25 October, 2020

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Lessons (Not) Learnt And Reconciliation Spurned!

By Lukman Harees

Lukman Harees

Everywhere I go I see increasing evidence of people swirling about in a human cesspit of their own making.-  Norman – Angell

Are Sri Lankans getting into the same mind-set of the Zimbabweans under Mugabe? One wonders  when reading  about the unravelling comical events in the country. We need to understand why Mugabe is often revered by those who live, or have lived, in previously colonized nations.  He literally fought for the independence of his country from an oppressive occupying government and won.  As a British colony a white minority group prospered and had held sway over national decisions with their own interests in mind rather than those of the black Zimbabweans.  The ascension of Mugabe to Presidency  signalled the end of an era and the beginning of a hopeful future.  He brandished a fiery rhetoric and castigating the white colonizers and their allies. Yet, he also made a charming impression on the whites particularly who had the benefit of three decades’ hindsight . ”If yesterday I fought as an enemy, today you have become a friend. If yesterday you hated me, today you cannot avoid the love that binds you to me, and me to you.”

With these words, exactly 30 years ago, Robert Mugabe sought to reassure whites and blacks on the eve of his swearing-in as prime minister of the newly independent and internationally recognised state of Zimbabwe He became a hero to his struggling black countrymen. Mugabe was a freedom fighter and he won, the only problem is the curtain did close.  Thirty years later, we cannot even decipher  any  hopeful ceremonies  uniting Zimbabweans on a common platform  and any echoes of the uplifting moments which the country witnessed at the beginning. Zimbabwe has been travelling since then on a downslide . The economy has been  getting in deep trouble by the day . Incompetence and corruption were on glaring display. The nation remains all but bankrupt and isolated, and life for most Zimbabweans remains paralysed.

Why do people still support Mugabe? There are people around Mugabe who are benefiting. It’s in their interest that he will stay. They are few, but they are benefiting. This is their last chance to loot the country, to build up their wealth. And they are stronger than those who realise that change is inevitable. There is too much of a culture of fear, of impotence, for them to do something. The war veterans are also split, but it’s not clear which faction has more support.But the Zimbabweans generally in their hearts believe that this situation  can’t go on like this for much longer; it must be the beginning of the end.

Back in Sri Lanka, after a disastrous 30 years old savage War , which resulted from the short sighted political expediency after Independence, President MR too emerged as the leader who liberated our country from the shackles of  Tiger extremism and terrorism. He announced in May 2009, that all Sri Lankans irrespective of their racial and other petty differences should desire a united and harmonious Sri Lanka. He pointed out that creating a Sri Lankan nation under one flag and with one objective is the goal of his government, and that the government is committed and dedicated to treat all Sri Lankans equally with no discrimination. He also said that  ‘hereafter there will be no majority or minority and all will be Sri Lankans, and  that there will not be discrimination against anyone just because a person does not belong to the majority community. He also warned the youth not to become prey to the vicious campaigns being mooted by certain politically motivated groups to divide the nation on ethnic and religious grounds and shatter peace and harmony existing in the country.

Just few years after the end of the War, government of MR seems to have surrendered this lofty goal  at the alter of some fringe Sinhala Buddhist groups ,allowing them to drive Sri Lanka into another frenzy of extremism; this time along religious lines. Taking the example of Mugabe, he would have been a national war hero and a leader who liberated Zimbabwe from the white rule ;but the business of governing his country and the ability and ethics to do in a competent manner is obviously something Mugabe- the freedom fighter  woefully lacked. Churchill too, was the best war time leader Britain had, but lost power at the subsequent election, as he failed to prove  to the electorate  that he could govern effectively  in peace time . We therefore need to look at the effectiveness of  MR government in peace time , quite apart from the significant lead role played by MR and his government  to end the War, however controversially it may appear to some critics.

