27 November, 2021

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Why Does Reconciliation In Sri Lanka Matter To The UK

By Rajeewa Jayaweera –      

Rajeewa Jayaweera

Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK: a response to UK State Minister Mark Field

I have just completed reading your Op-ed article titled ‘Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to UK’ in the Daily Mirror edition today (04 October) and decided to respond due to some glaring contradictions between what Britain preaches to others and what it does in practice.

Some of the contents therein I wish to highlight are; 

1. The pace of progress on a number of key issues remains much slower than we hoped for

2. Finding the truth is fundamental

3. Prevention of Terrorism Act is something I am regularly asked by the diaspora and others in the UK

4. Some ask why any of this should matter to the UK. There are also those who like to represent the Geneva resolution in particular as interference by the international community in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs. This is unfortunate and unfair.     

Despite the many issues such as Iraq and Libya that comes to my mind, I shall limit my comments to three points.

British forces arrived in Northern Ireland on August 14, 1969, supposedly to maintain the peace. The government of Ted Heath agreed to the request by Northern Ireland’s Unionist Prime Minister Brian Faulkner to introduce internment, in other words, the power to imprison indefinitely without charge or trial. Announcing the decree, Faulkner said, “The main target of the present operation is the IRA. I ask those who will quite sincerely consider the use of internal powers as evil, to answer honestly, this question. Is it more of an evil than to allow the perpetrators of these outrages to remain at liberty.” On August 9, 1971, Operation Demetrius was launched to arrest and intern suspected IRA terrorist. During its enforcement, an incident took place in the town of Bellymurphy, a poor housing estate in Belfast. 11 unarmed men and women were shot dead by Crown Forces between August 9 and 11, 1971. Unlike the massacre in Derry in February 1972, this incident was mostly suppressed, and little material is available in the public domain. General Sir Michael Jackson, a former Chief of General Staff, in his autobiography states those killed were Republican gunmen, strongly denied by Catholic families in the documentary ‘The Bellamy Precedent’ produced by Channel 4. 45 years later in 2016, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland recommended an inquest as one of a series of ‘legacy inquests’ related to 56 incidents. The inquests have been delayed due to funding not approved by the Northern Ireland Executive. A former first minister deferred a bid for extra funding for inquests into historical killings in Northern Ireland. She subsequently confirmed she had used her influence in the devolved power-sharing executive to hold back finance for a backlog of inquests connected to the conflict. The High Court said, “her decision to refuse to put a funding paper on the Executive basis was unlawful and procedurally flawed.”

On January 30, 1972, members of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment shot 28 unarmed civilians. 14 died in the incident. The Widgery Tribunal report termed the soldiers shooting “bordering on the reckless” and was branded as a whitewash. The report of the subsequent Saville Commission constituted in 1998 was released 12 years later in 2010. The report further concluded that the killings were both “unjustified” and “unjustifiable.” It found that all those shot were unarmed, that none was posing a serious threat, that no bombs were thrown, and that soldiers “knowingly put forward false accounts” to justify their firing. Former Prime Minister David Cameron closed the entire Northern Ireland chapter with a “we are deeply sorry” apology in Parliament.

The Chagos Archipelago or Chagos Islands are a group of seven atolls comprising more than 60 individual tropical islands in the Indian Ocean. Before granting independence to Mauritius in 1968, Britain, in November 1965 excised the entire archipelago and created British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) after paying Mauritius a paltry sum of GBP 3 million. Between 1968 and 1973, over 1,500 islanders were forcibly removed and scattered over Mauritius, Seychelles and West Sussex in Britain. The largest of the islands, Diego Garcia, was leased to the USA to build a military base. In return, Britain received a GBP 7.6 million discount for the Polaris nuclear missiles it purchased from the USA in 1968. British citizenship was granted to those forcibly removed and their children but was not given to future generations making them second class citizens. They are also banned from returning to Diego Garcia, home to a top-secret US military base. According to a recent BBC report, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, 88, father of present Prime Minister and the only surviving participant of Mauritius Constitution Conference of 1965 has told BBC, “It was real blackmail.” He further claimed then British Prime Minister Harold Wilson had told: “if you don’t agree to what I am proposing (about Chagos Islands) then forget about independence.” After years of bilateral negotiations, Mauritius finally escalated the issue to the UN General Assembly.  By a recorded vote of 94 in favor, 15 against and 65 abstentions, UNGA voted to refer the matter ICJ to ascertain whether the decolonization of Mauritius had been carried out lawfully, given the Archipelago’s subsequent separation. A verdict is expected next year. Meanwhile, Britain has stated, it would not agree to have a bilateral dispute submitted for judicial settlement and called for the draft resolution to be withdrawn. It also said it would not consider resettlement of displaced persons in the disputed islands.

The questions arising from your comments are;

a) What are the reasons and justifications for the implementation of Operation Demetrius (internment of suspected terrorists) jointly by Britain Northern Ireland?

b) ‘Finding the truth being fundamental,’ what is the reason for the slow pace in finding the truth of those guilty of shooting civilians in Ballymurphy in 1971 and in Derry in 1972? Would Britain also agree to a team of international investigators, lawyers, prosecutors and judges to expedite investigations?  

c) Was a “We are deeply sorry” apology a suitable closure to the atrocities and tragedies which took place in Northern Ireland?

d) Notwithstanding Britain’s need to appease the diaspora, does a nation who implemented a draconian policy of interning suspected terrorists have the moral right to question terrorism prevention regulations of other countries?

e) Why does Britain reject the involvement of ICJ in the dispute with Mauritius over Chagos islands? Further, why are Chagos people desiring to return to their land of birth debarred from doing so? 

