18 November, 2018

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The TNA’s ‘Emil Savundra Method’ Of Constitution-Making

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

There was a famous or rather, notorious fraudster in the UK in the 1960s. His name was Emil Savundranayagam—Emil Savundra for short. He defrauded fire, auto and marine insurance holders and wound up in jail, where he served six out of an eight year term –during which time he was also suspected of feigning/self-inducing a medical condition. He died fairly shortly after release. I recall my father Mervyn de Silva interviewing him as part of a special feature for the Sunday Times Insight Team (London). Emil Savundra defrauded those poor citizens who thought they had fire insurance but found they had none.

The stated aim of the new constitution or the constitutional reforms is to defraud the majority of the Sri Lankan nation, i.e. the Sinhala community, who are holders of an insurance policy which guarantees a unitary state in letter and spirit, form and content. In short, it is to do an Emil Savundra on the majority Sinhala ‘shareholders’ of Sri Lanka.

If you say one thing and do quite another, that’s deceit. If you stick one label on something but sell quite another, then that’s fraud—a criminal act. Going by what TNA’s MP Mr. MA Sumanthiran has said on the record, that’s exactly what the new Constitution is intended to do. Mr. Sumanthiran says that the content of the Constitutional changes will be federal but the label will not say that. TV news showed Sumanthiran speaking in Jaffna, confirming that the Interim Report of the draft Constitution fulfils the two fundamental requirements of federalism though the term itself isn’t used. If confirmation were needed he is also quoted in the state-owned Sunday Observer saying “The new constitution will be based on the federal system although it will not be indicated in such terms”.

In other words, the wrapper will say one thing but the content will contain another thing. The wrapper will say unitary or won’t say anything at all. The content will be federal. The Constitution will be a disguise or will be disguised: federal masked as unitary.

What is the purpose of this despicable lie and who is the intended victim? Why not call something by its real and true name? If a Constitution is going to be, in effect, federal in content and character, that must be for a reason. The obvious reason is that the drafters think that federalism is good. Then why don’t they say it openly? Why unitary on the outside and federalism on the inside? Why this covert federalism? Why not just come out of the closet and participate in a Federalist Pride parade?

If federalism is sought to be introduced because it is good, then why not explain that to the people? Why hide it under the unitary label? Is it because federalism is good only for some but not for most, and the constitutional changes are meant to benefit some, not most, few not many –and certainly not all? Is it that for the fortunate few to have the benefit of federalism, the many have to vote for it without knowing that they are voting for federalism? What arrogant presumption, fused with the vilest dishonesty and fraudulence, is this? 

The logic is disgustingly simple. The Sinhalese are allergic to federalism but the Tamils want it. The rational, intelligent thing to do would be to recognize that the Sinhalese are not a bunch of natives who are superstitiously scared of the word federalism but have a legitimate anxiety about the concept and content of excessive, centrifugal decentralization, given the long chronicled history of this ancient nation and the geopolitical reality of Sinhala uniqueness and isolation in the global milieu taken together with the extreme proximity of Tamil Nadu and the resultant sense of vulnerability. It is an existential question.

The solution is to find a compromise that represents a consensus between the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim positions; a compromise and consensus which must of necessity reflect the material fact that the Sinhalese are an overwhelming majority. But no, the makers/drivers of the Constitution do not wish to do this.

But why not? Because the intent of the new Constitution is to be reflected in the contentnot the wrapping and labeling– namely to give the Tamils a federal system. In short what is intended is not the protection and welfare of the country as a whole, but of the Tamil minority. Worse still, what is intended is not to give the Tamil people of this country what would be viable by virtue of also being acceptable to the majority –real devolution/autonomy within a real unitary state– but to give the Tamil people outside this country, in Tamil Nadu and the Diaspora, what they wish, at least in the short run, for the Tamil minority of Sri Lanka!

Smuggling is a crime. It is a crime that used to be widespread in the cradle of the Tamil Tigers, Velvettiturai. Now this criminal subcultural practice has been transferred to the realm of Tamil politics. Federalism is to be smuggled in disguise past the Sinhala majority by labeling it unitary, and handed to the Tamil minority.

Why not call it federal or stay silent but keep it unitary in content? Why call it unitary but make it federal in content? Not that this would be OK, by why one lie and not the other? Why tell the Sinhalese “hey, look it says UNITARY here!” while telling the Tamils “psst, Thambi, its REALLY federal”? That is because the intention is not to fool the minority and grant something beneficial to all, still less to the overwhelming majority, but to do its exact opposite: fool the vast majority and favor the minority.

The obvious counterargument that the TNA will use is that it insists on a referendum so that the Sinhala people have the right to endorse or oppose. But what will be placed before the people? A fake constitutional package which reads “unitary” and is actually federal!

The practice of the Velvettiturai smuggler has now been escalated to the next level, of the Velvetitturai designed explosive device or booby-trap, such as the one that was meant to go off in Sri Lanka on an Air Lanka flight but actually exploded at Meenambakkam airport while on the luggage conveyor belt. The Constitutional package is rigged to detonate if rejected. Either the Sinhalese vote “yes” in sufficient numbers (as on Jan 8th 2015) and federalism is safely smuggled through to the waiting Wigneswaran and Ananthi Sasitharan, which will then serve as a platform for a separate state or a pan-Tamil merger with Tamil Nadu (watch the Kurds) or the Sinhalese reject it and it ‘detonates’ as a plebiscite showing the world that the Tamil areas/Tamil speaking areas voted for self-determination.

Of course, the TNA’s preference for a new constitution and the inevitably attendant referendum is most likely to kill off the chance of implementation of the 13th amendment through an amendment and a two thirds majority, but for a community that produced and cheered on more suicide bombers than did any Islamic group, the tactic of suicide-bombing can be seamlessly extended to the political process. This suicide bomb of a federal Constitution labelled unitary, will blow up the TNA’s UNP ally and partner as well.              

While the duplicity and fraud about to be perpetrated on almost 75% of the country’s citizenry establishes the sheer bad faith of the makers of the new Constitution, the institutional matrix from which it emanates calls into further question the legitimacy of the entire enterprise. A 52 member Joint Opposition is not recognized as the parliamentary opposition. Thus the South is effectively disenfranchised. This disenfranchisement is enhanced by the dismissal of local authorities and the non-holding of overdue elections to those authorities. Not only is the new constitutional package sought to be introduced a counterfeit (federalism masquerading as a unitary state) but the very matrix it issues from is partly illegitimate. Thus the new Constitutional fruit is poisoned twice over.   

While Sri Lanka is no theocracy, neither, regrettably, is it a secular state. More importantly and even more regrettably, it is hardly a secular society. Indeed it is a society in which religiosity and religious fundamentalism are manifest and pronounced. When the most influential strata of the clergy of the religion adhered to by almost 70% of the country’s citizenry stands opposed to a drastic change of or in the Constitution and is therefore likely to campaign against it from every temple and on the streets at a Referendum, a shaky governing coalition must be irrationally self-destructive to proceed with its adventurist project.

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    All these years Sri Lankan had the Emil Savundranayagam insurance policy toward to Tamils and fooled the entire World, too bad this example back fired on you what you were trying to misleading the people

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      Dayan buddy,

      In the morality stakes good ol’ Emil Savundranayagam was your equal. ……… But he was a lot smarter and a lot more successful at him game …… At least he was a step up from the White vans; had a few Rolls to drive around. …….. Then again he had the smarts to set-up his own rackets ……. You are so inept, you have to latch on to Rajapakses’ rackets. ……. All your heroes have screwed/robbed our own country. At least he robbed/screwed the detested ex-colonials. In a Land where the greatest heroes are the crooks who rob our own money good ol’ Emil at least robbed some of the money the colonials robbed from us! …… If Mahinda is a hero, is Emil not considered a true hero of Mother Lanka because he is Ta Ta Ta Tamil? Haven’t produced a bogus ancestry to claim Sinhalese-ness, eh?…….. Man, at 60 you should at least be able to get your priorities right. ————–

      And we are all living in hope for Mahinda, Ranil, Sirisena, Gota, Weerawansa, Vasu, Dinesh, …………… to deliver us to the promised land, eh? …….. Man, haven’t seen a motley assortment of pristine adult idiots in one place in a lifetime. ……..

      Only in the sunny isle of paradise!

      ………. The only non-patriot still standing, writing from the last refuge.

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        Nimal

        Did’nt Dr. Saundra tell that White supremacist David Frost “I am doing to you (the British) what you did to my country for 200 years” or something along those lines? I am not condoning Savundra’s Insurance fraud but I think he had a point to make – warped perhaps.

        Backlash

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          Backlash,

          I am sorry; didn’t see this until now.

          ” or something along those lines?”

          Yes, I think it was a part of his defence. When caught, we all do it. :)) From the old footage, he was quite savvy and articulate …….. gave as well as he got.

          It’s how we are conditioned to see things. Emil S is only a convenient scapegoat. That’s how we are conditioned to look at “villains.”
          Why is that, people who have done worse things than Emil S; people who have committed murder get respect and talked of in hushed tones, if they are in ( or get to ) high office? It happens in this very forum!
          What happened to all the Republicans who came out in self-righteous indignation to condemn Trump after the outing of his “grabbing” video? Who are they sucking up to now? …………. It’s all just smoke and mirrors. Great human theatre. Should enjoy it while we still can; nothing much’s gonna change. Humans will always be human; to expect anything else is our own folly. …………..
          Human relative morals/ethics are harder to comprehend than Einstein’s shindig.

