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Vellahlas First Crushed Tamil Rivals For Jobs & Power

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The status and power of the Vellahlas took a dramatic turn with the coming of the Dutch. The Vellahlas were elevated officially by a foreign power to the top of the caste hierarchy when the Dutch recognised them as the ruling caste of Jaffna. This status was officially confirmed in the Tesawalamai (1707) — the legal Bible of the Tamils of Jaffna drafted initially by the Dutch colonialists as guide for good governance. The Dutch were the first to codify the laws and customs of Jaffna and when they drafted the Tesawalamai (desa = land + walamai = customs and laws) it was handed to the twelve Vellahla Mudliyars who, after examining it, endorsed it as the valid laws and customs of the land. Tesawalamai not only reinforced the rigid Saivite caste system enthroning the Vellahlas at the top but also endorsed slavery in Jaffna. As laid down in the Tesawalamai those born into the Koviar, Pallar, Chandar and Nallavar castes were condemned as slaves from birth and the Vellahlas were their masters with powers of life and, sometimes (unofficially), death, over them.

With the power of being recognised legally as the ruling caste by the colonial masters, the Vellahlas did not hesitate to act ruthlessly and unrelentingly to maintain their supremacy. The Vellahlas fought the oppressed non-Vellahla Tamils of Jaffna tooth and nail, from the womb to the tomb, to prevent any challenges to their power and prestige. The primary political objective of the Vellahlas was to keep the low-castes apart as untouchables who would pollute their purity if the latter were treated as their equals, Living above the rest to maintain their purity was their mark of superiority as defined in Saivism. Though battles to preserve casteist purity were fought ceaselessly as a sacred principle of their religion, Vellahlaism was, in essence, a violent political force operating from feudal times to maintain their supremacy at any cost. They fought the oppressed Tamils in every domain to keep them down as a species unfit for human contact or relationships, except as slaves, or inferior subjects. Whenever religious and secular laws of the Vellahlas were threatened they never failed to suppress the oppressed non-Vellahlas under their fascist jackboots. Vellahla thugs were the unofficial police force that maintained Vellahla law and order in the peninsula.

To the oppressed non-Vellahlas, Jaffna was the black hole of inhuman casteism which deprived them of their dignity, self-respect and basic rights like walking in day time. The turumbas, for instance, were allowed to walk only in the nights, just in case their sighting should pollute the purity of the Vellahlas eyes. In their nocturnal peregrinations the turumbas were forced to cry out loud saying : “The turumbas are coming!” as a warning to the Vellahlas to keep them out of sight. Casteist Jaffna was bizarre as a Kafkesque nightmare.

In the post-Tesawalamai period, Vellahlaism turned out to be more than a ritualistic caste. It turned into an iron-fisted fascist force which reduced the oppressed non-Vellahlas to a subhuman species. When the draft of the Tesawalamai was presented to the twelve Vellahla Mudliyars for their comments they endorsed everything and argued only for the tightening of the laws to give more powers to the Vellahla masters over their Tamil slaves. Under the Dutch, Vellahlaism emerged as an overwhelming political force with power to control key existential aspects of Tamil society. Saivism and Tesawalamai worked together from the religious and secular ends to keep the low-castes caged tightly inside a socio-political straight jacket from which the low-castes had no escape. On the one hand, Saivism had anointed the Vellahlas as the highest in the caste hierarchy under the laws of God. And, on the other, Tesawalamai confirmed them as the highest authority under the laws of man. The low-castes could not appeal either to God or to man for their salvation.

Armed with the authority of the religious and secular laws, the Vellahla commanded the highest prestige and power in Tamil society. Keeping the non-Vellahla Tamils subjugated to the superior will of the Vellahlas has been the primary objective of Vellahla-driven Northern political agenda. The Vellahlas fought the outcasts to keep them out of (a) their pure water in wells – they even dropped faeces into the wells of the low-castes, (b) their schools which were burnt if the low-castes were admitted, (c) their churches where there were separate pews for the low-castes, (d) seats in public places, (e) their Hindu kovils, and, last but not the least, (f) even burial grounds. In some instances, the low-caste Tamils were punished by the Vellahla thugs for wearing banned clothes or jewellery – symbols that announced the supremacy of the Vellahlas,

Tesawalamai legalised the abject misery of the Tamil slaves and the oppressed Tamil castes. Slavery was banned under Regulation 20 of 1844, Abolition of Slavery Ordinance. However, Dr. H. W. Tambiah, revealed that “(T)hough slavery was abolished legally many of the depressed classes remained as de facto slaves of their masters for economic reasons.” (p.85 – The Laws and Customs of the Tamils of Jaffna, published by Women’s Education and Research Centre.) The hawk-eyed Vellahlas were ever vigilant and fought in religious, social, political and legal fronts to retain their Vellahla power, privileges and prestige. Dr. Tambiah cites a legal battle waged by the Vellahlas to prevent the low-castes from burying their dead according to Hindu rites, namely, the beating of tom-toms, which the Vellahlas claimed to be their exclusive right. Vellahla thugs attacked the funeral procession. They were found guilty of unlawful assembly. They appealed and the Vellahla claim to use force in defence of their traditional rights was defended by no less a dignitary than Sir. Ponnambalam Ramanathan.

Commenting on this criminal and civil case Dr. Tambiah wrote : “In Queen vs. Ambalavanar, a man of one caste wish to bury his wife according to certain ceremonies which the neighbours of a difference caste thought were only applicable to them. The neighbours assembled together so as to form an unlawful assembly. They were convicted of the charges of unlawful assembly, and they appealed. The late Sir. Ponnambalam Ramanathan contended in appeal that the accused had the right to act in the way they did, in view of section 8 of Regulation No. 18 of 1806. It was not brought to the notice of the Court that this Regulation had been repealed by Regulation 20 of 1844.”

In a stinging judgment His Lordship Burnside, CJ., said : “In the present, it might be sufficient to ask what does this mean? Does it really mean that by the laws of this country one of Her Majesty’s subjects could be prevented from honouring the dead in a particular way; because some other persons or a body of people said they had the exclusive privilege of of doing so? But suppose it is conceded that it is the law, and that the Supreme Court should be moved for a writ of injunction to prevent a woman from being carried to the grave to the sound of tom-tom, does it follow that body of men may assemble themselves together, and by show of force and the terror of the other subjects of the Queen enforce their own own edit to that effect against the party who favoured the tom-tom. I apprehend not. I make bold to hold that the Malabar inhabitants of the Province of Jaffnapatam…. cannot take the law into this own hands, and seen to administer it after the fashion of Judge Lynch.” (Ibid – pp 85-86).

The oppressive and cruel politics of the Vellahlas cast a dark shadow across the whole of the peninsula throughout the feudal, colonial and even during the post-colonial period until the rise of Velupillai Prabhakaran. Their over-determining role that spilled over from the neck of Jaffna into the rest of the south in the post-independent period cannot be ignored. Dr. Tambiah summed it up when he wrote that “the student of the social sciences will not understand the structure of Tamil Society unless he has studied the law of slavery and the caste system prevailing in Jaffna. Even a student of law will not understand the legal institutions and the law applicable to the Tamils in its proper setting unless there is a discussion of this subject.” (Ibid – p. 74).

Our half-baked social scientists, most of whom were one-eyed Jacks and Janes, picked on stray anti-Tamil comments – comments only, mark you, — of Anagarika Dharmapala and A. E. Goonesinha, the first labour leader, to point an accusing finger at the Sinhala-Buddhist south for the north-south conflict without giving equal weightage to the more vicious and corrosive internal dynamics of peninsular politics which not only systematically oppressed the non-Vellahla Tamils on a mass scale for centuries but also exacerbated the north-south relations by dragging fascist casteism into extreme racism. Blaming the Sinhala-Buddhist south was a deliberate ploy to divert attention from the crimes committed by the Vellahla leadership against the Tamils. Any attempt to focus on the Vellahla crimes would take away the sting from their accusations of “discrimination” by “the Sinhala governments”. Their usual litany of complaints blaming “the Sinhala governments” gave the licence for the Vellahla leadership to get away with discriminating, persecuting and killing their own people on a mass scale with impunity.

