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Horror of a pogrom: Remembering “Black July” 1983

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The tragic history of post – independence Sri Lanka records that the Tamils of Sri Lanka have been subjected to mass –scale mob violence in the years 1956, 1958, 1977, 1981 and 1983. The anti-Tamil violence of July 1983 was the most terrible and horrible of them all. It remains etched in memory even after 27 years.

[Hooliganism in Colombo-Attacks on Tamil Satyagrahis, Times UK, June 6, 1956]

Twenty – seven years ago on the night of 23rd of July, members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ambushed an army patrol at the Post Box junction area in Thirunelvely in Jaffna and killed 13 soldiers. Troops went bersek in Jaffna in the hours that followed and shot dead 51 innocent civilians in the Jaffna Peninsula including 7 passengers in a minivan at Manipay.

Some hours later on the Sunday that followed members of the Sri Lankan Navy ran riot in Trincomalee burning down Tamil houses and also forcibly relocating Tamil refugees.

In Colombo the powers that be decided to publish, broadcast and televise the news about 13 soldiers being killed by the Tigers while blacking out reprisals by the armed forces.

In an even more inflammatory move it was decided to stage a mass funeral for the dead soldiers at Kanatte. The situation took a violent turn and mobs began moving in the direction of Borella and Thimbirigasaya.

Tamil homes and businesses were attacked and set on fire.As the Esala full moon shone brightly from a not so cloudy sky, clouds of smoke from burning Tamil establishments spiralled upwards.

The following Monday 25th saw anti-Tamil violence spreading like wildfire. The plantation Tamil Patriarch Saumiyamoorthy Thondaman known for his pithy comments later described the violence that followed Poya on Sunday as – “Sunday Sil, Monday Kill”.

P. Narasimmha Rao

The violence went on for three days peaking on Wednesday 27th and ebbing on Thursday 28th the day that Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent then Foreign minister P. Narasimmha Rao as her special emissary to Colombo.

Friday 29th, saw Colombo and suburbs being terrified by the rumour that the Tigers had come to town. The afternoon of that fateful “Koti Dawasa” (tiger day) saw the goon squads massacring Tamils again after being “sure” that no tigers were in town.

30th and 31st July saw the violence diminish gradually. By August the violence had ceased as International opinion and pressure compelled the J.R. Jayawardene regime to “normalise” the situation.

It is noteworthy that the nature of anti – Tamil violence was transformed after July 83. Incidents of massive mob violence ceased although isolated sporadic incidents did occur but were quickly crushed by the authorities.

It has been often said that the mob violence of 1983 has not been repeated which indicates that the “Sinhala people” who perpetrated those acts have learnt their lessons. There are many references to the “tolerance and greatness of the Sinhala people in not enacting another July 1983″ in this discourse.

Tamil man injured in Kandapola – The Advocacy Project, Washington, DC

What should have been the “norm” is being depicted as the “exception”. Some strongly emphasise that “Black July 83″ will never ever happen again. Not all Tamil victims of that violent spree are convinced and many do have apprehensions of a repeat performance.

The main if not the only reason for the absence of large-scale mob violence after 1983 was the escalation of the war . Anti – Tamil violence was institutionalised and legitimised as an integral component of the war. With the pre-dominantly Sinhala armed forces engaging in full – scale war there was no need for lesser forces to act on their own.

Shop burnt in Kandapola ~Photo: Michael Keller

Also the events of July 83 paled into insignificance as incidents of a more terrible nature proliferated in the North and East under the aegis of war. If July 83 was a week long episode the war was constant and continuous victimising and displacing the Tamil people in their historical habitat.

There is however a flaw in attributing the dark events of Black July 83 to the Sinhala people on the whole. It is correct that the perpetrators were Sinhala and the victims Tamils. But it was by no means a mass uprising of the entire Sinhala race against Tamils. If that had happened no Tamil would have been left to tell the tale

The majority of the Sinhala people were horrified at what happened and were helpless onlookers while a minority of their ethnicity unleashed havoc in the name of their race and country. The mobs on a burning spree went in search of fuel chanting the slogan “Rata Jathiya Bera ganna, Petrol Thel Tikkak dhenna” (To save the race and country give a little petrol and oil)

It is possible that a section of the people who were non –participants may have been supportive of the anti – Tamil violence and sanctioned it by their silence. But the majority of the Sinhala people were against what happened then. It cannot be forgotten that a large number of Sinhalese protected and saved Tamils often at great personal risk.

The second and more important point to note is that the July 1983 violence was not spontaneous in its entirety. It was basically an organized act. Several persons may have engaged in the violence on their own but there were core groups at different locations that planned and executed it.

As is the case in mob violence these core groups were joined by others.These groups had absolute impunity and had the protection of important members of the United National Party (UNP) Government then in power.

The mobs had lists of Tamil owned houses and businesses. They also knew the details of ownership. Wherever premises were owned by Sinhalese, only furniture and goods belonging to Tamil tenants were destroyed and set on fire. The buildings were not burnt or damaged.

Many of the mobs were led by functionaries of the UNP trade union Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya (JSS). Several UNP municipal and urban councillors were involved. Many prominent supporters and strong – arm men of cabinet ministers were involved. The Police were ordered by UNP politicians not to arrest the violent elements.

In most instances the large groups of thugs and goondas were transported in Government owned Transport board vehicles or in vehicles owned by semi-govt corporations. Even food parcels and liquor were distributed systematically to these elements.

When some decent UNP leaders like Shelton Ranarajah and Renuka Herath Ranasinghe got goons locked up by the Police in Kandy and Nuwara – Eliya respectively their release was secured by Cyril Mathew and Gamini Dissanayake. The role of Cyril Mathew and his political lackeys in the violence are well –known. Some of those involved are still in politics and holding high office.

What happened in July 1983 was not a spontaneous riot but a planned pogrom. A “Pogrom” is defined as a form of violent riot , a mob attack, either approved or condoned by government or military authorities, directed against a particular group, whether ethnic, religious, or other, and characterized by killings and destruction of their homes, businesses, property and religious centers.

The word pogrom is of Russian origin and means “to destroy, to wreak havoc, to demolish violently” in the language. Pogrom became commonly used in English after a large-scale wave of anti-Jewish riots swept through south-western Imperial Russia encompassing present-day Ukraine and Poland from 1881-1884. Later more bloodier waves of pogroms broke out from 1903–1906, leaving thousands of Jews dead and wounded.

What happened in July 1983 was that there was a pre-planned conspiracy to launch a widespread attack against Tamil life, limb and property on a massive scale. All it required was a powerful incident to be the provocative pretext to justify such an attack. The Thirunelvely attack by the LTTE killing 13 soldiers provided such an excuse of being the flashpoint of tension.

It is also noteworthy that violence against Tamils had preceded July 83 in Vavuniya, Trincomalee and the University at Peradeniya. July 83 in that sense was a grand finale or culmination of an on –going process.

Tamil youth stripped naked near Borella bus stand

One of the best books that came out in the aftermath of the July 83 violence was “Sri Lanka” The Holocaust and After”. It was written by an unknown author L.Piyadasa. It was known that L.Piyadasa was a pseudonym. Who then was L.Piyadasa? I personally thought it was Regi Siriwardene. I asked him about this later but Regi denied he was the author.

The mystery about this remarkable book was cleared up for me when the well – known writer, reseracher and Social activist C.R.Hensman passed away. I had read some of Hensman’s books and had met him in the eighties on a few occasions in Colombo at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Marga Institute and Centre for Society and Religion.It was after his demise that Hensman’s daughter Rohini informed me that her father was L.Piyadasa.

I re-read the book recently and was once again impressed by its coherent analysis and well – articulated facts. L.Piyadasa or CR Hensman describes the July 1983 violence as a pogrom and makes a solid case against the JR Jayewardena regime for it. The introductory paragraph in the book encapsulates July 83 perfectly.

Here it is –

Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt while the Police look on. Thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside. Goon squads battering passengers to death in trains and on station platforms and, without hindrance, publicly burning men and women to death on the streets! Remand prisoners and political detainees in the country’s top prison being massacred. The armed forces joining in and sometimes organizing this pogrom against members of Sri Lanka’s two Sri Lankan minority communities. The nation’s President and top ranking cabinet members publicly justifying the pogrom!”

It is clear therefore that in spite of the attempts to rationalise the July 1983 anti-Tamil violence as a “Sinhala backlash to 13 Soldiers being killed by Tamil Tigers” evidence uncovered during the past years have proved conclusively that “Black July” 1983 was a definite Pogrom and not a spontaneous reaction of the Sinhalese.

Notwithstanding the efforts of then President Jayawardene to tarnish the Sinhala people as being collectively responsible for this carnage, respected observers such as Paul Sieghart of the International Commission of Jurists exposed the real state of affairs.

As Sieghart himself points out in his report (Sri Lanka: A Mounting Tragedy of Errors) “Clearly this (July 1983 attack) was no spontaneous upsurge of communal hatred among the Sinhala people – nor was it as has been suggested in some quarters, a popular response to the killing of 13 soldiers in an ambush the previous day by Tamil Tigers, which was not even reported in the newspapers until the riots began. It was a series of deliberate acts, executed in accordance with a concerted plan, conceived and organized well in advance”.

Displacement in the aftermath of “Black July”

Black July 83 saw over 4000 Tamils and a few Muslims mistaken for Tamils being killed. Thousands were injured. Some of the injured were killed in hospitals. There were over 200,000 displaced persons as a result. 130,000 were housed in makeshift refugee camps. More than 2500 business enterprises ranging from factories to petty boutiques were damaged or destroyed. The number of houses and dwellings damaged or destroyed is not fullyestimated.

The rationale behind the Tamil homeland demand was demonstrated once again. While it was emphasised that Sri Lanka belongs to all her people and no community could claim exclusive rights to any part of the country , July 1983 resulted in the Tamils being cruelly denied existence in the Southern provinces.

The victimised Tamils were sent to the North and East for safety thus proving the necessity for a safe haven in the North and East. This is what impelled opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam to state that the uppermost issues for Tamils then were the “security of our people” and “integrity of our homeland”.

The same Amirthalingam was asked by the Ven.Walpola Rahula Thero at the all-party conference what problems were faced by the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Amirthalingam responded sorrowfully “How can you ask this question even after July 1983″?

The mass scale deaths, destruction, displacement, deprivation and despair suffered by the Tamils both Sri Lankan and Indian made them characterise those days in July as a dark period in their life. The extent to which the Tamils were diminished in that month made them call it “Black July”. The Tamil people were at a nadir of despondency.

When writing about “Black July” one is conscious of the negative connotations in using the colour “black” to describe something bad and evil and the colour white for pure and good. In this age of “political Correctness” these usages have been challenged and debunked as insidious vestiges of racism. Wittingly and unwittingly these usages keep promoting racist stereotypes of colour.

Nevertheless it is difficult to adopt such a politically correct stance in the Sri Lankan context as the description “Black July” has pervaded national consciousness. Avoiding such reference would be particularly impossible in writing about the developments of July 1983.

“Black July” also denoted a decisive shift in the politics of the Island. The bulk of the people affected in the violence were Tamils living outside the Northern and Eastern Provinces. With their hopes of living peacefully amidst the Sinhala people being blasted their future seemed bleak.

Two trends started. One group of Tamils started relocating to the North and East. Another group migrated abroad mainly as refugees. As the War escalated, expanded and enveloped the North and East Tamil People started moving out of the Island in even greater numbers.

The July 1983 pogrom saw more than a hundred thousand people fleeing to India as refugees thereby providing that Country with the necessary locus standi to intervene politically in Sri Lankan affairs.

India also encouraged the training and arming of Tamil youths. Thousands of youngsters flocked to the different militant movements.

Thanks to the 6th amendment the Tamil Parliamentarians of the Tamil United Liberation Front also kept away thereby losing their seats.

The political leadership began passing slowly and surely into the militant youth hands. The economy of Sri Lankan was affected badly. The good name of the country was sullied irreparably.

One of the lamentable features of that Pogrom was the abominable response of JRJ and senior ministers on Television. Not even one word was uttered in sympathy for the victims of the violence.

JR indirectly blamed the Sinhala people and said it was a natural reaction. Instead of reaching out to the victimised Tamil people the President announced that legislation would be brought to forbid secessionism

State minister Anandatissa de Alwis spoke about a hidden hand, a foreign hand being responsible. He said there was a conspiracy to provoke clashes between the Sinhalese and Tamils, the Sinhalese and Muslims and Buddhists and Christians.

[L to R ] ~ Anandatissa de Alwis, Cyril Mathew, Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake, Ronnie de Mel, Ven. Walpola Rahula Thero

Lands and Mahaweli development minister warned Tamils that it would require 14 hours for Indian troops to come and rescue them but the Sinhalese could destroy them in 14 minutes if they wanted to.

Trade minister Lalith Athulathmudali was sorry that people had to queue up again for essentials as a result of the violence. Finance minister Ronnie de Mel gave a lecture in history about Sena and Guttiga.

Cyril Mathew the industrious minister of anti – Tamil affairs raised the Indian bogey and saw an alien hand behind the conspiracy that led to the July 83 violence. His cabinet colleague Saumiyamoorthy Thondaman refuted it and said elements inside or close to the govt were responsible.

Black July 83 was a watershed in the contemporary history of the Island. Black July 83 aroused the conscience of many Sinhala people. Indeed it cannot be forgotten that a great deal of Tamils escaped danger only because of the courageous protection extended by their Sinhala friends.

There were well meaning efforts by several persons to make amends and reach out to Tamils.Notable among which were the initiatives taken by the Anglican Bishop of Kurunegala. Rt. Rev. Lakshman Wickremasinghe and Methodist Church President Rev. Soma Perera.

But as time progressed the ruling elite was able to prosecute the war against the Tamils further. Anti-Tamil violence became legitimized and institutionalised as a military effort. The brutalisation of the war as well as some of the reprehensibly inhuman acts by the Tamil militant groups helped reduce the moral superiority of the Tamil cause and predicament.

Gradually the pangs of remorse and guilt felt by Sinhala public opinion about July 83 became lesser and lesser.

Furthermore an insidious campaign resulted in changing and undermining the significance of Black July 83. This campaign was two fold. Firstly the scope as well as the original implication of Black July was altered.

The past years have seen July being depicted as “Black” not for the 1983 anti Tamil Pogrom but for all the “bad” things that happened in July.

The list was endless ranging from the 1987 Indo-Lanka accord to all acts of violence in July. Thus July was made to be “black” because of the large number of violent incidents that occurred in that month.

The original significance of it being called “Black July” to mark the horrible pogrom against the Tamils was systematically diluted.

Historical revisionists may even obliterate this “original sin” and substitute some other event as being the cause for July becoming Black. Thereby the long term “guilt” effect of the anti Tamil holocaust of 1983 July on the Sinhala psyche will be alleviated perhaps eradicated in time to come.

The second aspect of this campaign was the demonising of an LTTE threat. The July 1983 violence as well as the phenomenon of Captain Miller, the first Black Tiger, embracing death on July 5th 1987 were used in a cunning roundabout way.

The line trotted out was that the LTTE considered July as “Black” enough to warrant the perpetration of some terrible act of violence as symbolic defiance.

So we saw the media being inundated with stories of how the security forces were geared up to face threats to the nation because the Tigers wanted to take revenge for Black July.

The whole security apparatus is placed on a red alert it was said. Any relatively minor incident of violence by the LTTE in July was attributed to the Black July syndrome.

After July passed , a collective sigh of relief was released. With the spectre of Black July behind it the nation strode boldly and confidently forward until of course the next evil “black July”. Each year saw this comical ritual being enacted faithfully.

This annual “black July” scare helped each year to divert focus away from the remembering of the Black July 1983 pogrom against Tamils. Instead of letting the Nation recall this terrible act with remorse, the spotlight on an imaginary threat from the LTTE and helped reverse roles. The nation at large was perceived as “victims” because they were considered vulnerable to a diabolical LTTE threat because of “black July”.

The perception of Black July was distorted. Instead of being portrayed as the month denoting the pogrom against the Tamils “Black July” was now the month where the nation particularly the Sinhala majority was perceived to be cruelly vulnerable to LTTE violence.

The negative result of this campaign was the undermining and distortion of the significance of July 1983. Signs of blaming the victim syndrome were also visible.

The LTTE debacle of May 2009 has now transformed the situation. With the LTTE gone there is no way of whipping up emotions of a “Black July” saying tigers could launch savage attacks on the South or on the Sinhala people. So those who attempted to distort the implications of Black July have no way or need to do so anymore

But then there is always May 2009. The government is trying to project that month as victory month over the LTTE . But there were thousands of civilians who were killed, injured or disappeared in that month. So to a large number of Tamil people May 2009 is “Black May” like “Black” July 1983.

Under these circumstances there is a possibility that the significance of Black July may decrease gradually.

We are told nowadays that there are no minorities in this country. We are advised to forget the sordid past and look to the future.

Remembering the past is depicted as unwanted and unnecessary in the current climate. The July 1983 anti – Tamil pogrom is fading into distant memory.

The inherent danger in the pogrom of July 1983 being forgotten is that it may very well happen again. As the truism goes “those who do not remember the lessons of history are condemned to relive it again”.

May 1958: A Tamil passenger was taken out of the vehicle and beaten up ~ Photo courtesy: Victor Ivan

Arguably had the memory of 1958 anti – Tamil violence been frequently re-visited the incidents of 1977 and 1983 may not have recurred.

A major demographic change of vast political significance is the phenomenon of about a million Tamils relocating to the areas outside the North and East in recent times. Politically this was a major obstacle to the Tamil separatist cause. Here were people electing to live in “enemy” areas even as a bitter armed struggle was being launched in the North and East on the rationale that coexistence was not possible.

But this point is lost on the new spectre that is emerging in the South. The ugly head of neo fascism masquerading as patriotism is being raised. The Tamil people in particular and the minorities in general are being pilloried as “aliens” and “visitors”. The old terror of registering Tamils in Colombo has re-commenced despite the defeat of “terrorism”.

The purveyors of racial hatred are spreading their evil gospel and irresponsible sections of the media are peddling it regularly. Communalist propaganda in the garb of pseudo nationalism is gaining ground.

The LTTE is no more but the Tamil population remains. They are seen as being relatively well –off or enjoying better standards of living compared to the lumpen elements in urban, semi –urban areas. Also the economic peace dividends expected by the ordinary people are yet to percolate downwards.

Against that backdrop a communal conflagration cannot be ruled out decisively. Neo-fascism and pseudo-nationalim require the discovery of new enemies constantly.

After the Holocaust of the Hitlerian era and its impact on the European Collective psyche few would have expected fascism or neo Nazism to resurface. Yet many European Nations including Germany are experiencing it now.

All people of this land striving for a decent and humane future would hope that the July 1983 pogrom was only an aberration.

But as in the case of eternal vigilance being a prerequisite for maintaining perennial liberty, constant rekindling of the tragic memories of “Black July 1983″ is very necessary to prevent repetition.

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

270 Comments

  1. Thillaiambalam S says:

    There is a tendency nowadays to bury everything in the past and go on like innocent babies. But unless we do revive memories in order to ensure we dont repeat it such things may certainly recur

    For Tamils like me who suffered in 83 we can never erase the past.It will be always with us

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  3. Neela says:

    Some bad memories will never go away. But as an affected victim of black july 1983 what I want to ask is where is the inquiry into that and why are the culprits and ring leaders allowed to go free?Is there no justice for Tamils?

  4. Ragunathan says:

    You made valid point DBS. With LTTE gone the real significance of Black july 83 has returned. All this time they made out that black july was month where LTTE took revenge. But now with tigers gone what can they say what?

  5. j.muthu says:

    Sinhala brutalism against tamils never going to stop unless we tamils got our own recognised state. Praba messed our libearation struggle.
    Sinhala barbarism never going stop until tamil race erased from our beloved land. I studied with great communist karthigsus nephew who was burnt alive in colombo during this sinhala barbarism in 1983. I still remember him one of the best behaved kid in our time.
    Stiil i pray god those commited crime against our people must punished and must pay heavy price.

  6. nada says:

    The UN is talking about accountability for war crimes. But what about accountability for crimes against humanity like 1983 july pogrom?

  7. Stephen Jones says:

    When there was an organized attack against Tamils in Trincomalee a couple of years back, a curfew was imposed fairly quickly and Mahinda rushed to reassure the Indians.

    One of the reasons for there not being a reoccurrence is the likelihood that India would intervene.

  8. Dharmasiri says:

    This may be too late and I am only a very small man. But I am ashamed of what my people did to our Tamil brothers and sisters in 1983. I am very sorry and beg forgiveness on behalf of my people

  9. vasanthan says:

    Not only 1983 but no probe done into all the violence done on Tamils after 1983 also. UN must insist on probe for everything

  10. Nirmal says:

    The man who directed anti – Tamil pogrom in Colombo on behalf of Mathew was a director at Petroleum corporation then. He later became minister in UNP govt. Now he crossed over to mahinda side and is a minister there also

    What justice in Lanka?

  11. Niranjan says:

    July 1983 was not an anti – tamil riot. it was an organized anti – tamil pogrom. Its implications are perennial

  12. Nirmal says:

    about 500 Tamil businesses mostly Indian owned in Fort and Pettah area were attacked. The mastermind was casino king Aloysius Mudalali’s son. He had backing from Premadasa

  13. Navin says:

    But as in the case of eternal vigilance being a prerequisite for maintaining perennial liberty, constant rekindling of the tragic memories of “Black July 1983″ is very necessary to prevent repetition.

    The Tamil people in particular and the minorities in general are being pilloried as “aliens” and “visitors”. The old terror of registering Tamils in Colombo has re-commenced despite the defeat of “terrorism”.

    The advise in the first paragraph goes both ways. If eternal vigilance is a prerequisite for maintaining liberty for Tamils, it is the same for the Sinhalese. With all western countries from US to UK to Norway hiding and abetting LTTE terrorist openly there is the constant risk of LTTE re-emerging. Hence the registering of Tamils in Colombo should come as no surprise– you are crucifying the government for taking measures to protect its people while asking people of your own community for eternal vigil.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Are you really confused or pretending to be confused? Do you really not understand what vigilance means? Do you really think Diaspora “tigers” can be checked by humiliating Tamils in Colombo?

  14. Navin says:

    3. vasanthan:

    Why only probe violence on Tamils? Tamils aren’t the only people who were subjected to violence? Sinhalese were also subjected to violence for 30 years. What is more, those who financed that violence are walking freely in developed parts of the world devising various plots to perpetuate violence and cold war. These people and the politicians who connive with them too should be probed and brought to book.

    IMO, the government should have agreed to cooperate with the UN panel provided it also probed the LTTE sympathizers in US, UK, France, Norway, Australia etc. etc. and their fund raising activities that still continue to this day. The government may have avoided taking this path knowing well, that no justice shall be served even if such a probe were to be carried out given the political clout LTTE enjoys in the west. A few thousand Tamil votes that will swing one way or the other irrespective of how well some politicians serve their own electorates in the west can do wonders.

  15. Somalatha says:

    I will never forget the horror of july 1983 and how the Tamil people suffered. Many of my schoolmates were affected.I am so sorry for what happened

  16. Nirmal says:

    In Kandy Mr. Shelton Ranaraja got the Police to lock up all the known thugs and Sinhaa racist hoodlums as a precaution. Cyril Mathew telephoned from Colombo and got all released. These elements then led the attacks on Tamils

  17. Suba says:

    Excellent write up. DBS since you didn’t mention Premadasa I thought he’s ‘innocent’…also thought may be his ‘atomosphere’ somewhat different with several senior staff in his ministries being Tamil…?

    I dont recall him talking on TV then……DBSJ

  18. Nirmal says:

    In the Dehiwela -Mt.Lavinia-Ratmalana reas several UNP municipal councillors and their sons and relatives led the mobs. Most of these councillors were loyalists of Ratmalana MP Lalith Athulathmudali and Dehiwela MP Renuka Ranasinghe daughter S de S Jayasinghe. Mt. Lavini police OIC Miskin a malay aided and abetted the mobs

  19. aratai says:

    .

    Now you know why Lord Buddha’s eyes are closed…..

    :-)

  20. Nirmal says:

    In Nuwara – Eliya the woman MP Renuka Herath (later ranasinghe) got the Police to lock up all the thugs and hoodlums in advance to prevent violence against Tamils

    Gamini Dissanayake came to Nuwara – eliya and had a meeting with unp people. All those locked up were released. Those elements aided by sections of the army and police attacked Tamils many of whom were close supporters of Dissanayake and UNP members

    When the good woman Renuka tried to stop the mobs she was hooted in filth and threatened to leave at once.Helpless she left in tears

  21. Gini Appu says:

    To exorcise the ghosts of July ’83, the Tamils must stop talking about it and let the Sinhalese carry that cross… only then will we truly be on the path to a shared identity as Sri Lankans.

  22. xsrilankan says:

    Well done D.B.S, good article.

    The greater growth of Tamil insurgency was pretty much started right after July 83. Many youth were turned towards armed insurgency.

    Oppression and destruction Tamil identity and culture is continuing, its matter of time before something might upset the majority community and then they will target ordinary Tamil civilians for it.

    I read today there was targeted attacks on Tamil prisoners in a jail by the singala prisoners.

    Only way out of this is to convict the abusers in court of Law and get them what they deserve. This should be supported all peace loving people of sri lanka.

  23. Welikade survivor says:

    It has been revealed that commanding officer for the forces in Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe was one of the accused Army Lieutenants had indirectly helped in the assassination of Tamil prisoners in Welikada prisons in 1983, which resulted in forming the base for the international community to sympathize the Tamil Eelam struggle and bring much disrepute to the country.

    A former prisoner during the 1983 period, EPDP Leader and government minister Douglas Devananda had revealed that the current Jaffna commanding officer Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe is the same Lieutenant Mahinda Hathurusinghe, who was in charge of security at the Welikada prison during the ‘83

    assassination.

    The Minister had made this statement during a discussion with a group of civilians in Jaffna about the difficulties faced by the people under the new commanding officer in Jaffna and about the high security zones.

    Lieutenant Hathurusinghe had ignored a request made by prison officials for the army to provide additional security to avoid the barbaric assignations that took place in Wleikada on July 27, 1983. It has also been revealed that the Lieutenant had also blocked the prisoners who were wounded in the attack from being taken into the hospital for emergency treatment.

    According to the Geneva Convention, one party is bound to treat an injured member of the opposing faction in conflict. By preventing the injured Tamil prisoners from being taken into hospital for treatment, Mahinda Hathurusinghe has violated international humanitarian laws. It is also considered a crime under laws that govern wars.

    Thirty three Tamil prisoners died in the attack and most of them had succumbed to their injuries due to the non receipt of emergency medical treatment.

    The statements made by Acting Prisons Commissioner at the time C.T. Jansz, Welikada Prisons Authority Leo de Silva and Prisons Medical Officer Dr. Perinpanayagam during the magisterial inquiry into the incident implicate Lieutenant Mahinda Hathurusinghe with the criminal actions.

  24. Navin says:

    I don’t see how asking Tamils to register is humiliating to them. Though diaspora activity happens abroad, they need to establish and use LTTE cells in Colombo for violence. Hence it is important to track the activity in the Tamil community in Colombo and suburbs. How you do it is for Tamils and security apparatus to sort out between themselves.

  25. Bala says:

    DBSJ,

    On time you wrote this article. But who is going to listen? At least two Sinhala brothers said there are sorry. We shold salute them. Only a minority of the Sinhalese were culprits. But there were so many on-lookers. Same thing with Tamils. There were so many on-lookers when LTTE was behind all the bad things, But Tamils were helpless. They can not oppose the LTTE like you. Not everybody brave like you. That apology from those two brothers satisfy my mind.

