21 August, 2019

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The Perceptions Of The Sinhalese Should Also Be Understood

By C.V. Wigneswaran

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran

The perceptions of the Sinhalese too should be understood.

Many Sinhalese identify the Tamils of North and East with the recent Tamil immigrants from South India during British times during the past 200 years or so. They forget that the Tamils of the North and East occupied our Island even before the birth of Buddha. There had been waves of immigrants from India who added to the indigenous Tamil populations.

The Sinhalese are allergic to the term federalism since the politicians of both communities have created the belief that federalism is separation or federalism leads to separation. Both ideas are incorrect. Federalism joins together disparate entities of people. This perception of the Sinhalese that Federalism is separation and/ or leads to separation has stood in the way of reconciliation.

The Sinhalese have another wrong perception that Sri Lanka is the land of the Sinhalese. Long before the Sinhalese language was born out of Pali, Tamil and indigenous dialects, the Tamil Dravidians have been occupying this land for centuries. Lots of our Tamil leaders would shudder to say these truths for fear they would hurt the feelings of the Sinhalese. By not informing the truth we are consolidating the wrong perceptions fed into the Sinhalese mind.

Chief Minister Wigneswarn’s address on 6th August at 12.30 pm at the District Secretariat, Jaffna:

Hon’Co – Chairman Mavai Senathirajah, Hon’ Members of Parliament from Great Britain, Members of Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Hon’Members of Parliament, Hon’ Members of the Northern Provincial Council, Mr. Vethanayahan, District Secretary, Jaffna, High officials of the Centre and the Periphery, my dear brothers and sisters,

While welcoming the Hon’Members of Parliament from Britain heartily let me register our appreciation of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy for arranging this important meeting.

We need to share the experiences of others when we are ourselves involved in Reconciliation and Reconstruction. Reconciliation is mind oriented while Reconstruction is physical.

Hence it is necessary for those who are earnest in bringing about Reconciliation in Sri Lanka to appreciate the part that “perceptions” play in our activities. Even our friends from Great Britain may not be quite aware of our perceptions. The majority community and others have their own perceptions with regard to themselves and others. We have ours.

Let me state them for clarity.

Firstly let me state the perceptions of the Tamils of North and East in Sri Lanka. The Tamils of North and East of Sri Lanka do not consider themselves as minorities. They consider themselves as the majority in the North Eastern Province for more than 2000 years. It is in the last 100 years that intrusions and incursions have been made into  the terrain of the Tamil speaking by people from elsewhere.

The people of the North and East were Hindus from pre Buddhist times but some of them took to Buddhism a few centuries after Christ but rejected Buddhism and went back to Hinduism later. Though Buddhism was rejected by the Hindu Tamils, Buddhist places of worship were left in tact unharmed. Those who were Buddhists in the North and East were Tamil Buddhists. There were no Sinhala Buddhists at that time. In fact the Sinhala Language came into being only in the 6th century A.D.

Next the Tamils of the North and East opt for a Federal Constitution to preserve their language, religions as well as their culture, tradition and terrain. They seek internal right of self -determination on the basis of their individuality preserved for centuries.

They seek the merger of North and East since the Tamil speaking people must preserve their identity and individuality .

The perceptions of the Sinhalese too should be understood.

Many Sinhalese identify the Tamils of North and East with the recent Tamil immigrants from South India during British times during the past 200 years or so. They forget that the Tamils of the North and East occupied our Island even before the birth of Buddha. There had been waves of immigrants from India who added to the indigenous Tamil populations.

The Sinhalese are allergic to the term federalism since the politicians of both communities have created the belief that federalism is separation or federalism leads to separation. Both ideas are incorrect. Federalism joins together disparate entities of people. This perception of the Sinhalese that Federalism is separation and/ or leads to separation has stood in the way of reconciliation.

The Sinhalese have another wrong perception that Sri Lanka is the land of the Sinhalese. Long before the Sinhalese language was born out of Pali, Tamil and indigenous dialects, the Tamil Dravidians have been occupying this land for centuries. Lots of our Tamil leaders would shudder to say these truths for fear they would hurt the feelings of the Sinhalese. By not informing the truth we are consolidating the wrong perceptions fed into the Sinhalese mind.

Therefore I would say proper understanding of who we, viz. the Sinhalese and the Tamils, are and our history and reference to our roots and appreciation of same would go a long way in creating the ideal ambience for reconciliation.

It is not with a sense of egoistic pride that we speak about the Tamils. We refer to the actual history of the Tamils so that the Sinhalese would shed their wrong perceptions and begin to appreciate the Tamils.

Let me conclude by saying that while we delve deep into the Reconciliatory process, we should be conscious of the role played by our perceptions.

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    Wonder where those Wiggy’s pre Buddha Tamils come from?………Was Kuveni a Tamil”………Alexander the great didn’t even cross the River gages, because there were only savages in the South……….Even they couldn’t have come, because I don’t think they knew how to swim even , let alone build Kallathonies……….Next to Greeks and Italians only the Sinhala Buddhists have archaeological sites to display their culture religion and language…….And Wiggs ancestors in South India have none of those…………This must be the Archaeological Joke of the Century………. Good on you Wiggy……

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      yess..rightly said. viggi is dreaming, and trying to plant in the mind of others..these baseless ‘archaeology’

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Wonder where those Wiggy’s pre Buddha Tamils come from?”

