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165 Sinhala families settled in Tamil village Kokkachchaankulam in Vavuniya North

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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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“Sinhalaisation” of North continues. Tamil village in Vavuniya district re-settled with Sinhalese without knowledge of district administration.

Kokkachchaankulam is a Tamil village in Vedivaithakallu GS div under Nedunkerny divisional secretary in the Vavuniya North Piradesha sabhai.

Kokkachchaankulam can be reached via Semamadu, Oothukulam & Ariyakundam. Nedunkerny can be reached from Kokkachchaankulam via Vedivaithakallu.

Tamil residents were displaced by war & this agricultural village was described as “abandoned” in Vavuniya district official reports.

After a survey undertaken by Mahaweli Authority personnel in March 2010 a “quiet” plan was implemented to reconstruct village & settle Sinhalese.

The settlement scheme was brought under the Vavuniya south Sinhala division & temporary land permits were issued to 165 Sinhala families.

The 165 families were settled in Kokkachchaankulam with the help of the military & without officially informing Vavuniya district secretary.

More than 300 acres of paddy land owned by Tamils was cultivated by residents in Kokkachchaankulam prior to displacement due to war.

The Army repaired & reconstructed by dec 2010 the damaged anecut & deepened the tank enabling paddy cultivation to resume in Kokkachchaankulam.

Rs 4.5 million was allocated for anecut/tank restoration & settlement of 165 Sinhala families allegedly through “Northern Spring” funds.

A further 20 million rs was allocated for construction of a 22 km gravel road from Kokkachchaankulam to Mahakachchankodi in Vavuniya south.

Road work was started by a pvt contractor Bandara in April 2011.30 ft wide jungle is cleared & a 24ft road with 12 ft gravel is being built.

The “Sinhalaised”village of Kokkachchaankulam is to be renamed “Kalabowasewa”. The new rd will be called Mahakachchankodi -Kalabowasewa road

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481 Comments

  1. .

    Srilanka belongs to all communities… anyone can live anywhere… by their own or government sponsered.

    See how many Tamils live in Colombo. I am sure you heard this before….

    When LTTE was there north-east was protected from colonization.

    By 2020, there will be no more Tamil MP’s.

    🙂

  2. This is a process which started well before the armed direction of the Tamil struggle. Such acts by the successive SL governments was a precurser to the present reality. So for those who say the present predicament is because of the the Tamils own fault is bad politiking. welcome to the reality of SL governemnts intentions past, present and future. I used to be a skeptic about a separate state untill last year. Such acts have now firmly established by view that seperation is the only way..

  3. Given that millions of Tamils are living in the South and the only bare land in Sri Lanka is left in North and South I dont’t see any problem with this. South is too cramped with people so we must say it is ok to allow new settlements (no matter what race are they) in the north and east

  4. Similar things happened & happening in Bosnia and Sudan and they didn’t call it a ‘spring’ of sorts there

  5. The LTTE&praba are to blame for this.They should have listened to advice from people like DBS when they were strong and used Norway broker ceasefire to negotiate and get federalism. Now LTTE gone after bringing destruction to Tamils. This is one more incidence

  6. I never thought it was good business for any one to bring down LTTE before the Tamils were given a solution to guarantee equal rights and the ability to govern themselves within united SL or otherwise. Bottomline, the Tamils should have equal rights and the ability to govern themselves. But whether that happens within united SL or not is actually a decision for the Sinhalese Govt. VP firmly believed that Sinhalese will never give a solution and that is why how stupid his ways were, he settled for Tamil Eeelam.

  7. Land was and is a critical issue in the so-called Sinhala-Tamil equation in Sri Lanka. It yet remains a very sensitive issue despite the Sri Lankan Tamil population declining from around 12 % to less than 8 % now. The Tamils will be perturbed that their traditional places of residence are being stolen, when they are at their weakest. The Sinhala side will counter that 8% or less of the Tamils cannot lay claim to 30% of the land and two thirds the coast. They would also point out that when Tamils can buy land and live in other parts of the island, why the Sinhalese cannot do so in the north and east. The Tamils will in turn counter that they were not colonized in the South by the state. These arguments will never end until eternity.

    The facts that the north and east have to be also developed, have land to spare and cultivable land cannot be let lie fallow should also be remembered. The country also needs to grow more food. Further, a large number of property holding expatriate/ Diaspora Tamils are scrambling to sell their houses and lands in the north and east. They do not care who buys these lands as long as they get the right price.

    The history of post-independent Ceylon/ Sri Lanka, is replete with examples of Sinhalese being settled in areas where Tamils had lived previously. Although land was available in plenty in these areas, many older Tamil settlements were overwhelmed / obliterated. Tamils also became a minority in these areas. The process of marginalization of Tamils in the national polity which commenced soon after independence made the Tamils extra-sensitive to the land issue. Naming Kal Aru, Galoya and Pathavikulam, Padaviya did not help. The role the Sinhala colonists from Padaviya played in the 1958 riots will not be forgotten by the Tamils. The recent naming of Manal Aru, Weli Oya and settling Sinhala colonists in the Dollar and Kent farm areas yet rankle Tamil minds. The government has to be senitive to this reality and behave like Caessar’s wife- be above even suspicion.

    The theory that Sri Lanka is for all Sri Lankans would not hold water with most Tamils because there are no visible signs yet that this has been put into practice and that they are constutionally and administratively equal and secure citizens within Sri Lanka. The Tamils have to be assured of the right to their identity, religions, culture, way of life, places of residence and security, not by words alone, but by concrete and legally enforceable mechanisms. The Tamils have to be also involved in discussions leading to execution of such projects. This process is yet in limbo and does not seem to be a priority for the government. Until, such time this happens and is in the realm of the ‘Believable’, land allocations in the north and east to Sinhalese will agitate Tamil minds.

    Further, clear land policies have to be set out and allocations should be done in a transparent manner and should not involve changing place names or the demographics of an area. What the Ven.Rathana Thera suggested to me at a meeting sometime back made immense sense then and does now. He said that the surplus population in the central hills should be encouraged to move to the north and east. His reasons were quite altruistic. The tea plantations cannot provide employment to all and several tea plantations are being abandoned to vegetable cultivation. This is causing severe soil erosion. He also said that some of these tea plantations have to be re-forested to maximize the rain catchment areas in the hill country.

    There are atleast 30% Tamils of plantation origin in the Vanni and the east now. Why should more of them be not encouraged to move to these areas? Let some Sinahalese move too, without distorting the Tamil identity of these areas. Let the government and its instruments support all people equally in this process and be seen to do so.

    I hope wisdom will dawn on the government. I am glad DBSJ brought this incident to light. He should do more to bring such incidents to our attention, not only as a respected journalist but also as one who runs several credible websites, which are read by Sinhalese, Tamils and those who matter in Sri Lanka. I do not pay much heed to the words of Tamil politicians who are blatant liers and exaggerate and twist everything to suit their devious agenda. I remember their raising the bogey that the IDP camps in Chettikulam were an insidious plan to settle the IDPs permanently there? One senior Tamil politician wanted red rice be provided to the IDPs and tea and biscuits served at 10am and 3pm!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  8. This is a good move.the races must be mixed .The Tamils who are willing should move in to south .,and muslims and Sinhalese should move north.They must live as one family,We must encourage inter race marriages,Mixed schools etc .Here in sri lanks we have plenty of lands.No matter what is the race, the young generation should be given lands,.there should not be landless families.

  9. Don’t worry Sinhalese don’t bite. Look up EIP (Ethnic Integration Policy) of Singapore. The aim is to balance ethnic composition. Although far more crude, SL does the same thing.

  10. What is wrong here is not the settlement but the way in which it was done.The GA Vavuniya was kept in the dark&everything was done through Sinhala AGA of Vavuniya South AGA division whereas Kokkachankulam is in Vavuniya North AGA division

  11. Over to the Hon. Chief Minister J.J for comment! Basil, the Minister with a
    leaning towards India has been busy, after-all.

  12. DBS,

    What is wrong with helping Sri lanknas to settle does where they want to live? This is our (Tamils, Muslims, other ethnic groups and Sinhalese) country. Any Sri lankan should be able to live where ever they want, as long as the law of the country is respected and follwed.

    When you use “Tamil Areas” it implies that there are some areas exclusive for Tamils.
    IMO, this “Tamil Exclusiveness” concept is one of the roote causes for ethnic tension in our country.
    This is something similar to someone saying that “Tamils are Tamilizing Sinhala areas of Wellawatta”.

  13. Thanks DMSJ for reporting this.

    Not a lot of flurry about this.

    If it happens for the first time it will be big news. it’s been going on for decades.
    If a news outlet does an editorial entitled
    “Sri Lanka is a Singhala Budhist state with no rights for Tamils”. No one will blink an eye.

    Hope those Tamils who were dirven out of their land will be looked after by their Tamil cousins. Or better stil left the country.

  14. Its Difficult to establish all of this.

    LTTE chasing away tamils and sinhalese from Jaffna. Did those lands owned by them ever kept safe on their behalf.? Did the LTTE chase only those from jafna wernt sinhala speaking Sri Lankans ever lived in other area’s in the north? Or is it after 30 years of chasing away every living sinhala speaking person that these area’s have become ‘ homelands.???

    Sri lanka is for every son and daughter of the soil, whether speaking in english, tamil or sinhalese.

    On whose land are the war displaced settled now? Sinhala land or tamil land or even muslim land?

    Its very clever to say sinhalisation is happening but who will tell the story of how the north was tamilised by killing border villagers and their children?

    What was the purpose of all the murder of the innocent villagers living near northen borders , other than for tamilisation?

    Time has come to stop all this nonsense of being tamil and sinhalese. We are all srilankans and srilanka belongs to all its children.

  15. If this is true, I have no doubt it is, its all going to kick off again soon. Maybe not in the next year or two but definitely in 5 to 10 years time. By this time the Rajapaske’s would have made their millions and long gone!

    RB

  16. If sinhalese and GOSL is genuine in interaction of sinhala and tamils,why settle these families without informing district secretary?Why change the existing name of a town??Why change the name of road?

    Tamils live in Colombo,but have no cultural impact on sinhalese,roads and town remain the same name.

    But when sinhalese settle suddenly everything changes..This is CULTURAL GENOCIDE..It is true under international law whether you like it or not..

    Thank you DBS..

  17. All Sri Lankans can settle down in any part of Sri Lanka. The problem here is that Sinhalese are being settled in what was a Tamil inhabited village without re-settling the displaced Tamils who belong to the place

  18. If 165 Tamil families desire to settle in the south they will not be allowed to do so and if they do persist they have to do so by purchasing these lands for hard cash, develop the infrastructure facilities themselves basically it will not be a gratis for them.

    For the yaks the properties or the crown owned lands will be forcibly acquired in most cases no compensation will be paid out, the sissies in lingerie the so called military will protect them, the concept of Buddhism will be forced down the throats, no Bo tree will be left vacant many a Buddha relic will be sprung up, the areas will be infested with temples where the scantily clad yellow robes will cast their evil corrupt thoughts and doings.

    After all these these will become dens of vice and locations of immoral actions.

    As for me I am of the view that every citizen of bog Lanka has to be treated equally, should be allowed to move around freely without any restrictions and when they do so they should be encouraged to procure these assets at market prices not to be given as gifts which are deliberate and wicked acts of discrimination.

    Since independence the east was colonized it spread like wild fire to certain parts now till the entire north is acquired the inferior, insecure yaks will not rest in peace.

    A few days ago the media in bog Lanka proudly boasted ” we are the 29th failed state on this planet” and at the supersonic speed they are proceeding the number 1 slot is just within their reach.

    May they colonies hell, the rightful nibbana for the racist yaks, I admit that there are a few exceptions among them a rare breed.. R j.

  19. Mahawamsa justifies the occupation of whole land, Militarisation helps to muzzle down the people, war made people to vacate their own properties and land, through development social engineering possible which leads to assimilation and genocide.

    In the process not only the minorities marginalised but the state is exporting problems from south to the north.

    The issue is not so much about Sinhalese living in anywhere they choose to but state sponsored alteration of demography of the island. Once the demography changes so does the representation in parliament. There is also another benefit for the party which initiated such colonisation, establishing vote banks in those areas where colonisers were handed over free land.

    Those who lost their own land will put up these kind of land grab only for a short period. Sri Lankan state is digging its own pit. Nobody can stop it now but the consequences are dangerous, recentment can boil over.

  20. You can choose the word ” Sinhalaisation ” or “Freedom of movement”.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    In this instance I have deliberately chosen”Sinhalaisation” to drive home a point.When the original Tamil inhabitants of a village are displaced bringing in new Sinhala settlers with the help of the Army &Govt funds &settling them through the Vavuniya south Sinhala division AGA and not the Vavuniya North AGA division to which the village belongs & building a road linking it to a Sinhala village 22 km away&renaming the village in Sinhala amount to the word “Sinhalaisation” in my mind.

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  22. Isreal has done similer things and they were forced to demolish the colonizations part of reconcilliation.

    I hope GoSL is not colonozing all the criminals after the Jail sentnse to ” Rehabilitatea’ in the Tamil homeland.

    Buying property in in a market value is democracy but grabing land and colonozing people is dictatorship.

    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=28469

    Free people have virtually no government genocide and mass murder, and for good theoretical reasons. Freedom is therefore a solution to genocide and mass murder; Free people do not make war on each other, and the greater the freedom within two nations, the less violence between them. Freedom is a method of nonviolence–the most peaceful nations are those whose people are free.

    When Theocracy mixed with Democracy it becomes Hypocrisy. When Hypocrisy mixed with Fascism and takes the Power, it becomes Autocracy. Under these circumstances Democracy becomes mere text book term and looses it valve.

    http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/627

  23. Settling Sinhalese in the abandoned village is not wrong. But first govt should have tried to re-settle the original Tamil inhabitants there.When no Tamil has returned and the village has a monopoly of Sinhala families only then this is in a way ethnic cleansing

  24. These people will be like guinea pigs.

    The fear of the north being mono-ethnic region is the root cause for military rule & colonisation.

    Did the families go there on their own will? Are these families the said displaced sinhalese from the north?
    what about the displaced muslims?

  25. Thanks DBS for this info. Some Singalese guys will call you racist for pinpointing such injustices. But dont worry.carry on speaking truth to power Sir.

  26. These Sinhalese breeders will continue to breed and make us a minority in our land. If the LTTE and our national leader Pirapharan were here, this wouldnt happen. Hopefully the Tamil youth will rise and repel these lazy Sinhalese people.

  27. There are more than a million tamils settled in traditional sinhalese lands in hill country! shall we chase them back to India? And, as a Tamil, If you can settle in any part of Sri Lanka, why Sinhalese cannot settle in the North?

  28. NE should not be only for Tamils. (Example “Kuwani” is from North of Sri Lanka), Then how the Tamils says NE & N are their own lands

    If the Tamil people can live other parts of Sri Lanka, then why Sinhala people don’t have the same right. (Tamil speaking people are the majority in Colombo today)

    I think SL government should build a large free trade zone (employment centers) in NE and then allow all community to work there including taken Sinhalese families from south and settle there and allow to work there.

    All problems are because of only the Tamils living in that area.

    If anyone wants a separate country goto Tamilnadu,

  29. oh lord, what can i say DBSJ….another chapter of “vadakkin vasantham”…what happened to the tamil families that used to live there?

  30. This is what is called Mahinda sithana. Hats off to Mahinda. He is doing his duty very well and no one can blame for that. The current tamil politicians including the two minsiters are happy as well. Anyway this is what called the new method of “Reconcilation and Reconstruction” of Srilanka.
    Luckily the bunch of ideots and LTTE “terrorist” are no more.

    Keep up the good work and very soon the tamil politicians would be able to stand election in Kurunagala and Mattara.

  31. How many sinhala families lived before.?
    How many tamil families living in south ? ……let them mix together. Let them learn each others’ languages.
    The stupid war is over.

  32. gunda,
    Hope you understand that there is a differece between Tamils moving from the north and east to the south or better future, and the Govt bringing/assisting Sinhalese settlers from the south to settle in north and east.

  33. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran,
    The SL Govt already knows and understand all these fair and square policies and susgestions you are making on this forum. If you know the SL history, you will not waste this much of energy, unless you are trying to tell us that that the MR and his cronies do not have a clue. But the history has taught us lesson otherwise.

    The SL govts understand all these details. But, it wants it all for the Sinhalese Bhudhists. It wants to have SL for Sinhalese only, because in their minds, the Sinhalese Bhudhists are only in SL, and they must keep this country for themselves and themselves only and cannot share with anyone, whether it is the native vedhas, Tamils, Muslims or others.

    I have followed your posts and you sound very naive when you sincerely advise the SL govt in many occasions. In DBSJ’s previous article on the brave policemen, as another commentator pointed out, you were appealing to MR to take action as if he is the only good guy in SL – I am assuming even though you are a Tamil, you never experienced a taste of the true nature of the SL govt as most of us. – It really breaks the hearts of the Tamils who have experienced the SL govt’s unfairness and brutality.

  34. Hello Mr…….. colombo tamils were not given gouverments funds to settle in colombo. There was never special roads constructed for them. That’s why it is known as “COLONISATION”- funded ans assisted by tax payers money by the gouverment. FYI txa payers include the tamils too.

  35. Sinhalese peasents will not move on their own as you will understand.The only solution is this.Let the whole country have a ethnically mixed population.Let us not create mono ethnic enclaves which will lead to seperation.

    Tamils should learn to live in mixed societies as the world get closer each day.

    I am not against this as long as the Government does not change the majority Tamils in the Province.At least there should be 15% Sinhalese,10% Muslims in the North which will be a reverse mirror image of the rest of Sri Lanka.

  36. Finally, my Sunday prayers have been answered!!! I love this … I love this… I love this. I thank the GOSL in this noble start.

    SriLankanize the ENTIRE NE AND ASSIGN EASY TO PRONOUNCE TOWN AND STREET NAMES, as a start. There should be a DUTUGEMUNU VEEDIYA in Jaffna too.

    there are no ‘Tamils’ or ‘Tamil’ homelands in Sri Lanka… only Sri Lankans and Sri Lanka. Create more of these opportunities.

    I highly recommend giving free land and free 50% of the prisoners to be settled in the North and the East. (Remember Australia?)

    Create… create… create… these conditions with a view to obliterate all claims to a ‘Tamil’ identity.

  37. LKsword,

    I told you to get back to your room for medication. You now need EST ( electric shock treatment). your paranoid schizophrenia is out of control now.

    If you Thatha has sallie, go and buy land or home in Jaffna once you have done with the treatment and who stop you from this ?

  38. Are there Gyanese, Paki or Indian villages in England?

    Is Scarborough a Tamil town?

    Do people call Kandy, Nuwaraeliya Wellawatta Sinhala Towns?

    Why this ethnically designated towns only in the North?

    Population growth and how to accommodate it, is one of the most critical issues facing developing nations in Asia.

    People need to be relocated where land and water are available.

    While population of the rest of the country increased rapidly , with some once small towns like Galle and Matara becoming mega cities with population bursting at the seams, the population in the North has dropped by more than half.

    It is obvious that the population in the North can be increased by at least one hundred percent without any strain on the natural resources.

    The thousands of abandoned houses along the A9, from Omanthai to Nagdeepa is a clear indication that there are facilities to increase the populatuion with minimal cost.

    If there are people who are willing to move to these parts of the country , any responsible Govt must facilitate therir settlement.

    It is good for the people already there, interms of Infrastructure, Business, Employment, Education, Sports and every othere aspect of progress.

    Countries like Australia , bring people from the Mid East and settle them in country towns.

    So what is different.

  39. Dr. Naren,

    A dream need not to have limits, so does your thoughts and hope. But all the unrealistic dreams will die as dreams and will get materialized.

    I think you need to know the meaning between buying and land in a market value ( to be qualify, one need to work hard and earn money) whenever and where ever is only possible in a democratic free country.

    But grabbing a land forcefully evacuate, uproot in gun point and rehabilitate is not part of and never part of any functioning democratic governments ( please read the whole meaning as I said a “functioning democratic” government)

    As some one stated in these comments, not every one is equal in the Island country as Bold saffron clad beef eating people are above the law than others. In contrast to these, in a democratic country, only four type of people are given priority over others

    Handicapped people
    Pregnant ladies
    A man or woman caring a child
    Elderly

    So, stop dreaming that GOSL under current regime has anything tangible to offer to its citizens be it a Tamil Nation people or Sinhala Nation people. Their one and only goal is making money for their family as much they can when in power.

  40. sri lanka is a free country, anybody from dendr point shoulde be able to live in norther tip of jaffna and vice versa as well, that is a test for harmany, more tamils from jaffna should come to wellawatta as well,

    kumara Ekanayake

  41. Have really enjoyed your articles but first time commenting.

    I agree with Dilshanf. Government should not force people from the south to settle in the north but should encourage. Now that the war is over there should be a new approach. Everone should have a common Sri Lankan identity.

    I did not think I would read a sinhalisation article from DBSJ and a refuting the channel 4 article by Dushy Ranethunge in Transcurrent.

    I sincerely hope the Government will do the right thing for all of its citizens to live in dignity and harmmony.

  42. I dont understand, why it becomes an issue, if sinhalese are settled in tamil dominated areas. Equality, liberty and freedom to exercise one’s religion/language/culture is all that matters.

    whether Tamils or sinhalese, they are all Srilankan.

  43. Hello Dr

    I thought you were in SL now. How come you didn’t know about this.

    “Further, a large number of property holding expatriate/ Diaspora Tamils are scrambling to sell their houses and lands in the north and east. They do not care who buys these lands as long as they get the right price.” You are only deluding yourself Dr.

    Such is life. Good luck

    RB

  44. Tamils should welcome sinhalese, if north east is truly their homeland.

    Tamils honour guests and “Vandaarai vaala vaikkum tamilagam” is the speciality of Tamilnadu and Tamils. SL Tamils may follow the same principle in srilanka.

  45. Sri Lanka is not free country. Current it 27th failed nation in the world. I wonder why it didn’t make it to 1st. Sl is colonizing like in Isreal doing to Palestenians, Obliterating the demography. Hope India or UN intervenes soon in N.E. under R2P.

  46. Her master,

    one has to earn and have money to buy a land or house.

    These Parki, Gyanese, or Indians don’t grab land or kick the Brits, they came to UK, earn and able to ” PURCHASE” the property.

    Tamils in Wellawatta or what ever town they were able to but land from a market value at one point of time and not GRAB a land. A responsible responsible Govt should not facilitate the settlement when the land was grabbed from the people at gun point and kicked them out, that is not democracy and in our sorry state of legal system you can see how the chiefs are functioning

    http://www.lankaindependent.com/2011/06/one-retired-chief-justice-turns-to-monkhood-while-another-returns-to-advise-a-kleptocracy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=one-retired-chief-justice-turns-to-monkhood-while-another-returns-to-advise-a-kle

    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=1749

    you may seen that the Judges in the case of Helping Hambantota

    http://www.alrc.net/doc/mainfile.php/supremecourtcases/402/?print=yes

    Need we say more about the government and its legal system and corrupt Judges.

  47. The Tamil folks in the hill country who in reality are slaves who keep the tea industry alive have to go back to India if they do who will enable the foreign exchange dollars pouring in .

    The yaks ?.

    One must be in hallucination, the yaks will just not work, they will rob and with the support of the government acquire these lands, then these will become barren and ganja will become the largest foreign exchange earner.

    Some of the hill country Tamil’s have gone back to India where on earth did the yak come from and where on earth will they go back to ?.

    Orissa in India have and are still breathing sigh’s of relief they said GROBR which means good riddance from bad rubbish. They do not want the yaks back they are the displaced.

    Hague maybe an alternate choice. R j.

  48. Yea. LTTE is responsible for the national unity of Srilanka.

    Only because of LTTE , now more sinhalese are settled in North east. This is national integration and LTTE must be praised for this.

  49. If I do the same analysis on you selfish, racist tamils you will run away mate.. Do you know how much your bloody cheap traits have contributed to the ethnic division today..

  50. PP, Not sure why Sinhalese peasents will not move on their own. If they chose not to move, that is their right and that will be respected.- No problems here.

