1 October, 2020

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A Soldier’s Line In The Sand

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

The book by Major General Kamal Gunaratne – “‘Warrior’s way to Nadikadal’ ‘රණමග ඔස්සේ නන්දිකඩාල්’” is written in lucid Sinhala striving for the lyrical at crucial points. It is a record breaking best seller among the Sinhala reading public. The Title is qualified with a sub title ‘Defeat of the Tiger Organisation- the true story’.

It is more than the memoirs of a soldier. It is a powerful political instrument that is designed to capture the Sinhala Buddhist imagination as an epic narrative of heroism that succeeded in eliminating an existential threat to the Sinhala Buddhist race.

It is also a polemical masterpiece that portrays President Mahinda Rajkapaksa as the peerless President and redeemer of the Sinhala people.

Since the book is written in Sinhala, it is best that the relevant excerpts are quoted in Sinhala. “ ජේ. ආර්. ජයවර්ධන ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ සාම ප‍්‍රයත්නයේ සිට ආර්. පේ‍්‍රමදාස ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේත්, චන්ද්‍රිකා බණ්ඩාරනායක කුමාරණතුංග ජනාධිපතිනියගේත් සාම ප‍්‍රයත්නයන් පැවති කාල සීමාවව් තුලදී යුද්ධ හමුදාවේ දෑත් පිටුපසට කර බැද දමා සමාජය ඉදිරියේ තබන ලදැයි කිවහොත් එය වඩාත් පැහැදිලිවනු ඇතැයි මා සිතමි. මෙසේ දෑත් බැද සමාජය ඉදිරියේ අතහරින ලද යුද්ධ හමුදාවේ සාමාජිකයින්ට අත්දැකීමට සිදුවූ අපහාස සහ උපහාස ඉතා අධික වූයේන් යුද්ධ හමුදා නිලධාරින් සහ සෙබළුන් මහත් සිත් රිදීම්වලට භාජනය වූවාක් මෙන්ම එම තත්ත්වය ඉතා කණගාටුදායක විය. රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා විසින් මූලීකත්වය ගෙන ආරම්භ කරන ලද සාම ප‍්‍රයත්නයේදී ද සිදු වුයේ එයම බව මෙහිදි කිව යුතුය.”kamal-gunaratne

The soldier had his hands cuffed behind the back by sucessive presidents – J.R Jayewrdene, R Premadasa, Chandrika Kumaratunga as well as by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremresinghe. The humilation and mental anguish suffered by the gallant soldier was extremely pathetic .

The current President’s decidedly definite codemnation of the manner in which former Defence Secretary (Gotabaya Rajapaksa) and three former Commanders of the Navy were made to appear in court suggests that he has read the book. The inviolability of the Sinhala soldier’s honour is nonnegotiable. In the Sinhala psyche, the Mahavamsa takes precedence over Dhammapada.

He joins the army in 1981, when it was a small army, with no battle experience, largely used on ceremonial events. It was a career choice on leaving school – a rational choice of a youth attracted by the allure of a uniformed service. It was a pragmatic choice of a career path. Then he keeps a tryst with destiny.

In ‘Rana Maga Ossey Nandikadal Major General Kamal Goonerathne discovers a purpose and an ideal. The purpose is political. The ideal is the rescue of Sinhalese Buddhists of Sri Lanka who faced an existential crisis.

Prabhakaran was the most evil in Sri Lankan history. His evil designs and prolific terrorist violence was way beyond the pale of civilized society. He was finally cornered and killed at Nandicadal.

The narrative is Major General Kamal Gunerathne’s reading of events that finally eliminated the most evil man in Sri Lankan history. It is an epic that surfaces the self-righteous savagery of a people in search of a ‘Sinhala Nirvana’. Fathomless depths of self-righteous Sinhala indignation is summoned in the 845 pages.

තම රට හා ජාතිය වෙනුවෙන් එක් අතකින් පතුරම් පිරුණු තුවක්කුවත් අනික් අතින් මානව හිමිකම් හා Rules of Engagement පොතත්, හදවතේ දයාව, ආදරය හා කරුණාවත් පුරවාගෙන සටන්කල වීර සෙබළුන්ගේ හඩයි ඒ.

The soldiers proceed to battle with hearts filled with kindness, compassion and love with gun in one hand and the book ‘Rules of Engagement in the other in defense of their land and the nation. That is their voice he says describing the wild cheering of troops at the end. “

දිනය වසර 2009 මැයි මස 19 දිනයිි.  වේලාව උදෑසන 10.30 ට පමණ ඇති.  මා අණදුන් මාගේ ප‍්‍රතාපවත් 53 වන සේනාංකයේ නිලධාරීන් හා සෙබළුන් එක්ව අප මව්බිම දශක තුනක් තිස්සේ අ`දුරු අගාධයකට ඇද දැමු, මුළු මහත් රටට හා ජාතියට සාපයක් වූ ඒ කුරිරු මිනිසා මරා දමා ඔහුගේ ලේ ගලන සිරුර ගෙනවිත් මාගේ දෙපා මුල අත හැරී අවස්ථාවයි ඒ.

