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Modi’s Civilizational Twist To Indo-Lanka Relations

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Civilizational Twins

In a trilogy of lectures delivered by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2020, he described India as a civilizational state. And in a recent interview given to the You Tube channel Swarajya, the Tamil Nadu BJP chief K. Annamalai mentioned that Modi called Sri Lanka one of, and obviously junior, the civilizational twins. Continuing that theme BJP chief pointed out that in Modi’s thinking, India’s largesse to Sri Lanka during the current economic crisis, is a “civilizational duty”.

As part of his civilizational twist, Modi also decided to exhibit to the world, India’s Buddhist past and announced in that regard to inaugurate India’s world-class digital library on Buddhism. The fact that he invited a group of Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka to the opening ceremony of Kushinagar airport was also to promote thus Buddhist image. However, in reality, all this is part of India’s reimaged geostrategic power game in which Buddhism and Sri Lanka would take the centre stage.

Tactical Neutrality

To comprehend Modi’s added urgency to prioritize Indo-Lankan relations after 2020 one must go back to the years immediately following 2009 when the Sri Lankan army won the separatist war and eliminated Prabakaran and his LTTE. In that war, India, in the words of Shivshankar Menon, a former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, “chose to find a middle way between them, to try to satisfy both, in the event not satisfying fully either” (Shivshankar Menon, Choices: The Making of India’s Foreign Policy, 2016, Brookings Institution Press, Penguin, p. 103). In reality of course India’s neutrality was tactical to betray the Tamils for LLTE’s madness in assassinating Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. That neutrality freed Sri Lankan government from worrying about the Indian quarter. But what happened after that was the problem. India ignored the post-war development needs of the island, and that neglect left no alternative for the Rajapaksa regime to look to China for assistance. Under the Rajapaksa regime, China’s One-Belt-One-Road with its subway, China-Pakistan-Sri Lanka-Economic Corridor, became Colombo’s highway to Beijing (Ameer Ali, “Delhi’s Choice & Colombo’s Highway to Beijing”, Colombo Telegraph, June 10, 2021) to seek assistance. India’s neglect was a blessing in disguise to China. China was only too willing to step in and become Sri Lanka’s inseparable economic, diplomatic and even security partner to the chagrin of its regional rival and annoyance of a declining superpower, the US. China’s economic link with Sri Lanka goes back to the Mao era. It was this closeness with China that annoyed US and provoked the former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to call China a “predator friend” of Asian nations when he visited Colombo in October 2020.

Indophobia

Between India’s indifference and China’s willingness to aid Sri Lanka is an inconvenient truth, which continues to bedevil Indo-Lanka relations even today. There is a historically nurtured anti-Indian feeling or Indophobia within certain quarters of the Sri Lankan society. That feeling has a medieval origin, from the Tamil invasions of South India’s Pallava and Chola rulers. After independence however, that animosity was enlivened in the wake of the political controversy over the Tamils demand for federalism. Sihala nationalists warned the government and Sinhala people of grave consequences were federalism to be conceded. The proximity of a heavily Tamil populated state to the south of India and a Tamil populated north in Sri Lanka was always reckoned by Sinhala nationalism as permanent danger to the sovereignty of the island. That Indophobia went through an acute phase during the civil war. For instance, when the Indian air force airdropped food parcels in 1987 to the beleaguered Tamils in the north, the then President JR Jayewardene did not have any qualms in condemning that act as an outright invasion. Later, it was sheer Indophobia that provoked a Sri Lankan naval cadet to attack Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during the guard of honour given to him in Colombo the same year.

Even after defeating the separatists and triumphantly celebrating that victory, anti-Indianness did not die. One incident where it played a key role was when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited New Delhi in 2020. There he promised the Indian Prime minister that GR would implement the India inspired 13th amendment to the constitution to bring about a solution to the Tamil problem. Alas! when the president returned home, the first thing he did was to renege on that promise, arguing that there was no popular support to that measure. Later, when the government signed a contract with India and Japan to allow India’s Adani Group to build and operate the East Container Terminal in Colombo Harbour there were massive protests from trade unionists, Bhikkhus and nationalists, allegedly at the instigation of China. That opposition ultimately forced the government to withdraw that contract unilaterally. And, most recently, in March this year, the same Indophobia was at play against the deal signed with the Adani Group again to set up two renewable energy projects in Mannar and Pooneryn. In short, the anti-Indian feeling in Sri Lanka and particularly within the Sinhalese community is a constant that refuses to go away.

India’s Geostrategy

It is in this background that one should decipher the real motives behind Modi’s civilizational twist. India’s security interest lies in dragging the island away from China and closer into India’s geostrategic orbit. Therefore, to provide a Buddhist frame to this strategic venture seems to be a tactical enticement to Sri Lanka with a view to win the hearts and minds of its Sinhala-Buddhist nationalists. The current economic crisis is a fortuitous event and manna from heaven to achieve this ultimate objective and to counter China’s penetration into India’s southern waters. Therefore, Modi government’s largesse to help Sri Lanka’s economic recovery is not without a price. For Sri Lanka on the other hand, economic situation is so dire, its government is ready to receive help even from the devil. Under the civilizational twist, India is speedily recompensing the losses from its past neglect.

