28 November, 2021

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Learning From Wanathamulla

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“The Defence Secretary came here….Mr. Gotabhaya told me ‘I want to speak to you’. He and I are of different status. So I asked him, ‘Is it right for me to speak to you’? He said, ‘No you can say anything’. Then I made certain criticisms….He got angry” – Sunil Samaradheera of Wanathamulla[i]

In 1940, a year before they began implementing the ‘Final Solution’, the Nazis had a trial-run. A group of German-Jews were deported and the Gestapo watched closely for the reaction of their non-Jewish neighbours.

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Secretary MOD

‘The surrounding populations….hardly noticed….” Reinhard Heydrich stated in his report. [ii]

What if the ‘surrounding populations’ chose to notice the plight of their Jewish neighbours? What if they protested that trial-run? Perhaps a partial answer can be gleaned from what happened when a group of non-Jewish Germans did protest the deportations.

In 1943, in a vengeful response to Stalingrad, Josef Goebbels declared Berlin a Jew-free city. 1,800+ Jews with non-Jewish spouses were arrested as part of the final roundup. Undeterred alike by the Nazi’s brutal might and the freezing cold, around 200 non-Jewish Berliners, mostly women, camped outside the Rosenstraße detention-centre demanding the release of their Jewish husbands/relatives

After a week of threats, the authorities gave in.

In his fascinating account of the Rosenstraße Protest, Nathan Stoltzfus argues that this small group of protestors ‘could exercise disproportionate influence’ because the Nazis were concerned about the ‘negative effect’ of their protest on the larger populace. “The protest was effective because it made the Jews more costly to obtain.”[iii]

Impunity is not exclusively a function of power and force from above. It is also a result of apathy and indifference in the middle and bottom. Often resistance is absent not because it is impossible, but because the victims are too cowed and their neighbours are too uncaring.

The people of Rathupaswala would still be living next to a toxic-factory, if they did not protest.

Sunil Samaradheera is a leader in his community’s resistance to the Rajapaksa attempt to evict Wanathamulla’s legal residents, take over their lands sans compensation and force them to buy smaller, poorly-constructed flats (which are subject to de facto military-control). He reportedly had a heated encounter with Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself.

The next day he was ‘white-vanned’.

The people of Wanathamulla demonstrated in their thousands demanding the safe return of Mr. Sunil. DIG Anura Senanayake reportedly announced that Mr. Sunil will be returned but the people rejected such political promissory-notes. They refused to leave until Mr. Sunil gets home, safe and sound.

The regime may have unleashed the police/army on the protestors but for two reasons: the upcoming provincial election and the looming Geneva challenge. Those two impending encounters rendered unaffordable the spectacle of unarmed men and women being tear-gassed, baton-charged and shot by police/military – or another white-van disappearance.

Mr. Sunil found himself released, unharmed.

The Wanathamulla protest not only forced the marauding Rajapaksas to take a step back. It also compelled the Opposition into unaccustomed activity. The JVP is actively assisting the community; Ranil Wickremesinghe (and Karu Jayasuriya) actually visited Mr. Sunil’s home.

The white-vanning of Mr. Sunil, a Sinhalese, teaches us that abductions are not just a Tamil problem or a Northern problem but a Lankan problem. White-vanning can befall any Sinhalese who, knowingly or unknowingly, displeases the Siblings.

The Reality of the Rajapaksa Land-grab 

In 2011, the Rajapaksas introduced the Sacred Areas Act[iv], giving the Minister of Buddha Sasana absolute powers to take over any privately-owned land, by simply declaring it a ‘Protection, Conservation, Architectural or Historic or Sacred Area’. This attempt at legalising land-grabbing failed because a Supreme Court bench headed by CJ Shirani Bandaranayke decreed that the Bill needed the consent of all provincial councils as land is a devolved subject. The Eastern PC opposed the Bill, forcing the regime to withdraw it.

Within months the EPC was (prematurely) dissolved and the impeachment travesty targeting the CJ launched.

Selling/leasing land is a favourite Rajapaksa method of making a quick-buck. Their illegal land-grabbing is not limited to Colombo. Environmental organisations are protesting about the gradual destruction of the Nilagala forest reserve, believed to be King Buddhadasa’s herbal garden: “The lands are being made fallow by the use of weedicide, divided and sold, one acre for around Rs. 10,000”[v]. Concerned organisations and citizens have begun to ‘ordain trees’ in a desperate attempt to prevent this wanton destruction[vi]. Bellanwila wetlands are being destroyed, reportedly by the UDA[vii] while a plan to build a new city by denuding the Muturajawela wetlands is being hatched[viii].

This week, the Rajapaksas tried to bring in the Casino Act through the backdoor. Two of the areas set aside for the use of James Packer and other casino-moguls are Justice Akbar Mawatha and Glennie Street. The legal residents of Glennie Street were evicted some years ago; they are still waiting for the new houses promised to them[ix]. The same fate will befall the residents of Justice Akbar Mawatha.

Long-time legal residents of Colombo are being evicted, to make room for casinos!

Wanathamulla is not a shantie but a tenement-garden (watte). Shanties are illegal settlements. Tenement gardens are legal settlements; many initially belonged to large landowners. As Sirisena Cooray explained, “During the early days under the Municipal Ordinance the landlord was held responsible for the maintenance of these gardens. The houses had to be colour-washed annually…. The Municipality used to be very strict in the observance of these laws…. Gradually things deteriorated because the landlords started bribing the municipal employees. The situation got even worse when the government took over the houses – because there was no one responsible for their maintenance.”[x]

From 1977, the UNP started giving tenants ownership of their houses (for a nominal payment) and providing them with basic facilities, including water, electricity and sanitation (with UNICEF support). This slum-clearance through upgrading (rather than eviction) approach stemmed from two reasons. Colombo’s poor formed a key component of the UNP’s electoral-base and Ranasinghe Premadasa’s support-base. The UNP (especially Mr. Premadasa) realised that shelter was a socio-economic and a psychological need, which was of paramount importance in preventing individual and societal instability. Today most tenement-gardens have well-built, spacious (multi-storeyed) houses, a result of state support and individual initiative plus Middle East money.

