20 November, 2019

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A Botched Airport Opening Ceremony: Sri Lanka Cries

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Last Thursday (16.10.2019) was a great day for Sri Lanka. Jaffna international Airport was opened. It offered great opportunity for integrating Jaffna with the rest of Sri Lanka; for tourists from Tamil Nadu (having the largest number of tourists in India) to hop over to Jaffna and visit – besides Jaffna – Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polannaruwa, Trinco, etc.; and for industrial collaboration with India and industrial powerhouse Tamil Nadu. It was an event I could not miss. Being from Jaffna, I felt elated that the old airport I had used long ago in the 1960s and late 1980s and 1990s would soon be an international airport. I felt grateful to all those who had made it happen.

However, instead of seeing the airport as of having national importance, the airport project fell victim to communal jealousy. The Airforce Commander failed to cooperate. When an Indian technical crew on 16 Sept. 2019 after a hard day’s work asked for tea, he retorted that the Indians were doing it for Tamils and demanded “Do you expect me to serve you tea?” The Indians, exhausted by 2 pm, sent a Jeep to Kankesanthurai to fetch refreshments.

The problem is that a project to advance the nation, national unity, and our economy, fell afoul of communal passions. It was a project that the Prime Minister had put together with the TNA. Now cast as a favour to Tamils, few Sinhalese, it seemed, wanted to claim ownership.

The President who had agreed to come for the opening, even after the invitation cards were printed, did not firmly commit to coming. The event was therefore planned with only the Prime Minister and his ministers coming, making it seem like a UNP affair. The President’s coming would have made the event more free since he has relinquished his party affiliations. With the Prime Minister being the highest ranking official in the midst of the presidential elections, the Election Commission then put in the normal restrictions.

The organization of the event was put in the hands of Colombo officials to not make it seem a Tamil affair. Many Sinhalese officials were invited and given the first few front row seats with name tags. Tamils were left out. School children were dragooned to occupy the back of the hall.

The heavy military presence showed that the President was coming. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony was in a separate area far away from the main crowd. Defence officials determined who was to be let into that area. GA Vathanayahan (the highest ranking government official in Jaffna), the Leader of the Provincial Assembly C.V.K. Sivagnanam, and I were directed by Tamil officials to this area. We were denied entry. Only MPs they said. So MP E. Saravanapavan was let it.  However, others too had been let in. Vethanayahan, quietly went away to the main tent. A Sinhalese official near the door went in and pleaded that Sivagnanam was the Leader of the House. He was again denied entry. So we both went to the main tent. A boy there found me a seat at the back. I saw Sivagnanam going here and there looking for a seat as he was told others were coming to where he tried to sit.

We were to be shown the ribbon cutting on a huge screen. I do not recall seeing it. We were to be shown the first flight from Madras landing. We were shown the plane only after it had landed and taxied to a stop.

Then boxes of food were served. I asked for a vegetarian box and was asked to separate the one vegetarian sandwich and eat it. I declined. Most Tamils who are vegetarian went with that one sandwich while the rest were seen gorging themselves. Thinnai, as the name of the famous restaurant was marked on the boxes, claims to be advertising authentic Jaffna culture! They should not have collaborated in this cruel joke particularly with school children drooling for food.

Then the biggies from Colombo entered our hall, the ribbon having been cut. They took the front row. I saw from the screen MPs Maavai Senathirajah and Sumanthiran. The Governor, PM and President, and Indian High Commissioner also were there.

The President not having indicated clearly that he would be present as he had first indicated in accepting the invitation and having his name printed on the card, seemed to have had tantrums. Finally, he came. This was a spanner in the works as no place had been put in the unofficial programme for him to speak. As a result, Sumanthiran was removed from the list of speakers to give the President a place.

Southern organizers seemed determined to make the airport opening ceremony a Sinhalese event to blunt propaganda in the south in election time. All the Sinhalese spoke in Sinhalese. No translation although providing a translation is now pretty standard in Colombo, as it also is when Jaffna officials organize an event in Jaffna. So it seemed to me a deliberate provocation and to send the message that the airport is not for Tamils as the Air Force chief claimed. The Governor spoke in all three languages making a pitch for continuing as Governor after the elections. The Indian high commissioner spoke in English. Senathirajah spoke in Tamil. As I recall, most of us were clueless about what was said by the others. For school children, except for the few Tamil speeches, it was all hocus pocus.  

