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TNA MP Suresh Premachandran refuting recent remarks made by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the statement was a prelude to changing the demographic patterns of the North.

In an interview with BBC, Defence secretary Rajapaksa has said it is not appropriate to view the north of the country, over which a separatist war was fought, as a predominantly Tamil area.

“The most recent census revealed that out of the 954,000 residents in the North 900,000 are Tamils and 23,000 Sinhalese, so what is the Defence Secretary trying to say? Almost all the census carried out by the governments, have revealed this demographic pattern. Is he saying that this is not true?”  MP Premachandran asked.

Premachandran went on to state that that the acts of the government are clearly set on an agenda. “ The growing number of Buddhist temples in the area, the militarization of the north and the fact that there are new Sinhalese settlements in many areas of the North shows what the Defence Secretary wants to do is to change the demographic patterns of the Northern province” he said.(Hafeel Farisz)

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  • Mahinda Hetti Wednesday, 30 May 2012 01:11 PM

    There is nothing wrong of Gota chganging the demography as the tamil's can do the same in Wellawattha, Slave Island and all over the Colombo

    karikalan1 Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:16 PM

    What the govt wants to do is to steal the lands from Tamils and give it to Singhalese, plain and simple.

    KJ Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:05 PM

    If the whole of Sri Lanka is open to everyone, why did the Buddhist monks in Dambulla stop the mosque from coming up there?

    sana Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:02 PM

    this racist party should be banned in Sri Lanka

    profossor ahamed Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:11 PM

    if this country is for all, why are u beating, harassing, and discriminating muslims n tamils.

    Gayan Wednesday, 30 May 2012 02:55 PM

    And the so called international community wants us to compramise with these racists. Govt should terminate all discussions with TNA until TNA get rid of these racists

    ampare son Wednesday, 30 May 2012 02:37 PM

    Anyone live anywere this country. this is great words.TNA reject that.

    kira Wednesday, 30 May 2012 02:33 PM

    Can't see a reason not to live in nothern part of Sri Lanka.If those who live there willing to sell properties.

    Aberatna Wednesday, 30 May 2012 02:08 PM

    In short you will not have separate land in sri lanka.

    TRUE Wednesday, 30 May 2012 01:59 PM


    ruwan kotuwelle Wednesday, 30 May 2012 01:52 PM

    This man may be correct about numbers. When the LTTE started Genocite, killing the Sinhalese and Muslims in the North and during the tine they were involved in war by proxy, Sinhalese fled the area. Western medoia never reported such incidents. Kudos Gota.

    ANURA SENEVIRATNA Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:05 PM

    What Gota wants is not to change the demography but to change this ludicrous racist belief. If these people want an independent Tamil Country return to Tamil Nadu, which is the ONLY land to be called Tamil Land.

    sundram Wednesday, 30 May 2012 01:05 PM

    Of course sinhalese can buy lands and build house, like tamils in the south. But no colonisation-whereby free lands and other perks are given to one community.

    peace lover Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:45 PM

    If a tamil christian marry a sinhalese buddist and live in peace for the last thirty years why can't the tamils and singalese live in peace?Buddism is a reformed form of hindusiam .Tamils want to live in peace with dignity and equality.Please don't write racial comments.

    Dushar Dayarathna Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:45 PM

    Gota is deadly correct.

    Tilak Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:32 PM

    What wrong when Sinhalese are settle any where if he she can in Srilanka. The same facility now entitled and use by Tamils/Muslims etc Island wide.

    rohan Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:13 PM

    Hello.... if a Tamil can live any part of the country , why not Sihalese can live in north. There are no restriction for tamils to buy properties any where in sri lanka so why not allow all others. whether you lie it or not this will happen & better look somewhere else to live.... Most probably Tamil Nadu.

    slindimasq Wednesday, 30 May 2012 11:40 AM

    srilanka is for everyone to move where ever they feel ,

    Indeewara Wednesday, 30 May 2012 10:39 AM

    If we want to build a country we should get rid of all the racists from every society,Either buddhist,hindu,Islam or catholic If you promote communal violence they should be condemned,
    How ever minorities in sri Lanka need to acknowledge that Sinhalese are the people who have laid the foundation for unique civilization in sri Lanka & otherwise sri Lanka would have been like another state in India.
    Speaking of Buddhist temple Building in North,People should know How many kovils were Built during LTTE time by demolishing ancient Buddhist ruins,Sinhalese have not Vandalized those kovils,People should go there & see .........

    seelan Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:54 AM

    Gota can say what ever he wants because he is a elected defence minister, who are you are nothing.

