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‘Who says Sinhalese are against devolving powers to Tamils? That’s absolute rubbish!’ says Chandrika Kumaratunga

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Chandrika Kumaratunga, President-Sri Lanka (1994-2005) - pic: Club de Madrid

by S.Venkatnarayan

Chandrika Kumaratunga speaks with “Island” Special Correspondent in An Exclusive Interview

Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has vehemently rubbished the claim being made by some people in the present government that the majority Sinhalese are opposed to devolving political power to the minority Tamils in her island-nation.

“Who says the Sinhalese are opposed to devolving powers to the Tamils? That’s absolute rubbish!” she declared in an interview she gave me here on Wednesday (April 11) during a visit to the Indian capital.

She said that till recently, most Sinhalese have not been even aware that the island’s Tamils have a problem, and squarely blamed politicians for keeping them in the dark and for exploiting the ethnic divide for political purposes.

Ms Kumaratunga, who ruled her country as its President for 11 years (1994-2005), said that It was during an election rally in 1994 at Elpitiya near Galle in the Sinhala-majority south that she first told the Sinhala people that the Tamils in the North and East were having problems because they did not have political power.

She recalled: “I said at that rally that political power must be devolved to the Tamils too so that both communities can enjoy the same rights and privileges and live together in harmony. As I was speaking, colleagues from my party (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) sitting on the stage behind me were whispering to me: ‘Madam, don’t say such things. We will lose votes.’

However, as she finished speaking, a few people began clapping for her. “Much to my pleasant surprise, all those at that rally joined in the clapping. In all my meetings thereafter, I kept telling the Sinhalese people that power should be devolved to the Tamils. In the 1994 parliamentary election, we got 82% of the vote. I myself won by 63%. What more proof do you want to show that the Sinhalese favour devolving powers to the Tamils? ”

She said the Sinhalese extremists who oppose devolution of powers to the Tamils is barely 5%. But if those in the government keep talking in extremist language, the people at large get confused. And there is a danger that they too may eventually develop an extremist, anti-Tamil mindset, Ms Kumaratunga warned.

She pointed out that, while President Mahinda Rajapaksa swept the polls in the South, he lost badly in the North and East. “There is a clear divide between the South and the North on ethnic lines. This divide must be narrowed and eliminated soon for the good of the country,” she opined.

The war against the Tamil Tigers ended three years ago. But what the Rajapaksa government has done so far in the civil war-ravaged Northern and Eastern provinces is not enough. A lot more needs to be done without wasting any more time, she said.

A visibly distressed Kumaratunga asked: “What are they (the government) waiting for? Why are so many of the internally displaced Tamils still living in temporary shelters? Why are they not being given back their original homes? Why are they not being provided assistance to rehabilitate themselves so that they can rebuild their lives and move on?”

“There are systems and procedures for resettlement and rehabilitation put in place by my mother (Sirimavo Bandaranaike) in the 1960s when she was prime minister,” she pointed out.

The government claims that 290,000 of the 297,000 Internally Displaced Persons—-IDPs—- have already been rehabilitated. But Ms Kumaratunga disputes this. “Because of international hue and cry, the refugee camps at Manik farms were closed down. But most of the IDPs are still living in temporary shelters,” she claimed.

Ms Kumaratunga recalled: “When the tsunami ravaged many parts of the island in December 2004, I was President. I was in office for 11 months after the tsunami. And we made sure that those thousands of people who lost their homes and suffered badly were promptly rehabilitated without any fuss.”

(In the tsunami that lashed at Sri Lanka’s 13 coastal districts on 26 December 2004, around 31,000 people were killed, 130,000 houses were damaged—-99,000 of them destroyed completely, 443,000 people were displaced, and between one million and two million people were affected).

“If we could do it by using the systems that have been in place for half a century, why can’t the present government do it now?” asked the former president.

She feels the government should not get involved in building homes for the IDPs because corruption will eat up more than 50% of the funds allocated. The money for rehabilitation should be disbursed in three stages: an advance at first, the next two installments on the basis of how much of the construction is completed.

She also questioned the rationale behind the stationing of security personnel in such large numbers and occupying large tracts of land.

“I agree that we should have some military presence in the North and East. But why so many of them are there even three years after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been eliminated?”

Ms Kumaratunga said the problem is that the present dispensation is mixing up the entire Tamil community with terrorism. “The Tamils are a peaceful people. They had no choice but to keep quiet or go along with (LTTE chief Velupillai) Prabhakaran when he was alive.”

“They never liked him in the first place, nor approved of his methods. Now that the war is over, they simply want to live in peace and move on. It’s not fair to look at the Tamils with suspicion as if they all are terrorists. This is just not right.”

Asked what she will do if she is in power today, she declared: “First, I will resettle all the displaced Tamils in their original homes. And I will offer the same devolution package I did when I was President. Now that Prabhakaran is not there any more, maybe, I will reduce that package just a little!”

Would she like to get back to active politics again?

“No way! Thanks. I did enough for my country! Now, if anybody is interested, I will be happy to tell them how to provide good governance without corruption.” courtesy: Sunday Island

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  1. You won in 1994 simple because the people in the country wanted a change after 17 yrs of rule. By and large the sinhala people are not opposed to devolution but certainly are for police and land powers at this juncture. If responsible tamil politicians of credibility come along to govern the North the sinhala fears of using devolution as a stepping stone to seperatism will vanish and the sinhala people cound favour devolution.

    Also the sinhala people will never agree to the traditionl tamil homeland theory particularly the east and are likely to oppose any attemplt to merge the north with the east.

    In short there aare some positive signs in the minds of the sinhala people towards devolution, but certainy not full blown devolution at this juncture.

  2. Madam – “‘Who says Sinhalese are against devolving powers to Tamils? That’s absolute rubbish!’ says Chandrika Kumaratunga.”

    What you are saying is rubbish. Your family has lost control of the power now it is in the hands of MR family. You and other sinhalease leaders managed to make so many changes to the constitution from 1948 and not devolve powers to Tamils. Those changes are the reasons for Tamil Genocide. Now the Tamil Genocide has gathered momentum under MR. UN Panel report, LLRC report and now UNHRC resolution proves Tamil Genocide is real. Now we are waiting for the world to put a complete stop to Tamil Genocide.

  3. Cbk take your drugs. If they are not against devolution then it wont take them more than 50 years to do so. Ask sjv chelvanayagam not vp. We know what the later would have said.

  4. Anpu,

    If you are saing there is tamil genocide how come majority of the tamils live with the sinhala people. Has the 83 ever been repeated. Nanthikadal war crimes are no different to what the USA is doing in Afganistan or IRAQ.

    Main part of the problem was/Is is leaders of a minority group are claming things which are far disproportationate to the numbers. This can not be justified in historical terms nor Factual numbers

  5. So we Sinhalese did not know that Tamils did not have “political power” till she had her enlightenment, and then did her first discourse at a meeting in 1994? So madame, what did you do about that in your 11 years as the President?

    As for her getting back to politics, pigs will fly the moon first before people vote for her in Sri Lanka.

  6. The former president who waged the so-called ‘War for peace’ and received the ‘Sasana’ that ‘Yappa Pattuna’ had been captured by the armed forces, is talking nonsense. She hoisted the ‘Nandi’ flag as well, to mitigate the anger that would arise among the Tamils, on the advice of Dr.Neelan Thiruchelvam. If there is one incident in our political history I resent most, it was this ‘Sasana’ ceremony and the name by which Jaffna was called.

    What she tried but could not achieve, was achieved by MR- the defeat and decimation of the LTTE. The present government has also done much to reign-in the extreme Sinhala elements, to its credit. It has done much post-war, for the whole country and especially the north and east. This government is not an example of perfection or anything near it. This government has to re-invent iteself, in terms of its image and substance. There is much more to be done, especially for the minorities. We are moving atleast in the right direction, albeit slowly and without a clear vision of the destination.

    Chandrika won a massive majority, because the people- Sinhlalese, Tamils and Muslims- were sick of the JRJ, Premadasa and Wijetunge rule. They wanted a new face and new ideas. She was the new hope. Although her rule was less repressive, she could not achieve anything worthwhile and lasting. Tsunami funds were mismanaged and much corruption was alleged. There were many questions about the murder of Kumar Ponnambalam, which were not answered by her government. Her inability to work a co-habitation government with Ranil Wickremasinghe was a shame. She gave a new life to the JVP through spite.

