SLOW STRANGULATION OF SRI LANKA AND THE SINHALESE
Posted on August 3rd, 2015

Harvey Perera 

 Brief history of India: India was just a collection of small kingdoms almost up to 1947. The Portuguese came to India in 1498 and then the East India Company took over from 1757-1857. The rebellion in India in 1857 was brutally put down by the British and the British crown took over the governing from 1857. Tamils formed part of the British army, which fought against India. It was the British who united India for administrative purposes, and India emerged as a single country under the British. From the 1920’s Tamil Nadu was trying to break away and be independent. However Nehru passed the anti-secessionist law in 1963, which ended the separatism in India. Since then, the separatist movement has been transferred to Sri Lanka. (See attached link below).

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2013/04/01/tamil-nadu-game-plan-to-take-over-sri-lanka/

In the present day, India cities lack cleanliness. People defecate and urinate openly on the streets; the Central Government has done little to uplift the masses or to control the population growth. There is no free health care or free education, and no social security net for older people. India has been behaving as a bully in the region and seems an enemy of Sri Lanka  after Independence (1948) for training the LTTE. For the last 67 years Sri Lanka and the Sinhalese have been undergoing slow death at the hands of Tamil Nadu and India. India has as their motto on their flag Satyameva Jayate” “Truth Alone Triumphs” which is a mantra from the ancient Indian scripture Mundaka Upanishad. This is sheer hypocrisy since they slaughtered thousands of Naxalites in the forests with no accountability to any one, and they also keep on the caste system, the institutionalized slavery in India. There were many attempts to bring the caste intolerance up at UN, which were blocked by the Central Government of India. They have been browbeating most of the smaller countries around them including Sri Lanka which is the closest, yet an island and separate.

 Brief history of Sri Lanka: The Sinhalese migrated mostly from North and Middle India originally estimated to be about 2600 years ago. The Portuguese came to trade but invaded Lanka initially in 1505. They were very destructive and destroyed all the Buddhist temples they came across and burnt valuable ola leaf books many centuries old. They converted many to Catholicism at the point of the sword.

Then the Dutch came in 1638 and threw out the Portuguese and started planting Tobacco in the North and Cinnamon in the West. For this purpose they brought in South Indian Tamil labor. These were the first Tamils who came in large numbers to Sri Lanka.

The British removed Dutch colonists. British tried very hard but could not penetrate to the interior Kingdom of Kandy because of the hills. They then resorted to subterfuge and sent whisky to the King who became addicted to liquor. In his drunken bouts the King started killing some of his chieftains in the most gruesome manner. The disgusted Chieftains turned to the British who agreed to remove the King and a Treaty was signed which gave promises to preserve Buddhism and the Sinhala language etc. As they have done in other parts of the world, they broke the Treaty and decimated the Sinhalese who protested in the Uva-Wellassa area. They killed all the men, women and children in the area and laid waste to the land. They took over the land from the farmers by force and planted tea and brought the largest numbers of  South Indian Tamil labor, over a million, to work on the Tea plantations. For details please see the attached links.

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/03/02/kandyan-convention-of-1815/

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/02/04/governor-robert-brownrigg-butcher-of-uva-wellassa/

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/02/28/200-years-ago-remembering-the-kandyan-convention-of-1815/

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/03/02/a-plea-to-queen-elizabeth-ii/

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/03/08/will-sri-lankas-leaders-seek-apology-from-the-british-at-least-remind-them-of-their-crimes/

As you can see, three different colonists culminating with the worst who were the British, have persecuted the Sinhalese for almost 500 years. They changed forever the ethnic balance in the country by importing South Indian Tamils as indentured labor. They then educated the Tamils using Missionary schools in the North.  Tamil people became the second layer of Administrators in Sri Lanka, with only a few Sinhalese.  Net result was that when Sri Lanka gained independence, the Tamils were the educated class to take advantage of top administrative positions once again.

The Sinhalese have an unbroken written history in the form of the Mahavamsa and the Chulavamsa going back 2600 years have a unique version of Buddhism (Theravada) which is considered the purest form of Buddhism in the World. It is available in a shortened form on line. (See http://mahavamsa.org/mahavamsa/original-version/,)

However the correct version is about 80 chapters.  Buddhist priests were mainly the guardians of the Buddhist religion and Sinhala language. They have maintained the books for a period of over 2,600 yrs. The majority of the people in the country are Sinhalese who have a unique spoken and written language, which is available only in Sri Lanka. The Tamils comprise only about 9% of the 21 million people in the country. They speak Tamil, and are aligned to the culture of Tamil Nadu in India. Tamil Nadu is their real homeland. There are also Muslims, Christians and a few other minority groups. The Sinhalese comprise about 75% of the population.

Sinhalese speak and write a unique language, which is there only in Sri Lanka and nowhere else. The type of food they eat and the customs are unique to the Sinhala culture. Furthermore it was the Sinhalese who preserved Theravada Buddhism which is a great Philosophy now benefitting the whole world. Many as you may know are turning to Buddhism in the West. Western Psychotherapy borrows from Theravada Buddhism. The Sinhalese have no other place to go other than Sri Lanka.  Tamil People have Tamil Nadu in India.

Therefore if we are to speak in terms of nationhood, there is one nation, which is Sinhala Nation in Sri Lanka, which has existed for 2600 years, and the other one is in Tamil Nadu, the Tamil Nation. It is imperative that the Tamils of Sri Lanka integrate into the local Lanka culture, which accommodates them so well, instead of asking for a separate state. Otherwise as Prime Minister Modi has stated they are welcome to return to India. This fact has to be made very clear to the whole world. We should not be embarrassed to speak out.

Please see attached link below.

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/03/04/sinhalese-are-the-real-minority-in-sri-lanka-76million-tamils-against-14-8million-sinhalese/

 The Tamil problem: In the 80’s during the time of the Cold War, India was aligned with Russia and Sri Lanka aligned with USA when JR Jayawardena became the President. Russian leaned on India and India then created training camps and gave arms to the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE).  In fact the DIG of Police Suderalingam had caught Prabahakaran, the LTTE leader,  and his accomplices during JR’s time and unfortunately JR let them go probably because as a Buddhist, he was against killing and wanted to show a good gesture toward the Tamil leaders and community.

In 1983 the nascent LTTE orchestrated riots by killing 13 soldiers by sniper fire in the North and about 300 – 400 poor Hindu Tamils were killed in the riots. Tamils themselves led some of the mobs. They were ready with cameras when it happened and the films were sent to Sri Lankan ambassadors in Paris, London and Bonn who happened to be Tamils conveniently in place. They had the films on the news broadcasts very quickly. Net result was that these countries opened their doors to refugees” who were ready and waiting to travel.

The whole world was told by the Tamils that they are a minority in Sri Lanka and the majority are suppressing, killing and ill-treating the Tamils. On the contrary they have more rights in Sri Lanka than in Tamil Nadu as they have Free Education and Health Care in Lanka only.  None of the States adjoining Tamil Nadu allows Tamil as a National language. However even though there are only about 9% Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka has adopted Tamil as a National/Official language. They get free education, free medical care and are free to live in the South among the Sinhalese. Some statistics regarding SL Tamils for your information from an article in Lanka Web. (Please see Appendix).

Most of these Tamils were Dalits or Untouchables from South India. In India ‘Untouchability’ is an institutionalized form of slavery. If someone is born to the Untouchable caste (now known as Dalits), they have little hope. Their station in life is fixed. In their birth certificates they have to state their fathers caste. To escape caste many of them have migrated to other countries – a move which is most likely encouraged by India. They are in Malaysia, Fiji, Mauritius, Madagascar, Australia, Canada, Europe, Sri Lanka, South Africa, etc. Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable to illegal migration since Tamil Nadu is only 12 miles away across the Palk Straits. So by encouraging the emigration of the Dalits from India, the upper caste people have reduced the Dalits the way U.K. got rid of their convicts by sending them to Australia.

Those in India and the West must look at the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka objectively and realize that there is no real issue. Between Tamil Nadu and Tamils in Sri Lanka they have hyped up between them so called grievances” in order to create a separate state called Eelam. Creating a separate state for Tamils will be suicide for Sinhalese due to the large number of Tamil Dalits in Tamil Nadu (about 15 Million) dying to get out of that caste ridden hellhole in Tamil Nadu.

This is the main reason as to why the Tamils have created issues in Sri Lanka while in all the other countries they migrated to they have been lying low. They are hoping that by creating an issue where there is none, they can justify creation of a separate state in Sri Lanka for Tamils, which will empower them to import the millions of Tamil Dalits from India and take over Sri Lanka.  This method of exporting their unwanted to other countries is also a way by which India has been slowly invading all the countries mentioned above. In case of Fiji, which is another small Island, the current percentage of Indians is 51%. They have banned Indians from migrating to the country any more.

These Indians who migrate to other countries also set up shops to sell Indian groceries and the Indian culture. Especially in countries such as Africa where there is no strong culture established the people take to the Indian culture easily and adopt the Indian eating habits etc. As you can see in the world today anywhere you go there are Indian restaurants. Therefore by exporting their Dalits they have also created an avenue for export of their culture and the groceries, which are made in India.

 The question is, do the Tamils have a unique culture in Sri Lanka different from Tamils of Tamil Nadu in India, which is only 12 miles away. We think not.  All their books come from South India, most of them import movies from Tamil Nadu, even travel to South India to watch movies, and speak and write the same language as Tamil Nadu, namely Tamil, follow the same religion, food and culture of Tamil Nadu. In view of this what is distinct about their culture and language from that of Tamil Nadu? Nothing.

During the thirty-year war with the LTTE terrorists many South Indians came as illegal immigrants to Sri Lanka. It was estimated that about 1 million Tamils left for foreign countries during the period of the war. However when the Census was done in 2011 it was found that the number of Tamils in the North and East was about the same as in the 1981 even though a large number had migrated to the South to Colombo. In fact the LTTE leader Prabahakaran had stated that about 35% of his fighters were from Tamil Nadu. As you can see illegal migration has been a very real problem from Tamil Nadu as there are about 15 million Dalits who prefer to leave Tamil Nadu.

Tamil leaders in South India have hyped up hatred against the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka by using the rhetoric that the Buddhists are against the Hindus. Another one – they use is the Ramayana (an Epic poem from Hinduism where Rama is supposed to have invaded Sri Lanka and killed Ravana who was considered to have been evil). They have spread mythology to make the uneducated Dalits believe that their sins are forgiven if they read the Ramayana and if they cross the sea go to Lanka, land of Ravana. The people are so stupid that at one time when M.G. Ramachandran, who was an actor of the Bhagavad Gita characters, used to ride in a cart they would throw themselves under the wheels to commit suicide since they believed Ramachandran was God himself so that if they died under his cart, they go to heaven. Ramachandran was only a poor actor who came from the tea estates of Sri Lanka. The current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is Jayalalitha who was a consort of his for a long time. One can therefore imagine the level of ignorance of the people of Tamil Nadu.

Most of the present day Sri Lankan Tamils migrated from Tamil Nadu during the 19th Century. It was the British who imported indentured labor (virtual slaves) from Tamil Nadu to work the tea and coffee plantations. Since many of them were from the Dalit or Untouchables caste they were grateful to the British for bringing them across the sea waters of the Palk Straits. The Tamil people believe that by going across seawater they lose caste and also gained better social status among their own people. (This is another myth propagated by the upper caste to encourage Dalits to leave India). Many Tamils of Lanka who were earlier servants of the upper castes in Tamil Nadu called themselves Vellala and put themselves as high caste above the low caste that came later to Lanka. All these points show that they do not have a case to show that they have a unique Tamil culture in Lanka. If the culture is really important then they must migrate back to Tamil Nadu where they will be completely at home. The Tamil caste factor is something we do not want in Sri Lanka.

Possible solutions for Sri Lanka:

  1. Set up an international independent group consisting of people from the Eastern countries as well as the West to look into the so called grievances” of Tamils to see they are real and if their request for a separate state is justifiable in a small country like Sri Lanka.
  2. Set up defense agreements with China and other countries friendly to Sri Lanka to act as a counter against India’s bullying.
  3. Sign territorial agreements with India and also on repatriation of all the illegal migrants who came in during the last 30 years during LTTE rule of North and East.
  4. Set up a National Military Service for all men and women between the ages of 18-40 years so that they receive training at least for a year and are then on call in case of need. This is what Switzerland, which is adjacent to Germany, France and Italy, have done to preserve their security. Our security is now very fragile. If India decides to invade as they did with the IPKF army there is little we can do.
  5. Strengthen the Navy and patrol the shores to prevent illegal migration from India and other countries.
  6. Repeal Tamil as a National Language and Official language. It was absurd for SWRD Bandaranaiyake to have given this since Tamils were only about 9%. In all countries where there is a minority they have to adapt to the majority not the other way around.
  7. Repeal 13A and use Districts as the administrative unit instead of the Province.
  8. Request reparations from India for the damage done by them to the country by their actions to date.
  9. Request reparations from Britain for the damage they did to Sinhalese and the Buddha Sasana during the period they colonized the country and for abrogation of the treaty they signed with the Sinhala Chieftains.
  10. Request reparations from Portugal for the damage done to Sri Lanka and the Buddha Sasana and the conversion of so many at the point of the sword.
  11. Ban all forced conversions by use of inducements to prevent divide and rule happening in Sri Lanka.
  12. Set minimum standards or education for all those who run for political office in Sri Lanka.

