17 September, 2019

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Male Fragility & The Sri Lankan Crisis: A Queer Feminist Reading

By Chamindra Weerawardhana –

Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana

Sri Lanka in May 2019: we have a man in the top job, whose incompetence has been repeatedly proven. He lies like he breathes, lets innocent citizens and their children be bombed in the most brutal way, and travels abroad on private trips. Another equally if not more incompetent man occupies the seat of Prime Minister. Given his haste to use the current crisis to pass his antiterrorism act, it is very clear that he knew all about the Easter Sunday attacks and let them happen. In a case in point of male fragility, he stated soon after the tragedy of Easter Sunday that he had been excluded from the Security Council for months. He sat on his parliamentary majority, and did absolutely nothing about that unconstitutional exclusion. The whole country was mourning, with over 250 people dead, many others injured, families shattered, children orphaned, and sacred places of worship attacked. However, cabinet ministers – all of them men – had the guts to hold press conferences and giggle away as if nothing had happened. The Prime Minister, with a smile on his face as if all were hunky-dory, gives international media interviews talking about problems with [and I kid you not!] intelligence information ‘travelling upwards and downwards’. The most patriotic guy in the block, Mahinda Rajapaksa, knew about the attacks and did absolutely nothing to stop the tragedy. Readers may kindly excuse this writer’s French; no more proof is needed to clearly establish the fact that the men in power give zero f**ks about national crises. They have also shown us that they have zero empathy [Mahinda Rajapaksa being an exception, at least in terms of political performativity], zero concern, and zero inclination to engage in constructive decision-making. 

This kind of failed leadership puts Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans in an extremely volatile position. The inevitable result is the country becoming easy prey to big powers who prioritise strengthening their geo-strategic power bases in the Indian Ocean region. This is where one can find the root causes of the Easter Sunday Attacks [and not in some twisted ‘story about religious antagonism, the preferred by-line of Western media]. 

This article, the first of a series of three, identifies the core challenge at hand in two segments: 

1) an internationally-coordinated effort to destabilise Lanka, through: 

2) a severe threat of considerably widespread Wahabi terrorism. 

This writer’s specialism in the politics of deeply divided places and international relations aside, this article is written from the perspective of an intersectional feminist Sri Lankan citizen who loves her country, and is unconditionally committed to Sri Lanka’s national sovereignty, to the dignity and fundamental freedoms of all her fellow citizens. 

Wahhabism, in sum, is an extremist discourse that is more than detrimental to our ethnically, linguistically, socio-culturally ‘plural’ social fabric, within the Muslim community and in the broader Sri Lankan citizenry at large. 

It can now be clearly established that over the last nine years, the State [once again, its power-wielding men], did not pay sufficient attention when repeated warnings were raised, first by law-abiding Sri Lankan citizens of the Islamic confession, and then by intelligence sources. 

The above sentence warrants a correction, based on realism and logic. It is not that the men in power did not care. In fact, they did care, but in post-LTTE Sri Lanka, they saw in rising Wahabi activity a fine opportunity to ignite a new round of ethno-national/religious tensions, which they could eventually use for power-political purposes. In his recent interview with Derana TV, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who had full oversight on national security in the 2010-2015 Rajapaksa administration, gives a flimsy answer when he is asked about the rise of Wahabi activity during that time. Mr Rajapaksa makes a statement that deserves our attention: he says, at 17:22, that the Islamic extremist groups became “අන්තවාදී” and “ප්‍රචණ්ඩකාරී” only after 2016. He then makes another interesting claim at 17:45: අපිට පුළුවන් කමක් නෑ ආගමික වශයෙන් තියෙන කණ්ඩායම් කඩා දාන්නට” . This statement is immediately followed by the claim that he did however create a mechanism to monitor the work of such outfits. At around 22:27, he says that he sent a senior intelligence officer to the USA to ‘gain training’, and upon his return and based on his advice, Gotabaya took measures to open a cyber terrorism control centre [23:32 onwards]. 

Here is a question worth asking, one that is not sufficiently raised in the ongoing discussions on the current crisis: Why did the 2010-2015 Rajapaksa administration, with its strong outer discourse on national sovereignty, not take action to ban all jama’ath organisations, launch a national crackdown on Wahabi activity in Sri Lanka, and restrict all Saudi-funded activity on Sri Lankan soil? 

