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Wigneswaran’s ‘Two Nations’ & The State’s Two Blunders

By Dayan Jayatilleka – 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Chief Minister Wigneswaran has just made, or made explicit, a basic political claim which escalates the political conflict and places or retains Sri Lankan Tamil politics on a road to a dead end. Meanwhile, the state authorities have made two wrong moves in recent weeks, both of which stem from a single error, and will have negative repercussions for some years to come.

The Sri Lankan authorities have cracked down on what it claims is a plot to revive LTTE activity. If the story is true, then a crackdown is certainly warranted if it is conducted in a manner that does not alienate the Tamil people further and thereby help the LTTE in its planned activities. In short, an intelligence-led covert surgical operation is the instrument to use rather than an overt and heavy security blanket which disrupts the progress made by the state in providing a relatively normal life for the people of the area.

One must be pardoned though for wondering whether the overt and widespread nature of the crackdown is inspired by the Israeli doctrine in the Occupied Territories, namely that of periodic roundups to stay on top of the populace, keeping it off balance.

A related problem is the arrest of Jeyakumari, followed by Ruki Fernando and Fr Praveen. The LTTE operative Gobi is a strange fellow, seeking shelter in the house of a prominent activist who is almost certain to be under surveillance.  Even assuming this to be true, the Prevention of Terrorism Act is intended for hard targets, not for the likes of Ruki and Fr Praveen, not to mention Azath Sallay, Kumar Gunaratnam, Lalith and Kugan, and very probably Prageeth Eknaligoda.

It is the inability to distinguish adequately between hard and soft targets that has placed the Sri Lankan state in the crosshairs of an international probe.

Even if the confusion between hard and soft targets was understandable in the fog of war, it is crassly counterproductive in peacetime, not least because it undermines credibility and legitimacy. In a situation in which the Sri Lankan authorities are under international scrutiny and will be subject to an UN-mandated inquiry, this clumsiness is almost suicidal, and enhances the Tamil ultranationalist narrative of persecution and victimhood.

The latest move of the authorities has been to proscribe as foreign terrorist organizations, a number of networks embedded within the Tamil Diaspora. Many of them are indeed terrorist (LTTE) affiliated and deserve to be proscribed. The others are diaphanously veiled secessionists— the GTF Charter calls for a “self-governing Tamil Eelam”, as distinct from an autonomous Northern Province or North-East region. However, not every secessionist is a terrorist and unless the state can credibly show a link between the GTF, BTF and the LTTE or an offshoot bent on violence, the former can be proscribed under anti-secessionist legislation but not as foreign terrorist organizations. To brand non-terrorist secessionists as terrorists risks an erosion of legitimacy internationally which lets real terrorists get away (since crying “Tiger, Tiger” has the same result as crying “wolf, wolf”).

Now for the flip side. Chief Minister Wigneswaran has made an important speech in Colombo, on the occasion of the commemoration of leading (and much liked and respected) LSSP personality Bernard Soyza. The Chief Minister strives to make a fundamental point. He says quite rightly that there is an important distinction between state and nation, and that the Sri Lankan crisis stems from the refusal to recognize that the Tamils of Sri Lanka are a nation. He reassures us that the Tamil nation in Sri Lanka is fully committed to a single Sri Lankan state.

This statement has several things wrong with it, but I must preface my critique with the admission that I had argued much the same point about Tamil nationhood in a series of articles in the Lanka Guardian in 1979 (under the pseudonym ‘Chintaka’) which resulted in an interesting polemic with Prof Kumar David. In my defence I must clarify that I was an undergraduate in my very early twenties— and a dogmatic adherent of the scripture according to Lenin. It was also before the war really broke out.

After 30 years of a brutal civil war, let us hear the ‘lessons learnt’ by the most learned and moderate member of the TNA and the indispensable Chief Minister of the Northern Province:

“…To me it is a question that deals with the Nations in Sri Lanka- the question that has arisen on account of the non-recognition of Nations in Sri Lanka.

The Tamil speaking people of the North and East of Sri Lanka are a Nation without a State…

…The Tamil Speaking Peoples of Sri Lanka constitute a Nation from an objective standpoint and consider themselves to constitute a Nation.

…The National Question has arisen on account of our inability to understand the reality of the existence of two nations, or two states as Dr. de Silva said, in this fair Island of ours…

…All these actions stem from the failure or refusal to recognise the existence of two nations. Violence emerged as a response to the persistent and pernicious refusal to recognise the existence of distinct nations.  However, the violence took the form of espousing the formation of distinct States.  This led to a violent and brutal war that ravaged this country and particularly and overwhelmingly, the Tamils.

How then should we answer the National Question?  The short answer is by the simple recognition of the existence of distinct nations… 

…After certain so called procedural shortcomings the Northern and Eastern Provinces were divided by the Supreme Court. No steps have been taken so far politically to rejoin the Provinces in terms of the 13th Amendment….

In summary let me say that the National Question arises from the refusal to accept the presence of distinct Nations in Sri Lanka. A solution could be worked out only if the majority community is prepared to accept this fact. All recent activities on the part of the Government are geared to deny the existence of such a reality…The Tamils have unequivocally committed themselves to the State of Sri Lanka.”

(‘Brother Bernard and the National Question’, Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister, Northern Province  Speech delivered at Bernard Soysa Centenary Commemoration Meeting at Tamil Sangam Hall, 57th lane, Colombo, Colombo Telegraph, March 31, 2014)

The problem with the Chief Minister’s assertion is that the ‘Sri Lankan Tamils’ are slightly under 4% of the island’s population, while the Sinhalese are roughly 74%. (The CIA World Factbook, a source with which the TNA can surely have no problem, says the Sri Lankan Tamils are 3.9%). There would be chaos if every country were to accord the status of nationhood to every ethnic group which is 4% and above, not least because the status of nationhood brings with it the claim of the inalienable right of self determination up to and including political independence. Though a kindly and generous soul like Mr Wigneswaran swears eternal fealty to a single Sri Lankan state and his more radical and younger colleagues would be willing to reassure us that they only wish to assert the right of internal self-determination at the moment, the recognition of two nations on this small island is not a risk that most Sri Lankans would take.  This is especially so when the good Chief Minister himself says, in a political Freudian slip, that “The Tamil speaking people of the North and East of Sri Lanka are a Nation without a State.”

Which country in Asia, especially South Asia, would take such a risk?

There is also the question of logic or the absence thereof. If an ethnic group which accounts for 4% (or just under) of the populace, is defined as a nation, just how small does an ethnic group have to be, to be recognised as a national minority or minority nationality? Are there no such entities as minorities, in the Chief Minister’s scheme of things?

Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s “two nations” theory is the same concept that underlay the British-inspired partition of India and Pakistan.

The dangerous upshot is that it lends credence to the cautioning of the defence hawks that there is a latent secessionism or a secessionist project by incrementalism, aimed at establishing a state for “a nation without a state”. Therefore, say the hawks, devolution should be denied or delayed.

Perhaps still more negative is the other consequence of Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s thesis. By classifying the Tamils of Sri Lanka as a nation without a state rather than a minority without autonomy or equal rights, he deflects the achievable goal of minority rights, devolution of power and anti-discrimination, pre-empts a civil rights movement and locks the Sinhala and Tamil communities into the protracted zero-sum game of a struggle over nationhood — an eternal tribal conflict— on this small island.

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    Dayan,

    You are absolutely incorrect in saying that the Sri Lankan Tamil population is under 4 per cent by quoting CIA!

    Perhaps the CIA was quoting the 2001 Census figures which counted only 18 districts out of 25. But according to the 2011 Census, the Sri Lankan Tamils constitute 11.21 per cent. This is consistent with earlier figures and our common knowledge. This of course doesn’t mean that Wigneswaran is correct but they do have a claim which needs to be considered properly. I am just off for a heart procedure and if I survive (!) I might come back on the question.

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      Dayan is a blatant liar just like the Sri Lanka regime in power now. They are of the same Mahanama mold.

      Namal and Gota are chasing away most of the Tamils in the North-East abroad and further reduce the percentage of Tamils:

      It is the same intent of periodic pogroms against Tamils since 1956, Genocide of Tamils in 2008/2009, and for 5 years driving away Tamils as refugees abroad.

      Dayan is educated but dishonest in his thinking and writing: He is a fitting cover for the liars – lawless Rajapakse junta.

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        To preserve his own claims for a livelihood from the Rajapakse Family Dayan sometimes degenerates into the disingenuous. 4%
        Tamils in Sri Lanka brings the number to less than a million – that will greatly please Sinhala chauvinistic and Muslim ears. CIA Facebook probably talked of the Tamil numbers provided by Rajapakse hacks – and you know what that can be? The actual number is around 2 million before the “War” in the NEP with an additional million in the South and another
        close to a million in the diaspora. The generally accepted percentage is 10-13% – that is before the Muslim “baby explosion”
        designed to alter the demographic reality.

        Hooker

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        DJ says above: “….The Sri Lankan authorities have cracked down on what it claims is a plot to revive LTTE activity. If the story is true,…”

        WHAT A BLOODY BUM-SUCK note…The whole world knows that its a BIG BLUNDER made by Gota the Goon. He is the one who tried to create a group or a scenario thought to be or designed to be picked up by the Western World Media by storm and help the dreaded situation in Geneva.

        Ha,ha,ha….these GOBBAYAs are trying real hard to beat the west by these cheap tricks.

        DJ and the Fool gang never ever going to believe that their numbers are all wrong and the road ends here, at GENEVA RESOLUTION.

        HEY DJ (The Educated Gobbaya) Russian blunder will take a cue on Sri Lankan purported or attempted GEO-PLOTICS play. The LOK SABHA election is at the corner and it will bring the blues to the shores of the Island of PARIAH-Dice.

        MAHINDA Gobbaya can’t play GEO-POLITICS…IT’s Giyo Pol Atticks….ha,ha,ha….

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        Dayan Jayatilleka is the only Sri Lankan who gets bashed from both Sinhalese and Tamils. Once upon a time I enjoyed reading his articles but now I realize that he writes with a hidden agenda. I have a great respect his father Mervyn de Silva, one of the best and very genuine SL journalists but Dayan unfortunately has lost all his credibility. What ever he writes (good or bad) people consider him as a crooked manipulator. The doctorate what he obtained by spending all his parents wealth is not worth the paper it’s written on. As an old Josephian, I am ashamed of him and feel sorry for his good parents.

