26 August, 2019

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The Sinhala Alt-Right & The Tamil Question 

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara asks “Simply show us how the Tamils are being discriminated against and where.” Answer: 1958 (read Tarzie Vittachi’s book ‘Emergency 58’) and Black July’83. The experience does not leave the collective memory of a community, easily. The first massacres of Sinhala civilians at Naiaru and Kokilai, Dollar and Kent farms, and Anuradhapura, came later, in late ’83, 1984 and 1985.

Sarath Weerasekara declares the Tamil question “a problem non-existent”. He goes on to say “The main argument of the separatist elements is that the Tamils in Sri Lanka are gravely discriminated against and not given their proper place in the society because they are Tamils”. Admiral Weerasekara does not know that the separatist Tamils have long since stopped basing their argument on the place they have in our society and the issue of discrimination. They base themselves primarily on the “right of national self-determination”.

This has been so from the Vadukkodai resolution of 1976 onwards, through the so-called Thimpu principles. Indeed the claim of distinct nationhood was contained several decades ago in the founding document of the Federal Party. It is the non-separatist Tamils and moderate Sinhalese who still talk mainly about discrimination and the place of Tamils in our society. Even Mr. Sampanthan and Mr. Sumanthiran, who aren’t exactly separatist, have moved on and talk about the “right of internal self-determination of the Tamil people”.

Admiral Weerasekara says “We are yet to receive an answer to the Tamil “problem”, except getting a barrage of terminologies such as Alienation, Aspirations, Submission etc.” The good admiral must brush up his reading or simply ask former President Mahinda Rajapaksa what was in the Report of the LLRC that he appointed and officially accepted.

So what did the LLRC appointed by President Rajapaksa have to conclude about the Tamil Question? The LLRC Report is its clear and unambiguous identification of the causes of the Sri Lankan conflict and crisis and answered the questions as to what the grievances of the Tamil community are, which of them are genuine and legitimate, and how they differ from the grievances of the Sinhala community. The relevant segments were entitled ‘Grievances of the Tamil Community’ ‘The Historical Background relating to Majority-Minority relationships in Sri Lanka’ and ‘The Different Phases in the Narrative of Tamil Grievances’ (pp. 291-294, 369-370). The LLRC made a diagnosis and provided a prescription:

“The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people. The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance. A political solution is imperative to address the causes of the conflict…” (p 291, articles 8.150, 8.151)

“…the success of ending armed conflict must be invested in an all-inclusive political process of dialogue and accommodation so that the conflict by other means will not continue… However, if these expectations were to become a reality in the form of a multi-ethnic nation at peace with itself in a democratic Sri Lanka, the Government and all political leaders must manifest political will and sincerity of purpose…” (Preamble, pp.1-2)

Any National Question anywhere (e.g. Quebec, Catalonia, Kurdistan) is NOT primarily about discrimination. If it were, the struggle would be for equal rights and integration, as was the Civil Rights movement of the US Blacks. So if Admiral Weerasekara wants to fight against Tamil secession or federalism or even autonomy of any sort within a unitary state, he must know what he is fighting against.

The basic point is that communities that collectively perceive themselves a nation or a nationality or a distinct people, ask for autonomy or self-determination in the geographic area that they form a compact mass and are in a majority. That may not be a good thing, and I think it is not in most cases except in those of colonial/foreign occupation (e.g. Palestine), but that’s beside the point. The issue is that the question of autonomy or self-rule is rooted in a geographic area and not defined by the percentage of people of that ethnicity who live outside the area. That is the National Question or the Nationalities Question or the Ethno-national Question.

Admiral Weerasekara says “We don’t agree with anybody justifying maximum devolution of power to North to address the artificially created “alienation” and “aspiration” issues, because they are non-existent.” Well, he had better take that up with his former Commander-in Chief, President Rajapaksa, whom I agree with, who declared in his speech at the commencement of the APRC (and the beginning of the war), that his formula is “maximum devolution within a unitary state”.

Sarath Weerasekara says the “UK is a United/Federal country and in that federation anyone can be elected as the PM.” I wonder whether he can quote a credentialed source which says that “the UK is a federal country and…a federation”. Even at the UPR at the UNHRC (Geneva), the UK defines itself in formal documents as a unitary state.

None of Sarath Weerasekara’s numerous postwar examples are from civil conflicts or internal wars. All his examples are of wars between/against countries. Why does he think the JVP was “allowed to continue” after the state militarily crushed its barbaric terrorist uprising?

In the post war period, President Rajapaksa was blocked from implementing his sincere efforts at implementing a political solution, including those commitments he made to India during wartime and to both India and the UN Secretary-General in the immediate aftermath of the victory. These commitments DID NOT include an accountability component with any international ingredient whatsoever, but it DID include a commitment by his handpicked troika (GR-BR-Lalith) during the war and by him in the two postwar joint communiques of May 21st and 23rd 2009, to implement the 13th amendment (NOT “fully” implement) and proceed to open a political dialogue with the representatives of the Tamil people.

President Rajapaksa did not renege on his commitment. It was he who held a free and fair election to the Northern Provincial Council in 2013, at a time when the massive military presence there could have been used to distort the result. Instead, the election resulted in Mr. Wigneswaran as Chief Minister, and he was sworn in by President Rajapaksa (on an occasion at which I too was an invitee).

What was almost irreparably damaging though was that the implementation of President Rajapaksa’s commitment was blocked from 2009 until 2013, causing him, the Govt. and the State to lose valuable time and space. By the time he held the election in 2013 the game had drastically changed in our disfavor. Nationally, our allies, the anti-Tiger Tamils (Douglas Devananda, D. Siddharthan, and Anandasangaree) had been weakened and the TNA had bounced back. Internationally, we had lost India, which had voted against us in Geneva in 2012 having been a strong ally in 2009.

What was the problem? It was the delay in implementing the 13th amendment as promised, and that delay was because the Sinhala Far Right was not merely against Tamil terrorism and separatism but against any form of territorial autonomy for the Tamils, and furthermore, it was not only against federalism—which is entirely laudable—but also against devolution within a unitary state in the concrete form of the 13th amendment which we had solemnly and repeatedly promised India, would be soon implemented!     

As we began losing India, we had to tilt more and more to China until finally, almost all our eggs were in the Chinese basket, except for one economic egg that was in the Japanese basket and allowed Japan to successfully nudge President Rajapaksa into the belated holding of the Northern Provincial Council election in 2013.

Some of the sentiments of the Hard Right (both the pro-Tiger ‘Mahaveera’ element of Northern society and the Tamil Diaspora as well as the Sinhala Alt-Right) remind me of an extensive definition I recently read which I would like to share with the admirable Admiral, his fellow travelers and the readers in general: 

“Political ideology stressing nationalism, militarism, centrally regulated private enterprise, the subordination of the individual to the state, and single party totalitarian government, usually under the dictatorial rule of a charismatic leader…The theorists who inspired fascist doctrine…tended to share a belief in the nation as a sacred entity in which individual interests must yield to national goals…In the fascist state, the individual is seen as subordinate to the community; rigid discipline and unquestioning acceptance of the state’s authority become an ethic of self-sacrifice and patriotic loyalty….While most fascist movements have espoused an extreme nationalism, German fascism was distinguished by racist ideals that transcended national boundaries…”

This is extracted from the entry on FASCISM in the large volume entitled ‘A World of Ideas: a Dictionary of Important Theories, Concepts, Beliefs, and Thinkers’, Ballantine Books, Random House, New York 1999 (p 132).

Admiral Weerasekara refers to this country as “Sinhale”. That archaic name was used before our demography, history, consciousness, and the world itself, had undergone a tectonic shift with an accompanying paradigm shift. The name is certainly light years away from the LLRC’s definition of this country as “a multiethnic nation”.

Since 1984 I have consistently supported provincial devolution and called for a political pincer move that would link the North and South. To this end, for three decades I have called for the South to implement the 13th amendment and the North and East to work the 13th amendment. That is the only viable political solution to the Tamil question in this, our time.        

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    DJ shows from the LLRC report “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people. ………………………………………” . Again, “genuine grievances” without saying what those are. Once the late Kumar Ponnambalam said at an TV interview ” Tamils have ASPIRATIONS not Problems” and further said when asked about his grievances ” I get my Income tax letters in Sinhala” . My Tamil colleagues, neighbours and in-laws do not have any problem other than which I (a Sinhalese) too have and I do not have any special privileges which they do not have.

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      DJ has started talking bullshit again.
      Tamil politicians change their story to suit the situation at any particular time.
      First they came with discrimination and when they realized these 58 and 83 are decades old and now stands no ground they change to aspirations,internal self determination but they do not even exercise what they already posses but keep demanding for more.
      Through the history what we saw was that the Tamil politicians always raised the bar when ever the southern politicians acceded to their demand and it seems that they will keep on doing it until they get to their ultimate goal.
      If for once DJ can explain,which the Tamil politicians couldn’t, how aspirations of more than 50% of the Tamil community who live out side the North and the East can be met by devolving full power (as Mr.Sambandan demands) to the provinces we might be able to see some justification to these demands.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka,

      RE: The Sinhala Alt-Right & The Tamil Question

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

      The real question is the Para-Sinhala Question, and of course the other Para-Questions.

      Who are the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils in the Land of Naiove Veddah Aethho?

      They are Paradeshis, Paras, foreigners in the Land who came illegally by boats, Ora-Oru, and Kall-Thonis, who are generally stupid, have borderline average IQ of 79, with millions below 70. Support is given below.

      How does one categorized such IQ’s?

      https://books.google.com/books?id=HgYUw92n1VQC&pg=PA75#v=onepage&q&f=false

      Current Wechsler (WAIS–IV, WPPSI–IV) IQ classification
      IQ Range (“deviation IQ”) IQ Classification
      130 and above Very Superior
      120–129 Superior
      110–119 High Average
      90–109 Average
      80–89 Low Average
      70–79 Borderline
      69 and below Extremely Low

      The evidence is there for the DNA and genetics of the Native Veddah Aethho and the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils.
      The data confirms that the Sinhala and Tamils along with the others, except the Veddah Aethho are Paras.

      Reference and Full Scientific Human Genetics Article.

      https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258335458_Mitochondrial_DNA_history_of_Sri_Lankan_ethnic_people_Their_relations_within_the_island_and_with_the_Indian_subcontinental_populations

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

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 7 November 2013

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka,

      The Sinhala Alt-Right & The Tamil Question,

      That is smoke-screen for Mahinda Rajapaksa and cronies like you to fleece the populace again.

      From the grape vines……

      SLFP ‘s proposal to continue executive presidency is due to those who have got the taste of corrupt power and robbing !- Former P resident Chzndrika Kumaratunga
      Chandrika asserted.