 Appendix

 SL Tamils THINK RATIONALLY; ACT WISELY…………………….

Lanka Web – Posted on April 24th, 2015

 About Tamils

How many Tamils live in Colombo?

33% of total population (one third) (2011 estimate). Now it is closer to 44%.

How many Tamils live in Southern parts of Sri Lanka?

12.4% of total population (2011 estimate)

How many Tamils are employed in Sri Lankan companies in the southern part? (See the number of high caliber Tamils in Sri Lankan private hospitals, banking sector, hotel trade, export import trade, and other industries viz. garment and beverage)

Do they experience any hardship professionally due to ethnicity? If so, how come they hold such high positions?

See how many Tamil kids are getting educated in International schools in Colombo and Kandy? They have outnumbered all the other ethnicities together.

Royal college has Tamil medium branch under an asst. principal, DS has Tamil medium branch under an asst. principal. So many other leading Sinhala government schools in the country have Tamil medium and they share equal opportunities. Private schools like St. Thomas ‘, Trinity etc have quite a large number of Tamil students.

How many Tamil major schools have Sinhala medium? None !!!

Travel via Wellawatte, Dematagoda, Dehiwala, Kotahena etc and see the number of Tamils sharing the comforts.

Go to Pettah market and Fort. Walk along the streets and see how many Tamils are doing various types of business there.

Start from Kotahena and travel passing Dehiwala. Sinhala shops are outnumbered by Tamil traders. I don’t see any hardship put on them.

Get into a bus in any part of the country and listen how many speak in Tamil.

Try to find a single Sinhala board in Wellawatte. All are Tamil and English.

How many Sinhala shops/trades are seen in the northern and eastern province? Why don’t you visit and see?

Go to a government University. Let’s say University of Colombo. See the number of Tamil students. How smoothly they study? They share equal opportunities. See the number of Tamil lecturers. How much they are privileged? They share equal opportunities. They have separate Tamil Unions, their cultural events, their religious events. I never ever saw them being humiliated or harassed by Sinhalese,

except they themselves have discriminations saying Jaffna Tamil, Baticaloa Tamil, and Upcountry Tamil.

How many

Kovils are there in Colombo itself? Nearly 200 Kovils!!!

See the number of Sinhalese visiting Kovils and Tamil shops. Doesn’t it display the harmony?

What is the ethnic proportion of Tamils in Sri Lanka?

8.5%

How many Tamil representatives are in the parliament? 23 out of 225 total seats, that is

more than 10%

Can a Tamil settle down in any area of the country including southern part?

Yes

Reason?

The Sri Lankan constitution has secured the right and freedom of any citizen to live in any part of the country

Jaffna and Trincomalee have ports, heavy industries, bus stations, railway stations, radio and TV broadcasting stations, universities and so many other facilities equaling to Colombo.

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Now about Sinhalese

How many Sinhalese live in Jaffna?

0.005% (only 33 people head wise!!) How many Sinhalese live in the Northern part of Sri Lanka?

Only 1.04 % of total population

How many Sinhalese live in Baticaloa? Only 0.46% of total population.

How many Sinhalese are in the Eastern part of Sri Lanka?

Only 21.64% total population

(Source: 2007 estimate)

How many Sinhala medium schools are there in Northern Sri Lanka?

(None)

How many Sinhala employees are in Northern Sri Lankan offices and industries?

(None)

How many temples are there in Northern Sri Lanka?

One, at Nagadeepa

(left over out of thousands which were in the past)

How many Sinhala students are studying in Northern, Eastern and South- East universities?

None!!!

(Source: University statistics 2009)

Can a Sinhalese travel unharmed in Northern Sri Lanka?

(Only now, after the defeat of the LTTE)

Can a Sinhalese settle down in the northern part of the country?

No!!

Reason?

Because you are a Sinhalese. According to ‘Thesawalamai’ law, Northern Province is meant for Tamils only and you are not entitled to buy lands there as a Sinhalese!!!!

60 Responses to “SLOW STRANGULATION OF SRI LANKA AND THE SINHALESE”

  1. SA Kumar Says:

    the separatist movement has been transferred to Sri Lanka.- have traveled by train or plane to Palali?
    no wonder We call you Sinhala Modaya !

    How many temples are there in Northern Sri Lanka?
    One, at Nagadeepa
    what about one in Yapanaya Town & every forces camps Bodhi Tree (Arasa Maram) have Bhudda status including my village entrance Vairavar replaced by Lord Bhudda !

  2. Senevirath Says:

    yes S.A KUMAR THERE MAY BE SOME MORE BUDHDHA STATUES UNDER THE FOUNDATIONS OF YOUR KOVILS

  3. SA Kumar Says:

    E SOME MORE BUDHDHA STATUES UNDER THE FOUNDATIONS OF YOUR KOVILS- I am not disagree with you .

  4. Indrajith Says:

    Sri Lanka opposition says no autonomy for Tamils World News Tue, 28 Jul 2015 AFP
    Tue, Jul 28, 2015, 07:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 28 (AFP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s main opposition party Tuesday scrapped a longstanding promise to give greater autonomy to minority Tamils, as it tries to win over hardline sections of the Sinhalese majority before a general election.

    In its manifesto launched in Colombo, former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse’s United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said it would refuse to grant more powers to a local council in the Tamils’ northern heartland if it won the August 17 election.

    Before he was toppled in presidential polls in January, Rajapakse had promised to build on a law passed in 1987 giving some autonomy to ethnic Tamils.

    The law was brokered by neighbouring India to try to end a decades-long conflict between Sri Lanka’s military and Tamil rebels fighting for a separate homeland.

    Rajapakse, an ethnic Sinhalese, remains popular among big sections of the island’s largest community for overseeing the defeat of the rebels in 2009.

    Rajapakse said he was contesting a seat in the upcoming parliamentary poll to ensure Tamil-dominated areas did not slip back into conflict.

    “Criminal activity has increased in the north… it is becoming a dangerous situation. If things were all right, there would be no need for me to come back and contest elections,” he said at the launch.

    The manifesto did not say why the party was withdrawing the autonomy promise, but political observers said it was aimed at winning over hardline Sinhalese who oppose power-sharing with Tamils.

    Rajapakse’s defeat in January was blamed on allegations of corruption and nepotism during his decade-long rule, as well as a failure to achieve post-war reconciliation.

    President Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated his one-time mentor, has pledged to bring about reconciliation with Tamils.

    The UPFA manifesto also pledged to double the minimum wage and give tax-free cars to wide sections of society and extend generous subsidies to farmers.

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Tamil Nadu based New Indian Express (NIE) may dismiss our fears of the Tiger Nominated Party’s platform as a “MERE SPIN” on advocacy of separatism … BUT WE KNOW BETTER!

    Years of Anti-National UNDERMINING of our Motherland by the TNA in collusion with SEPARATISTS, the Tamil Diaspora, COMMUNAL Tamil Nadu Politicians attempting to EXPAND DRAVIDA NADU, and NeoColonialist Foreign Powers Iintent on recreating Sri Lanka in THEIR IMAGE, LEAVE US IN NO DOUBT that this iss the THICK END of the WEDGE to achieve their Mono-Ethnic Apartheid SEPARATIST Bantustan of EELAM in Sri Lanka!

    NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER!
    ……………………
    Rajapaksa-led UPFA Sees Eelam Spin in TNA Manifesto

    July 28 (NIE) COLOMBO- The manifesto of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections has become a major issue among the Sinhalese majority in the island nation.

    The TNA’s demand for “self-determination within a united but federal Sri Lanka” is being interpreted as a stepping stone to an independent Tamil Eelam. The TNA wants the 13th Amendment of the Lankan constitution to be scrapped and replaced by an amendment ensuring a federal structure with greater devolution of power to the provinces

    Parties aligned with the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are not only voicing fears of Tamil separatism but asking the Sinhalese parties friendly to the TNA, to explain their stand on the manifesto.

    UPFA candidate Tissa Attanayake dubbed the TNA manifesto as a “national security threat.” The UPFA is trying to taint the United National Party (UNP)-led United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) as an “anti-national” combine which should be shown the door. The UPFA hopes that the TNA manifesto will enable it to strengthen its hold on the Sinhalese-Buddhist community, which had supported it strongly in the January 8 Presidential elections.

    The high voltage UPFA campaign forced Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, to declare that his party is for “devolution of power to the provinces within a unitary constitution and not a federal constitution.”

    Another controversial aspect of the TNA’s manifesto is its demand for the re-unification of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single North-Eastern Province as per the Indo-Lanka Accord of July 1987. The Muslim parties are dismayed by this because the Muslims will become an insignificant minority in a unified North-Eastern province. The Muslims are in substantial numbers in the Eastern Province. So far, two of the three Chief Ministers of the East have been Muslims.

    If the UNFGG does not clarify its stand on the merger issue, a section of the Muslims in the East could vote for the UPFA which had detached the North and East by securing a Supreme Court order in 2006.

    TNA’s spokesman, Suresh Premachandran said that the party’s manifesto did not say anything that it had not said in its earlier manifestos.

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    Kumar,

    I wonder what you would feel and think about Tamil only Eeelam in Lanka, if you were a Sinhala person ? I am asking this question in a serious manner and not with ‘tongue in cheek’.

    After some 30 yrs of terrorism, started during the Cold War times, along with the JVP uprisings, plus the Tsunami, all the people of Lanka are longing for Peace & Prosperity, not more strife.

    The TNA has got it all wrong. Tamil folk ought to blend in as in the bygone times and work and grow with the Sinhala folk of Lanka.

    Even the USA having a popular candidate who openly says he is a Socialist (Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont). The Fascist type Eelam State of the TNA is outdated now. Tamil folk of Tamil Nadu will have to work out new deals with Tamil Nadu leaders re erasing of caste.
    I hope you also listened to the recent Oxford Debate on Britains Debt to India. All the earlier colonised countries now want peace and growth, not more games and strife.

  7. Indrajith Says:

    දොළොස්‌ වැදෑරුම්
    ප්‍රතිපත්ති මාලාවකින් යුත් එජනිස ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශය එළිදකී

    Divaina – 28/7/15

    අනුර බාලසූරිය

    සම්ප්‍රදායික දේශපාලන පොරොන්දු මාලාවකින් ඔබ්බට ගිය බුද්ධිමත් කථිකාවක ප්‍රතිඵලයක්‌ වශයෙන් සකස්‌ කරන ලද එක්‌සත් ජනතා නිදහස්‌ සන්ධානයේ “අනාගතයට සහතිකයක්‌” නම් වූ නව ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශය ඊයේ (28 දා) පෙරවරුවේදී කොළඹ හෙන්රි පේද්‍රිස්‌ උද්‍යානයේදී මහත් උත්සවාකාරයෙන් එළිදක්‌වනු ලැබීය.

    ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පිළිගත් වියතුන් විශාල පිරිසකගේ උපදෙස්‌ පරිදි අදාළ ක්‍ෂේත්‍රයන් පිළිබඳ හසල අත්දැකීම් සහිත ප්‍රවීණයන්ගේ මාර්ගෝපදේශකත්වයෙන් මෙම ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශය සකස්‌ කර ඇත.

    දිවිහිමියෙන් රැකගෙන ආ මව්බිමේ අභිමානය, ඒකීයත්වය, භෞමික අඛණ්‌ඩතාව දිවිහිමියෙන් සුරකිමින් රට ඉදිරියට ගෙනයැමට කැපවන බවට ද එමගින් පොරොන්දු වී ඇත.

    මෙම ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශය ප්‍රථමයෙන් මහා සංඝරත්නය වෙනුවෙන් දක්‍ෂිණ ලංකාවේ ප්‍රධාන සංඝනායක පල්ලත්තර සුමනජෝති නාහිමිපාණන්ට හා කැලණිය විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ කුලපති ආචාර්ය වැලමිටියාවේ කුසලධම්ම නාහිමිපාණන් වහන්සේ වෙත හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජක්‍ෂ මහතා විසින් පිළිගන්වන ලදී.

    සන්ධානයේ මහ ලේකම් සුසිල් ප්‍රේමජයන්ත මහතා විසින් හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා වෙත එම ප්‍රකාශය පිළිගැන්වීමෙන් අනතුරුව මහා සංඝරත්නය වෙත ද හින්දු, ඉස්‌ලාම්, ක්‍රිස්‌තියානි පූජකතුමන්ලා වෙත ද සන්ධානයට අයත් පක්‍ෂ නායකයන්, නියෝජිතයන් ඇතුළු පැමිණ සිටි ආරාධිතයන් වෙත ද පිළිගන්වනු ලැබිණි.

