Question of Indian Tamils & Ceylon Tamils & Disenfranchisement
Posted on January 20th, 2021

There is much hue and cry over allegations of post-independent Sri Lanka disenfranchising Indian Tamils. Let us therefore address this question directly.

Sri Lanka was illegally invaded and occupied by 3 western European countries from 1505 – the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.

These colonial invaders followed a policy of divide and rule – dividing the natives so they were kept busy while the colonials plundered our wealth.

The colonial invaders began many plantation projects and when the natives were too proud to work on them, they brought in indentured laborers mostly from South India. It is these South Indian laborers brought by the colonials who are referred to as Indian Tamils. They were not asked to come to Sri Lanka by the natives, they were forcibly brought to Sri Lanka by the colonials and made to live & work in Sri Lanka. If anyone should look after their welfare it is the colonials who dragged them from their homes in South India and dumped them in Sri Lanka to work. If the Sri Lankan kings or leaders had brought these South Indian laborers, then certainly they must look after them, but when they were brought by colonials, isn’t it they who should have looked into their rights at the time of independence?

None of the countries to which these Tamils were transported during colonial rule wanted them or even asked for them.

By independence in 1948, Sri Lanka had over 1million Indian Tamil indentured laborers. The total population of the country was 8million.

It is not the fault of Ceylon/Sri Lanka that these Indians were treated as aliens, with no right of asylum. That was how the British wanted their status to be. The British only spoke for their rights when they were preparing to leave Sri Lanka.

As for the name Ceylon Tamils, this too entered the books only in 1911 when Ponnambalam Arunachalam became Registrar General and compiled the National Census report in 1911.

Before 1911 there were no people called Ceylon Tamils. It was an artificially created name.

An article by Dilrook Kannangara titled ‘Wigneswaran should know eelam (Ceylon) Tamil ethnicity is only 105 years old” draws attention to how the British created an artificial ethnic group called Ceylon Tamils in 1911Before 1911 there was no ethnic group called Ceylon Tamils (it is identical to how the British created Rohingya issue in Myanmar).

Any Tamil born in Sri Lanka or those born in India became Ceylon Tamils in 1911.

What has to be understood from this is that the TNA and LTTE diaspora usage of ‘disenfranchisement’ of Tamils in reality referring to these coolies brought by the colonials from South India to Sri Lanka were only brought for colonial benefit and thus if anyone should be looking after them or providing citizenship to them it is no one else but the Dutch & the British. This whole argument of disenfranchisement is invalid and incorrect and we hope the UN & international community realize this and not fall for the TNA LTTE Diaspora traps by quoting disenfranchisement in their records. Some truths are hard to swallow.

Shenali D Waduge

5 Responses to “Question of Indian Tamils & Ceylon Tamils & Disenfranchisement”

  1. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    We have become prisoners in our own land thanks to:
    parangis who brought their religion of convenience and divided the Sinhalese. Today, most of them have no allegiance
    to their own race.

    dutch rascals did the most damage by bringing the never happy, never enough, never a good word, never Sri
    Lankan, ever south indian where their hearts and minds are tamils from tn to work in tobacco plantations. Today, they
    all claim to have a homeland (without ancient tamil brick older than 400 years to substantiate their bogus claim), exclusively for them only while living all over the country comfortably, enjoying more benefits than the native Sinhalese.

    then british brought more of the same from tn to work in tea plantations. Today, they too aspire for a greater drealam,
    but keeping a low profile since the foreigners are landlocked while waiting for a corridor is developed to connect to the N&E. We have to thank traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) thambi mudiyanselage jr@ for giving them citizenship to 650,000+ who were prepared to go back VOLUNTARILY under Sirima-Shasthri Pact. Ever the traitor jr@ destroyed the up country as well for the Sinhalese. Today, those must be numbering 3-4 millions or even more.

    Then 1000s of kallathonis crossed the waters in the 60s to save their lives from the severe famine in tn and settle
    down in the coastal belt. Today, they too are natives with 1000s of years of history knowing divided Sinhalese are
    easy prey.

    Since SWRD left UNPatriotic_rats party, GooandPee relied heavily on tamils, mussie and catholics votes to get into
    power and in turn promoted them at the expense of the Sinhalese Buddhists. Fastest breeding religion aka religion of
    mussies used this opportunity to produce votes (baby farms) at an industrial scale and today, Sinhalese Buddhists
    are increasingly becoming helpless in their own land. Even the Government which is supposed to be Buddhists
    supporting have become estranged thanks to these baby farm votes. I recently heard one traitor mussie had a baby
    farm in Wattala with 80 children from several wives. Of course no Sinhalese deshapaluwa going to open their gob to
    protest fearing losing mussie baby farm votes.

    Iran, afganisthan, pakisthan, bangladesh, malayasia and indonesia used to be Buddhist countries before the fastest
    breeding relgion mussies arrived in those countries with their with their baby machine wives. They multiplied and multiplied and outnumbered (murdered) the natives and made them all mussie countries within a few hundred years.
    Sri Lanka is also going down that path fast with the help of traitor Sinhalese deshapaluwas.

