17 June, 2019

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Who Is Going To Protect The Lives Of Tamils In Sri Lanka?

By Kumarathasan Rasingam

Kumarathasan Rasingam

The Easter Sunday serial bomb blasts in the Churches in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa took away the lives of 253, most of the affected victims are Tamil Christians because it was targeted during the Mass in Tamil Language in the three Churches.

Even though the Sri Lankan Governments Police high ups were well informed in advance by the Indian Intelligence no one took this matter seriously, the Government ignored it perhaps intentionally because it knows the victims are going to be Tamil Christians. Now the President is blaming the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister is blaming the President and the leader of the opposition is blaming both.

Now the police and military are given more powers under Emergency Law, the alien Sinhalese Police and military will do havoc to the Tamils in the North and East and will terrorize the Tamils and may take revenge against the protesters who protested against the military who are occupying their lands. The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act and newly implemented Emergency Laws, impunity to the Armed forces will give a free hand to terrorise the victimised Tamils who are protesting and agitating for justice and accountability. The arrest of the leader and the secretary to the University Students Union in Jaffna is going to make the situation worse in the North of Sri Lanka.

It is to be noted that the Tamil youths in the North took arms after peaceful talks, non-violent protests, and adding fuel to the fire the Standardization in education Law IN 1971 where Tamils students denied admission to universities. In addition, the burning down of the Jaffna Public Library in 1981, which was one of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the 20th century. At that time of its destruction the library was one of the biggest library in Asia containing 97,000 books and rare manuscripts.
The state sponsored pogroms against the Tamils in July 1983 [BLACK JULY] where Tamils were targeted and all over the island and their properties looted and burnt.

The Government of Sri Lanka will definitely delay the implementation of the UNHRC Resolutions citing this as an excuse leaving the victims of war with growing pain and frustration.

The Sri Lankan government’s refusal to negotiate seriously with Tamil leaders or otherwise address legitimate Tamil and Muslim grievances is increasing ethnic tensions and damaging prospects for lasting peace. The administration, led by the United National Party  has refused to honour agreements with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), broken promises to world leaders and not implemented constitutional provisions for minimal devolution of power to Tamil-speaking areas of the north and east. Militarisation and discriminatory economic development in Tamil and Muslim areas are breeding anger and increasing pressure on moderate Tamil leaders.

The de facto military occupation of the Northern Province and biased economic development policies appear designed to undermine Tamils’ ability to claim the north and east as their homeland. For many Tamils, this confirms their long-held belief that it was only the LTTE’s guns that placed their concerns and need for power sharing on the political agenda. In the face of the government’s resistance to a fair and negotiated settlement, TNA leaders have come under increasing pressure from their constituencies to adopt more confrontational language and tactics. Growing demands for the right to self-determination for the Tamil nation and hints that separatist goals have not been permanently abandoned have, in turn, provoked harsh reactions and expressions of distrust from Sinhala leaders.

The Tamil struggle for rights and freedom is likely to succeed only when the broader national struggle for the restoration of democracy and the rule of law, including the de-politicisation of the judiciary and the police.

The Bandaranaike–Chelvanayakam Pact of 1957, and later the Dudley Senanayake–Chelvanayakam Pact of 1965 intended to resolve the festering inter-ethnic disputes between the constituent Peoples of the country through legislation that recognized and preserved the linguistic and cultural identity of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. However, under pressure from an extremist fringe within the Sinhala community, the first of these agreements was abrogated while respective Prime Ministers did not implement the second.

In 1972, a new Constitution that formally sanctioned policies targeting the Tamil speaking people was promulgated. This Constitution entrenched the unitary character of the state, conferred on Buddhism the foremost place in the Republic, and gave constitutional primacy to the Sinhala language. This was enacted without the consent or participation of the Tamil people. The 1972 Constitution also dispensed with the salient minority safeguards found in section 29(2) of the ‘Soulbury Constitution’. In fact, the Privy Council, the apex court until 1971, described the minority safeguards in section 29(2) as representing “the solemn balance of rights between the citizens of Ceylon, the fundamental conditions on which inter se they accepted the Constitution: and these are therefore unalterable under the Constitution.”[Lord Pearce, Bribery Commissioner v. Ranasinghe (1964) 66 NLR 73, at 78].

The repeal of this historic compact, the very basis on which the constituent Peoples of Ceylon accepted the ‘Soulbury Constitution’, which in turn led to independence, heaped scorn on legitimate Tamil aspirations. The 1978 Constitution followed in the footsteps of the 1972 Constitution and entrenched the foremost place given to Buddhism, continued to give primacy to the Sinhala language, and by entrenching the unitary character of the State, excluded the Tamils from the democratic exercise of political power. A disturbing feature of Sri Lanka’s post-independence history was that of organized violence in the form of racial pogroms being periodically unleashed on the Tamil People in 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977, 1981 and 1983. These attacks were a direct response to the articulation of their political aspirations by the Tamil people…The consistent democratic verdicts of the Tamil people since 1956, expressing their political aspiration for substantial self-rule in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, were denied under the above two constitutions. This factor, together with the discriminatory policies pursued under these two constitutions, particularly in education, employment and economic opportunities, the state-aided Sinhala settlements in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and the anti-Tamil racial pogroms gave birth to armed resistance by Tamil youth.

International concern that followed from the massive anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983, led to the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. While this established Provincial Councils and devolved a measure of legislative power to the Provinces, it fell far short of meaningful power-sharing. Nevertheless, it represented an initial minimal step towards devolution of power to the Provinces. A significant provision of the Indo-Lanka Accord – an international treaty – providing for the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces has since been violated for spurious reasons.

Although public officials, members of the judiciary and elected representatives swear or affirm to uphold the Constitution, the Thirteenth Amendment has not been fully implemented. Even the limited provisions relating to the devolution of land and police powers to the Provincial Councils are deliberately violated. Moreover, commitments made both domestically and internationally with regard to a political solution have not been honoured. Similarly, commitments made relating to human rights and accountability have been routinely dishonoured.

Broken Promises on Political Settlement

The Sri Lankan government has for many years promised a power-sharing arrangement to share power equitably with the constituent Peoples of Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa’s Joint Statement with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon explicitly contained a number of assurances relating to a promised political solution, one of which was where:

“President Rajapaksa expressed his firm resolve to proceed with the implementation of the 13th Amendment, as well as to begin a broader dialogue with all parties, including the Tamil parties in the new circumstances, to further enhance this process and to bring about lasting peace and development in Sri Lanka.” [Joint statement by UN Secretary-General, Government of Sri Lanka, 26 May 2009].

The government’s callous disregard for fulfilling its own promises applies equally to the government’s assurances on human rights. In 2006, the Udalagama Commission of Inquiry [CoI] was mandated with the power to investigate a number of grave human rights abuses including the killing of five Tamil students in Trincomalee and the massacre of 17 aid workers in Muttur. On 13 May 2008, Mr. Yasantha Kodagoda, a senior officer of the Attorney General’s Department and a member of the Sri Lankan delegation at the UNHRC made the following assurances to the Council:

“Mr. President, let me assure you that all cases involving human rights violations will continue to be impartially and comprehensively investigated and inquired into by the several agencies entrusted with that task including the CoI, and their findings made public and perpetrators prosecuted in court.” Contrary to the government of Sri Lanka’s assurances to the Council made in 2008, the finding.

The government and the military are also relentlessly engaged in transforming the cultural, linguistic and religious composition of the North and East and forcibly imposing the dominant culture on those areas.This is evident in the destruction of numerous Hindu places of worship, and the proliferation of new Buddhist shrines.

