16 May, 2022

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Majoritarian Intransigence & Foreign Interference

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

This is a sequel to what I published last week titled, “Economic Misery and Majoritarian Tyranny.

No country’s sovereignty is sacrosanct in today’s borderless world. Endless cross border flows of people and information keep practically every corner of the world abreast of happenings elsewhere. Therefore, all national governments are compelled by necessity to take cognizance of not only how domestic public opinion reacts to their policies and practices but also how world opinion responds to them. How to manage both is the greatest challenge facing all governments. It is the duty of government diplomats stationed abroad in respective embassies to manage foreign opinion. But that management however, is an expensive exercise, which many less developed countries find unaffordable as Sri Lanka realizes now and beginning to close a few of its embassies. Given this global context it is always wiser and cheaper for governments to solve domestic issues quickly and judiciously without allowing them to simmer and become subjects for outside influence, pressures and interference. Local intransigence and unwillingness to compromise on controversial issues damage not only the growth and welfare of a nation but also attracts foreign intervention. Sri Lanka is caught in this classic trap between local intransigence and foreign interference.

The most outstanding illustration of this intransigence is the unresolved ethnic problem, which, even after a civil war, the real cost of which has bankrupted the national coffer, continues to persist and has allowed foreign powers to intervene. Without going into its history, what lies at the bottom of the problem is the intransigence of an ideology manufactured by groups of Sinhala-Buddhist ultra-nationalist intellectuals, writers, preachers and political activists, who believe that none of the ethnic and religious minorities in the country belong to Sri Lanka, and that their members could therefore not claim equal rights with majority Sinhalese. Historical and archaeological evidence to prove that Tamils of Sri Lanka are at least contemporaneous as the Sinhalese and that Muslims are over a millennium old integrated community are all arrogantly rejected as irrelevant.

The idea that the total ownership of this island belongs only to the Sinhalese remained buried in the hearts and minds of majoritarian ideologues for a long time until it came out to the open in the immediate aftermath of the civil war in 2009. Soon after that victory when a jubilant President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared from the podium that there would be no more Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims in future but only Sri Lankans, there was silent disapproval from the majoritarian camp while the rest of the crowd listened to the leader rejoiced with a great sigh of relief. That silence of the idealogues sent a strong warning to the President not to cross the line, and since then he rarely talked of Sri Lankans in an inclusive sense. A decade later, on 7 June 2019, a militant Buddhist monk declared from a public platform in Kandy that Sri Lanka belonged only to Sinhala Buddhists. When one Buddhist politician refuted that claim hardline Buddhist monks chastised him as an apostate until he died of Covid in June 2021.

The majoritarian ideology became even more calcified and unashamedly intransigent after its propagandists and powerbrokers enabled Rajapaksa dynasty to recapture the Presidency in 2019, and made its incumbent an authoritarian by engineering the passage of the 20th Amendment in Parliament. Ideological intransigence became more explicit when the newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) visited New Delhi in November 2019 to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi where GR promised to implement the India inspired 13th Amendment to solve the ethnic issue. Alas! no sooner he returned home, pressure from the majoritarian quarters was so intense that he had to renegue. Later, in the middle of 2021, GR invited Tamil leaders for direct talks but again recalcitrance from GR’s backyard forced him to cancel that invitation rather hurriedly. In September that year, he also gave an undertaking to the UN Secretary General in New York that he would meet members of the Tamil diaspora community for talks. That has not eventuated until now. The stumbling block in all this is the intransigence of Sinhala-Buddhist hardliners to concede anything to the minorities, because in their view all minorities are aliens. What options then do Tamils have other than to go international?

It is the same story regarding the Muslim community also. That community was openly labelled alien more than a century ago. That label reappeared with episodes of anti-Muslim violence during Rajapaksa presidencies. With the onset of the pandemic, majoritarian anti-Muslim attitude was reflected in President GR’s decision to force cremation of Muslim Covid-dead bodies based on quasi-science and in total disregard to Muslim religious sensitivities, which left that community no alternative but to go internationally and complain to the OIC and UNHCR. Although forced cremation was relaxed after pressure from the latter, still Muslim Covid-dead are compelled to be buried only in one spot in the entire island putting Muslim families to inordinate agony and suffering. On top of all this is the so-called OCOL task force headed by a demagogic Buddhist monk, with a sinister agenda to destroy the cultural heterogeneity of this nation. OCOL’s latest meddling with subject content in school texts on Islam without explaining to the public the reasons for it, is a dangerous exercise and may have international repercussions.

