14 July, 2020

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Public Administration Circular 38/2019: Stamping Us Into One Race Of Sri Lankans

It has been common practice for some years to a have a ceremony on 1 January each year making public servants take an oath swearing to uphold ourselves as one nation committed to our work. That was fine with most of us.

Swearing to be of One Race and signing the Oath

This year some creeps seemed to be at work. This year’s Circular from the Ministry of Public Administration (shown here) seemed innocuous but was sinister in reality. It referred to an oath to be taken. The oath was given on a different sheet of paper for each language. The mischief was that the oaths were different in the Sinhalese and Tamil languages. While the English and Sinhalese seemed innocuous, the Tamil version reflecting the world view of the new government, got employees to swear to being moulded into one ethnic group. It seemed to portend doing with greater vigour that which Sinhalese nationalists are already doing in the North and East: planting Sinhalese, encouraging mixed marriages, etc. through financial rewards. As openly stated by the rabid nationalists including a former presidential candidate in 2010, Tamils are welcome only so long as they agree that this is a Sinhalese country. That is Tamils must agree to be moulded into the same people as the Sinhalese, changing religion and intermarrying. The idea is common to the two big political parties in Sri Lanka.

The Sinister Circular

The English oath said under one flag, but the Tamil oath said under the shadow of one flag. Being under the shadow suggested the usual meaning of being second class citizens under the Sinhalese flag.

The reaction was mixed. In Colombo people just read the oath without even realizing what was going on, like sheep being prepared for slaughter. Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole questioned why the Election Commission put the Tamils working for the Commission through this indignity when an independent commission is not bound by PubAd Circulars. He said he did not attend the ceremony.

The Oath: In English: One country, one nation under one flag;
In Tamil: One country, one race under the shadow of one flag

In Jaffna, shockingly, the import of the circular went past many unnoticed. Not at the Jaffna municipal Council, however. The Mayor Immanuel Arnold, the municipality coming under Public Administration, went through the motions of participation after deleting the offensive phrases. Some others at the municipality followed this while some Members of the Municipal Council such as N. Lohathayalan refused to attend the ceremony.

At the High Court however, the judge for the Northern province, Annalingam Premshankar, who as a learned judge should have known that he was entitled to throw out a circular that was so clearly wrong, went the other way, the way a court reporter angrily called collaborationist with Rajapaksa racism.

HC Judge Annalingam Premshankar: Sucking up?

As shown in the photographs, Judge Premshankar organized a grand ceremony with the press invited. Everyone had to sign the oath which had not been required anywhere else. Is a seat on the Court of Appeal the end game wondered a lawyer who was aghast at his servility.

That same lawyer added, “Before we had the burqa ban which was widely implemented until good sense prevailed and the ban was lifted. Today’s incident shows there are several crazy communalists round us who are energized and emboldened by Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election. We the good and sensible people of Sri Lanka need to be vigilant lest we be washed away by the communalist tsunami sweeping away Sri Lanka’s settled way of civilized life.”

For the video of the event at the Jaffna High Court click here (Watch around Minute 14 is the oath swearing to be one race)

(By Arun Gopi Ratnam)

 

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  • 13
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    Well this is a Free Country .. Isn’t it Mr Professor Hool..

    If you or anyone else does not want to abide by the Working Conditions to be paid by the Public Funds , you have all the freedom to submit your resignation.

    Isn’t that what the people do in the west if they don’t like the Conditions in their Work Contracts?.

    • 31
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      Sri Lanka has become a racist cess pool. This is chauvinism at its worst.

      How can a taxpayer run government impose such racist and fascist nonsense?

      People must launch a civil disobedience campaign.

      • 8
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        What a silly article!
        Splitting hairs over a word like Shadow which could just as well be an attempt to lighten the burden of national identity,!

        raking old dirt and putting salt in old wounds seems to be a favourite past time of the writers in CT these days. Hoole, David, Phillips
        A bunch of old dodos!

        • 0
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          Quite True.

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          dinuk

          what about the judge making tamils sign the oath?Sinhalese did not sign.As for the word shadow,it may remind tamils of the creeper around the tree (Dingiri)

    • 16
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      Sumane,

      Conditions in the Work Contract should not infringe fundamental rights or impose regimentation or other unacceptable rules.

    • 12
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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      “Well this is a Free Country .. Isn’t it Mr Professor Hool..”

      Not so says all knowing Rohan Gunaratne.
      According to his recent rant he found ” …… seven plots by the LTTE in Sri Lanka to conduct terrorist attacks since its military defeat in 2009″.

      He never disclosed where, when, how, ……….?
      Do you know anything about LTTE’s 7 plots post Nanthikadal?