    But, it is not for the State to support and assist JUST ONE community (Prefered community?)in a country, to move to other parts of the country – It is called colonization with other ulterior motives.

    Tamils have no problems to live in mixed societies, provided these societies are created in fair and square mwthods, and not otherwise.

  51. If there are legal tamil owners to these lands then what is being done by the govt is not right… But if there is no one to claim the land ownerships what’s wrong with that..?? Where do you have those places casted as tamil places and should have tamil names? If the majority of sinhalese is going to be there, then there’s nothing wrong creating names familiar to them.

    Mono ethnic enclaves throught out the island should not be encouraged. That’s the reason to non-tolerance of other cultures. This applies to places like Kiribathgoda, Maharagama etc where some racist sinhalese boast not to have a single tamil, muslim run business. Likewise Jaffna superiority as the heart of tamil culture should not be something more than its sentimental value.

  52. Well said DBSJ – I hope all who commented in this forum trying to cover the deliberate colonization of Tamil areas with fancy words like “Freedom of movement” should realize the truth and give-up unless they have the capacity to understand DBSJ’s explanation.

  53. Modaya,

    People invented cars, planes, computers and all sort of gadgets to become lazy. If you think Sri Lankans are lazy, that is because they are happy with their lot… and I don’t think it’s a problem. Respect their way of life!

    Remember… never to wake up a pride of sleeping lions!

  54. Dear DBS
    thanks for your tweet
    this issue has been raised in the parliament by tamil MPS. I will really appreciate you if you could write an elaborate in depth article on government sponsored colonization in tamil areas since independence. I do not see any genuine organisation to write about government atrocities with clear evidence now a days.

    To My Dear Smart Singaputhrayoos (genuine Sinhalese excuse me)
    Over the period of time in various ways Sinhala politicians and chauvinists used various ways to reduce the tamil population and changed the demography. During the pre and post independence period the economical pillars were the Indian estate tamils. Rather than having and using their human force to build up the economy the sinhala politician were very tactful to use that factor to capture the power. THEY USED THEM AS A PAWN TO CAPTURE THE POWER RATHER THAN HAVING GENUINE INTEREST IN THE COUNTRY. Genuine sinhala Buddhist man only moaned within the wall witnessing the country slowly starting to perish as they do now. When we compared with the far east, African and caribean countries this is the only country did not give citizenship and recognition to indian workers who were brought for labour by British. (except few of African countries whom too in economic turmoil). By periodic ethnic violence helped a lot to eradicate the tamils by killing and pushing them to leave the country. Having Senanayake and the groups changing the demography by sponsored colonization, JRJ thought letting the tamils to west as refugees in late 70s and 80s will further reduce the numbers. in a way it worked but on the other it back fired by creating a strong expatriate community. in spite using this expatriate community productively the force which was the most responsible for the tamils destruction and the shame at any period of tamil history in Illangai led to the Illangai thamilar to the present irreparable deep shit.
    By the mean time I like to remind few facts to the few smartest singaputhrayos made comments above. I did not see your smartness when your country human cargo is exported to middle east for licensed house keeps and toture toys. I did not see your smartness to recognize that R brothers and the present GOSL slowly selling and leasing your land to Chinese from South. Well I understand when Chinese occupy the south obviously you need to find a land somewhere which is only on the North side. (Millions of debts for the Hambantota project and gallface sold for billions etc). you are not ashamed for that. but you are only shamed to give equal rights to your own country man who shared same culture and the religion (show me single good Buddhist family who does not have pictures of hindu Gods at home and worship, even the shameful MR goes to Thirupathy to worship) and lived with you for thousands of years. because genuinely you feel if you do that the country will prosper independently without mortgaging it and the people to any foreign power.
    It is so shameful to see that you all are so foolish or pretend to be foolish not to understand the fact that after sometime of tolerance of Chinese annoyance in the south India (and US through India) will stir the whole game in a different way. As exactly what Indira Ghandi did to JR for his pro US approach, it is not too far for another sponsored group to be trained and sent to North. Then it will be a Chinese and Indian (backed by US behind the scene) war in our country (or your country or Chinese might say it is our country as Siri Lankans have sold it already). The pawns who are being colonised now in borders will be the probable early victims.
    It is not too late to realise your shameful and act upon. Please wake up. Mmmmmmm if you pretending to asleep it is so difficult for anybody to wake you up.

  55. [This is national integration and LTTE must be praised for this.]

    I just did… by screaming ‘3 three cheers to Tamil eelam

  56. Nam I like your link, people who are blind will have the enthusiasm to get cured but not the people who are pretend to be blind

    Lord Buddha save Siri Lanka no he can’t, he is only a Hamathuruwoo, He has to ask Kathragama or Gana or Paththini Theviyoo to save Illankai

  57. “Everyone should have a common Sri Lankan identity”

    Is there any thing in common, may be one day everyone is treated good equally or all citizens are treated bad equally.
    Odds are for second.

  58. LKsword,

    Idiot, I did not bring Tamils to Wellawatte, Grandpass and Kandy. They were well educated, wealthy Tamils who came on their own accord and paid to buy their own land. On the contrary,I am colonizing Vavuniya with riffraff uneducated Sinhalese, stealing lands from Tamils who I evicted or murdered.Also idiot, for your knowledge the Tamils in Nuwara Eliya were brought in by English from India to work in tea plantations who later settled in.One more info idiot, I will not allow Tamils change names of thees cities they live in.

  59. My aunt was married and settled in Kokkachchaankulam. They had 10 acres paddy and 5 acres coconut land. They were displaced by war in 80’s and lived in Vavuniya. They went back in 2002 and got displaced again. They came back to Vavuniya.They are looked after by salary earned by elder son now working in middle -east

    When they tried to go back in 2010 they were chased by army. GS also living in Vavuniya was told by army that if any Tamil comes back they will be arrested as tigers. So the real owners of lands are scattered in Lanka or gone abroad. Outsiders are settled in the village with army and govt help

    When

  60. M.Fern:

    Sri Lankan history has its Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim components too. Everyone has erred and been short sighted. Tamils have been the most short sighted. When a former GA of Vavuniya Mr. Rajadurai, anticipating directions withdrawing his authority to do so, held a land Kachcheri to distribute state land to the Tamils almost overnight, what happened? Many got the land documents, but did not move in and develop the lands. The Jaffna man, who has made the most noise about the problem of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, did not have the will or wisdom to move out of the crowded villages in Jaffna. The government allocated 25 acres land in Wellawaya each to a group of ten Tamils in the mid-1950’s. Palmyra seeds were planted by them to mark their land limits. Of course, circumstance that developed later made the Tamils abandon these lands. These facts have to be also remembered.

    Once again we are sitting whereever we are and exercising our vocal chords as usual! Why not do something to help rehabilitate the people who are displaced?

    I have said several times I have experienced enough in Sri Lanka to be able to take a middle position. I will continue to do so. Everyone is not a devil nor is everyone a saint, when it comes to the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka. The sooner we understand this the better it would be for all of us.

    Regarding the Alaveddi incident- Mahinda Rajapakse as the President who according to J.R.Jayawardene’s consitution has all the power except the one to change the sex of people, is the only one exercising ultimate power in Sri Lanka. If there is someone in Sri Lanka who can do something, it is he. Did I say he is the only good guy in Sri Lanka? Irrespective of whether he is good, bad or the very embodiment of evil – as many relish portraying him-he is the executive president of Sri Lanka with immense power and at the moment immense support.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  61. Nam:

    Only your last sentence makes sense, with the correction that it is not only the current regime, but also those that preceded it and those likely to succeed it, will continue to err when it comes to ethnic relations, because our democracy is very immature and the constitution and political structures have been manipulated to perpetuate this immaturity. Money making is not the speciality in Sri Lanka alone. It is the curse of the current era. Look at what Karunanity and clad did recently and what Jayalalitha did before. We are all part of this pyramid, although most of us are at the bottom. Consumerism and avarice are the credo of this era. Selfless public service is considered a fools paradise now! Public anger is bound to emerge against these phenomenon sooner or later. It is already happening in India.

    Is it a crime to dream? According to my understanding all of us should dream, as this would be the foundation stone for future action.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  62. Raffboy,

    I am in Sri Lanka now. Am I expected to know everything that happens here? Further, my main concern has been about the war affected people. Further, as I have said I do not place much credence on what our politicians say.

    Who is deluding whom? You seem to want to believe only matters that throw a bad light on the GOSL and the Sinhala polity. Several Tamils living abroad have approached me to help dispose their lands, including some who are my relatives. I also know of an incident where an ordinary Sinhala soldier has bought land in Jaffna and hopes to build a house (I have personally no objections to this). I hear the same story from other sources in Jaffna and the Vanni.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  63. J.Muthu,

    Those who laugh last have the best laugh! Unfortunately, as it involves a people- a desperate people at that- I can only be sad at how we are reacting. I have also no objections to being called a fool, as in this instance it is better to be called a fool for doing what I am trying to do, rather being made a fool by history. As a people we have been made the fools by history. If we continue to do things to multiply this result, it is probably our preordained destiny- Karma.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  64. Mr Kandeepan,

    Srilankans living there aren’t interested in the past.

    They only worry about the future and how to protect themselves from the evil plots that are being hatched non stop overseas, to harm them.

    At least you have admitted that,despite the constant insults from the Diasporians and their agents, Sinhala Buddhists still , respect and some even pray to Hindu Deities.

    Doesn’t it a sign of tolerance and understanding.?

    Have your ever seen any Hindu or Christian showing at least some respect here, to Buddha.and Buddhists?

    What is wrong with the Srilankan poor earning a living in the Mid East.?

    Don’t some educated and even .well off people from Srilanka do menial jobs like House Keeping and Toilet Cleaning in the West.?

    Do you find anything wrong with that.?

    Chinese, Russians and even the new the new Kids on the Block like the Brazilians are most welcome to buy land in Srilanka.

    It is only your mates who want free land to themselves , but wouldn’t bother to repair thousands of their own abandoned houses.

    What stops them, doing them up and letting some poor souls there to live in them.

  65. The colombo Tamils didn’t need any help. They were stinking rich. I have visited
    Colombo, as well as the Nrth.
    Vinod

  66. It was well known that Mr. Loganathan (then Governor of the bank of Ceylon) as well as the Wellawattai, Dehiwalaai and
    Pampalapittai banks gave housing loans to Tamils (if they were of the right caste), but NOT to Sinhalese.

  67. From Pettah tp Dehiwala in Colombo the land ownership is increasingly becoming Tamil and we Sinhalese have no problem with that.

    Was there any Sinhalese majority displeasure about this ( in the similar vein as complained here ; Colombo south colonization of Sinhalese area by Tamils???)

    So if poor Sinhalese folks who do not have a land for their own getting a land ANYWHERE in this country should not be a problem to anybody.

    If there is any such issue that should ONLY be if landless Tamils or Muslims are DENIED similar opportunity.

    So let us focus on reconciliation and re-constructing the shattered social fabric and forget the Bigotry and hatred filled past which is by no means a pleasant one.

    Shall we???

    ajith

  68. Why cannot the Tamil lawyers try to solve this matter through courts? Tamil talk much about International laws and other legal matters. Why cannot the affected people file a case against the Government in Vavuniyaa courts?

  69. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran,
    So you still believe that MR may do the magic and bring justice to the victims? I certainly agree that MR has all the power in SL and most of us think it is not good for Tamils or SL.

    I seriously do not follow your logic of being so naive and making humble reguests to a alleged war criminal (UN report / CH4 vedio) to do something good and provide justice, which is not a strength of a war criminal. This is on top of what happened to the Tamils and to any agreements made with the Tamils since 1948.

  70. Chinthaka and for all others wondering whose land the settlement took place.

    Vathani says: June 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    My aunt was married and settled in Kokkachchaankulam. They had 10 acres paddy and 5 acres coconut land. They were displaced by war in 80′s and lived in Vavuniya.

    They went back in 2002 and got displaced again. They came back to Vavuniya.

    They are looked after by salary earned by elder son now working in middle -eastWhen they tried to go back in 2010 they were chased by the Army.

    GS also living in Vavuniya was told by the Army that if any Tamil comes back they will be arrested as tigers!

    So the real owners of lands are scattered in Lanka or gone abroad. Outsiders are settled in the village with Army and govt help.

    This is what the Tamils resent. Sinhalese are most welcome to live in the north and east but don’t grab some one’s land with the help of the Army, that is stealing!

  71. People affected should file action against the perpetrators in the courts. Tamil leaders and diaspora should help these people do so by helping financialy. At the moment recourse to the law is the only way possible in Sri Lanka where many injustices are being perpetrated by the authorities.

  72. We should never take for granted the priceless peace we now have which is hated by the foreign hyenas, who are waiting to capitalize on our potential divisions.

  73. For gods sake could every body stop calling “tamil village” and Sinhalese village” — this is our country (tamils ,sinhaleses,muslims,burgers,malays ) does not belong to any one nationality, — common sinhalese do not visualize tamils as enemies – they were living in harmony with other communities in other parts of the country – it has to happen not only in south but in north and east as well — the donkey power greedy politicos are the hate mongers among majority common people – stop listening to these hate mongers – say hello to your neighbour without looking at his nationality – we have very short time on this earth – do not waste time hateing others

  74. DBS you are a great writer.I am sinhaleese buddhist guy,who is settled in Canada.I propose you to promote peace and harmony among communities,rather than cwriting on sensitive areas.let’s make the Srilankan united as a one family.Atleast stop writing hatread iisues.let people to live where ever they want to live.another thing is co-inhabitant is the best solution to national integrity.that makes two races to understand each other.I personally believe that Praba has done most harm to Tamils than any one else.now innocent Tamil people has to pay the price for it.do not forget 40,000 families lived in Jaffna before 1983.at the same time Tamils live in Colombo more than Jaffna.I really love to see Tamils more and more coming and settle in Colombo.that would be certainly healthy.

  75. The government must immediately abolish the infamous “Thesawalami” law that discriminates non Tamils from purchasing land in Jaffna, This will enable other communities to own land in Jaffna.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    You are an ignoramus who does not know anything about “Thesawalamai” How many times must one explain the law?

  76. Dear Freevoice

    If it is stealing !!! That’s a offense-crime.
    In SL you can go to courts. I wish now you know it.

    Good luck in the courts…

  77. This is a very racist article… so much for “moderate” Tamils… I sincerely hope other Tamils do not feel in such a chauvinistic way..

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    A powerful majority Grabbing lands of displaced powerless minority is not “Racist aggression”in your mind but writing about such injustice and giving voice to voiceless people is “racist” to you.

  78. I am a Sinhalese buddhist,but some of my mothers ancestors were tamils & malayalis who came from India,the present Tamil Sinhala conflict is the creation of the british who used the divide & rule policy,the more we are divided the happier some countries are,recent DNA research done on different groups of Sinhalese have proved beyond doubt the that Sinhalese are closely connected to the Tamils,one of the greatest kings the Sinhalese ever produced was the great King Maha Parakramabahu who even conquerd Burma currently (Myanmar)& in Srilankan history it was the golden period of the Sinhalese,since the grand father of King Parakrama bahu was a tamil pandyan prince, during his tenure as the king,the Sinhalese had a very close & cordial relationship with the Pandyan kingdom,& according to mahawamsa the Sinhala race started with Prince Vijaya,& his group marrying pandyan women, from madurai,we Srilankans should forget who is settling down where,whether a tamil settles down in matara or a sinhalese settling down in jaffna,the more the two communities are mixed we shall have less conflicts for the future generations,Mr.D.B.S.Jeyaraj is a very honest journalist who had expressed his opinion,but this article is a little inclined towards division,among the two communities,at this juncture rather than dividing, the tamils & sinhalese should unitedly work to improve our motherland.

  79. VP & his war had achieved 12% tamils dwindling to 8% if it continued for another 10years it will dwindle to 4%….

    So you want another VP?

  80. very bad to settle Sinhala people in a Tamil village and convert the place into Sinhala village.This is called ethnic cleansing

  81. This “Thesawalamai” same thing where as TAMIL NADU introduced to TAMIL NADU STATE. Let Tamil Nadu follow all those things. Sri Lanka is Democratic country rule by majority as per the parliamentary election and presidential election. We dont want other countries methods and the way they are ruling.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    There is no “Thesawalamai” in Tamil Nadu. This is a unique personal law based on the customs and usages prevalent in Jaffna

  82. Please take your medications,wetting your bed and screening SWORD middle of the night can be cured.

  83. don’t grab some one’s land with the help of the Army, that is stealing!

    ————

    Agree with you on this point.

  84. This is the root cause for the ethinic problem. GOSL should stop this unacceptable colanisation,
    and investigate the past state sponsered colanisation (in kanthalai, Manalaru…[LLRC?]) how is that destroy the ethinic relationship and motivate the violants on the border villages.As South&West Sinhalese Traditional Homeland same like North&East Tamils Traditional Homeland. Not other way! One Family cannot forcefully interfear another Family (Home land). I don’t know how long take to understand this simple fact by GOSL and current Mahinda?

    Sinhalese hidden motive for changing demograpraphic of North East is serious GENOCIDE and refusing the native tamils political rights to share the power by GOSL is purely OPPRESSION.

  85. Have your ever seen any Hindu or Christian showing at least some respect here, to Buddha.and Buddhists?

    ———————————

    For your information sir, I am a Christian and I have great respect to buddha & dhamma.

    The point is many ‘buddhists’ does not follow or live by dhamma. Their actions bring disrepute to the dhamma.

  86. Man read history, no body opposing any body live any where? But what evil barbaric morons doing creating more trouble among communities. read carefully land belongs to tamil, who still live in refugee camps. thugs and criminals settled in tamils own land. Again tamils live in south not settled by morons. they buy their properties by their own hard earned money. use your brain man.

  87. Sidath you are wrong. First you must understand the meaning of “Ethnic Cleansing” Our beloved dead brother practiced “Ethnic Cleansing” in Sri Lanka. We did not like it but he did without any regard to law and order and human values. At least the present government of Sri Lanka is doing the right thing. Sri Lanka belongs to all Sri Lankans. Sinhalese are gracious enough to allow me and other Tamils to occupy land, business and raise our families with their families. North does not belong to Tamils or Sinhalese or Muslims only. It belongs to all of us. Lets acknowledge our differences and celebrate the values of a multi ethnic Sri Lanka with all of our sons and daughters. If LTTE remanents do not like united Sri Lanka in a unitary state, they can find another land like Tamil Nadu or country like Norway to live.

  88. annaa..if ltte backed by tamils could chaised away jaffna muslims, why cant sinhgala do the same to tamils?..sollungaa!
    annaaaa, why can`t poor singala boys get together & ask their government`s help to move to a new area for good?..

  89. so pple with no money can`t move? poor pple have no right to land?..ummm!
    annaa, it was group of singala poor families got together & ask their government to give them land, so government gave the land in north! sorry majority rules!!

  90. Mr.Native Tamil says: June 25, 2011 at 3:12 am
    Traditional Homeland same like North&East Tamils Traditional Homeland. Not other way! One Family cannot forcefully interfear another Family (Home land). I don’t know how long take to understand this simple fact by GOSL and current Mahinda?
    ——————————————————
    Traditional homeland in Sri lanka is a myth. In my previous written I revealled how the homeland map was fabrigated. NO ONE DINIED IT. BECAUSE IT IS THE TRUE.
    And oher thing
    THERE ARE NO BOARDIRING VALLAGES.

    samarasekara

    samarasekara.

  91. “Thesawalamai” is not practiced much in Jaffna. If that is practiced people from Pungudutheevu or any low castes cannot buy lands! Now people and courts follow the country’s general law.

    If Muslims can practice their Islamic laws, why Tamil Hindus follow their laws?

    In Sri Lanka there are many LAWS in the books. Kandyan Law, Mukkuwa Law, Islamic Law, Roman-Dutch Law, Low Country Sinhala Law and Thesawalamai.

    According to the Kandyan Law, low country Sinhalese cannot buy lands in Kandyan areas! Check it with lawyers!

  92. TNA MP Sumanthiran is a lawyer lives in Colombo. Why cannot he move the supreme courts to redress the people of Kokkachchaan Kulam under the FUNDAMETAL RIGHTS? I know the place and it was a Tamil village.

  93. Without sitting on your brain, read carefully what I meant –

    Every citizen of bog Lanka should have the right to live and purchase land in any part of the island.

    If you are giving away land distribute it fairly

    What I am against is the colonization or giving free properties away to one community and depriving the others of deliberately been denied the same privileges.

    Why are not the Tamil community not colonized in Hambantota ?.

    How many of the internally displaced people are living without a roof over their heads, no privacy and every footstep being monitored by the maundering sissies with water guns, the cowards.

    Most of the Tamil’s cannot retrieve their properties, the lame and tame excuse given by the so called seven star democratic government a shining example to the rest of the world. Is that they are in high security zones.

    Did lord Buddha preach and practice deliberate acts of racial discrimination ?. R j.

  94. We Sri Lankans will in future demand that the government of the day facilitate all those who wish to relocate to sparsely populated areas in the island and are financially challenged be helped irrespective of their ethnicity or the area.

  95. Now that the Tamils are relocating to Canada, UK etc etc Sinhalams should relocate to the vacant areas left by the Tamils.

  96. you are mistaken, not only your grand parents, both of your parents also must be Tamil . Dont be shy to call yourself a Tamil. If you have a doubt just smell them you will get the gingerly oil smell !

  97. Time Tamils learned to live with other races and realised that there are no NO GO AREAS for the Sinhala and Muslim people in Sri Lanka.

  98. Dear DBS,

    well said. however, we had only LTTE who could have stopped this. and we lost them. what is left for us now? i dont see a dawn for tamils in near future..

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    It is because of the LTTE that Tamils are in this plight today.The tigers have done irredeemable harm to the Tamil people.The “Sinhalaisation”process being accelerated is aimed at altering’Ground realities” in a bid to counter a potential separatist threat in the future.

  99. TNA MP Sumanthiran—god sake he is trying to save his own life first,he may do so as you suggest if he goes to Bengazi

  100. Kalu
    you did not get me all. nothing wrong doing menial job. but the so shameful thing is whole house maid export system is like government sponsored and trained sex slave export to Middleeast Masters. our so called smart government not bothered to do anything strongly or productively. when they reach the middleeast house their passports are taken they become slaves, imprisoned. I am doubted whether you pretend to fail in understanding this.
    by the mean time you are trying to twist the story about deities. they not worshiping hindu deities to respect hindus but they worshipping them because they are their gods too. Buddha is not a god remind you.
    by the mean time that is the very nice way of twisting the words for the government sponsored sinhalalisation. in one hand your army will say you can’t resettle in their own to the tamils, you won’t give a cent to them to resettle. but on other hand the army bring hundreds and thousands of sinhalese to the same land and settle them.

    I am eagerly waiting for DBSJ’s answer for my request

  101. When you win a war, you are entitled to do anything you want with the land and people in the region. If the people haven’t been executed, that is good news. If the lifestyle of the people have been upgraded due to lack of war, that is also good news. I think Sri Lanka needs ethnic integration whether it is in Jaffna or Colombo. Monoethnic pockets are the problem. I hope they settle Sinhalese and Tamils based on ethnic proportion.

    Let there be more settlements like this. This is path to less conflict in the long run, granted it can be painful for few in the short run.

    — Well Informed.

  102. Sri Lanka is a multi ethnic country and the sooner that intolerants accept this the easier it is for the rest of us to live.

  103. This land problem is the central to this ethnic problem along with the language. do you think the sinhalese will accept your saner voice.

    Many have used saner words and all of them have fallen into deaf ears.

    Then came VP who said these things in his own fashion. Remember the Kent farm and the Dollar farm incidents and how Thonda gloated about the fact that there are some who would not bow to the dictates of the govt but challenge them.

    You said in words. VP said it in deeds. What do you have to say about that? Tell me Sir. What you said in words he said it in deeds. isnt it so. Sir?

  104. If you loose land and language you loose everything. Can you buy land in Kashmir. We are protecting the Kashmir culture by not colonizing them.

  105. Kent farm and the Dollar farm incidents happened only because of the govt sponsored colonization. See the census figures from 1881 to 1948. The population of the Sinhalese was less in the North and the East.

