6 December, 2021

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Why A Referendum For The Tamils In Sri Lanka?

By Kumarathasan Rasingam

Kumarathasan Rasingam

The last 12 years have affirmed a dark history where Sri Lanka is unlikely to offer a just resolution to the Tamil national question. It continues with its long history [73 years – since independence from the British in 1948] of deception in formulating a just and reasonable solution to the conflict. Since 1948, Tamils underwent continuous genocides involving pogroms, economic embargoes, indiscriminate bombings, discriminatory policies and the dispossession of Tamil historical and traditional homeland.

The social contract among people is entrenched in the constitution. The Constitution very clearly spells out that the prosperity of a nation depends on the self-determination of the people; political, economical or sociological. In Sri Lanka Tamils are denied this aspect of the basic tenets of the social contract.

The Maha Sanga and the Mahanayakas hold the supreme power in Constitution drafting, administration of the country and their agenda and aim is to create a secular mono-ethnic 100% Buddhist Sinhalese Nation in Sri Lanka. The grand master plan of all is to flush out all other religions, and nationalists’ linguistics out of Sri Lanka. To achieve this objective, the state sponsored Pogroms against the Tamils unleashed against the Tamils in 1956, 1958, 1971, 1977, 1983 and genocidal war from 2006-2009.

If one reads Mahavamsa and study about Maha Sanga and speak to the Mahanayakas one will understand the fundamental cause of the Sri Lankan struggle. These three, which is Mahavamsa, the plan and agenda the Mahasanga the organizations and the Mahanayakas are the real power centers. It has some resemblance to Mein Kampf of Hitler in Germany

Some of the massacres committed by the Sri Lankan Security forces;

1985 – Kumuthini Boat massacre: 39 passengers including children and women were hacked to death,

1985 – Valvettithurai massacre: around 200 civilians were massacred, including children and women.

1991 – Kokkadicholai massacre in the Eastern province where 150 civilians were massacred.

1995 –  Navaley Church – where 65 displaced refugees were killed by bombing by air.

1995 – Nagar kovil massacre where more than 100 civilians were killed.

The process of genocide was initiated in 1956 and has been progressing aggressively and effectively to wipe out the Tamil ethnic group living in the north and east of Sri Lanka in their traditional and historical homeland.

In addition to this, the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in Sri Lanka continues to torment the Tamils for more than three decades. The appalling number of extrajudicial killings, disappearances, killings, disappearances, unlawful arrests, detention, rapes and widespread practice of torture are all attributable to the high level of impunity prevalent in the country specially enjoyed by the Police and Security Forces.

The social contract among people is entrenched in the constitution. The constitution clearly spells out that the prosperity of a nation depends on self-determination of the people.

Sinhala Buddhist chauvinistic successive governments have several broken promises/pacts, undertakings and pledges.

Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam Pact to solve the Tamils political rights etc signed on July 26, 1957 – This Pact was torn away due to the pressure from the chauvinistic Buddhist clergy, Maha Sanga and some racist Sinhalese elders.

The President of Sri Lanka JR Jayewardene at the time of 1983 state sponsored pogrom openly told a British Reporter that ‘the more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhalese people will be here. Really. If I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy.

Dudlly Senanayake-Chelvanayagam, Pact to solve the Tamils political rights etc. signed on March 24, 1965 was torn away due to the opposition and protests by the chauvinistic Buddhist Clergy, Maha Sanga and some racist Sinhalese leaders.

In addition to this the successive governments have failed miserably to implement UNHRC Resolutions 30/1, 34/1 AND 40/1 and continue to defy the Resolutions. The above acts cumulatively prove the intent of the Sri Lankan Government [Sinhala/Buddhist dominated] to destroy the national ethnic group of Eelam Tamils.

The crying need of Sri Lankan Tamils [Eelam Tamils] who are the victims of of a genocidal war, who underwent several state sponsored pogroms, mass murders, torture, rape and those killed and injured, the orphans, widows is the dispensation of justice without delay. [Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied]

The Genocidal war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam starting from 2006 and ending in May 2009 has resulted in the following consequences.

