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Vellahlaism – The Fascist Force Of Vile Violence

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The brief history of Jaffna can be explored, analysed and understood only as a by-product of Saivite-Vellahlaism — the over-determining central force that impacted on every aspect of Jaffna life, from the womb to the tomb. It is this force that ran through all the phases of peninsula, particularly the first three phases, and held it together a seamless whole. So any exploration of the history that moulded the identity of Jaffna and made it what it is today must necessarily begin by taking into consideration the following three phases — i.e., 1. nearly, eight centuries of Vellahla casteism which came with the first settlers migrating from Malabar in the west coast of S. India, + 2. four centuries of slavery, imported from the Coromandel coast of the east S. India, during the Dutch period + 3. nearly, two century of the ideological impact of the only iconic religious leader, Arumuka Navalar, (1822 – 1879), who revised and reinforced Saivite-Vellahlaism and told his followers : “It is the duty of every Saivite to kill those who steal Sivan’s property or revile him. If one is not strong enough to kill the blasphemer , one must hire another to do it. If one has nothing to hire with, one leave the country where the sinner lives. By remaining in the country one becomes a participator in the sin.” (Cited as a footnote in The Bible Trembled, The Hindu-Christian Controversies of Nineteenth-Century Ceylon, R. F. Young and Bishop S. Jebanesan – p. 80). All three major forces contributed collectively to make Jaffna an exclusive enclave for the oppressive and violent Vellahla political culture.

The unique characteristic of Jaffna has been in the power and the supremacy of the Saivite-Vellahlas who imposed their iron-fisted political culture on the geographical neck of Sri Lanka. From the time the first migrants from Malabar decided to settle down permanently in Jaffna in the 13th century, as stated by Prof. S. Arasaratnam, the Vellahlas pursued a single-minded policy of consolidating their power to protect and retain their supremacy. Religion, politics, law, customs, ownership of land, ideology, rituals, and the overall culture were determined by the primary needs of the Vellahlas to serve the essential interests of the Vellahlas. In short, Jaffna did not exist without the Vellahlas and Vellahlas did not exist without Jaffna. It was possible to take the Vellahlas out of Jaffna but it was impossible to take Jaffna out of the Vellahlas.

The supremacy of the Vellahlas was comprehensive and they brooked no opposition to their power, position, privileges, property and perks. Nothing moved in Jaffna without the advice and consent of the Vellahlas. As the ruling masters in control of the land, temples, professions, particularly government jobs, and the overall decision-making process, the total responsibility for what came out of Jaffna should be sheeted only to the Vellahla leadership. No other caste / class held such totalitarian power as the Vellahlas. What passes off the Tamil culture is nothing but the Vellahla culture. They were the elite who laid down, with fascist force if necessary, the standards for conduct in all spheres, from the status birth to the final burial. Nothing that was not endorsed by the Vellahla codes of conduct was considered legitimate.

In assessing the forces that moulded Jaffna social scientists had not focused seriously on investigating the primary source that determined Jaffna politics : the Saivite-Vellahlaism. It has been the overwhelming force that went to make Jaffna and yet no comprehensive study of Saivite-Vellahlaism as the central force driving the politics of the peninsular had been made. Prof. Bryan Pfaffenberger, Prof. Ratnajeevan and Prof. Rajan Hooles and Bishop S. Jebanesan and R. F. Young have dealt with critical aspects of Vellahlaism. Nevertheless, the overall impact of Vellahlaism, both in Jaffna and on the national stage, has not been explored to the degree required to understand the post-independent scene. Vellahlaism came down like the most destructive juggernaut from the North and destroyed everything in its wake and yet that is the very force that has not been factored into analysing the cataclysmic events that unfolded in the post-independent era. Why? How did our intellectuals and social scientists miss this obvious factor? Why did they focus on the South and turned a blind eye to the North?

Throughout its history Vellahla casteism has been an incurable force. The Vellahla elite sincerely – nay, religiously – believed that in enforcing and perpetuating their caste system they were rendering a great service to mankind. They could be excused for believing in it in the feudal ages when there were no alternatives available for redemptive politics. But for the pillars of Tamils society to commit themselves so tenaciously and rabidly to a fascist system that was palpably oppressive and immoral in the 20th century condemns the Vellahla elite as the most evil force that retarded the progress of Jaffna and prevented its smooth transition into the modernity.

