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Vellahlas Escalated Caste Wars Under British Rule

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

After the Dutch it was the British who had to police Vellahla violence erupting in Jaffna. Caste wars escalated to a new level. Jaffna under the British was a battleground for mini-wars waged by the Vellahlas against the oppressed Tamils. The British annual administration reports for the Northern Province document faithfully the Vellahla violence for the year under review. Each report gives a glimpse of the violence and oppression faced by the non-Vellahlas. All the caste wars were to oppress the non-Vellahla, low-caste Tamils and deny them any degree equality, self-respect or dignity due to them as human beings. The systemic cruelty and oppression of the Vellahlas amounts to crimes against humanity. No other society has been as oppressive and cruel as the Vellahlas humiliating their fellow-Tamils.

The mini-war recorded in the Administration report of 1905 reveals the fate of the non-Vellahlas at the hands of the powerful Vellahlas. In this case the Vellahlas go to war with the Karava (fisher) caste. What is significant in this case is that the caste war is waged not by Hindu Vellahlas but by Roman Catholic Vellahlas. Casteism had gone beyond the original boundaries and infected all layers of society. This indicates the extent to which casteism had poisoned Jaffna culture. The account in the 1905 Administration Report tells the tale :

“There were three caste riots in Jaffna during this year. There was a fourth in which rioting was threatened if the caste privileges to which the Vellalas set up an excusive claim were not interdicted to a lower caste by the authorities, but this course was not taken and nothing happened.

“The worst of these took place at Matakal on 25th June, 1905, between the Roman Catholic Fishers on the one side of the Roman Catholic Vellalas and others on the other side. One of the Fishers, who was beaten with a club, died. One of the opposite faction was shot and injured with a pistol by the fishers. The riot arose in consequence of a dispute in regard to beating tom-toms at a novena at one of Roman Catholic churches of Matakal. Cases and counter cases were filed. The charge of murder ended in the conviction of the accused, a Koviar (usually those who worked for the Vellahlas) of manslaughter, and he was sentenced to fifteen years rigorous imprisonment…….In consequence of this riot and of a previous riot a punitive police force has quartered on Matakal for six months.” (Ceylon Administration Report for 1905 – Part 1, C 18 –19).

The Catholic Church (Vellahala diocese) which embraced casteism set up separate seats in the front rows for the Vellahlas and reserved the seats in the rear for the low-castes. The power of the Vellahlas to impose their casteist will was greater than that of Jesus whose love and compassion cut across race, caste, and creed. Setting up separate seats for Vellahlas was a modified Christian version of reserving the inner courts in Hindu Kovils exclusively for the Vellahlas. In Matakal the riot was about the fisher caste beating tom-toms. – a privilege reserved only for the Vellahlas. In Maviddipuram it was about the refusal of the Vellahlas to share God’s sacred territory inside with the low-castes. Even in God’s open space the Vellahlas claimed a separatist territory for their tribe. God put all men together in his sacred earth. But the Vellahlas resorted to violence to keep man separated from man in God’s sacred space. Violent Vellahla villainy was a disgrace to Catholicism. The separatist politics of the Vellahlas was a disgrace to man and God.

Caste riots were becoming a regular feature threatening peace, law and order in Jaffna that the Government Agent of the Northern Province thought it fit to tabulate the caste riots for the previous years in his Administration Report of 1904 :

1895…..2

1896…..1

1897…..2

1898…..2

1899…..2

1900…..3

1901…..5

1902…..7

1903…..3

1904…..

When there was no rioting in 1904 the government Agent made a special note saying: “There was not a single case of a caste riots in the Province during the year under review.” But it was only a rare exception. It started again and continued even as late as the sixties.

In these internecine caste wars, no Vellahla raised (a) the “Tamil nationalist” flag (none existed), or (b) the cry of “discrimination”, or (c) the fears of the Sinhala-Buddhist bogeyman. The Vellahlas identified their enemy as the non-Vellahlas and went for them ruthlessly in their mini-wars against the non-Vellahlas. It was home-grown, Jaffna centric violence generated by the Vellahlas against the non-Vellahlas.

At the peak of feudalistic casteism Vellahla violence was confined to the peninsula. Vellahla violence leapt out from its peninsular borders and targeted the Sinhala south, with the greater ferocity than against the non-Vellahlas, only when they shifted from casteism to racism. The racist cry, cloaked as Tamil “nationalism”, came later when Vellahla casteism had lost is power to hold the Tamil community together. Cracks in the concrete foundations of casteism were threatening the supremacy of the Vellahlas in the peninsula. Saivite Vellahlaism was no longer valid as a political force to mobilise all layers of the Tamil community. The low-caste Tamils were beginning to look outside the Vellahlas for leadership. For instance, P. Kandiah from the Moscow Wing of the Communist Party had won the Point Pedro seat – an ominous event that signposted the future threats to the monolithic power of the Vellahlas.

And this sign of power slipping out of their hands was something that the Vellahlas dreaded most. This was a serious threat to the power-hungry Vellahlas. Holding the political power in their hands was their ultimate aphrodisiac. They would not give that up for anything in the world. It was in the declining years of casteism that the Vellahlas switched from casteism to racism to hold divided Jaffna under the Vellahla umbrella. In incremental stages, casteism turned into racism and racism turned into “nationalism” / separatism. Simultaneously, the Vellahlas were mutating into a class. The new class had to slough the old skins of casteism. After that they to put on the new clothes of racism / nationalism / separatism to make them presentable to the post-Donoughmore, vote-wielding Tamil electorate. Each transitional stage was manipulated and managed by the Vellahlas, the only caste/class in a commanding position to initiate and direct the political agenda of the peninsula. Mutating from caste to class, and from casteism to racism to “nationalism”/separatism were the only means of broadening the political base to include all layers of Jaffna society under a united political formation to consolidate the electoral clout.

After the introduction of universal franchise under the Donoughmore Commission in the thirties it was obvious that the Vellahlas could not advance within Jaffna and outside under the casteist banner. The voting rights gave a degree of political power to the lower-castes which they had never enjoyed before. The Vellahlas had to win their votes if they were to retain power. It was at this stage that they were forced to adopt an alternative political ideology. They replaced casteism with anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racism = nationalism = separatism. This cry was first raised in its most crude and virulent form by G. G. Ponnamblam in the thirties. This opened the door for the Vellahlas to divert attention away from their internal failures, as leaders who had monopolised power in the peninsula, to the external “other” – the Sinhala-Buddhist bogeyman. The oppressor and the oppressed could unite only against an external enemy. Demonising the Sinhala-Buddhist gave the Vellahla manipulators the expedient means to unite the divided Jaffna community and divert attention to a common external “enemy”. The rest, of course, is history.

Under the colonial rulers the Vellahlas had the upperhand because the Dutch and the British ruled only through the Vellahla elite. It was also the declared policy of the Dutch and British to give their patronage to the Vellahlas to keep the natives quiet. The Dutch learned it the hard way by trying to break up the monopoly of government jobs held by the Vellahlas. The Vellahla Moddely Tambi led the revolt to prevent his job from going over to a Madapalli, a rival caste. There was a symbiotic relationship in which both the colonialists and the Vellahlas depended on each other for their separate survival. The colonialists absorbed the Vellahlas into their administration which kept the Vellahlas as obedient servants of the Dutch and British regimes. But in the post-Donoughmore period, and particularly after Independence, the critical centre of power shifted from colonial patronage to grass root forces.

The universal franchise introduced by the Donoughmore empowered the non-Vellahlas forcing the elitist Vellahlas to embrace mass politics to retain their power. They could no longer depend on the Colonial Office / Governor to allocate extra seats for them in legislature. The rise of voter-based mass politics forced the Vellahlas to woo the non-Vellahlas and take them along to serve the Vellahla agenda.The strategy of the Vellahlas at this stage was to mutate from caste to class and from outdated Saivite ideology to secular racism=nationalism=separatism. Universal franchise was the first big blow to the Vellahlas who, as a protected species of the British, were relying on colonial patronage. The voting power in the hands of the low-castes compelled the Vellahlas to go down to their people instead of looking up to the colonial masters for protection.

In his analysis of Jaffna society, Neville Jayaweera, Government Agent, Jaffna, (1963 – 1966), wrote : “Vellalar dominance rested on what had seemed an indestructible tripod : 1. One leg of the tripod was the patronage of the British’ 2. The second leg of the tripod was access to government service. 3. The third leg was the ownership of land in the peninsula and elsewhere in the North……The British gave the initial impetus to the Vellalar class in their ascent to power. To gauge the extent of that impetus, one has to read, as I have done, the daily diaries of Ackland Dyke, Government Agent of Jaffna for 38 years and of William Twyneham, for 28 years. Their patronage of the Vellalars was fulsome, and it enabled the Vellalar young men who passed out from mission schools in Jaffna to gain speedy entry into government service. “ (pp. 160 –161 – Jaffna Exorcising the Past and Holding the Vision, Ravaya Publishers, 2014)

It was the common practice of the enlightened colonialists to absorb the native elite into their administration to keep the mass of natives below them quiet. As seen in the 1815 Kandyan Convention winning over the native elite was a necessity for the imperialists to overthrow native regime and capture power. The native collaborators were also needed to retain power. It was the native elite who knew best how to keep a tab on the restive masses and prevent them from running berserk. After the revolt of Moddely Tambi the Dutch too were careful not to upset the natives. Zwardecoon suggested studying the native customs and laws to understand the inner social mechanisms which could be manipulated and controlled for more efficient governance of Jaffna. It was this recommendation which resulted in the Teswalamai. And they made it a point to consult the local Modeliyars before making it a part of the law of the land, along with the laws of Netherlands wherever applicable.

In fact Neville’s strategy as GA Jaffna was somewhat similar. To defuse tensions and to keep the peace he went all out to study Saivite Hinduism and its casteist structures. Armed with that he went as far as he could to appease the Vellahla leadership, one of whom, Dr. E. M. V. Naganathan, threatened to bash his head with glass paperweight. By pursing non-confrontational and non-provocative politics Neville steered his way through the Jaffna minefield. His hands were full. On the one hand he had to face the wrath of the Vellahla leadership coming at him aggressively because he was the representative of the “Sinhala Government”. And, on the other, the non-Vellahlas were on his back urging him to implement the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act of 1957 which was aimed at dismantling the Vellahla caste fortress.

The entrenched Vellahlaism was a formidable force for which he had no answer, though he managed adroitly and diplomatically to handle the politics facing him. Vellahlaism was the Bastille of Tamil feudalism and it had to go. But the resistance of the ancien regime was formidable. Even in the late sixties Vellahla casteism was as aggressive and entrenched as it was in the time of Dutch. He decided to take on Vellahlaism by studying the subject to challenge the casteists intellectually. His study led him to the following conclusions:

“Even in the mid-1960s, the following principles defined what it meant to be a non-Vellalar: 1. Regardless of natural endowments, anyone born a non-Vellalar was frozen into his particular station for all of his life, be it fishing, tree climbing, road sweeping or whatever. Heredity was a cast iron frame from which there was no escape. 2. They dared not marry anyone from the Vellalar caste. 3. They were not allowed into premises occupied by the Vellalars, except for doing the tasks they were born into. 4. They did not have access into temples owned or managed by Brahmins or Vellarlars. In other words, they were non-persons. 5. They did not have access to Hindu schools or opportunities to proceed for higher education. This barrier was breached effectively when missionary schools began to proliferate, much to consternation of Hindu leaders. 6. They could not reside outside their villages. 7. They could not drink at the village well nor use any other public amenity outside their own village. 8. They could not wear jewellery, nor ride in carriages, nor use drums at any ceremony. 9. When they died they could not be cremated or buried on land reserved for the Vellalars.” And he concludes by saying that “in the 60s, the Tamil caste system was nearly as oppressive as it had been in India for over 4000 years.” (pp. 147 – 148 — Ibid).

And he was right. Jaffna, unlike the multi-cultural and cosmopolitan south, was a closed society. It never opened its doors for liberalism, Marxism, Gandhism, humanism or any other “ism”, other than Vellahlaism to gain a foot hold in Jaffna. Vellahlaism remained as a powerful force even in the post-independent era that none of the leading lights of the Tamils, all of whom were Vellahlas, dared to dismantle it. Everyone, including S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, “the trousered Gandhian”, found it too sensitive to touch it. Vellahlas switched from one ideology to another, from casteism to racism, from racism to nationalism / separatism without giving up its essential characteristic of being a dominant ruling force.

Jaffna and Vellahlaism are like Rome and Catholicism : one does not exist without the other. They were inseparable twins. When the Vellahla man says that Jaffna is the heartland of the Tamils he means that it is the only land where the writ of the Vellahlas reigned supreme. It was the only haven where he could enjoy the powers, privileges, and perks that were reserved exclusively for the Vellahlas. It was the only locality where Tesawalamai – the legal Bible of the Vellahlas — had any validity. There was no place for Vellahlaism outside Jaffna. Naturally, the Vellahla man was bent on preserving it as a separate entity only for the Vellahlas.

