15 June, 2021

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Attack On Tamil – Muslim Students At Peradeniya University Is Not A Counter Attack On Jaffna Clash: Dr. Liyange Amarakeerthi

Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi, Senior Lecturer at the University of Peradeniya has said that the Monday attack on minority students at the Peradeniya University was not an attack to counter the recent clash at the Jaffna University’s Science Faculty.

A victim - supplied photo

A victim – supplied photo

The Monday clash left several Tamil and Muslims students injured and four hospitalized.

The clash occurred between a group of Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese students, including seniors and a group of freshers’ from the University’s Allied Health Sciences Faculty for allegedly refusing to take part in an activity organized by the seniors.

Dr. Amarakeerthi, told the Colombo Telegraph that there has been a series of incidents where senior students have been assaulting juniors. “But, there is no real racial element in these attacks. This is basically a comeback by the seniors against the junior when the juniors refuse to take part in student union activities led by the seniors.”

He said that while it was difficult to say that the attack was racially motivated, he did note that maybe there could be some racial undercurrents specially as the culprits were believed to be Sinhalese while the victims were from the minorities. “But, this is not in reaction to the Jaffna University clash,” he said.

According to Tamil media reports, the clash occurred when a group of Sinhalese students ganged up against a group of 15 Tamil students and one Muslim student who were returning from a Kovil and Mosque. The Sinhalese students had told the female students in the minority group to leave and had then assaulted the minority male students with clubs.

Police is conducting investigations into the clash.Peradeniya university Tamil muslim students attacked

Meanwhile, President of the University’s Students Union Mangala Maddumage has condemned reports that the attack was racist centred. “There is no truth to these rumours that it was a racist attack,” he had reportedly said.

The incident has however been downplayed with few media organisations reporting the incident and details of the victims. In July, the Jaffna University Science Faculty was closed after a group of Tamil students attacked Sinhalese students over a cultural activity to welcome freshers’ at the Science Faculty. When the incident happened at the Jaffna University, the Media Ministry ‘unofficially’ ordered media organisations not to report the racial angle when reporting the incident.

Meanwhile, the Bodu Bala Sena in a statement condemned the attack on the Tamil students at the Peradeniya University.

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  • 54
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    In most countries, Universities and Institutions of Higher Education are havens of freedom, free thought & socially progressive ideas.

    University students are often at the forefront of progressive social change.

    Many Universities around the world are places where socially marginalized can seek a sense of security, belonging and accpetance.

    However, not so in the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Totally shameful.

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      it’s the fault of all the presidents and the bhikkhus who see the university as a place to organise politics.-
      lanka’s low level education of trade unionism and politics that a student has not seen is inculcated.

      A NATION OF BOASTERS AND AS CROOKED AS THE NIGERIANS. cricket is the cover that the Brits are enjoying because the Brits have many number of lucrative games in the world.

      • 19
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        July 1983, began at Peradeniya University when, Tamil lecturers and students were attacked.

        All Sri Lanka universities need to have an MULTICULTURALISM and Gender sensitivity and Sex education training and orientation program for new students and indeed for lecturers

        Sri Lanka desperately need a National Policy on Multiculturalism that recognizes CULTURAL DIVERSITY as a strength rather than weakness.

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          “”July 1983, began at Peradeniya University when, Tamil lecturers and students were attacked.””

          On the night of black i was residing at colombo 7 parallel and stones throw to ward place. Borella junction was the first to go – commies, jailbirds and visitors buying suttu at jaffna newsagents.

          “”All Sri Lanka universities need to have an MULTICULTURALISM and Gender sensitivity and Sex education training and orientation program for new students and indeed for lecturers””

          that is glaring patchwork while the elephant is in the room. I remember the lovely time i had at campus where i joined 5 of the student clubs (30 in all) and did other sports too, backpacking traveling the world.
          Politics was taboo for little people still growing and in an idealist environment of campus.No pressures no fears.Say NO to politicians – drive them out for it is within you to do it and get the order from leaders.- then let industry partly 75% fund your clubs.

          “”Sri Lanka desperately need a National Policy on Multiculturalism that recognizes CULTURAL DIVERSITY as a strength rather than weakness.””

