DJ) will call this a result of shift in the strength of the ethno-nationalistic factors (only the God and Dr. DJ know what they are), which have roots in the balance of the equilibrium of the USA-India-Zionist alliance against that of the neo-communist china and the sovereign third world countries. On the other hand, Izeth Hussain would call this the result of the ‘Tamil Castiest Racism’, which is the second most serious threat to the global security and stability after Wahhabi Fundamentalism (readers are asked to keep in mind that Islam and Wahhabism are two completely different concepts and again asked to keep in mind that this is not a joke). But being continuously identified as a Tamil in the Sri Lankan society and my association with the Tamil community since by birth, I would like to present my views to the readers. I believe the roots of the recent Jaffna University brawl in specific and the ethnic conflict of Sri Lanka in general, are deeper than what is thought by our political scientists and columnists.

The key reason is the Territorial Instinct of the people of this Country which stems out right from their DNA. First let me elaborate what a territory is. Wikipedia says, “Territory is the sociographical area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against conspecifics (or, occasionally, animals of other species). A territory is crucial is for an animal ‘survival, for its food and mating rights. An animal would take extensive steps to mark the boundaries of its territory, in order to clearly communicate it to the conspecifics and would fiercefully defend its territory in case there is an aggression.

Scent marking is a key aspect of territorial instinct. We have seen dogs urinating on the telephone posts and tree trunks. Since humans are more advanced compared to dogs and always carry a smart phone, they adopt various methodologies of ‘scent marking’ to display their territorial boundary.

The Tamils in Sri Lanka are highly territorial. They have a constant fear that their land is being encroached. One intriguing aspect in the Northern Province, especially in Jaffna district is that all the land plots will be heavily fenced. Sometimes it would be astonishing that a single acre agricultural land would be protected with a concrete parapet walls. The cost of the parapet wall would be much higher than the value of the land.

Another intriguing aspect of Tamils is their fear for strangers, which is also stemming out from their territorial instinct. I left my village in Jaffna in 1995, at the age of nine and moved to Visvamadu located in Mullaithivu District, at the outbreak of ‘Rivirasa’ operation. Then I moved to Colombo and to date I don’t know most of the people in my village, vice versa the people in my village. I go to my village once in a year. Whenever I pass a group of people talking on the road, they will immediately stop their chat and stare at me and then start to discuss who I am. One late evening, I was stopped by a group of youth and asked who I am, then I had to call my cousin who proved my identity and got myself released. Such is there fear towards strangers.

This behavior of Tamils is an outright response to the long term territorial aggression by Sinhalese of the country. Like the Tamils, Sinhalese have their own methods of ‘scent marking’. In the sparsely populated areas of Vavunia, Mannar and Mullaithivu districts, which have very low number of Sinhalese people, there are shrines of Lord Buddha constructed in highly isolated places, where no Buddhist exists. These shrines are not places of worship. They do not have anything to do with the principles of love, kindness and non-violence Buddha has taught to the world. These statues of Lord Buddha are just a symbol to the other communities that particular place belong to the Sinhala Buddhists also. This means that Lord Buddha is purely used for the purpose of ‘scent marking’, something Lord Buddha himself would not have imagined during his time.Jaffna students' clash picture via https-::twitter.com:uthayashalin

Right after the war, the Sinhalese people took extensive effort to do their ‘scent marking’ in the so called liberated places. Again, this is done with the Statues of Lord Buddha. I had a friend in Wanni who explained me the process a ‘Bo’ sapling on the road side evolving into a Pansala. He said that there is an army check point in his village, generally manned by two soldiers in each shift and there was a tiny ‘Bo’ tree close to that. Once the soldiers found the ‘Bo’ tree, they erected a post with a tiny box and placed Lord Buddha’s portrait and every evening they lit oil lamp. Then the tiny box was converted into a small shrine with a statue of Buddha. Now the villagers fear whether the shrine would be converted into a ‘Pansala’ and later would be run by a Buddhist monk followed by several novice monks. Remember, all these things are to meet the spiritual needs to those soldiers manning the check point. Now my friend says that whenever the villagers see a ‘Bo’ sapling, they immediately pull it off the ground and destroy it. I have also observed that every ‘Three wheel stand’, to have its own lord Buddha shrine in Sri Lanka. I used to wonder whether most, if not all of Sri Lankan military personnel and trishaw drivers are highly spiritual and ardent followers of Buddha’s principles of kindness and non-violence.