It was the Vellahlas who ran the political agenda of the peninsula from the womb to the tomb. Until the rise of Prabhakaran there wasn’t an inch of space for non-Vellahlas to initiate, direct or implement non-Vellahla politics. Even though the non-Vellahlas were oppressed they had no alternative but to vote for their oppressors, may be Ponnambalam Ramanathan or may be G. G. Ponnambalam, although they knew that these leaders were the champions of the Vellahlas. Neither of them stood up for the oppressed people of Jaffna. The Jaffna Tamils went along with the subhuman oppression and humiliation, even the forcible abduction of their children, because there was no alternative leadership to turn to. Take, for instance, the landmark Vadukoddai Resolution. Though it was initiated, endorsed and launched by the Vellahlas it was implemented by the non-Vellahlas. Even the oppressed Tamil worked within the ideological framework defined by the Vellahlas in the Vadukoddai Resolution. There was no alternative leadership or ideology. Besides, the new Vellahlaism, disguised as “nationalism”, fighting a common “enemy”, (i.e., the Sinhala-Buddhists), could not be opposed without being stigmatised as traitors to the cause of the Tamils. In essence, the new Tamil nationalism was old Vellahlaism. It was like old wine in new bottles. The essence was the same. Only the label was new.

Everything that came out of Jaffna was hand made by the Vellahla. Even Velupillai Prabhakaran was the first born child of the Vellahla Vadukoddai Resolution. It was the Vellahla Resolution that legitimised the subhuman violence unleashed by Prabhakaran. He became the iconic “boy” of the Vellahlas who had no other hero in their history. His photo adorned the mantelpieces and the walls of the Vellahlas both abroad and at home. That was only because the unwritten law, running as an undercurrent in Tamil politics, understood that Prabhakaran was the proxy of the Vellahlas who fought on behalf of the Vellahlas to eventually bring the Vellahlas back into power. Prabhakaranists would not agree with this. They would consider him as an autonomous force. But the Vellahlas knew it better. Besides, the financial, political, diplomatic and the brokering came primarily from the Vellahlas. Only they had the resources to keep Prabhakaran floating. Without them Prabhakaran would not have lasted as long as he did. He was their bargaining chip.

Only the misguided and the deluded would believe that the Vellahlas have reformed after Nandikadal and would settle for less than what is in the Vadukoddai Resolution. That Resolution enshrined and encapsulated the spirit and the force of the battle that took place at Maviddipuram – a separate territory exclusively for them, leaving out even the unwanted Tamils. Earlier at Matakal they fought bitterly for the exclusive right to beat tom-toms which no other Tamil could. Separatism became an integral part of Vellahla Hinduism and Vellahla Catholicism. The Churchmen were even planning a Vellahla theology exclusively for the Vellahla supremacists.

If God’s creation was intended for man and man to live together why is it that the Vellahlas have laboured for over five centuries to put them asunder? Their inveterate history confirms that they are not likely to change now because some aap-payas think that they can be appeased by offering constitutional hoppers. Like the original aap-paya they will take the hopper given to them and go home and stab the constitution-makers in the back.

Where will that leave the nation? Who is going to pick up the pieces? And at the end of it all, where will the constitution-makers be – in Alimankada or Pamankada?

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    Insane imbecile is at it again. I wonder what he has against Tamils, even though he is married to a tamil woman who is maintaining him. Insanity is a sign of aged imbecile racists.

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      sinhal married to tamil- love hate stay awake and and turn into werewolf.
      Its a sickness they get down under and when they reenter Lanka they get caged.

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        High flame low caste ingot what a shame you have no fame.
        Equality of opportunity is utopia for whites too.
        We all have to work hard, be inventive but you just chose the wrong profession.

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        Sinhala married to a Tamil reminds me of a jocular comment in Parliament several years ago.
        SLFP Maithripala Senanayake was a minister in the Sirima Govt and a Sinhalese was married to a Tamil lady whose maiden name was Handy.(I think she was Dr.Handy’s daughter) Mairthripala was if my memory is collect was speaking on the importance of the Sinhala language in keeping with the Bandaranaike policies. Then a member of the UNP opposition intervened and said something to the effect “The Hon Minister seems to propogate the prolific use of Sinhala in the day time but he uses a reasonable use of Tamil in the night”
        If the cap fits……….

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          with great difficulty he was able to get a tributary of mahaweli waters to tamil area.
          those were the days.

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            amal

            must have felt a little conscience when his waters went into tamil areas.

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            What is striking is unfair request by so called low caste to climb the ladder of success to wealth and power. We have seen a woman Rattwatte Sirimao take over industry, estates homes and bring down the `quality of life of a nation. Mugabe is doing the same. The 30% reservation by Congress has had a similar effect. The equal opportunities of UK have had the same effect- today they say it is not a requirement.
            I always like it to be fair competition however rich or poor. There are exclusive clubs one cannot enter without membership- these caste politicians want to enter for free then tomorrow they would do exactly what the refugees did at Germany- no teenage girl would be able to go on the road and Buddhist monks would be the worse rapist.
            There are already laws for abuse, harassment, etc to handle the problems that these caste politics mug shots are complaining. If one says race in England everyone who wants to help runs away because it is unfair accusation- . Next week there is a discussion on BBC comparing what is `human rights` as seen in different places?

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala

      RE: Vellahlas Escalated Caste Wars Under British Rule

      “Each report gives a glimpse of the violence and oppression faced by the non-Vellahlas. All the caste wars were to oppress the non-Vellahla, low-caste Tamils and deny them any degree equality, self-respect or dignity due to them as human beings. The systemic cruelty and oppression of the Vellahlas amounts to crimes against humanity. No other society has been as oppressive and cruel as the Vellahlas humiliating their fellow-Tamils.”

      This is called the Vellahala Egalitarianism. Egalitarianism for the Vellahalas and Castism and Racism oor the non-Vellahalas.

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      HLDM who is apparently still enjoying some form Tamil bliss by Night and Sinhala absolution by day through these outpourings is still ignoring our modern history that it was the Singhalese youth who took up to weaponry and violence in 1971 due to the failures of the UNP, SLFP and other left parties. This fact was disappointing news from the spontaneous and genuine manner in which he responded to noel Nadesan and when I reiterated to him soon after a panel discussion when Nimalka Fernando visited Melbourne some years back.

      Should he really need genuine and absolution for all the sins of omissions and commissions from his writing past and present; why does he not try to take a holistic perspective and try to be impartial and fair- minded in writing a balanced piece for all the woes of the past present without vomiting bile most of the time that one doubts if his days of conjugal bliss are long past and is venting out his frustrations from the original engrams burnt and etched in (not only) his mind by his grandmother whom he accompanied to the temples in his childhood. As human physical and other relationship matters have now been revised with greater research and better understandings to keep old couples together in the same room and/or bed as much more is reported to be derived for qualitative longevity from such close encounters of a different kind filled with greater warmth.

      This would better facilitate a less cantankerous mahachulavamsa mindset for which the antidote book correcting some erroneous misconceptions of the HDLM people under the book title “Singhai Empire” has been written by one Rajasekera who is said to be a descendant of the last king of the north Sangili who is said to have massacred 600 Catholics like Karuna massacring 600 policemen in recent times under the direct orders of the last Tamil dictator of the North VP similar the other last southern dictator MR who was fortunate enough to democratically removed by the big brother USA with help of the smaller minorities brothers and sisters in SL recently.

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      low caste Sinhalese married to a low caste Tamil. This is perceived natural and very very acceptable in modern Indian society. For example i know a ‘Karaiyar’/fisherman caste friend from Jaffna who settled in Negombo and married a Sinhalese karave/fisherman caste. They are very compatible despite the differences in language. Lol. But the Tamil Karaiyar caste as a single caste society prefer to intermarry among themselves and not with the Sinhalese Karave. But they are literally the same in the varna system. In India the Nair, Vellalar, Reddy, Rajputs, etc are considered on par equal level castes. They can intermarry but everyone STRONGLY prefers to stick to their own. Lol.

      Mahindapala hates not just Vellalar but the Govi as well!! But Govi hatred is not shown in his anger as they are fellow Sinhalese to him, so is the President and PM and almost all the ministers in the country.

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      Hey guys, let s take holidays and be ready to talk about Vellala and the caste system so that we can devide the nation further…. that way we can help the men of pala to see his satisfaction.: Ready ? [Edited out]

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        I will join you if I dont have any thing better to do …

        These are really idiots that go after the caste, religon, and creed.

        As if they have no better to do be engaged with..

        One of the colleagues here said – there was a japanese who spoke sinhala better than an indigenous happened to leave a critic on the lanken as a whole – lankens in general are suffering from superiority complex (for me that is ineferiority complex though).

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      Proudman

      Did he deflate your ego?

      HLDM is doing a great service to Tamil community by hilighting the abhorrent nature of castism, thereby elightighting and encouraging all to move towards necessary coorrective measures.

      Soma

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        somaaass

        “HLDM is doing a great service to Tamil community by hilighting the abhorrent nature of castism, thereby elightighting and encouraging all to move towards necessary coorrective measures.”

        Would HLDM consider doing a great service to Sinhala/Buddhist community by highlighting the abhorrent nature of castism, bigotry, racism, incest, thievery, misuse of power and trust, war crimes, crime against humanity, nepotism, complacency, ….. thereby enlightening and encouraging all to move towards necessary corrective measures and stop flocking his imaginary horse?

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          NV
          There are thousands doing that job among whom you are the undisputed leading light. Your real job must be to educate the Tamil children living in Sinhala areas of the true nature of Sinhala Buddhists.

          I can call your efforts a success the day they show any tendency of leaving South in preference for North.

          Soma

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            somaass

            “I can call your efforts a success the day they show any tendency of leaving South in preference for North.”

            Let me start with a quote.

            “Success is not a destination, it’s a journey.” — Zig Ziglar

            “Your real job must be to educate the Tamil children living in Sinhala areas of the true nature of Sinhala Buddhists.”

            The first urgent real job is to liberate Sinhalese and Buddhist from Sinhala/Buddhism. It is only a journey not the destination.

            My second task is to prevent Sinhalese and Buddhist from getting trapped in the Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto.

            Prevention is better than the cure.

            Both tasks are part of my journey. Please feel free to join me if you really want to serve the people and treat them well.

            “You have achieved success if you have lived well, laughed often and loved much.”– Anonymous

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          Native Vedda

          “Would HLDM consider doing a great service to Sinhala/Buddhist community by highlighting the abhorrent nature of castism, bigotry, racism, incest, thievery, misuse of power and trust, war crimes, crime against humanity, nepotism, complacency, ….. thereby enlightening and encouraging all to move towards necessary corrective measures and stop flocking his imaginary horse? :

          No. Not in the interest of HLDM’s sponsors. The Sponsored the new Para-Sinhala Flag and the new (Para)-Sinhala Le, (Para)-Sinhala Blood campaign.

          However, Shamini Serasinghe and Tissaranee Gunasekera might be able to shed some light on Native Veddah’s comments.

          In addition, the question begs, is Vellahala Castism and Racism still prevalent, despite 450 years of Colonialism, 68 years of independence including 30 years of Mahaveeran Periyavar Velupillai Prabakaran?

          Both HLD Mahindapala and Izeth Hussein are asking more or less the same question, is Vellahala Castism and Racism still there, and to what extent, and the resulting Racism against the Muslims, even they they do not have a caste, the Tamils have given categorized Muslims as Low-Caste, the “Soni” Caste?

          The historical data supports the assertions od H L D Mahindapala and Izeth Husseins narrations, but to what extent and to what degree it is prevalent is an open question. Who can throw light on this open question?

          This is a critical question, because this is against Egalitarian values and principles and human dignity for each and every citizen, that should be addressed.

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            “the Muslims, even they they do not have a caste, “

            Have you got out of your Peradeniya Ghetto and lived a short while in the madival ME ?? Why are the Palestanian refugees shunned and treated like untouchables?? Ask a Bangaladeshi who goes to the mosque if your observation is faulty.
            Syria crisis: Why are the Arabs refusing to entertain their so called `brother -brother equality and they love to enter infidel land then sexually assault teenagers in at Germany- Hitler had a soft corner for Muslims so Merkel the east european also took them in.
            Even the very Zoroastrians who have boasted that we don’t have caste therefore the 500 rule by Europeans went smoothly and we refugees were the preferred lot over the native indians. Behind close doors they admit we have caste too- `I cannot marry a business class because we are professional and I don’t want to be poor.¬
            Recently with the influx of Refugees from Iran to India many Zoroastrians took refugee but were shunned by the earlier Zorostraians who are very rich and powerful saying- you don’t belong to our class- now the present day fools realise that the earlier batches that came fooled the whole lot.
            Get out of your ghetto and smell the coffee No you are a nut job to human affairs 24/7/53. Human affairs is not maths

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              halifax

              “the Muslims, even they they do not have a caste, ”

              “Have you got out of your Peradeniya Ghetto and lived a short while in the madival ME ?? Why are the Palestanian refugees shunned and treated like untouchables?? Ask a Bangaladeshi who goes to the mosque if your observation is faulty. Syria crisis: Why are the Arabs refusing to entertain their so called `brother -brother equality”

              Thank you for your comment. Yes, did manage to get out of the Peradeniya Ghetto, but could not get to the Vellahala Ghetto in the Jafffna Peninsula, where the Vellahals were showing their Castism and Racism colors to the non-Vellahalas as Supremo Mahaveeran Periyavar Velupillai Prabakaran, was the reigning dictator.

              Yes, in the Middle East, even though they do not call it caste, they do Practice Racism, even among the Arabs and their Tribes, as well as by the Jews. Remember, Judaism, Christianity and Islam condones slavery, and Racism is intertwined, even though in Islam discrimination is based on belief, believers vs. non-believers.

              Does it mean that it is alright for the Vellahala to discriminate based on Castism and Racism, fellow Tamils who are non-Vellahala, and Muslims who are non-Vellahala, and Sinhala who are non-Vellahala as well?

