16 December, 2017

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Aluthgama And The March Of Triumphalism

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Lies are believed amongst every race; and was any race ever the sole possessor of Truth?”[i] – Abdallah al-Ma’arri (Arab poet and sceptic 973-1057)

In Aluthgama and Beruwala, violence has petered out and fires have died. But it will be a long while before normalcy returns to these afflicted localities, if at all. The memories and the fears will survive, and for the Muslim people of the area, life will have to be lived under an ominous cloud of dread and foreboding.

MahindaThe President has promised to rebuild the houses and shops with government funds. Hopefully, the promise will be honoured. Even more hopefully, the UDA will not decide to take over the affected properties and transform Aluthgama into another ‘garden-city’, sans most of its people.

The President’s promise of an investigation would have been laughable if anything humorous can be found in such an unleavened tragedy. Will the investigation uncover the identity of the person who, ignoring the appeals of several ministers and Muslim organisations, gave permission for the incendiary rally? Will the investigation entail asking Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera to account for his bloodthirsty speech? Will the final report ever see the light of day?

People have multiple identities. When the religious identity becomes predominant, conflict is never far away. It is no accident that the first riot in Ceylon was based not on ethnicity but on religion. And it was not the riot of 1915. It was the Kotahena riot of March 1883. This was a Sinhala on Sinhala clash. The dividing line was religion – Sinhala-Buddhists vs. Sinhala-Catholics.

The Buddhists centred round the Dipaduttaramaya in Kotahena had organised a series of religious festivities. The Catholics centred round St. Lucia Cathedral in Kotahena were unhappy that these festivities fell during Lent (including a procession on Good Friday). A minor matter, which could have been resolved amicably, if the two sides had wanted to. But religious rights were the issue and religion, especially when it has political overtones, brings out the worse in people. They become intent on domination and refuse to accommodate.

The riot was contained because the Protestant (Church of England) British could be impartial. Still 2 people died and a Roman Catholic chapel in Dehiwala was burnt. An investigative commission faulted both parties thereby satisfying neither[ii]. Buddhist-Catholic tensions continued to simmer; in 1903, another mini-riot broke out in Anuradhapura, during the Poson season. A Roman Catholic church was burnt and a slaughterhouse destroyed. This Buddhist-Catholic conflict took a back stage only after the riots of 1915.

Sri Lanka is a pluralist country. And we need to develop peaceful mechanisms to deal with the problems and tensions unavoidable in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society. This necessary task has been seriously hampered by the near total absence of a Lankan nationalism. The absolute majority of Lankans think ethnically and religiously, except perhaps in the arena of sports. The idea of a national interest which is extrinsic to their particularist interests is alien to them.

After the devastating defeat of the 1848 Rebellion, the opposition to colonial rule assumed religio-cultural forms. Instead of a new anti-Colonial struggle, there was a Buddhist Resurgence, followed, inevitably, by a Hindu Resurgence and a Muslim Resurgence. Perhaps after the memories of 1848, any political opposition to the British was deemed too foolhardy and dangerous and the discontent was diverted to channels deemed safer – cultural opposition to ‘Western influences’ and religious opposition to Christianity.

The main ‘anti-Colonial’ movement thus became more like a Buddhist version of India’s Hinduthva movement. This new movement had more problems with Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Christians and Westernised Sinhalese than with the British rulers. Ancient Lanka was recasted as a land of morality and all ‘evil’ habits were blamed on alien influences. This was an illogical, irrational, militant Buddhism, Sinhala-centric, intolerant and exclusionary. Anagarika Dharmapala, with his fiery anti-minority rhetoric, became the foremost representative and leader of this Buddhism.

The BBS is a product of that history. It is no accident that Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera models his speaking style very consciously on Anagarika Dharmapala.

The Rajapaksas, in search of a ruling ideology, embraced this Sinhala-Buddhist supremacism. They casted themselves as the chief protectors of the Sinhala Nation and the Buddha Sasana. And the job description includes keeping the minorities in line, by whatever means necessary.

Race-Religion-Military-Ruling Family Nexus

On Poson Poya day, President Mahinda Rajapaksa deposited sacred relics at the new Sanda-Hiru Seya (the Stupa of the Moon and the Sun). The new Buddhist edifice is being constructed in the historic city of Anuradhapura, to “commemorate the victory of liberating Sri Lanka from terrorism.”[iii]

President Rajapaksa laid the foundation stone for his stupa-war memorial in October 2009. According to ITN news, the edifice will be 250 ft tall and will require 45 million bricks; the adjacent hall will be built with marbles supplied by Myanmar. The total cost will come to a massive Rs. 2,000 million.

The Rajapaksas plan to build eight more stupas in the other eight provinces (including in the North and the East) to mark the victorious conclusion of the long Eelam War. This is not a personal Rajapaksa project but an official project of the Lankan state. It will be funded by state allocations and public donations; labour is being provided by the armed forces and the civil defence force.