Finally, are the Catholic Christians. To the majoritarian ideologues Christianity like Islam is also an alien religion and their fight against Christianity goes back to 1950s with the Catholic Action movement. Currently, Catholics are crying for justice for losses of life and property suffered in 2019 Easter infamy. All that Archbishop Ranjit is demanding is full implementation of findings of the Presidential Commission of Investigation report. It was a commission appointed by President GR and it is he who is now refusing to carry out its recommendations. Could anyone therefore blame the prelate for taking his case to Vatican and through that to international courts of justice?

In all the above instances the actions of President GR personify majoritarian intransigence when it comes to minority issues. In short, GR embodies Sinhala-Buddhist majoritarianism. The inevitable consequence of this intransigence is therefore foreign pressure and foreign interference in domestic affairs. There is no use crying threat to sovereignty, because, as pointed out at the beginning, sovereignty is a hollowed political concept in today’s global village. It is also not enough to introduce cosmetic changes to controversial legislations like PTA and Public Security Act, in the name of reforms. Such an exercise is actually intended more to mollify local hardliners than to comply with demands from international bodies. It is all too clear that the majoritarian built regime has a contemptuous attitude towards international community. In a sense even the current resistance by Rajapaksas to go to IMF for debt restructuring and solution to the economic crisis is also be a reflection of this attitude.

Foreign pressure and interference can take several forms, and the most effective one in the context of Sri Lanka’s small and open economy is obviously economic. The threat of GSPL withdrawal by EU is one such pressure. More than that, foreign economic pressure is also mixed with foreign policy pressures. As economic and foreign policy pressures mount, they may even force governments to compromise on territorial sovereignty as is happening already. Do the majoritarian ideologues realize where their intransigence pushing the country into?

Unity in diversity is the only salvation for plural Sri Lanka and its economy. The economic ruination witnessed today is the long-term consequence of the intransigent ideology of majoritarianism. That ideology has been the edifice upon which all governments since 1947 were erected. All of them collectively destroyed that unity. Nothing could replace the synergy of the total population of a nation in the war on economic growth. Singapore is the prime example of this synergy. In Sri Lanka, majoritarianism has impoverished that synergy and today’s economic immiserization is the stark reality of that impoverishment.

It is impossible however to achieve unity and free the country from foreign interference without disempowering majoritarianism and removing its upholders from the seat of government. To achieve that another Buddhist reawakening seems desperately needed. It is the Buddhist community that should realize this imperative for change. The reawakening should be pioneered this time by enlightened intellectuals and non-politicized Buddhist monks who understand the essence of Buddha’s principles of state governance, as those principles were so clearly elucidated by the two eminently erudite monks referred to in my previous piece. Today’s politicized Sangha is badly in need of reeducation in Buddhist governance. With such governance, the country should regain its past glory as a peaceful, tolerant and prosperous Serendib as known to ancient Arabs.

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    Sinhalese Buddhist majoritarians (majority of the Sinhalese) believe: Might is right, numerical majority equals democracy and their opinions.

    They don’t stop to think in today’s world Sinhalese Buddhists are tiny numerically and their might is puny compared to the mighty powers in the world. Even their military might is not intrinsic but is the handy work of 23 countries including all the super powers.

    This is the same way Hitler and the Nazis thought and the result is history.

    Sinhalese majoritarians ought to wake up realize how their economy came down in tatters as a result of majoritarianism, and their mighty military and governing power may follow the same destiny.

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      “This is the same way Hitler and the Nazis thought and the result is history.”
      Was it also roughly the way ‘Thambi ‘ thought and the result….

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        SJ

        “Was it also roughly the way ‘Thambi ‘ thought and the result….”

        Thambi was thinking like your other favourite leader Pol Pot.

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        SJ,
        Di you get the permission from China or GR to write this?

