23 March, 2019

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Reconciliation Is A Personal-Narrative

By Natale Dankotuwage

Natale Dankotuwage

Natale Dankotuwage

Reconciliation is a part of my intimate-personal narrative. It is a journey dictated by love; an effort to love society in its wholeness, beginning with learning to love myself in my completeness.

As I walk back into the ancestral clutches of an Island past-on to me. I see the Island’s society as it may perceive me and my blood; worthy or unworthy of their honour. I seek to reconcile this disharmony.

There are parts of me that I can pipe with pride. My mother, the child of a high-caste Kandyan who was educated in English and spent his afternoons with his glasses at the rim of his nasal reading English newspapers because he couldn’t read Sinhala. My grandfather was the son of a great lineage where doctors, lawyers and government officials were born. And he married my grand- mother of the same black-smith caste.

But, there are parts of me I whisper under my breath to the unsuspecting. I look pensively through their eyes after having spoken to see if I’ve been accepted. The part where I am the daughter of a father that grew up on a small plot of land in the low-income ‘hoods of Kotahena. His mother educated only to know Sinhala. She was a proud indigenous woman that ran her own Kadai, but she had no Victorian sensibility. She was known for her aggressive and almost manly nature. Ministers would come in search of her to round up votes in the area. An Arachi by sir name, when I hear stories of her, I feel she carried her village chiefdom tact into the urban city.

The little I do know of this side of my family has been picked up in bits and pieces. The history of this side of my family is often left un-spoken. I know very little of my father’s father. They were always at odds, for as long as he was alive. And it was only in his passing, when returning for his funeral, that I discovered my grandfather’s brother’s sons were known as house-builders.

I don’t know when I learned to hide the part of me that revealed ancestry that lacked wealth or western education; the things that a Euro-centric-minded individual would de-value.

But as the love child of these two converging human narratives, I am subjected by the very nature of my being to learn to love these sides of myself equally for the social poise or lack thereof.

Thus, Reconciliation is coming to terms with why parts of me are deemed worthy while others are not. And in that search for personal healing and acceptance, I have aligned with the stories of the marginalized and their stories of oppression. Somewhere in their critical analysis of their histories, I hear mine as well.

I am Educated enough to know better than to sweep the past away, rather than to come to terms with the shame I and others have been taught to carry. A few post-colonial history courses set me off course to rediscover a part of me that I was taught to disown, devalue. To learn to fall in love with a part of myself, I had been taught to not share; the part of me that would set me at the bottom of an imagined social hierarchy.

And in returning, as I grow in my courage to speak, as I grow in my courage to be in my wholeness, I watch the way I engage with society transform. My path is that of one who claims her inferiority as her shield, discomforting those who live under a shield of imagined superiority. I hold it above my head watching in curiosity whether the ocean of social perception will part or submerge; colliding into me in unity, in a deep remembering of innate oneness.

*Natale Dankotuwage was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She has dedicated several years to reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka, where her family is from. She has worked closely with a Toronto think-tank called the Mosaic Institute to co-found the Young Canadian Peace Dialogue on Sri Lanka. She has assisted in founding the fundraising consortium Build Change and is a former board member of the Citizenship and Immigration funded non-profit organization Sri Lankans without Borders. She has recently returned from South Asia. Completing one fellowship in Sri Lanka funded by the Asia Foundation and another fellowship in Bangalore provided by Gray Matters Capital. She is an avid journeyer, traveling the world and engaging in innovative projects such as Free Space, Roots Hyderabad, OMNI and Project:Spaces.

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    Thanks Natali for telling us an important story: Speaking the truth about our MULTIPLE SELVES will set us FREE and truly liberate us – not the fake Sinhala or Tamil nationalism that pretends to do so!

    Thanks Natali for speaking about the un-spoken, our guilty or dirty little secrets of self and the much valourized and more often than not deeply divided ‘FAMILY’ in Sinhala society and identity.