      Exactly whence your kallathonie ancestors came, various parts of South India, and gradually converted to Sinhala/Buddhism in the last few centuries. Were your ancestors originated from Erivira Pattinam in Tanjore of Tamilnadu (not to be confused with Tanjur of Iran)?

      Sri Lanka archaeologists should dig into pre-history; solve South Asia puzzles:
      Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
      Jul 09, 2015
      economynext.com
      —-
      Read Excerpt:

      Regional Mystery

      “So we have to pay special attention to pre-history. Who were the original people’s of Sri Lanka?” Wickremesinghe questioned.
      “Many archaeological mysteries of South Asia has not been solved,” Wickremesinghe said. “One the main puzzles in the Mohenjo-Daro civilization (Indus Valley civilization in present-day Sind, Pakistan).
      Mohenjo-Daro civilization dates back up to 2,500 BC compared and belongs to the so-called Bronze Age, compared to the later Iron Age which dates from around 1,000 BC or younger.
      These people belonged Indo-Aryan language group.
      In Sri Lanka there is folklore about older peoples including Kuveni and also Ravana.
      Students of history say after the Maurya Empire and later, Gutpa, Sena and Pala Empires leapt out of the subcontinent and fanned out of much of South East Asia setting up Hindu-Bhuddist civilizations displacing the original inhabitants mostly Austronesians.
      The Bhuddist and Hindu monuments stand side-by-side in countries ranging up to Vietnam and Indonesia showing the spread of the Hindu-Bhuddist cultures across the Asian continent.
      Students of history say in Europe much had been discovered about Bronze age cultures such as Mycenaean Greece (1300BC) and other cultures going beyond 2000BC.
      These include the Minoan civilization of Crete and also ancient Britain from around 2,500 BC (Wessex culture and related discoveries) which were contemporaries of Mohenja-Daro and Harappa cities.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Next to Greeks and Italians only the Sinhala Buddhists have archaeological sites to display their culture religion and language”

      I am proud that your poor Dalits from the south have managed single handedly to build all what you claim they did. Congratulations. What did they build? Can you provide us with a comprehensive list the entire archaeological sites?

      Are you one of the sibling/relative of Arachchige Patali Champika Ranawaka the great engineer who built Norchiacholai power station and believes his relatives (the Sinhala/Buddhists) invented Zero (shunya) on the back of an old Sinhala Ola manuscript well before Brahmagupta.

      In the meantime I don’t want your head to be filled with shunya and request you to read arti”Beneath the city: Archaeologists discover remains of Sangam age near Madurai”

      A group of archaeologists and researchers have quietly unearthed the crumbling remains of an ancient urban centre, equal in size and importance to that of Mohenjo-daro.

      Updated: Jun 28, 2016 13:58 IST
      hindustantimes.com

      Keezhadi excavation leads to ancient civilisation on the banks of Vaigai
      thehindu.com/news/
      JULY 28, 2017

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      @ K A Sumanasekara

      Your Sinhalese who couldn’t build Kotamal and Mahavali dams were next to Greeks .in those days .what a joke?
      After 500 years your con book Mahavamsa will say these dams were built by Sinhalese technology under the rule of Big Nose J R Jayawardena and all money will accept immediately.

      Do you know why Buddha statues in SL resemble Greek face?
      This is a question asked by a Sinhalese professor in his article sometimes back in Air Lanka in-flight magazine .

      All constructions and dams were done by Greek architects and engineers of that time got it?

      Yes, there were Tamil Buddhist all over in this country and your racist’s archeological experts dynamited and destroyed.

      There should be vertical archeological excavation in this country to expose the real history,….Mahavamsa is full of craps .

      Cheers

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      Kuveni is not a Sinhalese.Kuveni Tamil Hindu Veda

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      We should not forget the fact that the Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran is Vasudeva Nanayakara’s in-law and I am sure he is playing his cards according to Joint Opposition’s agenda. When the government and the TNA are working for a permanent solution to the age old problem that is ruining the country for several decades, Wigneswaran always comes in and utter some rubbish to spoil everything and then Dayan comes out to say stop everything. This looks like a big drama played by Joint Opposition using Vasudeva’s in-law Wigneswaran and their lap dog Dayan. The Sinhala majority should be cautious not to get carried away by this Wigneswaran’s stupid utterances and Dayan’s so called ‘smart patriot’ responses. These people are playing a Joint game and only fooling the Sinhalese and Tamils.

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      idiot There were many tribes in in Lanka during Kuveni. including Sinhalsese. dont be a dumb

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    All this crap about history, genetics, civilisation, who f***** whom are not one bit relevant to a person who believes that this island is a small boat having floated down this river of history, genetics, civilisation, who f***** whom and AS IT STANDS ANCHORED there is no option of but living in one country undevided along legally undefinable ethnic or religious lines. However if hypocrical Tamil racist donkeys ever approach success in carving out differet Homelands on the basis of ethnicicity and religion they should bear in mind that they themselves are defining who belong to those OUTSIDE thier etchnic or religious groups. This country will witness unimaginable bloodshed if these foolish donkeys ever try to encroach into areas out side their alloted enclaves.
    Nothing is more foul stinking, hypocrical and illogical than this argument that every thing is merky in terms of DNA mix up BUT the country CAN be and SHOULD be devided along ethnic lines! Tamil racist donkeys are taking us for brain dead imbeciles?

    Soma

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      well said

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      @ Soma London street cleaner

      What is crap?

