By Tisaranee Gunasekara –
“Everything is going to end in violence….and who knows what limits of madness will be reached?”- Georg Forster (Works XVII)
A Presidential Offspring hammers a referee, in full view of hundreds of spectators.
An Appeal Court Judge has a temper tantrum in an international airport and throws a water bottle at another Judge.
Fellow referees do nothing either to protect their colleague during the incident or to protest against it afterwards.
The Appeal Court judges have reportedly complained to the President, but nothing is likely to come out of it. The alleged tantrum-cum-bottle-thrower had been the District Judge of Tangalle from 1987-1990 and was appointed to the Appeal Court by none other than President Rajapaksa, in violation of the 17th Amendment[i].
Perhaps if the national media raised an outcry and society expressed its outrage, the President would have been compelled to do ‘something’. In the absence of any such reaction, it is easy for the President to do nothing.
Loutishness has become as much of a Lankan norm as injustice, abuse or corruption. Any Lankan – however non-political – can be victimised by a ruffian armed with impunity and cushioned by connections.
Rajapaksa rule is endangering Sri Lanka in far more ways than political or economic.
The arrest of Azath Salley under the PTA is symbolic of the political danger embodied in Rajapaksa rule; the electricity price hike is indicative of the economic damage the Siblings will do; the Mattala airport epitomises the environmental devastation of Familial rule.
But these may not be the deadliest Rajapaksa legacy.
In the same week that Rohitha Rajapaksa reportedly attacked a match-referee and Justice Sarath de Abrew reportedly created havoc in Bangalore air port, a student of a leading Colombo school allegedly stabbed to death a classmate. The murder happened during a discussion about organising a dansela for Wesak!
Someday, be it in years or decades, the Rajapaksas will exit the political stage, willingly or unwillingly. That their legacy will include an asphyxiated democracy, a ruined economy and ruptured institutions is indubitable. Will they also leave a society blinded by intolerance and addicted to violence?
Muammar Gaddafi’s long violent rule brutalised his subject-people; he taught them to discard pity and abandon decency; fear and self interest made them learn their lessons well. When the moment of liberation came, Libyans demonstrated that they had internalised too many of Gaddafi-habits. They killed opponents and dissenters and cheered as their former leader was dragged out from a drain and murdered.
When the military displayed the naked corpses of the Black Tigers who attacked the Saliyapura Air Force camp in October 2007, the South was outraged. That display of pity and decency was antithetical to the Rajapaksa project. In the next two years the regime made a successful effort to efface pity and outlaw decency.
During the penultimate stage of the war, some media outlets carried a picture of a Tamil family fleeing the war zone in a fruitless search for safety; an elderly man, a teenage girl and a young child (and a glimpse of a woman), sitting atop their pitiful belongings and holding their brown mongrel dog. That image should have invoked compassion in the South and would have just two years previously. Not any more; the Rajapaksa poison had seeped into Sinhala hearts and minds so deeply that pity (for the Tamil victims of war) had become synonymous with treachery and decency akin to a moral vice.
That odious morality the Rajapaksas taught and we of the South chose to learn did not die with the Tiger; it began to seep into the South and affect the way we look at everything, from anti-Muslim violence to child rape.
From being indifferent to the suffering of Tamils we have become indifferent to suffering of our fellow Sinhala-Buddhists.
For years after the victorious ending of the war, militarization is growing apace. This militarization goes hand in hand with a new commonsense which lauds power and strength and despises physical and politico-economic weakness. It has also rendered societally acceptable the zero-sum division of ‘us vs. them’. This intolerant perception, which equates difference with crime and dissent with enmity, has overstepped political boundaries into non-political spheres. According to this worldview, the one with whom we have a difference of opinion/problem becomes the ‘Other’ automatically; this ‘Other’ is always an enemy, out to undermine us in fundamental ways. This distorted logic justifies the use of violence as the first and only response in any situation, however petty, banal or personal. Arguments, discussions and debates become unnecessary; compromises are seen as betrayal. A no-holds barred total assault is enshrined as the only proper response to any problem.
