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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Tamil complaints on the Sri Lankan flag, 50% share to 12%

[b]Tamil complaints on the Sri Lankan flag, 50% share to 12% per cent Tamils, etc -- Reply to Dr. V.Ragunathan [/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Dr. V. Ragunathan has shown a genuine interest in learning about the Sri Lankan history. He says that he is keen on re-visiting history to refresh his memory. This is, indeed, a good opportunity to revisit history and re-examine the the stories told to him from a Jaffna perspective.

1. Let's take the case of the national flag. The communities appointed to report and recommend a national flag consisted of (I am quoting from memory) Sir. Lalitha Rajapakse, the eminent Q.C., of the time, J. R. Jayewardene, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, G. G. Ponnambalam (Snr), the acclaimed leader of Jaffna politics in the Donoughmore and Soulbury era (i.e., pre-independence and post-independence era), T. B. Jayah, the acknowledged leader of the Muslims of the time, and S. Natesan, an unelected representative like Sir. Lalitha. From memory I think Sir. John Kotelawela too was a member. But I may be wrong.

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