Anyway, assuming that there is some substance in finger-pointing at the Sinhala-Buddhists, consider how it compares with cruel crimes committed against the Tamils by the Vellahla leadership. Historical records prove that the mass scale crimes against the Tamils were committed by the Tamil leadership during feudal, colonial and post-colonial times, and not by the Sinhalese. The oppression, persecution and killing of Tamils stand out as crimes against humanity committed exclusively by the Vellahla supremacists to protect and preserve their power and privileges. In the post-colonial period it was the Vellahla proxy, Velupillai Prabhakaran, that killed more Tamils than all the others put together, according to S. C. Chandrahasan, son of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, and V. Anandasangaree, leader of Tamil United Liberation Front. The issue of discrimination by “the Sinhala governments”, and even sporadic mob violence against the Tamils, bears no comparison to what the oppressed Tamils have endured during the better part of their history by the Tamil leadership. It should also be emphasised that the Sinhalese had never oppressed the Tamils, or any other community, like the way the Tamils were persecuted, oppressed and even killed by the Vellahla leadership and their proxy, Prabhakaran. The caste discrimination imposed by the Vellahlas on their own people denied the Tamils of their basic human rights – something which the Sinhalese never did. Nor does any social scientist have any evidence to prove that the Sinhalese have committed crimes against the Tamils people on the scale of Vellahlas, or their proxy Velupillai Prabhakaran.

All the accusations against the Sinhalese were confined to the post-Donoughmore period which began in 1930. But our social scientists deliberately refused to look over the cadjan curtain into the systemic discrimination and cruel oppression built into “the Tamil Society” from feudal times, or even from the time Tesawalamai was officially codified in 1707. On any historical or social scale no one has surpassed the colossal oppression and misery imposed on the Tamil people by their Vellahla leadership. What the Tamils have done to the Tamils throughout their history has made Jaffna the hell-hole of Pol Potist tyranny. Ironically, in a total distortion of historical realities, it is the Sinhalese who are accused of discriminating against the Tamils – an issue that will be dealt with later.

This one-eyed view of post-independent history has contributed in large measure for the distortion and the exacerbation of the north-south relations. As stated by Dr. Tambiah national politics cannot be understood without a clear grasp of “the structure of Tamil Society”. But the discourse on this subject so far has not taken into consideration “the proper setting of the Tamils”, or the internal dynamics of peninsular politics, that incrementally pushed the Tamil agenda to mono-ethnic extremism. By and large, the references to the role of the Tamils have been superficial or negligible in comparison to the overwhelming mass of literature that had poured out of the pro-Tamil lobby to demonise the Sinhala-Buddhists. The finger-pointing would have had some justification if the Sinhalese had committed within the last 60-odd years of its rule even a fraction of what the Vellahla leadership had committed against the oppressed Tamils from feudal and colonial times. Comparing feudal and colonial centuries of Vellahla oppression of Tamils to 60-odd years of what they call “the Sinhala governments” is like comparing the mini-dagobas of Kantadorai in Jaffna to Jetawanaramaya – the third tallest structure of the ancient world next to the Pyramids of Giza.

To understand the overpowering political role of the Vellahlas in regional and national politics it is necessary to go to the Dutch records. Their records give a stunning insight into the Vellahla politics, their aggressive tendencies to crush their rivals, with violence, if necessary, and their craving to grab power and privileges at any cost. The Vellahlas, ensconced in seats of power from the time of Dutch occupation, were not willing to co-exist with the other Tamil castes or communities, if and when they felt threatened. Both as a caste or as a class they pursued their politics aggressively. Historian S. Arasaratnam wrote : “The Vellahlas never gave up heir ascendancy has been carried into the modern democratic system by their numerical preponderance.

“The Vellahlas were thus the key caste in the Tamil social system. They dominated the villages and ran its affairs. The numerous other castes served the Vellahlas “ ( p. 110 – Ceylon, Prentice- Hall Inc. 1964).

The rise of the Vellahlas as the most dynamic and over-determining force in Sri Lankan politics has neither been studied nor emphasised by our social scientists. This is a force that has not been factored into historical or political analyses. This has been the hidden factor in national politics. The Vellahlas have been the primary political force that overtook all other political forces, including the Marxists, and captured the centre stage of national politics Volumes have been produced without any reference to this critical factor that determined the course of post-independent history. The Vellahlas emerged as a dominant, if not the dominant, political force in the post-independent period. Like in India, caste politics played a key role in the Sri Lankan political landscape. But no other caste rose to power, subjugating all other castes, to dominate regional and national politics as the Vellahlas. This is the unique characteristic of the Vellahlas who fought only for the Vellahlas. Though they lived among the Tamils they prevailed as a separate political entity from the Tamils at the grassroots. They lived like the yolk and the white in the egg – two separate entities inside one shell. Any discourse on Sri Lankan politics without the Vellahlas is like talking about Hamlet without the Prince. In Gramscian / Machiavellian terms they can be classified as a demonic “Modern Prince” riding high on the ideology of mono-ethnic extremism.

To understand the Vellahlas it is necessary to go back to the Dutch period when they rose as an inveterate and aggressive political force. What is not discussed in the known literature is the first aggressive attack launched by the Vellahlas to crush their rival caste, Madapallis, competing with them for a job in the Dutch administration. In hindsight it can be viewed as a landmark event – a precursor to the aggressive politics of the post-independent period. The revolt of the Vellahlas against the Dutch was to crush their rival caste, the Madapallis, who were seen as a threat to the privileged position they held in the Dutch administration.

Occupying channels of direct access to the colonial masters was essential for them to consolidate and promote Vellahlas interests. Their attempt to grab power defeating the rival caste is recorded faithfully, in graphic details, by Commandeur of Jaffna, Hendri Zwaardecoon. It is the Dutch who first recognised and recorded the Machiavellian tactics of the Vellahlas to eliminate their rivals. His report describes and explains the Vellahla obsession with power and the drive to grab jobs and all state advantages for themselves. The politics of the time was dominated by caste rivalry to obtain jobs in the Dutch administration. Handling caste rivalry presented a knotty problem for the Dutch rulers. For instance, the Dutch Governor Van Rhee wrote in his Memoirs : “ I think it is necessary to state that a bitter and irreconcilable hatred exists between the people of Ballala and of the Madapalli castes. It has therefore, always been the rule in Jaffnapatanam not to elevate one above the other. For this reasons the two Canecappals, or writers of the Commandeur, are taken from two castes so that one may be a Ballala and the other a Madapalli.” (Memoirs of Van Rhee – p. 12).

This caste rivalry should be kept in mind in reading the following report of Commandeur Zwaardecoon which speaks volumes about the Vellahlas and their aggressive casteist politics:

“The tax collectors and Majoraals (minor village officials) are native officers appointed by the Company to demand and collect the poll tax, land rent, tithes, and the Officie and Adigary rates…..In the year 1690 a change was made in the appointment of the Collectors and Majoraals. Up to that time all these and many Cannecappuls, Arachchies, and collectors belonged to one caste, viz, that of the Bellales, being farmers or peasants. The principal of these being to the family of Don Philip Sangerepulle, from Cannengray, a native of evil repute; so much so, that His Excellency the Extraordinary Councillor of India, Laurens Pyl, who was at the time governor of Ceylon, issued an order on June 16, 1687, by which Commandeur Cornelis van der Duyn and his Council were instructed to have the said Don Philip and several of his followers and accomplices put in chains and sent to Colombo. He succeeded, however, in concealing himself and eventually fled to Nagapatam, where he managed to influence the merchant Babba Porboe to such an extent that through his aid he obtained during the years 1689 and 1690 all the advantages he desired for his caste and for his followers. This went so far as the appointment of even schoolboys as Majoraals and Cayaals from the time they left school. His late Excellency van Mydregt, who had great confidence in the said Babba, was somewhat misled by him, but was informed of the fact by certain private letters from the late Commandeur Blom during His Excellency’s residence at Tutucorin. His Excellency then authorized Mr. Blom on July 4, 1690, to at once make such changes as would be necessary, under the pretext that some of the Majoraals were not provided yet with proper acts of appointment issued by His Excellency. This may also be seen in the answer to some points brought before His Excellency by Mr. Blom on October 20. These replies bear date November 29 following. Finding, however, on my arrival from Batavia, that these appointment were still reserved for the Bellales, through the influences of a certain Moddely Tamby, who had formerly been a betel carrier to Sangerepulle, later on a private servant of Babba Porboe, and last of all Cannecappul to the Commandeur, and another Cannecappul, also of the Bellas caste and a first cousin of the said Sangerepulle, of the name of Don Joan Mandala Nayaga Mudliyar, I brought this difficulty before my Governor His Excellency the Extraordinary Councillor of India, Thomas van Rhee, on my visit to Colombo in the beginning of 1698. He verbally authorized me to make the necessary changes, that so many thousands of people should no longer suffer by the oppression of the Bellales, who are very proud and despise all other castes, and who had become so powerful that they were able not only to worry and harass the poor people, but also prevent them from submitting their complaints to the authorities.

