23 September, 2019

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Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Plays With Numbers Again, This Time He Lies About The Sinhala Population In Batticaloa

Flanked by two notorious Buddhist monks, Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe once again played with numbers, claiming that there were 28,000 Sinhalese in Batticaloa before the war, even though statistics released by the Department of Census and Statistics very clearly state that that there were only 11,255 Sinhalese in Batticaloa in 1981, in comparison to 233,713 Sri Lanka Tamils and 78,829 Sri Lanka Muslims.

Addressing media at the Mangalarama in Batticaloa on Wednesday, in the presence of Bodu Bala Sena’s Galagoda Atte Gnanasara and Ampitiye Sumana, Rajapakshe also came to the rescue of Buddhist monks saying that even though there is a belief that certain monks were inciting racism, he faulted that no one has taken the initiative to sort out matters through discussions, which is why some situations had escalated.

“There is a serious issue facing the Sinhalese community in the area, because they are a minority here. Before the war there was 28,000 but today this has reduced to a very small number. The Sinhalese have serious grievances but they don’t have a representative in parliament from this area to highlight their grievance, and neither is there anyone in the Eastern Provincial Council to speak on their behalf,” he said.

According to Rajapakshe, the Sinhalese in the area were meted out step motherly treatment, where in many instances even the Grama Sevakas refuse to include the names of the Sinhalese in the electoral register. “If they go to the Pradeshiya Sabha, the officers there won’t read their letters because it is in Sinhalese. Even if there are officers who can read letters, they will throw them to the dust bin,” the minister disclosed.

Rajapakshe said that the meeting was convened by the Buddhist monks to educate him on the situation the Sinhalese community was facing. “But, the Chief of the Mangalarama did not only focus on the issues facing the Buddhist, he even told me about the grievances the Tamils and the Muslims are facing in the area. He was not partial and asked me to find solutions to the grievances faced by all communities,” Rajapakshe said of Ampitiye Sumana, who in November threatened to kill a Grama Sevaka and called him a ‘Tamil Dog‘ after the Grama Sevaka filed several court cases against the Sinhalese living in the Batticaloa district over a land issue.

Rajapakshe assured that his government was doing everything possible to create a country where everyone and every community can live peacefully.

Incidentally, this is the second time in a month that the Justice Minister has been found dishing out numbers irresponsibly. In November, addressing Parliament Rajapakshe announced that 32 Muslims had joined ISIS, however, this was a later found to be a misplaced number, and he was severely criticized for his irresponsible and hate mongering speech in Parliament.

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  • 29
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    Pissu Sadhu should be jail, instead he is treated like a royalty.

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      Pissu Sadhu is a nuisance but the justice minister is a problem for the Yahapalanaya govt. If it ever wants to go forward it has to dump the justice minister. There is no second word about it, he is a rajapaksa plant trying to destroy the govt.

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      My question is how would Wijedasa Rajaakshe face the VERY SAME NATION next ?

      How dare he to justify BBS dogs ?

      How dare he to have balls to stand with them in the same stage not clearing the buggers beforeheand ?

      Does he think that the people of this country are idiots ?

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        Open racism by a government minister means that the government too is racist. The minorities are fooled again along with the majority.
        YES…. THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ARE CERTAINLY FOOLS…..INNOCENTLY
        FOOLED TO REMAIN FOOLS SO THAT THEY CAN MADE FOOLS AGAIN.

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          Yasin.

          Don’t you think that SLs like to be fooled.
          That is the nature of the beast. It’s fun.

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      SHAME ON YOU !!!!! Wijadasayaa !!!

      you better shave your head and put on a KAAVI SAARI ( seeruwa ) and get a place in a pansala where those KAAVI TERRORISTS are living eating free food..

      Our MY3 has guts to throw him out of parliament ???

  • 13
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    Try not to make a big issue out of the statistics etc what is important here is the issues WR raised in his historical speech in parliament and the way he chose to resolve a national issue errupted from Baticaloa.

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  • 28
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    Every time this man opens his mouth, he lies.
    You can never believe him.

    • 0
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      Tungsan Yu.

      Name a single SL politician that you can believe.
      The answer is none.

  • 24
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    Wow! A member of Parliament speaks with a bunch of open racists.. If he was a decent man, he should not give these people a voice, as he seems to be condoning their behaviour. The man on the right called people Tamil dogs and threatened to kill them, while the man behind him, threatened to spill the blood of Muslims.. Is the type of people this man wants to be seen in public with?. There is something seriously wrong with this country, and it’s going to be riots all over again.. Watch and wait.. This country seems to be cursed.. Two steps forward, ten steps back, that’s how Sri Lanka works..

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      Every time someone raises the problems. Facing the sinhala he becomes a racist. What is your problem. ??