      Mahavamsa comic book eh?
      Go and tell your London friends that your ancestor was a lion he he he
      Better join with 40,000 Malayalees living in London because it is from Kerala (once the Tamil Sera Kingdom ) all your ancestors came this is why you enjoy appam ..pittu …thovil dance ..pathini worship all belong to the Tamil Sera Kingdom .

      Don’t parade your ignorance from London.

      There should be a vertical archeological excavation in this land by international experts .to bring the truth.

      Why were lions hiding under the bed for 30 years when Donkey roam?
      Cheers

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        That is why the lions kicked the donkeys backside never to rise again. Remember ……………….’vaikal’ Hope you don’t want to go there

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          @ Lanka

          it took old Lion30 years to silence the tiger (donkeys) only after the help of 34 nations .
          do on your own and be proud.
          Sinhala card board army has no muscle or brain to muzzle Tigers this is history.
          BTW you also hiding under the bed till 2009 May?
          Don t you have shame to celebrate this borrowed..artificial victory?

          Cheers

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      somass ji the new and improved Nostradamus

      “This country will witness unimaginable bloodshed if these foolish donkeys ever try to encroach into areas out side their alloted enclaves.”
      ——
      Well shedding blood in this island is nothing new. It is a periodically important event on Sinhala/Buddhist calendar. Its like Taming bull in Tamil Nadu, here we have this periodically assured festival of blood sports with lot of firework, Taming the Minorities.

      Little islanders tend to forget they are little people. Nothing will stop tsunamin nature or Hindians from changing this island’s map. You can shout, scream kick your back, kill, ………rob,… but you couldn’t stop tsunami killing 30,000 people or Hindian invasion that changed bit of the political geography of this island.
      ——–
      Hope by your very stupid uncontrollable urge to vomit hatred you are not going to create another Bangladesh.

      You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
      Buddha.

      I believe you know who Buddha is.

      Paranoia is even worse.

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      SOMA: Tamils, muslims and others can step on us becuse our dickless southern politicians are there only to steal. they are doing nothing except fattening their families with stolen wealth. See their bodies. Typical pigs. So, Tamils are writing here history. Muslims say islam existed in Sri lanka even before Mohommad.

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    What has come off Wiggie this time around?

    The Perceptions Of The Sinhalese Should Also Be Understood or Mis-understood??????
    Pure Vellalahs but not Brahamins……………..or Ordinary brahamins?

    We understood a long time ago…… Infact we had Buddhist priests teaching Sinhala in our schools too.
    Pressure from the children ???????????

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    Chief Minister Wigneswarn, is a joker! He thinks his law degree makes him an expert on history and a psychologist as he can clarify people’s perceptions too. He spent most of his lifetime in Colombo gaining whatever knowledge and positions he achieved within the Sinhala community. If the Hon’ Members of Parliament from Great Britain, Members of Westminster Foundation for Democracy, who have nothing better to do than wasting the British Taxpayers money, enjoying freeloading holidays and listening to ‘crap’ without attending to the problems of British people, it is pathetic. The looney Wigs was hiding in Colombo under the protection of the SLAF during 20/30 years of murderer Prabhakaran! MS has completely misjudged this wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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      Hey dim wit Lanka

      Your posting here clearly confirm that you belong to a foolish race. stop talking through your arse. what is that you modaya are trying to say. you are not making any sense here , you are not engaging with the subject under discussion.

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    Mr.Wineswaran once asked whether Devanampiya Tissa(n) was really Sinhalese ?

    The recent archeological excavation in Keeladi South India exposed homes factories dated back 2500+ years identcal to Harappa and Mohenja Daro while they have collected over 5,500 objects here .There was a TAMIL civilization here without any religion like today, of course, they worshipped the Sun the team could find a single object related to any religion .

    Most pots found with Tamil inscriptions and few are with a name TISSA(N) today there is no such name end up with Tissan among Tamils but this proves that people with this name lived there .

    Panicked Indian government stopped this excavation fearing this discovery will challenge the Aryan and Sanscrip myth they are planting since independence .

    Among identified 250 Km area only 500 Sq, M has been excavated and when completed this is going to change the history of countries in this region.

    So Devanambisa Tissan came from Keeladi ?
    Like Nayakas..Peruma ..Kuruppu from today’s South India ?

    There was no independent neutral archeological survey in this country to this day …it is the time to start a vertical excavation all over which will send Mahavamsa into the dust bin.

    So Kuveni spoke what language ?
    Woman from the Pandya Kingdom came as brides talk what language ?
    What happened to the mother tongue of the first generation?
    The truth is there was no Vijaya arrival it is a pure crap written by Buddhist Ayotullahs to fool the Sinalease.