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          Silva

          I presume both yourself and Dayan’s father are not relatives of Dr. Maravin Silva of Kaleniya. OH!!!!!!! God!!!!!!!!!! Let us not go over there my friends.

          By the way, I understand Dayan completed his PhD in the Griffith Uni Brisbane, Aus with his hard-earned money from being a Minister of the former Vardharaja Perumal’s NE Provincial council.

          By the way Dayan – [Edited out]

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          You have made it clear.
          If he was like his father (Mervin Silva), he should be Daya de Silva right ? Here it is crystal clear, he cant own that genetics from his way being totally different to that of his said to be father.
          I earlier thought, DJ could help the GOSL lot, but today, looking back I feel how can he even help anyone being that inconsistent. Have no idea how the family digest his thoughts.

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            Soma

            I am not sure where you are coming from. It does not matter whether Dayan is Silva or Jayatilake or perera or Velayudqn as far as he is doing the right thing for Country. We Sinhalese has nullify the difference in race, caste, creed or any other. We expect our Tamil brothers to adhere to the same.

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          Silva,

          Looks like Dr.Dayan J. changed his Goal Posts after his visit to Araliya Gaha Medura just before the UNHRC vote.

          You may guess what there after……………

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          Silva,

          Looks like Dr.Dayan J. changed his Goal Posts after his visit to Araliya Gaha Medura just before the UNHRC vote.

          You may guess what happened there after……………

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      Laksiri,
      no matter them are far away from accuracies, Dayan should go ahead with his mission- which is abusing the nation- leaving the facts aside.
      This man is unpredictable so as MR.

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      Dr Laksiri:

      Please take care.

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      Dear Laksiri
      Your medical procedure is routine. Wish you all good

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      Dear prof Laksiri Fernando ,

      i hope that You’ve got the best doctor to do the needful and sincerely wish you the speedy recovery , You’re in good hands Prof Laksiri .

      See you soon.

      Kind Regards.

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      Laksiri
      Dr Jeyatilleke’s reasoning and logic have been rather tendentious for some, but playing fast and loose with the facts is quite shocking. He risks losing any remaining vestiges of credibility now.
      Good luck with heart procedure! You will survive!

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      Pl. don’t question the experts!!!

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      Hope you have a successful procedure and back with us soon Laksiri.

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      Prof. Laksiri,

      My prayers for a successful surgery and quick recovery.

      Dr.RN

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      Dr Fernando,

      all the very best for you.
      May all gods be with you, sooner revoery.

      I truly respected your articles on to CT.

      Siri

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      I am now 100 % convinced that Dayan is very upset and confused. I don’t think he will recover from this mental imbalance disease. wish you all the best on your heart procedure.

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        I don’t think he has the state of mind now to be upset but the guy has been confused for quite some time.

        Only thing I am happy is that he still has a sense of humor. The 4% Tamil population figure was just an April fools joke.

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          Dayan is correct in saying tamils are a 4% community if he takes into account the so called sri lankan origin tamils.

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      Dr Laksiri Fernando,
      Of course you will be back soon.
      Come back strong and please share your knowledge with us.
      Good luck to you & All the Best.

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      Dr Fernando,
      Best wishes

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      God be with you, dear Laksiri. Sri Lanka, at this delicate hour, needs
      true sons like you serving her good cause towards unity and reconciliation.

      Senguttuvan

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        Neocon gangsters are not bothered about unity and reconciliation. See, the British took 6 years to appoint an inquiry into ‘bloody sunday’ murders in Londonderry. It took twelve years for the investigation. Cameron apologized for it only after forty years in 2010.

        The neocon gang invaded Iraq in 2003 killing at least a million civilians on a false pretext of searching for WMD. No WMDs were found. The British set up an internal inquiry to probe invasion six years later in July 2009. 12 years on to invasion, it (Chilcott report) is not out to date.

        The same gang tried to save LTTE terrorists to be used in their geopolitical strategy. MR rejected their plea to handover the terrorists to a third party. They started backing the rump LTTE and tried regime change to teach MR a lesson. But they failed. Now they use Pillay to teach Sri Lanka a lesson. But the neocons will fail for India China and Russia are against it.

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      `|”off for a heart procedure`|”

      ◕。Get well soon with Nano Technology –

      ◕。it’s the mole that sees it all for you.

      No Hammer,and Farts or Guts and Butts “but Hearts”|◕。

      。◕‿◕。

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      Dr Laksiri Fernando:

      Wish you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

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      DJ said he was in the age of early 20s in 1979. Most of us clearly remember our school text books asked us to remember these population figures. 12% SL Tamils, 6% Indian tamils, 6% (?) Moors, 1970s figures. We have to by-hart these figures for our exams. It seems DJ has done his schooling well and as well as his Uni studies but looks confused with these basic figures..
      I am wondering the situation of people like MR and GR who struggle in schooling and getting through their GCE O/L.. If SL Tamil populations has been dropped to 4% for DJ, then MR/GR like people may have dropped it to 2% with their new kind of patriotism.

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      Prof Laksiri,

      Wish your op goes well and hope you have a speedy recovery.

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      Get well Dr.Fernando.

      I notice that we missing some more of effective columnist recently. CT will be more fun only if everyone sort out their problems and return back.

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      Dr Laksiri Fernando

      Get well soon, we need your presence very much sir.

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      Dear Laksiri,

      I wish you all the best for your operation and successful recovery.

      The basic point I am making here does not change even if one were to prefer the higher figure of roughly 10% for the Sri Lankan Tamils, which is found in certain source material. The UN Chairperson of the Working Group on Minorities, Prof Asbjorn Eide of Norway, clearly stated on a working visit to Sri Lanka during the CFA years, that going by international, and chiefly UN criteria, Sri Lankan Tamils are not a nation enjoying the right of self determination but a national minority deserving of equal rights and enjoying, arguably, the right to autonomy.

      Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s “two nations” theory is the same concept that underlay the British-inspired partition of India and Pakistan.

      The dangerous upshot is that it lends credence to the cautioning of the defence hawks that there is a latent secessionism or a secessionist project by incrementalism, aimed at establishing a state for “a nation without a state”. Therefore, say the hawks, devolution should be denied or delayed.

      Can any democratic political party in the island’s South, ranging from the UNP to the JVP, be convinced into recognizing the Sri Lankan Tamils of the North and East as a nation? If not, isn’t the Chief Minister’s very definition of the problem such that it precludes a solution? In the alternative, doesn’t the Chief Minister’s definition of the problem, which precludes domestic support from the South, leave an externally propelled partition as the only ‘solution’? Was that the problem from the very start?

      Perhaps still more negative is the other consequence of Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s thesis. By classifying the Tamils of Sri Lanka as “a nation without a state” rather than a minority without autonomy or equal rights, he deflects the struggle for the achievable goals of minority rights and more equitable inter-ethnic relations, devolution of power and anti-discrimination, pre-empts a civil rights movement and locks the Sinhala and Tamil communities into the protracted zero-sum game of a struggle over nationhood — an eternal tribal conflict— on this small island.

      Is there an alternative? Yes there is and is internationally recognised. Thus it is still more significant that Justice Wigneswaran chooses to ignore it. He deliberately sets up a model in which there are only two contending discourses and trajectories. His alternatives are the acceptance of a two nation theory or submission to Sinhala Buddhist domination and a variety of internal colonialism as it were.

      The third discourse, which he conspicuously ignores, is the same one that all Sinhala chauvinists in and outside the Government and state also shun. In this regard, Chief Minister Wigneswaran and his southern opponents are at one. The absent discourse is that of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 and its definition of Sri Lanka, which was subscribed to and fought for, weapons in hand, by the most enlightened and modernist elements in Sri Lankan society and politics at the time, supported politically and strategically by the most advanced polity in the South Asian region. What does the Accord say?

      “Acknowledging that Sri Lanka is a ‘multi-ethnic and a multi-lingual plural society” consisting, inter alia, of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims (Moors) and Burghers;

      Recognising that each ethnic group has a distinct cultural and linguistic identity which has to be carefully nurtured;

      Also recognising that the Northern and the Eastern Provinces have been areas of historical habitation of Sri Lankan Tamil speaking peoples, who have at all times hitherto lived together in this territory with other ethnic groups;

      Conscious of the necessity of strengthening the forces contributing to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, and preserving its character as a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi- religious plural society , in which all citizens can live in equality, safety and harmony, and prosper and fulfil their aspirations…”

      This is the truly pluralist vision of Sri Lanka; a vision of a multiethnic, multilingual, multi-religious society in which each ethnic group has a distinct identity. It is not a definition of a vision of ‘two nations’ or of the domination of one peoples over the other.

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        Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka,

        You could write thesis upon thesis to prove your point.

        But could you show ONE POINT TO SHOW THAT PRES.RAJAPAKSE GENEUINLY SHOWED ANY INTEREST IN SOLVING THE TAMIL PROBLEM, RECONCILIATION AFTER THE END OF THE LTTE WAR.

        Rajapakses were bankrolling of winning the war by celebrating and feeding Kiribath to Sri Lankans, while making Mega Jackpots from illegal mega projects. Hope you remember how Adarae ate sugar at kings palace. This is no different.Also Rajapakses used ethnic war and UNHRC resolution to win PC elections. This is the truth.

        Now they play again Patriots and Terrorists cards again to bring animosity among communities.

        EVEN A HOMELESS STRAY DOG OR A CAT WILL BITE YOU IF YOU HARASS IT TOO MUCH.
        THIS IS THE SAME WHAT RAJAPAKSES ARE DOING TO NOTHERN TAMIL PEOPLE. BY NOT RELEASING FUNDS TO CM AND INSTALLING EXCESS FORCES IN NORTH AND BRINGING IN EMERGENCY LAWS,ARBITARY ARRESTS, RESTRICTING TAMIL PEOPLES MOVEMENTS AND THEIR DAY TO DAY LIVES MR STARTED HARASSING THEM. .

        Therefore CM Wiggie saying Tamil Nation is Justified, and any sane person should understand what he really says. The hidden reason.

