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Military Attacks Against Constitutional Conversation

By P. Soma Palan –

P. Soma Palan

I refer to the article captioned “Constitutional Conversation by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka – a Response”, by  Rear Admiral Dr. Sarath Weerasekera (Dr. SW), in the Daily Mirror of 17th October.

I respond, as an independent thinker, when untruths, Falsehood and defective reasoning are found in the views expressed by the writers. Having said this, I contradict some of the views expressed by the learned Dr. SW. as follows:

Unitary State

Dr. SW states “ours is not a Federal country and Sinhale (Ceylon, Sri Lanka) has been a unitary country throughout “. This is a downright lie. The word Unitary is a modern concept and relates to a Constitution and structure of a State. In the recorded history of Lanka, from the pre-historic times, there had never been a Constitutional rule. So, how can the Dr.SW say that we have been a Unitary Country throughout?  Can he with honesty say in which period of history, the country had an unbroken, continuous Unitary rule. All Rulers of the country from the legendary King Ravanan to the last King of the Kandyan Kingdom till 1815, were Monarchs. Ravana’s grandfather, Pulasthi ruled as king from the city of Pulasthinagar, which name was later changed to Polonaruwa in the Mahavamsa. Even Muthusivan and his son, Devanambiya tissa, were Hindu Telugu kings. Devambiyatissa was followed by his four brothers till the first Chola invader, from South India, who ruled for 22 years. He was followed by Chola invader Ellalan (Elara), who ruled for 44 years.  In 993 A.D. Rajaraja Cholan invaded and ruled for 24 years, followed by his son Rajendra Cholan (30 years).  In 1017 Magha from South India invaded and ruled for 36 years.  Even in the modern period, the country was ruled by four Nayakkar kings from Andhara in South India , for a total of  76 years. So, Dr.SW, where does your spurious claim stand, that the country was” unitary throughout?” Can the learned Dr. SW deny this and prove to the contrary. The labeling of the country as “Sinhale”, is a fabrication of the Sinhala racists. Geologically, there was no country till the landmass separated from the Sub-Continent of India around 9000 years B.C. The country was called “Ilankai”, in Tamil, which name was later modified to Lanka by deleting the first and the last letters of Ilankai.

Denial of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke’s statement

Dr. SW counters Dr. Dayan J’s statement that “there were Sinhala extremists who feel that only Sinhalese should live in this country,” by saying “I have never come across in my life a single such Sinhalese”. Isn’t this a blatant lie? Dr. SW has lost his memory to remember the two communal riots of 1958 and the worst one of 1983, where the Sinhalese mobs, under State patronage, unleashed murder and destruction on the Tamils, to drive them out from the country. Isn’t the killing of innocent surrendering Tamils in the last stage of the war, in thousands, by the armed forces, amounts to wiping out the Tamils from the country? Ironically, Dr.SW is a self- illustration of Sinhala extremism, when he refers to the country as “Sinhale”, and not with the official name Sri Lanka. Isn’t the attacks on Christian Churches and Muslim Mosques and their business establishments, a manifestation that “only Sinhalese should live in the country”, which proves Dr. Dayan’s rightful assertion? He has still not come across a bandwagon of extreme nationalist/racists, as Ven. Galagoda Atte  Gnanasara Thero, Ellewansa Thero,

Dr. Nalin de Silva, Dr. Gunadasa Amerasekera, Manohara de Silva, just to mention a few, who are prominent public personalities, and thousands of their followers , who are lurking under, unknown.

Discrimination of Tamils non-existent

According to Dr. SW discrimination of Tamils is non-existent. Dr. SW states “who says Tamils are discriminated and to give at least one example where Tamils are deprived of anything by any law of the country”. One can cite a catalogue of discrimination of Tamils. He wants at least one example but, I can be generous and give a few examples of substantive ones to improve his knowledge. Discrimination is something that has to be experienced and not in constitutional guarantees and laws.

1. Isn’t the Constitution ‘per se’ discriminatory, when it stipulates that the religion of the majority Sinhalese, Buddhism, will have the “foremost place”? Does it not mean that other religions, including the Hinduism of the Tamils, are relegated to a secondary place?

2. Discrimination in employment opportunities. Can the Dr. SW give the total cadre of the defense forces, the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Police and the number of Tamils in the armed forces. Then, he will know the extent of discrimination of the Tamils. Whereas, U.S.A and Indian defense forces are fully representative of various ethnic groups of their countries. American Negroes are very conspicuous in their armed forces.

