29 September, 2021

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A Letter To The US Senate, A Common Reply To The Many Responses

By M. M. Janapriya –

Dr. M.M. Janapriya

Dear contributors to Colombo Telegraph,

When I saw briefly my article has received 127 responses I was pleasantly surprised and indeed excited to meet the ‘new arrivals’ on the CT arena. Great expectations are not infrequently fraught with great disappointments and this event which proved it to me in no small measure was no different. Alas!  It was the same old people exchanging their views multiple times. I must say quite a few of them were attacking each other ‘below the belt’. Clearly these people have known each other for a long time. So much so they seem to know the ups and downs, agonies and ecstasies and even the ancestry of each other. Even so it is so unfortunate that they are unable to engage in an important debate as grown-ups. The importance of the matter being discussed is effectively being subjugated in the atrocious nature of the mudslinging. This is a very sad and a bad omen heralding a disastrous end to our efforts even before we could start making some headway.

One thing crystal clear with the CT forum I am dealing with is that they all seem to be afflicted with what my late colleague par excellence Dr. D. V. J. Harischandra, by far the most erudite Psychiatrist I have ever known used to call ‘entitlement syndrome’. They have used this platform to castigate the Rajapaksas for, in their books, very understandable reasons and considered it their birth right to do so. Reading between lines I feel most contributors appear to be operating from overseas and except for my friend Ken Sangaralingam all of the others seem to be comfortable uttering blustering threats only from behind a pseudonym. If you read through the responses with patience you realize most of them are emotionally charged and with clear evidence of deep seated racism. The regulars seem to believe in only one thing i.e. there is and has always been oppression of the Tamil community and hence birth growth and subsequent conduct of the LTTE and their representatives in Parliament, the TNA are justified. In their minds it is not only the alleged involuntary disappearances, alleged war crimes etc. but just the war against terror itself is unfair, indecent repugnant and repulsive.

All those who are unreservedly sympathetic towards this sentiment, be it Tamil, be it Sinhalese or be it Muslim or indeed any other ethnic group, are their friends they would hug, but for the distance, and allies. Anyone who dares to shake the only stance their comfortable in, is an enemy and a racist needing ‘rehabilitation’. I hold nothing back when I write on any matter to CT and have never worried as to what guys like you over there thought about me. Additionally I don’t use the style and language you would cheer me on from the sidelines if I use, especially when I have to broach sensitive issues like leadership, bungling by administration etc. Successive administrations all over the developing world historically have dealt with journalists harshly not because how much they criticized the governments but because how ugly and personal the criticisms have been quite similar to how you guys exchange ‘pleasantries’ out there. Your inability to engage in a fruitful discussion within the framework of decency might well be the reason for the need to get cover behind pseudonyms.

As I have reiterated already I am my own man. So when I write or indeed when I speak I got to be answerable to one and only one thing and that is my conscience. This article has been read and re-read by me about ten times and passed as fit by my conscience so there is no problem in that regard.

This is a letter I wrote to the US Senate about three weeks ago and sent by email. I got some friends living in the US to download, print and fax directly to Bob Menendez, Chair, Committee for Foreign Relations, US Senate too, which they have done.

The rationale of posting it on CT was to give a chance to all those activists out there to understand every ‘Sinhala goody goody’ cannot easily be hoodwinked to believe as gospel, the spiced up or indeed may be totally fabricated tales they carry to our ‘big brother’ organizations overseas.

Trying to re-educate guys like Ken is an absolute waste of time. (He has the audacity to contest the statistics of my batch and my senior batch which I know like the back of my hand and which is there in black and white in the University Senate for any donkey or even any tiger to peruse) At a slightly lesser magnitude this sentiment goes well for his other brethren out there too. Dr. Sangaraingam (SG) had the courage to say my assertion about the numbers and percentages was wrong. This shows how blinded he is to everything other than the once visible and now a mirage of a separate Tamil State within Sri Lanka. May I remind my friend that `no man is blinder than the one who refuses to see’.

The reason why my response to the 127 replies got delayed is because I had to get information about several batches of Medical Students both in Colombo and Peradeniya from some friends both here in Sri Lanka and overseas, in order to prove the loose cannon SG utterly and miserably wrong. The following are the stats I obtained by talking to a few very honourable people from different batches.

Academic Year

Percentage Tamil Students Colombo

Percentage Tamil Students Peradeniya

Percentage of whole intake of Tamils

1966/67

No 150  Approx. % 50

68/76    89.47%

Approx. 63%

1967/68

No 150 Approx.  % 50

54/76    71.05%

Approx. 57%

1968/69

No 150 Approx. %  50

54/76    71.05%

Approx. 57%

Numbers of Peradeniya are exact and I stand 100% by their accuracy and authenticity. However the numbers in Colombo which I obtained from a few god fearing members of the senior medical fraternity are approximations but what is important is the gist of it which shows without any reasonable doubt, Tamils were being grossly over represented in the Medical Faculties at that time. I am sure you medical guys over there must have been handed down the famous anecdote by your seniors that the then Professor of Surgery Peradeniya, H.S. Keerthisinghe of international fame walked out of the lecture theatre saying “I can teach a hall full of bloody Tamils” when he realized there were only 8 Singhalese out of a batch of 76 Medical Students.  This detail is only for the purpose of proving loose talking Ken wrong and I harbour no ill will towards my Tamil brethren.

Personally I have suffered as a consequence of the atrocities of the LTTE for many years as I worked for the Sri Lankan people for over 35 years (almost the entirety of the life of the LTTE) before I left for England in 2005, i.e. after retirement from public service. (BTW I am back in Sri Lanka now) Even though they were in the north and we lived and worked in the south we were worried about the possibility of LTTE planting bombs in schools in the south. We made associations of interested parents, at Rahula College, Matara, Mahinda College Galle and Southlands College Galle who were rostered around the week to inspect and clear the whole school as fit for children to be let in, every morning of the week. This went on unabated for the whole of the 15 years from 1985 (when my son entered the lower kindergarten at Rahula) to 2000 (when my daughters left Southlands College, Galle). You should remember LTTE eventually ramming a boat laden with bombs in to the Galle Harbour. So my fears cannot be discounted as totally unfounded or indeed paranoid. Eventually when I came on transfer to Colombo in the year 2000 picture was even worse. We were worried about waiting in traffic jams the possibility of the vehicles in front, behind and on the sides carrying bombs being very high as a bus bomb had already gone off killing tens of school children at Maradana. Also, as those of you who cared to watch the video linked in my letter to the US Senate, I escaped getting blasted in to bits by the JOC bomb in Colombo only by a whisker.

From the foregoing you would understand (or might try not to) why I am deeply indebted to the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime for finishing the war the only way they could, and I am not alone in this regard. However I remain one of the fiercest critics of the Rajapaksas when they have been caught ‘napping’. I have criticized them heavily for not making use of the post war opportunity to bring in law and order to the country which if they did would have ushered prosperity for all. I have written an article to CT over 2 years ago why Gotabaya should not be elected President of Sri Lanka and here is the link for those who doubt me. 

I understand the wrath and the agony of my Tamil brethren over the way the LTTE on whom they rested all their hopes was defeated, degraded and disintegrated. I can empathize with them too. Even though the magnitude was lower this was the same with those who vehemently opposed the antics of the administration when Wijeweera and other JVP leaders who fought an autocratic regime of JR Jayewardene were arrested and summarily executed. Even those of us who cheered from the sidelines were sad. In the first example it is the ethnic identity that united all the well-wishers of the LTTE and in the latter it was those who felt badly, the wrongs being perpetrated by the Government of the day. In both these instances there is a feeling, amongst the affected groups, of being `hard done by’ by the administration. When the administration is mainly of one ethnicity and the `feelers of hard done by’ is of another, a tinge of racism appears in the arena which would be taken advantage of, by interested parties for sure.

Racism is now (since 1960) regarded as Prejudice+Power. Hence it is not un-natural for Tamil people to feel the Sri Lankan Government was racist which may just be a perception or be real. What Prabhakaran did by ‘awakening the Tamils’ and succeeding in instituting a de facto LTTE regime for a time at least was donning power to match that of the Sri Lankan Government and with his prejudices he, his accomplices, sympathizers and supporters all become racists. This is the sad truth. We all seem to be having a little bit of it which we may augment or move away from depending on our background, education and may even be our genes.  

I don’t profess to be a saint being a normal man with only a little of it (bias) with whom any community could work together for common good. Please read the linked articles if possible. You will realize the position of a Singhalese grandstanding as a one hundred percent and unconditional selfless supporter of the Tamil (LTTE/TNA/Diaspora) cause does not exist just as much as ideal solutions in physical chemistry do not. We assume there are ideal solutions (those with infinite dilution) and have built up whole spheres of advanced chemistry based on this. Similarly those of us who are only slightly biased can join hands and forge ahead assuming that we are those perfect Sinhalese comrades ‘coming home to dine with’ if we are practical and pragmatic. This is the message I wanted to convey to my Tamil brethren. 

I hope you remember those children of mine whom I brooded from the possible atrocities of the LTTE by installing `parent teacher buffers’ at school level all those long years ago. They are ardent sympathizers of the Tamil cause where as to be honest I am not. I can understand to some extent the one living in NZ and the other in England harbouring such ethno-smoothing ideology but the one who is with us in Sri Lanka? This only goes to prove they grew up in a liberal household that encouraged free thinking. I have no problem with their stance but am at a loss to understand how they became that. “Whatever you say dad, Tamil people have been hard done by us the Singhalese” is their stock reply to any concern I may raise. Does it show the effectiveness or potency of the propaganda of local and diasporic Tamils or something else I don’t seem to understand?

As one of the normal individuals with only a slight bias, I strongly feel, Tamils and Singhalese have a lot in common that should unite us than the few that should repel us apart. Therefore my dream of a one nation country should come true one day, the only impediment being the intransigent position of Diasporic Tamils asking for their `pound of flesh’.

This is what Amarnath Amarasingam, researcher has written on the very first page of the introduction of his Research Paper II titled, A History of Tamil Diaspora Politics in Canada; Organizational Dynamics and Negotiated Order, 1978-2013

On 10 January 2012, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother and Secretary of the Defense and Urban Development Ministry, delivered a lecture to the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute and Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. The President’s brother, arguably the second most powerful man in the country, began his lecture by stating that Sri Lanka still faces ‘several threats’ following the end of protracted civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers) in May 2009. The very first threat mentioned and discussed at length by Rajapaksa was the “reorganization of the LTTE in the international arena” (Rajapaksa 2012). Mentioning several Tamil diaspora groups by name, he argued that even after the defeat of the LTTE, “the rump of the LTTE’s global establishment is still active.” Rajapaksa argued, for example, that the ‘unwavering intent’ of LTTE-linked groups overseas “is the division of Sri Lanka and the establishment of a separate state.” He went on to note: “Most of them say they engage only in political activism and not violence. Almost all of them pretend to have a democratic face. But make no mistake. The Tiger has not changed its stripes” (Rajapaksa 2012).

While the Defense Secretary’s remarks should not automatically be seen to reflect the views of mainstream Sri Lankans nor the broader international community, it is true that with the end of the war in Sri Lanka, many have expressed uneasiness and uncertainty with respect to the activities of the Tamil diaspora around the world. Indeed, such a stark verdict on diaspora activism by someone as powerful as the President’s brother and Defense Minister is worrisome to say the least. However, in addition to the Sri Lankan government, state officials and media organisations in numerous countries, accustomed to viewing the Tamil diaspora through the lens of national security, were also not entirely clear what the defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka would mean for the often sizable Tamil community within their borders.

