23 September, 2017

Malwatte And Asgiriya Mahanayakes Are Personifications Of Contrary Characteristics: Wigneswaran

“The High Priests of Malwatte and Asgiriya are personifications of contrary characteristics. I am sure Mahinda would find himself closer in spirit to Asgiriya rather than Malwatte,” says Northern Province Chief Minister, Justice C. V. Wigneswaran.

Referring to a meeting he had with both Mahanayakes a few days ago, he said, the Malwatte Mahanayake welcomed them cordially and the Asgiriya Mahanayake was officious. “One is not sure whether the Karaka Sabha constricts the Venerable Asgiriya Prelate’s freedom,” he said.

Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran

Delivering the guest speaker’s remarks at a book launching ceremony in Colombo the Chief Minister said: “The Malwatte Priest was humane and interested in alleviating the sufferings of the people. The Asgiriya Karaka Sabha members who would not allow me personal audience with the High Priest but made sure all of them sat at a higher pedestal while I and my group sat at cushions placed in lower positions, were interested in projecting  their Sinhala Buddhist sentiments. They appeared conceited and almost offensively self assertive” 

“They had made up their mind that federalism is separation. I did point out to them that a recent Supreme Court judgment had confirmed that federalism is not separation and it is a way to bring disparate units together. I pointed out it was the Kandyan elite who first opted for federalism before the British Commissioners in 1930-1940. The Kandyans had said that they wished to protect their individuality by opting for federalism. The Asgiriya Priest did not appear convinced. If we could get past the veil of hardline arrogance of the Asgiriya Priests I am sure we could solve the political problems of this country soon. They seem to be a very powerful section among the Sinhala Buddhists. To that extent ours was a useful fact finding visit.

“I have always said that I like to meet the so called hardliners among the Sinhala Buddhists. In the Members of the Karaka Sabha I found some of them. I have confidence that we could if given time, wean them from their hardline stance to transform them to  become humanes like the Matwatte Priest,

“After all their arrogance is artificial. It is based on false beliefs, wrong presumptions and distorted perceptions. Once the truth is stated or is recognized they would return to their real fundamental Buddhistic base which is understanding and love, not hatred and suspiration.”

We publish below the speech in full:

Launch of the Book “Rajapakse the Sinhala Selfie” authored by Kusal Perera along with Sinhala Collections of Essays by him “83 Daruwo” edited by Krishan Siriwardene at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute Colombo at 4 pm on 12th September 2017

Guru Brahma……

Mr. Kusal Perera, Mr. Krishan Siriwardene and my dear brothers and sisters!

It gives be immense pleasure to be involved in this book launch. Apart from Kusal being a friend of ours who was kind enough to accompany us to meet the Mahanayake Theros last weekend, the book launched by him is also about a friend of his who is Rajapaksa the Sinhala Selfie. A selfie takes our own photograph. When  Mahinda Rajapaksa takes one he sees not Rajapaksa

a but a Sinhala man. What sort of Sinhala man is he, is what Kusal talks about in his book.

In his Preface Kusal says as follows about Mahinda – “In Mahinda I thus found a very easy friend who agreed often and rarely disagreed. In fact he never disagreed possibly for its own convenience”

That is an apt description of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Despite a lot of objections from my own quarters, I had taken Oaths before him on the 7th of October 2013 as Chief  Minister of Northern Province. He was so friendly. Then on 2nd of January 2014, I went and met him at his official residence. He was full of charm. I had about ten requests including the replacement of the Military Governor whose term was coming to an end. I said there was no necessity for a Military person to be the Governor and wanted him to replace the incumbent Governor with a Civilian. Mahinda was quite impressive. “Of course we must change” he said. “But let him wait till July this year when his period of office comes to an end. Thereafter I will appoint a Civilian” he said. In fact he had asked for the names of possible suitable replacements and I had given some names too.

When July came he gave a further extension to the selfsame Governor with the Military background conveniently forgetting his undertaking to me. I believe none of the ten requests made by me were fulfilled even though he studiously undertook to look into them favorably. Such is the Sinhala Selfie. He says something having another idea in his mind. Prevarication is his forte.

There is another important observation Kusal makes in his Preface, That is that the Tamil Diaspora never read right and failed to understand the political implications of the word “Terrorism”. There has been a serious shift in global politics after New York’s 9/11 tragedy during the time of George Bush Junior which made US Intelligence and State Officials to classify and label all armed politics as terrorism or equivalents of “Al Qaeda”. Rajapaksa had capitalized on that calling the Tamil Militants as Terrorists equivalent to Al Qaeda. Incidentally yesterday was the 16th anniversary of the 2001 event.

Even now I find certain sections of the media refer to the Tamil Militants as Extremists and Terrorists. In the Global arena all acts of Militancy on the part of the Tamil youth are referred to as Terrorist activities. To that extent Mahinda had transformed a local political military agitation into a global phenomenon.

It is about this Mahinda the Sinhala Selfie that today’s Book is all about. There are questions being asked why Wigneswaran should lend his support to the launching of a Book on Mahinda Rajapaksa. There is also a whispering conversation thus – “ Sambanthan is courting  Mahinda – Is Wigneswaran providing the flowers?”

Frankly I first accepted the invitation of my friend Kusal Perera to be present at his Book Launch. It was thereafter that I tried to find out what the Book was about.

Having seen a paragraph at the tail end of the Book I thought why not.

Let me quote that paragraph verbatim –

“The brutality with which this whole war was waged by the Rajapaksa regime can never be underscored and can never be justified. Its brutality was not limited to the North –East only. Was never limited to persecuting the Tamil people only, though they were the most ruthlessly hounded. This war waged by the Rajapaksa regime dismantled the long standing democratic structures of the whole society and has overturned social values. It has totally violated democratic and human rights of the people. Has throttled media freedom and coerced all media to obey its dictates. It has paved the way for a politico military regime that no longer represents the elected government and is not responsible to the people. It has eroded the sovereignty of the people with an intimidating social psyche, in the name of eliminating Tamil “terrorism”.

With the contents of that paragraph one cannot disagree. Under the guise of eliminating Tamil terrorism Mahinda Rajapaksa paved the way for a politico Military regime. While Mahinda was politically elected a petrol bunk worker in the US was called in to provide and lead the Military regime which was not responsible to the people. No doubt such action eroded the sovereignty of the people.

Far from providing the flowers to Mr. Sambanthan to woo Mahinda, I am trying to arm myself with the brickbats needed at the appropriate time. It is a trite saying that the villain gains popularity sooner than the hero. But it is not popularity; it is notoriousness.

It is the notoriety of Mahinda that is for sale today authored by Kusal Perera not an eulogy. Hence I am not on the same wave length as Mr. Sambanthan.

One of the positive observations about the LTTE mentioned by Kusal in his book should not go unreported. This was something that used to perplex me. He gives his remarks which make sense. Let me refer to the relevant paragraph.

“The story that made rounds and the UNP stalwarts kept saying is that former Parliamentarian Tiran Alles negotiated a deal on behalf of Rajapaksa for the boycott of elections. One Emil Kanthan of the LTTE, it is said, was the contact. I tend to believe that, that may have been a different business deal Tiran Alles negotiated with Kanthan that was for political reasons tinkered into the LTTE boycott”. 

He goes on to say this – “Personally I don’t believe a person like Emil Kanthan can be profiled as a capable and a valid “contact” to play middleman for any “agreement” with Prabhakaran and the LTTE leadership on an election boycott. There were better and more capable men if need be, who frequented Colombo meeting diverse people to solicit support for their own relief and livelihood projects. The LTTE political wing and peace secretariat head Pulidevan was one among such few. He could have been a more trustworthy contact for a political compromise with the LTTE if the Rajapakses wanted any. Yet I doubt very much, Prabhakaran would have gambled on his politico military future, on bundles of money sent from Colombo by one whose fate depended on how people vote”.

