13 November, 2018

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A Culture Driven By The Exercise Of Violence

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

Any sane individual living in Sri Lanka is increasingly faced with the fact that one’s disenchantment with and disengagement from the status quo in the “Land of 2500 years of Sinhala Buddhist Civilization” stems from the fact that the prevailing culture is one predicated on the exercise of power and authority without any pretence to the rule of law, natural justice and all those concepts near and dear to the hearts of those who believe that so-called Western Democratic Practice (WDP) is the means of ensuring the greatest good of the greatest number of the citizenry.

WDP, a coupling of humane capitalism (if there is such a thing!) with those concepts shared by all the major religions/philosophies of the Northern Hemisphere has been accepted by both the established democracies as well as those who have relatively recently shaken off the shackles of imperialism. Even if not the ideal, this is considered to be at least the most practical means of people realizing their potential as complete human beings.

When one observes the Sri Lankan scene where it appears that, thanks primarily to the media providing it an unrealistic degree of importance, the violent chauvinist fringe parading as “Sinhala Buddhists,” with or without saffron robes, has taken over the agenda and rather than operating from the fringes of society, where they are, in fact, located, are occupying centre stage in the national discourse.

Where these monstrous individuals and organizations which seek to demean and destroy anyone not marching in lock-step with them have been very smart has been in projecting the views of a small violent and chauvinist minority as that of a majority. Of course this required a backboneless media to take it forward. 

The societal foundation on which this has been built has been generated by the reaction to any effort to make fundamental changes in the manner in which we are governed.  Historians documenting the seminal events in Sri Lanka’s history in the 20th Century conveniently forget the massive repression that was the reaction to the two insurgencies – that of 1971 and the other of the late eighties of the last century. Whether that violent repression was an understandable, if not justified, reaction to attempts to overthrow a democratically-elected government is beside the point.  What the governments of the day did succeed in doing was having the broad mass of the population accept such conduct as normal within democratic practice.

To go from the use of violence directed against “enemies of the state” to its use as a tool of day-to-day governance was purely a matter of time and opportunity.

The exercise of violence by the Security Forces of Sri Lanka (and various other Asian and African countries) to quell “civil disturbances” or “revolts,” with consequent “disappearances” ceased to provoke surprise as time went by.  It was accepted as “business as usual, given the circumstances.”

While attention is periodically paid to the terrible brutalities of the second youth uprising in the late eighties, that of 1971 has been relegated to the level of irrelevance or inconsequentiality as it fades into the historical distance. Suffice it to say that, if any lessons were really learned from the first Che Guevarist revolt, at least some of what followed in that of the late eighties could have been avoided. It is logical to draw the line that connects government excesses in 1971 to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’s (JVP’s) seeking to pre-empt the government forces in that sphere when they next took up arms a second time.

But no, temporary political expediency and blind greed overrode every consideration.

The prevailing culture in Sri Lanka today is one that flows directly from the simple belief that “might is right,” that right being established through financial power. 

Any “airy-fairy” considerations of civilized conduct are treated as irrelevant in a situation where the Golden Rule prevails: he that holds the gold makes the rules. And as a logical extension of that belief, those who have a little gold seek to make their stash larger and larger, both as insurance against being relegated to the “other” and as a means of consolidating one’s position within that mileu. 

Violence and financial corruption seem to be the only growth industries in Sri Lanka. They are directly connected and gain a degree of (twisted) legitimacy by the reality that it is what prevails in the country. We are on a road to little less than total destruction of anything that resembles civility in governance and we do not have to journey very far to reach that particular nadir.

If that sounds like a prophecy of doom and gloom, so be it, because it is simply a statement of bald fact and to indulge in the semantics of political or economic analysis in the circumstances would constitute nothing but sophistry.

 As Martin Luther King Jr once said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

Has that silence been of such duration that the damage to this nation and its people is beyond repair?

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    wow, Protestants want the upper hand in Srilanka. It is your beloved Pope who instigated so many Crusade wars. YOu say your subjugated asians – sinhala buddhists can not be assertive as those who follow the Pyramid Scheme of religion. Why you catholics killed christains and vicer versa in the British Isles. Was it because of a different almighty.

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      Jim softy:
      I owe you an apology after that: I always assumed that you were monumentally stupid, however it seems I was wrong. You are insane to boot and I was brought up not to make fun of people who had lost their marbles (and I don’t mean your jill-bolays.