Today, what we witness  in Sri Lanka, in the post war Sri Lanka is the disintegration of the social landscape along religious and racial lines forgetting the bitter lessons of the three decades of an expensive ethnic conflict , the decline of our moral compass in all spheres , political expediency in the decision making process of the government , the relegation of social justice to the side-lines and the degeneration of the rule of law in the society. Although MR government cannot be blamed for these ills, at least they could be held responsible for failing to arrest the declining the law and order situation in the country and the lack of a coherent and a plausible economic policy for the country. Regarding the former , a humorous story goes that when an Afghanistan Minister declared at the Sri Lankan airport , that he was the Minister of Ports and Navigation, the officer politely mentioned that there were no sea fronts in Afghanistan as it is a landlocked country. Prompt came the retort : ‘Well! you also have a Minister of Law and Justice, don’t you?’  .

It may be the impeachment of the CJ and the installation of another controversial figure  in her place, the comical circumstances  in which Duminda Silva was acquitted or those involved in the ‘ Fashion Bug’ case were released ,or how Azath Salley was taken in and later released , or how the rogue monks and their goon squads were left untouched despite clear evidence of their involvement in anti social and racist attacks and  how the Police acted partially in these circumstances ,the international community on the one hand and our future generation on the other, are watching with gaped mouths  the type of  Sri Lanka our present leaders are attempting to shape- lawless and without character. That too with the connivance of the people of Sri Lanka ,through their naivety, silence and apathy in respect of the unravelling events before their eyes.   The silence of the majority was deafening  whether it was the case of 1983 goons out on the streets persecuting the innocent Tamils or destroying their properties, or the case of the extremist BBS/SR on the streets and the social networking sites making Muslims  and the ‘other’ look like aliens and traitors .

As a country, we are certainly lost in a swirl in the ocean- The Indian Ocean. Swirl denotes utter confusion or disorder .  An Island , which glittered on the world map as ‘the Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, was  known as the Paradise Isle to many visitors to its’ shores, and a land which the Buddhists believe had been thrice blessed by Lord Buddha,  therefore continues to swirl about in a cesspit of its’ own making and on a fast track to becoming a country with many laws and fundamental rights but without the rule of law, social justice and space for the ‘other’. No amount of  lessons which the history taught our  nation arising from a disastrous war spanning 30 long years and the resultant economic setbacks  or no amount of missed historic opportunities offered to us after the proclamation of Independence in 1948 or at the end of  the War to unite and work together , appear to bother us or enthuse us in the least.  As a respected monk observed in a press interview regarding the electricity price hike, ‘We Sri Lankans need to come out of the tame mentality complex, stand up and be counted’.

Sri Lanka may not be as broken a country as Zimbabwe, as it stands . Further, post-independence Sri Lanka also cannot be tarred with the same brush as there is still space within the public domain to express public displeasure through the power of the vote and the recent events are certainly not a testament  to some inherent Sri Lankan  inability to govern.  It however shows  that public apathy and silence on vital issues of governance and  communal harmony , if continues to prevail in this country,  may lead to a minority rule as oppressive and inconsiderate of the welfare of citizens as the  ignominious Tiger rule which we witnessed in  some parts of Sri Lanka  before May 2009. Zimbabwe may showcase our future, if we do  not learn lessons and break the timid-ness, silence and naivety to speak up for our constitutional rights , social justice dues  and to uphold the rule of law.  Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims , should not be embroiled eternally  in a heated futile  debate as to who came first , who came next  OR who is the guest and who is the host ,  without fighting for the common cause to establish rule of law and fight for social justice , based on the fundamental rights under the Constitution and the political, civil, social and cultural rights entitled under the UDHR.  This is certainly a class based struggle and not a race based struggle. Failure to do so  is akin to writing ourselves  a “how-to” manual for national destruction. In this regard, the Zimbabwe case therefore offers some important insights. It illustrates the prime importance of accountability as an antidote to idiocy and excess. It highlights the lasting effects of  the reluctance by people to criticize their own leaders and also offers a stark warning about what can happen when political elites operate with no fear of being taken to task.