But according to Rajapakse worldview, Colombo’s poor are aliens, socially, sociologically and often ethno-religiously, and undesirable, politically and electorally.

Plus they occupy lands the Siblings need to sell/lease.

Once the class-cleansing of Colombo is completed, the Rajapaksas will turn to the rest of the country. By that time the practice of illegally expropriating private land sans compensation for ‘development purposes’ would be a well-established habit. As per Pastor Niemöller’s universal dictum, the middle classes and even the wealthy will realise their predicament too late.

“In no way is one life to be regarded as akin to another life”, was an axiom of Nazi justice[xi]. Those who think that Colombo’s poor do not have the same rights as other Lankans is endangering their own rights.

The people of Wanathamulla are not just fighting for themselves; they are fighting for us as well. We can forget universal nature of justice and our common humanity only at our future peril.


[ii] Quoted in Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosentrasse Protest in Nazi Germany – Nathan Stoltzfus

[iii] Ibid

[iv] Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill

[v] Lankadeepa – 15.1.2014

[viii] See Lanka News Web

[x] President Premadasa and I: Our Story

[xi] Quoted in The Third Reich – A New History – Michael Burleigh

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  • 21
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    Thank you again for sharing this with us.

    T.G, You are my hero.

    I would like to know how can I help these people.

    I’m living in a forigin land, but my hart always beat for these people, can my contribution at this point be financial?

    Can I put my first $ to a fund to help this courageous man.

    I’m reluctunt to leave my phone number here because of nuisence calls, but CT has my email, tell me how can I help.

    Chatura

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      Sri Lanka has a new national hero.

      His name is: Sunil Samaradheera

      He emerged from the most downtrodden suburb in Colombo called Wanathamulla.

      He took on the most powerful defence official in this sick nation. Person to person. Non-violently. Words and resistance were his lethal weapons. He won and stole our hearts.

      In the process, he disclosed and humiliated powerful cronies behind cowardly abductions of innocent citizens of our country.

      All Sri Lankans must learn to stand upright from this guy. He has a backbone of steel.

      Sri Lanka has countless unsung heros such as Sunil Samaradheera.

      May I also recall savagely murdered Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek’s mother. She refused Saudi millions out of sheer dignity. Despite their unimaginable poverty.

      These people make me proud to be Sri Lankan.

      May God Beless all of you! .

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        This govt. has truly overstayed people’s mandate & this is a classic example, it’s time they left power, without putting any more inhuman deeds like this on public.

        No doubt,all those bad deeds will boomerang on them, if Buddhism is true.

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          They will take buddism for ride. Or in other words they would prostitute the religion for their ways.

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            Not for ever, God will punish them.

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              I agree that MR cannot reign for ever buy my word you will have a hell of job getting rid of him in the meantime! This guy epitomises the word Unscrupulous; he will remain in power by hook or by crook!

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                “he will remain in power by hook or by crook!” (Burning_Issue)

                RW is following him with similar approach.

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              Buddhism does not take a poition on whether there is or isn’t a god.

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                Palm Squirrel,

                “Buddhism does not take a position on whether there is or isn’t a god”.

                But there is something called KAMMA, which Happens whether one believes in it or not!!

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              John
              Is god playing double game,kidnapping the innocent and
              then punishing the culprit?

            • 0
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              ‘..God..He changes times and seasons
              He sets up kings and deposes them.'(Daniel.2.Holy Bible)
              This is such a time.

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        The new found national hero is part of an organization called “Wanathamulla housing protection organization”. To me staging an abduction sounds like a good plan to garner the support of unsuspecting citizen of the country.

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        All pro HR activists should study this tape.

        This is a true story to make a real picture of Gotabaya and his execution forces, 5 years after war is over. This is the reality of the country.

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        The small brave mongoose looked up and there before him, in all his majesty, towered the gleaming glossy King Cobra flicking his forked tongue and commanding ‘speak to me O little one’. The small furry one did protest ‘bbbut is it right for me, one so close to the ground, to speak with one so high, who sits at the right hand of the King of our Jungle?’ But King Cobra sniffed ‘No, no, say whatever you want’ and the fur on the little one bristled as he took courage and reminded King Cobra of the laws of the jungle and how they applied to the small ones as well as the big beasts. King Cobra was NOT happy; the cheek of the one with sharp teeth. First it was that shit-eating Pig, now I have a phurry-phucking Mongoose. King Cobra retreated in high dudgeon. Afterwards, a handsome Rat Snake called ‘Dummy’ came calling (Rat snakes always like to come and finish anything left over) but he too went away with a flea in his ear. Wanathamulla today, Waterloo tomorrow.

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          Spring Koha

          From a moral perspective “small brave mongoose” stood very tall.

          “King Cobra” was just a midget. Looking furious and humiliated.

          Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling, This guy was a drug peddler in Borella and convicted several times. And he publicly admit it. No wonder you and the rest UNP-JVP like him as an UNSUNG HERO. It is obviuos that this is a another coup by Mangala-Ravi-JVP to get people on to the road and provoke police to attack them and give undue publicity to the world that this government attacking protestors, there is no freedom, violation of basic human rights bla bla bla, before the UNHRC meeting next month.

        Defence Secretary is on a undaunted mission to readicate slums in Colombo metropoliten. UNP politicians, paliamentary,provincial or councils whom allow these people to erect these shanties during last 5 decades, now oppose to give them decent living because of the fear that they might lose votes. What a shame. At least these Stupid politicians must help to give these people decent for the sake of their children. Because otherwise these children also become drug peddlers one day.

