10 December, 2019

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Presidential Election Sharpens Ethnic Divide

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The remarkable feature of the voting pattern on 16 November was that 60 to 65% of Sinhalese, hence one can conjecture about 75% of Sinhala Buddhists, voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa – a bigger share of SB voted than SWRD in 1956 or JR in 1977. In Tamil and Muslim districts, he polled less than 10%. Tamils and Muslims did not really vote for another Sinhalese, Sajith Premadasa; they have hardly heard of him. It was as overwhelming Tamil and Muslim vote against Gota, as overwhelming the Sinhala Buddhist vote rallied to him. If there were a way of knowing how Tamils and Muslims in the South voted, I think less than 10% opted for Gota. I am not debating whether the Tamil grouse that Gota caused the death of thousands of Tamil civilians is true. Nor am not I asking whether Muslim fears that Gota’s slogan of a national security state is intended to paint the community as terrorists, is correct. No, I am not asking these questions. I am saying something much simpler; that the overwhelming majority of Tamils and Muslims think these are true and that is how they voted. The vast majority of Sinhala-Buddhists, in contrast, wanted a strong and determined leader of their own genre and that is how they voted.

Like it or not (and I don’t like it) these are the facts and we must not bury our heads in the sand and pretend reality can be wished away. I guess everybody knows all this and its implications which are bad. Neither Tamils nor Muslims would like to live under a government, de facto, of another community from which they feel excluded. Another civil-war is not an option after the failure of the last one. This time it will be truculence, non-cooperation and political dissent. As time passes skirmishes of protest are possible which will be put down harshly. Economic policy, class dichotomy and liberalism will concede centre-stage to nativism and nationalism. Sri Lanka is again entering a phase in which the communal issue, this time three-dimensional (Sinhala-Tamil-Muslim) will be the hegemonic dialogue.

French philosopher Althusser used a catchy term. He said society may be “overdetermined” by some factor; that’s what I mean when I say the communal issue will become hegemonic again. Ideology has a material existence, he argued, because “an ideology exists in an apparatus and its practices” (quote from Lenin). Ideology manifests itself through actions, the role of the state etc, which are “inserted into practices” (Lenin again). So that’s the story; in the next period communalism will be the determining factor in politics, state and society. Pretty lousy, but no point denying reality.

My last point is what can be done about it. Gota can do nothing to bring about reconciliation given the nature of the forces standing behind him. To cure a national ailment people must change their minds. This is slow, takes decades. There could be remissions of the disease; aren’t we now back to the mindset of 1956 and 1983 again? The University of Chicago has done an annual survey for 47 years (1972-today) on society’s attitudes to abortion, gay rights, state support for underprivileged groups and whether certain political views should be banned. It found steady progress over time. Good you will say. But hang on! On dividing the sample into age groups (those born before 1928; between 1928 and the war; those born in the two decades after the war – baby boomers; those born 1965-80, the millennials, and so on) they made a surprising discovery. The views within each stratum hardly shifted over the years. What was happening was that more and more of the oldies were dying off while the number of people in consecutive samples belonging to newer generations was increasing. The truth then, is not that people learn and progress in their views; no, people are pretty stuck in their mindsets and exceptions are few. It’s just that the composition of the sample was changing with younger ones increasing in number and oldies dying off. Therefore, the average changed and social opinion seemed to evolve though individual opinion hardly did. (For a summary of the Chicago studies and graphs see Economist of 2-8 November 2019, page 81)

The depressing lesson is that few people change their views on fundamentals in their lifetime – religion, communalism, socialism, marriage. Most stick to their opinions till they conk. Looks like we need to await the arrival of the great reaper before we can do much about entrenched communalism.

