24 September, 2020

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A Single Issue Contest & Minorities

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Just as the 1956 General Election was contested and won by SWRD and his SLFP-led coalition, solely on the Sinhala Only language issue, the forthcoming one in April is also going to be fought and won by Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) and his SLPP-led coalition, on the single issue of restoring Sinhala Buddhist supremacy. And, just as in 1956 so also in 2020 it will be members from the Buddhist clergy, who are going to be the foot soldiers in this supremacy campaign. In fact, their campaign has already started. They are openly urging Sinhalese voters to elect only Sinhalese candidates and more importantly Sinhalese Buddhist candidates. Of course, there are exceptions like the Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratna Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya Chapter, who wants laws to be passed to prevent Buddhist clergy from entering into politics. He certainly understands the dangers of politicising Buddhism in a plural society. Will anyone listen to this senior prelate with great wisdom? Advising the rulers to be virtuous in ruling is an admirable quality for Buddhist clergy, but the clergy itself trying to become rulers and king makers endangers not only the sanctity of Buddhist dhamma but also the social esteem of the clergy.              

In all probability the 2020 election will be a landmark in the history of political Buddhism or “New Buddhism” that originated in the 19th century and went on to be nurtured and promoted systematically by Sinhalese politicians since 1948.  It was Anagarika Dharmapala and Ven. Walpola Rahula who sought to ensure Sinhalese Buddhist domination in Sri Lanka. “Get this right and quote me”, said Rahula in one of his interviews, “Sri Lanka is a Buddhist Sinhala country. Let no one make a mistake. Seventy percent of the country consists of Buddhists and Sinhala people. Also make this clear that Sri Lanka is the only Buddhist Sinhala country in the world.” (Quoted in Neil DeVotta and Jason Stone, “Jathika Hela Urumaya and Ethno-Religious Politics in Sri Lanka”, Pacific Affairs, vol. 81, no.1, 2008). Obviously, Dharmapala and Rahula were reacting to 450 years of Christian colonial rule over Sri Lanka. The Ceylon Citizenship Act of 1948 was the first legislative shot aimed at creating a hegemonic Sinhala Buddhist nation in a multiethnic and multicultural Sri Lanka. The Tamil and Muslim parliamentarians who voted for that Bill did not have a clue at that time how democracy was going to be hijacked to achieve that ultimate objective.         

The latest episode of political Buddhism was played out at the Presidential Election in November 2019. It was an election that was fought entirely on the issue of Buddhist supremacy, and GR’s victory was a victory for supremacists. Yet, with a presidency that is currently constrained constitutionally to act according to the wishes of supremacists and make Sri Lanka one hundred percent Buddhist-ruled, that constitution has to be scrapped altogether and create a new one, or, changed radically to empower the Buddhist Sinhala president with boundless legal leverage and executive strength. To do that a two third majority in the next parliament is crucial. The April election will be the battle ground to fight for that objective.  All other issues that are menacing the country’s economy, public welfare, foreign relations, and domestic peace will be pushed to the background during this campaign. 

In this political battle minority candidates in general and Muslim candidates in particular have become a class of political untouchables and liability to MR’s SLPP. In a shocking revelation, Basil Rajapaksa (BR), the chief organiser of this party, is reported to have advised two Muslim candidates from the Eastern Province who sought SLPP ticket, to contest independently or in alliance with another faction, win the race and then join SLPP to get cabinet positions. Apparently, BR had argued that those two candidates would not get even 2,000 votes if the contest under SLPP. In actual fact, opposite is the truth. It is not those candidates, but SLPP that would earn the wrath of Buddhist supremacists and lose Buddhist votes, if Muslim candidates given SLPP endorsement. This is the extent to which supremacist ideology has overhauled the agenda and policies of SLPP. Even the UNP for that matter would prefer to go it alone without Muslim support if it could garner at least forty percent of the Buddhist votes, expecting the winning votes to come from the Tamils. To such a radical turn in the attitude towards Muslims, the behaviour of some Muslim leaders in recent past is no doubt responsible. Their public image is so maligned, the Muslim community as a whole is forced to pay a heavy price for electing those leaders in the first place. Certain other developments within the community, which I have discussed in a previous piece, also played a role.   