    Bala

  26. Vasanthan says:

    Navin

    Once again you’ve proved you are raving ranting racist. I dont know how you manage to get posted on this blog. You should be very welcomed in Sinhala racist sites

  27. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    Mr Dharmasiri (#8) You are by no means “a small man”
    You display the finest qualities of the human being that the Most Compassionate One preached. You are, in every way, the quintessential Buddhist. It will remain to the credit of a large number of Sinhala people they refused to yield
    to atavastic tendencies within them. Any society that has within them people like you is a fortunate one.

    ISS

    Very well said ISS …….DBSJ

  28. sjoseph says:

    Impact of July 83 Pogrom on SL Tamils let loose by Sinhalese (hooligans) is lost due to 30 years of incessant violence and assault unleashed on Sinhalese by SL Tamils (militants).

  29. R Pathmanathan says:

    # 19 Aratai,

    Your comment is not appreciated.

    It’s a very ignorant posting.

    You have proved with your posting that ignorant, arrogant and idiots living in every ethnicity,

    Please smarten up and be courteous and respectful.

  30. sjoseph says:

    # 24. Navin
    ————
    Aliens must register, which is a a normal practice.
    Why protest this in Srilanka?

  31. Navin says:

    26. Vasanthan:

    You can call pretty much everything under the Sun extremist, racist, chauvinist and what not, but other than to satisfy your own hatred towards Sinhalese, that will serve little purpose.

  32. Dominic says:

    July 83 is nothing Compared to…

    When May 2009 about 350,000 Tamil Civilians were ordered to move to a so called safety zone in Mulivaikal ,
    Prevented aid agencies, Food, Medicine , Independent observers including Media and bombed them using all modern weaponry including chemical weapon, modern fighter jets and massacred over 40,000 Tamils in cold blood.

    This is the most heinous crime committed in recent history and the so called civilized world could not stop it.

  33. SRI says:

    SINHALESE AND TAMILS CANNOT LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE.ONE IS HARD WORKING THOUGH NOT VERY COMPASSIONATE , THE OTHER ONE IS GUIDED BY KAPPANLA , VEEPANLA, JOLLY KERAPANLA IN SUCH A SITUATION CO HABITATION BECOMES DIFFICULT. WE HAD THE BEST OPPORTUNITY OF KEEPING THE INDIAN FORCES AS REAL PEACE KEEPERS AND MADE THIS AS A PERMANENT FEATURE LIKE IN CYPRESS AND HAVE GRADUALLY GOT INDIA TO PROTECT NORTH AND EAST AS LONG AS THE TAMILS WANTED.UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE TAMILS AND FORTUNATELY FOR THE SINHALESE THE PRABHA AND GANG THOUGHT THEY WERE SMART TO PROVOKE THE INDIANS AND POLARISE THE TAMILS AGAINST THE INDIANS WHICH CULMINATED IN THE KILLING OF CHARISMATIC RAJIV.

    TODAY THERE IS NO SAFE HAVEN FOR TAMILS ANYWHERE IN SRI LANKA. SINHALA ARMY IS EVERYWHERE AND INDIA HAS WASHED ITS HANDS OFF THE TAMILS. WEAK MANMOHAN ADVISING TNA TO BE PRAGMATIC MAKES YOU BELEIVE THAT THERES NO FUTURE FOR TAMILS IN SRI LANKA AND ACCEPT SINHALA CHAUVINISM. UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES AND WITH THE CHINESE HELP THERE IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY OF A BIGGER POGROM. WHAT A MESS THE STUPID LTTE HAS MADE

  34. Dominic says:

    “What happened in July 1983 was that there was a pre-planned conspiracy to launch a widespread attack against Tamil life, limb and property on a massive scale. All it required was a powerful incident to be the provocative pretext to justify such an attack. The Thirunelvely attack by the LTTE killing 13 soldiers provided such an excuse of being the flashpoint of tension.”

    Thank you Sir for pointing out the real reason as per
    like racist Sinhalease Douglas Wickramaratne, It was some thugs over reacted to LTTE attack on 13 Sinhala army men.

  35. Tamil Victim says:

    Was this a surprise? Welcome to Sri Lanka. Paradise. Racism and brutality against Tamils is a way of life. I guess all these comes under “sovereignity”.

  36. Gobi Ganesh says:

    DBS sir, are you supporting the cause of Tamil Eelam? One comment by you on Asin article was even questioning the need for a seperate Tamil homeland. Can you state your stance.

    Read……….DBSJ

  37. shankar says:

    ( The main if not the only reason for the absence of large-scale mob violence after 1983 was the escalation of the war )
    ————————————————————

    I don’t think i quite agree with that. After the july 83 riots most of the sinhalese were flabbergasted. They knew that innocent people who had nothing to do with the Eelam project and are minding their own business had been targeted while the real culprits had not. That is why due to the lack of popular support the authorities had to get involved in a big way to organise this. If this was a spontaneous outtburst by the sinhalese, they would have taken a back seat, but in this case they had to get rid of their masks and show who they really were.

  38. Mahesh says:

    13. Navin

    With all western countries from US to UK to Norway hiding and abetting LTTE terrorist openly there is the constant risk of LTTE re-emerging

    —————————————————————–

    If there is a political solution then there would be no sympathizers for LTTE because there would be no Tamils left with any grievance.

    Asking the people to register themselves is not seen to be right. It is humiliating. Don’t say that they will not be subject to harassment at the police stations and also in the streets.

    Tomorrow they could be easily identified as Tamils and killed in the road by any state sponsored goon.

    Even if they carry their identity papers with them those papers could be destroyed by the police themselves and they may be taken to prison.

    Many Tamils were let out of the IDP’s only to be returned to the open prison in the whole of the country.

  39. eranga says:

    first of all as a sinhalese i say sorry for all innocent tamil who were victim of the war. however this was not a suprise thing because it was a part of politcs. these thing happened in world war 1 and 2, in Bosnia, couple of African countries, in India, in Austrialia, when British came to india and sri lank, and etc.. even though our first nation USA when bombing Vietnam, Iraq, and Afganistan.

    so best thing is look forward as one nation and acheive something every body can be happy

  40. shankar says:

    “What happened in July 1983 was that there was a pre-planned conspiracy to launch a widespread attack against Tamil life, limb and property on a massive scale. All it required was a powerful incident to be the provocative pretext to justify such an attack. The Thirunelvely attack by the LTTE killing 13 soldiers provided such an excuse of being the flashpoint of tension”
    ———————————————————-

    DBSJ, You are spot on there. That is why i say it contradicts what you say as follows

    “The main if not the only reason for the absence of large-scale mob violence after 1983 was the escalation of the war ”

    There wasn’t a war at all before july 83. It was just a bunch of about 50 guys taking pot shots at the army. The original conpiracy that you mentioned sucessfully achieved its objective of destroying the tamil wealth accumulated in the south and chasing the tamils away.Hence there was no need to repeat it again. The subsequent war could be one reason, as well as the international repercussions another, but they were not the main reason.

    Operation destroy tamil wealth in the south was a great success. no need to repeat.

    Operation destroy tamil culture by burning jaffna library was a great sucess. No need to burn it again.

  41. Subra says:

    About Navin

    Dear Vasanthan

    Dont get annoyed by people like Navin and burst a blood vessel. It’s not worth it.He’s a thoroughbred racist like the mob who attacked innocent unarmed Tamils. No point in responding to him

  42. Varathan says:

    “JR indirectly blamed the Sinhala people and said it was a natural reaction. Instead of reaching out to the victimised Tamil people the President announced that legislation would be brought to forbid secessionism”

    I think it should be….JR indirectly blamed the Tamil people ……..

  43. Karmegam says:

    Saddest thing about july 83 was that we the innocent up country Tamils were brutally attacked. The greatest damade in lives & property was done to them. This in spite of up coutry Tamils voting overwhelmingly for JR in 1982 president election and referandum

  44. Nirmal says:

    The army played a negative role in july 83 violence. In kotahena where the Moraes duo father and son defended thmselves courageously against the mob by shooting back the army came and killed them with SMG fire

    The army came and rammed their trucks into Saradhas textiles shop in Fort when mob couldnt break down steel grille

    In Dickamns road junction Army stopped tamils in vehicles and kept them standing with hands upraised till mobs came and killed them all

    In Ratmalana Attidiya junction army stopped tamil vehicles and allowed mobs to burn the vehicles with occupants inside

  45. TB Tennekoon says:

    I ask Tamil friends on this site to forgive those responsible for july 83 violence. I dont say forget because we must never forget

    As for me all i can say is please forgive the Sinhala people for allowing this to happen. We will never allow this to happen again

  46. Soma says:

    8. Dharmasiri | July 24th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I join with Dharmasiri as a Sinhala Buddhist.

    What is more tragic is not this brutal mayhem but no justice was delivered – no criminal was brought to book

    As far as I am concerned what is infinitely more incomprehensible is burning down of Jafna library.

  47. shankar says:

    #41-varathan

    I think it should be….JR indirectly blamed the Tamil people …….
    ———————————————————————–

    JR directly blamed the tamils, rubbing salt on the wound. That chappie deserved what he got later. There was a joke where his barber used to always talk of jaffna. JR got annoyed one day and asked him why are you always talking of jaffna the moment i sit here. The man said ” sir, it is much easier to cut. When i mention jaffna your hair stands up”.

  48. Navin says:

    41. Subra:

    Its really amazing, how purebred, high and mighty, above and beyond some of you people are… please do pardon us mere Sinhalese racist mortals.

  49. Sarath Madusanka says:

    Same time show the other side of it. How many sinhala people protect their tamil friends? I am sure 200% more than who involved for the insident. How many sinhala people were killed by tamils. I am sure more than 500%.

    I am puzzled by these percentages..What’s your point?…….DBSJ

  50. Jay Chambers says:

    Let’s see. Terrible things happened in July 1983. Then, in the aftermath, Tamils directly or indrectly endorsed militancy and with help from some quarters in India LTTE emerged as their “voice”. LTTE demolished and silenced all opposition and still most Tamils, directly, indirectly or by being silent through fear supported them.

    Come 2009 LTTE is finished, smashed to pulp, and Prabakaran hauled over the heads of a jubilant army like a large carcass of a dead swine. The vast majority of expat Tamils were distraught, and at the peak of their distress, even blocked main highways in some countries and mobbed western capitals daily. Finally they realized that geopolitical realities just do not support them and instead the “Sinhala” government is the winner.

    Now what? The “Sinhala” government wants to ensure the like of LTTE never happens again. It is a fact that the majority of people of Sri Lanka endorse the actions of the government, be it registering people, etc. So there is only ONE way to ensure that peace prevails, security is ensure, and justice never denied. DIALOGUE is needed. Get the Tamil dispora to talk to the reasonable folks in both UNP and the government and keep the dialogue going. We dont need negativity, let’s look to the future. And don’t let the like of Brian Seneviratne, or those of his ilk and LTTE sympathisers get their way.

  51. Mahesh says:

    50. Jay Chambers

    So there is only ONE way to ensure that peace prevails, security is ensure, and justice never denied. DIALOGUE is needed. Get the Tamil dispora to talk to the reasonable folks in both UNP and the government and keep the dialogue going. We dont need negativity,

    ==========================

    If the govt had called the Tamils for a dialogue then only the Tamil leadership can play a role.

    If the govt wants a political solution they will call for a dialogue otherwise why should they call for a dialogue.

  52. Third Angle says:

    Well, my opinion is that we have to remember Black July similar to White May.
    Both Victory celebration and remembrance of all victims of the conflict in Sri Lanka from 1958 to May 2009 are equally important. I appreciate that your conclusion about the black July was well organized one and waited for triggering event like killing 13 soldiers by the LTTE. I still have a doubt whether both LTTE and well organized UNP Sinhala mobs were coordinated by the same international intelligence organization. Incidents occurred after July 1983, showed US backing on JR Jayawardena and his extreme right approach in South Asia. This tragedy paved the way to keep these intelligence services to keep their influence in Sri Lanka. One party was USA, the other party was INDIA. However, India was quick to react before US, and hence the famous by force Rajiv-JR accord in 1987.
    I see four parties are mainly responsible for this conflict and tragedies from 1958 to May 2009.

    (1). England. They divided the people and neglected the majority Sinhalese like in South Africa, educated mostly minority Tamils, made them in higher positions to make Sinhalese people enemies of Tamils. They did it intentionally. Tamils were happy at that time did not realize that they are also eating the portion of PIE that some others belong. At the time of liberation both educated Sinhalese and Tamils fought together to have the independence. They received the independence but the Sinhalese got the right share of the PIE. That is the end of the living together with Sinhalese. Educated Tamils were disappointed and started the struggle for 50:50 shares. England and those who started this unfair struggle is one party mainly responsible for this tragedy.

    (2).Sinhala racist politicians who misguided Sinhalese and robbed their votes by showing Tamil politicians unfair intention.

    (3). Various international actors tried to use this island as their playground for testing strategies and put Sri Lanka into their long term agenda

    (4).LTTE They used the situation, terrorized and used a wrong militarily strategy to fight assuming that no living together in a one country.

    Therefore it is very important to realize that public apologizing and public forgiving is the only way to the genuine reconciliation. It has to be brought by parliament Act.
    I say once again whenever we celebrate we should also remember the victims of the whole conflict.

    Thanks

  53. shankar says:

    #42-varathan

    I got your point. Sorry i misunderstood in my comment #47. You are right. I believe it must be an error in the book. What must have been meant was JR indirectly blamed the tamils, not sinhalese as mentioned.

  54. Mahesh says:

    14. Navin

    Why only probe violence on Tamils? Tamils aren’t the only people who were subjected to violence? Sinhalese were also subjected to violence for 30 years.

    ———————————————-

    What about the violence unleashed on the Tamils from 1956 onwards. You are talking about the violence for the past 30 years.

    What about the violence suffered by the Tamils from 1956 that is nearly twice as many number of years as yours.

    I wish some inquiry commission is appointed some ‘Lessons learn t and ….forgotten’ type of commission to investigate it also.

    The commission should also go about investigating the causes for the Tamil grievances and also should suggest their remedies.

    It should not shy away from suggesting any kind of remedy. Looking beyond conventional solutions also.

    Let no one die there again, be it Tamil or a Sinhala.

  55. R Pathmanathan says:

    Hi DBSJ,

    I totally agree with you on this:

    “The majority of the Sinhala people were horrified at what happened and were helpless onlookers while a minority of their ethnicity unleashed havoc in the name of their race and country”

    Our house was the first one to be destroyed in our area and My mother, two sisters, aunt and uncle were fed and protected by a Sinhalese family for 4 days and they weren’t even quite familiar to us.

    Also, according to my mother, the two sons of the family slept by the main entrance door with “Machetes” to wade off any attacker on our Family.

    I had to share this so readers will know not to generalize the entire race.

    I personally believe it was the late JR Jayawardene, who ruined the cordial/harmony of the Sinhalese and Tamils from 1958 onwards until the 1983, along with late Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake (He was in Jaffna when the Jaffna library was burnt ) and Cyril Mathew. I’m sure many others played their part as well.

    I do have lots of respect for former Nuwara Eliya MP Renuka H Ranasinghe, Senkadagala MP S. Ranarajah and also for many unsung heroes, who did their best to safeguard the Tamils.

    Also, take this opportunity to mention the late SLA Brigadier – Larry Wijeratne, who was the only “Sinhalese Army Officer” ever to earn so much respect with in the past 3 decades from the Tamils in Point Pedro area for his “genuine services” to the locals.
    The Point Pedro town observed a total shutdown (Hartal) when he was killed by the LTTE.

    Cheers.

  56. Ambalangoda Man says:

    J.R is totally to blame for this. When the country needed leadership he was hiding under the bed for one week. When he came out and spoke on TV he tried to justify what happened instead on condemning it . He should have shown true leadership and got the law and order situation under control. Mrs B, what ever her faults would have handled this better.

    JR was a guy who could have made Sri Lanka a successful and prosperous country but he totally failed because one week in 1983.

    Although some people blamed Premadasa for this, apparently he was totally against the bodies being bought to Colombo.

    I think even at this point the people responsible should be bought to justice now. The Sinhalese must realize this can happen to them unless there is some justice.

    There is a less need to justice for what happened in 2009. In this case the Army was fighting a very difficult war with a highly armed group holding civilians as hostages.

  57. Manike says:

    Its so sad to think of all what had happend in our mother land. When ever you do things you must wear the same boots and see how you feel if that happen to you.
    We must forgive and forget all bad things happend but at the same time the lesson we have learnt should be kept for ever. We all are Srilankans. We all are in SRILANKAN fanily.

  58. Jayasingha says:

    I was ten years old when it was happen. It was very sad. Tamil, Indian and Sinhala political leaders were responsible for this. Some Buddhist monks were also responsible.
    As Sinhala person, I apologize on behalf of my race.
    Sorry .

  59. In Sri Lanka, every month is black that the military and militants repeatedly destroyed cities and villages of all communities. Whether the people died were rich or poor is not important. The issue is that the killings of innocent Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people by the LTTE were never considered a black event. The 1983 event was followed by many similar events on a smaller scale, but the people learnt to live with it.

  60. kc says:

    The LTTE is a failed politico-military organisation and the Tamils’ future will depend on how soon the LTTE can be made irrelevant.

    To put it strait, the LTTE ought to be disbanded and its flag of guns and bullets should be ditched. I think this message is slowly getting across.

    I have been to the BTF’s “Walk for Peace” demonstration held in front of the British PM’s residence in Westminster last Friday, from 9.30pm to 11.30pm. The event attracted over 2,000 activists. I did not see a single LTTE flag or VP’s picture; there were no pro-LTTE slogans either. A large number of 2nd generation children had attended. The demonstration was orderly and peaceful. There were numerous UK and UN flags.

    If Tamils wish to enjoy freedom, safety, security and powers to govern themselves in their homeland – it is vitally important they have the right people as their representatives**********************

  61. Dulip Perera says:

    Please accept my heart felt appologies for all the tamils who underwent such horrible 72 hour ordial.We Srilankans and Sinhalese in perticular will never let a repetition of another 83!

  62. RS Wickramasinghe says:

    1,2,3…Thanks for the valuable articles delving into the past DBSJ.

    The conversation among Sri Lankans everywhere is raised by your articles.

    I will certainly be trying to get a copy of Hensman’s book,

  63. GanuDhenu says:

    One could and should never forget the horrors of the past.
    We need a vision, and there can be no plausible vision without reconciliation.
    We need a way forward, with all your help.

  64. pinnaduwage says:

    why doesnt anyone talk about the cold blooded murder of soldiers by tamils, also the fact that tamils had a better opportunites than the sinhalese because they were chums with the whites! i thing the tamils need to be real they are not the majority in sri lanka and need to live with the rest of the country, you can goto tamil nadu and do what ever you like…but in sri lanka you need to accept there is no right for a tamil land…its abolutely rubbish what they claim!

  65. Auslankan says:

    My family gave shelter to a Tamil family during this period.I think that is the best thing that we have done in our life. I hope we can all live in harmony. After all life is too short to be fighting , enjoy while you can. For a bright future.

  66. marusira says:

    I would like to join those Sinhala people who said sorry
    for the atrocities committed against the innocent Tamil brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka during the Black July riots.
    Whoever started what, Sri Lanka was pulled back 50 years from that riot.

    One has to live in a foreign land to realise how racism can affect your day to day life. When I was living in Australia, I was in constant fear whenever there was an immigration debate. In Australia, there wasn’t anything like what happened in this country. I can just imagine what the Tamil people went through during the riots, and when I see even those mild photos showing Tamils being beaten up, I get goose bumps. Call me weak, if you like, but that is how I feel.

    I hope that one day, people like DBSJ can come back to SL and contribute to build this country and make this place a harmonious country for everyone to live in dignity.

    I say sorry for all those innocent Tamil brothers and sisters
    for what they went through.

    Thank you for this and I do hope to return one day………..DBSJ

  67. Yas says:

    What happened in ’83 cannot be explained or justified. It is the greatest shame of the sinhala people in modern in history. I feel so ashamed of the people responsible and apologise on behalf those responsible for what happened to the tamil people. Although I know that will not change what happened in ’83, I hope that tamil people will forgive and forget enough to trust the sinhalese again and live like brothers and sisters in our land.
    I was only 5 years old when it happened, I cannot for the life of me understand the mentality of the people who were involved. Even though I grew up in a war environment, and often felt fear at many intervals in my life in Colombo due to bombings, I’ve never felt hatred towards the tamil people in general. I remember my mother telling me it’s not tamil people but LTTE who happen to be tamil who are responsible.
    Though I have often felt and continue to feel frustration that there is still so much distrust and anger directed towards the sinhala people in general by the tamil writers(which leads to thinking this would be the thoughts of the general tamil public). I’m glad DBS generally distinguishes the difference between the sinhala people and the government in power. Most sinhalese do and did distinguish the difference between the LTTE and the tamil people. Often in UK when my colleagues refer to the LTTE as tamil people, I always correct them to say, no there’s a difference between the LTTE and tamil people in general. I wish now the people can unite, but the tamil diaspora is not helping matters with the confrontational attitude it is taking. I believe the tamils can achieve far more if they engaged with right thinking sinhalese than with foreign powers. The problem with engaging with foreign powers is that it antagonises the sinhala people in general and will not bring out the normal sense of fairness and decency that is in most people.
    The Black people in the US got their rights due to the fact that the Whites fought for their rights in that country. Tamils could achieve much by having the sinhalese fight for their rights than asking the international community to punish the sinhalese soldiers who fought the war with the LTTE.

    Thank you for this…………..DBSJ

  68. Sellam says:

    DBS is reminding the Tamils to wage another terrorist war.
    The Tamils by their own acts of violence have made History to be repeated. Hence it is pointless to remember the “Black July” of 1983.

    Is your condition inherited,acquired or contrived?………….DBSJ

  69. Mano Rajan says:

    Your article is bigoted and totally one sided. It is very very inflamatory. The biggest killer and murderers of TAMILS was LTTE. Why dont you list their atrocities. Forcible extortion. Tamils could not go to Jaffna and see their relatives and properties. Tamil leaders like Appapillai,Tiruchelvam, Kadirgama, not to mention Ghandi,and Sinhalese politicians were murdered in cold blood. What about the innocents murdered. Come on grow up. In any other country you would have been shot for writing an article like that. Tamil diaspora all got free education in Sri Lanka and that is the reason for their western affluence.

  70. Ray brown says:

    Where can i get a copy of this book

  71. Don says:

    My take on this is it was a tit for tat operation. Charles Anthony was killed so LTTE avenged his death by Killing 13 Army guys. GOSL avenged that deed by killing Tamils. July 83 strengthened the hand of LTTE who then went on to avenge this violence. I know some Tamils who started helping the LTTE immensely after 83. As long as we think in these terms, confrontational actions will take place. 65% of Tamils live in areas outside their traditional homelands in peace with others in SL. Isn’t that a great example? Colombo has 27% Singhalese compared to other races and people live in harmony. There are very many Tamils who have got under the skin of the Sinhalese and are happily living thereafter. There are more Singhalese living under the poverty line than Tamils. Bible says “thou shall reap what thou sow” Similarly we alone are responsible for our future. Our actions can bring happiness and peace to ourselves or trouble.

  72. kc says:

    61. Dulip Perera | July 25th, 2010 at 3:49 am

    What happened in 2009 in Vanni is many times worse than 1983 pogrom.

    In ’83 security forces turned a blind whilst the hooligans did the slaughtering, whereas in ’09 the security forces themselves slaughtered thousands of innocent unarmed civilians including children, women and infirm.

    The poor victims did not receive justice in ’83 or ’09. This clearly illustrates that the Sinhala State is not prepared to defend or respect the lives Tamils. I put it to you that if a member of the ‘Maharaja family’ is harmed by anyone it will be the Tamils who will be slaughtered in the south in a monumental scale.

  73. justice says:

    In response to #8& #28.
    There were many good hearted sinhalese who helped fellow tamils during that fate ful july 83 week.
    I am a living survivor due to a good friend happened to be a sinhalese ,Rohan Jeyasinghe of Wattala.
    Humanism was there then it will prevail for ever .
    Thank you Rohans and Dharmasiris.May the Island be blessed with many of your kind.

  74. Naga says:

    (#8) Dharmasiri and (#13) Navin
    Ilankai(Sri Lanka) would have been a paradise if Sinhala brother like Dharmasir were the majority fo Ilankai.

    Unfortunatly Sinhala nation produce very few people Like Dharmasiri and produce people like Navin in abundance.

    We can’t ignore Navin simply as someomen mentiond in this blog. His the majority and reality of Ilankai/Sri Lanka who posses the power decide whether Tamils can live i Ilankai.

    Navins grandfather killed Tamils in1956, his father did in 1983, his brother did 2009 and his son( who will be born in one of the permenent Army bases bieng built in North) will kill Tamils in near future. But his grandson will be unemployed as no Tamil will be in Sri Lanka then.

    Many Sinhala brothers and sisters has said in this blog that we all have to think and live as Ilankaiyar/Sri Lankan.

    I always wanted to be a proud Ilankainyan/Sri Lankan and live in Ilankai with Sinhala people like Dharmasiri. But these Navins did not and will not allow me to think and live as Sri Lankan.

    Navin kills me, beats me, rapes me, burns me, chase me out of my home.

    OK, I agree when people like Dharmasiri say: “No brother, Navin is a thug and racist. you should not think all Sinhalease are like Navin. You find thugs eaverywher in the world”.

    I agreed. But can a ‘Dharmasiri’ stop Navin? NO!

    OK, i understand Dharmasiri is a good man, but he does not have the strength to stop Navin, Then I go to Police, Army, court and even to parliment to save me from Navin.

    But I see Navins bothers everywhere, In the Police , in the Arme forces, in the media, in Bhikkus rope, in court and parliment…

    Thus is my pathetic sitution. How can I be an Ilankaiyan/Sri Lankan?

    If ‘one’ Sinhala thug has been ‘really’ punished in Sinhala court for commiting crime against tamils in 1956, or 1968, or 1977 or 1983 or 2009- I have ‘ten thousand’ reason to be a Sr Lankan!

    Recently a doctors was accused of killing a nurse in Velanai (Kayts). First the doctor was not arrested and transfered to anothe hospitla. After protest from the people he was arrested. But addmitted to the hospital with false reason. Then the victims family was thretend by ‘unknown’ and prsion officer was attacekd bu unknown.. EVERY TAMILS know that the doctor will be released soon!

    Becuse the doctor is a Sinhalese and the victim is a Tamil nurse!

    This is the reality of Tamils today!

    How can we foget the past and live like a Sril Lankan??

  75. Das says:

    July 1983 massacre of tamils was only one in a long series of massacres since independence.

    Tamils are still suffering in the ‘open prison camp’ called the “north” – most of the nothern province.
    Their everyday activities are curtailed by sudden unwanted invasion of homes and arbitary intrusive personal ‘checking’ on the roads at the many army & police check points.
    They are prevented from freely carrying on normal livelihoods – fishing, farming, trades, business etc.
    Most schools are damaged and understaffed.
    Women are preyed upon after dark and live in fear.
    There are kidnappings for ransom, extortions,robberies and intimidation by armed paramilitaries.There are unexplained killings and bodies turn up occasionally.
    Hindu shrines are damaged, desecrated & robbed of statues of deities. Buddha statues alone or in vihares are installed overnight in villages by the army.
    NGOs are prevented from carrying out humanitarian tasks by officialdom. Many areas are ‘out of bounds’ to visiters – especially those with ‘concentration camps’ where tamils labelled LTTErs are incarcerated.