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            “”to condemn Trump after the outing of his “grabbing” video? “”
            yes conservative english tried to use locker room stuff while obama was in the room. American campus girls at european universities are not too far from making similar comments on the street- `suc* muy pu**y is very common. I have heard this often from late 80’s.
            “”Who are they sucking up to now? “” To the american billionaires as usual and the American billionaires in the arms trade are surrounding The Donald to prevent him from writing off the public debt of $$18 trillion. If anything thing like that goes through then The Donald would end up like JFK the darling of the media and goats like you- can’t do won’t do saying life is like that- playing to the gallery. Go find some 5-H-1-T canons and shoot – raptor!

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          “”“I am doing to you (the British) what you did to my country for 200 years”””
          that is the song of many africans coming to the west on their own- so emil never invented anything on that count.

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        Nimal your response is superb. There can’t be a better summing up of this foolish academic who sings for his supper. The only chum he can find is good old GLP.

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    Dear Dayan, with so much of your education especially in Political Science, your intelligence seems to be clouded by your racist mind set. Look at UK where there is no written constitution, but for all purposes functions as a unitary state. It has devolved powers voluntarily to Scotland which is federal in nature. This is exactly what Srilanka should follow to overcome the impasse on nature of state, and this is what the consensus was among the participants. In UK did this federal type of devolution lead to separation of Scotland despite Scottish nationalists being strong and ruling. In the referendum it was defeated, and now the clamour for another referendum has died down as the people did not want it. Find out why this is happening in Scotland. It is because Scottish people are treated in a fair manner and are allowed to enjoy their autonomy without interference. Due to this, economic factor overcame nationalism. In contrast, devolution is being talked about not voluntarily but due to foreign pressure and that is the reason why Sinhalese are reluctant to move forward. Do what English are doing to Scotland and grant substantial powers and territory (north-east merger with alteration of boundaries in a fair manner) to Tamils and allow them to govern themselves without interfering. If you follow this advice I will guarantee to you that there will not be a demand for a separate state. However if you refuse to share power or territory in an equitable manner and start interfering as what you are doing now with the governor and security forces including police, do not blame Tamils if they demand for independence to live in dignity and safety.

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      Dr GS
      “….Tamils if they demand for independence to live in dignity and safety.”
      I am with you. Are you prepared for a referendum among Tamils (Tamil speaking people) living OUTSIDE North East on their readyness to move into NE in case a separate independent Tamil Homeland is established for the purpose of living in dignity and safety.This is the simple question that exposes the shameless hypocricy of those Tamils who clamor for a separate Homeland. Try to answer as hard as you can. Dr GS where do you presenly live?—-
      Soma

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        Soma you will never come out of your racism. Referendum in Scotland was held in Scotland only and not among Scottish people living in rest of UK. Similarly referendum in East Timor and South Sudan. Despite repeatedly telling you that 90% of Tamils living outside north and east are Tamils of recent Indian origin and not indigenous Tamils and that 90% of Indigenous Tamils are living in north and east, you are continuing with your ignorance. I was born in Colombo and lived there till 1990 before emigrating due to the situation in the country. My ancestors moved to the south because of employment, on my maternal side of three generations and on my paternal side of two generations. That was because British centred their economic activity around plantations and ruined the native Jaffna economy. This state is still continuing with economic and administrative activity largely in the south. Moreover after 1990, in order to escape atrocities committed by security forces several Tamils moved to the south. If you create economic and administrative centre in Tamil areas, Tamils will move back just as what I have done to migrate abroad at the late age of 44 years. I am happy that I made that decision as at least I can stay in peace without any hassle from Sinhala racists.

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          Dr. G.S.
          You demand a separate Tamil Homeland AND the right to live anywhere (which I caĺl the Holiday Resort Model) while I insist a separate Tamil Homeland OR the right to live anywhere . Two irreconcilable view points. Though I am prepared to accede to a separate Tamil homeland if you must, I plead with the Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their caste, religion or date of arrival) to accept the option of the right to live anywhere. Is this racism?. If you are confused ask a friend. You say Tamils will migrate North if economy improves there. I am prepared to bet my last rupee that not a single Tamil will move. That is why it is important that a referendum is held among those OUTSIDE North East as far as Sinhalese are concerned. Definitly we cannot entertain BOTH separate Homeland AND the right to live anywhere. Buck stops there.
          Soma

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            Soma again you are hiding the truth. Why should Tamils of recent Indian origin move to Tamil homeland as none of their ancestors came from there. If they wish they could do, but forcing them to move to Tamil home land amounts to ethnic cleansing. Which means that only 10% Tamils living in the south have to decide whether they wish to remain in the south or move. Some of these Tamils are recent migrants to the south due to war and have a great chance of going back. Unfortunately still peace has not returned to Tamil homeland with news of violence. For your information out of my 36 Tamil classmates at Royal, only four remained in Colombo and the rest had migrated to other parts of the world Similarly with time when Tamil homeland attains peace and prosperity, Tamils will start moving. When India was partitioned, Muslims and Hindus were forced out against their will, and if this did not happen there would have been many more Hindus in Pakistan and many more Muslims in India at present.

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        soma,

        I asked for evidence in respect of your comment that you made on DR LF’s article. I quote:

        “when arrangements were made for the Tamils in the hill country to live in an environment of their own language, religion and culture, to live with dignity among their kith and kin they refused.”

        Please provide evidence.

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          B.I.
          One is supposed to know major events that took place after independence before entering a forum like this. I can’t be tutoring g history. Next time you will ask me who is Prabakaran, where is Nandikadal.
          Soma

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            soma,

            Please stop prevaricating. Come on educate me by providing the evidence to shut me up! You cannot get out of this that easily; I will hound you in every forum where you chose to comment!

            You are a dangerous individual; there is a reason behind as to why you are declining to make reference to that episode! I want you to spell it out that part of the history. You ostensibly eluded that a sanctuary was set up in Sri Lanka for the hill people and avoided mentioning repatriation after generational gaps!

            If any Tamil were to think that you and your ilk will work towards a fairer Sri Lanka for all is deluded!

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              B.I.,
              “when arrangements were made for the Tamils in the hill country to live in an environment of their own language, religion and culture, to live with dignity among their kith and kin they refused.”
              Thank you for your non stop repeating of my above statement helping me to reach a greater audience, an unexpected bonanza.. My only worry is first time readers might think you have just escaped from Angoda.
              Soma

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                Soma,

                Nothing gives me greater pleasure than exposing your insidious disposition.

                Wasn’t Srima/ Sastiri agreement by which a vast amount of Estate Tamils were repatriated? The quota of the repatriation agreed was met. So the Sinhala organised such an arrangement so the estate Tamils will “live in an environment of their own language, religion and culture, to live with dignity among their kith and kin”. You really make me laugh; do you really expect the people on these forums to believe you? This is why I say that you are insidious!

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        SOMA: It is you who become stupid by responding to Dumb Tamils who think every one who talked against their political stand is racist. By now those who speak for a unitary Sri lanka should understand that Dalit Tamils who look for their own country in Sri lanka never get what they want. Even their own high caste tobacco farmers will not allow it.

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          J.S.
          I know . I am the only Sinhalese here who is agreeable for a separate Tamil Homeland. They call it racism. Like children in a toy shop they cry for right to anywhere too. I am going to buy them a kyte.
          Soma

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      Scotland is a independent country that has existed from the ancient times. It has mergered with England due to varoius political and economic reasons.

      Whereas Sri Lankan Tamils don’t have a independent historical homeland comparable to Scotland. That’s why Sinhalese people opppose to the idea of Federalism in Sri Lanka.

      If we are to grant them a federal governing body, it is as if we have accpeted their claim to a historical homeland. This legal term could be in turn used to justify Tamil’s right to seperation and independence.

      Why should we accept something that there is not?

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        Shenali,

        “Whereas Sri Lankan Tamils don’t have a independent historical homeland comparable to Scotland.”

        Were there countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates say 200 years ago?

        Kurds 35 million of them are the the largest ethnic group without a state while the the little islanders of 15 million Kallathonies have their own little state controlled by the Sinhala/Buddhists fascist noisy minority.

        The Tamil Cholas, Pandyas, Arya Chackravarties ruled considerable part of land for considerable period. Further Nayakas controlled the up country and most Sinhala kings had Tamil lineage.

        Why don’t you stop insulting the intelligence of intelligent people in this forum?

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          Native
          When you say this area is Tamil , the rest ; ipso facto , is Sinhalese. and you people Veddas. Correct? As a man who has that rare ability to justify anything.under the sun can you explain this Tamil demand for a separate Tamil Homeland AND the right to live anywhere? On the other hand when you say it is all same DNA there is no more compelling reason that all should live in one country. Why Veddas side with the Tamils Native?
          Soma

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            somass ji

            “When you say this area is Tamil .”

            I never said this or that area is Tamil or otherwise. Don’t put your stupid words into my mouth. People have seen only honey flowing from my mouth when I speak not bigoted rhetoric we have seen coming from your typing.

            I think its time you visited your local optician.

            ” As a man who has that rare ability to justify anything.under the sun can you explain this Tamil demand for a separate Tamil Homeland AND the right to live anywhere?”

            Native Vedda is not for hire.

            People can, could, should, might, may, ………ought, …. to live anywhere and everywhere they chose to, without the state and its faceless little functionaries actively seeking to tilt the demographic balance for political and parochial reasons.

            “Why Veddas side with the Tamils Native?”

            Me speak truth, it hurts thieves, war criminals, crooks, racists, …………………..

            If you live with Veddahs you too will speak like me, endeared to speak truth.