      Brilliant.
      Will Gota’s Finance Minister Mahinda allocate enough funds to counter unspecified plots?
      Where do these people like Dyan, Gota, Kamal, …… come from?

    • 11
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      KAS
      Who on earth told you this is a free country? With what delusions are you living?

    • 3
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      ” to be paid by the Public Funds”

      thanks for not mentioning it as sinhala bhuddhist funds.The proportion of sajit’s public funds of 5.5 million voters,must be much more than that of gota’s 6.9 million voters.

    • 0
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      Interfering with his right to submit resignation is violation of his fundamental rights. I for one will stand by him.

      Soma

  • 4
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    Oh, BTW, What’s wrong with Sinhala Chicks marrying handsome Thamil Dudes..
    And Thamii Chicks marrying handsome Sinhala Dudes..

    There is not much choice there anyway unlike in the West where a lot of our bros and sis live.
    Unless you take the Muslims into the Loop.

    But then those Thamil speaking people as they are called, would not sanction their chicks marrying even Tamil Dudes let alone Sinhalese.

    • 15
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      Nothing wrong as long as it is their own wish and not forced to or manipulated by the establishment , as they have no other way out

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      “Oh, BTW, What’s wrong with Sinhala Chicks marrying handsome Thamil Dudes..
      And Thamii Chicks marrying handsome Sinhala Dudes..”

      Whichever permutation combination Sinhalese and Tamils go for in respect of choosing their partners they are going produce stupid ignorant sometimes bigots and racist children like you anyway.
      Why bother?

      • 1
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        Dear Native,

        Now you are casting slurs on good Sinhala Govi and good Thamil Vellala families in our Democratic Lankawe, .

        What is wrong with you Buddy?..

        I can help you to find a good Sinhala Divorcee if you are willing to marry and her take to Kanada.

  • 10
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    The author Aru Gopi Ratnam is a racist rabble rouser.

    Soma

    • 16
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      Soma
      I think nobody can beat you in the game of racism

      • 11
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        Hey Dilshan
        You have forgotten the biggest sinhaloya racist mahindapala AKA eagle eye ,
        No body in Srilanka ( or any where in the world ) can beat him in the game of racism.

        • 2
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          umberto

          yes.Soma is an angel in comparision to that arsehole.Soma suffers from phobia.

        • 3
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          umberto

          “You have forgotten the biggest sinhaloya racist mahindapala AKA eagle eye ,
          No body in Srilanka ( or any where in the world ) can beat him in the game of racism.”

          We are still awaiting to find out “if you gave an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, would they eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare”.

          We just have one, among the few.

      • 1
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        Dilshan
        Arguing with racists to expose their hypocrisy is not racism. Reasoning against racism is not racism. The demographic fact that +50% of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival ) live outside North East is not my making.

        Soma

        • 2
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          somass

          “Arguing with racists to expose their hypocrisy is not racism.”

          If that is the case you should invite yourself for a full and frank discussion, conversation, debate, consultation, …..

    • 0
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      I have the solution to meet Jewish malicious threat which is delivered by Tamil
      I was typing one page comment about an offer German friends of technical assistant to build Sri lanka into a nuclear state to counter Jews

      something went wrong with the page. I get back to you in detail. by Tomorrow

      • 2
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        We are not brother about jews like muslim, we don’t even know whether jews black or white, we have plenty problems in here rather than worry about bs israel palestine problem

      • 7
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        Jayt
        “something went wrong with the page” Just like your pea brain!!!!!!!

    • 8
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      somass

      “The author Aru Gopi Ratnam is a racist rabble rouser.”

      So he must be your blood brother.

  • 6
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    All these are a waste of time by crafty people with a average or low IQ who think they are intelligent.Being cunning and being intelligent are two different traits.People with a high IQ will realise that tamil nationalism will not go away until tamil majority areas are given substantial devolution or tamils get independence just as the sinhalese did by giving back the north to them.

    ps.These are the only 2 solutions possible for the ethnic problem.Otherwise future of SL is bleak.

  • 10
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    somass

    Does Gota think being the self proclaimed “strongman” he is able to repackage all the Tamil speaking people under one country, into one race, under the shadow of one flag, united, with the same mentality, being happy in the secured mother country ?

    One wonders as to the meaning of all these randomly selected words arranged in a stupid way.
    Or is there deep deep meaning attached to the random words?
    Or is he saying he would standardize every Tamil speaking person into another brick in his proposed wall for dictators cannot tolerate any deviancy.

    • 1
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      Native
      What do the +50% of Tamil speaking people living outside North East want?

      Soma

  • 6
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    Colombo Telegraph racists are hard at work to incite racism again, with mis-representations and flimsy allusions.

