25 October, 2020

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A Way Out Of The Ethnic Imbroglio

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

For several weeks the emphasis in regard to the ethnic problem has been placed on the setting up of four institutions beginning with the one to deal with missing persons. All four have to do with the past, not with the future. But for long it has been axiomatic that our future requires as an essential imperative the finding of a political solution for the ethnic problem. Strangely, nothing is heard about that these days. The situation seems to be identical with what prevailed under the last Government from 2009 to 2015 when the question of a political solution was in practice put into abeyance. The probable reason for the present government adopting the same strategy is identical: the difficulty, may be the practical impossibility, of finding a political solution on the basis of 13 A.

Therefore to find a way out of the imbroglio we have to go outside the framework of 13 A. For this purpose we should first take count of what seem to be the fundamentals of the ethnic problem. The fact that we have had a quarter century of war at a cost of a hundred thousand dead might suggest that what we have on our hands is a deeply intractable problem. In a recent article on the Partition of India I have suggested in the brief concluding paragraph that the war was a contingent development, not the inexorable working out of historic forces – not of irreconcilable Sinhalese-Tamil hostility and so on. The war was set off by the State terrorism of the period 1977 to 1983, which was most certainly not inevitable. We must bear in mind a fact of supreme importance: there were no ethnic riots from 1958 to 1977, not even one, but just three weeks after President JR assumed power riots took place with one hundred to three hundred Tamils being killed. The State terrorism was the consequence of the fact that JR was a man of blood, in Eric Fromm’s terms a death-driven necrophiliac. The war was therefore the result of the contingent and the fortuitous, not of inexorable historic forces. We can now look forward to establishing the political solution that was available to us in 1977.

I believe that the foreign presence in our ethnic problem has been far too intrusive. The Indian presence in it has been legitimate: the fall-out in Tamil Nadu of what is done to Tamils here is of legitimate concern to Delhi. But Rajiv Gandhi’s intervention of 1987 though well meant went horribly wrong. It is worth reiterating – even endlessly reiterating – that there was no imperialist intent behind that intervention: otherwise we cannot explain the withdrawal of Indian troops with nothing, absolutely nothing, to show for the 1,200 IPKF men who were killed here. All the same, I believe that the Tamil Nadu/Delhi factor is proving to be harmful to our Tamils. They know that if not for that factor there will be no Tamil ethnic problem in Sri Lanka today, but they seem to be giving it excessive importance. That factor certainly means that there will be no further necrophiliac pogrom as in 1983: we can be sure that there will be quick Indian intervention, with solid international backing, to stop it. That does not however mean that India will back our Tamils in any and every one of their demands. I believe that India couldl come to recognize that devolution on an ethnic basis will be the worst fate that can befall this unfortunate country. It could come to recognize alternatives that are just and feasible.

I seem to have been under-estimating the US factor in our ethnic problem, seeing the US as not much more than an auxiliary of India. Probably the US will give primacy of place to India over our ethnic problem if India insists, but otherwise it would want also to play its own independent role, strutting about and kicking people about in its avatar of sole super- power. India however is in desperate need of the US as an ally to contain China, its historic ally Russia being too preoccupied with its near abroad and the Middle East to have much time for South Asia: India has therefore to allow some leeway for the US in Sri Lanka. An important point is that we are today witnessing the American Empire in its decrepitude. Chalmers Johnson in his The Sorrows of Empire points out that the Americans are today the practitioners of a new form of empire, an empire of bases. I believe that the reason for this is that though the US has the power to blow up the globe several times over it doesn’t have the power to dominate the peoples of the globe, and therefore it has to satisfy itself with a so-called empire of bases. Also relevant for the purposes of this article is the observation of Emmanuel Todd in his After Empire that since the American Empire in its decrepitude cannot take on the big powers it harasses negligible powers like Iraq and Iran pretending that they pose grave threats to the rest of the world. As part of the same strategy the US has fostered the myth of universal terrorism, according to which it led the world’s counter-attack against terrorism in as many as sixty countries. The UNHRC Resolution of last year, behind which the main driving force was the US, might also be explained in terms of the syndrome I am outlining here: Sri Lanka a small powerless country is being harassed. That Resolution promotes a spirit of vengefulness, not of reconciliation, and instead of meliorating the ethnic problem it serves to aggravate it. But it projects the image of the US as a mighty super power that has the power to intervene here, there, and everywhere to build a better world. I think it is time for our Indian friends to tell our American friends to lay off Sri Lanka’s ethnic problem for a while.

I have never had the slightest doubt that Norway was impelled by nothing but the noblest motives in playing a leading role in the peace process. An incapacity for gratitude where gratitude is due does not speak well for the moral quality of a nation. We will do well to bear in mind that Norway retained the explicit and total confidence of India and all the others involved in the peace process right to the end. But, except for India, they were tragically mistaken about the LTTE. Arguably they helped prolong the war by fostering the myth of the military invincibility of the LTTE, and failed to understand that the LTTE was never sincere about reaching a political solution – something that was well grasped by India, which significantly did not want to be a Co-Chair.
On the whole therefore foreign helpfulness over our ethnic problem has not helped but hindered. It is time for foreigners to stop breathing down our necks all the time and allow us to find our own equilibrium where their helpfulness has too often promoted disequilibrium. It is time for India to tell our Tamils to stew for a while – I won’t be surprised if that indeed is India’s present strategy because we don’t hear anything about our Government being pressured to get going towards a political solution. The way out of the ethnic imbroglio cannot be through devolution on an ethnic basis, as I have argued earlier. The best option would be through a fully functioning democracy together with safeguards against discrimination towards the minorities as in the West. But there is also another option to be considered.

One of my Tamil readers has pointed out that one of the attractions of 13 A is that it enables the appointment of Tamils to the administrative structure in the North and East. If 13 A has to be jettisoned, an alternative might be a system of proportional representation in the State sector: thirty per cent or whatever to be reserved for minorities in the Cabinet, Parliament, the Judiciary, the Administration, the Police Force, the Armed Forces, and the entire gamut of the state sector. I believe that something like a system of proportional representation was tried out in Lebanon, and it did provide a high degree of ethnic stability for several decades. I don’t know whether that will be feasible in Sri Lanka, but some objections spring to mind. At present the minorities are heavily under-represented in the State and the system proposed might amount to what has been called “positive discrimination” and “affirmative action”, which in the US and India has proved to be more harmful than beneficial in the long run. I don’t know whether that and similar objections would apply to what my Tamil reader has in mind.

However my basic objection to his proposal is that it places a heavy emphasis on ethnic identities. Both the Sinhalese and the Tamils are intensely racist people – as I have found to my cost – for which reason I cannot believe that any political system based on ethnic identity is going to work smoothly here. It is more likely to aggravate the problem. But we did show a capacity to transcend our identities when several decades ago we had a smoothly functioning democracy and a relatively high degree of ethnic harmony. In the changed context of today we need to bolster a fully functioning democracy with safeguards for minority interests as in the West. I don’t see any reason why that model should not succeed here as well, provided we are in earnest about it. A probable desideratum for that success is that foreigners should leave us alone for some time.

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    Rajash and Backlash learn from the masterly use of the English language by the writer, even though the ideas expressed are obviously way beyond your comprehension.

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      Bandula Senanayake:-
      It is not the fault of Rajash and Backlash, that their English and Comprehension are not up to Standard!

      Blame it on the Correct Reason; The Unfortunate Introduction of Sinhala Only and Tamil Also, and the Birth of the SLFP and Ape Aanduva!

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        Hamlet
        “Bandula Senanayake:- It is not the fault of Rajash and Backlash, that their English and Comprehension are not up to Standard! “

        Hamlet and Bandula I can assure you that my command of English language is much better than combined knowledge and command of you two.

        Please speak for yourself

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          Rajash

          Do you wear panties or jog straps?

          What a mee haraka you are.

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            Dankottuwa Manike
            Rajash :Do you wear panties or jog straps?

            neither:I wear Komanam.

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              Rajash

              You are best fitted for a G String.

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                Rajash You are best fitted for a G String.

                You mean you have tried it out ….recommending it?

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                  Rajash

                  Search in the Google and order the best that fits you.

                  For your info. my underwears are not men’s and it is surprising you did not know G-Strings.

                  You are a big fart and it stinks all over.

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                    Dankottuwa Manike
                    “it is surprising you did not know G-Strings”

                    Komanam is a G-String

                    one need to tie a string around the waist
                    then tuck the Komanam.

                    The west improvised on the Komanam and call it G-string

                    “You are a big fart and it stinks all over. “
                    you seems to like my fart.Must be smelling sweet for you.
                    anything will smell sweet for people living in the gutter

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                      rajash

                      ‘anything will smell sweet for people living in the gutte’- What did you smell in Jaffna? Chimmikki?

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          what matters is not English but the contents.. please focus on that not self proclaiming about your knowledge- that is simply primitive

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            is not English but the contents..””

            hear hear,
            By definition a free press provides the worst of the content, coverage.
            Expect Peculiarity from all and sundry.free press.

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        Do you know that JR was a FREEMASON????? He was a FREEMASON, and this is a secret evil society that created by the JEWS to prepare the world for the oncoming NWO (New World Order) under which all the NON-Jewish world population will be decimated and destroyed bringing the world population to a mere 500 million (There’s no guarantee on this) from 7.5 billion people who are NON -JEWS (GOYIM/Gentiles)

        They managed to infiltrate into all religions and countries and their society and the political order to implement deceptively, a PRO-JEWISH, PRO-ISRAELI mindset and of course ISLAMOPHOBIC ones too. We saw that in our country many many times from 1915 to the present days.