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          Why don’t you stop insulting the intelligence of intelligent people in this forum?
          Native:
          Just because masses representing SHENALI et al have no idea about the word. FEDERAL means. Tsunami word became to known after 2004 as the waves hit the country. Likewise, these people just play with words not LOOKING at the systems well. Let alone today they should wake up…. …. these people behaves even worst illiterate that live on the hill tops in African Ethiopia.
          If Switzerland and Germany can succeed ferderalism why cant us. Shenali feels we need to follow SCOTLAND why ?
          Besides, stupid Shenali may NOT know that Tamils and sinhalese both lived the country. That is what we learnt in the schools.

          Besides, they beahve federal when it goes with garbage handling in the capital – just for that they the sinahalayas are federal but anti federal in terms of bringing sustainble solutions to long standing ethinic problems in the island nation – lack of proper knowledge are the real reason for these stagnations

          I stopped callilng me sinhalaya since 1990.

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          Foriegn rule on parts of Sri Lanka at certian time in the past doesn’t grant foriegners the right to rule the the same parts in the present times.

          Nor does it make the lineage of the past kings be a consideration for granting a minority a federal status.

          There was no independent Tamil country in Sri Lanka. There’s simply no evidance to support that theory.

          Do not insult the history.

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            Shenali

            “Foriegn rule on parts of Sri Lanka at certian time in the past doesn’t grant foriegners the right to rule the the same parts in the present times.”

            Good, when are you planning to pass this Shenali law in order to vacate 225 seats in the parliament which should be expunged and appoint my people to the state jobs including armed forces, bureaucracy, judiciary, police, …………………….

            “Nor does it make the lineage of the past kings be a consideration for granting a minority a federal status.”

            Where did you get the authority to write and pass laws?

            You have an inconsistent perverted head which says things that have no basis or precedent.

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          NV
          “The Tamil Cholas, Pandyas, Arya Chackravarties ruled considerable part of land for considerable period”. You forgot to mention Mahaveer Prabakaran who had his kingdom until that boat mishap in Nandikadal. It looks like there had been a number of Prabakarans in history who met the same fate.
          Soma.

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            somass ji

            “You forgot to mention Mahaveer Prabakaran who had his kingdom until that boat mishap in Nandikadal.”

            During the time of LTTE war against the alien IPKF an old friend of mine asked one your official why the cowards were arming and financing the terrorists. The official quipped, “alright they are terrorists but they are our terrorists”.

            Without your Mahaveer Prabakaran did you think your hora in chief and war criminal would have won two elections and a war? Think about it. You will never find another “Tamil Leader” who worked for the Sinhala/Buddhists tirelessly and died for Sinhala/Buddhist state. You ought to be grateful to him.

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        Shenal/Shenali go and post all this lying garbage and false history to your gullible racist Lankaweb readers not here. They will lap up all your lies and twisted history that you post, you will not have much success here. Did you visit your ancestral homeland, the fishing villages in Tamil Nadu and Southern Andhra from where your ancestors migrated to the island a few centuries ago, during the Portuguese era, just like a friend Dayan;s ancestors migrated from Tamil Nadu during the Dutch era. Waduge or its variant Baduge means from the Telugu house. Vadugu is another name for Telugus and they were called Vadugans ( meaning the peoples from the north or the language of the north to the Tamils). Go and read history about the Tamil kingdom of Jaffna and the eastern Vannimanai chiefdoms. Even the so called Sinhalese kings and nobles were all of Tamil and at times Telugu origin. When the Portuguese arrived all the three major kingdoms, one Tamil, one Sinhalese ( Kotte) , the other Sinhalese/Tamil were all ruled by kings of Tamil ancestry. Your ancestors and well as Dayan’s Tamil ancestors were still living a poverty stricken life in some fishing or Dalit village in Tamil Nadu. Of course you know all this but think, a lie often repeated becomes the truth.

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          Well my ansestors assimiliated and intergrated into the Sinhalese culture as expected. That’s what any society expect when foriegners ask for a PR.

          We should be proud of our ancestry rather than fabricating lies to boost low self esteem.

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            Yes yours and Dyan’s low caste Tamil ancestors like the ancestors of around 50% of the present day Sinhalese people were foreigners from South India, who either migrated or were forcibly brought in as indentured slave labour by the Portuguese and Dutch colonials and settled along the southern and western coasts in the Sinhalese south. These poor down trodden low castes were forced to integrate and assimilate into the Sinhalese culture. However the Eelam Tamils from the north and east are indigenous and native to the land and have lived there continuously for over 2300 years or more and ruled their own lands until European colonisation. They have no need to integrated or assimilate into the Sinhalese culture. Understood, Go and have your head examined instead of posting nonsense. Why don’t you use your talent to spread love reconciliation and the truth instead of hatred venom and lies

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            Shenali

            “Well my ansestors assimiliated and intergrated into the Sinhalese culture as expected.”

            Where did your ancestors come from? Was it planet Mustafar or Planet of Apes? What is Sinhala culture? When did the Sinhala culture start and how long its been around? The virginity test for new bride is a unique culture among Sinhalese.

            “We should be proud of our ancestry rather than fabricating lies to boost low self esteem.”

            What is there to be proud about your ancestry? Let me think, Bestiality, Incest, Parricide, ……………..? Every human being has his or her history however yours seems not human at all.

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          Very true.Have you noticed that is the descendants of Tamil immigrants who are the most virulently anti-Tamil?The various de Silvas and the de Silvas who became Jayatillekes, the Pillais who became Pillas, the Pandarams, the Perumals, who became Perumas and the Chetties who became Hetties and so on.There is a saying among Catholics about recent converts: “They have a tendency to become more Catholic than the Pope!” For these various “Sinhalese” with Portuguese names, it becomes necessary to claim their dubious Sinhalaness by asserting that they are as loyal as the AriyaSinhalas!!

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        Shenal you are having selective amnesia. There was an independent Tamil kingdom encompassing present northern province and extended east up to north of Mahaveli and extended west up to north of Deduru Oya. This was the status when Portuguese arrived and subsequently captured Jaffna kingdom. Both Portuguese and Dutch ruled Jaffna kingdom separately from rest of the Island. It was so at the early stage of British rule. It is only after the fall of Kandyan kingdom, due to administrative convenience, British in 1833 merged Jaffna kingdom with rest of Srilanka without the consent of Tamil people. It is this lost sovereignty that the British failed to return to Tamils when they left in 1948, that Tamils are demanding it back. Thus there is a parallel between Scotland and Tamil territory which due to your racist mind set, you are unable to realise.

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          There was an kingdom called Jaffna kingdom from 14th century up to 17th century. But there is no evidance support the idea that it was exclusively Tamil.

          Moreover, it was only confined to the Jaffna peninsular and it’s a damn lie to say that both the Eastern and Western sea boards were under it’s juriadiction.

          You say that it was the British that has merged the independent Tamil kingdom to Sinhalese kingdom. I just wanna ask that what type of objection did Tamils had shown to that merger?

          All the avaialble evidance support the theory that the entire islands authority was vested to Sinhalese kings back in antiquety. It needs extrodinary evidance to suggest otherwise.

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            Shenali

            “Moreover, it was only confined to the Jaffna peninsular and it’s a damn lie to say that both the Eastern and Western sea boards were under it’s juriadiction.”

            I think we are not going to convince you for the simple reason you have already polluted your mind with politically motivated one sided history. As I have stated before read Batuttas travel article. In order to get to the bottom of truth you will your head from wherever it is. Please don’t make Kamalika, Shenali, Champika, Nalin, ……… uncomfortable.

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              What did batuta said? Did he said Jaffna kingdom was exclusively Tamil dominated? Did he said Jaffna kingdom ruled over the Eastern side of the island and the so called Wanni reigon?

              Don’t just lie through your teeth. Batuta merely described a reigonal kingdom that had asserted control over the central authority in the south.

              These kinds of.incidents had happened through out the entire history of Sri Lanka when the central aunthority was weakened and the country was in turmolis. Do you want to brought this country down to such a turmoil?

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                Shenali

                You are trying to pull a fast one please remember there are enough evidence available in this island. All you have to do is to go find them, that needs bit of moving your lazy bum from your comfortable state of Sinhala/Buddhist fascist mind to inquiring into the history.

                I remembered a quote which I love to share with you. A word of caution, the cap may fit you, will fit you.

                It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

                Mark Twain

                The Kandyan kingdom was not formed until the late 14th century. Tell us who ruled East before the Kandyan kingdom came into being?

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        I am assuming you are Shenali W, who writes b..s.. at length elsewhere and has no compunction in being crudely anti-Tamil. Most of what you write of Lankan history is inaccurate and often nonsensical. But then it is clear you are more out to feed the prejudice of the pseudo-Sinhala extremists – and there relevance or accuracy plays no part.

        “Tamils don’t have a historic homeland”??? My left foot…. Tell that to
        your soul-mate Gandassara, who will gladly swallow the guli.

        Stay with the Baggage shipping business, which maybe your forte.
        History is far too heavy for your delicate brain.

        Pandaranayagam

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        Shenal or Shenali Waduge

        “Scotland is a independent country that has existed from the ancient times. It has mergered with England due to varoius political and economic reasons…” |Your English, Grammar, spellings and knowledge is bad as your European history. Google Scotland and
        brush up history thereto.

        It is not wisdom you are after – but pure racial hatred. You are good at the latter.

        Kettikaran

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          You are one no better from pee_lam.
          scots retained the english crown on 2 occasions until a christian was found and the prince grew up then returned it to england. Therefore the vote.
          But peelam village sealed its destiny by design as the palestinians of sub-continent by suicide bombings and making diced meat of motherlands dear PM Rajiv.
          you are a wasted space in the gully running for references from out dated books

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        Shenal

        Scotland is a federal state of Great Britain. If Scots have all the rights to be federal, then the Sri Lankan Tamils have even more rights than the Scots to be federal because the Tamil speaking North & East of Sri Lanka was an independent State (Kingdom) before it was taken over by the Portuguese and then it was a federal state before it was annexed by the British to form the unitary Sri Lanka.