Firstly, one hypothesis is that the Rajapaksa administration was concerned about losing the support of Muslim politicians, some of who happen to be Wahabi sympathisers. The current governor of the Eastern Province and the destroyer of the Wilpattu forest reserve, happened to be close allies of the Rajapaksa administration. This argument, however, does not hold ground, due to the second and third points made below: 

Secondly, it would be extremely unfair on the Rajapaksa administration, and especially on Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, if one is to stick to the above discourse alone. Gotabaya did take measures to challenge certain developments in Islamic fundamentalism. In 2012, for instance, he took the commendable step of deporting 161 foreign Islamic [read ‘Islamist’] preachers. Chulananda Perera, the then Controller of Immigration, was quoted in international media confirming that the preachers happened to be members of Tabligh Jamat, a group founded in India to spread the teachings of Islam. Tablighi Jamat, which The Guardian [UK edition] once described as a revivalist group, is one that is well-placed to garner the attention of gullible young men, prompting the Guardian commentator to note “Where secular Britain fails is where Tablighi Jamaat wins”. Indeed, governments of multi-ethnic and multi-religious countries like Sri Lanka must be very cautious of all hues of Wahabi, Deobandi, Tablighi, Salafi ideologies creeping into our soil. These sects first target young Muslims, especially men, in their call for an extremely intolerant brand of Islam. They then target non-Muslims. According to one imam “…for the Allah-fearing ordinary Muslim, [s/]he needs to make a new start, an important step that every Muslim needs to take to get rid of the Wahabi/Deobandi/Tablighi Aqaa’id. This applies to Sunnis as well who have acquired many wrong beliefs reading Wahabi/Deobandi books”. 

Thirdly, and most interestingly for that matter, let’s get back to the above-cited section of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s recent television interview. 

Gotabaya says that he had the possibility of adopting a nip-in-the-bud strategy in relation to threats to national security. At 21:34, he in fact cites the case of an individual named Gobi, who sought to re-ignite LTTE activity, and claims that protective steps were swiftly taken, especially thanks to the work of our intelligence services. He then notes the above-quoted sentence – “අපිට පුළුවන් කමක් නෑ ආගමික වශයෙන් තියෙන කණ්ඩායම් කඩා දාන්නට”. This is followed by the claim that he nonetheless did take protective steps and sent an intelligence officer to the USA for training. The following observations can be made in relation to this section of the interview [in which he dwells upon the work done when he held full oversight over matters of national security]: 

1. Not once does he mention the word ‘Wahabi’. Instead, he uses the more generalised අන්තවාදී. For a man who held the top job at the Ministry of Defence and is credited to have facilitated the provision of political leadership to a fierce war [a war deemed unwinnable at that], Mr Rajapaksa appears to be extremely cautious if not somewhat hesitant when talking about Islamist terrorism, or the brand of Islamist terrorism that we are faced with. Not once does he mention Wahhabism, Salafism, or the elephant in the room –  Saudi Arabian funding and scholarship programmes, which have been crucial to the development of Wahabi groups, as well as massive Saudi investments on mosques and structures to propagate Wahhabism in Sri Lanka and elsewhere in the South Asian region. He also totally avoids the local and international politics of Wahabi activity. To put things in a nutshell, the local problems include, for instance, the friction between Wahabi discourses and the belief systems/lifestyles of Muslims in Sri Lanka, Wahabi efforts to take control over mosques, and violence meted out to anti-Wahabi imams and lay folk. Internationally, material on the impact of Wahabi aggression abound, and does not require any reiteration here. Suffice to say that the hatred of Shia Iran, and that of moderate Sunnis and religious minorities across the Islamic world forms the quintessential hallmark of Wahhabism. It is also a non-discourse of such vile hatred and ignorance that it has been effectively used by Western imperialist powers to foster their interests in the Gulf region and beyond. The United States and its armada of think tanks, for instance, are very keen to move heaven and earth to salvage their close ally Saudi Arabia from being [rightly] castigated as the key vector in perpetrating Wahhabism and Wahabi -inspired extremist terrorism [for an example, click here]. Our future presidential hopeful and security expert keeps mum about all of this and more. 