    She now says she will, IF given the chance, present her old devolution proposals,of course WITH SOME CHANGES, BECAUSE VP IS NOT ALIVE,for consideration by the Sinhala people. She can say this because she has no chance of becoming president again. Even with the possibility of her becoming president being not there, she is already enunciating qualifications. Why should VP being alive or dead make a difference to doing what she thinks is right?

    She is trying to fool the world by denying that Sinhala opinion is not against devolution. The powerful opinion makers among the Sinhalese have done their job well over the decades. Their work and the Tamil insurgency have combined to make any meaningful devolution anathema to the Sinhala people. It is hilarious that after having been president for twelve long years, she has not developed a feel for the forces arraigned against devolution and the power of the opinion makers.

    She said recently that her son was appalled by what he saw in Ch-4 and is ashamed of being a Sri Lankan. She should be ashamed that she did not teach him the pivotal role of her family in the nasty post-independence history of Sri Lanka, which led to the events her son is ashamed. He should be ashamed of his heritage first! May be the Vijaya Kumaratunge genes in the son were reacting to what he saw in Ch.4!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  7. Madam, I very much admire you to tell those comments about Channel-4’s killing fields.
    I thank your son also. I dream oneday, he will lead the united SL including N_E Province.

    Luckily, you were not killed by that LTTE’s bomb, any way, be carefull about KR’s white vans.

    I think you may also now feel for the mistake you made by spoilling Ranil-LTTE peace talks,just not to allow Ranil to get that credit (or- did you think Ranil was betraying Tamils?).

    There is an indirect contradiction in your statement (see below).

    You indirectly agree that because of Pirabaharan Tamil’s had the bargaining power (Pira(mma)ba- creator as well as destroyer). Now, you would cut a little on the package, MR will ??.

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  8. Anpu says:
    Now the Tamil Genocide has gathered momentum under MR. UN Panel report, LLRC report and now UNHRC resolution proves Tamil Genocide is real. Now we are waiting for the world to put a complete stop to Tamil Genocide.

    ———————-

    R u hallucinating ?
    Or is it that your vocabulary consists mainly the word ‘genocide’ ?? Or u use genocide to your liberty to suit your emotions???

  9. “If responsible tamil politicians of credibility come along to govern the North the sinhala fears of using devolution as a stepping stone to seperatism will vanish and the sinhala people cound favour devolution.”

    Don’t worry Piyal – your sinhala-dominated government were waiting many years for a credible Tamil politician to emerge so decided against dealing with the likes of peaceful gentlemen SJV Chelvanayagam. This led to continued Tamil militancy leading to Indian intervention in 1987 and Tamil as national language along with provincial councils. Therefore we encourage the sinhala ruling elite to continue this waiting game (or look to deal with credible Tamil politicans like Prabhakaran’s former bodyguard Col Karuna or the child kidnapper and EPDP paramilitary leader Douglas Devananda) whilst we overseas Tamils encourage further intervention of foreign powers in Sri Lanka’s affairs (following in the footsteps of Mahinda Rajapaksa in 1990 when he used to go to Geneva as a Quaker peace activist).

    “aare some positive signs in the minds of the sinhala people towards devolution”

    we encourage sinhala people to hurry up and decide towards devolution instead of waiting and letting foreign powers like India dictate a solution, which mighty Sri Lanka will have no choice but to accept (as what happened in 1987)

  10. If Sinhalese are not against devolving powers to Tamils, why can’t you again urge for the Draft Constitution (which was almost on the Canadian model and tables in your period) to be passed in the Parliament again? Do you accept that devolution of powers is the core of Federalism?

  11. The Sinhalese are not averse to devolution per se it is the unit (merged N-E covering 1/3 of country and 60% of coast), extent(full land, police and fiscal powers) and the context (traditional homeland) that worries them. If all above is granted it a proto-Eelam sans a military and diplomatic relations (and once the blueprint is in place, one only needs to wait till a favourable time and the missing elements will easily come to being).

    If the unit(s) of devolution is not large enough for cessation to be viable, if resources (land, coast etc.) are equitably distributed between provinces, and there are safeguards to abolish discriminatory laws which prevent other ethnicities from internal migration, such a devolution package will be overwhelmingly accepted by Sinhalese.

  12. Anpu says…”Now we are waiting for the world to put a complete stop to Tamil Genocide”.

    Genocide??? When, Where and Howmany ??? Will that include IPKF’s shoot outs and LTTE mass killings?

    World to put complete stop ? which world..? Mars or Venus..The main problems with Tamils is that they do not mix with others. Whereever they are present, they go by the sectionism. Even among themselves they go by cast….Most of the issues Tamils face in Sri Lanka are simplly cos of their arogance and sectionism. Like CBK says Sinhalese are not against any community emopowerment…But we never agree with ethinicty based governence for Sri Lanka simply because that will be the first step of eleiminating Sinhalese (global minority)from the very land where they made a history with a civilization with evidence. Tamils and Muslims can have peace only if they accept that as a reality.

  13. Piyal says:
    April 15, 2012 at 12:17 am

    “Also the sinhala people will never agree to the traditionl tamil homeland theory particularly the east and are likely to oppose any attemplt to merge the north with the east.”
    ___________________________________________________

    Also Tamil people will NEVER agree to anything less than, the acceptance by the majority, of our traditional Tamil homeland, the north and the east merger and land and police powers. Didn’t you hear, our Sumanthiran saying, we do not accept the 13th amendments, because we want more than that but in the meantime the government must implement the 13th amendment because it is already in the constitution and therefore it is the law, to which government must adhere to.

  14. Piyal says:
    April 15, 2012 at 12:17 am

    “By and large the sinhala people are not opposed to devolution but certainly are for police and land powers at this juncture.”

    “Also the sinhala people will never agree to the traditionl tamil homeland theory particularly the east and are likely to oppose any attemplt to merge the north with the east.”
    ___________________________________________________

    Also Tamil people will NEVER agree to anything less than, the acceptance by the majority, of our traditional Tamil homeland, the north and the east merger and land and police powers. Didn’t you hear, our Sumanthiran saying, we do not accept the 13th amendments, because we want more than that but in the meantime the government must implement the 13th amendment because it is already in the constitution and therefore it is the law, to which government must adhere to.

  15. When Mr. S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake wanted to devolve power to the Tamils UNP opposed it. When Chandrica Bandaranayake Kumarathunga wanted to devolve power UNP opposed it and Pirapakaran didn’t like it (he wanted to continue the fighting for Tamil Eelam). Present regime don’t want to devolve power. If Chandrica returns to power only Tamils can have some hope. Will that happen?

  16. While not dealing on other issues she has spoken it must be said that she is very correct in saying that only about 5% of the Sinhalese people are against devolution of power and it is the interested politicians who magnify this minority opinion to keep issues unresolved.

  17. Piyal says:

    “In short there aare some positive signs in the minds of the sinhala people towards devolution, but certainy not full blown devolution at this juncture.”

    What are the positive signs in the minds of Sinhala people and how would you measure their support towards devolution. I take it that they have reached a southern consensus without informing the clan.

    You say:

    “Also the sinhala people will never agree to the traditionl tamil homeland theory particularly the east and are likely to oppose any attemplt to merge the north with the east.”

    Why not?
    Could you give reasons for their objections? Please stick to rational arguments than their emotional outpouring such as motherland or grandmother’s land, chosen people and all the rest of it.

  18. Diyasena says:

    “The Sinhalese are not averse to devolution per se it is the unit (merged N-E covering 1/3 of country and 60% of coast), extent(full land, police and fiscal powers) and the context (traditional homeland) that worries them.”

    My people are confined to enclaves in their own ancestral land. It would not matter to us whether Tamils own 1/3 of the country or and 60% of the coastline or Sinhalese own 2/3 of the country and 1/3 of the coastline. Would it?

    Both Tamils and Sinhalese have been robbing our livelihood and grabbing our traditional nation for many thousands of years.

    When will we get our island back?

  19. Ravi Perera says:

    “Nanthikadal war crimes are no different to what the USA is doing in Afganistan or IRAQ.”

    So you accept there was war crime in the Nandikadal. Do you also see the Sri lankan state has been committing war crimes since 5 April 1971?