However, in an MR-GR supremacist regime there is bound to be one or two native informers from the two minority communities who would be brought into parliament at least through the national list, and may even hold ministerial positions. But, there is no doubt that in every crucial decision to restore Buddhist supremacy and materialise Buddhist hegemony those ministers would be the first to raise their hands in support. They will simply remain as ceremonial ministers and deputies. 

In the prevailing atmosphere of anti-minority sentiments and Buddhist fundamentalism, openly expressed by militant monks and their disciples, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has done nothing to reduce at least its virulence, let alone stopping them. His total dismissal of political power sharing with Tamils, and inaction in the face of at least three Buddhist provocations against Muslims, one in Nelundeniya, another in Chilaw and the third in Mahara, shows that he has become a prisoner of supremacists who are in control of the infamous viyatmaga. It is unlikely that the situation would change with a new government under MR, who is also controlled by the same group. 

In this single issue contest what options do minorities have? Very limited.

To counter the dominance of supremacists and check their power and influence, one needs a strong and united opposition. At the moment, that looks a mirage given the divisions in UNP, and disunity within and between the two minorities. The UNP is so split into factions that the party has no hope of forming a government after April. (Behind this split however, is the desire of one faction in UNP that wants SLPP to win, on the understanding that the MR-GR regime would allow members of that faction go unpunished for their scandalous financial and other misdemeanour). In short, the formation of an MR-led supremacist government is unstoppable.  

Ethnic politics and religious fundamentalism will reach its zenith in the coming election. From the very inception of parliamentary democracy in this country no government did ever make any attempt to build a nation of Sri Lankans. Communal exclusion was always preferred for national inclusion. When Mahinda Rajapakse made his victory speech soon after the civil war in 2009, and declared that there would be no more Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims in future but only Sri Lankans, there was a glimmer of hope that things would change for the better. Alas! That hope was dashed when Buddhist supremacists shifted their attention from the Tamils to Muslims, and MR regime simply remained silent observers of anti-Muslim convulsions. Change of regime under cunning Sirisena and incompetent Wickremesinghe after 2015 made the situation even worse. The country and its minorities have reached a dead end. At the least, without a strong and united opposition in the next parliament, minorities, particularly Muslims, will face a dark future.     

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    Islamisation of Sri Lanka is an active project. Enormous amount of funds are received from the Islamic world for that project. Arabisation of certain parts of the country has already begun and well on it’s way. Foreign Islamic preachers are very active in Sri Lanka propagating an extreme version of Islam. The Islamic political leadership took to ethnic & tribal politics taking the cue from Tamil separatists few decades ago. The arrogant and boastful pronouncements of Muslim politicians just before the presidential elections still very fresh in the minds of the voters. Ameer Ali & his ilk sounds very surprised at the backlash.

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      By backlash do you mean the discredited fairy tales of the 8 percent Muslims taking over the entire country of 70 percent of Sinhala Buddhists, which is statistically impossible? Or is the fake propaganda that Muslim food stalls were putting in “gullies” that make Sinhala men and women barren (which was scientifically disproved by our own scientists), or was it the anti Muslim propaganda that the top Muslim clothing store was handing out toffees to make Buddhist women barren, which made some idiots, who are easily provoked, because they are jobless and have time on their hands, riot, burn, attack homes, shops and places of worship? By now, Muslims are not surprised at this anti Muslim campaign, perpetrated by liars and haters, they are simply defending themselves. The Rajapaksa’s are complicit in the attacks on all minorities. What Muslim politicians? There aren’t any anymore.
      Stop spreading poison in Sri Lanka based on lies and hatred.

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    Janab Ali,

    Subhanallah. Thank you. Let me repeat a point I made elsewhere on Colombo Telegraph.

    Sri Lanka will have elections next month. Its scheduled on the first day of Ramadan. The Muslim fast on the very first day is particularly gruelling with the heat wave. This is intended to reduce our turn out. The polls roughly coincides with the first anniversary of the Easter bombs. That is to stir unpleasant memories.