The Jaffna University brawl is another issue of scent marking. The Sinhalese students arranged a Kandyan style welcoming to the freshers which the Tamil students presumed a ‘scent marking’ activity in their own ‘territory’. So the brawl started. I believe, in this specific instant, the blame should be on the Tamil students’ stupid attitude that a Kandyan Dance could destroy the age old Tamil culture. On the other hand, Culture itself is a constantly changing phenomena. Perhaps, the Tamil students are trying to prove the rest of the world that they are also equally stupid and arrogant as the Sri Lankan state. Remember, no self-proclaimed guardian of Tamil culture in Jaffna is wearing the traditional ‘Kovanam’ a.k.a ‘langodu’. They always opt for the branded Calvin Klein or Jockey.

We, Sri Lankans are deeply divided. It will take another generation of time to heal the scars and bring the true reconciliation. At least until such time, each community should stop ‘scent marking’ into others’ territories and should start to respect each other’s’ values.

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    Wonderful analysis by Kanthiya as usual in his very creative style to suit
    this incident. The linking of Mobile telephones with Sinhala Buddhism, with
    a trade/mark photo of a Dr.DJ may well turn into a new “scent-marking” Brand! or will the GG State impose a new Tax to deviate overdue action?

    Just a flying thought.

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      Latest discovery by Kanthiya. Sinhalese way of ‘scent-marking’ !!!
      Bravo !!! Bravo !!!

      I invite ‘Kanthiya’ buy a ticket to Sri Lanka and pay a visit to Colombo 1 -15, Wattala, Ragama, Negambo and Keleniya. See for yourself the’scent-marking’ making process of Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka!!!

      Now i can’t hold my tongue any more. I think it was mistake that we got the previous government defeated !!!! Shit !!!!

      /Hunu patiya

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        A crude and silly remark!

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        I’d like to add to that,the statues of various saints right along the coastal belt. Kanthiya’s scent marking may be right for the Jaffna district as they are borne in to a territorial phobia that the dutch implanted in them long time ago.
        A stranger will be questioned anywhere in the country if the stranger looks suspicious.
        Kanthaiya also contradicts himself when he says Buddhist statues erected where there are no Buddhists and also says soldiers manning a check point do worship. Does’nt he know that Naga vihare is right in the middle of Jaffna town?Now does that make their territorial phobia any serious?

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    “” roots in the balance of the equilibrium of the USA-India-Zionist alliance “

    USA settler; India loser of land to muslim courtesy Truman (democrat USA)
    Zionist- the proud and rich men who captured Israel when not honoured and run it from US/UK.

    stupid dog of war luring the muslim- how about a tip cut to complete the conversion??

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    This a babaric dance. U can feel free bring your babaric Sanders at your home not in Jaffna university. [Edited out]. It means u u belongs rajapaksa race not Sinhalese. Kandian’s r not a rajapaksa race. They have best tradition and culture. My father was worked in Ceylon. He was so proud about kamdian culture. Ur king rajapaksa involved in murders rape. Whole world well aware he never loved Sinhalese community. U already know what happened to ruthless prabaharan. Do not try to disturb the reconsolidation process by new government.

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    .V.Kanthaiya,

    You have drawn the right conclusions. The Tamil students are trying to mark their scent through the excitements they are dropping in a territory that almost every one of them want to leave, given the opportunity. What a contradiction and a charade? This applies to the Sinhala students too.

    We – tegardless of whether we are Tamils or Sinhalese -are not defending or promoting ‘ our’ culture but external manifestations of our identity of yesteryears- the outcome of the refined minds of our ancestors. ‘Our’ so-called culture is not a reflection of our own refined minds! It is a borrowed feather that is not ‘ours’ ! We use it to cover our utter decadence!

    How can any cultured person or group be intolerant of others!

    It is all an excuse to pursue other obvious objectives by other means! The students are a cat’s paw of other forces operating with sinister objectives behind the scenes. Given their sinister objectives and the tools they deploy, there will never be any healing or reconciliation in this country, for a very long time. They do not want past wounds to heal, but continue to bleed, come what may!

    Dr,Rajasingham Narendran

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      Correction: Excrement ( not excitements)

      Dr.RN

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        does it matter?The type of excrements you mention here would be due to excitement isn’t it? guys and gals get excited when someone is with bhuddha statues slowly and steadily encroaching into territory,especially when they practise lord bhuddha’s teaching such as sunday sil,monday kill.

