14 October, 2019

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A Tamil President In Sri Lanka

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

I am writing this article to find out whether the Sinhala-Buddhists in Sri Lanka would elect a well-educated, suave, Sinhala-speaking Tamil—someone similar to Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar—as our President in Sri Lanka.  Whence comes this hatred; this mistrust? To an outsider, most Sri Lankans—unless your ancestors had intimate relations with the Europeans—look the same: dark-haired, dark-skinned, talkative curry-munchers. Sri Lankans do not hide their racist and bigoted remarks. Some of my friends have told me that they do not want their children to marry African Americans, Tamils, or Muslims. We always label Whites as racists, but what about Sri-Lankans: the proud members of our Sinhala-Buddhist clan and the forever-suffering Sri Lankan Tamils? Once upon a time there were Tamil-Buddhists in Sri Lanka. If we were to find out that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ancestors were Tamil-Buddhists, would our BBS zealots continue to support him? Relax! Mahinda is not a Moses-like figure. He is not going to take the Tamils and cross the Indian Ocean and settle down in Tamil Nadu. We have killed our Sri Lankan Tamil Hitler; where is our Sri Lankan Tamil Obama?  Would the Sri Lankans who support African American Obama, support a Tamil Obama in Sri Lanka?

Until Obama was elected in 2008, I never thought an African American would be President here in the USA; my feelings were based on my own experience that I had had in the Midwest while doing my graduate studies.  In 1992, one of my friends made a facetious remark: She said to me, “You are a sand-nigger.” Two months ago, I was having dinner with my Sri Lankan friends. A middle-aged Caucasian woman who was sitting at the adjacent table said, “These Blacks are so loud.” Thanks to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, a dark-skinned Sri Lankan like myself can go to any restaurant here in the USA, but it does not mean that I would get the same treatment as Caucasians. So who is worse, the lady who called us Blacks or the Sinhalese who do not want their children to marry African Americans, Tamils, or Muslims? I will let you figure that out.

We have killed Prabhakaran, his wife, and his children—I hope Prabhakaran did not have any children out of wedlock, because I do not want to see a movie similar to Da Vinci Code in 4000 CE. We have killed Prabhakaran, but have we killed the dream of Elam? If you are a Tamil, would you say that you have given up the dream of Elam?  Based on the events in our history, can we blame the Tamils for dreaming of an Elam?  The good thing about this website is that you can be anonymous and express your virulent, blistering opinions openly and honestly. I do not mind your poor syntax, but be gentle with your diction; nobody is going to send a white van to pick you up. So don’t worry; say whatever that comes to your mind, but be gentle with your words. I do not know anything about you, but my ten-year-old son reads your comments to me.

Recently, the Tamils cashed a check: Tamils elected Tamil politicians who are not associated with the ruling party or the leading opposition party in Sri Lanka—Sinhala Buddhists are the majority in both parties. So, if we were to hold a referendum, would the Tamils in Sri Lanka say no to Elam?

I have the luxury of asking questions because I do not live in Sri Lanka. I sincerely understand that people are scared to ask questions. Not only the hoi polloi but also our ex-ambassadors and intellectuals who live in Sri Lanka are scared, especially of the bogeyman that sends white vans to pick them up. People would openly mention names of virulent monks such as Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara thero, but they would not openly accuse Gotabhaya Rajapakse, let alone Mahinda Rajapaksa, even when they firmly believe and convinced that Gotabaya Rajapakse is the person who is behind their miseries and privation: Gotabaya Rajapakse, the man who can make you disappear in a jiffy. God, what has happened to our country? The current regime would have given Navi Pillay their white van treatment if they could have gotten away with it. Only the hapless get the white van treatment in Sri Lanka. I salute Navi Pillay for her courageous spirit. If I were Navi Pillay, I would come to the following conclusion: The current regime will always pretend to cooperate while using henchman to ridicule me—you can hire a henchman in Sri Lanka for less than ten dollars a day; all you need to do is to give them a bottle of local liquor and a packet of rice and curry, and they will even curse their own mothers and their children while eating milk-rice. I think our artists have to figure out a way to make fun of these untouchables in Sri Lanka: What is common to all dictators is that they hate parody, because they think it makes them appear namby-pamby.

