25 September, 2018

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HNB Saga – When Racism & Discrimination Are The Social Standard

By V. Kanthaiya

People have to pretend you are a bad person so they don’t feel guilty about the things they did to you – Charles Bukowski.

During the wartime, the Sinhala language based media would reiterate only one theme. The government and the security forces are fighting to liberate the Tamil people from the LTTE. Sri Lanka is one country and we all are Sri Lankans. LTTE does not represent the Tamil community. It is a terrorist element and is a threat to the unity of all the ethnic groups and should be handled by the security forces. 

The LTTE was completely annihilated in May 2009. So theoretically the country should be in peace right after that and ethnic harmony should prevail. But is it the reality?

Once the LTTE is eliminated, instead of focusing on building up the ‘Sri Lankan’ identity and one Sri Lanka for all communities, the country started sporadic violence towards Christian and Muslim minorities. Over the time period these sporadic incidents formed a pattern. In regards to Christians, there will be a rumor or an incident saying the Christian missionaries are in the act of converting Sinhala Buddhists into Christianity and some militant monks would be in action to safeguard Buddhism and the age-old culture of this country. The church or the house of prayer would be attacked by a violent mob. The police would be at the scene after the melee to record the statement and provide protection to the already damaged house of prayer.  

In the case of the violence against Muslims, the reasons vary a high degree. It may start with the proposed construction of a mosque or prayer house in the Buddhist holy land (Dambulla and rest of Sri Lanka ) or cattle slaughter or even a rumor of contraceptive pills ( which are yet to be invented) being mixed in Muslim food outlets with a view to reduce the Sinhala Buddhist population. The reasons may be ridiculous to a person with common sense. But in Sri Lanka, a lie becomes the truth, wrong becomes the right and evil is considered to be good, just because it is accepted by the majority of the majoritarian community. 

I would also like to take the honor of explaining the ‘real Sri Lankan’ democracy explained by the renowned political scientist of the country Dr.Dayan Jayatillake. The democracy in simple terms means the collective decision by the majority. The Sri Lankan democracy is a collective decision by the majority of the majoritarian community, thus the present ‘Yahapalanaya’ government which is elected by the majority of the minority communities and the minority of the majoritarian Sinhala Buddhist community is illegitimate. 

I have to discuss all these strange phenomena of Sri Lanka to explain the current public outrage in the southern part of the country regarding the Mullivaikal Remembrance Day.  The event in which the Tamils mourn and remember the death of their loved ones in the final phase of the war is portrayed in the south as an event commemorating the dead terrorists like the way the south commemorate the soldiers killed in the war. Dr. Rajitha Seneratne, the only politician who justified that Tamils, as the citizens of the country, do have the right to mourn for the death is subsequently branded as a terrorist sympathizer by the smart patriots and their media. 

It is understandable why no one else would dare to assert the rights of the Tamils and explain it to the majoritarian populace. Every moderate in the Sri Lankan politics who dare to be sensible regarding the ethnic issue have been successfully branded as a ‘Ponnaya’. 

So far this outright racism by the smart patriots has been a political issue and did not directly affect the day to day life of the Tamil people in the North & East.  But remember when you don’t raise your voice against an individual’s racism, convincing yourself that it is his/her opinion, it will grow into a collective opinion. Then it will become the political opinion and the policy of a political party. Once racism becomes the policy of a political party, it becomes the policy of all political parties competing for the same vote base. Once the party wins, the racial discrimination will be mandated and becomes the state policy. 

The present development is that even corporates have started to adopt racism as a key policy. The incident where two HNB staff were taken disciplinary action and suspended from work for holding an event to remember those killed in the war. The moderates, again can justify this saying the bank has the right to take disciplinary action against the staff who violate the rules and regulations of the entity. That is completely acceptable.  But the incident unfolded in a different way. This event, which included five or six staff lighting a lamp in their office and held a moment of silence for those killed was one of the hundreds held in the North & East on that day. One of the staff shared it on the social media. This was noted by a Sinhala Buddhist right-wing group and they started a pressure campaign to force the bank to take action against the staff otherwise, they would brand the bank as a terror supporter.

In response to this the bank officially apologized and released the following statement.

“HNB takes very seriously any sentiment or act that is in violation of, or poses a threat to the morale of citizens of Sri Lanka. As a Bank that stands for all Sri Lankans, our goals, interests and initiatives are all aligned to the vision and greater good of our Country

We regret an unauthorized incident that took place recently in one of our branches, which does not reflect the values of the Bank. The matter has been investigated and necessary action taken”. 

The statement was released only on English and Sinhala languages. The intriguing phenomena are that the bank says that it considers any activity to remember the loved ones killed in the war by the people in North & East is against the greater good of the country. The event did not have any link to the LTTE. It was just a few people lighting an oil lamp paying their respect for the dead. The bank should have explained how this is a threat to the morale of the citizens of Sri Lanka. 

The Rajapaksa clan and the Sinhala Buddhist nationalists are hell-bent on denying the mass atrocities committed to the Tamil civilians. The denial that a genocide ever happened is the last part of a genocide, as per the 8 stages of genocide model presented by Prof. Gregory Stanton. It is not surprising that an extremist group adopting that agenda. But in Sri Lanka, the Sinhala Buddhist moderates are reluctant to accept the atrocities committed to the Tamils, and they are forced to accept that any event to pay respect to those killed in the war is an attempt to revive terrorism. Now that belief has become a formal policy and a corporate entity which depends on the Tamils for its existence and growth has deliberately denied a fundamental right of its two Tamil Staff purely due to their ethnicity. 

We are advancing in technology. The societies are more committed to preserving human rights, diversity, tolerance and living in harmony. Countries seek to solve issues through diplomacy. Non-violence has become an accepted norm of protest. But the Sri Lankan society is moving backward to an apartheid society, branding an entire ethnic group as terrorists and enemies of the state. The denial of their fundamental rights being legitimized and racial discrimination has become a social norm.

