19 September, 2020

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The ‘Traditional Homelands’ Tells A Story

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Meanwhile in a parallel universe….

I’ve been here long.  Longer than those who claim me.  Their earliest ancestors, i.e. those who hadn’t coined a name for me, had to first make their paw prints on my breast.  That’s how old I am.

I was here when Raja Raja Chola, in the year 993AD named my body-soils as well as the body-soils of my neighbors as Ila-mandalam with the descriptive, ‘The land of the warlike Sinhalas’. The inscriptions at the temples in Tanjavur and Ukkal are clear.  Raja Raja Chola congratulates himself not for robbing Sinhalese who lived in Ila-mandalam but Ila-mandalam itself, which he says ‘belonged’ to the Sinhalas.

I don’t know much about ‘belonging’.  Something happens to all those who (think they) own and claim, I’ve noticed. They all die.  You don’t have to dig into my heart to know that my body is scatted with remnants of a flourishing Buddhist presence.  Now Buddhism is not ethnicity-bound. It is not the preserve of the Sinhalese, although some Sinhalese think that only Buddhists can be Sinhalese.  One of the greatest scholar bikkhus was Rev Buddhaghosa and he was ethnically Tamil. Rev Buddhaghosa however was a one-off and the fact that the scholarship-oriented philosophy did not make for texts in Tamil of any import tells a tale; a tale that will pass of course, all things being impermanent and all that.

But let’s leave all that to academics to decipher.

I was told recently that Muttiah Muralidharan doesn’t know me, that he is from another part of what some people call ‘Sri Lanka’.  Well, when you’ve lived as long as I have, this business of knowing and not knowing is laughable. I was amused.  For example, which part of ‘Sri Lanka’ is C.V. Wigneswaran from?  Does he know me well?  Does he know me better than Murali does?  Callum Macrae, Gordon Weiss, Frances Harrison and Jonathan Miller: do they know me and if so is their knowledge superior to that of Murali?

How about those who left without even leaving footprint for whatever reason? Do they know me? Do their children and grandparents who make claims based on what has happened to me and who feather nests in other lands know me?  Fr. Emmanuel says a lot about me.  Does he know me, what happened to me and what is happening to me?  I remember him being pally with those who deliberately orchestrated processes that caused blood to be splattered all over me.

Does Mahinda Rajapaksa know me? Does his brother Basil know me? Does Namal Rajapaksa know me?

When did all these people first ‘discover’ me? When did they think fit to name, describe and distort? When will they forget and why? I have lots of time and I spend it reflecting on such questions.

I’ve heard some people say ‘this land is mine’ and I smile.  No, I do not say ‘Excuse me!’ in a tone where incredulity is mixed with objection.  I just called some land-pals a few hundred kilometers to the south.  I asked some questions.

‘There are people who “own” me who say that only a certain community can walk all over my body; is it the same in your corner of the island? Some call me “Traditional Homelands of the Tamils”.  Now tell me brother, whose ‘traditional homelands are you?  Have you been ‘ethnically cleansed’ of all communities but one?  Do you welcome only those who belong to a particular community and do people who speak on your behalf talk of others trying to fiddle with ‘ethnic composition’?’

My brother replied.

‘The answer to your first question is “no”.  The second, well, according to the law that exists now, “anyone who walks on me, anyone who builds on me and lives on me”.  The answer to the third is “No, although I feared something like that might happen about 30 years ago.” The fourth is a two part question and the answers to both would be “no”.’

People coin names, people stake claims. They are born, they decay and perish.  Names change and there’s a lot of names that have changed or rather ‘re-ethnicized’.  People use the ‘traditional homeland’ tag on me.  It amuses me.  But if they insist, then I would rather be called ‘The Traditional Homelands of Hope’.  Right now, it seems they’ve chosen ‘The Traditional Homelands of Intransigence’.

It has not rained enough to wash away the blood and I sense that more blood will flow before ‘Hope’ can make a claim.  Given how long I’ve lived, it’s a small matter to me.  Just saying, that’s all.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Malinda Seneviratne …………………………………….Here is a true story about you….. The Huffington Post reported.. “Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism” ……………… I thank you for your full cooperation with the researchers.

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      yea ass that was about you .

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      Malinda Seneviratne,
      is a thick skinned buffalo like the ones from Hambantota of the ruling scums. He has no scruples. He only wants to know which side of bread is buttered, that’s all!

