10 December, 2019

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Mr. Gotabaya, The Recent Election Polarized Our Denizens On Racial Lines

By C.V. Wigneswaran

C.V. Wigneswaran

I congratulate whole heartedly Hon’ Gotabaya Rajapaksa who emerged winner in the Presidential Election just concluded. I hope he would realise the heavy responsibilities his office entails and lay the foundation for an excellent governance system.

The recent election polarized our denizens on racial lines. It has proved succinctly that there is an ethnic question to be solved immediately. The statistics show that the Tamils have not forgotten the brutality and injustices committed during the war concluded before 10 years. It also shows that the Tamils are yearning for a safe democratic ambience.

The Seventh President to be elected has shown that it is possible to win an election with mainly the votes of the majority community. But he needs to remember that the office of the President is per force responsible for the protection of the individuality, heritage, rights and liberty of the people of each and every community. Though elected to power with mainly the votes of the majority community his new office attracts to itself responsibility to solve the problems, aspirations and welfare of all communities.

As a Sinhalese who has ascended to his office with the help of the Sinhala majority’ votes, I am sure he could solve the long standing political, economic and social yearnings of Tamil people by daring to accept the feasibility of solving their problems through the recognition of their right of self determination. By doing so he would no doubt ensure soon the building up of a resourceful, contented and prosperous future for all communities in this country.

Together with my Party I do wish him well. 

*Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Former Chief Minister – Northern Province and Secretary General – Tamil Makkal Kootani

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    Mr Vigneswaran, you state that Gota won the elections due to majority Sinhala votes. On the losing candidate Sajith’s side, almost all ethnic minority votes from the northern and eastern areas were also cast with aspirations for secular and egalitarian considerations. If the Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism was what promoted Gota’s win, can one expect a betrayal of that ideology or vote-bank from the winner? Modern democracies are generally not majoritarian or chauvinistic and propound instead, an equitable and equal society for all. In that regard, Sri Lanka has a long way to go. You might need to wait longer for a more mature and discerning electorate to emerge.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda:
      (As usual) you write words of commonsense and decency and I agree with you that the majority of Sri Lankans are not close to reaching what should be their destination of real democracy in practice.

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      Well said Lasantha

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        I had already advised Gota to become a Dharma Asoka. I hope he will take it, wash his hands of blood, purge his heart of hatred, clear his brain of supremacy and rise to the occasion to deliver justice to Tamils to live with dignity and safety. Follow what Asoka did after victory, by giving in its entirety, the land and power back to Kalingas.

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      Well written, expecting a born racists to respect the views of others is nothing but a pipe dream or mirage never to be true!
      But there is a hope, still around 23% of sinhalese voted alternate candidature meaning there is some hope for someone who genuinely can work with all.

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      Lasantha!
      In my opinion, the results clearly indicate there are Two Nations in one country. The Sinhala speaking Nation and Tamil Speaking Nation. Hence a Federal Constitution will be the best solution with the President in the centre. It will be similar to the Indian political system where language-wise states co-exist reasonably well. The problem there invariably centres around religions, mostly Hindu/Muslims and the Muslims do not have a separate state in India, though they number more than the Pakistan Muslim population spread all over India Similar to the Muslims in Srilanka.

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      Haha what a twist Lasantha Pethiyagoda!
      Tamil speaking people did not vote for Sajith on the basis of achieving secular and egalitarian Sri Lanka. Both Sajith and Gotabhaya were Sinhala Buddhist populist leaders. Simply fear tactics won here, nothing else. The Sinhala state had kept them eternally living in fear of their lives that their politics have been simply reduced to survival – in other words, choosing the ‘lesser of the evil’.

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      Lasantha,
      I agree with you. Srilanka has a long way to go or will ever go to that end. Sinhalese will understand only when the Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism, and racism take all the rights of Sinhalese and all the Sinhalese suffer oppression and poverty (begging for food).

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    Both Tamils, muslims and NGO protestants were crying out loud that Maithripala Came to power with their help, probably true because type of the politics was EXPLOIT THE PROTEST OR REJECTION VOTE.. This time Sinhala voters proved other wise. It is Tamil and muslim politicians worked against Gotabhaya Rajapakse. Other than that, voters are innocent and they need help. The problem with the politicians of minorities should be addressed differently.

