23 November, 2020

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Is Sri Lanka Ready To Elect A Tamil Or A Muslim As President?

By Lankamithra

Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism”  ~ Benazir Bhutto

Is Sri Lanka ready to elect a Tamil or a Muslim as President? If qualified, they should not hesitate

Sadiq Khan

London is now home to more than 8.6 million people, the highest the city’s population has been since 1939. What’s more, 44% of London now consists of black and ethnic minorities, compared to only 28.9% in 2001. That’s according to the Greater London Authority, which serves the London mayor’s office. Islam is London’s second largest religion. 38% of England’s Muslims live in London, where they represent 12.4% of the population (Source: Wikipedia). Yet London elected Sadiq Khan, a Muslim as its Mayor. In voting registers, London has an overwhelming majority of Anglo Saxon whites. England customarily is, when it was a dominant colonial power, considered in the 19th and 20th centuries as a predominant member of the ‘whites only’ club in the international sphere. Britain’s cruel and merciless treatment of her subject people, especially in India, has been chronicled for future generations to read and judge. Great Britain may have secured somewhat an enviable station in the journey of man since his departure from the ancient caves into civilization. Yet that same history, I hope, would not hesitate to pen the appalling atrocities the British Raj committed on the innocent Indian civilians on numerous occasions. As far back as 1930, Winston Churchill hit headlines when he said about a famous Indian, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: “It is alarming and also nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious middle temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the east, striding half-naked up the steps of the viceregal palace, while he is still organizing and conducting a defiant campaign of civil disobedience, to parley on equal terms with the representative of the king-emperor“. That nation, whose one-time leader was Churchill himself, has come a long way from that snobbish, patronizing and condescending conduct and embraced a more humble, egalitarian and realistic attitude towards its own minorities.

Let us look at the demographics in the United States of America (USA):

Voting population by ethnic group:

A country whose voting population was 74% White, voted an African-American (Black) from a community that consists of mere 13% as President. These two examples, USA and London are two extreme cases where a minority leader has been elected to the highest office by voting populations which are overwhelmingly white.

Now compare the demographics in London and the USA to those of Sri Lanka, and specifically in the context of Sri Lanka’s Tamil population: Sinhalese 74.9%, Sri Lankan Tamil 11.2%, Sri Lankan Moors 9.2%, Indian Tamil 4.2%, others 0.5%. Total Tamil population is 11.2+4.2=15.4%. Is Sri Lanka ready to elect a Tamil as President?

I doubt it.

However, in this analysis, one must bear in mind that comparison is between Sri Lanka that got universal suffrage in 1931 while both USA and London in particular and England in general, have been enjoying universal suffrage for more than one and half centuries, from the early parts of the 19th century. Sinhalese Buddhists dominate the demographics in Sri Lanka. Nearly 70% of its population is made up of them. Their mindset has been conditioned by the stories of the Mahawamsa and its sequels. Reverend Mahanama Thero who is considered to be the original chronicler of the Mahawamsa dovetailed its divergent events and produced a product that was exceedingly palatable to the King of the time did not show much economy for the grandiose achievements of the Sinhalese race. This quality of all historians is not limited to one race. As is repeatedly told, history belongs to the victor, not the vanquished. That mindset has prevented a majority of Sinhalese Buddhists from accommodation of minorities as co-equals in society. However much the fundamental principles of Buddhism enunciate equality as a noble and necessary principle for the very survival of humanity, parochial demands on egotistical and self-enriching goals have surpassed all such nobility and ethnic accommodation. As is seen worldwide, ethnic cleansing and genocide have been put into practice as a necessary condition of statecraft. Some African countries, Cambodia in the 1970s, Stalin in the early part of the 20th century and Bosnian War in the latter part of the last century all stand witness to mindless devastation of human values and principles of Buddhism, the sacred teachings of Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha.

On the other hand, apart from an attitudinal adjustment that is essential for becoming a reality, Sri Lanka’s political structures are not equipped with the necessary wherewithal for emergence of a Tamil or a Muslim as a single leader in the land. If one remembers the numerous outrages shown by the Balakaayas and Senaas and ensuing destruction to civilian property and life of Tamils and Muslims in the last few years, one really needs not go all the way back to 1958, 1977 and 1983 riots bordering on pogrom-style executions, to believe that such a dream of a Tamil or a Muslim becoming the political Head in Sri Lanka is an impossibility.

It is indeed an indictment on the warped mindset of the majority Sinhalese. Lack of accommodation on the part of the Sinhalese, both leadership and the ordinary folks, is a serious setback for the continuing story of Lankans. A mindset set in a hazy historical background which consists of unfounded arguments about ‘Aryan’ heritage though most of the current Sinhalese population seems to have originated from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and other ‘southern’ Indian States, failing to produce any archeological evidence of having migrated from ‘Bangalidesa’, modern Orissa State, is bogged down in archaic stories of glory and glamor. Whilst not trying belittling the great architectural and irrigation wonders such as Samadhi Budu Pilimaya, Aukana Buddha statue, Resvehera, Sigiriya and giant man-made tanks like Kala Wewa, Parakrama Samudra and Minneriya Wewa, it is indeed shameful that the mind that created such historical edifices has also indulged in gross violation of human rights of its Northern and Eastern counterparts.