When you read or listen to people, pay attention to what they avoid. They have a tendency to circumambulate and avoid mentioning certain names and events. Basically when people talk, they talk about four things; these are the Four Noble Truths of our verbal and oral communication: Ignorance, Malice, Pride, and Love.  When you read this article you will find that every statement that I have made comes under these four categories as well; every comment that you are going to make comes under the same four categories as well. If you were to combine pride and love, the Four Noble Truths of communication becomes the Holy Trinity of communication: Ignorance, Malice, and Pride.

My dear BBS zealots, stop treating our scurrilous politicians as if they were salvific figures, like the Buddha, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed. Dayasiri is a good example in our recent politics.  What Dayasiri did was an anathema to people who would sacrifice their lives to keep their promises. What was the impetus? Is it money or the greed for power? Our politicians would say anything to get votes. Mahinda Rajapaksa declared Prabhakaran a hero; Wigneswaran added another adjective and called Prabha, a mahaveera (a great hero). People do not sell their souls for nothing. Remember, Judas did it for 30 shillings.

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    Roshan,you are right.We are laughing and the world is laughing because you guys are whining,writing and speaking filth about your Budhist President, then all of you happily jog to the polling booth and VOTE for the same guy Mahinda you all just flung filth.
    Personally I don’t understand the mentality of you guys.Are you all scared.Looks like it?
    Thats the difference between the Tamils and the Singhalese.
    We continue to get the garbage and filth thrown at us by the so called Singhala Budhists of the great Mother Lanka and WE still stand straight
    and keep our faith even at the intimidation of the Army and GOSL.
    The resounding victory for TNA was a classic example of how united the Tamils are and how they have stuck to their desire to the Pursuit of Happiness from the mayhem dished out by the the rest of Sri Lanka.
    You guys will never change.Looks like the Tamils will change this scenario for themselves.
    Do you guys have a recipie for reconciliation?

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      I don’t think the Sri Lankan majority voted for this ass clown, the reason he could not with elections in the north was because it was strictly monitored by Foreign delegates and he could not rig the pols, if they do it in the south they will loose but Tell me this which ass clown can we vote in???? all are the same uneducated junk…. Sinhalese or Tamils Sri Lankans don’t have balls the Tamils put up with the LTTE for 30 years and the Sri Lankan’s put up with this kinda ASS CLOWN LEADERS FOR 63 YEARS NO ONE stands up for justice he who does will be ridiculed…Sri Lanka is Rawanas country…..

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    It is sad to read all these comments.

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    I can not understand where is this world going…
    We are living in a dynamic world with changes happening all the time and people are moving constantly and culture, language, religion and traditions are changing as time passes by..

    Time is not a constant and from first man kind to know several thousand years have passed we are here discussing about short period of time span.

    None of us or our language or culture going to be forever, one thing is for certain all of us are human and non of us are going to live for ever.

    Sri Lankan is a small island surrounded by sea and we need to take care of each and other the land is same if we call Ceylon, Sri Lanka or

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      if the posting here is sample opinion of Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalease LIVING IN SRI LANKA then the country is in deep shit

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        Since these are more like the opinions of frustrated LTTE diaspora coolies Sri Lanka has little to worry about :-)

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          and also coolies paid by Mahinda

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    Dude JimSofty

    Speaking at the UN in Tamil?????? or Sinhala??? Listen man you are sales guy and your customer speaks only English what you goner do??? blow deal out or speak the English you can…man the world does not care for Sri Lanka exists or not. We can be so proud, but then we should not beg for money, we go and beg for AID and then blast the people who gives us AiD. Simply its like getting bank loan from bank, we cant get loans on out terms its on the banks terms. when we don’t pay back they have the right to come after us as the foreign countries are doing to us so don’t freaking say they have no rite they have because mahinda has sold 2/3 sri lanka to the foreigners. what kinda idiots do you think people are maybe Sri lankans are idiots but certainly not the world. And dude seriously you still stand with mahinda???? after all he has done you must look for your brain…

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      Rohan:

      You are just braying.

      what is your point ?

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        If you got the point we will not be speaking about this in the 1st place…60 years now still you don’t get the point…..the dark side is you will never get the point

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    Hi boy, Sinhala Buddhists, Tamils, Muslims and others all came to Sri lanka rather Ceylon from outside but the proper and original natives are the Vathdas. So its very silly for the Sinhalese to say its their country. Its the country for all those live in it but not for one community as how the BBS, JHU, etc claim.

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      It is a Sinhala buddhist country.