              No, No and No. They are fellow citizens, and they all have equal rights, yes equal rights, notwithstanding the Racism shown by the Sinhala “Buddhists” or others in their respective communities.

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                #”” but could not get to the Vellahala Ghetto in the Jafffna Peninsula, “”

                please go there in your Burka and don’t forget the Crow Ran.

                “”Does it mean that it is alright for the Vellahala to discriminate based on Castism and Racism, fellow Tamils who are non-Vellahala, and Muslims who are non-Vellahala, and Sinhala who are non-Vellahala as well? “”

                We have class/caste in the west too but they are a bit more sophisticated.

                If the cleaner one day sits in canteen and the CEO comes and sits next to him- it’s a previlage but a one off incident.- He won’t get extra perks and if he has to lodge a complaint he has to follow procedure.

                When i had to get European nationality I knew the Supreme court judge for nationality and had breakfast with him at his home but he told we must follow the procedure and it would take 2 years for the files to be processed by Justice Ministry.

                You are just politicking like the psychos of Japan with their Utopian City.

                Be plain and simple- see an english landscape- even the mangy looking plant has value.
                You are playing gutter politics and drowning the island.

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              All South Asian Muslim communities follow the Hindu caste structure and most of them will only marry into their caste. If there is no caste it is tribal like the Arabs, Pashtuns, Baluch etc. Very rarely they will marry out of their tribe and if they do it is into a tribe that has a similar status. Just like caste there is a pecking order amongst Arab tribes and some tribes higher than the other and various tribes relegated to do certain types of work. Eg amongst the Jews the tribe of Levi were traditionally the priests( just like the Brahmins) Many of the ancient Jewish customs relating to their priests are very similar to the Hindus.
              Even the family names of most Sri Lankan Muslims Eg Rawther, Lebbbai, Thambi(Thamby)Marrikar are all caste names. These are traditional Tamil Muslim castes.

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            Amarasiri

            “Both HLD Mahindapala and Izeth Hussein are asking more or less the same question,”

            Both will ask the same question if they happen to live another hundred years.

            Both are like attention seeking children, remember this is their second childhood.

            Both are sad men because they had lost their hopes many years ago. They refuse to live well and retire gracefully.

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              Native Vedda

              “Both will ask the same question if they happen to live another hundred years.”

              Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler were asking the same question. Galileo and Kepler kept asking the same question, 60 to 70 years after Copernicus died.

              Finally some 300 odd years later, the Catholic Church said, Galileo was right.

              So, H L D Mahindapala and Izeth Hussein need to recruit new followers who will keep asking the same question, when will the Velahala “high” caste Tamils stop theit Castism and Racism?

              Finally will some 300 odd years later, the Vellahala stop their Catism and Racism? Are the Vellahala Para in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho?

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        SOMA
        HDLM is not doing any service to the tamil community. All the cast oppression, is his imagination.Currently there is any cast oppression that is why he has to talk about the past.
        He try his best to discredit the tamils by writing garbage at the same time he use his TAMIL wife to maintain him. As I sAid earlier he is a imbecile racist.

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          PROUDMAN

          “He try his best to discredit the tamils by writing garbage at the same time he use his TAMIL wife to maintain him. As I said earlier he is a imbecile racist.”

          H L D Mahindapala is a Sinhala guy married to a Tamil girl. This tells a lot of people that he is not a racist as far as the Tamil Community is concerned. However, he seems not to like the Vellahala Tamil Castism and Racism, to the “Low Caste”, ( as defined by the Vellahalas) Tamils.

          Is it because HLD Mahindapala is an egalitarian who despises castism and racism, in the Tamil society Is that going to be his contribution to the born and unborn non-Vellala Tamils?

          Amarasoiri sees HLD Mahindapala as a reformist, trying to address an issue the Tamils are refusing to address themselves. The closest they ever came to were by the LSSP and CP Tamils, and VP.

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            “H L D Mahindapala is a Sinhala guy married to a Tamil girl. This tells a lot of people that he is not a racist as far as the Tamil Community is concerned.”

            Nigel Farage is married to a German woman but a staunch anti-european of all the Brits! By the way, Nugel’s family immigrated from Luxembourg! So your argument does not stack up!

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              Why have you not considered that this man called Amarasiri is from Eastern Muslim stock working for NGO??
              His concept is to make robots of humans. Till recently his information was obsolete now his info has been updated to earlier versions.
              Corner 60 year monkey to spill the beans and come clean.

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                Marrikar

                Amarasiri has heard that Marrikar is a Tamil Name.

                Are you a low-caste Tamil who became a Muslim (nothing wrong) a good way to escape the Vellahala Castism and Racism? Just curious, because this is the charge the Vellahas are making.

                Both H L D Mahindapala and Izeth Hussein seem to be fighting for the rights and recognition of non-Vellahala Tamils, Muslims and even Sinhala as humans by the Vellahalas.

                The Vellahalas need to grow up.

                See the movie, Gone with the Wind or read up the book, as to what happened in the American South after the Civil War.

                Gone with the wind (trailer)

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mM8iNarcRc

                The Story of the Old Jaffna- Vellahalism.

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                  Amarasiri

                  this is mariakadde marrikar no conversion.

                  “Both H L D Mahindapala and Izeth Hussein seem to be fighting for the rights and recognition of non-Vellahala Tamils, Muslims and even Sinhala as humans by the Vellahalas.”

                  His is a story of fiction like alice in wonderland or rip van winkle.
                  Both time travel. Se he has no twinkle because its satanic verses.

                  When you do it this his way you are `dividing angering folk who have respect for the poor. Plus its a clear catalyst for riots.

                  There are proven ways to fight injustice than join the sewer.

                  Eg. Ambedkar clearly says he was thrown from the rickshaw which is true.
                  Who were the rickshaw pullers but his own caste. Who were the nattames and rickshaw pullers of Ceylon?? You are trying to score brownie points for your Utopian City of emotionless humans- Its a Koyoto concept.(I forget the name.)

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      Hey guys, can anybody of you please add me whereaabout of the Pala ?

      I am intrested in

      a) How old he is by now

      b) What is he doing in Australia

      c) What kind of education has he obtained apart from schooling

      d) Why the man is heard to be bittered by Lanken Caste Sytem

      all these weeks, we only read about his Vellala article.

      e) Is there any kind of neurological health problems that the guy has been suffering from

      f) Why the kind of men have ground even today in our society ?

      and more about the updates on this creature… thank you.

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        Babasimion Jayathilaka

        Why ad hominem attacks, a) to f)?

        Just discuss the issues he is raising and rebut his arguments, if you have support and data.

        Ad hominem attacks are an indication of lack of an argument for the issues H L D Mahindapala is raising.

        Have you thought that he could be an egalitarian, a socialist, or a reformist? What about all those pioneers who tried to end Slavery in the American South?

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        He is not attacking caste system, so you can relax. What he says is the so called ethnic conflict was a result of Vellala’s attempt to protect their Vellala hegemony in north

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      This imbecile attains orgasm whenever he castigates the already dead and buried cast system of Tamils, anybody can guess correctly!

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      Crime is to make every efforts to divide the torn folks even further.

      Crime is to attack the fellow citizens as if they should be put superior…

      Criticizing about caste, neglecting the recocilatory efforts being taken by most part of the nation hoping petty advantages instead should be a greater crime.

      All the above are the key focus of the writer – in Germany or other developed world, they bann some writers warning them adequtely, I believe, the kind of steps should be taken against Pala.
      Please folks…. never think that I am against press freedom, but the harm being done thorgh his articles are similar to promoting all kind of breeding criminals and curseful people to stay stagnated preventing from achieve last goal peace for all.
      We the ones humman beings hve the same blood flowing our vessels should be made clear to the kind of men rather than beating around the bush. Caste, Religion, and other illful hatred divding factors are secondary, but we are all regardless of our race, are srilanken born people.. so we should have same rights. God save srilankens. I am born srilanken having lived on the west for the last 3 decades, I am just an another human being only.. sinhala is my origin, but today, I am a world citizen for the world.

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        Dear Leelagemalli and Leela,

        “Caste, Religion, and other illful hatred divding factors are secondary, but we are all regardless of our race, are srilanken born people.. so we should have same rights.”

        Yes. agree fully.

        However, unless pointed out repeatedly, those who enjoy the perks, namely the Vellahalas will always use their “higher” caste to put down the ” Lower” castes, and non-Vellahalas. So, this becomes a reminder and warning that this kind of Caste and Racism discrimination is monitored and acted upon, in Sri Lanka.

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      Mr.PROUDMAN seem to lack even an iota of intelligence to comprehend that the article is clearly not meant to denigrate the Tamil community. Wonder what he is proud about.

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      Actually, beheading should be a step – not for the POOR GIRLS Ryzsanna, got victimized in Saudi.. but

      beheading should be a punishment for the guys of the current writer of this article- because their hatreds outreach masses and cause divisions further the war torn nation:

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      When he reveals bloody Tamil racism with facts and figures, he is ‘aged imbecile racist’. Instead, shouldn’t PROUDMAN counter him with a proper logic which is acceptable to everyone? Otherwise you (and those who are putting their ‘like’ to your stupidity) just showcase what an idiot you are.

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    Insane imbecile is at it again. I wonder what he has against Tamils, even though he is married to a tamil woman who is maintaining him. Insanity is a sign of aged imbecile racists. Do I assume CT is his platform, where he can write any garbage. He is beyond any treatment. Only Allah can help him. Lets all join and pray to Allah almighty to redeem this poor sod.

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      Mr H. L. D. Mahindapala,

      In this crucial hour of the nation, is this all you have to offer?

      Nothing else?

      So, we kill all the Vellahlas and the country will live happily ever after?

      The rest of the inhabitants of the isle are imbued with pristine morals, eh?

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        Nimal you are dead right.

        He has been busy with the topic again and again as if an injured person needs to remove his bullets to give him a relief. Either the man should visit a place similar to Mulleriya in Australia land, or inject himself a medicine so that we are not compelled to read his any further. This Pala is born sick person not knowing the need of the hour.
        These the kind would do their part regardless of their geographical location they are.

        I wonder why the bugger goes after the caste system again and again.. may be man had a very cruel teenage

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    Interesting – this makes it clear how LTTE came about – I always wondered whats wrong with these ltte fanatics. obviously with this kind of oppression it must have been very easy to paint unknown Sinhala as the villain to poor oppressed of vanni and brain wash the poor.

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      Vellalar is a caste for secular purposes and exits like that. Its sort of an extended family that has connected well with Tamil Nadu & Kerala in the past as the (dense Vellalar society of) Jaffna Peninsula is much closer geographically to India that to the Sinhalese South. It may have issues with ‘other secular castes’ that are collectively referred to as ‘lower/middle Tamil castes’, that are not prominent within Jaffna society today. Be it in politics or businesses. Low castes in the Northern province today make some 60% of the population and their representation in bureaucracy is almost null.

      Its funny you choose to mention the caste riots of 1900’s. But if you notice from 1895 to 1904, caste riots never happened occasionally but just only FEW times A YEAR. It tells you that the society was more tolerant that you want us to believe… Lol. In India caste riots happen on a daily basis even today. Underdeveloped Uttar Pradesh is a devil zone! In Sri Lanka i think we have a more developed society that knows its limits with respect to practicing caste hatred publicly and caste riots are very rare today unless someone decides to champion Rohana Wijayaweera of JVP again in the South.

      Pirabhakaran was an element that the Sinhalese allowed to grow not just because the diaspora Vellalar funded and strengthened his organization from 1983-2009.. It was actually Indira Gandhi that gave them weapons training in India and elsewhere and that was the initial spark of trouble. India did it and rest was history!. Sinhalese failed to see this. They should have immediately dealt with the then Tamil political leadership of Jaffna and silenced the LTTE or stopped it from growing. Instead successive Sinhalese political leaders used the LTTE problem of the North to appease into the Sinhalese vote bank over and over again.

      Since independence the Sinhalese refused the Northern or Jaffna political leaderships’ many requests to be considered as an entirely different nation exclusive to the North/east constitution-wisely within the borders of the island of Sri Lanka. This could be ONLY done via drafting a new constitution.

      If that happens you could see the diaspora that once funded the tigers today develop the Jaffna peninsula..

      “Until the rise of Prabhakaran there wasn’t an inch of space for non-Vellahlas to initiate, direct or implement non-Vellahla politics”

      I agree to that statement. The period of 1983-2009 was a glorious period for lower castes of Jaffna with the exception for those that suffered from shelling & raining bullets and 2 lakh dead in total.

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        LowCasteRetiredLTTE,

        “”“Until the rise of Prabhakaran there wasn’t an inch of space for non-Vellahlas to initiate, direct or implement non-Vellahla politics” I agree to that statement. The period of 1983-2009 was a glorious period for lower castes of Jaffna with the exception for those that suffered from shelling & raining bullets and 2 lakh dead in total.
        Villager Colombo was peaceful and Colombo 7 never touched in 83. Now Tamil/Sinhales have settled there- what a jungle.!!
        You need just a little of humility thereby curing you and the writer of article of swollen heads.
        Communism and Fascism are products of the same mind. no type of mind is so like the extreme left as the extreme left.
        Pirabhakaran – fatty aspired to be Vellala like the corner shop owners at Canada who get out Benz cars – its possible to see they are not in the way they do things. Why did your first JT MP from Scarborough lose- even though her part is ruling.