“සර් තමයි ප‍්‍රභාකරන්”
”මේ තමයි අපේ රට කාපු ප‍්‍රභාකරන්”

“අපේ රටේ අභිංසක මිනිස්සු දහස් ගණනක් මරා දමපු එකා තමයි මේ”

“අපි මේකව මැරුව සර්”

මුළු ලෝකයේම ත‍්‍රස්තවාදීන්ට මරාගෙන මැරෙන ත‍්‍රස්තවාදයේ අරුමය කියාදුන් ත‍්‍රස්තවාදී නායකයා අද සුනඛයෙකු මෙන් මා දෙපා අසල නිසොල්මන්ය.

The date- 19th May 2009. Time aprox.10.30 in the morning. The doughty officers and troops of the 53rd division I commanded brought and dumped the bleeding body of the cruel human – an unrelenting curse on the nation, who pushed our motherland in to a dark abyss for three decades at my feet.

Sir, this is Prabhakaran.

This is the Prtabhakaran who devoured our land.

This is the villain who killed thousands of innocent people of our land.

We killed him sir. “The wild cheering of my brave soldiers continue to echo in my breast even to this day.”

The anguish and the pain of a soldier and his family is uniquely private. Unlike in the case of the drafted combatant, it is purposely self-inflicted in the case of the professional soldier. If he chooses to make such anguish suffered five years ago, resolutely public, can the purpose be altruistic? To those patriots who celebrate war, my question would be totally unpatriotic. To those who find war abhorrent, to those who find war to be heroic butchery the question is legitimate and logical. Many in my land belong to the earlier category. I belong to the other.

Many find Mahinda Rajapaksa the ideal leader of the Sinhala tribe. He manifests the malevolent ethnocentrism of that segment of the Sinhala community. Kamal Gooneratne personifies the urbane malignancy of that ethnocentric ethos.

Human nature, according to Kant, is neither good nor bad. Its chemistry has both good and bad tendencies. To expect desirable social outcomes purely from our natural beneficence would be total folly. Kant rightly asserts “everything is finally woven together from folly and childish vanity and often even childish malice and destructiveness.”

Soldiers who write war memoirs do not write falsehoods. But they don’t tell you the whole truth. They omit the inconvenient. War is too ugly and too brutal for the average human mind. But a particularly savage disposition is a familiar exception. The most interesting details can be generally swept under the omniscient claim ‘it never happened’ or ‘it is blatantly concocted propaganda.’

When political point scoring is the purpose, the most convenient method to lengthen the tome is to explain why it took so long to finish the war. Implicit in that strategy are the assumptions a. the war was fought with the most evil man known in all human history b. the entire victory is telescoped in to the final four years from 2005 to 2009. It explains how the war was finished by the leadership that alone can claim its triumphant conclusion. It is politics by other means- manufacturing heroes for post war continuation of a cold peace.

The Gallant Soldier ventures in to politics. He explains how Ranil Wickremesinghe lost the Northern Province in the 2005 presidential election.

“විපක්‍ෂ නායකවරයා උතුරු නැගෙනහිර ඡුන්ද ගැන ඉතා විශාල බලාපොරොත්තුවක් තබාගෙන සිටි අතර ඔහු බලයට පත්කිරිම සදහා ඡන්දය දෙන ලෙස එල්ටීටීඊ සංවිධානය උතුරු නැගෙනහිර ජනතාවට දන්වා සිටිනු ඇතැයි එම පක්‍ෂයේ බලාපොරොත්තුව විය.”

He explains that the then Leader of the opposition held great hopes of comming to power with votes from the North and East.His party expected the LTTE to advise people to vote for them. Yet the plans turned topsy turvey after a UNP leader claimed that it was the peace agreement that caused the split in the ranks of the LTTE.

At some unguarded point he retracts his hardline contempt for perace efforts. He blames the intransigence of Prbhakran for the faliure of peace negotiations.

” ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ වරින් වර පත්වූ විවිධ රජයන් විසින් ආරම්භ කරන ලද සාම සාකච්ඡුා සහමුලින්ම බිද වැටීමට ප‍්‍රධානතම හේතුව වූයේ ප‍්‍රභාකරන් විසින් ඒ සෑම අවස්ථාවකදීම දක්වන ලදිදැඩිමතධාරී පිළිවෙතය.”