        If the Sinhalese are not willing to allow any form of Federalism or autonomy to be established in Sri Lanka, then it is time for Britain (who created this mess) and the International Organizations such as UN and other states/countries (where Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora lives) to interfere in Sri Lanka.

        When Dudly Senanayake came up with a federal solution, a handful of racist Sinhala politicians said, ‘Dudlyge bade masaala vadai’. Unfortunately the country and a vast majority of people had to pay for the crimes/sins of a handful of Sinhalese people.

        At that time, they did not have the wisdom to realize that they were digging their own grave, unfortunately even now they do not realize. A handful of myopic politicians who disseminated discord at that time were responsible for this mess, today the so called Joint opposition and a few third grade opportunists who call themselves ‘educated’ like Dayan are trying to do the same without realizing the future consequences.

        It will only push the Tamil leaders to seek alternative measures like mobilizing large masses, if not all of the Tamil people, for a Non-violent campaign with Direct Action or even go further by calling for a UN sponsored referendum to be held for the North & East Tamils in Sri Lanka to establish a separate state like Kosovo.

        It is time that the enlightened Sinhalese leaders educate the Sinhalese masses to ignore this handful of myopic politicians and a few so called ‘educated’ who are digging the grave once again for the entire country.

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          Whatever you say, nobody can change the demography of North & East of Sri Lanka (Tamil speaking). At the same time, the Tamils have no intention what so ever (they never had) to take the Sinhala-Buddhist part of Sri Lanka. The North & East of Sri Lanka was Tamil, is Tamil and will be Tamil forever. The Tamils of Sri Lanka are not just a minority, they are a minority with a separate territory (N&E) and they are the majority in their territory.

          One of the tragedies of Sri Lanka is that the Sinhalese have never understood the meaning of federalism. To them it meant creating a separate country on the island. Federalism is not separation and it is the rights of North & East Tamils. The minority Tamils (a territorial majority) are not trying to grab something from the majority Sinhalese, we are only asking for our share which rightfully belongs to us. Sharing the power & wealth (Devolution/Federalism) is the rights of SL Tamils. Only its denial will force the Tamils to seek separation. Tamils may have lost the war but they have not lost their rights to federalism or autonomy.

          If one race (Sinhalese) grabs all the political and economic power for itself just because it is a majority, there will definitely be strong antagonism from the Tamils, which will continue to cause political instability, shrinking economy, and international intervention in Sri Lanka as we have seen in the last 60 years.

          If the Sinhalese and Tamils had agreed to share political power and economic wealth (BC-pact or DC-pact) under a federal system within a united country, the chances are the country would have been stable and the economy would have grown. We would have never faced a brutal 30 years’ war. At least now the Sinhalese should think.

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            North and East was Tamil scince when? Are you challenging the archeological and literature evidance that has been unearthed so far?

            Tamils would have a right to Federalism if they have actually lived in the North and East from the antiquety as a seperate nation. But, they are not. Tamil historical homeland is in Tamilnadu.

            Tamils can fight forever and Sinhalese will not yield to Tamil speratist agenda based on a fabricated lie.

            Why do you people deny the tons of archeological evidance ranging from vallipuram to potuwil that Sinhalese has built and mainrained a flourishing culture on this island unique to everyone else.

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              Hamuune heenenda (sleepwalker)
              Higannange Tuvale wage.

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              Shenal

              “North and East was Tamil scince when?”

              Since antiquity…

              When the Portuguese arrived in Jaffna, the people of Jaffna were Tamils. Please read the book “Jaffna under the Portuguese” written by late Prof. Tikiri Abeysinghe, Senior Professor of History at the University of Colombo. Prof. Tikiri Abeysinghe is one of the very few who has done extensive research on Portuguese archives and Goa archives by living in those countries.

              The census of Ceylon conducted in 1881 indicates that the two Tamil provinces (North & East) were inhabited almost exclusively by the Tamils. The Sinhalese population constituted only 1.8% of the total population of the two Tamil provinces in 1881; Sinhalese accounted for only 0.51% of the total population of the Northern Province, and 4.2% of the Eastern Province. Even in the census of 1920 only 4 percent of the population of the Eastern Province was Sinhalese. It is only in the past fifty years that there has been a substantial influx of Sinhalese settlements through state intervention.

              What evidence do you have to prove that the North and East was occupied by the Sinhalese before the Tamils? You will only say, the place names sound Sinhalese. Contemporary Sri Lanka has place names which contain roots derived from Elu, Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Malayalam, Portuguese, Dutch, and English. Please show us any research by an authentic linguistic scholar (a credible source), someone who has extensive knowledge in early South Asian languages (Elu, Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Malayalam) who has analyzed the place names in North & East if you have any, not just half-baked pseudo- scholars.

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                It is to be noted that citing a name of a book doesn’t validate your claims. You have to state what type of evidence he had to prove that there were sizable Tamil presence in the Northern province when Portuguese arrived.

                But, I also agree with the result of 1881 census. The settlement of Tamils in Northern province has much deeper roots than that. It was Dutch that had brought the Tamils to the Northern province for Tabacco plantations just like what British did with Indian coolies in hill country.

                Just tell me why the urge for writing Tamil historic chronically around 1770s under the auspicious patronage of the Dutch governor of Jaffna? How accurate should it be on historical contents?

                You should also note that there was a large scale Tamilization of Sinhalese villages due to the break down of Sinhalese authority on those areas. This fact is noted by authors like “Maya Ranjan” in his book “Digamadullle Ashcharya”

                There are ample evidence to support the fact that Sinhalese were living in both the North and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. What you say about Vallipuram golden leaf inscriptions? What can you say about old the archaeological remains of Stupas and Veheras of Eastern province let alone the stone inscriptions.

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                  Shenal

                  Prof. Tikiri Abeysinghe’s research based on Portuguese archives and Goa archives proves that the people of Jaffna when the Portuguese captured were Tamils. Size compared to whom? The 1881 census says the Sinhala population in the whole of North & East was only 1.8% of the total population.

                  Not only North & East, in the 17th century AD even Anuradapura was inhabited by Tamils as per the book written by Robert Knox who was the prisoner in Kandy. When he escaped from prison, he had to go through several places and when he came to Anuradapura, he says it was occupied by Tamils. (Robert Knox in the Kandyan Kingdom, Ed. E.F.C.Ludowyk, p 50).

                  In the Dutugemunu-Elara episode, the Mahavamsa says, Dutugemunu had to conquer not just one Tamil king (Elara) but 32 Tamil Chieftains around the Anuradhapura principality alone. He also killed around sixty thousand Tamils in the war. How could there be 32 Tamil chieftains in the area of Anuradhapura alone. Even the Mahavamsa did not deny the Tamil presence/settlements in Anuradapura?

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                    Shenal
                    “It was Dutch that had brought the Tamils to the Northern province for Tabacco plantations just like what British did with Indian coolies in hill country.”

                    Shenal must be a student/follower of that mathematician turned Pseudo-historian Prof. Nalin De Silva who has invented a new history (his story) from thin air without any supporting evidence. He was the inventor of the new story about Dutch and Tobacco cultivation. What reliable evidence do you have to prove that the Dutch brought the Tamils to the Northern province for Tabacco plantations and if so, how many? Can you cite an authentic study by any historian?

                    The Dutch supported the Tamil (Vellalar) farmers to grow Tobacco in the North by bringing Dalit coolie/slaves from South India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andara) and sold them to the Vellalar. However, that was very small in number. Even today they live in Jaffna as low caste.

                    However, one of the main sources of income the Portuguese and later the Dutch had at that time was Cinnamon and not Tobacco and cinnamon did not grow in the North & East. There is plenty of evidence to prove that the Portuguese and the Dutch brought tens of thousands of Dalit Tamil coolie/slaves from South India and settled in the South for cinnamon and coconut plantation. The Sinhala population became a majority only after the European Colonials (Portuguese and the Dutch) came to Sri Lanka. Within a few centuries, the Sinhala population in the South increased exponentially when these people assimilated with the local Sinhala population (Sinhalized) by adopting the Sinhala language/culture and the Buddhist/Christian religion and getting converted to Sinhala Buddhists and Sinhala Catholics. Otherwise, today either the Tamils or the Veddas would have been the majority in Sri Lanka.

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                      Then why did the Dutch enacted the Thesavalamei law for Malabar inhabitants of the province of Jaffna?

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                      Shenal

                      Thesawalamai is only a customary law that governs property rights (land customs) among the Tamils of Jaffna. Thesawalamai Law was not originated or brought in and introduced by the Dutch. As the rulers of Jaffna, they accepted the customs of the Northern Tamil society and by the order of the Governor Simons in 1706 it was promulgated by the Dutch Government as a customary law of Jaffna.

                      Not only Thesawalamai Law, it should be noted that the colonial rulers also accepted Kandyan Law, Muslim Law, Buddhist Law and Hindu Law in Sri Lanka in addition to their Roman-Dutch Law and English Law.

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                    Shenal

                    Dr. Paul E. Pieris has published extracts from the Portuguese tombo which gives the original names of the present day Sinhalese with Portuguese surnames before their conversion to Christianity and Buddhism. They were all South Indian Tamil & Malayalam names. Professor K.M. de Silva in his book `History of Sri Lanka`, refers to the migration of the Karawe, Salagama, and Durawe castes from Southern India to Sri Lanka between the 14th and 17th centuries AD. Professor of Anthropology Gananath Obeyesekere (in his book “Buddhism, Ethnicity, and Identity,”) states that “viewed in long term historical perspective Sinhalas have been for the most part South Indian migrants who have been sasanized (converted to Buddhism)”.

