17 October, 2021

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Comparing Racism In The US & Sri Lanka

By Kumar David

Prof. Kuma David

What motivated this piece is that the George Floyd trial is in progress and CNN is broadcasting it live from start to finish every courtroom day. A second incentive is the spate of gun violence in the US in recent weeks including an anti-Asian outbreak. This remark needs refinement since gun violence is endemic in America at the best of times; about 15,000 homicides every year. This homicide rate is 25 times higher than in other well-off countries; Germany has about 790 a year. Among OECD countries only Mexico, Turkey and Estonia have a higher rate than the US. In a typical year the homicide rate in Sri Lanka is 2.4 per year per 100,000; it is nearly 5.0 in the US. In Central America, the Caribbean and a few Africa countries the rate exceeds 10 – the worst are El Salvador, Jamaica, Honduras, Venezuela and South Africa with over 30 annual homicides per 100,000; far higher than US or Sri Lanka. These are background statistics for reference.

There are white supremacist hate-groups, much inflammatory web traffic and semi-fascist organisations in the US. Huge numbers of mentally unstable folk run free in the “land of the free”. US gun laws are horrifically lax and the lunatic Second Amendment allows just about any adult to own a gun or assault weapon and carry it in public. The National Rifle Association is one of the most powerful organisations in the country with funding, enough to tilt State and Congressional elections and influence Presidential polls. Parts of big cities are not safe; paradoxical fruit of the American dream of freedom like nowhere else, the anthem of the Republican Party. If I left it at that giving the impression that America is a crazy Rodeo Republic, that would not only be misleading, it would be false. It is not possible to get this textured reality across in one paragraph; you have to live it.

The point I want to make is that when you hear of 12 Asians shot at a spa, or a nut-case opening fire in a mall targeting Korean shoppers, or a white policemen crushing the neck of a prone, handcuffed black, asphyxiating him to death, you must not assume that July 1983 USA-style has commenced. If 12 Tamils were shot dead by a Sinhala extremist in Wellawatte the political conclusions we would draw are obvious. But when an angry mob riots against racial violence in the US, it is public anger spilling out against racism. The throng usually consists of all manner of multi-racial movements, rights groups, anarchists and radicals. It is a different ball-game from racial pogroms in Sri Lanka. I am not suggesting which is worse, just pointing out the difference.

My next point does involve a value judgement. When an act of gross racial violence occurs in the US thousands pour out in anger, there is public outrage. Some Black Lives Matter demonstrations drew more whites than blacks. I know that in July 1983 many Sinhalese sheltered Tamils and helped them flee to safety. But there were no rallies, no organised resistance against marauding mobs and monks. (There were exceptions such as Samasamajist Wimal Rodrigo who set up patrols in Thimbirigasyaya to protect Tamil lives, women and homes). But generally such organisation was not possible since the mood and the numbers were not there. Conversely think of the Martin Luther King Civil Rights marches which drew thousands of whites. Over in Mother Lanka progressive Sinhalese do indeed abhor discrimination or violence against Tamil or Muslim minorities but the numbers, JVP and the former Left included are not there to make it a mass protest. Maybe our ancient culture and our pride in our glorious race and past overpower puny humanitarian sentiments!

But it’s not only in Sri Lanka; it seems to be so in many cultures in our region. Tamils in Tamil Nadu can be counted on to fire up about Tamils in Lanka, but care not a paisa for the execrable treatment handed out by Modi et al to Muslims right in their own country. The Burmese are crushed by their own military but yesterday when that very military engaged in genocide of Rogingayas they kept mum. Could it be that “cultures” need experiences like the Medieval Papal Inquisition, 300 years of slavery in the New World, Turkish genocide of Armenians and the Nazi Holocaust before they can grow up?

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    Same thing.

    About 15% of US population are African Americans and 15% of SL are Tamils.

    Most of US police and army are from the majority community like SL.

    But there is a huge difference. No foreign country supports the US minority! SL’s Tamil minority has many supporters. Russia and China must support US minorities.

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      Racism in US is skin deep, while racism in Sri Lanka is soul deep.
      Racism in US is against Bible, while racism in Sri Lanka underlines Mahavamsa.
      Racism in US is condemned by people, while racism in Sri Lanka is condoned by people.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
        After Tamil terrorists were defeated, a large number of Tamils from North and East have moved to South. Sinhalayo have not raised any objection to Tamils moving to South because they consider them as citizens of Sri Lanka. But ‘Paradeshi’ Malabar Vellala Tamils who occupy land belonged to Sinhalayo, before Portuguese grabbed them and passed on to Tamils, say ‘Sinhalayo are not welcome in the North’, ‘Sinhalayo are colonizing Tamil land’.
        Who are the real racists?

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          EE,

          When will you ever learn!

          The only solution is to split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably and relocate people. Why stick to nature as the nation’s boundary? Only a handful of countries have their national boundary equaling geographical boundary!!

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            There are only two ethnicity in the island. Sinhalese and Tamil and not three. Islam is a religion and its followers are Muslims. It is a religious identity and not ethnic and they can belong to any race, ethnicity or origin and the Muslims in this island other than the Malays , Borah and other microscopic Indian/Pakistani communities are of Tamil ethnicity. Moreover they are fairly recent immigrants to the island from South India, who largely arrived here as refugees. They have no claim to any land or homeland. 72% of them are spread amongst the Sinhalese and only 28% amongst the Tamils largely in found in certain parts of Mannar in the north or along the southern eastern province coastal belt. A homeland for them is not viable, this is why at the instigation of Sinhalese racists and the establishment, they are trying to steal the east from the Tamils. People who are ethnically Tamil and only arrived in the east a refugees a few centuries ago, have no right to the land of the people who gave them refuge and took pity on them, as fellow Tamils.

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              The Sinhalese have no intention of granting an Islamic homeland anywhere in the island but a deliberately setting up and encouraging the radicalisation of the Tamil Muslims in the north and east and asking them to claim all sorts homeland, just to deliberately muddy waters and deny justice to the island’s Tamils. This is why a religious identity was deliberately made an ethnic identity, so that the island’s Tamils can be divided and ruled and to justify this the small amount of Arab heritage found amongst a few hundred Muslim families in the island , became the heritage of the entire Muslim population in the island and their more than 95% Tamil Dravidian heritage was completely ignored.
              People who are ethnically Tamil and only arrived in the east a refugees a few centuries ago, have no right to the land of the people who gave them refuge and took pity on them, as fellow Tamils. The Sinhalese have no intention of granting an Islamic homeland anywhere in the island but a deliberately setting up and encouraging the radicalisation of the Tamil Muslims in the north and east and asking them to claim all sorts homeland, just to deliberately muddy waters and deny justice to the island’s Tamils.