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has famously argued that no functioning democracy has ever suffered a famine, because democratic governments “have to win elections and face public criticism, and have strong incentive to undertake measures to avert famines and other catastrophes.”.   If  Sri Lanka is to move forward as a common front, , the people should hold the government which they elected through their ballot to account ,  and should be alert to ensure that the regime is and will be reflective of the aspirations of its’ people, and attuned to feel their pulse to live in a multi ethnic and a multi lingual Sri Lanka ,free from the drum beats of the racist goons and free from the widening inequality and the polarization between rich and poor.  Euphoria about the ‘ victory’ over Tigers should stop  as it has already  been used by Sinhala Buddhist extremist elements as a victory over the Tamils, thereby eating into the psychology of the Tamil community.  Side shows of hate speeches  against the Muslims  have been clearly further marginalizing the Muslims  and adversely affecting the cordial  relations stretching to many centuries . It is imperative that all communities alike get together for a common cause – to build a Sri Lanka where the rule of law rules and communal amity is restored and social justice is meted out to everyone who have made now this Isle  their home  and are citizens irrespective of who came first and who followed.

As a nation, we should not protest simply to vent to our anger and alienation. We have to take action to change the society, of course in a non- violent manner. Whether they are merely sit-ins, candle lit vigils, demonstrations , or even mass marches , they should be grounded in political reality that serve as  means of winning actual changes. We must understand that the injustices we are suppose to oppose are deeper and more complex than just some bad people with racist ideas or corrupt officials plundering public wealth or characters like Duminda Silva or Mervyn Silva giving credence to the fact :Might is Right. Beneath the surface of  lawlessness or social injustice ,lies a “Brown Sahib power-structure” of wealthy individuals, powerful corporates, and influential politicians who derive significant economic and political benefits from systemic racism, communalism , majoritarianism and feudalism and therefore they use  their power to establish, extend, and maintain the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots. If we need to change that system, we had to understand what political power is, where it comes from, how it is generated, and how it can be used to change society. JRJ, CBK , RP or MR were once part of the movement to change this system in one way or another. But once they were part of it, they get assimilated and go around the vicious circle. As Albert Einstein said “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”.

When we look at political power in the abstract, we see three sources, or kinds, of political power namely Violence-power,( In a democracy, government is the primary holder and wielder of violence-power), Money-power (The primary holders and wielders of money-power are wealthy individuals, large corporates, and in some contexts government itself), and People-power ,which is the power to organize protests that affect public opinion and change the cultural context and to elect or recall politicians among others. .( Bruce Hartford, 2008).   In a democracy, the primary wielders of people-power are membership organizations, mass movements, and unorganized individuals acting in concert. People-power is the only real power that those of us who are neither rich nor at the top of government have. Both wealth and government do everything they can to maintain their power by making us feel helpless and confused. One way is by telling us that in a democracy it is only through elections that we the people wield power. True, people-power can be exercised through elections , but only when there are organizations and movements that educate and mobilize people around their interests OUTSIDE of the electoral process. However, in SL in the absence of a viable opposition, the civic society/ Media should take charge. To be politically effective using people-power, we have to build mass popular support. In our society, building popular support based on violence won’t work,  as the state is well-organized and over-equipped for suppressing violence and further people too fear and oppose violence. Thus, in our society today ,social change through violence does not work. It is therefore important to mobilise  people-power to create social change, only through non- violent means.

In this context, when communal issues come in- between to mar our common goals , it will benefit those who are in power by dividing the opposing ranks.  Community leaders should therefore form a body and discuss these parochial issues of communal issues  frankly and freely, thereby not allowing spilling over of such issues to the streets. Civil leadership and a vibrant Media should guide public opinion to divert attention towards common causes rather than divisive communal causes .Fighting for a society where rule of law and social justice rules roost is certainly not a cause limited to one community ; rather it is a common cause where all , irrespective of racial and religious differences can unite  and work towards.  The role of an effective unbiased Media is also a must in helping people to heal the wounds of War ,to raise a future generation free from racial bias  and also create a common consensus in effective ways of dealing with national issues in a civilized and  fair-minded manner .

