23 October, 2019

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Don’t Ever Believe It Can’t Happen In Sri Lanka!

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

Ever since the slaughter in Christchurch, we’ve had the usual line of self-righteous clap-trap from the (usual) self-righteous brigade of defenders of our national virtue.

Essentially, their contention is that such terrible events would never take place in a place that they have designated as the cradle (and last bastion) of pristine Theravada “Sinhala-Buddhism.”

The butchery that took place in this country during one of the world’s most brutal internecine conflicts needs to be dredged up and placed, again, on public view, in an effort, probably futile, to expose the humbugs and charlatans of this land.

The population of this nation needs to be reminded of the butchery of Sinhala men, women, children and Buddhist priests by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or “Tigers”) not to mention the eerily-similar to Christchurch massacre in a mosque on the East Coast.

This most tragic of parallels needs to be placed in public view again and placed in appropriate context, particularly because of the irrational racist diatribes that are a feature of “media discourse” in this country. One needs only to publish something, anything, under a name that sounds “foreign” to bring out the cretinous racist “commentators.”

As someone with proven “Sinhala-Buddhist” antecedents I have viewed, in my case, with amusement the idiocies that constitute rejoinders or responses to material I have published over the years, everything from “para-Suddha” to “Jewish intruder!”  In my case such rubbish does not even produce anger, leave alone pain, simply disgust at what alleged humans are capable of regurgitating.

The sinister underbelly of this attitude, though, is the fact that its “ground realities” can be pretty awful.

The attacks on Muslim places of worship in Beruwala, during the Rajapaksa regime, and in the Teldeniya area more recently, both resulting in (Muslim) fatalities are a reminder, if such is needed, that the climate that led to those tragedies is very much alive and well in this country.

If one needs to be reminded of the fact, our local “ethnic/religious cleansers” employ the same rhetoric: “classic Sinhala-Buddhist civilization is at peril created by ‘outsiders’ and those ‘outsiders’ need to be removed, as the old CIA term had it, “with extreme prejudice.”

The constant propounding of a theology of victimhood of the majority population has and will continue to have the effect that is desired by those spouting it: attacks of some kind or other on a “minority” of some description. Those identified as of South Indian origin appear to have (temporarily?) been taken out of the firing line because of a fear that the racist across the Palk Strait, a practitioner very experienced in communal/linguistic conflicts of various kinds himself, wouldn’t hesitate to chop a few heads in our part of the world if it suited his immediate political ends.

Inevitably, our “pundits-by-default,” with and without PhDs, will trot out their baffle-gab to provide us with their self-proclaimed erudite analyses of why our Sinhala-Buddhist culture is so advanced that we would never permit such atrocities on our pristine Sri Lankan soil, adding just in case we miss the point, that it is our pristine, racially- and religiously-pure culture that would make such occurrences impossible.

One does not have to dig too deep to see the eerie resemblance between the culture of “victimhood” that drove the Christchurch massacres and what has become a virtual Sri Lankan tradition: denial accompanied by “enforcement” of a kind of “gospel” by “true believers.”

The reaction to exploitation in parts of the world such as the Middle East led to the birth of organizations such as ISIS that thrive, in all their abhorrent manifestations, in such a climate.  One can but hope that the Mawanella-area desecration of Buddhist statues is not the forerunner of more of this kind of terribly destructive conduct that can have nothing but tragic consequences.  

Have we learned nothing from three decades of the most un-civil of wars?

What has contributed very, very significantly to this terrible state of affairs has been the completely unprincipled conduct of many journalists, who, while they might be without skill, have no shortage of the ability to get their views published, in no matter how garbled syntax and grammar, in the daily and weekly newspapers, on the web and elsewhere.

On closer examination, this horde that has already proved that it can be bought for the price of a free lap-top, a scooter and interest-free loans will publish what can accurately be described as “crap,”  except that that substance has, at least, fertilizer value!

These “guns for hire” need not only to be exposed for what they are but driven out of the public domain, particularly since they are bought and paid for by media conglomerates who themselves, very successfully, increase their bank accounts in a manner that can only be described as “exponential” by stooging to organizations and individuals fattening their purses with what is being taken from the poorest in the land in the form of poorly-hidden consumption taxes.

