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Democracy Vs. Dictatorship; What Do We Want?

By Vishwamithra

“Perhaps it’s inevitable, perhaps one has to choose between being nothing at all and impersonating what one is.”  ~Jean-Paul Sartre

When in 1956 SWRD Bandaranaike introduced the politics of religion and nationalism into the body politic of Sri Lanka, he not only announced the advent of a new era of politics and electioneering, he unleashed a force, thereto dormant, that took the land by a storm of ethno-religious frenzy, it signaled a departure from secular socio-political conversation. Ironically enough, it was the infamous Buddharakkhita, whom Bandaranaike chose to direct this ethno-religious election campaign and who eventually ended up as the leading conspirator of his own assassination. Histories of all lands are replete with such cruel ironies. But taken in the context of what followed the ’56 transformation, the brutal offspring of that revolution and the unbridgeable gulf between the two main ethnic groups in Ceylon, Sinhalese and Tamils, that irony has contributed in very harsh dimensions to her social fabric.

The unholy entry of the Maha Sanga into an arena that had been dominated by laymen and women, may have changed its landscape forever. Unlike in Western democracies which had had this rule of government free of religion, of secular constitutions, with the Bandaranaike doctrine of common man’s politics, ethno-religious politics had an inroad that couldn’t be undone by the following years; they were more violent and terribly volatile than the preceding decades of harmonious relationship that existed between the peoples of the two ethnic groups. It may be unfair to attribute this declining cultural condition to the Bandaranaike policies, but when historians try to decipher the true state of the once-dynamic and friendly coexistence, they will find that Bandaranaike and his bedfellows unquestionably crossed the Rubicon in the land’s ethnic conglomerate.

Quite comfortably or uncomfortably for the vast majority of Sinhalese Buddhists in the country, there wasn’t a single member of non-Buddhist order of clergy so intricately and wholly involved in the political currents in the country. A cruel assassin of a Prime Minister set the pattern and other members of the same religious order put their lock, stock and barrel into it; the holiness of a religion became a product wrapped in a saffron robe lost its holiness; upholding one’s religion should not be in the hands of legislators as much as it is essentially not the exclusive responsibility of a corrupt set of religious leaders. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Buddhists are steeply entrenched in their own history and their Great Chronicle (Mahawansa), which was written by Buddhist Monks at the behest of the King or Queen who reigned at the time, initially to please that Monarch, honestly believe that the wrongs done unto them by the rule of colonial powers for nearly half a millennium have to be undone. That paranoid mindset cannot be discarded as trash; it couldn’t be disregarded as unsophisticated; the neo-liberals who theorize that a secular constitution is the answer to all ethnic issues must find other ways of expressing themselves in terms that relate to this segment of our population. They represent almost 80% of our voting population.

The ’56 transformation has had its lasting and unchangeable effects. Its effects were not confined to religion; its generational impact was not limited to mere economic issues, they had their unmitigated influence on the country’s culture and philosophical psyche of the people. An emergence of a new Ceylonese, closely entwined with his religious predominance and misplaced patriotism; his expression of that predominance and patriotism was more violent than tolerant, more wile than sensible and definitively more shallow than profound. 

Multiple eruptions of violence and mayhem around the country where innocent Tamil families were subjected to unspeakable humiliation and slaughter were manifestly present during those riotous days of infamy. What started in 1957 as a protest against the Tamil leaders who performed Satyagraha in the North and then at the Galle Face Green, right opposite the then House of Parliament, was followed by violence against Tamils living outside the Northern peninsula and culminated in 1983, the year in which the strengthening of Tamil militancy and reorganization of their fight against the Sri Lankan government security forces. Participation of Buddhist Monks in these riots is beyond question. In fact most of these riots were led by them from the front and association of Buddhist Monks with these unholy wars against an ethnic minority ran diametrically opposite to the noble Teachings of the Buddha who was the first of religious leaders who preached Ahimsa (non-violence) as a premier principle of his religion.

Polarization of the Sinhalese Buddhist population, while a majority of whom doggedly has been clinging on to violent expression of patriotism and a minority believes in accommodation and reconciliation, defined the ensuing socio-political constitution of this segment of our people. This polarization has been lasting since then. Buddhist Monks who had a say and could say an emphatic no to their cohabitants kept numb and this muted expression in turn was acknowledged by the ‘Gnanasaras’ of the day as a silent yes to this un-Buddhistic conduct. Birth of Buddhist fundamentalism as a direct byproduct of this virulent and misplaced patriotism has changed our society, at least for some year to come. 