Kusal states elsewhere that “Tamil Diaspora’s stubborn incapacity to read global politics after 9/11, allowed them to assume, their international campaign could have UN intervention in establishing an autonomous “Thamil State” in the North-East. For which they thought, they needed a hard line Sinhala Buddhist leader as President in Colombo, who would not agree to anything more than the presently dwarfed 13th  Amendment. That was the reason why the LTTE went on a boycott. The popular reading even before the presidential election was declared said the Tamil people, at least the larger majority of them would vote for Wickremesinghe, at least to continue with the cease fire”.

In other words the LTTE wanted Mahinda Rajapaksa at the helm of affairs for what might have been to their benefit.

Kusal was close to the Rajapaksa family. More so to Mahinda himself. Yet he wrote an open letter on the eve of the election on 13th November 2015 to Mahinda concluding “I therefore will not vote for you as that would amount to hanging the fate of this country by a shawl”

He observes “Huge corruption amounting to plunder, nepotism and constitutional authoritarianism with the war winning military projected as “War Heroes” was the hallmark of his rule”. He said “I have thus called his rule a kleptocracy”. What that meant was Mahinda used his power to steal our Country’s resources. 

Kusal’s book which I had little time to read in full has a few plus points. He knew personally the central character of his book. He was and is in the midst of the growth of Sinhala populism around this man Mahinda Rajapaksa whom he knew so well. But what he regrets in this book is that Mahinda’s populism extended into extreme and violent ethno religious presence in Sri Lankan politics.

In this book Kusal traces Mahinda’s ancestry, his absorption into the orbit of Sinhala Nationalism, his entry into SLFP politics and so on. Then he discusses the steps already taken before Mahinda took over the reigns of power to discriminate against the Tamils more specially the Tamil students in the form of standardization to neutralize the superior performance of Tamil medium students in Science Subjects.

He goes on to state “Thus the consolidation of the Sinhala Buddhist State was achieved through numerous, complex and politically manipulated means over almost 03 decades. Every such intervention in turn strengthened the Sinhala social psyche and made the two leading political parties compete for Sinhala votes in gaining political power at every election. (Unquote) This is a major reason why the Tamil problem has not been solved by any party so far. Actually  it is so simple to solve the problems of the Northern Province and Eastern Province Tamil speaking people. Recognize their individuality and draft constitutional provisions accordingly and this country could immediately take  off towards peace, reconciliation and economic regeneration.   

Then he refers to a statement by my colleague at Royal College and friend Dr. Nihal Jayawickreme in a speech by him at the birth centenary of Dr. Colvin R de Silva on 1/3/2008 which is enlightening regarding the 1972 and 1978 constitutions, which were constitutions that the then political parties wanted for their politics and not constitutions which looked into the problems and grievances of the people. It runs thus “If I may sum up, I do not think there was any philosophy underlying either of the republican constitutions. They merely reflected the policies of the political parties under whose auspices they were drafted; or perhaps more accurately, the imperatives of the two leaders whose personalities dominated the drafting processes. Dr Colvin R. de Silva and the Lanka Sama Samaja Party probably saw in the overwhelming majority which the United Front received in the 1970 general election, the opportunity to introduce and implement his and its long held political beliefs, and wished to do so without obstruction from any quarter, whether it be the public service, the judiciary, or the more moderate-minded prime minister. The tragedy was that in doing so, the constituent assembly failed to hear or recognize the voice of the North, expressed so clearly at the same general election”. (unquote) The other drafter Nihal mentioned was Dr. H.W.Jayewardena who was responsible for the 1978 constitution.   

Refering to the 1972 constitution Dr. Jayawickreme was quoted as saying “the basic Resolutions upon which the 1972 Constitution was drafted, rested “completely in accord with the United Front and Government policy”, and not on public accord, as acceded by Dr. Colvin R de Silva, the architect of that constitution”. Thus Dr. Jayawickrama says, it took away (1) the second chamber, which was intended to serve the minorities (2) independent Public Service Commission, intended to guarantee strict impartiality in all matters affecting public service appointments (3) Judicial Service Commission, intended to guarantee the independence and integrity of the judiciary (4) nominated members in the legislature, intended to represent unrepresented interests (5) judicial review of legislation and (6) prohibition on discriminatory legislation contained in section 29, which the Privy Council had described as representing “the solemn balance of rights between the citizens of Ceylon: the fundamental conditions on which inter se the Tamil leaders accepted the Constitution”, and are therefore politically unalterable under the Constitution”.

I like to refer to a four point note submitted by the Federal Party to the Constituent Assembly which is referred to by the author next. It runs thus “A four point note submitted to the Constituent Assembly by the FP led Tamil representation requesting the new constitution to (1) provide equal constitutional status for Tamil language as Sinhala language (2) establish a secular State (3) decentralise governing structures and (4) grant citizenship without discrimination to all Tamil plantation sector workers, was also rejected by the UF representation in the Constituent Assembly including LSSP and CP leaderships. Therefore, the new Constitution that turned Ceylon into a “sovereign and independent Republic” called Sri Lanka, firmly centralised the State as a unitary Sinhala Buddhist State, beneath the words, “sovereign and independent”. And, far worse was their negation of ethnic identities and that by a leading Leftist minister, a one time Marxist scholar who stood for “two languages and a single country”, to lump every one together as Sri Lankan “citizens”. Politics of this UF government therefore laid the basis for the radicalising of Tamil youth, but also made the most democratic, decent and peace loving of all Tamil leaders loved by the Tamil people to seek an alternative to his most cherished dream of living in a single united country. He, “Thanthai” Chelva sought political refuge in a separate “Thamil State” and resigned from his parliamentary seat, Kankasanthurai (KKS) in 1972 October. Chelvanayakam, “SJV” in popular politics, said he would challenge the ’72 Republican Constitution at a by election to prove the Tamil people did not accept it. The UF government led by Madam Bandaranayake kept postponing the bye -election. This led to more frustration among Tamil people and for the first time in 1973 at ITAK’s 12th convention held in Mallakam, serious discussions ensued on the feasibility of a “Separate Thamil State”.

“The UF leadership finally decided to have the KKS by election in February 1974. Chelvanayakam romped home with a massive voter support that topped 72.55 per cent of the total polled. Highest ever in post independent parliamentary elections to date. The UF government fielded the CP leader in Jaffna, V. Ponnambalam and he polled 26.46 per cent only. This election was just 02 years before Thanthai Chelva, the “father figure” in Tamil Nationalist politics bade farewell to the world after 33 years of very active, democratic politics. Three years before that and 30 years after active and hectic but democratic Tamil politics, he was compelled by the Sinhala leaders to accept a “Separate Thamil State” as the only answer to the political grievances of the Tamil people to live with dignity”.

“I wish to announce to my people and to the country that I consider the verdict at this election as a mandate that the Tamil Eelam nation should exercise the sovereignty already vested in the Tamil people and become free” he said in a public statement accepting victory at the bye – election.

This clearly explains what happened. Coming from a Sinhalese Journalist though he does not consider himself a Sinhalese but a humane being, the reference to what took place in an impartial manner should be taken note of by our die hard Sinhala so called nationalists. Many matters which I would have wanted to bring to your notice, Kusal has referred to in his book. If I refer to them I might be called an extremist or a rabble rouser. I doubt such epithets being used against Kusal. But what both of us are trying to say is the truth and nothing but the truth.

It is not my intention to take you through the whole book which I have not finished reading. But it is useful for the general public to remember the political antics of the past which gave rise to the present impasse in this country which  matters I have cursorily referred to from Kusal’s Book.

It is a timely publication. Though it refers to Mahinda the Sinhala Selfie, the book is full of historical facts of the recent past which traces the steps that led to the armed rebellion. The call for a free Tamil Nation came not from Prabakaran but Chevanayakam first.

In this scenario Mahinda’s part is aptly referred to in the last paragraph of the Book.