Victims of Modi’s Twist

The victims of this new relationship are the two Sri Lankan minorities, Tamils and Muslims. Modi’s anti-Muslim agenda is well known. To him and his BJP, only a dead Muslim is a true Muslim. Therefore, at least to the Islamophobes of Sri Lanka, Modi and his BJP foot soldiers are friendly allies. But what about the Tamils?

If the Tamil leadership in this country still expects Modi’s India to pressure Sri Lankan government to implement the 13th Amendment, that leadership should be living in a fool’s paradise. The larger interest of India and the realpolitik behind it dictate New Delhi to confine the 13th Amendment issue to the rhetoric arena. Modi himself being a rabid Hindu ethno-nationalist is better placed to understand the thoughts and sentiments of his Sinhala Buddhist counterparts in Sri Lanka. It is time for Tamil leadership to forget India, defenestrate this amendment and work for an all-inclusive and permanent solution to the problems of all minorities in the country. An awakened young generation of Sinhala Buddhists with its demand for systemic change promises that possibility.

Mischievous China

However, one cannot ignore how China is going to react to India’s rejuvenated benevolence towards Sri Lanka. China is also opening its purse in competition with its contender. It has expressed its willingness to work through IMF to restructure Sri Lanka’s foreign debt and promises more direct economic help. At the same time however, it is interesting to note that Beijing is also opening a Tamil window facing the country’s north and east. The visits by the Chinese ambassador and his entourage to the famous Kandasamy Temple at Nallur in the north to offer puja, followed by another visit to Batticaloa recently with food packages and discussion with Tamil notables there about bringing inter-ethnic amity to develop the region, smell a rat. Why this sudden interest in Tamil areas? To extend this observation further, one should not be surprised to see sometime in the future China discussing with members of Tamil diaspora also regarding issues affecting Sri Lankan Tamil community. Earlier, when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was in New York, he promised UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that he would meet members of Tamil diaspora for a discussion, but he never did. So, what if China meets them?

Assistance at What price?

Indo-China rivalry in the Indian Ocean has currently taken an altruistic phase in Sri Lanka. The country is trapped in a desperate situation where it cannot afford to be choosy in receiving aid from the two rivals. But what would be promised to the benefactors in return for their largesse is not known. There is no free lunch in this world. Also, one should not forget that it was during the Yahapalana government with Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister that China was given the 99-year lease over Hambantota harbour as part of debt settlement. He is now the Prime Minister heading the so-called All-Party Government, and GR seems to have given him a free hand to rebuild the economy. With all the assistance and advice from friendly governments and international institutions it may take optimistically two to three years at least to come out of the woods. However, if the price paid for this revival going to be too heavy, Sri Lanka would emerge at the end with its sovereignty compromised substantially. That would be the price paid for seven decades of failure to build a nation out of a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society. It is also the price for self-inflicted ruination of the economy.

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

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    “If the Tamil leadership in this country still expects Modi’s India to pressure Sri Lankan government to implement the 13th Amendment, that leadership should be living in a fool’s paradise.”

    This is also applicable for Muslim and Sinhalese leadership in this country that whether it is India’s Modi or China’s Xi Jinping or US Jo Biden to resove the problems of this country or the problems of Muslims or Problems of Tamil whether it is economic or political.
    But these problems can be resolved only if Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslim leadership understands that no one is above the law and all of us are the children of this island no one is superior or inferior to others. It is time for realising that our political and Religious leadership mismanaged the governance in the country with wrong policies and they divided the people instead of uniting the people together.
    Being a small nation, the country or people do not need internal or external enemies. Unfortunately, our country had internal enemies and external enemies. Now Sinhalese consider Tamils and Muslims are our enemies. Tamils consider Sinhalese and Muslims are our enemies. Similarly Muslims consider Tamils and Sinhalese are enemies.

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      No doubt, Modi s and Trump’s highly influenced on stupid Rajapakshes paving the way criminals to return to ruin this nation.

      They were then spreading fairy tales being based to ” pro-sinhala, pro-racism, pro nationalism, anti- minorities- knowing that gullible majroity would not change their mind set against them.
      :Pinguththarayas were decorative animals of their political parades, but today, they are all out of the scene. .

      Today, Kadamandiya stlye people are gradually realizing the greater mistake done by them. Whenever they are questioned, they bite their nails keeping their questioning sons and daughers aside – not being able face up the various questions coming from own children. Youth aragalaya has gone viral to across the island nation.
      .
      Rajapakshe motto is/was ” take it until make it” – now being targeted. THis was clearer to me after listening to Kaputas yesterday. Unique to them, he has the audacity to provoke the very voters today ” he himself added that why then those folks voted for them ?”.
      .

