22 November, 2017

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‘Minority Complex’ Of Some Sinhala Leaders & Advocates!

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

There can be some objective reasons why some of the Sinhalese, not all, have a ‘minority complex.’ The historical or geopolitical context is Tamil Nadu or South India. As far as I am aware, this was first pointed out in an objective manner by Leslie Goonewardene of the old LSSP, when he wrote ‘The History of the LSSP in Perspective.’ He said that, “Although in the state of Ceylon, the Sinhalese constituted the majority and the Tamils the minority, the Sinhalese considered themselves to be the minority in the region, when one counted also the tens of millions of Tamils in South India.” He also added “However unfounded these fears may have been, they were both widespread and deep among the Sinhalese population” (My emphasis). 

His mistake was to consider it a total Sinhala perception. A task of the LSSP or the left movement, anyway, was to change ‘these unfounded fears’ for a better and a progressive future of Sri Lanka. But it was not happening.

I met Leslie in early 1974 for an interview, at his Colombo residence, at Pedris Lane. I was thinking of doing my post-graduate research on the left movement at that time. When we were discussing this matter, among other things, and I asked him critically: ‘Is it not correct to say that the LSSP itself has succumbed to these fears?’ His answer smiling was: ‘You know, most of our comrades also suffer from these fears.’ It is still true of the remaining old LSSP today, and the traditional left movement in general. 

Roots of Fear

All ‘fears’ or concerns cannot be totally discounted. As a small Island nation, it is true that Sri Lanka is vulnerable to immense international and other pressures. That is what a national leadership for; to prevent, counter and manage these pressures. But instead, if the leaders and their advocates themselves promote these fears among the masses, that is the prescription for a ‘defeatist nation’ instead of a confident and a vibrant one.

H.L.D. Mahindapala in a response to my article, ‘The Plot Thickens: Is there a “Sangha State” behind the State’ (08 July), says the following.

His objections, as I understand it, are to Sinhala-Buddhist politics which oppose the disproportionate demands manufactured in the thirties and forties by the two intransigent racist gang-leaders, Ponnambalam and Chelvanayakam.”

His ‘understanding’ is completely wrong.

My objections (or rather exposure) were to the BBS’ fascist politics and its justification by the Asgiriya Mahanayake Theras followed by the all three Nikayas. Mahindapala is still living in the thirties and forties with Ponnambalam and Chelvanayakam!

This is a common ailment. Sri Lankan armed forces defeated the LTTE in May 2009. But even thereafter, many of the Rajapaksa leaders and advocates continuously suffered from the LTTE fear without any foundation. That is why they terribly failed to take the next step for national reconciliation with the Tamil people. It was not merely the fear of the ‘international,’ but also the fear of the ‘internal,’ the minorities. They couldn’t understand the new stage. They continuously lived in the old conditions, at least mentally. I know this for sure, as I was somewhat close to them that time. 

It was not that that the issues of security could easily be discounted, just because of the defeat of the LTTE. But there should have been some proportionality and realism. The new risks were not the same as before. They won, but they felt that they lost! 

This was not only a Rajapaksa ailment. The failures of the political leaderships since independence to forge a united Sri Lankan nation, on the lines of a civic nation or civic nationalism, were at the core of this ‘defeatist’ and ‘defensive’ politics. There was no iota of optimism or self-confidence. They go too much into history, without a vision and confidence for the future. The minority, and particularly of the Northern Tamil leaders, also suffer from this ailment in multiple ways and my focus in this article is on the Sinhala leaders and their henchman advocates.

When you look around the world, most of the conflicts, or their reasons, are more of imagined than real. This is also one reason why a dangerous armed race (now a nuclear race) is conducted with colossal financial expenses and fatal risks, while thousands and thousands in the world’s poor suffer from hunger, malnutrition and disease. 

In rare cases, there are/were minorities controlling the majorities. Apartheid South Africa was one example. However, after the political change and defeat of Apartheid, the South African Black leaders are manging the country with confidence. There are no traces of ‘minority complex’ among the South African leaders.

Sri Lanka is not Alone!

Of course, Sri Lanka is not alone. The closest ‘friend’ in this case is Zionist Israel. The way they cultivate the ‘minority complex’ is very much similar to what the Sri Lankan propagandists, like HLD Mahindapala, do in our country. Therefore, the Maha Sangha should not be blamed solely. The blame should go to these propogandists also.

Nissim Rejwan (‘Issrael’s Years of Bogus Grandeur,’ 2006) succinctly puts this ‘minority complex’ in Israel on three counts. First, as they feel, when the world is divided into Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews), then the Jews are of course a minority. This is also similar to what is perceived in Sri Lanka on religious grounds. The Buddhists are the majority in Sri Lanka (70%), but a small minority in the world (9% to 10%).