    The message is clear. There will be anti-Muslim sentiment. The Government wants a two thirds majority. It will try to do so in two ways. One is to polarize the electorate in the run-up to the polls by getting others to spew anti-Muslim and anti-Tamil sentiment. The second step would be through post-election deals.

    Muslims and Tamils need to be alert in the short run. I refer to the treaty of Hudaybiyya in the history of Islam confirmed by the Quran surah 48 ayat 1 and the Prophet’s (PBUH) pact with the Jews in the very first year of Hijrah. That’s the tactical alliance with Tamils that I advocate in today’s context.

    We should all vote JVP.

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      “We should all vote JVP” = Codeword since 2019 to say, “Throw it in the trash”

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      Ridwan,

      Salami MallikCum!!!

      You are right on all counts except one. There is no Anti-Tamil sentiment. The fight is between the Sinhalese and Muslims after your people slaughtered 250 of ours.

      Fight like a man face to face without dragging the Tamils into this. The Tamils have been defeated and dealt with in no uncertain terms.

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        The fight is between the Sinhalese and Muslims after your people slaughtered 250 of ours
        ———–
        Majority of victims of the easter bombings were tamil christians

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    Mr. Ameer Ali
    On my opinion , after the end of the armed uprising in 2009 , the Muslims in the NE who had been under the grip of the LTTE , went into a frenzy to dominate those areas . Funding from friendly Arabic countries accelerated the radicalization process , and the rest is history.
    The blame though , falls squarely on successive Sri Lankan governments who ignored the ominous threat of radicalized extremists .
    It was only after hundreds of innocent men women and children were killed on Easter Sunday that the lid was blown off the sinister plans of the extremists.

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    The writer has produced a detailed discourse warning the local Muslims of an impending ‘racial tsunami’ that would hit it the community very hard in the event of an SLPP victory at the next Parliamentary Elections. He then implies that the best course of action for the Muslims would be to vote for the Opposition to prevent an SLPP victory or weaken a future SLPP Government.

    Is Ameer Ali attempting to win Muslim votes for the Opposition by creating a fear-psychosis among the Muslims ? What guarantee can he offer that the Muslims will be more safe with a strong UNP-led Opposition than under a strong SLPP-led regime ?

    With majoritarianism raising it’s ugly head, the marginalization of minority Muslims is occurring in many countries world-wide, not just in Sri Lanka. What the writer warns could happen in Sri Lanka is already a global phenomenon.

    Rather than issuing warnings regarding what could possibly happen to the Muslims, the writer should spend his time writing about the steps that the local Muslim community should take to prevent such a disaster or more specifically to neutralize the causal factors.

    It is said that when a violent storm approaches, the people have just two options. Either build a wind-shelter or build a wind-mill. Ameer Ali would do well to direct his knowledge and skills towards advising the local Muslims has to how they should set about constructing a windmill rather than a wind-shelter.

    Or, should the local Muslims follow Ameer Ali’s example and flee the Motherland ?

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    De -Islamisation of Myanmar is an happen project. The United Nations showed it as genocidal intent.
    But in sri lank Islamisation of not happened and unachievable project. This is nothing but intention to provoke the audience.

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    “the forthcoming one in April is also going to be fought and won by Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) and his SLPP-led coalition, on the single issue of restoring Sinhala Buddhist supremacy. “
    ]
    Now you have showed why you don’t like it!
    ]
    The majority are of the opinion that majority supremacy has to be established to correct historical abuse of the religion and culture (not to mention the economy) of this country.
    ]
    Can you change your selfish Islamic headgear and begin to understand from the majority point of view for a change?

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    “Just as the 1956 General Election was contested and won by SWRD and his SLFP-led coalition, solely on the Sinhala Only language issue, the forthcoming one in April is also going to be fought and won by Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) and his SLPP-led coalition, on the single issue of restoring Sinhala Buddhist supremacy.”