    අදීන ජාතියක්‌, නවීන දේශයක්‌, සුහද සමාජයක්‌ සඳහා දොළොස්‌ වැදැරුම් ප්‍රතිපත්ති මාලාවකින් යුත් ජාතික ඒකාග්‍රතාව සහ තිරසාර සංහිඳියාව, දූෂණය පිටුදැකීම සහ අධිකරණයේ ස්‌වාධිපත්‍යය සුරැකීම, ආර්ථික කළමනාකරණ, විදේශ, නිවාස සහ ඉඩම්, අධ්‍යාපන, සෞඛ්‍ය, පරිසර හා වනජීවී, සංස්‌කෘතික කලා සහ සන්නිවේදන කටයුතු ප්‍රවර්ධන, ක්‍රීඩා සහ තරුණ කටයුතු, කාන්තා හා ළමා, ආයෝජන හා යටිතල පහසුකම්, ප්‍රවර්ධන යන අංශ කෙරෙහි විශේෂ අවධානය යොමුකර ඇත.

    මෙම ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශයේ සඳහන් කරුණු අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම නියමිත කාලසීමාවක්‌ තුළ ක්‍රියාත්මක කරුණුවලින් යුත් ප්‍රායෝගික වැඩපිළිවෙළක්‌ බවත් කඩිනම් වැඩසටහන සන්ධාන රජය පත්වී දින 30 ක්‌ ඇතුළත අරඹන බවත් එහි සඳහන් කර තිබේ.

    මෙම ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශය එළිදැක්‌වීමේ අවස්‌ථාවට හිටපු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයකු වූ රත්නසිරි වික්‍රමනාක, පක්‍ෂ නායකයන් වන දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන, වාසුදේව නානායක්‌කාර, විමල් වීරවංශ ඇතුළු සන්ධානයට අයත් දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ 15 ක නායකයෝ ඇතුළු හිටපු සන්ධාන මන්ත්‍රීවරු පිරිසක්‌ එක්‌වූහ.

  8. SA Kumar Says:

    I wonder what you would feel and think about Tamil only Eeelam in Lanka, if you were a Sinhala person ? I fight to the end to stop .
    Fran Diaz We are not after Tamil only Eelam What We ( GGP/ Chevanayaham/ Amirthalingam) want Federal state similar to Union states of India not more not less not separate country at all !!!

    full implemendation of 13A & 6A .

    United Provincial Council of Mother Lanka (UPCSL) !!!

    all the people of Lanka are longing for Peace & Prosperity, not more strife.- Agreed !

  9. Christie Says:

    Thank you Harvey. British did this dastardly act of taking Indian Colonial parasites in to their tropical colonies as Sepoys (foot soldiers) and Coolies. They did not allow Indian Parasites in to colder British colonies like Australia and Canada.

  10. Fran Diaz Says:

    Kumar,

    What is there to stop a Tamil Federal state leading to Eelam state ? It would only be a matter of time for that to happen, with Tamil Diaspora, foreign countries plus Tamil Nadu leaders pushing it on, and Tamil Dalits in millions wanting to leave Tamil Nadu. That is the reality.

    However, it is not for me to give or not give Fed state to Tamils in Sri Lanka. It is up to the People of Lanka and the leaders in Lanka. Please do ask them.

  11. Cerberus Says:

    SA Kumar, Please tell me when there are Tamils in all the following countries such as Malaysia, Fiji, Mauritius, Madagascar, Australia, Canada, Europe, South Africa, etc., why is that they want a Federal State only in Sri Lanka. In fact percentage wise they are in larger numbers in Malaysia, Fiji, Mauritius compared to Sri Lanka. Yet no one asks for Federal State in those countries. Only in Sri Lanka. Don’t you think you have a sinister motive behind it? In any case as Harvey has pointed out if the Tamil culture is important to you all you have to do it so move 12 miles back to where you came from to Tamil Nadu.

  12. Ratanapala Says:

    An excellent expose of the Tamils and their call for a separate land. What is happening in Sri Lanka is land grabbing by Racist Tamils and now later by the Jihadist Muslims.

    India that gained independence from the British in 1947, have big power ambitions and flex their muscles, but mostly bad wind causing problems to all her neighbours. While elsewhere newly independent nations are prospering, countries around India are kept in poverty mainly due to their jealous and uncooperative attitude.

    Before the British came to India, it was only a conceptual, mythical and geographical entity with no clear borders. India became a political and geographical entity only under the British. Similar things have happened elsewhere in the world. There was no Malaysia before the British and there was no Indonesia before the Dutch. These and other similar countries are colonial constructs, which the forces of Neo Colonialism now wants to balkanise and exploit.

    Most of the current problems in the world are as a result of these artificial borders that were created by the colonialists for their administrative easiness for exploitation, but now want balkanised so that they can be exploited piecemeal.

  13. Ananda-USA Says:

    SA Kumar,

    1. Given that Sinhala People will gladly accord ONLY EQUAL RIGHTS to ALL citizens irrespective of community, WHAT MORE WILL you get with a Federal State in the NPC?

    Clearly, you want to have SPECIAL RIGHTS unavailable to others in that Federal State, and EQUAL RIGHTS for Tamils everywhere else in Sri Lanka, isn’t it? That is called HAVING YOUR OWN CAKE and EATING THE CAKE OF OTHERS.

    Well, Tamils can DEMAND such UNEQUAL DISCRIMINATORY PRIVILEGES till the COWS COME HOME, but the majority of Sri Lankans won’t give it, because it is FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR, UNJUST and DISCRIMINATES against ALL Non-Tamil people of Sri Lanka.

    Even NOW, Tamils freely settle and live everywhere in the South, as is THEIR INALIENABLE RIGHT to do as Sri Lankan citizens, but they OPPOSE THAT SAME RIGHT being exercised by Sinhala People in the NPC?

    Why these DOUBLE STANDARDS?

    Well, I can TELL YOU WHY …. BECAUSE we STUPID Sinhala People ALLOW such Self-Serving Double Standards without taking FIRM ACTION to ROOT THEM OUT!

    2. You cite the Federal system in the Indian Union as if it is a Holy Model that Sri Lanka should follow. IT IS NOT a viable Model even for India! India had different historical reasons from Sri Lanka for implementing such a Union at Independence. Furthermore, given the centrifugal tendencies that EXIST within India, it is NOT CLEAR whether India will survive as ONE NATION in the foreseeable future with such a INCREDIBLY WEAK central government that has insufficient power to enforce the integrity of India. The ANSWER to that question is still in the MAKING! Let me explain!

    2.1 India was created from a multitude of Princely States requiring not only the agreement of the Maharajas but also that of the ethnically and religiously different people of those states. In the case of the Muslim dominant States that ultimately broke away to form Pakistan, the Federal system FAILED. In the process, Hindu-Moslem religious violence consumed thee lives of a few MILLION PEOPLE, and DISPLACED MILLIONS MORE who migrated voluntarily, or by religious cleansing into Pakistan and India. The CONFLIC created by that RELIGIOUS DIVIDE is ETERNAL, and keeps the two states at each others throats in PERPETUITY, with each wanting to expand its territory at the expense of the other.

    Since you mentioned a desire for peace and recites “live and let live” like a mantra, do you want such a scenario to UNFOLD in Sri Lanka, pitting Tamils and Sinhala people against each other in PERPETUITY in two countries locked in eternal war? Is that your goal for your family, your community and your people in Sri Lanka?

    2.2 The Division of the British Raj into Pakistan and India has left certain States, Jammu and Kashmir comes to mind, that continues to be a target of both Pakistan and India fueling war. At the time of the Partition of British India, Jammu and Kashmir was ruled by a Hindu Maharaja but the majority population was Muslim, as it continues to be to this day. In the ensuing struggle, it was partitioned into Pakistani and Indian sectors, but thee majority population in both sectors remains Muslim. However, India will not give up Indian Kashmir, or allow its citizens to vote on whether to remain a part of India. India settles Hindus in Kashmir to reinforce Hindu India’s claim to Kashmir, including Hindu Army units that occupy Kashmir in preponderant force.

    Given that your much balley-hooed Indian Federal Model is supposed to deliver self-determination to the citizens of each State, why is India reluctant to give the Kashmiris the freedom to choose, the freedom that that they PREACH INCESSANTLY to Sri Lanka?

    The REASON is of course is the SAME that drives the Sinhala people ASSERT sovereignty in ALL of Sri Lanka. There are Tamils (a very small minority of the total population in Sri Lanka, unlike the much larger Muslim minority population in India) living all over Sri Lanka enjoying EQUAL RIGHTS, and granting them special rights in the NPC so they can separate from Sri Lanka and join Tamil Nadu/India is a THREAT to Sri Lanka’s INTEGRITY.

    This is India’s view as well: There are Muslims living as equal citizens all over India, but granting the Muslims special rights in Kashmir so they can secede from India and join Pakistan would destroy India’s INTEGRITY!

    2.3 Furthermore, there are MANY STATES in the Indian Union that would LOVE TO SECEDE from India. To examine these centrifugal tendencies festering within Indian Union held together by a WEAK FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, let us examine the division of India into states and Union Territories:

    Indian States

    Andhra Pradesh
    Arunachal Pradesh
    Assam
    Bihar
    Chhattisgarh
    Goa
    Gujarat
    Haryana
    Himachal Pradesh
    Jammu and Kashmir
    Jharkhand
    Karnataka
    Kerala
    Madhya Pradesh
    Maharashtra
    Manipur
    Meghalaya
    Mizoram
    Nagaland
    Odish
    Punjab
    Rajasthan
    Sikkim
    Tamil Nadu
    Telangana
    Tripura
    Uttar Pradesh
    Uttarakhand
    West Bengal

    Union territories

    A Andaman and Nicobar Islands
    B Chandigarh CH
    C Dadra and Nagar Haveli
    D Daman and Diu
    E Lakshadweep
    F National Capital Territory of Delhi
    G Puducherry

    Let us now approximately group these States according to the main SEPARATIST TENDENCIES existing within them:

    1. Northern Hindu Heartland
    National Capital Territory of Delhi (Union Territory)
    Chandigarh CH (Union Territory)
    Bihar
    Chattisgarh
    Gujarat
    Haryana
    Himachal Pradesh
    Jharkhand
    Madhya Pradesh
    Maharashtra
    Manipur
    Meghalaya
    Rajasthan
    Tripura
    Uttar Pradesh
    Uttarakhand
    West Bengal
    Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Union Territory)

    2. Muslim Pro-Pakistan
    Jammu and Kashmir

    3. Muslim Pro Bangladesh
    West Bengal

    4. Sikh Khalistani Nationalist
    Punjab

    5. Dravidian States
    Andhra Pradesh
    Goa
    Karnataka
    Kerala
    Odisha (Orissa)
    Tamil Nadu
    Telangana
    Puducherry
    Lakshadweep

    6. Disaffected Northern Frontier States (some with Chinese Claims)
    Arunachal Pradesh
    Assam
    Manipur
    Meghalaya
    Mizoram
    Nagaland
    Sikki
    Tripura

    I have divided the Indian States into 6 groups, with the first group representing the Northern Hindu Heartland of India committed to remaining within India. All of the remaining five groups have well defined separatist tendencies within them. Some of these separatist feelings are long standing as in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjan and surprisingly in the Draavidian States led by Tamil Nadu. Certain other are of more recent vintage, especially in the Northern Frontier States aggravated by illegal immigration from Bangladesh, and also by Chinese influence.

    In addition, there is a widespread Naxalite rebellion encompassing over 800 miilion people in a wide swathe of territory that extends from the South West Maharashtra into the Northern Frontier Provinces.

    While all these disparate centrifugal forces drive the communities and states of India apart, the Union government of India has little authority to ENFORCE cooperation between states in interstate issues, or to ENFORCE internal agreements with neighbouring countries because of opposition from state leaders. Recently, an agreement with Bangladesh to limit illegal immigration into India FAILED because of opposition from the Chief Minister of Bengal. The Union govt has little leverage on resource sharing, such as river water, or to enforce national programs … however flawed they may be … on affirmative action for India’s poorest citizens. As such, India is largely a Wild West where every petty despot is in it for himself and cronies. That is a good reason why India will not be able to compete with China in national development.

    India’s affirmative action programs divide its people into disadvantaged groups and pit them against each other to compete for government handouts. Instead of helping people on the basis of demonstrated need, India divides it people on the basis of caste, ethnicity and religion. As one Supreme Court judge in India quipped, he knows of no other country in the world where people degrade themselves by lowering their social status (read caste) to eat at the government trough. Meanwhile, millions of destitute brahmins pulling rickshaws and disposing fecal waste cannot qualify for assistance … because they are brahmins wearing the poorna noola! With all of these bally-hooed affirmative action, India still is mired in ILLITERACY and POVERTY on a scale that is UNIMAGINALE in neighboring Sri Lanka.