It does not matter because those who spoke in Sinhalese had nothing to say to the Tamils present. For, when we speak, there are usually two reasons for speaking. Most often it is to convey a message. Obviously, there was no message to convey to the larger part of the audience. This seemed to be the operative mode because the Prime minister only once briefly switched to English – to thank the Indian High Commissioner HE Sandhu. That was the one time he wanted to switch to the first mode of communicating a message. The alternative possibility is micro-aggression (being aggressive just short of assaulting)  – to make Tamils feel this is not our country and that our rulers are not interested in communicating with us, and of course to lord it over us. This time it seems to have been for a Third reason – to convey to the South that “the airport is not for the Tamils so do not stop voting for us.” 

The worst was when, as soon as the Prime Minister finished his speech, the President, seemingly in a huff for having been forced into a ceremony that he did not favour, got up and walked off. All those from the first few rows walked behind him and left with him. It was too late for Sumanthiran to speak as the higher ranking PM had already spoken. They had suddenly discovered protocol hierarchy, which they had forgotten about in making seating arrangements.

What should have been a happy day for all of us, was badly botched by election gimmicks and playing to the communalist gallery. An event that was to unite us as a nation, had the opposite effect.

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  • 17
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    This author seems to be a bit of a whiner. Nothing has gone the way he thinks it should have at the opening ceremony.

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      paddy, Your have exercised your liberty to rebuke the writer in your own style. Don’t you hear the whining you are complaining about in your very comment!

    • 8
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      Prof. Hoole is trying to portrait this air port is for tamils. It goes hand in hand with the utter racist request of Vigneswaran that the jobs of this airport shoukd be given 100% to Tamils.

      No woder why he is whining.

    • 0
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      He is the epitome of whining. I guess university admins in SL must be jealous of their American counterparts.

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    Oh, my God, what a mess! And so unnecessary!
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    There are some people who seem to specialise in nit-picking anything said by Prof. Hoole. They are bound to come up with something even here. For the life of me, I can’t imagine what they can say about this.
    .
    These are objective facts that Prof. Hoole has picked out.
    .
    Dear Residents of the Northern Province, please forgive us, Residents of the South of the Country, for actions by some buffoons who have usurped positions which we never granted them.

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      Sinhala Man, at least now you understand, what I was saying all along, that Sinhalese will never allow Tamils to live with dignity or prosper. This airport is an eyewash to Tamils to show that they are not neglecting Tamil areas. Citing security reason, Tamils will not be employed and in time to come lands around will be taken by government.

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        Dr. Gnana!
        More and more Prabharans are necessary if the Tamils are to live with dignity and decorum. At least now let India and Britain accept their blunder in supporting Srilankan Government in the war against the Tamils, whether they were terrorists or not.

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        Dear Dr. Sankaralingam,
        .
        I always knew these things, but I’m only just beginning to understand how deep this runs.
        .
        On the other hand, what you say about Sinhalese attitudes doesn’t apply to all Sinhalese. Please keep that in mind when the really difficult times are upon us – after the Election Results are out.
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        Many of us Sinhalese will “never” (well, we’ll die off!) go along with such thinking, but Gota may slence us all.

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      Sinhala Man

      You were openly promoting the biggest baffoon Nagananda Kodituwakku who we now understand has taken millions from well meaning donors and done a number on them. He has also retained his UK citizenship as it automatically reverts if he does not obtain Sri Lanka citizenship in that time.

      He is a cunning fox and it was pointed out to you many times but you were in favour of him. He has played out people and now acting like a victim.

      What have you got to say, Sinhala man?

  • 27
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    The sooner the current President leaves Office the better. One has only to compare his rhetoric before he was elected and his performance and rhetoric after the election. The recent release of an audio clip clearly reflects his character, upbringing and background. So uncouth and becoming of a State Leader!

    He has betrayed 6.2 m voters who voted for him. RW is also to be blamed for this situation. RW has passed his use by date!

    MS only fulfilled the main reason he was selected as the common candidate (to get rid of the dictatorial and criminal MR who was the main architect of the current decay and degeneration in the Sri Lankan Society).

    Some will look at the opening of the JIA from a racist angle. Non co-operation by some Public Officers as indicated by the writer is regrettable.

    • 11
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      Sorry, the above should read ” So uncouth and unbecoming of a State Leader!”. Sorry for the typo.