      It is good that these concerns are raised with the proper authorities rather than go head on with a fight.

      • 8
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        sarojini

        “Every time someone raises the problems. Facing the sinhala he becomes a racist. What is your problem. ??”

        When a racist raises a non-existent problem another racist come in this forum and defend him.

        That is the problem.

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        The problem is they are real extremists.

        Examples are enough or not ? See what happened to that Mad monk in Batticalo.. was he subjected to the law and order prevailing in the country ?

        What was the case if any minoritarian person would have behaved that way ?
        Do you think that BBS and other dogs would allow to let that bury under the surface ? No….

        So Sajojini, please think twice and with the dawn of the new year please try to be fair to all srialnkens – we are all srilankens .. we fought enough.
        Let ballige putha (Rajapakshe) led groups to ruin and end up in jails.. as they deserve it.

      • 5
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        The majority of good Sinhala community are taken to task by a handful of thugs in saffron attire who do not even know how to address a gathering without uttering filth. If you call these thugs monks you better call them monkeys.

        Why are the Godd Sinhalese silent. Obviously they are scared of these thugs.
        Even the Mahanayake’s are keeping away from this gang. Does that not give the majority ‘good’ Sinhalese some food for thought.

        Buddhism is no about racism it is about peace and tolerance.

        These monks have an agenda and the agenda is to systematically destroy
        the tenets of Buddhism by posing as revered monks of the thug chapter.

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    Going by Wijedasa rajapakse’s logic, there would be no problems if, say a Muslim or Hindu priest went to town literally in a place like Galle and abused a grama sewaka in utter filth for not doing as the minority in that particular area wanted. Dumbass srilankan politicos and their racist agendas.

  • 4
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    According to the 2012 Census, Batticaloa district has 6127 Sinhalese
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batticaloa_District#Ethnicity

    • 1
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      Count the number before the war not after. I think it was 26,000 in the North not only in Batticola.

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        sarojini

        “Count the number before the war not after.”

        We can’t simply because we are in 2016. We don’t have a back to the future time traveling machine.

        “I think it was 26,000 in the North not only in Batticola.”

        How about 1911, 1921, 1931, 1941, 1951, 1961, 1981, …. ?

        The 1911 population of Sinhalese in the North was more than 1 Million. The genocidal Tamil Saivites and Christians have sent all of them to the gas chamber over a period of time.

        You must take the Tamils to ICC.

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          NV, What the heck man? Now you forgot your ethnicity? Are you a tamil Veddha?

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          NV, If you want to know the Sinhala population in Eastern province,click the following link.

          http://www.island.lk/2007/03/14/midweek2.html.

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            rana

            I have seen this article which does say nothing about the Sinhala population in the North, in 1911, 1921, 1931, 1941, 1951, 1961, 1981, ….

            If you really want to discuss East or the entire island, we could only if you have population count from 1871 to 1981, for every decade except during for second world war years.

            Once you have those census record, give me shout.

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              NV, If you couldn’t find the figures in 1871,1911,1921,1931,1941,1951,1961 ,how can I find them. Maybe the British archives might have the records. But I doubt that British could do an island wide census in those years. But when Portugese first arrived in Batticaloa it was Sinhalese who lived there under the rule of Kandy King. It is a true fact that Tamils colonized Eastern Province under the patronage of British rulers probably between middle of the 18th century to middle of 19th century.

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    As Minister in charge of Buddha Sasana, he knows he is being crucified on the altar of public opinion. He needs to be looking towards solutions to real problems based on ground realities, rather than concocted bunkum which has become his new found mission. His appeasing to fanatics who have clearly demonstrated their wild nay dark side with absolutely no self control, only proves his own weaknesses in maintaining the high moral ground expected from a leader, besides being a Minister in charge of Justice. This country has always been failed by its politicians and political leaders who have failed its people time and time again. This is just another part of the ongoing saga.

    When can we ever truly expect to see leaders, being true and fair to one and all, making the clarion call of unity, cohesion and prosperity for everyone. To come and live together as one family, one nation and people of one country. Until that day arrives we will always be at the bottom of the pit, even thwarting attempts of those trying hard to get out. Marwan

  • 13
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    Wijedasa is a blatant liar. Recently Gnanasara Himi spoke anti muslim stuff in front of the President. It is on U tube. Now Wijedasa in his interview with the journalists says that Gnanasara didn’t say anything like that. Both U tubes are available.

  • 9
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    Batticaloa and entire Sri Lanka is totally Sihalese untill portugeuse, dutch and British change the demography.

    Besides, tamils came as pluderrs, captured in wars, Kallathonies and brought by British to work in Tea plantation as slaves.

    Similarly, Muslims came as traders.

    Pls do not forget the history and facts. At present, all are living in all areas and similarly, do not talk about sinhalese going to Batticaloa or Jaffna or anywhere.