    Sri Lanka and indeed Sinhala nationalists have many un-spoken “others” who are despised and erased and marginalized, due to class, caste, ethic, religious, gender or other sense of inferiority or embarrassment.

    You speak here of the class and caste divides among Sinhalas that are glossed over in everyday life and also when Sinhala nationalism takes central stage. It is the same in Tamil natioanalism when the caste wars are buried in the name of Tamil nation.

    Sri Lankan society has many un-spoken and hidden histories – the low castes, the minorities, Vanniattoo or Veddhas, Tamils, Muslims, women, LGBT folk etc. We must speak of the INTER-SECTION of exclusion and victimization.

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    I don’t know when I learned to hide the part of me that revealed ancestry that lacked wealth or western education; the things that a Euro-centric-minded individual would de-value.

    I refer to Euro-centric-minded individuals around Colombo as “Aiyyo-Men” and “Sin-Anney”. It a perfect title for a comedy skit.

    These individuals have a plastic and fake quality to their existence.

    There is nothing wrong in aping the western mindset. Things like their work ethic, entrepreneurship are values you’d want to mimic.

    However these donkeys regularly spend their evenings getting drenched in alcohol and throwing their bras at people.

    So if I were you, I would not bother with their “values”. The traditional folks are a lot more grounded and better quality human beings overall.

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      Vibhushana

      “The traditional folks are a lot more grounded and better quality human beings overall.”

      Definitely not donkeys of your ilk. How about your TN Dalit connection? Did you check your DNA?

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        Dear Suresh,

        How about your TN Dalit connection? Did you check your DNA?

        I notice constant Tamil preoccupation caste system and their DNA etc. Allow me to highlight why such obsession exists.

        The secret is hidden in your language. In fact we can hear it when Tamils speak.

        People enjoy listening to Hindi but not Tamil. Tamil script is completely devoid of all soft phonemes that make a well rounded language. Thats why when you speak it sounds like a racket in a fish market.

        This problem did not happen by accident. All regional scripts including Sinhala, Malayalee and Tamil evolved over the centuries. The script went from square shape to round form. The Tamil script also followed suit.

        However, the Tamil script went backwards quite abruptly. Tamils dropped the rounded script went back to the old one you use now.

        So Tamils went through some kind of turmoil. The Tamils have been dumbed down after the Prabarkaan violence. This kind of turmoil is in fact cyclic. Your language did not advance due to a previous dumbing down in history.

        Its all rooted in your caste system. The moment your people are educated they begin to teach other Tamils like animals. It creates a tinderbox that later explodes.

        You then become depraved and become slaves of others. Its because of a previous cycle you became slaves and ended up in Ceylon. Tamil slaves were taken to Apathied South Africa and Bhumi Putra Malaya. No probs there right? That is because they kept treating you like slaves the way you are used to.

        In Ceylon they made a mistake of educating Tamils.

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          Vibhushana

          I am not talking about the Tamil script going backwards from round shape to square shape like the Hindi script or Tamils went through some kind of turmoil.

          I am talking about your ancestors. The tens of thousands of South Indian Dalit (untouchable) slaves who were settled among the Sinhalese in the Southern and Western provinces of Sri Lanka as menial labourers between 14th to 17th centuries. These South Indian Dalit turned to Buddhism and eventually got naturalized (Sinhalized). I am talking about your great, great, great great, great grandfather (before 12 generations).

          Can you please tell us from which TN tribal area (Dalit) your ancestors came to SL and got converted into Sinhala-Buddhists?

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            [Edited out] Please write instead of posting links – CT

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            Suresh:

            It is for Tamils the Caste problem is very important. That is why they use Tamils which is the ONLY factor that can unite. Every other time, Tamils discriminate and abuse other Tamils because Caste differentiate them.

            Sinhala people never had problems Tamils as humans or when other people assimilated into their culture. But, you people are those LTTE who want to live like barbarians and lost it.

