14 June, 2024

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Are We Bold Enough For A Radical Change?

By Upatissa Pethiyagoda –

Dr. Upatissa Pethiyagoda

Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe (Ex PM, Ex MP and now the President) is reported to have berated the present Government Authorities, for going around begging for funds to purchase the Anti-Corona Virus Vaccines from India (Astro-Seneca (Oxford)) and from China (Sinovac). Yes. It is great shame that our nation has managed its finances very poorly and recklessly. Even before the “Robber Barons,” invited by RW’s uncle “Dickie” got here, the local models were well immersed in the technology of Large-scale Larceny. So, mendacity is not a novelty to us. In fact it possibly started somewhere in the fifties or early sixties. It has grown since, both in ubiquity and scale.

The sad truth, is that the title “MP” is synonymous with “Mara Paga,” or “Paga Mara“, in transposed form. One learns that the present Prime Mourner at our sorry plight, has been at the forefront of matters Parliamentary, for more than four decades, and so cannot absolve himself from blame. If only his Buddy Arjuna Mahendran returned in time, from the wedding party in Singapore, to collect his loot, the nation’s sorry plight now may not have been so severe. In the historic robbery of the (James) Bond Scam, where craftily manipulated processes led to colossal losses to the EPF operated by the Central Bank, and other Funds held in trust by the NSB, Insurance Corporation and wherever else.

Although much maligned, the Cardinal has to be applauded, for determinedly doing his duty by his flock. It is probable, that his detractors do not know the meaning and authority, implied in the title “Cardinal,”. The Catholic clergy may wish to guide their flock on this matter.

The current shenanigans at the Central Bank, have astonished and fueled the envy of the working public. There is, to my knowledge, only one other Institution where the employees (unilaterally, and unanimously) decide their own salaries, allowances and numerous other perks to the level of obscenity. Yes, you guessed right – It is Parliament l

Doubtless, good karma earned them these privileges. One wonders where their next sojourn in Samsara may be, (where they will never encounter fuel cuts). Comments are often heard of our Honourables, who on their first day, pedalled in on a push bicycle and in a few weeks, seen riding in a chauffeur driven Mercedes, Volvo or Jaguar. Where does Aladdin hide his lamp?

We were told a while ago, that a single day’s sitting of Parliament, costs us some seven million rupees. This is possibly even for days on which the Assembly is adjourned, perhaps in less than ten minutes, because of uncontrollable hooligan behaviour. The then President was said to cost us about thirty million and the War when active, put us back by some 90 million a day. Only less than 6% of MP’s have declared their assets. It must be made the rule  – at least on entry and on departure, if not annually. Government employees are compelled to do so annually. Value for money?

Nowadays, I understand that each MP is paid 200,000/= a month for “electoral work”. Why then are they paid an allowance (salary) monthly, and a substantial Retirement Pension as well? There is more justification for a risk allowance, when they go canvassing. The paddy farmers, quite justifiably are in a state of financial ruin and privation, because of the crass stupidity of the Government. They have been pauperized, by an ill-informed and unworthy President, (Sirkiula). They are impoverished, having lost millions, due to the thoughtless and Idiotic action to prevent the imports of Palm Oil for cooking, Glyphosate as a Weed-killer, and then imported artificial fertilizer. All of these, for “immediate implementation.” They are so furious, and rightly so, for their ruination. Their mood is far from cordial. Meanwhile, the sudden ban on Turmeric and queer drop in duty for sugar, have cost us billions as lost tax revenue. Incidentally where are “Vipath Maga” stars these days?

Additionally, marauding Elephants are raiding settlers and their crops, Pests (eg. The Senna caterpillar), are devastating Maize planttions. Many other hazards also threaten farm production.

The thirteenth Amendment created the local bodies. The justification (deceptively) was that this decentralization of administration, would lead to more efficient delivery through local bodies and persons drawn from among the locals, than government from the “Centre”. If the proof of the pudding is in the eating, the taste is so nauseous, that both the recipe and the Chef have to be replaced.

Despite this decentralization, this has to be a write-off. Roads are pot-holed, incomplete building are in collapse, hazardous bridges affect school children and the sick. The only structures that mockingly remain, are the massive concrete or granite slabs that glorify everybody from the President to the local politico- in short, all but the truly deserving stone-mason who crafted this abomination.

