21 September, 2019

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Only A ‘Sinhala-Buddhist-Govigama’ Candidate Can Win The Presidential Election: Vasu

Leftist nationalist Vasudeva Nanayakkara interestingly claims that it is not only Sinhala Buddhist but also someone from the Govigama caste has the potential to win the presidential election.

Vasudeva Nanayakkara

In an interview with a social media outlet the ripe politician brings in caste when the interviewer asks him if only a Sinhala Buddhist can win the presidency.

“Sinhala Buddhsit Govigama,” he answers and immediately states that the caste system was seen to be broken with President R Premadasa being elected.

80 years old Nanayakkara who is the leader of the Democratic Left Front and a Joint Opposition stalwart supporting the Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency said that a Sinhala-Buddhist-Govigama leadership is still what the leadership line up looks to be although this norm was broken with the appointment of Ranasinghe Premadasa as President.

But he goes on to say that President Premadasa became the president at that time mainly due to the necessity with the circumstances that existed then due to the JVP insurrection and was heavily opposed by the high caste members of the party at that time.

“Currently it is a Sinhala-Buddhist-Govigama person that can win the leadership of the country. The mentality of this country was that only a Sinhala-Buddhist-Govigama person can be selected as the President of this country. However, that was broken with the appointment of President Ranasinghe Premadasa we came out of feudalism. We should see how we can improve this even further,” Nanayakkara said.

While acknowledging that the cast system is broken to a certain extent in Colombo it is not so the case in the North, East and South where it prevails strongly.

It was pointed out by him that similar to what Sajith Premadasa is facing today there was heavy objection within the hierarchy of the party and the so-called high classed people for Ranasinghe Premadasa to run for Presidency.

Commenting on how much of an impact the National Suit had on a candidate’s ability to attract votes he went on to say that it does have an impact is given it represents the identity of the people. He further stated that although people do not tend to personally adopt this they would prefer their national identity being portrayed through their leader in such ways.

A political commentator analysing the interview showed Colombo telegraph the interesting trends on what the people look for, according to the interview, in their leader is at a contrast between the SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa who does not wear the national suit and the UNP candidacy hopeful Sajith Premadasa who does not hail from the Govigama caste but from a much lower caste.

When asked if the country needs a Sinhala Buddhist leader he goes on to say that we don’t need a Sinhala Buddhist leadership but a Sri Lankan leader, who is acceptable by all races in the country.

“However, in an election the Sinhala Buddhist, given its majority, it is difficult to build up a leadership without pre conditions of the Sinhala Buddhists. Therefore, without the influence of the Sinhala Buddhist elements it is difficult to bring a leader that is accepted by the whole country,” he said.

Commenting on an array of questions the senior parliamentarian went on to say that this country should not be owned by the Sinhala Buddhist but is mainly influenced by its culture purely on their dominance.

“Since this is a country where the majority is Sinhala Buddhist and since its culture has built upon it we should understand that the country has adopted these cultural norms, however, we should not claim that this country is owned by the Sinhala Buddhists due to this reason,” he said.

Nanayakkara who was known for his opposition for naming Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) camp went on to say that his critical line of Gotabaya Rajapaksa changed after discussions with him.

“At the moment Gotabaya has gained a lot of momentum within the camp and out of it as well. After having a discussion with him and with our camp deciding to select him as the presidential candidate I had to change my opinion of him. On the first day of discussion, I told him that we oppose his military-style also the commanding effect he has. He then agreed to state that it came with his military background in the military for 20 years and agreed to change to suit a politician in this new role”, Nanayakkara said.

When asked if Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be a dictator he said that it is not the case now however it was before. “His military-style means a dictatorial leadership and we cannot accept that in a democratic framework,”.

However, he acknowledged that their camp has already decided that the Prime Minister will be Mahinda Rajapaksa. He also went on to say that the leader of this coalition will remain to be Mahinda Rajapaksa, although it has always been the President who was elected as the leader this the time it will not be the case.

Throughout the interview, he takes the line that although Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the Presidential candidate it is the Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa who is considered the real leader in the camp. (By Anuruddha Singgapuli)

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    Comrade Vasu apparently suffers from senile decay!

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      Who is a “Vasalaya”?

      “Not by birth is one an outcast; not by birth is one a brahman. By deed one becomes an outcast, by deed one becomes an brahman.”

      I am surprised that the so called socialist, Vasu is preaching approving the validity of the cast system in Sri Lanka. Shame on you Vasu!

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        An Observer – I guess it is not Vasu’s opinion but he discusses the true nature of Sri Lankans

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        I refer to the above comment by ‘An Observer.”