        Also we see a change in your writing ever since you VISITED President Rajapakse just before UNHRC resolution.
        Remember Ranil having Black coffee there, and then the fall of UNP started.Many UNP MP’s abandoned Ranil. Why…………

        We don’t mind you meeting President and we truly ecourage you to meet him and to show him the ground reality. Listening and acting to what you say is his problem.

        BUT YOU SHOULD BE HONEST IN YOUR OPINION AND NOT ONE SIDED WHEN YOU WRITE.

        SRI LANKA IS FACING A GRAVE SITUATION NOW DUE TO RAJAPAKSE BLUNDARS.
        HE WOULD HAVE SOLVED THE TAMIL PROBLEM AND THE LLRC WITH A STROKE OF A PEN WHEN HE HAS ALL THE POWERS WITH 18TH AMENDMENT. BUT HE DID NOT.IT SHOWS HIS CLEAR ‘DONT CARE’ VISION…….SAME WHAT HE SAID TO CH4 REPORTER WHEN HE QUESTIONED HIM.

        Also many true Patriots warned him on impending danger of postponing LLRC, but he did not listen to them and infact he escalated them.

        HOW COULD A COUNTRY’S PRESIDENT SAY “I DON’T CARE” AFTER A 30 YEAR WAR, SACRIFICING UNTOLD NUMBER OF LIVES,PROPERTY, WEALTH, ECONOMY AND PROGRESS.

        IS HE THINKING SRI LANKA IS HIS MOTHER’S PROPERTY. HE WAS HIDING EVERYTHING LIKE A THIEF FROM THE PEOPLE AND THE WORLD. NOW HE REAP WHAT HE SOWED.

        My advise to you is don’t be a part of these marauders who do not listen to anybody and not to tarnish your good name.

        Infact unite with a committed group of True Patriots and seek a way to resolve this Tamil problem with just and a lasting sollution.

        Please don’t think we are Terrorists os anti Sinhala sect or planning for a Regime change.All these are pure “BULL SHIT”. We are law abiding Sinhala Patriots, who do not want to divide our country and who seek harmony among all communities.

        Yesterday BBS Gnanasara say he wants to form a Million Man Force.
        http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/172-opinion/45256-we-have-not-attacked-any-religious-place.html

        For what……For Another genocide Massacre. It’s not going to be easy like 1983.

        Already Japanese warships are roaming around Sri Lanka…..On whose instructions……….

        Three Japanese Naval Ships arrive at the Port of Colombo 24-09-2013
        http://www.navy.lk/index.php?id=4277

        Two Japanese Warships Call at Colombo, Sri Lanka
        Posted on Apr 2nd, 2014
        http://navaltoday.com/2014/04/02/two-japanese-warships-call-at-colombo-sri-lanka/

        Please don’t think they are coming to catch Tuna around Sri Lanka.

        We hope you will not become another Malinda S. or Jayantha Danapala.

        Sri Lanka is at danger due to Lunatic Moronic Rajapakses and it is your’s, ours, and all other patriots to save it.We are not terrorists but true Patriots.

        Please reply to my comment.

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          “Even a homeless stray dog or a cat will bite you if you harass it too much”. Excercise caution Jayantha, Dayan J. could be dangerous! He has turned RAW (Rajapassa Arse Wipe) since visiting the Temple Palace a couple of times. I hope this bugger replies to your comment.

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        Let us not get too legalistic about this – again. I think many Tamils will agree to an arrangement that Dayan makes mention of – viz:- ” …This is the truly pluralist vision of Sri Lanka; a vision of a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious society …” provided the points mentioned in the preceding para are included.

        I do not mean to be unhelpful here. But the claim for Tamils for their rights and justice can be further delayed, injudiciously – like the case of the Citizenship of those of recent Indian origin and Language Parity (eventually settled vide foreign intervention in 1987. Although the political leadership was interested in relaxing its 40 year old stand the virulent Buddhist priesthood and Sinhala chauvinism stood in the way) But this cannot be denied for all time. Developing and popular regional political considerations also will work against the Sinhala majority GoSL. What happens in the interim may be costlier and against the greater good of the Sinhala South. An immediate settlement is in the interest of all concerned. Obstinacy, religious militancy or pseudo-Nationalism are not the answers.

        Kettikaran

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      How correct is it then to put all the Tamils in Sri Lanka including the upcountry Tamils,in to Wignesarans basket.
      Dr.Jayatileke may be wrong in saying it is less than 4% in the country but it certainly is less than 4% in the north but Winganeswaran does not speaks all the Tamils in country and he speaks for the less than 4%.
      He can not count Tamils living in other parts of the country are with him in his Eelam project,which is not. Upcountry Tamils has nothing in it for them in a separate Tamil state in the north and the same goes for the Tamils living in the rest of the country.
      Most of the eastern Tamils do not like to come under the northern thumb.

      The first anomaly that prevents finding solution to this problem is that,it is called an ethnic problem,which it is not.It is essentially a regional problem where the Main ethnicity in the region seeks autonomy or self governance. They conveniently call it a Tamil problem,if not, their claims become farcical with less than 4% demanding self governance.

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        NAK

        ” They conveniently call it a Tamil problem,if not, their claims become farcical with less than 4% demanding self governance.”

        When did become a Tamil problem.

        It has always been a Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on non Sinhala/Buddhist people.

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    Its like dealing with infants isn’t it? This is the same question that gave rise to the 60 year Tamil problem.

    The question of “co-ownership” of the island. The problem was settled on the battlefield since it could not be settled politicaly.

    Unless its still not clear, the answer is “NO”. The honorable thing for Wingeswaran is to move on with their community.

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      Dayan, at least get your numbers RIGHT when playing political numbers games! Tamils number over 16 percent including plantation Indian Origin types.. in Sri Lanka!

      Also, instead of beating a dead horse, constantly quoting yourself and flaying Tamil politicians, why don’t you turn the torch light inward and analyze why the Sinhala Voter and their LEADERS are so politically STUPID, despite high literacy rates and after 60 years of independence and “homegrown” DEMOCRACY?!

      As an “organic intellectual”, you need to write in Sinhala Langauge and EDUCATE the Sinhala voter on the meaning and PRACTICE of GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY – beyond Jarapassa’s staggered elections circus.
      The Sinhala voter is STUPID because the two CORRUPT dominant political parties and THEIR LEADERS – UNP and SLFP – have kept them MODA – ignorant and POLITICALLY NAIVE AND STUPID – by playing the racist anti-tamil, Muslim and Christian card to divide, DISTRACT and rule the Sinhalaya modayas since INDEPENDENCE from the Brits who you so hate!
      This in a nut shell is the history of post-independence politics in Sri Lanka.. Sinhala people, including lawyers and justices and the mediocrity that thrives in the Universities of the country, need political and CIVIC LEADERSHIP and EDUCATION to DO THE RIGHT THING. Majority of these so-called Sinhala “professionals” are today acting like donkeys and dancing to the tunes of corrupt and criminal politicians. The low voter turn out is a sign however that the people are waking up and of the general disgust of the people with the CORRUPT POLITICAL CULTURE in Sri Lanka today. If the OPPOSITION was stronger and provided leadership to the SINHALA PEOPLE who today lack decent and honest leaders it would have swept into power because the people have finally woken up to the Rajapakse dictatorship and see through the ELECTIONS CIRCUS. However, the opposition has been crippled under the SHAMELESS LOSER and DICTATOR Ranil Wickramasinghe whose leadership has been rejected by the Sinhala voter who he fears, despises and treats with CONTEMPT. This is the reason that shameless and cowardly Ranil Wickramasinghe has pledged “full support to the Jarapassa regime against the Geneva ResolutionZ”, rather than EDUCATING VOTERS that Geneva resolution is NOT against the PEOPLE of Lanka but only against the Rajapaksa regime! What is to be done about the lack of LEADERS among the Sinhalas? Sinhalas need VOTER EDUCATION, and anti-corruption movement and party, and a NEW GENERATION OF HONEST and ETHICAL LEADERS who will educate and lead them rather than treating them as if they were fools – as does Ranil Wickramasinghe and the Rajapaksa brothers. The Sinhala voter needs to know that the vote in Geneva is NOT against but FOR the people of Sri Lanka – to save democracy and labour rights and the RIGHT TO INFORMATION – from the Corrupt and criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa military dictatorship. The Geneva vote is ONLY against the corrupt and criminal Mahinda Rajapakse military dictatorship. But the so-called opposition UNP under Ranil and Sajith (who is an idiot in any case), have de-educated the people of Sri Lanka and kept the Sinhayala VOTERS as Moda yakkas in order that Ranil and the other corrupt politicians can act like lords and mandarins. Sinhala voters are POLITICALLY STUPID. This is why POLITICAL CULTURE is rotten to the core in Lanka which has a literate and educated population today. The Sinhala Populations is POLITICALLY STUPID and needs EDUCATION. The condescending attitude of CORRUPT POLITICIANS in the UNP and SLFP to SINHALA voters must STOP. Today thankfully the JVP’s Anura Kumara is doing an excellent job telling the truth about the regime and Sri Lanka’s rotten and corrupt POLITICAL CULTURE to the people. The JVP indeed is the only hope to EDUCATE THE SINHALA VOTER ON GOOD GOVERNANCE, its meaning and practice. There are no short cuts out of the mess in governance in Sri Lanka today. Voter education on good governance and an anti-corruption movement to the way to fight corruption and Gotabaya’s Sinhala Balu Sena’s RACISM..

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      “Its like dealing with infants isn’t it? This is the same question that gave rise to the 60 year Tamil problem.”

      The Tamils never had problems with the 1948 Constitution; it was the Sinhala who had problems and unilaterally bastardised the Constitution to suit them! Your problem is that the Tamils challenged your majority hegemony and you cannot understand it while being intoxicated with majority arrogance!

      “The question of “co-ownership” of the island. The problem was settled on the battlefield since it could not be settled politicaly.”

      Dream on mate! The Tamil question can only be settled politically and if you have no capacity to deal with; you will be told how to do it!

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      I agree with Vibhushana. I am no political professori. As I understand, allies gave a battlefield settlement to Nazis in 1945. Both US and Russia used it to force a political solution and demolish Nazism in their respective domains. Vietnam won the war with the US and imposed communism as a political solution throughout the country. None won in Korea, so each party pursued their own political solution in their parts. Tamils have lost the war. So, their should have given up Eelam. But every now and then, Tamils come up with hair splitting argument to support their goal. This ‘nation’ concept is no different. We shall leave professori to come up with arguments for or against it. We should work towards demolishing racist Thesawalamai law and Batu lands and proceed with assimilation asap as a political solution to Tamil problem.