They were obsessed with Vellahlaism and went to extreme lengths to preserve it at any cost. On the one hand, their most respected political leader Sir. Ponnambalam Ramanathan went on special mission to London to legitimise Vellahla casteism as a permanent way of life. And on the other, they came down south to woo the Sinhala Goigamas ( the equivalent of the Tamil Vellahlas) to form political alliances and consolidate the power of casteist forces in the North. The little-known moves by the Tamil Vellahlas to join hands with the Sinhala Goigamas in the early decades of the 20th century were revealed by Prof. A. Jeyaratnam Wilson who wrote : “In fact, during these years there was discussion in certain influential Ceylon Tamil circles about the possibility of a political alliance between the Sinhalese Goyigama and their Ceylon Tamil Vellala counterparts. Such a view was seriously put forward at a closed meeting of Ceylon Tamils at the Combo Town Hall in 1945. These Ceylon Tamils hoped to trade on the contempt that some of the influential Goyigama politicians had for Karava…..In fact, as stated earlier, the Vellala dominated Ceylon Tamil leadership thought in terms of a partnership with their Sinhalese Goyigama counterparts to the exclusion to the exclusion of the powerful Sinhalese Karawa caste as well as other influential caste groups among the Sinhalese.” (pp. 466-467 – Ch. XIV, Race, Religions, Language and Caste in the Subnationalisms of Sri Lanka, in Collective Identities, Nationalisms and Protest in Modern Sri Lanka, Edited by Michael Roberts, Marga Institute, 1979).

Clearly, the Vellahlas, fearing the threats coming at them from the invasive forces of modernity, were running in all directions to protect and consolidate their power and privileges. The move of the Tamil leadership to form caste alliances with its Sinhala counterparts also confirms that the Tamil leadership, even as late as the thirties, was not concerned about Tamil nationalism, or of establishing a Tamil separate state, or about the welfare of the low-caste Tamils. They were, as usual, obsessed with only preserving Vellahla casteist interests and Vellahla supremacy. The Tamil leadership was ever willing to abandon the Tamils and join hands with their bete noir in the South to protect Vellahla supremacy in the North. In essence, Vellahlaism constituted the long and the short of Northern politics. It was when the anti-Vellahla internal forces were gathering momentum and threatening the supremacy of the Vellahlas that they took cover behind Tamil nationalism. At this stage they shifted from Vellahlaism to racism and from there to federalism and to separate state – movements that were initiated by the Vellahlas, managed by the Vellahlas for the survival of the Vellahlas. Tamil nationalism emerged only in the last stages of Vellahlaism that was losing its feudal religious and political legitimacy to maintain its supremacy over the other castes.

In its heyday, the Saivite-Vellahla culture reigned supreme in Jaffna, even among the Christian Vellahlas. During the colonial times, it was quite common for the Vellahlas to act as Christian converts by day and revert to Hinduism by night. This demonstrated the overwhelming power of the Vellahla casteist culture. The implacable Vellahla culture found its best expression in the person of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam who declared that though he was Christian by religion he was Hindu by culture. In other words, it confirmed that not even Christians could escape the power of the dominant Vellahlas culture, with its overwhelming casteist pull. Besides Chelvanayakam, being a Christian, had to make concessions at some time point if he was to retain his leadership in predominantly Hindu society.

It was also an acknowledgment of the hidden fact that Jaffna society and Hinduism – the Saivite version revised again by Arumuka Navalar – were inseparable. Jaffna was essentially a theocratic society ruled by militant Hinduism. Navalar takes Krishna advice to Arjuna, the Hamlet in the Baghavad Gita, and pushes it to the extreme. Arjuna who is debating whether to fight or not in the battle field is told by Krishna to do his duty as a warrior and fight even if it means killing his kith and kin. Hindus derive their militancy from this call to militant action in the Gita. Arumuka Navalar’s doctrine of killing enemies of Siva has its roots in doing his duty as defined in Hindu militancy. He interpreted it to mean killing the non-believers. The aggressive and intolerant Hindutva ideology remained as an intransigent force even among the converted Christians. It sealed the character of Jaffna as a closed society, leaving no space for any alternative ideology / force to rise within the cadjan curtain that ringed round Jaffna, isolating it from the rest.