In building a common movement for this purpose, it  is also pertinent and important to get the  full commitment of the Sinhala Buddhist community  who are numerically in the majority. It is therefore a fact that  unless the fears and concerns of the Sinhala Buddhist people are not addressed and sorted out,, in the same manner the concerns of the ‘other; are addressed,  it will be an utopian dream to achieve sustainable peace and development in Sri Lanka. It will be a national priority , however they may seem misplaced by other communities. Sociologists observe that the Sinhalese entertain the constant fear that as a nation they would be wiped out from the face of the earth in the not too distant future , seeing  themselves as one of the smallest and weakest communities in the world . They view their religion threatened by Christianization and Islamization ,also experiencing hostility from Tamil Nadu with a population of 60 million. They also think that their language will in the future go into extinction . Besides this, they also feel that their community has been  numerically going down progressively due to family planning by taking the government policy too seriously and they are morally going down with lack of patriotism owing to pre-occupation with selfishness, with immorality, crime and corruption. It should also be appreciated that psychologically Sinhala Buddhists go back to the times after 1815 A.D. when the Sinhalese Buddhists were the underdogs, when they felt losing national pride and self-esteem. Naturally,  they refer to their “Sinhala Buddhist-ness “, when minorities refer to themselves as ‘Tamils”, “Muslims”, “Christians” etc. This is what Nera Wickramasinghe, an author in history (2006) refers to as the ‘minority’ complex of the majority Sinhalese. They therefore perceive that it is a cry in desperation for self-preservation than intended to hurt the minorities or deprive them of their equality of status as citizens. It is therefore important that a line is drawn between the extremist and at times violent slogans of the ultra-nationalist BBS/SR and the genuine fears and concerns of the Sinhala Buddhist people ,which are abused by the former elements to serve their selfish agendas. It is imperative that those who want to create a united and a prosperous Sri Lanka for their future progeny to promote mutual understanding between communities under a common Sri Lankan identity.

It has also to be realized by all people irrespective of which community one belongs to , that they suffer not due to communal strife per se but from inequalities, mis-governance, corruption, social injustice, politicization of the vital government institutions and the breakdown of law and order. The sooner we understand the underlying causes, the better.

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    In a positive note, Lanka should learn lessons specially from Dubai, a city prides itself to host more than 197 nationalities. The city officials give priority to safety, security, opportunity and the rule of Law to a great extent. Corruption kept at a minimum and the wrath of law descends upon those who are guilty; where Culture and Religion are left alone as personal preferences and thus completely focusing on economic development through Shariah complaint infrastructure Sukuks.

    Lanka has plenty of natural resources to attract overseas funds only if they are able to get out of the protectionist mentality. Lanka’s current social policies are discouraging to investors in the private sector. Even the wealthy expatriate Lankans will stay away until they see a change in governance.

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    LH

    You are wrong as it is not only Sinhalese in fear of extinction but some large ethnic groups also do. Sinhalese may be one of the smallest but not the weakest as they have survived much more harder situations than this for over 25 centuries. In current context they have clearly understood that the Muslim places and Buddhist places are attacked not by each other but the NGO agents who have been paid to somehow separate Eastern Muslims from the government to facilitate their paymasters dream of making a Christian Elam in N&E, which faced a multiple array of failures recently, a reality even in current circumstances. However the Sinhalese have determined to protect the Buddhism and SL and therefore those conspirators will be wiped out in the not too distance future as a repetition of the great SL history.

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      A very good example of a person who is not only blind but does not wish to see.

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        You foolish frog

        Reply to points or come out of your well and start your schooling.

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      @ Ajith Kumara

      “…. In current context they have clearly understood that the Muslim places and Buddhist places are attacked not by each other but the NGO agents who have been paid to somehow separate Eastern Muslims from the government to facilitate their paymasters dream of making a Christian Elam in N&E,….”