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      Spot on! Ajith!
      Nation building is priority No1!
      It is fortunate that Gota –Go -Home struggle unites all Sri Lankan under one banner.
      The logical step is for all progressive Sri Lankans to unite under one banner and guild up a Sri Lankan nation.
      Not to be dishearten by odd racist outbursts from fanatics .
      Parochialism is our common enemy!

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      “India’s Modi or China’s Xi Jinping or US Jo Biden to resolve the problems of this country “
      Check on who wants whom to solve our problems.
      Ony two on the list belong to category of meddlers in internal affairs to ‘solve problems’.
      It is the Tamil leaders counting on US & India.
      Muslim leaders know that their patrons in the ME can help with dough but have not much political clout.

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    In Tamil saying given the Garland to the monkey’s hand,look at the lasst 70 odds years where its lead to

    Now buissnes guru Dhamika perera coming through the back door as an MP ,what next finance minister then his interest will be on his buissnes empires or shattered mother.

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    “In reality of course India’s neutrality was tactical to betray the Tamils for LLTE’s madness in assassinating Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. “
    *
    How naïve can one be?
    The Indian government never forgave the LTTE’s resisting the IPKF and even more defeating it — that was an eternal sore spot for India. Thus the revenge had far less to do with Rajeev’s killing. The government of VP Singh was less spiteful towards SL Tamils than any before or after. But Indian conduct, was overall supportive of the GOSL during all conflicts between the GoSL and LTTE. (This is something that Tamil leaders, with perhaps the exception of ACTC which is resented by India, are reluctant to admit. The writer is correct on this, but the reasoning is flawed. It is not because Modi is a Hindi-Hindu fanatic but because Indian strategic interests do not coincide with the interests of SL Tamils.)
    The TNA, having fully surrendered to India after the fall of the LTTE, was left with no choice. Before that they were treated with contempt by successive Indian governments for accepting the LTTE as the leader of the Tamil people in 2001.
    History cannot be analysed linearly.

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      “Modi’s anti-Muslim agenda is well known.” And the writer goes on to speculate on that basis.
      But Modi’s agenda is confined to India. It was under Rajeev Gandhi that the IPKF encouraged an anti-Muslim attitude in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.
      Modi needs an anti-Muslim agenda for local consumption. Hostility towards Pakistan precedes Modi, and that too has electoral benefits in the Hindi-Hindu belt. He gets along beautifully with Bangladesh, more so than with Hindu Nepal.

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    “Under the Rajapaksa regime, China’s One-Belt-One-Road with its subway, China-Pakistan-Sri Lanka-Economic Corridor, became Colombo’s highway to Beijing”
    The OBOR project started only in 2013.
    Harbour projects had been undertaken much earlier in Pakistan (https://thediplomat.com/2013/02/gwadar-and-the-string-of-pearls/) and Sri Lanka.
    What was imagined as a military strategy to encircle India eventually proved to be a commercial venture that is working far better than China could have anticipated.
    *
    [I remember a Chinese conspiracy theory put forward by the author not long ago that China had plotted since 1949 to become a global power, with plenty of spurious arguments in support. Even China’s ditching socialism after Mao could be fitted into that theory. So much for objectivity.]

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      SJ I have to agree with what you state

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        SSS
        Thank you.

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      SJ,

      “Harbour projects had been undertaken much earlier in Pakistan”

      Are you aware that Pakistan defaulted on its debt obligations? It had to be bailed out by Saudi Arabia. I don’t know why anyone would give a loan to Pakistan in the first place, as it openly shelters terrorists, including Bin-Laden and the 7-11 terrorists who attacked Mumbai.

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        I am not up to scratch on Pakistan’s economics.
        But I only responded to a point raised about B&R and harbours in the region.
        I think that what i said was correct.

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          SJ,
          Pakistan has not defaulted yet, though it did in the past.

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            OC
            Thanks

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        Lester/Jester

        “It had to be bailed out by Saudi Arabia. I don’t know why anyone would give a loan to Pakistan in the first place,….”

        Now it appears that Hindia, IMF Japan …. & other countries have to bail out this ancient hydraulic civilisation known in the past 60 or so years as Sinhala/Buddhist country.

        We do not know why anyone would give a loan to this Sinhala/Buddhist failed state in the first place?

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          Native
          “other countries have to bail out this ancient hydraulic civilisation”
          Hydro-electric civilisation, according to Lester.

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            old codger

            Thanks.
            By the way now that Dr Safi has been paid his salary has the state unconditionally apologised to him?

            Has Channa left the country?
            He should voluntarily seek exile in Arctic or Antarctica, or if possible Gobi Desert.
            Where do you think we should send Udaya, Wimal, Athuraliye Rathana, ….and Malcolm Ranjith?

