Governing party holds British responsible for creating ethnic conflict

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    * Nationalist governing party ally holds British responsible for creating the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka

    Nov 18, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has accused the British for creating an ethnic conflict in the country.

    Referring to the warning of an international inquiry against the country by British Prime Minister David Cameron, JHU General Secretary, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka charged that the British Premier had no right to call for an international inquiry in violation of the sovereignty of a country.

    He noted that such a move would also be in violation of the Commonwealth Charter.

    The Minister observed that there was no Tamil or Eelam issue in the country when the British landed in Sri Lanka in 1796 and it was the British who created the ethnic conflict.

    According to Ranawaka, the British administration should pay compensation to Sri Lanka for creating a Tamil issue that has resulted in the loss of many lives.

    Sri Lanka : Nationalist governing party ally holds British responsible for creating the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka

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    Jolly good.

    Carry out genocide and ask the British to pay compensation!

    The Minister is a coot. I like his statement - that there was no Tamil or Eelam issue in the country when the British landed in Sri Lanka in 1796.

    The man is a daft Ceylonese, as they come!
     
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    Re: Governing party holds British responsible for creating ethnic conf

    Cameron should not have gone at first place to Ravan Nagri
     
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    British SCUMS at it again!
     
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    Re: Governing party holds British responsible for creating ethnic conf

    Hardly, it was the British.

    You should go through the Sri Lankan history and the discriminatory policies to bring the Tamil to heel.

    The Tamils were more educated and were holding high offices.

    The Ceylonese were the scum!
     
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    Re: Governing party holds British responsible for creating ethnic conf

    There was initially little tension amongst Sri Lanka's two largest ethnic groups, the Sinhalese and the Tamils, when Ponnambalam Arunachalam, a Tamil, was appointed representative of the Sinhalese as well the Tamils in the national legislative council. In 1919, major Sinhalese and Tamil political organisations united to form the Ceylon National Congress, under the leadership of Arunachalam, to press the colonial masters for more constitutional reforms. However, the British Governor William Manning actively encouraged the concept of "communal representation" and created the Colombo town seat in 1920, which dangled between the Tamils and the Sinhalese

    Sri Lankan Tamil Struggle Chapter 18: The First Sinhalese- Tamil Rift T. Sabaratnam

    After their election to the State Council in 1936, the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) members N.M. Perera and Philip Gunawardena demanded the replacement of English as the official language by Sinhala and Tamil. In November 1936, a motion that 'in the Municipal and Police Courts of the Island the proceedings should be in the vernacular' and that 'entries in police stations should be recorded in the language in which they are originally stated' were passed by the State Council and referred to the Legal Secretary. However, in 1944, J.R. Jayawardene moved in the State Council that Sinhala should replace English as the official language.

    In 1948 immediately after Independence, yet another controversial law was passed by the Ceylon Parliament, called the Ceylon Citizenship Act which deliberately discriminated against the Indian Tamil ethnic minority by making it virtually impossible for them to obtain citizenship in the
    country.Approximately over 700,000 Tamils were made stateless. Over the next three decades more than 300,000 Indian Tamils were deported back to India

    http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla72/papers/119-Knuth-en.pdf

    storage.paxchristi.net

    INDIA AIRLIFTS AID TO TAMIL REBELS seniors members can shed more light on this issue

    INDIA AIRLIFTS AID TO TAMIL REBELS - NYTimes.com

    by the way i am not tamil nor LTTE heheh i am a telugu guy from warangal just a curious guy trying to know more about the conflict :thumb:
     
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    @AVERAGE INDIAN

    56th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Item 10
    Discrimination of Tamils in Sri Lanka

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    01. Januar 2000
    Geneva, 2000

    The Society for Threatened Peoples is concerned about the violation of the Social, Economic and Cultural Rights of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. These violations can be traced to the long-standing policies of successive governments which have eventually led to the outbreak of armed conflict. Whoever is concerned about ending the war in Sri Lanka that has so far claimed 55000 dead, 800.000 internally displaced persons and hundreds of thousands of expatriates among the Tamils, must address these causes and cannot confine himself to lamenting the manifest violations of rights, including torture, disappearances, censorship, impunity and the quasi permanent emergency.