Thus two and a half years without Mahinda remains as much ‘Rajapaksa’ as it was before. And that for me is the most that can be written here on how the Sinhala factor with Mahinda remains unchallenged yet. And it would remain so with no alternatives discussed for a plural and a secular society, democracy remaining procedural and not functional.

Eric Metaxas,the American Author, Speaker and Radio Host said “With the tools of democracy, democracy was murdered and lawlessness made ‘legal’. Raw power ruled, and its only real goal was to destroy all other powers besides itself.”

Most appropriate quote by Kusal to what happened during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s reign.

Before I conclude let me refer to the meetings with the High Priests of Malwatte and Asgiriya last weekend. The two High Priests are personifications of contrary characteristics. I am sure Mahinda would find himself closer in spirit to Asgiriya rather than Malwatte.

The latter welcomed us cordially. The former was officious. One is not sure whether the Karaka Sabha constricts the Venerable Asgiriya Prelate’s freedom.

The Malwatte Priest was humane and interested in alleviating the sufferings of the people. The Asgiriya Karaka Sabha members who would not allow me personal audience with the High Priest but made sure all of them sat at a higher pedestal while I and my group sat at cushions placed in lower positions, were interested in projecting  their Sinhala Buddhist sentiments. They appeared conceited and almost offensively self assertive.

They had made up their mind that federalism is separation. I did point out to them that a recent Supreme Court judgment had confirmed that federalism is not separation and it is a way to bring disparate units together. I pointed out it was the Kandyan elite who first opted for federalism before the British Commissioners in 1930-1940. The Kandyans had said that they wished to protect their individuality by opting for federalism. The Asgiriya Priest did not appear convinced. If we could get past the veil of hardline arrogance of the Asgiriya Priests I am sure we could solve the political problems of this Country soon. They seem to be a very powerful section among the Sinhala Buddhists. To that extent ours was a useful fact finding visit.

I have always said that I like to meet the so called hardliners among the Sinhala Buddhists. In the Members of the Karaka Sabha I found some of them. I have confidence that we could if given time, wean them from their hardline stance to transform them to  become humanes like the Matwatte Priest,

After all their arrogance is artificial. It is based on false beliefs, wrong presumptions and distorted perceptions. Once the truth is stated or is recognized they would return to their real fundamental Buddhistic base which is understanding and love, not hatred and suspiration.

I thank you for your patient hearing. I thank Kusal for inviting me to be with all of you today. Thanks.

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    According to recorded history Sri Lanka was invaded as much as seventeen times by South Indian Dravidian speaking invaders since 230 BCE. Coming with armies of Tamils from South India they ruthlessly wiped out entire Sinhala villages along their way to Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa the royal capitals of the past. These highly prosperous Sinhala Buddhist capitals were ransacked and plundered and the people subject to untold atrocities. The latest Tamil invasion was carried out by Prabhakaran and his LTTE army.

    History of Sri Lanka shows that Tamils have become pain in the neck of Sinhalese for more than 2000 years. Tamils who were confined to small pockets in the North and East before colonial rule are now scattered all over Sri Lanka. More than 50% of Tamils now live outside their so called ‘Traditional Homeland”. In Colombo City there are more Tamils than Sinhalese. Yet Tamil politicians talk about an ‘Ethnic Problem’. Can someone tell us what is this ‘Ethnic Problem’? Before agreeing to a solution, people should have a clear understanding about the problem.

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      Have you read what many retired Sinhalese ambassadors, top civil servants, rofessors, lawyers, judge, …. told LLRC: http://www.scribd.com/doc/104705097/Conscientious-Sinhalese-Tell-LLRC

      Ethnic conflict has intensified after the end of war:
      http://ices.lk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Gamini-Keerawella-book.pdf

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        I vehemently condemn the bloody nonsense uttered by Wigneswaran about Chief Prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters having different attitudes on humanity and alleviating sufferings of people. —-

        Branding Asgiriya Chapter Priests inhumane for their unwavering stance to protect unitary Sri Lanka only shows Wigneswaran’s low class. What he is trying to say is the Chief Prelate of Malwatte Chapter is weak and the Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter is strong. The Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter stands no nonsense, who is a pillar of strength to Sinhalese Buddhists. —-

        No wonder a self-centred politician like Wigneshwaran who only knows how to suppress timid Tamils was intimidated by the dignified manner of the Most Venerable Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter and his Karaka Sabha. —-

        The Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter is not offensively self-assertive but aggressively self-assertive. If it was not for Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter, Maha Sangha and Wimal Weerawansa who are determinedly and vehemently against the Federal Constitution, this government would have already changed the Constitution. —-

        Wigneshwaran’s attempt to justify federalism by convincing the Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter that it was Kandyan elites who wanted federalism in 1930s, is childish. —

        Wigneshwaran has conveniently forgotten that when Tamils proposed famous 50:50 joke, Soulbury Commission rejected it point blank. —
        If Wigneshwaran thinks that getting Federal is easy, he is very much mistaken. I don’t think he is even aware of the consequences. —

        If Federal is granted to North, there will be communal riots in the South because Sinhalese will force all Tamils living in South to relocate to North. —

        Let’s be united as one, Sinhalese!

        Forget about all differences and come forward to defeat Federal Constitution and save Mother Lanka!

        This bloody nonsense should never reach the level of Referendum. We should stop this well before that stage.

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          You ARE srilanken though you are proved to be one another licker of Buruwasne.

          Wigiee is also a srilanken.

          Why you have the right while Wiggie according to you should not have the right to add what he intends is right ?

          Please come with facts. Unlike the high days of Mr Medamulana – Today media freedom is available.

          Champa, you need to see us all as SRILANKENS. That day, will help you getting us.

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            I am a Sinhalese Buddhist before I become a Sri Lankan. If Wigneshwaran has a right to talk about Tamils, I have a right to talk about Sinhalese.

            Wigneshwaran never thinks he is a Sri Lankan. You first correct him before chanting “Maralathoni” to me. What facts are you asking?

            Wigneshwaran should learn to respect the opinions of Maha Sangha. He praises the Chief Prelates of Malwatte Chapter as he thinks that he can manipulate the Thero and he condemns the Chief Prelates of Asgiriya Chapter as he thinks that he can’t manipulate the Thero. This is what is all about.

            I meant what I said and I am serious. Before seeking Federal to North, Wigneshwaran should make every Tamil living in other parts of Sri Lanka aware that they have to relocate in the North. They will be forced to and nobody will be able to stop.

            There is no way Wigneshwaran, Sampanthan and Ranil succeed in dividing the country. If they try to hold a Referendum, there will be uncontrollable riots even before that and the government should take the responsibility.

            Sinhalese will give their lives to protect the country as our brave ancestors did throughout our proud history. We have the same ancestral blood going in our veins for a reason. Our blood and our soil are always connected.

            Having a history that goes back over 5000 years and being the first inhabitants, rightful owners and the majority throughout the history of Sri Lanka, we have every right to protect our land, our nation and our religion which we would exercise to the fullest.

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              Champa: I am a Sinhalese Buddhist before I become a Sri Lankan. If Wigneshwaran has a right to talk about Tamils, I have a right to talk about Sinhalese. Wigneshwaran never thinks he is a Sri Lankan.

              TFN: donkey brain Champa, you said that you are a Sinhalese Buddhist before you are a Sri Lankan? Then the same goes for Wigneswaran, he is a Tamil before a Sri Lankan. Your chief prelates are a bloody joke and a bunch of losers. Fat bastards sit there draining the wealth of this beautiful country. Eat all day and fan themselves to sleep. These fat bastards should be shot. All of them!!!! That day will bring happiness to all decent Sri Lankans and leave a fool like you out of the picture!!!

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                These fat bastards should be shot. All of them!!

                How true.Can you organize to perform it, say by the 100,000 s.