        The Sri Lankan state from the 1956 dumb Sinhala Only revolution on par with the JEWISH RACISTIC dieas implemented and it was carried forward till today

        That is why the the Terror outfits created by the Mossad/CIA/MI6 is still functioning and running smoothly without any HINDRANCE from any quarters of the state and the law enforcement that should have been carried out against them for their open crimes. They are for the moment UN-STOPPABLE and UN-TOUCHABLE. Because, the Jews managed to transform the Buddhist religious system and their leaders into a huge RACIST BLOCK that stands only for CRIMES (Genoocide, WAR, Discrimination, Looting, State Terror, Mass Murder and Muck Headedness).

        Gota and Mahinda caused immense damage to the country (Mass Murder/Looting of treasury/Racism etc., etc) but have not been still booked for any of their OPEN CRIMES even though there are ample evidences and proofs are available, is for the simple reason that they are part of the SINHALA ONLY State Terror team and will be left free to live. That’s the humanity of the SINHALA ONLY system, the deep state that is destroying the country into bits and pieces.

        For the future of the nation, the slavery to the Israeli/US system by the Sinhala Only creeps, has done immense damage as the evil Jews would have eyed to set up a joint NATO base in the North to counter the SOUTH CHINA SEA issue that is going on between the regional Super powers (China/Russian alliance) at the moment.

        So, the road of the Israeli/US evil creeping into the country was made possible by the local agents in the likes of JHU/BBS/Gota-Mahinda axis. The colossal 45 Billions of Dollars borrowed by the corrupt regimes throughout a span of 40 years that began with JR upto Mahinda is a MARK OF THE SALE of the land to the Jewish Banksters in NEW YORK/LONDON/TEL AVIV.

        Don’t we see more Buddhist organisations, politicians, business parties joining with Israel to have a more friendly relationship??? We do. American stooge Gota is a powerful Mossad agent who went to a great length in imposing every rule and guidance of the Mossad/CIA covert operations in the country from the WAR, Looting of properties, Mass Murder, MK ULTRA MIND control techniques been used to misinform the general public, ARMS dealings (Most illegal Arms dealers in the world are being Jews) and Islamophobia (The WAR ON ISLAM) to appease the Jews for their support rendered towards these criminals.

        We can see in another 2-3 years time, the US establishing a military base in the North covering the TRINCO harbour given on a Golden platter by the ever loyal Sinhala Only creeps (BBS/JHU/Mahinda-GOta, Buddhist Organisation that believes in the Anagarika philosophy in making the country’s own minorities the enemies and the real enemy US/UK/Israeli evil axis the friends and ally).

        Count the days, all writings in the wall is heading towards that reality. That’s why we see unceasing waves of Anti-Islamic propaganda still going on deeply in the state and private media and in the social circles. Because, these treacherous Sinhala Only team needs an enemy bogeyman to keep the Sinhala’s busy fighting eternally and to keep them totally distracted from the real historical enemy British/US/Israeli Jewish system.

        Enjoy the oncoming disaster made possible by the Sinhala Zionist media, Buddhist Racist groups, Buddhist Racist Politicians.

        But, the general Buddhist population, the bulk of them are unaware of these whole thing as they do not have the capacity in their brain to go beyond the propaganda unleashed by the deep state politicians and its support system in the Sinhala media.

        Russian and Chinese geo political security will become a big issue when the Jews are able to add another strategic Military Base in the Island in addition to the 250 plus (UN/NATO) bases all over the world.

        Destruction begins from then onwards…….

        To educate yourselves with a sharp intelligence….PLEASE WATCH the following……

        1.WORLDWIDE ZIONIST DOMINATION – Christopher Jon Bjerknes
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhhqkyWa4dw

        2.The Zionist Matrix of Power – Full Documentary
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byCuGXr42M0

        3. Crypto-Jewish Infiltration
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JinYHie5Eg

        4. WAR ON HEALTH – Gary Null’s documentary exposing the FDA
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0CQrL5nzwo

        5. Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines Movie dire
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1m3TjokVU4

        6. Agenda 21 The Depopulation Agenda For a New World Order
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MQlIpJ2lmM

        7. What’s Really In Vaccines? Mercury, MSG, Formaldehyde, Aluminum the shocking truth!
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kiUgJAxAZ0 8. Vaccines-The True Weapons Of Mass Destruction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WoMps4Pmpo

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          It’s time for your medication….

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            Sven Le Grande ,

            Yeah, YEAH…we don’t use your Jewish Pharmaceuticals anymore. Truth is hurting very badly….yeah???

            YOU MUST guide your psychopath MONSTERS in the likes of Netanyahu, Rothschilds, Bill Gates, George Soros, Brazinsky and the ever evil Kissinger some of your medicines as these bastards want more of the Gentile deaths…..

            And yeah, do not forget your suppository capsule that Obama has in his pants with the two hanging brownies.

            THE PLANNED ANNIHILATION OF THE GENTILE RACES BY THE JEWS.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei2cXhLBx_A

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        Hamlet

        Who Started Vishaka, Ananda and Nalanda Schools? Christians! Not Buddhists!

        https://www.facebook.com/MaithriYugayak/videos/1712867698983709/

        CBK is describing the actions of Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists” in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

        Expose, Expose and expose the Para-Sinhala and the other Paras from India, Hindia, Baharat.

        Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

        Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

        http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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      “Rajash and Backlash learn from the masterly use of the English language by the writer, even though the ideas expressed are obviously way beyond your comprehension. “

      Bandula Senanayake
      I think you are trying to speak for your self without admitting it.
      when you say “…way beyond your comprehension”

      you were meant to write “…way beyond my comprehension”

      “…learn from the masterly use of the English “
      I wouldn’t say masterly use of English. he writes ok

      but lets look at the content = nothing new here
      just repeating over and over again (cut and paste) from his numerous previous blogs

      I accept that he is an octogenarian with a lot of time in his hands

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      Izeth Hussain

      “Therefore to find a way out of the imbroglio we have to go outside the framework of 13 A. For this purpose we should first take count of what seem to be the fundamentals of the ethnic problem. “

      “The fact that we have had a quarter century of war at a cost of a hundred thousand dead might suggest that what we have on our hands is a deeply intractable problem.”

      Thanks. Yes, we have an intractable problem that must be expose, because the Problem has its roots in Myths, not fact. What is it? The Para-Problem, the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil Problem.

      If Lanka can get the Indians to accept the old Paras back, to Bihar, Orissa and Tamil Nadu, the Land of Native Veddah Aettho, will be very peaceful and pristine.

      The problem is there because the Para-Sinhala “Buddhists” believe that they are not Paraa, Foreigners, whereas the others are Paras, Foreigners, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      The fact is that the Para-Sinhala Buddhists are Paras too, along with the others and their Religions. Please expose this fact.

      Support is given below.

      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations.

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

      The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

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      Bandula Senanayake

      “Rajash and Backlash learn from the masterly use of the English language by the writer, even though the ideas expressed are obviously way beyond your comprehension.”

      Yes. They certainly need comprehension training.

      The average IQ is 79. Are the IQ’s of Tamils bi-modally distributed? Are their IQ’s in the mode closer to the origin?

      Now getting a better understanding of the bimodal IQ distribution of the Tamils, as published in CT.

      The Story Of Two Graphs drawn by A Tamil Man: By Mahesan Niranjan Onion Prices and Tamil IQ Distributions

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/

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        Amarasiri
        “Yes. They certainly need comprehension training. “

        you need basic training in English language
        now repeat after me
        A for Apple

        let me know when you are ready for B

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          Bandula character is a ds senanayaka rouge from government service

          The issue even with izeth hussain is the same as with most post is that they have no idea of the meaning of words but piously construct sentences.

          “take care pennies and the pounds take of themselves”?

          remember lankans have not won a booker prize.

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          Never ending farts of Rajash.

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            Dankottuwa Manike ,

            LGBT – lanakawe gay boys town??

            Parippu, parippu , are good for your heart!
            The more you eat, the more you fart!
            The more you fart, the better you feel,
            So have more parippu for every meal!

            (un promotes pulses.)

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              Is that why our Namboodiri abandoned the Kerala, South Indian Mysoor Paruppoos and took marriage partners within the Lankawe Beef Biryani circle?

              These days it seems the bald heads are marketing the Beef Biriyani to Old King and the Namboothiris.

              Old king also burned his hand by literally serving Kerala Namboothiris’ Palappam to New King. The New King became a Judas and took 30 silver from the West.

              Old King said he is brought up with only Amappanththoodai Kurakkan Kazhi. That is why,he said, though he took UNSG in 2009 to Dalada Maligawe’s matinee show, he gave UNHRC High Commissioner Navi Pillay Kurakkan Kazhi when she visited Lankawe. She jumped up and down like one stepped on a fire cinder.

              Anyway after eating the bald heads’ beef Biryani, our Namboothiri has been turned to be good Wedamahatha.

              Hey Namboodiri Congratulations! Keep up your prescription to all Namboodiris.

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                Mallaiyuran ,
                you still got a few hairs I suppose so??

                your stuff is too bald and stale and in any case what a harangue

                Biryani needs Saffron and Spain is expensive but Iran Afghanistan.

                Fragrant Rice from Thailand.