However, in fairness to Gotabaya, he is correct to note (at least as a passing remark) that drifts to Islamist extremisms have been in motion since the 1980s. The late Professor Newton Gunasinghe, for one, wrote about this trend back in the 1980s. His article, “පක්ෂ දේශපාලනයේ නව ප්‍රවණතා”, [soft copy accessible here] is a thought-provoking  example. The article entitled ‘The Wahhabi Invasion of Sri Lanka’, by Stephen Schwartz and Irfan al-Alawi [published back in 2012] is yet another useful source that documents the extent of Wahabi activity in Sri Lanka.  The point to remember here, is that Gotabaya is very cautious to avoid a word about Saudi Arabian support to the global propagation of Wahhabism and the underhand of the United States in promoting Wahabi terrorism in order to fulfil its strategic agendas. Here, Gotabaya’s statements stand in contrast with Mahinda Rajapaksa’s much-needed and bold words in Parliament on 23rd April 2019: “මේ ආණ්ඩුව දැන ගන්න ඕන විදේශීය රටවල් කියන විදියට මේ රට පාලනය කරන්න බෑ කියල.” [2:49 of the linked video. That these words may have been primarily intended at politically capitalising upon the current crisis is another matter].  

2. Gotabaya then says that he sent a top intelligence official to the USA. In shedding light to the on-going security crisis in Sri Lanka, it is very important to juxtapose the two words ‘Gotabaya’ and ‘USA’. The former is a citizen of the latter. The former’s offspring resides in the latter. The former is a frequent traveller to the latter. The former, and many of his close family members, own private property in the latter. The former sends his senior intelligence officer for training on Islamist terrorism to the latter [despite a government with a non-US-leaning foreign policy approach being in power. More examples abound but let’s stop here for brevity]. We can therefore establish, with relative ease, that the relationship between the former and the latter is a very strong one. 

The intelligence officer is sent to the USA to be trained. Upon his return, he is appointed chief of his bureau [army intelligence, according to Gotabaya], and on his advice, a cyber-terrorism monitoring centre is put in place. The USA is notorious to build relationships of trust with visiting foreign officials, and ‘deploy them’ [for want of a better word than ‘use’], for their future strategic advantage. That the Americans did not have a hand, and at least a certain level of access to, this cyber terrorism monitoring outfit is all but thoroughly unrealistic. Along this line, we can then establish with considerable certitude that a) US intelligence has long been aware of the presence of rising Wahabi activity in Sri Lanka,  and b) since 2012-2013, that they have been, directly or indirectly, involved in the monitoring of Wahabi extremists in Sri Lanka. 

3. The next observation we can make is that despite having the strength to pursue a nip-in-the-bud policy on any potential threat to national security, Gotabaya decided to not to take any action on rising Islamic extremism. His excuse, “අපිට පුළුවන් කමක් නෑ ආගමික වශයෙන් තියෙන කණ්ඩායම් කඩා දාන්නට”, is somewhat lame at best. We can then look at the following hypotheses: 

a) That he opted to refrain from taking ‘nip-in-the-bud action’ due to coercion from his friends in the USA

b) That he saw in rising Islamist activity an opportunity to strike a ‘rapprochement’ with the USA – in a context in which relations between the State Department [let’s not forget, under the Obama-Biden administration] and Beijing-leaning Mahinda Rajapaksa were at dire straits. 

c) That he saw in rising Islamist activity a factor that could help create a political context in future that would be favourable for him to take over the Rajapaksa dynastic throne.  If this were the case, one can understand how, in tandem with Islamist extremism, an ideology of Sinhala-Buddhist extremism also developed [or allowed to develop] in the 2012-14 quarter. None of these groups could have functioned in a ‘security state’ without the express condoning of that security state, at the highest levels. When reflecting along these lines, the thesis advanced by some that Gotabaya simultaneously tolerated and encouraged the rise and a clash between Islamist and Buddhist fundamentalist activity sounds somewhat plausible. If he indeed did so, it backfired at the 2015 presidential election. 