Second, when the Jewish situation is perceived in the Middle East, they remain a tiny minority in a sea of Arab nationals. This is similar to the most prominent comparison given in Sri Lanka as Leslie Goonewardene did. When the Sinhalese are compared to the South Indian Tamils (not to speak of others), it is a minority.

Third, in the case of Israel, in a narrow cultural or culturist terms, Rejwan also said, the Zionists also feel a minority among the other Jewish communities. This is in a sense also the case of the Sinhalese, because many of them readily accept their mixed ancestry/ancestries. Therefore, the ‘pure Sinhalese’ also feel a minority among the Sinhalese, although they may be the most ‘mixed’ in the actual sense. If you are in a mixed marriage, perhaps by accident, then this feeling is doubly accelerated. 

Even otherwise, there is a third dimension to the Sinhala ‘minority complex’ in the North and the East. This majority-minority complex is a common bane among the Tamils as well. The whole homeland concept rests on acquiring a majority status. In areas where they are dominant, they also want to discriminate the Sinhalese or the Muslims on this basis.

The solution to this bizarre majority-minority syndrome is to perceive that we all live in a pluralist, multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies. This is the case in Sri Lanka, as well as in other countries. As Amartya Sen succinctly illustrated (‘Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny’), people have multiple plural identities and not only ethnicity or religion; or only majority-minority identity. Before the exact population counts were available in Sri Lanka, there were not much complex or conflicts based on majority-minority or ethnic lines. People used to mix quite freely beyond ethnicity or religion. Historically, Sri Lankan society was largely a product of this mix, until the ethno-minded leaders came to disrupt the situation and use these fears and feelings for their power politics. 

Fear Mongering

Fear mongering about the minorities is mostly a political project than a real concern among the people. It is promoted by paid and unpaid advocates of power hungry, mostly defeated political leaders. Only occasionally, the public is carried away by these fears and propaganda.

The justification for the 18th Amendment was based on the argument that Sri Lanka needs a strong and a continuous presidency in the face of threats and risks. It was on that basis that the January 2015 presidential election was held, even two years before, to end up in a pathetic defeat. It was believed that ‘the majority of the majority’ was sufficient to win an election, neglecting the ‘minority’ concerns. That argument also terribly failed.

After the presidential elections, the fear mongering was accelerated to win the parliamentary elections in August in the same year. The much hyped Nugegoda rally, to ‘rise up with Mahinda’ (Mahinda Samaga Nagitimu) was particularly aimed at this end. However, the parliamentary election results clearly show that the Sinhala people could not be swayed by those fears alone. The voters moved more towards a ‘majority-minority or a multiple alliance,’ while the SLFP itself breaking up into two on the same and other issues. This was a major progress from the old ‘1956 SLFP.’

If there is any reasonable and a general formula for winning elections, even in the future, that is not about ‘majority of the majority,’ but about ‘majority-minority or multiple alliance/s’ under a rational political platform. However, the propagandists, like Mahindapala, are still waving the old formula of fear mongering about the minorities or the international actors. This is the gist of his Response to me on the ‘Sangha State’ question. If I may just ignore his customary invectives, the three cases that he has cited amply demonstrate his propensity to carry on with this fear mongering among the Sinhala people.

He says, “I shall select only three instances [cases] to test the validity of his [my] argument.” What are they? Let me quote his first case in full.

Case 1: When the anti-conversion bill was presented the American government of Bush, a committed Evangelist, forced his will on Chandrika Bandaranaike’s government to reject it. Now which state was running CBK’s state?”

He is not giving the time frame or the context for his spurious case. This was October 2005, although a bill was initially presented in June to circumvent a more stringent bill from the JHU. Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Prime Minister of the Chandrika Bandaranaike government that Mahindapala talks about. Let us forget about that. But MR became the President after the elections on 17 November. What happened to him and the bill, thereafter? Was the American government also running the Mahinda Rajapaksa government as well on the interests of the Evangelical groups? Mahindapala is mum about this latter part of the history.   

In his Response, he has not quoted me at all, except running away with my thought provoking question in the title! His argument is that, if my question is valid, then his cases are also valid. But in my case, I have given ample evidence not only quoting the Mahanayake Theras’ statement, but also the Asgiriya one, quite extensively. But what he has actually done is the propagation of the usual ‘minority complex’ and the ‘international phobia.’ His second case is about ‘Islamophobia.’ And the third one is more spurious, finding NGO ‘reds under every bed.’ There is no further point in answering him.

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    Only minorities have minority complex. Majorities dont have any complex. That is we let our country get ruined by terririst minorities. All the minorities are terrorists and we still did not kill them, because we are Buddhists. Minorities are taking advantage of that

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      So then you the guys emerging as servile men to protect some virulent sinhala leaders should be healthy right ? But you yourself prove to be so biased.
      You would go on consuming the Kakka of Rajakashes forever right ? Jim Softy, best would be to have your belly checked let alone today.
      Stupid sinhalaya, sorry, my folks are suffering from INFERIORITY COMPLEX. They have the feeling that ethnic minorities would rise above them.
      Man it is high time to improve your knowledge through awareness programs than trying to behave the way you have been.