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        mechanic,you are dealing with countries that went to war against each other,you idiot.Here the successive governments of a country went to war with its own people instead of giving priority to a political solution instead.So if you lose a piece of it one day you deserve it.Instead of looking at the ancient stuff like germany,vietnam etc lokk at the recent ones such as east timor,south sudan and kovo etc.Did the rebel forces win or something?It all came about with a new country for them due to international pressure.Now that is the pressure we are beginning to feel right now and the same road map is being taken by the international community due to the imbeciles that you have been sending to parliament regularly.

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    PhD Dude – if you want people to take you seriously, don’t make outlandishly inaccurate factual claims that can easily be disproven using sources that no one aligned even with your own political position can dispute.

    According to the 2012 Sri Lankan census, available here …

    http://www.statistics.gov.lk/PopHouSat/CPH2011/index.php?fileName=pop42&gp=Activities&tpl=3

    … Sri Lankan Tamils constitute 11.2 per cent of the Sri Lankan population (2,270,924). Your CIA stats were based on the 2001 census that didn’t include the north and east! (There’s some revealing symbolism in that, don’t you think?).

    Indian (or Upcountry) Tamils constitute another 4.2 (842,323) percent, and Muslims 9.2 (1,869,820).

    And this is a census conducted after many years of Tamils being forced by oppression and war and injustice (including from the LTTE) to leave the island in large numbers – i.e., about 800,000 to 1 million now overseas – and conducted by a government that few objective observers can say has treated Tamils fairly.

    You have every right to push for your own ideological position critical of Tamil ethno-nationalism, but please restrain yourself from spouting on about a topic based on useless, outdated and distorting statistics.

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    4% or 40% is irrelevant I believe. We Tamils and Sinhalese have lived together for centuries. I highly doubt even half of the diaspora living in Canada or the UK would even visit Tamil Eelam if it is established but hey protesting seems to be a hobby of theirs since 2009 when all hope of a military victory was over so the human rights card is being used quite smartly. Call me ignorant but I don’t trust Navi Pillay and the other western puppets at the UN until I see Tony Blair on trial for war crimes. Until then there will always be this cloud of bias at the UN.

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      Hey Rajan, We Sinhala nd tamils have not lived together for centuries. We have been through many wars over land and other things, the most recent being the war that concluded in May 2009.

      I see no relevance in the disapora flocking to tamil Ealam when it is proclaimed. How many jews flocked to Israel when it was created? What the SL tamils require is a piece of land they could call their own sans the jackboots of marauding alien soldiers.

      Navi Pillay is a respected and leading international civil servant who has dedicated her life to truth, freedom and justice starting from the the most oppressive Apartheid environment. No reason why she cannot be trusted. By the way, the US was against her appointment in the first term at UN and in the second. She is not a US puppet.

      Tony Blair will never be tried for war crimes; George Bush and Mahinda Rajapaksa will also never be tried for war crimes. The World is not mature enough to proceed on that path. As long as clowns such as B Obarma occupy important seats in the World arena, we, the citizens of the World have to pursue justice and freedom on our own.

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        You Tamils have a land in Tamil Nadu, not enough ?

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          lionking

          “You Tamils have a land in Tamil Nadu, not enough ?”

          Of course they have a land in Tamilnadu.

          However Sinhala/Buddhists actually have two lands.

          The Sinhala speaking Demelas also have land in Tamilnadu whence their ancestors came by Kallathonies. Those Aryan speaking Bengali Sinhalese have their land in Bihar. Yet you want to continue to occupy my ancestral land.

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      Rajan:

      No one is crying for your distrust of Navi Pillay. You cannot even hold the balls of those rapists who bludgeoned the breasts and laid bare naked the Tamil girls and women. Instead of casting your eyes far and wide to net Tony Blair, what a hypocrite you are to pretend as if nothing happened in your home ground. The hatred for the diaspora is understandable, having screwed your balls as if there is no redemption whatsoever. What do you think, these idiots can go on raping and murdering the Tamil women and girls while you are looking for a telescope to reach Tony Blair. You remind me of Nero the mad. For all what is said of Prabhakaran, he never allowed the rape of any Sinhala women or girls. Look at Jaffna now, the Sinhalese soldiers have turned it into a brothel. Was it how Prabhakaran administered it? Shame on you fools.

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    From Dayan’s outbursts it is becoming clear that an East Timor like situation is developing in the island: Even Indonesia was huge compared to a tiny dot that is the now independent East Timor.

    I wonder where Dayan got his PhD, but from his arguments his intellect is rather warped and shallow, may be because he wears the Mahanama blinkers, which prevent him seeing anything other than a Sinhala Buddhist theological state of Sri Lanka.

    What a fool he is to think (and utter rubbish) that he is the best brain in Sri Lanka!

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    I have consistently avoided using the term nations to describe the Sinhala and Tamiks communities, going by the classic definition of a nation as a group of distinct people with a territorial and historic presence. Sri Lanka has many nations within the state- low country Sibhalese, mid-country Sinhalese, Kandyan Sinhalese, Muslims, Sri Lankan Tamils, upcountry Tamils, Veddahs etc, going by this definition.

    For me Sri Lanka is one nation with many distinct communities, To me the nation is equal to the state, All communities thus have to have their due share in the state. The term nation being used by the Tamils and now the Muslims is largely polemics necessitated by the Mission of the Sinhala Buddhist political class to equate only their community with the state. Justice Wigneswaran has also become a politician if sorts today and takes the TNA line which relies on Lenin’s definition of a nation. I have also advised the Tamil political class not to use loaded words that seed confusion and further conflict, if their objective is to find solutions to problems. Such words are used by the Sinhala political class prently typified by Wimal Weerawansa, to create non-existent Goni-billas.

    This does not matter yet, as the ordinary Tamils , Sinhalese and Muslims yet consider themselves communities within Sri Lanka. What is needed is the recognition that all communities in this country have an equal stake in this state and hence need to have an equal say, which is their right. The right of every of every community to maintain its cultural and territorial identity should be respected and , rights to equal citizenship should be recognised This is the only path to our collective salvation.

    I am glad Dayan, recognises the chinks in the current crackdown in the north and east in feigned fear of a potential awakening of hibernating Tigers ( Seethala Kotiyo) and the possible outcome of the Tiger, Tiger cry, similar to that in the famous Shepard’s tale.

    It is time Dayan advocated what the government should do to resolve the issues that remain unresolved in Sri Lanka to complement what the UNHRC has been mandated to do. GLP’s lies, new math and resort to legal manoeuvres to prove the international community wrong, will not take us anywhere. Diversion tacts will not work anymore. The bitter pills or stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) are unavoidable now,

    Although most of the horses have bolted from the barn, the runaway horses are yet scattered in the field and can be herded back. The barn door however, has to be repaired and reinforced first.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr. RN,

      Pl add Eastern Muslims and Southern Muslims.

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      I do not agree with the description of nation with different communities within Sri Lanka. Firstly, there were three independent kingdoms within this island before foreign invasion. There was no central unit controlling these three kingdoms. The island was not known as Sri Lanka before. The Name “Sri lanka” was not amended with the approval of Tamil speaking people. More than 95% of the people lived in the North East part of this island are Tamil speaking people.

      It is nothing wrong all people (Tamil, Sinhala speaking) live in a United Nations or United States if the governance is based on equality and rule of law. Either loose your Tamil, Sinhala, Muslim identity or respect those identities as equal in all aspects including governance.

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        Ajit,

        The island of Lanka had a collection of feudal states governing it in the pre-colonial era. There number waxed and waned over time. According to the history that I have learned , which of course is ignored by the history manufacturing historians of Sri Lanka, the Jaffna Kingdom held sway over the entire islands once upon a time and even had the sacred tooth relic in its possession .

        The situation was no different in India.

        We cannot and should not go back to disparate feudalistic rule under any circumstances, although the current regime is promoting feudalism on an island-wide scale.

        Genuine devolution, even to the extent of federalism, is the answer and not feudalism based on a past that is long gone. It is difficult to make history flow backwards. We cannot go back to the 16 the century or even earlier, having drifted with time into the 21st century. The political solutions we need should be based on the needs of the 21st century and lessons we have learned from our post-colonial history.

        Dr.RN

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          RN
          All forms of Genuine devolution is rejected by Sinhala Buddhists. Sinhala Buddhists wants to continue with the agenda of Sinhalaization throughout the island to make that Sinhala become majority in all parts of this island including North East. Sinhalization project which started with the independence (19th Century) has progressed well in the 20th century and aim to finish with 21st century.

          Do you think there is a necessity to find a political solution at the end of 21st century based on genuine devolution once the North and East population demography changed where Sinhalese are 75%?

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            Ajit,

            If it is devolution that we want, it should be devolution we demand and not anything that even remotely smacks of a separate state. If the governments in Sri Lanka had the capacity to do right, we would have had devolution decades back. It is going to be a difficult long struggle to get what we want.

            We have also foolishly and at great cost to the Tamils ( please read Dharshani Bastian’s article in FT today) not been single minded about what is needed. When we had opportunities to get devolution, we escalated our demand to an independent Tamil Eelam. We fell into a trap well laid by the Sri Lankan governments. We did not have the patience, stamina, perseverance, endurance and moral fibre to pursue the Satyagraha path, we had initially chartered. We responded to stupidity with stupidity and violence with violence and handed over a big stick to Sri Lankan governments!

            We lost the moral high ground then. Let us not lose the high moral ground we have regained now with foolish words and the foolish actions that they will set in motion. This is what this government is trying to provoke. Let us be strategic in our thinking and not emotive. Let us understand our own weaknesses and strengths. Let us rely on ourselves more than on external factors. The latter can only help us get what is reasonable and achievable, provided our demands fit these parameters.

