Whose problem is Sri Lanka to solve – Sri Lankan Tamils or All Tamils
Posted on October 22nd, 2012

 Shenali Waduge

A country of 20m people, a majority of close to 15m people (the Sinhalese) is into its 3rd year having militarily eliminated 30 years of LTTE terrorism. What has confused matters is the manner in which elected Tamil leaders have claimed that the LTTE terrorist demands and those of the Tamil people are one and the same on the grounds that the LTTE was the sole representative of the Tamil people “”…” something that the Tamil people did not deny or disassociate from and nothing that the Sinhalese can be blamed for quoting. Now that terrorism is no more, several questions emerges “”…”  whose grievances are to be solved, how internal are these grievances, are these grievances exclusive to Tamils and whether Sri Lanka is in a position to solve the grievance that All Tamils of the World have. It is not Sri Lanka but India that holds the key to unlocking what the World Tamils really desire.

Over the years Sri Lanka has been inundated with voices all lining up to be “speaking on behalf of the Tamils” “”…” our question is “”…” which Tamils are they referring to? If it is Sri Lankan Tamils, our next question is what are the grievances of the Tamils that are exclusive to them and denied to them legislatively and constitutionally? Is there any grievances that are not common to Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers and Malays “”…” does the world think that these people do not have grievances themselves or are their grievances not important and only those of Tamils that should matter? We cannot get anywhere unless these fundamental questions are answered. With 15m Sinhalese no one can deny they will have more grievances than any other.

No wonder even Sri Lanka’s Government is confused “”…” Karunanidhi and Tamil Nadu politicos are calling for an Eelaam for all Tamils, the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora is also making different calls that one wonders why they would need to have so many different organization names if they are all asking for the same thing, then they have managed to rope in Tamils of different citizenry, then some cyberspace e-Government has been set up known as a Transnational Government”¦.we really don’t know who is wanting what and for whom. These calls are perfect reasons for nothing to be done except to be dragging issues hurling accusations at different times all part of a game in politics called delaying tactics “”…” unless this really is the modus operandi and explains why these parties are in existence “”…” which doesn’t give much benefit at the end of the day to those who really matter. As for those who really matter “”…” did they ever matter? To Prabakaran, they didn’t. The reasons are simply enough.

Here was an organization making USD300m profit annually and througout 30 years Prabakaran and his LTTE did not make a single road, did not construct a single house for poor Tamils, did not create a single bright child except teams of child killers, did not put up a single school, did not build a single hospital or health center but Prabakaran did make a magnificent swimming pool deep in the jungles, an amazing underground house going 3 storeys underneath with tiled toilets and all the amenities “”…” he was even served restaurant style food”¦. This is not how the Indian Maoists carry out their rebel movement, that’s for sure. The Tamil people need to know that Prabakaran did not aspire for any Tamil Eelam “”…” he did aspire for an LTTE Eelaam where he and his stooges and their families would reign over all other Tamils and the rest of Sri Lanka.

In reality Prabakaran and the LTTE dug a grave in the pursuit for a global Tamil Eelaam drive because what he did was to ensure that no such Eelaam would ever be given and who better than India to realize this, because whatever India’s faults India is one nation that will not take too kindly to being broken up. That is why India will never allow a Tamil Eelaam which is why Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka, Tamil Diaspora the world over are slowly distancing themselves from verbally using Eelaam as a reference alongside their grievance malady because they know it will not get them anywhere. More so because Sri Lanka is in a position to prove statistically that hardly 500,000 live in the North (which includes the 300,000 the Sri Lankan military rescued) negating the “we can’t live with Sinhalese because of discrimination” chant because over 1.2m are presently living and working amongst the Sinhalese “”…” and not one can claim genocide if according to the BBC Channel 4 Sinhalese have nothing to do but ethnically cleanse Tamils! Let it not be forgotten that it was these very Tamil leaders who were against poor low caste Tamils enjoying education when the Government brought legislation in 1957.

What is presently obviously clear is that the Sinhalese people have stopped waiting for its Government to be putting the story straight internationally. It is because Sri Lanka’s representatives have failed to address questions with proper answers that we find ourselves humiliated and not meeting the challenges head on. People are welcome to ask questions and they must also be prepared to accept the answers. We are getting a little tired with all these fancy words and notions flung at diplomatic discussions all to make merry-go-round type solutions that would be detrimental for the sovereignty of a nation and realistically speaking having nothing to do with any Tamil grievance either.

We do not need to continue to remind that Tamil Nadu people and politicians made numerous attempts even appeals to the British to consider allowing a separate Tamil state at the time of independence to India which was denied by both Britain and Indian leaders. This was the first “self-determination” attempt for Tamils to have a separate Tamil Homeland in Tamil Nadu “”…” Tamils remain the ONLY significant minority race without its own homeland especially when the state of Tamil Nadu “”…” (land of the Tamils) is 95% Tamil, Tamil is the official language and Tamil culture, heritage and religion enjoy greater Tamil freedom than anywhere else in the world). Therefore no sooner Tamil Eelaam is referred to we are only going to be directing that solution to India and Tamil Nadu “”…” therefore it is best that if Tamils really want anything to stop the fairytale Eelam in Sri Lanka and get down to the real issues if any.

When asked direct questions the defence has been to quickly say that the demand for Eelam in Sri Lanka has been forced because of bad rule”¦I think it is the Sinhalese containing 74% majority who would have first grievance over bad rule because being the majority everything affects them first. The most unfair observance is that it appears to be perfectly agreeable for Tamils to go atop international platforms, use electronic media, lobby politicians and decision makers and promote falsehoods and lies all associated with Tamil grievances and when any Sinhalese puts the story straight with facts “”…” it is described as being racist and tantamount to causing greater animosity and distancing any forms of reconciliation!

The continuance of bringing up riots is outdated because no such event has happened in over 30 years and quoting such is irrelevant in the present context. If some of the arguments are applicable to the Black Americans then they should be asking a separate state in USA as well! Then there is reference to Mahinda Rajapaksa promising not 13 but 13plus “”…” the country is not run by only Mahinda Rajapaksa, he is elected by the people to ensure that the sovereignty and integrity of the country remains undivided and undevolved.

Then those apologists of TNA say that they are not demanding a separate state “”…” please read their 2010 election manifesto which is the most credible reference to what the TNA is all about “”…” what does the TNA want :

a) a Tamil Nation in the island of Ceylon (Ceylon is being used in 2010 when it should be Sri Lanka)

b) The Call for a Federal Constitution “”…” reference to “self-determination”

c) Abandoning the unitary model “”…” shared sovereignty

d) Our Lands and Our People exploited “”…” aspiration “for genuine autonomy”

e) the Tamil people are entitled to the right of “self-determination”.

f) Power-sharing in a unit of MERGED Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a Federal structure

g) Devolution of power over land, law and order, socioeconomic development including health, education, resources and fiscal powers.

h) Direct foreign investment in the North and East

i) De-militarization “”…” removal of armed forces, military apparatuses and High Security Zones from Northern and Eastern provinces.

This is the TNA manifesto of 2010 with TNA appealing to the Tamil people for the “right to self-determination” which clearly indicates what the wishes of the Tamil politicians are, therefore when to whitewash this others say “we are for a united Sri Lanka “¦ as Sri Lankans.. and we don’t want separatism” “¦ we want to know who is saying what and who are we to really believe? Unless that assurance comes the Governments of Sri Lanka are not going to have it easy from the majority people “”…”the Sinhalese for under no condition is the country to be divided or devolved “”…” the simple logic to this is what Tamil Governance in the North “”…” when the majority of Tamils are living amongst the Sinhalese including the TNA politicians! What Tamil Eelaam when 72m of the worlds 77m already live in a state where Tamils are the majority, Tamil is the official language “”…” isn’t this what the Tamil people want, or do they still not know what they want?

However, the Sri Lankan Tamils can change this scenario “”…” they must finally stop putting one foot here and another foot there. If the Tamils can firmly say that they are not for any division of the country “”…” we can finally get rid of these leeches out to divide the country. The call must come from the Tamil people. The Tamil people of Sri Lanka must finally realize that Tamil Nadu is not concerned about them nor is India “”…” they have enough of issues to resolve.  More importantly, Sri Lanka is not part of India, we have different cultures, different beliefs and certainly different behaviors. The Tamil people must also realize that the Tamil Diaspora most of whom are today involved in fisticuffs amongst each other are doing so only to gain greater control of the LTTE illegal kitty “”…” they were no where when the LTTE was running the show. The Tamil people must also realize that just like the Sinhalese and the Muslims we all agree that politicians are the same whatever party they belong to.

