‘Defence Secy’s statement to BBC, a most honest truth’
Parliamentarian Ven Ellawala Medhananda Thera has highly appreciated
the statement made by Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to the BBC recently and said it is the most honest
truth expressed in this century.
Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
in an interview with the BBC on Monday said Sri Lankan irrespective of
their ethnicity and other differences, should be able to live in any
part of the country. He said all Sri Lankans regardless of their race
should have the freedom to live in any part of the country.
Ven Ellawala Medhananda Thera in a statement to the ‘Dasa Desin’
programme said the defence secretary stated the absolute truth and
people who eschew ethnic and religious differences in this country
should pay tribute to him for this statement.
Ven Medhananda thera alleged the TNA is the only political party
which tried to create a crisis in the country by setting up Sinhalese,
Tamils and Muslims against each other.
No evidence or supportive factor has been found so far in the North
and East for Tamils to claim it as their homeland. Well known Indian
Historian Welakanda Shastri in his book says Tamils had even migrated to
South India from elsewhere.
He says that fossils found in Jaffna were much older and ancient than
the fossils in South India. Given this situation how can the North be
claimed as a homeland of Tamils who migrated from India, Ven Medhananda
thera asked. When taking into account the national heritage of all
communities in this country no artefact has been found so far to support
the claim that the North had been the Tamil homeland. If you take the
kovils at Kandakuty, Nagadeepa, Karaitivu and Delft most of these kovils
had been built at venues where Buddhist places of worship had existed
The entire Jaffna Peninsula including all surrounding islands had
been called or referred to as Nagadeepa as stated in the Wallipuram
golden book chronicled during the reign of King Vasabha. This is
supported by our Atta kathas too.
Ven Medhananda thera said the Nagapusani Amman kovil opposite the
Nagadeepa viharaya in the present Nagadeepa island had been built over a
very large Buddhist place of religious worship. A stone inscription
found in this kovil had been removed and deposited in a so-called
museum. The Department of Archaeology should pay attention to this
inscription. Ven Medhananda thera said the inscription proved that King
Parakramabahu I had built and maintained a Port at Kayts which was then
known as Uratota. If the administration of the Port at Kayts was in the
hands of the Sinhalese during the Polonnaruwa period how can one claim
that region as a Tamil homeland.
The Thunukai inscription stated there was a hospital belonging to the
king who reigned in Anuradhapura. A village called Polkadugama had been
set up for the administration of this hospital. The officials in charge
of this hospital had visited Kallampattu in Trincomalee and donated a
plot of land for a Bhikkhuni Ashramaya as stated in the Kallampattu
inscription. When taking this evidence into consideration there is no
place in Sri Lanka which could be claimed as homeland by the Tamil
Ven Medhananda thera said the 30 year war had led the Tamils into an
abyss. Therefore what ought to be done is for all three communities to
join hands and develop all the regions in the country and assist the
President’s nation building effort.