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                There are only two linguistic nationalities are in Sri Lanka for two thousand years or so. Religion is not a nationality and it is simply a faith. There cannot be faith based enclave in the land land anywhere.
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                Radical Muslims cannot faulted for thinking that they are a nation on to themselves; their book says so. They convert a Tamil or a Sinhalese and brainwash them out of that person’s heritage, give him an Arab name, and he is no longer seen as Tamil with Islamic faith but as a Muslim. This is unlike a Tamil or Sinhalese taking a Christian faith. They still remain a Tamil or a Sinhalese.
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                Unfortunately, this is a tragedy that has unfolded repeatedly with untold effect on the Tamil society, especially with the emergence of Arabia based orthodoxy with Muslims. Tamil society being riddled with casteism is an easy target for conversion.
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                It is extremely important that religious conversions to be banned by law with severe penalties in this modern era.

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          No Tamils are against Sinhalese coming and occupying Tamil areas individually like the Tamils occupying the south. Unfortunately what the government is doing is to take the Sinhalese in vast numbers and occupy the Tamil areas so as to Change the texture of the Tamil population and there by reduce the Tamil representatives in the Parliament. Thus, call the Tamils a microscopic minority in Srilanka.. If the governments developed the North/East as they developed the South, the need for the Tamils to migrate to the south won’t arise. This matter has been discussed several times but Eagle is Suffering from Cataract and Glaucoma simultaneously. Hence his ‘view’ is limited.

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        you forgot to add
        Racism in Sri Lanka is orchestrated by the Sinhala Buddhist Govt
        In the USA the last Govt under Trump tried to orchestrate racism and got kicked out

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        “Racism in US is skin deep”
        Yes, it deeply concerns skin.
        “Racism in US is against Bible”
        How come Charismatic Christian preachers are among the worst racist campaigners? “Racism in US is condemned by people”
        Yes, despised by most Black people and some white people.
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        In Sri Lanka, is there only one kind of racism?
        Why do I see so many anti-Muslim and anti-Sinhalese comments mainly by Tamils here?

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        GS,

        Partly true. That is because there are racist political parties in SL but USA bans them and only the majority’s language is the official language of SL. These two are big lessons for SL to copy from USA.

        US history also has many episodes of violence and slavery against African Americans. That equals SL with USA.

        Not everyone in USA condemns racism.

        On the other side, SL police does not target and kill Tamils in cities so frequently as USA does. And SL minorities don’t do riots so frequently either.

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        Just considering the recent BRUTAL murder incident and its facts how those cops killed that black man, by name George Floyd those men were racists by their birth.
        :
        However, the manner srilanken COPs assaulted the truck driver recently, was no different. And the kind of incidents in SRILANKA is very often also within their own communities.

        And srilanken monks take the lead of any racial acts, not leaving space any legal authorities to do the job going by law and order. That is the not the case in US or in
        any civilized country
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        Racism in SL is part and parcel of their sinhala buddhism CULTURE, while that is not the case in US or any civilized countries in Europe. Those who live in US/Europe would agree with me.

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      Observe what racism does to people – especially Blacks – in the USA.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-kp1cRTBlI

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


      Self-hatred is so much among Blacks ……… even Michal Jackson tried to change his appearance.

      No doubt there is racism in SL …….. and among all races …….. but the racism in the USA, against Blacks, is at another level …… people who haven’t seen it won’t be able to even imagine ……..

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        Both tragic and hilarious, nimal.
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        Not a real court, obviously.
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        Thanks.

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        nimal fernando,
        Permit me to use your yardstick.
        Racism against Tamils in the North is at another level. You wouldn’t have seen it; I’ve experienced it as a youth. It cost me 1 year of my education!

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          Nathan,

          I believe, there is a big difference between the discrimination/racism against the Blacks, and the discrimination/racism against the Tamils.

          The discrimination/racism against the Blacks in the US, is based on perceived inferiority/superiority.

          The discrimination/racism against the Tamils in SL, is based on numbers: minority/majority.

          So, unlike for the Blacks in America, self-loathing is not a part of the Tamils’ situation/condition.

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        Nimal Fernando,

        “Self-hatred is so much among Blacks ……… even Michal Jackson tried to change his appearance.”

        I don’t think Blacks or Africans hate themselves. They are very proud and never ask for help. On the other hand, I notice Jews deny that Palestinians exist. They call them “invented people.” And similarly, Eelamist Tamils try to deny Sinhalese identity. There are many parallels between Jews and Tamils.

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          Unfortunately my knowledge of the past history of SL and the Palestine-problem is limited …….. but my sympathies are with the Palestinians.

          There are violent revolts and peaceful/silent revolts.

          Not just the Tamils but the Sinhala-Buddhists have also revolted. I consider the mass migration of Sinhala-Buddhists to White-Christian countries as a silent revolt ……… although many Sinhala-Buddhists will not realise it.

          I have also revolted by leaving SL …….. so, I can understand the Tamils’ desire for separation.

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            Nimal Fernando,

            “I have also revolted by leaving SL …….. so, I can understand the Tamils’ desire for separation.”

            Tamils will not let you live anywhere in their “State.” You will not be able to own even a banyan tree. You are asking for your own country to be divided so that you are unable to visit a certain portion. Is it logical?

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        This whole topic it self is pointless and purposeless but has been a favorite pass time for us Lankans. Comparing some thing of positive is progression where as who killed more is regression. When I mentioned Disowned it was not Trump but more than 65 % people including Republicans, who voted in last election disagreed with protesters entering Capitol. Also most protesters are now in prison on sedition charges. Trump too is not out of troubled waters. The same people who say there is more racism in U.S are willing to relocate and enjoy the life styles (including Rajapaksas and other politicians) if not try to mimic the same life style in their own country. ( witness the people who stand in front of respective embassies) What Deepti said is true with Lankans too. U.S and U.K have admitted to wrong doing/enslavement.

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      The million dollar question is – why don’t oppressed Tamils stand by oppressed African Americans?

      Why?

      If they join forces, both will benefit.

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        GATAM,
        You ask million dollar questions. Are you that hard up. I’ll give you my two cents worth!
        Oppressed people can afford to offer only sympathy to other oppressed people. Rendering support would be beyond their means.
        Before recommending joining forces of Tamils and Blacks, how about recommending joining forces of the suffering masses of Tamils and Sinhalese.

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        Why don’t you instead asking stupid irrelevant questions, deliberately to muddy the water

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      In the 1960’s when China was very much socialist, Mao Zedong issued a statement endorsing the struggle of the Black people of the USA.

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    “Progressive” Sinhalese did not protest because they profited from the removal of Tamils through violence or otherwise. In universities, Tamil professors were removed so that Sinhalese could become professors leading to the present day devaluation of the title. If it is redeeming, “progressive” Sinhalese did not protest when their own youth, many of them innocent, were killed and burnt during the JVP times. Still we do not find their mothers protesting. Killing insects and snakes offend Buddhists but not killing humans. i remember reading a book ‘Homicide in South Ceylon” in which CHS Jayawardene (I think) says that murder rates in the Southern Province are as bad as in Columbia. The US is different for despite all its faults, it had the American War of Independence, the Civil war and Martin Luther King. Swathes of white people protest against racism. The Sinhalese are simply different. It is a shame that they claim to be Buddhist, defiling the name of the Great Renouncer.

