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Failure Of Our Academics To Answer Issues Of The Day

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

After the retirement of the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist mafia in academia – namely, Jayadeva Uyangoda, Kumari Jayawardena, Carlo Fonseka, and their fellow-travellers – the public face of universities that has been popping up like a bad penny is that of Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, the Senior Lecturer in History at the Colombo University. His talking head appears on TV shows too which is good for light entertainment when Sunil Perera is not there. His latest interview with Kelum Bandara in the Daily Mirror (30/11/16) demonstrates not only his inability to field serious questions and present a lucid analysis but also the mediocrity of our academics whose interlocutory interventions invariably distort the public discourse.

The headline, picked from one of his quotes,(“Nationalism is the manifestation of a crisis, not a solution to it”) made it clear that the main topic was Donald Trump and the impact of his brand of “nationalism” in the immediate future. In reading it I was hoping to get some insightful revelations radiating from the Colombo University. At the end of it, I am sad to say, I was left with only irrelevant inanities to most of the questions raised by Kelum. I am afraid I can’t deal with all his irrelevant imbecilities due to the limited of space available in this article. I will confine myself to only a selected few.

As for Donald Trump, I must say, in passing, that the showmanship qualities in his swaggering braggadocio can be titillating up to a point. But in the end he comes out of it as a picaresque con artist who bulldozed his way in to White House of the Alt-right. He stands out as the ultimate symbol of the American pop culture which, I thought, was always tainted with obscene and loud vulgarities. All of it seems to have come together in the arrogant pomposities of Donald Trump.

That apart, the first question put to Dewasiri (Q: With the conclusion of the election in the United States, there is a perception that nationalism is triumphing over internationalism. What are your views?) opened up possibilities of covering a wide range of issues. In the main, it touched on the new dimensions of Trump’s foreign policy arising from his inward-looking nationalism that put American first, virtually dismissing its traditional military, economic and political alliances abroad. Dewasiri’s confused answer to Kelum’s first question runs in diverse directions except to explicate Trump’s impact on his version of “American nationalism” which verges on isolationism, perhaps, even a new version of Munroeism. At least, as a self-professed Leftist, he should have attempted to dissect the consequences that would flow from Trump’s “nationalism” to the global order as it exists now. But his answer only exposes his total inability to grasp the far-reaching dynamics of the issue. Instead his answer drifts in the direction of ko-hay-da-yan-nay- mal-lay-pol. (Where-are-you-going-there-are coconuts-in-my-bag).

He is all over the place with his wish-washy answers. He rambles on about the French Revolution, Karl Marx, Engels, UN, human rights, globalisation etc., – none of which explains the consequences of the “Trumpist” variety of nationalism – and concludes with the cliché that “nationalism has always been a strong force”. Even the dullards in his class will know that because they feel it running through their veins as an existentialist force. As an academic he should have dealt with the new forces that Trump has threatened to unleash on the global theatre. He is the new face of capitalism turning inwards to embrace economic nationalism, abandoning globalism / regionalism. He is threatening to dismantle the entire European and even global order put together by the post-World War II diplomacy of America. Dewasiri, drowning in his ignorance, doesn’t have a word to say about it. He doesn’t even mention Westphalia which is accepted by all historians as the defining moment in the concept of nationalism.

“Trumpism”, together with “Brexitism”, signals that the people who are losing their identity in the globalised market, are yearning to go back and reinforce their roots. Economic nationalism is intertwined with political nationalism. “Trumpism” and “Brexitism” hope to make America / Britain great again with home-centric economics. But this runs contrary to the intrinsic nature of capitalism. Adventurous capital always tend to get out of the box; not to get locked up inside a box at home and stagnate. Money does not grow inside a box. It grows only when it is invested outside the box. Colonialism, regionalism and globalisation are natural extensions of capitalism. So can Trump’s reversal to keep jobs at home by threats and incentives to the corporate sector be the answer? Or is he blindly playing the role of King Canute, ordering the waves of globalisation to roll back?

Trump has clearly decided to pull up the draw bridge and keep out the invading aliens. This has raised new challenges. With all his entrepreneurial skills he cannot contain capitalism within his domestic walls because the crippling effect on the ever-expanding forces of capitalism, spinning beyond his control, can rebound and drag America deeper into a “Trumpist” black hole. His is a recipe for recession / depression.