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          He may be a small time drug pusher but who are the big drug lords? It’s non other than Monitoring MP of UDA/Defense & other higher ups in the government. Even the Prime Minister of the country is not clean.

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          “This guy was a drug peddler in Borella and convicted several times. And he publicly admit it.”

          sure he must have , is there any chance him having secret links to LTTE or a powerful NGO ? if all that fail ,then he must be an opposition supporter , right ?

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          It may be true that many of the residents have had ‘a past’. It is also true that they have been ignored and trampled on by successive politicians and political parties for far too long. I watched them struggle to tame the wilds of Wanathamulla and eke out an existence long enough – with little help from anyone. Now that the gentrification of Colombo is in full swing and their patch of land has become highly desirable, I think it is rough justice for anyone to try to deny them their hard fought homes. If anything they need a helping hand, even at this stage. I salute the courage of these people to stand up for their rights. May their spirit infect the rest of our blessed land.

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            Spring Koha, You are absolutely right. These people are not illegal squatters. Even though they are poor and live in dwellings considered below par what is needed is to upgrade them in situ and not evict them. We have a problem with our government. Where is their heart? Where is the loving kindness taught to Buddhists? This is why many ask the question “are we truly Buddhists?”, or are we merely pretending? Is Buddhism about offering of flowers, lighting of lamps,prostrating before cement and concrete, or about metta, karuna, mudhitha, upekha? Where is our humanity? It is indeed a joke when some people say we have Bodhisatvas in the government.

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              Thank You Wickramasiri for your kind words. I fully endorse your question; where is our humanity? The quicker we rediscover, as a nation, all those noble qualities of humanity, the sooner will be our redemption and restoration as a just society.

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            “Asian spring” in the making which may spiral into other countries too… look at Ukraine…… watch out…. for, the govt is planning to ban FB too. They are scared of more Sunil Samaradheera ‘s to rear their heads…. IT will happen sooner than later… and take the regime by surprise.

            WE need to get together as ONE… put in an individual effort which can spiral into something bigger and get spiral…

            when we were kids we were taught… of a bunch of sticks that stick together and no-one can break, and when individual, it can be broken..
            “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL” we have a hero in Sunil…. we need more… to make this country a better place to live for us and our generations to come….

            IF and when we have that many SUNIL’S…. we do NOT need the International community but we can show the world that we have home grown solutions to our own problems…

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          Not only UNP politicians. Both UNP and SLFP and even muslim congress politicians are the ones responsible for these illegal settlements. Look at how these corrupt politicians behaving now? and idiots getting duped by their acts?

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          What drugs was he peddling?

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      Chatura,
      How about initiating internet base petition requesting EU/USA to do assets ban and visa restriction on top Gov Rajapakse siblings?
      Last night, BBC news said similar action on Ukrainian Gov bastards is going on…
      Petition with lot of signatures would be more practicle than collecting money.
      If Madulawe Sobitha or any other respected person going to challenge MR and abolish EP in next election, I would definitely donate money for that campaign…
      Anura

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        lol people are getting killed in Ukrain bc west are funding unrest there in hope the government give away to the pressure and signs the cancelled trade pact with EU. That is how your “humantarian” west work.

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          Illiberal,

          What a pathetic moron you are indeed. Ukrainians by their choice wanting to be part of the EU! It is the tyron and maverick Putin who is causing a havoc in Ukraine! You are indeed one hell of an individual! EU is a big draw for the former Russian Federated countries because it offers them political freedom with Liberal choices. For your allies sake, pay some attention to the meaning Liberal!

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            lol at these illiterate former terror scum now domiciled in west who historical knew nothing but worship their UK masters. Scum who are trying to rob one part of the country using violence and intimidation using their masters are now trying to teach other peaceful citizens the meaning of liberalism. According to these slaves liberals should support west even when they are trying to overthrow democratically elected governments.

            Ukrain is like any other population is divided over the decision to join the EU to be another Greece. Russia as well as EU are in a power struggle in Ukrain. Russia forced the government not to sign the EU deal and then west turned to the tried and tested method of initiating an unrest using moderate opposition, thugs and even downright criminals like neo-nazis. lol matching set, eelamists and neo-nazis.

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        http://www.change.org is a place one can start an online petition…

        GOOD LUCK.. ID BE THE ST TO SIGN

    • 0
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      Chatura , are you writing from Sydney ?

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    The clown called Tisaranee wants the slums to remain and Colombo to further degrade so they can keep slandering that Sri Lankans can’t even properly keep the capital clean and tidy.

    So he/she brings up pathetic conspiracy theories like Rajapakshes are trying to rob land in Colombo. These morons don’t even know that that is how Singapore started to clean up their city.

    UNP will further lose it’s traditional business friendly votes by trying to jeopardize the attempts to make Colombo a livable, tourist friendly city.

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      Liberal One

      How did you conclude that we all wish to be a Singapore?

      FYI, Singapore is a well run Police State.

      Sri Lanka has open democratic traditions. However corrupted and flawed by politicians and their cronies.

      We are looking to build and live in a free country.

      Not in urban concrete utopia run by a power hungry family clan.

      Cheers!

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        Why? do you think Sri Lankans have degraded to such levels to desire slums and not a clean livable city like Singapore? Sri Lankans since ancient times kept their cities clean and livable.

        Someone needs to clean up these illegal settlements on our prime commercial land. Every recent government tried to do so but none had the will to proceed.

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          “Sri Lankans since ancient times kept their cities clean and livable.”

          Pisso nawa colaba malasanya bali arinda appa!