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        You mean he belongs to LBSE Liberation baffallos of Sinhala E…..(I don’t know what that is

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        Maligned Malinda, East-Timor like situation is developing in the North-East of Sri Lanka!

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        He is always speaking from the other end, not knowing the gravity of the problems that the masses go through in the country today.
        He has to do behave in this way, considering his perks, as it is the case for any ministerial posts in the current regime. PM lately insisted in parliament how thankful RW should be, because of the fact that he is given a modern building and a vehicle. The answer of RW was – ” nothing is comparable if the made environment by rulers to this date – becoming worst when its goes with democracy”:
        RW is the best alternative we have to save this nation. Times that people got him wrong is enough. Now people have to see it properly and give him a chance forwarding MR and thugs to HAGUE… can bring us all prosper.
        Like or not, signs are becoming clear today than yestredy, march towards to Hague will be the consequence.

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      Malinda, don’t take this callathoni Vedda seriously for he often says not just a corner but the entire island belongs to them and he demands, we bugger off to wherever we come from. Did the God created vedda independently from Adam or is the callathoni bugger had gone mad?

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        Banda………………….. double Kallthoni, go back to your mother country, Britain needs hypocrites like you. ………. Did god really create Adam? …….. Descendants of Sinhala/Tamil Kallthonis are driving me mad…….. So you hold yourself responsible for my madness. ….I have said this many times, and will say it again, the entire island belongs to my people. ……….. You can either go back to your mother country Britain or your fatherland Sinhapura in Venga. ………When you go take your Tamil brethren with you.

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          Vedda, just like you, I am going mad as well. Please tell me before that who is this your people? How many of them are there? And where are they?

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            mechanic………… You are born mad. ……. “Please tell me before that who is this your people?” ……….Go back in time and into Transcurrent, DBS Jeyaraj, CT………..to find whom I have been reffering to. …….. They are neither Sinhalese nor Tamils, basically they are not descendants of Kallathonies from North/South India. …………Spotting the descendants of Kallathony is not difficult they just look like you and type like you.

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              Vedda, if you don’t come from India where do you come from? To me most of you look like some little gipsis of India.

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              They are Kuveni Clan,from Balangoda, aren’t they Native ?????,,,,

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                Sumanasekera, I bet this so-called native Vedda is no native. It’s A kallathoni from India who settled in our East; a pretender to con our true Native Veddas. Indeed it could be a plant by neocons. True native Veddas are Tissahamy and his ansestors and their decendents.

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                  Banda…….”True native Veddas are Tissahamy and his ansestors and their decendents.”………. Banda goes to London town and comes back with a British passport yet tells me about the history of my people. …….Its funny, a descendant of Kallathoni mostly from South India now believes that my people had come from India. Go back to your mother country. …..Please keep off history for it tells us how much you haven’t grasped instead how much you know.

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              Native, Unless Vedda were direct decedents of Orangutan , they had come from India only.

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                Kallathini Vedda must be thinking he is evolved in Galápagos island by natural selection or created by parallel Allah from an arrow or from a grotesque caricature by some Adam.

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                  British Passport carrying Banda……. Many in this forum thought you are driving me mad. Now it seems that you are driving yourself crazy. .. Thanks Banda………..

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      LoL

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    Is the man going bonkers. There is so much to write and analyse in Lankan politics – a natural “habitat” of any journalistic editor worth his name and our friend talks of Ila Mandalam – after much waste of time on nondescript Murali. At least, there is tacit admission the land was known as Eelam then. Bad news for those rabid buddies in the BBS.

    Another Sri Lanka analyst – living in faraway Chennai – writes in his column here the island about to disintegrate. And our Nero fiddles with trivia.

    Kettikaran

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      At least, there is tacit admission the land was known as Eelam then.

      “Hela” becomes “Ila” or Eelam since there is no “Ha” phenome in Tamil, That is what it is really. Eelam means Hela.

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        Why can’t it be the other way, Eelam becoming Hela? After all Tamil is recognised as a much older language than Sinhala being the oldest living language in the whole of India!

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    Raja Raja Chola congratulates himself not for robbing Sinhalese who lived in Ila-mandalam but Ila-mandalam itself, which he says ‘belonged’ to the Sinhalas.

    Raja Raja Chola said “Ila belonged to Sinhalas”. This is only the tip of the iceberg isn’t it really?