But what is true is that the Sinhalese, the Muslims, the Malays, the Burghers and the Tamils do have problems “”…” their problems are no different from the other and they are all related when one looks closely to administrative fallacies and administrative hiccups which can easily be addressed if we, that is the people stand together and demand actions from the people we have elected to office irrespective of any politics”¦ this is the only way to move forward, for in aligning with the selfish games that politicians play we are simply being used to advance their agendas.

It is up to the Tamil population living in Sri Lanka to decide”¦. If they continue to go with the Tamil Eelaam theme “”…” the road leads to Tamil Nadu, if they go with the Tamil Diaspora confusing rhetoric “”…” they are losing the opportunity to start a new chapter with the Sinhalese “”…” the people must come together for a country to prosper.

 

 


51 Responses to “Whose problem is Sri Lanka to solve – Sri Lankan Tamils or All Tamils”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Well said!

    Tamils are Tamils wherever they are.

    Tamils in SL need NO political solution. Only Tamils in TN need it.

  2. LankaLover Says:

    Bravo .. bravo.. again and agin.. it is a joy to hear these words “Over the years Sri Lanka has been inundated with voices all lining up to be “speaking on behalf of the Tamils” – our question is – which Tamils are they referring to? If it is Sri Lankan Tamils, our next question is what are the grievances of the Tamils that are exclusive to them and denied to them legislatively and constitutionally? Is there any grievances that are not common to Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers and Malays – does the world think that these people do not have grievances themselves or are their grievances not important and only those of Tamils that should matter? We cannot get anywhere unless these fundamental questions are answered. With 15m Sinhalese no one can deny they will have more grievances than any other”

    At least someone with intelligence asking this from these questions from the bogus Eelamist separatists. It is great.

    As someone wrote earlier, Tamils should reconcile and live like Blacks (Afro Americans) live in USA, UK, Canada and elsewhere. They do not go and ask a separate country in Louisiana. They respect the country, its political system, and quite happy having equal opportunities (and ask nothing more than equal opportunities). That’s the beauty.

    If every country in the world give into the aspirations or whatever the bogus grievances that their ethnic minorities come up with and let them separate, there won’t be any functioning countries left in the world.

    World resources are limited, and they should be equally shared as much as possible with every living being. The borders and governments are mechanisms that somewhat deny the equal rights to people when they are mismanaged or mis-allocated.

    Therefore, peoples of the world should learn to live with current structures as much as possible, and strive for equality, justice, security, education, adequate healthcare, and elimination of poverty.

    Instead of trying to maximise the pot for a particular ethnic group or a country, village, town, state etc., humans should strive for equality and other basic human rights.

    These LTTE/Eelam separatists are going the otherway promoting tribalism and trying maximise their pot, conveniently denying equality to the rest of the 20M people of Sri Lanka.

    They should be put in jails like what India does for separatists. 13A should be abolished right away to promote equality in the country.

  3. crobe Says:

    The problem is not with the Tamil people. The problem is with the Tamil politicians(TNA) living in the lap of luxury in Colombo and the Foreign Tamils(please do not use the D word) living in a foreign land with foreign passports.

    The TNA politicians should be reminded that Sri Lanka is not a colony or a state of India. They are still stuck in the pre 1948 era, talking about Ceylon. If they don’t like it in Sri Lanka, then they are free to leave like the rest of those foreign Tamils.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    Crobe,

    The problem is not MAINLY foreign Tamils, it is LOCAL Tamils who vote for TNA, Gonason and other racists.

    We can’t cure the foreign Tamils and we DON’T CARE to cure them. Let them remain SICK with their Nanthikadal defeat syndrome. What matters is local Tamils and their decisions. If local Tamils elect TNA, Gonason terrorist racists, then there is a problem.

  5. gdesilva Says:

    Sri Lanka Govt should start talking to Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi to promote creation of the Independant State of Tamil Nadu. We are sure to get the full support from Robert O’Blake and the rest. Then TNA supporters can seek political assylum in the newly created State of TN and live there happily ever after without any discrimination or greivances. And those Tamils who want to live in Sri Lanka peacefully can continue do so. Just like what Fidel Castro did by sending boatloads of disgruntle Cubans and criminals to the US, Sri Lanka must create a place where those who hate it can live happily. Give the problem back to those who created it – simple but an effective solution!

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Bravo! Three Cheers for the Defence Secretary, Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for calling for the ELIMINATION of the 13th Amendment & the Provincial Council System!

    Let us DO IT NOW!
    ………………….
    Defence Secretary repeats call for abolition of 13-A

    By Shamindra Ferdinando
    Island.lk
    October 21, 2012

    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday reiterated that post-war political strategy of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) left him with no alternative but to strongly recommend the abolition of the 13th Amendment. He urged the government, the Opposition as well as the international community to examine the conduct of the one-time mouthpiece of the LTTE.

    It was up to Parliament to decide on the 13th Amendment, the Defence Secretary said, adding that the eradication of the LTTE conventional military capability shouldn’t be a reason for the government to be complacent.

    The Defence Secretary was responding to a TNA delegation making representations to the Chinese Embassy in Colombo in a bid to block the on-going Chinese assistance to construct bases for security forces deployed in the Northern Province. The TNA was causing unnecessary friction, he said, adding that nothing could be as foolish as the TNA’s assertion that security forces were constructing bases on in Tamil areas.

    The TNA couldn’t be allowed to dictate terms to the State as regards the deployment of security forces during war or peace time, the Defence Secretary said, noting that it was the sole prerogative of the government. He said the 13th Amendment was nothing but a springboard for those seeking to accomplish what the LTTE had failed achieve through terrorism.

    The Defence Secretary said that that the government should realise the consequences of the TNA’s efforts to undermine GoSL’s relations with friendly countries. The TNA had never so much as issued a message of condolence when the LTTE killed Chinese nationals twice in separate attacks during the conflict, the Defence Secretary said. The TNA should be held accountable for its role during the 2001-May 2009 period, he, recalling that TNA leader R. Sampanthan’s had declared in the run-up to Dec 2001 parliamentary polls that the LTTE was the sole representative of Tamil speaking people.

    Commenting on persistent TNA allegations that outsiders were being settled in Tamil areas since the end of the conflict, the Defence Secretary said that the main Tamil party was making an attempt to trigger ethnic tensions. “First of all let me tell you there is absolutely no necessity for the government to move outsiders to Northern and eastern Provinces. But people must have the right to live in any part of the country. There cannot be different sets of rules for Tamil speaking people and others.” He said people from the North and the East had moved to Colombo and its suburbs during the conflict and were living there peacefully. Likewise, other people, too, should have a right to live in any part of the country without being troubled by political parties or politicians, he added.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Wimal warns Rajapaksa

    DailyMirror.lk
    October 21, 2012

    Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who leads the nationalist NFF, in a letter to Rajapaksa on Sunday warned that 13A has the potential to undo the achievements of government troops who defeated the LTTE.

    While claiming that the amendment undermined the people’s sovereignty and the supremacy of national parliament, Rajapaksa called for a national referendum to abolish it. The issue surfaced as part of the reported unease between the judiciary and the executive arm of the state.

    A financial bill which will purportedly usurp powers of the 13A and its embedded provincial council system was referred by the Supreme Court for approval of the provincial councils before being enacted in parliament.

    JHU or the Sinhala Heritage Party, another Rajapaksa ally backed the comments made by powerful defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that 13A needs abolished. “The TNA (main Tamil party) aims to target the 13A to further their separatist objectives,” Udaya Gammanpila, the JHU senior and a Western Provincial Council minister told a public gathering on Sunday.

    President Rajapaksa has earlier said that he was willing to consider granting full powers or 13-plus to the provincial councils.

    The 13A, as it is called, was enacted in 1987 as part of Indian intervention to try and broker a solution to the Tamil demand for political autonomy. (Source: PTI)

  8. lingamAndy Says:

    gdesilva
    Sri Lanka Govt should start talking to Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi to promote creation of the Independant State of Tamil Nadu.- Translation for Tamil Nadhu is Tamil Country ! so they already have what the want that is unite states of India ! any that is others problm !

