Salt on Old Wounds: The systematic Sinhalization of Sri Lanka`s North, East, the historic habitat of the Tamil speaking people. State sponsored Sinhala colonization in the name of Development and Reconciliation. (PART 1).

  • 25 Mar 2012 01:58:29 GMT

    [[ Salt on Old Wounds: The Systematic Sinhalization of Sri Lanka`s North, East and Hill Country the first study published by The Social Architects (TSA), seeks to set out the systematic, increasing and widespread process of Sinhalization that is taking place in historically Tamil areas in the North, East and Hill Country in post-war Sri Lanka. While focusing on the process of Sinhalization that is currently being implemented, this monograph seeks to situate it within the broader historical process of Sinhalization that has been carried out by different governments spanning a number of decades.

    The report argues that even though Sinhalization is not a new phenomenon, the sweeping changes which continue to occur in historically Tamil areas inhibit the country s ability to heal after nearly three decades of civil war. Although the current government s rhetoric gives importance to building bridges between communities by ensuring those affected are able to fully and freely exercise their rights, in reality, its actions are evidence of the Sri Lankan State s lack of respect for the rights of all its citizens, particularly the Tamil people.

    This paper will show that the concept of Sinhalization extends well beyond the subjects of strategic state-planned settlements, land, military intrusion, boundary changes and the renaming of villages. Sinhalization has made its way into Tamil cultural events, religious life, economic activity, public sector recruitment and even the Sri Lankan education system. Since the Tamil community is attempting to recover from the devastating impact of the civil war and rebuild social networks and community structures, attempts to control and demolish socio-cultural aspects of their lives, such as the take over and destruction of temples, inhibit their attempts to engage in emotional healing and community regeneration even minimally.

    The most important element of the process of Sinhalization is the continued militarization of many aspects of civilian life. While this is a national phenomenon, it is most aggressively practiced in the Tamil majority areas of the country. Even though at present it is the North and the East that are most militarized, creeping militarization is also evidenced in the Hill Country. As set out in the report, militarization is an effective tool used by the State to gain and maintain both government and Sinhala monopoly of various aspects of day to day life, including the provision of services by civil administration, economic activities and civic activities in Tamil majority areas. It also helps create and maintain a sense of fear within the Tamil community.

    Nearly three years following the end of the civil war, state polices such as those discussed in this report have deepened existing feelings of fear, suspicion and mistrust between and within communities rather than creating more understanding amongst them, exacerbated ethnic tensions and further polarized the country. The current government which has exploited the war victory, a weak and fragmented opposition, and a two-third s majority in parliament, is no longer beholden to its constituents. Instead, it has evolved into a semi-authoritarian populist regime with little tolerance for dissent. In this context, rising Sinhala nationalism and the concomitant disregard for Tamil rights means that members of this community are unable to even voice their needs and concerns, let alone express dissent and protest against restrictions imposed upon them.

    This paper is not meant to be an exhaustive discourse on Sinhalization or Extremist Sinhala Buddhist ideology. Rather its purpose is to inform, educate and provide clear, convincing evidence that, with the explicit backing of the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration, State- sponsored Sinhalization has been increasing in Tamil majority areas in post-war Sri Lanka.]]

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    http://www.internationalpolicydigest.org/2012/03/20/salt-on-old-wounds-post-war-sri-lanka]

  • 25 Mar 2012 02:02:14 GMT

    [[Quite recently, the Presidential Task force has been explicitly encouraging development agencies to focus on certain issues and `areas` that the State believes are most important. This is evidenced by a December 22, 2011 letter written by Mr. S.B. Divaratne, Secretary to the PTF. THE LETTER EXPLICITLY CALLS FOR HUMANITARIAN AND AID AGENCIES TO HELP (MOSTLY) SINHALESE PEOPLE `RETURN` TO THE HISTORICALLY TAMIL DISTRICT OF MULLAITIVU. Mr. Divaratne mentions that this is a group of Sinhalese who were a part of the state`s Weli Oya project decades ago. Unsurprisingly, this project area falls under the `Mahaveli zone.`]

    STATE-SPONSORED SETTLEMENT OF SINHALESE IN HISTORICALLY TAMIL AREAS IS SUCH A WELL-ESTABLISHED PRACTICE OF STATE POLICY WHICH HAS BEEN NORMALIZED THAT IT MAY, AT TIMES, BE OVERLOOKED (OR IGNORED) BY THE GENERAL POPULACE AND EVEN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. As mentioned above, in the past, prominent international aid organizations, including USAID and UNDP and the FAO to name a few, have actively promoted the State`s policy of Sinhalization in the form of both technical and financial assistance.