          Singapore copied its concept from the Japenese who are clean toilet maniacs. They and the South Koreans call the mainland Chinese dirty dirty, and you smelling of fish.(H.R. Manchester)

          You only had a borrowed ambude in 1505 when Vaco saw you hanging on trees.
          Presently you seem to be wearing scratchy underware which is a Italian concept. Go drown in your own skunk Lib-none

          IAF may bomb you after 31st May as your bribes would be invalid as much as it is to UK.

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            Javi oh Javi. How I love reading your posts.

            “You only had a borrowed ambude in 1505 when Vaco saw you hanging on trees”

            Im still LMFAO. Still

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            Cleanliness is not something u copy it is a human quality, between how did these amude wearing tree hanging fellows invaded you and built a kingdom? what were u doing? Not even an amude to wear?

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          First of all you are no liberal just another stooge. The houses in question are not slums. That is an utter lie you have stated. The house are solidly built by the owners them selves. They are mostly two storied houses worth around 7 million as stated by Sunil in the video. Secondly they are not illegal as has been stated by those knowledgeable of the history of these houses. That is the second lie you uttered. Thirdly you try to insult these home owners by calling them dirty. That is a down right insult. Fourthly the dwellings being offered as alternatives are not Singapore style housing as you lyingly try to claim but substandard tiny hovels for which these people have also been asked to pay a deposit on top of losing their homes. So much for your deceptive Singapore analogy.

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            Idiot these are illegal settlements been legalized using questionable deeds supported by corrupt politicians. You are the one who’s taking the side of corrupt politicians when I am siding with UDA, a government institution. Now who is the stooge of corrupt politicians?

            Where did I equate these apartments to apartments in singapore? Now who’s lying? I just stated that that is how Singapore started to clean up their city after british left it like a garbage dump. Someone had the balls to do the right thing.

            UDA is trying to right the wrongs of corrupt politicians of UNP, SLFP and Muslim congress. Just let them, your children will thank you for that.

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              You are a [Edited out]. I will not deign to answer your reply. Taking the side if the UDA how cute.

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        Singapore didn’t grab peoples houses like what Gota does. They gave more valued new housing.

        Minorities were not removed; every race was treated equally.

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          .
          And above all, there was no corruption in Singapore….But in Lanka we even fly Swiss Dogs in charter flights to make Lanka beauty.

          :-)

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          That’s because it was new city by profs for profs for folk who came from mainland.
          However South Korea is a pathetic case of redevelopment like this at Wanate.

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          Thuru minorities in singapore have not demanded a separate state like in. SL . That is the difference.

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            Sarojini

            “Thuru minorities in singapore have not demanded a separate state like in. SL . That is the difference.”

            Simply because though the majority Singapore Chinese didn’t enforce Chinese only language policy.

            FYI, Singapore has 4 official languages.

            There are other attributes which I don’t want to load you with.

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              fyi British did not use Tamil or Sinhala as a national language and the so called “racist” governments of Sri Lanka are the ones that made Tamil a national language. Tamil is a national language only in SL and singapore. The racist state of Sri Lanka for you!

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                National language in name only. When you go to the police stations, you are given a report in the Sinhala language and forced to sign it without understanding anything written on it.

                Look at the state of one of the official language in Sri Lanka
                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26052894

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                Liberal One

                “British did not use Tamil or Sinhala as a national language”

                Before the arrival of Western colonial powers what was the national language of this island?

                “the so called “racist” governments of Sri Lanka are the ones that made Tamil a national language.”

                FYI it was not Sri Lanka that made Tamil as national language but the Hndians through Indo Lanka pact forced the Sinhala/Buddhist stupids to amend the constitution in 1987.

                Sri Lankan state and governments were racists, are racists and will remain racists for the foreseeable future, until my people kick you out of this island permanently.

                Other states where Tamil is an official language.

                Andaman and Nicobar Islands
                Puducherry
                India Tamil Nadu

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            Sarojini you Ignoran:

            The minorities in Singapore never had a Separate Kingdom. The Tamils in Sri Lanka had their separate Kingdom and we have claim to North & East and we will take it back and don’t you worry. So stop Dreaming of a Sinhala Lanka under King Mahintha. His Kingdom has crumbled.

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            Singapore itself is a City State that broke away from Malaysia owing to ethnic conflict between the Malay majority who like the Sinhalese pushed for offical ethnic favoritism and dominance of the majority ethnic group over the minority Chinese and Indians.

            Singapore having more Chinese and Indians than Malays saw ethnic conflict and discrimination from the Malay dominant central Malaysian government. When the ethnic conflict could not be resolved, Malaysia voted to expel Singapore.

            If you compare Singapore to Sri Lanka, the civil war could have been avoided if the Sinhalaese didn’t embark on offical ethnic favoritism and State supported discrimination against Tamils or if Sri Lanka allowed the Tamil dominant North and East to break away like Malaysia did with Singapore. The greed of the Sinhala Chauvinists to own the entire island is the root cause of the conflict.

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        People hold up Singapore as a model but it is only enviable in its standard of living, and not for its treatment of civil liberties.

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          It was built as an exclusive place and those very folk fought for it. Charity starts at home sorry cannot entertain you there.

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            Your adopted that I would never want to live even though the taxes are lower than Canada or the continent!!

            “In America itself, after 30 years of experimenting with the Great Society programmes, there is widespread crime and violence, children kill each other with guns, neigbourhoods are insecure, old people feel forgotten, families are falling apart. And the media attacks the integrity and character of your leaders with impunity, drags down all those in authority and blames everyone but itself.” – Lee Kuan Yew, Sept 1995.

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              Lee Kuan is painting a grossly inaccurate portrait of America , probably to justify Singapore’s lack of freedom.

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            Singapore was expelled from Malaysia because the ethnic Malays who dominated Malaysia could not get along with the Chinese and Indians who made up the majority in Singapore.