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      Dr,Rajasingham Narendran, you and thousands of others had your university education in the Colombo or Peradeniya Universities !!! Did the Sinhalese students abuse you (first year ragging excluded as this was a joint exercise of all university students)

      This is Prabhakaran and the TNA’s legacy to SL and it is time the Sinhala and Tamil people “We – tegardless of whether we are Tamils or Sinhalese -are not defending or promoting ‘ our’ culture but external manifestations of our identity of yesteryears- the outcome of the refined minds of our ancestors. ‘Our’ so-called culture is not a reflection of our own refined minds! It is a borrowed feather that is not ‘ours’ ! We use it to cover our utter decadence!” You have hit the nail on the head.

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    “We, Sri Lankans are deeply divided. It will take another generation of time to heal the scars and bring the true reconciliation. At least until such time, each community should stop ‘scent marking’ into others’ territories and should start to respect each other’s’ values.”

    Hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Sorry Mr Kandhaiya, not laughing at you. But laughing at such an idea. When it is so easy to reconcile we always resort to the more difficult barbarian solution to solve our problems. This is our heritage. Though our bodies are on the ground our minds are still up in the tree – the evolving monkey stage.

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    I always believed we, Sinhalese Buddhists, are very territorialistic which is against core Buddhist teachings. Kanthaiya argues that Lanka Hindu Tamils are the same or worse. Territorialism should be generated from our instincts, if so, then it is genetic inheritance..
    Then how could we solve our ethnic disputes in Lanka?
    Kanthaiya, are we completely stumped there?

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      This behavior of Tamils is an outright response to the long term territorial aggression by Sinhalese of the country////

      Tamils brought by India are living in central parts in the lands belonged to Sinhala farmers. Now the wigneshwarn who lived in cmb things there should be autonomy for these parts..:)

      Tamils are highly territorial when it comes to others’ land

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      AVB

      ” Kanthaiya argues that Lanka Hindu Tamils are the same or worse.”

      tamils and sinhalese are branches of the same tree divided by language and religion.since elara’s times north of the mahaweli,the nagas were influenced by tamilnadu and south of the mahaweli by the bengali influence.Dutu was a naga,not a sinhalese,because sinhala race had not formed at that time.That is why after defeating elara he did not persecute his fellow nagas north of the mahaweli.

      so this has been the territory of the same nagas south of the mahaweli and north of the mahaweli for more than 2000 years.One became tamil and the other became sinhalese.Ethnic admixture has taken place ,but DNA proves that they are the closest relatives to each other even after 2000 years of admixture by tamilnadu and bengal.So just imagine what the DNA would be 2000 years ago.

      Therefore you can’t stop the territoriality,but like in india you can bring in a national identity of indian here and make them start to think of themselves as srilankan.A srilanka identity has be forged for sinhalese,tamil and muslims.To do that we have to devolve powers like india did to those specific territories that have linguistic differences.Then those territorial identities will get swamped gradually by a national identity.

      As for whether to achieve that we have to have a federalism or something less i don’t know,but the path of devolution instead of centralization is the best way to go.If we go on that path this ethnic problem will vanish,because their aren’t really two ethnicities historically at the root of the tree,only now there are two different branches due to influence from different parts of india and some ethnic admixture.So we need a solution for the pollution.

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    “The Tamils in Sri Lanka are highly territorial.” says this writer!!!!!!!

    Nevertheless, the moment a Tamil becomes rich enough, he immediately
    migrates to Colombo or somewhere south. If he is even more well-to-do or educated,
    he migrates to England, USA, Canada, Australia etc. Even in the early 20th century
    they even went to South Africa, Malaysia etc., to serve in the British empire, and settled down in those countries. So where is this territorial instinct, whether they urinate around their territory or not.

    SJV Chelva’s recent ancestors were from south India and he had no trouble shedding his territory and identifying himself with the Ilankai Tamil Arasu while living in Alfred House Gardens, Colombo. More Tamils live in the south or in Toronto than in the so-called “Homeland” which is a fiction created around 1930s and propagated by Tamil Nationalism and then by uneducated Tamil terrorists.

    I do not know if the Tamils go around marking their territory urinating around along the fences of their properties, as implied by this writer.

    Indeed, I know that they attempted to “create” a territory by ethnic cleansing of people from the North, adn by writing falsified history. We muslims have a bigger right to the North than the Malabar now calling themselves “Sri Lankan Tamils”.

    According to Captian Percival’s record of Jaffna in 1812 “there were far more Moors (Muslims) than Malabars (Tamils) in Jaffna. Evan Nakatheepam (Tamil name) was named “Nainathivu” by muslim fisherman and that is what has been adopted today. [As stated by many Tamil scholars, most Northern place names are derived from Sinhala words].