  9. Sri Rohana Says:

    “Whose problem is Sri Lanka to solve – Sri Lankan Tamils or All Tamils”
    Sri Lanka has to solve problems of every Sri Lankans. That means Sinhala, Tamil, Muslims, Burghers, Malay, Javans, Maldivians, Parsi (Iranians)Malayalis , Chetti and Chinese.
    There aren’t any problem called tamil problem. Grievances and aspirations are common to every Sri Lankan. We have given tamils every right. They have more privileges and rights than tamils living in tamil country (tamil nadu)
    1) Tamil language is a national language in Sri Lanka
    2) Tamils have a right to study in tamil medium from year 1 to University free of charge.
    3) Tamil medium schools are in every 25 districts of Sri Lanka. Out of 6500 schools in Sri Lanka nearly 3000 schools are tamil medium. Tamil medium schools in each district: Western 107, Central 517, Southern 37, Northern 842, Eastern 708, North Western 149, North Central 85, Uva 193 Sabaragamuwa 187. (Sinhala+tamil and tamil +English schools not included)
    4) Health facilities are free to every citizen’s including tamils.
    5) Every government department’s information and documents are in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
    6) Government emblems, logos are in Sinhala, tamil and English
    7) National flags is with green strip to represent tamils
    8) Tamils have a right to elect their members to Parliament, Provincial councils and Local governments.
    9) Tamils have a right to register their political parties and contest in the every election including presidential election. There are 15 tamil political parties registered in the election department.
    10) They have a right to live anywhere in Sri Lanka as they wish, do business or any profession as they like
    11) Tamils have a right to have tamil language newspapers, TV stations and any mass media
    12) Sri Lanka Passport is in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages.
    13) Every currency note in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages.
    14) Every postal stamps are in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages
    15) Every sign boards and street names in Sri Lanka are in Tamil language.
    But Sri Lanka or anyone cannot solve the Tamils personal frustrations, inferior complex, caste problems and dowry matters.

  10. Dham Says:

    16. In Wellawatte, Sinhalese are minority. They have started discriminating Sinhalese in Wellawatte. Only Sinhala grivences there !

  11. Dham Says:

    17. Main tamil problem is Greed problem.
    They don’t like to see Sinhala doctors. Sinhala engineers. Sinhala teachers. Sinhala businesmen. They think these brainless Sinahlese do not deserve these jobs , supposed to be theirs. They want 51% inb parliament.
    51% in Universities. 51% in house ownership. 51% car ownership.

  12. shenali Says:

    18. Tamils are free to work in Public Sector and Private Sector – there is no labor case related to discrimination against Tamils.
    19. Tamils enjoy equal opportunities in all types of polity …

    WHAT ABOUT THE SINHALESE GRIEVANCES…. shall we start compiling these please…. to see exactly how 74% of the majority in Sri Lanka suffer far more than the minorities.

  13. Dham Says:

    1. It is difficult to find a Sinhala owned shop in Wellawatte.
    2. We cannot sleep early moring due to loud “Allah Hu Akbar” shouting anywhere in Colombo.
    3. We cannot own a land in Jaffna due to Pissuvalame rule.
    4. We are thretened in every corner of up country by increasing tamil thugs.

  14. Dham Says:

    5. It is difficult to enter University because it is flooded with 37% Tamils who cheat exams.

  15. Fran Diaz Says:

    Tamil Eelam is really for the Tamils of high caste to continue the business of being high caste. It will only ensure that the caste system continues for Tamils of Lanka. They will also tie up with Tamil Nadu and some other countries to retain their power bloc. It will not do any good for the other Tamil people who will continue to be kept down. It will be a fate worse than death for the rest of Lanka.

    Over the many years since Independence, Sri Lanka authorities have consistently been lax about illegal migrants (cheap labor for tea estates etc. plus pressure from Tamil leaders here). This is the crux of the problem. Over hundreds of years Tamil people have fled Tamil Nadu to escape caste issues and brought with them the inherited problems from TN. From the point of view of the illegal migrant, Sri Lankans & GoSL are supposed to help them overcome these psychological issues. Can we ever overcome conditioning of a 3,000 yr old caste system from Tamil Nadu (India) just because India & other foreign countries tell us to do so within a short period ? No. It takes a very long time to overcome the damage done by the caste system.
    Caste Discrimination is an offense in India and this fact is written into the Constitution of India, yet the practice continues in areas like Tamil Nadu.

    We have to make sure that illegal migrants NEVER come to Sri Lanka, from Tamil Nadu or elsewhere. Also, either deport the existing illegal migrants here or Naturalise them, i.e. they will have to learn the language of the land (Sinhala) and take an Oath of Allegiance to Sri Lanka, and also prove to be useful in some sort of employment, or educate themselves to upgrade their status & incomes. They should be given special IDs so that if crimes and misdemeanors are committed, they may be deported or penalties paid.

    Vacillating and pretending this problem does not exist is what is causing more and more problems for successive Govts. of Lanka. For solutions to be brought forward, the problem must be acknowledged & exposed to the public here. None of the politicians are willing to bring the problem to the open for fear of ‘offending’ India. But, in the long run, India too would benefit if the problem of illegal migration from Tamil Nadu ceases and India does not have to face continued embarrassment on that issue of HR violations (mainly caste), at international fora plus seen as a bully by the public of Lanka. India is probably using the Tamil issue to make sure that Sri Lanka does not run too far west. If Sri Lanka keeps India happy re regional comfort zones, then India will allow Sri Lanka to solve the issue of illegal migrants from TN.

    See how Britain deals with illegal migrants :

    * Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported from UK to arrive today
    Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 11:52 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Oct 23, Colombo: Government sources say 60 Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported from the United Kingdom would arrive in Sri Lanka today in a chartered British flight.

    The deported Sri Lankans will be escorted by a team of UK Border Agency officials on their return journey and will be handed over to Sri Lankan officials.

    The UK has rejected the Sri Lankans’ applications for asylum as they were found to have entered UK with invalid passports and stayed in the country for several years with fake documents, such as student visas and job permits.

    Several Tamil organizations and Human Rights activists in London have protested against the move by the British immigration authorities.

    However, the British authorities have decided to deport the asylum seekers considering that conditions have vastly improved in Sri Lanka.

    A group of 25 Sri Lankans deported from the UK arrived in Sri Lanka in September.

  16. lingamAndy Says:

    Sri Rohana & other Sinhala bros
    Yes We have every thing what you said I am not dening !
    to support your comments I tell you a old incident ,When IPK forces come to our house look for LTTE,
    they told us , You have house with wel, toilet etc…. why the F..k your are fighting with Sinhalese !

  17. LankaLover Says:

    Sinhalese grievances in wide terms are mainly not in communal lines. The main complains are about corruption, favorism, inequality of applying law etc by the ruling class of the society.

    There are some grievances in communal line in Sinhalese too, and they are relating to encroaching and invasive nature the two main minorities of Sri Lanka – Muslims and Tamils.

    In a democratic and open society, everyone should have equal opportunities and everyone should play fair. As long as one party or few parties break this rule, they automatically get positioned in an unfairly advantageous position.

    This is what happening in Sri Lanka, where minorities are organised and hell-bent on suppressing the majority in every avenue they compete. They use ‘ethnic’ card to their advantage in most occasions.

    Their leadership brainwash themselves to compete breaking the rules of equality. This is what happening in Sri Lanka. A simple example is the myth of Tamil Homelands concept that is being poured to the heads of the Tamils over and over again by the Tamil leadership. They are being asked to deny Sinhalese to own land in the North and the East of the country claiming that they are ‘Tamil Lands’. However, the same politicians keep their mouths shut of the fact that majority of Tamils purchasing land in the South. Hypocrisy?

    In the East, Muslims are hell-bent on trying to Muslimize the vast areas of the country. Sinhalese have been suppressed in every avenue denying them opportunities. Sinhalese are being treated like dogs in divisional secretaries by the Muslims when they go to get their work done. Even no complains are entertained about land encroachment of Muslims at the Divisional Secretariats. Those who complain about such encroachment get threatened, beaten or subject to serious mental and physical intimidation by the Muslims who hold power in the province.

    In recent times, it is widely being discussed the fact of Muslims developing a sudden need to destroy ancient Buddhist sites of worship, and build Muslim settlements on them. It is suspected that some foreign or powerful Muslim organization(s) are behind this strategy and inducing people to follow those acts. In such aspect, Sinhalese are increasingly getting discriminated.

    Another example was, when Ashroff was the Minister of Ports, he brought in thousands of Muslims disregarding any norms of equal opportunities and made them employees of the Port Authority claiming that they are being trained for the Oluvil Harbour duties. Finally, the government could not bear the burden of paying salaries to these thousands of Ashroff employees, and had to get rid of some. This is a small example of how Sinhalese were discriminated.

    It is no secret that at the exams i.e. A/Ls, Tamil Teachers who mark the papers of Tamil students give higher marks for them, so that they could have an unfair advantage over the other students in entering the universities.
    A normalising method should be applied to avoid this happening.

    In Sri Lanka, Tamil or Muslim students can study in any university of the country. However, Sinhalese students have been kicked out of the Jaffna University by the students and the LTTE elements. This is how Sinhalese have been discriminated.

    LTTE ethnically cleansed the North of the country by chasing out Muslims and the Sinhalese in the 80’s. Still, they have been denied resettlement. Their lands have been occupied by the Tamils. That’s how Sinhalese and Muslims have been discriminated.

