Press Release - “History should not be misinterpreted”.
Monday 14 August 2023
ஆரியச்சக்கரவர்த்தி வம்சம்ආර්ය චක්රවර්තී රාජවංශය
Arya Cakravartti Dynasty
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY
HRH RAJA REMIGIUS KANAGARAJAH OF JAFFNA
To the kind attention of Prof. P. Pushparatnam, (Department of History University of Jaffna, Mayor of Jaffna Mr. Manivannan Visvalingam, Mr. Bandula Jeewa (Assistant Director of Department of Archaeology of Jaffna).
History is very important, and it has been written glorifying our past. It cannot be changed or erased. We cannot change history, but we can only change the future.
History cannot be rewritten just to suit anyone’s needs. Therefore, never try to change history for your own benefits or for political reasons. The news article published by Virakesari newspaper, 17th July 2023 and a historical context printed in Tamil language text on the wall at Entrance of Cankili Thoppu, (as mentioned by Prof. P. Pushparatnam, that “in northern Sri Lanka Nallur served as the capital of Jaffna Kings and it has been in power for 350 years”. 350 years is totally unacceptable.
The correct information as follows:
The Arya Cakravartti Dynasty had commenced, and they were wealthy and enlightened rulers. The historical evidence of the existence of the Kingdom of Jaffna over four centuries, from the 13th century right down to early 17th century, is ample based on local and foreign sources. The Kingdom of Jaffna was known thus because the centre of its power was the Jaffna Peninsula.
It was a well-established Kingdom during its reign in Jaffna and it existed more than 400 years. The first twelve monarchs, who succeeded their fathers, were independent monarchs of the Kingdom of Jaffna. After King Cankili Raja (I) Cekaracacekaran’s death, the rest of the Kings of Jaffna had to rule under the suzerainty of the Portuguese.
The best way to ensure that such mistakes are not repeated in the future.