      ‘According to the agreement signed with the UNP and Civil Organizations on 2015-01-08 , the president promised to abolish the executive presidency .Now the SLFP says that should be continued. As far as I am concerned the pledge we made should be honored. Because I am insisting on that , from the top to the bottom , all of them are angry with me. Now some are claiming it is we who first removed the executive powers. In 2000, when I proposed a constitution I consented to totally abolish the executive powers unconditionally, and a new chapter too was introduced.

      Now I hope the president would fulfill the promises. It is my view the president is between two worlds – caught between the opinion of the party and president’s own. However it is my view that the president will finally honor his promise made to the people that he would abolish the executive power .”

      Commenting further on the proposals made by the SLFP to retain the executive presidency , Chandrika a former president had this to say …

      ”Some of those in the SLFP , after being in power again and again , and robbing again and again , have descended to a state in which they cannot be without power. It is only these individuals who bring proposals which will eventually destroy the present president , the party and the country .”

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      Paricular LLRC commission was aside in the second term of MR.

      DJ was made such his both ends by MR et al for their own reasons. Remember ? He was even called from Geneva ?

      Rajeewa and DJ were almost isolated within MR adminsitration towards the end of it.

      But these men themeselves may be suffering from amenisia of rarity nature, to back MR again.

      How come ? All these theories can strenghthen anyone s policies ? Or they just remain to impractical ?

      DJ please wake up and mind your own business – you will never win by your RABBLEROUSING tactics. Just join an university and continue your teaching carrier.
      I think you are no means a match lanken or any other politics. It is like unlearnt medical doctors would start with CARDIAC ops …

      When would you finally get it Mr DJ ? That is not much that you have to realize to your little brain ?

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      Dear Buddhi Perera!

      Apart from the analyses and conclusion of the LLRC, the Para-28 of the UN Panel Report of 2011 says that

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

      I think you and your Tamil friends do not know how to analyze a problem scientifically and come to a correct conclusion!

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    Now the Mahanayaka theros have given their verdict on the devolution (constitution). As long as the Monks dictate Srilankan politics only one thing is permanent that is bloodbath of Tamils as and when the majority wants. It is not about right or wrong it is about Buddhist Monks finally.

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      Whose right and whose wrong are you talking about. There is no right or wrong here it is all about what we want.

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        NAKia

        “There is no right or wrong here it is all about what we want.”

        Fine.

        Adolf Hitler and some of his fellow Germans believed he was right when he invaded several countries, killing millions of ordinary Europeans and systematically murdering some six million European Jews.

        Wasn’t Hitler wrong?

        Had Hitler chose to invade Ceylon in 1931 and killed the entire Sinhala population of 3,473,000 which would have been right in Hitler’s view however had a handful of my Elders protested against Hitler’s nasty agenda though a few in number my Elders would have been dead right. You must have fogotten all your moral principles:

        Let’s start at the very beginning
        A very good place to start:

        Harming living things.
        Taking what is not given.
        Sexual misconduct.
        Lying or gossip.
        Taking intoxicating substances eg drugs or drink.

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      Ajith,

      Mahanayakas are Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and the do not follow Buddhism, but a distorted, adulterated and corrupted Buddhism called Sinhala “Buddhism. They all after their self-interest Only Goigama can be monks..Dod Buddha teach that?

      Mahawamsa is an Insult to the Buddha- Sahmaini Serasinghe
      Para- Sinhala “Buddhism” and its Monks are an insult to Buddhism.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

      Wonder if ours might have been a wiser, and a more ‘humane’ society, had our ‘ancient’ history, been based on Aesop’s Fables, instead of the Mahavamsa. For if not for the Mahavamsa, the Sinhalese may not have been endowed, with the reputation, of “Sinhalaya Modaya (The Sinhalese are Fools)”!

      Then, there is the ‘Dalada Maligawe’ in Kandy; most Buddhists believe, the tooth relic housed within, belonged to the Buddha. Some adorn the ‘tooth casket’ with mounds of gold jewelry, fervently believing, that they would earn merit, to the value of the gold they offer. The thought of donating the value of this gold, to feed and help, the poor, sick and the needy, that would be far more meritorious, never cross their minds!

      There hangs a controversial question, over the authenticity of this ‘sacred tooth’. But then again, to those ‘educated and intelligent Buddhists’, devoid of wisdom, if the Buddha, was taller than the Avukana statue, and had a giant footprint, as on Adam’s Peak, then this ‘huge tooth’ could be his!

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    I can understand the political objectives behind the articles. But, I think that is very sinister. This Is similar to , some time ago but long after the war, bankrupt LTTE rumP was trying relive their dreams in web sites. what we here from the North is problems similar to that of the south. thousands of widows, unemployed youth, so-called Dalits all suffering and Tamil politicians who are sowing deaf ears and blind eyss to those problems. So, that is good escape the govt as tribalist Tamil politicians are under control. But, I think, that should not be the standard. These Tamil problems, Tamil question, Catalonia type indepenndence are BS. Some predict, even the american south one may want to declare indpendence when ever theie dream simply unreachable. ——– JAckal Opposition is no different from the two parties of HORAPALANAYA and the clearly visible ALIBABA Ranil wickramsingbhe. There should be proper vision to the country. Asutralia is a continent with 22 million and has 18 ministers. Sri lanka, a negligible in area size the island has 112 or so miniters and even that looks not sufficient because some senior ministers have to take too much burden with two ministries each. See how Kiriella is suffering. He has to do both higher education and roads. Eventhen he can not find an engineering graduate who can calculate how much money and resources are needed for ONE KM of a new road.

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    More Tamils live in South than in North..why ?.Tamils.do not need any war ?.they have their own wars between themselves..
    Bramins vs all other cast .
    So many cast systems..so; each cast kills.one another..it all came form India..
    Now; jaffna Tamils.discriminate against baticaloa Tamils ..
    Bati Tamils against tricolamala Tamils. All these groups against upcountry Tamils..
    So; Tamils are born with discrimination so; we do not need to fight them.at all…
    They will.keep.fifhting for simple.issues .
    Cast had their own school system; own marriage system; own temple system..
    And even they do not allow you to enter their houses or eat with them …
    So; it is a sociological problems for them ..
    So many Tamils know that but they cannot do anything about it .
    Now Sinhalese should.use divide and rule politics..
    We cannot change their caste system but we could change their political density.
    As long as they fight between caste it would be better for us .

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      Stop lying most indigenous Tamils live in the north and east 70% and more than 90% of the remaining 30% live around Colombo through necessity and not because they love the Sinhalese. Anyway until a few centuries ago, Colombo and the coastal land north of it up to Puttlam was part of the Tamil homeland. It only became Sinhalese when the coastal Tamils living in this region became Sinhalese within the last two centuries. The vast majority of the Tamils living down south are Indian origin estate Tamils and not the indigenous Eelam Tamils. Most Scots live outside Scotland and so do most Irish , this did not stop Irish independence in their own land or the Scots the right to their land and the right to self determination. As for caste and regional difference Sinhalese are more casteist and practice regional discrimination. Look at the matrimonial advertisements amongst the Sinhalese . Other than some low castes parents only want partners for their offspring from their own caste or higher not lower. As for region even now 90% of the Kandyan Sinhalese still consider the low country Sinhalese lower than them and will not marry into them and consider them not really Sinhalese but Immigrant Indian Tamils who have taken a Sinhalese identity, which is true in most cases. Sinhalese Buddhist sects and orders are caste based and many orders will not ordain monks from lower castes. Unlike the Tamils who will elect a non Hindu or a member of a lower caste as their leader. The Sinhalese will not . Will only elect a Buddhist and only from the upper Govigamma caste. Christian upper castes like the Bandaranaicke Jayawardene ETC had to convert to Buddhism. Please stop posting lies

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        RSSS
        When you use the term ‘indeginous Tamils’ does that include those who practise Christianity and Islam too? A simple, straight forward, unambiguous question. Do not try to resort to personal vilifications like Native Vedda does or beat about the bush.
        Soma

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          Soma Eelam Tamil who practice Christianity are as they are descended from indigenous Eelam Tamils who converted to Christianity. Those who practice Islam are descended from Indian Tamil immigrants and not from the indigenous Tamils. Satisified.

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            RSSS
            Appreciate your straight answer .I had thought that those who practise Islam were there even before the second wave of Tamil immigrants during the British.
            Soma

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        First of all get a real censuses of N-E. There are no more than 10 lax Tamils living there. The rest are scattered all around the island.

        Furthermore, The Scots and Irish have a country of their own. They haven’t settled on English lands and tried to claim it as their because they were the original inhabitants.

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          Shenali, do not be a racist. A civilisation thought to be over 10,000 years subject to carbon dating has been discovered in Settikulam in Mannar by Archaeologist team led by Buddhist priests. This civilisation cannot be Sinhala which evolved in 7th century AD or Buddhist which is 2500 years old. The truth about past history of Srilanka is lying buried and the Sinhalese are not in favour of unearthing them in order to carry on with their racist propaganda denying Tamil presence.

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            So anything beyond the 7th century are Tamil heritage? I don’t know how did you deduce that Sinhalese were sprung up to life in 7th century when the Mahavamsa is dated around 5th century CE. There are archelogical finding of ancient cave people which dated to 30,000 years. Are you suggesting that they too were Tamils?

            Dr. Gnana, please understand; the proximity to the main landmass does not make the island population part of the main land people. Otherwise Japan should be a part of China and England might belong to French.

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              “There are archelogical finding of ancient cave people which dated to 30,000 years. Are you suggesting that they too were Tamils?”

              Yes, they were all Dravidians. Are you suggesting that they too were Sinhalese?

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                Somapala Appuchamy

                As recently as in July this year Prof Indrapala has published a book titled “Ancient Sri Lanka Glimpses of the Past, For Young Adults” – Available at Kumaran Book House.

                I am awaiting for his next book:

                “Ancient Sri Lanka Glimpses of the Past, For Adult Dummies”

                Dedicated to Shenal, Shenali Waduge, HLD M, …………………. sach, bloody nuisance, Eagle Blind Eye, Johnny the English Baby, Champa ……………………….. Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa, Champika Ranawaka, Udhaya Ganapathipillai, Kamalika Pieris, Darshanie Ratnawalli, ………….

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                Give evidence for your conclusion.

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              Shenali, I pity your level of intelligence. Geologically Srilanka and Tamil Nadu were a single land mass. This has been confirmed by NASA and Indian institute of Oceanography that there is a civilisation submerged in the sea between India and Srilanka. There is no such evidence of land connection between Japan and China or France and England. Chinese is the third oldest language in the world and Japanese is derived from it. For Your information, Korean is older than Japanese. Tamil is the oldest language in the world and international linguists feel that at one point of time, all in the world would have spoken Tamil or some form of Tamil. So Sinhala is an off shoot of Tamil like Malayalam, both having similar letters. original people of Srilanka are Veddhas and have genetic similarities with Adhi Vasis of Tamil Nadu proving the same people lived on both sides of the divide. Discovery of urn burial sites and pottery similar to those found in Tamil Nadu proves that the first settlers on both sides of the divide are one and the same people.