What today’s political leaders have to realize is that this change, whose root cause may be hidden in a web of circumstantial substantiation, has taken root in our collective psyche. It is not possible to un-root such a fundamental element buried in a warped mindset. It may be unwise to expect a change from this elementary circumstance; it may be even laughable to teach non-violence and affectionate thought to a people hell-bent on vengeance and reprisal. Philosophical preaching has no space in a mindset crowded with shallow and superficial patriotism and dogmatic popular religious beliefs.

In such a sad setting, what else is left for a political leader whose thoughts are less impure and more ambitious? Bandaranaike’s dream of a common man’s homeland has become a nightmare for minorities. That common man, at least a vast majority of his cohabitants, has consciously and willingly become a pawn in the hands of cruel and deceitful politicos. An astute politician would not hesitate to  exploit these vulnerabilities of the ‘common man’ and provide fodder to him with ease because such fodder will inflame the commoner’s greed for vengeance.

When such emotions and sentiments are manifestly present in a people, talk of dictatorship in the likes of Hitler and Stalin lends itself as easy way for deliverance. A population that was once gripped by the fear of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) and its Masters in Tamil Nadu, India, the government that happened to be in power looks more like a more suitable alternative than one that later provided freedom of expression and movement.

The political geography has changed forever and a shrinking middle ground tells the absence of tolerance, reconciliation and accommodation. On the other hand, endurance of nasty and brutally dishonest politicians whose one and only ambition is to attain power and loot the country’s wealth and treasures has become the norm. The moderate voter would realize that usurpation of power depends largely on money, weather ill-gotten or otherwise, muscle-power and an appallingly gullible population. The United National Party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party or any other alternative, if its ambition is to come to power, will have to resort to ungentlemanly (mildly expressed) politics. That is the norm of the day. The choice has become one in between unpalatable and corrupt democracy and unendurable dictatorship. 

The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com   

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    “Democracy Vs. Dictatorship; What Do We Want?”

    I don;t think the people of Sri Lanka wants Dictatorship. They want Democracy and they think they are getting democracy. .
    But what they really get is Dictatorship, nicely wrapped in corrupt Democracy

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      Vishwamithra
      A verynwell analysed article.
      Present day politics is not just Rajapakshe politics , but the seeds were sown by the above named Psychopath SWRD.
      What our country is practising now was the result of that man’s politics.
      Literacy , Education, The Law and Order all in disarray all because of that man and his men in the Parliament 60 years ago of Selfish politics destroyed a nation and made the Politicians narrow minded and greedy.
      Sinhala Hedgemony with the help of yellow robed Preachers destroyed our nation..
      There’s no democracy but only a narrow minded vision of destruction of an enemy.

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    We want ‘Ana’ and “Bana” both to be successful as both to be utilized appropriately to the situation.

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    ‘When in 1956 SWRD Bandaranaike introduced the politics of religion and nationalism into the body politic of Sri Lanka,’

    I beg to differ. Prior to 1956 and until the Seventies, the Churches ran most schools using Government funding. Is that not the politics of religion?

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      If the Christian priests had not started schools for our people in the early days, we would still be be running around wearing loin cloths!

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        Now we have Buddhist schools disguised as government schools, and the results are clear to any sane observer.

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        Actually EL, I made a mistake there. The Churches ran Government funded schools until the early Sixties.

        As to your comment, that is a ridiculous assumption.

        Firstly Sri Lanka had its own system of education (at temples and pirivenas) long before the British arrived.

        Secondly, if you are referring to modern education, the British Government could have run the schools impartially without using the Churches to do it.

        Thirdly, other nations such as Japan and Thailand have developed modern education systems without proselytizing priests being involved. So how can you assume that Sri Lanka would not have done the same if left in peace?

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      Dear Paul,
      .
      I get your point: that the various Christian Churches (in the popular perception “Catholics”) ran the best educational institutions available to non-Buddhists, mostly with government funding as you say.
      .
      However, many schools (an insufficient number) were genuine Buddhist schools, that have now become significantly different from what they were. Best examples: Ananda and Vishaka (where Mrs Pulimood had been a Syrian Christian from Kerala).
      .
      It is true that Bandaranaike probably consciously nurtured religious revivalism as a means of achieving political power, but such nationalistic revivals were sweeping the world, and it had inevitably to come to “Ceylon” if village dwellers were to be empowered.
      .
      I know that this can happen any time even in the future, but the sooner the better: we must face up to the fact that in the 21st Century we have a pluralistic society, which is NOT ethnically “Aryan” in any real sense of that vague word.
      .
      We have got to emphasise our common heritage, and move forward. I know that this is easier said than done.

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    This Hindu AH is taking shots at Bhikkus. Garbage in Garbage out.

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      You know all about garbage; you specialize in garbage!