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    Unfortunately people have no hope at all about reconciliation and ethnic harmony in our country.
    Majority of the people in Sri Lanka are Sinhalese Buddhists. They are truly extremely racists.
    They hate for Christians, Tamils, Muslims and other minorities.
    But they loudly boast about Buddhism and what Buddha said.
    Most yellow robe crooks are the virus creatures in that country.
    Unfortunately they are running a CULT not a Buddhist missionary.
    Unfortunately future generation will be the victims of this present action.
    Shame….Shame…Shame…

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      This is geo-political conflict between China on one side and USA/West and India against it. After the defeat of LTTE in 2009 and election of Mahinda as president for a second term, China moved in. It has made Sri Lanka a debt ridden country by constructing white elephant projects with funds lent at commercial rates. The problem was created by Mahinda by bringing China in to spite India who were urging him to settle the ethnic problem in a fair manner. With China firmly entrenched, USA/West and India went to work and toppled Mahinda in the 2015 election. China lost out and was seething with anger. China was behind all the dirty things that took place. It gave hopes to Sirisena for a second term and split the government. Since that time Sirisena was sabotaging the functioning of the government. The October coup of ousting Prime Minister and when it failed dissolving of parliament was the work of China to install Mahinda back in power. When that failed the Easter bombing took place hoping for toppling of the government. Election of Gota is a victory to China, and there is likely to be repercussions to nullify that gain. USA/West has started the ball rolling by asking Gota to uphold human rights and accountability.

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        Inspector Clouseau has worked out the details.
        China also arranged for GR’s first overseas trip as President to India.

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      Saman

      Only low IQ stupid idiots have that idea.

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        Hey
        Real Revolutionist…….
        Is that your name?
        Check your brain cells

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      I trink TNA Pave the way for Pothuwa.whether signing with Sajith Or Not majority of the minorities would have voted for UNP anyway.
      For the Sinhaleese point of view TNA is mouth piece of LTTE.anything TNA comes up ,they will Go against.

      They would have leave IT to the people to decide,now Sajith becomes Tamil,and collapse the UNP,made uncertinty,make the Pothuwa very strong position.
      Thanks uncle Sam.

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        For the sinhalese anything can be an LTTE mouthpiece. Even a sinhalese politician like Sajith Premadasa. I have seen memes on social media claiming he would have granted Eelam if he won the elections. This is the mentality they have as a collective.

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      Sinhala Buddhists only believe what the Sangha(yellow robed men) say not what Buddha preached or his philosophy. Hence the double gem(Buddha and Dhamma) should bless this country. Sinhala Buddhists are are an ignorant lot like frogs in a well. They have no empathy or kindness to others. They are the worst human beings in this planet. I was born to Buddhist parents but never meet these monks or listen to what these monks say.

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      Mr. Saman,
      /
      Can you please read your comment again and tell me who is the racist.

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      Hello Saman,
      It is good to be sensible about the comments you make, particularly when responding to a well presented point of view by Prof David.
      I disagree with the conclusions as noted by Dr David, although it is a good starting point for a discussion.
      Your comments are emotionally charged with assertions that cannot be justified.

      RW had a brilliant opportunity and he squandered it style (there is nothing new about such performance). Sri Lankans wanted a change and there is nothing wrong with it.
      Ranil’s contribution is to free people (BTW it was JR who concentrated power in the office of the President).
      Take it easy – the legal structure has not changed. Everybody is equal (regardless of the ethnicity) before the law.
      I am truly surprised by the number of people who liked your comment!

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      KA Sumanaya, what could you have possibly said above that had your comment removed by CT. CT must not delete your comments because all your comments provide great comedy for the readers.

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        Tamil from the north – You mean comedy of errors and stupidity!

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      Ah, so on this, CT has decided to keep K.A. Sumanasekera’s comment very short.
      .
      However, there are three likes and three dislikes. Why? Some readers obviously saw this.
      .
      We will never know. Sumane is not a bad guy, I’m sure, but there are some who serve their political masters; others, like Prof. Kumar David never say things that they don’t believe in.
      .
      Unfortunately, his English is such that even regular CT readers give his articles a miss. His English, and the vast range of references that he brings in are a bit too much for some readers to quite comprehend.
      .
      Of course, for all that, he is “only” an Electrical Engineer – but so learned in that area as well, that he’s one of the best in the World.
      .
      I have no time to make a proper comment on this article right now – but I shall return.

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        S Man,

        How is it going after Nanadasena made that Epic speech , without looking at even one cue card.?

        It is now 8 to 6 mate…But nothing serious.

        It was my dissection of Dr Kumaras Analysis about the position of Mr Sampathar and his TNA ,post Dr Ranil?….