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      Cicero don’t you think you are generalising too much about the Sinhalese? How many Tamils protested about the LTTE slaughtering numerous Sinhala villagers? There is a reason given for the apathetic attitude of both communities in a recent CT article here
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-impact-of-the-kulinas/
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      and here
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/cultural-roots-of-cruelty/

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      Racism is rampant in Sri Lanka. Look at the senior Government appointments to Ministries, Judiciary, Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Administration etc… the recruitment does not reflect the ethnic mix of the country. This has become worst during Rajapakse ruling periods.

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        Worse in USA.

        In USA only the majority’s language is an official language.
        In USA only political parties of the majority are allowed. Others are not.
        US majority never apologized for slavery, discrimination, riots, etc. against the others.
        It took USA 234 years since Independence to have one African American president. SL has 167 years to go.

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      Paul, the Jaffna University Teachers Union and other groups protested against LTTE violence. There was no such group among the Sinhalese that I know of. Do you know any? I do concede that there were not enough protests. Tamils lived in fear. Some members of the Jaffna Teachers Union were killed.

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        C
        “Paul, the Jaffna University Teachers Union and other groups protested against LTTE violence. There was no such group among the Sinhalese that I know of. Do you know any?”
        What else were the government and the mainstream media doing?

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        Cicero: You say: “There was no such group among Sinhalese that I know of”. My Dear, please note the “Sinhalese” protest is not shown “Outward”, but they wait for the “Opportunity” and show the “Protest” in its toughest terms. That is what has happened to JVP. The Sinhalese who survived the onslaught in 1971 and 1989 never ever “VOTE” that party. The opposing camps have only to “Inject” a small reminder of those incidents, the Sinhalese would turn up to “Protest”. That “Protest” looks “Life Long”. Even that protest has got extended and will live life long relating to the “War Winning” of 2009. Don’t you see how that “War Winning” is just “Reminded” and all the vagabonds enter the Parliament? That is how the Sinhalese “Protest”.

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        No, I don’t know of any. In fact the other day someone mentioned that Dr Hoole should bring UTHR(J) up to date. It is the only balanced and accurate site that I know of.

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      Cicero,
      “In universities, Tamil professors were removed so that Sinhalese could become professors leading to the present day devaluation of the title.”
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      Can you cite cases where Tamil professors were removed so that Sinhalayo could become professors?
      Professorship is an academic rank achieved mostly through research and academic publications. Therefore, there is no need to remove Tamil Professors so that Sinhalayo can become Professors.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        Is it true every other Sinhala/Buddhist is either a General or a Professor of some sort?

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          Native,
          Even Admiral Professors. I suppose you have heard about Lady Doctor Sicille Kotelawala?
          Why are Sinhalayo so fond of borrowed feathers?

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            old codger

            I have heard about her, luckily I never met her.
            Poor Ceylinco depositors.

            Is Lester going to defend her and her husband by providing us an analogy of Rajaratnam, Gordon Gekko US Insider dealer, Alfredo Sáenz Abad, ……. ?

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          Hello Vedda, your comment reminds me of HE, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Dr Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE, Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa and King of Scotland. I don’t think even our idiots could match him, but they will have a damn good try. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi_Amin

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        EE
        “Professorship is an academic rank achieved mostly through research and academic publications.”
        Don’t tell me. I have sat helplessly watching a procession of fellows made professors based on plagiarised work, publication in bogus journals, making multiple claims for the same task, and other disgraceful things.
        The UGC spent many months to arrive at a plan to clean up things and send out a circular that could stem the rot.
        What Next?
        Bingo! The FUTA successfully pulls strings to suspend the UGC circular.
        *
        There is little joy in becoming a professor through hard work when you are most likely to be seen as one among many charlatans.

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      “In universities, Tamil professors were removed so that Sinhalese could become professors”
      Could you name a few please and say how the removal occurred.
      Most of the Tamil academics removed themselves starting 1983.
      Those who remained have mostly done very well.

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        All knowing Sivasegaram,
        Gunatilleke who was gynecologist in ministry of health and not a member of University staff was made professor of gynecology over Visvanathan the next in line.
        Dharmadasa who was physician in ministry of health and not a member of university staff was made professor of medicine over Chanmugam the next in line.
        Kingsley de Silva was appointed over Sivasuriya as professor of gynecology Peradeniya and Sivasuriya had to move to Jaffna as professor of gynecology.
        All these happened before 1983.
        Fortunately university changed the rules to award professor title to those with long years of teaching experience, due to which both Visvanathan and Chanmugam got the title, but were never appointed head of department, though they were senior to the Sinhalese.

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          GS
          You claim knowledge of confidential matters. I plead ignorance, as I am generally not prone to gossip.
          I do not know what rules were changed to enable people with long service become professors. (A merit promotion scheme was introduced somewhere in the 1970s, but that was not for plain seniority. Research was key.)
          There is no next-in-line for university chairs like there is for thrones.
          Thurairajah was made Professor of Civil Engineering over much senior HB de Silva in the 1970s.
          I do not contest anybody’s competence, but to make ethnicity the explanation for any failure to secure a chair is childish.
          *
          BTW, you said “In universities, Tamil professors were removed so that Sinhalese could become professors”.
          Where was any ‘removal’ in your “evidence”?
          *
          What name may I call you for your ill informed comments?

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      “In universities, Tamil professors were removed so that Sinhalese could become professors leading to the present day devaluation of the title.”

      Nonsense. Tamil professors were never removed. They went to other countries willingly. Sri Lanka still has one of the best university systems in the world.

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        Lester
        Eevents of 1983 drove out many Tamil scholars and Sinhalese too.
        Those of 1988-89 drove away many Sinhalese.
        Peradeniya was all the poorer for these losses.
        The universities have come down in academic quality since the 1970s.
        Can you tell us how “Sri Lanka still has one of the best university systems in the world”?

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    The epitaph on violence – gun and other – in US is totally of a different dimension and magnitude.
    In US it is Lords vs Slaves, in SL it is the Majority vs Minorities. A vast difference. The 2nd Amendment is a showpiece of American hypocrisy; the 13th Amendment is a showpiece of Sri Lankan hypocrisy! But, the major difference is somewhere else. America is a Land of Laws and Justice; SL is a Land of the Lawless and Injustice!

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    “…JVP and the former Left included are not there to make it a mass protest.”
    JVP? That will be the day!

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      SJ,
      Point taken. I guess I was speaking in the context of that bloody racist liar JR’s fabricated allegations that the NSSP and the JVP were behind the July-1983 riots.

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        Kumar
        Does anybody seriously read anything here?
        I say something and get a load of down votes; you agree with me to get a load of up votes.
        Can you be my spokesperson on CT? I will get a bottle of whatever you wish.

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          SJ,
          “I say something and get a load of down votes; you agree with me to get a load of up votes.”
          You should consult Lester, who has found a way to give himself green thumbs.

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            OC
            Thanks for the tip.
            But Kumar is still my friend.

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              old codger

              SJ types:
              “But Kumar is still my friend.”-

              I believe Kumar is a long time liberalised Trotskyite.
              Maoist conservatives and liberalised Trotskyites don’t ideologically mix.

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        The million dollar question is, why Tamils do not stand by the US minority and the Kashmiri people?

