30 March, 2020

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Professor Hoole Twists Language Issue To Out Twist Traffic Cop In Court

On Thursday 14.12.2017, Magistrate Mohammed S.M. Samsuddin of Mullaitivu declared Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole of the Election Commission not guilty of the offence of speeding on 26.06.2017 at 80 kmph where the limit was 70 mph.

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

According to the court records of case no. 23388 and eye-witness testimony, the incident occurred on the A9 in the Muruhandy area. Professor Hoole had complained at the Mankulam Police Station having jurisdiction for that area that he had been driving within the speed limit and had been stopped for the purpose of soliciting a bribe.

The case, where Prof. Hoole represented himself, raised several issues of interest. The language of the courts in the North by the Constitution’s Article 24, is Tamil. When the police prosecuted in Sinhalese, Prof. Hoole objected, demanding a trial in Tamil. When the police said they did not know Tamil, Hoole asked them why they came to the North knowing that the official language is Tamil. “Is it to lord it over us?” The judge said Tamils are not joining the police and Hoole’s rejoinder was that Tamils cannot work with such nasty policemen. There was  tension as the policemen angrily protested. Finally a policeman translated and Prof. Hoole again objected that the man was helping witnesses by speaking to them in Sinhalese. Judge Samsuddin then assured Prof. Hoole that he would check on the translation.

In cross-examination the sergeant and the constable who did the ticketing admitted that they spoke entirely in Sinhalese during the traffic stop. Asked if they check whether a driver understands them before speaking in Sinhalese, the constable said no but that is how all policemen are. Asked if they care if they are understood by Tamils and whether they see Tamils as cattle and sheep, he did not answer. Prof. Hoole asked rhetorically  if it is like in that courtroom where the Court Sergeant shouts at everyone and no one understands him. He also said that the policeman by the accused’s cage had beaten him on the hands for them to be taken off the rails. At this point Hoole asked the judge, “This man thinks it is an insult to court if I have my hands on the rails. Is that so?” The judge, a little taken a back, said “No. You can have your hands there.”

The sergeant had claimed he knew only Sinhalese but his constable spoke Tamil well and that Prof. Hoole had told him he had just bribed a policeman in Mullaitivu and offered Rs. 1000 to him if he would let Hoole go. He added that it is angered by this that Hoole had filed a complaint at the Mankulam police. Asked if his OIC had queried him about it, he said no.

The Constable began testifying in Sinhalese and when Hoole insisted he should testify in the language of court, he claimed not to know much Tamil. He too had not faced questioning. He testified in Sinhalese about the offer of a bribe by Hoole and that the conversation was in Tamil. Asked to repeat the offer of the bribe in the words used by Hoole, he could not. However, the judge said may be he can understand what was said but cannot repeat it. He said the radar was certified by Moratuwa University.

The Constable was then asked for the route from Mullaitivy to Colombo. The answer was through Mankulam or Puliyakulam. The follow up question was how someone going from Mullaitivu to Colombo was caught in Muruhandy. There was no answer.

On the radar machine, Prof. Hoole produced his own electromagnetics textbook by Oxford University Press explaining how radar works and elaborated on ghosting and shadowing errors. The sergeant who ticketed him produced a certificate from Colombo-based ACE certifying to the reliability of the machine for the three months of the date of certificate. The radar ID was not on the machine.

On cross-examination the Constable was asked how, when even goods by world-class companies break down while on warranty, any scientist of decent credentials could say the machine will not breakdown for three months. He produced evidence from the Australian Police and the International Chief of Police Associations, both saying that a radar machine has to be tested before and after a policeman’s shift through calibration to ensure that it was in good order when speed was measured. Because of various errors a recommendation from the Crown Prosecution Services in Canada was produced advising that no one be ticketed unless he was 10% above the speed limit pus 2 mph.

The Judge then asked if there was anything to show that the 80 kmph was measured off the accused’s car and when answered no, he threw up his hands indicating how the verdict would go.

It was the court vacation from the 15th. The Judge was going on transfer from 1 Jan. He was clearing some 250 cases that day. So his “not guilty for lack of evidence” judgement was brief and unfortunately could not address the many interesting issues raised. (By N. Lohahayalan)

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      Hewage

      Excellent

      Keep it up.

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        A simple way for the policeman to put Prof Hoole in prison, is to appeal against the case, cite security reason and transfer the case to Colombo to be heard before a racist Sinhala judge and reverse the verdict as what has been happening all these years.

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      Prof Hoole,

      Bravo! That is the way to argue with those low IQ Paras,. Unfortunately, there are too may of them, the mean IQ being 79 for the Paras. Looks like the Para-Judge listens, thinks, uses reason and common sense.

      So it may not be fair to brush all the Paras, as there are many, based on the standard deviation, who possess common sense and reason.

      Still it is an uphill battle, because of too many paras with IQ’s hovering around 79.

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      https://photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

      Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

      Rank
      ——– Country
      ———————– %
      ————-
      1 Singapore 108
      2 South Korea 106
      3 Japan 105
      4 Italy 102

      28 Sri Lanka 79

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        Amarasiri
        How far below average SL IQ is your own?

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          John,

          Do you know what the mean and standard deviation of a distribution means? While most Paras have no clue, but many do fall below below one or two standard deviations from the mean.

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    The issues, we are facing in day to day life in Northern but we are silent because of past experiences 😷😷😷

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    Professor Ratnajevan Hoole,

    Well done! Professor! You have made all of us proud of you!

    The silence and compliance of wrongdoings by those in authority are the hallmark of cowardice.and for the evil to succeed!
    .
    If only we have the courage and conviction to stand on principles the world would have been a better place to live.

    Congratulations again!

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      I myself had an encounter on the A9 with a traffic policeman about three years ago when on route to Colombo. The car my son was driving was within the required speed limit on the outskirts of Vavunia. The time was apprx. 3pm in the afternoon and it was a sunny day. He was driving with his international driving licence which was validated to enable him to drive in SL by a reputed car rental ompany in Colombo he had hired the car from.
      A cop suddenly appeared from behind a bush holding the radar and signaled it to stop. He walked to the passenger side of the car where I was seated and showed the device to the driver which indicated a speed of 81kmph and spoke in the official language which my son doesn’t understand.
      So I replied the cop in the same language on my son’s behalf and told him to first go over to the drivers side of the vehicle and speak to him. I got the smell of alcohol in the cop’s breath.
      The cop said he will speak from where he is and requested my son to step out and get to the passenger side of the car.
      As he complied I too opened my side of the door and got out and told my son to produce his licence and papers relevant to the car hire by the car rentals.
      While cop glanced at it I snapped a picture on my mobile to include his identification number on his lapels. The cop stared at me and tried to grab the phone but I backed and told him firmly in his official language to back off.

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        I am surprised why the rest of what happened thereafter is missing, which I cannot understand.

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          Uthungan,
          What ever the situation is you should obey the commands of a law enforcement official whether you like it or not. You snapping pictures is another unwise thing to do in an isolated area where you both could have been shot by this man. Don’t expect SL cops to behave similar to the West. In fact Blacks and immigrants in the west are often treated badly by White cops.
          This type of experience is not confined to Tamils, I have heard similar stories from Sinhalese too. Specially if they are not well connected to Politicians etc.

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          Uthungan

          Do you really think this island will progress when we have noisy Sinhala/Buddhist fascists minorities such as sach, Champa the…., Shenali, Nuisance, Hela, somass, Jimmy, ………. ?

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    Because of Professor Hoole he could argue and win his accusations but normal citizen can’t even open their mouth, l am also victim in 1999 stoped by the STF And others in a check point on the route to airport to Colombo
    $$$$ solved the issue otherwise you all know the outcome

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      We are all Ordinary (Normal is the word you’ve used) Citizens in one sense or the other.

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      You were fortunate that you had dollars with you.

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      I don’t know any Tamil, but I put a great deal of effort to have my first born learn the language. Result: she was considered a Tiger suicide bomber, taken in, stripped searched. A horrible ordeal that has scarred her for life. She’s not married, had nervous breakdowns later, during one of which she manged to break her spine. Yes, it is held together by a steel plate and bolts, after a seven hour operation by Dr Wasantha Perera.

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      We really must re-make our country. Let’s start by making sure that every one of us votes in February in such a way that we send clear messages to both fraudsters and racists that we reject them. We must firs act locally, by getting to know who the candidates are. Time has to be devoted to do that, and we mustn’t be content with just reading things in English.

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      I discuss with people everywhere. And I don’t hide my own intentions. I will vote for Maithri’s party provided he nominates reasonably honest people in my remote town. If I can’t find honest people on his list, then my vote goes to the JVP for the first time ever.

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    Charged for Speeding: Judge: Who is the “Accused”? – Accused: “I am a Professor”. Judge: “Case dismissed. You are free to go. Next a court case in Galle. Judge: Who is the “Accused” and what is the “Offence”? Accused: ” I am an MP and charged for “Bribery”.. Judge: “Have you passed GCE (O) Level”. Accused MP: “NO”. Judge: “Case Dismissed. You can go”. Third case in Colombo. Judge: Who is the Accused and what is the charge”. Accused: I am a Bus Driver and charged for Speeding. Judge: What was your speed? Accused: “110 in 100 KM limit” on Southern Highway”. Judge: “Case Dismissed. In Canada you can drive 10 KM plus 2 above the limit. You can go”. Next case in Matara. Judge: Who is prosecuting? Prosecuting Police Officer: “I am SI – Nadarajah”. Judge: Do you speak Sinhala?. SI: No Sir. Judge: “case dismissed. Accused can go”. Next case in Batticalo: Judge: “What is the charge and who is prosecuting? Prosecution: I am SI Premadasa & charge “Speeding”. Judge: What proof? SI Premadasa: “Radar Machine recorded the speed”. Judge: “Did you have by your side
    a “Radar Technician” at the time of recording to test the Radar Machine”? SI Premadasa: “No Sir”. Judge: “Case dismissed. Accused free to go”. To SI Premadasa: “Hereafter tell your IGP to have a “Radar Technician” with you when you are using that “Gadget” to test the speed. Next case in Hambantota: Judge: “What is the charge and who is accused”. Prosecution: “Sleeping by the road side after getting intoxicated drinking locally brewed Kassippu. Name: Mr. kuwan Ke Yeo”. Judge to accused: “What language you speak?” Accused: Makes some gestures and smile and the Judge noticed his eyes getting closed. Judge: Gestured with his hands to go and sleep. NOTE: All those Judges will be PROMOTED to the next level at earliest opportunity. available.

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      Douglas:
      Is this an exercise to prove the pomposity of a jackass? If so, it has succeeded admirably. A pseudonym may conceal identity but it certainly doesn’t conceal stupidity.