  76. anonymous says:

    It is correct that Black July will be forgotten with time, specially with Writers in the caliber of DBSJ waning…

    I am moved to read all these now at an advanced age – having
    my 20+ son burnt alive just because he was a Jaffna Tamil ,on 29-7-83; He innocently came to the Estate from a Camp in Ratmalana at the height of the Pogrom – as I -a Jaffna Tamil – held a coveted post of Chief Clerk then (commencing in Class 1, Grade 1 at the age of 25 yrs. – a record that is yet to be broken).
    At the end of that day, the total killed,made up of Jaffna merchants was nine at Deraniyagala. I walked 22 miles
    that night to save my life. The Sinhala Superintendent
    refused to harbour his subordinates for fear of his life.

  77. Mohomed says:

    Our Parents generation were at fault for collectively not standing up for this brutal acts. As Youth we should NEVER AGAIN, let this INJUSTICE happen.

  78. Panhinda says:

    Leadership failures were common. At least from the govt side the threat to Sri Lanka and the resulting level of violence was unprecedented.

    Amirthalingam apparently left for India on the day of the riots. Did he book his ticket before July 23 I have always wondered.

    /*
    India also encouraged the training and arming of Tamil youths. Thousands of youngsters flocked to the different militant movements.
    */

    Yes, 83 July 23 events proved quite handy for India and the LTTE.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Amirthalingam along with rest of the TULF was in Mannar when the violence erupted as the TULF was having its party convention there. He left for India only in August after the Govt had brought in the 6th amendment to the Constitution disallowing separatism. The TULF took a decision not to take oaths under the 6th amendment and boycotted Parliament resulting in forfeiting their seats

    Please dont make such stupid,irresponsible statements and vilify dead persons

  79. Sothynathan says:

    Black july1983………..4000tamils= 40,000 Singhalis(JVP uprise until1989.

    Black May2009……40,000 tamils =??????? will wait until i die……Oh..Oh..HA…Ha

    What is there to laugh you moron…….DBSJ

  80. Anbu says:

    thanks very much for the valuable article. very much appreciated
    Also it is good to see that u use the appropriate word – pogram.
    So often people talk about the ‘riots’. It is totally misleading to what actually happended.
    Thanks very much

  81. fonz says:

    Sinhalese did not cause the 83 riots. Of course, some Sinhalese caused it, whilst the majority of the Sinhalese were confined to their homes by a government imposed curfew. Without reservation what happened on that day is despicable. No human being should have been subject to what the Tamils went through that unfortunate day. I was 17 years of age and it was the first time I witnessed something so inhumane on a large scale. In my view, on that fateful day, Sri Lanka’s soul died never to return. The atrocities committed thereafter by some Tamils are no better. These were very sad days for Sri Lanka. Minorities, religious or otherwise still suffer from government sponsored victimisation. It is no longer confined to the Tamils who suffered at the hands of some of the tunnel visioned Sinhalese.

  82. Mandawala Hamuduruvo says:

    As a eye witness to July riots I would like to add the following points:
    1. It was manipulated and masterminded solely by some sections of the UNP(Mr Premadasa and many others did not involve in it)

    2. Although left parties CP, NLSSP and JVP were banned they in no way participated in the anti-Tamil riots

    3. The JVP had filed a case against the “ill-famous and notorious referendum” held by JRJ and the latter was aware that he was going to lose the case and therefore, he made use of these riots to ban JVP.

    4. While a handful of thugs manipulated by some politicians were harassing our Tamil relatives many Sinhalese braved to protect them. In many Buddhist Temple in Colombo innocent victims were sheltered.

    5. Soon after the riots, we, young monks organized ourselves against racism and for reconciliation under the name: “Bhikkhu organization of for Humanity” We published a magazine called VINIVIDA of which this writer was one of the two editors.

    6. A letter to the Editor addressed to the Saturday Review, published in Jaffna, by this writer appeared as the lead article in it.

    7. I think it is important to note that, when we began to work for racial harmony, the editor of Lanka Guardian, our friend Dr Dayan Jayathilleke wrote: Will this end with Khomeinism?

    8. We organized different demonstrations in order to strenthen racial amity and reconciliation. We had organized a “Journey to see our northern Relatives” but unfortunately just one day before our proposed journey “Anuradhapura massacre” by LTTE took place. Then we had cancel our planed trip to Jaffna

    9. Human Rights day was organized by us in Colombo with the participation of eminent Tamil personalities like retired Judge Rajaratnam.

    10. We were sandwiched by the enemies of both parties.

    11. In the detailed article of M. Jeyaraj, there is a mention of Ven Rahula Thero! But as the Chancellor of the Kelaniya University during a convocation address, he quoted Samuel Johnsons’ following quote in order to denote the absurdity of racism: “Racism is the last refuge of scoundrel!” To my knowledge he never was a racist though he was against dismemberment of Sri Lanka.

    12. The esteemed lecturer of the Law faculty in an Australian university Ms Patrcia Hindmann publised a detailed articles about our organization and us. (while she was interviewing us, I posed to her the following question ( I think my young blood provoked me): Dear Madame, you come to talk about our human rights, why don’t you work for the Aborigines’ HRs? please read her surprising reply: “I am speaking very frankly, I cannot do it!”)

    13. The President monk of our organization was assassinated during 88-89 insurgency by a govt killer group by belting mini-bombs round his waist and exlpoding them!

    14. It should be mentioned that the present president was engaged in HR activities during this time.

    15. What I learnt by working with different so-called ( I purposely use: so-called) HRs groups that they all have vested interests and hidden programmes.

    16. Another disgusting thing was that, when nearly 10,0000 young Sinhalese were being massacred by the then Govt, no NGO protested against it and when a single Tamil is killed, they become vociferous!

    17. HRW once announced that the human bombs in Israel are terrorists while those of Sri Lanka are millitants!

    18. When Palestinian children are killed and thousands of innocent children died because of UN (USA!) embargo in Iraq, AM and other HRs organizations prefer to observe silence.

    19. Those HRs advocates were giving all out support to bomb Belgrade and innocent people who gathered on bridges in protest against the unjustified NATO intervention. In the name of HRs of Kosovans, they bombared car factories, Hoover factories and innocent people in Belgrade.

    20. These countries aided Kurdes against Iraq but afterwards the selfsame people helped Turkey to suppress them on blood!

    21. Our Tamil brothern must understand this dual behaviour of them and why they behave like this.

    Thank you for this detailed comment………DBSJ

  83. mark martian says:

    HI Jeya well done. I enjoyed reading. Thanks. JM

    Enjoyed?………….DBSJ

  84. TMama says:

    Thanks DBSJ for an illiminating artcle, on a shameful series of actions b ySri Lankan mobs. Have we learnt from it ?

    Are our Police forces better trained to act in an even handed manner in all parts of the country today ?

    At the time in 1983 – I too went on a protest march in London,. We heard of the murders, the looting and and wanton damage directed at our Tamil bretheren with horror and loathing.

    Yet the real facts are now coming to light, the extent of the LTTE organisation, that set the baseless and shameful activities, the training various Tamil groups had in many parts of the world to destroy the very fabric of Sri Lanka, over causes like standardisation of University entrance that now seems to be pretty mundane in comparison with procedures world over in the entrance selection to many prestigious universities.

    The actual number of deaths was considered less than 1000 in the government investigation but taday GTF rallies talk of amuch exaggerated ’40000 murdered in cold blood’.

    Twisting the truth does not augur well for communal harmony in Sri Lanka though it may win sympathy for an asylum seeker to portray Sri Lankans as a race of murderers.

    We also know the privileged position of the FP leaders who continued court with and indeed encourage the cyanide pill wearing bank robbing cult among the Jaffna youth from midseventies.

    The 83 July criminal acts by mobs should be compared with LTTE organised ethnic cleansing carried out in 1990, and many acts of savage brutality by an organisation with operatives and a support base in all continents in the world.

    I hope you now have the freedom to open up that can of worms without fearing the brute force of overseas LTTE operatives.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I have done that already and I was never frighetened of LTTE to stop criticising it.

    But the fact now is the LTTE is no more in Sri Lanka. I feel there is no need to flog a dead horse now. But what makes me criticise the LTTE in a post – Prabhakaran scenario is the disgraceful antics of its supporters and activists abroad.

    They are not helping the fallen,down-trodden Tamils but only preventing them from getting up and prolonging their agony. Actually worsening their plight.

    There is absolutely no feeling of remorse or guilt over the irredeemable harm brought about by the LTTE.

    As Shakespeare said”the evil that men do lives after them”. The tigers are no more but tigerism is not extinct

  85. Harshe says:

    Thanks DBSJ for writing such a timely article. But I wished it was a much detailed article perhaps running in to several episodes.

    Black July & the burning of Jaffna Library are perhaps the only things that make me feel ashamed of the racial group to which I was born to. I was born in 1981 and have only heard of those things. My experiences are only with those brutal acts perpetrated by LTTE on Sinhalese people.

    Sinhala & English media have conveniently forgotten this gruesome event. (Perhaps we had too many incidents during last 3 decades to be remembered) True that we love to forget it. But that won’t absolve us from our collective guilt. Since 1983 (or may be before that) we had nothing but relentless war. We had no time to think sensibly. Now the violence is over and all of us need to think sensibly and take corrective actions.

    Saying sorry is not enough. But at least we should start from it. As former Australian PM Kevin Rudd said Sorry for forcibly taking aboriginal children from their families, the GOSL should say sorry for its failure to protect it’s citizen’s lives and property during black July. The events should be investigated and those involved must be punished or at least exposed and condemned.

    There should be constitutional safeguards to avoid such pogroms ever happening anywhere in the island.

    As Buddhists we should know that our sins will not be washed away because the others did greater sins. We must ridicule/condemn those who harmed or supported harming of innocent people in the name of our race.

    And for the Tamils who see Eelam as the solution to all ills, I must say that as far as I know it is not a solution but the problem itself. Having Eelam will not ensure that there will be no more black Julys or ‘discrimination’ because it is something to do with Tamils living out side ‘Ealam’ boundaries.

    Few reasons why I feel that there will not be repeats of 1983:

    1. We have had too much provocations by LTTE such that Sinhalese will not get easily provoked .

    2. People are mature enough to apprehend that sins of few people should not result in collective punishment.

    3.World is much advanced and people are more interconnected and cannot be easily misled.

    4. To it’s credit LTTE has transformed our political land scape such that our politicians have learnt some lessons.

    5. To be frank, Tamils are no longer perceived as a severe threat to our way of life.

    6. People like Muttiah Muralitharan have made it impossible for us to hate Tamils in general!

    It is amazing to read the comments like ’59. S. Selvarajah’ and ’55. R Pathmanathan’ . They are the extra ordinary children of Sri Lanka, who are consoling their weeping mother. This country truly belongs to you gentlemen/ladies.

    And last but not least may all the people who lost their lives during that dark days of our history find eternal bliss in heaven! (or what ever they please)

    THank you for this Harshe…………DBSJ

  86. Suresh M says:

    I have travelled from Colombo to Jaffna by ship three times in my life, losing everything to Sinhala mobs.

    In 1958 as a four months old, travelled to KKS in a French Passenger ship.

    1977 as a teenager in Lanka Ranee Cargo ship.

    1983, Indian passenger ship.

    My mother thought I may not have a fourth chance and pleaded me to go abroad. She is correct, If 1983 repeated again, there is no safe place for Tamils to go.

  87. hunchback says:

    I was 9 years old during this dark time. We were about to sit our mid-terms, when we got wind that trouble was brewing. The school van came and picked us up and took us back to mount lavinia.

    There were a couple of very pretty tamil girls with red ribbons in their hair who used to travel in same van. Later heard that their house was burnt (in the Soysa estate). Never saw them back again in the van. I don’t know what happened to them.

    I can remember the tamil medium class being empty when I returned to school – same kids we used to play with

    I heard about the old school tamil gentleman english teacher in our school who wept after his lost his prized book collection, a library he collected through a life time – all gone in one senseless day.

    Can remember seeing smoke in the sky, the smell of burning, and also picking up warped 10 cent coins from the wreckage of a house. Such was the intensity of the fires. Still have the coins somewhere.

    I was a boy of nine, and I realised the inhumanity of this act. It is shameful that there were adults who did not.

    I have my own family now. I cannot begin to imagine the pain of those who lost loved ones, homes and their sense of security forever and had to leave the country of their forefathers.

    To all these people I humbly apologise – for the weakness of our leaders, the blind stupidity of individuals who thought they were ‘heroes’, and yes to those of us who could not do as much as we should have done, but were powerless to do so. I am sorry.

    Thanks. Your thinking is certainly not “hunched”………DBSJ

  88. Keliyan says:

    DBS,

    I have a request for you. You mentioned you reread Sri Lanka: The Holocaust and after so I assume you have a copy of this book. Is there any chance you can get noolaham.net people to scan this book and add to their collection of books. This is one of those books very hard to get a copy these days.

    Keliyan

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I will ask Rohini Hensman but I do think the book is available on Amazon.

    By the way I must mention that the book will NOT be of any help to Tamil extremists or Eelamists. While explaining the Tamil problem it comes down very hard on Tamil hawks too

    Another point is that the book’s focus is not a descriptive account of the violence but rather deals withe the underlying causes and background. Also it explicitly details and condemns the govt of the day

  89. TRN says:

    Yes thank u for keeping the candle burning.
    I am a sinhalese and I came to know the deapth of the riots in 1983 only when I read news paper articles 2 years ago on the 25th aniiversary .

    I tried to amend this with my then working collegues who were majority tamil christians. i openly appologised to them.
    Many of them had been in the mids of the riot but had over come the bitterness as many sinhalese have helped them in thier dire needs.
    Few of them didn’t even want to talk about it as they were angry and bitter.

    We have to think we are all human and reach for equal rights not ethnicity or religion or cast should devide us.

    Most of the socially down trodden are affected by poverty ,lack of education… we need to thrive to achieve a better life for all our fellowbiengs.

    All should get over the petty politics and shortsighted politicians on both ethnic devide had cause mayhem to our country. Majority of our people can live in harmony if the politicians let us live.

    When I read your previousarticle on Sirimavo… it was amazing how the international support rallied around her when there was humanrights violations happening in 1971? how many youth have died in vain in SL for political reasons… ignited by the politicitians?

    i pray and hope there will neverever be this kind of inhuman riots.

    Thank you……….DBSJ

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  93. Martin Thomas says:

    “8. Dharmasiri | July 24th, 2010 at 5:19 pm
    This may be too late and I am only a very small man. But I am ashamed of what my people did to our Tamil brothers and sisters in 1983.
    I am very sorry and beg forgiveness on behalf of my people”
    Hello Dharmasiri, thank you for your sincere feelings towards your brethern, I feel if every Sinhalese think like you and feel sorry for what they
    have done to their Tamil brother/sisters, if would deffinitly help them to heel the pass wounds. Most of the Tamils are willing to forgive and forget the pass.
    But what happens now after 27 long years; Even after winning the war against LTTE a creation of the program setup by the previous government
    against the Tamils, There are
    still people who ruling now are so greedy and power hungry, continue to encourage the ordinary peace loving Sinhalaese massess to look at the
    Tamils with suspecian and vis a versa for the Tamils to loose confidence in the government and the Sinhala people. Current action in the
    war affected arears are making things worse for the poor Tamils who were living a peacefull life for generations in the North and East of the country .
    Now Tigers are no more active so why
    dont the government do something to win hearts and minds o of the Tamils and built their trust in the government by resolving their burning problems.
    They should sincerely make efforts for resettlement to rehablitation and not trying to colonize the north and east of the country with armforces
    and their families. This is not the way the grevience of the Tamils shoud be addressed, This is going increase the enimity between the two communities
    and make the Tamils to support the any anti-government groups or organization in or out of the country that could free them from this clutches of the Sinhala
    government, This could happen
    with in the next 10 to 25 years. History can repeat if no firm or concrete action is not taken by the current government.

  94. gamaya1 says:

    Two Tamil girls who used to stay in our house were found in a camp in Colombo school by my mother who went to see them with some food. My father and I was chased away by the mobs in Malay street when we try to stop them attacking the shop we we are going everyday to buy provisions. Much lately however amid provocations and threat from local UNP politician Slave Island police managed to give security to the Hindu kovil and people stranded there. Not all Sinhalese were part for this pogrom, not Buddha is part of this. I am at lost why some Tamils here attack Buddha , Buddhism etc for this. Recently Mrs Amirthalingham went to Sri Lanka. I remember hearing that she said in 1977 Tamils should skin Sinhalese and make shoes. This was a widespread rumor at the time. These and organized racist Sinhalese, Marking of university exam papers giving extra marks to Tamil student all led to this. I have always apologized to any Tamils I meet for 1958 to 1983 including Jaffna Library. And I am still truly sorry for it but that would not bring back those who lost.That’s why in 1980-84 period I was supporting Tamil Self determination. I hope it will never repeat again and I want to live with tamils side by side peacefully. However what I am not sorry for is 2009 war against LTTE or it’s outcome.

  95. Ravi Gee - Chennai says:

    DBSJ
    I came to know about the violence in July 1983 when I was in a Coffee Plantation Estate in the interiors of Karnataka. I was a young trainee then.The workers in that estate were a mix of Tamils and Kannadigas, more than 1000 families. Some of the workers with Kannada name speak Tamil and some with Tamil names speak Kannada as if it is their mother tongue.

    (In the South Indian politics of group friction–Tamil-Telugu(T-T), Tamil-Malayali (T-M)) and Tamil-Kannada(T-K), the fastest one that catches fire is T-K and the slowest is T-T! I am not able to understand the origin of this T-K rivalry. It is high time someone studies the T-K relationship and prepares SOPs to douse the fire if at all it gets ignited. I guess, the fissure is not in Cauvery alone.)

    The Manager of the Planatation I mentioned above hailed from Coorg region and he had no fancy qualifications but only experience of having worked there for decades. The moment he heard the news about the riots in lanka, he was very panicky and disturbed. He went to the Line (workers colony) immediately. I also accompanied him. He, being a tri-lingual, addressed the workers in Tamil and Kannada generally and also briefly informed them that there was some ‘minor’ trouble in Srilanka and so all must continue to be peaceful. We had some tea with workers, some nice talk and parted. While returning, he instructed the security guards to keep vigil and personally arranged additional security in some parts!

    I was in my 20’s.then. You know all in their 20’s used to think anybody above 40’s are senile! I also thought at that time he was mad and stretching his imaginations too far! I forgot that incident. Later, when I moved up in my profession and worked in different places facing different challenges, I used to recall the alacrity with which the Manager acted and the way he communicated to the workers. In fact he did not hide the fact of the riots but said it was ‘minor’! One may allege that he worked more for his commercial interests than for any human welfare. So what? As long as he was able to take steps to prevent the human sufferings, we must commend it.

    When I told this incident to my father much later, he recalled when Gandhi was killed there was a repeated announcement in the radio, that the murderer was a Hindu fanatic! One of my Sikh friends in Delhi-they generally never talk openly about the riots as they wanted to forget it-once told me in his soft moments, that there should not have been an announcement that two Sikh security guards were involved in that murder though the truth could be made to trickle down after few days.

    When I read your detailed historic account of what had happened in Sri Lanka, what I understood was many of the hygiene factors of any average (not good ones) administration are missing.

    What is the learning of the administration? I do not mean the politicians but the non-political (if it exists?) administration. How do they prevent it if there are any similar flare ups in future? Any action plans?

  96. Jason says:

    Tamils had only one ‘black July’.But sinhalese had many ‘black July’ in past 30 years created by Tamil terrorists.

  97. Kingsley says:

    DBJ
    An excellent and timely article. Nevertheless | have a feeling that you have downplayed the role played by JRJ.

    I think that Lanka has bee cursed by some supreme being to host the rule of some devils incarnates from time to time!

  98. Channa says:

    I am not sure if the vast majority of the Sinhalese were helpless bystanders. They were standing by alright but were they appalled by what was going on? I am not so sure. I was at school then and I could find only one other person in my class who condemned what happened unreservedly. Everybody else, although they were take aback by the brutality of the violence, still approved it, saying thatthe Tamils had it coming to them. They were surely expressingteh views of their paents. A friend of mine, whose family saved a Tamil family from harm, oenly bragged (along with his family) about the lessons taught to the Tamils withing earshot of the Tamils they had “saved”. I can cte plenty of other similar instances in the immediate aftermath of the riots. My understanding is that while only a minority participated in the pogrom the majority watched it with glee. I beieve the majority at the time had the same attitude the Sihalese later came to have when the war intensified. They did not need to take part in the burning and looting because there was someone else – the thugs -doing the dirty worlk for them just as (as you have correctly pointed out) post 1983 the Sinhalese did not engage in pogroms because the securty forces were brutalising the Tamils for them.

    I maybe wrong. I hope I am wrong.

  99. Kumar says:

    #64-pinnaduwage

    When the LTTE was defeated, I am one of the Tamil who supported it. However when I read your comments, I wish the LTTE is still alive.
    A bunch of people like you guys are enough to create another 1983.

  100. sjoseph says:

    # 71. Don
    Bible says “thou shall reap what thou sow”
    ———-

    Do you suggest there is no hope for Srilanka?

  101. Navin says:

    74. Naga:

    Please do yourself a favor and talk to a shrink.

  102. Siva says:

    27 years have passed but there is pain in our hearts. We can forgive, pray to god and smile but can’t forget July 1983.

    Not all Sinhalese are bad nor the Tamils are good. It’s within you that makes a person good or bad. I grew up with Sinhalese friends and they were good to me. Some are still my best friends. But bad apples are every where.

    When I think of July 83, the picture comes right in front. The day I left to work and returned “home” to see an empty shell. There were 26 houses in our lane and 4 non-Tamil houses fell victims. I walked all the way from Fort to Havelock town, watching burnt shops, houses and cars. I was told that the Police and SL Army were close to Salu Sala/Aviation Bldg (Maya Ave.,). No sooner they saw the mob they went inside the building as if nothing is happening around them. (Guardinans of the nation). The mod was lead by Buddist Monks and election officers. My parents and sisters had to climb a 20 foot walk to escape a mob. My parents are old, now I can’t imagin how they were able to climp the wall. We came to the Hindu college refugee camp with a pair of dress.

    On my way to collect some neighbours in a Police Van, the police had to stop near Sapphire Theater for “Coffee break”. It was about 11pm and they were tired after a long day. I was left alone in the van and suddenly a person came running towards the van ” There is a Tamil inside the van … Burn him”. To my luck the a police officer over heard and saved my life.

    Inside me, I thanked the Buddist monk for sparing my family’s life and speacially my dog, who was left alone at the backyard. When I picked him up, his fur was warm, due to smoke. But still alive.

    Now, when I look back I feel very sorry for our parents. They lost every thing in life and property and had to live like beggers. Their hard earned money is in smoke. All books and photograps gone. We cannot get them back.

    1983 riots shattered our dreams and family. Its like we playing carrom. The disk striks the seeds and shatters the group. All family members and friends had to leave the country for safty. It’s very sad and painful.

    There are no minorities in Sri lanka says the President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse after all these loses. Will there be a future for Sri lankan Tamils?

  103. sjoseph says:

    # 99. Kumar

    Few years from now many SL Tamils may tend to believe that it would have been better if LTTE is alive.

  104. Krishna says:

    DBSJ

    How do u see the Massacre of Tamils in Colombo in 1983 and that gave a boost to Tamil Militancy ( with support from Tamil Diaspora ) v/s the Massacres of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984 post Indira Gandhi assassination and which gave a boost to Sikh Militancy in Punjab( with heavy support from the diaspora Sikhs ) and now both the Khalistan Movement and Eelam Movement have been militarily crushed . Seems a similar pattern there according to me .It took a long time for the wounds of the Sikhs to be healed and with a Sihk PrimeMinister now in India that 1984 chapter has become a closed one now and Punjab is well integrated in to Indian Main stream and is the most prosperous State in India .Dont u think Sinhala politicians must learn from the Punjab experiment ?

  105. Anonymous says:

    In July 2004 The Ex President Chandrika Kumaranatunga publicly apologized on behalf of the country and the people for this shameful incidence.

    The fact that there has been no such incidents for nearly thirty years is an indication of the maturity, resilience and tolerance of the majority of the population mainly the Sinhalese in spite of continuous provocations by the LTTE.

    Whether such a communal conflagration can occur in the future is a moot point.

    Although The LTTE which was the cause of the 83 conflagration, is eliminated ,their foreign connections still act as provocateur in exile.

    The UNP which used the LTTE provocation to unleash this terrible carnage on innocent Tamils still play communal politics as evidenced at the last two elections.

    Tamil leaders like Sampathan openly declared that he was ready to mobilize the Tamils in the NORTH & the EAST to carry out Sathyagrahas and civilldis obedience campaigns if they can’t get “Homelands”.

    The Opposition parties lead by the UNP, JVP and the Fonseka party openly threatened the government with mass demonstrations and riots it Fonseka did not win the election.

    However, the majority of the population specially the rural poor did not fall pey to these divisive and destructive campaigns of the opposition parties.

    Theyd entrusted the government to people who are not tainted by communal politics.

    This is a continuation of the same maturity that the majority exhibited towards the LTTE actions.

    The current development programs in place will definitely percolate the economic benefits to the whole population specially the rural poor.

    The current leaders are capable of providing security to the nation and preventing the resurgence of any terrorist activities by either local or foreign elements..

    On the evidence so far there are gradual quantitative progress on these fronts.

    The Post terror era has just begun and has another 5 years to run which will change the outlook of the country in a positive manner.

    Whether July 83 type situation can occur again?

    On the balance of probabilities the answer is no .

    And All peace loving citizens must work towards this goal..

  106. Mahesh says:

    67. Yas

    The problem with engaging with foreign powers is that it antagonises the sinhala people in general and will not bring out the normal sense of fairness and decency that is in most people.
    The Black people in the US got their rights due to the fact that the Whites fought for their rights in that country. Tamils could achieve much by having the sinhalese fight for their rights than asking the international community to punish the sinhalese soldiers who fought the war with the LTTE.

    ——————————————————–

    Good.

    82. Mandawala Hamuduruvo

    19. Those HRs advocates were giving all out support to bomb Belgrade and innocent people who gathered on bridges in protest against the unjustified NATO intervention. In the name of HRs of Kosovans, they bombared car factories, Hoover factories and innocent people in Belgrade.

    —————————————————-

    Sir. You claim you are a monk. A monk in my opinion should engage himself in meditation to realize GOD or in your case attain Nirvana.

    Have you attained that state Sir.

    A monk should look upon all the people with equality. It is ‘Bahu Jana sukhaya and bahu jana hithaya’.

    Are you people always treading that path.

    Why are you people indulging in politics. There is a monks party in sri lanka.

    You are the people who sowed the seeds of the Sinhala Budhism.

    Now you people claim all the Budhist relics in the North and East to be the evidence of the Sinhala people once living there and were chased away by the Tamils.

    Because the Tamils are predominantly Hindus and the Sinhalese are predominantly Budhists you say this.

    They are the relics of the Budhism but they are the relics of the extinct Tamils Budhism.

    For that matter you can as well claim all the Budhist relics site in Tamil Nadu as evidence of the ancient Sinhala Budhist presence.

    For your information Budhism and Jainism prospered well in Tamil Nadu upto the medieval times.

    After the advent of Sankaracharya these people were brought back to Hinduism.

    Even now you can see the relics of Budhism and Jainism in Tamil Nadu and all over India.

    For example there are lot of Dharmaraja Tamples in Tamil Nadu.

    I had heard that Dharmaraja is name of Budha.

    Now those temples are looked after by the Hindus as there are no Budhists here worth the number.

    There are a number of Budhist and Jainist literature in Tamil like Silapadhikaram and Manimekalai.

    When you condemned the bombing of the NATO to protect the people of Kosava you revealed your true colors.

    You and Navin are of one stock Sir.