    What is wrong in sending out the land grabbers out to stamp out the Tamil identity?

    Before pointing fingers tell me if the govt was right in settling the sinhalese in the north and east and thereby altering the demography and then it would deny the tamils of their right to elect their own people as their representatives.

  106. VP was an idiot for dragging the futile war. Tamil used to be a proud community and VP made them now like vegitables. Blame VP and his rascals not anybody else.

  107. Tamils are free to move to anyplace they like in Sri Lanka, this is their right as a Sri Lankan. The Sinhalese people also have the right to decide where they want to live in Sri Lanka. Integration is a must for reconciliation. There should not be any designated Tamil villages and towns in Sri lanka. This is the idea that Tamil Politicians preach and practice to keep their seats.

    All political parties based on racial,religious lines must be banned. SriLanka is a unitary nation where a Sri Lankan is able live and work anywhere they like in Sri Lanka without racial/ religious demarcations.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    If Tamils can move to any place in Sri Lanka why are they not being allowed to stay in their own villages?Why are Tamils being uprooted from their ancestral villages in the north and east and prevented from re-settling there in the name of security zones? Why are the original Tamil inhabitants of Kochchaankulam being replaced by “new” Sinhala settlers? If Tamils can settle down in any place is it possible for only new Tamil settlers to be settled in a village where Sinhalese have been living and were displaced?

  108. Down my lane a tamil family bought a house and are living very well with us. I’m from Pelawatte, Battaramulla – A pre-dominantly sinhala buddhist area. In fact, recently the tamil gentleman sponsored and gave accommodation from his ancestral house during a trip to Jaffna for members of our lane welfare association.

    Now just because he bought a house in Pelawatte none of us screamed – TAMILISATION !

    This is the way to go. Ethnic tensions could only be deflated by ethnic mixing.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Were all the Sinhalese down your lane displaced and move away and then prevented from moving back while new Tamils came and settled down with army and govt official help in the places belonging to the original Sinhala residents? Did the “Tamil” who bought the house not pay money and execute sale of deed legally? or did they “occupy” a house belonging to a Sinhala with govt and army backing?

  109. Look after by tamil cousins? You mean proving funds to continue the futile war. You sound like you want the Peelam on somebodyelse blood. THat era has gone mate.

  110. how did the number decrease?systemic shelling..genocide..why deny it??

    TAMILS DO NOT NEED VP,VP HAS MADE TAMILS THINK AND ACT LIKE HIM..CAN;T YOU SEE WHATS HAPPENING IN UN???

  111. Well, where are the Tamils who own this land? Are they coming back any time soon? Do they have title deed. This is a very incomplete story!

    The story is not over………….DBSJ

  112. Why change the name of roads,village and bridges??Wellawatte has not changed to “wellakulam”.!Let tamils settle in Dalatha maligawa and change the name to “Dalatha malikulam”.!!

  113. The tamils in our tea lands are much more fruitful that you Roha J. The keep the flags of SL flying. What do you do big mouth. Spread the venom around and restart the futile war. I hope this time you send your own son or daugther but not a poor tamil farmer. You sound like never lean from the past.

  114. Nam,

    I have commented on this reference elsewhere in transcurrents. I am glad some of you are engaging in a constructive manner in these debates, although our view points may be different.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  115. MR is a lawyer. Lalith Athulath Mudali was a lawyer. Sumanthiran is a lawyer. JR’s brother Hector was a lawyer. These lawyers only did things which were unlawful and aggravated the matters.

    They were interested in being smart and not in solving the problem. This kind of colonizing will not solve the problem.

    Isreal also does the same thing. One day or the other it has to negotiate with the other nation the Palestinians and come to term with them.

    This colonizing addresses the symptoms of the disease but not the reasons for the disease.

    What you are saying is right. Sumanthiran or any other lawyer can go to the courts to challenge this.

    But why should the govt do this kind of an act. It raises questions about its intentions.

    Does this incident not tell that the govt wants to marginalise tamils in their place. You yourself have said that that village is a tamil village.

    When scores of tamils have not been settled in their place why are these people, rank outsiders to that place (They may be sri lankans, but they are alien to this place at present) are being given preference to settle there.

    It clearly shows that the govt intends to throttle the voice of the tamils.

    This is another form of genocide.

    If these things can happen now, when the whole world looks on you what you could have not done to the civilians when you waged a war without witness?

  116. Why does the name of village,roads and bridges have to change??You cannot stamp “srilankans” identity on tamils.tamils or any individuals have the freedom to identify themselves as they want..!!

    Your support to this government who genocide 40000-100000 tamils and now destroying their livelihoods expose real motives of your actions..Make srilanka mono ethnic and silence the voice of tamils.

  117. The caste is an inherent part of the Hindu religion. Unlike the last time where Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s support, this time around ,with Tamilnadu political support; another low caste born, Indian Tamil terrorist might like to have a piece for them in North & East of Sri Lanka. The hatred required to such eventuality is brimming; thanks to the diaspora misplaced funds and INGO business. War crimes slogans will boil the blood of another generation of teenagers.

    All peace loving Sri Lankans need to be vigilant of these development. By settling down Sinhalese and Muslim people in North & East; there will be less chance of another caste or creed deprived, Tamil terrorist from trying to break the small island and have a piece for Tamils alone.

  118. DBSJ will have to cry for spilled milk in 20 years once more, and may be run for his life(hoping he will be back here in few more years).

    Do you really want me back?………..DBSJ

  119. Why do Buddhist monks have special privileges than ordinary srilankans?Why is srilanka a buddhist country if it is “multi religious” and “multi-ethnic”??

  120. Who did the analysis? You masters “the westerners”. If any country does not kneel and lick their feet, label them whatever they want.

  121. mahathaya,
    When poor tamil boys get together & ask their government`s help to move to a new area for good, would this same govt will offer the same level of security and financial assistance or is this assistance in only available for the preferered community only?

    On top of this, without providing a political solution to Tamils, colonizing the Tamil areas immediately after the murdering Tamils in thousands speaks volumes of how much the SL Govt cares for the Tamils.

  122. M.Fern,

    Was it very clever (from the past to the present),
    1. for a section of the Tamil leadership to have supported the bill to disenfranchise the Tamils of Indian origin?
    2. to have refused to learn Sinhala?
    3. to have prematurely retired from government service?
    4. to have used every reason and mostly excuses, to run away from Sri Lanka (Please check how many Tamil asylum seekers claimed to have murdered Alfred Duraiappa)?
    5. to have invited a war to our door steps in the north and east, without any thought to its consequences?
    6. to have missed the opportunities that came with the Indo-Lanka pact?
    7. to have assasinated Rajive Gandhi?
    8. to have sabotaged the last ceaasefire agreement?
    9. to have drawn the Tamils into a new war that culminated in Nanthikadal without any thought to its human cost and the state the Tamils were in?
    10 to not find new ways of dealing with what we perceive as our problems?
    11.to ignore the deemographic and human realities in the north and east at present.
    12.to corner a government with various charges in a one sided manner, ignoring the reality that the Tamils in the north and east are now dependent on it for survival?
    13.to create conditions that will prolong the presence of the armed forces in large numbers in the north and east?
    14.to yet refrain from helping the war-affected Tamils in a meaningful way.

    I will rather be a naive fool!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  123. Nobee Perera,

    The white Canadians and now the black, brown and yellow Canadians are living in the land of the native people (called Red Indians at one time). The white settlers in America hunted down the native people and were rewarded for each scalp presented! Yes, they have become civilized now. I hope it is more tha skin deep.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  124. M.Sivanathan,

    A very needed recommendation. Tamils have been traditionally led by lawyers. Some call it our curse because they revel in arguments and argue for arguments sake rather than to find solutions. The only instance the Tamils took the legal course on a major issue that I remember is the Kodeswaran case. They won at the Privy Council, but the government of the day (Sirimavo’s) created a ‘Republic’ to forestall any such future recourse. However, this bit of history should not stop us taking contentious and blatently illegal isssues to the highest courts in Sri Lanka, when needed.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  125. Only 165 Families?

    This must be increase to at least 1500 families.

    And half of them should be SLA families who dont have money to buy a land.

    So Tamils Muslims Sinhalese can live happily & LTTE or other group will never come again.

    This is a Master plan. Good idea anyway.

  126. I remember some of the Tamil described the war progress as follows:

    “Our brave forces under his command advancing further” Today same forces have been accussed of committing crimes.

  127. Can anyone tell What Praba did for Tamil people last 30 years except showing a EELAM MAP (DREAM)?

    OK forget the Tamil Civilians. Lets see his LTTE Group.

    Did praba made any house for his poor carder? ( Except small Memo Stone over his grave )

    or take care of any disability LTTE carder? ( Except shoot & kill )

    TELL ME GREAT LTTE DIASPORA ( I’m not using Tamil Diaspora reason they are innocent )

    TELL the TRUTH to your people… What you are doing from your Million Dollars funds? ( Which collecting from poor tamil people )

  128. Can you tell What Praba did for Tamil people last 30 years except showing a EELAM MAP (DREAM)?

    OK forget the Tamil Civilians. Lets see his LTTE Group.

    Did praba made any house for his poor carder? ( Except small Memo Stone over his grave )

    or take care of any disability LTTE carder? ( Except shoot & kill )

    TELL ME GREAT LTTE DIASPORA ( I’m not using Tamil Diaspora reason they are innocent )

    TELL the TRUTH to your people… What you are doing from your Million Dollars funds? ( Which collecting from poor tamil people )

  129. Quite right. Thesavalami prevented sinhalese owning property in the north. But there was no equivalent preventing tamils buying property in the south. So we have 66% tamils living in the south while 33% tamils owning more than 30% of the land in the country. Also whole of SL was under sinhalese at one time and there are villages all over the north with original sinhalese names tamilized. Therefore we shall not which part belongs to whom. Simply live anywhere you want.

  130. Yes .. Tell your poor LTTE Diaspora to clean the Norway & UK toilets.
    Then they will enter for this problem.

    But remember result is same as C4 fake Video.

    Your people already become a joke, becos of your Diaspora action.

  131. It’s ‘colonisation’ for the pessimists and ‘re-integration’ for the progressive thinkers. We will never get out of this vicious cycle if we continue to think in terms of tamil villages,tamil homelands, sinhala villages,sinhala homelands, muslim villages….

    Personally I think that re-integtrating our communities in all parts of the country is the only way we can get out of this ‘trap’. Unfortunately, DBS is still not ‘progressive & realistic’ in his thinking. We can never move forward as a nation if we do not address ‘politicisation’, ‘ethnic classification’, ‘religious classification’ & ‘caste classification’ at all levels of our society. Let’s not re-live the past.Let’s abandon those old, entrenched mindsets and instead, let’s be courageous and build a prosperous future for all sri lankans, where our citizens could live in any part of the country and call it their ‘home’ and where all rights( in a practical and meaningful way) of that citizen will be protected under the laws of the land. This could take the form of federal units or administrative units. But, please let’s not have units which are classified along ethnicity, for this would most certainly re-create the ‘monster’, or shall i say ‘tiger’. I think in this instance, India is a perfect example of what not to do, and as a result she is struggling with eternal insecurity, communal/ religious/ caste politics and has under achieved in development.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    It is not the “PAST” but the bitter reality of “PRESENT”.Talk glibly of lofty principles while imposing the ethnic majority on an ethnic minority.

    Here is a quote from Eugene O’Neill’s “Moon for the misbegotten” for you to mull over –

    “There is no present or future – only the past happening over and over again – now.”

  132. Ajith,
    We Tamils were not brought by SL Government under the pretext of helping Tamils “Southern Spring” and grabbed slueth of land belong to Sinhalese. We moved south due to unlivable condition due to war and economical emabargo imposed on Tamils by the successive Sl governments for the last 30 years. We paid rent to Sinhala landlords with all the hardship we had. We were not funded by government and not given any free land that belongs to Sinhalese. As you can see many of us moving back after to North and East after the war is over. There is a lots of war victims in N.E. don’t have any housing, there houses are destroyed and pillaged by Sinhala Army thugs and you guys are secretly moving all the hoodlums into N.E. while we are still bleeding to death.

  133. Absolutely. If, for one day Canadian or US privacy laws are enforced in Sri Lanka, 75% of us would either be in jail or fined.

  134. srilanka needs to understand that despite its president saying that there are no tamils or sinhalese only srilankans,cultural identity will continue to survive.while cultural identities let it be ethnicity,caste,religion are responsible for most of the problems faced by todays world we have to accept that these very identities have or playing a positive role.problems crops up only when there is a conflict between all these cultural identities who is better,bigger or perfect.like wise tamizhs and sinhalese are two separatate identities and it is not something one should really be ashamed of.solution to srilankan problem will come only sinhalese realise that it is a realism that there are two identities and both needs to be preserved.sinhalese have to realise that tamils are not going to part ways.their political movement is in shambles shorn of leaders who were towering in their past.they are slowly rebuilding their shattered community and foremost is tamizh identity has to be protected.sinhalese need not be worried about tamizhs who are living in tamizhnadu.in the past tamizhnadu and srilanka had a vibrant trade relationship which was beneficial to both.if sinhalese take positive step of implementing 13th amendment which will result in merging of north and east with enough police powers definitely srilanka is going to prosper as a result of increased trade between tamizh nadu and srilanka.in future borders will become immaterial in the evolving global world.who knows a bridge can also be built between talaimannar and rameswaram which can result in more indians travelling to srilanka for tourism purpose as well as for business purpose.i hope sinhalese will realise.why i am addressing this to sinhalese is becoz they are the majority community in srilanka and they only need to be magnanimous.their magnanimity only can solve the problems faced by srilanka.

  135. PP

    Agree with all that you said,but only wondering whether this is the right time to do such a thing. They should first have the northern provincial council elections and then negotiate with the chiefminister a settlement policy for the sinhalese.Then the sinhalese will be welcomed there and the two communities can get started on the correct footing.As you say the percentage can be based on the tamils living in other parts of srilanka.A comprehensive settlement policy can be agreed based on how many, what type of skills needed,and where they are going to be settled,infrastucture needed,funds for that and who is going to fund it etc. Settlement policies should not replace natural migration which is basic human right.So the percentage can increase if it is due to natural migration.

    They have already run around the mulberry bush for so long.wait another year or so and do it properly and once and for all.

  136. People like Dr.Rajasingham Narendran who can distract from hatred minds and see things with fair judgement are very rare. I am a sinhalese and I respect him. People like him can make a real difference in Sri Lanka not the Tamil Diaspora with hateful mindset.

  137. dilshan f

    Its very clever to say sinhalisation is happening but who will tell the story of how the north was tamilised by killing border villagers and their children?

    What was the purpose of all the murder of the innocent villagers living near northen borders , other than for tamilisation?
    ————————————————–
    What are you talking.You are confusing me. I thought LTTE killed some sinhalese in the east,not north border villagers.Please elaborate.

  138. My dear Sam,

    Your ignorance only make me laugh, It is not a chanel 4 video that you guys refusing the actual truth
    by repeating same patern of the lies in order to protect some of your highlevel donkeys.

    If NO ONE read or care about your fabricated garbage ofcourse no one dinied it!

    It is over 3000 years old history and reality. Archaeological evidence and untold history goes back even
    before Buddha and Sinhala Wijayan born.Eelam and ELANKAI both names born from pure Tamil word,later sanskrit ‘Sri’ joint as adjective word.(1972)SRI+ELANKAI= SRILANKA. May be you cannot digest this fact.

    I chalange you if you come with foolishness to say Native Tamils don’t have Homeland in srilanka ,I can simply prove with your historical evidance sinhalese don’t have homeland in Srilanka.

    Also I can prove you that Historical and Traditional homeland map even up to Devinuwara Sivan Temple.(Tondeshwaram Kovil)

  139. M.fern
    Sinhalese peasants won’t move because they are moving from a better part of the country to dry and arid one.So they need some incentive to move. The tamils dis not need such an incentive to move to colombo.So no point in comparing oranges and apples, the main thing to see is you are moving from where to where.For example to migrate to australia you don’t need an incentive, but to migrate to russia,assuming i will give citizenship,you certainly will need an incentive.

    The north should try to get skilled sinhalese,not only peasants that you mention,because one day there will be a skill shortage there with so many tamils moving abroad.Most of those who went abroad were not farmers,so what they need is a replacement for tradesmen,craftsmen,professionals etc.Instead of settling farmers on a dry arid land,they should have an agreement with the next chief minister for skilled people.If properly handled and a good port developed the north could become a singapore one day with excellent skills base.It is not meant for farmers. Food will have to be got from the rich soil of the south.

  140. Rohanj

    Why are not the Tamil community not colonized in Hambantota ?.
    ———————————
    You are talking nonsense.Why should tamils be colonised in hambantota. They are already living in tradiional homelands of the sinhalese,and the sinhalese are grumbling that sinhalese are not living in the traditional homeland of the tamils.
    To solve that problem they want settlement. The problem is not hambantota not having tamils.
    As for giving land what is wrong in doing so because a person needs some incentive to shift to the north.Tamils don’t need an incentive to shift to the south,so don’t comapare the two.

  141. Sad to see many singalese unable to see the injustice in this incident as pointed out by DBS. Instead they talk about Sri Lanka being for all Sri Lankans while Tamil Sri Lankans are displaced and Singala Sri Lankans are illegally settled in tamil owned lands

  142. I am really happy that most replies to this article is based on Sri Lanka for everyone.

    Let no call villages ‘tamil’ villages and ‘Sinhalese’ villages. National reconciliation can happen only through integration. As this article says the village was abandoned. So were many other villages with a majority of muslim. sinhalese or tamil people. When war displaced are settled in other areas no one calls it ‘tamilisation’. With reference to names – We call Jaffana – Yapanaya . Does it matter what is called?

    Please stop sensationalizing every event. Now today this article will talk about 165 families. someday the same article will call it 16500 families.

    In Singapore every PWD housing scheme has tamil chinese and malay living in one building not by choice but by government intervention.

    As much as we appreciate ‘Wellawatte’ here I see no problem in Sinhalese even being settled in Jaffna and Tamils in Hambantota.

    Sri Lanka is for all its children – whether tamil sinhalese or muslim let there be no borders.

  143. Ravi,

    You are spot on. DBSJ is certainly a gentleman as well as a journalist. I would tend to believe that the issue here is dear to him in a very genuine way. But that does not make him my adversary. I respect his opinions and I hope he respects mine.

  144. Yes here we go again. Now its CHANEL %

    See this statement by NAM

    ‘But grabbing a land forcefully evacuate, uproot in gun point and rehabilitate is not part of and never part of any functioning democratic governments ( please read the whole meaning as I said a “functioning democratic” government)’

    Now where in the article is this said. DBSJ says thus:

    ‘ Kokkachchaankulam can be reached via Semamadu, Oothukulam & Ariyakundam. Nedunkerny can be reached from Kokkachchaankulam via Vedivaithakallu.

    Tamil residents were displaced by war & this agricultural village was described as “abandoned” in Vavuniya district official reports.

    After a survey undertaken by Mahaweli Authority personnel in March 2010 a “quiet” plan was implemented to reconstruct village & settle Sinhalese.

    So now they were forcefully uprooted at gunpoint…………… come on and you want us to believe ‘ killing fields’

  145. sandow.

    If that is your attitude we decide to leave it.Leave it to the international community in future to deal with people like you. Waste of time talking to people like you because there will never be an attitudinal change first.You will have to learn the hardway that sinhalese bhuddhists are not the owners of the country though they have been trying to establish ownership since 1947 and failed and will never get sole ownership.

    What war are you talking about that has been won.It has just begun.Do you think only military wars are being fought in the world today.There war is going on everywhere and it is called economic war.

  146. Kangaroo courts in the Banana Republic with the Justice from apes and reptiles, sure enough we will have some divine intervention

  147. Do u know what happened to the original villagers?

    Are there any remaining in Sri Lanka? If so do they want to live in this area now?

  148. You can correct spelling mistakes , but make sure not to repeat the mistake again that Tamil politico did last 60 years for their own community because then no body will not be able to correct.

  149. Hello Rabok,

    We are ready to say hello without looking at his nationality , but only for genuine neighbours who settle
    by their hardwork and earned money like Tamils in colombo. Not for criminals,culprit and state sponsered sinhala land grappers with hidden agenda.How can I smile on them who raped my sisters and brutaly killed my brothers,fathers&Mothers at Kanthalai,Trinco & Batticalo? Now they are marginalising our Tamils in the East.

    Because Grate Grate Kuveni thought same way as ‘we have very short time on this earth’ now culprit wijayans Grate grandsons making very short life of the real ‘bumi buthiras’ at killing filed. We cannot live the same way and must verify this occupiers.

  150. sorry majority rules,

    Ah,

    you have just spilled the most important information.

    No one can deny any one to have a land or not.

    At the same time no one is allow to steal other peoples land in the name of Collanization.

  151. You haughtily state that the Tamil community is acquiring properties in the metropolitan areas.

    Are they purchasing the same for cash at the market prices or is the wonderful very humane government giving the same to them free of charge under colonization schemes.

    If so then I will have to reverse my prejudiced thoughts on this score.

    If 165 yak families are being settled in the north why cannot the same be done using the Tamil’s in the deep south in close proximity to Hambantota where my schoolmate a Tamil whose company is the local sales agent for Audi the German luxury car maker is setting up a factory to produce their cars which then will be solely supplied to their worldwide customers all Hambantota made and will carry a ” Made in Hambantota ” tag.

    Today in bog Lanka the Tamil community is not only buying up the lands, they are also controlling most of the successful business enterprises while the yaks are hell bent on a policy of khaphalla, beephalla and jolly kerapalla which means eat, drink and be jolly whilst the thrifty members of the Tamil community are ruling the roost all with the blessings of sergeant mahindathamby.

    If only the entire Tamil population are given a fair go bog Lanka will rapidly become the miracle of the world otherwise at the present speed of descent or decline being the first failed state in the planet is just around the corner.

    In conclusion why is that most of the yak Buddhists worship Hindu deities, even in the last Munneswaran Hindu temple festival where the innocent cannot speak hapless animals were brutally slaughtered the purveyors of these heinous acts who supplied the animals were the yaks themselves in glee to fulfill various vows.

    Katraragama a Hindu worshipping haven has been forcibly acquired by the Buddhist yaks and the deities they most worship are the Hindu gods.

    Why ?. R j.

  152. Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhalese and any one can live anywhere. Tamils have their own Province in India.
    The name of ‘Sinhale’ called to this country till 1972, was distorted to ‘Sri Lanka’ by Socialists who can not see future. Now Sinhalese has to go back to our earlier era restoring our previous National Flag too…which was hoisted by DS Senanayake at the independence ceramonty in 1948. (Only having the Lion symbol)
    We sinhalese are too flexible letting strangers to claim ‘homeland’ in our country. Tamils can not be satisfied by giving ‘bribes’ such as making their language a National Language.(a status not given even in India).
    Sinhalese should make sure all Tamils live among the Sinhalese just like in Colombo to prevent shouting for a homeland. All north and East should be colonized by Sinhalese as per the ethinc percentage in the country.

  153. Now you are saying to others ‘Modayas’?

    what you & your donkeys doing is grabing the tiger tail even verse than wake up war criminal lions…

  154. All Tamil lands belong to Sinhalese.Tamils have no rights to own lands because they are immigrants. Sinhalese are sons of the soil

  155. Unfortunately, after loosing so many lives for nearly three decades some of the Tamils still believe in same old same old nonsense such as so called ” Tamil homeland” even though they have conveniently left those areas
    (Sri Lanka for that matter)very long time ago for personal benifits. What these hypocrites want to see is only the Tamils (not these hypocrites’ families)inhabit these areas. If not Tamils no one should. When others want to move into these areas, government should provide necessary infrastructure and security for those. Wether race minded people like it or not, once certain ethnic group of people moved into a area, that area becomes one of their own including village names, street names etc.,. We have seen that in Colombo and other areas(Wellawaththa in particular). There are no Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim home lands in Sri Lanka other than Srilankan home land. Market will dectate what languages woud be spoken and what cluture would be predomenant in areas with in Sri Lanka.

  156. Ajith,

    Just read the comment right above your comment.