A radical, complete change in governance of this country is of primary importance but a cleansing of the media is not far behind in the matter of priorities, particularly since the latter drives up the corruption index in the former.

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    What happened in NewZealand’s is those of the majority view. But, In sinhale’s It is the Xtians, International community, again who think that they are the most righteous,, who runs the every opinion and their work. Even the LTTE was mostly by those two groups. Sinhala buddhists and muslims who got killed for 30 years are unfavoured by those two groups It is Europeans who went every where looking for resources and killed all over the world. When nothing is there, they kill even their own.

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      The rise of Buddhist fascism started in the Cold War when Buddhism was weaponized by the CIA. just as Islam was in Afghanistan and Mideast to fight communism. Please check out Amar Diwakar’s article Saffron Curtain; how Buddhism was Weaponised in the Cold War.
      https://newrepublic.com/article/…/saffron-curtain-buddhism-weaponized-cold-war
      The Origins of Burma’s Wirantu can be explained as a plan to intervene and there are external factors in the rise of BBS – US citizen Gota set it up, and BBS Gnyanasara went to US and Norway and came back to Lanka and started attacking Muslims and switched from attacks on Christians.
      Also Attacks in Kandy and Digana via social media and Face book took place to distract from the PCOI Report on Bondscam and to distract from calls for US puppet Bondscam Ranil to resign for looting the Central Bank..to protect Ranil. The politics of distraction is everywhere as the Empire crashes
      Buddhism was Weaponized by the CIA and the Asia Foundation in the Cold War as the superb book by Eugene Ford “Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America’s secret strategy in Southeast Asia” published by Yale University in 2017 shows, in the Cold War against USSR and China and Communism and Socialism.
      Sri Lankan need to be conscious about how external parties are once again weaponizing ALL religions, and also promoting ethnic, religious divides to distract from the main issues as the new Cold War between USA and China heats up today in the Indian Ocean.

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    Mr van der Poorten has been round the block enough times to be able to see the possibilities that wait in store for us. As we write, there is a festering little two-legged powder keg biding his time before unleashing another round of mayhem to make up for lost time. He of the Wirathu school, has been, I am reliably informed, discussing various probabilities with his grown ban of acolytes; Yes, not If but When.

    The thing is that those of us of extended years, and long in the tooth, saw the goading that led to the rise of the Sun God. Now, it’s deja vu all over again. The next time there will be a lot more collateral damage, and island-wide too.

    Warnings abound, but will anybody take heed? Or, will we just sit back and hope for another Liberator to come to our rescue.

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    Sinhala buddhist people do not have such invading, infesting and violent History. It is simply human when some one is killing for self dense. But, the one who is talking does not have, by any means, such a history. What happens in Denmark or in Belgium if people talked their minds. Jail the muslims or deport to another country on Terrorism charges. But, Descendants of former British Prisoners would directly open fire on Poor Immigrants and refugees, now visitors too because they are Muslims.Who knows both the australian and New Zealand PMs would visit Bangladesh to discuss businesses. If says no may happen what happened to Gadhaffi. In Australian lands they can decide to open fire. In our lands, sinhala buddhists have to listen to X-tian CRAP. Hide this comment on comment policy.

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      “Sinhala Buddhist people do not have such invading, infesting and violent history” – Is killing of Kuveni by Vijaya not a violent act. Is landing on Sri Lanka soil by Vijaya and his friends without the permission of Kuweni not invasion. Is occupying the land of Kuveni’s people not infesting. Was Kuveni killed by Vijaya for self defense. Sinhala history is full of violence especially usurping the throne. Mahawamsa has itself said that killing of a Tamil is not a crime thus sanctioning violence and promoting hatred.

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        ““Sinhala Buddhist people do not have such invading, infesting and violent history”
        This essay is a piece of satiric comic.