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        Mr Poorten,
        Jim softly has no hard marbles whether at the top or “bolays” between his legs. Jim the dimwit’s brains are all sumbolay or sambal. So you are right Mr Poorten that stupidity is the characteristic of the Sinhala modaya But this idiot JImmy is at the pinnacle of the insanity pyramid.

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      Softy, – probably soft in the head. Don’t pivot to unrelated, unconnected and probably even unproven historical jaunts, to try and justify the ground realities of our own situation. What this article purports to infer is, – what used to happen on the fringes of society (cracks in the social fabric leading to minor skirmishes) has now become mainstream and is here to stay. Further, this also occupies center stage and to some, is an integral part of the political strategy to win elections. This is a fact, which can also be gleaned through this article . Another main contributing factor that has led to this political cesspit, is the partiality of the State bias including its sponsored patronage. If you cannot digest that, then everything you read must be whilst wearing racially tinted glasses searching for scapegoats. Just remove that and let the light shine thru.

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      Jim softy shows animosity towards Protestants, Anglicans and Evangelicals. Why? Protestants have a clearer understanding of Almighty God who hates the worship of bowing to statues and the misguided idol called the forbidden queen of heaven. Jeremiah 7,18 and Jeremiah 44,17 Crusades didn’t deliver Jerusalem to the Pope. It was Jesus who paid the price on the cross of suffering, not a feminine divine. The Pyramid Scheme is in every societal institution whether religious or secular.

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    NO where in the world, a buddhist civilization has invaded a country. It is the Catholics, protestans and muslims all from themiddle east who began killing. Now protestants despise Islam but catholics are suipposed to be blood relatives of muslims and they kill each other. I believe some european kallathonis in Srilanka went back and came back as neo-colonists. So, I see the strategy.

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      That is probably one of many reasons Buddhism has not survived the test of time, nor will it survive the onslaught of time. It is not assertive enough such that its basic precepts are but nice words supposed to motivate, but is never promoted or inculcated into practice. In Islam, along with all the good things promised to its followers, warnings of dire consequences for neglect is also factored into its teachings. This is what keeps its followers mindful of their allegiance and responsibilities to Islam. One common phrase is, if you are not praying, you are not one of us. This is why Friday prayers is so special. Fasting is so special. At least once in a lifetime pilgrimage – Hadj is so spectacular and special. In the other point mentioned, war in any language means death and destruction, direct or through collateral damage. As for life on this planet, death is inevitable. It is how you die, is what is important. If you die for the country serving in the military, the country must take care of honoring your sacrifice and taking care of your family. In the same way, if one dies to protect his/her religion as in the case of Islam, against forces that prevent its free practice, then Islam’s religious texts does promote many spiritual benefits for such selfless supreme sacrifices. As such, the motivating factor is ever present in almost every instance of war. Religious wars was not the only motive for invading countries, but a good chunk of the soldiers comprised in the invading army, usually would belonged to a certain faith – be it Christians, Muslims or Cholans, who then ultimately end up as the legitimate rulers of those captured lands. As usual, the Buddhists philosophy promoted their peaceful means of propagation, but did not succeed as much. Instead, with all that is going on under its name, it has slowly dwindled to its present state. It did not even survive the country and land of its birth – India and Nepal. Going by future forecasts, the rate of decline statistics indicate static growth for a few more years, after which.. Islam on the other hand, has shown a steady growth, mind you without any kind of invasions and with all the negative publicity against it, which says something about its core beliefs.

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        Marwan:
        Yours is certainly a lucid description of the mainstream religions and the reasons for their “success” in the matter of drawing and keeping adherents. A breath of fresh air amid the crap that seeks to pass as analysis of the current national and international circumstances!

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      The World was ruled by Chiristians , then Msulims . But, Budhists Indus were cowards and slaves so coudnt not rule the world even in dream…..
      The history tells christians and Muslims are cousins.. maybe they are divided as misunderstood the real message from Almighty through Messengers. when they are united , think around 400 billions will rule others…..

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      Jim softy you are wrong. London Buddhist vihare is as much an invasion into a Christian kingdom as in Melbourne. New York, Washington, California of USA who proclaim “In God we trust” have dedicated their land to God Almighty who is full of love, mercy and forgiveness, even to those unaware of his eternity. SB could become more like ISIS and other religious fanatics unless disciplined

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    financial corruption is mostly by christian buddhists, protestants, Evangelists and Catholics in Srilanka. Mahinda Rajapakse is a converted buddhist Ranil anglican RAvi with multiple fraud s is catholic. Arjun Mahendran, alosius are al same. How about Sujeewa Senasinghe, Thilak marapana, Malik samarawickrama, KAbir HAssim and many more who got cuts are they sinhala -buiddhists ?