The Social media suffer threats to disband or harass them. So low is the credibility of the government, that there is no alternative but to go to gossip and slander. Any clumsy attempts to curb, rather than pay heed and repair whatever possible, is too much to expect from a severe publication deficit. The Government seems to believe that banning, water cannoning and tear-gassing, are sufficient to quell a rumbling disquiet. Dark clouds clearly loom ahead.

If only the MP’s set an example, then the less blessed and exalted humans, might be ready to make a hole for their already tightened belts. Corpulent “Kapati” suits certainly have the necessary tack to stabilize the system. Deeds are more effective than words. “Do as I say, not as I do”.

I have a suggestion here. Popular feeling is that unworthy MP’s are grossly overpaid, much above their true market value. Obviously, not all MP’s are mutts, but it is true that talent, generally moves in tandem with academic achievement. There is a good way in which wages can be linked to value. The House should agree on a fair method. I suggest that a :”multiplier” should be agreed, say by a factor of 5, 10 or even 15 times the last salary drawn in his/her job, immediately before becoming an MP This should, of course be authenticated by that years income tax returns. Thus an MP whose income was 5,000/= per month, as declared to Inland Revenue, would receive a pay check of 25,000/=, if the multiplier is 5 times, and if it is 15 times, it would be Rs 75,000/=. This is the simplest way to pay according to worth. Thus, a University Don may be better paid than a tax avoiding Drug Baron, a Chain-Snatcher, pick-pocket or a cattle thief. Is it not fair that quality, or the sacrifice made on becoming an MP, be appropriately rewarded? In my view, this is a useful and easy reform, if it is genuinely meant to save burdens of the State, and improvement in attracting the best men to be in Parliament. “Good things no cheap and cheap things no good”, as the itinerant Chinese cloth merchant would say.

Much has been said about the poor standards of MP’s, related mainly to their poor academic records. What nonsense, “doctor members” are sprouting, like toadstools, after even after a moderate shower of rain. This must surely raise the average. The genuine ones may be tempted to resign their doctorates. The same goes for ”Professors” This concerns me, because our growing up children will feel dismayed and disappointed at the decline of standards and possible unemployment.

I may find little popular support, but I am committed to pluralism, especially in the field of education. I cannot agree that the Sinhala only Act, was a desired change, while it is only an example of crude political deception. It was a fatal assault on education, and led to a long and deadly conflict. Language is surely primarily only a means of communication, and need not be an instrument of oppression. It is less than intelligent to disagree that it was not merely a cunning devise by our colonial masters, to exterminate our National Culture and rich heritage. This is nonsensical. What nearly five centuries of subjugation by powers, whose direct mandate would have been to willfully destroy the language and religion of the “natives.” In our circumstances, this means the substitution of Sinhala with English and Buddhism with Christianity. This has not happened, for 450 years of foreign rule and thus is unlikely to do so, under our own governance.

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    “What nearly five centuries of subjugation by powers, whose direct mandate would have been to willfully destroy the language and religion of the “natives.” In our circumstances…. This has not happened, for 450 years of foreign rule and thus is unlikely to do so, under our own governance.”
    But it had happened in Ireland and to a considerable degree in Scotland and Wales.
    What happened to the languages of France?
    It happened in a good part of sub-Saharan Africa.
    *
    Why it did not happen here was not because it cannot but because the powers concerned had other priorities.
    But many Tamils of the Western Province of this country lost their language by a Church decree.

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      SJ,
      “Tamils of the Western Province of this country lost their language by a Church decree.”
      When did this happen?

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        old codger, Don’t swallow the lies of hatred spread by SJ. There was no church decree for tamils to lose their language if they genuinely wanted to keep it. Even today tamil is used in churches.

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          DTG,
          “Even today tamil is used in churches.”
          But not much in the WP. That’s what SJ is talking about.

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            old codger, How does SJ know what language is used in all the churches in the WP. Lot of imaginary talk goes on here, giving false information. Atheistic gang up.

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              DTG,
              Do you know of any churches holding services in Tamil South of Negombo, apart from the ones in Colombo?

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              Read what I have written.
              I was talking about the language switch if a whole community on the Western province.
              See OC’s comments too to clear your head.