        We don’t know if Vijaya ever came to Lankawe or even he is any part of Lankawe history. This essay is just meaningless blabber of Van der Poorten. He has no points to tell, but to annoy all readers, Sinhala Tamil, Muslim & others. From start to end, he just sounds like the Buddha, Jesus, Socrates…. just simply a big headedness. This is rotten piece not worth to come to CT. CT should start to vet essays for quality as Van der Poorten repeatedly asking for. He appears to be taking lesson from Mahindapala to write his own history. In the Mahavamsa, other than 19 kings, all others came to power by extreme violence. Mind you on that too, almost all them, then, South Indian Tamil Kings. For one Vijaya’s visit, more than 150 Tamil Kings came from South India. They are not Sinhalese. Then Vijay’s wife is Tamil and Mahavamsa is not talking about their children. Didn’t Parakramabahu invade Burma, Thailand, and TN? Then whom this guy is praising or cursing? But Mahavamsa is saying Tamil Hindu (But I am not with Mahavamsa on that, either) Ellaria is most graceful King ever ruled Lankawe. It is said Pilimathalawa killed almost 2000 of his family members to revenge Ehelepola. Leave that alone, this Van der Poorten didn’t hear JVP, if he wants to honor the Rapist Army as harmless and to insist it did not get involved in War Crimes. Rapist army was booted from Haiti and Mali. This Rapist Army is labeled as so by UN. UN has restriction that local HRC has to clear them to serve in UN. If Van der Poorten didn’t hear about Mahavamsa History, he didn’t know even about JVP and Army’s Matara Hospital Mass grave or Manempery’s rape and burring alive.

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          Mallaiyuran:
          Don’t you EVER tire of repeating gibberish that is simply abusive?

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            Van Der Poorten,

            How about you apply your maxim to you? Can you fix your abusine manners before preaching to others. Which police authorised you to disciple public commenters? Those who doesn’t understand the nature of public website should stay out rather squeeze the neck of the media freedom. One time our Old Friend Izeth wrote to Mahindapala. “The Hybrids are more pretentious Buddhists” .

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            ” Don’t you EVER tire

            What kind of gibberish is tire? Rotten rubbish! Isn’t it?

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              Mallaiyuran:
              Don’t you even know the difference between what an automobile rides on and the English verb? You even surprise me with you illiteracy.

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                I thought you are only a Koala Bear. But you are in Magargar to take that log leap. .

                (I thought Lankaweyans, Australians ……use tyre, but you say you too use tire. ).
                Anyway let’s get back to the point
                “What kind of gibberish is tire? Rotten rubbish! Isn’t it?”

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        dr.gnana

        kuveni was killed by her own people.Vijaya did not invade.He met kuveni and she fell in love with him.he did not take over by force.We also must learn from this and send some of our tamil beauties to seduce the sinhala presidents and PM’s.

        usurping the throne is not invasion.We also had our last ariyachakaravarthi sangili who was an usurper,killing the rightful heirs to the throne.If that had not happenned probably we might have saved the jaffna kingdom from the portueguese.That idiot killed 800 catholics and triggered the war with them.

        tamils did have empires,the chola,pandya ones,just like the british,turkish,mongol,roman etc,though smaller than these ones.Empires are built on invasions.The sinhalese did not have an empire.You can see that they are not fit to run an empire when they can’t even run their own country without nearly bankrupting it.I suggest we don;t try here to defend the indefensible in history.

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        Sankaralingam, Stop your malicious lies. Vijaya didn’t kill Kuveni. He abandoned her for a Kshatriya Suriya-vamsa princess, who was the daughter of king Pandu of southern Mathura. That’s what the legend says. It follows from this legend that the Vaeddas are descendants of Vijaya’s and Kuweni’s children, which means that even according to this legend the Vaeddas are acknowledged as kinsfolk of the Sinhalese. Please also note that the Sinhalese are not directly descendant from Vijaya, since the only children whom Vijaya had were the ones he had with Kuweni. The Vijaya legend was not even a popular legend until the British colonial government civil servants cum scholars popularized this myth in the 19th century.
        When it comes to your malicious rumour about Dutugemunu and the Mahavamsa sanctioning killing of Tamils – it is not at all true. The Mahavamsa does not at anytime condone killing. In this section of the Mahavamsa, monks who were called to console Dutugemunu who was saddened by the immense number of deaths the war had caused, try to console him by telling not to be sad because the ones who were killed were beasts – how Sinhalese interpret this is that it was unavoidable since they were invaders who had occupied the Sinhalese kingdom for decades and the only way to regain freedom from the Tamil invaders was to go to war which resulted in the deaths. At the end of the same section, Mahanama Thero, the author of the Mahavamsa states clearly that one should not kill for any reason. What the Sinhalese understand from this story is the dilemma one faces about war and death – not what you and some malicious scholars who try to interpret and twist and turn ancient legends of foreign nations to suit their own agendas.