            Let us not make the same mistake again. We need power to be devolved in a meaningful and substantive manner. Nothing less and nothing more. Let us direct all our efforts, whatever the obstacles, single mindedly and vigorously towards getting substantive and genuine devolution. We are on that path and let us not deviate from it, under any provocation. The election of the NPC was the most important second step, following the 13th amendment. The next step is to make the 13th amendment work as it should. This would require much goodwill, because the 13th amendment is seriously flawed. The subsequent step should be to improve the 13th amendment to remove the built-in tricks. The final step would be to use what we get to improve governance and develop the areas we inhabit within the mandate offered by an improved 13th amendment.

            The time this takes will not matter. A clear, unambiguous goal is what is required now, followed by the iron will to keep on demanding what we need, until we get it.

            Dr.RN

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        Please read the following link to understand M.D. Raghavan’s take on the history of Tamils in Sri Lanka:

        http://www.dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/6238

        Dr.RN

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          Dr RN,
          Thanks for reminding MD Ragahavan. Long time ago I was going to buy this book. Then I searched the net – price was very high. But yesterday I bought an old copy in Amazon for £9.50

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      So guys FYI:

      Cambridge Dic

      nation
      noun /ˈneɪ.ʃən/
      1. Definition2. Practise
      B2 [C] a country, especially when thought of as a large group of people living in one area with their own government, language, traditions, etc.:
      All the nations of the world will be represented at the conference.
      The Germans, as a nation, are often thought to be well organized.
      Practically the whole nation watched the ceremony on television.
      › [S] a large group of people of the same race who share the same language, traditions, and history, but who might not all live in one area:
      the Navajo nation

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    “The problem with the Chief Minister’s assertion is that the ‘Sri Lankan Tamils’ are slightly under 4% of the island’s population, while the Sinhalese are roughly 74%.’

    Dayan,if i remember right the CIA fact book has ‘others’ as 10%.Use your brain to think what these ‘others’ mean.Your grandpa?There are no others other than srilankan,indian and sinhalese and tamils that could be 10%.Maybe Rohingya?The CIA fact book can only give what the governemnt gives it and if the government considers srilankan tamils as ‘others’ then others it will be until a tamil nation is born.

    As for the tamil nation,i think you should read about the jaffna kingdom.Did not a tamil nation exist for 400 years until the colonials amalgamated it.If the tamils ask for that nation back what are you going to do?Helpless aren’t you?Colonials have to put it back to what it was before,no question about that.Fortunately for you sinhalese,the tamil leaders have been greedy and gone on the self determination and traditional homeland path to get the east too which was not part of the jaffna kingdom.Hence the failure to ultimately get nothing so far.

    As for asking the nation they had to be given back to the tamils,the population figures are immaterial.History only matters and history clearly shows 2 nations have been in this country.Now the question arises whether the north should become a new country recognised by the UN or in lieu of that the tamils get full autonomy for a non amalgamated north and east with a federal structure like malaysia or switzerland.

    After some more years of running round round and round the mulberry bush and ruining the country and wasting their energies,the tamils and sinhalese leaders will again come back and ponder the two alternatives i have given which are the only two permanent solutions for this country.

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      Agreed, a section of Tamil nation had sojourned in the north of Sri Lanka for around 400 years. They have done that many times before that as well. But, when Portuguese killed Sankili, most of the Tamils must have gone back to India as before or assimilated with Sinhalas in the south. Most of those who are now in the north are the descendants of Malabar Tamils brought by the Dutch to grow their tobacco.

      Tamils demanded a separate country in India in the 1929s to 1960s. We can understand that for that was Tamil homeland and 75 million Tamils live there. But to demand a Tamil country in Sri Lanka for 1.2 million Malabar Tamils in the North is not acceptable.

      Needless to say, this, many ‘nations’ and one state concept is dangerous hence must be smashed forth with. But we must find a permanent political solution to Tamil problem. I say, we should demolish this bantu lands antics. Lee’s Singapore is not allowing minorities to live in particular areas. So why should we?

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        Banda,

        Please do not propagate cooked history. This nonsense should stop. Further, let us deal with issues on the basis of community distributions in the island in 1948, before the fiddling started.

        Dr.RN

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          Why 1948 doctor RN? Shouldn’t the ethnic alterations enforced by the British be reversed or at least taken into consideration before discussing community distributions?

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            APDS

            “Shouldn’t the ethnic alterations enforced by the British be reversed or at least taken into consideration before discussing community distributions?”

            Of course we should.

            Don’t just stop at 1948 lets go back to year 500 BC.

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            Because it is a landmark and delineating date in our modern history. It was indeed the beginning of our history as an independent , modern state. How we messed up things is another story. The nation building exercise in which the British had accomplished much, has been the major casualty of post-independence governance.
            Dr.RN

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        Banda:

        For a country that even borrowed the religion of someone from another country, it cannot escape a blurred vision that everything is foreign. So, what surprise are going to spring anymore? Banda, even the Buddha you are running amok for is not yours, he was foreign.

        Look at the disarray the regime has got into. It will continue to commit grave errors as that has become the hallmark of this regime. Instead of flexing its muscle the regime should have resolved the issues facing the country with the TNA. That it can’t or won’t do and has continued to be a stumbling block in the efforts of the NPC to carry on the task before it. It thinks by showing guns and behaving in a rowdy manner, it can silence the voice of of the citizens. The cracks have started to emerge through the recently concluded elections. The game plan is to reinvigorate the declining Sinhala support by finding “ghosts” among the Tamils.

        Anyway, you must be dreaming or even hallucinating if you even attempt to compare MR with LKY. Do you know that LKY in his memoirs had described your MR as a Sinhala racist.

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          Jansee,

          Not just the borrowed religion. A minimum of 35% of Sinhala is derived from Tamil and Dravidian languages. If you remove this Sinhala becomes gibberish.

          Hooker

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        Banda sounds like Nalin de Silva, the Maths professori who created his own history for Sinhalese and Tamils in SL. All what he says about history is nothing but Nalin de Silva’s new history theory/model which has no evidence to prove.

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        banda

        “But, when Portuguese killed Sankili, most of the Tamils must have gone back to India as before or assimilated with Sinhalas in the south.”

        This is just an assumption you are making.I don’t see any historical records showing that portuguese were chasing the tamils out.They only took sankili and his family to goa and hanged sankili and his family became catholic monks and nuns.

        Don’t make wild assumptions and lose your credibility.Stick to facts as mentioned in history.If you can give a link that has facts stating that tamils got assimiliated or went to india feel free to do so otherwise shut up please without wasting time.

        “Most of those who are now in the north are the descendants of Malabar Tamils brought by the Dutch to grow their tobacco.’

        Again,you are making assumtions that anybody who comes in newly outnumbers those who are already there.Where is the evidence for that.Show some historical records that point out the population at that time and the new numbers coming in to show that your assumtions are correct that the today’s jaffna tamils are the descendents of tobacco slaves.In fact i believe it was your master rajapakshes ancestors who were brought from malaya to work in the tobacco plantations in hambantota wasn’t it according to Dushy.

        so dear banda when making assumtions give historical records to prove it or the international community will not accept it just because a guy called banda says so.As for the jaffna kingdom that you say ‘sojourned’for 400 years,we have the records to prove it and also that other kingdoms in the country paid tribute to it for its ‘sojourn’ when it was at its peak for 2 centuries out of 4.

        “Needless to say, this, many ‘nations’ and one state concept is dangerous hence must be smashed forth with. But we must find a permanent political solution to Tamil problem.”

        On one hand you want to smash the truth and one the other hand you want to find a political solution.Very contradictory isn’t it.You can’t find a political solution without first accepting the truth.Just accept the fact that a tamil kingdom did exist.Then think what if they ask for it back.In lieu of that what shall we give them in return.Shall we offer them a federal system for a demerged north and east.These are the questions you will ask.

        Thats the way to go,instead of smashing the first step,which shows your political solution is just a ride for the tamils again.Like you,there are tamils also who maybe will talk of a political solution but will never be sincere about it and only settle for separation and nothing but separation.

        First of all we should get rid of all the sinhalese and tamils who talk of political solutions,but never intend to have one.Then the tamils and sinhalese who genuinely want a political solution can sit together and work out one.If the extremists i wanted excluded join the discussion they will only sabotage any result.

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          Shanker,
          Well argued and on the mark.
          Thanks.
          Dr.RN

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        Banda,

        What really happened was the other way around. Most of those who are now in the South (Sinhalese) are the descendants of Tamils/Malabars brought by the Portuguese to grow Cinnamon, coconut, etc. Spices (not tobacco) was the biggest (export) business of the colonials.

        Professor K.M. de Silva in his `History of Sri Lanka`, refers to the MIGRATION OF THE KARAWE, SALAGAMA AND DURAWE CASTES FROM SOUTHERN INDIA TO SRI LANKA BETWEEN THE 14TH AND 17TH CENTURIES AD.

        The Sinhalised Tamils of the South (low country Sinhalese) whose ancestors were brought to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese/Dutch from South India (Coramandel & Malabar coasts) as menial labourers (for growing/peeling cinnamon, fishing/pearl diving, coconut planting/plucking and toddy tapping) adopted Portuguese surnames to hide their original South Indian identity.

        Dr. Paul E. Pieris has published extracts from the Portuguese tombo which gives the original names of the present day Sinhalese with Portuguese surnames before their conversion to Christianity and Buddhism. Dr. Pieris states: “The names deserve special attention, the majority appear to have been converted to Christianity and adopted European names. For example, Fernando being the most popular surname, but the native name is also given among them being the following: Vira Cutti, Parama Cutti, Nila Cutti, Perumal, Nahepulle, Avepulle, etc. These point to recent South Indian origin. It is well known that the descendants of these South Indian Tamils from down South Sri Lanka (low country Sinhalese) like the Karawe, Salagama, and Durawe are the most anti-Tamil racists.