Or did it really backfire? 

If one observes Gotabaya’s trajectory from 8 January 2015 to 2019, one can note that he is the member of the Rajapaksa family who has been most immune to scrutiny from the joint government. 

That Gotabaya is friends with President Sirisena is known fact. Since 2015, he did not face any severe backlash from the UNP government either. There were sound-bite-stories, on issues such as permission to travel, of being summoned to questioning [which earned him a great deal of public sympathy], of summons issued in the USA [again garnering a great deal of public support in his favour].During the tenure of the joint government, Gotabaya also launched many initiatives to frame his profile as that of the next presidential candidate – with initiatives such as Eliya and Viyathmaga [despite receiving little support from brothers Mahinda and Basil]. At the 2018 local government elections, the Rajapaksa family ensured that Gotabaya was kept out of the picture. This writer won’t be surprised if someone develops the following hypothesis:  that since 2012-2013, Gotabaya may have been in a long-term ‘deal’ with the USA, firstly to bring down his brother’s Beijing-leaning powerful government, bring the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government to power on the basis that, at the end of that government’s first term, circumstances would be put in place that would facilitate a grand entry of Gotabaya into electoral politics [and that all parties involved, including the USA and the two boys heading the joint government, would all be complicit in creating this terrain]. 

Once again, this writers clarifies that this is only a hypothesis based on the facts discussed above in point 3. This hypothesis can therefore certainly be wrong. However, this idea of a long-term game-plan is just about the only way to understand three the following factors: 

1. That the national security apparatus did next to nothing to avoid the rise of Islamist extremist and Sinhala-Buddhist extremist tensions leading to the Aluthgama riots of mid-2014 [the mandate going to its second half, it was beyond stupid to tolerate developments that can only result in alienating a segment of the electorate from the ruling coalition].

2. That Mahinda Rajapaksa, while knowing that he had just lost a substantial chunk of the Muslim vote – decisive at a presidential poll – was still brought to a level where he did go to a presidential poll DESPITE having two more years to stay in office [the ‘Sumanadasa factor’ alone does not stand ground].

3. That Wickremesinghe, Sirisena, senior politicians and officials all knew about the Easter Sunday attacks, took measures to protect themselves and their loved ones, but did not raise a damn finger to protect the general public. How else, can one credibly explain their ‘zero f**ks’ attitude towards the attacks and the innocent victims, and their subsequent behaviour, knowing very well that it makes them look like a bunch of irresponsible idiots before fellow citizens as well as the world stage? 

The above thesis could also explain the worsening of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe conflict in 2018, with both men seeking all possible avenues of sustaining their political careers. Yet another less far-fetched and basic hypothesis is that the USA may have by now gone a certain distance in striking a deal with Gotabaya, who is more marketable to the Sri Lankan electorate than Yankee Dickie’s nephew. The USA, in this sense, is looking to ensure that they do not bet on the wrong horse at the 2020 Presidential election. Their sole priority is that of ensuring a firm foothold in the Indian Ocean region, with Sri Lanka headed by someone who will follow their agenda and avoid supporting China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy [whether it is a toiya or baiya in power is an irrelevance to the Trump administration, for as long as its interests are protected]. The blokes in high politics, with zero regard for the interests of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans, are desperately trying to use this situation to sustain their respective political agendas. Could we then conclude that the men in power, from MS to RW to GR and MR and others, are all a lost cause? By extension, could we then conclude that the present political/terrorist/national security crisis is a multi-level crisis of phallocentric politics and fragile, insecure and geriatric masculinities?  

To be continued. 

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    Wahhabism is a violent, fanatical perversion pluralistic Islam practiced by most Muslims.

    Actually, this had its beginnings in Srilanka, in the late 80s in Maruthamunai [ Kalmunai ], which is now in the news of Islamic Terror.
    The book …The two faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and its role in Terrorism- 2003.Authored by Stephen Schwartz is useful reading to understand the complexities of the present scenario in Srilanka.