[1] Out of the 429,059 Tamil civilians living in the war affected Vanni area in 2008 [as per Sri Lankan Record of census] only 282,380 reached the government camps as refugees in May 2009. As such 146,679 persons were unaccounted for and are presumed killed and/or missing as also endorsed by Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph [who submitted his findings to the LLRC and all over the world.

[2] The successive Sri Lankan governments have repeatedly criticized, ignored and have also rejected the UNHRC Resolutions, including LLRC Recommendations.

[3] A hectic campaign is underway with the blessings of the Maha Sanga, Mahanayakas, racist and extremist Sinhalese leaders to wipe out the Identity, Culture, Language, Religion of Tamils to make Sri Lanka a Buddhist Sinhala State.

[4] The historical and traditional lands of the Tamils have been appropriated by the military and other Government departments like Forest Department, Archaeological Department and other departments while the legal owners of the land are living under tents, and camps.

What Can Be Done

[1] Isolate the Sri Lankan regime as was done to apartheid South Africa.

[2] Block all foreign aid to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka is already under a deep debt trap with China.

[3] Impose an effective boycott of goods, services and boycott of visitors and others going in and coming out of the country.

[4] Produce the criminals in the Government, Armed Forces in the International Criminal Court [ICC] and charge them for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. This must include Sri Lankan retired Military Generals serving in several countries including the UN as Ambassadors of Sri Lanka. These high posts have been rewarded for the mass murders of Tamils.

‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’

*Kumarathasan Rasingam – Secretary, The Tamil Canadian Elders for Human Rights Org.

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  • 9
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    Can the author please explain why:
    1)
    Despite intense, unrelenting propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who lived among the Sinhalese in the South during or after the war has relocated the residence to Jaffna.
    2)
    Tamil politicos who promoted LTTE as the sole representative of Tamils carried out their political activities while living within the enemy.
    3)
    When arrangements were made for the Tamils in the upcountry to relocate themselves to India so that they can live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India.

    Soma

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      soman

      Really you are becoming too boring. How do your wife/partner grandchildren tolerate you?

      Tamils came to South escaping from carpet bombing and shelling. Wimal Weerawansa only asked the air force to carpet bomb Vanni and not Colombo.

      “Tamil politicos who promoted LTTE as the sole representative of Tamils carried out their political activities while living within the enemy”

      Living with LTTE is as dangerous as living with the Sinhala/Buddhists thugs.

      “When arrangements were made for the Tamils in the upcountry to relocate themselves to India so that they can live as equal……………”

      Stupid man,
      the moment those Tamils and Sinhalese reached west, America, Australia Europe they demand they ought to be granted permanent citizen of the country. Why should upcountry people leave just because some stupid bigots racists threw them away.

      Do your grand children talk to you?

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        Native Vedda,
        Here is blanket statement of yours, I disagree with!
        … Living with LTTE is as dangerous as living with the Sinhala/Buddhists thugs.
        I find this difficult to second.
        Living with LTTE was possible if we ‘shut’ our eyes! Or, should I say ‘mouth’. On the other hand, you have to have luck to be alive when living with the Sinhala/Buddhists thugs.

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          Nathan
          “On the other hand, you have to have luck to be alive when living with the Sinhala/Buddhists thugs.”
          If that is so can you please tell me why:
          1)
          Despite intense, unrelenting propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who lived among the Sinhalese in the South during or after the war has relocated the residence to Jaffna.
          2)
          Tamil politicos who promoted LTTE as the sole representative of Tamils carried out their political activities while living within the enemy.
          3)
          When arrangements were made for the Tamils in the upcountry to relocate themselves to India so that they can live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India.

          Soma

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        NV
        Lame excuses.
        Tamils assume that Sinhala Buddist society is superior.

        Soma

        • 7
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          soman

          “Tamils assume that Sinhala Buddist society is superior.”