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    You seem to forget that large numbers of tamil people were killed in communal riots all the way from the 1930s up to 1983?
    This is what led to LTTE attacking Sinhalese civilians in revenge attacks.
    Even as far back as 1915, buddhist mobs went on the rampage and killed muslims.
    In this regard you are no better than these Sinhala supremacists who act like Sri Lanka was a heaven of peace before LTTE appeared and started the violence. Which is also why its laughable when you claim the LTTE attacks need to be spoken about more. Because that pretty much what Sinhala nationalists (and some opportunistic muslims) talk about all the time. How LTTE did this and did that (and totally ignore everything done to the tamil minority before LTTE).

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    My dear Emil

    You are a good courageous man; well said

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    Emil van der Poorten , Politely speaking, your write-up is neither here nor there; is hither and thither!
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    Christchurch is neither a symptom nor a signal.
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    The attack at Christchurch was against religious fanaticism; the attack on Dalada Maligawa was against religious zealots.
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    Our troubles started when journalism was in its infancy. During those times, our publications carried news; nowadays, they create news!

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      Thappu:
      I’m afraid that your attempt at “erudition” and “expertise” (unfortunately for you) speak for themselves.
      Perhaps, you should confine yourself to devoting yourself to the instrument that provides the sound that your pseudonym produces.

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        Emil van der Poorten:
        Instead of meeting my arguments head on, you have descend to a level not expected of you. Being rude is not my nature.

        (Thappu is my initials put together.)

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          Thappu:
          WHAT arguments?

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    Well stated, Emil.

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    “The population of this nation needs to be reminded of the butchery of Sinhala men, women, children and Buddhist priests by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or “Tigers”) not to mention the eerily-similar to Christchurch massacre in a mosque on the East Coast.”

    Emil
    why don’t we once and for all remind everyone of everything.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_Sri_Lanka

    “As someone with proven “Sinhala-Buddhist” antecedents “

    It is how you look mate that counts.Your DNA is reflected in your looks.A chinese cannot call himself ben and say he is a anglo saxon when he looks like a chinese though he may show some paper ancestry.

    “rejoinders or responses to material I have published over the years, everything from “para-Suddha”

    Emil,they are just following that commonsense if you look like a “FOREIGNER” you must be a “FOREIGNER”.They know you can change anything but your DNA.Because you look like a “FOREIGNER” they might think you are a” FOREIGN AGENT”, the fools that they are.

    I too sometimes have the same problem with some saying that because i’am a bit dark and my lips and looks are not aryan enough i must be a south indian with my grandparents converting etc etc.

    PS.My advice to you Emil,is don’t worry too much about all this BS.We are all mongrels here SL.

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    Emil van der Porten,

    Thanks. You hit the nail on the head on several issues, and the core problems with the Para-Sinhala and the Para-“Buddhism” being promoted by those who claim to be Pristine;(Theravada) Buddhism, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

    The Para-Tamils, represented by the LTTE, is not much different in its atrocities. What they BOTH have in common is that they are Paras from India, Bharat.

    Amarasiri is yet to see any of those journalists and article writers refer the characters as Paras, mainly from South and Eastern India, mean IQ 79, based on demonstrated evidence.

    An interesting and informative article was written by Dr. Ameer Ali on what the late Ven.. Rahula Thero on Theraveda Buddhism and as to how it is being practiced by the Para-Sinhala “Buddhists”. He was the former Vice Chancellor of Vidyodaya University.