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      Jom softy,

      Too many questions:

      You mean to say so called “Sinhala Buddhists country” is ruled by non-Sinhala Buddhists? Why are the original Sinhala Buddhists vote for non-Sinhala Buddhists?The LTTE war was won by a non-Sinhala Buddhist president and his brother, while commanded by a non-Sinhala Buddhist, S. Fonseka?

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        Fathima: sinhala buddhsits support only LIVE AND LET LIVE but we have to be assertive in the right way.

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      How much more of your stupidity do we have to put up with? Financial corruption is committed by individuals who have self serving interests. Nothing to do with their religious backgrounds nor any Holy Scriptures and teachings. No religion supports nor promotes such bad behavior. Truth, honesty including fair-play and justice to all their subjects is the highest standards expected of them. That is the clarion call of all the major Faiths. It is true, people don’t live up to such standards in which case they bear individual (not a collective) responsibility. They must eventually be held accountable. Be it in this life or in the next. All we can do, is either vote them into power the next time around, or simply kick them out. If evidence of corruption is established, expose them to face legal consequences. No one is immune from the Law (man made or Divine, which in the latter is the ultimate – Supreme Law). .

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    It is around 2300 years of Buddhist civilisation but not 2300 of Sinhalese Buddhist civilisation, as the Sinhalese as a people and language only came into existence from around the 8TH -9Th century Ad. They were still evolving as a people from the local Tamil or semi Tamil Elu speaking Naga and Yakka tribes who converted to Buddhism and other immigrants from the Indian mainland, mainly from the then Tamil country of what is now modern Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Non of the ancient kings in the island ever called or identified themselves as Aryans or Sinhalese as they were neither. They were Buddhist or Hindu Tamil speaking Dravidian South India or local Dravidian Naga kings. The king who converted to Buddhism was a Tamil Saivite Naga and the so called Sinhalese hero Dutugemmunu was also a Tamil Naga Buddhist. There were no people called Sinhalese 2300 years ago. This war was between the population who converted to Buddhism and wanted to take over and the population who remained Hindu and were the ruling establishment in Anuradhapura.They were all Tamil speaking Hindu or Buddhists. That the population who converted to Buddhism and remained Buddhist later evolved as the Sinhalese is another story. Remember in the north and east the Buddhist heritage is largely Tamil not Sinhalese. There was no 2500 year old Sinhalese Buddhist culture. The Buddhist culture started around 2300 years ago and the Sinhalese culture from around 8AD-9AD.

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      You have given a proper and genuine facts which the extremist Buddhist clergy does not want to accept. They are in the belief of “Mahavamsa Myth’ which has caused so may pogroms against the minorities. The country is now under UN radar for its human rights violation, pogroms, genocide etc and has to answer to the world. There are proven evidences of Genocide of Tamils 147,000 in 2009. for more detailed information please view this link
      https://www.academia.edu/36458267/Mullivallal_Massacre_of_the_147_000_Tamils.docx

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        what is Mahavamsa myth?

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      I am surprised that you are not saying that “Real Siva Sankaran Sharma”, who really happens to be a descendant of the Native Veddah Aththos, is also a Tamil.

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      Real Siva Sankaran Sharma:-
      Here we go again! The Same old Broken Record!

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        The strategy is when a lie is repeatedly told may times over, it will be perceived to be true. A Hitler strategy to insult and degrade the Jews before sending them to their graves. Your claim of 147,000 Tamls killed during the war is another such canard being spread, when the actual number is between 6 and 7,000. There are no sightings of mass graves to prove such high numbers and even the UN is fully aware of those facts.

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      RSSS:

      Say, you’re talking the truth. Then it seems that your guys have failed to learn a historical lesson: Through out history, and then in the recent past with LTTE, your failure seems Tamils’ high volume conversions to other religions. I am not sure why in the history though there are many versions, but I am sure Karuna Amman broke away from LTTE because of casteism issue as he was sidelined for being a low-caste from the East. So, in your case without getting rid of this caste issue, nothing would prosper. Imagine LTTE won the demands/war, you people’s next target would be to get rid of Prabakaran himself as he is a low-caste from the North. God knows, Prabakaran foresaw this and acted suicidal in the last days.