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            Dankottuwa Manike
            “Never ending farts of Rajash. “

            you keep them smelling them. Must be sweet farts for you.

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          Rajash or Rajash,

          Try to get to the mode away from the origin, in the Tamil bi-modal IQ distribution.

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-two-graphs-drawn-by-a-tamil-man/onioniqdistributions/

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    I partially agree and partially disagree with your views. Your statement “Both the Sinhalese and the Tamils are intensely racist people”
    Husain, it is very wrong to say that the Tamils are racist. How could they be racist when they are in the minority with a begging bowl to grant self determination-for them to administer themselves. For the last 70 years, that request by the Tamils were rejected by the Sinhalese. The younger generation took arms as consequent to the massacre of the Tamils and burning of the library . I am trying to be simple and practical. Once even SWRD proposed a federal form of government in Sri Lanka in order to solve the ethnic problem. Why did he change his mind and the other Sinhala leaders too.
    If the majority Sinhalese, without asking, could have devolved a satisfactory solution, all these killings and the war could have avoided. The majority minority complex is instilled in the minds of the Sinhalese.The Tamils have been betrayed by India and the west so they do not depend on them.
    Mr.Sambanthan & Sumanthiran attended the Independence Day celebrations which no other Tamil leaders attended in the past. Mr. Sambanthan also raised the National flag twice in order to show solidarity. What was the result. He was given the Leadership of the opposition without any stance, only in namesake. His request to release the Tamil political prisoners rejected. The request to reduce the heavy military presence in the North and to release all private lands ignored. That is the way it is and that is the way it is going to be.

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      Sellam:- your statement – “How could they be racist when they are in the minority with a begging bowl…”

      Look at the Bigger Picture, the Position of Sri Lanka on the Map!

      The Sinhalese are the Minority in the Region, struggling to keep their identity, while Facing the Threat of Annihilation by its Neighbour Tamilnadu!

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        Hamlet
        You have let the cat out of the bag. You are afraid of Tamil Nadu because Tamil Nadu will take over Sri Lanka. Hence you are suppressing the Tamils. In Singapore there are four Tamil ministers in the Singapurean parliament holding high portfolios. How is that possible? On a fantasy and false imagination one Majority race should not suppress and enslave the minority. One day they will have to rise up to fight the oppression. On the contrary the Tamils will not act likewise if they are in the majority. Because they are a civilised nation.

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        Hamlet “The Sinhalese are the Minority in the Region,”

        This sort of thinking is why Sinhala people are known as “The majority with a minority complex.”

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      Sellam

      “Husain, it is very wrong to say that the Tamils are racist. How could they be racist when they are in the minority with a begging bowl to grant self determination-for them to administer themselves.”

      You need to go with the data and actions. The Data supports Iseth Hussein’s observations.

      1. The core of Tamil Racism is castism, that comes from Hinduism.

      2. The”Upper” Caste Tamils, Vellahala, discriminates ans shows “Racism” against the fellow “Low” Caste non-Vellahaa Tamils.

      3. This Racism is then extended to Muslims and Sinhala.

      Example: Ethinic cleansing of Tamil Speaking Muslims, by LTTE Tamils, “Our boys”.

      Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

      Published on Jun 1, 2013
      The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka. The expulsion of the Muslims and other nations from the Northern province was an act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Tamil militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in October 1990. In order to achieve their goal of creating a mono ethnic Tamil state in the North Sri Lanka, the LTTE forcibly expelled the 72,000 strong Muslim population from the Northern Province.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

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        Sinhalese are also equally casteist and more so than Tamils this does not mean the state discriminates the entire Tamil population low and high caste. Do they discriminate the Sinhalese as they also discriminate on the basis of caste?

        As for the Muslims in Sri Lankan they are the biggest opportunists liars and racists. A people who deny their real Tamil identity and claim a false Arab identity/heritage, that everyone knows in their hearts is a lie.

        They think it makes them look superior to the rest of the world and escape persecution and discrimination from the majority Sinhalese, if they claim that they are descended from Arab traders, instead admitting the truth that more than 95% of them are purely descended from converted low caste Indian Tamil immigrants. This shows their caste and race bias. They think Arab is better than Tamil and low caste is not good. They are even more despicable than the upper caste Sinhalese or Tamils as they are claiming and pretending to be something that they really are not and in order to justify this want to destroy the very thing that they really are. The Tamil people the language and culture.

        Yes the LTTE ethnically cleansed the 75000 northern Muslims and no Tamil denies this. What about the large scale killing ethnic cleansing of Tamils at the hands of the Muslim home guards and Sinhalese thugs in the east. It was in far larger scale calculated chase as much as possible Tamils from the east and steal their lands. These stolen Tamil lands in the east have still not been returned by the Muslims or Sinhalese and you are very quiet about it. It had happened in a far large scale that what happened in the north. Unlike the Tamil in the east,the Muslims in the north were largely dirt poor and hardly owned land. What about the Sinhalese and Muslims thughs and hooligans who raped looted and killed thousands of Tamils down south, when the government organised many anti Tamil pogroms, in order to teach them not to claim for their rights.

        The biggest victims of sate sponsored ethnic cleansing genocide and racism are the Tamils not the Sinhalese or the Muslims. Other than the northern Muslims and a few thousand Sinhalese living in the borer areas, both immensely benefitted from this. Look at the population statistics Tamils have been reduced from 26-28% to 15-16%. Sinhalese have increased from 66% to 75% . Muslims from around 75 to 11% all within a few decades. How many Muslims and Sinhalese were killed a few thousands. Whereas more than 300000 Tamil civilians were deliberately killed at the hands of the government and Sinhalese and Muslims. 1.2 million ethnically cleansed and chased out of the island. Another 1 million were made stateless and forcibly repatriated to south India stating that they belonged there, when ironically 99% of the Sri Lankan Muslims and around 60% of the present day Sinhalese also arrived from the very same parts of South India just a century or two ago from where these estate Tamils came from but they belong but not the estate Tamils.
        As for economic and education statue the Sri Lankan Tamils have been deliberately reduced from a very advanced forward community to a very backward community. whilst the other two have been given tremendous advantages at their expense and marginalisation.

        However Sinhalese and Muslim racists like you and Izeth will deny this and try to justify and exaggerated about Muslim Sinhalese killings and looses by stating Tamils are racist so they deserve that they got. When it was not the Tamils who were racists but it was the Sinhalese who were joined by an opportunistic backstabbing Muslim population that denies it real Tamil Dravidian origin and claiming a fake Arab origin and heritage thinking it will make them look good and superior than their real Tamil heritage to the rest of the world and the Sinhalese. If this is not racism and disgusting them what else is? Will you ever respect a person who denies his or her real parents as they are poor ugly or socially marginalised and claim someone whom they think is rich powerful or beautiful as their parents, thinking this will make them look better and uplift their status in the world. The answer in no.
        Caste and class discrimination exists is social and exists throught the world it should be eliminated but will always remain as humans want to feel superior. Sinhalese discriminate on the basis of caste so do Tamils. In Pakistan and India even Muslims discriminate on the basis of caste. Even the Arabs certain tribes are supposed to be superior to others and Arabs of Negro descent are always at the bottom of the pile. However a government cannot use caste or class discrimination as an excuse to commit war crimes genocide and ethnic cleansing on an entire people.

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      Sellam

      “I partially agree and partially disagree with your views. Your statement “Both the Sinhalese and the Tamils are intensely racist people”

      Go with the data. Not all, but many.

      Who Started Vishaka, Ananda and Nalanda Schools? Christians! Not Buddhists!

      CBK is describing the actions of Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists” in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      https://www.facebook.com/MaithriYugayak/videos/1712867698983709/

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    Once more, a rare instance where critics of Izeth Hussain may agree with him in some instances on a subject in which he is known for – the National Question. Being a Muslim he does try to push in the Muslim Agenda – but that is to be expected. There is not much harm there.

    “Therefore to find a way out of the imbroglio we have to go outside the framework of 13 A” I humbly disagree, as I have done in the past. So will India. The passage of 3 decades has changed the political landscape and so the imperatives of Sinhala-Tamil politics. To a lesser degree other minorities as well, notably the now larger numerical Muslims. I believe there is much space for both sides to emerge with some formulae within the 13A rather than out of it. Both sides have agreed openly that matters on the ground have changed and both are, therefore, open to fresh thinking. But within the framework of the ILA.

    “We must bear in mind a fact of supreme importance: there were no ethnic riots from 1958 to 1977, not even one, but just three weeks after President JR assumed power riots took place with one hundred to three hundred Tamils being killed…” I must correct IH here with the addendum “of a national scale” There have been regional ones down the years between 1958-1977. From 1956 JRJ had a grouse against Tamils that he complained privately stood against his being PM. What better opportunity than 1977 and 1983 when he had his great anti-Tamil Comrades-in-Arms Premadasa, Mathew, Gamini D, Athulathmudali, Gamini Jayasuriya et al to unleash what that Cabinet was satisfied will be a 9am – 5pm communal riot – that can be easily contained. Insiders say Premadasa and his wife openly dreamt of a situation where the entire Sea Street Indian-Tamil jewellery trade will pay regular tribute to them (in hundreds of millions) This indeed did come to pass when he sent his men to threaten the jewellery trade 7/83. He did not bargain for Indira Gandhi, to whom these traders made urgent representations. Narasimha Rao was here in hours. Sea Street was spared – temporarily. That Gota R re-invented his own dreams during the MR reign for a different type of take-over of Sea Street is a different story but with the same plot.