    This guy who is an academic is writing like an extremist. Mahinda Rajapakse and his SLPP-led coalition is not fighting the election on the single issue of restoring ‘Sinhala Buddhist supremacy.’ The single issue that they highlight is ‘Restoring Security’. This is obvious to anyone with a tiny bit of brain although this academic with a Doctorate fail to understand that.
    Native Sinhalayo who went through hell for three decades due to terrorist campaign launched by ‘Para’ Demala LTTE barbarians got a sigh of relief when Rajapakshe regime eliminated LTTE terrorism. But that was short lived. Due to stupidity of Gamarala and ‘Yahapalana’ don keys, Muslims launched a terrorist attack ruining the secure feeling people had. Sinhalayo have a feeling that Rajapakses who gave the leadership to eliminate LTTE barbarians will be able to contain Muslim terrorists so as to restore security and stability.

    In the world, top position for terrorism is held by Muslims and the second place by Tamils.

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      We are all srilankens, there are no native sinhalayo, but the joke is you the kind of ballige puthas that verbally attack other keeping you above, have been living in greener pastures. I wonder why you the kind of bps did not remain in Srilanka if you love the country that much:

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        babalath appu,
        True, we are all Sri Lankans if all communities think that way, accept a Unitary State and live in harmony without trying to break this country into pieces to create Eelam or Muslims.

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      “In the world, top position for terrorism is held by Muslims and the second place by Tamils.”

      Though you guys are not capable of reaching world level, here in the one-and-only Sinhalese dominated “punchi” country, we know who are the toppers…from pick-pocketing to super-market snatching, raping, child abuse, elderly parents abuse, wife-hitting, drugs, killings…

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        and the biggest racist , liars, war criminals and people who commit genocide are held by the Sinhalese. Calling everyone a terrorist when you and your racist governments are the biggest terrorist . Fighting against state sponsored marginalisation and terrorism is not terrorism . May be for Sinhalese racists like you. You are no Muslim

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        a.Muslim,
        Do not mix apples and oranges. I am talking about terrorists who brutally kill innocent civilians in large numbers using explosives and suicide bombers wearing jackets full of explosives.

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    Sri Lankan Sinhalese will never learn lessons from history. They have forgotten 30 years of war and they want to have more and more blood in this island … that is why they do not respect minorities and their rights.

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      Sri Lankan Tamils,
      It is because Sinhalayo respect minorities and their rights that more than 50% of Demalu from North and East have moved to South and live in Sinhala areas. Vast majority of these Demalu are Daliths who are been oppressed by so called High Cast Malabar Wellala Demalu. These Wellala Demalu who do not treat Daliths as human beings keep on shouting that Majority Sinhalayo are discriminating minority Demalu. Daliths who joined LTTE should have used their guns to get rid of their real enemy.

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    Saying that Sri Lankan career politicians support a certain spiritual group (Buddhism is not religious and do not try to fix the devotee in a certain thought. It is extremely democratic and open, that is unlike religions) is just Both Mahinda Rajapakse and Ranil go to Hindu Devalas in Kerala and to Muslim Mosques. So, how Rani, is anglican and Mahinda Rajapakse is promoting sinhala – buddhism. It is just political rivalry. Sri Lanka, far more than any other country except India allows democratic rights of theistic religions. Sinhale had been socually, and culturally raped and destroyed since 1505 because of the people needed a president who would understand it. Ranil and his group overwhelmingly have proved that they are not suitable to govern the country. Mahinda Rajapakse is at all no difference to that his destruction of the country is a slow process. Anyway, Sri Lanka has a non career politician who likes to understand the true situation and make corrections. People are ALERT, AWARE OF THE SITUATION AND READY TO HELP..

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    Ranil’s Yahapalana govt was the worst govt after the colonial periods which destroyed Sri Lanka. Yahapalanaya is second only to the Colonnial govts. I think joining Maithripala ruined their progress. Do not trust most of the 224 in the parliament. Leaders are not letting capable People mature as future leaders. In that category both Ranil and Mahinda Rajapakse are one and the same.
    See how thieves are very active in Sajith Pemadasa’s campaign. Bond scam profit takers and those who made millions from contracts are very active with Sajith. So, we need to see how it is unfolding and whether Sajith WALKS THE TALK.