Already in the years 1673 and 1675 orders had been given that the Collectors should be transferred every three years; because by their holding office for many years in the same Province they obtained a certain amount of influence and authority over the inhabitants, which would have enabled them to take advantage of them; and it has always been a rule here not to restrict the appointments to these office to the Bellales. but to employ the Madapallys and other castes as well to serve as a counteracting influence; because by this means the inhabitants were kept in peace and through the jealousy of various castes the ruler was always in a position to know what was going on in the country. All these reasons induced His Excellency Thomas van Rhee to give me leave to bring about the necessary changes which have not been introduced. I appointed the Collector of Waddemoraatje as my Cannecappul in the place of Moddely Tambi, whose place I filled with the new Collector of Maddapally caste, while also a new new Collector was appointed for Timmoraatsche in the place of Don Joan Mandala Nayaga, whom the late Mr. Blom had discharged from his office as Cannecapull of the Gate; because now two Bellales are allowed to hold office in one place. He agreed with me on this point, as may be seen from his report of August 20, 1692. I have further transferred two Collectors in the large Province of Wallegamo, so as to gradually being bout the desired change in the interest of the Company and that of the other castes; but I heard that this small change created so much disturbance and canvassing that I had to leave the matter alone. The Bellales, seeing that they would be shut out from these profitable offices and that they would lose influence they possessed so far, and being the largest in number and the wealthiest of the people, moved heaven and earth to put a stop the carrying into effect of this plan so prejudicial to their interests. With this view they also the Wannia Don Phillip Nellampane and Don Gaspar Ilengenarene Mudloiyar in their conspiracies. The latter two, also Bellales, well aware that they own many elephants to the Company, as stated at the beginning of this Memoir, and knowing that their turn would also come, organized the riots in which the said Moddely Tambi was the principal instrument. He was the man who first appeared as a rebel, he had been injured by a long imprisonment and that this induced him to take revenge, these same two Wannias having been then the first accusers who came to e complaining against this man in the latter part of 1694. Perhaps later on they considered the great assistance they received from his during the time of Babba Porboe in obtaining the various privileges and favours. They also probably understood that it was my intention to diminish the influence of the Bellala caste, and were thus induced to take this course to promote the welfare of their caste. I think that it was also out of their conspiracies that the riots arose from which the Commandement suffered during my absence in the months of May, June and July. I cannot account for them in any way, as I have stated previously when treating of the Wanni. I am obliged to repeat this here, in order that Your Honours may be on your guard and watch the movements, alliances, and association of the Bellales and the Majoraals of the Wanni.; because although I may have persisted in bringing about the desired changes, I preferred to leave the matter alone, seeing how much annoyance this first attempt caused me, and how the obsequious subjects of this Commandement are not only given audience in Colombo, but are also upheld against their local ruler, whose explanation is not only not asked for, but who even prevented from defending the interests of Company at the place he had a right to do….” (Memoirs of Zwaardecoon – pp. 24 – 26.)

Does this battle for government jobs ring a bell? Was not the political platforms of Ponnambalam and Chelvanayakam based on the allegations Tamil government servants losing jobs under “the Sinhala governments”? Was Moddely Tambi the forefather of Ponnambalam and Chelvanayakam?

Watch this space in the Colombo Telegraph for the next revealing episode in the hidden history of Jaffna.

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    Izeth Hussain and HLD Mahindapala are competing with each other on Tamil bashing.

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      [Edited out]

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        Nirmalam N

        “[Edited out]”

        Thanks for keeping it brief.

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      Rajash:

      How about Tamils Bashing Tamils ?

      The Low-Caste in Jaffna

      Tamilalahan (All Ceylon People’s Maha Sabai), says Chaiva virulence is unshakeable. The 38-member Northern Provincial Council has only 2 LCs, both Pallas, and perhaps a third closet LC. All MPs are high-caste. Additional GA Mullaitivu (Ilavalai Pallan) has been denied a GA post while 5 of his seniority are GAs. Of the 15 AGA divisions, only Changanai got an LC AGA (that too only recently). Two new female Paraiya teachers posted to Chunnakam Nageswary Vidyalayam were rejected by the principal and reposted. An Ambatti (Barber girl) in Nelliady was elected head prefect but the teachers objected. She received justice going to the HRC. When the President visited IDPs for Pongal, he was not briefed that those in camps for 25 years are all LCs – the key to any solution.
      Canon Samuel Sangarapillai Somasundaram ( 1877 -1967)

      Canon Samuel Sangarapillai Somasundaram ( 1877 -1967)

      With declining population, schools serving LCs are shut down and the children shifted to places where they cannot dominate. Officials who shut Nallur Ananda Vidyalayam citing lack of money, constructed air-conditioned offices there for themselves, says M. Vidyananthanesan, Kachcheri Statistician.

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        jim softy dimwit

        Could you cite reference for your discovery.

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          NV, it is from the great school of “Jim Shitty College of useless thoughts”. It is in Hambantota where Jim Shitty is the Principal and Basil Rajapaksa another great scholar is the Vice-Principal.

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            Tamil from the north

            Actually Dimwit lives in Canada.

            If you happen to meet him at a Dosa Kadei please let him go. The man can’t live minorities and without Dosa and Wattle Appan.

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      A sickening narratives!! It is also saddening to see Amarasiri learning about the Tamils and their history from such narratives.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Further to the above comment:

        This is a further manifestation of divide the Tamils and the Muslims, and the minorities from the majority -now the Jaffna Tamils from within and rule from the next generation of rabble rousers. Do not swallow the bait. Recognize these elements for what they are and stand up against them. Tamils in particular beware and do not react against Sinhalese or Muslims as a people, even if it is only verbally. Understand this is an old game being played time and again to undermine and thwart a possible solution to our problems in this country. Eelamists in particular do not try to exploit the rant of these rabble rousers as an opportunity to advance your failed agenda.

        See the lead in CT on the newspaper report on the Jaffna GA and the proposed Buddha statue in Nainativu. This is also another aspect of the unfolding plot!

        Dr.RN

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          RN,
          Your post hasn’t convinced me that this is a try to “divide and rule” or a “bait to swallow” etc. Are these your speculations? If so why not explain?

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          Tamils are already divided between Jaffna, Batticaloa, Upcountry, low caste, etc.

          Muslims are not Tamils. We have our own province as you have yours. If everyone stick to their provinces there is no problem.

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            FF,
            You all are Tamil Muslims.
            You all speak Tamil at home.

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              yes but don’t take them to heart and hug them because its cloak and dagger.
              they are pirates like english pirates they work together and always capture others property.That is how India lost east India company and the whole country 1818.
              from 48 they are in power and enjoy 100% of the minority privileges because they speak Tamil. Aren’t the Sinhalese pirates too? don’t they share power together and support Palestine and create confusion in the land?
              Even in the UK you always see Muslim ministers.
              do without them and you win freedom and they would run away than being chased.

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            Not only the Tamils all ethnicities are divided according to region religion and class/caste. Sinhalese are divided into Low country Kandyan ( region) and then Govigamma and other low castes that traditionally served them. The English into their aristocracy and various classes from high to low, then according to regions Southern English from the midlands, west country, Yorkshire ETC. Malayalees from the former Malabar region and Travancore/Cochin , then a Christian, Hindu, Muslim Malayalee and then into their various castes. Even the Muslim Malyalees like the Muslim Tamils are divided into various castes. So what is unique about the Tamils?
            When you say Muslims I presume you are referring to the Sri Lankan Muslims. Other than the small microscopic Borah and Malay community, who identify themselves correctly by their ethnicity and not their religion, as religion is not an ethnicity. The rest of the Sri Lankan Muslims are Tamils by ethnicity. DNA and other historical evidence proves that they are descended from largely low caste Hindu Indian Tamils who converted to Islam and migrated to the island a few centuries ago. A little bit of Arab amongst a few southern elite trading families and incorrect classification by the Portuguese as Moors does not make them descendants of Arabs or Moors however desperately they want to claim. We all have a little bit of something and even lots of Sinhalese and Tamils have some Arab. The Portuguese incorrectly called the Sinhalese Siamese and the Tamils Malabar, then does this make the Sinhalese Siamese and the Tamils Malabar?
            You Muslims do not own any province or have any historical claims to any province. Only the Sinhalese and the Eelam Tamils have. You are a refugee immigrant group from South India, that largely migrated to the island a few centuries ago and only came to the east around the 17TH century fleeing persecution from the Portuguese and then the Sinhalese. Now are aggressively trying to displace the real owners of the east the Eelam Tamils and claim their land as your with the help of the illegal Sinhalese colonists. Look at the history of the east its is all Tamil Hindu or Buddhist at times nothing Muslim until very recent

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            “We have our own provinces”

            What!