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          dtg
          The Colombo Diocese of the Catholic Church ruled in early 20th Century that church service in Negombo and education in vernacular Catholic schools shall be in Sinhala .
          The result was that tens of thousand Tamil speaking Catholics had bilingual children and monolingual grandchildren who did not know Tamil.
          This not hatred, but a fact. I have nothing against any brand of Christianity.
          I blame the Tamil elite of Jaffna more for enabling this linguistic transformation by their indifference towards Tamils outside their little territory..
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          The decision of the Church could have been owing to a major Catholic–Buddhist clash in Kochchikade late in the 19th Century. The idea might have been that speaking a common language will reduce communal tension and protect the Catholic population.
          They were not the only people to dump Tamil linguistic identity. It has happened among the Salagama and Karawe (Buddhists).
          *
          Do you know what ‘hate speech’ is? Listen to Father Jerome and Rev Gnanasara.
          *
          I have not called you a liar for regurgitating all manner of fibs from the OT.
          Do not tempt me.

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            SJ, OT has no fibs. So don’t get tempted unnecessarily

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              One who believes fibs seldom admits that he believes falsehoods.
              BTW
              Any observations on the Sinhalization of Tamil Catholics?
              Calling me a liar on that count will make you a bigger liar.

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            SJ,
            Thanks. I am aware of people in the Negombo area who identify as Sinhalese but speak Tamil among themselves.

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        old codger

        Please watch this Drama, how this man expresses his dissatisfaction of services. I suspect he is not angry at the service, as we are familiar of the failure of our own government departments but he protesting against Hindian expansion, bottled up anger at Chola, Pandya, …. 2000 years of colonial rule:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roXJQhk5HP8&t=80s

        Is it Lester?

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          old codger

          I bet this man a supporter of NPP, SLPP, CPC (Communist Party of China), …. and follower of SJ.

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          Native,
          Can’t figure out what he’s complaining about. He doesn’t need a visa to enter SL.
          Here is an interesting video about a “company ” trying to buy Sri Lankan Airlines. The colour scheme the lady is wearing is a dead give-away.
          https://youtu.be/ttVu0RSBiZc?si=frb4cg-IfPh-dRCv

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            Saw the video on the news. It’s about the visa service being handed over to a private company, which he thinks is Indian, but isn’t., and is ripping off tourists.
            This must be VFS, which handles visa applications for various embassies, and charges exorbitant amounts.

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            old codger

            Thanks
            I rushed through the video clip.
            The colour scheme resembles Thai Airways or Air India.

            Mahanayake also has provided business advice on the structure of the company. However this seems fluent in business and corporate matters.
            It appears Hindians are going to be the main shareholders of the new company and their Sri Lankan partners may be the front.

            Mahasangha should invest in the proposed corporate body and appoint all its directors from Karaka Sangha Sabha.

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              Native,
              You haven’t listened properly. There are no foreign partners. This is a project by the UL unions to form a totally local company, with shares issued to the public. Seems highly unlikely to me. The source of funds is not clear.
              The colour scheme is Pohottuwa-like. I suspect Dhammika P is lurking somewhere.

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                old codger

                “You haven’t listened properly.”

                You are right, I was in hurry.
                I couldn’t spent 47 minutes listening to all of the interview, take in the stuff. I thought she was going to bring in 3 foreign investors.

                “The colour scheme is Pohottuwa-like. I suspect Dhammika P is lurking somewhere.”

                Has he given up his interest in (share of) becoming President?

                There are too many machinations taking place in the country and for an ordinary person like me, its too much to keep track of every move, crooks, ….

                Thanks
                Let me watch it again.

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          NV,

          thank you.

          “I suspect he is not angry at the service, as we are familiar of the failure of our own government departments but he protesting against Hindian expansion, bottled up anger at Chola, Pandya, …. 2000 years of colonial rule:”

          In such a situation, the police should be able to control, but everyone, along with others, looks at the man’s screams “as a cow looks at a speeding train.” why is that ? In European and Arab airports, I have never seen this happen, although sometimes people queue longer (not hours, but longer than we are used to).

          Above all, the local YOUTUBERS case highlights that this guy is a hero… and maybe something else.?

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            LM,
            I still don’t understand why he is in the visa queue.

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              He spoke about tax payers etc.. if he has a foreign citizen as of today, is it right to argue that way ?

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              O C ,

              The guy must be a Srilankan origin with a Foreign passport .
              Since We Eat and Drink Politics everyday , everywhere , he
              went nuts and started screaming . He must be from an
              English speaking country , migrated recently and didn’t change
              like ” Do as Romans Do When You Are In Rome . ” He is not
              supposed to behave that way at the Airport . I mean any Airport .
              No doubt , the Visa counter issue is a huge one . Questions are
              being raised as to how it was approved and came in to operation .
              As I keep saying , The Country Is a Den of Thieves and can never
              be Reversed now . Dodgy investors are the ones that are being
              attracted through Dodgy routes , simple as that .