    “But Rajiv Gandhi’s intervention of 1987 though well meant went horribly wrong” I am glad IH agrees India did not have imperial designs in this episode. The 1987 intervention was a Romesh Bhandari poorly designed project where he used his temporary advantage of having gained the young PM’s confidence. Much of the Cabinet and even the astute Foreign Secretary A.P. Venketeeswaran felt this was an exercise in futility. So it was and the IPKF had to leave with tail tucked between its legs. This despite the then Indian Army Chief Gen. Sunderji assuring the PM/Bhandari “he will wipe out the LTTE within 72 hours”

    It is unbecoming for IH to continue to insist, week after week, “All the same, I believe that the Tamil Nadu/Delhi factor is proving to be harmful to our Tamils” Tamils in this country and the whole world know the fond hope of Sinhala extremism is to exterminate – as many Tamils in the country as possible. The situation is far worse today – despite all the platitudes of the more liberal leaders of Yahapaalanaya. I remember a few days after 7/83 walking with some Sinhala friends in the Wellawatta (Colombo) market area. A vendor, with a reputation as a thug,
    remarked “Demalu thaama innavada” (Are Tamils still living?) Look at the incidents at Peradeniya University where Tamil students live in fear of their very lives. Hardly the conditions to pursue higher learning.

    “Devolution on an ethnic basis will be the worst fate that can befall this unfortunate country” is disputable. Most are agreed adequate and acceptable devolution to Tamils has no substitute. To be precise, this has to be reflected in the amount of State jobs made available to Tamils as well in the Police, armed forces, judicial services – with adequate provision to other communities mainly the fastly increasing Muslim numbers.

    “US – as not much more than an auxiliary of India” is a callous comment which Uncle Sam will take objection to – even in the Sri Lankan context.

    “American Empire in its decrepitude” is a strange comment for someone claiming to be well informed of affairs of the present world. Surely, are you not aware since the Berlin Wall came down many former East European satellite States – including the Ukraine that borders the Soviet Union – have rushed to the waiting arms of the US and NATO offering bases. In a world where the currency market is undergoing difficult times in most Western Capitals, Japan, S.Korea, Australia the US$ remains king and draws huge investments in the currency. Does not sound too much like a world power in decrepit state, does it.

    As to “an empire of Bases” one has to take into consideration the astonishing change of the arms race in terms of the latest technology. Troops in the ground no longer represent military superiority that it did until WW2 – although it has not entirely lost its relevance. Bases play an entirely different role in today’s world of global powers.

    “US has fostered the myth of universal terrorism” My good Sir, universal terrorism is no myth. Let me re-phrase it for you. The danger – as Germany, France and Western Europe – are today faced to suffer is terrorism invoked in the Name of Allah in that madness of making the entire world Islamic. Fortunately, the conspiracy of Global Islam to take over the world surreptitiously will soon come to an end – once a formulae is found to separate the killer “refugees” from the genuine ones.

    “(Norway) were tragically mistaken about the LTTE….. the LTTE was never sincere about reaching a political solution – something that was well grasped by India” I have no quarrel with you there. With, however, one personal observation. VP/LTTE were driven to the wall by the Sinhala State in the early 1970s. It was a truly nationalistic insurrection till the 1980s – until the foolish dream of the First Tamil Emperor in modern times entered his head. Whether it was Anton B or Thambi, I don’t know. But the innocent Tamil Nation was taken for a costly drive then. LTTE were not the only offenders. Let me add, Tamil insurgents deserve to be treated in as justly as was done rightly to the JVP. The JVP were pardoned in the late 1980s while those accused as Tamil insurgents still languish in jail. This distortion of justice needs to be settled immediately.

    “It is time for foreigners to stop breathing down our necks all the time and allow us to find our own equilibrium where their helpfulness has too often promoted disequilibrium…” Come come. Stop playing the game of blaming the foreigners. The Sinhala political landscape is so divided they cannot come out with a common stand in the last six decades. Many of the political leaders beginning from SWRD, CBK to the present regime – want a settlement with the Tamils. But divisive politics is on the way. If the Sirisena-Ranil alliance settles with the Tamils, Sinhala extreme – lead by the priests and truant professors and fellow travellers will ensure they are sent to the political wilderness. Vice-versa. Why is it difficult for the Sinhala Nation, comprising of all her main players, to agree on a White Paper to settle the long delayed but sapping National Question. I am sure the Tamils will agree to the right formulae – and so will India and the world.
    As I conclude, I cannot help but see you continue to dream of inflicting shared suffering of the Tamil Nation – a sickness you have gained a notorious reputation for. I quote your own words in your essay “It is time for India to tell our Tamils to stew for a while” What a sick mind.

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      Backlash, Objective observations.

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      Re. Para 4 of my comments on the subject of Rajiv G’s intervention please allow me an addendum. Mr. Hussain conveniently avoids the fact that the IPKF came here at the frantic “invitation” (or more a desperate SOS plea) from JRJ and his Govt. By no stretch of fact or imagination is this neither an intervention nor an invasion – as the Sinhala extreme has throughout falsely insisted and mislead the gullible Sinhala electorate. JRJ’s neck was on the block from the LTTE in the NEP and Wijeweera’s JVP in the South. His direction to his nephew Bull Weeratunga, the Army Chief – to bring the LTTE to its knees in 6 months turned out to be a joke. Chiefs of the tri-forces and the Police replied to JRJ on being questioned, their resources cannot contain both simultaneously. This resulted in JRJ forced to eat crow vis-à-vis the Indian Govt. So let us stop fooling ourselves placing all the blame of our mis-governance at the feet of the Indian Govt.

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    Dear Izeth Hussain,
    You are dishonest by making false statements in advancing your points. Firstly, war was not set off due to state terrorism during 1977 to 83, it only escalated. Tamil youths took to weapons in 1972 after racial discriminatory practice in education causing several of them being denied university admissions. Years of racial discrimination in public service recruitments and promotions coupled with discrimination in economic delevlopment since 1953, made Tamils to be discontented and the standardisation scheme was the last straw. Every governmant since independence have their fair share in promoting racial hatred in order to come to power and stay on, and to blame JRJ only shows your bias.

    Secondly your statement that if not for India with Tamil Nadu factor is not present, there will be no Tamil problem in Srilanka, shows your gross ignorance of the situation. Tamil problem started right from the day of independance, when Sinhala leaders went back on their assurance to British of fair treatment of Tamils. The first law to be passed in independant Srilanka was to disenfranchise Tamils of recent Indian origin. India never intervened in any of the racist legislations or actions by Srilanka, in fact bending over backwards to please Srilanka as evidenced by Srima-Shastri agreement to deport Indian Tamils and Kachchativu agreement, despite strong proof of Tamil Nadu ownership.

    It is only when JRJ went against Indian interest to back US military pressence in Srilanka that India started to meddle. India never gave support sincerely other than to use Tamils as pawns to bring JRJ down. When JRJ surrendered, they forgot about Tamils, and were primarily concerned about their security interests. In 1987 when India was trying to settle Tamil problem, US scuttled it. India sent IPKF to Srilanka not with good intentions, and thus came a cropper. Similarly in 2002 when US through Norway as proxy was trying to settle Tamil problem, India scuttled it. On both occasions peace process failed, but now both US and India are together and want it settled.

    You are correct that LTTE was never interested in a fair solution other than independance, because Prabakaran was grossly ignorant about international sitution. Similarly Sinhalese were also never interested in a fair solution and were using intransigence of Prabaharan as an excuse. International community believed Mahinda and gave him all possible help to wipe out LTTE. Now LTTE is gone and Sinhalese are being exposed as intransigent. For six years MR dodged international community and he was thrown out. Now MS/RW are also doing the same thing albeit slowly. For you to think that international community are not interested in finding a solution, shows that you are a simpleton.

    Remember Prabaharan was given six years with all carrots and when he played truant he was eliminated. MR in order to escape international pressure brought China in to the country. He was also given six years and when he played truant, he was deposed. MS/RW will also be given carrots probably for a longer time not indefinitely to settle it in a fair manner, and if they fail, international community will intervene decisively to bring justice to Tamils. Your excuse that no tangible solution can be offered to Tamils as Sinhalese will turn it down at a referrandum does not hold a candle. By denying legitimate rights to Tamils in sharing of power and territory you cannot achive peace.

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      Dr.Gnana

      ” The first law to be passed in independant Srilanka was to disenfranchise Tamils of recent Indian origin. India never intervened in any of the racist legislation”

      so are you implying that GG Ponnambalam and his fellow tamils who supported the disenfranchise legislation were also Srilanka tamil against indian tamil racists?Indian tamils were brought in by the british,not the sinhalese,so the sinhalese have the right to decide whether they stay or go at that time just after independence.Now it is too late for them to decide that they should go back to tamilnadu.GG should at least have supported the indian tamils,if he ver felt any solidarity with them as fellow tamils,don’t you think?

      I believe GG is the main cause for the predicament of the tamils today.I jaffna kingdom fell into the lap of the sinhalese because of him and naturally getting it back is a problem,because nobody gives back easily what they get.

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        shankar

        “so are you implying that GG Ponnambalam and his fellow tamils who supported the disenfranchise legislation were also Srilanka tamil against indian tamil racists?”

        Note at a recent meeting/rally Sumanthiran categorically stated GG Ponna had nothing to do with the citizenship act of 1948, he did not vote for it. I was told by a Congress Party veteran of many years may be now in his late 80s, the Federal party span this yarn to stay afloat.