    Sri Lanka should bring in strong laws and practices to promote equality, justice for all, and opportunities for all. All the requests that favor a certain ethnic or social group must be discouraged.

    However, in the mean time, the Government should uphold its promise to protect and uphold Buddhism as it is also one of the most threatened by the actions of other religious groups and minority groups.

  18. lingamAndy Says:

    LankaLover
    what happened in 1956 to 1983 !!!
    the Government should uphold its promise to protect and uphold Buddhism -Why not Saivate ?
    There are some grievances in communal line in Sinhalese too- ???

    unit in diversity – no short cut!

  19. Ananda-USA Says:

    NO Communal “DIVERSITY” should be Recognized in Governance!

    NO Short Cut!

    This call for “Diversity” in the Public Sphere boils down to dividing Sri Lanka into Communal Bantustans.
    Communal “Diversity” rightfully belongs only in the Private Sphere of people’s lives, not in Government!

    NO Short Cut!

    NONE!

  20. Ananda-USA Says:

    Govt. allies want 13-A scrapped

    DailyMirror.lk
    October 23, 2012

    Several allies of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have decided to continue their campaign to pressure President Mahinda Rajapaksa to abrogate the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, by using the two-thirds majority in Parliament, Daily Mirror learns.

    The Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP) led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) have started a public campaign against the 13th Amendment.

    The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) led by Minister Dinesh Gunawardane has also decided to prevail upon the government in this regard.

    Minister Gunawardena told Daily Mirror his party foresaw the consequences of this piece of legislation introduced in 1987 under the Indo-Lanka Accord giving birth to the provincial councils, which have become white elephants.

    “This is a hastily prepared piece of legislation. The provincial councils are useless. They waste public funds. We have to do away with this system at least now,” he said. “In Sri Lanka, even education and health have been devolved to the provinces. These are two crucial subjects, which need to be handled by the central government to develop a country. We are witnessing the repercussions of leaving such powers in the hands of the provincial councils.

    Asked whether he would carry out a public campaign, the minister said that his party would first discuss the matter with the government.

    “We have written to the government on several occasions. We will take it up again. The government has a two-third majority in Parliament. It can be used to abrogate the 13th Amendment,” he said.

    The MEP is an ally of the ruling coalition with three parliamentary seats. Digamadulla district MP Sriyani Wijewickrema and Deputy Minister Geethanjana Gunawardane are the two others.

    He said that instead of the provincial councils a district council system could be set up to implement and co-ordinate development work.
    “The Pradeshiya Sabhas and Urban Councils should be strengthened,” the minister said.

    Referring to the Indo-Lanka Accord, he said though the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi played a role in introducing this law here, there are village-based administrative bodies set up in India to carry out grassroots level development activities.

    The minister said the MEP wants the cultural and linguistic concerns of people in the North addressed. (Kelum Bandara)

  21. lingamAndy Says:

    Ananda-USA
    NO Communal “DIVERSITY” should be Recognized in Governance!- ! Agrred but only applicable in first world country where language/ religies diversity not major player in society ! that why they can create negulier boom not suite boomers !!!

    We are third world counrty SL ( not USA /UK) – We ready to die for our identity ( suite boomber) !
    yes, it sounds madness but We provied about that ( Maavirar ) !

  22. Ananda-USA Says:

    Communal “DIVERSITY” has NO PLACE in Governance!

    This call for “Diversity” is the FIG LEAF under which Eelamist Separatists HIDE THE RACISM of their demands for DEVOLUTION of Power to them.

    NO Short Cut!

    This DEMAND for “Diversity” is a Trojan Horse designed to DISMANTLE Sri Lanka! It is the THIN EDGE of the Racist Eelamist WEDGE to CLEAVE SRi Lanka in TWr!

    GIVE NO SHORT CUTS to the “DIVERSITY” Trojan Horse!

    NONE!

  23. Fran Diaz Says:

    Andy,

    You keep going round & round in circles, so let’s go to the beginning. From the start, it were the South Indian & Tamil invaders that started the wars with Sri Lanka. There were no invaders from Lanka to Tamil Nadu or South India.

    Colonists imported one and half MILLION Tamils from TN as indentured labor. This upset the ethnic balance in Sri Lanka on a permanent basis and this huge population of Tamils have yet to properly integrate into mainstream life in Lanka.

    After Independence, 1948 :
    What happened in 1956 : The Language Act was passed under SWRD, making Sinhala the main official language. Tamil leaders protested and the riots broke out. Sri Lanka was coming out of nearly 500 yrs of foreign rule and giving the Sinhala language its due place in the country was the right thing to do. After the riots, the Banda-Chelva Pact gave the following rights to the usage of the Tamil language :
    On 3 September 1958 the Tamil Language (Special Provisions) Act – which provided for the use of the Tamil language as a medium of instruction, as a medium of examination for admission to the Public Service, for use in state correspondence and for administrative purposes in the Northern and Eastern Provinces – was passed, substantially fulfilling the part of the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayagam Pact dealing with the language issue.

    In spite of the Tamil language given due recognition, the 1983 Ritos took place.
    1983 Riots : Happened due to Tamil Separatist demands from Tamil leaders. After Tamil leaders brought in the Vaddukoddai Resolution (1976), which stated that Tamil Eelam may be achieved through violence, the ltte came to life and snipped a& killed GoSL soldiers in the North. That’s how it started. But there was much more to it showing that the government was manipulated by J.N. Dixit (Indian envoy) on the one hand as well as it being times of the Cold War, and JRJ leaning too westward, Sri Lanka was checked by India. Then labor Minister Cyril Mathew was also a player in the riots of 1983. Tamils themselves participated in the Riots of 1983. Some Sinhala people (including myself) risked their lives saving Tamils. So let us say that the 1983 riots were manipulated to control GoSL from going far west.
    India next imposed the 13-A on the Sri Lanka Constitution.

    Since 13-A was imposed under Duress during the times of the Cold War, 13-A must now be removed. There is no Cold War now.

    Andy, there have been some historical wrongs done to the Sinhala people which have to be corrected. Tamils too will gain from this.
    But your community must act with honesty and integrity, with loyalty to Sri Lanka. Till then Tamils will not FEEL that sense of prosperity and real belonging in Sri Lanka.

    I think Volunteers from all three main communities should now line up facing each other at a small ceremony on the Galle Face Green and shake hands, smile and start in a genuine peace once more. This should be done after the 13-A is removed.

    Though Pres. CBK apologised twice to the Tamil people for their losses, no Tamil leader has ever apologised to the Sinhale.

    I myself would like to state here that I am truly sad for any loss & suffering undergone by innocent people, whatever the community.

  24. Lorenzo Says:

    Ananda-USA,

    100% agree.

    No need for this diversity nonsense. They have the right to practice their religion and culture anyway. There is no need to create divisions through diversity.

    Sirih has given good examples how the Netherlands and Australia overcame this diversity nonsense. SL must follow.

  25. Ananda-USA Says:

    Fran Diaz,

    Nice rebuttal to LingamAndy’s query on 1956 and 1983 riots. Well done!

    But, there are a few things I want to clarify. The first item is your statement that “There were no invaders from Lanka to Tamil Nadu or South India. ”

    Actually, there were quite a few invasions of South India ( and other countries in the region such as Myanmar and the Maldives) by Sri Lankan kings. With the exception of the Maldives, they were not for permanent “colonization” and “settlements” of those countries, but military actions in defence of Sri Lanka, or to aid allied nations in South India. Sri Lanka was key to confronting and limiting the military expansion of the Chola empire especially during the Anuradhapura and Pollonaruva periods.

    Note that Sri Lanka traditionally allied itself with the Pandyan kingdom (now a part of the Indian State of Andra Pradesh), less often with the kingdom Kerala, and the Kalingas (now the Indian State of Orissa) against the Cholas. Sri Lankan kings often married Pandyan and Kalinga princesses to cement these alliances.

    For example, Gajabahu I (114-136 AD) of Anuradhapura invaded the Chola kingdom to rescue 12,000 Sinhalese who had been kidnapped by Chola king Karikalan during the reign (110-113 AD) of his father Vankanasika Tissa. In addition to rescuing the 12,000 Sinhalese, he returned with 12,000 Tamils who were put to work to repair the damage inflicted in Sri Lanka by Chola invaders.

    Later, Sena II (866-901 AD) invaded the Pandyan kingdom and recovered treasures looted from Sri Lanka during the reign of his uncle Sena I.

    Still later Prakrabhahu the Great (1123-1186 AD ) launched a punitive campaign (1164-1165 AD) against king Narathu (1160–1165) of the kingdom of Bagan (Arimaddhanapura) in Myanmar for imprisoning and torturing Sri Lankan envoys, seizing all their possessions, including their money, elephants and ships, and cutting-off trade relations. His forces, led by Kitti Nagaragiri, captured many cities, dethroned king Narathu, and normalized relations with Myanmar.