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    You muslim must talk and publish statistics about why an australian killed so many muslim in a New Zealand mosque, and how many australians/new zealanders had been killed there bymuslims. As well publish the statistics about after the LTTE war how many muslims had been killed and how Zaharan’s group alone killed sinhala and tamils. But, we understand that Zaharan was sympathetic towards buddhists, eventhough you wahhabis are talking against buddhists.
    Talk about actions by Rishad Bathiuddin, Rauf Hakeem and Azath Salley too. Why you Wahabis are silent about those three.

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    Dr. Neil De Votta in an essay under the caption……Back to the future: Srilankas 1956 Election, Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology, and the Consolidation of Ethnocracy has analysed, just in the same clear way of Dr. Ameer Ali as follows…..
    Srilankas sad saga cannot be understood unless one pays attention to its majority communities ethnocentric proclivities and how this gradually transmogrified a country full of socio-economic and liberal democratic into an ethnocracy. That is, a poly-ethnic state where power is wielded by and for the majority community, often at the expence dispassionate governance towards minorities. The term especially suits Srilanka, given that nearly every major decision made since Independence has been designed to satisfy and empower the Sinhalese Buddhist majority with utter disregard
    to minorities interests and preferences…………

    The Homeless One Anagarika Dharmapala has reached home in double quick time!

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    Sinhala Buddhists have to listen to this never ending Muslim ‘Adonawa’ because they saved Muslims from Parangi butchers, accommodated them in interior parts of the country and gave them citizenship in Sinhale.

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      You Eagle eye should be BORN Bp, to feel like this. How dare you the bugger repeat this. If we would have been in the same situation, as the local muslims, we would have done the same. I think Ballige putha Rajakshes the way revenged on Muslims following that easter sunday bomb is not forgettable to anyone with a little brain. Today, those forces are in power, and nothing like that is the case. UNPrs, JVPrs and others are decent people in this country, they are not the high criminals such as Rajakashes.
      Ultra racists of your nature, would shed your last breath, being stuck to your racism. I hate my race when looking at the guys of your nature. May all gods be on our side to punish you the kind of BPs .. that are born to the race representing us that racial.

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        Eagle Eye,

        You may ignore this Pakistani troll known as VP Simon De Silva masquerading as a Sinhalese.

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    Ameer Ali,
    “Just as the 1956 General Election was contested and won by SWRD and his SLFP-led coalition, solely on the Sinhala Only language issue, “

    You are wrong. ‘Sinhala Only’ was one of the issues but not the sole issue.
    Although British rule came to an end in 1948, majority of Native Sinhalayo did not get full independence. The country was ruled by English educated Sinhala Christian ‘Kalu Suddas’ and Malabar Wellala Demalu. They were all out to maintain their superior status that they gained by licking the a@s of ‘Para’ Suddas.
    The revolution in 1956 was an attempt by Native Sinhalayo who were oppressed by colonial parasites, Sinhala Christian ‘Kalu Suddas’ and Malabar Wellala Demalu to move towards ‘Full Independence’. SWRD Bandaranayake was an opportunist who capitalized the aspirations of Sinhala Buddhists.

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      Eagle eye (HLD Mahindapala)
      Although British rule came to an end in 1948, majority of Native Sinhalayo did not get full independence. The country was ruled by English educated Sinhala Christian ‘Kalu Suddas’ and Malabar Wellala Demalu
      ————–
      The so called ‘native sinhalayo’ are still not independant. They are classified as low caste sinhalese. And the middleastern decent impostor sinhalese (aka govigama caste) are ruling over them

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      Eagle Bp;

      let s interview your wife (Tamil wife) to get the facts right. I have no doubt, you hang with the personal vendetta whenever you attack tamils and muslims.
      Paradoxially you continue to be a migrant or refugee in down under. There you are the minority, but you the kind of people should be well aware of the facts about the minorities and their thoughts and minds when they are not given equal rights. But you react as not even school going children would get it.
      Your problemsa re pathological. Please get well soon avoiding you would be sent to the last hell, where even all evils will be there to punish you for your high crimes your cesspit and pen have done sofar.
      Let us sinhalaya be in peace a world without Mahinda ballige putha Pala.