  107. Keliyan says:

    DBS,

    Thanks for your reply. I am looking forward to read the book in Noolaham soon.

    Keliyan

  108. XY says:

    So many years behind me.
    Still have nightmares.
    Remembers every year,
    officially.
    but no strength to discuss.
    Worst kinds happened to many,
    since then.
    I am a reincarnation.
    Should I discuss with my children,
    Or let my worst memories die with me,
    rest in peace.
    With the hope of a better world for
    the sake of our children.

  109. Navin says:

    103. sjoseph:

    I’m pretty sure “those Tamils” had that belief long before LTTE was there, they had it all the way to its very end, they have it now and they will continue to have it in future. It is the excuse to justify one’s own conscience if at all, that changed between the different times.

  110. Hiranthi says:

    This is to Navin

    Navin

    Vasanthan did not call ALL Sinhalese racists. He called YOU a racist and I think he was right. But you are such a low cunning person that you twisted his words and try to make out that ALL Sinhalese were called racists and you are defending the Sinhalese

    You are a low disgusting racist. You DONT speak for Sinhalese people. You speak for yourself and all racists of this world

    you certainly dont speak for ME

  111. Hiranthi says:

    To Navin again

    Navin

    so many of our Sinhala people came on this blog and said they were sorry about what happened to the Tamil people in July 1983

    It was very touching and made me proud of my people. It wont make amends for Black july but it made me happy that there are Sinhalese who regret what happened and are able to tell openly

    But you are a disgrace to the Sinhala people. Your racism and lack of basic humanism and sensitivity makes me very very angry

    I o hope you are in Australia or somewhere abroad

    Stay there. Sri Lanka doesn’t need people like you

  112. sjoseph says:

    # 109. Navin

    I agree with you partly.

    Many people sub consciously believe they need a militant group. Certain events may trigger to harden their beliefs.

    Conscience is highly subjective. What is meat for one is life for another..

  113. sjoseph says:

    # 101. Navin , 74. Naga:

    Please do yourself a favor and talk to a shrink

    ————

    Navin’s suggestion is not a satiristic comment. It is a serious advise.

    I think many Srilankans are traumatized by past events.and may in need of professional help.

  114. ps_ramaesh@yahoo.com.sg says:

    Hi DBSJ

    It is a good article. Sinhala people and Tamil people must learn from history. Sinhala people should not allow another anti-tamil violence. Tamils should not create another LTTE in retaliation. Both will ruin the country You may write an article on how to prevent this. Thanks

  115. Suresh says:

    # 114 Ramesh,
    I agree with you because…

    வரலாற்றுத் தவறுகளைக் கற்றுக் கொள்ள மறுப்பவர்களை வரலாறு மன்னிப்பதில்லை.

    I would like to congratulate #8 Dharmasirai and Soma for their brave comments more people should come forward.

  116. Navin says:

    111. Hiranthi:

    Here we go again… sigh.

    You do not speak for Sinhalese anymore than I do. Go read my response to Vasanthan. I have not tried to identify myself with all Sinhalese. I will tell you now, what I told him then. You are free to call anyone anything but haphazard name calling will serve little purpose other than to show and foster your own arrogance and hatred.

    The way I see it, those Sinhalese who protected the lives of Tamils did the needful, by their community to put things right then itself. Apologies to “whom ever it concerns” coming from people like you who are quite liberal in your name calling are hollow and meaningless.

  117. Sriyantha says:

    commentator Navind disgraces all decent minded Sri Lankans. Looking at his racist venom on this blog gives me a pretty good idea of the evil forces unleashing violence on Tamils in 1983 when I was four years old

  118. garawi says:

    Reading through the comment on this article one sees a variety of opinions, there are sinhala racists like Navin while also tamil racists like Aratai, many tamils nationalists and a few apologists from sinhala side and a few tamils who accepted that apology.

    Living in the past cannot bring a favourable result to the question. However many tamils, who were victims will never forget. But the rest who are simply agitating the differences between the two communities are not helping at all in coming to a favourable solution to all parties. They are naturally were supporting the LTTE despite taking any direct involvement in the movement for they saw an Ealam at their door step and now suddenly inexplicably disappeared. These tamils will go on for a while until they can get over it. They are suffering from a dilemma of not having a state the tamils can call theirs. India prevented a nation to them in the mid-fifties when similar uprising sans arms were suppressed. Ealam was the only hope but now missed. Therefore in my opinion the SL government will be vigilant just like these tamils are, to prevent a resurgence of armed activities. In these circumstances as I do not see a change of mind of those tamils, I foresee that for two more decades the ideological fight .

  119. Satha says:

    I would advise all readers to simly ignore Navin. I think DBS allows him full freedom in order to let the ignoramus expose his bigotry more and more. Dont spoil the fun

  120. A sinhalese says:

    DBS,

    My grandfather, who was the head of a certain state institution, hid hundreds of Tamils when the rampaging mobs came after them. He hid them all in some rooms and went out alone to face the mobs. They suspected Tamils were inside but my grandfather never let them in and somehow managed to keep them away.

    People like my grandfather were just ordinary Sinhalese who put their neck on the line to save Tamils. They are the unsung heros of one of the darkest days in Sri Lanka.

    How the LTTE and their supporters generalized all the sinhalese as their targets and retaliated in wanton terrorism is an insult to the ordinary sinhalese who chose to put their life on line to save hundred of Tamils in 83

  121. Kasturi says:

    It was a organised crime by politically motivated tugs in July 1983. Most of them were already criminals or anti social gangs who were took the advantage at the cost of Sinhalese majority. Some of them from Muslim gangs who wanted to destroy Tamil trade monophony at major towns like Negambo. Unfortunately Tamils suffered unforgettable bitter experience on their own soil which leads country back in few decades in number of angles, specially Tamils were forced to ask a separate state if they continue to live in the same soil and made massive boost to LTTE & justify its activities and established a promising network around the world. Internationally we were dropped out and cornered.

    But all those happened due to an act of very small group who cause the destruction which given a low priority by authorities to establish law & order. There are lot of sorties here we must discuss here about majority of Sinhalese who have provided the protection to Tamils in these dark days. One story I know personally that my father in law was a government servant in Negambo/Gampaha area and caught up to this violent gangs but rescued by the Singhalese and kept him safe and well treated until dust settled. He still memorise the days he lived with people in Negambo area and the way they treated him. There are so many similar kind of stories we don’t discuss here but should do.

  122. ashamed says:

    I was 17 years old and about to sit my A’Levels when the myhem started. Together with my mother and a few ladies in the neigbourhood (all the men were at work) we formed a vigilante group to protect the 3 Tamil homes down our street. We were successful at first and turned away two mobs of about 20-30 people, however were overpowered by the third mob which numbered about a 100. I tried my best to reason with the “leader” and remember well his arguments. He was idealogically driven ( could have been UNP or even JVP) unlike most of his follwers who were just opportunistic thieves. The sheer helplessness watching him vaulting over the gate, pushing the car out and burning it on the street. The sound of the furniture and windows being smashed. And later the elderly couple, the Kums, dazed and shaken, sitting in our varrandah. And us not knowing what to say or how to console them. Our total loss of apetite and inability to face a plate of rice for a few days after that.

    Still, what scarred me most was the fate of my father’s friend, Uncle Wigs. A true patriot in a way that our grandstanding politicians would never be. A senior consultant dental surgeon in the government hospital. He never did a day of Private practice, – on principle. Worked on weekends serving the poor of Colombo in his Government clinic. He rode a bicycle to work as he did not own a car. Never desired one. Yet, his house was burnt to the ground with everything in it by a “patriotic” Sinhalese mob.

    Later, together with most of the Tamil middleclass he sought work overseas, but turned down a teaching job in a Malaysian University when he was offered the post and continued to work at his old job in the hospital, having moved to a small rented flat in Colombo.

    He to me is a true patriot of Sri Lanka in a way that Weerawansa or the Rajapakses could never be.

  123. ashamed says:

    I was 17 years old and about to sit my A’Levels when the myhem started. Together with my mother and a few ladies in the neigbourhood (all the men were at work) we formed a vigilante group to protect the 3 Tamil homes down our street. We were successful at first and turned away two mobs of about 20-30 people, however were overpowered by the third mob which numbered about a 100. I tried my best to reason with the “leader” and remember well his arguments. He was idealogically driven ( could have been UNP or even JVP) unlike most of his follwers who were just opportunistic thieves. The sheer helplessness watching him vaulting over the gate, pushing the car out and burning it on the street. The sound of the furniture and windows being smashed. And later the elderly couple, the Kums, dazed and shaken, sitting in our varrandah. And us not knowing what to say or how to console them. Our total loss of apetite and inability to face a plate of rice for a few days after that.

    Still, what scarred me most was the fate of my father’s friend, Uncle Wigs. A true patriot in a way that our grandstanding politicians would never be. A senior consultant dental surgeon in the government hospital. He never did a day of Private practice, – on principle. Worked on weekends serving the poor of Colombo in his Government clinic. He rode a bicycle to work as he did not own a car. Never desired one. Yet, his house was burnt to the ground with everything in it by a “patriotic” Sinhalese mob.

    Later, together with most of the Tamil middleclass he sought work overseas, but turned down a teaching job in a Malaysian University when he was offered the post and continued to work at his old job in the hospital, having moved to a small rented flat in Colombo.

    He to me is a true patriot of Sri Lanka in a way that Weerawansa or the Rajapakses or I could never be.

  124. shankar says:

    111. Hiranthi | July 26th, 2010 at 12:34 am
    To Navin again

    Navin

    o hope you are in Australia or somewhere abroad

    Stay there. Sri Lanka doesn’t need people like you
    ————————————————–

    Sorry to dissapoint you,navin is in one of the best Public Service in the world, namely our very own namo namo matha.

    Please don’t try to send people you don’t like to Australia. If you send navin there future Srilankans will find it difficult to immigrate to australia for 2 reasons, the aussies will get a bad opinion of srilankans and secondly and most importantly Navin will try to stop immigration full stop carrying the house full board.

  125. Hiranthi says:

    Thanks Shankar for the tip off about Navin

    But sorry we just dont want him here in Lanka where the focus is on reconciliation. Sinhala racists like Navin are redundant

    Shankar if you think Navin is unfit for society even down under why dont you dislodge a joey and put this sap in the Kangaroo pouch

    But wait. The Animal rights activists wont allow that no?

    Then what about packing him off to that white racist Pauline . Navin will be at home there but he wont be treated with respect

    He’ll have to be her slave I think shine her shoes and trim her toenails etc

    Serves tha racist right

  126. Jey says:

    We should not call this as a riots. In Tamil, the proper word is “thamizharukku adi”.
    Ever since 1958, the Tamils were threatened to get the “ADI” if they don’t obey goons. The goons were Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese too. But the people got affected were Tamils.

    DBS, you mentioned the incident prior to the 83 “adi” in Peradeniya. That was a well planned and staged act. At the same time, a handful of Brave Sinhala students stopped a huge mob from attacking the Akbar hall (hostel) and saved hundreds of Tamils. Long live those Sinhala brothers.
    But, too bad no one could stop the mob in the other hostels in Peradeniya.
    You know the rest.

  127. Das says:

    At a meeting held in the Ramakrishna Mission Hall in Wellawatte,in the aftermath of the riots, President J.R.Jayawardene admitted that the riots were planned and carried out by his own party members.
    During the carnage, he kept silent and his photo was on television with silence.
    He waited six days to declare Martial Law by which time hundreds had been killed,including the priest of Panadura Hindu Temple who was burned alive inside the temple.

    Panadura priest’s killing as in 1958……DBSJ

  128. Navin says:

    125. Hiranthi:

    If it makes me a racist for speaking anything that I have said, I have no problem with it. Its for you to consider if it makes sense or ignore it in total if it doesn’t.

    If labeling and hunting Sinhalese racists is the way to solve this problem, sure be my guest. If you ask me, its not very far from VP’s approach of attacking traitors or what Sinhalese mobs did in 1983.

  129. Navin says:

    Shankar if you think Navin is unfit for society even down under why dont you dislodge a joey and put this sap in the Kangaroo pouch
    But wait. The Animal rights activists wont allow that no?
    Then what about packing him off to that white racist Pauline . Navin will be at home there but he wont be treated with respect
    He’ll have to be her slave I think shine her shoes and trim her toenails etc
    Serves tha racist right

    … are these all the artistic ways that you could think of to send a racist to hell?… and these are the bleeding hearts who are trying to establish ethnic harmony in this country …

  130. Stephen Jones says:

    v/s the Massacres of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984 post Indira Gandhi assassination and which gave a boost to Sikh Militancy in Punjab

    The Khalistan movement had already been destroyed. That’s why the Sikhs killed Indira in revenge.

  131. Lankan Tamil says:

    Dear DBS,
    As a Christian, I have forgiven and now trying to foget the past.As Iam married to a Sinhala lady and having set of twins ( boy and a Girl) living in Canada.We often try our best revist the past and try to understad the problem we have in srilanka and pray with our hearts pouring to God asking his blessings on our motherland.

  132. senth says:

    82. Mandawala Hamuduruvo ,

    Thank you for your frank 21 comamdments ,
    threse confirns to me you are one of the courageous and racist monks who had made this pradise Island to it’s present sorry state. If your are a true buddhist/ monk you should confine your work to spirituality and serve the poor and down trodden irrespective weather they are Sinhala,Tamil,Musleem,christin,hindu ,buddhist, convict or prisoner . Why you have not spoken about what happned before 1948 and 1983?

  133. Mahesh says:

    129. Navin

    Please answer my response in 38 and 54.

  134. Navin says:

    124. shankar:

    … reasons, the aussies will get a bad opinion of srilankans and…

    Really? What a pity.

  135. senth says:

    96. Jason | ,
    Mate your comment revels that you are not only belind and deaf but bloody fool as well!

  136. Navin says:

    38:

    What is humiliating and what is not is in the way people think. You will be so concerned about these petty issues only if your personality is weak.

    If Tamils cannot visit a police station or police be allowed to question them, then we probably have to deploy UN peace keepers in Wellawathe. If there are problems at police stations, then those must be dealt with case by case if and when they happen. Insulating Tamils from the scrutiny of the security establishment is not the solution.

    If I may point out, some time back, a Sri Lankan fishermen got shot dead in Tamil Nadu for running away from police. Now that’s not after a 30 year old war.

    Looks like Hiranthi has judged you correctly……….DBSJ

  137. A Tamil says:

    120. A sinhalese -

    Now how is that any different from Sri Lanka Air Forcce dropping bombs on the entire Vanni population, when ordinary Tamil civilians were massacred – in Mullyvaaykkal – anything but ‘safe zone’ too?

    The Tamil Businesspersons who were ‘unfinished’ in the ’83 Pogrom were bumped off with the White vans. This was ‘humanitarian operation’ too??

  138. Sothynathan says:

    • Black july1983………..4000tamils= 40,000 Singhalis(JVP uprise until1989.
    Black May2009……40,000 tamils =??????? will wait until i die……Oh..Oh..HA…Ha
    What is there to laugh you moron…….DBSJ

    “The struggle of man (or woman) against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting”.

    It was not simply the numbers i am worried or laughing for. . It was the cold-blooded manner in which they were taken.When Colombo burned while Neros watched, fiddled and smirked but the sinister similarity in the way they were set alight………we called Black July83
    Blood May 2009 same old Neros with the different fiddle…..It ture only man is blamed Prabaharan warm from the hell in our community. Is him only? Let see the UN commission inquiry .I will wait until i die.

    Thank you DBS for your noble work

    DBSJ Responds:

    I understand what you meant now. Sorry for snapping at you…….

  139. ashamed says:

    Isnt this Mandawala Ganaya irritating? He is the Sinhala equivalent of the Tamil Subra Massey who has posted in these pages in the past. Is he trying to justify the pogrom when he laments that in 89-90, ngo’s were silent when many sinhalese died. He makes a big noise about all the good he is doing but his motives and views are plain for all to see.

    Could he also tell us in point form.

    1. Does he think there are any shortcommings in the way Sri Lanka is dealing with popular Tamil sentiment?

    2. If so what are his recommendations to address them.

    Answer these questions and we will decide whether you are just another Elle Gunawansa or whether you are more like the late Thanthirimale priest who was equally popular among both Tamils and Sinhalese.

  140. Nostradamus says:

    #106 Mahesh

    I think you are right . This # 82 Mandawala appears to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    If it walks like duck and quacks like duck, it must be a duck.

  141. Ruki says:

    I am very sorry for what my people the Sinhalese did to Tamils in July 1983. Sadly the atrocities continued under the pretext of war. The final assault was in May 2009. But there is Karma and the account has to be paid

  142. Praba says:

    Dear DBS
    I was 11 years old in 1983 and I have been chased out of my house and made a refugee twice by then, in the country I was born. (I have to thank my parents sinhalese friends who saved our lifes twice).
    Were you writing then and if you did can you republish what you wrote at that time regarding the Tamil issue.
    Also I never read ‘behind the cadjans’ an article I was told that you wrote can you also republish that please.

  143. Muru says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with the article. After reading the article and more than a hundred comments, I wonder , shouldn’t we mention the fate of Sinhalese who lived in North at the same time?

    Numbers may be smaller but the fate befallen upon them was no different I think. And unlike Colombu to where Tamils returned fairly soon, North-East did not welcome Singalese back and may died poor and without even seeing their homes again.

    .

  144. Mahesh says:

    136. Navin

    You have not answered me fully for even #38. Also please answer for the #54.

    Then I will answer you.

  145. Navin says:

    144. Mahesh:

    If there is a political solution then there would be no sympathizers for LTTE because there would be no Tamils left with any grievance.

    There will always be LTTE sympathizers unless the political solution is Eelam. Even if it is Eelam, I doubt whether it will stop there for the next stage will be border disputes. As long as Sinhalese retain their rights to N & E, I don’t have a problem with adopting a constitution that gives Tamils more power and visibility and so on. I have expressed these views before.

    Asking the people to register themselves is not seen to be right. It is humiliating.

    Its all in your head. Give the police the details they request and forget it and be on your way.

    Don’t say that they will not be subject to harassment at the police stations and also in the streets.
    Tomorrow they could be easily identified as Tamils and killed in the road by any state sponsored goon.
    Even if they carry their identity papers with them those papers could be destroyed by the police themselves and they may be taken to prison.

    The solution to all of the above is not to redefine the role of police or grant exceptions to Tamils but to remove the errant individuals. Between any inconvenience Tamils may have to undergo as a result of extra security procedures and my own safety when getting on to a bus or train, even if the assurance is minuscule, I choose the later. I don’t think anyone can blame me for that for what LTTE has done. You can say LTTE is dead and gone but how many suicide bombers or terrorist cells are out there? I’m surprised that we had peace even this long without hit and run attacks all over country.

    Many Tamils were let out of the IDP’s only to be returned to the open prison in the whole of the country.

    Your question is not clear. But in general, bluntly put, I shall not trade my safety for another person’s convenience. I will work with you to find a win-win solution for I empathize with you, but my safety comes first and I shall not apologize for that.

    What about the violence unleashed on the Tamils from 1956 onwards. You are talking about the violence for the past 30 years.
    What about the violence suffered by the Tamils from 1956 that is nearly twice as many number of years as yours.
    I wish some inquiry commission is appointed some ‘Lessons learn t and ….forgotten’ type of commission to investigate it also.

    So go investigate them too. But don’t start from 1956, start from pre independence and look at how political tussle got started between Tamils and Sinhalese. How 60% of country’s civil service came to be dominated by Tamils and how 40% of E-faculty came to be Tamil students etc. etc. all are important pieces. I have no trust in UN investigations but we have discussed these enough and many times before.

    The commission should also go about investigating the causes for the Tamil grievances and also should suggest their remedies. It should not shy away from suggesting any kind of remedy. Looking beyond conventional solutions also.
    Let no one die there again, be it Tamil or a Sinhala.

    Finally, don’t expect any further correspondence.

  146. peacelover says:

    Thank you DBSJ for this timely illustrative article. It shed the light on the history of suffering of Tamils and educates the younger generation on Tamil’s struggle to survive in that island.

    Thank you all Sinhala brethren and sistern who whole heartedly felt sorry for what happened to Tamils and apologize on behalf of all the Sinhalese.

    Mainly middle class and poor people live under poverty line on both side of ethnic divide suffered by this ongoing ethnic hatred very cleverly seeded in the minds of people by majority politicians for decades and aggressively after the so-called independence in 1948.

    Why they did and doing this until to this day? Greedy, power mongering, short-sighted majority politicians will continue to do this for their survival until a mass up rise against them. By fuelling ethnic hatred among its citizens politicians ensure their survival in the politics, which bring monetary benefit for self and people surround them.

    During JVP insurgency, I remember how many bodies of Sinhala youths and their family members were floating in rivers and burnt along roadsides. How many innocent Sinhalese were disappeared over night after picked up by STF, similar fate for Tamils from early seventies.

    I am begging every citizen of that island to realize that we have lost so many precious lives and lost a generation in fighting among ourselves in the name of pity human made divides such as religion, language, territory, land, etc. We ain’t brought anything and the same when we depart from this world. Life is short, so live and let others live.

    I hope civilized forward thinking Sinhalese and Tamils unite together to fight against fascist regime(s) in that island to restore peace, dignity and equal rights to every citizen in that island.

  147. Nadar says:

    Well, it took so long to bring this issue up again and what may have been the reason? Was it because there was trust in the ability of the boys to check the State sponsored aggression of such a scale, or was it because such elements were mostly absorbed in the ranks to defend the so called selected race from the mainlanders who don’t follow the same religion which was born there.Either way the boys did their job with credit and no one could have anticipated the main four foreign forces to have come out so openly and do what they have done.It’s history, if the memories of the pogrom are being raised to this extent now post-boys period, then there is some reason to believe that there aren’t any securities what so ever and it’s the begining of a slow-motion cold-pogrom which will not be known and can be stage managed by the huge number of forces which are being mainatined for this purpose.

  148. sjoseph says:

    145. Navin
    There will always be LTTE sympathizers unless the political solution is Eelam
    ———-

    That could be an easy way to eliminate LTTE supporters i guess.

    The process of Political solution may finally evolve in to Eelam to get rid of LTTE sympathisers.

  149. sjoseph says:

    India’s No.1 rating is being exposed now.

    SL batsmen Keeping in mind India’s training to LTTE and blast their weak bowlers.

    ha ha. :)

  150. futaint says:

    Dear DBS,
    I wouldnot ask you that where you stand for tamil pro,it is clear in your articles,but like you people why not from 1958 to 2009. make any case internationaly about sinhaless behavoiur from even 1948,that is your job expose as journalist you said got L .Piyadasa books,why do not make prove send article to Times in uk another countries look us we have taken case against humanity,even I born 1978,why not you like people can do that you mention I known him(L.Piya) etc .but , a day you we write that tamil wiil get freedom when you still live as long not land wise something like diffrent form. like us donot give up our strugle like you old man. our young and bright blood, so i better ask you that write brief article about tamils.we want to know, all sinhala politician who behind every mass murder to make or keep an account ,I know lots of them got paid and gone piceces,but you know our tamil leader got fully with cloth, removed by butcher sinhalese, i heard about sinhalese killedd his own mum for manyaal picecse to cut thorat.pls explain me Mr Dbs, like this help you do for young generation like us,do good service for our community, we are now all over the world.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I dont think you understand or know anything about me at all. If you are really interested why dont you try and read the articles I have written in the past? or for that matter take the trouble to research and read the material that is available by so many people from different perspectives? Why does this so called “younger generation” expect to be spoonfed and why does it have the arrogance to label people so easily?

  151. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    It will serve the cause of unity and reconciliation if some of the remorse expressed here is reflected in the major Sinhala-Tamil papers that enjoy a far wider audience. In such an event it might help to remember the Bakers, the students, the Muslim brethren – all of whom formed part of the plural society there. I am confident both Sinhala and Tamil people have it within them to rise above the prejudice and hate barrier and remove for all time the incubus within. Peace and reconciliation cannot be forced by the State. The much more effective element required must come from the people concerned themselves – as the German (post-1950s) and the Southern belt of the USA post-1968 example taught the world.

    ISS

  152. Don says:

    100. sjoseph |Do you suggest there is no hope for Srilanka?
    ———————————————————————–
    Firstly I think Navin puts up a logical argument and anyone who disagrees should meet his reasoning than calling him names.

    Secondly to answer your question Joseph, If Tamils rave on what happened in 1983 & have vengeance against the Sinhalese and Singhalese think Tamils are a threat for them, peace will never be there. In my view, key to peace is with the Tamils. How did Thondaman, the Estate Tamil with very little education get under the skin of the GOSL? Even at the last election, he picked the correct side to support while the elitist Tamils of the TNA got it horribly wrong. Now that they got MR off side, they are licking the bums of India to try to twist MR’s arm which can never happen. I think SL has a great future and our Tamil brothers and sisters should agree to share in that dream. More they think they are marginalised, they shall be. I am a black fellow working in white mans country. I am being discriminated because although I act for my boss, I wouldn’t get his job if there is another white fellow applying. If I rent a house, I must not cook curry because some white people do not like the smell! I can continue more. I put up because of a future for me and my children. Similarly Tamils must change their perception & there are very many Tamils in SL living and conducting their businesses successfully. All my Tamil friends in SL and abroad are quite rich and I am very happy! But what ever we are, if we have constant hatred to one another, then we will get hatred back and we will join the never ending cycle of violence and turbulent life. Our spirit will not be at rest. When we sow unhappiness, revenge, we shall also get it back. If we sow good deeds, what ever dirty thing the other guy does, we may not get good back but at least our spirit will rest in peace. The choice is ours, whether we are individuals or a community. VP did many damages & haven’t we had enough? Before him Tamils had cleaver and articulate leaders like Thiruchelvam, Nadesan, Cumarasooriya etc and now whom have they got in comparison? There is no point in going back to 1983 because we cannot change anything but we can change the future provided we change our attitude.

  153. Vithana says:

    As a Sinhalese I am shocked and ashamed of the terrible acts committed in July 83. I think JRJ’s behaviour as the country’s leader was shameful. I would sincerely like to say a deep sorry to all those innocent Tamils who suffered during that terrible week. I think we the Sinhalese were duly punished by God for over 25 years by way of the terror unleashed by the LTTE. I only hope that we learn to respect the Tamils as our fellow Sri Lankan brothers and treat them with utmost respect. Also I sincerely hope that someday our leaders will publicly apologise for this despicable, inhumane act that cost so many lives. We can forge a strong Sri Lankan identity and shed our ethnic differences for a better Sri LANAKA. FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART I SAY SORRY AGAIN TO MY FELLOW TAMILS..

  154. Mahesh says:

    145. Navin

    Asking the people to register themselves is not seen to be right. It is humiliating.

    Its all in your head. Give the police the details they request and forget it and be on your way.
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    No decent man will want to go to the police station or to the court. Subjecting every Tamil to such a procedure is harassment.

    This looks like the Endolution of the Nazis. The jews were first asked to wear an identity on them. then started the night of long knives.

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    The solution to all of the above is not to redefine the role of police or grant exceptions to Tamils

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    The Tamils are not exempted they are subjected to these procedures. Only the Sinhalese are exempted.

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    But in general, bluntly put, I shall not trade my safety for another person’s convenience. I will work with you to find a win-win solution for I empathize with you, but my safety comes first and I shall not apologize for that.

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    For your convenience the other man however decent and dignified he may be, needs to be subjected to ill-treatment. Isn’t it so?

    When there is this ‘we’ ‘them’ attitude then Eelam is there in the your mind. As long as Eelam is there in you peoples mind you will keep the flame burning in the minds of the tamils also.