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        Tamila are an old and ancient people and Tamil is a very old classical language. From old many new things come, Just like Sanskrit gave birth to many new languages and culture , Old Germanic to many modern languages, Latin to many modern language. However all these old and ancient language gave birth to many modern languages cultures and the original speakers converted to other religions and they all died. However Tamil which is considered the oldest of these ancient classical languages is still thriving and spoken by around 100 million and Saivaism is also thriving and the religion of the vast majority of the Tamils. Despite Tamil giving birth to many languages and cultures and many of the original Tamil Hindus now converted to Buddhism Christianity and Islam. The only people who really want the Tamils are the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan Muslims. Both people largely descended from low caste Indian Tamil immigrant convers. One pretending to be Aryan and truly indigenous and the other pretending to be Arab . Both in order to hide their actual largely low caste Tamil immigrant origin want to destroy the island’s Tamils in the name of an imagined Mahavamsa Aryan Sinhalese Buddhism and the other in the name of Islam and a fake Arab origin. Yo u are very good example. Only a peas size brain like you will post such rubbish and will not understand that from a mother comes many children . Similarly the Tamil mother produced many languages and cultures but instead of dying like Sanskrit Latin ancient Grrek. Germanic Norse is still thriving. That is the greatness of Tamil. Many people have tried to destroy Tamil but it is still thriving. As Pirapakaran and Karuna , there was no caste issue as both belonged to fishing communities . Pirapakaran a Karaiyar and Karuna a Mukkuva the dominant caste in the east. So how can there be caste discrimination?

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          RSSS:

          The fool who knows he is a fool is for that very reason he is wise. The fool who thinks himself wise is the greatest fool of all – Do I have to say that you belogn to latter?

          Tamils, especially the Northern have been deeply divided by caste is not a secret and silly matters such as drawing water from a wells onwards you guys are divided.

          WOW – All of a sudden the caste is not an issue you’re saying. Please keep up.

          Karuna Amman is from Vaisyas – Farmer caste. Pirabakaran is from Karaiyar – Fisherman caste. Then it is also not a secret that Northern Tamils discriminate Eastern Tamils – So there are situations where high caste Tamils discriminate the low caste in North. And the Northern Tamils as a whole, discriminate the Eastern. And then All SL Tamils discriminate the Indian origin Tamils and this funny structure continues – none of you seem to want to stop it. FUNNY THING IS, YET YOU FIGHT AGAINST SINHALESE SAYING THEY DISCRIMINATE THE TAMILS.

          Do you think you need another external intervention to destroy you people when your casteism itself is more than capable of doing it destroy further, and that is what has landed you indirectly where you’re now?

          Pirabakaran as a warier might not have achieved your dream land. But as a fisherman caste, he managed to take you to Australia on boat – Either way you must be thankful to him.

          Good luck
          Fathima Mansoor

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            you can call RSS by his caste name SUTHIRAN…….They never come with truth .

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            Fatima Umma Mnassor

            Your half-baked knowledge is mind-boggling. You should speak to your husband Mansoor or one of his other wives or your lover, (you women have an understandably common practice, given the inability of one, usually older husband to satisfy all four) to enlighten you on the Tamil caste system. Karuna, you may be surprised to learn hails from Kiran, a stronghold of the ‘high caste’ Vellalas.

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    How about the killing fields of the 19th century, were the British of Buddhist Sinhala lineage or is there a statute of limitation when it comes to the cruelty by the white people, tell me Mr Poo rten

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      wannihami

      You should ask yourself a pertinent question before you start typing, “do I know enough history or knowledge to make a point other than recycled and improved myths?”.

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    I read every CT article if they are of substance. I can boldly say Emil van der Poorten is the best writer we’ve got. He knows our heart beat. I saw that a Sinhala website had nominated him for a ‘Deshamanya’ award. Next come in line is Sarath De Alwis. The last in the list is Dayan Jayathillake (worst ever writer of CT)

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      Agree, Dayan Jayathillake is the worst writer we’v e got here. After him I dislike the following threesome from Melbourne, Australia. To my mind, all three are very bad writers:

      Mahindapala, Lionel Bopage and Shyaman Jayasinghe

      Also agree Emil van der Pooten is the best we’ve got so far, then Sarath De Alwis.

      The rest are mediocre.