        It is a long time since Vasu disrobed himself as a socialist. It is an even longer time since he showed an independence of spirit which was the hallmark of the true left of yore.

        Truth br told Vasu comes across as nothing more than a monumental humbug.

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          Justice and Fairplay

          “It is a long time since Vasu disrobed himself as a socialist. “

          Well how long do we have to wait until rest of the so called socialists prove themselves to be “monumental humbug”?

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        An observer, you want to know who a Vasalaya is? Well, we have the perfect example of that in ‘Siva Sankaran Sharma’. He pretends to be a Brahmin but is a Vasalaya (Sakkiliya). His ancestors swam across the Palk Strait as Kallathonis.
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        Sakkiliyas are real professionals in their field of expertise.

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          This s not the first time, Edwin makes the kind of derogatory remarks. He is well at doing so. But he also writes good comments back and forth though.
          Folks, entire nation is being misled by Rajaakshes right at this critical turning point of the country, why not you guys make effort to educate the uneducated for escape from Rajapashe clan.
          Once the buggers would return to power, this country will be brought to a total isolation.

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      This man is manipulated even going beyond the rural ilk in the country.
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      See, a man in his early 80ties talk about the GOVIGAMA caste. Where had this guy been over the decades ?
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      I have the feeling this kind of bastards would never see it right.
      :
      Here, Ballige putha attacks Sajith Premadasa ( who is coming from a Rada KULAYA).
      .
      When they want to attack someone, they would even lick the balls of Rajapksehs round the clock for free.
      I hate this ballige putha, he should face the Karma assooner than later.

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      Plato;
      Comrade Vasu is not suffering from Senile Decay!
      If You had read beyond the Headline, before you commented, you would have understood that he was Merely Stating a Fact of the Sri Lankan Mentality! A Mentality that is not capable of Thinking beyond Race, Religion and Caste!
      This is why we are Stuck with Politicians who are not capable of Thinking and Acting Outside the Square!

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    For all Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists and others the origin of the word Govi meaning the farmer or the caste Govigamma has its roots in Tamil Dravidian. Govi the farmer or the one who plucks or reaps is derived from the ancient Tamil word Koy or Koiuthal meaning to pluck or to reap. Koy verb) To pluck, cut, reap (Tamil); Kuyam: Sickle; Kuvil: Reaping, cutting (Tamil); Koyiloo, Koiloo: A small paddy field, harvest, reaping; Koyyelu: Harvest (Tulu); Koy, Kuy: To cut, reap, pluck; Koyilu, Kuyilu: Cutting, reaping, plucking; Koyika: Man who cuts (Kannada, ); Koyu: To cut, reap, pluck (Telugu,); Koyka: To cut, reap, pluck (Malayalam, Koyl: Harvest, reaping (Kota); Koy: To cut/ pluck/ reap/ harvest (Kodagu, Parji, Gadba, Gondi, Konda, Goye: To reap; Goytre: To have the crop reaped (Maltese, ); Goi: Government owned area leased for cultivation and habitation; Goi-veri: Lessee of a Goi; Goi-bai: The part of produce (bai: rice) given to the government by the lessee of a Goi (Dhivehi/ Maldivian) . Goyiyaa or Goviyaa (Goyi in plural) means a farmer or cultivator in Sinhala. Goyigama is the name of the agricultural caste that is the most dominant one in the traditional social hierarchy of the Sinhalese.The terms of identity come from the word Goyama (Goyam in plural), which in Sinhala means harvest as well as paddy or grains in general.
    Goy, which is the root word, is not of Indo-Aryan origin. But a meaningful verb cognate of Dravidian origin could be found in the word Koy, which in Tamil means to reap, pluck, cut etc. The Tamil noun form Kuvil means the act of reaping or cutting (Dravidian Etymological Dictionary 211 Hope the Fascists are happy about the Tamil Dravidian origin of their caste. Have a happy reaping sorry Koyuthal in Tamil.

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      Hope the Fascists are happy about the Tamil Dravidian origin of their caste. Have a happy reaping sorry Koyuthal in Tamil. Cheng koal kodung kural chi’ru thinai viyan pulam koy patham ku’rukung kaalai” (Natti’nai 57:9)
      “செங் கோல் கொடுங் குரல் சிறு தினை வியன் புலம் கொய் பதம் குறுகுங் காலை” (நற்றிணை 57:9)
      When the wide fields of the fine-grained Thinai millet (Panicum italicum) of red-stalks and bent cobs reached the reaping stage. Now harvesting Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist Idiots in the name of Ethnicity , religion and caste
      Koyal meaning harvest:
      “Koyal thodangkinarea kaanavar” (Natti’nai 306:2)
      கொயல் தொடங்கினரே கானவர் (நற்றிணை 306:2), Now harvesting Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists in the name of ethnicity , religion and caste. I now await for my abuse.