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        i would go and consume kaka of Rajapaksa, so what? better than being Tamil Dalits

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          Jim-bo – “I would go and consume kaka of Rajapaksa..” You sound like a wild boar. Enjoy your consumption!!

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      Jim Softy —————-
      “Majorities dont have any complex.”

      However they suffer from paranoia if not collective delusions.

      “All the minorities are terrorists and we still did not kill them, because we are Buddhists. ” ——–The innocent ones you have already killed were done when you were Sinhala/Buddhist fascists which is of course understandable. —-

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        there is no such a thing as c’collective delusion. since you seem imagine about it, you might have solitary delusion.

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          Demala Jim Softy colluding with Demala Vaiko Vedda
          It’s a fake article from the very sinhala man looking for equality within his own community. stupid prof does not want to accept that even for the white australians equality of opportunity is utopia.
          the island belongs to the girawa like the world belongs to the birds.
          The islanders are a left product of corporate raiders from the west transporting anything that moves across the straits and african islands, northern africa etc your DNA proves it more than anything else.
          Fishermen at Cochin released the Chinese brought in as slaves by the portuguese corporate raiders because some of them were fishermen who fished there for generations.
          Every demala considering himself intelligent because he was groomed in the Non Aligned Concept and cold war were disenchanted with immediate effect when SriMao received a landslide victory and formed the united left front government. N.M built his Cotta road Peking Wall and colvin went about new constitution and claiming plantations that turned to jungle overnight – all in the image of Nasser yet had to buy and pay the moneda franca $$$ for purchase and sale except in barter.
          LIBTURDS talking bull unable to take a bull by its horns because your very existence and weakness is covered by `human rights law`.

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      Then why do you have this phobia about Wahabis and Muslims taking over the country?

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        Braindead brainwashed in Alla the illusion and buddha god illusion! has any mummy gone to alla its only told with a sword- believe or die.
        from day of moroccan Bad U Din standardisation and import of chillies onions…..
        but before with bachelor boy dudley and his cabbage babes. leading to citizenship.
        west transported the crusaders to asia from the sea. the Turkomongols the mughals corporate raiders came via khyber pass to indus valley destroying everything in sight walla o wackbar and with the same stone built its mosques distorted the sanskrit/greco love story copied the `aesops fables` etc and called it his own like what one sees at the free british museum.

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      Jim,
      You are right Buddhist Sinhala Majority in Sri Lanka do not have any complex other than superiority complex. They think they born to the King of Jungle Lion and their right to kill and eat all animals including human beings. According to their jungle law Killing Tamils and Muslims are not a terrorist act. So Jim you don’t kill Tamils and Muslims but you kill and eat them. Your law is Jungle law. It is well known fact established internationally.

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      Jim Softy is suffering from the same symptom that most Sinhalese suffer, a majority with a minority complex. He believes that the Sinhalese are trapped between the devil (80 million Tamils to the North and several million Muslims around the world) and the deep blue sea (to the South). This kind of Panic Disorder or fear Psychosis was instilled in the minds of the Sinhalese by none other than Buddhist monks and the racist politicians. As long as they believe in this kind of nonsense that is not based on reality (delusions), especially unfounded fear or suspicion, we should expect such responses from people like Jim Softy. It is a kind of mental illness that many of them suffer.

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      Dumb Jimmy,
      “That is we let our country get ruined by terririst minorities.”
      So the JVP is a majority?

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    Jim Softy,
    There has been little concern in the west regarding the increasing hostilities against Muslims in Sri Lanka. Unlike Burma, large-scale displacement of Muslims has not occurred. Furthermore, while Muslims have faced discrimination at the state level, Sri Lanka has largely remained for most of its history a pluralistic society. It has not seen the type of contentious and divisive legislation of the kind proposed in Burma, where the treatment of the country’s Muslims in society and at the government level has been far more troublesome. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka’s brutal 26-year civil war should be a reminder of the consequences of chauvinistic Buddhist nationalism, which resulted in thousands of deaths.

    Softy where is your cardboard hero Nandikadal Buthcher!

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      Correction..

      Sri Lanka’s brutal 26-year civil war should be a reminder of the consequences of chauvinistic Buddhist nationalism, which resulted in thousands of deaths.///

      Sri Lanka’s brutal 26-year civil war should be a reminder of the consequences of Vellala high caste political project to retain minority rule over majority, which resulted in thousands of deaths.

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        Sach,
        Addtional correction
        Srilanka’s 67 years brutal Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist rule destroyed and massacred thousands of innocent Tamils but also thousands of innocent ordinary Sinhalese masses life and it is curse to the humanity

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          Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism? what is it? What are its fundamentals? That Sri Lanka is the homeland of sinhala people, sinhala culture and civilisation?