          All the multicultural intergration must come from the heart.
          At campus clubs we make friends so quickly and our studies go on better with ease.There was no ragging (banned) so I just went to a club introduced myself and they were eager to have me.–then it became same with other clubs of my interest.
          When we were tiny tots we collected stamps, coins and made friends with all types of cultures.
          Yours is adamantly spoon feeding culture.
          Get out of it now and show what you are worth.

          Cultural Diversity has become a bad word in the UK because it followed the social engineering part which is impulsive. The only ones who came close were kids but at 16 they think otherwise because the real world of politic.

          • 11
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            Shanthi,

            “”Gender sensitivity and Sex e””

            In the First Set of India rankings 2016 released today, IIT Madras is ranked first amongst several other similar Research and Teaching Institutions in Engineering.

            https://www.iitm.ac.in/clubs

            http://www.oir.iitm.ac.in/cultural-clubs/

            Complaint Committee against Sexual Harassment
            https://www.iitm.ac.in/complaintcommittee

            IIT Delhi was ranked #; In 2014, the University ranked 4th in top higher education institutions in India, 179 in the QS World University Rankings in 2015.
            http://www.iitd.ac.in/

            Top horiz black taskbar click on radio button `student activities`
            On the scroll down click on: Robotics Club, Formula Society of Auto Engineer, Entrepreneurship, BRCA glance at each as to what is possible for students.

            ANTI-RAGGING @ IIT DELHI
            http://dos.iitd.ac.in/antiragging.php

            Normally it’s the creative artist that starts a club and here at IIT the creativity of engineers. General arts sciences and medicine have it too.

            They at Delhi have the cash for international relations so ask both how to set up, get a court order on ragging and sexual harassment- ask your tna idle man at Colombo Suma to appear for free. And take it from there. Put the mind to good use – feelings and stop thinking of it.

          • 0
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            Take that,
            The university of your time sounds great, but things have changed. Not everyone has your attitude of making friends through clubs etc, and even if they do, the tendency is to make friends with people from similar backgrounds. Also, I feel that we Sinhalese expect Tamils and Muslims to know sinhala instead of bothering to learn Tamil. I think it’s very much a language issue, and definitely something students should be educated on and encouraged to discuss.

        • 1
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          University is too late to start Multiculturalism. It has to start at Home and in Schools!

    • 15
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      Ben Hurling

      RE:Attack On Tamil – Muslim Students At Peradeniya University Is Not A Counter Attack On Jaffna Clash: Dr. Liyange Amarakeerthi

      “According to Tamil media reports, the clash occurred when a group of Sinhalese students ganged up against a group of 15 Tamil students and one Muslim student who were returning from a Kovil and Mosque. The Sinhalese students had told the female students in the minority group to leave and had then assaulted the minority male students with clubs.”

      If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and shits like a duck, it is duck.

      The Paras on the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, the Para-Sinhala are showing their colors, the way the Para-Tamils showed theit colors at Jaffna University.

      “However, not so in the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Totally shameful.”

      The Shame should go to the authorities. The gutty shoyld be identified and charges filed and Expelled from the university, and not be admitted to any Public University in Sri Lanka.

      Why should the Sri Lankan Tax payers pay for theit Free Education?

      Are the MaRa and his cronies behind this?

    • 31
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      Peradeniya attack on Tamil/Muslim students should be condemned unhesitatingly. There is no point in trying to give explanations whether it is a counter attack on Jaffna clash or not. Attack appears premeditated if the students were coming from Kovil/Mosque and female students were sent before the attack. Clubs were used and four were hospitalized as reported. The seriousness also should not be diluted by linking it to ragging or senior/junior conflict. Lukewarm attitude of some academics on ragging can be a reason why these highhanded activities linked to student unions/seniors cannot be eliminated from universities among other factors. As a former student and academic from Peradeniya I request all academics and administrators to take firm action against the perpetrators and take preventive measures to prevent future recurrence. I have no hesitation to presume some racial motivations were at play.

      • 41
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        “” I have no hesitation to presume some racial motivations were at play. “”

        Wrong!
        You are side stepping by calling it race when there is a single race- perpetrators of crime and victims.

        It is clearly an act of faith killings with lanka buddhist and muslims at the helm of it.

        • 29
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          IS SRI LANKA BUDDHISM PEACEFUL??

          IS SRI LANKA BUDDHISM THAT OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR??

          The reason I don’t like dictators is that they are inhuman, and anything which is inhuman is bad.