The contrast with the south reveals two different cultures. The south was a democratic, liberal and cosmopolitan society while the north was a closed monolithic entity that kept the asangha out. (Asangha means to be out of the Hindu fold, to be lower than the lowest caste, says Prof.s. Ratnajeevan Hoole, The Exile Returned. ) Nothing that was anathema to the Saivite Hinduism (as revised by Navalar) had a chance of getting even a toe-hold in Jaffna. Ruthless Vellahla culture ran through Jaffna history as one main stream, preserving its mono-ethnic, mono-cultural identity. Its intransigence, its intolerance, its violence, its elitism, its exclusiveness (as opposed to the inclusiveness of the south), its refusal to accept any liberal or democratic forces, point to the inevitability of violent confrontations with the asangha, whether within or outside Jaffna.

Jaffna, in short, was a cultural singularity. Considering its ill-liberal, undemocratic, slave-owning, casteist fanaticism tending towards Hindu fundamentalism, it is legitimate to question the totality of the Tamil historical experience in the North, particularly because the reality, as outlined above, is in stark contrast to the romanticised mythology of Jaffna as a paradisiacal heartland of the Tamils. it is natural and also necessary to question its values and its vaunted achievements, if any. Besides, it is also time to question the entire Tamil historical experience because they had finally come to the end of the longest war in their history – the war that ran for 33-years, starting from the declaration of the Vadukoddai War by the Tamil leadership on May, 14, 1976 and ending on May 18, 2005 in Nandikadal. After all, it was a war which they fought in the name of protecting and preserving the Tamils, their language and their culture. So at the end of their war what did they achieve in Nandikadal ? Did they not return to square one, which is what was already there before the Vellahla leadership launched their insane war?

After the reign of terror unleashed by Velupillai Prabhakaran, after the abduction of Tamil children to fight in a futile war, after the massacre of the entire Tamil leadership, after killing more Tamils than all the other forces put together, after building a swimming pool for Prabhakaran and his children in centre the dry Vanni, after siphoning off the food and medicine sent by the “Sinhala Government” for the sustenance of its Tamil citizens, after holding 300,000 Tamil citizens as hostage to survive in a war that he had already lost, what did Prabhakaran leave as his legacy for the Tamils? Was there anything left for the Tamils to boast about other than humiliation? What great artist did his fascist culture produce? What justice did his kangaroo courts deliver to the oppressed Tamils? How much freedom was there for the Tamils to move freely? Did R. Sampanthan and M. Sumanthiram find their dignity and liberty under “the Sinhala government”? Or under Prabhakaran’s jackboots? What glory did the helpless Tamil parents find in watching their children being dragged forcibly by the Tamil Boko Harams? Prabhakaran gave suicide pills for the children of other Tamil parents before they went out on their suicide missions and he, in his last hours, surrounded himself with a human wall of 300,000 Tamil civilians who were shot when they tried to flee his clutches. Are these the achievements of the greatest Tamil hero? What is the worth of a culture that permits its leader to forcibly drag children into a futile war? What life chances did the great Tamil hero give to his people? Did he even allow the cries of the Tamil mothers be heard outside Vanni like the cries of the Tamil women who cried so copiously in front of Samantha Power and Navineethan Pillai?