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        VP Sam Fernando,

        Why do you have to bring his wife into the discussion? Didn’t your Father teach you how to debate on robust disagreements and issues without personally attacking the opposing side?

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          For such an anti-tamil racist, one has to wonder why he is married to a tamil woman in the first place. Its also relevant to point out the fact he lives in australia. Where he benefits from a setup where minorities can thrive. The same applies to you in canada. Both of you are hypocrites as you take full advantage of this and want sinhala nationalist dictatorship back in Sri Lanka, where minorities are under the foot at all times.

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            John,

            Why do you say minorities can thrive in places like Australia and Canada? Don’t you know that the aborigines of Australia are made addicts to drinks and marginalized for the benefit of Australians?

            Didn’t you know that a system called the Residential schools system existed in Canada well into the 80s where Native children were abducted by force, brought into the schools and forced to give their culture and traditions and buggered? Is that what you call a system of equality?

            I am doing well in Canada because I am Wealthy, I am arrogant and I don’t take no for an answer from any monkey. I was also very good looking when I arrived here 20 years ago.

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              Yes i know the western nations have brutalised their indegenous populations like the native americans and australian aboriginees. But the point i am making is that these same nations also allow people to migrate from all over the world to these lands and thrive. They are given all manner of help to live well. You dont see this anywhere else. I have also seen this hypocritical attitude from africans and other asians (indians, pakistanis etc). They all do very well in the west and they act liberal there. But they want ethno-nationalism back in their homelands. I see it too often.

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    A Single Issue Contest & Minorities
    Ameer Ali –

    Just as the 1956 General Election was contested and won by SWRD and his SLFP-led coalition, solely on the Sinhala Only language issue, the forthcoming one in April is also going to be fought and won by Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) and his SLPP-led coalition, on the single issue of restoring Sinhala Buddhist supremacy.

    ***
    The Nation is hovering on the Brink of Collapse. No where to borrow and no one to borrow from as it is obvious from the GOSLs statement that ” No foreign involvement fo 2 years. This is not out of choice but forced upon Gotha. GOSL would like to borrow 2 billion from China but that comes a price and India wont allow it because it will be to her detriment. The so called MCC from US also comes with a price tag. Bul all of his is kept away from the Racist Majority and let them lick their wounds.

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      I fully agree with the writer. Everything the SLPP doing is to make the election a single issue contest. They have somehow hoodwinked the Sinhala Buddhists into believing that they need protection from the weak and vulnerable minority ethnic groups. When SWRD, the converted Budhist used Sinhala only propaganda and won the election he condemned Sri Lanka to remain a poor country for a long time. Now SLPP is using a single issue, Sinhala Budhist supremacist platform. This will lead them to victory but condemn Sri Lanka to a further long period of poverty. It is the case of ‘cutting the nose to spite the face’. If this is going to be the prospect for Sinhala Buddhists, imagine how badly the minority ethnic communities are going to suffer. Hope leaders of ethnic communities understand the situation.

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    Whether you like it or not EVERYTHING is decided by majority. Minorities should be given equal rights is a majority decision.

    Soma

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      somass

      Day by day you are becoming a retarded a****le from being a moronic ass.
      FYI disabled people are now addressed as being differently abled.

      “Whether you like it or not EVERYTHING is decided by majority.”

      Yes and no.
      Before you outpour your bigotry, stupidity, hatred, ………………. please refer to
      THE STATUS OF MAJORITY RULE(page 313) in John Rawls’s “A Theory Of Justice. Rawls”.

      Before locating this book, you need to pull your head wherever it is now.

      “Minorities should be given equal rights is a majority decision.”