This is the ideology the younger generation is made to imbibe. The young would see those with power taking the law into their hands; they would see Buddhist monks extol violence against the ‘Other’; they would hear words of pathological suspicion and hate.
With such a daily staple, how can they resist the plague bacilli of violent-intolerance?
Poisoning the Next Generation
Last September, a group of uniform-wearing students, led, abetted by a mob of parents, launched a violent attack on the incoming principal of the Vidyaloka Vidyalaya,Galle. Even police protection was of no avail; in the end the principal had to flee, to save himself.
This week, the students of that pre-eminent Sinhala-Buddhist seat of education,AnandaCollege, engaged in their own protest against their new principal. They contented themselves with shouting and lighting fire-crackers since the new principal had not arrived. What will happen when the new principal turns up? What will the teachers, the parents and the authorities do, in the face of this outbreak of hooliganism?
Violent intolerance is endemic in today’s Sri Lanka. Consequently it is but natural for the younger generation to regard intolerance as the moral-ethnical norm and violence as the most optimum way to settle any difference.
If this situation is not alleviated,Sri Lanka’s descent into criminality and ungovernability will be inevitable.
Sinhala-Buddhists, as the majority community, must take the lead in resisting the plague of violent intolerance. We must begin by abandoning our interminable search for ethno-religious enemies and political scapegoats. We must look inward; before we worry about other’s Sharia, we must take on our own Bodu Bala Sena.
When a discussion among a group of young Sinhala-Buddhist students about how Wesak should be celebrated ends in lethal violence, it says a lot about the abysmal level to which Sinhala-Buddhist society has descended.
The regime cannot resolve this issue; the Rajapaksas are a key part of the problem. They need to keep the plague bacilli alive in order to protect familial rule and dynastic succession. Preventive measures must be sought at societal level, as parents and teachers, religious leaders and opinion makers. But this effort will become an exercise in futility if we cannot let go the ‘us vs. them’ worldview. If we continue to cling to this ‘war mentality’, the day would not be far off when students assaulting teachers and children assaulting parents become as common as ethnic hatred or religious intolerance.
And our future will be even worse than our past, with or without the Rajapaksas.
manisekaran / May 9, 2013
Hats – off to you, openly projecting the nature of current SL.
Ajith Kumara / May 10, 2013
You too are stupid. Ms Ts’ post is full of her own extremly negative immaginations and dreams that she expects to come true in SL. Can you rememmber atleast one that happened as she wished in reality. Allways the opposit of what she expects is the case.
manisekaran / May 10, 2013
Yes, Those who all write the truth and support it , can be conveniently called as stupid. By that standard I am very stupid.
John / May 10, 2013
Can you come out with any good this lady has written about our country during last 05 years in any website/newspaper ? All were wrong except her ??? She really should have been born in heaven, by mistake born in sri lanka ?
manisekaran / May 10, 2013
She speaks for you, if you dont understand, that’s your problem , not hers;
Capricon / May 10, 2013
It behoves of an educated soul ( man or a woman)to understand what this lady is complaining of. Idiots and the uncouth cannot grasp it.She is wrong in one aspects. The problem started with 1970 govt became bad with JRJ’s govt and the problem had matured in the recent past.Having said that, I will consider JRJ as the major ruiner of this country
John / May 11, 2013
In your own admission “I will consider JRJ as the major ruiner of this country” Has this writer written any such thing during last 05 years. Do you still say “Idiots and the uncouth cannot grasp it” perhaps, now you may the one.
Aney Apochchi! / May 11, 2013
You claim these are Tisaranee’s “immaginations” (sic). Are you a total idiot or just a liar because EVERY ONE of the incidents she referred to are ON RECORD!
If you have to look for excuses for your “leaders” at least try to deal with things even vaguely resembling facts.
Ajith Kumara / May 11, 2013
I ment her prdictions on current incidents
Velupullai / May 10, 2013
I am coming back to solve it my way.
Akay / May 9, 2013
A grim and frightening assessment of the state of the country today. We are truly ‘paradise lost’.