        The Sinhalese became a majority only after the European Colonials came to Sri Lanka. In the 16th century, the Portuguese and in the 18th century, the Dutch who occupied the island brought in tens of thousands of people from South India (mainly from Cochin/Kochi in the Malabar coast/presently Kerala and from Tutucorin/Thootukudy in the Coromandel Coast/presently Tamil Nadu) and settled them in the Southern parts of the island from Puttalama up to Matara as menial laborers (for growing/peeling cinnamon – today known as Salagama caste, for fishing/pearl diving – today known as Karawa caste, coconut planting/plucking and toddy tapping – today known as Durawa caste, and for many other jobs). Within a few centuries, the Sinhala population in the South (low country) increased exponentially when these people assimilated with the local Sinhala population (Sinhalized) by adopting the Sinhala language/culture and the Buddhist/Christian religion and getting converted to Sinhala Buddhists and Sinhala Catholics. Today their descendants (12th generation) are not only claiming the ancient Sri Lankan civilization as their own ‘Sinhala’ heritage but have also become the patriots and champions of Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism. They have become distinct, ‘North Indian Vijaya’s Lion-blooded Sinhala Aryans’, the Nationalist Patriots and guardians of the country (Sri Lanka) and its Religion (Buddhism) and call themselves the blood relatives of Dutugemunu. If the forefathers of these so called “Sinhaputhra/Boomiputhra of Heladiva” had remained as Tamils, (without assimilating with the Sinhalese) today the Tamils would have been the majority in Sri Lanka or if they had assimilated with the Veddas instead of Sinhalese, today the Veddas would have been considerably a large population in Sri Lanka. Today, the researchers at the Human Genetics unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Colombo will tell us that the DNA of low country Sinhalese is matching with the Tamil Nadu Tamils.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka
    “The problem with the Chief Minister’s assertion is that the ‘Sri Lankan Tamils’ are slightly under 4% of the island’s population, while the Sinhalese are roughly 74%. “

    It shows your real colour and that of CIA

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    Dayan, the fatal flaw in your reasoning (and the GOSLs), is that the conflict is eternal. It is eternal if (and only if) an omnipotent external force does not step in to recognize the nationhood of the smaller nation and decides to underwrite its security. It does not matter one bit whether the Ukrainians recognize the nationhood of the Crimean Russians, or if the Serbians recognize the nationhood of the Kosovo Albanians, the only thing that matters is that the Russians and the Americans do, respectively. Likewise, it does not matter one bit if the Sinhalese recognize the nationhood of the Tamil people, so long as the US/UK do. The truth is that they already have. As evidence I offer the fact that Mr. Cameron visited Jaffna and met Mr. Wigneswaran and did not meet the Sinhalese governor. Just like Ukraine and Serbia, the Sinhalese state will conclude that they are not going to risk total annihilation by even remotely confronting an omnipotent superpower, and instead will defer to the leadership of the United States – it is inevitable.

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    Dayan is at it again. Since independence, the Tamils have been consistently talking and referring to only the Northern and Eastern Province, and this has been even recognised by the earlier Sinhala leaders. The 4% (or whatever) Tamil pop island-wide is a cunning way of simplifying the aspirations of the Tamil.

    Even when the 13A was introduced, the referendum was only slotted for these areas but somehow that didn’t materialise. The attempt by Dayan to give a new twist brings to surface his cunning trap. Justice VW was merely stating the obvious. He more than understands now the treachery of the Sinhalese rulers.Even the LLRC was resurrected to pay lip service and fool the world and when the regime got entraped by its own design, it now blames the whole world.

    When India negotiated the provincial system, it was meant to be a solution for the Tamils dominated North and East. Why it was extended to the entire island is baffling. By citing the other provinces, the regime has been trying to clip the powers of the NPC. The tyranny of the Sinhalese, Dayan included, has no bounds.

    Jayalalitha is right. A referendum involving the Tamils is the only way to decide whether the North and East should stay together or part ways. The antagonistic attitude even towards the elected members of the NPC proves that Sinhalese will forever treat the Tamils with disdain.

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    Looks like the country is regressing to the pre 2009 situation.

    “Tuesday, April 1, 2014Sri Lanka military rule stepped up in North, wartime restrictions re-introduced

    Pass system reintroduced ( File photo)
    Clamping down on civilian life in the North, the occupying Sri Lankan military has re-introduced pass system for fishermen in the North to access their seas, putting up check posts on the roads, dawn to dusk search operations and military patrols of armed soldiers in the Northern province, especially targeting coastal areas. In the meantime, the occupying Sri Lankan military has ‘arrested’ at least 44 Eelam Tamils between 07 March and 27 March, news sources in Jaffna said. Most of them have been arrested in abduction style.
    The iron fist control on the civilian life seeks to silence all activism and threatens the witnesses who have been prepared to witness against the genocidal crimes by the Sri Lankan State, rights activists in Jaffna told TamilNet. Civilian movement was at standstill during the nights as if a curfew has been clamped down at several locations of the peninsula.”

    Such moves are likely to bring about a confrontational situation and hasten the investigation of the UNHRC. The Govt moves in anger and haste and brings about more and more problems for the country.

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    There are 101 nation states with population numbers less than the 2,270,924 that make up the Tamil population of Sri Lanka…. just saying.

    Regards
    GTBP

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    Dayan and others

    Can someone tell me what this Vegie has done to Northern PC constructively for last few months other than blaming and carrying on against Sinhalese and the SL government. Is that a Tamil think to be not being grateful to at least SL government to have a peaceful conditions so that he can be the CM of NPC.

    This Vegie indicated recently that no Sinhalese should be allowed to settle in Northern part of Sri Lanka. Vegie should understand that the northern part is not his own property to comment like that. He should be thankful to Sinhalase community in Colombo for allowing him to stay in Colombo for last few decades. If we Sinhalese thinks the way he thinks he should have been in Colombo at all. He is now showing his real Tiger colours.

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      You Pingona´s supporters see cant see any further than the end of their noses.
      At least provide the pingona with good advisers, if majority folks stay gaping, then we could save the nation from being abused by all means. World is laughing at us, thanks go to Pingona nose end vision.

      We the sinhalayas should be ashamed to have voted for this buruwa again and again. The otherside of the democracy – looters will take the ground again and again

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      Is Ranjan Walpola that ignorant he is unaware since last September
      CM/NPC Justice Wigneswaren’s Council has been starved of financial resources and the necessary administrative power for even basic functions of his Council. This was something the Rajapakses threatened the Tamil people with when Basil R said “if we lose, we will starve the NPC” The Family kept their word. Information is since then MR has been forced to relax on this when he met the Indian PM last in Burma. Events in Geneva last week will further force the Rajapakses to do what is moral, ethical and legal soon.

      “No Sinhalese should settle in the North” is a calculated and blatant lie to inflame the Sinhala South. What Mr. Wigneswaren said was they do not approve of large Sinhala colonisations of army personnel planned only to change the demographic composition of the Tamil areas. This is unfair and quite unnecessary. Is that not a fair request?
      As to your threat on Mr. W and other Tamils in Colombo the world remembers you did “well” in 7/83. You have all the means and the mindset to do it again is all too well known.

      Kettikaran

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        Ketti and Sam(bol)

        If the case is that then ask Vegie to resign and get somebody who could think constructively to address issues faced by the common poor tamils in that province. Those poor people had enough sufferings for 30 odd years and those funded that futile war were thamil Die-Ass_Poo ras do not care a croc-shit about those poor Northerners suffering. You got to be thinking neutrally and laterally and move forward. Life is too short to argue and carry on and nobody is going to live forever fellows.

        I am damn sure none of those effluent Die-Ass-Poo-ras will send their own kith and kin for the next round of your dreamland Peelam struggle. They want Peelam on somebody else dead bodies and blood including daughters and sons of poor Sinhalese farmers.

        One more thing – I am no supporter on anybody however if somebody is trying to do a right thing you get to givem them a credit. I am glad the futile war is over.

        Enough is enough!!!!!!!!!! Get on with the task.

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    4% or 12% you don’t let facts stand in the way of a good story or a good Tamil bashing does it……

    while claiming that the regime is moving to a “theocracy” since its “great victory” you certainly pander to that segment of the regime hoping for some crumbs…..

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    Dayan says,
    “The problem with the Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s assertion is that the ‘Sri Lankan Tamils’ are slightly under 4% of the island’s population, while the Sinhalese are roughly 74% and there would be chaos if every country were to accord the status of nationhood to every ethnic group”.

    WHAT NONSENSE!!!

    Tamils are the Majority (roughly 74%) in the Tamil (Speaking) homeland (North & East). The Sri Lankan Tamils had and still have a clearly defined (Tamil speaking) territory, their historic habitat in the North & East of Sri Lanka as their traditional homeland (Tamil Eelam) where they lived and defended for several centuries.

    Tamil nation existed and still exists in South India (Tamil Nadu) and North-East Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam). The Tamils were the sole occupants (natives) of both N&E Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam) and South India (Tamil Nadu) when the colonials left. Just like the Arab nation has several countries in the Middle-East and North Africa, the Tamil Nation had several countries (Chola Nadu, Pandya Nadu, Chera Nadu and Eela Nadu) in India and Sri Lanka and still has two regions/states in South Asia (Tamil Eelam and Tamil Nadu). Tamil Nadu belongs (Homeland) to the Tamils of India and Tamil Eelam belongs (Homeland) to the Tamils of Sri Lanka. There was a natural bridge known as Rama Setu that existed during the ancient period from Tamil Nadu to Tamil Eelam (now submerged by the rising sea but still visible in the satellite pictures taken by NASA).

    Right from ancient history, Tamils are from both India and Sri Lanka. There was nothing called Tamil Nadu until the British created it. What existed as the Tamil countries in South India and Sri Lanka were known as Chola/Sola Nadu, Pandya/Pandu Nadu, Chera/Sera Nadu and Eela Nadu/Eelam Mandalam. In the 9th century AD, under Rajaraja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola, Sri Lanka became one of the nine provinces of the Chola Empire and was called Eelam Mandalam. This Chola rule was the longest and the most far-reaching in terms of surface area by the Tamil power. Sri Lanka remained a South Indian (Chola) colony under the rule of Rajaraja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola. After the Chola rule of Anuradhapura and then Polonawara (kingdom created by Rajendra Chola) kingdoms ended, the people who spoke Sinhala and practiced Buddhism moved to the South and created their Kingdoms in Kandy, Kotte, and many other places. On the other hand, the people who spoke Tamil and practiced Hinduism moved to the North & East and created their Kingdom in Jaffna. A separate Jaffna kingdom (1215-1624 CE) was established for the Tamils. Unfortunately, the Jaffna kingdom came under Portuguese domination in 1624 after the last Tamil king of Jaffna Cankli Kumaran was defeated in the battle. This was how the Tamils lost their sovereignty, independence and their traditional homeland.