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        Emil van der Poorten

        ” A pseudonym may conceal identity but it certainly doesn’t conceal stupidity.”
        _
        How come Shenali Waduge, Dayan Jayatilleka, Rajeewa Jayaweera, ……………………. aren’t using pseudonym?

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        Emil van der Poorten,

        “… but it certainly doesn’t conceal stupidity”

        It is inherent in many Paras, due to Para-genetics, mean IQ 79, and many do believe that stupidity is a virtue, aided and abetted by the many lies and imaginations in the Para-Chronicles.

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    Well done Prof Hoole.

    We need a few like you to teach these guys basic rules of law. The Police think they can simply prosecute anyone and we should simply say yes to everything they say.

    Excellent outcome and this incident should open the eyes of motorists.

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    In last summer me and my passenger/driver (we were taking turns driving) were ticketed 3 times on A9 in one trip to Jaffna because we were over the speed limit, it was easy to do because the road was smooth as butter, straight like an arrow and virtually deserted. We paid the tickets because we have broken the law, it was simple as that,. We did not think we were ticketed because of our race or religion, we knew we were ticketed because we were over the speed limit, same as when were ticketed in USA or Canada for speeding. Every little thing in life is not about race or religion or color of you skin. Hool, get a life. End of the story!

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      Wannihami: It is correct. H”e used language issue to justify his illegal behaviour on roads. Now, he used democracy to win the case. He is jubilating because he used wrong logics to win the case. what would he have done if he was living in a foreign country. He would definitely pay the ticket. IF he is this nationalist why he got a job in the election coommision and phones Mahinda Deshapriya as soon as this happened. did he change his personal trip to a some thing related to his duty as some one from the election commission ?

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        Prof Hoole was cool, that is why he did not plead guilty. There was no illegal behaviour by Hool. Illegality was on the police and may be on courts for for trying to conduct the case in Sinhala. IGP has to taken to task for sending policemen to the North without knowing Tamil language. The Judge should have brought this shortcoming to the Minster of Justice. Did he? It appears Prof. Hoole has thrown light on the existing problems faced by the Tamils in the country in general and north /east in particular.
        Dr. Godaheawa Please take Note before you visit Geneva next.

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      wannihami

      “We paid the tickets because we have broken the law, it was simple as that,”

      The police should have paid you instead of you paying 3 X fines.
      I suggest you repair your speedometer, go for another driving test, visit your optician, buy a driver less car, …… try and speak to the policemen in Tamil.

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      Wannihami:
      With your myopic obsession with the superiority of Sri Lanka you seem not to see that there are even wider implications than those of “race” in this narrative. The arrogance of “authorities” is something that is a fact of life to every law-abiding person in this country who, refusing to pay a bribe, ends up getting an arbitrary conviction because the police are always right insofar as the administration of law is concerned, unless, of course, you are a politician or a friend of one.
      The matter of calibration and checking of radar used in “speed traps” is hugely different in the US, Canada etc. and does not in, any way, display the arbitrary “perfection” claimed by Moratuwa University (?) in that regard.
      It takes people of Prof. Hoole’s integrity to stand up to the nonsense that passes for the administration of law in this country to suggest, from time to time, that might is not always right.
      I salute and thank him.

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        mr. purtin
        What are the “wider implications” you write about? Arrogance of authority is in every country! Are you trying to bring SL to the standards of the west? Do you know the the pay disparity of a US cop and a SL cop? Until these Cops are paid well enough they will be actively participating in bribery. Just to remind you, US cops don’t treat all races equally. You should know that by now.

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          Eusense:
          It seems like you’ve misspelled your pseudonym, just as you display your racist mindset by deliberately misspelling my last name. Oh well, what can you expect from a pig but a grunt, even if it is produced pseudonymously!
          It’s interesting that you believe that if you pay people a lot of money they will be honest. This in spite of the behaviour of those in power in this country now and in the recent past!
          As for US cops and their conduct: what the hell has that got to do with the calibration of “speed guns” pray tell?

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            Purtin
            Enough of stupid personal attacks, explain “wider implications” you talk about. Also explain my racist display.
            Your intellect is apparent by your comment on pay disparity of cops. Where on Earth do you live?

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            Emil van der Poorten

            I am sorry to trouble you. Could you start a campaign urging the government to increase Sri Lankan police pay matching their American counter part and decrease the number of days they are required to work in weeks, I suggest even 3 working days are too much for them. On second thought, they have a choice of working more than 3 days on the road if or when they need extra income.

            I hope you would be very happy with this proposed arrangement.

            Thanks to Nuisance.

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              Stupid vedda
              What a dumbass person are you to say our cops should be paid at the level of US cops while even our doctors are paid less than those US cops.
              You are fighting for the rights of Tamil with this pea brain???

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              Emil van der Poorten

              Could you also explain to us how wages and salaries are fixed at local, national and international level? Please bear with me as I am clueless.

              I couldn’t help listening to people talk about purchasing-power parity (PPP), Economist’s “Big Mac indexes”, productivity, …………………… I haven’t got a clue.

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        Definitely
        Canada so superior !
        Emil has spoken!

        He will be returning there soon

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      Except in this case he was not speeding? You broke the law, you pay the penalty (seems like you’re a habitual law breaker to be rightfully ticketed several times). He didn’t break the law why should he pay a fine or a bribe? A9 is notorious for policeman stopping and asking bribes. I’m a slow driver and I still get pulled over all the time with false accusations.

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      He has got a life and many have benefitted out of it. Wannihami I don’t think you have done a fraction of the service Prof. Hoole have done for society.

      Good on him for standing up. This was based on principle not money. Prof. Hooles time was more valuable than the cost of the ticket. Get out of the well and you will understand.

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      Wannihami

      I do not think Prof. Hooles’ action had anything to do with religion, language or colour of skin, and all to do with holding an arm of government responsible to doing what the government says should be done.

      The universal laws of policing have been a hit or miss affair in Sri Lanka. For too long motorists in this country have treated traffic offences as an evil to be endured , and police as an cash cow opportunity. The standard drill that works most often is the involuntary offer and acceptance of a contribution to the policeman’s tax-free take home pay. Until we all stand up and decry it, it will go on.

      Sensible judges, aware of what is going on, will always be hesitant to convict.

      However, sensible motorists will also be aware that speed limits exist for a reason.

      As a motorist who logs up many miles, far too many times have I seen the sad outcome of those who have either tried to ignore the rules of the road, or challenge the laws of physics, or a combination of the two. Bad luck ensues, for them, their families, and often innocent bystanders.

      To Prof Hoole I would say a Thank You for making the law look and ass. as it often happens in our neck o’the woods. But also, to thine own self be true; I would hate to see the doleful ‘under tragic circumstances’ in his obituary.

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        Spring Koha

        Don’t you think the fines are supplementary income for the policemen and women, and an effective salary increase without drain on treasury.

        If public needs services they have to pay for it, one way or another.

        When politicians loot the nation of billions nothing happens or people secretly admire the crooks. On the other hand “our Heroes” the policemen make some santhosam on the side we complain bitterly.
        What sort of justice is that? Where is justice for policemen?

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    There is no question that Rajeevan Hoole has to be adimdred for his talents and the effort he put through to break the Thick Ice of the “Sinhala Jury Verdicts”. But the Sinhala Jury Verdict is not like that always. ( In well prepared Raviraj murder, the accused were released by setting up every part of the case.) One uneducated police had beaten him in front to a judge. The Muslim Judge did not vacate that police and conduct the case. Muslim judge is not the one to answer that “Tamil are not becoming Police.” After all the Judge did not explain why the Muslims did not become Polices?

    This is not going to teach any lesson to any police. The police lost in this case might revenged 10 others, immediately after trial. So, this may not be the time to celebrate this victory. Rajeevan Hoole may want to think about helping other victims, because I believe his preparation is vide and can be useful to others too, rather than it going dormant and collecting dust after this case. (May be he can charge a fee for the lawyers who want to use his materials for their clients. )

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    Big deal – a world-renowned DsC outsmarting an illiterate cop in the jungles of Sri Lanka!

    CT – does this really deserve a whole article in your columns?

    Frankly it seems more like a desperate need to show-off rather than something objective deserving of any intellectual intervention. Perhaps this “win” is some sort of a self-comfort following the many “defeats” the Professor faced having challenged several high-officials and institutions. Now, resorting to this toe-squeezing an ant!

    Poor cop – he obviously did the best he could with the instrument and the training he had – not in the very best of electrical engineering labs of the world. If the Professor wants to challenge the use of sub-par equipment, take it up with the high officials of the implementing agencies and academics – not bully a foot-soldier. Hope the poor fellow is not docked his Rs. 300 annual raise or get sent to an even remote area than Murugandy!

    Can this Prof really conscientiously bring up racial and language issues in public having said what he said about the poor and less educated Sinhala village women of Katubedda as recent as early this year. (I hope CT acts impartially letting me suggest that the readers may want to know what the Professor felt proper to write in these columns about Katubedda – I have previously experienced some unfair reluctance on that count.)

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      So you are the pathetic Prof. Sivasegaram who called us dogs from the EOE Eng. Faculty stage during a Tamil kalaiVila at Peradeniya. We know that You can’t stomach any kudos to Professor Hoole’. Grow up man.

      How many avatars are you. SJ, Sivasegaram, Kumar R

      It is standing up to injustice knowing full well the possible consequences. This is not Jeevan’d first time either. He once challenged the police for beating and kicking them like dogs on the road when we were teenagers. He never got justice in that case in Jaffna during those scary Manavar Peravai days.

      It is the Mark of a great man.

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        NN
        You seem to be the pathetic one.

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          Dear Prof Jayasekaram,
          I am truly sorry that the only possible face-saving defense Jeevan can conjure up is this idiocy dragging you as the villain – never mind providing or even trying any substantive argument that would be logical. NN here just convinced me here that if indeed you ever called him(them? Who?) a dog, then you were spot on. Well done sir!

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            Sorry Kumar
            I am not aware of any Professor Jayasekaram.
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            If one was called a dog by the academic concerned from a public platform, one must have done something truly deserving of that honour.
            May we know what.

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        Dear Noththi Nari,

        I must thank you for the opportunity to be even more explicit than my first response.

        First of all Noththi your confirmation that this is all an exercise in fishing for kudos is duly noted. Possibly means a lot to Jeevan given the repeated defeat in the many baseless challenges Jeevan had brought on higher-officials and institutions since his return to Sri Lanka, many of which been presented and shred to pieces in this same forum earlier this year. So, as a last resort – he has to now take on constables. Is the ego so fragile that it compels these periodic preening exercises?!

