16 May, 2022

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The New Tamil Refugees From The North-East To Tamil Nadu: New Bonds In Troubled Times

By N. Lohathayalan and S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

As the demonstrations against our rulers in the South gather momentum, the prospects of Tamils in India taking boats to rescue their Tamil compatriots in Sri Lanka seem to gain momentum. Former Vanni District MP Sivasakthi Ananthan says no one needs to tell Tamils when to join the battle against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. There is talk, after a demonstrator was shot dead, that the armed forces may use more force to disperse the crowds. We remember the massacres of Mullaitivu and of the JVP earlier. We do not forget that the military men who were in command responsibility when these massacres occurred, are still very much in power. The thought is chilling.

Jaffna Refugees (Sandilippaai DS Division) who arrived in Tamil Nadu via Thanuskody on 25 April 2022

The financial challenges faced by us, and these ominous signs of militancy have combined to send Tamil refugees to India once again. The trickle that started on 22 March 2022, has today (25 April 2022) reached 75, a number that grows by the day. Surprisingly, the refugees are from well-to-do Jaffna as much as from impoverished areas outside the peninsula.

Recently, seven refugees from the East were apprehended. The three adults among them were let off on Rs. 50,000 bail each but the magistrate refused to go along with charges against the 4 children.

Seven Interdicted Refugees from Trincomalee

The most poverty seems concentrated around Kumburupitty and Thiriyai in the Trincomalee area. For them escape to India means going North around KKS with high probability of detection by the Sri Lankan Navy. The preferred alternative is to cut across the country to Mannar by land and arrange a cross-over by sea to Tamil Nadu. This entails waiting in some house till the boat is ready. Tip-offs thereupon enhance the probability of their interdiction and being returned to their homes. A group of refugees even after three attempts were caught by the navy during each attempt and returned to their villages.

From 1983, 200,000 Tamils who went to India to this day are in Tamil Nadu without their needs met, and without job opportunities or freedom of movement. As they raise their voices in Tamil Nadu for their needs there, once again Tamils are fleeing from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu. However, these 2 lakhs of people after 2009 were pleaded with by the Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena regimes many times to return home, promising them all the comforts they need on their return. As a result of these promises, 10,000-15,000 refugees returned to Sri Lanka.

By the year 2016, a family for Neerveli in Jaffna’s fertile garden heartland fled to India a second time on 22 April 2022. At the end of the war in 2009 they were refugees in Tamil Nadu. They returned home in 2016 and were in Vavuniya but no housing was assigned to them despite the glorious promises. Up to 2020 they had no permanent land. When they requested permanent land as part of a housing scheme, they received from the government only land enough for a latrine. Up to the time they fled again to Tamil Nadu in 2022, this plot enough only in area for a latrine had not been completed in construction. As the shortage of foods became more acute, they judged it better to risk the journey by sea for one night, and they took that decision to flee.

At the same time on the same day a couple also fled from Mannar, the wife being 4 months pregnant and daring the journey. Explained the husband, “Surgeries had been suspended in many hospitals without the requisite drugs. The children’s wards (for example the National Children’s Hospital) are openly asking parents for a lot of financial help. Milk powder for children that was sold last year for Rs. 400 is now Rs. 1000. Even private hospitals lack many medicines. Panadol too is scarce. How can we risk confinement in these circumstances? How can we live wondering how pricy the milk would be in another 6 months with the baby on our hands?”

On the other hand, a cylinder of gas that was Rs. 1260 is now Rs. 5170, while those with money are offering more. A loaf of bread sold at Rs. 65 is presently R. 160. It is not only labourers, farmers and farm workers who are unable to handle the burden of the increased cost of living; it is also government servants who are crushed by the burdens of inflation. An example of that is a civilian worker under the Police Department earning Rs. 60,000 a month. He has also fled with his family to Tamil Nadu.