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    Paw da The National candidate project. Prabakaran could not do that. Sajith Pemadasa and Mangala gang could not do that. It is all the buddhists’ problem.
    I am eager to know why MODI wants to talk to new president ASAP

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      Modi is eager to talk to new president ASAP as he wants to read the riot act to him, so that there will be no delay in compliance. Your cardboard weeraya will listen to it like a timid mouse and come back and implement it without a word. He knows that BJP cannot be fooled around like what Mahinda did to Congress party, agreeing while in India and talking shop when returning to Sri Lanka to play to the Sinhala gallery. Fact that Gota accepted the invitation without a whimper when it was told to him that it is for the purpose of discussing India’s security concerns, shows that he is afraid.

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    Professor David, How about bringing in some physics and explain to us the theory of chaos in how this chaos was used and “branded” to elect the Goatabaya MURDERER to the presidency. How this master planners plotted the Easter Sunday attack and got away with this must be the next movie like “Our Brand Is Crisis”. I suggest all of you to watch. This block buster movie is based on a true story about Bolivian politics. Also Professor, how about explaining the theory of chaos and how chaos, collateral damage and murder by targeting using the IS boogie man on our Christian catholic population was used to market the Pottuwa strategy is something I would love to read while we waiting for the return of the great reaper. I don’t think any of my requests would mean much to our Sinhalese MUTTS who has brains stuck in their “black hole” where the sun does not shine.

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    Kumar David, Your statement, ‘Gota can do nothing to bring about reconciliation given the nature of the forces standing behind him’, is a half truth. A half truth is a whole lie. He is the force.
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    Strong-willed SB’s have bred a crop of priests who are no more religious.The two parties feed each other.

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    David

    The Majority voted for Economic growth, Not some race-based BS.

    The Tamils and the Muslims were misled by the typical UNP race-baiting.

    I believe Gota will change their perceptions. I love to see a president who is a servant of the people not a politician who talks nonsense. Gotabaya is a Government Servant first and foremost. Not just a simple do-nothing one but one of the highest caliber.

    I don’t think it is his job to cater to the disgruntled minorities. If he does his job as he did from 2005 – 2015 there should not be anything to worry about.

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    As a Christian I have found my Buddhist friends tolerant. Minority groups should accept that the majority would like their place. It is a fair deal.

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    KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

    Thanks
    Are you drunk?

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      Ado lansi kariya, than puka redenwada vesige putha.
      Hitapiya whire van eka enakan.

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      Dear Native,

      Selvam Adekkalanadam….Does it ring a Bell , Native?……

      Apparently he is taking a TNA delegation to meet Prez Nadasena,
      Selvam has told the inhabitants in Vauniya that he is impressed with Nadsena’s promise to give a fair go for all inhabitants….

      Will this Dude do a Keselwatta Kid in the TNA ?..

      Wonder what the TNA Bosses Messers Sampathar , Abraham, Sivajilingam and Wigneswaran think about this Selvam?.

      I thought of seeking your learned opinion , because of Dr Kumar’s concerns ..

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    If ‘reconciliation’ means accommodating separatism in the guise of federalism based on ethnic and religious enclaves then forget it.
    If ‘reconciliation’ means accommodating Wahabism and accompanying self imposed alianation without resistance then forget it.
    Let those who consider themselves as belonging to one minority or another realise that this country is geographically too small for their political games. They have nurtured extreme terrorist groups within their societies who have inflicted incalculable damage to innocent peaceful citizens and therefore a cautious attitude on the part of majority is unavoidable.

    Soma

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      somass

      “this country is geographically too small for their political games. “

      Therefore hope you will stop your fascist leaders to stop converting this island into Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto.

      By the way now you have your hero (zero) installed at one of Dutta Gamini’s stupa being blessed by hundreds of thousands of saffron brigade you should ask him to fulfill your long time ambition of ethnically cleansing the South of “OTHERS”.

      Will he oblige you?
      Perhaps he has this as his long term ambition.

      What are the possible jobs Gota could offer you,
      head of concentration camp, chief of department of torture, commander of white van fleet, ……………. responsible for planning and implementing ad hoc riots against minorities at short notice, …….. Logistic would be supplied by single handed generals, DIGs, and justification and motivation will be supplied by Mahasangha.