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          Fake Veddah,

          What happened to all the money and you and the diaspora donated to the fake freedom struggle? Other than funding suicide operations, bribing rich suddas to pass “genocide resolution”, and an inflatable pool for Fat Pig, can you tell us the value?

          https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/03/13/article-2114461-12270189000005DC-920_468x320.jpg

          Just be grateful Jagath Dias gave Bala a biscut before the execution. That is the Sinhala-Buddhist generosity. When US captured Bin-Laden, there was no intermission. Simply execute and dump in the sea.

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            Lester the braying Donkey,
            “Fake Veddah,
            What happened to all the money and you and the diaspora donated to the fake freedom struggle? “
            What has that got to do with the question? As Native says, everybody including Tamil Nadu is bailing out this “hydro-electric civilisation “. Talk about that without creating a juvenile smokescreen, idiot.
            Even FatPig lived and died here. You ran away when convenient, a coward. Stick to your sewerage expertise or fake Google talent.

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            Lester lying Jester

            “What happened to all the money and you and the diaspora donated to the fake freedom struggle?”

            Please find out from Kamala, Shavendra, ….. 15,000 generals and Rajapaksa clan what did they do with peoples’s money and gold looted from Vanni Vaippaham (vanni safety deposit) or VP’s fort Knox?

            By whats your problem?

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              Fake Veddah,

              Where is your proof? Are you suggesting starving people in Vanni were hoarding gold in Fat Pig’s bank? How much gold does a starving person usually normally have, kindly elaborate for readers. Also discuss the value of gold in LTTE’s “economy” of suicide terrorism, child soldiers, and lamp post killing.

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                Lester lying Jester

                With Premadasa’s consent and supply of arms and political support your cousin VP the psychopath herded the poor innocent people of North to Vanni and staked all their cash and gold which he extorted from them in his Fort Knox in Vanni.

                If their last cent was extorted the people wouldn’t have any money to eat.

                “kindly elaborate for readers.”

                Unlike you dumb ass readers knew what was going on in Vanni region including genocide perpetrated by your Rana-viruses.

                “Also discuss the value of gold in LTTE’s “economy” of suicide terrorism, child soldiers, and lamp post killing.”

                Dumbo, why should I explain to you the LTTE’s “economy” when you seems to pretend you are better informed than all others in this forum. Its up to you to explain to us as to how your mad cousin VP operated his economy.
                You seems to be in a good position to estimate the total value of cash and gold that your crooked leaders and Rana-viruses stole from the people of North East, deposited in VP’s safe deposit.

                Did you know KP exchanged some very valuable LTTE’s assets with your crooked leaders for his life?

                Since the day we insisted on knowing the total value of assets that KP and others transferred to Clan and Armed forces, soman stopped visiting this forum.

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                  Yes, KP handed money to Rajapakse. That is well-known. This is the diaspora money that you and London terror doctor contributed. But SLA did not loot gold and money from Tamils in Vanni. There was no “Fort Knox” as you say. LTTE buried the money in the jungles and ran away.

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                    Lester the lying Jester

                    Please refer to :
                    http://coins.lakdiva.org/ltte/

                    LTTE’s financial affairs are well known to the public as well as to the crooks in the state, armed forces and to those who were close to clansmen.

                    https://www.themorning.lk/ministry-officials-in-a-hole-over-buried-ltte-gold/
                    Ministry officials in a hole over buried LTTE gold

                    If you really want a share of the gold please get into Gota’s inner sanctum.

                    ” There was no “Fort Knox” as you say.”

                    There was.
                    Read:
                    LTTE’s ‘Eelam Banks’ operated 11 bank branches
                    http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/lttes-eelam-banks-operated-11-bank-branches/579951/

                    Hope you will stop being silly and stop asking very silly questions. Why don’t you grow up?

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                      Mentally Deficient Vedda,

                      I asked you about the economy of the LTTE. People in those areas did not have jobs, other than subsistence farming, so how can they put money in banks? The Sri Lankan government had to send food to these areas to prevent mass starvation. You need to EARN MONEY to DEPOSIT in a bank. Now what a joker you are, comparing LTTE’s gold to Fort Knox. Do you know how many hundreds of BILLIONS worth of gold is at Fort Knox? You uneducated bugger, a bank has GOLD to hedge against currency inflation. LTTE did not run real banks, these were just holding centers for the money they swindled from Diaspora fools such as yourself.

                      Read your own link, “In 2010 October 20th it was reported in Sri Lanka Parliament that 110kg of gold worth Rs490 Million pawned to the Bank of Thamil Eeelam was being given to Central Bank.” The Army returned any money they found.

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                    What a Logic? What a Fantasy? SL’s Richest Man will Differ!!??

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            Lester,
            Very Humane act indeed! a very good one too
            You should tell GL to inform HRC of this genuinely as material evidence to clemency of all Sri Lankans of any degradable act against Humanity on SL soil!!
            That will knock the bottom out of the case against our valiant Ranaviruwo, in flash!!
            Please rush it to GLP, before todays planned speech and appeal to UNHRC!
            Photographs if any, would be supportive!