Regarding this new flow of refugees, we asked the Valikamam East District Secretariat Chairman Thiagarajah for comment. He responded “Without a policy or programme for resettlement, many returnees have not been allocated housing. That people are fleeing from agriculture- and garden- rich areas, is an indication of the lack of planning and policy on the part of government. Farmers and farm workers are meeting terrible hardships. A part of farmer hardship owes to the banning of fertilizer. Likewise, fisherfolk are unable to go out to sea because there is no proper distribution of fuel for their boats. As a result, fish that was sold at Rs. 500, is now going at Rs. 1500. The increased price does not offset the diminished yield of fish faced by fishermen because they cannot go out much to fish without fuel. On the other hand, groceries have gone up 100-150% in price. These are the causes of making people decide to flee Sri Lanka, believing there to be no better option for them.

“The revolt in the South may be absent in the Northeast. But our people who have lived through poverty, inflation and even experienced death and destruction, do not consider these as huge challenges. They manage as best as they can. However, if informed that there will be no naval presence in the seas for a week, we will not be surprised if the situation arises where many people of the Northeast choose to move to Tamil Nadu.”

The Chairman asserted that the reasons for such flight are the injustices we face, and the lack of justice we receive.

We approached TNA MP Tharmalingam Sitharthan to obtain his views on why the Tamil people are again going as refugees to India. He responded that today the Sri Lankan economy has sunk into the lowest abys and as such the question has naturally arisen even among the middle classes whether it is possible to survive in Sri Lanka. Our people regard Tamil Nadu as the one place that can embrace and provide them with sustenance because since 1983 they have the experience from many instances that it is Tamil Nadu that always stood by them and came to their rescue. Moreover, Sitharthan continued, “People who went across by sea and then returned by sea or air, have the experience and knowledge of how to travel and navigate the dangers of crossing over, and these are the very people now first daring to cross the seas to India once again. As our economy sinks, they see no alternative – they prefer refugee life in Tamil Nadu to living in their own Sri Lankan homelands.”

Asked the same question, TNA Parliamentarian Sivagnam Sritharan responded: “In Sri Lanka, there is no guarantee of life for Tamils. If ever the ongoing famine is over, there is the suspicion, even fear, that the Sinhalese would revert to their Mahavamsa policies and politics and disappear not only our culture, but us too. Tamils are losing their unique identity. These lead to the idea that it is better to escape at least with our lives. Earlier we fled in fear of Sinhalese guns and bombs. Now in these changed circumstances we run with faith in our umbilically connected brethren in Tamil Nadu.”

A 39-year old lady attempted to cross over to India last week. She was apprehended by the navy and returned to her home. Her opinion was expressed thus: “To this day no Tamil party or grouping in Sri Lanka has put forward any creative idea for a permanent solution to our perennial life-threatening problems. Even now there is no faith in any of these Tamil political entities that they would offer a solution or act to create one. It is this loss of faith in the system that made me risk all to flee.”

The foregoing is the opinion of Tamils living in Sri Lanka. For an alternative view we spoke to Subramaniam Koneswaran who successfully fled from his home in Mullaitivu and has been living in a refugee camp in Mandapam for a month. He is elated. Said he, “From the day we came to Tamil Nadu, we do not know the price of anything. This is because all three meals are provided for us. Even our tea is served on time. We are given our medicines. Our students in camp who have no worries about their meals, now focus on their studies.”

Even though we talk about we Tamils having a uterine connection to Tamil Nadu and of our Tamil Motherland, those of us who crossed over to India have no permission to this day to go to a third country, and no opportunities for medical studies (unlike those who go on student visas) or government jobs. They remain second class citizens in India. At the same time, beyond being Sri Lankan Tamils, those who went a generation back and live with their own families in Tamil Nadu say with great sadness that they we are still viewed as quaint curiosities.

People who flee their own homes to strange lands despite the shared culture, must be truly desperate. Yet, in troubled times people through their shared humanity develop a oneness. One of us described the plight of these people to select friends in the US who felt for their brethren suffering in Sri Lanka and willingly gave money to help them stay on in in the North-east despite their hardships.

It is not easy money for the American Tamils who were asked, though many of us mistakenly think it is easy money for them. They came together, Christian and Hindu, to distribute grocery packs of Rs. 7000 each regardless of the recipients’ religion. Young men, one of them a former member of the LTTE from Thiriyai, volunteered with other students of his time to identify suitable recipient families with children. A lawyer, Mohan Nagarajah of the Centre for Justice and Change in Trincomalee, helped identify a few women who are sole heads of their homes to set them up in self-sustaining work with Rs. 70,000 each. We were particularly thrilled that two young people who had started their jobs in America only in January gave $5000 each, making us think of increasing the value of the grocery packs or widening the distribution. Such are the unexpected bonds across continents discovered and made in troubled times.