Besides, what is the value of a culture that never had a streak of liberalism, humanism, socialism or any other liberating “ism” except oppressive Vellahlaism? Since the fundamental objective of the culture of Vellahlaism has been to oppress, persecute and deny the under-privileged low-caste Tamils their basic rights as human beings, what is left of the Tamil historical experience that could be equated with the humane values of other communities that contributed to the good of humanity? Is there any ethical, moral, religious, or cultural legacy left behind by the Tamil forefathers who were Vellahla casteists, or slave-drivers, or violent Hindu fundamentalists?
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Perhaps, the answer could be found in the following counter-questions : Isn’t it logical that evil must necessarily breed evil? Considering the overdetermining factors that rejected any liberating ideology or force (as listed above) is it surprising that there was space only for one overwhelming force to spring from the perennial fascist culture of the Vellahla supremacists : Velupillai Prabhakaran, “the pathological killer” ( Prof. James Jupp, ANU, Australia) who liquidated more Tamils than all the other forces put together, as stated by the Tamil leaders? Prabhakaranism constituted the final stage of despotic fascism that ruled Jaffna. The history of Jaffna is wrapped essentially in the four ideologies : 1. fascist Vellahlaism; 2. primitive slavery; 3. Saivite Navalarism and 4. political Prabhakaranism — all of which are linked to the political culture of the Vellahlas. There was nothing significant in Jaffna outside these four dehumanising forces. It must be repeated again, for emphasis, that the most striking feature of the peninsular political culture has been the absence of a single Jaffna-centric liberal, democratic, humanistic, religious, political or moral force to save the Tamils from the successive fascist masters / ideologues. Neither in the creative arts and religion, nor in politics did anything originate in Jaffna to liberate the oppressed Tamils. Jaffna was an imitative society which borrowed the key elements from Tamil Nadu and remained as a sterile billabong.

Even Arumuka Navalar, the greatest cultural icon of Jaffna, was a mere importer of the Tamil Nadu culture to Jaffna. He is described as a “collector and editor of rare (Tamil) books” ( p.189 – Ibid). The two joint authors add: “Contrary to convention, we view Navalar more from a regional than local perspective, as less initiatory than remarkably well attuned and responsive to events and trends on the opposite side of the Palk Straits separating Jaffna from Madras Presidency. Viewed from this angle, there was actually little in the Northern revival that had not already appeared first in Madras or the rural districts of the mainland (e.g., Tirunelveli ). Instead of the usual emphasis on what Navalar achieved in India, we stress how India influenced him. Revivalism in Jaffna did have distinctive features that will be discussed in relations to the fact of Vellahlas domination in North Ceylon, but the Tamil mainland was far ahead of Jaffna in giving birth to the reactionary revivalism of the 1840s.” (p. 41 – Ibid).

Put together, the totality of Jaffna history adds up to eight centuries of fascist despotism that ruthlessly denied the Tamil people their basic human rights. The four dominant forces – casteism, slavery, Saivism and Prabhakaranism – reinforced each other and eventually melded into one solid force of Vellahlaism, the ultimate in fascist culture of Jaffna. After Arumuka Navalar revised Saivism to elevate the Vellahlas to the top of the caste hierarchy, his dogmatic Saivite doctrines categorised Jaffna officially into two irreconcilable socio-religious layers – the upper level of Vellahlas and the lower level of non-Vellahlas. Up until the 1930s the repressive Vellahla forces remained within the borders of the peninsula. However, in the dying days of the British Raj Vellahlaism spilled over to the south, gathering momentum all the way until it ran down to Nandikadal.

The Vellahla militancy that ran amok in the south opened up a new chapter in the history of the Vellahlas. It began with the Vadukoddai Resolution May 14, 1976. Vellahlaism found its comprehensive expression of its culture, history and politics in the Vadukoddai Resolution. It was the last throw of the Vellahla dice. As in most ideologies, its power was in the mythic glorifications than in the historical realities. The leading left-wing historian, Erick Hobsbawn pooh-poohed the Vadukoddai myths as examples that go to concoct “nationalisms”. That apart, the Vadukoddai Resolution emerged as the definitive definition of the Vellahla ideology that served the elusive Eelamist agenda. Either intentionally or unintentionally, it encapsulated the Hindutva militancy expressed by Arumuka Navalar (as outlined above).

The Vellahlas who met at Vadukoddai fulfilled Navalar’s ideology to the last full stop. The first point he made was to kill the non-believers and, true enough, the Vellahlas declared war in the Vadukoddai Resolution. Second, he said to hire someone else if they can’t do it themselves and the Vellahlas asked “the youth to take up arms”. Third, he asked, the Vellahlas to go into exile if they can’t do it because it’s a sin to stay in the land of the sinners. And the Vellahlas flocked to the West to find greener pastures.