Much of this uneasiness arose, needless to say, because the LTTE’s tentacles stretched far beyond the tiny island of Sri Lanka, and were a constant presence in the lives of diaspora Tamils. As Bandarage (2009:171) has noted, “Operating like both a multinational firm and an intelligence agency…out of the main centers of its global network in London, Toronto, New Jersey, and Norway, the LTTE utilizes the vast resources extracted from the Tamil diaspora and from its illegal and legal enterprises to influence policymakers, media, academia, and other influential sections in the state and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) sectors within the international community.” It was also evident throughout my research that the Tamil diaspora, for the most part, did not have an enviable reputation in governmental and policy circles, and is widely believed to have been overly radical and fundamentally corrosive to the prospects for peace in Sri Lanka

I am back again to my own view from here on. One thing is very clear. That is, the Sri Lankan Administration will never betray a single soldier for alleged ‘war crimes’ because as a soldier himself Gotabaya knows jolly well doing such would make the morale of the forces come crashing down. Unlike in quelling a Southern insurrection for which a few thousand soldiers would be enough, crushing a well-trained and an extremely determined bunch of terrorists like the LTTE ably supported by a rich and a diaspora as ruthless as the LTTE itself and from time to time by Tamil Nadu, would test the might, skill, grit and sustenance of the entire tri-forces.

Keeping the morale of the tri-forces up becomes paramount as attempts at re-staging of the separatist arms struggle many times over in the future is more than likely judging from the inflammatory blusters that keep emanating from the speeches that are regularly being made by the Tamil leaders. So, the country needs to be in the ‘locked and loaded mode’ to fire almost semi-automatically and for this, the morale of the forces should be sky high. Call me a racist if you wish which I will accept gracefully because you guys out there are all racists too and worse.

Whatever the vociferous Tamil activists say and do, they must realize their ‘barking would not bring the size of the mountain down’. There can only be a political solution if Tamils can stop asking for an eye for an eye.

Diaspora might do well to remember this. “Having been borne across the world we are translated men. It is normally supposed that something always gets lost in the translation; I cling, obstinately, to the notion that something can also be gained. We will not be capable of reclaiming precisely that was lost; we will, in short, create fictions not actual cities or villages, invisible ones, imaginary homelands, Indias of the mind” ~ Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands

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    Imagine being such a chauvinist to pen a scathing anti-Tamil article on a Black July remembrance day (where over 3000 Tamils were slaughtered by Sinhalese mobs) by
    1) branding all Tamil activists as terrorists
    2) applauding the crimes committed by Lankan forces
    3) applauding the university standardization which was racist and discriminatory etc etc.
    Here is the thing Mr Racist, you can write a thousand racist articles but I doubt they are enough to change the course the island nation is heading towards (An ultra failure). You are doing nothing but accelerating its cause of becoming a doomed nation in all aspects and it will be your legacy. Only the truth will set us all free.

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      Truth Matters, Doctor is well aware of goons targeting senior Tamil doctors who were then serving in Colombo General hospital during black july. The squad was provided with specific list of names and whereabouts. Few were forced to leave country overnight with their families empty handed .

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        I was working in Colombo General hospital in 1983. I was a resident of Borella, and on my way to hospital on Monday morning, passing through Borella junction, I saw the carnage done on Sunday night. In hospital, all Tamil doctors were asked to get back home as there is a threat of them being attacked by Sinhala staff and outsiders. I telephoned home and my Sinhala neighbour told me not to come home as there are people trying to burn the house, and he will prevent it, and for me to stay in hospital. I contacted the hospital superintendent at that time, Lucien Jayasuriya and asked permission to park the car in his premises. He bluntly told me, you can park, but if people come to burn it, I will not stop it. I immediately told him, only staff members know that it is my car and outsiders will think that it is yours. So if you prevent staff members from coming into your compound, nothing will happen. He never expected me to corner him with this statement. (CONTD)

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          I parked the car and went to stay in the doctors duty room of intensive care unit. A Sinhala clerk gave me his lunch packet to eat as he said that he brought it for his lunch, but since he is going home, for me to have it. After that I did not have any meal while inside the room. Only staff of intensive care unit knew that I am in the room and they told me not to come out as others may come to know. I had to drink tap water from the sink and that was the only intake for me till I got out on Wednesday morning. I had to urinate and defaecate into the wash basin. On Wednesday morning I was taken by a Sinhala friend in his motorcycle to the house of another Sinhala doctor friend in Rajagiriya. I stayed there till Sunday and was brought back to my house by the same Sinhala friend in his motorcycle. On Monday morning when I went to get my car one week after parking it, I found that compound of medical superintendent not swept with full of leaves. This shows that he was frightened and not allowed anyone to enter his compound.

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            Dear Gnana,
            .
            PART ONE
            .
            It is distressing to hear the accounts of the horrible things that happened in July 1983. I was in Peradeniya when all hell broke loose. I think that I tarried two days, then set out on my motor-bike for Bandrawela. The fear was that I’d be stopped to relieve me of the petrol that was in the tank. Nuwara-eliya was untouched when I passed through, but approaching Welimada there was an overturned vehicle still smoking. Heard the terrible details later. I got to my Bandarawela to find the house in front smouldering. My family were glad that I hadn’t arrived ten hours earlier: they knew I would have tried to intervene
            . . . .
            .
            We heard later of the horrible deaths of dentist, Dr Nathaniel, and his wife; their son, Kumar, lived on another twenty years, perhaps, distraught. Much more that I could tell. True some Sinhalese helped Tamil families and recount the stories with a smirk. That is not what we need.
            .
            We need long term solutions; there must be accountability and justice for all. There have to be permanent attitudinal changes. With all these “karmaic” beliefs there are Buddhists who will help, and there are many who are non-racist. But see what’s happened with Dr Janapriya. I could rake up comments that I myself made in response to his fine articles on COVID.

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      Truth_matters,
      Irony is guys suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’ do not want to face the truth.
      —-
      “Only the truth will set us all free.”

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        Dr. Janapriya, your attack on me is unjustified and unwarranted. I am a straight forward person not afraid to call a spade a spade. I stand for truth and justice and I believe in equality and merit. You are misleading the public by falsifying figures. You are the loose cannon and miserably wrong. I am from 66 batch and I have the list of names of those of the batch. In my batch there were 154 students, 88 Sinhalese, 54 Tamils and 12 others. Unless you do not know arithmetic, it will be clear to you that number of Tamils in my batch is nowhere near 50%. We are in regular contact through whatsapp and sometimes by e-mail. I do not know the exact breakdown of batches of 67 and 68, but they cannot be drastically different. Who are those honourable people who gave you the wrong information. All these Tamils came in on merit, and you are unable to come to terms with it. Blind man may not be able to see, but he can have a vision, which is nobler. It is waste of time to re-educate guys like you.

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      Dr MMJ writes: “I am back again to my own view from here on. One thing is very clear. That is, the Sri Lankan Administration will never betray a single soldier for alleged ‘war crimes’ because as a soldier himself Gotabaya knows jolly well doing such would make the morale of the forces come crashing down. “
      That about sums up his attitude. So, it is OK for soldiers to rape, kill any ordinary citizen in the course of duty, or even off duty. That’s why we still don’t know the name of that Lt. Commander who raped a 15 year old, but Rishard Baduideen is held responsible for the rape of a 16 year old in his house while he was in jail!
      Isn’t that racially biased behaviour from the government, Dr.J?
      If a senior officer ( and a doctor like you) in peacetime can behave like that, what do you expect from wartime soldiers? So, there are no “alleged” war crimes, but real ones.
      “Keeping the morale of the tri-forces up becomes paramount as attempts at re-staging of the separatist arms struggle many times over”
      I would expect an intelligent person like Dr.J to understand that separatism has a cause, and if that cause is removed, there will not be any more separatism. All citizens must be treated equally.

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        Why does Dr. J talk about “Tamil” or “Sinhala” medical students? Aren’t they all Sri Lankans? Even if there is a preponderance of Tamil doctors, so what? Are they foreigners? The truth is that some communities are good at some things. Imagine what would happen if for example, the wholesale trade in Pettah was handed over to the majority? It happened in the 70’s, and no government has been foolish enough to try again. The majority simply cannot do it, and that’s that.
        Even with regard to doctors, the performance of specimens like Padeniya and Jayasumana give rise to serious doubts. One’s attitude to work is something that comes from one’s culture. Some attributes are sadly lacking in majority culture. So, trying to equalise communities by force simply won’t work. Neither will repression.

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          It is telling that Dr.J is honestly baffled why his own children don’t share his views. “Whatever you say dad, Tamil people have been hard done by us the Singhalese” is their stock reply to any concern I may raise”
          That is the difference a real education makes. Dr. J is steeped in the Mahavamsa mentality and “Buddhist logic”, and they are not. Many Sinhala Buddhists are highly qualified but have a compartmentalized mentality, whereby they can do science in the daytime and Hooniyang at night.
          I have noted elsewhere that the Sinhala Buddhist young rarely cling to their hang-ups once they migrate. It is a question of what information is available to them. In this country, the media is fine-tuned to reinforcing the prejudices of their users. Dr.J for instance views “separatism” as something heinous. But it is only a political problem to a citizen of the UK, Canada, or Slovakia. It can be solved without killing thousands and displacing millions. When educated Sinhala Buddhists like Dr.J realize this, the solutions will fall into place.

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            Dr.J,
            You should view this Canadian interview with the Tamil diaspora, including Chelvanayakam’s grand-daughter. They are educated and reasonable people, not terrorist ogres.

            https://youtu.be/sjY-C7NRLhU

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              Dr.J,
              Can you , after watching the above video, see what sort of people this country has lost? Intelligent, successful, articulate people who can present coherent arguments in any forum. Compare them to the rulers that we have now. Clowns like Jayasumana and Weerasekera. “Doctor” Padeniya who believes in snake oil.An “Admiral Professor” as Foreign secretary. A health minister who believes in throwing pots into rivers.
              If higher education hadn’t been destroyed by ignorant monks and politicians, someone like Ms. Wilson could even have been the president today. AND THERE WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN A DIASPORA FOR YOU TO GRUMBLE ABOUT.

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                OC,

                Thanks for speaking up for the Tamil people even though you are not a Tamil.

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                  Agnos,
                  You’re welcome.

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          “It happened in the 70’s, and no government has been foolish enough to try again”
          It seems I spoke too soon .This government is trying to resuscitate the State Trading Corp!

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        Old Codger, you are wrong about Rishard Badurdeen. He is not accused of rape of this girl, but as the chief occupant of the house he is responsible for the nefarious activities that had been going on in his house, where police have received complaint from 10 previous maids. From the beginning I had stated that this is a case of sexual abuse and murder, and now I am being proven right. Rape charge is against his brother in law and murder charge is on his father in law and wife. They should exhume the body and do an examination by a panel of JMOs and gynaecologists, as I feel that the JMO who conducted it has erred.

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          Dr.GS,
          I am talking about the law being applied differently. Bathiudeen , a Muslim, is on trial by media , but we don’t even know the names of the Navy officer and the Buddhist monk who abused another 15 year old. Why is that?

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      Truth_matters read the hundreds of posts by Tamils and Muslims. Almost every one brands all Sinhala Buddhists as racists. Look in the mirror Mr Racist.

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        Svenson
        If a country treats its citizens differently according to their race, is it not racist?
        If a jailed Buddhist monk gets a presidential pardon, while a Muslim poet and a doctor are locked up on suspicion, isn’t that racist?
        When a Muslim rapes a 15- year old, the Police release his name. But when the same girl is raped by a Buddhist monk and a Navy officer, their names are not released. Why?