Is this British sense of fairness?    

To conclude, the Geneva Resolution may have been rammed through with the co-sponsorship of the government of Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, the slow pace of progress is chiefly due to the government’s inability to convince a majority of Sri Lankans in accepting the resolution. Whether it would work for or against reconciliation is yet to be seen. 

Many of my compatriots and I would be delighted if you would share your thought with us.

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    We need them more than they need us …
    So; that’s why we cannot do that much …we are not in equal feet to challenge them ..
    So; we live in a self contradictory world..

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      Here is a news……
      We DONT need them than they need us………..
      In fact they need us more…………..

      We truly are in a position to show the middle finger to the fking old brits

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        sach :We truly are in a position to show the middle finger to the fking old brits

        sach there are five fingers in fact 10 and in the case of Sri Lanka they need all twenty even the 10 on both feet

        in fact the Sinhala politicians of all colours are sticking out the middle fingers to fool the modayas like you ….the rest of the 19 fingers are serving the international community…..

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      Lanken, I would like to raise the question why not UK worrying of SL ?

      I think if they the IC had been not exchanging a single word on it, we would have been worried them not asking. Not just SL kanen issues, but as an issue of CW country member, why not they have no right to be worried ?

      Since we the folks are met with delivering towards the progress of reconciliation, we become easily hurt. But why not we dont make every efforts to analyse as to why the progress is not happening even an inch ?

      Our peoeple including law makers should raise the question, why Recon is not happening as we expect it to be…
      How many more years we have to struggle to speed up with it ?
      I beleive, we the ones – majority folks in the coutnry are just made sick with thinking about not doing than not thinking about the need of our wholehearted efforts .

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      Of course, the reconciliation in Sri Lanka should matter to the UK because the British made the blunder in integrating all the federal states into one unitary state by uniting the Tamil North to the Sinhala South (only in 1833 for their convenience in administration) and thereby reducing the Tamils to a minority and then they left the whole country at independence (1948) in the hands of the Sinhalese without even asking the Tamil people’s consent. The British suddenly left in 1948 without correcting their mistake by reverting back to the old federal setup that was existing. The Hansard record (see below) proves that the British were able to foresee the danger of uniting the Tamil North to the Sinhala South.

      In 1939, one of the governors of the country, Sir Andrew Caldicott reflected the views of many of his predecessors when he said that all ‘fissures radiate from the vexed question of minority representation.’ When the question of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was before the British House of Commons, the Conservative M P for Hornsey referring to the Ceylon Tamils made the following observation:

      ‘Ceylon . . . . is not a single unit. There are two races, Sinhalese and Tamils. The Tamils differ from the Sinhalese in race, religion and to a large extent in background. Where there is a racial minority in a country the danger is, it may become a permanent political minority’ (Hansard November 22, 1947).

  • 7
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    Rajeewa Jayaweera – forget whether it matters to the UK or USA or China or India or Israel.
    do you think it matters to Sri Lanka ?

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      Rajeewa
      What Britain has done to the native people of Chagos in depriving their land is certainly unfair,but that does not necessarily justify your racist excuse to support the SL government’s to do the same in the case of the minority Tamil community by denying their fundamental right to exist.
      Your bullshit about the government’s lethargic attitude about the inability to convince the majority of your community whom you refer to as SriLankans while alluding that the minorities are not, is unconvincing to the world at large.
      What do you mean saying “the Geneva Resolution was rammed” when the government itself has co-sponsored it?

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    Dear Rajeeva Jayaweera,
    I suppose you being a Sri Lankan and neither a British nor a N Irelander you sure exposing your racist mind finding some loophole for an excuse for reconciliation in your Country. Please talk to the concerned parties in your Country and the UN instead of finding excuses. Britain and N Ireland worked out through referendum and both Britain and N Ireland are happy. If you love your Country and not N Ireland try and help your country to be happy with the North and East of Sri Lanka!

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      Richard
      You seem to be a third party to the issue. In view of the demographic distribution of Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) in the island there is NO CONCEIVABLE MODEL of a ‘political solution’ which encompasses at least 90% of them. +50% Tamils living in Sinhl

      Soma

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        somass

        Get ready to relocate to your mutant homeland of Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto for noisy minority.

        You can appoint yourself the first president of your Ghetto (if MR, Dr Go, Basil, Namal, ………………. don’t return from their exile), spokesman the public racist Dayan, A S P Liyanage your caddy if you intend to play Golf, …………….. Champa the courtesan, …..

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        Soma truth does not seem to penetrate your biased mind. 90% of Tamils living outside northern and eastern provinces are those of recent Indian origin. Of the indigenous Tamils, only 10% are living outside northern and eastern provinces. This is a Sinhala racist propaganda to deny indigenous Tamils their right to land and power. Now Michael Roberts also has parroted this rubbish of saying that there cannot be a solution to Tamils due to this large section of Tamils living in the south. Tamils came to Colombo for employment as economic activity was centered in Colombo during British rule. If you shift the administrative and business centre to Tamil area, most of the Tamils in the south will return back. If after living in Colombo for 44 years since birth, I could sell my house and migrate abroad like so many Tamils living in the south had done, I do not see any reason why Tamils in Colombo at present will not move back to their homeland. Do not give excuses to deny Tamils their right to regain their lost sovereignty.