    During (1167- 1183 AD) Maha Parakramabhau’s forces led by Lankapura invaded Pandya in 1167 AD to assist the the Pandyan king Parakrama against an alliance of his rival Kulasekhara Pandya and the Cholas. Lankapura landed at Ramanathapuram and captured the city of Rameswaram, built a fortress called Parakramapura, and retained control of that area for about thirty years. Although Lankapura was defeated in 1171 and his head nailed to the gates of Madhurai by Rajadhiraja Chola II (1163–1178), the forces of Parākramabāhu remained in Pandya scoring victories over Rajadhiraja Chola II in 1176. When the Pandyan king Virapandu III was defeated in 1183, the Sri Lankan army withdrew from Pandya Nadu, retaining only the area around Rameshwaram well into the reign of King Nissanka Malla (1187–1196 AD).

    Finally, the Sinhalese had settled the Maldives in its early history. I quote from Wikipedia.org: The earliest written history of the Maldives is marked by the arrival of Sinhalese people, who were descended from the exiled Magadha Prince Vijaya from the ancient city known as Sinhapura. He and his party of several hundred landed in Sri Lanka, and some in the Maldives circa 543 to 483 BC. According to the Mahavansa, one of the ships that sailed with Prince Vijaya, who went to Sri Lanka around 500 BC, went adrift and arrived at an island called Mahiladvipika, which is the Maldives. It is also said that at that time, the people from Mahiladvipika used to travel to Sri Lanka. Their settlement in Sri Lanka and the Maldives marks a significant change in demographics and the development of the Indo-Aryan language Dhivehi, which is most similar in grammar, phonology, and structure to Sinhala, and especially to the more ancient Elu language, which has less Pali.

    In later times, according to a legend from Maldivian folklore, in the early 12th century AD, a medieval prince named Koimala, a nobleman of the Lion Race from Sri Lanka, sailed to Rasgetheemu island (literally “Town of the Royal House”, or figuratively “King’s Town”) in the North Maalhosmadulu Atoll, and from there to Malé, and established a kingdom. By then, the Aadeetta (Sun) Dynasty (the Suryavanshi ruling cast) had for some time ceased to rule in Malé, possibly because of invasions by the Cholas of Southern India in the tenth century. Koimala Kalou (Lord Koimala), who reigned as King Maanaabarana, was a king of the Homa (Lunar) Dynasty (the Chandravanshi ruling cast), which some historians call the House of Theemuge. The Homa (Lunar) dynasty sovereigns intermarried with the Aaditta (Sun) Dynasty. This is why the formal titles of Maldive kings until 1968 contained references to “kula sudha ira”, which means “descended from the Moon and the Sun”. No official record exists of the Aadeetta dynasty’s reign. Since Koimala’s reign, the Maldive throne was also known as the Singaasana (Lion Throne).[20] Before then, and in some situations since, it was also known as the Saridhaaleys (Ivory Throne).[21] Some historians credit Koimala with freeing the Maldives from Tamil Chola rule.

    To be Continued……

  26. Sunil Vijayapala Says:

    Thanks Ananda for history lesson – well being a Kshatriya or Sakyans of Deva Attitiya decent I am proud to be labelled on those lines. The word Thakur and Arthha Deva – corrupted to our Chathuarathiya Devaadittiya – my mothers side, ge name. Sorry for diversion. Rabindranath (Tagore) is again a corrupted name from Thakur I heard the earliest kings of Sun dynasty in India.
    Our kings made mistakes too, each time to side with Cholas and Pandyans whenever they attacked our country. We never encroached countries but did when provoked only, may be the Buddhist passive influence. The Dravidians on the other hand constantly hit us. Magha, Paranthake and the Kandyan era Veera Pandya, who attempted to destroy the Tooth relic of Buddha were the worst ones.

  27. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz/ Ananda-USA / Sunil Vijayapala
    Thank you for Our Mother lanka history lesson !

    Fran Diaz
    your community must act with honesty and integrity, with loyalty to Sri Lanka.- Fully agrred , BUT big but You community Sinhalese also act same as honesty and integrity, with loyalty to Sri Lanka, but but again sorry to say that is not possible my chinhala brother beacuse in same commets you said -This should be done after the 13-A is removed ! This is not honesty and integrity, with loyalty at all !!! beacuse I am not suppoter or not suppoter of 13A but you are give precondition for our neogotion thats is the problme same as like TNA giving precontion to come to PSC it shows dishonestry !

    if your are realy genieve you should have said cammon Mali Lingam mono uththadda fight karanuva line up facing each other at a small ceremony on the Galle Face Green and shake hands, smile and start in a genuine peace once more for lasting peace !!!

    Fran Diaz, We both are karma community ! never move a inch from our madness !!!
    Sorry to say My chinhala brother We will never live peace fully in Mother lanka at least for another thousand years !!!
    simler reason We both communities are not genieven (honesty ) ! We are crooks ! only useful for others to use us to achieve their objective !!!

  28. Ananda-USA Says:

    I want to clarify my opposition to DIVERSITY in Governance.

    DIVERSITY is a GOOD THING if it is applied at the SMALLEST GRANULAR LEVEL and is taken to mean that people should not be discriminated against because of their Communal Attributes such as race, religion, caste, language or sex. A democratic government elected by the citizens of a country, on the basis of one vote for each adult citizen, that assures equal rights for every citizen without regard to the above Communal Attributes automatically guarantees this kind of DIVERSITY in the Public Sphere of Governance.

    I call this INTEGRATIVE DIVERSITY where Communal Differences are preserved at the SMALLEST GRANULAR LEVEL of peoples lives in the Private Sphere, while being BLIND to that DIVERSITY in the Public Sphere of Governance.

    However, if DIVERSITY is identified at a much LARGER GRANULAR level, and taken to mean that the LAND of a country should be divided into separate regions for the EXCLUSIVE use of separate communities identified according to Communal Attributes, that its Representatives in LEGISLATURE (MPs, Senators, Executive Officers such as PM, President, Ministers, etc) are pre-allocated according to those Communal Attributes, that the Members of its JUDICIARY (Supreme Court Justices, Lower Court Justices) are pre-allocated according to Communal Attributes, that the Members of its LAW ENFORCEMENT system (Attorneys General, Police, Coast Guard etc) are pre-allocated according to Communal Attributes, that the Members of its ARMED FORCES (Army, Navy, Air Force, Military Intelligence) are pre-allocated according to Communal Attributes, and so on, then DIVERSITY becomes a DE-FACTO DIVISION of the country into Separate Communities and States without any shared values that promotes cohesion as a single nation.

    Enforcement of this kind of fundamentally flawed APARTHEID DIVERSITY is in fact, a PERFECT PRESCRIPTION for the DISINTEGRATION of the nation into SEPARATE WARRING STATES, as each community attempts to increase its share at the expense of other communities. It is this kind of APARTHEID DIVERSITY that the Tamil Eelamists want to promote in Lanka, and the Muslims of the SLMC also want to preserve when they, like the TNA, opposes repealing of the 13th Amendment and the dissolution of the Provincial Council System (see the news article below).

    It is important to note that APARTHEID DIVERSITY is not what is usually meant by DIVERSITY in Western countries, such as the US, when they support “diversity”, for example, in the workplace. However, the Eelamists CONFUSE the two meanings DELIBERATELY to exploit the automatic knee-jerk approval of gullible unthinking Westerners to win their support for the APARTHEID DIVERSITY.

    In a country with a democratic form of government with universal franchise and ensuring equal rights for all citizens, INTEGRATIVE DIVERSITY is automatically assured, and no calls for DIVERSITY to separate communities is needed.

    Therefore, I oppose the Eelamists call for DIVERSITY in Governance, simply because they are agitating for the Apartheid forom of Diversity.

    ………..
    13-A: SLMC flays call for referendum

    By Franklin R. Satyapalan
    Island.lk
    October 23, 2012

    The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will oppose any attempt by the government to hold a national referendum with a view to repealing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, SLMC General Secretary M. T. Hassen Ali, MP, said

    Ali said: “Just because the government could not pass one Bill, it should not try to do away with the whole amendment. We will defend the 13th Amendment. It is unethical to hold a referendum at national level as the majority community would vote en-bloc in support of the move to repeal the 13th Amendment introduced as a panacea for the longstanding grievances of the minorities following the signing of the Indo–Lanka Accord in 1987.”

    “Some members of the government are trying to repeal the 13th Amendment at a time when the Tamil speaking minorities in the country are clamouring for more devolution. The latest government move ran counter to its promise to grant 13 Plus.”