    In post-war Sri Lanka, history is repeating itself ethnic Tamils are being excluded from the development process, especially in the Northern Province. Distressingly, when international NGOs cooperate with such policies, State-backed extremist Sinhala Buddhist objectives are legitimized, strengthened and allowed to grow.]

  • 25 Mar 2012 02:45:42 GMT

    Owaaaaa owaaaaaaaa owaaaaaaaa shniff shnifff owaaaaaa owaaaaaaa

  • 25 Mar 2012 03:03:36 GMT

    [`Thank you white Master Thank you! WeTamils will always be your servant who will do anything you ask` - Sincerly yours, Thivya]

    :))

  • 25 Mar 2012 03:29:07 GMT

    [Salt on Old Wounds: The systematic Sinhalization of Sri Lanka`s North, East, the historic habitat of the Tamil speaking people. State sponsored Sinhala colonization in the name of Development and Reconciliation. (PART 1).]

    Yawn Zzzzzz :((

    Can`t wait for part 2

  • 25 Mar 2012 03:58:42 GMT

    Snnnooorrrr...hmpf?? Wha....Thivya? ah apey manjula ne..ha ha ha...Zzzzzzzzz.......SNOOORRRRREEEEE!!

  • 25 Mar 2012 04:45:43 GMT

    Thivya, I repeat, this conflict is all about land.

    The human conditions depend on man, land and water.

    Sri Lanka is a 65000 sqK island in Indian Ocean.

    The controversy revolves around what LTTE claimed and now Diaspora claim that the North and Eastern Province is the exclusive homeland of the Tamils and therefore must be administered by the sole representatives of Tamils.

    They seek to control 17000 sqk land area excluding National Parks. According to 2001 senses the population of this area was 2,456,912 persons. (Census to be conducted tomorrow may provide a vastly different picture). The population density in North and Eastern Province is 167 persons per sqK.

    The entire area in North & East is dependent on the South for power generation and electricity. The water from the main rivers Ma Oya, Mahaweli, Yan oya, Malwathu Oya irrigate the fields. The income generated from Southern resources go to provide all the service in the North and East. The massive expenditure needed for upkeep of hospitals, schools and feeding the poor is from the income generated from the South.

    Most of the educated persons from the North & East are working in the South. In short, North & East is dependent on the south.

    The accelerated Mahaweli Programme cost 50 billion rupees. It transformed the plains of the North and East into fertile agricultural land. The main purpose of this project was to find land for the landless and jobs for the unemployed.

    The distribution of land should not be on the basis of a person s ethnic origin. Land should be given to those who have no land or means of obtaining land.

    There is no special hunger, poverty, or landlessness special only to the Tamils. The Sinhalese, Muslims and all others have identical aspirations and needs.

    Yes, there is a lesson to be learnt from this history.

    That is, if LLRC recommendations are to be implemented, the actions must be acceptable to all Sri Lankans.

    The recommendations need to be reviewed, analysed, and debated by all stakeholders before legislating.

    We learnt from the CFA which drafted by Norwegians to appease the LTTE, agreed with Balasingham before forcing Ranil to sign in a mighty hurry without even showing it to the ten President. That is why the CFA was so lopsided, putting the Sri Lankan Government in a straight jacket while allowing the Tigers to roam free and kill at will.

  • 25 Mar 2012 05:14:21 GMT

    WeThamiaz who live in Sri Lanka move Aboad and colonize foreign countries..

    Sinhalese living in Sri Lanka move north and colonize Jafkanistan....

    Whats the big deal?

    [Jafkanistan has loads of war widows....more reason for Sinhala men to move there for business]

  • 25 Mar 2012 05:16:19 GMT

    [While focusing on the process of Sinhalization that is currently being implemented, this monograph seeks to situate it within the broader historical process of Sinhalization that has been carried out by different governments spanning a number of decades. ]

    I think the biggest incentive for Sinhala men to move to Jafkanistan is war widows:(((

  • 25 Mar 2012 07:33:33 GMT

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