The UNHRC resolution to see the light shortly in Geneva has been discussed and dissected by analysts who keep missing the forest. All things considered, what is being subtly promoted as the ‘final solution to the (so-called) Tamil problem’ is an autonomous Tamil state in Sri Lanka. It is not the will of Tamil people nor of other Sri Lankans, but of Tamil politicians with an agenda in separatism. But can the Sinhalese be expected to offer a portion of their homeland on a platter to hoist the Tamil Eelam flag?
The great majority of Sinhalese people believe they are the descendants of an incorrigible Indian prince named Vijaya. According to history, Vijaya was so uncontrollable, his father, a desperate provincial king, ordered him and a band of his friends on board a ship and shoved it to sea from a northern Indian shore. Vijaya and his friends drifted down to Sri Lanka which was by then already inhabited. It is supposed that the relationship between Vijaya and Kuveni, said to have been a queen in Sri Lanka at the time, was instrumental in precipitating the saga of the Sinhala race.
The truth is that thousands of years before Vijaya’s arrival, Sri Lanka had been inhabited, a truth established by hard archaeological evidence. During its ancient history, the island known as Hela was inhabited by Hela people. This means that Kuveni also belonged to the Hela dynasty. As time passed, the people of Hela came to be known as the ‘Sinhalese’ derived from the word Sihalese – Sivu Helaya relating them to Hela, Sri Lanka, as it is now known.
The people of Hela were an intelligent and an advanced race. In that era they were the forerunners in human progress in the region. It was much later that Dravidians from the Mediterranean arrived in India to merge with local tribes in South India. It is believed that such mixed bands of people visited Sri Lanka (Hela) for trade.
After it became the centre of Buddhism, there was continual migration of Buddhists to Lanka from Aryan kingdoms in northern India. These north Indian migrants integrated with the people of Hela–the Sinhalese–adopting Sinhala culture, their principles and ways of life. Importantly, none of these north Indian groups attempted to form ethnic niches in Sri Lanka; instead they became part and parcel of the land of the Sinhalese.
Immigrants to Lanka
National philosophies that fathered the great qualities of the Sinhalese were cemented further by King Pandukhabaya and about a century later by King Devanampiyatissa, placing Lanka firmly in the then developed world. However, Lanka did not escape the interests of South Indian invaders such as Elara who was defeated by King Dutugemunu. Elara was not a South Indian king as popularly identified, but a paid warlord, heading a South Indian mercenary force engaged by south Indian Dravidians who had plans for private benefits through covert incursions into Lanka. Unsurprisingly, history relates that even power hungry, greedy ministers, officials, rich and powerful families in Sri Lanka itself, who could not exploit the people owing to sound national ideology, hired south Indian warlords to destabilise or destroy Lankan governments. But these invasions were militarily overcome by patriotic Sinhalese leaders like Dutugemunu affirming the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. Similar internal attempts made by Sinhalese regional chiefs who tried to wrest central power also failed in the hands of Sinhalese kings.
It is recognised that the Geneva set-up is a well orchestrated preliminary step in replacing the present regime that has continually refused to heel to the commands of the West
Historically the Sinhalese accommodated foreign immigrants with their own cultures–customs, religions, practices and beliefs. On their arrival, like north Indians, these strangers integrated with the Sinhalese in their homeland and did not attempt to form ghettos in various corners of the island as racially identified territories.
Living in unity
Like the Sinhalese of Sri Lanka, many major communities in the world have cultures that are unique to their race and homeland. These as usually identified as ‘main cultures’. Countries like the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia which had been popular migrant destinations have main cultures based on western values, customs, religions, culture etc. Migrants to these lands also have their own cultures which cannot change or override the practices of the main cultures. However, foreign cultures can co-exist with the main culture without being a threat to ethnicity, religion, language or customs of their host. And, immigrants while fostering their own cultures in integrated societies have enjoyed all basic human and civil rights while living alongside major communities.
Sri Lanka has a unique society with all non-Sinhalese enjoying equal rights just as the man next to him, Sinhalese or otherwise. But, a currently shared idea is that a conspiracy is gathering momentum against the Sinhalese and their homeland. A deep Tamil agenda in this direction is apparent.
Tamil Nadu - the Tamil homeland
The homeland of some 70 million Tamils is the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. However, although Tamils have tried desperately to establish Tamil Nadu as a separate self-governing homeland over decades, the Central Indian Government refused to give into that demand due to good reasons: it would kick start the splitting up of one India. The Tamil campaign was so vigorous that the Indian government invoked the 16th Amendment requiring all government officials to take an oath to uphold the sovereignty and integrity of one India. This is the reason why Tamils have turned their attention to establish Eelam, on a baseless claim that the North and East of Sri Lanka are the ‘traditional homelands’ of Tamils.