    I deduce from your comment that Sri Lanka has the right to commit war crimes as long as USA exercises its impunity over war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a later date if USA conducts independent war crime inquiry supervised by International Community into all its war crimes then Sri Lanka would follow suit.

    So indirectly you want USA to determine Sri Lankan domestic and foreign policies as Sri lankan behavious is conditional upon US behaviour.

    It is a great argument for the preservation of Sri Lankan sovereignty.

  20. “No way! Thanks. I did enough for my country!”
    _________________________________________________________________________________

    Of course Yes… we know that and that’s why you cannot even think about coming back to politics.

    However you get my appreciation for doing ‘something’ to make Sinhalese attitude less hostile to Tamils as many Sinhalese were not educated of actual Tamil grievances until your government came up to make them knowledgeable. Sinhalese nationalists never existed at that time, but only racists or racialists. You got them softened and as a result they were quite keen on a peaceful solution with LTTE. But, LTTE kicked that golden opportunity making the Sinhalese attitude frozen forever, so we saw a lot of Sinhalese/Buddhist extremists such as Ven. Soma Thero emerged destroying the harmonious attitude that Sinhalese had towards minorities. There we went and found Hela Bodu Urumaya, and could see many artificial Buddhists emerging up, so as “Dolukanda”, “Embilipitiya Chandrika Weva pirith pen”, “Nikaweratiya Bo-tree drama”. People who had not gone to a temple even to escape a rain (We call “wessakatawath pansal nogiya”) started going to temple, not because of ‘Maithriya’, but because of the rival-ism with other religions. Thousands of vans with Pol-mal, white clad men, women and kids inside those started roaming the entire country in search of Buddhist temples associated with the stories of miracles. As a result we entered an era in which terms like ‘Taliban Buddhism’ is being used.

  21. —“No way, Thanks. I did enough for my Country”–Ex Prez Mrs Kumarantunga.

    Thank you too, Mrs Kumarantunga.

    Also the great majority of inhabitants are tickled pink by your final sentence..

  22. CBK had the courage and will to devolve power to the Tamil speaking people. Remember her political package, even Anton Balasingam told that it was the best Tamil got from any southern political leadership. When she was the president of SLFP it endorsed the Federal system as a political soultion. Give the devil its due.

  23. Afool,

    “but in the meantime the government must implement the 13th amendment because it is already in the constitution and therefore it is the law, to which government must adhere to”

    The demerger of the illegally merged Northern and Eastern provinces is also LAW, so the government must adhere to that as well as the voice of the Eastern people a majority of whom have been consistently voting for anti-merger parties.

  24. Pseudo Vedda,

    At least the reall vannilaeththo have enclaves and have been able to express their culture without hindrance, unlike there counterparts in the East who until recently were being subjugated by the Ubermensch of the mythical homeland.

    “My people are confined to enclaves”

    There is an enclave for your type of people too, its in Angoda..

  25. I still remember when CBK offered the Political Package Mr. Jeyaraj wrote a nice article in Manjari, his Tamil newspaper but unfortunately the Tamil thugs in Canada didn’t like it, and they behaved in the same way the current Sri Lankan govenrment thughs now behave. VP learnt a lesson by going against the internetional community, and the current government will learn the same lesson if they go against IC.

  26. Thank God for the majority of the Western Nation! Thank you President Obama!!!!!! For Tamils the fight is no longer with guns and bullets, but with Diplomacy, high level diplomacy. You have nailed it already at UNHCR.
    Here comes the UNHR-Universal Periodic Review in October’2012. Trust me it’s going to be a hell for MR and the clown brothers. Expect a baptism by flame.

  27. Native Vedda says:
    “…you want USA to determine Sri Lankan domestic and foreign policies as Sri lankan behavious is conditional upon US behavior….”

    No certainly not.
    But USA has no right to talk about behavior of Sri Lanka since they have millions of skeletons in their own cupboard.
    Who are US people ? Are they gods owning this world ? or only another set of humans & formed a country called USA & killed dozens of millions of other humans in other countries?
    Grow up man.

  28. Ravi( http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/5602#comment-63307)says
    “If you are saing there is tamil genocide how come majority of the tamils live with the sinhala people. Has the 83 ever been repeated. Nanthikadal war crimes are no different to what the USA is doing in Afganistan or IRAQ.

    Main part of the problem was/Is is leaders of a minority group are claming things which are far disproportationate to the numbers. This can not be justified in historical terms nor Factual numbers”

    I am saying Tamil Genocide based on facts.
    http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415495974/
    …Section III is case-study focused, seeking to place both canonical and little-known cases of genocide in broader comparative perspective. Cases analyzed include genocide in North America, the Nazi Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and the ******Sri Lankan genocide*******.

    British made Tamils as minority. Before the arrivals of Europeans, Tamils had their own kingdom. When British left Tamils did not ask for their kingdom. They asked for equality, dignity and fought peacefully for thirty years from 1948….

    Numbers does not matter.

    More on the history follows

    When the Portuguese arrived in 1505, there were three Kingdoms in Ceylon, one in the North called Jaffna Kingdom and two in the South viz Kotte and Kandyan Kingdom.

    The island of Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, was ceded to the British Crown in 1802 by the Treaty of Amiens of that year. The map of Ceylon attached to the Treaty of Amiens call the Arrow Smith Map of Ceylon depicts the Island of Ceylon as two (if not three) different countries – a Tamil country composed of the Northeast and a Sinhala country composed of the South West and central parts.

    In an oft quoted minute, Sir Hugh Cleghorn wrote in June 1799 to the UK Government: “Two different nations from a very ancient period have divided between them the possession of the Island. First the Singhalese, inhabiting the interior of the country in its Southern and Western parts, and secondly the Malabars who possess the Northern and Eastern Districts. These two nations differ entirely in their religion, language and manners.” (Malabar meaning Tamil).

    Also Chief Justice, Sir Alexander Johnstone wrote on 1 July 1827 to the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland:

    “…. I think it may safely be concluded both from them and from all the different histories which I have in my possession, that the race of people who inhabited the whole of the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the Island of Ceylon, at the period of their greatest agricultural prosperity spoke the same language, used the same written character, and had the same origin, religion, castes, laws and manners, as that race of people who at the same period inhabited the southern peninsula of India:……”

    The Cleghorn Minute of 1799 and the Arrow Smith Map of 1802 are official proof that the Island of Ceylon consisted of two separate countries. We quote Sir Alexander Johnstone’s letter merely to show to the conclusions of a Chief Justice on the basis of available evidence.

    Sir Robert Brownrigg, Governor of Ceylon, 1813 Dispatch to the British Colonial Secretary of State, Reported in the Tribune, 12 January 1956 stated as follows:

    “As to the qualification required in the knowledge of the native languages, the Portuguese and Sinhalese only being mentioned excludes one which is fully necessary in the Northern Districts as the Sinhalese in the South. I mean the Tamil language, commonly called the Malabar language, which with a mixture of Portuguese in use through all the provinces is the proper native tongue of the inhabitants from Puttalam to Batticaloa northward inclusive of both these districts.. Your Lordship will therefore, I hope have no objection to my putting Tamil on an equal footing of encouragement with the Sinhalese” – Sir Robert Brownrigg, Governor of Ceylon, 1813 Dispatch to the British Colonial Secretary of State, Reported in the Tribune, 12 January 1956)

    It is important to remember that the British Government became masters of the whole island only after the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815 and the Vanni Chieftains in 1818 and looked at this Island from the distant West as a geographical unit and not as political or national state.

    It is important to remember that the British Government became masters of the whole island only after the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815 and the Vanni Chieftains in 1818 and looked at this Island from the distant West as a geographical unit and not as political or national states.

    It was only in 1833 that the administration was unified under single machinery. It would be appropriate here to mention that though the British Government unified the administration in 1833 it incorporated the different native administrative structures that existed earlier, with the Kachcheri system which it introduced. This shows that the British did not want to make a break with the past. Local and customary laws were allowed to govern relations amongst members of the community. The Roman Dutch Law, introduced by the Dutch in the maritime areas, was continued as the common law of the Island. This is very instructive. No system of law that existed before the RDL could cover the entire Island. This is again testimony to the fact that the Island was not one country.