Notwithstanding the assurances made by the government, as representatives of the people who were trapped in the Vanni during the last stages of the war, the TNA repeatedly raised its voice in Parliament and placed on record the fact that atrocities were being committed, as and when they occurred. On one such occasion the leader of the TNA, Mr. R Sampanthan told Parliament:

“There is constant aerial bombing, continuous aerial bombing, sometimes several bombings per day. There is constant artillery fire, all into civilian populated areas. Is this happening in any other part of the world? Are civilian populated areas being bombed aerially and are multi-barrel rocket launchers and heavy artillery being fired into civilian populated areas in any other part of the world? People are being killed in several numbers every day … There is death; there is devastation; there is destruction; our houses are being destroyed. We are losing both our residential and occupational assets. Our farming equipment, our fishing equipment, our livestock, and our plantations have all been destroyed. We have been reduced to a state of penury and destitution.”[Hansard, 21 January 2009].

In the TNA’s analytical response to the LLRC, it was noted that based on the testimony of witnesses who appeared before the LLRC, the estimated number of civilians who were trapped in the Vanni in late 2008 was between 360,000 and 429,000. Thus, given that only 282,380 civilians came out of the Vanni into government-controlled areas, the number of persons unaccounted for remains between 75,000 and 146,000.

Towards the last stages of the war, the Sri Lankan government estimated that the number of civilians trapped in the war zone did not exceed 70,000, and repeatedly assured the world, including the UNHRC, that it was supplying sufficient food and humanitarian supplies to those civilians. Eventually, however, when 282,380 civilians emerged from out of the Vanni area, it was clear that the figure of 70,000 stated by the government was a deliberate underestimation.

The UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka characterized this underestimation as giving rise to credible allegations of the war crime of starvation, which in the light of the widespread and systematic nature of the practice, also gave rise to credible allegations of the crimes against humanity of extermination and persecution. The testimony of Ms. Imelda Sukumar, Mullaitivu Government Agent before the LLRC clearly established that even the government’s own officials were aware that the number of persons trapped in the Vanni exceeded 360,000. The TNA now notes that when the results of the Statistical Handbooks of 2004, 2005 and 2007 – which are published by the Department of Census and Statistics – are collated, the number of those who inhabited the Vanni in the years preceding the war appears to exceed 402,000. All this evidence suggests that the government had every reason to believe and indeed was aware that the number of civilians trapped inside the Vanni was in excess of 350,000, while they cynically claimed that number to be no more than 70,000.

The government was not truthful about the nature of their operations during the last stages of the war either. In an interview on BBC HARDtalk dated 2 March 2009, Minister Samarasinghe – speaking from Geneva – responded to a question on the justifiability of using heavy weapons. The Minister stated:

“There is absolutely no justification to use heavy weapons and, in fact, about ten days ago, the armed forces took a conscious decision not to use any heavy weapons. We have not been using heavy weapons; we are fighting man-to-man, door-to-door and street-to-street. This is the way that we are going to ensure that terrorism is wiped out because, as you know, the LTTE is now restricted in fact to a very small area of about 48 sq. km. and we cannot use heavy weapons.”

Yet, as even the LLRC acknowledged, heavy weapons were in fact used to fire into the ‘Nofire zones’ during the last stages of the war, up until hostilities ceased in May 2009. As noted at page ii of the Executive Summary of the United Nations Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka: the government “shelled in spite of its knowledge of the impact, provided by its own intelligence systems and through notification by the United Nations, the ICRC and others. Most civilian casualties in the final phases of the war were caused by Government shelling.”

The government with cynical indifference to the assurances it gave the international community persisted in military action that resulted in massive civilian casualties. The government is now claiming that a ‘census’ has determined that the number of casualties is close to 8,000. However, the methodology adopted by those involved in carrying out this ‘census’ is deeply suspect. No official census has been carried out in the North and East since 1981. In early 2011, when it came to the TNA’s attention that members of the armed forces together with members of the civil administration were involved in illegally collecting data from families in the Jaffna District, five Members of Parliament representing the TNA petitioned the Supreme Court [SC FR 73/2011] to stop any illegal data collection from taking place. In the Supreme Court, a Deputy Solicitor General representing government officials gave an undertaking to stop such data collection forthwith.

The carrying out of this ‘census’ in direct violation of this undertaking, is not only in contempt of the Supreme Court, but is also illustrative of the breakdown of law and order in the North and East, and the intense militarization of governance in those areas. The circumstances described above also fatally undermine the credibility of the ‘census’process. Furthermore, in the context of the information presented above, the outcome of the purported ‘census’ is highly suspect and questionable.

4.12. The harsh reality that all of Sri Lanka must urgently reckon with, is that the government –which is now struggling to explain away emerging evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity – took deliberate steps to ensure that its conduct of the war would be without witness. On 5 September 2008, just prior to the final assault on the Vanni, the government ordered all NGO and INGO personnel who were not permanent residents of the Vanni to withdraw all their assets and leave the area immediately. Only the International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] – who are committed to maintaining confidentiality – was permitted.

Buddhist Monks’s influence in Sri Lankan politics

Why did hundreds of Buddhist bhikkus demand the Prime Minister in 1958 to tear the conciliatory pact made with the Tamil parliamentarians in 1957? Why did the author have to smuggle the manuscript of the following to the UK and publish it there and why was the book banned in Sri Lanka:

Emergency ’58 – The Story of the Ceylon Race Riots, Tarzi Vittachi(1958): ”When a government, however popular, begins to pander to racial or religious emotionalism merely because it is the loudest of the raucous demands made on it, and then meddles in the administration and enforcement of law and order for the benefit of its favourites or to win the plaudits of a crowd, however hysterical it may be, catastrophe is certain.’’

British scholar wrote

CEYLON: A DIVIDED NATION, B H Farmer(1963): “Since those saddening days of 1958 Ceylon has had its share of trouble. The truth, though unpalatable may be to some, is simply that nobody unacceptable to the present Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism has any chance of constitutional power in contemporary Ceylon.”
International Commission of Jurists says:

Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Sri Lanka – Report of International Commission of Jurists 1981: “The fate of the Tamils in Sri Lanka remains a matter of international concern”.

Sri Lanka: A Mounting Tragedy of Errors, Report by International Commission of Jurists, March 1984: ‘”The impact of the communal violence on the Tamils was shattering.  The evidence points clearly to the conclusion that the violence of the Sinhala rioters on the Tamils amounted to Acts of Genocide”.

East-West Centre produce a Monograph

Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology: Implications for Politics and Conflict resolution in Sri Lanka, East-West Centre Policy Studies 40, Neil De Votta(2007): ‘’International human rights monitors must be stationed in Sri Lanka to ensure minorities are protected’’

Minority Rights Group International – report:

”With the end of the conflict between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (in 2009) normality has returned for much of the population of Sri Lanka. But for members of the country’s two main minority groups – Tamils and Muslims – living in the north and east of the country, harsh material conditions, economic marginalisation, and militarism remain prevalent. Drawing on interviews with activists, religious and political leaders, and ordinary people living in these areas of the country, MRG found a picture very much at odds with the official image of peace and prosperity following the end of armed conflict” – No war, no peace: the denial of minority rights and justice in Sri Lanka, Minority Rights Group International, 19 January 2011

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    First Tamils must address, the muslim issues when they chased out from the North by Tamils. Tamils should address the KAthankudu massacre, Wigneswaran did not Allow rishad Bathiuddin to expand into Mooladoowa. Sinhala People are minoroty in both the North and in the East. They can not be asked to India or TO Saudi Arabia. Their needs must be addressed.