Sarandeebiyy / May 9, 2013
Two points worth noting. The people deserve the leader they get. The punishment of the leader comes down on the people.
Saman / May 9, 2013
“And our future will be even worse than our past, with or without the Rajapaksas”
— Very true, I will proceed with my citizenship application process in this country which was on hold as I was reluctant to lose my SL citizenship.
MNZ / May 9, 2013
George Bush initiated that odious dictum “Either your are with us, or against us” when he decided to invade Iraq.
MR & Co are following the same principle, and deal with any dissent by simply bludgeoning the “miscreant” with weapons of mass destruction!
Imagine locking up that insignificant little rascal Azath Salley for 90 days under the PTA, when simple legal processes are available?
This draconian move is merely to send a hard message to any other potential dissenter, particularly from the minority communities.
Tisaranee, not only Sinhala-Buddhists but the entire opposition should decide to shed their differences and establish a combined programme to deal with the rampant dictatorship of the Family which has created a fear-psychosis among the people.
I agree with you that however much long it may take, history will repeat in SL too, just like it did in the Arab Spring countries and now unfolding in Syria.
Only immediate grass-roots mobilisation and education of the masses, wide-spread exposure of proven theft of national assets, regular street demonstrations condemning abuse of power, etc etc will create the sustained awareness needed to advertise the crisis both locally and internationally.
SL is not rich in natural assets (like oil, gold, diamonds, uranium etc) to survive the economic crash which is looming large over our nation. Cabraal printing money wont save us. Our biggest foreign exchange resource is the USD 6 Billion per annum remittance from the sweat of our migrant workers abroad.
We are borrowed to the hilt and still out there with that bowl!
If international economic sanctions are imposed on SL the regime will collapse in a heap.
The opposition need not lobby for that, because by the blatant impunity with which the Family and their cohorts conduct themselves they have wittingly or otherwise put themselves in a self-destruct mode.
Kp / May 9, 2013
The bit about Rajapakse morals seeping into society- so true. Recently I was asked by an acquaintance of mine as to why i was not fully supportive of the government and the bbs and such like. I was asked if I was a “Tamil supporter”: not even “ltte supporter”, no, “Tamil supporter”. Well, so much for her claims that we Sinhalese have no issues with the Tamil people.
When I replied saying that I was not a supporter of anybody, but wanted the right thing done and that what was wrong is wrong, regardless of what ethnicity the person belongs to, she replied “nikang guti kana wada karaganna yanna epa- implying I should embrace the easy path and blindly support people of my own race regardless of whether they were caught red handed in the middle of some wrongdoing. To people like this criticism is nothing short of absolute treachery. Sad. This is the polarization out society is undergoing. There may be some, like leela or that ever-blind sumane who will doubtless say that political leadership has no link to societal attitudes. I’m sorry, but what I’ve seen, in this anecdote and in many other cases, is that it DOES.
John / May 9, 2013
“..The regime cannot resolve this issue; the Rajapaksas are a key part of the problem…”
Doesn’t any body know Rajapakses solved biggest problem this country, 30 year old terror, described by many jokers as an “un winnable war” that devastated whole country,”most ruthless terror out fit in the world” ,
“..Sri Lanka’s descent into criminality and ungovernability will be inevitable…” If at all Sri lanka to decent into such, I think those days were over with the decimation of blood sucking terror ,supported initially by India & after 1991 (after Rjive’s death) by Western INGO’S. Did you say this during 30 years terrorist war, which killed more than 50,000 sinhala/tamil/muslim civilians, fresh born babies /children/pregnant mothers/women /men byat the hands of LTTE terrorists?. How does any body compare those days with young Rajapakse attacking rugby referee? 7 all other simple issues raised here ?
“Muammar Gaddafi’s long violent rule brutalised his subject-people” perhaps yes,because he was a Dictator, but Rajapases were elected to governance by people of this country ,with over 65% of vote, unprecedented in history of Sri Lanka & without any doubt would be re-elected to office by people of this country.