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    Sri Lanka is not a civilizational state, it is a corruption centric state. Mister Ten Percent has just left, and the economy may improve, if the rest of them with black money abroad too, left. No one wants to label the black money magnates. The recent “printed matter” sent abroad was currency illegally acquired.
    They ran the economy into the ground by commencing grandiose projects which cost much to maintain with no profits except for themselves.
    The parliament itself is a massive continually loss making “project”. All the perks, pensions after ten years, vehicles, allowances unnecessary additional staff etc. should be pruned. Why should people starve while their representatives live like millionaires. Normally there would have been a coup but this was anticipated/avoided by granting promotions, & salary increases to the armed forces and police.

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      J
      BR has not really left. He is the kingpin of the SLPP.
      The US will very much like him to stay and manipulate behind the scenes..

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    adani civilisation

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      Nice one!

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      shankar

      “adani civilisation”

      Isn’t it Emperor Xi Jinping’s civilisation?

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    Tactical Neutrality

    Sri lanka Inclined to china having more involvement than India now the Indian Government made it neutral now India need a base in the north to government is willing to take and suffer the short-term essential exports on the base Neighborhood First Policy longer-term benefit of building and then Sri lanka to follow the Neighborhood First Policy . Sri lank cannot ready dip china like before.
    The fishing border must neutrally framed while Love your neighbor yet pull down the hedge

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    All Sri Lankan leaders and heads of state from the time of independence have only concentrated on two things and done them very well. 1) Swindling the country’s wealth and making themselves immensely wealthy 2) Destroying the island’s Tamils, by marginalizing them, ethnically cleansing them, reducing their population from around 26% at the time of independence to the current 16%, colonising their lands with Sinhalese, destroying their ancient history, symbols and proof of their ancient existence on the island and their just claim from their ancient homeland in the north and east. They do this by destroying libraries and burning them, converting and falsely claiming ancient Hindu temples even ancient Tamil Buddhist temples in the north and east, as Sinhalese Buddhist.

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      With fake concocted history. Staring with Kathirkammam. Now other temples in the north and east. They have never concentrated or made any attempt to improve the economy of the country or genuinely develop it and uplift everyone. Even now in the Mullaitheevu district, the army is busy building a Buddhist Vihara and installing a Buddha statue, at Kuroonthoor Malai on the site of an ancient Saivite temple, whilst there is a court against this action. They are trying to build and install the Buddha statue and make it a fait accompli, before the adverse court decision. People are starving with no food. medicine and gas and the most important thing is to covert an ancient Saivite temple in Mullaitheevu into a Buddhist place of worship, so that Sinhalese colonisation can start. Desperately trying to find favour with a section of Sinhalese, using racism. Hindu extremist BJP is doing the same in North India trying to convert ancient Mosques to Hindu temples using fake history and planted symbols. No wonder they are so paly. Dr Ameer Ali is correctect .

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    Seventy four years of Sinhalese aanduwa, with Sinhalese-Buddhist supremacy as the foundation, has brought the country on its knees:
    It is borrowing left, right and center. It is accepting alms of food, medicine and other things. The ruling class has siphoned off big chunks of money from the sate coffers.

    Every Tom, Dick and Harry is offering advice as to what to do to revive the economy, while foreigners are looting from the burning house.

    Sri Lanka is a rudderless ship in the Indian Ocean. Will the Sinhalese realize their folly and go for meritocracy, equality, justice, competitive economy, and no freebies to freeloaders.

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    You expect anything fair and reasonable from Modi?? LOL…….
    The only SL friendly guy they ever had was Moraji Desai!!

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    Hindi, RAW etc. are now concentrating on how best to finish the genocide of Eezhalam Tamils for winning hearts and mind of Sinhalese.

    Their main concern is how to prevent any, even inadvertent, armed response (not saying the Tamils can offer such response) from Tamils.

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      Lets all keep prophesying our dreams .

      I will go for the recent jet setting prophet from far off climes.
      Fast and pray live on hay !

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    There is a historically nurtured anti-Indian feeling or Indophobia within certain quarters of the Sri Lankan society
    ———
    Certain quarters?
    With the exception of the Indian origin up country tamils, it was rampant among most Sri Lankans.

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    To him and his BJP, only a dead Muslim is a true Muslim
    ————
    That may be how he wants the public in South Asia to think.
    But he is a freemason and most likely a tare also (serpent seed of Cain).
    He is very good buddies with the Arab freemason tare rulers.

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    The wealthy ruling class Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims etc are all in bed together, filling each others pockets, and finding ways to keep real humanity under their foot.
    They are all freemasons and most of them are tares also.
    They create communal tensions, to distract the common man.

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    …………..In short, the Anti-Indian feeling in Srilanka and particularly within the Sinhalese community is a CONSTANT that refuses to go away…………….Writes Dr.Ameer Ali.