            We have nine provinces but they haven’t been given on ethnic/religious or racial basis.

            All the Sri Lankans can go, live & settle in any province.

            Any Sri Lankan citizen is entitled to that right

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        Dr. R.N.

        That may due to Amarasiri’s IQ becoming 78% by reading too much of HLDM’s and IH’s drivel and now becoming disillusioned with Thomas Paine’s Common Sense Phamplet.
        Sad indeed;

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          uthu,
          At least this guy reads trying to learn! What have you being doing?

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            Nuisance you are another great scholar and an amazing think tank of our time. Thanks for your eternal wisdom. Your parents must be in joy knowing they produced a fine gentleman.

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          Uthungan and Dr. R.N.

          Amarasiri’s issue is that the Racism and Castism stands in the way of an Egalitarian and Democratic Sri Lankan Society, in which each citizen is valued based on his or her capabilities and own contribution not by accident of birth or the belief they subscribe to.

          Looking at the Veeeahala castism and racism H L D Manindapala describes, it is clear that was the Vellhala Castism and Racism that was in the way. Izeth Hussein describes Racism, because there cannot be cast-ism against the Muslims, no caste.

          So Amarasiri hypothesizes that both H L D Mahindapala and Izeth Hussein are describing the same effect, the Racism Effect and Cast-ism Effect, and the Cause, is Vellahalism, as per Aristotelian Philosophy.

          Gone with the Winf for Vellahalas and they are fighting like masd.

          Reminds Amarasiri about the American South before and after the Civil war. The White are the Vellhalas and the Slaves, the Low Caste Tamils. The Muslims, perhaps the Native “Red” Indians, no slavery, just racism.

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            Amarasiri

            As far as I am concerned my thoughts are in accordance with all what you have mentioned in the first para., and let me tell you although born in the North my whole upbringing and life was in he South and I have not had any knowledge or experience of any discrimination on a caste basis;
            But I Had to bare the brunt of racism from my school days and even risk getting killed on certain lawless occasions besides the discrimination for not being of the majority community, although I still have many good friends and contacts amongst them.

            Of course I did not let that affect me in any way and I also made a living and paid my taxes while being a law abiding citizen and exercised my franchise as I chose knowing that discrimination due to race is a fact of life in the real world.

            Coming back to HLDM and IH their Tamil caste bashing has a different agenda.
            The former is barking on behalf of MaRa as another commentator says elsewhere in this column and the latter is doing his bit to take advantage on behalf of the community he comes from. That s all, it is all a survival instinct.
            .
            I will ignore the rest of your four paras as they are unworthy of comment and you are free to hypothesize on the damaged foundation thinking Muslims do not discriminate among themselves on caste or class basis If think you do know your facts fo sure.

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              Uthungan

              “But I Had to bare the brunt of racism from my school days and even risk getting killed on certain lawless occasions besides the discrimination for not being of the majority community, although I still have many good friends and contacts amongst them”.

              That is pure Racism of the Sinhala against the Tamils, they are brainwashed from Childhood in School and in their community regarding the Tamils, “Demalas”, taking over “their” country, the Dhamma Deepaya, “Faith Island” as per Mahawansa, notwithstanding the teaching of the Enlightened Buddha.

              Did you ever wonder why there are hardly any Tamil Buddhists, while Buddhaghosa was Tamil from Tamil Nadu? If the Tamils were All Buddhists, would the situation have changed?

              “to hypothesize on the damaged foundation thinking Muslims do not discriminate among themselves on caste or class basis If think you do know your facts fo sure.’

              Muslims do discriminate based on “caste” basis, but actually “race” and ‘tribe” basis especially when it comes to marriages, just like the other communities. However, like Christianity, in Islam the Scriptures, asks the faithful to focus on Faith alone. However, they still focus on the race and the tribe. The difference is that with Muslims, there is one Mosque, and all, low caste, high caste white and black can go, and at least in front of God, they all are Egalitarian.

              Still the Christians and Muslims practiced slavery!

              “thinking Muslims do not discriminate among themselves on caste or class basis’

              The current discrimination among Muslims have shifted to belief basis, as the Wahhabis discriminate based on thoughts and beliefs. The Wahhabies and theit clones follow the Devil, Satan, Iblis.

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              uthungan,

              I have lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 30 odd years. I know the differences inbuilt within that society. There are black Saudis, former slaves-,who not not accepted on equal terms within the mainstream Arabs. There are also the Bedoins who are looked down upon. There are also the Sunni-Shia differences that lead to the latter being treated differently and discriminated. Even among the expatriates, even the South Asian Muslims were called Rafik ( Comrade) , while the whites, though mostly Christian were called Siddiqes (Friends)- a higher status in terms of terminology. Rafik was a derogatory term.

              When I read the nonsense being learned by Amarasiri, I have to feel sorry for him.

              Dr. RN

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                Amarasiri & Dr. R.N
                Thank you for your comments.

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            ” because there cannot be cast-ism against the Muslims, no caste.”
            The Zoroastrians who came as refugees said we have no caste and ate into the mercantile sector of India then married a PM.
            today priest son Gordan Brown (left party like you)TATA is going to shed another 4000 jobs in the UK- Puna is only a call centre for made in china Range Rover. Who is fooling whom?? Fing politicians and social workers talk shop and let nations get raped.

            Go to any ME country and observe if there is no casteism- there is and its open with Palestinians and worse for the Bangladeshis.

            Even today in the UK there is class and race.- it all depends as to how much you are worth then you would be invited to an Englishman home.
            the spanish catholics learnt from the muslims not invite anyone outside of family to their homes.

            When the friendly east germans (hitler liked the muslim pirates) gave the dying Syrians refuge they immediately raped teenage girls. Germans generally are decently dressed so why??
            Donald Trump wants the American people to answer that question publicly.
            while the all powerful establishment is sleeping with muslims. November 2016
            Dick Cheney secretly loves muslims because both are pirates for centenaries and pirates go to the house of lords..

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        Can you teach us the correct history?

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        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

        “A sickening narratives!! It is also saddening to see Amarasiri learning about the Tamils and their history from such narratives. “

        Amarasiri is after the Truth. What is the Truth?

        Amarasiri is like Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler put together. What is the Truth? Is it the Sun moving or the Earth moving?

        If anybody has the truth, please disclose like what Izeth Hussein and H L D Mahindapals are describing and disclosing.

        Izeth Hussein is describing the smoke. Mahindapala is describing the smoke and the fire, the Vellala fire that causing the smoke. Is Amarasiri wring here?

        If so, please correct with data and support.

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        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

        “A sickening narratives!! It is also saddening to see Amarasiri learning about the Tamils and their history from such narratives. “

        Can you please give Amarasiri and others the correct references and citations so that Amarasiri and others can know the real truth and correct the incorrect leanings. For 1,800 yeas, the Geecentric model was “correct”, until corrected by Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler.

        Amarasiri and others are after the Truth. Amrasiri usually provides the reference, for what Amarasiri Comments.

        Please provide the correct versions, that are divergent from H L D Mahindapala’s and Izeth Hussein’s.

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      why cant bear the truth coming out? why dont u counter argue what he says

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        ……and use your high IQ to shed some light on what he says!

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          Cant u read?

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      Rajash

      “Izeth Hussain and HLD Mahindapala are competing with each other on Tamil bashing.”

      Could you tell us the purpose of their Tamil bashing?

      Tamil/Saivaite should be bashed on 24/7/52 basis. So should be the Sinhala/Buddhists and Calipate/Muslims.

      What is your objection to bashing the little islanders on a regular basis? Don’t the little deserve it?

      Both Izeth Hussain and HLD Mahindapala being racists they are not secular enough to bash the little islanders.

      Who do you think best suited for the job?

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        It is not tamil bashing it is seeking the truth.

        When you were bashing sinhala people for protecting their legitimate homeland from terrorism you invented every lie to bash Sinhala Buddhists…now some one researches history and bring out the root cause of the conflict which is vellalaism in Jaffna tamils..you ask why this tamil bashing?

        This is not tamil bashing, this is criticing the tamil vellalas…and how they oppressed fellow tamils. Any human if he truly care for the tamils will support Mahindapala because he is bringing out the oppression by vellalas on non vellala tamils

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          ” It is not tamil bashing it is seeking the truth. “

          You were born in a coconut shell- just go back that is truth.