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      “The problem with the politicians of the minorities should be addressed differently.”
      You mean people like Sivajilingam, Viyalenthiran,Karuna Amman, Pillaiyar, etc.etc?

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        Correction
        Pillaiyan,

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    It is not only the Sinhalese majority, but the minorities also must learn to integrate with the country instead of pushing their factionalism and pettiness.

    Even today, life in South India is very poor quality. In the Middle-East there is a lot of harassment and no individual freedom. Arab countries are all monarchies and the ruling family act like despots.

    Wigeswaran would have had a very poor life if he lived in South India, spending his life in doing religious rituals.

    So if they want to live in another country they must learn to integrate . But what they do is form race based parties and fanatical religious believes and undermine the very country that offers them refuge.

    But when these minorities go to Developed countries they follow the system . They forget their religion and race and try to integrate. I think even his children live in Western Christian countries.

    Why this hypocrisy ?

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      So do most Chingkallams as the ancestors of most Chingkallams are from South India. This includes yours and Gothabaya’s , He of course definitely has Malay ancestry

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      Life in south india is lot better than silly lanka! May be you were 20 years outdated. come out of your well frog, please

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        Then goto south india and settled there good bye bon voyage ✈
        p.s. latest survey ranked india as worst contry in the world for women then please don’t bring your female family members with you.

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        Agree. Srilanka needs to wake up instead of comparing.

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      Absolutely true

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yecu2E5Xvs

      kebab,
      Please watch above and you will see that south Indians have time to laugh at themselves.
      They lead a full care free life.
      India has a federal constitution & Tamil Nadu enjoys it.

  • 12
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    I have to agree with Wiggy on this one. Obviously there is two sets of people living in Lanka, it was Majority and Minority for some time. Now it is racial minded Majority and Tamil Minority. Not just you, even some Sinhalese leaders have pointed out that Majority Sinhalese vote on racial lines.

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    I have to agree with Wiggy on this one. Obviously there is two sets of people living in Lanka, it was Majority and Minority for some time. Now it is racial minded Majority and Tamil Minority. Not just you, even some Sinhalese leaders have pointed out that Majority Sinhalese vote on racial lines. And it is also obvious they will not allow the Tamils to live in peace.

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      Hello chiv,
      Thank you for your observations.
      Election results do not support any of the conclusions you have reached.
      The Sinhalese were divided with a significant proportion (around 40%) voting for the UNP. Such proportions suggest that Sinhalese voters rejected the UNP and not the minorities.
      On the other hand, voting patterns in the North and East demonstrate that minorities overwhelmingly voted for the UNP. There can be two explanations. Firstly, the minorities did not consider Gota as a suitable President who will promote the interest of minorities. Secondly, the minorities simply heeded the call of their leaders to vote for the UNP.
      Both sets of circumstances as described in the above noted explanations are harmless and they form part of the democratic process. I do not like to entertain the thought that minorities voted in racial lines.
      A broad categorisation of Sri Lankans into two groups i.e. ‘racially minded majority’ and ‘Tamil minority’ is devoid of any reasoning and cannot be justified. For starters, Muslims also constitute a significant part of the population.
      Sinhalese voted to change the government and such voting should be seen as such.
      Gota, now has an excellent opportunity to initiate a dialogue with all minorities to reach an understanding. I am struggling to see how calling Sinhalese racists will be helpful in initiating a dialogue. Wiggy is open for discussions.

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        Some sensible words.

        Soma

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    I have had so many of “I said so” moments, I have stopped counting. My opinion for future is just like in case of SLFP, JVP too will disintegrate as a political entity. That leaves only Rajapaksas own “Family Party” and UNP. the recent Jolt received by UNP, may also split the GOP into pieces and become toothless (like india congress)or by infusion of realistic young new blood the party may get revived into a stronger party of current ages.(less hope). I see more of inparty revolts, RW trying hanging in like MS , unless and until of a miracle. Most probably Rajapaksas are here to stay by proxy. (like BJP). From now the opposition will be multiple regional groups put together with no common goals other than trying to put up to a Goliath.