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              Champa

              You must have read Mahavansa as a child other wise you won’t believe in many of the fictional statements you have made here. come on chap ! where did you pluck the 5000 year nonsense from ? The next joke is who said the Sinhala Kallathonis were the first to come to this Island. my dear Chap ! Don’t delude yourself, Even Your Mahavansa fairy tale didn’t go to the extent of delusional grandioise you have gone to. According to Mahavansa Myth your forebears only came to this Island 2500 years ago half of what you have pulled out your anus here.

              Dravidians have been on this Island for over 20 ‘000 years ago. you can protect your Land in Orissa if you want to but not here in Eelam, my dear chap. Don’t get carried away go back to where your recent ancestors came from i.e. Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra, Orissa , Bangal, Portugal and Holland .

              You Sinhalayas are much later arrivals than the Austroloid Veddahs and the Dravidian Tamils.

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          Champa: I vehemently condemn the bloody nonsense uttered by Wigneswaran about Chief Prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters having different attitudes on humanity and alleviating sufferings of people.

          TFN: your chief prelates are only for you to worship. They mean nothing to us Tamils. Also they mean nothing to intelligent Sinhalese.

          Hey donkey brain Champa, Buddhism is a philosophy and not a religion. Get this through that thick scull of yours. For me, your prelates chief or otherwise can kiss my arse.

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      Blind Eagle,
      “More than 50% of Tamils now live outside their so called ‘Traditional Homeland”. In Colombo City there are more Tamils than Sinhalese. Yet Tamil politicians talk about an ‘Ethnic Problem’. “

      Can Tamils or Muslims set up businesses in these places:
      Kelaniya
      Kadawata
      Kiribathgoda
      Why is it there is anti-Muslim agitation disguised as anti-beef in places like Galewela?
      Just for example. There are many more.Give us a honest answer please.

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        I see Eagle has no answer. I rest my case.

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      Eagle Eye,

      Are you sure you are in the 21st century?

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      Most the of the present day Sinhalese and not the Sri Lankan Tamils are the descendants of these so called South Indian Tamil invaders and immigrants . 50% of the present day Sinhalese from low caste South Indian imports , who were imported into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch. Sinhalese DNA 70% Indian Tamil . Sri Lankan Tamil DNA only 17% Indian Tamil. Tamils were confined to small pockets in the north and east ! From which history book or website are you quoting? Lankaweb? Even your Mahavamasa fairy tale constantly talks about Tamils and Tamil lands to the north and east of the island and of Tamil kings and chiefs. The King who converted to Buddhism was a Tamil. Your so called Sinhalese hero Prince Dutugemmunu was a Tamil Naga. His father’s name was King Kakkai Vanna Theesan or Kaavan Theesan . Both pure Tamil names. One meaning the king the colour of the crow and the other the king who guards. None of the ancient kings every called themselves Aryan or Sinhalese. As they were neither. They were Hindu or Buddhist Naga( Tamil) or from South Indian Tamil dynasties. The Sinhalese language is 40% Tamil in vocabulary. Elu the indigenous language native to the island is semi Tamil or Proto Tamil.

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        You cannot invent history by adding an N or M at the end of a sinhala name. kavanthissa’s grandfather’s name is GOTABHAYA :) are there tamil gotabhayas?

        Check the history written by K.Indrapala for his thesis and almost all the history books by historians. At least have a look at what S.Pathmanadan wrote recently.

        There is a reason why there are abundance of cultural and civilizational products among Sinhala people there is NOTHING for Tamils in Jaffna. What do you have? Your most sacred temple itself is built by a sinhala king from Kotte in 14 AD.

        Who are Nagas? What historical research has been done to prove that so called Nagas are the ancestors of modern day Tamils in Jaffna? Learn history from a book by a historian instead of what Chelva and GG used to scream out from political stages.

        Yes we share a lot with Tamil language because unfortunately we were in constant contact with you.

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          “Check the history written by K.Indrapala for his thesis and almost all the history books by historians.”
          You should check the more comprehensive study by Indrapala publishes a decade ago. That may help to sober both Sinhala and Tamil fanaticism

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          Maha stupid sach

          “Check the history written by K.Indrapala for his thesis and almost all the history books by historians. At least have a look at what S.Pathmanadan wrote recently. “

          What does K Indrapala say in his thesis? Have you read it inside out from front to the end? What did he say about Sinhalese on page 1113?

          What did S Pathmanathan tell you about history of Tamils? Have you heard of the name Professors Gananath Obeysekere, R A L H GUnawardana, H L Seniviratne, Sudharsan Seneviratne, ……. K Rajan, …… ?

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          Sach

          You idiot do a DNA test on you, you will find We Tamils ( Lanka Demala ) are your nearest of relatives and not Bangalis or Oriyans.

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        Yet another piece of earth shattering DNA evidence with caste included.
        Wonder where he/she pulls out this stuff from.

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      Sir,
      CM Wigneswaran won 10-0. His statement totally civil, makes us proud of our democracy & civility, however imperfect. His statement fully resonates with human decency. His wish to have a dialogue with fellow human beings, not least brotherly people, who share this tiny island, be respectful, find common ground and make progress overtime is what we need. To evolve into a more just country all can belong to. “Karaka Sabha” idiots who disrespected the visiting, elected leader of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province by seating them at a lower elevation are a DISGRACE to Buddhism and Sinhalese people. Sinhalese culture is known for its’ legendary hospitality to perfect strangers. At times, even enemies in need. “Karaka Sabha” monkeys of Asgiriye Chapter are not representative of neither Buddhism nor Sinhalese people. They are not elected. They are STUPID. They also suffer from a severe inferiority complex. Please pity those fools!
      Cheers!

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        Any lay person gets to sit in a lower position to that of the monks. That is the tradition. There is no specific targeting of him.

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        Ben Hurling

        Wigneshwaran very well know he has to sit on a lower seat when he went to see the Chief Prelates. Who is he, even Sinhalese Kings sat on the floor when they pay audience to Chief Prelates.

        You are not a Buddhist. Therefore what you write is malicious rubbish.

        There is monastery hierarchy in Buddhist countries. Mahanayaka, the Chief Prelates are on the top rank. Chief Prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters are the Custodians of Sacred Tooth Relics. Buddhists in Sri Lanka are represented by them. Their voice is the voice of Buddhists.

        Don’t write things that you don’t know with degrading remarks about other religions.

        Wigneshwaran criticizing the Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter after paying an audience is cheap and shows his low class. There is no issue with lack of hospitality. He was well received. Wigneshwaran thought they were easy to handle and when he realized that Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter and Karaka Sabha Buddhist Priest are strong and straightforward, he opted to criticizing them unfairly.

        Wigneswaran’s and your comments prove who suffer from inferiority complex.

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          ‘Wigneshwaran criticizing the Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter after paying an audience is cheap and shows his low class. There is no issue with lack of hospitality”
          Your Chief prelates have no international standing whatsoever, because everyone knows they are uneducated rustics.
          The best known Buddhist in the world is the Dalai Lama, and you Sinhala Buddhists won’t give him a visa to see the so-called tooth relic!

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          Chumpa,
          As long a Non-Buddhist is concerned, Chief Prelates, chief monks, Maha Nayaka thero, Maha Sanga, Karaka Sabha Buddhist Priests, or any mother’s son wrapped in a saffron cloth is just a human and nobody is below them. Some of these Monks behave like non-human punks trying to show their arrogant superiority which they show to their fellow Sinhala-Buddhist laymen. Wigneshwaran is referring to such low class Monkeys (sorry monks).

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            Somapala Appuhamy

            There are many people who have no religion like you who denigrate Buddhism and Buddhist priests, who deserve our sympathy.

            You have to have a religion to shape up your thoughts. Seculars have no respect for other people’s religions.

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              Champoo, you dumb arse, Buddhism is NOT a religion. It is a philosophy!!! Your fat bastard monks should all be rounded up and exterminated. This will leave decent Sinhalese to move on with their lives.