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    “Democracy Vs. Dictatorship; What Do We Want?”

    Do majority Sri Lankans understand either to make an informed decision?

    When the highest court of the land prevents law enforcement from arresting the main suspect in multiple corruption cases what does it say about law and order.

    When people in large numbers protest the minimum punishment delivered by a court of law on the Ven Ekaseeyasunayake Ganasara.

    When people think what the Sinhala Buddhist say is the law of the land because they are the majority in number.

    When Politicians think that it is their family right to rule the country and not a privilege given to them by the people to serve.

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    Dr Ranil’s Role Model, the great England in fact changed Paul’s version and introduced King Henry’s version to rule their inhabitants.
    To this date nothing has changed.
    Buddhist Monks protected and nurtured their Religion for 2500 years against brutal attacks and incursions from the big neighbor and even King Henry’s men in the last chapter.
    Now all these attacks on Sinhala Buddhist Monks are for trying to safe guard their Nation from Partition.
    Sinhala Buddhism and its Monks have become anathema to the UNP and their supporters.
    Sinhala Buddhist are the poorest ,although they make up 75 % of the Inhabitant population.
    Only little influence they have is to cast their vote for a Party which they think will give them something while protecting their country..
    Because they have no where else to go.
    Dr Ranil and his UNP supporters are obviously not happy….

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Now all these attacks on Sinhala Buddhist Monks are for trying to safe guard their Nation from Partition.”

      Are you sure the Sinhala Buddhist Monks are also full time members of Hindian bureaucracy, RAW, IB, Three Forces Intelligence, Ministry of External Affairs, …………………………………. run The Hindu News paper, …………… ?

      Please let me know.

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    Hoodwinking of number 1 is going on in the country today.

    Media Prostitutes work with vicious men that have been waiting to grab the power.

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    Anyone who destroys the peaceful coexistence of different religious or ethnic group has to be a Terrorist against his/her country
    The SWRD B then becomes the first one

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    A dictator who is of high financial integrity free of corruption, treating everybody as equal on merit without any nepotism or cronyism is better than a democrat who is corrupt, practicing nepotism and racial discrimination and thuggery. But this dictator has to face a free and fair election once in every five years and get elected by the people as their genuine choice. A good example is Singapore where Lee Kwan Year ruled with an iron fist, but without any charge of corruption, nepotism, favouritism, racial discrimination or violence. There people repeatedly elected him to office despite his tough rule because he delivered the goods. This shows that people are prepared to forgive and forget if the head takes actions not for his own selfish needs but for the benefit of the country. At the beginning of his rule in order to get rid of rickety buildings, houses and shops were set on fire. But the victims were given newly built houses and shops in the same vicinity as far as possible, which means it was only a process of rehousing rather than relocation to an area not to the liking of the victims. There was no ethnic or political bias in allocating them to the needy people. In Sri Lanka too what Gota did to beautify Colombo is praised by the people but in the process what he did was not accepted. He simply threw people out of their homes and shops and landed them in a far place without providing alternate houses or shops paying a pittance as compensation. Worse is that these lands were sold or leased to foreign companies with allegation of Gota receiving bribes and commissions. This is the stark contrast between Singapore and Sri Lanka.

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      GhanaSankaralingam started to explin Sungod Vellupille Pabakaran and finished with gotabhaya Rajapakse. Just imagine when PAbakaran were the ruler of your homeland. Was that bad ?

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      Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

      About few months ago you enquired me about details of books on Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka .

      I found two books in my collection and the details are as follows:

      Hundred Hindu Temples of Sri Lanka Ancient, Medieval and Modern (in English)
      By Shanmugam Arumugam
      Edited By Thirumugam Arumugam
      Ohm Books
      UK

      The book contains no other details of Publishers or Distributers. However this book is available on Amazon.

      Ancient Hindu Temples in South Sri Lanka Part I (in Tamil)
      By N K S Thiruchelvam
      Published in 2010
      by
      Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs
      248 1/1 Galle Road, Colombo 4, Sri Lanka
      +94 112 552 641

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        NV & Dr Gnana

        There are thousands of books magazines news papers and phamplets ( old and new ) published in Tamil and English available in noolaham.org Access is free and there are books on Hinduism as well.

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          MR

          Thanks.
          I regularly use noolaham.org for reference purpose.

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        Thanks NV. These are not the one which I inquired about. This is a book which was first released in January this year at a ceremony held in Colombo Tamil Sangam. It refers to Tamil villages and Hindu temples lying buried in Anuradhapura district. Some areas of Anuradhapura district had been part of Jaffna Kingdom.