        Please stop wasting your time admiring the Black and Decker army man and do some useful research.

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          Native V,

          Sir Kanthiah V, so close to and enjoying the confidence of the old fox DSS, may have been the author of the Citizenship Act (1947/48)
          GGP is not entirely free of the major misdemeanour. He may have been consulted about its main features. GGP may have suspected the Act will infuriate the Indians and affect Indo-Lankan ties, as indeed it did since. I have had a chat with Sir K’s close relatives and Kumar P. Naturally, both sides deny involvement. When I approached old Thonda, the wise and decent man, merely smiled and remained silent.

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            what goes around must come around.
            It was Murugeysen Tiruchelvam who angered young JR and Banda alike when he was minister of local government `intellectual superiority of tamils over sinhalese.
            The Indians rightly point out its ethnic conflict not race.

            for Native Veddha has friends here.

            Cinderella Community of Isle
            By V Suryanarayan Published: 21st April 2014 06:00 AM Last Updated: 21st April 2014 12:56 AM

            http://www.newindianexpress.com/opinion/Cinderella-Community-of-Isle/2014/04/21/article2179819.ece

            In the heated debate relating to ethnic conflict between Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalese-dominated government, the problems and aspirations of Malaiha Tamils (hill country Tamils of Indian origin) do not find any mention. This subject is of vital importance, because Sri Lankan Tamils, mainly the diaspora, are keen to mobilise the support of 80 million Tamils spread across the globe. At the same time, they are reluctant to make common cause with their Tamil brethren in the hill country.

            The official nomenclature for the Malaiha Tamils is Indian Tamils. All of them have become citizens of Sri Lanka and the intelligentsia among them does not want to use the label Indian. They prefer to call themselves Malaiha Tamils.

            On the eve of independence, Malaiha Tamils outnumbered Sri Lankan Tamils. However, their number declined as a result of the Sirimavo-Shastri Pact of 1964 and subsequent Sirimavo-Indira Gandhi Agreement of 1974, under which many who were conferred Indian citizenship were repatriated to India. Today, they number 5.5 per cent of the population. According to informed observers the figure is an underestimate because some Malaiha Tamils have declared themselves as Sri Lankan Tamils during census enumeration…… more click link above

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              Timbuttu,

              “…It was Murugeysen Tiruchelvam who angered young JR and Banda alike when he was minister of local government…” Something amiss
              here. M. Tiruchelvam QC was Minister in the 1965-70 Dudley-led UNP regime. Banda (if you meant SWRD) died in 1958. As I recall, before he entered politics the last State job M. Tiruchelvam held was as Solicitor-General – after which he went to private practise.

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                Backlash,
                before banda died of course.
                he was the man who exposed that weakness called more intelligent.

                They are roughly 2 insults in the politics of a bloodhound parliament best be forgotten.
                G. G. Ponnambalam was in John and Dudley Cabinet too
                Sir Kanthiah Vaithianathan John cabinet
                Both may be related down the line;) the person who informed me was related to both and is dead and gone.
                One said” look at the foreign services, civil services ; over 90% are Tamils you must be foolish.

                “”ITAK’s MP refused take ministerial portfolios but instead Tiruchelvam was appointed to the Senate of Ceylon and made Minister of Local””

                Government. – this was a time of the second spat. He was a firebrand with a snub.
                There is no necessity for British mannerism when French are different and circumstances must prevail- best forgotten like Sir K.V. has.

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        Dear Shankar

        You write “Indian tamils were brought in by the british, not the sinhalese, so the sinhalese have the right to decide whether they stay or go…” I beg to disagree. The way of the world is in constant motion and changes with the times. What appears to be the norm at one point of history becomes an aberration later. Prior to the period before WW2 the old system of might is right prevailed. All you had to do is to have a few dozen ships and a few hundred thugs going as sailors/soldiers – armed to the teeth. And any land you conquer thereby is yours. See the history of how the Portugese, Dutch and the British came here. It is no longer so. Since the coming of the UN and a more enlightened world Reason, Laws and Justice prevail.

        African, Indian, Chinese labor that was taken, often by force by Colonialist,s have become lawful citizens of those countries. The USA, most South American countries, Malaysia and many others have provided naturalisation for those who were once foreign-workers.
        In the present world, governed by strong, globally-recognised legislation the system of Residence Visas, Work permits hold sway. Many countries still offer guest-workers citizenship (e.g. Germany, France) Denying voting “Indians” their citizenship rights
        placed Ceylon/Sri Lanka in poor light – internationally. Fortunately, this has been since regularised.

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          backlash

          if you read my full comment you will discern that i have said that now it is too late to send back indian tamils to tamilnadu.It is at the time of independence when the first generation was there,that the sinhalese had the option to decide whether to keep them or not.After a few generations you can’t send people back because they would have become more srilankan than indian and would have been born and grew up here.

          At the time of independence the sinhalese decided that they should go.I merely made the comment because Dr.gnana says it is a racist act.I don’t believe it is.If even GG ponnambalam agreed with the sinhalese on that issue,just imagine what he would have done if the british had brought millions of indians and dumped them in north.

          From the kandyan sinhalese point of view how would they have felt with millions of foreigners on their land.We must think of that too before labelling them as racists.Some sinhalese specially from the deep south are racists but many others including the kandyan ones are not.

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        I agree with you that GGP is the worst traitor to Tamil cause. That is the reason for his son and grandson being rejected by Tamils. Incidently my father is a relative of GGP – my father’s paternal grandfather and GGP’s paternal grandmother are siblings. My father knew all the dirty tricks of GGP and told him off. That is why my father was never allowed to serve in Jaffna by GGP who was a darling of successive governements.

        Prior to independence GGP made his foolish 50/50 proposal and refused to accept 60/40 offer by DSS. After independence GGP jettisoned his stance and accepted 100/0 situation. To bring GGP under his thumb, DSS cornered GGP on income tax matter and GGP decided to betray Tamils and joined the cabinet. When the first citizenship bill was presented GGP assured DSS that only he and SJVC will vote against it, and sent other Tamil Congress members away from the chamber at voting time. When the second citizenship bill was presented GGP voted for the bill claiming that it will help Indian Tamils. Now it is clear that only the rich Indians benefitted but not the poor estate employees.

        You are saying that Indian Tamils were brought by British and therefore Sinhalese have the right to decide to send them away. I wish to bring to your notice what happened in Malaysia. Before granting independance to Malaysia in 1957, British did not want to make the same mistake as in Srilanka and place Chinese and Indian Tamils in similar predicament, made constitutional provisions which will prevent their citizenship to be revoked. Also in Uganda, where Indian Gujeratis who were taken by British were asked to leave by Idi Aminin 1972. For this act Idi Amin was called a racist while neither DSS who brought legislation to deprive Tamils of their citizenship nor Mrs B who signed an agreement to deport half of them were called racists.

        When Tamils in Srilanka who had shed their sweat and tears to develop and give economic boost to Srilanka were thrown out, no one said it was wrong, but when Gujeratis in Uganda who were holding two or some three diifernt national passports and swindling the country syphoning their earnings legally and illegally abroad were thrown out, there was a big hue and cry. Now the Ugandan government has changed and have invited all those Gujeratis back to Uganda assuring them safety and dignity. I will take a safe bet that none of any future Srilanka government will ever invite even a single deported Tamil back to Srilanka.

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          Dr.sankaralingam

          ” British did not want to make the same mistake as in Srilanka and place Chinese and Indian Tamils in similar predicament, made constitutional provisions which will prevent their citizenship to be revoked. Also in Uganda, where Indian Gujeratis who were taken by British were asked to leave by Idi Aminin 1972.”

          the answer to the problem created by the british is here in your comment.The british should have done the necessary constitutional provisions to safeguard the indian tamils in srilanka,as they did in malaysia.You say that to avoid the problems in srilanka they did that in malaysia.What problems?The problem only occurred after srilanka got independence and wanted the indian tamils to leave..They did not bring the indian tamils to malaysia after independence of srilanka.So the british did not give the malasia indian tamils the safeguards due to any problems in srilanka.Why did they treat the same people in two different countries in different manner?So they are responsible for the post independence of indian tamils in srilanka and just like uganda should have given british citizenship to them.They got off scot free because our srilankan leaders were thinking they were brown/black anglopiles and imitating them riding horses,wearing coat and tie,licking their bums to get a title called sir,ponnambalam ramanathan marrying a white lady etc.

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            If you read the comment by Lord Soulbury, you will understand the mindset of Sinhalese. Lord Soulbury assured Tamils that section 29 of the constitution which he drafted, has all the power to prevent any racial discrimination. After the racist laws and actions by Srilanka government he said, if he knew that Sinhala leaders will behave like this, he would have made other strong provisions. British thought that Sinhala leaders are gentlemen and will do the right thing, but when they found it to be not, they had to do something in other countries which faced similar situation. Therefore due to what happened in Srilanka, Chinese and Indians in Malaysia benefitted. This is not due to treating Indian Tamil migrants in Srilanka and Malaysia differently. If the Sinhala leaders were honest, they should have settled the Indian Tamil problem with British before independence, but did not want to touch the matter for fear of delay in independence.

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              now we have to rely on the real lord,not lord soulbury to extricate ourselves from the mess.Oh lord where are you?We beseech you to extricate ourselves from the sinhalese who lord soulbury thought were gentlemen.