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            Do you really don’t know what it is?
            Srilanka is homeland for Sinhalese speaking people and Tamil speaking people. There is Tamil culture, Sinhala culture and Muslim culture in Srilanka. The civilisation is about equality, respecting others rights and respecting the human law and human rights. Homeland for Sinhalese only is the Fundamentalism, Buddhism only the Govt religion is Buddhist Fundamentalism, Violence against and denial of rights of the races and religions is not civilisation, it is uncivilisation.

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      Tamils should also keep in mind that chauvinism would lead them to their ultimate doom.

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        Shenal———–“Tamils should also keep in mind that chauvinism would lead them to their ultimate doom.”

        Oh well now we have a Nostradamus.

        Thank you. Could you predict the outcome of next elections.

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      Dr. Laksiri Fernando – You will very soon get a response to your article from a well known personality!

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        Mike,

        we always know who would that be. That is none other than self proclaimed so called political analyst – Dayan Jayathilaka
        He is nowadays caught by his 4 walls not being able to come out and be the ONE and only as had been the high days of MR men; would do anything and everything to stand against the current rulers, but with an idea of bringing Rajakshes to defeat current men.

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        mike—-“You will very soon get a response to your article from a well known personality!”——– You mean Dr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

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          NV – Dr.GR’s command of the English Language is far below expectation! Leelawathie got the correct answer.

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            Mike,
            you know Leelawathiee is always right.

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            But Miki.e…
            DJ should be caught by his 4 walls not to have his usual diatribe yet.

            Either the man is busy with other various issues of MR thugs. Or may be dreaming of joiining MY3 for getting posted to somewhere.

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        Response to your article from a well known Joker cum racist Journalist M Pala…LOL!

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    Tamils suffer from majority complex. Sinhalese just have a rational understanding of the geo politics.

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      Probably yes the Sinhala/Buddhist fascist burn library, kill innocent civilians at cultural events, commit mass murder, war crimes, crimes against humanity, organise periodic riots against minorities, Vote for 8 (seru) measures of free rice from moon, ………………………………….. hide behind women folks from invading Hindian army, ……………………all because of Geo Political reasons.

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        Velallas too burnt libraries….so does that mean Tamils burn libraries?
        Yes remember LTTE killing people at Sri Maha bodi and civilians in Akurassa mosque cultural event?
        The mass murder like Kabithigollawa? Kituluttuwa? Aranthala?
        Crimes against humanity and war crimes like, holding human shield, shooting at fleeing civilians, holding people by force during two cease fires ….and suicide bombing among civilians
        .
        Sinhala Buddhists had to sacrifice its soldiers to minimize the civilian deaths by changing military strategy.
        Period riots were funded by Norway and Tamil diaspora abroad.

        Vote for separate country by killing ppl….what is better ?

        hiding behind women folks was done by your LTTE breathren in nandikadal. when Hindian army was killing LTTE and its tamil supporters..why the hell should we stop it? Do you think we did not stop Hindians when killing you and raping you because we were scared of them? LOL

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    Prof.Laksiri,

    It is absolute idiocy. No other word describes it better. A uniquely Lankan syndrome that afflicts a noisy minority and silences the sensible majority.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    The anti-Buddhist rantings of Moratuwa Catholics and Ameriican Evangelists are beginning to be exposed by their open agenda now. They must be missing Anton Balasingham now. Rome will not rule Colombo, ever!

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      Enlightened ———- I always believed that the only one to be enlightened was the awakened one Buddha. Doesn’t matter what you mean. “The anti-Buddhist rantings of Moratuwa Catholics and Ameriican Evangelists are beginning to be exposed by their open agenda now.” ———————-I was taught that it was the public racist Anagarika Dharmapala the homeless one, who first exposed whatever he was supposed to have exposed some 100 years ago. Are you disputing the fact he never exposed Moratuwa Catholics and Ameriican Evangelists 100 or so years ago? I think it is too early to consider yourself Enlightened unless of course you too are a stupid bigot. .

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    What is wrong in having a minority complex? What is minority complex? The feeling and acknowledgement that you are a minority…so?
    Is not that wrong? What is wrong in identifying the geo political context SL and sinhalese are in? What is wrong in that?

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    “However unfounded these fears may have been, they were both widespread and deep among the Sinhalese population”/////////

    LTTE terrorism was supported, funded and started by India and specially TN. The major threat to Sinhala people come from India is proven. It is more than 30 years since it was proved. And still today TN supports LTTE terrorism and separatism.
    Does this man suffer from intellectual deficiency to such a dangerous level to miss this reality?

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    Who is talking about ‘pure Sinhalese’ among any Sinhalese today? or even in yesteryear? Is this man crazy? :D
    Is he saying Sinhala Buddhist nationalism’s root is this pure Sinhalese syndrome? LOL

    [Edited out]

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    Laksiri Fernando,

    The bizarre majority-minority syndrome!