          Maybe they are superior in killing, destroying, begging even from Bangladesh ( Remember your First Woman prime minister Siri Mao aided and abetted genocide during Bangladesh war by allowing Pakistani Butchers to transit Sri Lankan airspace and use airports)

          You ought to be ashamed of your Sinhala/Buddhist society.
          Please do remember 1915, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1971, 1977, 1981, …1983, 1987 to 1991, …. 30years, 2009, 2013, …………………
          If I were part of racist Sinhala/Buddhist society every morning I will get up at 5 AM from my bed, go straight to the nearest wall and bang my head at least 15 times.

          How do you call yourself a human being?
          There is a lot of things wrong when you were processed/produced.
          Did your dad (if known) kick your mum in her tummy while she was carrying you? Did she injured herself while she was trying to escape from your local molesting saffron thug?

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            NV
            Can you convince A SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY of what you have said above?
            I came to that conclusion of the superiority of the Sinhala Buddhist society because :
            1)
            Despite intense, unrelenting propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who lived among the Sinhalese in the South during or after the war has relocated the residence to Jaffna.
            2)
            Tamil politicos who promoted LTTE as the sole representative of Tamils carried out their political activities while living within the enemy.
            3)
            When arrangements were made for the Tamils in the upcountry to relocate themselves to India so that they can live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India.

            Soma

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          If it is so superior why do the Sinhalese copy everything from the Tamils? Language, grammar, alphabet, food, dress, dance forms music, festivals, worship Tamil Hindu gods. Please answer? Is it because the vast majority of the present-day Sinhalese are purely descended from Tamil Hindu immigrants or from Proto or semi Tamil speaking local Naga and Yakka tribes?

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      “When arrangements were made for the Tamils in the upcountry to relocate themselves to India so that they can live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India.

      Somu, If somebody found a sanctuary in Odessa or Bengal, and offered to rehabilitate you, would you return to your great-great-not so great grandfather’s jungle, from where your pride escaped? They speak your language, that is springing of the face, wear less than an amude, your formal dress, forcefully take and sleep with another one’s female – the exact practice of rapist army’s official training…. you should be very comfortable there?

      You are saying that somebody is so fond of living within the crowd of a wildlife sanctuary, after they are given an opportunity to live separately in peace? You are a sad comedian, not knowing what you are talking about. You could not do any good for humanity while alive, at least donate your brain to a medical university after your demise, so they can test it & find the reason for these abnormal behaviors. Then, hopefully one day somebody can dismantle the Angoda Hospital.
      Why are you so adamantly stupid? I don’t get this.

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        Mallaiyhran
        You don’t seem to have visited upcountry tea estates and witnessed their pathetic life.
        .
        I am schocked to learn that Tamil Nadu in 1948 is:
        “They speak your language, that is springing of the face, wear less than an amude, your formal dress, forcefully take and sleep with another one’s female – the exact practice of rapist army’s official training…. you should be very comfortable there?”
        .
        I understand why the Estate Tamils refused to go.
        .
        Is Tamil Nadu the same today as in 1948?

        Soma

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      Soma,

      The reason Tamils did not relocate to whereever you claim they should have relocated to is because every part of Sri Lanka belongs to all Sri Lankans and they have their livelihoods there. Probably the same reason why many people in different countries continue to live where they are even though their countries are ravaged by the coronavirus. You can extend your argument to why many Sinhalese did not return to the south amidst the adversity in the north.

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      Soma,

      The reason Tamils did not relocate to wherever you claim they should have relocated to is because every part of Sri Lanka belongs to all Sri Lankans and they have their livelihoods there. Probably the same reason why many people in different countries continue to live where they are even though their countries are ravaged by the coronavirus. You can extend your argument to why many Sinhalese did not return to the south amidst the adversity in the north.

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      Soma,

      The only lasting solution is to divide the island into 3 mono ethnic nations of Sinhala Only Elam, Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam and relocate people based on ethnicity.

      Everyone must recognize the fact that Sinahalas, Tamils and Muslims all have the right of self determination.

      The attempt to live in one united nation failed for 73 years and it will fail worse in future.

      Now you do not have a nation of your own Soma. Just imagine how fantastic it is to have a Sinhala nation (and a Tamil nation and a Muslim nation). All problems will be resolved peacefully.