Capitalism has come a long way from the narrow Dickensian garrets on which Marx based his questionable predictions. Capitalism is at the stage where it cannot survive only on the sales of local market, however big the market may be. Besides, market forces has turned the globe into a village. America has to compete in the global village if it is to survive. If America doesn’t do it there are plenty of others who will fill the gap. China still can continue to remain national because its labour market is comparatively cheap and retains the capacity to compete with the world. The economic nationalism that works for China will not work for America.

Besides, Trump is hoping to make America great by keeping his industrial babies at home. Can he do that? If America is to be competitive and grow it has to cut labour costs to survive in the global markets. But that is not going to happen in America. So somebody has to either cut the spiralling costs of labour, or subsidise the high cost of labour to keep the profits up. If this can’t be done then industries will have to go in search of cheap labour.

Donald Duck-economics wants to have it both ways, judging from his deal with air-conditioning giant, Carrier, which was planning to relocate its factory in Mexico, sacking 1100 workers from its plant in Cincinnati, Ohio. All the hoopla about his success in keeping jobs at home is a load of codswallop. He has cut a deal to pay Carrier $7 million for ten years and keep only half its working force in Ohio. In other words, it is the taxpayers who will have to subsidise industries struggling to survive in America. Can Trump go round the country and offer subsidies to hundreds of American industries struggling to keep head above water? Of course, he is making a big show of his deal with Carrier to gain some political mileage which is a part of his showmanship. Sooner or later, the weight of subsidising American corporations to stay at home will cripple both the economy and Trump. The winner in this game, so far, is not Trump but Carriers. They got a subsidy from Trump and they are also exporting half the jobs to Mexico. On both counts the American tax payer is asked to carry the burden. Angered by this betrayal, Sarah Palin, one of Trump’s sidekicks, is condemning it as “crony capitalism.”

This is the reality that bites into the hype of Trump. Besides, even before he can take office he has set himself on a collision course with China. Dewasiri’s answer does not show any understanding of the serious consequences of Trump’s politics or economics? Or of the inherent contradictions in Trump’s populism that will drag him down? His “economic nationalism” has turned into unsustainable “crony capitalism”. Can this be a long-term solution for the American economy? The example of Carrier also indicates that some jobs and industries will continue to go abroad. Of course, Trump has a chance of creating jobs by investing state funds in public utilities like roads, bridges, schools etc. But he has to go beyond that to reinvigorate the economy and make it competitive internationally. Can he do that by subsidising private industries?

These are some of the issue that a perceptive academic should address. But Dewasiri hasn’t a clue about the new dynamics that will derail Trump’s triumphalism. I am more concerned about Dewasiri’s ko-hay-da-yan-nay-mallay-pol answer. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that his academic wife draws a bigger salary than he does. Leaving her aside, (she may be worth her weight in gold!) the tax-payer is entitled to ask whether the public is getting their money’s worth from papier mache heads like Dewasiri pontificating in academia.

Like all the NGO and academic pundits he poses as if he is the solution to the crises facing the nation. But he is only regurgitating the same old slogans and recipes of the Tamil-NGO lobbies. For instance, he claims that the “confederalism” – not federalism – is the answer to the constitutional crisis. And with this pronouncement he poses as the genius who has at last found the ultimate solution! At a time when the nation can’t agree even on federalism to ask for confederalism is like asking a ninety-year-old woman to produce quintuplets when she can hardly produce a foetus. But this type of fantasising is typical of our dunderheads in academia and NGOs — all of whom pretend to be problem-solvers.

Consider also how this “yakka-demic” deals with the following straightforward question : “Q You are an academic who strived for the installation of the current government that pledged to implement good governance principles. How detrimental is this trend for the country?”

Now, I urge you not to laugh. This is his answer: “Good governance is something different I have to explain to you. I do not use it in that sense. If I leave it aside, there will be a lot for us to talk about in this case…..” Hilarious, isn’t it? He was asked about good government and he says “leave it aside”. How many marks will he get if he gave that answer to a question asked from him at an exam. It reminds me of the story of a student who answered his question paper saying : “I don’t know. Only God knows”. The examiner wrote back saying : “God gets 100 marks. You get nought!”

Obviously, he doesn’t want to admit his vacuous mind cannot cope with the embarrassing question. He crowed glowingly about his “good governance” on January 8. He couldn’t stop talking about it. But when he is asked how detrimental it is now for the country, he dodges the issue and says let’s talk about “nationalism”. Once again it’s ko-hay-da-yan-nay-mal-lay pol. He says “good governance is something different”. Different from what? He doesn’t say. He adds: “I do not use it that sense.” What is the sense he has told Kelum? Dewasiri unable to answer the question is trying to con his way out.