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              Continuing, Urn burial sites were originally discovered in north and north west, but the latest one in Galewela suggests that there may be several in all pats of the country establishing that original settlers were Dravidians as urn burials are hall mark of Dravidian civilisation. The discovery of iron age tools in Balangoda does not prove that they were Sinhalese but some akin to Veddhas. Recently in Kathiraveli a seat of Veddha rule was discovered suggesting that they had sovereignty over certain parts of the country. genetic studies conducted on people of Srilanka have found that the core genetic material found in all of them is South Indian. This proves to rest the Aryan origin theory of Sinhala racists. While 2000 year old stone inscriptions in Tamil have been found the earliest one in Sinhala is only dates to 7th century AD. Even the inscription found in Galle had only Tamil, Chinese and Persian and not Sinhala. Tamil had been the first language used in Srilanka for communication and administration and Saivaism is the first religion to be practiced and not Buddhism Was Mahavamsa originally written in Sinhala.

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              Continuing, There was Aryan racist propaganda that Dravidians were uncivilised and learnt civilisation from them, which was blown to pieces by the chance discovery of ancient Dravidian civilisation of Indus Valley. Similarly the Aryan racist propaganda that Sanskrit was the original language from which others like Tamil has been disproved when Tamil was declared older than Sanskrit. This is similar to Mahavamsa racist propaganda about Tamils and their history in Srilanka. Now with modern equipment you cannot tell lies or carry out false propaganda, and all such Sinhala racist propaganda will be proved wrong in the future. Other than people like you it is accepted now that Sinhalese and Tamils have intermingled. This is true of religions too. Your type of arguments will receive applaud only in a sycophantic bigoted Sinhala audience and not among an intellectual international forum. If you are honest go ahead and search for the hidden truth about Srilanka’s past. Going by these findings, Sinhala claim of ownership of entire Srilanka is not tenable.

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              Shenal the blinkered,
              ” the proximity to the main landmass does not make the island population part of the main land people. “

              What you forget, or pretend not to know, is that SL was NOT an island at the time. There is evidence that the Adam’s bridge was negotiable ON FOOT into historical times.

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              Shenal and Dr. Gnana

              “There are archelogical finding of ancient cave people which dated to 30,000 years. Are you suggesting that they too were Tamils?”

              The true Natives are the Native Veddah Aethho, who walked between 8,000 and 30,000 years ago to claim as their homeland, and lived as fatmers, hunters and fishermen. The Sinhala, Tamils and others are later arrivals, called Paras.

              They should get back to their Para-Homeland, India, Bengal, Bihar, Kalinga, Orissa. Andra-Pradesh, South India, Tamil Nadu, Kerala Nadu etc.

              Reference and Full Scientific Human Genetics Article.

              https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258335458_Mitochondrial_DNA_history_of_Sri_Lankan_ethnic_people_Their_relations_within_the_island_and_with_the_Indian_subcontinental_populations

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

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            LOL…the problem in Sri Lanka is Tamil mytho mania lunatics who think there existed a tamil kingdom millenia old prior to Sinhalese and Nalin De Silva followers who say Tamils were brought by Dutch…..

            The truth is in between.

            Sinhala civilisation has been traced to 5 BC. And Sinhala inscriptions from 3 BC have been found all over SL. Unlike Tamil inscriptions where the oldest is found in 10AD.

            It is just commonsense and some rationality is needed to understand the level of stupidity of Tamil myths.

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          The Eelam Tamils also have a country of their own that you Sinhalese are trying to steal. Thanks to the British. Why are you so nasty bitter and mean ? Is it because your low caste slave labour immigrant Indian Tamil ancestors were forced to convert to Buddhism or Catholicism and become Sinhalese?

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            If Eelam Tamils had a country no one wanted to include it into a part of another country. Remember, even Sikkim was regarded as a seperate nation by Brits. Therefore it was highly unlikely that Brits totally forgot about the existance of Tamil Eelam.

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              Stop posting lies . the British included and amalgamated many kingdoms and states into one country for their political and administrative convenience and left others as protectorates again for their own political gain. This sort of behaviour by the western colonials lots of conflicts during the post colonial era due to this arbitrary creation of states and lumping historically hostile people together or dividing ethnicities and making them parts of different states. Imagine is India colonised Europe and created a single state composing the French English and the Germans for their own convenience and then giving this artificial unitary state independence and giving power to the English only , Just imagine the chaos. This is what the British did in the island . They united the Tamil and Sinhalese parts of the island that had remained separate until 1833 and ruled separately from ancient times till then. Even the Portuguese and Dutch ruled the Tamil and Sinhalese parts of the island under their control,as separate colonies. The British only amalgamated the entire island as one, after they defeated the Tamil/Sinhalese kingdom of Kandy and the Tamil Chiefdom in the Vanni ruled by Pandara Vannian. They did this for their own selfish reasons and convenience and not because they thought the Sinhalese were true natives and others were not. By this act they made the Eelam Tamils who were a 100% majority in their own land a minority in the whole island and the Sinhalese who were confined to southern parts of the island so far, a majority in the whole land. Then gave the reigns of power to them in 1948 when they left. They had no right to have done this and made the Tamils third rates in their own land by this act. They should have divided the country as they found or setup a federal state to safe guard the island’s Tamil speaking people( Indigenous India origin and Tamil Muslim)

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              Contd. even the Mahavamsa by trying to discredit the island’s Tamils and portray them as outsiders and foreigners for not accepting Buddhism and the newly forming Sinhalese identity that was evolving with this new religion in the south of the island, did the opposite. It confirmed the presence of Tamils , Tamil lands and Tamil kings and chieftains in the island from ancient times. It also states the king who converted to Buddhism was a Tamil Saivite. His father was king Mootha Sivan meaning the venerated or great Lord Siva. It also confirms the so called Sinhalese hero Dutta Gamini had a Tamil father(Strange Dutta Gamini lived 2300 years ago and a people called Sinhalese only came into existence around the 7Th century) The father’s name was Kaavan Theesan ( the king who guards in Tamil) or Kakkai Vanna Theesan( the black king or the king the colour of the crow in Tamil) . None of the ancient kings who ruled the island , ever called themselves Sinhalese or Aryan as there were not. They were Buddhist or Hindu Dravidian Tamils from India or local Tamil Naga. Kings. Nowhere in the island’s history of large scale migration of Sinhalese leaving their lands in the north or east and Tamils from India migrating and settling in these lands but there is a history of Tamils living in the south from ancient times. From ancient times until recently even during the colonial era , the north and east was recognised as the ancient historical homeland of the island’s Tamils now Sinhalese racists and extremists like you are trying to re write history, to suit your extremist agenda. The is no history of Tamil from South India setting in the north or east of the island but there is enough evidence of the Portuguese and Dutch importing hundreds of thousands of low caste Tamil slaves and indenture labour from South India, like your Karawa ancestors and settled them along the western and southern littorals. They are Sinhalised descendants now make up 50% of the present day Sinhalese. Even DNA proves it is the Sinhalese who are largely of South Indian origin 70% DNA and Sri Lankan Tamils 17%. You can lie but DNA.

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              This is funny, descendant of recently Sinhalised, low caste Tamil slave imports from South India, like Shenal/Shenali , who Indian Tamil Dalit ancestors were imported into the island from South India by the Portuguese and Dutch colonials between the 17Th and 19Th centuries to work as slave labour in the southern parts of Sri Lanka , are now stating the largely upper and middle caste indigenous Tamils from the north and east of the island, who have continuously lived there and ruled their lands, now have no right to their land or for that matter any rights but they have all the rights , just because their low caste Tamil ancestors were forced to convert to Buddhism and become Sinhalese. Is this person trying to be funny? or is she nuts?

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            Real Siva Sankaran Sharma,

            “The Eelam Tamils also have a country of their own that you Sinhalese are trying to steal.”
            Both the Para-Eelam Tamils and the Para-Sinhala Tamils( because they have common genetics from India), are Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and the Paras are stealing the Natives Land. They should get back to their homeland, India, where multiple ethnic groups live.

            The Sinhala, Tamils and others are later arrivals, called Paras.
            They should get back to their Para-Homeland, India, Bengal, Bihar, Kalinga, Orissa. Andra-Pradesh, South India, Tamil Nadu, Kerala Nadu etc.

            Reference and Full Scientific Human Genetics Article.

            https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258335458_Mitochondrial_DNA_history_of_Sri_Lankan_ethnic_people_Their_relations_within_the_island_and_with_the_Indian_subcontinental_populations

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

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          Shenal,

          “Furthermore, The Scots and Irish have a country of their own. They haven’t settled on English lands and tried to claim it as their because they were the original inhabitants.”

          Yes, yes and yes.

          The Scots and Irish have not claimed England as their own, because they have their original homeland when they came and settled in the pristine land of Scpyland and Ireland. Similarly for the English.

          Now, why are the Paras from India, the Para-Sinhala and the Para-Tamils and other Paras trying to claim the Land of Native Veddah Aethho as Sr Lanka and Elam etc. Is it based on the lies and imaginations in the Mahawamsa and other Para-Chronicles? They should get back to their Para-Homeland, India, Bengal, Bihar, Kalinga, Orissa. Andra-Pradesh, South India, Tamil Nadu, Kerala Nadu etc.

          Reference and Full Scientific Human Genetics Article.

          https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258335458_Mitochondrial_DNA_history_of_Sri_Lankan_ethnic_people_Their_relations_within_the_island_and_with_the_Indian_subcontinental_populations

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

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        Resl Siva Sankaran Sharma: YOu have contradicted yourself here. You say Sinhala people are Tamils. THEN WHY DO YOU CRY FOR A TAMIL LEADER ?. Read your crao one sentence by one and understand it your contradiction. If you know the geneology of each parliamentary member in diyawanna Oya, which leader is govigama high caste ? some prominent ones are former Solis (south Indian invaders, they know it).

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      Singalese pundit,
      In the South more Tamils live than North. Can you tell many Tamil Parliamentraians in the South compare to North? Can you tell how many tamil military in the South compare to North ? How many Tamil police man in the South are Tamils and How many Sinhalese police are in the North? How many Tamil provincial ministers are in the South compare to Tamil provincial ministers?

      Do you know where those low country low cast Sinhalese live? Bramins in the North do not act as Monks in the South. There are lots of Monks involve in murder, rape, corruption in the South under the cover of yellow. Sociological problems are not the same as political problem. Political problems lead to social problem. Tell me how many Sinhalese criminals who murdered hundreds of Tamils in 1958, 1977, 1983 were brought under justice? Have you ever heard that the criminals who burnt jaffna library were arrested and charged in courts? Why?

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      Dear Singhalese pundit!

      Do not worry about caste problems among the Tamils. First of all please find a solution to the Caste problem of the Sinhala “Theeravaada” Buddhists!!