                    Also read ‘The World’s Oldest Trade, Dutch Slavery and Slave Trade in the Indian Ocean in the Seventeenth Century’ by Markus Vink . You will come to know that tens of thousands of South Indian slaves were settled in the South from Colombo to Galle during the Dutch period for cinnamon, coconut and other plantations. Today they have become Sinhala-Buddhists.

                    Also, read the latest genetic studies on the Sri Lankan population, you will see that the Sinhalese and the South Indians have common genetic codes, very specially the DNA of low country Sinhalese is matching with the Tamil Nadu Tamils.

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                      Shenal

                      “Just tell me why the urge for writing Tamil historic chronically around 1770s under the auspicious patronage of the Dutch governor of Jaffna?”

                      Just like Dhatusena invited Ven. Mahanama to compile the Mahavamsa, the Dutch Governor Jan Maccara may have had an interest in knowing the history of the people who were dominating one part of the country and he invited Mayilvagana Pulavar, the right person who could compile it. This has nothing to do with tobacco cultivation as some of the Sinhalese charlatans are trying to misinterpret. Just like the Mahavamasa written by a the poet monk Ven. Mahanama in 6th century AD who glorified the Theravada Buddhists, the Yarlpana Vaipava Malai is a book written by the Tamil poet Mayilvagana Pulavar in 1736 AD and he glorified the supremacy of the Tamil Hindu Vellalar. Like the Mahavamsa, it also contains folklore, legends and myths mixed with historical anecdotes, most of them cannot be proved.

                      However, if you read the books/articles written by the colonial writers/historians, the Dutch Predikant, Philippus Baldaeus who was in the Island during the mid-17th century, the Dutch Governor Rjklof Van Goen’s account dated 1675, first British Governor of Sri Lanka, namely Frederick North in 1799, the Colonial Secretary Hugh Cleghorn, Jacob Burnand, a Swiss soldier in the service of the Dutch and later the English (was the governor of Batticaloa), and many others; out of all the statements these gentlemen made, only one thing is very clear, what all of them clearly saw and experienced during their period was that, there were two different Nations (Sinhalese & Tamils) in the Island having two different languages, religions, cultures, and living in two well defined and clearly and naturally demarcated land areas and both were majorities in their traditional areas.

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                      Shenal

                      “There are ample evidence to support the fact that Sinhalese were living in both the North and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.”

                      Please show us some reliable evidence to prove Sinhalese were living in both the North and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka during early historic period. Do not come up with unproven assumptions like Buddhist sites (Stupas and Veheras) or Sinhala place names. These are yet to be researched by some authentic scholars. See my comment below for more details.

                      “What you say about Vallipuram golden leaf inscriptions?”

                      There is a huge controversy over the Vallipuram gold plate. Some epigraphists believe the Brahmi script/inscriptions on it is in Prakrit of Amaravati style while other think it is in Tamil Brahmi. Both sides have enough arguments, so look for something else out of your so called ‘ample evidence’ if you want to prove.

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                      It is possible. I agree with you. But the point is that those people have assimilated well into the greater culture presided in the island. They never created a bogus history for themselves to carve out a separate homeland.

                      What happened in Jaffna was entirely different from what had happened in the South. In Jaffna, Tamil emigrants were isolated from the rest of the country. They had no opportunity to mingle with the Sinhalese. This factor had singlehandedly contributed to the alienation of the emigrant Tamil population.

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                      Shenal

                      “But the point is that those people have assimilated well into the greater culture presided in the island.”

                      There were two great cultures that presided in the island, one in the South and the other in the North. Since tens of thousands were settled in the South, they assimilated with the southern culture. Once they became Buddhists, their Dalit identity is gone. If they had been settled in the North they would have remained as Dalit.

                      “In Jaffna, Tamil emigrants were isolated from the rest of the country.”

                      This is your imaginary story and not history.
                      If you read the Mahavamsa carefully, even Dutugemunu’s father King Kavantissa the king of Rohana (Kingdom in Southern Sri Lanka) says to Dutugemunu not to invade the Northern territory (Rajarata), the land of the Damilas. He says, Rohana the region on this side of the river (Southern territory) has enough land. There is evidence in the Mahavamsa that the Northern territory (Rajarata) was occupied by the Tamils. Definitely, the people of North did not mingle with the people of South. Even today they do not mingle, more than 75% of the people of NE do not know anything about Sinhala (language, culture, etc.).

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                    I wonder why Portuguese didn’t signed any agreements with the Jaffna kingdom if they have witnessed that it belonged to a different kind of people. Moreover, what is most intriguing is that both the Dutch and British were neglecting this independent Tamil country up north.

                    What can you say about the Kandyan intervention of Jaffna when Portuguese were wrecking havoc in the province.

                    Can you explain why did the Portuguese singed the accession agreement with the Kotte king Don Juan Darmapala as the rightful owner of the entire island? Did the Portuguese just forgot that there was a separate Tamil kingdom up North?

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                      Shenal

                      “I wonder why Portuguese didn’t signed any agreements with the Jaffna kingdom if they have witnessed that it belonged to a different kind of people.”

                      What agreement are you talking about? When the Portuguese took the Tamil throne of the Jaffna kingdom, the king of Jaffna Cankli Kumaran fought decisively with the Portuguese forces (he was not interested in any convention or an agreements with them). Unfortunately, Cankli Kumaran’s forces were defeated and the Tamil kingdom came under Portuguese domination.

                      “Moreover, what is most intriguing is that both the Dutch and British were neglecting this independent Tamil country up north.”

                      Right from after the fall of Jaffna Kingdom in 1624 to the Portuguese, and then to the Dutch, and the British, the Tamil speaking territory remained as a federal state up to 1833. After the fall of Kandy kingdom to the British, only after 1833, the British integrated all the federal states and made them into one unitary state (for their convenience in administration).

                      “Can you explain why did the Portuguese singed the accession agreement with the Kotte king Don Juan Darmapala as the rightful owner of the entire island?”

                      First of all, Don Juan Darmapala was a Portuguese lap dog who got converted to Catholicism and was serving the Portuguese unlike the Dravida King of Kandy and the Tamil King of Jaffna who fought against the Portuguese. Secondly, nobody has seen such a document. We are not sure how true it is.

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                      Shenal

                      “What can you say about the Kandyan intervention of Jaffna when Portuguese were wrecking havoc in the province.”

                      The arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century and the fall of Jaffna Kingdom led to turbulence in the Northern and Eastern districts of Ceylon. The Tamil Hindus of North and East came under severe atrocities, they were attacking the Hindu temples and forcefully converting to catholism. The only kingdom left (existed) in Sri Lanka (both Kotte and Jaffna kingdoms fell into the hands of the Portuguese) was the Kandyan kingdom and therefore many of the old Tamil Hindu principalities of North and East sought protection from the Kandyan king. (The Kandyan king being a South Indian by origin, the Tamil Hindus had no problems being under the Buddhist Kandyan king rather than the Christian Portuguese).

                      During the 17th century, the king of Kandy invited the Dutch to fight the Portuguese and take over the areas they have captured. The Dutch re-captured some parts of the Eastern and Northern Province (including Trincomalee and Batticaloa) from the Portuguese and handed it over to the king of Kandy. (That was the period when Robert Knox landed in Trincomalee and was taken as a prisoner to Kandy because Jaffna kingdom was no more). However, the Kandyan rule of East does not deny the Tamil presence in those areas. Some parts of the Eastern and Northern Province coming under the Kandyan Kingdom made no difference to the Tamils.

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              Shenal

              “Are you challenging the archeological and literature evidence that has been unearthed so far?”

              Which literature says North & East was occupied by the Sinhalese? Which epigraphic inscription says North & East was occupied by the Sinhalese? Which archeological evidence unearthed so far says North & East was occupied by the Sinhalese? Are you talking about the Buddhist sites? How can you assume that the Buddhist sites of the early historical period belongs only to the Sinhalese? Even the archeological authority of the past, the late Dr. Senerath Paranavithana has described in his book `Glimpses of Ceylon`s Past` that the Buddhist temple Velgam Vehera in Trincomalee is an `Ancient Buddhist shrine of the Tamil people`. What evidence do you have to prove?

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                How can you assume not when there was no other record of an independent Tamil kingdom in Sri Lanka. Not even Cholas has acknowledged an independent Tamil kingdom in Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka. Do we need any other proofs?

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                  Shenal

                  “How can you assume not when there was no other record of an independent Tamil kingdom in Sri Lanka.”

                  The Chola kingdom ended with Rajendra Chola III in 1279. The Kotte, Kandy and Jaffna kingdoms were established after the end of Anuradapura and Polonnaruwa kingdoms. The people who spoke Sinhala and/or practiced Buddhism moved to the South and created their Kingdoms in Kandy, Kotte, and many other places in the South. On the other hand, the people who spoke Tamil and/or practiced Hinduism moved to the North & East and created their Kingdom in Jaffna. This was the very first time in the history of Sri Lanka, separate Sinhala and Tamil Kingdoms in the South and North began only after the Anuradapura/Polonurawa kingdoms were abandoned.

                  The Portuguse have acknowledged the existence of Jaffna kingdom when they arrived. The Arab trader Ibn Batuta who visited the island in 1344 confirms the existence of Jaffna kingdom. In his notes he says it extended up to Puttalam.

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              Shenal

              “Tamils would have a right to Federalism if they have actually lived in the North and East from the antiquity as a seperate nation.”