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    I remember Tamil racists used to boast in 2015 that they will determine who the president would be in SL where was this ‘ethnic polarisation’ then? This is hilarious coming from a one of the biggest racists

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      You need a mirror old man!

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        And you too bigot

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      In Jan. 2015, the Sinhalese majority listened to the minority communities, and gave them a chance to work with a government elected with their help; it was considered a weakness of the Sinhalese, and the NGOs run by separatist minded foreigners and diaspora Tamils wanted to subjugate the majority Sinhalese until they reach their targeted separatist agenda. It has apparently backfired and the majority Sinhalese decided to reverse that emerging pattern of dangerously divisive politics.
      President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in his inaugural speech has wisely answered the questions raised by Wiggy, in a proactive manner.
      Diaspora Tamils and those who receive a monthly cheque in $$$ from them should realize the fact that Sri Lankans have given all minority groups probably the last chance to work as an inclusive community. If they don’t use their common sense and their terrible experience with the LTTE when they make important judgments with regard to national harmony and development, they will find themselves in lengthy and protracted troubles. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa doesn’t want a ‘beggar’s wound’; if the beggar doesn’t want to treat it even if it has developed to the level of a cancerous disease, tell Sri Lankans please what they are supposed to do?
      President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a questionnaire for many minority leaders who are being manipulated by outsiders but for the majority Sri Lankans he appears to be the answer!

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      When will SL take a leaf from a country like New Zealand. Like SL two communities but live without wasting their time on race, religion,sex , age. Both have a common National anthem. Develop economy to bring back to the level we had before the Independence

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    Strangely, he does not even take any notice of the Muslims or for that matter Hill Country Tamils.
    So everything reduces to a Sinhala-Tamil issue.

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      What is strange here? Tamil nationalism, with its dominant Jaffna middle class thinking, has never attempted to be inclusive.

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      Both the Hill county Tamils and the Muslims are Tamils by ethnicity , a different religion or a distant South Indias origin from a another country does not change ther ethnicity . They are still Tamil so he has included them. It was the Sinhalese who deliberately divided the Tamils on the basis religion and origin to divide and rule and deliberately encouraged this Arab origin myth for the island’s Muslim Tamils , to justify a separate identity for them , when in reality 95% of them do not have any Arab or anything else in them at all but are Tamil Dravidian converts to Islam and the remaining 5% has some Arab but again is predominantly of Tamil Dravidian ancestry. This is a fact . The Muslim population by denying this truth for petty benefits from the Sinhalese , have now realised that the Sinhalese were only using them to marginialise the Tamils. If they had sided with their fellow non Muslim Tamils from the beginning, the Sinhalese would not have become this powerful and would have backed off. Now it is too late . The Arabs will also use them just like the Indians used the Sri Lankan Tamils

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        RSS
        Study some history of Tamil nationalist politics, starting with Sir P.R.
        The concept of inclusiveness is mostly to show numbers.
        When has any demand, including Tamil Eelam, be truly inclusive?
        The caste arrogance of the elite cannot ever let them be inclusive.

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    It is not a one way street as Mr Wigneswaran tries to portray. Sinhala majority saw through the UNP, TNA, Hakeem, Badurdeen strategy plus what it means especially with the 13 point demand. That is why Sinhalese (thankfully) responded the way they did. We remember some boasting that Sinhalese could never achieve such an outcome. If Tamils come out of their exclusivist ghetto mindset and accept pluralism applies to every inch of the land, Sinhalese will no doubt respond positively.

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      Sorry the Sinhalese majority is very racist and suffer from some form of persecution minority complex , when in reality it is they who are persecuting and making life hell for the island’s Tamil minorities. The Indigenous Tamils , the Indian origin Tamils and the Muslims. You are a very good example of this. Majorities with a minority complex are very dangerous , They create chaos . The Serbs and the Sinhalese are very good examples of this.

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        Siva, could you please give an example or two to justify your assertion that the Sinhalese majority are “making life hell for the island’s Tamil minorities”?

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          LJ,
          For a start see some ‘exterminations’.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_Sri_Lanka

          Then, Sinhala Only was invented.
          Then came Standardisation of University Entrance marks.
          Then Burning of Jaffna Library.
          Then, army occupation of north east & Grease Yakkas.
          Then the pogroms, especially in 1983.