The Sinhalese Buddhist farmer wakes up with the morning dawn and break of the first rays of the sun, the grass under his feet still damp with the virgin dew, treks the gravel- covered grassland that leads from his home towards the bus stand located almost one kilometer away. His day is not promising. He has to travel some kilometers by bus to reach his prospective benefactor, the money lender of the village, a Mudalali of Tamil origin. That Tamil Mudalali has no care or regard for his ancestors, Ponnambalam Ramanathan or Arunachalam or for that matter, Amirthalingam or even Prabhakaran; his day’s goal is to meet the day’s lending target. The farmer’s target is to borrow some money for his fertilizer and seed paddy. Material needs are a greater equalizer in the arena of human relationships. The money that the farmer borrows and the Mudalali lends has no creed, caste or faith. It has only exchangeable value.

In such an unkind real world, a majority of Sri Lankan voters and some select sets of chauvinistic leaders on all sides, Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim, are engaged in a dangerous and wicked game. This sinful adventure which is mistakenly called patriotism is taking us nowhere. It is intrinsically sinful and profoundly ominous. The so-called national heroes have spoilt and desecrated the collective Sinhalese Buddhist mindset and exploited an uneducated and uninformed populace. On the same vein, ruthless and murderous terrorists such as Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman have taken the other segment of our population for a gigantic ride and left a legacy of murder, treachery and social barrenness.

It is seemingly impossible to reconcile these three segments of our people. Although Muslims living among the Sinhalese are much more amenable to mix with the majority, historically, other than those who live in Colombo and other urban centers, Tamils have shown a gloomy hesitancy to do so. One cannot help but empathize with both fringes, for they seem to be more misled by their own inglorious past than harboring anger and mutual vengeance.

When Kadiresan finds himself affronted by a Sinhalese army officer in his own neighborhood in Point Pedro, he wonders whether it is worth living subjugated to the whims and fancies of a soldier of the Sinhalese army. The security forces are so much polarized today it is almost impossible to find a Tamil officer above the rank of Major. Militarily the war has been won and the guns have fallen silent. But embers of hatred seem to be burning in both hearths. In such a socio- political backdrop, it would be futile even to attempt to imagine a Sri Lanka led by a Tamil or a Muslim political leader. Yet it must be stated without any ambiguity that, if a candidate with the right education qualification is found, Sri Lanka as a nation should not hesitate to elect him or her as our President. Not to do so would be cardinal sin.

The writer is available at lankamithra1955@gmail.com

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    What difference would a Tamil or Muslim President make? Its just a cosmetic change. The question should be Is Sri Lanka Ready To Elect An Upright Politician As President?

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      I think it makes a big difference. For the past 60+ years, we have been ruled by the Sinhalese, and what has that achieved?.. 30 years of civil unrest, continuing to this day, a government in debt, a public sector that is overpopulated and underworked!.. Tofay, Muslims, Christitans and Tamils are amongst the most successful people in Sri Lanka, in terms of both profession and business! I say, give them a chance, who knows, they might do a better job than a Sinhalese individual, who frankly don’t serve the interests of the country. They are only elected to rob this country, than serving it!.. Its time we became more advanced as a people, but sadly I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

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        Leave alone a Tamil, can a Sinhala Christian become President or PM?
        Imagine the uproar among the so-called Maha Sangha!

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          Its unfortunate that the Buddhist Monks are the reason for majority of the curse that has fallen on this beautiful country.

          Whether it is corrupt politics, racism or support to criminals and drug dealers monks are at the center of it.

          Like politicians todays monks are not living in temples but temples turned into little palaces and they ride vehicles that the average laymen cannot afford.

          You want to clean Sri Lankan politics follow the money. Audit all politicians and clergy of all religions from where and how they accumulated so much wealth. Have a threshold for donations and anything above that should be reported.

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          Lots of Sinhalese Christians have become Prime minsters and Presidents by pretending to be Buddhists. The Kotalawelas/Senanayake clan, the Bandaranaike clan, The Jeyawardene/Wickremesinghe clan. Even the so called saviour of the Lankaweb Sinhalese extremists. Percy Mahendra Rajapakese now calling him himself Mahinda( the Pali version of Sanskrit Mahendra meaning the great Lord Indra) has a Christian wife and even may be Christian sons. However this fact is kept very low key, so that the so called Sinhalese ( sic as from their names the vast majority of them are descended from recently Sinhalised immigrants from Tamil Nadu/Kerala) patriots of Lankaweb ilk will not get annoyed

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            “Lots of Sinhalese Christians have become Prime minsters and Presidents by pretending to be Buddhists.”

            So are you saying Sinhala Buddhist are so stupid and gullible that they will vote fro a change of label irrespective of the qualities of the individual.

            That’s sad.

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        What sort of morornic comment is this? By merely stating ‘give Tamils, Christians, Muslims a chance’ you are confirming racism. It is not because the leaders are Sinhala or Buddhist that the nation is in a mess, it is because they are rogues. Are you saying that Christians, Muslims and Tamils are not crooks, merely because of their ethnicity?

        Elsewhere,Eagle Eye has pointed out that ‘From 1937 to now 12 out of 25 Mayors in Colombo Municipality have been Muslims or Tamils; 7 Muslims and 5 Tamils. Mind you, these Tamils and Muslims were elected when Sinhalese were the majority in Colombo’ Now tell me is the Colombo Municipality well run by these Muslim and Tamil mayors?

        Some posters point to India as an example to be copied. India has had Sikh and Muslim presidents. Well and good but do you think Sikhs and Muslims do not suffer discrimination? Don’t so-called low caste Hindus suffer at the hands of the upper castes? Aren’t tribal people being terrorised by the army in the North East? Have you ever heard of Kashmir and what happens there?