Not more than good old saying, – Dogs Barking & Caravans Passing
kp / May 9, 2013
sigh. john, why, WHY do you have this naive idea that a man who once did something good can himself never become anything else? yes, it’s true he eradicated terror along with the armed forces, and we’re ever grateful for it! let no man say they arent. but the issue is that now he’s capitalizing on this victory to do whatever he wants, regardless of whether or not it is good for the future of the country we love. are you honestly saying this should be allowed to go on?
As to your second para, the LTTE didnt give two hoots about how Colombo governed anyone, as long as they stayed out of their “homeland”. They were terrorists, not political extremists like Wijeweera.
Mahinda Rajapakse WAS elected. By saying that a democratically elected leader cannot ever be wrong, you are again showing the naievity that a lot of your compatriots show, and are completely ignoring the history of not only this country, but of the world. JR Jayawardena was elected by popular vote, and see what he did with this cursed Executive Presidency. SWRD Bandaranaike was elected through democratic means, and see the completely ill-thought out language policy that he carried through at great cost to racial harmony in this land.
I suggest that:
a) if you’re an adult- grow up and stop being so naive
b) if you’re a toddler- your naivety is understandable. now get off the internet, this is no place for kids.
John / May 10, 2013
kp the joker, aren’t you naive to hold brief to this one sided writer who never wrote anything good about defeating terror by MR & co ? for last so many years her hundreds of writings were all totally anti-lankan , perhaps reasons better known to anti-lankan INGO mafia. Is this journalism of any standards ? If one puts (like you) that this govt. this so much good & should not be allowed to be carried away by that & should be stopped, is understandable but never this type of one sided writing.
To put you in your place, I have over 500 writings to foreign press last 12 months alone (more than one a day), you mutt better leave Internet, without holding candle to brain washed one sided writers.
Capricon / May 10, 2013
John, read my post.You lack education and culture. PERIOD
John / May 11, 2013
Can you pl. tell your education. I completed my professional & academic edu. in flying colors, with establishing some records in this country & in practice taught counterparts of western countries how to do it right, though this is not the place to discuss those, pl. don’t assume , if any doesn’t fall in line with your thinking, that person is of lessor edu.
Aney Apochchi! / May 11, 2013
By your own admission you are an eminent contributor to the international press: “To put you in your place, I have over 500 writings to foreign press last 12 months alone (more than one a day), you mutt better leave Internet, without holding candle to brain washed one sided writers.” That ANY publication would reproduce your material when you write stuff like that speaks volumes as to their quality! Incidentally, in what language did you write? It certainly could not have been in English!
CT really should have a separate section to cater to illiterate village idiots so that the rest of us don’t have to scratch our heads in disbelief at what is published in its pages!
John / May 11, 2013
Why the hell you say “don’t have to scratch our heads in disbelief”
because of “village idiots”..Are you shanty idiot in a township.. better you, Shanty idiots in townships, reply to points raised by Village idiots, that would do.
If you need to know my language, better read foreign press as well & see the ratings / approvals by foreign readers of those (right on top), perhaps may not see me in my own name (for safety reasons) but can guess the writer is a Sri Lankan. END.
Aney Apochchi! / May 12, 2013
Given this post of yours further comment in the matter of idiocy and the use of (your version of) the English language would seem to be redundant!
Samson / May 10, 2013
YYYYYYYYYYYYYK MP welcomes Namal’s comment
May 8, 2013
UK Member of Parliament Simon Danczuk has welcomed comments made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa that “there has to be a trial” to make sure the people who murdered his constituent are brought to justice.
He was referring to the murder of UK national Khuram Shaikh on 25 December 2011 in Tangalle,
Namal Rajapaksa recently told the BBC that he did not know why the accused were out on bail and that “there had to be a trial”. He added that “these kind of incidents should not take place”.
Pressed on the involvement of local politician Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathiran, who was one of the suspects out on bail, Rajapaksa said he was “shocked to learn that one of my colleagues had got involved in such a thing”.
Welcoming the President’s son’s comments, Simon Danczuk MP said it was now widely acknowledged in Sri Lankan politics that the murder of Khuram Shaikh had damaged the country’s reputation.