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          Old Codger, of course it is, I never denied that. I was pointing to T-M contradicting himself.

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        Nice try. My post only criticizes this so called doctor for his racist comments. It will only hurt racist vultures who enjoy oppressing and subjugation racialized communities. Maybe you are one of them.

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        Svenson

        “Almost every one brands all Sinhala Buddhists as racists.”

        Every Sinhala/Buddhist is a racist while Sinhalese or Buddhists are not.
        Sinhala/Buddhists and Sinhala/Buddhism were two concocted identities by the Public Racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala in order to mislead the general public. These new identities were necessary, Anagarika seriously believed which he put to good use in the hope of building a racist fascist state.

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      Hello Truth_matters,
      For a start, it is great if comments are made with real names instead of hiding behind pseudo names.
      Standardisation was triggered when there were around 20 (do not remember the precise numbers) Sinhala medium students while there were 130 Tamil medium students in 1969 or 1970 admissions to the Faculty of Engineering Peradeniya. We were opposed to standardisation and even participated in protests (all students – Sinhalese Tamil and others).
      The government did not find the situation acceptable. Looking back. such an outcome can be only justified if intelligence is distributed unevenly heavily biased towards Tamil populations.
      A well thought out the factual article is being attacked by a person anonymously. This is nothing but gross misuse of the Colombo Telegraph to promote anti-Sinhalese propaganda. Such actions will lead to the hardening of attitudes all communities.
      Why do moderators allow these comments to be published?

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        The government should have tried improving the quality of education of poorly performing community /students instead of targeting a particular community for scoring good grades. Yeah it is full racist. You can write with your own name due to your Sinhala privilege (receive pardon even if you slaughter children eg sunil Rathnayaka). Unfortunately others don’t have that privilege due to prosecution by extremist state government which is accused of genocide and war crimes.

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          Hello Truth_matters,
          Thank you for your response.
          The diaspora has been successful in spreading utter falsehood of genocide and war crimes.
          The gullible leaders and countries who desire to control foreign policy of Sri Lanka exploit it.
          Wonder if you entertain the thought that Sinhalese will not fight back and succumb to the campaign. I would think the reverse is true!
          This is a relentless campaign against the Sinhalese.

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            Sunil,

            “The diaspora has been successful in spreading utter falsehood of genocide and war crimes.” We are not . Have a look at this https://www.srilankacampaign.org/about-us/organizational-structure/
            “This is a relentless campaign against the Sinhalese.” Not against the Sinhalese . It is against the murderers who has committed genocide and committing genocide. Educate yourself https://www.srilankacampaign.org/about-us/reports/

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            Sunil Abeyratne, this is not a relentless campaign against the Sinhalese, but against the criminals who committed genocide and war crimes. Just like the Sinhalese will fight back without succumbing, what makes you think that Tamils will not fight back and succumb. Concept of genocide is changing. Though it means extermination of entire race, it was applied to elimination of over one million such as Armenians by Turks and Tutsis by Hutus. But now it has been applied to ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Rohingyas by Burmese and killing of 30,000 Muslims by Serbs. Using this yardstick, deportation of 500,000 Indian Tamils, killing of 150,000 and forced immigration of 300,000 Ceylon Tamils will also fall into the category of genocide. In fact since independence, successive Sinhala governments had genocidal intent, though not succeeding fully. Planned changing of demographic pattern of eastern province and mainland northern province constitute cultural genocide. At Royal we were told that Indian Tamils will be driven to India and Ceylon Tamils into Jaffna peninsula and rest of the island will be Sinhalised. Is this not what is happening. (CONTD)

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            (CONTD) As for war crimes, it has been happening since 1982 when law was passed to dispose dead bodies in war zone without a post-mortem. This gave impunity for security forces to commit crimes and get away with it. War crimes became widespread and institutional after April 1984 when war was officially declared. In January 1985, on pressure from human rights bodies abroad, government allowed post-mortems to be done, but cases were transferred to Colombo citing security concerns and heard before Sinhala judges who without batting an eye lid gave verdict as justifiable homicide and collateral damage, when there was incriminating evidence of first degree murder. I worked as acting JMO in war zone and hence medical witness to war crimes committed by security forces on non-combatant Tamils. One of the doctors who worked in war zone during last stages of war, who was arrested and forced to make false statement by the government, has escaped to USA being granted asylum, who is a witness to this. Also there are other eye witness accounts, mobile phone photos and satellite images to prove war crimes. This is why Sri Lanka government does not want a credible inquiry. To say that all these are falsehoods cannot be accepted.

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              Hi Gnana,
              Thanks for your response.
              I entirely agree with you that both Sinhalese and Tamils who are resident abroad will promote their interests.
              Recent conversations (certainly not to support the Rajapakhsa regimes) are indicative of emerging awareness among Singhalese.
              I remember the Sinhalese led a campaign in 1983 to counter LTTE propaganda – certainly not a justification of what happened in 1983.
              I have no definitive information on the success or otherwise of the exercise. It led to the splitting of the Sri Lankan community.
              I have been p@@@ed off a few times by derogatory comments made about Sinhalese by people who barely know where Sri Lanka is.
              Tamils and Sinhalese live together in that country.
              There was no genocide – it is a blatant lie. You have quoted instances of genocide. That never happened in Sri Lanka.
              Human rights violations – need to be investigated.
              This could go on for centuries unless there is leadership.
              Dr Janapriya and I have been at Peradeniya University and I did not observe any racist behaviour.
              Why would people want to silence him while he is promoting his view? Sinhalese also have their perspective just like the Tamils do!
              As you correctly point out, there will be a time Sinhalese who are resident abroad will also fight back adding to the unpleasantness.
              This comment is not intended to generate unpleasantness – but more of an appeal to be sensible.

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        Sunil Abeyratne,
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        Do you even know the meaning of the word factual? This is shockingly bigoted.
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        I have chatted 200 minutes on mobile phones with Dr Janapriya. I will write a proper response to him, excoriating this disgraceful article. I will make that response more factual.
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        This comment is just meant to vent my fury on him, and on you.
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        In this military state many may have no choice but to conceal their identities; I won’t. I, too, find it irritating to see pseudonyms. But much worse is the condoning of heinous crimes and racism as extreme as that displayed in this article.
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        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111 444V)

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          Hello Sinhala_Man,
          May I suggest that you vent your fury on the government and other agencies that develop policy positions?

          Although my understanding of what is happening in Sri Lanka is very limited. what Dr Janapriya and I noted on University admissions is accurate.

          I look forward to your explanation of ‘bigotry’ and how it is applied to what Dr Janapriya has written.

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            Dear Sunil,
            I am in full agreement with what you have expressed in your responses and am sad you are getting attacked for doing the right thing. That is the order of the day isn’t it? Might seems right! Sinhala Man seems a lost case. Doesn’t he? His position is grandstanding amongst whining Tamil diaspora as a super Singhalese who seems to imbibe unconditionally like blotting paper, all their sob stories some of which at least are definitely fabricated.
            Also, in the same vein as `Wimaladharma brothers are the timekeepers to the Nation’ Sinhala Man has proclaimed himself as the `know it all’ mediator of the CT forum, the typical gambada loku iskolemahattaya kind of role. This title which he often dons to elevate himself to an English scholar indeed fits him very well for he does not seem to know the meaning of the word bigotry. This is why he is beating round the bush without answering your simple question. The definition of bigotry I am aware of, is as follows,
            “Obstinate or unreasonable attachment to a belief, opinion, or faction, in particular prejudice against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular group”.
            In neither of my articles is there anything obstinate or unreasonable said of any person or people nor does it depict any prejudice whatsoever against any such because of their membership of a particular group or for any other reason. Mind you the key words are obstinate and unreasonable. I have simply stated some facts and used written history and things I have seen with my own eyes to substantiate them. I have stated categorically that I do not harbour any ill will towards my Tamil brethren.
            I am only a medical doctor qualified nearly half a century ago, specialized in General Surgery who has served thousands of needy people both here in Sri Lanka and in the UK and do not profess to be an English scholar. Hence there is a good chance I may have been misunderstood. I look for hiding places when I see Malapropos using Johnsonian language in the CT forum because I do not `know’ such English. By the way, `knowing English’ reminded me of a hilarious thing that happened in my childhood.
            I must have been about 12 years old at that time and being my mum’s favourite was having a chat with her sitting comfortably in the verandah that morning. Two youngish males came and stood under the porch wanting to clarify something in an assessment tax bill or something similar with my mum. While talking to my mum in Singhalese they were chatting to each other in broken English. My mother was not a gambada iskole hamine. She was indeed an urban English teacher who revelled in taking the mickey out of those `English knowers’ trying to use the language for snobbery. My mum asked the two guys,
            “What is the problem? Is there anything wrong with the bill? The fellows looked surprised that this middle aged woman clad in a patchily wet kimono that seemed to have seen better days spoke English! One of them asked,
            “You know English” They played right in to my mum’s hands. She was like Roshan Mahanama. Wouldn’t let a good chance go a begging. She asked the hapless fellow in her own inimitable authoritative style, “Who is English?” This time around poor chap looked really flabbergasted. My mum tightened the screws on the guy further. She asked again “Who is English? The duo looked at each other’s faces and said “nona apita thawa hadissi wedak thiyanawa, passe ennam” and disappeared from sight.
            Let Sneerwells be sneers well or be sneered well at. `Knowers of English’ however with asteroid size bricks they drop that could decimate the Buckingham Palace in a jiffy can only be sneered at by one and by all. Even Jonnie English would do so.

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          SM, OC,

          Geeze I saw this only now …….. It’s good for Dr M M Janapriya to have expressed his views so openly without holding back: I appreciate that. Although, many will not agree with most of what he has written, including myself ……. he has the absolute right to express his views as anyone else.

          I don’t give a rat’s behind for race/ethnicity/religion/caste and the rest of the crap …….. for me, all are Lankans, and that’s where it starts and that’s where it ends.

          I’m from another generation from Dr Janapriya and after reading what he has written ……… I realize how little I know of the Lankan issues and how events/dangers have formed their views/opinions/outlook.

          When emotions are involved and things are so highly charged ……… not everything the Sinhala side says is true ……… not everything the Tamil side says is true …….. one has to tread carefully.

          As a person who commented on his last piece …… I have to comment on this one but have to take time: can’t be flippant cause the depth of Dr Janapriya’s feelings go deep – like the feelings of many Tamils here. So, one has to take that into account.

          Anyway I appreciate that OC, NV and you SM are always there to give a balanced comment/view/opinion based on truth and fact.

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            Continued (this got cut out)

            What we have to do is bring everyone together …….. so everyone can live peacefully in the beautiful country.

            United we stand …….. divided we fall ….. however much we might hate it ……… at the end of the day, that’s what counts …… we as a nation/people.

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            I don’t have much time, so I’ll keep this brief. Talking about the SL situation in this highly charged environment will be futile ……. so, I’m going to tackle this in a completely different way ……… trying to talk (perhaps unsuccessfully) about history and how some historical events – historical events that we Lankans are not emotionally involved in, so we can have a clear-eyed perspective – could have been changed if the leaders who instigated them were students of history and had “historical foresight.” Things would have been much better for the vast numbers of poor/ordinary people who always get fed as cannon fodder in these shindigs.

            “The History of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of Freedom.”

            Imagine, if there was a US leader in the fifties/sixties who foresaw how Vietnam would end up 50/60 years later ……. the entire Vietnam folly could have been avoided and the misery and ruin bought upon millions of Vietnamese and US lives would have been avoided.