3. Likewise, what employment opportunities are there for the Tamils in the Government Administrative and Diplomatic Services and other Institutions and Departments.There would be some sprinkling of few Tamils to showcase non- discrimination. Effectually Tamils are discriminated and denied avenues of employment.

4. Tamil is also an Official language by law. Is this being implemented in practice? Certainly not.

5. Can a Tamil make a Police Entry or a statement in his language at the Police station? No.

6. Isn’t there step-motherly treatment of the North and East regions in economic development plans?

7. Only employment available for the Tamils is in the Private Sector. Even here, Dr. SW grumbles, out of jealousy, that Tamil staff in Foreign Diplomatic Missions discriminate against the Sinhalese by denying them Visas. This is an insult to these Missions. This means that Visa approvals are determined by non-foreign staff. This is a concoction of his mind.

8. A few Tamil people in high positions of the Government, is out of necessity, because of their insuppressible ability. This does not mean there is no discrimination of the Tamil community at large. A case in point is Muralitharan playing for the Lankan cricket team. He simply cannot be ignored for his superlative talent. Hence, per force, he got a place in the national team. It is out of national self-interest. How many, more than average Tamil players, are in the National Cricket team? Whereas, India draws the best of players from all ethnicities, from all the States.

9. The appointment of Mr. Sampanthan as Leader of the Opposition, was met with a battle cry of opposition from an extremist bunch of corrupt politicians, who to circumvent this, formed themselves into a separate Joint Opposition, rather than accepting him with dignity and respect. This proves that, in this country, a Tamil cannot hold even the position of Leader of Opposition.

Maximum Devolution of Powers to the North/East

Dr. SW poses the question that “if Power is devolved to North/East, how can it help the 52% of the Tamils living in the South amongst the Sinhalese”. Power devolution is to the region, which has a distinct national characteristic, with a more or less homogenous Tamil population. Such a territorial region has the right to self-determination to govern their affairs. It has no relevance, to the percentage of Tamils living, more correctly in Colombo city and its suburbs .It does not mean they have given up their traditional habitat in the North. Even then, so stated 48%, have the right to govern their affairs where they are a majority. If power is devolved fully, the region would economically develop, with job opportunities for the youth and a reverse process of return to their homeland would be the result. Dr. SW responds to Dr. Dayan J’s view that”. They ( Tamils) feel it is a State they are under, not one they fully belong to or fully represent them” by asking a counter question “ Do the multi-millionaire Tamil wholesale dealers in Pettah, who control 90% of the wholesale trade in Colombo for decades  feel they do not belong to the State”? This is a ridiculous argument. Financial/ material prosperity is not indicative of acquiescence of belonging to the State. A sense of belonging has to be felt emotionally. Dr. SW seems to have penetrated the psyche of these businessmen to conclude that they have an emotional sense of belonging to the State. The tone of his reference to the success of the Traders is not in appreciation, but out of a hidden, inner jealousy, of their success.

Thesavalamai Law of the Northern Tamils

Dr. SW has misunderstood the Law of Thesavalamai of the Northern Tamils, which is a Personal Law. It deals, inter alia, with the buying and sale of landed property among themselves. Dr. SW states Sinhalese cannot buy land in the North. There are no Sinhalese owning land in the North. It is a customary law of not selling landed property to those other than the Tamils. If there are Sinhalese  owning land in the North, then the Law has not precluded them from buying land in the North and the law is not rigid but flexible. The Sinhalese too are at liberty not to sell land to the Tamils, if they choose to, in the South. But they happily sell land, mostly to the Tamils and Muslims, for they get a better price, because of their financial capacity.

Show of brotherhood

Dr. SW states pompously that “we want Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers to live in any part of the country like brothers and sisters of the same family”. This is a generous call with the insidious motive to undermine the distinct Tamil region of the North, while knowing well that Sinhalese is the dominant majority in rest of the country. Soothing words, indeed, but the actions of the Sinhala nationalists/racists is to the contrary. Dr. SW states further that “we don’t agree with anybody justifying  maximum devolution of power to the North to address the artificially created alienation and aspirations issues, because they are non-existent”. Devolution is not restricted to the North and East only. It embraces all the other Sinhala dominant Provinces, which he would gladly agree to, but not to the Tamils. What the Sinhala extremists want is Sinhala hegemony, and hold concentrated power in their hands, without dispersal of power to the Tamils of the North and East. However, as Dr. Dayan J correctly observes, the Tamil problem has transcended the stage of mere grievances, to regional self- determination.