      What are the Buddhist places that have been attacked? What are the names of these NGOs? Who are the attackers? Who is paying them? Do you know? Or are you making it up to cover up the fact that those who are inciting and taking part in violence are manifestly Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalists. They are supported and protected by the Police and Army who look on benignly while they vandalise public propterty. The very police force that is controlled by non other than the brother of the President who does not reprimand or act against the individuals guilty of neglecting their duty by not enforcing the law of the land. The govt of the President which then arrests an opposition politician for incitement over an angry comment he is supposed to have made over the madness and injustice he sees all over Sri Lanka? … If you could only back up your wild accusations without trying to pass the blame on to the usual scape goats your post may be worth reading. Seems like the plan is to move on to the Christians after you’ve done away with the Moslems. Tamils-Down, Moslems-going down, just the Christians to sort out and then you can proclaim your 2600 year Sinhala Buddhist utopia. Happy Sambuddha Jayanthi!

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        You shameless traiter

        Trying to coverup cat shit dropped on the stone.

        Sinhalese, Hindus, Muslims and Christians live together in SL and some who called the NGO’s are trying to destroy it as they did for 33 years in the name of peace. Call BBS and they’ll provide the list of attacks on Buddhist places against the list of Muslim and Christian places regularly published by the NGO’s in provacation of communal unrest. You name the places in SL where police and defence forces attacked minorities without bringing false accusations about the law and order in democratic SL. Previous defence secrataries gifted veapons to VP led terrorists and helped them to kill 10,000’s of civilions, defence forces and unarmed innocent police personal.

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          The police did nothing when the Anuradhapura Moslem shrine was attacked.The police did nothing with the Dambulla mosque was attached. When the Navinna shop was attacked and now when the Kuragala shrine was attacked. They even stood idly by and even encouraged the rioters during the July 1983 pogrom. So there.. I have given you a few examples.

          Now you tell me which Buddhist shrines were attacked by Moslems or Christians. Why should I aske the BBS? I dont know anyone in it. But you made the claim. So you defend your claim without trying to pass the buck. You can name some the NGOs too while you are at it and show some evidence for your claims. If you can that it. Name calling and scattalogical references unfortunately do not bolster your claim that Christians and NGOs are responsible for all the evil we see about us. Sorry.

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            Dingiri (you cunning shit appear in an ancient upcountry Sinhala name)

            Do not try to twist it intentionally to mislead CT readers. I never said Christians, Moslems or Buddhists attack each other’s places in SL (read my previous posts). I said it is done by you and Christian NGO’s in provocation of communal unrest in SL to somehow separate Muslims from the government to facilitate their paymasters dream of making a Christian Elam in N&E (2 birds in one stone). There may be all the ethnicities working for them but I call them so as the pay masters who fund them are Christian countries and the Christian TGTE/LTTE in exile.

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            Blind and Foolish Dingiriya the biggest Joker

            Your list of attacks on Moslem places have been already properly dealt and settled in SL courts. If a policeman has turned a blind eye to a crime it is an offend in SL and court do not leave those police acts untreated as you can see it even in basic SL courts. Having known that they are not above the law in SL, the police have made their practical policies too in order to un-violently dealing with people as far as possible in people sensitive issues. 83 riots were started by the LTTE and several 1000’s in Colombo alone were arrested and punished then too after few days of the unfortunate incidents.

            You blind fool have not even read the hot CT post of latest media conference of the BBS where they listed many Buddhist places attacked in the East (by NGO spies) and challenged the minister (WW).

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    Ajith Kumara

    Please read the writer’s message. He is only quoting the sociologists that Sinhalese perceive them to be at the road ot extinction as a race. it is only a perception. I was listening to the comments made by the JHU representative at a recent convention organized by the Young Jounalist forum (addressed by speakers like Sumanthiran and Javid Yusuf) ,he also reiterated on a personal note (not the offical JHU view) that what Sinhalese have is a fear of extinction . If any solution to these hate attacks is to be found, these fears need be addressed. The writer of this article also tries to bring that point home.