  • 3
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    Isn’t it absurd to talk about ‘a referendum for Tamil’ without categorically defining who are entitled to vote in the referendum.
    Are they
    All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival
    OR
    Hindu/ Christian Tamil speakers in Jaffna?

    Soma

    • 6
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      soman

      “Isn’t it absurd to talk about ‘a referendum for Tamil’ without categorically defining who are entitled to vote in the referendum.”

      Exclude all the Vellala/Govi ……………………..

    • 9
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      All nations have a right to self-determination. The tamil people are a distinct nation. They are entitled to self-determination according to international law.

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        Historian
        Yes I agree.
        Let me copy and paste my usual comment:
        in respect of a political solution Tamils have two options.
        A SEPARATE Homeland for ALL Tamils (Tamil speaking people) scattered across the island
        ‘OR’ ( not AND)
        the right to live anywhere.
        .
        I BEG OF MY TAMIL BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO GO FOR THE LATTER OPTION.

        Soma

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        So are the Sinhalas and Muslims. They too have the right of self determination.

        Sinhala Only Elam + Tamil Elam + Muslim Elam is the solution.

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          GATAM,
          “Sinhala Only Elam + Tamil Elam + Muslim Elam is the solution.”

          What a dumb idea. Solve the ethnic problem and create border problems.

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          Where should this Muslim state be? Just asking, not that there is one in a billion chance that a Muslim or a Tamil state will ever be created in this island. BTW, due to the extreme breeding rates of Muslims, a separate state in the north and east will most probably be a Muslim majourity state.
           
          (P.S. you don’t have to put Sinhala in front of Eelam, Eelam simply means the country of the Sinhalese).

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            72% of the island’s Muslims live in the Sinhalese south. Only 28% live in the north and east and 70% of this 28% live along the coastal belt starting from Southern Kalmunai to Pottuvil. This is the only area where the Muslims are in a continuous majority, in the rest of the east they live in pockets or enclaves, largely surrounded by Hindu Tamil towns and villages. If there is any Islamic Eelam it will be only in this coastal belt, which will be around 40Km in length and 30KM width. They cannot do anything much with this Islamic Eelam. The number of Muslims in the north will be around 80000 the most amongst a population of 1.2 million Sri Lankan Tamils. It will take them hundreds of years to outbreed the Tamil population here. By that time most probably the Sinhalese /Sri Lankan government would have wiped out both people with their racist policies. Further 72% of the island’s Muslims live amongst the Sinhalese, therefore they will outbreed the Sinhalese too, as per your stupid theory.

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              Eelam or Eezham is a pure Tamil word meaning land of toddy or metal. Era means toddy in Tamil. In Sinhalese, it is Ra the E has gone off. Iyam means a sheaf of metal in Tamil. In Sinhalese, they still use the word Illama for a metal vein. There is very important and large caste in Kerala called the Eezhava or Eelava or Billava in Karnataka they are all associated with toddy topping and are supposed to have migrated out of the island. Old Sinhalese is called Hela not Eelam or Eezham a Prakritized version of the Tamil word Eelam or Eezham. Just like Tamil Chingkalam got Prakritised to Sinhala and Tamil Ilanku or Ilankai meaning shining or resplendent in old Tamil got Prakritised to Lanka

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              SSS
              Muslims are Tamils who practise Islam as their religion while the remaining Tamils are Hindu/Christian.

              Soma

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          There is no such thing called a Muslim nation or ethnicity. It is a religious identity. The so-called Sri Lankan Moors are ethnic Tamil Muslims. That too from South India and did not evolve within the island. Migrated here. There have ancient no history on the island nor of owning any land or having a nation. DNA has also conclusively proved that the Sri Lankan Muslims originate from India and not from North Africa or Western Asia. his means they are largely descended from converted low caste Tamil Hindus from what is now called modern Tamil Nadu and parts of Kerala, which was Tamil a few centuries ago. They did not arrive from other parts of India, as some Sri Lankan Muslims are now trying to pathetically claim and speak Tamil and follow Tamil Islamic customs, How absurd until this craze to Arabize started 2-3 decades ago. Local indigenous Tamils did not convert to Islam, if they did and since they are native and indigenous then the Muslims in the east have a right to claim a homeland but they are not, they are descended from Indian origin Tamil Muslim refugees who arrived in the ancient Hindu Tamil east a few centuries ago, fleeing Portuguese and then Sinhalese persecution and were given refuge as fellow Tamils.