        The writer’s question has brought about the usual outpouring of hatred for the Sinhalese, the Buddhists and the Sangha. Well done, you unthinking fools must be very proud of yourselves.

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      True.

      Ethnicity does not count. Tamils and Muslims have always voted for Sinhala presidents. So there is no problem.

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      “What difference would a Tamil or Muslim President make?”

      Could bring some honesty and integrity to the office.

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    Sinhalese Buddhists have no issues to elect a Non S/B, as their leader. Examples: Lakshman Kadir was a great leader for them. If not brutal LTTE, which eliminated him physically, mercilessly, he would probably be leading this country, still. Farther Mercilin Jayakody was a ‘monk’ to them. S. Mahinda Thera, from Tibet was an inspiration to them. List goes. Unlike today’s non S/B leaders in Sri Lanka, they have understood the pulse of the common man of this country. And, the identity of this country. And, the pluralism of Sinhalese Buddhist culture.

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      max,

      Either you lie through your teeth or you have no clue about your own people! Why didn’t LK become Prime Minister let alone being President? Get real mister!

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      Max, Can you please tell us why Chandrika could not appoint, in spite of being her choice and JVP’s insistence in 2004 Luxman Kadirgamar as the prime minister instead of Mahinda? The only draw back was Kadirgamar was a Tamil. Madam Chandrika would confirm this.

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        JOESAM

        max moron is trying to hide a large pumpkin in a plate of rice. His fellow bigots too have been at it for the past 70 years.

        max moron wouldn’t accept the reality.

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      max moron

      Hope you are alright.

      “Sinhalese Buddhists have no issues to elect a Non S/B, as their leader.”

      Will you please let the Sinhala/Buddhist know about what you have just typed.

      Why haven’t we seen Tamils/Muslims leading UNP, SLFP, CP, LSSP, JVP, BBS, Ravana Balaya, JHU, PHU, ….. A …. to …. Z?

      “And, the pluralism of Sinhalese Buddhist culture”

      What that Sinhalese Buddhist culture may be?
      What has happened to Sinhala Culture and Buddhist culture.

      Did the public racist Anagarika Dharamapala destroy everything including pluralism and unity in diversity, planting his racist world view on the gullible people?

      “Examples: Lakshman Kadir was a great leader for them.”

      Yet he was not a suitable candidate to be appointed as the Prime Minister.

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        Native, you have NOT picked my core point. LK’s missed opportunity to be the PM was a political issue. Tug-of-war in politics and struggle to be power is common to any country. Public at large embraced him as a leader. That’s what should be count with.

        UNP, SLFP, CP, LSSP, JVP had enough non Sinhala leaders. Peter Khenamon to ACS Hameed to Badudeen Mohammed to Ranjitham Gunaratnam silently answer your question. JHC, TNA and MC never had because they are racial entities.

        I do not agree with your view about Anagarika Dharmapala. He simply aroused people, in a certain way that was unique to him. He called spade a spade. In today’s context, the way he communicated his thoughts to the mass may be harsh but that was his way of addressing the people.

        Can you and I go and be leaders in a political party in so called “plural” countries? As long as we do not absorb to respective culture, we could end up as a mere ‘citizen perera’. Thats how it is. Nothing wrong in that.

        Culture is what matters, in short. There were many non Sinhala Kings ruled SL, or Sinhale for that matter. They all were allowed to rule us retaining their personal identity because they made sure the S/B identity of the country was keeping intact.

        Some people take no time to praise Americans for their willingness to elect “black” Obama as their leader. But they simply forget the fact that he was very much an American, culturally.

        This is enough for a Friday evening. A peaceful week end wish comes to you Native Vedda from a “moron”.

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          max

          “LK’s missed opportunity to be the PM was a political issue.”

          Racism too is political issue far more important than you may recognise. Just accept it, to larger extend racism determines the nature of governance.

          “JHC, TNA and MC never had because they are racial entities.”

          TNA’s former MP Podi Appuhami Piaysena is a Sinhalese.

          “Peter Khenamon to ACS Hameed to Badudeen Mohammed to Ranjitham Gunaratnam silently answer your question.”

          They were never elected president nor appointed Prime minister.

          By the way Pieter Keuneman protested along with some saffron clad bald headed persons against the agreement which allowed the reasonable use of Tamil language.

          Kumar Gunaratnam and his brother never challenged JVP’s racist ideology.

          “He called spade a spade.”

          I call him a public racist.
          You better familiarize with his speeches, writings, …. and his odd behaviour.

          “Culture is what matters, in short. There were many non Sinhala Kings ruled SL, or Sinhale for that matter.”

          Now could you tell about culture, what is it?
          What is Sinhale?

          What is S/B identity? When and where it started?

          ” A peaceful week end wish comes to you Native Vedda from a “moron”.”

          Thanks.

          Could you now tell us the history of nation building since the day this island’s governance was handed over to the Sinhala majority by the colonial masters on a platter.

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            Sorry, I was tight with work. Hence a late response to you, NV.

            Yes Podi appuhami was an elected member to EPC from the TNA ticket. So Dayan Jaya in 80s’ from the EPRLF ticket. Do you want me to believe TNA and EPRLF are political entities that are so plural and more democratic for simple reason they had Sinhalese in their hierarchy? If so, LTTE too was democratic outfit. A notorious gang man (a sinhalese) from Trinco named “ice manju” was a paid killer to LTTE. And so many ‘ice manjus’ were there in ‘war’ days as paid informants and contract killers. Does that mean LTTE had Sinhalese leaders? I do not think the answer is yes.