        Let me point out that the judge was vey explicit that that he dismissed the speeding-accusation only on two counts. First he was too busy cleaning up much back-log before moving on to his next office, and had no time for this triviality. Second, “The Judge then asked if there was anything to show that the 80 kmph was measured off the accused’s car and when answered no, he threw up his hands indicating how the verdict would go!”

        The verdict was entirely independent of (a) any language-based discrimination argument that Jeevan was trying hard to selfishly leverage, or (b) Jeevan’s “ingenious” exposition invoking his pet expertise on electromagnetic waves or (c) even Jeevan’s “mastery” and statistical acuity in establishing confidence intervals on probability of mechanical failure to substantiate his case.

        to be cont.

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        Continued..
        The verdict was entirely because the cop did not have any hard recording of the speed. If the cop had that, Jeevan would have paid up and left, despite getting slapped in his hands by that lowly cop. Note that the judge did not even consider Jeevan as deserving of an apology from the guy who slapped Jeevan’s hand right there in the court!

        It is the judge who deserves bushels of kudos for his wisdom in waving-off a developing nuisance issue, thus thwarting this pseudo-intellectual morass Jeevan was trying hard to create, just to save himself some pretty that he was too close-fisted to pay to the treasury. Note that Jeevan did not argue that his speed was not clocked at 80km – rather, his flashing of the Oxford publication was to establish that the equipment used or the way it was used was may have been in adequate to establish that 80km speed.

        I see a lot of kudos in the many responses. Kudos for what? Aside from Jeevan saving some pretty penny for himself what difference did he make? Did Jeevan enlighten the motor-traffic officials to reconsider the use of the speed-guns or at least ensure proper use of the equipment with enhanced training? Or did, Jeevan’s whining about the use of Sinhala speaking cops in Murugandy likely to raise even an eye-brow among the officials in charge. Jeevan is wrong in his argument on the language count too – but much more importantly, given his writings in these columns condemning the defenseless Sinhala rural women (girls and married women too, in his own words) at Katubedda- he has no business accusing anyone else of unfairness, bias, discrimination or superiority-complex!

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          Dear Prof. Sivasegaram,

          You are a man I used to respect so much when I knew you at a distance at Peradeniya. Now after seeing you exchanging comments with so many, under so many pseudonyms, I still admire your formidable intellect, but it is tragic to see it debased by what is more than a streak of meanness in you.

          *

          I think of myself as old, but you are older. At least at this age, let us learn to be generous in spirit. Continue to dislike Jeevan Hoole; certainly you have that right, but let us acknowledge that what he has done here is good for us all.

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            Sinhala man,

            It is unfortunate and unfair that you would hold Prof Sivasegaram for any of the above comments under my name? Your doing that only reflects that you are as gullible as Jeevan would like you to be.

            Now, moving out of the idiocy of personalizing the issue, look at this objectively.

            Here are the points that Jeevan used to defend against the traffic ticket:
            (a) The cop’s language inadequacy to work in Tamil area (did Hoole really think it was the cop’s decision to serve in Tamil area when he asked “why they came to the North knowing that the official language is Tamil?”)
            (b) Racial intent (“Is it to lord it over us?”)
            (c) The cop stopped him only to solicit a bribe
            (d) The functioning of the speed gun could have been faulty
            (e) The operator of the gun may not have followed required precautions to ensure accuracy
            (f) Given the issues of accuracy, there is a need for some margin-of-error and thus the 80 kmph should not be held as a firm cut-off

            Question to you and the kudo-heaping fans of Jeevan:
            1. Which of the concerns Jeevan pointed out was used in the judge arriving at the verdict? (Please read the article one more time, if necessary)
            2. Which of the “social ills” or “equipment usage” issue that Jeevan raised can be realistically expected to come under even the tiniest of review because of Jeevan’s case here?
            May be if you objectively analyze that perhaps you will gain some enlightenment

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            Sad Dear SM
            You should be more mature than this.
            Kindly stop jumping to conclusions. I can assure that I am not obsessed with anyone, one way or another; and I do not discuss personalities or blame others for my failures.
            *
            Please examine who and who indulge in personal attacks on these pages and who the common targets are.
            Also please look elsewhere for streaks of meanness.
            I have been writing only as SJ to CT since a series of nasty exchanges early this year. The only other name besides mine I used here was Sekara, and long ago I explained the circumstances. (Please check with Editor CT for identities. I am sure that the ‘mafia’ have access.)
            *
            Identification of Kumar R. as me was tried long ago by some pathetic creature, the logic being that his English was good. And K (who he is, I still do not know) debunked that daft theory.
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            If a comment is worth responding to, do respond. Otherwise ignore it.
            Most comments here are frivolous and I ignore most of the stupid ones.

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              Sinhala_Man

              SJ types:

              “If a comment is worth responding to, do respond. Otherwise ignore it.
              Most comments here are frivolous and I ignore most of the stupid ones.”

              Don’t you agree with me frivolous/trivialty/one sided/absurd/biased/meaningless/………… typing deserve equal and opposite riposte?

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            SM
            I wonder if your silence a measure of your integrity.
            With that, being respected by you need not mean anything to me.
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            I think that you should try your own medicine about generosity in spirit, and cut down on patronizing others.

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    Great work, Professor Hoole.

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    I would not normally be applauding a guy who has used the “Kaduwa” to put another guy down, but this has been done in circumstances that are significant in many respects.

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    Firstly, however harmful stereotyping may be to the few, very few, honourable policemen in the country (our town has a Sub-Inspector Bandara who is referred to as “Parachute”) , the fact is that well nigh all policemen in the country are bribe-seeking parasites who deserve no respect. For this reason most Sri Lankans would be delighted with this story, and little details like the Judge’s siding with Hoole after the latter protested on being beaten on the knuckles for holding on to the rails. These cops seem to take such delight in humiliating the public.

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    For that reason, all of Sri Lanka applauds you, Prof. Hoole!

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    Next there is the racist element. On this, I will be surprised if, as the comments pour in, some idiot “Sinhala-Buddhist” doesn’t say that all Sri Lankans must know Sinhalese. Unfortunate it is that there are a few morons who will say something like that.

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    No, we should not be policing those “Tamil-only” areas with policemen who don’t know Tamil. It even turns out that the constable who, it was claimed spoke Tamil well, could not function in that language under the stress of being in the presence of the Magistrate. Let me direct the attention of those idiots who will say that Prof. Hoole (who graduated from Moratuwa University, and taught in Peradeniya for ten years) was pretending not to understand Sinhalese to this aspect of language fluency.. Of course, he would understand enough colloquial Sinhalese to ask the way to Colombo, but arguing a case in a Court of Law is a quite different matter.

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    In any western democracy, the police in such a case would have been prosecuted for wrongful prosecution (read persecution) of a citizen.

    We need many more brave citizens like Hoole to shake the “law enforcement” out of its lethargy and corruption.

    In western countries, the accused are allowed to sit in court even while giving evidence, and not ‘caged’ like animals, in court.
    Any policeman addresses a motorist he has stopped as:- for eg. : “Sir, your right tail light is out of order; please have it attended to, immediately.”

    Our law enforcement and justice mechanisms are still in the ‘stone age’.

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    REPEAL the article 24, REPEAL the 13th amendment, STOP Tamil medium education, DEPORT the hard core idiots who refuse to learn and speak Sri Lanka’s only language- SINHLALA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Far sighted Bandaranayaka saw this sort of bulls1t would take place in the future, so he got the SINHALA only act passed.

    So Hoole made a drama to evade the speeding charges. What a trickster!!!!!! REMEMBER, the judge let Hoole off due to LACK of evidence.

    More than one language (official) in a country divide communities, cause ethnic conflicts and racial tension. Hoole’s drama is a fine example for that. Anyway, 80% of Sri Lankans speak Sinhala, 10% of them can speak it reasonably, and the rest who refuse to integrate with native Sinhalese must try hard to learn Sinhala or get the hell out here. Also, it costs more money to maintain a minority language.

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      Johnny Bongo Bongo baby

      “More than one language (official) in a country divide communities, cause ethnic conflicts and racial tension.”

      If that is the case, lets bring “Espirando” a complete stranger.

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        Dear Native Vedda,

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        You keep performing a great service to our land. Thanks.

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        That artificial language that you referred to was “Esperanto” wasn’t it? A noble effort, but doomed to failure, wasn’t it? For it to succeed, it would have required a high level of commitment. Instead, what do we see? So many of the comments are racist.

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          Sinhala_Man

          Please check the following links:

          Information about the International Language
          http://esperanto.org/us/USEJ/world/index.html

          A beginners guide to Esperanto
          David Newnham
          Saturday 12 July 2003

          https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/
          2003/jul/12/weekend.davidnewnham

          A Language to Unite Humankind
          Ludovik Zamenhof created Esperanto in the hope of achieving world peace, but the movement was divided from the start.
          By Joan Acocella
          https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/31/
          a-language-to-unite-humankind

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            Dear Good, Wise and Honourable Vedda,

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            Yes, Zamenhof’s was a wonderful idea, but I don’t think that there is any hope that such efforts will ever succeed. But let us honour those who make these efforts.

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            The sort of rubbish that John spouts creates many problems. I don’t think that Esperantists ever harmed anybody.

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      More racists have commented than I had anticipated yesterday. John, you, are, of course, one of them.
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      I’m sorry to say it, but you are one of them, and you have cost the country a helluva lot in terms of all the destruction caused by the War, by Tiger bombings of all sorts of soft targets (that means civilian, of course), in the South, International Sanctions (like withdrawal of GSP by the European Union). Let me dwell on the those bombings in the South, because they disrupted life for us so much, and really wreaked havoc. Was the bombing of the Central Bank building the one that cost us most in pecuniary terms?

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      Do you really think that it costs such a lot of money to maintain a minority language? If we organise it properly, much of that development of the language can be done in Tamil Nadu. Of course there then is the fear (perhaps justifiable) that we would get swamped by all those people from India. The reality is that the more nasty things that we do to Tamils, the more passions are aroused in India; and the greater the efforts to destabilise our country.

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      I agree that if there were only one language spoken in the entire country, it would simplify many things, but haven’t all those responses to C.V. Wigneswaran’s article proved beyond doubt that there can be no justification for seeking to wipe out the Tamil language in Sri Lanka? we just cannot change History. We must have THREE languages in the country.

      Not every individual need actually learn all three languages, but it is very necessary that those employed by the State, who don’t know the third language, should be penalised in some way! I’ll be among the first to suffer (actually I retired from government service ten years ago) since I don’t know any Tamil at all, and while I speak my mother tongue quite well, my Sinhala reading and writing are extremely slow.

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      To be continued . . .

