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One Country, One Law: What Is It? Why now?

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

“Not consorting with fools, consorting with the wise, paying homage to those worthy of homage: This is the highest protection.” ~ Maha Mangala Sutta

The gazette announcement that Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera will be heading a new Presidential Task Force to study “the implementation of the concept, One country; One law, and prepare a draft Act for the said purpose,” was more befuddling than it was shocking or infuriating. “It defies comprehension,” said The Island editorial on Thursday. Many also found the announcement somewhat hilarious while mindful of its ominous implications. The hilarity stems from this government’s seemingly unlimited capacity to be ridiculously irrational in political tactics, even as it is utterly incompetent on matters of policy. Comprehending the government’s actions is not the problem. Fathoming how far the consequences of those actions will go and how damaging they will be to the public good is the challenge.

With another three years to go before next pair of elections, it is virtually impossible to change the government. That is why I have been trying to suggest – changing the ways of the government, as a rational alternative. How can anyone suggest anything rational when the President seemingly out of the blues appoints Gnanasara Thera to head a presidential task force? That is why the gazette announcement has been generating more cynical laughter than outright condemnation.

When news about the newest task force broke out, a politically astute former Peradeniya Engineering Professor chimed in that regardless of ‘one country, one law,’ Sri Lanka is being dragged from a state of ‘one country, no law,’ to a new situation of ‘no country, no law.’ Another Engineering alumnus, paraphrased the old Colvin gem to coin a new one: ‘one law, two states’; two laws, one state.’ Then he cited the first stanza from Maha Mangala Sutta, where The Buddha counsels whom to consort with and whom to pay homage for “the highest protection.” There are higher mortals than I in Sri Lanka to say if Gnanasara Thera and his twelve Task Force followers are not the fools, but the wise, and worthy of homage by the President of Sri Lanka to secure for the state of Sri Lanka “ the highest protection.”

Easter Echoes

But it is not the protection of the state that is at issue now. It was the issue that was orchestrated to loom large between the Easter Sunday bombings in April 2019 and the presidential election seven months later, in November 2019. The echoes of Easter Sunday are still reverberating and that may be one of the reasons, if not the only reason, why Gnanasara Thera has been given a presidential platform at this time. To mount a counter pulpit to that of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.

Over the last two weeks Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, his clergy and his laity have become vociferously critical of the government’s failure to meaningfully respond to their calls for accountability for the breakdown of security on Easter Sunday in 2019, on the one hand, and for justice for the victims of the Easter attacks, on the other. A Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed by former President Sirisena has produced a report running into six volumes including a whole chapter on recommendations. One of the recommendations is apparently to consider punitive legal action against the former President himself for negligence of duty and his failure to act on prior intelligence information about Easter bombings.

People have gone over this before. But they will keep going over it again, and again, so long as the government remains inactive and unresponsive. The Government’s inaction has been fuelling speculations about who knew what, who did what, and who failed to do what – before, on the day of, and after the bombings. Rather than being transparent with information, the government has been trying to rain down speculations. And it hasn’t worked.

To make matters worse, President Rajapaksa is reported to have told Cardinal Malcom Ranjith that he (the President) would become very unpopular if he were to act on the recommendations of the Presidential Commission. Herein might lie some clue to presidential thinking. Indicting people makes the President unpopular. So, he pardoned Duminda Silva to become popular. And the President’s popularity might be getting a real boost from his spineless Attorney General who is redefining his job as one of withdrawing indictments rather than arraigning criminals and trespassers.

With nothing working to stop the Catholics from making too much noise, the government has started letting loose the CID on them. Priests and activists are summoned by the CID to explain their public statements on the Easter tragedy. A Catholic Priest, Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando, and a lay activist, Chirantha Amerasinghe, have become special targets after speaking out. The case of Fr. Fernando is unsurprisingly curious. He has been summoned by the CID on a personal complaint lodged by the Director General of State Intelligence Services. Fr. Fernando has asked for time and has pointed out if the Director General has anything to complain he should go to court instead of ordering the police. A smart and very legitimate move.

Ten years ago, Fr. Fernando may have been hauled up in a van and even ‘disappeared.’ Priests in the north have ‘been disappeared.’ Now, it might be just a little too difficult to bring back the old methods. Not with expatriate Sri Lankan Catholics joining the local clamour. And not with the Permanent People’s Tribunal beginning its hearings in The Hague on the case of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the slain Saudi journalist, and the murder of Sri Lanka’s Lasantha Wickrematunge. Stand implicated in the two cases are the Saudi Crown Prince and Sri Lanka’s former Defence Secretary.