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            They have no right to now claim the land of the native Tamil Hindus who gave them refuge as fellow Tamils now in the name of Islam and a fake Islamic ethnicity, nationality that had never existed and justify it with a fake Arab origin, that has now been definitely proven to be a lie. You are just a southern Islamic extremist trying to claim some Islamic homeland not in the Sinhalese south, where most of the island’s Muslims live but in Tamil areas and radicalize the local Tamil Muslims there to fight with their fellow non-Muslim Tamils in the name of Islam.

      • 1
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        Historian,
        “They are entitled to self-determination according to international law.”

        I don’t think Dravidians brought to Sinhale by colonial rulers to work as coolies are entitled for self-determination according to international law. These Dravidians do not have their roots in this country and they do not have a history in this country.
        —-
        Can the Tamils who claim that they lived in this country since ‘Dawn of Time’ tell us why they were confined to Yapanaya Peninsula until British dragged them and settled them outside the Peninsula and any significant contribution they made to develop this country? Their main role was helping colonial rulers to exploit the resources in this country.

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          The so-called Dravidians brought in by the colonial rulers, meaning the Portuguese and the Dutch and not the British were all settled along the western and southern littorals and gradually converted to the Sinhalese identity. They are the ancestors of the present-day Sinhalese Karawa, Salagama, Durawa and many other service castes making up around half the present-day Sinhalese population. Not taking into account the thousands of Dravidians still migrating from Tamil Nadu and then Tamil Kerala into the Sinhalese south, to trade and to rule, like the Pandaranaickams. Thambi Mudaliar Jayawardenam, and all those KandyanRadalas and upper castes.

          • 2
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            Hello Siva Sankaran Sharma,
            Thank you for the comical response, which is a source of great amusement in the morning.
            A great way to start the day!
            Thanks again!

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              The poor creature cannot face the truth, so decided to insult. Hope I have not spoilt your day and you are not distraught.

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                Hello Siva Sankaran Sharma,
                Surely finding your comments amusing is not the same as ‘insulting’ you!

                In fact, it is a compliment for excellent storytelling which borders on hogwash.

  • 5
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    its so funny the word “Referendum” does not appear even once in the article …only the header
    ===========

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      And doesn’t say who are entitled to vote.

      Soma

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    KR, We have indeed had a dark history in the struggle for separate ethnic land and to continue to battle for the same will not give a different result. How about getting into unity as in UK/USA for the next few years without demanding to divide. May get much better results. How about minding our own business without trying to change the maha sangha, buddhists or others. Muslims, hindus and christians are religions where there is accountability to higher beings and hence carry responsibility. The real buddhist philosophy is do what you please till attain nirvana, but sinhala may be reborn tamil during that process. Religious beliefs are entrenched. Christians have sins forgiven as Jesus was substitute and resurrect as the same accountable person not with many lives here with loss of identity from creator. Cannot merge these beliefs.

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      Unity means living under Sinhala rule, Sinhala Military rule and eventually Chinese CCP rule.

      The time to leave SL and form 3 separate nations is now. If this opportunity is missed Tamils and Muslims may not be able to have their equitable share of the island. That is the danger. Sinhala rulers are already leasing out, selling, extracting, etc. Tamil and Muslim Elams to foreigners. What will be left for Tamils and Muslims in their traditional homelands?