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    I cannot agree more with the assertion of the author “Both the Sinhalese and the Tamils are intensely racist people – as I have found to my cost…..”. The problem is further aggravated by rabble rousing.

    The best example of rabble rousing that one of my friends told me was the case of a Communist minority politician was representing one of Colombo’s poorest areas at that time on a then prevailed multi-member seat as the first MP on the card “Numbalage Nivasa Prasnaya” (Your Housing Problem). He was doing so since 1947 and it worked. You don’t solve any problem but you keep on sloganizing. But then came a rising star and in 1965 and in 1968 he had the chance to solve some area problems. In the 1970 election when the political party represented by that star only secured 8 seats in Parliament the star became the first MP and the Commy became the third and to be in charge of housing. The monument he constructed was that multi-storey building in Slave-island, the cross-section of which is in the shape of a hammer and sickle (The communist insignia) and no real solutions to the “Numbalage Nivasa Prasnaya”. In 1977 elections the commy was wiped out.

    In that context I see that most of the politicians are doing to day is no better than what the Commy did then. When this concept of vote winning overflows to the ethnic and religious platforms then it creates the real divide and possibly violence unbearable to any country.

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      Why do you Lankans say racist (english 2nd lang??) and brush it away.
      The Indians rightly see it as ethnic.

      The `core cause` for all this blood and gore is `faith faux pas` buddhism & islam vs rest. The symptoms is ethnic violence.

      You folk don’t have a way of life that solves problems.

      go to a doc and say bandi pain when lanka has fever.(just like the song)

      who is going to help? wipe off the map.

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    Well,…..finally! Finally! Izeth Hussain has finally found the right path towards the right thought! In all his years of ambassadorship, it evaded him! It took his some time to get over the personal hurdles……but it was always dormant in him. Thank you to the eminent and true son of the soil,….(and all of that)…..!

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    If an amnesia patient write a political essay it will read like the one above. After establishing, arguing, reasoning and explaining Izeth took so many somersaults from his three month prolonging theory of “Tamil Nadu is the problem and Tamils have no problem; if there is any problem tell me what it is”. Now he is proposing his solution for his theory of ethnic imbroglio. His theory is, if you separate Tamils and Sinhalese they will fight so keep them together. So it is no hidden secret he is laboring for months to prove his ethnic imbroglio theory while he is too conscious of that he had not done even 1% of the job to nice abandon it and bugger off. Apparently his ethnic imbroglio theory is not simply hard to prove, but proving is out of question when it contracts itself. One day one may prove the white is black and the vise versa, but to prove separating Tamils and Sinhalese will make them fight so they have to put in the pot in the same is not a theory, and in that out right contradiction there is nothing to prove. Izeth can take at his age as many somersaults as he can, but it is not provable not after three months, it is not possible even after three decades. Period! He is convulsing too hard to show others that he is too smart and can twist any truth in any way he wants. In that effort he is exposing him how much of an arrogant imbecile he is. In that path, he is showing his thoughts that if he stand as arrogant as Junius Richard or the Old King Percy. R, Tamils will have no other way but to take his solution. So this arrogant, natural dictator is trying to dictate his solution on Tamils on his own wills. Though he had hanged over for some times on the corrupted Lankawe foreign services where Thero De Silva, Radhika, Rajiva, Chris Norris, Renuka, Kathirgamar, Sajin Vas et al like heavy weights decorated, he has no idea of which side the Western Democracies lies. The towns like Toronto or New York or London can easily carry about two hundred Languages and three hundred different ethnicities. He is sheepishly misunderstanding that there is a need for these different people for devolution power and it has been satisfied with the Western countries’ democratic approach. He further fails to understand in many Western towns you cannot go with Burqini to beaches and burqa to the road. Further there is no Western democracy that has not devolved the power based on ethnic line or geographic lines. It is the one of the Western Democracy, Britain, merged the Tamil and Sinhalese into one country for ruling cost effectiveness, but divided it into 9 Geographical and ethnic provinces. These are too imbroglio for imbeciles to notice.

    Here are some of his blinded, while conflicting theories.

    We can now look forward to establishing the political solution that was available to us in 1977. Tamils have been saying that Appe Aandu Cheated too hard up to 1976 and it was the year Tamils came to the conclusion to go separate. In that condition, even politically blind one would not invite Tamils if they are opposite for even mere devolution, to return back to before 1977 situation. His twist is, In Lankawe, only two pogroms took place and one was in 1977 and other one was in 1983. Then he is introducing additional twist that the Tamils started take arms only after 1983. The truth is Leader Prabhakaran stopped at 1983 the annual events, the pogroms that started in 1958. After so many twist what he did is he has asked Tamils to return to 1976 Vaddukoddai Convention. Thanks Izeth, for your consultation; but FYI, we did not move away from that. In fact, there was no Tamil Eelam community they did not celebrate in the last May the 40th anniversary of it.

    But, except for India, they were tragically mistaken about the LTTE. Arguably they helped prolong the war by fostering the myth of the military invincibility of the LTTE, and failed to understand that the LTTE was never sincere about reaching a political solution – something that was well grasped by India, which significantly did not want to be a Co-Chair. India was beaten back and it withdraw the 150,000 troops. It was America which turned the war around. India took the decision not to be in Co-Chair when it was having the policy of not involving in Lankawe’s affairs. America sank the ships, Condoleezza Rice forced Europe ban LTTE and take back SLMM. The Lankawe captured East. Sonia just jumbled in and gave free Chemical bombs. As matter of fact, after negotiating many times with Old Royals and eating the Mattu Pongal Pokkai with them, FM Krishna said only way out for TNA is to just accept what Appe Aandu is giving. But by that time, Ambassador Blake had changed and he insisted TNA need not stay with 13A, they can negotiate with Appe Aandu. PM Manmohan Singh said “if we tell Lankawe is not listening, what we can do for that?”. I jet have to read something like India said of negotiation with LTTE. This man seems to be constantly sleeping in the daytime to dream and propose his own dialogs that nowhere took place.

    It is worth reiterating – even endlessly reiterating – that there was no imperialist intent behind that intervention: otherwise we cannot explain the withdrawal of Indian troops with nothing, absolutely nothing, to show for the 1,200 IPKF men who were killed here. An Old scratched of mica record is not good music. Izeth keep endlessly repeat whatever you want! Izeth can keep repeating as many times as he wants his daytime dreams, but most of the rebel movements trained by India declared it was the only intention of India to train them. Period! No Talk on that any further.
    Here is a multiple choice question from the Modern Einstein, Izeth, to the imbecile Lankawe Modayas; if anybody has courage take the challenge. For the imbecile, my personal hint, Multiple choice questions has the answer in that question, remember that:
    India withdrew from its self-declared PKF duty because;
    A.) India is the number one model democracy without any imperialistic idea even though it just has stolen Kashmir.
    B.) A per Izeth statistics, it lost a whopping 1200 troops.
    Go ahead imbeciles and answer to it; show your courage.

    You know, because it is Allah’s sin, this man is writing political essays.

    I have one multiple Choice for Izeth too; almost same question, but not exactly,
    India withdrew from its self-declared PKF duty because
    A.) Its North-East agent Varadhar declared Tamil Eelam and India was not prepared deal with it.
    B.) That time EP Richard P who did not have hope on his troops, gave arms to LTTE and asked them to chase out India. LTTE was too success in that.
    C.) When Rajiv brought the IPKF to Lankawe and it brought his downfall in India. Subsequently, Izeth who came to power withdraw the IPKF thinking India should not be an imperialist country.
    D.) As per Izeth statistics, it lost a whopping 1200 troop
    E.) India is the number one model democracy without any imperialistic idea even though it just has stolen Kashmir.

    One of my Tamil readers has pointed out that one of the attractions of 13 A is that it enables the appointment of Tamils to the administrative structure in the North and East. If 13 A has to be jettisoned, an alternative might be a system of proportional representation in the State sector: thirty per cent or whatever to be reserved for minorities in the Cabinet, Parliament, the Judiciary, the Administration, the Police Force, the Armed Forces, and the entire gamut of the state sector.

    Hee hee hee hee hee…
    Hee hee hee hee hee…
    Hee hee hee hee hee…

    Come on Izeth, all know what a too foresighted cunning fox you are. You are putting your pick’s blame on the commentator, whom your inferiority complex hesitate to call as a commentator, but calling as reader, like an inerudite man don’t know the difference between a reader and a commentator. First that is really, really shame thing to do. To come to the point, you know what will happen if, accidently, the impossible “true democracy” is established in Lankawe. It will be very disadvantage to others especially to Muslims. You are fully conscious when Britain, the leading one of the Western democracies, whose approach you recommend to the problem, was setting up the democratic environment in Lankawe, the Tamil took the 75% of the jobs. You know if accidently Britain established democracy returns back to Lankawe, it will be the “Return of the Living Dead”. Then the rest of the 25% will go Sinhalese. You know , then, the now richest category in Lankawe the Muslims will have to return back to their Parana Coat baskets. You are not able to even bear nightmare in your mind, Do you?
    Do not drivel like that Izeth. It is so easy to find out.
    Hee hee hee hee hee…
    Hee hee hee hee hee…
    Hee hee hee hee hee…

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      A probable desideratum for that success is that foreigners should leave us alone for some time.”