    Tamils in Colombo, purchased land from land owners and like wise any Sri-Lankan has the right to purchase land or house anywhere in the island. This is called buying and selling and not stealing.

    In this instance in northern Vavuniya, the government used it’s armed forces to chase away the returning rightful owners of the land and settled the Sinhalese. Got it?

    Giving land to poor families is a noble thing but giving them stolen land is a crime, in the courts of Law!

  157. Lankan,

    Are you sure you are a Sri-Lankan?

    Why are you fond of the toilets?

    You are a sick man!

  158. I don’t think no body can stop MR and co, he is in Duttaheimunu mod, anybody complaining about injustice is like shouting on deaf’s ears, genocide will continue in the context of reconciliation, integration and development, like previously in the name of eradication of terrorism.

    Sinhala masses are entertained by these thugs,by bringing in more hardships to Tamils.

    God save the Tamils.

  159. Dear DBSJ,

    It is a common practise among the crocked Sinhalese intellectuals that when the government sponsored colonization/Sinhalization take place in historical Tamil areas, they come up with excuses to say that during the ancient period it was a Sinhala area. As evidence they either try to corrupt the etymology (place names) and modify them to sound like a Sinhalese name or show some ancient Buddhist artefacts found in the area.

    These so called ‘scholars’ who talk about place names in the North and East are neither etymologists nor linguists and they do not have any knowledge in the Tamil language or any other languages (Sanskrit/Pali) for that matter. Since most of these words are of Indian origin (North/South), any Tamil word can be modified to a Sinhala word and vice versa without much of a problem. Unlike the old days, fortunately today, there are enough of qualified etymologists/linguists who have thoroughly studied and analyzed these place names by using not only Sinhala/Tamil but also other old languages such as Sanskrit, Pali, etc and proved that almost all the place names in the North, East and even some in the South have very clear meaning in Tamil.

    It should be reminded that during the ancient period, there were Tamil Buddhists and Hindus living in these areas and they were also using Pali and Sanskrit (spiritual languages) other than Tamil.

  160. Who are those 700 men who came from India with Vijaya if not for Sinhalese??? Sri Lanka originally belongs to those aboriginal Veddhas, all others came from outside as migrants and all religions also came from outside.

    Just because the majority in Sri Lanka is Sinhalese, that does not mean that the country belongs to Sinhalese. The Sinhalese are the only jokers in this entire world who claim the whole country as their own just because they are a majority.

    From very long time the Tamils have lived in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Anybody Sri Lankan can live in any part of Sri Lanka if the lawfully buy their land. Here, the government is settling the Sinhalese in Tamil historical lands which should be exposed to the world.

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  162. Dr. Rajasingam:
    Have you heard about individual freedom and right of self determination? Instead of harping on LTTE and Tamil politicians, enlighten yourself on these fundamental rights of a human being before you comment further on issues relating to Sri Lankan Tamils.

  163. I am 200% agree with you. Eg; Yarlppannam is a beautiful Tamil name but sinhalese can’t pronounce correctly and started to call ‘Yappapadduna’ It doesn’t mean Yarlppannam sinhalese homeland or ‘Jaffna’ English homeland.

    Tamil oldest language and Tamil place names are older than Sinhala.Now some fake Scholars and GOSL manipulating this tamil names as look like sinhala name and forcefully occupying native tamil lands by claiming its sinhalese.
    scholarly dishonesty is worse than the worst crimes ever committed.

  164. Thanks God no one yet claim Die-Ass-Poo-ra is singala name like An-Go-Da!

    All the Taxes collected from Diaspora should use to govern them? V.Pirabakaran did a grate contribution by the 30years war giving grate freedom for 1 million Eelam Tamils world wide. 1/3 of the nation now enjoying canada,uk,australian..Freedom which is 100 times beter than Srilankan “Freedom” which mahinda often mentioned
    to giving to them.TGTE will have to use this money wisely for benefit of the 2/3 Eelam Tamils and recognised self government.

  165. You loudly state that the Tamil people keep the SL flag flying.

    How true.

    Why don’t the likes of you drive away the Tamil tea pluckers away and colonize the plantations with the good for nothing yak work force.

    My imagination is rife.

    Bog Lanka is already known as the pedophile capital of the world the foreign exchange bought in by the beach boys will be the only source of income.

    The poor Tamil workers who live and work in inhumane conditions bring in the much needed foreign exchange which enable the ruling yaks to become more pompous where they and their convoys are only able to get from pillar to post at supersonic speeds

    Bog Lanka has now became a nation of the blind, the deaf and the dumb.

    All thanks to the yaks. R j.

  166. The root of the matter is this psychology especially among tamils unfortunately is the ethnic definition of land. ie. sinhala land, tamil land etc. So long as this psyche is there reconciliation is difficult.

  167. Why don’t legal owners go and show their title deeds claiming their actual ownership to these lands…?? Problem will be simply over.. In North East there must be enough lands that can be used for settling all sorts of people.. Govt should start settling landless tamils in southern regions too.

  168. You proudly state that the yaks are a flock of grumblers, yes that’s very very true.

    The Tamil people move to the south buy and rent properties using the worthless yak currency, start business ventures or work as efficient and loyal employees study and reach greater heights, whilst the yaks –

    Most of them are just too lazy they just want to grab, no ambitions and just cannot be motivated

    As boy Lanka is an island surrendered by water they while away their time as beach boys of bliss and pleasure and send their women to serve the Arabs and bring in the paisa’s to live a life of leisure and pleasure.

    The traders in the Wellawatta market complex worship the ground that their Tamil customers tread on who spend their hard earned rupees and dollars very generously so much so that these traders now only speak in Tamil which anyway is an international language instead of the yak lingo which has no significance at all.

    If not for us the Tamil’s the bog will have been not in existence by now. R j.

  169. I meant the schemes where there are deliberate and vicious acts of discrimination against an affected community.

    One group do not get freebies whilst the others are the recipients of the assets of the displaced without having to pay for them. R j.

  170. dilshanf, your arguments and intentions may be towards fostering an identity ‘Sri Lankan’, a non existent one. However, enforced actions to bring that upon only amounts to ethnic cleansing.

  171. Mahathaya,

    Sinhalese can very well chase Tamils the same way LTTE did it to Muslims.
    Just realise & accept the fact that they are no different to LTTE.

  172. DBSJ is spotlighting an incident where Sinhala persons have been settled with govt and army backing in what was a Tamil village. I agree with him that this is part of a “Sinhalaisation”process being implemented by the racist Rajapaksa regime to alter “ground reality”in North and east to preempt a potential outbreak of separatism

  173. There are two angles to this story. one is ‘Singhalisation’ and the other is occupation of legitimate land by someone else.

    I believe most moderate Singhalese and Tamils here do not accept if sinhala families being settled in the north as sinhalisation but believe anyone should be able to live anywhere.

    Where the second is concerned there are enough qualified lawyers to take this matter to court.

    In the event of courts not being moved let not this be an ‘Ethnic Issue’

    It is an “ethnic issue because the govt has “ethnicised”it…………….DBSJ

  174. Back in 1970’s FP/TULF folks radicalised common criminals like Pirbarakan against the Sinhalese. Had there been a sizeable Sinhala electorate this would not have happened. Now one could argue Sinhala majority politicians does the same down south. But then no one in the south gave orders to Moslems to vacate their homes in 24 hours, massacre minority villages in outlaying areas and carried on for 3 decades of bloodshed. All kinds of ethnic cleansing happened with tacit support of Jaffanese politicians.

    The need for Sinhala support to gain power in north would prevent Northern politician playing to a nationalistic gallery. Going forward Ceylon needs insurance to keep these Jaffanese honest. The 150 families are a drop in the ocean for the actual numbers that are required. Ceylon govt should make this a policy, debate in Parliament and make it law.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    What you are saying is diminish the Tamils in their areas of historical habitation through “ethnic inundation” by way of settling large numbers of Sinhalese there. In short demographic engineering in the name of “keeping Jaffnese honest”.

    This is unadulterated racism!What hypocrisy!

    By the way the first example of ethnic cleansing was in the Manal aaru /Weli Oya region where the govt and army unleashed violence and chased away Tamils from more than 40 villages/hamlets and agricultural settlements. Sinhala persons were settled in those lands and a string of army camps were set up. The idea was to break the territorial contiguity between the Northern and Eastern provinces. This was ethnic cleansing in its crudest form done for politico – military purposes

  175. you are deviating from the issue, which is not whether Tamils and Sinhalese should live together but displaced Tamils being maliciously ignored. This sort of government intervention is called ethnic cleaning, where the government has settled Sinhalese families and refused the original Tamil residents the right to return. There is no need to beat around the bush, their plan is obvious. To eliminate the chances of another insurgency the government wants to drastically increase the Sinhalese population in the north. Don’t be surprised if the ethnic ratio in the north becomes at least 50% Sinhalese. It’s a great idea except it totally ignores the human cost and will ferment rebellion inside and outside Sri Lanka. This issue will become a rallying point for separatists. Rajapaksa wants to destroy the Sri Lankan Tamil identity. This is ethnic cleaning, no need to bury the truth with words like integration or national reconciliation. Singapore isn’t Sri Lanka, that country didn’t crumble because their leaders respected and appreciated diversity. Sri Lanka on the other hand is a nation of racists and violence. Sru Lanka needs to be invaded and divided by an external power, the Sinhalese leaders will not rest till the job is done. Or the Tamils must gradually leave Sri Lanka completely and let the Sinhalese leaders play with their own people as they did in the 70s. The latter has been slowly happening already.

  176. Nicholas,

    The most fundamental right for a human being is to stay alive, and have clothing, food, shelter, healthcare ,employment and self esteem. They need an ordered and funnctional society and economy thereafter. WE need these in the north and east before everything else. For one who is hungry, provide rice/bread.
    Do not show them a phtograph of a beautiful cake. Please come down to earth and deal with realities staring in our face.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  177. The root of the matter is this psychology especially among tamils unfortunately is the ethnic definition of land. ie. sinhala land, tamil land etc. So long as this psyche is there reconciliation is difficult

    Channa,

    That is what LTTE and VP believed. Do you agree with them?

  178. Even the British who supported the LTTE for three decades will find hard to buy this argument for one third land for just less than eight percent of the population.

    Out of this eight percent, six percent don’t even live in the North.

    So basically 2 percent of the population wants one third with 13 TNA members to run it.

    So the other 82 percent have to cram into two thirds of the land .

    How much of the land the West would allocate to the Muslims who number nearly ten percent, which is two percent more than the Tamils?.

    How much land these Western powers like the US ,, Canada and Australia give the native people who occupied these lands for 30 .40 opr even more thousands of years.?

    Australia gave their indigenous people some remote tracks ofland.

    They had to first provide tangible evidence in the form of rock carvings and burial sites to get this land.

    When it came to land that is valuable, like the cities the water front ,no deal even with any amount of evidence.

    US has allocated reserves, again in remote places with 24/7 US Marshal patrols .

    Canada again is a similar story.

    Mind you these are genuine native people who inhabited these lands from time immemorial.

    So where is the precedent to force other countries to divide the land according to the wishes of the minorities, when the minorities are not even natives?.

  179. THESAWALAMAI THE MUSLIM LAW WAS CAME FROM INDIA

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    There is no “Thesawalamai” in Tamil Nadu. This is a unique personal law based on the customs and usages prevalent in Jaffna
    ———————————————————————-
    Thanks for enlightening DBS.I used to think Tamils in Jaffna had laws similiar to those in Tamil Nadu

  180. Lofty ideas said and what you people practice is killing the tamils and their identity. Why not give priority to the resettlement of the displaced tamils there. You won’t do it because all you people want is to stamp out the tamils and their identity.

    Padikarathu ramayanam and idikirurathu perumal koil. Talk about reconciliation but what you practice is oppression and suppression of the minority voices and say there are no tamils or sinhalaes all are sri lankans.

    You people are hypocrites. You people are hiding your thirst for blood in sweet words.

    There comes in Mahabharatha ‘ you speak very sweetly to your enemies but when the time comes act as to wipe out even the traces of him’.

    This you are practicing now.

  181. What LTTE could not deliver, sinhalese will. do you need any more evidence than comments we read here.

  182. I am sorry but I have deleted your post that had some questions

    Please direct your questions on this matter to the website concerned and not to this blog. We dont want to get drawn into irrelevant controversies over issues raised elsewhere

    Thank You

    D.B.S.Jeyaraj

  183. sjoseph

    i think the problem is that they have been settled in tamil villages after kicking out the tamils there.If you look at DR.rajasingham narendran’s very first comment here,he has given a profile of the tamils villages that have been colonised with sinhalese even though there are plenty of lands around these villages. So this serves a dual purpose of ethnic cleansing of sorts,not sharing the land with tamils and sinhalese,but get rid of the tamils completely and make them exclusive for the sinhalese. Tamils in colombo or upcountry are not like that.They are living by the side with sinhalese neighbours. In this present case too instead of settling the displaced people first,they are settling sinhalese in that village. They can easily create another village and settle them,but they are trying to mix the people here which is a good thing,but are just creating hostile environment and exclusive enclaves. It has nothing to do with the normal grouse of the sinhalese that tamils are living among them and sinhalese should also be allowed to do the same,which is a reasonable request. They are not asking sinhalese to be settled at the expense of the tamils in tamil villages,but successive governments have been doing that and creating racial tensions.It is natural for people who have been displaced to become angry when they find someoneelse has taken their homes.This has happenned in palestine too and that is the reason for that problem to be festering there so long.

  184. gunda

    This is a good move.the races must be mixed
    ———————————————
    They are not mixing the races,which as you say is a good thing.They are displacing the tamils and settling sinhalese there.That is ethnic cleansing.They can always build a sinhalese village next to a tamil one ,which is the mixing that you refer to.

  185. “I am really happy that most replies to this article is based on Sri Lanka for everyone”-Dilshanf

    I will come to your home, & take you out with the help of thug military then I will declare your home will belong to everyone. Make sure to bring some beer!!!

  186. Rohan

    When you win a war
    ————————–
    What war are you talking about.It has just begun.Didn’t you notice 2010 and 2011 did not go as planned by the government.Maybe you are referring to the military one with rag tag band of rebels the govt outnumbered in manpower and firepower more than 10 to 1 and they held out for 25 years.

    The real war has begun only in 2010 when the stupid rajapakshes decided to take on the international community and the noose has started to tighten little by little.This is called economic war my friend,and it will penetrate into your thick skull that you can’t do whatever you want in srilanka just because you are a sinahlese bhuddhist because you are not the sole owners of the country.Now you are not taking on someone much inferior to you like the LTTE,but someone much superiorto you like the EU and US and their allies.Best of luck for the current war and hope you win this time too.

  187. I like the response of DBSJ. State Aided colonization(in the places of the Tamils who were displaced) cannot bring peace or reconciliation!

  188. Colombo was founded by Portugeuse and they colonised the place with people from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Sinhalese later arrived and many Kerala and Tamil Nadu people became Sinhalese too.

    JR Jayawardena clan is an example and they came from Kerala. Can you “join” JRJ clan to Vijaya because they speak Sinhala?

    Even the Sinhala actor Gamini Fonseka’s name starts as “SEMBU” which is still a place in Kerala.

    Another Sinhala Anthony Jackson’s name starts with “KONGANiGE”. That means his ancestors were from GOA.

    WELLAWATTE is not colonized but Tamils bought lands! Did any Army or Navy helped the Tamils in Wellawatte to buy their lands?

    Galle was a port for a long time and the GALLE inscription has no Sinhala but Tamil is there. In the Southern Province there are many TAMIL names are intact. Try to know Singa Puli. Kodipuli and WELLALAGe..

  189. Of course you are going to be here sooner than latter. Even the diaspora terror fund contributors, are making plans for their retirement in Sri Lanka.

    DBSJ, the reason you are wanted here is very much an economic one. Even the once mighty USA is loosing people to Sri Lanka now a days. We all know Canada is resource rich; but old age catches up……

    So the DBSJ brand will flourish in Sri Lanka very very soon.

    Thank you Abey.”Inshaah Allaah”…………DBSJ

  190. Mr.Native Tamil says:
    June 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm
    I am 200% agree with you. Eg; Yarlppannam is a beautiful Tamil name but sinhalese can’t pronounce correctly and started to call ‘Yappapadduna’ It doesn’t mean Yarlppannam sinhalese homeland.
    ——————-
    you are wronged. Real sinhala name is yapaa patuna not‘Yappapadduna’
    the language that expressing it self shows how poor Tamil language

  191. Thanks Naren!
    Tamils always mention ‘COLONIZATION” as part of the Tamil grievences. But under the FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS guranteed under the constitution, Tamil lawyers can proceed with this matter! Some time Tamils lawyers feel “this is not a profitable business”.

    The current constitution is the brain child of Prof.A.J.Wilson who was the son-in-law of S.J.V Chelvanayakam!

    Sri Lankan army or President cannot go against the constitution and deny the rights of the former residents of Kokkachan kulam.

  192. The history speaks otherwise. Only the preferred community has got the state assistance in forming colonies in the Tamil homenland.

    Your thought is noble, but the SL govt is not the govt of SL, it is the Govt for the Sinhalese/Bhudists (preferred community), from the very beginning (1948).

  193. We should forget that colonization/Sinhalaization was started by the SL govts well before LTTE emerged. It was then SLOWED down when LTTE was in the picture. Now it has been ACCELARATED after the demise of LTTE.

    So figure the logic.

  194. Kalu Albert,
    If the British had united India and SL into one single country, like what they did in SL, you will not go into this % calculations as it will be disadvantage for you.

    – You will be saying what Tamils are saying today. “You keep yours and we will keepo ours. No calculations please”

  195. Sandow, you have guts and able to tell the truth.

    These MR/GR are gutless and still lieing about zero civilian casualties.

  196. That’s why minority is asking to part their way

    Isn’t a simple logic even to a sub IQ person ???

    By the way have you ever know that there was a country called South Africa, Rhodesia ( now called Zimbabwe).

    Then comes the history of East Timor, Kosovo and South Sudan.

    Of all, there is a big story on USSR ( no longer on the map- the largest country on Earth)

    Knowing those what happen will certainly help to enlighten you all ignorant morons.

    Finally the Genghis khan saga, the man who ruled half of the earth at one time, now can’t even know where his tombstone is !!

  197. banda

    Aren’t you getting pushed up towards the 72 million in tamilnadu.The first frontier defence the guinea pigs..The second frontier defence will be the galle and matara and kandy boys sent to fight.last frontier defence of course is the smart colombo boys who would have already left abroad.

  198. After reviewing the pattern of all the past SL governments and their behaviors

    This is my conclusion

    1) By Colonizing the Tamil homeland, GOSL will now say that there is no Tamil Homeland and only Sinhalese are the natives. GOSL will then have some Sinhala colonist represent the Sinhala as part of the representation and will effectively neutralize the need of the Tamils ( effectively divert the fundamental issue)

    2) The funds and grants given by the foreign nations to the development of Northeast will be ” skillfully” diverted to all the new NE colonies so that all the funds will be only utilized on Sinhala Criminal’s Rehabilitation.

    The second one is more of an acute need for the Government to get the funds now in the name of rehabilitation from major contributors.

    As mentioned by Dr Kumar David in his guest column, ( http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/papers46/paper4558.html) there is no reason to believe that GOSL will have any plan to solve the ” national” issue in the absence of any force within. In other words GOSL will act like an EAL, showing the head to India and Tail to China.

    Unfortunately, due to the personal vendetta and vested prestige from some ” failed” national security advisers ( when I said failed, the former national Security advisor of the India should have take the responsibility and resigned if that old man has ounce of shame in his blood when the pak islamist attacked the Mumbai. ) whose shame to the throne have left India in a quandary as like Ban Ki Moon,India was part of the Complicit in uprooting the Tamil civilians in the name of war on terror that led to the evacuation of the Tamils and now colonizing their lands with criminals.

    Family who control more than 70% of the budget money in the GOSL has seized the opportunity to rob not only their own nation but find a way to steal from donors.

    Sun Tzu will turn his face in his grave with shame had he known this new ” art of war” in the political arena ” How to rob your own and others democratically”

  199. Dear BDSJ;

    I really cannot remember where I saw, what I mentioned in my post sent to your blog, however, I thought that was relevant to this issue. I still feel such issues also should be listened to, and discussed to arrive at a reasonable conclusion. I still believe, some selected questions should not be avoided addressing, if the objective is to arrive at a sound conclusion.

    However, I respect for your right and decision not to publish it if you feel it will draw the discussion into a controversy.

    Thanks!, DBSJ

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you for your understanding. Bitter experience has taught me a lesson.

  200. The etimology of the Tamil village “Kokkachchaankulam” can be analyzed as follows:

    Kokku is a Tamil word of very early and modern usage for the birds of the order of Herodiones, such as cranes, storks and paddy-birds, both local and migrant. (Akanaanoo’ru, Puranaanoo’ru, Natti’nai, Ku’runthokai, Kaliththokai, Nedunalvaadai, Pathittuppaththu, Ku’ra’l and Chilappathikaaram)

    The Sinhala words, Kokku (plural) and Kokaa (singular) are cognates of Tamil, Kokku, bearing the same meaning. Some of the varieties in sinhala are: Beli-kokaa (muscle coloured), Sudu-kokaa (white coloured), Kana-kokaa (dun coloured), Karavæl-kokaa (long necked) and Maanan-kokaa (spreading)

    It should be noted that the word Kokku is South Indian, the North Indian languages Sanskrit and Prakrit/Pali don’t have this word.

    Kulam is a widely used Tamil/ Dravidian word for a tank, pond, reservoir, lake etc, (DED 1828). Ku’lama in Sinhala place names often mark recent Sinhalicization of Tamil place names. They are mostly found in the North Central and North Western provinces.

    Pond, tank, lake, reservoir (Tamil / Malayalam, Dravidian Etymological Dictionary 1828); Ko’la, Ko’lahe, Ko’na: Equivalent to Ku’lam (Kannada); Ku’la: Equivalent to Ku’lam (Tulu); Kolanu, Kolaaku, Kolaakuvu: Equivalent to Ku’lam (Telugu). The cognates of this word are found in several other Dravidian languages too. Also note the following related words: Kuddam: Pond (Tamil, DED1669); Kuddai: Small pond (Tamil, DED 1669); Ku’ndam: Pond, waterhole (Tamil, DED 1669); Kooval: Well (Tamil, DED 1909); Kuzhi: Pit, pond, well (Tamil, DED1818); Ku’lama: Sinhalicised form of Ku’lam is Ku’lama.

    As usual, some Sinhalese Pseudo-scholars are trying to find Sinhala meaning to these Tamil words.

  201. I hope there will not be any ethnic based politicians. All politicians should work towards the good of the whole country and all of its citizens. Every citizen of Sri Lanka should work towards a United Sri Lanka. Sinhalese, Muslims and burghers should be encouraged to live in the north just like Tamils have the freedom to live anywhere in the Island. Unity and harmony should be the number one goal. I truly hope the present Government would work towards this goal.

  202. The etimology of the Tamil village “Kokkachchaankulam” can be analyzed as follows:

    Kokku is a Tamil word of very early and modern usage for the birds of the order of Herodiones, such as cranes, storks and paddy-birds, both local and migrant. (Akanaanoo’ru, Puranaanoo’ru, Natti’nai, Ku’runthokai, Kaliththokai, Nedunalvaadai, Pathittuppaththu, Ku’ra’l and Chilappathikaaram)

    The Sinhala words, Kokku (plural) and Kokaa (singular) are cognates of Tamil, Kokku, bearing the same meaning. Some of the varieties in sinhala are: Beli-kokaa (muscle coloured), Sudu-kokaa (white coloured), Kana-kokaa (dun coloured), Karavæl-kokaa (long necked) and Maanan-kokaa (spreading)

    It should be noted that the word Kokku is South Indian, the North Indian languages Sanskrit and Prakrit/Pali don’t have this word.

    Kulam is a widely used Tamil/ Dravidian word for a tank, pond, reservoir, lake etc, (DED 1828). Ku’lama in Sinhala place names often mark recent Sinhalicization of Tamil place names. They are mostly found in the North Central and North Western provinces.