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        Singapore looks all right when you are on Transit to some other Destination. But I would not want to live in Singapore. What sort of History has it got?

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          Rationalist

          The Singaporeans do not have a Mahawamsa. That is a good history to start with. However they have been making history for the past 50 years.

          That would be more than enough for a tiny country.

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      Iliberal,

      You have not disappointed me as your proverbial pro-rajapaksa nonsense is as vibrant as ever! You will sell your own daughter in support of the Rajapaksas. There are many like you swamping the Rajapaskas!

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        Burning issue.
        Facts are facts. When you run out of them you bring up ridiculous things like selling daughters to Rajapakshes.

        Illegal settlements on prime commercial lands should go so investors can do something of more value using them. Singapore is where it is today bc it had the political will and support of the citizen to take hard decision. Maintaining the status quo would not do anything good to this country. Ofcourse when did you care about this country?

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          The land Lanka does not belong to any body’s father!!

          Don’t talk of a Singapore you know no bollocks about.!!

          There are many creeps on this forum who say LKY said he wanted Singapore to be like Ceylon. Stupidity has no bounds in present day lanka. Imagine a Spice Colony still geared for export to the west to be imitation by a coral reef- people seem to have their heads in dung most of the time- the classic Burro (Buruva’s)

          LKY wanted Singapore to be like Tokaido! Japanese people and its cities are some of the cleanest in the world. Even Dubai was conceived copying them though they have camel brains and missed services. Japan the first nation to have aircraft carriers but not US. But the buggers are fascist who have not apologised for killing millions unarmed asians like the Sinhalese.

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            “There are many creeps on this forum who say LKY said he wanted Singapore to be like Ceylon.”

            Javi you are probably too young to know, but when we were at University in Old Ceylon, we had students from Singapore studying with us. That was in the Good Old Days, when the Colombo and Peradeniya Universities were acclaimed places of Higher Learning.

            It was at then that LKY made the above statement!

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          1. these people are not illegal settles, they have lived there for generations and have deeds!

          2. They are NOT saying they cant go, they just ask for a suitable living place in return of their land.

          It is a very simple issue that gover has grown into a mess

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      The Urban Development Authority Law is said to be a carbon copy of that of Singapore. Section 3 (3) of the law states that the Authority shall develop every development area ( declared as an urban development area under Section 3 (1) of the Law)for better physical and economic utilization of such area.

      As regards re-development, the approach is cross subsidization as was in pre-MR regime. There were donor funds for improvement of sites and services. Since 1990s global development funding changed from grants to soft-loans and the donors accordingly changed policy on financing housing for low-income category. Now housing is regarded as market driven. In the absence of grants for housing for low-income people cross subsidization is inevitable.

      Whether it is a shanty, slum or tenement settlement, they are under served settlements. Previous interventions such as improvement of sites and services were ineffective and squalidity remained. There had been many studies on social order and the outcomes revealed that there was a social order in every such settlement and it was maintained by unseen powers bent on crime. This social order was always exploited by politicians of all colour in the past and the practice still continues.

      It has been proved beyond doubt that house recipient Sinhalayas are modayas. The moment they get clear titles into their hands the new house is either sold or mortgaged to find money to go to Middle East. The buyers are always backed by unseen syndicates whose ulterior motive is to increase the populations of ethnic groups other than Sinhala. So same social order continues with change of command. This will definitely happen with massive funds in the hands of syndicates. To other ethnic groups living in over-crowded houses in the “City of Colombo” is not an issue. They do not expect the government to provide dowries. Paying rents continues, in spite of changing the “ownership”.

      Both Democratic and Socialist politicians see only one side of the problem. May be due to fears of losing the ever present opportunity in squalid settlements for political campaigns and manifestos. Yet it would be nice to have one or two squalid settlements for the benefit of films and teledramas and also for students of human geography, sociology and architecture.

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      Singapore’s much applauded and successful slum-clearance was where there was a deal with the slum dwellers where they were assured modern,
      healthy, fairly humane and comfortable housing. In most instances, the Singaporean State kept their word and both the poor and Singapore
      prospered into a modern City. Every one de-housed was provided with
      good housing in a reasonable frame of time – with the State providing homes in the interim.

      It is good if those poor at Glennie Street and other Slave Island slums and those in the Dematagoda/Wanathamulla areas get at least a
      fraction of what the Singapore Govt gave their people.

      Senguttuvan

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        I hasten to add, during President Premadasa’s time when slum dwellers in the Maligawatte area were given new Flats many of
        them took advantage of the high house prices and high rentals
        and made big money selling/renting their new homes. What they did was move into other ghettos in the vicinity. This must be avoided by strengthening relevant legislation.

        Senguttuvan

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    A few worms have started to turn. A good sign. However, many many more worms have to turn to make difference. What will make them?

    A very perceptive article and an apt allusion to history.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Didn’t Ms T’s friend Mr Prabakaran deported, sorry chased away One Hundred Thousand with in 24 hours?. Poor Muslims for that matter.

    What was the reaction of the neighbours, Did they hold protests?.

    It would have been a good gesture if those Muslims were given a mention too, to highlight the plight of the poor Jewish people which Ms T is using to destabilize the peaceful , Terror free Srilankan society in the post Nanthikada era.

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      Isn’t it interesting that “Tisaranee Gunasekara” emerged only after the war was finished and our right to live peacefully restored?

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        you mean like how gota & basil suddenly became veerayos after their brother got power by fluke, who didnt even by mistake slept on the direction of Sri Lanka.

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          Something like that.

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        Leave our Tisaranee alone. She has the right to have her voice heard whenever she speaks. May her ink never run dry! Liberal Misnomer, perhaps you might do better to address the subject.