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              continued

              Although 30 years long …….. the Tamil/Sinhala war (like the JVP insurgencies) was born of the 60s/70s environment in a closed country/society before the borders of the world opened to Lankans: people thought they had no choice but to stay put and fight it out.

              Why fight the same war still? ……… Things have changed ……… the world has changed.

              Aren’t most of you still fighting this out of a “rote learned” “ancient” mind-set?

              Isn’t it time to let things go?

              Now, Tamils will say it’s easy for the victorious Sinhalese to say forgive and forget …….. but are the Sinhalese really the victors? Look at the state of the country.

              The “victory” is just a mind thang for the Sinhalese ….. just foolish pride.

              In this, there are no real winners …… only losers and fools and suckers ……….

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                Dear Nimal:

                My strong sense is that for the average Tamil, forgive and forget is very doable but not under the rule of the perpetrators themselves and the perpetrators still perpetrating various means of oppression.

                There has already been a lot of ‘forget and move-on’ putting hopes of economic well-being ahead of rights and justice.

                Ultimately all peoples of this country have to evolve themselves to create the secular environment necessary to produce and sustain secular governance of this country.

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          Sinhala Man, it is a waste of time trying to educate Dr. Janapriya, as he is bigoted beyond repair. My sister who was his batch mate at Peradeniya Medical school told me that he was a racist even at that time. Aging has not mellowed his perception, thought and behaviour.

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            Thanks, Gnana.
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            I hadn’t seen this response of yours when I commented on the very similar response that you had posted below this.
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            I’m saying this here because I don’t want my wording there to irritate you in any way.
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            You may be right; we’re all getting to be so old that we can no longer be educated. However, we may be able to persuade “Janaps” to keep his ideas to himself. That said, we still have to address the issue of “equality of opportunity for all” in the matter of Education.
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            OTOH, what can any deity do if some kids are born into an environment where they are neglected by parents, society, and “government” while others are born to caring, sensitive and cultivated parents?
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            Not much, but it is a dilemma. This is why I’ve been saying let’s not taunt people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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            However, for now, the fight must be against the calculated racism of politicians.

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            Good lessions to our sinhala man.
            :
            He believes that we could rehab him or the like Kalakanniyas that would not know the damage being done by their total ignorance.

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              Dear LM,
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              Guys as old as me have been taught many lessons in life.
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              Guys like Kumar David?
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/kumar-david-at-80-engineer-scholar-socialist/
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              How is it that you haven’t sent him birthday greetings? Great man! However, note what this other guy who claims to be from Bandarawela, a14455, says below, and in his two comments on Kumar’s birthday.
              .
              With regard to Janapriya, I can understand your considering him a “Kalakanniya” because of his writing of this article. Well, I try to be more precise in my use of language, but I full well agree that our strong displeasure should be made known, but there must be more done than dashing off careless comments of this sort.
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              I consider it absolutely imperative that we engage constructively with those whom we disagree with. You were so enthusiastic about his forays in to Sinhalese:
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/m-m-janapriya-2-june-2021/
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              Weren’t you collaborating closely with him? You may now be able to get him to reconsider some of his stances. It’s upto you to work out how to to handle this situation according to your judgement.
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              Thanks again.

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            Hi Ken, I must educate you on a few things and thereafter I shall not have anything to do with you being a downright liar. Firstly there was indeed a very quiet girl by the name Sangaralingam in my batch with whom I have spoken very little not because of anything else but because of her sheer reserved nature. I didn’t know till today she is your sister. All the same she was a nice girl (too nice to be your sister) who is very unlikely to have spoken ill of me such. Secondly I will not let you get away making loose statements making wild accusations and will challenge you to get an affidavit from your sister swearing hand on heart with the signature of a well known and a respected attorney at law on the affidavit, I was a racist. Also try to get similar assertions from Ananthy Thruchelvam, Wasanthi Thevanesan, Sarojana Wisvanathan, Yogeshwari Murugesupillai, Manohari Karthigesu Indrani balasingham, Nirmala Jesudasan or any other female friends of mine in the batch. Unless they have changed radically because of the present circumstances which is very unlikely (they were too nice to do so) they would never make such assertions on me. They knew me too well for that. Adios Amigo good bye my friend. May god bless you.

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        Sunil,
        “A well thought out the factual article is being attacked by a person anonymously. This is nothing but gross misuse of the Colombo Telegraph “
        I will be charitable and assume that due to being abroad, you don’t know the situation here. Do you know that people have been arrested for simply asking “Dan sapada” of some political panjandrum? Do you even know why Shani Abeysekera was held without bail and why he was released eventually? Do you know how long Hejaz Hisbullah has been in jail? Do you know that the police freely misuse the PTA to arrest people they don’t like? Do you know why J.Stalin was forcibly sent to quarantine while those celebrating Basil’s appointment were left alone?
        Dear Sunil, it is not only Tamils who are being suppressed by this racist government. Are you seriously asking people like me to give our real names and addresses?
        If you object to criticism of what you call a “well-thought-out” article, you can submit rebuttals. That’s what I have done.

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          Dear old codger,
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          PART A
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          Although I don’t know your actual identity, you and I have immense respect for each other. Let me, therefore, tediously explain to you why I have a pseudonym that sounds strange to some.
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          I can use only two languages: English (in which I have greater fluency), and Sinhala. Although I know that my command of English may be superior to that of the average “Englishman” or “Englishwoman”, I don’t fit into the category of those referred to as “Native Speakers”. The question may be asked why I don’t call myself either a “Lankan Man” or a “Human Being”. The latter would be presumptuous, why not the former?
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          Lanka has two important languages. To be a proper “Lankan Man”, I feel that one must be able to use both Sinhala and Tamil. Since I don’t know Tamil, I don’t dare call myself a “Lankan_Man”.
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          There was another pressing reason, though. As a guy who has read hundreds of my comments, please tell me if you have found any that can be termed “racist”. The majority of Lankans are monolingual; sociologically, I consider English to be both foreign and dispensable.

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            Dear Sinhala_Man,
            Your, ‘sociologically, I consider English to be dispensable’, is at odds with my thinking on English.
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            Neither Sinhala nor Tamil is going to be adequate, even if one were to choose to live within the confines of Sri Lanka. We would require an International Language. It would be nothing but prudent to pick English as that language.

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              Dear Nathan,
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              It’s a huge subject, and as I’ve said a complex one. Please take what I said to mean that we, who use English well, should not arrogate to ourselves a special place in Lankan society.
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              We must whittle down the “English for Prestige” part of it; I’m all too conscious of how lost those who don’t have English feel. Why not leave it at that for now.
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              Every time the subject of teaching English comes up I do say a lot. Let’s postpone discussion until it’s more appropriate. All that I was trying to explain here was my identity, when faced with nasty racism.

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          PART B
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          I was sending a message to “Sinhala Speakers” that there are people like them who never adopt a racist attitude towards speakers of Tamil. I was also trying to re-assure “Tamils” that not all those whose “mother-tongue” is Sinhala have anything except a feeling of one-ness with them.
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          I know that what I have written here is clumsy and laboured. I don’t ever want to repeat it and bore all readers. It has been necessitated by a silly comment made below by “SJ”.
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          Although “Native Vedda” often makes the valid point that only the Vedda community can claim to be “the original inhabitants”, common sense is that only THREE languages matter on this island. About the “statuses” of Sinhala and Tamil, there ought to be no dispute. They must have equal status. That politicians have messed this up to be an issue is bedsides the point for me. I’m not going to discuss the status of English; it is complex.
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          Although I’ve written all this seeming rubbish, I hope that nobody makes strenuous efforts to understand it all.
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          I do sometimes regret the choice I made!
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          Panini Edirisinhe

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          Hello Sinhala_Man,
          May I suggest that you vent your fury on the government and other agencies that develop policy positions?

          Although my understanding of what is happening in Sri Lanka is very limited. what Dr Janapriya and I noted on University admissions is accurate.

          I look forward to your explanation of ‘bigotry’ and how it is applied to what Dr Janapriya has written.

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            Dear Sunil, I’m putting this on from my mobile phone.
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            Please take it seriously when I say that in UVA my profile is that of a GambadaIngirisiIskoleMahaththaya. As such it is imagined that I don’t even know English! This is no joke! The result is that I’m relatively safe, even if the Double-Paksas sense the damage I’m doing them.
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            oc, on the other hand must be a more high profile guy, and will be in real danger if his identity is known.
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            Janapriya’s COVID articles were good. I will acknowledge that and ask him to write more on that. I’m not challenging his honesty and sincerity.

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          OC,
          Thank you for the response.
          I must confess that I have very little understanding of what is happening in Sri Lanka and hence confined my comments to University Admissions.
          I appreciate you using a pseudo a name if you are exposed to investigations.
          Looks like my broad characterisation of this article instigated your response.
          I do not have the competence to submit a rebuttal.

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            Sunil,
            Thanks. I know you are a reasonable person. But , living in the US, the situation here is probably beyond your imagination. The media minister is threatening action against those who “spread disaffection”, probably using the PTA. How the law is applied depends on who you support. But, then, that’s why you live in the US, right?

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            Sunil,
            “I must confess that I have very little understanding of what is happening in Sri Lanka and hence confined my comments to University Admissions.”
            If what you say “little understanding” is true, why do you say this?
            “The diaspora has been successful in spreading utter falsehood of genocide and war crimes.” Please visit the links given earlier and educate yourself. If you do not agree with what they say you can email them.

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            Dear Sunil,
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            You sound a really decent guy.
            .
            Without doubt you have heard it said that “Truth is sometimes stranger than Fiction.” I will reveal all that I know within the next couple of days, re-commencing my comments at the bottom of the page. Some very significant facts will get revealed, but that doesn’t mean that our “Lankan problems” will disappear just because of what a fellow like me says.

            .
            Let us see how “a14455” responds to the telling off to him that I’ve just submitted a little below this.

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        Sunil
        Numbers in 1970 were close to 30 Sinhala and 120+ Tamil medium.
        It was a freak result, but not quite if one knows what was happening to GECE-AL exams at the time.
        Engineering admissions were typically a third Tamil speakers and others Sinhala. My batch had it equal. But it was a freak for other reasons. Relatively poor performing schools and less known schools sent a larger number of students to the E’fac than the earlier dominant schools. I will not bore you with details.
        Private tuition and coaching for examinations were creeping in by late 1960s. There was also coaching by distribution of worked past papers. This happened very much in the Jaffna Peninsula.
        Raw marks were used for ranking. High scoring in the two mathematics subjects would propel a candidate ahead of ones faring better in chemistry and physics. Jaffna schools had all along a reputation for good teaching of mathematics, so that a good proportion of students from there entered engineering and physical sciences. Tamils outside (except in good Colombo schools) were as disadvantaged as any other. Nobody even mentions the very low presence of Muslims.
        (to be ctd.)

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          While there was understandable suspicion and anger among the Sinhala middle class about the anomaly of 1970, two Sinhalese academics (then Drs Jayathillake and Ranaweera now retired professors) wrote to the press that speculating on foul play was undesirable and it is best to wait for the outcome of a formal government inquiry.
          They were abused for it, but stood their ground and were vindicated by the finding of the government inquiry that there was no foul play. But a process had started and prejudice set in. The government faced a dilemma. Accept the results and face riots, by which only the UNP and the then rising JVP will benefit. Alter the results somehow and face not just the fury of the Tamils but also the loss of credibility of the university admission process. The second option was selected, almost reversing the ratio using medium wise standardisation. (The ratio statistically matched the numbers of candidates in the two media).
          There is the moral argument of merit based admission, which ignores an unfair system that favours a minority of students with access to ‘good’ schools. Vociferous opponents of standardization were insensitive to the mood among the Sinhalese who, perhaps incorrectly, felt betrayed. None of the critics of standardization even acknowledges that there was something defective in the admission scheme.
          (to be ctd.)