    Traitor alugousuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) thambi mudiyanselage jr@,
    traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) maranasinha porisada LK r@,
    traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists only) die hard catholic token Buddhist Batalande wa(n)dakaya r@ni_leech,
    traitor modaya puppet vairapala sorry sena
    traitor modaya sunken eyed maransinha porisada LK jr@ from samagi jana baluwegaya (dog speed)
    all did their utmost to destroy the Sinhalese race, Sri Lanka and Buddhism.

    Today, Sinhalese have become helpless in their own land thanks to these traitor deshapaluwas. We can not forget
    what MR and co also did to promote baby farmers. This in my opinion was the pay back for mussie countries bailing
    him out the UNHCR and crafty two faced mussies used that to their full advantage. Again thanks to thambi
    mudiyanselage jr@ for creating the racist, Mother Lanka-dismembering, bogs asylum seekers who fled the country to
    escape from catholic tigers of tamil drealam barrel man hitler mala paharan’s forced conscriptions. Current regime’s
    softly softly approach towards the mussie baby farmers also due to the impending diasporats’ cat’s paw UNHCR actions
    I think.

    Sinhalese Buddhists should take action before it’s too late. Ask these colonial powers who destroyed our beautiful
    country to at least leave us alone without stooping to low levels for diasporats’ votes. That’s the least they can do since
    they owe us so much for destroying our beautiful country and a proud race with a 1000s of years’ history. Sinhalese should start an online petition to send these undesirables who are never Sri Lankan, never grateful, never trustworthy foreigners who are getting ready to kill us all before we all get destroyed. After all Mr Modi asked all indians to come home now and waiting. START A PETITION NOW TO SAVE THE SINHALESE RACE AND SRI LANKA! DO IT NOW!

  2. aloy Says:

    AS,
    “parangis who brought their religion of convenience and divided the Sinhalese. Today, most of them have no allegiance
    to their own race.”

    The above is an absolute lie. I am yet to come across a single Sinhala Christian or Catholic who are traitorous to this nation. There are senior military officers from these communities who have fought for us during the Eelam war. So, stop dividing the already divided Sinhalese on party lines. And this is the time to find ways of standing against the enemy.

    It looks as if this time both North and East are going to give a fight ogether to the Sinhalese. So, to my mind what Hon. Sarath W is going to do is a sensible thing. We should make the military training to all under 18 for both men and women compulsory. The ex-UNPers (the Pamankada/Alimankada set) are saying this and that. But this has to be done. If there isn’t enough resources as Fony says, start at least from selected Government schools in the rural areas. Fony has forgotten that he was knocked out by Indians when he wanted to increase the defence force by 300,000 or so.
    Therefore the Ministers proposal is commendable and it should be implemented ASAP.

    Remember in WWII even Hitler could not do any thing to Switzerland because that country had a trained fighting force of close to a million men when he was contemplating of invading that country. And that was the only deterrent they had. If we have a million even India will think twice before making any threats like what they seem to be doing.

  3. aloy Says:

    Now, many of our politicos of opposition complaining that India is not sending the Vaccine to us, as if thousands are dying without them. But look carefully and see the problem. There are no “diaspora” from any of these countries.

  4. aloy Says:

    Commenting further, it looks like BBC is going to town with diaspora, this morning. What they painfully lost in 2009 in Nandikadal seems to have been gained elsewhere. Perhaps this can be a problem for our ‘big brother’ too.

  5. Ratanapala Says:

    Thank you Shenali, for keeping the conversation alive. We should not let the Gobbels to occupy this space with any authority!

    The Tamils who now live in the North and East talk about their glorious past. However they have little to write home about in terms of what little they have left in the ground for the archaelogists to find out. There is little to show for Wigneswaran’s 5000 year old occupancy in Sri Lanka. Only thing that survives to this day of any antiquity is the Nallur Temple built by Sapumal Kumaraya of the Kotte Kingdom!

    The present day Tamil who now live in the North and East, at least for the 95%, their history begins with the coming of the western colonial intruders into Sri Lanka. There may have been a few left over from Chola invasions and Chola administrators who have been there since Magha et al – ie 13th Century! Even then most inhabitants were Sinhalese under Chola administrators. At one time in recent history, historians write that there were more foreigners in Jaffna than the local inhabitants – meaning the Sinhalese! This was the time both the Portuguese and thereafter the Dutch brought in ship loads of indented labour to work their tobacco plantations.

    It is the spineless gutter snipes the so called Black-White Sinhala most of them either Christian or Christian turned political Buddhist and a few running dog Buddhists who have sacrificed the hapless Sinhalese and their rights to this day. This is the reason Sri Lanka hasn’t prospered, the way other countries in the regions have done so far!

    Only way out is for the Sinhalese to begin asserting their position in the country. As long as the Sinhalese are forcibly kept down by the powers that be, it is difficult to forsee a worthy future. This is why Sri Lanka should look forward to an Assertive Sri Lanka and not a meek one bending over backwards to all and sundry!

    No Justice for the ‘disenfranchised’ Sinhalese ( by giving into minority Shylocks over the years) there is no future for Sri Lanka! What we have in Sri Lankan is not a minority issue, but an issue of the disenfranchised majority! In the North and East they are trying to carve out major portion of the nation including the 2/3 of the seaboard and in the interior Muslims are encroaching government land and the rest they are on a buying spree yet unparalalled in history!

    Admiral Sarath Weerasekara’s proposal for General Conscription is a good beginning!

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