    So WHERE I ask, are the UNDENIABLE BENEFITS of this Federal System of Government you want Sri Lanka to adopt, so a miniscule minority of Tamil citizens, can EAT an EQUAL SHARE of the common Sri Lankan cake, while GREEDILY GOBBLING DOWN a TAMILS-ONLY SPECIAL CAKE hidden deep within the bowels of a Northern Province TOTALLY RESERVED FOR THEIR CONSUMPTION ONLY?

    SA Kumar, my dear fellow, you should be ASHAMED to ADVANCE SUCH AN OBVIOUS DOUBLE STANDARD to US at LankaWeb, to we who IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE a SELF-SERVING SPECIOUS ARGUMENT when we see one!

    No, No … my dear fellow, we don’t buy your argument the the Indian Federal Model, or ANY OTHER FEDERAL Model is either NECESSARY or SUITABLE for Sri Lanka. It is NEITHER NECESSARY nor SUITABLE for Sri Lanka.

    For this TINY Motherland of ours, the RIGHT to elect an MP of one’s choice to the National Parliament, in free and fair elections, is FRANCHISE ENOUGH!

    ONE Indivisible Nation, of ONE Inseparable People, sharing ONE Indomitable Destiny with ONE VOTE for each citizen to ENFORCE EQUAL RIGHTS to each citizen irrespective of community, and EQUAL RESPONSIBILITY to Love, Protect and Defend this dear Motherland of ours against ALL ENEMIES, Local and Foreign, should be our ONLY Goal … not the further DIVISION ad infinitum, ad nauseam,, of our Resplendent Island into a patchwork of Monoethnic Apartheid Separatist Bantustans forever in CONFLICT with each other!

  14. Ananda-USA Says:

    Quatar PUMPS in money to build homes and settle displaced Muslims in Mannar, WHO IS BUILDING HOMES and SETTLING DISPLACED SINHALA PEOPLe in Mannar and elsewhere in the NPC? WHO?

    Answer: NOBODY!

    ………………….
    Qatar Middle East International India Pakistan / Afghanistan Philippines Asia QRC completes two housing projects in Sri Lanka

    July 28 (Peninsula) DOHA- Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has completed two housing projects in the Mannar district of northern Sri Lanka, for families internally displaced by the armed conflict.

    The two projects cost QR3.1m($849,315), which was donated by two Qatari sisters who opted for anonymity in pursuit of the great reward of undisclosed charity.

    The first project involved building 70 family housing units for 460 people of the poorest families in Kondachi, Musali Division. It also involved constructing and furnishing four shops, a school, and a prayer centre, as well as digging two artisan wells equipped with a 4,000-litre water tank and a solar-powered pump.

    The second project involved building 44 family housing units for 264 people in the village of Erukkalampitti, in addition to two fully-furnished shops.

    The Sri Lankan government contributed the land on which the houses were constructed.

    As the executive partner, Serendib Foundation for Relief and Development (SFRD) conducted a field survey to identify the beneficiaries.

    A QRC delegation visited Sri Lanka to explore the rules and regulations for building houses, secure the necessary licences and approvals, and examine building materials. The delegation also took a field tour of the project sites. SFRD is a leading Sri Lankan Islamic charity with 110 main offices and 10 district offices in major cities, in addition to the headquarters in Colombo. It has experience in building housing units at reasonable prices to match the local market.

    QRC’s delegation visited four housing projects already implemented by SFRD in different areas, with funding from Kuwait.

    Completed in less than 12 months, the housing units were made in compliance with international and environmental standards. The components and material for execution were purchased from the local market, and execution was done by local labourers.

    The houses and facilities of the projects were handed over during the Holy Month of Ramadan to 114 families, after approving the lists of beneficiaries developed by local government and public bodies. The school will be opened this summer to hold Quran memorization sessions. The mosque will also be used for the same purpose.

  15. SA Kumar Says:

    one at a time my sinhala sakotharams , will answer all your question ..
    Fran Diaz
    What is there to stop a Tamil Federal state leading to Eelam state ? – Fully implemendation of 6A & 13A together like Nerhu done it in India 1963?
    We already have law now need to implement slowly with out any show up ( step by step it may take 25 years or more… like Doucles Devanda(Head of EPDP) said).

    TN or Kerala or Teluguna ( Even it become two states now) did not lead to separation why you expect NP or EP Fed state become separate.

    NB/ After loosing this much people and lost all our self respect ( 3 years in IDP camp(mullu cambi – iron wired) in own mother land etc… it is not that easy us to accept fedarel states but for future generation
    forgive & forget !
    live & let live !!!

  16. Christie Says:

    Dear Ananda USA; take a trip to Guyana another Indian State is not far. Then Mauritius where our last king RIP.

  17. NAK Says:

    When and where does the word India come from. When we were learning history or Buddhism this land was called either Dambadiva,Jambudvipa or Bharathaya.

  18. SA Kumar Says:

    Cerberus
    Please tell me when there are Tamils in all the following countries such as Malaysia, Fiji, Mauritius, Madagascar, Australia, Canada, Europe, South Africa, etc.- We are not in this category Tamils You know Very well
    eg:every time when you get shit out from us (1956 to 1983) you kicked & said Para Kari Yapana Demila yanavo yanda to Yapanaya ?
    Why you did not call us Para Indian Demila yanavo yanda to Madras(Chennai)???

    We are Hela Demila (Eelath Thamilan) who lived last 2,500 years or more ( according to OUR History book Mahavamsa and will live in Mother Lanka another 2,500 years more – not going any where machang even I save my funeral cost to bury in MY Mother Lanka (living in western world since 1983).

    Don’t you think you have a sinister motive behind it? Yes Agreed Sinister motive to live & let live nothing else Machang.

    We like or not We are Federal states now !
    Bhuddist Sinhale Lanka (7PCs) , NPC (Saiva TE) & EPs (Muslim TE) .
    United Mother Lanka for all of us !!!

  19. SA Kumar Says:

    Ananda-USA Thank you for your value time to explain me why you are against federal system even though We tiny paradise Mother Lankan had higher unnatural dead than whole Indian union states since 1948 !!!!

    So WHERE I ask, are the UNDENIABLE BENEFITS of this Federal System of Government you want Sri Lanka to adopt, so a miniscule minority of Tamil citizens, can EAT an EQUAL SHARE of the common Sri Lankan cake, while GREEDILY GOBBLING DOWN a TAMILS-ONLY SPECIAL CAKE hidden deep within the bowels of a Northern Province TOTALLY RESERVED FOR THEIR CONSUMPTION ONLY? You think if this true than you are saying this what happing in Kerala/ TN etc.. for other states people ? you know answer – NO

    ONE Indivisible Nation, of ONE Inseparable People, sharing ONE Indomitable Destiny with ONE VOTE- We Mother Lanka tried since 1948 failed to day .

    We like or not We are Federal states now !
    Bhuddist Sinhale Lanka (7PCs) , NPC (Saiva TE) & EPs (Muslim TE) .
    United Mother Lanka for all of us !!!
    let’s bring Mahavali Rivar to Iranamadu kulam ,We will send you all our dry land product to you by Yal devi !!!
    and settle 100,000 Bhuddist Sinhala Family in Vanni forever !!!

    Sinister motive to live & let live nothing else Machang.

  20. Christie Says:

    Indians are Hindus. Arabs and Europeans identified the Indian subcontinent as Hindus, Hindia etc. and ended as India. You would like to know where Ceylon came from. It means land of the Sinhalese, Seyla, Selan, Xylon, Celiao and Ceylon.
    It is only the bloody Bharat Jadayaas who called it Sri Lanka.

  21. SA Kumar Says:

    also Please provide a Sinha Bhuddist teacher to every Govtnment Tamil school (From primary school to Mahavidyalam) in NPC & EPC .

  22. anura seneviratna Says:

    Good effort thanks, especially highlighting the Indian Dalit export.

    Following points need correction:-

    1) We did not migrate from India if did there must be the Sinhela country now in India. Refer to our Hela pre-history.

    2) Word “migration” is inappropriate to use within one country.

    3) Reference to Tamil Nadians as “ignorant” is partly correct mainly cunning to our folly

  23. Fran Diaz Says:

    Kumar,

    Re the full implementation of the 6-A & 13-A :

    No one expects the 6-A to be implemented. It is a useless piece of legislation. We have to ask ourselves WHY the 6-A has never been implemented. This is very likely due to pressure from Tamil leaders of Lanka, the churches, Tamil Nadu leaders acting on Delhi, and foreign countries putting pressure on Govts of Lanka.

    Tamil leaders have not only violated the 6-A many times, they have also gone ‘beyond the edge’ and brought in the Vaddukoddai Resolution (1976) to create Tamil Eelam through use of VIOLENCE. This Resolution is still in place. With the 6-A not implemented and the V’koddai Resolution not revoked officially, how can any govt implement the 13-A in
    full ?

    Besides all that, the 13-A in full is another death knell for the integrity of Lanka. The millions of Tamil Dalits in Tamil Nadu are a constant threat as they seek to leave Tamil Nadu for better pastures. Why don’t you guys create your own Dalistan or Eelam in the Nilgiri Mts of Tamil Nadu ?

    Kumar, to even make the suggestions you do, you really must think that the Sinhala Buddhist nation is ‘Gona plus’ …. !

  24. SA Kumar Says:

    Why don’t you guys create your own Dalistan or Eelam in the Nilgiri Mts of Tamil Nadu ? We Hela Demila do not have nothing to do with TN or Kerala or India or Afrika or Somalia , We are Tamil specking Eelavar !!

    live & let live until Eelam war V !!!

  25. SA Kumar Says:

    If i say Why don’t you guys create your own Dalistan or Sinhale Lanka or any Kalisarava in the Nilgiri Mts of Bangal ? How do you feel ? !!!!

  26. Fran Diaz Says:

    Kumar,

    You must know that GoSL and Sri Lankans have no jurisdiction over Tamil Nadu govt. as what must be done to solve their problems there.

    If Lanka were a huge country (land mass), things might have been different.

  27. Cerberus Says:

    I like to ask Anura Seneviratna if he says we did not migrate from India then from where did we come? According to my little knowledge Rober Knox has said in his book that the Sinhalese were fairer than the Europeans. Page 98 “I know no nation in the world do so exactly resemble the Chingulays as the people of Europe.”Also in Rev James Cordiner on Page 94 The Cingalese, in general, are of a slender make, and rather below the middle stature. Ther limbs are slight, but well shaped: their features regular, ( ? the same form as those of Europeans: and their colour of various shades, but not so dark as that of the Indians on : ‘ continent. The women are lower in stature than the men, and the greater part of them are not comely. Both sexes have uniformly black eyes, and long, smooth, black hair, which they always wear turned up, and fastened on the crown of the head, with a tortoise-shell comb, or other instrument. The white of the eye is remarkably clear. Many of the higher classes of people who are not exposed to the rays of the sun have complexions so extremely fair, that they seem lighter than the brunetts of England. In all ranks, the palms of the hands and soles of the feet are uniformly white, The Cingalese youth wear their beards for some time after they attain the age of puberty ; and before they under go the operation of shaving, they are obliged to give a sumptuous entertainment to all their relations and neighbours. “

  28. SA Kumar Says:

    Fran Diaz

    Why you are talking to me about Tamil Nadu govt , I am Eelath Thamilan where My Sinhela Sakodaraya call me Hela Demila in chinhalam.
    Please leave TN , Indian ,Chinese problem with them shall we sort out own problem since 1948 We have failed.
    than We together sort out others problem .

  29. Fran Diaz Says:

    Kumar,

    TAMIL NADU is the place where Tamil Caste problems are born and propogated. How can you say that the Tamil Nadu govt does not matter ?

    Tamil Nadu is left behind, as far as possible, to lose Caste. That is why Tamis of Lanka are not content to be even in Lanka – they want to go west.

    What the Tamil Nadu govt does is EVERYTHING to Tamils all over the world, not just in Lanka.

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  30. Cerberus Says:

    SA KUMAR, I like to ask the Tamils why they would not like a Sri Lanka where anyone can live any where. Why do want to have a Tamil Ghetto. As Harvey has pointed out if the culture is so important to the Tamils then they have to only go 12 miles to Tamil Nadu. PM Modi has said all people of Indian origin as welcome to come back. Right now the situation is Tamils can live anywhere however Sinhalese cannot live in the North which is reserved by Thesavalami law to Tamils. How would you like it if we said the Tamils cannot live in the South and in Colombo? I guess you can go and cry to your “mama Jayalalitha” in Tamil Nadu.They can lie about crimes Sinhalese have committed when there were no crimes. They can lie about non-existant grievances. In Malaysia they have Bhumiputra laws. How come you do not complain about them to the International community. I agree with Ananda USA. ONE Indivisible Nation, of ONE Inseparable People, sharing ONE Indomitable Destiny with ONE VOTE for each citizen to ENFORCE EQUAL RIGHTS to each citizen irrespective of community, and EQUAL RESPONSIBILITY to Love, Protect and Defend this dear Motherland of ours against ALL ENEMIES, Local and Foreign, should be our ONLY Goal … not the further DIVISION ad infinitum, ad nauseam, of our Resplendent Island into a patchwork of Monoethnic Apartheid Separatist Bantustans forever in CONFLICT with each other!
    I hope the India flag motto is right and Truth wins in the end.

