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I wrote last week in these columns about how the meeting between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Tamil National Alliance(TNA) leader and Trincomalee district MP Rajavarothayam Sampanthan at “Temple Trees” aimed at breaking the deadlock in Govt-TNA talks ended inconclusively and abruptly.

The impasse continues still! [Click here to read in full: on dbsjeyaraj.com: TNA leader R. Sampanthan interviewed by Namanin Wijedasa]

Senior Journalist Namini Wijedasa interviewed the veteran Tamil leder for the English weekly “Lakbima News” where Mr. Sampanthan explained what had occurred with the President. He also spoke about current issues and about the TNA position on those matters in the interview

I am reproducing the interview in full on my blog with due acknowledgement to “Lakbima News” and Namini Wijedasa.

Here it is Friends-DBS Jeyaraj

TNA LEADER R.SAMPANTHAN INTERVIEWED BY NAMINI WIJEDASA

Talks between the Tamil National Alliance and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party on a possible power-sharing arrangement are deadlocked again. TNA parliamentarian R. Sampanthan said in an interview that he hoped the international community would “do the right thing” at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva where Sri Lanka will face a resolution next week. Excerpts from the interview:

What happened at your meeting with the president this week?

At the invitation of the president, I met him at Temple Trees. It was not a one-to-one meeting. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and president’s secretary, Lalith Weeratunga, were there. I was the only one who went on behalf of the TNA. Talks commenced about the present state of the bilateral talks and the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC). The president expressed a desire to have our names for the PSC. I told him this was a matter on which we had come to an understanding earlier, when I met him on September 2.

Our bilateral talks had ceased on August 4 since the government did not come up with a response to our proposals (on power-sharing) despite seven meetings and five months having gone by. In September we agreed that the bilateral talks would continue and that consensus arrived at these talks on some of the more important issues could be taken before the PSC as a joint or government position. When the bilateral talks recommenced on September 16, this understanding was confirmed and recorded in the minutes. Our position has always been that bilateral talks must continue and that there must be a measure of consensus which must be taken before the PSC.

Why can’t you reach consensus in the PSC?

We have talked for one year with the SLFP, the main party in government. If we cannot arrive at a consensus with them on some of the more important issues, I don’t think the PSC, which will have several hardliners from the government on it, is going to be able to deliver anything.

Are you saying the JHU could cobble everything?

I’m not saying anyone can dictate, but if the SLFP, which is the main constituent party in the government and makes up 95 percent of the government, is unable to arrive at a consensus with the TNA at least on some of the most important issues, I see a total lack of good faith. In any case, this is an agreement that was arrived at between the TNA and the president. The abrogation and violation of agreements has been the cause of all this trouble. Why should I not have the benefit of an agreement that the president arrived at with me in order to have the bilateral talks recommenced?

Are you totally unwilling to nominate members to the PSC?

I can’t handle this through the media. I have explained my position to the president and told him that he must stand by his commitment.

What was his response?

He looked at me and looked at the others and then we wound up the talks.

Will this deadlock last until either the president or the TNA backs down?

I’m not saying we should back down but it’s unfair for them, particularly when (UN Human Rights Council) sessions are coming up in Geneva towards the end of the month, to call upon me to give names for the PSC. It is in violation of the specific commitment, not only made to me but recorded and confirmed at the next meeting of the bilateral talks

Was this a stunt the president pulled to have something to show in Geneva?

I don’t know. I don’t want to go into an analysis but I’m just telling you what happened. We remain committed to a dialogue. As far as the TNA is concerned we have told our people very clearly that we are committed to a dialogue which will bring about a reasonable, workable and durable political solution within the framework of a united, undivided country. I’m committed to this position and (I told him) you will not have many people like me around, if you do not use this opportunity. He seemed to agree with me. It’s up to him to do what he needs to do

Sri Lanka is facing a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva . What do you hope the international community will do in response?

I hope they will do the right thing.