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                WhyWhy,
                “The guy must be a Srilankan origin with a Foreign passport .”
                If he is, he hasn’t learnt that much English. Maybe he’s better at French or Italian?

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                  O C ,

                  Thanks . Just so you know , vast majority of recently moved
                  out to other territories , have no time to Learn and Earn . The
                  priority is earning . It is always their off springs that go to
                  schools but with little success to Real language proficiency
                  access , due to many unavoidable and circumstantial
                  reasons . Sorry to say this but majority of those going to Italy
                  and France and other non English territories are , straight from
                  coconut and palmyra trees ! Vast majority from rural set up
                  with poor backgrounds with no access to many things in life .
                  Sorry state of life but the bitter truth .

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                WW and OC,
                .
                Is that ever possible in a country where law and order is strictly enforced?

                In Germany, idiots like this would have been arrested immediately.. There is no difference in the UK. If the bugger is so passionate about Sri Lanka, why did he become a foreign citizen?
                .
                Why on earth were the policists and other senior officials so silent in front of that rascal?

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2TvfjMhhD8

                Minister Harin Fernando is correct in saying that it is again an action of the Janata Vimukti Peramuna. I think it is at this moment that we are sinking that the faith that is gradually becoming positive for tourist arrivals should not be damaged.

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                  L M ,

                  On Arrival Visa must be handled by the Immigration and
                  Emigration with so much love and care and with Caution .
                  It is in the interest of the Tourist that On Arrival Visa works
                  in my understanding . That does not mean unrestricted
                  entry into the country in the name of tourism of course . But
                  it got to be handled with caution by experts in the country
                  who can be held responsible for mishandling arrivals .
                  Harin Fernando ? Oh come on L M !

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          Native,

          “Is it Lester?”

          Congrats, you caught me there. Just one question. Let’s say you took that lady for a drink and she asked you your occupation. Are you going to tell her (1) you’re a NV, (2) SB, (3) or HR champion. You could say (1), but then she wants to meet the family (chief, healer, etc.) and that might complicate matters.

          Meet the Indian “cassanovas”/draculas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_JXA6jNDmI.

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        oc
        Please see response to dtg below.

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          oc
          It has to be above really

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      Hello SJ.
      “But it had happened in Ireland and to a considerable degree in Scotland and Wales”.
      Ireland was subjugated by the Norman English first and then later on by the English.
      Irish and Scots Gaelic (pronounced Gallic) are still around but much reduced especially Gaelic. Pictish, the language of my mother’s ancestors has disappeared, however many place names can be traced back to the Picts. The Picts spoke a language much like Welsh (still used in North Wales), as did the Bretons (still spoken). Take a Mid-Wales farmer, a North East of Scotland farmer and one from Brittany in France and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference by looking at them. I have visited Markets in all three.
      Many learned books have been written as to why languages disappear and under what circumstances. I am quite convinced that “Rural” populations that remain stable and are not replaced by invasion, will maintain their mother tongue. Languages will always acquire loan words. My friend from Hull shares quite a few dialect words with me that are from North East Scotland, due to the Herring Fisheries and the Women Fish Workers that followed them down the East Coast.
      Best regards

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        LS
        Thanks for educating me further on the subject.

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    Sinhala Only was a great deception. It enabled the unlikely Solomon West Ridgway Dias to become a champion of Sinhala Buddhism and ensure that the Sinhala peasants were kept in ignorance while his own progeny went to (and failed) in the universities of the west. The deception has continued. The Sinhala peasant has to be fed this dose of anti Tamil/Muslim rhetoric. He has to be kept ignorant so that he would vote for those who have fed on him down the ages. It is time for this folly to end and for the Sinhala people to wake up to the fact that they have been cheated by the rich fat cats who siphon off the wealth that is theirs, keep them in banks abroad and give their idiot children a good life by promoting them as the future leaders of the country. It is good for all of us if the good Sinhala people realise that they have been fooled by their leaders for so long.

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      “The Sinhala peasant has to be fed this dose of anti Tamil/Muslim rhetoric.”
      The peasant has other things t worry about.
      The ones that are constantly poisoned are not rural.
      The worst communalism is among the urban middle class.
      Check where the JHU had scored best.
      Even the thugs are mobilized from urban areas.

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        SJ, The worst communalism was mainly from SWRD onwards to catch the sinhala votes, but unfortunately, a judgment followed. Thugs appear when money is offered for special tasks.