    Pond, tank, lake, reservoir (Tamil / Malayalam, Dravidian Etymological Dictionary 1828); Ko’la, Ko’lahe, Ko’na: Equivalent to Ku’lam (Kannada); Ku’la: Equivalent to Ku’lam (Tulu); Kolanu, Kolaaku, Kolaakuvu: Equivalent to Ku’lam (Telugu). The cognates of this word are found in several other Dravidian languages too. Also note the following related words: Kuddam: Pond (Tamil, DED1669); Kuddai: Small pond (Tamil, DED 1669); Ku’ndam: Pond, waterhole (Tamil, DED 1669); Kooval: Well (Tamil, DED 1909); Kuzhi: Pit, pond, well (Tamil, DED1818); Ku’lama: Sinhalicised form of Ku’lam is Ku’lama.

    As usual, some crocked minded Sinhalalese Pseudo-scholars are trying to find Sinhala meaning to the Tamil words (place names) to justify their government’s cruel acts.

  203. If my memory is correct Kent farm & Dollar farm were sinhala peasant settlements. You should know what happened to these farmers post 1983.

    Also villages in the north central province bordering north were frequently attacked by LTTE.

    I think there is a link to this in the SL defense web site.

  204. Dear Shankar,

    I’m copying & pasting from DBSJ’s article from above.
    ———–
    Tamil residents were displaced by war & this agricultural village was described as “abandoned” in Vavuniya district official reports.

    After a survey undertaken by Mahaweli Authority personnel in March 2010 a “quiet” plan was implemented to reconstruct village & settle Sinhalese.
    ———————

    So it was officially ‘abandoned’ village.

    If the govt is having a plan of resettling people in abandoned land this should have been done after discussion.
    If there are still owners to the land, compensation should be given, if they do not want to return to this area.
    If the original owners can produce the documents and claim they want to return to their land .. this should be provided and given same incentives as the new settlers.

  205. Tamilian, the “multi religious” and “multi-ethnic” talkers; haven’t the new European keepers of Human Rights [aka former sea faring pirates], already discarded these concepts?

  206. “Hopefully Tamil youth will rise …” While your children and close kith and kin are all comfortably settled “over there” ?

  207. They certainly will the day the “Christians” begin to follow or live by the words of Jesus Christ.

  208. I agree with Dr.RN. Government should settle people only on pure crown land. In that process too there should not be any discrimination on ethnic basis. Resourceful diaspora should assist the present owners with their legal claims.

    Tamils commenting here are conveniently ignoring the fact that one million Tamils are settled in “traditional Sinhala lands” ( if there is such a thing) in the up-county. In my opinion the priority should be given to this category of Tamils in allocating spare crown land.

  209. Where did these “well educated, wealthy” Tamils come from? Tamils aren’t privy to such things in Sri Lanka surely, being 3rd or 4th class citizens.

  210. I have seen a lot of change of attitude from the commentators in this blog,all credit goes to MR, Dr Naren is trying his best to defend his atrocities, hope soon he will learn his lesson too. Thanks MR carry on with your atrocities.

  211. Manal Aaru was renamed in 1988. TULF/FP declared war on Sinhalese with the Voddokkodai resolution back in 1977. Why wouldn’t you break the territorial contiguity when threatened with war? Colonisation measures are purely in strategic interests of everyone who want to prevent ethnic war.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you for shedding hypocrisy

    Ethnic cleansing was practised in Manal Aaru by Sri Lankan governments before the term became widely known through incidents in Bosnia. Ethnic cleansing is a crime against humanity and war crime.

  212. self what?..determination?..ummmm, u mean shooting tamils point blank in the name of freedom?..lol

  213. lol.. annaa, if tamils can make velu a vvip hero leader after velu shot tamils point blank, why cant singala muniya make a tamil a nother vvip?..sollungaa!

  214. TRN

    Dilshan is referring to tamilisation.Kent and dollar farms had nothing to do with tamilisation.If my memeory serves me right thondamans up country people were running a farm there and then chased off by the government and sinhalese settled there,after the tamils had done all the hardwork and cleared the land and developed it.The government knew that the sinhalese won’t do that,so they pretended to first give to the upcountry tamils this strategic location between north and east. When government forces in the north kill innocent civilians the LTTE retaliates by killing the nearest sinhalese they can get their paws on.The sinhalese public don’t know about these killings by the forces on the direction of athulathmudali.He went after the youth cutting off their finger so that they can’t pull a trigger.In one incident hundreds of youth were put in a building and blown up. Then LTTE went on the rampage and killed many sinhalese civilians in the east.Then the navy killed hundreds of tamils on a ferry in the north and so forth.Then LTTE killed more civilians probably as you say in places like dollar and kent farms as this tit for tat continued. This has nothing to do with tamilisation,because tamils were already there and were kicked out and sinhalese settled in their places instead.

  215. annaa? is/was that why velu shot tamils point blank?..b`cos of identity of some tamils?..lol
    mono ethik?..u mean like jaffna after chaising muslims?..lol, u are correct to say about individual identity, but if u want to live in sri lanka u have to be sri lankan first, ..ok? shar the land or die waving white-flags!

  216. lol..annaa, if velu could kill tamils point blank, why can`t singalses give a tamil a chance to become a vvvip?..sollungaa

  217. If Tamils cannot move to any place in Sri Lanka why are they being allowed to stay in their own villages?Why are Tamils being uprooted from their ancestral villages in the north and east and prevented from re-settling there in the name of security zones? b`cos of everybody`s security! Why not the original sri lankan inhabitants of Kochchaankulam being replaced by “new” sri lankan settlers? If sri lankan can settle down in any place is it possible for only new sri lankan settlers to be settled in a village where old sri lankan have been living and were displaced!!

  218. raviraj

    What about the tamil diaspora which has become much more powerful than the remaining 8%.If they were in srilnka just like the sinhalese they would be a subdued lot paying homage and tribute to the king. Instead they are able to chase the king out of UK,US etc with all his band and bagggage going on taxpayers expense.

  219. Dr. Amarasekara, good luck with it. If you know the SL history, this type of asssistance was only available for the preferred community.

    Are you trying to say that the govt was behaving that way because the preferred community never asked the govt to be fair? Come on.

  220. Mahesh,

    It takes two hands to Clap. It will take two comminuties together for a reconciliation. You are convinced about your ideas i am convinced about my ideas.
    You dont need Mahabharatha to understand what people like you practised for many years ‘ A little now more later’

  221. Hi Wathsala, Don’t take the credit of the spelling mistake or wrong pronounce. You can call distorted word like yapaa pattuna or yapa pattuna or yapanaya or whatever but original name is yazppanaam + pattinam . Pattinam mean in Tamil port city or town. ‘pattinapalai’ grate sangam literature dating back 100 BC , It is not poor like Sinhala language evolved around 700 AD with also contribution from Tamil. You guys just changing the last latter or manipulating the original word and claiming your land & forcefully occupying is radiculous.

  222. I am very disturbed to find many Sinhala people commenting here being unable to recognise the injustice pinpointed out by DBS. They are simply blabbering about sri Lanka belonging to all without accepting grave injustice in this incident

  223. Dr. Rajasingham:
    Isn’t the govt of the day which is responsible for keeping its citizens alive and providing them with clothing, food, shelter, healthcare, employment and most of all, self-esteem. Do you honestly think the Govt of MR will provide the above to all its citizents? Please, do not continue to blame LTTE, Tamil politicians and the diaspora for the actions of the current regime? That’s all I read in your articles. Do something constructive, like working on reconciliation, instead being a lackey of the present rulers.

  224. You ignorant bangle immigrant you should go to west ban gal and Kerala the motherland of the parley speaking Indians turned into Sinhala now, you should zip. Your mouth k

  225. Dear DBS, We are Sri Lankans. We should be able to live whereever we want to in this island. Let us not separate and bring this homeland concept again.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear Bandula

    This has nothing to do with any “homeland”.No one is saying people should not live wherever they want.

    This is a case of “new”people being brought through irregular means to a place and being settled in lands belonging to somebody else with govt and army help. I hope you can see the injustice and remedy the situation through the President.

    You cannot discriminate blatantly against a powerless minority and then advise it to keep quiet in the interests of unity and peace.

    Also if anyone can live anywhere why are the Tamils not allowed to return to their own homes in some instances?

  226. All of us sinhala, tamil, muslim, burgher, we should be able to live anywhere we want. What is wrong with that? I can never understand this.

  227. Junior says
    In this instance in northern Vavuniya, the government used it’s armed forces to chase away the returning rightful owners of the land and settled the Sinhalese.
    ___________________

    DBSJ says this land was identified as an ‘abandon’ village in 2010. No returning owners were chased away.
    Why are you twisting the story?

  228. NAM;

    “By Colonizing the Tamil homeland, GOSL will now say that there is no Tamil Homeland and only Sinhalese are the natives.”

    Surely present day Tamils are not natives of Sri Lanka, there is no dispute about it. There is no Tamil homeland as well. Can you prove the opposite?

    Oldest ancestor of present day Tamils came to Sri lanka in 13th century. If possible prove it is not so. I stand behind my statement.

    Thanks!

  229. He gave them dignity, that we the Tamil community are civilized and great.

    Now the Tamil are at the butt end when the water pistol sissies are around. R j.

  230. Mr Native Tamil.

    History & Story telling are two different things Myths are another..
    What historical artifacts do the Tamils have.Are they ‘the Dagaba’s the palaces, pools, water systems , tanks, paintings , scrip^tures ? Even of late the budhist ruins found in Jaffna were claimed as of “Tamil Budhists”.
    Do you deny that the Dutch brought down Tamils for their tobacco plantations carved out a portion for these slave labourers in the East with a deedgiven the then King in Sri Lanka ( for favors granted). Do you deny the presence of the Portuguese built Fort in Jaffna (or was it built by the Tamil Kings) The import of Tamils by the Portuguese again for menial labour ! Do you deny the 2 million Tamils brought down by the British as their vassals and for tea plantations. Do you deny how many of these millions were given sri Lankan citizenship . Do you deny even Chelvanayagam is of indian origin as well as the Sun God the “Teeror leader has Tamil Indian blood in him.
    Sri lanka is one Nation those of you who differ should go back to a country where ones language is predominant & the customs are the same. The error of Sri Lanka was to have neglected North & East ,to have abandones at the arrival of the Tamils! as is done now in South Hall in London in some parts in Paris or in Canada ! In South Hall there is a saying you need to have an indian visa to go there.The smell of thosei wade , josticks , music sarees & the lot, one feels in an indian State. This is a typical case of the locals abandoning areas when they feel uncomfortable and consider the new arrivals as inferior !! Things have changed with education & thats why we find that Tamils are equally at home in Colombo or any where in the island.

  231. The Tamil’s were considered as a safe risk had credit worthiness and stability behind them a no risk breed.

    The yaks had all the negative attributes so nobody touched them they were considered as the lepers. R j.

  232. Then why there is an ACHCHAN? Kokka+Achcha(a)n+Kulam may be a word from Malayalam because thousands of people from Kerala were brought to VANNI to catch elephants by the kings of Anuradhapura.

    KOKKA(N) is a word simply used by Tamils to identify some TALLER people!

    EZHUTHTHACHCHAN (எழுத்தச்சன் =എഴുതച്ച്ചന്‍ ) is for village teacher in Malayalam!

  233. EELAM is derived from HELA or EZHU language. Pallava inscriptions mention EELAM for TODDY! Kerala toddy tapping community is known as EEZHAVA(r) and they claim they came from Sri Lanka!

    Lanka is the word available from Ramayana. Sri is always added to HONOUR the word or people in Sanskrit!

    Tamils too live in Sri Lanka along with Sinhalese for thousands of years.

  234. Well-done Sri Lanka. Keeping people of different races seperately necessarily create problem. Everywhere people should mixed. Example must take from Singapore and Malaysia. Jaffna Tesawalamw law also should change. Sri Lanka belongs to all. every one should have the right to live any part of the country. None should allow to live seperately from ethnic basis. Gvnmnt should expedite it. Should mis all ethnicities everywhere.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Criminal misappropriation is a crime under the penal code. You cannot go to some place in Sri Lanka and settle down in property belonging to somebody else and say I can live in any part of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka belongs to all

  235. NAM
    Sadly your “Divine Interventionist” is floating face-down in Nanthika Lagook with a well-ventilated head!!
    Perhaps the “Apes” and “Reptiles” have something to teach you, no ?

  236. When the White Yobs put the Up-Country Tamils to Slavery, people like rohan j applauded and bent over to accommodate them cos’ they were White Masters !! So there was no problem ho badly the Up-Counry Tamils were treated cos’ it was the White Yobs who were doing it

    60 years of steady, if slow, improvement in their conditions mean nothing to rohan j – he’d much rather have the Up-Country Tamils over a barrel cos’ the Jaffna Tamils are superior,

    Isn’t that right, rohan j ?

  237. The Tamil diaspora for one thing, mostly refrained from writing abuse or condeming West for not acting to intervene in 2008 – 2009, and always. Here the supporters of Sri lanka Rajapaksa regime, many of them while still living in the West slinging mud on the govts. of UK and USA etc.

    Those condemning West while living in the West are welcome to move elesewhere, but try not to claim more of Kokkachchaankulam and engage in ethnic cleansing in the name of creating a ‘Sri Lankan’ identity.

  238. I totally agree with DBSJ’s observation. I am sure Bandula can influence the govt in a positive manner.

  239. What you are missing is the context here. Who is to blame has been debated ad nauseam. Although its suffice to say left wing socialist incompetence of TULF/SLFP lead everyone to the 1977 tipping point. After TULF declaration of war, what options are left to JRJ? What did he not try? Did he not invite Chelva’s son to mediate between himself and Amir? Did he not make Tamil official language again? Did he not offer devolution in terms of DDC? How did belligerent Amir and TULF reciprocate? With a war backed by Tamil Nadu was is not? Regardless of political failings between 56-72 NOTHING warranted the 77 VC and subsequent military action against the state.

    Do I regret upcountry Tamils who were living in Manal Aaru being sent back? YES absolutely. Do I feel the same when considering the dilemma JRJ was facing at the time? absolutely not!

  240. Rohan,

    So your school buddy is opening a factory to build Audis for export Wow . Good on him as your Aussie mates say.

    I am sure he will employ a lot of people including our Yak brothers and sisters in places like Medamullnana.

    You reckon there are many other similar, smart and well off Tamil people buying land in the South at market prices.

    What a fantastic development in the amidst of all this doom and gloom predictions from the overseas diaspora and their local vocalists .for these Tamil enterprenuors and the others to give a tick for the current state of Srilankan economy..

    If the displaced people in the North who are struggling at present to find employment and put food on the table will find this inforamtion quite encouraging.

    If these people want to come and work in these Tamil enterprises like the Audi factory , they wil be assisted by the Govt , the same way it assists the investors and manufactures who start export oriented new ventures in Srilanka.

    These assistance packages to investors are long lease land at subsidized prices , tax exemptions and other privileges that are not available to locals.

    Besides the Diaspora can help these Northererns will money to buy land and live close to these new ventures that can employ large numbers of people.

    So things ain’t as bad as what you try to portray?.

  241. I take back the last part. Tamils don’t have the luxury to leave the island en mass neither do they all wish to leave. It’s also not just Sinhalese leaders but Tamil political establishment is hopeless too. But if the Sinhalese majority don’t check the militarization of government and society the 70s and 83 may just repeat.

  242. The latest UN and it’s affiliate NGOs report says 58 families were settled in Killinochi amd Mullativ, last May,

    This is in addition to 110 families settled in these two locations in recent times.

    The total number settled back in their old home turf total 110,652 families.

    If these 165 Sinhala families were settled on land legally held by the people in Kokachaankulum, it amounts to a blatant breach of the law of the land.

    If these people have legal titles to their land. the lawyers of the TNA must immediatly file court action on their behalf.

    If they think they wouldn’t get a fair hearing. they must send copies of their Court application to the UN , the US and German Ambassodors who are taking a keen interest in TNA affairs at present.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Why has President Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan cabinet abdicated his/their duties and responsibilities towards the Tamil people?Does the TNA bear sole responsibility?You want the US and German ambassadors to look after Tamil interests and not the Sri Lankan state?

  243. Dear DBS,

    We should create a situation that we should be able to live, move about freely anywhere in the country. Take Colombo for instance.. Sinhalese are the minority there. I hate to use the words Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher.. We are SRI LANKANS.

    Some Sri Lankans who were chased away by the Tigers are still living in Puttalam.

    Not got the point yet……….DBS

  244. daniel

    Do you deny that original unassimiliated sinhalese came from orissa 2500 years ago and was given srilankan citizenship by queen kuveni.

    According to your way of thinking anyone who follows the sinhalese language and bhuddhist religion should be sent back to orissa unless they renounce the two and become hindus and discard sinhalese and learn tamil.

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander. So stop kicking own goals by stating that tamils came from india.

  245. Having read my Beach Buddy, RohanJ,s mate, the Audi dealer in Hambanthota opening a factory, and his other mates buying houses and land big time in the South, I decided to investigate the real estate market in the capital.

    After all if the Hambanthotians are driving Audis Colombo can’t be a Mogadishu .

    So I picked the suburb of Colombo 6 aka Wellawatta, as it is of interest to a lot of the subscribers here.

    It is only 4 ks from the CBD.

    Beach side apartments with a view of the Indian Ocean are selling for USD 1000.00 a square metre.

    In Melbourne it is around USD 10,000. a SQM, Sydney probably over USD20,000 a SQM

    I wouldn’t even guess what it is to have a view along the Thames closer to the Harbor.

    Even Toronto I am sure will be a fair price although it is not in the same league.

    White man in the the English West dreams of retiring to a pad with at least some water views even an inland a creek.

    The proper Ocean views are the domain of only a selective few of course on how much moolay is accummulated or inherited.

    Only less than 10 percent of the population in these countries get to realise this dream.

    Srilanka on the the hand have produced new citizens of these countries who can retire to an Ocean view for such a small price in the heart of the Capital.

    Once the Audi driving Hambanthotians come to Colombo looking for holiday pads and accommodation for their kids in the Capital to attend the new wave of Western Unis, the prices ain’t going to stay this low for sure.

  246. TRN

    But still that 4% is giving a lot of trouble from abroad aren’t they.They even chased out the king and his massive retinue from UK and US and saved our taxpayers a lot of expense and stopped them from doing their shopping.

    If that 4 % were in srilanka and did such antics they would have been hammered into submission like the sinhalese. See the advantage of being out of reach.

  247. sithamparam

    spot on buddy.When the uneducated get power they never listen to the educated,probably because they suffer from an inferiority complex.It is happening now also in srilanka and the rajapakshe’s are going the VP way.

  248. Shanker,

    If I remember correctly, Dollar and Kent farms were as part of the Dudley Senanayake government scheme to propmote commercial agriculture. Two Tamil companies-I forget their names- were given to lands to do so. I have been to these farms in the late 1970’s in the company of late K.C.Nythiananda. They were beautifully laid out and well run.

    Further, subsequent to the 1977 riots, in which the plantation Tamils were the most affected, large numbers of these Tamils moved to the north and Tamil political actvists – especially from the Gandhiyam movement-Dr.Rajasunderam and Rev. David- helped them settle in the north-east border areas. The Tamil objectives were dual:
    1. To help the displaced plantation workers
    2. To populate the border areas which were mostly jungle or sparsely populated.

    I was also part of the group who sought help from a Norwegian group to provide housing for these IDP’s.
    We discussed this issue with Mr.Amirthalingam, the then Leader of the Opposition, on several occasions at his house. He approached JRJ, who offered 1000 acres for these displaced people in Murungan on the Mannar road. We later learned that we may have to dig very deep to find any water in this dry area.(The old fox did not want the plantation workers settled in the border areas!) When this was conveyed to JRJ by Amirthalingam, JRJ referred him to Ranasinghe Premadasa. Premadasa told Amirthalingam that the Norwegian group should also establish a similar housing project in the South, as a pre-condition. The whole project ground to a halt with that. There are times I have wondered whether we had made a mistake in approaching Amirthalingam. My disillusionment with Tamil politicians started with this interaction with Amirthalingam.

    After 1983, with the ascendency of Tamil militancy, the government wanted to break the contiguity of the north and east borders. The first step in this regard were to redraw the administrative borders of the Anuradhapura district. The second was to Sinhalize the border areas. The Dollar and Kent farms paid the price. Thereafter, the newly settled plantation workers, received the second blow in their lives. Gamini Dissanaike and Athulathmudali were the master minds behind these actions.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

  249. Dear TRN

    I was mostly referring to what has happenned in the past so that s.Joseph who is an indian can understand why this has become such an cantankerous issue. Indians will be naturally bewildered that there is such a fuss because they can just pack therebags and go to any part of the country and the neibhours will welcome them, thanks to nehru’s foresight in putting the correct foundation for the country. Our leaders thought they were cleverer than nehru and went in the opposite direction to him.

    That is why i referred to Dr rajasingam narendran’s comment on some examples that happeneed in the past an excerpt fromit i give below

    [The history of post-independent Ceylon/ Sri Lanka, is replete with examples of Sinhalese being settled in areas where Tamils had lived previously. Although land was available in plenty in these areas, many older Tamil settlements were overwhelmed / obliterated. Tamils also became a minority in these areas. The process of marginalization of Tamils in the national polity which commenced soon after independence made the Tamils extra-sensitive to the land issue. Naming Kal Aru, Galoya and Pathavikulam, Padaviya did not help. The role the Sinhala colonists from Padaviya played in the 1958 riots will not be forgotten by the Tamils. The recent naming of Manal Aru, Weli Oya and settling Sinhala colonists in the Dollar and Kent farm areas yet rankle Tamil minds. The government has to be senitive to this reality and behave like Caessar’s wife- be above even suspicion.]

    As for the present situation in kochachanikulam,DBSJ says the following
    [Tamil village in Vavuniya district re-settled with Sinhalese without knowledge of district administration.
    Kokkachchaankulam is a Tamil village in Vedivaithakallu GS div under Nedunkerny divisional secretary in the Vavuniya North Piradesha sabhai
    The settlement scheme was brought under the Vavuniya south Sinhala division & temporary land permits were issued to 165 Sinhala families.
    The 165 families were settled in Kokkachchaankulam with the help of the military & without officially informing Vavuniya district secretary]

    So you see from this that

    1.The village comes under vavuniya north piresha sabai,but has been surreptiously brought under the vavuniya south sinhala division.Though the president cannot change a man into a woman or vise versa he can certainly change north from south or vise versa. One day he will say that jaffna is south srilanka and galle is north srilanka if it suits him.

    2.Military is organising settlement schemes without officially informing even informing the vavuniya district secretary.If srilanka is under military rule then the military must proclaim it to the rest of the world like what happenned in thailand and fiji recently.

    As for your contention that those displaced by the war should be allowed to come back,that is like closing the door after the horse has bolted. With the military in charge of this exercise, they would prefer not to killed and trenches dug and buried with their deeds and all. AS for compensation a paltry sum will be offered that is not even worth the time and legal fees involved.

    As these people have been displaced by war,they have the right to come anytime they feel it is safe.With the army and government having these type of sinhalisation schemes in mind naturally they won’t feel safe to come back. The government can call it abandoned,but the people have not abandoned their ownership,so they have every right to abandon it until they decide to come back.The sinhalese families will be considered as encroachers by these tamil families. This is the whole problem here with successive governments pitting the people against each other and the people also foolishly start fighting without using their brains.What is the problem for the government to develop a new sinhala vilage without zeroing in on a tamil village.There is plenty of land available as Dr.Rajasingham says in these rural areas,unlike in colombo.

  250. Bandula,

    Common man, you know what the army and the gov’t did here.

    Why so many innocent questions from well informed and educated people?

    This is stolen land from the poor, war displaced, Tamil families (farmers) and I hope the President will intervene and rectify for everyone’s sake.

    You can’t steal someone else’s land and argue that any one can live anywhere, that’s absurd!

  251. safa

    The courts will take 20 -25 years to make a decision. In the meantime the owners will die of old age.That is exactly what the government wants.So instead of playing into the hands of GOSL,best thing is to make a big racket abroad about sinhalisation after kicking out tamils. That will be much better for the tamils than going to courts.