The government maintains that the resolution is a Western conspiracy against the country. Do you agree?

I don’t see it that way for the simple reason that in this country nothing is ever done in a straightforward or candid way. What happened to the report of the All Party Representatives Committee which Tissa Vitarana is supposed to have submitted to the president? Why was the report of the Udalagama Commission not finished? Who terminated it, who scuttled it and why? The international community knows the position. We know all about this. There is a need for a degree of involvement by an independent impartial body to ensure that what happened in the last stages of the war is not repeated in Sri Lanka , that we don’t have a recurrence of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws.

You are referring to a unique situation that arose at the end of a 30-year conflict. Why would it recur?

Violence had been unleashed against the Tamils not only in the war. Other than violence by the LTTE, Tamil civilians in this country have been victims of racial violence in 1956,1958,1961, 1977, 1981, 1983 and regularly thereafter. All these bouts of violence took place because the Tamil people demanded their rights. If the Tamil people continue to demand these rights – and they will continue to demand their rights, I will continue to demand my rights -these things have to be brought to an end in an honourable way. That’s the recommendation of the LLRC (Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission), that the ethnic problem must be solved honourably.

So you want continued international pressure?

In my submission, the government is incapable of delivering on its own and the government will never deliver on its own. Mahinda Samarasinghe, when he addressed the HRC in May 2009, claimed that through a political process there will be a political solution. He made that claim three years ago. Where is the political solution?

The government says it has a strategy for Geneva . As a responsible government, do you think it should pay more attention to strategy or to what the HRC is saying?

They should realise that the LLRC is their own commission, appointed by the government, a commission that the government held out as being one from which answers would be forthcoming to all the allegations made against the government. They stated that the LLRC report would be a response to the report of panel of experts appointed by the UN secretary general. There is now no certainty that the government is committed to even implementing these recommendations. People in the government talk in different voices. Even Mahinda Samarasinghe has said not all these recommendations will be implemented

What does that tell you?

It means that they will not implement the LLRC recommendations. After some time they will forget about it and nothing will happen. It was made public only because there was international pressure for it to be made public. Otherwise, like the Tissa Vitarana report and the Udalagama Commission report, it would never have been made public

You want sustained international pressure?

Of course, yes, that is the only way it can be implemented. When a government has defaulted for such a long period of time and caused immense suffering to all its people, not merely Tamils… we are not demanding foreign interference by foreign governments or international community in affairs of our country. But in certain situations you must work in such a way as to benefit all the people.

Are you now endorsing the LLRC report?

We rejected the report on the question of accountability and said the report does not measure up to the expectations of victims but we certainly welcome recommendations on a whole lot of other matters. We further stated that it’s not recommendations of the LLRC in a report that matters. What matters is that recommendations of the LLRC must be implemented and must become reality.

Do you think that if the government implements the LLRC recommendations, it will get breathing space on accountability issues?

I don’t want to advise the government. The government must demonstrate its honesty and its commitment to accepting and implementing straightforward the recommendations of its own commission.

But will they get some respite from calls for accountability if they implement other recommendations, such as on reconciliation?

Certainly if the government demonstrates its commitment to be honest and implement the recommendations of the LLRC, it will be able to claim credit for that and it may influence thinking on other issues.

When you met visiting US officials recently, did you urge them to proceed with their resolution against Sri Lanka at the HRC?
I don’t want to be seen as being against Sri Lanka because I’m not against Sri Lanka . I don’t want to be seen as being against the Sinhala people because I am not against the Sinhala people. But to enable my people to live in justice and equality, I must do what I have to do.

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31 Comments

  1. Mr. Sambandan is giving very balanced answers. He also play to the majority people their tune.

    If he address the majority and speak to them directly and honestly of their intentions without going behind India & the diaspora he will eventually win his people’s rights.

    Learn From the good old Thondaman senior.