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    Dayan Jayatilleka may not concede but the more he writes the more he proves what I had said on October 12, 2017 01:46, on what he wrote on CT. Here I reproduce what I had said:
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    There are times at which the hardliners on the opposite camp are compelled to concede the truth.
    *
    Let me take, ‘Had the B-C Pact been implemented in 1957, we would have had devolution beyond the district from 1957 onward and not have had Prabhakaran instead, or he would not have been anywhere as effective even if he emerged to wage war’ as the axis of my point of view.
    * * *
    The above position of Dayan is not a sign of his wisdom but a signal that he has been alerted.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

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    There are no “moderate Sinhalese”. You either stand by the country OR not. When it comes to their country, Sinhalese never sat on the fence.

    “Moderate Sinhalese” is the smart way to say “traitors”. Smart-traitors!

    The sad thing about betrayal is, it doesn’t come from enemies. It always come from people you trust the most and the people who are known to you. Mahinda is the best example.

    13th Amendment was brought as a solution to end the “ethnic conflict” (nobody had the guts to call LTTE armed struggle as terrorism at the time). The prime condition was both parties laying down arms. Our Army did their part, but LTTE refused. What was government’s rationale to keep the 13th Amendment intact when one party-militants, breached its main condition? Contrary to its purpose, 13th Amendment couldn’t stop the war. When LTTE was militarily defeated in 2009, Mahinda should have abolished Provincial Councils. He didn’t have the backbone then, he doesn’t have the backbone now, to reject federal constitution.

    Some people proudly carry 13th Amendment since 1984. Yeah, no matter how many times a snake sheds his skin, it is always a snake.

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      CHAMPA: 13th amendment and all this Tamil crap provies employment to obese pinguthththaryas who want continue exploitation of the country and manipulation of voters. Otherwise, Suddas would govern Sri lanka as a municipality.

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        Exactly, Jimsofty. If they don’t talk about this crap in their retirement, nobody knows that they exist.

        People must understand what initiated in 1984 will never fit in 2017 where socio-economic problems of the people in the North supersedes political reforms. Northern Provincial Council headed and controlled by Tamils, is a total failure. When Tamil politicians were/are pathetically unsuccessful in handling a small political body even with the 100% support from the central government, how could they handle the entire province on their own? At the end India will take over both provinces, attach them together with Tamil Nadu to form Greater Tamil Nadu, and make Vaiko’s dream come true.

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      Champa

      You said: There are no “moderate Sinhalese”.

      True there is are no “moderate Tamils” too!

      You again said :“Moderate Sinhalese” is the smart way to say “traitors”. Smart-traitors!

      True “moderate Tamils”is also the smart way to say “traitors”. Smart-traitors!

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      Champa, Buddha preached middle path and practiced moderation. Therefore a person following Buddha’s teaching to the full has to be a moderate. I agree with you that there are only a few moderate Sinhalese in Srilanka, as the racist text Mahavamsa has brainwashed the rest to be blood thirty anti-Tamil bashers. People like you should be ashamed of calling your self Buddhist and instead call your selves Mahavamsist.

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        Buddha could have preached the middle path but who ever that thought monks theology told them that the middle finger would explain everything, and they are just showing it.

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    Sarath Weerasekara

    “Sarath Weerasekara declares the Tamil question “a problem non-existent”.

    Because he is the problem.
    This public racist believes National Anthem being sung in Tamil is illegal under the current constitution.

    Country Farce, somass ji, ………………….please let him have a copy of the constitution in Sinhala version. Let him tell us where exactly the constitution state it was illegal to sing Tamil version?

    Dayan the public racist, you are no better than Sarath Weerasekara who “claimed” to have fought wars, in your case you have been a war monger ALL YOUR ADULT LIFE .

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      NV
      What strengthens Sarath Weerasekara’s contention is the argument of Tamil racist donkeys on this column that Tamils(Tamil speaking people) who presently live outside side NE must retain the right to continue even after formation of a Tamil Homeland. If they are so heavily discriminated why do they want to live among the Sinhalese? I am one Sinhalese who supports a separate Tamil Homeland for ALL Tamils (Tamil speaking people) Tamils should be given the choice between a separate Tamil Homeland OR the right to live anywhere. Definitely not both. Sinhalese must make this clear to the Tamils(Tamil speaking people). Just imagine at the Time of independence Mahatma Gandhi demanding Indians must have the right to live in UK too!
      Soma

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        Somass,
        “Just imagine at the Time of independence Mahatma Gandhi demanding Indians must have the right to live in UK too!”

        In case you didn’t know, all Commonwealth citizens (Indians and Ceylonese too) could freely enter the UK ) till the 60’s. Gandhi didn’t have to demand it. That is why there are so many Indians, Pakistanis and West Indians in UK. Those who were in the British Forces got even more preference.
        As to your argument “Tamils should be given the choice between a separate Tamil Homeland OR the right to live anywhere. Definitely not both.”, What do you say to the fact that there are almost as many Muslims in India as in Pakistan?
        Come on, idiotic arguments only convince idiots.

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        somass ji

        “If they are so heavily discriminated why do they want to live among the Sinhalese? “

        I would have thought by now you would have found a credible answer based on a sample survey carried out among them. We have known you for a long time. It is not your intention to find credible answers however you think being a clever dick you should be raising stupid, silly …. questions in order to impress your fellow racists, bigots, …. possibly your partner. .

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        A few Sinhalese like this stupid Soma have never understood the meaning of federalism or they pretend not to understand. They think a federal state means a separate country where the Sinhalese will be sent out from NE and the Tamils will be sent out from the South.

        In a federal system, anybody and everybody can move from one state/province/region to another without any restrictions. Take some examples of countries with federal states like the USA, India, tiny Switzerland, etc. If an American citizen wants to go from Texas and settle in New York or an Indian wants to go from New Delhi and settle in Tamil Nadu or, a Swiss wants to go from Zurich and settle in Sion, he/she does not need any visa/passport or change in citizenship. Similarly, in a federal Sri Lanka, if a Sinhalese from Matara wants to settle in the NE or a Tamil from Jaffna wants to settle in the South, he/she does not need any passport or change in citizenship. Nobody is going to chase them out. No Tamils in the South are going to move to the NE and no Sinhalese in the NE are going to move to the South by having a federal system.

        A federal Southern province means the people of the South are given freedom to look after their own affairs and a federal Northern Province means the people of the North are allowed to look after our own affairs. It is a system of government in which a written constitution divides power between the central government and provincial/regional governments. It is a process of decentralization where power and wealth are shared. It attempts to protect the regional interests in a country like Sri Lanka where the population is so diverse with different needs and political views. The presence of federal/provincial governments in a united country makes it easy for the state to administer local issues and prevents these regions to be at the total mercy of the central government.

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      NATIVE VEDDA: KEEP ON Crying. AT least you had a chance to get your homeland some where in the West. If Sri lanka address the Caste problem by sinhalizing all those low caste Tamils and provide them equal status with sinhala people what would the Triba Tamil politicians and tobacco farmers in Yapanaya be doing after that. Looking for whom to manipulate. Just praise the lord – south politicians who give some punnakku and you live in your Tribbaliam.

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        Jimmy,
        “If Sri lanka address the Caste problem by sinhalizing all those low caste Tamils and provide them equal status with sinhala people “
        So, when will one of these “Sinhalese” from Ambalangoda or Balapitiya become the Asgiriya Mahanayaka? Equality my foot!!!!!!!!

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          Old codger: Why don’t you talk about POPE or the HEad of the anglican church. did you eveer get a black pope. did you ever get a british commoner as the head of the church. did you ever get a Dalit politician as head of the Tamilnadu govt ?. ————– Just leave our country for ourselvves. We have given you a life unlike in Tamilnadu. If you are not happy,……. I know you don’t go back.

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            Gon Jimmy,
            It’s useless trying to talk sense to you, but:
            The Archbishops of York and Woolwich are both black Africans. They have a chance to be head of the Anglican church.
            Pope Francis is Argentinian. One of the candidates was a black African.
            There have been Dalit Presidents of India.
            Will a man from Balapitiya EVER be a candidate for Asgiriya Mahanayaka? Tell the truth. Don’t bring diversions.
            I live in Sri Lanka, You are the one who lives in Canada

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        Idiot and donkey brain Jimbi Shitty, how do you explain the following;
        •http://www.lankalibrary.com/cul/caste.htm
        •http://www.country-data.com/cgi-bin/query/r-13181.html

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    “Maximum devolution within a unitary state” is a contradiction in terms. Don’t our pundits still pull each other’s hairs over ‘united’ versus ‘unitary’ ? ‘Unitary’ by definition means the power is concentrated and necessarily involves MINIMUM devolution. ” On the other hand that ‘maximum’ in that “maximum devolution within a unitary state” is hardly worth taking unless the ‘unitary’ is reduced to a mere word which the government is conspiring to do. Tamil politicians are no fools. The government obviously assumes Tamils can be pleased and Sinhalese can be fooled.
    “Maximum devolution within a UNITED state” certainly involves no such contradiction. The question there is similar to ‘who is above God’ This structure is based on consensus analogous to European union. Given Sinhala Tamil past history and recent 30 year brutal war such “consensual’ existence is a pie in the sky -just wishful thinking. India and USA are stable structures because there are a large number of states and each is small compared to the whole. For example any attempt by Tamil Nadu to breakaway can be easily neutralized by the united conglomeration of all other states. (As a result of the Indo Pakistan rivalry India evolved to be a massive military power and Tamil Nadu eventually seems to have acknowledged the reality). Even this binding pull would not be effective if there was a another island similar to Sri Lanka close to Tamil Nadu with 600 million Tamils. Such is the situation of a federal Sri Lanka vis-a-vis Tamil Nadu. That is why I always say federal Sri Lanka will need huge military resources to keep it federal.
    Soma

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      soma,

      All you have done is eloquently expressed as to how insecure you are! There is no tonic that will cure your illness; you are being consumed by your own stupidity and bigotry!

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        B.I.
        I admit to feeling terribly insecure. Memories of 30 year terror still gives me sleepless nights. Sinhalese should never forget that Tamil political class was not satisfied even with RW-VP pact which surrendered NE to LTTE who were the sole representative of the Tamils at the time but decided to go for the final Vadukkodai objective irrespective of the cost in blood. Crafty Ranil Wickramasinghe is trying to do the same again through Constitutional manipulation. Tamil game plan is to accept this temporarily and then go for the Vadukkodai objective. Another cycle of bloodshed is on the horizon.
        Soma

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          Soma,

          It is conspicuous that the Vaddukkodai Resolution is your fall-back point! The Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists milked this to the maximum because there is nothing else with which they can justify their bigotry and intransigence!

          Apart from VP, no Tamils took the Vaddukkodai Resolution as set in stone. From TULF to TNA have manifested this in deeds but you will not buy it for obvious reasons because there is nothing else you have!