    Although the Sinhalaya does not take the “Ila” with him when he passes away does it really? What good are these petty “belongings” when taking ones last breath?

    Just like Raja Raja Chola these Tamils are hung up on their “identities” arent they really? As if they take it with them when they die.

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      Tamils hung up with their identity, LOL , isn’t it the Sinhalese who say they are “special” since they were triply blessed and are protectors of Theravada ???

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        Tamil is a classical language much older than Prakrit and Sanskirit. In fact Tamil is a candidate to be the oldest living classical language of the world. Your contention that Eelam was derived from the Pali word for hela is like you saying that the daughter gave birth to her mother.

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      So, why talk of Sinhala and Hela identities? Why talk of Sinhala ONLY with emphasis on ONLY?

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    Meanwhile, back in la la land….

    Does anyone read The Nation??? With editorials like this, the rest of the content has to be just as cuckoo!

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    In a parallel Homeland of High Security Zones, the Chief is busy building, buddha statues, helipads, hotels and golf courses. We have to develop the homeland, never mind these miserable people whom we sic ‘liberated from the LTTE’. They owe us a thing or two so there is no harm in bulldozing their houses, schools, kovils and taking over a few thousand acres to develop our homeland. After all what can they do, Cameron came and went. Manmohan did not come. They can eat pigshit for all I care.

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    Still eagerly awaiting your columns on corruption, nepotism, the undermining of the judiciary and attacks on your fellow journalists.

    I think in some ways I prefer Rajpal to you. At least he is an open and self-admitted spokesman for the government. You hide under this veneer of patriotism, when the fact is you are too much of a coward to write about some of the key challenges the country faces.

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    1. There was no serious scholarship in Sinhalese, because the language of Buddhism was Pali. But the 5 Great Epics of the changam period were buddhist. These ancient Tamil texts show how long Buddhism flourished among the tamils. So Budhagosha being one off is extremely misleading.
    2. Vikneswaran has clearly spent more time in the north than Murali. He spent 10 years as a judge living there and his parents are from Jaffna.
    3. Again an insidious insinuation. The homeland theory does not ask for non-Tamil speaking people to be excluded. It only asks that Sinhalese are not styled their by the GOVERNMENT in am attempt to change the demography. Natural migration is a part of human history. Forced changes is a crime against humanity.
    4. What about Malinda being pally with those who deliberately shed more blood than anyone else in this country. What about those who have rained more bombs than during a world war in a relatively tiny area?
    5. Sinhalese began to take shape as a language only around the 7th century AD around the time the Hindi revivalist movement was displacing Buddhism in south India. In SriLanka it remained entrenched.
    S

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      No one knows who is responsible for Tamil Sangam or when it was written. Tamil Sangam is hoax.

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        Do you hate everything and anything about Tamils? Why? Are you jealous?

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          Hello Burning_Issue.

          If Tamil hoaxes did not give rise to Tamil Nazism, if Tamil hoaxes did not result in grotesque violence consuming the region I would not even bother really. Its a struggle to get a Tamil biggot to admit terrorism is bad, leave along teaching morality of fish stealing isnt it.

          The reason Tamil Sangam is a hoax not beacuse there is no known author. Its a hoax becuase its the word “Sangam” is Sanscrit. You cannot possibly have Tamil as “classical” and then steal classical words from another language can you really hmm?

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            You seemed to be talking through your rearend vibushana? Tamil is a classical language of its own and it has nothing whatsoever to do with Sanskirit.

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            There are many poets who lived and wrote tamil poem, and literature during that period all are accepted by UNESCO stupid. Silappathigaram is one such master piece of Sangam period.

            http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0007/000746/074678eo.pdf

            read there “the wrold of sangam”

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangam_landscape
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangam_Literature

            Read little bit if you get a chance to enhance your asinine barina and getting out of false history perpetrated on you.

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            Vibhushana ………….”Its a struggle to get a Tamil biggot to admit terrorism is bad, leave along teaching morality of fish stealing isnt it.”…………….. You are happy with JVP’s Pol Potistas led Sinhala/Buddhist terrorism. ……………”You cannot possibly have Tamil as “classical” and then steal classical words from another language can you really hmm?…………… It is an interesting observation. Could you let us have a list of stolen words. ………… To be fair to Sinhala and Sanskrit could you also produce a list of Tamil words stolen by these two language.