    The SLMC General Secretary said that minority parties had never opposed steps taken by the government to develop the provinces and the people would benefit from the proposed ‘Divi Neguma’ Bill. He said: “We are not at all against the government initiating legislation in Parliament to implement new development programmes. What we oppose is the implementation of the development projects in rural areas of the North and the East from Colombo.”

    The SLMC secretary called upon the government to devolve more power to the Provincial Councils and to allocate for funds for development at the provincial level.

  29. Fran Diaz Says:

    Ananda USA,

    You have brought in wonderful details on the past history of Lanka, for which many thanks. I was aware that Lanka kings chased invaders right back to their places of origin, even entering those areas of the enemy forces, but not aware of the details of such proactive invasions for protection of the Land as well as the region. I have copied the details you have written into my Lanka file.

    Andy,

    Every time, Tamil leaders have FORCED Sri Lanka (not necessarily Sinhala) leaders to give the Tamil community more and more ‘rights’, leading to the ‘right’ to break up the homeland Sri Lanka, and form Tamil Eelam. Language rights, police & land rights are asked for way beyond boundaries of what is just, some writing to the web asking that ALL children learn Tamil & Sinhala. How do you expect us ordinary Sinhala people to react to this ?
    Imagine such things happening in Tamil Nadu, such as, say, the English speaking Tamils asking for a separate state there, or the higher caste Tamils asking for a separate state in TN !

    As you well know by now, 13-A was imposed on Sri Lanka Constitution by FORCE (DURESS) by India. This is against the Law anywhere in the world. India herself was under pressure to do this during the Cold War between the two Superpowers, one giant country being a neighbor of India. Sri Lanka was going too far west under JRJ and that had to be contained for the sake of regional comfort levels.

    Also, Tamil people of Lanka had a huge advantage over all the others in the British policy of ‘divide & rule’. It is time to correct those errors, don’t you think ?

    In a Democracy, the People must be consulted through a Referendum on important matters that affect them all, before a Law is formulated. This was not done in the case of the 13-A. The 13-A is a waste of money, energy and time, for Lanka, and also the break away factor is a threat to the integrity of the country. Don’t you agree that it is reasonable to ask that it be removed ? That is real Democracy.

    Be fair, Andy, you know right from wrong. Yes, we are “Karma sharing” blood brothers, in one homeland, Sri Lanka. After the 13-A is removed, we can be one Family of Lanka. We can succeed if Tamils of Sri Lanka are truly Sri Lankan and do not pay ‘pooja’ to Tamil Nadu leaders or foreign powers to the detriment of Lanka, or look to Sri Lanka to solve the Caste problems of Tamil Nadu.

    Let us look at the COMMON NEEDS of the people of Lanka, how best we can survive together. In that way we are united forever.

    If the Tamil community wants respect from the rest of us, then be loyal to Lanka without cheat & deceit in actions within the country.

    Do you agree ?

  30. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    Sri Lanka. After the 13-A is removed, we can be one Family of Lanka- What gurantee ? you won’t cheat us again again & again !

    Together We will remove 13-A once We implement our new inavation of 13 Plus if you alegic with Number 13 than we will call 786 plus , what do you thing my Chinhala brother !!!!

    If the Sinhala community wants respect from the rest of us, then be loyal to Lanka without cheat & deceit in actions within the country. -please replace Sinhala where Tamil !

    Do you agree?

    My brother We are towin brothers have excectly same brain !!!

    Let us look at the COMMON NEEDS of the people of Lanka, how best we can survive together. In that way we are united forever. -NO We only united by accepting our diversity together we can win the wolrd !!!

  31. Fran Diaz Says:

    Andy,

    Tamils were never cheated by anyone. They are doing very well in Sri Lanka. If unreasonable items ‘given’ (usually under duress), were not fully complied with, that was done for the welfare of the rest of Lanka, so that the rest of Lanka was not swamped by Tamil language, culture and people from TN, which means installation of the Tamil Caste System here too. It is just that the Tamil leaders are asking for more than their fair share which will bring in Separatism and flooding of Sri Lanka with more Tamils who want to flee Tamil Nadu due to Caste/Poverty issues.

    Tamil people have got more than 13-A already. Look at the list given by Sri Rohana above. In particular look at the figures he has put out re schools :

    (3) Tamil medium schools are in every 25 districts of Sri Lanka. Out of 6500 schools in Sri Lanka nearly 3000 schools are tamil medium. Tamil medium schools in each district: Western 107, Central 517, Southern 37, Northern 842, Eastern 708, North Western 149, North Central 85, Uva 193 Sabaragamuwa 187. (Sinhala+tamil and tamil +English schools not included).

    This means almost 50-50 for schools in the Tamil Medium. This is taxpayer money of Sri Lanka GoSL.

    In return for all done for Tamils of Sri Lanka, Andy, you all must now gracefully agree to the removal of 13-A.

    I close my case.

  32. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    Sorry my Chinhala brother please implement 786 plus ( new inavation alternative to our ethenic problm solution 13A ) We together show two fingures to Indian & put 13a into indian ocean forever !

    What We need is NEP adminstated by us like Malayales adminstration Kerala & Guratatis admistration Gujarat ( no more no less) !

    Until that We both will follow indian master like Sheep or headless chicken !
    (eg: Sampanthan was summans last week to Indian & our President brothers is summons this week to India)!

    Om Shanthy !

  33. Fran Diaz Says:

    Andy,

    You say : “welfare of the bulk of the People of the Land that matters.! This what Our Govt thought since our indipendant !
    So call bulk of the People in thier mind Sinhala People”.

    Look at these facts & statistics below provided by Sri Rohana (see Comment above) , particularly the part about the Tamil schools in Sri Lanka. Can you call this not taking care of Tamils, way above Sinhala people ? That Tamils form a part of the “bulk” I refer to, is obvious.

    1) Tamil language is a national language in Sri Lanka
    2) Tamils have a right to study in tamil medium from year 1 to University free of charge.
    3) Tamil medium schools are in every 25 districts of Sri Lanka. Out of 6500 schools in Sri Lanka nearly 3000 schools are tamil medium. Tamil medium schools in each district: Western 107, Central 517, Southern 37, Northern 842, Eastern 708, North Western 149, North Central 85, Uva 193 Sabaragamuwa 187. (Sinhala+tamil and tamil +English schools not included)
    4) Health facilities are free to every citizen’s including tamils.
    5) Every government department’s information and documents are in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
    6) Government emblems, logos are in Sinhala, tamil and English
    7) National flags is with green strip to represent tamils
    8) Tamils have a right to elect their members to Parliament, Provincial councils and Local governments.
    9) Tamils have a right to register their political parties and contest in the every election including presidential election. There are 15 tamil political parties registered in the election department.
    10) They have a right to live anywhere in Sri Lanka as they wish, do business or any profession as they like
    11) Tamils have a right to have tamil language newspapers, TV stations and any mass media
    12) Sri Lanka Passport is in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages.
    13) Every currency note in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages.
    14) Every postal stamps are in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages
    15) Every sign boards and street names in Sri Lanka are in Tamil language.

    But Sri Lanka or anyone cannot solve the Tamils personal frustrations, inferior complex, caste problems and dowry matters.

  34. M.S.MUDALI Says:

    Fran:
    Deduct the Muslim schools from the Tamil medium. Then we will know how many Tamil medium schools are in the Island. Muslims are 100% Tamil speakers but Sri lankan state has given them a separate identity. So, dont mix them.

    No Sinhala racist ever explain how the 13 affect Sri lanka! Removal of 13 is now an anti-Indian ploy to satisfy the Sinhala racists or to satisfy some WESTERN elements.

  35. Ananda-USA Says:

    M.S. Mudali,

    1. You said, “Muslims are 100% Tamil speakers but Sri lankan state has given them a separate identity.”

    Ask the Muslims who were sliced and diced by the LTTE by whole villages in the dead of the night, whether the majority of them (but not all of them) speaking Tamil got them any advantages because they were Tamil speaking …. and they would laugh at you. No, they were killed outright and ethnically cleansed from their homes and are still trying to get back to their homes before they were expelled. It is TOO LATE NOW for Eelamist Tamils to establish a COMMON cause with the Mulim commonuity of Sri Lanka. MUCH TOO LATE!

    2. You also said “No Sinhala racist ever explain how the 13 affect Sri lanka! Removal of 13 is now an anti-Indian ploy to satisfy the Sinhala racists or to satisfy some WESTERN elements.”

    Actually, I and many others at LankaWeb … who categorically defend EQUAL RIGHTS for ALL citizens of Sri Lanka and are NOT RACISTS … HAVE EXPLAINED IN EXCRUCIATING DETAIL how the 13th Amendment affects Sri Lanka. Have you not read these comments at all, or are you choosing to ignore and reject them without understanding them?