Why build stupas to commemorate the victory over the LTTE? If the war was a Lankan war or even a Sinhala war, why use Buddhist edifices to mark its victory? Incidentally, this was not an ancient Sinhala/Buddhist tradition. Even King Dutugemunu did not go around building stupas to mark his victory over King Elara. The only known war-related structure he built was the monument to Elara.

The implication is obvious – in the eyes of the state and the Ruling Family, the victory over the LTTE was not a Lankan victory or even a Sinhala victory but a Sinhala-Buddhist victory.

The stupa project symbolises the Rajapaksas’ role as guarantors/protectors of a Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka. It symbolises the nexus between the Rajapaksas, the military and the Sinhala-Buddhist majority. The project also provides the clearest possible indication that in post-war, post-LTTE Sri Lanka, the impetus for extremism is coming from within the bowels of the state – and not from the political fringes.

If Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera did not exist, the Rajapaksas would have had to create him. Come to think, given his meteoric rise and Teflon-status, they probably did.

In theory the Rajapaksas are the protectors of the Nation, the Faith and the Armed Forces. In reality, all three serve the purposes of the Ruling Family and are subordinated to its interests. Not only did the Rajapaksas jail the war-winning army commander. They also launched a witch-hunt against Fonseka-loyalists within the army, axing many ‘war-heroes’ in the process. When Asgiriya and Malwatte Chief Prelates pleaded publicly on behalf of Gen. Fonseka, the Rajapaksas retaliated by imposing punitive duties on a consignment of school bags and shoes donated by a foreign well-wisher.

The Rajapaksa triumphalism is a Sinhala-Buddhist triumphalism. Its message is simple – Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka has many enemies. The Rajapaksas will defeat them, as they defeated the LTTE. Keep them in power.


[i] Studies in Islamic Poetry – Reynold A Nicholson

[ii] Kotahena Riots – 1883 – GPV Somaratne. Leveling Crowds – Ethnonationalist and Collective Violence in South Asia – SJ Tambiah

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    The citizens of Sri Lanka has to make hard choices in electing their next leader if they were to stay as one nation.

    There is a critical point at which no country in the world will tolerate this nonsense of a leader acting deaf, dumb and mute.

    Come on Sri Lankans get rid the devil before the Devil destroys your nation.

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      The Sinhala Buddhist public is brain washed over 66 years by the Sinhala ruling elite to vote for the most anti-Tamil, anti-Muslim parties and leaders projecting these communities as their enemies.

      Now the public has to be rehabilitated from this madness if they were to elect rationally.

      Look at the ruling majority coalition in parliament today: Have they protested against the recent pogrom against Muslims? An emphatic no. So they will keep brainwashing the public with their racist philosophy.

      Who will do this re-education? Politicians are always thinking of opportunistic short cuts to power!

      Sri Lanka will this limp along under Appe Aanduwa!

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        If one were to compare the desert dwellers 66 years ago to this day. The most important factor apart from OIL would be the determination of a few Arab leaders to educate their people to progress and productivity. They may be far from perfect but the visible signs are eye catching with longest, largest, tallest man made structures in the world.

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        Thiru,

        “Who will do this re-education? Politicians are always thinking of opportunistic short cuts to power!”

        I am afraid there is going to be one less in this category. The CT buggers decimated my comments and I am thinking of leaving the scene.

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      He is doing everything to ascertain the 79% Singhala Buddhist votes for him before announcing the next Presidential election. The spin off from the Aluthgama bashing is a message to Modi that I too don’t suffer these Muslim minorities well. See what I can do? Can you’re consider your thoughts about me?

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        .
        Isn’t this DJ’s (PhD) policy too.

        All MaRa need is 50% of the Sinhala Buddhist votes to win any elections.

        :-)

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      They the murderers .. born rascals repeated the same after 31 years … SO where have we got our progress ? I today agreew ith CBK over 100% to have named the rascals as they really are. but people gave the rascals a chance not considering respect and dignity of the life.

      Why cant they ban BBS and other violent groups in srilanka and outside world ?

      We need brave politicians like late Kadirgamar to react at this stage.
      Vasu the puppet control by MR himself have lost his energies to react adequately – the bugger not to have come with a public statment in terms of the tragegy the muslims and the others face last few days is beyond bearing all ethical levels.

    • 2
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      Tisaranee Gunasekara –

      “Lies are believed amongst every race; and was any race ever the sole possessor of Truth?”[i] – Abdallah al-Ma’arri (Arab poet and sceptic 973-1057)”

      “The BBS is a product of that history. It is no accident that Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera models his speaking style very consciously on Anagarika Dharmapala.”

      BBS and Dharmapala and othe Sinhala Monk Mahanama Buddists are products of the lies and imaginations of Monk Mahanama of Mahawansa. The best solutions to the lies and imaginations, is the data, support and the truth.

      So what is the truth? Is the Earth Going around the Sun? Yes. There is data.

      So what is the truth? Are the Sinhala, Para-Sinhala? Yes. There is data. Just analyze the DNA of the Paras. It will show that they are South Indians.

