Tamils were discriminated by Vellalas: Sarath

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Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera has told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that the Tamils were discriminated by the Vellalas and not by the Sinhalese.

In his speech on ‘racial discrimination’ he said the majority Sinhalese are charged with discriminating the Tamil minorities but in fact it was a section of the Tamils who discriminated another section of the Tamils.

“The high caste Vellalas kept away the low caste Tamils from Temples, schools, and Kovils. They did not share a drop of water with the low caste. In 1968, one C Sundaralingam went as far as the Privy council to defend Vellala supremacy denying low caste people from entering a Hindu kovil. Ponnambalam Ramanathan went to London to urge the colonial masters to legalise the caste system in Jaffna. In 1951, when Sinhala leaders brought social disabilities act to protect the rights of the low caste Tamils the Vellala Tamils travelled to Britain to demand the British government to annul the Act,” he said.

Mr. Weerasekera said Vellalas could maintain their supremacy only if they could pose as saviours of the Tamils.

“So it were the vellalas who manufactured anti-Sinhala Buddhist venom in the name of protecting the Tamils. If the majority Sinhalese were that bad how did the Tamil-speaking Muslims and more than 50% of the Tamil population peacefully co-exist with the majority? Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran, after living among the Sinhalese for 65 years, ending up as a Supreme court judge, has the audacity to say Sinhalese have no right to live in the North. He generates hate against Sinhalese but yet when the Northern hospitals run short of blood, Sinhalese soldiers are the ones who give blood to the Tamils because Wigneshwaran and his fellow Vellalas do not like their blood mixed with that of the low caste people. It is high time the Tamils in Sri Lanka woke up to this truth,” he said.

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  • Truth Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:39 PM

    Great. Please go to other international arenas and spew his hatred and bullshit (also mention you are an ex military chief). This will indeed help the Tamil cause.

    palle Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:39 PM

    This summarize it all.

    Hapuarachchi Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:53 PM

    Dont tell us tell this to Vasu

    Jayaratne Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:58 PM

    So black july is a myth? There was no sinhala colonization of the north after independence? No Tamil civil servant lost his/her job because of sinhala only act? Tamil students were not sent home from universities under standardization? True, there is caste discrimination in the north, but that is not the only discrimination.

    KKS Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:00 PM

    Whatever the hell you say, we don't care. There is no such thing as you call as discrimination. We know that you are Gotabaya's humble tail. So how come you can be an innocent man by blaming the tamils as saying that they aren't united? Hey, this nonsense of yours is just a childish joke. You can NEVER fool the world by trying to hide the war crime allegations committed by your innocent 'ranaviruwas'. Tamils didn't kill tamils. Remember!

    Parrot Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:03 PM

    Mr.Weerasekara, you think you are smart by bringing forth historical facts from the 50s and 60s and to work them in your favour. What do you say? Will you allow the tamils to dig into history?

    cadmin Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:17 PM

    Brilliant piece of facts laid bare. Thank you and hope Sri Lankan Tamils understand this for what it true is, facts! Let us free ourselves from these tyrannical politicians be it in North or South and live peacefully, in co-existence.

    Tamilan Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:23 PM

    The ugliest truth... As a tamil, I cant hide this. but now a generation they dont give a damn shit about it and now it is deteriorating.

    Kula Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:24 PM

    LTTE leader is from a low caste and how come he became the leader if there is discrimination by Vellala people ?

    vithura Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:26 PM

    Oh yeah, the Sinhala only, the removal of S29 of Soulbury constitution, Sinhalese colonisation stc., were all done by the Tamil Vellalas. He must think that Tamils are a bunch of idiots to believe such moronic theories!

    Writer Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:30 PM

    The Hindu Vellalas, or Vellalar as they are called by the Jaffna Tamils, are at the apex of the Sri Lankan Tamil Caste system. This was similar to the position of the Buddhist Kandian Sinhalese among the Sinhalese community. Historically both the Tamil Hindu Vellalas and the Kandian Buddhist Sinhalese had a very strong and an affectionate relationship until the fall of the Jaffna Kingdom in 1619 to the Portuguese forces. There were many notable marriages between these two communities in the centuries old relationship.

    vithura Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:33 PM

    He must have thought he is among like minded people of hollow intellect, happens to those who are not well read and full of hate.

    TR Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:40 PM

    If Prabakaran had been alive today strangely he would have congratulated Sarath Weerasekera for speaking against the Vellas. The raw energy for the LTTE and all other Tamil militant groups came not from the Tamil nationalism but from the insane hate they had for the Vellalas specially the Hindu Vellalas. That was why the LTTE joined with the Tamil Catholics and decimated the Vellalas permanently from the Jaffna soil.

    Mandayan Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:41 PM

    Are you Govigama?

    RP Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:11 AM

    Mandayan, you should know that answer, it’s very obvious that this admiral is Karawe like Sarath Fonseca and V. Prabhakaran.I’m not in to this stupid caste system but compelled to mention because of this nonsense speech by another RearAdmiral!

    Mandayan Thursday, 27 September 2018 03:30 PM

    Here we go, Karawa guys on both side were and are up against the Vellalas and Govigama

    Sangeeth Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:46 PM

    Prabhagaran is not vellalas,

    Wicks Malaviarachchi Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:56 PM

    Wicks Malaviarachchi - Playing the caste card is not considered Politically correct. However, Sarath's argument is valid in the case of Sri Lanka. The National problem in Sri Lanka should be resolved amicably with a strong resolution to think democratically, and, live as Sri Lankans and one Nation! The present government of Sri Lanka treats everybody in Sri Lanka alike. It's the Politicians who have to get-together and make it a reality. I personally think UNHRC, Geneva has a very small role to play.

    Max Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:06 PM

    Hats off to you admiral for telling the truth. The tamil racists have spread a bogus history which has no acceptable evidence to prove their unjust claim world wide. Keep up your hard work sir.

    kumar Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:07 PM

    Pls clear the confusion. Are vellalas not tamils?. Since Prabaharan is not a Vellala are you justifying all actions by LTTE and you consider him as a martyr. The Tamils voted for SF as they did not blame the Sri Lankan forces. What they are asking is why you are protecting the cold blooded murderers and bringing shame to Srilankans and Budhism.Why not follow the footsteps of Duttegemunu a statesman.

    Lankaboy Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:10 PM

    There is some truth in it


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