  31. Ananda-USA Says:

    SA Kumar, my dear chap,

    Leaving aside your responses to other bloggers, let me address now only your comments directed at me:

    1. “Ananda-USA Thank you for your value time to explain me why you are against federal system even though We tiny paradise Mother Lankan had higher unnatural dead than whole Indian union states since 1948 !!!!”

    NOT TRUE, here are the REAL FACTS:

    A. As I had mentioned, the birth of Pakistan and India was accompanied by the deaths of a few MILLION people in COMMUNAL VIOLENCE and the FORCED DISPLACEMENT of many MILLIONS MORE between the two countries. Since then, these two countries have waged MANY WARS killing tens of thousands of more people. Today, they are armed to the teeth, including nuclear weapons that may roast us all, periodically firing and killing people across the Pakistan-India border, and sending armed terrorists into each otther’s (most by Pakistan) countries to cause mayhem. REmember the Bombay massacre? In Kasmir Muslim terrorists frequently attack military and civilian tatgets, and the Indian Army kills people in retaliation. Periodically, bombs go off in India killing tens and hundreds of people.

    B. Every year, Naxalite rebels kill people across the “Naxalite Belt” stretching across India from the Southwest to the Northern Frontier Province. They attack civilians, security forces and murder government officials. They govern during the night areas that government pretends to hold during the day. This is in the Hindu Heartland of India that contains the poorest Indian States like Bihar and Haryana, not in some isolated border states.

    C. In the Northwest Frontier States, like Nagaland, the local indigenous people have taken up armed against the flood of illegal muslim immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar. There are periodic massacres of hundreds of people.

    D. Every year people untold thousands of people die of starvation and communal, often caste and religion driven, conflicts. Low caste people cannot access PUBLIC resources such as the roads, buses, schools, wells, streams and rivers because they are “unclean” in the eyes of more affluent richer people. In Tamil Nadu, dalits were beaten and prevented from entering the Ambedkar University, a university created to educate dalits, in Chennai by high caste people. We remember high caste people burning themselves in the streets to protest affirmative action programs directed at the low castes. EVERY TIME access to resources are denied to a segment of people in a country AS POOR AS India, PEOPLE DIE. These DEATHS often go UNREPORTED … but still vast numbers DIE from DIRECT and INDIRECT causes due to this kind of ENDEMIC institutionalized DISCRIMINATION.

    Do you remember the tit-for-tat killings of Muslims and Hindus on trains and villages during the Ayodhya conflict? That issue is still burning after the Hindus demolished the Mosque there and are now preparing to rebuild the ancient Hindu temple at that site.

    I don’t want to judge who is right or wrong, but merely to DEBUNK your contention by pointing out that there HAVE BEEN, and THERE ARE EVEN NOW, FAR MORE “un-nantural deaths” in India than in Sri Lanka, EVEN as a PERCENTAGE of the population, because clearly there are FAR MORE deaths in ABSOLUTE TERMS given India’s far larger population.

    2. “So WHERE I ask, are the UNDENIABLE BENEFITS of this Federal System of Government you want Sri Lanka to adopt, so a miniscule minority of Tamil citizens, can EAT an EQUAL SHARE of the common Sri Lankan cake, while GREEDILY GOBBLING DOWN a TAMILS-ONLY SPECIAL CAKE hidden deep within the bowels of a Northern Province TOTALLY RESERVED FOR THEIR CONSUMPTION ONLY? You think if this true than you are saying this what happing in Kerala/ TN etc.. for other states people ? you know answer – NO”

    The ONLY undeniable bright spot in India for SOCIAL EQUITY is the South Indian State of Kerala. That is a legacy of the Communist Governments in Kerala that instituted socialist programs benefitting its poorest people, especially in EDUCATION. Kerala has a LITERACY comparable to Sri Lanka.

    But Tamil Nadu is NOT COMPARABLE to Kerala. Tamil Nadu is caste ridden, discriminatory, violent, COMMUNAL and relatively lawless with vast numbers of abjectly poor dalits, some even reported on Youtube to be eating rats they catch for food.

    3. “ONE Indivisible Nation, of ONE Inseparable People, sharing ONE Indomitable Destiny with ONE VOTE- We Mother Lanka tried since 1948 failed to day .”

    Yes, we have FAILED to achieve the GOAL I stated above ….. but not without cause …. and PRIMARILY BECAUSE of the COMMUNAL ATTITUDES of Sri Lanka’s Tamil people ENCOURAGED by the support received from nearby Tamil Nadu. We remember the COMMUNAL leaders of Tamil Nadu from across SPECTRUM of leadership (Karunanidhi who writes poems praising Prabhakaran and preparing maps of Greater Tamil Nadu that include most of Sri Lanka, Jayalalitha who was hiding from the LTTE but not finds it Politically Expedient to Champion Tamil Separatists in Sri Lanka, Vaiko who helped train LTTE cadre in the Vanni vicariously pretending to be a Tamil “freedom fighter” in the company of Prabhakaran, and untold numbers of Tamil film makers, and political activists) who joined the demagogic communal bandwagon of Sri Lanka bashing.

    4. You say “We are Sri Lanka’s indigenous Tamils, not Indian Tamils” so don’t link us with Indian Tamils, and you don’t have to worry about SEPARATISM!

    I would like to BELEIVE that is TRUE, but it is NOT SUPPORTED BY THE EVIDENCE WE HAVE of the behavior of most Tamils of the PAST and the PRESENT.

    In the PAST, we know MOST Tamils, including my childhood Tamil friends and dear neighbors, supported the LTTE. The entire Tamil political leadership was SUPPORTING SEPARATISM. They colluded, now as they did then, with South Indian Tamil leaders to separate the North and East Provinces of Sri Lanka and create a new Tamil country called Eelam. The South Indians, including its leadership, provided the training bases, logistics, boats and other vessels for trsnaportation, the arms and even the cadre, to keep the fighting going. In the light of those INDUSPUTABLE FACTS the CASE for FEARING a REPETITION of it in the FUTURE is ABSOLUTELY SOUND. We dare not FORGET.

    In the PRESENT, since the end of the War in 2009, MORE CLOSE COLLABORATION between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lankan Tamils has BEEN THE NORM, even to the extent of Tamil Nadu’s Jayalalitha poltting stategy with US SEcretary of State Hillary Clinton to undermine, destabilize and DEMONIZE Sri Lanka at the UN with the ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE of carving out thatTamils-Only State of EELAM from Sri Lanka. The approach now is to WIN by SUBTERFUGE and POLITICAL PRESSURE in PEACE what the Late Unlamented Surya-Deva Velupillai Prabhakaran COULD NOT WIN by unremettin MURDEROUS TERRORISM and WAR.

    I fondly ask: WHERE were ALL of these “peaceful” Tamil people wanting to “live and let live” when hundrds of thpusands of human beings were being bombed to bits, hung from lamp paosts, machine gunned, sliced and diced in the dead of the night, by the selff-appointed SAVIOURS of THE TAMIL People? WHERE were THEY?

    I can tell you where they were: CHEERING the “Our Boys” ON to greater EVIL in their livinng rooms and sending REAMS of cash to sustain the struggle. Those, in Sri Lanka and in the Tamil Diaspora, wailing TEARS as VICTIMS now for the WHOLLY JUSTIFIED RETRIBUTION THE LTTE EARNED IN THE BATTLEFIELD, were the ENABLERS and COMMITTED SUPPORTERS of those CRIMES.

    I have ZERO COMPASSION and TOLERANCE for EELAMISTS and NO WILLINGNESS to TRUST the GOOD COMMON SENSE of Tamil People. Yes, we as ETHICAL & MORAL people have to give the Tamil citizens EQUAL RIGHTS, but NOT TRUST … that they have EARN OVER THE NEXT CENTURY by DEMONSTRATING GOOD PATRIOTIC BEHAVIOUR as citizens.

    If we are to JUDGE the prognosis for the future by the ACTIONS of the CURRENT CROP of TNA Leaders, and even Chief Minister Vigneswaran …. who as a former Supreme Court Judge and father-in-law to Sinhala men should know better, that CHANGE may take SEVERAL CENTURIES of NOT-TRUSTING the Tamil Leadership!

    The BOTTOM Line is SA KUmar, my dear fellow, we simply cannot TRUST the Tamil people as you want us to!

    4. “We like or not We are Federal states now ! Bhuddist Sinhale Lanka (7PCs) , NPC (Saiva TE) & EPs (Muslim TE) .”

    Yes, it does seem that way under the present Anti-National GOSL, and that is what will CHANGE on August 17, 2015!

    5. “United Mother Lanka for all of us !!!
    let’s bring Mahavali Rivar to Iranamadu kulam ,We will send you all our dry land product to you by Yal devi !!!
    and settle 100,000 Bhuddist Sinhala Family in Vanni forever !!!”

    Yes Indeed … a UNITARY and UNITED Sri Lanka … ONE Nation UNDIVIDED … and NOT FEDERAL … for ALL of US!

    6. “Sinister motive to live & let live nothing else Machang.”

    The MOTIVE to live & let live is NOT SINISTER; that is what we all WISH FOR.

    But the MOTIVE in advocating a FEDERAL STATE IS SINISTER; that will not enable our stated goal to be achieved, or for ALL OF Sri Lanka’s natural bounty to be ENJOYED EQUALLY by ALL of its citizens …. irrespective of community …. and without erecting internal barriers that separate the people from every corner of their land and its benefits!

  32. Fran Diaz Says:

    Agree with Ananda.

    TRUST has to be re-established. Trust has been broken, and broken badly especially by Tamil leaders of Lanka.

  33. SA Kumar Says:

    Ananda-USA
    Agreed I lost my argument with you for fedaral system.
    one more thing please can you tell me why OUR Govt did not stop communal riots from 1956 to 1983 ?
    is not that We-Tamil lost trust with you Sinhalese than accepted a VVT Karayara 7th grade dropped out self diclaire Thesiya Thalaivar as Our National leader since 1983 to To day ( even though He killed 19th May 2009)

    Fran Dia
    TRUST has to be re-established. Trust has been broken, and broken badly especially by Tamil leaders of Lanka- Fully agreed , Hope CM Vigneswaran

  34. SA Kumar Says:

    Cerberus
    I like to ask the Tamils why they would not like a Sri Lanka where anyone can live any where. – Because You kicked out from 1956 to 1983 and said yanavavo yanda yapanayada ! 1983 to 2009 you did not do it because VP & Co and
    2009 to now -You are not doing Indian/western/Amerian — Am I right ?

  35. SA Kumar Says:

    also Please provide a Sinha Bhuddist teacher to every Govtnment Tamil school (From primary school to Mahavidyalam) in NPC & EPC -(War finished 6 years ago I am sure We have language skill teachers in forces )
    Ananda-USA Please let me know your sugesstion, Thanks

  36. Ananda-USA Says:

    Calling SA Kumar! Calling SA Kumar! Calling SA Kumar!

    Yo! Old chap, THIS IS the Indian Federal Model of PUNISHING Muslim BOMB THROWERS!

    This is the ONLY PART of the Indian Model oof Governance Sri Lanka should adopt: EXECUTE ALL LTTE Bomb Throwers previously “Rehabilitated and Released”!

    Don’t you AGREE old chap as an admirer of the Indian Model of Governance? Yo!

    ………………………
    India executes Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon

    BBC.com
    July 30, 2015

    India has carried out the execution of Yakub Memon, the man convicted of financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings.

    Memon was hanged at a prison in Nagpur in the western state of Maharashtra.

    The serial blasts killed 257 people, and were allegedly to avenge the killing of Muslims in riots a few months earlier.

    India rarely carries out death sentences – only three other people have been executed since 2004.

    There was tight security around the Nagpur prison on Thursday morning, and in parts of the state capital, Mumbai.

    The March 1993 blasts targeted a dozen sites, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, the offices of national carrier Air India and a luxury hotel.

    Memon was sentenced to death in 2007 after being convicted of providing financial and logistical support for the bombings.

    Memon was hanged hours after the Supreme Court dismissed a final plea to stay the sentence.

    His lawyers had argued that executions can only be carried out after seven days have passed following the rejection of a mercy petition.

    The court opened its doors in the dead of the night to hear his last appeal for mercy, but rejected it just before dawn.

    The court ruled that because his first mercy petition had been rejected last year, the execution met the required rules, said media reports.