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    This is the truth and nothing but the truth bleeding the country to death. This is the legacy of Bandaranayaka policies. Country inextricably divided. It was an economic disaster too. SWRD nationalized the bus services Chandrika gave them back.Sirima took over the estates and insurance Chandrika gave them back. It is like the decision review system in cricket but enormously damaging the economy.The escape route is for the country to face a huge decision review court and take corrective action.

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    It is correct to say that one must not forget the history, which serves the purpose of determining lessons learned. But we live in the present. The article deals with the landscape of politics and attitude of politicians from the writer’s perspective but deals little with the issue of dictatorship and democracy as the title goes. Dealing with the present and immediate past, we transferred the sovereignty of the country from a monarch to the people in 1972 May 22 at the auspicious time appointed by the astrologers. But all that is on paper. Once in five years or so we elect people for various bodies, from Parliament to Local bodies, now treated as a part of exercising our sovereignty as per the 1978 constitution, only to elect from amongst a set of fellows who have no vision to administer but the only motive in most cases is to make hay while the sun shines, graduated to Billions from a rice or chilly bag as revealed in Thalgodapitiya commission. Effectively we have no right of recall of our representatives within their term if we are not happy, as in the state of California in the US. In reality we have no right of redress to all the unholy things that are done by the so called politicians we elect because of the delays alone in the justice system apart from its reputed non-independence. The issues to raise a manifold but to put it short (within 300 words) aren’t we therefore allowing dictatorship to prevail dressed in the garb of democracy? I wish the writer has the time to deal with this aspect in keeping with the title of this article in the near future.

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    SWRD empowered the disenfranchised 90% of the population, and prevented SL from becoming another Sudan, Rwanda, or Congo. SL’s opportunities for upward social mobility is equivalent to the best out there, you can be born to a lower middle economic class (or even the poorest) and become a highest level professional or even the President of the country. That irritates the likes of Vishwamithra to no end, and thus he spews venom. Too bad mate this is a democracy, like it or not a man from Colombo 07 or a woman from Angunakolapalassa has the same right to elect a leader.

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      Yes to deliberately gain power, he empowered lots or uneducated racist morons and fed them with the Mahavamsa myth and the result is a country that was far ahead of Singapore and Malaysia at that time is fast joining the Sudan Rwanda and Congo. Sri Lanka has also been a killing field like these countries, where the population fed with Mahavamsa myths have been committing genocide and war crimes on its Tamil population and now with the blessings of the Buddhist clergy , they are soon to elect a Sinhalese Hitler.

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        RSSS,
        “and the result is a country that was far ahead of Singapore and Malaysia at that time is fast joining the Sudan Rwanda “
        The idea that Sri Lanka was far ahead of Singapore is a myth popularized among Sri Lankans. Singapore was a commercial hub even in the 1930’s. Its port and the British bases were bigger than anything here, Ford built a car factory there in 1941. We still have nothing of the sort.
        Ceylon might have been “ahead” after the Japanese occupation 1942- 1945, but Singapore quickly recovered (maybe because they had Lee Kwan Yew and not SWRD )

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          old codger,
          Read what Lee Kwan Yew said about Ceylon. It is racist Demala politicians who ruined Ceylon after independence.

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            Eagle,
            Read my post again. Singapore was more advanced pre-WW2. The Japanese destroyed it. By 1946 Ceylon was ahead by default.
            LKY was a POSTWAR leader.

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      Mr. Wannihamy,
      “SWRD empowered the disenfranchised 90% of the population”. That is outright BS. All males and females of voting age were able to vote since the 30’s. The difference was that the British didn’t allow politicians to use the race card (though many including the notorious Anagarika did try). The main opposition were the secular and race-blind Leftists. It was SWRD who gave the rabid political monks a chance to interfere, and that that too not out of any tender concern for the “masses” as you seem to infer. Unfortunately for him and the country, it backfired .

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        Righto, Raman did not realize you folks did not understand what disenfranchised mean? So why not look it up and get back to me? Ok?

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      wannihami

      “SWRD empowered the disenfranchised 90% of the population, and prevented SL from becoming another Sudan, Rwanda, or Congo. “

      I thought Adult Franchise is about 87 years old. The public racist SWRD Banda was rewarded for being a public racist in 1956, only 62 years ago. How come he empowered 90% of the people when he was not even a Prime Minister in 1930s? If you cannot count you should not deal with subject that has a mathematical component.

      By the way it was another racist DS who disenfranchised more than 2 million hard working people whose ancestors work hard to build this island. Then the other public racist weeping widow came along and started ethnically cleansing them, deporting them back to India.