It should be admitted that the current ruling class of Sri Lanka is not representative of the fair, just, multi-faceted society system created by the old national philosophy of the Sinhalese. Today, although over 70% of the Lankan population comprises Sinhala Buddhists, less than half of them belong to the ruling class. Most people assume that the ruling class is dominated by the Sinhala Buddhist fraternity, but this group does not dominate the ruling class because Tamils–both Hindu and Christian, Muslims Burghers and Sinhala Christians also fill many niches in it. The Sinhalese is perhaps the only native majority race in the world that permits and promotes the biggest number of opportunities to minorities. Unfortunately power hungry, selfish, racist minority leaders–civil, religious and political–who do not recognise the rights of the majority Sinhalese have brainwashed their people who are unaware of the true history of the Sinhalese and their homeland, Hela–Sri Lanka.
The 30-year war was perpetrated by the LTTE widely labelled as a terrorist group, with Eelam in mind. The identities of the warlords under orders of the Tamil hierarchy, foreign governments, institutions of various kinds said to be ‘sympathetic’ to the ‘cause’ of minority Tamils and issues of their ‘common rights’ and their machinations to get the better of the Lankan government and establish Eelam are no longer secret. That war belongs to history now; the Sinhala leadership, like the Sinhala kings of yore, protected the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, their homeland of thousands of years, by defeating Tamil warmongers militarily.
After they lost the battle, the promoters of Tamil Eelam resorted to a sly game against the Lankan government with the blessings chiefly of the Tamil diaspora. These Tamils safe in the West feature prominently in the Eelam exercise. They have managed to coax, bribe, misguide and politically hold to ransom western governments to hound Sri Lanka. This combined attempt that simmered for some years has reached a boiling point today. The so-called ‘International Community’ headed by the USA, UK and other friends, in association with the lop-sided United Nations is burning mid-night oil to trap the Lankan government on war crimes and infringement of human rights charges strangely ‘during the last stages of the war’ against LTTE. In fact their assumed ‘rights’, legal and moral, to strategically jail the Lankan government has been challenged not only by Sri Lanka but several other countries as well. They have raised questions particularly about US and UK accountability in a long list of their own war crimes, infringements of human rights and abuse of power they have brushed aside with disdain. Are these nations above answerability to their own documented crimes worldwide against ‘humanity’?
Geneva and chaos
Geneva is round the corner when punching Sri Lanka begins through UNHCR resolutions. Sometime ago a senior Lankan minister commenting on the UNHCR resolution on Sri Lanka said it would only lead to ‘chaos’. This statement should modified because ‘chaos’ also means turmoil, havoc, pandemonium; even anarchy.
It is recognised that the Geneva set-up is a well orchestrated preliminary step in replacing the present regime that has continually refused to heel to the commands of the West. The western aim is to replace it with a puppet regime which the puppeteers can manipulate at will. Hypothetically speaking, if Sri Lanka loses the Geneva battle, because of the strong Tamil Eelam flavour behind it, the establishment of Eelam can be assumed to be heading the aggressors’ itinerary. With Washington following Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’ theme, the US controlling the region under Chinese attention already, runs parallel to the Eelam call.
The murder of some Sinhalese soldiers sparked off the infamous Black July. It happened at a time when groups of Tamil mercenaries were active against government forces testing the patience and sentiments of the Sinhala majority. And as hoped by the terrorists, the Sinhala backlash was swift. The Sinhalese majority played right into the hands of the warlords who seized the opportunity to accelerate their campaign of terror in their march for a separate state.
Nobody would forget what transpired in the three-decade terror campaign of the LTTE, the world’s most vicious terror outfit. Strangely however, while bringing a UN resolution against the Lankan government for alleged war crimes and violations of human rights in its confrontation with the LTTE, the West, in particular, among other countries that banned the LTTE as a terrorist group turned a blind eye to LTTE atrocities committed against Sinhalese, Tamil, and Burgher, all people of Lanka.
Historically, the Sinhalese loved Sri Lanka, their homeland and protected its identity as a sovereign state. Was that wrong? And because the minority Tamils, Muslims and Burghers lived in harmony with the main culture as they do even now, what is the necessity for a division now? Ordinary Tamil people are not party to the concept of Eelam. Behind the creation of Eelam through terrorism and mass murder and ethnic cleansing lurk Tamil warlords who have political ambitions through a homeland in Sri Lanka. If, speculatively speaking, Tamil Eelam is established, a collective uprising of the main culture is certain. The Tamil diaspora, Eelamists and their allies should realise that Eelam in Sinhala country would only lead to a catastrophe of unimaginable magnitude.
If, speculatively speaking, Tamil Eelam is established, a collective uprising of the main culture is certain. The Tamil diaspora, Eelamists and their allies should realise that Eelam in Sinhala country would only lead to a catastrophe of unimaginable magnitude
It’s also time the US and its western allies, Pillays and Ban-ki- Moons of the UN, fork-tongued Jayalalithas and Karunas of Tamil Nadu, Tamil political groups like the TNA, sly Tamil politicians, Eelam hungry racist Tamils and mercenaries acquaint themselves with the history of Hela–Sri Lanka and the people of Hela–the Sinhalese, to accept the reality that the Eelam dream can remain only a dream.