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          The Million dollar question is why do you deliberately keep on asking these irrelevant questions, deliberately to muddy the waters and to justify your Sinhalese state sponsored racism against the island’s Tamils. Instead of asking the Tamils who are struggling against state sponsored structural genocide and racism against them , to go around supporting others , why don’t you, if your so concerned. There is no state sponsored laws and structural genocide against any people in the USA and Kashmir. USA has had a black president and now a half Tamil, half Black Vice president with a nice Tamil name. In Kashmir the people who suffered the most are the Kashmiri Hindus who were all ethnically cleansed and chased out of their land. These people are the original people of Kashmir. The Muslims majority a recent converts to Islam ( largely forced ) and some descended from the Afghan invaders. You are deliberately want the Tamils to have bad relationship with the USA and India. This is why you keep on repeating this silly questions. You could have asked Tamils should stand together with the people of Tibet and Uighur , who now face genocide in China. More appropriate but you deliberately did not want to.

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    Where there is human there is racism. It will be interesting to trace the origin of racism to see how far it goes back in relation to humans. But Mr. David there is no comparison what so ever. As you said “to understand a person has to live it”. 1)few individuals or groups are not same as community 2) Cults, organizations or groups are not same as government 3) violent protest, resistance or public outrage is not same as pogroms that are organized by government with help of monks 4) sporadic police killings and prisoner abuses are not same as rape, torture and mass execution 5) 15,000 homicides are not all racial killings. We do hear how a 4 year old shot and killed his 2 year old sibling. 5) The main problem in U.S is easy access to fire arms. Refer to Norway terrorism, it,s very difficult to purchase and still a psycho systematically managed to collect enough over years, to cause mass killing. A racist having a gun is definitely a problem. Another observation though blacks use guns to steal, personal enmity, gang/drug violence rarely we hear some one walking into a crowd and shooting down people.6) Where as in Lanka the cause is racist governments, lead by racist politicians in coordination with racist monks and enabling COMMUNITIES.

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      Chiv,
      “A racist having a gun is definitely a problem.”
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      That is exactly what happened in Sinhale/Sri Lanka. After racist Tamils managed to get hold of guns they went on slaughtering innocent Sinhala civilians. They became so barbaric and did not spare even pregnant Sinhala women.

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      Chiv,
      “Where as in Lanka the cause is racist governments, lead by racist politicians in coordination with racist monks and enabling COMMUNITIES.”
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      Usual ranting from a guy suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’.
      Do not blame the Governments, politicians, monks and Sinhala community for the blunders made by ‘Paradeshi’ racist separatist Malabar Vellala Tamil politicians. They misled ‘Moda’ Tamils and persuaded them to fight so that they can get their ‘Dreamland’.

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    Also Mr.David on your next attempt ,please compare Lanka to a country who had 30 years of bloody war, two deadly insurrections many pogroms in past 50 years and yet did not learn any thing. Do we really need any comparison for our stupidity/ racism ??

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    President Trump did try organizing a violent protest with the help of few of his racist partners and right wing base which failed. The party and majority whites disowned him. It is important to take note, though many protesters were in possession of multiple assault rifles which could have easily brought W.H under their control for (may be) few days, not a single shot was fired and few individuals who died were caught in the melee and skirmish.

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      Cops are under strict instructions to kill only Black protesters.

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      “majority whites disowned him.”

      Don’t think so ……. if not for the pandemic he would’ve easily won a second term.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGGc_uWYi4M

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        Dear Nimal,
        The record breaking total votes earned by Trump at his 2nd run for the presidency in spite of the pandemic (i.e., pandemic related misinformation/ mismanagement and the challenges of voting under a deadly pandemic scenario), which was considerably more votes than the total votes earned by him at the first go indicated to me that the opponent base had woken up, built momentum, and weren’t going to let Trump win again, pandemic or not.

        Pundits have forecasted that there is a growing shift towards liberalism in the U.S.A. If I recall correctly, the growing younger voter base is predominantly liberal and they’re changing the republican:democrat voter base ratio in favour of the democrats in many states including traditionally republican states. The state of Georgia was an example of that in the last presidential election.

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          “that the opponent base had woken up.”

          True.

          But, like many leaders whose popularity rose during the pandemic because of their handling of the crisis he could have turned the pandemic to his advantage …… if he had let the people of science handle it instead of the sheer stupidity he displayed. All he had to do was to show some concern and empathy for the sick. ……..That’s one con he couldn’t pull off.

          Although he lost the popular vote by a very big margin – because of NY & CA – he lost the electoral college by a few hundred thousand.

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    USA does not allow ethnicity based political parties. Otherwise by now they would have set the US on fire!

    A good lesson for SL.

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    US enslaved Blacks. SL never enslaved Tamils, instead it was the other way around.
    US had the Ku Klux Klan. SL have the Mahason Brigade but only years after continues harassment.
    US has a disproportionate number of Blacks and Latinos in prisons. SL has a restorative justice system.
    US police agencies deliberately target Blacks and Lations. SL police doesn’t.
    US had a Black President. SL had a Tamil Foreign Minister and one of the finest it ever had.

    US will continue to be racially divided. SL is on the path to reconciliation (with Tamils Only).

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      Dream on…..with the Rajapaksa’s consistent racist policies against minority, there will NEVER be any reconciliation. The Rajapaksa’s did not need to wait to be told by the UNHCR to implements policies that will reconcile, if they genuinely wanted to they would have done so, and united the country, as soon as the bloody war was over.
      The US had a African American President, Sri Lanka will never vote for any President who is not Sinhalese.

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        Ashan,
        “The US had a African American President, Sri Lanka will never vote for any President who is not Sinhalese.”
        —-
        Africans were taken as slaves to US by white people and they did not agitate to create a separate State for them where as in Sinhale, Tamils brought as slaves by Portuguese to Yapanaya wanted to create a separate State based on a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’ from the day Sinhalayo gained Independence from colonial rule and resorted to violence and kill Sinhalayo.
        So, how can Tamils expect Sinhalayo to elect a Tamil as a President?

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      ReginaldShamalPerera,
      “SL had a Tamil Foreign Minister and one of the finest it ever had.”
      —-
      Assassinated by LTTE Tamil terrorists who did not like a Tamil telling the truth about Tamil terrorists to the International community .

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      RSP,

      Not true. SL enslaved close to a million Tamils. Read some history from 1525 to 1948 before making stupid comments.

      OK SL police doesn’t but what about SL army, navy, air force, STF, LRRP, EPDP, TMVP?

      SL is more divided than USA!

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    Professor Kumar David,

    Why you chose to compare racism in the US with that in Sri Lanka?

    Are you not comparing apples with oranges?

    Racism is not confined to “Killing” alone. “Killing” is extreme manifestation of racism, but there are other deplorable forms of racism.

    Why not deal racism in US AND Sri Lanka separately?.

    USA is a land of immigrants. The prosperity of USA was built on slavery up to mid nineteenth century and thereafter on black free labour or incredibly cheep labour. The institutionalized racism kept the blacks virtually under bondage and they mere mercilessly exploited along with the indigenous Americans..