    Cheers

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    There is enough archeological evidence to prove that the Tamils have also lived outside the North & East (even in down South) but there is NO evidence what so ever to prove that the Sinhalese lived in the North & East. The census of Ceylon conducted in 1881 also indicates that the two Tamil provinces were inhabited almost exclusively by Tamils in the late nineteenth century (Census of Ceylon, 1881). The Sinhalese population constituted only 1.8% of the total population of the two Tamil provinces in 1881; Sinhalese accounted for only 0.51% of the total population of the Northern Province, and 4.2% of the Eastern Province in the recorded history of Sri Lanka and the epigraphic evidence found till today, nowhere it mentioned that there was a mass influx/settlement of Tamils from South India to the North & East of Sri Lanka or there was a mass exodus of Sinhalese from the North and East to the South. In other words, that all the Sinhalese living in the North & East simply pack their bags and went to the South leaving all their lands to the newly arrived Tamils without any protest? Most of the Sinhalese have their ancestral native place name also as a part of their name, known as Vasagama. Is there any Sinhalese person from any part of Sri Lanka who can come out and say that his Vasagama is a name from any part of North or East? Even those Sinhalese who are living in the North and East today were colonized after 1948 by DS Senanayake. The so called Sinhala history scholars will never fail to say that the East was under the Kandyan Kingdom. It is true that some parts of the Eastern province came under the Kandyan Kingdom from time to time but it makes no difference to the Tamil position in regard to the inhabitancy of the Eastern province. The Tamils would have had and yet have no objection what so ever to the benevolent and accommodating rule of the kandyan kings whether they were Kalinga or Nayakkar, and see no inconsistency in the Tamil claim to the Eastern province even under the Kandyan rule. On the other hand, I have never come across a Sinhala person or family that claimed an Eastern province habitancy or origin. If you speak to the Sinhalese living in the Eastern province, each one of them will say that their grandfather or great grandfather is from the South

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      1) Well if Tamils lived in the North and East well before Sinhalese, why didn’t the Cholas never mentioned them when they invaded the island back in 12th century?

      2) If you done a survey today in the Nuwara Eliya district and say Tamils were the original inhabitants of the area while Sinhalese are the invaders?

      3) Haven’t you heard of the Magha’s invasion and the resulting exodus of the Sinhalese people to the down south?

      4) Why did the Portuguese had written the accession agreement with king Don Juan Dharmapala of Kotte for the entire island of Ceylon?

      5) Why did Dutch signed the accession agreement with King Keerthi Sri Rajasighe in 1776 for the entire island’s seaboard?

      6) Why did Briton signed the accession agreement with Kandyan chieftons in 1815 effecting to the whole island?

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        @ Shenal

        It is easy for Tamils to understand Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada. when SL Tamils go to Tamil Nadu for shopping they ask are you from Kerala because of our accent.

        Because these languages were derived from Tamil indeed entire today’s S.India was once a Tamil kingdom.

        Do you know It is easy to translate Tamil into Sanskrit, Japanese and Korean GRAMMATICALLY.?
        The Aryan Myth and Sanskrit is the first language all created by British and accepted by North Indians, there was no Hindi 500 years ago no Urudu before the arrival of Moghuls to Indian Sub Continent.

        The Keeladi archeological excavation in Tamil Nadu is going to challenge the con Aryan and Sanskrit PROPAGANDA.
        Aryans are white skin people but Dute Gemunu s skin was like crow according to History.
        Indeed Kuveni was a Tamil queen Mahavamsa comic book blackout
        this .
        Can anyone tell WHY the living ancient people the VEDDAS here have got Tamil names and practice Hindu rituals?

        Ony A vertical archeological excavation will bring truth

        Open your eyes

        cheers

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        But the fact is that the Kandyan Convention with the British was signed in Tamil in 1815 by a Tamil king from Keerthi Sri’s line in Tamil for entire island.

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    When the Europeans (Portuguese, Dutch and British) arrived, what all of them clearly observed and experienced during their period was that, there were two different Nations (Sinhalese and Tamils) having two different languages, religions, cultures, and living in two well defined and clearly and naturally demarcated (thick jungles, lakes, river, etc) land areas with their own kingdoms within their traditional lands. The Tamils lived as a majority within their separate land area (North & East) and the Sinhalese also lived as a majority within their land area (South & West). The British, on seeing the naturally existing borders of the two ethnic groups used their technology to demarcate them as two separate regions (occupied by two separate races) and created the maps for the first time somewhere in the 1800s. Unfortunately, the same British later united the two regions into a unitary state and gave it to one ethnic group (Sinhalese) by creating a single majority and making a total mess in the region.

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      1) Why do Tamils use the map drawn in as late as mid 1900s to define the land border between Sinhala lands and Tamil lands. Don’t Tamils have an ancient map to define the true borders of both kingdoms?

      2) Why do Brits have drawn completely different demarcation map in 1833 and why didn’t they unite North and East as they contained the Tamils?

      3) What is your thought on 1833 map of the British?

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        If shenal is correct why do Tamils still love the British coloial master. They love to kneel infront of “puka hodanne nethi suddo”. Tamils are similar as they came from country with no toilets.

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          Jim Softy is living in the Whiteman’s land kneeling in front of them (“puka hodanne nethi suddo”) and licking their bums to get his social welfare. He is making the maximum use of the Bikku’s begging bowl.

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        “Don’t Tamils have an ancient map to define the true borders of both kingdoms?”

        Before the 1800 (before the Europeans arrived), who had the technology in Sri Lanka to draw maps? Why don’t the Sinhalese have an ancient map of Sri Lanka?

        If you read the Mahavamsa carefully, Dutugemunu’s father King Kavantissa the king of Rohana (Kingdom in Southern Sri Lanka) tells Dutugemunu not to invade (Rajarata) the land of the Damilas. He says, Rohana the region on this side of the river (Southern territory) has enough land. There is evidence in the Mahavamsa that the Northern territory (Rajarata) was occupied by the Tamils. King Kavantissa talks about the land border between Sinhala lands and Tamil lands separated by the river.

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        Shenal

        You appear to be very ignorant of the Ceylon history look at the dutch map you will see the Tamil areas clearly marked out from the rest of the Island.Also read the Cleghorn’s minutes of 1st of June 1799 which clearly and unequivocally confirm that the North and east including Puttalam district are Tamil districts and differs from the rest of the Island in many ways.