    I like the way he puts it ‘ I don’t want to be seen as being against Sri Lanka because I’m not against Sri Lanka . I don’t want to be seen as being against the Sinhala people because I am not against the Sinhala people. But to enable my people to live in justice and equality, I must do what I have to do. ‘

    I earnestly hope GoSL will be committed to implementing LLRC recommendations. At least initiate in few at this point. This will ease the tension of this tug-o-war.

    Like the Tamils in SL were bullied because they were numerically less, SL will be bullied by the big bullies of the world. Not because they (USA, UK, Canada, India..) like the SL Tamils, but becuase they have a strategic geopolitical interest in this tiny Indian ocean nation.

    If the Tamil politicians can play the card game with shrewd strategies they will live in peace. If they meddle with geopolitics of the region they will end up in a mess.

  2. Mr Sampanthan,

    You have already rejected the 13th amendment. So where isn the starting point.Do you want federalism. This will be in your dreams , even India won’t like this. Besides you still hold on to a ficticious homeland concept. if the GOSL accepts this they will be heading home soon

  3. Very good interview.
    This clearly shows the maturity in clean politics, experience and high quality culture and education in our highly respected, Honourable MP Mr. Sampanthan. Please refer the following of Honourable Sampanthan;
    I’m committed to this position and (I told him) you will not have many people like me around, if you do not use this opportunity.
    I totally agree to the above statement.
    May GOD bless him for long healthier life to serve our nation,
    Regards.
    M S Sampanthan

  4. What a great man this Sampanthan Aiyah is. and to think an uneducated mutt like Tamilselvan was controlling Sampanthan in the past

  5. It is a good decision not going to Geneva because while Vimal Weerawansa is gettinging ready to create tension they shouldn’t do it. Sureh Premachandran who is in Tamilnadu seemed displeased by their decision probably he is afraid of Nediyavan faction might use it to turn the people against TNA.
    They also must stop going to Delhi if there is any call from Delhi. There is no reason to trust is India anymore after they worked against the Tamils in the UN after they muster the majority of the countries to sabotage the effort taken by the western countries to help the Tamils. If they are inviting the TNA to Delhi means they are going to use the visit to sabotage the efforts taken by the international countries. We must always remember that they want to use the Tamils to achieve their goals only. No matter how small we win our rights but we shouldn’t give the chance anymore to the Hindians to use us.

  6. Bravo Sambanthan! Keep to your guns. They will not dare send the white van for you as they very well know the outcome and outrage they will have to face if they do so.

  7. “We have talked for one year with the SLFP, the main party in government. If we cannot arrive at a consensus with them on some of the more important issues, I don’t think the PSC, which will have several hardliners from the government on it, is going to be able to deliver anything.”

    “Violence had been unleashed against the Tamils not only in the war. Other than violence by the LTTE, Tamil civilians in this country have been victims of racial violence in 1956,1958,1961, 1977, 1981, 1983 and regularly thereafter. All these bouts of violence took place because the Tamil people demanded their rights. If the Tamil people continue to demand these rights – and they will continue to demand their rights, I will continue to demand my rights -these things have to be brought to an end in an honourable way.”

    “I don’t want to be seen as being against Sri Lanka because I’m not against Sri Lanka . I don’t want to be seen as being against the Sinhala people because I am not against the Sinhala people. But to enable my people to live in justice and equality, I must do what I have to do.”

    Beautiful and straight forward answers from a responsible politician. Mr. Sampanthan and team, very tough task ahead of you and I hope you will do it!

  8. Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are sensible and pragmatic but the irresponsible joker Suresh Premachandran will ruin the TNA

  9. Now most will come to terms why majority Tamils in NE of SL decided to go with TNA, and wanting to rally behind sensible and clever R. Sampanthan ayya. Very well said, timely spoken piece, and carefully chosen words. I pray for your well being, at the same time truly hoping your good/honest relationship with MR will bring about an ever lasting peace to Sri Lanka.
    DBSJ, thanks for this post. Please continue your bridge construction.