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      Anywhere little mention about caste, the caste junkie, Siva Sankaran Sharma appears in split of second.

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        Oh yes all the Sinhalese racists have come with their own distorted theory and now try to blame the Tamils and me for their own caste problems. This is what they are good at blame everyone but themselves.

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        ghk, the reason for that is he is a Sakkiliya and wants to defend his caste.

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          Only Sakkili is you . Your third rate behaviour and comments prove this. A Govigamma with a Portiuguese origin Tamil Paravan family name Rodrigo

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            Here we go again. Siva thinks I would take being called a Sakkiliya as an insult. It is not. In fact, my boyhood hero was a Sakkilya called Muniyandi. At that time I was boarded in Kandy and the house had a basket toilet. Muniyandi carried the basket everyday on his head without splitting even a drop. His muscular body thrilled us. I admired him so much that I wanted to be a Sakkiliya when I grew up.
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            .But my father would have none of it. A pity. It is also a pity that SSS does not realize what a great profession he missed by not accepting the life that fate had prepared him for.
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            Born in TN, he swam across with a group of Kallathoni and then clams that he is Brahmin. The worst thing is that he worships Bulls.
            .

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            I did not see anywhere Edwin Rodrigo claiming to be an Goigamma (or Koi Japanese carp). He only said that because of your obsession with case you are most likely to be a Sakilliya.

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              This is the problem leslie k. These low caste people criticize us even if we, so much as, mention our caste. But they freely bash up people of lower caste than them. Take the Vellalas of Jaffna, they do not want to meet a Sakkilya like Sharma walking on the same road as them. But when it comes to Brahmins they hate them and complaint about them.

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      gopi is farmer in sanskrit

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        Oh really where did you get that from? Your stupid racist head?

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          The only koi are Japanese ornamental carp. desperate Tamils are trying to create an imaginary history.

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      Govi is not a Tamil word. The word “Govi” comes from the Prakrit word “Gahapati” which means “householder.” The first Govi to come to Sri Lanka came in the 5th and 6th centuries; they were followers of Vijaya. In the original Aryan caste system followed by Vijaya, Govi were ranked third after the Brahmanas and Kshatriya’s. However, there are no Brahmanas in Buddhism, so in the ancient Sinhalese society Govi’s were simply given the Vaishya (merchant) status and all others were considered Shudras. Govigama is a fake caste created by some Tamils (De Sarams) in the 19th century.

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        I know who you are . You are that nasty racist lying Sinhalese bugger from London . Who was posting anti Tamil hatred everywhere , including the now defunct Sri Lankan forum. The word Govi is derived from the ancient Tamil word Koy meaning to pluck or reap , what a farmer does and has nothing to do with house. The origin of this word has been well established and now Sinhalese Buddhist Fascists and racist like you, many residing the good life in the west and descended from recently migrated South Indian immigrants are now concocting new histories and origins .

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          Gahapati is well-understood by scholars. For example, “In later times the institutions of the sthapati and the grihapati (Pali, gahapati) were found among those who were engaged in cultivation, crafts, or architectural activities.” This explains why the 13th century monk Dharmasena in his book “Saddharma-Ratnāvaliya” equates Govi with Gahapati. That is because the in the days of the Sinhalese kings, the Govi were the cultivators, below the other 3 castes, Raja, Bamunu, and Velenda. Another caste, Bathgama, were also cultivators, but did not have an Aryan origin. This caste structure is further proof of the authenticity of Mahavamsa, far superior to any Eelamist propaganda.

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            Stop lying Chingkallam.

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              Pandi Kutti,

              Where is Eelam now?

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          Every time a Tamil writes the word ‘Sinhalese’ he precedes it with the adjectives, ‘lying’ or ‘racist’ or ‘low caste’ or Nazi’ or ‘fascist’ . What sick people they are. They hope, like Goebbels, that a repeated lie will eventually be accepted as the truth.

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            Yes they are racist and Nazi and lying fascists to the core and this is the truth , This is why the country is a racist cesspit , that is full of lies and myths and fake racial origins . For the Sinhalese and Muslims .You are one of them , This is why you defend Sinhalese racist. Even Sinhalese politician Vasudeva has now admitted to this but racist like you cannot.

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            This is because they are indeed racist, Nazi , fascist and most of them are of low caste immigrant South Indian background , not an insult but the truth but pretend to be superior Aryans or Arabs in your case.

