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Tamils prevented from farming: Wigneswaran

Paddy lands claimed to be archaeological sites

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Tamil Makkal Thesiya Koottani (TMTK) MP C. V. Wigneswaran said yesterday, Tamils in the North and East were facing issues as they were prevented from continuing their cultivation activities due to claims that certain paddy lands were archaeological sites.

He told parliament that a venerable Bhikku member of the Eastern Archaeological Task Force recently prevented the farmers from entering nearly 1, 000 acres coming under the Trinco – Kuchchaveli Pradeshiya Sabha Division in Thiriyayi.

“Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy. Around 40% of our people are farmers. But some of our people are unable to do farming in their own traditional areas in recent times,” he said.

“We have not even identified the so called archaeological sites as to whether they belong to the time when those areas were occupied by Tamil Buddhists or Sinhala Buddhists. If those so called sites were Buddhist remains from the time of Demala Baudhayos the decision to preserve those areas must come from the Tamils of those areas, not from a Pan Sinhala Task Force.

We will have a Commission consisting of Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Foreign Historians well versed in South Asian History to sit and identify the period when the Sinhalese language was born. Buddhism and Sinhalese are not coextensive,” he said.

The MP said the Tamil people who have been prevented from cultivating their lands must be allowed to continue with their agricultural activities and urged the Prime Minister to look into the matter. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Samson Thursday, 10 September 2020 08:38 AM

    North and East may be a problem but all including Tamil speaking people can farm anywhere else.

    Sarath Thursday, 10 September 2020 09:27 AM

    Never ever trust TAMILS. Indian Proverb "if you see TAMIL

    Jude Thursday, 10 September 2020 09:42 AM

    Viggie Believes creating animosity will HELP his political ambitions!!?? Yeah!!

    PIyal Senadeera Thursday, 10 September 2020 09:43 AM

    What are you talking about sinhala buddhists, tamil buddhists and Pan Sinhala task force. Sounds racist. Wiggy should know if there are archeological sites, people cannot or should not do farming in those areas - private or public.

    Ragu Thursday, 10 September 2020 10:06 AM

    Let the people to continue farming if this was done in the land previously. Farming is very important sector in the country and create jobs for those poor people.Don’t create unnecessary issues in the name of Archaeology

    shavendra pila Thursday, 10 September 2020 10:50 AM

    It's better for us all to be guided by the British despite all the atrocities. Since you can't expect an overall development to live with sinhalaese, either

    P.. B. Krishnahumar Thursday, 10 September 2020 10:54 AM

    How many acres of Land you have cheated and encroached in Jaffna.

    shavendra pila Thursday, 10 September 2020 10:55 AM

    Mr.Racist sorry Sarath .the whole world have seen the kind of damage you are done to this tiny island being proud sinhalease.well done.

    Kolitha Perera Thursday, 10 September 2020 01:01 PM

    Trying hard for a separate state. Not in this era.

    Vidora Thursday, 10 September 2020 02:08 PM

    We don’t need to know when Tamils came or singhalese came or who was here first etc and that’s history. Now The land belongs to all Sri Lankan’s and all ancient archeological sites whatever religion needs to be preserved. File a case against this man a divider of a country and its people.

    Archaeologist. Friday, 11 September 2020 08:56 PM

    Bogus archaeological sites to prevent Tamil speaking people to thrive. South grow up.


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