    Chandana Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:14 AM

    Totally agree brother

    Rose Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:14 AM

    You come to Maharagama. Right round my house Muslims and Tamils live. And the numbers are also increasing. Don't be prejudiced. We all are human beings.

    truly srilankan Thursday, 31 May 2012 08:51 AM

    anybody can live any where in the island.its true as defence sec mentioned.minority in this country enojyoing well as i see and we are suffering.there is no rasisum here in srilanka and people are living in no need of seperation and pls do not speak on behalf of others

    Nan Saturday, 02 June 2012 12:34 AM

    SL is a multi ethnic country .

    Most of the time its few Tamils keep complaing .

    Those tamils shall feel free to settle in Tamilnadu.
    Thats your home country.
    The other SL tamils are welcome & lets live in peace .

    Any SLANKAN shall be free to live where ever in SL it maybe.

    So Jaffna cant be only 4 Tamils.

    Tamilnadu is only for tamils. Go home to stink nadu

    guest Friday, 01 June 2012 10:59 AM

    By political votes the promises were broken and untrammelled political power dominating the country in order to create the damage to the justice.

    wernie Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:55 PM

    Very true.

    sanjeeva Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:30 PM

    You kalu suddha these were all ancient sinhala buddhist areas which can easily be shown by what is remaining after all the distruction done by the Tamils to these archeological sites. Much more is under ground.... The higest density of tanks are in the North & eastern provinces. The tamils must have bulit the i suppose. Wonder whu not a single tank is found in Tamil Nadu know ?

    Aney Machang Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:22 PM

    Suresh Premachandran himself was a terrorist leader not so long ago.
    It is difficult to change the stripes so easily, we should not play much ear to his claims, the views of the majority of the tamils is different and they want to live peacefully with the Sinhalese and Muslims. Tamils are very much and true Sri Lankans please...

    ck prahalad Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:02 PM

    Y don't you publish my comments...

    ck prahalad Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:57 AM

    yes...d racists attacks r increasing everyday....for local racists...for international community showing a different picture....

    ANURA Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:43 AM

    Boru Epa , Suresh. The knowing people know the real truth .

    MS Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:45 AM

    that because you are trying to encroach a land belongs to the temple......

    Rick Fernando Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:11 AM

    Look at the census of the 1930's, the Sinhalese population of Colombo was over 90%. Now the Sinhalese are a minority but that seems to be fine with the Tamil racist TNA.

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:48 AM

    So why do these non sinhalese have to talk in sinhala to even hire a tuk tuk??that shows these non sinhalese have not changed anything.

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:47 AM

    Development is not possible with racial hatred that roots deeply in high levels..

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:46 AM

    If South wasn't mainly Sinhalese area, we would never have this war..

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:40 AM

    Buying from your own money is different from govt buying it for you,big difference..

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:31 AM

    If so how come everyone and everything in Colombo is in done in sinhala,even the bus conductor speaks in sinhala.

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:30 AM

    In colombo even the bus conductor speaks in sinhalese,something is seriously wrong here..

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:28 AM

    First remove Buddhism from constitution and prioritize all religion equally make it more srilankan please..

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:26 AM

    So Dambulla is buddhist area and rest is mulitethnic?

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:26 AM

    Dismantle HSZ and give the land back to owners, most Tamils in Colombo are from this category..

    jegan Thursday, 31 May 2012 05:23 AM

    So every body seems to forget the dambulla incident..

    Mathan Thursday, 31 May 2012 01:16 AM

    Srilanka is not just for Sinhalese,Tamils and Muslims..that can never be changed by any politician no matter how much they try ...

    Some one Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:33 AM

    If you want that, what would you suggest to do with the Tamils in Sinhala areas ??

    das Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:45 AM

    So according to TNA, Jaffna is a Tamil area and the rest of the country is a multiethnic area??

    vignesh Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:36 AM

    That is true any one buy propety and live anywhere in sri lanka.The issue here different.Is this Goverment give free land ,house and build hindu temple in colombo ?People build itself.
    but now North ,Goverment giving free land and build house and workship for South people.Even so many local people dont own land or house

    az Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:30 AM

    is this truly happening?

    shanthi Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:22 AM

    after 1958 riots against tamils n riots after riots have made these people to talk like this , it's better for us to learrn to live
    and with peace not in pieces.