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    Agree.
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    All religions are good, but not when they are not peaceful. They should first promote mutual respect for each other.
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    All religions in theory should promote peace, through spiritual awakening. But most religious leaders are consumed by greed. Hence, unintentionally, they promote violence.
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    Reducing economic disparity is the only solution. Now, with all the difficulties around, religion has become a need. But with better living standards it will become only a want.
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    When the religion becomes a want, people will follow the respective religious principles for the correct reasons.

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    We did had a So Called a CIVIL WAR…well actually TWO (02) Wars One RAGING from 1985 and the other so called JVP Unrest – Dubbed SL South-Region Unrest….. both Instances what we had was……Social Revolt against LAck of Economical & Social OPPORTUNITIES…….an Education system Only Permitted Less that 0.05% University Access while the rest were suppose ROT to old age… Prabhakaran was an A/L Bio Stream all 04 Subjects passed Individual…..at mid 80s SL was a Utter crap hole it’s Unthinkable how on earth did our parents most of whom who did GOV jobs…Private Industries were Sacre At those time lived with all Lack of Opportunities
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    SL women Gave birth to not for Sons and Daughter of Dignity RATHER They were supposed to GIVE birth to war munger men and women to a Society & a system That Cultivated WAR
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    just look at mainstream Sinhala Channels that Caters to Middle Class BUDDHIST Audience DERANA-SIRASA-HIRU…they never have talked about nor tackled Sickening REcent Past of SL . according to them LTTE JVP was TERRORISTS [thanks to 9/11] but in reality they are very by Product of SL Society.

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    It is all done with the blanket of legal threat to the citizens, but those in power seem exempt for now. Media too is greedy and political.

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    “The population of this nation needs to be reminded of the butchery of Sinhala men, women, children and Buddhist priests by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or “Tigers”) not to mention the eerily-similar to Christchurch massacre in a mosque on the East Coast.” _Emil Vander Poortan
    Dear Vander pootan,
    “The population of this nation also needs to be reminded of the butchery of Tamil men, women, children and Tamil priests by the Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists thugs and military of Ceylon (Srilanka) in 1958 at Colombo, 1974 butcherism in Anuradha pura, 1985 Kumuthini boat masscre in Delft island, 1983 July massacre in the strrets of Jaffna following an attack on Military, and the attack on the prisioners and nationwide brutalism etcc.”

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    How come you forgot all the communal. riots which took place between 1956 to 1983. How did you mention a single word about the burning down the Jaffna library by Sinhalese government. The actions of majority Sinhalese forced the minority Tamils to defend themselves.

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      Ramesh Kanth:
      Your accusation is patently untrue. Check what I have written, both in Sri Lanka and overseas, on the subjects of xenophobia and racism.
      Would suggest checking your information before you level broad accusations but then you wouldn’t want to spoil your story with facts, would you?

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    Emil van der Poorten: Consider title change from “Don’t Ever Believe It Can’t Happen In Sri Lanka!”
    to “Believe it or not, it happened in Sri Lanka”

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    The one thing that comes through in many of the, basically incomprehensible, attempts at criticism of my piece is the attempt to conceal obviously racist dogma under some kind of cloak of “respectability.” These people don’t seem to realise that the only way to make skunks like themselves smell less odious is to remove the animal’s gland that gives it that particular individuality. But, if you do that, a skunk will cease to be a skunk. Wouldn’t want that to happen, would you? Life would be soooooo dull!

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      Mr. Emil Vander Pooten:instead of beating around the bush, just keep it straight. what is it that you can not address openly and make you pissed off. Is it that Grumpy thingy…

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    We keep very studiously tracing and talking of all the centuries old atrocities committed by all “Tribes” ; but never give a chance for the birth of a “RECONCILIATION” and USHER in a “NEW ERA” for the FUTURE. Even this article makes “PREDICTIONS” of what is in stock for us. In a sense, it is essential to know what “WILL BE”; but needs to be done to “AVOID” must be our priority. Have we mixed up our PRIORITIES? YES and YES.

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    KP
    I wonder if you mean the attack in a mosque in the Eastern Province in the 1980s by Tamil militants.