The brave warrior is conscious of his destiny. He was destined to command the troops that killed Prbhakaran. It was a wish granted him by the gods.

“අවසන් යුද්ධයේ අවසන් මොහොතේදී අනෙක් ප‍්‍රහාරක සේනාංක සියල්ලම තිබියදී මිනීමරු ත‍්‍රස්තවාදී නායක වේලුපිල්ලේ ප‍්‍රභාකරන් සහ ඔහුගේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නායකයන් විශාල සංඛ්‍යාවකට අනෙක් සේනාංක සමග සටනට නොගොස් මාගේ ප‍්‍රතාපවත් 53 සේනාංකයේ මාර මුඛයට පැමිණිමට ඔවුන්ට මග පෙන්වීම මා හට දෙවියන් විසින් දෙන ලද තෙවැනි වරමයි.”

We now arrive at the core concept of the ‘Just War’ that made the Sinhala Buddhists to prevail. The hero describes the spritual and emotional sustanance he received.

” අවසන් මාස 3 තිස්සේ දිනපතා බෙල්ලන්විල රජමහා විහාරය තුළ ඇති බෝධිය අසල පූජා පවත්වමින් කොටි නායක ප‍්‍රභාකරන් සිය සැමියාට ලබා දෙන ලෙස දෙවියන් බුදුන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලීම් කළ ඇයට එය ඉෂ්ඨ වූ විට කුමන හැගිමක් ඇති වන්නට ඇතිද?

The Sinhala Buddhist General ponders aloud ‘I wonder how my dear wife, greeted the news that the gods and the Budhdha granted her wish made in Bodhi Poojas at the Bellanwila Temple for three months pleading that the Tiger leader Prabhakaran be delivered to her husband?’

Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha says “When someone seeks, it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”

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    They are equal to King Dutugemunu’s ten great Giants. They did it.

    I don’t think, king Elara’s soldiers could tolerate it when King Elara was killed. So are the LTTE rump.

    Anyway, I cannot compare with King Elara because Pabakaran the street thug and the cycle thief sacrificing innocents was, with respect to his actions, a low caste.

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      Actually the kind of book should be brought before the nation by former army commander. Unfortunatley, he had been going through all the unexpected problems fell on him, but created by Rajapakshe shortly after 2010 election. He spent over 3 years in jail and then it was 2013 he was set free. This investigation should be investigated again to serve justice to former army commander and send the state leader instead in Jail, since the law should treat everyone equal.

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      jim softy dimwit

      “They are equal to King Dutugemunu’s ten great Giants. They did it.”

      Could you name Dutugemunu’s ten great Giants.

      By the way, Dutta Gamini sent his father a woman’s ornament. How respectful Dutta was to his father?

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    Sarath De Alwis.

    But they don’t tell you the whole truth. They omit the inconvenient. War is too ugly and too brutal for the average human mind. But a particularly savage disposition is a familiar exception. The most interesting details can be generally swept under the omniscient claim ‘it never happened’ or ‘it is blatantly concocted propaganda.’

    Just say, you felt jealousy when you read that.

    I think what you have read in the Catholic school is only the bible and middle eastern Crusades in which catholics killing pagens or christians and muslims. So, your experience is different.

    Always the history is how the writer saw it.

    Remember Crusades and be happy, if you are jealous.

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      We did get in to a situation in which we were hoping that we would somehow be rid of Prabhakaran. It’s good that some soldiers succeeded, but it is not something to gloat over.

      Yes, let us now remember more, all that we found then inconvenient. That is the way forward towards peace and reconciliation. We’ve got to understand the stress our soldiers were under. The complexities of being in a war.

      But let us also remember the suffering of those whom we then considered our enemies, but who were our countrymen, and whom we must once more embrace as friends.

      Sarath de Alwis is a sensitive humanist, and a good Buddhist. There is no need to recall the barbarism of various misguided religious wars like the Crusades.

      Let us now repudiate all these war mongering efforts of those who glory in bloodshed.

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    My take away from the piece ‘ Mahawamsa above the rule of law’. Good, that is settled then.

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      The rule of war was blatantly disregarded by the vicious Prabakaran, and he paid the price for it. What has the Mahawamsa got to do with it?

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        P.Riyad,

        The Mahavamsa is the rallying cry or focal point or epicentre of the Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in a nutshell arising from chronic existential insecurity. So, Mahavamsa has everything to do with the Sinhala fear psychosis!

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          What fear psychosis?