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      [Edited out] go and learn history from gr 1

    • 3
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      you must be high on ganja or is this another Mahavamsa fable . The descendants of the Tamisl who came as plunderers invaders or imported as slaves by the Portuguese and Dutch have all now become Sinhalese and make up the majority of the present day Sinhalese. May be you are one of then. What have the Indian origin estate Tamils living in the central parts of the island, who earn a very high percentage of the country’s wealth,( not the Sinhalese who only plunder it) have got to do with the indigenous Tamils from the north and east.
      Your surname Wijetunga is a dead give away of your invader/plunderer South Indian Tamil origin.

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      The majority of good Sinhala community are taken to task by a handful of thugs in saffron attire who do not even know how to address a gathering without uttering filth. If you call these thugs monks you better call them monkeys.

      Why are the Godd Sinhalese silent. Obviously they are scared of these thugs.
      Even the Mahanayake’s are keeping away from this gang. Does that not give the majority ‘good’ Sinhalese some food for thought.

      Buddhism is no about racism it is about peace and tolerance.

      These monks have an agenda and the agenda is to systematically destroy
      the tenets of Buddhism by posing as revered monks of the thug chapter.

  • 11
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    justice minister is an insult to justice. he collaborates with hate speakers without shame. slowly the true colours of the members of yahapalanaya govt. is coming out. he was showing some signs in the recent past and i think he will become another cyril mathew and that is the end of yahapalanaya.
    -dayal

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      What else you expected from him ?

      He is the most abusive man in the current cabinet. Instead of calling a spade a spade, he is acting as his name is prounced. Rajapakshe is becoming a synonym to all high corrupted and abusive by all means.

      This man could better be away from not attending the meeting.

      This we never expected after waiting that long – acutally, Sujeewa Senasinghe could do lot more in the line of Justice to the country even if he is no senior politicians. All the young blood could do lot more than these idiots sitting on fences.

  • 7
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    This racist WR should be thrown out he is a danger for the whole country.

  • 10
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    This fellow Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa,from Tangalle,apart from being a trouble maker is also a fraud.The fact that he is a Minister of Justice of the Government is an indication of the plunging values of our society.

    • 5
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      Plato.

      “The fact that he is a Minister of Justice of the Government is an indication of the plunging values of our society.”

      If I may say so, you are a hopelessly old-fashioned dreamer conditioned by idealism. Grow up. Learn from Dayan.

      I hear your wife telling you off from morning till night before and after every breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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    All Muslim a go to middle east Tamils go to Tamil Nadu
    And live your life

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      Dj
      The poor Sinhalese and the natives?
      Do you want to leave them at the mercy of Mahinda Chinthanaya and Yahapalanaya?

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      Dj

      “All Muslim a go to middle east Tamils go to Tamil Nadu And live your life”

      Very good idea.

      Where do you want the Sinhalese to go, North India, South India, Hela province of Papua New Guinea, ……

      Make up your mind.

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        Native Veddha, What we have forgotten is that we are all descendants of 700 prostitutes brought from India to to maintain the sexuality of that Dirty fellow Vijaya.Viajaya who killed Kuveni and her children produced by Vijaya sexing Kuveni.

        from those 700 prostitutes came the Sinhalese, Tamils and in later years the Muslim invaders married the descendants.

        Vijaya’s mother herself is reputed to have been a Prostitutes.Please inform the three jokers who are refered to in this article.

    • 6
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      So then

      1) Malaysians in general should their tamils to leave the country to India

      2) Bangaladeshi buddhists to go back to India
      3) Tamils living in Singapore should go back to India
      4) Turks living in Germany should go back to Turkey
      5) Parkistanis living in UK should go back to their own country
      6) Those tamils living in Scandinavia and Canada shold return to Srilanka
      7) Those tamils in Durban/S africa shold return to India

      You the like Dimiwits and them to have produced by this country, they should all be ashamed.

      So long you the Meeharakas are the majority inthis rotten naton, nothign will change an inch to the progress. Basta

      All other those repect peace for all – be blessed with New year for tangible change free from DJs and the like in this country

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      Dj

      “All Muslim a go to middle east Tamils go to Tamil Nadu
      And live your life..”

      Yes. We are talking about all the Paras, Paradeshis.

      Let’s start with the Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamil and Para-Muslim who came from Bharat, India, so that after some time, the Pristine Land of Native Veddahh Aethho can be returned to its natural environment, and the Native Veddah Aethho, can live in harmony with nature.

      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

      Journal of Human Genetics 59, 28-36 (January 2014) | doi:10.1038/jhg.2013.112

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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    Native.

    Idealism is the Breakfast,Lunch,and Dinner of Plato for many moons,before and after and in between!