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    THE ELECTION OF MR GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSHA: DE _ ESCALTES RACIAL TENSIONS

    until the Poor Tamils and Muslims completely reject armchair revolutionists and theoreticians like Prof Kumar David, Anton Balasingham etc etc

    The minorities will be shackled with unhealthy ideologies that will prevent their development and acceptance within the mainstream.

    This is the time for talented young Tamils and Muslims to contribute to the development of the nation. While taking ownership and responsibility for the North and the East.

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    we have been seeing the same preaching over and over again. fact is gr not going to give rat ass to these commentators nor would the people care. haven’t we elected a president who was supported by “powerful civil society organizations”. what have they been doing for five years? GR should do something for the people at grassroots level even if their representatives at national and provincial level fail to corporate.

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    I t is somewhat sad but not surprise people who are effected with G.D.S virus “Gotabaya Derange Syndrome” has now heighten spread to another level. Even only hand full of weeks back one of the article compered him to Hitler & photo of him which in my opinion disgusting and despicable depicted him as Hitler by a writer showed her deep ignorance about Holocaust.
    The opposition failed because they misjudge the mood of the everyday people. Academic, experts, political analyst, professionals and not to mentions intellectuals some are driven with hate went on a daily diet of fear mongering and predicted the end of Sri Lanka as we know if G.R. ever to be elected as President.
    Feeling of Deja-vu in US pseudo liberals and Democrats besotted with Trump derange syndrome predicted similar sentiment in US but three years on he is still around world war four did not start unless I missed it.
    Just a friendly reminder to all those deep in need some relief from GDS be mindful it will take a while because when you wake up tomorrow you have to come to terms with the fact Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the President just like today and many more sleeps after that. So please give new President a chance and be a productive opposition stop trying your hardest to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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    Dear Professor
    “Like it or not (and I don’t like it) these are the facts and we must not bury our heads”

    Bit of irony professor about having to bury head in the sand glade you mange to get the head out .

    Hate to keep repeating the same tune but Taleb is spot on .

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    The Sinhalese want the complete subjugation and suppression of the minorities, for whatever reason, that will make them happy even if it means their lives won’t necessarily improve. The Tamils have been totally suppressed since 2009, unable to raise their heads. The suppression of the Muslims is an ongoing work in progress. The Christians, at least some church leaders are sitting on the fence, not wanting to upset the Sinhala Buddhists too much. Maybe the Christians should take lessons from how the Muslims were treated. The Muslims sided with the Sinhalese in the 30 year civil war but yet look where they are now. In the modern post-colonial world, the Sinhalese are actually pioneers in practising extreme ethnic and religious nationalism. Countries like India and the US are only now catching up with the likes of Modi and Trump. We shouldn’t be surprised that the early practitioners of ethnic and religious extremism will not change.

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      Richard Kaz,

      Are you a CIA agent?

      The Muslims are treated appropriately

      Christians know how the bloody Muslims treated us we will never ever forget that.
      Lovely Easter Bunny you gave us.

      And we will never be ungrateful to the Buddhists and the Army who risked their lives for the safety of Christians.

      We cannot forget that there were brilliant Muslim Military officers who served the mother land well.

      Muslim Traitors and rascals should be dealt with appropriatly.

      Any Sri Lankan irrespective of Ethnicity or Religion should be held responsible if engaged in illeagal activities that jepodise national security and territorial intergrity.

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        he and many commenters are paid agents of some agencies. You must be aware of this before responding

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    Integration is currently a ” Tall Order” for Sri Lanka with the demarcation between pro Gota and anti Gota is very clear . This is not to say, the mind set of all Sri Lankans, irrespective of who they are to think ” One Sri Lanka” cannot be achieved. Look at Singapore, Malaysia and other democracies where multi ethnic, multi religious people live. It requires, visionary leadership with cool head. Only time will tell, how Gota goes about running the country. Sri Lankan also should not become over reliance on China, India or even the USA. If unchecked, it will become the battleground of these international actors.

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    David, Your reading on this absolutely right. People may deny, give excuses, give a spin, keep eyes shut, point fingers at each other but the truth is this division was there from the time of independence, created by POLITICIANS, supported and enabled by the SB majority , and the divide is now deep and wide to the extent there is two sets of people living in two states within a state. Conclusion, I said else where , it is not a wound to heal but a life threatening ULCER with poor to none prognosis. What is left is Guilt and Grief , of a dying nation.