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          Spring Koha

          “May her ink never run dry! Liberal Misnomer, perhaps you might do better to address the subject.”

          Illiberal none does not know that there was a subject.

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            If you didn’t notice I commented about the subject else where but this comment was for the comment of Sumanasekera. Go read that comment before rushing to the rescue of Tisaranee.

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            lol..NICE SWIPE…

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      Don’t talk nonsense, idiot, this is a different case.

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      K.A….. that’s the reason VP got a bullet to his head. Do you suggest the same?

      :-)

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      Sumanasekara you Idiot:

      Let me give you some facts.
      First of all the Muslims of the North brought it upon themselves ( if in doubt ask Sivanathan the Muslim) by spying for you lot betraying the Tamils. At least they were not killed.

      Terror free SriLankan society in the post Nanthikada era.

      What rubbish are you talking about. What we call Freedom fight which you call terrorism has been replaced by STATE TERRORISM headed by the Thugs and Criminals MR & Gotha.

      King Mahinthas Kingdom has crumbled and even your master India has finally agreed to support the Resolution calling for War Crimes Inquiry. What are you going to do and where is MR going to hide? In a disused bunker infested by rats.

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      Did you or any Sinhalese protest when thousands and thousands of Tamils were killed, burnt, raped and chased away from Colombo and other southern cities, towns and villages, from the 1950s onwards, not once several times!!! When they were bombed by the Sinhalese governments since the 90s up to 2009 in the North and East? You must have been cheering the murderers or at the worst joined them in their orgy of violence!!!

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    Will the Rajapakse siblings end up in the Hague or in a Spider Hole like Saddam Hussein?

    Either way it will be fun to watch them there!

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      Thiru

      “Will the Rajapakse siblings end up in the Hague or in a Spider Hole like Saddam Hussein?”

      No, over a period of time he would be rehabilitated through various forms of threat and carrot from the west. It does not mean the West wants to hang him in hague, but to decelerate all excesses of human rights violations. A regime change is only possible if there is alternative leader in this island.

      If the west and India wanted to stop the war they could have. They didn’t for the simple reason they lost patience with the psychopath VP.

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        Native,

        What is the native home grown solution now?

        Does everybody go down the dungeon with the mad Rajapakses?

        They helped VP and destroyed him: They helped MR and now they have to destroy them too!

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          Thiru

          “They helped VP and destroyed him: They helped MR and now they have to destroy them too!”

          In strategic and geopolitical terms why do the West want to destroy MR and the clan?

          It is up to the stupid people to wake up and kick the clan out of power and out of the country.

          Even if you hang the entire clan there won’t be any real change in the country, it would only amount to cosmetic change.

          The judiciary, the armed forces, Sangha and the bureaucracy are the permanent institutions which are in perpetual existence. Until these institutions are completely restructured there won’t any real change.

          In 1971, between 1987 and 1990, over 30 years we have witnessed mass killings, corruption and human rights violation. Did the West or India ever want to destroy the Sri Lankan state?

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        Foreign:

        What rubbish are you talking about. At long last the West has woken up to the fact tat they got wrong and that is why they are reaching out to the LTTE . Rudrakumaran lives in the West openly campaigning for Eelam.

        When sanctions are imposed and people have only MRs & Gothas b..ls to eat regime change will not be necessary as they will be skinned by their subjects.

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          Eelam wont have vino pero till NaMo gets going.

          Specialty: What if Sushima pulls your lungi like Vaikos ??

          kaliban

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          kali

          “At long last the West has woken up to the fact tat they got wrong and that is why they are reaching out to the LTTE .”

          The West never went to sleep.

          When will you wake up.

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            Foreign:

            You are in a deep coma you will never wake up. You are in a vegetative state.

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              kalistani

              I rather prefer a vegetative state to watching both stupid people tearing this island apart.

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                Foreign:

                What are you a PIG in the middle.

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                  Indian SC restrains TN from freeing Rajiv Gandhi killers-

                  Too many involved in the sky falling on the north of lanka.

                  Betta Raul! Qualified like Namal in UK/US glass cubicals once DR Swamy disclosed original from Cambridge about mums disclosure to parliament.

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            “At long last the West has woken up to the fact that they got wrong and are reaching out to the LTTE .”

            Neither Nisha nor Kashyap can sweet talk their way through chaddi wallas.

            The west in its present predicament cannot do without them.

            kaliban

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    Sri Lanka has a new national hero.

    His name is:
    Sunil Samaradheera

    He emerged from the most downtrodden suburb in Colombo called Wanathamulla.

    He took on the most powerful defence official in this sick nation. Person to person. Non violently. And won our herats.

    In the process, he disclosed and humiliated the powers behind cowardly abductions of innocent citizens of our country.

    All Sri Lankans must learn to stand upright from this guy. He has a backbone of steel.

    Sri Lanka has countless unsung heros such as Sunil Samaradheera.

    May we also recall Rizana Nafeek’s mother who refused Saudi millions out of sheer dignity. Despite their unimaginable poverty.

    These people make me proud to be Sri Lankan.

    May God Beless all of you! .

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      Ben Hurling

      “He took on the most powerful defence official in this sick nation. Person to person. Non violently. And won our herats.”

      All those who oppose this government, the rulers, and criticize the appalling state of this state are supposed to be traitors, working for Western state or NGOs on behalf of the LTTE diaspora rumps.

      How come this man is a hero? What is his hidden agenda?
      Even the mildest criticism of the rulers could lead to destabilisation of this island.

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      Shameless curling rattle snake with the visors of the fascist.

      ben -hen talking of god and heaven just hope passa crucifies you.

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    KA Sumanasekara
    Prabhakaran chased away the Muslims and see what happened to him!