      What Izeth saying in that is West should not advice the Sinhalese. It is in fact not a sincere consultation to Sinhalese. He is just showing his vengeance against the West because of many of the Eastern Muslim like him are radicals or terrorist like ISIS. Here he is willing offer to put up and uneasy friendship deal with Sinhalese, because in his opinion Sinhalese are against the West. Sinhalese are not against West. But some are against Secretary Kerry. While they hate Secretary Kerry, they are keeping on hand ready the Star Cum VIP Chandrika to influence and manipulate Clintons’ actions in America. While they preparing to control and manage Clintons they are working with PR firms to promote Trump. This follows of their earlier Successful operation in American politics. They spent in millions on American PR firms to bring Secretary Kerry to defeat Susan Rice. As we come to know, while they are working against Secretary, they have hired new PR firms in America to support Trump. Almost all Sinhalese are hoping Trump to win the election. But if Trump is going to win the election, it can be mainly on his anti-Muslims stand. Mangala has indicated many time that their friendship is with GOP. This is not overshadowed by the official friendship UNP has with GOP. But SLFP’s Old King, Mangala, Chandrika ……have trade friendship with GOP. In fact it when Mangala was with SLFP he cultivated his relationship with the GOP with the help of Kathirgamar.

      His “foreigners” is not including China. China’s presence in Lankawe has devastated its economy and its political stand in the World arena. China is manipulating Lankawe through its computers. It has diverted Lankawe to practice an International Pariah diplomacy in the world arena. To some extent that is what China too practice. But it is forcefully keeping Lankawe’s head in a water level that is much below North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Rangoon and other alike International Pariah countries holding their head. In other words, the countries independently and on their will sought that position may make decision to change sooner or latter, but Lankawe which is kept down by China has no hope of getting out of it for another 100 years, minimum, but possible may never. The tiny mouse Lankawe has been caught under hole in the the Elephant China’s feet. Its only hope is to remain there. It it tries to come out of it, it will get squeezed by the elephant’s feet. China takes stern actions against it minority Muslims. So the Muslim radical like Izeth have very little to talk about. By the virtue of their ignorance, they desist from their activism against China. So the Eastern Muslims keep it only against the West.

      His explicit contradictions follows him here too. Other than Iran Saudi, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Egypt…….. you name a Middle East Muslim country, they maintain very close friendship and high acquaintance with West and highly dependent economic relations with West. But Izeth is against the West because he think they are against Muslims.

      Unfortunately, for Izeth, his example of democracy cannot come from China or Middle East.

      He thinks West is treating the Muslims minorities well so it is their path that has to be followed in Lankawe. He knows there is no Muslim country he has in his hand to show as a model for the solution he is proposing to the Tamils. When he knows Muslims are very intolerant to other communities, When he knows Muslims’ political paths are no example for anybody else who is in dire situation and when he knows that Western Democracies are not just tolerant of minorities, they show tolerance toward the opponents of democracy like the Muslims Radicals and Communist, he still showing his explicit hatredness against the West because he is a member of the Eastern Radical Muslim. This insincere Izeth is preaching that Tamils and Sinhalese are not living together. But his personal feeling is West can be any good but he cannot live with them in peace.

      When the transformers of CEB was sabotaged by Old Royals supporters, Yahapalanaya did not have the expertise of the products came from Germany to investigate the vandalism. They brought the Western and Japanese engineers to do the investigation. The war crime investigation of Lankawe has not been able to go forward as there is no lawyer in the country who has expertise to deal with it. Izeth is calling to bring in the Western democracy to Lankawe by deporting the Westerns diplomats from Lankawe!

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    “…Both the Sinhalese and the Tamils are intensely racist people…” – Izeth Hussain

    Well, excuse me, honorable Mr, Hussain! You intellectual capacity just hit a new low. This is like saying “All Muslims are inherently violent and only want to subjugate or kill all non-Muslims”. Such blatant generalization is usually reserve for CT comments section.

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    dear izzeth

    “emphasis in regard to the ethnic problem”

    is there a ethnic problem now?That is what the sinhalese may be thinking.

    why are they thinking like that?It may be because they always identified the problem with the tamils as a problem mainly with prabhaharan and LTTE,and now both of them are no more.So they may be thinking that the problem also is no more.Can you blame them for that,for the ordiary people at least who can’t think too much into the future.So when you say ethnic problem,you have to give them reasons why it is a problem now and what the consequences of the problem will be to them.Without explaining those to the sinhalese just talking about a supposed to be non existent problem will be a waste of time.The sinhalese are a naturally laid back kind of people and now they have gone to sleep again.

    so izeth,explain to us what the problem is and the consequences to sinhalese.That is the first step that will be required to deal with them.No point in you or sampanthan talking your heads off about a problem when the sinhalese think that the problem has been dealt with by their armed forces.

    “The situation seems to be identical with what prevailed under the last Government from 2009 to 2015 when the question of a political solution was in practice put into abeyance.”

    as i explained to you as long as the LTTE was there the sinhalese thought a political solution was necessary.So chandrika’s time she was looking out for a political solution because the sinhalese wanted it thinking that the LTTE can’t be vanquished.After mahinda took over he also was thinking the same but fonseka and gota convinced him that they can be vanquished and they went on that path with total commitment and achieved success.So that is why during their tenure their was no political solution because i have often heard gota saying after the defeat of the LTTE that there was no ethnic problem anymore.

    Now gota can’t forsee events for a long period into the future.he is a hands on type who will effectively deal with day to day problems.In your case you are intelligent and experienced enough to foresee into the future.So tell us what the possible scenarios are in the future in the absence of a a political being formulated with adverse consequences to the sinhalese.Governments will always be influenced by the sentiments of the people and will formulate policies accordingly,because they know they will be discarded one day if they go on path without the people following them too.

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    It’s a good article spanning all the areas you wanted to deal with in your characteristic style and I appreciate it.It is no matter if one agrees or accepts your suggestions to find a permanent solution to this issue as it almost entirely lies in as you said ‘provided we are in earnest about it’. It’s the Gordian knot. So long as there are unfavorable actions or actions considered objectionable in the view of the minorities continuing while on the contrary failing to take actions to alleviate their sufferings or to assuage their fears certainly will not help go further in the line you suggested.Activities involving erecting statues or expediting colonization can by no means be expected to be signs of goodwill, and must be put off until the permanent solution is found and implemented and until their safety is ensured and political rights enshrined. Genuine effort must come from the powers that be.

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      It is like Writings in quran.

      It does not say the truth.It says, only what the prophet wants to achieve. If the prophet says love others of the same islamic faith. Then m,uslims interpret that as peaceful religion. they don’t talk about instructions to kill every one else some where written in the quran.

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        jim

        “instructions to kill every one else some where written in the quran.”

        i think you should give that particular sentence in the full context in which it was written.i also thought that it meant to kill unbelievers,but a muslim showed me the full context and i realised that people have with ulterior motives taken only this sentence and made out that islam is a killer religion.It was in the context of some rich guys who had killed and tortured others in a particular city in the middle east and the prophet had said that they deserved to be eliminated from this earth,but he had not directly called on the the people to do it.

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    I think undoubtedly thatIzeth Hussein’s brain works very well because he was very clear and intentionally avoided Muslims in this equation and the threat of Islamic Fundamentalism to this island. What he is telling Tamils and Sinhalese are racists and Muslims are not racist. His motive is that the rivalry between tamils and should continue and using that rivalry they can convert this island as a Islamist state. Tamils and Sinhalese should understand how they manipulated the situation in the East to take control using this tactics.It is something similar to the story of a fox volunteered to divide cheese for two little bears.

    “Two little greedy bears have found two pieces of cheese in the forest of weight a and b grams, correspondingly. The bears are so greedy that they are ready to fight for the larger piece. That’s where the fox comes in and starts the dialog: “Little bears, wait a little, I want to make your pieces equal” “Come off it fox, how are you going to do that?”, the curious bears asked. “It’s easy”, said the fox. “If the mass of a certain piece is divisible by two, then I can eat exactly a half of the piece. If the mass of a certain piece is divisible by three, then I can eat exactly two-thirds, and if the mass is divisible by five, then I can eat four-fifths. I’ll eat a little here and there and make the pieces equal”.

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    It is too late for you to realize that 13th Amendment was a hoax or at best it is a result of a diversionary act initiated by then Indian government. Also,It is not in any way linked to the dirty Sri Lankan fool JRJ’s brain. I have said this since 1987 repeated many times in various news blogs. See what I have said very recently in a response to Dr. Laksiri Fernando in this forum on August25th 2016 with the following;

    “Dear Dr. Laksiri Fernando;

    You have finally got courage to respond to the observation I made when it was re-submitted by Prof. Ramakrishna. Nevertheless thank you. JRJ may have shown the files with relevant material but the fact remains, 13th amendment was the brainchild of Hon. Rajiv Gandhi. (I had the privilege of corresponding with this great son of India and his mother), he strongly believed that Sri Lanka is a SOVERIEGN UNITARY STATE and it should remain so. The same cardinal principle was expressed by his mother Hon. Indira Gandhi and the current Prime Minister of India Hon. Narendra Modhi.

    I would like to emphasize that 13th Amendment was not introduced as a solution to the ethnic conflict between Tamil and Sinhala people, but it was meant to be a diversion to slow down LTTE ferocious onslaught on highly disorganized and ill equipped Sri Lankan Military forces and IPKF with no knowledge of the TOPOGRAOHIC maps of the battle field.