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              Chumpa,

              Religion is nothing but poison. No religion should be above the law. You do not need religion to know the difference between good and bad, only some common sense. I am not denigrating Buddhism or Buddha, I am only talking about those saffron clad Sinhala-Buddhist racist pigs, the bald headed punks who call themselves monks. What is the point in respecting the saffron robe if the wearer (so called Bikku) is committing adultery, murder, business, racist politics, street protest, hate mongering, drugs, child abuse, porn, etc., etc.

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      Why is it that the “50%” who live among the Sinhalese still identify themselves with the Northeast as their ‘Homeland’- some over three or four generations? The answer is the likes of the ‘Asgiriya’ thinking of the Sinhalese.

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      Eagle Eye

      Could you cite evidence to support your random typing.
      An important question that appeared on Guardian a few years ago, which I thought may be of interest to fellow human beings:

      “Is it really feasible that a chimpanzee with a typewriter and an infinite amount of time will be able to produce the complete works of Shakespeare?”

      One answer which impressed me most was by Richard Jinks, here is the answer:

      A SIMILAR experiment is currently being tried using many millions of chimpanzees. It is called the internet.

      Eagle Eye , keep typing.

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      Leave aside invasions. Are they of use today? No .

      It is not “contray character” that he chief priests of Malwathe and Asgiriya have. Both have no character at all to stand for Justice.

      They, definitely know more about committed war crimes and Tamil genocide, and perhaps guilty of collaborating and initiating steps to commit racist and murderous crimes against Tamils.

      It does not matter who is brought to War crimes court. The truth followed by justice should be done.

      The citizens want to move to civilisation from existing “cover up of Truth” and being barbaric.

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      This is the level of intelligence of most Sri Lankan!!!
      They don’t or can’t think for themselves and understand any concept communicated to them…

      They don’t have the brains to tell the difference between federalism and asking for a separate country…

      They have been brainwashed by other stupid leaders and they have whole heartedly bought into a lie without any ability of critical thinking at all…

      When most Sri Lankans are like this how can we catch up to the modern world and play our part.

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      It is either ignorance or deliberate falsehood to maintain ” In Colombo City there are more Tamils than Sinhalese..” The fact is there are more Sinhalese than Tamils in the Colombo City. However, when you take Tamils and Muslims together they are in the majority over Sinhalese. There is nothing sinister here. Sinhalese politicians spread the falsehood to win Sinhala votes scaring the gullibles.

      CM Justice Wigneswaren is wasting time. The Asgiriya Mahanayaka
      is an established anti-Tamil. The Malwatta Prelate is only a little less so. Both Prelates forget they owe their positions to the last Tamil King. This Sinhala-Tamil rapprochement will never work with these
      priets holding on to over whelming power. In the final analysis the pre-1515 reality will eventually prevail. The North-East will go to the Tamil half and the rest of the country will regain their Ruhuna, Kotte and Kandyan past. The gridlock will be the Muslims, who are
      now pell mell converting Tamil land in the East to carve out their
      Islamic State with financial and other support from the Saudi Wahabis and the Pakistanis.

      The second coming of the Tamil armed struggle will restore their historical reality, temporarily interrupted by the European Colonialists. Future Sinhala-Tamil unity is a myth. Within the next 50 years things will change along the Indo-Pakistan partition. The difference is the Chinese will be there to advance their own interest to control the ocean routes. It will not be a pretty picture.

      Pandaranayagam

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        pandaranayagam Pandaranayagam

        No, it is not “deliberate falsehood to maintain ” In Colombo City there are more Tamils than Sinhalese..” The fact is there are more Sinhalese than Tamils in the Colombo City.” What you say is NOT TRUE.

        You want to see the numbers, read: In the city of Colombo, there are:

        Muslims – 126,345
        Tamils – 106,325
        Sinhalese – 79,468

        This is in 2012. Now there should be more than this.

        Now it is your time to prove there are more Sinhalese than Tamils.

        This should be a WAKE UP CALL FOR SOME SINHALESE who are still in deep slumber.

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          Champass

          1981 Census
          Sinhalese Sri Lankan Moors Sri Lankan Tamil Indian Tamil Other
          1,318,835 77.61% 139,743 – 8.22% 170,590 10.04% 19,824 1.17% 50,249 3.0%

          2001 Census
          Sinhalese Sri Lankan Moors Sri Lankan Tamil Indian Tamil Other
          1,724,459 76.60% 202,731 9.01% 247,739 11.00% 24,821 1.10% 51,524 2.3%

          2012 Census
          Sinhalese Sri Lankan Moors Sri Lankan Tamil Indian Tamil Other
          1,771,319 76.69% 242,728 10.51% 231,318 10.01% 27,336 1.18% 37,108 1.6%

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      The entire Jaffna District has only 577,246 Tamils while in the City of Colombo, there are 106,325 Tamils. Not in Colombo District, but only in the City.

      Wigneshwaran is a big liar. He has failed to justify his claim.

      Wigneshwaran’s claim for Federal to North has no logic whatsoever. These Tamils in Colombo, they don’t want Federal.

      According to the same statistics, city of Jaffna has only 504 Sinhalese. We must seriously consider in settling Sinhalese in Jaffna equal to Tamils in Colombo city. We are short of 105,821 Sinhalese in Jaffna.

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        Chumpoo,
        “We must seriously consider in settling Sinhalese in Jaffna equal to Tamils in Colombo city. We are short of 105,821 Sinhalese in Jaffna.”
        Why not settle all the Sinhalese in Jaffna and all the Tamils in Colombo? The Tamils would turn the South into an agricultural paradise , won’t ask for subsidies, and will run the govt services efficiently as in the past.
        Really, Chumpoo, you are a genius. Deal?

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      Eagle Eye,

      This might be difficult for a bird brain to comprehend, but the ‘Tamils who were invading’ were only following a long line of invaders from the sub-continent who somehow morphed into a hybrid ‘Sinhala’ tribe. Skirmishes were the the status quo till the various colonial masters turned up and we, divided, were sitting ducks allowing them to rule over us. When the last colonial master left, having unified all the divided regions, we resumed having a go at each other. It was the British administration that allowed all Ceylonese to live where they wished. The problem is the fear complex among the Sinhalese that our Tamil brethren will prove to be smarter. Heaven help us, that cannot be allowed, NO? AND that is why, today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future our devious politicians with the blessings of the Asgiriya Ayatollahs will preach subjugation of ALL minority communities.

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    Wigneswaran himself should be blamed for creating such a hysteria over Federalism. Time and again Wigneswaran has acted unwisely. Passing unwanted resolution, especially when President Sirisena was increasingly giving concessions to the North and the East. In politics majority rules, and any action the Government takes it has to sell it to the majority Sinhala community. Now don’t get me wrong I am not a racist. But I have a question, how genuine is Wigneswaran? When Wigna was appointed as CM every individual thought he will be a “Light House” to other CMs, but what we have seen is he is a thankless and worst CM in SL today. Wigneswaran dug a deep pit for Federalism by his own actions and now he has to face it. Who cares what one CM or PC wants, let majority rule. We are a democracy.

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      Park, yes, yours rings true:”……..let majority rule. We are a democracy”.

      But I have a question: Was Democracy meant for the ignorant and the blind? Should the majority rule simply because they are the majority, never mind how ignorant they may be?

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        Justice & Fairplay

        Park has more stupid people than rest of minorities put together. Hence Parks wants to lead a “Kakistocracy”.

        Kakistocracy – A state or society governed by its least suitable or competent citizens.

        Relatively speaking do you think a theocracy by Malwattu is far better than a Kakistocracy, Kleptocracy, a Rajapaksa Tribe, ………… JVP, SLFP, UNP, …..

        By the way SJ prefers Mao to rule this island.

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        I do not mean that minority have no rights in a democracy, what I say is minority should know how to work with the majority and not pass stupid resolutions.