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    Fine piece Tissaranee Gunasekera. Human beings are expendable now in the interest of “development” which means clean out the poor and have neat roads and pavements, and modern towers with “mixed” development!
    Pride, conceit, and power has made Mahinda Rajapaksa a man with a heart of stone.

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      UNPers sound like JVP cadres now. What is development then? Having slums all around?

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    Liberal One, you will realize the gravity of the situation the day your house is destroyed.

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      I work late into the night, and sometimes on weekends too so I can buy a land and build a home. I don’t take the short-cut of settling in a government land and then later take a “hora oppuwa” using the corrupt local politician. Will I be evicted from my land?

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        SURE you WILL, ONCE IT IS CALLED A SACRED PLACE… BY THE MINISTRY OF BUDDA SASANA…

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        Liberal One

        “I work late into the night, and sometimes on weekends too so I can buy a land and build a home.”

        Can toilet cleaners afford to buy a house?

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    Rajafukses should learn this country is not owned by them.
    These monkeys only destroying the whole country after war victory.

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    It was a very expensive lesson indeed for Gotabhaya. The question is: Will he learn? or whether he is incapable of learning anything. Bensen

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    Ask Thangavelu what would happen to Rajapakses in Hague

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    A few more Sunil Samaradheeras and we will see how the tide will start turning against Rajapakse rule. These protestors are the wanted heroes

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      Tide is rolling fast in Ukraine too. According to western media as a result of government crackdown on peaceful protests 20 have died and hundreds are injured. But what the western media do not tell us is “peaceful protesters” are carrying rifles and over 300 law enforcement officers are in hospitals due to bullet wounds!

      21st century US/EU backed democracy at play. If you cant beat him with ballot beat him with conspiracies.

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        “But what the western media do not tell us is “peaceful protesters” are carrying rifles and over 300 law enforcement officers are in hospitals due to bullet wounds! “

        which Western Media you talk about ?? i watch CNN,AJ and didn’t see any thing of that sort , may be you watch the srilankan version of international news from Rupavahini & ITN !

  • 0
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    Very good

  • 4
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    Kothapaya only evict Sinhala places in Colombo.

    Why can’t he clear Wellawatte and Grandpass?

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      so why dont you take a rope go to kotapayya tight a knot on kotapayya and swing and sing ‘it’s a long way to tipperary.
      i bet you both will be cured!
      theruwan saranai!

    • 1
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      New radioactive leak detected today in Fukushima nuclear plant by scientist
      They should have signed to CT ….we have farts shooting from Fukushima for ever …..all attempts to shut the obscene fart in CT has so far not been successful

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        [Edited out] FukF is alias mango working for defence so the merry ground.

  • 4
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    This man Sunil is a real hero. Most probably he would have been killed at night or early morning if not for his relaese. There is no doubt that the people behind this abduction are the military or police. The sound of cooking utensils indicate a barrack of some type.

    There is no doubt that GR and the person called Prasad and Officer are the people behind this abduction. The police will not be able to take any action for obvious reasons. The incident shows that the power of the people is supreme and the success of protesting against this tyrannical and unjust regime. A telling indcitment on the UNP for not helping their own supporter and these innocent people.

    They should take the matter to courts and have these new flats inspected by an independent Structural Engineer to certify the poor quality of construction. If this is proved the MOD / UDA will not be able to force them to move. The flats will have to be demolished as they are in contravention of UDA standards.

    The greater public and leaders of society must step in and help these unfortunate people who are being tormented and ripped off by this cruel and unjust regime.

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    Sri Lankans like us with NO BALLS should build those wanathamulla guys luxury apartments!!!!! Way to go guys you are my Hero for hooting kudu Duminda. !!!

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      You have no Garfield to carry out a responsible revolution like the french so blame the suddha. :()

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      Ninja: In my very young days (over half a century ago) I used to walk through the jungles of Wanathamulla on my way to see the sporting action at the Oval. Over the years I saw these pioneers build their humble homes and I salute them. Today, Wanathamulla has become prime inner-Colombo real estate and a very desirable target for the UDA and others. But it is nothing but justice that the resident pioneers who went through hell to clear and develop are allowed to reap their rewards. Like you Ninja, I salute the balls of steel that they have shown us. ALL IS NOT LOST! As for Kudu Duminda, I hear that he got more than a hooting….Appata Siri!

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    The Defence Secretary came here….Mr. Gotabhaya told me ‘I want to speak to you’. He and I are of different status. So I asked him, ‘Is it right for me to speak to you’? He said, ‘No you can say anything’. Then I made certain criticisms….He got angry” – Sunil Samaradheera of Wanathamulla.

    The above is the hall mark of the man from Hambanthotta Gutter.

    A Tamil man had a similar experience. Once during his visit to the North he was confronted by a group of Mothers and Fathers of missing persons. One father asked Gotha for the whereabouts of his son and Gotha got angry and told him. Why are you asking me you ” U…ka Putha and he has not been seen since.

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      He and I are of different status. So I asked him, ‘Is it right for me to speak to you’? He said, ‘No you can say anything’.

      So reported the Venerable Sage Nagasena of his meeting with King Milinda .

      The rest of the story tho differs a bit!

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    Every city in the world has low and high income citizen areas,which contribute to diversity in democratic societies.
    Eviction of low income citizens from areas for economic reasons is a crime against society,when there is enough land available elsewhere.
    Samaradheera being ‘white vanned’ is a sign of the times.

    The government has grabbed citizens’ lands in the north and east,but none dares to protest – protesters may ‘disappear’.

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      A day before the Libyan assault Cameron told the people that he would take on Syria and rest at the appropriate time. Its all a question of timing as we dont live in isolation.

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    CT please let us know how we can contact Sunil so that the Ssi Lankans outside the country can help him financially.
    Thanks.