      For you Sinhala/Buddhist fascists as a doctrine it does not matter whether you have majority support or not the idea of your brand of fascism is to control all aspects of the people’s life by a small clique or Junta.
      Equal rights is not a Charitable Act on the part of the majority, in your case justice should not flow from Gota’s ass but from generally established standards, laws, ….
      Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      Read up on various articles for example
      Article I
      All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are
      endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a
      spirit of brotherhood.

      Article 2
      Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration,
      without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion,
      political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
      Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political,
      jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person
      belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other
      limitation of sovereignty.

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        Native
        Why did you stop there? I hope and pray that majority will agree with what you say. Majority should because all what you say is nothing but fair. Majority within a particular country can be overridden by Majority within United Nations.
        You got my point?

        Soma

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      soma

      When you consider globally then some countries become minorities is fair Minorities should be given equal rights is a majority decision. That means United Nation dictatorship correct

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        You can’t help it.

        Soma

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          Soma

          That is what the United Nation doing according to you the correct thing.

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      Soma

      When we were under colonial rule all had equal rights as ALL are Sri Lankans. but after the so called ‘ independence’ Tamils and Muslims lost their equality status. They became second class. There are now two classes people ‘Majority Sinhala’ and others minorities. That was historical blunder Tamils made, to join the Sinhalese and clamour for Independence, only to realize soon Only Sinhalese got the privilege of ‘Interdependence’ while others were demoted to second and third class.

      I raise my hat to Ali Jinnah of Pakistan, where he wanted a separate state for the Muslims. He justified to Mahatma Gandhi ” what do we (Muslims) get by the so called ‘Independence’ only thing that happens is before White Christians rules us and after Hindus rules us. We (Muslims) get nothing. Only separate state will provide all a ‘win win’ situation. Mahatma Gandhi at first retorted by telling ” you have misunderstood Jawaharlal Nehru, he will not discriminate anyone and he is a very fair person”

      Then Ali Jinah said ” I agree that Nehru is a decent man and he will never resort to that type of cheap things, but what will happen after him, and you you assure that?” for which Mahatma Gandhi agreed with him.

      But sadly we did not have such far thinking Tamil, because Ceylon got independence
      on a platter without any fight.

      Tamils should now wish for an outside country conquering us when equality will be restored as we will have an ‘independent umpire’ without having a partial umpire from one of the teams.

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        Blabla
        If there was a Ali Jinnah among Tamil leaders at the time you would
        be in Tamil Nadu today as a happy citizen of the fastest developing super power.
        .
        Again when you wish for outside involvement that outside + Tamils will form a majority and that ‘majority’ will prevail over the minority Sinhalese proving my hypothesis that majority will always prevail.

        Soma

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          somass

          I don’t understand what you are blabbering.

          “If there was a Ali Jinnah among Tamil leaders at the time you would
          be in Tamil Nadu today as a happy citizen of the fastest developing super power.”

          Greater (Akhand) Barat = Hindia + SAARC Countries

          = (Hindia + Thamil Eelam) + (Sinhala state of Hindia – Tamil Eelam) + Pakistan
          +Bangladesh + Rest of the SAARC countries.

          This is straightforward hence please keep it simple.

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    iam no sinhale Buddhist,but i would be very happy if the racist s.l. Tamils and specielly the arab muslim racist fundementalists are thought that there is a Limit.voting for sajit premedasa is a vote against sinhale buddhism,his balls if he has should be cut off.

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    Native
    Why did you stop there? I hope and pray that majority will agree with what you say. Majority should because all what you say is nothing but fair. Majority within a particular country can be overridden by Majority within United Nations.
    You got my point?

    Soma

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    dr.ameer ali is not writing all these articles not to tell anything only to muslims: he is addressing a larger audience on the impending dangers of establishing a theocratic state. if he is focusing only on muslims he has to write in tamil and publish them in tamil news papers. all his ideas are for the betterment of the country. extremist elements would like to see GR and MR who make use of the sentiments only to capture power and NOT TO SEE SL AS A DEVELOPED COUNTRY. you cannot totally ignore 5 million minorities and develop the country. any fools can understand this simple equation.
    -dayal

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