    Sri Lanka is home to a plurality of peoples: Sinhalese, Tamils, Moors, Malays, and Burghers who speak three different mother tongues (Sinhala, Tamil, English) and practise four different religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity). However, far from recognizing this cultural and ethnic heterogeneity in their nation-building and development policies, successive governments have in practice and in constitutional law favoured the majority community denying equality to the other communities.

    Exploiting the power of the ballot, the majority community of roughly 70 % Sinhala Buddhists has identified itself with the nation, appropriated the state and used it to its own advantage. Ever since independence in 1948, government policies have systematically violated the social, economic and cultural rights of Tamils: through the disenfranchisement of the Indian Tamils, through state sponsored colonization of the North-East by Sinhalese settlers, frequently accompanied by forceful eviction of Tamils, through a discriminatory language, education and recruitment policy which pursued but one aim: the Sinhalization of the state. Today, more than 90 % of civil servants, and 99 % of the security forces are Sinhalese. The politics of ‘positive discrimination’ of the Sinhalese appears presently to be transformed into one of long-term exclusion of the Tamils because of proven incapacity. For what reasoning other than to eliminate the formerly superior Tamil competitiveness once and for all, while prolonging, even cementing Sinhala domination well into the next generation, can be adduced to explain the surplus of 14 000 Sinhala as against a shortage of 10 000 Tamil medium teachers, the lack of the most elementary school equipment (over 120 000 desks and chairs in the Vanni alone); a teacher pupil ratio of 70 to 1 in Tamil areas as against 22 to 1 for the rest of the country? The results of this outright violation of rights manifest themselves: in the competitive examinations for the Sri Lanka Accountant and the Administrative Service at most two Tamils were selected each year since the early 1990s!

    Successive constitutions have abandoned the earlier minimum provisions for the protection of minorites. The present government’s constitutional proposals have been hailed even by members of this Commission as a model for solving ethnic conflicts. But, far from accomodating the minority peoples it reaffirms the unitary state, confirms by flag and religion the majority as the sole representative of the nation; instead of multilingualism, Tamil is reduced to local vernacular; the decentralization of power, finally, leaves nothing more than the authority of a local council to the ‘provinces’; and the latter’s delimitation in the North and East, which the Tamils claim as their homeland, aims at limiting the territorial basis of the Tamils as far as possible. Neither devolution nor peace-offer, it is an invitation at constitutionally legitimized submission!

    The Tamils have first sought to redress the long-standing system

    Discrimination of Tamils in Sri Lanka

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    Just a starter.

    And I am also not a Tamil and I dislike the LTTE.

    All I feel is that there has to be an even playing field and justice.
     
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    This was at the Commonwealth Summit that India chose not to attend?

    Anyways, should Britain pay compensation to Palestinians based on the same reasoning?
     
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    Re: Governing party holds British responsible for creating ethnic conf

    And why not then to India, Pakistan, the Middle East where they had the Mandate and all colonies where they created such rifts? ;) :)
     
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    Re: Governing party holds British responsible for creating ethnic conf

    "The Minister observed that there was no Tamil or Eelam issue in the country when the British landed in Sri Lanka in 1796 and it was the British who created the ethnic conflict."

    There was no nation called Shrilanka either. It's the nationalism, based on "sinhalese ethnic purity", which is the reason for conflict. On the other side it's "Dravidian ethnic purity" that's the theory for demand of separate country for Tamils. It's two same kinds of ideologies that is the reason for war. As for Brits being responsible for creating ethnic conflict, it their speciality, if one start counting ethnic conflicts started out by Brits, the list would be too long.
     
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