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      As a long-standing member of the queer/ intersex community myself, I agree with this writer’s analysis. As a cross-dreesing frequent tourist in Lanka, I have often been stared at by hostile Muslims simply for talking to their lovely children.
      No one dares to tell the truth, that the Moslems, especially the youth, are radicalized beyond recovery. Mass incarceration of all Moslems ages 15-65 and a through process to weed out the fanatics, suicide bomber types and then the next level and so on it needed urgently. Laws have to be enacted under emergency regulations for that. Once the Jihadis are identified they should be put in jail and never see the light of day again The others should be put through mass de-islamization detoxification and only slowly, over a period of 20 years allowed to re-enter society. Even then, using the most modern DNA tracking techniques and facial recognition techniques used by the Chinese in XIjiang province against Uighur fanatics they should be tracked for ever

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      Chaminda Weerawardana,

      Thanks for the article, especially pointing out the core Problem, Wahhabism and it’s clones, and their invasion of Sri Lanka.

      The Wahhabi Ideology , that follows the Devil, Satan, Iblis is the curse of the world.

      Just Google Hadith of Najd. Go to you tube and search under, Al Azhar cleric Wahhabism Salafism is a Satanic Faith Horn of Satan. You will learn more, and why all other Muslims oppose the Satan following Wahhabies.

      Also Google Wahhabi Sack of Karabala. The Wahhabies killed 5, 000 on April 21, 1802, and they were Shia Muslims.

      On April 21, 2019, 217 years later, the Wahhabi clone, Tauheed Jamat with assistance from ISIS, killed 300, In Sri Lanka , on Easter Sunday!

      Their crimes? Praying to God, not to the Devil, Satan, Iblis, as the Wahhabis and their clones do.

      Of course, Wahhabism in Sri Lanka is funded by the Satan following Wahabi Saudi Money, that is also used to bribe the politicians.

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    How absurd is it to paint gender to national issues. FYI Chandrika and her mother, two females ruled and ruined this country. So will the writer agree that “female fragility” is what led to worsening of our national problem? Stop copying everything what western feminists do.

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    As a long-standing member of the queer/ intersex community myself, I agree with this writer’s analysis. As a cross-dreesing frequent tourist in Lanka, I have often been stared at by hostile Muslims simply for talking to their lovely children.
    No one dares to tell the truth, that the Moslems, especially the youth, are radicalized beyond recovery. Mass incarceration of all Moslems ages 15-65 and a through process to weed out the fanatics, suicide bomber types and then the next level and so on it needed urgently. Laws have to be enacted under emergency regulations for that. Once the Jihadis are identified they should be put in jail and never see the light of day again. The others should be put through mass de-islamization detoxification and only slowly, over a period of 20 years allowed to re-enter society. Even then, using the most modern DNA tracking techniques and facial recognition techniques used by the Chinese in XIjiang province against Uighur fanatics they should be tracked for ever.

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      A message to J. Chambers:

      The following words could only come from a warped, screwed up mind of a long-standing member of the queer/ intersex community:

      “Mass incarceration of all Moslems ages 15-65 and a through process to weed out the fanatics, suicide bomber types and then the next level and so on it needed urgently. Laws have to be enacted under emergency regulations for that. Once the Jihadis are identified they should be put in jail and never see the light of day again. The others should be put through mass de-islamization detoxification and only slowly, over a period of 20 years allowed to re-enter society”.

      Not surprisingly, in Nigeria, Uganda and some Middle East countries they summarily behead people like you – not for your sexual orientation, but for your warped thinking (that they believe is caused by your screwed up sexuality).

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        HomoSapien,
        The guy writing as J. Chamber is usurping my name and contributions to project me as a queer or gay. I you have time look up my contributions to different discussions under “Jay Chambers” which is my name.

        This guy is a Moslem fanatic and hates my contributions and having failed to stop people from reading my contributions, he has resorted to this method. Regular Moslem Taqqiya deception by him, as Moslems do always.

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          Jay Chambers,
          I take your word in good faith.

          I have seen your comments here and elsewhere – and something did not sound right!

          I failed to see the difference between Jay Chambers and J. Chambers!

          I have no problem with anyone being queer, gay or feminist!
          But this misguided idiot’s suggestion was preposterous.

          I should have known better!!