            It is Tamils still who dance Bharatha Natyam which is Indian.

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              Jim softy

              Can you please tell us from which TN tribal area (Dalit) your ancestors came to SL and got converted into Sinhala-Buddhists?

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              Jim Softy, you are wrong about Paratha Natyam calling it Indian.
              It is a Tamil classical dance, first performed in Hindu Temples in the present day Tamil Nadu by devadasis to praise and please gods. It was nurtured by successive Tamil Kings who also gave patronage to other forms of art such as sculpture, music and literature. It is the oldest classical dance in the world, and over the years it has evoled to a high degree so that it is now considered as the best clasical dance in the world. The name of the dance should be “Paratham” derived from the words “Pavam” (mood), “Raham” (tune) and Thalam” (rhythm). It is misinterpreted as “Baaratha” to denote it as Indian. Please correct your misguided perception to suit your racist mindset, to deny the ancient Tamils their due place in the evolution of mankind.

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                Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

                The History of Baratha Natyam is more complicated than what you perceive it to be.

                Please refer to

                South Asian Classical Dances by Prof V Sivasamy.

                Bharatiya Natya and Nritta by Dr. PADMA SUBRAHMANIAM in Dances of India.

                Both can be accessed on google.

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              Jim softy

              “It is Tamils still who dance Bharatha Natyam which is Indian.”

              Of course Baratha Natyam originated from India. So are Nadagama, Pattni cult, Buddhism, Sinhala Language, Brahmi alphabets, Astrology, Ayurveda, your gene, your stupidity, your caste system came with Chola rule, ancient irrigation knowledge, Amaravathi art forms, …………………. Buddha’s tooth, ……… Kavun, Idiappa, Idly, Dosa, Vadei, ….. Aryan Suit, all your myth,….

              What is your problem?

              Were you made in the USA or Mars?

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                Welcome back Native Veddah – and to the return of decency, sanity and undeniable truth in history and culture. The degeneration of the Island began in the 1950s where majoritarianism was crudely enthroned at the expense of the country’s unity, racial-religious tranquility and socio-economic good. The slide has only quickened since helped regularly by self-serving “political leaders” to the current level of economic bankruptcy. Now the governance of the land, with few exceptions, is in the hands of unprincipled and diabolical thieves. It began with the Sinhala community finding itself divided by religion, Sinhala-Tamil division caused by race-language and the vibrant Muslim community marginalised by delusionary fears in recent times.

                Can the omelette ever return to its original state?

                Though belated, Happy New Year. Here’s to the search for truth and honesty spiced with wholesome and subtle humour.

                Kettikaran

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            when you go to Rome you become Roman and speak their language…When you come to Sinhala island, where ever the immigrant is from will speak sinhala and become sinhalese…That is the natural absorption..

            Manufacturing history, changing names of cities are done by low caste tamils who are ashamed of their origins…Were your ancestors brought to SL from a tribal TN area to be sold off as dowry for a fellow who came a bit earlier than urs?

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              sachooooooooooooo the stupid II

              “when you go to Rome you become Roman and speak their language…”

              When you go to toilet what do you speak?

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              @Sach the loser, we (your people and my people) went to Ceylon, which is a Veddah land. Did you speak the Native Veddah language???

              Tough luck loser, we will continue to speak Tamil.

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          “People enjoy listening to Hindi but not Tamil”…..
          I shouldn’t laugh at this guy Vibushanam even if I really wanted,…. .. How small is his mind and his universe. .. People (humans) enjoy listening to Hindhi but not Tamil…What a joke?

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            On the contrary it is not a “joke”,
            it is Vibusanam’s tragedy as he has a mental block when it comes to Tamil, let alone Tamil music.
            It is his karma.