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    Excellent book by Kusal Perera and an excellent speech by the Chief Minister Wigneswaan. He summed up the booked with borrowed quotation “With the tools of democracy, democracy was murdered and lawlessness made ‘legal’. Raw power ruled, and its only real goal was to destroy all other powers besides itself.” Those Sri Lankans who want the country to prosper must read this speech even if time is limited to read the book.

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    I have had on occasions openly declared my appreciation of both Kusal Perera and Dr. Nihal Jayawickreme for the bold and forthright views they hold. And, I am pretty sure that Tamils will be ever willing to live with ‘their’ people. The day when the Sinhalese understand and accept the worth of the political stance these two eminent men hold will be the day Sri Lanka begins its majestic journey to conquer its potential.

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    ” I pointed out it was the Kandyan elite who first opted for federalism before the British Commissioners in 1930-1940. The Kandyans had said that they wished to protect their individuality by opting for federalism.”

    People (Mahanayakas included) believe what they want to believe, even if there are contradictory facts. ” Federalism ” and “Humanitarian” have entirely new meanings since 2005.
    On the whole, Mr. Wigneswaran’s speech brings out the Supreme court judge more than the maverick politician.

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      OC
      It was SWRDB’s rather poorly thought out idea. He wanted 3 federal states: one for Kandyan Sinhalese, one for Low Country Sinhalese and one for ‘Tamils’.
      Whether SWRDB himself could be counted among the Kandyan elite is another matter.
      *
      Leonard Woolfe’s proposal of a little later took into account the ethnic realities.
      N Sanmugathasan has referred to it several times. Very few have referred to it, including the FP which had a different agenda.

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        SJ

        “Very few have referred to it, including the FP which had a different agenda.”

        Lets forget N Sanmugathasan and Leonard Woolf for a second I am curious to know what Mao and Siri Mao said about federalism in Sri Lanka.

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    I cannot see the purpose of the rather uncomplimentary public remarks on a Mahanayake.
    One would have expected the CM, NPC to talk to the Mahanayakes to explain to them the problems of the Tamil people and the reasons for their fair demands and solicit their support or at least reach a common ground to progress with further discussions.
    There is work to do.
    Also there are other important chapters with whom dialogue will be useful.
    The CM has built a ‘reputation’ in the South which is a barrier to healthy dialogue. That needs clearing.
    One needs diplomacy and patience to move forward.
    *
    The CM seems to have his own way of ‘winning friends and influencing people’.
    There is the saying ‘maunam kalaha naasthi” (silence stirs no trouble” or another way of saying “silence is golden”).

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      SJ

      “One would have expected the CM, NPC to talk to the Mahanayakes to explain to them the problems of the Tamil people and the reasons for their fair demands and solicit their support or at least reach a common ground to progress with further discussions.
      There is work to do.”

      Well said, this is another bull of yours. You imply the Malwattu and Assgiria have been living in planet Seth and are not aware of the issues, problems, conflicts, ….. destruction, costs, foregone development and progress in the past 70 years.

      On the other hand you have been living in a parallel universe as your typing always suggests.

      By the way what is your criticism of and advice to Malwattu and Assgiria? Live in planet Seth.

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    “I have confidence that we could if given time, wean them from their hardline stance to transform them to become humanes like the Matwatte Priest,”

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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    malwatte chapter is more refined because they have traditionally represented the city dwellers and were closer to the kings and nobles than the asgiriya chapter who have their origins from the forest dwellers of polonnaruwa.Are we to hand the future of the country to forest dwellers and go back into the forest wearing amudi and carrying bow and arrows.That is what overnight universal franchise in 1947 has done giving forest dwellers the vote as city dwellers.First they should come into the city from the forest and become civilised,then given the vote otherwise they will drag us back into the forest to join them.

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      Shankar

      I pity you, man. You deserve lot of sympathy.

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    What wiggie does not understand is that the up country sinhalese have due to the universal franchise lost their traditional clout to the low country sinhalese who outnumber them now.So what the low country sinhalese think about federalism is what counts and from what i have seen of their mentality things don’t look too good and another war is inevitable this time with tamilnadu men swelling the ranks of a new military force which will not be the LTTE but a pro india group,but it won’t happen in our lifetime(hopefully).Our generation took the mauling for the previous generations mistakes and no more mauling for us i hope before we die.Now our generations mistakes in not giving sufficient devolution will result in the next generation sinhalese and tamils mauling each other.

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      shankar

      “What wiggie does not understand is that the up country sinhalese have due to the universal franchise lost their traditional clout to the low country sinhalese who outnumber them now.”

      Don’t be silly, what CV W doesn’t understand is that Sinhala/Buddhists have been suffering from Paranoia since the advent of Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala.

      Even the urbane Ben Hurling believes the Diaspora is after him. And your poster boy Black and Decker thinks he won the war for Dr Mahinda.

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        Paranoia of what? That Tamils invent false history and rob sinhala homeland? Is it a paranoia? Is not that what we have been experiencing from 1920s?

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    A thoughtful and honest man stating facts that cannot be questioned.

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      Emil, if I may add to your comment:

      The Chief Minister was forthright , clear, friendly and extremely brave, in entering the Lion’s den and then articulating himself in a language foreign to him. Despite the rebuffs received, the CM remains positive, that saner counsel will prevail with time. He should be hailed for this wonderful, very brave and forthright move.

      The poor prelate who comes across as the second best among the two chapters, has done himself no favours, by failing to even realize the need for a more equitable seating arrangement for the visitors, before the proceedings began. It would have been far too much to expect him to understand even an iota of what the CM was saying, but common courtesy would have surely demanded that visitor’s be seated like the rest of the Karaka Sabha members?

      Mr. Wigneswaran comes across very impressively, I must say!

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      Anything and anybody should be questioned.
      *
      CVW’s intellectual honesty is not unblemished and several of his utterances hardly qualify as thoughtful.
      He may be above average in many matters, but that is not good enough to endorse all what he says.

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        SJ

        “Anything and anybody should be questioned.”

        Except Mao, Siri Mao, Abimael Guzmán, Pol Pot, ……………….. and what they did.

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    Lord Buddha preached give give and give away all belongings and to get rid of all defilement’s in order to extinguish life and attain nibbana. Through out 550 births as Bodhisatwa gave away his eyes head flesh and blood and also his wife and children in one of the births. I cannot understand why our mahanayakas are not practicing what Buddha preached. To that extent they are not true disciples of Buddha. Tamil people are not asking our flesh and blood but only land. Any true Buddhist will have to agree to this demand.

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      Lord Buddha never said give give and give, give away all belongings. Read Sigalovada Sutta if you want to know how Lord Buddha taught laymen how to manage, save and spend their money. Maha Sangha have no belongings.

      No wonder non-Sinhalese cannot comprehend the fact that for Maha Sangha and Sinhalese Buddhists, the land of Sri Lanka is more worth than their flesh and blood. A true Sinhalese will willing give his flesh and blood but not the land.

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        Champa

        Are you talking about your Land In Orissa ? You don’t have any own Land on this Island Eelam , the land you Sinhalese have are all robbed from the Dravidian Tamils.

        Go back to your Father land in Orissa.

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          Machang Prabhakaran

          Even after death, are you sill fostering Eelam?

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            Chimpa(nzie)

            I will not rest until we achieve Tamil Eelam, you may offer a viable alternative i.e. Federal state, then you may have some chance of reconciliation. I don’t want to fight a war again if I can help it but the ball is in the Sinhalese court now.

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    A kaleidoscopic exposition of Sri Lankan political evolution from democracy to fascism from the 1970’s up to date by Mr. Wigneswaran CM NPC and ex Justice SC.
    It is based on the book by eminent journalist Mr. Kusal Perera how elements of majoritarian hate envy and suspicion against the minorities injected into the Constitutional body politics of the country in 1972 has thwarted nationhood and progress.
    Voters lost politicians gained.