          An inhuman religion is no religion, inhuman politics is foolish politics, inhuman art is just bad art, and the inhuman way of life is the beast’s way of life.

          This test of humanness is universal and can be applied to all walks of life and all systems of thought.

          The greatest ideal that man can aspire to is not to be a showcase of virtue, but just be genial likable and reasonable human being.

          IT’S TIME VICTIM COMMUNITIES WRITE VERY CLEARLY CONCISELY ELSEWHERE AND EVERYWHERE ABOUT RELIGIOUS ORCHESTRATED KILLINGS.

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            A religion that supposedly does not consume animal flesh, certainly behaves like them.

            • 16
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              Saddam Hussein’s delinquent son Uday was beaten up and hurled into jail for the crime of killing one of his father’s tasters.
              Mao Zedong, a passionate carnivore, was a lifelong martyr to his bowel movements: “I eat a lot and I excrete a lot,” he happily reported in a letter to a comrade in his early days. – Greatest Happiness.

              North Korea’s Kim Il-sung had all his rice grains individually selected and created an institute whose sole purpose was to devise ways of prolonging his life.Kim Jong Il loved shark-fin soup and dog-meat soup

              Hitler’s vegetarianism has been attributed to ideological reasons, but it also may have been motivated by his belief that a meatless diet would relieve his chronic flatulence and constipation. By the end of WWII, Hitler ate only mashed potatoes and clear broth.He had a team of 15 food tasters. If none of them dropped dead after 45 minutes, then the food would be considered OK to eat

              Pol Pot enjoyed venison, wild boar, snake, fresh fruit, brandy, and Chinese wine. He also reportedly liked cobra stew. He enjoyed luxurious meals while peasants were allowed only rice soup.

              Ultimately, of course, all the food-tasters, chemists, faddiness and fussiness in the world could not save these men. They all died in the end – and many died violently.

            • 17
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              kotthu,

              “”certainly behaves like them.??””

              Don’t confuse vegetarianism for attributed to `ideological reasons`,and those who are vegetarians for several generations- their bone structures are tuned with the 4th Gem Mindfulness (which you apparently don’t know).

              culture of forbearance:

              A vegetarian unlike the old oak is like a bamboo swaying in the wind and on the 10th count of inhuman dignity he would make the idiot animal feel eternity.Their wisdom makes even politicians envious.- it’s called saraswath for a good reason.

              politicians don’t fall in that category by virtue of their greatest being presenting dodgy burgers.

          • 1
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            Asterix☀

            //IS SRI LANKA BUDDHISM PEACEFUL??//

            IS BUDDHISM, MAHAYANA AND THERAVADA PEACEFUL??

            People were good BEFORE RELIGION got into the PEOPLE.

            “Religion is the Opium of the Masses”- Karl Marx.

            The need for Separation of Religion and State.

            Re Buddhism — ATHEIST POWER

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsgcP65dDOg

            Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 1

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

            Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 2

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

            • 15
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              “”IS BUDDHISM, MAHAYANA AND THERAVADA PEACEFUL??”

              Stay within perspective- lanka has no influence beyond its shores therefore the question. not about `idea` that exist outside.

              ““Religion is the Opium of the Masses”- Karl Marx.””

              you start with this shows you have been walking along the gutters.
              There is sweetness in every thing once your senses and emotions are educated and cultured.

              you should know by now even priest are not glued to faith its just a `trade union, association, for the weak hearted to feel comfortable by being like vegetables in a community.

              watch the sheep at zebra crossing- thats the majority.

            • 14
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              “”“Religion is the Opium of the Masses”- Karl Marx. The need for Separation of Religion and State.””

              Hitler did not bomb a church unlike the Japanese assisted by buddhist of Ceylon.
              Politicians don’t speak the truth and the professional politicians are the worst of the 2.

      • 8
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        Dr Laksiri Fernando’s comments are apt and spot on.

        Except for “………..I have no hesitation to presume some racial motivations were at play.”
        The motivations are historic language/religion based. Racewise differences, if this exists are negligible.

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        I don’t see any racial motivation here even though Laksiri is implaying that.

        As you say, if this is a Tit-for Tat attack, why it should not be reasonsable because, Tamils students enjoyed full security in the South. But their collegues in Jaffna could not accomodate Sinhala students with their clutural affair.

        Then why Sinhala Students in the south should not be angry and feel differently ?