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            why dont tamils like to seek truth when it is not helping their propaganda? You can very easily make MPL shut up. Research more and prove he is wrong.., instead of abusing him

            It is that simple

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        Native Vedda
        Who do you think best suited for the job?

        It appears to me that they both need something to keep them busy in their twilight days.

        the question is not who is best suited; but who’s is the favourite among the Sinhala racist

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      Mr H. L. D. Mahindapala,

      Racism is born out of an acute sense of inadequacy and insecurity. If everyone was over 6 feet tall with movie-star looks and had a real job they can be proud of, racism would reduce by half.

      All the frustrations and anger in your writings, although directed at others, is really aimed at yourself for the failure you have become.

      Go to the gym and work on your physique. When you feel good about yourself, you’ll be man enough to accept that the fault is with you and not with others or the world.

      Try to do something useful even at this late stage; some meaningful contribution to society.

      It’s better late than never!

      Gee wiz I am begining to sound like Maharishi!

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      After May 19 2009 is there anything left to bash?

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala

      Your writings on Tamil Castism and R acism certainly agitates Tamil Castists and Racists, and they do ad honimem attacks on you.

      Izet Hussein’s writings on Wahhanism and its Clones and Wahhabi Terrorism certainly agitates Saudi Funded Satan following Wahhabies and their clones, and they do ad honimem attacks on you.

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        Correction: Attacks on Izeh Hussein

        Correction

        “Izet Hussein’s writings on Wahhanism and its Clones and Wahhabi Terrorism certainly agitates Saudi Funded Satan following Wahhabies and their clones, and they do ad honimem attacks on you.”

        CORRECTED:

        Izet Hussein’s writings on Wahhanism and its Clones and Wahhabi Terrorism certainly agitates Saudi Funded Satan following Wahhabies and their clones, and they do ad honimem attacks on IZETH HUSSEIN.

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala

      Interesting Write up, given below.

      For Tamils cast-ism and Tamil “Culture” was more important than Religion.

      For Muslims Religion was more important than Tamil “Culture”.

      Sri Lankan Society in an Era of Globalization: Struggling …
      https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0761932216

      S. H. Hasbullah, ‎Barrie M. Morrison – 2004 – ‎Political Science

      But religion never became as important an instrument of exclusion as caste. … as they complied with the way of life and the social structure, viz., the caste system. … Muslim self- exclusion did not occur because the Tamil Saivites refused them …

      https://books.google.com/books?id=grMjo9Opu14C&pg=PA73&lpg=PA73&dq=Tamil+Saivite+caste+system&source=bl&ots=t9nIz3QCVv&sig=UVrDvqBYP8FQJXRG3DxXiWAJ1a4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj08Kak1unLAhVHPiYKHfUgAnYQ6AEINzAF#v=onepage&q=Tamil%20Saivite%20caste%20system&f=false

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    What a waste of space and clap trap of this senile man who gets erection with the word Vellahlas.
    What a pity,
    I just can’t imagine the kind of rubbish comes out of his orifice.

    Sounds like when Rome was burning Nero was playing the Fiddle or like in the film Titanic the ship was drowning and the Band was ordered to play to keep up the momentum.

    What is wrong with this man?? I have been totally ignoring his usual chorus of Vellalahs which in fact similar to teaching Primary school children or similar to A Psycho correcting another Psycho.

    Take a break man .

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      Analyst

      “What a waste of space and clap trap of this senile man who gets erection with the word Vellahlas”

      Pernicious, Galileo and Kepler were senile too, but they were right, yes right.

      The Catholic church apologized to Galileo, 350 years later, and by that time Galileo was over 400 years old.

      When will yo apologized to Izeth Hussein, the “senile” man?

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    M-Pala,

    Seems like you were right royally scorned by a Vellalachi at some point in your approach to manhood! In my view she indeed did it right! High time you got over it.

    I am also assuming you were a patha-rata kola, not unlike the Mara’s. Perhaps you would have had better luck with a uda-rata lass – or may be not even that…

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      [Edited out]

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      well said.

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    [Edited out]pala feels crushed that the palas of lanka cannot win a spelling B in the usa which is won by Tamil Vellahla’s in series for several years.
    Don’t Google because its Tamil and don’t use a PC Microsoft because its run by south indian.
    Premadasa needed 3 Vellahla lingams to give him brains.

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    Not becasue of any kind of cardiac arrests, but because his devious nature-he could end up with that. Right at the moment, lankens have no time to be busy with caste creed or the like, they have to work on the reconciliaton.

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    Readers need to install Anti-Plagiarism software to read Mahindapala the crackpot journalist.
    Stupid there was no Dutch government but multinational VOC. The secretary to the archbishop portugese goa a Dutchman published the trade routes of the Portuguese to the east (most white Australians are aware of it)Its in several languages. During that period there was no Dutch Government but Caholic/Christian conflict because there was a portion which was Spanish Netherlands Carlos 1.

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    again he is barking for Mahinda
    Racist.

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      the kind of cheap [Edited out] are plenty in srilanka; Saman.

      It is our bad luck.

      These men will never learn it.. Pala is in his late years now. But there is no sign yet in him changing towards non-ultra nationalism. What does this bugger expect from his life ? His can always bring people further apart… so does [Edited out] Dayan in the country, while this bugger[Edited out]. This is a very bad situation for lankens. I am ashamed to call myself as sinahalya when looking at the kind of men still writing their texts this way.

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    HLDM,
    Why are you insulting your Tamil wife with your exaggerated versions/ interpretations of the caste systems that prevailed or prevailing all over SL ?

    Ponnampalam Ramanathan and his wife built schools and temples where any Sri Lankan can study or pray.
    What are your and your wife’s contributions to the SriLankan community back in SL or in down under except promoting racism and hatred.

    Can your wife or you sponsor an under privileged child from SL to Australia and bring him or her up there and give a bright future ?

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    Coming from a non-Vellala caste, I am very familiar with the Vellala mindset and their means. But, Mahindapala is making history as he goes. The good news is that nobosy takes his seriously, so he could generate whatever nonsense he wants to.

    It is laughable when he complains about Jaffna Tamils and their ‘racism’ when he is glad to lick the feet of Anagarika Dharmapala, a well known, but well protected, racist!

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      Dharmapala was not a racist, simply a nationalist who stood for down trodden people

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        sachooooooooooooo the stupid II

        “Dharmapala was not a racist, simply a nationalist who stood for down trodden people”

        If so why was he hiding in India until his death?

        Haven’t you read his racist speeches?

        He was sponsored by rich foreign NGOs.

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          Veddah, you say, “If so why was he hiding in India until his death? “

          My answer: For the same reason as Gandhi was hiding in India after coming from South Africa.

          You know Veddah, being a Veddah is bad enough. But there are worse things than being a Veddah. A Kalaveddah for instance. Or a Hothambuva, Una Hapuluwa or a stinking Uruleva for example – Oh yeah, I forgot Vellahla spreading the smell of Thalathel. That would be impossible to beat.

          So just cool it, OK?

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            EDWIN RODRIGO

            “For the same reason as Gandhi was hiding in India after coming from South Africa. “

            Gandhi returned to his ancestral land. So did Anagarika Dharmapala (the homeless one).

            When are the Sinhala/Buddhists returning to their ancestral land in South or North India?

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          So what was in his so called racist speeches? He was criticised the British and them importing foreigners to Sinhala homeland and stealing away the sinhala land and the christianisation of buddhist people. He did what is right for his people at that time who were down trodden in their very own land. What are his racist utterences? Did he ever go to London ( like tamil vellala leaders did) or even courts asking to legalise abhorrent caste system?
          Did Dharmapala ever oppress down trodden people like these vellala tamils did? Has he ever took away the burial rights, educational rights or the right to be a simple human being of any community? NO….the racist tamils especially the vellalas have a lot to learn from him.

          He went to india and freed Buddhagaya after fighting in courts. He established Maha Bodhi and protected the buddhist holy sites. He left SL because the Sinhala politicians of the type DSs and others did not do what should be done for Sinhalese. And he gave up on politics.

          Just because you hate Dharmapala fore being a great man and standing up for his people,you cannot invent lies. Go and check indian gover where you come from has even issued a stamp honouring him.