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        Recently, many times, Aanduwa customs & others regulatory offices returned many products back to India, Brazil and Singapore complaining the products were not having import quality. Yahapalanaya,while there were in acute shortage of gas, returned ships brought gas. Now Aanduwa is not able to return the Hunu ship. They are paying damages for having made the ship to return up Singapore and wait in those harbors. This Hunu is not just going to spread leprosy to farmers and their villages, but for plants and farm animals and wild animals. China already has the glory of having had spread the Covid-19 to the world. Aanduwa has the glory of having imported unsuitable fertilizer from Russia and put Lankaweyans as kidney patients. This Hunu import has capacity of making Lankawe like Hiroshima, a non-inhabitable land for long time. While this matter covers media, Royals’ private company is lending $2B to Lankawe at 7%. IMF may not charge even 2% if they make the application in proper form.
        Jeyawewa for Lankawe, but Tamils have to go alone and live their peaceful life.

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        GATAM, Freedom is the mindset of those who know absolute truth. Unity is not living under sinhala rule which is simply a feeling of insecurity doubt and unworthiness many have may be due to trauma suffered. Security due to acceptance by creator/redeemer makes one a first class citizen, not challenged by a world of fallen humans under liar satan influencing minds. Live like a king whom no murderer or robber can touch on any part of earth.

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    The author is mistaken, he should promote a referendum for Tamils in India. That is the only solution for their grievances. If he is promoting his theory in a sovereign foreign unitary state; Sri Lanka. What is his next attempt, is it going to be in Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa or Mauritius. Tamils scattered all over the world must establish their rightful territory on earth. That is TAMIL NADU in India. They must fight for the sovereignty of Tamil Nadu. Nadu means state. Unfortunately, the author is an another unwelcome Kalla thoni whose forefathers most likely left their homeland or motherland many generations ago seeking greener pastures. Landed in Lakdiva now known as Sri Lanka. He must get the facts straight without referring to the what happened during darkest period of recent history of Sri Lanka.
    The author should and must be supported by every Tamil , Sinhalese, South African, Malaysian, Indonesian, Fijian, Mauritanian to establish the sovereign nation of Tamil Nadu in India hence the idea of a referendum in India for Tamils is a great idea.

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      Both Tamil Nadu and the North and East of the island are the homelands of the Tamils. Tamil Nadu is now part of the Indian union and the Tamils there like to be part of the Indian union, as it benefits them immensely and they are treated there in a fair and just manner, therefore not interested in a separate state now, as they know being part of the Indian Union is better for them. The story of the other Tamil homeland in the north and east of the island, that became part of the colony of Ceylon and then Sri Lanka is different. The Tamils here from the time of independence have been facing discrimination, marginalisation, ethnic cleansing and structural genocide. They are denied everything, education, employment, use of language and large areas of their lands are stolen by the Sri Lankan state to settle Sinhalese to deliberately change the demography. All in the name of Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism. Therefore they need a referendum to decide if their ancient homeland needs to be part of this racist state of to separate. If they do not very soon the Sinhalese state will destroy them as a people. Austria and Germany and even most of Switzerland is the homeland of the German people. This means as per your stupid racist theory only Germany is the homeland of all Germans as it is called Germany. Go and take a hike. Most Sinhalese are descended from immigrants from Tamil Nadu and most of them fairly recent.

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      Your racist rant and lies about the Tamils of Sri Lanka and sadly like most Sinhalese is racist to the core. Even the so-called upper and upper-middle-class western-educated ones are ample proof as to why a referendum amongst the island’s living on the island and overseas is needed to determine, whether separate or not. country, Most Sinhalese do not want to acknowledge Tamils as a people and their ancient history on the island and their right to self determine. Committed untold miseries and violence on them, marginalized and discriminated against them, ethnically cleansed them so much, that their population within 70 years from the time of independence to now has declined from 26% to 15.4%.

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        Stole around 30% of their land and colonized it with Sinhalese to deliberately change the demography. Why don’t you read and quote history properly? DNA has proven we are all descended from South Indian immigrants and but it is not the Sri Lankan Tamils who are descended from recent immigrants from South India, they are largely descended from ancient and prehistoric migrations from South India, but it is the Sinhalese are largely descended from medieval and recent migrations from Tamil Nadu/.