        • 14
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          you sound like another gate keeper to the killing fields from marapalanaya monks.
          Its is nothing but.
          buddhist muslim(the ruthless power from 48) instigated faith killing ethnic strife and not stupid racist- all are kalu pukka.

        • 0
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          Jim Softy,
          If, as you admit it could be, this was a tit-for-tat attack, wouldn’t that automatically make it racially motivated?

      • 8
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        It is time for the deans to grow some balls. Expel the offending students and force the state to charge these criminals with hate crime and throw the book at them as a lesson to all irrespective of race or religion.

      • 4
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        Absolutely right, Dr Fernando.

        “There is no real racial element in these attacks. This is basically a comeback by the seniors against the junior when the juniors refuse to take part in student union activities led by the seniors.”, says a senior academic. I wonder how he knows. He should be able to bring the culprits and toss the book at the them. It is not common for Sinhala seniors to rag Tamil juniors. All dealings with Tamils were done through Tamils during our time. Attacking them to bleed is a return reaction for not participating in a demonstration is a bloody excuse. Sadly, those ‘commentators’ who decried that the attack on Sinhala students in Jaffna are deaening us with their silence. SHAME ON YOU!!!

    • 8
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      It’s because of politics and standardiseed education.

      • 19
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        Radala SriMao, Mahabodhi and Badiudin Mahmud commenced that in 1970 to oust the Tamils from education and make them low country slaves.

        But this one is clearly a faith crime (thoppe peretu wants a deflection from BBS attacks.- BBS does not attack hindu.)

    • 4
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      Jaffna University is the prime example.

      JAffna University attack was instigatged by the Student union. Advisor was an University – Faculty member.

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        Thanks God, everyone here knows Jim Softy is a hardcore liar when it comes to Tamils and supremacy of Sinhalese.

        Keep talking, mate.

      • 6
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        Come out with your rela name and name the person you are pointing fingers at. They will sue your sorry ass for whatever its worth. Chicken!!!!

    • 4
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      Ben:
      In most of those universities education comes at a price and they understand the value of what their receiving and their responsibilities to society.

      So put this in the column of disadvantages of free education.

    • 16
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      Oh my ben stupid sinhala buddhist, hope u wake up now…sinhala Buddhist need proper education… education….

  • 19
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    Ok..enough is enough. We never had a such a problem after 1983 riots.There is no problem about racism but political motivated assault. Dont try to say a word. We know about peradeniya than anyone else. Arrest them without any hesitation and ban them from entering the university again for a better country. Peradeniya is belong to all Sri Lankan.If anyone not willing to accept the truth can go back to their own place.Stop any form of Racism.

    • 18
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      Yes, arrest them without any hesitation and ban them from entering the university again for a better country.

      Soma

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        somaaasss

        “Yes, arrest them without any hesitation and ban them from entering the university again for a better country. “

        You mean the students from the minority community.

    • 31
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      “There is no problem about racism but political motivated assault.
      Stop any form of Racism.””

      In the habit of washing the undergarments of Buddhist monks, why so?

      It is clearly a case of Sinhalese, Muslim against Tamil instigated by animal behaviour of the majority Sinhalese-Muslim.

      Sinhalese-Muslim.–Swollen headed fascist of faith.

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        Ranjith, in what way is it a case of Sinhalese, MUSLIM against Tamil? The article clearly states that Muslim students were among those who were assaulted.

    • 16
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      Yes, I still remember the 1983 attack at Peradeniya, and I was at the Science Faculty at that time. We were shocked see Tulsi add his clan attacking Tamil students, and one happen to be a fried of mine. All those rascals are now living in the USA.

      • 5
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        I too was there. If not for the presence and guts for JVP’s Samajawati Sishya Sangamaya, we all would have been pulped in 1983 campus ‘riots’.

    • 5
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      I think this is just like i endorsed “racism” and not politically motivated assaults. No..thats wrong. I am sorry for the misinterpretation. I was trying to say no to racism and politically motivated crimes. I am always against any kind of racism. Sinhala, tamil or Muslims doesnt make any sense. We are Sri Lankans.

      • 23
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        ” against any kind of racism. Sinhala, tamil or Muslims doesn’t make any sense. We are Sri Lankans. “

        it has never come from the heart of the people and it won’t.
        when there is poverty there is communism or extreme right. both are hegel concepts. You are so close to the temple that you can never be different. only the monks must denounce and educate its followers if you want to be sri lankan.

        it’s the stupid crescendo that the troika has been saying in their master’s voice Sobita- `lankans have never had a way of life to solve problems from 48`- shape shape shape and a sinhala muslim governance.

