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“D” Day – 23rd June

By Lal Keerthie Fernando

Lal Keerthie Fernando

Lal Keerthie Fernando

A forum of discussions and freedom for research. Facts and sanity going together. Sinhalese nationalism being construed as racism while it remains in print form for others to read. Tamil nationalism too, being construed as racism. Nationalism and racism doesn’t seem to go hand in hand in SL. Many years ago, it was so. The debating forum in this web in this digital age has opened up not known stories for analysis and judgement of an ensuing muddle. We have never ever heard so much of the truth from all sides of troubled ethnic groups. Knowledge is power, it is being said; true, but information has more power in this day and age. This is what is about.

The war started almost in 1983, ended in 2009. All this time the nation and it’s people so much confined to fact finding missions; hate driven ideologies and military might, undermining the other side view – the minorities, the tamils. Going through it over the years, provides us reasons to accept, what a nation of ignorant people, we must have been, not knowing our own identities, permitting others from outside to abuse and manipulate for the betterment of the minorities; this is what others from outside imagined, not knowing so much at all, saying mea culpa now, in the corridors of power. They had the right too, in a way. But why fear of mistakes now? Free media or is it web terror of our truth? Ours was bad taste in such good culture. Yes. Reading through provocative argumentation presented much in research from both sides of the spectrum, once a theatre of war, is now far more pleasing reading. A criss-cross version of a civilised puzzle being brought to the fore and is bound to remain. Freedom at it`s best. It is not a question, who won the war but how the media in it`s most restrictive forms during the war was able to drum up the kind of nationalism, rather than hate that brought in victory for peace. If facts on divergence ethnic resemblance was brought to the fore, then, we would have never had that war – 1983. Only the man closer to shore knew the fallacy and difference between a Jaffna tamil and Batticoloa tamil. RAW, was fast enough to carve out a wedge, knew the difference well which we only know now, understood the problem, before CT came in. The division made, became the beginning of the end of the LTTE.

The free media wasn’t there then; the role of the internet none; writer and the reader in complete oblivion. What never took place in the past for readership and writing is there today; for furtherance of peace. Of course, there is the “odd man”, himself, insulting the saffron robe. These types are now a fact in Europe and elsewhere; not in saffron colour but in a riot of colours.

Their point of view is vicious enough to re-unite such vast minorities, Tamils and Sinhalese alike, becoming together, while others fear the union, in SL too. A common problem of ours is now theirs. The media and the politicians in SL remains – a light of eminence. We in SL had the types of what Europe is entertaining now, in the name of democracy; they, hiding behind a veil of democracy.

Democracy, permits dissent, the state intervening accordingly, drawing the line. That particular line of demarcation is now taken over by the media on the web. Therefore, we could continue to discuss; check and balances being put forward, overruling, politician and other agencies of extremism, to be null and void. War crime tribunals have much more facts here; read first – as the archives have been closed for eternity, elsewhere outside SL. When the truth is alone, weak is the rule of law.

The term democracy as Harold Laski explained: “Democracy is only for civilised people”. He wrote so in 1936. …And, 3 years later 1939, was the beginning of World War ll, racial tension and genocide. Europe went up in flames; Hitler too walked into power hiding behind a veil of democracy. The flames are still not being doused!!

23rd June, “D” day. Europe will have to decide. British vote of “YES”, making minorities safer and a “NO” – Europe back to 1939? The law alone does not remain a suitable answer in patching up differences. One cannot sue a person for what he or she is thinking. SL has taken one step forward in these episodes!

Moving accordingly, many investors in Europe remain on hold of their investments which has become an albi for a few in SL, to hope that everything has come to a dead end and nothing is moving. There is the positive side of a “Yes” for Britain to be in EU. Britian will move on, so will global investments. A – “NO”, is equally positive for SL as a “YES”: The Commonwealth countries, and their huge market is there for Britain for activation, vigorously. It does not matter “YES” or “NO”; SL now have better reasons to be patient. The anxiety of the minorities, Sinhalese, tamils and moslems running high over here, making the new entrants too, un – easy. Their plight only being delayed, to be solved, waiting for a secure path to be opened.

