30 October, 2020

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Election Afterthoughts: I’m Googling For Opportunities To Migrate

By Isurinie Mallawaarachchi

Isurinie Mallawaarachchi

This is for everyone who feels as if they have failed, who feel as if they have failed the country, the society we live in, I understand you, because I feel the same.

I hear my mother talking over the phone about this presidential election candidate who is said to have sought medical help after his defeat. My mother said, “how can we trust such a spineless person who needed professional help after his defeat?” Her rationale was that one should be ‘strong enough’ to withstand any obstacle that comes in their way without needing help. Mental health and mental health issues do not exist in her world. So, my mother, ecstatic at the victory of her Sinhala Buddhist nationalist party, tells the world that this candidate is weak for seeking help for a mental health issue while her daughter is on two pills per day for depression and anxiety. 

Needless to say, I felt like a failure. 

I realize that her hatred towards this candidate does not come from a personal grudge but because she so-blindly follows this extremist party. Blind faith could lead to many forms of atrocities; I felt so powerless and unmotivated. I am going to get back up after writing this note but imagine the homophobia, islamophobia and the hatred towards a woman’s reproductive health that the advocates of the extremist nationalist party disseminated all over generations during the last few months. 

This is where I feel like a failure and that I have failed the country. The very knowledge that a loved one of mine contributed to reinfecting Sri Lanka with all sorts of extremism is what hurts the most. Military interventions at every facet of life is going to be normal in the near future. The students who laughed at me when I explained to them what LGBTQIA+ is are going to continue laughing and we are going to be living in anger, dissatisfaction and frustration. And the saddest part, a part of the country that we live in, a part of the country that we are weeping for, inflicted this upon ourselves. My mother is one of them.

As many of the status updates on Facebook today said, the people have spoken and one needs to realize that this is what the people want. I wish I could end this on a motivational note, and some clever anecdote or something of that sort, but I am at a loss for words. I have had palpitations since this morning. I have been googling for opportunities to migrate. As a collective, we have failed our country. My heart weeps and I do not see anything else to do. 

*Isurinie Mallawaarachchi M.A. [@isurinie on Instagram] is a university lecturer, researcher and intersectional feminist activist, specialising in the area of gender-based violence faced by Sri Lankan women in public transport. She is an alumna of the University of Kelaniya and the University of Malaya. 

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  • 22
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    Aren’t we too late to think amidst Corona. Burghers did it 1956 after Sinhala only. Tamils started in 1977 and peaked in 1983.
    They are leading a pleasant life.
    We sinhala Buddhist are stuck in this hell where every dirty thing is done on our name for their benefit

    • 10
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      True.
      Are you aware of the astounding fact that during these last few years it ha been your yak community who have been buying or hiring fishing boats and attempt to sail into many a country that does not willingly accept economic refugees?
      #
      They have attempted to sail into faraway countries like in Africa’s, Italy and New Zealand to name a few.?
      #
      When they are found to be bogus economic refugees of the highest order are then paid a going away gift of a few thousand dollars they happily jump onto a few chartered especially for them aircraft come back to sad sorry Lanka where if they are members of the Muslim or Tamil communities they have to spend a few days behind bars their gift monies are usually taken away from them.?
      #
      If they are Yakko’s they are immediately bailed out and the monies are happily handed over to them to spend on arak/kassipu/wine and women/little boys to satisfy their moral lusts.?
      They even sell their little mites to the old white uncles for a few dollars and they are the most welcome visitors to their homes.?

    • 12
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      Dilshan,
      .
      ‘ We sinhala Buddhist are stuck in this hell’
      .
      You mean ‘we Muslims posing as Sinhala Buddhists’

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        Stanley
        I am not a Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalist like you. I am a fair minded human being and respect the right of every citizen in this country and believe that is the only way we all can prosper.
        If during my lifetime, if the Gestapo style government is no more, I will make you eat your own words. For now I do not want to end on the next cell of a sincere CID officer Shani

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      Mr. Dilshan,
      .
      Don’t bullshit.
      .
      There was never sinhala only.
      .
      In 1956 it was changed from English only to this country’s common man’s language.
      So that all people have same opportunity.
      Till that time English speaking Tamils got the upper hand. In 56 they lost it.