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      Muslims were paid, armed and trained by Sri Lanka Sinhala leaders and the army to spy on Tamils, attack, rape Tamil women etc; That’s why probably LTTE was harsh against them;

      Hisbullah is boasting on YouTube that he forcefully helped to take over Hindu Kovil land to build Mosque and recently it was an interview by a mother that her daughter was abducted by Muslims, raped or forcibly married her? A Batticaloa MP collected funds from overseas saying to protect Tamils from Muslims as elderly Muslims are forcibly marrying very young Hindu girls and converting them to Islam; So many stories and only an international investigation will bring the truth;

      India does not help anyone except it is beneficial to them; Never trust India or any nation as they want to see whether it benefits them;

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        S Siva,

        Illegal marriages of Tamil girls by Muslim scoundrels did not happen during war time. We in the army made sure of that.

        In peacetime, it may be happening now, but that’s not the government’s fault. You fellas have a TNA up there, you fellas have Wigneswaran up there in the North. You fellas have Tamil speaking Police officers up there in the North.

        it’s their responsibility to look after those issues.

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          Reginald Shamal Perera (May 22, 2019):

          Besides your preposterous comments that offer no value whatsoever and stupendous propaganda,

          1) For your information, there are more Sinhala police officers than Tamil officers in the north. They are doing a poor job so much so there people who wish LTTE was in control. They say there was no need to lock the door at night.

          2) You are clearly racist to refer to the Muslims as scoundrels or the Tamils as fellas. Conceivably, you and the likes of you were capable of abusing these civilians during the civil war.

          3) Whether you were ever an Lt. is highly dubious. You’re probably an imposter.

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      The bloody war of Independence between the North and south of the untied states created what is now the USA. This is newly untied country then launched a war against the Mexicans, stole their land and created the present territories of America. Sri Lanka didn’t have a problem of acquiring land from other countries as it is an Island. What went on was endlessness Indians invasion ( Chola, Chera, Pandya, Kalinga Etc , not to mention clashes between the Nagas and Yakkas.

      Over thousands of years the Nagas and Yakkas descendants- the Sinhalese spreed its hegemony thought the island. This was interrupted during the period between 1505 and 1815. During which time illegals from Kerala and Tamil Nadu settled in the north and east. If not for the intuition of Europeans -everyone regardless of region – would have spoken Sinhalese. Just as all Americans regardless of their origins spoke English and untied the county. Martin Van Buren , one of the early American presidents spoke Dutch as his first language and learnt English in School.
      Today Muslims and Tamils cant speak the language of the land. Which was institutionalized by the law of the land. While Sinhalese can’t speak English and then there are Some English speakers who cant speak their native Tamil or Sinhala. The Sinhalese only act was a far sighted policy to unify a divided island on Language.

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        Niro:-
        Is ‘Untied States’ Intentional or just a spelling mistake?

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        Niro (May 22, 2019):
        Clearly you don’t care for facts as researched and published by scholars who are impartial historians.

        Secondly, there’s no future in history. There’s no value in going back 1000’s or even 100’s of years back. What we have in our hands now is what we have to deal with. History is gone. So instead of recounting ancient history, why don’t you propose some ideas to resolve the current turmoils.

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      Clearly, your intention here is anti-Tamil propaganda.
      Why do you assume that Tamil civilians were supportive of the Kathankudy massacre by the LTTE? Tamils and Muslims have lived harmoniously through the toughest times as well as post war in multi ethnic neighbourhoods in the Northeast. Civilians of neither group feared each other of thuggery and violence.

      Do you think that Tamil civilian mobs took to the streets to butcher the Muslim community and destroy their shops in the North (just like the Sinhalese thugs do) to chase them out? Did you examine LTTE’s political stance and how it was different from that of the Muslim community in the North, and the ramifications of this difference in political goals? No one is contesting the fact that about 2800 Muslim families from Jaffna and thousands more from other areas of the North were expelled from the region at gun point by LTTE. Are you aware that over 700 of the displaced Muslim families have returned to Jaffna? Do you think they are afraid of living amongst a predominantly Tamil civilian area?

      Muslims need not fear Tamils. Muslims and Tamils still must fear the Sinhala mobs and the accompanying Buddhist monks and security personnel. That’s the reality.

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        Note to the readers:
        My posts here are reply to comments by JD on 20 May, 2019.

        My comments are not directed at the author of this article.

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      JD (May 20, 2019):
      Clearly, your intention here is anti-Tamil propaganda.
      Why do you assume that Tamil civilians were supportive of the Kathankudy massacre by the LTTE? Tamils and Muslims have lived harmoniously through the toughest times as well as post war in multi ethnic neighbourhoods in the Northeast. Civilians of neither group feared each other of thuggery and violence.
      Do you think that Tamil civilian mobs took to the streets to butcher the Muslim community and destroy their shops in the North (just like the Sinhalese thugs do) to chase them out? Did you examine LTTE’s political stance and how it was different from that of the Muslim community in the North, and the ramifications of this difference in political goals? No one is contesting the fact that about 2800 Muslim families from Jaffna and thousands more from other areas of the North were expelled from the region at gun point by LTTE. Are you aware that over 700 of the displaced Muslim families have returned to Jaffna? Do you think they are afraid of living amongst a predominantly Tamil civilian area?
      Muslims need not fear Tamils. Muslims and Tamils still must fear the Sinhala mobs and the accompanying Buddhist monks and security personnel. That’s the reality.

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    Thank you Kumarathasan. Well articulated.

    “Who Is Going To Protect The Lives Of Tamils In Sri Lanka?” – It is only we Tamils can protect ourselves. To do that we must unite. I am glad to see diaspora Tamil organisations are uniting http://tamildiplomat.com/tamil-diaspora-organisations-reaffirm-steadfast-work-towards-genocide-self-determination-freedom/ . Of course we need the help of the international community. First we must unite. We cant trust the Sinhalese politicians. What did shitsena say to the world in 2015? What is he doing now? He told lies to the world to become president in 2015. Now he is trying to keep going to build family business like the past PMs and presidents.

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      Anpu, why does your link say that Tamils want to ‘work towards genocide’? Are they trying to to make a lie come true?

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    Tamils should go back to Tamilnadu. They are safe there or even Western countries are OK. they get employment also in the west.

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      You can also go with them to India because your language is a mixture of Pali and Sanskrit.
      Who is your Buddha. He was a pure Hindu.
      You people never had a new year on your own.
      Very recently you copied the Tamil new year as ‘Sinhala Tamil new year’.
      I don’t think you are that educated to go into history. Shame on you

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      This is a racist statement; Tamils are one of the first settlers in Eelam and Tamil Kings rules all over South East Asia including Indonesia and Cambodia where they built “Angkor Wat”. Indonesia being converted to a Muslim country but still has Hindu God in their currency, Hindu temples are next Mosques and no racial or religious problems there.

      No history of Sinhala from any part of the world except in Sri Lanka and their barbaric acts are exposed throughout the world now;
      Sinhala Buddhism is full of venom, hatred, dirty mindset, racist and that’s why Sri Lanka is bleeding; Sinhala Muslim rits were in 1915 and Tamil Leaders helped to resolve it.

      Tamils leaders failure not to demand for separate Eelam like Pakistan was separated when British colonialism ended resulting all this sufferings and destruction. Tamils are doing very well in many nations and especially in Singapore that is one of the best disciplined, no religious interference in politics (as religion is a personal belief) and rule of law and Justice equally applied to all and a merit based system; Lee Kuan Yew said Sri Lanka is failing and Mahinda Rajapakse as an extremist.

      Today, all information are available online and no one can lie or spread malicious propaganda about anything; You can check online and be sensible in your comments;

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        “…Tamils are one of the first settlers in Eelam and Tamil Kings rules all over South East Asia including Indonesia and Cambodia where they built “Angkor Wat”.”
        *
        What has Chola invasion of SE Asia to do with Tamil settlements in Lanka?