          LTTE terrorism was an existential threat to Sri Lankan state. One does not need Mahavamsa to realise it. As Sri Lanka is the historical and native homeland of Sinhala people it is a reasonable existential threat to sinhala people.
          It is not some paranoid insecurity but rather a rational understanding of the security situation of the country.

          Just check what the British journalist Paul Harris said during the ceasefire period where the RW government was bending both ways to appease the tigers and how LTTE built themselves up.

          So it is a very rational assessment of the security situation.

          Nations take lessons from its history. Mahavamsa is an integral part of SL’s history and sinhala people’s history. The warriors the kings in our history has influenced and will continue to inspire the future sinhala generations. It is not limited to Sinhala people, every civilisation takes lessons and inspirations from history.

          Take india, Chandragupta, or the chola kings. Similarly the ancient kings and warriors will inspire the future sons of the soil. It is understandable as you have NO history in this soil you cannot understand that. :)

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            “LTTE terrorism was an existential threat to Sri Lankan state.”

            The LTTE did not just drop out of the sky! It was/is your actions and treatments of the minorities out of your existential fear of anything that is not Sinhala Buddhist that brought about the ethnic divide! It appears that you are in complete denial as usual!

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              burning Issue.

              The LTTE did not just drop out of the sky! It was/is your actions and treatments of the minorities out of your existential fear of anything that is not Sinhala Buddhist that brought about the ethnic divide! It appears that you are in complete denial as usual!

              It is Tamil dumbness. India could have directly invaded Sinhale, If they wanted to subdue the Sinhale. Tey wanted Tamils subdued which they have done.

              MGR was brought in Sri lanka. do you think, he would amount to anything he if he was grwon up in South India. It is MGR who gave crores to being the war, probably India was behind it.

              You blme Sinhala buddhists. You Tamils have a life in Sri lanka because of Sinhal – buddhists. See why Tamuls from Tamilnadu are coming back here into Sinhale, they want to get killed.

              Tamils are ungrateful to Indian and to Sinhala people. but see how they kneel infront of the White colonial master. Because they feel so bad their inside.

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    I’m not sure whats the point Mr.Alwis is trying to make in this article. is it a review, a critique or some cherry picked quotes.

    – if the point he a trying to make is political then Mr. Alwis needs to say it out loud ‘the war was for sinhalese buddhists by the sinhalese buddhists and no one else benifitted by the ‘end of it’.

    – if the arricle is a book critique, c’mon lets admit, THE BOOK goes far greater lengths to say the war was not fought only for sinhalese buddhists. despite what Mr. Alwis’s personal opinion about it.
    – if the point he’s trying to make is that the book’s narrative contradicts buddha/siddhartha’s teachings heres a big ha ha for you.

    the book is about war. if Mr.Alwis wants a war book where the hero turns the other cheek he should have looked for in the fictions section.

    among other things I agree the Mj general’s bias towards former president. I think we have to agree that during his time the govt. then did quite a lot to elevate the public perception towards the army. The ‘api wenuwen api’ advertisement campigm was one of the most succesful in sri lanka. So may be he’s juat being honest, may be the book is just meant to be a memoir..

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    Mentally weak see the “History” they want to see.

    No time to write books or even a long piece so, A Brief Alternate History of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 20 lines or less; preferably 10.

    Sonny Liston and the opponents he fought, made Mohamed Ali great. In the same vein great/formidable Prabakarn made Mahinda, Fonseka, Gotabaya, Gunaratne………… great – if you consider them great.

    Relations between countries are always in flux; ever changing. The same Indira Gandhi who gave Kachchatheevu Island to Sirimavo later instigated and foisted the “Tamil insurgency” on JR.

    With or without Prabakaran/LTTE, there would still have been a “Tamil insurgency” because India wanted it. Our enemy, more than the LTTE, was India!

    The question no one asks!!! WITHOUT PRABAKARAN/LTTE WHAT FORM WOULD HAVE THE “TAMIL INSURGENCY” TAKEN?

    India would have manoeuvred to get the IPKF in, amalgamate the North and the East, established a “Tamil self-governing entity” – like the North-East provisional Government under Perumal – established/trained a “Tamil fighting force” and handed some form of “autonomy” to the Tamils, but ultimately the North-East would have been controlled by India.

    Would theses, our great Sinhalese heroes, Mahinda, Fonseka, Gotabaya, Gunaratne ……. would have fought India/IPKF. I don’t think so!

    To keep things simple, eschewing the good old cultural cringe; without resorting Oxbridge/Ivy-league language/analysis hoopla to guild the lily, let me put forward two things starkly that no one would dare see.

    1. To hell with Mahinda, Fonseka, Gotabaya, Gunaratne ……….. the greatest hero that saved Sri Lanka is Velupllai Prabakaran by fighting India/IPKF.