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      [Edited out] We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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      The govi caste and govigama are two separate people. A tamil researcher from India has been doing some in depth research into tamil history in both india and sri lanka. Not to mention the interactions and problems tamils have had with other communities. And came to the conclusion that the ‘govigama’ sinhalese are recent infiltrators who came into Sri Lanka during european colonial rule. They are telugu people from what is modern day Andhra pradesh. And his claim is that these people came into sri lanka with the sole purpose of oppressing tamils on the island (which is clear for all to see). He also went on to say that even inside tamil nadu, nearly all the dominant positions in the state are held by telugu impostors pretending to be tamil. There has been some noise made about this in TN by some individuals who are calling for telugu descent people to be kicked out of ruling positions inside TN and only those who prove their tamil ancestry be allowed such positions.
      In Sri Lanka there are some ruling caste Sinhalese with obvious telugu names like bandaranaike. The ‘naike’ is the same as ‘nayaka’ which is a telugu. The ruling class monks in Sri Lanka are called ‘maha- nayakkas’, once again showing the telugu connection. It is these crooks who are causing all the problems in Sri Lanka. Not only trying to destroy minorities, but also making sure the real sinhalese (who are classified as lower castes) are kept out of power.
      They hated premadasa being in power and are trying to keep Sarath Fonseka out of powerful positions due to the caste reason.
      Sinhalese generally speaking are very defensive about discussing the caste problem within their community. Very few expose it. I applaud the author of this article for letting this cat out of the bag. It has been long overdue

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        Bandaranaicker is not from the Telugu origin Naicker community but from the Tamil non Brahmin temple worker/priestly caste . Pandarar. The head or chief of this community was called Pandarar Naicken or Pandara Nayakan in Tamil. JR ‘s ancestors were Chettiars or Mudaliars. Tamil Mudaliar caste migrants got assimilated as Sinhalese Govigama and usually their surname ended as Mudali , denoting their Mudaliar ancestry. Just like that famous nasty anti Tamil Lalith AthulatMudali. He hated Tamils so much but did not realise his ancestors were immigrant Tamil Mudaliars from South India. Sinhalese Govigamma who are descended from Tamil Vellalar Pillai caste have names ending with Pilli a corruption of their caste name Pillai. Tamil Chettiars who got assimilated as Sinhalese end their name with Hetti or corruption of the word Chetti. Yes Tamil Nadu has many Telugu origin Tamils in very high positions but you must realise these people have been in the Tamil country for centuries and for all intent and purposes are Tamil. They are now strangers in Andhra or Telengana and harldy speak Telugu or speak some form of very childish Telugu , that will make Telugus laugh. They can and never have harmed the Tamil people and are not powerful enough to do it and will not be allowed to in Tamil Nadu. They make up around 5-6% the most of the population. Tamils and Telugus , especially the ones from Andhra are very similar people speaking related Dravidian languages , with very similar cultures. Generally Telugus have no intention of harming Tamils an d vice versa

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          Your defensive reply suggests you are an aryan descendant impostor tamil enforcing the caste system to oppress the real tamil people. Your name Sharma (often a north indian higher caste name) and the fact that you keep using the term ‘low caste’ to insult people further proves this point.

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            I think you are either a nut case Dravidian extremist who will on the long run do a lot of great damage to the Tamils , especially the Eelam Tamils with your stupid extremist ideas and nonsense . or a Sinhalese or Muslim extremist pretending to be a Tamil Dravidian extremist , deliberately coming here to sow seeds of discord amongst the Tamils on the basis of origin, caste and race. With fake distorted history. The Naickers who ruled Kandy never promoted Telugu but always promoted Tamil and were Tamil speaking. They were of distant Telugu origin but considered themselves Tamils. During their time the court language of the Kandyan kingdom was also Tamil and this is the reason many of the Kandyan chiefs signed the Kandyan convention in Tamil not in Telugu. Modern day Tamils are a mixture of many races. Predominantly Dravidian but many Indo Aryan( not just Brahmins) Australoid, Greek, Roman , Arabs, Iranian just like the Pallavas and their Vellalar descendants from north Tamil Nadu, British, Portuguese, Dutch and many others. There is no such thing called a pure race. Tamil Brahmins are as much as Tamil as all other Tamils and have contributed to the Tamil language and culture far more than their percentage should. Subramamia Barathiar the national poet of Tamil Nadu is a Brahmin. Ramanujan the great mathematician, regarding whom a recent movie was made was a Tamil Brahmin. T. M Soundararajan whose songs most Tamils love was a Sourashtrian Tamil Brahmin. So was Jayalalitha, Kamala Hassan. Gemini Ganeshan and many others. The head of Google is a Tamil Brahmin. Do not judge us by Subramania Swamy , Cho and their ilk. I have worked harder for Tamil people and their rights more than you. So has Telugu origin Naicker Vaiko. It is you who are the imposter with your stupid extremist beliefs or comments , distorted history , deliberately done to sow discontent

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        “nayaka” means leader in Sinhalese- it is not just a word in telugu.