      You should burn down Libraries, Universities and National Archives which contain information on Citizenship, Migrant workers,………………………

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    As usual a well written article

    I am not a Ranil fan but in my view he is the only guy in the present lot who has the maturity ,intelligence and courage to look beyond ethnic lines and go ahead with the reforms needed on all fronts .Despite his shortcomings ,we can be proud of his personality and thinking on key reforms

    Both the bandaranayakas ,and jayawardena although were educated and from good families ,they failed to have a foresight on all critical aspects which has now culminated in the Chinese gradually taking control of the land and the economy .I would blame these two families for the rot and the rajapksa opened the gates for Chinese intervention by borrowing money from the Chinese very liberally without realizing the consequences .He was very good at manipulating the emotional side of the majority like no other

    The productivity levels in the state sector is ample testimony to what these leaders have achieved by their lop sided policies and the local /foreign companies in srilanka now prefer employing Chinese and Indians than Srilankans to remain competitive .Does the majority aware of this dangerous trend in the business sector and the impact it will create for their children ???

    Will any of the politicians get advice from the aging monks to run any of their personal business ?whist they run to them to get advice to manage the country which is more complicated and needs more than spiritual support

    Visit to any government dept will reveal that even the very young people who are employed are in a very relaxed mode and start work only after having a long chat amoungst them on personal issues whilst the general public is kept waiting till the chat and they finish having the breakfast during peak working hours .

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      nadarajah
      Yeah, Ranil is the darling of minorities and foreign powers, who has no regard for the country. His only aim is converting everything to money. Otherwise there is no rationale in selling Magamapura port to China in a great hurry, when Sri Lanka had ample time to repay the loan.
      You seem to have forgotten that in their last budget, this government allowed foreign companies to recruit their own nationals.
      There is no reason for Mahinda to manipulate people. For your information, majority of Sinhalese are emotionally attached to what is theirs which had been there for 2600 years. Unlike minorities, they have a history here. Fighting to protect the unitary state of the country and its valuable national assets are in their blood.
      You can’t blame government sector employees for lack of discipline. They are a reflection of the government.There is no operational government in this country. Anyone can do anything. Government calls it democracy. Opposition calls it anarchy.

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        Stealing people’s right to disagree is unprofessional.

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        Champa

        “Fighting to protect the unitary state of the country”

        This island was never a unitary state before British rule!

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        Champa,
        “His only aim is converting everything to money. Otherwise there is no rationale in selling Magamapura port to China in a great hurry, when Sri Lanka had ample time to repay the loan.”
        Clearly you haven’t read the New York Times article about the Hambantota port. Even Namal has not much to say when the facts are clear.
        Mahinda in his greed fell into a Chinese debt trap. Now you expect Ranil to solve it . With more loans???

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        Mr. Champa,
        “You can’t blame government sector employees for lack of discipline. They are a reflection of the government.”
        Yes, they are a reflection of the SINHALA government.
        “You seem to have forgotten that in their last budget, this government allowed foreign companies to recruit their own nationals.”
        If the Brits didn’t recruit Indians for the plantations, we would be left with nothing but manioc. These companies recruit foreigners because the Sri lankans have neither the skills nor the willingness to work. Most want to be 3 wheel drivers or join the army.

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          Champa

          go to galle face at 5 pm if u really wish to see how patriotic the last government was .You are a frog in a well not knowing the tranformation

          Literally very soon u will need to know the Chinese language even to buy your loaf of bread from a shop ha ha

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    If ONLY the disenfranchised from all ethnicities and religions could UNITE to call for clean politics , free of modern-day mega-scale corruption (mainly due to China/US rivalry), can we hope to save our people from each other!

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    Ranil is 23 years the LEader without any achievements,. there is no democratic constitution to elect another leader. He robbed the state banks and several employee provident funds and he di dnot allow AG department to question and he EXPLAINED his economic vision he enacted and made the country bankrupt by western and fortmer USSR politician – luminaries. what is that Democracy or dictatorship. Ranil protected all the thieves in the previous govt and just starting another political drama of SPECIAL LAW COURTS FOR CORRUPTION only for the next several months just before the elelction. HE is adament he will be in the next govt too. Good rhetoric for the STUPUD VOTERS.

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    In 1956 SWRD “let the genie out of the bottle”. Politicians are now dancing to the tune of the Maha Sangha and will continue to do so. What choice do the people have ? The country needs a true “Leader” who can bring about harmony amongst all races and religions, ensure economic development, a reasonable cost of living, and a safe and secure future for the generations to come. With a population of twenty two million is there that person ? Or will it be a case of recycling the same rubbish we now have, whether it will be a Democracy or Dictatorship.