    It is hilarious when you historically look at it!

    During early 20th century, the issue was caste and then it was low country Sinhalese vs upcountry Sinhalese. Towards mid 20th century, the Sinhala- Tamil issue came to the centre stage and it remains.

    Well!, Look at India, the majority-minority division is differently defined.

    The Hindi speakers, Bengalese, Tamils, Malayalees all belong to the majority while Muslims, Christians and Dalits are the minorities.

    In USA, Whites are the majority and the blacks are the minorities.

    A little bit of Marxism will reveal much more!

    And in a class society, the capitalists are the minorities and the workers are the majority.

    The majority and minority classification are in a flux and always changing.

    Be a Marxist for a while and look at it from a different perspective?

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    sri lanka was a new country after the British conquered the whole country. a unitary state. before there were three-four kingdoms in the island. same as india. there was no india before the british. there were 100 of small principalities. there were tamil kings/muslim kings/buddhist kings in sri lanka. the problem with the history being thought in school, is that only the buddhist are owners of sri lanka. this mind set is wrong and misleading. Muslims were the rulers of the coastal cities from 9-14 century. the portugeese arrival, led to the down fall of the muslims in the island. in the portugeese libraries there are books about the muslims in colombo/weligama who were running there own cities. the meritime trade being lost, muslims did a deal with the singhaleese to defeat the portugeese. even soilders were brought from sudan and ethiopia to fight the portugeese.

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      Pot-smoking jehan,
      Muslim kings??????? Muslim rulers ????????????

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      Another tamil historian! GG ponnambalam fake historian first set fire to SL and we have more and more coming…here we go!

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      You are correct. Before the British there was only one country in Sri Lanka which was called Sinhale. Even English had acknowledged it by calling this island Ceylon.

      What kind of facts you have to prove that Muslims ruled the coastal belt of Sri Lanka? What type of architectural or literature evidence remaining to support your theory?

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        Shenali—————“Before the British there was only one country in Sri Lanka which was called Sinhale.”………..Was it so? Are you saying Portuguese, Dutch and Brits were one and the same? ———

        Could you give us the time line of the following, Jaffna kingdom, Kingdom of Dambadeniya, Kingdom of Gampola, Kingdom of Kotte, Kingdom of Sitawaka, Kandyan Kingdom, Vannimai, …. You are not learning history and politics from the most unhappy female Shenali Waduge, are you?

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          All right primitive forest dweller, could you explain why did Portuguese, Dutch and British only deal with one powerful kingdom of Sri Lanka politically rather than courting each and every kingdom that existed then?

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            Shenali ——–Don’t expect us to give you evidence in order to support your assumptions or your abstracts.——————– Ibn Batutta had to deal with Arya Chackravartin of Battala. Sri Lanka had never been a single state until your colonial masters brought it into one country. The evidence available now does not support your one country country assumptions. Please find out from Kamalika Pieris. It does not matter you cannot find the real evidence to support your extraordinary claims, please ignore it and do visit this forum. We need lot of fun.

            Now let me have an answer to a simple real question that I raised in my previous comment. Please also note I am proud to be a primitive forest dweller who does not exaggerate with extraordinary claims, a trait you should learn from my people.

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              Iba batuta came in a time when the country was in a state of turmoil. Moreover Arya Chakravarti has been identified as of a Javanese origin. Not a Tamil. But, the Sinhalese kingdom regain the control of the country just like in Eelam war 4.

              If you have lot of claims to show about Sri Lanka being a fragmented collection of kingdoms. Go ahead, and show. We would like to see what you have got.

              Unless other wise, accept you are wrong.

              P.S. Yeah what would a forest dweller knows about civilization and nation building. There are only concerned with finding something to eat before darkness. We are not like you. We have a civilization to protect and cherish. We have a responsibility for the people.

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                Shenali———— Now let me have an answer to a simple real question that I raised in my previous comment. Could you give us the time line of the following, Jaffna kingdom, Kingdom of Dambadeniya, Kingdom of Gampola, Kingdom of Kotte, Kingdom of Sitawaka, Kandyan Kingdom, Vannimai, ….

                When you make an abstract statement please learn to provide evidence. Otherwise it seems that you are emitting Bullshit all over the comment section, that is what intellectually dishonest do.

                Have a good day.

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                  Jaffna kingdom, Kingdom of Dambadeniya, Kingdom of Gampola, Kingdom of Kotte are contemporaries. There origins lie in 14th centuries and lasted until 17th century. Sitawaka and Kandy has more recent origins begining from 17th century (though it says that Kandy was an ancient kingdom). There was no powerbase in Wanni.

                  So I have asked your question (though you have eluded mine). Where are you getting at?

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                    Shenali——– You typed on July 15, 2017 at 16:11 “Before the British there was only one country in Sri Lanka which was called Sinhale.”