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      OMG I never thought any one could be that easily brainwashed. Doublestandard you need to see a psychiatric ASAP.

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    The post-war years have seen the ascendancy of caste-based discrimination in the Jaffna society. Schools are locations of caste-based oppressions. Children are often discriminated based on their caste backgrounds in the classrooms and in appointments to leadership positions. They are discouraged in their efforts to furthering their education by reminding them of their social status. The appointment of teachers and principals in schools are also subject to caste politics. Those from the dominant caste protest against the appointment of teachers and administrators who belong to oppressed castes.

    Mommmy … mommy .. my teacher tells me I cannot be the class prefect because I am a “low caste” mommy! Is that because the hygiene problem we are generally known to have mommy?

    Shshh! dear, we donkey Tamils like to keep things hidden so that we can play the perennial victim of the Sinhala people.

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      I have closely observed Ambedkar Buddhist at Indian campus.
      It has nothing much to do with their hygiene- have a look at your own fingers where the max glue is- are they manicured no.
      Brahmins have asked me why are you going there and i say no he is a buddhist and i like to know why he is unable to perform better than getting a B+
      But their heads are blocked and stuck to some thing that even if one spoon feeds they are like the communities of present day china- can not innovate.

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      Vibhushana

      “Mommmy … mommy .. my teacher tells me I cannot be the class prefect because I am a “low caste” mommy! Is that because the hygiene problem we are generally known to have mommy?”

      Mommmy … mommy don’t let this old man near me. He wants to play with my willy.

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        Mommmy … mommy don’t let this old fart Vibhushana near me. He stinks like his comments.

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        NV,

        Has Vibhushana finished with fabricating history for now? Unless, he is busy crafting new dodgy websites to show that Jaffna was 100% populated by the Sinhala before Portuguese arrived!

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          B.I

          you are absolutely correct that Jaffna was 100% populated by the Sinhalese before Portuguese arrived! Jaffna was a part of Udarata Kingdom!!!!

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            Blacker/Siva Sankaran Sarma.

            Hydrocele???

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      Mommy mommy, I am a Sinhalese and Buddhist but why the fuck are we celebrating a New Year whose Origin is Hinduism and whose culture and rituals are 100% Dravidian? Mommy mommy, we Sinhalese must hide such facts and prove to the world that even though Tamil Civilization came into being many hundreds of years before we as a race called Sinhalese originated, even if we have to prove that I screwed my grandmother to give birth to my father. Mummy, mummy don’t tell me we Sinhalese like and observe New Year because in all probability we are a bastardised race created by Dravidians thus we end up with bastardised Dravidian names such as Wijeratne (Dravidian Wijeratnam), Mahindapala (Dravidian Mahindapalan), Weerasinghe (Weerasingham), Fernando (Portuguese), De Silva (Spain), Padmakumara (Dravidian Padmakumaran), Jayasundera (Dravidian Jayasunderam), Pattali (Dravidian Pattali), Gamanpilla (Dravidian Gammanpillayan). Mommy, mommy why is the national dress of a Sinhalese woman the sari whose origin is Dravidian if we were so clever to device our own traditional costume!!!Mommy mommy isn’t that regalia worn by Sinhalese men for weddings the dress worn by the last king Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe who is also a Dravidian!!!Mommy, mommy when we Sinhalese carry flowers and go to the temple to carry out a pooja, isn’t that a purely Dravidian ritual!!! Mommy, Mommy have you analyzed the words and letters in Sinhalese are a mix of Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and this Sinhalese language is a result of the bastardisation of these languages!!! Mommy mommy, why are we exporting our infidelity and promiscuity to the Middle East where our Sinhalese House Maids are almost 100% in the market.

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        Spark,

        Just to pint out that Tamil and Sinhala New Year is based on the Tamil calendar. There is no Hindu calendar as such. This shows the Tamil connection to the Sinhala not only in their language development but also in shaping their culture and practices!

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          even the thais celebrate that. Tamils must have shaped that too.

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            Sach
            Ever heard of Angkor Wat in Cambodia ? Or Prey Vihar in Thailand?
            Both are HINDU temples.

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              Angkor Wat is in Cambodia not Thailand and it was built by Khmer empire they were Hindu but not Tamil.

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                Sach,
                I suppose the Thais and Cambodians became Hindu all by themselves, by divine intervention?

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                  How did Tamil become Hindu? How did the Bengalis become Hindu? Is it by divine intervention?

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                    sachoooooooooooooo the stupid II

                    “How did Tamil become Hindu? How did the Bengalis become Hindu? Is it by divine intervention?”

                    How did Bangladeshis become Muslims, 148.6 million of them?

                    Were you born without a brain or simply lost it just after your birth? Now we need divine intervention to put your brain back into your head.

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                    Sach,
                    Hinduism was spread to S.E. Asia by Indian traders, most of whom were southerners. That’s why string-hoppers and pittu are found in Indonesia.These are not North Indian foods.Later they spread Buddhism too.
                    In case you are about to say it, I am not a Tamil, but I object to people distorting history to suit their prejudices.
                    By the way, Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple in the world.

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                      Old Codger

                      “I am not a Tamil, but I object to people distorting history to suit their prejudices.”

                      By any chance you are a descendant of Veddhas. Only they who speak truth with a bit of sense of humour.

                      Could you check your gene in case you are my long lost distant great uncle.

                      I suspect Spring Koha too is my long lost distant great uncle so are Prof Gananath Obeysekere, Prof H L Seneviratne, …..

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                      The Hindu Gujarati king let his subjects spread Islam to Indonesia so even today Muslims in Indonesia pray at times in the largest Siva temple there.

                      Ambassador Nonis boasted and distracted the CNN white interviewer but there was a second interview by Pakistani Gujarati/British former biz News CNN but present BBC
                      Mishal Husain and she snubbed him straight when he said 2500 year culture from north india. knowing what she was and where she came from he discussed only the 30 years of war. its on utube and comment on CT.

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                      N.V,
                      A little correction: Sri lankan monks did have a hand in spreading Buddhism in Thailand. Even I get carried away sometimes.
                      People with even a few Vedda genes admit mistakes!

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                    Sach,
                    “How did Tamil become Hindu?”
                    Don’t you know that Hinduism originated in India at least 4000 years ago? The Tamils were Hindu, Buddhist and Hindu again at various periods. The Sinhalese prefer to believe that arahat Mahinda flew to Mihintale to convert them.

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            Sach,
            Ever heard of the Vijaynagar empire?
            Check your history before you post.It’s so easy.

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    MPala,

    You keep harping on alleged abuse and oppression of the Tamils against the Tamils – isn’t that just an attempt at pre-emptive defense over the upcoming global exposure of Government’s unrelenting atrocities against its own non-majority citizens since 1956 and going on even now.

    Here are few questions for you.

    If casteism was such a horrendous problem faced by a segment of the population, namely the non-Vellahla’s in the Tamil population, could you tell us of even one specific initiative the Government took to address that issue in the interest of the affected citizens from at least 1947 through 1983, up until the “podian” of the LTTE was able to bring an end to that issue? How come an issue that was of absolutely no concern to the Government since 1947 has now become the singular concern of your repeated articles? Did a Vellhalchi give you a pretty stern boot that has left an indelible mark in your brain, given where you brain seems to be located!

    You are chronicling the shooting of one man as evidence of the horrific violence and oppression in the North. How does that compare with the repeated cycle of violence against Tamils since 1956,, by no other than the elected Governments that first killed hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands and finally over one hundred thousand?!!

    In terms of violence and oppression that you seem to have researched so incisively, let me ask you a question on the well -established practice of Kandyan hospitality. Now, did those women who were sent by the husbands to sleep with outsiders feel helpless, oppressed and abused by their husbands? Or, do you think those women did on their own will? Were the Sinhala men oppressing and abusing their own women while the VellahIas were oppressing and abusing the non-Vellahlas, outside of the family? Which exactly concerns you more?

    Would you say the offering of Sri Lankan women to the Arabs that began possibly in the 198o’s is just an extension of the Sinhala man’s Kandyan generosity? And that, despite them returning in body bags? Your generosity seems boundless! Would truly like your incisive insight on this.

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      up until the “podian” of the LTTE was able to bring an end to that issue

      Are you pretending that Prabhakaran ended cateiesm!
      He used it.
      After the war casteiesm has returned in full force.
      Even the IDPs are being re-settled in their old caste villages. The caste structure
      is being rebuilt.
      Unless there is complete land reform, Jaffna and the “Tamil areas” will return to its old ways.
      Every Tamil knows of the extent of the caste system and its noxcious effect
      on Tamil society. Even the church is coste conscious and only the -pillai types
      reach the upper levels of the hierarchy.
      Even today, the TNA MPs are
      absentee Landlords of the North, living in CoLombo.
      Land reform is a must. The people living and working the land must be given
      ownership of the land, and not the absentee landlords.
      Why is it that we Tamils have allowed Mahindapala to write about this, while no Tamil scholar of repute has openly and honestly addressed these questions?
      It is a a shame, a tribe’s shame.

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        Manoharan,

        Please digest your own statement ‘After the war casteiesm has returned in full force.” So, you agree it was contained during LTTE’s time, and returned since the demise of LTTE.

        I rest my case!

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        Manoharan,

        I (and I believe many of the commentators too seem to) recognize MPala’s attempt is “below the belt”, and is nothing but a crafty, disingenuous use of an unrelated issue to shame the Tamils, thereby providing some face-saving for the Sinhala regimes that one after the other in the past half-a-century that has, under the guise of patriotism and nationalism, subjugated its minorities in horrendous ways repeatedly. His articles are just a dishonourable attempts at “blame and shame” merely to distract from the issue at hand, so unbecoming for an educated one, particularly one exposed to moderns civilization.

        Unfortunately, of course, we have had many such educated bad-apples among the Sinhala elites, such as Banda, DJ, Rajiva, GL, to name a few who have prostituted their educational achievements for such evil purposes – and MPala joins in the party now!

        Civilization and the recognition of rights-and-wrongs in many aspects have evolved exponentially since the period of MPala’s focus – the growth in civility has seen the abolishing of slavery, equality for women, gay rights and marriage equality — to name a few of the social sins that were the norm at the period of MPala’s focus, almost all due to ignorance more so than inherent evilness of “man” kind. So was the caste discrimination and conflicts at that time, not just in Jaffna, but all over Sri Lanka including the Sinhala areas and even more so in a wide swath of India as well.

        So, if you want to swallow the bait, hook and sinker, accept “shame and blame” – and roll-over and lie down, that certainly is your privilege!

        My point is that when one thinks “below the belt” is fair game, then it ceases to be a unilateral privilege – and hence my reference to polyandry and beyond that in the Sinhala society during that same period, a sin when looked at from the enlightened days of today, but a norm for the society that lived then.

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    Happened right under the ‘under the Fisherman’s Ring’!!
    Misinterpret Jesus (carpenter) and his chief disciple Peter (fisherman)

    Describing one by the caste name and the other by the majority occupation is a halmark of shudra opinion

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    “his cry was first raised in its most crude and virulent form by G. G. Ponnamblam in the thirties. “

    After my pointing out that Mahindapala was a lie merchant, who lives on boru, he no longer claims that Sir Pon Ramanathan traveled to London twice in the 1930s to establish Vellala supremacy.

    I have my issues with Vellala ‘chauvinism’, but Mahindapala is making up stories without proper scrutiny. Sadly CT seems to his flag waving supporter.

    The very man should talk about “Sinhalas Escalated Race Wars Under British Rule and Under their Own Rule”, if he dares. It is so easy to spew venom from his comfortable apartment in Melbourne. This is purely divert the attention away from nasty high caste Sinhalese.

    His should talk about bloody govigama and walawa ruling! Except for lucky Premadasa the country never had a full-time leader outside govigama. The Maha Sangha leaders are always from the high caste. Buddhists claim to follow the enlightened one, but the caste is their main game.

    Mahindapala clucks around Tamils. If he is so concerned about ‘low caste’ people, he should take care of his own people first. Bloody chicken!

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      Rohan

      “Mahindapala clucks around Tamils. If he is so concerned about ‘low caste’ people, he should take care of his own people first. Bloody chicken!”

      Didn’t the Dutch, the British, and finally the Sri Lankan state try to address the Vellaha Castism and Racism? Why did they fail?

      Do you think H L D Mahindapala will be successful? He has an uphill battle.

      The closest the Low Cast Tamils ever came to Castism and Racism free Tamil society was under Mahaveeeran Peryavar Velupillai Prabakaran.

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      Rohan

      The Man Who Knew Infinity is the latest film on the Genius of Srinivasa Ramanujan a Mathematician from Tamil Nadu.

      I would rather spend time watching this film than wasting my time and energy on this public racist.

      There are more knowledge to be gained from media the responding to a trash which has no substance nor any historical basis.

      I suggest you watch other information such as:

      Nattukottai Nagarathar History By Visahan

      https://www.youtube.com/
      watch?v=C8RK06o6jpA&feature
      =youtu.be

      Ancient Ports of Tamilaham a Documentary By S Vishan

      https://www.youtube.com/
      watch?v=eDpD20cCBqw&feature
      =youtu.be

      If you argue with such public racists they will drag you down to their level and beat you with their racism.

      Hope you enjoy both documentary.

      “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

      Mark Twain

      Documantry Film By Visahan

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        Okay NV.. You have seen my last response to this hatemonger.

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        Native Vedda:
        “The Man Who Knew Infinity is the latest film on the Genius of Srinivasa Ramanujan a Mathematician from Tamil Nadu.