No wonder the Vellahlas worship Navalar as their demi-god. The only obstacle to be the ”sole deity of the Tamils” is that the hired killer, Prabhakaran, is now competing with Navalar to take the first place in the Tamil pantheon. If, as claimed by some researchers, Vellahlaism is raising its ugly head again, then the chances are that Arumuka Pillai, who was anointed as “Navalar” (orator) in 1849, is likely to triumph over the low-caste hero of the Tamils, Prabhakaran – the biggest killer of Tamils.

For the moment, we will have to leave it as a toss up between the between the preacher (Navalar) and the prosecutor of his preaching (Prabhakaran).

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    Looks like you have done a lot of research but you always write with a racist twist against the Tamils.

    We Tamils had a structure in our society and were living peacefully in the North and East until SWRD brought in ’24hour’ Singhala only policy and destroyed various structures within the Tamil society.This was followed by poverty,unemployment etc;

    Vaddukoddai/Pirabhakaran etc;were a reaction to the destruction caused by the Singhala only policies.

    Please dont bring Arumuga Navalar into this debate, as he was a peaceful philosopher and guided all of us in the correct path.

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      Thamilan,

      “We Tamils had a structure in our society and were living peacefully….”

      I am a Tamil too but the structure that you referred to was totally wrong, primitive and inhumane! The fact that people had been programmed to accept a social hierarchy does not mean it is acceptable. Tamils must work towards completely expunging such a despicable system for good. I think that since 70s much progress has been made but it needs to continue till it is completely vanquished.

      However, Mahidapala has no interest whatsoever in the wellbeing of the Tamil people nor has he cares two cents about the lower caste people! His objective is to degrade the Tamil race and at the same time glorify the Sinhala Buddhists. If one were to trace his writings, one would know the ethos of this despicable individual. His sense of timing in terms of flooding the forums with such publishings is well calculated to downgrade the Tamil ability govern themselves and at the same time drive a chasm among the Tamils! This is the true face of this man!

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        “” I think that since 70s much progress has been made but it needs to continue till it is completely vanquished. “”

        I am sure both of you are yet to be invited into the rich home of Tudors- presumably both are just dreaming

        Politics is a science where one proves another wrong while both may be wrong. Politics is an Association where all colours meet like the Buddha (wisdom) flag. Stupid voters quarrel and want to join that exclusive club though they are in self denial.

        Social Engineering has proved to be a great disaster for India with 30% reservations for SC/ST from the time of Indira.

        New Labour’s Tony bLiar tried it and is still living in shame.

        America has tried it with `Hussein` Obama and even awarded him Nobel Prize early on because it was going to be difficult to award it later.
        There are more vets committing suicide than Bush era. Presently under his wife’s direction he is printing Trillions of dollars so that he may leave office with a family fortune. He came to Chicago just to marry and what else did he change by bringing Arab Spring on?
        Over a million Muslims at Germany alone to run sweatshops than get the robots do the repetitive jobs. While China is changing to robots with German technology. Another 1/2 million Islamist are trekking to Germany this summer. After elections at Germany they would be sent back to breathe the air they grew up in- Cultural Shock.

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        Burning Issue

        H. L. D. Mahindapalan has been taking you lot for a roller coaster ride every time he gets the urge to knock on the keyboard.

        He will do well to read up on Fascism, its origin, previous European Tribal wars, socio-economic conditions, International Trade, extreme nationalism and militarism, …… industrialisation coupled with alienation, ……

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        Burning Issue
        “The fact that people had been programmed to accept a social hierarchy does not mean it is acceptable.”
        May be, but a given society it is dynamic process evolved and necessitated over time to fulfil a need as life has to go on by those involved in that society.
        But it cannot be static static for ever., changes inevitably occur because no society is viable when it is reaches a point of o. It cracks up on it’s own under it’s own weight. This is what is happening in SL and it must be understood in the correct context.

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          Uthungan

          “May be, but a given society it is dynamic process evolved and necessitated over time to fulfil a need as life has to go on by those involved in that society.”

          Society’s dynamic process always should take the country towards progress and development.

          Here in this island it is not the natural forces that shape the thinking of the people but the mass paranoia that lead people to self-destruction.

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala

      RE: Vellahlaism – The Fascist Force Of Vile Violence

      “The brief history of Jaffna can be explored, analysed and understood only as a by-product of Saivite-Vellahlaism — the over-determining central force that impacted on every aspect of Jaffna life, from the womb to the tomb. It is this force that ran through all the phases of peninsula, particularly the first three phases, and held it together a seamless whole.”