  29. Madam, please show your son:

    ” Now that Prabhakaran is not there any more, maybe, I will reduce that package just a little!”

  30. Dearsena says:

    “There is an enclave for your type of people too, its in Angoda..”

    Under the Sinhala/Buddhist/Aryan rule, except our enclaves the whole country has become one huge Angoda. You would not have noticed that the extreme cases are admitted to Parliament and to the office of president, periodically though some stay there for a long period.

    No thanks I am happy where I am.

    I am willing to help you to get out of the Angoda mental state, though it is difficult but not impossible.

  31. Native Vedda,

    Don’t pretend to be vedda.

    You say

    “You say:

    “Also the sinhala people will never agree to the traditionl tamil homeland theory particularly the east and are likely to oppose any attemplt to merge the north with the east.”

    Why not?
    Could you give reasons for their objections? Please stick to rational arguments than their emotional outpouring such as motherland or grandmother’s land, chosen people and all the rest of it.”

    When in history did the tamil rule East . north you ruled for 300 yrs out of the 2500 written history. I suppose this is the reason North is tamil homeland….

    Do you think if the tamils keep pressing for East to be included as a tamil homeland the IC would allow this. North
    yes could be but they are likely to take so many things in to consideration like most tamils live outside North, Indias oppostion etc.

  32. John writes: “But USA has no right to talk about behavior of Sri Lanka since they have millions of skeletons in their own cupboard”

    By this logic the Norwegians were clearly unsuitable for acting as peace monitors during the civil war as many of their ancestors were raping and pillaging Europe as Vikings in the 10th century AD. For those of us living in the present, we can see how the involvement of democratic nations in Sri Lanka’s affairs is very welcome, particularly if the SL govt decides it cannot manage law and order in the country but needs to defer to Gotabhaya’s white van brigade. Just like Mahinda Rajapaksa was imploring the ‘donor’ western nations to put outside pressure on the UNP govt in the late 1980s to stop execution squads from ‘disappearing’ countless sinhala youths, so such an intervention is also needed today.

    “Who are US people?”

    Amongst their citizens are many of the ‘patriotic’ Rajapaksa clan including Gota as well as Gen Fonseka’s daughters

    “Are they gods owning this world ?”

    That is the Chinese Communist Party who elect themselves to power as opposed to the Americans who have to be elected by their own people

    “or only another set of humans & formed a country called USA & killed dozens of millions of other humans in other countries?”

    If you are so horrified by the idea of America, please tell your President to stop sending his relatives to that place to be naturalised as citizens. Also please tell your country’s leaders to not accept any further aid, loans, financial bailouts or send any exports to that vast country of 300million+ people and ask your fat President to not go there for medical treatment as all of USA’s technology was founded on the backs of African slaves and native red indians (even though a black family is currently occuping the white house).

    “Grow up man”

    The irony of this comment cannot be overstated. Will John like to start listing countries with glorious histories where no one was killed or injured during their development and which continues to behave exceptionally well today? This idiot will probably say Sri Lanka then China so I will like him to explain about the wonderful activities the Chinese army has done and continues to do to traditional buddhist culture in Tibet, and why it refuses to talk to Dalai Lama even though he talks of peace and non-violent struggle as any sensible Buddhist.

    Grow up man.

  33. “Now that Prabhakaran is not there any more, maybe, I will reduce that package just a little”

    Are you saying violence is necessary to get equal rights?

  34. cuttige (http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/5602#comment-63331) &
    Anuradha (http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/5602#comment-63372)

    Please read http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/5602#comment-63512 and I hope you know what happened in Geneva -i.e UNHRC resolution.

    This is not emotion real facts.

    More on history – after independance
    1948 – The Citizenship Act disenfranchising Indian Tamil Plantation workers was passed in Parliament. One million 3rd generation plantation workers had been living in the island for over 115 years. They were brought to the island by the British from South India to work in Tea and Rubber plantations in the hill country. 100,000 plantation Tamils were victimised. (Violation of UDHR article – 21)

    Sinhala colonisation – As a result of many years of State planned Sinhala colonisation since 1948 in the Tamil homeland (North and East), the Sinhala governments and its destructive agents plundered and robbed 50% of the ancestral lands of the Tamils in the North East of Sri Lanka. (Violation of UDHR articles – 17)

    1956 – The “Sinhala Only” Act was passed in the Sri Lankan Parliament. This Act made Tamils second class citizens in the island. Tamils staged peaceful protests in Colombo and Gal Oya. 150 Tamils were burnt or hacked to death; 20 Women were raped; 3000 were made refugees and their properties were looted by Sinhala mobs. (Violation of UDHR article – 2, 3, 5, 12, 17 )

    1957 – the “Banda Chelva” pact and in 1965 the “Dudley-Chelva” pact. These agreements were based on a quasi-federal system devolving certain powers to the Tamils in the North East province. These were the first of several agreements and pacts signed between Tamil leaders and Sinhala leaders to resolve the political turmoil in the country, that were unilaterally abrogated by Sri Lanka.

    1958 – Anti Tamil riots in Sinhala areas. Massacre of Tamils, looting of their properties, setting fire to their houses. 25,000 Tamils were made refugees; 500 Tamils were burnt or hacked to death; 200 Women were raped and Tamil properties were looted or destroyed by Sinhala mobs. (Violation of UDHR articles – 2, 3, 5, 12, 17)

    1961 – Tamil non-violent (Satyagraha) civil disobedience campaign in the North and East was disrupted by the security forces, protesters were beaten and arrested. (Violation of UDHR articles – 5, 9, 20)

    1964 – The Pact (Srima-Shastri) to evacuate Tamil plantation workers of Indian origin was signed. They were living in the island for over 131 years. 650,000 Plantation Tamils became stateless persons. (Violation of UDHR articles – 4, 15, 23)

    1972 – Equal education opportunities for Tamil students were denied. Standardisation on University admission was introduced. (Violation of UDHR article – 26)

    1974 – The Fourth International Tamil research Conference held on 10/01/1974 in Jaffna was disrupted by the Sri Lankan Police. 9 Tamils were brutally killed. (Violation of UDHR articles – 2, 3, 20, 27)

    1977 – In July, Tamil United Liberation Front-TULF, contested and won overwhelmingly at the Parliamentary election giving them a mandate to exercise the “Right to Self-determination” and establish Tamil Eelam in the North East. In 1983 August 8, Sri Lankan government enacts the 6th amendment to the constitution and rejected the right to self-determination of the Tamil people, the mandate voted by the Tamils in 1977 general election. (Violation of UDHR articles – 8, 10, 21)

    1979 July – Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was introduced in Sri Lanka. This Act gives a free hand to the Security forces to arrest, detain, torture, rape, kill and dispose bodies with impunity. Arrested people could be detained for three months without being produced in courts. (Violations of UDHR articles – 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

    1981 – The Jaffna Public Library containing 95,000 volumes was completely destroyed in a fire set by a group of Police officers who went on a rampage in the Jaffna city on May 31, 1981. 95, 000 volumes of unrecoverable-invaluable books were burnt. (Violations of UDHR articles – 2, 21, 24, 27)

    1983 – Since independence in 1948, more than 35 years of peaceful non-violent struggle by the Tamils protesting against Sinhala oppression, were suppressed by violent means by the Sri Lankan security forces, inflicting loss of many lives and much material damage to the Tamils. (Violations of UDHR articles – 3, 4, 5,9,13,20)

    1983 – The Government masterminded anti-Tamil riots in July 83. More than 6,000 Tamils were killed by the Sinhalese in the South. Tamil houses and businesses were looted and destroyed. Tamils living in the South were sent in ships to the North and East by the government.

    250,000 Tamils were made refugees; 2,500 Tamils were burnt or hacked to death; 500 Women were raped; 53 Tamil political prisoners were brutally murdered in the maximum security Welikada prison on 25-27th July. Sinhala extremist groups and thugs, ruined the socio-economic and the political rights of the Tamil people. Anti-Tamil riots also in 1956, 1958, 1977, and 1981. (Violation of UDHR articles – 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26)

    1984 – To date Tamils living in the North-East were arrested, tortured and killed. Women were raped, many disappeared. Tamil properties were looted or destroyed by the Sri Lankan security forces. Air Force bombers dropping Cluster bombs in residential areas and near IDPs camps causing severe loss and damage to Tamil people and their property.