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    “From 1983, 200,000 Tamils who went to India to this day are in Tamil Nadu without their needs met, and without job opportunities or freedom of movement.”

    What an extraordinary state of affairs. Tamils in Sri Lanka protested against learning Sinhala and so-called standardisation, yet their own brothers in TN see them as less than human because of caste differences. This is the liberation Tamils sought for 30 years? To live among themselves in a caste-conscious, openly discriminatory society? To add to the irony, all the plantation workers brought to Sri Lanka were granted full citizenship by GOSL.

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      Oh my. You are indeed a nasty piece of lying racist shyte. Runaway to the UK to live the good life, instead of learning there how to treat other people with kindness and dignity, like the way most British treat you. Constantly post hateful and derogatory messages against the Thamizh. Your messages sound very similar to another person from the UK with a fake Viking name. Must be your Avatar.

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        Oh my. You are indeed a nasty piece of lying racist shyte. Runaway to the UK to live the good life, instead of learning there how to treat other people with kindness and dignity, like the way most British treat you. Constantly post hateful and derogatory messages against the Sinhalese. Your messages sound very similar to another person from the UK with a pigs name. Must be a pig.

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          I thought you were only herding reindeer for Sukker Pappa but have now started to care for a racist Chingkalla goose too. Or is this Goose an Avatar of yours? Do you like singing ” Goosey Goosey Gander, whither shall I wander?

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      Lester,
      “To add to the irony, all the plantation workers brought to Sri Lanka were granted full citizenship by GOSL.”
      You really can’t resist spreading bullshit, can you?
      “In 1981, it was estimated that only 280,000 had been repatriated to India, and 160,000 granted Sri Lankan citizenship.[13”
      Learn to read.

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        old codger

        Sorry, Jester and facts don’t mix.

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          Native,
          Jester is so dumb that he thinks nobody else knows how to use Google.

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        OC,
        this is what I repeated, the bugger Lester is from a LINDA LANGA SANGAMAYA (those gosspy women get together at srilanken style of wells and exchange their hearsays). He proves it again that he doe s know that commenters on CT would not welcome only hearsays.
        Alone how he received UK citizenship could be useful to him. I happened to visit those PLANTATION TAMILS living in Hantane – as far back as late 80ties. I could witness by my own eyes how they were treated then. As we know it today, yet today, their wages are not even 3 dollars a day.
        In any european country, if a person lived 5-8 years would be granted citizen rights, ofcourse having screened the person s records properly. xxxx

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          Mr. Leela,

          I see you are making new “friends” with terror supporters.. You should consider reading some of their propaganda sometime, very similar to “Mein Kampf” and extremist material. Here is what SJV Chelva, not even a true Sri Lankan, but a Malay imposter, was saying in 1949, as he vouched for separatism:

          ” But a fact that must give rise to deep thought on our minds is that for a number of centuries preceding the advent of the Portuguese, the people of Ceylon had divided themselves into two nations; the Singhalese speaking nation and the Tamil speaking nation.”

          And here is the Vaddukodai Resolution from 1976 that the same imposter supported:

          “This convention resolves that restoration and reconstitution of the Free, Sovereign, Secular, Socialist State of TAMIL EELAM, based on the right of self determination inherent to every nation, has become inevitable in order to safeguard the very existence of the Tamil Nation in this Country. “

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            Lester the Jester,
            “Here is what SJV Chelva, NOT EVEN A TRUE SRI LANKAN, but a Malay imposter, was saying in 1949, as he vouched for separatism:”
            You are lying so much, presumably hiding in the ‘Amude’ of a person, whose ancestors are not much different to SJVC??!!
            They are imposters having hereditary connection to Malaysian Sarawak Origin, Catholic lineage, now claiming to be Political Buddhists, as politics and robbing is their mainstay, fooling the Gullible Sri Lankans to believe that they are Deshapremies, Bodhi Sattva’s!!
            The people would decide whether he is a Deshapremies or Deshadhrogies, for bribing LTTE to embargo votes and win by couple of thousand votes against Ranil W in 2005/06.
            LTTE must have used that money to purchase arms and ammunition tokill many Ranaviruwo post 2005/06. Great saviour indeed!!
            Look after your Pay Master, especially he is structurally weak, as claimed by many in the medical profession in the know of his health!!!!
            Who is promoting Separatism and Terrorism in this resplendent Isle is a Moot point???!!!