      Thamilan Says:

      “We Tamils had a structure in our society and were living peacefully in the North and East until SWRD brought in ’24hour’ Singhala only policy and destroyed various structures within the Tamil society.This was followed by poverty,unemployment etc;”

      Yes. The Tamils had structure for the Vellahalas, and Castism and Racism for the non-Vellahalas.

      Mahindapala, thanks for the historical narrative.

      The Theory of Vellahlaism and Vellahla Trinity – The Fascist Force Of Vile Violence.

      The Victims were primarily non-Vellahalas, who did not follow the Vellahala Trinitism. It is like Christianity, and the Christian Trinitism. Other versions are Wahhabism. Non-followers end up in Hell.

      So What is Vellahala Trinity?

      Vellahala Trinity = Hinduism-Savism + Castism + Racism

      Remove Hinduism-Savism + Castism + Racism, then

      Vellahala = Egalitarianism.

      The Tamils need a leader who can achieve that. The Tamils need a Tamil Buddha, an Enlightened Tamil.

      All the others except Mahaveeran Peryavar VP, who was a racist, were after maintaining and preserving the Vellalaha Hegemony.

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala,

    Why cross the palk straits or discuss with tamil wife with a grudge like you when we all know that the plantation stock came from south india and hibernated in the jungles then evolving-

    Mahabharata (a story that is close to the world than your pitiful vile attempts) Legend Monkey King- In the Year of the Monkey.

    THIS IS HOW THE SOUTHERN SINHALESE EVOLVED FROM THE MONKEY CASTE.TO HALF HUMAN CASTE. ACCORDING TO SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH ON BBC.

    Hegel Eggheads at the pinnacle to balance on head.
    Southern Govigamaisnm – The Fascist Force of independent Ceylon.

    Very Southern Sinhala and Islamic too. Lankan society:Monkey the best in the world and leave the rest to the Gods. In South Sri Lanka, toque macaque society is run by a ruthless class system. Those born into high-ranking families have a massive head-start in life. If a highborn female wants something from a low-ranking female she can take it, literally taking food from her mouth. If the subordinate refuses to co-operate, she risks being beaten by the rest of the troop.Toque macaque troops are ruled by a strict hierarchy in Sri Lanka. The rights to mate should only be held by the alpha male and he spends time recruiting allies to ensure this is the case. However, if a female sees potential in a low-ranking male as a future leader, it is a shrewd move to mate with him instead. Both will face severe punishment from the troop if caught attempting this but it may be the only chance for the low-ranking male to pass on his genes. So as not to raise suspicion, the pair will use very subtle glances, eyelid fluttering and teeth flashing in order to signal their interest to one another. When the alpha male and his allies are not looking, the pair will then sneak off for a quick secret liaison.

    While both Japan and Germany of G7 borrowed billions from USA Marshall plan (EVEN UK DID AND PAID IT ALL BACK IN 2010) credit and went to work R&D but not to church or temple which did not save their loved ones. Neither did they bother about the class of worker. The genes can never be changed but power can be stolen by ambudes eg Russia, China, North Korea, Illiberal Democracy, Socialism.

    I do not believe in God;
    his existence has been disproved by Science.
    But in the concentration camp,
    I learned to believe in men.
    Jean-Paul Sartre

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    The man is insane. He has a platform in CT to pour out his vile vomit of racism. It is waste of time to respond to this imbecile. [Edited out]

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      You are right this Mahithapala is a crazy anti-Tamil racist.

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        ” is a crazy anti-Tamil racist. “

        No he is not a racist because your race colour is the same.
        Similar Bengali blood group nails it.28% : 21%
        [Edited out]

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        He is not mathree… Mahindapala…

        Dont abuse replacing it Maithree. that is a curse. May god bless you

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        Welcome back Thiru. I missed you. Hope you are well.

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        Hello , I used to read your responses to these imbeciles with substances and facts, I value your intellectual capacity to demolish these Sinhala light weights with your brain power. Welcome back to podium brother. These racists never understood nor would understand predicament Tamils face having to live in this fascist state called Srilanka.