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          Pirabakaran: Are you the guy who was floating in that muddy laggon with a wouund on his forehaed. Anyway, We know Tamils were here even before 1799. but, they were temporary and they were fishermen. that is why thesawalame came in order to keep the tamils.

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            Jimsoftly

            The soft( no)Brain, For every Pirabakaran killed a million Pirabakarans are born, you fool. what a joke the Tamils who has been living only a stone’s throw away from Eelam didn’t want to come and settle in the island as they waited for some Kallathonies to arrive from thousands of miles away before they decided to come and settle, do you want the rest of the world to believe this Cock and bull story ? you dim wit soft brain no wonder your people are known as Modayas all over the world.

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    In the year 1498, Vasco De Gama’s landing in Malabar (Kerela) marked the beginning of the era of foreign Intervention in the region. The Dutch preceded the Portuguese, and then the British East INDIA Company had been on the Malabar Coast since 1684. It was from Malabar that the Portuguese came to Sri Lanka. They found two different ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka in two different land areas, the one living closer to the Malabar/Coramandal coast had a similar language, religion and culture to the Malabars. Without any hesitation, they called them Malabars even though there was a Tamil King and the people spoke Tamil when they arrived. The Dutch who preceded them continued to call them Malabars and the British also called them Malabars but later when they realized that it was a mistaken identity, that they were not Malabars but Tamils, they corrected it. Similarly, due to Buddhism and the Buddhist culture, they also called the Sinhalese as the descendants of the Siamese people.

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      1) If Tamils lived in the North and East for millennials how come they had a similarity so that Portuguese couldn’t differentiate themselves from the people of Malabar coast?

      2) Do you believe that both Malabar people and the Tamils of North and East had direct contact with each other so that exchange cultural links?

      3) If so why didn’t the Malabar Tamils never mentioned about Sri Lankan Tamils?

      4) Why do you think the reason for Sinhalese (a sub group of Tamils as you people claim) to change so drastically to be known as a different ethnicity while the North and East Tamils never differentiate that even fooled Portuguese?

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        Stupid Shenal,

        It is the language and religion. Portuguese saw them speaking a language similar to the South Indian (Malabar/Tamil) language and worshipping the same Gods where as the other group was different.

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        Shenal

        You fool, the Portugese even confused the People of Horn of Africa such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritiria with the Malabar people ( Dravidians), so what is the point you are making here ? you imbecile

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        There was not language called Malayalam when the Portuguese arrived in Kerala , The common people (90% of the population) were still speaking a dialect of Tamil called Malayalama that was written in the Tamil script. The powerful Syrian Christian Church of Kerala was still using Tamil as its language. Even the dictionary for language called Malayalam that was compiled in the 1700s was a Tamil dictionary. The current highly Sanskritised Tulu based dialect of the Namboothiri Brahmins , written in their Tulu based script, that was only used by them and their Nair half caste bastards making up around 10% of the population, was forced onto the entire Kerala in 1865 by the British who declared this as the official form of Malayalam , as these people were their allies and they banned the native Tamil Malayalama language written in the Tamil script and destroyed everything pertaining to this language. Many modern Malyali do not know this truth how a language of a powerful immigrant invader group was forced upon them by the British , as these people were British allies. The British did a lot of damage to the Tamils both in India and in the island. This is why Malayalam has tow forms. The spoken dialect of the masses is almost Tamil, whilst the language used literally and on Television , Radio News media is this Sanskritised dialect. Ironically whilst the British forced the Tulu script and the highly Sanskritised dialect of the Namboothiris in Kerala, they did the opposite in Tulu Nadu along the western Karnataka coast Due to opposition to the British rule they banned the use of the Tulu script and language in Tulu Nadu. For political purposes they imposed it on a people who were still speaking a form of Tamil in Kerala and banned it in its homeland., as this suited their divide and rule policy

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    In fact it was the Europeans who first misinterpreted the Mahavamsa and believed that the Sinhalese were Aryans and labeled the early Prakrit language as Sinhala. Today, due to the latest scientific discoveries in the fields of archaeological, epigraphical and anthropological research, the modern historians such as Prof. Leslie Gunawardane, (professor in history and a former Vice Chancellor of University of Peradeniya) and many other qualified historians do not accept that the Sinhala language or the Sinhala race existed during the early historic period As even as late as the 6th century A.D., there was no Sinhala language, the Great Chronicles were written in the Pali language. Monk Maha Nama hatched the Vijaya myth to dub the Buddhist converts as Aryans, projecting them as descendants of Bengalis.
    Maha Nama did not know that the Bengalis were Mongoloid Dravidians. The average Sinhala man will decline to believe that prince Siddhartha, as a Nepalese, was not an Aryan. No king of Lanka during the 200 years history of Lanka, claimed that he was of Aryan Dynasty

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      1) If the Sinhala language was developed in the island itself in the 6th century how can Sinhalese people come from India?

      2) If VIjaya is myth then do you accept that the Sinhalese people were originated in this island?

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        In sixth Century sinhale citizens have used a special algorithm to develop Sinhala language. It was a quick invention. Only Tamil existed even before the dinosaurs were during the gondwanaland times.

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        Shenali

        1. Have you ever heard of the process of language replacement?

        2. Have you ever heard of the process of language replacement?

        Please don’t waste your time on asking the same stupid questions under various stupid guises like Inspector Clouseau. Go read on Language shift.

