Wednesday, June 17, 2009

13th amendment is an outcome of a threat to invade Sri Lanka...

Following the total elimination of the LTTE terrorists there is much discussion going on in electronic-print media and public forums on 'the political solution to the so called "North & East problem". 13th amendment to the constitution is being projected as one of the solutions.

Even the government ministers are parroting about 13th amendment without having an iota of idea about the grave consequences that will befall if this foreign imposed system of governance is introduced. 

It is an undeniable truth that the 13th amendment is an outcome of a threat to invade Sri Lanka by the then Indian leaders. And also it was a design of the politicians of India with imperialist mindset.

Therefore, the 13th amendment to the constitution is rather impediment to have a sustainable peace in the country. Forming of system governance dictated by another country will be one of the most heinous betrayals for the members of the security forces who have made supreme scarifies to preserve the territorial integrity of the country. Therefore, we should under no circumstances undermine the sacrifices made by them by leaving no chance for dividing the country.

In this well informative article by Mr.Nanda Godage, a distinguished and erudite scholar and a former ambassador of Sri Lanka has graphically illustrated the bad effects of this ill conceived forcefully imposed 'solution". He also suggests in his article a from of home grown governance system that should be suitable for our country. Please find below some excerpts from his article for your easy reference.          

 "The situation afforded the Indian government with the opportunity to circumscribe our sovereignty; India did this through Indo-Lanka Agreement and the Letters exchanged between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and President JR Jayewardene. In terms of the Indo-Lanka Agreement:

1) We were required to base a solution on the negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of India between 01-05-1986 and 19-12-1986.

2) We were required to accept that the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka were areas of historical habitation of the Sri Lanka Tamil speaking people (which included the Muslims) though the Eastern Province was never an "area of historical habitation of Sri Lanka Tamil speaking people. The present Eastern Province was a part of the Kandyan Kingdom (there are over 150 Buddhist Archaeological sites in the present EP). Tamils too came over from India and settled in parts of the north and east over centuries. There was also an overflow from the peninsular after the Tobacco cultivations failed there and excess labour brought by the British to work in the plantations also settled in the east.

3) The Muslims were given refuge in the present EP, from Portuguese persecution by King Senarath in 1648. There were subsequent migrations from the Coramandal coast into the present Eastern Province.

4) We were required to permit the Northern and Eastern Provinces to join to form a single administrative unit. This was because India wished to make a minority of the Muslims (in the combined North-East Province) who today number almost 40% in he EP but would be reduced to 20% in a combined Province. (The fear was that Muslim militancy was gaining ground in the EP, with the help of the Pakistani ISI and that the Muslims of our EP would linkup with their counter-parts in Tamil Nadu to subvert that country.

5) The President was required to grant an amnesty to LTTE cadres held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

6) The GOSL was required to accept and abide by the above provisions and expect all others to do likewise,

The GOSL was also required to implement the relevant proposals forthwith.

In terms of the Letters exchanged certain conditions were imposed on this country, they were as follows:

(a) We undertook not to employ foreign military and intelligence personnel;

(b) Trincomalee and other ports cannot be made available for military use by any country;

(c)The Trincomalee oil tank farm will be restored and operated as a joint venture only with India;

(d) Sri Lanka had to agree to review agreements with foreign broadcasting organizations (we had agreements with VOA and Radio Deutchewelle)."

This article by S. Akurugoda too throws light to the bag effects of this foreign imposed 'solution'. 

Resettle all the Sinhala families that have left the Yan Oya...

As was discussed in an earlier post one of the best ways to defeat the mythical Tamil homeland or illusionery Eelam dream is to wipe out the mono ethnic concept of the Eelamists.

However, before embarking on this initiative the first and foremost responsibility of the government should be to resettle thousands of Sinhala IDPs in their original villages who were displaced in the N & E areas due to the mass scale ethnic cleansing programme committed by the LTTE. This article appearing in the Sri Lanka Guardian graphically illustrates Sinhala settlements which existed in N & E before being ethnically cleansed. The article is so informative that the authorities can make use of it for their reference when resettling these Sinhalease.   

The article deals with the Purana (ancient) Sinhala villages in the Northern, Eastern and North Central Provinces which were razed to the ground by the Eelamists. The Sinhala villages of the Yan Oya basin suffered the brunt of the ethnic cleansing programme as these villages were threats to the grand mythical Eelam decing connecting the North and Eastern districts.

For your convenience please find below two extracted paragraphs from the article.

"With regard to the unity and territorial integrity of our country, the Yan Oya river basin is strategically the most important area. The landmass in this river basin links the Northern Province to the Eastern Province. To those who advocate the establishment of the nation of Eelam by the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, it is very important firstly to destabilize this river basin and subsequently to ethnically cleanse this area of any Sinhala presence. The effort surreptitiously made in this direction during many years of conflict is surprisingly not known to many. If the unity and territorial integrity of our motherland is to be preserved for posterity it is this effort that has to be reversed with immediate effect by resettling all the Sinhala families that have left the Yan Oya river basin.