    But the Malabars became powerful under the British, became land owners using the privilege given to them by the colonial invader, and they redefined themselves as “Ceylon Tamils” in the census of 1931. It was only when the one vote for each man rule came with the Donoughmore commission that the Tamils realized that their privileged position is going to be eroded, that they gradually hit on a plan to polarize Sri Lankan society and attempt an illegal land garb using every method including terrorism.

    The Muslims who were ejected from the North have not yet been resettled.

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    During early to mid seventies while I was a Uni student in Peradeniya we didn’t have such divisions we had a peaceful setting. We lived harmoniously without interfering with activities. Still (after 44 years) we communicate with our past colleagues and contemporaries irrespective of ethnicity. The successive governments, especially the past 10 years, were responsible for the current state of affairs by ploughing hatred among communities. We need a cultural shift to redress this situation by educating the younger generation.

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      I agree that in the mid seventies students in Peradeniya Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim didn’t have such divisions. They all had a peaceful setting. lived harmoniously without interfering with activities. They still ( communicate with past colleagues and contemporaries irrespective of ethnicity.
      But I do not agree that “Successive governments, especially the past 10 years, were responsible for the current state of affairs by ploughing hatred among communities” This is the doing of Tamil parliamentarians TNA, the surrogates of LTTE, the tamil diaspora (asylum seekers) are responsible for this.
      Today you or anyone can walk the streets of SL due to action taken by the last government in defeating LTTE terrorism !!!

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    /call for an independent investigation of the Jaffna University brawl. Please lie down on your back. Make sure there is no wind. Spit on the air and experience the outcome. /

    Actually I wanted such an inquiry. As Tamils seeks ‘neutral’ judges, preferably from other countries, for the alleged excesses during the final phase of the war, I wanted a panel with Sinhala and Muslim community members. We have to go to the bottom of it to locate the wrong-doers. I am glad to hear about the Inquiry and love to see the Inquiry to be swift and decisive.

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    Sinhala Students were misbehaving in Tamil homeland during the july month during which they were preparing to celebrate the 1983 july.

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    cultural diversity comes with it’s own baggage. Oppressed Sinhalese in northern areas will make sure their scent ‘also’ lingers. You can see this even in colombo in areas where most of tamil people migrated from north and settled after the war. They make sure the scent is felt. Scent making does happen and it goes both ways. Problem is not the scent but how some one would respond to it.
    When it comes to universities territory marking is worse than dogs(no offence). C’mon we’ve all been there. In a university everyone makes sure their presence is seen. if an ethnic dancing event in a university welcome flagged as scent making then tamil cultural events in Colombo and Kelaniya are gas attacks. But here in southern part of the country we don’t do that. We do not treat those as scent making events and call them cultural events. We love cultural events. We make sure whoever participates go on stage.

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    But remember that the orientation !! You have to educate them what is orientation !! Is To learn become familiar with new surroundings !! Culture !! Environment !!Reference to place !! People !! Not to take force your culture there !!

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    Gee, how about the scent markings of more than a million Tamils from Tamil Nadu plopped on the “Sinhalese homeland” in Central Sri Lanka?

    What about the scent markings left by the Tamil Hindus all over Southern Sri Lanka, including trashing the roads of Colombo after a carriage pulling ceremony? The Hindu kovils garishly painted in bright red and white jutting onto main roads in Sinhalese areas? Yes, let’s keep quiet about all that.

    There was no brawl at the University of Jaffna but a mob attack on Sinhalese students by racist and enraged Tamils. The Jaffna Tamils have lived in their racist mono-culture for decades on end and are loathe to accept the principles of multiculturalism and diversity. What’s more appalling is people like V. Kanthaiya’s justification for Tamil bigotry.

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      How can you possibly say nasty things about Up-country Tamils? We get them to do all the dirty and difficult work, and then make no effort to to improve the quality of their lives.

      We’ve got to put this brawl behind us.

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    Well said “Scent marking” is the main issue. Jaffna is already Tamil’s homeland. Don’t need to force other cultures here; just learn and enjoy it or ignore. Sinhala students should respect the main culture there and It was wrong to force Kandyan dance.

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      ho ho respect main culture…that is what the sinhalese have been saying all these years moron

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      Shaun – there is no (tamil’s homeland) anywhere in SrI Lanka. Tamil’s (more than half the population of Tamils in SL live in Colombo and the south))celebrate all their cultural festivals, weddings etc. as to their liking in these areas.
      Unless the Tamils take off their their chauvinistic Tamil attitude and learn to integrate with the SL society it will be their doom.

