ISN’T JULY 1983 RIOTS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR HALF A MILLION TAMILS LIVING IN THE WESTERN WORLD?
Posted on July 22nd, 2013

Malin Abeyatunge

As an annual ritual, the LTTE rump of the Tamil Diaspora may be getting ready to commemorate the so called “Black July” during the coming weekend in all big cities in Canada, UK, Australia, USA, Switzerland, Norway and some EU countries in their continuation of humiliating Sinhalese Buddhist Community. The local LTTE rump will also be in the limelight next few days doing the same thing. Of course, the LTTE rump may even try to link July Riots with the charges of War Crimes against Sri Lanka though it is totally irrelevant with 1983 riots. There will be big street dramas created with their demos, arrogant hate speeches, fake moaning, weeping, crying and doing every possible thing to attract the gullible western politicians who rely on Tamil votes for their survival and the well oiled western media like Channel 4, CNN. BBC, ABC with LTTE funds and the so called Humanitarian organisation like Amnesty International (who acknowledged receiving $50000 from a LTTE affiliated Canadian Tamil Front) and both local NGOS and INGOS who cough for a fistful of dollars.

Instead of healing the wounds, this annual ritual is digging deep into wounds to humiliate the tolerant Sinhala Buddhists and in general Sri Lankans. Sinhala Buddhist majority have manifested more than once that such event will never happen again (and never happened) by tolerating the LTTE atrocities in silence. When Buddhists’ most sacred temple “Dalada Maligawa”was bombed, when Buddhist worshippers including young, old men and women and children observing ATA SIL were brutally gunned down by the LTTE at “Sri Maha Bodiya”, when LTTE killed 39 young Buddhist priests on a pilgrimage to Arantalawa, did the Sinhala Buddhists retaliate by taking law into their own hands and repeated 1983? DEFINTELY NO.  BUT THEY TOLERATED LTTE’S BARBARIC ACTS SILENTLY. But that does not mean that Sinhalese are timid. We are tolerant following Buddha’s Preaching.

Sri Lankans including all Presidents without any reservations condemned and apologised for this unfortunate event in July 1983 (which of course brought fortunes for half a million Tamils who sought refuge in the western world). But have any Tamil politicians or Tamil activists both local and overseas to date made any apologies to atrocities committed by LTTE on innocent Sri Lankans? DEFINTELY NO.

Very little is spoken about how the Sinhalese people risked their lives and helped the Tamil families at the riots. I Protected two families in my own home at Wellawatta during the riots.

It is an accepted fact that the July Riots was not Sinhalese against Tamils but committed by politically motivated thugs. Many of thugs were political thugs and paid mercenaries and there had been other ethnic groups among them. However, the fact remains that this incident came as a blessing in disguise to almost half a million Tamils of which may be 90% unaffected also sought political asylum and refugee status in affluent west. According to official figures, 471 Tamils were killed, 8077 of their houses burnt, 3385 of cases of looting. So the total affected is around 12000 in all incidents and If we take into concern every incident that affected assuming one family unit comprise of 10 members (above average) then the total would be around 120,000. However, taking the actual numbers game, one cannot fathom in proportionate to the numbers affected, how come over half a million Tamils found refuge in affluent countries like Canada, USA, UK, Norway, Switzerland, Germany and Australia to name a few.

I request the moderate Tamils (if any) when they think of the innocent people killed in July riots, please focus your attention also to almost thousands of innocent civilians killed by LTTE terrorists. If Sinhala Buddhist have to commemorate killings of innocent civilians by LTTE over the years, 365 days of an year is insufficient as it runs into thousands and thousands incidents and not one day incident like July 24 1983.

Lastly I reiterate the fact that the JULY 1983 riots was a Blessing in Disguise to half a million Tamils now living in affluent countries. Sadly it’s they who financed, raise funds to procure arms, providing logistics and propaganda for LTTE until LTTE was militarily annihilated. However, the current LTTE diaspora has been using this incident to raise funds and keep on reminding their western allies that this what Sinhalese Governments did to us and continue to influence the gullible  (a part) international community  for their support to carve out a separate Eelam for the Tamils.