      Sorry, the truth must be stated even if bitter.

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    “Violence and financial corruption seem to be the only growth industries in Sri Lanka”. There is Mega financial corruption at higher levels and petty financial corruption at lower levels, the latter for pure day to day survival. Violence is a means of expressing frustrations, insecurity, fear, and unfulfilled expectations in life, as seeing around the world. In Sri Lanka we see violence even in the Parliament.

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    While none would argue the gang of islamophobes, Ganasara’s BBS need to be controlled for the greater good of Sri Lanka, Sinhalese and the Buddhism at large, one need to understand the mentality of these Emilys. Gnanasara is the sweet servant of Dilantha withanage of Norwegian NGO, Worldview. He worked in Sithamu funded by a Norwegian NGO and Norwegian, Arne Fjorft in Sri Lanka in 2010. An year later this NGO Dilantha takes Gnanasara and some stupid monks to Norway and get them meet with LTTE activists and our friend Solheim. Year later, BBS business attacking Muslims begin. Those who critique BBS deliberately ignore this important and vital information.

    And where does Emily comes from? Emily comes from a class in Sri Lanka who held control of the native population simply using their connections to the white masters when Brits controlled SL. Out of the populations, Tamils, Moor, Indians and Sinhalese the Emily’s who had a much lighter skin were given a better place and more power thanks to their european origins. But alas everything did not go like that. The natives whome the Emilys loved to subjugate won back their homeland. And the tables returned…..and the natives’ language came back to the front…Now the english educated Emilys lost the chance…So these Emilys live with constant hatred with the Sinhala Buddhist and their civilisation.

    And now emily, there is certain things that wont change in SL for a long time to come. One is of course the Sinhalaness and the Buddhist heritage of this country. If you are so allergic to it, you can get to some white man’s country and get lost. Or you can simply jump to the ocean and drawn yourself.

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      Even by the standards of the Sumaneys and the Jim softies, sach is exceptional. That is if ANYONE would like to aspire to that level of moronic stupidity, if I might coin the term. One thing’s for sure: whatever I write seems to provoke many of the lower forms of life into leaving whatever gutter they spend the better part of their existences! Cleans out the gutters if it doesn’t do anything else!

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        Mr. Emil Vander Pooten: Unlike Europeans OLD sinhala buddhist folks think of being spiritual instead involving in politics. The knowleedge of the mother tongue doe snot mean one knows important things.

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        Emil van der Poorten

        “One thing’s for sure: whatever I write seems to provoke many of the lower forms of life into leaving whatever gutter they spend the better part of their existences! “

        I am sorry to say that it is not the fault of Jimmy, sach, Sunamey, Percy the pathetic, ….. and many others. We should recognize that it is the fault of the intellectually honest readership. The less they participate in these forums more presence of the morons is noted.

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    I am utterly dissapointed about Emil van der Poorten’s comments in “Leader like no other’ article (the first or top comment). Aha; the cat is out of bag – Like Dayan J and Narada, Emil seems to be a MR stooge. MR is Ali Baba who led the robbery clan. No Emil you do not deserve a ‘deshamanya’ award. I take back what I earlier said. Sorry.

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      Shiromani Manage:
      I did take the time and effort to follow up on your comment which referred to a comment I had made about another comment. It reads as follows:
      “That is a most engaging account of Sri Lankan politics.
      I have to take exception, though, to the reference to Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest because Robin Hood and his merry band took from the rich and gave to the poor. ALL the politicos in Sri Lanka have a track record of doing just the opposite!”
      As much as Ranil Wickremesinghe himself has seemingly, not enriched himself out of the public purse, many of those serving under him in Cabinet have done so as the record shows.
      The track record of what I have written should show, clearly, that I do not stooge to politicians of any stripe and seek to “tell it like it is.”

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        Emil, I accept your explanation

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          Thanks. It isn’t often that one encounters civility in CT!

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    Any simple “right” or “wrong” gets so complicated when race and religion are brought in as part of the explanation, I fear there will be terrible times ahead for this country, simply because people are ignorant that justice knows no colour, creed or race.

    MS and RW are just as much culpable as their predecessors for this very sorry state of affairs.

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    This culture need not be driven but the culture is violent and CRIMINAL. If not how do you explain a bandit and murder like Prince and pirate Vijaya luring a innocent damsel called Kuweni to murder her for her tribes allegiance, riches and land? Today’s violence and criminal lineage is a direct result to that blood line.