                    You have changed your mind on July 16, 2017 at 18:52 and typed” Jaffna kingdom, Kingdom of Dambadeniya, Kingdom of Gampola, Kingdom of Kotte are contemporaries.” ————

                    You have made a u turn within about 26 hours. All because you read history which is being fed to you by public racists. Please before you make a “factual statement” ensure you fact check your entire statement.

                    Being a member of Sinhala/Buddhist fascist noisy minority you should argue your case that you were right in saying ““Before the British there was only one country in Sri Lanka which was called Sinhale.” Go on.

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                “” Go ahead, and show. We would like to see what you have got.””
                Make friends with priests – and sign subscription lists.
                move those goo jangies read the treaties of london and accept the order of rule by the english east india company. Many present day states of india pakistan had treaties within treaties.
                The english do not rule by logic alone but realistically and reasonably.- therefore they still rule over the island of tears.
                If BoJo sneezes Lakana will be on fire- that is 55% trade. SriMao lost her knickers with economic embargo until JR went to Reagan with an elephant then farted all along.

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              She thinks this is Lanka Web, where she writes bed time stories from Mahavamsa to gullible little children like Jimmy, Nuisance, Ramona, Somma., the blind Eagle, Mad Max, and the rest, who read her fairly tales and praise her ” you are so great Shenali , you have opened our eyes” It would been much better if they had kept it closed and gone back to sleep. May be she should entertain them with tales about the travails and travels of her recent South Indian ancestors from the fishing villages of Tamil Nadu/southern Andhra and Ramona about her Goan Brahmin ancestors and her husbands Kshatriya ancestors from the fishing villages of Tamil Nadu. ( Sic). You should excuse these people, as their ancestors only arrived recently from South India, therefore do not know the island’s ancient history , other that what the Mahavamsa fairy tale that the biggest Sinhalese racist, the homeless one ( ironically another reecent South Indian import) has dinned into them.

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      The noble idea of a plural society of unitary Sri Lankan state where all would live together as one nation forgetting their differences was precisely what the British hoped for and what was assured by the local inheritors of power as that would usher on this land of serendipity after 1948. The first constitution of independent Ceylon was specifically intended to achieve this but unfortunately it became a total failure. The mass of Sri Lankans, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims could not abandon their traditional value system and accept the one tailored by the British even though it was retained till today by their collaborators.

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    Dr.Laksri

    The majority complex is prevalent in most Sinhala houses for long long years. This was created by the hard-line Sinhala politicians. It is not new now.
    I would like to suggest and invite you to lead the Tamils to eradicate the silly complex and as there is no leader among the Tamils to lead them.

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      Sellam, Don’t betray Tamils! How can you say that there is no leader among the Tamils to lead them. How about you. With all the wisdom you possess, abandoning Tamils is a sin. You are a God fearing man, you must not commit a sin, knowingly. Lead the Tamils. Keep your adoration for Dr. Laksiri a secret. Otherwise, Tamils will reject your leadership, even if you lead them well.

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    Fear mongering is used to create vote banks. Just after independence it was the imminent Indian invasion. This took strong root. It became a must to have this fear. LSSPer Leslie Gunawardena’s reply “…………His answer smiling was: ‘You know, most of our comrades also suffer from these fears.’……..” says it all.
    This fear was used to create the language/religion divide. Tamils lost a lot but SO DID OTHERS – except for a few who minted wealth out of the misery.
    The “fear” is being recycled now in various forms one of which is the imminent destruction of Lankan Buddhism. Cleverly manipulating the Lankans away from the corruption, nepotism and the culture of impunity.

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    You are spot on Laksiri. This is what Mahinda Rajapaksa told US;

    WikiLeaks: Anti-Conversion Bill Is ‘Dead’, I Told JHU ‘To Forget About It’ – Mahinda Assured US
    Read:
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaks-anti-conversion-bill-is-dead-i-told-jhu-to-forget-about-it-mahinda-assured-us/

    [Edited out] Mahindapala, what do you say now?

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando>>>I beg to disagree that the minority complex of the Sinhala people is due to the tens of millions of Tamils across the Palk strait>>> a stones throw away from the Tamil North of Sri Lanka. >>>>The minority complex crept in to the Sinhala people well before Tamil Nadu as a “State” was born, it was known as Madras and then only recently the state was renamed Tamil Nadu. The phrase “Sinhala Modaya” was coined by the British. The British rulers realised that they have to rely on the Indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils, whom they perceived as more intelligent, to administer the country. That is when the minority complex crept in to the majority Sinhala people. The origin of minority complex of the Sinhala people is nothing to do with Tamil Nadu, referred to as Toilet Nadu by the Sinhala racist with minority complex

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      Rajash ————Where you been? I understand Hindians in UK are protesting against Rahuman’s behaviour at his concert in Wembley arena. ——————————————–Hindians attending the concert thought it was a Hindian official event where they never expected to hear Tamil songs sung by artists. Whats going on?