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      Thiru,
      “Sinhalese majoritarians ought to wake up realize how their economy came down in tatters as a result of majoritarianism,”
      —-
      Sinhala majoritarians have realized that economy came down in tatters not as a result of majoritarianism but due to Tamil terrorism that dragged on for three decades, ‘Yahapalana’ Government that allowed Muslim terrorists to go ahead with terrorist attacks ruining the peaceful environment prevailed in the country after Tamil terrorists were eliminated, Wahhabi Muslim extremists who promoted terrorism and COVID pandemic.

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        Yes.

        Soma

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        EE/
        .”Yahapalana’ Government that allowed Muslim terrorists to go ahead with terrorist attacks ruining the peaceful environment prevailed in the country”.
        .
        The truth as it is ur mafia boss man himself revealed that his administration paid off Saharan et al for his services/ and current govt not taking actions against real perpetrators of easter Sunday blast makes it clear that nobody else but current criminals were behind that disaster/
        .
        U the kind of I’ll fated buggers would nt see it right but even little ones are clear today that Rajapakshe grabbed power through dead bodies not because people really believed that they can rule the nation/ they can kill own people that they proved breaking all records killing civilians in the war end.phase. .
        .
        Now entire world is realizing but u the mlechcha of all would take long.
        .
        Not to underestimate but they also let Covid patients die without providing them with the jabs timely/
        Rajapakshes will have to face it sooner than later/ these criminals will fall dead with effect of domino in the days to come/ our eyes will not believe but they will☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕

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        Agreed EE. Moreover the enormous population growth of the Muslims are affecting the economy and also the environment negatively. The funny thing is that this Muslim man Ameer Ali thinks that he can walk all over the indigenous people of this island, calling them “majouritarian, and supremacists” because according to his warped idea the indigenous Sinhalese simply do not have any rights, and the economy would have blossomed, if the Tamils who are a 10% immigrant community, were given 40% of the land area and 80% of the coastal line to establish a mono-ethnic state! Also, the economy is in such a bad shape is supposedly, because this 10% immigrant minority was not given over 60% of the university entrances and the Tamil language was not given official status. The list goes on and on, where every attempt is made to attack and belittle the Sinhalese and reduce the indigenous Sinhalese into some kind of vicious, wicked, mad supremacists. These Muslims should get a taste of Tamil rule, like they got in 1990 when all of them were ethnic cleansed from Jaffna. Then this Muslim man can really experience what “Economic Misery and Majoritarian Tyranny” is.

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      Thiru,
      “Even their military might is not intrinsic but is the handy work of 23 countries including all the super powers.”

      What handy work?
      Tamils who faced a humiliating defeat after bragging that they will never be defeated militarily do not like to give the credit to Sri Lanka Armed Forces who fearlessly fought on the ground in the air and sea.

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        Eagle,
        “Tamils who faced a humiliating defeat after bragging that they will never be defeated militarily “
        If I were you, I wouldn’t call being beaten by an army of 300000 humiliating.

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        Not tamils but entire srilanken s faced it/ now the very people count the days to eat milk rice at karmic retribution being on MaRa and few ofctgem at once🐕☹🐕☹🤥🐕☹🤥

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      Muslim claim to eastern province where their ancestors went as refugees 400 years ago over the heads of Tamils whose ancestors gave them refuge is worse racism than Sinhala Buddhist claim of entire island despite archaeological evidence to the contrary.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

        “Muslim claim to eastern province where their ancestors went as refugees 400 years ago over the heads of Tamils whose ancestors gave them refuge is worse racism ….. “

        Please explain.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
        “Muslim claim to eastern province where their ancestors went as refugees 400 years ago”
        “Sinhala Buddhist claim of entire island despite archaeological evidence to the contrary.”

        Tamil and Arab Muslims who were saved by Sinhala Buddhists when they faced persecution by Portuguese lived in the East with the blessings of Sinhala Buddhists. Dravidians who came to Yapanaya as invaders and coolies were confined to Yapanaya peninsula until British dragged them and settled them in the North and East. Dravidians in Yapanaya claiming North and East as their traditional homeland is a bigger joke than Muslim claim to East. Both Dravidians and Muslims are descendants of people who came from Hindusthan. Both these groups have no right to claim any part of the country of indigenous Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.
        Dravidians in Sinhale do not have any archeological evidences to support their bogus claims presented in Vaddukkodai Resolution. All the archeological evidences in NE belong to Sinhala Buddhists who lived there for thousands of years before Dravidians grabbed their land.