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            @AVB, you cannot blame Vibushanam for his stupidity. Many years ago his Tamil parents saw his ugly face for the first time and the doctors also told them, he was premature and his brain development will be very slow. Example: at 40 he will have the intellect of a 5 year old. So the Tamil parents threw him in a gutter and a lovely Sinhala mother picked him up and raised him. Then when he turned forty, she told him what happened 40 years ago. Due to this reason he developed a hatred for Tamils. The good mother waited until he turned 40 because she was told he will not amount to anything but maybe at 40 he will understand a few things. So please don’t get mad at him.

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          Vibushana, you have of course anti Tamil venom in your blood that you spill out here on CT
          However you say “In Ceylon they made a mistake of educating Tamils. “

          who are the “they” you are referring to?

          is it because “they” realised that it is not possible to educate the Sinhalese.

          There are many examples here on CT like of you, KAS, Mahindapala etc etc

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      Vibhushana

      “The traditional folks are a lot more grounded and better quality human beings overall.”

      Yet they too made mistakes.

      They also have produced morons like you, Wimal, MR, Dayan, Mahindapala, SWRD Banda, Cyril Mathew, Dutta Gamini junior, Anagarika Dharmapala (The Homeless One), Jegath Dias, Svendra, ………..

      Please stop telling us how the traditional folks are grounded as we all live/lived among them and experienced their hospitality, warmth, affection, etc.

      The only problem with them is how easily they can be persuaded to support the most corrupt racist politicians.

      In your case you are a born moronic bigot hence there is no need for us to consider you as part of the grounded population.

      Stop poisoning young minds.

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        Hello Veddah,

        I notice you did not include the guy who made this “Tamil self-determination” claim in 1949.

        Its significant because all names you mention simply reacts to the following claim.

        The Tamil-speaking and Singhalese-speaking people in Ceylon constitute two distinct nations. The internationally accepted tests of nationhood are principally three; firstly, a distinct and virile language; secondly; a distinct national history extending over a long period of time, and finally, distinct territories or areas which they inhabited in the past and/or over which they have a definite majority in the present.

        [Edited out]
        Please write instead of posting links – CT

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        Native Vedda

        “The only problem with them is how easily they can be persuaded to support the most corrupt racist politicians.”

        Some answers .. low IQ of 79 and perhaps in other areas as well..

        http://www.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.

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    Dear Natale Dankotuwage,

    RE: Reconciliation Is A Personal-Narrative

    “I don’t know when I learned to hide the part of me that revealed ancestry that lacked wealth or western education; the things that a Euro-centric-minded individual would de-value.”

    Thank you for the write up. Have you heard about the Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho?

    This is called the downgrading of the “Godaya” mentality. The same goes on with the”Kaduwa”, English, that was used to differentiate the Western Educated to the Natives. You should read the book by Yamin Goonaratna about her Family, the Bandaranayike Family to understand.

    You can certainly get your DNA and your brothers DNA tested for your genealogy, and your trek from East Africa, 70,000 years ago, and the acquisition of any Neanderthal and Denisovan Genes.

    Geno 2.0 – Genographic Project Participation and DNA Ancestry Kit

    http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=2001246&gsk&code=MR20945

    Did you know that your ancestors used to have 48 Chromosomes, while you now have 46?

    Ken Miller on Human Evolution

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi8FfMBYCkk

    Dr. Ken Miller talks about the relationship between Homo sapiens and the other primates. He discusses a recent finding of the Human Genome Project which identifies the exact point of fusion of two primate chromosomes that resulted in human chromosome #2.

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    Natalie:

    The narratives, the several of them that run and sometimes ruin our lives, digs deep into our reserves and resurrect the shadows in our lives. Identifying ourselves with the lesser, as if that reflects our own, incises into the deep dark corners of our own existence. From a palatial, our own escapes from its own bounds to personify the parody but the fact that we all, I mean all of us, could not stop the carnage that laid waste, the murky waters that flow through in that us will continue to wreck our bones and flesh.

    I recall the instance when Oprah turned the other way and saving lives not mattered to her but cheers and applause for cherishing an Australian trip maxed her head into a frenzy, it is wee too late, just like the “diminished” Oprah to recourse those bloody events that mapped the lands of SL.