Really, how can our universities ever hope to rise to higher levels when it is in the hands of “yakka-demics” who can’t answer a simple question? Dewasiri is the kind of “yakka-demic” who runs down the Mahavamsa without having the capacity to write a book of that magnitude ever in his life. While his doctoral thesis on some obscure fragment of the Dutch administration must be gathering dust in the mortuary of Leiden University the Mahavamsa has been studied, annotated, analysed and revered by some of the great Oriental scholars and the public. It has been the source of inspiration to millions and guidance to leading international historiographers. It is the living, undying, monumental treasure which the “yakka-demics” have tried to bury and failed.

Can Dewasiri who can’t provide credible answers to simple questions put to him ever hope to attain the intellectual heights of the humble monk who put the Mahavamsa together? How many of his peers have even bothered to cite his thesis in their footnotes? He is not even doing anything original in attacking the Mahavamsa. He is merely repeating what G. G. Ponnambalam did in the thirties.

What then are the chances of Dewasiri growing up to some degree of maturity in his life time?

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    Rajash

    Where are you?

    What do you have to say to this unrepentant racist about his rant
    “Failure Of Our Academics To Answer Issues Of The Day”?

    Is this a chapter from Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”?

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      Hi Native

      we all know about this [Edited out].

      how about this

      “…the Mahavamsa has been studied, annotated, analysed and revered by some of the great Oriental scholars and the public. It has been the source of inspiration to millions and guidance to leading international historiographers”

      really? which planet is he living?

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        What can he do for your stupidity and lack of education?

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          sachoooooooooooo stupid II

          “What can he do for your stupidity and lack of education?”

          Ask not what this racist can do for us, ask what we can do for this racist.

          Ask not what Nuisance can do for you, ask what you can do for her.

          Go, find her spittoon.

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          What then are the chances of Dewasiri growing up to some degree of maturity in his life time?

          the same question Mahindapala and you ask yourself

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          Sach,

          are u educated ?

          From what you droped, that never proved sofar.

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        Rajash

        “It has been the source of inspiration to millions and guidance to leading international historiographers”

        inspiration to millions
        – He meant H. L. D. Mahindapala

        guidance to leading international historiographers
        – He meant H. L. D. Mahindapala

        great Oriental scholars
        – He meant H. L. D. Mahindapala

        the public
        – He meant H. L. D. Mahindapala

        Mahavamsa has been studied, annotated, analysed and revered by
        – He meant H. L. D. Mahindapala

        Non stop typing of this kind of rant increases his sense of self-importance.

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          There is no offense in dreaming and Stupidity is not a crime. Sp please give “pala” a break.

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      We perfectly know who you are – but somewhat happy you to have moved out of caste and creed repeatedly reported by you in CT forums.
      I think as born buddhists we all know unlike the other guide books of the religions, Mahawansa was never subjected to due revisions. This is a long due issues for some reasons – that seems not working even today. At the time, Mahanama thero was drafting it, not much of the sources are available to add enough to the script. Today,after so many centuries, if current day professionals together with leading monks would not work for that, when would it be ?
      Abusing Mahawansa,Batticalo mad monk or colombo BBS dog seem to be caught by politician s agendas, since those politicians would never come to power if there are no such ethnic clashes betwween folks. Their narromindedness, greediness, opportunism seem to costing the life of the INNOCIENT masses.
      Believe or not, those men wrapped in Sanga dresses deliver nothing – to this day – than hatred thoughts as adding fuel to burning fire.
      Yesterday, there had been video in circulation about which that Ampitiye mad man – though regarded as a monk – being said – that the levels of the society is fallen by today,…. making every effort to misinterprete the frictions between buddhists and muslims in batticalo are more than what we get to see, or it perse appeared to be. These men are the root causes of this country – today, not being able to go foward for the common goal – which is achieving permament peace for all regardelss of race religion and whatever.

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        Mr H. L. D. Mahindapala,

        Who the hell is Dewasiri? Why does he cause such grief to poor Mr H. L. D. Mahindapala?

        Anyway, give the devil his due! Some great insights!

        The only piece by my favourite CT writer I’ve ever read right through to the end.