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    That photo of Nandasena with so many war criminals was something I havnt seen even with Hitler and his group in a single frame.

    Very soon Nandasena will appoint his war criminal buddies into the administration and that will be the fun time.

    Aba Saranai Sri Lanka !
    May the noble double gem bless my country now and always !

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    Mad.It clearly help identifying those who want to divide.If the Tamils do not want to share the responsibility of developing their country,no one can force.But we want to develop at least the areas we live.

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    Its funny the GoRa media pimps like CSE manipulator in chief’s own TV station and Hiru TV which is owned by the Kudu Raja of the country try to make an image of GoRa as a Tecnocrat.

    My foot., GoRa a Steve Jobs or a Bill Gates of a Elon Musk ?

    This Gas Station attendant in USA is so lucky to be in that position with voters are brainwashed from its racist factory.

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    My humble request for the newly elected President H.E.Gotabaya Rajapakse is to ban all Buddhist monks for actively taking part in politics and also de franchise them as done in Thailand.If not very soon this country will be like Myanmar where Bhikkus demonstrated on the streets and had to be completely supressed by the Army. Further the Bhikkus supported the Army in Myanmar to oust the elected President.It is dangerous to annihilate these communities which will lead to polarization of these ethnic and religious groups.

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      You idiot The greatest Srilankans who showed us the way have been monks. over the history of our country. So no president can ban any group of citizens doing what is their constitutional right.

      If you don’t like to listen to them that is your call. but asking to ban them is stupid

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    Not even 48 hours passed since I wrote my last comment the in party revolt has begun in UNP. Rumor is Chandrika and Sajith are giving up parties/ POLITICS ?????for now. Pro Sajith members are already revolting against RW. I had mentioned this outcome as soon elections were announced months ago. I said JVP (by their decision making) will disintegrate just like SLFP (orchestrated by MR and completed by MS). UNP too will split into multiple in parties, like how Muslim and Tamil parties (starting as one and ending as multiple). The chief architects of this plan are Rajapaksas. MONEY can buy anyone in Lanka. Many who have been Rajapaksas proxies in these parties,(SLFP and UNP) will either join them or continue to work for them as proxies. Among them are MS and RW. I also said, if Sajith is nominated by any chance he probably will loose, only because of RW, who will see the end of Sajith,s political dreams. He purposefully dragged the nomination until the eleventh hour and then continued to make statements which will back fire on Sajith. The chance of a UNP revival by young blood is possible, but the chances are almost poor to none. So the end result is Rajapaksas are here to stay by proxy. The opposition in so called Democrazy , from now , will be left overs of UNP/SLFP on paper which will continue to function as subsidiaries of Rajapaksas Corp, and tens of regional/religious/Civic outfits with no common goals trying to build one. I will reinstate how MS was bought out by Rajapaksas, RW too had made a deal of coexistence, with them where he will hang around and continue as proxy.

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    KD,
    Why you have to keep quoting your master Lenin when it is nearly a commonsense that “perception is the reality? By the way, didn’t you learn about the Chicago university study before the election? Why didn’t you try to apply your knowledge gleaned from the said study to predict the election result? Instead, almost all the CT readers know that you were hoping the JVP to reach close to two million mark; and that the class struggle, not the race that dominated your analysis!

    Based on my knowledge on how social (cultural) change occur, I have to question the conclusion of the said Chicago university study. Cultural change do occur but but the measured trends are “progressive” is a kind of misconception born out of the traditional wrong belief cultural change is always progressive. First of all, the term “progress” has no natural meaning; rather it has a very limited meaning depending on the criteria of measurement. Secondly, it is possible that cultural change considered as revolutionary at the time of occurrence could also be deemed later on as utterly wrong or destructive. Marxism is one of the best example!

    As I tried to explain several times before, racial divide in SL will never go away b’cos discrimination on whatever reason is hardwired by the evolution in to human instincts. It is natural for politicians to manipulate fear of race (or anything like class, for that matter) in order to win elections.

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    Saman:-
    It is sad that Most Sinhala/Buddhists don’t want to Understand what the Buddha Said.
    They want a Buddha to Whom they can go to ask for Favours!
    They want to be like Other Religions and Turn the Buddha into an All-Powerful God!