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    “…dispossession of Tamil historical and traditional homeland.”
    —-
    How many homelands Tamils want?
    Their historical and traditional homeland is Tamil Nadu. The ancestors of Tamils who live in Sinhale came from Tamil Nadu. Sinhale is the historical and traditional homeland of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo who evolved in this island, developed the country from scratch and fought against Dravida, Portuguese, Dutch and British invaders. Tamils did not fight against British to liberate this country. Instead of fighting against British they sat on their lap and oppressed indigenous Sinhalayo.
    If Tamils want self-determination and a separate State best thing is to return to Tamil Nadu and fight for that. Those who came to Sinhale after 12th century and occupied Sinhala land in the North are not eligible to talk about self-determination or a second homeland in this country.

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      Tamil Nadu is the homeland of the Indian Tamils and North East of the island or Tamil Eelam is the land of the native indigenous Sri Lankan or Eelam Tamils. Just like Saudi Arabia is the homeland of the Arab Saudis and Oman is the homeland of Omani Arabs. Hope you understood something simple like this. Tamils in the island are only interested in Tamil Eelam and in Tamil Nadu of the Sinhalese parts of the island called Eelam. Hela is the Prakritsed version of Eelam. You know this but you and your fellow Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists, many of whom are ironically descended from recent immigrants from Tamil Nadu, maybe even you, deliberately to mislead and muddy the water come here and make these stupid posts.

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        Sorry. Tamils in the island are only interested in Tamil Eelam and not in Tamil Nadu of the Sinhalese parts of the island called Eelam.

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    Tamils who have got stuck in ‘Vadukkodei Resolution’ prepared by Tamil politicians in Yapanaya distorting the history of Sinhale to justify their claim to create a separate State based on a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’ should come out from that and learn the true history of Sinhale if they want to live in this country.

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      Eagle,
      If a person’s immediate ancestors were born in this country, he is citizen. There are no first class citizens, even ones in yellow robes. Fake history doesn’t count. Was even your father born in Canada? Does he know about you?

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    Although experts in international law argue that referendums where only separatists decide are against human rights and the right to self-determination in the whole territory of the rest of the population, lets say that such a UN monitored referendum to decide carving out of a separate Tamil state (Tamil Eelam = TE) is held only among Tamils, as demanded by Tamil separatists – in such a referendum all Tamil speaking people i.e. Plantation Tamils and Muslims too must be allowed to vote. Also, Only Srilankan citizens must be allowed to vote.
     
    Further, there should be a requirement that all Tamils who vote for TE should move immediately into TE when it is established. If the Tamils who had voted for TE refuse to move into their new state, then they should be forcibly moved, within a given deadline. This requirement will make sure that all Tamil trouble makers are packed off to TE and it will also ensure that Tamils who had voted against TE, can continue to live freely anywhere they wish in the island and not get forcibly moved into the mono-ethnic TE, while retaining all rights to their ancestral properties in the north and east.

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    It is almost 25 years since the passing of the 13th Amendment and Sri Lanka is reluctant to implement it after signing the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord. Therefore, it is better for the Tamils to have a referendum for an Independent Territory within the Union of India in accordance with the Indian Constitution and request India to accommodate N-E Province like Pondicherry. This will settle number of issues and both the Sinhalese and the Tamils can live peacefully. It will also be a checkmate for Wahabbism which has shown its ugly head in the Eastern Province.

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    What brilliant proposals from both the author and the posters of comments. Any of them will lead to another civil war. No wonder none of them will ever see the light of day. Our politicians may be idiots but even they are not as foolish as this.

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      You need not worry, as your Viking Sugar Daddy travelled on a longboat and raided a southern Sri Lanka beach and abducted you as his booty and took you back to Viking land. He has now given you his Viking name, just like a good master. Why should there be a civil war for granting people their just rights? Unless the people who do not want these rights to be granted are a bunch of brainwashed genocidal racists. Why are you praying for another civil war, as you are very bitter after your forcible abduction?

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      Svenson, How on earth can living in unity lead to a civil war. Bible commands that if at all possible, live in peace with all men. Rom.12,18 with the strong suggestion that all men came from one responsible source. Men don’t own earth and have to leave it at death. So why fight for it while still alive, in corruption, greed, competition and murder. Neighbor not enemy.

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