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    Rear Admiral Dr. Sarath Weerasekera

    I don’t believe you are that stupid to invite IPKF mark II that soon.
    Are you aware of the fact that psychopath VP is no longer alive/available to fight the Hindians. You may have to single-handedly fight the invading Hindians.

    Will you be able to run faster from airborne Chapati attack? Where are you planning to hide? VP’s fat bum is no longer an option. Well, you are sadly left with just one option, women folks.

    In times of emergency, Sampandan’s amude may be a safe place to hide. You may have to pre-arrange/book with him, as there will be huge demand from thousands of generals.

    Find out as to why this island was ruled by foreigners from far away countries for nearly 450 years. The Chinese Admiral Zheng He caught Vira Alageshwara and drag him all the way to China. You know why, he couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

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    Nothing more than the usual thing “Tamils have problems”. I agree, using Tamil language is a problem in certain instances. It is there for Sinhalese too when in the North or East. But our Tamil brethren learn English, German, French …………. when they go and live in those countries although Sinhala (language of the majority population) is poison to them here

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      Buddhi Perera

      “But our Tamil brethren learn English, German, French …………. when they go and live in those countries although Sinhala (language of the majority population) is poison to them here”

      Why do you insist others learn Sinhala? The way I see it the Sinhala/Buddhists (15 Million) are so lazy they want others to learn the language and prevent it from extinction. Why don’t you do it yourself?

      Is there any incentive or purpose for others to learn a language that the original speakers cannot protect it from extinction?

      Why don’t you encourage the Sinhala/Buddhists to learn Tamil which is the language spoken by the majority in Southern South Asia?

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    Dr Mahendran and SIL Aloysious made a whopping LKR 11 Billion in 2016/2017 for their Investment Company Perpetual Trustees………….
    I just read in the Colombo Media that Aloysious Senior got a 50 year lease for the Medugastota Estate which is over 450 Acres … and has a vast array of valuable Timber……
    And the lease is only LKR 85,000 a Month…….
    Sivajilingam got his 250 Acres iin Kuliyapitiya for free…..as I understand…….
    I don’t think even Chola Brothers did this well , in Mahavamsa……..

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    It is not worth while to respond to this crap everyday. Is sinhala buddhist land. why Tamils have special rights over a bphra person or a member of some negligible minority. Your can rights things to be published in peer reviewed journals here. but, no one believes you. Sinhale’s language should be sinhala. flag and everything sinhala. for example, I don’t think you speak Tamil where you live. anyway, we should not believe this crap. If Dr. Sarath Weerasekara goes all the way, we should support him. Tamils talk about Sankili king. He had ruled for two years (1717 – 1719) during the Porteuguse time. PRevious to him had been, I think, his father who was sinhala. We sinhala people can not allow Orumiththa nadu, Malayanadu or a NAsiristhan of Tamils and muslims in unison.

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      Idiot Jimmy,
      Even Parakramabahu was an Indian.

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    Trump and the US military dominate US policy now. So get over it. As the British Depty. FM said and other senior officials said they do not want ISIS fighters from Britain returning and to kill them. SLA killed all tiger fighters who were wearing civilian clothing and pretended to be normal people. They were wiped out in 2009 just the way the US and UK want ISIS fighters wiped out. Now it is time for TIGER lovers to stop being racist demonic separatists.

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      ReeriYaka

      “Where is the document proof of your nation in Ceylon?”

      Well good question.
      By the way what is nation? What is nation Ceylon? When did the word first used?

      “Trump and the US military dominate US policy now”?

      Is it so? I would have thought it is the US Military Industrial Complex that dominates the over all US policies.

      I am bit thick. Please bear with me.

      ” SLA killed all tiger fighters who were wearing civilian clothing and pretended to be normal people.”

      Sri Lankan Army must be the first one to use bullets, shells, bombs, … mines that actually searched, isolated and killed LTTE who were in civilian clothe. I think Sri Lanka should make some money out this amazingly new technology.

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      ReeriYaka ~ “………SLA killed all tiger fighters who were wearing civilian clothing and pretended to be normal people……….”.
      You forgot those who dressed as children. Was the “skin and bone” and emaciated look convincing enough?