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    Emil van der Poorten should disregard the personal attacks on him. I am dissappointed about them. Emil is a good unbiased writer who is doing his service to the country. Unlike most racists here, Emil you are not in debt to the nation that fed you and educated you. If ‘Deshamanya’ award is to be given to Emil, so be it. Good on him.

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    Excellent article. My congratulation. As you quoted, the worst is the silence of the onlooking “good” people and their ignorance. I could imagine that SL has a very turbulent and dangerous period to come ahead.

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    Thanks to Emil van der Poorten and Sarath de Alwis for their perceptive and courageous writings.

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      Wow, eurasians are showing their Jealousy, Ifsinhala buddhists were Crfusaders what would you people have told us. the whole country would be in International Criminalcourt. I heard some eurasians are upset because they did not get the vice chancellor post. Even now, they come and ask employment in Srilanka while resting among Evangelists, I heard. they blame even the lack of Monsoon winds the fault of sinhala-buddhists. Mr. Pooten, I heard for sinhala buddhists, the sun is going to rise from the West.

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    When it is used to create disquiet or justify the unjustifiable, history becomes a nuisance. I am appalled at the readiness with which your contributors harp on the past (real or skewed) without facing the realities of the present. I know that I will stir that false cliche that “Those who ignore history are apt to repeat it”. It is nearer the truth to say that those mired in historical mud, are condemned to stagnation. Does not the Buddhism of the majority urge us to the meditative need to get away from obsession with regrets of the past and fears of the future and live in the present? This is sage advice.

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      Nettle Grub:
      “Sage advice?” That “Those who ignore history are apt to repeat it,” is certainly not a “false cliche” as Sri Lankan history since 1948 amply proves. Trying to stick a false veneer of the ideal in Buddhist practice when what is being espoused and FORCED upon this nation is murder and mayhem in the name of that philosophy says it all. May I suggest a reality check, sir?

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    so true emil ,so true
    will sri lankans ever learn

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    A Culture Driven By The Exercise Of Violence

    LOL! Yes yes, Roma Landesi people came to this Island using very peaceful methods. They did not use any violence against the locals.

    Now this Roma Landesi descendant is crying about violence when he’s at the receiving end of it. Perhaps, his Great Grand Pater would have jumped up in joy when the hapless locals of their coloneys were being hacked to death.

    Suck it up, buttercup. The violence right now in SL is not even comparable to 1/100th of the violence perpetrated by your Roma Landesi ancestors.

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      Rtd. Lt.Reginald Shamal Silva:
      I understand one goes UP one rank on retirement from the armed forces in Sri Lanka. How long did it take you to achieve three “patiyas?”
      Anyway, what on earth are you on about? “Roma Landesi.” No sane person is likely to defend violence and discrimination. However, in your case, you seem to be interested in defending exactly that. Have you ever heard the expression that when one points a finger at somebody, there are FOUR fingers pointing at oneself? Something to ponder.
      P.S.
      I’ll have to check on what my great-grandfather’s from Tumpane and Aluthnuwara were doing at the time of the “Roma Landesi” incursions, whatever those were! I do know that one (English) great-grandfather had a ferry named after him by the local (Sinhala) people. for services he rendered to THEM! Want to go down to the Baddegama area and check?Remember that thing I just said about pointing fingers?

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        I do know that one (English) great-grandfather had a ferry named after him by the local (Sinhala) people. for services he rendered to THEM

        Ha ha ha ha…….Good Samaritan eh? Was he running a charity there? LOL! Don’t we know how the cockroaches got rich.

        One of my least liked leaders of SL is Sirimavo. Biut I got give her credit for one thing. For getting rid of the cockroach problem of Ceylon.

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          Retarded Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera:
          If Sirimavo had done her job right, you wouldn’t have been around to spew racist hatred in CT, particularly given your particularly “Sinhala Buddhist” name: Pere-ra!

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            Sirimavo is a former President of Sri Lanka. She is also a person of the distinguished Radhala caste. Not a cockroach.

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    Public opinion overwhelmingly suggests that Jim Softy needs a break. Come on JIM, keep quiet for two weeks and come back. During your break we promise that we take care of Sri Lanka and all our fellow citizens., especially Sinhalese Buddhists. Agreed?