    History of Mumbai attacks

    March 1993: Series of explosions kill 257 people and injure 713
    August 2003: Four bomb attacks kill 52 people
    July 2006: Seven bombs go off on crowded trains within 11 minutes, killing more than 180 people and wounding hundreds
    November 2008: Gunmen carry out a series of co-ordinated attacks across seven high-profile locations, including two luxury hotels, city’s main commuter train station, a hospital, a restaurant and a Jewish centre, killing 165 people. Pakistan-based militants blamed for the attacks and peace efforts between the two countries derailed. Nine of the attackers also killed. Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, who was captured alive, hanged in November 2012
    July 2011: Three near-simultaneous explosions during Mumbai’s evening rush hour kill 18 people and injure 131

    Memon, a chartered accountant, was sentenced to death in 2007 by a special court in Mumbai after being convicted of providing financial and logistical support for the bombings.
    The bombings killed at least 257 people in Mumbai

    He was the only one of 11 people convicted for the bombings to have his death sentence upheld on appeal. The sentences on the others were commuted to life imprisonment.

    The additional chief secretary of the state government confirmed to the BBC that Memon’s body would not be buried inside the prison compound, and would be handed over to his family once a post-mortem had been carried out.
    The Yakub Memon case

    05 August 1994: Yakub Memon is picked up from the New Delhi railway station; he claims he gave himself up in Nepal eight days earlier.
    27 July 2007: Twelve including Memon sentenced to death, 20 given life sentences.
    21 March 2013: Supreme court commutes sentences of 10 but confirms death penalty for Memon, saying “his commanding position and the crime of utmost gravity” warranted no less.
    May 2014: President Pranab Mukherjee rejects Yakub’s mercy petition.
    9 April 2015: Supreme Court rejects mercy plea, confirms death for Yakub.
    30 July 2015: Supreme Court rejects final petition filed by Memon – he is executed hours later.

    Memon’s case has divided opinion in India, with many calling for the suspension of the death sentence.

    Yakub Memon’s brother, Tiger, is widely seen as having been the mastermind behind the attacks, alongside gangland boss Dawood Ibrahim. Both remain in hiding.

    Several influential journalists, politicians and members of civil society had sent a letter to the president asking for him to “spare him from the noose of the death for a crime that was master-minded by someone else to communally divide India”.

  37. Fran Diaz Says:

    Kumar,

    Wiggy haa done nothing toward confidence building between the Tamils & Sinhala people. If I have missed something here, do state what he has done to build confidence between the two main groups in Lanka.

  38. SA Kumar Says:

    Ananda-USA
    Two great unimaginable work by Sinhala Bhuddist
    provided 3 cooked meal for 3 years for 297,000 of We-Tamil by same army forced We- fight against &
    Rehabilitated and Released 12,000 VP & co boys &Girls with in 3 to 5 years time.

    No wounder Eelara to VP, We-Saiva Tamil lost war against You Sinhala Bhuddist for last 2.000 years!

    Tharma(m) with you !!!
    NB/ VP stopped voters to elect MR in first election (he cut one hand who voted in Kilinochchi).
    I personaly stong believer that Mother Lanka is Holy Land of Lord Bhudda.

    Don’t you AGREE old chap as an admirer of the Indian Model of Governance? disappointed Very sham on India.

    Fran Diaz
    Colombo man CM Viggi have long way go to build confidence building between the Tamils & Sinhala people.
    now only slowly he is learning We Yalpana Tamils small mentality.

  39. Fran Diaz Says:

    Kumar,

    To the best of my knowledge on the matter of Tamil people learning Buddhism :

    There is a Tamil Buddhist Association in the North. If you are SINCERE about Buddhism for those Tamils who wish to learn Buddhism, work through this Association and other Buddhist associations in the country. That would not be a difficult task if Tamils involved are sincere. Learning the Sinhala language at school level will follow naturally, if Buddhism is learnt and Buddhist ethics and morality followed in daily lives of Tamil folk. It is ONLY in following, or sincerely attempting to follow, at least the Five Precepts in Buddhism, that a start would be made to reconcile with the majority of people in Lanka.

    Tamil folk who follow Hinduism ought to learn the 4 Yogas (Raj Yoga is akin to Buddhism). As I said before, WOPG.org is a reference point in this matter.

    Without Ethics & Morality, no country will flourish with peace & prosperity for all.

    Good luck to you.

    ———-

    I am sorry to state that Tamil Leaders have let down Lanka badly. Ever since Independence in 1948 they have wanted to go their own way with Separatism, and not integrate. I would add that 500 yrs of Colonisation & the Cold War plus the Tamil Caste problems and some other internal weaknesses, are largely to be blamed for the great social disasters the country has faced so far. So far, the greatest loser in all this tragedy is the Sinhala Buddhist villager.

    All leaders ought to get together to build up the moral strength of the country, not deplete it further in bickering over elections. Lies, cheat & deceit will only further push Lanka into a pit of despair. Without human happiness, nothing works well. Lies, cheat & deceit act counter to human happiness.

    For leadership: MR is the best leader I can think of. At this point in time, he alone has proven ability. As Cerberus stated earlier, he is a Pragmatist.

  40. Cerberus Says:

    SA Kumar, You have said quote “We are Hela Demila (Eelath Thamilan) who lived last 2,500 years or more ( according to OUR History book Mahavamsa and will live in Mother Lanka another 2,500 years more – not going any where machang even I save my funeral cost to bury in MY Mother Lanka (living in western world since 1983).”unquote.

    There are some facts which are not correct. There were a few Chola invasions in Sri Lanka. However they were all chased out eventually. It was only the Dutch who brought small numbers of Tamils to plant Tobacco in the North and then the British who brought 1.5 million after 1805 that changed the ethnic balance. Earlier the few Tamils who came in got assimilated and learnt the Sinhala language and became Buddhists too. It was the Tamils who were brought by British who were given education by the British in missionary schools who became administrators in Sri Lanka. In 1948 when Sri Lanka became independent there was a situation where a minority were the elites. It was because they lost their privileged position that the Tamils started cheating every where to gain their position back again. Whether it was in Universities where the lecturers would favor the students with the Om sign written on their exam papers, or department heads who would favor Tamils for jobs, or Bank Managers who would give loans preferentially to Tamils, the feeling was that anything goes. I feel that they felt a sense of desperation to get back what they had with the British. However it does not justify the means that were used. You have yourself said quote “Two great unimaginable work by Sinhala Bhuddist provided 3 cooked meal for 3 years for 297,000 of We-Tamil by same army forced We- fight against & Rehabilitated and Released 12,000 VP & co boys &Girls with in 3 to 5 years time. No wounder Eelara to VP, We-Saiva Tamil lost war against You Sinhala Bhuddist for last 2.000 years! Tharma(m) with you !!! NB/ VP stopped voters to elect MR in first election (he cut one hand who voted in Kilinochchi). I personaly stong believer that Mother Lanka is Holy Land of Lord Bhudda.” unquote.

    So You Tamils know the difference between right and wrong. Yet all yours leaders do not hesitate to tell lies to bring the country down. You are prepared to work with foreigners to sell the country so that you can have your mythical Eelam. Is it not true what Harvey Perera says. The Tamils have created all the issues in Sri Lanka merely to create the “Dalistan” for the Tamils of South India so that they can pour in and take it over. The famous saying in Tamil Nadu, India, is “Tamils are in every State but the Tamils do not have a State”.

    You have also asked said, quote “I like to ask the Tamils why they would not like a Sri Lanka where anyone can live any where. – Because You kicked out from 1956 to 1983 and said yanavavo yanda yapanayada !” unquote. The reason is if you remember the Tamils started asking for 50/50 and Federal state right after Independence in 1948. Do you think it is justifiable to have 50/50 or Federal state for a minority group? Do you think any of the countries abroad where there are Tamils will allow it? You Tamils first create trouble then when you get whacked you whine and weep and tell lies and bribe politicians abroad. You got the West to listen to you mainly because those countries foment trouble in all the developing countries to keep them down and poor and malleable. They also want to divide and rule wherever possible so that they can sell arms to both sides. Tamils are supposed to have lost about $5 Billion due to the loss of the ships to Sri Lanka Navy. You also know that the position of the ships was given by USA and India. So who is your friend ? In the end Tamils will have to live amicably with the Singhalese or leave the country. Otherwise you can keep fighting and destroy the place like you did for 30 years.

    You have also said we Hela Demila are different from the Tamil Nadu Tamils. Please tell me in what way are you different. You speak and write the same language, worship the same Hindu Gods, have the same caste system. So what is the difference pray do tell. I am so disgusted by the cheat and deceit of the Tamils that I wish we never had the Island so close to Tamil Nadu.The Dalits who came from South India vented their anger on the poor Sinhalese who only helped them. As Lorenzo said once to Tamils lying, cheat and deceit is like mother’s milk for them. Let us hope the Indian motto “Satyameva Jayate”(“Truth Alone Triumphs”) really is true and that in the end truth triumps. You can always choose to change for the better and be accepted by society anywhere.

  41. SA Kumar Says:

    Cerberus
    There are some facts which are not correct.- please give me a break machang
    even for your argument If I accepted We Are TN Tamil You are saying We came Dutch Time(1505) that is wrong – Dudugamu (Thudda kaimunu)’s finance minister Nanthavarma & Many of his commanders are Tamil according to Mahavamsa(M) this is BC 106 ( 2,000 years ago).
    even King Ravana is Siva devoty please do not tell me he is Bhuddist Sinhala !

    Chola invasions in Sri Lanka. However they were all chased out eventually- all of them ? as Syou are a Sinhala person please tell me your ancister would have chased away all Tamil ? I repeat sample example same Bhuddist Sinhala army We fight against for 33 years gave us cooked 3 meal for 3 years ( in wired fancy ( mullu veli) in own mother land that is different matter) .

    We are only 16 miles away from TN
    eg: My Gran dad told me his father bring Cow ( White big) from TN/Kerala with out ship( they know where sea water is very low) & he had second wife in TN also VP’S Grad dad had second wife in TN.

    LIVE & LET LIVE !!!

  42. Cerberus Says:

    SA KUMAR, I agree. We must live and let live. We should have the island free for anyone to live anywhere. Not like now where the Tamils can live anywhere but the Sinhalese cannot live in the North and East. You know how they killed or chased away all the Sinhala bakers in Jaffna and VP did Genocide on the poor innocent Sinhala villagers in the East. All the little Bhikku Samaneras at Aranthalawa were killed and unborn children too. They decapitated Children (played football with heads), raped young & pregnant women, cut open Pregnant women belly and pulled the unborn child, burnt people alive, introduced Child Soldiers , introduced walking Suicide Bombers , destroyed the financial structure , destroyed farms , burnt down villages etc. They virtually destroyed the country for 30 years. Did a single Tamil apologize for all that to the Sinhalese? Chandrika apologized twice. For all those crimes Tamils will pay for many generations according to laws of Karma. Karma are the mills of God which grind very slowly but exceedingly fine.

    See http://www.terrorinlanka.com. Why was it all done? Because VP wanted a separate state for Tamils when there is already one only 12 miles away. If there is a separate state will the 44% Tamils in Colombo and South move out to the North and East? You people are the biggest hypocrites in the world.

    Regarding the facts I have the copies of Mahavamsa and Chulavamsa. There were no large numbers of Tamils in Sri Lanka until the Dalit Tamils came from South India to work for British, which was in 1805. There were a few here and there but they assimilated with Sinhalese. Tamils arrived in our Sinhala Buddhist nation at different times in the past, from Southern India, basically as invaders, mercenaries, illicit immigrants or ‘kallathonis’ and as laborers in the Dutch and British run commercial plantations, who virtually worked for these foreigners as mere slaves.
    Tamils are a settler community in our motherland. They have no national rights in our Sinhala island nation, known from historical times as Heladiva or Helabima (the island or land of the Sinhala people). It was referred to as Sinhalay in the “Udarata Givisuma” of 1815, or the so called Kandyan Convention of the British. Our short-sighted Sinhala leaders of the post independence era overlooked the legitimate name of the country – Sinhalay which directly implies the national rights of the Sinhala people and the national character and culture of the island. This meaningful name was substituted by the meaningless ‘Sri Lanka’. Tamils have their National rights only in Tamilnadu where their language and culture were born and nurtured. Tamils and their racist TGTE should look for their political future in Tamilnadu and not in Sri Lanka. Our Constitution accords individual rights to all citizens but national rights for the domain of the Sinhala community who form the main-stream community from historical times and who accounted for about 99% of the islands population at the time of arrival in our island of the European colonial powers, at the beginning of the 16th century or some 600 years ago.

  43. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    SA Kumar

    Sinhala people originated from amalgamation of two distinctive groups of settlers, namely the Indian settlers after arrival of Wijeya Sinha of Sinha dynasty with his clan of 500 Bengalese and the local inhabitant called Hela people or the Kuweni’s people.to form a union of Sinha+hela =Sinhela. Both groups used the old Indian language of Prakrit with slightly variations, Sinha people spoke eastern Indian prakrit or Magadhi prakrit while hela people originated from area now called Matur in the western India ( state of Madya Pradesh)and spoke western Indian Prakrit.. Ravana is also originated from the same region but had more linked with north Indian aristocratic family with closely linked to Rama and Seetha clan.