  252. sivananthan

    He is a bit busy trying to save his own life after joining the TNA.I heard his friends in colombo had told him why is he putting his nose into this,but he wanted to do something for the country.

  253. rohan

    When it is convenient for you,you say sinhalese are actually 60%tamils. Equally when it is convenient for you, you also say that sinhalese bhuddhists are the rightful owners of the land,and others can stay as well behaved guests.So shall we say in future60%of tamils and 60 % ofsinhalese (that is the upper part including the brain)are the rightful owners of the country?Those with only lower part,the brawn, can go back to orissa and south india,as the world has changed considerably since duthagamani days and brawn has become a liability.

  254. Should be true, I was told this happens in Jaffna, especially at the railway station, prostitution is the oldest trade in the world and it maybe due to poverty.

    In Killinoichi the same may and should take place the yak military always ready and able.

    That is human nature, most men and women partake of this. R j.

  255. 60 years ago, I was not ?.

    I was told and have seen how the work force in the plantations lived. Really sad that it still happens even today.

    To me I have time only for a four legged animal called as a dog, the two legged beasts they are just not worth wasting time on them. R j.

  256. kalu albert

    court action against the government is futile and time consuming exercise. IF indeed the government allows a favourable verdict for the people it will take 20 years,by which time most ofthem would have died a natural death. IF you go to courts tamils will be playing into the hands of the government which will say the matter is beforethe courts after creating the problem in the first place. In the meantime what to do with the sinhala families who have lived there for 20 years if the court decides in the favour of the tamils.

  257. Bandula Jayasekara:
    If you are the one, once the Editor of Daily News and Counsel General in Toronto later, read the following and then comment!

    Kokkachan Kulam is under the administration of Vavuniya South Tamil Division and
    not under the Sinhala division. Who is this AGA of the Vavuniya South Sinhala Division to “administer” a Tamil village?

    He did all these “ILLEGAL” matters because he is a Sinhala man/woman. How can he do this without the “permission” from his superior, the GA, Vavuniya? Did the Sinhalese GET a home land in Vavuniya?

    This matter has nothing with the HOMELAND theroy of LTTE or any Tamil party but a blatant violation of the laws and regulation of the same government!

    This is a matter of “HORU”OPPU and BORU SAKKI from the Sinhalese.

    The pepole of Kokachchan Kulam abandoned the village because of the war and not by natural causes or the will of the people. Those people want to return once the peace returned. Now the peace returned but their homes are lost.

    If Mahinda Rajapakse is honest as he claims, he must punish the AGA of Vavuniya South Sinhala Division and the army men involved. He must order the GA Vavuniya to publish a public notice to the former residents of Kokachchan Kulam to return to their homes and the government must help them to regain their old abodes and paddy fields.

    No use of crying for Palestianians while behaving like JEWS in Sri Lanka and creating “TAMIL” palestinians in Vavuniya!

  258. Dear DBS, Dont have any doubts on it. President is a fair man. You know it. Tamils are our people.

  259. Dear Native Tamil,
    Sorry for delaying the reply. I am not full-timer of using the computer. I have many things to do.

    I am awaiting of your detail report of this regard.

    ” 3000 years old history and reality. Archaeological evidence and untold history goes back even
    before Buddha and Sinhala Wijayan born.Eelam and ELANKAI both names born from pure Tamil word,later sanskrit ‘Sri’ joint as adjective word.(1972)SRI+ELANKAI= SRILANKA. May be you cannot digest this fact.”

    I can understand your and as well as other Tamils aspiration about specific homeland for them in Sri lanka, but aspirations are not the reality.
    Dear friend,
    You even don’t have a homeland in India too.
    Tamils came into India after arenas. They they came from Eastern Africa, near Nubia.

    samarasekara

  260. I agree with you sir,

    From the very begging I emphasis that SINHALA is mix nation. It is like water in the sea. The water what got different taste,when they came into the sea they are enrich with one taste. Like wise our nation welcome all races came into main stream, but we are protecting our own political,cultural,social heritages.

    As far as concern your colonization view point.

    All state depend upon the land. That’s why from the begetting educated tamils are trying to reserved specific land for them. What ever the form is different all educated tamils ultimatum is separate country.
    more or less Jaffna and Colombo equipped with better education facilities.

    What was the different
    While educated Jaffna Tamils more or less are becoming ealam(separate country) supporters, educate Colombo Sinhalese are converting into LIBERAL SUSSHAS.
    samarasekara

  261. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran
    Gamini Dissanaike and Athulathmudali were the master minds behind these actions.
    ———————————————–
    Honorable Gaminie Dissanayake was then the minister of MAHAWELI. Mr,Panditharatne,(accountant) then chairman of UNP was holding the chairman of Mahaweli authority.

    In the year 1983 (before black July started) educated tamil officers who holding the key posts in the ministry planned to cultivating the bud of specific lands for Tamils .

    This plan cut off by Mr, Malinga h Goonaratne (planter) who was functioning as additional general manager. That’s how YAAN OYA project was started.
    Although tamil officers in the ministry tried to arranged alnds only for tamils Mr Goonaratnes’ plan was to settle all communities.

    samarasekara

  262. Dear Bandula,

    This matter should be brought to the attention of the president. You are in aposition to do so. Knowing you, I am sure you have done this already. The president’s immediate response will give hope to not only the Tamils of this village, but also to other Tamils who are possible victims of this type of robbery. It will also go a long way towards winning the trust of the Tamils-the first step towards true national reconciliation.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  263. Samarasekera,

    Did Mr. Malinga Goonaratne succeed ? What we have now is the reality of Welioya and the likes of Janakapura. Incidentally, I was told at that time that Tamil officers were excluded from these meetings of the Mahaweli Authority! Was this right?

    I am also aware of the political motives behind Tamil moves to settle IDP plantation workers in the Nedunkerni and Kokkilai areas. However, the main concern was for the displaced plantation workers. As I had mentioned in my first response to this article, the Ven Rathana Thera of the JHU is now suggesting that plantation workers from the hills should be encouraged to move to the north and east to make these lands productive and save the hills from soil erosion.

    Why were the Dollar and Kent farms closed and the employees thrown out. Why were conditionally released prisoners settled on these lands and adjoining ones? Why did Manal Aru become Welioya? Why was a settlement named Janakapura? Why were the displaced plantation workers and other long standing Tamil residents chased out?

    I do not mind Sinhalese and Muslims also settling in the north and east. This is their right. However, let this be done in a civilized manner, with noble objectives. Stealing lands from Tamils who have the legal right to them is criminal and does not bode well for a united Sri Lanka many of us, icluding me, want.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

  264. Mr. Native Tamil says:
    June 26, 2011 at 8:50 am
    ————————————————
    Mr native tamil,

    Could you corectly pronounce the name of APPUHAMY.
    Your so called tamil action call it as APPUKAMY.

    HI HI HI HI HI

  265. TRN,

    I am not twisting the story.

    Yes, it was abondoned due to war, like so many other villages in the Wanni.

    After the war has ended, the people wanted to return to their village in 2010, but the Army blocked

    them from returning to their village, thus it remained abandoned.

    Does this sounds better 4 u?

    The Grama Sevaka was told (warned) by the army, to advise the villagers not to return or else will be arrested as Tigers!

    Hard to believe? yep, this is the reality in the north and the east with the Army in charge of the administration.

    Doesn’t this sounds like an alien occupying army rather than the Sri-lankan army, treating and protecting all nationals irrespective, of their race?

    The Army had also, warned the Grama Sevaka that if the original Tamil residents came back to the village, they will be arrested as Tigers.

  266. When the yaks buy the Audi’s for hard paisa’s then it wont be Mogadishu

    Now that 10,000 three wheelers are going to be gifted to the Buddhist temples the Audi’s maybe an inducement an icing on the cake to induce more and more yaks to infiltrate the north as guests of the Tamil people.

    As to Audi setting up a factory anywhere in the bog, it is only a dream, the type of dream I will let you choose it.

    As to the others setting up industries in hambantota, it is a tale of dancing and sucking up to the sultan they will be granted enormous credit facilities, most of them will become write off’s

    Anyway till this minute nobody have even laid a foundation stone.

    As to land and property prices they have reached a point of saturation nobody is purchasing and it is stagnation time in the bog.

    Siesta time in the bog hopefully it will be rest in peace time soon. R j.

  267. Dreaming of a day that marraying in to own race, religion, caste, riches is mo more. A day everyone has a relative who is a tamil, a buddhist, a hindu, brahmin, Govi etc. Dreaming of the day the lankan culture rather than staying in the past as Sinhalese culture, Buddhist culture, Hindu Cluture or Tamil culture, starts walking ahead with blends of traditions, dances, music foods and customs. Dreaming of the day the people do not get bonded to homelands, or to historians with claims of who came first, and who killed whom. Dreaming of the day that we get bonded to humanity all work and fight to make a society that strive to bring economic sustance and equality. That day the lankans will be with a good gene pool, blending the inteligence and beauty of all Sinhala, Tamil, Burgher & muslim and the hybrid Sri Lankan is made. Dreaming of the day that the langauge the inhabitants speak has enriched from Sinhalese, and tamils and that too from all dilcets from Jaffna, Colombo, Matara and Batticaloa. Cuz I know if that happens that will be a nation and a race that is capable of enriching the whole world.

  268. I have not read what you have written in your “previous written”. I am sure you would have written something useful and relevant. However, Tamils may have their own fabrigated “homeland map”, just like the myth about “Vijaya”, Aryan Invasion of the island. and the “the idea of Chosen People” to safe guard Buddhism for 5,000 years. The Sri Lanka as a nation itself is a myth built on perversive logic.

    So what seems to be the problem?

    Tamils believe in their God King Prabaharan and the Sinhalese believe in their God King Mahinda. So what is the problem?

    Prabaharan believed in total control over his subjects so does Mahinda family. Sinhalese construct their myth in Sinhala and the Tamils construct their own myth in Tamil.

    Why aren’t the Tamils allowed to dream or to have claim over their myth while the Sinhalese are entitle to their own version of the same dream if not more and their myths?

  269. Lets hope these new settlers will be made welcome in their new surroundings by the local people so that then they will learn Tamil and integrate with them, and hopefully in future intermarry and lose this whole sense of race that is the bane of our society. I may sound idealistic, but the future of the country is in the attitudes of the future citizens who I believe will learn from the past.

    While the large swathes of Colombo that are increasingly being populated by Tamils who appear to be happy and live prosperous lives while keeping their own neighborhoods that any non Tamil feels very unwelcome in , I hope the reverse will be for these new Sinhala people in the integration into the fabric of society there.

    I am not commenting on the rights and wrongs of the settlements as having an occupying army in the north on a permanent basis is more worrisome than this move. I believe all citizens of Sri Lanka should have a right to buy property anywhere on the island, and it is the seller who chooses who he or she sells it to. The settlements are not buying property, so in that context there is a question.

    What if the seller is the govt. of Sri Lanka who sells state owned or confiscated lands? Should they also be able to decide who they will or could sell the land to and at what price?

  270. Aney, pou, those dehamalas. See what happens when dhemalas don’t learn sinhala – the language of the lions? Now, be thankful the Govt is trying to help the Dhemalas learn the country’s national language by throwing in a few lions amidst the dravidians so they may learn the fairer language and prosper. The Medamulaniks (the communist word for the lion kings of Lanka) are a helpful lot – they know how to help the hitherto downtrodden dhemalas, and some of these comments above seem to be simply mean. Why is it so difficult to understand? Dhemalas are our brothers and sisters, and we should help them as much as we can, by which I mean we should teach them Sinhala and hope they will prosper.

    Even our brother DBSJ is on board now. He is doing his part in point out the intermingling of the lions and their somewhat downtrodden kittens who have lost their fully grown elder leaders of the tiger pack. The lions know how to look after the kittens because the lions, after all, are the kings of the jungle. And what a wonderful jungle it is, where even Ravana had a wonderful time with Seetha…

  271. But I am glad we all learn and face the reality. It is a great quality of a person to accept the right even if it is late.

  272. But I can “correctly” prononunce ‘MODAYA’to you wathsala!
    If you don’t have ability to understand the point,I don’t need to answer all of your craps…

  273. Shall we all start think as Sri Lankans? What nonsence is this Sinhala,Tamil,Muslim? Tamil land,Sinhala land,Tamil Homeland? these are neandarthal period concepts.

    OK If any injustice has happened,let us reverse it,but at the same time let us ensure that landless people in the south has access to empty lands in the North.After all we can not reserve northern province only for one community.

  274. SAM saying “I can understand your and as well as other Tamils aspiration about specific homeland for them in Sri lanka, but aspirations are not the reality.”

    Sam, Reality is same Tamils still living in the same homeland not sinhalese.
    But Time will change offten,That time whose knowse british will come and brought both home land together,later whose knowse Tamils will create parallel state with Police,Army,Navy and Airforce.

    If your history knowledge only this “Tamils came into India after arenas. They they came from Eastern Africa, near Nubia” I dont want waste my time , let you study and more research about real history before you comment.

    ‘You even don’t have a homeland in India too’, is that the reason they even shave half of your hair (Wijaya&700 criminals) and deported to the Sea, in reality unfortunate to SRI LANKA.

  275. My dear daniel, Please Do not vomit what pushed into you without you guys thinking?!

    If Kuveni was wise and didn’t give Asylum to you guys,Native Tamils homeland honorable ELANKAI (Sri Lanka), now 100% belong to them! You are not even in southhall may be somewhare in Orisa.

    If you want to know what is real History?and what is Story telling & Myth ?
    Study some foregin genuine History and your ‘Mahavamsa’

    Do you know
    ‘Thiuketheswarm’ ‘ThiruKoneswarm”Tondeshwaram’ ‘Kathirkamam’ ‘Muneswaram’ ‘Nagulaswaram’ older than
    your Dagaba’s ? Do You know ‘Perumpanarrupadai’ Sangam Tamil book before christ (BC) discribing
    ‘ThonmaviLankai karuvodu peyariya…NanmaviLankai Nalliyakodan’ ? watersystem built From Kulakoddan
    to Muthayan kaddu..how many you know? do you know anything about alternative watersystem they used in northeast where rivers not available? DO YOU REALLY KNOW THE REAL HISTORY OF OUR HOMELAND?

    We have strong allegation on SL archaeology department not protecting our historical identity and supporting our Tamil acadamic researchers.even verse some time its hide the facts, only highlight
    Sinhal history and teach them in the school(against Native Tamils?).

    If you are genuine there are many thousands of years old Srilankan history yet to explore.

    http://www.ramayanaresearch.info/discoveries.html

  276. However i don’t think you should have different laws for ethnic groups. What if muslims one day want islamic law for their community.I divorce you said 3 times and you are rid of her. I think there should be only one law for the whole country. Thesawalamai law should be abolished.

    I am also against parties naming themslves ethnically or religiously such as tamil national alliance,muslimcongress etc.
    Unnecessary divisions are created among people.The correct way to go is to downplay ethnicity and religion and emphasise srilankanness.TNA can call themselves justice party or something like that and fight for justice.When they do that also fight for sinhalese when they are treated badly by the government.

  277. Yapa

    Oldest ancestor of present day Tamils came to Sri lanka in 13th century. If possible prove it is not so. I stand behind my statement.
    ————————————————
    What about Elara 2300 years ago. Also sena and guttika before him. As for proof that you want read the mahawamsa. Or are you saying the maha wamsa is a load of tosh?

  278. I am glad the academic SASEE (June 26) shared his/her meticulous research with the readership here.I saw the “clarification” of the pseudo-scholar.I was amused but not surprised because we have such a wide variety of Doctors floating around in the country. As Peter Ustinov once wondered “will we have more doctors than doctorates to go around”? Even a mechanic within the Palace – continued to fool the high, the famous and the mighty white until recently exposed by the Medical Council. Kudumbimalai becoming Thoppigala will not be the last.

    I am curious – yet happy – to note Bandula Jayasekera in these columns.
    ISS

  279. Yes DBSJ, misappropriation of private land is indeed a crime. No one proposes to oust individuals illegally from their land.

    But, settlement on legally purchased land, on crown land, or land acquired legally through the exercise of “eminent domain” powers for the public good, with compensation paid in full to the owners, is neither ILLEGAL, nor INAPPROPRIATE.

    Some land belonging to my family was acquired by the government … through eminent domain for road construction. We were paid compensation by the government. We would have preferred not to give up our land .. but it was for the public good … and the process was legal … so we accepted it.

    I agree with Nimanta. Let ALL land in Sri Lanka be available for purchase and settlement by any community, or for national development for the public good.

    In the South, in Colombo, Wellawatte, Mt. Lavinia and elsewhere, Tamil people purchase property and settle down. That is an entirely appropriate exercise of their rights as citizens. Let it be so for all communities, including Sinhalese and Muslims, in the North and the East as well. Let us not promote the discriminatory habit of hogging one’s own cake while sharing the cakes of others.

    Demographic homogenization of Sri Lanka will promote National Integration and intercommunity empathy, while preventing crystallization of communities into regionally separate racist aparthied Bantustans. It will promote communal harmony. Diversity of cultures will not be affected; cultural diversity still be preserved in its proper sphere: in the homes of individual families and in community organizations.

    Demographic homogenization will also drive the final nail in the coffin of the Eelam Project … R.I.P.! The GOSL should actively promote such activities that lead to Ethnic Integration.

    Onwards, Sri Lankans … towards One Nation of One People sharing One Destiny!

    So what happened here?………..DBSJ

  280. “”””Eelam and ELANKAI both names born from pure Tamil word,later sanskrit ‘Sri’ joint as adjective word.(1972)SRI+ELANKAI= SRILANKA. May be you cannot digest this fact””””

    Do you know how the name “”Australia”” is born. Austri ( Hasthi in Sinhalese = Elephant + Lia (Lady in Sinhalese ). There was a Fat Sinhalese lady in the Original settlers and “”Australia”” was named after her.

    same as “”Balochistan”” Etc…

  281. bandula jayasekera

    We should create a situation that we should be able to live, move about freely anywhere in the country
    ————————————————-
    I totally agree with you.The people who got displaced should be move freely back to their lands and live there,but how are they going to do that when the army has appropriated their lands and settled sinhalese on them er?Answer that MR.Bandula without going on repeating your crap.

    If you want the sinhalese to freely move to the north why don’t you give them some lands next to these tamils and build houses for them.Why go and appropriate these tamil’s properties and settle sinhalese on them. Can you answer that without repeating the same thing that people should live anywhere they want like a parrot.I will give the answer if you don’t want to,which is kick the tamils out and settle the sinhalese and create sinhala regions.In otherwords don’t mix them up,instead make them mono ethnic enclaves. This has been your strategy since independence.

  282. First research how your name born ? From Portugese? English? Ducth?…..then research about Tamil or
    Australian.

  283. samarasekara,Srilanka is a myth created in 1972 by Mrs. Bandaranayaka based on another myth mahavamsa wake up man

  284. The President with his absolute majority could have made reasonable concessions to address any genuine grievances the TNA is highlighting since the defeat of the LTTE.

    Had he done that, the JVP and the UNP would have exploited any concessions to the max to make Rajapaksa a villain in a short time.

    However, Rajapaksa being the consummate politician heis, he would have weathered any back lash and continued tp move the nation forward.

    The LTTE Diaspora yet again underestimated the capability of the President.

    Starting with Economic sanctions in the form of GSP plus withdrawal, and the guerilla tactics of the British Diaspora, followed by the War Crime charges. the diaspora thought they could roll Rajapaksa with their Western buddies and the new ally, Mr Moon.

    They thought their Western buddies could haul Rajapaksa to the Hague and get the sissies in the Opposition to form a Govt and deliver them the goodies.

    Now it seems the “strategy” has misfired big time.

    President,s new statement that any solution must be approved by a PSC of all parties is a classic political move.

    Even as late as a couple of weeks ago , the main opposition party members were going around ,asking the President whether he has promised land rights and police powers to the TNA. during the current discussions.

    Now is the chance for them to give TNA what ever they want.

    Wonder whether the Opposition leader being summoned to meet his masters is a way of collaring them.?

    Wonder whether the red Shirt Brigade boss Mr Somawansa and his henchmen in Parliament have been summoned too to the former’s adopted home turf?.

  285. If Tamilian’s were a major population in Srilanka, and if the Sinhalese came later, how come Sinhalese form about 90% the population today ? One thing is certain, birth rates were
    more or less egual among Sinhalese and Tamilians.( Sihnalese producing more children than Tamilians or vice versa.)

    Very large part of present day India was ruled by muslims for more than 1000 years. Still muslims form only about 15%of the population of India. Goa was ruled by Porchugese for more than 600 years. But only about 25% of Goa population is Christian.( That too Local hindus converted to christanity, they didn’t come from somewhere else.)

    Can somebody answer this in a balanced way,without bias?( No offence meant)

  286. Ananda -USA

    The GOSL should actively promote such activities that lead to Ethnic Integration
    ———————————–

    So according to you settling sinhalese on lands owned by tamils displaced by war is ethnic integration.The world should take not of your mentality so that they will understand why many tamils say it is futile to talk sense into sinhalese because of their confrontational attitude on all issues and lack of fairplay.

    As for your example of some land acquired from you by the government to build a road,i agree with you that is in the public interest and is acceptable,but wherein in heavens name is taking lands from tamils and giving to sinhalese to settle in the public interest.You mean the sinhalese public interest?

  287. Migration has taken place throught human history. For reasons of nature( Famine ,earthquakes),
    safety, lively hood etc, humans have been migrating and settling in new locations all the time.
    Even if some group had settled in particular geogaghical location for a long time( Say 1000 years), they have been uprooted through conquest by a stronger and mightier group. White people colonised North America(I am refering to the present day USA) and occupied the land, which in reality belonged to the Native Indians.( British system of real estate ownership documents was not there at the then American continent. ). Can they be vacated now under excuse that they were recent settlers? ( Forget about vacating them, USA(In reality USA white people) can vacate any body from the face of this earth.(Barring very few countries such as Russia, China UK , France etc)

    Hence , mere arghuments that some ethnic group was at a paticular geographical location since fairly long time (say 5000 years) or first settlers or a particular langauages is very old, is totally useless, if you are not strong enough to defend your territiry.

    Though I am an Engineer, I am an avid history reader. I have not come across any war being won by sing-dancing or doing bhajans.

    Hence ,only way for Srilankan Tamils to get Eeelam(Meaning curving a seperate country from the present Srilanka) is to to get it by using force. Any other way, will forever remain a just gas.(The kind ,released from persons, who have eaten stale fish)

  288. All Srilankans should live where ever they like to, I repeat where ever they like to; NOT government sponsered colonizations. This is going to result surgency in 5-50 years!

  289. Totally agree with you, however when so many thousand of tamils lives in camps, manik farm in Vanni, the government priotise settlement of sinhelese in north is not going to reconslile communities.

  290. Mr.Native Tamil says:
    June 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm
    But I can “correctly” prononunce ‘MODAYA’
    ————————————————–
    Poor native tamil,
    why did you go near to the mirror. Here after don’t go there
    every one know you as a civet cat.

  291. PresidentR

    So if Tamils are discriminated so much in Sri Lanka how come they are highly educated and very wealthy and able to purchase land in the south?

  292. shankar;

    Are there any present day Tamils descending from the Tamils of the Elara era? Can you name me a single person? (A relative of Elara or of his soldiers’ living today?)

    You never will show a single Tamil person living today (except Tamilized Sinhalese)in Sri Lanka, whose ancestry going beyond 13th century.

    I reiterate my statement, “Oldest ancestor of present day Tamils came to Sri lanka in 13th century.”

    Thanks!

  293. Dearest Bandula
    you mean you own tamils in srilanka because british white left us to struggle with you and bloody VP sold us to you. they are by their own. they do not belong to any body. they are Illankai Thamilar.

  294. If you have read the De Silvas history.you will understand how they formed 75% of the population!

    http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2011/1/63562_space.html

    http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2005/07/05/portuguese-religious-conversion-and-ending-tamils%E2%80%99-sovereignty

    There was kind of understanding through the Wars and Peace finaly both civilaisation had differnt kingdom,sovereignity and natural border. Sinhalese formed 90% SW and Tamils formed 90% NE , but both often traveled beyond the borders without any limit Tamils to Kathirgamam and Sinhalese to Manipallavam.(Like European union today?)