      • 9
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        In 1956, Singapore wanted to emulate Sri Lanka
        To day we want to become Singapore
        Pasqual
        Who is bullshiting

      • 6
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        In 1956, opportunity was created not for all people, but, only for majority community, dragging minorities down the drain. What the husband started in 1956,the wife followed it up in 1970s.

      • 0
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        S. C. Passqual clever dick.

        “Don’t bullshit.”

        Yes we know its exclusively your job.
        For example see your typing above.

    • 2
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      Dilshan,
      As far as we know, real Sinhala Buddhists do not feel they are stuck in a hell. In fact, they feel relieved that they managed to make the guys who were bragging that they are the ‘KING MAKERS” redundant.
      ===
      “We sinhala Buddhist are stuck in this hell “

      • 4
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        Ignorance is bliss. Some people do not even know the stuck in the hell

      • 1
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        Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

        “real Sinhala Buddhists do not feel they are stuck in a hell.”

        It is because they wouldn’t know the difference if they have been living in home grown s**t all their life.

        We know Sinhalese,
        we know Buddhist,
        we know Tamils,
        we know Hindus
        we know Muslims
        we know Christians
        ….

        we know Malays
        we know Burgher
        I know my people

        By the way who are these Sinhala/Buddhists?

  • 17
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    Fair enough.
    .
    Don’t just google.
    .
    Don’t bother us. Get lost.

    • 9
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      Pesky the pest,
      A little birdy told me that you are living a capitalist rich man’s life in Germany how on earth can you ask someone else to get lost.?
      #
      By don’t you go back to hell Lanka and contribute your 2 cents mite to bring more unhappiness to those who have no other choice but to continue living in suffering.?

    • 13
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      MR . S. C. Pasqual …….Let’s’ make a bet Neither GOTABAYA nor Mahinda will not serve till the end of their Terms….wanna know why……..Cause they are TOO OLD TOO OLD TOO OLD……….these mass murderous bastard will get wasted with in their Active terms – It is a FACT……

      on the other hand Aiyse…it is a fair thing to say you posted the comments without reading the Article……. it is a shame that CT should allow age of the commenters to be appear & mandatory [of course everybody will cheat Specially Old retired Trollers making a livelihood out of this]….but then again S. C. Pasqual would you be kind enough to elaborate your reasons to live in this …

      – Bastard Sinhala Lunatic extremists Buddhists Perverts Country….

      – To be honest I am an IT pro and our family’s and many of out friend’s medium to long term plan is to indeed to migrate to either to AU-NZ-Malaysia-EU …..and i will promise with in the next 3 years this country will be a Rotting Failed state like an African Countries….

      • 5
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        This one should go to Angoda too. Seems like a very bad case.

        He still thinks he is an IT PRO .. Wants to migrate to AU NZ blah blah in the middle of a pandemic.

        Bastard Sinhala Lunatic extremists Buddhists Perverts Country….?????????

        A pretty bad case for sure

      • 2
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        Dont hide behind the sinhala names. you are the trash

        • 5
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          Well yours is definitely not Sinhalese . Dave or David is of Hebrew origin( Arabic Dawood) meaning beloved now adopted in many Christian lands. In English speaking lands the shorter version for David is Dave. The Sinhalese family name Alwis or De Alwis derived from the Portuguese name Alves. Tell me what is Sinhalese in your first or family name. Most of the so called Sinhalese names have a Pali, Sanskrit or Tamil origin. Davey

      • 1
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        Proud Sinhala,
        Get the fk out you Kallathoni slave. When you have to do toy let cleaning for white guys you will realize what a wonderful place Sri lanka is.
        —-
        – Bastard Sinhala Lunatic extremists Buddhists Perverts Country….