    If SLMF and IPKF were able to eliminate LTTE, then there would not have been any discussion on the 13th Amendment or devolution of power. The 13th Amendment is flawed right at the beginning because the objective did not have any valid or legal base. In a virtuous forum of gentleman, the 13th Amendment must be thrown into the garbage can. JRJ or his associates or his followers lack the qualities of true gentlemen such as Hon. D.S.Senanayake, Hon. Dudley Senanayake or Sir John Kotalawela.

    My point is there is no LTTE and there is no threat to Security of our motherland/her people as long as we keep our heroic SLMF alert, ready and well equipped. So don’t try to resurrect 13th amendment to appease the proxies of LTTE; including all Tamil speaking chauvinist politicians and some segments of “Diaspora”.

    You (Laksiri) have stated;

    “You may be right in saying that the assassination of Mr Ghandhi does not make sense as ‘he was trying to help them.’ I have seen him in Delhi at the Society for International Development (SID) conference in 1990 and he was an impressive visionary. However, the Tamil community or the (present) Tamil political leaders are not responsible for the Rajiv Ghandhi killing. A criticism nevertheless can be that they have not condemned the assassination enough or drawn the lessons enough of that henious crime of the LTTE.”

    How can you be so sure that present political are not responsible for the killing of Rajiv Gandhi. Some of them were the surrogates representing Prabhakaran, when he was the biggest Kahuna in the North and Eastern province. They were the cheer leaders and you have made an attempt to sugar coat the bitter past and dress them in sheep’s clothing. It will not work and it should not work.

    GOSL is in a stronger position now to ensure the safety and security for all Sri Lankans from Dondra to Point Pedro compared to that of 1977-2009. So we need new thinking not the flawed and bending-backward policies for appeasing the separatists.—“

    IZETH NAANA read the above carefully

    I don’t find fault with what you have said on 13th Amendment, but Naana you are an insincere bigotry Muslim agent with a poisonous pen. Why do you have a habit of “DEFECATING” on a good concept? You have concluded your Blah, Blah , Blah on 13th amendment , stating that

    “However my basic objection to his proposal is that it places a heavy emphasis on ethnic identities. Both the Sinhalese and the Tamils are intensely racist people – as I have found to my cost-“

    Sinhalese and Tamils are intensely racist. Have you ever stepped out of your psychological and physical DUNGEON to understand SINHALA and TAMIL communities? How they think, how they live, how they eat and what they eat, how they raise the children, how they work, how they dress, how they go to temples and kovils, how they celebrate. Izeth Naana for your information those SINHALA and TAMILS brought up in the traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism behave identically the SAME. Unlike you the Muslims, these Buddhists and Hindus believe in AHIMSA. We the real Sinhala-Buddhists and real Tamil-Hindus have been kept apart by a bunch of conniving, corrupt group of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim politicians.

    Naana you are the biggest racist always make comments to ignite racial violence in Sri Lanka. As a Buddhist, I forgive you for your “racist” comment that negated all the observations made about the 13th Amendment. You appear to be a very old man filled with hate and anger, it may be too late for you to learn how to “PUT ICING ON A CAKE”- but please avoid displaying your ignorance.

    When we, the SINHALA and TAMIL people form a united front to get rid of corruption and dubious legislations that drive us apart, the 13th amendment will be dumped in the garbage can of the GOSL. The misery faced by both communities must end I hope you will live to see that day and I pray to Allah.

    Ranbandu C.

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      Reader Ranbandu C says “When we, the SINHALA and TAMIL people form a united front to get rid of corruption and dubious legislations that drive us apart….The misery faced by both communities must end…”
      On several occasions I have written the chances of a Sinhala-Tamil coming together becomes a reality with every passing year. The Sinhalese realise their unwise prejudice of over 60 years against the Tamils have cost them dear, including the loss of valuable urban land and property. Both communities have lost to the advantage of others who operate on the old adage of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” The restoration of the Status Quo is very much in line.

      Backlash

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        Backlash, Thank you for the following comment..

        “The Sinhalese realize their unwise prejudice of over 60 years against the Tamils have cost them dear, including the loss of valuable urban land and property. Both communities have lost to the advantage of others…”

        However, it needs to be corrected, It is not the “Sinhala” people or “Tamil” people in general wake up in the morning and plot or work against each other.

        It is a bunch of dubious political elites and their vested interests that created a rift between the two communities. The original leaders of this gang are SWRD Bandaranaike and JR Jayawardene.

        The very same principle is followed by all the followers of these two scoundrels of our country.

        For example; “Sinhala only” policies were introduced by SWRDB in order to dupe and hoodwink the MAJORITY SINHALA RURAL POPULATION. If majority SINHALA people lived in the Big Cities and other developed urban areas, SWRDB would have never used “SINHALA LANGUAGE” as a political weapon to win the elections. No ordinary, average SINHALA villager benefitted from this nefarious act of SWRDB. Their social, economic, educational and security environment got worsened; they are in dire poverty and unbelievable misery. I may give more examples to justify my position if you desire.

        Similarly, the TAMIL people were mislead by Tamil politicians; they always pointed at the SINHALA people in general. It is a game.

        Backlash; so my request is not to blame the Sinhala people or Tamil people. I will put the blame squarely on Non-Sinhala, Non-Buddhist, Pretentious Sinhala, Pretentious Buddhists such as SWRDB ,JRJ, their cohorts and their families for the misery (Debt burden, Tax burden, Economic Burden, Insecurity, War, Destruction and Poverty) that my people and your people have endured since 1953.

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          the missing link. lanka always leaves much to be desired.

          the islam link that openly looted july 83.
          the islam link in all the commission corruption along with bhikkhus.-
          why ride a benz? because pope has shares in beer industry?
          who needs the pope? the poor need god and communism.
          the rich west does not see god. just a private matter for the vulnerable.

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    Dear sir,

    Would you agree that the main reason for the ethnic disharmony was economic?

    That is, it has been caused by economic opportunities created by State institutions (e.g – university admissions, jobs etc.) being awarded in a disproportionate fashion to those whom the politicians and State favor.

    If such is the case then perhaps the best way to solve the problem would be to minimize State activity in the economy such that the State does not have a significant impact on the livelihoods of the people.

    Perhaps this minimal role of the State can be made into law and the people made to understand that they may not look to the State for economic assistance.

    Perhaps the result could be what the following text from Bastiat’s essay “The Law” describes:

    Under such an administration, everyone would understand that he possessed all the privileges as well as all the responsibilities of his existence. No one would have any argument with government, provided that his person was respected, his labor was free, and the fruits of his labor were protected against all unjust attack.

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    “I don’t see any reason why that model should not succeed here as well, provided we are in earnest about it.”

    This was tried out from 1948–1977 and then again from 2009–2016 with no result. Even little things like returning people’s lands and the creation of OMP had to be fought for, with global involvement. If there was any sincerity in this, the GoSL could have unilaterally implemented it quickly, and Tamils might have had a change of heart. But it has never happened.

    It might work in 50 or 75 years, with a new generation, but not any time soon. The solution therefore is to first grant Tamils regional devolution, but immediately set about the task of achieving the long term goal of a Western democratic model. That way, the country will stay united and when the democratic model begins to bear fruit, people will no longer feel the need for ethnic thinking. But Tamils cannot wait endlessly for a Utopian solution that hinges on “…provided we are in earnest about it,” something that has been missing for several decades.

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    The Lankan imbroglio is not ethnic but is language/religion based. Lankan Sinhalese, Tamil, Up-country Tamils, Muslims are terms used in Lanka. EU, US, Australia and other countries lump us into the Indian ethnicity block – much to our discomfort. Crafty politicians created the Aryan, Dravidian race divide without any obvious differences in features or DNA. Not to be outdone the Lankan Muslims call themselves Moors.

    In 1948 about a million Tamil speakers (out of the then total Lankan population of about 7 million) were disenfranchised. This was to de-empower the Tamils. In 1956 Sinhala was made the official language again to de-empower the already politically weak Tamils. A not so well known diktat was that children study in their mother-tongue which was defined as the mother-tongue of the father! Lankan Muslims were allowed to school in English if they chose.

    We have gone through some very rough patches and continue to tread the same path paved with the artificial ethno-racist divide. For a start get rid of this term racist divide.

    Izeth says “Both the Sinhalese and the Tamils are intensely racist people – as I have found to my cost – for which reason ……. etc. etc “ The etc. etc. are the usual izeth heaps.

    Izeth suggestions will keep the Lankan predicament going which will continue the advantage Lankan Muslims have enjoyed.

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    “The Lankan imbroglio is not ethnic but is language/religion based.”

    In terms of religion there is no animosity between Hinduism and Buddhism. In fact the level of mutual accommodation is rarely seen even between two denominations of the same religion. Buddhists worship Hindu gods and Hindus consider Buddha as a flower of their own culture.

    Soma

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      Soma

      I suppose, Izeth is referring to the Muslim religion.

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    Dear Author and all participants of this forum,
    Just think of the history you know. It is the history (the True History) that changes the future. We the people cause history to happen. If you have lived long enough you yourself know the history of Countries and violent Historians like Vikings, The cruel kingdoms that existed, Nazis, and more. All of them vanished in thin air and you have seen history changing. Nobody wielding power with violence has ever continued their cruel dynasty. You can encounter several examples of this unavoidable truth. The Author himself doesn’t understand history molds the future. The inevitable always happens for the unexpected power that wields oppression and violence. The change coming will be totally unexpected because the powerful always think wrong.

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    This time I tend to agree with most of what Izeth has stated. Bensen

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