  • 20
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    Looks like Sinhalese have not learnt the 30 year lesson from Pirabakaran-I and are inviting the growth of a Pirabakaran-II.

    • 18
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      you would do better asking IAF to wipe the island off the map so that new settlers may arrive and prosper.

    • 13
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      “”Looks like Sinhalese have not learnt””

      You are stupid villager in the jungle like them and they would be laughing.

      21st century that is unachievable in the world ruled by the west.

      A man from Colombo is there to assist you and that is the best you can have.
      2 mpee’s, at colombo are villagers too doing a sweet bugger all.

      Scot highlanders are the fiercest and bravest of British forces yet they don’t fire at mates and get the referendum but not the irish bulldogs.

      there is at least one solution to a problem but lankans do not have a way of life and solve problems.

    • 1
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      if Pribakan 1 lost 1-2 tamil genarations,pribakaran 2 will definietly 10-15 tamil generations,probably,no more tamils in Lanka other than UK,Australia,EU & Tamil nadu

  • 9
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    Racial or not, violence in Universities should be condemned by all. No wonder we lag behind in technology & innovation when other countries are progressing.

    BBS condemns only the Attack on Tamil Students, meaning Muslims student beating is fine. Shows their Anti Muslim Nature

  • 14
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    Suspend the perpetrators immediately, conduct inquiries, charge the guilty for assault, jail them and thereafter expel them. I hope there was no compromise with this evil at the Jaffna University. Thugs and rowdies, are just that, regardless of whether they are, Sinhalese or Tamils. They do not deserve a place in our universities. Their place is in jail.

    Teach them a lesson that others will also learn through example.

    Dr,RajasinghamBarendran

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      patch work by the guilty class of spin doctors.

    • 2
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      Suspend the perpetrators immediately, conduct inquiries, charge the guilty for assault, jail them and thereafter expel them

      What happened to the Previous Head of the Department or the Dean who was the Advisor for the Attack on Sinhala Students by Tamil president of the Science Faculty Student union ?

      Student inlcuding the student union president were asked to in front of President and had a talk.

      That is even after 04 major injuries.

      HEre, one hand is injured. It is a racial issue and ban the sutdent.

      what did you say regarding the Jaffna Attack ?

  • 9
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    Our Sinhala stupid asses will never learn.
    Hiru and Derana should not censor the news.

  • 7
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    I am fed up with reading about student excesses. They are there for their higher education, at tax payers expense, and not for playing or enacting violent behavior on political and student union activities. There should be ZERO TOLERANCE exercised against offenders of this type no matter what, and they should be punished, sent home with their scholarships cancelled.

    The union leaders MUST ALSO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE for the crimes of their membership.

    It is time to eradicate politically motivated and disruptive student unions in schools and universities, and clean up these institutes. If students cannot simply get on with their studies, any organized religious and cultural activities, and simply have fun time learning, then authorities must curtail their student life and send them home. Let the buggers pay for their own education using family assets. PD

  • 5
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    Those responsible for the assault must be identified and punished, by a court of law.
    This cancer of racially motivated assaults must be eradicated.

  • 7
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    need a ban on these hooligans, and prison sentence. gnanasara should also serve 100 years in prison. aluthgama

    • 16
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      should we say well organised by bin larden boys??

  • 4
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    These culprits will never be punished by the university because the VC and academic staff soft peddle the issue until people forget. They do not want any reaction and counter action by the students. They want the outside world to know that everything is hunky dory at the Univ of Peradeniya. VCs do not have the guts or a spine to take strong action since they want to show their political masters, who appointed them in the first place, that they are in control.
    In a recent case were 17 students have been suspended for two weeks and made the University out of bounds to them VC has unofficially sanctioned them to stay. Dean has arranged them to sit for exams. This is the rotten state of affairs at the U of P and academic staff and the deans too will not utter a word against this injustice.

  • 7
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    The Sinhala Buddhist Intellegentsia has a long way to go – hope they will use
    the window created after 60 years. They will benefit in the long run.

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      /The Sinhala Buddhist Intellegentsia/

      Isn’t it an oxymoron?