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            Of course, Vadukkodai objective, nothing else.
            Soma

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              somass ji

              Vadukkodai objective along with the resolution was dead on arrival, precisely on 14th day of May, 1976, late evening, just over 41 years ago.

              Tell me did Hindians (who were the enforces or the muscle women Indra) ever discuss about Vaddukottai objectives or the resolution with JR, RP, ….. Chandrika, Dr MR, Sirisena, DR Ranil, or was it taken up by TULF at the round table conference in 1984 or at Thimbu?

              Will you now take your imaginary/random/stupid/ rant back to your mythical drawing board?

              Have you ever had the inclination to read the Vattukottai resolution in its entirety?

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    There seems to be not much difference between the 13th amendment and the new constitution. As far as devolution is concerned. So implement 13.

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    Quite a good write-up by Dr. DJ, who appears to be returning to his political roots (I hope permanently).
    “Admiral Weerasekara says “We are yet to receive an answer to the Tamil “problem”, except getting a barrage of terminologies such as Alienation, Aspirations, Submission etc.” The good admiral must brush up his reading or simply ask former President Mahinda Rajapaksa what was in the Report of the LLRC that he appointed and officially accepted. “
    Many of the ills of this country stem from the rise to high positions of ill-educated narrow-minded one-track “intellectuals” like Weerasekera. The very dregs of society get the plums of office simply because they they are fervent Sinhala Buddhists (not Buddhists). Others fall by the wayside, not being patriotic enough.
    Keep it up, Dr. DJ , but in Sinhala too. I think people like the Admiral can understand your English writing though they may deliver grand speeches at the UN.
    The Sinhala right is led by individuals who keep repeating the same inane questions like:
    How can 2/3 of the coastline be given to the Tamils?
    Can a country so small be Federal?
    Tamils are the majority in Colombo. What is their grievance?

    This only reflects on the intelligence of the questioners.

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      old codger

      Did you know Sarath Sinhale Weerasekara once donated his own Sinha Le to Tamil victims to save their life. He himself single-handedly saved thousands of Tamil victims
      .

      “Many of the ills of this country stem from the rise to high positions of ill-educated narrow-minded one-track “intellectuals” like Weerasekera. “

      Do you think he was recruited to the navy from the miserably failed Pancha Maha Balavegaya brand?

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        PACHA Maha Balavegaya, actually.

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      Old Codger

      “How can 2/3 coastline be given to Tamils?
      Can a country so small be Federal?
      Tamils are the majority in Colombo. What grievance?
      This only reflects on the intelligence of the questioners”.

      Of course they are intelligent questions.

      – Ethnic Federalism is unacceptable to Sri Lanka where there is no ethnic conflict.
      – 13th Amendment which was introduced to end the war had no validity/binding power since 2009, with the ending of war.
      – Ethnic Federalism was/is only mobilized by a certain group of Tamils, i.e. Vellala caste, purely for political advantage.
      – As Wimal explained in his rally on October 14, handing over political power to high caste Vellala Tamils will only make already depressed low caste Tamils more vulnerable and suppressed.
      – Not only that, it will create new minorities/sub-units among Tamils in the North which will eventually turn to armed groups against high caste Tamils.
      – For example: Prabhakaran belonged to Karaiyar, one of the lowest castes. His armed struggle was not initiated against Sinhalese, actually. LTTE was formed as a result of Prabhakaran’s hatred against caste system, class difference, poor educational opportunities for low caste youth (social inequalities). Out of the “big five”; LTTE, TELO, PLOTE, EPRLF and EROS in 1980s, (only) PLOTE was headed by high-caste Tamils. Prabhakaran’s hatred against high-caste Tamils is proof for his selective killings of affluent Tamil leaders who led a double life in Colombo while exploiting poor Tamils in the North. And the conflict erupted between Prabhakaran and KarunaAmman also believed to be derived from the notion that Northern Tamils are superior to Eastern Tamils.
      – In addition to that, size of the country shows the absurdity of handing over ⅔ of the sea to 7% of Northern/Eastern Tamils. (300-words dead.)

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        Champa the practitioner of the oldest profession.


        Here we go again.

        “How can 2/3 coastline be given to Tamils?”

        “In addition to that, size of the country shows the absurdity of handing over ⅔ of the sea to 7% of Northern/Eastern Tamils. (300-words dead.)”

        How much of the sea are you willing to hand over to the Tamils which would make sense? May be 7%. If that is the case how much of the up country are you willing to hand over to the 7% of Northern/Eastern Tamils?

        “LTTE was formed as a result of Prabhakaran’s hatred against caste system, class difference, poor educational opportunities for low caste youth (social inequalities).”

        Well another HLD M history. When LTTE was formed it was the central government responsibility to provide education for all children irrespective of their region, race, caste, religion, ………………………etc. are you blaming the Sinhala/Buddhist government which failed in its responsibility to provide education right across the island?

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          O intelligent Champa,
          “How can 2/3 coastline be given to Tamils?
          Can a country so small be Federal.
          Tamils are the majority in Colombo. What grievance??”
          Go have a look at the map of India. Kerala has a third of the western coastline, with only 27 million out of 1.2 BILLION people.
          Go look at Switzerland. Smaller than Sri Lanka, but Federal.
          David Cameron was Scottish AND the British PM. But he allowed the Scottish referendum. What grievances?
          Am I insulting your intelligence?

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            old codger

            “Am I insulting your intelligence?”

            I am sorry one can only insult something alive and in existence. How can you insult something that is non existence?

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        It should read as:

        Tamil Separatism/Ethnic Federalism – same thing.

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          Champa,
          Idiot Champa and stupid Champa are the same as well.

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        Dear Old Codger!

        “Out of the “big five”; LTTE, TELO, PLOTE, EPRLF and EROS in 1980s, (only) PLOTE was headed by high-caste Tamils.”

        You are wrong my dear!

        EPRLF was led by Vellala Pathmanaba! EROS was created by Vellala Ratnasabapathy and later led by his brother in law Sankar Raji! Leader of TELO Sabaratnam was not a Dalit!! Most of the Tamils working for LTTE in foreign countries in 1980s were vellalas dear!

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    Provincial Councils are white elephants as they will not be able to look after their own province specifically in the North and the East as it is based on ethnicity! If federalism is implemented our Northern brothers will ensure that the language issues and other problems are sorted out in their territory. Then who is going to look after our other communities including the Tamil brothers who live outside the North and East? They too have to have a solution! What we need is to analyze the issues that our Tamil brothers have and find solutions for those issues without attempting to isolate ourselves! The Government has to do it!! do the Muslim brothers also have issues? they have not been very vociferous!

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    Well Said Dayan!, Not that I support every word in this article,but this article is progressive and much more balanced than your previous uttering..

    Now I come to one important matter, “Maximum devolution under unitary constitution”.

    It means what it says, maximum devolution means maximum and nothing less.

    Under this context,

    Implement the 13A means implement it fully- not half hardheartedly or in parts and 13 A+ means implementation of 13A fully and more devolution , but of course within a unitary constitution.

    If this discourse close the gap, then let us continue this constructive dialogue without worrying much about terminology

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    UK defines itself as a unitary State.

    Yet UK is United Kingdom, the word is “united” not “unitary”. “United”: is not a dirty word even if Federal is!, then why this controversy over the terminology!

    Shall, we call Sri Lanka as a “United Sri Lanka” with devolved sovereignty?

    Ireland-a part of the united Kingdom went on its own way and formed the Irish Republic- a sovereign country and the Good Friday agreement allows Northern Ireland to leave UK after a referendum and even Scotland could separate after a referendum

    Why all this fuss in Sri Lanka?

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      Sri-Krish,
      In this “thrice-blessed ” country, English words have completely different meanings.
      “Humanitarian Operation” is not a free operation on a poor patient. It is a bloody massacre.
      “Terrorists” are LTTE members only. JVP members need not apply.
      “Patriot” is someone who supports Mahinda Rajapaksa.
      “Fast-unto-death” means surviving on Lemon Puff.

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        Old Codger

        Grow up, man. Don’t live on lies all the time. Wimal has already replied all bogus lemon-puff story tellers by hitting them with a hammer on their mutton-heads with his 9 and 1/2-day hunger strike, completely refusing 28 meals while in remand custody surrounded by Jail Guards!!!!!

        “At least make your lies believable.” A famous quote by PCoI.

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          Little Champa is upset when we talk about Wimal Uncle !!!!
          The truth hurts!!!!
          Sangiliwansa will never commit suicide, period. He has too much to lose. And he knows where he will end up if he dies.

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            Wimal is too young to be my uncle, idiot. I am as old as Ranil.

            Yeah, the truth hurts and it applies to you not to me.

            Keep on writing, who knows, one day you will write something intelligent.

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              Champa

              “Wimal is too young to be my uncle, idiot.”

              What is stopping him from being your patriotic pimp?

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              Chumps,
              “Wimal is too young to be my uncle, idiot. I am as old as Ranil.”
              Oh, so you are that old woman who was hiding the Lemon Puff down where the sun don’t shine????

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            old codger

            Is it true Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa’s children are being educated in English medium somewhere in Europe?

            If true where did the Sangili get the money to pay for his children’s college fees, board and lodging, …………….. ? If true, he is no longer a smart ass patriot as Dayan believe him to be.

            Does Champa pay for pimp Wimal’s children’s education?

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              N.V,
              I don’t think Dayan still is on Sangili’s side. That’s why dear Champa is upset.

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      UK does not have a written constitution. Therefore how can one say that UK defines itself as a unitary state. The correct wording is though UK does not have a constitution it functions as a unitary state. In UK devolution granted to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is asymmetrical. The formation of United Kingdom explains why this is so. England and Wales are considered together for legislative and executive functions. Therefore the devolution granted to Wales is not substantial. These two entities together with Scotland is called Great Britain, and UK constitutes Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Devolution granted to Scotland was voluntary and substantial including their own Police force, Total control of their land and Scottish pound though controlled by Bank of England. They have their own flag as well as Anthem which they are free to use in their functions. UK being a civilised country tackled Scottish Independence democratically, while Spain being not so is messing about with Catalan independence, and is going to end up in trouble.

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        DR. Ghana Sankaralingam: Are you there because of the the Jaffna Style A/L. UK’s next king is a “Scottish Prince”. How do they be hard on Scotland ?

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          I had my entire education at Royal during which time merit was the only criteria for higher education. I am in UK because of unabated Sinhala terrorism unleashed on Tamils from 1983. If not I will still be resident in Colombo.

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        You have not mentioned that Scotland was an independent sovereign state until 1707.

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      “Yet UK is the United Kingdom,the word is”united”not “unitary”. Federal is not a dirty word either. It only happens to raise ignorant hackles of bigots in SL.?

      To take a cue from UK which is also an island populated by three main indigenous ethnic groups,the english,Welsh and Scots who have different cultures,traditions and have lived in their own regions for millenniums while also inhabitting the rest of the island as well.