          “Peace”

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    I choked when I read the first line:

    ‘Sri Lanka in May 2019: we have a man in the top job, whose incompetence has been repeatedly proven.’

    My mind went straight back to the 1970’s and the 4 a m bread queues; and the bodies floating in the red waters of the Kalu Ganga . Pray, what was the gender of the pee em of that pestilential time ?

    What a funny old world we live in!

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    Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana’s title of the article should have warned me.

    A Queer, A feminist and a self-proclaimed “specialist in the politics of deeply divided places and international relations” – speaking of Male Fragility.

    I read the article because I paid value to the “Dr.” in the prefix in the author’s name.

    Before anyone runs away with the idea that I am anti-queer or anti-feminist, let me assure you growing up in West Hollywood, the first Gay City to be incorporated in Los Angeles County, I have taken part in support of many LGBTQ and Gay Pride parades.

    Further, my wife and I are committed to the women’s movement and have been fighting for ‘wage equity’ for women in the American workplace – a strong feminist platform.

    With that preamble, let me lay out why I take issue with this article.

    My immediate reaction to this article is – the author is confused – believe me when I say that, it has no bearing on her “queer” status.

    I am reading the authors thesis in the context of the Easter Sunday massacre. The author is a “specialist” I was reading every word, sentence and paragraph looking for high-level discussion and analysis of the series of events and causes and remedies and solutions – going forward.

    I was totally disappointed at the low level, juvenile, mediocre assessment, and evaluation.

    The author unashamedly cites, “internationally-coordinated effort to destabilize Lanka” as one of the causes that resulted in the Easter Sunday Massacre.

    Second, the author talks of “Wahabi terrorism”

    (Continued)

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    (Continuing Previous comment)

    This political scientist is completely off-base!

    In her over-zealous mission of male bashing, she missed the forest for the trees!!

    There is no doubt, Gotabhaya is no saint – but we are not here to beat up on Gota.

    It is the author who is ignoring the Elephant in the Room!
    The author has joined millions of others in Sri Lanka who blame everyone else around for the problems in Sri Lanka.

    I want to encourage the author to trace the history of Sri Lanka since independence and analyze and assess the various governments that held office and how they treated the minorities in the past seven decades. What is ailing Sri Lanka today is a culmination of the failed policies of successive governments since independence.

    In Sri Lanka’s soul, there is no place for Unity or spirit of Harmony.

    Ten years after the war, the country has hit rock-bottom. But talk to the people in the “Colombo Cocoon” or Punchi Singho in a tea boutique in Ambalangoda – they will te,, you – all our problems are caused by the Tamil Diaspora, and the US Imperialists.
    Chartered Accountants, Business leaders, and politicians are singing in chorus, “The US is crashing the SL Rupee” !!!

    We Sri Lankan’s need no help from external forces to destroy our country. We have done a pretty good job ourselves!

    There you have it, Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana. You have your work cut out for you.
    Take off your “queer” hat and your ‘feminist’ cloak and go to work as a true “Political Scientist” you claim to be. With your silly and stupid biases removed, you may come up with something of value, we can learn from.

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    Continuing Previous comment)

    This political scientist is completely off-base!

    In her over-zealous mission of male bashing, she missed the forest for the trees!!

    There is no doubt, Gotabhaya is no saint – but we are not here to beat up on Gota.

    It is the author who is ignoring the Elephant in the Room!
    The author has joined millions of others in Sri Lanka who blame everyone else around for the problems in Sri Lanka.

    I want to encourage the author to trace the history of Sri Lanka since independence and analyze and assess the various governments that held office and how they treated the minorities in the past seven decades. What is ailing Sri Lanka today is a culmination of the failed policies of successive governments since independence.

    In Sri Lanka’s soul, there is no place for Unity or spirit of Harmony.

    Ten years after the war, the country has hit rock-bottom. But talk to the people in the “Colombo Cocoon” or Punchi Singho in a tea boutique in Ambalangoda – they will te,, you – all our problems are caused by the Tamil Diaspora, and the US Imperialists.
    Chartered Accountants, Business leaders, and politicians are singing in chorus, “The US is crashing the SL Rupee” !!!

    We Sri Lankan’s need no help from external forces to destroy our country. We have done a pretty good job ourselves!