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    Mr.Kanthaiyah.

    A very sober,mature,well-reasoned article all the more so,coming from a young man!
    I too agree that this issue of scent-marking is creating too many problems and has the potential to explode sooner or later.

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    Can this happen other way round, vice versa, in Kandy or Colombo university? I have grave doubts that the Sinhala students (like the cunning bellicose politicos) have sinister motives to prove the hierarchy level in predominantly Tamil area.
    That’s absolutely wrong!!!!!!

    This might be another igniting factor for another mass ethnic violence like in 1983 or BBS carnage in 2015.

    Sickening attitude of some of Majority community that need to be dealt with law and order!!!!!!!

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    I wonder if the welcome was arranged only according to the Sinhala culture, were the tamil students not given a chance to do it their way too ??

    Anyway, I agree with Mr. Kanthiah here ‘At least until such time, each community should stop ‘scent marking’ into others’ territories and should start to respect each other’s’ values.’ All of us need to respect and care more for each other’s feelings at all times, to build the national harmony or “Sanhindiyawa” as reiterated by our President Maithripala S at all times in his addresses, we need to mindfully create it among us as one nation, one Sri Lanka !

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    I only read the last paragraph.

    Has he come of age? Finally can see some saner counsel.

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    “We, Sri Lankans are deeply divided. It will take another generation of time to heal the scars and bring the true reconciliation.”

    Reconciliation is a Judeo-Christian concept. The Parable of the Prodigal Son in the bible is perhaps the most strikingly powerful illustration of the process of reconciliation. The father welcomes the son back instantly – doesn’t even wait for him to get to the house. And he isn’t at all interested in the young man’s confession, only in celebrating. Many Christians find it difficult to believe the story though. So, why should Sri Lankans? After all, the large majority of Sri Lankans are Buddhist.

    Desmond Tutu, the modern progenitor of reconciliation, believed in it because he was a Christian (Anglican) preacher. Moreover, 80% of South Africa is Christian.

    Force-feeding alien concepts like reconciliation to the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, the large majority of whom are not Christians, is unlikely to work. You can take the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim donkeys to the river, but can’t make them drink the water.

    Buddhists believe in things like compassion and reincarnation. That is why I believe that the LLRC Report should have been called the Lessons Learnt and Reincarnation Report.

    You might as well promote reincarnation in this country.

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    Isnt it funny when the Tamils who were asking for the truth nothing but the TRUTH and JUSTICE on so called war crimes asking us not to think about who initiated violence, who pelted stones and who attacked first. Instead of that we have to think about Buddha statue outside the university..LOL…
    Hasnt this yahapalana government given what the Tamils have requested undermining both sovereignty and integrity of this country?
    So cant the sinhalese request a proper investigation on the attack on Sinhala students and proper punishment to the attackers. Last month some sinhala students from a southern university were punished for misbehavior in university. Why cannot the same be applied in Jaffna? Do the Jaffna pro LTTE students have ‘SPEACIAL’ rights to attack their own collegues who happen to be Sinhalese because they cannot bear the sight of Buddhist statues?
    This incident brings out the racists in every level in the Tamil society.
    In universities in South we remember very well how tamil cultural events were celebrated, not only that the Tamil students use to fire crackers whenever LTTE hit a camp, targeted a VIP in colombo or any suicide bomb on high profile target. These things continued in universities in south without any hindrance, and none of them were attacked by the Sinhala students or authorities did not do anything. We spent our university life experiencing both Tamil cultural events and their celebrations of LTTE victories and massacres. Some Tamil students in our university were found to be involved in a bus bomb close to university but nothing happened to the tamil students. This is how the Sinhalese co-exist. But even the sight of a Buddhist statue or even influx of Sinhala students is enough reason for these Tamil thugs to attack Sinhala students.
    I am sick and tired of racism from the Tamil side but always have no shame to ask us Sinhalese to do everything to reconcile with them bending to their every tribal demand.
    The problem with Tamils ( not only Sri Lankan but tamils as a whole) is their rejection of anything non tamil. They cannot stand anything non tamil. The tamils live in such a tribal mindset that everything they see should be tamil, everything they hear should be tamil and everything on this planet started from something tamil. If one were to check in youtube one can observe how Tamils post videos about Tamils being the best and oldest language. I mean I have never seen such a thing from any other community except tamils. It is like religion to taliban. There is a HUGE problem in tamil mentality fix that. Sinhalese need not at least hereafter to be responsible for your shortcomings.