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        Thiru

        “You are right this Mahithapala is a crazy anti-Tamil racist.”

        Amazing! Para-Tamils and Para-Sinhala calling each other racist in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho!

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    Vellahlaism ->Fascist ->Force ->Violence

    This guy put Hitler in shadows

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      [Edited out]

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    [Edited out]

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    HLDM,
    Your “vellalaism” rants for past many years are sickening.
    You are like a ‘broken record’ – same song repeated ad nauseam.

    Every society has faults of discrimination anywhere in the world.
    But societal faults are changing, even in the north.
    [Edited out], and have only this one ‘song’ to sing.
    I remember your fiction in the Asian Mirror years ago.
    You have not changed.
    Why don’t you say something constructive, for a change.

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    This is a classic case of the herd instinct.One idiot writes utter crap and many idiots find time to respond.Dont you people realize that it is your response sometimes over 100 that makes HLDM to keep writing?

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      Normally I do not agree with you. This time I agree with you 100%

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      If the victims of all this civil war – the tamils write about sinhalese caste distinctions etc in the same bile I doubt CT publish it and guard the author the same way. He would behave like SirMao voting for Son Anura.
      Passion runs the world not Rationality.

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        CT is a platform for anti-tamilsm. No criticism of sinhala, muslim racists is allowed.IT will be edited out.Even this willnot see the day light.

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          they are doing the classic lankan walt- shape shape shape.

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        look like Siva Sankaran Sarama too is an Indian Dalit.

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      SSS
      “Herd instinct “? Absolutely right.
      I lack that instinct when it comes to commenting on crap.

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      It is not our responses make him to write more but CT editors are more racist than this imbecile, They should not allow this article appear in widely read website.

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    Yes, even in this day and age, will you find some of these Tamil Vellalas piteously and pleadingly attempting to convince and rub shoulders with Sinhala Govigamas, at the acute embarrassment and contempt of the Sinhala Govigamas, and indeed at the chagrin of all Sinhalese. Here when all was being all so very refined and sophisticated, these Tamil antics have to come up yet again.

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      But you not Govigama, for if you are really Ramona Therese Fernando you will be a Sinhalese Karawa,so how will you know what Govigama feel, when you are not one of them? Do you also feel contempt towards your Tamil Karaiyar grand parents?

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        Paul- Real Siva Sankaran Sarma,

        For you Tamils, it is a huge dilemma to understand each other, and it’s baffling and bitter when you see the unity and dignity of Sinhalese society. It is a sad an sorry situation.

        I am a mixture of Burgher, Tamil and Govigama Sinhalese. Living mostly amongst Sinhala society, I am proud of my grandparents and hold them with honor. Kurukulasurya Fernando is my married name and I am proud of its ancestry.

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          “”I am a mixture of Burgher, Tamil and Govigama Sinhalese.””

          Fernando, sing yourself a bath gulli lullaby not a Madonna for you are old granny come here for education like most idiots who are starving for knowledge.

          you know what happens when Seeya beva wine achi langat going……

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    “Mahindapalaism” – A display of incredible ignorance and hatred. I am sure there are individual Vellahlas who have done horrible crimes , just like there are individual Sinhalese (Govi Buddhists?) who murdered babies by throwing them into boiling tar during anti tamil programs from the fifties to. But I wouldn’t try to generalize it as “Sinhalaism” or “Govi BudhistisM” as that would only be a display of hatred towards an ethnic group or caste coupled with incredibly low intelligence that cannot differentiate between some and all . But HLDM seems to spend a lot of time trying to displaying his hatred and stupidity. It is this kind of thinking that has ruined Sri Lanka. I do hope not many Sri Lankans suffer from this disease these days.

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      Raja says “A display of incredible ignorance and hatred.:

      But no –a display of hatred, perhaps, but a display of ignorance, certainly not. The descriptions by Mahindapala are very accurate.

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        Lingam,
        Isn’t the tendency to look at certain actions by individuals and then attempting to blame it on everyone belonging to a certain label (cast, ethnicity , nationality) a display of lack of intelligence as much as hatred? Stupidity and hatred are an extremely dangerous combination. Unfortunately we have plenty of both in Sri Lanka. And the results are history

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    Siva Sankaran Sarma

    Relax.