Vistas of Despair

It is against this broader backdrop that the setting up a new Presidential Commission headed by Gnanasara Thera ‘defies comprehension.’ But it makes sense when the elevation of Gnanasara Thera is seen as a counter challenge to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. Whether or not it is the calculation of either the President or his congenitally ill-advised advisers, the new Task Force will give an official platform to Gnanasara Thera. And it will not be long before the two religious pulpits confront each other at the country’s political centre. Sparks are going to fly. It is not a question of who among the two is going to get burnt more, but how many others will be unnecessarily caught in the fire.

The government may be overlooking another detail. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is not the old ‘Latin Bishop’ of the 1960s, but a multilingual Catholic prelate who is also a consummate exponent of the culture and nationalism of the Sinhalese. He cannot be dismissed as the missionary of an alien faith, for he can articulate the essences of Sinhala culture far more eloquently and more pleasingly than anyone in the government or anyone in the President’s new task force, including Gnanasara Thera. If that is the game that gets to be played by the new task force, it will be revealing to see how the national audience shapes up in responding to the Catholic Cardinal and the Head of the President’s new Task Force.

Apart from being a counter pulpit to the Cardinal, what else are Gnanasara Thera and his twelve Task Force apostles going to achieve by undertaking the “study of the implementation of the concept, One country; One law, and prepare a draft Act for the said purpose”? The concept of the dog, as the old saying goes, doesn’t bark, let alone bite. So how is the concept of one country, one law, going to be implemented – to make it bark, and even bite? We can stay tuned for the Task Force’s monthly reports and its magnum opus by February 28, 2022.

In the meantime, the onus is on all the other task carriers and the more enlightened supporters of President Rajapaksa to help us make sense of this latest precipitous action. The onus is specially on the Committee of Experts incubating the new constitution. How are they going to find common ground, or even reconcile, between their labour for constitutional law and Gnanasara Thera’s one-law voyage to discover nothing? Will one telescope into another? Or will it be for the President to set up another t-force or committee to integrate the two outcomes? Will the Task Force Report, if one ever comes out, be incorporated as standalone Chapter in the New Constitution?

Just days before being thoroughly blindsided by the President’s task force gazette announcement, Foreign Minister GL Peiris took it upon himself to announce that the Experts Committee work on the constitution has been completed and that it will be presented to parliament in January 2022. That effectively rules out the possibility of the committee’s experts taking a second look at their own role and potentially withdrawing themselves from the committee. They have all the reason to do so after the announcement of the One Country-One Law Task Force. The constitutional experts cannot be unaware of the spate of resignations by other principled experts and professionals from their high-post placements in public service. Nor can they be unaware that history will smile very approvingly on those who chose to leave their high-post jobs rather than being a party to everything that is going on. More importantly, the country will be spared of an unnecessary new constitution.

Last week alone, there were resignations by the heads of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation, Consumer Affairs Authority, and the Paddy Marketing Board. Whether they are fleeing a sinking ship or escaping ethical torture makes no difference to the obviousness of the government’s desperation. The announcement of the One Country-One Law Task Force is a clear symptom of desperation. There are no more vistas of splendour. Only vistas of desperation. And a shipload of un-organic Chinese manure.

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    Dear Rajan,
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    Yours is a well-balanced article, focussing on the absurdity of appointing Gnanasara to promote one law for the entire country.
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    This 12-minute response from a Buddhist monk is as outspoken on the subject as you.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLC7IAvI7R0
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    It has come out just yesterday.
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    Those who cannot follow his speech in Sinhala would do well to look at the comments submitted to Youtube. 359 Comments as at 11.00 am, and still pouring in. Many that are in English are from Muslims.
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    I notices one denouncing the good monk in obscene Sinhalese, worthy of Gnanasara himself!

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      Add to these the harassment of this good monk:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-bbs-monk-mercilessly-flogged-for-second-time/
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      Mahinda Rajapaksa was President; I hadn’t begun commenting on CT.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/police-claim-watareka-vijitha-theras-wounds-are-self-inflicted/comment-page-1/#comments
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      Three days later, this has appeared:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-bbs-monk-mercilessly-flogged-for-second-time/
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      A video of the same incident:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMNmvy3IHKE
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      What is not mentioned is that Ven. Vijitha who had spoken up for the rights of Muslims had been circumcised.
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      At 1 minute 30 seconds of this 2-minute video you will Gnanasara berating Ven Vijitha. It looks as though I’m the first person commenting on this seven-year-old video.

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      Many thanks for the link, SM.

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        It’s nice of you to so respond.
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        May I also suggest that you forward those links ( via email, WhatsApp,) etc to as many of your acquaintances as possible.
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        We must sink differences and responsibly pass useful information to other citizens.
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        How you finally vote is not something that I can tell you.
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        However, I will tell anyone who wants to know that my vote will go to the NPP. I’m not a committed Marxist, but for more than 25 years now their record has been good.
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        Those responsible for the attempts to to overthrow the governments by force are no longer in active politics.