      The Scots have their own parliament, their flag the of St.Andrews,their own Supreme Counrt and legal system,and even their own currency. which is legal tender throughout the UK.
      The Welsh have their own Legislative Assembly and their own sword weilding dragon flag which I think may have inspired those who devised the sword weilding lion flag of SL.
      The English have their flag of St.George’s cross to symbolise their respective identities and all three have united under the familier Union Jack as British whilst the Westminster Parliament (mother of parliaments) legislates for the entire country.
      So why not the Sinhalese,Tamils,Muslims and others who dwell in the island who have lived for millenniums following their own traditions,cultures in their respective regions and also live throughout the island likewise have their own respective legislatrive bodies and live peacefully, manage their own affairs by uniting together under a single new national flag without a lion weilding a sword
      a sword with it’s tongue sticking out mockingly at the minorities, that was conceived in bad taste to symbolize majority SB violence and uncouth. against the minorities.

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        Uthungan,

        Scots, Irish and English have well documented history and well defined borders. That’s why they have no issue being Fedaral.

        Tamils in Sri Lanka has no credible history of their own or a well defined boundry for their homeland. All they have is a document written in the Dutch era and a boundryline drawn by the English.

        How can Sinhalese take Tamils seriously then?

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          Only person thing not credible here is you. You can post your Tamil hating lies and half truths at Lankaweb and those racist morons there will receive it as 100% true but most people here, other than the die hard Sinhalese racists will not. Tamils have no credible history but they had l kingdoms and chiefdoms with definite boundaries and even the kings who ruled the so called Sinhalese kingdoms were Tamils and so were the aristocracy. This is why half the signatures in the Kandyan convention is in Tamil. Only thing credible is your low caste Immigrant Tamil South Indian ancestors who were imported into the island by the Portuguese. Your close relatives from southern Tamil Nadu would love to visit from you.

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            No Sinhala soverign nor any colonial power acknkweldged an independent Tamil Kingdom. So who are you to say no? Tamils had no independent homeland in Sri Lanka. That is a proven fact.

            The Kandyan kingdom had Tamil kings because of the choice of Sinhalese people. Tamil kings were like political puppets entraped in Sinhalese political struggle. That is also the reason for adopting Tamil as the language of the court. So it has no connection with mythical Tamil homeland.

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            RSS
            Thank you for saying what I would have said in reply.

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          Shenal
          Why don’t yoiu read your own Mahavamsa if you want to know Tamil history and also the well defined land boundaries that they had in the island without depending on the Dutch crutch.

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            Mahavamsa doesn’t give any evidence to an independent Tamil homeland. It does however give evidence to a regional kingdom around Jaffna which had erupted due to the erosion of Sinhalese power base in North Central Sri Lanka. There are no indication of this regional kingdom declaring their independence.

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              Shenal

              Mahavamsa doesn’t give any evidence to any Sinhala kingdom or any Sinhala kings. After Vijay, right from the Tamil Pandyan king PANDUVASUDEV (504 BC) to KASSAPA VII (1045 AD), all the kings of Anuradapura were either Dravidian Nagas, native Tamils, Pandyans or Cholas. There is no evidence what so ever to prove that any of them were Sinhalese. Most of them got converted to Buddhism but Buddhist kings does not mean Sinhalese.

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          Shenal

          “Scots, Irish and English have well documented history and well defined borders. “

          Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
          When exactly did these borders become well defined and documented in history?

          If you you don’t know the answer, go hide.

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          Shenal

          “Tamils in Sri Lanka has no credible history of their own or a well defined boundry for their homeland.”

          The ground reality as the whole world can see is that the Sri Lankan Tamils are still having a clearly defined (Tamil speaking) territory in the North & East of Sri Lanka where they are living as a separate majority with a separate culture. The demarcation between the Tamil and Sinhala territory (separated by the river during the early period) has existed from ancient times. It is supported even by the Dutugemunu story in the Mahavamsa where King Kavantissa tells his son Dutugemunu “The region on this side of the river is enough” and warns him not to invade the land of the Damilas. However much you try, nobody can change the demography of Tamil North & East of Sri Lanka which was Tamil, is Tamil and will be Tamil forever.

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        Uthungan

        I blame the British for letting the stupid rule this island too soon. Stupids now have turned to fascism because they are not familiar with democracy, as the Brits did not spend enough time educating the stupid masses, their leaders, rulers and bureaucrats.

        If you think about it for many it is a free ride forever because they are the majority and wrongly assume that anything goes because they have superior number.

        Their ancestors never earned their freedom in 1948. It was given to them on a platter. Therefore they do not value freedom, democracy, tyranny of the majoritarian rule, bottom up decision making, ………………….. Its all about one hero, one leader, …………….

        Blame the Brits for planting the seeds for producing fascists in this island. You know Winston Churchill was not a democrat after all.

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          NV
          I have another view about what you have said. about our ancestors of that epoch when the British decided to let go.Our Tamil 20th century ancestors should have told the colonisers that they will settle their constitutional issues amongst themselves and not let Ivor Jennings and Lord Soulbury get involved.
          India said enough is enough having learnt the divisions caused by partitioning the sub-continent and said ‘thank you’ to the departing imperial colonisers and set about dealing with their constitutional issues themselves.
          That is why there is stability there in that land.
          But we Lankans wanted to have every thing done by the British and we are picking up the pieces from that shattring excperience and trying to solve our constitutional jig saw puzzle by making new pieces to fit into a faulty Mahavamsa historical template which does not fit into a 21st century one.
          That is the problem.

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            Since its inception in 1949, the Tamil party ITAK had been accused of being attempting to divide the country by espousing Federalism. This has led to the growth of an erroneous impression among the Sinhalese that Federalism amounts to Separatism. However, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka delivered a landmark judgment of profound importance that has gone against the grain of this “Federalism is Separatism” fallacy. The unitary state in Sri Lanka has brought more misery and suffering to the people of the island than any actual benefit. It has always suffered a constitutional crisis unable to stabilize itself as a democratic polity and has always accompanied the suppression of peaceful life of the Tamil people of this island.

            Unfortunately, even 8 years after the war ended, the Sinhalese are still not willing to give the Tamils their due rights. The Tamils cannot continue within a unitary state anymore. They need to get back to their original federal state as it was before the British united it in 1833. The Tamils may have lost the war but they have not lost their rights to federalism or self-determination.

            Even though Mohd Ali Ginna was a close friend of Gandhi and Nehru, he did not want the Muslims to be ruled by Hindu India and asked for separation (Pakistan) at independence whereas our Tamil leaders foolishly trusted/believed the Sinhalese leaders and accepted the unitary state at independence. The Sinhalese came up with several pacts and promises but finally gave nothing to the Tamils other than breaking their promises, cheating the Tamils, and unleashing violence on their non-violent/peaceful campaigns. The Sinhalese by doing so has totally lost the trust of the SL Tamils. Knowing very well that for the past 69 years the Sinhala leadership cheated the Tamils, even today the TNA is naively trusting the present Yahapalana government believing that they will solve the Tamil National Question.

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    Great discovery after 70 years of genocide perpetrated against the minorities. It is the intention of Admiral Sarath Weerasekera in his position to complete the genocide speedily just as he did in May 2009. As far as he is concerned there will not be any Tamil people and there will be no other Nationals other than Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka. He must be sent world wide to all Countries that have solved their issues with Federal solutions like Canada, UK, Swiss, India etc. that are developed and far ahead of Sri Lanka and bring down the status of those Countries even below that of Sri Lanka he will be a winner and you can hail him. He should be consulted not only by Sri Lanka but by all other Countries with similar issues and he has the chance to become a world wide hero! just like as he is praised in Sri Lanka as a hero for killing thousands of Tamils within a few hours.

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    There are two groups among us sinhalaya.

    1) Some would not want to accept that there do exist discrimination against non-sinhala minorities.

    a) Muslims have been attacked today.
    b) Tamils have been attacked from that day on
    c) Burger communities have no whatso ever representatives in parliament or anywhere else.

    But so called ALT RIGHT Sarath s keep asking ” tell us where the minorities have been discriminated”

    2) There are sinhala groups they dont tolerate any non-violence but are mixed up with their thoughts, whether or not the minorities have been treated as said above. Howefver these people are no passive, they have been just covered by the majority groups in the country that have been manipulated by EXTREMISTS politicians and buddhist monks (Rajapakses, Gonthadipila, Buruwasne are the most abusive politicians in lanken soil ever imerged9

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      Bunjappu, Drop that ‘us’ from “There are two groups among us sinhalaya”. Then your comment becomes a little less implausible. There is no use trying to hide the fact that you are not a Sinhalaya. Remember you are under our radar. You are just a Tiger terrorist with the Nom de Guerre Pavadenavathie and soon you will be put in a concentration camp by Frau Hitler. So, listen up when there is still time.

      You say, Muslims have been attacked today. Have you forgotten that they were attacked ‘yesterday’ by the LTTE? They, killed 542 of them in a rain of machine gun fire while praying in the Kattankudy mosque. The biggest American massacre killed only 58 and they were not at prayer like those Muslims. The Las Vegas massacre took only 10 minutes. that is around a 6 victims per minute. I do not know how long you guys took because everyone knows how good you at massacres. anyway this happens to be the biggest massacre of Muslims and it has remained unbroken since 1983.

      Pavadenavathie, all that makes your efforts at championing the cause of Muslims like Hitler championing the cause of Jews. Stop it and go back to your normal job.

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        You sound to be a grangrene – not just a wound, but incurable one.

        Just because I stand against you to brand me as Tamil ? What a joker are you Edwin ?

        I agree with many but not with you here.

        I love some silvas and gaminies that just want everyone to be treatedw with respect.

        But like some others, I too dont want to hang on talking about cruel past we faced iuntil 2009.

        I though respect all forces and anyone who sacrificed their lives, but never respect or bend my head down to Rajapakshes.

        That makes us both totally different from each other.

        So you go and lick their balls further, we would not.
        We want a good leader to be elected from CS sooner than later. We need Duerte style leaders to command the criminals dominated SRILANKA.

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          Cruel past until 2009? If not for Mara the Lankens would be ruling Lanka. It may suit you because you are a Lanken. But not for the majority who are Lankans. Who is this ‘we’ you are talking about? Samuel, Burampi, Sam and and and Reelawathie?

          Duterte style? perhaps that is the style you used at Kattankudy mosque. Take out the perceived enemy lock stock and barrel. No judge – no jury. Only the executioner?

          That is what happened to your God Prabha.

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            Yes yes, Mara and his magical powers.

            You guys have been fed with all his magical powers. But very same bugger NOT to have done an inch towards reconciliation but to to promote sinhala racism is beyond all bearing.

            You just read it and try to leave your comments. You are here one of the grandpas.

            I really dont want to stay writing to yours again and again. I hate … you the like would never learn it in this life. with not more years to go with yours.