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          Read some history.
          JRJ and SWRDB were western attired Christian gentlemen who shed their suits in favour of the ‘national’ dress.
          There was worse communalism among those who stirred anti-Muslim rioting in 1915. They are celebrated as national heroes.
          If you say that the Good Lord punished Banda, what the hell was the guy doing with JRJ?

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            Hello SJ,
            After a little bit of research, I am surprised that SWRD was not advised about his habit of holding “Open House” in his Home. It may be that he was oblivious to the risks, but he was definitely a clever man. I realise that it was September 1959, but as a Classical Scholar he must have been familiar with the Assassination of Julius Caesar in Rome.
            On reading an old article in CT it would appear that this was a pretty turbulent time e.g. on “August 25, 1959, when Minister CP De Silva had drunk a glass of milk suspected to have contained a vegetable- derived poisonous substance in the boardroom where the cabinet met, may have been intended for the Prime Minister himself” – it must have been an inside job.
            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/swrd-bandaranaike-victim-of-sordid-politics-unmitigated-avarice/
            The plot thickens – there is definitely more to this event than appears on the surface, especially about Mapitigama Buddharakkitha and his business dealings – which Monk was the Ayurvedic Medicine expert?
            Best regards

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              LS
              I too feel that there is more to the assassination than Somarama and co-conspirators.
              But many tracks have been sand blown by winds of political change.

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              LS,
              “am surprised that SWRD was not advised about his habit of holding “Open House”
              That was a much less paranoid era. Some MP’S travelled by public transport. DSS died while riding his horse at Galle Face, with just one security officer.

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        “The worst communalism is among the urban middle class.”

        Partially true, for example Banda, Weeping Widow, JR, Champika, Rohana Wijeweera, most of the upper caste well to do Saffronistas, Dinesh, Ratwattes, …….. Cyril Mathew, Duta Gamani Nayakas, …. and the urban thugs, rent a mob, ….

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          Native,
          I don’t think SWRD was a personally a racist. His peers were definitely not middle class, more concerned about class than race, just like the English gentlemen they were emulating. But he didn’t hesitate to use real racists to his advantage. I think the same goes for the Rajapaksas. Check out how many Tamil friends and relatives they have. But Champika, Mathew, etc are from a different group.

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            oc
            There is this anecdote, true or false, it is interesting and plausible.
            NM Perera apparently referred to SWRDB as bourgeois, to which the latter responded “It is you who are bourgeois, I belong to the aristocracy”.

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              SJ,
              That’s the impression I have of this pipe-smoking Kennel club member with the odd Sinhala accent.

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            old codger

            “I don’t think SWRD was a personally a racist.”

            That is how he presented himself to Tamils.
            An opportunistic racist perhaps, winner of the first competitive racist race.
            He justified the Sinhala Only policy by blaming his serious election majority on Sinhalese. Had they not voted him with such a majority he had told a Tamil he would not had been able to pass the Act.

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    We Sri Lankans have been pussy footing with rogue politicians from time immemorial. Today, we are governed by war lords backed by the underworld. The only glimmer of hope is the radical change which appears to be inevitable.

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    First it was a legitimate and a genuine demand that that the official language of a country must be in local vernacular which invariable implied Sinhalese and Tamil. It got cascaded into the political hype that got caught the imagination of the masses to become a political magnet which got morphed into a political slogan. The Sinhalese opportunistic chauvinists waded the floods by agitating for Sinhalese Only. The UNP which adhered to the principle that it should be equal status for both Sinhalese and Tamil changed its mind to Sinhalese Only after seeing the ground swell towards the pending parliamentary elections galvanizing the average voter. Unashamedly Mr. SWRDB jumped into the bandwagon by declaring “under my rule it would be Sinhalese Within 24 hours”, smashing the food gates. Rest is all history now.

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      Hello hanchopancha,
      It is strange that I have not had a chance to interact with you, earlier.
      I am a Tamil; My people know Tamil, even though Tamil came into being an official language much later than Sinhala. My people didn’t miss a beat!
      As such, your claim, ‘it was a legitimate and a genuine demand that the official language must be vernacular’, doesn’t hold much water!

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    “I cannot agree that the Sinhala only Act, was a desired change, while it is only an example of crude political deception. It was a fatal assault on education, and led to a long and deadly conflict.”

    How can a language cause a deadly assault? Does a language have a brain and motivation? I don’t agree with “Sinhala-Only” (English is a better language for learning science subjects) but if Tamils had just accepted it, integration would have been easier. They would have had more job opportunities. Given the scope of today’s digital communication, “Sinhala-Only” is meaningless, but that was not the reason it was rejected by Tamils. One has to understand that the same thing happened in India, with Tamil Nadu rejecting Hindi as the national language.