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            During demonstrations in Jaffna, the Muslims were targets of vile verbal abuse because Badi-ud-din Mahmud was the minister concerned, although the decision was by the government.
            The government in order to placate the Tamil population resorted to admitting Tamil students who lost out places in the Katubedde College of Technology, without declaring intention to soon make it a university campus. That did not please the Tamils.
            The lack of dialogue was a serious problem and all political parties failed in the context of hostility between the UF parties and the FP since 1965. The UNP was cynically indifferent. The JVP had its own political equations in which the national question was a negligible term.
            The District Quota system that followed was a patchwork solution that won the support of the middle classes in regions outside Colombo and Jaffna.
            What was badly needed was investment in science education with proper practical training. What happened was the gradual omission of science practicals. Another important need was the training of a very large number of technically skilled personnel at diploma level and higher. When Katubedde became a university campus, the loss of technologist training was not compensated.
            Higher education has since been political football and a major communal divide.

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            S.J,
            The UNP wasn’t all that indifferent. I remember Cyril Mathew alleging foul play in the Tamil paper marking.

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              OC
              Thanks.
              I stand corrected.

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          Dear SJ,
          Thanks for you response, which is a sensible explanation.
          I was a few years behind you at the Faculty and cherish the fond memories where ethnic differences were never a factor.
          I truly enjoyed the vigorous debates Kumar and you had at the Faculty.
          True, nobody even mentions the very low presence of Muslims.

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            Sunil, SJ,
            The very low Muslim representation is an indication of of what I mentioned earlier- the different attitudes to education of various communities. The Muslims were aware of their under-representation in the campuses, and much of state employment, but didn’t protest, because unlike the other communities, they were more interested in business than pensions, to put it briefly. But in the world of Big Business, their influence is way above their numbers. To each his own.

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              OC
              What you say is true of the business community.
              There has been a large cultivator and fishing communities of Muslims. It was in urban centres where the trader community was strong that the demand for education began.
              It was WW Dahanayake who as a Minister of Education initiated moves to encourage education among Muslims under SWRDB.
              After the process got going, Muslim entry to university surged from late 1970s.
              *
              There is the attitude problem like you suggest even among small traders. I had two bright Muslim classmates who were taken out of school before completing JSC, because the fathers felt that the boys had learned enough arithtmetic and language to get on on life.

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                S.J,
                Even I had some Muslim classmates who, though bright, disappeared afterJSC. Met them recently, and
                they’re all filthy rich now.

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        Sunil Abey.
        Your line………
        Looking back,such an outcome can be only justified if intelligence is distributed unevenly heavily biased towards Tamil populations………
        But Sunil my experience is that motivated horses ran faster than pedigreed horses.
        Not just in University admissions but also beyond in the journey in life.
        Was Thevinin a pedigreed horse or a motivated horse?!

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        Sunil Abeyrathne.
        Why should people use real names and not avatars. ? Does that change their opinions ? isnt the opinion the only important thing . My account under my real name get banned by these clowins in CT and I am compelled to use this avatar . but to your point about standardization
        My experience was from 1982 when I entered Peradeniya. I belive there was about 20-30 % tamil intake. The days of 50% and over intakes were gone. And as to your point of the so called brilliance of Tamil students less than 5% of the total tamil students were any good. the others were products of systematic cheating . (Yes I say cheating) Even the ones who had come out with 4As. They struggled to complete given that by our time the Kumar davids and the mostly tamil staff were gone. The percentages were similar with the Sinhales students who really enjoyed the fruits of standardization and came from places like Badulla or Bandarawela with low marks. (There were some who who did very well about5% but the others struggled)
        My parents were the first of their families to ever get to the university from both sides of the family. They used to tell us about how most of their faculties were over 60 to 70% Tamil and how the tamil teachers cheated.

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          a14455,
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          You look like a nasty bit of anonymous works, so different from a person like old codger.
          .
          You’ve submitted two comments on this article:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/kumar-david-at-80-engineer-scholar-socialist/
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          The first has been removed by a moderator, after which CT has published your second comment in which you try to paint yourself as a “wronged innocent”. The way you refer to Professor Kumar David here you seem to have little affection for him.
          .
          I also request you to reveal your identity. Why? Because I, too, entered Peradeniya University (Arts Faculty) in November 1982; I have the hazy impression that it was on the 2nd. I’m probably a dozen years older than you, but that is beside the point. What you say implies that you were from either Badulla or Bandarawela. Prior to entering the University I had spent close to nine years in Bandarawela M.M.V.
          .
          When serious violence against Tamil students and staff commenced on the 11th of March, 1983, it was the E-Fac that stood up tall, with “Sinhalese and Muslim” students refusing to attend lectures until the Tamil students returned.
          .
          A few of us in the Arts Faculty also joined your Faculty. We had many problems with the Science Faculty.
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          I’ll say more when you respond.
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          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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      My sister was a batch mate of Dr. Janapriya at Peradeniya medical faculty. She told me that he was a racist even at that young age. He was educated in a all Sinhala school and when he came to medical college, he could not stomach to being overwhelmed by Tamil students, who had gained admission purely on merit. It is sad that even at this age he has not mellowed down.

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        Dear Gnana,
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        Don’t you think that despite the racism that Janapriya has revealed in these articles, we must give him credit for not having “brainwashed” his progeny.
        .
        Now, in old age, we have come to realise that none of us is perfect. Yes, being educated in a school where there is a healthy mix of students (treated as equals – there are a few things that I will tell you on that score, if you will listen) helps.
        .
        Don’t you remember that only about seven years ago (that’s when I first had access to Colombo Telegraph) you used to wax “too eloquent” about your alma mater, Royal College.
        .
        To give you credit, you have now mellowed, although you’ve not so far addressed that issue direct with me. I don’t mind that.
        .
        I know that despite your hobby horses you are a decent guy. Let’s join forces to save Lanka and all those persons associated with this still quite beautiful island.

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    Doc I will keep my reply short. There are few Sinhalese who have written on the same subject. This week we have Suren. S and venerable Sathindrya Thera who have extensively written on racial discrimination. So it is obvious to understand your hidden motives and racial prejudice.( we also had retired Pediatrician and few other doctors). It’s funny that the same Entitlement syndrome you accuse other’s of , is exactly what you seems to be suffering from. The difference is you feel entitled as a Sinhalese as well as a doctor. Have you ever thought that people may be using pseudonyms because they are denied their rights to speak freely and fear repercussions. You as a entitled person may not understand or experienced such abuse. You mentioned about living in fear during LTTE time , where as minorities in Lanka have lived with such fears for generations.

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      Chiv,
      “where as minorities in Lanka have lived with such fears for generations.”

      Not Vellala Tamils who were the most privileged group in Sinhale/Ceylon at the time Sinhalayo gained Independence. They lived in Colombo having a great time with Sinhala ‘Kalu Suddas’. Tamil traders had shops in all the towns in the country. Muslims who are scattered all over the country lived without any fear amongst Sinhalayo.

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    Dr.Jana
    You have well remembered what LTTE did
    But you have conveniently forgotten what we did to Tamils in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983
    Was a single person prosecuted to a Genocide by thugs supported by State against it’s own Citizens. If state has stopped the carnage Probably LTTE would not have emerged in the first place
    I was watching the Tamil film released recently in OTT platform with the help of a Tamil Friends as my Tamil was not good enough
    It is about Pirapaharan
    A hindu priest was burnt alive on Panadura in 1959 No action was taken by state
    The state which took the Ranaviru who raped and murdered Manemperi
    Pirapaharan’s uncle was murdered by mob that broke into their house in Colombo while the aunt and cousin managed to escape.
    5 year old Pirapaharan asks why can not we hit back. That is ‘hiting back what he set about according to the film.
    I understand that producers are planning it to be dubbed in English and will be in Netflix and prime OTT
    When Tamils were protesting peacefully we killed them that is what the world will come to know
    We will be treated like barbarians by the whole world good that you came back.
    Unless and otherwise we correct ourselves rather than writing to whole world set of lies we can not salvage our name or lives

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      Dilshan,
      Sinhalayo did not attack Tamils. It was Tamils who started attacking Sinhalayo. When British introduced English as the official language removing Sinhala, Tamils had no problem but when Native Sinhalayo reversed the decision of Brits and introduced Sinhala that has been the official language in Sinhale as the official language, Tamils attacked Sinhalayo in Yapanaya. Tamils attacked Sinhalayo in Yapanaya even for silly things like changing the English letters in car number plates to a Sinhala letter. Every action has a reaction. When Tamils attack Native Sinhalayo do you expect Sinhalayo to just sit down and wait? Blame your politicians for the blunders they made.

      “But you have conveniently forgotten what we did to Tamils in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983”

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        Remember Demelas and Sinhalayos are the descendants of Kallathoni South Indians.
        Soon you want us to believe or you will be forced to believe you are
        Native Chin-helayos.

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    Yet again the author has failed to understand that issues get resolved at the root. In order to do that, the root of the matter should be at the centre of the discussion.

    Medical doctors are trained to differentiate symptoms from the disease. The author himself is exhibiting many symptoms, and merely talks of symptoms of others, at many instances presumptuously and exaggeratedly.

    So we must ask the author who has declared that he doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of his opinions but has penned this for the very reason of defending his rudimentary letter to the U.S. Senate, what ails him?

    One thing I am certain of this author’s stance is that he himself is a propagandist.

    When one cannot balance the realities of all parties involved in a conflict fairly, weigh the responsibilities fairly, empathize with the experiences of the victims on ALL sides, and is adamant that he knows best, you’re NOT bound to be an agent of truth.

    In this muddied and self-centred propaganda piece in an save-face attempt, the author has yet again shifted the blame everywhere and anywhere, away from it where it should lay heavily. The state.

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      Sugandh,
      The root is racist separatist Tamil politicians that emerged in 1930s did not want Sinhalayo and Demalu who came to Yapanaya to work for Portuguese and Dutch to co-exist in a Unitary State. They depicted Sinhalayo as their arch enemy and promised a separate State for Demalu in Yapanaya. They told Demalu not to learn Sinhala which is the language spoken in their host country.
      —-
      Tamils are a strange lot who want to have two Homelands, one in India (Tamil Nadu) and the other in Sinhale (Tamil Eelam) grabbing a part of the country of Sinhalayo. They have forgotten that all Tamils who live in Sri Lanka are of Indian origin although some like to make a distinction as ‘Ceylon Tamils’ and ‘Indian Tamils’.

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        Save your fiction EE.

        Bet even the author of this article will find you deranged and out of touch with reality.

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          Sugandh, one has to just count the times , doctor used the word I, me , mine to understand his mindset , which inturn he accuses as others. Sincere conscience minded with no hidden motives or prejudices will not self doubt so much so to read and re read 10times what they wrote. This is not face saving attempt but full of entitlement and privilege as in do you know who I am ?? How dare you ?? What ever the benefit of doubt is now cleared with this so called rejoinder. As a favour I have decided to link this with the original including all comments and send to Senste / congress and Mr. Menendez (personal Twitter handle) . Let them be the judge.

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          Well said Sugandh. Thank you

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        Eagle Eye

        What’s your beef with the Tamils? Is it because some extremists wanted ‘independence’ or, like Dr J, believe Tamils were over represented academically, or the simple fact that ethnic minorities have no right to live in this serene island of Sinhala Buddhists?