            Elsewhere, sometime back, I have explained you, as much as possible to my capacity, what’s S/B culture is.

            Simply, everything you do depends on the culture. The way you talk, eat, drink, dance, sleep or whatever, depicts your culture.

            Like any other culture, S/B culture too is keep changing. And, we’re good at absorbing things from other cultures. For example: Sudda gave us bread. But, do we eat bread in the same way sudda does? In Buddhist temples, there are devals. That itself is enough to prove my point, Sinhalese Buddhists have no issues to elect a Non S/B, as their leader, as long as he/she is ready to absorb into S/B culture. Take the cunning sudda men. How did they diddle the majority in 1815? Include ‘protect Buddhism’ line to the pact. By sudda they themselves went against to their own pact even before its ink got dry which paved the way to 1818 liberation fight was a different storyග Lets discuss over that matter on another day, if your wish to.

            Cheers

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      Max,
      Do you know that Laksman Kathirkamar was not elected by Sinhalese people. They used him well and murdered him once there job was done. That is the fact.

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      Lakshman Kadirgama was not elected but appointed by CKB as a national list MP as the only hope for SLFP from the north lost.

      How did the assassins escape when there was so much of military protection in Colombo?

      Did anyone inquire from Gota or the Military Intelligence?

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      So long maxi morons are the majority inthe country, we would not be able to give a chance to minority leaders to lead this nation.

      I am no against .. even at the time, late Mr Kadirgamar was about to be elected as next PM, I thought, it would have been the best example for the world, that we the majority in this country allow minorities to even become state leaders.

      Maxi you are so stinky… where had you been all the way along…. I thought you sank inthe toilet pits of your beloved leader Mahinda Jarapakshe.
      For the last few weeks, I was away from CT read.. since I thought, only Maxes spreaD their lies here.

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    Lankamithra

    RE:Is Sri Lanka Ready To Elect A Tamil Or A Muslim As President?

    “Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism” ~ Benazir Bhutto

    RE: Is Sri Lanka ready to elect a Tamil or a Muslim as President? If qualified, they should not hesitate

    Are you kidding? Look at the history of Lanka ever since the Paras came illegally to the Land. They wanted ONLY their own Para-Tribe.It has not changed.

    In the case of USA, the Para have matured, and changed.

    They have a secular state with the Separation of Church and State.

    A Better Question to ask is:

    Is Sri Lanka ready to elect a committed secularist, atheist, who believes in the separation of State and Religion, who does not pamper to the the so-called religious “leaders”, the Priests, the Monks, and the Ulama-Mullah?

    Are the people mature? About 50% still believes that the Sun goes around the Earth, as opposed to 25% of the Americans.

    The committed secularist, atheist can be a socialist, communist, egalitarianist or a capitalist, but should not belong to any religion.

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    Are you JOKING,
    untill the Sinhala Buddhists Jarapassas and Henchaiiyas like booruwansas live in Sri Lanka, there will be not any buffoons Ready To Elect A Tamil Or A Muslim As President.

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    In Canada all the prime ministers spoke the minority language, French. You can’t win an election in Canada without speaking French. In Sri Lanka, if you speak the minority language fluently, you can’t win the election, even if that person is anti-Tamil. It’s all in the name of Buddha.

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      Not true Mr. Stephen Harper could not speak French when he was elected.

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        CHANGE YOUR NAME TO “BURP”

        Stephen Harper spoke adequate French when he was elected. He gave his speeches in Quebec in French during the campaign, even though he did not win in Quebec.I personally heard him speak in French during his campaign.

        Refer to Canada’s one of the leading leading news paper: “Stephen Harper’s excellent French – it has improved a great deal since his first years as Conservative Leader – is close to the SRC norm.”

        http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/three-leaders-three-accents/article624116

        At the time of his first election, even though his French was not very fluent, his French was better than mine, and I have an intermédiaire diplôme (intermediate diploma in French). Now his French has improved to fluent level while he was prime minister.

        FYI – He can speak English, French and Spanish.

        If you keep ‘burping,’ you will start the verbal vomit

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    Is Sri Lanka ready to elect a Tamil or a Muslim as President? If qualified, they should not hesitate.

    Forget about President. Can a Muslim or Tamil Be the Country’s Cricket Captain or any of the forces Commanders.

    Our village baiyas are punnakku eating fellows always selecting chauvinistic, Machiavellian, leaders.

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      Annesley Dias
      What about current captain Mathews ? I don’t think he is a Sinhala Buddhist – it does’nt matter anyway , except to a few bigots like you .

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        NOISY PARKER.
        ANGELO MATT IS NEITHER MUSLIM NOR TAMIL. REMEMBER HOW LK WAS MURDERED BY THE SAME GOVERNMENT HE SERVED.

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          Wow, so Kadir was actually an agent of the government of the mythical We Thamizh Eezham?!
          Cool story, bro :D

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        The question from AD was”
        “Forget about President. Can a Muslim or Tamil Be the Country’s Cricket Captain”?

        And Mathew is neither Tamil or Muslim. The Sinhala Bigot Buddhist you are saw it through a Buddhist lens.

        And your calling him a bigot? LOL

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    The last one qualified, was murdered before He could be Elected! I mean LK!

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      LK was murdered by the modern day Dutugamunu.