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      Brilliant facts stated by CV.
      CM CV always calls a spade a spade and a solution should be quickly found for the tamils who are victimized and marginalized by the majority.
      Also feel very sad and disturbing news for muslims in Burma.

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    Singapore authorities are expected to cancel the presidential vote and name Yacob president-elect as soon as the deadline for nominations expires on Wednesday. “Whether there is an election or not, my passion and commitment to serve the people of Singapore remain the same,” Yacob told reporters earlier this week. A president plays a largely ceremonial role in the rich island state. Yacob a pious muslim is expected to take her oath of office on Thursday, serving as the first female president of Singapore for the next six years, reported the Singapore-based Straits Times.

    Authorities originally scheduled a presidential vote for September 23, with five people attempting to run. However, the candidates needed to comply with new rules about providing minorities with representation in the Chinese-majority Singapore. The officials in the city-state declared that only members of the Malay ethnic group would be allowed to run in 2017. Two of the contenders were quickly disqualified based on this criterion.

    In Srilanka only a Buddhist can become a President or Prime Minister!!!.
    Good example Singapore way to go thumbs up.

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      Neesha Bitchwal

      “In Srilanka only a Buddhist can become a President or Prime Minister!!!.”

      Its not true, the constitution as it is does not prevent candidates from other faiths contesting any elections. Kumar Ponnampalam contested 1982 presidential elections and won only – 173,934 votes (2.67%).

      In Jaffna district the main candidates received votes as follows:
      Kumar Ponnambalam – 87,263 votes (40.03%)
      Hector Kobbekaduwa – 77,300 votes (35.46%)
      J.R.Jayewardene – 44,780 votes (20.54%)
      Colvin R.de Silva – 3,376 votes (1.55%)
      Rohana Wijeweera – 3,098 votes (1.42%)
      Vasudeva Nanayakkara – 2,186 votes (1.00%).
      Even Tamil stronghold of Jaffna didn’t vote for Kumar Ponnamplam enthusiastically.

      On the whole the voters of this island vote for crooks, racists, bigots, war criminals, fascists, ……. and for free rice from moon and free Sil Redda from Mars.

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    Uthungan

    Some years ago a member of the powerful Malwattu governing board a monk who passionately believed in equality, dignity, ….. of all people and campaigned for peace, reconciliation and progress told me more than half of the board members were for a federal solution.

    That was the position of Malwattu before Thamby the psychopath started Eelam war III on 19th of April 1995 by firing strategic stinger missiles for the first time. For him stinger missile was a He Man toy.

    The limited supply of stinger stopped. Do we know who stopped it?

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      NV
      To JR&SriMao,psycho Thamby was a great help.
      To Kehelwatte Dasa and the Royal Lalith he was a boon.
      A manna from heaven to the denizens of Medamulana.

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    Uthungan

    Assgiria has been the most illiberal anti people anti progress Sinhala/Buddhist so called patriots. —- Humanity, equality, freedom …………… have no meaning in their dictionary. They traditionally thought to be SLFP’s politico/spiritual guru.

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    I wonder when will Asgiriya head and Malwtta head make their music together in harmony or consonance . The music I’m talking is the above analysis relating to senior civil servants, ministers and MPs.

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    Present day mahanayakas need Benz cars and AC rooms to attain nibbana. Although they have the speed will not take them to the ultimate goal of the Buddhists ”nibbana”. Too many cravings.They are not true Buddhists but impostors in yellow robes. ”Ane Devdath noduti mokpura.”

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    Mr Wigneswaran could easily be influenced by cunning politicians and even holy-men.

    He is always naive!

    This may be s different experience for him.

    Mr Wigneswaran has suddenly matured and became moderate within couple of days of meeting with the Mahanayakes.

    It may be because of the blessings of one or both Mahanayakes.- Positive and negative?
    I f he meets more often the right people,the transformation may be astonishing!

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    What Vigneswaran states is correct. There is a move in the north by the Sri Lankan armed forces and certain Buddhist monks to coerce poor and destitute Tamils to convert to Buddhism with all sorts of rewards promised to them, just like during the colonial era, Christianity was forced on with the same tactics. Their children are also now being forced to learn Sinhalese only and gradually change their identity from Hindu Tamils to Sinhalese Buddhists. The Mahanayake of the Asgiriya chapter visited the north and gave his blessing to this venture. Forced conversion of poor destitute Hindus to Buddhism just like they were forced to convert to Christianity during colonial times. He also mad a stupid comment stating one of these targeted villages named Puthur or Poothoor is derived from Buddah + Ur/Oor meaning the village of Lord Buddah. Stating all this area must have been Buddhist at one time and now should revert back to Buddhism. Puthur or Poothoor in Tamil/Malayalam languages has nothing to do with Lord Budda but means new village. These people are dangerous.

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    NV
    Asgiriya has been the most illiberal anti people anti progress Sinhala/Buddhist so called patriots. —- Humanity, equality, freedom …………… have no meaning in their dictionary. They traditionally thought to be SLFP’s politico/spiritual guru.
    Spot On NV Superb comment!
    The SLFP morons have a Fundamentalist/Autocratic ideology that is the reason most of the Saffron robed monks support the medamulana Jarapaksas

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    MaRa should read this book Rajapakse the Sinhala Selfie authored by that fine journalist Kusal Perera.
    Perhaps,MaRa should be presented with an OPPO phone to take more selfies for the rest of his life!

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    Mr Wignaswaram is right.I must say the Malwathha Mahanayake is a good person,I knew him from is previous position at Ridhi Vihara where I had my coconut estate.He is a fair minded person and the Asgriya Mahanayake is not the same,perhaps supporting a political agenda.
    Do we need them to run the country?

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      Well said Nimal.
      Asgiri Mahanayaka is a Rajapaksa lackey.

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    The Buddhist monks in SL lack political awareness so easily can be manipulated. Let me answer your question CV.

    Just like you demand for (LEGITIMATE OR ILLEGITIMATE) aspirations of Tamils and answers for grievances of Tamils, Sinhala people also have grievances and aspirations. They have a right to protect their homeland which was developed through out millenias. If you think Tamils have a right to protect very feeble and little cultural products they have in North, how should Sinhalese act to protect their massive and numerous civilization products and heritage scattered through out the country? See we too have that right. Under a federal constitution, SL will be doomed into two indian provinces and that is against our aspirations and legitimate grievances.

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      “If you think Tamils have a right to protect very feeble and little cultural products they have in North”
      What few cultural products? Ha Ha.
      Let me assure you that there is Tamil music hundreds of years old. Sinhala “music ” had to be invented by an Indian who Radio Ceylon hired to do it after independence.
      That’s only one item.
      ” how should Sinhalese act to protect their massive and numerous civilization products and heritage scattered through out the country?”
      So you really want to keep sending slaves to the Middle East?

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      Sach”how should Sinhalese act to protect their massive and numerous civilization products and heritage scattered through out the country?” ha ha you mean scattered throughout Hambantota? ha ha >>>>Tamil culture is scattered all over the world!!!!!!!!!!there is a school of thought from scholars all over the world that Tamil is the first language spoken in this planet and Tamil is the first culture of the world. >>>>

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        rajash

        Do you think the first ape spoke Tamil?
        Do you also think the first ape named sach is struggling to evolve into a Sinhalese?

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    SJ.
    SWRD would have fitted into all three federal states.
    Being a descendant of Neelaperumal he would have fitted into the Tamil state.
    Transforming later on as a Low-country Sinhalese he would have fitted into that state as well!
    Since he was married to Mrs:SiriMao he would also have fitted into the Kandyan Sinhalese state.
    To which state would you like to be fitted? Regular Fit, Slim Fit or Tailored Fit?

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    “Malwatte And Asgiriya Mahanayakes Are Personifications Of Contrary Characteristics: Wigneswaran”
    This is obvious because they are humans.
    They have not said one word about Rohingyas but Dalai Lama said recently that Boddha (if living now) ill take the side of Rohingyas!. Dalai Llama is recognised the world over but now we know that he is human.