          Go and read something worth while retard..and come with a proper answer without usual, knife..bla bla..such a waste of oxygen

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            Weligama Sri Sumangala and Sir Edwin Arnold initiated the free Budhagaya movement which Dharmapala then dedicated and became famous for

            DS Senanayake and DR Wijewardena were not keen on Dharmapala returning

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          vedda
          Why do you use the word “stupid” on others when you don’t agree with them?
          Get rid of that low life habit of verbal abuse of others but correct them if they are wrong.
          Colombo Telegraph should warn Vedda and ban him from this forum if he continues to do so.

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            I agree. We can be enemies but even enemies can respect each other (King of Troy to Achilles in movie Troy

            If someone calls you an idiot then at least you will be called a Kala Veddah. Give respect and you will get it

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            Nuisance the stupid I

            “Colombo Telegraph should warn Vedda and ban him from this forum if he continues to do so.”

            Are you trying to please MR, GR, BR, NR, YR, CR, SR, …… ?

            KASmaalam K A Sumanasekere is the official b***s carrier to MR. It is not that easy to replace him.

            Best wishes.

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              vedda,
              You continue to verbally abuse other posters who do not agree with you.

              Colombo Telegraph,
              Please edit out any personal attacks and abusive language used by people like Native vedda who damage the civility of our discussions.

              If Colombo Telegraph does not do so, I request posters here to refrain from responding to Native vadda’s comments.

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                I doubt the posters would hail your comments, since you have always been part of pro Rajaakshe propaganda.

                Please check yourself, if there is any kind of tail formation notice in your back side…

                If not, please go to the doc and have you checked for that.

                Thanks.

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                  You are another person who indulge in personal attacks but no real substance or anything worthwhile to contribute. Read your post again! it is pure trash. Cyber polluters like you are the one’s we need to get rid of.

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      So the root cause of the conflict in this country is Vellalaism?

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        sachooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

        “So the root cause of the conflict in this country is Vellalaism?”

        What conflict?

        What is the different between you and a knife?

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        sach, Not Vellahlism. Vellahlas.

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    Well, its about a thing called “Parity of status”.

    These Tamils had parity with Sinhala between 1931 to 1947. When the British realised Tamils are of no use they take parity away.

    It was just a piece of colonial statecraft they used for leverage over native Sinhala people.

    Ever since then the Tamils have destroyed the country trying to get back the parity taken away by the British.

    Its an interesting how the 3 Tamil actors on the day react to losing Parity.

    Ramanathan asks parity for charity. He asks for a seat in Colombo although he does not want to contest for it.

    Ponnamblam asks for balanced representation where Tamil speakers get parity for charity again.

    Both are rejected by the British themselves. The problem is after 1947 they needed people voting for them to maintain parity. They need the entire Tamil population voting for them for their ethnicity than policy.

    Chelvanayagam is the most interesting one. He realises a level of parity can only be obtained by maintaining imported Tamil speaking population as it is.

    In order to maintain Tamil numbers he reacts to the citizenship act that was stock standard and approved by the Queen. He wants to keep excess imported Tamil labour so that he can get parity for charity.

    He loses the first election in Jaffna. He does not give up. In order to get lost parity he tries to make NE like Tamil Nadu. His party ITAK and MDK has identical policies.

    He arrives back in Jaffna. He goes door-to-door in Jaffna spreading a canard that Sinhala people are being settled in the East.

    It was all a lie! -> http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20060720_06

    He forces Tamil govt servants not to speak Sinhala. He has started a whole movement out fear. He creates a non-existent Ghoni Billah in order to get all Tamils voting for him so that he can get parity for charity.

    Ever since then the Tamil politicians in Ceylon never had to do any work to be elected to power. They drive insecurity and fear of “losing identity” for easy votes. Its this fear and insecurity that brings out the savage in Tamil even to this day.

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      Chelvanayagam is the most interesting one. He realises a level of parity can only be obtained by maintaining imported Tamil speaking population as it is.

      Now, I understand why SWRD was called a Sevala Banda.

      He just for greed of power brought the Sinhala Only act. But, he did not have courage to forward it and make it law. Finally he got nothing from Tamils and nothing from sinhalas and had to die in vain.

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        Well,

        Now, I understand why SWRD was called a Sevala Banda. He just for greed of power brought the Sinhala Only act.

        Not quite!

        The language act of 1956 had Sinhala + Tamil in majority Tamil areas. So it had reasonable support for both languages.

        SWRD policy was the perfect language act. Although Chelvanagam again lies to the Tamil donkey running amok calling it “Sinhala-only”.

        Put it this way, any Tamil politician says something nationalistic all Tamil donkeys will go with that narrative regardless its authenticity.

        The Tamil donkey culture is built that way. It suits their politician perfectly too as it gives them a job for life.

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      [He forces Tamil govt servants not to speak Sinhala.]

      Tamils have the right to speak in their mother tongue. you don’t have any moral or legal right to ask them to speak Sinhala.

      They will speak Tamil like Sinhalese speaks Sinhala.

      GO to Homeland West Bengal Sundarban Forest, if you don’t like it.

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        You cant stay in UK if u reject english, You cant stay in SL if u reject Sinhala….same

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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/what-after-bbs-cbs-chaiva-bala-senai/
    by Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, Christian Outcaste

    Representation for the Low-Castes
    Former CM, Annamalai Varadarajaperumal, asserted at a recent seminar that Non-Vellalas have risen from 40% to 60% (with 35% Low-Castes, LCs) while their representation remains weak.

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    This old codger has nothing to do.

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      Vellahlas crushed Tamils Rivals as per Pala, and look like they must have crushed Pala also for some reason that he might only know. The hatred he exhibits through his writings despite his marriage to a Tamil, tells it all.

      Gone to live all the way to Australia, and what motivates/frustrates him to write about Jaffna, Tamils, their culture and caste anyone guess. Maybe he found nothing more to flatter his own race factually/rationally then he appears to believe resorting to insult or ridicule the other race would keep his race supreme. I thought he would be better equipped to write sorts of articles he wrote if he lives in Jaffna. Doesn’t Pala read matrimonial proposals that appear in the dailies put out by Sinhalese parents who were looking for a particular caste bridge or broom for their sons or daughters.

      I am sure readers here would be more than pleased to read your articles if you write about Kangaroos, with some photographs of course, which is something we who here are longing to see them in flesh and curious to know more about.

      People in north and east are, picking up the pieces, trying move on with what had been left for them. seemingly, your aging hasn’t taught you a good thing either, otherwise you might trying to do at least a thing or two to correct the past. Your writings as you aim will only insinuate and worsen the racial animosity even further rather than help foster/promote a co-existence living. That is what you have been doing. At your age, there are many better things to do, instead you chose to write articles that are intended to drive a wedge between the communities that have lots of mistrust. This would only let you hear more bloods being shed in SL in your death bed. Young ones shedding blood. Be constructive rather than being destructive, elder.

      Caste in Tamils society would have been a big thing at your youth, maybe at he time of your marriage, but after LTTE’s de facto ruling it is of something of the past, even if any shadow, it is a low priority not like you are trying to resurrect/portraying. Lesser talk about this issue would help the current generation setting the priorities right for them. Don’t you think?. You don’t, as yours is ridicule.

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        Aia

        Can you deist from ad honimem attacks on H L D Mahindapala, and share some facts or experiences you had regarding the subject matter he is describing, The Vellhala Casi-ism and Hegemony.

        That will be very useful for those who have little knowledge of this issue or “problem” or have no first hand experience.

        Eagerly awaiting new information Amarasiri and others do not know yet.

        PS. 25% of the Americans, 35% of the Europeans and about 50% of Sri Lankans still do not know yet that the Earth moves around the Sun and rotates on its own axis.

        1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

        http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/277058739/1-in-4-americans-think-the-sun-goes-around-the-earth-survey-says

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    See Tamils destroyed their Own culture. If they are in Tamilnadu they are nothing. Now, they want a country in Sri lanka. why ? they want to establish their own middle eastern – Tamil culture.

    they don’t blam e themselves or what they have done. Instead they blame Siva Sena Bala and BBS. Bull$hit Tamils.
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/what-after-bbs-cbs-chaiva-bala-senai/

    So on it goes: Kovias, Theevaar, Kaattu Vellalas, Kaikulas and reconverts proving their caste, serving as Vellala tools of oppression. If Tamils are serious about devolution, all of us must have a place – not just CBS types.

    This Vellala predominance is maintained through the 25% non-Vellala, non-LCs – Kovias (Household Servants), Chivias (Palanquin Bearers), Portuguese-mixed pinkish Kaikulas (Weavers) et al., and closet LCs, besides marginal Vellalas – from the Islands (where the Portuguese lived) and Jungles (where Palla agricultural labourers rebrand themselves), and Hindu reconverts from Christianity.