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        Old Thosa,

        “On 7 October 2003 the Sri Lankan Parliament unanimously passed the Grant of Citizenship to Persons of Indian Origin Act No.35 of 2003 which granted Sri Lankan citizenship to all Indian Tamils who had been residing in Sri Lanka since October 1964 and their descendants. “

        Meanwhile, your LTTE heroes massacred the Muslims in the mosques, stole their gold and other belongings, and gave them 24/7 hours to leave.

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          Shooting the messenger would not help anyone. Please come with supportive links for your thoughts.

          How many years those plantation tamils waited – to get recognized their rights ? All these cant be kept away from the very people today….
          :
          Btw, You would be good at the role of a CONDOM for Rajapakshes, but to the very same manner, WIMAL BURUWANSE is fallen as of today, you the kind of blue flies constantly being found on Rajakashe excrements , would have no future.
          :
          We ll be watching closely. Get well Lester !

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            Mr. Leela,

            Condoms? I don’t know what about business you’re doing in Germany, although I hear prostitution is legal. At your age, best to take it easy.

            By the way, have you seen this?

            http://sites.tufts.edu/praxis/files/2013/03/Government-War-Memorial-near-War-Tourist-Site-Mullivaikal-Mullaitivu-District.jpg

            Gotha did a lot for the disabled soldiers. Unlike your hero CBK who ran away with stolen money after losing every battle to LTTE.

            Do you remember “loose-jungi” Sarath Silva? I saw him give an interview to Indian TV the other day. He is like the elderly (nakki seeah) version of serial rapist Ranjan Ramanayake.

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              Lester, please give us a break – CLOWNING cant help much us right at this critical juncture of our nation/coutnry.
              :
              To tell you, What matters is the size of wrong doings they deliberately made. Has any leader since independence made such burdens to the country as MR and GR ? People like you are like those who behave eternal slaves as our eyes believe in neigbouring in India.. Please watch the link below -.. and try to understand how their society is fallen to the levels ?
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXZQomvJn4Q

              Just question what goes in the heads of the ones sitting on the floor- to the very same manner YOU GUYS adulated Rajapakshes for no good reasons, and that triggered a snow ball effect in MODAYAS dominated srilanka.

              A man who according to TUTION MASTER Sannasgala knows very little about the life, how can have capacities to rule a nation. Even ruling a nation filled with stupid people of your nature, would not be an easy task in today s context, becasue youth of the day would not tolerate it. You could talk to your barber, I am afraid, CT commenters would never be able agree with .
              :
              Even my pet dog would grasp it, but Lester, you the kind of ilk would never. It will be like talking to a wall.
              :

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              Lester,

              Cut the chase, tell us – which of our leaders was subjected to RAW KILLINGs- before he or she really dies – Our brave youth protesting at TEMPLE TREES today bury the bugger raw again and again… have provoked replacing with ” white flags” giving the sign BP Mafia boss is dead….. the damage the bugger deliberately made to this nation is BEYOND estimation. Period.

              Cursefully yet today, you the kind of cheap men continue your backpleasing tasks, but please avoid doing it to Ranjan Ramanayake, because what he revealed is welcome by entire nation today.
              If you would not see it yet today, the karmic retribution would do it not only to Rajakshes, but also to you the kind of backpleasers of the criminal bunch, all along. The size of punishment will be beyond—similarly to the manner, your shadow would never leave you.
              .
              Your god fathers are known to have been running suchlucrative businesses with ukrainian and russian TATJANAS and SVETLANAs- WHY NOT you improve your knowledge in that subject by watching the video below.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPuWf2dAhfc

              Key member of GR-MR criminal clan- Nishannka Senadhipathi (the kin pin of money laundering with the direct mediation of GR and all other medamulana animals) is reported to be travelling with bikini wearing young girls hired from Ukraine.