    Because of the dangers posed to Sri Lanka by the 13th Amendment, we are advocating the repeal of the 13th Amendment, and dismantling the Provincial Council System as inimical to the INTEGRITY and SECURITY of Sri Lanka and all peace-loving people of Sri Lanka. We don’t want the DIVISION of the Nation along Communal lines; and want only universal franchise to vote for our representatives to the national parliament and the strict enforcement of equal right,s and also equal responsibilities, for all citizens.

    Given the History of the Eelamists, the current activities of the TNA and of the SLMC that is now following in the footsteps of the TNA to carve out their own Muslim fiefdom, we have NO ALTERNATIVE but to DISTRUST the the TNA and the SLMC, and all Communal Parties COMPLETELY and to shut off ALL AVENUES to achieving their SEPARATIST AGENDAS.

    Most Sinhala people feel a close kinship with India, but given their sponsorship of Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka, and their attempts to solve their local political problems at Sri Lanka’s expense, we no longer TRUST them to act in the best interests of Sri Lanka.

    We resent their IMPOSITION of the 13th Amendment upon Sri Lanka to carve out RACIST SEPARATIST fiefdoms for ethnic and religious minorities in Sri Lanka, pitting us against each other for eternity.

    India has FAILED MISERABLY to contain the centrifugal communal tendencies within India,and is best with separatist and social insurgencies throughout their land; so how can they presume to know what is best for Sri Lanka? They can’t solve their own social and political problems; so how can they prescribe “political solutions” for Sri Lanka? India has might, but not wisdom. We dare not follow their advice; we know better what will work for us.

    Beyond that we have NO INTRINSIC ANIMOSITY towards India. If they BUTT OUT of Sri Lanka’s Internal Matters, India will find it has NO BETTER FRIEND in South Asia than Sri Lanka.

    But first, THEY MUST BUTT OUT OF SRI LANKA’S BUSINESS!

  36. Ananda-USA Says:

    Tamil Nadu Demagogues playing the TAMIL RACE CARD for their own benefit says Daya Master. Nothing NEW!

    ……………
    Tamil Nadu leaders playing “own politics” with Tamils’ issue, says Daya Master

    By Nirupama Subramanian and R. K. Radhakrishnan
    Jaffna, October 24, 2012

    LETTER FROM LANKA Vaiko is spreading a “false propaganda” that Velupillai Prabakaran is alive, and other Tamil Nadu politicians talk about the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils “for their own politics,” says a former LTTE member who identified the body of his leader back in May 200

    Vaiko is spreading a “false propaganda” that Velupillai Prabakaran is alive, and other Tamil Nadu politicians talk about the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils “for their own politics,” says a former LTTE member who identified the body of his leader back in May 2009.

    Dayanidhi, better known as Daya Master, who surrendered to the security forces days before the Sri Lankan war ended in 2009, and has since been “rehabilitated’’ by the government into a normal a life — with conditions attached — said there was absolutely no doubt that the LLTE leader was dead.

    Dismissing talk of Tamil militancy rising again, he said the “only way” was for the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil National Alliance to find a political solution for the Tamil community.

    “There is no chance for the LTTE to regroup. Only politically, they can put some pressure from abroad through diaspora Tamils,” he said on a recent afternoon when The Hindu met him at the Jaffna television station in Kokkavil where he is employed.

    Some in the Tamil community who harbour extremist views will dismiss his words as those of a turncoat. But in fact, Daya Master represents the fatigue — evident across Jaffna — of the majority of Sri Lankan Tamils with 30 years of militancy and extremism in pursuit of separatism that took the community to the brink of disaster.

    Daya Master used to be in the Tamil Tigers political wing, acting as their media coordinator, translating for international journalists, diplomats and workers of international NGOs who swarmed northern Sri Lanka when it was controlled by the LTTE.

    After his surrender, along with some civilians, he was taken to Colombo, subjected to extensive interrogation and put behind bars.

    He has been out on bail since September 2009 . But charges “that we were members of the LTTE” are still pending against him, he says. On the last Sunday of every month, he reports to the Jaffna police , and he cannot leave the country.

    His rehabilitation is a job at Dan TV, a pro-Sri Lankan government Jaffna television channel. With his teacher wife and five-year-old daughter, he lives in Point Pedro. His wife recently received an award from President Mahinda Rajapaksa for topping a qualifying exam for principals.

    The 58-year-old former English teacher now describes himself as “only an employee” of the LTTE. With the same smile and certainty he had 10 years ago when he spoke of the LTTE’s Eelam dream, he speaks now about Prabakaran’s “mistakes”: two lost opportunities to make peace — in 1987, during the India-Sri Lanka Accord, and in 2002, during the Norwegian mediated ceasefire.

    “On the political side, the LTTE should have come to a solution. That’s the problem. But, you understand? No one was there to say anything against HIS way,” he said, emphasising the pronoun, “including the commanders.”

    He expressed puzzlement that some Tamil Nadu politicians such as the MDMK chief were still telling their followers that Prabakaran is alive.

    “Why do they do this Vaiko is doing false propaganda. [Prabakaran] died. This is the truth – he’s no more… I saw the body. Me and Karuna [who rebelled against Prabakaran in 2004 and quit the LTTE] identified the body.”

    He was critical of other Tamil Nadu political leaders too, including DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

    “Can we believe what [Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa] say now? They are saying some things only for doing their own politics. Tamil Nadu politicians have never been straightforward or spoken positively when it comes to Sri Lankan Tamils,” he said.

    In the Northern Province, he said that there was a lot of development visible in all sectors. “Agriculture, construction etc. No one denies. The problem is political solution,” he says and hopes that the government and the Tamil National Alliance, which represents the majority of Tamils in parliament, will find a solution. “That’s the only way…Tamil people want solution.”

  37. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    particularly the part about the Tamil schools in Sri Lanka. Can you call this not taking care of Tamils- Deduct the Muslim schools from the Tamil medium. Then we will know how many Tamil medium schools are in the Island. Muslims are 100% ( Thanks M.S. Mudali0

    Fran Diaz, Alway cunning person make blanded mistake!
    eg: mistake here -7) National flags is with green strip to represent tamils
    No Green is Muslims & Orange is for Tamil (Saivate/Hindhus) !!!

    I repeat again My Chinhala brothers Please implement your inavation of 786 plus ( you are alegic to 13A / 13 plus/ 13 minus) for this indian imposed indian model of 13A than We ( Chinhalavars, Demils , Sonis ) together show two fingures to Indian Singh & put 13A into Indian ocean to have 27th year Thuvasam(yearly rememberance) !

    Vaalka Valamudan !!! peace full live !!!

  38. Fran Diaz Says:

    Andy,
    We thought that you were interested in the the TAMIL LANGUAGE, and whoever who spoke it. Now it transpires that you are selective about that too, dividing it into Tamil and Muslim (btw, the President himself speaks some Tamil now) ! You are being very narrow minded about the Language issue.
    Frankly, in your position, I would have welcomed anyone speaking Tamil. It is the ‘We Tamil’ attitude that paints Tamils into corners to be isolated. Change your attitude and be more universal – have some fun and good cheer with your language.
    Anyway, Sri Rohana had not included Sinhala/Tamil or Tamil/English schools in his calculation. If you include those too, you can see the GoSL has been more than fair re the Language issue and schools. No other country in the whole world would have been more accommodating. Just study the other democracies in the world and see for yourself.

    The stripes on the side of the Sri Lanka flag denotes the minority citizens. Yes, you are right, the Green is for Muslims and Orange for Tamil people (here, I presume, all Tamils, whatever religion, are included, not just Saivites). Sri Rohana has made a small mistake there.

    I am for a different flag for Sri Lanka at some future time in Sath Yuga : A Lotus flower of white in circle of blue background with Red in the rest. No minorities, just all Sri Lankans striving for the Truth, happiness, good health, & success with self respect.

    What are your suggestions for integrating into mainstream life in Sri Lanka ?

  39. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    What are your suggestions for integrating into mainstream life in Sri Lanka ? My Chinhal Brother I do not know how to explian you all !
    ok let me try one more time ! ( God please help me out )
    for a change let me explain backward

    10) We Lankan putha live peace fully intergrating into mainstream life of mother lanka !
    9 ) In Central colibrated govt in provicil indiduale ruling ( eg: In NP EPDP rule so Chief Minister DD but his party with SLFP in central govt)
    8) Decentalised power to Provicil keep impotant power in central ( give police to PC keep all three forces with Cental)
    7) Engrage all minority ( Tamil/ Muslim) to learn Sinhala not only Bhuddhisam also (eg: open free sinhala education centre & award if pass GCSE O/L in Sinhala language ( mean time give sinhala people to learn Tamil if they want ) !
    6) get local people/ local politician to invole with their local development
    5) let our politician speck each other (eg : Sampanthan to speck Wimal – if necessary put them in a house lock it for a week)
    4) let we have common festival (Sinhala/ Tamil New year ) selibrate together
    3) Be Honestly – Trust each other, Belive ourself ( believe what we believe) Yes We all are Lanka Puthas – we do not have any thing to do with India at all !!! who ever born after 1948 in Srilanka All are Lankan puthas !
    2) Forgive & Forget !!! belive ourself Yes All Our Karmas (we both believe strongly) We had gone through all these evil days !!!!
    1) Work for lasting solution beleive ourself No short cut !