        “As for Donald Trump, I must say, in passing, that the showmanship qualities in his swaggering braggadocio can be titillating up to a point. But in the end he comes out of it as a picaresque con artist who bulldozed his way in to White House of the Alt-right. He stands out as the ultimate symbol of the American pop culture which, I thought, was always tainted with obscene and loud vulgarities. All of it seems to have come together in the arrogant pomposities of Donald Trump.”

        Brilliant! Couldn’t have put it any better.

        Now what is this?

        “…the Mahavamsa has been studied, annotated, analysed and revered by some of the great Oriental scholars and the public. It has been the source of inspiration to millions and guidance to leading international historiographers”

        What the hell is Mahavamsa? Is it a book? Why do all these great “modern” intellects always end up using ancient books as crutches – the Bible, the Koran, Mein Kampf, Red Book ….. ?

        Where is the modern-man’s free flowing intellect; the ability to take an intellectual-walk without holding onto crutches, eh?

        What do simple plebeians like us out here know Mr Mahindapala? But we out here feel, that with this Mahavamsa thingy, you have put yourself in to a box. The same boxes you are berating others for putting themselves into.

        When you are just about to think that a Lankan writer can finally write a piece without putting himself into a box, someone writes a brilliant tour de force and takes a long-winded tour touching all bases to put himself back in the same box he came out from!

        You can never let things go, can you Mr Mahindapala? Tsk, tsk ……..

        They say, all hatred although direct at others, in truth, is aimed at ourselves for the failures we have become – all human life inevitably ends in failure; the “unknowing” rail and rant. The poor players strut and fret ….. upon the stage ……. full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

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      I simply believe, MAHINDAPALA should grow up if he wants to undrestand the message of Dr Dewasiri.
      You dont need to be a pioner publisher but what he is reiterating about lanken realities are 100% right. Majority of folks are not yet grown enough to talk about reconcliation and permament peace. We just need to let it go of. while not forgetting that efforts to be continued.
      He is a profound thinker. I have listend to hiim servera times. Each time, I understood what he is going to clear to the nation.
      Almost every average person would pose the question, why srilankens are against ” Federalism” ? My answer sofar is, most of them are kept away from the facts about the ideology. And some even today abuse those innocient mind sets being caught by greedy politicians.

      Average people are no ripe to question, as to why Rajaapkshe is still in lanken parliament.

      Nor would anyone among them raise the question – why billions were mismanaged by Rajapakshe siblings that way ?

      Why did MR have 18 Amendment passed that way=

      Why MR neglectted about REFORMING constitution ?

      If MR had NOT been suffering from a rare kind of amnisia syndrome, why the very same person failed so many things that he could better get passed by 2/3 mandate in the parliament ?

      Why the majority of men (educated and uneducated)in parliament shut their both ends in MR days ?

      How Aluthgamage as a local MINISTER was able to buy a house in LONDON for 1 MIllion of sterling pounds ? 185 million in rupees; 1850 lacks
      HOW many houses could be built by that sum alone ?

      5 lacks x 400

      OVER 400 houses could be built for the plantation under poverty living people.
      Most of them are today said to be captured by Alcohol – no thaving perspective s for the future.

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala

      RE:Failure Of Our Academics To Answer Issues Of The Day

      1. //“Trumpism”, together with “Brexitism”, signals that the people who are losing their identity in the globalised market, are yearning to go back and reinforce their roots”//.

      The scaling up of the Yugoslavian State break-up on a global scale to “Ethinc” Nationalism?

      2. //”Dewasiri is the kind of “yakka-demic” who runs down the Mahavamsa without having the capacity to write a book of that magnitude ever in his life. While his doctoral thesis on some obscure fragment of the Dutch administration must be gathering dust in the mortuary of Leiden University the Mahavamsa has been studied, annotated, analysed and revered by some of the great Oriental scholars and the public. It has been the source of inspiration to millions and guidance to leading international historiographers. It is the living, undying, monumental treasure which the “yakka-demics” have tried to bury and failed.”//

      //”He is not even doing anything original in attacking the Mahavamsa. He is merely repeating what G. G. Ponnambalam did in the thirties.”//

      H. L. D. Mahindapala, are you still stuck on Mahawamsa. Mahawamsa was based on Deepawansa and Katta Katha, and the imaginative Monk spiced it up with his own spices, to make it tasty. So, comes a lion, Buddhas flying and visiting the Land of Native Veddah Aethho including a mountain top to imprint a footprint, and hover above the heads of the Yakka Natives.