    Considered “clean” but low, instead of defending fellow-sufferers, these marginals ingratiate themselves to consolidate their status. They all have origin myths claiming high status but the test is in whether Vellalas would marry them. Marginals aspiring for upward mobility adopt Vellala lifestyles like vegetarianism. A Dhoby-caste defeated MP made enough for a large SUV and driver who drives up to his building, comes around and, bowing, opens the door for him. Reconverts campaign against Christians to prove their Hinduness.

    by Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, Christian Outcaste

    Representation for the Low-Castes
    Former CM, Annamalai Varadarajaperumal, asserted at a recent seminar that Non-Vellalas have risen from 40% to 60% (with 35% Low-Castes, LCs) while their representation remains weak.

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala

    RE: Vellahlas First Crushed Tamil Rivals For Jobs & Power

    Thanks. Learning something new Amarsiri did not know before. Now beginning to understand the root of Tamil, Vellahala, racism.

    1. “The Vellahlas were elevated officially by a foreign power to the top of the caste hierarchy when the Dutch recognised them as the ruling caste of Jaffna.”

    2. “Tesawalamai not only reinforced the rigid Saivite caste system enthroning the Vellahlas at the top but also endorsed slavery in Jaffna. As laid down in the Tesawalamai those born into the Koviar, Pallar, Chandar and Nallavar castes were condemned as slaves from birth and the Vellahlas were their masters with powers of life and, sometimes (unofficially), death, over them.”

    3. “Though battles to preserve casteist purity were fought ceaselessly as a sacred principle of their religion,”

    4. “The turumbas, for instance, were allowed to walk only in the nights, just in case their sighting should pollute the purity of the Vellahlas eyes. “

    5. “Armed with the authority of the religious and secular laws, the Vellahla commanded the highest prestige and power in Tamil society. Keeping the non-Vellahla Tamils subjugated to the superior will of the Vellahlas has been the primary objective of Vellahla-driven Northern political agenda.”

    6. “Commenting on this criminal and civil case Dr. Tambiah wrote : “In Queen vs. Ambalavanar, a man of one caste wish to bury his wife according to certain ceremonies which the neighbours of a difference caste thought were only applicable to them.”

    7. “The oppressive and cruel politics of the Vellahlas cast a dark shadow across the whole of the peninsula throughout the feudal, colonial and even during the post-colonial period until the rise of Velupillai Prabhakaran”

    The Reformer!

    8. “Our half-baked social scientists, most of whom were one-eyed Jacks and Janes, picked on stray anti-Tamil comments – comments only, mark you, — of Anagarika Dharmapala and A. E. Goonesinha, the first labour leader, to point an accusing finger at the Sinhala-Buddhist south for the north-south conflict without giving equal weightage to the more vicious and corrosive internal dynamics of peninsular politics which not only systematically oppressed the non-Vellahla Tamils on a mass scale for centuries but also exacerbated the north-south relations by dragging fascist casteism into extreme racism.”

    9. “Anyway, assuming that there is some substance in finger-pointing at the Sinhala-Buddhists, consider how it compares with cruel crimes committed against the Tamils by the Vellahla leadership. Historical records prove that the mass scale crimes against the Tamils were committed by the Tamil leadership during feudal, colonial and post-colonial times, and not by the Sinhalese.”

    So Tamils are racist because of casteism?

    10. ” It should also be emphasised that the Sinhalese had never oppressed the Tamils, or any other community, like the way the Tamils were persecuted, oppressed and even killed by the Vellahla leadership and their proxy, Prabhakaran. The caste discrimination imposed by the Vellahlas on their own people denied the Tamils of their basic human rights – something which the Sinhalese never did.”

    11. “Does this battle for government jobs ring a bell? Was not the political platforms of Ponnambalam and Chelvanayakam based on the allegations Tamil government servants losing jobs under “the Sinhala governments”? Was Moddely Tambi the forefather of Ponnambalam and Chelvanayakam?”

    Thanks. Took 11 take homes to ponder about.

    H.L D. Mahindapala, do you think that this partly explains the Tamil Racism towards the Muslims, Izeth Hussein keep writing about? Learning something new Amarsiri did not know before. Now beginning to understand the root of Tamil, Vellahala, racism.

    If there was devolution, would the Tamil Go back to the old Veddahala days and suppress the low caste Tamil, and others under their influence?

    Is a functioning democracy a solution to the Vellala hegemony abs casteism problem?

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    This man takes pleasure wallowing in the filth and slime of caste. His life though nasty and brutish is lamentably not short.

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    This bloke is still tangled with his distorted obsession about Vellalahas .Poor guy.

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    Dear H.L.D!

    You have mentioned about “Vellalahs,” “Madappallies” and others. What do you mean by “Madappallies”? Will you explain who these “Madappallies” are? Were the Madappallies and others the original inhabitants of Jaffna?

    Do you know there were more that 15 divisions among the “Madappallies”?

    How was it? Where did Madappallies lived in the Jaffna Peninsula?

    You talk about “Theesawalamai” Law.

    Would you please tell us who were the 12 Adhigaries who signed in the Cordified Theewsawalamai? Were there any Vellalahs of the traditional agricultural area of Valigamam among these 12? No HLD!!No HLD!!

    HLD! Please read all that were written by the Portuguese, Dutch and the English Colonialists and analyze the history of Tamil population in Jaffna and write!

    You have read Arasaratnam’s book and try to write something to suit your aim and objective!

    By the way, when did Arasaratnam’s ancestors settled in Jaffna Peninsula? Dutch Period?

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    Tamil Bashing
    Some claim that you are just bashing up Tamils through articles like this. Is that true? If so, I want to take part in the bashing. It is great fun. Besides, it is free.

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      [Edited out]

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    How these writers write like they were lived in that period? Do you know the cast system means? can you prove that on Vedhas, and puranas stating “Cast”.? you narrow minded people and spitting racism, cast, and showing your ugly mind about your personal thoughts about Tamils and their living style. Thesa = Political ruling area , Vazhzmai = Their long lasting cultural and ethical values which they follow for more than 3000 years.
    If you write to insult any people in this beautiful Sri Lanka, it shows that you all are an educated fools.

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      Varna Dharma

      The word (varna) appears in the Rigveda, where it means “colour, outward appearance, exterior, form, figure or shape”.[13] The word means “color, tint, dye or pigment” in the Mahabharata.[13] Varna contextually means “colour, race, tribe, species, kind, sort, nature, character, quality, property” of an object or people in some Vedic and medieval texts.[13] Varna refers to four social classes in the Manusmrti.

      The earliest application to the formal division into four social classes (without using the term varna) appears in the late Rigvedic Purusha Sukta (RV 10.90.11–12), which has the Brahman, Rajanya (instead of Kshatriya), Vaishya and Shudra classes emerging from the mouth, arms, thighs and feet of the primordial giant, Purusha, respectively:

      The Mahabharata: The first model describes Varna as color-based system, through a character named Bhrigu, “Brahmins Varna was white, Kshtriyas was red, Vaishyas was yellow, and the Shudras’ black”.

      The Mahabharata thereafter recites a behavioral model for Varna, that those who were inclined to anger, pleasures and boldness attained the Kshtriya Varna; those who were inclined to cattle rearing and living off the plough attained the Vaishyas; those who were fond of violence, covetousness and impurity attained the Shudras.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varna_%28Hinduism%29

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    This man Mahindapala [Edited out]

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    Hey[Edited out], you will not succeed in your pathetic attempts.[Edited out]

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    HLDM is holding a brief for the Non-Vellala[NV] Jaffna Tamils.However,these folks are neither the Plaintiff-Respondents or the Defendant Appellants.
    So,on whose behalf is he ranting?

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      [Edited out]

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      The man is insane. His articles are evident to this fact.The man need treatment. But who will provide it? CT???

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        PROUDMAN

        “The man is insane. His articles are evident to this fact.The man need treatment. But who will provide it? CT???”

        Reminds me of what people said when Nichalaus Copernicus came up with the Heliocentric model, where he said that the Earth moves and rotates, and the the Ancients and the Church was in incorrect.

        Why not come up with evidence and experiences that counters what H L D Mahindapala is describing, do that facts can be sorted out.

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    Here we go again.
    There are immature people who like the limelight and the best way to deal with such people is to ignore them.

    But many opt to be clever— not wise.

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      SJ, you are neither clever nor wise. You are however, something that starts with ‘I’ but it is not ‘intelligent’.