      Minorities are treated fairly. but, minorities can not question the majority.

      that should be the basis.

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      Muslims in SL are overhwlmingly of Tamil and Singhala stock with much more of the former than the later. The Arab genetic input is very minor, quite clearly seen in the phenotype of SL Muslims.

      The Veddas too came from Southern India but obviously they were most likely the 1st humans to colonise SL.

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        PalmSquirrell

        “The Veddas too came from Southern India but obviously they were most likely the 1st humans to colonise SL.”

        The difference between my people and yours is that we walked all the way from where we started but Tamils/Sinhalese came by Kallathonies.

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          You may have walked or may have taken rafts or done both; all a moot point though as what difference does it make if you walk or take a raft.

          Australian Aborigines crossed over into Australia from the Indonesian Archipeligo and Papua New Guinea in rafts about 40-60,000 years BP , so does that somehow diminish their Aboriginal status.

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    Well well-

    The great Mahinda speaks in Tamil at the UN and the brigadier chases the Tamil people of the vanni away from seing Prabakaran’s bunker.

    And pray tell brigadier- Was it your army party that stood for elections in the vanni?
    what did you do for the Tamils of the Vanni?

    There are 2 kinds of Tourists in SL driving to the north.

    1.Singhala Budhist Tourists.
    2.Singhala Christian Tourists.

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    There are many eminent and suitable tamils around even now who would make an excellent President. But, are we as a nation up to electing one purely on suitability? If we are i could name one.Might be the best option to unite the nation

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    I’m a muslim and i’m dead against extremists. No not the BBS but our own idiots who think and preach the religion with false ideology’s. in order to right the wrongs of the political system we must first lawfully stop the so called Muslim Congress, Jathika hella urumaya, and all other racially segregated political parties. Racism is a cause of lack of stability and understanding the basis of public discipline. E.G. look at the world around you, people with racist ideology is mostly people with less than average self sustainability or lack education and exposure to people of the different cultures and traditions. i find it interesting that ppl with similar difficulties still help each no matter the race. i’ve seen this happen plenty of times. because racism is formed out of jealousy and provoked by a third party

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      did you right anything about Taliban extrimist distry Budu Pilima In Afganistan,If you did Thank you.

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    Dear moderator
    Can you please remove this very inappropriate and offensive comment by Ela kolla? The bigotry displayed by this individual should not be tolerated under any circumstances. Thank you.

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    Actually come to think of it – please leave Ela Kolla’s comments as a proven record of the unfortunate stupidity of racists..its hilarious! Ela Kolla – I’ll do you a favor and look for a decent NGO who offers courses in non-violent and anti-racist communication. You are in clear need of some education along with some psychiatric help. There is no shame in the latter, but please, please educate yourself and learn to behave in a respectable manner. You are a disgrace to Sri Lanka and to the rest of the world.

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      Get lost you bloody Marie, [Edited out]
      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      Dear Marie,

      While we may not like Ela Kollas comments, as not conforming to the current “civilized ethics and etiquette”, nevertheless it is relevant in the sense that that shows the diversity of the readership and their thoughts. The ideas will prevail or die on its own merits.

      We do not want the situation that prevailed during the inquisition, anything not conforming to the Church doctrine is blocked, put on the index, and the “guilty” , barbecued. The Talibans and Wahhabis also want to do the same.

      In the meantime, the Earth spins and goes around the Sun, showing phases of Venus, and the transit of Venus and Mercury.

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    Please stop comparing hell with Sri Lanka. In hell the president is the devil. In Sri lanka the president is????

    Obama is not an african american he is a Kenyan American from a feudal aristocratic background and the american establishment will NEVER allow an african american or a native american to be president because they do not speak the american language. An immigrant kenyan aristocrat of course speaks the right language and has the right values that will enable him to kill people all over the world.

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    When I visited Mauritius, I noticed at the muaseum that Ellapola had signed the Kandyian Convention in Tamil

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    Dr. Jagath Asoka, where did you get your Doc.

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    Many centuries back Sri Lankan people (Sinhalese), selected a Tamil King (Kannasamy) as our King. So Sinhalese have shown their good qualities before Americans. This fact is more than enough to neutralize your argument, dear friend.

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    I didn’t read your write-up till end as it was going to be an utter waste of time. My simple answer to your mind ‘boggling question’ is that no American, whether imported or original, be it White, Black or Red of any faith or race ever asked to divide America. But some of the Tamils do. That’s the difference. Hope you got that.