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            The tense of the verb phrase used by Siva (“are making”) is the present continuous. The examples you mentioned, except the army occupation (which is a consequence of the war), relate to the past.

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            Justice,
            History of Sinhale did not start in 1948. ‘Para’ Demalu from Hindusthan came to Sinhale as invaders 52 times before 1505 and massacred Sinhalayo, burnt down their settlements, vandalized temples, burned libraries in temples and killed Buddhist monks.
            Due to the barbaric acts of ‘Para’ Demalu, Sinhalayo had to abandon Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Kingdoms and retreat to South. Even after the country got independence, Demalu initiated anti-Sinhala riots and terrorism that lasted for three decades.
            Native Sinhalayo went through hell because of ‘Para’ Demalu. It is because of these nasty experiences, Sinhalayo consider Demalu as their enemy.

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          I am not going to waste time with a person who like most Sinhalese are in typical denial of what they have done to the Tamil minorities and are still doing. Remember Tamils and Muslims could have voted to their own candidates but they still voted for Sajith Premadasa a Sinhalese Buddhists , as he was seen and perceived as the more minority friendly candidate and the lesser evil , than the Gothabaya who has a very poor human rights tract record and is accused or war crimes not by the Tamils but also by the UN. Therefore calling their votes racist is laughable. The Sinhalese on the other hand had largely voted for Gothabaya to keep the minorities in check , as they do know his track record. Some Sinhalese may have voted for him due to security concerns and the dismal record of the former president , prime minister and the government. People voted and they have voted validly ( for whatever reasons) and this should be respected. Whether it was wise or not and the consequences of this vote is another story. If Gothabaya rises above his former racist behaviour and becomes inclusive towards the Tamil minorities , it will be great but I doubt this. otherwise , there is going to be dire consequences for the country in the long term.

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          Leonard Jayawardana
          I think it is highly insensitive that you ask such a question.
          Are you disconnected from Sri Lanka? Or is your conscience not working?
          Can you not put yourself in the place of the Tamil people and reason.
          When we pray we say siyalu satwayo nidukweva, neerogiweva, suwapathweva, dukenmidethwa, niwandakithwa and yet when it comes to minorities, lower cast people, people of different religions we take such a hard and insensitive stand.
          Just read the words above, a buddhist has to be first and foremost humane in our ways, yet we the sinhala buddhist majority including the most of the sangha conveniently forget the fundamentals.
          Put yourself in the place of our countrymen and ask yourself 2 questions.
          1. Is this what the Buddha taught
          2. If we were in their place how would we feel.

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        do tamils and muslims are saints? Practice what you preach mate.

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      Hela
      “If Tamils come out of their exclusivist ghetto mindset and accept pluralism applies to every inch of the land, the Sinhalese will no doubt respond positively “.
      If Sinhalese are prepared to grow out of their exclusivist closet mentality and are ready to ditch their insistence, they are a majority they therefore are justified in giving foremost status to their religion and language constitutionally; then the Tamils will be ready to reach every inch of the way and reciprocate positively if given a chance.

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      Heal, we need to return to pre-1950s communal harmony, where there was English only. Maybe Mr. Vigneswaran remembers those good old days? Tamils had far more prominence then, but given a level playing field we could have competed for the scarce resources in the country that the Europeans robbed and impoverished.

      Mr. Vigneswaran has no choice caught between an English past and a Tamil dream of a more favourable to Tamils Sri Lanka. You appreciate his position.

      The key is economic prosperity, give people enough wealth and they will forget their ethnicity. This is the hope we have.

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    This man Vigneswaran was the one who created that by bringing 13 demands from the Presidential candidate. You are also a bloody racist,

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      If you think that bringing 13 demands is the work of any Tamil politician, then I pity your state of intelligence. Analyse why Tamils who were meek for the last ten years have suddenly become bold. Can this happen without support from outside. All what they have demanded are fair by international standards. Wait and see till your cardboard weeraya to be summoned and read the riot act to comply.

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        Dr Gnana,

        Threats won’t work. History in SL has demonstrated it time and time again.