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              Kallathoni vedda always ask stupid questions. No one deny that like Sinhala people, Sinhala language is developed over a long period of time. So, the question of stolen words in it should not arise. Only for ‘classical’ language and race like Tamil stolen words may have become problematic.

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                Banda …………….. If one removes Pali, Prakrit, Sanskrit, Tamil (including its grammar), Portuguese, Dutch, Malay, Veddah, Arabic, English words from Sinhala vocabulary there would be no Sinhala language. ………… Sit down and work it out for yourself. ……….. However I love Sinhala language for its various attributes. …………. Just because of your hatred towards anything other than Sinhala/Buddhism I am not going to denigrate the language. ……. However I suggest you stop claiming Sinhala being anything other than what it is. …….. Accept the facts about the language and focus on its strength and attributes. …..Move on…..

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        Mahavamsa is a double hoax.

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        I dont think you need to know that.

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      Sulaiman…………”Natural migration is a part of human history.” …… That is how we lost our land to the Kallathoni Tamils and Sinhalese.

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        Sinhalese are not Kallathoni, when they were on Kallathoni they didn’t speak Sinhala.
        :-)

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          aratai

          Sinhalese are on Kallathoni heading towards prosperous countries. Their third generation descendants will not speak Sinhala.

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            Vedda never told us where he is writing from.

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        How many of your kind are there altogether now? I read its as not even 5,000. How come if you were the sole owners of this land.

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      Silly man, you should know that Buddhagosha’s came to Sri Lanka in the 5th century to translate tripitake commentries from Sinhala to Pali and take it back to India. That was mentioned in his Vissudhimagga written in Pali. Read it in pages xxix and xxx of the introduction of its English translation (some 800 pages) by Ven Nanamoli, an Oxford scholar lay name Osbert Moore. Now, if written Sinhala commentaries of Tripitake were available in the 5th century imagine when Sinhala language would have been developed.

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        Banda,

        If Sinhala was a fully evolved language, why the hell did Monk Mahanama use Pali to write Mahavamsa in the 6th century A.D, Why didn’t he use the Sinhala language? :)) LOL

        First of all Buddhagosha was not an Arahant. 4th Century was almost 800 years after Buddha’s MahaPariNibbana.

        During the period from 3rd Century AD to 6th Century AD, Buddhism had spread widely in Tamil Nadu and won the patronage of the rulers. The major urban centers of Kanchi, Kaveripattinam, Uraiyur, and Madurai were centers of Buddhism. These were also important centers of Pali learning. It was at this time that Tamil Nadu gave some of its greatest scholars (both Theravada and Mahayana) to the Buddhist world.

        Three of the greatest Pali scholars of this period were Buddhaghosa, Buddhadatta, and Dhammapala and all three of them were associated with Buddhist establishments in the Tamil kingdoms. There are so many other Tamil monks who are attributed to the Pali works some of them were resident at Mayura-rupa-pattana (Mylapore, Madras) along with Buddhagosha. The best known work of Buddhaghosa was Visuddhimagga.

        Where the hell, in which history book, or in which Pali chronicle, or in which stone inscription, or in which cave writings it is said that Tri-Pitaka was originally in Sinhala?????
        Where and when did Monk Buddhagosha say that he translated from Sinhala to Pali. Can you quote some 5th Century or any history for that matter to prove that the three Pitakas were translated from Sinhala to Pali. You can find about Buddhagosha in the Mahavamsa but tell me where it is said that he translated from Sinhala to Pali????

        Some Sinhala-Buddhist monks created this myth and most of the Sinhalese believe the same myth. Ven Nanamoli may be an Oxford scholar but his source must have been just another Buddhist monk who believes in the same myth. There is no historical evidence what so ever to prove that Tripitaka was translated from Sinhala to Pali or Buddhaghosa’s translated Visuddhimagga from Sinhala to Pali.