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    V. Kanthaiya

    “Non-violence has become an accepted norm of protest. But the Sri Lankan society is moving backward to an apartheid society, branding an entire ethnic group as terrorists and enemies of the state. “

    As far as the states are concerned they reserve the right to use violence as they wish.
    I think it was in 2012 Britain experimented with dangerously new practice of “kettling” or corralling.
    Please read:
    A dangerous use of police force to quell protest
    Michael Mansfield
    https://www.theguardian.com/
    commentisfree/2013/mar/10/
    dangerous-police-protest-alfie-meadows

    Through out the world the states are increasingly willing to use lethal force to disrupt peaceful protests. More and more policing is being militarized. That is an excuse for the Sri Lankan donkeys to justify militarization of police, for example Welikada prison massacre, carried out by STF.

    Only a few days ago KASmaalam K A Sumanasekere’s cousins in Hindia used lethal force to disrupt peaceful protests, twelve people have been reported killed in Toothukudi. The police is seen with drawn out hand guns riding on motor bikes. The Hindian state continued to harass the peaceful protester of Pro-Jallikattu protests in Tamil Nadu (2017) in Chennai using agent provocateurs.

    One couldn’t take it for granted if the peaceful protesters will go home alive.

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    “This Government was elected by the Majority of the Minorities and the Minority of the Majority.”
    Mr Kanthaiya is right on the Money..
    And all our Inhabitants must be absolutely proud of it,
    Because no other country in the Planet Earth ever has allowed that sort of Democracy.
    Will Australia ever allow Greeks ,Vietnamese and Hindians to form a Government with a minority of Aussies?
    Can it happen in Canada, France, England, Austria and Mr Kanthaiya’s friends in Norway?.
    But the problem is when this unique Government started f****** up the great Majority from day, it does not look good.
    Is it?.
    All they have done so far is allow the LTTE supporters and the Wahabis a free hand.to please themselves in the interim, until Dr Ranil change the Constitution to partition the Nation into Tamil, Muslim and UNP Elite and Anglican Homelands.
    Get rid of the Exec Presidency which is the last bit of Power the Majority has to protect the Unitary State of their 2500 year Land..
    In the Economic front Dr Ranil allowed the Diaspora Tamils to carry out the biggest robbery of the Public Purse ever in the history, and used that money to buy 166 MPs who are now sitting in Kotte.
    Receiving r Tax Payers money on top of the Millions which they collected from the Tax Payers EPF as well ,courtesy of Dr Ranil’s mate Dr Mahendran’s SIL Aloysious.
    What a fine Democracy this?..

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      What are you doing in this forum?
      You are supposed to be organizing a “Peaceful Protest” in front of Hindian High Commission in Colombo in support of people of Toothukudi (your distant cousins) where the state terror machine has taken the life of 12 of your relatives.

      What are you waiting for?
      I will be right behind you.

      The well known human rights advocate/champion the famous Geneva returned Dr Mahinda is maintaining a deafening silence on the above incident. Do you know why?

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        Dear Native,
        No way I am going to go there, if you are going to stand right behind me.
        What if your good mates, Dr Ranil and Mangalan come with you…
        Because you guys are best mates ,Aren’t you…

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          Have a look at the link below:
          http://www.tamilwin.com/community/
          01/183798?ref=category-feed

          Your brethren in the North are supporting the protesters in Toothukudi with banners and placards. You should join them. Show the Hindians you are with your brethren “Ban sterlite stop genocide” protesters of the North, like the good old happy days, Premadasa who was with VP.

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      Sumanasekera,

      Why cannot you think that all those who voted are Srilankans. Is it because that majority community trace back their origins to a stray lion running amok cannibalizing the people. Blood is thicker than water.

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        Mate,
        You must have seen the blood spattered bodies of even Pregnant mums in those Hamlets , hacked by your fellow Srilankans.
        And those poor souls in fact were surviving in the same way , as those who were there when the Lions used to roam in that part of the country.
        And guess what mate,
        The killers were paid monthly wages by the other Srilankans who took refuge in first world hamlets.
        Now they even want to light Candles for the killers, and pray that they go to God’s Kingdom..

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “You must have seen the blood spattered bodies of even Pregnant mums in those Hamlets , hacked by your fellow Srilankans.”

          Terrible, how did the army, STF, home guards, green tigers, ………… manage to sleep at night? Or how did the wives slept with the members of war criminals?

          If you meant the other war criminals, of course Dr Mahinda and Dr Gota feted Karuna, Pillayan, KP ………………. It was terrible.

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      Spot on Sumane………..

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    Taraki, wannihami, soma, Percy, Hela,……………… Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa, Dayan, …

    On May 18th from this year on wards will all banks, private sector firms, state departments, …. ban their Tamil members of their staff all over the country using toilets in case if they secretly light lamps in memory of those who were killed in the war?

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      NV
      A large number of terrorists including their leader died on that day.
      During the 30 long years our civilian and your civilians and died on different days of the year. If each member staff commemorate their dead on respective days of the year other staff should join them too. However if they do it on Vigeswaran’s hate promoting day that is proof that their family member was a terrorist. The institutions should take a secret video recording and forward it to Ministry of Defence in order to make a data base of terrorist sympathisers. With ever advancing face recognition technologies such data would be very useful in the future.
      Soma

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        Tend to agree with Soma.

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      Dear Native,
      How did the LTTE supporters, Followers and Sympathizers get gigs in HNB?.
      How come they are so powerful to defy the Management and hold Mahaveeran’s Death Anniversary Vigils on HNB Premises?.
      How can the HNB guarantee the clients personal and account details not falling in to the hands of the LTTE in the event of a Resurrection or even into AVA hands?.
      I will be switching my accounts to Union Bank.
      How about you Native?..

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        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

        “How come they are so powerful to defy the Management and hold Mahaveeran’s Death Anniversary Vigils on HNB Premises?.”