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    Yes it’s true armed conflict (war) started 1983 and finished in 2009 !! But the real conflict or war against Tamils started long ago even before the indipendance!! In the meme of development when the then government started colonizing Tamils area with convicts from majority’s !! Followed by citizen act,language policy,educational policy and employment !! These are the core problems !! Still existing !!

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      Lal Keerthie Fernando

      //”A forum of discussions and freedom for research. Facts and sanity going together. Sinhalese nationalism being construed as racism while it remains in print form for others to read. Tamil nationalism too, being construed as racism.”//

      The fact remains that Sinhalese Nationalism and Racism are intertwined with Sinhala “Buddhism”.

      However, Tamil Nationalism and Racism are intertwined with Tamil “Hinduism”, but to considerable lower extent, as demonstrated by the expulsion of Muslims by the LTTE in the 1990s.

      //”23rd June, “D” day. Europe will have to decide. British vote of “YES”, making minorities safer and a “NO” – Europe back to 1939? The law alone does not remain a suitable answer in patching up differences. One cannot sue a person for what he or she is thinking. SL has taken one step forward in these episodes!”//

      Let’s see if the Europeans are as “civilized: as they claim to be.

      Have you heard about Western Imperialism, Colonialism, WW 1, WW2, WMD etc.?

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    Kailainathan

    The core issues you have mentioned have been brought in statutes over the years for the benefit of tamils. The odd one, in any bureaucracy, SL or elsewhere outside SL , remains a villain. Arbitration is there for remedies where the bureaucracy is ill disciplined and un-trained.

    I have a story: Many years ago, a British Company making shoes, wanted to open a new market in Africa. It send it`s top salesman to that country.” Go…, and sell shoes to the Africans”. The salesman arrived in the African country, looked around, rather disturbed, sent a telegram to Head Office(HO) in London: “Sir…, nobody is wearing shoes here. Pointless, trying to sell any shoes here”. HO wasn`t pleased to hear. They sent their next best salesman: “Go…, and try to sell shoes to the Africans”. The man arrived in that country, looked around; his face bubbled with enthusiasm, it covered a broad smile. He sent a telegram to HO: “ Sir…, nobody is wearing shoes here; please despatch three container loads of shoes; there is a huge market and potentials for many other”.

    Choice is yours!!

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    I do not see any relevance of this article either to what is happening in Sri Lanka on the subject of “Ethnic differences of her citizens” or to “Brexit”. However Lal Fernando has managed to provide some fodder to those who are eager to share their views about “Sri Lanka-Sinhala-Buddhism” and the marriage of convenience between Europe and Britain. It is hilarious to read about some Sri Lankan politicians have visited Britain to campaign for the “NO” to Brexit. These corrupt, pretentious democratic politicians who have been raping democracy in Sri Lanka since the death of D.S.Senanyake are a shameless bunch. Obviously they are the masters of deception on earth when it comes to elections and referendums; they may attempt to teach few of their tricks to some gullible UK politicians and the British citizens of Sri Lankan origin. On the subject “Sri Lanka-Sinhala-Buddhism” link, unmistakably it is the noble link that sustains the very existence of our motherland Sri Lanka. Many, including the detractors of our nation may attempt to vilify these intertwined three strands of Mother-Lanka. Those who (a minority) deny or refuse to acknowledge “Sri Lanka-Sinhala-Buddhism” linkage is directly responsible for various scams and plots designed to destroy the co-existence of various ethnic groups in Sri Lanka.

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      Ranbandu
      I agree with what you say
      “Many, including the detractors of our nation may attempt to vilify these intertwined three strands of Mother-Lanka are those who deny or refuse to acknowledge “Sri Lanka-Sinhala-Buddhism” linkage is directly responsible for various scams and plots designed to destroy the co-existence of various ethnic groups in Sri Lanka.”

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    The Problem seems to be that We are missing ‘Seeing The Wood for the Trees’.

    Politicians are more intent on Filling their own Pockets, and Safeguarding the Political Party that allows them to do so; rather than working towards the Advancement of the Country!

    Western Style Democracy is not working for Sri Lanka!

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    ‘British vote of “YES”, making minorities safer and a “NO” – Europe back to 1939?’

    What a load of ill-informed rubbish. In Brtitain the rights of minorities were made safe by succesive Race Discrimination Acts. Nothing to do with the EU who still persecute their Muslim and Roma minorities.

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