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Colombo University History Lecturer takes up JHU challenge
Thursday, 26 July 2007 - 10:24 AM SL Time

Ruwanthi Kariyawasam

COLOMBO: Colombo University History Lecturer Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri has taken up the JHU challenge to prove the Tamil homeland theory and a Tamils` right to self determination.

Dr. Devasiri said he is willing to prove the Tamil homeland theory and the rights of Tamils for self determination if the JHU is willing to come for a debate with him on this issue.

Dr. Devasiri said this at a seminar on the JHU`s APC proposals held at the Colombo National Library Auditorium recently, referring to the JHU proposal that it would accept these two theories if they were proved with historical and legal facts.

Dr. Devasiri said the Sinhala Society has been built on four mythologies viz. Buddha`s visit to Sri Lanka, Advent of Prince Vijaya, advent of Arahat Mahinda Thera and King Dutugemunu`s war to vanquish king Elara.

He said ?we accept these four myths because we like them?. Similarly Tamils in the North and East accepted the homeland theory because they liked it.?

Dr. Devasiri said ?I have stood by the Tamils` right for determination for the last 22 years. Tamils do not want to argue this now because they have gone far beyond it. The JHU proposals have said that the Tamil homeland theory is a myth. But it is a fact and I am prepared to prove it.?

Peradeniya University Philosophy lecturer Charitha Herath said that eventhough he followed JHU policies he would use the forum to contest some JHU thinking as the seminar was attended by JHU members and sympathisers.

In the first instance the JHU had not understood the present crisis in a proper and pragmatic way. Herath said he saw this crisis as a crisis aimed to create a post Colonial Sri Lanka.

The JHU adduced this crisis to the inability of Tamils to seek exalted posts held by the Tamil elite during the Colonial period. We should ask as to how the Tamil elite could establish a homeland theory in the minds of Tamils and why we could not defeat that notion.

Tamils were today sacrificing their lives acting as human bombs and contributing to their earnings to the homeland theory which the JHU calls a farce. Why can`t we act as true Sinhala Buddhists and go in for a more positive and fraternal agreement to solve this problem altogether, he asked.

Attorney Shiral Laktilleke said the JHU document tabled at the APC looked like a battle cry. The State cannot have a colour or religion. If anyone tried to give a Buddhist or Catholic tinge to a State it would exclude a section of the people.

At the outset of the seminar JHU Legal Advisor Udaya Gammanpila gave a brief resume of the JHU proposals. He said he would place Dr. Devasiri`s challenge for a debate to the JHU hierarchy for a decision.

Prof. Buddhadasa Hewavitharana acted as moderator.

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Mucha-linda
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26 Jul 2007 04:19:20 GMT  Report for Abuse   
It is quite interesting to see how talented these people are. This Dr. Nirmal Ranjith once used to supply truck loads of post-modernist jokes free of charge before he was kicked out of X Group. Apparently he was in the industry for the last 22 years. And after that many years he can still draw an audience to listen to his jokes.

To tell a secret, I too have listened to few of his lectures (if you can call them so). He is very good at challenging others and act as nothing has happened once his opinions are ruined. Sadly, I am going to miss this opportunity. However, I encourage others to go and listen to it.

-Muchalinda

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Edited By - Mucha-linda - 26 Jul 2007 04:19:51 GM
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26 Jul 2007 04:23:03 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Bittertruth,

Any cut and paste jobs on Suzy the Kadal Pulikal boy???

Mucho,

That Nirmal chap can't talk with someone with keeping 'eye contact'. He always talk while looking at his toes.

People contribute that to his 'depressed catse' upbringing.

Cheers

PERA

Edited By - Pera - 26 Jul 2007 04:23:21 GMT
Mucha-linda
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26 Jul 2007 04:35:28 GMT  Report for Abuse   
True. He cannot speak to anyone looking at his eyes. Nevertheless, it cannot be his caste because I have seen him speaking in the same way while debating with others who are of the same caste.

However, this man is very good at acting. For example, I have seen him twice coming on to the stage to address the crowd without wearing any shoes or slippers (just to give that Sunil Madhawa look).

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26 Jul 2007 05:33:00 GMT  Report for Abuse   
MUCHA,

Were you present at the debate in which Nalin de Silva and Nirmal Ranjith took part in UoM?

Mucha-linda
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26 Jul 2007 05:57:04 GMT  Report for Abuse   
No, I unfortunately missed all that fun. We were in the uni, but I think we had exams those days. However, I know what happened there.

Were you studying there at that time? Seemingly you are not as senior as I first thought.

BTW, did he look at Prof. Nalin De Silva's face when arguing with him :) I heard that he didn't wear any shoes on that day either. If you are in SL, go to this debate. This is a once in a life time chance to get entertained.

-Mucha

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26 Jul 2007 07:05:40 GMT  Report for Abuse   
MUCHA,

I wasn't there, but I too have heard about it. This time I will try to go and see the fun myself.

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26 Jul 2007 08:22:35 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Good on you Devasiri, dont be put off by these Nationalists who have been dragging the country into chos since 1948
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26 Jul 2007 12:16:21 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Ha Ha Ha, 'Mewa ahala pana palayan labana pereda' :D

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27 Jul 2007 03:45:32 GMT  Report for Abuse   
PERA,

I have heard of a rumour that when Nalin de Silva was unjustifiably terminated from UoC, university lecturers' association (or some similar body) opted to stay silent. Nirmal Ranjith, eventhough an ideological enemy of Nalin de Silva, had actively showed his opposition to Nalin's termination.

Have you heard any such thing? Is there any truth in it?

SURANGA2007,

MUCHA, LULA and SHAKTI have studied at UoM apart from me at different times. I have not heard of you, but they might have. Welcome to LNP.
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27 Jul 2007 04:21:26 GMT  Report for Abuse   
GAMAYA,

I don't know whether Dr. Devasiri too have raised his voice. However, the one famously opposed GL's move was Dr. Piyaseelee Wijegunasinghe.

I don't think anyone considered Dr. Nirmal as a serious character when Nalin was lecturing at Colombo. At the time, it was hard core Trotskyite Dr. Piyaseelee who had fearless debates with Nalin. Nirmal earned most of his fame after he joined X Group.

-Mucha

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