    The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the Emergency Regulations (ER) adopted by the government are helped the security forces to carry out all sorts of human rights violations with impunity. (UDHR was completely violated)

    1990 – To date Economic embargo in Tamil areas. Food, medicine, electricity and other important items are denied to the Tamils. (Violations of UDHR articles – 22, 25, 26)

    1995 – On 15th November, the NGO Forum took place at Bentota Beach Hotel, in Bentota, in the South of Sri Lanka. Both foreign and local NGO representatives participated in this forum and this forum meeting was disrupted by anti-NGO demonstrators. The organisers of the NGO forum decided to shift the venue to the capital, Colombo. On 16th November, the NGO Forum re-convened in the morning at a conference hall in Ratmalana, police officers arrived to “request” the Forum to suspend its proceedings, claiming that the meeting was illegal! The meeting was dissolved and all attendees dispersed. (Violations of UDHR articles – 8, 13, 18, 19, 20)

    1997 – On 25th September, 38 NGOs serving in several parts of Batticaloa district, were ordered by Government of Sri Lanka to cease all their humanitarian operations. This immediately followed a government order banning NGOs from assisting people in the areas of Batticaloa. (Violations of UDHR articles – 8, 13, 18, 19, 20)

    1998 – the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances stated that, “Sri Lanka had the second highest number of disappearances in the world, ranking next to Iraq”.

    Also Sri Lanka was the only country that the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances had visited several times. So far no proper remedies had been found for these disappearances. (Violation of UDHR articles – 3,4,5,7,9,10,11)

    2005 – with the aim of ensuring equal distribution of Tsunami aid to the worst affected North East, an agreement known as the Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure – PTOMS was signed between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. This was unilaterally abrogated by the government of Sri Lanka under the pretext of a Supreme Court judgement. (Violation of UDHR articles – 16, 25)

    At this time, over 85,000 Tamil people had been killed or “disappeared”; more than 12,500 Tamil women raped and killed; more than 2500 buildings of Tamils’ religious places of worship (Churches and Temples) destroyed in aerial bombings and artillery shelling and billions of rupees worth of material damage had been caused to the Tamils by the Sri Lankan government.

    As a result of well planned ethnic cleansing by the Sinhala State, nearly 500,000 Tamil people were internally displaced and more than 500,000 Tamils’ have sought political asylum in Europe and other countries. (Violation of UDHR articles – 3, 16, 16,17)

    2005 – 7th January, the UN Secretary General made a humanitarian visit to Sri Lanka to see the Tsunami affected areas. When Kofi Annan requested to visit the North East, the areas in the island most affected by the tsunami, the Sri Lankan authorities deliberately prevented him from making a humanitarian visit there.

    (Violation of UDHR articles – 13,25 & a serious violation of the United Nations Charter, Chapter XV Article 100.

    2006 – Sri Lankan citizens cannot seek remedy from the UN Human Rights Committee – Even though Sri Lanka is signatory to the ICCPR, on 15 September 2006, the Supreme Court effectively ruled that Sri Lankan citizens cannot seek remedy from the UN Human Rights Committee regarding human rights violations. It declared that the accession to the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 1997 does not bind Sri Lanka and has no legal effect within the island. – Decision of the Supreme Court 15 September 2006 – SC Spl (LA) No 182/99. (Violation of UDHR articles – 8, 10,19)

    2006 – Sri Lanka’s Air Force bombed a gathering of schoolgirls at Vallipunam on August 14, 2006, killing 56 schools girls and wounding 210 others. (Violation of UDHR articles – 3, 10,12,13,20,26)

    2006 – The India and Sri Lanka accord was signed in 1987 under the guise of settling the Tamil ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. Under this accord the merger of North Eastern province took place on 8 Sep.1988. But, after exactly 18 years, The Supreme Court delivered its political judgement on 16 October 2006, stating that the merger of these two provinces was invalid. (Violation of UDHR articles – 3,5,9,10,13,21)

    2007 – Sri Lanka was ranked third most dangerous place for the media in the world, with many journalists having been killed. (Violation of UDHR articles – 3,5,6,7,10,13,18,19)

    2008 – Sri Lanka withdrew from the Ceasefire Agreement-CFA between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE that was signed in February 2002. (Violation of UDHR articles – 3,5,9,10,13,)

    2008 – According to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, presently Sri Lanka rank as the country with the highest number of disappearances. The fate of 656 Tamils who ‘disappeared’ in 1996 was not yet known but Tamils continued to ‘disappear’ in North East. Many Tamil journalists, academics, parliamentarians, human rights activists, children and others in the North East were killed. (Violation of UDHR articles – 3,4,5,7,9,10,11)

    2008 – IIGEP quit Sri Lanka – President Rajapaksa had invited the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons – IIGEP to observe and ensure the transparency of investigations held by the Commission of Inquiries on the complaints of abductions, disappearances and other serious violations of human rights arising since 1st August 2005. Also, the IIGEP was to ensure that those inquiries were conducted in accordance with basic international norms and standards. On 22 April 2008, the IIGEP, quit Sri Lanka, citing government unwillingness to implement its recommendations to bring the probe up to international standards, lack of financial stability, government interference and slow process. (Violation of UDHR articles – 8,10)

    2009 – Sri Lanka government and their security forces committed War crimes and Genocide against the Tamil people. This has been well recorded by all international human rights organisations and the United Nations. Furthermore these serious violations have been documented and screened by the TV Channel 4, UK. (Violation of UDHR and other international conventions)

    2010 – The UN Secretary-General’s appointed panel submitted a report on War Crimes in Sri Lanka on 12 April 2001. This was subsequently transferred to the UN High commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Human Rights Council on 13 September 2011. However no action was taken.

    Persistent violations of the UDHR and other international conventions continue unabated despite increasing international pressure on Sri Lanka.

  35. Ravi Perera says – When in history did the tamil rule East . north you ruled for 300 yrs out of the 2500 written history. I suppose this is the reason North is tamil homeland….

    What do you mean Ravi Perera 300 years out of 2500 years?

    2500 years history is not a Sinhalese history…there were no Sinhlaese then. It is a collective history of Sinhalese and Tamils. Some Tamils kept their identity intact, other Tamils with other races in the island evolved into Sinhalese race. Your godfather priest Mahanama himself was a Tamil (Pallava Clan).

    Ravi Perera, grow up man grow up you are 40 years behind, you don’t know what is happening around or you are pretending to be whatever it is people like you take the whole country to hell.

  36. India and Pakistan must split into multiple- probably hundreds- of states, if some of the above arguments hold true.

    Nehru marched on the independent Nizamate of Hydrabad and annexed it soon after independence. Vallabhai Patel, is considered an ‘Iron Man’ because he spearheaded the efforts to takeover Hydrabad. Predominantly Muslim Kashmir was ceded to India by its Hindi Maharaja. Indira Gandhi not only ‘Nationalized’ several independent princely states within independent India, but also abolished the privy purse. Post-independence India also evicted the French from Pondichcheri and the Portuguese from Damman and Dieu (I hope the spelling is right). This was history. India is one nation now and despite simmering discontent, has managed to hold up as one unit. Pakistan split into two nations because West and East Pakistan, as one nation was a historical monstrosity. India and Pakistan are also huge land masses that cannot be managed under a centralized system. Even the British rule them as provinces- akin the present states.

    The Tamils had a Kingdom when the Portuguese arrived in Sri Lanka. This Kingdom was also powerful at one time and its writ extended to the east , Kandyan Kingdom and the west coast. Most of the east, which were under the Kandyan Kingdom, came under the Jaffna Kingdom, when it fell under the writ of the latter. This was the historical fact in the rather fluid power shifts in the island. The Jaffna Kingdom also came under Sinhala Kings at various time. The antiquity of the Jaffna Kingdom, extends much beyond the dates usually cited.

    However, none of this historical information justify the case for a separate state or a federal state for the Tamils. Federalism or semi-federalism can be justified only on the basis of better system to manage the country. Historically, the Sinhalese also had several Kingdoms, although when the Portuguese arrived there were only Kotte and Kandy. The Kandyan and low- country Sinhalese were also distinct entities. The Kotte Kingdom was captured by the Portuguese and the Kandyan Kingdom was captured by the British. The British also moulded them into one entity called Sri Lanka. The British also confiscated large tracts of land from the Kandyan Sinhalese and settled imported South India labour. This changed the character of the Kandyan Kingdom. The British also annexed parts of the Kandyan Kingdom to the eastern province.

