21 June, 2024


From A Sinhalese To All Sinhalese

By Hiran Gunaratne

Dear all,
First, I would like to introduce myself that I am Hiran Gunaratne, Colombo Sri Lanka.
The aim of this mail is to express my views on mails I received from ‘lakgunegroup@googlegroups.com  which is influencing to create racism among our Sri Lankan communities.  I believe that my views would bring some result on the matter I am trying to express.
The whole purpose of this mail is to make you’ll to understand on very important matter which is harming us and making all of us as indecent Sri Lankan. Therefore, I kindly request all of you’ll to read this mail completely and if you wish you can share your views with me.
As you’ll know we are just trying to stand ourselves as a nation after a bitterest experience of a terrible war of thirty years.  The net result is, we lost thousand of good people in this country by destroying our wealth and increasing anger amongst our communities.
Now I will come to the subject what I need to discuss with you’ll.  Why are we trying to start again a similar era hurting Muslims and Tamils?  If you look at us as three communities Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims are the only three set of people living in this country. Our history reminds us living together in harmony. That is why we are representing one national flag for one country. Unfortunately our younger generation is totally misguided by opportunists and politicians for their survival.
I am pleading, what we are trying do is nothing but fulfilling our dirty politicians and opportunists ideas. And as a good Sinhalese community we try to deteriorating our self by contributing for these evil acts of few uneducated individuals.  In every society we can see good and bad people living. But we cannot blame the entire community.  To handle bad action there is a legal system in our country.
Apart from our Sinhalese community, Tamils and Muslims we cannot reject. They are our Sri Lankan. They do not belong any other country.  If you look at, Malaysia, 60% Muslims, 20% Chinese- Buddhist and 20% Tamils. Have you’ll ever heard any ethnic problems there? See how much they are developed than us and enjoy the life. The reason is, they do everything together and respecting each other and they enjoy good life.  Take Singapore, 50% Chinese, 25% Muslims, 25% Tamils. Still they respect each other’s and do well in every area. The secret is that both countries are totally against discrimination and racialism.  And they respect each other identity, religion, language, culture etc. They believe the success is only if you join together as human being.
If you’ll think of war we faced, who helped us financially? Not India or China. They are only trying to grab our country. China and India not given us anything free. If they give 10 rupees they make sure to take 100 rupees from us. China gave arms to us during war time on huge money.  India the same. Today India is trying grab all the good lands in Colombo for what we are suppose to pay them as loan what taken.  China is taking all the good projects in our country.  And they are trying to split us again with their rivals.
The only countries helped us and still helping us are the Middle East countries. Not a single so call America and any European countries helped us substantially.  All of us remember when UN went against us on humanitarian issues, all America and Europe countries voted against us. Ok, that is all right, what about India? Our close friend. India did not vote favor of us. Only Malaysia, Iran, Russia and other Middle-East countries voted us on favor.
Today, what is our export? It is totally destroyed.  Who’s responsible? Our politicians. Because of poor foreign policies and relationships and bad administration.  How are we getting our foreign  currency to pay back loans and our politicians to go around the world and spend million of dollars.  It’s only from the salaries of our people go and work in Middle East countries.  Otherwise, from where are we getting foreign currency?  If Middle East countries stop our workers, that is the end of our labour export. That is the only export we have right now. All Europe, America, Japan and Australia are tightening their immigration rules to stop our people going to those countries. Only Middle-East countries are open for us to go and work and send money home.
Next, who give us oil for longer credit and on low price? If oil is stop what is our plight. Only middles east countries give us oil on concession price. Iran is contributing the large part of it.  I think you must know that recently Iran donated us two billion rupees of money that we are supposed to pay them on oil.  They donated us that money without taking back.
Pakistan is the only country who gave us technology during war.  Their expertise knowledge in wars and experience shared with us to win the war. Not America and any European country. What did India give us to win the war?
Who buys our tea? Majority is Middle-East countries. India and Bangladesh captured the European market. Think positively, has any Middle-East country forced us on anything like India, China and European? We are a small country without technological power. We need to have good friends around us for us to survive in these global arenas.  And no powerful country would help us other than these countries I mentioned above.
Your mails against Muslims and Tamils are receiving to most Sri Lankan abroad and other nations around the world. They all are rejecting your act as we are an uncivilised country. We are not opened minded and we still holding unpopular and unwanted differences amongst our people.
Because we are lack of enlightenment, we try to show anger and jealousy over Muslims, Tamils or anybody, see how much wrong we are doing within our Sinhalese community. So many killings, many rape cases, unjust is everywhere, politicians put us against each other, our wealth is only amongst few families,  see our legal system which is more than hundred year old and not serving for innocents. Analyse our education system, it has totally destroyed. Look at our health system; it is only a big talk. What has happened to our farmers?  Why are they suicide?   What are we eating? Do our majority eat at least good one meal a day?  All take-away. How can we bring a healthy society in the future? All will be sick people with malnutrition.   The net result is, we would not have good thinkers in our society,
Muslims good at business because their religious leader, Prophet Mohammed led his life as a trader.  And they go in that way. Tamils give more priority for education, hardworking and in that they are successful.  We as Sinhalese blame the government from the day we got our degree from the university because government is responsible for providing us jobs. Whereas Muslims and Tamil, start at least collecting bottles and papers to start their living. And that way they become good business peoples. Don’t forget they have come up in hard way. What do we do? Without thinking on any innovative way, blaming the government that they don’t give jobs for us.     Or we are jealous over successful people whether Muslims, Tamil or Sinhalese by wasting our time talking gossip around us.
Don’t forget we need the international whether we like it or not. All our good and bad acts are watch by them very closely.
Are we really raising our voice against the unjust happening in this country? No, we only know to do everything behind the back. (Not all, please)
Please, I am repeating don’t take me wrong. This is the truth. And I kindly beg from you’ll to think about truth of this.
We believe in Buddhism as our faith, but are we practising the same way? We break the main five principles every day. Can we call us as good Buddhists? No, we believe in multiple faiths like many gods.  Aren’t we using our Buddhism for advantages in life?  Whereas Muslims and Tamils are live with their religions to some extent.  How much of liquor production in this country? It is getting doubled every year.
Who drink this liquor? Only Sinhalese 95% of it.  Who destroy Buddhist temples and Buddha statues? Who kills Buddhist monks? Is it Tamils or Muslims? NO we who do that. So, can we call Buddhist? See how much of unknown killing happening in this country? How much rape cases happening daily? Is our media favour of us? No, they are in the pocket of our politicians.
– Talk to your inner mind (please, only those who are guilty)