    Such a shame for a media outlet supposedly in the pursuit of “truth”.

    Have these editor’s heard of editorial judgement, before publishing such flimsy racially-biased articles? Have you no shame to call your selves “journalists”?

    • 4
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      s b,
      I wouldn’t go that far to accuse CT for racism but, in the same token. I also believe that this sounds like an effort of seeing “crocs in bath tubs”. The standard applicable to other media for inciting racial hatred must be applicable to CT as well!

      I always see cultural mixing as a welcoming development b’cos it is one of the easy paths for preventing ethnic conflicts. I firmly believe that we all encourage more & more racial mixing rather than discouraging it.

      To me, the set of words, “under the shadow of one flag” has a beautiful poetic meaning! I don’t recollect exactly where but, I’m certain that same set words are in several of Sinhala songs. CT also has failed to provide proof for intentional act to subvert Tamils.

    • 1
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      Sinhalese Buddhist

      Have you heard of the saying ” It takes two to Tango” . CT for exposing it and you for Indulging in it.

  • 14
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    I think there could be other explanations like a translator who unwittingly equated ‘nation’ with ‘race.’

    I have heard that among Sinhalese that is pretty common, so the translator could be someone from the south who was unaware of the distinction and Tamil sensitivities involved.

    So the administrators and judges in Jaffna could use the English version instead, and make clear the Tamil version was an erroneous translation.

    If it turns out the translator was in fact someone who knew Tamil well but was just toadying for the Rajapaksas with an agenda, that would be worth bringing out. It may be too hasty to come to conclusions without knowing more about the translator.

    • 5
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      Agnos

      As you argue there could have been different explanation as to how the document got it wrong. However this is not the first time the state and its institutions get translations, contents, meaning, …. wrong.

      Sooner the state acknowledges the fact that these institutions and government is manned incompetent morons the better for all of us and the country.
      The vastly prevailing believe is the state institutions could make no mistake as you know they are not accountable to the people in whose name they rule.

      Now this has been pointed out in the public has anyone apologised for the mistakes?

    • 2
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      This is a lousy talk. Tamil is an official Language and in fact, in Tamils area, the courts should be able to function independently without other translations. If a court had two Tamils are disputing each other, then do you expect the judge to pause a question, before he start proceedings, to lawyers, “come on guys did you already read the other versions of the sections you both are quoting here?”If that is the case then why “Tamil is also an Official Language?” You better know the 21A is only removing 15A. 22A says, in any cases, always Sinhala versions are only official, even if there is a typo in Sinhala version, but Tamil didn’t have it. . Please stop talking the subjects you have inability to understand.

  • 0
    5

    Germany friends offered to build nuclear weapon and sophisticated communication System and long rage missiles an. African state interested in the same program.
    We would discuss most matters privet. Cheers for now

  • 7
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    If the Sinhala version is same as the English version, the person who translated the oath into Tamil has inserted his wish or made a genuine error. I am surprised that the judge did not catch the error. I assume he had read the English version and the Sinhala version. The Heads who administered the Oath in Tamil should have pointed out the error and given their translation of the words/ Terms in question.

    I hope the error is corrected. Those who took the oath in Tamil should ask their Head to correct the error and readminister the Oath. I hope the Presidential Secretariat will correct the error.

  • 1
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    we should administer oaths like Romans did. holding the testicles in hand

    • 1
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      ……and where are ‘the’ Romans today, wise man?

    • 0
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      You sound like you are a sari salesman. Do you sell Kanchipuram? I like to wear Kanchi for the ceremony.

  • 0
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    For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

  • 0
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    [Edited out] We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

  • 1
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    The Civil service has been fair to the Tamil Public Servants in the NE.
    I mean the place is so hot hence the “Tamil oath said under the shadow of one Flag …one could amend it and say under the shadow of Palmyra tree or mango tree

  • 3
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    Dinuk ,
    Indeed a silly article, I agree.
    No one will realize the real truth until one fine morning one sees the insides of an incinerator in a White Van.

    The SC Judge and the Translator must have been reminded of the past and its master and acted wisely.

    This is just the start of the return of the past history.

  • 2
    1

    Why the men and women in the picture wearing uniforms like school children? Are from “Appe Sori Sori Sori Lanka Airline? ” Then it is going to hit the ground, sooner or latter!

  • 1
    1

    Government employees’ productivity is going to go from 30% to 5%.

  • 2
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    Regimentalising all aspects of public service portends a sinister objective. Uniformity, uniforms, oaths, swearing, standing to attention for public decrees, conformity to authoritarian whim are all aspects of an impending fascist doctrine, perhaps surreptitiously foisted on the people by a few ultra-nationalist scoundrels in the ranks, with or without the knowledge of the rulers. If one likes to see more information on these trends, do read accounts of Adolf Hitler’s Germany where a superior race (Aryan) was the rationale used to subdue independence of thought and free will.