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        Sinhala man,

        It doesn’t cost more if Tamils were willing to learn Sinhala instead Sinhalese learn Tamil. It will benefit Tamils immensely if they do that. Moreover, we cannot be bullied by people of Tamilnadu just because we don’t believe in their mono-myth of Tamils have a indigenous homeland in Sri Lanka. Sinhalese shall rather face the Tamil hatred rather than giving into false claims made by them.

        Tamil language shall wiped out in Sri Lanka as the time progressed. This is what we call assimilation. Sinhalese cannot help it out. It is a natural phenomenal. Tamils should understand it. Even Sinhalese language is set to disappear if the majority people don’t speak it anymore. People evolve and so are languages. If Tamils want to live in the stone age, then it is their choice. But they should not drag others into their own stone age just because they are ignorant.

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          Shenal

          SWRD Bandaranayake tried to force an Alien language (Sinhala only) on to the Tamils and screwed up the whole country, still in a mess. When SWRD Bandaranayake tried to replace the English language with ‘Sinhala Only’ to gather some cheap Sinhala votes, he did not realize that there was another superior ancient classical language (Tamil) spoken in one third of the country (North & East). The Tamils refused to learn Sinhala because it was forced on to them. Otherwise they would have learned and mastered the Sinhala language.

          Even though Sinhala and Tamil are official languages, for the people in the North and East (Tamils & Muslims), Sinhala is an alien language, never spoken in their areas and not a requirement at all unless otherwise they need to go to the South for employment. Why should the people in the Tamil speaking North & East accept/learn Sinhala, a good for nothing language (only spoken in some parts of Sri Lanka) as their official language when there is no advantage. It is thuggery if the Sinhala government officials try to communicate in a language unknown to the people of N&E.

          Sinhala is spoken ONLY in some parts of Sri Lanka (South, West, and Central, that is only 2/3rds and not the whole country) by 70% of the Sri Lankan population (Sinhalese). In the rest of the country (North and East that is 1/3rds of the country) Tamil is spoken and is also an official language. Tamil is also a language spoken in several parts of the world from West right up to the East by more than 80 million people. It is also the most ancient living language in the world. When compared to Tamil, Sinhala is somewhat similar to a tribal language spoken in some parts of Sri Lanka and not known to the world. Why should the people in the Tamil speaking N&E learn Sinhala? What is the advantage of learning a language that is good for nothing and alien to N&E Tamils?

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            Dr. Dolittle.

            First of all you are contradicting some language experts here in CT who claims that Sinhala is a offshoot of Tamils. So, if they are correct; you must be utterly wrong. It is rather wonderful to see all the Tamil sympathizers contradict themselves trying to defend themselves. I don’t think that if you were telling the truth there won’t be any contradictions.

            Anyways, I don’t know why Tamils cannot accept Sinhalese as they accepted the English language. When it was forced on them they didn’t said anything at all. But when Sinhalese is declared the official language they all lost their heads. Moreover, I don’t know how Tamil is superior to Sinhala where there are no Tamil equivalent words for several sounds in many other languages including Sinhala.

            Why should Tamils need to learn Sinhala? Don’t they expect to come down South to learn and work? Do they expect to go to Tamilnadu and do their work? Don’t Tamils feel that they are part of an community? It doesn’t matter who many speak Tamil all around the world. This is Sri Lanka and it’s people speak Sinhala. If Tamils need to assimilate properly they should learn Sinhala. Or else they are free to move to any other place where people speak Tamil.

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              Shenali

              Sinhala -Meaning-Tamil – Meaning
              ādāyama – Income-ādāyam-Profit
              akkā-Elder sister-akkā-Elder sister
              ambalama-Way-side rest-ambalam-Public place
              ämbäṭṭayā-Barber-ampaṭṭaṉ-Barber
              āṃgāṇiya-Stall (in a market)-aṅgāṭi-Market
              āṇḍuva- Government-āṇṭāṉ-Rich man with many slaves
              …..
              “First of all you are contradicting some language experts here in CT who claims that Sinhala is a offshoot of Tamils.”

              I do not recollect anyone saying it. However it is a admixture of many languages, grammar is based on Viracholiam. It does not mean Sinhala is inferior to any other language .

              “Anyways, I don’t know why Tamils cannot accept Sinhalese as they accepted the English language. “
              Why not the Sinhala fanatics, Sinhala/Buddhists …… accept Tamil as it is the language spoken by a majority people in the region. Is it because Sinhala/Buddhists are too dumb to learn another language? One language dies every 14 days. Sinhala also will die soon. In order to save the language it has to be merged with another language. Since it has already absorbed/borrowed thousands of words and structure of its grammar from Tamil it would be a good alternative merge with Tamil.
              Or merge with Dutch, Malay, Portuguese, English, Hindi, Chinese,….
              “Why should Tamils need to learn Sinhala? Don’t they expect to come down South to learn and work?”

              Most work are done not in Sinhala but in English. Those who work in the export zones do not need know a languages.

              “This is Sri Lanka and it’s people speak Sinhala.”
              Only a section of the people speak Sinhala. It doesn’t mean rest of the people have to. Whatever the maths is you are a minority in the region. Find your own ways to save your language by yourselves and don’t force others to save it for you, because othe

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                Native Veddha,

                If Sinhala should die. It will die a natural death and the people will choose which language they want to speak. No one needs to worry about that. Sinhalese are always adapting and evolving rather than clinging on to parts of stone age culture like Tamils do.

                Oh it is today that I have learnt English is readily used by Sinhalese living in down south for their day to day businesses. Glad to know that we are few steps ahead of Tamils in this matter.

                We are a minority in the region. But not in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is not governed by the regional authorities. It is governed in the island of Sri Lanka. Tamils can either learn Sinhala or go to some place where Tamil is readily spoken.

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              Shenali

              Continued

              Ask the people nicely, they may consider learning Sinhala. If you force them just because you are majority, (in other words you have more stupid people than others put together) it would speed up the destruction of Sinhala language. I hate to see the destruction of a language.

              “Or else they are free to move to any other place where people speak Tamil.”

              Or the state is free to rollback it reach from areas where others have had their habitat and livelihood for many years.

              People do not need a particular language to survive. For example the women/men folks who go to Middle East Medieval Kingdoms do not learn Arabic before they leave this land. I am told many asylum seekers Tamils/Sinhalese who are settled in Europe/North America/Australia haven’t bothered to learn respective languages. They work, they live, they die.
              What is your problem?

              “Why should Tamils need to learn Sinhala? Don’t they expect to come down South to learn and work? “

              Why should they? Leave them alone they will find their own device to survive and thrive. The state is a drag on all people, which has prevented people from unleashing their true potential. If the state and its stupid Sinhala/Buddhist backers insist on Sinhala/Buddhisisation of the island you will see more and more smart people leaving the country and it will be burdened with stupid people like you, Dayan, Hela, ………………………………. You know when you have more smart people in this island it would be very difficult for stupid people like you to compete with them. You should organise another round of riot through out the island so that you can accelerate brain drain.

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                Stupid vedda
                Nobody cares which language is better or who should speak what language. Sri Lanka is a Sinhalese majority country and nobody can change that. If Tamils don’t want to speak/learn Sinhalese that is their prerogative.

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              Shenal,

              There is no contradiction what so ever. Of course, not only Sinhala language is an offshoot of Tamil, even Sinhala people were once Tamils (converts). Why should the N&E Tamils learn Sinhala when they are already proud of speaking a classical language discovered to be the world’s oldest living language? Of course, if a N&E Tamil needs to go to the Sinhala South for employment he/she has to learn Sinhala but not otherwise.

              English is an important Universal/International language spoken/understood in most parts of the world. Neither Tamil nor Sinhala but English was the administrative language of the country before 1956 and those locals who excelled in English (the Tamils) occupied high positions in the Ceylon Civil Service. Many N&E Tamil families used this opportunity to educate their children and they provided the bulk of the British colonial civil servants in Sri Lanka and in British held Malaysia and Singapore. The Tamils would have accepted English even if it was not forced.

              But why learn a tribal language (Sinhala) that is not spoken even in the whole of Sri Lanka leave aside the world. Only 70% of the Sri Lankans speak Sinhala. One third of the country (SL) do not speak Sinhala. Why should the Tamil speaking people of N&E assimilate with the Sinhalese? They are already living in a place (part of the country) where ONLY Tamil is spoken.

              SWRD Bandaranayake and many others already tried to force the Tamils to accept Sinhala and failed miserably. Do you think that after all these years, it will happen? The present President who came to power with the Tamil votes will never get any Tamil votes in the future if his government keeps sending ‘Sinhala Only’ speaking government officials to the Tamil N&E.
              I congratulate Prof. Hoole for a job well done. All other Tamils should follow him.

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                Dr.Dolittle.

                If Sinhala is an offshoot of Tamil then it must also be a good for nothing language as you say. Also, Tamils can be proud of their language but in the mean time they should understand the ground reality.

                English language was imposed on Tamils well before it becomes an universal language. Why didn’t Tamils objected to it then? Your own theories contradicts with history more and more when you trying to defend your position.

                Do not misinform the public. It was not the people of North and East but only handful of families in the town of Jaffna used the opportunity provided to them by the British to learn the language of the Britons. If Tamils were proud of their language I don’t know why didn’t they force Britons to use their classical language instead of English which is a another good for nothing language in the classical sense.

                Tamils live in the island of Sri Lanka but not in a place where they can communicate with the rest of the world. So, if you insist that Tamils do not want to learn Sinhala just because they live on a land where there’s only Tamils is spoken; why do Sinhalese need to do the same in down south? Are Sinhalese being too friendly with Tamils?

                It was you that said Britons put Tamils in civil service because they knew English well. So what use of these Tamil civil servants who didn’t even know the language of which people they serve? Isn’t it a crime to replace them with others who are competent enough?

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                  Shenal,

                  You are continuing to argue like a fool. Tamil is ancient, vast and classical. Not only Sinhala but many other languages have adopted Tamil words and structure. That does not mean that the Tamils should learn those which copied Tamil. Sinhala is useless (good for nothing) because it is only spoken in some parts of Sri Lanka whereas Tamil is global spoken by 80 million people all around the world. Even if you go to the mid-east without any knowledge of English, you can still survive if you know Tamil. Go around the Southern SL and see how many Sinhala families watching Tamil movies on TV. Go to N&E, you will never find anyone watching Sinhala TV.

                  English was introduced to the Tamils of Jaffna and Batticaloa as a language of modern education long before the British came to Sri Lanka. The American Mission came to N&E and built Schools and Hospitals during the Dutch period. Most of the top class schools in Jaffna were built by the American mission. When the British occupied SL the Tamils were already educated in English. That is why they recruited N&E Tamils for white collar jobs not only in SL but in many British held countries. Tamils were not fools, they were using English for official matters (work) and Tamil for all their cultural matters. The foolish Sinhalese did not learn English and therefore had to work as peons and drivers.