    2. If there was no Prabakaran, the SL Tamils today, would be enjoying some form of “autonomy/self-governance” courtesy of India/IPKF. What form that “self-governance” would have taken is a whole different shindig.

    Now, that’s the truth! How many proud hard-line-Sinhala-Buddhists would like to fall at his feet and thank Prabakarn? C’mon don’t be shy!

    The world is what it is. What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence. No?

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      Nimal

      You hit the nail on the head . Thanks .

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    It is a book on war fought with a terrorist organization. It is a war fought to free our nation from terror and to give back the inalienable right of every citizen to live free of terrror. Prabhakaran and LTTE foisted this war on the nation and forced Sri Lanka to defend itself. What’s the problem you have ? You lived through this period and are well aware of its events and it was President Mahinda Rajapaksa who has the guts to eliminate terrorism. That’s something no one can dispute. I have read the book and MR is not praised unnecessarily except to acknowledge the facts as much the rest of the facts which prevented us from crushing terrorism long before. Your article is a weak attempt to bring a political spin when none exist. This article has no real point ! You and I along with every citizen irrespective of religion or ethnicity benefited from eradication of terrorism. Please find something better to write in your old age !

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      That’s only the Sinhala narrative.

      Tamils see the war waged by your side as a genocidal imperialist colonialist war intended to conquer and dominate the Tamil nation via forced territorial unity. Mass murder cannot be morally justified for the purpose of forced territorial unity as human life worth more than land. It’s not in accordance with Buddhist ethics but what would Sinhalese know about ethics when your Mahavamsa bastardization of Buddhism teaches war is justified for territorial unity.

      Tamils see their struggle as just as they were merely defending themselves after decades of state sponsored anti-Tamil pogroms in which thousands were massacred, raped and displaced with impunity. They simply wanted to determine their own political destiny by establishing a state of their own where they could live with dignity and self-respect without being dominated and coerced by other groups. Sinhalese could not even agree to power-sharing via limited autonomy for Tamils even within a unitary state so there’s no point in begging for them for a independent state as Tamils realized independence can only be achieved through armed struggle.

      The Sinhalese are in the wrong as they are the aggressors who initiated violence way back in the 50s when Prabhakaran was just a toddler and in no world is a victim blamed for fighting back against the aggressor.

      Sinhalese could have stopped all the bloodshed if they wanted to by simply acknowledging the right to self-determination of Tamils in the lands where they have been living for generations but Sinhalese want the entire island for themselves due to megalomania, greed, distorted nationalist history and glory.

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        The war was not waged by us..It was waged by the LTTE and the Sri lankan state correctly answered it.

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    Ref the penultimate para.
    So through three-months of devout poojas, Buddha too was conscripted to pick up the sword on the side of the Sinhala race?
    What more profanations do Sri Lanka need?

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    If what the writer of the article fears, as I understand, is that we are in danger of creating a category of persons called ‘national heroes’ who are above the law, we all need to be gravely concerned. If heroism involves sacrifice for a cause that goes beyond one’s immediate personal ends, this country has produced many heroes who died for conflicting causes. Heroism has too often been misdirected into torture, murder and massacres. We need to recognise heroism for what it is and go beyond it. The dignity of the law must never be sacrificed for partisan ends. If we apply different standards to ‘national heroes’, the LTTE, the JVP and other armed groups, we will pay the price of forever remaining a divided nation.

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    This book is extremely well written and gives us a good insight to how the war was carried out by successive governments.. yes.. JR, Premadasa, CBK and Ranil made huge mistakes which just prolonged the war to the detriment of ALL OUR PEOPLE.. and these we knew already!

    There is just no need to make this book a political issue.. let’s just appreciate the sacrifices the servicemen have made for us.. so that we can enjoy a free Sri Lanka!

    Nowhere in the book does the writer favor one political party over the other. . Unless of course you read a different copy to what I did!!!

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    It is one thing if the wife of the Good General made Bodhi poojas at Bellawila seeking the blessings of whichever God to protect her Husband from all harm but to seek Gods help to deliver Prabakaran for the Kill ?

    Certainly this is not keeping in line with Lord Buddha’s teachings !!!

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    Kamal explains first hand, a period of the nations history which has been earlier interpreted in many ways by various interest groups. Placing experiences on paper he displays accountable transparency, open to challenge, which is the pinnacle of responsible Officering and citizenship…Well done

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    Sarath de Alwis

    What are you going on about? The book is available in English:

    Road to Nandikadal
    Author: Kamal Gunaratne
    ISBN: 9789554323704

    For three decades, the Sri Lanka Army battled against the most ruthless terrorist organization known to man in modern times, the “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” (LTTE). Even though the culture of “suicide missions” and “human bombs” has become the hallmark of terrorism around the world today, it was Velupillai Prabhakaran who first masterminded and used this most ruthless tactic in targeting both civilian and Government Forces.