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      Sri Lanka was a Hindu Kingdom, ruled by the Most powerful king in the East , he was demonized by the Ariyan Kings as they could not find any other means to destroy him. They created a story that King Ravana took away the wife of Rama.
      The Sinhalese came to Sri Lanka From Orissa , India . It was not civilized ones landed in Sri Lanka but a bunch of crooks expelled from India. The Prince married a lion and so on and so on. That is why the Sinhala are proud to say that they have lion blood and call themselves Sinha-lea

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        “Sri Lanka was a Hindu Kingdom, ruled by the Most powerful king in the East”
        *
        The cult of Siva among Tamils was post Sangam, i.e. early Christian era.

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        Rasingam,
        Sinhalese didn’t come from anywhere, but evolved here from primitive tribes. If Sinhalese came from Orissa or somewhere you will find Sinhalese there wouldn’t you? Besides the Vaeddas, Sinhalese are the indigenous people of the island. Tamils on the other hand are a relatively recent diaspora of Tamilnadu who came here by massacring the Sinhalese and taking away the north of our island from us. Tamils who are just an immigrant community trying to compete with the Sinhalese on everything is the problem in the country.

        Both Vijaya hora and Ravana are mythical figures, who most probably never existed. So lets keep it to reality and not wander off in the mythical world. BTW Sinha-le story is a myth from 2017 A.D. LMAO. I haven’t seen anyone of them for months now.

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      Yes The tamils should go back and the muslims too….. The racist sinhala Buddhists can have an orgy in an Island Like no other.

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      You JD, piece of shit, where did you think you came from?

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    Kumarathasan Rasingam,
    The appropriate title should be ‘Who is Going to Protect the Lives of Native Sinhalayo from Demala and Muslim Terrorists’.

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      Also the title can be “Why the racists are chasing away the Muslims and the Tamils?”

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      Sinhala racists are real and trying to write absolute nonsense without knowing facts and truth of what they utter or write.

      One can pull a donkey to water but you cannot make it drink;
      If racist and Moran Sinhalese refused to accept the truth, they only understand violence. So that we need another strong Indian Leader like Indra Gandhi or MGR or a Hindu Hardcore Fascist has to be elected to put an end to Sinhala Buddhist madness, educate or make understand the Sinhalese;

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        Have you already forgotten about the bloody good whacking you received just 10 years ago?

        Bring it on. Our boys are ever ready.

        And why does the so-called “proud” and all conquering Tamil culture hope for an Indian leader to bail them out? Too weak or too scared go it alone?

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      Eagle Eye, the native sinhalayo can go back to where they came from. They will safe there.

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      EE/Racist shit mahindapala
      Who else other than you a piece of racist moron. You can come back from Australia and give a hand to rajapaksas to save sinhalayomodayas from Tamils and muslims.
      By the way is your tamil wife supporting you with her hard earned dollar?. Poor woman would have never dreamed that she had to do this when she married you, the scum of the earth.

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    It has come to a position where discussing history of Sri Lankan politics is of no value. The people must cast their vote to new faces who are honest and hardworking and not belonging to UNP/SLFP/SLPP/MC/TNA etc. Don’t relect the present 225+1. People must make the change at the forthcoming election. It is then the next course of actions change, hopefully for the best.

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      AD, if you look at history the people have voted out governments several times but all are rascals.

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    There is no need to protect Tamils. The carnivore who preyed on Tamils is gone forever, thanks to Army Pvt Nimal Maharage.

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      genocidal racist facist Sinhala rapist carnivore in uniform and otherwise is still devouring Eezham Tamils.

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    There was a RAW agent under every other tree in the Wanni and and every other lamppost in Jaffna. Tamil Nadu is just 20km away. To say that India along with Tamil Nadu were witness and complicit in a Genocide of this magnitude is a serious indictment against India. If such a thing was happening 20 km away India would have erased Colombo off the map and 70 million Tamils would have swum across Palk Strait. These “triple zero” racists are an eyesore. They keep boiling the Tamil hatred and keep them under eternal sorrow and darkness.

    Soma

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      Soma,

      ” India would have erased Colombo off the map.”

      Indians are militarily weak. They can’t even take Kashmir back from the Pakistanis. They were beaten badly when the IPKF came. TN Tamils don’t care what happens in Sri Lanka. They are more concerned with fighting Brahmins and government regulations to teach Hindi in their schools.

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      Soma real SOMPI

      If the Indian soldiers wouldn’t have help the racist Rajapaksa regime, by now Tamil Eelam would have born.

      Be thankful to India.

      India made a mistake by supporting pro-Chinese Rajapaksa regime and now they are regretting.

      Let’s wait and see what will happen soon after the election is over in India.

      You some ungreatful Buddhist talk nonsense without knowing any facts or history.

      Wait for another few months.

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        Singhe
        “If the Indian soldiers wouldn’t have help the racist Rajapaksa regime, by now Tamil Eelam would have born.”
        That is what I say. Indian involvement is the definitive proof that there were no civilian killing other than cross fire casualties..
        If we didn’t win the war (say with Indian help) by now Caliphate would have been born.

        Soma

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          somass

          You have your own problem with understanding your own people (the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists minority) leave alone the Hindians and their domestic policies. As far as Hindians are concerned Sri Lanka is a Sinhala state of Hindia.

          Chinese gobbling up this island, Tamils going for a separate states, Global Caliphate of Muslamists, …… US invasion, …………….. are not your problems. Leave them to Hindia, let them sort it out.

          Go continue your riots.

          “That is what I say. Indian involvement is the definitive proof that there were no civilian killing other than cross fire casualties..”

          Hindian involvement is the only reason as to why they will not let UN to drag your war criminals to gallows.

          You go sleep.

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    Sinhalese are underestimating Tamils’ determination, discipline and their struggle as per Late Lee Kuan Yew who was a truly Global leader. S Rajaratnam has been recognized as a visionary and leader and many Tamils are Senior Leaders and Ministers in Singapore who transformed a fishing village to a global financial powerhouse whereas Sinhala leaders destroyed an advanced Sri Lanka at the time of independence to a third world nation;

    India will come to senses and will change it’s politics towards Sri Lanka sooner or later if they want to be united as a federation; Russia is silent and just watching global events, regime change and not active as US wasting it’s resources in policing globally and already there are predictions about US Empire is on the decline. Emerging Powers India, China, Indonesia will exert their power and Tamils not only in India but also globally in the US, Western Countries advancing in many areas will support to put an end to Sinhala Buddhist madness and hate crimes;

    Tamils’ Genocide Museums all over the world will continue to remind the Tamils’ sufferings at the hands of Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. Only time will tell all of us or the future generations!

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      Nothing to underestimate. SLA will fully occupy the North and East till the end of time. There will be no uprising again. I am surprised you didn’t mention VP as a “truly global leader.” A pioneer in assassinating multiple heads of states, re-writing history, and contriving ingenious methods for effective suicide bombing: backside bomb, frontside bomb, vest bomb, bra bomb…. what was the last project, ah yes, the suicide airplane.

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        Lester

        “SLA will fully occupy the North and East till the end of time.”

        Repent! The end is nigh.

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      A pity you are not running the world Siva. You know such a huge amount about the plans of other nations.

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    Standardization was meant to help rural students who faced a disadvantage against urban and English-speaking students. Even well-off Sinhalese students were discriminated against. Many countries have a similar quota system in place. In India, it is called “reservation”, with the goal being to increase the number of Dalits. In North America, there is “affirmative action” to help women and other minorities. Regarding the UNHRC resolution, yes, the government should delay indefinitely, until the White Lawyers agree to an investigation of Western behavior in Yemen and Syria.