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      Plato.

      “Idealism is the Breakfast,Lunch,and Dinner of Plato for many moons,before and after and in between!”

      Thanks.

      Welcome to Veddah ideals.

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    The four Monkeys.

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      You need to respect them since we are all evolved from Primates.

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    The problem is with the Tamils who have encroached on Sri Lankan lands and demanding no Sinhalese should live on those lands. Sri Lanka is a free country and anyone should be able to live where they wish. If Tamils and Muslims have no problem living with Sinhalese in all other parts of the country what is the problem with Sinhalese living in the North and the East?

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      Tamil have not encroached on anyone’s lands. The north east and the north west coast is Tamil lands from ancient times and never have been Sinhalese. Do not try to rewrite history to suit your extremist Sinhalese Buddhists genocidal agenda. It is the Sinhalese who are using the government might, resources and the armed forces and police to encroach and steal Tamil lands in the north and east, from the time of independence and have stolen 1/3 of Tamil land in the past 60 years and want to steal the remaining 2/3.
      Tamils and Muslims purchase land legally from the Sinhalese down south and do not steal them like the Sinhalese do. Further they do not destroy Buddhist temples or the Sinhalese character of the region but enhance the local area’s economy by proving employment and a better standard of living to the Sinhalese in these areas by their hard work and business acumen by opening industries. On the other hand the state sponsored illegal Sinhalese in the north and east, only create mayhem and havoc in these regions. They are heavily subsidised by the Sri Lankan government to live there. Given land water and all sorts of facilities that should rightfully go to the Tamil population in this region but is denied to them. They only come there and murder rape loot and ethically cleanse more Tamils in these regions, so that more Sinhalese low lives can be brought in from the south and settled. All Sinhalese led governments, including the current one that shamelessly came to power due to Tamil and Tamil Muslim votes also encourage this and use the 99.99% Sinhalese armed forces to enforce this forcible Sinhalisation policy of the Tamil north and east. Displaced Tamils are not settled but thousands of illegal out of area Sinhalese have been settled in their lands. The armed forces also have lots of time and money to build Budda statues and Buddhist temples on Tamil lands and also on the premises of destroyed Hindu temples.

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    Why are only the Sinhalese blamed as racists when most of the actions and statements of the Others are worse. Just read the comments on this page by the so called non-racists.

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    Wijedasa Rajapakse is a racist (period)

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      Not really a racist, but is not a clean person.

      He has proved by his records the manner he got close to Rajaakshe men, irrespective of the stance held his party on Rajano.

      Even lately, as a justice minister, he paid a visit at the time one of the Rajaakshes was in remand .. can you imagine ?

      This country is filled with highly corrupted people.
      Not even 10% – 1 out of 10 is believed to be uncorrupted, not abusive.
      Even if their lovely ones would have been taken away, depending on what being offered, they would at once be ready to take on it.
      Silly stupid idiots.

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    Sri Lanka is Sinhalese country and there is no argument with that. Some donkeys may argue but for the sake of arguing without ant facts.

    We do not have any problems with Islam. However, try bring Arabian peninsula culture, traditions will face serious problems. Muslims must realise that they are living in Sri Lanka and not in Saudi Arabia or any other.

    We never ever encroach any body’s land or any other. However, if anybody or organization try to bring in proposals that can lead to division of Sri Lanka will never be tolerable.

    North and east were colonized by Tamils with patronage of British because Tamils never ever fought against them they were ever living with Kallathony mentality as they never ever live as Sri Lankans or think as Sri Lankans.

    Besides, the proposals only made by a few politicians for land powers police powers etc as Tamil masses never ask all those they were driven towards that by the fantasies of the politicians and by force by Prabhakaran.

    Tamil masses basically wants to be their lives to go on and disastrous war once again.The problems of Sri Lankans masses will be solved only by economis development and not by ethnic divisions.

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      Nimal Wijetunga

      “Sri Lanka is Sinhalese country and there is no argument with that”

      This is a news to me. No one told me when I was growing up.

      When did Sri Lanka become a Sinhalese country?

      “Besides, the proposals only made by a few politicians for land powers police powers etc as Tamil masses never ask all those they were driven towards that by the fantasies of the politicians and by force by Prabhakaran.”

      Have you spoken to each and every Tamil living here on this island?

      “The problems of Sri Lankans masses will be solved only by economis development and not by ethnic divisions.”

      Good idea.

      Why wasn’t it tried in 1956? What did you do to stop ethnic divisions?
      Why didn’t it stop?

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      “We do not have any problems with Islam. However, try bring Arabian peninsula culture, traditions will face serious problems. Muslims must realise that they are living in Sri Lanka and not in Saudi Arabia or any other.”

      Could you describe the Arabian peninsula culture and traditions you are referring to please?

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