It is high time that the Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka and the Tamil Diaspora stopped this annual ritual and bury the incident once and for all as just as much as Sinhalese Buddhists (not of timidity) have condemned it and forgiven the atrocities committed in order to move towards reconciliation. Sri Lankan Tamils should stop dancing to the tune of Tamil diaspora at least now and act according what they see and experience now in their new lease of life in the North and East.

So let us bury the hatchet once and for all.

 

 

7 Responses to “ISN’T JULY 1983 RIOTS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR HALF A MILLION TAMILS LIVING IN THE WESTERN WORLD?”

  1. Fran Diaz Says:

    Malin,

    Thanks for this write up.

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    We ourselves helped a Tamil person ‘escape’ mobs and took this person to our home. Looking back, it is funny that we were more worried for this person than this person was for herself ! We also saw some rioters dressed up in the old Sinhala style of white Jatawa and white tucked up sarong and carrying a wooden pole, and wondered why a mob type would dress like that. Later we were told that films of the riots had been shown in Germany, France & UK by our then Tamil Ambassadors Luxmi Nanganathan, Balachandran & Moorthy respectively, in those countries. That explained the ‘dressing up’ for filming,
    to show that Sinhala people were the mobsters, when in reality it was shown later that Tamils also participated in rioting against their own. Almost all who died in these Riots were poor Hindus and a few Buddhists.

    These ‘Riots’ were set up mainly for the Tamil refugee EXODUS to the west.

    Here are some other consequences :

    * To stop JR & GoSL moving more westward during the Cold War.
    * And, of course, the 13-A was imposed on Sri Lanka by India and that has become the steering wheel to control Sri Lanka from India.
    * Rule of the ltte with Norway as the Peacekeeper started and Tamil illegal migrants entered Sri Lanka quite freely.
    * Due mostly to Tamil illegal migrants into Lanka, the number of Tamils in Lanka have remained the same (see 2012 Census) even though over a Million Tamils went westward.

    Needless to say, illegal migrants must be identified and deported.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Of course it was.

    Getting rid of these TRAITORS was good for SL than keeping them housed inside SL stuffing the ranks of the LTTE AND TNA.

    Tamil Diaspora financed the LTTE but they were not the ONLY people to finance it. If not for the LTTE RUMP Tamil Madu, Endia, Tamil businessmen in SL, NGO mafia, Norway, etc. would continue to finance it as it happens today.

  3. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    It is a blessing in disguise for 20 million Lankans in Sri Lanka, because the pests left.
    Tamils as nice people but why did they chose to be the proud pests of the world ?

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    Actually, over a MILLION TAMILS have left Sri Lanka since the 1983 Riots. But the number of Tamil people in Sri Lanka remain more or less the same, give or take a few thousand (see 2012 Census). This is possible only because of Tamil illegal migrants.
    Stop all illegal migration into Lanka. Have proper ID cards with proper bio-markers such as thumb prints. I hear that Lanka ID cards can be forged fairly easily. We are asking for trouble ! Get your country together, Sri Lankans. All of the Parliament must be held accountable, not just the GoSL.

  5. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    About a month back I saw in the media, GLP calling back all Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Madu, and India, promising legitimate registration with papers et al. It was my point of view that he is inviting Illegal Immigrants to become Citizens here. This is Donkey Serenade.

  6. SA Kumar Says:

    Tamils as nice people but why did they chose to be the proud pests of the world ?
    S.Gonsalkorale .. I can understand your feeling as Lankan Demilaya !!!
    What can we do ,is not that Our Karma(m)?

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Another strange thing – the Tamil Nadu refugee camp numbers never diminish even though thousands have come back ! A permanent illegal entry point has been established ? ! Tamil Nadu politicos must be laughing at Sri Lanka ?

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