    This anti-Indian feeling is historical,thanks to the Mahavamsa. Sinhala politicians have used this, particularly in the post-Independence years, to justify their stand on the Tamil issue,which has also helped them to divert the ATTENTION OF THEIR ELECTORATE FROM OTHER BURNING ISSUES LIKE THE ECONOMY.
    We saw this in recent times when President Gota took his oaths as President at Anuradhapura reminding his Sinhala-Buddhist electorate of the Dutugemunu-Elhara episode.

    Even after the the entry of India to help out Srilanka in a BIG WAY IN THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS,CHANCES ARE THAT THE SINHALESE MAJORITY COMMUNITY would continue to view India with suspicion whenever India raises the stick of the 13th A.
    Therefore,it would be more fruitful for a HOME-SPUN SOLUTION…………
    Would the Aragalaya lead the way……………

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      Plato

      “Even after the the entry of India to help out Srilanka in a BIG WAY IN THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS,CHANCES ARE THAT THE SINHALESE MAJORITY COMMUNITY would continue to view India with suspicion whenever India raises the stick of the 13th A.”

      Please note the Saffron Malwattu found himself hard to thank Stalin the Chief Minister of Thamilnau who initiated and paid for the relief goods, although the saffron thanked Modi.

      Please also note you will find a few among the Tamils who are Mao’s professional ***** carriers believe China’s help is far superior to Hindians one, as it appears to them being cultured, bla bla bla…

      Stop worrying take it as it comes.
      As long as the people chose the most vile people to rule them, protect them, lead them protect the national assets, you could not do much.

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      Plato, however, all these Chingkalla racists and opportunistic Chingkalla politicians, whilst quoting the largely anti-Thamizh Mahavamsa with regards to South Indian Thamizh Pallava, Chola, Chera and Pandian invasions and immigration, to whip up anti-Thamizh and now anti-Muslim feelings, to gain votes and come to power, conveniently fail to mention, that the over 90% of these invaders who remained behind and immigrants, assimilated into the Chingkalla identity and not into the Eezham Thamizh identity and the vast majority of the present-day Chingkallams are their descendants. Including the ancestors of many of these so-called Chingkalla racists and politicians. Just look at the family tree of 90% of the Chingkalla leaders, politicians and heads of state who ruled the island from the time of independence. All descended from recent South Indian Thamizh immigrants, including the one who started Chingkallam only and his rabidly anti-Thamizh merry widow, whose great grandfather signed the Kandyan convention in Thamizh.

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        Now we get the recently Chingkalized descendants of low caste immigrant Thamizh labour who were imported into the island during the Portuguese and Dutch era to do menial and service work and settled along the western and southern littorals, beating the anti-Thamizh drum and talking about South Indian Tyhamizh invasions and invaders, completely ignoring the fact that when these invasions happened, their ancestors were living somewhere in then Thamizh South India in some low caste or untouchable village. Now all have converted themselves to fully-fledged Chingkalla Aryans, with largely Iberian family names to hide their actual origins and beating and dancing to the anti-Thamizh drum.

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        PK
        That sounds familiar—like the Dr Mathir of Malaysia of Kerela paternity the boomi father and Nepoleon the patriot of Corsica !

        Racial bigotry hides a thousand sins and religious bigotry a million.

        But my latest taste is the dark tall man— a rich prophet from cooler climes !

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      (Part I)
      Plato,
      Let the 13th A be as it is!!
      Importantly, remove the standardisation for the past 50 years since Sirimavo’s government declaration in 1971, as a means to appease the juvenile/youth rebellion??!!
      Then, it was a response to the outbreak of violence, which was being ‘Put Down’, with considerable cost of Life to civilians and the mostly ceremonial military!
      The much touted explanation, for this “discriminatory”, procedure, instead of ‘Meritocracy’, which was prevalent then, was the claim, this project better balance of the inequality in the Education system and equitable outcome demographically throughout the island nation!! Temporary to overcome, the protagonists were using to rise against the state!!??
      The permanent solution was, to upgrade the nationwide education system, to a national curricula, which the Department of Education and the line Ministry were in the process of developing to overcome this inequality in facilities at Public Schools, with more funding for incorporation of Reference Libraries, Sports grounds, Physics, Chemistry and Biology Laboratories in schools island wide to absolve ‘Gaps’, ensure equitable Homogenous uniform Facilities island wide!!
      The malicious claim was that schools in the Northeast (NE) had better facilities, western colonists, gave preferential treatment to NE Inhabitants predominantly!!!???