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      Agree that a sizable proportion think this way. Not all Tamils and specially not those who have associated with other ethnicities and those exposed to other cultures, unless brainwashed by elders or those who stick to only themselves.
      The middleclass Tamils who are now elderly have a lot to answer for ruining the lives of poor innocent Tamils by preaching the superiority of everything Tamil and the intolerance associated with this.

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    Kanthaiya…
    What I felt after reading your article is you your self have to do bit of soul searching… It seems that even you cannot bear seeing a Boe tree or a buddha shrine in the North and East. I can understand the soldier planting Boe tree where they work. It gives them a sense of protection, spirituality. It’s not a marking of their territory.
    It’s the same feeling you will feel when you go to a Kovil I guess.

    I think you know Bambalapitya Kathireshan Kovil…. At some point a land owned by Visakha Vidyalaya was given to Kathireshan Kovil. I think you know that Visaka Vidyalaya is a leading buddhist girls school in Colombo. We learned it during our school’s history lesson. We don’t have a problem with that neither envy that decision.

    We all know about the unfortunate incidents happened in 1977, 1983 & we never want that ever happen again. Look how resilience sinhalese people have become. As a race it’s shameful incident for us sinhalese and it was fuelled by the greedy politicians who were on power. LTTE attacked both out most sacred temples, Sri Maha Bodhi and Daladha Maligawa. What do you think the purpose of these attacks ? Are these important military bases. LTTE always wanted to provoke a Riot. So they can roam around the world making headlines and collecting more funds and support. I’m really proud of the way Sinhalese people handled those situations.

    Look how Tamil net have reported this incident. I have never seen any Tamil person saying “It’s good that war has ended”, “our kids are no longer kidnapped as child soldiers”. It is a fact that SL army rescued thousands of civilianns held as a human shield by Prabhakaran. I haven’t seen a single word of gratitude from these people.

    However reconciliation cannot be from one side. We sinhalese have made lot of steps so far and it’s the time toTamils to show it as well

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      Dr. Bandara,
      Please do not twist the truth. Either you are ignorant of the truth or you are a racist making false claims. Kathiresan Kovil is older than Vishaka Vidyalaya, and therefore how can what you say could happen. I had been a resident of Colombo from 1946 and witnessed what happened to the land you are mentioning. The land owned by Kathiresan Kovil got split by the construction of Duplication Road. The land west of the road remained with the Kovil premises, but the land east of the road was taken over by government and handed over to Vishaka Vidyalaya. Can you or the authorities of Vishaka Vidyalaya produce documents to prove your point of land transfer. Ask temple authorities, they will produce deeds to show that they were the original owners from whom this land was taken and given to Vishaka Vidyalaya. Similar thing happened to Wellawatte temples, where the lands separated by the construction of Duplication Road was taken over and Ramanathan girls school was begun. Can this happen anywhere in Srilanka to a land belonging to a Buddhist temple taken over by government and given to a Tamil school.

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    “are shrines of Lord Buddha constructed in highly isolated places, where no Buddhist exists”

    that is okay,but what if when people come into their homes and find a small Lord Bhuddha statue.

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      It appears the Lord Buddha statue could be exhibited anywhere and everywhere except as a tattoo on your arm. Well meaning tourists have been deported for it.

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    A case of Sri Lankan Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils creating violence for no good reason. Violence has no place.

    Maybe their education was not complete.

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    V Kanthaiya,

    Your excellent article triggered a slew of memories, and gave me, for one, a wider understanding of this whole, often unfathomable, never-ending business between our two major communities destined to share this sun-kissed, rain-drenched, blessed island. Now I understand, at last, the reason for Uncle Molligoda, our neighbour, selecting, every night about 10, a fence post, and pissing against it. On one occasion Uncle Gamini explained that it was a perfect example of ‘all that glitters is not gold’.

    I keep an open mind on the existence of a divine being but I fail to understand all the, mostly clay, baubles that entice normally sane people to acts of submission. So, the proliferation of cute little statues of Lord Buddha all over our beautiful island drives me to drink (but not on the Poya day – even though many of my favourite watering holes will let me – as a valued and regular customer – have my gin and tonic in a tea cup. Nice little micro custom.)

    What will this little island be when we have filled it with Lord Buddha’s, Virgin Mary’s and Erect Lingams? Each marking out a little patch of this Eden.

    The one thing I can say is that Our TRUE national customs – those that bind us all together – are safe and indestructible. These are Bribery, Corruption, Cheating, Back-Stabbing, Property Fraud, Jilmart practices, Deceit, and lesser variations of these that proliferate at village and family level. The song and dance that goes with these customs are the true ones that bind us all together.