        – To be honest I am an IT pro and our family’s and many of out friend’s medium to long term plan is to indeed to migrate to either to AU-NZ-Malaysia-EU …..and i will promise with in the next 3 years this country will be a Rotting Failed state like an African Countries….

  • 5
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    Leelage Malli can answer to this. He is still alert and conscious. As we expected this for few decades, our heads are empty.

    • 10
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      Mr. Mallaiyuran,
      .
      Yep….
      .
      Of course your heads are empty.
      That we know for a long long time.
      .
      And
      leela ge …..’s head is other way around.
      Its full with bullshit.

    • 0
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      “…our heads are empty.”
      A welcome realization, although a little late to come

  • 10
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    Go to Angoda first. Get your self checked out..

    Don’t be a burden to any place you go to.

  • 5
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    surinie Mallawaarachchi – UNP will be looking for some brains to revitalise their party

    • 3
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      Who with any brains will join the UNP?

    • 1
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      Rajash,
      Are you saying that all the UNP politicians are brainless don keys?

      UNP will be looking for some brains to revitalise their party

  • 8
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    Isurinie: It’s your choice to leave, but remember, these “CRIMINALS” in power love it. Why? They know, you will send in “Dollars, Euros, Pounds or any other foreign currency to make a good living to your mother. That is what these criminals mostly NEED to lead a “LUXURY” life plenty. Of course, you will be “Honored” with the title “RATA VIRUWA” with no “Significance” attached to like that of a “Rana Viruwa” who is used and abused to come and hold on to power. It is your choice,

  • 8
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    Be happy Sinhala Bauda Lanka is going to have a parliament like no other, not even in Africa.

    “The new Parliament will have an interesting mix of MPs, including two former Prezs, four father-son combinations, a man convicted of murder, and several against whom court cases are pending. Former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa will sit alongside his one-time arch political rival Maithripala Sirisena on the same side of the House when the new Parliament convenes on 20 Aug.
    A radical Buddhist monk accused of instigating hate crimes against Muslims has won a seat in SL’s parliament, results showed Friday.”

    If nothing its going to be fun for people living outside the country of birth.

    • 2
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      Burt,
      You forgot to mention Tamil and Muslim sympathizers of terrorist barbarians

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        No I did not have to mention anything as you have rightfully acknowledged, they are sympathizers not terrorists.
        Sinhala Buddhists are morally bankrupt who they have elected are political crooks, convicted murder, accused criminals and a racist in robes bastardizing Buddhism. I don’t know what you call them in this art of the world its “white trash”.

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        Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

        “You forgot to mention Tamil and Muslim sympathizers of terrorist barbarians”

        Well didn’t the Sinhala/Buddhists support public racists Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala, Pandaranayakam/Rajapaksa, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1971, 1977, 1981, 1983, .
        1987-1991, .. 30 years since, 2005, 2010, 2020, ………… hence shouldn’t they be called war criminals with intention of Tamil/Sinhala holocaust?

        Holocaust

        A great or complete devastation or destruction, especially by fire.
        A sacrifice completely consumed by fire; burnt offering.
        Usually the Holocaust . the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
        Any mass slaughter or reckless destruction of life.

    • 1
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      Burt
      will it be real blood or tomato ketchup or chili flavoured water?

  • 2
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    It is better all trash leave the country and please find another country and leave our Sri Lanka. It is not a place for mentally sick immoral people

    • 0
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      Don’t be nasty.

    • 4
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      Cream of the crop has already left (at least most of it) now the majority left is North Indian trash following a religion of Indian origin, problem is even India does not want his trash.

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    It is not wise to make impulsive pronunciations.
    Sajith P said that he was quitting politics when he lost the Presidential Elections. It cost him some loss of faith.
    *
    Rash decisions are dangerous. Rash utterances are even worse
    *
    “If you want to shoot shoot, do not talk” (from the movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, 1966)

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