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    So go investigate them too. But don’t start from 1956, start from pre independence and look at how political tussle got started between Tamils and Sinhalese. How 60% of country’s civil service came to be dominated by Tamils and how 40% of E-faculty came to be Tamil students etc. etc. all are important pieces.

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    Mind you when India gained Independence top 30-40 civil services would go to the tamils. Nobody complained it here.

    Today Tamils do not elect to the civil services. They go to USA, Europe and Australia as Software professionals.

    No body did some purge on the Tamils here.

    There are two ways you could become equal to the other person. Either work hard and become an equal or even excel him.

    Or you pull him down.

    You people have chosen to take the second alternative.

    The British first came to India and then came to Sri Lanka.

    Therefore they knew the tamils and their ways of working.

    That is the reason they were given importance.

    Sinhalese also are having the same caliber to excel in all matters.

    They chose to pull down instead of building up.

    In this rat race of pulling each other your island has suffered.

    This is what I feel happened. This kind of inferiority complex in the minds of the sinhalese, I am afraid was behind the violence and the anti Tamil politics witnessed in your country.

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    Finally, don’t expect any further correspondence.

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    As long as you rave and rant with your racist mind set, not only me, many others will be writing in this blog.

    whether you choose to reply or not is your privilege.

  155. Ravi Gee - Chennai says:

    DBSJ
    I am really moved by the apologies between people. It is really a good way of consoling fellow humans who are hurt.

    When I was going thro’ some of the best quotes I collected in my note book, I found the following is good one! It is an “APOLOGY” of some one. I am not sure whether it will suit your topic of the day. It depends on the individual and the context in which he is hurt.

    Anyway, this is my apology!

    “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread! Some fools are too rash and they enter in to the world of even devils with much gut to defeat them! How courageous fools are! So far, fools are lucky and get unnoticed by the devils as the later are too busy in their dirty jobs with much fun and fanfare. It is very sad that the angels are hurt by the rashness of those fools.

    I being a patented fool, the patent pending approval by accredited authorities, is little sensible though on rare occasions to understand a baby cry. It is because of this defect of being sensible, I was told, my patent is pending!

    Somewhere someone was hurt. Understood. Humbled.Sorry!
    Ravi Gee

  156. Ravi Gee - Chennai says:

    With reference to this pogrom, though you had put the Times UK’s report for the global readers. Fine. Actually the violence was not over in a day. It continued for few days. I am not sure how the majority highly circulating Sinhalese Newspapers viewed it. What editorials did they write in those days? Were there any “sensorship” – whether self imposed or from Government. Looters on the road would not be English speaking Sinhalese. It is the relatively thugs. What was the reporting? What was the semantics in Sinhalese language used? Any laterday analysis by Sinhalese literary scholars?

    I was in Gujarat in 2002. The English Newspapers carried out reasonably neutral versions of the report. Some, highly circulating Gujarati News papers, were at that time, according to my secular Gujarati friends did not cover it adequately. The language was in some places of the coverage was filthy.I do not know Gujarati. I just recalled what they said.

    In fact, in my view, a comparison between semantics of Sinhalese language reporting and Tamil language reporting may throw some light for future learning. May be bi lingual experts might have already done it. If some readers highlight the language, there might be some learnings

  157. Mahesh says:

    145. Navin

    I have no trust in UN investigations

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    Victims have the right to choose the court.

  158. Dilshan F says:

    It would not be proper if i don’t write a response to this article by DBSJ.

    I was 22 when July 83 mayhem started. I remember taking a Tamil gentleman from CBA Colombo on my bike with my full face helmet to hide his identity to his house in Dehiwela or Ratmalana. I hope that he is well.

    I saw a man being assaulted inside a CTB bus in the rear. I remember being stopped with my Tamil friend behind me and I said in Sinhala ‘Gahapan’ so as to they will not ask to see my friends identity.

    There are no words to express my sadness at what happened in July 83′ I only ask those who suffered to let go of their anger and find peace. I know if it were to happen again that I would give my life to protect the innocent if I can.

    I know that many whose houses were burnt down would have been horrified and greatly distressed. Small children would not have known why this is happening . I can only ask you to forgive the perpetrators of this violence.

    As a Sinhalese i always will carry this guilt committed by my brothers against our own brothers.

    May God bless you and shield all who suffered from further pain.

  159. Jey says:

    Speaking of Adi, when they beat the Tamils in 58 to 83, they told the Tamils to go to Jaffna and Batticaloa meaning that those places were recognized as their home. After that they tell the Tamils to go to Tamil Nadu, meaning the Tamil home land has been taken away. After this ????

  160. Anonymous says:

    This is the dock speech of N.Thangadurai who was beaten to death in Welikade jail in 1983. Though he was a separist, his appeal to the Sinhalese are noteworthy. As a mark of respect to the silenced voices in Welikade, please publish this extract:

    ..Tamil cultural wealth preserved for generations has been put to flames. What a mockery to think that these could be compensated by a few lakhs of rupees! Have all these acts of hurt and humiliation made the Tamil people lose their determination? Have they gone back on their ideals? These acts of hurt and humiliation have only strengthened their resolve. We have never missed an opportunity to make the Sri Lanka government conscious of our mind. Twice in two elections the Tamil people have recently re-stated their aspirations.
    Is it not ridiculous for a Government that promotes race hatred and race killings to look at us and call us ‘terrorists’? While on the one hand celebrations were going on to mark ‘50 years of Parliamentary democracy’, (in 1981) Tamil members of the same Parliament were subject to midnight arrest and the house of one Member of Parliament was set on fire. These are not acts that you can do in a civilised world and then hold your head high. You talk of terrorism and robbery. Has this country seen anything to compare with the state terrorism and the race hate carried out with state weaponry? We have even heard of influential Sri Lanka government politicians terrorising people with revolvers!
    Allegations are made that we are asking for separation, that we are trying to divide the country….What we ask for is not division but freedom. Why we ask this is not because of narrow (minded) thinking. What we hope to achieve is not only the emancipation of the Tamil people but the greater good of the Sinhalese people themselves. Why? Because, thereafter, the so-called Tamil problem will cease to be a livelihood for opportunist Sinhalese politicians. That will provide a chance for the Sinhalese people to free themselves from the political, social and economic shackles that bind them today and realize where their true slavery lies.
    There is no testament in the world that declares that a people who fight to recover their own rights or work for their self-determination are guilty of sedition or terrorism. Had you endorsed our basic human rights at the very beginning this situation would not have arisen. You had not only not recognised our rights but for the purpose of clinging on to political seats of power you had been injecting into the poor innocent Sinhalese people hate and venom over the past 35 years. That not all the Sinhala people have fallen victims to your racist poison has been proved by the fact that many of them during the time of race riots, have time and again rescued Tamils from armed thugs and complete extermination. It has been customary for every opposition party in Sri Lanka that wants to come to power to obstruct any settlement of the Tamil question and rouse the Sinhala people for that purpose.
    For the past quarter century, the ruling governments have like parrots kept on repeating the same threadbare statements ‘we will solve the Tamil question’. Whether we accept your solutions or not, what honest attempts have been made to solve the problems of the Tamils? While holding out the bogus promise of solving the problems of the Tamil people, you have spent all your time in trying to blunt Tamil resistance. What have the Tamil people asked you? Not economic benefits, not employment opportunities. That no such benefits could come from you is a fact well known to them.
    Even if you do come forward to grant these benefits, what guarantee can you give the Tamils that they could live with self-respect in this island in the future? What ever you give them without securing that self-respect will be alien to them.
    In this island there are sanctuaries for even wild animals, but upto now there is no sanctuary in any part of this island where Tamils can live without fear. This is not something we can expect from you in the future either.
    To those noble souls who keep on prating “terrorism, terrorism” we have something to say. Did you not get frightened of terrorism when hundreds of Tamils were massacred in cold blood, when racist hate spread like fire in this country of yours? Did terrorism mean nothing to you when Tamil women were raped? When cultural treasures were set on fire? When hundreds and hundreds of Tamil homes were looted? Why in 1977 alone 400 Tamils lost their lives reddening the sky above with their splattered blood – did you not see any terrorism then? Did your thoughts and feelings become deadened when it concerned Tamil lives and Tamil property or are your minds unable to conceive the very idea of Tamil suffering?
    There is nothing that prevents two neighbouring nations living in co-operation. You must not run away with the thought that our sole objective is to establish Tamil Eelam. Tamil Eelam certainly remains an objective because we have learnt through bitter experience over the past several years that it is only by establishing a State of Tamil Eelam can Tamils live with self-respect.
    But our vision is broader than that. Our vision is global. Wherever there is oppression, wherever there is violation of human dignity, whether in Africa or in Latin America, we are prepared to link hands with the oppressed and the under dog. When our vision is so global how can it fail to take into account the future good of the Sinhala people?
    May I mention this? We will not stop at raising our voices on behalf of those people. There is nothing that prevents two neighbouring nations living in co-operation. Even nations with differing policies get together for common economic good and for the purpose of common security. Does that mean that those nations give up their distinctive characteristics or sovereignty?
    We have to safeguard the collective good of this island. If at any time in the future a common organisation has to emerge which could withstand the political and economic onslaught made against third world countries particularly in the areas surrounding the Indian sub continent, you can be sure that Tamil Eelam will rise to lend its might in all co-operative endeavours that will raise the quality of life of the people of this part of the world.
    I want to ask this question from my Sinhala friends. Do you accept as correct and justified the various acts of oppression that the Tamil people have suffered until now not only in our land but in various parts of your land as a result of various acts of thuggery and terrorism? Do you also consider wrong our attempt to free ourselves from the inhumane oppression of your government?
    Believe me our freedom is an assured fact and will come. Once that happens your law books and terrorist laws cannot touch us. Thereafter you will be the sole ‘beneficiaries’ of the very laws that oppress us now.
    Will you urge your government to stop the injustice against us and acknowledge our sovereignty?
    Will you as a first step towards this and towards the eradication of terrorism, urge your government to recall the Sri Lanka Police Force and the Armed Forces – wholesale merchants of terrorism -from our soil?
    I leave it to you to decide whether you will show the world how committed you are to justice. Though belonging to a different nation, as fellow humans living in the same island we have participated in the inquiry hoping for your understanding. Today we have made our position quite clear. If the understanding that flows from this prompts you in the future to raise your voice on our behalf, our hearts will be filled with satisfaction.
    I wish to tell you sincerely here and now that even if this understanding does not become a reality, we will throw the full weight of our support behind you, when you rise up in the future to free yourselves and shatter the social and economic fetters that shackle you now.
    We are firm believers in the saying that what one sows one reaps. That is why our minds are calm. The seeds we sowed were not seeds of poison, our arrow heads were not dipped in venom. But my fervent prayer is that innocent Sinhala people should not have to reap what power hungry Sinhala politicians have sown. These tribulations are a boon bestowed by God to purify us.

  161. Anonymous says:

    Velupillai Prabakaran and the UNP leadership is totally responsible for these dasdardly acts on innocent Tamil people.

    The UNP has since gone down hill to an extent that the party faithful have become so desperate as evidenced by the self immolation of a hardcore supporter in front of the UNP head office.

    Some who were associated with the leadership team of 83 are still running the show.

    If The UNP ,which espouses free market philosophy, apply business type measurements to its performance , likes of KPI ,it would have been wound up a long time ago.

    The ruling party on the other hand which started as a break away faction by SWRD and Rajapaksa has gone from strength to strength.

    If anyone can prevent future racial conflagrations like the July 83 ,it will be the current crop of leaders in the ruling party.

  162. Sakthi says:

    Thanks, Anonymous 160 for sharing this with us.

    Very emotional speech! Unbelievably an excellent speech by someone considered as a Terrorist who was sentenced (I guess) to death by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court.

    QUOTE:

    “ THAT NOT ALL THE SINHALA PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN VICTIMS TO YOUR RACIST POISON HAS BEEN PROVED BY THE FACT THAT MANY OF THEM DURING THE TIME OF RACE RIOTS, HAVE TIME AND AGAIN RESCUED TAMILS FROM ARMED THUGS AND COMPLETE EXTERMINATION.”

    “BUT MY FERVENT PRAYER IS THAT INNOCENT SINHALA PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO REAP WHAT POWER HUNGRY SINHALA POLITICIANS HAVE SOWN.”

    It’s heartening to note the respect and love he had for Sinhala people.

    In fact Sinhala people are very nice people. Unfortunately some Tamils think Sinhalese are very nasty, but they are not. Tamils can not and should not hate Sinhalese people just because some goons committed heinous crimes against them. These goons don’t have love and respect for any community, whenever there is a race riot it is a festival for them, and they will change colors to fit the situation. If the attack is against Tamils and Muslims these goons will become Sinhalese, if it is against Sinhalese these goons will become Tamils or Muslims as the situation warrants. In a sense these goons are the real Sri Lankans who don’t have any racial or religious differences.

    But the fact is Sinhalese Governments incited the racist elements and created the situations for riots.

    It is high time a new organization “Justice for Tamils” formed by Sinhalese people to heal the wounds suffered by Tamils.

    Sinhalese papers in Sri Lanka should publish DBSJ’s article and this speech in Sinhalese so that it could reach ordinary Sinhalese people.

  163. Sothynathan says:

    Thank you,………. Anonymous #160,#161

    I feel better now

    Thanks again Mr DBSJ

  164. sjoseph says:

    159. Jey | July 27th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Speaking of Adi, when they beat the Tamils in 58 to 83, they told the Tamils to go to Jaffna and Batticaloa meaning that those places were recognized as their home.

    After that they tell the Tamils to go to Tamil Nadu, meaning the Tamil home land has been taken away. After this ????
    ——-

    After this???
    No more issues..

  165. Nimalan says:

    I looked at the topic of the essay and skipped it in the first instance – it has been painful every year in July to read articles on 83 riots.
    But, a friend of mine alerted yesterday to some of the comments made in the blog specially from people like Dharmasiri.
    It was some consiliation to see people like you.. hope with time the wound will heal.
    Reconcilliation is painful but it is the only way out for all of us…

  166. Lakshan says:

    Forget the past. Doesn’t it keep on hurting with every time you dwell in it? It was NOT “Sinhalese ” who traumatised Tamils in as much as it was NOT “Tamils” that was fought against and defeated in war against terrorism. It’s only a section of people. All had mistakes. Do not cultivate a fault finding mind. If you want to be helpful to mother Lanka do what you got to do NOW!

  167. Chinthaka says:

    Very sensible article…. There’s no doubt that sinhalese as a race will be ashamed of what was written against them in the history of 1983 specially, even though these acts were the results of an organised minority within them.

    I’m just thinking about the sinhalese who silently approved 1983 riots without taking part in it. As far as I can remember there were fears inside them and grievences of what some upper caste tamils were thinking, preaching and doing in that time.

    E.g., Amirthalingam’s wife’s speech in jaffna which said “Anthima sinhalayage hamen hadana sapaththu andina kum mata ninda yanne nae” – I can’t sleep until I wear shoes made of the last sinhalese skin – was one strong message that sinhalese had in their back of mind burning. Also, the tamil elite class living around Colombo and in Jaffna were indifferent in terms of how they treat to their or sinhalese people, but sinhalese took this quickly as an offence. May be tamil lower class were used to it, but sinhalese who didn’t experience much caste system based discriminations were thoruoghly offended with these matters and they had a poor knowledge of all tamils leading to prejudice.

    My openion is, especially high caste tamils who saw the danger of uprising of lower class tamils against their snobbish life styles too turned that towards a sinhala hatred for their own survival. I mean it is one side of the story too other than stupid sinhala ignorance towards tamils, I believe.

  168. Norsk says:

    Diaspora Tamils should be thankful for July 1983. If not for it, they wouldnt be leading comfortable lives in the west. They scream and shout against Sri Lanka, little realising that they would probably be in the Vanni tilling the land if not for July 1983.

  169. Don says:

    Dyan Jayathilaka has written a review on Narayan Swamy’s latest book, “the Tiger Vanquised” on trancurrents and I recommend interested people to read this as well as the book. I read his previous book “an Elusive mind” about the rise of prabakaren. Swamy is a well known Indian reporter & unbiased, not a sinhala or tamil, but some of my tamil friends dont think so! But it would be an excellent book I think.

  170. gamaya1 says:

    Chinthaka @167 – That is very right. I reminded this to someone who recently has been with Mrs Amirthalingam and son to Sri lanka. I asked them whether any one reminded them that speech. How can we blame Prabhakaran at the end of the day because Prabhakaran was created by these people (including Sinhalese b..d politicians). I still blame Prabhakaran for his stubborn stupidity and murderous facist regime. That’s why I am not sorry about the 2009 war and I am against all so called panels by hypocrytes from West.

    @160 This is the dock speech of N.Thangadurai who was beaten to death in Welikade jail in 1983 -

    Prior to this representative from Uma Maheshwaran et al made a similar speech. I can’t remember it was in rajaye Lipikaru Seva Sangama Shalawa (Gov Clerks meeting hall in Fort) or young spartacist meeting with Dr Gamlath. We were fighting capitalist JRJ government which destroyed our Sinhalese values and we were togther withTamils on this. Tamil struggle at the time gave us strength. Unfortunately JRJ and Indira used this cleverly for their own benefit and Prabhakaran high jacked the rest.
    So All I can say now is to go back to the drawing board and as another Sinhalese suggested here Sinhaelse should fight now for Tamils and Sinhalese together. Together we can make this. Not alone as TGTC and other tamil Racists preach. We should make the initiative.At the moment I am debating the posibility of changing my political stance to supporting tamil self determination agian or whether is it viable any more in current context? Making Tamil representative to rul Tamil areas is a first step on this.

  171. Norsk says:

    154 Mahesh

    “No decent man will want to go to the police station or to the court. Subjecting every Tamil to such a procedure is harassment.

    This looks like the Endolution of the Nazis. The jews were first asked to wear an identity on them. then started the night of long knives.”

    The security of the country is worth more than what a particular Tamil/Sinhalese/Muslim thinks. During the war, Tamils were the ones responsible for harbouring terrorists and weapons down south which led to the deaths of innnocent people. The government has a duty not to let the LTTE re-group so it is justifiable.

    “The Tamils are not exempted they are subjected to these procedures. Only the Sinhalese are exempted.

    The Sinhalese weren’t the ones strapping bombs onto themselves and blowing themselves up.

    “For your convenience the other man however decent and dignified he may be, needs to be subjected to ill-treatment. Isn’t it so?”

    Tamils as a community should have thought about the consequences of supporting a terrorist organisation. They live among the Sinhalese yet supported a group that wanted to wipe out the Sinhalese people. Is that fair?

    “When there is this ‘we’ ‘them’ attitude then Eelam is there in the your mind. As long as Eelam is there in you peoples mind you will keep the flame burning in the minds of the tamils also.”

    It’s the Tamils who wanted a Tamil-only country to live separately away from the non-Tamils. So it is the Tamils who have to change their attitude, not the Sinhaelse.

    “Mind you when India gained Independence top 30-40 civil services would go to the tamils. Nobody complained it here.”

    We do not care what happened in India. Tamils did not complain about discrimination against the Sinhalese when they were running the roost courtesy of the apartheid the British were practicing.

    “Today Tamils do not elect to the civil services. They go to USA, Europe and Australia as Software professionals.”

    And as refugees…

    “No body did some purge on the Tamils here.

    There are two ways you could become equal to the other person. Either work hard and become an equal or even excel him.

    Or you pull him down.

    You people have chosen to take the second alternative.”

    No, we chose to dismantle the apartheid the British were practicing and give the indigenous Sinhalese their rightful place in the country. The Jaffna Tamils did not want that. They were even against universal franchise.

    “The British first came to India and then came to Sri Lanka.

    Therefore they knew the tamils and their ways of working.

    That is the reason they were given importance.”

    The Tamils were used as indentured labourers by the British.

    “This is what I feel happened. This kind of inferiority complex in the minds of the sinhalese, I am afraid was behind the violence and the anti Tamil politics witnessed in your country.”

    As usual, Tamils always blaming somebody else for their plight. If anyone has an inferiority complex it is the Tamils, who want to claim everything as theirs.

    “As long as you rave and rant with your racist mind set, not only me, many others will be writing in this blog.”

    You yourself are a racist. Read your own comments before calling others racist.

  172. sri says:

    Dear DBSJ,
    Could you publish in full the speeches or statements made by Mr J.R.Jayawardene,Mr Gamini Dissanaike,Mr Lalith Athulathmuthali,Mr Ronnie de Mel and Mr Ananda Tissa De Alwis soon after the 1983 riots.
    Thanks

  173. Mavady says:

    As many of us, I too cannot forget the July-83. Because I lost my friend and class mate at Manipay where SL forces did open fire to the passengers from the CTB bus after Thinervelly attack. We were studied at one of the reputable college at Jaffna and used to go to private tuitions to Jaffna town at weekends. As usual, me and my friend went to tuitions (start 7am) via different routes but our buses were stopped by the public near Oddumadam , near Jaffna Town and we were told about the Thinervelly incidents and they advised us to return back. That was the last time I saw my friend there and after little chat he got into the bus(782) towards his home in Chankanai. Last word he said to me was “see u Monday”. But sadly that Monday never came. While his bus was approaching Manipay Junction; the bus was stopped by the truck full of SLA (or SLN) from the Mathakal camp. Without any questions; they started open fire on the passengers and many people including my class mate died.
    After few days violence against Tamils spread in South and other parts of the country. Thousands of Tamils were killed by Sinhala mobs who encouraged by the state. At the same time majority of Sinhala people risk their life to protect their Tamil friends and family. I don’t see this as a ethnic riots but as “state terrorism” against innocent Tamils. This was pretty clear that JR’s government directly responsible for this holocaust. This pogrom was well blessed by the President JR himself. JR who known as a” Cunning Fox” in the politics but made a miscalculation. May be he and his regime thought that by punishing the Tamils, they could ‘nip’ -Tamil’s uprising extremism – in the “bud”. But in reality, after July-83 “Tamil’s Extremism” moved to different dimensions. Most of the senior members from the LTTE, were victimised by the July-83 riots and came to NE by “Sithamparam” ship as refugees and joined with LTTE.( I THINK, That’s why VP let JR off the hook in way to thank him.) Also many more Tamil’s fled the country as refugees to all over the world. Whole world started to look down upon SL & Sinhala people. I heard when someone asked JR’s cabinet minister as “Why you let Tamil flee the country”? and he replied as “More Tamils more problem; less Tamils less problem”. Again they made a mistake. Today “Tamil Diaspora” are very powerful force and IF properly guide and coordinate them, they could make great impact on SL politics. Still I do not understand that what JR gained by attacking the Tamils and why he brought bad name to his country and Sinhala people ? Big question bucking my head, how did this Old Fox , escape from the Tiger hunt? I know that the Tamil people who affected directly or indirectly ; cannot distinguish these memories. But we can’t simply blame whole Sinhala communities for this political motivated holocaust. Indeed most of the Sinhala people genuinely feel guilty for these pogrom that carried out by their masters in the Power. Also many Tamils gratitude to the Sinhala friends who save their lives. While we go through these memories we should understand that any form of violence can’t be the solution to anything.

  174. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    Responding to Chintaka’s ( 167) comments please allow me to state the following (1) that purported remark of Mrs Amirthalingam’s appears to be part of the hate-campaign against the Tamils in those highly-charged times and this which touched the nerve of most Sinhalese – of all classes. To link it to Amirthalingam assured mileage because the young politician was the most articulate among the FP MPs then. For reasons explained below, her denial she never said that appears more likely.

    (2) I note a new element in the debate now as suggested here – that of upper class Jaffna Tamils looking down on Sinhala domestics,There is room to form this belief. I have also commented on this.

    (3) What exploded as the pogrom of 7/83, I am inclined to think, is more the success of that growing anti-Tamil campaign where marketing professionals appear to have been commissioned to make the project “widely marketable” (like Mrs Amir’s contested remarks)
    Sadly for all of us, the strategy has worked against the unity and the good of the country – for very many reasons since then.

    As to (1) in my many talks with Parliamentarians (Sinhala, Tamil, UNP, SLFP) and so on, almost all of them have unanimously rejected this. About 10 years ago I met a UNP Parliamentarian of the 1977 period.
    Over a period of time we became close friends, which we are till today. The Press made him out t be vociferous and anti-Tamil. Sometime before I met him my son – who was in the Finance industry – in the course of casual conversation at the home Dinner table mentioned his name and said they are looking at sanctioning a large loan to him (he has since left Parliament and was into industry) I mentioned what I thought of him and my son told me the gentleman is quiet, of a very pleasant nature and unlikely to fit in the image I had of him. I let it pass. But when I eventually met him and we became close I found him to the very idea of what an gentleman should be – educated (medical doctor) agreeable in speech, respectful to others and deeply religious. In due time when I mentioned the Amirthaligam matter he was emphatic it was false propaganda. He said he had heard his name wrongly used and regretted this very much.
    What more he said the Amirthalingams were family friends, “very decent people” and unlikely to make such incendiary remarks even for political gain. He said both he and his wife spent hours at Amir’s funeral. He later on went to own one of Colombo largest and most modern private hospitals whose value rose to an extent he had an offer in which he would have made Rs.2 billion more than his investment. He told me undettered “what can I do with Rs.2 billion? I want to see how I can help the people, develop the country as much as I can and provide some jobs to people” That was him. He was such a humble man when I held a high position in the State, he phoned me several times in the matter of a small loan to one of his former constituents, a peon in government service – that my organization was engaged in. This gentleman has since sold the hospital and was about to engage in setting up a University type of institute of higher education. When I asked him why he quit politics he laughed and said “it is no joy to see 500 people seated in front of your home daily from 5 am whose problems, at any rate, the system has no plans to settle” Besides, he said, escaping machine-gun assassination attempts that he and his wife escaped from (suspected to be from the leadership of his own party) was enough. I wish to assure Tamil audiences in the leadership there are many such fine Sinhala people around too – still.

    Please allow me also to state, as I have done in these columns before, it is not consonant with the Tamil language to say “we must skin and make slippers” Please ask anyone with a fair knowledge of Tamil. Besides in Jaffna society where caste is an important factor, even in fury, the usage of such language and expressions are very unlikely. At a different level in Tamil society the expression “avanai seruppala adikkavendrum” is sometimes used to punish someone accused of a grave aberration (“Must hammer that fellow in my slippers would be a close enough translation)

    As to (2) I plead guilty. But let me assure that this is not racially confined. Tamils within the society are
    Worse sufferers. Remember “drawing water from the well” “Temple entry” days and before. Society is since changing and some of the militant organizations should be credited for advancing the arrival of the sense of equality and the gradual demise of casteism and the numerous injustice associated with it.
    How many are aware there was a time when liberalism was coming in gradually in the 19th century certain classes in the North – seeing their children have to school with “the others” – insisted they be given tables of a higher elevation than the rest. There was the case of a coastal clan who was supposed only to move around only after darkness sets in. Also, they were given a wooden vehicle roped in to their body in which as they pass their tracks in the sand were obliterated. The belief then was those people were so polluted even their tracks were bad for “the others” Sounds like comedy now – but it was the fact of life for many for a long time. Fortunately, for all of us and society as Bob Dylan sang “the times they are a-changing”

    In as much as the marketing strategy to unite us succeeded then, it is upto today’ society to come with a more successful plan to unite us in the coming decades. Society in general must accept this as one of the challenges ahead in Nation Building. For God’s sake, don’t ask me what were those many numbers of National Building ministers doing all this time? The answer probably was that came from one of them – probably agreed by others “Politics is our family business” Whie nearly 20 million suffer and are uncertain of the future there are a very few who will say with a satisfied “business has never been this good, I say” in those immortal thoughts of Charles Dickens “it was the best of times (for a very few) and it was the worse of times (almost for everyone else) But the point here is the French since Louis (14th) and Marie Antoinette (“if you don’t have bread, eat cake – hi hi”) have been annually celebrating Bastille Day.