    With close to 90,000 widows heading tattered families, I, too, like you will like to shake my inner self to scream out aloud that “I feel your pain” but those who had to pick the unenviable pieces to move on with their lives have always “lived with the pain”. It is envious for all of us to somehow push our line to align with theirs but it always seems to be so far that getting near may not happen in our lifetime.

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    I don’t know when I learned to hide the part of me that revealed ancestry that lacked wealth or western education; the things that a Euro-centric-minded individual would de-value.——-

    I say, Natalie is very naive in her life’s experiences department. That take years, probably in her old age she would understand that.

    One who grew up Sri lanka in similar conditions would know that one was looking for for some thing – may be recognition, happiness, to be content or mental security. But, once in the west and only when grew up, understood that everything the one looking was in his backyard and did not need to come this far.

    Anyway, people are insecure about themselves and they try to imitate others and look for happiness and that fulfilment and they want to appreciate themselves and what they have as those are. I think most of those people get old and die without understanding it.

    Reconciliation, in the present context, is a political word. It is for Tamils simply asking Revenge. For those who backing Tamils it is their play ground in Sri lanka to advance their needs. Otherwise, who says, if you give political solution we forget all our war crime accusations. Why countries use UNHCR what ever the way they want until they get what they want. It is the same thing with former suicide bombers and black-tigers who were waiting to bite the Cyanide capsule once saved by the army becomes political prisoners.

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      Jim:

      Does your list who were “once in the west” include Gotabaya and Basil? Anyway, it is laughable that SL will ever be the sole arbiter of “Northern” politics. You may relish in your own backyard with the chatters of monkeys but the “ball screwing” has its impact.

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    The name Natali Dankotuwage itself proves what I said.

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      Jim:

      I am pretty sure you have bitten ginger that would have rendered your faculties is a sorry state of affairs? “Natalie Dankotuwage” – what does the name actually prove Jim? Here is a lady who still has the pulse and not as erratic as yours.

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    The war was won in 2009. What was MaRa’s personal narrative on reconciliation between the government( state ) and the minorities ?

    China supported MaRa regime and MaRa supported China by granting Port City project and other projects in Hambantota. Now MaRa is going to visit China to get their help again to come back to power at any cost.
    Reconciliation may be a personal narrative in Canadian context but not in the SinghaLe context.

    [Edited out] Please write instead of posting links – CT

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    Non PhD:

    Whatever the narratives were of MR and his gang – the short and simple answer is that no one believed anything coming from that crooked liar.

    If you expect China to rock the cradle for MR to doze off with his thumb in his mouth, Modi is not going to relinquish his grip after the hard won war in dumping MR. It will also be foolish to expect China to put the economic interests of both China and India for the train to knock-off. May be MR would have exhausted his dime in the vault and had taken his begging bowl to receive some alms.

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    Najja Wasalohothi; Najjaja hothi Brahmano; Kammana Wasalohothi; Kammana hothi Brahmano”. those were seditious highly controversial statements the Buddha made when he broke away from deeply entrenched Casteist psyche of the Hindu ideology.

    Natale, thank you for your beautiful prose. But basically a real buddhist will understand what the Buddha said in those verses in the Dhammapada even today and they ring true even today. It means no one is born inferior or superior to another and we are superior or inferior only and only based on our ACTIONS.

    It does not matter if you are KGB or Shudra or whatever hell narrow domestic wall we build around ourselves. In fact in the USA, sadly white poor people are used by white upperclasses to build a barrier between them and poor black people even though their economic plight and social plights are the same. But by using the racial superiority over “Ni****s” mentality, the rich powerful classes control the agenda here.

    So what is the use of talking about I am a Kandyan blah blah etc a person is a scumbag? Or a Vellala or whatever else it is our own actions and our actions alone that make us lowly or not lowly and not how or whatever goddamn caste or family we are born into.