  295. No Frames
    what happened to the sinhala veerayoos who went and live with Sabumalkumarya and Prakiramabahu in Yalpanam, probably you need to count them too. well whole world is in stone age so we have to listen to you guys

  296. Really, Every one know you have lot of spoiled fishes in your basket for your market.
    Even civet cats won’t look at you. Don’t try to sell your cheap tatics, here to big cats.

  297. You must be a student admirer of Prof Nalin de Silva. I believe your knowledge of history is limited to 13th century. However, the island history goes back much earlier time than 13th Century as told by Sinhala historians.

    Being a native and bit mad, I have to rely on the history written by eminent Sinhala people. They maintain the Tamils presence in Sri Lanka can be traced back to many centuries before the mythical aryan arrival.

    Please state the source of your assertion that “Oldest ancestor of present day Tamils came to Sri lanka in 13th century”

  298. Kalu Albert

    Mahinda may be the greatest King that Sinhala people never had with his Machiavellian/Sanakian skills for machination, he is also a prisoner of his own making.

  299. Please refer to The Evolution of an Ethnic Identity by Prof K Indrapala for information regarding your questions. Ibn Battuta’s travel records are another source of important information on island’s history.

    I suggest you start reading these two books then I can give you more references.

    The sources of Tamil presence in the island can be found in many books and research articles. If you haven’t read them I am sorry you may have to read them before engaging in an informed discussion.

    The island has a shared history and heritage.

  300. Angan

    How come the lands of the abrogines have become populated by European-Australia, New Zeland?

    What about those Americas populated by Europeans in greater numbers?

    Please refer to “The Evolution of an Ethnic Identity By Prof K Indrapala.

  301. Acro

    Please do blame the victims for state agression since Sri Lankan nation building process was based on perverted logic and history.

  302. So do you know why “all educated tamils ultimatum is separate country”?

    Can you substantiate your claim with any research data?

  303. Then who was Elara, Sena, Guttika or Velu Sumana or Bhikku Mahanama? Are you telling they are all Sinhalese?

    Those who brought to Colombo by Portugeuse from Malabar, now cry they are SINHALA soorayas.

    Can you show a single person from any Sinhala Royals?

  304. No Frames

    Dbsj states the following

    [More than 300 acres of paddy land owned by Tamils was cultivated by residents in Kokkachchaankulam prior to displacement due to war]

    Before you start talking about deeds and ownership etc,shall we hve a look at the deeds that sinhala farmers have. We can confiscate all the lands that don’t have valid deeds in the country and make it crown land.Then distribute it among the people in a fair manner,but with 10% of course to the rajapakshe clan who got their medemulama lands like that from the british who took it from the vedhas.

    As for these unfortunates in vavuniya DBSJ has stated they owned the land and therefore would have valid deeds.

  305. If U R really intrusted in my name.

    It is Latin born Spanish name…

    Pascual is a Spanish given name and surname, cognate of Italian name Pasquale and French name Pascal. In Catalan speaking area Pascual has the variant Pasqual.

    Pascual, like Pasquale/Pasqual/Pascal, derives from the Latin paschalis or pashalis, which means “relating to Easter”, from Latin pascha (“Easter”), Greek Πάσχα, Aramaic pasḥā, in turn from the Hebrew pesach, which means “to be born on, or to be associated with, Passover day”. Since the Hebrew holiday Passover coincides closely with the later Christian holiday of Easter, the Latin word came to be used for both occasions.

    Satisfied…????? my dear Mr. Tholkaappiyan.

  306. yapa

    Are there any present day sinhalese descending from the sinhalese of the Duthagamini era(except mahinda and Dr.mervyn silva who are fighting it out for sole descendency)?Can you name me a single person.(a relative of dutu or his soldiers living today).

    So yapa, according to you all descendents of elara and his soldiers became sinhalized. The mahawamsa does not state that. So what is your proof? Based on the behaviour of Duthagamini who was a just king just like elara,the staus quo would have remained the same with people just going about their business as usual not bothered about a change in the heads of state.One just king replacing another,that is all.Duthagamini did not sinhalize the tamils and elara did not tamilize the sinhalese. Our current buffoon rulers who were bootlickers of their colonial masters and never had royal blood in them are the ones who embarked vigorously on this path of sinhala bhuddhist nationalism after we got independence,whereas our tolerant and wise ancient kings never did.

  307. Yapa,
    Please remember the following:
    1. Tamils are Hindus and hence mostly cremated their dead. Hence you will not find born fragments and other burial paraphenalia to establish their historical identity.
    2. Tamil Hindus do not build monuments for their dead. Hence you will not find proof of their ancestry through this source.
    3. Tamil Hindus do not have a surname system or the ‘Gey’name system used by Sinhalese. Henece you cannot trace family trees beyond a point.
    4. Tamils did not have a tradition of preserving their history- literature / other matters written on Ola leaves because they did not have an organized system to do so. Buddhist monks and monestries did so.
    5. Whatever records that were available were burnt with the Jaffna library.

    But fortunately, the literary records from India, presence of some ancient burial mounds in Pomaparippu in the Puttalam district,the large number of ancient Hindu temples scattered across the Island, the refusal of most Sri Lankan Tamils to identify themselves with the Tamils in India and the thread of Tamil culture and Hinduidsm running through Sinhala-Buddhist culture , prove that Tamils have been in Sri Lanka for a very very very long time. Of course, there have been also waves of subsequent Tamil migrations from South India. They latter do not prove that the Tamils are a relatively new component in the demographics of Sri Lanka. Some of these migrants have become full fledged Sinhlese now. Further, modern genetics studies are proving that the Sinhalese and Tamils are of similar origins.

    Finally, even one accepts your statement that the oldest ancestor of the Tamils in Sri Lanka came in the 13th century- they have been here eight centuries! A very long period indeed. It takes a maximum of five years of residence to acquire US, Canadian, Australian and British citizenship for migrants and they become full citizens in every sense of the word.

    Further, you may be one of the descendents of the Tamils who lived in Elara’s time. You may be a Sinhalized Tamil and there may be other Tamils amongst us who are from Elara’s time but not Sinhalaized. But both can not prove this.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  308. Is this the same mag ha who from the safety of the university in peradiniya used to espouse racial disharmony.

    Why do you do it being a man of learning ?.

    The Tamil came from India where did the yak or yakjo come from ?.

    We the Tamil folk have made many a positive contribution.

    I hope the term yakjo will remind you as to who I am.

    Now in Australia I have my yak friends say now let us forget the past let us forge forward, all because now the might less lions have been caught with their pants down, their fellow yaks have pawned their self proclaimed king for a few bits of nickels.

    In short the yaks are a cursed breed in the once upon a time paradise of the east. R j.

  309. Now after the ” Killing Fields ” every Tamil has to forget the past and move forward in the spirit of reconciliation.

    Your military has other thoughts in their minds, they with the aiding and abetting from the powerful are still intimidating the shelter less, food less, privacy less, job less and everything less hapless Tamil people.

    Bandula J, now that the tide has changed it is time to have a Tamil as your best buddy.

    Cease dreaming, wake up, the planets have changed direction. R j.

  310. Kalu the men of men, the tale about the Audi is true, do you ever think that the Germans will ever invest in a failed state ?.

    I sad this is in sarcasm my friend,

    Keep on dreaming and wishing , the bog is sinking deeper and deeper by the second. R j.

  311. Didnt your leader say to the whole of lankans after the war that there is no majrity and ther is no inority? if so who are the majrity u re talking abt?

  312. No it is not. Tamils are not wrong in asking for power devolution. the sri lankan tamil culture was developed and nourished in the N&E parts of sl. They had developed a culture, literature there. I ve heard that lankan tamil is different to indian tamil language. i dont knw whethr it is true. That region is dominated by tamil speaking ppl. I see nothing wrng in a power devolution based on linguistic differences.

  313. Angan

    Hence ,only way for Srilankan Tamils to get Eeelam(Meaning curving a seperate country from the present Srilanka) is to to get it by using force
    —————————————-
    What about east timor,kosovo,south sudan?Their liberation armies would not have done even one tenth of what the LTTE did.

    I beg to differ force is the only way to achieve seperation. It all depends on the geopolitical forces and where you are particularly standing at the moment.It is like an intricate website of a spider and you have to analyse it.VP inside his bunker 24/7 did not understand this complex world of globalisation and how everything is interconnected. Anton balasingham who understood something of it tried to put some sense into him but he was outnumbered with pottu and soosai also joining VP’s idiotic stand that he could get Eelam on his own using force only.

    The key to the tamils is the decision that the EU makes in regard to their plight.If the EU decides that seperation is the only solution then hey presto you got 28 countries recognising Eelam in the UN on the first day itself.

  314. angan

    At independence in 1947,tamil to sinhalese ratio was about 1:3 Then half the tamils brought to workin the tea plabntations were sent to india by the sirima shastri pact.

    The south has been more conducive for farming than the dry arid north and may have facilitated larger families.

    Over the centuries sinhalese kings have got down tamils and keralites for their armies and also to do specific work such as cinnamon peeling and basket weaving etc.They subsequenly got assimiliated as sinhalese.Many tamils in coastal areas also got assimiliated as sinhalese after the portuguese rule.

    After the LTTE and GOSL war many tamils have left abroad and some have been killed.

    However your figure of 90 % sinhalese is incorrect. Prbably around 75-80 %. the muslims are a growing population and will very soon overtake the tamils.

  315. I agree with Dr.Narendran.

    The earliest references to the tamil settlements are found in the historical records of the sinhalese themselves. When this is so, what is the need for archaeological records to ‘prove’ their presence in the island?

    Both the Sinhala and Tamil records attest to the presence of Tamils in Srilanka since the past two thousand years, at least.

    When all archaeological evidence is destroyed by successive rulers who are blinded by race & religion, how would a minority which is fighting for its very survival produce them? Even the written records were not spared (burning of jaffna university library).

    Remains of hindu temples are found even in the extreme south. Many buddhist places of worship have been built over these places. Of course, I admit that hindu temple need not necessarily mean that they are of tamils. But, a vast majority of them would have pointed to the shared cultural heritage of tamils and sinhalese. Unfortunately the buddhist clergy as well as ruling elite blinded by religious hate saw to that these never survived.

    Samanta Kuta mountain (Adam’s peak) is referred to in the Tamil buddhist epic Manimekala written some 2000 years ago. It also mentions that the buddhist monks from Tamilnadu used to visit this peak for religious purposes. The Mahawansa story about Buddha mediating between two warring Naga kings is mentioned in the Manimekala epic. It says that the central character of the story saw the throne at Nagadwip(Jaffna peninsula). Interestingly, the Manimekala epic mentions two islands Nagadwipa and Ratnadwipa (main island).

    Manimekala itself is a buddhist name, closer to the Vajrayana than Theravada.

    Places like Kanchi in present day Tamilanadu were once important centres of buddhism. But, can you point out archaeological evidence for that now? NO, this is the saddest aspect. Places like Negapatam on the Tamilnadu coast were once having huge buddhist viharas (Chudamani Vihare of Negapatam). But do you see of that now? NO, this despite the Cholee kings granting privileges to them and protecting them for a considerable period.

    Simple fact is that these archaelogical proofs are required by lunatics who want to go back to the medieval periods based on false sense of history and race.

    The medieval age had many problems and such fights were common among even brethren. Father used to murder son, son used to kill brother, two families used to wage war over centuries, we should come out of such medieval mindset and culture.

  316. Yapa,

    Looks like you do not know even your own basic history. According to the Sinhala history, since the Sinhalese could not find any members from the royal family of Sri Lanka, the last four kings of the Sinhala kingdom of Kandy were brought from the royal family of Nayakkar Dynasty in Madurai, South India as follows:

    1. SRI VIJAYA RAJA SINGHA 1739-1747 AD – Brother-in-law of King Narendra Singha. Narendra Singha’s first wife’s brother, from Madurai, ascended the throne of Kandy, as Sri Vijaya Raja Singha. He came from the line of Vijayanagar kings of South India and henceforth filled the Kandyan throne.

    2. KIRTI SRI RAJA SINGHA 1747-1782 AD – Sri Vijaya Raja Singha’s wife’s eldest brother from Madurai. The second of the South Indian line. He was a tender young man when he succeeded his brother-in-law, and it was not until the year 1751 that he ascended the throne as Kirti Sri Raja Singha.

    3. SRI RAJADHI RAJA SINGHA 1782-1798 AD – Brother of Kirthi Sri Raja Singha – Ascended the throne as Sri Rajadhi Raja Singha having come from Madurai, South India while still a child. He was raised as a Kandyan and was a brilliant pupil of the chief prelate of the Malwatte Temple at that time.

    4. SRI VIKRAMA RAJA SINGHA 1798-1815 AD – Son of a sister of King Rajadhi Raja Singha’s Queen Upendramma – (beginning of British Colonial era). Sri Vickrama Raja Singha, who ascended the throne was known as Prince Kannasamy, whose father was Venkata Perumal who died before the child was born. The widow, Subhamma, and her son, Kannasamy, came to Lanka on the invitation of her sister, Queen Upendramma, Queen of King Rajadhi Rajasinghe.
    He was captured by the British and taken prisoner with his Queen Venkata angammal.

    Most of the present day Sinhalese are decedents of the Malayalees from Kerela (Karawa, Durawa and Salagama) who do not have any connection with the Sinhala royals. The govigama caste came into existence only after the 19th century. The Sinhala royal families ceased long before that.

    If you think otherwise, please show us some evidence of any existing Sinhala family with a family history going back to beyond 13th century.

    Do not believe Prof. Nalin de Pissa, he is a very good story teller, he is an expert in inventing stories from thin air, but he cannot prove anything what he says. He knows that there are tens of thousands of gullible among the majority who will believe all what he blabber as gospel truth.

  317. Singhalese is a north indian people with immigration from both East bengal and Iran/afganistan .
    Of os singhalese have much tamil genese, maybe 20-30 % .. BUT singhalese people is VERY DIFFERENT anywhere you go on the island on the look and genetic.

    Example . Negombo Singhalese is “kerale indians” mix with singhalese from villages outside town. These singhalese have totaly different look than Panala and girulla singhalese ” not everyone” but big difference in Hight and boddy.

  318. Tsss. Singhalese is a big mix of north indian races…My forfathers came from Persia , made Kambojas Sangha around Kalutara, Singhalese faces on this island is veery different …. Tamils faces is allways same, like the chinese….

    Read the history,!! Kambojas is a Iranian group of people came to sri lanka for 3000 years AGO!!

  319. The Real sri lanka flag is the Karava flag with sun and moon! learn something !Karava is the singhalese rulers.

    Karava flag on google you will see it.

  320. shankar,

    Don’t twist my words.

    Where in the world did I advocate activities associated with “taking land from Tamils and giving it to Sinhalese” in any way that is illegal, or that disposses current owners unfairly?

    Did I not specify the legal conditions under which land can be acquired: purchase, crown land, and eminent domain for the public good with compensation in full?

    Basically, you are quite comfortable with the same procedures in the South when it comes to Tamil people settling there, but want to deny the same right to Sinhala and Muslim citizens.

    Do you know what that is called?

    Racism, .. pure and simple .. Racism, that was and is at the heart of this whole Eelam project.

  321. All tamils and sinhalese commenting in these blogs had been speaking about peace and reconciliation for a while… but once the channel 4 drama was unearthed, everything took a U-turn and now busy talking war crimes and sinhalisation.

    “Kaariya kerena thuru kaageth rewatilla” or “Andanna hitiya minihata aengillen aenna wage” I’m not sure. But it clearly shows ‘peace and reconciliation’ was not the real motive of some guys.

    DBSJ RESPONDS;

    You are right but I think the process began after the UN advisory panel report and accelerated after Channel 4. I am saddened by this deterioration in attitude and approach by perfectly decent people

  322. Naren:
    You are right but most of the OLA writtings were destroyed by the Portugeuse and later the Catholic Church was tracing those scripts and systematically destroyed them.

    Jaffna Library never had any OLA leafs with any historical importance because I was trying to find some historical datas through those Ola Scripts.

    RAJA PAKSHA was not adopted later and no Rajapakshas during the time of Portugeuse or before!

  323. M.Sivananthan

    Are you serious about rule of law in Sri Lanka as an effective measure to recourse to justice?

    You must be joking.

    When JVP filed a case to legitimise de-merger of North East provincial council it was Sarath de Silva, the chief justice who refused to allow Tamils to defend their case to retain merger of both provinces.

    The rule of law works only in those countries where democratic accountability is part and partial of state structure.

  324. DEAR ALL. WE ARE NOW LIVING IN A MODERN AGE. PEOPLE NOW TALK ABOUT BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. WE NEVER THOUGHT ENGLISH/WHITE PEOPLE WILL WELCOME NON WHITE INTO THEIR OWN COUNTRIES. HOW MANY OF US NOW LIVE IN EUROPE AND ENJOY ALL BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS AS NATIVE WHITE DO. WHEN WE ASIANS PEOPLE LEARN ABOUT THESE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. HOW MANY OF ASIANS/BLACK PEOPLE ARE NOW MARRIED WITH WHITE WOMEN AND HUMANITY IN THE PAST NEVER THOUGHT THAT THIS WILL HAPPENED. YET, WE SRILANKANS DO NOT HAVE WILLINGNESS TO LIVE TOGETHER AND WE ARE DIVIDED BY CASTE, COLOUR,CULTURE. WHEN WE WILL LEARN TO LIVE TOGETHER. WHEN WE WELL LEARN THE GOOD MANNERS FROM OTHERS CULTURE. WE DIVIDES HUMANITY INTO LOW CASTE,MIDDLE CASTE AND UPPER CASTE. TAMIL DO NOT NEED LTTE ANY MORE FOR THEIR DOWNFALL. THIS CASTE SYSTEM ALONE ENOUGH FOR THEM TO MEET THEIR DOWN FALL AT ALL AGES. THIS SYSTEM IS A COURSE FOR TAMILS OVER THE WORLD. THIS IS A BARBARIC PRINCIPLE AND THIS BASED ON SOME STUPID BELIEF SYSTEM AND IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF TAMILS TO REVIEW THIS SYSTEM UNDER EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHT PRINCIPLES. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONS SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS MATTER AND MAKE SOME PROPOSALS TO REVIEW THIS SYSTEM. HOW MUCH SOCIAL PROBLEMS HAS THIS CASTE SYSTEM MIGHT HAVE CREATED AMONG TAMILS. HOW MANY MILLIONS PEOPLE HAVE DISCRIMINATED IN INDIA AND SRILANKA BECAUSE OF THIS SYSTEM. HOW MANY MILLIONS OF WEDDING BROKE DOWN BECUASE OF THIS CASTE SYSTEM. MOREOVER, HOW MANY MILLIONS PEOPLE LOST THEIR BASIC HUMAN DIGNITY BECAUSE OF THIS SYSTEM. AT LEAST SOUTH AFRICAN PEOPLE GOT RID OF THIS TYPE OF DISCRIMINATION AND I HOPE THAT WE TOO WILL GET RID OF THIS SOON.

    COMING BACK TO THE POINT SRILANKA BELONG TO ALL. EVERY ONE SHOULD HAVE BASIC RIGHT TO LIVE ANYWHERE IN SRILANKA AS IN EUROPE. EVERY ONE SHOULD HAVE RIGHT TO PRACTICE THEIR CULTURE, FAITH, RELIGIONS AS THEY LIKE AND SHOULD HAVE ALL CIVIC RIGHTS. IF TAMIL COULD LIVE IN COLOMBO AND UPCOUNTRY WHY SINHALA PEOPLE CAN NOT LIVE IN JAFFNA. IT IS EQUAL RIGHTS. NO LAND IS BELONG TO CERTAIN COMMUNITY. SOUTH IS FOR ALL AS NORTH IS FOR ALL. IF TAMIL WANT TO LIVE IN SOUTH LET THEM COME AND LIVE. AS THEY DO IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN PROVINCES. LET ALL ENJOY ALL BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS IN THIS MODERN WORLD AND NOW WORLD HAS CHANGE AND LET US ALL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THIS CHANGE OF SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

  325. @Shankar

    DBSJ says “More than 300 acres of paddy land owned by Tamils was cultivated by residents in Kokkachchaankulam prior to displacement due to war”. Yes, agreed. But this is after the war in 2009. The SInhalese people, 40,000 in total were systematically driven away by Tamils since 1971 (for evidence, look for Sansoni’s commission report). These lands MAY have been first owned by Sinhalese, before they were driven out by terrorists. DBSJ never says HOW LONG they have been farming in those lands. I’ll put my two cents it to be less than 20 years.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    They have been living there for generations. Thank you but I dont want your 2 cents.You may need it

  326. @Kandeepan: Don’t be ridiculous. This is 1971 I am talking about, and it was in 1976 the separatist movement started. Cheap shots show that you have no answer to my question.

    @M. Sivanthan: Yes mate, not only Sinhalese, neither Muslims have any land in Jaffna today, because LTTE and it’s predecessors carried out a well planned ethnic cleansing of the north.

  327. DBS
    you can publish article like what rajiva wijesinghe wrote “Death Eaters and the Return of the Dark Lords of Terror”. periodically you publish few article like this to cheat the reader to show that you are a balanced reporter.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    However much you may insult me I will not let you mock and ridicule people like Dr. Narendran here. Try elsewhere

  328. M.Sivananthan,

    Thanks for the information. I am aware of the damage done by the Portuguese and the church affiliated to them, but did not know their perversity was this deep.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  329. Dr Mervyn Silva PhD says:
    June 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm
    Please refer to The Evolution of an Ethnic Identity by Prof K Indrapala for information regarding your questions. Ibn Battuta’s travel records are another source of important information on island’s history.
    ———————————-
    Did you read only these two books? Poor guy. I think you have ample time to have more readings.

    samarasekara

  330. However, Tamils may have their own fabrigated “homeland map”, just like the myth about “Vijaya”, Aryan Invasion of the island. and the “the idea of Chosen People” to safe guard Buddhism for 5,000 years. The Sri Lanka as a nation itself is a myth built on perversive logic.Tamils believe in their God King Prabaharan and the Sinhalese believe in their God King Mahinda. So what is the problem?
    ———————————————————–
    I clearly elaborated how the tamil elam map was made with wronged factors, and so called tamil homeland was a myth and based upon the wronged factors. If you have enough time to read it, it is good, but no one pointed out it was wronged rather than putting rubbish.

    You arbitrary called “vijaya” myth and equalized these two myths and asked the question “what wronged with ahving two myths.
    You better re- read about king PANDUKABAYA father of SINHALA NATION.
    samarasekara

  331. Anonymous says:
    June 28, 2011 at 4:29 am
    samarasekara,Srilanka is a myth created in 1972 by Mrs. Bandaranayaka based on another myth mahavamsa wake up man
    —————————————————
    For some extent, I fully agreed upon with you sir.

    In year 1972 so called Srilanka is a myth created by Mrs. Bandaranayaka’s constitution. Actually it was done by late Colwin R de Silva.

    By amalgamating 4 nations (yaksha,raksha,naga,deva) into Vijayas 700 hundred descends(sinha people) comprised SINHALA NATION. Mahawansa and other literature called this island as SEEHALE,SEEHALADEEPA, SERENDIB,SEYLAN . They never called it as LANKA.
    Therefore there was,is and will no srilankan nation.
    but only SINHALA.
    samarasekara

  332. Sir,

    It is true that LTTE was gone.
    But TAMIL EALAM IS NOT GONE IT IS COMING WITH ANOTHER SHAPE.

    samarasekara

  333. Dr.Rajasingham Narendran says:
    June 27, 2011 at 6:23 am
    Samarasekera,

    Did Mr. Malinga Goonaratne succeed ? What we have now is the reality of Welioya and the likes of Janakapura. Incidentally, I was told at that time that Tamil officers were excluded from these meetings of the Mahaweli Authority! Was this right?
    ————————————————–
    Yes. He able to punched he map of ealam with the help of late venerable DIMBULAGALA NAYAKE THERO .