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      Why now – to distract from the Kerawelapitiay Power plant being sold by US citizens Basil and Goat Rajapakse and the fact that the LA Sinhala Buddhist Diaspora has been weaponized by the US against the people of Lanka. Time for US citizens, Basil and Goat Rajapakse, to step down! Also all the other foreign citizens in the Foreign Minsitry.

      The US citizen Rajapassa brothers are following the CIA Cold War project – weaponizing religion in Sri Lanka to cause a Buddhist-Islam Clash of Civilizations so the US can set up its military bases under the guise of fighting ISIS in Indian Ocean region in Sri Lanka
      Rajan, Please read the book “Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America’s Secret Strategy in Southeast Asia (Yale UP: 2017)
      and “ISIS is US; The Shocking truth behind the Army of Terror” by Wayne Madson et al.
      Remember Easter Sunday 2019 and ISIS????!
      During the Cold War the CIA weaponised religion, both,- Islam and Buddhism – to fight Communist and socialist de-colonisation, independence and national liberation movements in Asia and Africa. This history of the Cold War in Sri Lanka including the Assassination of SWRD Band for nationalizing the Port and Airport from Britain by a so called Buddhist monk needs to be written.

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        DIVIDE, DISTRACT, LOOT and RULE is the game of the biggest Rogue State in the world with its 800 military bases. US wants lilypad bass in this strategic Indian Ocean island by hook or by crook!
        The Covid-19 mask is coming off as everyone now knows that Covid is a bioweapon to digitalize, surveille, and govern the world.
        Remember Sri Lanka was in a deep COvid-19 LOCKDOWN with the Kerewelapitiya Project was signed and kept lockdown to prevent protests.
        Covid-19 USAID Surveillance Military hospital in Iranawilla was set up to trace, track and do surveillance of Sri Lankans who may protest. Its all part of the plan: Please read David Vine’s ‘United States of War” to understand Sri Lanka is in the midst of Over the Horizon (OTH) , cyber, maritme, Covid-19 propaganda and lockdown, and CIA owned ISIS terror hybrid war operation of the Rouge State…

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      A longer version of the the same address by Ven. Suddassana. has appeared yesterday.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E1BzGVmR-c
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      This is 18 minutes; it really is the same address, with a six minute introduction which speaks of certain events leading up to the end of the civil war. I’ve made the first two comments; perhaps I should do a translation into English. I’m sure that I have the competence to do it, although one has to be careful doing this sort of thing.
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      I will make some comments below the Youtube in English.
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      Now here’s something that doesn’t need translation:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkbTS5uVyrU
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      Downside is that I can understand nothing of it! This monk, Ven Bogawanthalawe Rahula, is a Tamil who had been a Hindu Swami, and still respects Hinduism.

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      This is Ven. Rahula for 108 minutes. I think that it is entirely in Sinhalese (I’ve not listened!)
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK4aTV-t5WY&t=4365s
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      There are others; please locate them yourselves – I’m not going to spend the rest of my life listening to sermons, however elevating!
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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      “One Country, One Law”

      My man ol’ Gota is a visionary!

      Our problem is simple and he knows the answer!

      Our problem is exclusivity (is that the right term Old Codger?) …….. to be more precise adult-exclusivity (young kids whose faculties are not fully developed can be factored out.)

      We know right and wrong (can write volumes about the faults of others)…….. but every Lankan wants others to do the right thing but wants him/her/nondescript excluded and free to do the wrong thing.

      All our problems will disappear like magic when people start to obey the traffic/road rules.

      When Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Christians …….. start to religiously follow and adhere to traffic rules.

      Big things are made from small things!

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        Nimal,
        “My man ol’ Gota is a visionary!”
        You mean he has visions, right?
        What sort of visions would, say, a chicken have? Because he’s behaving like a headless chicken nowadays. My apologies to headless chickens.

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          OC,

          He may be confused as a headless chicken when it comes to running the country …….. but very clear headed and focused when robbing the country …….. the bankrupt American company with connections to the Californian Rajapakses will make at least $250 million per annum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcff66ia40c

          Once a Rajapakse, always a Rajapakse!

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    In your own words ” A Catholic prelate who is also a consummate exponent of the culture and nationalism of the Sinhalese. He cannot be dismissed as the missionary of an alien faith, for he can articulate the essences of Sinhala culture”. He has always been advocating only for the Sinhalese and Sinhalese Catholics, never for the island’s Tamils or Tamil Catholics who make up half the Catholic population on the island. Even many of his southern Catholic henchmen priests were posting articles here stating that Buddhism and Catholicism on the island are the religions of the Sinhalese majority ethnicity and beating up support for the Rajapakse regime, at one time. Completely ignoring and dismissive of the fact that approximately half the island’s Catholics are Tamil. Most probably have the intention in the near future to also convert these Tamil Catholics to the Sinhalese ethnic identity, just like what happened to the Tamil Catholics now living along the northwest coast now called the Sinhalese Catholic belt. Most Tamils correctly feel this Cardinal has never cared about the Tamils or the Tamil Catholics and kept very quiet about their pathetic plight and even mislead the Vatican, especially after May 2009, when war crimes were committed upon many innocent Tamil Catholic civilians Now he and his southern Catholic flock are jumping up and down as some Sinhalese Catholics were affected during the Easter bombing, that was still largely aimed at Tamil Christians.