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    first of all let me know whether any tamil will vote for a sinhalese president or MP. We sinhalese always love and respect even a foreigner if he loves sri lanka. eg.kadiragamer, olcott, buddha,s mahinda thera.clarke.

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      of course Tamils have voted for UNP and SLFP.

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      Pete you are questioning whether a Tamil will vote for a Sinhala President? Why, have they not voted in the past? After the Tamils voting the Sinhalese, what did the Tamils get? Nothing. Only the Tamils have been systematically effaced from Govt Registers of Jobs and relegated to second class citizens.

      I believe rightfully Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan should have been the first PM and not DS Senanayake. After all Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan was a Barrister who did a lot for the Sinhalese more than DS did. He was more intelligent and educated than DS and Banda. Today this country is reaping what they sowed then.

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    It really does not matter whether we have a Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim as our President or Defense Minister as long as they carry out their duties without prejudice.I am a Jaffna Tamil Surgeon, currently in US but served in Sinhalese region in the past. I did not give into racial bias, however a Sinhalese Surgeon who worked with me in the same hospital regrettably treated the Indian Estate Tamil brethren like pieces of garbage.Why cannot each of us do our job devoid of racial bias? Politicians, Educators and Religious Leaders should have a strict code of Ethics to be adhered to or rather delve into their own conscience as basic human beings when they deviate from acceptable norms.

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      Ragavan

      “however a Sinhalese Surgeon who worked with me in the same hospital regrettably treated the Indian Estate Tamil brethren like pieces of garbage.”

      I am sure as a man from Jaffna castista society you too would have treated the Indian Estate Tamils worst than garbage.

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    It is 64 yrars since independance and the Tamils have suffered terrible atricities at the hands of Racist Sinhalese majority. There was never a willingness to grant the Tamils any rights and any one who played the race card was guraranteed of the top Job
    SWRD
    JR
    MR
    Any one who talked of granting the Tamils even basic rights was cast in the wilderness.

    Ranil

    Reading the comments it is obvious that the mere talk of having a Tamil as a President or Prime Minister sends the shock waves through the heads of 99.9 % Sinhalese and now if any one needed proof of why LTTE came in to being now you know. The only reason Kathirgarmar played second fiddle was because of he was Tamil even though he was married to a Sinhalese Pu..y.
    The talk of the Tamils living with the Sinhalese as equal citizens will never work . So let us face it we are justified in asking for a Seperate State and we are parting company. It is better late than never and the Election of the Nothern Assembly is the first step to Tamil Eelam and there is no force in the World that can stop it.

    Adios Amigos ( Good Bye)

    Ela Kola ( who speaks for the Majority ) is the majority judging from the number of comments 99%
    Jim Sooty who lives in Mile End East End of London and the rest.

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    Dr.Asoka,

    Well done mate you have created history. You have now entered the Guiness Book Of Records for having received the highest number of Comments ( Negative) for a Topic.
    I will be writing to the Guiness Book Of Records to enter your name.

    Topic:

    DO THE TAMILS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BECOME LEADER OF SINHALA LANKA.

    99.9% NO

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    Hey, people,
    It’s not only buddhists monks who are abusing children. Look at Vatican, the priests there screws young boys. The priests like Matthew Pieris screws church women, Pusaris does the same so does the Mullas doing the camels, h
    Goats. Yes the question asked is why did you kill Lakshman Kadiragama? You call Sinhhala Govigama Modayas, and what about Demala [Edited out]? Yes Ponnadurai became [Edited out] when he embraced Sinhala. Until independence this country was ruled by foreigners. They screwed [Edited out] and gave the bible to embrace of get screwed or killed. Singhala Buddhist did not yield and hence deprived of English schools, better jobs etc.
    The cowards embraced Christianity and that’s how it all changed.
    Why in Jaffna you don’t allow low caste Tamil to drink water from a high caste Tamils well?
    Why the low caste fisher mans caste , smuggling Ponnadurai prabakarans could not join high caste Tamils?
    Studies these [Edited out].

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    I can speak many languages including Sinhala.
    I will be the President one day; it is my determination/confidence/ ability!!

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    Sakath Asoka [Edited out]!