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        Soma

        The Sri Lankan Tamils of North and East choose to live in the metropolis (Colombo) due to many reasons. Not only Tamils and Muslims but everybody likes to live in Colombo or greater Colombo areas because as a unitary state with a central government/administration in Colombo (that the British established), for everything (work/economic, travel/visa/embassies/airport, etc.) one needs to come to Colombo. Further, due to decades (right from independence) of state exclusion from investment and development in the Tamil North and East, the people there had little prospect of economic life other than agriculture and limited state employment. Which is why, the period from 1977 to 1983 being described as one of incessant ethnic rioting, large numbers of Tamils remained in the south. However, their luck ran out in 1983.

        Secondly, during the period of war, the areas outside the Northeastern warzone were comparatively safer places. Whilst disappearances, indefinite detention, torture, etc. were a risk in the south, the risks of these were far greater in their home towns and villages in the North & East.

        If power is devolved (under a federal system) and decentralization had taken place right from independence, the Tamils would not have come to Colombo.

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      Richard
      You seem to be a third party to the issue. In view of the demographic distribution of Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) in the island there is NO CONCEIVABLE MODEL of a ‘political solution’ which encompasses at least 90% of them.

      Soma

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      Richard,
      I do not know where the hell you live. One thing for sure. You have no idea about the ground realities in Sri Lanka. Ordinary Demala people live happily after elimination of Demala terrorists who ruined their lives to fulfill the agenda of Western and Hindian ‘Awajathakayo’. The people who are not happy are Tamil Diaspora who made millions of $$$s and led a good life in foreign countries. They never used any of that money collected by force from Demala people in foreign countries to the benefit of ordinary Demala folks in Sri Lanka.
      The main obstacles to reconciliation are Tamil Diaspora and Elite Wellala Demala politicians because when Demala and Sinhala people live in harmony, these guys become obsolete. It is Demala politicians who ruined this country after independence by spreading hatred towards Sinhalayo for their survival. These guys do not care damn about the well-being of ordinary Demala folks who belong to low castes. Sri Lankan Armed Forces are doing a great service to strengthen the capacity of low caste Demala people. That is the reason why TNA wants to chase Army from the North.

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    Chingkallams even the so called educated ones , are all brainwashed with the racist Mahavamsam mindset , that they are truly indigenous and island only belongs to them , when in reality it is not. Most of them are descended from immigrants from ancient Thamilakam( Present day Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Southern Andhra/Karnataka) and were largely ruled by Tamil South Indian origin dynasties or local Tamizh Naga kings. Large parts of the island were Tamizh ruled by Tamizh kings and chiefs. However Chingkallams conveniently ignore all these facts and are even attempting rewrite a Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist form of history now, with their archeological , land and forestry department in the north and east in cohorts with Buddhist monks in claiming strategic , fertile lands and even ancient Saivite temples , as ancient Chingkallam Buddhist lands, when there was no history of Chingkallams ever being there, by planting Buddha artifacts and pretending to discover them. Therefore it is not surprising that they will find all sorts of flimsy excuses not to reconcile and grant the government to provide the Tamizh their just rights. These brainwashed fake Aryan Prakritised Tamizhs now calling them Chingkallam will always use their majority and the resources of the government and Chingkallam armed forces to block this. This Rajiva like 90% of the Chingkallams is racist to the core, despite all his education and will keep on posting garbage articles like this , with all sorts of flimsy excuses as why not to reconcile or live amicably with the island’s indigenous Tamizh. A normal person would love to reconcile and live in amity but most Chingkallams are not normal but a bunch of brainwashed fascists , yearning for a Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist land. The British gave them this opportunity in 1948 and they have jumped on it.

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      Little pig, I’m glad to hear that the Sinhalese are really South Indian Tamil immigrants. So we Tamils have got the whole country for ourselves after all. We Tamils are just trying to complete the job by planting ourselves in the North and East. Don’t try to stop us, come and join us Tamil brothers!

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        If you do not speak Tamizh , but some horrible mixed language that is a mixture of Tamizh. Pali( Prakrit) and Samaskiritham now called Chingkallam. and in the name of this Chingkallam and Pautha Matham , want to destroy Tamizh Mozhi, Saivaism and Tamizh people , you are not Tamizh anymore but a Chingkalla Pautha criminal and thug. Your ancestors, a few generations ago , may have been Tamizh but you are not, have degenerated into some sort of Chingkalla racist fascist , believing in some Mahavamsam fairy tale about bestiality , rape and incest being the origin of the Chingkallams and in the name of Hindian Hindu Lord Buddah want kill, rape, loot , commit genocide and ethnic cleansing on all the island’s Tamizh population, who have remained Tamizh and not degenerated into the Chingkalla Baudha identity. We do not want to join you and your uncivilised ways but remain civilised and separate from Chingkalllams and do not want our lands in the north and east stolen by Chingkallams. Stick to your part of the island , that is 70% of the island and more fertile and your beastly uncivilised ways there and do not try to use the armed forces and government resources like the forest/land and archeological department to steal our lands with fake/planted evidenced and fairy tales . I am not a brother of any racist uncivilised war criminal, who in the name of a fairy tale wants to destroy another people their language religion , erase their ancient history in the island and steal their land. This is what most Chingkallams are racist jealous barbaric ( despite calling themselves Buddhist) and suffering from some sort of insecurity , minority complex( despite being the majority ) and a terrible inferiority complex. Other than a few Chingkaalmas who are really nice and fair.