            May be Mara had made good decisions, but just because a doctor to have performed his surgery to the top, he has no right to rape the patient or not Edwin the dimwit ?

            what are these ?Samuel, Burampi, Sam and and and Reelawathie?
            Duterte style? ??????????????????????????????????

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            I simply hate your voccabulary. Let this be the last line to you. You would never see it different. As if a sick person would not see any cure for his symptoms.

            Please Edwin, even after 30 year war, why to hang on talking the past so sharp. Even before Maraya ruined the nation, CFA could save the lives of masses. Why people have upside down and bring one man be the jiant. I really dont think he is a pragmatic leader. He was just a leader but had to take decisions all or not like inthat moment. Even cricket captains have to make so. :::: Now again… If not for ….

            my gosh. I really hate to argue this way. Please have a good life and let us be in peace.

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      I question myself not once several dozens of times who would represent the burgher commiunity in the parliament.

      Who would represent the plantation tamils ?ß

      Who would represent the ahikuntikayas of EDWIN RODRIGO race ?

      We talk high about not districtminating anyone, looking back my race has proved they have it in their blood.

      Going back to Yashoorawaya in which Richard De Soyza was main actor, I felt that was reflection of our people then. I had Lokuththathas that behaved as if they are no similar to normal category.

      Not just long ago, we got WUS meetings in Europe. Most Royalists or all boys and girls of Colombo schools looked down upon the tamil presentees.
      That is how our my people have been brought up.

      I think this may be the problem with EDWIN too. He comes every other sentense attacking minorities. Very good example to represent the stupid folks back in home country.

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        Bunjappu, I have been called a donkey, a moron, a sick mind, GONTHADIYEK, grangrene, a wound, ahikuntikaya, sand all other sorts of demeaning names by you and your clan of Lankens. Go through my comments and you will find that I have never used that sort of insult on you. I may have been sarcastic and humorous. But never used that kind of language.

        But the worst thing is that you have insulted the Sangha that we hold in reverence. That is what hurts most.

        Do you own CT or are you one of those who decides CT comment policy? If CT wants to ban me, so be it. It is not the end of the world for me.

        It is clear that you cannot stand any opinion that is even slightly different from yours. Since Bunjappu, Seelawathie, Sam, Samuel, Punchi Burampi, Darunuwathie are all one person, it must be nice to talk to each other. No one to oppose, no one to disagree. No Edwin to disturb the peace. You only talk to yourself. If that is the type of CT you want, go right ahead and ask for it. Let us see if that will be granted.

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    President MR or any other previous leaders had their own commitments, but some work for them have been devious than the other. Most of among the best example Dayan Jaythilaka and any other men that being in the media scene to help the extremists groups but saying that they would not is beyond all ethics and morals.
    This man DJ has been one of the few high profile rabblerousers we the lankens ever produced. There are other levels of their supporters back them always so long the men would rock around the saffron robe wearing radical thought bearers. What actions any govt took against buddhist aggressive monks have sofar been comparably no reasonsable. Few days ago I have read somewhere, a monk by name samantha badra has sought apology from Mahanayakas for not even distinctive reasons. However, those agressive monks that even caused Aluthgama riots or any other clashes between minority folks and the extremists sinhalayas were let scot free even today.
    No long ago, the very radical monks that publicly attacked ROHINGYA refugees got bails for no reasons. THis country thelaw bound system let any high criminals to repeat them on their return from the custody.
    Had the kin dof incidents been the case with any european country, they would not let THOSE men robe wearing or not allow the kind of crimes again. That is the mechanism theyapply in such situation. Our systems have been very NOT powerful enough to tackle anything. They just stay criticising the other for decades long.
    Alone to get passed not tiny changes to the prevailing law bound systems they would take years.

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    Dayan the self confessed war monger, the public racist

    Did you type this while standing on your head?

    Many see no difference between Sarath Sinhale Weerasekara and you, both have been actively involved in campaigns for antidemocratic deep state, yearning the return of the only strong leader, Mahinda the country, …………. to run an unaccountable fully fledged Sinhala/Buddhist Fascist state, …………….

    Well smart ass patriotism does not lead to a vibrant democratic state but a state where crooks, thieves, hypocrites, war criminals, ………………………………… could hide their crimes.

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    the problem is that prov council boundaries are artificial drawn up by the british arbitrarily
    .that is why there are alternative proposals made by others such as districts and others proposing going back to the old Sinhalese divisions like rajarata ,ruhunu rata Malaya rata etc
    this should be sorted out first before we adopt 13A

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    For a crowd who ask for a separate country since 1940s, even a little devolution would be a stepping stone. Chelvanayakam’s motto was “Now little, more later”

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    It is easy to quote from the LLRC Report as DJ has done. However, The LLRC report is only a written record of old Tamil grievances. Demands based on that should not rule future policy for the whole of Sri Lanka. A look at high posts in government and wholesale trade in Pettah shows these complaints are bullshit. Now the cliptips are buying all the houses from Kollupitiya to Matara and there will be nothing left for the Sinhalese very soon. As to the native vedda’s attack on Admiral Weerasekera, who takes any notice of conspiratorial comments by Belgian Jewpidity? We need to take all the land back. These ikey-mos are trying to change the entire world to their advantage. Ddividing Sri lanka is part of that evil plan. WE WILL FIGHT.

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      Buddhaghosha – Sounds like Head of Costa Nostra

      “A look at high posts in government and wholesale trade in Pettah shows these complaints are bullshit.”

      Could you make some data available to us so that we too can be satisfied like yourself. By the way how long you been in deep slumber in the deep Southern ghetto?

      “WE WILL FIGHT.”

      Bravo, Go fight the Hindians, last time where were you and your armed forces hiding when IPKF came enforced 13th Amendments.

      We shall go on to the end, we shall hide ourselves behind our women folks,
      we shall hide on the seas and oceans,
      we shall hide with growing confidence and growing strength, we will not fly our forces in the air, we shall defend our bum, whatever the cost may be,
      we shall not fight them on the beaches,
      we shall not fight them on the landing grounds,
      we shall not fight them in the fields and in the streets,
      we shall not fight them in the hills;
      we shall never fight them, ….
      We shall hide our armed forces behind VP’s bum, if he is still alive??????????????

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    For all his erudition Sarath Weerasekera is hardly the model of a very Modern Major-General. His proclivities and selective memory are the hallmarks of a certain type of Sinhalese. His well meaning interventions to defend the cause of fighting are legendary. He is in the van of the right wing school that believes fervently that this a Sinhalese-Buddhist country. The other ‘minorities’ exist by kind courtesy, and should be grateful for what they are given, and what freedoms they enjoy. The longer the Sarath Weerasekera’s and others of his ilk hold out for their bigoted racist views, the longer our blessed land will wallow in a limbo of no war, but no peace. Just a miserable getting along.

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      Spring Koha

      “The longer the Sarath Weerasekera’s and others of his ilk hold out for their bigoted racist views, the longer our blessed land will wallow in a limbo of no war, but no peace. Just a miserable getting along.”

      Whether we like it or not these bigots have young followers and they believe every lie these bigots utter. There is a steady supply of enough young racists/fascists to replace him.

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        What to do Native Vedda,

        Young racist/fascist vermin are coming along like a bad rash these days thanks to our local school curriculum that surely has been prepared by shitty Cyril Mathew and his henchmen. Sadly, the way things are going right now, the racists and fascists will, like pariah dogs, beggars and taxes, be with us for some time to come. I cannot see a true liberator on the horizon right now.

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    Spring Koha, I take it you are also a burger-named folk lime me. But all we ‘burgers’ (some say buggers!) have to get used to and live with the “school that believes fervently that this a Sinhalese-Buddhist country” as you have put. After al, our ancestors came from Europe and stole their land and women. My own ancestors started sugar cane plantations at Baddegama. But we had to give the land back in 1971 and I moved to the UK. I thank Mrs B. for doing that. My point is, we have to accept that we are leftovers in someoneelse’s country and now we have to live under their conditions. Sad but true. I expect your response.

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      Hi Menna aththa/ muttal Ganesan/ Lankaputhra,
      So you’re now Chief cleaner at Brit Toilets, eh? That’s rather an improvement on Chief Ground Engineer/ coffin examiner at Baddegama cemetery. My kind regards to your co-inmates.

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      Baddegama Winter

      As far as I am aware my ancestors were born and bred in old Ceylon, and I was born in the time that independence was still being dreamt about, one sunny mid-day when a Spring Koha sang, in a lying-in-home built by the great Moratuwa philanthropist Charles Henry De Soysa. Our family has a mixture of good Ceylonese/Sri Lankan genes and we have family members who are Christian, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist and None. I really shouldn’t claim membership of the lofty Burgher clan – too high for me! (Note: It is Burgher not ‘burger’ or bugger.) But my point is that we who inhabit this blessed island are all creatures of circumstance, and except for a very few have all mostly been born here (by accident or design) but none can or should claim proprietorial rights. We are all but stewards charged to look after this very desirable island, and preserve it for the generations to come. I enjoyed the privilege of being taught by British Christian Missionaries, Burghers, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims; you cannot get a more rounded Sri Lankan education, and I am grateful for all they taught me.

      I know sleepy Baddegama and Ganegama and had connections there and have visited the excellent Christ Church, and Winters Ferry and heard of the legendary Winter and Bowman families who developed the Pilagoda Valley. I was last in the area in 2015 and thanks to the new highway you can be in the outskirts of Colombo within an hour.

      I hope you are happy in the UK; surely you must miss the bucolic warm delights of Baddegama and the soft breezes that blow over from the turquoise Indian Ocean.

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    What’s up with DJ’s thought process lately?

    Did the gravitational waves from the colliding stars momentary align his brain cells or what?

    So, DJ, you agree on the state sponsored crimes committed against Tamils in 58 and 83 but forget to mention slathering of 40K+ Tamils in 2009?

    Oh sorry, you were the team lead to justify that massacre in UN right? And you thought you fooled the world with your justifications right? Only time would tell you were successes full or not your game plan.

    But guess what that work gave a chance for your wife to boast about your political science skill sets and made her as a scholar as well on UN policies!

    Is you recent flip on your thought process because of your 2nd attempt to salvage the reputation of his fan base? Do you worry now that your fan base would be caught sooner than later with their pants down?

    Don’t jump from a leaking boat DJ. You should stick with your true policies. At least you would be treated like a hero by your fans (remember VP?) even if you lose the end game.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka
    Why did you join the EPRLF? What does the letter ‘E’ refer to in the acronym EPRLF? Do you think all of us are fools How many deaths of the Sinahlese are you responsible being a member of a Eelam group? You fool you think you can shout and hide your dirty past?

    I am speaking to you, you bafoon answer me and for the others who know your dubious past, and now you are pretending you were one of the saviors. You should be locked in jail like many Tamils now locked up without any hope of release and it is this fear that makes you act like the strongest Sinhalese trying save them from the Eelam group.