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          The Naickers who ruled the Kandyan kingdom were from Madurai and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. They were a Tamil speaking tribe of Telugu origin , part of the Vijaya Nagar kingdom. This is why court language of the Kandyan kingdom , was also Tamil , during their era, as the king his queens and many of the couriers/nobles only understood Tamil and the Kandyan convention ceding the kingdom of Kandy to the British is largely signed in Tamil and this includes the ancestor of anti Tamil Srimavo Bandaranaike. Lastly the last king of Kandy was banished to Salem in north Tamil Nadu by the British , as this was his native land and he considered himself a Tamil and not a Telugu, not to some part in Andhra or Telengana He lived and died there and his direct descendants still live there.

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        John;
        “The govi caste and govigama are two separate people.”

        Words, Words, Words!
        All Invented by Crafty People for their Own Benefit!

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      Shiva Shankar who claims to be a “Brahamin” (but living in Jaffna) seems to think that Govi, Kovi, Koi is a “Tamil” word.
      But he does not know that the word already existed in Rig Veda and pre-Rig Veda texts and has nothing to do with Tamil.
      In old tamil Kovi, Koi applied to “angry peson etc:
      See Cologn Old tamil dictionary OR see Comprehensive Tamil etymological dictionary “Centamilc Corpirappiyal Perakaramutali ” by Pavanar. The word did come into Tamil from old Sanskrit during the early chankam period.

      1 (otl) kOvi 01 angry person
      2 (otl) kOvi 02 shepherdess
      3 (otl) kOvicantan2am -> kOpicantan2am
      4 (otl) kOvicu cabbage, brassica oleracea capital
      9 (otl) kOvikkal palace (TLS)
      10 (otl) kOvikkIrai cabbage (TLS)
      11 (otl) koviL white cutch, a tree, acacia suma
      12 (otl) kOvil temple
      13 (otl) kOvilagku lion, as king of beasts
      14 (otl) kOvilAzvAr -> kOyilAzvAr
      15 (otl) kOvilvAcalmaRiyal a form of panchayat among the Na1t2t2ukko1t2t2ai Chetties, in which the temple-manager takes the lead, dist fr. mat2attu-va1cal-mar6iyal
      16 (otl) kOvilvITu 1. a private chapel or shrine; 2. house given in endowment to a temple
      17 (otl) kOvin2mai -> kOyin2mai
      18 (otl) kOvintacatakam a catakam poem of 102 stanzas by Na1ra1yan2a-pa1rati, each stanza explaining a proverb and ending with an address to Go1vinda
      19 (otl) kOvintakkoLLi burning an unclaimed corpse with cries of ‘Go1vinda’
      20 (otl) kovintam thorny nail-dye
      21 (otl) kOvintampOTu-tal to bow or salute uttering the name of Go1vinda
      22 (otl) kOvintan2 Vis2n2u
      23 (otl) kOvintar men of the sylvan tract, herdsmen
      24 (otl) kOviRkuTiyAn2 conch-blower, a servile caste, one of 18 kut2i-makkal2 , q.v.
      25 (otl) kOviRpuRA blue rock-pigeon
      26 (otl) kOviRRuRaiyAr staff of servants in a temple
      27 (otl) kOvitan2 expert (TLS)
      28 (otl) kOviTANam a handpose (TLS)
      29 (otl) kOvitAram 1. bottle-flower.; 2. holy mountain ebony
      30 (otl) kOvittiyar women of the sylvan tract, shepherdesses
      31 (otl) kOviTTu cow-dung

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        Please prove where this word is in Rig Veda lying Sinhalese racist. Koi or Koiuthal is a pure Dravidian /Tamil word that is still used in modern Tamil to reap or pluck and is also found in other Dravidian languages. Stop lying you nasty racist living in Canada. You use the identity Kautaliya but come here and post anti Tamil garbage articles under name Dharmasena or something similar. Don’t make a fool of yourself

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          Sharma,
          I always appreciated your input. I feel in the discussion of the word “govigama” the second half of it has been overlooked. That is “gama” which is directly from the Tamil word “Kamam” meaning agricultural/ plantation field. You are better qualified than me, I believe, to elaborate on this with references in Sangam literature.
          EmAG

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            Kamam , a place where agriculture take place also meaning a village plantation field in Tamil . This is why many Eelam Tamil villages names end in Kammam . Like VeliKammam meaning the village, field or place of agriculture on the outside. The Sinhalese word for village Gama could have been derived from this Tamil word for village Kammam or from Sanskrit word for village Grama . Not sure but definitely the word Govi is derived from the Tamil/Dravidian word Koi/Koy meaning to reap. pluck or harvest , which is what a farmer does.

