How did Tamils come to Lanka?
by Ilaya Seran Senguttuwan
Minister Champika Ranawake – that wise man of the JHU who appears to have a superior opinion on almost everything under the sun - is reported to have said last week “Tamils came here after being chased away by the Moguls in South India .”
This is pretty thick stuff and a new one from Ranawake. His Chintanaya mentor Nalin de Silva gives another twist when he says the Tamils first came to Jaffna 400 years ago with the Dutch for Tobacco cultivation.
There will be many more gems from the Minister in the future as there were in the past. Mr Ranawake must re-hash his studies in Indian history and get to learn pronto the furthest Moghul presence reached the South was no more than today’s Andra Pradesh and Karnataka – both non-Tamil States.
It is well known Ranawake owes his position in government inter alia for spewing racial and religious hatred over a period of time. Unless the President restrains him this reincarnation of KMP Rajaratne, RG Senanayake and Cyril Mathew can cause incalculable harm to the country - as Mathew did.
I am reminded here of what Disraeli had to say of Gladstone in their days “He is inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity.”
Yesterday, a popular Tamil daily here quoted popular Indian academic and Tamil Poet Shri Vairamuthu as follows - on the occasion when leading figures in the film Industry in Tamilnadu took to the streets in sympathy with the large number of suffering Tamils civilians in the Wanni -
“The ancient Tamil was born on the sacred earth that is part of what is now called Sri Lanka . Today in the soil of his birth unarmed men, women, children are killed by the thousands from the ground, the sea and the air mostly by deadly automatic weapons. Thousands have perished thus while the Indian government has watched helplessly. Bombs are rained on them indiscriminately. For sometime now every effort is made to remove him (Tamil) from his original soil. What is Sri Lanka now is part of the lost landmass of Lemuria that went under a massive quake of the sea in times long past. There is historical evidence to this. There is going to be an election in Sri Lanka next year. The Buddhist Sinhala supremacists there are convinced if conditions are created to remove the Lankan Tamil by then the Sinhalese will win handsomely and the menace of the Tamil will be overcome for all time. This is what has been happening there for some years now although the Rajapakse government tries to fool the world with all kinds of mis-information. We Indians cannot stand and watch innocent Tamils killed in this cruel manner”
I am only quoting what poet Vairamuthu is reported to have said – without comment. Clearly, there is a fear what is now happening in the Lankan Tamil areas is a planned effort to decimate Tamils from Lankan soil. This is why the militant organizations here gained emotional support from Tamilnadu - Prabhakaran not excluded - to offer resistance against this alleged genocide.