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      Wowww. I fear for my country. What Sri Lanka will become only God knows.
      Poor Sajith. Set up by RW to fail.

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    I trink TNA Pave the way for Pothuwa.whether signing with Sajith Or Not majority of the minorities would have voted for UNP anyway.
    For the Sinhaleese point of view TNA is mouth piece of LTTE.anything TNA comes up ,they will Go against.

    They would have leave IT to the people to decide,now Sajith becomes Tamil,and collapse the UNP,made uncertinty,make the Pothuwa very strong position.
    Thanks uncle Sam.

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    Ceylon as it was known since 1956 has had a mighty villainous curse thrust upon them.

    The petty racists who cannot scratch their balls for survival, I mean they just could not meet their day to day needs have in 63 years from attaining have driven the once granary of the east into the deepest cesspit that this once wonderful pearl of the Indian ocean.

    In 1956, they reduced the mighty UNP to 8 seats in the parliament whilst im1970 they were once again brought down to a paltry 17 seats. Then in the late nineties the Klu Klux clan of the pearl of the Indian ocean had another round of curses thrust upon them.

    Now in 2019, the scavengers [ sakiliya’s ] have deliberately thrust the almost sunk island another vicious blow from which a reawakening of a recovery will never be a possibility.

    The cursed Sinhala Buddhist race and their low society class less no decent breed at all mostly illegitimate [ bastards ] monks of ill repute should be eradicated and by that I meant should be gassed like what Hitler did to the Jew’s.

    The minorities by their voting pattern has driven the nail into the coffin from which an economic and moral recovery is only a pipe dream.

    A proud Tamil like me will never, never be bitten by some of the rabid race [ pissu ballo ]

    I being the only Tamil even though I was married to a non racist Sinhalese lady was protected by the Ranatunga family whilst I was living in Nawala.

    I raise my hat to them and the rest of the minority Sinhala cirizens who by their actions have saved many a Tamil and a Muslim.

    Alleluia to the minority of that much maligned race.

    Cheers, R. J.

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      R.J. you said
      ‘The cursed Sinhala Buddhist race and their low society class less no decent breed at all mostly illegitimate [ bastards ] monks of ill repute should be eradicated and by that I meant should be gassed like what Hitler did to the Jew’s.’

      And you complain about racism?

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        For sure this comment made by a Jew. Jews are the one who teaches everything to Tamil Tigers in Europe and North America You have to ask American and European public for help to learn about Jews. Jews bomb Jews to get control over Western public. This was noted by president Donald Trump too.

        And Daya Gamage’s book was invented by Jews. Gamage was a paid spy working for US embassy

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    Another racist article written by a racist who wants to have a divided Sri Lanka.

    We all are Sri Lankans and against the racial analysis. You argue that as given below:
    “‘ Gota can do nothing to bring about reconciliation given the nature of the forces standing behind him. “
    Gota can solve the problems of all Sri Lankans as they face similar needs and problems such as :

    1. Food and shelter
    2. Security, law and order
    3. Good living standards, such as health, education and clean environment, transport etc.
    4. Social recognition and esteem needs.
    This is how I analyse the needs and problems of Sri Lanka. These are common to Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese.
    You, racists, attempt to hide this truth. Gota will address the above given issues for all Sri Lankans, not pampering to racists like you.

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    The ethnic divide has been a factor in politics from early last century. The rise of mass electoral politics made stronger. Communalism of one kind fed communalism of another kind.
    Voting in the South was, however, driven more by fear psychosis than communalism after ‘terrorism’ became the central theme.
    CBK won the election with a ‘peace’ theme, but failed to deliver, thanks to LTTE’s intransigence and her opportunism.
    Attacks on civilian targets by the LTTE more than its ‘military successes’ helped to make terrorism the central issue.
    MR’s overwhelming victory was not an outcome of communal feelings but an expression of gratitude for ‘defeating terrorism’, regardless of how true his claim was. MR miscalculated that it alone will help him afloat forever.
    His performance in 2015, despite his defeat, was not altogether bad, partly because there was and still is no credible alternative to him, as the ‘Good Governance’ regime amply demonstrated. The UNP has not regained its lost credibility, and I doubt its ever recovering.
    The voting this time was conditioned by the terrorist attack of 21 April, and more importantly the pathetic response of the government.
    The SLPP revived the fear psychosis effectively. It also knew that GR would not be seen by the Sinhalese public as their best defender, hence he was effectively a joint candidate with MR, who has not lost his popularity very much even after four years of uninhibited corruption and state repression.
    An alternative is necessary. But cannot emerge from the parliamentary parties, including the JVP, which is shamelessly clinging to what is most shameful of its past.
    GR has no answers to the economic problems of the country, and communal politics has its limits.
    It is time that communities thought in terms of common problems and united in struggle.