        Language shift, also known as language transfer or language replacement or language assimilation, is the process whereby a community of speakers of a language shifts to speaking a completely different language, usually over an extended period of time. – wikipedia.org

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        If Sinhala people came from India where in India Sinhala is spoken.

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        Shenal

        No, All the Sinhalese came direct from apes, that is why you all behave like apes to this day.

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          pirabakaran- velupillai

          “Shenal No, All the Sinhalese came direct from apes, that is why you all behave like apes to this day.”
          Sorry aren’t you a Sinhalese?

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        The Sinhalese language is a mixture of the native Tamil dialect Elu plus the Prakrit of the few immigrants from North east India and the Pali of Buddhism. Immigration from North East India did not trigger the development of Sinhalese language or people it was the arrival of Buddhism and the large scale conversion of the native Tamils and other indigenous tribes down the south of the island and the influence of Pali/Sanskrit of the Buddhism on the spoken Tamil dialect of these converted Tamil Buddhists down south that triggered the evolution of the Sinhalese people in the south of the island and the gradual evolution of the Sinhalese language in these regions. If North Indian immigration triggered the evolution of the Sinhalese, then why didn’t the Sri Lankan Tamils who have more North Indian DNA than the Sinhalese become Sinhalese? These North Indian immigrants just came and got assimilated and may have influenced a little bit of influence in the language and culture but really not much. The population remained Tamils. Most of the modern day Sinhalese people and Sri Lankan Tamils are a mixture of the original indigenous Old/ semi Tamil Elu speaking Naga and Yakka tribes. In the case of Sri Lankan Tamils more Naga and in the caste of Sinhalese more Yakka and Indian immigrants who came to the island from ancient to modern times. More in the case of Sinhalese as more than 50% of them including your Karawa ancestors are descended from recent immigrants from South India( 90% Tamil and 10% Telugu and Malayalam)

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      @ Shenal

      Like all Sinhalese, you are parading your ignorance here.

      Do you know Tamils in SL (except Central Province Tamils ) are more closed to today’s Kerala than Tamil Nadu?

      1-Food habit.
      2.Names
      3.Marriage traditions
      4.Manthirams
      5.cultural events
      6.Pathini worship

      North-East Tamils eat Pittu..Appam..Idiyappam ..
      Names end up with Pillai is common in Kerala
      Only in Kerala husband go and live at wife house in whole India this is practiced not only among Tamis but also among your Sinhalese because they also came from Tamil Sera Naadu.(Kerala)
      Every village in N-E has got an Amman (PATHINI ) temple but not so in Tamil Nadu here they have different worship like Ayanar..Karuppan etc in Villages.
      before 6th century Tamil was spoken in Today Kerala ..and the great Tamil classic SILLAPATHIKARAM was written in Sera Nadu not in Tamil Nadu.

      Stop believing con book Mahavamsa study real history
      Cheers

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    How then can the populace claim that they are Aryans? With the mixture of Tamil, Pali and Sanskrit languages, evolved that Sinhala language during 8 A.D. It was not Pali or Sanskrit, but the Tamil language that helped in the formation of the Sinhala alphabets. The alphabets of the Sinhala language are round in shape like the alphabets of the other Dravidian languages. Telugue, Malayalam, Kannadam and proto-Tamil. In the 10th century. Tamils changed the shape of their alphabets to the square shape.
    According to Dr. C.E. Godakmubara, the Sinhala Grammar Sidathsangarawa was based on the Tamil Grammar Virasolium in the 11th A.D. The term ‘Sihala (Lion in Pali) is seen for the first time in Sri Lankan sources in the Dipa Vamsa (4-5 A.D.) and in that chronicle, that term occurs only once, and in that cryptic verse it is stated that the Island was known as ‘Sinhala’ on account of the Lion – “Lanka Dipo Ayam ahu sihena sihalaitu”. In the maha Vamsa the term ‘Sihala’ – occurs only twice. In the epic Ramayana 420 B.C., this island was known as Lanka much earlier.
    Rev. S. Gnanapiragasam – “There are more than 4.000 Tamil words in the Sinhala vocabulary. If the Sinhala vocabulary is stripped of all the Tamil words there will be no Sinhala language.”
    There were no Sinhalese in Lanka or in any part of the world until the Dipa Vamsa for the first time, referred to the descendants of Tamil (Hindus) who embraced Buddhism in 246 B.C. as Sihala on account of the Lion (no relevance). There is no culture called Sinhala culture. It is the Tamil culture that is projected as Sinhala culture. The 14th day of April is observed as New Year, day only by the Tamils and Sinhala people throughout the world. This fact is strong evidence that the Sinhala people inherited this practice from their Tamil ancestors who embraced Buddhism in 246 B.C. It is stupid to deny that fact. When there was no Sinhala language in Lanka or in any part of the world before 8th A.D., it is thuggery to claim that there were Sinhala people in Lanka prior to the 8th century A.D. Just as the descendants of Tamils who embraced Buddhism in 246 B.C. claim they are Arya Sinhalese; Tamils of the Western Coast, from Ragama to Kalpitiya, after adopting Sinhala as their mother tongue, (after the introduction of free education) claim thy are Arya Sinhalese. In Sri Lanka any person who adopts Sinhala as mother tongue ipso facto is an Aryan.

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    @Rohan

    Well said. Many thats why shenals face looks like charcoal!!!

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      Dumb ABCD: Wigneswaran like ex-supreme court Judges who doe snot self-respect may divulge this crao. His gang of monkies (remember ISrael said that to LTTE) may approve it. but, you Tamils has not proven anything except in blogs. You losers did not have a country in your entire history except for sometime during the Rajaraja chola kings about five brothers. they may be north Hindians or Sinhala people born as Tamils.