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      Rohan25,
      “He has always been advocating only for the Sinhalese and Sinhalese Catholics, never for the island’s Tamils or Tamil Catholics who make up half the Catholic population on the island.”
      —-
      Can you please tell in which side of the fence Catholic Church and Tamil Catholic priests stood during the time LTTE Tamil terrorists massacred Sinhala Buddhists; side of the victims (Sinhala Buddhists) or the terrorists (LTTE)?

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        Eagle Thaatha now run away and living the good life somewhere in the west, where you now enjoy equality, dignity and justice even in you are a recent migrant in your newly adopted western land but still preaching hatred, discrimination and genocide for non-Chingkallams back home. The Thamizh Catholic priests stood for justice and were the only people who openly came out and fought for the rights of discriminated and marginalized Thamizh. No one else and many were killed by the Chingkalla state for doing so and some in a horrific manner. On the other hand, like Rohan25 stated the Southern Chingkalla Catholic church and even many Protestant institutions were silent and were supporting the Chingkalla establishment and state on their genocidal war dance against the island’s Thamizjh. Just because you are the state and the government it does not give you power and authority to terrorise, marginalize, discriminate, ethnically cleanse and commit horrific war crimes on a section of the population, just because they spoke another language, belonged to another ethnicity or another religion, that your genocidal racist state thought did not belong.

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    “It defies comprehension,” 
    What else you can say. How else you can say.

    Soma

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      Hi, Soma.
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      It makes me happy to be able to agree with you.
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      I definitely am half serious.

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        Sinhala_man
        “It makes me happy to be able to agree with you.”
        Every reasonable man does.

        Soma

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      Soma,
      “What else you can say”
      Having a bad day?

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      soman

      I understand your Sinhala/Buddhist single handed President Gota in Scotland. Do you know why?

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        Summoned by Scotland Yard.

        Soma

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          soman

          “Summoned by Scotland Yard.”

          Was he arrested for shoplifting in Scotland, like his former Army captain Kotelawala ((Kittu’s mate)?

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      Dear soma,
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      Let me provide you with this link where there is a totally Sinhala 6-minute discussion, although the writing is in Tamil (which I cannot, obviously) read. I will place this below the two live discussions in the Sinhala section. Let’s see what comes of this.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSebQSW4fKQ
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      Right now whatever we the Sinhalese decide can be implemented, that’s how the Constitution, the laws, and the legislation work. Please do what you feel is most fit. We have to reach out to those who primarily use Sinhala, and such people will not come to CT, unless they are already political activist.
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      The contents here are excellent, but this video is a failure unless placed elsewhere, and there I’m all at sea.
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      This next is bilingual – Sinhala-Tamil, 65 minutes of fairly serious discussion about Ven. Rahula’s aims in life. He is a Tamil Buddhist monk.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVDVWAdDJ4A
      What will gladden all Tamil readers (even if they are not Hindus) is that Ven. Rahula is not trying to convert anybody. Over to you for observations!

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        Thanks. I’ll go through and come back to you.

        Soma

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        Dear SM,
        You seem highly fascinated with this Rahula Hamuduruwo these days. But, being the old religious cynic that I am, I don’t know what to make of his claim that he was a temple poosari in his twenties. Is that possible? Again, though he talks much about caste, I can see from his robe that he isn’t a member of the Asgiriya/Malwatta chapters. Why? Aren’t even purported Brahmins admitted to those rarefied circles? Or is he pretending to be something that he isn’t? A bit of cynicism is in order, I think. Even if he isn’t overtly trying to convert anyone, there must be some reason why Hindus, who have the closest religion to Buddhism, aren’t as keen on converting as they are to, say, Evangelical Christianity?

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          I actually had a 5-minute phone chat with Ven. Rahula last morning. He said that he would call me ( I said that once alerted I would take the call from my end), but he didn’t get through to me again. I don’t mind that.
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          I told him that I had placed these links on CT. He has a Facebook, doesn’t seem to publicise an email address.
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          What’s important is that Tamil speakers should assess him. Ours has to be a limited role.
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          Isn’t it a good thing that he hasn’t joined caste conscious Malwatte/Asgiriya?
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          Thanks for pointing that out, and for all the other observations.