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        Mahila,
        “The malicious claim was that schools in the Northeast (NE) had better facilities, western colonists, gave preferential treatment to NE Inhabitants predominantly!!!???”
        —-
        Who says it is a malicious claim?
        European colonialists and missionaries did not give preferential treatment in education to NE inhabitants. They gave preferential treatment only to Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya. Even low caste ‘Panchamar’ Tamils in Yapanaya were excluded. Vellala Tamils who blame Sinhalayo for discriminating Tamils in education did not do anything to give same education that they received to ‘Panchamar’ Tamils.
        Thanks to Sinhala Government that passed ‘Prevention of Social Disabilities Act (No.21 of 1957)’, low caste Tamils in Yapanaya got the opportunity to attend schools. Without any discrimination, Sinhala Government gave free education to all Tamils in Sinhale.

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          (Part I)
          EE,
          “They gave preferential treatment only to Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya. Even low caste ‘Panchamar’ Tamils in Yapanaya were excluded.”
          Not trying to deny, what you have highlighted, nor intend to enter into debate now, but emphasising the ‘point of view’ being made in my comment.
          “Why did not the “Powers that be” or Government (democratic nominally, propelled by Majority – the Singhalese, in this country), who were the major demographic constituents of the Southern Sri Lanka (NCP, NWP, WP, SP, Uva, Sabaragamuwa provinces), were not facilitated with better educational facilities for the Past 50 years, since 1972, when this inadequacy in educational institutions in the South Sri Lanka was identified??!!
          Forget period before that and let’s charitably consider, “we got lost in the Euphoria of the Independence” from being a Colony!!! 25 years for subjugation of 450 years is pardonable sin!!?
          We need to address this intrinsically, detailed and deeply, ensure upliftment of children in South Sri Lanka!!
          Is this part of the INEPT, LETHARGIC, INSENSITIVE, CURROPT Governance of Sri Lankan leaders since independence, which the Aragalaya has been highlighting for almost 3 months and none are interested??
          ‘No show’ for 50+ years – uplift the resources!!??

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          (Part II)
          My foot!
          These guys are so inept and insensitive towards the aspirations and care of the citizens whom they represent and their progeny?
          On the contrary, these guys, meaning the 225 + 1 (afraid have to include the exalted self as he is the top most executive) would have “jumped over the wall”, if they found their luxury vehicles or houses were substandard and ‘wanting’!! Reported Rs. 3,637 million (end 2021) equivalent to USD 17.9 Million.
          They attend parliament, have subsidised meals in the parliament canteen and have forgotten the education of the students – future of this countries children and their wellbeing?? ASTOUNDING!
          If these guys had so much of money, why could not they upgrade Schools – at least Grade 1 and Supra Grade Schools, if not all??
          Libraries and related sports and recreational facilities of every city in the South could have been uplifted, than building Nelum Pokuna and the Nelum Tower, bearing NO RETURNS ON INVESTEMNT (RoI)!!
          With such political leaders, we are in this state with begging bowl, earn our Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Supper!!??
          Apologies, since 2021 Lankans been used to having 2 meals daily and SOME OF THEM NONE AT ALL!!

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          (Part III)
          The big underlying question is why are politicians so conceited and ignoring the needs of the fellow citizens, especially the future citizens and Leaders of Sri Lanka??
          Is it because, the citizenry could be easily fooled, which I do not think is the case!!
          My take is that politicians feel that they could fool the citizenry; that’s very dangerous, because one of these days it is going to blow up in your face??!!
          The consequences would not be to be the best that could be expected for Sri Lanka!!??

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      (Part II)
      Just a cursory analysis of the schools producing these high merit students would have evidenced that the schools weren’t government funded schools!!
      They were either missionary, Christian (Catholic or Anglican) funded schools!! Not funded by governments of western colonists favouring the Tamils, but privately funded by the respective religious bodies!!
      This led to the differentiation in facilities, but were mere making of the respective citizenry!!
      The parts, outside the NE Sri Lanka, did not welcome (or despised the Colonial religious sects) Hence suffered/missed out on facilities Roman Catholic and Anglican Church provided the NE section of SL!!
      So, ‘THIS WAS A CANARD’!! The repetition of this canard further divided the population by ethnicity, which has ruptured, if not before, definitely after the 1956 Sinhala Only Act!!??
      Sometimes, it is inexplicable, “How such canards devoid of basic ‘truth or fact’ could ‘pass muster’ with the Sri Lankan polity and civilians?? Political, twisting then and now! Achieve and retain Power at any cost.
      To date 50 long years have passed – Half a century in the making and NO RESOLUTION YET!!??
      The only justiciable resolution is upgrading educational facilities all round, all Madhya and Maha Vidhyalas and upgrade as equal