        How come Somawansa and his large gang of terrorists had defied the state first in 1993 and continue to defy the state since then every year openly remembering their fellow terrorists?

        Mind you some of those terrorist comrades have been working in sensitive areas, armed forces, banks, hospitals, harbours, airports, fuel depots, ………………………. Keep an eye on them, after the complete destruction of DJVP, some of those who were hiding behind their women folks went to Hindia sought asylum along with the hypo Somawansa and some of them joined the armed forces with the view to escape the wrath of Udugampola and other war criminals including Gota, SF, Janaka Perera, and others.

        You would not know who is in the right position to bring about a coup.

        You should be very careful about members of JVP for some of them spent lot of time in Hindia and Europe. Maybe Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa was one of them, Dayan is another, …………… Dr Gota supposed to have spent years studying for MSc in Tamil Nadu, ………… Sirisena was former member of JVP, Champika was another terrorist, ………….. whose first known sabotage is Lakvijaya Power Station, …

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          Dear Native,
          I don’ worry about JVP anymore.
          They would have been dead as a Dodo, if Dr Ranil didn’t give them Oxygen and LKR 2. Million….
          And your Samapathar didn’t donate that second hand Beamer..
          BTW, Dr Ranil got his boy Aloysious to pay at least 1 Mil each to 118 MPs in Kotte to help him get his New Thing past the Post to please Sampathar and Surendran…
          At least in the Parliament .
          Now Dr Ranil’s Red Elephant baby is going to help Dr Ranil give the Homeland even without Dr Ranil’s New Thing ,by Dynamiting Sira out of his seat using the Baby Red Elephant’s 20 A..
          Will the Red Baby Elephant go down in the Mahavamsa Chronicles as the Dude who got rid of Dr Ranil’s own Uncles Presidential Constitution…
          Poor Aloysious ,
          That 118 Million which he handed out in Kotte is in vain.
          After all that hard work poor B***** is languishing in Jail..
          Wonder whether Dr Ranil is visiting him at least in the Night with a packet of Biryani from Srikotha Kitchen…….

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      NV, an excellent proposal. You will be a candidate for national honors (RIP, GFYS, etc…etc.)

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    American democracy under Trump is the same. Majority of the Majoritarian views dominate. White people are on the Ascendancy. Brown and Black people and Native Americans of all people are inferior and second class. When Trump says “WE CONQUERED A CONTINENT” we here are the White Christians who committed genocide against Native Americans. Simple facts.

    USA and Sri Lanka., Same deal.

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    The bank did the right thing and now the Sinhala-Buddhist government of Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka must do the absolute right thing by deporting the terrorist sympathizers to their one and only mother land- Tamil Nadu. As everyone knows that 80% LTTE terrorists are from fishing villages of Tamil Nadu. Tamil low caste peasants were forced to commit self-genocide by their very own, and it’s was kind of cannibalism.
    /
    So called attacks on Christians are all false, even the Cardinal said their were no attacks on churches. It’s not a secret that some Muslim eateries and food processors sell Sinhalese that are unsuitable for human consumption. Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) have been attacked by Muslim extremists.
    Kanthaiya, at least name a one church that had been attacked!!!!!
    /
    Always remember that Sri Lanka is the country of Sinhalese, and Tamil Nadu must have been the country of Tamils. Sinhala should be the only official language in Sri Lanka, two languages divide communities and cause community tension.

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      You are talking about your so called Sinhalese Karawe ancestors? From the fishing villages of southern Tamil Nadu . When did Sri Lanka become the sole country of the Sinhalese when the North East and until recently the North Western coast , have always been Tamil inhabited and ruled by Tamil kings and chiefs from prehistoric times until European colonisation. Even 90% of your so called Sinhalese kings , including your great king Parakramabahu , the so called Sinhalese hero Dutugemunu and the king who converted to Buddhism Thevanai Nambiya Theesan son of king Mootha Sivan are all Tamil. The last kings of Kandy were all Tamil speaking Nayakars from Madurai and Thanjavur. This is the reason most of the signatures in the Kandyan convention are in Tamil, as most of these so called Kandyan chieftains were Tamil. This includes the ancestor of anti Tamil Srimavo Bandaranaicke. He signed his name as Ravathai which his descendants later Sinhalised to Ratwatte, to keep their enormous wealth. Even the European colonials have stated that the island was shared by two people from ancient times. Tamils in the north and east and the Sinhalese along the west south and central parts. Sinhalese Buddhist fascists many of them descended from recently migrated low caste Indian Tamil immigrants are now trying to change the history of the country and the government is behind them

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        Sri Lanka’s problem can be solved only by teaching history to Tamils

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      Johnny boy,
      “Kanthaiya, at least name a one church that had been attacked!!!!”
      Do you actually live in Sri Lanka? Maybe this will help you to keep your rear opening closed (sparing us the bad smell) while using this forum:

      http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Buddhists-destroy-a-church-in-Sri-Lanka.-Christians-continue-to-pray-under-a-tree-39658.html

      https://www.queenofangels.lk/index.php?act=events-angattack20130606

      http://ftp.lankabusinessonline.com/news/catholic-church-torched-
      in-sri-lanka/141063676

      Mind you, these are CATHOLIC churches, not Evangelical ones.

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        oldcodger, idiot,
        .
        You’ve replied with damn lies. The 3 links that you posted are irrelevant and nonsense:
        Your first link ” http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Buddhists-destroy-a-church-in-Sri-Lanka.-Christians-continue-to-pray-under-a-tree-39658.html “– Where is the church in the pictures? but it seems there was a hut in the background. If these are truly interested in Christianity they can go to a proper church.
        NGO priests are not proper Christian priests, they don’t follow the Christian doctrine, the thing they do are praying, running Chicken and pig farms where underage children are forced to work, etc. This, NGO priests are predators who pray on people who are going through a rough patch in their lives.