  • 19
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    now Jaffna will become an industrial hub .
    sinahalese may feel lit bit of unhappy about it some at least ..people like Gota and cohort will never do this ..
    this is done under UNP.
    Do not expect SLPP will do this for Tamils..
    now Tamils.need to vote for UNP to expand it further .

  • 4
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    Did the Tamils use it as a flatform to announce their separatist agenda before the Indian HC? (Usual litany of hypocritical demands intended to keep the Sinhalese and Tamils apart) Or am I confusing this with another event in Jaffna?

    Soma

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      I think you are confusing this with the voices in your head.

    • 1
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      soma, Being modest doesn’t go with your image. Stick to your style.

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      somass

      “Usual litany of hypocritical demands intended to keep the Sinhalese and Tamils apart”

      Are you accusing your great leaders and “Thinkers” such as Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala, Assgiria, Malawattu, Konara Mudiyanselage Podiappuhamy Rajaratne, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, Sirima Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa and his clan, Dayan, Wimal Sangili Karuppan, Champika, Gamanpilla, Gnanasara ………………………. Nalin De Silva, Gunadasa Amarasekara, the equally media, ………………. Shenali Waduge, Channa Masala Jayasumana, …………… keeping the Sinhalese from Tamils, Muslims, ……………?

      Come to think of it, you seem right this time.

      If and when the clan takes over the country (slim chance) Basil should re-negotiate the whole agreement with international carriers as he needs to recover his foregone 10%, 20%, ….

  • 6
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    Prof comment that “It offered great opportunity for integrating Jaffna with the rest of Sri Lanka; ” Yes and we as Sri Lankans fully support this venture.
    Issue is, does Prof support integrating jaffna tamils with the rest of the Sri Lankan community ?

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      watcher

      “Issue is, does Prof support integrating jaffna tamils with the rest of the Sri Lankan community ?”

      Never mind the professor what do you mean by integrating?
      Never mind the Jaffna Tamils have you integrated with upcountry Tamils?
      Never mind the upcountry Tamils have you really integrated with Colombo Tamils?
      Never mind the Colombo Tamils have you really integrated with Batticaloa Tamils?
      Never mind the Tamils have you integrated Sinhala/Buddhist with Sinhala/Christian

      Have you really integrated upcountry Govi with lower country Sinhalese.
      Go read matrimonial section of weekend Sinhala/English news papers where you will see how the Sinhalese themselves are divided among themselves along caste line.

      Do us a favour, go stand in front of a mirror and ask yourselves the relevant questions
      You are a sick minded Hypocrite.

  • 2
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    It shouldn’t have been opened during an election campaign. To the South it certainly looked like an election propaganda gimmick to woo Tamil votes to the UNP.

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      Yes, every ‘openings’ for the Tamils should be closed till the elections are over.

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      Helaya, Tamils are not that stupid like Sinhalese to vote for someone who promised to bring rice from the moon, ultimately ending up searching dustbin for food. Let the Sinhalese think that way, because if they know the real reason they will go mad.

  • 6
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    UNP opened the Jaffna airport three weeks before the Presidential election to get more tamil votes. Even though it is not completed yet.

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    If you take instructions from Mr. Hoole how to open an airport, run it and fund it, and then invite him to be the chief guest and have unlimited vegetarian food at the ceremony, everything will be fine and he will give A++ for the Thosai show !

    Ps. Also give visas to Canada and UK to all in the VIP tent !

    By the way, even openings in the south are also poorly run. So get Mr Hooles advise everyone

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    I was there and Hoole complained these facts to me. Literally speaking half the crowd was Sinhalese. What happened there was a show but the fact remains that there is an airport and it is going to make a difference . People will benefit. Who came , who got angry who did not get a chance to speak are issues second to nothing. They disappeared after the event. Indian flights will land and other flights will land too eventually . This day will come to pass. An airport in the North is a mist to country to grow.

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    Do you expect me to serve you tea?” Then indian labourers is there due to the invitation of the sri lankan government invitation and is asking the tea for refresh him due to tiresome.

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    Don’t worry about Sirisena’s poor show. When Malinda Seneviratne becomes the president on the 16th of November, we can send him up there for another opening.

