Muralitharan says Upcountry Tamils must only be concerned about food and must not think about Human Rights or Democracy because the Sinhala majority will not give equal rights to the minority in Sri Lanka.
Muralitharan’s paternal grandfather Periyasamy Sinasamy was brought by British as slaves from South India to work in the tea plantations of central Sri Lanka in 1820 hence the blood of being a slave runs in Muralitharan and has claimed that his great parents or other Upcountry Tamils who were brought in 1820 as slaves to work in the tea Plantation by the British were only concerned about food and must not think about Human Rights or Democracy because the Sinhala majority will not give equal rights to the minority in Sri Lanka.
The Sinhalese have not given equal rights to Northern Tamils or Muslims who have been living since 1200 to 1101 BC hence it is difficult to accept that the Sinhala governments will give equal rights to Indian Tamils who were brought in as working slaves by the British in 1820 to work in Tea plantations. The British colonizers began bringing labourers to Sri Lanka from South India in the 1820’s to work on the island’s coffee plantations. They were kept as captive labour, made to do the back-breaking work of clearing the jungles and starting Sri Lanka’s plantation economy from the ground.
Muralitharan is one of the millionaires and a influential prominent person in Sri Lanka but he has never helped or used his political influential to help the Upcountry Tamils who are the poorest and uneducated community in Sri Lanka. This situation has been on going even after independence and the reason for it is that the upcountry Tamils have no knowledge of democracy or the Human rights and people like Muralitharan who managed to come out of the community enjoy keeping this poor community uneducated and uncivilised.
The former Sri Lankan defence secretary has come out with all praise for Muthiah Muralitharan, the country’s renowned cricketer and Indian Tamil living in Sri Lanka. Muralitharan holds Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and he does not need a visa for travelling to India.
In an interview to the BBC on Wednesday, Mr Muralitharan claimed Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country because the Sinhala Buddhists are the majority and Muslims and Tamils are minority and they should not concerned about democracy and Human rights but only worry about Food. Murali said that things like Democracy and Human Rights and the Law of the country should be secondary to the basic needs of the people. People sending their representatives to the parliament to provide them with food and they do not asking for democracy.
Upcountry Tamil Politicians are working hard to bring equal rights to these poor Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka and they proved that they were ‘Not For Sale’ when the Mahinda group offered millions of USD and Minister post to cross over. The world leaders and the Sri Lankans praised them for standing on principal than doing politics to earn money. MP Mano Ganesan blasted Murali for his pathetic statements who was trying to please Mahinda group.
In a tweet sent in response, Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former defence secretary, who seems to be excited about Muralis statement had said: ‘Murali’s sentiments resonate with my beliefs that Sri Lankan leaders should work towards building this country and uplift the lives of the people – @MuttiahM you are an inspiration #LKA #Srilanka #
Muralitharan was born 17 April 1972 to a Hill Country Tamil Hindu family in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The eldest of the four sons to Sinnasamy Muttiah and Lakshmi. Muralitharan’s father Sinnasamy Muttiah, runs a successful biscuit-making business. Muralitharan’s paternal grandfather Periyasamy Sinasamy came from South India to work in the tea plantations of central Sri Lanka in 1920. Sinasamy later returned to the country of his birth with his daughters and settled in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India. However, his sons, including Muralitharan’s father Muttiah, remained in Sri Lanka.
Muralitharan married Madhimalar Ramamurthy, a Chennai native, on 21 March 2005. Madhimalar is the daughter of late Dr S. Ramamurthy of Malar Hospitals, and his wife Dr Nithya Ramamurthy. Their first child, Naren, was born in January 2006. Muttiah Muralitharan holds Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and he does not need a visa for travelling to India. According to his manager, Kushil Gunasekera, Muralitharan qualifies for this status because his family originates from India.