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          Do not try to be a racist smart arse making snide comments at the expense of the Thamizh. ” Tamil Brothers” indeed!. This is why from independence you were killing discriminating the island’s Thamizh. If Thamizh are your brothers why did you make over 1 million Indian origin estate Thamizh who had lived in the island for more than eight generations, at that time and had known no other country, stateless and forcibly deport them to South India? People who were the backbone of island’s economy and earned most of the foreign exchange. Why? Just because they spoke Thamizh and not Chingkallam and to satisfy the Chingkalla racists like you. Half the present day Chingkallams are also descended from immigrants from Tamil Nadu , who arrived just a century or two ago before these estate labourers, why weren’t they deported? The reason is they now speak Chingkallam but these people stuck to their Thamizh identity. Leave them what about the indigenous Thamizh from the north east. You chased around 1 million of them from the island , largely to the west. Killed around 300000 . Around 145000 in May 2009. Denied them education , employment , language rights, constantly unleashed violence on them under various pretexts of daring to ask for their rights. Have stolen 1/3 of their land using the armed forces and government resources and are vigorously trying to steal the remaining 2/3 of their land. We all know the real reason why that occupying Chingkalla army is in the north and east, to facilitate Chingkallams taking over Thamizh lands. Brothers indeed! From the cultured and tolerant Thamizh over the centuries after converting to Buddhism , you have metamorphized into some sort of racist fascist intolerant monsters, that now speak a hotchpotch language and quote a fairy tale to justify discrimination and genocide

  • 5
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    Jayaweera would do anything if Britain does.
    I am not sure if Britain learned from Lankawe or not, but the pact made with Mauritius is still honored by both, Britain and Mauritius. But in the Don Stephen made pact with Britain to allow him to rule the Tamil Eelam in exchange for allowing Trinco harbor for Britain to use, Britain got fooled by Don Stephen. Britain unnecessarily merged Tamil Eelam with Lankawe and lost on that deal.
    Jayaweera is talking about the 1500 that were paid compensation and removed with arranged citizenship. Don Stephen simply took off the citizenship of 1.5 Million Tamils. For two decades they didn’t have a country.
    Then Lankawe nationalized British Tea companies & didn’t pay compensation. Most of the estates Sirimavo cheated from foolish capitalists went to her family account.

    We Know Britain is not the only one got cheated. Solomon West Ridgway Dias made a fact with SJV but tore it off and burned all Tamils properties using national army rowdies and local rowdies. He killed more than 2000. Jayaweera is comparing that seven people killed in Ireland with that?

    Then they unleashed three more large pogroms and two more JVP suppression and one Genocide. Britain didn’t do any of these.

    Now Jayaweera wants to do only if Britain has done anything. Britain investigated Iraq war and found their PM is guilty on that.. Isn’t it Jayaweera has to match that and investigate the 150,000 death for cluster bombs?

    Just rubbish! Unless Lankawe is taught a very good lesson it learned from China on the 50 computers, It will be showing always it bitchy mouth.

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    Sri Lankans like to accept and respect Human Rights. What we do not like is white people in the West using Human Rights as a tool to achieve their political and economic objectives. White people in the West are the worst hypocrites in this world. They preach to others but they do not practice. They condemn terrorism and talk about eliminating terrorism but when Sri Lanka that suffered from LTTE terrorism wiped out the LTTE and brought peace to all the communities, they came out with war crime charges and human rights violations against the Armed forces that fought hard to eliminate terrorism from Sri Lanka. What Rajapakse regime did was protecting the human rights of the majority of people belong to Demala (Hindu and Muslim) and Sinhala communities to live in peace which was deprived by a small group of Demala terrorists.

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    Tony Blair = Adolf Hitler. Both are war criminals.

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    It’s not RIGHT to justify the war crimes against the Tamils in SL by GoSL by pointing to other Countries that they too have done so. If the GoSL had committed war crimes over the last 60 years, it is RIGHT for the International Body to investigate them and bring JUSTICE to all the VICTIMS.
    Keep your house in order first before starting to throw STONES at others.

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      Naman,
      Killing terrorists is not a war crime. GoSL did not fight a war with Demalu for 60 years.
      ——————————–
      “Keep your house in order first before starting to throw STONES at others.”
      That is exactly what we are telling Brits.

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      BS. There were ZERO investigations into JVP crackdown. You can’t cherry pick which crimes you want to investigate. If UN or anything other international body has any credibility they should’ve looked into crimes during 87-90 against JVP. But they didn’t. So why now ? Hypocrtes much ? International bodies can go F(UK themselves.

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      Naman,
      You could say the same about the White West

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    Is this British sense of fairness?

    The UK . has to make room for a rising China in Asia militarily, economically. The question is how much room. They Impose human rights and wrongs once Sri lanka pull out of china or less depend they will not speak about right and wrong and till then they will keep disturbing in future UK ,s destiny of future generations depends on our actions today to make
    The wave of Chinese investment in south Asia that has been described as “the biggest game changer in 100 years”, posing a serious challenge to UK the traditional power in the region. China’s investments in strategic island, Provide the funds as foreign military financing to boost maritime security

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    Its better to give the tamils there share of the cake.
    Racists like RJ and DJ will not help in the long run only bloodshed

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    The bottom line is that Northern Ireland and Britain have come to a settlement and peace has been restored. In that scenario, they are able to forget about the past. That is the case in South Africa too. But it is not so here; what we have now is an army of occupation and peace at gunpoint! If true peace is restored here all parties can be happy and we also can then forget about the past.

