A couple of weeks back TULF president Anadasagaree in a press release had opposed naming of a housing scheme in Jaffana as Mahindapuram citing the move as counter-productive. Whether the move by the government was wrong or right, the incident in a way, I feel, as if history repeating itself.
The so called 'Tamil's historical homeland theory' has many a times been challenged and proved to have been untrue by many hard evidences. Among many such hard evidences the origins of names of villages have proved to have been a good source to challenge the homeland theory. Most of the villages in the North and East have originally had Sinahala names and have later been Tamilinised.
If go by a few examples such as Vavniya of which ealier name was Vav Nimava literary meaning the last place where the tanks end , Kokavil- Kokavila, Valigamamam- Valigama, Kamburupiddi-Kamburupitiya etc. A Tamil scholar in 1930s wrote a book in Tamil on this subject and claimed that Tamils have no right to claim North and East as their homeland citing many such examples. He have traced the names of many places in the North and East with originally bearing Sinhala names. Due to some mysterious circumstances copies of that book can hardly be found now.
When I asked some of my Tamil friends the meanings of the names of such villages they found that their were no meanings in Tamil for such names. Anyway, rebel will post a detailed note on the subject with descriptive examples in near future.