        Your second link ” https://www.queenofangels.lk/index.php?act=events-angattack20130606 “– In Agulana area, by the rail road, there are slums. Most of its residents are drug addict trouble makers. According to locals, those drug addict trouble makers could have caused the vandalism, not the Buddhists.

        Your third link ” http://ftp.lankabusinessonline.com/news/catholic-church-torched-in-sri-lanka/141063676 ” [ Article not found] , has been deleted because the news is a lie.
        /
        Christian religion is a well established religion in Sri Lanka. If any one wants to be a Christian priest they can be by following procedure which takes at least 8 years. NGO priests claim they can make the cripples walk, cure illnesses without medicine, etc. That’s why the concerned members of the public are extremely suspicious of those NGO scoundrels
        /
        It’s Hindus in Jaffana and Madakalapuwa who suffer the most from these NGO Christians.

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          John the dumbass,
          Whether you prefer to believe what is on the internet is not my business, as well as your ability to consider evangelicals as not “Christians”. Maybe you are too stupid even to operate a computer and access the LBO article. Here is a part of it, clearly visible: “
          LBO >> In Brief
          Catholic church torched in Sri Lanka
          19 Dec, 2004 00:00:00
          A Roman Catholic church in this Sri Lankan suburb of the capital was attacked by unidentified arsonists who destroyed furniture and religious statues, police said.
          A Roman Catholic church in this Sri Lankan suburb of the capital was attacked by unidentified arsonists who destroyed furniture and religious statues, police said.
          The men set fire to everything inside the St Michael’s church at Katuwana, Homagama, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the capital Colombo, in the pre-dawn attack, police said.
          The next time you try to defend your pals, do your research first. Do not fart in public.
          Never mind Christians, even some Buddhists are not allowed to worship in this “tolerant” country. Read this link, and don’t tell me they are not Buddhists.: http://www.dailymirror.lk/13851/tech
          Whether people call themselves “Christian” /”Buddhist” or whatever is none of YOUR business. Anyone has a right to worship, or not to.
          “NGO priests claim they can make the cripples walk, cure illnesses without medicine, etc. That’s why the concerned members of the public are extremely “
          What about the hundreds of Buddhist monks selling cures for cancer , practising astrology and charms aginst evil? Aren’t you concerned about those? Don’t be a jackass.

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          John the retarded,
          ” It’s not a secret that some Muslim eateries and food processors sell Sinhalese that are unsuitable for human consumption.”
          So now you are claiming that Muslims eat Sinhalese? Get a life, will you please?

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      “Wise people speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” -Socrates

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      Johnny Baby

      “As everyone knows that 80% LTTE terrorists are from fishing villages of Tamil Nadu. “

      I think you have a point. However what you are not aware of or refuse to accept is the fact that 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the Sinhala/Buddhists’ ancestors came from South India over a period of time.

      When are you going back?

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        Native,

        Oh! great Vadda tell us from where did you and your ancestors come to this island? Don’t tell me you are the descendants from Adam!

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          RuwanL

          “Don’t tell me you are the descendants from Adam!”

          Adam was the descendant of Achchige Patali Champika Ranawaka’s ancestors who discovered Zero and were considered to be experts on genetic engineering well recognized for producing a “Beauty and the Beast” hybrid race.

          Coming back to our origin, according to my Elders we never used Kallathonies to arrive here in the last 12000 years.

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            Can you prove it? Or are you hoodwinking all the CT readers?

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              RuwanL

              Look for Shyamon Jayasinghe in Colombo Telegraph
              Champika Ranawaka Is Conning
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/
              champika-ranawaka-is-conning/

              About our history refer to Siran Upendra Deraniyagala’s various contributions articles as well as his large tome
              The prehistory of Sri Lanka: An ecological perspective (Memoir)1 Jan 1992
              and
              Prehistory and protohistory of Sri Lanka
              in
              The Art and Archaeology of Sri Lanka
              Central Cultural Fund Publication

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                “Look for Shyamon Jayasinghe in Colombo Telegraph”
                What do you mean??

                I never asked about your ancestors! You sound like a Tamil person masquerading as a Vedda for your own benefit! Tell us your true identity without hiding like a cowered!

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                  RuwanL

                  “Can you prove it?”

                  Prove what, existence of your stupidity or paranoia?

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                    So you are a great bluff! A Tamilian in Vedda clothing !

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        So integrate.
        But Sampandan aiya insists Tamils should be considered a distinct ethnic entity.
        Soma

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          somass

          Don’t be stupid.
          Sinhala/Buddhism is a syncretized religion. Sinhala language is also a syncretized language, the so called Sinhala/Buddhist culture is a sambaru (of thosai kaddei), ……..

          The earth is increasingly becoming flat. It is safe/better to assimilate Sinhala/Buddhist with South India than fight your losing battle given that your Sinhala population is about 15,500,000 million. Look at the are of South India 245,480 sq mi and the population is about 252 Million. You need a large population for you to economically viable and fight a good war against the Hindutva Hindians. You need Tamils and Muslims for your next Kurukshetra War against the Hindians.

          Leave us alone.

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        Good for nothing lay about Native Vedda. Sinhalese are Arya Sinhala. DNA tests are all fake. Hee! Hee!

        More seriously are n’t we all of Africans descent, including Queen Victoria, Adolf Hitler, Mao Ztethung etc, etc, etc

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          Good Student with bad education

          “More seriously are n’t we all of Africans descent, including Queen Victoria, Adolf Hitler, Mao Ztethung etc, etc, etc”

          Not really.
          You are not a descendant of African.
          You stopped evolving just after reaching a stage, you could not evolve beyond Chimpanzee. Sad but true.
          Scientists are still looking for an answer to why not all primates have evolved further.

          “Good for nothing lay about Native Vedda. Sinhalese are Arya Sinhala. DNA tests are all fake. Hee! Hee!”

          This confirms why you belongs to Chimpamzee family. By any chance you are also related to Donald Trump?