  10. Dear DBSJ

    I have begged and begged you but you are not interviewing the living God honorable Douglas Devananda. I dont know why

    But now I am begging you to ask your friend Namini Wijedasa to go and interview the god of my heart honorable Douglas Devananda

    Wil you do that please?I beg of you please get Namini madam to do it.Please,please

    It will be 1000 times better than interviewing old man Sampanthan

  11. A good interview. Wonder how many people of the majority community reads the content.

    Btw, why the hell don’t we allow our Tamil speaking brothers and sisters to live in peace.

  12. Ravi Perera says:

    “.Do you want federalism. This will be in your dreams , even India won’t like this.”

    How do you know? Do you have back channel to Hindians? If so could you do me a favour?

    Could you ask the Hindians when would they stop killing my cousins in various parts of India?

    Why would not India like Federalism in Sri Lanka? Have the Hindians told this was their final, final, final, final very final decision?

    You say:

    “Besides you still hold on to a ficticious homeland concept.”

    I hesitantly agree with you.

    However Sinhala/Buddhists too have similar illusions and they too hold on to a fictitious “origin myth”.

    So what shall we do about it?

    If you believe in Indian might deciding the fate of my ancestral land, it could work either way.

    Only solution Ravi Perera is for you to go back to your mother country Sinhapura in Lala land. When you go don’t forget to take your Tamil brethren with you.

    When are you planning to leave? Take your own time. My people are not in a hurry to evict you as we have tolerated you for 2,500 years. why not another 2 or 3 years? Hindians would be happy to see their long lost relatives.

    In the mean time I would urge you to learn Hindi which might be useful when you migrate to India or when Hndians annex Sri Lanka as another state of India.

    Either way you need to learn Hindi to survive in that part of greater India. How soon can you learn since Hindians are coming.

  13. Excellent interview! This man Sampanthan seems to be a true democrat fighting for his voters, which is only fair. Also good to hear there are politicians in Sri Lanka who have principles and a moral which is not to be bought. Wish we would have more of men and politicians like this. Even if one does not agreed with each and everything he thinks, he seems to be absolutly straight foreward and thus reliabale and trustworthy.
    Pls, DBS, more of this!

  14. The security concerns of the Tamils in Sri Lanka are real, considering the recurring racial violence against them. It is difficult for the Tamils to trust the government of Sri Lanka due to several pacts and promises, unilaterally and callously abrogated. How do you trust an impetuous leader who overnight abandon’s the singing of the national anthem in Tamil because he was snubbed?

    The Tamil people of Sri Lanka are here to stay like all other of its citizens. They love the motherland as anybody else. They will also be persistent in continuing to demand their legitimate rights whatever it takes. They will demand the right to be secure in the country that is their motherland. They will demand their right to their identity as their Sinhalese brethren. Our global presence is not our making that does not mean we are here to abandon our rights in our motherland.

    They will demand good governance, with an independent judiciary, a free media and transparency of governance an essential prerequisite for the nations prosperity. Sri Lanka is in global glare-it is our making.

    Dr. N. Satchi UK

  15. Native Vedda,

    :However Sinhala/Buddhists too have similar illusions and they too hold on to a fictitious “origin myth”.

    Sri Lanka is the country that gave birth to the sinhala civilisation. Yes, Vijya came from Kalinga but the sinhala people are more closer to the Helas than the Kalingas. The evolution from Heal(naga, Yaksh Deva) started with Vijaya who was a Kalinga but sri Lnaka / SinhalaDveepa is the land of the sinhala people. It is now the land of the Illankai Thamils, Muslims and also Burgers. No body should go anywhere this is the homeland of the Sri lankans

  16. “We rejected the report on the question of accountability and said the report does not measure up to the expectations of victims but we certainly welcome recommendations on a whole lot of other matters. We further stated that it’s not recommendations of the LLRC in a report that matters. What matters is that recommendations of the LLRC must be implemented and must become reality.”