        I would rather spend time watching this film than wasting my time and energy on this public racist. “

        I have not seen this film yet but have seen the TV news item

        Apparently brilliant acting by Dev Patel of Slum dog Millionaire as the man himself and Jermy Irons as Prof Hardy

        I am hoping to see the movie sooner than later

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          rajash

          BTW, why haven’t the Tamils of this island and their Sinhalese brethren produce such geniuses in this island?

          Both of you are proud of your heritage, culture and history and fight for the supremacy/equality of respective race, yet unable to call a genius as yours.

          The Tamil Nadu which you fondly call Toilet Nadu has already produced 3 Nobel laureates, two CEO’s one at Google and the other at Pepsi Cola, at least two Oscar winners, …. one supreme court judge in Canada, ….

          All these persons were educated in South India.

          What’s the matter with you people?

          Tamil Nadu is leading the way in e toilets.

          Read the excerpt:

          App to locate nearest e-toilet in Chennai

          TNN | Feb 29, 2016

          NNAI: Chennaiites can soon locate the nearest electronic toilets (e-toilets) through a mobile app. Greater Chennai Corporation and Eram Scientific Solutions (ESS) will on Monday launch a mobile application to help locate e-toilets in the city. ESS has installed 183 e-toilets in various zones,

          http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

          PS:The last Census estimated that about 95,000 persons in this island defecate in open space.

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            Hi Native

            few of Sri Lankan Tamils comes to mind

            Kumar Mahadeva – founder of Cognizant a global IT Company
            Ravi Ravindran – President of Rotary International
            Sir Arul Kumar – knighted for contribution to Medicine

            cant think of any Sinhalese.

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              Rajash

              Are they all your relatives?

              Show me one Srinivasa Ramanujan born and bred in this island.

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                There can only be Srinivasa Ramanujan that’s why they did a Hollywood movie about him

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                N.V,
                A curious fact: Of the Sri lankan origin presenters on BBC, practically all are Tamils(eg Keshini Navaratmam , James Coomarasamy and George Alagiah)
                Why has no Sinhalese made it to this level? Surely the management is not discriminating? Are they high caste?

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                  ha ha mahindapala has hit the tamils very hard. why should the sinhalas go to others countries and present news? They do that in their country. lol

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                  Old Codger

                  Thanks.

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              Ananda Coomaraswamy is known as authority of Hinduism and culture history Art at the oldest Catholic University Leuven.
              The first sinhalese in the 60’s was poor boy ANS Kulasingha- authority prestressed concrete New York State Uni.

              Genius from UP was Mr Singh of Pentagon and State Dept- he knew all branches of Engg. Was stationed at American Foundation Colombo during Afganistan- He resigned due to political and joined his wife in a charity.

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            Atleast you said what most would not say and have left them for good.
            It’s the inbuilt quality of the islanders to bring down the roof above their head unlike Vitalstatistix.

            DC Judge: would have been the 1st asian and hindu to be nominated to Supreme court. Dr Manmohan family friends- Srinivasan, who was confirmed 97–0 in 2013, would be politically difficult to block, had he been nominated.
            Hillary won’t lets see what Trump has in store.

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            Well only 15% of Tamil Nadu contains high caste people of Brahmin and Vellalar type. That is some 2+9=11 million. But in Jaffna province, it is 40% which is some 4 lakhs. Lol.

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              Can you guys tell me .. how these high class people set their extrements ? is it similar to the average homo sapiens ? … can laugh from my both ends .. really

              What kind of blood group they own ?

              These are very important to know as ones like me only see all as homo sapiens – what matters me the person not the caste, relgion, creed.

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                Banjiappu ,

                “Can you guys tell me .. how these high class people set their extrements ? is it similar to the average homo sapiens ? … can laugh from my both ends .. really “

                We don’t sit on their brains like you and know who they are.

                We are aware that the greatest happiness is in the movement of the bowels.

                Keep laughing from all holes as we consider Lanka as the gully for our seepage.
                Drink the royal seepage- it would make you wise and wonderful.

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              But 1% of USA are Indian Tamils and hold positions that matter right after the Jewish people who are Europeans.

              When the Gandhi government discriminated by reserving 30% of seats of education and employment- most left and wont return.

              it has nothing to do with number. So stop talking nonsense.

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    Another thing I pointed out earlier was Prabhakaran was brainwashed by his tutor. The tutor had been a student of C.Suntheralingam who was a well known casteist.

    And it was not the 56 language act that really made the Vellala tamils panic but the 1957 social disabilities act.

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    another one of mahindapala multiple orgasm’s.

    not to be outdone watch out for the next one from izeth.

    It is their way of wishing us happy new year from kangaroo land.

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      He is stroking the Vellala racism until he reach climax and an orgasm

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    Mahindapala taking a real, serious, discriminatory practice and making political capital to support his political agenda is despicable to say the least.

    What Neville observed is real and I had observed it during my childhood in the late thirties and fourties.

    “Even in the mid-1960s, the following principles defined what it meant to be a non-Vellalar: 1. Regardless of natural endowments, anyone born a non-Vellalar was frozen into his particular station for all of his life, be it fishing, tree climbing, road sweeping or whatever. Heredity was a cast iron frame from which there was no escape. 2. They dared not marry anyone from the Vellalar caste. 3. They were not allowed into premises occupied by the Vellalars, except for doing the tasks they were born into. 4. They did not have access into temples owned or managed by Brahmins or Vellarlars. In other words, they were non-persons. 5. They did not have access to Hindu schools or opportunities to proceed for higher education. This barrier was breached effectively when missionary schools began to proliferate, much to consternation of Hindu leaders. 6. They could not reside outside their villages. 7. They could not drink at the village well nor use any other public amenity outside their own village. 8. They could not wear jewellery, nor ride in carriages, nor use drums at any ceremony. 9. When they died they could not be cremated or buried on land reserved for the Vellalars.” And he concludes by saying that “in the 60s, the Tamil caste system was nearly as oppressive as it had been in India for over 4000 years.” (pp. 147 – 148 — Ibid).”

    It continued till the seventies. When Jaffna population displaced and went into Vadamaradchy, Thenmaradchy and into the Vanni. Caste discrimination continued as I was in these areas helping people and schools to settle. LTTE could not do anything about it though they tried. Since then such discrimination went underground but continued. Now it is practiced “under the table’ so to speak.
    The Education system plays the “Ostrich” game at best. Some are in denial. Others are afraid of the sting if the cover is lifted.
    Caste issue is a time bomb waiting to explode. The failure rate in national examinations in the caste based or caste localised schools is filling the streets with youths in anger acting against the society or self destructing.
    Some integrated schools are trying their best to clean up but there efforts are not significant to make a social change to usher in equality any time in the foreseeable future. Statutes and National legislation enforced by force, though it will be cathartic, may be the only answer.

    While the Tamils are struggling to gain their rights as a people, it is tragic that we are denying the rights of about 40% of our people in the Jaffna District and a large number in the North who have fought valiantly for the rights of the whole community. I do hope the Northern Provincial Council will enact statutes that will desegregate the schools that have traditionally become segregated, and economically empower the cast based discriminated communities. If they failed The President and the Prime Minister should take up the challenge as a National priority as such discrimination is prevalent in many forms in Sri Lanka.

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      n.ethirveerasingam ,
      “”If they failed The President and the Prime Minister should take up the challenge as a National priority as such discrimination is prevalent in many forms in Sri Lanka. “”
      All that you say has been tried and tested in Europe and India.So why are you saying it?? Is it because you are non vellaha and went to a mission school??
      Its a return to no squatting in discarded homes. Commie Ken failed in every way. Its failed in USA too.Social Services turning a blind eye, Border Security Forces turning a blind, Management of Apartments turning a blind eye.
      This is true story of lanka. After A levels 3 boys always over 90% at school got admission to IIT. 2 got in under nomination quota system (both vellaha and well to do) the other got it on all India open competition (brahmin) all 3 applied for same branch of engg. Last semester the 2 V’s were struggling to beat the now 98% aggregate Brahmin who rarely mugged and even smoked inclusive of chilam but was a voracious reader a hobby he still has. The other 2 scored just 93% and 91%. Brahmin came 1st merit first with 96% overall and the visiting American embassy offered him both Fulbright and East west. He told me I can’t take it i must work because i now have only one trouser and that pair of jeans was torn like fashion.

      Only in a world of reasonable beings can we have peace and happiness.
      The reasonable age, if that should ever come about, will be the Age of Peace.
      It will be the age in which the Spirit of Reasonableness prevails.(UK tribunals work on this principal today)
      Law itself admits the incompleteness of it’s claim of it’s to absolute justice when it often has to fall back on `a reasonable interpretation` of a clause, or or when it allows the president the power of pardon, so well exercised by Abraham Lincoln to a mother’s son.
      In the selection of a man or a woman i shall have only one standard is he reasonable person. We cannot imagine perfect husbands and wives who never quarrel; We can only conceive of reasonable husbands and wives who quarrel reasonably and then patch up reasonably.

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      I have difficulty to comprehend as to what obstacles are there to prevent anyone excelling in education in Jaffna? I was at St John’s during the 60s and 70s and have known students from all communities studied there. In terms of expectations from the parents point of view will vary based on which community one hails from. There are similar issues in Britain. A working class family expectation of their offspring will drastically different from an upper-class family. It is this mindset that needs addressing. I do not personally see caste barriers preventing social advancement. However, when it come to matrimony, I will agree that there serious issues. It is the same among the Sinhalese. But it does not make it right.

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      Well said, Ethir. I have been a Tamil like many others in these columns declaring the belief time, more education centred on justice/morality and an evolving modernistic world will gradually help to dismantle the caste structure – as it is happening in many parts of India. It cannot be wished away and neither can you completely eradicate it by legislation. It needs a change of heart of the peoples concerned. Take the case of the race issue in the USA – a landscape you are familiar with. Alabama’s Wallace (“Discrimination then, discrimination now and discrimination forever”) was strong, alive and well ONLY in the late 1960s. And nearly a decade ago we had the US South also voting in large numbers for a black Obama. That, in my view, is the most progressive political happening in US – and world’s – history in recent decades. VP should be given due credit for creating accentuation and consciousness in the evils of caste and dowry systems. At least in that respect he was more progressive than all Tamil leaders put together. Slowly but surely class, in many cases, is giving away to caste in this commerce-led world – both in Tamil and Sinhala societies.

      It is good to know there are social-minded Lankans, who have been successful in the West, back home to rebuild the Tamil Nation within an undivided, peaceful and united Sri Lanka. You are certainly taking the bar to new heights, if you will.

      Kettikaran

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    Many tamils who comment here miss the point, may be deliberately the so called conflict is a conflict started by the Vellala to gain their own political ambitions and not any oppression of sinhala governments.

    Just read the very tamil literature that was present from the 1900s to the 1970s. Literature targetting the sinhala government started in 70s due to the stupid policies of Sirima B government and the brainwashing thanks to the vellalas. The tamil literature was about the caste discrimination and how the tamil woman suffered in a male dominated society. Had there was a persecution of the scale these people talk about, the literature would be certainly different.

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      sach

      ypu are also missing the point.The majority of those that fought the sinhalese militarily were not the vellalas.Why would people who are oppressed by the vellalas do their bidding and fight for them?They fought the sinhales because sinhala oppression was worse than the tamil oppression.Afer dealing with the sinhalese and getting their eelam they would have dealt with the vellalas.

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        shankar

        “ypu are also missing the point.”

        sachooooooooooo the stupid II would not see a point even if it is presented to her.

        Why do you have to comment on something that is obvious?

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        everyone know that the cadres in LTTE were mainly non Vellalas. The point is it was not their war.

        The war did not start as a reaction to so called sinhala oppression but rather a project to consolidate Vellala hegemony

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          sach

          the war started because you were killing and beating and looting and raping tamils in the riots of 58,77,81 and 83.Prabhaharan was asking his elders why are the tamils not fighting back.prabhaharan was a karayar/karawe.karuna also joined the LTTE after the 83 riots bringing in the eastern cadres who are of the mukkuwa clan.he passed his Adv levels and forego his university education to fight because of your violence.There was no vellalar to non vellalar violence.Even the ancient violence that that orgasmic orgasm mahindapala mentions was done by a koviar if you read the article.Koviar are goviyas,sinhalese captured by tamil armies and as usual cannot wait without creating trouble always.

          The main culprit is JRJ.After the 1983 riots the militant outfits which had about 50 altogether swelled to 5000 within a year.The dilemma facing the tamil youths flocking to fight was which outfit to join to.Not only the riots,but the way JRJ snubbed indira ghandhi and looked down upon her through his long thambi nose and also thinking that the US can handle india for him was the reason for the war.May he go to hell.

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            the war started because you were killing and beating and looting and raping tamils in the riots of 58,77,81 and 83.Prabhaharan was asking his elders why are the tamils not fighting back.

            //
            This is how many are made to believe and far from reality. That is what Mr. Mahindapala is pointing out here. This so called ethnic conflict did not start due to any oppression by Sinhala leaders or sinhala people, but rather research into it shows a far different root.

            Points that question the established notion of reasons for war.

            1. Many point out that tamils sought for separation due to ethnic conflicts in 58, 77, 81 and 83. Though these probably have had an impact on an average tamil to support their racist politicians the root is elsewhere. Then why did Arunachalam said Tamils should strive to get a separate country for them, eelam for them in 1922? Why is that?