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      Johnny,
      ” It’s not a secret that some Muslim eateries and food processors sell Sinhalese that are unsuitable for human consumption.”
      So now you are claiming that Muslims eat Sinhalese? Get a life, will you please?

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    A bank is a corporate institution with its own policies and procedures. As much as we owe our sympathies, a bank will not be in a position to allow Sinhalese, Tamil, or Muslim staff to light oil lamps and commemorate their departed loved ones, friends, colleagues etc at their place of work as they choose . Did this particular bank give permission to the staff to do so ? If so, the bank is also responsible for this matter.

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      Banks in North East should be operating under the North East Provincial administrative laws. Every Bank in Quebec follows Quebec’s laws. Banks should not operate with two policies, one for Tamils one for Sinhalese. Punishments to Tamil employees should be equal with Sinhala employees. There should not be one for Tamil Coolie, one for Sinhala Master. Banks should treat Tamils customers equal to all other citizens. That includes if Tamils wish, they should have legal authority to boycott against any discriminating business institutions.
      These banks have two loan collection methods; one for North East war widows and refugees and another one South. There are so many complaints against these banks about how they are collecting the War Widow’s micro loans. Agents demanding house work to sexual favoritism from those deprived ones. There is no place of justice they can go and compliant.
      Millions of dollars of pawned jewelry these Sinhala Banks moved from North to South at the start of war, citing securities. They never returned any properties to the owners. The Sinhala Masters robbed these Tamils properties like the way they robe Sinhala government’s properties.
      Tamils leaders should organize this opportunity to bring out the 50 years of discriminatory practices these Sinhala Banks have been using in North East Under rigid strong Sinhala Rapist Army Guards.
      All the Sinhala banks should close and leave North East. Then, international Bank will open their branches in North East. If those Banks misbehaves, there would be some ways to punish them outside Lankawe.

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        Mallaiyuran,
        “All the Sinhala banks should close and leave North East.”
        OK. There should be something reciprocal. All the Demalu should close their business in rest of the country including East and return to North.

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          Eagle Eye,
          At least one or two senegalese like you and Soma,who are with understanding minds get what we talks.
          Thanks man!

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          Why should the Tamils leave east it is their land not Sinhalese or anyone else. Despite large scale ethic cleansing and Sinhalese colonisation , Tamils are still the largest community in the east and most of the east is under their control. Sinhalese only in the interior , where they were settled by all Sri Lankan governments since independence, especially in the last 30 years. The Muslims who arrived in the east as refugees a few centuries ago largely live along the coastal belt from Kalmunai , in the Mutur and Kattankudi enclave. The ancient history of the east is Tamil . Its rulers were all Tamil and all ancient monuments in the east pertains only to Tamils ( Hindu or Buddhist) Nothing Muslim or Sinhalese . Just look at a map prior to 1948, every place name in the east town village city , hill mound river is all Tamil. Nothing Sinhalese or Muslim. If Tamils have to leave the east . Sinhalese will have to leave large parts of the Kandyan areas to the Tamils

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            What are the Tamil monuments in east? All Buddhist temples in east belong to Sinhalese

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    This is one occasion I disagree with CT. It is a private company, end of story. Bank does not need to explain $h!t unless a court of law says otherwise. When you join a private entity or even enter their premises you are subjected to “their” law. Different companies have different policies, but you are subject to the laws of that entity barring a few exception. Understand this very clearly– there is NO FREE SPEECH in a private company. Even if you critize your company or boss on social media or in a comments section like this, you can get axed. I know a gym chain in SL that axed employees and members for posting negative comments on facebook. Several members’ memberships were terminated because they made negative comments and gave negative ratings for the gym on their FB page. But the beauty of capitalism is that another bank can say “we don’t punish our employees like that other bank for somthing so simple” and they can potentially woo both employees and customers away from that bank.

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      OK. If Sinhala Staff light lamps inside the bank premises in commemoration of dead government soldiers on whatever day they might choose for it, will the bank take equally strong action against them?
      That is the real test!

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        So far this kind of things has never happen in a bank or a privet company. They don’t want to loose any of their customers.

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        Again, dear Estate Labourer, there is no test. A private company can allow certain events and prevent others. Private companies can have double standards up to a certain extent. The time private companies can fall in trouble is, if there was clear discrimination when hiring, terminating, salaries, promotions, etc. If a person is paid less or terminated because the employee is Tamil or a woman or anything like that, then there is clear legal case as well as issues like physical, psychological trauma, abuse, sexual misconduct, non-payment of salaries, etc. Freedom of expression is NOT one of them. What events are allowed within a private entity is purely their prerogative. If you own a private compnay you can allow commemorating of dead Tamil civilians and combatants but prohibit commemorating anyone else. Thats up to you. I’ve worked at, atleast one company that have prayer rooms for Muslims and leave during Friday prayers but there were no such exceptions for other religious people. That is perfectly fine as long as it is private company. When you join a PRIVATE entity you have to accept their rules. If not, you should resign and find better place.

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        Why? Sri Lanka army is the legal armed force of the country while LTTE is a terrorist org that killed its state leaders. What is so difficult to understand in that?

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    Benefisharies of singhalese only are TAMILS. Because of the 1983 riots by singhalese. COUNTRIES like UK, CANADA ,USA,UK, NORWAY,SWEDEN AUSTRALIA etc gave open VISA to SRILANKAN Tamils to settle in yheir coutries. now 30 yrs later they are in top professional jobs and now their chidren at least one in every family is a Doctor and others professionals holding top jobs and earning high salaries. All own 1-3 houses which are worth srilankan RS 50-100 millions.Singhalese are denied visas to these countrues because they are Kings in Srilanka and laws are passed aganst Tamils and Mislims. Also they study in singhalese and even in srilanka without English knowledge they cant study for professional jobs. Definitly \\\with O Level pass or failed 9th plus can get a job as ministers.