    This is US Racism and when they feel like they kill blacks without any consequences and whites also demonstrate to feel good!.

    The US constitution enacted more than two hundred years back affirmed the excellent credo that all “men are created equal”.
    However, unfortunately ‘men’ do include neither the indigenous people nor the blacks
    “Men” according to Americans mean White Christian males.
    Whereas Sri Lanka on the other hand had indigenous people- The Sinhalese and the Tamils Who had been living in the island from time immemorial.

    Sri Lanka had only caste based discrimination of course at times led to killings as well and racial discrimination and massive human rights violation became a common practice only after independence or after the arrival of Europeans and therefore is a western construct.

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      srikrish,
      “Whereas Sri Lanka on the other hand had indigenous people- The Sinhalese and the Tamils Who had been living in the island from time immemorial.”
      —-
      Indigenous Tamils are in Tamil Nadu not in Sinhale which is the land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo. ‘Moda’ Tamils still believe the distorted history of Sinhale by SJV Chelvanayakam who was an illegal migrant to Sinhale from Malaya during colonial rule and promoted separatism.

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      Dear Srikrish, you got me thinking with your case for the oddity of this comparison.

      Strictly in terms of the root of racism in SriLanka (Anti-Tamil racism by Sinhalese) versus that in the U.S.A. (Anti-black racism by Caucasian), I also think that this is an Apples and Oranges comparison.

      In Sri Lanka, the root of racism is a case of competition for ethnocultural, religious, territorial dominance over the entire island and its diverse peoples by the Sinhala Buddhist movement.
      The kind of racism that exists in the U.S. is rooted in white supremacy; non-whites and jews are pegged at lower in the hierarchy of human capabilities and worthiness with blacks at the very bottom. I think this is akin to our caste system.

      Noting here that racist discrimination occurs in any number of directions (E.g. Asian supremacists etc) but majoritarian demography tends to determines its success.

      Perhaps Prof David didn’t think so technically but primarily wanted to highlight the Sinhalese in SL, the Buddhists in Burma, and so on for their lack of outrage and vociferous solidarity with the victims of racism, their hypocrisy, contrary to what’s seen on many occasions in the U.S.

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    “If 12 Tamils were shot dead by a Sinhala extremist in Wellawatte the political conclusions we would draw are obvious.”

    If 12 Tamils are shot dead by a Sinhalese, it is genocide. Expect mass protests in New York, Toronto, and Paris. If 12 Sinhalese are blown up on a bus by an LTTE suicide bomber, they are just statistics to be forgotten.

    “Sinhalese do indeed abhor discrimination or violence against Tamil or Muslim minorities but the numbers, JVP and the former Left included are not there to make it a mass protest.”

    Colombo was under LTTE terror for 30 years. Buses, banks, restaurants, trains… you never knew where the next bomb would go off. Price has been paid 10x for 1983 which in any case was initiated by the killing of 13 soldiers.

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      Lester

      “If 12 Tamils are shot dead by a Sinhalese, it is genocide.”

      What is genocide?

      “Colombo was under LTTE terror for 30 years. “

      Innocent people were under attack from 1956, irrespective of their race, class, region, religion, gender, …………………….. 1958, 1961, 1971, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1987 – 1991, over 30 years, 2013, 2019, …………………………….. by hoodlums, politicians, ministers, armed forces, state sponsored dead squads, …………….

      What do you want to call it?

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        NV: “What is Genocide”? Does it include:- Tamils killing Tamils. Sinhalese killing Sinhalese. In short, when these “Tribes” kill their own “Tribes” (for whatever the reasons) what it is called? Just inquisitive.

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          Simon Man

          “Does it include:- Tamils killing Tamils. Sinhalese killing Sinhalese. In short, when these “Tribes” kill their own “Tribes” (for whatever the reasons) what it is called? Just inquisitive.”

          Definition
          Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
          Article II
          In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
          a. Killing members of the group;
          b. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
          c. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
          d. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
          e. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
          Elements of the crime
          The Genocide Convention establishes in Article I that the crime of genocide may take place in the context of an armed conflict, international or non-international, but also in the context of a peaceful situation. The latter is less common but still possible. The same article establishes the obligation of the contracting parties to prevent and to punish the crime of genocide.
          The popular understanding of what constitutes genocide tends to be broader than the content of the norm under international law.

          continued:

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            Part II

            Article II of the Genocide Convention contains a narrow definition of the crime of genocide, which includes two main elements:–
            “Does it include:- Tamils killing Tamils. Sinhalese killing Sinhalese. In short, when these “Tribes” kill their own “Tribes” (for whatever the reasons) what it is called? Just inquisitive.”

            1. A mental element: the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such”; and
            2. A physical element, which includes the following five acts, enumerated exhaustively:
            o Killing members of the group
            o Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
            o Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
            o Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
            o Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
            3. The intent is the most difficult element to determine. To constitute genocide, there must be a proven intent on the part of perpetrators to physically destroy a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Cultural destruction does not suffice, nor does an intention to simply disperse a group. It is this special intent, or dolus specialis, that makes the crime of genocide so unique.

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        Vedda,

        In order to convince your White friends in Brussels of genocide, you will have to increase the fake casualty count significantly. As they are used to killing in factors of 100,000x. A brown guy running around with an axe and kerosene does not interest them.

        Hiroshima/Nagasaski: 214,000
        Dresden Firebombing: 200,000
        Iraq: 1,000,000
        Vietnam: 2,000,000
        Holocaust: 6,000,000

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          Lester

          What is genocide?
          Will you please stop bull s******g and answer my question?
          If you haven’t got a clue say so, then I could ask Eagle Blind Eye, N M Perera, ….

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          Jester you know what genocide is and its meaning but are deliberately trying distort. At the time of independence the percentage of Tamils in the island was around 27% or even slightly more. Sinhalese 66% and Muslims around 5-6% . Now within 70 years of independence The Tamil percentage has almost halved to 15%. The Sinhalese percentage has risen from 66% to 75% and the Muslim percentage from 6% or 5% to 10% . Strange . What the Tamils all decided not to reproduce and committed mass suicide for this to happen and the Sinhalese and Muslims started to breed like rats? The reason is within this last 70 years from independence the Sri Lankan state planned and deliberately targeted the Tamil people, so that they were either forced to leave the island , forced to assimilate into the Sinhalese identity, like along the north west coast and in the case of the Colombo Chetties and west coast Paravan/Bharatha. Thousands of Tamils were also deliberately targeted and killed, especially in the last 30 years, ending up in the deliberate targeted killing of almost 145000 innocent Tamil civilians in May 2009.

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            The first move was to make a million Indian origin estate Tamils who had lived in the island for over a 100 years and earned most of the island’s foreign exchange then, stateless and forcibly deport many of them to India, which was a strange land to them. Then they started to target the native Tamils from the North and East by deliberately denying them language, employment, higher education and even land rights in their own areas in the north and east by ethnically cleansing thousands of them and settling Sinhalese from the south, to deliberately change the demography and make them a voiceless minority in their own lands. Now they are deliberately trying to erase the ancient Tamil Hindu and Buddhist history in the north and east and falesely claim all this as Sinhalese with concocted history. In the southern areas, state sponsored pogroms against Tamils used to take place at regular intervals from 1956 onwards , where Tamil homes. belongings, properties and businesses, were deliberately destroyed and looted with impunity and nothing done. The so called Sinhalese police and armed forces, supposed to keep law and order, allowed these looters and killers of Tamils to go around with impunity and in many instances even joined. The Sinhalese pubic were no better, even the so called educated ones.