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      Your rationality got torpedoed by, ‘The voting this time was conditioned by the terrorist attack of 21 April, and more importantly the pathetic response of the government’. I thought that the attack was manipulated for such an outcome.

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    A slight retraction to my original posting.

    I wish to emphasize and proudly state that all Sinhala folks are not racist but sadly a majority of them are.

    The same with most of the human’s all round the world.

    Sad but true.

    Ceylon as it was known since 1956 has had a mighty villainous curse thrust upon them.

    The petty racists who cannot scratch their balls for survival, I mean they just could not meet their day to day needs have in 63 years from attaining have driven the once granary of the east into the deepest cesspit that this once wonderful pearl of the Indian ocean.

    In 1956, they reduced the mighty UNP to 8 seats in the parliament whilst im1970 they were once again brought down to a paltry 17 seats. Then in the late nineties the Klu Klux clan of the pearl of the Indian ocean had another round of curses thrust upon them.

    Now in 2019, the scavengers [ sakiliya’s ] have deliberately thrust the almost sunk island another vicious blow from which a reawakening of a recovery will never be a possibility.

    The cursed Sinhala Buddhist race and their low society class less no decent breed at all mostly illegitimate [ bastards ] monks of ill repute should be eradicated and by that I meant should be gassed like what Hitler did to the Jew’s.

    The minorities by their voting pattern has driven the nail into the coffin from which an economic and moral recovery is only a pipe dream.

    A proud Tamil like me will never, never be bitten by some of the rabid race [ pissu ballo ]

    I being the only Tamil even though I was married twice to non racist Sinhalese ladies was protected by the Ranatunga family whilst I was living in Nawala during the 1983 communal riots.

    I raise my hat to them and the rest of the minority Sinhala cirizens who by their actions have saved many a Tamil and a Muslim.

    Alleluia to the minority of that much maligned race.

    Cheers, R. J.

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    How do I know MR,MS and RW are in one side (though they pretend to be different) and sorry Lankans are the ones on opposite side ????. There were so many accusations flying around about Bond Scam, treasury scam, US scam, EASTER Scam (hope public still remembers such an event)—–etc during the inept previous govt. Now that we have the discipline and security expert in charge, lets see there will be any answers/actions , in anyone of this issue. Lets also wait and watch , whether Duminda will be found innocent and pardoned ?????? Lets see what kind of opposition we will have with MS and RW (hope not) at the helm. There is plenty more of “I SAID SO “. moments because Lankan Politics aint Rocket science.

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    Prof. K. David,
    Read the following from UK:
    President of the All Party British-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Group Lord Naseby PC in a congratulatory message to new Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pledged to do his very best to help him, his team and Sri Lanka as a country.
    “I wish to congratulate Sri Lanka on successfully holding a nationwide election in peace with a high turnout of voters for the new Executive President. I am delighted that Gotabaya Rajapaksa was successful. No one should forget that it was his leadership that saved Sri Lanka from the onslaught of Terrorism by the Tamil Tigers.
    Why don’t you respect the people’s decision? Do you never see the positive side of life?

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      Forget about this stupid fellow called Lord Naseby. He is treated by the British as a joker. All party British-Sri Lanka group is another bunch of time wasters. There is British policy on Sri Lanka which will not vary just because these fellows shout about. There is also an all party British group for Tamils, which also cannot do much. For those not in the UK all these bunch of jokers are great fellows. British government has issued a statement to Gota to uphold human rights and accountability. Their stand on war crimes and justice for Tamils has not changed, towards which they are firmly committed as a necessary condition for reconciliation with Tamils and peace in the country. In UK Sinhala racists can only talk big behind closed doors and the lotus eating, well dwelling Sinhala public in Sri Lanka think that they are doing wonders.

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