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    “Bandaranaike’s dream of a common man’s homeland has become a nightmare for minorities.”
    It became a nightmare for Wellala demalu who licked the boots of British colonial parasites and enjoyed a privileged position. Ceylon got independence from British but Sinhalayo did not get independence from Demalu who controlled the government machinery. Almost all the top positions in the administration were held by Demalu. In Medical College, Engineering and Science Faculties over 60% were Demalu. We had doctors and engineers who could not communicate with ordinary Sinhala folks. The only bank, Bank of Ceylon which was also called Loganathan’s Bank was controlled by Demalu. Sinhalese were denied loans to start business enterprises. Railway was owned by Kanakasabe. He came out with a rule to give priority to the children of railway employees when recruiting new staff denying jobs for Sinhalayo. SWRD and Sirima Bandaranayake introduced some changes which were termed as ‘Discrimination against Demalu’.

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      Only people who licked the boots of the British were not the Vellala Tamils but the so called Govigama/Karawa Sinhalese elite and upper classes . They were not only licking the British boots but even giving their women folk to them . You can see the result, lots of light skinned half castes, now passing off as pure Sinhala Aryans. This is the reason the British gave the entire island , including the Tamil areas , that were separate until they merged them with the Sinhalese areas in 1833 , to the Sinhalese on a platter and created this mess. They had no right to have done this. They either should have separated the Tamil areas , just like they found , when they started their rule or have created a federal state for the Tamil areas, with protection for the island’s Tamil speakers. They did neither but left the hapless Tamils to the mercy of their Sinhalese darlings. Just asking the opinion of a few Colombo 7 Tamil quislings , who had heavily intermarried into Sinhalese elite families was not enough. These people never represented the rest of the Tamils but only themselves and will never. They should have asked the Tamil people what they wanted. The British did not want to. As they cared two hoots and it did not suit their agenda. They seem to have asked the Indian Muslims what they wanted, as it suited their agenda and created separation where there was no separation. So much for the British favouring the Tamils. They only used the Tamils for their diligence and hard work , either as estate labourers, as in the caste of the Indian origin estate Tamils or as bureaucrats, professionals or white collar workers, as in the case of the Jaffna Tamils. However they always favoured the Sinhalese, as they were bootlicking the British. Remember it was the Tamil Jaffna kingdom that valiantly fought against European colonialism and lost .

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        Real Siva Sankaran Sharma
        “They were not only licking the British boots but even giving their women folk to them . You can see the result, lots of light skinned half castes, now passing off as pure Sinhala Aryans.”
        Demalu in general are dark skinned because their origin is in Africa. They also have ‘Mukkan’ nose. But there are few fair skinned Demalu with straight noses. Are they the result of Demalu giving their women folk to white Portuguese, Dutch and British?

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          Oh yes just look at the photo with regards to this article and see how beautiful light skinned the Sinhalese are and their sharp noses. The man holding the loud speaker for Gotler, is a typical example how most Sinhalese look. A photo is far better than a thousand words. The vast majority of the present day Sinhalese are descended from low caste Indian Tamil immigrants who migrated to the island from South India a few centuries ago. The rest a mixture of indigenous semi Tamil, Elu speaking Dravidian Naga and Yakka tribes, mainly Yakka and Indian immigrants from both North and South India but largely from the Southern Tamil lands, who migrated to the island from ancient to medieval times. The ancestors of all humans not just the Tamils/Dravidians are from Africa and other than the recent African origin immigrants, who either forcibly or voluntarily moved out of Africa, the ancestors of all Asians Europeans an other people moved out of Africa at the same time. It was one group of people who moved out of Africa and them gradually started to migrate from their South West Asian destination to various parts of the world. so they all carry the same amount of these ancient African DNA no one less or more. People from South Asia have hardly any modern African DNA in them compared to the modern Europeans and the Western Asians or Middle Easterners. They have quite a lot of modern African DNA. People from South Asia have far more Australoid DNA in them. Blind racist Eagle is a more appropriate name for you.

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      Eagle Eye
      Actually it is not only a nightmare for the “minorities”, sadly a nightmare for the “majorities”.

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        Steve
        Is it because the majorities sadly are not able the trains according to a time schedule or is it because they do not know how to read the time on the clock?

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    It is very sad that Srilankan people are innocent unable to understand the real motive of our politicians who cheat people through fake patriotism and fake Buddhism. We can’t understand why a US citizen who ran away Srilanka become a patriot of this land. Most of our politicians were one time gave up Buddhism for getting benefits of Christianity and the power through British Royals become saviours of Buddhism. Before the invasion of this land by Europeans, Tamils, Muslims, and Sinhalese lived peacefully as the patriots of this land and they fought against invaders from Europeans. This is the true real history.