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    When Joseph Goebbels died his spirit split and entered wombs of several Demala women producing Demala Goebbels who believe of Goebbels’ theory and keep on repeating the same Mantra; Demala Genocide, Number of dead Demalu varying from 40,000 to 200,000, War Crimes by Sri Lankan Armed Forces, Won the war but failed to bring peace, Human Rights Violations, Sinhala Buddhist Racism, Discrimination against Demalu, Traditional Homeland, Tamil Kingdom etc.
    If you look at ethnic/religious conflicts in this country, all of them were started by Demalu or Muslims but at the end Sinhalayo get the blame.

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      A spirit cannot inseminate a woman, only semen can.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “When Joseph Goebbels died his spirit split and entered wombs of several Demala women producing Demala Goebbels”

      The Aryan public racist/fascist Joseph Goebbels learned everything from the public racist Aryan Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala before he kicked the bucket.

      By any chance Aryan Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala is your brother?

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    One thing repeatedly quoted here in CT is Colvin’s speech to SWRD “Do we… want a single nation or do we want two nations? Do we want a single state or do we want two? Do we want one Ceylon or do we want two?” LSSP was born out of the plights of Tamil Indian laborers in the upcountry. Dew Gunasekara was treated by Tamils for long time as a just politician. Tissa Vitharana & GLP were leading constitutional committees, intended to restore Tamils rights. Another Marxist voluntarily accepted a minister position in North East government in 1989. Just like forceful religious conversions, those educated gentlemen were converted racist for the financial and power political benefits of Lankawe. Thus Lankawe dodged the one time world’s opinion of it as pious, learned, civilized & wealthy nation.
    That opinion is changed now. Lankaweb carried two parts essay by a non Lankaweyan criticizing British decision of uplifting Ceylon to Universal Franchised nations, almost 85 years after that action. He rated that nation as a country cannot survive under democracy. Though the racism is being emitted by Sinhala Buddhism, it is revered many levels above the Buddhism. Recently a senior Buddhist monk said Buddhism is not a Sinhala Only religion. But it is practically impossible any senior status person to tell that Ceylon is not a Sinhala Only Country. The charmers, the Sinhala Intellectuals and politicians have taught the Cobra, the Modaya Mass to dance for any tune they play. It is a political choke hold over the country by the selfish politicians.
    A recent example of the reverence of racism: Recently Colombo Media reported that Rapist Army was told not provoke Tamils to start an organized protest. It is hard to imagine a smoke like this came without fire. Government has not released any proper denial of that; but the EP has ordered over the Newspapers published that news; that is only Media crackdown for government’s inabilities.

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    It was like yesterday purposefully Ranil dated the LG election to conflict with UNHRC 37th sitting. It backfired as Old Royals celebrated their victory burning Muslim Properties, during the meeting. The interesting part on the election is how Old Royals won the election. Just three years ago the country was run to wreck by Chitanta government. The crime was rampant. Corruption was above the neck. Fear of white vans was constant nightmare. As a result, the Chitanta government lost the EP election and Parliament election. But by changing Colvin’s earlier speech into a racial moto as “You want one country or you want two countries” Old Royals took a massive victory in the election.
    Lankawe, to sanctify it racial extremism locally, it has found need to show it on Western Democratic nations, too. At the start it used Kathirgamar to spread false propaganda. Once that campaign became blunt and worthless, Lankawe invented other methods. Recently IC has been showing interest in persuading Yahapalanaya government to go ahead and investigate how 150,000 Tamil civilians went missing. Ranil has been putting together many mechanisms together to interact and defeat IC, so that they would never take that case again. For this Ranil has planned the Secret Solution Draft presentation just before the election. Election was dated with UNHRC 37th sitting. This is how he wanted to show how against the Sinhala Mass’s opinion on IC. He had recalled Ambassadors from all important countries with whom he encountered friction. Selected and signed trade deal favorable to China only, but ignored the traditional partners like India, America, Europe Et al. Lankawe entertained crimes against tourist of Western countries and showed reluctance to investigate those. But on the other hand Lankawe sued tourists for not honoring internal religious extremisms, while they enjoy religious freedom in their countries. Lankawe even introduced new dictionary words though Colombo media like “Sudu Kottiya” just because Western Democracies criticized Lankawe’s racial extremism.
    This is how the country has been tuned into hell of racism.

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    We prefer Hidia to Tindia thank you.

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      Athacolla

      “We prefer Hidia to Tindia thank you.”

      Thanks for letting us know your preference.
      When we deport the descendants of Kallthonies back to Hindia we will send you to Bihar.

      Crime Data of Bihar For Year 2017
      Murder – 2803
      Robbery – 1594
      Burglary – 4776
      Theft – 27029
      Riots – 11698
      Kidnapping – 8972
      Reported Rape – 1198

      ….
      ….
      ….
      You will fit in very well with the criminal fraternity.

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    There is nothing wrong with commemorating the dead. The issue was that through this some are trying to score political mileage. They have created a brand and a logo, which HNB staff used in their candle lighting ceremony. Deaths of Germans during the 2nd World War can be celebrated but not with a swastika in the background. Hope you get the point.

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      Oh really who were the Nazis war criminals rapists ethnic cleansers , the Sri Lankan armed forces/government or the LTTE. The LTTE only fought for the just rights of the Tamils and to protect whatever was left of their land. They have never advocated discrimination or subjugation of the Sinhalese, however all Sri Lankan governments and its Sinhalese armed forces have from the go have practised and advocated subjugation , discrimination of Tamils. The Nazi comparison is more appropriate to them.

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    I don’t think such racist comments should be allowed on this page.

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    In this forum we have great philosophers like KA Sumanasekaram, John, Jim softy, Sach etc. They come up with so many facts and theories even most of the Sinhalese or even Mahawamsa historians not aware of. But they are very common on one thing that all accept that their parental pedigree is Lion (Jungle Head ) and their homeland is lion land. Today, Lions are almost near to extinct from this world that is what these Lions are trying to achieve in this island because they can’t fit into a world of civilization.