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        Did Dutugamunu meet his demise wearing the blue amudey of We Thamizh Eezham like his modern day counterpart?
        Cool story, bro :D

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          Are you serving the Tamil customers, who come to the Tamil grocery shop you work, in Croydon England wearing a blue amudey?

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            Cool story, bro :D
            But you should write your autobiography somewhere else :D

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    According to my point of view, if Tamils I should say yes, if the Mr Luxman Kadiragamer appeared for presidential election I vote for him. But not the Muslims.

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    “However, in this analysis, one must bear in mind that comparison is between Sri Lanka that got universal suffrage in 1931 while both USA and London in particular and England in general, have been enjoying universal suffrage for more than one and half centuries, from the early parts of the 19th century.”

    From 1937 to now 12 out of 25 Mayors in Colombo Municipality have been Muslims or Tamils; 7 Muslims and 5 Tamils. Mind you, these Tamils and Muslims were elected when Sinhalese were the majority in Colombo. Sri Lanka has a shorter history with universal suffrage but Sri Lanka is ahead of the mother of Democracy.

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      Eagle Eye/the other 50% or 33%

      What is your point if there is one?

      Aren’t you very upset that Demelas were given rare accolades for simply being Demelas?

      “Sri Lanka has a shorter history with universal suffrage but Sri Lanka is ahead of the mother of Democracy.”

      Of course they were far ahead of mother of democracy for various resons for example more than 800,000 hard working up country people were disenfranchised in 1948, almost over night.

      The Sinhala only language was enforced over night (or within 24 hours)just because Banda got the mandate from stupid majority under universal franchise which was granted to them by their former colonial masters.

      In 1972 and 1978 new constitutions were passed in the parliament by a few crooks without consulting the people in referendums.

      ….
      …..
      …..

      The weeping widow lost her civic rights and expelled from parliament amid the rowdy behavior of elected MPs, only to be escorted out by TULF MPs with some dignity.

      When you run ahead of others watch out for events that is happening behind your back.

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    Imagine Sri Lanka is a Muslim country – Can Tamil or Sinhalese become the prez?
    Imagine Sri Lanka is a Tamil country – Can Muslim or Buddhist become the prez?

    The problem of Sri Lanka is NOT religions – It is only a pretext. Problem of Sri Lanka is ‘Sri Lankans’, nothing else.

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      Mohamed

      “The problem of Sri Lanka is NOT religions – It is only a pretext. Problem of Sri Lanka is ‘Sri Lankans’, nothing else.”

      Correction:

      The problem of Sri Lanka Native Veddah Aethho Land occupied by the Paras is NOT religions – It is only a pretext. Problem of Sri Lanka are the Paras, Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils, Para-Muslims etc. nothing else.

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    “Is Sri Lanka Ready To Elect A Tamil Or A Muslim As President?”

    this is an ambitious question.

    more likely question is

    “Will Sri Lanka Ever Elect A Tamil Or A Muslim As President?”

    Remember Lakshman Kadirgamar?

    An aspiring PM was murdered by insiders to stop him becoming Prime Minister?

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      “An aspiring PM was murdered by insiders to stop him becoming Prime Minister?”

      And like all other high profile murders, found a scapegoat to blame. Every murder the CID has investigated after the current govt points only in one direction and that is not LTTE.

      This should also explain how the assassins were able to move out of a high security zone.

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    Do not expect that from a set of voters who have still not realized that they have been taken for a long downhill ride from 1948 to date, and should change this set of crooks for a better educated set of rulers. They had an opportunity at the last Parliamentary election, but did not make use of it.

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    One would first need to find the elusive We Thamizh creature that is Sri Lankan before We Thamizh, and places Sri Lanka before the mythical We Thamizh Eezham :D
    Which doesn’t seem likely :D

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    Atticus ,
    I agree with you. But I would like to add two more points. To elect an upright politician as president political DNA has to be changed or modified. But who should take the lead and shape the pilitical scene.

    Do not you think that to create upright politicians we essentially need upright political analysists preferably with PhD in political science and upright religious leaders with PhD in humanities.
    Once these PhD practice what they studied the masses will through enlightement make SL a better country in the world.

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      “Do not you think that to create Upright politicians we essentially need Upright political analysists preferably PhD in Political Science and Upright religious leaders with PhD in Humanities”.

      Rather than do all that, why not see if you can change the DNA of a Lankan to become an Upright Politician by conducting a simple biological experiment.

      Find a SB marry a Tamil wife who begets a son to marry a Muslim woman to see if the male offspring of that union becomes Upright with changed DNA and then gets into politics and gets elected as President in SL.

      Why not give that a try?

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        Uthungan

        “Find a SB marry a Tamil wife who begets a son to marry a Muslim woman to see if the male offspring of that union becomes Upright with changed DNA and then gets into politics and gets elected as President in SL.”

        Didn’t we have one between 1977 to 1989 first as Prime Minister and later president, whose ancestors were a sort of multi ethnic concoction?

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        well there is another way.

        Follow the Mahavamsa

        get a Lion to have sex with a Tamil Lady and a Muslim Lady. (Sinhalese are already descendants of the four legged Lion.)

        regardless of the sex of the children, groom them and provide education and bring them up to become politicians and leaders.

        Its then up to the Sinhala majority to decide on one of them as an alternative leader.