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          oc, I’m as cynical as you about religions.
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          However, although we would both admit that we sin either because it is more convenient/enjoyable, I’m sure that we are conscious of ethical standards that we must observe because we are able to think and reason.
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          I don’t want to spend time unnecessarily learning about religions. However, isn’t it a fact that the most rational of all major religions is Buddhism. Let it be taught devoid of all magic, mystery and myths. The world will be a better place.
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          This shouldn’t be difficult for a guy who was singing the praises of MBS!

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    Thank you Lanka for providing me my daily dose of laughter and elevation of mood. Come what may , I just glance at the Lanka news before my day begin, helps keep me going.

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    No country can move forward without one law for all.

    SL cannot have one law for all.

    So what should it do?

    Divide the island into 3 mono ethnic nations. Each nation will have one law for all its citizens.
    All those countries will move forward.

    G-Sara is a distraction. Don’t fall for it. Gota wants to make fun of the law.

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    It is obvious that an investigative commission should be comprised of unbiased competent members, as otherwise, the conclusion would be a ‘whitewashed’ report endorsing the wishes of the appointed body. In this context, Gnanasara’s ability is known universally, therefore, the end result can be very much predicted. We had communal wars & now its going to be religious wars. It looks like the age old strategy of divide & rule, the infighting among the masses deflecting the failures & blunders of the govt. Apart from wasting public funds, who is fooling whom? As for ‘one law, one country’, primarily, does it apply to the rich & influential, as well as, to the poor?

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    “One Country; One Law: What is it?”
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    Same law that applies to majority population without exceptions for the minorities.

    People who make hue and cry saying that minorities should be treated equally as the majority Sinhalayo are hell-bent on retaining privileges that they have been enjoying over and above the law that applies to majority community thanks to colonial rulers.

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      Hi EE,
      Believe what the president has in mind ias to “One Country, One Law” is not about majority and minority community, Race, Religious, caste, class distinction and whether one follows the other. None follows the other, except following the letter of the Law, precisely without exception.
      “One Country, One Law” means that every single person and citizen follows one single basis of Law, irrespective of communities and/or Religion, Caste, class sensitivities as you find as an example in Singapore or US of America.
      To emphasis the point, there may be a distinction only, possibly between Animate and the inanimate beings! None other whatsoever, including Male or Female, including pay discrimination!!
      That’s a very noble thought and deed, which is being commenced by HE President and ably assisted by Gnanasara Thero, which must be recognised and appreciated by one and all!
      Very good aspiration and wonderful idea, by HE President.

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    Once again Nandasena’s actions have backfired showing poor judgement, racism, and ignorance. This so called committee would have been more credible had he NOT appointed a racist, thuggish, felon monk, to spearhead it, and appointed a multi religious group, that represents the ethnic make up of our nation.

    Nandasena’s decisions are based solely on making political statements, or an effort to distract a nation of people fed up with the Rajapaksa’s endless mistakes that are hurting them.

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    Dear Rohan25
    Let’s not equate the Cardinal to the Catholics living in the Southern parts of the country. We belong to one country and even more to one community of faith. We feel very united with all our brethren but living as one community in a united country.
    Also now, let’s appreciate what the Cardinal,( I state again I am no fan of his), is doing to bring justice to the victims of the Easter attack.
    I too was wandering about what the writer of this article has expressed so clearly. The fact that there is no Tamil and or Hindu and Christian representative in the committee, points to what might have been one of the reasons for the announcement of the committee; an open challenge; Or to silence the catholic clergy by instilling fear; Or a warning that just like how the Easter attack was carried out and 20A was passed in parliament, certain factions of the minority can be bought over again, if necessary?
    But I hope and pray and feel that the Cardinal will not be silenced, not by fear. The victims and their families and the Christian community and all the other victims must see justice. The truth will prevail. It is the rightful duty of the legal community to stand up for the truth and justice and uphold the Law of the country.

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      If we all belonged to one country and one common faith, where were all of you and the southern Catholic and even Protestant churches when horrific war crimes and discrimination was committed on all of the island’s Thamizh. Hindu Christian, Indian origin, indigenous. Lots of them were Christian too( Protestant and Catholic). Other than a few individual brave Chingkalla Protestant/Catholic clergy, the rest were all silent, not a single word of protest, either not bothered as they were until then not affected. Or as fellow Chingkallams giving overt and covert support to what was happening. Even after the horrific war crimes that were committed on the Thamizh civilians by the state in May 2009 and everyone thanks to the western media, especially the BBC were aware of this. Most were having victory celebrations and street parties. Little did they know it was going to be their turn soon. Oh by the way I am a Protestant Christian. Rohan I think is a Hindu but not sure. Now want our support as you have become or soon to become a victim too of this Chingkalla Buddhist Fascism. Once this racist and religious scrouge is ever defeated will you still say we all are equal and belong to one country or go back to your Chinkalla only racism or Islamic opportunism or extremism and start discrimination? I am keen to know.