        In every society, there are murderers & undesirables, as well as, good law abiding citizens. Just as the LTTE is branded as terrorists, there are undesirables in the SL military who are no better than the terrorists but we commonly refer to them all as ‘ranaviruvo’. You don’t seem to see outside the Tamil ‘box’ in every write up, irrespective of the subject. If you are a Buddhist, you must be aware that hatred only begets hatred, so give it a rest.

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    My observations:
    .
    1)
    Despite intense, unrelenting propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who lived among the Sinhalese in the South DURING or AFTER the war has relocated the residence to Jaffna.
    2)
    Tamil politicos who promoted LTTE as the sole representative of Tamils carried out their political activities while living within the enemy.
    3)
    During:the period Prabakaran was ruling Jaffna the only ambition of a Tamil mother was to send her children to South for which she would pawn her property and jewellery and bribe the LTTE border guards.
    4)
    When arrangements were made for the Tamils in the upcountry to relocate themselves to India so that they can live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India.
    5)
    A Tamil in Jaffna would give first preference to migrate to the West and second preference to Colombo.
    6)
    Diaspora is investing in apartments in Colombo for future retirement.
    7)
    NOTHING MAKES THE TAMIL RACIST DONKEYS ON CT MORE FURIOUS THAN MY PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A “”SEPARATE “” HOMELAND FOR TAMILS.

    Soma

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      Thiagarajah Venugopal 10dec20 on CT:
      .
      “Only country in the world a bunch of MP’s lived amongst their enemies, studied with their enemies, owned businesses amongst their enemies, ask living spaces for some other foreigners in even my lands, conducted war and killed their enemies whilst they lived amongst the enemies, went around the world and told pokies about their enemies (I’m agentry) to by western life style too, during the war lived amongst the enemies and after the war refused to go home too their territories, and some some retire and come to Tamil territories and talk through their back side whilst I am washing toilets somewhere else????”

      Soma

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        Soman , you should address your replies to US senate/ Bob Menendez in supporting Doctors cause.

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      They did not relocate to Jaffna because of fear of being raped and killed by occupied racist army of racist war criminal of a President defence Secretary
      In Colombo they feel safe because of probable international exposure of any rape killing

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        Dilshan, there are 10,000 in Jaffna without a birth certificate.
        Ane pow!

        Soma

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          Soma,
          It pains me having to enter a fray of insults and brickbats. However, some input seems appropriate.
          .
          You are intelligent; you are educated. Never forget that most on CT are equally intelligent and educated.
          .
          Discuss and debate if the outcome would be gainful.
          .
          Tamils are scattered for various reasons, mostly out of compulsion.
          .
          Tamils choose foreign domiciles to escape ill treatment at home; Choose Colombo to escape harassment in the NE. Nothing is done joyously.
          .
          Use your intelligence and learning to create a better environment for our children. Let us go for it.

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            Nathan,
            .
            I hope that the absolute sincerity of your appeal succeeds in bringing “soma” to his senses.

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          soman

          “Dilshan, there are 10,000 in Jaffna without a birth certificate.”

          Are you sure they are not the ones who were taken to Jaffna immediately after the end of war, for looting, raping, mugging, land grabbing, ……. from the homes of single parent families who live close to Viharas in Hambantota?

          You should start DNA testing to establish patrilineage.

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      Soma:

      You seemed to know what every Tamil has done with his/her life and why… Where they live, where they have moved or not moved, why they have moved or not moved.

      You are only making fool of yourself intensely and relentlessly. You know what they say, “When you assume, you make an ass out of yourself”.

      Of course you are not assuming here – You’re blatantly lying and cooking up facts!… and expecting people to take you seriously, and getting angry because the sane here aren’t buying any of your self-amusing narratives.

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        You are spreading dugandh.

        Soma

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          Get lost, Soma.
          .
          Should I start counting the number of times I have asked you to reveal you identity if you aren’t Gamini Somaratne.
          .
          I was 100% sure, but then old codger for whom I have immense respect once told me that you’re an engineer, the first letter of whose name is “C”.
          .
          Your problem now is not with Panini Edirisinhe but with Sunil Abeyratne whose support is veering away from “your side”. Qick now before it’s too late!

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            Sinhala_man
            Thanks to old codger who helped me to discover my identity.
            I am an Engineer and the first letter of my name is C.

            Soma

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              Soma,
              You yourself revealed, maybe inadvertently, that you went to Engineering Faculty. Unless you prefer the glamour of being an Avant Garde hit- man?

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                Dear oc,
                .
                Reading between the lines of what the disgusting “soma” has written above, it is still possible that he’s Gamini Somaratne of Avant Garde.
                .
                He may well bee an engineer who joined the Navy, and then became an Avant Garde hit man.
                .
                Let’s start ignoring the guy; whatever way we look at him, he’s scum. It would be good for Dr Janapriya (who is at least open about his identity and beliefs) to understand what sort of company he’s going to be forced to keep if persists in broadcasting his unacceptable views.
                .
                It’s time he decided to allow his children to bring him up, and started telling us what next to expect on the COVID front.

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                  SM,
                  You shouldn’t take personally what people write on CT. It is possible to be friendly with someone who disagrees with you. And it is also possible that some of the “good” guys could be absolute knaves.

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                    SM,
                    From what I know about engineers, no good engineer in his right mind would want to join the Navy in mid-career.

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      soman

      “Despite intense, unrelenting propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who lived among the Sinhalese in the South DURING or AFTER the war has relocated the residence to Jaffna.”

      There could be many reasons:

      I am told your mad war criminals are not only occupying large swathes of cultivable land but also secured it for its various purposes, hotel business, cultivation, ….and so on. These lands belong to ordinary civilians.

      Secondly in times of increased Sinhala/Buddhist mad patriotism, madmen like Athulath S**t Bomb Mudali, Wimal, …………. demanded total carpet bombing. In order to share the destruction they live in the South. It does not guarantee the madmen and their flying machines will behave.

      Do you think you are deluding yourself or paranoid for reasons you do not know?

      Hang in their SJ will import some of the best barefoot doctors from his motherland China.

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        NV
        You missed the gem of Thiagarajah Venugopal”
        /
        “Only country in the world a bunch of MP’s lived amongst their enemies, studied with their enemies, owned businesses amongst their enemies, ask living spaces for some other foreigners in even my lands, conducted war and killed their enemies whilst they lived amongst the enemies, went around the world and told pokies about their enemies (I’m agentry) to by western life style too, during the war lived amongst the enemies and after the war refused to go home too their territories, and some retire and come to Tamil territories and talk through their back side whilst I am washing toilets somewhere else????”
        /
        Any comment?

        Soma

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        Native
        There can be only two reasons.
        .
        +50% of Tamils who live outside NE are aware that :
        intense, unrelenting propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide is purely fabricated falsehood of most devilish kind concocted by separatists to fool the West in order to gain immigration
        OR
        it is preferable to live under the Sinhalese and suffer discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide than living in a Tamil only caste ridden hell hole.
        .
        Proof:
        When arrangements were made for the Tamils in the upcountry to relocate themselves to India so that they can live as equal citizens among their own kith and kin in an environment of their own language, religion and culture they protested and demanded to continue that indescribable pathetic life in Sri Lanka. To this day they are happy here than going back to super power India.

        Soma

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    Although Sinhalayo had to fight with Dravida invaders to protect their country, racism was not a major issue in this country. Sinhala Kings removed Dravida war lords but they did not kill or chased ordinary Dravida folks who came and settle down in this country. Sinhala Kings married Dravida Hindu princesses and built ‘Devales’ in Buddhist temples so that the Queen can practice her religion. At the time Portuguese occupied Yapanaya peninsula, Sinhalayo, Demalu and Muslims lived there.
    Racism was introduced to Sinhale/Ceylon by Brits. Vellala Tamils who were with Brits that considered Sinhala Buddhists as their enemy mastered it and used that for their political survival. Tamils try to give the impression that separatism emerged due to discrimination against Tamils after Sinhalayo gained Independence. This is not correct. Separatism and anti-Sinhala campaign were in the agenda of Tamil politicians at the time Sinhale/Ceylon was under British rule. Tamil politicians that emerged in 1930s who did not want Tamils to live as citizens of Sinhale/Ceylon with Sinhalayo promoted separatism and anti-Sinhala sentiments among Tamils. SJV Chelvanayakam who came to Sinhale from Malaya during British rule formed Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (toned down as Federal Party in English) in 1949 which had as its hidden agenda the establishment of a separate state.

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      Yo mahindapala, maybe you should write another fiction like mahawamsa. Maybe you can earn some money by selling few copies to hardcore racists. You know the Anuradhapura kingdom was ruled by Tamil kings 81 years out of 250 years from Bandugabaya to the birth of christ. Also there were 3 kingdoms in the island when the portugese arrived here. I afraid it is going to be a hard job to sell your Sinhala land story except for your racist base.

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        Dear “Truth-matters”,
        .
        I really don’t think that “Eagle Eye” is HLD Mahindapala. Both are racists, but Mahindapala writes much more sophisticated and polished English.
        .
        I’m not using this as a roundabout way of insulting Eagle Eye; his English is all right. Why we dislike him because he’s not just a racist, but he’s probably been employed to write all this offensive stuff.
        .
        Ignore the guy; it’s not worth our while attacking mercenaries.

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      Eagle,
      “At the time Portuguese occupied Yapanaya peninsula, Sinhalayo, Demalu and Muslims lived there.”
      Make up your mind, for f..ks sake. Were these Demalu brought here by the evil Dutch as you keep saying, or not?

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        old codger

        “Make up your mind, for f..ks sake. Were these Demalu brought here by the evil Dutch as you keep saying, or not?”

        It depends, Eagle Blind Eye thinks differently when HLD M is sitting on his head.

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        Eagle eye,
        Were u born yesterday? There are enough source to see that srilanken tamils lived in the country long before colonial master brought them from india. U may be born stupid to be that servile to Rajapakse criminals, but please avoid spreading the same fairy tales on and on. DNA research has revealed it to the world that we are all from india.but myths have been sowed so that Rajapakshe ballige puthas could suck the last blood drop raping the slave mind set of u the kind of cheap men get well soon🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕☹☹☹☹☹☹

  • 8
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    I wonder what happened to the once great admirers of the author who almost hailed him as a visionary, despite some highly impractical proposals for containing the spread of COVID-19.

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      SJ

      How’s your wondering relevant to the content of this article?

      If you want make a point, best you make it without beating around the bush! It will be superb, if you can keep the point relevant to the content of this article… and not initiate any side shows.

      • 9
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        S
        Do you seriously think that the contents of article deserves a comment? I had commented on an earlier article. Any further comment will be to give him too much credit.
        *
        I notice that the former admirers are a little more than embarrassed.
        Sorry to have hurt their tender hearts.

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          BTW
          I wonder how a briefly made point becomes beating about the bush?

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      Well said, Sugandh,
      .
      Professor Sivasegaram specializes in sideshows. Particularly offensive because he is both educated and intelligent.
      .
      This disgusting article is no joke, but I haven’t organised myself to answer it, yet.

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        Thank you for not drawing attention to my ethnicity.

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          Dear SJ,
          .
          I must say that I find this comment of yours, which appears here as a response to what I have said, strange!
          .
          “Thank you for not drawing attention to my ethnicity.”
          .
          You should know by now that racism is the last thing that anybody can ever accuse me of and I don’t draw attention to anybody’s ethnicity. I shall deal with Dr Janapriya the way I see fit, without help from you.
          .
          Yours sincerely,
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

          • 5
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            Stop pretending.
            I can reproduce what you wrote not long ago in full.
            I am still amused by it.