    NN Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:16 AM

    The demography of north should change. Sinhalese and muslims who were in North before should allow settle again if they wish to. Otherwise, would TNA need sending all Tamils settle in Colombo and other socalled "south" back to North (will they go back to live with these idiots?). Sinhalese are racist when they talk about this, yet TNA are not (to some people)!

    hemanthak Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:12 AM

    One must not forget the fact that with the new census revealed that there is still 75% sinhalese in the country. Just like Tamils, sinhalese also protect the race. just the same. that is not racism.

    vignesh Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:11 AM

    Before war LTTE is Racists now TNA ,who is the next Racists tamil party.

    a srilankan Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:11 AM

    of course one is tamil dominated racists the other is sinhala dominated racists.

    Mishra Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:53 AM

    who is racist you or TNA?

    roshan Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:37 AM

    please turn the search lights inwards, and you will know the reason why peace and human development is so elusive to SL

    aj Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:29 AM

    you Mr Prmachandran? are you blind - i am a tamil and its a shame you are a tamil MP Man..what's the big deal in seeing budhhist temples in the north? how many hindu temples are in the south? every major town in the south has more than one temple? have you not gone to festivals in Colombo and blocking roads for hindu festivals? what's you big problem that you can't live with other community? when the deadly LTTE was all over the north you could live with them but why can't you see the Sri Lanka official military forces providing security there in the north for your own people? don't you realize the forces don't force your innocent children in the north to hold arms and kill people like what LTTE did? You want to do everything in the south but sinhalese can't do anything in the north?

    Wewala Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:47 AM

    TNA, is the only reason we do not have a solution , LTTE was the military wing TNA is the political wing of the same extrem separatist organisation .represent Tiger supporters all over the world. Srilanka is far too soft , MAhinda and Gota our constitution says its illegal to talk about separatism, please take action!!.

    neutral Guy Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:29 AM

    Well Premachanran is overlooking the fact that Tamil mirgrating to Colombo and other areas. Is he trying to say that Tamils should not be allowed to do soo... ? because Sinhalese are the majority there..? i really doubt he would say like that...

    Fusion Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:29 AM

    Mr. Premachandran, unlike R. Sampanthan, I actually have a bit of respect for you. But I must disagree with you regarding the demographics. To upset the balance of 900,000 tamils you need at least 300,000 Sinhalese (25%). I honestly don't see this happening anytime soon. Regarding the Buddhist temples now this I agree with you. The 'Sinhala Buddhists' think they are showing their victory/superiority but all they are showing is their stupidity & insecurity.

    ase Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:28 AM

    Mr. Gotabaya, make sure, like DS genarate colonies in north so that more sinhala people could make there homes in northen, we are the same opinien with you. as you have said i am too from belliatta and feel the same.

    cabs Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:26 AM

    Also these Racist TNA terrorists chased all Sinhales and Muslims from north and also killed tens of thousand of them

    jiggy Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:21 AM

    The only way to stop the racism of the TNA and the diasspora is to resettle the 500,000 sinhalese and muslims who were ethnically cleansed by the racist LTTE.

    solico Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:13 AM

    but tna is changing demography of the south

    Kalu Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:10 AM

    Dear Parliamentarian think fresh look at the broader picture of development and living in harmony without playing the divisive communal card all the way.

    Ranawiruwa Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:11 AM

    What demography ? Look at Colombos Demography mearly 60 5 is non Sinhalease ?? So none of us can live in North and East ? This is insane !

    das Wednesday, 30 May 2012 03:50 AM

    If Jaffna wasnt a mainly Tamil area, we would never have had this war.

    Bagalawathee Wednesday, 30 May 2012 03:39 AM

    Any Sri Lankan should be able to buy property anywhere in Sri anka and any where they like. So, what's the problem ?.

    Joseph Tuesday, 29 May 2012 09:12 PM

    It is because of these TNA racists that this country can never see proper peace or human development.

    kumar Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:54 AM

    The problem is severe than you described. The Government chased the Tamils from their lands and systematically build properties and gave it to Sinhalese. Tamils are not against for a sinhalese to buy a land live in North by his own choice.

    Rose Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:12 AM

    Donkey. This country is for all. For all human beigns.