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                    Dr. Dolittle,

                    It is you who argue like a fool. Word borrowing is a common practice in many languages around the world. Do you know how many words have English language had burrowed so far? Word borrowing actually diversify a language and makes it even stronger.

                    Who the hell told you that a language becomes good for nothing when it was spoken by lesser number of people. In that regard Hebrew must be another good for nothing language. Moreover, Tamil is spoken by merely people of Tamilnadu, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia mostly. The people who had settled in Western countries will stop using it after another one or two generations.

                    What are you talking mister? Who told you English was introduced to Tamils long before British arrival? American missions started just before the British takeover of Sri Lanka. Infact N-E was under British rule when the Americans started their missions.

                    I don’t know why did the smart Tamils couldn’t do much else in their native country in India. British never favored Tamils in India itself. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about the foolishness of Sinhalese as we value our language better than your people value it themselves.

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                      Shenal,

                      There are more than 80 million Tamil families living around 30 countries in the world. See the countries where Tamils are https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_population_by_nation This is another reason to learn Tamil. Why should anyone other than a Sinhalese learn Sinhala? As long as Tamils are concerned, Sinhala is a good for nothing language (no advantages) and it is not even spoken in the whole of Sri Lanka? Even if your President stand on his head and scream, the Tamils of N&E are not going to learn a good for nothing language. If any Sinhalese want to work in the Tamil N&E, he/she should learn the official Tamil language. British never favoured anyone. Tamils were doing great (well educated in English due to the American mission) in their native Tamil homeland in N&E and were selected to do white collar jobs in the British held countries where as your fools were wearing amude, chewing bulath (betal) and were studying at the Pirivena (temple schools).

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                      And why talk about Tamils in Western countries, look at all those Sinhalese children studying in the International schools in Sri Lanka. They cannot even read a sign board in Sinhala. They can only speak Sinhala and their children in the future will not even speak Sinhala. And every Sinhala parents, if they can afford, they will send their children to International schools.

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          “Tamil Language shall be wiped out in Srilanka as the time progressed” Yes you are right Shenal. People like you will be responsible for it. Tamil Nadu is not bulling you on the Contrary you are trying to bully Tamil Nadu. Your deliberate state aided colonization of Tamil areas with Sinhalese will certainly be a cause for the Tamil language to disappear as in the case Northwestern province-Kochikade, Negombo, Chilaw etc.. Sinhala language has been enriched by the Tamil language from the word AMMA but you will not accept it Your colonization of Srilanka/Eelam starts with Vijaya and his friends who were banished from India.
          Tamils generally did not prevent others coming into their territory, perhaps that was the mistake, where by they missed their hold on their land. If you go into Tamil Nadu you will see various other races, Keralites, Kannadies, Telugus, Maratis Bombayites. If you will care to Watch the Singing competitions organised by the Various TV stations in Tamil Nadu you can see the number of non Tamil winning prizes by singing Tamil Songs.
          That is why the Great Tamil poet Barathi Thasan stated that”Veru oruwan nulaiyathu Veli ittu Thamil Nattan Valthathillai” meaning Tamils never prevented others coming in to TamilNadu by erecting a barrier.

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            K.Anga,

            Sri Lanka state can colonize any land within it’s borders. Who are Tamils to say no? By the way I do not believe in Vijaya story because it is not authenticated by any archaeologist or any historian. I don’t believe Mavahansa blindly like you people do.

            The issue with Tamilnadu is not my problem. They should have had the backbone to ask for a separate country from Britons in 1948. But they didn’t because they were scared of Nehru-Ji and Mr. Vallaibhai Patil. So therefore, don’t think that Sinhalese will give Tamils a state instead because we are small in number and looks like Tamils can bully us into submission.

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              Hohathe Janne- Malle Pol?
              Vaddukoddaikku Vali ethu-Thuttukku irandu Koddai Pakku ?
              Do you know Tamil?

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              The Sri Lankan state can colonise any land but not ethnically cleanse people from their lands and use the resources of the state to settle Sinhalese in Tamil and Tamil Muslims areas in the north and east to change the demography . This is called structural genocide and a war crime. Understood pea brain. Just because the state has powers does not mean it uses it to commit war crimes and ethnic cleansing and deliberate changing of demography to suit the majority fascist racists. The Indian government does not go around settling Hindi speaking people in non Hindi speaking areas or the Swiss government goes around settling German speakers in French and Italian areas. Only in racist fascist these sorts of activities are done. White colonisers may have done this a century ago but even they have now learnt their lesson and will never resort to this now.

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                Real Siva,

                There are no special areas dedicated to any ethnicity in Sri Lanka. All the lands belong to the state and it’s state’s duty to use them for the betterment of the country. Furthermore, no one batted an eye when Tamil coolies were settled in the Central province.

                If you think that the Sri Lankan state is being unfair to the minorities you are free to settle in any other country you wish to do it. Tamils don’t have historical lands in Sri Lanka. Not even Muslims do. Either Tamils can live where they are or go to any other place they wish.

                Indian government know that India consist of many native ethnicities. In India, Tamils have a historical homeland. No one dispute that. Even in Swizterland it is not similar to what happened in Sri Lanka. So do not compare apples to oranges. I don’t know why you didn’t mention Malaysia for that matter. How about the Malaysian Bhoomiputra law?

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                  Shenali when you say Tamil coolies, you have made a racist statement. What about the Salagama people who were brought to work as Cinnamon peelers. Tamil labour was brought because Sinhalese refused to work in those harsh conditions of terrain and climate with low pay and lack of social care. Had Sinhalese agreed to work, Tamils would not have been brought in. This is why no one batted an eye lid when they were settled. But after universal franchise in 1931, situation changed. When in the 1947 election conducted prior to independence, 07 Tamils of Indian origin were elected in plantation areas out of a total of 95 elected and 06 appointed members of parliament, Sinhalese protested. To satisfy the Sinhala racist demand, all of them were disfranchised, by the first act of parliament after independence, and after that till 1977, no one from that community was elected to parliament. In 1964, one million of them were deported under Sirima-Shastri pact, which is worst act of ethnic cleansing in Srilanka. When you say that all lands belong to state, it does not mean it belongs to only Sinhala state, but also to Tamil state. Sinhala people on their own volition settling in any part of Srilanka cannot be objected to, but settling of Sinhalese by government for political reasons to alter demographic pattern and claim the lands as belonging to Sinhalese amounts to racism. These Sinhala settlers have committed murder and ethnic cleansing of Tamils who had been in the areas for several thousands of years. Kantalai which was part of Jaffna kingdom and had a Tamil majority is now devoid of any Tamil. This is true of other areas like Manal Aru where names have been changed from Tamil to Sinhala. To say that Tamils do not have historical lands in Srilanka is rank racism, as archaeological evidence including the latest in Settikulam believed to be over 10,000 years have proved the presence of Tamils. If you do your genetic study, you will find that your core genetic material is Tamil. So please stop your crap. I throw a challenge to you that if you get rid of all Tamil labour from estates, the industry will come to a halt and Sinhalese will have to starve.

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          Pardon me, Shenal,

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          I choose to respect Tamils more than you seem prepared to. If I want to respect their right to use their own language, which common sense tells me has been around for much, much longer than myself, I hope you will respect that – even if you think me a fool.

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          I don’t understand Tamil, and I find it mildly irritating when I hear it used around me. The language sounds guttural and ugly. But grow up man. Be an adult. Sinhalese probably sounds as weird to those who don’t know the language.

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          Did you really mean to use the subjunctive when saying that Tamil will disappear from Sri Lanka? If you did, I can only wish for you what I used to wish for Prabhakaran ten years ago – that he be euthanised in some magical way.

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          You represent the lunatic fringe among the Sinhalese. Such a group exists even among the Tamils. Some of them make ridiculous claims for their language. It is good that you realise that the Sinhala language, too, will disappear quite soon because so many hybridize the language.

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          No, I don’t agree at all with your comment. I find it nasty.

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            Sinhala man,

            I don’t mind you respecting Tamil more than anything. It should be expected from a native speaker. But, do not become over zealous and lose your touch of reality. Tamil is not some special language in the world. It maybe old, but their are much older and more historical languages in the world. First learn about them.

            If Tamils assimilated properly, Tamil language will become extinct in Sri Lanka. It is what happened with the ancient Tamil people who had settled among Sinhalese. Sinhalese has no problem with Tamils speaking their native language to the extent that it doesn’t meddle with communal harmony.

            Maybe Sinhala language will disappear way before the Tamil language does. But, that is something not even the Sinhalese can do anything. We have to be realistic and pragmatic about these things.

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      Yes they called cleansing why don’t you make sinhala the only language for whole world and rid of the rest

      Also in New mahavansa Buddha ask the generous people to learn the sinhala even though he can’t speak or write

      I heard some thing to do with palli language and most of the vihara have Hindu deities anyway

      Send your women to slaves for arabs

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      Yes, SWRD Banda was reasonably intelligent. He had used this slogan of giving Swabasha a more important place – as a way of defeating the UNP. By the time the 1956 elections came round Sir John K. was trying to outdo Banda to get the Sinhala vote.

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      Banda was far sighted enough to try to undo some of the harm done by signing the Banda-S.J.V. Chelva pact, to make the policy not Sinhala only, but reasonable use of Tamil as well . Enter Junius R. J’wardena who organised his notorious “March to Kandy”. All these fellows used racist slogans to grab state power.

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      The one person who got power by promising peace and reconcilliation was Banda’s daughter, Chandrika, in 1984. But Prabhakaran wrecked all that.

      *

      All have sinned.

      *

      By the way, one of the earliest guys to use a cyanide capsule to commit suicide was Sir John’s father. It was done the night before he expected that he would be sentenced to death by the Brits (more than a hundred years ago). Papa Kotelawela had got his Atygalle b-i-l murdered – in an effort to wrest control of the Bogala mines – or something like that.

      *

      I’m not a careful historian the way RatnaJeevan’s brother, RatnaRajan is. The guy never puts anything down without doing about five cross-checkings. Jeevan is a more impulsive guy.

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      Yes, John, let’s hang Jeevan for causing racial tension!

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        I’m sorry,

        Chandrika’s victory came ten years later, in 1994.

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    The Elephant in the room is the prevailing culture of most Traffic cops – more in the outstation roads than in Colombo and the bigger towns – in seeking bribes from helpless and vulnerable motorists. Of course the request/demand takes different direct or subtle forms. I have read several foreign journalists complaining to authorities about this shameful act of the Police. At least one went to the extent of stating he understands the matter because most policemen here find it difficult to meet ends in their day to day life.