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      Demalla garbage written global Jews who are hiding all over the world

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    Vasu the the” great” leftist leader left today is perhaps right. Premadasa was described as a Hinnage Hinna by no less a person than EL Senanayake The question is whether Gotabhaya is the only Sinhala Goigama, Buddhist person available to contest the Presidential election in Sri Lanka and the most suitable.He is in fact the least suitable if not the worst. Bensen

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    Total mental rot. This idiot must get into a home for the mentally handicapped. What a shame.

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    I thoght Sinhalese are all low castes. Only kandyans got some Vellala caste from the Tamils.

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      You are right Nathan. It’s Tamil ancestry that makes the bugger so ugly.

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        tamils are low caste community

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        Is that why most of you Sri Lankan Muslims are also so nasty and venomous? As most of you are descended from immigrant Indian Tamil low castes and now pretending to be Arab . Before the Turkish empire fell pretended to be Turkish with your Turkish Fez caps now dressing and pretending to more Arab than the Arabs

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          Listen SSS, you think I’m Muslim because of the name Bawa.  Haven’t you heard of a pen-name?  So all that you have written about Muslims and the Turkish empire (Ottoman empire actually) is just pissing in the wind.  Make sure you don’t get drenched.  To be fair I have to admit that urine is sterile (like Mallaiyuran) so you may survive.

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      actually they are low caste Tamils

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    That cast matters only if the candidate is coming from a opposition party ( fonseka’s lost badly in his home town and many areas in central province due to that in 2010 ) but it is not an issue as long as the candidate is from a ruling party..

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    Also one must note that hambantota Rajapaksa’s and bandaranayake’s are not pure govigama politicians. All are fake low cast members who has taken govigama names to fool the govigama community..
    So gota is not a pure govigama, he is a low cast guy and he is not a pure sri lankan either.

    Also there is a rumour that he is said to be eating human flesh of enemies like idiamin during mahinda’s era. This is why no body could find any dead bodies of missing persons ( he had dumped skeletons in sea with concrete after consuming meat ! )

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      Amila , Gota is many things but that. Don’t spread inhumane gossip even about someone you dislike. No matter what his values in life. Lies destroy an entire society not just the person

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        Dead bodies of enemies are missing during mahindas era ? So where are those bodies then ?

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          Amila ‘ So where are those bodies then ?’
          Dead and Buried. Has anyone bothered to dig them up?

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    Is Vasu still a Leftist? Do Leftists talk about casts? What a stupid statement by this stupid- no voter base – Foul Mouthed MF.

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    Thank you Sharma for your scholarly post clearly and objectively explaining the fact. Hope our friends will benefit from your inputs. Even now the Tamils work in the estate say “they illai koithal” for tea plucking. Plucking flowers in good Tamil go as “pu koithal”. Coming to Gotta and MR they are not even low caste sinhalayas. They are screwed up Pothukesukarayas. Look at the features, complexion, madam is 100% contaminated. More a Mongoloid. Severe confusion and identity crisis. But they will be occupied with such nonsense for ever.

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      No they do not , as I have stated , they have already started to attack me and concoct all sorts of weird explanations , to the origin of the word Govi. Some Muslims like GHK have also joined the fray , as they do not like what I state about the real origin of most Sri Lankan Muslims.

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        nobody is attacking you. We don’t have time to waste. you have to make everything tamil. the word goigama comes fron Gopi/Govi which originates from Sanskrit for farmers. You must be knowing the story of the bathing farm girls whose clothes were stolen by Krishna seated on a branch on a tree. they were “gopis”.

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    What an ugly bastard, I am glad I am not Sinhala-Buddhist-Govigama.

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      Bawa;
      The ”Ugly Bastard’ is not a Govigama!

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    All humans are born just the same and only thru one way. There are just two casts, the male cast, and the female cast. I know not of any other. Mother earth carries all. Wind, water, fire, are equal to all. Hunger and thirst is for everybody. When we board any transp[ort they don’t ask for our cast when we enter a restaurant they serve everybody
    whoever is consider cast is an outcast human being unfit to live among normal human beings. So the next time you think about cast, just remember from where you came out into the world.

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      The Tamil poetess, Auvaiyar, said there are only two castes. Those who give charity are high caste those who do not are low caste.

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    Are you talking shit?Is it okay to you,Your daughter get married to tamil?