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    Slants and exaggerations are a forte for
    Ratnajeevan Hoole. His professorial
    wisdom has transcended common
    sense often.
    However, if a Sri Lanka Air Force
    officer did not have the elementary
    courtesy to offer a cup of tea – he
    has done injustice to his country.
    The Commander should take note
    of this and warn him after an
    inquiry. Whether one likes the Indians
    or not is the issue. It is human courtesy
    and Sri Lankans should not be above
    that

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      Nuhman!
      The Indians in the future should bring their own tea and short eats for government functions and perhaps their mobile washrooms too without polluting Srilanka. The Sinhalese have no respects for the Indians whether they are from the north or south except for Sithartaha.

  • 0
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    Locals might have already developed thick skins to ignore special deliveries made of bigotry, fear, ignorance and smear.

    How come Northern investors didn’t invite Eastern/Western investors to the inauguration ceremony so that boys might have acted much better?

    Yawning and dozing pictures of boys are giving an impression that they might have already lost a bet!

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    The author should be put through a positively charged chamber to change his mindset. Very similar to CV Wigneswaran’s. There is something radically wrong with this guy. Applaud to RW for opening the Airport with India’s assistance. This is going to help directly and indirectly local participation. To be honest, Northern province badly need economic stimulus such as this. Local industries need to get involved to built this airport gradually. For the next 5-10 years, one Runway should suffice with extension. Hooray to those who were behind this development.

  • 5
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    Where is that Maha Modaya Weeramonkey screaming that Sinhala name was not in the first place at Palali. That AH should first go to Palali and see his Internacianal Airfart with garbage, rubbish and mud set to welcome the passengers from abroad. This will be a real tourist attraction of real Zinkala Istyle for an Air Fart. These gonas cant even undertake a simple task and call them a country, a people a government. Bloody disgraceful modayos for your inherent disability and grand racism. Kuveni’s curse.

  • 7
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    Unbelievable….unforgivable…I give up!

    • 2
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      Dear Manel Fonseka,
      .
      Are you giving up, really!
      .
      That won’t last long, will it? Just not in your nature!
      .
      But yes, it’s incredible what Sirisena has turned into.

  • 4
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    Whatever said and done Tsunami family had a better taste of doing things instead of Gamarala or Bond Scam Ranil.

  • 4
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    In my view, the writer has shown the true view point of some of the minorities which is separatism. Seems they need nothing but to separate from others, even after a 30 years bloody war the importance of live all in harmony is not seem to be considered. From the beginning, he tries to highlight its an airport for Tamils which it is not. It is a Sri Lankan Airport in Jaffna (majority Tamil area). But that does not mean it is for Tamils, in fact it is for all Sri Lankans.
    Come on my dear friend, lets learn to live together. Your people are very well living in the South without any problems nor discrimination. So in the North, why this Tamils only bullshit? I also understand they had not allowed to sing National Anthem (only the music played)???? Why???? Aren’t you guys Sri Lankans?

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      Are the Tamils not Srilankans? If not, they would never have fought for their rights and homeland in Srilanka.

  • 2
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    ” That technical crew had asked tea from Air force Commander. He has replied ” Do you expect me to serve you tea.”
    I am working in a hospital. So I am thinking if some technical or another crew come to hospital to do some work or maintenance & after finishing go to the hospital Directer & ask them to supply some tea. Answer would be same. They don’t know from whom they want to ask. For this Tamil it is due to jealousy.
    I am lucky we don’t have Tamils in our neighbourhood or in our working place. Life would be miserable if we had to engage with them constantly. If this air port is going to function well & Tamils start to fly in and out from Jaffna it is a great relief we do not meet such disgusting mean characters any more.

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      latha

      He can show where canteen , the solder commenting why should I serve tea because
      you are serving the tamil, hatred tone, if the indian labourer ask where is toilet what will the answer.

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        rbh

        Were you their at that time?

  • 1
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    It is indeed amazing. Those who objected to having a 2nd International Airport in Sri Lanka are now singing hosannas for the 3rd International Airport !!! As for communalism, it is played by both sides and by no means limited to the Sinhalese. [edited out]

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      Though it is called an International Airport it will be used mainly for internal and regional flights. It won’t be used for flights to the world capitals. Another point is that the airport had been there for a long time and was simply refurbished, unlike in the case of the Mattala Airport that was established from scratch at huge expense (including 15% commission). Hardly any environmental damage has been caused by the JIA compared to the Mattala airport that was constructed in an area teeming with exotic wildlife.

      The JIA will be a smashing success if administered properly and not be a flop like the southern airport that was simply a vanity (and commission) project.