  • 5
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    Pathetic.Being a student of this mentioned university and faculty, seeing tis and being through this.
    When Health care professionals from the reputed Allied Health Sciences begin to act like a bunch of hooligans.
    Despite the truth that this incident is not a counter attack for the recent Jaffna incident and this is not a communal problem, this is a clear evidence of the deprivation of “free-will” and “freedom” for the minorities.

    On a day, a function was organised at a religious place to commemorate the faculty’s’ birthday – these student all in all, participated and did fulfill their duties as any other student would be and on returning back to their halls, they were attacked.

    It was not a problem that arised in a day, but the assaulted Muslim and Tamil students were also previously dealt in harsh manners and where the tolerance of such acts has led to the blind faith of the sinhala senior students to believe that any violent and blatant act of them under the pretext of maintaining a student sub-culture can perpetuate.

    There should a assurance to the safety of all Tamil Muslim students of this faculty and immediate actions taken against the students who were involved in the attack.

    #justice #peradeniya #student

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      A nation of boasters with false levels of education. This does not occur where universities are in constant competition with places of learning.

      At engineering campus we have no less than 30 clubs (enterpriship,robotics,music and arts, formula racing car manufacturer,….) and all of which are non political but funded by industry and government.
      We dislike politicians entering campus and make no bones about it.

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    …of course not

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    Rascism is well rooted in this country. Whatever the reasoning behind this attack, victims are Tamil speaking students. I still can remember Tamil students of a faculty was attacked in the faculty night by the Sinhala batchmates. This was in 1977. We have a violence history since 1956 when Tamil politicians were attacked by stones in front of parliament in front of police and in front of Political leadership. Investigations or punishments are not going to stop this happening again. Hatred against Tamils was seeded and nutured for generations by political & Relegious leadership and it continues without any resistance.

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      Ajith,

      Its the Tamils who started the racism in Sri Lanka about 2200 years ago and still doing it, but blame the Sinhalese.

      And then the European Christians (ie Portuguese Catholics, Dutch Protestants and Church of England English)

      Just check out the history before as always you blames the Sinhalese.

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        Good student,
        Good that you accept that Tamils are living in this island for over 2000 years. Your history also believe that you all born to Lions. What a pity? Use your common sense. I can talk only about the evidences we have got in front of us.

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    In our culture of impunity and hate, ‘NOTHING’ will come out of this.
    The marauders, will go to their places of worship, pray and comeback to do the same thing. ‘No Action’ by the authorities will Signal to the marauder, come on do it again, hurry up.

    Sigh!

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    This is only a scuffle. A hand is injured. Compare this with one student with head injuries, four with major injuries and it needed long term intensive care. If there were major injuries why CT is reporting only an injured hand ?

    Then remember whether the whole episode was reported correct and how many of these sympathisizers were here and what they commented.

    It is total reverse discrimination. Now, in Sri lanka, Sinhala Students or buddhists cannot involve in anything. Just Should keep quiet. Because, Christian web sites, Tamil editors are always there to promote that as an issue.

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    it is possible to cover up the two attacks (jaffna. peradeniya) by using various diplo. words. but it is obvious that there was an ethnic element. the leaders of the country have to face the reality. the attacks are an indication that defeating the LTTE has not solved any issues. moreover, only lip service was PAID TO RECONCILIATION. concrete steps have to be taken to bring about not only reconciliation but also to address whatever the grievances of minorities.i am not going to list them. CT has carried several well written article on them..
    i think until then this kind of attacks may continue. main sinhala parties would like to secure minority votes but they are incapable of becoming statesman like entities to approach the minority problems in a
    genuine manner or even do not want to solve them because they are scared of extreme sinhala opinion.
    -DAYAL

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      Dayal:-
      These Attacks started with SWRD and His ‘Sinhala Only’ policy. The SLFP is based on this Policy, and will continue to create Dissension for the Rest of its Life!

      We can even see it Now, in the Split in the SLFP!

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    It is naïve to claim that this attack is by seniors against new students. The attack was premeditated and planned. The attackers were segregated between males and females and on the basis of seniors vs juniors. Incidents of the nature have a negative impact on reconciliation.

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    Shameful, if the allegations are true.

    What is ailing our university students – the so called “cream of the crop”? While they are busy beating each other up, the REAL smart ones are pursuing higher education elsewhere and moving on in life either in SL or abroad.