“There has to be a greater sense of urgency to get this trial moving, it’s no good politicians saying ‘there must be a trial’ while in the meantime the wheels of justice are moving at snail pace,” he said.
“This is a problem that’s not going away,” he added. “I know most Sri Lankans are ashamed that this terrible crime happened. But it’s time the Sri Lankan Government started taking these crimes seriously and delivered justice for the victims.”
The government had in March said that the Attorney General (AG) is to forward a direct indictment to the High Court, without a non summary inquiry, relating to the death of Khuram Shaikh.
It said that a special prosecutor has been nominated by the Attorney General to conduct the prosecution under the guidance of the Addl. Solicitor General who heads the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Department.
Samson / May 10, 2013
WHERE IS THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE IN THE COUNTRY ?
Is he still sleeping ?
Why the bugger cant come with strict statements should be raised by opposition in the country today.
Minister of Justice
Minister of Defence (Rajapakse)
All these should finally hold discussions about the way that investigations of crimes in the present day lanka are being held.
Nobody on this would respect the lankens soon, if all these three would not react without delay.
Samson / May 10, 2013
If Rizanna should be beheaded for no proper reasons,
Minister of Justice and all other authorities to pave all possible ways to grow crimes in the country should be BEHEADED hundred times.
For what purpose those ministers have been appointed and paid by using the tax payers funds.
Ane dewiyane, me ratata una deya, All gods should react soon to save the nation from anarchial state run by RAJAPAKSES.
Roy / May 9, 2013
This is a reminder about who Mahinda Rajapakse is and what he has done. The world seems to have a short memory when it comes to the LTTE war and it is so easy to demonize one side or another but let’s not forget what happened. Srilanka is a better place without this tyrant,his siblings and offsprings. Regardless of how people view the current situation, and the on going internal struggles, let the blame be placed on the doorstep of Mahinda Rajapakse.
Dhaksha / May 9, 2013
No more do politicians and leaders do what’s BEST for the country or the people. Thuggery, murderers, racism, silencing of the journalists, intimidation of the media, voices opposing the disgusting tactics of the rogue brothers, prevail. The little Rajapaksa brat who showed the country that disagreeing on a sports field is settled by thuggery, is just imitating the tactics used by his father and brothers. If they don’t like what is being said or done, they resort to violence.
A fine example for the youth of this country. A bad image for a so called peaceful nation.
kp / May 9, 2013
the problem is that we have too many politicians, and not enough statesmen. Too many people worried about pleasing electorates and getting votes, not enough people with the spine to do what’s right regardless of who votes or not.
paul / May 9, 2013
Oh what a cursed country is this… to be inflicted not just with the Rajapaksas, but also with a spineless opposition!
Velupullai / May 10, 2013
Have patience Sinhalalums I am will return soon.You killed my best this time I kill the lot and we will make you eat your own flesh.
K.A Sumanasekera / May 9, 2013
Libya now has at least half a dozen War Lords,or should we say six Prabakarans looking after the inhabitants.
Iraq, althugh Ms T gorgot to mention has 6 to 10 car bombs a month, killing at lease 200 inhabitants on average a month, with last month with a bumper 800 deaths or four times the average after the Iraquis were initiated into Western Democracy.
And Ms T reckons the Pup punching a referee and Bodu Bala pelting a few stones is the mother of all violence which is going to eradicate the inhabitant population.
As far as the ordinary punters are concerned the mega worry is the LTTE proxies both local and overseas hatching plots to destabilize the country and roll Rajapaksas.
Ms T who has direct lines to the anti Sinhal anti Buddhist and anti Lankan brigades all over perhaps may know something that we inhahitants are not aware of .
Perhaps this warning is more about impending doomsday by something other than the Bodu Bala Sena and the Ravana Brigades,
Aney Apochchi! / May 11, 2013
To address you appropriately would be to cast aspersions on your mother’s morality.
You say,”Ms T who has direct lines to the anti Sinhal anti Buddhist and anti Lankan brigades all over perhaps may know something that we inhahitants are not aware of”
Have you one iota of PROOF when you say this? But then, why should I ask when you deal in NOTHING but dishonesty and deceit on a minute-by-minute basis. All in the service of your “handlers.”
