There have been a few comments with accusations of Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan Govt.
First the numbers which are thrown around.
Lankan Tamils Living among Sinhalese
65% of the Sri Lankan Tamils live in Sinhalese majority areas. After adding up, I was shocked as I was expecting somewhere around 30%.
The numbers are from the 2012 census. The third column (in Sinhala) are the Indian/Upcountry Tamils. In comparison less than 1% Sinhalese live in Tamil majority regions.
Diaspora Sri Lankan Tamils
A number that has been thrown is 30% of Sri Lankan Tamils live outside the country. The numbers say that it is 22%.
Not all of the Diaspora are refugees
a) Some migrate for economic and education reasons
b) The LTTE one child policy. The LTTE required one child per family to become cannon fodder. If the family had money, the LTTE would arrange to smuggle the child out to a Western country as a refugee. Thereafter the refugee would have to make monthly donations too.
The SL Army or the Budhists would never intentionally destroy a Hindu Temple. The Buddhist, specially those in the Army make vows and pray to Hindu gods for their protection. Buddha cannot provide protection (like a God), he is a teacher in the Theravada Tradition. No question Hindu temples were shelled in the North and East when the LTTE used them as shields. During the last couple of years the Army has been engaged in rebuilding and repairing Hindu Temples
ex LTTE leaders as Govt Ministers
Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, popularly known as Pillayan and Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, also known as ‘Colonel’ Karuna was a deputy minister in the Rajapakse govt. Karuna was responsible for killing of 600 Sinhalese and Muslim police officers who surrendered to the LTTE. Ahh the vagaries of power politics.
Some Links, all by Tamil authors.
Mass expulsion of Muslims from Batticoloa, Mannar and Jaffna
Rajini Rajasingham Thiranagama: Unforgettable Symbol of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tragedy
The Broken Palmyra, the Tamil Crisis in Sri Lanka, An Inside Account 1992by Rajan Hoole (Author), Daya Soma sundaram (Author), K. A. Sritharan (Author), Rajani Thiranagama (Author)
Sinhalization of the North and the Tamilzation of the South
Other articles by Sebastian Rasalingam