            2. The ethnic riot in 1939. Why is that normally ommitted? Wasnt is was a result of a racist speech by GG Ponnambalam in Navalapitiya?

            3. If oppression or discrimination is the reason for so called war, why do every conversation or debate on SL issue ends with a history debate? Because the root is elsewhere. As a tactic to gain more support for their political project the Vellala leaders constructed a false history of this country. That is what fuelled the tamil racism at the later stages.

            4. No matter how bad ethnic riots are like the ones you gave for example, SL is not the only country to see riots of such scale. Actually riots of South asia has been far worse. Do you think when the likes of GG ponnambalam insults sinhala people publicly they would get a nice reception? Just check how crowd react in TN even today.

            And prabhakaran or anyone else’s caste is immaterial here. This is initially a project started to maintain Vellala hegemony. I dont think even for a minute that these Vellalas who has no problem in oppressing their own tamil non vellalas would treat sinhalese better. The Vellalas lived and live with a superiority mentality to others including Sinhalese. That is the second part of this narrative. By the time Pabhakarans enter the narrative the Vellalas had succeeded in converting their caste project into a race issue.

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              sachoooooooooooooooo the very very stupid II

              “The ethnic riot in 1939. Why is that normally ommitted? “

              Could you cite evidence.

              It was an industrial dispute and not a communal riots.

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            Read tamil literature upto 70 and see how the centre stage of issues in tamil society was taken by caste violence.

            Do you know that Sirima B faced a bomb attack when she went to Jaffna and it was a rally of low caste Tamils that saved her?

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              okay sach,how do you explain the militant outfits increasing from 50 to 5000 within a year after july 83 riots.can explain to us how a war can be fought by the tamils without manpower and also training and resources provided by india.Now please don’t come and tell me that indira is vellala or a vellala supporter.She wanted to teach that old man a lesson.

              If i keep on hammering 4 or 5 times i wonder whether you won’t retaliate?Shall we try it out?Now you have hammered the muslims for the first time in Aluthgama.After that i’am pretty sure quite a few arms would have come to the east as they Know that it is the army that fired and killed them when they were protecting the mosque.So te army is now an alien army and they know that they cannot rely on it to protect them.

              Now again to hammer them in the future.They won’t fight back,but more arms will come to them and they will be getting ready.

              Then you bash them again.again nothing happens.no retaliation,only seething anger against you.

              Then you give one big hammering,burn all he muslim houses in colombo,kill murder and rape them,burn their businesses.

              Then the bombs go off.suicide bombers kill your president and prime minister.Trains ,buses explode.

              Now you will tell that this is all a grand conspiracy of international muslim terrorists aided and abetted by vellalars to destabilise he country and to make it an islamic state.

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                okay sach,how do you explain the militant outfits increasing from 50 to 5000 within a year after july 83 riots.can explain to us how a war can be fought by the tamils without manpower and also training and resources provided by india.
                //

                Now where did I tell you that india did not provide training or resources? The riot in 1983 did impact the average tamil. That is what I have mentioned in my comment. By 1970s the Vellala project had been successfully converted into a racial issue. And the violence against tamil did cause the youth to join these movement. But the roots are in the vellala project.

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                You are trying to imply here the Tamil youth took weapons and tamil separatism started due to ethnic violence. You yourself know very well that the Vadukkodai resolution was passed in 1976 that is before 1983. Arunachalam came up with an eelam idea in 1922 that is way before SL get independence and way before so called discrimination.
                The fact here is ethnic riots were not the roots, they were rather the repercussions of an earlier project.

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                  satch

                  asking for separation and fighting for it in a violent manner are quite different.I presume you are a female,because you are so stubborn,now suppose you asked your husband for a divorce because he is not treating you as an equal partner and more like a servant and giving you bashings from time to time,then that is one issue.

                  now if your husband thinks after all she has asked for divorce why should i care whether she will leave me or not if i bash her,next time i’am really going to give her such a bashing that she will remember it every day for the rest of her life.So he gives you one good one and you go to your mums place half dead and recover there.After about a year when your husband who is still not giving the divorce,comes home after work,you have hired some guys the job of breaking both his legs which they dutifully fulfill.

                  That is the differnce between chelva’s vaddukodai resolution and prabha’s retaliation.Chelva is you when you asked for divorce in a civilised manner,and prabha is you when you became like your hubby.

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                    So when did separatism start Shankar? Isnt it in 1922 when Arunachalam talked about Eelam? Now you say asking for separation and violent fighting are two different things. Violent fighting is the means to attain the aim which is separation. That is the first step , that is the beginning..

                    Mr. Mahindapala is talking about how that first step became a reality. That is how the conflict started. It was the broadening of the political project by vellalas to consolidate vellala hegemony into a racial project.
                    That is the root cause and not some ‘ethnic discrimination’ in SL

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                      “Violent fighting is the means to attain the aim which is separation.”

                      probably you have not heard of the referendums that the quebec separatists and scottish separatists lost.

                      wait patiently and you will see one like in east timor in the north one day if there are more and more sinhalese like you who try to whitewash their crimes and not only that always blame others for their sins.

                      as for arunachalam talking about separation in 1922,it was in 1924 he said it,the year he died,in a state of pique that he was not appointed as a reserved tamil member for colombo as agreed to by the sinhalese.

                      That was the first of the numerous agreements that the sinhalese broke.Tamils must be regretting that they did not have a jinnah at that time who would think of their interest at heart,whereas they got G.G ponnambalam who had fantasy dreams that he could become the PM one day.

                      If DS Senanayaka had not died prematurely after falling from his horse,then probably we might not have had the separation talk again,because he would have probably stopped banda from becoming PM.

                      Banda and JRJ were always bringing out racist policies to the meetings,but DS and dudley used to always block those.Once these racists and the wife came to power they were able to put the foundation for separation.So you have to decide between secularism as DS and dudley did or sinhala bhuddhist nationalism as banda and JRJ did.The country is now again at the crossroads,where ranil and maithri seem to believe in secularism and mahinda and co believe in sinhala bhuddhist nationalism.

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                      what you are doing shankar is threatening me that if we dont bow to your racist vellala demands you will separate the country like in Timor..

                      why threaten if you have anything to prove your initial claim?

                      We are talking about the root of this so called ‘tamil ethnic issue’. Research shows this is nothing but the same early project by the Vellalas to consolidate their vellala hegemony. Why should the Sinhala people foregone their right to their homeland because some big headed tamils cannot handle their massive egos…

                      It seems now you realize what I have been telling all this time is correct that is why the threats come.

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                      “what you are doing shankar is threatening me that if we dont bow to your racist vellala demands you will separate the country like in Timor.”

                      sach.this is not a threat,but stating a fact that has already happened in another country.When it comes to separation,you and i are in the same boat of not wanting it.I prefer the indian model to separation.However if there are more and more sinhalese like you who don’t learn from their past mistakes and instead blaming others for their faults,i believe that a east timor type or a cyprus type solution is inevitable.It will not be a question of will it happen,but when.The ball is in your court,not mine.

                      “why threaten if you have anything to prove your initial claim?”

                      there is nothing to prove.The jaffna kingdom of 400 years is an accepted fact by the international community and since colonialism is longer there it should be put back what it was before colonialism, by the UN,through a referendum in the north.No need for any violence by the tamils to get that what belonged to them and wrested from them by the colonial powers of europe.president roosevelt made that very clear to that turd churchill that no more britsh empire, and he had to let go of india and due to that the sinhalese got their independence on a platter without any agitation,but not tamils due to that traitor GG.

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    Butthurt We Thamizh are howling like mad again :D HLDM’s essay must be right on the mark as usual :D

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      Comedian Sarma,

      Cool man brilliantly funny comment bravo :D

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        Cool story, bro :D

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          Comedian Sarma,

          Please stop it Sarma; you are sending me in stitches :D How do you do it? :D

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            Cool story, bro :D

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              Comedian Sarma,

              :D you have done it again! Bravo mate it is so funny keep it up. :D

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      siva sankara blacker

      “right on the mark”

      dead right.on your G spot to give one of his multiple orgasms.

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        shankar

        “dead right.on your G spot to give one of his multiple orgasms.”

        Couldn’t you help him with whatever it is as you have in the past had a close and contended “platonic” relationship (whatever that is) with your poster boy Black and Decker.

        Once in a while you should invite him for K(c)ool party with lots of panang kallu (Palmyra Toddy). Hope it will cool down his head and shoulders (where he has a very large chip).

        Do you know how to perform belly dance?

        A party won’t be complete without belly dance?

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        Cool story, bro :D
        You should definitely consider novelising these frequent wet dreams of yours :D

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          david,remember our dungeon?me in my leather outfit and whip.

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            shankar

            “david,remember our dungeon?me in my leather outfit and whip.”

            Come on don’t encourage him.

            Perverts love lashed by the whip.

            The thought of getting whipped alone will give him immense pleasure.

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          Cool comment, bro :D

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      Cool comment, bro :D

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    Wee Thamihz Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon.

    “Butthurt We Thamizh are howling like mad again :D HLDM’s essay must be right on the mark as usual :D”

    You have missed “cool” in your typing.

    Why?

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    Vellahla this and Vellahla that.

    Everything to Tuan HLD Mahindapala reminds him of the Vellahla.

    Well, everything reminds me of sex, but I try and keep it out of the discussions.

    I wonder what this chap thinks of when he is having sex?

    Is he mourning (sorry moaning) of the Vellahla?

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      keynes
      “I wonder what this chap thinks of when he is having sex? Is he mourning (sorry moaning) of the Vellahla?”

      vellala ah,vellla ah,vellala ah,vellaaala aahh,vellaaala ahhhhh,aaaaaaahhhhhhhh

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        Pala must be thinking of a fair Konday Kevun while looking at the dark Paniyaram which boost him to write this type of crap.

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    Walter Adams.
    You said, “All that you say has been tried and tested in Europe and India. So why are you saying it?? Is it because you are non vellaha and went to a mission school??”
    My name is not a pseudonym. You can google it.
    I despised the discrimination that I saw around me in my village or the countries, I visited, worked or competed.

    yes I went to a Mission school – Periyavillan RCTMS – about 150 yrs old. Then went to a Methodist Mission school – Jaffna Central College – 200 yrs this year. Both never discriminated on admission of students then or now. All the teachers then at the RCTMS were Christians. I still visit them. Both are Govt schools now. There are other such schools in and out of Jaffna that are segregated due to institutional policies that had inadvertently or by unexpressed design have become Mono-Caste schools.

    Since 1977 there is another category the school system discriminates. They are the Tamil displacees from the 1977 and 1983 riots from the Hill country and were settled in villages on Govt land in the Vanni (note none were settled in the Jaffna Peninsula. May be there were no “Room at the Top” of the Island. These camps became villages. They were given their “own” Schools. Those few who qualify enter schools outside their village. But very few qualify as their parents are casual labourers and the home environment is not a suitable one to study or for the emotional health of the child. LTTE employed them in their large farms and Teak Plantations. They were also in the fighting forces. Many lost their lives and many lost limbs during the 30 year war. They are still not economically empowered except for meager assistance from NGOs or the Diaspora.

    I am saying we need stringent laws and enforcement without infringing on individual or group rights. We need such laws and enforcement. We may fail but we need to try and improve on it until it succeeds.

    Another way is to convince the UN and other Donors, IMF, World Bank and the ADB to establish a “Caste Filter” like the Environment Impact Filter for any loans in education and development aid and loans. They should ensure enforcement of the UN Human Rights laws including the Rights of the Child. Of course the Central Ministry can manipulate the OL pass criteria or Environmental Impact studies to suit the Donors Target as they do now. The Donors look the other way to give the loan. But we need to get the country to follow the Noble Path on Bare Feet.

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      n.ethiveerasingham
      You say that the two schools that you went to two christian schools and Both never discriminated on admission of students then or now.There are other such schools in and out of Jaffna that are segregated due to institutional policies that had inadvertently or by unexpressed design have become Mono-Caste schools.
      CAN YOU NAME ONE SUCH SCHOOL PLEASE.

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      n.ethirveerasingam,
      I do know you as the athlete who brought pride to the island.
      then been at Los Angles etc.
      The sorrowful past is only a reference don’t let emotions sit on your head. I studied at a missionary school, paid for my education and I was not a Catholic/Christian but I listened when the brothers discussed the bible. I learnt self-respect and to be sufficient the way I was (neither a borrower nor a lender be.). When our Colombo school was to be taken over the place was like gladiators. At university I was so strong self-made (I had made my own funds in enterprise before attending) but always non-political and never went behind even my guide (I met him 3 times only but got the highest for my thesis because I worked hard as I liked the industrial project). Many a poor brilliant Brahmin has passed but they have committed suicide because their parents would not let them leave India for fear of cultural shock.
      The present is residence. The people don’t have a decent wage and that has to be addressed. Once in India folk were given all material to build their own home and they refused because who was going to feed these casual labourers and their family. I have been in a team of consultants to ADB (ADB are former government servants with all the tricks under the table and is a Bank not a charity).
      Laws are meant to be broken so you find millionaire/billionaire lawyers. In the UK we first have rules and see how it goes then if not we make laws. Laws mean creation of black-market. If you have caste laws you are digging the burial ground of the whole island and you can never come out of it. In the UK I have always refrained to fill the equal opportunities section (lefty loony politicos invented this) we have Brexit which is the reaction to caste law. It’s all to do with the surreal thing money kindly address that and all could have residence and self-respect. I would not let any colour enter my house without wiping their feet on the rug and if it is wet then I would ask him to wear overshoes which I offer or I meet him at the café nearby- .This is not caste but cleanness next to godliness. The English are tolerant but they are pirates and my English friends admit. At a cricket match I cheer England not Lanka (it’s like my new school I am citizen so I get respect unlike most immigrants). Please contemplate on the Spirit of Reasonableness and peace will follow like the night follows the day. Everyone likes to send their kids to a school where kids are disciplined then you score high marks. The teacher is only a guide but cannot teach but one has to learn. No one is a dud but energy is stuck and has to be released by involving in the subject one likes.