K.A Sumanasekera / May 12, 2013
Isn’t Ms T doing the spade work for all of them combined?..
Safa / May 9, 2013
This regime is like a mill stone around the necks, an utter waste of time and resources. Crooked politics, thuggery, racism, a toxic mix. Today the growth rate of China is on the decline and is likely to be around 6% by 2020. 50% of investment is on infrastructure and several showcase projects like super markets etc never succeeded and are 90% empty. The case here too is similiar with false hopes on egoistic projects and massive waste and corruption.
On top of all this a regime which does not want to lose power and which is resorting to extreme measures to crush dissent and the opposition. As stated by the PM most of the aid recieved is now from Muslim countries and the govts solution to BBS is to crack down on Muslim politicians like Azad Sally. We wonder were this will all end?
Park / May 9, 2013
“The fool thinks he has won a battle when he bullies with harsh speech,
but knowing how to be forbearing alone makes one victorious”.
Teaching of Buddha
Samyutta Nikaya I, 163
UPUL / May 9, 2013
A tyrant is a tyrant, is a tyrant, is a tyrant ! It does not matter what analogy one uses to dress him up in finery!
One can put on the signs of power and wealth but knowing how to deal with them comes with education, breeding and intellect.
No one dares to claim the current lot even have a clue asto what that is. At least no one with a brain!
There was a time when being a Thomian meant a ‘a well rounded, well spoken human being’. Today, its a mumbling presidential off-spring who can barely put together a few words in broken English!
Lasantha Pethiyagoda / May 9, 2013
While acknowledging the skills of the writer, it must be pointed out that events and situations in Libya as stated by her are erroneous. In similar vein, the Iraqi situation after the Western invasion deteriorated phenomenally.
Most Western countries regard Sri Lanka rather benevolently, as a tiny entity in the vast Indian ocean despite its loud and often belligerent rhetoric. Furthermore, they do not view the island as significant to their interests.
On the contrary, the general view of Sri Lanka internationally is one of delinquency and immaturity, sometimes seen with patronising tolerance and occasionally with just contempt.
m.c.spencer / May 10, 2013
Tough Democracy in theory is of, by and for the people. An academic once pointed out that in practice all Democracies are in varied degrees of; off the people, buy the people and far from the people.
What wishful thoughts and feelings from LP with blinkered vision and outlook not unlike the ephemeral majority consensus there and LP is not there but in Australia. Hence he like some others could and would afford to write such words not being free of his Singhal-Budhist, cultural baggage and brain washings. His fundamental mindset is that of Leela, Sumane and Co but his learning gives him a little more polish and feigned upper class upmanship touch.
Aney Apochchi! / May 11, 2013
You say, “While acknowledging the skills of the writer, it must be pointed out that events and situations in Libya as stated by her are erroneous. In similar vein, the Iraqi situation after the Western invasion deteriorated phenomenally.”
Please hark back to what Saddam Hussein (and his progeny) and Muammar Ghaddafi (and his progeny) did to their people. While what has emerged after their removal is certainly less than ideal, you better take a look at what those tyrants visited upon their people and which provoked their violent overthrow.
What Tisaranee seems to be predicting is a similar (dismal)fate for the Land Like No Other and that seems like it is “Elementary, my dear Watson!”
Paisa Must Appah / May 9, 2013
I agree with most of your points Tissaranee. However, about Azath Salleys arrest,he was just being meted out the same treatment that was forthcoming to him if he were an ordinary citizen accused of the same misdemeanours. His rapport with the ruling elite did not bring him any extra favours. So nothing is unfair in this case. Even his own maternal uncles silence on this “arrest” is testimony to this. Azath should not have played cheap politics by holding the majority sinhalese to ransom as being another threat to replace the reviled Prabhakaran.This way he was only stirring commual tension which is punishable under the countrys laws. The majority of Muslims are aware of the dirty games played by certain politicians pretending to benefit the community. Hope he ends his fast (farce) soon so that he will be able to make another trip to Madras in the near future.
fraud hakim / May 10, 2013
Sure; He needs another trip to Madras soon. Not to meet the Taminadu trouble makers but the wife and daughter need more fashionable sarees for their next TV appearances.
tor client / May 10, 2013
Paisa Must Appah,
how many of salley’s public statements are inline with ‘suggesting’ muslims to take up arms?
there is only one so far:
even that published interview in the tamil nadu magazine only literally predicts a worse case scenario. just as any analyst would do and are doing (Dayan Jayathilake).