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    I believe that only a person who could clean the ‘dirt’ sticking on to the Srilankans should be elected as the President and that would be a Dhoby. He may be assisted by a “sakliya” to collect the dirt so scrubbed by the dhoby and dump it in the parliament building, without polluting the Oya.

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    Vasu is suggesting that “Only a ‘Sinhala-Buddhist-Govigama’ Candidate MUST win the Presidential Election. Sajith is not Govigama”.
    .
    In 1956, the Left , except for Philip Gunawardena, stood for ‘Equality for all’.
    In the 1958 pogrom against Tamils, there were rumours that Vasu was in the thick of the looters and arsonists. At that time these were dismissed as malicious gossips spread by right-wingers. Now one wonders!

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      K.Pillai your Statement:-
      “Only a ‘Sinhala-Buddhist-Govigama’ Candidate MUST win the Presidential Election.”

      Vasu does not Suggest anything of the Sort!
      ‘Sinhala-Buddhist-Govigama’ is the Election slogan created by Candidates who are appealing to the Majority of Voters!
      Vasu maybe a Sinhala Buddhist, but He certainly does not Class Himself as a Goviya!

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    There are no ‘pure’ Sinhala families. Even ancestors of JRJ were other than Sinhalese.

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

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    His statement is a reflection of how old and outdated he is. Regressive politics at its best with no hope for an evolved and progressive Sri Lanka

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    Wise words from a leading member of the ‘pakaya’ class.

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    Dhoby caste only won because of JVP and UNP regime violence in 1988. Everyone knows this. The bigotry is still there. In so many left leaning areas, seats were declared for RP with less than 20% of eligible votes cast, as the UNP unleashed violence on SLFP, LSSP, CP voters and JVP did the same. But problem with RP was his inferiority complexes and how he and his Wife behaved in the Sacred Premises was absurd. She insisted on the staff calling her Madam and Walawwey haamu and not Nona. They restructured the insides of the President’s house. They made the simple shrine room in the residence into a vulgar garish room full of statues. They took all the colonial paintings of governors and the pouffta Son in law sold them in London auctions. Madam wanted to copy Sirima in dress and manners and insisted the staff respect her the way they did with Sirima. Many stories about about yelling and screaming and throwing stuff at the staff. Took out victorian fittings from the Nuwara Eliya residence and replaced with cheap plastic BMC bath fittings. Sent the son to England from grade school to a prestigious boarding school. Did Baski find the money / How the f**k did they get the money for that? Unlike Anura Banda he did not complete his degree at LSE and made false claims. All the while while Attacking the Radala failures of Sirima, they COPIED everything that had come natural to the Sirimas and Bandas and Deraniyagalas. Inferiority complex to the hilt. Wanted son to go to london to copy Anura banda. Do we need to talk about Richard DeZoysa, surrender of 600 policemen, mass murder?

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    The heading is not quite fair.
    VN only pointed to a sad reality, but did not endorse it in any way. He wanted it to be changed.
    What he noticed about some UNP leaders’ attitudes towards Sajith P. isperhaps true. The father was taunted about his caste by two top SGB UNP leaders who eyed his post.
    *
    There is much to criticize VN about in his political conduct during the past decade. But this headline has rather mischievously created the false impression that he is an advocate of the caste system in politics.

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    XXXXXXX
    Vasudewa AKA VASIDEWA in today s context has turned out to be the most known demencia patient.
    :
    This man just turn his tongue not thinking twice. He has no whatsoever respect to anyone today. How come a man in that age to become LIKE NImal Lanza who is just a beach boy who slept with foreginers for his living.

    All sakkliyas get together to support Rajapkshes, but we are perfectly sure, what they expect would never end up in a reality. With all powers BP Rajaksehs was goo defeated in 2015, today, with people s awareness become somewhat improved, would never allow bps to get back and ruin this nation. Even if some extremists would make halloballo but election results would teach them all a good lession this time.

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    Caste apatheid is rampant in South Asia to this day. But the higher castes are doing it more covertly now. Majority of Sri Lankans who have wealth, power and best education are from the higher castes. Most of them are well aware of the caste system and want it to continue for their benefit. Thats why they get angry when men like vasu talk about it openly. They are mad at him because they want to enforce it quitely. Both Sinhalese and tamils are guilty of this.