    We are having fun at the expense of HLD M. For us it is free, we might as well enjoy it while it lasts.

    It might stop soon one day.

    You are welcome to join us.

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    Mahindapala, is a lousy and low-down example of a true Sinhalese. He lacks the superior qualities of many many Sinhalese who I know. If I go further and broaden that description and make it ” true Sinhala Buddhists” he will not even be worthy to wash their feet.

    Let this man be. He is useless from the very core of his DNA, useless to society and a shame on his family. Reflects his poor upbringing. With his age and maturity one would think he would have grown wiser but strangely the opposite has taken place.

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      CT give him a platform for his racist articles, What does that tell about CT. Do I need to spell it out. This man is married to a Tamil Who has to endure the man day on and day out. I feel sorry for her.

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      The word Sinhalese is very popular when you people want to throw around.

      Sinhalese is that, this, other thing and anything you want to say.

      the problem is Dalit Tamils don’t have their own country.

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    I love these articles.

    Tamil Dalits go nuts by reading these.

    does Sri lanka have any high caste Tamils ?

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    Proud man
    It’s exactly responses like your’s that fires up HLDM and gets him going.So give the bloke ZERO comments and he will be shouting out loud in the wilderness.

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    A very good research by Mahindapala as usual. More research should be done in the field of Tamil casteism and tamil nationalism in SL and how the former impacted the latter.

    As I assumed earlier this tamil nalionalist anti sinhala eelam project is nothing but a power project to consolidate vellala hegemony in north becomes an established fact the more I research into it.

    Just an idea Mahindapala, please refer to tamil literature written at that time

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    I previously called Mahindapala the ‘Donald Trump’ of Sri Lanka. He’s starting to make Trump look like a moderate.

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    This # has no shame and sense.

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    [Vellahlaism – The Fascist Force Of Vile Violence]

    Myhindapala, is there any untouchability at home?. are you victimized at home?

    Ok. She is great. Convey our greetings to her.

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    Another excellent article which ought to get We Thamizh barking like mad :D

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    Siva Sankaran Sarma seems to be having an identity crisis.He says one thing and then says something completely different in regard to this article.Poor man.Not so cool story bro :D

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    This other Siva Sankaran Sarma is an impostor and loony tune.

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      So are you. You both have stolen my name and identity. Why don’t you post under your identity instead of using my name and identity

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    What is the equivalent or the parallel of the Sri Lankan Vellala caste amongst the Tamil speaking sections in India? Bensen

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      Bensen Berner

      “What is the equivalent or the parallel of the Sri Lankan Vellala caste amongst the Tamil speaking sections in India?”

      Is it Saiva Pillai?

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        That is correct Native Vedda, They are also known as “Saiva Vellalar” in Tamil Nadu as well. They are called “Saiva Pillai” which is the term used to describe them in the Southern parts of tamil Nadu. In the north of Tamil Nadu they are called “Thondai Mandala Vellalar”. Another name is “Saiva Mudhaliyar”

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          Raja

          Thanks

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            Tamils talk about their motherland while occupying they land they invaded into.

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    Aiyoo Mahindapala :-) Another pile of stuff that is just too predictable and boring to read. (The title makes it clear that it is the same old stuff you would expect from Mahindapala. So I can’t bother to read any of it (Sorry Mahindapala) But I find really interesting are the comments. It is hard to believe anyone takes this man seriously, but most commentators are here for the fun of it I think. Like me!

    Question to you Mahindapala, OK these Vellala people, whoever they are, are nothing but evil aren’t they? They are the reason for all the problems Sri Lanka had past present and possibly future. So what do we do with these fellows? any suggestions? Why don’t you run for the next president promising to kick them all out of the country? Like Donald Trump is planning to do for muslims? :-)

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala Don’t exhibit your lunacy! Have been sick and tired of your Imbecile writing. In the west racism is only skin deep. But in your case the racism is soul deep. Why do you want to pile up your Karma? Next birth to become a Donkey? These article of yours exhibit deep down hate, most of them are recycled stuff nothing new. Are you suffering from old age dementia? Time to exit from CT columns or from this earth?

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