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    Keynes!

    “I wonder what this chap thinks of when he is having sex? “

    He can’t think, he can’t have sex hence the moaning and wailing about something that he does not have a clue.

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    Who is this man who is always moaning about the vellala caste in the North of Sri Lanka. Is he of the low caste? The caste system always existed all over the world, even in the West which is gradually disintegrating. The caste system still exists in India in the South East and in the west as well. It will go on until the human species exists in this world. However, arranged marriages are disappearing little by little and love marriages are taking place nowadays. No parent, not even Mahindapala, if he has a daughter, will give in marriage to a lower caste man.

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      sellam

      i can’t think of anywhere than in south asia that caste system exists.

      You say even in the west it is there,Show me examples.

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    Tamils are really angry.

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      jim softy

      “Tamils are really angry.”

      Maybe they are.

      However I envy your stupidity.

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    HOW DID THE SINHALESE PEOPLE ADOPT THE HINDU CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS WHOLESALE?

    The Theravada Buddhist calendar is a lunar one. Each month starts with the new moon, peaks at the full moon and then wanes until the next new moon which signifies the start of the succeeding month. The first month of the Buddhist lunar year is `Bak`. The first day of the lunar month of Bak never falls on the 14th of April.

    On the other hand, the Tamil Hindu solar calendar by contrast follows the signs of the traditional zodiac and commences when the sun enters the sign of Mesha or Aries on the 14th of April each year. It is ironic that the Sinhalese now observe the Tamil Hindu solar calendar where the first day of the first solar month i.e. `Chitterai` falls each year on 14 April. This is the Tamil New Year!

    The Tamil Hindu calendar is a solar one. This explains the auspicious times, the punya kala, the precise time that the traditional new year dawns, the head anointing ceremony with herbal oil, the ganu-denu/kaivishesham, etc. which have more to do with Hindu tradition than Buddhism. Auspicious times is a Hindu concept, Buddhism has no concept of auspicious times – all times in fact are auspicious for the Buddhist Dhamma.

    14 April is also observed as the traditional New Year in Assam, Bengal, Orissa, Kerala, Nepal and Punjab. This is in keeping with their Solar Hindu traditions.

    This proves that the Sinhalese were originally Hindus (probably Tamils) before converting to Buddhism and adopting a new language.

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      Cool story, bro :D

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        Every dick, tom and harry are screwing my hubby left, right and center and this stupid Imbecile is chanting “Cool story, bro” like a mantra.

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          Mrs. Sankaran Sarma:

          when you are in home, he screws up you.

          when he is writing here, others screw up him.

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      So how does this answer what Mahindapala is saying?

      How does that counter Mahindapala’s claim that war is a result of a project by vellalas to consolidate their hegemony?

      How does your rant answer that?

      You seem to be bu++ hurt

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        sach

        He, he, heeeek!

        vellalas never joined the LTTE, neither did they go to war. Most of the Tamils who got killed by the LTTE were the vellalas.

        Your guru Mahindapala seem to be bu++ hurt due to some other reason and that is why he is bashing the vellalas or rather anti-vellalas.

        I am sure some vellalas (probably his in-laws) must have treated him like a piece of shit.

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          Vellalas did went to war but in a limited way. Vellalas always tried to go abroad or Colombo while the non vellalas fought their war.

          Havent the Vellalas come back again to take the crown of Vellala hegemony again when the non Vellala Tamils are the ones who bore the brunt of war?

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            sachoooooooooooooooo the stupid II

            Karavas and the Govias are constantly engaged in shadow boxing even after several violent confrontation.

            Even the racist ideas of Pancha Maha Balavegaya failed and failed miserably which could not stop 1971 and between 1987 and 1991 the caste war among the Sinhalese.

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              Dear Native Vedda,

              I agree absolutely! The country belongs essentially to the Veddas; we guys have arrived later and are destroying this land.

              Also destroying something less important, the Thomian Schools, is the Anglican “set up”; those who control the destinies of so many children. I do hope that you will visit there, and give the country your observations. I’ve been missing you!

              We, non-racists, are numerically more than the racists: we must defeat the forces of bigotry and evil!

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              I understand you are feeling ashamed right now and in a very tragic situation, but still dont lie

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      Dear Suresh,

      I don’t know much about all this, but your argument is certainly a rational one!

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      Suresh,

      Thanks. Happy Tamil New Year.

      Later on it became the Happy Sinhala New Year too. Happy Tamil and Sinhala New Year to all.

      The Sum is directly overhead on New Year. The traditional Tamil year starts on 14 April 2016 [Kali Yuga 5118]. Were the Sinhala originally Tamils, and later became Sinhala? Or was it that the Orissans and Kalingans adapted the Tamil New Year because it was based on the Hindu Solar Calendar?

      Over Head Sun’s Position-2016 April -2016 Sun on it is apparently March from the Southern hemisphere to the Northern hemisphere,” will be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka during the period 05th April 2016 to 14th April 2016.

      The latitudes at which the Sun will be directly overhead, the closest towns corresponding to the given latitudes and the times at which the Sun will appear overhead are as follows.

      http://www.meteo.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=135&lang=en

      The Sinhala New Year adopted the Tamil New Year. If it was Sinhala, the New Year would have been Apri 6, 7. 8. 9 pr 10 or 11.

      Puthandu (Tamil Puttāṇṭu), better known as Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year in mid-April by Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, Sri Lankan Tamils and Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka, and by Tamils in Malaysia, Singapore, Réunion and Mauritius.

      On this day, Tamil people greet each other by saying “Puttāṇṭu vāḻttukkaḷ!” ( புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துகள்) or “Iṉiya tamiḻ puttāṇṭu nalvāḻttukkaḷ!” (இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துகள்). The festive occasion is in keeping with the Hindu solar calendar.

      Origin and significance

      The Tamil New Year follows the vernal equinox and generally falls on 14 April of the Gregorian year. 14 April marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and is a public holiday in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.

      The Tropical vernal equinox falls around 22 March, and adding 23 degrees of trepidation or oscillation provides the Hindu sidereal transition or Nirayana Mesha Sankranti (the solar transition into the constellation of Aries). The Tamil calendar thus begins on the same date observed by most traditional calendars in India as in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Mithila, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The 60-year cycle is ancient and is observed by most traditional calendars of India and China, and is related to 5 revolutions of Jupiter, or to 60-year orbit of Nakshatras (stars) as described in the Surya Siddhanta.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puthandu

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        The Tamil calendar is one of the oldest calendars in the world. It is solar, whilst most of the other Indian calendars including the Sanskrit calendar if lunar. The time frame is different and it is usually one month behind the Sanskrit calendar approximately. Tamil calendar has a 60 year cycle and 12 months . The 60 year cycle is very ancient and is common to all ancient calendars in India and China, The week start with Sunday. The days of the week relate to the celestial bodies in the solar system. Like the Sun Moon Mars, Mercury Jupitar Venus and Saturn respectively. In the Tamil Calendar start with The Tamil New year starts on the vernal equinox usually April the 14th on the Gregorian calendar. The names of the month are equivalent to the Sanskrit calendar. Unlike the Gregorian calendar the number of days in a month can vary between years. Some months may have 32 days in some years.
        The whole Tamil astrology is based on the solar Tamil calendar and not on the lunar Sanskrit calendar.
        Countries like Burma Thailand Cambodia Laos and Sri Lanka celebrate the Tamil April New year and follow the Tamil calendar due the ancient influence of the Chola Tamils and their rule. The Sinhalese are people largely descended from the Tamils. The people of Kerala were Tamils until a few centuries ago until they bastardised their Tamil with Sanskrit to form a new language called Malayalam. Basically a highly Sanskritised bastardised form of Tamil. However ordinary spoken Malayalam is still basically Tamil.
        The Hindus developed a system of calendrics that encapsulates vast periods of time. For computing the age of the earth and various geological and other epochs, as well as the age of mankind, they still employ a Tamil calendar derived from ancient astronomical data, known as the Tirukkanida Panchanga and not the Sanskrit calendar.
        The people of Bengal, Assam Odisha(Orissa) Tripura(largely Bengali)Mithila ETC are basically Dravidians who now speak Indo Aryan languages. The is why they still follow the ancient Tamil calendar and not the Indo Aryan Sanskrit calender. A remanent of their ancient Dravidian heritage.
        As for the so called Indo Aryan bastian Punjab I am at a loss to know as to why they don’t follow the lunar Sanskrit calendar instead of the Solar Tamil calendar. The very north of India where the actual Indo Aryan heritage is more evident has many things in common with the deep South. Unlike the rest of North/Central/west Indians, these people like the Tamils,are largely Saivite and may ancient famous Siva temples exist in these states. The only explanation is this areas were part of the ancient Dravidian Indus valley civilisation and these are the remnants of this influence.

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    Proudman,
    Good point. In my view Mr. Ethir reacted fast without understanding the historical backgrounds of non missionary or Christian schools.

    Jaffna Youth Congress did lot of good contributions in the educational and social front. They were far ahead of the old LSSP too.
    Sir Pon Ramanathan and his wife (British Lady ) did lot to education through the establishment of 3 schools : Parameswara College, Ramanathan College within the Jaffna Peninsula and Saraswathie Vidhiyalaya a in Pusallawe in the upcountry. I don’t think they were cast based schools.
    Then there are many other non Christian Schools in the North and East which catered students from all walks of life or from different communities.
    Some school names I can recollect from my memory & mention here are :
    1. Mahajana College
    2. Nadeswara College
    3. Jaffna Hindu College
    4. Manipay Hindu College
    5. Skanda Varodaya College
    6. Nelliyady Central
    7. Kokuvil Hindu College
    8. Urumpirai Hindu College
    9. Vaitheeswara College
    10. Vaddukoddai Hindu College
    11. Karainagar Hindu
    12. Yarlton College
    13. Victoria College
    14. Cheshunt ha
    15. Chithambara College
    16. Vikneswara College
    17. Velanai Centeal
    18. Trincomalee Hindu College
    19. Sivananda Visit a lay
    20 Vanthaarumullai Central
    21. Killinochi Mahavidhiyalaya
    and many other schools from the North & East.
    Almost all of these schools never strictly imposed the facilities fees the students from socio economically not so well off. The founders and the successors continued their philanthropic work and in many cases with the help of old students and the local communities.
    To an extent it happened in the health sector as well. Good examples were Moolai & Tellipalai Cooperative hospitals. Lot of Ayurvedic doctors were compassionate too particularly towards socio economically less well off.
    Cast discrimination in temples were there but it has improved by leaps and bounds since Independence in 1948 and particularly after the early 1950s.

    Cast based rituals in weddings and funerals also changed tremendously since 1950s.

    Only thing that will take time is the scenario in arranged marriages. I’ve faith in the younger generation to make progress in many fronts provided there is necessary & sufficient devolution to the provinces. Otherwise the centre will divide and rule the whole island at the expense of all kinds of minorities and which will include socio economically less well off from the majority community .

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    Mahindapala is being called insane for saying something very sane which people who think themselves sane are unable to see.

    I am afraid that with emotions so strained, no sane debate is possible on caste. No Tamil can solve this problem because even the sane ones among us have no support and are put down as insane. N. Edirweerasingam and Ratnajeevan Hoole are two of the sane ones among us but can do little.

    Even for their own devious reasons if Mahindapala and the Sri Lankan government can intervene — Edirweerasingam calls for this in his comment — we the Tamil majority low castes (ironically called Tamil minorities) would be eternally grateful.

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      The then government did try to stop the vellala caste practices in north. That is the reason they had to face a war. Had the then SL government without trying to help the low caste tamils let the vellalas to enjoy the booty then SL would not have faced this situation.

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    Due to the pressure from the international community and the UN to grant the indigenous Eelam Tamils as well as the other Tamil minorities their just rights, this man and other Sinhalese hardliners, together with their supporters, have started on a misinformation campaign/propaganda. thinking that the international community will be foolish enough to believe this misinformation and will allow the Sinhalese Sri Lankan government and armed forces to go scot free.
    The terrible position the Tamils now found themselves is not due to the Tamil Vellalars but due to racist discriminatory policies that all Sinhalese led governments have enforced against the island’s Tamils. Starting with the making more than a million Indian origin estate Tamils stateless even after living in the island for more than 130 years in the 1950s and ending in the deliberate massacre of more than 70000 largely low caste indigenous Eelam Tamils, that was planned by the Rajapakse government and executed by the Sinhalese Sri Lankan armed forces.
    Even now at the behest of various extremist Sinhalese organisations and Buddhist priests, the occupying largely racist Sinhalese armed forces in the north and east are still stealing and forcibly occupying thousands of acres of Tamil lands largely belonging to the Tamil lower castes, the very same lower castes that this Tamil hating Sinhalese hardliner is shedding crocodile tears. Thousands of violent nasty Sinhalese settlers from the south are being brought to settle in these lands. Especially along the strategic coastal belt/wedge that links the Tamil north to the Tamil east.
    The present government is aware of this but like all Sinhalese governments are encouraging this covertly or turning a blind eye. They should realise it was largely due to the votes of the Tamil speakers and the Sinhalese Christians that they came into power.
    The Vellalars of Jaffna and other parts of Eelam were no better or worse than the Sinhalese Govigamma in their treatment of the lower castes. In fact they treatment was far more benign compared to what the Sinhalese elite or the Indian upper castes did to their lower castes.
    It was not the Tamil lower castes that rose up in rebellion against their elite but the Sinhalese lower castes, not once but a few times. Proves who was the biggest discriminator. The Tamil uprising against the racist Sinhalese establishment and armed forces had nothing to do with caste, but with the total marginalisation of the entire Tamil community, irrespective of religion caste or class. This is why it had the support of all Tamils and ironically not lead by a Vellalar or Brahmin but by from another Tamil caste considered to be lower.
    Go to an part of the north and east the caste system is dead and gone, as everyone is struggling to make a living and live safely under the yoke of a racist Sinhalese occupying Army that is still looking for an opportunity to steal what little is left for the Tamils. Their homes lands assets.
    Can this man write about the all the gold that was stolen from the Tamils by the Sinhalese armed forces and the Rajapakses.