It is unfare to have arrested salley under PTA. because literally salley never ‘suggested’ taking up arms (as dailynews holds to be outrageous call to arms recorded in black and white) and the interview never has in it the statement ‘the Muslims too should launch an armed struggle against the state in the same manner in which Tamils conducted a campaign earlier…(and) that such a struggle would commence once necessary arms are procured’ as most of the internet sites that ‘write about the interview’ quote. i don’t know what law takes care of false opinionating!
links to the interview:
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/translation-of-azath-salleys-controversial-interview-muslims-will-also-take-up-arms/ [english translation by CT]
you say “The majority of Muslims are aware of the dirty games”
No, politically muslims are an immature community that thinks parliamentary respresentation is for bringing home new roads and buildings!
“trip to Madras”
if you knew the arabic language or had any background in the muslim tradition or religion, madrasa means school. when you are an expat in the arab countries your kids go to what are there called madrasas in their local language. a college is kulliah. a university is jamiah. the fact that arabic schools were exploited by the americans in pakistan/afghanistant decades ago to generate taliban human resource, to fight against russians doesn’t make it an excuse for you to make the word a stereotype and a taboo. (nothing different from the BBS leadership academy, only thing missing is a war field but that’s being compensated for by ordinary citizens and businesses and places of worhip of the other communities). shows there is more potential to expand your mind.
tor client / May 10, 2013
correction on my rant about ‘Madras’. I took it as a typo for ‘madrasa’. but fraud hakim’s comment corrects me. It’s been too long since i switched to ‘chennai’ to sync with my indian friends, so ‘madras’ didn’t occur to me. apologies on that.
ip / May 10, 2013
sAD COUNTRY IS GOING MAD
Disgust / May 10, 2013
What amazes me is how people tend to understand the gravity of the recent happenings and are meekly taking things as if on stride. Is God, the only saviour who can bring peace to and stability for us citizens?
Disgust / May 10, 2013
‘ BEHOLD THE FUTURE ‘(?) is there one to believe or will there be one to see…..Time and Tide waits for no man.
Sirya / May 10, 2013
OK they got rid of the LLTE but that doen’t give them not the open licence to run the country in the fashion they are doing it now. The people are first, their well being is paramount and here with these people every thing is opposite. Every thing is for them, the people go to hell.
Mahela / May 11, 2013
History tells us that Hitler had many look alike impersonates. The reason was by doing so one cannot point a finger to one person.
Same here, where thousands are made corrupt,and when accused someone the finger has to aim at all those thousand and not at one person.
The new age of survival of the gang.
Quite funny but true.
Jayasinghe,Australia / May 11, 2013
Brilliant, Tissaranee. You are doing a yeoman service by exposing the regime and doing so without prevarication but with honesty and fearlessness
Sujeewa Devarani / May 12, 2013
People praised Lasantha also when he was writing like this. But after the deed was done to him at Attidiya junction, nobody talking all silent lie ghosts. Just like our Sri Lankans. Cant trust.
KK / May 23, 2013
you are a Big supporter of SF , talking about SL culture , now supporting
Tisaranee for hate campaign against SL
kris / May 23, 2013
This is another crap article from Tisaranee she got some sort of issues with Rajapakse family therefore writing crap artcles showing every single incident happen in SL because of Rajapakse family,i think she just born after rajapakse became to power that is why she think every incident happeing because of rajapakse family , Tisaranee did all the previous rulers 100% perfect when they were in power or any other country or leaders in those countries are free of any incidents that you are refering in here