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      Standardisation was to help dumb Muslim and Sinhalese students, even from well off private schools from Colombo Kandy and Galle to enter universities at the expense of far better qualified Tamil students with higher scores , even from backward rural areas. This is a fact. Do not try to distort the truth . When they saw that large numbers of Tamils were still entering university , especially the prestigious medicine, engineering and science courses , they introduced district basis on basis of population to further reduce the number of Tamil students entering. In my school in Colombo , a prestigious private school, Tamil students who got four credits were not offered anything , whilst Sinhalese students with 1 C and three passes were offered medicine. Whom are you trying to fool racist.

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        Rohan:-
        I was told by a Tamil Student years ago, that they were asked to make a ‘Tamil Sign’ on their exam Papers, so that the Tamil Examiners could give them Credits when they were only qualified for a Pass!

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      Lester Cool. Only if you lived in Jaffna you will know the other side of the story FP/TULF/TNA journey to date. it is yet to be recorded and discussed in the world arena. We will do so soon.

      TNA is a fringe/terror group and no GOSL have a right to discuss solutions not acceptable to Tamils and Sinhalese period…..these people have not even told the constituents no mandate in parliament itself can ever be achieved for a refereandum foley alone the referendum will never have the required support when this put to the people..then what??

      What GOSL should be doing is making a case at the UN why all other National parties (parties with national policies) are unable to contest free and fair and field candidates as required?? They should explained to them what happened to the voters and the candidates in the past? Ask the UN why such an inspiring human right agenda and the knowledge base of the world has overlooked this simple fact to date?? why we have another Indian high commission in Jaffna wasting Indian Tax payers money?? purpose?? then you ask yourself we have the this/all the armed forces one can imagine/TNA in was in power in the NPC then all the crimes people of Jaffna in the form of thuggery have gone through in the recent past? no development work/no waste management/no water management/Jaffna university now become a breeding ground for politics/now the Eastern problems with the muslims??………….how can GOSL manage this??? it is beyond human ingenuity? I am a Jaffna boy who choose not to take top arm know the reality all to well??

      The narrative by the Author (legal case by a bunch of lawyers) over 70 years I watch this grow to where it is now at the expense of our Lankan children as very eloquently put to us by the Author…….the other side of the story/entire narrative is where the answers are (including protecting the tamils) lies………one shall focus on that for a brighter future.

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        thiagarajah venugopal
        Have you taken your medication today?Looks like NO.
        Can you read back what garbage, incoherent piece you have penned ?
        Do you understand what you have written I doubt it. Be a good boy/girl and listen to your mother, take your medication and go to bed. Poor woman she has a lot on her plate.

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          Dr Umberto of Sri Lanka? I used to get this kind of messages in 70’s to my home in the form of letters/death threats on a regular basis?? I am wondering if you in any way connected to the same death squads CT is so opposed to etc??

          CT is presented as a human rights forum allowing us all to be part of our own destiny in a democracy/think for ourselves to shape a better future and am not sure how your comment is inline with that spirit??

          Under devolved power would you be delivering the same justice as before or you have a different plan for us all Sir (not a boy or a girl)..can you identify yourself please?

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            thiagarajah venugopal
            So you were ill even in the 70’s, poor sod. Its a long time you are suffering from mental retardation, looks like you will have to live with it. I feel sorry for your mother who has to support you all her life without any help from your biological father who absconded. All I can say be a good fellow and take your medication regularly, may be your psychiatrist should consider ECT for you.

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              Dr Umberto of Sri Lanka

              I am glad you are reading my stuff is a sufficient enough cure for me always. I am wondering what part of what I said is affecting you Sir or rather helping you with the diagnosis you have kindly shared with us all.

              I wonder what your diagnosis of those who killed their way to be elected in a democracy Sir? and still roaming free too.40 years on…………what would be your diagnosis of ‘us all’ who have allowed that to happen right under our very nose?? kindly share Sir.

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              Dr Umberto I just looked up what ECT is……wow…..cool……do you think we should have done this instead killing all those who disagreed with us then?????

              That is caring……….so under evolved power we will be liberated like this under the TNA administration?? would this be a one party system still??

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              Mental retardation is suffered by those who poisoned innocent young Tamils sent innocent Tamil children to the death trap. Your sick Tamil fanaticism has destroyed the Tamils in the island. That’s only a tiny bit of the consequences for the Tamils. How about the destruction caused for the Sinhalese and the Muslims? All this for WHAT?
              FOR WHAT?
              You think you can get even with the Sinhalese by starting a terrorist organisation or terror attacks? You will end up the same way as always if you try – namely defeated and caged. So please do NOT try to sacrifice anymore innocent Tamil blood for your fanatical Tamil nationalism. Tamil nationalism can never be realized in this island. FYI Tamils can never be equal to the Sinhalese nor can get even with the Sinhalese. So drop these totally dumb demands and live peacefully with the Sinhalese.

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    Can someone write an article on UN withdrawal before the final phase of the war. and the foreign countries involved in assisting the GOSL to complete the war please.

    Stop demonising the GOSL and the armed forces who are also children of Mother Lanka.

    All the events had in the other side a one party rule (FP/TULF/TNA) who could not continue to sell their idea to anyone democratically up their stakes and risked all we had and could have had as a solutions to all our (Sinhalese,Tamils etc) problems.

    Who can protect the Tamils is an interesting question raised by the Author……….remove identity politics in SL / ban all language and religious base parities immediately and bring a National Security Act to silence anyone ever set out to exploit religions and languages for personal gains. A very simple solution starring on our face.

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    Most of you fear mongers are a sorry bunch. People died in the Easter Blast and all you can do is fear monger. Shame on this author. The only thing articles like these propagate is paranoia and a sorry situation for all concerned irrespective of race. It seems like some commenters want a backlash against Tamils so they can run to the west on a sympathy card. How pathetic.

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      Oh really 250 people tragically died this is a calamity for you as some of them were Sinhalese but more than 300000 innocent Tamil civilians died , 145000 in May 2009, at the hands of the Sri Lankan government , Sinhalese armed forces , Muslim home guards and Sinhalese and Muslim mobs and over a million chased out of their land , to seek refuge and asylum in the west but this is not a calamity for you , as all the victims are Tamils. If anyone tries to mention this or fight for their rights, you are trying to threaten them with Sinhalese mob violence. What a jerk. Your government and intelligence were fully aware of this attack but did not do anything , as the intended victims were Christian Tamils . As all Tamils are soft targets for the Sri Lankan state, Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists and Fake Arab low caste South Indian Dravidian Wahhabis.

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      Rish, facts are stubborn. Face facts and admit there was and is discrimination against the minority.

      A very well written article by Kumarathasan Rasingam. Hats off to you.

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    Please wait a bit. The game is not over yet. US is the Game manager and the Hindians vs Chinese trophy challenge will soon open in the fields. After the Hindian General Elections result tomorrow, all indications of a More strong Narendra Modi forming the Government are visible.

    Once he assumes power , he is sure to pursue his dream of Pan Hindu Raj covering Maldives and Sri Lanka. Maldives is already a satellite of India to a great extent. From Hambantota to KKS hidden Hindian hands are at work. With a world powerful Hindu religious fundamentalist largest Organisation like Rashdriya Sewa Sang (RSS)behind Modi Politics, we can bet a big Game show in Sri Lankan soil.

    A big Cauldron is getting ready on hot coals for Sinhala Modayas and Tamil and Muslim kallathonis as our Sinhala patriots take pride to call the Tamils and Muslims. Get ready to join Mullivaikaal victims.

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      Mano I have heard that India and Japan will jointly operate the Eastern container terminal at Colombo port. The agreement is to be signed after Modi wins the election.