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        Natve – I was not aware that AR visited London for a Tamil music concert…high time too most of his concerts are in Hindi

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          Rajash———–Do you really live in the UK? It appears you just exist there. Whats wrong with you?

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            ha ha Saturday night at a village pub is more fun the AR..>>>want to join me?>>but I did listen to AR songs in the car driving up to the village pub

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        Native have you ever been to Concerts in Australia it is even worse. I remember once Hindians were openly jeering and booing at S.P Balasubramaniam one of India’s greatest singers ,for singing in Tamil and Telugu and at AR Rajuman’s mega concert that was organised by Tamils and held at Melbourne Tennis Centre, a few years ago, where a huge crowd of more than 100000 attended , the Hindians( not all) but a sizeable amount, used to become restless and openly showed their antagonism whenever songs were sung in Tamil by artists who were largely South Indian. The event was organised by Tamils and half the crowd was Tamil or other South Indian but these Hindians come and demand the even to be entirely in Hindi. They are not grateful that the Tamils who organised the event, allowed half the songs sung during the event to be in Hindi. In Australia despite a far larger population, they will not organise anything or build anything but hijack events and Hindu temples largely built by Sri Lankan Tamils and want to take over

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          Real Siva Sankaran Sharma

          Are you suggesting that Tamils should start a protest against the noisy Hindian minority? Kaleinger Karunanithy may consider a fast unto death protest from his sick bed in Chennai. You should invite the Tamil bigot Seeman as the key note speaker. He will definitely entertain the Tamil noisy minority and repel many others.

          To any whiteman all Asians are dirty Pakis aren’t they? Some of the Hindians are noisy, arrogant, —————nasty to fellow Asians however they are very humble and obedient in front of whitemen according to my friend old codger.

          They are the mirror image to our own Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority.

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      Rajash
      “The British rulers realised that they have to rely on the Indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils, whom they perceived as more intelligent, to administer the country”, this is a wrong view you are giving. Before colonial rulers arrived Sri Lanka had a simple ruling system like kings and his ministers controlling the people and the land. British had complex administrative and parliament system but they did not teach this to the majority Buddhist and Hindus. If they had done that they won’t be able to rule even for 100 years. So they gave the education to Sinhala and Tamil converts and took them for their low level administrations. Immediately after independent majority of administrators at various levels were Sinhalese Christians or Tamil Christians. Even prime ministers reconverted to Buddhism to hold that post. Not only that, they gave more education to Tamils enabling them to have more than 50 colleges. They knew this disparity of knowledge will create communal disharmony in the future so they can keep on fishing in the trouble water. It was not they perceived Tamils are more intelligent than the Sinhalese.

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        The point is that the Sinhala minority complex is not due to 70million Tamils in Tamil Nadu. The fact is that they are a inferior race. All the countries in SE Asia , they have all progressed in the last 60 years including Vietnam and even China has become liberal. Where as Sinhala ruled Sri Lanka has progressed backwards and accelerating in reverse gear the pedal being pushed by men in saffron robes. The fact is basically Sinhala people are inferior. What do you expect from the sperm of a four legged animal proudly displayed on the national flag?

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          correction>>>>>What do you expect of the>>> DESCENDANTS >>>from the sperm of a four legged animal proudly displayed on the national flag?

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    Sinhalese just like the Malayali, Kannada and Telugu people of South India descended from Tamils. But all these communities HATE their Tamil ancestry. Sinhalese even went as far as calling themselves ‘Aryans’ just to seem opposite of Tamil people which is utterly laughable as even a blind bat can see they are of dravidian stock.

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      When did you get to be ‘born again’? One of these days you might call yourself Joan!

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      So if we accept that Sinhalese are Tamil …Tamil is mother of mother tounge, mother of everything….then Tamils’ psychatic problem will be solved and we sinhalese can live in our homeland in peace?

      I understand this is not a tamil rights issue but a mental problem

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    LAKSRI FERNANDO:
    It is very gracious of you to take seriously enough the rantings of this paranoid fool to respond.He is best left alone to enjoy his emotional excitement occasioned by his rants

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    An extract from the article
    “When you look around the world, most of the conflicts, or their reasons, are more of imagined than real. This is also one reason why a dangerous armed race (now a nuclear race) is conducted with colossal financial expenses and fatal risks, while thousands and thousands in the world’s poor suffer from hunger, malnutrition and disease’”.

    Now my comments

    Laksiri Fernando, is being naïve !

    Competition for power and scarce resources results in conflict.

    Reconciliation is not possible without the root causes mere p;leading will not do.

    even then one could only mitigate, not completely eradicate the causes of conflict

    – sorry to disagree with you otherwise an excellent timely article to unmask the religious fanatics.