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          History says that Sri Lanka was under Europeans for 500 years. Did they take over by peaceful means or by force. It is only when Britain lost India, that they decided that it will be of no use trying to hold onto Sri Lanka. In 1987 you succumbed to threats by a mere parippu drop. If not for that stupid Prabaharan, you would be still under. Your weeraya has been summoned to the altar. Let us see what will be the result

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    Mr Wigneswaran
    You may prepare a list of proposals to resolve “the ethnic question” that you have mentioned then ask for a date from His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rakapakse to discuss about it.

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    Oh, please, give me a break Wignesvaran. You are the biggest racist who fuels racial division in Sri Lanka.
    The 70% votes received by Gotabhaya are NOT racial votes. They are anti-Yahapalanaya votes.
    The same way, one should not regard North and East votes as anti-Sinhalese votes. They are obviously anti-Gotabhaya votes.
    Therefore, back off Wignesvaran, without making statements to “polarize our citizenry on racial lines.”

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      Ooooops…….. not 70% actually.
      It should read as, the 52.25% votes received by Gotabhaya…………..
      Wow, let me see. Mahinda received 47.58% in 2015. Gotabhaya received 52.25% in 2019.
      The difference is only 4.67%. How come? Very disappointing after everything the slave government did against the country.

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        Anyway, Sinhalese have voted him overehelmingly.
        That shows the unity.

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    The tamil people had been directed to vote on racial lines by their leaders. What the new President should do is fulfill the aspirations of all communities, Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, etc. People have been misguided by political leaders who want to stay in power and enjoy. It is time that people looked to the President of the country to provide for food, employment, services and all. People of minority communities should distance themselves from selfish political leaders and join together with the majority community to uplift the nation and reap the benefits of success.

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      Tamil people ( indigenous Tamils, Indian origin and Muslims ) voting for Sajith Premadasa another Sinhalese Buddhist and not even for their own candidates , is racist! You must be a joker . They voted for him as he was the lesser evil of the two and was more minority friendly than the Gothabaya. It may be racist for Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists , who unfortunately make up the vast majority of the Sinhalese., who wanted an accused war criminal and slayer of Tamils to win. Just like you have voted validly and Tamil people also have made their choice and voted validly and learn to respect this choice You have the typical racist mindset of most Sinhalese that only your choice is valid and not the choice of the Tamil minorities , as you are the majority. If they vote against your choice berate them as racist , when in reality it is you who are the racist. Tamils and Muslims will vote for a Sinhalese candidate on a large scale, will the Sinhalese do the same? The answer is no. So who is the racist? In Britain the English will vote for a Scottish origin Prime minister, In Tamil Nadu Tamils have elected non Tamils as their leader ( MGR) , as these people are broad minded non racial and secure. Will the Sinhalese ever do this? The answer is no. They will constantly vote for racists and bring them back to power

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        Siva, it is difficult to decide which you are, stupid or disingenuous. The Tamils voted overwhelmingly for Sajith for pragmatic reasons: In a presidential election, if ethnic minorities voted for their own candidates who have no electoral base among the ethnic majority community, it would be a wasted vote. But in general elections, they vote for their own candidates. Please let me know if you require any further explanations or clarifications :).

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      Not on racial lines but on the practical situation. Is Sajith a Tamil? If Tamils were racist why did they vote for him?

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    Wonder who is responsible for Polarizing it ,hoping that Sinhala Dalits can be bought with the promise of Free menstraul Pads , Free Manure, Free IT Parks , Free Mid day meals and Free Fibro cements and get them to Tick Keselwatta Kid to get over the line.

    And give Sampathar ‘s TNA the Homelands with the ownership of the Crown Lands and Police Powers to guard them?.

    But it didn’t work ,, Did it ?..

    Also can Mr Wigneswara tell us what rights they are denied except not giving them the total control of the Crown Lands and their own Vellala Police?..

    Do our Southern Bros have control of Crown Lands and their own Police ?..

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    It’s two way street wiggy

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    Mr. Wigneswaran wants the newly-elected President to recognize the right of Tamils (of the North and the East) to self-determination, as he puts it. Practically, this translates to a separate state (now impossible) or, at least, a federal state. When will he ever learn that the vast majority of the Sinhalese (and Muslims) would never agree to it even if Gotabaya vigorously campaigned for it from now on? And quite rightly so for the simple reason that the basis of the claim for and aims of a federal state in the North and the East are unjustifiable and unfair by the rest of the population. Tamils (both Sri Lankan and Indian) are already well represented politically at levels of government and everywhere they live they prosper with no hindrance from the majority Sinhalese. What more do they want except some unfair advantage?