      Mahawamsa falls into the same category of Almagest* and the Bible,(Joshua**) with the Geocentric Model, acceptable during those times, when the facts were not fully known. Unfortunately, the Para-Sinhala “Buddhists” think that the Mahawamsa is a Buddhist Chronicle that came from Buddha, even to this day.

      Mahawamsa is an Insult to the Buddha. Sinhala “Buddhism” is an insult to Pristine Buddhism.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

      * The work known as the Almagest, named in Greek (Mathēmatikē Syntaxis), and also called the Syntaxis Mathematica, is a 2nd-century Greek mathematical and astronomical treatise on the apparent motions of the stars and planetary paths, written by Claudius Ptolemy (Greek:Klaúdios Ptolemaîos; c. AD 100 – c. 170). One of the most influential scientific texts of all time, its geocentric model was accepted for more than 1200 years from its origin in Hellenistic Alexandria, in the medieval Byzantine and Islamic worlds, and in Western Europe through the Middle Ages and early Renaissance until Copernicus.

      The Almagest is the critical source of information on ancient Greek astronomy. It has also been valuable to students of mathematics because it documents the ancient Greek mathematician Hipparchus’s work, which has been lost. Hipparchus wrote about trigonometry, but because his works appear to have been lost, mathematicians use Ptolemy’s book as their source for Hipparchus’s work and ancient Greek trigonometry in general.

      Bible,(Joshua**): 10:13

      So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.

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        Sir please, Police come and took away Mister Edwin. They said he is doing blasphemy. I knew this was going to happen and I told him many times Mister Edwin do be careful. But Mister Edwin did not listen.

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        Ironically, failure of the academic is being criticised by a highly mutated racist.

        How dare this guy think that we are all fools. I believe he needs a therapy. Let s hope for the sake of upcoming christmas guy to recover his nature at least to some extent – then the world will profit of it. basta

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala

      RE: Failure Of Our Academics To Answer Issues Of The Day

      “The middle class within the Sinhala-Buddhist community also has a bias in this regard. We can see the opposition to the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA). I also have some criticism towards it. That is middle-class nationalism. Among the upper middle-class, there is a nationalist trend. Within the business community, we find anti-Muslim sentiments. The Sinhala-Buddhist middle-class was not actively engaged in business as such traditionally. The Muslims and non-Sinhala Buddhists dominated it traditionally. Now, the Sinhalese are entering into the business field. It has created a competition. That competition is mediated by nationalism. It comes out in the open as a Sinhala-Muslim problem. “

      Mahindapala, you are still stuck in the lies and imaginations of Monk Mahanama in Mahawamsa, including many so called Sinhala-“Buddhists”, Buddha never Visited Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      Sinhala Buddhists have become a Tribe devoid of Pristine Buddhism.

      They are looking at others as if are they in our Tribe or outside our tribe.

      This is Tribal Nationalism!

      Remember, the Sinhala Buddhists are Para-Sinhala “Buddhists” in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      – See more at:Dr. Nirmal Devasiri’s Interview.

      Failure Of Our Academics To Answer Issues Of The Day

      “The Sinhala nationalist movements are elated about Trump’s victory. They see it as a stimulant here. Yet, that is not the sole reason. Nationalism is gaining ground here.”

      http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Nationalism-is-the-manifestation-of-a-crisis-not-a-solution-to-it-Nirmal-119976.html

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    congratulations H. L. D. Mahindapala. You achieved a great land mark That is you managed to write an article without the words LTTE and Nanthikadal.

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      …but he still need to have a swipe at GG

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      Even the devil is no that black as heard by everyone.

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    [Edited out]

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      Roberts X 2

      “[Edited out]” X 2

      Brilliant X 2

      Thanks for keeping it brief. X 2

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    [Edited out]

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    Native I am not a fan of Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri either

    this is an excerpt from his interview to the Daily Mirror

    Q How challenging will it be to find a solution to the Tamil national question?

    We cannot find a political solution at all now. We cannot even talk about it. We can just discuss it to raise funds internationally.

    A Federal constitution is totally unrealistic now. A solution that is acceptable to Tamils can be worked out only with the consent of the South.

    Anything acceptable to the North is not acceptable to the South. These two cannot be reconciled.

    Some possibility existed in the past because the two main parties were not controlled by the ultra-nationalist persons.