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      Jester Kunju, both Chingkallam and Hindi were being imposed and used as a tool of oppression and not for anything else and this is the reason the Thamizh successfully opposed it and even thrived in India and now not only Thamizh, but even other language speakers are opposing this forced imposition of Hindi in their areas, as they now realize how this has affected their language. Lots of Thamizh in Thamzh Nadu learn Hindi but still oppose forced imposition of Hindi/ They have found out 95% of the Thamizh in India hardly leave Thamizh Nadu and even visit North India, they may go overseas or visit the neighbouring South Indian states, especially Kerala and southern Karnataka, where Thamizh is still widely spoken or understood. Even the vast majority of the remaining 5% largely reside in the neighbouring southern states, mostly in Bangaluru and Kerala and Hindi is not needed there. Only around 1% of them venture further north and only these Thamizh need Hindi, and no one stops them from learning the language.

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        The Thamizh and other southern states, with their own rich languages and English only, have progressed far better than the so-called Hindi Belt in Northern and Central India. It is this huge Hindi Belt that is still dragging India down with its abject poverty, caste ridden religious politics. The strong hold of the BJP. As for Sri Lanka there are only two languages, and everyone should have been made to learn all three languages and not just Chingkallam. Understood. You learnt English and fled to the UK for a better life and opportunities for you and your family, hypocrite, could have remained behind in your Chingkalla only paradise, instead of preaching and advocating Chingkalla only racism from the comfort of UK.

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      Lester, typical of most Sinhalese upper classes/elite and politicians. Do not want their darling off springs learning in the Sinhalese language, so either run away to the west, or pack their children off to the west to study and most probably settle down and live there but want forcible imposition of Sinhalese and Hindi on the Tamils of Sri Lanka and India respectively to deliberately destroy them. What is good for Lester and his family or for the selfish racist Sinhalese elite, politicians and upper classes, who are the main cause that the country is now ruined and bankrupt and their offspring is not good for the Tamils. For successful integration Sinhalese mush learn Tamil and Tamils must learn Sinhalese and not forceful imposition of one language, culture and religion on another. Understood.

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    Dear Dr, Pethiagoda,

    Both of us can know more about science, may be we don’t know enough about our people, their psychology. They are easy victims of brainwashing and their loyalties do not change easily even if their loved ones are hurt physically and mentally. That is I beleive most of our people are real beasts in human disguise.

    I have given up my hopes for a better future, if JVP would grab power, it will surely be ” GOTABYA Episode 02″ because JVPrs have not studied pulse feeling of the people even if most of them come from rural areas of the island.

    There are many signs that people’s attitudes have not changed even though “struggle” has driven out the criminal brothers from the presidency and the prime minister.

    Unfortunately, POHOTTUWA supporters betrayed that “Aragalaya”.

    In fact, a larger crowd turned out to cheer them on at the Pottutu May day rally yesterday. National MAFIA boss, as usual, held a speech filled with rubbhish. Those supporters and their heads are filled with Stupid thoughts like bark of a tree.

    Just two years ago, the Rajapaksa brothers (real high criminals that destroyed this nation), who looted the last cent of the country like never before, declared this to the world as a “bankrupt state”. We are ashamed of not being able to face the world today.

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    The Sinhala only Act was a fatal assault on education, and led to a deadly conflict.
    Language is only a means of communication, not an instrument of oppression.

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      Nathan,
      Governments around the world bring in new laws and reforms, however, if these laws are not accepted by the people, they tend to be repealed. That is the procedure in the developed world. I wonder why the governments that came to power under the “Sinhala Only Pact” did not do the same.

      The shouting incident of a passenger who arrived to BIA yesterday proved that our law and order is not working at all. If he should have been a lanken citizen, why on earth should he be that loud about foreigner’s visa? Authorities stood still…… very questionable ?
      The people who hear the man’s screams never thought that foreigners are in the queues, they don’t understand the problem easily. but this would have long term consequences with hard earned tourist arrivals.

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    Writer must be Lunatic or over 90 years old. Corona came here with smugglers of Muslims illegally visited south India.. Then presidency. post held by Gota Anyway he was able to contain that with the help of India and China. Then he talked about farmers, our farmers are entitled for Insurance claim for damages of wild animals. Insurance cover is there. Our political parties like JVP there to exploit situations like this to their advantage.

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