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    Nadarajah

    a good analysis

    I totally agree

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    champa

    when I state the majority” I do not refer to the Sinhalese ,what I mean is the most number of people

    unlike u I do not like to think/write on communal terms and will not respond to foolish conclusions of yours as well

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      nadarajah
      You did respond.
      Of course it is Sinhalese what you meant when you say this. “He (Mahinda) was very good at manipulating the emotional side of the -majority- like no other.”
      What is the meaning of your accusation about writing on communal terms? When Sinhalese are attacked for being Sinhalese and when Buddhists are attacked for being Buddhists, we have a right to defend.
      You guys were enjoying one sided bias comments for a very long time. You are not used to counter-comments. When it happens you people have no clue how to justify your own comments. I understand.

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    What a load of crap…….! I know this forum is ideologically anti Sinhala Buddhist. But publishing this kind of crap is really taking it down to the bottom of the gutter.

    Whether there was Bandaranaike or no Bandaranaike, 450 years of pent up Christian dominated colonialist suppression and oppression of majority native language speaking Buddhist population was bound to come out to the center stage forcefully at some point. Writer wouldn’t talk about it. He/She wouldn’t talk about the rise of Tamil separatism that pre-dates 1956, that it expressly manifested far back in the 1930s and that Tamils State Party or ITAK was formed in 1949, again well before 1956 or ’58. That antagonistic separatist agenda was bound to clash with the majority view at some point.

    Even then the majority community didn’t instigate the violence that this treacherous piece accuse them of. The writer arrogantly hides the fact that in 1983 it was JRJ and his minions who planned and executed the riots. Yet this fellow falsely accuse it on Buddhist clergy!

    Of course you can never expect this kind of a piece to discuss Christian clergy’s active involvement in sustaining LTTE terrorist campaign, hiding their loot robbed from Northern banks, hiding their weapons in churches and more importantly providing the ideological framework to sustain separatist hatred among the Northern population. Neither we can expect it to point out that LTTE was formed in the early 70’s and their first high profile murder of Jaffna Mayor occurred in 1976 nor that the Tamil political leadership declared war on Sri Lankan state in 1976 in Waddukkodai well before 1983.

    These are the kind of crap that further polarises the population. Yet Vishwamithras and supportive forums are more than happy to engage in it and then blame the consequences on others, especially Sinhala Buddhists and the clergy.

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      Helass

      “What a load of crap…….!”

      Yes true, it must be bothering you from inside your head while you are sitting on your brain.

      “Whether there was Bandaranaike or no Bandaranaike, 450 years of pent up Christian dominated colonialist suppression and oppression of majority native language speaking Buddhist population was bound to come out to the center stage forcefully at some point. “

      Well said Helass, well said indeed.
      The 450 years of bottled up anger being unleashed on the minorities of other rather than the colonial masters. What a wonderful personal justice and yet you refer to Buddhism constantly as if it will salvage/liberate you from neocolonialism of your mindset.

      I suggest you convert to Buddhism from your current habitat Sinhala/Buddhism, which are two different and completely opposing ideology/philosophy. Try for once it will work even for you.

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      Well said Hela. Allow me to copy and reproduce it when occasion demands.
      Soma

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        somass

        I find it a bull.
        Tell us why you felt elated when you read Helass’s bull?

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      Absolutely Hela, more I read Colombo Telegraph more hardened I get about the importance of getting rid of the remaining scum of these pseudo intellectuals who still pine for the day when only the elitist Colombites mattered.

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        wannihami

        “more I read Colombo Telegraph more hardened I get about the importance of getting rid of the remaining scum of these pseudo intellectuals who still pine for the day when only the elitist Colombites mattered.”

        Did you mean hardened or hard on?
        Dayan is going to get offended if you refer them to “these pseudo intellectuals.”

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    Hela
    OFCOURSE you can forever live in denial.
    Denial of a Fact will never make the Fact from Right to Wrong or vice versa.
    SWRD the turned coat Christian ….SOLOMON WEST RIDGEWAY DIAS BANDARANAIKE was the cause of present day Anarchy in SL.
    He was the father of the Holocaust in Srilanka which continues till today.
    No more progress to see in this country but the seed of hate and destruction of a beautiful country planted by this war monger continues.
    Is there anyone to dispute the truth??

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      Analyst
      Read Hela’s comment again.
      Soma

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        somass

        I find it a bull.
        Tell us why you felt elated when you read Helass’s bull?

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    When Ven Gnanasara becomes the executive president of the nation, then we will have true democracy. The job of the clergy is in the parliament not in temple.

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    Helasinghe bandara

    why did you not sign Dayan petition?