          • 4
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            I will give you a clue:
            The context was your confusing the two Rameshes and my having a good laugh at it.

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              Nasty SJ,
              .
              Provide me a link to whatever I said, and I’ll explain it. I’m sure that it will be quite easy, and to the satisfaction of all, except maybe, YOU.
              .
              I’m shocked by this turn of events on your part. I had not imagined that you are a blackmailer.
              .
              I’ll have much more to say, but you have said this above: “Any further comment will be to give him too much credit.” Please let us focus on either reforming Dr Janapriya, or on shaming him for the views that he has expressed.
              .
              Contrary to what you’ve said, I think that his articles on COVID were good. With hindsight, you now sneer. Hasn’t Sheridan included a character named Sneerwell in “School for Scandal”?

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                Mr Nice and pleasant
                See
                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/terrorism-of-the-state-terrorism-of-prabhakaran/
                *
                “SJ, you, as a Tamil, ought to be grateful that there are Sinhalese people still around who try to be generous to jeering knaves like you!”
                *
                I don’t need an explanation .
                It was pretty amusing stuff.

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                  I clicked and went there..
                  .
                  Please, please, please, readers go there and look at the last few comments there!
                  .
                  I’m still on my phone.
                  .
                  Is SJ’s quote accurate? Yes.
                  .
                  But study the five or six relevant comments, and see for yourself the methods adopted by blackmailers.
                  .
                  If ever somebody attempts to blackmail you, there’s the solution.
                  .
                  “Publish and be damned!”.
                  .
                  One favour I do ask of you: please give your honest opinion: is Sivasegaram or Edirisinhe the more decent and honest guy?
                  .
                  There’s much more that I could reveal about SJ, and perhaps I will, overcoming my scruples that I try to leave it to other Tamils to take the demons on their side, whilst I try to knock sense into guys like Janapriya.

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                    Mr N&P
                    Don’t get desperate.
                    Take it easy.
                    I am still amused by the outburst.

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                      Poor embarrassed Sivasegaram,
                      .
                      What else can you now do but pretend that you have not been hurt?
                      .
                      Sugandh has clearly taken a look at what you directed the attention of readers to.
                      .
                      A few more observations will be useful; I’m not telling anyone what their observations ought to be; I only want them to look, and you can now hardly object since it’s you who challenged us all.
                      .
                      To change focus somewhat, one side of Dr Janapriya has indeed been noting the number of responses generated by his article, so these words of yours are apposite:
                      .
                      “Any further comment will be to give him too much credit.” See above.
                      .
                      How does that square with your then making more than ten comments – four of them really good, the others rubbish?
                      .

                    • 0
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                      I am more amused.

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                    Dear Sinhala_Man… You are a positive force here! We need more positive forces just like you.

                    Dr. Janapriya has shared his narrow perspective openly even divulging his progenies’ opposing view and has admitted to being baffled about that.

                    Perhaps he doesn’t realize he’s looking through a pigeon hole.

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                      Sugandh,
                      Dr.J can’t be accused of dishonesty hiding his progeny’s views. He deserves credit for that. Isn’t it strange that there are only aging foreign-based champions of the Sinhala Buddhist cause, while there are plenty of young foreign-born champions of the Tamil cause?
                      Does this mean that the young Sinhalese blend more easily into the foreign culture not giving two hoots about the 2500 year old culture?

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                      Dear o c:

                      Decades of emotional investmnt has entrapped many even after decades away from mother-land.
                      Emotional hold is sadly the norm; mind is a terrible master indeed.

                      Foreign born youth in their vastly liberal, secular lands largely don’t tolerate bigotry in any form, and won’t hesitate to call out their parents’ bigotry.

                      Hoping that our youth in the island rise above
                      and can accommodate a balanced and fair view. I am encouragd from what I see in my circles.

                      Island wide, we need a new breed of political representation – A secular breed to enact a secular constitution.

                      Long, long, long way to go.

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                      Sugandh

                      “A secular breed to enact a secular constitution.”

                      Good, if so when are you going to abolish Sanghas?

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                      Dear Native:

                      While it seems impossible, I do think it will happen but will be a longtime (15-25 years!!!) before it comes to fruition driven by social progress (which I equate to upholding individuals rights and freedoms). We are bound to see social progress as long as the island keeps itself open to the global village. Social progress is key to evolving a secular electorate.

                      The SBs who are vocal about keeping clergy out of politics, though not enough in numbers now to effect change anytime soon, have already planted the seeds. The level of immorality that exists within the Buddhist institutions has been a major impetus.

                      The extent of immorality within these institutions is increasingly surfacing and is bound to augment the segment of the SB population that wants to see religion kept out of politics.

                      The Buddhist institutions in SL (as are in Thailand and perhaps elsewhere too, in similarity with the Catholic Church in the west) is self destructing trying to hide the level of immoral happenings within. Government crackdown on these institutions is inevitable because the victims are common people and the public will demand so.

                      There will be a time ripe for the severance. Rosy-picture?

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    Looking from an emotionless neutral position, I note the views are from different perspectives from entrenched positions, in this long standing dispute of “whether egg or chicken came first”. Why not forget that and let us enjoy the “egg or chicken” as at now in the present, on the table in front. Debates between those in “entrenched” positions bear no fruit, but only bickering till doomsday. Driving wedges will only widen cracks, and in that environment any little incident can cause another conflagration.
    So reverting to basics with a common desire for a resolution for the common good in current context, without rancour, may result in a workable future. Hope that day will dawn for a us, when we all have chickens and eggs together as Sri Lankans, proud of each others strengths that will contribute to prosperity for us all.
    As things stand today, unlikely Sri Lankans by themselves can bridge the divide, so may be a panel of three “uninterested but competent in conflict resolution” experts can help.

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    The essayist has thrown off his Gauntlet. He has also quoted Prof. Keerthisinghe.
    The essay too has been timed to coincide with the July 1983 Pogrom against the Tamils.

    Standardisation has solved your problems almost 50 years ago. Why are you still harping on the no.of Tamils in Peradeniya and Colombo Medical Faculties?

    Anyway, I too have contacts with the US Senate and with the committee of Foreign Relations and will tell them that a glorified Carpenter is having more indignation that he could possibly contain in his journey of his salad days at Peradeniya.

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    No wonder Mr. Janapriya’s children are much more smarter than him. He appears to be incapable of understanding that power hungry politicians say all kinds of things to manipulate the people, and play games with innocent lives to capture power. He naively believes all what Nandasena Gotabhaya told the audience of converts on 12 January 2012, and quotes at length like gospel truth. The Rajapaksas, I’m sure, are eternally thankful to Prabhakaran for making it possible for the nobodys they were to become the most powerful rulers of Sri Lanka in modern times. Their power is solely built on defeating the LTTE. Otherwise they’re nothing, zilch – and they know that very well. That’s why even after Mullivaikkal, they keep anteing up the threat of the LTTE. They have to keep the people in constant fear-psychosis by spreading, with the help of the corrupt media, conspiracy theories about threats to national security. It worked in 2010, but not for the 2015 presidential election. That’s why for the 2019 presidential election they came up with a much more diabolical plan: to bomb churches on Easter Sunday and kill innocent men, women, children and the elderly who had come to worship.

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      [Part 2 – Contd. from above]
      .
      This unpardonable terrorist crime was committed by Gota’s Deep State Intelligence, that continued to function even under the Maithri-Ranil Fiasco Regime, by infiltrating and steering a group of brain-washed youth from the lunatic fringe of Islamists in the country – for the express purpose of bringing Gota to power.

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    Sugandh, one has to just count the times , doctor used the word I, me , mine to understand his mindset , which inturn he accuses as others. Sincere conscience minded with no hidden motives or prejudices will not self doubt so much so to read and re read 10times what they wrote. This is not face saving attempt but full of entitlement and privilege as in do you know who I am ?? How dare you ?? What ever the benefit of doubt is now cleared with this so called rejoinder. As a favour I have decided to link this with the original including all comments and send to Senste / congress and Mr. Menendez (personal Twitter handle) . Let them be the judge.

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      True, Chiv!

      Entitlement appears to be an epidemic in SL reinforced by its constitution.

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    Most people who comment here have lost the message which Dr. Janapriya is making. That is, we should forget the past and move on as Sri Lankans. The Tamil diaspora is keen to emigrate into countries with their misinformation harping only on the atrocities of the army and the july riots. They never even think about the atrocities of the LTTE which killed innocent civilians such as those observing sil at Sri maha bodhiya. July riots were the result of JRJs unpardonable acts such as not imposing a curfew once the riots started and the organised massacre of civilians.
    There was a Tamil lecturer got political asylum stating that the sinhala army killed his parents. Later on people came to know that his parents are living and this was only a ruse to get citizenship in UK. MOst forgot how the tamil civilians were saved by the army in one of the biggest humanitarian operations of the world. Did they shoot these innocent civilians? Prabhakaran was using people as a human shield and that is why about 4000 people perished in the war. The Tamil diaspora put this at 40,000 a bloated figure to gain sympathy with the western nations. According to the British Defence attaché’s report to the UK government often articulated by Lord Naseby, the number is 4000 and not 40,000.

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      Appuhamy,

      “The Tamil diaspora put this at 40,000 a bloated figure” – it a figure from UNHRC.

      “LTTE” – “Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn. Without the Black July, the Tiger may not have grown exponentially. If the B-C Pact and the D-C Pact did not miscarry (thanks to the midwifery of Sinhala extremism), the LTTE, even if it was born, would have remained a fringe group.” Tisaranee Gunasekara

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      appu samy

      “we should forget the past and move on as Sri Lankans. “

      The state and its rulers never accepted they killed any unarmed innocent civilians between April 1971 to-date.
      People can forgive the war criminals only when they confess to their crime, apologise for it, beg mercy, …………. receive pardon and move on. The relatives of victims eventually forgive the perpetrators, however they may not forget their victims.

      You should be bit realistic along with the author.

      “The Tamil diaspora put this at 40,000 a bloated figure to gain sympathy with the western nations.”

      Are you being serious?
      Have you ever heard of (leave alone read):
      REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S INTERNAL REVIEW PANEL ON UNITED NATIONS ACTION IN SRI LANKA November 2012.
      https://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/POC%20Rep%20on%20Account%20in%20Sri%20Lanka.pdf

      Refer to page 41, para 137. This is available on website.

      Could you let me have a copy of the British Defence attaché’s report.
      Is this available on website.
      There is a limit to denial.

      “MOst forgot how the tamil civilians were saved by the army in one of the biggest humanitarian operations of the world.”

      Have you ever spoken to those whom you refer to as Tamil Civilians who were saved by army?
      Please don’t treat ordinary people as idiots.

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        appu samy

        Why doesn’t Sri Lankan government rely on its own documents, instead going all the way to UK (our old colonial masters) to seek truth? Are you telling us the state and armed forces cannot be trusted?

        I am sorry was Lord Naseby counting the dead while the war was going on, under heavy shelling and bombing?