    He accepts part of the report that is favourable to his side and reject the report.So the other party namley the government who initiated LLRC must also have the same right. That way nobody goes anywhere and Honourable Sampanthan will continue to be an important person where no settlement to the issues can be found.
    How can the expectations of victims get priority over other issues?
    And the interviewer does’nt ask anything about their stament rejecting the report. How very convenient!

  17. Ravi Perera says:

    “Sri Lanka is the country that gave birth to the sinhala civilisation”

    So what? What is this Sinhala civilisation? I never managed to grasp this stupid idea of sinhala civilisation. Eating bath (rice) is not an unique Sinhala attribute. Rest of the people of the island are also eating bath. We had a thriving agriculture sector well before the criminal Vijaya arived (aboard a Kallathony) in the island therefore Sinhalese didn’t teach us how to produce rice and eat it.

    You say:

    “Vijya came from Kalinga but the sinhala people are more closer to the Helas than the Kalingas”

    If that is the case why have you allowed the education department to lie through their school history text book for many years about your origin. It is your confused identity that has brought so much destruction to my ancestral land. Are you Vijaya’s descendant or Hela the unknown? Make up your mind and amend all the history text books where necessary before you sit down in front of your computer to give us your perverted history lessons motivated by your confused identity crisis, similar to a teenager.

    You say:

    “The evolution from Heal(naga, Yaksh Deva) started with Vijaya who was a Kalinga but sri Lnaka / SinhalaDveepa is the land of the sinhala people.”

    So the Naga and Yakka were somewhat non human/inhuman until Kallthony Vijaya’s arrival. He came, he saw and he concurred the land and waved his magic wand the Nagas and Yakkas quickly evolved into Vijaya clan. Fantastic fairy tale, good for the nursery children.

    The other Kallathonies were living only twenty miles away from the island who did not know how to sail, navigate and reach the island nor did they have any form of contact with the ancient islanders. So the Tamils next door were stupid then, stupid now and will be stupid in the future.

    Vijaya must have had either magic wand or magnificent private part to populate the entire island with exclusive Sinhalese people. They were neither Bengali nor Yakka but Sinhalese. Amazing abilities only the Stupid Sinhalese posses.

    When did the island become SinhalaDveepa and belong to the Sinhala people? Where is the deed? Was this deed written by Vijaya’s magic wand? Many Southern Sinhalese are closely related to Ibn Batuta, Vasco da Gama, Robert Knox, Portuguese Lourenço de Almeida, …. etc than with indigenous people. The rest of the Sinhalese are closely related to South Indians than the native people.

    You have a choice, when you leave Sri Lanka, you can go back to Sinhapura, Tamilnadu, Morocco or Western Europe whereas my people have just one island which once belonged to my ancestors. I suspect you are closely related to Prabaharan as you have an imagined community just as the VP did.

    You say:

    “It is now the land of the Illankai Thamils, Muslims and also Burgers.”

    The land belonged to my ancestors. Sinhalese, Thamils, Muslims and Burgers are living in my island as leaseholders and not as freeholders. We will remain the historical freeholders of the island.

    You have no basis to claim ownership of the land as your forefathers originated from far away places like, Lala land, Chera, Chola, Pandya kingdoms, Holland, Portugal, UK, Moroco,……….

    Sooner you work out your identity the better for all of you.

  18. Our leader Rt.Hon.R Sampanthan took the opportunity to expalain the reason for the current impasse directly to the
    Sinhalese people. His arguments and facts are straight-forward. Very honest, dedicated and courageous leader. I pray
    the lord to give him long life so that at least during his leadership there will be dawn for Tamils.

    Kanian

  19. Native vedda,

    If you are vedda as you say I accept you veddas have more ownership than the sinhales or the helas.I don’t think you are a vedda you are a tamil pretending to be a vedda to deflect sinhala ownership.