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          Prasad, First of all I must say, I am not a historian. I write only what I have read. And I quoted here mainly from what Ven Nanamoli wrote and scholars like Geiger, Wilhelm, Bode, Guruge and etc. Ven Nanamoli says he learned Pali from Ven Nyanathiloka Mahatera, a German. And he is the one who checked the draft manuscript. // If you accept Ven Buddhagosha had come to Sri Lanka, can you speculate why. About Bhattantacariya Buddhagosha, Nanamoli says; “India herself tells us nothing at all”. He also wrote, “beyond the bare hint that he came Ceylon his actual works tell nothing about his origins or background.” Also written is; “He mentions, The Elder Buddhamitta with whom I lived in ‘Maurasuttapattana’ – in majjima Nikaya attakatha. and well known Elder Jothipala with whom I once lived in Kancipura and elsewhere. And that’s all.” Now, I see that your aim is to run down Sinhala and Mahawamsa and say Buddhagosha is Tamil. For such people nothing would convince other than what’s on their head. // you can access it here and read more of what I say: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-traditional-homelands-tells-a-story/

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            Banda……..”I see that your aim is to run down Sinhala and Mahawamsa and say Buddhagosha is Tamil.”………….Why would anyone want to run down stupid Sinhalese?……..Poor fellow is not capable of knowing whether s/he is coming or going. …….. ……………It is the stupid Sinhala/Buddhists that one should run down whenever opportunity presents itself. …..Have you ever read Mahawamsa from cover to cover? ………… …….”First of all I must say, I am not a historian. I write only what I have read”. …. I appreciate your honesty. However, don’t use other people’s work as your shield, when you let garbage in you will get garbage out. ………..Are you a fan of Nalin de Silva, Champika, Kamalika Pieris, Bandu de Silva, ……………….?

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          Prasad
          You should know by now Patriot (aka Leela) has a “convenient” memory of the history of Sri Lanka.

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          Prasad,…. “..why the hell did Monk Mahanama use Pali to write Mahavamsa in the 6th century A.D, Why didn’t he use the Sinhala language?..”…Because Sinhala was a living language & Pali was a dead language…as it had always been the case..throughout human history… all those stone writings too done in dead languages for those to be alive for thousands of years, Living languages weakness is the meaning of words & words themselves change from time to time..

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            John ……..”Because Sinhala was a living language & Pali was a dead language”………………When did Pali die, before, after or during Mahawamsa was being written. ……………..Mahanama not only killed history but Pali too. ………….

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              Kallathoni Vedda, you find out when Pali died and whether there was a Vedda language then or it has an alphabet if you want, but for one thing, Pali was used for scholarly writing when Ven Mahanama wrote Mahawamsa just like Latin was by European scholars at one time.

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                Banda ……… Mahanama wrote his historical novel in Pali, not in Sinhala …. Why Banda, why?????? ……. Sinhala was non existence at the time or scholarly work could not be written in Sinhala due to its under development. ……… Please give up your futile exercise to prove ancientness. ………. Okay, If you insist I accept that first ape spoke Sinhala and practised Sinhala/Buddhism……….. Are you happy now?

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          Prasad: You wrote ‘Buddhaghosa’ is associated with Buddhist establishments in the Tamil kingdoms. But Nanamoli wrote India says nothing about Buddhagosha. So come up with scholarly proof if we shouldn’t call you a liar.

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    MS, what a load of crap!!………….You are not in a parallel universe at all…you are on the moon, a lunatic!!

    You have now gone completely off the rails……..You seriously need to see a Shrink, sooner the better!!

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    .
    Hey Homeland, why are you so thirsty for human blood? Don’t you had enough of tamil blood? Hope you still remember your northern neighbour dropping food parcels and your southern neighbour dropping bombs after bombs on you. Looks like you’re getting thirsty again!
    :-)

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      Quote; “why are you so thirsty for human blood? Don’t you had enough of tamil blood?!”
      Post this question to the Diaspora who funded the LTTE and even more to that Rogue Priest S.J.Emmanuel who said suicide bombers are equal to Martyrs of the Catholic Church.
      Oh ! then the Pope has a big job on his hands to make them Sainst of St. Emmanuel, Rayappu. Singarayer, Deogopillai, Jasper, Crooz, Jim Brown and a host of others.
      Catholic Church is going to be filled with these statues.

      Northern neighbour did infact forget to drop Parippu this time around in 2009 when SL needed it most to feed the 300k who fled the Wanni.
      COL is rising by the day, ARATAI better remind the Northern neighbour that its time to drop those so called your food parcels & bottles of water as well. Now the time is right, I believe.

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    Sinhala people never have told that They own buddhism. they have culture and a civilization aligned with buddhism.

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      Sinhala people have a culture and civilisation aliens to Budhism?????? Heeeeeeehaaaaaa hiiiii

      If you believe this you will believe anything. Sinhalese have no culture No civilisation but they have deep rooted tribal instincts the moment you mention certain words like Tamil, homeland, devolution , warcrimes etc you will see the animal in them waking up . This particular writer Malinda Seniviretna is no exception.