    The demand for Tamil self-determination is ultimately rooted in racism/communalism (some advocates even admit it unashamedly). When you think about it, the mentalilty of those who claim the North and the East to be their homeland (and therefore entitled to special rights and privileges over it) and that of those who call Sri Lanka a Sinhala buddhist country are exactly the same. True communal harmony will dawn in Sri Lanka only on the day when she is rid of both types of racists/ communalists (and, of course, “liberals” who see chauvinism in one group but not in the other).

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      Dear Leonard Jayawardena, Let me take one of your assertion: Tamils are well represented politically at all levels of government. What has that representation bought for them? Let me take another one: The basis of the claim for and aims of a federal state in the North and East are unjustifiable and unfair by the rest of the population. Why is it unjustifiable and unfair?
      Let me take the next one: What more do they want except some unfair advantage? Would you be kind enough to give an ‘unfair advantage’ that Tamils would receive through Federalism.
      Just calling us, ‘racists/ communalists’, only reflects your racism/communalism. Kindly wake up.

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        Thappu:

        1. If the Tamils are well represented politically at all levels of government, but that has not delivered the goods for them, the solution is to select politicians who will work for the betterment of their people and not play political games. The Sinhalese, too, have issues with their politicians. It is a perennial complaint among the Sinhalese that their politicians have let them down after Independence.

        2. “The basis of the claim for and aims of a federal state in the North and East are unjustifiable and unfair by the rest of the population. Why is it unjustifiable and unfair?” Well, with regard to the Tamil historical claim to the land in the North and the East, I would refer to you to the standard histories of Sri Lanka for a refutation. Isn’t unfair for a minority community to want peculiar local administrative rights and privileges over a disproportionately large area of land (not to mention a coastal line), calling it their “homeland,” to the detriment of the rest of the population?

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          Dear Leonard Jayawardena, You can live in your own world; you don’t have to concoct a response.
          1. With what evidence are you belittling our elected members? Which calibre of members would have found a receptive Sinhalese audience. Your explanation does not hold water!
          2. Where is the standard history you are talking about. Don’t send me into wilderness. What has land mass or coastal line got to do with federalism? Federalism links territorial units to a central authority. Links local government(s) and a central government.
          Good bye!

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            Thappu:

            With regard to the last part of your comment above, I was referring to the land powers that would devolve upon the North and the East province under a federal constitution. Land powers available to the provinces under the present 13th amendment are quite restricted. One of the aims of a federal state is more land powers (see point 1 in Wigneswaran’s article at https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/presidential-election-on-our-thirteen-requests/). Another undesirable thing under a federal arrangement would be the devolution of police powers.

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      Leonard Jayawardena,
      The call for self-determination rights of Tamils, for which the Eelam Tamils gave up their lives fighting for, is not equivalent to claiming the entire island for Sinhala Buddhists. Stop confounding the two – the latter is racist while the former is a right enshrined in the UN charter. You are the racist here.

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        You recall that America also split into two states in their civil war, the South to keep its slaves and the North to free them. America was unified again after the right side won.

        Funny how the Sinhalese have to right to self determination – to determine that we must have a unified Sri Lanka, and to determine that we do not break up our country.

        Funny how the Tamils have a right to self determination but the Sinhalese do not.

        Funny how democracy is bad when it does to go your way.

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      You are totally right when you say that Muslims do not want a separate state. Never have I heard even so much as a murmur of it from my community. It is unheard of. If someone from my community suggested that, we would see it as a sign of extremism. I guess we hope to live in peace in ONE Sri Lanka.
      (The idea of a separate state/migration would seem like a good idea only if we faced persecution)

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      The Tamil people have the same right to the land as the Sinhalese . They have lived in the island long before a people called the Sinhalese originated and also ruled their land uintil European colonisation. The Sinhalese have regained their independence but not the Tamil speakers. They have exchange one colonial master to another ( British to Sinhalese) . The Tamil demands are just and their is nothing racist. It is only racist to Sinhalese racist bigots. Even if Tamil people ask space to breathe it will be racist and excessive for you. Proves how bigoted you are. Why are the Tamils asking for Sinhalese lands? They are demanding what is rightly theirs. It is the Sinhalese who want to take everything and deny everything to the Tamil speakers in the name of majoritarianism.