    History is a double edged sword. It can cut both ways. Let us make a case for devolution or power sharing on the basis of our needs as a people in this century. The ‘Aanda Inam’ (The people who ruled) nonsense will not take us any where. If we apply the ‘Aanda Inam’ theory, the White, Black, Hispanic and Indian Americans and Canadians have to vacate vast tracks of land and cede power to the native people. The white and other new Australians have to make way for the aboriginals. History is a relentless and merciless force that continues to move regardless of our attempts to stall or reverse it. We have to move with history if we have to find accommodation with its movement. If we failed to do this, we will be smothered.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  37. Ravi Perera

    When in history did the tamil rule East . north you ruled for 300 yrs out of the 2500 written history. I suppose this is the reason North is tamil homeland….

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

    Just because you ruled East under the Kandyan and other Kingdoms doesn’t mean that they are not Tamils land.

    I am a Marathi. We Marathi’s have ruled Tanjore and other parts of Tamil Nadu. That doesn’t change the Tamil character of this land a bit.

    It is not the one who rules it, but the character of the land that counts.

  38. Diyasena says:
    April 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    The demerger of the illegally merged Northern and Eastern provinces is also LAW, so the government must adhere to that as well as the voice of the Eastern people a majority of whom have been consistently voting for anti-merger parties.
    —————————————————–

    Dear Diyasena!
    In the US also, supreme court judges are chosen and appointed by the US president. But it does not mean, Mr Obama, while he enjoys some whiskey in the late night, can pick-up the phone and call his supreme court judge and dictate the judgment, of the following day. In Srilanka, the president is the supreme court judge. Even Veeranvansa, can make court judgments in Srilanka. This fact, you know it, I know it and everybody else know it. You should be ashamed to call your self a Srilankan. No, wonder, the people who are prepared to defend the very serious crimes like rape, torture, unlawful executions do not see any thing right. You just wait, you will be first made to implement the 13th amendment, you like it or not.

  39. Don’t forget it was CBK who created a public opinion among majority through her “sudhu nellum programme” in favour of devolution of powers, when she come to the power the support for devolution is approx 30% but she was successful in making it to 60%, later on things went reverse not only because of CBK and JVP but also of LTTE, Despite the war and some HR violations she believed in Democracy, What happened between CBK and Ranil was power politics and LTTE was so foolish and not been able to play their politics.

  40. Raju says,

    “2500 years history is not a Sinhalese history…there were no Sinhlaese then. It is a collective history of Sinhalese and Tamils. Some Tamils kept their identity intact, other Tamils with other races in the island evolved into Sinhalese race. Your godfather priest Mahanama himself was a Tamil (Pallava Clan).”

    Srri lanka is the ountry that gave birth to sinhala civilisation just like Tamil andu did for Tamils or the karnataka did for Kannadas or Andar Pradfesh did for Telegus. Sinhgala was evolved from Helas and migrants from india.

    If you are so confident that the Tamils do have a traditional tamil homeland in Sri Lanka pls give all the historical facts and get it accepted by the UN. Why can’t you do it….

  41. Anpu says,

    “Also Chief Justice, Sir Alexander Johnstone wrote on 1 July 1827 to the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland:

    “…. I think it may safely be concluded both from them and from all the different histories which I have in my possession, that the race of people who inhabited the whole of the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the Island of Ceylon, at the period of their greatest agricultural prosperity spoke the same language, used the same written character, and had the same origin, religion, castes, laws and manners, as that race of people who at the same period inhabited the southern peninsula of India:……”

    Tamil precence in the East is only in s tretch of 10 miles from ythe coast and this is true even today. Vast tracks of the province which incidently was created from the Kandyan Kingdom was sarsely populated sinhala villages , but the tamil coastal belt was relatively thickly opultaed , that is how the tamils became a majority in the eastern province. In 1830 when the countr had 5 provinces East inccluded polonnaruwa, and due to polonnaruwa Sinhala were an over whelming majority.

    It is the creation of East which has created this illusion . If you are so confident that what ir Alexander Johnstone said is true, surly you can give this as evidence to prove that the east is the homeland along with the North and get it recognised by the UN. why can’t you do it man

  42. Mahesh,

    I do not want to repeat this many times. In one of the previous articles “Tamils need self determination by Sumanthiran I wrote many lengthy articles.Tamil p[recence was/Is in a stretch of 10 miles from the coast. If you think you can convince the international community on thetraditional tamil homeland pls go ahead nd get it recognised. Good Luck

  43. Anpu says,

    “Sinhala colonisation – As a result of many years of State planned Sinhala colonisation since 1948 in the Tamil homeland (North and East), the Sinhala governments and its destructive agents plundered and robbed 50% of the ancestral lands of the Tamils in the North East of Sri Lanka. (Violation of UDHR articles – 17)”

    Colonisation is what happened in South Africa by the whites on the black natives.Since 1994 many changes are taking place in fav of the blackman. This is the blackman getting his due place in the country, Settling sinhalapeople is getting our due place in the country. Tell me one single country or NGO which is blamming the Sri Lankan administrations for colonisation.

  44. Raju says:

    “Your godfather priest Mahanama himself was a Tamil (Pallava Clan)”.

    Could you cite evidence to support your claim.

  45. “This idiot will probably say Sri Lanka then China so I will like him to explain about the wonderful activities the Chinese army has done and continues to do to traditional buddhist culture in Tibet, and why it refuses to talk to Dalai Lama even though he talks of peace and non-violent struggle as any sensible Buddhist.

    Grow up man.” -Ramanan

    because they must be dimwits and idiots- As per MONKEY

    🙂

  46. John

    Did you read my comment? Did you understand the point I was trying to make?

    As I am bit thick please spell it out for me. Do you want USA to behave itself before you begin to behave yourself?

    You say:

    “Who are US people ? Are they gods owning this world ?”

    They are Sri Lanka’s godfathers. So you better listen to them, listen to them good.

    Rajabakse hitched a ride on US bandwagon, war against terrorism. Now it is payback time. USA made everything possible for Sri Lanka to obliterate LTTE. Now it is the payback time. Godfather helped you to sort out your domestic problems. Now it is the time for you to pay back the capital with interest.

    Make their day punk.

  47. She is talking crap as she was firm in her dealings she is the one who kicked the UNP Govt out

    She didnt even have guts to make Lakshman Kadirgamar as the Prime Minister when Mrs B passed away as he was the one who richly deserved it and now she talks bull!

  48. Dev,

    “Rajasingham Narendran, can always be counted on to defend the government !”

    I am replying after much hesitation. Because I am a Tamil or have to prove that I am a Tamil, I need not be close minded or in denial of facts. I am also a descendent from Tissaveerasingham Mudaliyar, who organized a convoy of bullock carts carrying food from Jaffna to Kandy, during the British siege of the Kandyan Kingdom. The few genes that survive in me from this lineage and my interactions with the Sinhala people from childhood, yet make me see Sri Lanka as one country and her peoples compatriots. I am also convinced from what I have seen here that the government has done much more than I had initially expected, for the war-affected Tamils. This is much much more than what the Tamils as a group, living both inside and outside Sri Lanka have done. I am grateful for what the government has done. I am no less a Tamil because of this.

    Further, I have to conclude that you are one of those who rush to make comments without reading in depth the subject matter. My old grandmother advised me once that if you want to see the world as it is, do not wear tinted glasses. This advise stands me in good stead even after almost four decades of her death.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  49. Ravi Perera

    Please give specific answer to my post. I am again giving my post here for your benefit.

    “Just because you ruled East under the Kandyan and other Kingdoms doesn’t mean that they are not Tamils land.

    I am a Marathi. We Marathi’s have ruled Tanjore and other parts of Tamil Nadu. That doesn’t change the Tamil character of this land a bit.

    It is not the one who rules it, but the character of the land that counts”.

  50. Ravi Perera says: (http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/5602#comment-63665)

    “Colonisation is what happened in South Africa by the whites on the black natives.Since 1994 many changes are taking place in fav of the blackman. This is the blackman getting his due place in the country, Settling sinhalapeople is getting our due place in the country. Tell me one single country or NGO which is blamming the Sri Lankan administrations for colonisation.”