  • 2
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    Exactly what goes on in China today when it comes to development for the party and its boys. A very small compensation is offered and the folk are asked to move to a designated place which is neither convenient or affordable. If they refuse the whole family vanishes.

    The power hungry nationalist from the south have been jealous and have being vying for most places at Colombo after 83 riots by taking positions at the UDA.

    Finally the beast took over the UDA and this is the net result.

    Lankans by them selves are not capable of a revolution to stop the rot.

    JVP or Monks would make it another North Korea.

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      javi you are a dumb cow please shut up

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        pigsty ambude sees script and identify it as mouth what imbeciles trolling for the regime ha ha

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        He may be dumb bit surely, he is an intelligent kinda cow. We can all learn a lot from him.

  • 3
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    After the utter failure of FUTA,and BASL,from the traditional home Turfs, the UNP finally has picked a Hero from old Prema’s territory.

    JVP which has already submitted their “Vision for the Future” to BASL , FUTA and Ranil’s Supreme Council of the Wise men, must have help chipped in too.

    All these efforts are to roll Rajapaksa and install the Mini Eelaam in the North for the Vellalas to run.

    Can it succeed. I wouldn’t be putting any money ..

    On the other hand the first PM of the real Eelaam seems to be on the horizon.

    And it is going to be the Chief from Chennai, not the pretender from New Jersey.

    Manmohan and the mainstream media already declared war on the Nadu Chief for pardoning the LTTE heroes who killed Prabakaran,

    Ms Pillai has done a great job to instil patriotism in her ancestral land and deliver the Tamil Nation .

    At least the Diaspora can be happy to associate with them , although it was the result of thousands of Srilankan Tamil lives.

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      Even India, that is far less exposed to western pressure are having problems with their federal structure. The punks on arm chairs are asking for the same in SL. Even after a bloody separatist struggle.

      I am not saying a federal structure is not an option for SL but it is certainly not such a straight forward issue like the punks on the arm chairs sound it like.

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        Illiberal,

        For any system to work, there must be sincere political will with fairness. This vital ingredient never present in Sri Lankan governance! The Tamils wanted their rights in terms of their language, culture, and self-governance; this is perfectly congruous with democratic credentials but shortsighted majoritarian arrogance prevailed with impunity!

  • 0
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    Sorry it should be ” who killed Rajiv the PM”

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Sorry it should be ” who killed Rajiv the PM”

      Rajiv was out of office when he was killed by your very stupid brethren.

      You should have said former prime minister instead Rajive the PM.

      He was the prime minister of India from October 31, 1984 – December 2, 1989.

      He was killed on May 21, 1991 by your brethren VP.

      Factcheck before you start typing.

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    Sri Lanka is no country for fools like Thisarnee

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      Abhaya

      “Sri Lanka is no country for fools like Thisarnee”

      Yes you are right, it is country for stupids like you.

      • 1
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        lol calling countrymen stupid and still expecting to win elections and then making conspiracy theories about computer jilmarts. Such morons!

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          Liberal One

          “lol calling countrymen stupid”

          How would you call stupid a moron?

          Learn to call a spade a spade.

  • 1
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    Tissaranee, You one of the fast diappearing erudie journalists from sriLanka.God bless you. Hope somebody can translate your writing to sinhalese.

  • 2
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    One needs not to be a rocket scientist to understand why these poor people live in these houses, they just can’t afford stay in better houses. If they are to move, it should be done voluntarily & humainly. We may all like to live in a society without poor, they might also like to live without the so called “rich” who do more harm to the environment than the poor.

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    “……..White-vanning can befall any Sinhalese who, knowingly or unknowingly, displeases the Siblings.”

    but the Muslims and Tamils? Zero casuality.

  • 1
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    Forget about Singapore and their living standards, we are talking about Srilanka.If Singapore is as good as some of you say, go, live there.

    Forget about eviction of muslims from Jafna or whether T.G came out writing only when Prabha was dead.(It looks like some people learned to read only after the death of LTTE,) I will always remember what T.G wrote about Prabha the Sun god, Ranil et al.)

    What we want today is not this talking about others or other countrys.

    We need talk about us, about now, look in to us and to act, in our small way, to defend ourselves from a killing machine.From the monster we helped to make.

    Somebody here have an idea? can someone take the lead?

    Clean city with empty stomechs and stressed population, police state with parks,benches, beaches prohibited to the poor? uncaring people, trampeling the less fortunate….

    Mahagama Sekara once wrote (when he went to Newyork), only one I know in this city is the moon that is over the horizon…. One day I may say the same thing about Colombo…

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      “Somebody here have an idea? can someone take the lead? “

      In a hypocritical world the classic Lankans are sheep going piggyback on the monster.
      ______
      “The party would withdraw services to the two opposition-held seats of Anson and Potong Pasir, and if all of Singapore votes us out, we withdraw all services everywhere and entirely.” – On Potong Pasir and Anson electing non-PAP MPs
      ____
      “We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two… We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellectually and culturally anaemic.” -Lee Kuan Yew in 1967.
      _____

      “We have to lock up people, without trial, whether they are communists, whether they are language chauvinists, whether they are religious extremists. If you don’t do that, the country would be in ruins.” – Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, 1986

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      Poetry is good. But it won’t put food inside stomachs. There is a reason why Sri Lankans leave for countries like Australia, US and of course Singapore. Let Sri Lanka prosper or else you would be the same people who will be complaining how under-developed Sri Lanka is in another decade.

  • 1
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    This is the real picture of todays situation of Sri Lanka. What is the difference between LTTE and the regime. international community crazy and is there is any conspiracy against us? This govt. is destroying our country and the community. We don’t want to have a situation like in Ukraine today.

  • 2
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    SinHella radical Bhikkus are following in the foot steps / ideology of Zionism. As long as the majority keeps electing the godfather goata to ruin what’s left in the country. What a waste.

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