    A few years ago, a Tamil friend in Colombo – reasonably wealthy and influential – went through an ugly incident close to the Galle Face Hotel junction – in the vicinity of the Army HQ. In his car that early evening were his wife, his sister-in-law from London – who was
    joining them for Dinner at the Hilton – and the Sinhala wife of a senior army man. The truant army sentry thought he had found a “good catch” Curiously there was a man in the area – a “broker” in a bicycle – who also played a mischievous role in the matter. The issue was where the army sentry questioned my friend’s ID.
    The Sinhala lady friend intervened and said she knew the gentleman since childhood and the ID itself was given by the Commissioner of the Registration of Persons on an office issue. My Tamil friend was in the board of a State body then. My friend spoke perfect Sinhala. He suspected the truant cop is “threatening” to take the entire party in the car to the Slave Island Police Station – half a mile away.

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      (Page 2)

      Meanwhile, the Sinhala lady friend had caused higher army officials to intervene. In a short while, a polite Army Captain had arrived and reprimanded the sentry to the effect he is not trained to check ID’s.
      He had apologised to my friend and the ladies- very politely and graciously. He had asked my friend not to take the matter up further.
      My friend had politely demurred. He had mentioned the issue to friends in the management of a leading Tamil daily – and the matter then went public. Two Sinhala senior ministers of my friend had intervened and so have leading Tamil political leaders. The matter became part of a Committee looking into harassment of Tamils by the armed forces. The Army had meanwhile contacted my friend and apologised. Later on my friend had personally verified the army had taken appropriate against the sentry and detained him at their facility at Narahenpita. He had visited and confronted him there.

      It is time the IGP sends out instructions to his men in the roads to be more professional. Keeping the roads safe is one thing but eliciting bribe out of helpless and vulnerable drivers/passengers on long trips is quite another. Even visiting journalists regularly see this scourge on the part of our policemen. It is common knowledge the Police ask motorists whom they harass “do you want to waste your time in Police Stations and Courts far away from your home spending over Rs,10,000 or settle with us for Rs.2,000? This brings a bad name to the Police and the country. It is time the Police move quickly to gradually reduce this menace.

      Dr. Hoole does many Tamils a useful service challenging jaundiced and racially-inclined armed forces vermin.

      Dravidian

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        Dravidian

        Thanks for sharing your friends experience with us. One Jaffna van driver told me he charges Rs 8,000 for a Jaffna-Colombo trip. Net earnings from a trip was Rs 2,500 or less. Usually he is stopped more than 2 or three times on a single trip. If he is not speeding, they come up with all kind of triumphed up charges. Usually he makes loss after paying santhosam to the policemen.

        I thought his father a retired teacher must be subsidizing his sons transport business from his monthly pension. It seems true.

        The driver suggested the police wore body camera and all vehicles are fitted with Dash Cams.

        “This brings a bad name to the Police and the country.”

        You are not joking are you?

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      Dear Dravidian,

      *

      You will complete that interesting story, won’t you?

      *

      It is good that you have written distancing the characters in the story from us. Continue it in the same vein. But after that, this must be taken beyond anecdotage to the level of verifiable History.

      *

      However, could you please come back to this about five days from now, and give us the identity of the characters in it? I take it that the “Sinhala wife” was spouse to a Sinhala Army Man. Give us names, please. What did he get done? Probably, by the time this incident took place there were almost no Tamils in the Army; Muslims also very few, but to some people it is not so obvious.

      *

      What a sorry state we have brought our country to, that we must put these ethnic/ religious badges on people? I myself began using this handle to sign off because it is probably too late to get back to that State of Innocence in which we exist as just human beings – with our identities and cultures, no doubt.

      *

      It’s been heart-warming reading your story, and Hoole’s triumph over the corrupt cop, but it is sad that these things should happen at all in our society.

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        Dear Sinhala man,

        I am afraid you will have to take me at my word. If I have the fortune
        of meeting you someday I will give you the names and many more in this sordid incident.

        The Sinhala lady friend is married to a Sinhalese – an old friend of my friend’s.. Her husband’s brother was high-up in the army at the time of the incident. Incidentally, there were a few Tamils in the army even then – at the higher levels. If I recall correctly, Mr.Balaratnarajah (Lt. General?) was one of them. It is up to you to presume if this is for cosmetic purposes or not.

        I think you and I journey in the same trajectory where hopes of some form of reconciliation between the two communities is realised – sooner than later. Both sides lose by the debilitating continuation of the unfortunate Status Quo.

        Why “about five days from now?”

        Rgds/Dravidian

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          I regularly reveal my real name for people who will bother to follow a thread. My purpose in using the handle that you now see displayed is to generalise the comment. I want both Sinhalese readers (many of whom probably think the way I do, but cannot possibly risk saying what I say) and Tamils to understand that there are guys in my community who are not like the vocal minority. What I’ve said about Muslims amount to beg them to be more open and tolerant towards pleas for their marriage laws to be revised. What foreigners think about what we say should not matter much.

          Unless one occasionally reveals one’s identity, I think that there is an understandable reluctance to take one seriously. So, I think it good to make the first few comments more general.

          Also, those seriously interested in an issue come back to it after a few days, but all comments have to be made within ten days now. Anything that we write has to take account of both the ground-rules and the reality of waning reader interest.

          Also, after five days the nasty guys usually stop looking.

          Does this make sense?

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            Dear Sinhala_Man

            “I regularly reveal my name for people who will bother to follow a thread” Please do and we will take it on from there.

            Dravidian

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              Well, I wrote three articles about my old schools, been wondering whether to write another. The problems there continue. So, I used to give links to them. I can’t do that now. Google these two words and you will get at them, with my picture to boot: Thomian Pharisees.

              Once or twice I have even put down my e-mail address. Colombo Telegraph allows our own addresses to be inserted.

              My name: Panini Edirisinhe

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                Dear Sinhala_Man/Mr. Panini Edirisinghe

                Here’s to Compliments of the Season and a very happy New Year to you and those near and dear to you.

                Let us work to narrow the unfortunate differences that have been imposed between our two communities in the past many decades. Racial unity and reconciliation is one sure way out of the impasse.

                Dravidian

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                Dear Panini Edirisinghe AKA Sinhala Man, Colombo Telegraph must take a policy decision that anyone making unsubstantiated derogatory remarks must make them in their own name. They are permitting cowards to hide behind a false name and commit it, while showing a clean face to their friends. I am sure this site will only be patronised by honest people if it is done. Exception would be only when criticising Srilanka government for fear of repercussions.

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    It is common knowledge that police stop drivers to extract a bribe. When I was in Vanni I was travelling to Colombo in a van. Every 20 km the police will stop the van for what reason I really didn’t know. As soon as the vehicle is stopped the conductor will alight from the van and engages himself in a short conversation with the police. After a few minutes the vehicle will be heading for Colombo. Obviously, money changed hands every time the vehicle was stopped. Prof. Hoole was able to get his case thrown out, but not everyone is like Prof. Hoole. They will part with a few hundred rupees rather than dragged to courts. The entire country knows the police are corrupt, but sadly nothing is done about it.

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    Let the Constitutional provisions be upheld. Above all decency must be upheld. When I was a public servant, prior to my retirement, people from the North came to see me. I did not understand their language. But I took the trouble to understand them and solve their problems. I believe that now there is a policy of the Government requiring all public servants (that includes the Police too) to be proficient in all three languages. If that is so, how come a Police officer claim that he knows only one language? Clearly Prof. Hoole knows to articulate himself in any forum and and therefore made his point, both in terms of language and in facts. Very rightly he was not found guilty because the evidence presented was shaky and not merely on the language issue. After the “Yahapalana” setup came in unfortunately Sri Lanka transformed from a Military state to a Police state, tainted with corruption. RULE OF LAW! Damn it! That slogan is only an election stunt.

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    So the policeman who don’t know Tamil to work in North or East perhaps. Tamils who don’t know Sinhala should not come to the rest of the country. State Tamils must then learn Sinhala or resettle in Tamilnadu.

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      Both Tamil and Sinhalese are official and national languages and all public servants police and armed force personal should be fluent in both languages if they want to work in these professions , irrespective of the area they work. Sinhalese or Tamil understood. A Sinhalese speaking member of the public has every right to conduct his or her business in a Tamil area and similarly a Tamil speaking member of the public has every right to conduct their business in Tamil in a Sinhalese area. The reality is the Sinhalese person is now given this right but not the Tamil speaking person even in their own areas. Do not try to distort the truth with your usual racist garbage. In many western countries a member of the public has a right demand an official qualified interpreter to conduct their business in hospitals government and local government offices , with the police and in courts. Without this official interpreter the proceeding or interview will not take place. The interpreter has to sign all statements to declare this is has been read and understood by the said person to be legal. This is given to people who have recently migrated to these lands and do not understand or are not fluent in the official language. However Tamil speaking people in the island are denied this in their own land, despite the government going around hoodwinking the world that Tamil is also an official language. The fact that Tamils or Tamil Muslims area reluctant to join the police or armed forces is irrelevant and besides the point. These Police officers should have severely disciplined and even been sacked for behaving in this atrocious and racist manner, The Muslim judge did not do his work properly. What would have happened if the said police officers were Tamils and the victim Sinhalese?

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        Real Siva,

        You have just gave your self away. Even the Western countries want their citizens to learn the official language. So why can’t Tamils learn Sinhala instead? Can you tell me how Tamils conducted business before 1948?

        It is need worthwhile to know Tamil by civil servants. But you cannot force them to learn Tamil just because they have to work in North and East. Why can’t Tamils learn Sinhala as it is the language of the majority? Isn’t it more practical?

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          Shenal,

          You continue to make people laugh.
          Just because a few policemen cannot speak Tamil, you want the entire Tamil speaking population of North & East to learn Sinhala.
          I know you are a senile old fool and at this age you should go and meditate instead of blabbering nonsense in a public forum.

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          Both Tamil and Sinhalese are national and official languages and if Tamils have to learn Sinhalese so the Sinhalese have to learn Tamil. Stop posting garbage and nonsense on this forum. Keep that to the Lanka Lies patronising idiots , who swallow all the Tamil hate garbage vomit and lies that you post

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            Real Siva,

            India has more than 100 national and official languages. But, do Hindi speakers try to learn atleast Tamil language? So, why ask Sinhalese things that even North Indian won’t do. It is reported that even India are trying to unify the language structure and trying to proliferate Hindi language among other people. Don’t speak like you have born yesterday.

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              Shenali,
              quite clearly you have never been to any non-Hindi part of India. Kindly do so, look for any signboards (if any) in Hindi, and then pontificate in this forum. Remember also that some of the languages may look like Hindi, but they are not.

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                OC
                The names of several public places like railway stations for example are displayed in Hindi, English and the language of the region.
                *
                As for Shenali, you should know already that she is no different from other Sinhala and Tamil fanatics who cannot tell fact from fiction.
                You cannot reform them.
                Have a good laugh.