              Which International/local law says that the criteria for the right to Federalism is to live as a separate nation from antiquity? It is not a criteria even for a separate state.

              The East Bengal or East Pakistan was not known as Bangladesh, a separate nation or even a nationality by anybody in this world until India intervened and made them a country. No state (country) on this planet has designated South Sudanese as a nation until UN intervened and made them a separate country. The same story continues with several others who have become a nation. All nations (separate countries) that have come into being in recent years following the United Nations intervention and referendums such as ‘Kosovo’, ‘East Timor’, ‘Montenegro’ and so on were NEVER recognized by any state/country or international organization in this world as a separate nation or nationality until they were established as separate countries.

              The North & East of Sri Lanka was known to the Tamils as ‘Tamil Eelam’ (Tamil part of Sri Lanka, Eelam is another word for Sri Lanka). The North & East of Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam) has all the necessary criteria to become not a federal state but a separate nation/country (Tamil Kingdom/homeland was grabbed by the Portuguese and later given to the Sinhalese on a platter by the British). The Sri Lankan Tamils of North & East has much more rights than the above mentioned countries to become not just federal but even a separate state.

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                The North & East of Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam) has all the necessary criteria to become not a federal state but a separate nation/country. The only thing they need is a legal approval in the guise of Federal system.

                On a side note, I wonder why did the Tamil people show no objection for the land grabbing by the Portuguese and British. Why didn’t Tamil rise up in arms against the imperialists?

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                  Shenal

                  “why did the Tamil people show no objection for the land grabbing by the Portuguese and British.”

                  Of course they did.

                  The Tamil king of Jaffna Cankli Kumaran fought a war against the Portuguese. Moddeley Tambi of Jaffna led a revolt against the Dutch that shook the Dutch administration (Memoirs Zwaardecroon, a report from Dutch archives). The Tamil chief of Vanni Pandara Vanniyan (Kulasegaram Vairamuthu Pandaravanniyan) was known as one of last native Tamil chiefs to challenge British rule.

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              Shenal

              “Tamil historical homeland is in Tamilnadu”

              The Sri Lankan Tamils had and still have a clearly defined (Tamil speaking) territory, their historic habitat in the North & East of Sri Lanka as their traditional homeland (Tamil Eelam) where they lived and defended for several centuries. The Tamils are the sole occupants (natives) of both N&E Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam) and South India (Tamil Nadu) when the colonials left. Just like the Arab nation has several countries in the middle-east, the Tamil Nation had several countries (Chola Nadu, Pandya Nadu, Chera Nadu and Eela Nadu) in India and Sri Lanka and still has two regions/states in South Asia (Tamil Eelam and Tamil Nadu). Tamil Nadu belongs (Homeland) to the Tamils of India and Tamil Eelam belongs (Homeland) to the Tamils of Sri Lanka. There was a natural bridge known as Rama Setu that existed during the ancient period from Tamil Nadu to Tamil Eelam (now submerged by the rising sea but still visible in the satellite pictures taken by NASA).

              If you take the entire world, only Sri Lanka and South India had a separate Tamil kingdom and a separate Tamil speaking territory where the Tamils are the majority. South India has already established a Tamil speaking federal state known as Tamil Nadu for the Tamils of India. Sri Lanka has not yet established a Tamil speaking federal state for the Tamils of Sri Lanka because the Sinhalese are unable to understand the meaning of federalism.

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              Shenal

              “Tamils can fight forever and Sinhalese will not yield to Tamil speratist agenda based on a fabricated lie.”

              So, people like you want Sri Lanka to be a poor begging third world country forever with continuous Tamil uprising which means political instability, economic shrinkage/crisis and international interference (India, UK, US, EU, UN, etc.) forever. Don’t worry, if the Tamils are going down the pallam, they will take the Sinhalese also along with them. When there is no peace for Tamils, there won’t be any peace for the Sinhalese either. If you Sinhalese deprive the Tamil rights, you also will continue to suffer along with us. If the Sinhalese do not solve the Tamil issue, do not expect the Tamils to keep quite. That is the destiny. The Sinhalese must understand this basic law.

              “Why do you people deny the tons of archeological evidance ranging from vallipuram to potuwil that Sinhalese has built and mainrained a flourishing culture on this island unique to everyone else.”

              The tons of archeological evidance does not say anywhere that it was built by the Sinhalese or it belonged to the Sinhalese. Prove it to us if you have any evidence.

              The Cave Temples, Dagobas/Stupas, Irrigation Tanks, etc. may be built by the kings (Tamil or others) who ruled the country but the Architects, Engineers, Craftsmen, and skilled labor were all brought down (imported) from South India. Repairs to the tanks and the maintenance of irrigation and cultivation could not be affected without the aid of specially trained men from the Tamil country of South India. Sir James Emerson Tennent, Colonial Secretary to the British Government of Ceylon (1845-1850) tells us even during his time, the expertise/services from Tamil country had to be obtained for repairing tanks in the North Central Province.

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              Shenali

              “North and East was Tamil scince when? “

              Stupid question coming from a stupid person. Don’t you have at least one question to initiate a evidence lead debate? Stupid is as stupid does. Go find another question.

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              Shenali,
              I think one should learn to read history with some intelligence.
              Learn to separate religious practice from spoken Language.
              Tamil is declared a classical language now arguably the oldest living one. Written texts and grammar of Tamil had been in existence even before 300BC.
              Buddhism and Jainism had been the religion of Kalabhra Tamils since 200BC and was wide spread in both Srilanka and south India. This continued until 6th Century AD when the revival of Saivaism occurred both in south india and north of Srilanka.
              Sihala or Sinhala is first ever mentioned in texts by priest Mahanama in sixth Century AD. Literary works in Sinhala had been in existence only since 9th Century AD. Grammar since 13 Century AD.
              Have you ever thought what would have been the language of administration by well organised kingdoms in Srilanka at the turn of the first millennium say in 100AD well before the Sinhala language ever came in to existence? When a well established Tamil language in prose and poetry was being used in the region?
              Have you realised that there were Tamil Kings such as Ellalan well entrenched ruling the whole of the island from Anuradhapura as far back as 200BC?
              Now now now, it might just dawn in your little brain who these Buddhists who lived in Kantharodai and Vallipuram and Thiriyai in 100BC and what language they would have spoken! Well before the arrival of Sinhala language!
              There you are! you must learn history with a bit of thought process. Not lap it up like Asses!
              Of course you are from a Telugu house aren’t you? What does it matter!

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            Mr James
            However long you go on wring about your right to form a separate Tamil Homeland in NE in ostrich style condsciously ignoring the +50% Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) who live OUTSIDE North and East the whole effort will be of no avail – you are fooling no body. We Sinhalese need a solution to that problem. Think twice before you take the position of all other Tamil writers here that Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) must ALSO have the right to live anywhere in the island. The moment you do so you are seriouly contradicting yourself. Thereby you are giving lie to all your so called ‘grievances ‘ in one stroke. History will force you to choose between EITHER separate Homeland OR the right to live anywhere , DENINITELY NOT BOTH. Think carefully befote you make that critical choice.—-
            30 year war was a failure because +50% Tamils (Tamil speaking people) preferred to live OUTSIDE North and East.amon the Sinhalese. And it wiĺl remain a major obstacle as long as those Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) prefer it that way. Sadly (I hope not) they will have to leave in case a separate homeland for Tamils is ever established.

            Soma

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              Soma

              Unfortunately you do not seem to understand what federal is all about? Federal is not a separate state/country. 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 process of decentralization and sharing.

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                James
                ‘Unfortunately you do not seem to understand that ‘ I was reading your own comment on this very page “The North & East of Sri Lanka was known to the Tamils as ‘Tamil Eelam’ (Tamil part of Sri Lanka, Eelam is another word for Sri Lanka). The North & East of Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam) has all the necessary criteria to become not a federal state but a separate nation/country (Tamil Kingdom/homeland was grabbed by the Portuguese and later given to the Sinhalese on a platter by the British). The Sri Lankan Tamils of North & East has much more rights than the above mentioned countries to become not just federal but even a separate state.”
                X
                ‘Unfortunately you do not seem to understand that’ we have not yet forgotten the Vad I kkodai resolution ‘ and your 30 year war waged on the state to realise it. And you spurned the infamous RW-VP pact and decided to for the final Vadukodai objective in spite of the cost in blood.
                X
                ‘Unfortunately you do not seem to understand that’ we can very clearly understand this change of tactic from Vadukodai to federal. And the crafty plan of leaving +50% Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) within the areas outside NE. You finally seem to acknowledge that ‘discrimination ‘ is not the criterion for going federal. For if that were the case Vadukodai is the obvious solution – why this federal.
                X
                Federalism is a crafty stop-gap strategy towards Vadukodai. Even beyond Vadukodai – the reason behind this sneaky justification for leaving Tamils outside NE. That is why I always say a feredal Sri Lanka will need huge military resources to keep it federal.
                X
                Soma

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                  “Federalism is a crafty stop-gap strategy towards Vadukodai.”

                  Your fear is unfounded.
                  The majority Sinhalese are brainwashed right from birth to believe the myth that this is a Sinhala-Buddhist country and the minority Tamils are invaders who wants to grab a part of the country.

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                    James

                    somass ji types here to impress his partner. Nothing more nothing less. However he is an ardent born Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto building fascist.

                    The majority of the Sinhalese and Buddhists are made to feel paranoid by their Sinhala/Buddhist noisy fascistic minority for the simple reason they could rob the country, misuse power, commit war crimes, human rights violations corruption, all with impunity.

                    On the other hand somass ji is an authentic Sinhala/Buddhists bigot and I don’t think he is interested in robbing the country, but tolerated MR while he was misusing power, and privileges all because MR clan taught the Demelas a lesson they would never forget.