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        You are 100% correct. Moreover, they are ethnically Tamils who migrated to the island from South India a few centuries ago and were sent to the east by King Senarath of Kandy as they were ethnically Tamils and the Sinhalese did not want them in their lands and were given refuge by the eastern Tamil Vannimai chiefs, despite being Muslim, as they were fellow Tamils, who had no place to go. Now deliberately Arabizing themselves and claiming a different ethnicity on the basis of their religion, a little bit of Arab largely found amongst a few hundred southern Muslim families and the alien Arabic culture. Trying to steal the land of the very same people who took pity on them as fellow Tamils and gave them refuge.

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          Muslim racism has raised its ugly head in Trincomalee. Despite a pending court case, one woman clad in Abhaya goes into a school demanding reinstatement, from which she was transferred out for not respecting the culture of the school, started taking photos on her phone and when asked not to do so, threatens the principal pushing her out from her chair, and then makes a false complain that she was attacked by students. This is contempt of court and will the government take action to arrest her. Here we are witnessing the true face of Islam which is often found in Muslim countries.

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        Dr GS
        Muslims do not claim any province.
        They are Tamil speaking people and are categorised along with other Tamil speaking people for the purpose of a political solution.
        They decide which way Eastern province will go in case of a referendum for self determination or merging with the North.
        Hindu/Christians should build up a good rapport with them in order to achieve your dream of a Tamil Ealam.
        They have the potential of throwing a spanner in the works, so to speak.

        Soma

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          soman

          “Muslims do not claim any province.”

          Maybe true, however they don’t believe in man made borders.
          Muslims believe the entire world belongs them and them only, caliph.
          Isn’t it obvious why Muslim’s do not claim any province.

          Grow up soman.

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            soman

            Did you know the first ever Islamic republic in this island is known as Islamic Republic of Kattankudy?

            Grow up!

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            NV
            I thought they are content with being parasites. Effortless way to get fat.

            Soma

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          S
          “Muslims do not claim any province.”
          False.
          They do and they have asked for autonomous regions in the East and the Wast of the country.
          Kalmunai MP Kariappar in 1956 asked Chelvanayakam “Sir, you want a federal state for Tamils, will you agree if the Muslims want one for themselves?” Chelvanayakam conceded.
          Kariappar announced this in a public meeting in Trincomalee in the presence of Chelvanayakam.

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            soman

            Grow up!

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              NV
              Will my ability to smell Tamil hypocrisy from 100 miles fade when I grow up?

              Soma

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    “No country’s sovereignty is sacrosanct in today’s borderless world.”
    I wonder why I need to apply for a visa to visit a borderless country?

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      SJ

      “I wonder why I need to apply for a visa to visit a borderless country?”

      Indeed it is a clever question.
      I suppose it is to stop primitive Maoist, Pol Potists, ….. crossing the border.

      However Smugglers, Terrorists, Refugees, Armed forces from powerful(?) countries, …. Chinese Soldiers at Hindian borders, Corona, Chikungunya, ……. money launderers …. do not give a damn about Visa, they simply go wherever they want to.

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      Part I
      Hi SJ,
      Good morning
      ““No country’s sovereignty is sacrosanct in today’s borderless world.”
      I wonder why I need to apply for a visa to visit a borderless country?
      Very good question SJ and highly commendable
      The 1 adduce able reason, to find who is (Entry Visa) entering particular territory or area at a particular time by those controlling or in power of those places!!!!!!!!!
      The government during the 30 year war had entry Visa to Northern Province
      IPKF during time of control, had similar system for Northern and Eastern provinces
      LTTE during the Post IPKF and Peace accord when in control! Within 1 country Sri Lanka!!!
      During different dispensation, people – fully fledged citizens – had to apply “Exit Visa” on4th floor of the of the New Treasury Building – CID office – to go out of Sri Lanka in 1970’s, likened to attempt to leaving a PRISON or North Korea, was resorted because Citizens were ‘fleeing’ from their homeland/Motherland/Fatherland as one would wish to adoringly claim in droves!!!
      The reason, needs not much imagination, as it was atrocious.
      No future because clashing of varied political persuasions and persecution. No liberty to progress, Higher Education, Employment, furtherance of career prospects.
      .