    Now it is different. The extremist groups are calling the shots today in the Rajapaksa group of the SLFP. Anything unacceptable to this group cannot be implemented in the South.

    It is structurally impossible to give a solution that meets the aspirations of the Tamil people. It is useless to talk about it. We do not know what will happen in the future.

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    Dewasiri is the kind of “yakka-demic” who runs down the Mahavamsa without having the capacity to write a book of that magnitude ever in his life.”

    Says it all HLD. Not only Devasiri – a yakkadamic, other modamics who take the mahavamsa to their bite or a time pass, and do not know nothing about the context of writing the giant chronicle, your article’s a slap.

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      Yes we have to genetically modify the academics to meet the expectations of the IDIOTS of your kind -MAXIMORON ?

      Devasiri is very right saying that the people are not yet grown to see it right.

      I love his knowledge in History. Unfortunatley we dont have enough professionals to discuss the issues that advanced.

      HLDL is one another [Edited out] who instead of put the fire to burning hey rather than doing other way around. He should see all these at least shortly before he would close his eyes forever. That is my wish.
      We dont need the kind of racism promotors.
      Going back from now on, how many articles Mahindapala brought only deepening the caste and creed rather than making every good efforts to erase if anyone is entwined with caste above anything else.

      I have the feeling those who may have suffered by caste – rise up with all aggressions the way these men have been.

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      MAXI moron –
      I have been thinking what to be the most appropriate gift for you to upcoming christmas.

      May I send you a packet of Punnaku- which is free from Glyphosat please ?
      It is high time you to change your fodder.

      Greetings from colder Berlin

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    wtf is wrong with this guy? Does he want to be a Sinhala version of Hitler so bad?

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      why what makes you think so? Did you read the article? you did not, right?

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        sachooooooooooooo the stupid II

        Go find Nuisance’s spittoon.

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        Did you Sach the clown?

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    Academics just like the Brahmins are overvalued. It is we people and the system that overvalue these academics. HE may have specialized in a very little piece of ancient history most probably in relation to Europe or about christianity. that means he laerned some analytical ability. That does not mean he has 73 components of wisdom as buddhism talks about.

    then a historian tries to analyze world politics. Particularly, now when the western world is bankrupt and when the devale that they had built is falling down themselves, because west wanted it this way. now they want to go back to the old way.

    Anyway, when a historian talks about world politics we need to understand it. It is people who overvalued it and though he is to be a founder of something.

    Just think he is not different from us. He is trying to make his mark in this world.

    Only thing we have to oppose is his anti-sinhala stand. They are racist socialists.

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    Well HLDM,

    You say, “Failure Of Our Academics To Answer Issues Of The Day”. How about the failure of the academics to answer issues of your days. There was the highly respected G.L.Peiris, DJ and Rajiva and the likes of Dr Mervyn Perera who failed to answer issues of your days.

    By the way to gain any type of credibility with your writing you must stop being a racist. It is utterly demeaning for one who claims to have the ability to think.

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      I really dont know what kind of academic background HLDM owns. Can anybody please add more about the profile of the abusive person ?

      That can help us readers from world wide to get as to why the man and his twin brother Dayan Aka Silva Jaythilaka to change their tracks by today.

      Thank you.

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        Simple answer – Racial background.

        I have the feeling researchers are on that to find out if there exits a RACIAL GENE in human genome.

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    I write to commend the editors of CT for having a liberal and open-minded attitude to what they allow for publication. They do have some rules of course, but do allow some writers to use the forum as therapeutic outlet. For instance, Mahindapala’s regular vituperations against someone or other. In therapeutic encounters the doctor would begin the conversation by asking, “What is on your mind?” and the patient lets go describing his emotional problems. In Mahindapalas’s case he doe not have to use a therapist at all since there is Colombo Telegraph. He can unload all his emotional excrement freely. And perhaps save a lot of money.
    As for Dewasiri’s comments, I found them to be a very subtle and insightful analysis of complex issues, obviously beyond the comprehension of the ideologically blinded polemists.