    How many Sinhalese did you kill when you were with EPRLF? All your pro Sinhala shouting will not help you to cover your dirty past killing Sinhalese as a Eelam member.

    Readers and contributors of Colombo Telegraph do not trust this cunning man. He was with Eelam and now talking pro Sinhala.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka starts ~ “The Sinhala Alt-Right & The Tamil Question” with a Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara quote “Simply show us how the Tamils are being discriminated against and where.”
    Is this off a book or something Dayan? Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara is dumb even if allowance is made to the fact that he was from Lankan Navy. Other shades of this question
    MR: There are no minorities
    GR: My son was discriminated at a US university.
    Another notable Lankan Navy idiot is Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe. This man used to anchor north of Jaffna and shell shell shell. For doing this “heroic” deed he was rewarded with High Commissioner position to Australia. Remember Trevor Grant – writer/cricket commentator? He wrote “Sri Lanka’s Secret” after meeting victims of the Lankan civil war. This Thisara Samarasinghe went to the publishers (Monash University Press) and demanded the publication be stopped! He made a fool o himself!
    Number of Lankan armed services high ups are persona non grata overseas.
    To appreciate the contents of the last paragraph of present article, think of Bangladesh. Bangladeshis have almost forgotten the Ayub Khan oppression.
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    The majority of the Sinhalese people and the Sinhala leaders are of the view that the Tamils are second class citizens and should be subjugated. Therefore the LLRC report or any other similar views are irrelevant to the Tamil people. Vaddukoddai resolution and Thimpu talks are just words and not in any way beneficial to the Tamil community. The Tamils jointly take a firm stand, without division, do what the Catalonians are doing now. If the Sinhala people cannot accede to the requests of the Tamils for a federal status in Sri lanka, then the Tamils living in the North and East should call for a referendum for secession. The voices of Sambanthan and Sumanthiran are not the voices of the Tamil people. It is true that the weakness of the Tamil people are taken as an advantage by the Sinhala people.

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      SELLUM: YOu are some one who canvass for the mono-ethnic tamil enclave. YOU do not majority Tamil wishes in Yapanaya or the eastern Sri lanka. The bst option, Sri lanka must sinhalize Those Tamils and treat them like sinhala people. Sinhala society should reach to those people by helping them economically.

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    Can some one List the so called Grievances here please, in point form…..

    I know a few which the Vellala Party Leaders have announced..

    * Kid Abraham wants Buddhism out of the Constitution.
    * Samabnadan wants all lands given back to his people.
    * And all Tamil Terrorists released forth with from custody, Remand and Jail..

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      * Whats wrong with removing Sinhala/Buddhism from constitution? You are worried thieves, racists, war criminals, human rights abusers, you, Dr Gota, Dr MR …………………. are no longer able to hide behind CHAPTER II of the Sri Lankan constitution.

      * Sambandan wants the land-grabbers to return the land to the rightful owners.

      *Those who were detained in remand custody for unspecified length of time without being subjected to the due process of law should be release.

      Please go away. Come back and ask some intelligent questions. Your stupid questions have adequately been answered. Do you think you are clever?

      Have you ever been to Malawatu temple?

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        Dear Native,
        I don’t thin I am clever……..I am clever…
        Here are some real time grievances for your information…….
        Poor Sun burnt and malnourished women , who put their hands out while pushing the CMC Garbage Cart along the Marine Drive,……
        while over sized Gentlemen and Gentlewomen with flabby belles as well as buttocks pound the pavement to shed excess expensive Calories they consume every day and three times for that matter……
        Then the poor Pregnanat women, Young Girls and Middle aged women trying to get in to CTB buses in Wellala Gardens, while their neighbours sit in the back seats of their chauffer driven Beamers, Mercs and Pajeros……
        Estate laborours who sun bake every day carrying that Cane Basket hanging from their head to put food on the table for the kiddies………..
        Inhabitants of Wellawatta palama who gather near the Jaffna Luxury bus parking area to , listen to Baila and do a boogy, while your UNP mates fork out LKR 25,000 each to Wine and Dine, while Welcoming the 3rd Yahapalana New Year at the Kinsbury……
        Now please tell me these are not genuine grievances our inhabitants have.?………….
        You think Dr Ranil and his buddy Vellala Sambnadan have these in their MOU as priority issues to be addressed and fixed ?………

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “Now please tell me these are not genuine grievances our inhabitants have.?”

          That should have informed you nothing has changed in this island in the last 70 years. Then remind yourself, since 1956 we have witnessed governments of the Sinhala/Buddhist people, government by the Sinhala/Buddhist people, governm,ent for the Sinhala/Buddhist people. Between 2005 and 2015 we had government of Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

          Lately it seems the government is for the Sinhala/Buddhist Fascists.

          Clever does not mean:
          -unwise, injudicious, misguided, imprudent, impolitic, incautious, ill-considered, ill-judged, ill-conceived, ill-thought-out, badly planned, inexpedient; foolhardy, hare-brained, rash, hasty, overhasty, short-sighted, thoughtless, unthinking, careless, reckless; foolish, silly, asinine, wrong-headed; crazy, crackpot, crackbrained, cock-eyed; daft ……………

          You got the meaning of clever wrong.

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    Well it’s not surprising that Dayan , Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara,other Sinhalese racist in CT et el cannot see through the evolution of the Tamil Question from basic Grievances in the early days through to Federalism during Chelva days culminating to a demand for a separate Tamil Nation during the LTTE days. If the Basic Tamil Grievances were addressed at the formative days of Sinhalese discrimination and violence against the Tamils the evolution to a separate state would not have materialized but snipped at the bud.
    Now the reality is that we have journeyed through the grievances road and have arrived at no return Tamil Nation. The Tamil nation could be of any form, full separate state, a state within the unity of Sri Lanka, a federal state, a fully devolved provincial council etc. However since the demise of the LTTE there is no appetite for a Separate State in the short term. But if the Sinhalese people fail to acknowledge the journey of the Tamil Question from a basic grievance to full blown war for a separate state, that appetite may return. So Dayan get on your bike.

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      Rajesh, keep dreaming. No one would want to destroy your day dreams! When you wake up from your deep sleep, tell your anti Sinhala racists and the history distorted leader like C.V. Vigz to open the doors of Kovils to Pallers, Nalawers, Naviders etc., before demanding never attainable eelam or mislead you guys in the darkness.

      Unlike you baby separatists, a leader like GG. P once said in the parliament they do not receive tax invoices in Tamil language when he had been asked what were the discrimination Tamils experience in Sri Lanka! So much to the so called “discrimination”!

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        Max …wake up man! ……for gods sake who pays tax in Sri Lanka. ? or perhaps only Tamils pay Tax in Sri Lanka, that’s discrimination for you

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        max moron

        “ell your anti Sinhala racists and the history distorted leader like C.V. Vigz to open the doors of Kovils to Pallers, Nalawers, Naviders etc., “

        Please tell us when did the Grant Dukes of Mahanayakes open their inner sanctum to the ordinary Sinhala people? Since the creation of the posts of Grant Dukes of Mahanayakes how many non Govias been appointed as the the head of the Sanghas? Let me have a break down of the Names, Castes and the years in which candidates from depressed caste were elected Grant Dukes.

        If you haven’t got a clue don’t bother don’t hide.

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    Dayan J is spot on ; If MR has implemented 25% of LLRC recommendations relating to the reconciliation process and prevented people around him carrying racially motivated criminal acts ; he would have been the President even today

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      Arun Kumaresan

      “Dayan J is spot on”

      Whatever this public racist writes today at this moment in time may change in a day or two. He takes 64 positions all at the same time.
      He does not know what position he holds dear to his heart. Only the intellectually honest person knows what he stands for.

      Haven’t you noticed that his newly found friends are Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa, Dr Gota, Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera, Fr. Wimal Thirimanna, Sarath Weerasekara, Thamara Kunanayagam, Manohara de Silva PC, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Rushdie Habeeb and Dr. Seetha Arambepola.

      This should tell you something about this public racist war monger and war crime denier. Had you known him for many years you would rely on his non existent Intellectual honesty. His only point is he changed as he once typed because everything around him had changed.

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        //Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa, Dr Gota, Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera, Fr. Wimal Thirimanna, Sarath Weerasekara, Thamara Kunanayagam, Manohara de Silva PC, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Rushdie Habeeb and Dr. Seetha Arambepola.//

        They are openly anti LTTE, anti terrorism, anti separatism. So, NV, you attack them because you are a lover of what they oppose for?

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          max

          Like you they are stupid, bigots, racists, anti people, anti democratic, support fascism, support injustice, human rights violation, ……………. never raised a finger against corruption, nepotism, white vans, rape, ………………………

          “So, NV, you attack them because you are a lover of what they oppose for?”

          No Maximoron,
          we oppose what is evil, support what is needed to progress this island and what is needed by “MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE”, which means empowering people , liberating them from Sinhala/Buddhists fascism, …………….

          FYI I have opposed LTTE, Opposed Separatism, and Opposed building a Sinhala/Buddhist Fascist Ghetto.

          As a supporter of Sinhala/Buddhist Fascist Ghetto you are committed to opposing all progressive politics.

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      Not just that only, lot more went criminal in his 2 nd term:

      He could not bear the respect he earned – the admistration made it, from the gulliable people. Most of them were facing all grievances but the bugger thought the crown made on him is eternal.
      There is a saying in sinahala vernacular – katusage kare raththaran baenda wage. He could NOT bear the respect given by some classes of the soceity. He even appointed and allowed artistes to go on singing on his magical powers. No body else, but he thought he should be the one to stay in power. 18 Amendment and dismissal of then CJ that way all were anti constitutional. But punnaku eating parliamentarians were made to bend their bandy necks down to anything expressed by the Rajapakshe stupid family. All these worked synergistically creating all hatreds oon this family.
      They did not even respect same age youth that played better rugby than their sons.
      Taking the life of a young man that way should be connected with all jeallousy, malice and viciousness.
      Alone the accident to be made a fake to save their bums and let it further stay not bringing proper verdict – is a CURSE to entire muslim community in the country.
      Muslim poöliticians stay mum as their both ends have been sealed off.
      No matter their community would have been attacked by Rajapakhse goons, they just go on with their politics.
      This is typical to srilanken politics.
      I think we cant see that dream anymore.
      We need leaders of social democratic but commanding nature. I think that is not even in sight unfortunately.
      JVPrs have no chances. They are just on to attack the other.
      They cant get a mandate in this country in current context.

      God bless srilanka !

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    The ultra-racist DJ is giving advice to the Alt-Right and the Far-right Sinhalese ! This racist DJ is advocating that the Tamils shouldn’t be given a any sort of governing powers under a federal setup, but the Tamils must be ruled, governed and oppressed by the Sinhalese racists under the Sinhalese Buddhist rule under the unitary setup! What a racist!

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