  • 3
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    The author complains of food supplied by Thinnai which obviously was not to his liking unlike food served by the Indian Consul General in Jaffna. The author regularly praises food served by Indian Consul General which he devours with relish. Why has he failed to take up the issue of South Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters with Indian Consul General and organize a satyagraha outside the Consulate??? The airport refurbishment cost Rs 2.4 billion and the Indians contributed Rs 300 million. What a laugh!!!

  • 11
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    The Air Force Commander refused to give tea to the technical crew who were exhausted and thirsty because his perception was that the facility was elevated to international airport status to benefit mainly the Tamils. What a narrow outlook and what uncouth behaviour!

    He appears to be cast in the same mould as the Navy top brass who are suspects in abduction and murder cases.

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      A professional military commander is there to protect a country and its citizens!
      When a military man, particularly a leader makes such a statement, we can understand his mindset, it is messed up. What are people supposed to think and feel?
      If the leader has such an attitude then you can only imagine what his subordinates maybe thinking?
      This is an apparent problem with the Sinhalese, since we are in Majority, but that doesn’t mean that Tamils and Muslims are not the same deep down.
      I think it’s time to findout the root cause of this attitude and solve it.
      Where are we going to start?
      The start of a happy and progressive country, where we can all look forward to a bright future.
      The rest of the world is moving forward while we stumble over each other and fall.
      What a pathetic shame.

  • 4
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    Development in the Northern Province is also development of Sri Lanka. The event should have been organised properly and celebrated as a mark of development for Sri Lanka. This should have happened well before the Presidential elections with the participation of all political parties.

    An independent observer may struggle NOT to associate this event as a UNP stunt to seek Tamil votes.

    One wonders if Tamils are taken for suckers.

  • 8
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    Once more, evidence that we we have not learned the lessons of the last 70 years. The years of goading that led to 1958, 1977, and 1983, then the years of attrition, blood-letting and ensuing misery, and since 2009 the virulent hatred that has been spread by the damnable BBS and their ilk. Ours is a country where nearly three quarters of our citizens profess the noble precepts – so how is it that we are in this sad situation? Close observers will detect the underlying tension in the way our different communities relate to each other. Our Paradise teeters on a knife edge. I will not doubt for one moment Prof Hoole’s report. (I have known similar.) Will the day ever come when the communities that inhabit our Sri Lanka can offer each other the respect and dignity that we would wish ourselves.

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      Spring Koha
      Please don’t forget to add what we did to ourselves in 1971 and 1987-89.
      We keep doing this to ourselves as well on a daily basis starting from our villages, where sinhalese, buddhist, neighbours are at each other’s throats day in and day out, in a constant battle everywhere you look. Families in disarray. Look closely you will see.
      By saying this, I am not in anyway justifying what we are doing to minorities is right. It is absolutely wrong.
      I am merely acknowledging the fact that this primal instinct in us, that is deep rooted. We are allergic to progress, it would seem.
      Some of us like KA Sumane, Hellass, JD, Blind eagle take pride in the most third class deeds of some of our most uncouth leaders (maybe for money).
      We need to get over it. Otherwise there is no hope for us as a country.
      We will continue to toil.

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      Spring Koha

      “Will the day ever come when the communities that inhabit our Sri Lanka can offer each other the respect and dignity that we would wish ourselves.”

      With due respect I ask you to wake up.
      Please remember you are living in Sri Lanka.

  • 8
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    The Sinhalese mindset has not changed in many generations. You have to understand that from their point of view, allowing true peace and equality will be a disaster for them. Because the harder working, disciplined and more intelligent tamils (including the muslims) will surpass them.
    It is only through racism and violence that sinhalese can maintain their dominance on the island. This is the ugly truth and i dont see how their behaviour is going to change any time soon.
    But there is a thing called karma and there is no escaping it.

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      Jegan,

      “Because the harder working, disciplined and more intelligent tamils (including the muslims) will surpass them.”

      Whatever the sinhalas do you should be able to overcome using your intelligence and hardwork. [edited out]

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        Intelligence cannot protect a minority from a racist government and majority who have the police, armed forces and judiciary in their favour. Not to mention the rest of the world sitting by and doing nothing.
        What you see happening in South Africa is very similar to Sri Lanka. The black south africans are a very jealous and unproductive people and have been ruling the country since apartheid ended. They are gradually running the country into the ground. Minority members (whites, asians and africans from other countries) are regularly assaulted and killed. Their homes and businesses are often looted and now the government has passed a bill allowing the majority to confiscate land from minorities without paying them. They can get away with blaming the white man to some degree because the whites once colonized the land and ruled them with an iron fist. But the fact that other communities (even other africans) are being attacked is proof that blaming white colonialism is no longer a valid excuse. The majority have proven incapable of running South Africa and will prefer to ruin the nation than to allow minorities to prosper and uplift the nation as a whole. The essence of the problem is very similar to Sri Lanka

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          So your point is this, the minority is allegedly more intelligent and productive, so they must be given the power to rule over an inferior majority. Is that why you are bringing up the Apartheid South Africa as an example?