    What a right old achchaaru!

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    Moriori are the indigenous people of the Chatham Islands (Rēkohu in Moriori, Wharekauri in Māori), east of the New Zealand archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. These people lived by a code of non-violence and passive resistance (see Nunuku-whenua), which made it easier for Taranaki Māori invaders to nearly exterminate them in the 1830s.

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    Tamils live all over Sri Lanka and no one considers them scent makers. It is racist propaganda of Vigneswaran, Sambanthan and the Diaspora Tamils that make Jaffna alien territory for other ethnic groups. This is what Vigs and his hounds have been gunning for. The losers are the Tamils as always they have been. It is tragic that they have geriatric rabidly racist leaders.

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    There is a sense making of another pogrom against the Tamils. All tourist take note of it.

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    Think about the thousands of Tamil Civilians massacred in the War against Tamil Terrorism – V.K.Kanthaiya.

    Wait a minute Kanthaiya..Don’t faint……… lets first Investigate the Dog eat Dog incidents where the number of Tamil Civillians massacred or killed by the BOYS or S.J.Emmanuel’s ltte Force IN THE NAME OF TAMIL TERRORISM begining from Alfred Duraiappa?
    Tamil Civillians will include, Tamil Politicians, Government Servants, Intellectuals, Professionals, Servicemen, Policemen, Ordinary Civillians, Poosaris’ ect.,

    Then the inncocent Tamil Youth & Children robbed of their lives who were forcibly abducted to fight for the LTTE for the comfort of the Diaspora who threw some crumbs of $$ into the wanni ltte coffers for them to live in coMfort in their New Found Lands.

    TAMILS HAVE ONCE AGAIN LOST AN OPPORTUNITY TO REACH OUT, WHICH THEY MUST DO AS THEIR PART TOWARDS RECONCILIATION.
    TAMILS HAVE LOST OUT ONCE AGAIN THROUGH THEIR OWN SEEKING.
    ITS A SHAME.

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      why don’t we start in the 1950s when the state sponsored terror against the Tamils started?

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    Kanthaiah,
    You describe a checkpoint of the SL Army in my Village, Periyavillan,where the Bo sapling evolved into a small temple, like you describe, in front of St Johns church. Every year, since 1994 I saw it evolve until in 2003 it was removed by the army though the army occupied the still standing houses till 2011. The church Fathers were successful in their negotiation.

    As you know, in Jaffna, every mile there is a church since the Portuguese, Dutch and the British occupied Jaffna. Every half a mile or less there is a Temple of one of the many Hindu deities. In between there is a school. During my school days there was one Buddhist Temple at Ariyakulam Junction. In Kilinochchi and Nainathivu there was another one each. So a few more in the Jaffna peninsula or the North should not be a problem, unless with it come the army, Sinhala civilians and their families, like they did in the East and alter the demography to vote out the Tamils from elected offices and thus colonize. Democracy then turns into demagoguery. Can this happen in the Vanni?

    One way it can is for the Irranamadhu water to be piped into Jaffna and leave not enough water for expanding agriculture production. The Mahaveli water can then be brought to the Vanni and with it the Sinhala colonization schemes to populate the Vanni. This scenario is real and happening in real time planning.

    You describe typical villages occupied by the SL armed forces. Some villages were vacated and schools reopened.But many as you know are still under the control of the SL armed forces. One of the schools returned to the department of education had two classrooms with smoked walls. When the teachers cleaned it they could not bear the stench of the burnt blood.

    Many of the houses in various villages were also used to interrogate detainees. Houses are bulldozed before the land is released to the owners. Some of the land are dug up and cleared before returning them to the owners. Until remaining evidence of torture and death is erased some of the lands will not be released.

    Your reference to territory and how animals protect their territory is described in detail by Robert Ardle in his book “Territorial Imperative.” Even birds do it with what is termed as Bird Songs. It is not the Tamils or Sinhalese, or the birds and the beasts who mark and defend their territories it is done by all countries and ethnic groups within states do it. Wars are fought and still being fought to protect territories within and between states.Passport and Visa system – as practiced by the LTTE and the GoSL – are civilized way of keeping the other out.

    When the colonialists come across a land mass they plant the Cross and claim the land and its people as their own unless the indigenous people resist. The Mayas and the Incas and the Native Americans did and were conquered by superior numbers and arms. Sangiliyan, Vannian and Pirapaharan did it and they paid the ultimate prize and lost. Now all of the established states want nuclear bombs. Those who have it try to stop those who are trying to make it.

