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US naval engagement with Colombo triggers genocidal Sinhalicisation of Tamil heritage

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 February 2018, 13:33 GMT]
The workers from SL Archaeology department of genocidal Sri Lanka have been deployed to carry out 'excavations' at the disputed hill-top of Maththa'la-malai at Choodaik-kudaa in Kooniththeevu, which is located near Champoor in Moothoor division of Trincomalee district. The project, which follows militarisation of Champoor, is aimed at Sinhalicising the entire Champoor region through evoking 'foremost place to Buddhism' clause in the unitary constitution of genocidal Sri Lanka. The move has been triggered by the SL Navy, which is being groomed by the U.S. Pacific Command under the notion of 'military-to-military' engagement. The USA is engaged in promoting the genocidal military of Sri Lanka with a marine training programme in Trincomalee.

The hill-top, which has been a place of worship for Eezham Tamils with a known Poosaari tradition for village deities for 7 generations is now being claimed as an ancient heritage site of Sinhala Theravada Buddhism in the island. The Tamil villagers who were reconstructing a Saiva temple were being harassed with arrests on the New Year day, a few days after the Tamil devotees had been threatened by the wife of SL Governor to Eastern Province.

The board of temple was accused by the SL Archaeology Department as vandalising an archaeological site despite there was no such site Gazetted by the department.

The trustee board of the temple of Tamils was also receiving funds for the reconstruction of the temple from the SL Ministry of Resettlement.

The SL Archaeology Department, which relies upon manipulations, extremist views, occupying Sinhala military and the 'Buddhism foremost' clauses of the unitary constitution, has managed to build a false paradigm of an imaginative 'stupa' as having existed at the hill-top of Maththa'la-malai, Tamil villagers say.

An extremist monk from the Sinhalicised Seruwila has gone on record claiming that there was a 15 feet stupa during the ancient period of Anuradhapura kingdom. Now, the SL Archaeology Department has to document somehow that there was a girth of a Cetiya as having existed at Maththa'la-malai in the ancient past.

The Tamil villagers argue that the hill-top has been a worship place of Tamils for the past 7 generations.

Even if the claims of existence of a Buddhist stupa were to be proven through the excavations, a such Buddhist site would not have belonged to Sinhala Theravada Buddhism of the South, Tamil academics in the East said. It would have been a religious site of Mahayana Buddhism which was practiced by Eezham Tamils in the ancient times, they further said.

Tamil villagers also complained that the temple site was being desecrated by the excavation work being carried out by the SL Archaeology Department.


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