  • 1
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    The intelligence level in Sl from the average masses is 79. what do u expect.

  • 2
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    I’m actually rather shocked at how racist the implication of this article actually is. To argue so vehemently against intermarrying between two ethnic groups is clearly divisive. The whole point is for people to be treated equally as citizens; intermarrying would show progress, when people finally see each other as fellow humans and not by ‘the label given to them at birth’ as Lakshman Kadirgarmar said.

    It’s not about reinventing one’s race – its about standing together as citizens of one country.

    • 2
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      Sri Lankan

      “intermarrying would show progress,”

      Why?
      Are you saying if intermarriages don’t become a common practice people won’t see each other as fellow humans?

      Have you ever heard of unity in diversity in the past 70 odd years?
      Go learn, come back and teach us about how to be humans without being tied to each person through intermarriages, remembering there are many nations in one country.

      Family is a very personal institution.
      State’s intervention in such sacred institutions through its overt and covert social engineering policies would destroy amity among the people.

      If two people are in love irrespective of their race, religion, region, sexual preferences let them choose what they want to do with rest of their life. State functionaries should keep off their nose out of private life.

      First you should stop people seeking partners on the basis of race, caste, religion, well settled, employment, etc …. ban marriage brokers and advertising for partners in the media on that basis.

  • 6
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    This is what Gotha means by Development and no Devolution. This is all about Colonisation. Yesterdaay there was a lot of Hype about Modis call to Gotha in Info Lanka. In reality it was Modis warning call to Gotha reminding him of what to discuss wth Chinese Leaders about Hambanthotta Lease. Gotha conveyed the message to China and China promptly cancelled or postponed the visit. Gotha has a choice either do as you are told by India or face the Consequences. Stop COLONISATION. Pull back theArmy and INDIA will guarantee unity of Sri Lanka under 13th Amendment. Who cares about 19th Amendment.

  • 1
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    This seems to be a translation issue and a case of making a mountain out of a mole hill. Contact the government spokesman and ask them for an explanation .

  • 1
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    I am pretty sure Tamil one is a direct translation of the Sinhala phrase , ‘eka kodiyak sevane’ which trranslates as under the shadow of the flag. In English language , the accepted way pf putting it down is by saying ‘under one flag’ . If this “looking for racism everwhere” man cared to check sinhala one, before writing this piece , he would probably notice both sinhala and tamil ones are the same.

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      sachooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      ” kodi” sounds like Tamil கொடி(flag) ?
      Did Tamils plagiarise from Sinhala millions of years ago?

  • 2
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    We want Tamil as constitutional Official Language. We don’t want Appe Aanduwa to tell us “just run it on Google; you will have Tamil translation; isn’t that satisfying your Tamil Language usage? ” We want Tamil as binding language. We want anything Appe Aanduwa give out on Tamil will be bidding Aanduwa. That is what an State official language means.

  • 0
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    It is unfortunate to note that differences in translation, which should never have happened in the first place, has caused much havoc. This comes to my mind of the necessity to be proficient in the three languages, in fact more the better, as a prerequisite for amity amongst our people. Not only in proficiency of language but honesty in translation as well is important. It is alleged that mistranslation takes place on purpose to create ambiguity. However, this incident is an eye opener for all government agencies to issue documents in three languages without any twists in translation.

  • 2
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    2020 and it is clear that we have learnt nothing in the last 50 years.

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      Spring Koha

      “2020 and it is clear that we have learnt nothing in the last 50 years.”

      What about the previous 2500 years?

  • 1
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    99% of Sri Lankans are from the same racial stock and ethnicity. (In SL ‘ethnicity’ is mistakenly used to distinguish language spoken at home)
    The last but one paragraph says it all. The creeps “who are energized and emboldened by Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election” want to catch GR’s attention.
    Is High Court Judge for the Northern Province, Annalingam Premshankar, the creepiest?

    • 0
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      True and DNA tests have also proved this. 99% of the island’s population are the same Dravidians who migrated from India at various times in history but most Sinhalese , even the educated ones , have been brainwashed to think that they are Aryans , therefore in the name of this imagined Sinhalese Aryan part lion heritage must destroy Tamil Dravidians from whom they really originate and 100% of the island’s Muslims have been brainwashed to think that they are pure Arabs and worship everything remotely connected to Arabs, the Arabic language and culture and hate their own Tamil Dravidian heritage and will join anyone to destroy their own Tamil language and heritage in the name of Islam and their fake Arab origin

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