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    The day of reckoning is not far away. Martin Luther King Jnr. had a dream which took 40- 50 years to realize. Unless Sri Lanka comes to terms with justice and truth as one Nation and make amends for the
    multitudes of atrocities committed against it’s own citizens no amount of promises made to protect it’s main religion and patriotic slogans will absolve us from guilt. It is well to remember that God’s justice will be accomplished for God hears the prayers of the poor and the oppressed. All politicians must remember that there is a spiritual dimension in politics. They cannot fool all the people all the while.
    There is a supernatural Legislator and we cannot fool Him.
    “Every prospect pleases but only the man, nay(politician) is vile.”

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    We ar
    Le
    le in a global village but SL community still brain-washed by racism, religion fundamentalism, caste etcetera. I. have accusations of the politicians since ’56 today’s & the Constitutions made in 1972 and 1978.
    I was happened to rea a letter from a USA Housing Agencyo to an applicant. Its foot – note says thus.
    “…….. does not discriminate directly or indirectly on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability. Or familial status. in the admission or access to. …….

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    See how Obama has helped all the poor who helped him to come to power.

    This idiot talks BS.

    ” To say that no one believes in Obama’s recovery would be a gross understatement. Obama supporters feel duped, misled, and despondent. Obama is not the agent of change they’d hoped for. He’s expanded the wars, slashed vital safety net programs, exonerated Wall Street criminals, and continued the vicious attack on civil liberties. He’s done everything in his power to boost the profits of the big corporations and banks, but hasn’t lifted a finger to help ordinary working people.”

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    Very good idea.we are not lucky enogh to have patritic person like Lakshman Kadiragamar.He love his country and he did exselant service during the LTTE.I know he can do better than rajapaksa idiots.

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    It is a Very good idea. We are not lucky enough to have patriotic person like Lakshman Kadiragamar. He loves his country and he did excellent service during the LTTE.I know he can do better than rajapaksa idiots.

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    No body could recreate history,No body can recreate the similar situations to do things as everything is gone with the passage of time.

    Prince Siddhartha was a born Hindu;parents Mahamaya and Suddhodana were royals and were Hindus. Still Hindus are a majority in India.

    Father did not hate his son Siddhartha for doing something more in trying to invent another religion to find a better consolation for the common man;neither Siddharha hated his parents for still being hindus.

    Tamils are mostly Hindus in Sri lanka;Buddhists too are following the religion of the royal son Buddhism ; Why then this calamity?.No one is greater; both sides are equal.Should not have any hard feelings against the other.

    All nonsense;Is not it? All of us are humans;we can read ,write,express and understand the nature and what the others say

    We both sectors of followers have to live like family members if we are true Buddhists or Hindus

    Then Sinhala Catholics; They are our own Sinhalese brethren who were compelled to accept a religion forced opn them by the then invaders of our beloved motherland; but today no one is there to openly say it due to political affiliations or attachment to the religion they inherited from their parents.They do not like to let down their own side.That’s an entitlement for every human being; or even for any living being.

    Then the Muslim traders; all men married the local women.Offsprings are Muslims.We should make all male off springs Muslim and all offspring women Buddhists; then there will be no problem in wearing the Perda for the women who were born in Sri lanka to wear a foreign attire.Muslims living in Sri lanka should not bring Arabian culture and try to monopolize it in every sphere,such as schools and other public places.It should be allowed only for foreign tourists fro Iran,Saudi arabia etc.Tolerance of the Sinhalese should not be under estimated.

    Sri lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country before 1505 A.D. Let the other nationals or followers of other faiths live amicably with the Sinhala Buddhists here after.

    Sinhalese Buddhists have only Sri lanka to claim as their mother land.Others have their own countries as India(Tamilnadu) and arab countries as their motherlands.We Sinhalese majority will never treat them as second class citizens but they have to realize that we do not have another country to ask for help in case you tamil and muslim brethren try to be too smart with us or to over power us. Let us call ourselves as Sri lankans and thereafter in the National Identity Card leave out the classification Sinhahalese,Tamil,Muslim,Hindu,Buddhist,Muslim etc. etc.

    We the common people with a little common sense will work it out.
    leaving politicians to fly kites.

    This is what’s prevailing in USA,UK,Australia and in most of the developed countries in the so called west.They are so much developed because of this unity.They really follow the Buddhism but do not preach 24 hours a day like in Sri lanka.

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    that woman at the table could have been an Iranian jew or a muslim from Israel ,maybe that death widow from England

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    No sense blowing up the bunker. It was a money for the Sinhala Government from the local tourists.

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