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      Ajith mate,
      Like your comment.
      Why can’t Sinnaiya and Letchimi live like Aloysious and Oneliya?.
      Why can’t Hinnihamy and Podimenike live like Senasinghe and Rosi Akka?
      Why Podimenike has to wait in the scorching Sun and watch Rosi Akka whizzing past in her dual A/C Merc, donated by the Tax Payers.
      Why such differences in such a small, blessed place with no shortage natural resources.
      That is what drives my Philosophy mate…
      If Sampathar’s Eelaam and Dr Ranil’s Elite . Anglican homeland make those four even Stevens , then I am all for it..

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        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

        “Why such differences in such a small, blessed place with no shortage natural resources.”

        You tell us why.
        You are the economist you should know.
        You once boasted you graduated from one of the best University in Hong Kong. What did you study.

        My Elders tell me that the political power is skewed in favour of a few and absolute power is skewed in favour of very few. Those who have access to these power centres are free to print money.

        Is it surprising that Dr MR, Basil, Dr Gota, Namal baby, …………………………………………… Dr Mervyn, …. just did that?

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    Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are remaining silent on this matter. Has anyone got an answer?

    Did anyone watch the video clip appeared in Tamil blogs two days ago, where Minister Swaminathan was rude towards the ladies begging for his help in releasing their lands. Native Veda and Kanthaiya Anna , please watch and comment.

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      MR

      Please let us have the link to Minister Swaminathan.

      He might have sounded rude it is because he is one of those upper class twits from Colombo 7 whose parents would have insisted on just English education. When upper class twits speak in national languages they not only sound rude but incomprehensible.

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        Native Vedda

        Please go to Battinaatham website and press 3 at the bottom for 27th May news. You will find the video as well.

        It appeared in lankasri and athirvu sites as well.

        Very shocking to see his rude abusive manner of response when those ladies were begging worshiping and some touch his feet and seek remedy. It was not his language I am complaining but the way he behaved. Just likehow high caste treated Dalits about 40 50 years back in Jaffna.

        I almost cried. What a pathetic plight we are in, not from Sinhalese but from Tamil parliamentarians.

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          MR
          Thanks for the link.

          Though I don’t agree with the Minister I would say this. He was facing typical South Asian Problem.
          Knowing well that there was a lot of people awaiting outside the building he should have allocated half an hour or so to meet with most of them or all of them in private. Each person could have had private meeting and explained their individual problem.

          Secondly the people do not behave in an orderly manner, nor form a queue wait until their turn to discuss individual cases, they start talking all at the same time. This is the culture we have to live with.

          Whoever was responsible for Minister’s visit should have allocated a few minutes for the people.

          The Minister should have anticipated this and insisted on meeting the people individually.

          You know our politicians and people thrive on chaos, conflict and more conflict.

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    Massacres of batches of Tamil citizens – in 115 instances – by army and police happened during the 1956 to 2001 period, and were the cause of Tamils taking up arms merely to exist without being slaughtered further.

    Now, the majority community objects to Tamils remembering the mass slaughter during the civil war which followed this period, and at the same time professes to be followers of the teachings of the Buddha.
    Worst among them are some members of the Buddhist clergy & politicians who were voted to power even by Tamils.
    Over 75,000 mostly Buddhist members of the armed forces deserted during and after the war, in protest against slaughter of Tamils.

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    The photo shows the agony of the person – look at the outstretched hand. Some Hitler worshippers will call this faked! Some call this outpouring of grief ‘unpatriotic’.
    This ‘Conversion to Christianity’ thingy was used to unleash violence on Christians. The ‘sterilisation additive aka Wanda Pethi’ was used in the recent violence directed at Lankan Muslims. Few commenters here even suggest that “Violence never took place”!!
    SWRD B wanted to be PM and founded SLFP. The language/religion-divide was an accidental off-spring. Some 1956SLFPers started a rumour that India was about to invade the then Ceylon, actively assisted by the ‘treacherous Tamils”. The rest is history.
    We are in a stage of slide downhill. The language/religion-divide is being used to respectify corruption/nepotism/impunity.

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      Prabhakaran hid behind her dead relatives.
      May be shot at them when fleeing

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    May 18th so called remembrance event in Mulativu was not really a remembrance event of the civilians who lost their lives during the final war but an event of glorification of LTTE terrorist organization that is banned in Sri Lanka and the world over. Let’s stop kidding ourselves into believing that it was a remembrance event of civilians. It was not a Smart patriot or any Sinhala nationalist who revealed this truth but a staunch Tamil nationalist, Ratnajeeva Hoole who attended the event. He clearly said how the whole event was stolen by the LTTE supporters and it was turned into an LTTE glorification event.
    We know how the illegal opposition leader of the parliament has glorified the LTTE deaths. No word was mentioned about how LTTE killed the civilians who tried to flee, how LTTE used a human shield to save themselves and how LTTE used suicide bombers among civilians. LTTE even stole rice bags sent to Tamil civilians to build bunkers. Why does not the opposition leader so called leader of Tamils mention this at the remembrance of the civilians?
    *The Rajapaksa clan and the Sinhala Buddhist nationalists are hell-bent on denying the mass atrocities committed to the Tamil civilians.*
    Atrocities like shooting at fleeing civilians?
    Atrocities like sending suicide bombers alone with civilians?
    Stealing rica bags sent to civilians to build bunkers? (anyone wants to check can see footage in Aljazeera)
    Atrocities like using a human shield?
    Atrocities like dragging children to their front lines even at the final days of the war like husband of Anandi Sasitharan did?

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      Sach the stupid,
      “Atrocities like using a human shield?”
      Atrocities like bombing churches?
      Like raping schoolgirls and their mothers and then putting grenades in their private parts?
      Killing a 12 year old because his father was VP?

      On top of that, taking 30 years to beat an outfit of 30,000 with no tanks or a real air force, using a force of 300000 with all modern weapons, and then having the gall to celebrate this “great victory over terrorism”?????
      Ha Ha ha !!! Pull the other one, dear Sach.