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      so called Eelam tamils’ leader prabhakaran was a keralite, majority of the fighting force were upcountry internal immigrants…lol

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        Sad Sach,

        “majority of the fighting force were upcountry internal immigrants”
        — just in your dream, pal!

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          Like everything Kumar, research and research…you will be surprised

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            Oh Sad Sach,

            Research? – For you?! – just another dream pal.

            If only you the chauvinist extremists of among the Sinhala Buddhists had the basic intelligence any where close to do even the simplest of objective research, then you will not be sending your wives, mothers, daughters and sisters to wipe Arab backs for a hand full of Riyals, so that you could enjoy arrakku!

            How about researching that chain of events and, first bring a stop to return tickets for body bags, and second, learn to make a living and provide for your women instead of becoming parasitic on them!

            While you are so busy “researching (what ever that means to you) let me ask you – how ashamed are you when you realize that Sri Lanka that was ranked as the best in the East just four to five decades ago has been brought down so rapidly to being internationally recognized as nothing but “THE country of maids?” That is the success story of the Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism – one for the record book!

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          Actually that vast majority were Eelam Tamils largely from the Karaiyar community, as historically they were good and fierce fighters and were traditionally employed as soldiers for the king of Jaffna. There were some hill country Tamils, not from the central highlands but from the small hill country community that had fled to the Vanni in the 1970s and 80s to escape Sinhalese racism. The famous late LTTE female fighter Thamilini, who recently died in London of cancer belonged to this community. This war was basically between the indigenous Eelam Tamils and the racist Sinhalese establishment that was intent on denying their just rights. The Indian origin estate Tamils kept out of it.

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            /The famous late LTTE female fighter Thamilini, who recently died in London /

            lol lol lol these ppl live in an imaginery world..your female fighter was treated in a government hospital at Sinhala gover’s expense

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              Sinhala racist she died in Colombo and not in London, however she was a British Citizen and voluntarily returned to her native Killnochchi in north of Sri Lanka to help the poor people. Tamil people also pay taxes in fact in far greater proportion compared to Sinhalese beggars like you and have every right to use a government hospital and other facilities that their tax money had funded than racist Sinhalese beggars like you, who think Tamils do not deserve anything, even a woman dying of cancer. Show the Sinhalese mindset. This is why we want separation.
              So you do admit the government is only a Sinhalese government for the Sinhalese people and not for other. Others are only good enough to pay taxes and earn most of the foreign exchange, so that Sinhalese beggars like you can enjoy and read your Mahavamasa fairy tales

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            Good try Paul.
            Taraki already tried to make out that Pirapakaran was from a soldier caste and therefore Kshtriya and above Vellalas.
            Good luck.

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              Did I ever say he was above the Brahmin/ Vellalar castes . I only stated that he does belong to the so called Kshtriya Kurukula Karaiyar community that is the highest subcaste amongst the Karaiyar. However they are still considered to be below the Vellalar in the caste pecking order.
              By the 20th century, the Karaiyars were mostly engaged in fishing within 2-3 kilometers from the coast. However, S. K. Sittampalam believes that they were once engaged in international commercial trading. The Karaiyars fought against the Portuguese conquest of the Jaffna kingdom.
              In the 20th century, the Karaiyar were the second largest group of voters among the Sri Lankan Tamils after the Vellalar (traditional land owning agriculturists and aristocrcy] The Karaiyars formed around 10% of the population, while the dominant Vellalars constituted about 50% of the population. In the caste hierarchy, the Karaiyars were considered inferior to the Brahmins and the Vellalar. However, the Karaiyars never accepted the secondary status assigned to them by the Vellalars, and considered themselves independent of the Vellala-dominant social structure. In the Jaffna region, they were a dominant caste and were considered as upper-class in the social hierarchy

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        He is a pure Eelam Tamil from Valvetithurai Jaffna. The people of Velvetithurai largely belong to the Karaiyar caste the counterpart of the Sinhalese Karawe of the south whose ancestors were the Tamil Karaiyar.
        Pirapakarn belonged to the Kshatriya warrior Kurukula Karaiyar community, which is considered the highest amongst the Karaiyar. The Sinhalised versions of them living in the south are the Kurukulasuriya,( Kurukulasuriar) Waranakulasuriar( Varanakulasuriar) Manukulasuriya(Manukulasuriayar) etc.
        A Tamil weekly in India quoted a woman from Kerala state claiming that Prabhakaran’s father Veluppillai was born in Kannanoor in Kollam district of the state and had gone to Sri Lanka at the age of 22.
        Thereafter a vicious campaign was on to describe Prabhakaran as a Malayalee with Kerala roots due to the allegation that Veluppillai was from Kollam.
        There is nothing wrong in being of Malayalee descent and Sri Lanka has a very strong Kerala influence. Migration to Sri Lanka from India was from both the Coromandel and Malabar coasts.
        In the case of Pirapakarn it was a big lie. His father Velupillai was not born in Kannanoor but Valvettithurai. He belonged to a famous Tamil family residing in Velevrithurai for generations. Their ancestors accumulated great wealth through the generations, through commerce and trade and were well known for their philanthropy.
        Veluppillai’s lineage is called the “Thirumeniyaar” and are hereditary trustees of the famous Valvettithurai Sivan temple.
        Pirapakaran’s paternal ancestors constructed the temple . The family is called the “Esamaan kudumbam” (master family) on account of their controlling the Sivan temple.
        Their family had built a lot of Sivan temples over the generations including one in Chekku street, Colombo, Keerimalai and even in Rangoon.
        So stop lying Pillai is a very common name in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and in Eelam. In fact the Kerala Pillai most of them now speak Malayalam and now claim a Malayalam ethnicity but some still speak Tamil, have their origins in Tamil Nadu. The Sri Lankan government and the Indian RAW were started this vicious campaign that Pirpakaran was not a Tamil but had Kerala origins and he was not a Saivite but a Catholic.

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      Paul Real Siva Sankan Rama sounds like Kasippu Joseph.

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        We all know that you cannot digest the truth and only believe and love to listen to fairy tales like the Mahavamsa, as you are Jimmy soft on the head. Like most simpletons will start throwing up tantrums when faced with the truth. GO back to your Mahavamsa and Lankaweb fairy tales and propaganda. This will soothe your nerves and make you happy again

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    Proudman
    You asked, “…’There are other such schools in and out of Jaffna that are segregated due to institutional policies that had inadvertently or by unexpressed design have become Mono-Caste schools.’ CAN YOU NAME ONE SUCH SCHOOL PLEASE.”
    I have submitted the report of the Committee that studied the problems in schools in the North with recommendations to a Board of the Ministry of Education in the North that is responsible for the implementation of the Recommendation in the Northern Education System Review ( See http://www.moe.lk and select ‘Publications.’)
    The Committee did not want to name the schools due to sensitivity and backlash. But the Committee do have the name of the schools if authorities who want to improve situation, they have access.The objective of the report is to recommend remedies to improve learning of children – all children. I must add that the reaction of the Board was mixed. It did not make any decision on the Report. I doubt it ever will. For all practical purpose it ended as all the Peace Proposals of the past in the Recycle Bin.

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      n.ethirveerasingham
      thank you for the information. Now the best way forward is to NAME and SHAME the people responsible for the situation, hence I ask you again please let us have the names of the schools concerned. It is not only a problem for the tamils but for every srilankan. Imbecile racist who have a very supportive platform in CT are trying to create division, we as srilankan–of every hue–should try to prevent such actions. So if you would be kind and brave enough to publish the schools I am sure every SENSIBLE citizen of Srilanka will be grateful to you.
      thank you.

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      n.ethirveerasingham
      thank you for the information. Now the best way forward is to NAME and SHAME the people responsible for the situation, hence I ask you again please let us have the names of the schools concerned. It is not only a problem for the tamils but for every srilankan. Imbecile racist who have a very supportive platform in CT are trying to create division, we as srilankan–of every hue–should try to prevent such actions. So if you would be kind and brave enough to publish the schools I am sure every SENSIBLE citizen of Srilanka will be grateful to you. direct action is the only solution now.
      thank you.

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      n.ethirveerasingham
      the site http://www.moe.lk cannot be reached.
      Is the address correct?

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    Mr. Ethir,

    If indeed you are convinced that there exists a caste discrimination problem in Jaffna schools, however few or powerful the schools may be, and you being aware of the unambiguously ill impacts of casteism at schools in particular in this day and age of the need for global equality in opportunities, it is regrettable that you would resign to meekly conceding “I must add that the reaction of the Board was mixed. It did not make any decision on the Report. I doubt it ever will. For all practical purpose it ended as all the Peace Proposals of the past in the Recycle Bin. “.

    NO! – You do need to have a more courageous stand on this, a back bone, if you will, if indeed you are convinced of the legitimacy of your accusation. If you are not sure, and it is just your suspicion, and you have nothing to substantiate it, then that is a different matter.

    Now, if you have studied and ascertained the existence of such discrimination even if just in one school that, especially if by “unexpressed design have become mono-cate schools”, and if you have gone to the extent of documenting and even making effective proposals to address and resolve the issue, and still unable to convince the Committee of the seriousness, then you could inform the committee that in case they fail to consider the evidence, act on it, and make a decision in a fair manner applicable to this day and age, then you could suggest that you will go public with the name of the school as well as the reasons behind the Committee’s decision to bury the issue. You cannot cow-down to the imagined fear of “back lash and sensitivity” – that is just a feeble, impotent, excuse if there was one! To that extent I applaud Proud-man’s request to name even one school – it will either expose the rogue school and the community protecting it or expose your bluff –one or the other!

    If you do not do that – you are part of the problem too, in the perceived revival and re-establishment of the caste-discrimination that virtually disappeared under LTTE!

    You cannot have it both ways! You cannot aspire to be a champion, and then project yourself as a back-bone challenged one as well, at the same time!!

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      Lots of ifs by Kumar R. If Kumar R knows Jaffna, he knows there are no ifs. Or else, he is a pretentious fellow trying to bury the pumpkin in the rice.

      Further, when people like Paul make Prabahakaran out to be a Kshatrya, what nonsense it is to say that caste discrimination virtually disappeared under the LTTE. You either have the cake or eat it, goes the saying.

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        Know-it-all Arul,

        Would you agree caste discrimination was substantially contained during LTTE period, and as one Manoharan (inadvertently, perhaps) confessed, there was a revival only after the decimation of LTTE.

        Chauvinistic pigs exist in all societies – so you are not going to eliminate entirely, virtually or otherwise!

        Leaving such individual pigs alone, IF you will, could you and Ethir grow a backbone to do something about it — get the committee to move forward, and failing that, name the damned schools and authorities that continue the social atrocity!

        Don’t play coy!!

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    Mr Mahindapala,
    Thanks for your articles about caste system in Jaffna. Not sure why you keep picking old time nuts from Jaffna. But bring it on. People like you would hopefully make us to become better persons. I grew up during the war time in Jaffna and I wouldn’t deny some of the facts about what you’ve written about the caste system in Jaffna.
    Now a day this issue may pop up during the arranged marriage proposal time. 19th century caste discrimination issue is similar to 21st century same sex marriage or accepting transgender people. Don’t worry; eventually people will get over with these social issues.

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    Continuing on what I posted earlier The state sponsored discrimination of all the Tamils in the island , the influence of the LTTE , the war and its aftermath and how the Tamils were treated and still are treated, has really united the entire indigenous Eelam Tamil population as one people. We now do not think of ourselves along religious, regional, caste or class lines but as one single people who share a common history heritage and experience, especially the history of horrific discrimination and violence at the hands of the Sinhalese that has forged as into one united people. What this man is posting may have been correct to some extent in the 1930s or even in the 1950s but became completely irrelevant starting from the late 1970s and definitely not now. State sponsored Sinhalese discrimination and violence towards all the island’s Tamils have now united them and forged them as a single people, as all of them have experienced this. From a Brahmin to a Paraiyan from Jaffna to Amparai from the very rich to the poor. These sort of stupid articles are only further uniting them and not the opposite as the author intends.

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    Dr. Ethirveerasungham
    The site http://www.moe.lk is not accessible Is the address correct?

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    Why are you so insistent on wasting everyone’s time and valuable e-space. Get a life please.

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    Why Tamils are this angry ?

    IS the article a lie ?

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