    ISS

  175. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    Since my last comment members of my family – more qualified and knowledgeable than I in the Tamil language, its various nuances etc tell me the “Seruppala …” expression is an import from the Tamil-speaking Muslims of the deep South – some of them in the Tannery business itself that they brought here – and remains in the lexicon of their descendants and our Muslim brethren here since then. There is no suggestion of inferiority/superiority in language, culture etc here. I yield to the better knowledge and judgement of my relatives – keen readers of these columns.

    ISS

  176. shankar says:

    166. Lakshan | July 28th, 2010 at 2:27 am
    Forget the past
    —————————
    Forgive the past will be more appropriate. Sometimes to forget is impossible, but to forgive is possible. Christ was right. By forgiving you get rid of the bile and bitterness in your system and become healthy again.

  177. Ravi Gee says:

    In continuation of what I said earlier (Mail # 156) on the communication in the local language newspapers relating to violence, I want to explore the impact of cartoonists in depicting violence. Will exploring a cartoonist’s mind help us reduce violence?

    We need to understand what the cartoons were at the time of the event in 1983 in Sinhalese, Tamil and English papers/magazines of SL. These SL cartoonists lived those moments unlike overseas, say Indian cartoonists. A comparison can be made, not to compare the ‘professionalism’ but to see the impact the local cartoonists could create vis a vis the far-off observers. Any woman cartoonist? (Rare specie?) May be a different perspective ?

    1. Inter language comparisons can also be made to study the view perceived by the cartoonists in their respective languages.

    2. What is their caste or family back ground? Is it giving any better impact or perspective to the incident?

    3. The cartoonists are always in search of theme. Getting an idea for good joke is difficult. So, now the moment of sorrow has arrived! Comfort zone! Weeping is easy! Are the cartoonists gradually degraded in to ‘just weepers’ – just an annual ritual or continue to be angry as a generation has changed? (Please excuse me for being insensitive in my language.)

    4. Is the change in generation of cartoonists any impact on the cartoons? Are they remorse? Being remorse will come over a period of time only.

    5. How suspicious were these cartoonists in their jobs when so many ‘peacetimes’ came? Are the Tamil cartoonists more suspicious? Are the Sinhalese cartoonists ‘less positive’ on the other side?

    6. They will also tell you the ‘hidden hand’ on both the sides. Did any cartoonist try to escape the hidden hand and express his positive view?

    7. Being negative in a hopeless situation is easy. A comfort zone! Being positive when everybody is negative is a difficult choice.

    8. The challenge faced by the cartoonist is not an incident to crack some joke. Now he has to draw the impact of violence to bring emotions in the viewer’s mind. The viewer should see the violence in such a manner that he must dislike it. Disapprove it.It is not a colorful photo album! He has to live those moments, live inside-look out- draw and get inside-see his cartoon whether it gives the desired ‘results’, if not redraw and again verify. This is a painful repeated in-out, in-out – then ‘tangible results’ (drawing cartoon) process. (Look, the violence makers are also undergoing similar process in their mind – need not be a moment of anger but a gradual build-up– but the ‘tangible results’ – are violence. Am I right?)

    9. I am not sure. As I am not a cartoonist, exploring the mind of the cartoonists either from their cartoons or engaging with them or by both may help us to reduce violence here.

    R-Gee

  178. Ransirimal Fernando says:

    D.B.S.,
    Seeking your kind permission to translate this writeup into Sinhala and post it in the web.
    A quick reply is very much appreciated.

    Thanks

    -ransirimal


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    PS: my email to your address dbsjeyaraj2005@yahoo.com failed.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    You are most welcome to translate it as long as you do i in full and not selectively in parts

    My e-mail addresses are djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com and dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com

  179. gamaya1 says:

    First time .. I agree with ISS comment.

  180. Ravi Gee says:

    In the electronic age, the TV media has much better resources in terms of immediacy and moving images. You can repeat it endlessly. It is just a technically clerical operation. Tell the operator in the TV centre to press the replay button. Impact is there! But repeated replay, often results in no impact. Channel is changed with pop corns and peanuts by the ‘witnesses of violence’ in the drawing rooms.

    Wait, will the repeated replay really has no impact? (Let me ignore the criticism of the security forces that repeated reply by TV was a hindrance to it. Their perspective was different. Let us not get confused.)

    I can not say anything for Sri Lanka in 1983 or today, I can say something for what happened in Bombay during 26/11/2008 shoot out by Pakistani intruders. It may give some insight (I was watching TV like all TV viewers and was not in Bombay)

    Under normal circumstances – or abnormal times like 2002 Gujarat, repeated replay would have created passions and flare ups. But on 26/11, it did not create any fuming by the majority Hindus on minority Muslims. There was tremendous cooperation between people.

    What made the people to choose peace as against violence?

    What extra input did they have? Or did not have?

    What made the majority to get the perspective that the minority was not my enemy – (despite all rabble rousers were working very hard)?

    What extra steps did the minority make towards the majority in getting that perspective (instead searching for stones, bombs and protective gears)?

    Have not BOTH majority and minority taken steps towards each other shedding their mutual suspicions?

    If yes, how do we sustain it so that we can avoid violence between communities?

    Will there be any lesson for Sri Lanka in this?
    R-Gee

    Let me admit. I am not an expert on anything. Only an arm chair observer of society. I ask questions and explore answers honestly.

  181. Dr.Thiagu says:

    Dear pease loving Sinhala brotherin,good hearted Sinhala,apologised Sinhala, and other Sinhala protetcters of human rights, yor task is extreemly hard and very stranuous are you up to it? Can you Work and and sacrifice more than Tamils have already endured?

    Symbol at Buddha Gaya

    By: Dr C P Thiagarajah

    An Indian news reported that a Stupa (a dome) made of empty cartridge shells and remnants of weaponry left behind from Sri Lanka’s long civil war had become a major tourist attraction in Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya, in India’s Bihar State. This monumental piece of work by Sri-Lankan was donated this February by a military group from Sri Lanka, apparently to spread a message of peace among world citizens.

    Stupa Made of Cartridge Shells

    A Buddhist monk at the Mahabodhi Temple it appears had explained the significance of erecting the symbol that was made of shells that caused the genocide of 40000 Tamil civilians in May 2009 in the last war between the Government of Sri-Lanka (GSL) and the LTTE or Tigers. The monk Bhante Sivali Thero had said that they pray that no war like the 30 years war that was concluded in May 2009 never takes place, not only in our country but also anywhere in the world and peace prevails in the society.” The prelate failed to divulge that this stupa also portrays to the world that the components and composite materials also maimed many a thousands Tamil civilians wantonly causing misery for life. An Indian field-hospital reported that it provided emergency care or medical assistance to over 50,000 people harmed during the fighting.

    The statistic of civilian disfigured or whose body parts were amputated in the war was disclosed by the award-winning French charity Handicap International (HI) that works with victims of war throughout the world. HI’s Sri Lanka director Satish Misra said the number of maimed could be “about 25,000 to 30,000 people”. Amanda Hodge, a UK based independent journalist also wrote in the web that up to 30,000 civilians trapped in the last days of Sri Lanka’s civil war had been left seriously disabled with lost limbs or paralysis. Mr Satish Mishra further said the group had delivered more than 1000 sets of crutches, wheelchairs and other devices to civilians in refugee camps in the country’s north and east. All 30,000 people will require these types of aids to maintain mobility.

    This was not the bloodless liberation of Tamils that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse claimed to have brought about by prosecuting this war unilaterally with help from the International Community. Having banned journalists, international non governmental organisations and neutral observers from the conflict zone, this war had been fought without any witnesses to support his claims except the biased Sinhalese communalists. Though the GSL master minded to keep the genocide away from the world attention by press, other media gag and banning foreign NGOs into the war front/zone the watchful eye of the bulwark of democracy America had caught the holocaust in its satellite photographs. Here is the evidence.

    Satellite Photograph of IDP camps in Mullivaikal. Left camps intact and Right after GSL army bombardment Tents Burnt out

    The war was in fact a massacre of the innocents; the annihilation of the Vanni population. Mr Gordon Weiss the resident representative of the UN at the time of the war had told the media that nearly 40000 Tamil civilians were sacrificed/martyred in the war at Mullivaikal and the ‘No Fire Zones’.

    Mr Gordon Weiss of UN

    Therefore, the Sri-Lankan stupa will remain an eyesore at a holy place where the highest human soul (Buddha) attained Nirvana. It will be a blemish on the landscape of the holy place. What a shame! What a buffoonery is this?

    Sinhala people who total only about 18 million in the world think themselves to be ideologist but they exhibited their foolishness in erecting this sinister symbol at Buddha Gaya. Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMD) representing peace was never heard of in the history of any religion. The Buddha himself was clear on politics as well as on war and peace. Buddhism advocates and preaches non-violence and peace as its universal message. It does not approve any kind of violence or destruction of life. According to Buddhism there is nothing that can be called a just war. The term is a façade behind which hide hatred, cruelty, violence, and massacre.

    The present day Buddhist monk in Sri-Lanka give strange interpretation to Buddhist philosophy probably because they are frogs in a well and because they a community confined to only 18 million and do not interact with other Buddhists. The first sermon of the Buddha in the Deer Park at Isipatana (the resort of the seers) near Benares to his five bhikkhu disciples was on the Middle path. Middle path is the path between two ways of life that are at two extremes. One is the devotion to the indulgence of sense of pleasures which is painful and unworthy and the other is self mortification which is also painful and unworthy. The middle path is the Noble Eightfold Path namely right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.

    The Buddha even prescribed the duties of a head of a government in his teaching of the ‘Ten duties of a King’. They are dana (charity or generosity), sila ( High moral character), pariccaga (sacrifice for the good of the people), ajjava (Honesty and integrity), maddava (Kindness), tapa (austerity in habits), akkodha (free from hatred), avihimsa (non-violence), kbanti (tolerance) and avirodha (non opposition). The Buddhist government of MR broke all these rules preached by Lord Buddha.

    The Tamil Diaspora is exposing all these tyranny because they love their place of origin. Lord Byron said “He who loves not his country, can love nothing”. Tamils love peace and love freedom and want self rule for themselves in their traditional homeland of the North and East of Sri-lanka. They want to die for their homeland as prompted by Lord Macaulay in his poem.

    “And how can man die better
    Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers
    And the temples of his gods”.

  182. RajasH says:

    From SWRD to JR to Mahinda all have laid the seeds of Sinhala Racism. This is to ensure the Sinhala racism and domination smears on. I remeber 1959 riots as well as 1983 pogrom. Tamils were atleast able to flee, by ships etc, to their homeland and safe heaven of their ancestors homes. Now that LTTE is defetaed and North and East under military rule, where can the Tamils flee in the event of another July 1983

  183. Ani says:

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    A mound like structure made of empty cartridges attracts tourists in Bodhgaya

    2010-07-24 20:40:00

    A unique mound-like structure called ‘Stupa’ made of empty cartridges from the Sri Lankan civil war has turned a major draw for tourists in Bodhgaya.

    The Stupa was established in Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya this February to spread message of peace among the people in the world.

    “A military group from Sri Lanka donated a Stupa made of empty cartridges. Like there was a war situation in Sri Lanka for the past 30 years and everybody all over the world was worried because of it. So we pray, that such kind of war never takes place, not only in our country but also no where in the world and peace prevails in the society,” said Bhante Sivli Thero, a priest at Mahabodhi temple.

    The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, which is located in the temple complex.

    It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built entirely in brick and still standing. It is 52 meters high and has a 24 meters high Buddha statue.

    The 1949 Bodhgaya Act recognised the site as a Buddhist holy place and in 2002, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared the Mahabodhi Temple. By Surya Pratap Singh (ANI)

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  184. Anonymous says:

    Although I have been away from the country for many decades, I still remember this remarks about the”Sereppuwa.”

    There is no smoke without a fire.

    The killing of 13 soldiers by Mr V Prabakaran was ample enough to arouse the Sinhala emotions.

    The UNP politicians made good use of it to motivate its activists, the hoons and the thugs.

    An absolute Majority of Sinhalese here have expressed their sorrow and shame over this unwarranted carnage on innocent civilians..

    Our close friends, some of whom lost everything are a constant reminder of this sordid incident.

    People like this commentator should put the blame on the guilty parties instead of trying to protect them.

  185. sjoseph says:

    # 168. Norsk
    Diaspora Tamils should be thankful for July 1983. If not for it, they wouldnt be leading comfortable lives in the west. They scream and shout against Sri Lanka, little realising that they would probably be in the Vanni tilling the land if not for July 1983
    —-

    SL Tamils would be ever grateful to Sinhalese for this favour.

  186. sjoseph says:

    168. Norsk
    Diaspora Tamils should be thankful for July 1983. If not for it, they wouldnt be leading comfortable lives in the west. They scream and shout against Sri Lanka, little realising that they would probably be in the Vanni tilling the land if not for July 1983
    —-

    No worries, friend.

    Tamil Diaspora who got benefitted and thankful to sinhalese for July 1983, begin to support GOSL now.

    —–

  187. shankar says:

    #182-RajasH

    Tamils were atleast able to flee, by ships etc, to their homeland and safe heaven of their ancestors homes. Now that LTTE is defetaed and North and East under military rule, where can the Tamils flee in the event of another July 1983
    —————————————————–
    back to north and east and tamilnadu. What are you talking?north and east was under military rule in 1983.

    There is also this country called greenland, a overseas territory of Denmark. Terribly huge and vastly underpopulated.

  188. sjoseph says:

    # 182. RajasH
    Now that LTTE is defetaed and North and East under military rule, where can the Tamils flee in the event of another July 1983
    ———
    It would be difficult to think consequences ahead of such bitter incidents .

    one choice may be to flee in to the forests and start a guerilla warfare all over again.

  189. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    Anonymous (#184) The killing of the 13 soldiers and Lt Vaas Gunawardena was not that caused the pogrom – something that you know very well.
    The Lists were prepared months before; Festus Perera was just one leader who “assured” his goons “the paadama” is on its way in early June 83…The “Serappuwa” story is a lie to work your kind of sick minds…Are you ready to admit the Sinhala suffer more today – and probably this will get worse in the coming months/years – than the Tamils. This is not a wish but this is the reality. The only reason why some of you do not realise this is because you are still swimming in your sea of anti-Tamil prejudice..Tamils are deliberately prevented from running their affairs of the fear in a brief period of time they will develop the NEP faster. Tamils – here and in the diaspora – know this all too well and will, in due course of time, will see their fortunes change.

    ISS

  190. joseph says:

    இலங்கை தமிழர்கள் சுயமரியாதையுடன் வாழ்வதற்கு தேவையான எல்லா நடவடிக்கைகளும் இயன்ற வரையில் தாங்கள் மேற்கொள்வதாக நன்றி.

  191. Mahavansa says:

    Firstly, let me express my wholehearted regret for what transpired against Sri Lankan Tamils outside the North and East in 1983 and 1958… We are sorry..

    I have seen several Sinhalese coming here and apologising for what happened in 1983
    However the atrocities commited against Sinhalese in the North and East (both in 1958 and 1983) are omitted either intentionally or un-intentionally…Perhaps the term ‘ethnic riots’ where both sides commit violence, is less romantic than the ‘anti-tamil’ riots where only one side committed atrocities.

    The 1958 riots started in Batticaloa and spread to the rest of the country..The Sinhala population in Batticaloa went down from 20% to 2-3% overnight in 1958..In 1983, there were 70,000 Sinhalese living in the North (including 25,000 in Jaffna district)..What happened to the Tamils in Colombo, happened to the Sinhalese in Jaffna in 1983..They too lost their wealth and some their lives..

    The difference lies in what has happened afterwards..Today non-Sinhalese account for 60+% of the population of Colombo (registrations or not)..The Sinhala residents in Jaffna are 0%…And many people writing here want to keep it that way..NORTH AND EAST FOR TAMILS ONLY, THE REST FOR EVERYONE TO SHARE EQUALLY..IS THIS EQUALITY AND JUSTICE??

  192. RajasH says:

    #191 Mahavansa
    Not sure of your statistics please quote source. That aside I would like to make two poitns (a)North and East are traditional Tamil homeland rich with Tamil culture.The issues is that the Tamil tradition and culture and religion is been obliterated.

    The Tamils living in the rest of the country are economically supporting and developing these regions. They are not obliterating the Sinhala culture or religion.

    (2)The only Sinhala people who would live or lived in the NE are either the family of the defence forces or forcibly put their with financial support as part of the colonisation.
    No Sinhalese will willingly go and live in NE simply because there is no economic development to the liking of the mindset of the Sinhala people.

  193. Chamalka Alwis says:

    #191 ,

    I have been reading DBSJs articles for the past few months but never made a single comment . but after seeing ur comment i thought of making 1 since most of my friends share similar thoughts .
    we Sinhalese always want to dominate the whole country and i feel that is the main reason behind this conflict . i was recently in Ampara and ws shocked to learn tht only two shops run by muslims are there within the town. thats so unusual since we can see many muslim merchants even in the down south . and most of the people i spoke were not happy with having a Tamil cheif minister (just becoz he’s a Tamil ) but Ampara was a Tamil dominated area before a century . i ‘m very sure the same will happen to the north within few years if MR continues to be the president .

    Sri Lanka will never ever prosper as long as we drop that Sinhala -buddhist only mentality . I’d love to see a multiracial parliament like the one they have in Singapore one day .

  194. Anonymous says:

    Ref comment 184, I am not sure what sort of lists this gentleman is talking about?.

    With the well heeled connections of Mr ISS to the UNP hobnobs ,starting with Mr DSS, he probably knows something which the average Joe Blows like me are not privy to..

    Sinhalese generally have a good sense of humor. It will take a lot more than a silly remark from a Tamil lady about her “Sinhala Skin Thongs.”to work them to a frenzy and commit the atrocities of July 83.

    I am happy to hear from Mr ISS that the Tamil people are not the group that is suffering most today.

    If that is so where do these allegations of hardships and sufferings of the citizens in the NEP coming from?

    Are these just concerted propaganda by the Diaspora to get the Western sympathy.?

    The NEP was under the total grip of MR VP and the Boys for 30 years.
    I don’t think much development took place during this lengthy period despite Mr ISS’s confidence.

    The 3000000 odd refugees who poured into the liberated areas, did not show much prosperity in their physical appearance.

    Neither did I see any multi story buildings or super markets in those areas.

    Today the anecdotal evidence points to rapid growth in wealth in these areas due to local tourism and agriculture.

    Reading about the intensity of the economic activity such as the new entrepreneurs converting their abodes to makeshift guest houses and the farmers & fishermen sending their beautiful red onions and tasty dried fish to Pettah “Sillara Kades” makes me believe that the NE people will get back to a prosperous life soon.

  195. Anonymous says:

    Ref comment 189, I am not sure what sort of lists this gentleman is talking about?.

    With the well heeled connections of Mr ISS to the UNP hobnobs ,starting with Mr DSS, he probably knows something which the average Joe Blows like me are not privy to..

    Sinhalese generally have a good sense of humor. It will take a lot more than a silly remark from a Tamil lady about her “Sinhala Skin Thongs.”to work them to a frenzy and commit the atrocities of July 83.

    I am happy to hear from Mr ISS that the Tamil people are not the group that is suffering most today.

    If that is so where do these allegations of hardships and sufferings of the citizens in the NEP coming from?

    Are these just concerted propaganda by the Diaspora to get the Western sympathy.?

    The NEP was under the total grip of MR VP and the Boys for 30 years.
    I don’t think much development took place during this lengthy period despite Mr ISS’s confidence.

    The 3000000 odd refugees who poured into the liberated areas, did not show much prosperity in their physical appearance.

    Neither did I see any multi story buildings or super markets in those areas.

    Today the anecdotal evidence points to rapid growth in wealth in these areas due to local tourism and agriculture.

    Reading about the intensity of the economic activity such as the new entrepreneurs converting their abodes to makeshift guest houses and the farmers & fishermen sending their beautiful red onions and tasty dried fish to Pettah “Sillara Kades” makes me believe that the NE people will get back to a prosperous life soon.

  196. RajasH says:

    #168 Norsk
    Diaspora Tamils should be thankful for July 1983. If not for it, they wouldnt be leading comfortable lives in the west. They scream and shout against Sri Lanka, little realising that they would probably be in the Vanni tilling the land if not for July 1983

    In particular the second generation Tamils are doing extremely well. All over the world.

  197. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    Your figure of 3 million refugees is as flawed as the rest of your mendacious comments. Do you really want us to believe you are unaware of “the List” that was the basis in which your “patriot”goons went about destryong Tamil homes and trades in July 83. Your knowledge of Pettah business ways is just as bad. Traders from the North do not send their commodities to “Sillara Kades” (retail shops) They send them to established Wholesalers
    (Thoga velandho). Take it from me, I owned several of them.

    ISS

  198. shankar says:

    191-mahavansa

    The 1958 riots started in Batticaloa and spread to the rest of the country..The Sinhala population in Batticaloa went down from 20% to 2-3% overnight in 1958..In 1983, there were 70,000 Sinhalese living in the North (including 25,000 in Jaffna district)..
    ———————————————————————
    JR evacuated the sinhalese from jaffna. Can that be considered an atrocity by tamils against sinhalese if his excellency the president decides to pull them out as a precautionary measure.

    As for 1958 riots starting in batticaloa, that is indeed news to me. I hope you don’t include the 1956, 1977 and 1981 riots also a starting in tamil areas.

    If the sinhalese run out of tamil areas at the first whiff of trouble that their brethren are creating in their own areas against the tamils, is that an atrocity by tamils against sinhalese. When the policeman who were encouraging the mobs burn and kill tamils shin up the nerest tree and hide the moment the rumour spreads that tigers are attacking colombo, you will say that is an atrocity by tamils against sinhalese policeman and if the sinhalese in colombo are driving like mad to their houses to lock themselves in because the kotiyas have come that also i suppose an atrocity by the tamils.

    Best of luck in you endevour to rewrite the mahawamsa

  199. JBala says:

    Firstly, no offence but I do not believe in either Sinhalaese or Tamils offering apologies to one another here unless they were directly involved in some harm. I for one cannot offer apologies for what some men, connected by blood or not, who had their own minds, warped as they were, did to affect others lives. They had failed to see any sense in the Dhamma or any other peaceful ideology and were possibly heavily influenced by those in power with a hidden agenda.

    Also, I would like to extend my gratitude to the author of the article as though my vocabulary is not extensive enough to understand everything being said, and my concentration not long enough, it is enlightening to read about past events which have occured in SL when I was still not born as well as heartening to know that these articles are being published.

    I think it is important that these events are not forgotten or intentionally buried. It is sickening and embarassing to learn that many men who were in power at the time and were heavily involved with the violence have not been brought to book. Disgusting to think that some people believe that these people represent the race that I was born into.

    However, I also firmly believe that these events, as serious as they were, should be put aside for a later moment when we can properly address them once the country has reached a proper level of development and understanding. The bigger picture has to be looked at. Colonisation of our country has possibly had a heavy hand in these events. Then again, all this has happened already and cannot be changed. We are where we are now. We cannot dwell on this topic at length at the moment. We must re-build our image of an peaceful united island community as well as rebuild our economy.

    The subject of the leaders of the current government and the apparent attempt to create a dynasty and their method of governing should be the focus of debate. The government should know that the people are at the forefront of this country and at the moment a large majority of the public are unhappy. Deeply corrupt and power hungry ministers and leaders with many equally disgraceful cronies in their entourage stopping traffic in the street so that they can pass, monks in politics..a political party for monks! What is going on. How embarrassing.

    Please stop the arguing about who is to blame now, and start concentrating on the ‘NOW’ state of the country. Other matters can be dealt with later once we have reached a stage of stability.

    For the sake of my generation, do what you can to help us re build this once proud nation.

    - a SL kolla / thambi

  200. Ravi Gee says:

    When I was in Sri Lanka recently, I happened to see a matrimonial advertisement in a reputed English newspaper. In fact these matrimonial will give different insights about society. It will express what social values the society has for men and women. There were many advts in a Colombo News paper that were typical. I am aware that caste was a curse in India and Lord Buddha rose against it.

    But, to my surprise, I found most of the advertisements highlight the name of castes. There was also a trend, mostly declaring “DOWRY IS ACCEPTABLE”!. What is acceptable? It is only a parliamentary language! The truth may be a direct DEMAND! One typical advt I saw said, “ A Doctor from xxxxx caste, respectable family, Brother overseas, Good salary, Dowry will be given”

    Do you expect a medical doctor, a respectable professional; an earning member of your Sinhala Buddhist community to give dowry to her would- be- husband to get married? Is it not bribe? corruption? If not, then what?

    Is there any tax concession or rebate for dowry? Cheque or by cash?

    If a lady doctor has to pay dowry, then how will the poor pay?

    I hope elephants do not have to pay dowry for mating! Yes I do hope. We all live in hopes only.

    Due to impact of war, there could be many war-widows.

    I am not sure whether widow-remarriage is permissible. You may pay pension to a widow. Is that enough?

    How will a poor widow pay dowry, even if widow-remarriage is permissible?

    Is it not ill treating your women? If a society does not respect its women, will it ever rise, howsoever ‘victorious’ you are?

    Who are victorious? What victory means?

    Men are victorious! But women are defeated! Excellent! Jeya Veva!

    So, Tamils are not defeated, right? No, Tamil women are also crying……

    Then who did you all men defeat ? For whom, these victory celebrations are?

    All Women are defeated! Men are the victorious!

    Please erect statues for all men. Let the women cry!

  201. Mahesh says:

    181. Dr.Thiagu

    and

    183. Ani

    ——————————-

    Friends. You were talking about the stupa raised from the empty cartridges used in the war.

    There were many Kings in the history who built pyramids out of the skulls of the defeated people.

    One example is Timur the lane.

    The Sinhalese have not gone to that extent.

    It is all because of the Thero’s like him. They have refined the people and have made them civilized enough to build a stupa out of empty cartidges only.

    Therefore we should all feel thankful to those Thero’s.

    May their tribe prosper.

  202. Tamil with high head says:

    Dear (Sin)halees who lied and vilified the Tamil hunger strikers please reade it and eate your words and compaire your Weraray vansa who pretended to be a fast un to death while on a salin drip and while some bogus Doctors pretending to be concerned to his health withn few hoyrs of his fasting. Keep on reading

    1. courtesy BBC

    29 July 2010 Last updated at 14:49 Share this pageFacebookTwitter ShareEmail Print Tamil hunger striker wins damages over burger claims
    Mr Subramanyam was on hunger strike for 23 days A Tamil refugee hunger striker has accepted £77,500 in damages over newspaper reports he secretly ate burgers during his protest.

    The articles in the Daily Mail and The Sun struck at the heart of Parameswaran Subramanyam’s integrity and achievement, the High Court was told.

    He began his 23-day protest outside the Houses of Parliament on 7 April 2009, in a bid to raise awareness of the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils.

    The newspapers have apologised.

    Mr Subramanyam was treated in hospital for five nights after ending his hunger strike.

    Continue reading the main story

    Start Quote
    The past eight months have been an unbearable strain on my life, to the extent that at times I have even contemplated taking my own life”
    End Quote
    Parameswaran Subramanyam
    Six months later, the Daily Mail and The Sun ran stories which reported claims that specialist monitoring equipment had caught Mr Subramanyam secretly eating McDonald’s burgers and that he had caused the police to waste a fortune in public money.

    Mr Subramanyam’s solicitor Magnus Boyd told Mr Justice Eady said the allegations were “entirely false”, which both newspapers now accepted.