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    Thamilans are taking over this land. Just look at Mano Ganeshan, Minister. How he has rose from the line room of an upcountry tea estate.

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      “How he has rose from the line room of an upcountry tea estate.”

      Well, that’s called self-development, though i don’t know whether he came from a tea estate. He didn’t waste time on the internet by backbiting and typing stupid, racist comments like you.

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      sirinama

      “Just look at Mano Ganeshan, Minister. How he has rose from the line room of an upcountry tea estate.”

      Could you let us know Mano Ganesan’s early life, say from his birth to 1999.

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    Rajeewa: For the past seventy years or so, we could not do much to problem. It started as a language/religion-divide which has led to violence, economic chaos, the culture of corruption/nepotism/impunity.
    .
    Britain was our last colonisers and probably the pang of conscience makes them get involved to find a solution. For example the then British PM David Cameron at the 2013 CHOGM.
    You are saying “Keep off. We are Lankans”. Your stand is based on “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.”
    Yes, Britain has weaknesses but in this case, the intention is not dishonourable.
    It is clear SLPP is interested in keeping the divide going. We know why!
    What about you Rajeewa?

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    DEMOCRACY has failed in most countries because to get elected to pamper the Majority–in SL it’s the Sinhala Buddhists AND to suppress the minorities.
    In order to get elected the POLITICIANS need MONEY–WHICH THEY STEAL BY CROOKED WAYS by getting commissions and bribes in HUGE proportions. They use some of them to win over the voters. It is time to have elections based on POLICIES.
    It should be banned to make use of religion/Race etc during campaigns.Monks and religious bodies should not take part in Politics.BAN all the Billboards.
    Let PEACE prevail among all SRI LANKANS. Let there be JUSTICE to all the victims.

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    My dear Native Vedda

    Mano Ganeshan is an Estate Tamil. Parents were from Tamilnadu. This guy rose thanks to old Thondaman through his trade union movement. He learnt Sinhala, he states he went to a posh Colombo school. Nonsesne.

    Mano Ganeshan is destryoing this country. He is entrusted with Sanhindiyawa.

    He wants to Tamilise the whole nation.

    Stop him.

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      “Mano Ganeshan is destroying this country.”
      Oh my God! Is he destroying the country? Quick, go and hide somewhere soon.

      “He learnt Sinhala, he states he went to a posh Colombo school”
      If he did or didn’t go to a posh school, what is your problem buddy? Are you that damn jealous? I of course appreciate his good sinhala proficiency.

      “He wants to Tamilise the whole nation.”
      This statement confirms that you are from nowhere, but the BBS.

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      sirinamass

      “Mano Ganeshan is an Estate Tamil. “

      Whats wrong being an Estate Tamil?
      He is brave enough to espouse his Tamilness whereas you kallathonie descendant is hiding behind a mask. How long ago did your family switch being Tamils to whatever they/you are now?

      “This guy rose thanks to old Thondaman through his trade union movement.”

      Don’t be stupid ass.
      Do you know anything about his father?

      “Mano Ganeshan is destryoing this country.”

      You don’t need him to destroy the country. The country has been destroyed since 1956, and at present you have plenty of capable crooks and war criminals such as MR, Dr Go, Basil, ………..Wimal, …………………………….. Single handed army commanders, ……. to do it as rapidly as possible.

      ” He is entrusted with Sanhindiyawa.”

      And what about it?

      “He wants to Tamilise the whole nation.”

      And whats wrong about it?
      In fact you could easily merge with your Tamil Nadu cousins and benefit from the large population, technology, market, ………….. .

      Aren’t you already being a clone of Tamil?

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    We must be extremely grateful to the Western World. If not this Island will not be standing above the water level of the Indian Ocean. You should be grateful to Britain for providing you with an education which has put you on a Pedestal. Britain left us an administrative system with a solid foundation. Since Independence the Pearl of the East has become the Tear Drop of India.

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      hancho pancha
      You are right.
      If not for the British who built the highways, railways, schools, universities, hospitals and so on, the great Sinhala-Buddhist nation will be wearing amude, chewing bulath (betal) and travelling in Gon Karatte (Bullock Carts), gobbling Veda-Mahathaya’s guli, studying at the Pirivena (temple schools), and holding a Pandama.(Koppara Lamp) in the night.

      From 1948, the Sinhala Buddhists have only ruined this beautiful country and still continuing to ruin. It’s like giving a beautiful flower garland to a group of monkeys.

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    Sirinama you are spot on. This Mano Ganeshan who is an estate Tamil from recent Tamilnadu migrants is teaching us how to live in this country when we have lived here for 2500 years. Why can’t he go back to Tamilnadu, his native place where his relatives are. Who the hell is he to teach us reconcillation? Have we gone nuts?

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    Mano Ganeshan is damn too much – pokes his nose to everything like health, immigration and natinal security. He must realise he got a very small ministry

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    Pack Mano Ganeshan back to where he came from – Thamil Naadu

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      Yes together with him we can pack up 80% of the present day so called Sinhalese population , now screaming for Tamil blood back to their ancestral homeland Tamil Nadu. You also can sing in Joy and return their to see your cousins. Other than their language , which itself is 40% Tamil derived. The Sinhalese are just a clone of the Tamils in every other way. Dress looks, culture, food habits, to the gods they pray, festivals they celebrate. What they project to the world as Sinhalese Buddhist culture is basically the Tamil Hindu culture. Even the vast majority of your family names, excluding the Portuguese origin ones, are variations of Tamil Hindu names. Many may be of Sanskrit origin but are only used in the South of India and by Tamils. Yet all this hatred for Tamils.