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    This is just preaching Crap and Anti-sinhala buddhist Hatred from a X-tian. How did almost 40% of other religions come to Sri lanka. We allowed them. Now, they say everything is because of sinhala buddhists. When Portegeuse Catholics came,. Sinhala buddhist King talked to them and allowed them along the coasts. It is Sinhala buddhists who allowed even a Tamil king to rule them. But, it is Denmark – Catholics who killed Porteugeuse Catholics and introduced mayhem to the country. sinhala buddhists even allowed Hindu Tamil King to govern them as long as the King respected their culture and religion. Tell me if what I have written is wrong. So, accuse your fore father Invaders. It is European culture that destroyed Asia. Now Sri lanka, can not be run until the European Corrupt Capitalist culture full of bribing other countries for business purposes is stopped. 1978- Neo-liberal Constitution and subsequent amendments are to destroy the country. So, now black-white
    Kalusuddhas are running the country. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE NEW OIL REFINERY. GOOD WORK. THERE IS AN ARTICLE SOME WHERE PUBLISHED BY A FOREIGNER ABOUT SRI LANKAN POLITICAL -BUSINESS CULTURE AND WHY SRI LANKA DOE SNOT AMOUNT TO ANYTHING EVEN AFRICA, BANGALDESH GO ABOVE US. BanglaDesh has Indian help. Myanmar has chinese Help, Africa has chinese help and they grow.. Sri lanka is non-aligned and even crappy UNHCR tries to push us around. their motto is ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and Helping Other countries

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    emil Vander Pooten here preach his philosophy. I here the present govt is sending Srilanka more to the down path. Those days, when People were eating rice from unfertilized fields, they did not have kidney failure. Now, the farmers are dieing, under the ENTERPRISE SRI Lanka, govt is giving LOANS even to the poor. So, they will start committing suicide as the widows in NORTH AND EAST do. how ever the same scheme is available in the USA I heard. they give free money to the public asking them to start businesses. The public spend that money to their home, as the country is low in jobs, and come to the loan officer and say “Sir, the business went bankrupt”. Because laws are there. but, Sri lanka doe snot have such laws, they have to find some insecticide to drink. My foot sinhala Buddhists did that too.

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    Love reading your columns about Sri Lanka from within Sri Lanka. You make some great points. A great friend of mine, just asked me the other day(he has 7 US patents and is a brilliant low key simple humble scientist) if Sri lankans (he used we) have a violent gene in their genetic make up. I have seen more real buddhists in the West than in Sri LAnka; the falsely pious and the political buddhists and those who engage in rituals of theistic practices mistakenly thinking Buddha is a deity who can disburse favours like in the mono-theistic and poly-theistic faith systems. I would dare say Religion is the opium of the masses, but then we see PolPot; Comrade Paranoid Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili who went as Stalin was a paranoid mass murderer, Mao, and Hitler and Mussolini etc have had lovely bouts of blood-letting in the name of racial purity or communist purity or even conservative purity like Catholic Pinochet, Catholic conservative Franco etc puts paid to the idea only Sinhalese and Tamils are violent.
    But imagine if the JVP who admire Stalin came to power? Wijeweera hated Vijaya Kumarantunge for reaching out to the Tamil LTTE and others to bring about peace. He had him killed and shot up his face because the JVP hated the amazing good looking humanist who said the right thing at the wrong time. Add to it Rwanda which came later than our disgraceful 1983 Black July and India’s black November. You can see perhaps there is a evil recessive Gene in all of us and if the environmental conditions are conducive those genes take over? I know I know I was being a bit Kohedha Yanney Malley Pol. I do hope no radical Buddhist BBS thugs or Wahabi Thugs or anyone else does not drag that nation back to perennial wars. I do not live there because I was a coward and stayed away on advise.

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      Mano Ratwatte:
      That was indeed an interesting piece, giving ample evidence of your having lived for a while outside this cesspool of of a growing number of ignoramuses! The real solution lies in adherence to a set of values and a knowledge of what the rest of the world is about. However, SWRDB put paid to any widening of knowledge by restricting a population, now, of around 30 million to a language used by less that 0.3% of the world’s population. Sri Lankans seem to enjoy their existence as mushrooms – living in the dark while being fed bullshit! What to do, men!

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        Emil

        “population, now, of around 30 million”

        21 million. Excluding nine million foreigners.