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      Very well articulated DJ. The Government is busy building it’s own funeral pyre and won’t let anybody stand in its way.

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        Paul

        Aren’t you being serious? Aren’t you winding Dayan up?

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      Dr. G.S.
      All what you say is true.
      But Catholic Dayan Jayatilake is the Paul Joseph Goebbels of SL’s SB’s.
      He is simply typing to deal with his boredom. That’s all.
      Why bother him?

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        Uthugan

        “He is simply typing to deal with his boredom.”

        On the other hand Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka believes its worth paying ‘two for the price of one’.

        Can you stop them both from being appointed to Diplomatic posts?

        I suggest Ranil should appoint Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka High Commissioner to Delhi Sultanate and Dayan as the Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Chennai.

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      Gnana,
      Do you live in the real world????????????? Scots want to separate and have their own country. KEEP UP WITH THE CURRENT AFFAIRS!!!!!!! Federalism is out-dated, and it’s dead. Even so called multi-multiculturalism is dying in Europe.

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    Senor, you have just written a pile of shit!

    The Sri Lankan constitution is primarily wrapped up and delivered with a sticker reminding us that it is a Buddhist constitution. Yet when we open up the parcel there is not a vestige of Buddhist principles in the contents, and absolutely none in the ways of the government that rules by it. Governing politicians run to Asgiriya to have to have ‘noola’ tied at every opportunity, but then they get up to every villainous trick in the book.

    Apropos Emil Savundra, I well remember the poor hapless crook blurting out to David Frost that “in business, there is no ethics, only legality”. Well as for our politicians, there is certainly no ethics (hasn’t been for donkeys years) and, as for legality, don’t make me laugh..

    Give every Sri Lankan the freedom to practice his/her religion with dignity and without state patronage. None of our religions will die or wither away without state protection. In fact, there will be greater respect for all our religions if and when we are free of the stigma that comes with political interference. That has been our curse this last half a century.

    The rest of what you have written is load of red herrings. I won’t waste time on your indulgence.

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      Spring Koha

      “Governing politicians run to Asgiriya/Malwatta to have to have ‘noola’ tied at every opportunity, but then they get up to every villainous trick in the book”

      Just wondering….. Don’t these Venerable Theros have assistants helping them with their work? If so, how come the despicable Kudu Mervin was given an audience by them, again, recently??? Or do they turn a blind eye to men like this, as well as those like that other derelict Kudu Dimu.

      Don’t these Prelates know lakhs of school children’s lives are ruined by these Kudu-trading bastards. Surely they should known these rotters should be avoided like the plague, to teach them a lesson?

      Backlash

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    The small minority in Sri Lanka wants a constitution that SERVES ONLY THEIR PURPOSES and do not care about the grievences and aspirations of a 75% of the country. And wants that 75% to approve that constitution! If that 75% do not approve, then they are racist!

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    There is absolutely nothing concrete put out to the people regarding this new constitution. It is supposedly still in the making.
    MP’s making statements to please their constituents should not be taken very seriously.
    The finality of the new constitution will require it to be put to the people of this country, who will vote yes or no.
    The people are not fools.
    Writing mindlessly about some silly point made somewhere in a jungle is a waste of time.
    But then if you dont have anything else to occupy your mind , well??????

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    Thero is comparing Sampanthar-CV, the TNA leaders to Emil. Thero has no idea of those happening in the world, so he did not read what happened in NPC recently. We can come to that subject letter. But: First let’s answer to two side points.
    a). America watched a ship that was carrying drugs to Lankawe from Pakistan. They thought it was private smuggling ring and called Appe Aanduwa to warn about it. The ship vanished in the high sea because the smuggler was Appe Aanduwa. Lankawe government is well known as human smugglers. When, customs in stopped a container, the prime minister had signed that shipment be released. The container contained narcotics. That was the case of alcohol too. The Famous Kerala Ganja import is an open trading of Lankawe security forces.
    Sirimavo banned Tamils’ essential food items. I am not talking about the time when food & medicine was used as weapon against Tamil, as per UN documentation. It was only on peaceful time the Queen Sirimavo did it. Valvettithurai young sailors braved to bring Chilies and Dhal, rice and others to feed the hungry. Tamil culture might have taken a bad turn unless they have been bringing Tamils’ wedding & other religious and cultural items those days. It was not smuggling. That is not conducting a pogrom to loot and eat. It was Jaffna version of Gandhi’s salt Satyagraha dandi march. Unless it was like the imbecile Queen who was on the throne that time, even the current 8th graders would have guessed that it was a precursor of a war and they might have fixed the Tamils problem that time.

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    Everybody knows, by culture and by their government, who business is smuggling and who worked for smuggling the 18 Billion to foreign Banks. In fact it was Sirimavo who smuggled for her special Jasmine Rice from China, without Customs knowing, when Lankawe was begging rice from every country to feed the poor. When AIG went bankrupt, everyone depended on AIG through their loan system lost their saving. There is no difference between AIG’s failure and Emil’s failure – unscrupulous business. In Lankawe every corporation head and government head are robbing. But when they tried this to London Banks on Oil price hedging, it did not go well in London. Because, the crime was committed in England. That is why the ones who handles 18 Billion are talking about Emil.

    b).Sumanthiran, as per Thero in his previous writings, has claimed that Yahapalanaya has given written promise to TNA, once the election is won with Tamils support, the constitution will be changed as acceptable to Tamils. The election promise of TNA in the North is internal self-determination. The current turmoil in TNA is mainly about TNA abandoning the Federal promise. Without merging North and East, there is no federal government. North cannot go alone, even as per the dimwit explanation given by Joint Comedy Club advocates like Thero for Federal System.

    Can somebody answer me these questions if Sumanthiran’s speech was to cheat the Sinhalese in the south?
    1. Sumanthiran talking about a secret solution, but where is constitution that Thero is talking? There is none! That is where Sumanthiran has to say the truth to Tamils. That is complete fooling of Tamil by Sumanthiran saying that a secret solution coming.

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    2. Thero convulsing to twist the story. Did Sumanthiran spoke that in South in Sinhala? When Sumanthiran was speaking to his constituents in Jaffna, how is it becoming cheating the Sinhalese in the South? How much of the Sinhalese depended on Sumanthiran to come to know what is happening in the Sinhala Parliament? How much the Sinhalese believe a Tamil parliamentarian for to him cheat them? If change in constitution is taking place isn’t it the Sinhala government is doing? Aren’t the TNA has asked to put the draft to the South and North-East people to vote? Isn’t the Sinhala parliamentarians, as it is in their culture, wants to lie to Sinhala Mass and they are refusing for a referendum so far?
    3. Is that Sumanthiran went and asked the SLFP candidate, New King, to stand for election and he promised that Tamils will support in return for non-Federal System constitution – or – is that New King sought out Tamils’ support promising Federal system which is now a Sumanthiran’s cheating?
    4. Who in the world doesn’t know of what the purpose of this new constitution cooking? This is only to save the Old Royals from Genocide. They keep bargaining with UNHRC to wipe out the Resolution 30/1 then they will give Tamils their rights. Why Thero feel shy to tell truth to the Sinhala mass? There is chance if the Sinhala mass defeat the constitutional change, Old King will end up in prison in Hague.

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    Let’s come to the main point.
    Thero has a feeling that Tamils are shaming Sinhala Intellectuals, so why not find at least even one Tamil who miss behaved and make him as representative of all Tamils. Is that we don’t know how many time the Sinhala Army was caught and deport by foreign governments, even the Old Roya’s Para Military Minister Karuna? NPC, not just for Sinhala Intellectuals, but even for the whole world, has set up example by dismissing the corrupted ministers from it. Is there ever a minister dismissed thought all Lankawe ministers are looters always. Thero should take a clean bath with Sunlight or Lifebuoy soap before he start to talk the political culture that SJV and Leader Pirapa have taught to Tamils.
    Thero wrote here in CT that he and Old King gave promises to UN SG and UNHRC in the way that they never have to fulfill those promises. These guys did through UNSG to the war victim many times more than Emil did to his business partners. They carried out war without witness and claimed shamelessly it was a humanitarian rescue mission with zero casualties and received praise in UNHRC. These are the guys teaching Sumanthiran to tell the truth to the Jaffna Tamils?

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    Politicians play the communal card to get votes. Dayan is playing the communal card to get a job.

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    Failier of this futile adventure will give the Federalists another chance to propagate their fictitious tale of wore among those Westerners who believe without reason that the Tamils are a downtrodden community. The initiators of this unwanted Constitution should take note that by trying to appease the so called international community, will backfire and make matters worse for the country.

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    North Central PC dudes look Feral , not Federal………. Vellala Kid must be smart to help Dr Ranil not to mention it in Ranil’s Federal thing………Just imagine Swiss kumar’s mates , the DIG, OIC and the other Kossa are under the command of those PC dudes………Wonder which PC , . Wellala Gardens come under?………

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    Smart Patriot DJ,
    The father of SLFP is late SWRD. If you are an unbiased political analyst why not write an analysis on the political stands SWRD took, ever since he returned from the Oxford Uni. Please give focus on his views on the majority minority issues before and after 1947. What he did to uplift the majority of the majority was alright but what was wrong is he did at expense of the minorities.

    However he reallised his blunder and signed the BC pact. But opponents not only made him abort the pact but also killed him. MaRa used SLFP to come to power and with war peace with the help of many powerful international players. What did he do after May 2009 about peace and political solution and good governance ? Nothing. MaRa-GoRa 5 yrs of rule was an insult to SWRD’s SLFP.

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      That is just like PIGS MIGHT FLY.