    Em Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:01 AM

    Better those disasters destroy the entire country.

    franci rovan Wednesday, 30 May 2012 08:54 AM

    SrI LANKA is for all Sri LANKANS regardless of their ethnicity and should be able to live anywhere in Sri Lanka.TNA should stop this hate campaign.

    channa Wednesday, 30 May 2012 08:40 AM

    Exactly....How many Tamils people live in Wellawatta, Kotahena...It like little Jaffna...

    sarath Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:15 AM

    what is the demography in Colombo. in recent years it had completly changed and Sihala population in Colombo had come to third. any Tamil may reside in any part of SL as it is the country of Sri Lankans who ever the race or group may be. but not in Jaffna. for better reconciliation we must forget all differences and have muti racial sociaty.

    Roshan Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:14 AM

    so gota thinks people should be able to buy property from anywhere in the country. wonder what he was thinking when he packed northern tamils in colombo.. and sent them in buses to the north by force. this is what i call a true hypocrite.

    Peoples Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:13 AM

    Works both ways.

    Asoka Jayawardane Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:07 AM

    Not only for Gotabaya Rajapakse, entire country wants to do that without fail and as soon as possible. Colombo 40% Tamils are living without any problems, why not Sinhalese in North and East of Sri Lanka. North and East of Sri Lanka not a Tamil Nadu. Lets the dogs bark, Caravan should go.

    Kondeybendapucheena Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:06 AM

    LTTE+TNA =No Peace for Tamils

    kumar Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:01 AM

    More Tsunamis and Earthquakes are awaiting for Sri Lanka in coming years to change the entire demography. So be calm.

    Noor Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:56 AM

    Mr. Pramachandren try to understand something that workable for peace in Sri Lanka, in fact you TNA guys are more racist than anyone else in Sri Lanka, Always talking north east belong to Tamils only. this is what you have to change from your mind. Let other religious people mingle with you (Tamils) then see the progress towards peace.

    Mr B. Wijeyasingha Tuesday, 29 May 2012 08:32 PM

    TNA MP Suresh Premachandran should be reminded that the goal of the Indian supported Tamil Tigers was even worse. They wanted a homeland of those areas he is addressing. He should be told to read the US civil war where after the end of that war the victorious Union military stayed in the defeated Confederate states for decades and not 3 years. He should be told that Tamils are allowed to settle in any part of Sri Lanka, even in the deep south and the same is allowed for the Singhalese population. He should be told that the traditional Tamil areas of Sri Lanka died with the end of the Civil war and all areas of SL are open to any community for settlement and finally he should be told that the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka are non of his business since Sri Lankans did not elect him.

    Gunawardena Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:46 AM

    Dear TNA members

    Sri Lanka is for everyone, Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers, Moor, Muslim.
    If you want a seperate state there is Tamil Nadu.

    mano Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:45 AM

    madayan means modaya

    Lakshan Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:43 AM

    What is this donkey trying to say, that Sinhalease are not allowed to have a life in Jaffna, might as well chase all the Tamils in the south then if thats what he wants.

    Nadaal Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:28 AM

    Please think of our future genrations and living in harmony without playing the communal card which could be destruyctive for all. I agree the assertion that Lanka belong to every Sri Lankan. There should not be so called predominant areas but every inch should be available for everybody if they wish to live. .

    Fayad Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:32 AM

    what happens to Tamil Homeland ?
    Will the Tamils who lives in wellawatha claim the same

    KP Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:28 AM

    Tamils are free to buy land and build houses in Colombo and other areas (it's probably debatable how well they would be able to live without discrimination in all areas of the South!) The issue is not that. It is about land-grabbing by the high and mighty and those with political connections, when the local people have not been resettled themselves, and fears of a deliberate policy of changing the demographics rather than a natural process of Sinhalese moving there for their own business and setting up their lives on their own. It would be interesting to see the profile of Sinhalese who are 'migrating' to the North and East post-2009!

    Nodrog Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:05 AM

    True, he should first check the current demography pattern in Bambalapitiya, Wellawatte etc... then talk.

    neutral Guy Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:05 AM

    because of your laws " Thesawalame" Can anyone other than a tamil buy land of a Tamil... ? be realistic Vignesh...

    ModaYakka2 Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:03 AM

    What do you mean by local people? All are Sri Lankan people.

    ModaYakka Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:59 AM

    TNA for sure. How stupid are you to ask that question unless you are representing TNA?

    zahra Hussain Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:47 AM

    aj , You are a true Sri Lankan ! Good for you. If only we had 1000 True Sri Lankans like you we will be the best country in the world to live in. Premachandran is not blind, but totally blinded by political greed . They can thrive only in a divisive society. ......

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