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                  In railway stations and major arterial roads which are part of the Indian Central government and not the state government, the signs are in Hindi English and the language of the state. However everywhere else the signs are only in English and the language of the state. Other than the major interstate roads , 95% of the roads transport and other public signs . Eg Bus etc all come under the state government and unless it is a Hindi speaking state , hardly any Hindi is used. Most North Indian languages use the Devanagari script( the Sanskrit script used by Hindi ) or scripts also derived from Devanagari , so to the untrained eye it looks like Hindi but it is not. In the south the scripts are completely different so there is no doubt. If you had seen the movie the Australian movie Lion that was a big hit based on a real story. You can see the little boy from a Hindi speaking state, either Rajasthan, UP or Bihar gets lost and lands in Calcutta West Bengal and other than a few people, no one there understands him. The officers at the railway station, the police and the general public and ask him to speak in Bengali as they cannot understand him ( when he speaks Hindi) . This may have been deliberate in some instances but genuine in most instances, as they hardly use Hindi in West Bengal, despite bordering the large Hindi speaking states of Bihar and Jharkhand.

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              Hindi speakers do learn Tamil and 99% of the Tamil speakers do not learn Hindi , as both these people do not need it unless they migrate to each others areas. Nowadays it is Hindi speakers who are migrating to Tamil Nadu on a large scale , especially from UP and Bihar, the core Hindi speaking states., than Tamil speakers to North India. Statistics have revealed the vast majority of the Tamil speakers who migrated out of Tamil Nadu, migrate to the neighbouring states like Karnataka Kerala and a few to Andhra , where they do not need Hindi and the local language is very similar to Tamil. Very few Tamils migrate further north . Resistance to forced imposition of Hindi was originally from Tamil Nadu and to some extent in other South Indian states, However now many North /East / Western Indian states like West Bengal and Maharashtra , all key states now oppose forced imposition of Hindi in their states. In fact the Marathi are now getting alarmed that their own language is taking second place to Hindi in their own state. Similarly in West Bengal.

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      Shenali the stupid

      ” State Tamils must then learn Sinhala or resettle in Tamilnadu.”

      Good idea. Where do you think the Sinhala/Buddhists be sent, eastern India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, where the people speak Magadhi Prakrit. Sanskrit is no longer a spoken language. Pali too died some century ago. You are left with Tamil, the only language that still survived.

      Its better if you swam back to Tamil Nadu.

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        Native Veddha,

        First tell me whether you believe in Mahavansa or not.

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          Shenali

          You typed about James W. Gair some weeks ago. Have you read any of his papers for example the following one?

          How Dravidianized Was Sinhala Phonology? Some Conclusions and Cautions
          By James W. Gair
          Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications
          University of Hawai’i Press

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            Native Veddha,

            First tell me DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAHAVANSA OR NOT? Why running away from questions?

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              Shenali

              You typed about James W. Gair some weeks ago. Have you read any of his papers for example the following one?

              How Dravidianized Was Sinhala Phonology? Some Conclusions and Cautions
              By James W. Gair
              Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications
              University of Hawai’i Press

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                Native Veddha,

                No I haven’t mentioned about James Gair and I haven’t read about his book. What does he say about the dravidianization of Sinhala language? Can you explain?

                And also please tell us WHETHER DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAHAVANSA or not?

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                  Shenali

                  You typed about James W. Gair some weeks ago. Have you read any of his papers for example the following one?

                  How Dravidianized Was Sinhala Phonology? Some Conclusions and Cautions
                  By James W. Gair
                  Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications
                  University of Hawai’i Press

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        In the case of her and around 50% of the present day so called Sinhalese it will be Tamil Nadu and Kerala from where their recently Sinhalised immigrants ancestors were brought in as slave labour by the Portuguese and Dutch

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      You are mixing layman and policeman. A policeman must know the language of the person he is charging with an offence. You claimed in another thread that Sinhalese and Tamil are official languages. A government officer aught to know both languages or get the assistance of a translator. This is a legal problem. If the accused do not know the language of the prosecutor how can he sign the charge sheet?
      I was asked to sign reports written only in Sinhalese twice at different police stations. I did as there was no alternative. Why cannot the government at least recruit policemen proportional to the population and insist they know both languages or train them to read and write both. If there is a will surely it can be done.
      You might have noticed police or every department and office are over em[ployed. At pedestrian crossings sometime you find 3 policemen. You can reduce the number and utilise that money to train them in languages.
      Police come to Tamil areas to prey on innocent motorcyclists, drivers and guilty parties of petty fighting. They follow their political masters.

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        Saro,

        Policeman mustn’t know the language he’s charging with an offence. If that’s the case our policemen can’t any foreign for the wrong doings they commit in Sri Lanka. It is better that Sri Lankan policemen should learn Tamil. But, it should not be compulsory for them to know the language. But, the government must intervene and provide translators or the policeman who knows Tamils for more responsible positions within Tamil speaking areas.

        Civil Servant must know the language of the people they serve. That is a no brainer. It is not right to Sinhalese to manage civil service work in Tamil areas without knowing Tamil language.

        Not knowing Sinhala is your fault as you have lived in the country for many years I guess. You should know better that you have to deal with Sinhalese people one way or the other in your life time. I don’t expect you to demand people to know your language in any other country you wish to settle down.

        Police don’t come to Tamils areas to pray on Tamil people. They come to Wanni specially to pray on clueless Sinhalese motorists who happened to be away from their homes more than 400 km away. Therefore, the corrupt policemen know that these people will pay what ever the amount they can to avoid ticket at any means necessary.

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          Shenal aka (not akka)Shenali aka Waduge

          The despicable racist-religious scoundrel you are, do you now realise the importance of having a third (link) language that Jennings and the wise Brits left for us. But the brainless Buddhist mobs of 1956 – lead by blood-thirsty ill-educated priests – thrust Sinhala Only down the throats of all non-Sinhalese. Banda and the mobs won the Elections but sacrificed the unity and good of the country. The decent and talented Burgher community were the first to take flight. The Tamils followed in the ’80s and now even the Sinhalese are “escaping” Even many Sinhala Christians and liberal educated Buddhists in the ’50s were not only against the criminal politics of the day but even predicted the country will be ruined and damned as a result. What have you gained since then? Coconuts at Rs.100 and Rice at Rs.125 today and rising??? Your Buddhist Sinhala heroes targeted the Tamils and other minorities. But now you are feeling the heat most.

          At least pump some sense into your jaundiced mind even at this late hour, girl. Keep those ill-educated priests within the safe-walls of the Dagoba so that our politics can be relatively cleansed.
          Don’t you see the whole country is on the way to ruination.

          Vanangamudi

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            Vannagamudi,

            Sri Lanka don’t need good for nothing people like you.

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              Shenal

              “Sri Lanka don’t need good for nothing people like you.”

              What made you think Sri Lanka needs stupid racist people like you, sach, Nuisance, Champa, Taraki, somass, Hela, …..?

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              Shenal/Shenali/Waduge

              It will take you much time and learning, which you lackanyway, to either pronounce or spell my name. To understand its meaning will take you further time. Also, make some effort to improve upon your sapathu-Burgher English.

              Today’s main BBC Overseas news highlighted the possibility of the Myanmar leadership charged with the crime of genocide against their own Rohingas. This development must send shivers down the spines (sic) of MR, GR, Shavendra de S and other War “heroes” This lot is now using the venal Naseby to bring down the number of Tamil civilians held (2009) to bogus levels where they may be let off lightly by The Hague. But the Tamil diaspora leadership will not give in and insist the figure is close to 200,000. If the UN is out to catch high-profile Nobel Peace Laureate Suu Kyi and the military leadership there what chances have our cardboard Sandows got?

              Vanangamudi

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                vanangamudi,

                Who cares about the UN? Let them come and arrest our war heros. Then atleast you can be happy that you have exacted revenge.

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                  Waduge

                  “Who cares about the UN?” That was also what the War criminals of Croatia/Serbia boasted. Do you know what happened there? That was the attitude of the criminals in army uniform in Myanmar/Burma too. Now they suffer daily bouts of diarrhea. The War criminals here have to thank Ranil for their safety – so far. Remember he boasted they are safe because he did not sign the Rome Treaty. But for how long? There is great criticism of the UN – and particularly focussing on the Muslim Prince overseeing HR issues – claiming he is under performing. And, there is no Prescription period where the UN War Crimes Tribunals are concerned. Comprehendo?

                  As to “revenge” – that is not in the Tamil lexicon. In fairness to Sinhalese, to them as well. It is a monopoly of the fanatical radicals of another much despised religion. Punishment for stipulated down crimes in the modern world is the now norm – not revenge. If you know what I mean.

                  Vanangamudi

                  (Congrads! You have eventually learnt to spell my identity)

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                Shenel,

                Agree, I should have learnt Sinhalese. The political masters forced it on Tamil speaking people in 1956 and in protest we did not learn it. Knowing more than one language is good for race relations and communicate and understand other people. In other civilised countries you may know translators are mandatory.

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          Shenali, we had to pass grade 3 (JSC level) Sinhala for confirmation of our post. I managed to pass it only in 1979 thereby losing 05 increments, becoming junior to several Sinhala doctors younger than me. Is this not racial discrimination. Since Tamil has been made an official language (not by own free will of Sinhalese, but by force in Indo-Lanka accord), Sinhalese must be made to learn Tamil. If Tamils are forced to learn Sinhala and Sinhalese are not forced to learn Tamil, it is unfair.

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        SARO: So many Tamils are moving to colombo suburbs. Even Hoole’s office of election commission is not in Yapanaya. Why do they not complain about language ?. Why it is only in the north and only with some Tamils ?

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          Jim softy,

          One need not complain to the government because its duty to enforce the law that says Sinhalese and Tamil are official languages. Under MR regime even conducting a trial of a court case needed his permission. EC’s Office has always been in Colombo. A court case can be dismissed if the accused claim he could not understand the report or letter of remand he singed or what the policemen told him.

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    I think whoever wrote the caption could have used a better word than ‘twist.’
    In Sri Lanka, these bribe-seeking policemen think they can easily harass Tamils.
    So going to court and fighting such cases is important and hopefully there will be pro bono legal teams offering support to ordinary people who may lack the confidence and skills to challenge the police..

    In traffic cases, in addition to challenging the Radar or LiDAR gun calibration, the driver can ask the policeman to show he kept the car in his line of sight after speeding was detected. If the police had to take a U or L turn before stopping the driver, that raises reasonable doubt on correctly identifying the driver, and the case must be dismissed.

    .