    …The ICG reports provide a valuable insight into what is an entrenched military occupation. The first report detailed the military’s control over the civil administration and the continuing pattern of “enforced disappearances” and “extrajudicial punishments.” It also documents the systematic attempt to establish Sinhala colonies in the north. http://www.srilankabrief.org/2012/03/icg-reports-detail-militarisation-in.html

  51. Anpu,

    If the ICG report provides valuable information about colonisation, then you have nothing to worry. I think the days of a seperate stae is cloer then… LOL.

  52. Mahesh,

    Here i am reproducing an article written earlier. It contains some answers to Sachithandan nd his statistics which you refered me to earlier.

    Dear Mahesh,

    Tamil guys like you can accuse the Sri Lankan state of colonisation,but in the eyes of the international community it carries now eight. The international opinion is valuable. See the whole world is now asking for a proper investiagation for a war crimes. The fact is War crimes did happen, the Tamils know it and that is why you are ferociously pursuing the matter. Sri Lankan government also knows it and that is why we are trying to cover up.

    If the Eastern Province was historically tamil why do you think THE INTERNATIONAL community is not putting pressure on the Sri lankan government. The fact is at no point in history has East been under a Tamil rule. When the British took over it was under the Kandyan Kingdom. Refer to SHANKARS Unswer as well.

    Thanks for the link of this K. Sachithanandan. This man in his articlle starts by calling dsutugemunu a Thug.I know about this lunatic, he is just like this devanda man. Guys like this have presented these papers to the IC, but have been rejected and no body gives any attention to his stories.

    Let us look at the figures from 1946 onwards, beacuse any increase UPTO 1946 ISnatural migration. The so called colonisation happened after 1948.
    This man tlks about the borders of provinces changed by the Sri lankan governemnet. Who created these borders, the BRITISH They were not historical boundaries, they all were part of the KNADYAN KINDOM MY friend. Why does not he gives the population figures of the Eastern province when Polonnaruwa was part of Eastern Province. When Polonnaruwa was part of eastern Province the sinahal were an outright majority. Then they recreated the provincial boundaries in such a manner that relatively thickly populated coastal areas (about a stretch of 10 miles from the coast ) was annexed with large tracks of inland and sparsely populated sinhala, villages to create this ILLUSION. IN 1946 sinhala speaking was 56.23% according to sachithjanndans table and tamil speaking (Tamils +muslims) were 94%.

    Now let us look at Ampara district though the Tamils and muslims were a majority in 1948, the sinhala people , thoiugh small in numbers were spread out in a large areas (In about 78% of present day Ampara). These areas are called Wev gampattu & Bintenna Pattu. These areas had 9*0% sinhala even in 1948. It is in these areas that more sinhalaese were settled under Gal oya. Why does not he talk about this. Why is he using thje province or the district as unit. This is what I call an ILLUSION, my firend. The Sri lankan governemnt along with the Sinhala community leaders have presented these facts to the internation community, that is why you guys have not been able to sell the homeland concept succesfully.

    Under Trinco Sachithanandan says we faricated a story saying that seruvila was an ancient site. That may be for sachithanandan not for us sinhalese, for your information remember that SERUVILLA is one of the sites to be considered under UNESCO heritage sites in Sri lanka. Sigiriya is one such place. Apart from Seruvilla Thiriyaya is the oldest buddhist site in the country which also happenes to be in Trincomalee.
    He is taliking about allai kanthalai for your infor remewber they were thick jungles with no people when the settlement was started. In Trinco the Tamil use to live inthe town and just north of the town and vast majority of the district was jungle or sparsely populated csinhala villages.
    Sachithananda is basing all his arguments on the provincial and distric boundaries to argue his cases conveniewntly forgetting that tamil majority came due to its presence in the coast which was realtively thickly populated than the internal and vast tracks of land.

    You say that the tamils do accuse the sri lankan governemnt o colonisation though no country accuses us. Well Mahesh we do not care about yopur accusation, because all we have done was to get back what is ours which we lost during colonial period, this is just like the black man getting his due place in south africa. We are worried about internation opinion, as is the case with WAR CRIMES.

  53. Ravi Perera says:

    “When in history did the tamil rule East . north you ruled for 300 yrs out of the 2500 written history. I suppose this is the reason North is tamil homeland….”

    Why don’t we look at last 3,000 years history of the island?

    Do tell us about past 3,000 years of history and we can have a frank chat on your version and interpretation of Island’s history.

  54. Rajasingham Narendran,

    I am all for living in peace in one country, I have no interest in eelam as some in the diaspora are–I live in SL, travelling constantly to and living in Jaffna for extended periods, so while your accusation against some Tamils of not knowing the real situ in Jaffna may fly, it certainly does not with me !

    Those who read your comments are well aware that you defend the government to the hilt !

    Since you talk about old wisdom from your grandmother, I conclude with the statement about the three monkey who see no evil/ hear no evil and speak no evil of the government –to me you remind me of those three monkeys, about for you its see no evil/hear no evil /speak no evil of the Rajapakse regime….looks like you are wearing rose coloured glasses?

  55. CBK is probably one of the worst, definitely would go down on the history that way. Hon. Mahinda would go on the history book as the only SRI LANKAN BORN KING WHO UNIFIED THE COUNTRY UNDER ONE RULE. People must give him the due he is owed. CBK can talk nonsense or hold hands and dance with tamil terrorist and LTTE Terrorists as much as she wants but there is no place for her in any local Sri Lanka’s heart or mind. It’s funny when LTTE was riding high many tamils praised them and did not care to criticise them but now that LTTE is gone most are on the reverse over night….disgusting and pathetic. From Tamil Doctors wanting to kiss ass SL Gov to business men wanting to give lavish to Government and it’s attached. It’s funny! Anyways keep the humour going, we are very much aware of who you all are….always remember we are not you!

  56. Dr. Narendran; your comments are very interesting and insightful. Hope you continue to post despite what others say.

  57. Ramanan says:
    … Will John .. start listing countries ..where no one was killed or injured during development and behave exceptionally well today? This idiot will probably say Sri Lanka then China so I will like him…
    Ramanan Idiot cannot see beyound US Gods tintered glasses,so sinful.
    Takle a look at killing over 01 million civilians during last 15 years in Iraq & afganistan by US & continuing… for “development” & over 04 million civilians in Vietnam from 1964 to 1974 for “development” of Democracy.. ???.. Human rights..??? Economy…???
    Continuing to support State Terrorism in Israel which has killed over 100,000 civilians ( very next day after resolution against Sri Lanka , US alone voted at UNHRC to protect Israel when all other 39 countrie out of 40 voted against Israel).. No any country on earth does it today except US..
    Grow up man ( Idiot ?)

  58. Ramanan says:
    “… Will John .. start listing countries ..where no one was killed or injured during development and behave exceptionally well today? This idiot will probably say Sri Lanka then China so I will like him…”
    Ramanan the Idiot cannot see beyound US Gods tintered glasses,..So sinful.
    Take a look at killing over 01 million civilians during last 15 years in Iraq & Afghanistan by US forces & continuing… for “development” ???.. & over 04 million civilians in Vietnam from 1964 to 1974 ..( for “development” of Democracy.. ???.. Human rights..??? Economy…??? what else ??)
    Continuing to support State Terrorism in Israel which has killed over 100,000 (one lakh) civilians
    Very next day after US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka , US alone voted at UNHRC to protect Israel when all other 39 out of 40 countries voted against Israel.. No any country on earth does these killings today except US..

    Grow up man, shelve Idiotic mind set

  59. Dev,

    I have presented my views and observations to the best of my ability and as objectively as possible. I think time will be the judge.

    I am glad you are in Sri Lanka. I hope you have traveled deep into the Vanni. I also hope you have interacted with the IDPs in the camps. I also hope you are interacting with the Sinhalese and their politicians. Finally, I also hope that you have had the chance to interact with the Tamil politicians here. I also hope you empathize with the multitude of Tamils who are crying for ‘Bread’ and the handful who are clamouring for a well iced and rich ‘Cake’. I am with those crying out for bread. I am sure sure you are also with them, given that you are living in Colombo and Jaffna.