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              No protest but stood and watched all this in silence and most probably silently enjoyed what was happening. All this activities and the 30 year old vicious war, where Tamils were targeted on all sides forced more than a million native indigenous Eelam Tamils to leave the island permanently , largely to the west. In May 2009 the state and the armed forces, under pretense of fighting the LTTE, deliberately targeted innocent Tamil civilians, using all sorts of abhorrent methods, many of them even banned by the UN. The number deliberately killed in May 2009 is between 145000- to 40000 , depending on the source but more than 145000 Tamils, since May 2009 are missing and not accounted for. Around 300000 Tamil civilians have been killed from the time of independence and no one far has been brought to task. If all this is not deliberate planned structural genocide of the island’s Tamil people, especially the native indigenous Eelam Tamils from the north and east and to erase their existence and history in the island to make the island some Sinhalese Buddhist only land that it never was , then what is it?

              All these activities and the 30 year old vicious war, where Tamils were targeted on all sides forced more than a million native indigenous Eelam Tamils to leave the island permanently , largely to the west.

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        Dear Lester, Simon, and NV:

        “What is genocide?” – Answer provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum;

        https://www.ushmm.org/genocide-prevention/learn-about-genocide-and-other-mass-atrocities/what-is-genocide
        —>
        “Genocide is an internationally recognized crime where acts are committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. These acts fall into five categories:
        -Killing members of the group
        Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
        -Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
        -Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
        -Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
        —>
        “There are a number of other serious, violent crimes that do not fall under the specific definition of genocide. They include crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and mass killing.”
        —>
        “Origin of the Term Genocide
        The word “genocide” did not exist prior to 1944. It is a very specific term coined by a Polish-Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin (1900–1959) who sought to describe Nazi policies of systematic murder during the Holocaust, including the destruction of European Jews.”

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          Sugandh

          Thanks.
          Most of those who accuse the perpetrators and those who express unwavering denial of war crimes have no clue about what constitute war crimes especially the part which is intention to commit war crime.

          In this island it is clear the intention was never expressed overtly, however anyone who has a bit of gray matter can deduce from the pattern of behaviour of the state, politicians, saffron clad Rasputins, and state functionaries over the past 125 years.

          Hope the ordinary people put some sense when they vote.

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      Lester,
      If 12 Tamils are shot dead by a Sinhalese , they would be found alive in Paris by Mohan Peiris.
      But then, Sinhalese Aryans can’t shoot straight.

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        old codger

        “If 12 Tamils are shot dead by a Sinhalese , they would be found alive in Paris by Mohan Peiris.”

        Maybe found dead, reason collectively committed suicide.

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          NV
          Other dead Tamils are walking in streets of Toronto, Melbourne , London and Switzerland.

          Soma

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            soman

            “Other dead Tamils are walking in streets of Toronto, Melbourne , London and Switzerland.”

            Please, please, please let me have the details of all such persons.
            Any chance they are all your mates/relatives?

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    hard to compare a country like the US – a relatively new country with a country that has existed for thousands of years.

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      a14455
      What does this country have to show as great achievements for its thousands of years– except for things achieved many centuries ago?

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        S.J,
        Most of these English-fluent super-patriots seem to operate from the US. They wouldn’t like to come and live in this glorious country.

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          OC
          Absence make the heart grow fonder. (That holds for all manner of patriots we see here.)
          The less likely one is to return, the more likely one will swear loyalty.

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            That is not fair.

            I think maybe the question should be asked of people who are actually living in Sri Lanka when they could easily live elsewhere why they do it if it’s such an awful place. ?

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        prof

        Sri Lanka is not some horrible lousy place, in fact, there are so many achievements that she has that are are thought to be of no value, I have lived in US , Singapore and Australia for over 30 years, and visited many many countries. I still would prefer to come and live in Sri Lanka even after seeing all that.

        Do you know if a third-world country that educates its best for free provides healthcare for free, has all this amazing natural beauty. but above all has the nicest friendliest helpful people in the world? If you do let me know and I will make my retirement plans there.

        I tell you this from the bottom of my heart. I have been through some very painful episodes in my life and in going through those things in a foreign alien uncaring country and visiting Sri Lanka after made me realize what and who I am.

        I don’t want Sri Lanka to be a Singapore or a Korea or Dubai or whatever, Why would anyone want that?
        In my previous job, I had an engineer who worked for me who was Chinese and he had visited Sri Lanka, and he asked me something I never expected. He asked me “why do you want to live here? ”

        I think you know this as well. ultimately that is why you are there and not in some other country now.

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          a14445,
          Yes, Sri Lanka isn’t a bad place to live in IF you have the resources AND the right trade. But this is a bit over the the top:
          “a third-world country that educates its best for free provides healthcare for free, “
          You may get broken bones fixed free, but try something like a prostate problem. I know 2 people who have spent a year with a catheter in their urinary tract, and sent regularly for expensive outside tests. This is no NHS.
          It’s the same with “free” education. I think free education and health should be provided only to the poor. Why should Royal College provide free education to students whose parents cause SUV traffic jams?

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            is it over the top.? ask the Indians ask the Thais or all the numerous other countries in Asia. None of those countries even try.

            I did not say that the system is perfect but it certainly does work. It gives an opportunity none of the other countries give to their poor. When one sits in their well and wallows in self-pity not seeing how the rest of the world is, you ask questions like what has Sri Lanka achieved?

            I

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              a14455,
              No, none of these countries, and China besides go as far as we do. But you have forgotten that even Bangladesh has $70 billion in reserves compared to our 3.5. Living beyond one’s means has its penalties.

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                Bangladesh is a country of 150 mil. Sri Lanka is 20 .

                But this is not anything new. This has been the case all our lives and most of our parents.

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          a14445,
          What make one stay here or seek greener pastures are mainly material considerations.
          To some there is something more than money– a sense of belonging.
          I denounce many things happening around here, but there are things that attract me to this place.
          Many have had a shot at a career abroad and chose to return despite less comforts and little cash for extras. Some did it despite most of the family circle living abroad in one country or scattered among several.
          These are personal reasons, and there is oittle to boast about returning and even less about leaving the country.
          *
          What I detest is people prescribing things to those living here, knowing well that they will not suffer the consequences.
          It is easy for a loose tongue to curse all and sundry, but impossible to offer constrictive in criticism.

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        Nothing. All it’s current successes (like Malik Pieris FRS) are abroad.