    Commencing as a small terrorist outfit, Prabhakaran transformed the LTTE into an extremely powerful and conventional military entity, replete with a Land Force, Sea Tiger Wing (Naval) and an Air Tiger Wing (Air Force). The members of LTTE were brainwashed and indoctrinated to follow its leadership unquestioningly. They ardently believed their leader and were dedicated to their cause. Thousands of LTTE cadres were highly trained, skilled, experienced and ready to fight unto death.

    The 30-year long reign of terror finally ended victoriously in May 2009, when Sri Lanka Army defeated them militarily. On 19th May 2009, the valiant soldiers of 53 Division led by Major General Kamal Gunaratne, killed the Leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran and many of his senior leadership, on the battlefield at Nandikadal Lagoon. This marked the end of terrorism in Sri Lanka and brought with it, a great sense of relief to each and every peace loving citizen of this island nation.

    The author, Major General Kamal Gunaratne was a soldier and an infantryman who led the war from the forefront and was actively engaged in battles from its inception to the very end. Based on first hand experiences and insights gained through the multitude of roles and responsibilities held over the years from tactical to strategic level, the author shares his journey from Thirunaveli in 1983 to Nandikadal in 2009.

    It is the true story of defeating terrorism and bringing eternal peace to Sri Lanka.

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    …..In the Sinhala psyche,the Mahavamsa takes precedence over Dhammapada…..

    Kamal Gunaratne,like innumerable others has been Brainwashed by the teachings of Anagarika Dharmapala who gave a new insight[?] and interpretation to the Dhamma!

    Is this book,a forerunner to make and place the Mahavamsa in the Foremost place in the proposed New Constitution?!
    Even Herman Hesse has been quoted to buttress the argument!

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    Plato, Anagarika Dharmapala the hero of these uneducated ignorant Sinhala-Bawuddhayas was a fraud. Read `Anagarika Arbudaya` published in 1905 (compiled by A.P.Gunasekera Abayaratne). Read some articles appeared in the `Sarasawi Sandaresa` of that era. If you read the Editorial of the 1906.10.06.issue of`Sinhala Bawuddhaya` you will understand that he founded his newspaper to attack theosophists – particularly Olcott with whom he fell out and bitterly hated for private reasons. If you further read some of his contributions to contemporary publications you will understand that he did not have a good knowledge of Buddhism! Dharmapala says: (1) ” … the Buddha offered to the world the pure Vedic Brahman Doctrine of Karma and Nirvana, and in the place of sensationalism and asceticism the doctrine of the Noble Eightfold Path..” (See Buddhist Vol.iv)! (2) ” .. Gauthama Buddha or Sakyamuni , taught that ignorance produces desire,unsatisfied desire is the cause of birth, and rebirth is the cause of sorrow. This is the same as the Brahamanical doctrine Chathurvyaha or the Four Noble Truths” ( Mahabodhi Journal Vol iii). So according to this Great Sinhala Bawuddhaya, the Buddha was indebted to Hindu teaching!Mr.Plato,If you read Prof Gananath Obeysekera on this subject he will enlighten you as to who this Dharmapala was. The man who mislead the Buddhists! That is why I say there are no Buddhists in Sri Lanka today. So called Sinhana Buddhists are a primitive tribe of tree and idol worshippers!

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      Diogenes:

      You idiot talk things you know very little. Christian/Catholic mentality has created many anti-christian/Catholics people. Western mentality has created many anti-western people from their own stock. Anagarika dharmapala was influenced by Madam blavatsky and Colonol Olcott.

      Do you know the transgender – american soldier who were sent to jial for life who became a traitor to the country. why ?

      Think the other side. Don’t talk like an idiot.

      Read the following;

      Anagarika Dharmapala (1864-1933) was a Buddhist modernist who deeply influenced the early development of Buddhism in the West. He also played a leading role in the revival of Buddhism in his native Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and other parts of Asia.

      Ceylon had been partly or entirely controlled by European nations since the early 16th century, and wherever European ships landed, Christian missionaries were not far behind. In 1796 control passed from the Dutch to the British, and Ceylon became a British colony. The British government encouraged the Christian missionaries to,open schools throughout the island to convert the people of Ceylon from Buddhism. By the mid-19th century, Buddhist institutions in Ceylon were fading, and the people were largely ignorant of the spiritual tradition of their ancestors.

      It was into this anglicized, Christianized Ceylon that Dharmapala was born.