    However, I have a statue with a fourth monkey. It is seen covering its crotch with both hands. The interpretation is ‘Do no evil’. By extension. this would mean doing no evil, even if one cannot do good.

    As to backing the government to the hilt, please read what I have been writing and commenting carefully, without picking and choosing what fits your agenda. I try to use temperate language as much as possible, avoid naming people to the extent possible and look at things from both a Tamil and a Sri Lankan perspective. I do not view the GOSL and the Sinhalese as enemies and am trying in my own small way to bring the peoples of Sri Lanka together. I think I am qualified to do this because I have experienced the worst from both Sinhalese and Tamils, and the best also from particularly the Sinhalese.

    I am also hard on the Tamils, because I am Tamil and we carry a big historical burden and a falsely constructed chip on our shoulders, which are preventing us from stretching our hands in friendship. We have been wronged. But we also have done much wrong. The equation is balanced. We are no different from other peoples in Sri Lanka. We have to integrate into Sri Lanka and be loyal to her as our country of birth. In simple parlance, she is a mother who has to be accepted and loved despite her warts,occasional outbreaks of anger and regular use of the stick. She has however also cared for us- provided food, education and health care- even during the worst of times. She cannot be treated as a step-mother. The onus is on us to demonstrate our commitment to Sri Lanka, through good and bad times. We cannot be fair weather citizens! The Sinhalese and GOSL should also reciprocate this and I am convinced they are ready to meet us half way. Please note the words ‘Half way’.

    We have to start afresh with clear minds, grasp of facts, honesty, a genuine intention to reconcile and the readiness to forget forever the ‘Aanda Inam’ (We have ruled) mentality.

    San,

    Thanks.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  60. Ravi perera

    My question is simple.

    “Just because you ruled East under the Kandyan and other Kingdoms doesn’t mean that they are not Tamils land.

    I am a Marathi. We Marathi’s have ruled Tanjore and other parts of Tamil Nadu. That doesn’t change the Tamil character of this land a bit.

    It is not the one who rules it, but the character of the land that counts”.

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

    Also you are always in the habit of quoting a lot but you are not giving any link for me to verify.

    Give links.

  61. Mahesh,

    Tamil Characted in the east is in a stretch of 10 miles from the caost. vast majority of the areas were spardsely populated sinhala villages. It is in these villages more sinhalese were settled. Vast majority of the east had a sinhala character and are now having on too

    Tamils precence in the East is smaller than the precence inthe western province and central province. Infact there are more tamils living outside the so called homeland. This is one of the main stumbling blocks for your eelam project.

    You seem like some one who is unable to fathom reality and just living in a fools paradise with foolish dreams which will never materialise.

  62. Hello Native,

    Not just 3000 yrs even before the three tribes known as Yaksha, Naga & Deva known as the Helas ruled the country. Of course Veddas are a older people who were in the jungles.

  63. Look whos talking? Ha ha
    TOMS – the tsunami agreement,
    Sacking Ranil’s govt. with the ceasefire agreement

    Do you think the people are so forgetful and dump, Chandrika?

  64. dear singhalese don’t bark against USA.They are the mighty power controlling.You will be nailed by USA

  65. Ravi Perera

    You seem like some one who is unable to fathom reality and just living in a fools paradise with foolish dreams which will never materialise.

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

    Ravi Perera, I accept that you are more intelligent than me. That is the reason I am asking for links from your side.

    You are talking many things but why are you not able to give links?

    Are links available to your words or not. If the links are available please talk with them.

    Please quote facts and figures and also give links, give links and again give links.

    Quote from authorities and when you are quoting from the authorities give links. What is the hassle in that.

    Otherwise you think that you are intelligent and I am a fool. It doesn’t bother me.

  66. Ravi perera says:

    “Not just 3000 yrs even before the three tribes known as Yaksha, Naga & Deva known as the Helas ruled the country”

    Please note if you like to seriously engage in discussion please quote your sources.

    Lets agree on ground rules.

    You set the agenda I will respond.

    Before this that and other, we need to have DBS J’s authorisation if we are going to indulge in luxuries.

    DBS J

    Would you be kind enough to provide us with a small space in this forum to discuss our long running unresolved question, the history of the island?

  67. Ravi perera says:

    “Of course Veddas are a older people who were in the jungles.”

    Are you sure?

    Please take your own time and respond to me.

  68. Dr Narendran!

    Chandrika says: “First, I will resettle all the displaced Tamils in their original homes. And I will offer the same devolution package I did when I was President. Now that Prabhakaran is not there any more, maybe, I will reduce that package just a little!”

    Sir! Does the above paragraph, provoke on you some new thoughts?

  69. afool,

    I think I have already commented on this. Chandrika can say anything now, as she is unlikely to be president again. She is already hedging, despite the unlikelihood of her becoming president again. Can you provide for us the extent to which Tamils have not been resettled in their original homes and why?

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

  70. @ Dr. narendran

    I came across an article by you (i assume) by the name “An open letter to the sinhalese”. I found it recently and i think many sinhala readers hadnt read that. I can translate it to sinhala and post in a blog if youre OK with it.

  71. Anonymous,

    It was translated and published in the Lankadeepa. Tissaranee Gunasekera was instrumental in getting it translated and published.. I have no objections to it being republished, although it has lost its context now. The points raised are yet valid, but subsequent events have frozen positions, as I have said elsewhere, in concrete. New solutions, based on power sharing at the center, seem to be the only realistic hope.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  72. Indian parliamentarian team visiting Srilanka has appreciated GOSL for the living condition of SL Tamils residing in North. Their conditions are much better than many rural Indians.

    I wonder why many SL tamils cry about the pathetic conditions of Srilankan Tamils and misguide others.

  73. sjoseph says:

    “I wonder why many SL tamils cry about the pathetic conditions of Srilankan Tamils and misguide others.”

    Because they are in pathetic condition.

    You say:

    “Indian parliamentarian team visiting Srilanka has appreciated GOSL for the living condition of SL Tamils residing in North”

    They would say wouldn’t they?

    The whole purpose of their visit is to appease Sri Lanka. If they don’t that would be the end of India as we know it.

  74. Dr Narendran!

    Sorry sir, I should have been more clearer than above. The line I asked you to watch out carefully is, she says, if she was the president now;
    “I will offer the same devolution package I did when I was President. NOW THAT PRABAHARAN IS NOT THERE ANYMORE, MAY BE, I WILL REDUCE THAT PAKAGE just a little!”

  75. New solutions, based on power sharing at the center, seem to be the only realistic hope. -Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

    – Is Sri Lanka a country of two distinct ethnic communities, or not?
    – Are Tamils equals to Sinhalese in Sri Lanka?
    – Will Tamils be able to hold on to their identity in the Sri Lanka?

    – What is the true meaning of ‘power sharing at the center’?
    – How does one make ‘power sharing at the center’ practicable?
    – Who will be ‘responsible’ for effecting ‘power sharing at the center’?
    – Who will determine, and how do we agree on what needs to be shared, and not?

    – How do we agree on that ‘power sharing at the center’ is the answer?
    – What are the chances of reaching such a consent?
    – What time frame are we looking at, to reach that understanding?

    – What is the basis of your ‘realistic hope’?

  76. At the end of the war Army General Mr.Sarath Fonseka has already given the answer for these questions.

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  78. When she said that she would offer the earlier package,deleting just a little because prabha was no more,she should have been asked what exactly that little is.Unless the tamils know that they will as usual be going on the ride with the ‘little’ becoming 50 to 90 percent,instead of the 10 to 20 percent that ‘little’ may convey.

    Also when she said she had done enough for the country,note that she did not say enough good things for the country.So she is not lying at all when saying this,but she should be asked to list out the good things she has done.Then mahinda must be asked to list the bad things she has done and then we can set one against the other and see whether there was a net benefit from her during her period of rule.

    One thing all srilankans will agree on is that she was definitely better than her parents.She redeemed their racist and arrogant reputations somewhat,for which i think they should be grateful.

    I still think she made a mistake when she grabbed the job from anura.She should have let him have a go and if he was failing in the job,then took it over from him.To keep the unity with your brother and family is more important than perks of office,because after all blood is thicker than water.See how united the rajapakshe’s are and unity is their strengh and a reflection of how their parents brought them up and how chandrika’s parents brought her up.

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