    There you have it, Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana. You have your work cut out for you.
    Take off your “queer” hat and your ‘feminist’ cloak and go to work as a true “Political Scientist” you claim to be. With your silly and stupid biases removed, you may come up with something of value, we can learn from.

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    “Sri Lanka in May 2019: we have a man in the top job, whose incompetence has been repeatedly proven.”

    Excellent words and definition about SIRISENA

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    Whoa! Nothing ugly about the Ugly American’s comments. Thank You for your clinical dissection.
    Alas, this has been our sad Sri Lankan condition; our first reaction is to look for the nearest scapegoat. Every own goal we score is somebody else’s fault. For too long, too many have looked for the, mostly imaginary, things that divide us. That our ancestry was from the wrong region of Gondwanaland, or that we worship the wrong God, or that we dress in an ‘alien’ way. We the joint and several inheritors of this lost garden of Eden, the blue skies, and golden beaches, can never seem to get our act together. Suspicion and distrust seems to seep through our warm blood. The many good people who try to live decently are outdone by the determined politicians with self-serving agenda’s able supported the evil intending coterie that follow them. And now, we this Doctor, lecturing us from afar. Who to tell these things too, ah?

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    Successive Governments as a whole and Rajapakses in particular never wanted unity among the Sinhalese and the Tamils/Muslims and Tamils and Muslims.The Sinhalese due to their feeling of inferiority complex but superiority in numbers wanted to be masters of both communities and rule.. This idea is not new, it originated originated from DS Senananayke.’
    Though the Muslims belonged to the religion of Islam, they were of Tamil origin from Tamil Nadu. That is why their mother tong is Tamil whether they live in Jaffna or Hmbantota or Bandarwela or Beruwela. Up to the Time of Independence the Tamils and Muslims both in the East/North and else where identified themselves as Tamil speaking, But after the independence DS made the first move of colonizing the Tamil areas in the east in particular with the Sinhalese thus affecting the numerical strength of of Tamil speaking population as a whole in the east. Successive Sinhala governments were concerned about the combined Tamil speaking strength and commenced the divide and rule policy by giving ministry ships to the Muslims, despite the fact The Muslims supported the the Tamil parties in general and the federal party in particular. So much so,Muslims were elected as MP’s from the Tamil majority areas purely on Language basis. But with the passage of time the Muslims were concerned only about their personal ‘Achievements/Glory rather than language or religion’ In that process the Muslims began moving away from the Tamils and the Sinhalese started moving away from the Muslims. Thus the Muslims wanted to be neither fish nor fowl nor vegetable but to Call themselves ARABS especially after their visits to Arab countries to work. However the could not change except to ware ABHYA and they became a frustrated lot. Accordingly they started to rule.

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    Dear Dr Weerawhardana,

    I would like to get a copy of Prof Newton Gunasighe’s article for my reading. Your link took me to facebook but the copy is blurry. I would like to request a copy from you.

    Many thanks

    Suji H

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    This woman is preconceived that all matters under the sun has a gender-bias. What a bigot of a perception to start penning down an article!
    The writer in her previous articles has always cried “foul” with the claim that males dominate the world, and claiming gender-equality in all spheres of the local society (and even the world).
    As a Country, Sri Lanka has been driving the concept of gender equality with so many world firsts in practically making the concept of gender- equality a practice in reality. I do not see any reason extraordinaire as to why this leading trend has altered in recent times.
    Thus I call these false fabrications of trying to link the recent chain of events to be gender-biased to be misleading and an act of treason, trying to create a drift between genders when we as Sri Lankans have many societal divisions already ( in the form of ethnicity, Language, Religion, geographical dispersion, and even age demographics)
    Accordingly any the projections that this writer might attempt in the 2nd / or a subsequent part of the series of her articles to depict the fact that the consequences of this catastrophe to be due to males making these decisions (and blame in on gender-inequality) need to be rejected outright
    This writer needs to inform of the hard realities of life on earth, rather than living in a dream world of Butterflies, and ladybugs.
    I have very little regard to this type of extremism (there are three main types of extremism:
    1. Domestic extremism:
    Domestic extremism refers to the activity of individuals or groups conducting criminal acts of direct action to further their protest campaign. This term covers the conduct of groups involved including the extreme right wing and animal rights extremists.