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      (Part II)
      This was not confined to anyone particular Race, Religion, Cultural persuasion but across the board. All citizens of the country had to apply for their freedom of movement, confined within!
      The broad spectrum of bloated SL Diaspora since 1970 to 1977 is sufficient proof.
      Government therefore resorted to limit the purported ‘Brain Drain’, with not much effect
      Therefore “VISA IN ANY OF ITS FORM, IS USEFUL”, as claimed by Felix DB, Minister of Public Administration Justice, Finance and Parliamentary Secretary (Deputy) for Minister of Defence and External Affairs and senior advice to the PM in 1970, (his point was to accentuate that then Government was free and liberal) that it was not confined to communist countries or USSR or its satellite countries, who used them effectively curtail flight, before the ‘WALLS’ as in East Germany.
      Inspite/Despite of the VISA rule application, the sovereignty of the entity remained intact!!!

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      SJ,
      Do you need Visa to go to China?

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        He dosen’t need any visa because he received a thank you note from the first lady of China.

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          chiv

          “He dosen’t need any visa because he received a thank you note from the first lady of China.”

          You mean Mao’s old student’s old flame SiriMao?

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          Poor you.
          That question in normal English means whether one needs a visa to go to China.
          *
          BTW, are you in the habit of intercepting mail?

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            Poor you it is not an independent authority. The first lady of China and central committee members of CCP decide visa policy. Just like you giving Santhosam they too are in the habit of bending rules.

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        A
        One needs I am sure.

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      Yab, I understand your frustration. It was totally mind boggling that Britain is giving the dish washing boys residency, but throwing you out even without a work permit. Anyway console yourself because when you returned to SingaLE, Wildlife Sanctuary, you avenged Britain to base by dedicatedly working for Vasanthi, Deva & Chitanta Aanduwa. What a soul invigorating deed is that! Bravo! Feel better!

      (Thamash boy!)

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    If this essay is to argue the case for foreign interference, I have yet to understand why practitioners of (foreign) interference are so selective about applying the rules of interference.
    Should they not start with friendly governments like Israel and Saudi Arabia?

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    Dr.Ameer Ali.

    I have just read your opening line,

    No countrys sovereignty is sacrosanct in todays borderless world …………………..
    Poet John Donne penned the line,
    No man is an island……..

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      Plato, No man is an island, but we are Slave Island due to insecure sinhala majoritarianism. Why cannot all be equal and Sri Lankans, like the Singaporeans. Independence parade is not about military victor and victim, but should display achievements in all areas.

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        dtg
        I am surprised to learn that Singapore has gone socialist.

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    Would this theory apply to Muslim countries as well ? Freedom to worship and propagate other ideas ?we saw what happened to that innocent engineer in Pakistan. What about the very liberal Saudi and Afghanistan ?
    Do we theorize for others but when it comes to yourself, sovereignty matters ?

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      ds
      We should also remember the poor foreign visitor who had a tattoo of the Buddha on her upper arm some years ago.

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      D.S,
      “Would this theory apply to Muslim countries as well ? Freedom to worship and propagate other ideas ?”
      Muslim countries? I suppose in your book, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia,etc aren’t Muslim countries? Perhaps you don’t know that some non-Muslim countries prescribe what you can eat or drink or wear? And there are Muslim countries like Maldives where tourists can do whatever they like, unlike in some Buddhist countries. It’s better not to label countries by religion.

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    Solutions sought by disregarding and disenfranchising the majourity, like what the Tamils and Muslims are doing in Srilanka, will only lead to misery in any country. And when it comes to Srilanka, Sinhalese are not just the majourity, Sinhalese are also the only indigenous population of this island, together the with the Veaddas.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi

      “Sinhalese are also the only indigenous population of this island, together the with the Veaddas.”