      You want us not to ignore those who do not ignore those whom you want to be ignored?

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      It is still a free country: feel free to swear back at a drunkard or bark back at a dog.

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        SJ- you are tired by going after every post.
        free does not mean you must let your manners go to bog.
        be clever and curious like a monkey in the year of the monkey than a Lankan buruva.

        ER.- at least SJ knows the meaning of I to say I love you. While the Saffron sari clad baldies never taught you that because from childhood you were forced to lick their feet.

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          Thank you F–a
          Perhaps I am not as polite as you.
          Do kindly tell me which word or phrase is offensive so that I may correct myself.

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            first principal – never look back because once you let a word fly you cannot catch it.
            diplomacy does not come easy- its saying the nastiest things in the most pleasant way.
            I know of English managing directors who take days to put up a poster because they are wondering for the right word. I was amused but it works.
            we all make mistakes because we are human.

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        Thanks for granting me permission to bark.

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          Don’t mention, it is a pleasure.

          It is good to do what one is best at.

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    The truth hurts :D As usual We Thamizh can do nothing except rage like mad canines hoping to shut HLDM up before he exposes more of the glorious We Thamizh culture and past :D

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      Siva Sankaran Sarma,

      You cannot be a genuine Tamil like me. Tamils never accept the truth if it goes against their interest. So, when you say We Thamizh you mean You Thamizh (or Tamils or whatever).

      By the way why do you use the tongue twister Thamizh and not Tamil or Demala?

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    The proposed anti-hate laws have to promulgated immediately. They should be clearly defined, punitive and strictly enforced.

    Dr.RN

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      “anti-hate laws “

      Its the shape shape plantation stock and they listen to their European master while claiming sovereignty.

      everything would be done to protect Sinhala Buddhist only like protecting the Jews of Europe and USA.

      It will end up as one party government where the military would be trained by the IC- a bit of Pakistan, a bit of Burma, a bit of everything that creates chaos for pirates.

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      why rajasinghe? Is MDPL saying anything untrue? Are those Dutch governers fake? Are all these stories fake?

      Another thing. One of the main tamil politicians who championed the caste politics in Jaffna was C.Sundaralingam who was once a cabinet minister.
      He later devoted his life for separatism. One of his supporters was the tutor of Prabhakaran who had a lot of impact on his thinking.

      So Vellala politics did cause the conflict in SL…

      Also it is widely believed that 56 language policy was the main reason for the conflict when in reality it was the temple ordinance act in 1957 that made the vellala politicians of Jaffna to enrage.

      The Vellala tamils need a private fiefdom to maintain their own castle where they are at the top of the food chain while the lesser tamils were at the bottom. The Sinhalese and the SL gover was a major obstacle for that.

      That is when the tamil vellalas realised they need to do something to protect their fiefdom

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        do the 2 of you even know the difference between Dutch and Flemish? I doubt it because you are a school dropout who picked the gun and robbed the dead.
        There never was a dutch invasion. The common market for costly products was at Antwerp (like harrods) even before the portugese learnt shipping from the arabs. VOC was created when roman emperor Carlos 1 of spanish netherlands (in belgium)Nutmeg was the spice of the aristocrats therefore VOC went to Bali first and made Indonesia EIC the centre of VOC operations as much as the EIC made Calcutta then at the request of the British public Queen Victoria took over the company.
        School dropout like you and mahinda pala dont want to understand the difference between private companies and governments because you are still in the plantation heritage smarting about your race and caste.
        Even today the general public of the netherlands or the authority don’t even talk about Lanka but do know Indonesia because its all there to see in the sculptures.
        Because you speak english does not make you British. There is a question after that what is your ethnicity? white european, black brown etc.
        You can escape writing crap on this blog but i challenge Mahindapala to write similar stuff about australia. Antony Peter on this blog tried it at New Zealand and according to him he was deported.
        The fact that he does not reply to a question is because he fears that this garbage would land him in Australian jail.

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    ” Vellahlas First Crushed Tamil Rivals For Jobs & Power”

    Mahindapala;-

    Didn’t the Goyigamas First Crush the Sinhala Rival Castes, for Jobs & Power?

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    The wretch, concentred all in self,

    Living, shall forfeit fair renown,

    And, doubly dying, shall go down

    To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,

    Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.

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    Turumbas and Kurumbas

    Mahindapala says, “The turumbas, for instance, were allowed to walk only in the nights, just in case their sighting should pollute the purity of the Vellahlas eyes. In their nocturnal peregrinations the turumbas were forced to cry out loud saying : ‘The turumbas are coming!’ as a warning to the Vellahlas to keep them out of sight. Casteist Jaffna was bizarre as a Kafkesque nightmare”.

    I could not find any of Mahindapala’s detractors making an attempt to counter his statements like the above. They only insult him on some personal trait like how he looks, his age, his wife’s ethnicity or that he migrated to Australia (as if migration is more demeaning than trying to enter illegally as Thamizh do, but of course, not the Tamils). Ha! Ha!

    Some also claim that it is a sickening narrative. I have to say IT IS sickening to me too, but for a different reason. Just read the above excerpt and you will know what I mean. If not for the abhorred ‘sakkilyas’ the anuses of Thamizh like rajash, DRN, Kalaveddah etc. would be smelling so much and so high that even Thalathel in their barrels applied and injected in to that specific organ will not be able to drown it out.

    Having got their waste outlet organs cleaned up in such a professional manner what do they do? They go and screw the same organs of our true heroes, namely ‘sakkilyas’.

    For me sakkilyas are great people keeping the whole Jaffna community at an acceptable level of bad smell. If I had the same heroes among the Sinhalese, they would be my first choice for marriage.

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      “they would be my first choice for marriage. “

      You are short circuiting because of low standard of education at Sinhala university. You still can never manufacture electrical components that MR2 has to call in the Japanese/German to inform him why the ambude run electricity goes boom.
      You run away from homeland because you are guilty and unable to develop. Do you have gas pipe line to homes at Colombo –
      Edwin boru sobana.
      [Edited out]

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    Amitabh Bhachchan Dead (Hopefully a rumour).

    With 33 million Gods, including movie personalities like MGR, Sivaji Ganeshan and Amitabh Bhachchan, Tamils have no dearth of Gods although the same may not be said about the lack of dearth of sensible people. With Amitabh kicking the bucket (if that were true, and we hope not), that will still leave 32,999,999 alive and kicking (of course, not the bucket but the people around them), a formidable number to be fed, cared for and worshipped.

    So don’t expect much from the Tamils even if Amitabh is no more.

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      Oi you are working class nationalist like your JVP.
      You can’t marry outside into a professional family that pays for education and that is your problem convert Sinhala Buddhist.
      You are brain dead not to know the worth of those stars.
      You see the Sinhala/burgher woman actress from lanka- they and portugese/Indians are made to act the sex roles not the Indians.
      the 2 of you fall into that category- paradeshi!

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        Fukushima is a christian Tamil Eelamaya.

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          and yours undoubtedly indian seepage bestiality breed

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    My first choice for marriage – NOT Fuckushima

    Fuckushima, Your name may perhaps be making you dream of me. But even that interesting name suggesting 72 highly pleasant possibilities does not attract me. Because it is like a black hole. Being an amateur but enthusiastic golfer I have nothing against holes. I may succeed occasionally even in putting my ball (golf) in one.

    But then black holes are something totally different MISIS Fuckushima. Being a Muslim you are like a black hole. They say once you fall in to a black hole you will not come out (Stephen Hawking). You see now the parallel? The moment I marry you I become a Muslim and once a Muslim always a Muslim. Or you become dead meat.

    Sorry I cannot Fuckushima. Good luck anyway. There are so many fish in the ocean.

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      Modaya kaun kanna yoddaya its a Japanese name. gammayate magic you found a bold letter from the free space??
      You said worked in the middle east for arab and are exhibiting polygamist tendencies and I suppose your neighbours back home were islamist too.
      Try the mulla he would love you like his faithful brown camel.According to indian historians many muslims were driven to Ceylon by the portugese and converted and now because of your insecurity you reconverted.

      Please don’t try to explain Stephen Hawking we know the latest because we live in the environment.

      You idiots are not electrical engineers but mere clerks maintaining systems built by other nationalities.- Even Siemens produces high power electrical goods at Bombay- and is not Sinhala Buddhist.

      in any case lanka is being purchased by India under `swap` currency Enjoy your buro homeland and continue ethnic cleansing till you are forced to speak hindi or die. Pakistan wont mind it because of Urdu component.

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