    The US has in a way been able to provide those opportunities. Sri Lanka is a shitload better than India where the deeply entrenched caste based system is permanent still for hundreds of millions and emancipation has come successfully only via capitalist entrepreneurs and opportunities. Modi is still hung up on Hinduvta but he fought a lot of odds to become PM even though he is from a Chai wallah family.Sri Lanka has brilliant engineers, scientists etc who are from all spectrums of lifestyle backgrounds(I use that phrase to denote this classification by caste, region etc). A lot of them excel in the US or UK or Canada because of their own talent not because they were born into a blacksmith or G or V caste. Thank you. Living in Canada is giving you a boatload more opportunities to excel or fair on a fairer playing field than in SL, same goes for me. I fail or succeed based on what I do.

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    To the gentlemen touting Photius’ work as Gospel,

    Here is the disclaimer by the authors of the IQ study referenced by Photius

    “Richard and Tatu argues that differences in national income are correlated with differences in the average national intelligence quotient (IQ). They further argue that differences in average national IQs constitute one important factor, but not the only one, contributing to differences in national wealth and rates of economic growth.”

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      maalumiris

      All you have to do is just look at the MPs’ performances in outside the parliament and gauge the calibre of top state officials.

      We don’t need foreigners to tell us how capable we are, we know it with our own random observation and experiences.

      Why should you let the Suddha to tell us how stupid the people of this island is. Don’t you know it?

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    Mano Ratwatte: Very commendable to have quoted from the Teachings of Buddha in support of this “Thinking” presented in the main article. However, I wish to add something more to it by still quoting from the very Teachings of Buddha. HE (Buddha) went a step further to tell us what this “Kamma” is by a simple statement: “Chethana Aham Bikkave Kammang Vadami”. So we see how everything – viz ACTION starts; it is nothing but “CHETANA”(some spell it as CETANA). It is “Volition”, will, is inseparably bound with all consciousness, namely: sensorial or mental impression; feeling; perception; concentration etc. So as I see the ROOT CAUSE for the failure of any type of RECONCILIATION is the non cultivation of “Wholesome Chetana”.

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      Douglas and Mano,

      It matters very little what Buddha said or said in any particular language. The teachings of Buddha has very little effect on the minds of our people or for that matter any people who claim that they are Buddhists.

      Just look at our contemporary history, where killing, plunder and rape are our main occupation. Oh we do of course pretend to be Buddhists and ardent practitioners of ‘Metta’. However we are true Sinhalese and our psyche is deeply rooted in violence. Even our pretend Buddhist ‘yahapalanaya’ president wanted to whip the organisers of the Enrique show with a ‘madu walige’.

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    I am sure countries like Canada are for speedy reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
    But it is obvious China is not for speedy reconciliation basing on their construction activities in SL between 2010 and 2014 under MaRa regime.

    Experience in other Asian countries is the same. In Malaysia one opposition MP has questioned the government with regards to their loans for the big projects.

    Raja Philips has written a very good analysis on Sunday Island.lk.
    It is about the good and bad of the Port City project.

    Reconciliation looks like a mirage in SL because MR & gang of 4 want to bring down MS-RANIL govermentt at any cost.

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    Natale Dankotuwage –

    Reconciliation Is A Personal-Narrative:

    *** Dear Sister let me first of all give you some credit for the following. “Reconciliation is a part of my intimate-personal narrative. It is a journey dictated by love; an effort to love society in its wholeness, beginning with learning to love myself in my completeness.”

    Before I take you on a Journey to educate you on Reconcilation in a Sri Lankan context just read the following from none other the elected President.

    “Sri Lankan govt would not act in haste on the issue of setting up a special court on allegations of violations of human rights in the last stages of the civil war, President Maithiripala Sirisena said. Answering questions on the status of implementation of a resolution adopted by UNHRC in October on accountability, he replied that what should be done first was to evaluate what had happened (during the war).”