    What is the response from the JVP about these incidents? They are often seen as very influential over university students.

    I would advocate a zero-tolerance policy for these thugs. Disce aut discede. Perhaps in addition to the mandatory English course, university entrants should be made to take a course on non-academic misconduct and violence prevention.

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    “Eithevan Irrukka Ampai Novaneen”? A proverb I have quoted many times.

    Say the perpetrators have to hanged right now. So what? No more university racism? At least no more quarrel there in the universities?

    Entire structure of Lankawe, I mean every pebble on that land’s earth, every Leaves on the Land’s trees, every child come out on the land’s mothers womb is find tuned for racial fights. On the other side of writers’ essays Jehan from NPC, he has said that the Sinhalese and Tamils kids could not see them equally but may play or stay together. So hand the some students.

    The only solution is to live separately. What is the point of tire a woman and man if they can not be husband and wife any longer. In the western wold that is why all the democracies have some form of devolution even if they it is race based. These fights are not happening in war time, but happening in the time the entire is describing the Lankawe has achieved its peace with the New sophisticated graceful Yahapalanaya Government. How many times this have heard from American Ambassador Atul Keshap with in an year. What is point of covering up and hiding the cancer wound without even the doctors seeing it.

    Sampanathar is campaigning that he is secretly getting a solution from Yahapalanaya government without the Sinhalese know it. But the Sinhalese government is setting up all group without Sampanathar knowing it against a real need of giving solution based on devolution.

    In the CT alone how many of the Yahapalanaya Groups have becoming hyper-active recently. There are Radhka label group writing about Child Soldiers, but against that in an International investigation. Kathirgamar group are writing only balming LTTE as killers,but not ready ask an IC investigation on his death. EPDP group is writing to market Tamilini’s book but not willing to take test on her death of how she was killed.

    Here is a learned Professor is covering up the need for separation by this kind of words ” There is no point in trying to give explanations whether it is a counter attack on Jaffna clash or not.”. To pretent like or protect the goverment like that, was he in the opinion Don Stephen retaliated with Indian Pakistani act because Ramanathan got him out of prison in 1915? 1956 Solomon West Ridgeway Dias brought Sinhala only because SJV backed up with his earlier proposal of Federalism to Lankawe? …… 1958, 1977,… He is rushing in because he knows well in March 2017 Lankawe’s Cooking up of new constitution is going go in the air. He wants to saves the face of the Lankawe before it shows it nakedly. The government who flatly refusing to investigate the 145,000 is going to investigate the some boys and girls’ clash? The government is only telling that it will not investigate anything because it is making a new constitution. This include even the children like Vidya’s murder.

    Let us go alone. Our kids can not waste their precious time on believing this fake actings. They need to study.

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    Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi, Senior Lecturer at the University of Peradeniya said that while it was difficult to say that the attack was racially motivated, he did note that maybe there could be some racial undercurrents specially as the culprits were believed to be Sinhalese while the victims were from the minorities.

    Of course it was not racially motivated. It is the language/religion divide again. This is very much alive and kicking waiting to be exploited at short notice.

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      “”Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi, Senior Lecturer at the University of Peradeniya said that while it was difficult to say that the attack was racially motivated, he did note that maybe there could be some racial undercurrents specially as the culprits were believed to be Sinhalese while the victims were from the minorities.””

      This is called foundation waffel waffel, burp burp, waffel waffel.

      did you notice CT error on pilot thread?? one comment asked rightly
      `Is it license or licence?`verb/ noun/

      There are 2 ethnics from the same race and a muslim fanatic from bangala belonging to the same race of the 2 and of the sub continent.

      the nation is not used to specifics from independance because it’s a second language scorned at until they see sudhu pukka money.

      At the supreme courts of justice cases are won and lost on one word of the encyclopedia. – it looks ridiculous but it also connotes the decisiveness and stupidity of society.- fact several cases and they are common.

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    After the LTTE Fake Struggle, Tamils are not the same Tamils. they are very arrogant. When it comes their homeland in North, they become aggreessive and violent.

    This article is a good place to understand how spin doctors talked during the Jaffna attack and in this one.

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      I am sure your Guru Gnanasara would be proud of your service. Does he shout out the instructions by phone or whispers in the bedroom?

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      ‘Spin doctors’ is a good phrase. Jim Softy knows that he is ‘spin idiot’, who has no capacity to spin!