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    Verbal violence of Mr. Emil
    Some people think that cultural norms and rules of decent behaviour applies only to others. Mr. Emil writes alot about corruption, bad culture and power abuse in the country or certain sections of the population. But look at the way Mr. Emil behaves just here in this site – he resorts to personal attacks on commentators in his articles here. He thinks that the norms of good behaviour does not apply to him – in other words he thinks he is raised above the rules and norms of decent behaviour and these do not apply to him.
     
    As Mr. Emil writes, the problem in Sri Lanka is that certain individuals, especially the ones with political power think that they are raised above all laws and this is exactly what I can deduce from Mr. Emil’s behaviour here too. So actually “Any “airy-fairy” considerations of civilized conduct are treated as irrelevant in a situation where the Golden Rule prevails:….” is so true, only Mr. Emil is unaware that he is very much a part in construction and maintenance of the uncivilized conduct and violent culture he criticizes and writes so much about. The important question which arises is that does Srilanka have a chance to better our country, with people like this writing and spamming the media which is essential in delivering proper messages to the public?

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      Cockroaches will be cockroaches. They are good at coming at you with a dagger in one hand a bible on the other. Don’t ever forget these are the fellas that murdered your ancestors. Bludgeoned and impaled the local women even if they were carrying children in their wombs. These cockroaches are capable of anything. They make the LTTE look like saints. Now talking democracy and culture. Their culture is the one driven by alcohol and Sex where their women go around sleeping while their men are drunk. Not that I complain about the latter. But Sirimavo would have none of it. She kicked their rear-ends and sent them to Australia.

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        Retarded Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera:
        What delightful prose! Learned in the gutter, I presume.

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          Supposedly from a St Thomas college ‘educated’ soldier! A prime example of the Sinhala Buddhist mindset even a liberal Christian education has not made a dent, what a pity!

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    Name-Calling and Personal attacks
    Mr. Emil resorts to verbal abuse and attacks the commentators here. I have seen numerous times where he verbally attacks commentators here, especially Jim Softly. I do not agree with everything Jim Softly writes, but Jim Softly has a far better understanding and intelligence than Mr. Emil. Jim Softly also demonstrates a mental stamina not many people have. I have never seen Jim Softly posting the same Copy-Paste comments like many of the commentators do here. Jim Softly writes his comments for each article giving his own analysis of the issues. Anybody with any intelligence will recognize that Jim Softly is no fool, but a person with alot of knowledge and intelligence. Anybody who calls such a person an imbecile or stupid is the stupid one.
     
    On the other hand it is Mr. Emil who doesn’t have the ability to understand a simple comment and start accusing commentators and resorts to name-calling and personal attacks. Verbal abuse is also violence and often result in physical violence. If there is a dispute one should have the ability resolve it without resorting to violence of any kind. Calling people as “subhumans”, “idiots” and “unmentionables” is not acceptable behaviour at all and it is not going to solve anything. I really do not think Mr. Emil has any right to criticize the the violent behaviour of wrong-doers in our society while he himself is showing the same violent behaviour. I think that there’s nothing more stupid than behaving in this violent way attacking commentators here and criticizing violence of others. One should practice what one preaches – if each and everyone of us practice good acceptable behaviour at ALL times, then a lot of the problems will solve by themselves.

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    False assumptions about Srilanka being the BEACON OF DEMOCRACY, which remain unanswered
    In the article “More of the same” (see link below) Mr. Emil distorted what I had written and as usual showing his unacceptable behaviour resorted to name-calling. I asked him a few simple questions, the main question being “When exactly was Sri Lanka a beacon of democracy? ”, because he has based his article on the falsehood that Sri Lanka “was once the beacon of democracy in Southern Asia”. He had 3 days to answer before the comments closed, but he didn’t.
     
    My point is that people like Mr. Emil, who act as if they know everything and have the solution to everything and write senseless articles and who resort to violence when confronted with hard facts, much like the people they criticize is also a good part of the problem in Sri Lanka, because these individuals seem to live in an alternate reality far removed from the actual situation and calling for solutions based on huge heaps of falsehoods. Their violence is hidden under the surface and camouflaged with nice big dictionary words. Constructive criticism is what is needed, not these huge lies and violent acting up, the moment somebody disagrees. As long as we let these people dominate the discourse in our country we will never find proper and lasting solutions.
     
    Mr. Emil’s verbal violence, abuse and behaviour is not a matter of simple hypocrisy – but it spells out the corrupt and violent culture that has come to prevail in our society as such he simply cannot be taken seriously and also he absolutely does not have the right to criticize the wrong-doers. Mr. Emil is demonstrating very well the “Culture Driven By The Exercise Of Violence”.