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    Are the very liberal Vishvamitra and the 75% Sinhala Buddhist majority living in the same time and space? “Is Sri Lanka ready to elect a Tamil or a Muslim as President? If qualified, they should not hesitate” quoths
    she/he. But are we not, simultaneously, in a totally different universe. IF QUALIFIED??? Who is going to sit in judgement. Isn’t it the thugs in yellow robes, who masquerade as pious Buddhist priests, but who control the dregs in the street that only recently walked an area where live several Muslim families, minding their own business peacefully, I might add; chanting with mischievous grins in their faces “Api Enawa” (We are coming) Isn’t this terrorism of the worst variety? This reminded me of Nazi Germany hunting for innocent, harmless Jews whom Goebelles & Partners have already prejudged as the raison d’etre for all then Germany’s economic and social ills.

    India is politically mature to elect Muslims as Presidents and VPs and London a Muslim Mayor. The mighty USA elected a Black as their Commandeer-in-Chief. But, in Sri Lanka, these dregs in the streets and their Controllers in historical Temples would have none of it. The rule of Sinhala Only must continue, they vehemently insist. And that too in the name of Jaathiya and Agama. Your Constitution or the Supreme Court can go to wherever – it does not work in the Resplendent Isle hoarsely claimed to be ruled by the teachings of the Compassionate One based on the precepts of Universal Tolerance.

    Kettikaran

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      Your, ‘India is politically mature’, makes me dismiss you, right away!

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        Yes India is very near reaching “Enlightenment”. They nominated ( … not elected) a Hindu bigot as the CM of Uttar Pradesh.

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        Responding both to readers Unreal and K.Pillai plese allow me to state Yogi Adityanath, as CM/UP is one more aberration in UP and Indian politics – similar to the elevation of the scheming Arvind Kejiriwal in Delhi who ran away with Anna Hazare’s clothes. That, after all, is the nature and substance of India’s weirdy politics. But, taken as a whole, India is universally acknowledged as a political success. Over 50 years ago the urbane, sophisticated US Ambassador John Galbraith conceded then India, despite all its faults, is the world’s largest functioning anarchy. Much has happened since then. India is an economic and industrial power; she not only is able to feed her once hungry billions but does eminently well in feeding many other nations – through her massive exports in wheat, rice, sugar and what have you. She has survived longer and far better than what Churchill predicted in 1947. No doubt there is much headway still to be made. Comparatively, the political system in the populous States of neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh, both Muslim-majority, have virtually failed – perhaps not to recover in the foreseeable future. I believe the fears of the new CM/UP may be as misplaced as those impressions when Narendra Modi took over as PM.
        Unsurprisingly, there are many detractors of India here in Sri Lanka – then and perhaps more now. Some rational while many visceral. But India can no longer be ignored. She is the elephant in the room.

        Kettikaran

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          Kettikaran – you forgot to add that Indian IT brains are behind the leapfrog advancement in the world of information technology.

          The few Sinhalese racist in CT who constantly refer to India as Toilet Nadu, and make degrading comments about Toilet Nadu, don’t realise that they are using the technology invented by the Toilet Nadu IT brains to make the degrading comments about them.

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            ROFL! Toilet Nadians invented the computer and the internet :D
            The more you know! :D

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              Siva Sankaran Sarma:I am not going to list here the inventions of the Toilet Nadians.

              You can Google and find out.

              But probably like Jim Softly you will claim you don’t know how to use Goolge.

              As you prefer to keep your head buried in he sand and remain an idiot

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            Thank you, Rajash. I stand corrected. India enjoys an IT revolution. She also provides the US/EU top quality IT scientists. They are all there to help Sri Lankan youth in this area. I was part of an IT programme that helped a Sinhala School in the Kurunegala District move into IT. Both President Rajapakse and Shri Narayana Murthy of InfoTech, Bangalore graced the opening occasion.

            You know as well as I do, Tamilnadu today is not the same State
            50 years ago. It certainly has far to go but it has made giant strides. I am afraid Sri Lanka continues to suffer unable to distinguish between friends and those who are not.

            Many thanks/Kettikaran

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            Rajash

            Tell me why when arrangements were made for the Estate Tamils to go back to their motherland and live within the environment of their own language, culture and religion they were so unwilling to go. Still with all that advancement in IT technology of the motherland everyone who were forced to go want to come back. How is that they prefer to continue that lowliest of lowliest lives among discriminatory, barbarian, genocidal Sinhalese?

            I will tell you the reason . Whatever these Tamil racist donkeys say the ordinary Tamils and Muslims sense that there is an inherent superiority in the Sinhala Buddhist society.

            That is why with no fear at all I always challenge to hold a referendum among all Tamils(Tamil speaking people for a Tamil Homeland in the North/East with the proviso that all Tamils presently living among the Sinhalese will have to move there.

            Challenge for the Sinhalese is to get Sumathitharan settled in Jafna.

            Soma

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          Kettikaran
          Ambassador Galbraith described India as “functioning anarchy”, to be precise.
          There cannot be a better description of India judging by the hilarious antics that occur on a daily basis in the
          politics of that country which helps keep it vibrant.

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    It would not take much time for UK to become a Muslim country. U.K. has gone to the dogs. There will be a Muslim prime minister soon in the UK.
    But the world has to change for a Tamil president in Sri Lanka. There will be a Tamil Prime Minister soon in Malasia. If the majority Sinhalese elect a Tamil president in Sri Lanka, it would be a paradise.

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    Why? Don’t we have enough Sinhalese and Tamils?

    What is this sudden splurge of rights claims by Muslims about?

    They think they already own this bloody country?

    Its 1815 all over again!