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    Bro Sunil, I am not just talking about this election. I am talking about elections in Lanka since independence have been on racial lines. Not based on development, economy , policies —etc. Otherwise how can some even explain the family dynasties established by our own retards. Initially it was Majority and Tamil minority which during Rajapaksas time expanded to include Muslims, Christians and others. But the election results are so obvious (do we need statistics and in depth analysis for this) , significant minority other than Tamils have yet again gone with the racial line of voting. Some of the Sinhalese leaders have openly admitted to this fact. For the very reasons I do not expect any changes as such to take place .

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    The PEOPLE have “VOTED”. The “COUNTING” was done by the proper Authorities and the WINNER declared. Now why some “PANDITS” want to do a “RE-COUNT” on the basis of “Ethnicity”; “Religion” and all other types of unwanted denominations. Whatever the way the voting done, it was in keeping with the Democratic Right and the buck must STOP there.

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    Lamenting of a bankrupt racist bigot.

    “I am sure he could solve the long standing political, economic and social yearnings of Tamil people by daring to accept the feasibility of solving their problems through the recognition of their right of self determination.”
    Self-determination for whom?
    • Descendants of Malabar Demalu brought to Sinhale by Portuguese and Dutch to work in tobacco plantations in Yapanaya and abandoned in this country.
    • Descendants of Dravidians from Hindusthan who entered Sinhale illegally and settled down in coastal areas of Tirikunamale and Madakalapuwa.
    • Descendants of Dravidians brought by British to work in tea plantations in Kanda Uda Rata and abandoned in this country.
    • Demalu from Yapanaya, Tirikunamale, Madakalapuwa and Kanda Uda Rata who have invaded Colombo.

    Can Mr.Vigneshwaran tell how to give self determination to Demalu who are scattered in five pockets in this country?

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      Are you talking about the Sinhalese Karawa , Salagama and Durawa and many other service castes whose ancestors were imported into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch from the then Tamil country ( Tamil Nadu and Kerala) in South India. Yes we know that they now makeup 50% of the present Sinhalese population. May be even you are one of them , This is why you are constantly lamenting about your recent Tamil South Indian ancestors

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        What about you – SSS, you too should be one of them right ?:
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        What to keep RACE above anything else, while the nation is now burning not being able to escape from an another terrorist in other form – none other than RAJAPAKSHES.
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        Do you ever think the buggers have the interest to achieve it for the sake of the destitute and the fractions who are really in need, no, they just want to continue with pocket filling tactics from where they stopped.
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        Records are there to prove that these buggers are eternal high criminals. If you swear by gott, …. to be honest, you will be sure of it. Rajapakshes are unethical, uncultured criminals.. that see no mercy but their selfishness.

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    Eagle Eye, You never tire of your “Malabar” nonsense, do you?

    Here is the history of Sri Lanka Tamils:-

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Tamils

    Stop your nonsense for good.

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      Justice,
      Colonial Parasites called the indentured labor brought from Hindusthan ‘Malabars’ because they were from Malabar region until a guy named Ponnambalam Arunachalam involved in preparing the Census Report in 1911 changed the term ‘Malabars’ to ‘Ceylon Tamils’.
      Adoption of a Malabar Customary Law called ‘Thesawalamei’ by Wellala Demalu confirms that they are from Malabar.
      Demalu who are from Hindusthan do not have a deep rooted history in Sinhale. Their history in this country is less than 500 years.

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        Eagle Eye,
        You are wrong about Thesavalamai. Please see :-

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesavalamai

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        Eagle Eye,
        Why do you call Tamils – “Demalu”
        Are you blind/confused?

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    EE
    Where did the other races come from?