    The text books do say the beginning of the sinhala is through Vijaya. Does not it also say that over a period of time wave after wwave of Kalingas mingled with the Helas to form the sinhala race. Not only North Indians over a period of time South indians, also played a part in the evolution of the sinhala race. The fact that he tamils and the sinhala have 55% common DNA is testimony to the fact. Man today Illankai thamils are claiming NorthEast as their traditional homeland.This is no different to the sinhala bddhist argument that the country belongs only to the sinhala people.

    Sri Lanka gave birth to the sinhala civilisation but the tamil people have lived in this country for centuries, part of the country over a period of time has become tamil but not the entire northeast. Today this country belongs to all the sinhalas, Tamils, Muslims & the burgers. Yes, the Veddas are the rel owners they have more belonging than the Helas or the Sinhalas.

  20. Ravi Perera says:

    The Sinhalese and Sinhala/Buddhist have identity crisis. So have the Tamils and Muslims.

    There is no evidence that there were waves of migration from Kalinga. Even if it is true then my claim to regain the control and ownership of the island become urgent. Therefore it is imperative you leave the island with your brothers. We have had enough destruction with your ever increasing greed.

    You say:

    “The fact that he tamils and the sinhala have 55% common DNA is testimony to the fact”

    You haven’t read the research on Sri Lankan genetics. It is more than 55%.
    If that is true then the question is where does the Sinhala civilisation come into race relation discussion? Simply you are genetically related to Tamils. The prove is that both are self destructive stupid people.

    The Sinhala civilisation is manufactured identity. So is the Tamil identity.

    Just like your people Tamils cannot make up their mind. They have made various claims that they are the descendants of Sumerians, Lemurians, Mohanjadarians, Harappans, Dravidians……………..etc. Sinhalese claim to be the descendants of Sinhapurians, Ravanas, Hela, Tamils, Ayrans, Buddha’s relatives the Sakyas…….

    The Sinhalese and Tamils must make up their mind regarding their identity before they set out to find a formula to live peacefully with dignity.

    However in the mean time I can tell you the land will belong to none of you.

    You haven’t responded to the issues I raised in my previous comment.

    What is Sinhala civilisation?

    Who are those Hela people and please supply evidence?

    What is the evidence that Hela or the Hells evolved into the present day stupid Sinhalese.

    Even if I accept that Sinhalese were Hela people in their previous birth how did the Hela people managed to become the racist Sinhala/Buddhists.

    You have been reading too much fictions manufactured by Kamalika and Nalin. Am I right?

    Let me see some evidence.

    Manufacturing history partly led to second world war. How that is true in your case.

  21. Native Vedda,

    “What is Sinhala civilisation?”

    What is Japanese civilisation, what is anglo saxon civilisatio you can go on and on. I can only tell wha i have learnt through reading (Not Mahavansa). Today we hve a group of people called the sinhalaese. How did they come into being . Fell from the sky. No had to evolve out of something. When Vijaya arrived there were three tribes called Naga, Deva & Yaksh who were refere to as Helas. Over a period of time there had been migrants from various parts of North & Souh India. So isn’t it logical to think the sinhala people as racxe evolved from a mixing of the Helas, Veddas & the migrants from India. If you do not agree OI would ask you how you think the sinhalese community came into being.
    The fact that sinhala and tamil people have 55% common DNa also confirms the fact that the sinhala people are the mix of original Helas(Who were dravidians) and the migrants from North India. If you take most south Induan races their DNA will match closel;y since they are all Dravidians.

    My personal belief is this country belong to all the sinhalese, Tamls, Muslims & Burgers etc. At the same time there is no room for traqditionbal tamil homeland as well. Hope I xplainjed well, look forward to your answers

  22. The Mahavamsa says that a lion mated with a princess and the two offspring born – Sihabahu & Sihaseevali – married each other and had children, eldest of whom was Vijaya.
    Sihabahu is said to hve killed his father – the lion.
    All this is genetically impossible.
    All this is quoted by gullible idiots in this scientific era.