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      Agnos
      I will not name names but happened more than 50 years ago.
      A good friend of mine was copped for a minor traffic offence involving his bicycle.
      He argued with the cop and was charged in court. He had decided to defend himself, and went well prepared
      The magistrate asked: “Guilty or not guilty?”
      “Not guilty sir.”
      The magistrate repeated: “Guilty or not guilty?”
      “Not guilty sir.”
      The magistrate asked again in an irritated tone: “Guilty or not guilty?”
      “Not guilty sir.”
      The magistrate turned to my friend and told him grimly “I say plead guilty and pay the five rupee fine and get lost without wasting court time”.
      My friend was no fool and decided to abandon his venture into litigation.
      He is now a retired accountant.

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        And 45 years ago, I was stopped for riding a bicycle without lights on Navalar road, Jaffna. Said the cop: “you have got no lights.” I replied “Ralahamy, so many people haven’t even got bicycle, no?” Being a regular reader of Aanantha Vikadan, he let me go.

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          D
          Not many cops have a sense of humor these days.

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            Not just cops, SJ, many supposedly educated folks we meet in CT also have that trait mutated out.

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    I recently visited Sri Lanka. I hired a car in Colombo and visited Kandy and the cultural triangle. Then I went to my home town Jaffna in the same car with the same driver. In Jaffna we were stopped by police many times. When the driver explained that I am visiting from abroad the police let us go. The driver explained that most of these policemen expect bribe. I noticed that there is police on the road every few hundred meters. When we returned to Colombo the moment we crossed Kilinochi this situation changed. We hardly saw police on the road till we reached Colombo.
    People in Jaffna I spoke to are very angry with Mr Maithiripal Sirisena because of this. I won’t be surprised if he does not get any Jaffna vote in the next presidential election. This will be a sea change from last presidential election when Mr Sirisena received the entire Jaffna vote.
    I sincerely hope that this high level police harassment in Jaffna will ease.
    Hats off to Prof Hoole for taking on the policeman and to the judge for his strong sense of justice

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      Shan R Shanmugan

      “I won’t be surprised if he does not get any Jaffna vote in the next presidential election. “

      Win or lose, either way our fellow forum sharing SJ would be happy. If elections are lost by Sirisena SJ will be happy that he had taught a good lesson to UNP. On the other hand he can blame the TNA for Sirisena’s defeat.

      In this occasion SJ would have the cake and eat it too.

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    Wannihami

    I do not think Prof. Hooles’ action had anything to do with religion, language or colour of skin, and all to do with holding an arm of government responsible to doing what the government says should be done.

    The universal laws of policing have been a hit or miss affair in Sri Lanka. For too long motorists in this country have treated traffic offences as an evil to be endured , and police as an cash cow opportunity. The standard drill that works most often is the involuntary offer and acceptance of a contribution to the policeman’s tax-free take home pay. Until we all stand up and decry it, it will go on.

    Sensible judges, aware of what is going on, will always be hesitant to convict.

    However, sensible motorists will also be aware that speed limits exist for a reason.

    As a motorist who logs up many miles, far too many times have I seen the sad outcome of those who have either tried to ignore the rules of the road, or challenge the laws of physics, or a combination of the two. Bad luck ensues, for them, their families, and often innocent bystanders.

    To Prof Hoole I would say a Thank You for making the law look and ass. as it often happens in our neck o’the woods. But also, to thine own self be true; I would hate to see the doleful ‘under tragic circumstances’ in his obituary.

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    The Sinhalese Policeman, who is a government employee, has a legitimate right to work in his own language – Sinhalese. He was recruited to work in Sinhala. Hoole or no Hoole has a right to force the Policeman to speak in a language suitable to him (Hoole).
    Hoole has committed a traffic offense. That is why he intimidated the Policeman about the language issue to cover up the offense. Hoole should have been arrested and charged for interrupting the Policeman in performing his duty, in the first place.

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      @Champa dont get your knickers in a twist girl

      The policeman is a state employ working on tax payers money which is from sinhala,tamil and muslim tax payers and tamil is an official language hence your argument can be thrown into the muthurajawela rubbish dump

      get a life please or better still date K A Sumanasekera

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        Peace
        The Policeman was not recruited to work in Tamil. He has a right to work in the same language he was recruited to the government sector. Hoole has no right to demand a Policeman to speak in a different language at his whims and fancies. Hoole, who doesn’t even know how to follow the basic highway code is talking about language issues is hilarious. Hello Hoole, go to a driving school first and learn how to drive without breaking the highway code.

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          Champa

          In the context we are in, Sinhala police personnel in Tamil areas
          should have some working knowledge of Tamil – expected of them. This is the problem in this case. The educated and responsible-citizen Hoole knew well the situation and the Law. He knew the PC was at fault. I am afraid, you confuse your patently ethnic prejudice with the laws.

          R. Varathan

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            Hoole’s stupidity is at his best. Did the Policeman get himself transferred to North? When they are assigned to Police Stations they have no choice but to assume duties. You talk big about Hoole’s education. By law, Police has a right to stop any vehicle irrespective of his or her nationality. If Tamils think they have a different law in the North, they are mistaken.

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              Champa

              If the State, in point of fact, is secular as it should be it should chose Sinhala policemen with some proficiency in Tamil to work in the latter areas. There are many Sinhala men in the Police who can work in both languages. The issue is the uncaring State first gets rid of English and now Tamil. Naturally, there is great displeasure in the Tamil community. Quite unnecessarily so, methinks.

              R. Varathan

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      Champa why are you taking so much trouble to defend the use of Sinhala language. Look at the greater Pakistan map that is being circulated where Srilanka is shown as a disputed territory. Very soon Urdu will be the official language of Srilanka and all your brave policeman will have to conduct business in Urdu without any protest.

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    Way to go Prof: Hoole.
    Waterloo for the Police!

    Native.
    What do you think SJ would have done under similar circumstances apart from blaming the FP for the Language policy of SWRD?

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      Plato

      Oh thank you Mao and Siri Mao for sending a Sinhalese policeman.
      Being a decent national police person he demanded only Rs 1000.
      If Tamils were allowed to have their own police forces Tamil policeman would have demanded more than Rs 2000.
      See it is cheaper if one learn and speak in Sinhala and also learn to bend over backwards to please the policeman.
      Note you get a substantial discount.

      My thanks to Mao and Siri Mao once again.

      Had Sabandan stopped claiming his unreasonable demands this unfortunate incident would not have happened. However I am happy I made a Rs 1000 profit.

      SJ.

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        NV: The analogy you synthesise [ Sinhala policeman demanded 1000 whereas had it been “our own” Tamil policeman he would have gone for 2000 ] seems a perfectly valid guess. The misery armed Tamil youth inflicted upon those whom they claimed to represent testifies to this.

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    A-9 has become a (money) harvesting road for the cops. IGP has to study this case and do a homework to stop this menace once and for all. Cops stay behind trees and come out and show that the motorists have over-sped and there is no way for the motorists to prove other way. Even when the motorists drive within the limit, they either give bribe or pay at the post-offices. The motorists of course should abide by the traffic laws, police officers should refrain from begging for bribe.

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    Much more than the win, Prof Hoole has proved some basic rights of citizens. The Magistrate is Muslim. So the Muslims who use A9 better have the bribe ready – twice the going rate.

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    Emil van der Pooten: Thanks. It is neither pomposity nor stupidity. That is how things are going to be in the Judiciary, that of course, judging by the way the present day activities in Courts of Sri Lanka. Am I not entitle to say or predict that scenario in any manner I choose to?

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    Well done professor Hoole. Bravo! Bravo! If it was an average man who did not know the law he would have been taken to the cleaners by the police.

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    Emil van de Poorten: After reading the comments by Native Vedda & Amarasiri and 15 other readers who showed their “Thumbs” down on reading my drafted enactments in various Court Houses and specially that of you, I thought of writing again to bring home to you, how people in the literary field use various modes of “Arts” viz. Drama, Comics, Stage Plays, Cinema, Music , Art, Songs ( in lyric and sound forms) Drawings e.g. Cartoons etc. to send a strong message as regards the state of affairs in a country that is being subjected to abuse, neglect pulverize , and cause damage, politically, socially and economically to the society. For example, Emil, if you have seen Henry Jayasena’s “Hunu Wataye Kathawa” – the Sinhala version of “Chalk Circle” (stage play) where a notorious “Thief” was brought in as a “Judge” who takes “Bribes” before the “Trial” and also wants to “enact” the action of a “rapist” before a “rape case” was heard in his courts, you would never have judged my comment as a “Pomposity” or “Stupidity”. Another such a stage play was “Uthure Rahula”. So Mr. Emil and Amarasiri, please do note that our Literacy modes are much more powerful and above IQ rates than you imagine and assess. In my comments too, I make ample use of these tools to convey my thoughts.

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    ……..It so happened in 1997 I was driving from Dehiwala towards Colpetty around 9.30 PM. I was stopped by a cop with a radar gun in hand.I pulled over n crossed the road to ask the cop what my offense was, He showed ne the radar which read 84m there were 3 other guys with him and at the same time he stopped anither guy, in total we were 5, So I asked the cop how he could have 5 of us clocking the same speed at different intervals. He was walki.g woth us and I told him in a firm tone that I needed to dpeak to the senior person in the jeep that was parked. He refused to let me talk to the chief.yet I insisted I speak, stating he was doung something wrong,He n I got into a mini argument, then he asked me to go,I refused stating he was still doing wrong by the other 4 drivers n insisted that all 5 of us speak to his chiefor I eouldnt go but will walk to his chief, He let us all 5 go….the other 4 thanked me immensly as we laughed our wayto the vehicles and left. Laws in SL need a TOTAL OVERHAUL….must have multi linguals employed (incentives must be provided )where services are provided to make one on one communication easy. When ppl understand one another a lot of issues can be amicably sorted out.Also pau a decent living wage to cops with a commission on fines, which will discourage them from taking bribes.

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    Well done Prof. Hoole.
    I hope soon the police assigned to any district reflects the ratio of the communities in that district. This does not mean Tamil policemen will not ask for bribes. I know that police officers who do not condone bribe taking and sharing are transferred from city to villages all over sriilanka.

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    Dear Dr Nagalingam Ethir,

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    I wonder whether you’ve yet got on your push bike and cycled along to meet the vegan, Dr Rajan Hoole, who was taught by your brother Nagalingam Ratnasingham?

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    Or is it that you’ve not done it yet because our cops will charge you for riding a bicycle at your age? As I’ve already told you, in my town the guy in charge of traffic is an exemplary guy called “Parachute” by all. He was too honest for the liking of his bosses, so at one point he’d been transferred to Vavuniya.

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    In this land, it is dangerous to be too honest.

    Rajan lives on Chemmani Road, near the St James’ Church.

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