    Human beings, like other animals, are wired genetically, to discriminate the “ins from the Outs’ to protect and perpetuate its own DNA. But the Genome project has now shown everyone has about 5% of the Neanderthal long thought to be extinct. They were assimilated. We are wired to discriminate between those that would enhance us and those that would destroy us.

    Sinhala and Tamil issues need to be looked at as survival and multiplying ones own DNA. We need to learn to live without encroaching on the rights and territory of the “Other.” But that is far far away. Until then we need to find a middle path that would buy us time before we destroy each other and at best ensure neither will prosper.

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      A good article by V. Kanthaiya, and a fine expansion by n.ethirveerasingam.

      Are you the great high jumper?

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        Sinhala Man, you are right, this is Nagalingam ‘Ethir’ himself. One day I saw him straddle 6 feet 6 and three quarter inches. I was pit-side, and he must not have seen me with my father; I was 4 feet 6 and three quarter inches, and ‘Ethir’ was very very tall. When I was older, again I was pit-side at the Oval to watch a fine duel between T Mahendran (from Jaffna) and Nimal Bruno Fernando (from Marawila), they both broke ‘Ethirs’ school record, shook hands, late in the evening, and went peacefully back to their homes. Those were in the days before our innocence was lost.

        ‘Ethir’ is in the forefront of those working to return Our Blessed Land and the People who inhabit it to a day when we we can enjoy the bounty of this land without having to be at each others throats.

        I fervently wish for the day to come soon when cloning will be perfect. I will nominate ‘Ethir’ to be at the head of the queue.

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      Dear MR.Ethirweerasingham

      “The Mahaveli water can then be brought to the Vanni and with it the Sinhala colonization schemes to populate the Vanni.”

      Now what is wrong in that?The vanni is sparsely populated.It is a dog in the manger attitude to not use something and then not allow something to be used by others.I do every year a house cleaning exercise where i see if i have used something at least once during that year.If i have not then i give it away.

      How come the sinhalese don’t seem to have that attitude.Tamils are living in their traditional homelands in the hills,in the western province,even in the southern province.How will they feel if we don’t want them to live in the northen province.Put yourself in the shoes of a sinhalese,that is the best way to understand someone else’s feelings.I always do that before i retort to someone who has criticised me and many times i have shut my mouth after that.

      Don’t you think that we should calculate how much of a percent we are in the western province and actively encourage sinhalese to also become the same percent in the northern province?This will remove one of the main grouses of the sinhalese that the tamils are living everywhere,but not the sinhalese.

      “We need to learn to live without encroaching on the rights and territory of the “Other”

      are you implying that all indian origin tamils should go back to tamilnadu ,and all jaffna origin tamils should go back to the northern province,all batti origin tamils should go back to the eastern province and all sinhalese who colonized the east go back to the southern or western province.

      Then there is no encroachment and we can live happily ever after.

      my concept of land may be difficult to follow because i have transcended the urinary habit of defining ones land.I believe that land was created by the supreme being ,not by humans,so it is the supreme being with his angels managing this planet earth that will decide who will live where.

      the living beings can urinate and urinate to no avail.If the supreme being in consultation with his angels decides that some people will have to be eradicated for progress and development of this planet,the white man will be sent there to build a great civilization.The white man will come with guns and diseases to rid that part of the planet of the indigenous people.

      The supreme being creates,destroys,renews and changes in managing this planet.

      So the tamils must think whether they created the land in the northern province to make a claim to exclusively as theirs.Whenever they make decisions on land,they should look up at the creator and ask whether that decision is okay and fair,otherwise they will have the wrath of god upon them.

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      Religions and priests always follow in the footsteps of an army. They say prayers to inspire the soldiers to kill and use the opportunity to preach compassion and forgiveness, and of course convert! Of course temples, churches, mosques are built in their wake.

      Portuguese converted almost all the Saivaites of Jaffna to Cathoicism, branded their foreheads with the cross and demolished their temples. However, a brilliant idea occurred to one Kaladi Velan of Vasvillan to add two more brand marks to the cross and concert it to trident (Soolam)- a Hindu symbol. This was copied enmasse and the Portuguese were left bewildered. Once the Portuguese left except were a few coastal communities, the others reverted to overt Saivaism, almost overnight!

      Nothing imposed will stay, unless it has meaning to people.

      Dr.RN

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    The Sinhala and Tamil Communities derive a rabid excitement from excrement. This excitement will destroy them both. Apologies to Dr Rajasingham.

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