  23. Daniel,

    Vijaya came from present day Orissa. His name was Bjay singhe. We call itVijaya which is a strict sinhalisation of the word Bjay.

  24. Ravi Perera says:

    I asked you:
    “What is Sinhala civilisation?”

    You haven’t answered my question which is fundamental to being a people. The reason is you do not know who these Sinhalese are yet you want to deny rights to non Sinhalese whom you think are outside the Sinhala civilisation and should not have the same rights power and stake in the governance of the state.

    This has been the problem for the Sinhala/Buddhists ever since Anagarika Dharmapala claimed Sinhalese to be Aryans and Buddhists. What a stupid claim?

    You say:

    ” Today we hve a group of people called the sinhalaese”

    Today some claims to be Sinhalese but they cannot define what Sinhala civilisation is really about. Is it “Kill the Vedda, Rob the Buddha and Blame the Sudda” or “Sunday sil Monday kill” civilisation?

    The right wing nationalist sinhala/Buddhist bigots always claimed they would defend Sinhala people while they don’t really know whom they are defending and from whom.

    There were no material evidence to prove Vijaya ever set foot in the island. Yet you want me to believe your myth as fact. The Sinhapurian never spoke Sinhalese. I haven’t seen any evidence of Hela people ever lived in the island. You have identity crisis.
    If you believe in Vijaya myth then definitely you are a Kallayhony who should be deported to Sinhapur. If you are people of Hela then please remove all Vijaya stories from school text books.

    You cannot have the cake and eat it.

    You say:

    “When Vijaya arrived there were three tribes called Naga, Deva & Yaksh who were refere to as Helas. ”

    Could I have sight of your reference.

    Vijaya came, saw and concurred the three tribes namely Naga, Deva & Yaksh who were also Hela people. So the Hela people were awaiting for Vijaya to turn up at an evening party and convert them into Sinhalese. If you sold this story to public you could sell fridge to Eskimos.

    You say:

    “If you do not agree OI would ask you how you think the sinhalese community came into being”.

    It is for you to explain to me not the other way around.

    Tamils also share 18% of Bengali gene just like their Sinhala brethren. It does not mean they share your Vijaya and his bestiality, parricide tendency and incest practicing family.

    We will continue this discussion later.

  25. Dear Native Vedda,

    When you say I am unable to answer what sinhala civilisationis, can I ask you if you can ask what Tamil civilisation is.

    The reason i said thatthe sri lanka gave birth to sinhala civilisation is to counter the tamiul argument that Noth East is the traditional tamil homeland. As you quite rightly said people in sinhapura never spoke sinhala. (I do not know what you mean by sinhapura, i believe you are refering to present day Orissa by the way). Sinhala is a language developed in Sri Lanka with a mix of the original tribes and wave after wave of indian migrants. I whole heartedly agree tha the idea of sinhalese bein Aryans is stupid. Sinhala people are a mix of aryans (Migrants from Oriss/Bengal) and the Dravidians (The Helas or the orginla tribes in Sri Lanka). But the fact is the tamils in S L have lived for centuries and centuries.

    Under a power sharing scheme they should vbe entitled to rule the North (Tamils ruled north for 300 of the 2500 yr history). Never the EAST.

    You say
    ““When Vijaya arrived there were three tribes called Naga, Deva & Yaksh who were refere to as Helas. ”

    Could I have sight of your reference.

    Vijaya came, saw and concurred the three tribes namely Naga, Deva & Yaksh who were also Hela people. So the Hela people were awaiting for Vijaya to turn up at an evening party and convert them into Sinhalese. If you sold this story to public you could sell fridge to Eskimos”

    I think I have answered your question in another way, now if you don;t understand that I do not know what to do.

    Look forward to your comments vedda

  26. Ravi Perera says:

    I may be bit thick but I am wise enough to know that I am indeed bit thick.