    The Metropolitan Police superintendent who was in charge of the operation in Parliament Square confirmed that there was no police surveillance team using “specialist monitoring equipment” and that no video evidence existed.

    Victoria Jolliffe, counsel for News Group Newspapers and Associated Newspapers, said they withdrew all the allegations and apologised sincerely and unreservedly for the hurt and distress caused.

    “The Sun has agreed to pay £30,000 in compensation and the Daily Mail will pay £47,500,” Mr Boyd told the BBC.

    Ms Jolliffe said that Associated published the article – upon which News Group’s article was then based – in good faith based on information that, at the time, was understood to be reliable.

    Afterwards, Mr Subramanyam said: “The past eight months have been an unbearable strain on my life, to the extent that at times I have even contemplated taking my own life.

    “As a result of the lies that the newspapers published about me, and through no fault of my own, I have lost friends, been shunned by family members and completely ostracised from the Tamil community.

    “I felt I had a responsibility to all those who had supported me during the hunger strike, and were sullied by association with me, to take legal action against both newspapers to prove that the allegations that were published were false.”

  203. Anonymous says:

    Comment 197,

    I bet, you did Sir.

    If not for the “Fat Cats” poor Jaffna farmers could do a lot better.

    Regardless ,the interaction of the Jaffna Farmer and the rural Sinhala house wife to their mutual benefit ,through the”Sillara Kade” is what needs celebration after a hiatus of three decades.

    I hope these interactions will go from strength to strength, leading to a prosperous Nation where everyone live in harmony where ever they wish to, without any barriers.

  204. Anonymous says:

    199 Bala

    Good comments mate . Well done.

    One thing. I always thought Thambi is Malli. Now you tell us it is Kolla, which is a bit derogatory in Sinhala.

    My good friend Siva , whom I always call Thambi must be really P….. Off, although he doesn’t show it .

  205. Anonymous says:

    198 Shanker,

    Are you sure JR evacuated the Sinhalese?

    If he did.both incidents occurred on his watch? Is that right?

  206. Chinthaka says:

    I agree that remembering July 1983 is necessary to avoid repeating such a thing again. But, that rememberance should not cause tamils or rest of the communities (sinhala/muslim) feel it’s only tamils suffered in this bloody struggle of eelam, as it will obviously make specially sinhalese to further ignore what happened in 1983 (that’s already happening with too much propoganda on 1983 that doesn’t say much about LTTE cruel history).

    There cannot be eccentric greivences left only for tamils after a 30 year war that affected all parts of the island. I admit N/E provinces should be given priority in terms establishing basic requirements for people. but, what some people demand overnight basis or in comparison to the life styles of their diaspora counterparts in western countries are absolutely non-sense.

    SL has a problem of relatively corrupted politics being a 3rd world nation and that do not only affect N/E regions. It also affects everywhere. If tamils had to go thro’ problems merely because they’re tamils (yes they did long time ago), then that belongs to history. I don’t think anyone can attribute whatever happens in daily life to tamils vs sinhalese or tamil vs muslim or sinhala vs muslim.

    This is the problem with many tamils who are still offended for nothing. They should understand if something made them failed/distracted in their daily lives in comparison to those in other regions (outside N/E), then it had lot to do with their own so-called liberation organisation with whom most of them got their sentiments tied up. They should take the responsibility of their actions. You cannot simply cheer them when LTTE’s on top and now give the govt a hard time when LTTE is not there.

    Until both tamils and sinhalese come to an understanding and acceptance of past deeds and misdeeds of them, the mutual coexistance will not be that easy. I mean the both communities have entirely different ways of dealing with matters and thinking about them. That’s where we have to first take the move on.

    We – sinhalese are ready to say Government & majority in certain times were wrong to an extent.. Are you ready to say LTTE’s wrong too…???? You can easily blame politicians as it’s a globally accepted norm.. Politicians are corrupted… but how many of you – my tamil collegues would blame Prabhakaran and its immediate clans for the fate you have today..??? If national reconciliation to speed up this humbleness is vital.

  207. Stephen Jones says:

    If the Sun and Daily Mail could not get access to the video monitoring they shouldn’t have published the story.

    But parts of the British press are so bad they can make even terrorist-conniving in-mass-kidnapping scum appear the injured party.

  208. Stephen Jones says:

    Yea, JR forcibly evacuated the Sinhalese from Jaffna after the pogroms. Jaffna residents have been complaining you can’t get a decent loaf of bread there ever since.

  209. shankar says:

    206. Anonymous | July 29th, 2010 at 5:00 pm
    198 Shanker,

    Are you sure JR evacuated the Sinhalese?

    If he did.both incidents occurred on his watch? Is that right?
    ——————————————————
    If he did not directly do it , he indeed encouraged and helped it. Also i believe he directly also evacuated people.

    If the 2 incidents you refer to are the 83 riots and the evacuation of the sinhalese, then yes, they happenned on his watch. He was the chief recruiting agent for the LTTE from 50 to 5000 nearly overnight. Prabha never killed him because he worshipped him.
    ———————————————

    #207-Chinthaka

    (We – sinhalese are ready to say Government & majority in certain times were wrong to an extent.. Are you ready to say LTTE’s wrong too…???? )
    ———————————————-

    What do you mean to an ‘extent’. Stingy as usual where para demalas are concerned. At least a bit better than navin who does not condemn at all.. As for LTTE, trying to equate a terrorist organisation that was built up and nourished by the GOSL, and saying that if sinhalese should condemn their goverments which they elected, then tamils also should condemn LTTE shows what a twit you and navin are. Can’t you see the number of tamils that were killed by the LTTE for opposing their views. Can you show me how many sinhalese were killed by the GOSL for opposing them in their fanatical anti tamil pograms.

    Stop trying to justify the GOSL actions due to retaliatory actions by a terrorist organisation you yourself created and kept on keeping alive for 25 years so that the military and politicians can run their own side businesses using the war and also make commissions from military purchases.

    The rajapakshes did what JR, Premadasa and Chandrika did not. Now no atrocities by the LTTE for which Chinthaka and navin can blame the tamils for not condemning and getting killed. Thank god for the rajapakshes.

  210. sjoseph says:

    We – sinhalese are ready to say Government & majority in certain times were wrong to an extent.. Are you ready to say LTTE’s wrong too…????
    ———-

    We- Tamils are ready to say LTTE & minority in certain times were wrong to an extent.

  211. Godzilla says:

    Comment 200,After just one visit , Mr R GEE has become an expert on all & sundry in Srilanka.

    Dowry system is something the Srilankans have been practicing for a long time but on a diminishing scale.

    In fact the sum total of dowry based marriages will not make single digit as a percentage of all marriages among the Sinhalese.

    It is more prominent among Tamil people than the Sinhalese as the majority of Sinhalese are too poor to afford dowry payments.

    Besides our dowry system is more civil than in India, where young innocent women become victims of severe abuse and even death in the hands of the irate in laws because of dowry disputes.

    It will be better for Mr Gee to concentrate his efforts on dowry system in his own country rather than preaching to the converted.

    If a professional from a poor family background marry the good lady doctor, he will not only access some money for a start but also it gives him a chance to go up market in family connections.

    This an example of the positive aspects.

  212. sjoseph says:

    212. Godzilla
    It will be better for Mr Gee to concentrate his efforts on dowry system in his own country rather than preaching to the converted

    —-
    Godzilla seems to be right.

  213. sjoseph says:

    210. shankar
    Can you show me how many sinhalese were killed by the GOSL for opposing them in their fanatical anti tamil pograms.

    ———-

    This gives an impression GOSL governs well and does not kill its citizens, who oppose its policies.

    I hope you meant that.

  214. sjoseph says:

    207. Chinthaka
    You can easily blame politicians as it’s a globally accepted norm.. Politicians are corrupted… but how many of you – my tamil collegues would blame Prabhakaran and its immediate clans for the fate you have today..???

    ——–

    You can easily blame a militant organisation and rebels. Rebels kill people, as they believe in violence.

    LTTE seems to have kept the people in better living conditions than many sinhalese living under Government control area.

    The sitution got worser after GOSL took over LTTE areas, and to the lowets level after LTTE is eliminated and people were put in camps.

    Even at this moment, there are many Sinhalese whose living conditions are worser than Tamils.

    How many Sinhalese blame GOSL for the fate of Sinhalese ?

  215. Navin says:

    211:

    We – sinhalese are ready to say Government & majority in certain times were wrong to an extent.. Are you ready to say LTTE’s wrong too…????
    ———-
    We- Tamils are ready to say LTTE & minority in certain times were wrong to an extent.

    Thanks sjoseph. Not just 1983 but many other acts of different governments and SL armed forces were wrong and Tamils were the unfortunate victims.

  216. Godzilla says:

    215 sjoseph,

    Tamils had even better living standards before they came under the LTTE with the exception of the estate Tamils.

    LTTE had to ensure their well being to keep them onside.

    Secondly to obtain the supply of man power from these families would have been hard.,

    Sinhalese always had inferior living conditions thanks to the social engineering of the white invaders with the help of the Burghers, Tamils and a few Sinhala Elite.

    Election of Rajapaksa at the last election is the culmination of a long and arduous journey ,that the majority poor Sinhalese embarked on with the Bandarayakas.

    This is the last chance for the majority rural poor to get a fair share of the potential prosperity in the peaceful new era.

    If the current regime does not bring home the bacon for this majority, Rajapaksa will not be a fond memory among the poor Sinhalese.

  217. Stephen Jones says:

    In fact the sum total of dowry based marriages will not make single digit as a percentage of all marriages among the Sinhalese.

    Only because a lot of Sinhala marriages start off as abductions. The boy and girl elope, the father denounces them to the police, the police arrest the boy, the boy promises to marry the girl (or has already done so), and the priest marries them.

    If you are looking for a Sinhala or Tamil wife not asking for a dowry will open up the field considerably.

  218. RajasH says:

    #207 Chinthaka
    We – sinhalese are ready to say Government & majority in certain times were wrong to an extent..

    Many sinhalese have said the same thing. These like minded sinhalese should get together and educate the rest of the country and reach a critical mass to maker an impact. Sri Lankans – Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslim alike are sleep walking to a dictatorship. Remember Hitler was eleceted democratically.

  219. sjoseph says:

    217. Godzilla
    Sinhalese always had inferior living conditions thanks to the social engineering of the white invaders with the help of the Burghers, Tamils and a few Sinhala Elite

    In Srilanka many Infrastructure projects , educational institutions, Hospitals and civil developments were carried out by white invaders.

    It may be true that Whites might have uplifted Sinhala Elite, Tamils & Burghers.

    However they are not responsible for the downfall & misery of Sinhalese mass even after 60 years of self rule in Srilanka .

  220. Don says:

    181. Dr.Thiagu:- The stupa of cartridges can be interpreted to show many things and can be twisted around to what you say. However, LTTE was supported by 90% of Tamils. 1983 riots in SL was supported by 10% Singhalese. This does not mean the latter is better than the former. It is just the reality. LTTE supporters gathered around the LTTE to save them. LTTE the brave fighters finally had to hide behind the cloth of women and girls. It is LTTE who is responsible for these deaths because they brought them into the killing fields. Even KP says recently, VP thought they would be saved at the last minute. So the very man who instigated the killings of thousands of his own people and other people wanted to escape with his family and his hierarchy while all those young lives were sacrificed. That is what they wanted to do with white flags. What hypocrisy?

    The only solution for a terror group is killing them. There is NOTHING else they understand. A minority cannot capture power threatening a majority. Please see what happened to red brigades, Bader Mintoff gang, black September, IRA and the Basque separatist. Killing is the only solution. Rajiv Gandhi quickly found out that with VP there cannot be a solution and told his general to kill him. But general didn’t. Several Presidents of SL tried and failed to negotiate. Finally VP was offered the north and the east on a platter. VP wanted much more. He refused. He cooked his goose as well as that of his people. I heard DBS tried to get some sense in LTTE at that point in accepting the deal. This may not be 100% correct. I tried to tell all my Tamil friends because I know some of them had connections. But was no use. So there is NO POINT in your blaming Singhalese. Not that they are without blame but Tamils cooked their own goose.

    Tamils declare war against the GOSL and what do you expect GOSL to do? To treat them with cotton wool? MR correctly thought, enough is enough and decided the cancer should be destroyed. Mind you, every terror group has a cause to fight for and 90% of the time this is the smoke screen that tries to justify their brutal killings.

    Some of what you say of Buddhism is correct while some points are wrong but I am not going to debate on this. But remember, the greatest son of India, the Buddha said, hatred does not over come hatred but increases it. However, compassion over comes hatred.
    If you want to arouse passions & hatred of Tamils against Sinhalese no problems but you must then come and live in SL and act your words. No point throwing stones into the river, while sitting on its banks enjoying the scenery.

    Tamils tried in many ways, especially the well off ones from Jaffna, to get more and more. They never wanted to realise there are millions of Singhalese living below their quality of life. They then tried violence. I DONT blame them for it. But don’t you see the carnage to realise what it caused? Grow up. Don’t blame others. We are responsible for what we do and if we take the sword to kill the other guy, he may not only kill us but our families and loved ones & the whole village. There are no rules in murder friend. That is what the Tamils chose and that is also was sadly the final outcome.
    The Bible says “Do unto others what Thou shall do unto you”

  221. Mahesh says:

    221. Don

    The stupa of cartridges can be interpreted to show many things and can be twisted around to what you say.

    —————————————

    Surely, if a stupa of cartridges can be interpreted to convey the horrors of war, then building a stupa of skulls could also do that.

    ————————–

    LTTE was supported by 90% of Tamils. 1983 riots in SL was supported by 10% Singhalese.

    ———-

    How did you arrive at this figure.

    ———————————————–

    Even KP says recently, VP thought they would be saved at the last minute

    —————–

    We can as well say that VP didn’t believe in the assurances for political settlement given by SL govt till the last and he thought that his people could live with honour and dignity only in an Independent Eelam.

    ———————————————–

    So the very man who instigated the killings of thousands of his own people and other people wanted to escape with his family and his hierarchy while all those young lives were sacrificed.

    ——

    If he had really wanted to escape he would have done it long back.

    He fought till the last and died with all his family and also the public.

    ———————————————–

    The only solution for a terror group is killing them. There is NOTHING else they understand

    ——–

    Will you also tell the same thing about the state terror, witnessed through aerial bombardment, and the use of artillery against the civilian population.

    ———————————————-

    A minority cannot capture power threatening a majority. Please see what happened to red brigades, Bader Mintoff gang, black September, IRA and the Basque separatist

    —–

    A minority will also be treated well as in many countries. Their voice will not be stifled in the name of democracy.

    ———————————

    Rajiv Gandhi quickly found out that with VP there cannot be a solution and told his general to kill him. But general didn’t.

    —-

    Rajiv Gandhi didn’t tell his General. The Ambassador to Sri Lanka J.N. Dixit said it. Indian army being a professional army didn’t do that.

    ——————————————–

    So there is NO POINT in your blaming Singhalese. Not that they are without blame but Tamils cooked their own goose.

    ———

    It is easy to put the blame on others. Tamils didn’t trust SL govt and also the VP didn’t trust the SL govt with their words.

    Promises are meant to be broken in your case like the ill fated bc-dc pact etc.

    —————————————–

    Tamils declare war against the GOSL and what do you expect GOSL to do? To treat them with cotton wool?

    ——-

    Yes I accept your views. But isn’t it taking too far when you used Air Force to bomb the rebels and also using of the artillery against them in civilian areas.

    ———————————————-

    The Bible says “Do unto others what Thou shall do unto you”

    So will you use air power and artillery against the sinhalese people.

  222. gamaya1 says:

    I offered my apology even though I have never been a part of , supporter of 1983 Tamil pogrom or supporting it quietly. There is some thing fishy about 1983 pogrom and high rank Tamils participation and JRJ’s cunning plan which ultimately backfired for Sri Lanka but not for him.
    1. JRJ was famous for his dislike of Buddhist monks, Buddhism and he was Anglican prior to converting to Buddhism. (Allegedly)
    2. A…Guna…… thero and his Mathrubhoomi paper supported Cyril mathew and JSS (These are purely UNP) and JRJ quietly supported them. Why? I heard (No evidence) at the time Ven A…. Gun…. Thero lead the attack on Tamil shops in Borella area in 1983. I can’t verify this. UNP Connection again or just rumoor to drag him??
    3. In Malay street, Slave Island and Kolpetty I have witnessed local UNP gundas (And very famous one now) running the mobs. I never saw other parties.
    4.JRJ banned JVP, CP and NSSP. I saw Wickramabahu and vasu at Amaradisi Hotel in Slave Island just few days after that and Slave Island police never arrested them. Wijeweera went underground.
    5. While all this things happening Lot of Tamils (Colombo) and elsewhere still support UNP?
    I asked this question once from one of my Tamil friends. He said because UNP is business friendly. Is that the only case?

    I also heard JRJ gave special protection to his rich Tamil UNP friends and businessmen.

    So the poor Tamil people suffered in Colombo and elsewhere in the South but not the Tamils in Jaffna.

    Something very fishy about this whole affair?

    And Jaffna Library – Burned down by Gamini Disas’ UNP goons. Again all of us Sinhalese were too be blamed. These UNPers are Sinhalese and majority voted for them to come to power in 1977. But that vote is not to burn Tamils libraries or attack Tamils. That vote was against bad and stupid economic policies of Sirimavo bandaranaike. So how it is justified to say we Sinhalese attacked always to Tamils?
    And at that time we had a healthy support in the South for Northern Tamils Struggle. I waslitening to Dayan jayathilake’s lectures about Latin American revolutions, Dr Sucharith Gamlath’s support of Tamil self determination, JVP’s Bopage faction (Bopage does not have a faction now it seems), Young spartsicts, NSSP including vasu we were all supporting Northern struggle like ours.
    JRJ’s 1983 pogrom and rise and rise of Prabhakaran – put full-stop to all that. So IS THIS THE CUNNING PLAN OF JRJ -1983 Pogrom???
    toJoseph and others?
    We Sinhalese voted out governments did not served us well. What else we can do in a democracy. In that 60 years we have voted out governments and they resorted to vote rigging. The Sinhalese youth (and some tamil youths) lead 2 insurgencies. 1971 government killed around 10000 sinhala youths and in 1988-89 around 40000 lost their lives. So how you guys can say we Sinhalese did not oppose to our governments.

    I think whether you or , West or opposition may not like it but Gotabhaya and MR did a better job of eliminating Prabha and ending the war. I have to accept the fact that my family travels now without fearing for a bomb to explode. Lot of Tamils send their children to school without fearing that no one kidnapped them to send for war.Now there is a fight for daily bread. We can fight with this government for that.

  223. Godzilla says:

    220 sjoseph,

    Sinhala masses never had self rule, They were ruled by the stooges of the Colonials until Banda came on the scene.

    Then the Colonials put the spanner in the works every time the country tried to get ahead.

    The recent articles of Mr Jeyara on the 62 Coup. the assassination of Banda and the the story of Mrs Banda are good reading material for new generations to understand why the Sinhala masses could not get ahead.

    Even to date the Colonials vestiges haven’t given up their determination to prevent Sinhala masses getting ahead.

    The roads,the rail and the Hospitals were logistical facilities for them for their ventures in plantations and their recreational facilities.

    St Josephs, St Peters St Benedicts St Thomasas Richmond and many more were to educate their children and their local buddie’s children.

    They weren’t for the Sinhala massesthat we are talking about.

  224. Godzilla says:

    218, Mr Steven Jones you must try your hand at writing scripts for ” B” grade movies in SL.

    One thing,I like to point out is that the religion of the majority of Sinhalese, which is Buddhism does not interfere with peoples marriages unlike most religions.

    So the are no monks at weddings contrary to your assertion.

    It will be good if Sinhalese men not only do denounce dowries ,but also open their hearts to Tamils ,Muslims and Burghers or any other races when looking for a soul mate for marriage.

  225. Don says:

    222.Mahesh:- I shall try to answer your questions. But if you reply, I cannot answer because it is taking too much time. But you can certainly disagree with what I am saying.

    Q:- Surely, if a stupa of cartridges can be interpreted to convey the horrors of war, then building a stupa of skulls could also do that.
    A:- yes it could. But will be a horrible monument. But these are all comical things. Takes us away from the real issues.

    Q:-LTTE was supported by 90% of Tamils. 1983 riots in SL was supported by 10% Singhalese. How did you arrive at this figure?
    A:- In 1983 riots, I ferried Tamils to my dad’s house, to Kovils and other places. I also spoke to many Singhalese who came out to guard Tamil houses. Some were giving them shelter. Every one of them were against what was happening and concluded that it was politically motivated. I found some local government political goonda’s were behind the trouble in many districts and the common Singhalese were not in it. So my estimate was under 10% Singhalese supported it. Mind you even then, like today, I would always talk to the man on the street not the educated fellow. So my ear is always on the ground. It is my estimation and if you say it is BS, no problem.
    With Tamils, my best friends are them. That is why I say 90% supported the LTTE. Of course I never had a problem about this. Because I respected their feelings and I always wanted to keep my friendship. Most were very discrete about their sympathies. They wanted the dream of Elam and although later many did not like LTTE killings, like killing of Amirthalingham etc they thought LTTE is the best bet to achieve Elam. Again this is my estimate and you can reject it if you so wish.

    Q:- We can as well say that VP didn’t believe in the assurances for political settlement given by SL govt till the last and he thought that his people could live with honour and dignity only in an Independent Eelam.
    A:- No, it is because VP did not have the capacity to think politically. He was a village boy who had a one track mind. He just couldn’t think laterally. At the end, against KP’s advice, he thought the LTTE could be saved, so he kept his people in the killing field. He misjudged the situation. The blood of his people are on his hands by his deeds. He was NOT a team player. He was one man show but in an issue of this magnitude, he did not have the capacity to grasp.

    Q:- If VP had really wanted to escape he would have done it long back. He fought till the last and died with all his family and also the public.
    A:- He tried to escape at the last, to save his family when he sent so many young people & families to death. Soosai is my hero. Not VP. Please read what Soosai did.

    Q:-Will you also tell the same thing about the state terror, witnessed through aerial bombardment, and the use of artillery against the civilian population.
    A:- GOSL is democratically elected. MR went to polls on several occasions and won. Therefore makes it legitimate although some of their actions are illegitimate. But this is not the issue. VP’s terror group was not elected by his own people. Therefore that makes it a terror group. The only way to destroy it is to use extreme violence which GOSL did. Whether it was areal bombardment or killing using atomic weapons is immaterial. Simply it is killing and that is the significant issue and not the way it is done. The civilian population knew what they are getting into and if they were there, during a fire fight, then it is their responsibility as well as the LTTE’s.

    Q:-A minority will also be treated well as in many countries. Their voice will not be stifled in the name of democracy.
    A:- Well Australia has aboriginals who lived there from 50,000yrs back. How are they treated? The world’s richest democracy USA with a black president, the blacks are still discriminated and when the New Oriens disaster took place, it took months for Bush to do anything because the population was predominantly black. He did not care. Even Tamils from Chennai tell me that SL Tamils are having a better life than them!

    Q:-Yes I accept your views. But isn’t it taking too far when you used Air Force to bomb the rebels and also using of the artillery against them in civilian areas.
    A:- The mode of killing whether by air, land or sea is not the issue but the dastardly act of killing. GOSL killed 30,000 youths in 1971 during the JVP times. Thereafter they killed another 12,000 around 1989 I think during Premadasa’s time. This is the state killing their own. Nothing is different when killing the Tamils. India killed their own when they stormed the holy temple of Amristar. As I said before, you cannot reason out and say the form of killing was very bad and it should be done in this way not in that way. These are rules in our imagination. There are NO rules when it comes to killing mate.

  226. shankar says:

    #224-god zilla

    Sinhala masses never had self rule, They were ruled by the stooges of the Colonials until Banda came on the scene.
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    wasn’t banda also a stooge of the colonials until he suddenly changed colours to come to power.Before he could change direction again he got shot. that’s the penalty for trying to be too smart. He was oxford educated. His ancestry is full of people who were bumsucking the british.he abolished English in schools but did he send his children to local schools. Where was his heart in, sinhala or English. He and his ancestors all were aping the british. I think i see him with a pipe, trying to look like a english aristocrat. DS went one step further and tried to ride a horse like the englishman and i think fell off and died. What these pissu yakkos don’t understand you can try to be british all you want, but for the british you will never be an englishman unless you are born a englishman. Solomon Ridgeway Dias Bandaranayaka found out that the hard way when he was ignored in Oxford though he was a bright star. Hence his grudge against the british. If you call that man as a man of the masses it shows how intelligent he was in fooling everybody. with his language policy he killed any chances of our future generations except a small elite learning an international language.

    Once i met a girl about 20 years working in a bank in thailand. I asked her how come she could speak english very well though Thailand was never a colony of britain. She said she took some books and learnt the language on her own. Contrast that with a girl of similar age in the commercial bank. She could not speak english and was struggling so i reverted to sinhala and she looked very relieved. So much for us becoming an international financial center and a hub of this and a hub of that if we expect foreigh nationals to conduct business in our lingo. Thank you banda, the man of the masses.

  227. Stephen Jones says:

    . Solomon Ridgeway Dias Bandaranayaka found out that the hard way when he was ignored in Oxford though he was a bright star.

    He was voted secretary of the Oxford Union, which was the second highest post in the institutution after President. which honour both Laksman and Lalith were appointed to.

  228. Stephen Jones says:

    So the are no monks at weddings contrary to your assertion.

    Many Buddhist monks have been copying Western priests presence at these institutions since the time of DhammPala.

  229. Chinthaka says:

    sjoseph,
    at your #215 comment

    Any rebellion org do things that are appealing to public than it is done by an elected govt as they’re not supposed to question what the rebels do…

    In 1988-89 period when DJV (militant wing of JVP) punished thieves, robbers and thugs by tieing them to trees, killing them etc people still used to say that was the right thing which govt couldn’t do.

    But I believe you’re mature enough to understand the different ways of armed rebels/terrorists and a govt function and the perception of the people towards each of them,.

    In short-term, by frightening people even a village thug (hitha honda chandiyas) can run a better looking governance, we all know…

  230. Chinthaka says:

    Shankar
    at your comment #210
    “Stop trying to justify the GOSL actions due to retaliatory actions by a terrorist organisation you yourself created and kept on keeping alive for 25 years so that the military and politicians can run their own side businesses using the war and also make commissions from military purchases”.

    I’m not saying SL had any perfect sort govts any time in the history… But the solution for corrupt politics is not taking up arms… I mean taking up arms can be an influence for corrput regimes to correct them selves.. but by asking exactly the same i.e. eelam and not compromising to get a pragmatic solution for which they called people’s problem, LTTE did the biggest mistake ever. Their greed for power overestimated them selves and showed they are just for them selves, not exactly for tamil people. So in getting rid of such an anti people, STUBBORN org we would support any corrupt regime.. to eliminate the worst evil.

    Don’t worry… people will take care of any dictators when the right time comes… At the moment they’re simply in love with so-called dictators for giving them the right to live…. which is superior to any other democratic right.

  231. Ranjan, Toronto says:

    DBS,
    I was away last week so this is a rather late response. I have not read the 229 comments before this one so I don’t know what my fellow Sinhala participants of your blog have written, but this is one time in my life that I was ashamed to be called a Sinhalese. I did what I could at that time (not much I much admit) to help my fellow Tamil human beings but I personally should have done much more. So I apologize without any reservations. I am sorry we Singhalese did this to you Tamils and I am ashamed.

    I know that it was planned by a few. It pains me that these people have to been held accountable for what they did. I know in my heart that it was not a national outpouring of hate from Sinhalese towards Tamils.

    I could write of a few incidents that I experienced in 77 and in 83 and how me and a few other Singhalese with a conscious acted, but I won’t. I just say with my heart, “I am sorry”

    I hope we will not see a time like that again.