    The tamil officers in MAHAWELI ministry with the help of the tamil politicians in East( deevanayagam and others) encouraged garbed land that is in SOUTH BANK in mahaveli. They brought massive tamils groups from hill country.

    Even it was the government duty to protect those land and distribute them in nation prorate basis JRJ was silent.
    But Herman and Venarable thero make objection by settling people in prorate basis in east bank of Mahaveli bank.
    I fully agreed with you JRJ was against it. He used Paul Perera to abolished these settlers.

    Later Chandrika withdrew security guard of the Thero to make room for assassination this buddhist monk.

    samarasekara

  334. Tissa says:
    June 29, 2011 at 12:47 pmMost of the present day Sinhalese are decedents of the Malayalees from Kerela (Karawa, Durawa and Salagama) who do not have any connection with the Sinhala royals. The govigama caste came into existence only after the 19th century. The Sinhala royal families ceased long before that.

    If you think otherwise, please show us some evidence of any existing Sinhala family with a family history going back to beyond 13th century.

    Do not believe Prof. Nalin de Pissa, he is a very good story teller, he is an expert in inventing stories from thin air, but he cannot prove anything what he says. He knows that there are tens of thousands of gullible among the majority who will believe all what he blabber as gospel truth.
    —————————————————————

    RE- READ THE MAHAWANSA AND KING PANDUKABAYA PERIOD. IF YOU NOT SATISFIED READ CHOOLA WANSAYA.

    SAMARASEKARA.

  335. TRN
    Nope.They are srilankans. Born and bred in srilanka. Now out of reach of the sledge hammer of the GOSL. many sinhalese are not that lucky.However some of the media personnel who escaped abroad may live to fight another day.

  336. I honestly think you are paranoid on this issue.

    There are lots of gaps in the information on this “sinhalisation”.

  337. Ananda -usa

    Basically, you are quite comfortable with the same procedures in the South when it comes to Tamil people settling there, but want to deny the same right to Sinhala and Muslim citizens.
    —————————————–
    Give instances where tamils have done that to sinhalese and muslims.

  338. East Bengal, Afghanistan/Iran?

    But no Sinhala language existed in those countries! How?

    Negombo people are from Thoothukudy Parawas and mix with some Kerala Mukkuwas.

    Go to the land registry and you will see the PURE Tamil names of their lands.

  339. M FERN,

    Please refer the link below. Do u think these people are govt’s preferred community?

    http://print.dailymirror.lk/news/news/48494.html
    Resettlement Minister Gunaratna Weerakoon said the displaced people had been resettled after the land mines had been cleared and confirmation obtained that the area was safe.

    He said the government would provide dry rations for six months until the newly settled people could fend for themselves and added that infrastructure facilities such as electricity, roads and livelihood would be provided by the government.

  340. So this is why the Sl govt is in a haste to settle sinhalese in “abandon” villages in the north.
    Ethnic mixing before EU recognising Eelam.

  341. I am searching for more information on the land laws in Sri Lanka.

    I am interested to find out the lawful procedure when a land or village is named abandon.

  342. @DBSJ: “They have been living there for generations”

    Thanks DBSJ, Then they must be having all the documents with them to prove their ownership, and should be no problems in front of a civil court.

  343. “The earliest references to the tamil settlements are found in the historical records of the sinhalese themselves. When this is so, what is the need for archaeological records to ‘prove’ their presence in the island?”

    isn’t it ironical to use a chronicle which is rejected as racist to prove the homeland claims of peopele who vehemently reject it?</b?

  344. fantastic, this is the only solution to the racist diaspora attempting to create Peezham.
    why can’t sinhalse live in the North? are only racist upper caste tamizhs allowed to live in the North.
    due to the ethnic cleansing of sinhalese and muslims from the North by the racist LTTE sinhalese are scared to live amongst the former terroristic/racist Northerners, therefore the government has to get involved and promote ethnic integration.
    the former sun god’s village should be settled with a 1000 sinhalese and 1000 muslim families.
    the racists in the diasspora, the racists in the TNA and certain racist upper caste tamizhs need to realize that any race (chingalam, mussalman, tamizhs, burgers) can live in any part of the island. there can be no 100% tamizh only racist ghettos in this land.
    the reason the givernment has to get involved in this ethnic integration is that mussalman and chingalams are scared to live amongst the northern tamizhs given the tamizhs history of ethnically cleansing and genociding other races. until this justifiable fear is allayed the government must get involved with this ethnic integration.
    in the past i had a justifiable fear of getting into a bus with tamizhs (because certain diaspora funded and brainwashed tamizhs went KABOOM inside crowded buses). Just imagine the fear thses 160 families feel being surrounded by people who include former terrorists and genocidal racists.
    to counter southern sinhalese racism the diaspora should promote integration of tamizhs to hambantaota. how about it chaps? how about donating some money to build houses in hambantota (you can call it hambantotam if it stisfies your superiority complex).

  345. samarasekara

    As I said I haven’t read your “previous written”, therefore I am unable to comment on what said.

    I raised the question of myth making in both communities should be either accepted or denied.

    The fundamental problem with the Sri Lankan history is that it is onesided and based on majoritarian peception of the island which was created in the last 150 years.

    There was no demographically defined map until the European arrived in the island.

    Tamil and Sinhala speaking people according to historians lived through out the island evolved into two distinct etnicities. However, for various political, economic and cultural reasons the Tamils and Sinhalese tended to concentrate in certain parts of the island.

    The new Tamil identity and claims to the ownership of the land arose because of the Sinhala Buddhist nationalism and counter Tamil nationalism.

    What is wrong with that?

  346. These two books are for the beginners. If you are not one of them please move on. Previously I have quoted several articles and books. Please refer to my previous comments in these forums.

  347. As long as the Sinhala/Buddhist believe that they were the chosen people and deny democracy to the people of the island, the cry for Eelam will continue.

    Indian involvement in Sri Lanka will continue. Hence the scope for Tamil Eelam is Zero. Even the LTTE realised it. The Eelam bogey is good for the dictators but not good for the people. The dictators need those kind of bogeys to have a suffocating hold on the people so that democracy can be denied to the people.

  348. TRN
    You are wasting your time with these tecnicalities of the word ‘abandon’. You think the army has to go and get the courts approval to get it classified as abandoned. Why you are trying to lead us by the nose with these words.Do you think the people on this blog are fools.When they were still in srilanka maybe they were naive ,but now since going out into the world outside they must be quite street smart by now.

    While you are doing the research on the word abandoned, can you also just check whether what junior said was true. I noticed you and he have had a discourse on this and he told you that the people wanted to come back and the grama seveka was told by the army,that to tell them if they come back they will be arrested as tigers.I have no reason to doupht him from the mentality of this government which has followed a certain pattern since post war of arrogance.

    So if you find out that it is true you might not need to continue your research on the word abandoned.DBSJ also ominously mentioned in one comment that the story is not over so don’t waste your time on the word abandoned too much.

  349. TRN

    You may be right,but if so it is quite stupid. It should try to stop eelam from ocurring,not try to put as many sinhalese as possible into the boat.There is no law to stop tamils from getting down more and more tamils from india to populate eelam.The sinhalese also can do so if they wish from orissa or kerala and sinhalize them.

  350. Chintaka (Jubne 29) the bigger problem is the Govt and most of our Sinhala friends are refusing to accept the reality. What sort of people will they be if the go before a Cour and start shouting and insulting the judge purely because the judgement is againt them. It is not the Sinhala nation that is in trial and found guilty but the delinquent regime. Get that deep and right.

    ISS

  351. Tamils will have to spend few more generations to be on par with Sinhalese, north Indians or Europeans in terms qualities coming with the civilization. Indian Tamils or their brethren in Sri Lanka, both exhibits similar behaviors and as a tribe, they are very selfish and protective.
    These thinking patterns doesn’t change overnight with education or migrating in to more civilized masses. but will take few more generations for the change.
    Best way to change some of these behaviors, are to forcefully push things on them, which they would comes to terms in due course.

  352. Gunadasa, I wish that more Sinhala Speaking Sri Lankan people like you would speak up. Dr Rajasingham Narendran’s comments seem to be the most sensible and conciliating in this whole dialogue. Most of the others do not seem to understand plain English and are making vituperative comments, without any idea of Reconciliation. Reconciliation is the only way our Motherland can move forward, by holding one another by the hand and walking forward as Sri Lankans, not Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Hindus, Christians or Buddhists. Without Maithree and Karuna in the hearts of the people no amount of so-called Development Works will take the country forward.

  353. M.Sivananthan says:
    June 27, 2011 at 3:01 am
    Kokkachan Kulam is under the administration of Vavuniya South Tamil Division and
    not under the Sinhala division. Who is this AGA of the Vavuniya South Sinhala Division to “administer” a Tamil village?

    He did all these “ILLEGAL” matters because he is a Sinhala man/woman. How can he do this without the “permission” from his superior, the GA, Vavuniya? Did the Sinhalese GET a home land in Vavuniya?
    ———————————————-

    I think he copied it from Mr,MOORTHY, then AGA in Batticolow in year 1985.
    In this year he allowed SAMBANDAN and DEVANAYAGAM to settled 100,000 hill country tamils in his area.
    If 100,000 odd tamils can illegally occupied in Mahaweli south bank how about 156 families.

    samarasekara

  354. Sinhalese like Tamils and Muslims can live in any part of Sri Lanka but illegally encroaching on lands belonging to displaced Tamils is unjust

  355. M.Sivananthan says:
    June 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm
    Then who was Elara, Sena, Guttika or Velu Sumana or Bhikku Mahanama? Are you telling they are all Sinhalese?

    Those who brought to Colombo by Portugeuse from Malabar, now cry they are SINHALA soorayas.

    Can you show a single person from any Sinhala Royals?
    ——————————————————

    It is so sad to see unchanged minded people like you .

    SINHALA IS IT SELF A MIX NATION. BUT PROTECT WITH ITS OWN QUALITIES
    BY AMALGAMATING WITH YAKSHA,RAKSHA,NAGA,DEVA into SINHA it known as SINHALA.

  356. persian pride

    If what you say is true,and i have no reason to doupht it, then the original descendents of the sinhalese is not vijaya as the mahawamsa claims,but the kambojas as you claim.What a polsambol the sinhalese are and many tamils too would have been added to this polsambol to make it tastier.

  357. TRN
    pinching from srilankans living abroad. Like the GOSL pinching foreign remittances from our housemaids which they are organising for the sex trade,making use of their comely figure and looks,to bring in the petro dollars,unlike india which has banned its women going there.

  358. No frames

    So according to you ,no problem with the Government doing injustices to the tamils ,because they have recourse to the courts. If most sinhalese have your mentality, i am wondering whether the eelamists are correct when they say that living with sinhalese is impossible and own country for the tamils is the solution. In eelam at least they may not have to waste their time and money for 20 years in courts.
    i am aware of a property dispute that is dragging in the courts from 1995 onwards and still no end in site.The case keeps on getting postponed for the most trivial of reasons and when something does happen in court a little bit is only done.It is the lawyers who are untimately the beneficiaries out of all this.

    First try to mature as an adult and stop the government from doing injustices to its people,whithout having this childish mentality.This childish and immature mentality since independence has cost you a lot.If you live with white people who seem to be very mature types,they will laugh at this mentality. That is why they are always reluctant to give our people positions of responsibity,because of our childish natures.

  359. No frames

    I have asked some sinhalese why they refer to themselves as singhalese.They say their parents have always called themselves as such.Sinhalese are a assimiliated race of people and some,probably those whose ancestry can be traced to south india call themselves singhalese.

  360. weerapala

    Are you referring to the riots of 1956,58,77,81,83 as civilization. Throwing infants into boiling tar barrells civilization?What you mean by forcfully push things rape?
    Burning hindu priests civilization.

    When i read history,people may be surprised when i say that the most civilized behaviour in a relative sense i can see is by the muslims.very rarely did they commit atrocities on other people during the last 20 centuries.Now of course they have earned a bad name due madmen like bin laden,but their bevaviour since ancient times has been much more civilized than others.

    Please don’t make a joke of the word civilised,by saying tamils have to become civilised like the sinhalese.Physician heal thyself first.

  361. Chinthaka

    whats your problem mate?When there is a artcle or tweet about war crimes, tamils will discuss it naturally.Do you want them to say don’t investigate these.Is that your concept of reconciliation?Pretty one sided reconciliation isn’t it?

    As an example let us say your 15 year old daughter is raped by your brother?What will you do?can you answer that?will you lodge a police compalaint?Will you hush it up because you don’t want to lose your brother?Tell me what action you will persue in this simple example i have given?

    This is the dilemma that the tamils are facing at the moment.A dilemma that was created entirely by the rajapakshes unnecesarily. If they had not killed these civilians in the last few months of the war,we woudn’t be even discussing these matters now.Surely they are adults and knew the consequences of their actions,just like the brother i showed in the example.

  362. it is true that taking the lands of any people illegally is wrong by any one. it is very wrong when it is done with support of government

  363. The Sinhala Buddist establishment has allowed, in most cases actively encouraged the erosion of accountability and democracy in Sri Lanka.

    The answer is to empower the people, enforcing accountabilty among bureaucracy, armed forces, police and politicians. In essense rebuilding the state is inevitable.

    As long as Tamil and Sinhala speaking people bury their heads in the sand, there is no redemption for them. Both people have to work together to achieve this.

  364. I have no change of mind. British created this language based politics. Why are you Tamils/Sinhalese hang on to it? Our Kings always went to Tamil Nadu or South India for everything.

    Now Sinhalese cry they are Aryans which is also a product of Brits. Bengalese dont say they are ARYANS. Then how the Sinhalese claim they are Arayans?

    Stupidity and superiority complex never bring peace!

  365. Samarasekera,

    Thanks for the reply and providing more details on the issue. I am glad the discussions on this forum are exposing details of our past, which only a few- who are also old now- know. We have been playing political chess with Sri Lanka, unmindful of the fact that it was leading to national ‘hara kiri’. It is time we concede each others concerns and work out a civilized way to co-exist and prosper.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

  366. Dear Anbu Mahathaya Tambi,

    So that even Sinhalese govt. ends up like LTTE.

    No doubt, LTTE indulged in terrorist activites like detonating explosive devices in crowded places, sucide bombings( where for one intended target, many public are killed. There are many ways to kill
    only the person we are targeting, without killing public),kiling scores of tamil leaders,kidnapping children and forcing them be child soldiers, etc.etc etc. But that is why it got banned in many powerful western countries and also by India.( Before the assasination of Rajive Gandhi, no body ,even
    in thier dreams,could imagine that India would ban LTTE, because of the Tamilnadu factor.)

    Without support from the western countries, and Srilanka govt being heavyily suppoerted by China and pakistan and Isreal, there was only one kind of end for LTTE, the end what it faced.

    But if now , Srilanka Govt. starts behaving like the LTTE, have no doubt that ,even Srilanka
    govt. also will end like LTTE. (By this what i mean is , western counries will intervene , like they did Yugoslavia, Sudan, now Libya etc, and give Eelam to the Srilanka tamils on a golden platter.)

    The very creation and sustenance of Israel, is proof of what these (fuckin) western countries are capable of.

  367. TholKaappiyan,

    You don’t have any right to dictate to any body here,what to do or what not do nor I .

    People are free to express, what history they have learnt ( whether it is true or not true is a different matter.),

    The meaning of Srilanka will definatley be interesting to both srilankans and indians alteast(For Indians, since Ramayana mentions Srilanka), the meaning of australia will be interesting as it is a continent, and people from all parts of the world are settling there.

    But for heavens sake,why anybody should b interested in the name of Pasqual, except Pascal himself,his family members etc ?

  368. Dear NT ,

    Your tone, suggesting to read De Silva’s history , as if it is the gospel truth, has made me not read it.

    Pl. read my comments again, ( I said without bias)

  369. Naseeff, Sri Lanka belongs to all, looks good in writing, but this is a guise for ‘enoforced changing of demogrpahics’, which only means ‘ethnic cleansing’ by other words.

  370. … anyone can live any where. But you are not supposed to evict someone to settle another. This is human rights violation. This has been happening in the MR regime. How could you tolerate this kind of treatment? Tamils were not treated, will not be treated in the right way, and for this reason the International committee should see that the Tamils get their State so that the Sinhala Government will not have a chance to poke their fingers into the Tamils

  371. OK I took your advice.
    But how can I trust an unknown junior’s claim?

    Any one can claim anything in a blog I will not jump in to conclusions.

  372. Junior,
    I am copying from the link u have given. The article was written in January 2010. For your information I did read this article then.

    Your reference to this ‘abandon’ village in this link is only the para I have copied below.

    Is this the same village DBSJ referring as ‘abandon’ in this article?

    06/01/2010 11:01
    SRI LANKA
    Vanni, northern Sri Lanka, where war has never ended
    by Melani Manel Perera

    We were told by the Divisional Secretary that we can go back to our lands. So we came from the camps. But when we came and started to clean up the land, the land we have been living for more than 25 years, the Army came and told us to go away. When we asked why, they told us that they are going to take our land for a Army Camp” one villager told us. Later, we were shown their lands, in nearby Sannar, where notices were pinned to trees saying “This land is reserved for Army”

  373. Dr Mervyn Silva PhD says:
    July 1, 2011 at 4:43 am
    As long as the Sinhala/Buddhist believe that they were the chosen people and deny democracy to the people of the island, the cry for Eelam will continue.
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    May I correct you Sir,
    Sinhalese are not chosen people. Chosen people appeared in Bible.
    Lord Buddha was a great production of SHAKYA. Sinhalees are blod relation of Shakya.

    I think either you may not known or purposely misleading the facts.
    If you don’t know there are enough literature pertaining to the context.
    If you are purposely misleading the facts
    what can I do except render my compassion for the PHD title.

    samarasekara

  374. Dr.Rajasingham narendran says:
    July 2, 2011 at 6:05 am
    Samarasekera,
    We have been playing political chess with Sri Lanka, unmindful of the fact that it was leading to national ‘hara kiri’. It is time we concede each others concerns and work out a civilized way to co-exist and prosper.
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    Thank you very much,
    We will continuing our discussion. My intention is not to blame any one,but to reveal the real thing. The discussion would be leads to real reconciliation.

    samarasekara.

  375. All you bloggers are pathetic. Surely, there is more to life than arguing over who came first, from where and who’s home land etc? In case you bloggers did not realise, this happened centuries ago and now it 2011! Let’s be positive and discuss how we can build communal bridges, develop the country for all, get rid of corruption and bring back the rule of law and respect for one another! Come on, get a life, do something more productive or better still promote peace and understanding rather than this silly racially motivated juvenile arguments. It is time for the small minded Lankans (Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims)to grow up and broaden your horizons. Once we develop economically all these arguments will disappear as people will be too busy enjoying the fruits of development. Come up with constructive ideas on how SL can be developed. While the rest of the world is developing and advancing to live sophisticated lives, Lankans are busy fighting each other about things that happened centuries ago!! Get a life Lankans! Ok, each one, 3 good ideas on how to improve SL whilst respecting all the different groups in the country

  376. DEAR EX-LANKAN. I AGREE WITH YOU. YOU ARE RIGHT IN YOUR SAYING. NO POINT IN DISCUSSING WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST AND GIVE PREFERENCE TO WHAT WE SHOULD TO DEVELOP THE COUNTRY. YES RESPECT ALL AND LET PEACE PREVAIL

  377. It is typical how truthful you are in youer comment. This has been the main cause for the 6-decade long conflict which braught LTTE into existence. You have just justified the LTTE. You guys will never learn. None of us are against anyone whose whishes to live wherever they want but totally against the systematic colonisation to destroy our culture and the traditional homeland. We will wait and see if there is a god there would be definitely a pay back and I am sure it will be a severe one. Therefore, most influential community of yours should start changing your attitude and change the country for the better.

  378. Samarasekara says:

    “Lord Buddha was a great production of SHAKYA. Sinhalees are blod relation of Shakya.”

    You should be able to differentiate facts from myths. The Sinhala and Tamil speaking people cannot see the difference between the two as they are so primitive, even the primitive people envy them for being so removed from truth.

    I am not so sure whether you are aware of DNA analysis in modern medical world. Rather than dwelling in myths why don’t the Sinhala myth makers subject themselves to a scientifically tested genetic analysis which may confirm or reject your claim?

  379. Dr Mervyn Silva PhD says:
    July 6, 2011 at 2:30 am

    am not so sure whether you are aware of DNA analysis in modern medical world. Rather than dwelling in myths why don’t the Sinhala myth makers subject themselves to a scientifically tested genetic analysis which may confirm or reject your claim?
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    Sir
    SCIENTIFICALLY TESTING, is another form of myth. Could you give me dozen of electronic?
    If you have free time it is good to examining the arsenic problem in insecticide in sri lanka. Better to visit kalaya.org , Then reply me.

    samarasekara

  380. [So according to you ,no problem with the Government doing injustices to the tamils] – There is a problem IF GOSL has taken Tamil people’s land by force. But there is a big IF whether they were owned by Tamils in first place. If they have enough evidence (according to DBSJ some generations have lived there), they can prove it in courts. The process is so straight forward.

    [If most sinhalese have your mentality, i am wondering whether the eelamists are correct when they say that living with sinhalese is impossible and own country for the tamils is the solution. In eelam at least they may not have to waste their time and money for 20 years in courts.] Most Tamils have this mentality that N & E should be only be their home land, no Sinhalese or muslim can settle there. That’s why Tamils never came forward to safeguard Muslims in 1990 ethnic cleansing program, while in 1983 black july, many Sinhalese put their lives at stake to protect Tamils. Probably Sinhalese chauvinists are right that Tamils can never co-exist with another race.

    First try stopping biased as pro-Tamil. There were 40,000 Sinhalese and 100,000 muslims that were driven away by your Thalaivar and his predecessors. these people SHOULD have their properties back. these properties were grabbed by non other than Tamils. They have to give away what rightfully owned by other people. Now please applying your grwing up comment to your self. numbers don’t lie, but biased individuals do.

  381. No frames

    the sinhalese were not driven away by VP.They were evacuated out of jaffna by JR as a precautionary move because he was afraid that there could be retaliation against them due to the 1983 riots.

    As for the muslims that was a terrible thing that VP did.This was one of the many dirty things he did in his life and i have no sympathy at all for what happenned to him.however he was not the leader of the tamils. he wrested power through the barrell of a gun. So what was the armed forces doing at that time?Their job was to finish him off and resettle the muslims. Why did they not do that at that time,but did it 20 years later at tremendous cost to themselves?So lay the blame squarely on the government and the armed forces,without trying to blame the tamil people.

    As for your contention that if the tamils in vavuniya have deeds and they just go and show it in courts and hey presto they can go back to their homes in double quick time,you must be quite immature.When you are up against the government such as this and the armed forces and a politically influenced judiciary you are wasting your time. Take the case of tissanayagam.20 years hard labour for writing an article criticising the govt for not supplying food to civilians in the war zone.Then out in double quick time when obama personally took an interest in his case.that is the kind of judiciary we have now.The only way to get any justice is through foreign pressure.The last bastion the judiciary also crumbled and politicised after the armed forces capitulated after imprisonment of fonseka.

  382. no frames

    Probably Sinhalese chauvinists are right that Tamils can never co-exist with another race
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    go and see in other countries whether they are co existing or not.India,malaysia,southafrica, singapore,Uk,US,Germany,canada,switzerland,australia etc.
    Why only they have problems in srilanka with sinhalese. You yourself have the answer.There are too many sinhalese chauvinists.usually chauvinists are a minority in a community ,but in yours it seems they are a majority.Possibly this can be traced to your roots from orissa where you were chased out by your own community as vagabonds and rascals who could not be tolerated by the king any more banishing his own son and his friends into exile. I have not come across such a incident anywhere in history where a father has done such a thing to a son.Also in sinhalese history kasyappa buried his own father alive. i have not come across such horrible act by a son anywhere else. Your history is also full of brothers killing each other for the throne and queens poisoning the kings. So before blaming tamils as unable to coexist with others why don’t you take a good hard look at yourself and ask the question whether sinhalese can coexist with fellow sinhalese. Open the daily newspaper and have a read every day and your question will be answered.

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