Resettling Puttlam Muslims in Mannar is right
Posted on April 24th, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage

There is widespread condemnation of clearance of the precious Wilpattu National Park to resettle Muslim IDPs.

If the allegation is true, the last two governments (2010 – 2019), and the ex-Muslim Minister who is in the centre of the allegation, have committed a serious offence. 

News emanating from the North now shows that that the Muslim IDPs have been resettled in Mannar District.  Given that Wilpattu is primarily located in the Puttlam and Anuradhapura Districts, if this news is correct, it is a great comfort for those who love Wilpattu. 

Nobody wants Wilpattu – a national treasure and perhaps a World Heritage, to be disturbed in any form or the other.

It is of paramount importance that further in-depth investigation about this is carried out.

Why is it that resettling the Puttlam Muslims in Mannar a good thing?

Puttlam is part of the North Western Province and Mannar is in the Northern Province.

When Prabhakaran chased out Muslims from the North (primarily from Jaffna) in 1980s and 1990s, there were in excess of 1 lakh of them living there permanently.

Prabhakaran was engaged in ethnic cleansing. He wanted the North and East to be confined to Tamils only.

Many of those Muslims went and lived in refugee camps in Anuradhapura and Puttlam.  Some went to live with relatives in Kurunegala, Negambo and Colombo.

After the war, some of them were resettled in the North (primarily in Mannar district). 

To preserve Sri Lanka as one Nation, it is of paramount importance that Sinhalese and Muslims live in large numbers in the North. 

North and East is a large area of Sri Lanka. It is about 1/3 of Sri Lanka’s total landmass and 2/3 of the coastal area. Separatists have not given up their desire to create a Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.  The country still suffers from that threat (not militarily anymore). Thus, we need large Sinhala and Muslim populations living in the North and East.

Now is Sri Lanka’s ‘Populate or Perish’ moment.

TalaiMannar is Sri Lanka’s prime Gateway. From time immemorial, South Indians have used this Gateway to invade Sri Lanka (and we successfully chased them back, through the same Gateway).

If Mannar District is confined only to Tamils (like largely today), it is probable that eventually the North will secede.  Wigneswaran and TNA are trying all tricks in the book to achieve this.

There are over 60 million Tamils living in Thamilnadu.  Given that TalaiMannar is about 25 km away from Sri Lanka, Tamil separatists will do all they can to carve out a separate Tamil Eelam out of Northern Sri Lanka.  This could only be prevented by allowing non-Tamils (Muslims and Sinhalese), who do not want the creation of a separate nation in the North, to settle there.

Corono Virus is in a serious situation in India. There is a likelihood that Thamilnadu Tamils may flee to Sri Lanka to escape the pandemic. Northern Tamils may have no alternative but to accept them. If there are Muslims and Sinhalese living in the North, it will be very difficult for such illegal migration to take place.

The same rationale applies in curbing illegal fishing by Thamilnadu fishermen in our coastal waters.

During the Eelam war, Muslims worked to preserve Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Muslim military men such as Nizam Muthalff, Tuan Nizam Dane and MZR Sallay come to mind; they gave their lives for mother Lanka.

The bottom-line is that Muslims have never demanded a separate state, only the Tamils.

Muslims have a better chance of living in the North, and this must be encouraged (the fact that they speak Tamil is an advantage).

It is believed that when the Sinhalese were ethnically cleansed by Prabhakaran in late 1970s to early 1990s, there were at least 50,000 Sinhalese permanently living in the Northern Province (including the Sinhala public servants). 

For nearly 65 years, the Sinhalese have been denied from settling in the North and East by Tamil politicians.   This has been a systematic, very successful campaign by them. The irony is that both the Southern politicians (except DS Senanayake) and Sinhalese as a community, have not shown the need to change this racist policy.

Today, the number of Sinhalese families permanently living in the North should be less than 1500; disregarding a further 2000 or so Sinhalese families that live from Nandimithragama to Janaka Pura, largely in Vavuniya South and East. These villages include Nandimithragama, Salalihinigama, Namalgama, Bogaswewa I and II, Veherathenna. Welioya, HelambaWewa and Janaka Pura.

The writer understands that according to the Delimitation Commission recommendations (set up by the previous President in 2017), about 1200 Sinhalese villages in the Northern Province (Vavuniya South Pradeshiya Sabha) may end up being reallocated to North Central Province. The affected villages would include Namalgama, Bogaswewa I and II, Veherathenna.

It is feared that Sinhapura and HelambaWewa villages (Padavi-Sri Pura and  Muhudu-Bada Patthuwa Pradeshiya Sabhas respectively), that are currently part of the Eastern Province may end up being reallocated to North Central Province.

There is the fear that Grama Sevaka divisions of Athawetunu Wewa, Kiriibban Wewa and Kokilai, that are currently in the Eastern Province (Sampath Nuwara Pradeshiya Sabha) may be reallocated to North Central Province (to Padavi Sri Pura Pradeshiya Sabha).