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    Malinda,
    No, I dont think they know you; Muralidharan,CV Wigneswaran, Callum Macrae, Gordon Weiss, Frances Harrison,Jonathan Miller, Mahinda, Basil, Namal. None of them know you. But there are lots of people who know you. And they are the stupid asses who pour invective after invective whenever they read something written by you in the CT. They are too numerous to name but Patriot,Leela Potter, Native, Winston de Valliere, are a few that come to my mind immediately.And remember, they are not going to forget you in a hurry.

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      As you mentioned above, MAY BE Muralidharan,CV Wigneswaran, Callum Macrae, Gordon Weiss, Frances Harrison,Jonathan Miller,
      Do not know him,
      But Jarapassa clan, Mahinda, Basil, Namal. Gohotha Knows him and About his intentions also,
      Some so called Jurnos like Jarajapal, Bandu S, Hadu samare, Knows him very well, because all of them were at the same queued for the Lap Top donation from power mad Dhaja Jarapassa.

      And I, JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA [not so educated] is not invective on Harvard graduated Malinda,
      But feel very shame of him as he so called Harvard educated and do not have a spine to be stand straight, against what is wrong and to understand what is right.
      Do not want to keep in mind, for what benefit of a Flea like you,
      not forgetting as he is a JACK ASS like you NoNo Nonis

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    There was a Mahinda-5 who was captured by Rajendra chola and taken to Tamilnadu as captives and imprisoned for 12 years. He died there as a captive. I wonder there will be a day for another Mahinda-XX now need to be taken to the hague where he rightly belongs to.

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    Malinda, I read your articles because I like the style of your writing but the problem is that there’s not much substance! Dayan Jayathilaka’s articles have both, sorry.

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    Even if Vellala CM persuades his fellow Vellalas in Wellawatta to shift lock stock and barrel.to the Raja Raja Chola Land,and back Twister Cameron ,to grant them an ISGA, would the TNA be happy and content?….Will “Terror Sira” stop singing Happy Birth day to Praba?…

    Most unlikely, going by the manouverings of the real “Twister Cameron’s” backers…..Their mission is Greater Eellam not a Mini….. A greater Eelaam covering the whole Dravidian population of TamiNadu, with the HQ in the pennisular….because the Vellalas wouldn’t want to live among the Naduans, majority of whom are the Dollar a Day inhabitants of India.

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      Why speak of Cameron here…….. he is right now in China with a 100+ business delegation begging for business and walking around with his tail between his legs.
      There appears to be no finger wagging on Chinese Human Rights as it seems to be perfect now. BTW that finger of his has been shoved up his …U know where ? during this China tour.

      Think, he has learnt a lesson or two from Mahinda Mama having attended CHOGM….
      Oh ! Navi Akka says today that there are serious violation committed by Basheer Al Assad of Syria and pointing her finger towards Hague. Looks like, he has dropped our man flint (MR) for the moment as more santhosams being poured in from elsewhere.
      She was deaf and Dumb all this while to what was happening in Syria. Poor thing aney…………Alzhimers or may be advance meno-pause that occured while dealing with SL stress & counting “sillara” notes.

      No Hauge for Bush/Blair and Company on Iraq, Afganistan, Libya……

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    OK Malinda, Accordion to the Cholas IIla Mandalam ‘belonged’ to the Sinhalas.

    But according to the Maha Singhala Mahavamsa – the place Belongs to the Vedhas. Even worse, the importation of 500 Panydya women and the continuous Tamil influx makes you more Tamil than Sinhalese. Your “traditional Homeland” is most certainly India.

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      There was NO Sinhala in Sri Lanka until the Mahavihara monks mentioned it for the first time in the 5th/6th century AD, in order to create the Sinhala identity (to sustain Buddhism in Lanka) the term Sinhala may have been adopted from the Indian epic Mahabharata which predates the Mahavansa by many centuries. The Mahabharata talks of Sinhalas as the barbarous mlecchas, the natives of Lanka in its Book 1, Chapter 177, in Book 2, Chapter 33 & 51, and in Book 7, Chapter 20. However, the Sinhalas mentioned in the Mahabharata is totally different from the Sinhalas that the Mahavihara monks created (Lion myth) in the 5th century AD. The Tamil inscription found in a Hindu temple in South India during the Rajaraja Chola 1 (10th/11th AD) also has a very similar statement like what was found in the Mahabaratha with a slight variation, referring to Lanka it say, ‘the land of the warlike Singalas’.