      Dharmapala began life in 1864 as David Hewavitharane, a son of one of the wealthiest families in Colombo, and he was educated in the best British Christian academies in Ceylon.

      David Hewavitharane was only 16 when the spiritualist Madame Blavatsky and her companion, Henry Steel Olcott, arrived in Ceylon. The pair publicly took the refuges at a large temple in Galle. After centuries of being told by whites that Christianity was the superior religion, the “white Buddhists” were embraced by the people of Ceylon.

      Blavatsky and Olcott lit a fire in young Hewavitharane, and he soon fell into their orbit. The westerners had created a new religion by blending together elements of Asian traditions with big doses of western Transcendentalism and 19th century Orientalism, calling their beliefs”Theosophy.” Hewavitharane traveled with the pair, sometimes acting as translator. He worked with Olcott to establish Buddhist schools in Ceylon.

      During this time he renounced his English name and began to call himself Anagarika (“homeless one”) Dharmapala (“protector of the dharma”).

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        jim softy the dimwit serial plagiarist

        Here is the link:

        Anagarika Dharmapala
        Buddhist Revivalist and Modernist

        http://buddhism.about.com

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    “Soldiers who write war memoirs do not write falsehoods. But they don’t tell you the whole truth. They omit the inconvenient. War is too ugly and too brutal for the average human mind.”

    Well, after experiencing severe stress on the battlefield, one should not expect a soldier to be a novelist. Gothabaya was correct in trying to build houses for them, so they could get on with their lives. It is more constructive than putting them before war crimes tribunals like the UN wants.

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    Diogenes.

    Thanks.You have objectively analysed this pretender Anagarika Dharmapala.
    Prof:Gananath Obeysekera,our foremost Anthropologist had exposed him.
    But,Dharmapala remains revered in modern Srilanka,and almost every Town has a named after him.In the South,families garland his image and venerate his statue.His Facebook page proudly celebrates the baton of Buddhist[?] revivalism that he carried into the twentieth century!
    I wish Prof:Gananath was hero instead!

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    Sarath De Alwis:

    As you are a christian and is anti-sinhala buddhist, you read literature only help to convince your abarant mentality. They do the same thing to Burma and one day to Thailand too.

    Hybrid Wars and Color Revolutions : The US Could Manufacture A Mess In Myanmar

    Myanmar, which is by far the most susceptible of the entire bunch to Hybrid War. Truth be told, it`s been experiencing some form or another of Hybrid War since its independence in 1948, although this mostly took the form of Unconventional Warfare prior to 1988. From that point on, Color Revolutions were reversely integrated into the destabilization model there and offered as a solution to the world`s longest-running civil war, earning them the automatic support of the international (Western) community and lending them false normative justification in the eyes of the easily misled global masses.

    Myanmar functions as the ideal case study for examining Hybrid War in practice, and it`s more relevant in the current geopolitical climate than ever before. All of the pieces are in place for a violent explosion and the country is rife with asymmetrical risks to its stability. The reason that Myanmar is such a powder keg is because foreign actors have been conspiring against its unity since independence, wanting to exploit one or another peripheral ethnic group for their own particular purposes. The decades-long military government can`t avoid shouldering some of the responsibility for the country`s present woes, as it was unsuccessful in crafting an inclusive and lasting sense of nationhood, though to be fair, the challenge that it was confronted with was immense.
    As it stands, the Suu Kyi government intends to institutionalize the state`s internal divisions through the implementation of Identity Federalism, whereby each rebel-controlled and identity-dissimilar part of the country receives a high degree of sovereign `self-rule` over its internal affairs. This could essentially fracture the country and prevent it from ever functioning as an integrated unit again, although the primary beneficiaries of this externally imposed Balkanization would most assuredly be foreign (Western) resource companies and their affiliated state militaries, the latter of which are eager to use the forthcoming federalized statelets as `lily pads` to in their quest to `leapfrog` as close to China`s border as they can.

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      jim softy the dimwit plagiarist

      Hybrid Wars 7. How The US Could Manufacture A Mess In Myanmar (I)
      Tue, Oct 11, 2016

      By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

      Stupid softy

      http://orientalreview.org/2016/10/11/

      Here is the link to your intellectual property theft.

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      jim softy the dimwit serial plagiarist

      Here is the link:

      Anagarika Dharmapala
      Buddhist Revivalist and Modernist

      http://buddhism.about.com

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        N.V,
        Dim jimmy has discovered google and is showing off his borrowed feathers.He doesn’t know that google works in reverse too.

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          old codger

          Jim softy the dimwit might one day discover fire and wheel.