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      (Part III)
      Union College, Parameswara College, Jaffna College, St. Johns’ College, Vembadi Girls HS etc.
      What have emancipated politicians doing, who after 1977 were given enhanced pay, allowances, Colombo residences to attend parliament and LUXURY vehicles been doing, for half a century??
      Playing politics as politicians do as their erstwhile hobby, Marbles, or Frolicking around at Tax payers expense??!!
      Which developing or developed country, with intelligent sense clamour to HOLD DOWN THE ELEVATED STUDIOUS TO THE LEVEL OF THE IGNORANT – DEFINITELY NOT THE STUDENTS OR THEIR PARENTS MAKING BUT DEFINITELY THAT OF THE INCOMPETENT, UNEDUCATED!!??
      MP’s (all 225 at fault and may include in AN ASCETIC MOMENT of thinking well include Shanakiyan Ragul Rajaputhiran Rasamanickam MP (SM)!! I would acknowledge that it was SM, who highlighted this continuing malaise, causing pain of mind, attrition and angst in the minds of NE students and Parents- 50 years unabated!!??
      Who cares for those NE citizens, which proud Sri Lankans in any part of Sri Lanka would claim well deserved to be pursued!!??
      The Sri Lankans’ fallibility is evident! Non-Believers in removing basic cause of the 30 year war!!! Well what should I say on this misuse and miscarriage of good administration!!??

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    “In a trilogy of lectures delivered by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2020, he described India as a civilizational state.”

    India is actually a fake state, put together as one by the British for administrative state. Of course ideology is stateless, and that is where India really flourishes, in the sheer number of ideologies it fostered. One of these is Buddhism, which was nearly wiped out (in India) by the Muslims. Luckily it was able to find a home in Sri Lanka and to a smaller extent, East Asia. Another ideology, casteism, has been India’s curse, although it produced a few brilliant Nobel Prize winners in science (all Brahmins) and a renowned mathematician. Not nearly enough for economic development. 0.01% cannot create prosperity for 99.9%. India is far behind compared to China.

    “If the Tamil leadership in this country still expects Modi’s India to pressure Sri Lankan government to implement the 13th Amendment, that leadership should be living in a fool’s paradise.”

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      Jester. please read history before coming and cackling and hissing here. Buddhism had gone out in India long before the Muslims arrived. It was due to corruption, casteism amongst the so-called Buddhist elite and the Bhakti movement, that started in the Thamizh country and spread to the rest of India. Yes, a good number of the population in India as well as in NE Sri Lanka converted to Buddhism but they were still a minority, influential and largely elite, the vast majority of the population still remained Hindu, or called themselves Buddhist but were very Hindu. Therefore when the Bhakti movement spread from the Thamizh country. many who were already disillusioned with Buddhism and its caste-ridden corrupt hierarchy reconverted back to Hinduism.

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        Most of the Brahmins who did win Noble prizes were Thamizh Brahmins and the renowned word famous mathematician was a Thamizh Brahmin. He was Srinivasan Ramanujan. The movie the man who found Zero is based on his life. He belonged to a Tamil Iyengar Brahmin family, just like the former chief minister Jayalalitha, or the famous Hollywood actresses Hemamalini and Vyjanthimala. The Thamizh Brahmins, especially the Iyengars, are very proud of their language and Thamizh heritage. The Iyengars take pride in speaking proper Thamizh. Do judge them by the likes of certain politicians.

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          Sorry Bollywood and not Hollywood.

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          Pandi Kutti aka Rohan aka Siva Sankaran,

          Brahmins are not pure Dravidians. Remember your hero Periyar said to exterminate them: “Kill Brahmins wherever you see them; get into all temples, vandalise Gods & kill all Brahmins there”. Periyar was the inspiration for Fat Pig aka low-caste Prabhakaran. Why do you think Fat Pig assassinated all top Vellalar leadership? Brahmins are partly Aryan, that is where they get their good genes from, not Dravidian. The same as the Ashkenazim Jews, who intermarried with Germanics. You are not a Brahmin, you are a low-caste (Dutch) import, probably from Kerala. That is why the real Brahmins like Jayalalitha rejected your fake freedom struggle. Yes, Buddhism in South India could not compete with Hinduism, but in North India the primary factor was Muslim invasions. Destruction of Nalanda Monastery and so on.

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          Check on “Hemamalini and Vyjanthimala”
          One had an Aiyyar father and the other an Aiyangar.

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      “ India is actually a fake state, put together as one by the British for administrative state.”

      So is Srilanka

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    Leaving that the Tamil leaders have no strategy to resolve minority (Tamils, Muslims, Christians, ) grievances aside, they needed a third party to deal with the successive minority-suppressive governments as the SLG could not be trusted. Only third party available then and now was the Indian Government as the western powers delegated the hegemony in the region to India. JRJ/Rajapaksas’ governments attempts to checkmate India with west/China, however, failed miserably resulting in India dropping food parcels from the air/credit lines and currency swaps to buy food. I am doubtful, how hard India tries the Sri Lankan majority will ever get around to not to hate India for historical reasons. India needs minority issues unresolved and Tamil leaders have no long-term strategy. Tamil leaders have to look inwards to align with the new generation of leaders that are emerging, as the rulers 74 years of folly is being exposed.

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    Baroness Sayeeda Warsi speech on Modi in lords https://twitter.com/PriyamvadaGopal/status/1527347377400475648

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