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    simple answer is no. not ready as yet. why. do not have acceptable national leader from minority communities.example now opposition leader sambandan. he is supposed to be opposition leader of all. but is he doing his duties impartially.he talk only on issues pertaining to tamils. nothing else.likewise muslims do same.as such majority can not accept their behaviors,if anybody come up with acceptable national policies yes all can accept it. but that is only a dream.

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    The ethnic identity of a head of state is pretty much irrelevant when other hands manipulate the puppet show.

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    Rajash ,
    You can not complain much about Tamil Buddhist Lakshman Kadirgamar. At least they have named an Insitute by his name – Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies. Many patriots and smart patriots taught there or teaching there but never practices what LK fought for in the International Arena with a promise of lasting political solution.
    Our Fair Lady real patriotic CB with good intention made a Sinhalese Buddhist as the PM under her and made him become a presidential candidate who won & became President.

    CB regrets now and her conscience continue to pricks her genunine Buddhist mind.

    Rajash have you listened to the video clip in Sinhala where Maha Nayaka Theros defending Wimal Weerawansa with unity as Sinhala Buddhist.

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      Non PhD

      CBK regrets a lot of things, recently she was in Jaffna listening to the grievances of old ladies forcibly evicted by the army from their lands and living in make shift shelters for years.

      No I have no listened to the video clip you are referring to. However my knowledge of the language is basic, just sufficient to get around :) however let me know the you tube link please.

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    If a Tamil or a Muslim politician talk only about regional or their ethnic issues, he/she may not be able to win the hearts of Sinhalese. If one can start talking about social, political and economic issues of all the people, I am sure, he/she may be able to climb the political ladder. But without doing such things, it is useless to blame Sinhalese for not voting for a Tamil or a Muslim. I have written this aspect time and again in this space. If one can read this, please start this holy project. He/she may be able to succeed in 20 years. Twenty years is not a big time span if one want to climb to the zenith of the political ladder. I have to note that, other Tamil or Muslim politicians also should stop communal politics so as to succeed in this endeavour. Please, you start it today without blaming others.

    If Tamil/Muslim politicians can stop the communal mindset, the country will become a developed country soon. The ability of a few Sinhalese politicians to sustain only on communal politics will disappear if Tamil and Muslim politicians stop aggressions or separatism.

    I think Vigneshwaran had this opportunity at the beginning but he became the most racist political leader in the country. I cannot believe why such an educated person selected such a wrong path. He should have understood separatism or regional autonomy is not the solution for the issues of Tamils, who have now settled throughout the country.

    I beg from the commentators of this space not to expect instant medicines for this issue.

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    Kadiragarmer! should have lead the country! Greatest statesman in modern Sri Lanka!
    Having a non racist Tamil to lead the whole country would help to heal the wounds and I strongly believe most Sinhalese will vote for him without a question!

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      Dear srinath gunaratne,

      Kadiragarmer is the best illustration of the FACT that in real terms no non-Govigama, Sinhala-Buddhist can really be the undisputed leader of this country. He had to be appointed an M.P. by Chndrika.

      And even if he had become the Prime Minister, that doesn’t prove a thing, since he would have had Chandrika above him as President. Chandrika herself remains non-racist.

      I started with an example just waiting to be shot down: PREMADASA! Well, the point is that he mobilised his being non-G, to get huge swathes of Sinhalese who resented the Govigama, and he got lots of Tamils and Muslims for the same reason, I guess. I can’t really remember how the voting went there, but I hope you follow my reasoning.

      I know most of us have lost respect for Prof. G.L. Peiris by now, but isn’t his erratic regress in politics largely the result of his realising that he had all the credentials for national leadership, except caste? He would have taught Ranil W. (a mediocre student) but had to play second fiddle to Ranil, and now to Mahinda Rajapaksa (the one guy who got in to Law College without sitting the entrance exam – by virtue of Felix D.B. amending requirements.

      Our racist thinking can be “explained”, but we’ve got to grow out of it! Barack Obama’s was a real achievement. Think of all those birther stories etc. The fact is that he got elected on merit. There’s always to- and fro-ing in politics. So Trump’s election. Thank God he’s proving such an ass!

      To get back to the point: voting is done by individuals. I am wiling to vote for the guy whom I consider the most “meritable”, but to get millions to adopt that attitude is not going to be easy!

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        Sinhala_Man

        Thanks for your measured response.

        The difference between the developed countries and this island is the nature “our” leader’s inability to see beyond their nose.

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    This is a Stupid title.

    In a country in which Tamils are playing the Tamil Card, Muslims are playing the muslim card, they expect minority Presient.

    Even though Sinhala buddhists are the majority, PResent Prime minister’s whole family is Catholic. Percival Rajapakse came from a catholic family and was married to a catholic. Bandaraniakes were Anglicans and converted to buddhist in order to run the country.

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      “Tamils are playing Tamil card. Muslims are playing Muslim Card”

      Anf Sinhalese are playing Mahawamsha card that they came from lion.

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        Another We Thamizh has wet his bed after having a Mahawamsha nightmare/wet dream :D

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        This should be the only race to be proud of being screwed by an animal. LOL

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          No wonder Sinhalese are behaving like animals.LOL

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    Lankamithra is vishvamithra but skin sheded.

    Landon has 44% ethnic minorities or blacks. Muslim guy is not the only candidate and the minority representation won. What is unique about it ? Show us names of all the candidates. I thibk most others were Whites.