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    Criminals should be in jail, politics should not come to the picture. The problem in SL is every thing is politisized and shape mentality.

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    Unlike CT and what the usual spin doctors commenting in CT says, according to the Tamil racist website “Tamilnet”, it looks like a ragging has caused some injuries.

    they have hit every one with the helmet and one student who tried to stop that with the hand has been injured.

    Ragging should be stopped completely.

    Other than that Tribalists and their NGO supporters here are making an issue out of a ragging incident.

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    /Bodu Bala Sena in a statement condemned the attack on the Tamil students at the Peradeniya University./

    Don’t bother gentlemen. It was NOT an attack on Tamil students, but an attack on juniors who refused to listen to seniors. So, it should be okay, according to a university academic. But, rather than dishing out Bloody Bull Shit, if BBS wants to bring peace, they could assist police to identify the attackers an bring them to the books. BBS, are you standing for your B (Bodu) and or my S (S*it)?

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    This looks like a ragging incidence.

    Some second year students has hit freshers with helmets. One has split his head. that blood is in his hand.

    Tamils will say this is a war crime and this dealyed the reconciliation.

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    Why do we need Peradeniya?

    YAHAPALANAYA AND OLD ROYALS JOINTLY STARTED THE PADA YATRA ONLY TO CREATE THIS. PERADENIYA INCIDENT IS PREMEDITATED BY YAHAPALANAYA AND OLD ROYALS.

    From 1956 they have been chasing out Tamil from South. Yahapalanaya has completely ruled out of investigating any muder or rape of Tamils. Amazingly even after the country’s army has been listed one in the notations use rape as weapon, one person has to be investigated for that. They very efficient fooled IC a 145,000 murders as Zero Casualty with the eloquence of Thero De Silva. Whom they are fooling now that they are going to investigate Peradeniya and bring justice for Tamils.

    It is shameless to Tamils to go back there and get beaten up again and again. Time for Sampanthar to ask transfer all Tamil students to Tamil area. There is no need to wait for that until March 2017. This has nothing to do with the solution he is fooling the Tamils that he is secretly getting from the cruel, deceiving Yahapalanaya Goverment. Tamils should the ultimate Modayas to believe Sampanatnar’s secret solution and fooled in Match 2017.

    There was no reason for Sampanthar ask Tamils to Support a Common Candidate he was one of the 42 war criminals listed by OISL. Sampanthar’s solution is not going to come from out the blue. Even the Norwegian envoy Solheim has said Sinhala Goverment will not give any solution just like that unless Tamils fight for their rights. Time for Sampanthar to confess his mistake and ask for let us go free.

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    We have witnessed violence among the undergraduates in most of the state universities in Sri Lanka for many decades. It is a well known fact that undergraduates are poisoned by the external elements to disrupt the university system. This menace will surely create deterioration of the quality of higher education and inflict damage on the graduates when they seek career prospects. This is a serious problem where university administration and Ministry of Higher Education should joined in hands to resolve it before it is too late.

    Poor undergraduates unable to realize that this kind violence would justify the emergence of private universities. Private universities are fast becoming modernized by deploying state-of-the-art infrastructure conducting day to day administration with absolute perfection. As no parent would like their children to undergo brutal treatment in the hands of the seniors of the university.

    I earnestly appeal to the undergraduates form the state universities to pull up their socks to stand tall against all these evil acts violence against your own brotherhood.

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    THERE IS NO PLACE FOR VIOLENCE.

    STUDENTS who are far away from their respective homes CAN NOT be made targets for whatever reasons.

    If you target Tamil and Muslim students then OBVIOUSLY the finger is going to be pointed at the Sinhala people for being racists.

    If there are ISSUES you need to talk it over. YOU CAN NOT INVADE ANOTHER PERSONS BEING.

    YOU ARE AT UNIVERSITY BECAUSE WE THINK YOU ARE SMART…SO better live up to it.

    WHOEVER THAT IS INVOLVED SHOULD BE SUSPENDED FOR 2 YEARS AT LEAST.

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    These low level, intolerant mis- behaviour of these unruly students are tarnishing good image of this University. These are the future leaders of our children and grand-children. University seniors behaving in this manner cannot be condoned. Deal with them in an appropriate manner as many scholars have proposed here. Some of them who were from this University know the culture Pera.
    Yes., this is also another evil of free education and abusing the tax payers money.

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