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      jim softy:

      “As it stands, the Suu Kyi government intends to institutionalize the state`s internal divisions through the implementation of Identity Federalism…”

      That is why the UN is a fan of Suu Kyi. She will divide the country with her policies. UN is always trying to divide countries; Palestine/Israel, former Yugoslavia, Indonesia/East Timor, etc. Syria is the latest project.

      “This could essentially fracture the country and prevent it from ever functioning as an integrated unit again, although the primary beneficiaries of this externally imposed Balkanization would most assuredly be foreign (Western) resource companies and their affiliated state militaries, the latter of which are eager to use the forthcoming federalized statelets as `lily pads` to in their quest to `leapfrog` as close to China`s border as they can.”

      That is correct. If the West can build a military base in Burma, it will be headache for China. Afterwards they’ll give Suu Kyi another Nobel Prize like they gave the war criminal Obama.

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    Many find Mahinda Rajapaksa the ideal leader of the Sinhala tribe. He manifests the malevolent ethnocentrism of that segment of the Sinhala community. Kamal Gooneratne personifies the urbane malignancy of that ethnocentric ethos.

    Chruistians Don’t like Ethnocentric nationalism.

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    If A fights with B honorably and face to face that is war. Humans were having wars since the beginning of the civilization.
    But if A hates B and in revenge , kills a completely irrelevant C , that is pure and simple coward TERRORism.
    Prabakaran was a common coward terrorist with bi polar affective disorder.
    Whoever helped my motherland to get rid of that plague is a hero. All the sinhalese , Tamils, Muslims who worked against him, and in that case even Ranil are heroes.

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    jim softy, you buffoon, I talk about things I know and have studied well. You may have come across a biography of Dharmapala written – by some ardent admirer like Bhikshu Sangharakshitha (1952)- with the aim of extolling his greatness to the skies. And you talk of Madame Blavatsky! What do you know about that adventurous Red Cow – a chain smoker and marijuana addict – who compelled Olcott to divorce his wife and come to live with him? And who wrote loads of drivel and performed various tricks and `jilmarts` to impress her followers? Have you heard of Leadbeater – another companion of Dharmapala – a notorious sex pervert ?If you do not know, read and learn. Do you believe that the Buddha was a plagiarist (like you) because your great hero Dharmapala has said so?

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      Diogenes

      If you could you should read this paper on the homeless public racist:

      Personal Identity and Cultural Crisis The Case of Anagarika Dharmapala of Sri Lanka

      by Prof Gananath Obeysekere

      in

      Religion and Reason 11, Method and Theory in the Study of Interpretation of Religion

      Edited by Frank E Reynolds and Donald Capps

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    Native Vedda, Thank you. I have read some writings of Prof. Gananath Obeysekera. Hope to get at a copy of the book soon. I can recommend Collin Wilson`s `The Occult` (2) `Misteries`.

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      Diogenes

      The book was published in 1976.

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    How many LTTE militants were killed/disappeared is here.

    http://white-flags.org/

    Kamal Gunaratne ignores these happenings.

    So does Sarath De Alwis.

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      Dear Justice,

      Thank you for reminding us that there is another side to all this. That little link you had given us took me to lots of things that we know happened. We must balance our relief with an understanding that wars are evil. Let us honour our soldiers, but never make out that the brutalities of war are heroic. It may be that Sarath de Alwis here ignores these sufferings, but I’m sure that he’s conscious of them.

      There were other great heroes of the war: those who, on both sides, worked for peace – at considerable risk from fanatics of their own side. I’m NOT referring here (or not referring primarily) to the NGO types.

      Arms manufacturers and dealers profit from wars. And yes, there are some peacemakers who also benefit from peacemaking. But those are aberrations. The true heroes are those who work patiently for peace now.

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    Sarath De Alwis and Kamal Gunaratne are Mango Friends.[Amba Yaluwo]

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    Defeating LTTE was not only a singhala buddhist only project. There were Muslims/Christians/Tamils and all people of Sri Lanka. The Majority wants to take credit for Action of all Sri Lankens.
    Without Pakistan/India/China/US/Britan giving support, LTTE would be still there.
    Also Ranil breaking the LTTE by getting Karuna out, halved the LTTE.
    This book is good for people with dim-mentality. MR finished what others have done before him. And Fonseka a tactically brillient soilder also needs mention.
    Even the Housemaids contributed by there hard earnd FX.

    Also why Prabakaran not answered.
    1. Majority genocide on Tamils in 1983 and before should be accepted, and correct action should be taken not to have this thing repeat again.
    2.Buddhist should know, Sri Lanka belongs to all, and when the British invaded the country, there was three kingdoms, independent of each other. for 300years .
    Dutch/Kandy/North.
    3.When Portugeese came there were three knigdoms: Kotte/North/Ruhuna.
    History always repeats it self

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