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    Well said Mr. Mahinapala. our morons academic or nonacademic mindset is if anybody does not criticize Sinhalese Buddhists nationalism he or she is illiterate,persons who attack Sinhalese Buddhists and Mahawamsa only considered educated ones.their opinion is Sinhalese came here after Tamils , Muslims and other minorities built civilization like all Buddhists monuments, sigiriya fortress.great irrigation tanks and canal systems. Sinhalese did nothing but playing games on grounds built by minorities. Sinhalese have no rights to claim they are Sinhalese,have to say they are south Indian Tamils. only the minorities can claim this Island is as their mother land. Sinhalese just like visiting foot ball or cricket team if you are to recognized as wise or educated person.All graffiti on Sigiriya mirror wall written by aliens from some other planet.not by people called Sinhalese. when Amabapalis of other regional states died, have to be mourn even without feeding or without drinking any single drop of water. otherwise you are moron. Mesolithic behaviors of neighboring states of another country should be hailed as great civilization not as sub human behaviors. otherwise you will be a moron not wise or educated man. That is the mentality we Sinhalese have to adapted. otherwise you are a moron or racist. WHEN terrorists attack you you have knee down and beg pardon not to fight for your survival.if you do you are racist. moron not wise or educated. What a pity.recently migrated lot should be given equal rights.they are the one who has every rights. They are the one who feed all. though they migrated due to starvation. lack of foods in their state in India. Sakkiliyas or scavenger should be worshiped as saint.otherwise you are a moron. uneducated people.What a pity Mr. Mahindapala. That is the mindset we have to adapted in this forum if you are to recognized as educated decent person. talking truth is not allowed.treated as bullshits of uneducated morons

    we have to gift all our civilizations and heritages to minorities cursing our ancestors.accept those were built by Tamils and even language called sinhala prepared by Tamils and Muslims and educated us to speak. though gobbling and Mesolithic sanitary practices are their way of life..

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      You seem to know nothing but Kattadiya thinking.
      Please go back to your witchery and promote it for your sake as Asiri or other men have been doing it abusing all the man kind down there.

      Please think about what you hav ebeen uttering. I have not the least idea why you guys make it an issue out of nothing.

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        There are only one category of Buddhist in the country.

        They are just born to buddhism.

        Among them silent majority may be practising buddhism.

        Those aggressive testerone men hidden behind Sangaya uniforms (Sivura) are pal horu/cheaters/eunachs/dram queens/drag queens/all various kind of criminals.

        Examples.

        1) BBS – lead man who is said to be bearing the most abusive mouth piece and has been making every effort to attack anyone by today but in Sivurua

        2) That mad monk from Batticaloa- reported to be playing a double life – on daylight daniel – at night migel.
        Man is being supported by stupid men and women from outside world to create a new racial wave in the country.
        Alone the foul language being used by the monk is beyond all low levels… where has he learnt them over the years ? Not even respecting visiting police – this man is a great threat to lanken folks.
        Sinhala Buddhist Forum
        Berlin/Germany

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        SIMON Ayiya or simon malli

        if somebody can insult me I have every rights to reply.who is kattadiya. I never heard such name but heard lot on Adura or Aduruthuma.Kattadiyas came here with nayakkar king in kandyan time I suppose but Aduras were here long before that.

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      ranjith (sprrw)

      “All graffiti on Sigiriya mirror wall written by aliens from some other planet.not by people called Sinhalese.”

      Senarath Paranavithana the archaeologist believed so. He who read inscriptions on Sigiri walls thought he had seen interlinear inscription between two lines.

      Did you help the author of Kat Bitha to write his historical novel?

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          ranjith (sprrw)

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          Sorry is the above represent interlinear inscription?

          Brilliant.

          Thanks for keeping it brief.

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              CT

              you all are very bias and partial you let tamils to insult and defame me with my caste but you are protecting them . that is not fair play media has to perform.

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    Dr Dewasiri is obviously not Tamil speaking because if he was, MLH M would have referred to him as Vellalah Dewasiri.

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    Hldm
    What have you contributed towards Sl,how do they treat you in Oz how did you have manage your education it was by state (sinhala/Tamil/Muslims)

    What have you given back,may be hatred or or prepare to give T56 to gunarsa in order to safeguard the Buddhism.

    You kallathoni to Oz manage to have permanent residence visa and rely on their hand outs,how do they treat you there,you Kallu Suddo we have seen how they proud when their children marry to pervert whites.

    Not the VP the terrorism started by a monk with the help of yellow saffron,that is the weed,

    Just blame us even the govnt officials can’t carry out the duties the oppression still going on gives free ride to ruthless,in the name of Buddha

    How is your handouts in Oz the housing benefit and is it every two weeks your dole

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