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    Tamils are everytwhere. Damn too much

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      Costa a Tamil Paravan name from originating from Thootukudi, just like Rodrigo. Now all have become Sinhalese Buddhist patriots.

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        They are Porutugese names. How many Tamils have names like costa or rodrigo ? None.Try again clown.

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      Costa

      “Tamils are everytwhere. Damn too much”

      True Tamils are everywhere.
      Only problem is they now claim to be Sinhala/Buddhists, some go to the extreme and convert themselves into Sinhala/Buddhist fascism.

      Was your great grandfather inspired by António de Oliveira Salazar?

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    Dear Rajeeva, Soma, Eagle eye,
    If you guys are not racists you will not be hiding the obvious in your Country and harp on other Countries. What other friendly Countries are doing is to bring reconciliation and prevent your Country from doing down into the cauldrons of other opportunist Countries. Because your Country has not done enough to negate the atrocities committed to Tamils at least by preventing further spread of racism and violence. All the rest can see your racist writing on the wall.

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    “reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK” – Its democracy at its best.
    YES. To appease the Diaspora in order to get the Tamil vote…………..
    Democracy with a accent of Bribery.

    Do not try this at home.

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    We do not want Mano Ganeshan here. He is a Tamilnadu man. Please send him back before he destroys the rest of Sri Lanka. He secretly hiding through reconcillation program Tamilaise this beautiful Sinhala Buddhist Lanka.

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      Exactly. Since Colombo is already minoritirized wonder what will happen to Sinhalese in rest of the country? Sinhalese have to fight for their land.

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      Hey baduwa,

      With the arrival of pronce vijaya, sinhalese people have their origin from india. you too. don’t go nuts over this baduwa.

      “beautiful Sinhala Buddhist Lanka.”

      hahaha! bambuwa! what do you call as beautiful? this country is beautiful only for the politicians.

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    Absolute rubbish and nonsense writing, comparing Britain and Sri Lanka. Is this a Sinhala mindset? Sri Lanka is no way equal to Britain, in many ways including economically, militarily, politically, democracy, etc. British Judiciary, courts are independent but Sri Lanka is one of the worst so called democracies on earth.

    I don’t know why Tamils not seeking Justice through UK courts as British colonial rule that merged Eelam with Sinhala land, failed to separate when left resulting Sinhalese oppressing Tamils.

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      LOL. Merged Eelam with Sinhala land ? Eelam where ? In the heads of tamils ? Where is this Eelam ? I dare you to name ten Eelam Kings. Can you ?At least show us a single stone scripture written Tamil ? There must be so many of them aren’t they ? There is NONE. This country has always been a SINHALA country until Portuguese arrived. You idiots need a good history lesson. Unfortunately instead of teaching history we have this reconciliation crap. Also please tell Sri Daran and his 40 thieves to stop vandalizing your ancient “Eelam” ruins. Wonder why is he destroying them ?

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    No, Costa is a good Portugeuse name. But we never converted to Catholism. Most Costas are Sinhala Buddhists including Rex De Costa

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      Yes Portuguese names taken by so called low caste Sinhalese Buddhists and Catholics , to hide their recent low caste immigrant Indian Tamil origin. In your case your Tamil Paravan origin from Thutukudi . Your other friend with the similar name also will have the same origin

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    We do not want Tamils in this Sinhala country. Go back, go back go back

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      Wasantha Nilame

      “We do not want Tamils in this Sinhala country.”

      We don’t want descendants of Kallathonies in this island.
      Go back to to your ancestral homeland South India.
      When are you leaving?
      When you go please take Mrs Udubaddewa, Manoda Costa, Pissu Hutan, thondamany, Joy Rathnavibhushana, sach, soma, Eagle Eye, sirinama, Meneka Manawadu, Champa, Champika, Gunadasa Amarasekara, Nalin, Udhaya Ganapathipilla, Wimal Sangili, wnnihami, Hela, ……………… Sivajilingam, Suresh Premachandran, Sirisena, ……….. with you.

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    To fake wannabe vedda,
    Sinhalese have created a civilization here unlike all the others. And it is 2500 years old. Go to seegiriya go to Anuradhapura or any other place in this country and see it for yourself. You want us to take seegiriya back with us too ? However there was no Tamil civilization here. Not a single ancient Tamil ruin is out there.But Tamil Nadu had a civilization.Tamil language was born there. Language which SL Tamils also speak. Sangam was a Tamil Nadu literary work and has nothing to do with SL tamils. Throw all your SL tamils in Tamil Nadu they will feel right at home. Same language same culture etc. But where can Sinhalese go ? Real veddas have been living side by side with sinhalese for a long long time. Sinhalese didn’t kill them. Sinhalese didn’t convert them to Buddhism. Sinhalese are part vedda and vice versa. Sinhalese are not JUST descended from Vijaya. They are also part Yakka, Naga, Deva and also Vedda. Now which sinhalese have to send back according to you?

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      Pissu Hutan

      “Sinhalese have created a civilization here unlike all the others.”