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        @Jim Softy

        Even so called North Hindians from Bihar and UP are hybrids between dravidians and Aryans. This is what the original classification said. So forget your Aryan supremacy. Infact most people in the so called sub continent have a proportion of Dravidian in them. The only thing Aryan about them is the language that they speak. But i don’t know why they are so proud about this. They only reason why most people in UP and Bihar speak Indo Aryan languages is because it was forced on them by their Aryan overlords. Its like a mexican being proud of speaking spanish eventhough they are native and spanish hybrids and it was forced upon them.

        I myself am a Sinhalese but I am with the Tamils on the identity issue. They have stayed true to their identity. It is us who have always tried to prove that we have something from outside the subcontinent whether it is Portuguese, Dutch or Aryans. We are on the same level as Phillipinos in that sense and look what has happened to them. Every other country in East Asia such as the Chinese and the Koreans looks down upon them.

        Also what people like you don’t realise is that most of your so called Sinhalese nationalist leaders and upper class are nothing but half white mulattoes.

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          I heard most of Dalit PLOTE Tamils are are former Sinhala people.

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            Jim softly

            Stop talking through your anus.

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              pirabakaran- velupillai

              “Stop talking through your anus.”

              Why?

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                NV

                because it smells of poo

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                  Pirabakaran velupillai

                  “because it smells of poo”

                  Are you an expert on smell, anus or poo?

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        Jimsofty,
        Please don’t twist the truth about the “monkies”. During JR’s time, members of the armed services were sent to Israel for training, and in the book written by an Israeli-man, the author says how the Israeli-soldiers rediculed them (the Sinhala armed service men) as the ones who only very recently got down from the trees.
        This is the unassailable fact.

        EnAG

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    “Next the Tamils of the North and East opt for a Federal Constitution to preserve their language, religions as well as their culture, tradition and terrain. They seek internal right of self -determination on the basis of their individuality preserved for centuries.

    They seek the merger of North and East since the Tamil speaking people must preserve their identity and individuality .”

    They opted for this a bit too late didn’t they.Why didn’t they opt for it when the british were leaving?If jinnah also opted for pakistan after the british had left would he have got it?

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      @ Jimsofty

      Usual Modays ignorance.
      Now you cant answer questions and write a crap …no one in SL uses the word DALIT got it?
      So So your ancestor was a Lion ?(even a grade 5 student laugh today)
      you should eat parotta if your people came from Bihar but you all eat Appam..Idiyappam..Pittu .why?
      Do you know when people migrate they take their food habit with them.?
      Your eating ..dressing..are clear prof that Sinhalese all came from Kerala thenTamil Sera Kingdom.
      Cheers

      Cheers

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    The up-country Tamils were of Indian origin brought during British colonial period around 1862. This should not be confused with Tamils who have lived in the island for thousands of years, long before the arrival of Buddhism and the birth of Sinhala language.
    In 1970, Pensylvania University conducted archaeological excavations in Kantherodai and Pomparippu in Puttalam, led by Dr.Vimala Begley. Many thousand urn burials were found with skeletal remains and several artefacts, pieces of earthenware with Brahmi letters inscribed. Tamil is a derivative from Brahmi.
    Evidence of Iron Age as iron implements such as ploughs, coins with Brahmi inscriptions and other tools used at that time were also found.
    In 1980 Jaffna University carried out excavations in Anaikottai under Prof. Indrapala and unearthed urn burials and seals with Brahmi inscriptions.
    Urn burial, a Dravidian custom practiced during 500BC to 1000BC.
    In the Eastern province too Seruvila, Kathiraveli and Eachilampattai where Brahmi stone inscriptions were unearthed. Urn burials were unearthed in Ekanda in Panama and in Kuduvil in Amparai.
    So what more evidence needed to prove the Tamils lived in the island well over 2000 years.
    For a consistent, discernible and sustained momentum towards reconciliation, we need to shed all our prejudices and take a decisive step to attain that goal for peace, harmony and prosperity to our nation.
    Thank you.

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      Brahmi letters are related to Tamils. It is like the same logics monkies are related to humans So, if Brahmins are related to Tamils, Why Tamils are anti-Brahmin and Catholic priest used it to produce more Dalit Tamils.

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    The South Indian Tamil (Chola, Chera, Pandya), Kanarese (Pallava), Telugu (Vijayanagara) and Orissa (Kalinga) are Dravidians.

    Kalinga was one of the earliest Dravidian countries to be Aryanised/Prakritised in speech. It is important to note that though Aryanised/Prakritised in speech they are Dravidian people.

    Similarly, Tambapanni (presently Sri Lanka) was also inhabited by the Dravidian tribes Nagas and Yakkas. (According to historians, Nagas were also moving back and forth between Sri Lanka and South India).

    Everything changed in Sri Lanka only after the arrival of Emperor Asoka’s missionary monks lead by Arahat Mahinda who converted King Muta Siva’s son Prince Tissa to Buddhism. A large number of the Dravidian tribes in the island embraced Asoka’s Buddhism, Aryanised/Prakritised their speech, learned to write using Asoka Bhrami script, adopted Asoka’s Lion symbol (Indian Lion) and the Dhamma Chakra (also called the Asoka Chakra), accepted the Asoka Buddhist culture and implemented Asoka’s technology to build Stupas, Chaitya, Viharas, Sangharama, and so on. It is important to note that both Sinhalese and Tamils are Dravidian but the language was changed to either Indo-Aryan (Sinhala) or remained Dravidian (Tamil).