It could be approximated that over five thousand Sinhala families have been internally displaced from the Yan Oya river basin. It has taken place from several Divisional Secretariat Areas that are in the Northern, Eastern and North Central Provinces. While more information is given in this article to justify this estimate, it has focused special attention to the Gomarankadawala area of the Eastern Province and the Padaviya area of the North Central Province that have been extensively affected".

As has always been the case every attempt by the previous governments to resettle the displaced Sinahalese in N & E has been fiercely rejected by the Eelamists. The very first brand of monkeys to jump into the bandwagon in opposing this effort will be Eelam supporting NGO/INGOs and their cronies from the Western world led by Norway. They will start barking from roof tops claiming that this is "Sinhala colonization in predominantly Tamil areas with the objective of altering the demographic composition."

Therefore, in this endeavor too the government should forge ahead with the same iron steeled courage displayed in defeating the terrorism leaving no room for Eelam supporters to undermine the great sacrifices made by our forces to wipe out the mono ethnic Eelam dream of the terrorists 

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jaffna was occupied by the Sinhalese earlier than by the Tamils- Mudaliyar C. Rasnayagam

With the total decimation of the LTTE the most abused phrases of Sri Lanka's history: "Tamil homeland and the grievances against Tamils" are being shouted from roof tops with a renewed vigor. These total illusions, products of Elite Tamil politicians from Jaffna (most of them are Singaporeans and Malaysians by birth) have been a Trojan horse to make an attempt to carve out a mono-ethnic entity in a large part of Sri Lanka
This article that appears in today's island (08.06.09') sheds more lights to this monumental myth "the Tamil Homeland". It quotes some works by the Tamil and non-Tamil historians. It basically proves that the Tamils in the North and East were the most recent immigrants from India and the areas were primarily inhabited by Sinhalese.
Some of the extracts from the article are quoted below for your easy reference:
"Even Tamil writers have contributed to the view that the Jaffna Peninsula was originally inhabited by the Sinhalese people from the 6th Century BC up to the Portuguese Period. Rev. S. Gnana Praksar, O.M.I., has said: "Mr. Horsburgh's article on Sinhalese Place Names in the Jaffna Peninsula [C.A. Vol. 11 Part 1, pp54-58] places beyond doubt the fact of "a Sinhalese occupation of the Jaffna Peninsula antecedent to the Tamil period". Mudaliyar C. Rasnayagam says "That Jaffna was occupied by the Sinhalese earlier than by the Tamils is seen not only in the place names of Jaffna but also in the habits and customs of the people. The system of branding cattle with the communal brand by which not only the caste but also the position and family of the owner could be traced, was peculiarly Sinhalese. The very ancient way of wearing the hair in the form of a konde behind the head, was very common among the people of Jaffna till very recent times" (Ancient Jaffna, p. 384).
Even the Wanni District did not seem to have a sizable Tamil population at that time: "If the deserted fields and solitudes of the Wanni are ever again to be re-peopled and re-tilled, I am inclined to believe that the movement for that purpose will come from the Tamils of Jaffna" (p.98.8). The population of North Central and Eastern Provinces was so depleted that there had been also a proposal to effect "colonisation from the coast of India... but the suggestion is uncongenial of attempting the revival of agriculture through the instrumentality of Tamils, the very race to whose malignant influence it owes its decay; and any project, to be satisfactory as well as successful, should contemplate the benefit of the natives, and not strangers in Ceylon" (p.903). Therefore even as late as 1859, this British scholar considered Tamils from India as strangers to Sri Lanka.
The inhabitants consisted of two distinct races of people. The savage Bedas [Beddhas, the Jungle Folk or Veddahs] then, as now, occupied the large forests, particularly in the northern parts; the rest of the island was in possession of the Cingalese" (p. 05). He repeats this remarkable statement again in chapter VIII of his book. "When the Portuguese first arrived on the island, the whole of it, with the exception of the woods inhabited by the wild Bedas, was possessed by one race" (p. 122).
Although Sankili was a Tamil on his mother's side, he did not make Tamil the official language of Jaffna. For all purposes, Sinhala was considered to be the official language throughout the island, including the Jaffna Peninsula. When Sankili's conduct became intolerable, the people of Jaffna (mostly Sinhalese) petitioned the Portuguese Viceroy in Goa, asking him to replace Sankili with a Sinhalese Prince 'because Jaffna belonged to the Kingdom of Kotte'. This led to the genocide of the Sinhalese inhabitants of Jaffna by Sankili. "After the massacre of the Christians, Sankili's, insane fury longed for more victims and he fell upon the Buddhists of Jaffna who were all Sinhalese. He expelled them beyond the limits of the country and destroyed their numerous places of worship," says Rasanayagam, quoting Yalpana Vaipava Malai."
Rebel of kandy will deal with the other monumental myth: "the grievances of Tamil" in a future post.