      DJ is born lonely wolf, will also die down in that way.

      Wait and see, I cant stomach this man .. I really do.
      Now with his wife or fiance being in the scene not even knowing what Nuremberg trial means – I think this particular family is after a post for their pvt gains.

      Over the last 3years, DJ lived back in the country.
      BUt what has been doing actually – is no different to that of Wimal Buruwasne, whose education is similar a coconut plucker two decades ago.

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    Smart Patriot DJ,
    Even if you bring MaRa-GoRa regime back to power will they give you an internationa post ? I strongly believe not. You have exposed them with all your irrational arquements about their out dated capabilities.

    Rajapakse became PM on 6th April 2004 by cleverly pushing out Lakshman Kadirgamar. Why ? Where were you then DJ ? Did you speak up ?

    If you are a smart patriot you should ask MaRa Bros & Co to retire gracefully from SL politics first. If they listen to reasons and retire you have the moral authority to ask Maithiri & Ranil to retire subsequently. Not otherwise.

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    Dayan, you have finally shown your true colours. You have been told to join with HLD Mahindapala and you have unashamedly agreed. HLD M tries to create an impression that Sinhalese are enlightened, devoid of caste system and so on.
    You have been told to denigrate Tamils as fraudsters and so chose Emil Savundaranayagam – Tamil and a Christian to boot. Emil defrauded UK citizens in the fifties, was found out and jailed. Emil is a insignificant compared to Bernard Madoff. How about fraudsters who swindled a whole country?
    Emil was interviewed by David Frost of BBC which propelled David to the class he was. Your dad Mervin was never a David Frost!
    You obviously wish to create a subliminal message on Sumanthiran. Dayan, do you have to sink this low?

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      David Frost was an out and out colonialist and imperialist and conceited as such. Dayan J. aught to be happy that his father was not a David Frost.

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    I am sorry to state Dr.Dayan Jeyatileke that you have a crude mind worse than Emil Soundranayagam because of the way you analyse the present issue with regard to the Tamil problem.
    There are three distinct races in Sri lanka and the Tamils are a majority race in the North and East. What the Tamils agitate for over 80 years is a federal system of government for them to rule for themselves. It would be a system that would be applicable to other 7 provinces as well in Sri Lanka. Have you not heard of such governments in other parts of the world. Switzerland is one example. Decentralised federal form of government is not liked by power hungry Sinhala politicians and hence putting the blame on the Sinhala people.
    Why are you afraid of it? If it is because of Tamil Nadu’s proximity, it is callous on your part.
    Sumandran’s treachery is not acceptable to the Tamils. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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      The is No point in having 7 other provinces.

      There should be ONE other province or region for Sinhalese called the SINHALE …

      That’s it END OF STORY…..

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    Thero at UNHRC did not tell that 150,000 had been killed in the last five months and 90,000 have been rendered as war widows. Thero Convulsing to make Sampanthar and CV like leaders as Emil by trying to interpret Sumanthiran’s speech which was in Tamil and was intended to fool Tamils about the deceit called “The Secret Solution”.

    Sinhala politicians are telling to Sinhalese that the Sinhala Soldiers are going to be accused as war criminals. But, the truth is, as Thero’s close colleague and not-born-together twin, Wimal said, it was 42 leaders and commanders were only accused of war crime and America forced UNHRC HC Prince Zeid to wipe it out of books. The collateral deal Lankawe gave for this was the Federal Constitution. Now 42 the war criminals have escaped with the help of America; UNHRC Resolution 30/1 is defeated; the federal solution is given up by Yahapalanaya Justifiers, TNA; but still three more years have to stay in power, so Yahapalanaya is faking a solution without Federalism as a Federal Constitution. Imbecile Thero is seeing it Emil Tamils are doing it. Thero wants to dislodge even that, that is why he is making all Tamils as Emils.

    Emil is not a person who has been looting Tamils’ property and eating from 1958; but man showed even if it is a theft, it had come from a Tamils brain, unlike one comes out of Thero’s wine brain. I do not know for how many Castro had written his own story, but at least one in Lankawe have had Castro to write his Thesis. These are guys were sitting and playing computer in law exam but professors wrote and beat Felix’s Dias record. Emil is too smart to that kind of fraud. He is not one would lent ICRC’s land rover to carry out murders.

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    The truths are not coming out of any of these because it is Yahapalanaya on the seat and it openly promised in the election “No Leader, No commander, No Soldier” will be prosecuted. In other words, 2015 elections were only Sinhala Jury verdicts. If Emil had one to save him like that, probably he too would be now a war hero of Lankawe like Kathirgamar, Pillaiyan, Karuna….

    Country is labeled for Media freedom 175th worst in the 179 countries that kill the media guys to hide the truth. Had Mervyn De Silva live through Lasantha’s time, ……………. anyway, let me tell it point blankly, SWRD was the first politician and Mervyn would have been the first Media person, even before the Tamil Journalists or Lasantha. Anyway gone are the days of Lasantha, Mervyn ….so Thero, Mahindapala are shining in pitch dark.

    The country is had earned name for its army “Rapist Army” by using rape a weapon to win Tamil rebels. So it had come into one within 22 notorious sex crime countries in the world. Country is spending 80% of the GDP to service the stolen 18 Billion. Lankawe remains as the only country impeached opposition leaders. There many things left to mention.

    When Thero’s race carries these ups of all humanity, Emil is still an honorable citizen with his thefts.

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    It’s a crying shame, we have to hear it from this damn narcissist that we Tamils have reached the lowest point and can’t get any lower in terms of our self respect and dignity as a people that our leaders are committing a major fraud on the Sinhala people by extracting a political deal that seeks to dupe them. On the contrary this bugger, this self-obsessed prick has hopefully opened your eyes, if you haven’t already to the shitty pathetic situation we are in having to beg for our rightful share on some false pretenses and that at the end of this brouhaha it’s we who are going to be dumped, falling hook line and sinker to this government’s overtures, like we’ve been ever since this island got hijacked by a bunch of bigots!

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      “”hijacked by a bunch of bigots!””
      You fell for the mediocre malabari- MGR!! ulaga sutra pee wali and later demala karunana the conman billionaire.
      Village jackals who boast of standalone should have know in 1971 RAW created Mukti Bahini and that to make diced meat of a dear PM Rajiv would make you the permanent pariah of the world. FBI reports all across the west just topped it.
      Deepak Obhrai did his best for Bob Rae the deported but it was decided to draw 1 less vote to inform the world who rules the roost.
      Both Sinhalaya and demala can only be ruled. Yang and Yin of Tao.
      Adu pambu adu like a madu! meeharak horns?? 🤣🤣🤣 you,me,she

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    The man’s clear racism comes through when he associates the entire Tamil community with an old crook or the suicide bombers, all the while oblivious of the fact that he has always been associated with crooks, from Premadasa to Rajapaksa, who are thugs and plain criminals as well.

    What if a law abiding Tamil man were to say that Sinhalese are a society that elected those thugs, criminals, monsters and war criminals as presidents, and ask, how is co-existence with such people possible? Maybe what Sumanthiran and the TNA are trying to do is hoping against hope that even incorrigible thugs and criminals , like the author himself, can be civilized somehow, someday.

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    What TNA representing Velala has to do anything with constitution? Constitution must be drafted by Maha Gnanasara who represent the real people of Lanka

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    This racist confused Prof is in a panic mode, to stir up another Black July ’83, to justify his insurance ploicy, Mahavamsa, that let 70 years of deceit that failed building a unitary Nation. Keeping fooling !

    If no merged federalism of NE, one country two nations, then no choice, but Separation. Tamils Unite.

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      The curse for Sri Lanka is the Extremist Buddhist clergy and these educated extremist racists; Look at UK, Canada, Switzerland, and other civilized democratic countries where there is federalism and how people live peacefully and happily. The [false[ Mahavamsa mindset and these educated racists will ruin the country for another century while the country will go begging and send the women to Middle East and get foreign exchange in exchange of ….

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    The entire constitution process is to please the bloody international community, not the native Sinhala Buddhists. Mahawamsham clearly says the island belongs to Buddhists, so why do we have to please the international community?

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    Thankfulness — Buddha and His disciples
    A story told by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá“We shall still be grateful that they do not kill us.”-“What if they were to kill you?” the Master asked for the last time., “we will be thankful, for they cause us to be martyrs. What more glorious fate is there than this, to die for the glory of God?” And the Buddha said: “Well done!”
    Abdu’l-Baha, ‘Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 63

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    Smart Patriot DJ,
    When Emil was punished by the UK justice system was he a SrLankan Citizen or UK citizen ?

    Did your father Mervyn Silva specially interview Venarable Theros Somara and Budharahitha for radio or news papers ?

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    “Sinhalese and the South Indians have common genetic codes, very specially the DNA of low country Sinhalese is matching with the Tamil Nadu Tamils.” What else did you expect to find? I think some Tamils think that there is a special Tamil DNA or a genetic code.

    ==>> What exactly is your point James?

    Please note that, in this context nobody gives a rats a***se about Tamil genetic codes or ancestry of the Sinhalese. What matters is that the historical Tamil territory is in Tamilakam (Tamil Nadu) and the historical Sinhalese territory is this island, from Point Pedro to Dondara Head. That is why when the Tamils moved here they have adopted the Sinhalese language and customs and have gotten assimilated into the Sinhalese population. Some might have kept their Tamil names a couple of generations and later these names might have also been Sinhalized. New castes or social groups might have been formed by these new immigrants into the Sinhalese island, if they had brought in new trades or arts and crafts. This is the way populations have evolved. Unlike the ready made Tamil settlements which were directly imported to the island starting from the latter part of the 13th century.

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