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      Dear HArrish

      As all the races Sinhalese also are in fear of extinction. Why Sinhalese also are in fear for any devolution of power to N&E

      1. Tamil leaders are racists/ castists and refuses to integrate in to one country.
      2. They go after and complain the west to punish Sinhalese instead of finding local solutions for their socalled grievences.
      3. They adamantly demand full control of the N&E (66%) being just 6% with the fabricated history of Tmil homeland in SL
      4. UN whch is biased to them is nothing but a victors (west) club of the WWII
      5. Sinhalese have past experiences and they are not stupid (perhaps the wisest – my perception)
      6. N&E have been already subjected to ethnic cleansing for over 500 years of western rule.
      So the above issues should be addressed first before thinking of treating Sinhalese. However rule of law, social justice, peace and prosperity have been achieved in SL despite Harees’ false claim and/or wrong social diagnostic.

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    Please do not pre judge without reading the full article. the thrust of the my article was

    – the underlying cause of the problems in SL are the absence of the rule of law and social justice,more than communal – the fears and

    – concerns of all communities need to be adressed including the majority community, if peace and prosperity are to be achieved.

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      Lukman Harees,

      Well said, but, there is self interest here.
      1. Sinhala Buddhists: Mahanama Monk Myths, of Sinhala Buddhist(Imported) Island.

      2. The Catholic and later Christian dream of turning Lanka into into a Catholic Island.

      3. The Sinhala Buddhist racism, the riots, the breakdown of Law and Order, unequal treatment of minorities, and these are are the Ethos of True Buddhism.

      You want to call Sri Lanka a “Buddhist” Country? Then call Nazi Germany a “Christian” country. At least they had some blessings of the Pope.

      4. However, do not tar all law abiding Pios Buddhist from the actions of BBS and the current State. It is all self interest.

      In fact the BBS is funded by Norway and the Christian West- The New Imperialism.

      DeJa Vu.

      Back to the year 1500 A.D., the Yaer of the “Lord”, with the blessings of the Pope.

      Amarasiri

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      We could not agree more Luckman Harees

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    Dear Lukman Harees – You say

    “Everywhere I go I see increasing evidence of people swirling about in a human cesspit of their own making.- Norman – Angell”

    “Are Sri Lankans getting into the same mind-set of the Zimbabweans under Mugabe? “

    Well. Go need to get to the history and genealogy here.

    The ROOT cause is the Racist Monk Mahanama Myths added to the Historical Chronicle of the Island, Mahawansa, as to Sinhala Racism and Buddhism. The add,…

    Between 1500 (1505 for Lanka-Portuguese) and 1899 CE (1796 for Lanka-English),with Papal Blessings, western Europeans sailed pretty much all over the world and colonized pretty much everything.

    If you go through the articles and then the various comments to the articles, you will get something closer to the truth.

    Part of the problem is Christian West Proxy Axis disinformation schemes. They still live on MYTHS and the New Western Imperialism.

    Even the so called Budu Bala Sena was funded by this Christian Tamil West Proxy Axis. The Patriotic Minister Wimal Weerawansa has exposed these elements.

    Sinhala Buddhists, Muslims and Tamil Hindus need to be BEWARE of the disinformation campaign. They control the media.This is the new tactic after the failure of LTTE to form a Christian West controlled state in Lanka, like in East Timor, Philippines and other places.

    1. Tried to make Lanka a Papal Catholic Island using the Portuguese.

    2. 1962 Catholic Coup in Sri Lana.

    3. LTTE Christian Assisted Separation of Country

    4. Now new techniques of Human Rights Violations against Lanka

    5. Drive a wedge between Sinhala Buddhists and Muslims by using Proxy Norway and West funded BBS.

    6. Drive a wedge between Sri Lanka and the Muslim Countries.

    7. Split Lanka Internally.

    8. It makes it easier for a Western Christian lead proxy takeover.

    Norway, and the Christian West: A Conspiracy.