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        LTTE hiding inside churches and attack army? Then church becomes a LEGITIMATE military target. …
        Rapes? How is IPKF rapes relevant here?
        Who killed terrorist son? Why should we care?

        The great victory was delayed because of stupid liberal cable who always screamed for peace talks…

        SL should have gone for all out war against LTTE after the buggers killed RG instead of CBKs talks.

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          Sach,
          “Rapes? How is IPKF rapes relevant here?”
          Never heard of Krishanti Kumaraswamy, I see. Maybe she was hiding in a church, according to your fake history?
          “Who killed terrorist son? Why should we care?”
          Why was the other terrorist’s son spared in 1989 then?
          My dear, if you only care only when something happens to your people, you are a racist.

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    Tamil racists like this author like to live in a bubble where LTTE were innocent freedom fighters and not facist terrorists. But to their misfortune LTTE actions do not help them. So they deliberately ignore and forget the LTTE actions to help themselves live in their bubble. Racists like this can even go to the extent of calling people who have been critiques of Sinhala nationalism as racists if they don’t join their LTTE celebration!
    Kanthaiya racist, when will you teach your Tamil kids how your LTTE freedom fighters hid behind women and children in the final war?
    How your fighters killed Tamils who were fleeing the war zone? And how they drowned boats full of Tamil civilians?
    Racist Machan, don’t expect the right thinking people of this country to join your LTTE celebration and don’t call them racist when they reject it.
    And finally racist machan, your LTTE lived like facist terrorist killing machine and died like a coward hiding behind women and children.

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    I hope we have a Sinhala nationalist leader from south who will declare the Next Tamil Genocide day as Tamil Human Shield day…..and hand a huge board in Mulative town with a picture showing Prabhakaran in stripes hiding behind a saree.

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      sach

      “I hope we have a Sinhala nationalist leader from south who will declare the Next Tamil Genocide day as Tamil Human Shield day”

      Of course we did have Sinhala Leaders, Sinhala Nationalist leaders, Sinhala Pancha Maha Balavegaya,, Sinhala only leaders, ……………………….. Sinhala/Buddhist leaders, …Sinhala/Buddhist fascist leaders, Sinhala/Buddhist crooks as leaders, Sinhala/Buddhist war criminals as leaders, ….. …………….

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        Sinhala Buddhist war criminals? Killing terrorists is not a war crime nomatter how much painful it is for terrorist supporters. …

        Those balawegays are run by Norway and LTTE rump overseas

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    Civilized people commomerate their dead .Some animals eat their dead.. Speak nothing but good of the dead. Let them rest in peace .

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    In South Africa Apartheid was practiced by the white minority against the Blacks.
    In Srilanka we find Apartheid being practiced by the Sinhala Majority against the Tamil Minority.
    Srilanka a land like no other!

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      Yeah the Sinhalese don’t agree with celebrating LTTE. …what an apartheid

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    Various responses from Tamil readers indicate precisely what took Tamils to Nandikadal. They seem delusional and seem to insist on a repeat of Nandikadal. In this present trajectory, they might very well get what they wish for.

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      Helass

      “Various responses from Tamil readers indicate precisely what took Tamils to Nandikadal.”

      Neither you nor them know what exactly took Tamils to Nandikadal.

      You better ask defense analyst Col Hariharan, Hindian diplomats Shivshankar Menon, M. K. Narayanan, Nirupam Sen, …………………………………………… Hindu Ram, ……….. and many members of Hindian armed forces who were residents at Omantai for quite sometimes.

      “They seem delusional and seem to insist on a repeat of Nandikadal.”

      Delusional, no doubt however they are not the only delusional people in this island, we have also witnessed to many in Kelani River, road side tyre pyres, ………. … Its a matter of years Kelani River and tyre pyres visited the south again.

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        NV,

        Yeah at this current trajectory, Dr Ranil, Dr Mangy & Madam Satellite will ensure more Batalandas…..No doubt.

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          Helass

          Can all three score more than what the clan achieved between 2005 and 2015, in terms of wealth, war crimes and abuse of power?

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    The starting point of Kanthaiya is false. No genocide ever took place in SL. Any ethnic cleansing that may ever have happened in SL was perpetrated by LTTE in the North. Kanthaiya can’t shroud his blatant racist hatred and falsehoods among the flowery words of human rights, equality, discrimination etc. etc. His political masters in the North are more explicit in their intentions. So don’t try to hoodwink the rest of the country. It is Tamils by their actions decide whether there would be a peaceful country for them and others or not. Choice is yours.

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    18 May 2009 is not a day to commemorate or mourn civilian deaths. It is a day when violent, extremist, separatist, terrorism was militarily defeated, and their leadership was decimated. It is a day approx. 300,000 strong Tamil human shield was liberated from death & destruction and literally walked them towards freedom and peace. Therefore it is a day of quite celebration. Anyone mourning on 18 May mourns for the death of separatism and violent, extremist terrorism. Nothing else. They long for the return of separatist violence. Any other description is a fallacy and a fraud. Sure, we need to mourn the death of innocents among all communities, Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher etc. That includes not only the dead Tamil civilians of the North & East. It includes dead Sinhalese of Pettah Bus Stand, Anuradhapura and numerous so called border villages, busses and trains. It includes dead Muslims praying in mosques and other places. But the day to mourn is not 18 May. The more apt day to mourn would be the day where the largest death toll occurred among all communities in living memory. That is the boxing day when tsunami took lives without discrimination in the middle of the raging terrorist war. The hope of reconciliation will begin when that happens.

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    Hela.

    If there was one man who celebrated the Tsunami on 26th. Dec.2004[Boxing Day] it was none other than MaRa of Helping Hambantota fame. Sleaze was uppermost in his mind when most people in this country irrespective of Race and Religion were mourning the tragic loss of lives and property.

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      Pygmalion

      You are wrong.
      I know what you have in mind.
      He later gave it back no?

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