    Sinha people were following old Vedic Hinduism while Hela people gave up that after defeat of Ravan by Rama. Hela people then followed the original version of Veda and worship fire and dead ancestors. Some of the names are still being used by local people as God Natha, Sumana Saman etc in Sri Lanka.

    Even though Buddha has visited Sri Lanka twice, Hela people did not convert to Buddhism until Mahinda’s arrival during the rule of Devanam Piyatissa who had kept regular contact with people in the Madya Pradesh. Even emperor Asoka is called Devanampiyadassi. “Beloved of the Gods” (The identification of Devanampiyadasi with Ashoka was confirmed by an inscription discovered in 1915 by C. Beadon, a British gold-mining engineer, at Maski, a village in Raichur district of Karnataka).

    This close link made emperor Asoka to send his son Mahinda who is son of Devi Vidisha, daughter of a merchant of Vidisha in Madya Pradesh to Sri Lanka to spread Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

    Even though Magadi prakrith and then Pali ( which is the grammetical version of Magadhi Prakrit) had some influence in the development of the modern Sinhala language, Sinhala as a language has originated from the original Hela or Elu language which is a Middle Indo-Iranian language or Prakrit of the 3rd century BCE. R. C. Childers, in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, states:
    [Elu] is the name by which is known an ancient form of the Sinhala language from which the modern vernacular of Ceylon is immediately received, and to which the latter bears is of the same relation that the English of today bears to Anglo-Saxon…The name Elu is no other than Sinhala much succeeded, standing for an older form, Hĕla or Hĕlu, which occurs in some ancient works, and this again for a still older, Sĕla, which brings us back to the Pali Sîhala.[1]
    The Pali scholar Thomas William Rhys Davids refers to Eḷu as “the Prakrit of Ceylon”.[2]

  44. Ananda-USA Says:

    The TULF wants a FEDERAL system based on AS WEAK A CENTRAL GOVERNMENT (aka the Indian Model) as they can GET NOW, so they can secede EASILY and JOIN Tamil Nadu LATER!

    EQUAL RIGHTS don’t require a FEDERAL FORM of Government …. they have EQUAL RIGHTS now under our current UNITARY FORM of Government.

    This DEMAND is a SIMPLY A DEVIOUS SUBTERFUGE to GET SPECIAL RIGHTS that other citizens don’t have in their proto-Eelam now, and set the STAGE for OUTRIGHT SECESSION later!

    Look at the NAME of this TREASONOUS outfit! Tamil United LIBERATION Front!

    LIBERATION from whom? From Sri Lanka of course!

    They have DECLARED their AGENDA in the NAME of their PARTY, like Hitler DECLARED his Nazi AGENDA for the world and for non-Germans in the MEIN KAMPF he wrote in Spandau Prison after the failed beer hall Putsch in Munich in 1923!

    DO WE NEED ANYMORE WARNING of what the TULF WANTS? Or are WE DEAF, DUMB and BLIND to BOOT?

    NEVER, EVER, BUY INTO these DEVIOUS DEMANDS for FEDERALISM; it will SOUND THE DEATH KNELL for Sri Lanka as ONE UNDIVIDED SOVEREIGN Nation!

    …………………………………….
    TULF wants resolution on Indian model

    Kelum Bandara
    DailyMirror.lk
    August 03, 2015

    The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), which is contesting the general election in the northern and eastern provinces except in the Digamadulla district, has advocated a political solution to the national question based on the Indian model of power devolution.

    The TULF led by V. Anandasangari in its manifesto states states that all the ethnic groups should forget their differences and live in peace and harmony based on equal rights.

    It states that a solution based on the Indian model has been welcomed by both the Government and the Opposition.

    The TULF manifesto states that the political proposals of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga can be acclaimed as the best solution ever offered and welcomed by many.

    “According to former Judge R. T. Vicknaraja this proposal was welcomed even by LTTE political advisor Anton Balasingam at the opening of the Kilinochchi Courts in 2002,” the TULF states.

    Meanwhile it said it did not support South Africa being assigned the role of facilitator in the evolution of a political solution. Instead, it looks to India to play a meaningful role.

    “From the time of Indira Gandhi up to the time of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Government had intervened in efforts at resolving the Sri Lankan ethnic issue. It is the Indian Government which rushed helped Sri Lanka with medical teams and other assistance in the event of national disasters like Tsunami, etc. The TULF with all respects to South Africa will insist on India continuing its efforts to resolve the ethnic issue. If not India also will lose nterest,” the manifesto states. (Kelum Bandara)

  45. SA Kumar Says:

    Cerberus
    We-Tamils not settled community in (i)Lanka (i)
    Also vp&co ( we sorry i do not want to scap put all blam to vp as he would not done with out TE contribution )killed and done so many bad to sinhala peple so sinhala bhuddist forces to weTamil may more than since 1956 to 2009.
    All happend is happend forgive & forget
    Live & let live in United (not Unitary now ) mother lanka eventualy Unitray mother lanka for ever .

  46. SA Kumar Says:

    N yoda
    Thank you sinhal bhuddist histry on mother !
    So we both are Kallan thonis but each other kalla thonis !!!

  47. Fran Diaz Says:

    Ananda,

    Your article says it all. Thank you.

    ————-

    The UNITARY state of the island must be maintained. The Lanka land mass is far too small to be divided. It is inevitable that the N&E will be governed by Tamil Nadu rule (more than Indian rule) if such a division ever happens. The demand for the N&E merger by the TNA proves this point.

    After nearly 500 yrs of Colonial rule, the Cold War inspired politics of Lanka and Tamil Caste Wars, teh JVP uprisings and the LTTE terrorism of 30 yrs., the Sinhala Nation must ASSERT itself NOW to keep the island homeland undivided.

  48. Ananda-USA Says:

    Fran Diaz,

    Thank you …. You and I are on the same wavelength …. As always! :)

  49. Ananda-USA Says:

    And President Mahinda Rajapaksa has HEARD our CONCERNS & PLEAS. He VOWS NOT TO LEAVE ANY ROOM for Enemies to Divide our Motherland.

    Do we NEED any more REASONS to VOTE HIM INTO POWER with a Landslide Victory that will REVERBERATE through the AGES?

    He has DONE HIS PART; now it is UP TO US Patriots to do OURS!

    Let us SEND A MESSAGE to the Foreign Powers, the Tamil Eelamist Diaspora and the Ungrateful Treacherous Anti-Nationalists of Sri Lanka that will BURN THEIR EARS!

    JAYAWEWA Dehapremini! JAYAWEWA!
    …………………………
    Former Sri Lankan leader vows not to leave any room to divide the country

    Aug 03, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapakse says that his alliance United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will stand for a country which establishes the right of all ethnic groups to venerate a religion of their choice.

    He made these remarks addressing the national unity conference held at the Viharamahadevi outdoor theatre today where 64 national organizations have signed a national convention.

    Mr Rajapaksa said that certain groups are trying to destroy national unity by presenting federal opinions and stressed that no room will be allowed to divide the country.

    Addressing an UPFA election rally at Kalutara North this evening Mr. Rajapaksa said programs will be introduced to generate 1.5 million job opportunities to address the unemployment faced by the youth. He also disclosed that prices of essential goods will be reduced to provide relief for the public. Rajapaksa further said no one was able to prove allegations leveled against him true.

    According to independent political analysts in Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa’s popularity is waning despite his assurances. They estimate that out of the 5.8 million voted for him at the presidential election around 1-5 -2 million have become disenchanted with him.

    However, that group may not necessarily vote for the United National Party either, the analysts believe. Majority of that group of voters are expected to vote for the Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna at the upcoming elections.

  50. Ananda-USA Says:

    As we saw in the defeat by the Minorities of the UPFA Government of Sri Lanka on January 8, 2015, these Minorities, EGGED ON & FUNDED by FOREIGN POWERS to serve Foreign Interests against the National Interest, NOW serve as FIFTH COLUMNS and PROXIES within the country.

    NOW, they have acquired to ability to OVERTURN popular governments supported by the Majority of the Citizens of a Country, by DOMINATING the MEDIA and INCESSANTLY DISSEMINATING False Anti-National Propaganda.

    We saw this not only in Sri Lanka, but in the so-called “Arab Spring” that destabilized, overturned and sowed UTTER CHAOS in a large number of TARGETED countries, PITTING CITIZENS AGAINST EACH OTHER. This is the NEW FACE of Neo-Colonialism … the Bible and the Sword of yesterday’s Colonialists, has now transformed into the Bible, the Internet and the UN/ICC of today!

    Patriotic Majority communities in third world nations have to BECOME ACUTELY AWARE of the NEW STRATEGIES & TOOLS being DEPLOYED by Foreigners to more effectively use their OLD TROJAN HORSES, and RESEARCH & DEVELOP new NATIONAL DEFENSES needed to COMBAT and FRUSTRATE these moves, moves which THREATEN to RE-ENSLAVE third world countries to the Neo-Colonial Yoke!

  51. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Un-Patriotic Party is at the ROOT of ALL EVIL in Sri Lanka. Desperate to GRAB POWER at ALL COSTS, the UNP sells the Motherland to ALL COMERS ….. ESPECIALLY the Tiger Nominated Agents (TNA) screaming for an Eelam carved out from Sri Lanka, the Muslims wanting their own Islamic State in the East, and Foreigners wanting a Pliable SLAVE STATE for Missionary conversions!

    Yes, INDEED President Mahinda Rajapaksa;s EFFORTS restoring SRi Lanka’s SOVEREIGNTY is bein UNDERMINED EVERY DAY that the Yamapalanaya Government REMAINS in POWER!

    Embala Deshapremi Sinhalayeni ….. OUST ALL of these DESPICABLE TRAITORS from Parliament on August 17, 2015 and SEND THEM HOME … FOREVER!

    ………………………..
    Rajapaksa Fears Undoing of His Work in Ending LTTE’s Campaign

    Aug 04 (PTI) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) of working to undo his legacy by working hand in glove with the main Tamil minority party TNA.

    “I do not know what agreements have been worked out between the two parties. I fear if the country would see separation as a result,” he told an election rally here.

    The former president is running for a seat in the parliament in the election scheduled for August 17.

    Rajapaksa is making an attempt to retain his support base in the majority Sinhala community who favoured him for his military campaign which ended the LTTE’s over three-decade-old separatist war in 2009.

    “I unified the country,” Rajapaksa said referring to his military campaign which crushed the LTTE.

    The Tamil separatist group was running a parallel administration in the north and east of the island which they said were areas of historic Tamil habitat.

    Rajapaksa also targeted the TNA manifesto in which the Tamil party sought a mandate from Tamils to a federal form of solution based on Tamil right for self determination.

    He riled the UNP’s theme of its election manifesto, “A new country in 60 months”.

    “It will be a new country indeed without the north and east,” Rajapaksa quipped.

    Rajapaksa, who was ousted as president in the presidential election held in January, had taken the unprecedented step to run for parliament.

    None of his predecessors entered parliament after spending their presidential terms.

    Ethnic Tamils constitute about 15 per cent of Lanka’s population, but could emerge as the kingmakers if the majority Sinhalese community is split between the two major parties.

    Ethnic Tamils have historically favoured adequate devolution of power to the north and east regions which were ravaged by three-decades of bloody armed conflict.

    Rajapaksa, 69, who was unexpectedly defeated by his own deputy Maithripala Sirisena in snap presidential polls, has resisted all Tamil demands for autonomy.

    Sirisena dissolved Parliament last month and called fresh elections for the 225-member body on August 17 after the coalition he cobbled together with Wickremesinghe struggled to pass promised reforms in the parliament, where it lacked a majority.

  52. Ananda-USA Says:

    MORE ELECTION GUNDU’s by the Un-Patriotic Party!

    Ever since the Yamapalanaya Govt got elected, they have been SUPPORTING the TNA to achieve its Eelamist Goals. First a Proto-Eelam and then OUTRIGHT SECESSION! ANYTHING to help them REMAIN IN POWER!

    In CONTRAST, the UPFA waged the WAR OF LIBERATION that DEFEATED THE LTTE UTTERLY, and RESTORED Sri Lanka’s TERRITORIAL UNITY and Sovereignty.

    NOW, the Un-Patriotic Party (UNP) wants us to believe them when they say …. just before the Parliamentary Elections … that the UNP too is against Federalism! DO WE BELIEVE THEM? HELL NO … NOT UNTIL HELL BOILS OVER!

    This UNELECTED Yamapalanaya Govt, that violated the Constitution by gaining power through the back door … DOES NOT SPEAK for Sri Lanka! It is MERELY a STOOGE and a PUPPET of the Minority Communities and Neo-Colonial Foreign Powers!