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    Fellow citizen, C.V. Wigneswaran,
    can you clarify as to to who you refer to as denizens? In the eyes of me and ost of the other fellow citizens, the entire populace of this country are citizens of Sri Lanka, and there are no such denizens in this country. That is, and that is unless you want to define yourself as such, and alienate yourself from the rest of the “citizens”, which is your own doing.
    Else, I request you, not to classify any others, than yourself in the same branding ie a denizen.

    How can you, a self proclaimed denizen, be the chief minister of a province in our motherland? Either our constitution should make provisions for any denizens to be politicians, Or your definition of yourself in in error.
    Come down to earth man, and live the life of a Sri Lankan, rather than trying to bloat yourself to nothingness.

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    “The Recent Election Polarized Our Denizens On Racial Lines”.
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    Don’t blame others you racist old Backtard.
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    The country is divided because the Tamils voted the wayyou instructed them.
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    You simply disgust decent people, Tamil and Sinhalese.

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    So says the biggest racist in the country he is not qualified to comment

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    Once again we see some sinhalese posting comments claiming minorities are the cause of racism. One only needs to look at muslims to disprove this claim. Muslims throughout the entire history of post colonial sri lanka, have sucked up to the Sinhalese. And gone out of their way to prove their ‘patriotism’ and assist sinhalese in all manner of ways to harm tamils. They even went as far as discarding their tamil ethnicity and calling themselves only as muslims. This was purely to try and escape being a target and to appease the sinhalese.
    And has it made the sinhalese love them? No! As soon as the war with the LTTE was over, the violent attacks on muslims began. Many small incidents leading to several communal riots from 2010 to 2019. In 2019 sinhala politicians helped organise the easter bombings so they could portray the muslim community now as a terrorist threat. This will pave the way for another communal war and another genocide.
    The reality is that Sinhalese wont allow minorities to prosper. Therefore they will destroy the country in their aim to keep minorities under their foot.

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    That’s why Tamils must integrate with boomiputhra Sinhalese or go back to their native TamilNadu. Now stop with crazy demands and flush the illegal 13th amendment down the pan, Mr.Wig.

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      When did Sinhalese become the Bhumiputras when the vast majority of them are descended from South Indian immigrants , many quite recent? The rest a mixture of indigenous Tamil or semi Tamil speaking Dravidian tribes , who converted to Buddhism and ancient and medieval immigrants and invaders from India. Again largely from the Tamil country and some from NE India. Bhumiputra indeed! The Sinhalese language may have evolved in the island due to the arrival of Buddhism from the native indigenous Tamil and the imported Pali and Sanskrit but calling the Sinhalese who largely evolved from the Tamils ( Indigenous and Indian) as Bhumiputras and the Tamils from whom they are largely descended from , especially the indigenous Tamil population from the NE Of the island, as aliens is a joke and shows the stupid racist brainwashed mindset that most Sinhalese have and is the real cause of the problem.

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    I totally agree with you, Lasantha. The country has a long way to go. As well, nativism and ethno-nationalism have prevailed through populism. The clock has simply been set back to the SWRD days. I kind of had a gut feeling of the outcome, when listening to the pre-election ‘promises’ made by the two front runners. The winner, right throughout the campaign, kept harping on the war victory and the unitary state[vis-a-vis separatist] concept over and over again, thereby re-kindling nationalist feelings among the majority Sinhala Buddhist voters. This is dog whistle politics! The country clearly needs a federal form of government that wins the trust and loyalty of all minority communities. Buddhism will still survive and remain healthy. Remember, it was the Kandyan Sinhala people who first clamoured for a federal system, in the early 20th century! There is clearly no sign of good statesmanship in sight. Sad.

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    The election was divided along old UNP / SLFP lines. The Sinhalese from the inside clearly saw his. The 2015 win was because the UPFA split and was betrayed several of its members. I do not see the ethnicity here although it does play a part, especially in 2005..

    In fact, it may well be that the warring factions within the Sinhala community are to blame for playing political football with the ethnic issue and creating communal disharmony.

    Should we go back to the one-party system? Not a national government mess, but a true one party in control system for a few years with peace and stability for al.

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    Not even 24 hours passed since I wrote my last comment, I hear, all hell broke out at Sri Kotha where two gangs (pro and anti RW ) got into verbal altercations. Lankan Politics ain,t Rocket Science.

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