      Please tell us:
      Who are these Sinhalese?
      When and where did they originate?
      How far back can you trace Sinhala language?
      Why do you think Sinhala language has been classified under Indo-Aryan languages?
      Why does Sinhala language contain lot of Tamil, Sanskrit, Dutch, English, Portuguese, … words, soon Chinese?
      Why did Zheng He miss Sinhala in his Galle Trilingual Inscription Tablet?
      Why didn’t the Sinhalese forces fight the invading Hindians in 1987?

      Everything including Culture, Religion, Language, …… came from India.
      Do you know the reason why you share your DNA with South Indians?
      If you don’t then you must be an alien from Europe, …..

      Before you start typing please fact check.

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        “Why didn’t the Sinhalese forces fight the invading Hindians in 1987?”
        Maybe in 50 years time, some fake historian will invent some fake heroes of the “war of 1987”. All named Rajapaksa, naturally.

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    Reportedly thug come minister Arundika’s son was arrested over severe assault on Ragama medical faculty students. Initially minister denied any involvement whatsoever and challenged to quit politics if accusations of official vehicle used were proved. Today apparently son was arrested, only because it was medical students were victims. But soon he along with six other accused will be released. Same with Prasanna denying involvement in “egg attack”. Namal who was not aware of his father’s surgery, suggested JVP members involvement due to inner party conflicts. Few days ago there was a chilli powder attack on JR’s grandson. Evil is back and seems to have company.

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      ….thug come minister?
      thug become minister?

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        Ask Arundika or his son , they will clear your doubts.

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      Arundika resigned so that he can be reappointed by Sir Fail.

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    “Sinhalese are also the only indigenous population of this island, together the with the Veaddas.”

    You mean Sinhalese are in the same cultural development status of Veddas. So, Veddas should take over the country from Sinhalese.

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      Beg your pardon.
      What is wrong with the culture of the Veddas (Attho)?
      A, they are more cultured than you and me.

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    It’s a very good article ……. but I feel, Dr Ali and other writers/intellectuals should stop dwelling on how the majority Sinhalese were led to believe in/of “their greater rights” ……….. and just insist that all citizens have the same rights: even someone who took citizenship yesterday ………..

    If people keep on insisting …….. eventually people will start to believe …………

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      nimal fernando,
      All citizens have the same rights: even someone who took citizenship yesterday is a sacred truth accepted by the entire world, but Sri Lanka.
      .
      I copy and paste below, a comment of mine elsewhere, to show that we all have failed as citizens.
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      History is for our understanding of the various civilizations. Extending and extrapolating it to resolve / settle our present day issues will lead to perennial misery, to all of us. The World is moving on; We too have to.
      .
      Both communities in our beloved land are backed by sufficient history to be eligible for equal status. We need not delve into too much of the past.
      .
      It is with this belief in mind that our leaders agreed to be under one roof, when the Britishers left our shores. We messed up in running our own affairs.
      .
      Artificial manipulation of demography / history to suit a particular community over the other is the root cause of our current situation.
      .
      We ceased to embrace members of our fellow community. It is that that has brought us the present predicament. Sooner we learn to accept each other in good faith, the better for all of us.

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        Nathan,

        I couldn’t have said it any better: couldn’t agree more!

        You are an enlightened soul, Nathan ……. wish more of our fellow Lankans had such wisdom ………. and less insecurity to see things as they are ……… and not to go around daily manufacturing their own reality.

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    Dr. Amir,
    The original purpose of UN is to function as an arbitrator for the countries’ friction and problems. It is no longer so. Can you name all the multiplied UN organizations mushroomed, now a days? I cannot. So now UN’s object is to guide the countries to work without border with a philosophy of with one earth one way of justice. This where 2,500 years old Kniyan Poonkunran’s stanza comes: “Yathum Urae Yavarum Kelir.” This is the dream King dreamt for America and Mandela dreamt for Africa. When should we have to have achieved this? It might have been better if it was last month; then Russia – Ukraine problem won’t be here today.
    Why one envy at Singapore? Why not turning all nations into a Singapore? If at the time of freedom, Ceylon was tuned into Singapore, it would be the Ceylon for the world to envy, not Singapore. By practicing dividing, Langkang has demolished itself. “Onru Paddal Undu Vazhvu”. (If got united there is available a full life). Russia fearing of NATO. Did it try to be a member in the border-less Union, EU? Singaporeans practically need no visa for any country. Instead baffling in CT & shedding bogus tears that Britain throw him without visa, will the UOJ Saddampy tell this secret to his bosses? Make Langkang a country which need no Visa!