    There is a lot to what Minister Wimal Weerawansa is saying.

    1. Norway funded BBS, Christian Fundamentalist money to Attack Muslims.

    2. Christian Fundamentalist Strategy.

    First they tried to Break Up Sri Lanka. Now funding BBS.
    Why did BBS go to USA. Conspiracy with US Fundamentalist Christians?

    Who knows? Buddhists beware of the Christian Fundamentalists from the West.

    See

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpnF15cHuQw

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      Amarasiri,

      “Even the so called Budu Bala Sena was funded by this Christian Tamil West Proxy Axis. The Patriotic Minister Wimal Weerawansa has exposed these elements.”

      If that is so, why are the Police and their commander in chief Gotabhaya Rajapakse doing nothing about it? Why are they simply looking on while the hooligans vandalise private property? Why are the Mahanayakes not saying anything. Are the Rajapakses and Mahanayakes also secretly part of this Christian conspiracy?

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        Dear Dingiri Sahodaraya,

        Yes. Absolutely.

        Ask the Question? Who Gains? Christians, BBS, Buddhst Racists, The MaRa Govt.

        Who Loses? The people, the ordinary Buddhists and the people.
        [Edited out]

        Please stop posting the same article under all posts – CT

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          Dear Colombo Telegraph,

          This is all about FACTS, MYTHS, REASON and MORALITY.

          Thank you for the patience and putting up with the same article, because it is very hard to dispel the Myths from Myth Holders. I will spread it out going forward and have more space going forward, so that non-Myth holders are not distracted.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mythology

          1. Yes it is very difficult to dispel MYTHS. History is full of them. Even with scientific facts people were not completely successful in completely eradicating MYTHS, especially religious MYTHS.

          If it was MYTH that got them there in the FIRST Place, Reason will not get them OUT of there.

          It is unknown how many “Marketing or Information” touches are needed to “Swing” the opinions of only a few MYTH holders. It is also known that multiple touches can swing a few. However, there is one set of data that is available, on the Myth of the Church and Middle Ages, the Sun going around the Earth, with data available from 1543, further confirmed around 1600, and still 22% of Americans during 2007, yes Americans according to the National Science Foundation Study, believe in the Myth that the Sun goes around the Earth. This is about 1.6% Myth conversion rate every 10 years.

          So I do not expect Miracles in the thinking behind the Myths of Religion and History, and the Religion virus that is the primary cause of all these Myths,

          So, I made the logical assumption that 22% of the Colombo Telegraph readers are Myth Holders, which could be way off, as the sample could be skewed.

          Examples:

          http://www.nobeliefs.com/beliefs.htm

          People have slaughtered each other in wars, inquisitions, and political actions for centuries and still kill each other over beliefs in religions, political ideologies, and philosophies. These belief-systems, when stated as propositions, may appear mystical, and genuine to the naive, but when confronted with a testable bases from reason and experiment, they fail miserably. I maintain that faiths (types of beliefs) create more social problems than they solve and the potential dangers from them could threaten the future of humankind.

          The Myth of Christian Persecution

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/candida-moss/the-myth-of-christian-persecution_b_2901880.html

          DeJa Vu

          Thanks,
          Amarasiri

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    No disrespect to where he is from, there is a vast difference between Sri Lankans and Zimbabweans. Even thee great western nations unravel comical events in the countries.
    Mugabe fought the white minority (mainly British) government which had held sway over
    Zimbabwe.

    Sri Lanka had democratically elected governments since independence in 1948. The minority Tamils did not govern the country. Some disgruntled Tamil dissidents formed a terrorist organisation (LTTE) and held the country to ransom with their sordid demand of separatism. It was only the current President Rajapakse who had the courage and determination to rid the nation of the scourge of LTTE Tamil tiger terrorists and terrorism. Any war is savage and deadly.