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      Sorry about a typo. The penultimate sentence should read ” ….Buddha (if living now) will take the side of Rohingyas!…..”

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    asgiriya is the bbs father.

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    well done CM. I am sure you dazzled them by your command of Sinhala language.
    Mahanaykes should stick to religious activities and keep out of Politics and devolution .
    The curse of Sri Lanka is the saffron robe….every thug and racist is adoring it and making violence and racism acceptable.
    ISIS killing in the name of Islam and Allah is relatively new compared Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist killing in the name of Buddhism and language.

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    Occupying Colombo’s Sinhala Governor to North Reginald Cooray has threatened S. Gunabalan, the Tamil divisional secretary of Karai-thu’raip-pattu (Maritime-pattu) division of the Mullaiththeevu district to either face transfer to a remote station or find a way to alienate lands owned by uprooted Tamils at the coastal village of Mukaththuvaaram to 300 Sinhala colonists, informed civil sources in Jaffna said. The threat was issued in front of the representatives of the encroaching Sinhala fishermen, who were gathered last week at the secretariat of the SL governor for an exclusive ethnic Sinhala meeting. Colombo-based Director General of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) MCL Fernando, who happens to be a relative of an influential colonist in Mukaththuvaaram and Ven Sri Thissapura Gunarathna Thero, the extremist Buddhist monk from Kokku’laay, attending the meeting

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K5mos9Aasw#action=share
    video of the Sinhalised Buddhist School in Puthur in Jaffna , The centre for forced Sinhalese Buddhist conversion. Colombo Telegraph please allow this to prove I am not lying. Look at the presence of the occupying Sinhalese armed forces

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      Why should RSS worry about this?
      After all it is the “low castes” that are being “converted”. The process was started by community leaders way back in 1957.
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      If Hindus cannot treat fellow Hindus with dignity, people should adopt a faith that offers dignity.
      Ambedkar showed the way.
      Perhaps it is time that Tamils revived Tamil Buddhism which faded away a millennium ago.
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      I did not see anyone being forced or ‘converted’ in this video clip.
      What the children received were books not robes.

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        SJ

        “Perhaps it is time that Tamils revived Tamil Buddhism which faded away a millennium ago.”

        Buddha replacing Mao, unacceptable.
        What are we going to do with red book?

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        No I only worry about a slime Jar constantly coming here and attacking Tamils criticizing them and being an apologist for Sinhalese racists and Muslim opportunists. Slime or Slimy Jar is a very apt name for you. What makes you think that Hindus are not treating other Hindus with respect in Jaffna or anywhere else in the north and east Slimy Jar? It is the occupying Sinhalese Buddhist armed forces and the Buddhist monks who are treating them with disdain as seen in the video. Forcing Tamil Hindu children from poor families , made destitute by the actions of the occupying Sri Lankan armed forces who have stolen their lands and living , fall on the feet of Sinhalese Buddhist priests and worship them like slaves. Whist the Sinhalese Buddhist armed forces and others happily looking on . What a humiliation, making poor Tamil Hindu children worship Sinhalese Buddhist monks or not as it they are their slaves and this Buddhist priests are looking at this arrogantly and accepting this gesture. This has never happened in the Tamil areas. No upper caste or Brahmin had ever asked anyone to fall at their feet and worship them. You only fall in front of god and worship them. So what these Sinhalese Buddhist monks are gods and the Tamils their slaves? This does not offend you Slimy Jar but my post and video and that I am a Brahmin offends you?

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          RSS (what an appropriate set of initials!), this is pathetic.
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          If one is not bothered by something, one does not bother to comment at length.
          Any person who thinks that he/she is better off in a faith that does not put him/her based on birth, that is his/her right. Ayothithaasar in Tamilnadu took the lead and Ambedkar showed the way.
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          Caste conscious conservatives cannot have it both ways.
          Seriously, one should be far more depressed by the sight of learned Hindu adults falling at the feet of saffron robed charlatans.

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            Do not try to twist the truth Slim Jar. There is a vast difference between learned adult men falling at the feet of saffron robed charlatans and little Tamil children all below 8 years ( as seen on the photos) coerced to fall at the feet of Sinhalese Buddhist monks by huge adult Sinhalese Buddhist male members of the Sri Lankan armed forces, who themselves did not fall at the feet of these Sinhalese Buddhist monks, despite being Sinhalese Buddhist themselves but made these little Tamil children do this demeaning act . Obviously to state to the Tamils look we are the ruling occupying race and we are now making Tamil Hindu children fall and worship at the feet of Sinhalese Buddhist monks , to show who is the boss and the ruler even in your lands and you are nothing but a subjugated race. You are really nasty and despicable. Imagine if the LTTE had forced Sinhalese village children fall and worship at the feet of Hindu Priests, There would have been an outcry and you would have been in the forefront, Slime Jar.

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      This video is very disturbing , why are all these Tamil children forced and made to fall on the feet of Sinhalese Buddhist monk by the Sinhalese Sri Lankan armed forces and who are they to run schools and force children to convert? This has to be shown to the foreign embassies as to what the racist occupying Sinhalese armed forces and Buddhist monks are up to in Tamil lands. As for the governor of the north threatening a Tamil government officer going about his lawful duties and trying to hand over land back to their legal Tamil owners, instead of illegal Sinhalese settlers from the south, should be investigated. Who the hell is this racist Sinhalese fellow threatening Tamil officers to hand lands belonging to displaced Tamils to Sinhalese? This fellow should be kicked out. He can hand his lands in the south to the Sinhalese fishermen. This government came with Tamil votes and now pandering to Sinhalese racists. What is the TNA doing?

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    The so-called Eealm state for All Tamil Speaking People in World? This not confined for North and Eastern Tamils ,in fact largest projects that proposed by Tamil rough state is one of the International -oriented venture of that Tamil regime base in Sri Lankan soil!
    In fact proposed by TNA -LTTE and Tamil Diaspora & CW of NC that lawyer turn Tamil-Terrorist who want to be Tamils—- of Tamil Federalism is first stage of Eealm—– Sri lanka.
    It is more or less International out-fit Tamils which in Indian Region until that Tamils gain their Homeland in Tamil Nadu —-India.
    This not lonely ong term political strategies Tamil speaking in outside Indian and Sri lanka.
    That is the reason of that Tamil Diaspora has established by namely of THREE Tamil Global out-fits?
    1 World Tamil Congress —- in Canada
    2 Global Tamil Forum.-in United Kingdom by Father Emmunal of who is an ideologist by Bible Teaching in London.
    3 Tamil –Exile Government base in USA? There is no any other this type Exile Govt. in USA soil
    The C.Wignasatram is one leading agent and agitator of “Tamil Federal” —regime an Island!@

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      Sinhalese racist with a pure Tamil derived name posting Lanka web racist garbage. Yatawara means the boundry at the bottom or foot. Yata or bottom or foot in Sinhalese is derived from the Tamil word Yadi or Adi meaning the bottom or foot. Wara is derived from the Tamil word Warai/Varai. Meaning the end or boundary. Like varambu. varappu etc. Now this goat with a pure Tamil derived name is posting anti Tamil gargage

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        RSS.

        Very true Sirisena Yata is a racist and all his comments are anti tamil or anti muslim.
        Its time to use the madu waligaye on the fellow.

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      Sirisena Yatawara

      “The C.Wignasatram is one leading agent and agitator of “Tamil Federal” —regime an Island!@”

      What is the point if you have one?
      If you are unable to type in English, please do so in Sinhala or Tamil.
      If you are unhappy with your life I suggest you spend a month or two in one of those forest monasteries.

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        Talk to native Vedda is shows he uncivilized in real term of civil society? such man other o go to forest monasteries . What a world is this? Human civilization has to long way.

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