    *** This is the president who has defied the UN after promising to address the issue of ACCOUNTABILTY and now dilly dallying.

    You may be one in a million ( 22 Million to be exact) but are submerged in sea of Liars , Pretenders whose only aim in life is to protect
    CRIMINALS, THUGS and THIEVES.

    Reconiliation is a Personal Narrative only applies when it is between individuals but not in the aftermath of what we had in Sri Lanka.

    But what we had in Sri Lanks was MASS MURDER of the Minorities by the Ruling Majority . The Reconcilation has to be on a National Scale ( Not personal)only after the issue of ACCOUNTABILTY has been addressed. Nothing else would do.

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    “My mother, the child of a high-caste Kandyan who was educated in English and spent his afternoons with his glasses at the rim of his nasal reading English newspapers because he couldn’t read Sinhala. My grandfather was the son of a great lineage where doctors, lawyers and government officials were born”.

    Please, we are not interested in your high caste. In Sinhala this is what they say ‘nayaa daanawa’

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      No, I dont think you are right here – in this context, the writer should have explained it so that readers could understand what she is intending to explain by the article. I think the article is well written one. Today, there is no repsect anyone in the country, this I notice every time visiting my relatives down there.

      Naya Danawa is most appropriate the way for example Dayan Jayathilaka explains things,- it is all about his self proclaimed achievements, even if the latter is one of the number one losers of the day.

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    What is Kandyan caste ?..

    Is there a Black Smith Caste?,,If so is it high Class and on par with Kandy Caste?..

    Being a Dalit, I am curious.

    This chick seems to be making a good living , regardless….

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      “Is there a Black Smith Caste?,,If so is it high Class and on par with Kandy Caste?.. “

      Haven’t you heard of Vishvakarma Brahmins, Panchalars – Carpenters, Blacksmiths, Metalworkers, Goldsmiths and Stonemasons?

      Haven’t you heard of Idankai and Valankai caste divisions (Left and right hand divisions)?

      If you haven’t then you must be a descendant of Orang Asli from Malaya. Did your ancestors join MR’s people when they first arrive here as refugees?

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    As usual the discussion on a good article a rare thing in CT was hijacked by fake historians aka eelamists

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      Sach, aka born loser

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    KA Sumanasekeram, the high caste Kandyan caste is the same as Randalayas. You cannot understand as you are one dumb [Edited out]

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      Thamil from Scarborough..

      Thanks for the clarification..

      It is like Jaffna caste dudes who call themselves Vellalar.. Right mate..

      One thing , do you have a B Smith caste?,If so is it on par with Vellalar?. And, do they marry each other?..

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    I think, what NAtalie says,that she is mentally lost.

    So, she is searching for the truth. She is searching what she is doing and what she should do.

    My advice, is Learn buddhism by heart. You find so many answers to your mayhem.

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      Nathalie is representing the minority folks inthe country that are coming from the background. So, she cant be mentally lost but she is just explaining it to her way. Others will do it their way. Anyways, we are clear that english educated ones feel some what superior while mingling with locals in the country. Some behave like Royals… Some behave like landed from whales. That is the show off life of some living in the country. Just becasue of the langague- if a person could go that superior, how would they behave if they academically achieved something ?

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    “My mother, the child of a high-caste Kandyan who was educated in English and spent his afternoons with his glasses at the rim of his nasal reading English newspapers because he couldn’t read Sinhala. My grandfather was the son of a great lineage where doctors, lawyers and government officials were born. And he married my grand- mother of the same black-smith caste.”

    Replace the words like mother with daughter and it sounds like a marriage proposal advertisement in a SL newspaper. I would have said that it definitely if not for the question mark that the last sentence brings in. Or that may be a subtle way of getting away with all that cobra crawling stuff that Mrs Wadugodapitiya is referring to.

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    Edwin,
    More of less colonial influences are infiltrated in our culture. This is not only to lankens but almost many I got known from Africa too. That is the reality.

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