  232. shankar says:

    #228-stephen jones
    He was voted secretary of the Oxford Union
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    He must have been aspiring to be the president because he was by far the brightest star there.I know he had a grudge against the british for the way he was ignored in Oxford, though i don’t know the exact details. One thing i remember said was that whenever he put up his hand to speak, he was not given a chance, and it was a case of hand going up and down all the time.

  233. Mahesh says:

    226. Don

    The mode of killing whether by air, land or sea is not the issue but the dastardly act of killing.
    …….
    ……
    As I said before, you cannot reason out and say the form of killing was very bad and it should be done in this way not in that way. These are rules in our imagination. There are NO rules when it comes to killing mate.

    ————————————

    If there are no rules then why are there Geneva convention and Red cross etc.

    You didn’t use air power to kill the JVP’s, because they are your own and therefore you kept the loss to the minimum.

    You talked about the black rights in America,

    They do have certain rights and one of their own is now the Numero Uno in there country.

    Even corporates have the responsibility to hire some of them.

    ——————

    Q:-Will you also tell the same thing about the state terror, witnessed through aerial bombardment, and the use of artillery against the civilian population.
    A:- GOSL is democratically elected. MR went to polls on several occasions and won. Therefore makes it legitimate although some of their actions are illegitimate.

    —-

    A democratically elected govt has more responsibility than a terrorist organization.

    Did your people vote MR to power to kill the innocent Tamil civilians.

    In a war the civilians will also die that is inevitable. But this wanton killing is not acceptable.

    In my view using Air force and artillery against civilian population is a war crime.

    Demarcating a safe zone and then firing on it is another war crime.

    You people will not accept this because none of your people were affected by that. Only the para damellas were affected.

    You were telling that there are no rules in the war.

    From the days of Mahabharatha there are evidences for the rules of engagement.

    You may say that Mahabharatha may be a fiction. Even then the concept of rules of war was present even in, (may be) a fiction.

    Just some saving by some Sinhalese civilians here and there does not absolve their responsibility.

    Then what did you do when one pact after pact was signed and thrown into dust bin.

    When the monkey monks were indulging in politics and one of the monkeys went to the extent of killing a President of Sri Lanka.

    You were silent spectators then. Likewise the majority of Tamils would also have been silent spectators in Mullivaikal.

    They got killed for being silent majority.

    Their Karma has visited them.

    Your Karma has not been visited yet. My only feeling is whether Karma is selective. One set for one people and another for another set of people.

    If in those killed and maimed and killed were your kinsmen how would you have felt.

  234. Aia says:

    Sorry for late response, visit these blogs only in weekends. Hope those lost their loved ones moved on.

    Given the sudden emergence of militant groups and influx of youths in large number into them immediately aftermath of 1983 riots, the destructions leading up to May 2009 is a consequential effect of July 1983. It is again not all majorities to be blamed for, but it was largely the responsibility of the Govt of the day and a dysfunctional law and order set-up of the day. I say this because to say the OICs and responsible officers were waiting for orders from political leaders as to what to do next was a joke. Does not a constable know what he should do when a thug sets fire a shop? There was anecdotal evidence that when looters struggle to break in some jewellery shops in Pettah that have iron doors army tankers were used. It is JRJ who left a lasting legacy of his own although other leaders who have/had been holding the reign before and after him have their fair share to lay claim for. In all in all a minority was in the receiving end and their fair and reasonable complaints about the injustice were silenced in a brutal manner, aided by a monster-Praba.

    Most pathetic thing is the victims of the final on-slaughter were not even the ones who were complaining vehemently about the injustice metered by the majority to the minorities as these were simply farming communities looking at the sky, if at all, they first complained about insufficient rain not filling the tanks ruining the farming. Grounding these people inside the NFZ, and then behind barbed wire fenced camp under oppressive conditions is a colossal injustice done against the innocents including infants. It was all done in the name of libration by both parties. It is good to see some decent people feels sorry for what they even did not be part of in 1983. But not the leaders or the responsible people, whose such gesture would go a long way in heeling those who had affected most. Such honesty is hard to come by in SL politics.

  235. Godzilla says:

    227 Shanker,

    That girl in the Commercial Bank Branch would,t be there if not for Banda.

    I am sure those Sinhala people will be ever grateful to Banda for giving them a chance to work in the Commercial Bank which was once the exclusive turf of the English speaking elite of Colombo.

  236. Arul Sittampalam says:

    Thanks DBSJ for informing us through this article of GOSL’s and Brig: Ranasinghe’s good work.

    My only fear is that surrendered LTTE’s top political administrators and senior commanders are finished off by the SLA. The fear arose mainly from this video shot by a SLA personnel and shown around the world.

    /video/2009/aug/channel4_video.asx

    I pray that i am wrong and they are still alive.

    Take care.

  237. shankar says:

    236. Godzilla | August 1st, 2010 at 5:27 am
    227 Shanker,

    That girl in the Commercial Bank Branch would,t be there if not for Banda
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    banda has solved the unemployment problem too. Thank you banda.

  238. shankar says:

    and god zilla , wonder how long she is going to be there as we get caught up with the ferocious competition with the rest of the world. She was handling foreign exchange.

    Another matter i noticed is it was like as if Srilanka is doing a big favour for foreign nationals to bring in USD for the country, with all the forms and procedures and letters you have to produce from abroad. You can just see the foreigners after conversing in sinhalese with the bank rushing to the airport, back to where they came from and coming rushing back with all the documentation required.

    In singapore and thailand these can be done in a matter of minutes.

    Thank you banda for putting the foundations for an efficient public service that not only controls the foreign exchange outflow, it even controls the inflow, though there is always only a few months of it left for imports, that too thanks to IMF loans.

    They should build a stutue to banda, pipe and all in every city, village, suburb .

  239. MMR says:

    DBSJ, once again a beautifully written commentary. The murderous goon Sinhalese ashamed everyone.. The 1983 violence was indeed a Govt. sponsored attack. Everyone seems to attack SWRD and Mrs B but did you notice that except for the 56 and 58 attacks all the attacks happened under the UNP? And in 1983 UNP was at its supreme most powerful. SLFP was an impotent party. Yet the spinelesss JR did not impose curfew for 3 days. By that time the damage was done. I am sorry and ashamed to be a Sinhalese. I wish I was not afraid of the BMC thugs who went around in BMC double cabs around our area looking for tamils. IN some areas it was indeed the socialist old LSSP and some SLFPers who stepped into stop the violence but sadly most of us sinhalese were so afraid of the UNP we did nothing. The price Sri Lanka paid was the WAR. I believe Tamils taking up arms at that time was justified. Sadly later on it became a monster out of control as well. But who will not want to seek revenge and justice if their family is destroyed? I will leave my buddhism aside if I was made to suffer the same way or humiliated or was made to watch my parents burn. I remember the nice man Jim Ratnam(uncle Jim to me as he was a very close from of my uncle); he was married to a sinhala lady. Very prosperous nice English speaking elite family and kid at Ladies College. They Lived down Park Road. Even his house was attacked. why? why was there so much hate in these drunken marauding gangs? I am ashamed to this date and lets hope it is NEVER forgotten by anyone. I am sick of militant Buddhist monks who seem to forget this violence. Most if not all the victims were innocent Tamils living in Colombo and other areas and not one was a Tiger.

  240. Bodhi says:

    During Black July 1983 all the top police officers (Inspector general, the DIGs) were Tamils. Why didn’t they get the police to move?

  241. Gnani says:

    Bodhi

    Because the Police were ordered not to do anything by high people in the govt

    Because top people in the govt themselves were initiating violence

  242. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    Bodhi’s (#241) comments “all top officers in 7/83 were Tamils” is, at best, an ignorant comment or calculated to deceive readers. Rudra Rajasingham was the IG and I believe the widely popular R. Sundaralingam was probably the Tamil of some note. In spite of his position and influence the IGP, following personal orders from President JRJ, was only able to reach the home of a very senior Indian High Commission official at Park Road under attack, after hours. He could not go to the protection of many of his close Tamil relatives (his wife was Sinhalese) and close friends whose houses were either burnt, looted and they forced to flee. Sunda regretted he could not come to my defence although his wife the religious Yaso was to visit us later. Sunda, the workholic he is, laboured almost 20hrs a day for weeks since then, to restore Colombo to relative calm. There were many other DIGs and senior Police officers who protected Tamils – a few friends and more the general public – beyond the call of duty and maintained the due esteem to their uniform – a feature many Tamils today (judging by the midnight raids and bus rides to Vavuniya since then) feel is no more likely unless hell freezes over.

    ISS

  243. Godzilla says:

    239, Shnaker,

    I am not sure how often Shanker visits Srilanka. Neither do I have any clue on what purpose the visits may be.

    Last time when I was there I handed in two bills with my passport and the guy at the counter, incidentally Commercial Bank, gave me the Rupees not only in quick time but also with a smile.

    I did not have to utter a single word although I said a few words in Sinhalese as a matter of courtesy.

    When I was at the Scotia bank in Finch & Warden last Easter it took nearly 20 minutes to change a couple of hundred. dollar bills.

    Passport was checked copied signed and locked away before the money was handed over.

    I should however mention that the Tamil girl at the counter was kind enough to apologize for the excessive time taken and also asked about Srilanka,

    May be I should take Shanker’s advice and go to Singapore or Thailand next time.

  244. Godzilla says:

    239 Shanker says

    “public service that not only controls the foreign exchange outflow, it even controls the inflow,”

    I thought this is part of the functions of the Reserve Bank in any sovereign nation .

    New York Times put Srilanka as the best tourist destination fore Americans this year.

    And the 5th best among the top ten.

    Foreign reserves at $ 6 Billion

    IMF lending the dough without any fuss.

    Brithsh and American Super funds pumping their retirees savings in to the CSE surely are positives.

    Money transfers from the UK , Australia and even Staten Island are instantaneous through the BOC and the Bank advises the recipient over the phone.

    This not bad efficiency for a country that was plagued by terrorism for three decades.

    I always thought Tamil people like Shanker are savvy when it comes to money matters like accounting and economics.

    For Shanker ,not to know the above facts may be a sign that the VP doctrine over the three decades have diminished their financial knowledge as well.

  245. shankar says:

    244. Godzilla | August 2nd, 2010 at 5:20 pm
    239, Shnaker,

    I am not sure how often Shanker visits Srilanka. Neither do I have any clue on what purpose the visits may be.

    (Last time when I was there I handed in two bills with my passport and the guy at the counter, incidentally Commercial Bank, gave me the Rupees not only in quick time but also with a smile.)
    ——————————————————
    I was looking into the possibilities of bringing in 60-70 million USD from my clients. It was all too hard. Lucky Vietnam and they are getting great returns there. The next China is vietnam.

    When it comes to business investments too the attitude is like srilanka is the only country to do business with. The world has no patience with spoilt brats that think they are the center of attraction. The world moves on because time is money though srilankans seem to have all the time in the world.
    ———————————————————–
    (Foreign reserves at $ 6 Billion )
    —————————————————
    Peanuts are for monkeys.
    taiwan 350 billion.
    south korea 270
    hong kong 255
    singapore 188
    thailand-138
    malaysia-95
    vietnam -18- within 3 years it will double.The next emerging tiger economy(not our koti)

    With regard to your travelling you are right, you should travel a lot. That way you can compare countries without being a frog in the well.

    As for your earlier discussion of elite, you have got the wrong end of the stick.If 2 percent of the population knows english (just a ballpark figure) then they are a linguistic elite.The british ahd it that way because they were not interested in the long term future of the country and just wanted a few guys to work with and exploit the rest. At least when our fellows took over you would think they would have made that elite bigger, 10 percent, 20,30 and 70, so no longer is the elite an elite because they are now the majority. So that girl and 70 per cent others will be proficient in an international language giving a huge edge over other countries. Why did you think that the Thai girl went to the extent of getting down books and learning english.

    Another way of getting rid of an elite is to make them dissapear altogether from 2 % to one and 0,which was your great banda’s policy, of course not for his children. It was for the yakkos. What is the difference between him and the british, both are not interested in our long term welfare.

    You are right about the smile. When compared to many countries where i think you will have to have classes for people to smile and laugh, for srilankans it comes naturally and are one of the most pleasant people in the world, but a smile isn’t enough to become part of the developed world, we have to adopts strategies too.

  246. Godzilla says:

    246 Shanker,

    At a minimal 1percent, the commission would work out to 650G. That is mega bucks in anyones language.

    It will be more than enough to build a nice shack on Neelaweli or Pasikuda beach before the rush sets, if it hasn’t already started.

    A place in Kalpitiya beach also a possibility as an alternative if looking for a budget buy.

    Again the way things are moving, Shanker will have to increase the commission to at least double digit, to get into the real estate market in the “Homeland,if the procrastination continues.

    Give the poor Lankans a break please Shanker. You have to compare apples with apples.

    Did any of the above Nations have a lethal Terrorist group controlling 1/3 of the land mass and 2/3 coast line which were out of bounds to anything and everything for Thirty Years?

    In that light, to have 6 Billion in the kitty just 12 months after wiping out the Tigers is not a simple fete.

    Along side 100 PC per capita hike , heading towards another 100 percent to US4000 in the next 4 to 5 years, are pretty good economic progress that a a lot Nations will be envy of.

    The potential for prosperity is clear cut.

    Srilankans are lucky that they have the leadership in place to harness this potential for the benefit all.

    These are the people who cut their teeth in politics on Bandaranayakas watch.

    The smart money is pouring into Srilankan Bourse because the Hedge Funds and the Investment Houses know that there are good opportunities in companies that have double digit growth potential in the new terror free environment.And they want to get in at the basement.

    Sorry it has gone well above the Basement already

    If you want to take your clientele elsewhere that is your prerogative.

  247. shankar says:

    #247-God zilla
    The smart money is pouring into Srilankan Bourse because the Hedge Funds and the Investment Houses know that there are good opportunities in companies that have double digit growth potential in the new terror free environment.And they want to get in at the basement.
    ——————————————————
    Like smart money going after loss making outfits like blue diamonds and dankotuwa porcelain taking them from 1 rupee to 8 and from 10 to 110 respectively. Smart indeed for some.Mate dont try to teach me about the srilankan stockmarket or any other one for that matter. World stock makets are there on screen 24/7 if i want to see. In fact blue diamonds is being sold more than what is available in the company.I commented once earlier on this blog that Srilankans are such smart traders, because trading is in our blood for centuries and smooth talking we can sell even nonexistent products. The black market money is flooding the bourse not the hedge funds.
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    (A place in Kalpitiya beach also a possibility as an alternative if looking for a budget buy.)
    ——————————————————–
    I prefer something like that island near galle that the foreigner has bought. Who knows future generations might wake up one day and find that the whole island has been bought or mortgaged to foreighners.

  248. shankar says:

    and god zilla when you have oriental clients you can forget about 1per cent commisions.

  249. shankar says:

    God zilla

    I can tell you a story about monkeys which will explain to you how the stockmarket really works.
    A trader came to town and told the people there is tremendous demand for monkeys in a foreign country and if they can catch all the monkeys they can he will pay them 10 dollars each. So everybody rushed around catching monkeys and the trader caged them and paid up. He said catch me some more and i will pay 15 dollars each. So the last few monkeys were caught and caged. Then he said he is going off and his assistant will ship off these monkeys and when he comes back if there are more monkeys caught he will pay 50 dollars each.

    After the trader went off his assistant told the people , why don’t you give me 30 dollars for these monkeys and give to the trader for 50 dollars when he comes back. I will tell him i have shipped them off and he will these are new monkeys you have caught.

    So the people gave back the money they got for the monkeys and sold everything they had including their houses and paid the assistant 30 dollars each and took back the monkeys.

    They are still having them.

    That is the way stockmarkets work. Do you like to be the trader, his assistant, the people or the monkey?

  250. Godzilla says:

    “I was looking into the possibilities of bringing in 60-70 million USD from my clients. It was all too hard. Lucky Vietnam and they are getting great returns there. The next China is vietnam.”—SHANKER,

    ASrilankan lady on a tour to Vietnam a couple months ago with a good friend of mine ( a White man) nearly got choked by a Necklace snatcher on a Motor Bike in broad daylight in the heart of Ho Chi Min City.

    I hope Shanker is providing her clients good Insurance cover for theft as well as injury.

    If I was endowed with the Green Backs like lucky Shanker, I will be traveling the world too. in style.

    But I won’t be standing at the counter looking in the face of a teller to cash 200 bucks. I will booking all and sundry in to a Master Card with the limit bumped up to say 50 G.

    May be I will tip the poor waiters in Srilanka a couple of hundred when I drop in.

  251. Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan says:

    I notice growing interest in sections of the diaspora to invest in the North both as a measure to contribute to the rehabilitation process and for their own professional needs. The recent USAID initiative to produce 10,000 jobs in Jaffna will raise both the Per Capita and PQL in that area where the State choses to move lukewarm fashion, for its own reasons. Other governments afre likely to follow this encouraging example of the USA. Critics of Robert Blake, who visited Cbo recently may note, it was he who gave a filip to this programme, which I venture to suggest, is aimed more to unite than divide. That the NEP will economically rise soon appears to be a foregone conclusion.

    One of the factors that concern investors in new markets in developing countries is the protection of their funds. Many investors in the West have lost fortunes in these countries and have been helpless in the absence of protective instruments. This has since been addressed, as I told an audience in North America where the Sri Lankan Mission had assembled a group of potential investors. A World Bank subsidiary
    MIGA (Multi-lateral Insurance Guarantee) is now in force and has a branch office in Colombo (Contact officer Mr.Srilal Perera) and is linked to many governments as signatories where investments are protected. This, I believe, will provide some incentive to future investors in former Conflict-affected countries.

    ISS

  252. shankar says:

    #251-God zilla

    ASrilankan lady on a tour to Vietnam a couple months ago with a good friend of mine ( a White man) nearly got choked by a Necklace snatcher
    ————————————————————-
    she must have told at least 200000 about this including you.
    “don’t go to vietnam”
    “why?”
    “hell of a thing happenned to me no”
    “why, there also have white van?”
    “no. This rascal snatched my beautiful gold necklace”
    “was it fake gold?”
    “yes, how did you know?
    silence
    “anyway i don’t mind the necklace, but i got nearly choked and strangled.”
    “my god. like some of these refugees.”
    “anyway warn everyone you meet, don’t go to vietnam, okay. Tell god zilla to put it on DBSJ blog also.”

  253. Bodhi says:

    Gnani writes:
    Because the Police were ordered not to do anything by high people in the govt

    Because top people in the govt themselves were initiating violence
    So why has not the IGP, or any of the six tamil DIGs of the thime ever made a statement in public, even after retirement?
    See Dougla Wickremasinghe’s compelling u-tube video:
    Dougls Wickremasinghe on Black July
    Thanks
    Bodhi

    Bodhi

  254. Godzilla says:

    253 Shanker,

    The necklace is 22k from Sea Street from one your brethren’s shops.

    I assume that it is genuine. One thing for sure is that the workmanship is bloody good.. That is why she nearly went to God.

    Another thing worth mentioning for your knowledge is, the same couple who are frequent travelers paid a visit to Talawila Church premises , a decade ago. with the girl’s family during St Ann’s Feast.

    This was during at the height of the LTTE rule.

    My White mate had to sleep under the stars for 3 nights because the house was occupied by all the girls.

    Nobody was robbed or nothing went missing although my mate attracted a lot attention from the locals because of his reflective torso under the stars.

    One thing we got to give it to Srilankans is their respect for visitors from foreign countries.

    No wonder New York Times picked Srilanka over your Vietnam.

  255. Godzilla says:

    248 Shanker,

    Banks, like your favorite Commercial, diversified companies like Aitken Spence ,the super market chains like Cargills are the stocks to look at Shanker.Not the ones you picked.

    I wish I put some money when I did some research just before “Marvil Aru”

    What about the houses in Galle Fort and the big old properties along the beach ,even up to Hambantota?

    We Southerners missed the Boat a long time ago mainly because we didn’t have the dough even when the properties were going for a song.

    The Northerners still have a chance. Even better ,that they got the money in the Diaspora.

  256. Godzilla says:

    252 Comment “That the NEP will economically rise soon appears to be a foregone conclusion.”

    This is right on the money.

    As Dr Mervin Silva says the priority of Srilankans is the “Stomach”…I am not too keen on the other too specially the third assertion.

    If the Killinochchians and the Hambantotians have the same standard of living ,with full freedom to go about their affairs,like educating their children, putting food on the table , taking the kids to the doctor when needed, have a comfortable abode to relax with the children after hours and watch a little TV on a Plasma screen, they would not fall prey to either Sinhala extremist like the JVP or the Tamil extremists like the LTTE.

    The reference to the safeguards that the government has put in place for the Investors is also timely, for the skeptics who peddle fear factor about the Colombo Stock Market.

  257. Godzilla says:

    Comment 250 — Shanker,

    As a child I was fascinated by the people who went from door to door with their performing monkeys.- the light brown variety.

    In fact even on a visit to my hometown a few years ago I had the opportunity to show this to my kids.

    Are these the ones your are talking about Shanker?

  258. Surane says:

    There are many allegations made against JR ( I am not attempting to defend him but only striving to get at the truth). In Bradman Weerakoon’s autobiography he talks of the July riots and more specifically JR’s anger as to what happened in July 1983.

  259. shankar says:

    #258-God zilla
    As a child I was fascinated by the people
    ——————————————-
    In my case i was fascinated by the monkeys.
    I was also fascinated by performing snakes.
    I was also fascinated by people suddenly stopping in their tracks and looking all around and cursing when small stones land on them.

  260. Godzilla says:

    260 Shanker,

    But I never took tips from them on how to ” Trading in Stock Markets”

  261. bravado says:

    Well written article!!! I want to share my black july experience in here. Im a Sinhalese from Matara and at that period I was only 4 years old. There were 2 Tamil families seeking protection in our house and my father bravely defended them. He bravely turned away thugs and stood strong instead of their death threat. So I would say a vast majority of Sinhalese were against this carnage.

  262. Ashamed says:

    i as a sinhalese is shocked and ashamed of what those thugs did to the tamil ppl. i knw we cant simply say sorry. i suggest any of the sinhala bloggers who read this to translate it to sinhala and publish in their blogs.(if dbsj allows.) the sinhala ppl should knw more abt this.

  263. Ashamed says:

    if anybody knows or has informaion about sinhalese damaging hindu temples in the N & E pls send me some info about it.
    n_perra89@yahoo.com

  264. Streetlamp says:

    Late poster, apologies DBS.
    Just wanted to say that I pray there is never a repeat or anything remotely like it again. I will stand up and be counted if the unthinkable is to happen.

    BTW DBS, your blog is an inspiration to many. I cannot express how dark a day it will be should you decide to give up. Just know that the silent majority (lazy buggers that we are) truly appreciate your work but rarely write in to express our appreciation so you mostly wind up with the extremists who seem to have all the time in world to write in repeatedly to criticise your work. As my dad used to say “idle mind devil’s workshop”.

  265. Deshapria says:

    One day a little Tamil girl died burnt alive with her mother. She was only 5 years old an dthe only “crime” she committed to be burnt alive was accepting a present from her grandfather.

    Her grandfather, who was working as a servant for a rich Tamil, bought a pair of sandals for his granddaughter, and she wanted “walk” in them home, but never reached home…

    One cowardly LTTEr pushed a button from some hiding place and a car bomb went off, killing the Tamil child and her Tamil mother burning them to death.

    This cowardly LTTEr was trying to kill another Tamil, who was a Minister at that time. If this coward succeeded, he would have killed few grown up Tamils, but he or she succeeded in burning to death one little 5 year old Tamil girl with her Tamil mother, the only 2 victims of this car bomb.

    Was there a Tamil liberation movement?

  266. Wickes says:

    Lot of people talk about atrocities commited by Sinhalese against Tamils. I would like to point out that ethnic violence was started by Tamils in 1956 by attacking Sinhalese lived in Jaffna. My father-in-law had a boatyard in Jaffna that produced fibreglass boats. In 1956 his family was attacked by Tamils and they had to fled Jaffna just with what they were wearing. Later they found out that their boatyard had been burned down by Tamils. Backlash by Sinhalese starterd after these events. Sansoni Commision report had documented atrocities commited by Tamils against Sinhalese and how Tamils discriminated Sinhalese. So, both parties have blood in their hands. Now Sri Lanka has an opportunity to start a new chapter. It is time that all ethnic groups forget the past and move forward. In my view what we had in Sri Lanka was an economic problem, not an ethnic problem. If the economy was capable of generating employment opportunities we would not have had insurrections by Sinhalese or seperatist movement by Tamils. I hope the economic policies of the present government will be able to create employment opportunities for all the job seekers to avoid uprisings by Tamils, Sinhalese, Moors, Malays, burghers or even Veddhas.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    You have written about your father in law’s fibre glass boatyard being burnt down and his family fleeing Jaffna with what they were wearing because they were attacked by Tamils. You also say backlash by Sinhalese started after these incidents

    I have never heard or read of such an incident occurring in Jaffna in 1956 .

    I would be grateful for more information about this incident you refer to. Could you kindly send me the details to my e-mail address given below

    Thank You

    dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com

  267. john says:

    Most of tamils in Sri Lanka are watching systematic genocide of our people and culture.

    We in Sri Lanka are afraid to speak out and voice our concerns. Its too easy to disappear and never be seen here again. The Sinhalese community here dont care two hoots about what is happening to us. Too often they will accuse us of lying and exaggerating, on the rare occassion we decide to voice our concerns to some of them. They much prefer to talk about how the LTTE did this and that and pretend that our concerns are all imaginary.
    I often feel, they are happy about what is happening. Our future is not safe at all at the hands of the Sinhalese.

    The GOSL is going about its business of genocide one way or another. The varying threats from the international community will only perhaps make the GOSL change their tactics slightly.
    Our temples are being desecrated, people still kidnapped, army and their families have permanently settled along with their Chinese friends. The injustices are continuing. Sinhala writing, road names, buddha statues and Viharas are springing up everywhere. The Sinhalese are an extremely insecure community. Why do they feel the need to keep building Buddha statues everywhere? Do we run around planting statues of Lord Shiva in every street corner and human habitation? This is blatant act to aggravate us.
    In the same area they are putting up Vihara, they damaged a siva lingam in one of our kovils. To Saiva people like us, this is a most upsetting thing.
    I know many who complain that non-sinhalese are deliberately being ripped off to import shipments into the Island. Many Sinhalese are getting stuff duty free or with many times less tax than us. All of this is being done in an underhanded way.

  268. Sinhalaya says:

    This is a response to all the Tamils who criticise Sinhalese. Those who are familiar with the situation in Sri Lanka know very well that you are a small minority. As many who wrote comments have pointed out, a large proportion of the Tamils live outside the so called ‘Traditional Homeland’ with Sinhalese, What I would like to say to the Tamils who are attempting to tarnish the image of the Sinhalese is that ‘please stop harrasing Sinhalese. Sinhalese have no other place in the world to go. Sinhalese have only Sri Lanka. You have Tamil Nadu. Please get the hell out of Sri Lanka if you are not happy and go back to your traditional homeland in India and leave the Tamils who like to live in harmony with Sinhalese. Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha, and Vaiko will be very happy to give you a safe haven. There you can live happily ever after without grumbling’.

  269. Thambi says:

    Jeyaraj Anna,

    Are you going to write a special report for 30th Black July?

    Even UNP did that SLFP policies& actions are (Sinhala only,Standardization,etc..) reason for island unrest.
    SLFP set the political trend ‘who attack tamils more?’ and now assosiated with all hard line JHU,NSS and JVP

    Without SLFP Srilanka would be better place.

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