Author Archive for H. L. D. Mahindapala

Vellahlas escalated caste wars under British rule

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala After the Dutch it was the British who had to police Vellahla violence erupting in Jaffna. Caste wars escalated to a new level. Jaffna under the British was a battleground for mini-wars waged by the Vellahlas against the oppressed Tamils. The British annual administration reports for the Northern Province document faithfully […]

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Violent Vellahlas despised and oppressed the Tamils

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala Hendri Zwaardecoon, the Dutch Commander of Jaffna, and R. Sunderalingam, Superintendent of Police, Jaffna, lived and worked in Jaffna overseeing the Tamil society, its security and all its law-and-order issues. Though they lived and worked in two different worlds  – separated by around 300 years – they faced the identical crisis […]

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Vellahlas first crushed Tamil rivals for jobs and power

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala The status and power of the Vellahlas took a dramatic turn with the coming of the Dutch. The Vellahlas were elevated officially by a foreign power to the top of the caste hierarchy when the Dutch recognised them as the ruling caste of Jaffna. This status was officially confirmed in the […]

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Police Superintendent Sunderalingam reveals how Vellahlas at Maviddipuram ganged up against him

Monday, March 14th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala I wish to forward the following e-mail I received from Mr. Ramachandra Sunderalingam, the Police Superintendent of Jaffna when the Maviddipuram revolt of the low-castes was at its peak. I think this letter has value for research students digging deep into the caste issue in Jaffna. It  is an insightful first-hand […]

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Vellahlas escaped by transiting from  caste to class armed with racism  

Monday, March 14th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala In the  two preceding articles I traced the crisis faced by the Vellahla ruling elite of Jaffna in the sixties. The low-castes staged organised threats for the first  time challenging the supremacy of the Vellahlas. They not only threatened to enter the sacred domain of the Maviddipuram Temple – a domain […]

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Jaffna low-castes stoned Arumuka Navalar – Godfather of Vellahlaism

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala After enduring the indignities and humiliations of oppression and persecution of the Vellahla supremacists, the Minority Tamils” – a euphemism for the  untouchables — launched their  first organised revolt in 1968 at Maviddipuram Temple. Earlier attempts during British rule to  resist the  oppression of the Vellahla fascists were quashed ruthlessly by […]

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A brief history of Tamils persecuting and  killing Tamils

Monday, February 29th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala In 1968 Jaffna was facing an  internal caste war which was threatening to tear it apart.  The simmering caste conflict in Jaffna exploded with the  low-castes, spurred by N. Shanmugathasan, head of the Peking-wing of the Communist Party,  threatening to enter the Maviddipuram Temple – the segregated religious domain preserved exclusively […]

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The great culture of Tamils oppressing and killing Tamils

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala Chelvanayakam and Prabhakaran are two sides of the same Tamil coin : Chelvanayakam laid the ideological and the political foundations for  the Vadukoddai war and Prabhakaran executed it. Chelvanayakam was acclaimed as the father of the Tamils” (Thanthai”) and the separatist movement and Prabhakaran became the first born son of the […]

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Do the Jaffna Tamils have a culture?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala The Tamils have a great culture. One of the best. But that is not found in Jaffna – the so-called heartland of the indigenous Tamils. Though they crow about their culture loudly and interminably, there is no significant evidence of great cultural achievements in Jaffna because they have been, at all […]

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Educating Serasinghe:the politics of denigrating Sinhala-Buddhists Part III

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala The controversy with Ms. Sharmini Serasinghe began when she initially challenged the Sinhala-Buddhists to show what they had achieved which the others haven’t. In reply it was pointed out that the Sinhala-Buddhists had made three great contributions : 1. a new language; 2. a new culture and 3, a new civilization. […]

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Sinhala-Buddhism : Educating Ms. Rumpay Sera-singhe II

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala The loud bravado with which Ms. Sharmini Serasinghe challenged the Sinhala Buddhists to give a valid answer” to her question – a question which was aimed deliberately at denigrating  the Sinhala-Buddhists – stands in stark contrast to the silence that prevails after the answer was given. (See Colombo Teleraph….) She asked […]

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Chelvanayakam – Thanthai who pushed Tamil children over Vadukoddai cliff to Nandikadal – Part VI

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala Instead of emotional discussions as to our historic origins and glorious pasts, let us come into grips with what we during the last 68 years after Independence have lived and suffered. By reflecting on the past sufferings and our own mistakes, we all can learn a lot and prepare for the […]

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Educating Ms. Rumpay Sera-singhe on the uniqueness of Sinhala-Buddhism

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala Without any reservations I must concede that the Buddhist clowns must be reined in, as stated by Ms. Rumpay Sera-singhe (a.k.a, Sharmini Serasinghe). In this survey of her version of Buddhism, I wish to state that I am ready to join her campaign this minute if the reining in of Buddhist […]

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Chelvanayakam – Father of Vadukoddai Resolution that killed the Tamils -Part V

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala Long after his death, the macabre shadow of Velupillai Prabhakaran continues to stalk the peninsula, darkening the neck of Jaffna with the coagulated blood of those Tamils who sacrificed their lives for a cause that failed. In the end, their sacrifices turned the North into one mass graveyard that buried practically […]

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When the Tamil Gandhians came marching in with guns -Part IV