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    Link to the article “More of the Same”, where Mr. Emil just ran away from the discussion, because he couldn’t answer a simple question. In other words he got caught lying and/or believing in a lie, which he constantly accuses others of. He should stop calling others stupid, when he can’t intelligently answer a simple question.
     
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/more-of-the-same-2/
     
    – Punchi Point

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      Reference link, Punchi point, Jim softy etc. etc.:
      How come you wonderfully brave “commentators” have to hide under pseudonyms? Is it because you keep repeating (badly-written) imbecilities or because you have nothing to say except in defence of your indefensible paymasters?
      P. S.
      You MUST remember not to write under one pseudonym and then sign it with another!

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        Yes! More Of The Same… ( “monumentally stupid” “moronic stupidity” “(badly-written) imbecilities” this is just in this article)
         
        I think you have done a superb job in exposing yourself for the hypocrite you are, for that matter a violent abusive name-calling hypocrite. Before you talk about civility in governance stop your verbal abuse and violence and stop bullying commentators. Your behaviour is a good representations of how culture driven by violence is practiced, whether the gains are financial or some flattering comments or just to exalt your own ego and vanity, is the same. Reminds me of the likes of Mahinda Rajapaksha.
         
        I am not here to show my writing skills and you, who cannot write a single intelligent answer to any question is the last one that should criticize others writing skills. By the way – you still haven’t answered when Srilanka was the beacon of democracy. So when exactly was this?
         
        PS. I choose to write under whatever username I wish as long as it is not offensive and CT allows it. You cannot dictate to me what I should call myself. The privilege of anonymity is there to protect ourselves and our families from abusive people like you. Here too you are showing what a hypocrite you are – writing about democracy and in the very next turn dictating what others should use as their pseudonyms!!! FYI this is not a battleground to be brave, although you obviously think so, but you were not brave enough to face any direct questions, you ran away from the discussion without answering the simple question – when exactly was Srilanka a beacon of democracy?

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          I am sure I am not going to get any answer to any of the questions, but another serving of insults. I have looked in Google books and scholar and searched at Jstor, nothing comes up about Srilanka being a beacon of democracy – everything is in the opposite direction, namely alot of writings about how flawed democracy in Sri Lanka is.

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    Emil, (your photo), you have a large, well formed forehead just like my father’s Only very very wise men get such a forehead (this is a compliment to you please).

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      Shiromani Manage:
      After that compliment I’ll have to go out and buy a bigger hat to fit my upper storey!

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    Oh God what a zoo…..
     
    One person is conveying his message through verbal violence and resorts to personal attacks calling others all sorts of names:
      “monumentally stupid”
      “moronic stupidity”
      “(badly-written) imbecilities”
      “subhumans”
      “idiots”
      “unmentionables”
      “insane to boot…..don’t mean your jill-bolays”
      “lower forms of life into leaving whatever gutter…”
     
    Then a so called scholar comes in and ignores all this and says how courageous the abuser is.
     
    Yet another who is has lieutenant in his title, comes by calling a whole ethnic group “Cockroaches ” !!! and referring to women of this ethnicity in a very derogatory manner.
     
    Then to sum it all up another comes and admires the height of the forehead of the verbal abuser comparing the abuser to her father!! Overlooked is the fact that this man is using abusive words and insults people.
     
    Is this a comment section in an article dealing with serious matters affecting our country or is it a circus? Why can’t criticism and questions be answered in a civilized manner? Do we need to look elsewhere to find the problems affecting our country and see what is driving the culture of violence?

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    The Author has highlighted one of many issues (may be the most important one too historically and to date) failing “Mother Lanka” syatamatically since independence and holding her back from being a successful nation taking care of all her subjects …….However it is fact a particular grouping/minority has managed to “normalise the unthinkable” by fear/intimidation/violence has succesfully infiltrated all aspects of society/administration…….just like what Italy has gone through historically with the Sicilian mafia?
    This also indirectly implies that the “other gropings in our country” and their atrosities to achieve their desired solutions were equally a “disservice” to the cause of “nation building” too?…….we have been through uprisings/war/mutinies/riots/extra judicial disappearances/assassinations/Geopolitical interferences/exploitation and rape of Mother Lanka in general under our very nose??

    Basically what are we doing about this as citizens is what is being raised by the author ………..thank you.

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