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    Tamils can no longer complain about racism, as they fought a 30 year war, for better or worse. Had they won the war, they would be dictating terms to GOSL. Who thinks those terms would be fair in the least? Tamils used all tools available to try and win this war including creating an ethno-state to brainwash people in Marxist-Fascist ideology. Large sums of money were expended in this effort. A massive propaganda effort was launched to recruit sympathetic Western politicians to the “cause.” Even an “airforce” was assembled in the jungle and “airplanes” flown over Colombo. Suicide terrorism was employed to wreck the economy by scaring tourists away. When you fight a war, there are serious consequences to losing. Having lost the war – militarily – some sections of Tamils are still pursuing a half-baked “diplomatic” effort via UNHRC and other institutions to embarrass GOSL. This will only encourage GOSL to reject so-called “devolution” and other proposals. The best option for Tamils at this time is to renounce separatism, renounce the TNA, and distance themselves from the snake in the room, the Tamil diaspora.

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      Lester,
      “Even an “airforce” was assembled in the jungle and “airplanes” flown over Colombo.”
      But why did it take 30 years for 300,000 brave Sinhalayo in the forces to defeat these “airplanes” and the schoolboys that manned them. Lester, please don’t bring more disgrace on the forces by drawing too much attention to their incompetence.

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        Old Codger,

        “But why did it take 30 years for 300,000 brave Sinhalayo in the forces to defeat these “airplanes” and the schoolboys that manned them.”

        It only took Mahinda & Gotha 4 years. SLA did not suffer a single defeat. Even after attacking Anuradhapura airforce base, LTTE could not gain an advantage. CBK was an incompetent fool who thought she could negotiate with terrorists.

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          L
          Did not CBK do her best to screw up the negotiations when they came?

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          Lester

          “It only took Mahinda & Gotha 4 years. “

          Hindians had already decided to obliterate LTTE with great help from VP. Hindians already agreed with Chanrika the sort of military support they were willing to provide, A to Z including Radar, warships, helicopters, satelite intelligence, unlimited training facilities, funding amounted to more than $1.5 billions, a sea blockade preventing supply of arms and ammunition, diplomatic cover, …… except lethal weapons.

          Basically Hindians fought the war with great help from VP.

          Its time you pulled your head from wherever it is now.

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            Vedda,

            “Hindians already agreed with Chanrika the sort of military support they were willing to provide, A to Z including Radar, warships, helicopters, satelite intelligence”

            USA gave Saudi Arabia $20 billion USD worth of weapons. But still Saudis cannot defeat Yemeni Houthis, who can’t even read or write. Conventional weapons are not as useful as you think in guerilla warfare.

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          Lester,
          “Even after attacking Anuradhapura airforce base, LTTE could not gain an advantage”
          Thanks for reminding me.
          Was that one of Gota Deviyo’s victories against child soldiers?
          Learn to give the devil his due. You guys can never be accused of being competent.

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      Lester@

      Get the facts right please.

      “Tamils are still pursuing a half-baked “diplomatic” effort via UNHRC and other institutions to embarrass GOSL”

      If you are no blind, they dont need UNHRC or other, but today, those who brought them back to power, embassrass GOSL.
      .
      “Tamils can no longer complain about racism”

      What about muslims (Srilanken muslims), would they stop calling sinhalese being not-racists ? No.
      .
      Why cant you open your eyes ?
      :
      For everyone s sake, why cant they go for CRIME INVESTIGATIONS as repeatedly promised to international community and the victimized parties ?

      That is the only way out to clear the doubts.
      :
      Today what is going on in SL is- a bunch criminals waste our golden time not doing the due for the betterment of the youth of this country. You dont need to have studied rocket science to get it.
      :
      They grabed power not for anything else, but to ESCAPE FROM ON INVESTIGATIONIS BASED ON HIGH CRIMES that they committed recent years.

      Just watch what DEALDASA AKA Wijedasa has to say today.
      .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGO_UVwWaXA

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        What about muslims (Srilanken muslims), would they stop calling sinhalese being racists ? No.

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        Leela,

        “For everyone s sake, why cant they go for CRIME INVESTIGATIONS as repeatedly promised to international community and the victimized parties ?”

        If you want to investigate Rajapakse for corruption, that is one issue. That is not what these separatists want. They want to get Gotha on so-called war crimes, so that someone weaker comes into power. This weaker person will negotiate for devolution. Devolution will include police powers, maybe even military powers. As well as land powers. It will start small and grow bigger very quickly. That is just Tamils. Muslims will also want devolution. Obviously, this will be a nightmare from the cultural end. It will also be economic suicide.

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          Lester,
          “Obviously, this will be a nightmare from the cultural end. It will also be economic suicide.”
          Of course not. If the competent minorities get to run the economy instead of half educated SB politicians, it will start an economic revival. Of course it will be bad for corrupt murderers like the Rajapaksas, whom you want to protect.

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            Lester,
            SL was richer than Singapore before incompetent idiots were given jobs simply because they were from a particular community.
            Those who did their jobs properly must be allowed to do them again.
            Even now, 75% of the export income comes from minority-run companies.

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    I can understand the Whites looking down on the coloured persons. Their (black) countries are in a mess, their leaders are corrupt, they want money and help from the whites. They want to migrate to white countries , are very proud of any education gained from a white society,( they tell everyone they are PhDs from a white university etc and insist that they be addressed Dr !) , will give anything to educate their children in a white country and even become a dual citizen.

    They talk in English, drive cars, watch TV, listen to radios, wear trousers and jackets, wear watches( mainly Swiss, all things invented in Western countries) have parliaments like in UK, Legal systems like in the West, practice practice Western medicine, play cricket, golf, tennis like whites. They have nothing in themselves except for bogus Ayurveda and astrology.

    Naturally the whites have contempt for these cheap mimics.

    In Sri Lanka it is different. Per Capita the Sinhalese are poorer than Tamils and Muslims. In capabilities also they are the same if not less capable.
    So this racism is pure tribalism, not a superior race looking down on a pathetic race.

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      ds
      Also, they text a load of bull in English.

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      ” Per Capita the Sinhalese are poorer than Tamils and Muslims.”

      Rubbish. You think some guy in Vavuniya is is wealthier than someone in Colombo 7? Places like Kilinochi and Mullaitivu lack basic water and electricity.

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        Lester

        “Rubbish. You think some guy in Vavuniya is is wealthier than someone in Colombo 7? Places like Kilinochi and Mullaitivu lack basic water and electricity.”

        You are right, I doubt guys in Vavuniya are wealthier than those who live in the South. Those people in Vavunia have no political control over state institutions and access to treasury (finances). Even if they have they could swindle only a meager amount, depending on the kindness of the Southern politicians, maybe some crumbs.

        One cannot compare the achievement of the clan.
        Basically Basil plans Mahinda (Finance Minister) approves.

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          Vedda,

          It’s rather unfortunate. If not for Tiger terrorism, SL would be wealthier than Singapore. SL politicians used to be of the “Oxbridge” (Cambridge/Oxford) variety. The war paved the way for a lot of corruption.

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            Lester

            “If not for Tiger terrorism, SL would be wealthier than Singapore.”

            Hee Hee Ho Ho Ha Ha
            Hee Hee Ho Ho Ha Ha
            Hee Hee Ho Ho Ha Ha
            Ha Ha Hee Hee Ho Ho
            Ha Ha Hee Hee Ho Ho

            I am sorry Jester, I just remembered an old joke.
            Never mind.