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    It is the commitment to Truth that is the measure of any civilization, however old or new.

    The untruth is knowingly produced, learnt and taught by Buddhist monks and teachers starting with the author of mahavamsa which is constantly revised and replaced in the Colombo and other public libraries. The hate is added to by Isurupaya history book writers. Then the Tamil scholars, even Sengai Aaliyan quote only old research material to prove their point, and many read in Tamil only

    Scholars like Rajeeva Wijesinghe know it well. The saddest part is that such men will keep silent in the face of truth and knowing well the harm caused to Tamil friends. Even the Sri Lankan graduates who become govt. officials propagate and act on it.

    Alas, the university of Jaffna has proved itself totally incapable of academic debate of any kind, leave alone on the history of Tamils to dispute such errors with references to educate the world. That is duty of the Uni to look into issues of public interest.

    CT should insist that those who comment on important national matters use SCHOLAR SPEAK to encourage worthy scholars to participate in the discussions, at least start the comment page with a decent comment.

    VC Wigneswaran, thanks for bringing fresh air into the university that allows minds to breath and for understanding the way of academic life. Please find and ask academics to write on info given in the article. One of the potshards is inscribed with an image of a fish — once the insignia of the great Pandya rulers.

    For e.g. a Keelady shard has been traced back to Sri Lanka, indicating Tamil presence in the Sangam age/before. This would make a good starting point for a thesis on Dravidian life here.

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    The coastal vedas were Tamils. They lived in Sri Lanka during pre Budhas era. However, Sinhalese murdered them. so there were no Tamils left in in prehistoric era. Tamils only immigrated to Sri Lanka 40 years ago. Technically cannot be older than 40 years ago. If they are, then they are sinhalese

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    I am not a linguist, archeologist or a Historian.

    But based on simple logic it can be assumed that Tamils who lived in the southern parts of Tamil Nadu have to be the first settlers in the Island due to proximity of Indian south and Sri Lanka north.

    In comparison king Vijaya came from present day Bengal which is north east of India.

    Saying that, how long are we as a country going to keep on arguing who came first and who came second instead of realizing that while we the general public keep on arguing about this the politician are bleeding the country dry.

    Countries and institutions give us loans expecting us to pay it back. If we don’t repay our loans we might not even have a country as the land will belong to our lenders.

    We are here now. Why don’t we combine our abilities and resources as Sri Lankans and build a great nation so that our future generations will remember us with pride rather than in contempt.

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      Thanks, Jmmy.

      What you say is eminent commonsense and very economically expressed.

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        If Tamils lin Yapanaya long long ago, Why Yapanaya was called Yapa patuna ? why Tamils that settle in Yapanaya are discrminated by Tamils in Tamilnadu. Why Indian Estate Tamils, Tamils in the east are each discrminated by another and mostly Jaffna Tamils who are malayalis, javanesse, malays etc., etc., Why even Wignewswaran is considered Dalit ?

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          Dim Softly( wit)

          As usual you have come up with some more Cow dung.

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        Dear Sinhala man

        If the normal Sinhala people and their leaders had an ounce of Brain they wouldn’t have waged a war against their own people the Tamils instead they would have settled the communal issue amicably as two brotherly people aught to have and got on with their lives developing their country peacefully , surpassing all other Asian countries.

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    C.V. Wigneswaran: “Sinhalese language was born out of Pali, Tamil and indigenous dialects. …. Sinhala Language came into being only in the 6th century A.D.”

    Real Siva Sankaran Sharma: “With the mixture of Tamil, Pali and Sanskrit languages, evolved that Sinhala language during 8 A.D.”

    Nav: It was the arrival of Buddhism and the large scale conversion of the native Tamils and other indigenous tribes down the south of the island and the influence of Pali/Sanskrit of the Buddhism on the spoken Tamil dialect of these converted Tamil Buddhists down south that triggered the evolution of the Sinhalese people in the south of the island and the gradual evolution of the Sinhalese language in these regions.

    So the Tamil Buddhist theory is out, then? Or are we to believe that mysteriously only a section of the Tamils were affected by “Pali/Sanskrit of the Buddhism“?

    Only conclusion to be made is that the various Tamil nonsensical theories, manufactured to claim an ancient and indigenous presence here are not only plain and pure dumb, they conflict with each other too.

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    “Many Sinhalese identify the Tamils of North and East with the recent Tamil immigrants from South India during British times during the past 200 years or so”
    ~

    Tamils are Tamils whether they came during the British or prior to that. Tamils speak the same language, have the same history and share the same historical heritage and are the exact same people, whether they are in the plantations outside the plantations. The Tamil identity is based on language and the historical heritage of the Tamils, which is based on Tamil literature, the three crowned kings of Pandya, Chola and Chera and Tamil culture. It is totally unfair that the plantation Tamils are being stigmatize as some kind of inferior section of the Tamils. The distinction between the Tamils in the plantations and Tamils outside the plantations was only done in 1911. The Tamils outside the plantations, or the so called Ceylon Tamils, started to claim a separate and a more ancient identity based on the so called “Jaffna kingdom” only during the early years of the 20th century, in order to compete and compare themselves with the Sinhalese, and it is a secondary identity, just as much as the plantation Tamil identity, Tamil, being the primary identity of both groups.

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