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    Listen Mister, Prabakaran kicked out all Muslims in Jaffna within 24 hours. Did you speak up ? No. Prabakaran bombed a mosque in kattankudy and killed 160 Muslims. Which Tamil leader spoke up against it. None. All the while Catholic churches sheltered the LTTE terrorists. Wasn’t it a Catholic Tamil priest that fled to LTTE controlled territory with the statue of Madhu when government forces taking controlled of the area ?And yet here you are inventing conspiracies about a terrorist attack and try to put the blame on the “sinhala Buddhist” government.

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      Andre
      How come so many of you from angoda are writing comments in CT? Are you all, lester, thiagarajah,andre, devendra one and the same person or clones? Wholesale ECT is the answer.

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    There are plenty of warped minds around. Even though the civil war ended, the Lankan Elites want to keep the N&E in a ‘state of war’. The commission may be less but it will come!
    .
    The Uniformed Services have become a ‘Law unto themselves’. For example, the Army Commander Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake demands and gets extension. He wants funds to float Avant Garde Armoury to produce bullets and guns. To fire at and safeguard……..?

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    While respecting the rights of the writer to express his views, the real question is whether such expression contributes towards the amity of the people of various social backgrounds. The writer must provide an explanation as to why BMW bomb fanatics were only interested in Tamil Christian/Catholic lives. The record shows that the suicide bombers were no match to the LTTE suicide bombers aimed their target well. The Dehiwala bomber originally intended to blast the Taj hotel, failing which he targeted the St, Mary’s church in Dehiwala. Since the mass was over he went elsewhere. Where is the Tamil Christian/Catholic element in this. Hotels were bombed. Where is the ethno religious target? The expressions of the author can be construed as breeding ill will amongst the people and if it were Singapore he would be behind bars for a considerable period of time.

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    LMAO. It depends on what the Tamils need protection from. The Tamils who need protection from the army and security forces are in the same category as the ISIS and the LTTE. They had better go back to Tamilnadu.

    FYI – Killing the indigenous majourity and trying to rob 40% of our island is not a minority right. Do you get it Rasingam? However many lies you spit out trying to make a case for a separate Tamil state here, you are not convincing anyone about Tamils’ right to a separate state in the Sinhalese island. Better start living peacefully with the Sinhalese or just go back to Tamilnadu where there is Tamil rule. Its a win-win situations for the Tamils and the Sinhalese. If people like you go back to Tamilnadu, the Tamils who remain with the Sinhalese, we all will get the chance to live and prosper here. Whatever said and done, things cannot continue like it is, with all these nonsense allegations and stupid anti-Sinhalese propaganda – soon we are going to alert and involve the UN and IC about getting an agreement with India to allow Tamils who are unhappy to return to Tamilnadu. Lets see how that works.

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      Dear PP

      Did you ever hear Citizens ships/PR status granted to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India for the past 40 years?? I understand number of refugees swelled to 200 000 ++ at some point.

      FP/ITAK was formed wanting citizenship for Plantation workers??

      then you ask the same TNA how come none of them demanded the same from India to date you will not get any answers. Then again very many Indian Tamil Nadu citizens migrated to the west as Sri Lankan Tamil refugees??

      How many article you read on TNA demanding Indian Navy action on stolen and on going steeling of the Sri Lankan fish stocks??? why our Navy has to run around chasing all the theifs at our expenses?? this is what happened for the past 70 years too while they trained our children to be gun trotters got their children to make a living from the fishing grounds belongs to Sri Lanka

      did you note Mr Viko said when GOSL passed the law to fine the Indian fishermen who are arrested??? ……..he said SL government is ungrateful after all the help they got from India to complete the war.

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        Mr. Venugopal, Vaiko is a joker. He is partly responsible for how viciously the ethnic conflict in Srilanka developed. He, Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha – all actively used the SL-Tamil issue to get into power, showing total disregard to the plight they were pulling down the SL-Tamils into. Indian central government used it too for their agendas.
         
        Ref. SL-Tamil refugees in India – I think TNA is not pushing for Indian citizenship for them since that will hinder the use of those refugees’ plight in politics. There is also a genuine issue though, namely, if they get Indian citizenship they will lose the SL citizenship and if they want to come back it will be difficult. The solution for this should not be that they are denied citizenship in India, instead they should be given the right to Indian citizenship and it should be their choice which citizenship they want.
         
        Clarifying what I mean in my above post: I do not mean that Tamils should really go back to Tamilnadu. I write it often just to drive in a point. The point I am trying to make is that extreme Tamil nationalism does not have a place or space in the this small island. Rasingam’s writings and the comments show how this extreme Tamil nationalism is asserted and expressed – namely by means of attacking and demonizing the Sinhalese from every direction. An authentic and natural nationalism/nation is automatically realized just by the existence of the people in question. SL-Tamil nationalism is not an authentic and natural nationalism therefore it is attempted realized through negative elements such as violence and demonizing the other. It is detrimental to the country and the Tamils too, as nothing good will ever come out of this kind of negative nationalisms.

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    Dear All
    I wonder ‘hate speech’ and the consequences is fully understood by us all?
    Good to here TNA complaining the release of the BBS Monk then all I know is about the hate speeches by FP/TULF platform after platform from 1970 to 1977 until they got elected for separate state………even the opposition leader then made a river of blood speech in Colombo the dire consequence if TULF do not get what they wanted………ensued by the riots killed innocent Tamils the folly ended in 2009 with Sri Lankans loosing all we ever had.
    Kavingar Ananthan speech in 1972 demanding no ‘natural cause of death’ for those MP’s who joined the government where the entire TULF leadership was present in the stage and the speech published in Suthenthiran……..then the statues built for those innocent young children poisoned by these morons/killers/haters then who tuned to gun trotters. All the attempted murders and the eventual killings that followed unabated for the entire period. So much for the freedom of expression and an oppressive regime in South such open adventures mentioned above were possible then unchallenged by the nation and the world.
    Then the rest is a history we all picking up the pieces today. The same joint venture TNA sit in the parliament on what basis????????make moral arguments on what basis?????? for who and why the devolution of power is to have a free hand to kill all human dignity left???
    Has the current TNA leadership done the accountability part to the Nation of their records??? at the moment all is covered in the lovely narrative above…….there is lot more to the other side of the narrative/cover for all the crimes that took place in our Nation?? Now all the crime that took place in Jaffna is somehow put under LTTE account???

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    Tamils are Indian Colonial Parasites who arrived with the British.

    We need more Idi Amins.

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    Comment from Vegopulla…
    Hundred thousand of Tamils and Indian born that up-country Tamils are living safely heaven than north of Jaffna & East of Batticaloa .They are happily living more comfortable than life in Southerns of Sri lanka. So enjoying privileges of Tamils in South by doing that lucrative business, jobs, … Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Accountants, Teachers, IT workers, Director of large companies and TV station owners, schooling their children, own of Tourist companies, real estate agencies ,large transport of buses are own by Tamils. And while Tamils are enjoying freedom of religion that this faith of by Hindu Temples,churches and other Hindu schools cultural activity, Free Education and Free Health throughout Island , by that many large number of Tamils. ..migrants came from Tamil Nadu – Indian by generations…people having far better line-style than Tamil Nadu homeland of Republic of India.

    Look at greater Colombo area of that valuable prime land, houses, key business companies, trading houses , IT companies,stock markets , property sales hence Colombo high-rise flats are own by Tamil .
    But these Tamils goes western Embassies and those countries they said have been victimized by Sinhalese- buddhist. At the same time made similar story are propagated and agaiated by Western Embassies in Colombo against Majority People Lanka. Needless to say that whole masse media of
    Western-oriented of that USA, UK, EU countries, Norway and other white racist countries against Sinhalese-Buddhist.
    The West and Tamils are jointly bully Sinhalese-Buddhist people by gain and claim to achieve for “Tamil homeland” an Island the power of military troops of USA of SOFA by landed in our soil by without consent of majority of People of Lankan.