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    People say that Religion is the cause for most wars. That is true for all three religions founded in the middle east. So, the foundation is each religion say our almighty is the most supreme and they do not talk about Non-violence or Avihimsa. People are naturally prone to vilence and religion should make them settle down. but it doe snot so.
    So,the West uses it to become another Roman Kingdom which spread all the world. Go to less prominent web sites which talk other political views. In brief, they say “USA/NATO (NAto is also mostly USA) want every country to adopt their model of living. If not and in order to make it theirs they destabilize countries. Sri lanka is trying to go against the Tide while accommodating everybody. that doe snot work. Other such countries which have the same problem are Pakisthan, India, MyanMar and Thailand.
    I do not think gotabhaya Rajapakse did anything wrong. Some one one with evil mind was watching all those. I tis certain, even during the LTTE times, every intelligence Organization was working in various ways, mostly as humanitarian organizations, NGOs and UN organizations.
    So, the peoples comments vary depending on their affiliation or the desire.

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    K.Anaga,
    “The Sinhalese due to their feeling of inferiority complex but superiority in numbers wanted to be masters of both communities and rule.”
    There is no reason at all for Sinhalayo to have an inferiority complex. Starting from around 3rd century BC, Dravidians invaded Sinhale to colonize this country but they were defeated and chased away except on few occasions where they managed to rule Northern part of the country for short periods. Last attempt to colonize this country by Dravidians was done by Prabhakaran and that attempt was also defeated.
    On several occasions I told you that saying native Sinhalayo colonized their own country is a joke but it has not gone into your brain probably because you have been brainwashed by Demala racist extremists. How can Hon.D.S.Senanayake start colonizing Tamil areas when there were no Tamil areas? Tamil areas were in Tamil Nadu not in Sinhale. In Sinhale Dravidians were occupying Sinhala lands in Yapanaya and two pockets in the East; Tirikunamale and Madakalapuwa. Hon. D.S.Senanayake started settlement schemes in areas covered with jungles, not in areas where Dravidians were squatting. He in fact wanted to give land to Demala people as well but Demalu who were scared of Malaria refused to come. Now Wellala Demalu are trying to grab land in the North and East coming out with a ‘Traditional Homeland’ that never existed in Sinhale.

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      Eagle Eye!
      I do not wish to pour water on Ducks Back. Previously I wrote that you were suffering from Cataract but now it appears that you are suffering from Glaucoma too, there by you are not only unable to focus direct nor
      see side ways..

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    Continued from previous comment:-.
    Hisbuula started to rule Kathankududy. To give an Arab flavour the main road was planted with Date Palms. This do look attractive and inviting. But the few dates seen in the palm trees gives food for thought as to whether they are fruits for rejuvenation or destruction in view of ‘hisss’…………. noise we hear when the wind blows..

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    Dr. Chandra Weerawardhana: I think you are doing the greatest disservice and bring discredit to the entire HUMANITY by making an attempt to DISTINGUISH between the two genders. In my opinion there is no such “DIVISION’ excepting some biological contents in the two sections call “Male” & “Female”. The most visible factor would be the “Reproduction” of the species. Even for that process, a male and a female have to get “Together” and must have “Equal” and most importantly “COMPETENCY” capacity of both the sexes. So, please don’t try to analyse these social, political and economic situations through a magnifying glass of “GENDER” successes and failures. If you resort to that, you are doing the greatest harm to dislodge and destroy the cart that has to run on “Two Wheels” (male & female species) and competent DRIVERS of both genders.

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    Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana starts with harsh words on MS and RW. Should they carry the full blame?
    She was somewhat lenient on the MR family.
    K Ganesh in a recent article posed the question “How many ‘Foreign Intelligence Agencies’ is needed to screw a light-bulb?”.
    Chamindra should ask “How many Executive President is needed to wreck SriLankan Airlines?”
    .
    Did Chamindra choose the title to enable her to use sentences like “…..a multi-level crisis of phallocentric politics and fragile, insecure and geriatric masculinities?”

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