Sat. Sep 19th, 2020

By Chandre Dharmawardana

Tamil Nationalists are making their myths, extending their history to ancient times and claiming they remained in Sri Lanka (and even in Africa, Babylon and Egypt) given that the start of time, and that the Tamil language is the source of the ancient Sumarian language. Wigneswaran, the ex-Chief Minister of the Northern province, has captured the limelight by duplicating these unverified fairy tales. He enjoys the promotion amassed from all this.Some Sinhalese

nationalist groups are likewise undermining reputable history and restoring old stories (specifically, the Raavana story) by giving them a substantial new dimension. This is driven by popular media and the look for a sense of splendour. The “Sinhalei” is said to be the center of all civilizations, with a history claimed to be returning to even 30,000 years BCE (i.e., some 275 centuries prior to the Buddha!). The Hela people are claimed to have developed a highly sophisticated civilization complete with aircrafts, atomic energy etc. The more modest Ravana supporters put Raavana’s reign to some 4000 years BCE and not 30,000 BCE!All this begun with people like Raepiyel Tennakoon, Areesen Ahubudu and the “Hela Havula” people initially led by Kumaratunga Munidasa. He even assaulted the terrific poet Thotagamuwe Rahula as a plagiarist and a cheat. The Hela Havula individuals protested the existence of Sanskrit and other “foreign” words in Sinhala, and wished to compose just in pure Hela language. In the ensuing literary arguments of the 1920s and 1930s, scholars like Sir Baron Jayatilleke, W. F. Gunawardena, Enulasiri Dharmawardhana, and authors like Martin Wickemasinghe and others composed against Kumaratunga. A book on those literary debates (composed in the early 1960s) appeared posthumously, a years back:. See Godage Publishers, 2010 Kukavi Vaada Satya Prakashanee, by Enulasiri Dharmawardhana.But the Hela Havula program was a low essential linguistic effort, compared to what we have today. Their “plot”has actually been hijacked from them and extremely enhanced by contemporary media savvy operators. A monk who is a SJP graduate, Ven. Manewa Wimelaratne is said to have an 8th century”pus-kola potha” (Ola Leaf book)that he supposedly refuses to reveal to anyone! The Ola leaf book is supposed to give details of another ancient text (presumably more ancient than the Deepawamsa and so on )called the” Vargapoornikaava” that nobody had actually heard of until now. It is declared to mark the story of the Hela Vargaya (Hela genealogy )). The monk has actually composed lots of books in Sinhala (I have not read his books) and they are expected to offer detailed details of the royal lineage and deeds of Hela kings and queens because really ancient times. The monk is said to have actually studied linguistics at the SJP university.All Indo-Aryan languages(consisting of Pali, Sanskrit)are declared to be stemmed from Sinhalese by the Raavana cult

. Not surprisingly, there are also a variety of kindred Buddhist monks who have actually determined the Buddha’s birth location to be in Sri Lanka itself. An amazing literature has actually been woven, with the basic Buddhist history rejected as an anti-national conspiracy to hide the truth. They claim that the different places pointed out in the life of the Buddha are all areas in Sri Lanka.Tele Drama programs, plays, novels and forth-coming movies are minting money using the Ravana story. One book is stated to inform a gripping story of the United States forces coming to

destroy a Raavana Fortress up in the mountains, and how Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his forces waited in the nick of time, or something like that. Gotabaya Rajapaksa had currently become a legendary figure of the Raavana movement, even before he stepped forward to look for votes.It is amazing that the “political observers of the left, of the right, and the weekly writers of the well-funded NGOs that conduct’viewpoint polls “, failed to take account of the political dimension of the Raavana narrative

. It is a narrative pushed forward, even by English newspapers like the Daily Mirror in weekly columns. If Colombo’s political “scientists”follow what sparks the Sinhala media rather than long-dead European authors with stopped working political programs, then they would have understood who is commonly considered the”Avathar”of Raavana today!Indian tourists also have their own version of the Raavana Misconception and they take a trip to Sri Lanka to check out places connected to Raavana and Sita. Place names like”Sheetha Ella”(Cold water fall)have actually been conveniently changed to”Sita Ella”(Sita’s waterfall). The Traveler Board is likewise supporting the Raavana myth and neglects the traditional Buddhist heritage. Crucial political leaders, and some of the nationalist”Chintanaya” people, likewise like to recognize themselves with this surge in appeal of Raavana, said to be of the”Soorya Wansha “. This has actually ended up being the new royal family tree of Lanka. Some of the people of Kelaniya ‘Sarasaviya ‘, who brought out different types of political”Chinthanaya”that declined rational scientific methodology, are likewise said to support the Raavana belief system. Their spiritual kin in the” Hela Suvaya Vedakama”(which declines western medicine )wants to establish a Sinhala medical system based upon the revelations of Natha Deviyo and Vibhishana.The Raavana cults are very popular with such groups, and a statue of the King Raavana has been put up circa 2014 in Kelaniya. Wigneswaran, throughout his 5 years as the Chief Minister, likewise constructed a statue of King Sankili resting on a horse, to put some truth to his “Jaffna Kingdom”claims and fill the archeological vacuum of the Sankilli rule. Why didn’t the Chief Minister position King Sangkilli on a caparisoned Elephant and follow the South Indian custom? In Indian iconography, kings ride in chariots pulled by horses. It is declared that Wigneswaran was moved by statues of Western Queens on horseback!Exhibitions and huge Tamashas to celebrate Ravana have been held in Colombo. Ravana has actually been the topic of an exhibition of paintings titled’Indumini Ravana’held about a years earlier in Colombo. The Devram Vihara monk, Ven. Kolonnuwe Sumangala(ex Member of Parliament)conducts a yearly procession called the’Maha Raavana Perahera ‘. Gotabaya Rajapaksa came to its inauguration procession in 2013. The armed forces are often determined as a”Ravana

Balaya”. Among my old trainees from Vidyodaya University from the 1970s era who lived in Canada had actually ended up being a total transform to the Ravana story. He began to send me letters assaulting”The traitor Mahanama”, and asking me to check out various Ravana books, and compose articles in assistance of the rubbish, up until we cut off communication. Labeling individuals opposed to the programme as traitors is something that the ITAK, and later the LTTE, also did. The LTTE also decided that the traitors need to be executed!Some federal government ministry has actually even provided “research study funds’ ‘to perform excavations to do “historical research study “on the Raavana civilization hidden or damaged by the Mahavihara monks, already in the sixth century. Claims that Indian sages like Pulasthi understood how to build rockets that could go to the Moon is being pushed by the Hindutva lovers of Prime Minister Modi in India. They believe that contemporary science is not needed, and they only have to discover what the Rishi’s stated, and re-implement them, to recover the past magnificence of Bharatha. In Sri Lanka we

have people who say that modern Science is in fact”Patta Buddy Boru” (a well produced lie). On the other hand, Wigneswaran is pushing the Dravidasthan Myth(i.e. Greater Eelam that extends all the way from Tamil controlled electorates in The United States and Canada through UK, EU, Tamil Nadu and to a minimum of Malaysia). This exceeds the Hindutva myths of Modi and remains just second to China’s Belt Roadway Effort. The Sri Lankan Raavana myth has actually caught the creativity of the Sinhalese much more effectively than the Dravidasthan-Eelamist myth of the TransNational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)and the Eelam misconception which had its peak under Prabhakaran. Wigneswaran is merely one of the leading Jaffna agents of the TGTE.Kmalika Pieris has blogged about Ramayana and Sri Lanka, where some complementary product appropriate to this topic may be found: http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2019/06/04/ramayana-and-sri-lanka-part-3/ Source

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