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          Lester,
          You wrote: “To add to the irony, all the plantation workers brought to Sri Lanka were granted full citizenship by GOSL.”
          An absolute lie. Admit it when you’re stumped, unless you’re a kindergarten brat. Be a man.

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            Lester,
            When you lie, as you do quite often, do it in a way that nobody can find out. Write in Chinese .

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              White Lies!!! Too Often too!!

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          Lester
          The Jester

          “Meanwhile, your LTTE heroes massacred the Muslims in the mosques, stole their gold and other belongings, and gave them 24/7 hours to leave.”

          Of course Premadasa’s funds and guns revived and helped LTTE to massacre Muslims. You should take Premadasa’s b***s carriers to task, including Dayan as IPKF had already contained LTTE and its leader your brethren V Prabaharan to a cornor of the jungle. I wonder why you never protested or organised an Aragalaya against Premadasa government for funding and arming a TERRORIST organisation, later Mahinda bought services from VP for a fees.

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            Mentally deficient Native,

            You are blaming Premadasa for massacring Muslims? I know you terror supporters are creative with your crayon maps of “Eelam”, but you should *try* to sound believable when you lie. Now you have to explain why he was assassinated by LTTE.

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              Lester the BP,

              My granny who was then PISSU (mentally ill) called us would have been mentality deficient.
              :
              But I understood later, that she (early nonagenarian) was suffering from demenica and some other health problems.

              – But a man who has been taking refuge in QUEEN s land, and enjoying the democractic rights, but to behave like a mentality retarded stupid person… should be a real shame to our sinhala race.

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          Lester,
          You really can’t understand English, can you? Please ask a Kaputa what you wrote.

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            Old Thosa,

            Citizenship was granted to all the plantation workers in in 2003, not 1981. I know you are stupid, try and learn what “all” means. Of course, your racist Jaffna elites were against citizenship for Indian plantation workers:

            ” Ponnambalam Ramanathan, a highly respected leader, opposed universal franchise as he felt that the caste system was an integral part of the Hindu way of life,[14] and led a delegation to London seeking to legally enshrine the caste hierarchy, and dethrone universal franchise. “

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              Lester,
              You wrote: “To add to the irony, all the plantation workers brought to Sri Lanka were granted full citizenship by GOSL.”
              An absolute lie.
              Are you blind as well as dumb? Does someone else write your idiotic rants?
              Even a kindergarten brat would have given up by now.

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                Lester,
                Also, even a cretin would know that no plantation workers were brought down between 1948 and 2003. Who are you trying to fool with your childish nitpicking? Go away, idiot.

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                  Old Thosa,

                  Maybe your government school English is not that good. All plantation workers were granted full citizenship. Now, where did I say any of them came to the island between 1948 and 2003? Quote directly.

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                    Lester the ungulate,
                    “All plantation workers were granted full citizenship”
                    THEY WERE NOT. Only 160,000 were, idiot.

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                      Lester,
                      So you’re a Thomian kindergarten brat, are you?

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                      Read carefully.

                      “In 2003, Sri Lanka’s parliament passed the Grant of Citizenship to Persons of Indian Origin Act, allowing all persons of Indian origin who have lived in Sri Lanka since 30 October 1964, as well as their descendents, to obtain Sri Lankan citizenship.”
                      (UN 1 Oct. 2004; Refugees International 15 Sept. 2004).

                      Where does it say 160,000 were excluded? Do you know what “all” means?

                      https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all

                      This is the full text of the Act: https://www.refworld.org/pdfid/4c516c5b9.pdf.

                      There is no mention of 160,000.

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                    Lester,
                    Where is that “evidence” you promised, to prove that CKD is caused by fertiliser? Don’t worry, I’ll remind you often, you liar.