      Most of the labels that the Mahavihara monks in Sri Lanka used in the Pali chronocles are adopted from the Indian epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. The words Lanka, Sinhala, Yakkha, etc appeared in the Indian epics many centuries before it appeared in Sri Lanka.

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    Malinda, You really are in another universe.. You have nice pearly whites, but your smile give it a way that you are a dimwit.. How do you keep writing such garbage man? Seriously, time and time again you manage to keep out doing your previous articles.. Why do you bother? Money is not everything, so I suggest you quit and start writing free lance. Write something interesting and what you believe in, I’ll be the first to applaud you..

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    Tamil traditional homeland is Tamil Nadu, fullstop.

    How can Tamils get genocided, abused, abducted, raped, annihilated, ignored, grease-devilled, grilled, drilled and totally abused in their homeland?

    It cannot happen.

    That means SL is NOT Tamil homeland!

    Tamil Nadu is Tamil homeland.

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      Right from ancient history, Tamils are from both India and Sri Lanka. Tamil nation existed and still exists in South India (Tamil Nadu) and North-East Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam). The Tamils are the sole owners of both N&E Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam) and South India (Tamil Nadu). Just like the Arab nation has several countries in the middle-east and North Africa, the Tamils Nation has two countries 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.

      If Tamils like Elara are called invaders, then the Singalas like Vijay and his 700 men were also invaders. Whether you call them invaders or invitees or tourists or whatever, both Tamils and Singalas ruled the Island alternatively right from the beginning of history and the civilization was created by both. It is not mentioned anywhere that the Sri Lankan civilization is a Singala civilization or Tamil civilization. They both contributed, the Tamils starting from the kings Sena and Guttika as per the Mahavamsa.

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        Mahawamsa is it not a Cartoon. MahaCartoon without pictures. Now it is out dated Now it is Mahindawamsa. As usual you are reading the wrong book.

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        Fathimage FukaSimba ………….. “Tamil nation existed and still exists in South India (Tamil Nadu) and North-East Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam)”…….. .Please give us a break. ……. Could you produce plausible evidence to prove your sweeping claim. ……

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      Therre is no fullstops FF it is a comma. They will get as many homeland they like. They have the capacity for that.

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    Melinda
    You look like a para demala.
    C.V.Wigneswaran is a Madapallai or Magadgha Paali from Orissa.

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    “Twister Cameron is in China with 100 Plus crew” ..says Thonda..perhaps to get business and Renminbis..Fair enough…. But Our inhabs must be wondering whether the “Twister” put Jonathan and McCrae in his Press Corps….Don’t the Chinese have ” Homeland issues ” although not necessarily the Raja Raja Chola type…Will Jonny ask the Chinese Prez for Yum Cha meet ????…

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    Malinda
    Hi time to get educated. You can get help from Karuna Doglas Pillaiyan and of course Merwin – very knowledgeable people with your paymaster.

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    Fathima Fukushima you have very enlighten views that you express clearly and openly. Mandlinda Aya is just the same – but he is trying hard to cover it, by pretending to be a learned man – quoting bits of history, just like Ratnavali Akka. You are spoiling the show for him.

    The Vul stuff is better expressed in you vul language in the mono-lingual media. This is perhaps not the right spot for that. So don’t spoil his game because your contribution strips hi of his pretense and he appears more and more naked.

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    Segodan,

    “Why can’t it be the other way, Eelam becoming Hela? “

    The University of Madras Tamil Lexicon, compiled between 1924 and 1936, follows this view that name Eelam was derived from the Pali (An Indo-Aryan language) form Sihala

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      Tamil is a classical language much older than Prakrit and Sanskirit. In fact Tamil is a candidate to be the oldest living classical language. Your contention that Eelam was derived from the Pali word for hela is like you saying that the daughter gave birth to her mother.

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    Mal Inda every body know you. The best idiot in Sri Lanka. You write like a drunken sailor talking allsorts of things without any direction or objective. Do a Murali (chuck) you will be ok.

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    MalIndia has a definite direction. He puts in a racist spin to the RajaPaksha ball.

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      Kiri Yakka :….. What do you expect from a racist? ……..

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    These new found ‘traditions’ are as as BOGUS as the the kith and kin who seek asylum from imaginary rape, torture, and ‘discrimination’.

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