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    It’s a pity that Sri Lankans think this way. Having said that I think Vasu is stating something obvious that has had an undercurrent in Sri Lankan politics since independence. Being Sinhala, Buddhist & Govigama is an unwritten qualification to become a Sri Lankan leader. The election of Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1988 was unusual. Its not that the UNP’s hierarchy supported his candidature in 1988 but its was Premadasa’s sheer forceful nature that propelled him to the fore coupled with the JVP instigated violence that was prevalent at that time. Premadasa even threatened to resign from the UNP and contest on his own if he was not made UNP’s candidate. If one remembers, JR’s loyal comrades Gamini Dissanayake and Lalith Athulathmudali never supported Premadasa. Instead, they wanted JR to run for a 3rd term based on a technicality that JR was not directly elected as an executive president in 1977 which made him eligible without breaking the two term limit. At present, those who oppose Sajith’s candidature are mainly Sinhala, Buddhist & Govigama. Even Ravi K, though Catholic is Govigama. This is also one of the reasons that the chief priests at Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters do not support Sajith and want Karu instead. It all boils down to caste. Terrible but true. Coming from a Govi family myself I know the conversation around dinner tables about people of low castes.

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    The Rodiya clan better known to the world as the yakkus [ some of the Sinhala folk ever since 1948 has sent our lovely virgin isle downhill and made the Govigama caste to become Vesagama clowns.

    How sad for the innocent good folk unlike me who by no choice have to be rooted in this hellhole created by the Buddhist Monks and the radicals who sit on their brains and exhibit their violent prowess.

    It’s true. R. J.

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    Seems like lower caste Sinhalese & lower caste Tamils are treated worse than Muslim women of MMDA. Where are the big mouthed & croc tear shedders on MMDA like Sinhala_Man?

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      I hope that you are Dr Ameer Ali, the author of many scholarly articles on Islam. Yes, I have been steadily giving support to those Muslims who are trying to reform MMDA, because I think that the lot of Muslim women is indeed hard. Not all those problems can be solved by agitators, and certainly not by those who are not Muslims. All that I’ve ever been saying is to change the laws, hopefully, have one law for the entire country, the way that Nagananda Kodituakku is advocating.
      .
      Yes, caste persists among the Sinhala Community, and we’ve got change it, but the comments appear to come from a cursory look at this article. I’ve listened to all 42 minutes of the video. Taken in full, Vasudeva’s speech is not so very offensive. He, too, is admitting the existence of the problem, not endorsing the still prevalent Caste System.
      .
      Change must come from within the system, and within the community, but it is valid, justified and actually good that you throw this at us, if we begin to sound self-righteous.
      .
      I have actually made a comment on the previous page, and expressed our disappointment with Vasu’s doings during the past two decades. direct comparison between Muslim women and the disadvantaged castes among the Sinhalese is not possible. It is not laws that are the problem for us, but the attitudes of individuals.
      .
      More observations welcome.

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        Indeed, we need to move forward as a truly educated, informed and spiritually enriched nation; we need to step beyond boundaries of ethnicity, religion and primarily caste. It is prevalent among our people. No denying the fact. It is at times an inherent and subtle decider even in government jobs and promotions. It works both ways. I thought Mr Vasudeva Nanayakkara was trying to express a different view. That with Mr R Premadasa we broke away from it; circumstances made the party do so almost forcefully but now ” We should see how we can improve this even further.”
        Sajith should not be looked at from the point of view of caste but from his behavior his modus operandum; the fact that he does not seem to respect leadership and the hollow promises he makes. He betrayed and way laid Mr Wickramasingha once and this time round, whatever his group may say now, about getting the blessings of the senior party members, the way they hijacked the UNP presidential campaign, even before a nominee was decided on by the party is very telling of the man and his ability to bulldoze his way through with matters relating to state and governance too.

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      AA
      This is a daft defence of gender oppression in the name of Islam, which is far more liberal than its fundamental interpreters like to make it to be.

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    Next President of Srilanka Sajith Premadasa nobody can stop this as Buddhist we have think above cast creed and religion

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    The bastard Vaso should be shot with his own shit

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    This fellow is nuts

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    What the hell this joker wearing on his head? I hear he and Vicks sleep on the same bed.

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    [No they do not , as I have stated , they have already started to attack me and concoct all sorts of weird explanations , to the origin of the word Govi. Some Muslims like GHK have also joined the fray , as they do not like what I state about the real origin of most Sri Lankan Muslims.]

    Dont bother Sharma, it is like throwing pearls at swines but continue your good work. There are many even now believes that earth is flat and Sinhalas are a unique Sri lankan race. What can one do. Let it be what it is. Any average person will know that there is nothing called Sinhala at all. Just see what this Vasoooo clown wearing on his head a Tamil head gear, Thalaipakai.

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    So called Socialist! How can a socialist person talks of any difference, let alone Caste? For them all human beings should be equal.

    But sadly this is the true colour of almost all politicians of this country. Power and Money can buy any of them.

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