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      Appuswamy/Appusami that became Apuuhamy in Sinhalese . Looks like you have lost the message so has that so called Dr. Now living the good life in the USA but supporting racism and discrimination back home. This has nothing to with the July 1983 riots only but about the continued state sponsored structural genocide, discrimination and marginalization of the island’s Tamils from the time of independence and still continuing. The Tamil population have been reduced from around 28% at the time of independence to 16% within 70 years. Whilst the Sinhalese percentage increased from around 66% to 75% and Muslims from around 5% to 10% respectively. How do you explain this. A million Indian origin estate Tamils, whose ancestors had lived in the island for more 150 years , were made stateless over night. Another million indigenous Eelam Tamils were forced to flee their land, largely to the west. Tamils were denied their language, proper education, through standardization, employment. Around 1/3 of their land was stolen from them by the Sinhalese state and colonized outside Sinhalese and in some cases Muslims to deliberately make them a minority in their own lands. This is still continuing and now they have started to use fake concocted history to grab ancient Hindu temples in the north and east and convert them to Buddhist shrines, to justify Sinhalese settlement. Stop pretending otherwise.

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      Appa Chami , You and the good Doctor want us Thamizh to forget all the killings atrocities heaped upon us by the Chingkallams and the Sri Lankan government from the time of independence and still being heaped on us and play happy families. As Christians we believe there is only atonement and forgiveness, if you only genuinely regret for the wrong done, realize it was wrong,want to make amends and now lead a good and reformed life. However from your comment and what this Dr from the USA wrote. There is no such regret or wanting to make amends but just to cover up what was done and and justify this with fake statistics and history. This is not only the attitude of you and the Dr. in USA but the attitude of most Chingkallams. To bad it happened, so what? We are now the victors thanks to India , the west and everyone else , so now just grin, bear and forget and move along and accept your third rate status. Or else. To bad there will be no forgetting and forgiving and trying to live as third rate in a so called nation and family, that was forced upon us by the British.

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        We are not recent immigrants but were here for thousands of years, long before a so called Chingkalla nation and ethnicity came into being and were a separate nation and people, until the British decided otherwise and handed our lands and people on a platter to the Chinkallams in 1948. Chingkallams will never be atoned or forgiven for what they did, as they do not regret what they did to the Thamizh or even want forgiveness or to reform. Only want to continue in their bad ways and want Thamizh to forget.
        We are not recent immigrants but were here for thousands of years, long before a so called Chingkalla nation and ethnicity came into being and were a separate nation and people, until the British decided otherwise and handed our lands and people on a platter to the Chinkallams in 1948. Chingkallams will never be atoned or forgiven for what they did, as they do not regret what they did to the Thamizh or even want forgiveness or to reform. Only want to continue in their bad ways and want Thamizh to forget.

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      Appu, how come 4,000. I heard it was the biggest humanitarian operation in history with zero casualty. Lankan soldiers are not known to kill but they rape teenage girls as in Haiti. What about Sunil Ratnayaka, who was pardoned by Gotha ??? I guess those murdered by him were human shields too. You always find a Tamil who wrongfully seek asylum. What about those Sinhalese who got asylum ??? Have you ever thought people who left country were not considered as Sri Lankans (by you and the government or they were desperate to loose their identity as Lankans or other countries were graceful in accepting them as their own citizens ) and how on earth can they “forget the past and move on as Sri Lankans” ???

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    Dear Sunil Abeyratne, and all other sincere readers,
    .
    Circumstances have led me to a position where I can share some facts which will indicate some of the complexities relating to this serious subject. Please help me in this; I don’t want to repeat what I have said quite recently, so, time permitting, please look at this 7 day old article; comments would have been possible upto a few hours ago:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/is-history-repeating-itself-in-sri-lanka/
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    Some may not have navigated to his earlier article.
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-letter-to-the-us-senate-committee-re-the-resolution-on-recognizing-traditional-tamil-homeland-in-sri-lanka/
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    When that “Letter” appeared, I did my best be a moderator; when this current article appeared my attitude was much sterner, but today (it’s 5.00 am) I’ve focussed on once more on the complexities. Please look at this Sinhalese article by him. My comments are in English, and I have linked readers to videos by a Buddhist monk who is not only an ethnic Tamil, but has been a Hindu swami. I have spoken to him on the phone. In many senses he remains a Hindu! I hope that Tamil speakers will google and locate his Tamil Youtubes.
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/m-m-janapriya-14-may-2021/
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    At that time I didn’t realise that Dr Janapriya is a racist. He must be labelled as such, but he’s honest. We must come to terms with that truth.

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    Continuing
    .
    Yesterday, I had a chat with Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole, who was in that first batch of Engineering students that was sent to Katubedda (later to be The University of Moratuwa). That was the subject of SJ’s “good comments”. Jeevan’s book, “Standardisation”, now with the printers, deals with all these statistics that Dr Janapriya has faithfully given us, but from a different perspective. I proof-read most of it, so let me warn you that in those 150 pages or thereabouts (I’ve just changed computers, as I’ve explained in comments on the Gnanarajan article, so can’t check), Jeevan is as emotional and subjective as Janapriya. There is perfect agreement on what the statistics were, but not on whether there was cheating. While preparing you for a shock, let me appeal to all of us readers to try to ensure objectivity in our responses.
    .
    Neither SJ nor Hoole will agree on several points; they hate each other! Although I sometimes disagree with Jeevan, he’s easy enough to get on with because he’s both fair and honest. SJ? Problem! At Peradeniya, I knew who he was, but hadn’t spoken to him, but a few months ago, I emailed him. Why? We must unite in fighting Dictatorship and Militarization. No response from him.

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    Sinhala Man, now that you mentioned, “standardisation” is absolutely wrong. In my opinion it was yet another calculated move by our governments, in systematized / organized /well planned discrimination. Can we have a team sports based on race ratio and expect to win ?? or can we succeed doing a research having people selected on race ratio and not merit ??? if the answer is NO , how on earth a health sector can be developed based on standardization ?? . Usually people pick a doctor by checking experience, treatment success, knowledge —etc. How does this fit with standardization. Even in medicine there are board/specialization exams so that people who succeed are recognized by patients. Instead of developing the respective fields(education, health) our govt came up with this. Reason is not all what people say or think. There was citizenship issues created by DS followed by SWRD,s language prior and this was the next step in organized , planned discrimination.

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      Chiv,
      Yes, standardisation as carried out here was wrong. It led to a general lowering of standards. Just look at the leadership of the GMOA. I don’t think doctors like PR Anthonis or ATS Paul would have been seen dead in such circles. The correct thing to do would have been to improve facilities for the backward majority instead of destroying excellence and rewarding mediocrity. Positive discrimination is used in India and USA to encourage minority education. As you say, it would be ridiculous to think that all communities are equally good at all things. Maybe all babies are capable of becoming rocket scientists, but not all adults, because culture comes in between. There is a reason why Chinese are good workers and Tamils are good CEO’s. Jews win Nobel prizes way out of proportion to their numbers. Using envy to level a population has resulted only in disaster.

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    I am totally appalled and even stunt by his reckless utterances. Some thing has gone wrong with him that has tampered with his thinking ability, memory and logic. Last time he said a few Tamils were killed during 83. What does he mean a few. 4000 innocent civilians brutally murdered and raped is just A FEW for him. I’m sure this misled doctor was born before 1956. Why he is not talking of the fair minded Sinhala buddhists who went on killing innocent Tamil civilians, men and women in 56, 58, 77 and then in 83. At Panadura, these goons burnt a Hindu priest and the very guys used to patronise the same temple. Are you not ashamed of your people Dr M. Naturally your two kids see the whole issue differently because they see humans as human and they are trained to value humanity, respect diversive views and respect each other. Unlike in your household they are not brainwashed with naked racism. If you hide all your cowardice violence from 1956 and trying to attribute all your mismanagement to the LTTE that alone shows you have lost your thinking ability or even dementia setting in. My sons best friend is a Sinhalese and both of them identify each other as two humans and I doubt that they are even aware of this SL style ethnic hatred.

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    Dr MJ, now I see why you are in a different frequency. You are now retired and less income, may be not many patients coming for consultation. You are having a master plan. If you sound a racist then you may creep into politics. That is Sinhala politics. You saw how that good for nothing propasori. Jayasumana along with Weermnkey and Director THK, jointly accused a poor Muslim doctor of sterilising Sinhala Buddhist women. They even organised some prostitutes to go on a March of protest for a few. The poor doctor was locked up for months and totally humiliated. Soon after Jayasumana became a deputy minister. Weeramonky, Gamon Pulle became ministers for being racists. Now that Padeniya crook trying hard for minister of health. So now the turn is for Dr. MJ to play his card. All the best. Otherwise you won’t worship the patriots soldiers who raped, looted, murdered and plundered as heroes. Also rightly you are taking the case of Tamils entering the universities. How about building Buddhist temple all over north and east while demolishing the Hindu kovils. It is immaterial that Buddhism in SL is more of Hinduism but who cares when you have other plans. 6.9 million wanted this only and now they feel betrayed. Dr MJ you can take over and protect the akinsaka dupath nathi bari janathva. All the best Dr.

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    Before this article is closed for anymore comments I would like to add few of my observations. Doctor may be excited but not too happy to read , much more comments than the last time. It is absurd for him to take umbrage that few are commenting many times when he him self has the liberty to write as much rejoinders. The first half of essay is to ridicule the readers who comment in CT. Probably he was looking for typical Lankan readership who would go gaga reading his article. Then he who accuse readers of hitting undergoes on to criticize by naming people ,which is indicative of his class,mindset and maturity.(But then again Lanka is a country where the ilk of Mr.Keerthisinghe are encouraged to make racially insensitive statements). I have read many critical articles but the writers never divulge the names of readers who are critical of them. Doc though I did not go through the Lankan health system I am well aware of the racial prejudice and hatred prevailing among Lankan colleagues ,through out history. One of my relatives was a Prof during July 84 and another HOD, soon after independence. My siblings completed their medical education in Colombo University. I still have few high school friends and relatives of the younger generation, spread out in the island serving people.

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    I sincerely feel that something has gone seriously with Dr MJ. He seems very eratic and off the track. 4000 deaths of tamils is a few deaths for him, leave aside the huge loss, mental agony and humiliation. Still he thinks that LTTE was evil. Yes it was to some extent, but why did they become so evil? Still can they beat the sinhala violence. He worships the military despite all their inhuman acts. So wht cant the tamils worship the LTTE who only wanted to protect the Tamils. No wonder still these guys dont allow the Tamils to remeber tyheir heroes.

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    Dr Janapiriya,

    “Even so it is so unfortunate that they are unable to engage in an important debate as grown-ups. The importance of the matter being discussed is effectively being subjugated in the atrocious nature of the mudslinging. This is a very sad and a bad omen heralding a disastrous end to our efforts even before we could start making some headway.”

    It is very unfortunate – you are unable engage .
    “atrocious nature of the mudslinging” – you started the mud slinging.
    It is very sad indeed even with a degree you are unable to know the difference between facts and lies.
    I am glad that you have children who knows facts.

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    Dear Anpu,
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    There were many more things that I wanted to say about how a great deal of higher education has now become a joke in Lanka, but I myself am getting confused. I try to say only what I know to be absolutely true.
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    I had stayed up two nights, but with the sun shining yesterday I biked, for a swim in a pool on the other side of Bandarawela town; after about a year. Returning, ordered some lunch but fell asleep while consuming it; woken by the waiter. Got home, got the computer on, and found comments terminated on this article; or so I thought. Today, I find that you have commented, and that the article had got put on only on the 23rd. At first I thought that a special extension had been granted for this article.
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    I’m telling you this just to show how surrealistic life has become in Lanka. These comments will automatically be terminated today (it’s 5.30 pm), and when that happens I will try to provide, elsewhere, more gen on the sad situation here.
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    May be after these two articles:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/killi-didnt-just-build-companies/
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    and
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/shall-we-decide/

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