      This is the Para -Sinhala ideology based on lies and imaginations of monk Mahanama of Mahawansa Fame-Notoriety, in the Land of native Veddah.

      The Sinhala and Tamils and Muslim and all others are Paras, in the Land of Native Veddah.,, the Para Sinhalese want to deny that fact. However, the proof is in their bodies, in their DNA that they are from South India. The Major Picture In Understanding Our Ethnic Conflict June 8, 2014 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph,MORE OPINION,Opinion | Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAP

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-major-picture-in-understanding-our-ethnic-conflict/

  • 5
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    well apparently there is a solution for all thia…Mervyn Silva has offered to marry a Muslim….it seems he has recovered from his dissapointment when Navi Pillay turned him down. On the bright side for Mervyn Navi Pilaay was perhaps old for him. He can now choose a nice little Muslim Chick.

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      ROFL :)

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    Cut the ground from under the BBS’ feet. Remove the 100+ evangelical Christians organisations, remove Lanka Jamthi Islam, Thauhid Jamath, Thableeq Jamath and Jamathi Muslim fundamentalist groups, remove the Wahhabis in Kattankudy and the East, and you remove the reasons the BBS give for their existence.

    • 5
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      Be realistic. Humanity by nature has a craving to search a way of life for their very existence. The right to practice as they choose is a built-in choice. No power on earth has the means to control it except by the will of the Creator.

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        And the creator is tormenting us mortals for his amusement.. Thanks a million Creator.

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      Paul,
      What you suggest sound good superficially. But who will do that other than a dictator. You need to be careful who this dictator should be. Don’t societies clamor for freedom?

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        What do you want to say about the clashes between BBS and Muslim folks there ?

        You always come with high moralists when it goes for the injustices against minorities. But how would you have been doing, if you as one coming from Minority were attacked verbally and physically ?

        And not forgetting the wording that the BBS lead cespit of th enation, pseudo monk used to create problems between communities ? WHat would you say ?

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          Rarity,
          I strongly resent any form of violence against anybody, whether minority or majority. I have said many times and will say it again; religion and governance should be separated. No religion should interfere with the gov. and no gov. should interfere with religion unless it threatens security of the country. I also resent the conjunction of the words “Sinhala Buddhist”.

          Attacks on Muslims instigated by these Buddhist monks is a despicable act and it discredit Buddhism. I strongly urge MR to ban this violent BBS terror group and arrest the culprit Gnanasara. Nipping this kind of groups at the bud would save us from more problems down the road. I hope Sri Lankans are watching MR’s actions to decide his future.

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            Agree with you.. thanks for the response.

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        It seems one has noted the real significance of what Paul said, other than for Eusense , who implicitly tells him that societies which clamour for freedom are the real obstacles for a proper dictator.

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      Reply

      “Cut the ground from under the BBS’ feet. Remove the 100+ evangelical Christians organisations, remove Lanka Jamthi Islam, Thauhid Jamath, Thableeq Jamath and Jamathi Muslim fundamentalist groups, remove the Wahhabis in Kattankudy and the East, and you remove the reasons the BBS give for their existence.”

      Don’t you think there are much cost effective alternatives to your suggestion?

      Why can’t we send all the descendants of Kallathonies back to whence their ancestors came, ideally Tamilnadu or Bihar?

      You should take the first boat and make sure Nuisance is also travelling with you.

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      So what you are really saying is that There will be no criminals if there were no victims. And the best way to stop criminality is to eliminate the victims.

      I know little of these organisations but before you can ban them you should be able to link them to criminality. If they have been involved in criminality there is plenty of provision in the law to punish them.

      There have been a few incidents in the East and Beruwala where Sufi moslems have been attacked by the Wahabis. The culprits should have been punished immediately. I dont know if this happened. If it did not, it is further proof that the law is implemented only at the behest of the man who gives orders to the Police and Army. And that is Gotabhaya Rajapakse. This country has become Iraq under Saddam Hussein and sons Uday and Qusay.

    • 2
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      Basically what you say is that, the country’s judiciary is defunct. Hence, BBS has taken the vacuum; they have effectively become a vigilantly force enforcing their corrupt Buddhist agenda on all the citizenry with impunity, and you support this!

      The Independence Day show-off of the mighty military muscle and the ever powerful, the white van entrepreneur, GR, have no muscle and powerless as the BBS carries the Buddhist moral authority!

      Have you thought about what you written? You, in effect, have justified the Sinhala Buddhist supremacy; a way to go mate!

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      Paul says “Cut the ground from under the BBS’ feet. Remove the 100+ evangelical Christians organisations, remove Lanka Jamthi Islam, Thauhid Jamath, Thableeq Jamath and Jamathi Muslim fundamentalist groups, remove the Wahhabis in Kattankudy and the East, and you remove the reasons the BBS give for their existence”

      Also cuts should include: Decent law-abiding Buddhists, decent Tamils, tax-payers, hard-working non-free loaders, etc.

      Paul, people like you are the reason BBS exists – stupidty.