    Apply the same logics. Ask why TNA can not have a Dalit Leader as the boss, or a Dalit as the NPC leader in Yapanaya. It is the same thing, One muslim challenged in CT asking if sinhala people could build a buddha Stature in Kathankudy. Let us modify that saying whether a sinhala buddhist can be elected in Kathankudy or in that sense Eastern provincial counsil.

    How about colombo ?. Is there anyway, a sinhala buddhist can be elected to represent colombo ?

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      “Why TNA can’t have Dalit leader as boss”

      Because the identity Dalits does not exist in Sri Lanka. Name one reference where it says there are Dalits in the north ?

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        AJ:

        YOu are Dalit too.

        Because the identity Dalits does not exist in Sri Lanka. Name one reference where it says there are Dalits in the north ?

        Sinhale doe snot have any high cast Tamils and even the Wigneswaran is a dalit. that is what one educated, high caste Tamil wrote here in CT.

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          “Name one reference where it says there are Dalits in the north ?”

          Where is your reference???????????????????

          According to Dalits Solidarity Network: In Sri Lanka, there is no common identity as ‘Dalits’ among the ‘lower’ castes and it has been difficult for them to organise themselves – contrary to the Dalits of India and Nepal.”

          http://idsn.org/countries/sri-lanka/

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          “Sinhale doe snot have any high cast Tamils”

          What a load of bullshit. Among the Sinhalese, Karava = Govigama???????? if NOT equal, then the system is tiered.

          Stop your verbal vomit

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          “YOu are Dalit too”

          You are an ignorant racist BBS terrorist that you assume that I am Tamil from the north, because I speak against the Sinhala atrocities. You are just proving my point.

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          copying what I said is NOT a reference. LOL

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        Doesn’t this mean that the North is more matured than other parts of the country that it does not label people.

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      Dumb Jimmy,
      “How about colombo ?. Is there anyway, a sinhala buddhist can be elected to represent colombo ? “
      Don’t you know Karu Jayasuriya was mayor of Colombo? The UNP wins, not buddhist Sinhala or anything.

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        Yusuf:

        Dumb[Edited out], Yusuf:

        A similar argument is that Saudi Arabia was buddhist.

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          TRANNY Jim,

          Remember the time you verbally vomited that Muslims got the Chinese government by the throat. Is your new pill for schizophrenia working?

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    Lankamithra:

    Many Tamils and christians bash Mahavamsa and even opccasional buddhist monks who is assertive.

    If you have a backbone write an article criticizing quran and see the results.

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      If you have the backbone write an article praising Mahawamsha

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        AJ:

        Mahavamsa is just one book that Sinhala people has and there hundreds of other books

        You Tamils have only the Indian Literature. that is why Pabakaran set fire to Yapanaya library to hide the history.

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          HAHA Mahawamsa is Sinhala????? lol its also an Indian book written in Palli.

          I dont know what is Pabakaran, sounds like a name of a budhist monk who chose a female name when she started to cross dress and wear saree.

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          ” Pabakaran set fire to Yapanaya library”

          The army admitted setting the jaffna library to fire. Are you saying the army lied? How dare you call the Sri Lankan army, our war heroes, liars??? You are not a patriotic if you call our war hero army liar. You should return to Bangladesh.

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    Yes! the majority Sri Lankans were/are ready; but unfortunately the minorities were/are not!
    Were Neelan Thiruchevam and Lakshman Kadirgamar not in the forefront? Who killed them? The majority Sinhalese or their own tribal leaders? You know the answer but please don’t make false pretence by quoting statistics from irrelevant sources!

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    Hamlet,
    Poor CB. She knows how her father died by mixing politics with religion.I mean elevating the religion.

    [Edited out]

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    Mate,

    If the great majority of the inhabitant population can have three meals a day, drive around in a car, have good health care and education facilities even if they are on the dole, they will elect even the Drover’s Dog if it promises more .

    Don’t have to read Mahavamsa to understand it.

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    “Is Sri Lanka Ready To Elect A Tamil Or A Muslim As President?”

    Not as long as the majority of Tamils remain Ealamists and majority of Muslims remain Islamists.

    Soma

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    LankaMithra:

    This is about your following Dumb Statement.

    About 40% is the threadhold voter base for winning an elelction. For most elelctions the voter turn out is about 55%. When a few white candidates devide the 56% of the white voter base, the most probable winner is the minority candidate with about 40% of votes.

    London is now home to more than 8.6 million people, the highest the city’s population has been since 1939. What’s more, 44% of London now consists of black and ethnic minorities, compared to only 28.9% in 2001. That’s according to the Greater London Authority, which serves the London mayor’s office. Islam is London’s second largest religion. 38% of England’s Muslims live in London,

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      YOU ARE AN UNPATRIOTIC PEST. IN THE PREVIOUS COMMENT YOU SUGGESTED THAT OUR SRI LANKAN ARMY, WHO ARE WAR HEROES AS LIARS, AS YOU REFUTED ARMY’S ADMISSION THAT THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR ARSON OF jaffna LIBRARY. HOW DARE YOU CALL THEM LIARS??? JUST GO BACK TO BANGALADESH WITH YOUR CROSS DRESSING MONKS CREW.

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      HI JIMMY THE SAFFRON CROSS-DRESSER,

      IS THERE ANY BLOODY POINT TO YOUR CONSTIPATED VERBAL VOMIT?

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        Poor butthurt We Thamizh screaming like mad :D

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          aw how cute. you think i am Tamil haha. and others think I am Muslim. the tamils think i am sinhala. you are so cute kisses

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