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    Punchi Point !

    I appreciate your statement ,’ If people like you go back to Tamilnadu, the Tamils who remain with the Sinhalese, we all will get the chance to live and prosper here. ‘

    The Tamils going back to Tamil Nadu is a secondary issue, but first make sure when the Sinhalese would go back to the land the outlawed Vijaya and his band came illegally settled in Sri Lanka.

    Also, you have said those Tamils choose to remain with the Sinhalese, WE all will get a chance to live and prosper. By saying WE whom do you refer. Have not the Tamils and Sinhalese lived together in Peace BEFORE?

    If you are short of memory or weak in HISTORY try to learn what happened in 1915, Who started the Racial Riots and for whom did Sir Pon,Ramanathan fought the British Government and freed DS and other leaders from the Prisons.

    Not forgetting a good done in the past and showing gratitude and respect is a virtue of civilized people.

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      Don’t try to sidetrack the issue here by bringing in the stupid myth of Vijaya hora. Sinhalese are indigenous to this island, and have been here long before the time Vijaya hora is supposed to have come. The primary issue here is that Tamils who are a diaspora of Tamilnadu are trying to impose the language of Tamilnadu here and carve out a separate state out of 40% of the island. You cannot dispute the fact that Tamils are a relatively recent diaspora of Tamilnadu, while the Sinhalese are a nation which evolved here from primitive tribes. It is only the Sinhalese nation and the Vaeddas who can rightfully claim this island as the home of their nations, while Tamilnadu is the home of the Tami nation.
       
      It is quite evident that this island which does not have any natural barriers to prevent language contact cannot produce two different languages like Tamil and Sinhala. An island like this can only produce one language and one civilizational nation, to which all tribes will ultimately get assimilated and all languages will ultimately converge to form one language. This is what we see between the Sinhalese and the Vaedda languages. The Tamil language is totally absent from this equation. WHY is that? If Tamils have been here in the manner you claim then Tamils and your language will also have been included in this equation somewhere. You Tamils speak the exact same language as in Tamilnadu and your language does not show the slightest sign of having being evolved in the vicinity of Sinhala or Vaedda language as your language is totally devoid of even the most superficial features a language will have due to language contact, namely at least a few loanwords from Sinhala and Vaedda languages.
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      Contd. »
      As far as history goes, you lot who occupy the north and east presently have never ever lived peacefully with the Sinhalese. It is just to look at the ideas, behaviour and the most unbelievable allegations you Tamils are presently levelling against the Sinhalese. There is no way such a lot like you could have ever existed side by side with the Sinhalese in this small island. The Tamils who had peaceful co-existence with the Sinhalese are the ones who came here on peaceful agendas like trade and also as scholars, monks, priests etc. They came directly from Tamilnadu and settled among the Sinhalese and throughout the ages have got assimilated into the Sinhalese population. There are some 16-17 recorded Tamil invasions, the last Tamil invasion by the Pandyans towards the end of the 13th century resulted in that you lot took possession of the north and gradually started spreading in the east too. The destruction some of the Tamil invasions caused is documented in Sinhalese historical recordings and is evident by the archaeological remains. The purpose of all of the Tamil invasions upto the 13th century was not to colonize but to occupy and plunder as much as possible. As said you lot who occupy the north and east presently came here as a result of a violent invasion which destroyed much of the northern part of Sinhalese kingdom, and subsequent ethnic cleansing of the Sinhalese and colonization by Tamil settlers starting from the late 13th century.

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      Contd. »
      The 1915 riots were started by the Muslims. It is exactly 102 years ago these riots started. Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam’s book “Riots and Martial Law in Ceylon, 1915” amply proves what happened (you can download it from archive.org and read it).
       

      “THE CAUSES, AND THE COURSE, OF THE RIOTS,
      The intolerance and aggressiveness of a small section of the Muhammadans known to the Sinhalese as Hambayas (boatmen), and their insistence on the religious processions of the Sinhalese Buddhists passing in silence before their mosques in Gampola and Kandy, were the earliest of the causes of the recent riots in Ceylon, which began on the 29th May and ended on the 5th of June, 1915.

       
      The Hambayas are Muhammadan immigrants from the east coast of South India. They are not permanently settled in Ceylon. They do not as a rule bring their wives and families to the Island. Sojourning in it for a year or two at a time for purposes of trade, they return periodically with their savings to South India. They do not intermarry with any of the other Muhammadan communities of Ceylon, the largest of which consists of those who have been settled in the Island for several centuries, and who from the days of the Portuguese Government have been known to the Europeans as the “ Moors.’ They number about 285,000 souls. But the Hambayas do not count more than 88,000, and of this number it is well to bear in mind that those who opposed the issue of licenses to conduct the Buddhist processions in Gampola and Kandy were principally the trustees of the mosques in those towns and their immediate supporters.

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      When the Buddhists were preparing to celebrate in Gampola their greatest national festival, called the Esala Perahera, in August, 1912, by conducting the procession through all the streets of that town to the river Mahaweli-ganga and back, the Hambayas intimated to the police that they objected to the perahera passing their newly-built mosque with the beating of drums, the blowing of horns, and the cheering of the crowds.
      The obvious duty of the Government Agent, as the head of the police in the Central province, was to send for the trustees of the Hambaya mosque and point out to them that none of the trustees of the three mosques of the Moors on the same road had raised similar objections; that it was not customary in the Kandyan Provinces to impose silence on Buddhist processions; and that, if the Hambayas persisted in their objection and intended to obstruct the perahera by force, it would be necessary to bind them over to keep the peace. But the Government Agent (Mr. Saxton) rashly directed the police officer to mark off by signposts a hundred yards alongside of the Hambayas’ mosque, and directed him to inform the Basnayake Nilame of the Buddhist temple, from which the Esala Perahera was to start, that in taking the procession through the town no drum or other musical instrument should be played within the hundred yards indicated by the signposts.
       

      The hasty action of the Government Agent forced the trustee of the Buddhist temple at Gampola to seek redress in the District Court of Kandy.
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      He complained that the order made by the Government Agent was against the fifth article of the Convention of 2nd March, 1815, entered into in Kandy between the British Sovereign and certain chiefs of the Kandyan kingdom, whereby the religion of Buddha, professed by the chiefs and other inhabitants of the Kandyan Provinces, was declared inviolable, and its rites, ministers, and places of worship were to be maintained and protected by the British Government.
      Very acute was the tension of feeling throughout the Sinhalese districts from the time of the Government Agent’s order of August, 1912, to the day of the determination of Basnayake Nilame’s suit by the Supreme Court in February, 1915. The District Judge of Kandy (Mr. Paul K. Pieris, M.A., LL.M., Barrister-at-law, C.C.S.), having heard many witnesses and considered a large number of documents, held by his judgment, pronounced on 4th June, 1914, that the Esala Perahera was a rite of the religion of Buddha, which was undertaken to be maintained and protected under the Convention of 1815 ; that the accustomed route of the perahera and the continuance of the music was an essential part of the rite; that the Kandyan Convention constituted a binding compact unalterable in all following times; that the plaintiff, as Basnayake Nilame and trustee of the Walahagoda Devale, was entitled to conduct the procession with elephants to the accompaniment of drums and other musical instruments through all the streets of Gampola, including that portion of Ambagomuwa Street where the Hambayas had built in recent years a mosque; and that the acts of the Government Agent were a violation of the right conferred upon the plaintiff by the Kandyan Convention.