            Very well I take it 1956, 1958, 1960/61, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1987-1991, …… were not causative factors.

            I trust your judgement.

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              Kindergarten Vedda,

              USA has been in 93 wars in 244 years. Around 3 wars every year, with 5 still ongoing. Anyway, congratulations on counting to 10.

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                Lester the fake historian,
                “USA has been in 93 wars in 244 years. Around 3 wars every year, with 5 still ongoing. “
                Why didn’t you mention that only around 3 of these wars involved its own people? Just like SL.
                Such brutal honesty from you is to be expected.

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                  Slow Dodger,

                  Take your medicine. War is war, internal or external. USA also had a civil war with dumb separatists. They were not given any mercy.

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                    Lester the clown,
                    “War is war, internal or external. “
                    Perhaps you don’t know that the USSR lost 20 million plus in its internal war while the US lost less than a million? Go study your Wikipedia at least before spouting juvenile
                    inanities.

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                Lester

                “USA has been in 93 wars in 244 years. Around 3 wars every year, with 5 still ongoing. Anyway, congratulations on counting to 10.”

                What has American war go to do with Sri Lanka, Singapore, Sinhala/Buddhist racism, stupidity of 6.9 million, corrupt politicians, ……?

                What is the matter with you jester?

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                  Vedda,

                  Do you prefer 200 years of slavery and 93 wars to a few riots? Slavery is what you Eelamists were practicing under your Thesavalamai Law. What does your rule book Manusmriti say?

                  “For the growth of these worlds, moreover, he (the Creator) produced from his mouth, arms, thighs and feet, the Brahmin, the Kshatriya, the Vaisya and the Sudra”.

                  “For the Brahmin, the name should connote auspiciousness; for a Kshatriya, strength; for a Vaisya, wealth and for a Sudra, disdain…’ (chapter 2, shlokas 30, 31, 32)”

                  According to your religion, Sudras are worthless. Yet you accuse Sinhala-Buddhists of racism because of a riot and Sinhala-Only language act. Pot calling kettle black1

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            Lester,
            “If not for Tiger terrorism, SL would be wealthier than Singapore.”
            SL was richer than Singapore before incompetent idiots were given jobs simply because they were from a particular community.
            Those who did their jobs properly must be allowed to do them again.
            Even now, 75% of the export income comes from minority-run companies.

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              “Even now, 75% of the export income comes from minority-run companies.”

              What is your source, TamilNet?

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                Lester,
                “Leadership | BRANDIX
                Priyan Fernando. Chairman. Ashroff Omar. Group Chief Executive Officer. Aslam Omar. Director. Feroz Omar. Director. Ajith Johnpillai.”

                MAS:
                Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean (Chairman) Sharad Amalean (Deputy Chairman) Ajay Amalean (Co-Founder) Suren Fernando (CEO)

                Hirdaramani Garments:
                Board of Directors
                Mahesh Hirdaramani.
                Janak Hirdaramani.
                Anil Hirdaramani.
                Ranil Pathirana.
                Vinod Hirdaramani.
                Nikhil Hirdaramani.
                Aroon Hirdaramani.
                Rakhil Hirdaramani.

                Maliban Garments:
                EA Kareem – Chairman Abdul Kareem Eliyas (Tharik) – Director NMA Gafoor – Managing Director
                MA Ismail – Managing Director Yoonus Noormohamed – Director
                Imran Eliyas Kareem – Director

                Is this good enough for you? Or do I have to educate you about the St. Anthony’s Group, the Maharajah’s, and many others, who didn’t die out after being burnt down by your goons in 1983?
                Also, don’t let me get going about the millions of TAMILS who keep the tea industry going so that lazy rice-growers can be subsidized.
                Some facts are inconvenient to racists. Do your research before you argue.

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                  Lester,
                  Nothing to say, Lester putha? How unlike you.

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    According to EE Tamils are ‘Paradeshi’ racist. so is EE. He is a settler from Bengal/Orissa. This was confirmed by Mahinda Rajapaksa himself when he visited Bangladesh last month. Mahinda said his ancestors were settlers from Bengal/Orissa.
    Lester

    You say “Large sums of money were expended in this effort. A massive propaganda effort was launched to recruit sympathetic Western politicians to the “cause.” Please include the names of Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranasinghe Premadasa in the list of donors.

    Mahinda Rajapaksa gave a cheque for Rs.500 million drawn on Central book to an LTTE proxy as a bribe to boycott the 2015 Presidential elections. The Tigers did boycott the elections unofficially. Out of 200,000 registered voters in Kilinochchi, only one man voted. It is Ranasinghe Premadasa who gave LTTE not only money but also weapons worth millions of rupees. So who really funded the Tigers?

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      Thanga

      “Mahinda Rajapaksa gave a cheque for Rs.500 million drawn on Central book to an LTTE proxy as a bribe to boycott the 2015 Presidential elections.”

      The election you mentioned was in 2005 not 2015. By 2009 entire LTTE structure was destroyed by Vellupillai Prabaharan. The some you quoted was not Rs 500 Million, but Rs 165 million. Check youtube, you will find Tiran Alles confirming the amount and boast his role in the transaction.

      You are proud about what your great leader left you as his legacy.
      Every stupid Tamil should frame his photo and hang it in their sitting room, … pray every morning and evening.

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        Aiyo Native “Will to Freedom” was worth only 165 million 2005 SL ruppees?
        Peanuts for Rajapaksas.

        Soma

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          somas

          In 2005 Rajapaksas were not wealthy enough to pay for a copy of “Will to Freedom”. Gota was begging Sarath Fonseka for a loan, to cover expenses towards election campaign. Even what he swindled from tsunami donations had to be returned.

          Now the situation is completely different.
          Have you watched his three sons’ wedding videos?

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    USA is not a model democracy. Listen to daily CNN broadcast these days
    “George Floyd trial and the continuous demonstrations consequent to last week killing by Daunte Wright”.

    Both are police killing. Usually USA Judiciary releases police officers accused of killing of unarmed blacks.

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      srikrish

      “USA is not a model democracy. “

      Should it bother us?
      Is it our responsibility to democratise USA?
      Why do we even bother about USA?
      Even if we want to democratise USA we cannot vote in US elections.

      I think our prime responsibility should be to democratise the island and liberate Sinhalese and Buddhists from Sinhala/Buddhists.

      Can we now stop worrying about rest of the world and get on with meeting our own responsibilities?

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    Are we trying to prove who is the worst racist between USA and Sri Lanka?
    The question is why Sri Lanka is still an under developed country depending on every other country?
    Why we are only getting free limited vaccines from India and China and begging for more?
    Why in Sri Lanka people are unlawfully killed and burnt in riots, extremism, wars for more than five decades out of seven decades under Sri Lankan rule?
    Why a country like Sri Lanka which was proud to be having a blessed from Lord Buddha now under flooded with blood every day?
    Why in Sri Lanka every one including a new born baby to President are afraid of Rule of law and justice?

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