    The Sinhala/Buddhist have several problems. You are one of them among the 19 million or so. A myth which was floated by Mahanama still reverberate and causes immense destruction to all people of Sri Lanka.

    There were no such races as Aryan or Dravidian until Max Muller came up this stupid idea to justify Western Colonialism. Sinhala/Buddhists bought this imagined self destructive concept to justify their role in the colonisation of the island.

    Indo-Aryan languages differ from Dravidian family of languages. It is not race based. What evidence do you have that Vijaya came all the way from present day Orisa. He could be a criminal from Madurai or Mannar.

    There is no evidence to support your assertion that there were waves of migration from Kalinga. Simply a figment of the imagination on the part of Sinhala/Buddhist story tellers.

    You haven’t answered my questions. Since you have bought the “Origin Myth” you could not see beyond your nose. This myth was dormant until Sinhala/Buddhist (Anagarika variety) revived it for their narrow nationalistic chauvinistic reasons.

    As for the East check 1871 Census for population distribution and compare it with 2007 estimates. There has been systematic state sponsored colonisation scheme aimed at changing the demography of East justified by fraudulent forms of history. A section of the Archaeologists have their own hidden agenda beginning with Paranavithana, so you will never know the true history of the whole country.

    Kandy was ruled by Tamil kings for considerable length of time. Does it make Kandyan king a Tamil Kingdom? Sri Lankan history is about kings, dynasties, etc. The Sinhala/Buddhist historians except a few failed to look at the people and their transformation through their labour, creativity, invention, technology transfer, trade, navigation, ship building, etc. The history told by the Sinhala/Buddhists is a narrative justifying their rule and dominance however much cruel,corrupt,inhumane,.. fabrication.. etc

    There is more to Sri Lankan history than what is written about Sinhala/Buddhist narrative.

    Even highly “qualified” Sinhala writers begin with “Aryan Sinhala Hydraulic Civilisation”. According to prof RALH Gunawardana the technology was brought from South India, at times refined and exported back to South India.

    The Sinhala/Buddhists take every opportunity to lie and lie through their noses to undermine every aspect of non Sinhala/Buddhists people for their own narrow nationalistic interest, therefore they start with history.

    Sri Lankan ancient and medieval history as we know it contains commissions and omissions in equal amount. So when you make sweeping statements watch out there would be some intelligent person watching you.

  27. It is noted that the TNA refuses to provide names of representatives to the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee until a document of mutual consent is signed by both parties first.
    In the present discussions only the SLFP and the TNA are involved. It is not fair that when there is a wider forum of the PSC that only two parties come to a prior agreement on the complex issues of Constitutional reforms without the participation of other concerned parties, particularly the SLMC and the UNP. TNA should welcome wider participation rather than forcing the hand of the SLFP.
    It must be remembered that finally it is the Parliament that has to approve the proposals. The joint recommendations of the PSC, representing all the parties in the Parliament, hopefully with unanimous agreement would ensure that the proposals will be accepted by the Parliament.
    The maturity shown by M. Sampanthan will be more appreciated if he would be more pragmatic and look after the interest of the Sri Lanka Tamils and not the diaspora.

  28. [Are you now endorsing the LLRC report?

    We rejected the report on the question of accountability and said the report does not measure up to the expectations of victims but we certainly welcome recommendations on a whole lot of other matters.]

    If he has rejected the LLRC report what is he wanting it to be implemented for?

    Ah,i got it.He wants to have the cake and eat it too.

    Just like the 13th amendment.He has rejected it,but would like it to be implemented so that land and police powers will be devolved.

    mahinda can test him by suddenly calling him for a meeting and telling him,”i’am fed up with all this.I will give you a seperate state,but only for the north”.A stunned sampanthan will think and say “i reject that on the grounds of not recognising the entire traditional homeland of the tamils.However there are some positives also in your proposal and we welcome you to implement it”.

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