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala When on May 14, 1976  the Tamil leadership, headed by S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the father of Tamil separatism, passed the Vadukoddai Resolution , declaring war on the nation, they never expected to end up in Nandikadal. They were expecting  one of two things : 1. to win a separate state […]

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Jaffna – an arid land without heroes -Part III

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The first shot in the North-South war , a.k.a. Eelam War, rang out on July 27, (Friday), 1975. Its  vibrations shook the foundations of the sleepy villages and towns of Jaffna. It was never going to be the same again in Jaffna. The shock waves shook Jaffna not because the shot […]

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Praising  the Lord and passing the ammunition to Prabhakaran Part II

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

  H. L. D. Mahindapala The mainstream Churches of all denominations aligned themselves with the LTTE in varying degrees of connectivity. In particular, the clergy in the Tamil-dominated Churches threw their full weight behind the Velupillai Prabhakaran’s one-man regime. At the grass root level as well as the international level Prabhakaran could not have dominated […]

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Tamil theology upgraded Prabhakaran and downgraded Jesus – Part 1

Friday, December 18th, 2015

H.L. D. Mahindapala At the height of the 33-year-old war – i.e., from the Vadukoddai declaration of war on May 14, 1976 to Nandikadal on May 18, 2009 — two Tamil clerics decided to give a face-lift to Tamil politics by dressing it up in new clothes of Christian theology. Under the cover of waging […]

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Muslims stirring the racist pot; welcomes India training Tamil terrorists 

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala Part III In a fit of anti-Sinhala-Buddhist rage Mr. Izeth Hussain, the Sri Lankan caricature of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS or Daesh, has warned the ethnic majority (the Sinhala-Buddhists) that what happened to the French colonialists in […]

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A -Izeth of Hussein’s haram politics  

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala One should be rather wary of taking on Mr. Izeth Hussein  because  he claims to be  one the five great diplomats  of the world.   With such self-proclaimed credentials – he has yet to name the other four greats which will indicate the true measure of his greatness! – one expects his […]

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Reasons For Rejecting UNHRC Resolution On Sri Lanka

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

By H. L. D. Mahindapala – Despite all the hot air pumped to float the UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/30/L. 29 its future is not guaranteed as the stormy atmospherics which seem to be gathering over the horizon are putting a heavy strain on the stability of the Siri-Wicky regime and, more importantly, its ability to deliver […]

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Mangala Samaraweera’s kisses have gone with the wind

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala With great fanfare and  ballyhoo the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe (Siri-Wicky) government promised that they alone could conquer the international community” (meaning  the big power brokers of the West) which the previous regime of Mahinda Rajapakse had alienated.  This promise to conquer the world and restore Sri Lanka’s position in the world stage was […]

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How much moral petrol is left in Ranil’s car?

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala Ranil Wickremesinghe beat all odds and topped the list of preferences – a feat that was considered impossible earlier. At the base level, shorn off the rhetoric and the tinsel, it is an achievement  that reflects the combination of national, international – and even some anti-national – forces. It has triumphed […]

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The Withering Heights of Ranil Wickremesinghe

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The most noteworthy promise kept by President Maithripala Sirisena after he became president on January 8, 2015 was to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. And, needless to say, the rot began from that moment onwards. Together they promised in their Manifesto to take the nation to an ideal society” […]

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President Who Captained The Titanic Sinking With Crooks

Monday, July 20th, 2015

 H. L. D. Mahindapala President Maithripala Sirisena’s speech, covering several key aspects of his six-month rule, was timed to be a critical political intervention on the eve of election. The broad overview of his stewardship was angled to undermine his bete noir, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Though it was also meant to give a shine to his […]

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Ranil’s days – including 100 plus – are over

Monday, July 6th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala Ranil Wickremesinghe’s brief honeymoon with his protégé / protector, Maithripala Sirizena, has come to an unexpected and abrupt end. They were indispensable to each other during the 100 days” which, of course, ran into six months, violating the mandate of January 8th, 2015.  It was a symbiotic relationship in which the […]

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Wicky is running Siri to the ground: Intellectuals and scholars join Mahinda

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala The unfolding events, one more telling than the other, defines the emerging political trends which, in the foreseeable future, seem to be irreversible. The polarization of the contending forces into Left and Right camps has also fallen into two clear cut political domains. On the Right is the Siri-Wicky regime with […]

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Wicky Is Running Siri To The Ground: Intellectuals & Scholars Join Mahinda

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

By H. L. D. Mahindapala – The unfolding events, one more telling than the other, defines the emerging political trends which, in the foreseeable future, seem to be irreversible. The polarization of the contending forces into Left and Right camps has also fallen into two clear cut political domains. On the Right is the Siri-Wicky […]

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Rupee Is Down: So Is Siri-Wicky Regime

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

By H. L. D. Mahindapala Point No:1: The momentum generated by the historic January 2015 presidential election is being exhausted, and that the minority government appointed for the sole purpose of executing the 100-day reform programme is drifting aimlessly. Point No:2: The current balance of power in the institutions of the state is incongruous and […]

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No Flowers Bloomed In The First Hundred Days

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

By H. L. D. Mahindapala At the end of the glorified 100 days the nation is left with a sense of déjà vu, if not disappointment and frustration. Nothing significant stands out as exemplary achievements of the Sirisena–Wickremesinghe regime to crow about the promised difference” (when-a-suck). The failure of the Yahapalanaya (good governance) to achieve […]

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