    The invasion theory that was mentioned in the Mahavamsa was wrongly interpreted by the European (colonial) Orientalist scholars. Even today the majority including some historians wrongly believe that the NE Tamils are invaders from Tamil Nadu. The so called invasion was only the replacement of the king at the Anuradapura kingdom by either a Chola or a Pandya king. In the recorded history of Sri Lanka, it is NOT known or mentioned anywhere that there was a mass influx/settlement of Tamils from South India to Sri Lanka during the Chola/Pandya rule. At the same time, in the recorded history of Sri Lanka, it is NOT known or mentioned anywhere that there was a mass exodus of Sinhalese from the North to the South. (Do you think the Sinhalese in the North simply packed their bags and went to the South leaving all their lands to the newly arrived Tamils without any protest/rebellion?).

    If Tamils like Elara are called invaders, then the Sinhalas like Vijay and his 700 men were also invaders. Whether you call them invaders or invitees or whatever, Sinhala came from India and Buddhism also came from India. 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. They both contributed, the Tamils starting from the kings Sena and Guttika (as per the Mahavamsa). The Sri Lankan constitution does not say Sri Lanka is a Sinhala country, the so called SL ‘history’ book Mahavamsa does not say SL is a Sinhala country and the Sri Lankan people (except Sinhala racists) do not say so either. Just because the Sinhala Buddhists are more in number/majority (how they became a majority is not a secret) that does not mean that the whole country is exclusively for Sinhalese. A part of the country belonged to the Tamils before the British united the Tamil North (formerly Jaffna Kingdom) and the Sinhala South (formally Kotte & Kandy kingdoms) into one unitary state and gave it to the Sinhalese in 1948. The Sinhalese is the ONLY race in this entire world that foolishly believes that the majority race in a country is the sole owner of that country and all others (minorities) are aliens.

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      [Edited out] ravi

      Thanks for the Valmiki writing to justify your ancient existence in Sri Lanka.

      Other than your [Edited out], can you please show us physically of any artefacts or relics of your Thamil Civilisation in our Sri Lanka? At least a piece of building where your Chola-Bola Kings constructed. Did they build these kingdoms or anythings in thin air like your Peelam kingdom?

      By the way – I have seen few temples built by your Chola-Bola kings in Wallawatte.

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        Rajan,

        “According to Dr. Paul E. Peiris, an erudite scholar and historian, Thiruketheeswaram in Manthai was one of the five recognized Eeswarams of Siva in Lanka very long before the arrival of Vijaya in 600 B.C [4]”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manthai

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          For those who clicked on thumb down:

          Please tell me why did you clicked down? Don’t you like truth like Dayan Jayatileka (Diplomat – “honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country”). If he is honest he would apologise for giving the wrong statistics.

          “Thiruketeeswaram is a pre-historic sacred kovil in Manthoddam situated in Mannar District about seven miles north of Mannar town. It is famous according to legends as the kovil where Ketu Bhagavan worshipped Lord Eeswaram. Hence this holy shrine acquired the name of Tiruketeeswaram.

          According to Dr. Paul E. Peiris, an erudite scholar and historian, “long before the arrival of Vijaya (6th century B.C.) there was in Lanka five recognized ‘Eeswararns’ of Siva, which claimed and received adoration of all India. These were Tiruketheeswaram near Mahathitha, Munneswaram Thondeswaram, Tirukoneswaram and Naguleswaram.

          The celebrated historian J.W. Bennet wrote (1843): “At Mantotte the antiquarian will find a field for research in the still extant remains of remote antiquity, amongst which are the vestiges of an immense tank (Giant Tank) arid the ruins of a former Hindu City, built of birch. The antiquity of the Hindus, by whom, I humbly presume, the island was originally peopled, and their civilization at the remotest period of history, are recognized by all the ancient Eastern Philosophers.”

          Another well-known historian, Cassie Chetty, had this to say: “Manthoddam was a center of international trade. Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians, Arabs, Ethiopians, Persians, Chinese, Japanese, Burmese and others vied with each other at various times to monopolise the trade of North Ceylon.”

          B.J. Perera, a reputed historian, wrote: “Although Mahathitha (Mathoddam) is first mentioned in connection with the landing of Vijaya’s second wife, a royal princess from the Pandyan Kingdom, there is no doubt that it was used as port by the Tamils long before the Aryan settlement in Ceylon. The existence of the Temple Tiruketheeswaram, the origin of which is not covered by existing records, is an indication of the antiquity of the port. Indeed Mahathitta is the only port in the Island which can be called a buried city. Mahathittha was a great port in the early centuries of the Christian era. Next we have the references in the Sangam literature of the Tamils describing Mahathitta as a great port.”

          Hugh Neville, another well-known researcher, said in 1887 on the illustrious city of Mathoddam a follows: “A renowned shrine grew into repute there dedicated to one Supreme God symbolized by a single stone, and in later times restored by Vijaya, a Saivaite after lying long in ruins. The temple was dedicate as Tiru – Kethes – Waram.”

          This kovil, dedicated to the worship of the Supreme God Siva, has been the most venerated temple for centuries. This Temple and the holy waters of the Palavi Tank by its side are venerated in the sacred hymns of the two foremost Saiva saints Tirugnana Sampantar and Sundarar who lived in the 7th and 8th centuries respectively.

          This great temple was completely destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th century and the very stones of this Temple were used by them to build the fort at Mannar, the churches and also the Hammershield Fort at Kayts……………….”
          http://thiruketheeswaram.com/

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            Showing anpu to walballas does not make any sense!
            some of our countrymen are blissfully unaware of history.
            let them bark
            Ken

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              Thanks Ken.

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            Anpu,

            I fear pseudo-nationalists like Ranawake and his JHU clique
            will very soon get their cohorts in the army to destroy the
            re-structured Tiruketeeswaram Temple (in the vicinity of Mannar)
            so that this valuable historical area is made devoid of its
            ancient Tamil history. Sinhala bigots have already succeeded in
            transforming Hindu Kadirgamam to Sinhala Kataragama is common knowledge. Ranawake and Company have done much erasure of priceless archeological evidence in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Districts because most evidence bore Tamil letterings. Gentlemen scholars of international repute like Sudarshan Seneviratne and Siran Deraniyagala fear to speak their mind out in this climate of cultural fascism. Everything must be done by lovers of antique history and culture to save this site from rapacious cultural shenanigans.

            Pandaranayagam

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              Thanks Pandaranayakam.
              “I fear pseudo-nationalists like Ranawake and his JHU ..” It is my fear too. STRUCTURAL/CULTURAL GENOCIDE

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        You need to venture out of your Wellawatta mind

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          Rajash

          You are right!

          Wellawatta is actually Vellala-watta where all the high-class Jaffna Tamils live. Kotahena is Kottan-Chennai where all the Indian Tamils live.

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        Rajan Walpola

        Valmiki’s writing was adopted by the Sinhalese and not Tamils. Just one simple example, our island was known by several names but the name Lanka was ONLY mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana. The Sinhalese took it as the name of the country. LOL

        Can you please show us physically (with evidence) of any artefacts or relics of your Sinhala Civilisation in our Lanka? Show us with proof where exactly it is said that it was built by a Sinhala king.

        I think Anpu has cleared all other doubts you had.

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          Thumbi Ravi

          The Ample amount of relicts in the great civilisations in North Central Province is a simple answer. Were these civilisation built by your Periya Appa or your Chola-Bola Kings?

          Your own hero son goat Podian Preaba is a great builder of bunkers, booby traps, landmines and a great LTTE monkey army clad in thongs. Do you want me to consider them as your relicts of your Chola-Bolas Civilisation. Sure!!!!! I have no problem and I can accept that with 30 odd years destructive Un-civilisation created by that mass murderer.

          End of the story Thambi. Walk off from your small room. Have good breath and a rest. You need some fresh air.

          I am glad on one thing. You said “our Lanka” in your comment not “our Peelam”. That makes me happy at least you think like that.

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            Rajan Modapola,

            Please answer my simple question. Where the hell is it said that the Ample amount of relicts in the great civilisations in North Central Province was built by the Sinhalese. Please provide evidence to prove at least one if you can from Mahavamsa, stone inscriptions, etc. Otherwise, put pee and go back to sleep and dream about gobbling a bucket full of kavum you modaya.

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              Ravi,
              I think we should not waste time with
              Rajan Walpola, Noel-Jones, Eusense, Off the Cuff

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      Ravi

      You can still create an ‘Eelam Mandalam’ in your hometown in Scarborough where you live as a majority. The Tamils in SL are not interested in any such Mandalams.

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        Silva

        “You can still create an ‘Eelam Mandalam’ in your hometown in Scarborough where you live as a majority.”

        You are wrong, both Tamil speaking Sinhalese and Sinhala speaking Tamils should create their own ghettos, the Sinhala Eela Mandalam and Tamil Chola Mandalma respectively in their ancestral homeland South India.

        Hindians would be delighted to have their long lost cousins back in their land.

        It is not too late.

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    Hold it all you nationalists. Al what we need in our little country to remain in one piece and a paradise for all its citizens is the RULE OF LAW. If this prevails all can live happily in peace. It is the politicians who messed the situation over the years and the current lot dont even understand the concept of Ruler of Law.

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      Kalubando,
      so long the power greedy idiots would govern this nation, you will never see anything related to the concept of rule of law. Only jungle of law with impunity powers will have ruined the country further by the time next elections are held.
      They the people interpret

      devolution power as division of the country; so long the misunderstanding is there, Rajapakshe could ruin them.

      If federal system can work in Germany, Switzerland or any other countries,why not in SL. In Switzerland, even Bezirks have their own administration (small units within the cantons)

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    Make three states,under united Sri Lanka.each nations will have own state and local authorities.because Sinhalese are not peaceful nation as others.

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    Dayan:

    CM is right. The Tamils of Sri Lanka are a nation. My friend the marriage which lasted for the last 64 years has broken down irretrievably.

    ****He reassures us that the Tamil nation in Sri Lanka is fully committed to a single Sri Lankan state.
    The above is subject to certain qualifications.

    Either:
    Tamil Nation can be a State within a State. We must be allowed to determine our destiny free from any interference from the Sinhalese Rulers.

    Or:

    Independent Tamil Nation.

    The choice is your so take your pick.