So, can’t we raise our voice against our own wrong doings?    
Why we jealous over petty thing of other communities? Can Muslims and Tamils get rid of from this country by pointing one finger at them while our three fingers pointing at us? (Please, those who know history they know what I mean) NO, they are our part of community.  We need to go together than spreading these ethnically violent emails around the country and in abroad.  In the international picture we have no place to stand because of our own dirty attitudes of some. We are famous in our hospitality. Is it only for foreigner? Why can’t we have that now within us? Like our parents and grandparents did?
I beg you thousands times, please stop such emails that you’ll spreading against our own part of communities.  That only create unrest, unpleasantness and finally we are digging our own grave by showing our barbaric qualities to the world. We destroy our own soul, character, families, society and country. Finally we are totally living against our faith.
We will try to learn business from Muslims, we will try to learn hardworking from Tamils.  Muslims and Tamil want to go together. But we who trying to spread anger amongst them. (Not all our Sinhalese, but few under political agendas, true Sinhalese are peaceful and good human beings)  Just because they are good at hardworking and business we should not raise our voice and have jealousy over them. We should be happy to have such people in our society. We must mix our capabilities and talents to the economy of this country to develop as one nation. Otherwise we will continue to split and finally nobody would be successful.
I am not forgetting that, still our country’s society there are many good people living in and out of the country.  I respect all of them. They are much opened minded, Understanding good human being. Also many good private organizations are there in our country try to treat everyone equally. At the same time sad to mention, certain private organization also executing hidden agenda on racism. Not forgetting to admire our Christian community who always choose to be very moderate.
Think as an individual. Don’t get trap with politician’s tricks for short victories. Think of our future that if all three communities live together in harmony only we can enjoy good life in this country. Unfortunately most of our Buddhist leaders are also behind this materialistic world. Therefore, we can’t expect any good from them. (Only very few Buddhist monks are good but they don’t come to public, because they know what Buddha taught us).
We will STOP Jealousy!!! Live by the true faith and values in this short span of life.
Cheers and thanking you for kind consideration
*Cartoon courtesy Avantha Artigala
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  • 0

    Native Veddha
    I have doubts about Dutugemunu being an ‘Aryan’
    I have heard that he was a member of the Naga in a racial sense
    Meaning he was a black skinned person
    Some say his father was tamil
    Who knows?
    The sinhalese themselves are just as black/dravidian as tamils
    They culturally call themselves as ‘aryan’
    Thats all

    • 0


      What is good about being Aryan or Dravidian? Racially there is no uniqueness in either of these people. Dravidian and Aryan are two different linguistic group of people and nothing to be proud of being part of any of this group.

      You say:

      ” I have doubts about Dutugemunu being an ‘Aryan’. I have heard that he was a member of the Naga in a racial sense Meaning he was a black skinned person “

      The people who speak Indo Aryan languages too are dark skinned people except those who act in films. Most Indo Aryan speaking people that I have met including most of the Sinhalese are dark skinned people.

      Little people need some sort of product differentiation in order to prove they are somebody in this world. Often they have a myth of origin, caste, race, family ties, ……..etc.

      Please note Tamils and SInhalese have identity crisis. Both think they know who they are but they are not sure who they are.

      Almost all books on Sri Lankan history written in the twentieth century talk about Aryan people. In fact they are the descendants of Sinhapurians from Venga.

      Tell me what do they mean by cultural Aryans?

  • 0

    i am appreciating your thoughts,but you are trying to hide Genocide against Tamil community in Sri Lanka

  • 0

    I vote for Hiran. Thanks Brother for thinking so positively and spreading this peace message.And one important thing Hiran’s comment about Good Buddhists is 100% true.I live with in a Buddhists concentrated society and i study in a Buddhist school.I have come across very good people there.Please note that there are very good people in every society. We should live with them only.They don’t have any idea about racism.Because they know why they live and they are busy with the most important things in life, unlike racisms and wars.
    Thank You
    God bless you

  • 0

    This is my comment…if you can understand Sinhala, as a Srilankan then watch it..


  • 0

    Dear colombo Telegraph,

    Kindly post some thing useful for society. Your motivating racism inside the county.Visit your first picture. The stupid cartoon creator,Avantha had been created this pointless poster and unfortunately you had posted it on your page. Why this crazy poster designer insert Buddhist Monk on to his poster ? If so, he must insert other religion leaders.

    What do you expecting from this type of web post? Do something usufull for society.


    • 1

      Seriously they shouldn’t have inserted that cartoon. why they have included a monk in that

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