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        All Chingkalla led governments from independence knew that the only people who can challenge the Chingkallams and lay equal claim to the island in terms of antiquity and history were the indigenous Eezham Thamizh from the northeast. Nor other people. This is why from independence they took steps to destroy them, their land, history and language. Colonizing their land and Chingkallizing it. Changing ancient Thamizh place names to Chingkallam. Destroying ancient Hindu temples or converting them to Buddhist places of worship using concocted history. Denying them higher education, employment, language rights and deliberately not developing their areas, so they have to permanently be reliant on the Chingjallams and their areas for employment and a living. Once the Eezham Thamizh was destroyed with the helo of the Chninkalla allies overseas, it will be a cakewalk to marginalize and tame the others. They do not have an ancient history and land like the Eezham Thamizh and are scattered .

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    One Country One Law

    One Country becomes a joke and One Law is nothing but a myth.

    Always MR family sell the country into bits and pieces to outsiders for commission and while doing so speaking of one country is the statement while intoxicated.

    One Law is a joke of the year and there is nothing called one law in the legal dictionary. Gota as well as Naganada fool the people in the name of One Law.

    Laws are expressions of the legal will of the public.

    Our Laws are a combination of foreign Laws including Roman Duch and English.

    Our Laws are a combination of local Laws including Muslim Law, Kandyan Law, and Thesawalami Law.

    Our Laws are multiple in nature and number in many aspects.

    Public being fooled by the notion of ‘one law’.

    Shame Shame Shame

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      Dear SS.
      …”Our Laws are multiple in nature and number in many aspects”…….
      There is a distinction of “Law” in general terms and “The Law” applied to a specific country. It is the fact that “Our Law” as it stands, admits of so many “nature and number” as you say, and hence needs correction to “One Law” codified as “The Law of Sri Lanka” and enshrined in the Constitution duly spelt out, applicable to all citizens irrespective of the various “divisions”.
      ….”One Law is a joke of the year”…….
      The joke is not a question of “one Law” but how it is ADMINISTERED in practice by the Authorities designated to enforce it – AGs Dept and the Judiciary – that it has become a joke.
      The first correction therefore is the method of appointment of truly “EMINENT” persons in the true sense with integrity and courage to enforce law.
      As long as the AGs and a judiciary is “appointed” by “One Man” to administer “One Law”, whatever law will always remain a joke.

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    One country one law proposed by a Thug, lead by a Thug who was called Venerable in the past. Which country are we talking about and which law? If one country one law constitution to be a true concept then in the new constitution we cannot have the mention of any language, any race or for that matter any Religion. All that could be written in the new constitution is “Sri Lankan” and “Sri Lanka”.

    Are these two thugs prepared to accept such a true meaning of one country one law?

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      Part I
      Buddhist 1,
      If I may dare to venture into this debate?
      This is one extremely good and valuable contribution to this controversial as it happens to be and momentous and necessary episode, in my view.
      No doubt and thanks again to your thoughts on this.
      May I add my 2 cents worth to this singular opportunity in the history of Independent SL and its future about Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan constitution:-
      1. By extension expressed by you, ensure the distinction between man and woman becomes extinct!
      2. Also all distinction in duties ,remuneration and facilities between Man and Woman are extinct
      3. Only the discrimination and distinction between Animals/Plants and Human beings remain as distinguishable elements of all animate things
      4. Start from a convenient date 01/01/2022 so that everyone knows what is happening and from when? E.G. who has which part of the “Dowry Money” belongs to them or spouse, those covered by ‘Thesawalamai or Kandyan Law’ and not Roman Dutch Law
      5. Is it because it connotes Imperialistic atonement!!!
      6. Why distinct separation of males and females who are both 6th sensed Humans!!!!
      Continued

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        Part II
        I do recognise and record, the immense contribution of:
        A. Gnanasara Thero for your Task Force contribution and HE the President for the esteemed idea of “One country one Law” as an Election Pledge.
        B. Mahendra Percival the PM to postulate the same thinking in the General Election 2020
        C. The Parliament elected on that Pledge to make it a Reality
        D. Last, but not not the least appreciation to the 6.9 million saviours of this nation, who enabled this to become reality so soon and timely
        E. 6.9 million’s support sought and required for passing muster at the future Referendum to meet with supreme court determinations of “entrenched clauses” if any, in constitution!!
        F. Along with the “Supreme Body” representing the sovereignty of SL People – the 225 Parliamentarian members

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      Part II
      I do recognise and record, the immense contribution of:
      A. Gnanasara Thero for your Task Force contribution and HE the President for the esteemed idea of “One country one Law” as an Election Pledge.
      B. Mahendra Percival the PM to postulate the same thinking in the General Election 2020
      C. The Parliament elected on that Pledge to make it a Reality
      D. Last, but not not the least appreciation to the 6.9 million saviours of this nation, who enabled this to become reality so soon and timely
      E. 6.9 million’s support sought and required for passing muster at the future Referendum to meet with supreme court determinations of “entrenched clauses” if any, in constitution!!
      F. Along with the “Supreme Body” representing the sovereignty of SL People – the 225 Parliamentarian members

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    This is another gambit of Rajapaksas, hopefully this time they fail and learn lessons (for the life time) as they are targeting Catholics.