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    It is true that some Sinhalese have minority complex. When we blame our selves for Black July and don’t utter a word on Black Jan, Black Feb…..Black Dec, when LTTE killers went on rampage massacring innocent Sinhalese villagers, that is minority complex. When we harp on Prabakaran’s son’s death without uttering a word on innocent Sinhala and Muslim children massacred by Prabakaran’s butchers, that is minority complex. When we blame ourselves for the ethnic conflict, without uttering a word on Tamil chauvinism, which is the root cause, that is minority complex.

    It is only among Sinhalese that you find people with a minority complex so deeply entrenched.

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      Andrew ———Good.

      What do you want the people to do? When they complain about the state of justice, rule of law, war crime, crime against humanity, human rights violation do you want them to read out every bit of atrocities committed by non state groups leaving out the the thousands of murders, rape, ….. committed by the state’s armed forces and police?

      The majority Sinhalaese don’t give damn about the country as long as they get by their daily routine however they tend to vote and elect most crooked governments and its representatives hoping they may benefit from the crooked politicians one way or another. They don’t give a damn about 1958, 1961, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1983, 1987-90, 1981-2015, …….. except those Sinhalese who lost their kith and kin due to the stupidity of their rulers. Their pain lingers on.

      Now don’t tell me that every second of the day you regret and blame yourself for Black July. The Sinhala/Buddhist fascists needs to keep the old conflicts alive or find new conflict that will give them reason for their existence. The Sinhala/Buddhist fascists have started new conflict with Muslims. It will go on for a while until they find new conflicts. In the mean time country is being set on permanent destruction.

      I suppose you are one of them who is still not sure about the purpose of your existence. Now go look for it. The awakened one’s teaching may help you if you are really in search of truth. Failing you can organise the next riots and blame the victims.

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      Andrew——————– Good. I haven’t finished with you yet. Continued……………….

      Hope you will have the full support of the Sangha, Politicians, Local or imported Thugs, Tri forces, Police, ……. and guidance from Sinhala/Buddhist fascists and theoretical justification from public racists who emphasise “Humans in this country are only Sinhala Buddhists.” Therefore it is alright to get rid of the “others” by any means necessary.

      I do not think there is an obligation for the Sinhala/Buddhists to remember July 1983. So you can stop remembering it and also stop your practice of hypocrisy.

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    Sinhalese are Buddhists! You’ve managed to attack Maha Nayaka theros nonchalantly . Sinhala-Buddhists don’t have a minority complex, but Sinhala-Buddhist are aware that their Ariya-Sinhala-Buddhist island is under threat by Marakkala Muslims and Malabari Tamils.

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      Johnny baby

      “You’ve managed to attack Maha Nayaka theros nonchalantly “

      Whats wrong with it?

      “Sinhalese are Buddhists! “
      Sinhalese are Christian too. Even the Southern Muslims now call themselves Sinhala/Muslims. Have you been living on a parallel universe?

      “Sinhala-Buddhists don’t have a minority complex,”
      Maybe they don’t, however they suffer from paranoia.

      “but Sinhala-Buddhist are aware that their Ariya-Sinhala-Buddhist island is under threat by Marakkala Muslims and Malabari Tamils.”

      I remember your Ariya-Sinhala-Buddhist barrier island Sriharikota is located off Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Or maybe the Jambudwip situated in the Bay of Bengal in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

      Go look for it in the Bay of Bengal. I don’t think you will ever find a Ariya-Sinhala-Buddhist island in Indian ocean.

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      Above few comments her, this John the idiot wrote about that Sinhalese are Dravidian (Tamil) origin and now here he writes “Arya-Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka getting threats from Marakkalya” . This fellow seems to be a slitter.

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    Nize going guys..we will never sort out our problems until the country is made officially and in reality a ‘secular’ nation to live amicably and in peace. This damn religion thing seems a big problem here.

    We all are the most related people..I mean the Sinhalese, Tamils and the Muslims. We lived in peace and we can continue to live in peace if not for these stupid selfish idiot politicians, naughty Mahanayakas and bad radical racists politicians.

    We the Sinhalese , Tamils, Muslims and all others can live in virtual harmony.. ..if not for the interfererance of these political & selfish racist elements .

    We have to stop listening to these racists and do whats good to retain the just thing.

    I am so sad…it’s like brother fighting another brother…and killing …the other.

    Stop this damn racial thing, do the correct one, after all we are all a one community ! Lankans.

    DNA wise or otherwise..

    Forget about Hindians or Indians..even though we have the same DNA..They are not Lankans.

    We are Lankans and we are different than Indians…..get together, without naming differences of language
    or culture. It’s no big deal. After all it’s all the same people.
    Go get a life..Lankans.. We have to improve ourselves and bring our country prosperous.

    Stop talking about old history, fake or real..there is no point and no one to buy that crap.

    Consider the real world of today and act accordingly.

    Who cares about Rama , Ravana, or the old kings of Lanka..Sinhala or Tamil ?

    Just get on with your present life..and do not waste your valuable time on these useless arguments.

    It;s of no use .

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