    • 2
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      Look-up closly Mr Paul, these guy’s will create another reason to have another shouting parade.

  • 6
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    The Frankenstein is already on prowl! So, beware!

    Sengodan. M

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    first of all SL is not a multi-ethnic, multi-religious fruit salad. SL is a sinhalese buddhist country and we are the majority.
    war was won by sinhalese buddhists, so it’s a victory of sinhalese buddhists. majority of casualties of the war are innocent sinhalese buddhist people. brave children of innocent sinhalese buddhists sacrified their lives to win the war. (handful of catholics and few muslims like col fazly laffir also sacrified).

    you can’t condemn the war victory and sinhalese buddhists, no matter how many articles you write.

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      Sinhalaya modaya kavum kanna yodaya …!!! was told my Anagarika Dharmapala not by any hambayas or tamils. even today it well suits . simply because of ignorant people like you.

      Paduwas like you never understand the value of living with peace and harmony.

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        bull,you’re buushit

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          Looks like somebody got hurt.

    • 2
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      Toilet cleaners like you cant know that there are sinhalese that respect other religions too. Not all sinhalese are buddhists. Even not even born buddhists are strong BUDDHIST fundementalists like you that have been making every efforts to achieve their personal agendas telling they are sinnhalese buddists.

      Not many would like to even leave their two cts worth to your comments, but I THINK you or any one of your born stupid category could make efforts to identify yourself, things would have gone peaceful for all of us. Thinking is a hard work – but if you really want, it is doeble

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      Majority sinhalese today want to see GAG to be beheaded or pursude for a self immolation. If this is the case, many of here would agree if you – ELA kolla would please join him there. Just let us know whether you have got enough gallons of petrols – not worth talking a lot, we can provide you that for free. There you will surely be added to lanken history to have sacrificed yourself for the nation that seek for final peace in this country

      • 0
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        sun, you’re illness is not curable

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      ela kolla

      “first of all SL is not a multi-ethnic, multi-religious fruit salad”.

      Yes of course I will go with that. However I suggest you make a small amendment to you observation, this is a multi nation country with a history of shared heritage.

      “we are the majority”

      Certainly, you have more stupid people than the others.

      “SL is a sinhalese buddhist country”

      Since when?

      “war was won by sinhalese buddhists, so it’s a victory of sinhalese buddhists”.

      The war was won by VP for you with the support of Hindia and 30 other countries.

      “brave children of innocent sinhalese buddhists sacrified their lives to win the war.”

      The people sacrificed their life for mistakes that were made by earlier Sinhala/Buddhists people and politicians.

      “you can’t condemn the war victory and sinhalese buddhists, no matter how many articles you write.”

      May be, however we can and should charge those who had committed war crimes and crime against humanity

      Otherwise I have no objection to your illuminating commentary.

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        stinky vedda, go back to your cave and eat some grass

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      EK,
      We need to get rid of this sinhala Buddhist garbage. Does Buddhism has anything to do with how Sinhalese behave in society? Do you approve how some sinhala Buddhist politicians and sinhala Buddhist monks act? In fact I am ashamed to coin Buddhism with sinhala. And you should be too. What developed country coin them selves with their religion? I consider religion as a private thing. You follow it’s teachings and lead your life accordingly, and that is all about it. Longer we use this Buddhism curse longer we will be a third world country in shambles.

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        Did you listen to the speech dilivered by that Champika Upasakaya to a pariser crowd few days ago ? Interestingly he sounded as if he has got all evidences to prove that we the sinhalayas are almost like jewish nation. He has guts to call us as only nation to possess a history, not even India belongs such. Stupid folks stayed calm and quiet… only self descriptive speech about our sinahala pride. Why to hold such speeches that go beyond the standards to prove own people that we are sort of unique – can only lead to tensions between communiteis. Actually, like the case in some european countries, there should be hard punishments those who intentionally use derogotoray or near to derogatory terms inciting communal hurts. Then we could call that the rulers in power may have reacted accordingly. Using the word neger is strickly held banned word in Europe, though some still use it to attack blacks…. for example in soccer matches. Similarly we need to put the bans against using ” marakkalaya” ” Demala” ..” lansiya” not to feel attack to our minorities. As a govt they should work very sensible on these issues. Alone allowing to use uncivlized words of bazaar should not be promoted at least from this week. Ballige putha MR and the co.. would ever see it beyond is what we have been puzzling …
        I believe during the last 5 years alone, criminals got easily bred in the country make using the enviroment created by MR regime. Even at the war was at its heights, under the CBK second term, nothing like this much of social erosion was obsered. I think I m right having added this. But she was banned as a bandit queen, while the incumbent is being awarded for his worst politics – only exception that the terror within the country is defeated ..

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          Rarity,
          I am on your side. People like Champika are carrier politicians who thrive on weaker Sinhalese. Sad to say though, most Sinhalese belong to this category. This “Sinhala Pride” is a farce made up by shrewd politicians. What have the Sinhalese done during the last century to be proud of? What have these politicians done to make this country proud?