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    Part 1:
    The author deals with many matters in this article and let me deal only with the principle of “One country one law”. My position is about the issues involving a change in the legal system that was here for a couple of centuries and not mainly about personalities. I am told that although the criminal law is the same for everyone within the ambit of the law, the civil or personal law is different, based on ethnic, religious and geographical considerations. If at this stage one is trying to unify this “AT ONCE” through a task force, then the result would be as good as the fertilizer fiasco. For example, according to Islamic doctrine understood by many, a man can have many wives provided he can afford the same. However, in most countries, there is a legal limit of four wives, possibly with further restriction that the consent of the first wife is required to marry a second. All this is with the agreement of the local Muslim community, express or implied. However, one country one law means that there can be one wife only irrespective of the situation. Is that acceptable to Sri Lankan Muslims?

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    Part 2:
    A wide section of Sri Lankan Muslims realizes the issues involved in having many wives. Many of them are monogamous. But they do not want officially to be disabled from having that extra wife. So, a turn around was invented requiring the consent of the first wife to marry a second. However, any official stipulation of monogamy would be interpreted as an affront to the faith and the resulting backlash may even involve backtracking from the avowed principle of “One country one law”, akin to the fertilizer issue of declaring “Organic Only”. One must understand that if this principle was a practical reality, the British would have implemented the same using the English law as the standard for the country. In fact, the Commercial law practiced here is based on the British Commercial law. So is the maritime law etc. I therefore do not see this so-called task given to Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thero (GG) as an accolade but as a “Mission Impossible” to get battered and bruised. The blame for not implementing the wonder policy will fairly and squarely fall on GG thereby making him an honored “scape-goat”.

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    Rohan25,
    You must get yourself a copy of SunTze’s ‘Art of War’ written more than 2500 years ago and study it diligently.
    When facing a common enemy it is only idiots who pick quarrels with forces on ‘our’* side till the main job is completed. Much of what you say is factually correct, but strategically it is hard to call you intelligent.
    *Or have I got you wrong? You are actually on the Gotha-Gnanasara side!

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      Eeakdevi and Indi thanks for your feedback. Yes, we are all fighting a common enemy. I posted these facts to remind the Cardinal and his southern Sinhalese Catholic flock even the Sinhalese Protestants, who were supporting the Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists and keeping silent when all sorts of atrocities were committed on the Tamils, be they be Hindu, Catholic or Protestant Christian and at times seven Buddhist Tamils, as they were fellow Sinhalese. They thought that their Sinhalese ethnicity will be sufficient to save them from discrimination. This is what more or less many Sinhalese Catholic priests were also implying when they posted articles praising the Rajapakse regime. not in the least bothered about what was happening to their fellow Tamil Catholics at their hands. Their Sinhalese ethnicity was far more important to them than their fellow Christians belonging to another ethnicity who were facing persecution, just because they were Tamils. They seem to have forgotten or ignored the fact that over 90% of the Sinhalese Catholics and Protestants have a very recent Tamil origin and the so-called Sinhalese Catholic north west belt was Tamil speaking a generation or two ago, with still thousands of Tamil speaking Catholics and Hindus living there in Chilaw, Negombo and Puttalam, refusing to convert to the Sinhalese identity.

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        Rohan, when you say all that, please take account of the fact that nobody has any real idea as to what proportion of Sinhalese with a moderate amount of awareness were ever supportive of Cardinal Ranjith’s undoubtedly racist line.
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        Count me ou!
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        Too many of the 6.9 million voted without thinking. Most of them were poorer and less educated than us. We must reach out to them, but without a display of superiority on our part.
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        We need have little to do with the politicians. I refrain from criticising the Cardinal for the reasons outlined by Prof David in his response to you.

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    Why now?

    The Country is in a mess.
    The economy is on life support
    Health care is walking among the dead
    People are starting to protest
    Now almost all even those that supported are questioning the govt competence.

    So what better way to change the subject?
    This story has come to the forefront while economy and covid has taken a step back.