    There was no short sighted political expediency after Independence. Did you expect the governance of the country to be given to the minority Tamils. Sri Lanka has been one nation and will remain so. Thanks to gallant warriors of the armed forces who laid down their lives for the protection of their fellow countrymen and the integrity of the nation.

    Extremists groups are prevalent in every country and every community, religious or racial. This is something every government have to address during their term in power. If the general public does not like them they will be voted out and President Rajapakse must be quite well aware of it. The effectiveness of the MR government should be judged by the Sri Lankans and not by the international community.

    If you want to talk about disintegration see countries like, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan whose people are seeing the development and prosperity that the Western nations have given them after so called liberation! The sectarian divides they have created! Who created the landscape of Israel and is there peace and tranquillity! You talk of Law and Justice, where is president Obama’s pledge to close Guantanamo bay!

    Sri Lanka will move forward as a common front. The people will hold the government which they elected through their ballot to account , and are alert to ensure that the regime is and will be reflective of the aspirations of its’ people, and attuned to feel their pulse to live in a multi ethnic and a multi lingual Sri Lanka ,free from the drum beats of the racist goons and free from the widening inequality and the polarization between rich and poor. However these are the motives of any democratic country.

    There is no effective unbiased Media. The media men, the NGO’s and the so called independent UN bodies are biased. They sing according to the benefits heaped into their pockets. What were the Navi Pillai’s, the AI, the UNHRC, HRW and others do during 20/30 years of conflict, played the fiddle!

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    No disrespect to where he is from, there is a vast difference between Sri Lankans and Zimbabweans. Even the great western nations unravel comical events in the countries. Mugabe fought the white minority (mainly British) government which had held sway over Zimbabwe.

    Sri Lanka had democratically elected governments since independence in 1948. The minority Tamils did not govern the country. Some disgruntled Tamil dissidents formed a terrorist organisation (LTTE) and held the country to ransom with their sordid demand of separatism. It was only the current President Rajapakse who had the courage and determination to rid the nation of the scourge of LTTE Tamil tiger terrorists and terrorism. Any war is savage and deadly.

    There was no short sighted political expediency after Independence. Did you expect the governance of the country to be given to the minority Tamils. Sri Lanka has been one nation and will remain so. Thanks to gallant warriors of the armed forces who laid down their lives for the protection of their fellow countrymen and the integrity of the nation.

    Extremists groups are prevalent in every country and every community, religious or racial. This is something every government have to address during their term in power. If the general public does not like them they will be voted out and President Rajapakse must be quite well aware of it. The effectiveness of the MR government should be judged by the Sri Lankans and not by the international community.

    If you want to talk about disintegration see countries like, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan whose people are seeing the development and prosperity that the Western nations have given them after so called liberation! The sectarian divides they have created! Who created the landscape of Israel and is there peace and tranquility! You talk of Law and Justice, where is president Obama’s pledge to close Guantanamo bay!

    Sri Lanka will move forward as a common front. The people will hold the government which they elected through their ballot to account , and are alert to ensure that the regime is and will be reflective of the aspirations of its’ people, and attuned to feel their pulse to live in a multi-ethnic and a multi-lingual Sri Lanka ,free from the drum beats of the racist goons and free from the widening inequality and the polarization between rich and poor. However these are the motives of any democratic country.

    There is no effective unbiased Media. The media men, the NGO’s and the so called independent UN bodies are biased. They sing according to the benefits heaped into their pockets. What were the Navi Pillai’s, the AI, the UNHRC, HRW and others do during 20/30 years of conflict, played the fiddle!

    National issues can be dealt in a civilized and fair-minded manner when the issues demanded (TNA demands) are civilized and fair. For a united and a prosperous Sri Lanka for their future progeny to promote mutual understanding between communities under a common Sri Lankan identity, integration is necessary where a Sri Lankan is able to live and work wherever they like in Sri Lanka. With integration comes reconciliation comes a common Sri Lankan identity.

    It is time for those that advocate and mislead Sri Lankans into separatism to lay down their elusive dreams.

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