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    SJ my point is that one cannot prescribe open policies for one culture, while remaining close and one-sided yourself.

    The legal action against the woman with a tattoo of the Buddha on her back was under the law. ( I am not necessarily a supporter of such religious laws but these are common laws)

    I am sure if I go to the Vatican or Jerusalem and do something to scandalize that religion there will be action taken against me under their laws. In fact some churches don’t let you enter in shorts or revealing clothes.

    Is this the same thing as the lynching of that engineer in Pakistan or the public beheadings in Afghanistan ? The latest is that female activists are being put to the sword.

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      D.S,
      “SJ my point is that one cannot prescribe open policies for one culture, while remaining close and one-sided yourself.”
      You are being simplistic. What does it matter what Muslims do or don’t do in Saudi or Pakistan? If our law allows tourists to be arrested for Buddha tattoos, Saudi law allows for thieves to be beheaded. At least they aren’t hypocrites who release political murderers.
      Sri Lankan Muslims are our citizens, and a minority. In this country, do Muslims prevent you from, say, eating pork? Or eating during Ramadan? Or wearing skimpy clothing?
      On the other hand, do Buddhists allow others to slaughter cattle ? On Poya days, why is the media full of sanctimonious humbug?
      “I am sure if I go to the Vatican or Jerusalem and do something to scandalize that religion there will be action taken against me under their laws”
      You seem quite unaware that there are three major religions in Jerusalem.
      Please don’t let your prejudices get ahead of your facts.

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    Old Codger( alias Panin?), I bow to your” complex” view of the globe and the sure grasp of “facts”

    Yes, the Islamic countries provide us with a preview of what awaits us in heaven .

    What a shame we all don’t convert

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      deepthi silva

      “Yes, the Islamic countries provide us with a preview of what awaits us in heaven .”

      So do so called Buddhist countries.
      Our record showed in 1915 what was in store for people of this island.
      How true, 1958, 1960, 1971, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1987-1990, 30 years, ….. 2013, ….

      ” What a shame we all don’t convert”

      In fact you are a Kallathonies descendant of convert from South India, perhaps many time over.

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      D.S,
      In your enthusiasm to trash Islam, don’t forget that every religion, yours included, has things to hide. And no, my name isn’t Panini.

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    Old Codger, a’ Kallathoni from South India’, is that an insult? Tut, tut, Old Codger, aging has not refined you. Maybe it is not possible.

    Our old men are so one -sided, vile and violent !

    I think Islam is very reactionary, all religions are, but this religion particularly. There is no democracy there. The harm religions have done is far greater than any good. To start with ,they are all based on faith, not the rational. You have to believe something you cannot see( god, rebirth, spiritual power) .That is the fundamental thing.

    All past religious leaders were illiterate (Christ, Mohamed, Buddha) .At that time there was no formal education or literacy. If you believe all these things why don’t you make your children/grand children illiterate and see the results!

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      D.S,
      I didn’t call you a Kallathoni. Native did. You should be talking to him. Maybe it’s a(relative) compliment .
      I don’t see any logic in telling me about the illiteracy of religious leaders. I am not religious. I only object to the currently fashionable trashing of Islam. Perhaps you should look up what Christians were doing to each other in WW1, or what sort of Buddhist Pol Pot was, or even the cute Hindu practice of burning widows with their late husbands. Covering your woman’s face doesn’t come close to any of the above.

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      deepthi silva

      “Old Codger, a’ Kallathoni from South India’, is that an insult? “

      old codger didn’t insult you.
      Its not an insult but a fact.
      Why are you concerned about stating a fact?

      In fact you should be questioning the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala who described Sinhalese as people of Aryan origin, which is a utter lie? Where the hell did that man find out?

      Tamils and Sinhalese are descendants of Kallathonie South Indians.
      What is there to be worried about?

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