          Similar to the US we need to have a Hate Crime ordinance where any kind of expression/incite of hate on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation etc. in public is heavily punishable.
          It is no secret that the current gov. has let corruption go out of hand. I am hopeful that people will realize this and vote accordingly at the next election.

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            Eusense, “what have the sinhalese done during the last centure to be proud of?” well, for starters, they have sent their ladies (nearly a quarter million of them) to arab homes to wash their toilets and be abused!!! The money sent back by them is squandered by our sinhala politicians – even though it is the largest foreign exchange income to this country.

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        eusense, thanks a lot for your nonesense

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          EK,
          It is sad I have to say this, but people like you are the curse for our Sinhalese race. I can imagine politicians speaking like this for their political advantage, but you, for what?

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            Instead of putting the fire on the physical constructions of the poor people, if we could destroy ELA KOLLA and the ilk, we would have achieved peace easily in this country. Ela kolla should have been born started his genesis in a test tube – not to have any kind of human sorta feelings. He is filled with hatreds as the same volumes the Ghanasara has got. These groups of people are cynical…. not worth even to leave with human asosciations.

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              Sun

              “if we could destroy ELA KOLLA and the ilk, we would have achieved peace easily in this country.”

              By the time you finished your share of destruction you would have become another Ela Kolla, Banda, Mechanic, …………

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              sun the gonson, we need to burn puppets like you to have peaceful country

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            nonesense eusense, i can’t understand why you try to defend muslims?…surely for money. u r a loser

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        Eusense,

        Thanks for this comment.
        Dr. RN

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        eusense,
        I agree with you 100%.
        Thanks you.

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      You ar right Sri Lanka is not a fruit salad, it is a rotten fruit infested by Sinhala insects like you accelarating the decomposition..

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        rajesh tamil fool, just to remind you again….5 years ago you lost the war and we won it after crushing thousands of your friends and relatives….we’ll raise a glass for that

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          who are this elakolla balukolla born to abuse sinhala nation ? We are ashamed to call us sinahalya when reading the comments of your sort.
          Find your way balu kolla – you are not worth a fly to the nation, when go on making every efforts to spread hatreds.

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            sven perera, you are real fruit salad…sorry to tell you this, but you [Edited out]

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      Ela Kolla,

      Gnasara is a [Edited out], you guys came with STF during cerfew started looting. If you guys had come alone nearly your dead bodies would have returned to Rajagiriya.

      Well big chandi talk only in Sri Lanka,.. dont step to India, Dubai, Kuwait Saudi, Bangaladesh, Indonesia, Malasyai aetc. we already ordered to beat all Sinhala [Edited out]. you know Muslims have lot of money…. we buy and make them beat own sinhalese, just watch and wait.

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        Gnasara Pon

        Don’t India, Dubai, Kuwait Saudi, Bangaladesh, Indonesia, Malasyai aetc comply with law and order?

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        pathetic scum bag

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    Aluthgama is not the first and last. Burning of people or burning of properties or burning of religious identities(Temples, churches, mosques), burning of libraries, bombing of schools, hospitals, refugee camps etc. in front of security forces in the orders of government ministers and Presidents are historical developments and achievements of the independent Sinhala Buddhist SriLanka.

    we have heard so many promises saying”This will not happen again and we will conduct independent inquiry”. We have lot of experiences of how the justice system and independent inquiries carried out in this land.

    A lost Nation!

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    He is doing everything to ascertain the 79% Singhala Buddhist votes for him before announcing the next Presidential election. The spin off from the Aluthgama bashing is a message to Modi that I too don’t suffer these Muslim minorities well. See what I can do? Can you’re consider your thoughts about me?

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    BBS is not only Norwegian funded , but also has US on the “share” Register.

    The Boss of Ms T’s Camp. Hon Opposition Leader and his Team had high level talks with Gnanissara as late as 2013.

    This is from Wikipedia..

    How would they feel when Ms T tries to pass over the total ownership to Rajapaksa?.

    By commission or omission Ms T doesn’t include the machinations of the Vellala outfit TNA in her attacks on the Govt.

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      Does that mean that the US ambassador Sison knows more than she pretends to ?

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      Wikipedia, was never a serious research tool.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      The aspiring Vellala/Govia convert

      “By commission or omission Ms T doesn’t include the machinations of the Vellala outfit TNA in her attacks on the Govt.”

      Could you disclose details of the machinations of the Vellala outfit TNA.

      Thanks

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      .
      KAS says…”BBS is not only Norwegian funded , but also has US on the “share” Register.”

      You’re correct KAS… BBS’s real boss GoRa is a US citizen.

      :-)

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    Gandhassara is trying to be the new Anagarika Dharmapala of Sri Lanka. However even His Saffron Robe does not give him the Charisma that Hewavitarne had, in his day.
    The Anagarika was the need of the hour when Buddhism had sunk to its lowest level.
    Gandhassara is trying to take it back to that lowest level again.