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      Hello Jegan,
      I challenge your assertion:
      ‘ You have to understand that from their point of view, allowing true peace and equality will be a disaster for them. Because the harder working, disciplined and more intelligent Tamils (including the Muslims) will surpass them’
      My experience suggests that Tamils are hard-working and disciplined (although I have come across many who made merry and drank like mad just as some Sinhalese did both at work and University) but to suggest that statistically intelligence is concentrated among Tamils or Muslims is at best incorrect if not preposterous.
      One major contributory factor for the gross over representation of Tamils in the professions and the government after independence was poor education facilities and lack of schools in the Sinhala areas.
      This situation has changed now.
      Your comments are unhelpful and likely to accentuate the perceived differences between Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. Sri Lankans need to recognise that we are the same and equal in all respects. Such recognition is the foundation to harmony.

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    If accurate, this account provides the best moment for a realization to sink in: the dispensation that would descend if one candidate rather than the other prevailed, thanks to a Northern electoral boycott.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      “thanks to a Northern electoral boycott.”

      You mean 2005 boycott.

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    Tamils in Sri Lanka should be grateful to the Sinhala government for facilitating easy travel to their Homeland. I believe this clamour for self rule in Jaffna will eventually die down as they increasingly identify themselves and physicaly connect with Tamil Nadu.
    Quick and easy transport to Jaffna will also prompt Tamils ( all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival) scattered across the island to relocate themselves close to Jaffna.
    (TNA must initiate an intensive campaign encouraging Tamils living outside NE to move towards North and the Government should consider subsidizing the travel). A reverse migratory movement from South to North to Tamil Nadu could be anticipated. India should consider granting dual citizenship to Tamils in Sri Lanka. A path has opened for a win win situation and the Tamils need not be depressed as second class citizens anymore.

    Soma

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      Dear Soma are you kidding?? none of the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees were never ever given a PR/Nationality for the past 40 years in India?? Only Tamil Nadu Indian citizens claimed asylum as SL Tamil in the West given Nationality within a very short period of time. UN does not know this/the Tamil politicians do not know this….we are all fine with this international norm/DUPLICITY regards to human rights practised by the Terrorism sponsoring state poisoning others children???

      Even the Indians do not know this is what happens……otherwise they would have protested and changed the scenarios long time ago correct……worlds largest democracy.expect nothing less.

      Now you want to send us their too????? is it fair?

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        Why dont Indians give PR to Tamil refugees?

        • 0
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          Sach, from what is developing, India will very soon give PR to Sinhala refugees living in north & east.

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      somass

      I suspect you are turning into another Dayan.


      “Tamils in Sri Lanka should be grateful to the Sinhala government for facilitating easy travel to their Homeland. “

      Please clarify your point of your pointless typing

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    Its is time our high and mighty Sinhala politicians got a course in how to be sensitive when it comes to the minority, who are justified about their complaints that they are always marginalized, and made to feel interlopers in their own country.

    The show of unity must always come from the top.

  • 8
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    As a Sri Lankan citizen, I felt sad reading Mr.Hoole’s article ‘A Blotched Airport Opening Ceremony’ where he felt humiliated attending the inaugural opening of the KKS Airport as JAFFNA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT..
    .
    As a pioneer of Aviation I used to fly Air Ceylon for five years as aircrew from its inception to KKS and Madras and I had hundreds of Tamil friends in Colombo and Jaffna..

    Strangely a couple of weeks ago I had a dream I landed at night at the fantastic busy Jaffna International Airport in the year 2050 and met lots of old friends and saw Jaffna as a flourishing mega city. I hope the future governments would unite the different communities in Sri Lanka into ‘One Country, One Nation’ and bring harmony and prosperity to this beautiful country of ours, failing which Sri Lanka could end up similar to the “Unrealistic, Fantatastic and Futuristic Dream” I had

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