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              (Part I)
              Lester.
              ” PONNAMBALAM RAMANATHAN, A HIGHLY RESPECTED LEADER, OPPOSED UNIVERSAL FRANCHISE AS HE FELT THAT THE CASTE SYSTEM WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE HINDU WAY OF LIFE,[14] and led————hierarchy, and dethrone universal franchise.“
              PONNAMBALAM RAMANATHAN, A HIGHLY RESPECTED LEADER, AND OPPOSED UNIVERSAL FRANCHISE – You are correct and factual; on that part! Agreed, that did happen!
              However, your surmise or supposition, that,
              Quote,
              AS HE FELT THAT THE CASTE SYSTEM WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE HINDU WAY OF LIFE
              UNQUOTE,
              IS INCORRECT
              The reason, for opposition to universal franchise, was that the literacy and knowledge base acquired by the larger populace was inadequate to use the FRANCHISE in a manner fitting to elect the representation to parliament in a responsible and accountable manner??!!
              In 1940’s, the educated too did not understand the vision of foremost person, who initiated the struggle for freedom and Independence!!
              Now, it is apparent the deficiencies of the voters of the Universal Franchise!!
              It is not Knowledge and depth of understanding of political and governance issues that impel the ‘so called’ voters to select a party or person to position of President or MP!!
              They exhibit their illiteracy, by making
              (Contd.)

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                Mahila,

                You are right that the higher castes see the lower castes as stupid. Not only too stupid to vote, but even to walk on the same road as a high-caste. Even in India today, low-caste people are being burned alive. Hoole has written here extensively about caste discrimination at Jaffna University. Is it a coincidence that most of the LTTE came from lower castes? Vellalar went overseas and financed a terror struggle (lower caste). Is it a coincidence that LTTE assassinated all the high-caste Tamil intellectuals who collaborated with GOSL to find a peace agreement? Clearly VP was not fond of intellectuals, other than Balasingham. Intellectuals are open to alternative views, VP and LTTE were die-hard fascists who could not tolerate dissent. Those Vellalar such as london terror doctor on CT who supported LTTE did so because they hate Sinhalese after 1983 and desire revenge. They would never live in a fake fascist state of the type envisioned by VP.

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              (Part II)
              A choice based (not much on election promises) but on “unimpressive material” things, the emancipated, “outside world at large” would laugh their minds out to hell or heaven!!
              The decision is ESSENTIALLY on who gives:
              1. SL Rs 5000 note in Gini Pettiya (USD equivalent 13.33 and cost today of a LPG cylinder)
              2. ¼ Bottle of Gal Arrack – to inebriate or sooth the nerves, in spite of the calamity faced!!
              3. Biryani Bath (Chicken variety – cheapest) to douse the pangs of hunger at least for that day!
              Gain the vote and come to power and then as usual Rob and Loot!!
              From what I gather from the missive, the Sri Lankans are happy and proud of it!!
              If that is real, am happy for all the Sri Lankans, as there could be nothing to oppose that view!!
              People don’t know what is the shortcomings they encounter by themselves? However laugh at others??!!
              No wonder, we have someone educating the Suddhas and Suddhis on “KAKA”, instead of Crows?!
              Warped Minds! Can’t Count??!!
              No wonder, we have this strange Fiasco of “No dollars to get or import basic essentials”, including cooking Gas, Fuel and Milk Powder – electing MIS-GOVERNANCE!!!

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    Very terrible to read about the sufferings of these Nnorthern and Eastern people. Why can’t they leave the country if they wish without the coastal guard stopping them? Would the be allowed to leave if they flew instead?

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      Dear RTF,
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      I’m glad to see you on to this early. I saw it twenty hours ago; now at 03.00 I think that I’ll just ask you to continue to see things sympathetically from Pennsylvania.
      .
      This
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-fuel-price-hike-repositioning-transport-logistics-sector-to-lead-economic-recovery-in-sri-lanka/
      .
      was really tiring. Too few latching on to the serious articles.
      .
      The entire country is suffering from the bane imposed by the Rajapaksas. We need the support of the Tamils (and the Muslims) to overcome that.
      .
      However, the Tamils, in particular at this juncture, are quite right to ask whether it will be back to square one for them after we are rid of the Rajapaksas.
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      It’s all so complex in any case, and then Lester coming up with a blatant lie, saying that ALL the plantation workers brought in by the British were given citizenship (is there something called “half-citizenship”?) by the GOSL.
      .
      My NIC number will tell any reader the year of my birth. Cleverer people can tell more.
      .
      48 3111 444V – why should I keep repeating?