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      Rationalist,
      What do you mean by saying that Buddhism has sunk to it’s lowest level for that Humbug Hewavitarana to revive? What was there for the Humbug to revive? Had the masses given up Buddhism? No, just about the same number was there as Buddhists other than a few who had converted to Christianity for purpose of education. Those Buddhists then lived a Buddhist way of life with compassion and tolerance, unlike the one’s today who are only labeled Buddhists only. To be frank the Buddhists of yore, were real Buddhists compared to the Buddhists of today who are label carrying Buddhists. Therefore please do not try to credit Gandasara that he is trying to take Buddhism back to the Glory days again.

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        Gamini, were you alive at that time, to say that…
        “Buddhists then, lived a Buddhist way of life with compassion and tolerance”
        It was the Urban Elite, who had strayed from the Path, that Hewavitarne was targetting at that time.

        Rural Buddhists then lived, and are living now, as Buddhists in the true sense, with Good, ‘Silvath’ monks to guide them.
        The BBS and Gandhassara, are trying to corrupt these Rural Masses, for their own purposes!

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    If the rajapaksa sincerely wanted to end what could be the beginning of yet another ethnic problem, perhaps leading to more bloodshed, they would have, long time ago, nipped this curse called BBS in the bud, refused to open their new buildings, and clamped down on their activities that call for violence against minorities.
    Instead, they have shown, by their silence, and their inaction, that they are co-conspirators to their agenda, and are supporting this group of terrorists, who assault even their own Buddhist priests, to “show” just how much they follow the peaceful teachings of their Lord Buddha. They are the scum of the earth, a poisonous lot, that threatens the peace of this country. It is strange that those who are expected to protect Buddhism at Temple Trees, are unable to halt these elements that cannot be called Buddhists by any stretch of the imagination. They are a danger to society and Buddhism, yet the rajapaksa’s do nothing, although they put on a good show pretending they are.

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    Sri Lanka is indeed a pluralist country but by no means a pluralist society any longer. Bensen

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    If not in 2015, it may be 2025 or even a few decades later. But the bifurcation of the island into a geographically separate and non-contiguous Sinhala and Tamil-speaking Nations (albeit in one country) is almost inevitable.

    Those whom the Sinhalese should hold responsible for this are principally

    (1) SWRD and the Sinhala Only policy that began in 1956 to break the backbone of the English-speaking Tamil professionals in Govt and private sectors including the public service

    (2) The Sinhala supremacist gang of Cyril Mathew, Premadasa, Gamini D, Lalith A, Elle Gunawanse priest and no less Maddhihe Pannha Seeha Thero and JRJ who boasted “now the Tamils will have to take care of themselves”

    (3) Dr. Colvin R. de Silva and his LSSP colleagues who sold their principles in 1970 for ministerial positions by bringing in the Unitary Constitution and removing the entrenched clauses that Jennings foresaw are necessary to protect minorities in the island which the visionary feared will come under the jackboot of majoritatianism

    (4) Mahinda Rajapakse refusing to unite the country bringing Tamils into the National fold in post-May 2009 and the Mahanayakas in Kandy who were more keen in protecting their comfortable positions rather than risk coming out in the open to “save the Nation” in the many instances it was necessary. Rajapakse failed to be magnanimous in victory but chose to use “the Sinhala victory” to drum beat his land for consolidation of his position in all fields of State activity

    Voices in the Sinhala side are entitled to ask why I did not place blame on VP, the LTTE, SJV and the FP etc., My answer is simple. From
    1952 the activists Tamil were merely taking defensive steps to protect the Tamil people from harmful legislation and political development from a fastly radicalising Sinhala electorate. DSS was no fool. His Colonisation Policies were to eventually get the “Tamils into manageable proportions” Tamils then resisted this and do so today and indeed tomorrow because the NEP was always Tamil majority territory.
    The Colombo Govt is bound by international Covenants to protect and offer safety to all Tamils in the rest of the South, including Muslims, Burghers and others. It is failure on his part that has brought so much of trouble for him with the UN – the world’s policeman.

    R. Varathan

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa should stop talking, giving promises of all kinds to evrybody & sundry.
    He should start by arresting Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who is the true leader of BBS.

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    The time has come for every peace loving citizen of Sri Lanka irrespective of party politics, religious and language differences, to become a news media and explain to other citizens whom they meet in their daily life, what is happening in Sri Lanka under Rajapakse regime and why Rajapakse regime has to be defeated at the next Presidential and Parliamentary elections. Since the media is controlled by the Rajapakse regime it becomes the paramount duty of every peace loving citizen to become a news media. Let us all take the message especially to the villages.

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    Rajapakse is using Buddhism using thugs in robes to win the election, It is insulting to Buddhism preached by great Lord Buddha. The selfish and unpatriotic Rajapaske and co are ruining the country for their own interests. God bless Srilanka!!!

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    Sri Lankans are real idiots about government finances. When President says government will rebuild and compensate, if it is done it will increase the milk prices, fuel prices, bus fairs, electricity and water by a small margin. One day when the prices actually increase it is due to accumulation of these expenses (including other).