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    Sankaralingam and other Tamil Guys with veil support to Veluillai Prabhakaran brand of terrorism shall know that the 1st terrorists is Chelvanayagam who formed Racist party of ITAK way back in 1933 and obviously it is earlier than Bandaranayake policies.

    The racism of so called Tamil politicians is mental condition only as they were talking of non existing problems with unrealistic solutions and Bandaranayake policies were as a resistance to those mental condition created by so called Tamil politicians and depriving of majority rights by 450 years of colonialism where not a single minority fought against them and rather got benefits from them by siding with them as they do not consider Sri Lanka as their motherland as they came here as slaves, plunderers, smugglers, invaders, Kallathonies etc.

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      Nimal Tissa,
      Why couldn’t you go even further than 1933 or even further than European colonialism. Do you know who was the first chairman of Ceylon National Congress? Do you know how many kingdoms this island had before European colonialism? Do you think Don Stephen is a Sinhala or Buddhist Name? Do you know where from Buddhism came to this island? If you answer these questions you will find who are kallathonies?

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      I thing you are high on Ganja and blabbering like a madman

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    Next.

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    Vishvamitra
    Once Sarah Fonseka was YOUR favoured candidate for Democracy for whom even the Tamils voted. This time around Gotabaya Rajapaksa is going to be OUR favoured cadidate for democracy.
    Soma

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      somass

      “This time around Gotabaya Rajapaksa is going to be OUR favoured cadidate for democracy”

      If people bought your bull again there is no next time. There will be a life time president, a monitoring saffron clad thug for Mahasangha, need not to worry about population increase in fact the opposite will happen, ministry of white vans will keep the country at full employment, ………………………

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    Ajith.

    Kallathonies are mainly dalits from Tamilnadu who braved the high seas and have come to Sri Lanka and started going around the villages in Sri Lanka for Bothal Paththara, collecting Old bottles and newspapers. They have mainly came here in the sixties and there was camp in Colombo when they got caught to ut their before deportation.
    I can remember very well and if you do not know, it is your problem. Do not accept the Actual historical facts is also a mental condition requires further medical investigation.

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      Nimal,
      This is not a Sinhalese name. The people came from Tamilnadu did not come by boats illegally unlike those Buddhist Kallathonies who came illegally. They were brought by British when you people were hiding under the bushes in the jungle. I know lot of poor Sinhalese who were working in Tamil homes in the sixties. Go and check your mental illeness, not with Gotapaya but with a real psychiatrist.

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      Nimal Tissass Wijethunga

      “Kallathonies are mainly dalits from Tamilnadu who braved the high seas and have come to Sri Lanka and started going around the villages in Sri Lanka for Bothal Paththara, collecting Old bottles and newspapers. “

      Are you expecting us to congratulate you for your adventurist family’s achievement in a short period of 60 years?

      Congratulations.
      It does mean you and your family can stay back and exploit our resources.
      Along with other Kallathonies you are leaving.

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    Nimal Tissa W
    The reason for people like NTW never grasped the situation or learnt history.
    Him and his ignorance have no place on this Link to comment. The brain has no power to think or learn beyond 1960s. He’s been reading fabricated history.
    Real Punnakku eating Modaya twisting the history of the inhabitants of this country.
    Oh ! no ! have they stopped teaching Ancient history of SL or is it just the fabricated Propaganda by the uneducated Theros teaching or REWRITING SRILANKAN HISTORY,!!
    That’s the modern version of “Lies of SL history “‘ which Nimal Tissa W is writing here about .
    .just the words of the Parrots taught how to say Booo…..
    Intelligence is Zero out of 100.
    Limited knowledge will only make one to fall from Frying pan into Fire.
    No one can help until he learns a bit of Real Ancient History ,and not written by the mischief makers known as historians who had rewritten ancient history and replaced with lies to suit the time of the day.
    That’s not History, but Lies .
    Future generation are in limbo not knowing the history of formation of ” Thambapane” the ancient name of Srilanka or Ceylon. These were given names within the last century.
    One should only feel sorry for the ignorance of the present day Racists and the future generation .

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    “The choice has become one in between unpalatable and corrupt democracy and unendurable dictatorship.”

    True, but how did we get here? Did democracy give rise to this state? Or was it the violent upheavals that have disfigured our democratic culture beyond all recognition? I feel it was the latter.

    Corruption accusations are a political tool, no less, no more. Corruption index: Sri Lanka has a score of 38, US 79. So do you think with half the corruption we could do half as well as the United States? There have to be other factors at play.

    As for Lee Kuan Yew, he could have afforded 10% corruption since Singapore got so rich anyway.

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