    MARK MY WORDS …. if the UNP remains in POWER for 5 years, at the end of that period Sri Lanka WILL NOT BE ONE COUNTRY, but a PATCHWORK of ETHNO-RELIGIOUS Bantustans, ONE of which will be goverened from Tamil Nadu, India!

    There is not ONE DROP of Patriotic Blood left in the Leadership of the Un-Patriotic Party! They will SELL our Motherland to its ENEMIES!

    ………………………………….
    Major Sri Lankan parties reject TNA’s demand for federalism

    Aug 04 (Hindu) Major political parties in Sri Lanka have flatly rejected the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)’s demand for federalism.

    The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA); United National Party (UNP)-led United National Front for Good Governance and the Janatha Vimukthi Perumana (JVP) have, in unison, said the demand, if accepted, would lead to division of the country.

    “Certain terms” will be interpreted to convey “different meanings” in Sri Lanka, said Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, general secretary of the SLFP. Federalism is one of them and “if you say federalism, people would think you are for separatism”, he added. The TNA has stated in its manifesto that power sharing arrangements must be established based on a federal structure, as they existed during the merger of Northern and Eastern Provinces. At the time of the manifesto’s launch, the Alliance leader R. Sampanthan had expressed hope that the major political parties in the country would accept the demand. Dinesh Gunawardena, leader of the Mahajana Eksath Perumana, one of the constituents of the UPFA, said the concept of federalism was “old”, and blamed the TNA for “trying to create an issue, which has settled”. Besides, by raising the demand, the Alliance has made a “huge negative statement”.

    D.M. Swaminathan, a UNP leader and the Rehabilitation Minister, said his party is for a unitary State.

    It is keen on turning Jaffna, the capital of the Northern Province, into a modern city with all facilities. The UNP manifesto has stated that devolution of powers can take place after taking the consent of all stakeholders.

    Vijitha Herath, a JVP spokesperson, said the TNA, which had raised the demand at the time of election to in Northern Provincial Council two years ago, has done it again to get votes as parliamentary polls are due this month. This is being used by “chauvinistic political parties” in southern parts of the country to seek votes from the Sinhala Buddhist community. “It is not healthy,” he added.

    While Mr. Yapa said devolution can take place under the 13 Constitutional Amendment, Mr. Gunawardena stated he was for participatory democracy – strengthening local bodies and ensuring people’s participation at grassroots levels.

  53. Fran Diaz Says:

    NMY,

    Many scholars are of the opinion that the Ramayana is an ALLEGORICAL spiritual tale. In the story, there is a ten headed demon king (Ravana of Lanka) and a monkey army (of Hanuman) to support the theory that it is indeed an ALLEGORICAL tale, and not possible in real life, even thousands of years ago. It is possible that there was a King in India by the name of Rama and the ALLEGORICAL tale is woven around him.

    I might add that Seetha Eliya & Seetha Gangula means in Sinhala Cold Light & Cold Stream, and does not refer to “Sita” the Queen of Rama. “Seetha” should be really called “Seethala”, to avoid confusion.

    ————-

    The other Epic Tale of India, the Mahabharata, is also an ALLEGORICAL spiritual tale. Mercifully, in that story the battle is in Kurukshethra, India, and there is no mention of Lanka !

  54. Ananda-USA Says:

    I was born to a strong Buddhist family of 8 children and was educated in a leading Anglican Christian school by the sea in Colombo. I received my Buddhist religious education in Sunday school and at our local temple, although no one was more influential in that area than the elders (parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts) in my own family. Although Buddhist, we were always encouraged to be kind to, and inclusive of, our non-Buddhist neighbors, exchanging food, gifts and visits with them on religious holidays and significant family events. On the whole, it was a wonderful wholesome upbringing.

    Many of my childhood friends were Christians (both Protestant and Catholic), and included Tamils (Christian and Hindu) and Muslims. I also had many Catholic batchmates who attended eFac at Peradeniya with me.

    They are STILL my dear friends, but the politics that led to DAY OF INFAMY on January 8, 2015, and my own personal discussion during that period with others, were a real shock to me.

    It showed me, BEYOND ANY DOUBT, that of the minority communities n Sri Lanka, not even the Christian community, that I thought had integrated itself into the mainnstream Buddhist fabric, could be relied upon to help preserve the nation.

    We, as a nation, have still not TRANSCENDED our communal affiliations and adapted to, and adopted, the view of being ONE INSEPARABLE people, in ONE INDIVISIBLE country, sharing ONE NATIONAL destiny, in a society that banishes communal diversity solely to the personal and private sphere, and does not consider it in how we govern our country. We are STILL INCURABLY communal!

    In general, my Christian friends tend to follow the guidance, really clerical directives, that they receive from the PULPIT. When it comes to politics, they do not identify with the Buddhist majority. Why they have not been able to do so … I don’t know and it saddens me. Why they cannot, or will not, espouse the aims of the larger Buddhist community, that is CLEARLY WILLING to ACCEPT THEM as fellow citizens without any differentiation on the basis of religion …. I don’t know. That too saddens and depresses me.

    Nevertheless, I am CONVINCED the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka should maintain its tolerance of the minority communities, according to our Buddhist tradition of compassion and tolerance, while exercising DUE DILIGENCE in taking ALL THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS to defend itself and cut off at the pass ALL attempts of the minority communities to dominate Sri Lanka’s government and economy, become kingmakers, and to alter the religious demography of Sri Lanka through conversions.

    If we MAINTAIN that POSTURE of TOLERANCE combined with DEFENSES, DECADES, perhaps a CENTURY from now, the minorities WILL GIVE UP THOSE ATTEMPTS at a separatist exclusive existence, and will adjust to being ordinary citizens of the nation, with ONLY the same EQUAL RIGHTS as the Buddhist citizen, and NOT ONE IOTA MORE. That is the very DEFINITION of DEMOCRACY, isn’t it?

    To ACHIEVE that end, the GOSL must take all legal and administrative measures necessary to prevent Foreign Powers from INTERFERING and DESTABILIZING Sri Lanka’s internal society and governance.

    Only a TRULY PATRIOTIC Government with broad support of the Buddhist community, would have the MOTIVATION and the MANDATE to so ACT.

    At the present time, only the UPFA GOSL can be that government. No government led by the current YAMAPALANAYA JUNTA of the Un-Patriotic Party (UNP) and its assorted TREASONOUS collaborators and GREEDY co-conspirators can play that role in Sri Lanka, EVER!

    On August 17, 2015 the DESIRED CHANGE will come to pass with an Electoral TUSNAMI that wash out the TRAITORS and USHER in the PATRIOTS into National Governance!

    We can then RESUME the FORWARD MARCH of our Resplendent Verdant Isle towards becoming the New Wonder of Asia with a RENEWED Purpose and Dedication! Jayawewa, Sri Lanka!

  55. Dilrook Says:

    Fran:

    Quote – The other Epic Tale of India, the Mahabharata, is also an ALLEGORICAL spiritual tale. Mercifully, in that story the battle is in Kurukshethra, India, and there is no mention of Lanka !

    To my little knowledge, there is the mentioning of Lanka and the Sinhala people/army in Mahabharata. Sinhala army participated in the Great War Kurukshethra. They were on the losing side. They also took part in the Rajasurya sacrifice which followed. Historians estimate the time of the War to be around 1,000BC, long before 543BC when Wijaya and the crowd arrived.

    Ravana story has some truth in it as recorded in ancient texts. According to estimates based on Rajavaliya, Ravana died in 2,387BC (1,844 years before Buddha’s passing).

  56. Fran Diaz Says:

    Dilrook,

    Thanks for interesting response.

    If the Sinhalese fought in the Kurukshethra war and lost, and Vijaya came to Lanka later :

    Does this mean that the “Sinhalese” were in Lanka long before Vijaya’s group landed here ?

    I am not an expert on the Mahavansa, Rajavaliya etc. and this is the first time I heard your version of the story.

    Also, Rama and Ravana may have been real people, but the story is an ALLEGORICAL one, meant to illustrate the Mind vs the Heart battles, the eternal forces of conflict in Hindu Teachings. A Ten headed demon king, a monkey army, plus a host of magical events in the story, are hard to accept as real.

  57. Fran Diaz Says:

    Ananda,

    Thank you for expressing so sincerely and clearly what you feel about the current situation in Sri Lanka. We (myself & my family and like minded friends) agree with those sentiments you express so well.

    —————-

    I cannot help but think that mainly if Tamil Nadu settles down re their Caste discrimination issues, then most of Lanka socio-ecnomic issues would also get resolved peacefully and the call for Separatism will fade away. Also look to the emancipation of the estate Tamil sector through use of machines for tea plucking and moving workers out of the estate line rooms.

    We have to be mindful that there are plenty of red herrings laid out to distract us from the real problems Lankans face today.

    Tamil Nadu is the area that is ready to supply MILLIONS TO BE CONVERTED (Tamils of Dalit orign) to Lanka. Coming to Lanka illegally and getting converted to lose Caste has gone on for hundreds of years.

    In a crisis situation, such CONVERTED people will be loyal to the “head offices” of those religions i.e. Vatican if Catholic, Saudi if Muslim, Britain if Anglican, America if Evangelists (Born Again), and so on. Thus the feeling of Neo-Colonisation is very real for Buddhist Lankans. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/1956cartoon9.jpg

    To do :

    * As such, concerned Sri Lankans ought to watch Tamil Nadu politics closely and act accordingly in order to protect the integrity of Lanka. Calling TN politicos a ‘set of jokers’ and brushing it all aside will not do. TN politicos too are trapped in a 3,000 yr old Caste system tied to the Hindu religion.
    * Also, Lanka has to look after her own Sinhala/Buddhists in the villages so that they will not convert to other religions in order to grow.

  58. Fran Diaz Says:

    Editor,

    The web address for a cartoon in my entry above came through on its own ! Please remove it. Sorry.

  59. Cerberus Says:

    This is the executive summary page of a UN report on “Dalits in India and Nepal: Policy options for improving Social inclusion in education”. This gives an idea of the magnitude of the problem and why Sri Lanka has to be very aware of the Dalits in India and their problems. If they really want to solve the problem all India has to do is to remove the caste of parents on the birth certificates.

    Executive Summary
    Dalits are a particular caste group found in South Asia, largely in Nepal and India, where the
    manifestation of their social exclusion is very similar. For Dalits (the term meaning downtrodden
    or oppressed), their status as ‘untouchables’ puts them at the heart of an insidious form
    of discrimination and social unacceptability.
    In both Nepal and India, suffer educational disadvantage. In Nepal, Dalits are poorer than most
    other social groups.1 In India, scheduled caste (SC) children remain disadvantaged across many
    social indicators. There has been a significant increase in overall literacy rates and school
    participation rates across the country since the early 1990s. Gender and social disparities have
    also declined with an overall increase in school attendance. However, disparities still exist.
    According to a UNICEF supported Baseline Survey in India, there are significant disparities in
    attendance rates and also learning achievements between children from scheduled caste and other
    castes. Dalits lag behind other social groups in terms of educational attainment in Nepal also.
    Reasons for the exclusion of Dalits include insufficient education facilities, poor teaching
    methods and discriminatory attitudes towards Dalits by teachers and children of other caste
    groups. Limited and inequitable distribution of budget affects the poor (and thus many Dalits)
    more, and their exclusion from savings and credit schemes has further increased their poverty.
    Additional factors in Nepal have been the effects of the conflict and the fragmentation of the
    Dalit movement.
    Governments of both Nepal and India have anti-discriminatory laws, the main problem being the
    lack of enforcement. Targeted financial allocations to districts in India with high numbers of
    scheduled caste children, and scholarships to Dalit children in Nepal and India, have been
    implemented. However coverage is an issue. The problem analysis shows that while certain
    universal measures are useful and necessary for enabling Dalit children to enrol and complete
    primary education, they are by no means sufficient. Dalits are not only disadvantaged by
    poverty, but also by social exclusion from civil and political processes, and other forms of social
    interaction. It is therefore helpful to place this group very firmly in a social exclusion framework
    in order to articulate their very special needs and to develop policies to meet them.
    Based on relevant global evidence and the notion of intentional action by certain groups to limit
    opportunities for others, the paper concludes that three layers of policy options are needed:
    universal policies which might improve the enrolment and completion of Dalits and others;
    special measures for disadvantaged children; and particular special measures for Dalits which
    address the relational aspect of deprivation. Finally, one of the lessons from India has been that
    piecemeal approaches, which only address one element of exclusion, have limited success.
    Therefore, there is a need for a comprehensive approach which addresses all the barriers to
    access simultaneously.
    1 Bennett, Lynn (2005). Caste and Ethnicity-based Inequality in Poverty Outcomes: A Preliminary Exploration of NLSS I & II. A
    presentation made on 12 May 2005.
    iii

  60. Cerberus Says:

    Dilrook,
    This is the first time I heard that Sinhalese were fighting on Kurukshestra. I believe the Sinhalese were even not there that far back. Can you please give the reference of the document which says that we were there.

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