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      but not arresting the criminal … tha tis it. .what this man made sofar is beyond all human crimes. World leaders should rally round to isolate the man and get finally before the international courts

      Ask him why he is indifferent with reenforcement of law and order to the system ? Man would tell somethign else prevaricating the question. So is the case on and on… but where have the seniors of the country been ?
      where have the former politicians gone ?

      oNY

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    You omitted the racist Ponnambalam and the riots of 1939.

    SWRD first worked in the Ceylon National Congress and tried to obtain independence within the concept of a Ceylonese nation which embraced all. G.G. Ponnambalam, an ambitious young Catholic lawyer who did not belong to the elite group, had to find a formula to capture the support of the Tamils. Recognizing that the proposal for universal franchise would reduce the Tamils to a minority, GGP began the racist cry in the 1930s.

    Hansard in 1935 shows Ponnambalam claiming that he is a PROUD DRAVIDIAN, and rejecting the Ceylonese concept that embraced all the ethnic groups.

    The Tamil Vellalas realized that they would loose their dominant position if universal franchise was upheld. GGP began a full campaign against Universal Franchise and the historical position of the Sinhalese.

    Jane Russell writes (page 131): “The Ceylon Tamils had no written document on the lines of the Mahavamsa to authenticate their singular and separate historical authority in Sri Lanka, a fact which Ceylon Tamil communalists found very irksome”. Because of this, Tamil writers,and budding politicians like Ponnambalam began to attack the Mahavamsa. He went to political meeting claiming that the Tamils have always ruled the Sinhalese, and that the Sinhalese were “a race of hybrids” and an offshoot of the Tamils. The Dutugamunu-Elara story was used by Ceylon Tamil agitators as an historical justification for the sense of grievance which they were so carefully nursing, and it was used to suggest that Sinhalese perfidy in the name of Sinhalese Buddhism would be the accepted practice in the future as well as in the past” (Russell, p. 154).

    Meanwhile, the Tamils continued to insist that they are effectively a majority community (Morning Star, January 2, 1934). The famous Peradeniya historian, Prof. K. M. de Silva has cited this fact as a main cause of the failure of the Ceylon National Congress and the concept of a united Sri Lanka (University of Ceylon History of Ceylon , p401).

    At a meeting in Navalapitiya in 1939, Ponnambalam attacked the Mahavamsa and the Sinhalese in such extreme terms that the people attacked him, and the first Sinhala-Tamil riots began, with clashes in Navalapitiya, Passara, Maskeliya and even in Jaffna (reported in full in the newspaper, Hindu Organ November 1, 1939.
    The British government rapidly put down the clashes and so they did not become extensive as in the post-1950s clashes. – abridged from Jaffna History

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      To begin with, Paul, GGP was not a Catholic. But, nonetheless, he belonged to the Jaffna Tamil elite and had extensive interests in then Malaya. While there is some truth in what you state, there is much fiction and misunderstanding too. BTW, all Tamils did not take to the arrogant and hot-headed GGP. History will never forgive him for voting with DSS’s regime on the Citizenship issue. He had a lot of opposition from the Tamil Nation as well, if you refer to election results.

      Jane Russel and KMdeS had their own Agenda too – not consistent with historical events. But this is nothing knew as you know the old joke
      “before you study history, learn the history of the historian” Both Sinhalese and Tamils since suffer because of the mistakes of many Sinhala and Tamil leaders.

      BTW, you sound like that old Tamil hater Sebastian Rasalingam.

      R. Varathan

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      paul

      You have done a good job.

      Had you read Jane Russell’s complete book you would have come to completely different conclusion.

      The OTC chappy too did similar copy and paste job without reading the entire book.

      Elsewhere I have already given the link to the book.

      Here is the link

      http://www.noolaham.net/project/37/3675/3675.pdf

      Please do read it.

      Then we can discuss the merit of “The First Sinhala-Tamil Riot, 1939”

      as claimed by

      http://www.jaffnahistory.com/The_First_Sinhala_Tamil_Riot.html

      where you found the cooked up story.

      The 1939 riot was a trade union dispute.

      You can do better than those stupid racists OTC and his sidekicks Banda, Mechanic and ……….others if you look at the source documents.

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    WOW! this is a lesson in History. I am enlightened.

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    Dayan Jayatileke

    Hope you have seen this superb article by Tissaranee.It is a word for word , idea for idea, theme for theme rejection of your article ” Is the BBS the boss?The BBS bid for power and how to beat it ” in the Colombo Telegraph of 17 June.What you have tried to do by sleight of hand and brain is to absolve the the chief architects of the massacre of the innocent in Aluthgama, by placing the entire blame on the BBS.

    Dayan has one reason for trying to paint his former patron in lily white.It is nearly 2 years since his return from Paris.The NRFC Euro Savings account balance is fast diminishing.Now it’s time to head overseas along with Sanga and begin earning once again.No one with an iota of intelligence will hire him except his former Patron.So Dayan writes bullshit, hoping that the patron sees it and returns the favor.