      Please define/explain.
      What is a civilisation?
      How did the Sinhalese create a civilisation?
      What is unique about it?
      Did Vija single handedly build your civilisation?

      By the way what was Indian Sculpture M. Muthiah Sthapathi doing in Rambadagalla Vidyasagara Temple since 2002 or his ancestor Ganesvarachari, a 14th century South Indian architect at Gadaladeni Vihara?

      Have you ever heard of Amaravati style?

      If you sit on your brain it would be very difficult to behave like a normal human being.

      Find out from Egodamulle Amaramoli Thero.

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        Any civilization must include a unique language. Sinhala language was born here. Tamil is not. Vijaya didn’t bring it from India. It is the language of our civilization. You mentioned bunch of names of Tamils. What’s your point ? There were Chinese people who lived and worked here. Does that mean there was a Chinese kingdom here? Cross cultural influencing is nothing new. Sinhalese were influenced by many different cultures not just by Tamils. Malyalam influence on sinhalese is much more stronger than Tamil influence. But there was never a Malayalam kingdom either.

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          This fellow Pissu Hutan’s logic is only good for those Sinhalayas who gobble kavum, the Portuguese called them Modayass, those who cannot see beyond their nose.
          How can creating a new language be a defining factor for civilization by a group of people who came and occupied the island by accident? Sinhala language originated from Prakrit/Sanskrit, Pali and Tamil.

          The Dravidians who moved to the Southern parts of the sub-continent would have easily occupied both South India and Sri Lanka (just a walking distance on the Adams/RamaSethu Bridge). The South Indian Tamil (Chola, Chera, Pandya, Pallava), Telugu (Vijayanagara) and Orissa (Kalinga) are Dravidians. The Naga, Yakka, Deva and Raksha were Dravidian tribes who lived in India and Lanka even before the Aryan invasion. However, nobody knows what language these tribes spoke. May be they spoke the old Tamil, may be Sanskrit or Prakrit or the Veddha dialoge.

          After Emperor Asoka’s missionary monks led by Mahinda Thero converted the Saivaite Dravidian/Tamil King Muta Siva’s second son Tissa (brother of Maha Siva) to Buddhism in the 2nd century BC, a large number of Saivaite Dravidian tribes in the island embraced Asoka’s Buddhism, Aryanised/Prakritised their speech, learned to write using Asoka Bhrami script, adopted the Lion symbol (the Indian Lion which represents the accomplishment of Buddha) and the Dhamma Chakra (also called the Asoka Chakra), accepted the Asoka Buddhist culture and implemented Asoka’s technology to build Stupas, Chaityas, Viharas, Sangharama, and so on.

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          Pissa

          You should read before start typing.

          Abstract

          As early as 1821 Rasmus Rask identified Sinhalese as a speech belonging to the same class as Sanskrit, and added that Tamil belonged to quite a different class. Since then the subject has been studied and discussed by various scholars, and it is established beyond doubt that Sinhalese is an Indo-Aryan language. Dravidian languages have, however, had their influence on Sinhalese, chiefly through contact, and Tamil, being the language spoken by a large population in the neighbouring part of India, asserted a wide influence on the vocabulary, grammar, and literature of Sinhalese. Before examining the Dravidian loan-words in Sinhalese and the influence of Dravidian languages on its structure, the amount of the indebtedness of Sinhalese writers to Tamil authors for their subject matter will be examined here.

          The Dravidian Element in Sinhalese
          C. E. Godakumbura.
          Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 11, pp 837-841, (1946)
          https://doi.org/10.1017/S0041977X00089850

          The Dravidian Element in Sinhalese
          By S Gnana Pragasar
          Anthropos
          Bd. 32, H. 1./2. (Jan. – Apr., 1937), pp. 155-170 (16 pages)
          https://www.jstor.org/stable/40447910?read-now=1&loggedin=true&seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

          ” Sinhalese were influenced by many different cultures not just by Tamils. Malyalam influence on sinhalese is much more stronger than Tamil influence. “

          That is precisely my point.
          You typed:
          “Sinhalese have created a civilization here unlike all the others. And it is 2500 years old.”

          Now you have changed your mind.
          What is your problem?

          Go spend some time reading.

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        The issue here is whether there was a Tamil state or not. The answer is no. You have not provided any evidence for it. Tamils, Chinese , Arabs have lived in Sri Lanka. But there were no Tamil, Chinese or Arab states here.

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      Pissu Hutan
      Your name suits you well.
      What civilization did the Sinhalese Create? The Sinhala culture and civilization is 100% BORROWED! Sinhala language is nothing but Sanskrit, Pali and Tamil (from North & South India). The Sinhala script was borrowed from the Indian Grantha script. The name of the country ‘Lanka’ was borrowed from the Indian epic Ramayana. The name of their race ‘Sinhala’ was borrowed from the Indian epic Mahabaratha.
      All the ancient structures (including the advanced irrigation technology) is from South India (Tamil). The terms used in irrigation, together with their definitions, from the ‘Ancient Irrigation Works’, by R.L.Brohier reveals an important fact, they are Tamil derivatives and none of them are Indo-Aryan Prakrit or Sinhala.
      Where is evidence to prove that Seegiriya and Anuradhapura were built by the Sinhalese? Even the Mahavamsa or any other early historic documents and artefacts do not say anything about a Sinhala Buddhist country or a Sinhala Buddhist kingdom or a Sinhala Buddhist king or a Sinhala Buddhist civilization. It is believed that Kassapa built Seegiriya. Kassapa is half-Tamil born to Dhatusena’s Tamil/Pallava wife. However, Dhatusena’s favourite son Moggallan fled to Tamil Nadu and returned with a huge Tamil army and defeated his half-Tamil/Pallava step brother Kassapa in 491 AD. Both Tamil and Sinhala kings ruled the Island alternatively right from the beginning of history and the civilization was created by both. It is not mentioned anywhere that the Sri Lankan civilization is a Sinhala civilization or Tamil civilization.
      Sinhala came from India and Buddhism also came from India. The father of Sinhala race Vijay and his 700 Sinhala thugs came from India. Why there is no Sinhala in the present day India is because it must be one of the many lost civilizations of India. Yakka, Naga, Deva and Vedda has nothing to do with Sinhalese.