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      Ramona Fernando,

      “Why can’t they leave the country if they wish without the coastal guard stopping them? “

      I agree, the coast guard should not stop them. In fact, the coast guard should assist them. If Sri Lanka can reduce its population size by 10%, this would further conserve resources. People blame Gotha for fertilizer ban, etc. In fact, when you have unrestrained population growth, it puts pressure on existing resources. Gnanasara said the Muslim population is growing too fast. People called him a racist. In fact, a famous economist named Malthus said something similar, e.g. food production will not be able to keep up with growth in the human population, resulting in disease, famine, war, and calamity. This is the exact state of the world today.

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    Situation is progressing for another Parippu drop.

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      This time China will make them eat their own parippu with chopsticks or America will balkanaize India.
      /
      Or, Sinhalese should take India’s parippu and give their Tamils back to them. Now that’s a fair deal.

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        Tony

        “Or, Sinhalese should take India’s parippu and give their Tamils back to them. Now that’s a fair deal.”

        You can say anything once you start feeding your own people and stop begging from Hindia, Bangladesh, IMF, WB, ABD, …… You should shut all your orifices when you continue to beg.
        Be humble.

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      They can’t afford to waste Parippu on the Tamils. According to FAO estimates in ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 2020 report, 189.2 million people are undernourished in India.

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    “The trickle that started on 22 March 2022, has today (25 April 2022) reached 75, a number that grows by the day.”

    Returning to their ancestral homeland where they have their roots is good. They might feel more comfortable living among their own lot rather than living in Sinhale with horrible barbaric, ethnocentric, racist Sinhala Buddhist supremacists.
    Indigenous Sinhalayo did not invite Dravidians to come and settle down in their country. They accommodated them when they became Stateless.

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      Eagle Dumbo Eye

      “Returning to their ancestral homeland where they have their roots is good. “

      You should give up your fake pride, fake history, ….. and start packing.

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    “From 1983, 200,000 Tamils who went to India to this day are in Tamil Nadu without their needs met, and without job opportunities or freedom of movement.”

    “From the day we came to Tamil Nadu, we do not know the price of anything. This is because all three meals are provided for us. Even our tea is served on time. We are given our medicines. Our students in camp who have no worries about their meals, now focus on their studies.”

    This article co-authored by a Professor is full of contradictory statements. Looks like the authors are not that smart in cooking up stories.

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    This time China will make them eat their own parippu with chopsticks or America will balkanaize India.
    /
    Or, Sinhalese should take India’s parippu and give their Tamils back to them. Now that’s a fair deal.

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    No Tamil is a refugee to their motherland Tamil Nadu. All Tamils have “right of entry” to T-Nadu.

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      Tony

      “No Tamil is a refugee to their motherland Tamil Nadu. All Tamils have “right of entry” to T-Nadu.”

      So do the Sinhala speaking Demelas.
      Your distant cousin Stalin (Chief Minister of Tamilnadu) vouched to treat everyone as Ilangayer (Sri Lankan, Ceylonese, ….) and not as refugees.

      You should try.
      Namal Baby must be providing transport facilities.

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    I agree with the comment made by RTF above.
    I am happy that India cares for the people of Sri Lanka. I am however sad and confused about how they treat
    low caste people in India. There are about 200 million of them and because of their religious beliefs,
    they refuse to help them.
    Charity begins at home ?

    Vijaya Lekamge

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      Vijaya

      ” I am however sad and confused about how they treat low caste people in India.”

      That is their problem, not yours.
      If you want to eat, exist, live and self preserve just catch the next boat and leave before the boat charges hit the roof.

      “Charity begins at home ?”
      By the way self examination will be useful if you really want to know and learn caste system. When did Sri Lanka treat its citizens charitably?

      Did you consume Hindian Dalit rice, medicine, petrol, gas, ……… ?
      Where is your begging bowl?