    Some have heard DJ hum the tune “New York New York” hoping to be Permanent Representitive in UN HQ.But he has a big challenge to overcome We in Paris hear that .Miss Shenuka Seneviratne, Dayan’ s bosom friend is and enemy no.1 is also planning to go there and has now itself started to staff the place with her cronies. So Dayan has a big challenge since Shenuka is very close to de Facto Foreign Minister Sajini de Wassi, the former Trico clerk,who has a terrible hatred for Dayan. Sajini hates anybody who tries to get close to the Big Boss bypassing him.

    So Dayan please try another whitewashing strategy for u have been exposed. How about consulting that other foreign affairs mandarin and your buddy Dr. Rajeeva Wijesinghe, who is unseen these days.?

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    In Sri Lanka, It is fair to have Tamils only organizations, Tamils only Political parties, Tamils on NGOs. In Sri Lanka, it is OK to muslims only politicians, organizations representing only the muslims, muslims only NGOs.

    Christian media and anti-Sri lankan writers portray those as human rights, freedom and hail that as good.

    Even LTTE was a saint like organization.

    buddhists can not have anything like that. It is against the book.

    All the christian media and writers know the real truth about the ALuthgama incidence but, they don’t want to talk the truth.

    Probably, this is something against Mahinda Rajapakse’s foreign policy. WHo ever does that, want to make Mahinda rajapakse bad for a certain group.

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    Since no opposition political party is demanding the resignation of IGP, Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order and Secretary to the Ministry of Defense, why won’t the media demand for their resignations? Why won’t the leaders of various religions also demand the same thing?

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    Great analysis Tisaranee. I have few comments to make.

    Even before Pres.Rajapakse came to power Sri Lanka was following a Sinhala Buddhist Majority norms. It had Poya day holidays, Wesak holidays, Poson Hoidays etc etc. But Buddhism was not politicised by then governments.

    What Pres.Rajapakse did was to politicise Buddhism for his personal gain and used it for long stay in power.

    The difference is that current day Sri Lanka is much different to 1948 both in Political and economic lives.
    Now our main foreign income source is ME labour and the biggest investments are from Tourism and Garment exprts. Also Casinos, ethenol and cocain play a major role in the economy. We have a Muslim as the Minister of Trade and ME and other Muslim countries backed Sri Lanka during the UNHRC vote.

    Therefore Pres.Rajapakse creating BBS gene could backfire on him very soon on above conditions. Our Muslim community has a considerable hold of our economy and both Rajapakses and BBS rely on their tax money to live and stay in power.

    Two shipments of Oil and Gas embargos and a boycott of our Tea by ME countries will collapse our economy overnight. Rajapakses should know about this and they are still playing with fire.

    Stoppage of Arms shipments by Pakistan and a pressure on China on Sri Lanka’s human rights record could suspend arms shipments to Sri Lanka and also could isolate it.

    I think Rajapakses are already on fire and they know it.

    Very soon both Rajapakses and BBS will be history.

    They dance their last tango.

    My conclution is that the true patriots should intervene now to rescue Sri Lanka from both Rajapakse and BBS lunacy before they totally bankrupt and collapse it. It will be a total write off and too late to rescue then.

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    Please read what happened at last Thursday’s (19th June’2014) cabinet meeting:

    http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/30889

    The President’s stance and attitude are reflected in what is happening in this country. I remember telling the President during his first term, while the war was on-going, ‘You are not the President of the Sinhalese only but of all peoples in Sri Lanka’. He concurred and told Sajin Vass Gunawardene, then his private secretary, to record it. Rishad Bathiudeen told him the same thing at the last cabinet meeting and heard an earful in response.

    The President’s response that he knows what the Minister was up to (& about which he has not taken any action), shows how the affairs of this country are managed. The dirty linen collected in the closet will be pulled out to blackmail any one daring to dissent! This also explains why many- like Rauf Hakeem- dare not oppose MR, even if the people who elected them are under state sponsored siege.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,

      Such threats are not new. T Sabarartnam in his serials of Prbhakaran revealed that Amirthalingham was threatened by JRJ with riots if he did not toe the line! MR is far worse than JRJ; he is an inherent thug; it will not surprise me that the Muslim MPs have been severely lent on!

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    Do not drag Anagarika Dharmapala into this event he did everything for Buddhist revival when Buddhism was at lowest level.

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      Mahinda bandara

      “Do not drag Anagarika Dharmapala into this event he did everything for Buddhist revival when Buddhism was at lowest level.”

      The homeless one(Anagarika Dharmapala) who helped to destroy Buddhism replaced it with Sinhala/Buddhism and perverted the teaching and practices of Buddha.

      Now its up to us to reclaim Buddha’s teaching from Sinhala/Buddhism and elevate its status to its pristine form.

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa must resign.

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      That will be the day! He is just waiting for his eldest son to grow up!

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      Ditto. If he does not, which is the likely possibility, he should be kicked out with our vote power.

      Dr.RN

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