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    Pissu Hutan

    Stick to Mahavamsa which is the gospel truth. Sinhalese decendaned from Vijaya. Full stop.

    Forget the myth Yaksha, Naga, Ravana etc.

    Kuweni yes a Veddah.

    Tamils came very recently mostly by Dutch to grow tobacco

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      So what happened to yakkas and nagas then ? Why only veddas are still remaining ? Ever wonder where common sinhala words like oluva, kakula, bella come from ? Those are Yakka words.

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        Pissu Hutan

        The Nagas were the people who belonged to both South India and Sri Lanka. As per historians, Nagas were also moving back and forth between South India and Sri Lanka. The Dravidian classic, the Chilappathikaram makes it clear that the first great kingdom of India was Naganadu. The place names Nagatheev/Nagadipa (Jaffna) and Nagakovil (Tamil Nadu) indicates that a tribe known as the Nagas have been one of the many tribes to populate the Jaffna peninsula. Tamil Sangam literature indicates that Naga poets from Nagatheev/Nagadipa have contributed to the Tamil literature. Today they are part of the Tamil society.

        The Yakkas were Kuveni and her people. The Mahavamsa says, Vijay and his 700 men who arrived from North India annihilated most of the aboriginal Yakkas (Kuveni’s people) who lived in the island of Lanka (very similar to what happened to the aboriginals of Australia and North America) and the remnant had been driven (escaped) into the jungles and become Veddas (including Kuveni’s children). Later he (Vijay) married a Pandyan princess of Madurai, South India and his men were given in marriage to the Pandyan maidens. That is how the Sinhala race originated and the poor Veddas (the original natives) had to live in the jungle forever. If you find it difficult to get a copy of the Mahavamsa, then at least watch the Sinhala movie Vijaya Kuweni. The full movie is available free on-line.

        Vijay the father of the Sinhala race would have picked up a few words like oluva, kakula, bella from the Yakkas during the period when he was married to Kuveni.

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        Pissu Hutan

        “So what happened to yakkas and nagas then ? “

        According to Prof Pathmanathan over the years there has been integration, migration, … among various people. Prof Indrapala believes there had been several languages spoken in different pockets of the island, eventually language replacement took place over many millennium.

        You should unlearn everything that was taught to you to condition your mind to make it susceptible to narrow nationalistic and or dangerous fascistic garbage.

        Read research papers published by Professors Gananath Obeyesekere, RALH Gunawardana, H L Seneviratne, Sudharsan Seneviratne, Pathmanathan, Pushparatnam, Osmund Bopearachchi, K Rajan, Sunil Aryaratna, …………………

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        Pissu Hutan

        Look for genetic studies available on net.

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        Pissu Hutan

        The island didn’t develop the Indo Aryan language ‘Sinhala’ on its own. It happened due to the Indian oceanic trade and migrations. Tradition came over the Indian Ocean to this country. ‘yaksha’, ‘naga’, ‘deva’, ‘ravana’, etc are Indo-Aryan mythology which was adopted to the island history. They are not indigenous to the island. In the Pali Chronicles, they are clearly depicted as mythical creatures. The concept of yaksha-naga-deva mythology is a widespread phenomenon that was shared across south Asia. It was part of the package we got when the Indian Tradition came over the Ocean. Even the terminologies, ‘yaksha’, ‘naga’, ‘deva’ are derived from Sanskrit. The adoption of Naga names during the early period was a fashion among local people (including kings) who had adopted the Indian Tradition.

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      Ms Uduburulani,

      You may be not updated witht he most upodated informaton. Nor have they revised the Mahanwansa for their own reasons.
      Life is as such what was known in the past will be updated be it in Science or History related issues once new information is surfaced. Right ? So in today s context, there are lot more archilogical research done than in the days they drafted Mahawanse.
      So what should be acceptable today s people is NOT the past rotten stuff, but most updated information, if anyone would be sane right ?
      This is common to HISTORY OR SCIENCE Research or any other areas.
      Now coming to the truths.
      Please check the following. if you agree, else, please hang on with the old theories and go on Sadu Sadu the way any illiterate would repeat even looking at HEAPS of cow dung or Alibeti.. okay ?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBIqV0mtAME&t=6151s
      I dont agree with just few monks, but I cant deny the facts being brought by an Uni Prof.
      Profs cant do so – since they have been studying on the stuff on and on.
      Please try to get this Ms Uduburalani… that can help the masses.

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    Mrs Udubaddewa

    Thank you very much Madam. You are doing to the motherland is enormous. Thank you madam thank you you are our saviour

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    Pissu Hutan

    Stick to Mahavamsa putha, stick to Mahavamsa

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