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      Mano Ratwatte,

      Yes, there is a vollent and hate gene, called Para-Sinhala Para-“ Buddist “ Gene that got mutated in the Lsnd of Marive Veddah Aethho, that originated from Southern and Eastern India.

      It is NOT pristine Buddhism, what Buddha taught. Please read the article by Dr. Ameer Ali on the late Ven. Walpole Rahula.

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    Mr Poorten,
    I googled the Massacres of Minorities in Human History.
    And try to work out how those Massacres which you allege that the Mahavamsa Bros carried out during our 2500 year History, fit in with the rest…

    Guess what?.
    I couldn’t find any to my utter surprise.
    But the Ones I found in Wikipedia are mind boggling,
    I don’t think our Mahavamsaa Bros whom you reckon are real brutes ,can even hold a candle to those who are listed by Mr Wiki…..

    Here are some of them , Didn’t have time to read all ..
    But those earlier ones are listed as Inquisitions ,not Massacres like Christchurch .
    Although they start from Bibilical Times , the ones which our inhabitants would be familiar with are the Spanish, Portugese and even fancy ones like Goa and Roman Inquisition.

    Then when I checked with my Elders they said to me we have had our own share too.
    including the ones you mentioned in Beruwala and Digana.

    But nothing compares with Christchurch and Kathankaddy in the sheer numbers .
    And all massacred souls are innocent civilians who were on their knees praying to their Gods.

    Wonder how many were in Beruwala and Digana?..

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      Sumaney:
      You are back, I see, and when you can’t find something or someone to abuse you make up something and claim they said it!
      Can’t fault you on the score of ingenuity, I suppose!

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    To the Editor(s)/proof-readers of CT:
    Isn’t it time that you introduced a policy that requires comprehensibility in submissions to your publication?
    A very large proportion of the comments section of CT contains language that is garbled and cannot be understood as are most of the comments about this particular column.
    I have, in the past, resorted to “smart-ass” rejoinders in order to accord this rubbish the disrespect it is owed, but that is certainly not the answer to the problem.

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    Emil has written on a thought provoking subject, the mass annihilation of those you don’t like. If the group subjected to massacre is based on ethnicity or religion we have another word, genocide. This is not something new in the history of mankind. But in a supposedly enlightened 21st century every effort must be made to turn a new leaf. As correctly identified by the writer, those who set the tone of the society play a great role in this exercise, better or for worse. Media personnel, elders in society religious leaders, informal group heads the list of opinion builders is fairly large. The prevention of this extreme action is the promotion of human values. In that context, how many of us can agree to disagree? How many of us can act in unison for a greater cause in spite of the diversity among us? It is only a few can say that “Although I disagree with you I am for your right to express such opinion”. I take this opportunity to praise the role of Rt. Hon. Ms. Arden, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, for the extra-ordinary skills of leadership and display of appropriate values in handling this tragedy and the people of that country in general in these trying times.

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    The real danger that awaits Lanka is the establishment of a radical, Jihadi, barbaric government, similar to ISIS and Taliban, when the Lankan Moslem populations explodes to become the majority community in the next 20 years. What happened in New Zealand will definitely happen in Lanka, at an industrial scale, when the fanatic Moslems hordes start attacking Sinhalese and raping the women and the land. This was the fate of ancient land of Gandhara, which became Afghanistan, and in modern times, when Hindus were massacred in their tens of thousands as partition divided British India.
    Lankan, including the writer of the article with possible Dutch heritage (based on his name) should have the courage to talk about this subject. Rather than discuss mumbo jumbo about non-existent Buddhist terror, why not talk about the very common, barbaric Islamic terror of ISIS, Taliban, Hamas that engulfs the world today? No country turns majority Moslem just stays peaceful. Pogroms against non-believers start immediately. In ancient lands of the Middle East Jews were the obvious victims. Millions were massacred by the Moslem fanatics. In Lanka, the infidel Hindus and Buddhist will be the Jews. Islamic terror has no mercy. Let’s never forget that.

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    Is Emil Van Der puten the best journalist we ve got in Lanka after Sarath de alwis and geisha Andrews?

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    My darling Emil putha
    Good luck to you puthe

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