If these proposed re-allocations eventuate, the Sinhala populations in the North and East will be further eroded.  Their numbers in the North Central Province will increase. Then, the Separatists will have a greater claim both locally and internationally that their demand for a Tamil Eelam is just and fair.

4 Responses to “Resettling Puttlam Muslims in Mannar is right”

  1. aloy Says:

    “During the Eelam war, Muslims worked to preserve Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Muslim military men such as Nizam Muthalff, Tuan Nizam Dane and MZR Sallay come to mind; they gave their lives for mother Lanka.”

    Not so. SL army could have easily won without them. They obviously had other ideas.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    So you want a baby farm in Mannar as well. Settle fastest breeding religion aka religion of violence followers, they
    will straight away goes into baby production and in no time whole place will be awash with mussies. Fastest
    breeding religion mussies converted old Buddhist iran, afganisthan, pakisthan, bangladesh, malaysia and
    indonesia within a few hundred years of their arrival in those countries. The natives didn’t know until the
    breeders multiplied and multiplied and turned up on their doorsteps to murder them.

    The dirty, disgusting, subhuman trick worked in the olden days since people didn’t have a clue since there was
    no tv, phone etc. those days. Today, in this connected world people going to find out straightaway and fight
    back to save their livelihoods. The trick was tried recently in
    Buddhist Myanmar, after mussies crept over the border from bangladesh and multiplied and multiplied and
    when the numbers are high enouogh started murdering Buddhists to wrestle control. Unfortunately for the
    mussies Myanmar had a patriotic leader and the breeders fled 100s of 1000s of children coming out of their ears. When the take over project don’t work, of course they will mostly try to get into non mussie countries. Then? Of course, once you get a foothold starts the breeding programme.

    Sinhalese couples working and struggle to bring up one child, while mussies mostly doing businesses have
    wife(ves) staying at home keep churning out 1 vote every year. Automatic birth control for the Sinhalese, baby boom for the mussies. To make things worse Singala munia shops in lebbes shop saying mudalali is so nice and
    he quietly add/spray some sterile agents to food/clothes (bonus). Then lebbe would say ‘yapila maathiya
    yemeda koronowa’ Singala munia famous for being gullible believe every word and happily part with his cash
    only to find out later he is firing blanks. Hope you won’t be writing this sort of BS in future which jeopardise
    the Sinhalese race, Sri Lanka and Buddhism and future generations of Sinhalese children. Anti Sinhalese, anti
    Buddhist, anti Sri Lanka, Mother Lanka dismembering, minority worshiping GooandPee aka UNPatriotic_rats
    have done irreparable damage during the past 40 years. It will take generations to repair the damage. Sinhalese
    should at least get together now and try to save their country and the Sinhalese race before it is too late.

    Covd-19 probably the curse of the animals who give their lives by millions on daily basis to fill stomachs of the
    worst creature on the planet, two legged creatures. All the problems the world facing today is due to population
    explosion and religions of conveniences which don’t regard sins as sins and encourage people to resort to all sort
    of misdeeds. Two legged will run a mile at the first sight of danger to their lives. Animals? Oh that’s our food and
    we pray every day and our god is fine with it. This is what the cheat yourself mythical gods teach them only to
    pay for the sins in their next 100s of 1000s of lifetimes. Science has shown when people curse, it sends ‘bad
    energy’ in wave forms and this could seriously harm the culprit. That’s the reason most mass murderers get
    punished for their crimes. LK porisada, barrel man hitler mala paharan, hitler, gadaffi, sad man hussein etc. etc.
    Ditta dhamma vedaniya kamma.

    Science buried mythical gods nearly 2 centuries ago. Still
    money keep them alive since they are religions of conveniences. WW1, WW2, 1918 Spanish flu etc. etc. which
    killed millions gods no show. Now Covid-19 no sign of them again. Why? They are all man made. There are
    planets 100 million LIGHT YEARS away etc. God created the earth the size of a grain of sand! Why people look different? Why we have flies, mosquitoes etc. etc. Why? People should live in the 21st century and be kind to
    the environment and be kind to other living things, just like The Buddha preached. Otherwise Covid-19 won’t be
    the last to hit the crafty, uncaring, dishonest, greedy, selfish (not all by the way) since environment is the one choosing who should live and who should perish (Darwin’s Natural Selection Theory). Also stop having too many children which is also a major factor in today’s problems!

  3. aloy Says:

    Please watch the heartbreaking story of Malwathu Oya, basin which nurtured the ancient Sinhala civilization. Their kings ruled it with Dasaraja Dharma and made it the granary of the East. South Indians encroached the gateway, just like what they are doing to Colombo today aided and abetted by our foolish rulers. Today we have lost Colombo too. Anyway there is no reason for us to justify the hand over it on a platter to prevent another minority group taking it over.


  4. Chanaka B Says:

    Aloy, I never stated that Mannar or North should be handed on a platter to Muslims. The situation is more complex; read the article please. I emphasized the need for the Sinhalese to live in those areas. Your Malwathuoya video is fine.

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