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    The mess that Sri Lanka is in was made by illegal British colonialists. As a part of their barbaric divide and rule policy, they politically empowered the Dutch brought tabaco plantation Malabaris of Jaffna (now known as Tamils), tea plantation Tamils of up-country, and Urdhu speaking Muslims of north-west India. Also British had opened the flood gates in the early 18 hundreds to Malabari Mapilla/Marakkala Muslims who were spying on Kandian Sinhalese for British administrators.
    At times when British grip on Sinhalese became weak, they would pit ethnic communities against each other (i.e. 1915 Muslim riot in Gamplola.)
    The reason why Ceylon National Congress rebranded itself as United National Party was to counter British divide and rule policy.
    /
    Now even without British administrators, local kalu-suddhas are continuing with British divide and rule policy. Notice that still Sri Lanka’s leaders, law makers and constitution makers were born in during British occupation and also notice that they were educated at missionary schools, groomed by pastors but are pretending to be Buddhist and their spouses are Christians.

    So one-country –one-law means Sinhalese are going to continue with their pre-colonial heritage and nicer way of saying minorities to integrate fully with indigenous Sinhalese.

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      The entire island was never Sinhalese, large parts of it were Tamil and Hindu from ancient prehistoric times and still continue to be so. Sinhalese are not indigenous but largely descended from Indian immigrants. 90% of this is from the then Tamil country in South India with some infusion from the Bengal region, which is minor. Around half the present day Sinhalese are purely descended from low caste South Indian immigrants who were imported into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch colonials, to do menial service work or to work on the huge southern spice estates. Hardly any of this South Indian slave labour was settled in the north. Now their Sinhalised descendants with names like Tony, Silva, Perera are the biggest anti-Tamils. Reason to hide their own recent lowly South Indian Tamil origin. Have you ever heard of the Tamil Jaffna kingdom and the eastern Tamil Vannimai chiefdoms, that were in existence long before European colonials arrived? IF they were Tamil kingdoms and chiefdoms who were the kings, subjects and chiefs? Ghosts? Even your Mahavamsa fairy tale constantly refers to the north and east of the island as Tamil lands. How come Indigenous Sinhalese is basically a mixture of Tamil, Pali and Sanskrit?

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    Considering all the twists and turns the Sri Lankan democracy faces since its independence, the ‘One Country One Law’ project is not a miracle. It would be a miracle, if we turn to ‘One Country Only One Political Party’. A.Sellathurai

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    Nandasena is 100% a tare and a freemason.
    I dont trust Malcolm Ranjith also. It is pretty much impossible to become a Cardinal in the Catholic heirarchy, unless you are a master mason.
    Same with the buddhist monk heirarchy in SL.
    There has to be divine intervention in Sri lanka (and there will be world wide). The tares and freemasons have to be identified and taken out of power.
    As long as they remain in power, all we will see is their staged drama and distractions, while they keep making a fool out of humanity.

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      I must correct you there, Humble.
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      The official line of the Catholic church is disapproval of Freemasonry.
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      It’s been different with the Anglican Church.
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      I tell you again, there are very few Freemasons in Lanka now, and they are not at all influential.

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    Part II
    I do recognise and record, the immense contribution of:
    A. Gnanasara Thero for your Task Force contribution and HE the President for the esteemed idea of “One country one Law” as an Election Pledge.
    B. Mahendra Percival the PM to postulate the same thinking in the General Election 2020
    C. The Parliament elected on that Pledge to make it a Reality
    D. Last, but not not the least appreciation to the 6.9 million saviours of this nation, who enabled this to become reality so soon and timely
    E. 6.9 million’s support sought and required for passing muster at the future Referendum to meet with supreme court determinations of “entrenched clauses” if any, in constitution!!
    F. Along with the “Supreme Body” representing the sovereignty of SL People – the 225 Parliamentarian members

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    I am not surprised at all that Gota appointed this rogue yellow robed man as the chair of this commission. I’d be quite surprised if he did not! Sri Lanka today is world class fool’s paradise so what else can you expect? My best friend, ex-colleague Yohan who lives in a European country for the last 23 years says the main culprits for the current status of Sri Lanka today are not the uneducated rural people but the educated, urban, so called intellectuals who aided and abetted the rogue politicians to bend the law of the land since 1970 so that both parties benefited immensely. I believe that too. Best examples among such thousands of them are G.L Pieris, Tissa Vitharana, Sarath Amunugama, W.D. Lakshman etc., We saw how those so called Viyath Maga and other PhD fellas started robbing the country as soon as Gota came into power. Now some have deserted the sinking ship but the rot will continue. There is no escape for Sri Lanka until you get rid of these so called educated rogues who continue to loot the wealth of the country.

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    Jit ,

    Spot on ! Saved my time .

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    The reason for Sri Lanka trouble is Buddhism! Look at the religion of most of the politicians. And, the public are silent when Buddhist monks are creating havoc.

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