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      The Buddhists of Ceylon felt deeply thankful that they could thereafter hold their national festivals as of old without obstruction, in the Kandyan districts at least. But when they heard that, at the instance of the Government Agent, the Attorney-General had filed a petition of appeal to the Supreme Court against the judgment of the District Court, they became as depressed and downcast as the Hambayas grew in buoyancy and defiance. After the case had been argued in the Supreme Court, and during the period its judgment was reserved, the Muhammadans had the courage to attack, on the 27th of January, 1915, a religious procession of the Buddhists undertaken to dedicate an image of Buddha to a viharaya situate a few miles from Kurunegala, on the road to Kandy. The procession had to pass through the village Telliagomuwa, where the majority of the inhabitants were Muhammadans. On the perahera approaching a school, which the Muhammadans from want of means used also as a place of worship, they attacked the Buddhists and caused some damage to the image of Buddha, as reported in the daily newspaper called The Ceylonese of 2nd February, 1916, according to which the Kurunegala police were immediately summoned, an Inspector arresting fourteen Muhammadans, who were produced before the Police Magistrate, charged with rioting and with being members of an unlawful assembly. Evidence for the prosecution was recorded on the 28th and 29th of January, and the further hearing of the case fixed for the 2nd of February. On that very day (2nd February) the Supreme Court, consisting of Shaw, J., and Sampayo, Acting J., delivered its judgment, reversing the decree of the District Judge of Kandy in favour of the plaintiff.
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      Mr. Justice Shaw was of opinion that the words of the Convention —”the religion of Buddha professed by the chiefs and other inhabitants of these Provinces is declared inviolable, and its rites, ministers, and places of worship are to be maintained and protected” — were not intended to give this particular perahera any right to be conducted in a manner different to other religious processions in the Colony, nor to be for ever conducted apart from the ordinary police supervision for the protection of the public peace and safety which may appear to the Government to be necessary; and his lordship held that, even supposing that the particular right claimed was reserved by the Convention to this particular perahera, such right was now controlled and varied by the provisions of the Police and Local Boards Ordinance”.

      You can read the whole story in the book.

      Sir Ponnambalam Ramanadan would be very sad to see the state the Tamils have fallen into, because of greed and jealousy. He was a good person, but he too a decade later wanted to rule Ceylon when the British left.

      Anybody can see that the British treated the Sinhalese very badly. This episode in 1915 itself shows how unjust British policies towards the Sinhalese were. Whatever said and done Sinhalese are being attacked by everybody from all sides by everyone, because this island rightfully belongs to the Sinhalese. This is something the Ponnambalam brothers and also other Tamils of those times recognized and respected, even though they wanted to dominate the political scene. They never disrespected or attacked the Sinhalese like the present day Tamils.

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    The facts remain of colonial era of 425 years an Island that colonial -rule of centuries by Portuguese, Dutch and British,is that if any Tamil movement whom had been resistance against colonial rule of over against invaders? Not a historical single facts of evidence can be prove by that who claim for “Tamil homeland” in Island by Tamil terrorist outfits of TNA and LTTE ?
    An island liberation struggle was in hand of people of Sinhalese Buddhist ? They who were sacrifice hundred thousands of live to fought against colonial hegemony an uninterruptedly by majority S-B since 1505 to 1948.
    Not a single rebellion movement of Tamil never-ever sound that single gun short against colonial rule by ruthless regime of 425 years of domination Island by Western of White Men of colonial regimes?
    Tamil nationtionalites were migrant of their has no interest of join any liberation movement against Colonial domination of 425 years.
    In fact eventually Tamils are having own agenda to separatist of Island for mayth of Tamil homeland by support of the foreign power like USA, UK, EU countries, Norway and othe white racist nation of 5 that IS nation.
    Tamils homelands of TNA+LTTE like other religion extremist of Muslim wanted destabilized nation peace and Development …. again and again since 1948!

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    comment from Dr Mano…
    The facts remain of colonial era of 425 years an Island that colonial -rule of centuries by Portuguese, Dutch and British,is that if any Tamil movement whom had been resistance against colonial rule of over against invaders?
    Not a historical single facts of evidence can be prove by that who claim for “Tamil homeland” in Island by Tamil terrorist outfits of TNA and LTTE ?
    An island liberation struggle was in hand of people of Sinhalese Buddhist ? They who were sacrifice hundred thousands of live to fought against colonial hegemony an uninterruptedly by majority S-B since 1505 to 1948.
    Not a single rebellion movement of Tamil never-ever sound that single gun short against colonial rule by ruthless regime of 425 years of domination Island by Western of White Men of colonial juntas ?
    Tamil – nadu born that Tamil nationtionalites were migrant of their has no interest of join any “liberation movement” against Colonial domination of 425 years.
    In fact eventually Tamils are having own agenda to separatist of Island for myth of Tamil homeland by support of the foreign power like USA, UK, EU countries, Norway and othe white racist nation of 5 that IS nation.
    Tamils homelands of TNA+LTTE like other religion extremist of 21/4 local Muslim Terrorist attack that wanted to destabilized nation Peace and Development ….unity of all nationalities again and again since 1948!

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    Rasingam, Your hatred against the Sinhalese and how you spin your lies is beyond comprehension. Like a parasitic worm you are trying to twist the tragedy that happened in our country on Easter Sunday to promote your hateful Tamil fanaticism and your hate campaign against the innocent Sinhalese people. What proof do you have to claim that the suicide bombers were aided by the government to kill Tamils, and that the masses were in Tamil in all three churches when the attack happened? WHAT IS YOUR PROOF?
     
    The information I have is that the Saint Sebastian church at Katuwapitiya Negombo is an all Sinhalese parish church. The masses there are held only in Sinhala and English as there is no need to have masses in any other languages. The total number of Tamils in the whole of Negombo is about 12000, out of which there will be many Hindus and non-Catholics. When it comes to Katuwapitiya its almost all Sinhalese town. The deaths in Katuwapitiya church were 93 people. There are numerous news reports of funerals of the Katuwapitiya victims, and all are for Sinhalese people. There is not a single mention of any Tamils dying in Katuwapitiya. Can you please post the names of the Tamils who died at Katuwapitiya, because I cannot find any?

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    Also please note Rasingam that your hateful writings are in the way of peaceful co-existence of the different communities. You should know that the wife of the suicide bomber who bombed the Katuwapitiya church is a Tamil woman, by the name of Pulasthini Rajendran. This Tamil woman was going to suicide bomb St. Theresa’s church in Killinochchi, but had abandoned the plan since there was no mass and thus no people to kill when she arrived there. Later she died in the suicide bombing in the house at Saindumaridu. Fathima, the wife of Saharan, the leader of the bombings had said that Pulastini Rajendran has told that not only Christian churches but Buddhist temples too must be bombed. The Eelam Tamil woman had bought 9 white clothings to prepare 9 people for more suicide bombings just before she died and you are writing all this nonsense about the innocent Sinhalese people?
     
    I can write much more, but one simple point to show how stupid and unreasonable you are: Standardization was brought to give everyone a fair chance at higher education, not to discriminate the Tamils. Tamils acting up on it shows how selfish Tamils are. You should know that since the war situation worsened in Jaffna and the northern province in the early 1990’s, Tamils from the northern province with lesser grades have entered university under this very standardization policies for 20+ years. I don’t see any Sinhalese crying about Tamils being given preferential treatment at the cost of the Sinhalese. Even Prabhakaran’s daughter was given university admission under this “preferential” standardized university entrance policy where the Tamils from the war provinces entered with lower marks. Learn to think fairly and justly and live peacefully.

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