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    CM Justice Wigneswaren rightly emphasises on the prospects of a lasting solution on the acceptance of the “2 Nations in one undivided Island” theory. This is, in point of fact, restoration of the Status Quo prior to the arrival of the Portugese (1505) There is nothing sinister there. But this device is engineered by Sinhala chauvinism to be misunderstood so that a rational discussion on the subject is discouraged. Fortunately, thinking in the Sinhala South is changing. The JVP now implicitly accepts the position and so does Ven. Sobitha Thero. Others may follow in due course. This formulae has been in the national discourse for sometime now, including in the pages of CT, and now Gajendran Ponnambalam’s Party has accepted it as Policy. The debate will gather lively discourse from now on. It shall’nt be long before it engages global attention.

    The Sinhala South may well remember this is a better alternative to VPs “Eelam or nothing” demand. Unfortunately, majority opinion continues to be hijacked by chauvinists in their ranks. Sinhala extremism also divided Muslim opinion by misleading the late Ashraf to lay claim to a part of the East as his own – a move purely calculated to confuse and weaken the strengthening Tamil demands for the restoration of the Status Quo in the early 1980s.

    Sadly, the Rajapakses lack the backbone to lead the Sinhala nation to reconciliation. They are caught to that Frankenstein monster trap they created to come to power – Deja Vu 1956.

    R. Varathan

    R. Varathan

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    Does anyone have any connections to MR or his clan? please someone ?

    Can someone get Dayan a job with MR? please? then he will spare us of his daily nonsense !

    His qualifications you ask??

    First rate groveler lol

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    You are a great man. Why don’t you solve the racial hate in the Sri Lankan media.

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    The trouble with the author is, like the rajapakse regime, he has no statesman like qualities. If everything is a ‘threat’ – like simply accepting there are two nations on the island – then there can be no progress, no negotiations, no solutions. He (and the regime) can’t have peace on their terms – i.e. take it or leave it. A political solution is a negotiated solution which will mean a result that neither side probably fully likes, but both sides accept. People like Dayan are just more intellectual than Gothabaya – but neither is willing to give the freedom needed for Tamils and Muslims to prosper within Sri Lanka.

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    Dayan agrees that the tactics used by the armed forces in seeking out Gobi and the subsequent arrest of Jayakumari, Ruki and Fr.Parveen is uncalled for. This type of action is the one that is going to create new Tigers’ and in addition extend the list of charges against Sri Lanka at the UN.

    Dayan says Tamils are only 4% and Sinhalese are 74%. This is based on CIA book, does this mean that there is no record in Sri Lanka that he can quote that may show the actual percentage of the Tamils and Sinhalese? Further from the numbers it is clear that 4% of Tamils may be related to those who live in the Northern Province or even may be the Eastern Province is included in these numbers. It surely does not include those who live outside the Northern and Eastern provinces. Further it does not include the Muslims and Christians who also speak Tamil. When it comes to Sinhalese it clearly shows that the number is taken from all over Sri Lanka and includes Buddhists and Christians.

    If in the case of counting Tamils, Muslims are not included, how can one include Christians when counting Sinhalese? So Dayan, as usual is sucking and blowing at the same time.

    As per census 2012, the Sinhalese, make up 74.9% of the population (according to 2012 census) and are concentrated in the densely populated south-west and central parts of the Island. The Sri Lanka Tamils, live predominantly in the north-east of the island forming the largest minority group at 11.2% of the population.

    The Moors, who speak Tamil, who descend from Arab traders that settled in Sri Lanka, form the third largest ethnic group at 9.2% of the population. They are mostly concentrated in urban areas in the southern parts of the island with substantial populations in the Central and Eastern provinces. During times of Portuguese colonization, Moors were persecuted, and many forced to retreat to the central highlands and the eastern coast.

    There are also Indian Tamils who form distinct ethnic group which comprises 4.2% of the population. The British brought them to Sri Lanka in the 19th century as tea and rubber plantation workers, and they remain concentrated in the “tea country” of south-central Sri Lanka. In accordance with a 1964 agreement with India, Sri Lanka granted citizenship to 230,000 “stateless” Indian Tamils in 1988.

    Dayan who holds a Doctorate should be honest to himself first and not to sing lies for a “hug” from the President!

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    There will never be an international investigation.. Take it from me, I’m the secretary of defense, I will never allow an international investigation. This is what Gotabaya promised in his infamous interview with the BBC shortly after the war was over. Why couldn’t the hero of the Sinhalese nationalists keep his promise? The crux of the problem is that Sinhalese nationalists refuse to accept the fact that the US is the dominant super-power in this ocean. Nothing of any significance is going to happen here without their stamp of approval. As long as Sinhalese nationalists and commentators like Dayan refuse to acknowledge this reality, their theories and ideas will be detached from reality and events as they unfold on the ground. Despite Gotabayas promise, there in fact will be an international investigation, because the United States decided that it shall be so. When the Sinhalese offer an opinion about the nationhood of the Tamils, they are speaking out of turn. It’s not for them to decide. It’s for the guy in the Whitehouse to decide – his opinion is the only opinion that matters.

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      Patriot,

      Surely, you have not forgotten Sri Lanka has the largest population
      of Cardboard Sandows. As for GR, he is an uncompromising liar as well. Remember, the “zero Casualty” and the “zero missing persons” jokes. They are also safely filed in BBC’s archives together with the different figures of the “missing” given by MR, GR and Lalith W. The common factor is all these jokers are notorious as congenital liars
      in recent times – not as leaders of a country.

      Hooker

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    Wiggy is behaving very foolishly. His comments just give MR more ammunition.

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    [Edited out]

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    Pearly shells shining in the ocean

    farting in the bay

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      fart expert on this forum:) Best of JAVI

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        Heel Elevation Ataxia`| Ha ha Ho ho;

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          I had dealt with Ataxia Telangiectasia patients some time back now.

          Anyway, those patients did not have specific kind of proctoco – problems as you claim to have.

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            Free consultation with a minus value passport- badagini lankians
            listen to the UN/EU music`|”

            Rabbit!

            ╭∩╮(◣_◢) ╭∩╮

            “You know ?! You are the reason why I have a middle finger !”

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              Have you got a lambogini to name other badagini ?
              Badaginis have streghthened the power of MR regime. You the colombo crows have lost almost everything.

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                “You the colombo crows have lost almost everything.”

                The island lost 50 years in 1983 so who cares about your fiddled estimate??

                Cinema is a social platform than TV Labogini is solo D.

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    Dr. Laksiri

    My best wishes for your good health and see you soon. we need you to educate and bring some sense into people like Dayan

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    These are internationally defined and accepted terms to settle claims of the Nation’s borders, counties’ governments’ legal status and other international purposes. As far as Tamils status are concerned, a major research was done before the Vaddukoddai Resolution by eminent political researchers like Thiruchchelvam, Nadesan, and politicians like SJV, Amirthalingam, Sivasithamparam and others. After clarifying the legal status of the Tamils only those lawyers proposed and passed the Vaddukoddai Resolution. CV’s speech is based on those finding and backed by solid legal evidences. Unlike Dr.Rajasingham Narendran is trying to define the “Nation, Nationality, State, Country”, these not defined according to individual whimsies. Those who has less connections with politics may arbitrarily attempt to impose their definitions in to the debates. But, CV is sure of what he is saying. Even the self-decorating diplomat DJ has not challenged CV on that issue. Rather he is diverting the talk to a lousy, lazy debate on something else.

    When I was boy and applying for tests and jobs, we were told to mark “Ceylon Tamil” as our nationality. Eventually, it was realized by the awakening of socially concerned Tamil intellectuals, the entire world Tamils world have one way of using Tamil Language, One culture, one origin. After that the separation between Ceylon Tamil and Indian Tamil was given up (though the GOSL continued to use it to dive and rule- like DJ is using here). After all, the upcountry Tamils are certainly no longer Indian Tamils. So other than Muslims, all the Tamil speaking people living in island of Sri Lanka are Tamils. This is their Nationality. Tamils ancestral homeland is north and east. Irrelevant of whatever the part of the country the Tamils lives, their nationality stand as Tamil and their homeland stand as north and east. This is accepted by JR in the India-Lanka accord. Even Robert Blake has said that is the American position too.

    Here, the basic questions DJ putting forward has to be interpreted, if the people in question is only be 4%, can you call them as a nation. Though he is just counting the 4%, he says it is CIA number. I am not sure what motivated him to take his arch enemy “CIA”‘s number to debut the CV’s fact-full speech. In turn, CIA had said it was King’s number. For the question of who the King is? ; He is one the declared the ZERO casualty in Mullivaikkal war. The King is the one accounted as only 80,000 Tamils was lining in Vanni during the war (for the purpose of cutting off the food and medical supplies from going to Vanni). There was consensus among Sri Lankan, that time, the motive of King’s issuance of the number 4% was to show the international governments that Tamils a not minority in to be in consideration count, it is Muslims and the government will be working with Hakeem to find a political solution that can be called “agreeable solution to minorities”. For some time, there were some clowns in Tamils self-proclaimed themselves as “Puththi Jevigal”(an English equivalent for those people would be “The only ones living with Heads) had accepted this arrangements and trying to promote through Robert Blake making the Muslims as the representatives of minorities. So DJ has secret motive in using the King’s old numbers with the mask of CIA number.

    He selected a percentage rather than Human count. First of all, every man or woman living is a human being and that is defined by the international humanitarian laws and human right law. It is a shameful act when an educated diplomat, to challenge a Supreme Court justice, has sought out this percentage number. Second thing is, if some count the India’s 4% it’s 60 million, it three times the number of the Sri Lanka. Then why did Sri Lanka protested when IPKF came to Sri Lanka with the dream of annexing Sri Lanka to India? If Sri Lanka, which is less 1.5 % percent of India, is refusing to get merged with India; then why should not Tamil Eelam which contains more than ten times of that, it 15% percent of Lanka should not protest to be hanging around merged with Sinhalese nation?

    In America and Canada there a sports called First Nation or Indian Reserves. Some these are few hundred peoples only. They live a separate life from the big nations, America and Canada. What kind of legal problems these countries are seeing to give those spots separate legal status?

    Last 65 years has proved 4% is not figure should be look at, it is the internal mind of the Mahavamsa Modayas’ has to be looked upon before one making this decision.

    DJ should learn to write something logical sense and stop trying to pull CV for lazy debate.

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