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        Vijaya Lekamge was my classmate at Royal since lower kindergarten. He is one of the few fair minded Sinhalese. He is in regular contact with me.What he says about caste system, which is a curse to Hinduism is true.

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          I’ve got to know “Vijaya” from his comments.
          .
          There can be no doubt that he’s a wonderfully good guy.
          .
          I wish there were more honest, and sincere people like Vijaya and Gnana around.
          .
          Would you mind if I respectfully add a little more?
          .
          It may be that there is something odd about all human beings, including me. It may be that Vijaya should stop torturing himself that he’s “an unworthy sinner”, etc. And Gnana should start seeing for himself that there are many decent people amongst the Sinhalese, not just a handful. There are evil people in all communities, but label nobody to be such until there’s a reasonable amount of evidence. Even some Tamils seem to think that you’re getting to be pretty extreme in your implacable hatred of all Sinhalese.
          .
          This is from an exhausted and sleepy,
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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    ‘…we Tamils having a uterine connection to Tamil Nadu and of our Tamil Motherland,’
    .

    Well, well, well says it all doesn’t it? That is where Tamil Eelam is. Mind you, I don’t blame these poor people for running away from oppressive rulers. The thing is, the Sinhalese have nowhere to run to, they only have this one small island.

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      Svenson

      “Well, well, well says it all doesn’t it? “

      It includes all those Sinhala speaking Demelas, who over a period have converted to Sinhala/Buddhism.

      “The thing is, the Sinhalese have nowhere to run to, they only have this one small island.”

      How come they are living all over western world (which is very often being criticised for harming, Sri Lanka)?
      Is it what you call Hypocrisy?

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      Svenson,
      “The thing is, the Sinhalese have nowhere to run to, they only have this one small island.”
      Perhaps you didn’t see 3500 Sinhalese at the Cardinal’s service in Rome. That’s only Italy and just one gathering.

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      Spot on Svenson. There can’t be two “Tamil Eelams.” Either it’s in India (Toilet Nadu) or Sri Lanka. One guy can’t can’t talk about uterine connections while the other guy is doing a fake freedom struggle. These people need to make up their minds.

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        Lester the liar,
        I am still waiting for the dozens of links you have that CKD is caused by fertilizer. Does it take a week to find them? Pathetic liar.

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        Lester

        “There can’t be two “Tamil Eelams.” Either it’s in India (Toilet Nadu) or Sri Lanka. “

        The very Toilet Nadu is feeding you now. It has sent 10,000 metric tonne rice to prevent the arrogant Sinhala/Buddhists being killed by starvation.

        Hindia has already given you $2.5 billion loan for your very survival.
        Please make sure you use both hands to close your orifices, one up and one in the bottom. In case you haven’t studied, this is the time to know …

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          Native,
          I hear Lester doesn’t use his mouth to eat rice, but the hole in his other end, because his mouth is busy producing s..t.

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    Thank you Dr. Gnana for being kind to identify with me, the lowest of the low caste people.I am so proud to have known you from my young days and also so many very nice Tamil speaking boys with whom I grew up.

    Thank you also for not sharing with readers in CT that I came last in my class every term of every year
    till they applied the motto of the school and I had to depart.

    Thank you for sharing your water with me even though I was from the lowest of the low caste people on this earth.

    Let’s hope that Sri Lanka will , in the near furure be a place for all to live ,on an equal basis.

    Mr. NV , I am very sorry that we have not treated every person very charitably in the last 74 years.
    To get independance we made use of the Tamil speaking people but failed to treat them fairly but wished to dominate them and compel them to learn Sinhala and be second class citizens of their own country.

    This country does not belong either to the Sinhalese or the Tamils but to God the creator of the universe.
    He loves each of us equally and died on the cross 2000 years ago to take us to be with Him in heaven.
    Love to both Tamil speaking and Sinhala speaking people of this country.
    Vijaya Lekamge

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    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
    I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Jesus in Matthew 25:35

    It is heartening to know that there are very young people with huge hearts who are giving to their people back here from their new salries.

    In this time of need let us pray that their contributions multiply like the five loaves and two fishes, and may Hoole’s donation pot replenish with rice like Manimekalai’s amuthasurabi.

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