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    Palan do you what Palayang means? Why not expose lies, and half truths of Eelam Tamils ?Where is the document proof of your nation in Ceylon?

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    Soma Palan
    We 100% agree with the opinions expressed by Sarath Weerasekara
    Particularly the issue of Tamils(Tamil speaking people) living in the south.

    Regional self determination will lead to Muslims being heavily discriminated in the North and Tamils and Muslims both discriminated in the South.
    Try to convince the Tamils in the South to move into North in order to enjoy the benefits of regional self determination and if you are successful with one single family I will be with you demanding more autonomy for North East.
    In short if you do not want to live with us in a unitary set up we do not want to live with you in our federal units.
    Soma

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      somass ji

      “We 100% agree with the opinions expressed by Sarath Weerasekara
      Particularly the issue of Tamils(Tamil speaking people) living in the south.”

      You are rest assured we will find room for another Sinhala/Buddhist fascist in the Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto.

      You need not to worry.

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    Mr. Palan it look like you are not aware of how Tamils killed Sinhalese in Jaffna and Bati during the communal riots. We have first hand experience, two of my cousins were killed, looted all their property during the riots. It is my experience, I have many more If you want. think of what happened to Sinhalese in the North and East during the period of terrorism. As Sinhalese we too can write many things and prove what so called innocent Tamils have done to Sinhalese. But our intention is not to mess up this country. If you all think Devanapiya tissa is a Tamil king, it is improper to ask all these things such as devolution of power etc; only thing you all try and do is to become the President of this country. A Tamil would have become the president of this country if Bloody tiger terrorist did not kill him.

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      victor

      “We have first hand experience, two of my cousins were killed, looted all their property during the riots.”

      And their bodies were packed neatly in iced boxes and sent to Negambo by lorries carrying fish. Did you also hear thousands of Indians were smuggled across the strait to populate the border villages and fight the farmers. Did you also hear in the early 1970’s tones of AK 47 were hidden in the walls of VVT houses, …………………. ?

      “A Tamil would have become the president of this country if Bloody tiger terrorist did not kill him.”

      With just one vote of support from you Tamil or a Muslim will not make it to the top. Aren’t going to work today?

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    T he Lankan armed services are recruited from the Sinhalese people. The inbreeding produces the Weerasekeras. Vertical thinking has gotten established and by now the government and opposition MPs must have realised that horizontal thinking is needed right now.

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    I reply to arguments. Not abuse.Please counter my arguments if you can.

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    I understand that the writer is not a Tamil but A Malayalee, but that is beside the point. I only mentioned it to emphasise that his is a non Tamil point of view.
    His major issue is that the concept of a unitary state did not exist in the days of the Sinhalese monarchs. His argument is self defeating. A monarch has total control of the country and that is the core value of a unitary state unlike a federal state where power is devolved to regional units. Got it Mr S ?
    I also like to ask Mr Somapalan whether he agrees that the North of SRI Lanka has been ethnically cleansed of Sinhalese and Muslims. If he does not agree please would he provide evidence that there are Sinhalese and Muslim communities still living in the Rea North of Elephant Pass. If he cannot provide evidence then he must agree that ethnic cleansing did take place. How does he then justify his existence in Colombo? Please explain.

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    Write,write and write with no end in sight.

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    We all blame Prabakaran for the the evil that he unleashed, but there are some excellent “unintended consequences” of his vile actions. What are they.?
    1. Getting rid of Premadasa a monster who was getting completely out of control, destroying his political opponents and critics,robbing the country to the point that he who did not own 5 cats worth of assets suddenly became a billionaire.
    2. Eliminating Gamini Dissanayake a rogue in the same league. The Mahaweli Scheme was the flag bearer of JRs govt supposed to usher in prosperity for generations. To fund the scheme the rupee was devalued by 25 % hitting the most vulnerable low income households so badly that reduced once respectable people to beggary. The Mhaweli scheme only resulted Gamini D becoming a billionaire as also his extended family. We have to salute Prabakaran for getting rid of those two evil monsters.

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    It’s nearly 70 yrs since independence n stupid Sinhalese r still arguing if Tamils r citizens?
    Stupid to da core. Tamils were there at da time of independence n fought for independence. That’s it. Sinhalese ruined Sri Lanka. When British left they left lot of foreign exchange. Sinhalese ruined all that cos of selfishness.75.% of da people enjoy 90% of govt position n hence da wealth too.We will fight it may take 100 yrs but will get our land free.

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