    Om Santhy

    FYI:Orage is Hindus (Saivate colour) like Green is Muslim Color !
    Present our flag is representing our religins not our Language but it was manipulated to us as language represented !
    Sath Yuga: I fully support ( We are not uncivilsed have wild animal eg:Lion with sward /Tiger with Gun)
    when a person see A Lotus flower flag he wiil feel peace in his heart!

  40. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    You are being very narrow minded about the Language issue- NO , I said before our long lasting solution will be
    all three community become Sinhala Sinhala , Sinhala Demila ,Sinhala Muslim ! Hela Lanka with A Lotus flower flag !
    I am not mad for Tamil – Tamil is my mother tange thats all !
    Also Alway support to Estate Tamil to learnd Sinhala if necessary as first language ! I dont want those poor people to misleaded like us !

  41. Fran Diaz Says:

    Andy,

    Agree with your suggestions for integrating, but not with the Provincial Councils which are mini-govts. with bad possibilities. We should use the District system with no merging. We should use the Govt. Agent system (GAs) who are SLAS qualified, two or three to a District, if necessary.

    The Divi Naguma Bill might be quite enough and must be studied by the public. I don’t know if the DN Bill allows GAs as well.

    Agree with you re : “Also Alway support to Estate Tamil to learnd Sinhala if necessary as first language ! I dont want those poor people to misleaded like us”.

  42. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    Provincial Councils which are mini-govts- yes We need to start some where !
    if that is threat to our unit than merge with other provicil North with central / east with south or centre
    I am not againt !
    But like latest Our president said Yes We have hard core rasict in our societry including our Govt , When reporter ask can you name one of them – He loughed ! Yes we also have tamil hard core these people are enacent people do not face real world like us – ok we will teach them slowly & paiantly !

    Have you we got this skill? Yes
    Eg: One of LTTE hard core was relised resantly from rehabitation camp He told his incharger (retar comander) to me you are more than God !( this person is main singer for LTTE -my cousin) !

    My brother We can live peace fully for ever in mother lanka with outsiders if We both real trust & honestly with us!
    Together We can pass a law if any party or person call for separation it will capital panisment crime!!!

    I can keep write , keep dream ……………… what a lovley country , what lovely people …….
    Lets divert Mahavali river to North (finish in KKS sea ) bring Jaldevi/Urudra Devi to Gale ( end of South) !!!
    intergrat with economical so no one divite the country!

  43. Fran Diaz Says:

    Andy,

    Those PC mini-govts are not going to be run by you and me. They will be run by politically very ambitious people, particularly in the North & East, who will be swayed by foreign sources and their offerings. And I need not spell out in detail what that will mean in the long run for the whole of Lanka !

    Say NO to 13-A. That way, we all say NO to PCs too. There is a more sane and equitable way with the Divineguma program, of that we are sure. However, the public should, as I said before, study the Divineguma Bill themselves and offer suggestions if any, particularly in the Security area, and also Economic & Community Development.

    United we stand, divided we fall.

  44. Fran Diaz Says:

    Also, the GoSL is considering bringing in a Senate into government. This will ensure even more equitable distribution of power at the top.

    Divinaguma at, say, District level & the Senate at the top will ensure stability.

    I think it will all work out.

  45. lingamAndy Says:

    Fran Diaz
    Divinaguma/Senate into government- I do not know more about details these two but i strongly beleive these are MR alternative for 13A which he means by 13 Plus ( He said alway I will give more than 13 offer- 13 Plus )!

    These Two are TN are strongly against so We can assume stronly these are good thing for Srilankan ( like Lorenzo way of thing) people !

    lets wait & see before sep2013 if these can implement & and people start to feel comfartable , defenitly TNA will loose in NP election !!!

    need not spell out in detail what that will mean in the long run for the whole of Lanka !- Yes I know what you mean , I can image these rasict TN how will run it !
    Fann Diaz it is sad these rasict (TNA) are strong & so call well English educated like Bhiramins in Tamil Nadhu these know how to manipulate the wholl world !!!
    eg: VP was killing these bastrads one by one ( from Amirthalingam) but these people simliy put u trun to joined him ! but i was praying Please VP kill all these people before his end but sadly my prayers not worked !!!!

    Lets see !!! hope for best !!!

  46. Sri Rohana Says:

    Thanks Andy and Fran Dias to correct my mistake. Appreciated! Agreed that vertical Orange stripe is to represent Tamils and vertical Green stripe for the Muslims.
    But please don’t think of change our national flag. Sri Lanka flag is one of the world’s oldest national flag and one of the most beautiful national flag in the world. Original Sri Lanka flag was same as what we have now but without Orange and Green stripes. Green and Orange added in 1951. Origin of Sri Lanka flag goes back to our Greatest King Gemunu and Vijaya era’s too.

  47. lingamAndy Says:

    Sri Rohana
    Origin of Sri Lanka flag goes back to our Greatest King Gemunu and Vijaya era’s too.!- Not against our orinin idendity – but I think Fran Dias suggetion for Sath Yuga : A Lotus flower of white in circle of blue background with Red in the rest. No minorities, just all Sri Lankans striving for the Truth, happiness, good health, & success with self respect.

    These value are long lasting which All Lanka putha(lvarkal) want now & forever ”
    all Sri Lankans striving for the Truth, happiness, good health, & success with self respect.
    Happyness , Happnes , Hapynesss …. noting but happiness !!!
    Live & Lets Live !

  48. M.S.MUDALI Says:

    Ananda:
    I dont know whether you are a Sinhala or Muslim. Dont you know the Muslim separation happened in 50s, long ago the LTTE was born?

    LTTE under the Catholic Church killed not only Muslims but thousands of Tamils too. Now you guys are hanging to the line of LTTE which also opposed the 13th amendment.

    Crying against 13 is an exercise of anti-India issue and it has nothing to do with security of Sri Lanka. This anti-India issue is a creation of slave elements of Catholic/Christian churches who tried to create an EAST-Timor in Sri Lanka to facilitate the Christian west under the LTTE but failed due to the India.

    When Ranil carved out an area for LTTE, how many sinhala fool ever oppose it? Never. Catholic Church, under a Nazi criminal, always bark against Hindus and Buddhists. Malcolm Ranjit was directing LTTE from Vatican. When LTTE was finished only he came to Sri lanka.

    13 has no effect on any thing in Sri lanka but it hurts the shit-eaters of the Catholic Church.

    Go to a Muslim school and see in what language they learn and write.

    India imposed the 13th to avoid separation but you fools cry the opposite. Federal system is a succeful system everywhere but Sinhala morons who live in such federal states barking against it. That is called Racist bigotry. Sinhala racist donkeys think “nothing to Tamils”.

  49. Fran Diaz Says:

    Sri Rohana,

    I really appreciate your analysis on the Rights of the Tamil people. Thank you.

    Re our Flag : Actually, the suggestion for the ‘Lotus’ Flag is symbolic of my heartfelt wish, my dream of a lasting peace with prosperity for all here. I am sure millions here have the same wish.
    I have no wish to hurt anyones feelings over the Flag. Maybe the Lion symbol can be in the middle of the Lotus ? – but that may make the flag too fussy & complicated. Or the standing Lion with the Lotus symbol where the sword is ? Not sure.

    Also, I feel we are at last entering an Age of Sath Yuga where truth about everything is pouring out, and the time of fighting/wars in the world may hopefully come to closure. May be our Flag should reflect that change ?

  50. Voice123 Says:

    Dham, a Tamil person informed me that Wellewatte is actually originally called Vellei Vattam meaning white circle once part of Eelam. Racist Sinhalas changed its name to Wellewatte. There is no grievance for brainless Sinhalas in Vellei Vattam. Only Tamils welcome (including Muslim Tamils) and of course the Vellei patrons who support Eelam.

  51. Voice123 Says:

    Fran, I think lion in the Sri Lanka flag should not be holding a sword. It gives the idea to the world that we want war. We should replace the sword with a agricultural tool or even a cricket bat. The only other country that I am aware of with a sword in its flag is Saudi Arabia and it is a very intolerant country that supports torture.

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